11. December 2016 · Comments Off on DO YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Testimony, Victory

From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me (Psalm 129:2 NLT).

Beloved, one of the songs I couldn’t get enough off in the past few days is ‘You made a way’ by Travis Greene with lyrics that says… “You made a way… When our backs were against the wall… And it looked as if it was over… You made a way… And we’re standing here… Only because you made a way… You move mountains… You cause walls to fall… With your power… You perform miracles… There is nothing that’s impossible… And we’re standing here… Only because you made a way…”

Beloved, that’s the testimony… We’re standing here… Only because You made a way…

Like I said, I couldn’t get enough of this song and yesterday, during my morning devotion, I came across our feature text. Immediately, I remembered the testimony I shared with friends and family this week about how the enemy has come after me right from my youth but has not prevailed. I do have a testimony and I’ve been led in this past week to share it even though many of you that follow my postings may already know.

Beloved, I’m only alive by the grace of God. In my life, I’ve survived many near death experiences. The first was a motorcycle accident at age 3 plus years old. The second was a ghastly motor vehicle accident where the bus I was in ran into a stationary bus. Only 2 of us survived out of all the passengers in the bus. I was gone until the Lord woke me up. The third was a fire incident where I was trap in a building with no fire exit. The fourth was a blood clot in my lungs and I was told by the doctor that if I hadn’t come to the hospital when I did…

And then, there are probably many more I don’t know about. I’ve had blood pressure readings of 210/110 plus where the doctor I went to see on my way back from work looked at me and said someone like you shouldn’t be walking around. I remember when my ex-husband left me and I was crying like a baby, the Lord spoke to me through a MOG and this is what He said “haven’t I saved your life from death so many times?”

Beloved, even in the past one week, the enemy has tried several times but for the Lord. The Voice translation of our feature text says…This is not the first time my enemies assaulted me; they have attacked me since I was young, and yet they have not been able to overpower me.

Beloved, why am I sharing this? it is because we are in the season where the enemy wants to remind you of all your storms and struggles but you have got to be intentional and go over your testimonies. Like the Bible says… And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony (Revelation 12:11 NLT).

Don’t keep quiet. Testify!

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10. December 2016 · Comments Off on STAY ON THE WHEEL TILL HE’S DONE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was working at the wheel. But the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled by the potter’s hand; so he made it over, reworking it and making it into another pot that seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” says the Lord. “Look carefully, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel (Jeremiah 18:3-6 AMP).

Beloved, I received a call from a young lady who was telling me about how the Lord has been dealing with so many areas in her life. It’s one thing after the other, she said. She then talked about how He is stripping her of all her friends and I’m like “it’s all part of the process dear and it’s going to work out in your favour”.

I would never forget what the Apostle of my church told me a few months ago. He said not many people are willing to submit themselves to the Lord’s process where He works on them to refine their character but it’s always to their advantage if they do. He then when to talk about how we like to quote the scripture that says… For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again… (Proverbs 24:16 NKJV). He said we like to focus on the fact that he would rise again but the question is whether he can rise to the position he was before. He began to list several great men and women of God that where well known all over for the powerful things God used them to do. However, at some point, they fell and though they’ve tried to rise again, they can’t seem to get to the heights they once achieved.

Beloved, everybody wants to be used by God but not many can stand His process and that’s what determines what kind of vessel you would be used for. The Bible says… in a large house there are not only vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 2:20-21 AMP).

Beloved, in our feature text, the Lord gives the Prophet Jeremiah an illustration of how He may sometimes have to rework the vessel that He wants to use into His desired shape and I can only imagine that the vessel may get so dizzy from having to spin round the wheel a few times. I can imagine how the vessel may get so frustrated and want to get off the wheel but it would only turn out to be deformed. That’s why the Potter is saying… Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)

Beloved, be still!

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09. December 2016 · Comments Off on FIGHT FOR YOUR JOY · Categories: Jesus Christ, Joy, Mind, Thoughts

“Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, For the Lord God is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.” Therefore with joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation (Isaiah 12:2-3 AMP).

Beloved, on monday, we lost an old classmate of ours. He was chatting with us in our WhatsApp group in the morning only to hear that he was dead hours later. The news of his passing made everyone very sad. He only got married 5 months ago, and we were all celebrating with him only to hear that he was now dead. It really made every one sad. It also made everyone reflect which made me become very low in spirit just thinking back at all the storms of life and I just couldn’t shake it off but then, I became even more annoyed that I found myself in that mood. Why on earth am I back here again? Why am I feeling like this? However, it was then that our feature text came to mind. I felt the Lord was trying to tell me that the enemy wants to stop your flow. Off course, it made sense. If it is with joy that we draw water from the wells of salvation, then it makes perfect sense that the enemy would always want to do things that would steal that joy so you have nothing to draw with.

The Voice translation says… With joy in each step, you will drink deeply from the springs of salvation… It makes perfect sense that the enemy would want to try and do things that would prevent you from taking those steps and that’s why we have to be intentional and do everything to fight for our joy. Apostle Paul said… Rejoice in the Lord always. AGAIN I WILL SAY, REJOICE! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV). You have to be reminded of this.

But how do you do this in such a case? Well, Apostle Paul also said… whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK CONTINUALLY ON THESE THINGS [CENTER YOUR MIND ON THEM, AND IMPLANT THEM IN YOUR HEART] (Philippians 4:8 AMP).

It means rather than think of the sad moments, you must choose to center your mind on the good ones you had and implant them in your heart. We are told that we must… Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NLT).

Beloved, this thief wants to steal your joy so you have got to fight for it. Choose to think on the fun memories. The Voice translation says… Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

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08. December 2016 · Comments Off on WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SETTLE FOR? · Categories: Agreement, Choices, Decision making, Identity, Jesus Christ, Mind

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4 NKJV)

Beloved, someone was telling me of an experience they had when they first came into the UK. Unfortunately, at the time, they had no legal documents to work and so had to do whatever kind of job they could find. They basically had to do some hard work but according to them, they still thought there was hard work and then there was hard work with class. Out of desperation, they found themselves doing a job they felt was degrading. It was a job and anyone in their situation would be happy that they had a job but by the second day of the job, they were very upset that they had to do that sort of a job for money so they left and went home. They said they think they even cried when they got home but then they did something.

They had to sign and submit a daily timesheet in order to get paid but they looked at the timesheet and said to themselves “THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR MONEY” and then they tore the timesheet for the time they had worked. They were living with their sister at the time who felt they were silly to have done that. “You’ve already done the hard work. Yes, you can decide not to go there again but at least get paid for the job you’ve already done”. However, they didn’t listen to her. They went ahead and tore the timesheet.

So, beloved, why did they tear their timesheet? I’m sure it was a hard decision to make. They needed the money. However, I believe it’s because they were not going to allow desperation define what they would settle for and please don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about money. They went on to say that money can’t make you RICH. It is your mind-set that can but like I said, for me, this isn’t about money. It made me think of our feature text. Jesus was desperately hungry but He wasn’t prepared to settle for what the devil was proposing and it made me think of what we are willing to settle for.

Beloved, this would depend on whether you know who you are. King David said… I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, AND MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL (Psalm 139:14 AMP). The voice translation says… I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.

Beloved, does your soul (your mind, your will and your emotions) know who you are? Have you settled out of desperation?

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07. December 2016 · Comments Off on DON’T JUST LOOK THE PART, BE THE PART · Categories: Authority, God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ

How am I supposed to see the king? It’s known throughout the land, from the greatest of the king’s officials to the common folk who live in the provinces, that any person who approaches the king in the inner chamber without being invited is sentenced to death. That’s the law! There’s only one exception, and that’s if the king were to hold out the gold scepter to that person and spare his or her life. It’s been 30 days since the king last summoned me! (Esther 4:11 Voice)

Beloved, we know the story of Esther; an orphan who became queen. Queen Vashti who was the current queen refused to answer the call of her husband (Esther 1:11-12) and that was the end of her. However, it was part of God’s grand design to make room for Esther whom He had been preparing behind the scenes.

Esther then had to go through another year of preparation to make herself presentable for the king and for many, 2016 has been that year of preperation. Esther was placed in Hegai’s care… He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with BEAUTY TREATMENTS. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem… She was given the prescribed twelve months of BEAUTY TREATMENTS—six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments… Choice of whatever CLOTHING OR JEWELRY she wanted…And the king loved Esther… He was so delighted with her that he set the ROYAL CROWN on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti (Esther 2:9-17).

So, Esther now becomes queen because she nailed it with her appearance but all the appearance in the world would have been for nothing if her mindset didn’t change. I can just imagine that regardless of what people saw on the outside, and even what she saw in the mirror, she still saw herself as an orphan instead of the queen whom the Lord had given favour and access to high places.

And unfortunately, no amount of BEAUTY TREATMENTS, CLOTHING, JEWELRY or CROWN could change that. It took Mordecai to challenge her thinking. He told Esther… It may very well be that you have achieved royal status for such a time as this! (Esther 4:14 NET).

She had to address her mindset. As a result… Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace across from the king’s rooms. The king was sitting on his throne facing the palace entrance. He was pleased when he noticed Queen Esther waiting in the court. He extended his gold scepter with his hand, inviting her in. Esther walked toward him, and when she was close enough, she reached out and touched the king’s scepter (Esther 5:1-2 Voice).

Beloved, the Lord may well be trying to get you to see that “I have given you favour. I have given you authority… put on your royal robes, reach out and touch the king’s scepter… I have been preparing you for a time like this…”

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06. December 2016 · Comments Off on WHY ARE YOU REALLY BEING PERSECUTED? · Categories: Jesus Christ, Suffering, Trusting God

Because of Daniel’s exceptional abilities, it wasn’t long before he distinguished himself over the other governors and officers. So the king decided to appoint him as head over the entire realm. This appointment did not sit well with the other leaders, so the governors and officers tried to find reasons to level charges against Daniel for the way he supervised the kingdom. Though they tried, they could find no basis for charges or any corruption in his office. Daniel was loyal and attentive in his duties (Daniel 6:3-4 Voice).

Beloved, as I was reading this, the first thing that came to mind was the fact that many times what we call persecution for our faith in the work place isn’t really persecution. We tend to say “they are being hard on me because they know I’m a Christian” but is that really true? You can’t say you are persecuted for your faith when your work ethics is questionable. I remember someone saying that when they want to do business with someone and the person goes out of their way to say “I’m a Christian”, they get concerned and the funny thing is that this person is a Christian.

In our feature text, Daniel was a highly anointed man of God and while some may use that as an excuse to come up with the “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm” line, he chose to be an excellent employee to the point that he got on peoples nerves and they wanted to get rid of him by setting him up but… they could find no basis for charges or any corruption in his office. Daniel was loyal and attentive in his duties…

The Amplified translation says… they could find no reason for an accusation or evidence of corruption, because he was faithful [a man of high moral character and personal integrity], and no negligence or corruption [of any kind] was found in him.

As a result, the conspirators said to themselves… We will never find any credible basis for charges against Daniel for how he conducts his office. Perhaps we can uncover some suitable charge in regard to the law of his God (Daniel 6:5 Voice).

Beloved, the only way they could get him was to ask the king to pass a decree that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone except the king would be thrown into the den of lions (Daniel 6:7). Daniel was then found guilty for disobeying this decree and the king had no choice but to sentence him but even then, he said… May your God, the God you have served so faithfully, rescue you! (Daniel 6:16 Voice) And the Lord did because Daniel’s hands were clean.

Beloved, as Christians, we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). Let’s be this light even in our work place and businesses.

If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs (1 Peter 4:14-15 NLT).‏‏

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05. December 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏INTEGRITY IS PART OF THE BRAND · Categories: Uncategorized

David shepherded them with the honor and integrity of his heart; he led them in wisdom with strong and skillful hands (Psalm 78:72 Voice).

Beloved, someone I know was asked to give a talk of how he became successful in his business. He’s known for the excellency of his brand but rather than give some very impressive speech, he chose to talk about integrity because he knew that’s what kept him in business.

He’s in the property business and other related services and was telling me about a very wealthy client he started working with about 5 years ago, whom he helped acquire a property in the UK. Since then, they’ve been working together and he’s made about half a million pounds from him since then. The wealthy client soon moved to Africa because he got an appointment to work with the president of his country in Africa. That then opened doors for this person I was talking to to be introduced to the President, his family and other influential people.

One day he was having a conversation with this very rich client who then told him about how he was introduced to a chap that did something similar to what he did. This wealthy client was to bring his family to the UK on holidays and wanted this other chap to help him organize a short-let accommodation. The guy came back to tell him that he found one for £6000. He was then given the money but instead of doing what he was asked to do, he went to arrange with a friend to temporarily vacate his flat so that he could give it to the rich client. Can you imagine that? Now, this is a client that would normally stay in a five-star central London hotel. He paid for you to arrange a proper short let accommodation but because you lacked integrity, you tried to play a fast one. Unfortunately, as soon as the rich client saw the place and realized what the chap had done, he didn’t even bother to get down from the car. He took his family to a hotel and never had anything to do with him again.

Beloved, now when this chap was doing this, he felt £6000 was a lot of money, but he didn’t realize that he had just short changed himself, because if he had done what he was paid to do, perhaps he would have built a lasting relationship with this rich client. Perhaps he would have been the one who made all the money that this person telling me the story makes from this wealthy client… if only he had integrity.

The person telling me the story went on to say “I don’t know the bloke but if I meet him today, I would smack his head and call him a silly bloke because he is indeed a silly broke…silly”. LOL

Beloved, why am I sharing this story? King David was known for several things but our feature text talks about the integrity of his heart and wouldn’t it be nice to hear someone tell you “I chose you or am with you just because of the integrity of your heart?”


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04. December 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏KEEP GOING THROUGH · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Perseverance, Trusting God

Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in (Galatians 6:9 AMP).

Beloved, a few months ago, I read the following message on a friends Facebook wall which said “I’ve been nominated for an award. I’m shocked. Best Actress nomination for 2016, Awesome God”. I read it and couldn’t help but leave the following comment. I said… “Congrats… I remember reading your post a while back about not getting jobs. You were so frustrated then but you didn’t give up. Just goes to show what happens when we don’t give up…”

Can you imagine what would have happened to her if she gave up out of frustration? After reading what she said I just had to copy it and save it somewhere because I knew the Lord would remind me of it and He sure did. Perhaps, someone needs to hear it right now.

I was reminded of it as I was listening to someone talk about Cathy Hughes, an African-American entrepreneur, radio and television personality and business executive who founded the media company Radio One. I heard that about 34 banks turned her down before one told her yes. The person telling the story said “I’m not interested in the one that said yes. I am interested in the fight that was in her for the first 34. Are you tough enough to be a winner or can I discourage you and make you give up your dream?”

Beloved, she didn’t allow the number of ‘NO’s’ she received stop her. You just know that someone is tenacious when they keep going after that many rejections. It reminds me of what someone that runs a prayer line always says after every prayer session. You would always hear them say; “Remember, whatever you are going through, keep going through”. In other words, no matter how hard it may be, as far as you are taking steps, then you are moving forward. However, there’s no progress in throwing in the towel. That’s giving up. Its quitting. It reminds me of when Job said… Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him… (Job 13:15 NKJV). He basically said “I may not understand what God is up to right now but I won’t give up hope. I would keep trusting Him”.

Another person said, “don’t let what you are going through keep you from what you are going to.” yes, you may be going through something right now but don’t let whatever it is keep you from what you are going to.

The Voice translation of our feature text says… May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist.

Beloved, “don’t let what you are going through keep you from what you are going to”. This Actress didn’t give up. Cathy Hughes didn’t give up. Job didn’t and you shouldn’t either. Remember, whatever you are going through, keep going through

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03. December 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏DEALING WITH UNSPOKEN FEAR · Categories: Faith, Fear, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true (Job 3:25 NLT).

Beloved, a lot of us have amazing faith for a lot of things but with many of us, there are some secret fears that we carry on the inside that we dread so much. The funny thing is that it’s not what others can perceive. To most people, you’ve got it all together. Take the case of Job. I mean, everybody knew him as one who… was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion (Job 1:1 MSG). He was a perfect role model. He served God with all his heart and went to church regularly but if you believe in this God the way you say you do, who would have ever thought that he harboured any kind of fear?

I remember that there were some things that I never ever imagined I would every experience. Those were my untouchable areas and I remember telling God not to even go there. Leave this area alone. Trials can come in this or that area but not that because I won’t be able to survive it. However, after shaking all the shakeable in my life, I remember someone saying “now that you’ve experienced your worst fears and you’ve seen that it didn’t kill you, you can now move on with your relationship with God”. Another person said “aren’t you still standing?”

Hmmm… Beloved, out of nowhere Job admitted that… What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true… Who knows, maybe if he didn’t come face to face with his fears, it would have stayed with him for the rest of his life and at times, that’s even worse torture than what you are dreading.

No one wants anything negative to happen but if you entertain fear, you attract exactly that. Also, those things we fear stand as hurdles in our relationship with God. Job knew fear and perhaps the Lord was saying to Job… You have known this fear for so long, now it’s really time to get to know Me. Hence the reason Job said… “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You (Job 42:5 NIV). He had to confront those fears to move to another level with God.

Beloved, don’t let fear rule/ruin your life… For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

The word used for fear; deilós (“fearful of losses”) refers to an excessive fear (dread) of “losing,” causing someone to be fainthearted (cowardly) hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.

Beloved, I remember someone saying that when you come under the light, it highlights or reveals many hidden things. Everything is laid bare before the Lord so perhaps it’s time to deal with that unspoken fear.

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02. December 2016 · Comments Off on FINISH STRONG · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Prayer, Trusting God, Victory

There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David grew steadily stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker [to the point of being powerless] (2 Samuel 3:1 AMP).

Beloved, we are in the last month of 2016 and as we were praying, the Lord placed our feature text in my heart. For many of us, this year has been a real battle. The enemy came full force to wear you out but to the glory of God, you are still standing. In our feature text, we are told that King David was in a long war against his enemy but it’s one thing to be in a battle and not come out victorious however, his testimony was that his enemy did not wear him out. He grew stronger and stronger while his enemy grew weaker and weaker.

To me, David represents many things; No doubt David was a man of war but he was also a worshipper. He knew how to praise and worship the Lord like non other. He was also very passionate about serving the Lord and doing the will of God. He wanted to please the Lord at all times and he didn’t grow weak because of his long battle with his enemies. His prayer life didn’t go weak. His worship didn’t go weak neither did his willingness to obey God. Rather, the fight made him stronger and stronger.

Beloved, no doubt, we’ve all been through some things this year, but if the Lord allowed it, it’s because He wants to strengthen you through the process. It’s because He wants you to experience the strength that comes from Christ. Apostle Paul said… Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NLT).

Jesus knew what we were up against. He came in the flesh and experienced every battle that we were ever going to face, hence the reason why He said… But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32 NLT). He also left us with the Holy Spirit who is our current help in times of need.

Beloved, the Lord is fighting for you pushing back the darkness and in the name of Jesus, the enemy is defeated. Endeavour to finish strong… having done all, stand (Ephesians 6:13).

Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:30-31 NLT).

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