07. May 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT KNOWS THAT YOU DON’T‏ · Categories: Decision making, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

…“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 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. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 29-12 NLT).

For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets…

Beloved, the general frustration that most of us experience in life is not knowing what the future holds but what if you were told that there was Someone who knew everything about your future? Would you not take advantage of that Someone? Would you not be on the phone for hours talking with that Someone? Isn’t it time we decide to no longer remain ignorant?

Our feature text lets us know that God has deep hidden secrets that can only be revealed to us through His Spirit. He is the curious one that searches the mind of God and seeks out the information we are so desperate for. Many a times, I come up with some crazy ideas and I’m thinking okay, this is just me dreaming but then, when it is later confirmed in whichever way the Lord chooses, I’m thinking really? So that was God? Yes, it was. However, as it often happens, every time your spirit reveals something to you, your mind talks you out of it and then you start to rebuke the devil but if it refuses to be rebuked, it may not the devil.

‎Beloved, you cannot move into your future out of your head. This wisdom is revealed only to the spirit and like someone said, “maybe your life is meant to be much bigger than your head can contain”. Hmmm… so true! I only started receiving great revelations about my life when I started to partner with the Holy Spirit in prayer and this is mostly done by praying in tongues because that’s when you are having mature conversations with God… For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God… (1 Corinthians 14:2 NIV) and …the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will (Romans 8:26-27 NIV)‎.


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05. May 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T GET STUCK WHERE YOU ARE · Categories: Action, Choices, Courage, Decision making, Depression, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David ENCOURAGED AND STRENGTHENED HIMSELF in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6 AMPC).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say that to encourage yourself in the Lord is a very good thing until you get stuck. Of course, we all need encouragement from time to time. There are times in life when bad things happen and we do need God’s encouragement, but the danger is when we can’t move on from there. It’s just like when people get addicted to painkillers after taking them for a while. The pain is no longer there, but they can’t stop taking them.

“Stop listening to the same encouraging message over and over again”, they said. Well, I totally got what they were trying to say because I’ve found that I’ve gone off some of the preachers I used to listen to when I was at a very low point in my life. For instance, I remember the very first email devotional I received when my brother died said something along the lines of “there are some things that happen to you that you just have to file in the ‘I cannot understand it folder of your head’”. I don’t need to tell you that I started listening to every sermon they preached and God used their message of hope to minister to me greatly. The Lord is great like that, but I believe a time comes when He wants you to move on and not stay low.

We are told that after encouraging himself… David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? The Lord answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all. SO DAVID WENT… (1 Samuel 30:8-9 AMPC)

Beloved, the Lord gave the go ahead and SO DAVID WENT… He moved on. He took action and as a result… David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; David recovered all (1 Samuel 30:18-19 AMP).

Can you imagine if David remained stuck at the stage in his life when he needed encouragement? Everybody had turned on him so who knows; probably he would have started to play the victim and before you know it, depression would have set in. Only God knows what would have happened to his wife and children then.

Beloved, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). DON’T GET STUCK WHERE YOU ARE. People’s lives and future may depend on your next move.

I say to you, get up, pick up your mat and go… (Mark 2:11 AMP)

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03. May 2017 · Comments Off on HAVE I GOT IT RIGHT? · Categories: Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Obedience

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).

Beloved, I remember back in secondary school, I took an agriculture test. I didn’t really like agriculture so was very glad to find that the question was something I had revised for. The test was a breeze and I was so pleased with myself about what I had written.

It also happened to be just before midterm break so I went home so happy. However, I couldn’t wait to get back just so I could see my results. I was expecting to get above 80 percent! However, when I got my paper back, I failed miserably. What? It can’t be! I went straight to the teacher. Why? I honestly felt they had made a mistake until I was showed what I had done wrong. I didn’t follow the instructions correctly and I think I gave the right answers to the wrong questions. But the thing is that if they hadn’t pointed my mistake out, I wouldn’t have realised it and while I was on break, if anybody had told me I would come back to such results, I would have told them where to go.

The Bible tells us of Saul. God gave him specific instructions and he was so pleased with himself that he had carried it out that… he set up for himself a monument or trophy [of his victory]… (1 Samuel 15:12 AMPC).

And when Samuel found Saul, he was proud to say… Blessed are you of the Lord. I have performed what the Lord ordered (1 Samuel 15:13 AMP). The Message translation says… I ACCOMPLISHED GOD’S PLAN TO THE LETTER… Really? A-Z? Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. (1 Samuel 15:14 NLT). And he had the nerve to argue. Samuel asked… Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?” “BUT I DID OBEY THE LORD,” SAUL INSISTED. “I CARRIED OUT THE MISSION HE GAVE ME… (1 Samuel 15:19-20 NLT).

Saul’s defense was that his… troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal (1 Samuel 15:21 NLT). They brought a sacrifice to the Lord and Saul was convinced he had done the right thing. However, our feature text says we could be decieved thinking we are there doing the right thing. That day Samuel told Saul… “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today (1 Samuel 15:28).

Beloved, I can only wonder how many things we are doing wrong that seem right in our eyes. Jesus came to give sight to the blind and He gave us the Spirit of truth who guides us into all truth (John 16:13). Today I pray He opens our eyes to the things that displease God.

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07. April 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR SILVER AND GOLD? · Categories: Choices, Decision making, Discipline, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth

And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth! (Exodus 12:35-36 NLT).

Beloved, so, for many years the Israelites were under bondage. This happened until the Lord stepped in to rescue them but the Lord didn’t just rescue them, He made sure they didn’t go empty handed. The Lord ensured that the Israelites were paid for all the years they lost to the Egyptians. There was a great wealth transfer that day; enough for them and their children and children’s children but what was the first thing the Israelites did with the gold and silver they were given?

Hanging around in the wilderness without any direction… 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. Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf… (Exodus 32:2-4 NLT)

We know the story… they worshiped the golden calf and the partying began… The people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry (Exodus 32:6 NLT).

Beloved, the message here is simple; when you come out with silver and gold without purpose in mind, you will build a golden calf to worship. SELAH: PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK ABOUT THAT!

It was only later that… the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings… Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze… “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them (Exodus 25:1-3, 8 NLT).

Beloved, I’m sure we love when the Lord says… I will compensate you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten… (Joel 2:25 AMP). It’s exciting just thinking of how the Lord can restore everything you’ve lost to the enemy but without a purpose in mind, you too may just end up building a golden calf to worship.

Yes, we are all expecting the Lord’s restoration. We are all expecting the Lord’s blessing and like the Israelites, even a wealth Transfer, but the Lord is challenging you today… Why do you want to be blessed? Could I have a purpose in mind for you?

SELAH: PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK ABOUT THAT… and then perhaps pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily… (Matthew 6:9-11) direction.

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23. March 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY AGAIN · Categories: Action, Decision making, Trusting God

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. BUT IF YOU SAY SO, I’LL LET THE NETS DOWN AGAIN.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! (Luke 5:5-6 NLT)


Beloved, I read our feature text‎ and immediately started thinking of how many have missed out on what the Lord has for them because they are afraid to try again. Yes, we know that… Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12 NLT). Letting his nets down again was the game changer for Simon Peter and it should be the same for anyone that dares to try again regardless of their vulnerability.

Before now, Simon Peter had toiled all night fishing but caught nothing. Perhaps in your case, you have been toiling with your career, your education, your ministry… whatever area you have invested your time and resources without results. Or perhaps yours is in the area of relationships. You have toiled and toiled and you are now so afraid to open up to anyone again but the Bible says… guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23) and not lock it up and throw the key away.

The key is to trust in the Lord; in His wisdom… In His leading and direction knowing that He says… For I know the plans I have for you… They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

Beloved,… God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT). If only you would dare to try again… If only you will let the nets down again…

The other thing which I touched on yesterday is about expectation but not just expectations, preparation for what you are expecting. Peter and his crew did not have the capacity to handle what was coming and so their nets began to tear.

Beloved, this is a good time to start getting ready… “Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem, you who have never been in labor. For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband,” says the Lord. “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense! For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities. “FEAR NOT… (Isaiah 54 NLT)

Beloved, FEAR NOT!

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20. March 2017 · Comments Off on ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD · Categories: Action, Decision making, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Jesus Christ

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him (Ruth 1:1 NLT).

Beloved, there’s the saying that ‘all that glitters is not gold’ or that ‘the grass is not always greener on the other side’ and I bet Naomi wished someone had sat them down and really explained this to them before they left their home. They move to Moab in search of greener pastures but see what happened… Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons (Ruth 1:3 NLT). And then… both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband (Ruth 1:5 NLT).

If only they had been patient to see what God was going to do because the situation at home did not last forever… Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of His people by providing food for them… (Ruth 1:6 NLT)

Bethlehem means ‘house of bread’ meaning they were in the city of bread but because they didn’t see the bread they left. It reminds me of Abraham. Soon after he set out on his journey, he arrived in Canaan, the promised land but… there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe (Genesis 12:10 NIV). Abraham had to go back and forth for a while but I like that when it came to his son, Isaac, the Lord immediately intervened and said… DO NOT GO DOWN TO EGYPT… Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings… (GENESIS 26:3 AMPC).

Beloved,are you thinking of escaping to Moab? Moab is from Lot’s descendants and we know the choice Lot made that landed him in Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of impatience and wanting to take the easy way out, Naomi faced deadly consequences. We tend not to like anything that causes us any kind of pain or discomfort but longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and …after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (Peter 5:10 ESV).

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18. March 2017 · Comments Off on STOP TRYING TO REASON IT OUT · Categories: Agreement, Decision making, Faith, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Promise, Trusting God

Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God. And listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; MAY IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD.” And the angel left her (Luke 1:35-38 AMP).

Beloved, when it comes to God, there are some things that would never make sense to the human mind and that’s why the Christian faith is based on believing God. When the angel of God visited Mary, the mother of Jesus and told her that as a virgin she would become pregnant, can you imagine what would have happened if she had allowed herself to really try and reason it out?


If only this is our unshakable response to many of the things God tells us, we would see great things happen. However, most times, we tend to believe for a second or so until satan comes like a thief and snatches the word from us through doubt and reasoning.

The great thing about this text is that God did not just leave Mary with His word, He also left her with somebody else’s testimony. The Message translation says… The angel answered “… did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! … Everyone thought she couldn’t have a baby because she had passed child bearing age but it’s not about what you or anyone thinks. It’s about what God has done, what He can and says He would do. And I believe the Lord was also saying… Yes, I did that but don’t even limit Me to that because I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think.

Beloved, what has the Lord told you that you’re still struggling with understanding how it would happen? Well don’t lose another night’s sleep. Rather, until it happens, let this be your watchword… MAY IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do SUPERABUNDANTLY more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)… MAY IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD

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24. January 2017 · Comments Off on CREATING A POSITION FOR YOURSELF · Categories: Decision making, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Wisdom

A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men (Proverbs 18:16 NKJV).

Beloved, only last week, I was telling my brother how after leaving university with excellent results, I started looking for a job. After a while, I started getting frustrated but then, I was invited to this interview with a pretty good pay and so I went on my knees and asked God for wisdom. The kind of prayer that says “Lord I’ve exhausted all my efforts and really need your help”.

I studied Business IT so, on the day of the interview I was led to take my dissertation project and at the interview, I walked them through an online system I built and after a few days, they called me back to say that they have already filled the position that they advertised and I’m thinking so why are you calling me. However, they then went on to say that the system I showed them made them think of a project that the government wanted to implement and they wanted to offer me a 3 months’ contract. Well, 3 months turned into 12 years.

Beloved, I’m thinking of when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. He not only interpreted the dream, he had a well thought of solution.

He said… Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities…” Joseph’s suggestions were well received… So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:33-38 NLT)

Beloved, Joseph created a whole department for himself, helped define his job description and that of his team and… Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you…” (Genesis 41:39-40 NLT)

Recently, someone said that the church is so carried away by praying for money that we don’t pray for wealth and immediately I thought of Solomon who didn’t need to pray for money. He prayed for wisdom which got him wealth. I went on to tell my brother that our prayers need to be strategic. ‎If you want to be a president. Spell it out to God who plants desires in our hearts. Do your research about what’s needed for the position, work out a specific Scripture based prayer plan, table it before God, pray and act in faith.

Beloved, our feature text says the gift God has given you will make room for you. Do you know you can create a position for yourself? People should be able to see what value you can add to them. It should be a case of them saying “I didn’t even think of that”


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18. January 2017 · Comments Off on THE RESULTS OF WISDOM · Categories: Action, Choices, Decision making, Jesus Christ, Wisdom

…But wisdom is shown to be right by its results (Matthew 11:19 NLT)

Beloved, our feature text is one of those texts that’s not took deep to understand. You don’t need to get some deep revelation from it. It basically says in whatever you do, your results would determine if you are wise or not and I remember listening to someone ask a question that helped me change many things in my life. “Why are people so loyal to dysfunction?”, they asked.

Dysfunction simply means a failure to function in an expected manner and so when something isn’t given the expected results why do we choose to continue doing it?

The Amplified Bible says… wisdom is justified and vindicated by her deeds [in the lives of those who respond to Me].”

Beloved, if after so many years your deeds have not been justified and vindicated, then maybe you have to think again. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result except that result is what we are expecting. Even the prodigal son came to himself and said wait a minute what am I actually doing (Luke 15:17). Jacob is another one. He told Laban… Yes, for twenty years I slaved in your house! I worked for fourteen years earning your two daughters, and then six more years for your flock. And you changed my wages ten times! (Genesis 31:41 NLT). Jacob had to receive wisdom from the Lord to set himself free.

The Bible says… If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5 NLT). This means the Lord is willing to give you true wisdom if only you would ask Him for it. However, the issue is that… when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7 NLT).

Some ask the Lord for wisdom but then rely on other sources as well and as a result, what they receive become polluted. You want to know everybody’s opinion about it. The other frustrating aspect of this is when someone wants you to follow their example but they have no results to show for it and if you keep heeding to their advice, don’t be surprised that you are just as unfruitful as they are.

Beloved, what’s the result of wisdom?

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly (Proverbs 3:13-18 NLT).

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13. January 2017 · Comments Off on WHEN YOU MUST MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE BUT HAVE POOR VISION · Categories: Blessing, Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ

Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.” So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked “Yes, I am,” Jacob replied (Genesis 27:21-24 NLT).

Beloved, yesterday, the Lord arrested me with our feature text verse hence the long post. Isaac had poor sight but needed to bless the right person. Two people presented themselves to him – One appeared quiet, stays at home doing nothing while the other is skilful, always out in the field and Isaac prefers him because he’s the one that would produce exactly what he needs. We are told that… Esau became a skilful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob (Genesis 25:27-28 NLT).

Beloved, Isaac must bless the person that gives him what he needs and here’s where it gets interesting. Jacob, the one who stays at home relies on another person to produce what he has overheard Isaac needs and then presents it to Isaac as if he was the one that produced it but it is Esau who actually goes out to get what Isaac needs even if it takes longer. However, he is hardworking and genuine though his hairy outward appearance may look intimidating.

On the other hand, Jacob deceives Isaac into eating what someone else produced. We are told that… Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.” So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son… (Genesis 27:26-27 NLT)

Hmmm… The kiss of deception. Jacob deceived Isaac into blessing him but… as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob… Esau returned from his hunt. Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.” But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.” (Genesis 27:30-32 NLT)

Beloved, Esau took longer to deliver but he was genuine and Jacob wasn’t. Now, was Jacob chosen by God? Absolutely! Esau and Jacob both shared the same room in their mother’s womb and that’s where the fighting began… the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals…” (Genesis 25:22-23 NLT).

Hmmm… their mother had to ask God about the children she was about to give birth to. No doubt Jacob was called by God but he had issues. But Isaac said, “Your brother… tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.” Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice…?” (Genesis 27:35-36 NLT). He had to settle his identity first. “Who are you?” – a question that could be offensive but he had to wrestle with God and deal with his character before he could move any further. He had to realize that he can’t move on as… Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]! (Genesis 32:27 AMPC)

Beloved, don’t ever be deceived! As leaders, it’s so important who you choose. You must go by what you hear the Holy Spirit. Esau couldn’t rely on his sight but he could hear clearly. You may not see it but you must hear it‎. Also, feelings are deceptive.


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