25. July 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN WHAT THE LORD HAS FOR YOU · Categories: Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth, Thoughts, Trusting God

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP).

Beloved, have you ever been presented with something you’ve been desiring that you thought was really good only for the Lord to turn around and say ‘NO’, that’s not it?

Well, it takes a spiritually mature mind to know and accept that when God says ‘NO’ to something that you felt was that good and have rated to be about an 80 percent, rather than be disappointed, you ought to rejoice because when God says ‘NO’ to something, it simply means ‎He has something better in stock for you.

Our feature text says His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts than your thoughts. So, this means that if indeed you’ve rated that thing you desire to be 80 percent, then you ought to consider what ‘better than 80 percent’ ‎would be. You ought to be saying… “Lord, so You mean You have something better than this in mind for me? Wow!!!”

Beloved, isn’t that a reason to start rejoicing? However, because we like to hold on to the ‘known’ rather than trust God, we see it as the end of the world and thereby struggle to let go but just like someone said;‎ “‘Do not downgrade’… What satan tempts you with is always less than what the Lord has already prepared for you in the spirit… What satan tempts you with should always be a confirmation that something better is on its way‎”.

Beloved, ‎please don’t make the mistake of settling for less than what the Lord has for you… Do not downgrade. Wait for the Lord’s choice for You. It is bound to exceed your expectations and blow your mind away for…‎ as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

Most times we haven’t got a clue what the Lord has in stock for us but you must trust that He is up to something that exceeds your imagination. Why don’t you just trust the Lord on this one?

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).

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24. July 2017 · Comments Off on YOUR SHORTCOMINGS SHOULDN’T STOP YOU FROM SEEKING JESUS · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another] (Romans 2:11 AMPC).

Beloved, I like that the Lord is no respecter of persons. Everyone, regardless of your background, education, race, past, whatever can approach Him. Our feature text says He doesn’t discriminate. He sees everything that goes on in the earth. He sees everyone and knows us personally by name.

I’m thinking of a man called Zacchaeus, a very rich tax collector, but there comes a time when everything you’ve got no longer has the ability to satisfy you; a typical case of been there… done it… but I’m now at the point where I believe there’s more to life.

I also like that the Lord somehow makes it impossible for us to reach perfection without him so I believe your shortcomings are there for a purpose. No matter how much money Zacchaeus had, it could not buy him height. The Bible says he was a short man and maybe he had been searching for things to fill that gap. I’m sure people made fun of him and he may have thought perhaps if he had all the money, he would fit in but it didn’t work. He was still short so at some point he decided that the height he couldn’t achieve physically, he had to achieve spiritually. He decided to seek God and we know that God… IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM (Hebrews 11:6 NLT).

The Message translation says… He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him. Zacchaeus was desperate; he didn’t care what others thought. He sought after Jesus. He made up his mind that Jesus was not going to pass by without noticing him… So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, HE LOOKED UP AT ZACCHAEUS AND CALLED HIM BY NAME. “Zacchaeus!” He said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” (Luke 19:4-5 NLT)

Beloved, Jesus always knows where to look. He can always tell from amongst the crowd that one person that is sincerely looking for Him and I like that He would stop everything else to attend to you. He was passing by but He decided to drop by in Zacchaeus house. Why? Only because Zacchaeus decided to climb higher.

You may think you have shortcomings but regardless of what they are, Jesus can fill the gap and as far as you decide that enough is enough; I want to let go of everything that I’ve been using to disguise my shortcomings and just seek after Him… I want to position myself where He can find me… He would reward your sincere effort. Be encouraged to go higher in your walk with the Lord regardless of how low you think you are right now.

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18. July 2017 · Comments Off on THE INCREASE PROCESS · Categories: God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest (John 12:24 AMP).

Beloved, I remember watching some people I know go through a process of great testing of their faith; the kind of trial that would test your faith and from experience, all I could tell them was that when God is ready to take you to the next level, you experience a kind of breaking that you never thought was possible. You may have thought that you have mastered everything there is to master about this our faith but the Lord would then show you that there’s more.

I began to share about how Abraham’s first level of testing of his faith was to wait for very many years for his promised son but when he eventually had the son and thought it was all over, the Lord tested him again by asking him to give Me that son you love so much and I like the way the Bible says… Sometime later God tested Abraham… (Genesis 22:1) but it was after that test that the Lord swore and said… I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore… (Genesis 22:17 NIV)

Beloved, that’s called growing from faith to faith. When God says I am going to increase you, just like what our feature text says about the grain of wheat, expect the dying process. This is a process that would test what’s in your heart and so humble you so that when the increase comes, you know to always acknowledge God and give Him the glory.

Unfortunately, we live in a microwave generation where we want instant things but that’s not God’s way of doing things. With God’s way, you are purified. You are pruned. You die to self and your character is transformed. I remember someone saying that when God says I will… pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it you, at times, it could be that we don’t have the character enough to store it.

Beloved, show me a truly humble person that is doing great things on this earth for the Lord and I would show you someone that has truly been broken. They may not come out and say what they’ve been through but if they dare say anything, you would be amazed. However, through it all, I like the Scripture that says… 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 (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

Be encouraged

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11. July 2017 · Comments Off on IGNORE THE MOCKERY · Categories: Choices, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Self Control, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

When Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked”. (Nehemiah 2:19 NLT)

Beloved, over the past few days we have been led to pray against the intimidation of mockers because one of the tactics the enemy uses against us is MOCKERY. In our feature, Nehemiah tried to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem but received strong opposition from the enemy; opposition that included MOCKERY.

Nehemiah said… they scoffed contemptuously… To scoff someone means to mock or ridicule them. The Message translation says… they laughed at us, mocking, “Ha! What do you think you’re doing?”

Sanballat and his crew heard about the great work Nehemiah and his crew planned to do and began to laugh and mock them. The plan was to magnify the obstacles and make them feel little about themselves so that they become discouraged. “What do you think you’re doing? You are never going to make it. You will soon give up”.

Sanballat also mocked them of being too weak to finish the job. Nehemiah said… Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?” (Nehemiah 4:1-2 NLT)

Beloved, do you know anyone who just tries to ridicule you in front of others? They not just belittle you, they also belittle what you’re trying to achieve. But what do you think they’re trying to do? They want to demoralise you and make you question your abilities. “YOU’RE JUST TOO WEAK! YOU’RE NOT STRONG ENOUGH! YOU CAN NEVER ACHIEVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS?” They try to make you feel like you are bound to fail even from the very beginning and if you let them get to you, you’re already destined to fail. Then they would have won.

But why the anger? Why the mocking? Sanballat actually means ‘secret hatred’. So, don’t be surprised to find out that some people secretly hate you. You’re bound to discover this as soon as you step out to do anything good. Sanballat believed that if he could get into their minds by mocking them, he could stop them and that’s what satan does to paralyse you. His trick is to work on your mind to make you feel you’re not good enough. Many people won’t make a move because of fear that they might be mocked if they failed? They back down because no one likes to be mocked. However, Nehemiah didn’t back down. He took it to God in prayer, renewed his mind and continued to rebuild the wall (Nehemiah 4:4-6).

Beloved, are you going to allow mockery mess with your mind?

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10. July 2017 · Comments Off on IGNORE THE PEOPLE THAT TRY TO BELITTLE YOU · Categories: Choices, Comparism, Contentment, Rejection, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard what he said to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down here? With whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption (overconfidence) and the evil of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle (1 Samuel 17:28 AMP).

Beloved, David was a man that faced so much discouragement and intimidation. He even faced it from his own brother. As he enquired about the fight with Goliath, we are told in our feature text that his very own brother tried to belittle him.

WITH WHOM DID YOU LEAVE THOSE FEW SHEEP IN THE WILDERNESS?

Beloved, do you know anyone who does their best to put you down at any opportunity they get? Why did Eliab have to use the word ‘FEW SHEEP’? Well, let’s remember Eliab was there when David was anointed king. He was there when Samuel bypassed all the brothers and waited for their dad to go and call David from attending to the said ‘FEW’ sheep he was looking after in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10-12). Eliab was rejected by God so I bet out of jealousy, he wanted to make David feel like he didn’t have what it takes but how did David respond? …. But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a [harmless] question?” Then David turned away from Eliab to someone else and asked the same question; and the people gave him the same answer as the first time (1 Samuel 17:29-30 AMP)

David basically ignored him but many of us would either get discouraged or try to go over our credentials to prove ourselves but all that’s just a distraction.

And then there was Saul… “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “DON’T BE RIDICULOUS!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:32-33 NLT)

I like how the not so popular Voice translation put it. Saul said… Don’t be ridiculous—you can’t fight the Philistine. You’re only a youth, and he has been a warrior since his childhood. YOU LACK AGE AND EXPERIENCE.

Beloved, David faced discouragement on all levels. The people that were supposed to be closed to him tried to belittle him but his ability to ignore them all got him to his destination. Please know that the enemy is always going to use this to try to discourage you but it’s just so he can hinder you but like David, you must ignore and keep moving forward. Remember, God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)

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01. July 2017 · Comments Off on THE VALIDATION TEST · Categories: Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Victory

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…” (Matthew 4:1-3 NKJV)

Beloved, everybody goes through trials. But then there are periods when they come all at once; one trial after another. You are barely out of one before another one hits you. You feel like you are in a boxing match; blows coming from everywhere. You fall down and just as you are trying to pick yourself up, another one hits you from nowhere. At such times, no matter how much you know about the word of God, you can’t make sense of anything. You’ve prayed and prayed and no relief. It’s at such times that you question the very core of who you are but don’t faint until you hear from Jesus.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.” (Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV)

Beloved, ….THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED… is validation and endorsement from God. God put His STAMP OF APPROVAL on Jesus. But then what happens next? Satan came with the “If You are the Son of God” questions…

Unfortunately, many of us have been through the kind of trials that have made us question our identity. The kind that would make you say; “maybe I’m not really saved; maybe God doesn’t love me; maybe it’s payback for my past; maybe… maybe… maybe…”

But that’s the devil speaking. He confronted Jesus with… ‘If You are the Son of God…’ several times and every time Jesus answered and said, “IT IS WRITTEN”…

That’s why we need to know what is written. That shuts the devil up. Seeing that Jesus knew His identity and authority as the beloved Son of God and couldn’t be tempted in that area, He then tried to buy Jesus over. This time not with the ‘If you are the Son of God’ tactic but more like; “OK, we both know that You know who You are but let’s negotiate. Let me buy you over. However, Jesus… said to him, “AWAY WITH YOU, Satan! FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:10 NKJV).

Beloved, Jesus passed the test because He was able to put satan in his rightful position… “AWAY WITH YOU, Satan”.

There are so many tests we will face as beloved children of God but for every test, you should be able to say… AWAY WITH YOU, Satan! I know who I am… FOR IT IS WRITTEN… However, the question is; do you know who you really are? Please know today that you are the beloved, son/daughter of the Most High God. Don’t ever allow the enemy steal your identity.

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30. June 2017 · Comments Off on LAYING ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT‏ · Categories: Action, Choices, Discipline, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Spiritual Growth

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

Beloved, yesterday, I wrote about laying aside that besetting sin that so easily beset us but our feature text doesn’t just talk about the sin which so easily beset us, it also advises us to lay aside every weight that slows us down from running the race set before us and this is one that affects a lot of us.

I like that the text says, ‘every weight’. The Amplified Bible Translation says… stripping off every unnecessary weight… The Message translation says… No extra spiritual fat… and I would like for you to think about all the junk that you consume that causes you to put on extra pounds and then try and relate that to your spiritual life.

Beloved, this is a call for us to get rid of those things in our lives that do not contribute to our purpose here on earth. This is a call for us to do a simple evaluation of everything we are involved with by asking ourselves this honest question; what contribution is this thing making to my life? ‘This thing’ includes your relationships, your conversations, your daily activities… everything…

I did this evaluation a while ago and I tell you… my TV went off, my contact list reduced to less than half, I reduced the number of places I went to and you would be surprised how much free time you have to do the things that are really important and are in line with the race that you are running.

Beloved, King David said… Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me (Psalm 131:1 AMP). The Message translation says… I haven’t meddled where I have no business…

The Apostle Paul also said… No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve (2 Timothy 2:4 AMP). In order words, stay out of people’s business and focus on what you’ve been called to do.

Like I said, I dropped a number of things and have been amazed at the number of important things I could do but even now, as I’m writing this, I’m away at a retreat somewhere in a little Spanish village because the Lord wanted me to spend some alone time assessing and re-evaluating where I am now; to drop every weight so I can hear His still small voice giving direction for what is set before me.

So, beloved, the question for you is, “do you need to get rid of any weight?”

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29. June 2017 · Comments Off on LAYING ASIDE THAT BESETTING SIN · Categories: Jesus Christ, Sin, Spiritual Growth

‎Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth SO EASILY BESET US, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone differentiate between a BESETTING SIN and an EVIL SIN. They said with a besetting sin, you love God but still struggle with sin in certain areas of your life but with an evil sin, you know what the Lord says not to do but you chose to disobey Him. So, in order words, a besetting sin is any temptation that you are weak in resisting that seems or tries to overtake you on a regular basis. That’s why our feature text says it so EASILY beset us.

Unfortunately, many of us have certain areas in our lives that the enemy seems to have control over. That area that so easily besets us and if we are sincere enough in acknowledging those areas, at least, we can then take the necessary steps to close the door to the enemy.

The Amplified Bible says… the sin which so EASILY AND CLEVERLY entangles us…

I read the word ‘EASILY’ which means ‘WITHOUT DIFFICULTY OR EFFORT’ and it just suggests to me that we don’t put up a fight when it comes to this particular sin but if we are to ‘lay aside those sins that so easily besets us’, then, we ought to first be honest in acknowledging them and then, we have to be wise enough to take the necessary measures to keep ourselves from falling… NO, you are not coming to my house or NO, I’m not going there or NO, I’m not listening to you or watching that. NO, gossiping or quarrelling is off the agenda today.

Beloved, while praying and believing for change, if you are to deal with that area in your life that so easily BESETS you, you have to go the extra mile to avoid getting close enough to your area of weakness. And remember, like the word of God says, you have to first… Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST THE DEVIL, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 KJV). The Amplified Bible says… So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

Beloved, the question is; how much SUBMITTING to the Lord and His authority (which includes the people in authority that the Lord has placed over you) are you subjecting yourself to? How much are you RESISTING THE DEVIL?

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16. June 2017 · Comments Off on LET HUMILITY FIGHT FOR YOU · Categories: Humility, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revenge, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out (Numbers 12:1-4).

Beloved, we sometimes think it is by power or by our might that we win some battles but in our feature text, despite Moses’ position and all his wonderful achievements, it was his humility that spoke for him. Miriam and Aaron took it upon themselves to hate on Moses but in his absence, his humility spoke… And the LORD said to them, “Now listen to what I say: “If there were prophets among you, I, the LORD, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of my entire house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as He is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?” The Lord was very angry with them, and He departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy… (Numbers 12:6-10 NLT)

“How dare you talk about my boy like that” was what the Lord was basically saying here.

Beloved, do you know that Mariam was Moses’ sister and Aaron his assistant pastor?

Being the person that Moses was, he even tried to plead Mariam’s case but the Lord must have said NO WAY… there are people I don’t joke with. The Lord said… keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back.” So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days… (Numbers 12:14-15 NLT)

Beloved, Miriam was publicly humiliated. Unfortunately, the thing you said in secret is now in the open. Everyone passing by would want to know what you did to warrant such embarrassment. Imagine people walking by and when they ask… What did you do Miriam? What do you think she would say?

Beloved, Humility is a great weapon to fight against your enemies. When you are humble, God will speak on your behalf. Why not let the Lord do the speaking and fighting for you?

Remember, the Bible says… You rescue the humble, but Your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them (2 Samuel 22:28 NLT).

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15. June 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT IS ANGER ROBBING YOU OF? · Categories: Anger, Change, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Sin, Spiritual Growth

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil (Ephesians 4:26 NLT).

Beloved, I remember watching a drama about a so-called Spirit-filled Christian woman who had a major issue with anger. She was a nightmare wife to live with and her husband could not control her. She fought with her neighbours and even took great offence when her pastor preached on anger. She was so mad that she walked out of the church and of course continued the fighting with her poor husband at home. How can pastor be preaching about me and you couldn’t even defend me?

The funny thing is that the pastor didn’t even call her name. He was just letting the congregation know that the next seven days were to be dedicated to prayers because God was going to work in a miraculous way. As a result, he didn’t want people to allow things like anger, quarrelling and the like hinder their blessings. But this woman was offended by it.

Anyway, on the final day of the programme, they all gathered in church and as the pastor was praying, the move of the Holy Spirit was so strong that one lady was so taken away. She mistakenly hit this woman with a temper and trouble started in church. This woman was almost fighting in church. Her embarrassed husband‎ had to intervene. Meanwhile, there happened to be an angel on assignment distributing blessings. He was just placing stickers of blessings on people in the congregation. Everybody got one but this lady who unfortunately had been looking for the fruit of the womb and this is because she was busy fighting everybody. Even her husband got a promotion sticker.

In due season, another lady that was looking for the fruit of the womb‎ got pregnant and this woman was left wondering why she was the only one left out. Then she heard the voice of the Lord rebuking her because of her anger.

The morale of the story is that at times we are the ones that hinder our blessings because of our attitude.

Beloved, the Bible introduces us to Hannah who was a woman that was provoked by her rival, Peninah till the point that she had to desperately cry out to the Lord until her pastor said… GO IN PEACE, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him (1 Samuel 1:17 AMP)

GO IN PEACE… If we take that word literally, it means to be at peace in your mind and also with everybody else including the Peninah’s in your life who would probably try to still make life a living hell for you. Off course, let’s not ignore the fact that you should avoid quarrelling with your spouse whom you need to partner with to make things happen. It is called creating an atmosphere for miracles.

‎Beloved, the Lord is still in the business of blessing people. Don’t hinder yourself. Why not ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and help you deal with anything that may be causing a hindrance to your breakthrough?

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