19. May 2017 · Comments Off on PRAYER IS KEY FOR YOUR NEXT LEVEL OF BREAKTHROUGH‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and HE PRAYED intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months (James 5:17 AMPC).

Beloved, don’t you find it interesting that ‎of all the great things Prophet Elijah did, his prayer is what’s highlighted, letting us know how important the role of prayer is. Elijah is someone that was recorded for doing many remarkable things and while there’s the tendency to focus on the things he did, let’s realise that he couldn’t do any of it without the basic essential and that’s why the Bible tells us that HE PRAYED and there are times when we just need to put a full stop there. ‘ELIJAH PRAYED’.

We are given a very good picture of how Elijah prevailed in prayer to birth things. We are told that… Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Look toward the sea.” He went, looked, and reported back, “I don’t see a thing.” “Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.” And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.” “Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’” (1 Kings 18:42-44 MSG)

Elijah took the birthing position and began to PUSH which has been turned into an acronym for Pray Until Something Happens.

Beloved, Jesus also spent a considerable amount of time praying. On one occasion, Jesus… insisted that His disciples get into the boat and go ahead [of Him] to the other side to Bethsaida, while He was dismissing the crowd. And after He said goodbye to them, He went to the mountain to pray. Now when evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and Jesus was alone on the land… At about the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m) He came to them, walking on the sea… (Mark 6:45-48 AMP).

Jesus obviously knew the importance of prayer and I’m wondering how many of us have reached that place where we feel we ought to start rescheduling things in our lives to give more room to prayer? Most times, we try to fit prayer into our busy schedule but there’s a stage you get to where you finally see the wisdom of doing it the other way round. That stage where you realise “Lord, I definitely cannot do this without You”.

Beloved, you cannot be a powerful Christian if you have a poor prayer life so it’s time to pay due attention to prayer… be unceasing and persistent in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMPC) …The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16 NLT).

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15. May 2017 · Comments Off on DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer


Beloved, when it comes to prayer, there are a number of things Apostle Paul advises that you should do.

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT – That is prayer that arises from the Spirit of God within you. Why?… for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (Romans 8:26 AMPC)

The battle you are fighting is spiritual and must be fought in that regard so your prayer must be done with the help of the Spirit. We are fighting against principalities and powers in high places (Ephesians 6:12) and as you pray in the Spirit, it’s amazing how the Lord will open your eyes to see who your real enemies are and how they are plotting against you… the same people that smile at you in the day time.

ALL TIMES and on EVERY OCCASION – Beloved, we are to… Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). This means you are to make prayer a way of life. God is everywhere you are so master how to always talk to Him. And you can do this without uttering a word. While in the office, before you respond to someone, just quietly say… Lord what should I say? One of the things I’ve observed is that as you spend more time in conversations with the Lord, you have less time to listen to the lies and manipulation of the enemy.

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, praying always helps you STAY ALERT. Someone once said; “do not allow the enemy give you a prayer topic to pray about” so guard your territory through prayer.

BE PERSISTENT! Jesus talks about the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) who would not take NO for an answer. One thing the enemy tries to do is bring discouragement. Have you ever prayed for something, only for the situation to get worse? That’s not the time to give up. Rather, it’s the time to keep PUSHING.

And then, we don’t just pray for yourselves… BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE. Beloved, we all need to get over ourselves and our pity partying and start interceding for others. You may be thinking… what about me? But do you know that praying for others takes your mind off your own problems?

There are people that have been made weak and helpless by their situation that need your prayers. We are told that… Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him (Acts 12:5 NIV).

Beloved, I could go on and on but these are some of the ways you can develop an effective prayer life and I pray that as you take a stand to pray, may you win every battle thrown your way.

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08. May 2017 · Comments Off on THE NEED TO DEVELOP SPIRITUAL MUSCLES · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Mind, Prayer, Salvation, Trusting God, Truth

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV).

Beloved, parents train their children not to run from every battle. “Daddy, I don’t want to go to school today. Someone’s bullying me. They keep calling me names” but daddy says “Child, don’t run away from your battles. Don’t ever let anyone intimidate you. Whenever they call you ugly, stand up to them and say, I’m not ugly. My daddy says I am beautiful”. The child may continue to run until the day she decides to take her father’s advice and stand up to them. Then she realises that they were all mouth and no action. They backed off immediately she stood up to them. She gains some confidence and little by little, she becomes stronger and starts to win bigger battles.

In the same way, God wants you to develop spiritual muscles to be prepared for battle because in this life you would constantly face battles from the enemy. This is why… when Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness … THUS THE ISRAELITES LEFT EGYPT LIKE AN ARMY READY FOR BATTLE (Exodus 13:17-18 NLT).

We also see this as they possessed their Promised Land. We are told the Lord didn’t drive out all their enemies. He left some… TO TEACH WARFARE to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience) (Judges 3:1-2 NIV).

Beloved, today, we fight spiritual battles and our feature text lets us know we are to fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons. For example, if your battle is that of the mind, you don’t have to agree with those negative thoughts bombarding your mind. Fight it with the truth of what Daddy says.

The Israelites left Egypt like AN ARMY READY FOR BATTLE… You too need to… BE PREPARED. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, FAITH, AND SALVATION ARE MORE THAN WORDS. LEARN HOW TO APPLY THEM. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out (Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG).

Beloved, God supplies all the armour you need to defeat the attacks of the enemy but you must put them on… LEARN HOW TO APPLY THEM… The Lord is saying… go on child, you can do it… kick the devil with my PEACE. Pierce him with My WORD… Headbutt him with your SALVATION… LEARN HOW TO APPLY THEM…

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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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09. April 2017 · Comments Off on BEFORE YOU EVEN ASK · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Prayer, Relationship, Trusting God

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! (Isaiah 65:24 NLT)

Beloved, yesterday morning, there I was some thousand miles away from my home in the UK reading an article, along with some other books I brought with me. In it, a book titled ‘I dared to call Him Father’ by Bilquis Sheikh was mentioned where the article talked about how she first struggled to address God as Father after she converted to Christianity. The article went on to say “You can read the remainder of Bilquis’s testimony in the book I Dared
to Call Him Father”.

It looked like a valuable resource for the study I’m currently doing on ‘the perceptions of the Fatherhood of God’, so with such limited time at my disposal, “why on earth am I just coming across this book” was what I said to myself as I reached out for my laptop to see what the book looked like. Usually, I buy most of my books from Amazon UK and if I were at home, using my prime membership, I would immediately order it so I can get it the next day but I wasn’t at home. I was all the way in Africa and kindle just doesn’t do it for me.

However, the next thing I heard my friend say as I reached for my laptop blew my mind away. “Have you read the book titled “I dared to call Him Father?”

“Eh! Come again? What did you just say? Were you reading my mind?” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “No, I haven’t but I have just read about it and was about to do a search for it online”, I said.

“Well, I have it here,” she said. “Really? Are you kidding me?”

Beloved, she wasn’t kidding. She was serious. She gave me the book and it wasn’t like she had to look for it. She just stretched her hand and brought it out of the bookshelf next to her. Wow! To say I was flabbergasted is an understatement. To say I was amazed is an understatement.

Our feature text was what immediately came to mind. Yesterday, I wrote about asking amiss but with this one, the Lord was showing me what happens when we align our will with His. I remember, January last year, the Lord said to me “Ruky, go and do what I’ve asked you to do – a very radical and tough journey of obedience that stripped me of everything I had and brought me to this place where I’m now doing this study that God wanted me to do and now He says… before you even ask, I will answer you.

Beloved …and this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14 NET). Everything you would ever need from God has been positioned on your path of obedience and He says when you take that path, before you even ask, I will answer. SELAH!

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08. April 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU ASKING AMISS?‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Motives, Prayer

You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures (James 4:3 AMPC).

Beloved, I remember having this debate about what it means to ASK AMISS? With particular reference to asking God to bless you so that your enemies can see, the question was raised; is this asking amiss? What do you think?

Well, I think it is. Using Hannah as case study, she had a rival, Peninnah who used to constantly laugh at her situation. Peninnah was a real Pain-In-Hannah’s-Neck because… year after year; whenever Hannah went up to the Lord’s house, PENINNAH PROVOKED HER, so she wept and did not eat (1 Samuel 1:7 AMPC)

Okay, so Hannah became so provoked that she was forced to seriously seek the face of God Who then opened her womb, but what was her real motive for praying? Did she say God please open my womb so that I can show Peninah? No! Rather… she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.” (1 Samuel 1:11 NLT)

Beloved, if Peninnah was her focus, her prayer would have been “Lord give me a son so I can push around in a scroller to prove to this Pain-In-The-Neck that I’m also fertile. No! She didn’t ask amiss. The whole point of Hannah’s situation was about fulfilling God’s purpose. Right from the beginning of her story we hear that she was barren but immediately following that, we hear the narrator say… the priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 1:3 NLT).

The reason Hophni and Phinehas were mentioned early in this story is because God was about to raise someone to replace them because they behaved inappropriately as priests. It was all about God’s purpose and Hannah was able to key into that purpose by vowing to dedicate her son to God and in return… the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21 NLT).

Beloved, are your enemies your focus? David said… You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies… (Psalm 23:5 NKJV). He did not say, “Lord, please prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies…”

Beloved, Motives is so important to God. Perhaps, you may want to check your prayer point and motives. ARE YOU ASKING AMISS?

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30. March 2017 · Comments Off on THOSE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD · Categories: Jesus Christ, Prayer, Relationship

…The people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God] (Daniel 11:32 AMPC).

Beloved, when the Lord looks down at His church, He sees different categories of Christians who come to Him for different reasons and I believe it’s really up to us to limit the kind of relationship we want to have with Him. If you are only after the things that you can get from Him, then so be it but I like the Scripture that says…HE MADE KNOWN HIS WAYS TO MOSES, His deeds to the people of Israel (Psalm 103:7 NIV).

Some people are content with just receiving His physical blessings but there’s more…. The Message Translation says… HE SHOWED MOSES HOW HE WENT ABOUT HIS WORK…
While Moses was in a position to part the red sea, others were content with just passing through; don’t really care to know how it happened just let me through. Such people would keep on looking unto Moses to part the way for them but not Peter. Water or no water, I’m coming to You. These are the ones that have the answer to… “Who do you (not people) say I am?” “You are the Messiah”. “Great… and you are Peter, the rock… and no devil in hell can stop you” (Matthew 16:15-19).

Beloved, to operate on such a level, there’s no two ways about it, you’ve got to invest in getting to know the Lord intimately. The kind of knowing that Paul describes… I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11 NIV). I know we would love to leave out the SUFFERING but it’s a package deal that makes you strong and firm.

Since I started writing, I found out that regardless of how you try, there are some things you can’t explain in writing. Apart from revelation, how does one explain this kind of power made available to us? Paul couldn’t so He prayed… that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT).

Beloved, I’ve been praying… Lord give me a praying spirit. Not that I don’t pray but I want to know His mind. I want my spirit to communicate with His Spirit… We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WILL OF GOD (Romans 8:26-27 NIV). I want more; to know the Lord and His ways so I can do exploits for Him. What about you?

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29. March 2017 · Comments Off on WHEN MEN GO DOWN ON THEIR KNEES · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Relationship

AND ISAAC PRAYED MUCH TO THE LORD FOR HIS WIFE because she was unable to bear children; AND THE LORD GRANTED HIS PRAYER, and Rebekah his wife became pregnant (Genesis 25:21 AMPC).

Beloved, there’s this notion that women are the prayer warriors of the family but I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe it’s because men have somehow pushed that responsibility to the women but reading about how Isaac prayed for his wife and God answered in double portion got me thinking. Barrenness was a generational problem that ran in his family but he was the only one that responded to it differently.

So, first of all, let’s see what Isaac’s dad did when faced with the same challenge… Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said (Genesis 16:1-2 NIV).

Hmmm… I wonder what would have happened if Abram had said… Don’t be silly sweetheart… No thanks… I’ll rather pray to my God who gave the mandate to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Instead, he chose to listen to his wife who was an emotional wreck at the time and wasn’t thinking straight. Hmmm… Maybe you shouldn’t try this because the world is a war zone because of this.

And then let’s see what Isaac’s son did when faced with the same challenge… When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her (Genesis 30:1-4 NIV)

Hmmm… just like granddad but like I said, maybe you shouldn’t try this option. Jacob’s home was a war zone because of his many wives.

Beloved, women being very emotional beings sometimes don’t always think straight when going through crisis and may need you as the man and the head of the house to stand in the gap and intercede for your family like Christ is interceding for His church (Romans 8:34. Have you thought of the difference it would make if you take up the mantle of prayer in your home? As for you woman, maybe it’s time to start asking your husband to pray for you and the family rather than nag him all the time.


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22. March 2017 · Comments Off on HOW EXPECTANT ARE YOU? · Categories: Jesus Christ, Prayer, Trusting God

“Sing…Break into loud and joyful song..Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense”! (Isaiah 54:1-2 NLT)

Beloved, you may have been praying for something you really need but are you really expecting an answer or does that thing seem almost impossible that you are only praying because thats what you do. If you really check yourself, is there that silent voice that says “I can’t see how this can happen”?

This was the case with Peter while awaiting execution in prison… the church prayed very EARNESTLY for him (Acts 12:5 NLT). The Amplified Translation says…FERVENT prayer for him was PERSISTENTLY made to God by the church… and God heard their prayers but when he was released and went to the house where they were praying for him, what did the people tell the girl who went to get the door? … “YOU’RE OUT OF YOUR MIND!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “IT MUST BE HIS ANGEL.” Meanwhile, Peter CONTINUED KNOCKING. When they FINALLY opened the door and saw him, they were AMAZED (Acts 12:15-16 NLT).

Hmmm… So please tell me; when they were making those earnest prayers, what were they really expecting? They were amazed. This means… shocked…surprised… Does this mean that you can be praying but also thinking that “there’s no way God would answer your earnest prayers?

Beloved, are you really expecting an answer to your prayer? Anyone expecting a visitor prepares for them. They go shopping; prepare a nice meal; tidy up the house; wash up and then put on decent clothes – all in readiness for when the visitor comes. Likewise, if you are expecting from God, He expects you to be READY. Are you ready or will you like the church, keep your answer knocking outside because you aren’t expecting it? Now you have to run around tidying the house before you let them in. And then, when they come in, you’ve nothing to offer except excuses… “sorry my house is in such a mess…it’s the children…Sorry, I only have water to offer you…” Could this be why God hasn’t released your answer yet? Or maybe you’ve left them knocking outside too long that they’ve left thinking no one is at home.

Beloved, there has been so many times the delivery man has left me a note saying… “while you were out, we tried to deliver a parcel…” But wait! I’m in! I’m in!… The only problem is that I wasn’t properly dressed and by the time I managed to throw something on and run to the door, they’ve driven off with my parcel. It then takes more effort to get my parcel redelivered.

What am I trying to say? If you are praying for something, please be EXPECTANT and READY. Our feature text says… Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home…

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15. February 2017 · Comments Off on A CHANGE OF FOCUS · Categories: favor, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Worship

One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favour…” The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me… and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart…” The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.” (Exodus 33:12-18 NLT)

Beloved, I’m at that point where I have 1001 things to do in a very short space of time and so I’m struggling with time but the Lord has been making me meditate on the story of Moses who got to the point in his journey where he figured out what was really important. This is a case of you can go ahead and do the things you have to do or spend time pursuing what you need most for this next phase of your journey.

Instead of moving ahead, Moses said… I want Your presence. The New King James Version translation says… And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” By this time, the Lord had used Moses to do so many mighty acts but none of that was important to him. It was now about His presence because after the signs and wonders, you could still get to that point where you still feel empty, worn out and angry with the world in Moses’ case.

Moses said… let me know Your ways so I may understand You more fully and continue to enjoy Your favor… and I believe he was saying “I want to understand You more so I can reap the full benefits of Your favour”

The Lord then talks about rest… I will give you rest; an area where many are struggling but I’m reminded of the Scripture that says…

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones (Psalm 127:1-2 NLT).

The Amplified says… It is vain for you to rise early, to retire late, to eat the bread of anxious labors— For He gives [blessings] to His beloved even in his sleep.

Beloved, where’s your focus? We all want to be able to enjoy His presence… His glory… His favour… His rest… and we would only get to that place when there’s a change of focus.

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