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Successful people don’t develop in a place of success, they evolved into it! – Jenan Joseph

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It’s OK to cut someone out of your Life – Here are 5 reasons.

It’s OK to cut someone out of your Life – Here are 5 reasons!

I grew up in a very cultural community. Since I grew up in that way, I didn’t know better than what my parents did. I grew up with the mentality that anything my parents said was right, and you just do what you’ve been told to do. Many of the people I know would say that I didn’t grow up like that. Well that’s what I thought until I came out of the environment and saw the bigger picture. Just to make it clear, I want to say that Friendships and Family bondages are important.

Growing up, my parents would tell me that I have to wish someone for their birthday or I have to do stuff I never wanted to do. Eventually all the expectations began to bother me. That’s also when I started to please people and my parents more, than I pleased God. Now, that’s when our loss starts; when we disconnect with God. God is not disconnecting Himself from us, rather, we disconnect ourselves from Him. When we start put our parents, spouse, friends or other people in first place, above God, it becomes idolatry. In fact, it could also start to come around and we may begin to worship others rather than worshipping God. Dangerous! We shall only worship our God. (read Luke 4:8) Few weeks ago I posted different Quotes about “How do you feel?”.

I am telling you this again. If your heart doesn’t feel well, check yourself. Why do you feel like that, where is that feeling coming from? It is important that you guard your heart. Deal with the roots and have boundaries. Be confident in what you have chosen to do. There might be hard consequences you may face. It might feel weird because it’s totally not the way you were taught or you grew up. It’s not easy, but it will help you to grow and go forward! greatness-knows-how-to-shineSometimes you need to cut people from you life. You may ask me why? Let me ask you, who are you sticking with? Now if I would stick around with people who swear all day long, I get used to those words and would automatically use it the same way they do. Or if people complain all the time, I start to agree with them and my day is doing to be as negative as their day.

Cutting people out of your life does not mean you have to hate them. Cutting them out means that you are dealing with your heart. That you are guarding your heart from things that could effect you or pull you down. You are saying that they are no longer first place in your life and you’re not allowing them to negatively influence your life.

Here are five reasons why it is ok, to cut them out:

#1 As I said, when they offer nothing else than negativity. How is their attitude. We all have the authority to speak things into existence. For those with a positive attitude, they will reap positive rewards. Those who constantly complain or carry an attitude of ungratefulness, the atmosphere becomes filled with depression and negativity. People who always want to criticize others are showing a sure sign of wasting valuable time and effort on the wrong things and, for sure, are not deserving of yours.

#2 When people are no longer supportive. When something seems to be impossible for you, that is exactly where God can prove that it is possible for Him. If your {so called} friends can not be supportive of your dreams and the desires you have in your heart, then they will not benefit you. It will give you more areas of frustration and doubts in your life.

#3 Giver or a taker? John Arnott mostly says in his teachings: “Be a giver!”. Exactly! Any Relationship is an exchange. If someone comes to the table before you come and leaves before you leave all the time. That could be that they want the food before you, leave you the rest and also lets you clean up the table. T.D. Jakes once said in one of his sermons: “When you start to feel used or taken advantage of, mentally or spiritually, cut it off quickly.”

#4 No longer trustful. Trust can take years to build and a only a few moments to break. When the bond is broken or betrayal sets in, find the exit. Not out of bitterness or hate, but out of humbleness and devotion for your heart.

#5 When you can’t be yourself around them or if you are not happy around them. Obviously if you can’t be yourself, you are not happy. Happiness comes in freedom. Freedom starts when you have the joy of the Lord in you and you accept yourself. Accepting ourselves is the biggest act of Worship. Look for people to hang around with, who are accepting of you, because they see the creativity of the creator!

These five reasons helped me to guard my heart. Again, do not cut it because you hate (strong word) someone. As the Bible tells us to love each other. Love and have healthy boundaries. God wants you to live a life of Joy and happiness and enjoy the daily journey with Him!

Thank you for reading!

Jenan Joseph

Prayer means war?!

Yes, prayer means war! It’s a simple answer. When we ask God for our needs, we don’t realise that. Throwback to my journey. When I had everything I needed and everything around me was very calm. I asked the Lord to give me a victorious life. A life full of passion for Him. To build the Kingdom and all the other powerful, great prayers a young believer could ask God.

Now if you see my first request I asked God: “…give me a victorious life!”, what in the World am I asking for? All the circumstances around me were peaceful, I had a job, I had an income and I was living a normal life. Basically what I was asking for was: “prepare me for a war!” or “I want to step into a battlefield!”. Am I wrong? Well, then explain to me, how can I have victory without a war? When everything around is well and joyful, we sometimes don’t realise what we are actually asking the Lord for.

We praise Him with our tongues, and say things without knowing what we are asking for. It is good to grow and it is important that we move on in life. However, it is important to know that when you pray, there is a war happening in the spirit realm. Let me break this down a little more. If you don’t do anything, nothing is going to happen. For example, in your room you have a drawer. When you first got it you put it near your bed. After few months you realized that every morning you hit your elbow on the drawer and it was not really a good place to have a drawer. In your mind you think – oh it would be good to have it near the window so you also could put a plant or something decorative on it. Well, prayer warriors, you can pray as hard as you want but you need to make the effort to move the table. Oh yes, the scriptures says if we have faith as big as the mustard seed, we can move the mountains. So little faith is enough to move a drawer.

But God has given us the strength. Now if we don’t use the ability He has already given us to do and manage some stuff in our lives, why are we asking for more trouble? It is our responsibility to move the drawer. In the same way, if we ask for a victorious life, we are asking for trouble. Now when we face the turbulence, it’s important that we guard our hearts and trust in the Lord. In other words: New Levels, new devils! Every time you are about to go higher, something will give you pressure.

Before David became King, He was running away from Saul. Before you get the degree you have an exam to pass. Before you become the CEO of a Company you must prove your flexibility and your endurance in anything you do. I always asked God for new revelations in theology on new levels to blow everyones mind away. Well what’s the point of all the high theology if I am not able to be respond to my own ability that God has already given me? I’m not saying to stop prayer, no no no! Pray, fight and live a victorious life! If something is burning in your heart, pursue it and once you have to face it, stay strong and trust in God. He will do the rest once you have started your part! Thank you for reading this Blog!

Be blessed

Jenan Joseph

PS: my war right now is to believe that God is my provider. That He has put the desire in my heart to minister to Europe. In act of faith I have done the GoFundMe Page. Have a look and feel free to give, pray (fight with me) and share!:

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Click on the picture to go see the fundraising!

 

It’s all about your Heart!

This week I want to challenge everyone of us to ask ourself how we feel. We all have emotions and feelings which goes up and down and that is absolutely fine. But the more we work on ourself the more we will have peace and joy. Ready for this weeks challenge? Check out the daily post on my Facebookpage and feel free to share!

Jenan Joseph

Am I (un)qualified?

Today exactly a year ago I took my flight to Toronto, Canada. I heard many People saying: “it’s ok, but don’t look back!”.

Actually, I am looking back and I am surprised to see where God has brought me. I am no longer the same person I was a year ago. 

I have made many mistakes and had a hidden lifestyle (wearing a mask every day). I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, I hated myself for what I had done. I couldn’t forgive myself and so guilt started to overwhelm me.

All I heard from “Friends”, relatives and Pastors was that I have lost my anointing, I made the same mistake again and again. Well yes, I failed. However, let me tell you, if people tell you these kinds of things, open up the Bible and look at what God says about you!

He is waiting for your agreement with His promise.

Leaving is not alwayslosing (1)

So I came to Toronto, and fled from my enemies. Long story short: People are connected all over the World, so all my issues were spread out and I couldn’t be in Toronto, because of what I have done in my past. I was told to go to Montreal. In Montreal I didn’t know anyone and was living in a Basement. Living in a Basement in the dark does not help you. Especially when you are broken; isolation does not help you grow in your spiritual life. I was in that Basement and all I spoke over myself was: “I am unqualified, I am unqualified…I’m such a failure, I can’t live the way I want to live..”. The more I said that, the more suicidal thoughts I had. The bitterness grew more and it started to kill me inside. I was smiling from the outside and crying on the inside. Somehow (I still wonder how He did it 😉 ) God kept me alive. Even though, I disqualified myself and tried to give up on my life, He kept me alive.

Finally the month came where I could come to the School of Ministry. But School of Ministry didn’t solve my problem. I was away from everyone, but the problem grew more than it compressed. I wasn’t present, rumours started to go around. Well somehow I decided to go back to Switzerland, to visit my family and the church I grew up. I was under pressure. I faced all the situations, but felt the same way as I did when I went to Toronto for the first time. After that I came back to Toronto, but still wasn’t myself and wasn’t confident in my calling.

After 4 Months of School you go on an Outreach with your Team. Our Team had the privilege to go to Miami. Somehow I decided to disconnect from everything so I can connect with my Team and take time to get to know myself and find my identity in Christ. Don’t disconnect just because you want to be alone to get to know yourself (it could lead to depression). Have people around you who call the greatness out in you and see you through the eyes of Jesus. During my Outreach I had great friends around me that made me smile and taught me to be myself: silly, funny, friendly but also know that I am chosen by the most high.

I started to realise Whose I was and who I am. I started to see how God was always beside me, but I was doubting Him and His ability to deliver me from all the pressure I had. It wasn’t always easy. It was a journey. Once I opened up to Him, His love changed my heart and my heart started to change my minds perspective. The hunger for more of Him came in me.

He gave me roommates who are on fire. They pushed me forward, called me out and told me how God sees me. Meanwhile, God started to talk through people (I’ve not shared my life with or just got to know them) and all of the sudden they would tell me what the Lord is putting on their heart. They would mostly start like this: “Son, You did NOT lose your anointing …… ” Baaaaammm… I knew God wants me to know, that His love is and always will be the same. From that moment on I knew, I am unqualified but through His blood He qualifies me and uses my past to lead others into their destiny!

Spread your wings, fly high and see things from above like eagles.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

– Isaiah 40:31 NIV

Trust in the Lord and He will deliver you. He is with you and He will never leave you! Stay tuned in Him. Yes I’ve seen it. I went back to Miami in July, shared my life with the Young adults and the Church. Clearly we all could see the manifestation of the Holyspirit in that place. He restores, He reveals Himself and He revives us!

Feel free to share this to encourage others, because testimonies are here to say that Jesus can and will do it when we open up to Him!

His arms are open!