Wednesday 7th of June 2023
There Will be no ‘AHA’ Over Your Situation !!
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
Psalms 27:12-13 NKJV
Lord, you have seen all this. Do not remain silent, Lord. Do not stay far away from me.
Wake up! Get ready to give me justice! Show that I am not guilty, my Lord and my God.
Lord, you are righteous. Give me justice, my God. Do not let them laugh at me.
Do not let them say, ‘Aha! This is what we wanted.’ Do not let them say, ‘We have eaten him alive!’
Psalms 35 : 22 - 25 EASY
I will be glad and rejoice in your love, because you saw my suffering; you knew my troubles.
You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place.
Psalms 31 : 7 - 8 NCV
Beloved, the Lord will remain gracious to you!!
Had it not been for the Lord’s love and mercy, only God knows what would have become of us.
The adversary of our soul has his wishes for us. He wishes we be disgraced and live in perpetual misery.
He raises up men to accuse us falsely, to humiliate us, steal from us and put us in harm’s way.
In our innocence, he gathers people at work, in our neighbourhood etc.to hate us for nothing, they hate our laughter, our smiles, our suggestions and the fact we are of Christ, alive doing our own things.
He wishes we failed in every area, that our voices are no more heard, that our smiles are wiped off our faces, that our laughter would turn to sorrow, our rejoicing would turn to crying, He and his agents await to see their wicked thoughts and wishes come to pass in our lives and in our families.
They also wish to see our homes in disarray, our marriages broken down, our children wayward and disobedient, that chaos would consume our homes, that grave sicknesses would attack us, our businesses would fail, and we would lose our jobs and homes, not because we have done anything in particular to them, but they just hate our peace / joy.
Beloved, let them wish till tomorrow, our Saviour Jesus, who is our advocate and intercessor, has overruled. He will not give us over to the wishes of our enemies! He will not give them the joy of saying, “Aha! This is what we wanted! Our Advocate will vindicate us, He will speak for us and turn around their wishes. The very pit they have dug for us would become their portion.
Beloved, we do not and would not lose hope, for we believe we would see the deliverance, and the goodness of the Lord in this land of the living.
In our very presence God would vindicate us as we raise a banner of praise and testify of His goodness.
Beloved, fear not! Their accusations and schemes have come to nothing, so states the Verdict of the Most High God!
Tuesday 6th of June 2023
The Shepherd Knows The Best Ways!
THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
Psalm 23 : 1 - 3 AMPC
The Psalmist declared Jehovah, the Lord God to be his Shepherd.
He understood the way of the Shepherd with the sheep because he, David was once a Shepherd tending his father’s flock.
He knew the welfare and safety of the sheep was the sole responsibility of the Shepherd, and it took a caring Shepherd to be out in the field with His sheep.
The Shepherd was the strong defender while the sheep was the vulnerable weak animal.
The Shepherd always had His rod and staff, His weapon of warfare as He stayed with the sheep.
He always looked out for the wild animals that would come to attack the sheep, He fought them himself. He would either kill the predators or ward them off, no Shepherd loves to see his flock attacked by wolves, he was ever protecting them.
Shepherds are always on the move looking for greener pastures and still waters for the comfort and refreshment of the sheep. Until He finds it, they would keep moving with little rests in-between. Imagine how the sheep may feel regarding the movements, sometimes they may resist to move on because of tiredness, or because they feel their present feeding pasture is good enough and is all they need, so they would refuse to move on, but the good Shepherd who knows the land would insist and move them on for he rightly knows there’s a better feeding field and stiller water ahead of them. The Shepherd takes care of his sheep holistically, and couldn’t do much for the sheep if the sheep isn’t able to trust the judgement of the Shepherd and obey Him. The Shepherd is indeed who the sheep needs to listen to, lean on and follow for a good life.
Similarly, Jesus Christ, is our Great Shepherd. He leads and guides us by His Spirit. If we are to have a good fulfilled life in Him, we must therefore listen to His voice and comply instead of struggling with Him or opposing His lead.
Perhaps He’s moving you on from your already comfortable position to your next grazing field which is greener, safer and surrounded by Stiller water, far from the wolves and you are fighting and resisting Him because you are fearful and can’t see His good directions, it’s time you stopped resisting.
The great Shepherd has your best interest at heart.
Trust Him with all your heart, and thank Him for where you are now and for where He’s leading you to, for it’s all for your good. He loves you!
Today, with a grateful heart, tell Him, Lord, wherever you lead me I’ll follow, for your thoughts are good.
Monday 5th of June 2023
Take No Part in Evil Deeds Of Darkness!
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do.
Ephesians 5 : 3 - 7 NLT
And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
Ephesians 5 : 10-11 AMPC
People say this: ‘Only a small amount of yeast in the flour will cause a loaf of bread to grow big.’
Galatians 5 : 9 EASY
Beloved, Paul wrote the above admonitions to the believers in Christ and not to unbelievers.
An immoral lifestyle is synonymous with an ungodly society or groups, but it shouldn’t be mentioned in the church of the Living God which should be thriving in Holiness.
The church in this present age has not stood out from the World system because within its wall is immorality and all forms of sexual vices.
Obscene stories, greed, foolish talks and coarse jokes have found a place in the church of God both among the clergy and the congregation.
The very detestable acts that shouldn’t be mentioned among believers are done both in the secret and in the open. You find in the different arms of the church, both married and unmarried involved in fornication and adultery, stealing and secretly involved with man made gods. These men and women can just get up from their secret sinful acts and walk straight to lead or stand in the congregation of the righteous without the fear of God, without shame and an atom of guilt lifting up their hands, but not in repentance.
It shouldn’t be like this before God. Living this way is like mocking God and making light of His love and grace. The church of God is not to cover these sinful deeds of darkness but expose them, so that the young and old can take correction.
These sins are like yeast that affect the whole dough if allowed into the dough.
Every believer in Christ must take responsibility and ensure immorality and other vices don’t taint the church of God. We are called to be living examples of what the New Life in Christ should be and that God actually transforms lives. Again we are to expose these evil works of darkness and not condone them.
In the Spirit of love, be the light and drive out every deeds of wickedness in your home, in the church and wherever God places you. Don’t let evil thrive!!
Wednesday 31th of May 2023
Why Allow Yourself To Be Sad or Upset?
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.
Psalm 42 : 5 AMPC
Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God and keep praising him, my Savior and my God.
Psalms 42 : 5 NCV
And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]? If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?
Luke 12 : 25 - 26 AMPC
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Luke 12 : 25 - 26 NLT
Beloved, don’t let the evil one, that is the enemy put you into the pit of sadness and depression because of the challenges you are facing.
May I gently remind you these challenges were here before you came and once you leave this present life they will still remain. What’s important is how you can walk through or out if them.
Remember, the good Lord promised there’s no temptation that will come to us that we wouldn’t be able to bear, and even in it He will make a way of escape. So what’s important would be adopting the willingness to walk out of the situation and discerning God’s provided way of escape and also walking through it.
Worrying and allowing the issues of life to dominate your heart would not add anything to you, instead it will steal your joy and peace.
Do you still remember the promises of God? One of them says He will never leave nor forsake you, meaning that He is there with you in whatever challenges you are facing, actually He is the reason you are not yet consumed in that challenge. He is holding you up and working out the situation for you.
So like our brother David asked Himself, you need to wake up and arise from that downcast emotions and ask yourself, why am I allowing this to eat me up or steal my joy if I really believe God is with me?
Is He not the same God that brought me out and help me through past challenges, and will He not do it again? Instead of being sad and grumpy, I will hope in Him like I did before, and I will experience His salvation again.
Beloved, this is what God expects we do in our challenges, we praise Him again and again in high Hopes, as we patiently and expectantly wait on Him.
Don’t wait for everything to be alright in your life before you praise. Begin to praise Him now and He will start to cause things to work together for your good according to His divine plan.
Tuesday 30th of May 2023
Obey God And Be At Peace!
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 14 : 27 AMPC
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
Colossians 3 : 15 AMPC
“Obey God and be at peace with him; this is the way to happiness. Accept teaching from his mouth, and keep his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be blessed again. So remove evil from your house.
Job 22 : 21 - 23 NCV
Beloved, God knew we will be facing seasons that will challenge and bring fear to our door steps, seasons of uncertainties and threat to our lives and faith. In these times our Heavenly Father has made provision to guide us and guard our hearts with His peace.
This peace is His own, and therefore operates differently from what you see in the World. It’s flows from a place of righteousness unto God’s own, therefore its presence wouldn’t be felt in ungodliness, instead the soul would experience a feeling of troubled waters.
We are encouraged to let the peace of God rule our hearts like a referee, that decodes, decides and settles the situation around us and the turmoil inside us.
Beloved, it’s only in our obedience and trust in God’s word we enjoy His peace. Although we may hear of bad news and sudden shocking events around us, we must remember not to be agitated and troubled by them, instead we bounce off on the Word of God.
When the written Word of God arises in our hearts and minds, it comes with the cool breeze of peace calming all the agitation and fear, settling our hearts on what God’s Word says.
The written and Spoken Word of God is His Word of peace, therefore Child of God we must meditate on it day and night to cushion our heart with His Word and be led into the right in the Spirit of courage.
We need to keep and maintain the peace of God in our hearts. Perhaps your heart is troubled right now, God calls you to come into His presence, as you pour out your heart and make things right with Him, He will flood you heart again with His peace.
Beloved, don’t step out without His peace, and don’t go to anywhere His Umpire of peace has not led you up.
May the peace of God rule your heart today and always in all you do
Monday 29th of May 2023
Our Present Troubles Are Small And Won’t Last Very Long!
Then I heard a voice that spoke loudly from the throne. It said, ‘God’s home is now among people! God will live together with them. They will be his people. God himself will be with them and he will be their God. God will take away all the tears from their eyes. Nobody will ever die again. Nobody will be sad again. Nobody will ever cry. Nobody will have pain again. Everything that made people sad has now gone. That old world has completely gone away.’
Revelation 21 : 3-4 EASY
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4 : 16 – 17
Right from the beginning, it has been God’s desire to dwell with His people and relate with them like every good Dad would.
God’s idea is not to be a virtual Dad.
We are told God made His presence known in the Garden of Eden, He always came in the cool of the evening to meet and fellowship with Adam. When the children of Israel left Egypt enroute to Canaan land, God still tabernacled with them. He dwelt in the midst of His people watched over them, led and protected them.
In this new dispensation or covenant, because of the price Jesus paid to restore the Sons of men back in fellowship with the Father, God’s Spirit now doesn’t just dwell amongst His people but He dwells right inside them, for the believers in Christ have become the body of Christ, wherein He resides.
He has promised to never leave nor forsake us in our troubles, but walk us through everyone of them as we commit to obey His voice.
We need to know, that all the troubles we are facing in this present times may be tough and ruffle us, but they are nothing compared to the good future these same trouble will earn us according to God’s plans if we endured and not cave in.
We are told that no eyes have seen, nor ears heard, neither has it entered the heart of man what He has reserved for those who will love Him faithfully till the vey end.
Although we don’t have the whole picture of what our beautiful abode would be but one thing is Sure, God will in His glory finally and permanently dwell amongst His people.
God in His love will wipe away our tears, no more death, no more sorrow, no more pains, we will be filled joy and laughter in the Presence of our King.
Imagine if all the beautiful things we see and enjoy here on earth which are but temporary have wowed men and stolen their hearts, what then do you think enjoyment and fun in heaven would be like? If earth is termed great with its landscape, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes etc, what do you imagine the New Heavenly City with its streets of gold would be?
This glorious future we have with Christ should motivate us not to look at the troubles we see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.
Beloved, let’s take our eyes off our present troubles and fix them on Christ, the finisher of our faith and He’ll keep and lead us into our glorious future Home.
Wednesday 24th of May 2023
You are Vey Special, Also Your Life is Not Yours!
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Psalms 139:13-16 NLT
But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles…
Galatians 1:15-16 NLT
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
Beloved, your existence is not an accident, inspite of all the tales surrounding your birth.
It may be your parents didn’t plan your birth at the time you came, or you were born out of wedlock or your conception may have been as a result of rape, whatever story surrounds your birth is one when looked into would give your an assurance that it was only God that gave you a right of passage at the time you came for it pleased Him you come.
He saw everyone of us in our unformed states, He saw the very moment that very egg from which you developed was fertilised in the womb. It was in His hands to permit or stop it from being fertilised, but He called us forth to come, watched over every stage of our development in the womb to make sure we weren’t terminated, until we were born.
God brought us forth because He had a plan and a purpose even before our conception. He ordained us to come and become all he had preplanned for us to become so to carry out His will on this other side of His creation, to ensure the will of Jehovah is done on this earth as It’s already done in Heaven.
So Child of God, you are not a mistake, but one called forth on an assignment. The life you have is not your own, the ability you have to thrive on planet earth is not yours. All that’s you and yours is Heavenly endowed, for the purpose of the Master.
This is the very reason you can’t claim the life you have is your own, it’s given to you for a specific time, for a given assignment after which you return back to base to give your report.
Any child of God living carelessly, outside the code and ethics of Heaven as given in the Holy scriptures is one that’s sold out to the Kingdom of darkness.
So from today begin to take yourself seriously, appreciate yourself and your calling, for you are specially created in the eyes of God.
Now you must begin to live circumspectly, redeeming the time like an agent on assignment for your days on this assignment are also numbered.
Remember!! Your life is not your own, you can’t live it any how, but only for God’s glory and purpose.
Tuesday 23rd of May 2023
I Want To Know Christ!
If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
John 14:6-11 NLT
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,
Philippians 3:10 NLT
No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:11 NLT
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14 NLT)
Beloved, it’s possible for someone to go through school, yet the school hasn’t gone through Him.
No doubt this person (bodily) could regularly be within the four walls of an educational institution but mentally or otherwise wouldn’t engage to benefit from all the knowledge the school had to offer.
Similarly, there are those who have long been in the four walls of a church, (may be by birth or association), these know and attend the different programs of the church and socially interact with other church goers, but the reality of whom Christ is hasn’t been known by them. They do not have a personal intimate relationship with Jesus.
They know Jesus by name and by stories told by other people but have not experienced His awesome transforming power for themselves.
Beloved, the essence of a relationship is to grow fondness and love, to understand one another and be able to walk together in harmony.
We are called into a relationship with Christ through our fellowship with His Spirit and Word. It’s only in the place of fellowship, we get to know Him, grow in love and fondness for Him, experience His power, and live to operate in His mind and do His will.
Listen, knowing Christ is not day’s job, He reveals Himself progressively. The more one delights in His presence to abide and obey, the more one walks in a greater understanding of who He is.
Knowing Christ’s name or His acts, and going to church are good, but, the most important and beneficial thing is to know Him for yourself through a personal encounter.
That’s what Paul prayed for, that’s what we should pray for too. It builds faith and confidence in God.
From today let’s Pray and seek to know and experience Christ through the fellowship of His Spirit, especially in our Closets and to obey Him in all our ways.
Monday 22nd of May 2023
The Rich Food That Satisfies!
The Lord says, “All you who are thirsty, come and drink. Those of you who do not have money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.
Isaiah 55 : 1 - 2 NCV
Woe to those who are mighty heroes at drinking wine and men of strength in mixing alcoholic drinks!–
Isaiah 5:22 AMPC
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 5:18 NLT
.. You should want to learn about God more and more. New babies always want their mothers’ milk, which makes them grow strong. God’s true message is like good food that will make you strong in your spirits. Learn more about God every day, so that you continue to grow as believers. Then at the end, God will save you completely from the bad things of this world.
1 Peter 2 : 2 EASY
Beloved, no matter what the world has to offer in terms of comfort, satisfaction, good life, fun, you name it, it always come with a price to pay.
It gives false hope or euphoria with underlying chain of slavery. Everything it offers never last.
Are you looking for comfort, excitement, peace, joy, fulfillment, good health etc?
Our Lord Jesus offers these to those who come to Him, not as the world gives.
Instead of spending much money on food and wine for a little happiness, with the hope of numbing sorrows and forgetting challenges which only leads to more pain and disappointment, the Lord offers us the comfort that comes from His Word and Spirit with overflowing Joy from His presence.
As Children of God, we know that which men seek in the world for satisfaction can only be found in Christ and it’s free. All the world’s goodies advertisement flags are false flags and we must not waste our time and resources on them. The New life we have received in Christ Jesus is the best life and better deal and we must let others into it by spreading the Good News of Salvation in Christ.
Let’s stay focused, dwell in God’s presence and His Spirit and Word will strengthen and bring us to a place of wholeness, joy and satisfaction in Him.
The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Child of God, God’s Word and His Spirit is that RICH Food and wine that SATISFY yet FREE, nothing more than them!
Let’s therefore, Keep hold of them and NEVER trade places.
Thursday 18th of May 2023
Be Sensitive And Responsive!
And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless
For that just man, living [there] among them, tortured his righteous soul every day with what he saw and heard of [their] unlawful and wicked deeds–
2 Peter 2 : 7 - 8 AMPC
I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. (Psalms 101 : 3 NLT)
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 AMPC)
Beloved, the enemy seeks to spiritually desensitize the children of God and get them acclimated to the evil happenings in the society.
When one gets desensitize and acclimated, he begins to accept violence, murder and all sorts of social vices or sin as normal and okay.
Sodom and Gomorrah was filled with violence and wickedness, these acts of wickedness were carried out in the open as normal, people saw and observed them everywhere they went. Lot was a righteous man living in Sodom, hearing and seeing these wicked and sinful acts at every turn. Because He was righteous what he saw and heard tortured his soul daily. He was distressed and worn out, but God rescued him from the destruction of the city.
Beloved, violence and wickedness has filled not only our streets but Satan has also flooded our homes with these through television and radio, and gradually seeks to numb our children’s sensitivity to these evil acts through social media, via their laptops, tablets and games.
It’s true we gradually with time become what we feed on or allow into our hearts, and not just that we become comfortable and accepting of things we initially frowned at or resented as bad or sinful.
There’s nothing more important than the condition of our heart and soul, therefore we must guard the gates of our hearts from every infiltration and stay sensitive. We must cautiously decide not to set our eyes on wickedness or to seek to enjoy movies, talks or songs that promote violence, evil, bloodshed and perversions of every form.
Let’s protect our children from all these forms of entertainments for they are subtle pathways into their consciousness (beings).
We can stay sensitive and responsive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings by fellowshipping daily with Jesus in Word and prayer.
We are in the World but not of the world, so let’s ensure we be SEPARATE and not blend in.
Darkness shouldn’t encroach into our spaces, we must dispel it with our light.
Beloved, be a WATCHMAN and REMAIN SENSITIVE to GOD’S SPIRIT. Be INNOCENT in evil.
Wednesday 17th May 2023
Must Work The Works Of Christ!
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
John 9 : 4 NKJV
Jesus said to them, ‘My Father has sent me. I must do the things he wants me to do. I must finish the work that he has given to me to do. That is my food. You often say, “It is still four more months until the plants in the farmers’ fields will be ready for the harvest.” But I say that you should open your eyes. Look at the fields. The plants are ready for the harvest now.
John 4 : 34 - 35 EASY
Beloved, we are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, imitating the way He lived.
He came to earth for the purpose of doing the Father’s will, and that He did.
Likewise, every person is born with a purpose, designed, written and planned out by our Heavenly Father, all that’s needed is to come to that realisation and seek to fulfill that purpose.
Beloved, Jesus said, I MUST DO THE WORKS OF HIM WHO SENT ME.
Therein He confirmed He was SENT not that He just chose to come do His own things, but to take care of the affairs of the Father.
Using the word ‘MUST’ tells us he felt obligated to carry out these compulsory works without deviation.
He also acknowledged His works had to be carried out within the space of time. He was aware NIGHT time was drawing near, so He needed to do all He could within the day when He could still see clearly using the light of day without hindrances.
Doing and completing His Father’s will was not only paramount but was also His food, His source of sustenance and strength.
Beloved, we should cultivate this same attitude that was in Christ Jesus our forerunner and Saviour.
Our existence here on earth is not a joke, is not for self praise and glory, but for the works of God to be done. We should feel obligated to carry out the plans of God for our lives.
Let’s also remember we do not control time, therefore, night time is inevitable. As we are spending the hours of our day time, the night hours are also drawing close, so we must begin to do the works committed into our hands now we can.
Night time surely hinders one from working.
Now we can still see clearly, and have the strength and grace to rise up, let’s begin to do so, for as Jesus presented Himself before His Heavenly Father after He’s done His will, so we shall also be presented before our Father in Heaven.
Beloved, what will that day spell out for you?
A day of joy or one of regret?
Now we still can, Let’s determine to make it a joyful day by decisively taking up this obligation NOW, TODAY and not tomorrow to do the Works expected of us by the father while it’s day, for night is fast approaching.
16th of May 2023
Be Diligent And Turn from Your Indifference!
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
Revelation 3:14-19 NLT
Throw your gold nuggets into the dust and your fine gold among the rocks in the ravines. Then the Almighty will be your gold and the best silver for you. You will find pleasure in the Almighty, and you will look up to him. You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will keep your promises to him.
Job 22 : 24 - 27 NCV
The church of God has become complacent, she seems numbed to the happenings around her.
The church of God is one body made up by those saved and called by his name all over. What we see of the church today is a collective effect of what goes on in our individual lives.
When believers in Christ in their closets have become indifferent and complacent in the things of God, it will certainly have an overall effect and even the fervency of a few may seem like nothing, it’s therefore the strength of our individual walks and commitments that reflects on the church of God.
Why have many become complacent or indifferent?
There could be many reasons, weariness discouragement due to challenges and trials etc.
But one grave factor, which Satan has subtly used to bring the children of God on complacent knees, is the blessings of God in their lives. It could be the blessings of children, jobs, houses, talents, promotions and other material wealth.
These things not mastered has a way of taking over seeking to be maintained or kept up with more than God. They have a way of giving false security, status, confidence and assurance unconsciously.
When one’s heart is then rooted and confidently relying these blessings of God instead of God then
Satan uses them to distract, pump up the mind in pride and redirect priorities which gradually sets them spiritually on the downward slope of arrogance, self sufficient and pleasure seeking.
Such a one would think he’s standing yet has fallen over without realising it.
God is asking his children to arise and ditch every entanglement that causes indiffference and complacency in the things of God.
We must come to understand that anything that gives us a sense of fulfillment, righteousness and wisdom not Christ centred is Satan’s distraction.
There’s no room for negligence and indifference in God’s Kingdom business, for the enemy’s the author and executor of ever indifference towards God.
May the Fire of the Holy Ghost burn off every thing that weighs us down and set our hearts again on fire for the Lord.
Beloved, DILIGENCE does it, INDIFFERENCE has no place in God
15th of May 2023
In the last days there will be many troubles, because people will love themselves, love money, brag, and be proud. They will say evil things against others and will not obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants.
2 Timothy 3:1-2 NCV
If you lay gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brook [considering them of little worth], And make the Almighty your gold and [the Lord] your precious silver treasure, Then you will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God.
Job 22:24-26 AMPC
Beloved, the pressure from the things we face everyday is enough to desensitize us from the truth of what’s going on around us.
The Almighty God wants us to remember the season we are in, so to stay focused and able to handle the challenges as they come.
When we know the season and the expected events then we will not be thrown off guard, wondering what’s going on or what has the world become.
Listen, the Word of God has spelt it out there will be difficult times, distressing times in the last days, not such as ever been seen or experienced before.
The difficult times will have people become lovers of themselves and lovers of money, which is contrary to what it should be for the children of God.
Because a child of God understands that what is, is only temporal and passing away, but that which is to come is permanent and eternal, worth living and dying for, therefore caution will be exercised in one’s way of life, and the state of the heart would be constantly examined and rooted on the right things.
What does men being lovers of themselves mean?
In Greek, the word interpreted as lovers of themselves is Philautos. A combination of two words, philo (or phileo meaning love, fondness, romantic feelings, or attraction towards another. It can also mean kissing)
Auto on the other hand means oneself. So imagine having a fondness, attraction or romantic feelings towards one self instead of towards another person.
Unfortunately, that is what the society and people in it will/has become. The society will be consumed by self love, self focus, self centredness, self absorption, self interest and all that’s named selfishness.
Men will no longer live selfless lives in service of others but will put their wants and needs at the very centre of their world, making their own self interests and desires their first consideration in everything, contrary to what the love of Jesus stands for.
Beloved, we are in that rat race right now, but what you should ponder on is the state of your own heart.
Do not be caught up in covetousness and self love.
Stay focused on eternity and live a selfless, godly life to the glory of God.
Always remember this: you came with nothing and will leave with nothing, be wise and hide your treasures far away from thieves, moths and rots.
So be selfless, think Heavenly and invest more in God’s business !!
Prosperity In Obedience!
Friday 31st April 2021
Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord .
Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!
Psalms 119 :1 - 8 NLT
Do you think it’s a waste of time faithfully following Jehovah with all your might, especially when sometimes it brings pain and discomfort?
That thought can get even more magnified, when one sees unbelieving friends who know, say or do NOTHING about God, yet are prospering beyond measure.
Sometimes, you may even hear preachers compare the rising prosperity of the unbelievers to the disappointing average or lowly life of the believers, as if the believers are missing out on their own prosperity because of something they are not doing smartly. Could that be true?
We must understand the believer’s and the unbeliever’s paths are parallel, guided by different rules, not gearing to the same destination.
Unbelievers GENERALLY are not afraid to do WHATEVER they have to do in order to prosper. They can do the UNTHINKABLE to accelerate, for in their hearts their prosperity is in their own hands. Unlike the believer who understands prosperity comes from God, and any man who desires to PROSPER GOD’S WAY, must be HARDWORKING and LIVING by the GODLY rules of the Lord.
We know our PRESENT life is short and it’s only a passage to a long life in ETERNITY.
Our Lord God desires we experience his goodness both in this land of the living and in the one beyond.
But we must prioritise living FIRSTLY in the present as we should to God’s glory, in preparation to living the BEST LIFE with Christ, when He returns.
So through thick or thin, in abundance or in lack, in sickness and in health, we must not compromise with evil in order to prosper or live large in the NOW.
Living a life of INTEGRITY, comparing our lives and actions, making sure they reflect God’s decree should be in our hearts. A man that follows God’s instruction is a JOYFUL, BLESSED and FAVOURED man. This in itself is prosperity!
Remember! The race does not usually go for the swift, neither the battle for the strong.
Your prosperity is in Christ who never fails, but meets your needs. Hold unto him dearly in all you do. Do not envy the unbelievers, for they also wish to have the peaceful life you have in Christ!
So be thankful and Leave as you should for God NOW!
You Are God’s Delight!
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Psalms 149 : 4 NKJV
May my friends sing and shout for joy. May they always say, “Praise the greatness of the Lord , who loves to see his servants do well.” I will tell of your goodness and will praise you every day.
Psalms 35 : 27 - 28 NCV
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalms 37 : 23 NLT
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalms 40 : 2 NLT
He protects our lives and does not let us be defeated.
Psalms 66 : 9 NCV
Jehovah is different!
Men may just look at you and not like you based on how you look, what you do and where you are coming from.
They may refuse to favour you because you are too tall, not slim enough, teeth not straight, your English not well polished, and your clothes too colourful.
But that’s man, and not GOD!
Listen, God delights in you! You are His pleasure, that’s why He let Jesus die for you. Yes, you are no way near how He intends you to be, and what He intends you to do, but He hasn’t given up on you. He with your agreement and humble collaboration is gradually, working out His good intentions for you.
But remember, He will not force His goodness, healing or other forms of blessings on you, but along as you are for and with Him, Satan can’t deny you of the blessings either, it’s all in your ‘YES, Lord!’
All the troubles quaking around your space may have led you to think, ‘God has no pleasure in me, or in my business, in my marriage or in my children.’
The truth is God loves to see His servants do well, He loves to see you do well too. He specializes in lifting up His willing children out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire of life, standing them on the solid rock to glow. He protects, guides and steadies our feet not to slip.
That you are Jehovah’s delight doesn’t shield you from the challenges of life. Actually God uses them to bring out the best in you to His glory. Be confident therefore, God’s eyes are on you His delight, and by His grace YOU WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!
Rewinding With God!
I will praise you as long as I live. I will lift up my hands in prayer to your name. I will be content as if I had eaten the best foods. My lips will sing, and my mouth will praise you. I remember you while I’m lying in bed; I think about you through the night. You are my help. Because of your protection, I sing. I stay close to you; you support me with your right hand.
Psalms 63 : 4 - 8 NCV
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.
Psalms 42 : 8 NLT
Let the faithful rejoice that He honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
Psalms 149 : 5 NLT
Sweet sleep is a blessing!
Any heart devoid of peace thinks of sweet sleep as a fable.
Many children of God retire on their beds turning over and over the events of the day in fear and sadness, maybe because of unlifted burdens, or because things on the day have not worked out as expected, and could be about the morrow with the challenges anticipated to come with it.
But Jehovah would love His beloved children to bask in His peace, not withstanding the troubles parading around us like giants, for He has it all SORTED IN HIS TIME!
David, a man after God’s own heart was not void of troubles. He confidently faced His challenges leaning solely on the Lord, trusting he would not be disappointed nor be put to shame.
Instead of David turning over and over in bed feeling bad, or reminiscing on what should have been but didn’t happen, he created a special atmosphere of Communion just between him and Yahweh!
He sang, praised and magnified Jehovah his unfailing helper. David’s night/bed time was PERSONAL, his time for specially thinking and conversing with the Almighty!
He understood a problem shared with the King of Kings was a problem solved.
David loved and valued the Lord, and it showed in how He made special reservation of his time and attention given to God. No wonder, He was highly favoured down to his generations.
Let’s be like David, sharing and enjoying our bedtime with the Lord. As we retire into His presence with an open heart, we will surely wake up fortified with His joy, peace and Wisdom. It’s certainly whom we LOVE and VALUE, we undoubtedly seek to see and spend QUALITY time with daily.
Who could that be to you?
May it always be The PRINCE of Peace!
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Romans 12 : 10 NLT
When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.
Philippians 2 : 3 NCV
We must not be proud or make trouble with each other or be jealous of each other.
Galatians 5 : 26 NCV
But if you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides the truth.
James 3 : 14 NCV
This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. Do not be like Cain who belonged to the Evil One and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because the things Cain did were evil, and the things his brother did were good.
1 John 3 : 11 - 12 NCV
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.
1 Corinthians 13 : 4 NCV
Every child of God must come to terms with the fact that we can’t receive anything except the Lord gives to us. This means every gift, skill, talent and blessing whether spiritual or physical, is determined and given to each one according to God’s purpose and plan for the individual.
God in His wisdom also endows each person with the needed strength and opportunity to fulfill destiny.
It is our responsibilities therefore, to agree with God in obedience and submission to His plans, to live and shine to His glory.
So then in the household of God, jealousy or envy should not be the case.
God alone knows who you are, why you exist, what you need. He has and will continue to meet your needs at the HIS right time, when you are ready and align yourself with Him in joy and obedience.
Do not therefore, allow envy of another get hold of your heart, for you will be indirectly working against yourself and at the same time behaving badly towards an innocent person who’s been simply positioned by God for His honour.
We are called to GENUINELY celebrate one another’s giftings and blessings, while we also selflessly help each other to be the best we can be. When you are appreciative of WHO you are, WHAT you have and WHERE you are, then envy will not creep into the heart to wreck havoc.
Jealousy is not of God for God is love, and Love is not jealous. Let’s begin to walk in genuine affection!
Forget Not God’s Goodness!
Let all that I am praise the Lord ; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
Psalms 103 : 2 NLT
Lord, you are my God. I honor you and praise you, because you have done amazing things. You have always done what you said you would do; you have done what you planned long ago.
Isaiah 25 : 1 NCV
Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done miracles. By his right hand and holy arm he has won the victory.
Psalms 98 : 1 NCV
When we are desperate for something that seems so far fetched, it’s so easy to forget all the good things the Lord has done for us in the past.
Our desperation can becloud our mind, that we lose every sense of judgement, trust and gratitude.
But remembering the good things the Lord has done in the past in our lives, causes our hope to rise again in the midst of our challenges. It helps us see that God who had been gracious and walked us through those problems would do it again.
Remembering the good things the Lord has done, makes everything bare, pointing out things and events we should be thankful for, acknowledging how much worse life could have been, had it not been for God’s goodness.
Acknowledging and appreciating God’s goodness, especially before His throne shows we have not taken His love, kindness and provisions for granted.
When we admit we are where are only because of God’s goodness, it helps us to be humane, not despising or looking down on others because they are not positioned where we are, or they do not have what we have.
Appreciating and not forgetting the goodness of God doesn’t only help in silencing the grumbling spirit, but loosens the selfish hand that tries to Withhold instead of being generous in doing good.
Today, is a new day to yet experience the goodness of God, but do not leave His presence without thanking and acknowledging Him as the architect of your blessings.
As you are thanking God today for all the good He’s done in your life, also thank Him for the numerous promises He is about bringing to fruition in your life for He is not a God that lies.
Praise His Name for the victories He’s won and will still win for you, for this Great God, will not allow you to be a laughing stock before your enemies!
The Good Sherperd!
For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other alcoholic drink, but he provided for you so you would know that he is the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 29 : 5 - 6 NLT
He took away your pride when he let you get hungry, and then he fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever seen. This was to teach you that a person does not live on bread alone, but by everything the Lord says. During these forty years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with rivers and pools of water, with springs that flow in the valleys and hills,
Deuteronomy 8 : 3 - 4, 7 NCV
My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.
Philippians 4 : 19 NCV
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
Psalms 23 : 1 NCVJehovah remains the same!
As He was with the people of old, so is He even now with this present generation, who love and trust Him.
His promises are yes and Amen, in Christ Jesus!
His compassion never ceases! And so would you continue to experience His awesome goodness in this land of the living, because you love Him!
As the Lord shepherded Israel, His flock for forty years in the wilderness, so He is shepherding His people called by His name. In the wilderness, He sustained His children from the tear and wear of their clothes and shoes for a huge 40 yrs.
He refused them having bread and wine, instead He fed them with manna, to purge their minds from the belief that man lives by bread alone.
Israel lived by leaning on the promises of God, and He was faithful to fulfill every of His word.
It’s the same promises from God’s word that would sustain us in this wilderness journey of life.
God will be faithful to provide all that we NEED!
In His faithfulness, He will not allow us to be tried much more than we can handle.
Our good shepherd never sleeps but watches over our lives, shielding us from ferocious wolves, leading us on every terrain, helping us up the mountain, walking and lighting our paths in the valley.
Certainly, Jehovah will bring us to a good land. But to follow Him to the end, the Word of God must become our delight and sustenance. So let’s begin this day to delight and take heed to His Word!
Blessings Of God!
Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants all around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord .
Psalms 128:1 - 4 NKJV
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.
Deuteronomy 11 : 19 - 21 NLT
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22 : 6 NKJV
Psalm 128 tells us the man who fears the Lord is blessed.
Yes, he is blessed by the Lord Himself!
The blessings do not stop only on this individual, it also affects his household.
This blessed man not only fears the Lord but also walks in His ways.
It’s one thing to claim to love and fear the Lord, but the proof is seen in one’s attitude and way of living.
God alone knows who fears Him and walks in His ways, that’s why His blessings come directly from Him and can never be forged.
As Parents, Carers, Aunties and Uncles who fear and walk with the Lord, we must think of our children, nephews, nieces and families under our watch too, to teach them to walk in the same fear of the Lord so His blessings may come upon them.
As we desire our children to do well in the secular society with good education and jobs, let’s also understand that nothing compares to the blessings that come from the Lord to that one person who chooses to fear and love Him. It comes with PEACE and JOY!
The child who learns from parents to walk in the fear of God will flourish and excel in whatever his hands find to do according to purpose, to the glory of God.
Let’s strive to teach our children and wards real values in Christ as God has stipulated, if not the world will derail and confuse them with empty and false gains. It’s of no value for them to gain the whole world and lose their souls. Let’s teach them!
Renew Your Thoughts!
Remember my words with your whole being. Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign; tie them on your FOREHEADS to remind you.
Deuteronomy 11 : 18 NCV
So prepare your MINDS for action and exercise self-control …
1 Peter 1 : 13a NLT
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost].
Proverbs 23 : 7 AMP
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Colossians 3 : 10 NLT
Instead, let the Spirit renew your THOUGHTS and attitudes.
Ephesians 4 : 23 NLT
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
II Corinthians 10 : 4 - 5 NKJV
The good Lord who created us knows our battle starts in the mind. The thoughts of the mind can go haywire, wanting to walk through prohibited streets if not taken captive and redirected to approved routes.
A man can eventually become a manifestation of his thoughts, so imagine what or who one can be when the thoughts are off the ungodly road.
Jehovah asked the Israelites of old to write down and tie the word on their foreheads as a reminder, not to go the wrong path or do the wrong things.
Our old nature was used to wallowing in every thing dirty and sinful which is contrary to the new nature we have in Christ. We find out that although our Spirit is born anew, our flesh still seeks to be stuck in its old ways dragging the mind, Will and emotions along, instead of letting the whole being follow after the Holy Spirit’s desire.
But to prosper, live and walk after our creator in our new nature, we must therefore seek to renew our thoughts and attitudes.
The Word of God helps us renew our minds, as we LEARN, BELIEVE and OBEY the instructions written there in.
Show me a child of God who’s totally transformed, and I will show you one who walks and lives by the Word of God. May that one be You!
Be Equipped With The Word!
We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
Ephesians 4 : 14 NKJV
You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.
Matthew 10 : 18 NLT
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2 : 15 NLT
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
I Peter 3 : 15 NKJV
Your sturdy and defiant confidence in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will certainly draw attention to you.
It is well to be so for you are light and many in darkness will be drawn to the light, love and grace oozing out of you.
Be aware, questions will be thrown at you. Those confused, swayed by fear and every wind of doctrine will be enquiring answers from you, regarding your faith.
God hopes to use every one of His children, properly positioned in these last days to bring the Good News of the gospel to men, women and children.
Therefore, there’s the need to back up our confidence with the truth of God’s Word because it’s only God’s Word that brings conviction, deliverance, change and stability by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now is the time for us to spend more time, digging deep into the Word of God.
It’s time to equip yourself with truth that will not only affect you but also those around you.
You are God’s mouth piece! Listen you may never know the totality of God’s word, but the beauty is the little you read, you can know, and experience how active and alive it is for yourself, and then pass it on.
Your experiences would only come from your believing, and your believing comes from studying, imbibing and obeying the Word of God.
Child of God, begin to prepare now, don’t wait for the challenge to come FIRST. Be readily equipped for it!
In Your Heart, Set Christ Apart As Holy!
Now who is there to hurt you if you are zealous followers of that which is good? But even in case you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed (happy, to be envied). Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed [by their opposition]. But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.
1 Peter 3 : 13 - 15 AMPC
The Lord of hosts–regard Him as holy and honor His holy name [by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him].
Isaiah 8 : 13 AMPC
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12 : 34 NKJV
We are exhorted above to set Christ apart as holy in our hearts. Whatever is set apart in our heart becomes our treasure. And whatever a man treasures, he seeks to protect with all he has got.
When Christ becomes truly our treasure, well set apart in our hearts, the effect will become obvious.
It will be so apparent that no one messes up with you in the area of your faith. None would ridicule, Christ, the love of your heart and without getting a passionate, heartfelt reply.
Do you now know why many muslims react once anything disrespectful is said, written or drawn about their Prophet? It’s because he, even though human is treasured in their heart.
We are not to become violent in defence of our Christ, but we must not let anyone cause us to compromise on the love, worship, servitude and honour we have for Him.
When we treat our saviour as Holy, sacred and treasured by not just what we say, but by also how we live, others around us will begin to learn to appreciate Christ, wanting to know what our hope is.
The disciples of Jesus couldn’t live or behave like the religious pharisees of their time, because being with and loving Jesus, goes beyond mere religion.
It totally transforms one from an eye service follower to one truly dedicated and separated for His purpose and glory.
Christ died to regain and separate you unto Himself, Would you now set Him apart as Holy in your heart?
Be Still Traveling Mind!
"Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46 : 10 AMP
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it.
Psalms 46 : 5 NLT
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Psalms 46 : 1 - 3 NKJV
Give your worries to the Lord , and he will take care of you. He will never let good people down.
Psalms 55 : 22 NCV
Why does the Lord instruct us to be still?
Does it mean we are to sit in one spot not doing anything, just waiting for the Lord to help us?
Not at all!
You and I know man is a 3-dimensional being, (spirit, soul and body). So one can very much be seated in one place bodily, but has navigated the whole continents and villages that please the mind.
Man only steps out to do, because in His thoughts he has already accessed or tried it out.
You are the dwelling place of God, the temple of the Most High, the city of the Living God where by His might He protects.
Troubles shall come, but do not be moved, for Jehovah knows to exalt Himself as the God above all gods.
Have you committed that which troubles you today into God's hands? Then relax! Let Him be God, don't go travelling in your thoughts seeking to do the unthinkable to help yourself.
Yes, you may reason that by now, your storm should have calmed, but it still seems to be raging. And even the mountains that were quiet before are beginning to shake, and the waters are roaring.
Is God not hearing? Is He not going to answer?
Please understand, with Jehovah, who alone remains God, it's never late. The quakings and shakings are setting the atmosphere for God's might to be displayed. He never let's His own down.
The Lord insists you do not worry. If you understand and recognize God to be in charge, and there's nothing absolutely difficult for Him, then stand still!
He will set His praise in the mouth of your onlookers!
Never Withhold Mercy!
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5 : 7 NLT
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
Matthew 5 : 43 - 44 NKJV
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6 : 7 - 9 NKJV
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a GOD OF JUSTICE; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Isaiah 30 : 18 NKJV
Beloved, do not let the world change you into becoming who and what you are not. You are, and are called to be like your MERCIFUL Heavenly Father.
It is so so easy not to favour those who have cheated, used and hurt you, especially at the point you seem to be their only saving hand.
Satan in the mind, would remind you of all their betraying words, so not to help. But the word of God exhorts to show Mercy. Yes, they may deserve your tit for their tat, but mercy gives an underserving good.
When you show mercy, you are indirectly opening up your own doors of mercy for the very point of your need. The world may call you a fool for staying on mercy track, but Jehovah sees His DNA in you.
Jehovah is a God of justice! He ensures we sow corn and reaps corn and not thistles.
No mercy you show is a waste, especially when it comes as a sacrifice, from a heart that chooses to forgive instead of to revenge, a heart that chooses to put God first, instead of self.
Listen! When mercy comes back visiting at your doorstep because of the mercy you once showed others in the past, you will be amazed the same Mercy would also choose to stop over at your children's and your children's children doorsteps.
So never withhold Mercy, let it flow for your good!
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
Acts 9 : 36 - 37 NKJV
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
Acts 9 : 39 - 40 NKJV
Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.
Psalms 41 : 1 - 3 NKJV
Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord ; he will reward you for what you have done.
Proverbs 19 : 17 NCV
Tabitha’s legacy spoke for her when she died. The lives she had touched wouldn’t let heaven rest until she was revived. The Lord did not sustain Tabitha on her sick bed but rose her from her dead bed, for the Lord owed her all she had lent Him on behalf of the poor.
We are blessed to be a blessing, enriched to enrich others, strengthened to strengthen others and alive to help others live.
What legacy are you hoping to live behind?
Remember your wealth is not in how many houses, cars, children, possessions you have, or in how much money you have in your bank account.
It is in how many lives you have affected with the resources, (physical and spiritual) the Lord has blessed you with, where-in you are positioned.
Perhaps you passed on today, would people sincerely cry out to God for you, like was done for Tabitha, or will they be passive at your bedside, or even be grateful for your departure?
Jesus affected lives! We’re to follow His footsteps! Leave shiny footprints on the sands of time, don’t just live and die, live fully and effectively in Grace!
Love Does No Harm!
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4 : 16 NLT
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13 : 8 - 10 NKJV
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3 : 17 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Galatians 5 : 13 NLT
Many interpret love to be different things. Carnal minds interpret love to be only sensual, but we know love is divine. Love started in and with God and is therefore, not embedded in sin.
Beware! The Show of love is not a display of sin.
We are to owe nothing but love. Whether deserved or not, we are to choose the way of love, which is the way of God. A heart of love doesn’t seek to hurt another, not even in the name of revenge.
When we do good to those that have hurt us, we represent Christ well, and also give God the opportunity to vindicate and avenge for us.
Love doesn’t work ill. The act of wickedness, starts in the heart. Every act of fornication, adultery, gossip, lie, envy, malice etc starts from the heart that’s not yielded to the love of God.
Love covers a multitude of sins. Like Christ forgave and covered our multitude of sin, so we ought to let go of offences and walk in the love of God.
It could be your spouse, your sibling, your child, neighbour, your boss or even your wicked relative somewhere. The best way to overcome their wicked arrows of hurt is to love and pray for them.
The heart of love, is one that is not bound, but free to experience God’s goodness, because it’s not blocked by offences. So Set your heart free to walk in love and experience the joy of God’s prosperity.
Blessing In Disguise!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29 : 11 NKJV
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Numbers 23 : 19 NLT
“Praise the Lord ! He promised he would give rest to his people Israel, and he has given us rest. The Lord has kept all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.
1 Kings 8 : 56 NCV
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8 : 28 NKJV
Jehovah has no reason to lie to man, the work of His hands. Who and what is man that He should lie to Him? Does God now fear man that He has created, that He would resort to saying what He does not mean?
No! God remains truthful, even when in our slow minds we have not yet seen or comprehended His wisdom, in all the ups and downs He has let our ways.
Because you love Him and has been called according to His purpose, be assured that even those your challenges and disappointments are leading towards your next appointment.
Remember, it’s not you that works it out but the Sovereign Lord, who has the wonderful thoughts of peace, and knows what your good future should look like.
If Esther did not become an orphan and a slave living with her Uncle Mordecai, would she have become the Queen in place of Vashti?
If Joseph’s brothers did not hate him enough to sell him into slavery and if he had not been accused by Portiphers wife to end up in prison, would he have ended up interpreting Pharaoh’s dream that put him on the throne of Egypt?
Learn to trust God, for in His hands your pains, failures, disappointments, betrayals, losses are all together blessings in disguise, coming together for your good. Do not try to change the course of your life, let God lead and guide your steps. As you lean on Him in absolute trust, you will begin to see that even your enemies unknowingly been a blessing.
No Second Chance In The Grave!
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3 : 23 - 24 NLT
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 9 : 10 NLT
Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
Ephesians 6 : 8 NLT
Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
Colossians 3 : 17 NCV
Be warned! There’s no second chance to achieve any aim or get it right in the grave. All the time we have at our disposal is this, which we are privileged to have right now.
Every second and minute should be valued and used for the Lord in the best of our ability.
There’s no need of procastinating to tomorrow, ideas and jobs one can and needs to do today.
You know, tomorrow may just not be available!
So whatever that has been committed into your hands, or your hands have found to do, or your heart has been inspired to do, step out and begin to do it, now.
In your doing, remember you do it as one serving the Lord. We are to give our best to do well, for whatever we do comes with a reward from our Master, Jesus.
Perhaps, you are not sure your skill, position and day job is one that could meaningfully be associated with God. Firstly reason, does that which you do lead you to obey God? If yes, then place God at the centre of it and use it to His glory. If it’s not one that leads you to obey the Lord, it should mean you turn away from it, for the Lord will never lead you to any thing or job that wouldn’t glorify Him, no matter how much gain it brings into your life.
Seek therefore, to give and do your best for the Lord now that you have life and opportunity.
Remember, your today is only a gift, tomorrow is not assured and may never come!
Make haste will the sun shines, night (grave) is nigh when one can no longer work. Do your best today!
Be True To Your Identity!
So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said. “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?” Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”
Genesis 27 : 18 - 19 NLT
Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
Genesis 32 : 26 - 28 NLT
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
Psalms 32 : 2 NLT
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 NLT
Jehovah, our creator and Lord, already knows who we are and what we are like. We may hide our shortcomings and struggles from men, but it will not do us good trying to hide or pretend before God, for He is the only one who can help or change our story.
Jacob’s name means Supplanter or schemer.
In order to receive the father’s blessings, he covered his true identity. Because he was in denial of his name Jacob (schemer) before his father, He was able to scheme and obtained the father’s blessing through deception. But to obtain God’s blessings, he knew he had to come clean and face his true deceptive identity before God. He accepted he was Jacob and grace found him. His name was changed from Jacob to Israel (Triumphant with God).
Things can only change in our lives when we become true and sincere with God. He forgives and helps us when we do not cover our sins.
He desires to give a new beginning, but firstly, we must boldly acknowledge our faults and seek for change.
God cannot be mocked or deceived!
Let’s be open to God with who we are and what we desire. As we earnestly seek Him in TRUTH, He will transform, strengthen and lift us from our state of weakness and helplessness to a glorious state!
In The Face Of Hostility!
Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Hebrews 12 : 3 - 4 NLT
“A student is not better than his teacher, and a servant is not better than his master. A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher; a servant should be satisfied to become like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, then the other members of the family will be called worse names!
Matthew 10 : 24 - 25 NCV
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1 Corinthians 10 : 13 NLT
Jesus Christ faced so much hostility from the sinners and religious leaders. He was the light that exposed their hypocrisy and wickedness.
Evil hearts do not love to be exposed. In these recent times, christianity is receiving so much bashing.
Christians are intimidated and are targeted in every walk of life, when they speak of what the Word of God stipulates in the affairs of men.
Hostility is the force against every light that shines in darkness. Jesus experienced it, so every disciple of Jesus would experience it at one time or the other, except if the disciple chooses to zip the mouth, and turn the eyes in the opposite direction.
Any child of God that chooses to be mute, and pretend not to see or hear evil, will live with a troubled heart, devoid of peace.
We are exhorted not to be afraid of these challenges when they come in our work places, neighbourhood or wherever we find ourselves, but we must stand our ground for truth and the love for God.
Do expect accusations and derogatory names to fly around because of the raw nerves of sin you touch.
Never stop doing right, loving and shinning your light. Trust the faithful Lord, who has assured of a way of escape as it pleases Him.
It is better to stand with God than to seek accolades and acceptance from haters of truth and righteousness.
Let’s be like our master, Jesus! Enduring with joy in the face of hostility and rejection for Heaven’s sake!
His Love, Better Than Wine!
Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth – For your love is better than wine.
Songs of Solomon 1 : 2 NKJV
And may you have the power to understand as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully …
Ephesians 3 : 18 – 19 NLT
Yes, I am sure, that neither death, nor life … nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans : 38 – 39 NCV
The Songs of Solomon speak of God and us (His bride).
The love of God is said to be better than wine.
Wine is a symbol of an earthly pleasure that can intoxicate if allowed. It gives a false peaceful assurance and joy.
Its sense of satisfaction only endures for a moment, as it wears off, reality sets in.
But the love of God in Christ Jesus endures forever.
Nothing can ever separate us from it, for it was purchased with the precious blood of Jesus.
God’s love is a sure foundation to build on and cling to.
Beloved, everything in your life can sink, flee or be taken away in trying times, but the love of Jehovah stays with you.
And because He loves you, He will help work out all the wrongs and downs in your life, if only you let Him.
He will mend your brokenness, realign your disappointments and restore your losses, that is, only if you anchor your heart on Him.
Confidence in His unfailing love makes all impossiblities possible.
Earthly pleasures are only momentary, but God’s love is eternal.
Be assured of this great love of God, for Jesus went all the way for you!
You are loved beyond measure!
Why don’t you reciprocate by loving, obeying and living for Jesus WHOLLY NOW!
God’s love never fails!
Endurance Strengthens Character!
We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials. For we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens confident hope of salvation.
And this hope will not lead to disappoint. For we know how God dearly loves us, because He has given us His Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
Roman’s 5 : 3 – 5 NLT
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was a divine assignment.
One purposed to give us a new heart, a new Spirit, a new lease of life, a new objective, a new pursuit and a new fulfilment.
All about us is to come together conforming us to the image of God’s Son.
Blessing us with earthly goodness is not a chore for the Lord, but above that He desires our characters be formed, aligning to that of Jesus, so that His blessings will then do us good instead of derailing us from the heavenly race.
God’s interested in strengthening your character!
He will use everything that will challenge and build you to be drawn and become like Him.
That’s why the many problems and trials come to help us develop endurance (patience).
Endurance is what our character needs in order to be strengthened.
The world doesn’t cook up patience, every thing out there is on the fast track, from the food we eat to the items we use.
Many are no longer patient to get rich from hard work. They ask, why wait when you can become a millionaire overnight, after one occultic sacrifice?
The way of God is that of Patience, for patience is a virtue.
When our character is strengthened through endurance, it also raises our hope of salvation.
Our hope that God will come through in our situation, this confident hope never ends in disappointment.
Today, the Lord is asking that we let our godly character be strengthened through patience, so that our desired blessings will come in their right time as we work.
From this day, do not run out of PATIENCE, but deliberately run out of IMPATIENCE, and receive the goodies at the end.
Crushing At Gethsemane!
Then accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There He told them pray that you will not give in to temptation. He walked away about a stone’s throw and prayed…
Even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet Him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the son of man with a kiss? …
Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests, the captains of the Temple guards, and the leaders who had come for Him, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary,” he asked, “that you come with clubs and swords to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I there everyday. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.
Luke 22 : 39 – 53 NLT
The Messiah (the one anointed with oil) finished the passover meal and went to the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives to pray with His disciples. Gethsemane was an oil press, where olives were crushed under a big stone to bring out oil. It was the very place where Messiah’s suffering started.
His will was crushed and taken. From there He was led gradually to the cross.
Oil represents joy, healing and the Holy Spirit.
It was in the crushing, the chastising, the bruising of the anointed one, (the Messiah), we have received our healing, our joy, our peace and forgiveness.
In His death, we have received of His Spirit.
This day may Christ receive the glory as we surrender to the crushing of our own will and desires to conform to God’s will.
May the sweet fragrance of our inner beauty ooze out in our selfless submission to His way and will.
Today, may you receive His crown of beauty for ashes, His oil of gladness for mourning and His garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
And may you always be seen and called a Tree of righteousness!
Thanking God Ahead For All Challenges!
When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, ” With fervent desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer, for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
Then He took cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.”
And He took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them saying, “This is My body, which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.
Luke 22 : 14 – 19 NKJV
This is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and gave you an example to follow. So you should do as He did.
He had never sinned, and He had never lied.
People insulted Christ but He did not insult them in return. Chrust suffered, but He did not threaten. He let God, the One who judges rightly, take care of Him. Christ carried our sin in His body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of His wounds.
1 Peter 2 : 21 – 24 NCV
O How much Jesus was wounded for our sins!
He understood the agony and pain He was about to face, yet at the passover table, He took the bread, gave Thanks and broke it.
The broken bread signified His suffering body, His wounds and His death. He was thankful for the suffering and death, even before He went through it.
He left us this example to follow. Being thankful for the challenges that may come with obeying God.
His suffered death on the cross that we may stop living for sin, but to start living for righteousness.
Have you stopped living for sin?
May this year’s remembrance of Christ’s death, establish your heart on Him in gratitude, causing you to live for Him evermore, following His footsteps all the way till He returns in His glory.
Be sure, if you suffer here on earth for His name sake, you will also share in His glory at His return.
Overcome In Joy!
Since we have been made right with God by our faith, we have peace with God. This happened through our Lord Jesus Christ who through our faith has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we now enjoy. And we are happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts …
Roman’s 5:1-5 NCV
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 NCV
A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.
Proverbs 17:22 NCV
… Do not be sad, because the joy of the Lord will make you strong.
Nehemiah 8:10 NCV
You have shown me with the way of life and You will fill me with the joy of your presence.
Acts 2:28 NLT
I will shout for joy when I sing praises to you. You have saved me.
Psalm 71:23 NCV
We all face troubles day to day.
The food for thought is, do you have JOY WITH your troubles?
Be it known to you that Satan wants you broken in your trouble, but God desires you have joy with it.
Unfortunately, troubles are part of the walk of this life, but how you deal with it becomes your choice. You can decide to have joy with it or allow Satan to break and rejoice over you.
Being joyful is the right choice!
It doesn’t excel in tha absence of pain, it thrives in it.
Divine Joy is already deposited in your heart by the Holy Ghiost, awaiting troubling times.
In the presence of God, joy is in fullness.
In your singing to the Lord, it overflows and mends the heart.
Walking in joy is walking in grace and strength, which confuses your adversary.
Do not let your situation break you!
Overcome it in Joy!
Choose joy over complaint, depression and self isolation.
Boldly enter into God’s presence, pour out your heart and be renewed with His joy.
Choose to overcome in JOY!
TRUE TO THE END!
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen. They were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous things against Moses and God.” And they stirred up the people, elders, and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized, and brought him to the council.
Acts 6 : 8 – 12 NKJV
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God… then they cried out with aloud voice, stopped their ears and ran at him with one accord. And they cast him out of the city and stormed him…
Acts 7 : 54 – 58 NKJV
But watch for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten up in synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them … do not worry …
Mark 13 : 9 – 11 NKJV
What was Stephen’s offence?
It was that men of his time could not stand the wisdom and Spirit of God in Him. They couldn’t stand truth.
It’s going to be same in these last days for true believers in Christ.
But do not worry, Strive to stay faithful to God.
He will sustain and give you grace like He gave the disciples of old.
May Jesus rise and stand in acknowledgment, on your behalf before the Father.
May the Heavens celebrate your faithfulness and home coming.
Do not compromise truth so to be spared or accepted!
One with God is majority!
Stay TRUE to Jehovah until your last breath.
You are already VICTORIOUS in Christ, so keep WINNING in that same grace of God!
Preach The Word, Now!
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and whomesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears would want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry the Lord has given you.
2 Timothy 4 : 2 – 5 NLT
Beloved, what ministry has the Lord given you?
The Lord has given everyone a ministry, which is also termed an assignment or a calling based on one’s gifting.
All assignments come together for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, relieving and bringing men to the saving knowledge of Christ, through the Good News of the gospel. And we must work at FULLY carrying out our assignments from the Lord.
Because these assignments may involve siffering for Christ’s sake, we must stay determined to endure.
Now, more than ever, we must USE EVERY opportunity to share the word of God, for there may never be a favourable time.
Deception has crept in, truth is eroded in the world and church.
But You have the truth in you!
Preach the truth of God’s word, do not compromise it!
Patiently correct, rebuke and encourage in truth and love, do not keep a blind eye. Let your light shine in dark places.
Use your songs, stories, writings, drama, giving of care, servitude, your shop, job or business to share the Good News.
Earlier, the Word of Salvation in Christ was brought to you through a means, now be God’s means of taking same words of salvation to another.
Please do not relent or shy away!
Time is running out and Heaven is watching our ways !
Let’s begin to preach the word of God, NOW and not TOMORROW!
God Remembers To Keep His Promises!
There was in the days of Herod, King of Judea, a certain priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in age….
But the angel of the Lord said to him, ” Do not be afraid Zacharias, for your prayer is heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John …
Now His father Zecharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For He has visited and redeemed His people, … To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. The oath which He swore to our father Abraham….
Luke 1 : 5 – 80 NKJV
Out of the broken, barren and the seemed forgotten, the amazing grace of God is revealed, making the impossible things possible.
God in His time makes all things beautiful. He uses the written off’s to bring forth his master plan to the sons of men.
The name Zechariah means, God remembers. Elizabeth means, My God is an Oath or the Oath of God,
While John means, the grace of God.
According to Zechariah, God chose to REMEMBER and fulfill His OATH to Abraham, through them; the coming together of ZECHARIAH and ELIZABETH.
Little did they know in their old age God had not finished with them regarding a child, until the appointed time.
As they continued to serve God faithfully, inspite of their reproach, God’s GRACE was manifested in their lives through the birth of John.
It doesn’t matter what your story is today, no one but God can turn over a new page and write the next chapter of your life. Only Him can finish your story.
Be hopeful, yours is not finished yet because He hasn’t written your climax.
In your faithfulness to Him, inspite of your struggles, setbacks, loss and pain, He will do a great thing!
We Are Only By His Grace!
Remember dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.
Instead, God chose the things the world considers to be foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted to be nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers as important. As a result, no one can boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NLT
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not in vain; but laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV
We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of His new covenan…
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NLT
Beloved, when God calls anyone for an assignment, usually the assignment would be bigger than the person. The one called to serve feels inadequate. It’s indeed the doing of God, so that the servant learns to lean and depend on God.
Without His involvement we can do nothing.
We are not called to be His or serve Him because we are qualified!
No! No one is qualified!
It’s an honour and privilege to humbly serve and do what He has called us to do.
In our willingness to obey Him, the grace to accomplish manifests.
Do not be afraid to step into those shoes to serve, yes they are big but God’s grace fills them up.
Never let His grace upon you be in vain.
Serve with joy and humility!
Stay connected in His presence.
Shut your ears to hindering criticism.
Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith!
Walk worthy of God’s calling upon your life.
Never forget, all glory belongs to Him!
Then through You, He will confound the wisdom of the wise.
So Keep serving as GRACE speaks over you!
God’s Understanding is Infinite!
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension (infinite).
Psalms 147 : 5 NLT
Oh how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge. It is impossible for us to understand his decisions and ways.
Romans 11 : 33 NLT
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
The creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary, no one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Isaiah 40 : 28 NLT
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind, or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in his mother’s womb so you cannot understand the activity of God who does all things.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT
There are some things the Lord our God has kept secret, but there are some things He has let us know.
These things belong to us and our children forever so that we will do everything in these teachings.
Deuteronomy 29:29 NCV
Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know we will be like Him, and we will see Him as He really is. All who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:2- 3 NLT
Child of God, our God is an infinite God and cannot be fitted into our finite minds.
There are many things we do not know and understand about Him and His ways, but be assured, He has revealed to us enough as needed to walk in obedience, and fulfill our assignment in Faith.
We must walk along in Faith and not doubt, for He is awesome and His words are true.
Looking forward to meeting with Him, requires purifying yourself and getting ready to present your works before Him.
Then will you understand all, for you will be like Jesus.
Till then, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, not failing off the grace of God.
Walk in love and ensure holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Rejoice! For you are called and chosen to show forth His light and glory.
Do so without apologies !
The Lord’s Your Defence
Indeed they shall surely assemble but not of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake…
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.
Isaiah 54 :15,17 NKJV
Curses will not harm anyone who is innocent; they are like sparrows or swallows that fly around and never land.
Proverbs 26 :2 NCV
Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they’ll see your honourable behaviour and they will give honour to God when He judges the world.
1 Peter 2 :12 NLT
So be careful how you live, don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.
Ephesians 5 :15 NLT
A wise man sees a ditch and avoids it, but fools walk straight into it.
Your integrity as a child of God is always at stake, you live well not to open an easy door for Satan to use.
Satan prowls around seeking the weak to take out, and the strong also to weaken and take out.
He will come with battles, accusations, lies and intense heat.
Do not fear! The Lord watches and protects you under His shadow where you abide.
You must remain under His covering and not stroll around in the wild, where the wolves and hyenas await.
Every accusation and curse against you will fail and dismember for they are lies.
Jehovah vindicates in His wisdom, at the right time.
Trust God and continually walk in His precepts, for you will laugh last and loud with a resounding victory.
The heat on you right now will die down, be patient, because their gathering is not of God.
You are a child of God and your defence is of Him, only stay on the righteous side with Him.
Even in your mistake, as you repent and confess it before God, He will have mercy and deliver you!
Never fear nor give in, those unseen weapons, accusations and curses fashioned, will never prosper against you.
Jehovah is your EBENEZER. Amen!
Joy For His House!
I want more than anything to be in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God.
Psalms. 84 : 2 NCV
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good lives in the homes of the wicked.
Psalms 84 :10 NLT
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Psalms 122 : 1 NLT
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalms 92 :13 NKJV
Happy are the people who live at your temple, they are always praising you.
Psalm 84 :4 NCV
David was one man who delighted in going to the house of the Lord, and was glad every time he had an invitation to go there.
The temple of God was in Jerusalem, yet He was happy to make the journey, because it was the house of God.
Jehovah is omnipresence, could be met every where, but there’s nothing as beautiful as paying Him a house visit.
No matter, how lovely it is when you chat with your parents on the phone from a distant, you know it feels different when you physically visit in their dwelling.
Where two or three designate and gather in his name, is his church. He dwells in their midst, and we should not neglect that gathering together.
Satan knows the power of physically coming together as God’s church in his temple, so hinders it.
Many are discouraged, fearful and least desire to be together physically as his church, even when they have the opportunity.
Satan lies and says it’s ok to be everywhere else in the presence of people, but not in the house of God.
Let’s learn from King David, He would rather spend just one day in the court of God than a thousand, having the good life in the house of the wicked.
What do you say?
Are you glad to step out and go to the house of God when opportuned, casting out fear and excuses?
Those planted in God’s house, flourish in His courts.
Seek to go and be planted, serving with joy and flourishing before Him!
God Conquers Evil!
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Roman’s 12 : 21 NLT
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way everyone can see you are honourable.
Roman’s 12 : 17 NLT
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk children of light.
Ephesians 5 : 8 NKJV
But I say to you who hear; love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you.
Luke 6 : 27 – 28 NKJV
The world is becoming darker and darker.
Evil seeks to conquer all hearts and actions, but the Lord has left us in this dark world as children of light.
We are called to shine out our lights to cover every nook and corner darkness exists.
Roman’s 12 : 21 exhorts us not to let evil conquer us, it tells us we can overcome evil by doing good.
We defeat evil not by continuing in the evil too, but by doing good, the opposite of the evil.
It’s our duty to change every atmosphere we find ourselves in to the glory of God.
We do so not by continually speaking of the problem but by introducing the opposite of the problem as its solution.
So to drive away darkness, you don’t concentrate on the darkness, but introduce light.
Concentrate and Introduce your love instead of hate, you bless instead of curse, you do the needed good instead of dwelling on the present bad.
You are God’s game changer!
Be the solution, don’t magnify the problem!
Make a difference!
Shine your light, for only your light will drive out the darkness.
Let God who has called and equipped you, be glorified as you change the atmosphere for God’s goodness to be seen!
Today, choose to be different and make a difference !
Your Buildng Revealed!
Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever that is building on this foundation must be careful. For no one can lay any foundation other the one we already have – Jesus Christ.
Any one who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials – gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw. But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if the person’s work has any value. If the work survives that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer a great loss. The builder will be saved, but like a person barely escaping through a wall of fire.
1 Corinthians 3 :10 -15 NLT
.. so be truly glad. There’s wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on tbe day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
Think of how scary and painful it could be for any one escaping through a wall of fire!
Imagine how painful it could be for anyone who has spent his whole life building a house, all for it to burn down at the point of inspection, and the builder would barely escape with his life, but no house to show.
That will be the fate of a lot of believers who are carelessly building their lives or other peoples lives with the wrong values and attitudes.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, with Jesus Christ as its laid foundation.
This temple is built on daily, consciously or unconsciously.
Everything we do matter!
Our edifices on that day will reveal how we have lived, served and built up our lives, other lives and the Kingdom businesses.
Will your building survive?
Build in the love and fear of God!
Uproot Every Root Of Sin!
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drags away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
James 1:13-15 NLT
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.
Hebrew 12:15 NKJV
Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see you are full of evil jealousy and are held captive by sin.
Acts 8:22-23 NLT
Every sin enslaves!
Every sin starts with a seed of thought, which comes from our own desires and lusts.
When we are consumed by these desires and lusts, we spend time thinking and dreaming of them.
These seeds in the heart begin to grow, the more we think about them and feed off informations about them, the seeds grow, take root and begin to become young plants, further indulgences turn the plants into a trees.
We know it is more difficult to bring down a tree that’s fully grown and strongly rooted in the soil, than to root out a seed that’s just sprouting.
It takes a lot of energy, time and effort to dig out a tree of sin.
When sin is allowed to grow in the heart, it becomes a tree. As it bears fruits, it leads to other sins.
We are to root out sin in our lives, before it takes root and we become enslaved.
No sin is small.
Every sinful seed, spread out in the atmosphere of the mind must not be allowed to be watered to germinate.
Root it out before it takes root in the heart and mind!
Root out every bitterness, unforgiveness and other forms of contaminations, for they are like poison and channel blockers.
Let your mind and heart be free of every sin, so that the blessings of God will flow freely in and through your life.
The Lord is able to deliver from any stronghold.
Call on the Lord Jesus!
In God’s Time!
He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them for 400 years. And the nation whom they serve , I will judge, afterward, they shall come out with great possession…
But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.
Genesis 15 :13 -14,16 NKJV
You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time has come.
Psalms 102 :13 NKJV
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven..
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,11 NLT
Can you see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end?
Do you know the reasons He does what He does, and allows what He allows?
Do you know why He passes through unfamiliar routes that beat human conception?
Do you know His timing of visitation, when you will look around and realise your prayer has finally been answered?
Jehovah has His timing for all things!
He is not a disorganized God, He has all under His control, and knows the right time for any and every thing to be.
He watches even the flowers to make sure they blossom in their seasons.
The sun never fails to rise and set in its given time any where on earth.
You may not know the seasons of God, but He never misses it.
When we understand that everything about us is known to the Lord, it calms us not to worry.
Abraham was told how his descendants would go into slavery for 400yrs, after which there would be a return for his descendants of the 4th generation.
God watched over this to perform them in their set out times.
God has His set out time for every activity in your life.
He has assured us that His plans and thoughts towards us are good.
So all we need do is to trust Him to perfect all in His time!
So worry Not!
The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth.
He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do.
Psalms 33 : 13 – 15 NLT
But just before dawn, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and He threw their forces into total confusion.
Exodus 14 : 24 NLT
The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there’s anyone who understands, who seeks God.
Psalms 14 : 2 NKJV
Indeed, He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleep.
The Lord Himself watches over you!
The Lord stands besides you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from harm and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Psalms 121 : 4 – 8 NLT
Jehovah is mindful of all His creations.
His eyes are particularly on you!
As He was protective over the Israelites especially on their wilderness journey, so He is over you.
Nothing about you is a surprise, for He knows you inwardly and
He seeks to guide the willing heart into a good place in Him!
Who is it, that is wise to seek and follow God?
He is that one whose heart is peaceful, and the Lord causes him to dwell in safety!
He is the one who looks up to the Hills where cometh our help!
He is the one whose Shepherd is the Lord, and he fears no evil!
He is the one who understands heaven is home, earth is only a passage!
He understands he’s a sojourner and one day he will see the Lord!
His heart beats for Jehovah alone and he delights in Him!
Are you the one?
The Lord will perfect all that concerns you, Fear not!
Keep following Him!
One day at a time!
He is keeping watch over you!
Pruned To fithfulness!
I am the true Vine, My Father is the gardner. He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. And He trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit…
You did not choose Me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you are ask for using my name.
John15 : 1 – 2, 16 NLT
Those who are planted in the houseof the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.
Psalm 92 : 13 – 14 NKJV
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
Psalm 52 : 8 NKJV
Beloved, you have been chosen and appointed to be fruitful.
You are a branch on the Vine.
Every one of us is a branch, airing hope and expectation for the gardener.
The gardener regularly linspects the branches. When He sees any DEAD branch, He doesn’t ignore it, He cuts it off.
If He notices any branch that’s alive but not fruitful as it ought to be, He TRIMS and CLEANS up the branch, so it can bear fruit again.
Our Lord, in His love, trims and cleans our lives up regularly so that we can become what He intends us to be.
Trimming and cleaning of our lives, can be painful to us, for many things we love to hold unto God takes out of our lives. He knows those attitudes, relationships, jobs, items are no blessings to us, so in His love, He yanks them off, especially when we have refused to do his gentle warnings and corrections.
Do you hurt because God has cut off something you thought was precious? Do not worry for something better and more precious He will bring your way.
Gentle obedience to God’s instructions will cause you to be fruitful.
Yield to the trimming and cleaning of God, it’s for your good!
And as you stay planted in the house of God, so will you flourish in His courts.
The Lord is mindful of you!
Jesus, The Manna From Heaven!
The children of Israel ate manna forty years until they came to an inhabited land; they are manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
Exodus 16:35 NKJV
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven; it is my Father who is giving you the true bread from heaven.
God’s bread is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world..
Then Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life,whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:32-33,35 NCV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1,14 NKJV
My child, pay attention to my words, listen closely to what I say. Don’t ever forget my words, keep them always in mind.
They are the keys to life to those who find them; they bring health to the whole body.
Proverbs 4:20-22 NCV
God knew Israel needed sustenance in their forty years wilderness journey to Canaan land.
Their earthly kitchens couldn’t suffice, the heavenly kitchen had to cook up manna.
The strength from the manna God provided saw them through all the obstacles and challenges faced in the wilderness.
They must have come across few vegetation and few burrowing animals to roast, but those were not it, Manna was IT.
Likewise we need God’s sustaining Manna as we journey to our own spiritual Canaan land.
Nothing on earth can strengthen but the bread of life, Jesus, the manna from heaven.
Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, renews and empowers us day by day, to overcome all obstacles.
Like they lived on Manna, we ought to daily live on the Word of God.
Every need, direction and answer is found in the Word.
Make God’s Word an essential for your life’s journey, it will lighten the burden and carry you through every day.
Feed on the Word and you’ll find reassuring Grace daily!
Jehovah, Our Lord God!
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them, and provoked the Lord to anger.
Judges 2 : 11 – 13 NKJV
So it was, as soon as Gideon was dead, the children of Israel again played the harlots with the Baals, and made Baal Beruth their god.
Judges 8 : 33 NKJV
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands.
Those who make th are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
Psalm 135 : 15, 18 NKJV
They worshipped other nations idols and were trapped by them.
Psalms 106 : 36 NCV
Don’t you realise you beome the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
Roman’s 6 : 16 NLT
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your heart.
1 John 5 : 21 NKJV
When men turn away from the Lord God, the creator of the heavens and earth, they turn to other gods.
They turn to gods of success, of money, pleasure, lust, power, self and other needs.
Israel turned away from the God of their fathers, who had wrought miracles and deliverances in their lives, they turned to Baal, the gods of the other nations.
They served and were ensnared by Him.
Baal means, Lord, Master and Owner.
Who and whatever one submits to takes control and masters him.
Whatever we enthrone in our hearts, gets our first attention and becomes our Master.
Jesus died and became our Saviour and Lord. He doesn’t just own us, but He’s becomes our priced POSSESSION.
Anyone that has Him has abundant life with the things that pertain to life.
Seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness gives us the extra blessings with good health to enjoy them.
The other gods helplessly fail when needed!
So stay strong, serving only Jehovah!
Bride Of Christ!
For husbands, this means love your wives, as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her, to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did that to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead she will be holy and without a fault.
Ephesians 5:25-27 NLT
At one time you were separated from God. You were His enemies in your minds and the evil things you did were against God. But now God has made you His friends again. He did this through Christ’s death in the body that He might bring you into God’s presence as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty. This will happen if you continue sure and strong in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope brought to you by the Good News that you heard. That same Good News has been told to everyone in the world, and I, Paul, help in preaching that Good News.
Colossians 1:21-23 NCV
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans, and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27 NKJV
You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.
Songs of Solo 4:7 NKJV
The bride of Christ is His church. All the believers in Him are members of His church and make up His bride.
Do you know what the Lord’s intention is for you before His Father?
It’s to present you before Him as His fair and beautiful bride, the one He died for, cleansed and justified.
A day of presentation lies ahead when He wishes to present you, His glorious, redeemed church as a people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty.
This is a day to look forward to and prepare for.
As Colossians 1 says above, this will happen if we continue sure and strong in our faith, and not move away from the hope we received in Christ.
Let’s lean on God’s grace to keep us till that glorious day of presentation!
You are the Bride of Christ!
Faith With Actions!
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Hebrew 4 : 2 NKJV
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one is blessed.
James 1 : 25 NKJV
You see, faith by itself isn’t enough, unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
James 2 : 17 NLT
The word of God is given for our profit, for therein we find the wonderful promises of God, and instructions to guide us on how to live and benefit from these promises.
The first step in drawing these promises into our lives is believing in the faithfulness of God who has promised them.
As we believe that Jehovah is able to do all things, we should also believe He is interested in doing it for US and not just for others.
The promises are also meant to become a reality in Your Own life, not just in Brother B or Sister A’s life.
Tapping into these promises also mean you are ready to follow the instructions and obey them.
Being a couch potato faith believer does not bring the promises to the table, it’s expected that one steps out to do as required in obedience, thereby opening the door for the promises to be received.
The word of God would not benefit us except it’s acted upon. That’s the reason not everyone who hears the word of God receives of it.
How much have you benefitted from the Word of God?
Has it’s efficacy become a reality in your life?
Can you look back and say indeed you are being transformed in character to be more like Jesus?
You are BLESSED when you are a DOER of the word and not a PASSIVE HEARER.
From today, may you ENJOY the promises of your Heavenly Father.
as you begin to LIVE DAILY by FAITH, WALKING in the Word of God!
Following Jesus Without Hypocrisy!
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, ” The teachers of the religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreter of the law of Moses. So practice and obey what they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.
Matthew 23 : 1 – 3 NLT
You are hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he said about you: These people show honour to me with words, but their hearts are far from me.
Matthew 15 :7 – 8 NCV
Such people claim to know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
Titus 1 :16 NLT
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things I say?
Luke 6 :46 NKJV
It is the same with you. People look at you and think you are good, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and evil.
Matthew 23 :28 NCV
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you are only fooling yourself.
James 1: 22 NLT
The Lord God is calling His church to move away from hypocrisy.
He is asking His children, the believers in Christ to humbly search ourselves and be sure we are not living hypocritical lives.
A hypocrite is one who says all the right things about God’s word but doesn’t live by it, and also resentfully refuses to remove the log from his own eyes but seeks to take out the speck from another.
Calling out sin as sin doesn’t make one a hypocrite.
We have a mandate to call sin by its name, and not call bad good, but we are also to live by the truth of God’s word.
The Pharisees were bad examples in their own time, they said the right things but never lived by them.
We as children of God are called to share His Word, to live and be accountable to the same word.
One time slipping off is not the issue, it’s living and dining in the dirt while professing righteousness is a hindrance to the seekers of the Kingdom of God..
The World needs to hear Jesus in our words and see Him in our actions.
Let’s begin to live and live right today!
Tell The Good News!
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when He returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
Mark 8:38 NLT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.
2 Timothy 1:7-8 NLT
I am not ashamed of the Good News, because it is the power God uses to save everyone who believes- to save the Jews first, and then to save non-Jews.
Romans 1:16 NCV
But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have not heard about them? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?
Romans 10:14 NLT
Jesus said to His followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.
Mark 16:15 NCV
The world has become very bold in idolatry and other sins, while the children of light seem to have been muted, cowardly relaxing in a corner.
Many are afraid to speak out because of the fear of attack or being singled out as preaching hate.
As sin infests every corner in nations, the Lord God expects His children to rise and begin to speak out fearlessly.
We are to call good, good and bad, bad.
We are to say every sin is sin according to God (the moral giver) who has decared it so in His moral law (His Word).
We are to share God’s proven and accepted plan of salvation through Christ Jesus.
The world needs to know a way has been made.
They need to hear the loving kindness of God that offers eternal life over eternal damnation.
The world needs to know Salvation is free for any one who believes and calls unto Jesus.
How will the world hear if we refuse to speak out?
We are saved to be vessels of salvation.
Today, Let’s tell the Good News Unashamedly!
Reflecting God’s Glory!
Who is that young woman that shines out like the dawn? She is as PRETTY as the MOON, as bright as the sun, as wonderful as the army flying flags.
Song of songs 6:10 NCV
Then Moses came down from Mount Sinai, carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become RADIANT because he had spoken to the Lord.
Exodus 34:29 NLT
So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and REFLECT the GLORY of the Lord. And the Lord- who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed onto His GLORIOUS image.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realised they had BEEN WITH JESUS.
Acts 14:13 NKJV
The surface of the moon is an imperfect body, filled with craters and irregular dark patches.
So in reality its far from being pretty on its own.
What makes the moon look beautiful from a distance is the radiance of the sun.
Without the reflection of sunlight that falls on it, the moon ceases to glow.
The beauty of the moon is dependent on the Sun similarly for a child of God.
A believers beauty is not based on physical endowments, but on the reflection of the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
If one was to look at only physical endowments, surely a lot of imperfections and flaws will be noticed.
The beauty of God’s glory rubs off on the believer who’s learnt to dwell in the presence of God, in the same way Moses’ face became radiant unaware to him.
As we behold the word of God with an open heart, believing and obeying it, we are continuously changed to reflect the glory of God.
Being at the feet of God fellowshipping with Him brings a beautiful transformation that works from inward to outward.
It can school the unlearned to become bold to walk on extraordinary terrains like the early disciples.
The glory of God on the believer separates Him from the world.
Let’s seek God’s glorious presence!
Faithfulness For Promotion!
Whoever can be trusted (faithful) with a little, can also be trusted (faithful) with a lot, and whoever is dishonest (unfaithful) with a little is dishonest with a lot.
If you can not be trusted with worldly riches, then who will trust you with true riches? And if you cannot be trusted with things that belong to someone else, who will give you things of your own?
Luke 16:10 -12 NCV
People should think of us as servants of Christ, the ones God has trusted with His secrets. Now in this way those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust.
1 Corinth 2:1-2 NCV
Employers seek to hire people who have not only been referenced as hard working but also faithful.
Faithfulness is a virtue every child of God should cultivate.
It opens doors to higher levels of responsibilities and promotions.
So faithfulness in stewardship should be an unhidden character of the believer in Christ.
It doesn’t matter where one is planted for an assignment, but should be spoken of as dependable and faithful.
We are to be faithful both in our circular day to day jobs and also in the things of God’s Kingdom committed into our hands.
God watches from above how we manage these things.
If we serve well out of reverence for God, then He engineers our earthly bosses to reward us with the needed promotions in time.
When God decides to reward our faithfulness through promotions, no boss is able to withhold it.
As believers we must therefore understand our rewards/promotions come from God who sees our commitment and faithfulness in secret.
He’s also given us gifts, skills and abilities for the propagation of His Kingdom, and are expected to be faithful in the use of these gifts, and not hide them away.
Every gift is important and will be accounted for.
When we are busy and faithful in God’s business, He will also be busy and faithful in our business.
Do you desire a promotion from God?
Then Be faithful to Him!
And be found trustworthy in His business!
Yielding In All Areas!
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear; sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension and division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
There is no law against these things!
Those of belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.
Since we are leaving by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Galatians 5:19-25 NLT
Apostle Paul addressed the Galatian believers in the above texts.
He had to address the need for believers in Christ to live and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in EVERY area of their lives.
For it’s not good for one to profess to be a child of God, born again, Spirit filled, yet is living and exhibiting the character of people who have not come in contact with the saving grace of God, that changes lives.
When a believer is living a DOUBLE LIFE, holding unto Christ with his hands and then using his feet to gather the sweet but sour candies of the world, then his lifestyle will exhibit the works of the sinful nature.
So it’s a lack of total yieldness to the Spirit of God that produces sexual immorality, lustful pleasures, sorcery, drunkenness, wild parties, envy etc. in our lives.
Satan would always try to draw our hearts through the lusts of our flesh, but we must remember we’ve CRUCIFIED them on the cross and SWORN new allegiance to His Spirit.
We must strive to bear and exhibit the FRUIT of Christ’s Spirit in us.
Let’s yield to Him in ALL AREAS of our lives and show our NEW IDENTITY is in Christ alone!
Hunger for Righteousness!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (those who actively seek right standing with God), for they will be (completely) satisfied.
Matthew 5 :6 AMP
He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty.
Luke 1 :53 NKJV
Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink – even if you have no money! Come take your choice of wine or milk –
It’s all free.
Isaiah 55 :1 NLT
We all hunger and thirst after different things at different times.
The level of hunger or thirst each time determines what we do next.
One who is slightly thirsty or hungry may decide to hold on until He gets home to eat, or gets to a nearby shop to buy a drink, or may even decide to ignore it for a stipulated time if fasting is involved.
But one who is earnestly hungry or thirsty, would certainly step out to get food or even beg from another.
For instance, when a pregnant woman is thirsty for cold drink or craves for a particular food, nothing would satisfy her except that she craves for.
The serious thing about being hungry for food or thirsty for a drink is that it doesn’t allow us to just sit, but pushes us to seek for its satisfaction.
Similarly, a hunger and thirst for righteousness is not satisfied by a wishful thinking. It requires an active conscientious walk with the Lord.
A man that desires to live and walk in godliness would not live anyhow.
He would carefully choose the path to walk on, the company he keeps, what he does in his closet, what he listens to and watches in his private space, what his priorities are, his fellowship time with God and what his true aims and focuses are.
When a man desires righteous living and makes changes to walk in it, God also empowers him with the grace to live such a life and be satisfied in it.
Many hunger and thirst SOLELY for things money can buy which do not have eternal value, but not so many hunger and thirst to actually live the life of righteousness in God, which is eternal and FREE.
What do you hunger for?
You have heard it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be Sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matth 5:43-45 NKJV
Arise, shine; for your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and the deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arose over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light and Kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60:1-4 NKJV
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Jehovah created the sun for His own purpose.
He endowed it with the power to SHINE.
He instructed it to shine on everything; good, bad, ugly, beautiful, white, black, short, tall, weak, strong and just anything set on its path.
The sun was borne only to shine, and within it isn’t the power to discriminate.
Only those on its path do either agree to receive its light or hide from it.
The Sun doesn’t allow men, objects, mountains or valleys to define it.
Men and objects may try to block its rays from reaching certain places but it still shines anyway.
We are to be like our Father in Heaven, who loves all inspite of who they are.
Same grace to love has been put in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, and He expects us to shine out His love any way.
We’re to live following God’s footsteps.
Not letting men’s attitude and circumstances define who we are, or stop us from loving.
Satan will try to use people, hurts, issues and problems to block the light of God’s love in us, but we are to resist, radiating the rays of His love.
You are different in Christ!
So Arise and shine!
Don’t be limited to love or be defined by hurt!
Be God Focused!
All those who compete in the game use self control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So I do not run without a GOAL.
I fight like a boxer who is hitting something not just the air.
1 Corinth 9:25-26 NCV
No soldier in active service gets entangled in the (ordinary business) affairs of civilian lives; he AVOIDS them so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve.
2 Timothy 2:4 AMP
I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do, not what I want to do.
John 6:38 NCV
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength; but wisdom (to sharpen the axe) helps him succeed (with less effort).
Ecclesiastes 10 :10 AMP
We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.
John 9:4 NLT
Do you know God’s purpose for your life, the very reason you are on planet earth?
A man who doesn’t know God’s will for him is like a boxer beating the air without a target.
He is also likened to the dull axe used on a tree, but it doesn’t impact the tree.
Because the axe is dull, the job takes more time, and every energy exerted on it dissipates missing the focus.
This is unlike a sharp axe which requires less time with same energy.
As it strikes the tree, it hits the focus and cuts through the tree.
Jesus knew the Father’s will and assignment, He stayed focused on it and finished it.
He didn’t deviate from it, nor did he allow the happenings or pursuit of His time distract Him.
We are called to be soldiers of Christ, we have no business with the the world and its glamour.
All the Glamour is its vanity fair, meant to change the heavenly focus of the children of God.
But be WISE!
Make God your very focus and the reason for everything you do.
We are to make His WILL the AIM of our lives, and His PURPOSE our FOCUS.
Night is fast creeping in, no more time for distractions!
Rest For Your Soul!
You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and when I lie down. You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.
Psalms 139 : 2 – 4 NCV
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
Proverbs 28 :13 -14 NLT
Happy is the person whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. Happy is the person whom the Lord does not consider guilty and in whom there is nothing false. When I kept things to myself, I felt weak deep inside me. I moaned all day long.
Psalms 32 :1- 3 NCV
Then Jesus said, ” Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
Matthew 11: 28 – 30 NLT
David the Psalmists discovered as He stated above, when he kept things to himself, He felt weak deep inside him and moaned all day long.
A heart heavily burdened causes the body to be weak and can make one withdrawn and irritable.
Our Father doesn’t want us be in this kind of state, for Satan can easily take advantage of our weakness.
So many things may burden our hearts; needs, projects, sickness, relationship, marriage, children, finance, school, work, family, sin, passion for the things of God, or even someone else’s situation.
Our Father asks us to come to Him with whatever that burdens our heart.
We must remember He already sees all and knows all.
Nothing is hidden before Him, so we can’t actually hide anything.
He has promised to give us rest. In His rest is the solution and direction we need for our soul.
Even if we have sinned, He will forgive.
He will teach us and make the journey light.
So today, let God have your burden!
From sunrise until sunset Adonai's name is to be praised. Adonai is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like Adonai our God seated in the heights. Psalms 113:3-5 CJB I will exalt You, my God and King, And praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You everyday, Yes, I will praise You forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness! Psalms 145:1-3 NLT Parents are very good in praising their children. They praise them when they have done good or well, and also praise them when they dress and look beautiful, handsome and smart. Parents do this to build up their children's confidence and make them know they are loved. Even when their child's art work is far from expectation, they still say something nice about the artwork. What of Adonai, our God? His glory isn't hidden, the beauty of His creation is everywhere! His mercy and love reflect on you and I. His faithfulness can't be denied. His Words remain final. His wisdom is infinite and knowledge inexhaustible. His Power and dominion is unchallenged! He begins when men have signed off. He resurrects that which men have buried. He remembers whom men have forgotten. From the rising of the sun until its going down, His throne stands immovable! The Lord Our God is Most Worthy of our praise, yet men do not praise Him, or extol the works of His hands. Our feelings of love, disappointment or dislike towards His acts and decisions doesn't affect Him from being who He is. He is who He is! We are, because His mercies speaks. We are vessels in His hands, because His mercies speak. Because of His mercies, we have not been replaced by stones, donkeys, birds and even trees. These know and appreciate God their sustenance, through the noises they make. What of us? Our eyes are open to what we don't have and blind to what we have. Due to this we complain and murmur, instead of praise. Be grateful! We owe God every praise! So let's praise Him today onwards!
Wait For God!
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NLT
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his ways, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Psalm 37:7 NKJV
I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of destruction, out of the sticky mud.
He stood me on a rock and made my feet steady.
Psalm 40:1-2 NCV
I know that whatever God does will last forever; there is nothing to add or subtract from it.
And God has done it so that people will fear Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 CJB
God’s timing is always the best, and His doing unique and outstanding!
Although God’s timing and works are great, the act of waiting for it can be burdensome to the carnal man.
That’s why, patience is a virtue we must all cultivate as children of God.
The world knows no patience, but in contrast everything thrives on patience in the Kingdom of God, for our ways are not God’s ways neither our plans God’s plans, there-in God overrules.
In His Kingdom everything submits to His Timing!
As children of the Most High who desire to enjoy the benefits of His Kingdom, we operate under His rulership, this requires patience and perserverance, for God doesn’t offer half baked blessings.
Therefore, when we go to God whether with our needs or just to fellowship with Him, we give it time and wait on Him to answer!
We must remember He sits in Heaven, and the Earth is His footstool, so He sees everything at a go.
He alone knows the best time to shift, overturn and bring into existence what is needed.
His blessings and answers given in His time never bring sorrow!
You must not run ahead with friends who seem to have been sorted in their own ways!
Don’t envy them for you may not know their TRUE stories!
Wait for God!
When He answers, you will be taken out from the sticky shame and stood out as His EXHIBIT!
Wait for God’s TIME!
And recieve God’s BEST!
Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the paths of everlasting life.
Psalm 139 :23 -24 NLT
The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.
He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but He who heeds rebukes gets understanding.
Prov.. 15 :31- 32 NKJV
Discipline is severe for one who leaves the way, and whoever can’t stand correction will die.
Proverbs 15 : 10 CJB
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline and don’t be upset when He corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom He delights.
Proverbs 3 :11- 12 NLT
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3 : 16 NLT
As children of God, on the heavenly path, racing, towards the finish line where stands our desire (the Crown of Victory), daily we must take heed, to make sure we are still standing in the grace of our Lord Jesus.
The Psalmist prayed to the Lord to SEARCH and TEST him, to POINT OUT any thing that offends the Lord, and then to LEAD him on the path of everlasting life.
This should be the cry of every child of God, for the heart of man is subtle, only God can truly see and dissect what is there-in.
Because our Father loves us, any obstacle He sees on our path of righteousness, He brings to our attention.
He does so through His Word and Vessels He sends our way.
When we listen and change, we getter better and push further on the race track.
Pride, greed, shame and selfishness sometimes hinder one from accepting correction. Gentle correction neglected could lead to severe discipline from the Lord.
If we desire Heaven, we must humbly accept the corrections and the discipline of God, borne out of His love.
May our ears ALWAYS hear, and heed to His corrections and Leadings!
The Lord Our Sufficiency
Then he told me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: you will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by My Spirit,” says The Lord All Powerful.
Zechariah 4:6 NCV
I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NKJV
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinth 15:10 NKJV
I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves. It was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NCV
Our old life without Christ was full of self and all Self could accomplish in its glory, but our new life, is that which is a gift.
A gift bought and paid for by the blood of Christ, and all that can be accomplished in and through this new life, can only be by the empowerment of His Spirit.
Our new life in Christ is a total new terrain, not like the old one, but actually opposite to the old one.
It’s a life that projects love in the face of hatred, peace in chaos, joy in suffering, hope in hopelessness..
Abiding in Christ, letting His presence fill our beings, empowering, leading and directing our desires or plans helps us accomplish His will.
The Truth is without Christ’s Spirit, Power and interventions we can do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Any and everything we try to do or achieve on our own is meaningless and unrewarded because MISSES THE MARK of Christ.
Never ever think you are sufficient of your own!
We all need the help of the Spirit of God!
Daily, as we receive His GRACE in HUMILITY, our labour will never be in vain!
God’s Promises, Legally Yours!
The Lord is my strength and my (impenetrable) shield; My heart trusts (with unwavering confidence) in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
Psalms 28:7 AMP
I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust You.” God will save you from hidden traps and deadly diseases.
Psalms 91:2-3 NCV
A teacher who was posted newly to a class, on her first day began to ask each pupil his name, in a way of acquainting herself with them.
In excitement, they all said their names exhibiting their personalities and confidence through their gestures.
But she noticed one student who only whispered his name.
He had to whisper “David” many times before the teacher could grasp his name.
This new teacher asked him, “Are you sure that’s your name?” David nodded. The teacher then replied, “Now tell me your name confidently like you who own it,” on hearing that to the surprise of the class, David boldly shouted out his name for the first time like he owned it.
It was David understanding his name was legitimately his, that stopped his whispering.
Similarly, ALL the promises of God written in His Word are LEGALLY ours.
Like Prov 18: 10 says,
The name of the Lord is a tower, the righteous runs into it and he is saved.
Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and the one who saves me, so why should I fear anyone? The Lord protects my life. So why should I be afraid?
As believers in Christ, we have heard these scriptures over and over, and we do know these promises, yet we curl up in our corners in timidity like David, who was not sure his name was legitimately his.
These promises are not just written words, they are WORDS EMPOWERED to prove themselves strong and come to manifestation when believed and declared boldly in faith.
The Word of God never lies.
It’s Tried and proven to be True!
It’s your LEGAL POSSESSION!
So today, Believe it!
Secured In God!
Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
Psalm 25 :1 NLT
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for He’s right beside me.
Psalm 16:8 NLT
What do you know of God, especially pertaining to His relationship with you?
Do you know, as in knowing, that you know the Lord is always with you?
If we know then, why do we panic, worry and become fearful over any wind that blows on our side?
Why do believers fear so much of Covid 19, of cancer, of whatever Satan tries to harass us with, when we know the Lord is always with us?
The Truth is, yes many know and recite the above scriptures but the very words and meaning of the scriptures are not rooted in our hearts, to transform our thinking.
The scriptures sit in our heads and not in our hearts.
We know God, but do not TRUST Him or His Word ENOUGH.
We have not learnt to HOLD unto His Word, for His Word is Him.
We have not learnt to approach His Word the way little children believe, instead we over think His Word through limited science.
We see God as we see other humans, who are unfaithful and undependable but not as Almighty God, who is not a mere man.
We must wake up to the realisation that the God we serve is indeed the God above all that is, was and will ever be.
There’s no shadow of doubt in Him.
He is who He is and changes not.
There’s Security of the mind, soul and body for anyone who understands and runs wholeheartedly to Him.
Trusting Jehovah must start in the heart, overturning every other man made anchor in the heart and mind.
One must come to the point, the heart will undoubtedly whisper, I know that I know, and Know, my trust is absolutely in God and I’m not afraid of what Satan, man or any situation may confront me with.
When the heart of a man comes to this resolution without wavering, then indeed it has become like Mount Zion, immovable.
Child of God, the Lord is always with you.
Never shake or accept defeat!
Time For The Word!
Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your Truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honour you.
Psalm 86:11 NLT
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11 NLT
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of God, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Psalm 1:1-3 NLT
What’s your innermost desire?
What is it your heart yearns for that pops up inbetween your thoughts, which makes you either to smile, sigh, shake your head or even bow your heart to quietly wish it out?
What a man’s heart desperately desires pushes him to give his time and effort at least in making sure it becomes a reality.
Think of how people tend to further their education, improve their skills, work so hard for a better career, better job, more money, more investments, better comfort in life and better…
A man would not invest quality time and resources in what does not click in his heart and mind as TREASURE, he gets by it just whenever..
The Psalmist sought with his heart to know the Word of God, because he knew it to be a lifeline for all and everything.
The Word of God preserves a man in righteousness, heals his whole being, causes him to prosper in all his ways, protects him from the evil one and shows him the right path to walk on, escaping all the potholes in the journey of life and also it helps him stay connected to his Maker.
David understood these, so did not joke with the Word of God.
He made out time, to study and meditate on it, not only in the day but also at night.
He ensured his life was governed by God’s instructions.
He revered God and made God’s word His REALITY and TRUTH!
David didn’t just wish for the word, he MADE TIME for it!
WE NEED THE WORD!
Let’s give it our TIME!
Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruits.
Proverbs 12:12 NLT
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2 :6-7 NLT
God has called us unto fruitfulness.
Inside everyone is the grace to be fruitful in the things the Lord has called one to do.
We are exhorted not to be coveteous, instead stand in our positions and dig deep in Christ who causes us to prosper in the works of our hands.
The Lord has called us to prosper physically and spiritually.
Many are able to do well in the circular world; in business, education and other ventures but are SPIRITUALLY unfruitful. In the areas of their faith, or in things pertaining to the kingdom of God and His righteousness, with godly character, they do not blossom.
A tree may be seen full of greeny, broad leaves, yet unfruitful.
The difference between a fruitful and unfruitful tree is in that part of the tree which is hidden and invisible to the eyes; it is in their roots.
From the roots of a tree come its nourishment, water and minerals.
A tree’s FRUITFULNESS never exceeds its ROOTFULNESS.
If the roots of a tree are weak and shallow, the tree will not only be unfruitful but may wither with time.
But roots that are strong and deeply sunk into the soil, nourish the tree to much fruitfulness.
Our inner or hidden life with God is likened to our spiritual roots.
It’s more of what we do in the closet with God that causes us to be fruitful.
No one may see our time with God in prayer, our faith, devotion, communion, obedience and love for Him, but these personal and consistent commitment to Him show forth on the outward as fruitfulness.
If you desire to be fruitful and great in God, then you must become DEEP in Him.
GROW DEEPER, STAND FRUITFUL!
Return To The Lord!
Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us, we will not mount warhorses, we will never say again, ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
Hoses 14:1- 4 NIV
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
1 Corinth..15:56 NKJV
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
I, the Lord, has spoken.
Isaiah 1 :18 -20 NLT
The Lord God delights in the peace, joy and prosperity of His people.
When He delivered Israel from the house of bondage, it was with a good intention.
To give them freedom to worship Him and also an inheritance of their own.
As He delivered, settled and prospered them, it wasn’t long their hearts strayed from God.
Their hearts got entrapped into the works of their hands as gods.
They gave their attentions to idols made by their own hands.
Sin found its way into their hearts and midst, opening up doors to pains, death and other downfalls.
The heart of man is deep and subtle, only God can tell when it’s shifted from the love of God Almighty, to the love of the world and something there-in.
Jehovah alone can tell what’s enthroned in the heart.
Any thing enthroned that’s not GOD, is a footstool for Satanic attacks.
We must return and confess our backslidden hearts, that our merciful God may forgive, restore and heal us.
Check your heart!
No sin is small!
Turn from your little god to GOD and His favour will return!
Remember this, a farmer who plants only a few seed will reap a small crop but the one who plants generously will get a generous crop
2 Corinthians 9 : 6
Most farmers are passionate about their profession and find fulfilment in meeting the needs of many through what they do.
A good farmer firstly, thinks of the kind of harvest he hopes for, and then plants the amount of seeds needed for it.
He understands he can only reap as much as he has sown under the right conditions.
A farmer that’s not excited about his profession would struggle to sow during the planting season.
We all are likened to farmers, for in whatever we do, we are sowing.
If a man cheerfully gives of himself to another as unto the Lord, the Lord receives and blesses him.
When we give to the poor, we lend to God. Proverbs 19:17
Whatever we give as unto God, He gives back in good measures, pressed down and running over, causing men to give unto our bossoms.
Ecclesiastes 11: 1 says we should send our grains across the sea, and in time profits will flow back to us.
Across the sea represents the many opportunities GOD BRINGS our ways for us to be a blessing.
A farmer that waits for PERFECT weather never plants, Eccl 11: 4.
If an individual waits to have enough resources or time, then he would never sacrifice anything. We are urged to give CHEERFULLY even out of the little we have, because God doesn’t bless anything grudgingly done.
When next you have an opportunity to give whether your RESOURCES, TIME or WORDS, do it happily. Give whatever your hand can give, while your heart’s focused on God and NOT ON any negativity.
Strive to serve joyfully and wholeheartedly, and give unto God your good measure.
May Heaven acknowledge the godly sacrifice of your time, words and resources, and cause you to reap a generous harvest of God’s goodness!
Gifts and Talents from God!
“Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft.
Exodus 31:2 -5 NLT
For the Kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one, He gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to His own ability, and immediately he went on a journey.
Matth 25:14-15 NKJV
But one and the same spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
1 Corinth 12:11 NKJV
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: …
Romans 12:6 NKJV
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
1 Corinth 12:7 NKJV
What God did in the life of Bezalel, the grandson of Hur, is what He has equally done in our lives by His Holy Spirit.
We have all received talents, skills, gifts according to our abilities, as the Holy Spirit has willed for His purpose and calling.
Who can tell what and how much is deposited in you except the Spirit that has furnished it?
How can men see these gracious gifts and talents in action except the receiver agree with God to put them in use?
The Lord God described Bezalel as a master craft man, an expert in all kinds of craft, but Bezalel may not have felt like it or seen it that way, but God who sees all knows what He has deposited in every child of His.
No child of God is left without a skill, talent or gift.
What we may view as small is so great before God.
He has given it to be put it in use for His Kingdom services and the profit of all.
How much in use is your your talent or gift for God?
You owe it to God!
Use your gift!
No To Golden Calf!
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered round Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.”
All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. And Aaron took the gold, and melted it down, and moulded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
Exodus 32 : 1 – 4 NLT
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
1 John 5 : 21 NLT
Two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai.
In Sinai, God showed them His glory, they were in awe of Him. They promised to serve and worship Him alone as God.
It wasn’t long, God asked Moses up the mountain for more instructions.
Aaron, Moses’ brother and helper (whom God used to speak to Pharoah since Moses was a stammerer) was left to be with the children of Israel at the FOOT of the mountain.
God kept Moses on the MOUNTAIN TOP until He had finished with Him.
But the Israelites became impatient, for they perceived it as abandonment. In their uneasiness and lack of endurance, they forgot it was the same God, who had earlier delivered them that delayed Moses (the mouth piece of God).
Just a little shaking and discomfort, they began to seek an alternative god. What could Aaron offer than a dead god?
When men turn away from Jehovah, they embrace the nations gods. They embrace the god of gold, of money, of comfort …
Impatience and fear caused these men to change the spiritual course God had mapped out for them.
They sort self gratification, abandoning the God of Moses.
No matter how Satan shakes you with fear or discomfort, you must stay waiting on God!
Faith’s Not Complicated!
I am not ashamed of the Good News, because it is the power God uses to save everyone who believes- to save the Jews first, and then the non-Jews. The Good News shows how God makes people right with Himself- that it begins and ends with faith. As the Scripture says, “But those who are right with God will live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17 NCV
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:31 NKJV
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him, will not be put to shame.” For there’s no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all…For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:11-13 NKJV
Let me ask you only this, “Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law of by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit are you now perfected in the flesh?
Galatians 1:2-3 ESV
It was Faith that brought us to Salvation Road, and it’s Faith that will see us to the very end into Eternity with Christ.
We heard the Good News of Christ’s love, death and redemption from sin. We were convicted, believed, accepted and called on the Saviour for Salvation.
Now are we saved!
The walk of Faith is walking in the Spirit!
We started with Christ by Faith, through ‘simply’ believing the Word of God. As we are progressing in Him, our faith should grow stronger and immovable.
What does Satan do?
He ensures, instead of us growing strong in ‘simply’ believing God just like children do, in TOTAL trust for their parents, he uses earthly wisdom to cause us stray from the path of Faith.
We begin to have double mind in God’s protection and providence, leaning on human knowledge and works, which exposes us the more to satan’s attacks.
We are told that those who are right with God will live by Faith.
Faith is not complicated!
It’s ‘simply’ believing God in EVERYTHING.
No one can do for you what God doesn’t do for you!
So let’s live by believing God!
The Lamb of God!
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 NLT
He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins – and not only our sins but sins of all the world.
1 John 2 :2 NLT
The priests who offers the sin offering must eat his portion in a sacred place within the courtyard of the tabernacle.
Leviticus 6: 26 NLT
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation …
1 Peter 2 :9 NKJV
The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw His glory-the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father-and He was full of grace and truth.
John 1 :14 NCV
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me live.
John 6:56 -57 NKJV
We must be careful with what we eat, for we are what we eat and do what we eat.
God Almighty asked the priests in the old testament to eat of the sin offering from the people, for the sacrifice was HOLY unto Him.
The offering was for the atonement of sin.
Jesus, the lamb of God, sacrificed over two thousand years ago became the final atonement. A sacrifice fit and accepted by the Father.
Today, we are His priests, called to partake of same sacrifice.
Physical food sustains the physical body, but spiritual food sustains the spiritual being.
Doctors advise us to avoid junk food, for it is unhealthy.
So God through His Word, points us to the food we must continually eat.
This is the WORD that became FLESH, when our heart partakes of, our spirit lives on.
Whatever we partake of in the spiritual realm, we also become in that realm. If we eat food of bitterness, lust, gossip and other impurities, we become spiritually unclean. But when we eat of that which is PURE and HOLY, we become pure and holy, spiritually energised and empowered.
As we daily feed and live on Jesus; on His love, on His mercy .., we become just like Him!
Let’s feed and be like Jesus!
Who would have believed what we heard? Who saw the Lord’s power in this?
He grew up like a small plant before the Lord, like a root growing up in a dry land.
He had no special beauty or form to make us notice Him; there was nothing in our appearance to make us desire Him.
He was hated and rejected by people. He had much pain and suffering. People would not even look at Him.
He was hated, and we didn’t even notice Him.
But He took our suffering on Him, and felt our pain for us.
We saw His suffering and thought God was punishing Him. But He was wounded for the wrong we did, He was crushed for the evil we did.
The punishment which made us well, was given to Him, and we are healed because of His wounds.
We have all wandered away like sheep, each of us had gone his own way. But the Lord has put on Him the punishment for all the evil we have done.
He was beaten down and punished, but He didn’t say a word.
He was like a lamb being led to be killed. He was quiet, as a sheep is quiet while its wool is being cut off; He never opened His mouth.
Men took Him away roughly and unfairly. He died without children to continue His family.
He was put to death, He was punished for the sins of my people.
He was buried with wicked men, and He died with the rich. He had done nothing wrong and never lied.
But it was the Lord who decided to crush Him and make Him suffer, The Lord made His life to be a penalty offering …
Isaiah 53 :1-10 NCV
We owe our Lord Jesus everything that spell life to us.
He gave His all to bring us to a place of reconciliation with His Father.
Think of how much He went through!
He received all the abuse, rejection and beatings on our behalf, He never uttered a word.
He was hated, wounded and crushed for our sins, led away to be killed like a lamb, yet never opened His mouth.
So much He endured for us!
He paid the price in full and NOW sits in glory!
TODAY, how FAR are you willing to go FOR and WITH Him, ENDURING all discomfort WITHOUT uttering a word?
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to WALK worthy of the calling with which you are called.
Ephesians 4:1 NKJV
LOOK straight ahead, and fix your EYES on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your FEET; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked, keep your FEET from following evil.
Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I FOCUS on this one thing: Forgetting the past and LOOKING forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3 :13 NLT
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. FIX your THOUGHTS on what is true, honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4: 8 NLT
We’ve been called into the family of God with a Holy calling.
It’s our responsibility, by the help of the Holy Spirit to live and walk in a manner worthy of this Unmerited grace.
Through discipline, we beat our body into shape to conform to the dictates of the Spirit of God.
There’s a strong alliance between our EYES, THOUGHTS and FEET.
Once we are able to keep them in check, in the right direction, then we are braced.
It’s good we understand our feet always move in the direction our eyes are focused, that’s why walking backwards with eyes focused in the opposite direction leads to falls and delays.
It’s unnatural to walk backwards, people only do it promptly.
So to walk worthy of our Calling, we must ensure our eyes are focused on the Calling, then will our feet walk in same direction.
Again it’s counter productive to let our thoughts wander in opposite direction to our focus.
It’s nonsensical desiring a life of holiness while our eyes or thoughts are fixed on obscene materials. Eventually, the feet would lead the whole body to unholy places if focus is not changed.
If we therefore, desire Heaven, our eyes must stay FOCUSED on Heaven, our thoughts on WORTHY things and our feet on the GODLY path.
These THREE must be singing same song!
Shun Wordly Desire
Dear Friends, i warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners,” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.1 Peter 2 :11 NLT
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
James 4 :1 NLT
The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is the opposite of what the spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
Galatians 5 :17 NLT
… Dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful natures urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
Romans 8 :12-13 NLT
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
Galatians 5 :16 NLT
Do you know there’s constant war going on in your members?
That’s why many blow hot and cold and don’t fathom why?
The sinful nature is the enemy of our soul (mind, emotions and will) and our spirit.
It fights to dominate them.
We must understand nothing good, as in good comes from the flesh. The flesh is very carnal and underneath whatever it presents as good, is a lace of evil.
We are not under any obligation to fulfill it’s desires!
When we do, it’s because of our lust and choices made.
As scary as it sounds, living by the dictates of the sinful nature is DEATH!
1 Peter 2:11 WARNS us as temporary residents on earth, who know we will eventually vacate this earth, to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against our minds, our emotions and desires.
We individually know what it is we lust after, that kicks in the war in our souls to AVOID them.
Since we know the Spirit gives us desires that our flesh hates, then let’s be ALERT to identify and follow the Spirit.
Be Spirit LED and LIVE!
The Shepherd’s Voice!
Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof us the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice. I know my them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for My Father has given them to me and He is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.
John 10: 25 – 30 NLT
The Jews in the time of Jesus found it difficult to believe and accept he was the prophesied Messiah to come.
He lived and died without many believing in Him.
In the midst of all that confusion, there were still some who believed and were able to identify Him as the Messiah.
The ones that believed His voice became His sheep.
Even today, many are believing and joining His sheepfold, both Jews and Gentiles.
We are glad, we believe and have also become the sheep of His pasture.
The outstanding thing about the shepherd and sheep relationship is the ability of the sheep to listen and identify the shepherd’s voice.
In the out field, there are many flocks grazing as their shepherd’s watch over them, meaning there are many voices that are heard giving commands to the sheep.
If a sheep doesn’t sharpen his ear to note and recognise the voice of its shepherd, it would have a problem navigating in the field.
This could mean for the sheep not following after her Shepherd with His flock.
This sheep could also stray and follow a strange flock and Shepherd.
And also she could be left behind at the mercies of wild animals, without the protection of the Shepherd.
It may turn out after a long search the sheep is reunited with the flock, lost to the wrong flock or to death by wild animals.
It is therefore important for us to KNOW, LISTEN and FOLLOW the voice of the words of our true Shepherd, Jesus.
By His grace, we will not be left behind or snatched away as we obediently abide in Him.
More Than Sparrows!
What is the price of five sparrows – two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Luke 12 : 6 – 7 NLT
I lie awake. And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
Psalm 102 :7 NKJV
Even the sparrows find a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
Psalm 84 : 3 NLT
How impartial is our God!
He looks down and upholds the lowly, for He is no respecter of persons.
Sparrows in biblical days were very common birds, small in size and of little value.
Although they made sweet chirping sounds but were considered to be noisy and of no significant importance. Sitting on housetops depicted loneliness and rejection.
Yes, they were worthless birds in the eyes of the society, but it was God who created them.
God’s not careless about them, just like every other creation of His.
His eyes are on the Sparrows, watching, feeding and making sure they bring forth their own kind, fulfilling destiny.
God says, “You are Worth more than the Sparrows!”
Your worth is not defined by what you have or do not have.
It’s not defined by your marital status, by your ownership of a house, by your big or small car, by your numerous children, by your fat salary, by the food you eat or apparel you wear, by the reserved area you live in or by the top association you keep and it’s not by the colour of your skin or your accent or intonation.
None of the above matter and should define you!
You are only defined in God who created you!
The society may not be able to handle the grace you carry on the inside, but you are who you are for the purposes of God, and as you stick with Him, nothing will deter you.
Even the Sparrow nests and raises her young near God’s altar, so you will shine and fulfill destiny near God’s altar.
For your worth, Jesus went to the cross
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. When we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God Himself has prepared us for this, as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit. …So whether we are away here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him. For we MUST all stand before Christ to be JUDGED. We will each RECEIVE whatever we DESERVE for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
2 Corinthians 5 :1-10 NLT
Paul took his time to exhort believers of Corinth of what living and dying entails for the believer in Christ Jesus.
The fall of man in the Garden of Eden ensured man would not live eternally on earth, for that sin of disobedience spiralled a decay in the creation of God.
The tree of Life which was then in Eden was protected from man.
So every creation on earth has it’s end of life and gradually wastes away.
Our beautiful bodies, even under cosmetic surgeries will waste away.
Life in our earthly bodies must come to an end at a point in time.
If it doesn’t go naturally by old age, then sickness, accident, murder and other causes would end it.
No matter how ours end, our heavenly Father has another eternal body-like clothing in waiting.
So we not must fear death, it will come at its own time.
Most Importantly is preparing for what’s ahead, which is standing before Christ to be judged.
Every good or evil done in this earthly body and space will be accounted for.
Let’s be ready for our deserved REWARDS!
Have Your Way, Lord!
Then Solomon said, ” My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honour the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honour my name. Your intention is good, but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honour me.
2 Chronicles 6:7-9 NLT
Many plans are in a man’s mind. But it’s the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).
Proverbs 19:21 AMP
The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like My ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NCV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Yahweh is God above all.
His plans and thoughts are ways beyond our conception, for He alone knows and sees the bigger picture, from the very end.
The bit we get to know or perceive is only a sneak preview revealed by Him to keep us from stagnancy and get us moving in the direction revealed.
The Lord understands our thoughts and feelings of love and gratitude towards Him. No one knows us like He does, neither do we know ourselves like He does.
We do a lot of things for the service of God and are a blessing to our neighbours as an expression of our love for God. Humanly speaking, it’s our ways of walking in the Lord’s footsteps.
From the story of David’s desire to build a Temple for the Lord, we learn that all our intentions or desires in life, towards God or man, no matter how great or spiritual they are, must be firstly tabled before the Lord. Our desires or plans must be in line with God’s own plans for us.
God frustrates and rejects plans not in line with His will, but prospers and graces what He wills.
We should therefore desire His will be enthroned in ours, as we humbly let go off ours.
Have your way, Lord!
We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born.
We can’t take our riches with us.
Ecclesiastes 5: 15 NLT
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eats them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rusts can not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20 NLT
We are encouraged not to store our treasures here on earth but in heaven, although we live on earth.
It’s because whatever it is we treasure and store on earth is open to theft and destruction.
In heaven where God resides, there are no thieves, whether physical or spiritual ones.
The most important reason though is the fact none will live eternally on earth.
A day unknown is coming -as Jesus tarries- when one would have to move from this earthly abode to a heavenly one without taking along any earthly riches.
In view of this, if one lived in South Africa for instance and knew one day he would return permanently to his home in England, would he not prepare for his final return?
In the near months of departure from South Africa, what would he wisely do with his properties or treasures?
Would he not possibly find a way to ship off the things treasured to England, sell off some items for cash and give away some as gifts.
Bearing in mind, the English currency is Pound, would he not convert his South African currency (Rand) to pound to enable him make purchases at home?
One is only able to do all this when his departure time is known.
But generally we do not know when we would depart from our earthly abode to the heavenly one.
So NOW, one thing we ought to be doing is preparing for our retirement from planet earth.
In wisdom, we should be loving God, USING our TIME, ENERGY and RESOURCES for the PURPOSES of heaven, thereby converting our earthly treasures which we can’t keep, to heavenly treasures we can’t lose.
Today, let’s start to live wisely and not lose out!
Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son, and they will call her Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’
Matthew 1 :23 NLT
…teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28: 20 NLT
If you (really) love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.
And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby) to be with you forever.
John 14 :15 – 16 AMP
In your strength I can crush an army;
With my God I can scale any wall.
Psalm 18 :29 NLT
The baby boy born of the virgin was called Immanuel (In hebrew, Imm= with, anu= us, El= God).
Immanuel wasn’t just a name but a declaration of God’s intent towards His people.
WITH US IS GOD, in every situation we find ourselves.
Jesus loves us with an everlasting love.
While He was leaving our brethren, the earlier disciples, He promised not to leave them on their own.
The Father sent the Holy Spirit to stand in and give all the help Jesus would have given assuming He was still with them bodily.
Those early disciples are long gone, but the same Spirit of Jesus remains. He’s remained to continue to be with us and with every would be disciple of Jesus.
If we would understand deep in our hearts, how faithful and dependable the words of Jesus are, perhaps it will settle our hearts with great confidence in whatever challenge we are facing.
In the form of His Spirit, He’s never left nor abandoned us.
We may struggle to always remember of His ever dwelling presence, with Him being physically unseen.
But in truth, with us is His Spirit as a faithful standby, ever ready to advocate, comfort, interceed, strengthen and counsel us.
With His strength we can crush any opposing army and leap over any wall of restriction.
With us is God!
Therefore, we do not fear or doubt, for He will be with us ALWAYS to the end of the age!
For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2 :10 NKJV
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. They are the people He called, because that was His plan.
Romans 8 :28 NCV
We are indeed God’s workmanship and not of our own.
When man excludes God and tries to manage life on his our own, he makes a total wreck of it in an endless insatiable spiral.
In the original Greek, it says we are God’s poiema, meaning we are fashioned, made, crafted together as a masterpiece.
From poiema comes the word Poem.
We are God’s poem!
Being God’s poem, means we WERE written by God, as was concieved in His heart even before we were born and we shouldn’t try to rewrite ourselves NOW.
Psalm 139 :16 NCV says, ” You saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
So it is therefore a futile effort when we try to push on our lives in directions which were not mapped out for us.
We must allow God who has penned down our lives to lead us in the directions preplanned, and graced for us to be the best we were written to be.
It doesn’t matter how shiny your neighbour’s life seems to be, you must not covet after them.
Firstly, you are on different plans so you ought to stay on God’s plan for you.
Secondly, how sure are you he hasn’t deviated from God’s plan trying to rewrite his own path?
You are uniquely you and should strive to stay on God’s plans for your good future and hope.
Don’t forget you are God’s original masterpiece on your own level, do not try to twist and end up as someone else’s carbon copy, no matter how glamorous or celebrated they are.
Only God can tell and put you on His good path.
Stay with His plan and you will also Shine!
Grow Your Endurance
Dear brethren, when trouble of any kind comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete needing nothing.
James 1:2- 4 NLT
You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fulness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures ever more.
Psalm 16:11 NKJV
Let us look only to Jesus, the one who began our faith and makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But He accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the Joy God had put before Him.
And now He is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.
Hebrew 12:2 NCV
What is your endurance threshold like, and how do you rate it?
On our path of life, we will go through trials, temptations and all sorts.
The Lord will allow us be pushed by different kinds of troubles. These troubles are not to kill us but help fashion us become more like Christ.
Daily our endurance threshold grows aiming for full development, when we will become perfect and complete, fully built into the image of Christ.
When our faith is tested, the level of our faith reflects on the Faith scale, showing how much we believe and hold unto God, or how much we have allowed fear, doubt and anxiety to scrape on our strong belief in God.
It’s very easy to rejoice and be giddy when all seem to be going well.
But what of when our comfort feathers are ruffled?
At this time, the flesh would want us to murmur, complain, get offended, allow dissension, enter a hole of self pity and depression.
But the Lord would have us know, every step of the way, He is with us and that’s what matters. He would also love we walk in His exact footsteps as one who overcame.
How did He see the shame of the cross?
He accepted it as if it were nothing, instead focused on the joy ahead.
We are to look unto Jesus, tap into the joy of His presence and let our endurance grow in every trial!
Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,
And don’t raid the house where the godly live.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Proverbs 24:15 -16 NLT
O! If only Satan had known or knows, He wouldn’t venture with his antics of attack on the children of God.
His ambush against you or your home will remain futile.
His raid in every way against your house, your business and the church of God will amount to a wasted effort.
Satan is deaf to warnings, he tries and tries again, cashing in on whatever he sees as an opportunity.
He is limited in His conceptions so he gets flawed all the time with the godly.
If Satan had known he wouldn’t have ensured Jesus got killed. (Yes Jesus was killed, God didn’t let Him escape the cross).
In satan’s thought that was to be the end of anything and everything associated with Jesus.
Little did he know out of Jesus’ death would come eternal life for many.
Out of one open tomb, came along the opening of many other tombs that brought many to life.
Now, Satan is at it again round every corner, but do not despair!
The above scriptures tell us a GODLY man MAY trip seven times.
The word ‘may’ tells us tripping could happen but not necessarily it ‘must’ happen.
And be it known, it could happen up to 7 times, under the perfect watch of God.
And if it happens to the GODLY, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road.
It can only mean, the getting up mode is switched on.
God watches to ensure this GODLY man rises up again, unlike the wicked who can be overthrown only by one disaster.
This should give us hope and cause us to be courageous, knowing as children of God, it’s a win win outcome for us.
When next in a challenging situation, do not let yourself be overwhelmed.
Do not let your heart be troubled.
Remember, it’s not a coincidence, God saw it all coming and before it hits, He provides grace to carry through.
You have the overcoming grace.
So Look up in Faith!
City On A Hill!
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.
John 8 : 12 NLT
You are the light of the world– like a city on a hill top that cannot be hidden. No one lights a light and puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:14-15 NLT
In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NCV
The ‘night’ is almost finished, and the ‘day’ is almost here. So we should stop doing things that belong to darkness and take up the weapons used for fighting in the light. Let us live in a right way, like people who belong to the day. We should not have wild parties or get drunk. There should be no sexual sins of any kind, no fighting or jealousy. But clothe yourself woth the Lord Jesus and forget about satisfying your sinful self.
Romans 13:12-14 NCV
We are living in the “night” season because Jesus the Light that lightens the world has gone to be with the father. But He didn’t leave the world without light. He lit His candles/lamps and positioned them every where as cities on hill tops.
He put His light in us to shine forth and dispel the darkness, enabling men to see clearly the ground they are walking on.
We in turn will never walk in darkness IF we follow Jesus.
The problem is the inconsistency in our following Jesus. Sometimes, we allow the flesh to kick in, fear, anxiety, lust and cares of the world to derail us from following the path of light.
At these times, we see the works of darkness manifest in our doings.
Today, we must remember that Jesus has invested His light in us and He expects us to shine forth His light of life.
As we shine, faith, hope, truth, joy, peace, salvation, deliverance etc will be wrought.
So, boldly shine and be a light to someone!
Live And Not Die!
God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.
Psalm 18 : 30 NLT
Show Your marvellous lovingkindness by Your right hand.
O You save those who trust in You.
From those who rise up against them.
Psalm 17 : 7 NKJV
The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
I will not die, instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.
Psalm 18 : 16 – 18 NLT
The Lord’s strong right arm is lifted in triumph on your behalf!
He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection and who know His promises are true.
No one can deliver except the Lord God.
No one can protect except the Lord God.
No one can provide except the Lord God.
No one can open a door except the Lord God.
And no one can shut a door except the Lord God.
Many may rise against you, physical, spiritual, financial, health-wise and even in unkind words of accusations.
But the Lord God, Mighty in battle, by His strong right arm will do glorious things for you.
Only Believe and do not Fear!
Fear robs us and opens up doors for Satan to execute our fears like He did to Job.
What do you believe?
Right down in your heart, what do you believe?
Do you believe the report of the Lord?
Do you believe nothing can separate from the love of God, not even hunger, sickness or death?
Do you believe in His love He may allow you to be in certain situations, to show forth His glory in your life?
What matters is what you do in those situations.
You may not be able to stop those challenges from coming but your response to them is entirely your responsibility.
Your response reveals what is stored in your heart, and where you stand with the Lord.
You may stand in fearfulness or boldness.
If subtly in your heart you exalt the situation bigger than God, then fear will arise if not boldness will set in.
Today, believe as in the above scriptures that you will LIVE to TELL of what the Lord has done!
Thy Will Be Done!
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.
Daniel 3:16-18 NLT
He walked away, about a stone throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.
Luke 22:41-42 NLT
The three Hebrew boys understood the sovereignty of God.
They were bold enough to declare they serve The Almighty God who saves.
In the face of death many would want to find a way of escape by compromising, but it was different for these boys who were in it to the end.
In the above scriptures, we read their faith-filled confession that God’s able to and would rescue them from Nebuchadnezzar’s power.
But they also knew although God is able to rescue them, He could choose not to do so.
This understanding pose to be a problem to many believers.
Why would God choose not to prevent bad from happening to His child who believes and strongly confesses his faith in Him to deliver?
In truth, only God in His sovereignty and purpose can answer why He chooses not to do so in that moment!
But, He never leaves us alone, He walks us through every door of challenge He lets us in.
God did not stop the Hebrew children from being thrown into the fire but He was in the fire to preserve them.
It’s more glorious that God preserved them in the fire than prevented them from the fire.
Jesus seeing the agony of the Cross asked if He could opt out, but then settled for the sovereign will of God.
We must come to terms that sometimes in our quests, God’s will overrules our desires inspite of our faith and confessions for change.
Let’s always pray “Not my will, but yours be done, Lord!
Trust In The Lord!
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
Isaiah 55:8 NLT
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding
Proverbs 3:5 NLT
Man’s thoughts take its root from what he sees, hears or feels.
It can also be about what could, should and will happen, which may start as an idea and expands in thoughts.
No matter how a man is able to gather his thoughts, it’s always limited by his carnal nature, and only blossoms to an extent when there’s a divine influence.
Whatever is heavenly is greater than the earthly.
The earth is sustained by the powers of the heavens and whatever the earth has to offer is because it has firstly received it from heaven.
Isaiah 45:8 AMP says,
Rain down, O heavens, from above, let the clouds pour down righteousness (all the blessings of God);
Let the earth open up, let salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it;
I, the Lord, has created it.
We must understand if the heavens do not pour out, the earth can not receive.
And the heaven pours out under the dictate of God who knows, sees and watches over HIS plans to perform it.
Except therefore the arm of the Lord is divinely revealed to a person, one would not be in the know.
Our gracious God delights in letting us into what His plans and thoughts are to the extent it pleases Him.
Because we do not at all times submit ourselves 100% into walking in the mind of Christ, certainly it will be a struggle to receive and see things in the way God would love see them, and then align our thoughts in sync with His.
His thoughts and plans are way higher than ours!
Therefore, to live and enjoy the best of God’s thoughts and plans, we must learn to let go of self, and what we think we know and understand of the issues around us.
We must give in and Trust the Lord with all our hearts, even when we don’t understand and things don’t make sense.
His good comes beyond our imaginations!
Back to His Word!
When Moses had finished reciting all these words to the people of Israel, he added: Take to heart all the words of warnings I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words – they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you will occupy when you cross the Jordan River.
Deuter 32 : 45 – 47 NLT
What’s important to you?
Is it just crossing over into 2021?
Or is it crossing over and having a joyful victorious life in it?
Even though Jehovah was allowing the Israelites enter Canaan to possess it as He had promised, He had to instruct them about the state of their hearts.
He had perceived still their rebellion and waywardness, the tendency of abandoning Jehovah to lust after other gods in their comfort was not hidden.
Their peace and long life in the Promised land would therefore depend on their obedience to God who had brought them forth.
These instructions were for them and for their children.
Like Moses said, the instructions were not EMPTY WORDS!
Every word of God obeyed comes with its blessings.
Disobedience brings disfavour and curses.
As we have stepped into 2021 by God’s mercy, we must ensure to live everyday for Him!
His Words of instructions must be our watchword.
As we seek to obey God and live for Him daily, He will protect and lead us in the way we should go.
God who preserves lives will preserve ours, because our mind is set on Him.
Do not relax and fall back into your old lifestyle now that you have rejoiced into 2021.
If you desire to enjoy and have long life in it, then go back to the Word of God and seek to live by it.
Only those that seek to know their God, shall find Him and will do exploits in the coming seasons.
When the World will be shouting chaos and casting down, to the believer in Christ, it will be lifting up with inner peace in Christ Jesus.
Take to heart the Word of God and obey it!