05. November 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT TAKES PLACE WHILE WE WAIT · Categories: Change, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Grace, Humility, Jesus Christ, Patience, Perseverance, Promise, Spiritual Growth

Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, the word of the Lord tested and refined him (Psalm 105:19 AMP)

Beloved, we all have loads of dreams, promises, and prophecies from the Lord but I’ve found out that while these promises are more important to us, God is more interested in what happens to us while we wait for their fulfilment and that’s the development of one’s character and our transformation into the image of Christ.

The New Living Translation of our feature text says… Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER.

Beloved, we know the story of Joseph. He may have thought that God had forgotten about him after all the years that past between the time he had his dream and its fulfillment but every step of the way, the Lord was testing his character. Somehow, he found himself as a slave in Potiphar’s house but because… “Joseph was a strikingly handsome man. As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.” He wouldn’t do it. He said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master doesn’t give a second thought to anything that goes on here—he’s put me in charge of everything he owns. He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn’t turned over to me is you. You’re his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?” She pestered him day after day after day, BUT HE STOOD HIS GROUND. HE REFUSED TO GO TO BED WITH HER” (Genesis 39:6-10 MSG).

Who knows; satan may have appeared before God while Joseph was in Potiphar’s house. He must have said; “Your boy is doing great because he hasn’t faced real temptation. Allow me to tempt him with something great. Let’s see how he would handle the pressure from Potiphar’s wife. Let’s see if he won’t fall for the temptation” and God must have said, “go ahead and give it your best shot” and so the testing began but Joseph used tests like this to develop integrity and fine character. Satan may have had a different plan in mind, but God must have said “let me allow it to see if far away from home, in a place where nobody knows him, where he thinks he is free to do whatever he wants, whether he would still maintain a good character” and Joseph passed the test. He was not about to sin against God.

Beloved, what if Joseph did not develop such character? When he eventually became governor over all of Egypt, don’t you think the women would have been in trouble? What test of character is God putting you through? How is it going?

I just got back from Israel and one thing that was obvious was that the Lord took us all there to test our character; some in humility, patience, long-suffering, integrity, obedience to what He said we should or should not do and all I could say was Lord, give me the grace to see me through.

Beloved, what about you?

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04. November 2017 · Comments Off on HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT? · Categories: Change, Choices, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Sin, Spiritual Growth, Thoughts

…let us cleanse ourselves from everything that CONTAMINATES BODY AND SPIRIT, completing holiness [living a consecrated life—a life set apart for God’s purpose] in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1 AMP).

Beloved, the New King James Version of our feature text says… LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH AND SPIRIT… However, most times, we tend to focus on the flesh but what about the spirit?

Jesus taught us a few things about this and I would love for us to explore this. Jesus said… “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘YOU MUST NOT MURDER. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell (Matthew 5:21-23 NLT).

Beloved, YOU MUST NOT MURDER is a requirement of the law but Jesus is saying here that it’s not enough to avoid murder; we must also avoid prolonged anger and hatred. Jesus was giving a fuller understanding of why God made that law in the first place. The law says you must not murder but Jesus taught that we should not even become angry enough because that’s how the devil plants a seed, committing murder in our heart. The Pharisees read the law and felt that they had obeyed it. Yet, they were angry enough with Jesus that they soon plotted His death.

Unfortunately, we miss the intent of God’s Word when we read His rules for living without trying to understand why He made them. Have you closed your heart to his intent?

Here’s another example. Jesus said… “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘YOU MUST NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28 NLT).

What Jesus is saying here is that it’s not enough to avoid adultery; we must also keep our hearts from lusting and while FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH is very easy to detect, one can carry FILTHINESS OF THE SPIRIT for a long time undetected.

What do I mean? The same person that says I love you with Jesus’ love can at the same time be cursing you out in their heart because they haven’t forgiven you for something you may not even be aware of. How can you detect that?

Beloved, with God, it is a matter of the heart. Remember… the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV) and everyone will give an account one day. So, HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT?

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23. September 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU GIFTED BUT FRUITLESS? · Categories: Anger, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NLT).

Beloved, the gifts of the Spirit or the fruits of the Spirit? Which do you think is more important to God?

Literally speaking, a gift is something free given to someone and in our feature text, while Apostle Paul says… you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT), he also says… but now let me show you a way of life that is best of all (1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT).

He went on to say… If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is PATIENT, love is KIND. It DOES NOT ENVY, it DOES NOT BOAST, it is not PROUD. It DOES NOT DISHONOR OTHERS, it is NOT SELF-SEEKING, it is NOT EASILY ANGERED, it KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Love DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL but rejoices with the truth. It always PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NIV).

Beloved, love is a fruit of the Spirit but unlike a gift which is freely given, a fruit is produced from within… the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [THE WORK WHICH HIS PRESENCE WITHIN ACCOMPLISHES] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence)… (Galatians 5:22-23 AMPC).

So, what am I trying to say? The fact that some people are heavily gifted doesn’t mean they are spiritually mature. If truly our lives are not governed by love, joy, peace, patience, an even temper etc., then we have got some growing up to do. As born-again believers, we have the Holy Spirit working inside of us to produce fruit. While gifts are important, let’s ensure we are producing fruit. Let’s focus on being fruitful and not just gifted.

Selah!

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14. September 2017 · Comments Off on BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY · Categories: Agreement, Discipline, Fruit of the Spirit, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Relationship, Words

THEN GOD SAID, “LET THERE BE light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3 NLT).

Beloved, these were the words God said as He created the world and when it was time… Then God said, “Let Us make human beings in Our image, to be like Us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27 NLT).

So, if God created you in His image, then you also have the ability to speak and name things and we see this power demonstrated when Adam named every living creature… and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name (Genesis 2:19 AMPC).

Beloved, this is just a reminder that the words that we speak have power. We ought to know that we shouldn’t be confessing negative things about ourselves, our spouses, our children and our situation because the words we speak have power and it’s time we start realising the power of the tongue when used either positively or negatively because like the Bible says… Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it SHALL EAT THE FRUIT OF IT [FOR DEATH OR LIFE]. (Proverbs 18:21 AMPC)

SHALL EAT THE FRUIT OF IT [FOR DEATH OR LIFE]…

This is scary if you stop to think of some of the things you say like, I’m living from hand to mouth… This headache is killing me… I don’t think I can survive this situation… What am I doing alive?… and all the other negative things we say when we are down without realising the power behind them.

Beloved, the Bible says… the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. IT CAN SET YOUR WHOLE LIFE ON FIRE, FOR IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL ITSELF (James 3:6 NLT).

When you open your mouth and all those negative things starts flowing out of it, know that hell is at work and the last thing you want to do is agree with the enemy concerning any aspect of your life because his only agenda is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). So, why not make it a point of duty to think of the things you say before you say them and if you can’t think of anything good to say, just say “Jesus is Lord” or “thank you Lord for wisdom to restrain my tongue”.

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30. August 2017 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS WATCHING · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

“But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous] (Job 23:10 AMP).

Beloved, using yesterday’s message as a backdrop, I was telling someone recently that the Lord watches us to see how we respond to things and situations. In our feature text, we hear Job say… He knows the way that I take and He pays attention to it… which means God is watching everything; how you will respond to those people that have been sent to prune you… everything.

The Message translation says… “But He knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all He wants, and I’ll pass the test with HONORS.

I WILL PASS THE TEST WITH HONORS…

Beloved, that’s a question for you. Would you pass the test with HONORS? Yes, people are throwing stones at you but are you allowing the Lord use them to build a solid foundation for you; one which is offense-free, one which is free of bitterness and anger or are you throwing those stones back to the sender?

Beloved, the Bible says… Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are HONORABLE. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone… never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:17‭-‬21 NLT).

Yes, people may have treated you unfairly. They may have cheated you. They may have lied against you… whatever the case may be but please know that it’s not really about them. It’s about what the Lord wants to do in and with you.

Remember what Joseph told his brothers?

…Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day] (Genesis 50:19‭-‬20 AMP).

Beloved, the Lord knows people would always be people but He is also God and He does not change. However, He wants to change you and He is watching you. So, are you going to pass the test with HONORS?

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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”.

‘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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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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11. May 2017 · Comments Off on MASTER PEACE AS A WEAPON AGAINST THE ENEMY · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Peace, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

…Truth, righteousness, PEACE, faith, and salvation are more than words. LEARN HOW TO APPLY THEM. You’ll need them throughout your life… (Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG).

Beloved, PEACE is an armour of God you can use to fight against the enemy. Your life needs to be governed by PEACE and I always like to use Peter as an example of how to use PEACE as a weapon.

Peter must have learnt from Jesus how to maintain peace in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:38-39)
because locked up in prison… the night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was ASLEEP, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” AND THE CHAINS FELL OFF HIS WRISTS (ACTS 12:6-7 NLT).

What? About to face death sentence and you are ASLEEP? Yes ASLEEP… AND THE CHAINS FELL OFF HIS WRISTS. This is the power of PEACE that confuses the devil who isn’t really after your house, marriage or child. He is just using it to access your peace of mind but if you can remain calm during the storm he will not know what to do with you.

Towards the end of Jesus’ time on earth, He told His disciples… PEACE I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMPC)

So, how do you remain calm during a storm? The Bible says… You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are FIXED ON YOU! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT). This means DON’T WORRY about anything; instead, PRAY about everything. Tell God what you need, and THANK HIM for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).

Beloved, we are also told that… If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18 NIV). This means do your own part to maintain peace at all times. You can’t control other people but you can control how you respond to them. When you know someone wants to start a fight with you, it takes great strength (not weakness) to walk away. Think before you respond to people. Don’t let the enemy win.

Jesus said… I have told you all this so that you may have PEACE IN ME. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NLT).

Beloved, why not learn how to FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on Jesus and those things that would bring PEACE in your life and then watch how your life is transformed.

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12. April 2017 · Comments Off on WHY WORRY ABOUT TIME MORE THAN THE OWNER OF TIME? · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Hope, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Trusting God

O Lord, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever?… REMEMBER HOW SHORT MY LIFE IS… (Psalm 89:46-47 NLT)

Beloved, you’ve just got to laugh when you come across some passages in the Bible. It’s consoling though because it makes one realise that there’s nothing one would ever go through or feel that someone else in the Bible hasn’t passed through or felt before.

REMEMBER HOW SHORT MY LIFE IS… Other translations say…HOW SHORT MY TIME IS…

More like “Lord, in case you haven’t noticed, time is not on my side. I know what You say about patience and all but how long am I to wait? I’m not like You who lives for forever…. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4 NLT) but for me, the clock is ticking so, what are you waiting for?

Beloved, isn’t this what a lot of us are thinking? One of our biggest problem is that we feel time is against us but we must realise that God is the beginning and the end and we fit somewhere in that timeframe. He included you in there for a specific purpose. So, He must know when your life started and surely He knows when it would end. He knows what He promised has to happen within your timeline. You must also know that God never intends to start anything He isn’t intending to finish. Had He not intended to complete it, He won’t have started it so why are you stressing?

Caleb is a good example. He said to Joshua; “You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me… I was FORTY YEARS OLD when Moses…sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land… Now look at me: GOD HAS KEPT ME ALIVE, as He promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses…AND HERE I AM TODAY, EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS OLD! I’M AS STRONG AS I WAS THE DAY MOSES SENT ME OUT. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me… IF GOD GOES WITH ME, I will drive them out, JUST AS GOD SAID.” (Joshua 14:7-12 MSG)

Beloved, Caleb was totally reliant on the God that made the promise. Whether he was 40 or 85 was irrelevant. It was all about “GOD HAS KEPT ME ALIVE… IF GOD GOES WITH ME… JUST AS GOD SAID…”

Beloved, in Abraham and Sarah’s case… the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?… (Genesis 18:13-14 NIV)

Please know that God is not on your clock. Rather, you are on His clock. He is the One that has plans for you and so you must know that… He who has begun a good work in you will complete it… (Philippians 1:6)

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28. March 2017 · Comments Off on FIND JOY IN THE LORD · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Joy

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD! I WILL BE JOYFUL IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION! (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT)

Beloved, the saying that ‘HAPPINESS IS BASED ON THE THINGS HAPPENING AROUND YOU’ suggests that you can only be happy when conditions are favourable. So one minute you could be happy but the next you could be sad. Joy, on the other hand isn’t based on what’s happening around you. As Christians, this is based on the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Apostle Paul should serve as an example for us. Physically confined behind the prison walls, he proclaims… REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS. AGAIN I WILL SAY, REJOICE! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV). How free could he have been? If you ask me, I would say freer than most of us on the outside. Here’s a man writing from prison to people not in prison asking them to REJOICE. The New Living Translation says… ALWAYS BE FULL OF JOY IN THE LORD. I SAY IT AGAIN—REJOICE!… The Message Translation says… CELEBRATE GOD ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. I MEAN, REVEL IN HIM!

Apostle Paul did not focus on his past nor present situation. He said… I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13)

He learnt how to be CONTENT AND CONFIDENT IN CHRIST. He said… I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have LEARNED THE SECRET of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12-13 NLT).

Beloved, Apostle Paul advises that you should focus on Christ and not on the struggles you are facing. You are meant to REPLACE WORRYING WITH PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING. He says… Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).

He also advises that you should…Fix your thoughts on what is TRUE, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8 NLT) and not on the FACTS of your situation.

Beloved, what are you facing that has sapped the life out of you? Why not locate your joy in the Lord? Focus on Jesus and He will anoint you by pouring out the oil of joy until it overflows.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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