28. April 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU BOUND IN A DANGEROUS RELATIONSHIP? · Categories: Deliverance, Freedom, Friends, Jesus Christ, Relationship

Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, AND WITH WHAT YOU MAY BE BOUND TO AFFLICT YOU.” (Judges 16:6 NKJV)

What? Did I hear you right? Am I missing something? Why do you want to know? Beloved, will you hear someone make such a statement and not run for your life? Have you ever read Samson and Delilah’s story and wondered what must have been wrong with Samson? He falls in love with this lady and before you know it, she comes up with this classic love line in our feature text.

Delilah was not beating around the bush about it and it’s not like she makes such a statement and then turns around and says… I’m only joking. She tried this line on him three good times and on each occasion, he woke up and found himself bound. Still, he didn’t heed to the warning signs. Its either he felt he was invincible or he was indeed truly bounded (not blinded) by love.

Beloved, you can’t be in a relationship where you become too weak to do anything even when you know your life may be at stake; a relationship where someone has such a strong hold over you. The Bible says… And when she pressed him day after day with her words and urged him, he was vexed to death (Judges 16:16 AMP).

The King James Version says… HIS SOUL WAS VEXED UNTO DEATH. At that point, he didn’t care about his life anymore and so… he told her all his heart (Judges 16:17 KJV) and it was downhill from then on. Delilah was sent on a mission with an attractive price to be claimed when the job was done so she was relentless. He may not have known there was a price on his head but he wasn’t exactly ignorant. Three good times he woke up tied up… Come-on… He also knew the kind of relationship he had with God which he took for granted. Samson was enslaved and the life of a great man of God soon came to an end because He found himself BOUND IN A DANGEROUS UNGODLY RELATIONSHIP.

Beloved, do you feel bound in any relationship? And I’m not just talking of one kind of relationship. It could even be a business relationship. Do you know… It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. STAND FIRM, THEN, AND DO NOT LET YOURSELVES BE BURDENED AGAIN BY A YOKE OF SLAVERY (Galatians 5:1 NIV). You’ve got to take a stand. Why not ask the Lord to help you read the signs clearly? Start asking for strength to break free. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain so why not call on His name… if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free (John 8:36 AMPC).

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02. October 2016 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS LOOKING FOR FRIENDS · Categories: Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Relationship

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and this [faith] was credited to him [by God] as righteousness and as conformity to His will,” and he was called the friend of God.
(JAS 2:23 AMP)

Beloved, recently, I was listening to the prophecy that an elderly lady received and it really made me think about what God thinks of me.

This elderly lady was told that God was saying that He was going to extend her years on this earth because He was looking for friends like her because the rest are just bitter. The prophet began to describe her prayer room and then went on to say that God said He was pleased with her because she has been very faithful with her prayers. She has never missed a day of prayer. Every day, she goes into that room and she communicates with Him.

Beloved, the elderly lady was so touched and moved to tears. I was moved as well and you can only imagine that after hearing this, I started asking myself; how does God really see me? Am I amongst the ones He calls friends or does He regard me as one of the bitter one? It really made me think and to be honest, I tried to put myself in God’s position; Can you imagine God lonely and looking for friends? I can just imagine that many of us come before Him and all we do is complain, complain and complain some more. Some of us must know what it feels like to know someone that all they do is complain. When your phone rings and you see that its them, you are almost tempted to ignore the call. Can you imagine if that’s how God feels when we call Him?

So, what kind of conversation would He rather have with us. Let’s see; Abraham was called a friend of God and I’m reminded of a conversation the Lord had with him… The Lord said, “Shall I keep secret from Abraham [My friend and servant] what I am going to do…. And the Lord said, “The outcry [of the sin] of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. I will go down now, and see whether they have acted [as vilely and wickedly] as the outcry which has come to Me [indicates]; and if not, I will know.” (GEN 18:17‭, ‬20‭-‬21 AMP)

Beloved, we know the story. The Lord trusted Abraham with His secrets and He was able to invite Abraham to have serious conversations discussions with Him, where He allowed Abraham negotiate with Him about the fate of nations. Isn’t that something? They also talked a lot about Abraham’s destiny.

Beloved, won’t it be nice to know that God looks at you and says I can confide in this one because He is my friend? So, what steps can you take to make Him start to see you as His friend?

SELAH!

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20. September 2016 · Comments Off on TRAVELLING LIGHT · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, Deliverance, Freedom, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Wisdom

…let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us (Hebrews 12:1-2 Voice).

Beloved, I came across something that someone wrote that was spot on. He said he left his wife in the car to quickly run into the shops to get something. However, when he got back to the car, his wife began complaining about the temperature in the car. She couldn’t understand why he left it that high. She went on and on about how she couldn’t breathe and he just allowed her to keep ranting and then he finally asked her “why didn’t you turn the heat down?”

Beloved, I read it and immediately did a screenshot and sent it to a friend with a comment that said “just read this and though of our earlier conversation”

She had just been on the phone to me for a good amount of time complaining about someone in her life that has always been a source of constant stress to the point that she can hardly breathe. She went on to say she’s had enough and is now praying to God to remove her from her life but I told her He may not. God will not do what you can do yourself. He might just leave you there expecting you to exercise the wisdom He has given you.

Abraham comes to mind. He was travelling with Lot whom he wasn’t supposed to be travelling with. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make any headway because of the distractions of having to settle one dispute or the other with Lot and so he finally said to lot… Let’s not fight. I don’t want there to be any animosity between you and me, or between our herders. After all, we’re family. A vast land is out there and available to you. It is time for us to go our separate ways. You choose your land. If you choose east, I’ll go west. If you choose west, I’ll go east—it’s your call (Genesis 13:8-9Voice).

Beloved, there’s nowhere in the Bible that we are told that the Lord told Abraham to separate from Lot. The Lord remained silent. It was only after Abraham had taken the bold and wise step to do so that the Lord spoke… After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession (Genesis 13:14-15 NLT).

This man went on to say that some changes in our lives do not require the presence or permission of people. We are the ones that have to make the change else we remain stuck.

Beloved, our feature text talks about dropping every extra weight and travelling light and there are times when we have to do a stock take; is this person a distraction, always bringing me down; always causing strife etc. If the answer is yes, then you may have to make necessary changes so you can travel light.

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10. November 2015 · Comments Off on WHO ARE YOU TRAVELLING WITH? (PT2) · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Promise, Relationship

Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land “… See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many… DO YOUR BEST TO BRING BACK SAMPLES OF THE CROPS YOU SEE…” (Numbers 13:17-20 NLT)

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY…. The other type of people we must try and avoid as we travel to our promised destination are those that can only see problems. This is the case of the 10 spies. Moses sent them to explore the promised land of Canaan. So off they went but what did they see?

This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country- a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. BUT the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there… (Numbers 13:27-28)

Their focus was on the problem but for one man, Caleb. They obviously didn’t have the same vision… “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge.” We even saw giants there… NEXT TO THEM WE FELT LIKE GRASSHOPPERS, AND THAT’S WHAT THEY THOUGHT, TOO!” (Numbers 13:30-32)

GRASSHOPPERS!!! Is that what they told you? How were you able to bring back some of the kind of fruit the land produces then? How small do you see yourself?

Unfortunately, their bad report discouraged a whole community causing them to give up (Numbers 14:1). Joshua and Caleb tried to direct their focus to the Lord… They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us… don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but THE LORD IS WITH US! Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:7-9).

It didn’t work. They even tried to stone them and God wasn’t pleased. Though Moses tried to plead for them, the damage had already been done. The Lord said none of them will see the Promised Land except for Joshua and Caleb who had a different attitude (Numbers 14:20-24).

What a shame!

Beloved, are you surrounded by people that always see why things won’t work? How many times have you given up on something because people discouraged you?

WHO ARE YOU TRAVELLING WITH? Isn’t it time to get rid of the crowd and only hold on to your ‘Joshua and Caleb’?

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09. November 2015 · Comments Off on WHO ARE YOU TRAVELLING WITH? (PT1) · Categories: Change, Choices, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Promise, Relationship, Sin, Spiritual Growth, Wisdom

THEN THE FOREIGN RABBLE WHO WERE TRAVELING WITH THE ISRAELITES began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel ALSO BEGAN TO COMPLAIN. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” (Numbers 11:4-6 NLT)

For every Christian, the Israelites Journey is one to learn from as it represents our Journey to our promised destination. Why did some of them not make it? The Message translation says: ‘The riffraff among the people had a craving AND SOON THEY HAD THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WHINING…

We know the story. As a result of the people they were traveling with; people that caused them to long for things they had left behind, some didn’t make it to their destination (Numbers 11:31-34).

It could be that you’ve made a commitment to press forward but there are people in your life that keep reminding you of your past and taking you back to what you’ve left behind; things you used to do. These people have got to go. We need people that will push us forward; encourage and cheer us on; not folks that will cause us to complain or like the NKJV translation says; causes us to… YIELD TO INTENSE CRAVING (Numbers 11:4)… thereby causing us to fall by the wayside.

The word ‘rabble’ means ‘a disorganized or disorderly, unrestrained crowd of people (trouble makers)’. While I’m by no means putting anyone down, we seriously need to think about the people we hang out with (Psalm 1). Your ‘rabble’ is anyone or anything that is causing you to stumble. Yes, you may not have all you need right now but do they know where the Lord is taking you?

I know some people would love to cut off the Old Testament from the Bible but why were these things recorded?

Apostle Paul said… These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE STANDING STRONG, BE CAREFUL NOT TO FALL (1 Corinthians 10:6-12 NLT).

BELOVED… WHO ARE YOU TRAVELLING WITH?

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18. October 2015 · Comments Off on AVOID THE DISTRACTION‏ · Categories: Action, Choices, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship

So Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I beg of you, from me… (Genesis 13.8-9 AMP).

Yesterday, I wrote about getting rid of the ‘Lot’ in your life because ‘Lot’ actually means ‘covering’ or ‘veil’ that prevents you from seeing what’s ahead of you. After posting, I still found myself meditating on this ‘covering’ or ‘veil’ and since I sense that I’m not done with the subject, let’s go a little deeper in exploring this covering or veil that prevents one from moving forward.

For many, it’s about the distraction that your ‘Lot’ causes in your life. There are seasons in your life where you can’t afford to be distracted. These are key moments when you are supposed to be focusing on what the Lord has called you to do but perhaps because of the ‘Lot’ in your life (and for some, it could be ‘Lots’), you are constantly at their house or on the phone trying to resolve one conflict or the other. You find that you are constantly engaged in sending email/text messages back and forth trying to resolve one issue or the other which at the end of the day takes a considerable amount of your time.

They get themselves in trouble ‎and you have to drop everything you are doing to go and bail them out. We see this with Abraham. Lot got into trouble and…. When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan (Genesis 14:14 NLT).

It’s good to help but you haven’t got that time to waste while your Isaac is waiting to be born. At this time in your life, you can’t afford such distractions. The Lord wants your undivided attention. Perhaps that’s why He told Abraham… “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you… So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, AND LOT WENT WITH HIM (Genesis 12:1, 4 NLT).

AND LOT WENT WITH HIM… There’s always a reason why the Bible makes the effort to highlight some key information for us.

Now, the struggle here (which may be what you are facing) is that your Lot may not necessarily be a bad person. The Bible says Lot was a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7-8); a Christian like you but that’s not the point‎. The point is that they are simply a distraction which you can’t afford. There are some people that you just have to leave with the Lord to sort.

I pray we receive the grace to take action because the year is fast running out.

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17. October 2015 · Comments Off on IT’S TIME TO GET RID OF THE LOT IN YOUR LIFE‏ · Categories: Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revelation

So Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I beg of you, from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right hand, then I will go to the left (Genesis 13.8-9 AMP).

Have you got a Lot in your life that the Lord has been asking you to get rid of? Yes, it may not make sense to you at all but here’s a few things you need to know about your ‘Lot’

First of all, Lot means covering or veil and we know that with a covering or veil over your face, you can’t see your way clearly. With a Lot in your life, they cover where you are going that you can’t see your way through.

Besides where this name Lot is used here, this masculine noun (lot) is used again in Isaiah 25:7 where it says and the Lord… will destroy in this mountain the face of the COVERING THAT COVERETH all peoples, and the VEIL that is spread over all nations (Isaiah 25:7 ASV).

Hmmm… There are things that the Lord wants to show you but your Lot has veiled you and has covered your viewing that you can’t see what’s ahead of you. This is why it was only after Abraham separated from the Lot that the Lord asked Abraham to look… After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession (Genesis 13:14-15 NLT). ‎

‎The other thing is that apart from all the conflicts and strife that you experience in your relationship, your Lot is a leech. They just want to leech off you. Abraham is known to builds altars and he is known to makes sacrifices on his altars but Lot does not make his own sacrifices. He doesn’t want to sacrifice nothing, He would rather leech off the reward of your sacrifice and as if that’s not bad enough, he wants the best… And Lot looked and saw that everywhere the Jordan Valley was well watered. Before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [it was all] like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as you go to Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley and [he] traveled east. So they separated (Genesis 13:10-11 AMP) .

Hmmm…. Have you got a Lot in your life? Sometimes you just have to put sentiments aside and walk away. It is for your own good. Don’t you want to be able to make a headway? So, what ‎is it going to be?

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01. September 2015 · Comments Off on ‎BUT I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND‏? · Categories: Forgive, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Offense, Prayer, Relationship, Restoration, Trusting God

Do you think it’s because he cares about your purity that He’s disciplining you, putting you on the spot? Hardly! It’s because you’re a first-class moral failure, because there’s no end to your sins. When people came to you for help, you took the shirts off their backs, exploited their helplessness. You wouldn’t so much as give a drink to the thirsty, or food, not even a scrap, to the hungry. And there you sat, strong and honored by everyone, surrounded by immense wealth! You turned poor widows away from your door; heartless, you crushed orphans. Now you’re the one trapped in terror, paralyzed by fear. Suddenly the tables have turned! How do you like living in the dark, sightless, up to your neck in flood waters? (Job 22:4-11 MSG)

I can’t imagine how Job must have felt listening to his very good friend, Eliphaz say these things about him to his hearing. Really??? But I thought you were my ‎friend? I had no idea that you’ve actually been harbouring these things in your mind against me.

There are some things that the people close to you would do or say to you that would leave you so heartbroken. Never mind my enemies. Like David said… It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend (Psalm 55:12-13 NLT).

The Message Translation says… This isn’t the neighborhood bully mocking me—I could take that. This isn’t a foreign devil spitting invective—I could tune that out. It’s you! We grew up together! You! My best friend! Those long hours of leisure as we walked arm in arm, God a third party to our conversation.

Unfortunately, our difficult times have a way of revealing who are true friends are. However, ‎no matter how betrayed and hurt Job felt, the key to his restoration was forgiveness. God made him pray for his friends. And it’s not the kind of prayer that says “may God punish you for everything you did to me”. Hmmm… I remember after everything my ex-husband did to me, we were still on speaking terms so when he called to speak to me, he would say “may the Lord grant you your heart desires” and I’m thinking… “oh… if only you knew what my heart desires were, you would take that back”. LOL

Forgiveness can be hard. When Jesus said we must forgive so many times, His disciples had to ask Him to increase their faith (Luke 17:5) and like someone said‎ recently… the level of your faith is at the level of your forgiveness. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

After Job had interceded for his friends, GOD RESTORED HIS FORTUNE—AND THEN DOUBLED IT! (Job 42:10-11 MSG). As we enter the last quarter of the year, do you need to forgive and pray for someone?

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26. April 2015 · Comments Off on WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE ACTING A FOOL · Categories: Friends, Jesus Christ, Relationship

Good [Righteous] people take advice from their friends [or show the way to their friends/neighbors], but an evil person is easily led to do wrong [or the path of the evil person makes them wander] (Proverbs 12:26 EXB).

I’ve found that most times, we love our friends to tell us what we would love to hear but a true friend will tell you the truth. I remember a dear sister of mine telling me I wasn’t a good friend because she came to my house to tell me that she thinks her marriage was over because of so so so and I told her to get out of my house and go and sort her issues out. At the time, I just separated from my ex-husband and so I told her… listen… I’ve got plenty of room in my house for you. I could easily advice you to move in so we could be in the same boat but no way… that’s not what a true friend does.

She always used to come with issues expecting me to take her sides but you always have to have a voice of reasoning in your life. She later came to thank me for it but last week, she had a chance to get me back and oh my God… she punched me so hard in the stomach with the truth I really didn’t want to hear but definitely needed to hear and I was like… triple OUCH!!! However, nobody else could have said it the way she said it. I drove off with her words ringing and ringing in my ears and by the time I woke up the next morning, I had to send her a message thanking her and she was like… oh girl… wake up from your slumber and I’m like… easy now!!!! I heard you the first time.

I’ve found that when it comes to friends, the Lord has striped me down to the bare minimum so I value every relationship I’ve got now and I definitely value being told the truth because I can handle it.

What kind of friends have you got in your life? Have you got the ones that tell you what you want to hear or the ones that tell you that you are simply acting a fool? Some time ago, I read this on someone’s social media page and felt that it was so true. They said “some of you don’t have haters. You just have people telling you the truth you don’t want to hear!!!!”

When you are around people that are constantly full of your praises, be careful. You need people that can stand in your face and say… you are simply just acting a fool.

The Bible says… wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy (Proverbs 27:6 NLT).

What kind advice are your friends giving you?

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10. March 2015 · Comments Off on WHAT INFLUENCE HAS THE PEOPLE YOU HANG AROUND WITH GOT ON YOU? · Categories: Contentment, Friends, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Trusting God

Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” (Numbers 11:4-6 NLT)‎.

Have you ever reflected on the influence the people you hang around with have on you? Above is an excerpt from the story of the Israelites journey to the Promise Land. Their journey was meant to be a process; one where they had to trust God to take them through each stage and provide exactly what they needed for that stage. However, they soon got influenced by the people they were travelling with and before they knew it, they were dissatisfied with their current situation. I like how the Message translation puts it…‎ The riffraff among the people had a craving and soon they had the people of Israel whining…

Their whining and complaining did not go unnoticed by the Lord who then gave them what they wanted, but it cost them. Some of them didn’t make it to the Promised Land as a result (Numbers 11:31-33‎).

I remember when the Lord warned me about a particular person in my life. Every time they were around me and started complaining about their situation, it prompted me to also start complaining about mine because like the saying goes… “MISERY LIKES COMPANY”. However, I remember the Lord opening my eyes to this Scripture. That was when He told me to be careful about the people I’m travelling with‎. That’s the first lesson to learn from this story.

The second one is that… godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6.6-10 NIV).

‎We need to be mindful of the people we hang around with. Some of us are content with where we are and what we have until certain people start to influence us negatively. Sometimes, people around you may cause you to be discontented, become greedy for things out of your reach right now or to long for the things you left behind and when we give in to the pressure, we could eventually miss our way.

Is your crew influencing you negatively or positively?

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