07. September 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT IF YOU KNEW IT’S ONLY A TEST? · Categories: Endurance, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Restoration, Trusting God

“All right, YOU MAY TEST HIM,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence (Job 1:12 NLT).

Beloved, I wonder how Job would have handled his trials if someone had told him upfront that it was only a test. Would he have said some of the things he said like… I hate my life and don’t want to go on living. Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days (Job 7:16 NLT). Or… What strength do I have left, that I should wait [and hope]? And WHAT IS AHEAD OF ME, that I should be patient and endure? (Job 6:11 AMP)


Now let’s see… So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life (Job 42:12-17 NLT).

Beloved, there are some things we say when overwhelmed with the things we face and I wonder if unlike Job’s ignorance, knowing that it’s a test could help us find peace and stay calm.

Though Job’s friends did not make things easy for him, I like what Eliphaz said to him… “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. DOESN’T YOUR REVERENCE FOR GOD GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE? DOESN’T YOUR LIFE OF INTEGRITY GIVE YOU HOPE? (Job 4:3-6 NLT)

In order words, you should be able to encourage yourself and say I know where I stand with God… He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10 NIV).

Beloved, WHAT IF YOU KNEW IT’S ONLY A TEST? Would you react differently? Would you spend the time in the Lord’s presence praising and worshiping Him? Would you spend time in His word getting to know more about Him and His ways?


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04. September 2017 · Comments Off on THE LORD ENJOYS SEEING HOW YOU START‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Perseverance, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4.10 NLT)

Beloved, do you know that the very thing that we tend to despise and get so frustrated about is the very thing that the Lord rejoices to see? He loves to see our attitude and how we appreciate what He’s started in our lives but we are always in such a hurry and at times we’ve got to stop and think… is this about God or is it about me? If it’s about God then, why don’t we move at His pace? Surely, the Lord knows we would face obstacles but He says don’t worry about that… “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it… ‎(Zechariah 4.9 NLT)‎

So why does the Lord rejoice over our small beginnings? That’s where a solid foundation that would sustain us is built. That’s when He instils His godly values in us that’s if we give Him the chance to do so‎. At every step of the ways, I’ve come to realise that the Lord’s process is a much-needed process and I now tend to agree with Him that yes… this area and this area and that area needs to be worked on so please don’t give it to me yet because I agree that I’m not ready or fully mature to handle it.

Beloved, you have got to go through the maturing stage and when you’ve been faithful with little that’s when you would hear the Lord say… ‎” ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’‎ (Mathew 25:23 NLT)

The Lord isn’t against your enlargement. He definitely…. bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless (Psalms 84:11 NIV). ‎However, this is the problem… when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God… never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful… (Deuteronomy 8.12-18 NLT).

Beloved, this is the reason why He sometimes takes us through a process of breaking so we aren’t carried away and so we become humble enough to know that if not for You Lord, I would be nothing.

Are you getting frustrated about your small beginnings? Perhaps you need to start to look at it from the Lord’s point of view and stop depriving Him of what He rejoices over… He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV).

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29. August 2017 · Comments Off on WORKING ON YOUR FOUNDATION · Categories: Endurance, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Joy, Offense, Patience, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4 AMP).

Beloved, I remember talking to someone a while back about all the things we experience in life. We were talking about some of the things we have to go through in the hands of people but then they said: “the stones people throw at you… God will use them to build your foundation”.


Interesting! Many times, we cry out to the Lord… Can’t you see how they are troubling me? Can’t you see how they are gossiping about me? Can’t you see how they’ve treated me unfairly? Can’t you see‎ how they are plotting evil against me? Can’t you see? Can’t you see? Can’t you see?

But the Lord would just stay… Be still and know that I am God… The trials or should I say stones that they are throwing your way is performing a duty in your life. Some people come your way to test your faith but this is building your foundation. It is only a proving of your faith to bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience‎ in you; because you are going to need these virtues to sustain you later on in life.

We know the story of Hannah. Peninnah threw some large stones at Hannah that turned her into a prayer warrior (1 Samuel 1).

Beloved, when the Lord is working on your foundation, and your character in particular, He would allow people to do and say all sorts about you and the question is are you going to spend your precious time responding to them? How many people are you going to respond to anyway? Don’t allow everything faze you. In the past, I would ponder over things people did or said to me until I can feel bile in my stomach and then offence would kick in big time but‎ I’ve been surprised at how I’m able to easily shake things off. That’s because the Lord has made me endure things from people. The Lord has been working and is still working on my foundation… perfecting and fully developing me… with no defects, to be lacking in nothing. People are bound to say more stuff and if you get offended over everything everyone says, you would be a mess.

Beloved, our feature text is probably referring to trials and temptations more serious than our so-called situations but it’s worth recognising how the Lord uses every stone thrown your way to develop a better you.

Consider it wholly joyful… so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing

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28. August 2017 · Comments Off on NO SHORTCUTS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Power and Authority

He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. THEREFORE, GOD ELEVATED HIM TO THE PLACE OF HIGHEST HONOR and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:8-11 NLT).

Beloved, have you ever found yourself taking a shortcut when driving just so you could reach your destination early only to find out that the shortcut wasn’t so short after all? Most times when stuck in traffic, I used to admire drivers that turn around to take an alternative route, but after getting lost so many times or ending up in an even greater traffic, I learnt from experience to just stick to my original route.

Satan wants us to take shortcuts that lead to destruction. He tried it with Jesus. He… led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, “I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THEIR AUTHORITY AND SPLENDOR; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If You worship me, it will all be yours.” (Luke 4:5-7 NIV)

Apart from wanting Jesus to worship him, this temptation was for Jesus to excuse Himself from the God chosen path that lies ahead of Him. Jesus’ mission was to take back the keys of the kingdom from satan but He was to do it via the cross. Here, Jesus was offered a shortcut to leave His cross behind for quick access to power but Jesus chose to receive from His Father what is His Fathers to give.

Beloved, satan has not stopped his tricks. He only packages them in different wrappings and offers them to us but this is only an attempt to get us off the track the Lord has chosen for us. However, choosing to go satan’s way is not the way to gain anything but to lose it. He gives with one hand and takes with ten.

There are so many things that the Lord has promised you but perhaps you are getting very impatient. You want to take shortcuts. Satan told Jesus that I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THEIR AUTHORITY AND SPLENDOUR. However, what authority? Jesus had that authority and our feature text tells us how He got it.

Beloved, there’s always the tendency to want to take the easy path to growth and success without putting in the hard work. We don’t always like to sweat but sometimes opting for shortcuts means selling our soul to satan. The Lord desires to give you your heart desires but to submit to satan’s way of getting what you desire is to lose something greater. So, please WATCH OUT FOR SHORTCUTS THAT ARE NOT REALLY SHORTCUTS.

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21. August 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Trusting God

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way] (Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP).

Beloved, I was reading the story of Esther whom Mordecai challenged to go before the king but afraid and uncertain, Esther said… “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court without being summoned, he has but one law, that he is to be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And as for me, I have not been summoned to come to the king for these [last] thirty days.” (Esther 4:11 AMP)

It remembered me of a time when after engaging with someone that was to assist me with a significant assignment, I didn’t hear from them for a while and I thought the worst. All sorts of things raced through my mind; maybe they didn’t like what they saw. I thought of all the ‘maybes’ you can think of. However, when I eventually heard from them, it was the exact opposite. They were full of praises and all I could say was; you stupid devil! How dare you feed me with all sort of lies? But more importantly, I had to ask myself; how come you bought into the devil lies? Don’t you know… he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 NLT)?

Beloved, that’s the episode that came to mind as I read our feature text. Queen Esther was afraid to go before the king and according to my Bible notes “the fact that she had not been called for a month probably meant that she was even more unsure of her reception” and that’s because there’s a level of silence that makes you uncertain. What’s going on? Did I get the offer? Did I pass the exams? Are we finished?

Beloved, in the end, Esther was able to summon courage and she went to see the king and… when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she found favor in his sight; and the king extended to her the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the top of the scepter. Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you, up to half of the kingdom.” (Esther 5:2‭-‬3 AMP)

Beloved, when Esther entered the king’s court, he was not just pleased to see her, he was willing to do whatever she requested. This was probably the exact opposite of what Esther was expecting to happen.

So, what am I trying to say? The fact that you have not heard anything about that situation doesn’t mean you should think the worst. Our feature text says don’t rely on your understanding. Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart to make it happen.

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14. August 2017 · Comments Off on THERE’S A REASON AND THEN THERE IS A PURPOSE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Offense, Patience, Trusting God

He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply. Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. UNTIL THE TIME CAME TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER. Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers (Psalm 105:16-22 NLT).

Beloved, yesterday I was sharing with someone how there are times when you almost want to hate the call on your life because it always seems like you are forever going through God’s process. You’ve hardly come out of one before you are back in another and if not careful, this thing called ‘offence’ starts to fill your heart because… Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12 NLT). However, we must focus on God’s purpose.

The Bible tells us of Joseph who… had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL MAN; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian (Genesis 39:1-2 NKJV).

The Amplified Bible says – and he [even though a slave] became a SUCCESSFUL and PROSPEROUS man. To be successful means having a favorable outcome while to be prosperous, though most times, is interpreted in monetary terms, it means having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome.

Joseph was a slave (opposite of what God said he would be) but in that state, God was with him and he was successful because he was achieving an intended outcome.

Beloved, there are times we face some things and we wonder why but while the enemy has a REASON, God has a PURPOSE and so, thing would always work out for your good (Romans 8:28). What was the REASON Joseph became slave? His blood brothers sold him because of his dream. But what was the PURPOSE? The PURPOSE was to prepare him for the task ahead. Our feature text says… UNTIL THE TIME CAME TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER.

Beloved, rather than being bitter, Joseph had the right perspective. His eyes were fixed on PURPOSE. That’s why he was able to say to his brothers… As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day (Genesis 50:20 AMPC).

Having the right perspective on what you are facing will determine how successful you will be during this process of transformation. Rather than being offended, it’s time to start asking; what aspects of my character is God testing? Patience? Humility? Pride? Getting the right perspective will determine your outcome. Remember, there’s a REASON and then there’s a PURPOSE.

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10. August 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T COMPLICATE THE PROCESS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Trusting God

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt (Genesis 16:1-4 NLT).

Beloved, I remember reading a book by John Maxwell titled ‘Wisdom from Women in the Bible’, where he wrote about how frustrating Sarah must have felt waiting for what the Lord had promised.

Heres an extract of Sarah thoughts;

“I said yes when Abraham asked me to leave my house. I said yes when Abraham asked me to accompany him on a thousand-mile journey to an unknown land. I said yes when Abraham asked me to live like a nomad in the wilderness. I even said yes when Abraham asked me to tell others I was his sister. I met each day with expectation. Would this be the day God would place a child in my womb? But the days turned into months, and the month’s years. I waited ten years but still God did not fulfil His promise. And I couldn’t see how He would do it so I decided to do something…”

Have you ever felt like you needed to help God? So you took matters into your own hands? She laughs. Why do I even ask? Of course you have. Do you know anyone who hasn’t?

I thought I was helping God. All I was doing was making life worse for myself… I blamed Hagar for the mockery of her son Ismael. I blamed Abraham for the misery caused me by Hagar. I blamed God for not giving me a baby. But the reality is that I brought this trouble upon myself. God promised me what: He said I would have a son. He did not promise me when!!!!”

Beloved, reading this, the Scripture that came to mind is…. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord (Proverbs 19:3 NLT). I do not need to tell you what Sarah’s solution has caused the whole of humanity today.

Can you see yourself in this story? Have you gone ahead or are planning to go ahead of God because you can no longer wait for what He promised? Maxwell went on to say that “our surrogate solutions are always poor substitutes for Gods promises.” Have you decided on a surrogate job, spouse… whatever???

Beloved, do you know there are always consequences to pay when we try to help God out? You may think you are running out of time but He is the owner of time. Why not decide today that there’s no way you can be wiser than God. DON’T COMPLICATE THE PROCESS.

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15. July 2017 · Comments Off on PERSEVERING THE SILENT TREATMENT · Categories: Grace, Jesus Christ, Mercy, Patience, Perseverance, Waiting, Worship

And behold, a woman who was a Canaanite from that district came out and, with a [loud, troublesomely urgent] cry, begged, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon! BUT HE DID NOT ANSWER HER A WORD. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, send her away, for she is crying out after us (Matthew 15:22-23 AMPC).

Beloved, have you ever been in a situation where you desperately need the Lord’s intervention and it seems like He is giving you the silent treatment? Does it mean He doesn’t want you to bother Him and hopes that somehow you would eventually get the memo? I don’t think so, but what do you do when you cry out to Jesus and get no response? This woman was in a desperate situation and begged Jesus to help but He ignored her. But did she give up? No! She pumped up the volume until she became a nuisance to His disciples.

That’s the kind of prayer that would make people not want to sit next to you in church because they know you would disturb their comfort. A pastor once said she was in her office one day and disturbed from the noise coming from a lady outside her door, had to ask someone to see if she was alright. She was alright. Just desperately in need of an intervention. This was the Canaanite woman’s case. But that still didn’t do it. Jesus basically said that as an outsider, she wasn’t on His agenda. However, she still didn’t give up. What did she do?… Then she came and WORSHIPED HIM, saying, “Lord, help me!” (Matthew 15:25 NKJV)

Beloved, she WORSHIPED HIM. When you’ve done everything you know to do. Don’t give up. Just WORSHIP HIM. I’ve been told that’s one of the greatest gifts and weapons I’ve got. I really didn’t understand it then but it took the silent years of the Lord to bring the worshipper out of me.

Next, Jesus taught a lesson in humility. Jesus said… “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (Matthew 15:26 NKJV). A proud person would say “please don’t insult me because I’m begging you for help”. But not this woman. She knew Jesus was her only solution so she humbled herself and she continued to appeal to his mercy and grace (unmerited favour)… And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! LET IT BE TO YOU AS YOU DESIRE.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour (Matthew 15:27-28 NKJV).

Beloved, what did it. WORSHIP… HUMILITY… APPEALING TO HIS GRACE AND MERCY… kept her faith going and brought about her desire. Why not try it and see where it lands you instead of getting frustrated or giving up.

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07. July 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T FAIL UNDER PRESSURE · Categories: Decision making, Jesus Christ, Patience, Perseverance, Trusting God

If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small (Proverbs 24:10 NLT).

Beloved, our feature text is one of those texts that challengeus and when you start to read stories like that of Apostle Paul, you are bound to ask yourself; what have I really been through? There are many people that are considering quitting just because of the trials they’ve had to face, however, can you compare what you’ve been through to that of Apostle Paul?

Apostle Paul said …I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger? (2 Corinthians 11:23-29 NLT).

Beloved, with all these trials, we aren’t told that it ever came across the mind of Apostle Paul to quit and say “Lord’ I’ve had enough”. Rather, he kept pushing through and according to one of my Bible notes… “Sincerity is a difficult thing to judge. THE COMMITMENT THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO A CAUSE CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED OVER TIME. One test might be: do they persevere through hardships and challenges? In this regard, Paul is without equal. If the cause of Jesus were a fleeting interest or a halfhearted pursuit, then he would have given up after his first beating. But Paul’s compassion for those who did not know the beauty of the gospel was stubborn and unyielding. This persecutor-turned-emissary always had his critics. But who could call him insincere?”

Beloved, Apostle Paul endured till the end and his final testimony was… I have fought the good fight, I have stayed on course and finished the race, and through it all, I HAVE KEPT BELIEVING. I look forward to what’s in store for me: a crown of righteousness that the Lord—the always right and just judge—will give me that day (but it is not only for me, but for all those who love and long for His appearing) (2 Timothy 4:7-8 Voice).


Beloved, what have you gone through that might make you want to give up? And then, give up to do what?

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27. June 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T STOP PRAYING FOR IT · Categories: Jesus Christ, Patience, Prayer, Trusting God

Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU BEGAN TO PRAY for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN HEARD IN HEAVEN. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia (Daniel 10:12-13 NLT).


Beloved, can you imagine what would have happened if Daniel gave up on his prayers? Many times we pray believing the Lord for something but because of impatience we soon give up. I remember someone sharing with me that as prayers were being made about a particular product reaching the four corners of this world, the Lord opened their eyes to see the product flying around in the air.

Now, I’ve always believed in the power of prayers but that was the day I started to look at the act of prayer differently because it confirmed that immediately you pray, things start to happen in the spiritual realm. The angel of the Lord that appeared to Daniel in our feature text also confirms this. He said… Since the first day you began to pray… your request has been heard in heaven. Not just that, he was immediately sent with Daniel’s answer but was delayed. Thank God Daniel kept on praying for three whole weeks (Daniel 10:2-3).

Beloved, there may be various reasons why there’s a delay between the time your prayer was made and when you finally receive the answer but one thing I know is that as far as that prayer is made with the right motives (James 4:3), it doesn’t matter what you see now, just don’t stop praying for it.

Prophet Elijah was one that refused to take no for an answer from his servant… Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”… (1 Kings 18:43-44 NLT)

Now, imagine if he had stopped at the sixth attempt? This was something Jesus taught His disciples using the parable of the persistent widow who gave the wicked judge no rest until he granted her request… [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up) (Luke 18:1 AMP). Jesus ended that parable by saying the wicked judge… rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7 NLT)

Beloved, today, I leave you with this simple message… Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT).

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