#LL One Year On!

Hey gorgeous readers,

Would you believe it’s been a whole year since I started this blog? Wow! forty-two blog post in total. Amazing right? It’s been such an amazing journey and experience. I’m happy I’ve had the opportunity to share with you all the things that I’ve learnt from the word of God, but also the things God has dealt with me on. Thank you so much for reading my blogs, you readers make it all worth while.

I’m so excited to show you all the next big thing on my agenda; the unveiling of the Love Limitless NEW WEBSITE!!!! Which is really the beginning of the Company I’m setting up.

Love Limitless Ltd is a media platform aimed to equip every young woman with the valuable tools they will need to thrive, flourish and develop into the women God intends them to be. The website is simply the first step of the journey, we have so much planned for you!!

The website will be up and ready by September 4th 6.00pm! Be sure to tell a friend, tell a neighbour and tell an enemy (lol).

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In the meantime:

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God bless and keep you!

IfyAlexis Xx

Broken & Contrite

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17

The sacrifices which God desires and approves; the sacrifices without which no other offering would be acceptable, is a spirit and heart broken, crushed, and penitent. One that is humbled under a sense of sin, has true repentance for it, is smitten, and wounded with it.

King David was a man who used his power to seduce a woman named Bathsheba while her husband was at war. When she was found to be with his child, David arranged for her loyal husband Uriah to be killed in battle to cover up the matter. David was an adulterer and a murderer, yet he writes:

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

David did not minimize his sin, he did not attempt to justify it, nor did he blame it on others. Rather, he was aghast at what he had done, prostrated himself before God and implored His mercy and forgiveness. He made no attempt to “explain it away.” He confessed what he had done, what he was, and asked God to clean him up totally. He made a deliberate request of God to wash Him, knowing that only the cleansing power of Almighty God can make a man clean and pure. Though his sins had covered him in filth and stained him to the very roots of his being, the washing power of God makes a man whiter than snow.

David was broken and contrite!

But the Lord binds up and heals such broken hearts and spirits. – “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3. And He’s close to them. – “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18.

David obtained a grace like no other and because of his repentance, God in His merciful grace heard and answered his prayer, and David’s sins were forgiven.

Beyond being forgiven and cleansed, David requests restoration. This is something we should all seek. He does not want to be stuck in the guilt of his sin as he moves into the future. David says; “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” (vs 12) David wants to repent and be done with it. Knowing God has removed his sin from him, David wants to experience joy again.

True “repentance” is coming to a full realisation that we have rebelled against our Maker–against His way and His righteous law. It means that we come to abhor ourselves for our self-willed, rebellious, sinful past. We must be truly broken and ready to turn away from all sin and our old natures, quit sinning, quit rebelling, and submit to God with all our hearts.

For there is a Father who says, “Come as you are, broken and contrite and I will forgive, redeem and heal you.”

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” – Hebrews 4:16

 A couple of videos :

- Lecrae – Desperate (Ft. Cam)

- John Piper – A Broken & Contrite Heart God Will Not Despise

Also you might want to have a read a read of “The ‘HIS’ Series”a study looking at three life-changing encounters, broken women had with Jesus in the New Testament; highlighting three particular attributes of God: His redemption, forgiveness and healing.

IfyAlexis Xx

- I have MAJOR news for all you amazing readers coming soon! In the interim be sure to follow ‘@LoveLimitless’ on Twitter and Facebook like us: ‘Love Limitless’. Blessings Xx

Secure Yours FIRST!

“Oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.” – Airline Hostess

Have you ever wondered why when you’re in an Aeroplane the air-hostess admonish that in the case of an emergency you secure your own mask first before helping others? I mean surely that’s an act of selfishness? Right? Well..

I’m currently reading a book titled ‘Resolution for Women‘ by the brilliant teacher and author, Priscilla Shirer. In a chapter she addresses this perplexing issue. She explains that you can’t properly aid others or give ample help until you’re capable of doing so. What if you pass out from lack of oxygen, for example, you won’t be able to provide them the care they need and deserve. Right?

Likewise, sometimes we suffocate from a lack of oxygen while trying to make sure everyone else has sufficient care. A fatigued, unhealthy body will not have the energy to make it through the day! Skills and mental  capabilities that have been dulled and left unattended will not keep you sharp enough to be full of use to your family and loved ones. Also, being unattuned spiritually to the Lord and His Word will caused you to be deflated, lacking the Spirit’s direction and fruit that enable you to give when you feel like you have nothing else to offer.

Therefore, making time for ‘good self-care’ is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. You’ll never be able to give the best of yourself if you’re not taking care of yourself to begin with. The best gift you can give those you love is to take care of yourself.

By running yourself ragged, trying to do everything morning till night, you’re in essence trying to be God. Overwork is a form of unbelief. You’re saying through your actions that you don’t believe He can take care of everything, meaning you’re on the hook for it. But playing God is exhausting. After all, He’s the only one fit for the job.

What might give you a fresh draft of oxygen? It doesn’t have to be expensive or particularly time-consuming. A walk after dinner. Coffee at Starbucks. Picking up the novel that’s been sitting on your table. Getting to the office ten minutes earlIer to be alone with God before the workday starts. Often a quick interval of quiet can give you just the boost you need to be back on your feet and engaged in the task at hand. Or if being around other people is what energises you, planning even a short outing with friends can do the trick.

We need to stay replenished, energised and healthy both spiritually and physically! We need to take breaks now and again. It’s not a break from our lives; it’s a break for our lives. Staying healthy will ultimately make us of better help to those around us!

IfyAlexis Xx

His : HEALING

‘The His Series’ – a study looking at three life-changing encounters, broken women had with Jesus in the New Testament; highlighting three particular attributes of God: His redemption, forgiveness and healing.

The third and final lady we’re looking at is ‘The Woman With the Issue of Blood” – whose story is told in Mark 5:25-34.

Jesus was on His way to heal the daughter of Jairus – a ruler in the synagogue, when great multitude followed and crowded Him. We’re told of a woman among the crowd who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. We come to know and infer the  following:

  1. This was a chronic, abnormal condition.
  2. This was an affliction that she could “feel,” and which made her suffer, though whether physically or emotionally is not clear (vs. 29).
  3. Chronic loss of blood probably meant she suffered for Anaemia and was a physical weakness for her.
  4. She had endured medical “cures” (vs. 26).
  5. She had suffered under medical treatments.
  6. She spent all her money paying for these treatments which left her worse off.
  7. She was ceremonially unclean. Thus everything and everyone she touched became ceremonially unclean, so she was shunned by everyone, even family. Sexual relations were unclean, her bed and even her husband were ceremonially unclean, so she probably was divorced by her husband (deu 24:1). Worship in the synagogue was barred to her since she could not make atonement for her blood flow (lev 15:28-30).

Jesus was in the midst of the multitude of people and this woman pushed through the crowd and made her way to Him. She approached Him from behind –  not shouting His name, not demanding his attention, not requiring anything at all of  Him – only herself, to simply touch the hem of His garment.  She was desperate. She was willing to break social taboos. She was willing to hope in Jesus. She pushed through and touched Him… She was INSTANTLY healed!

Jesus did not heal all who touched Him in the crowd, but He perceived her secret touch. He knew instantly healing power had gone out from Him, and He wanted to know who had been healed. Upon enquiry His disciples said to him,“Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” When the woman saw that she was unable to hide from the Lord she came trembling and falling down before Him. He commended her for her faith, wished her peace and sent her away – completely healed.

Jesus was on His way to heal a girl who was at the point of death! Yet, in spite of the seriousness of His mission, Jesus took the time to stop for this woman! Jesus said something so profound to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well…” There’s an incredible difference in touching Jesus with faith and just touching Jesus. Many people touched Jesus that day, yet nothing happened.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

This woman had a great need and had the faith to come to Jesus for its resolution. The woman’s healing was a demonstration of Jesus’ power and deity, and the woman recognised this. In turn, Jesus recognised her saving faith and gifted her with total healing—both in body and soul. Like the man blind from birth who came to Jesus for healing and found both healing and redemption (John 9:2-25) this woman found all that her heart desired in Jesus.

She was healed! Her battle with this dread disease was forever finished! She had received a brand new life from the hand of the Master. She was no longer rejected, unclean, unworthy - Jesus In His mercy and love, He extended to her a gift of which all others would have deemed her undeserving: His grace, His healing… HIMSELF!

He did it for her… He can do it for you!

His : Healing

IfyAlexis Xx

His : FORGIVENESS

‘The His Series’ – a study looking at three life-changing encounters, broken women had with Jesus in the New Testament; highlighting three particular attributes of God: His redemption, forgiveness and healing.

The second woman we’re looking at is The Woman Caught in Adultery, whose story is found is John 8 :

It was early morning, and Jesus was at the Temple, ready to teach whoever came to listen to him. Some respected Jewish leaders brought a woman to him who had been found guilty of adultery. The law at this time required two witnesses and carefully outlined what evidence was needed to prosecute this woman. The Jewish leaders made known that the law of Moses said to stone her {the requirement of the law to ‘stone her’ indicates that this woman was engaged or married (see. Lev 20:10; Deut 22:23-24)}, but neglected that the law also stated that her lover should be killed with her. They turned to Jesus and asked:

“Teacher, what do you say?”

The succeeding verse lets us know that question was a trap. They wanted to see whether He would neglect the law since He had a reputation for mercy or would ignore the woman’s tragedy. They felt sure Jesus would not condemn the woman, and therefore He would be disobeying Moses’ command. John revealed that He had not judged the Samaritan for her loose living ( John 4), and had pointed out to Nicodemus that He had not come to condemn but to save (John 3:17). They were clearly irritated at this One who seemed to avoid the emphasis they had placed on condemnation required by the Law and thought what could be a better test case than that of adultery, a crime with a certain punishment from the very chapters of Deuteronomy’s greater Prophet?

Instead of answering, Jesus did something unexpected. He bent down and wrote with his finger on the stone paving of the courtyard. What was he writing? Nobody knows. There have been many erudite theories on the subject, many clever suggestions, but no real answer. After probing, Jesus said:

“Let he who is without sin among you cast the first stone…”

Jesus’ answer did not mean that an accuser had to be morally perfect to make legal accusations. His reference to the one who has never sinned points out the motive of the accusers. The jury crumbled as they slipped away one by one.

“… And Jesus was left with the woman standing in the midst.”

What could’ve possibly  gone through this woman’s mind? She must’ve mentally prepared herself to be stoned do death. The bible tells us she was ‘caught’ in adultery. Was she still naked – Shaking? Cold? Fully clothed? Clothes torn? Disgraced? Embarrassed? Ashamed?

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”“No, Lord,” she said.”

Verse 11 records the only time this woman spoke in this incident. She simply said, “No one, Lord.” to which Jesus replied saying, “Neither do I condemn you; go your way. From now on sin no more,”

Jesus did not condone what she had done, or dismiss her sin as unimportant, or understandable. He knows, and she does too, that what she has done is wrong. But he condemns the sin, not the sinner, and commands her not to sin again. The woman is called to change.

Christ came to offer grace and truth (John 1:17), while Moses had given the Law. But the two are not contradictory. They work together—the Law condemned, but through grace and truth Jesus offered a way out of the condemnation (John 1:29; 3:17).

This woman committed a serious sin against the community, the sin of adultery. It hurt herself, her family, and the people she knew. She like all of us deserved death, but Jesus in His awesome tender-mercies bestowed unto her a gift of which all others would have deemed her undeserving: His grace, His covering… HIMSELF! His grace empowered her to not sin by reminding her that she’s no longer a slave to it!

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” – John 3:17

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” – Ephesians 1:7

You can’t earn forgiveness from God. You can’t pay for your forgiveness from God. You can only receive it, by faith, through the grace and mercy of God.

He did it for her… He can do it for you!

His : Forgiveness

IfyAlexis Xx

His : REDEMPTION

Hey wonderful readers,

The blogging break is over and I am so excited to give you the first instalment of a three-part series titled, ‘His’. This study will look at three life-changing encounters, broken women had with Jesus in the New Testament. And highlight three particular attributes of God; His redemption, forgiveness and healing.

The first: ‘The Woman at The Well’.

In John 4 we are told of a Samaritan woman who meets with Jesus when drawing water from a well at midday. In their conversation we find that she had five husbands and was living with a man she was not married to.

In those days Samaritan women went to the well in groups in the morning and evening as it was cooler. Also, traditional ancient Jewish culture didn’t allow for friendly exchanges with Samaritans, because they were a mixed-race people who had married with Assyrians centuries before, so were deemed outcasts. In addition, and in an even larger context, first-century men didn’t enter into conversation with women in public, not even their wives as they were considered greatly inferior to men. So for Jesus to be found speaking to this woman was not only culturally inappropriate but would’ve been readily perceived by onlookers as scandalous.

She having had so many husbands was clearly the talk of the town. What was even worse was that this unmarried woman was presently living with a man.  Even for the Samaritans, this was an abomination. In order to avoid the mockery of the townswomen who filled their water jars at sunrise and sunset, this woman came to the well at noon, the hottest hour of the day. The social stigma that this woman endured in the community must have been demeaning.   She was ostracised by all who lived there, so imagine her surprise when Jesus came up and spoke directly to her.  He even called her “woman” which was a sign of respect and dignity not found anywhere at that time. Jesus treated her like a person, a person of intelligence, someone who mattered, someone who was worthy of the Messiah’s ‘living water’

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”” – John 4:13-15

Jesus used the water as a metaphor to teach this woman. He spoke about the living water, which gives eternal life.  The woman realised her innate need for this type of water and Jesus gave it to her. She left the well a changed person. He REDEEMED her! In His mercy and love, He extended to her a gift of which all others would have deemed her undeserving: His grace, His covering… HIMSELF!

This same shy, rejected lady went through the town proclaiming the works of Jesus. His redemption liberated her, took away her shame and consequently made many Samaritans of that city believe in Him. By reaching out to the Samaritans, Jesus showed that his mission was to the entire earth, not just the Jews. In the book of Acts, after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, His apostles carried on this work in Samaria and to the Gentile world.

This Samaritan woman was REJECTED. She was rejected because of her race, her gender and her sexual indiscretions yet God still chose to reveal Himself to her.

He did it for her… He can do it for you!

His : Redemption

IfyAlexis Xx

On Hiatus!

Hey wonderful readers! As most of you know, I’m a university student and I have exams coming up pretty soon (feel free to say a prayer for me). So in light of that i’m taking a 2 month blogging break!

I’ll be back in June with more posts and an intense summer series!! All will be disclosed soon.

Thank you so much for reading.

You’ll hear from me soon by God’s grace.

IfyAlexis x