20. October 2017 · Comments Off on THE PLACE FOR THE BROKEN-HEARTED · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Pain, Trusting God

Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart (Hosea 2:14 AMPC).

Beloved, have you ever suffered a heartbreak? I’m not just referring to when one has been left heartbroken by a man or woman. Of course, when a man or a woman that you love so much leaves you, you say they broke your heart. But before we go any further; what does a broken heart mean?

I checked the definition of a heartbreak and it means to be… Burdened or overwhelmed with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment. Words like… sad, dejected, depressed, downcast, downhearted, heartsick, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low-spirited, miserable, mournful, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy… are all words associated with a heartbreak. Yes, a heartbreak is when someone jilts you. But it’s not just when you have been jilted by a man or a woman that you feel depressed or feel grief or disappointment. Life can also jilt you and leave you heartbroken.

That dream that didn’t come to past can also jilt you. You may have been waiting to have a child but up till now, nothing is happening. You may have seen somebody that is so dear to you just die like that. That child that you put all you hope in may all of a sudden start to behave badly. That friend that you trusted too much suddenly betrays you. All these are enough to break your heart.

So, to be heartbroken means those that have had their hearts set on something but have been disappointed and the question is; what then do you do when the Lord breaks your heart? “Really?” I hear you say. “How can the Lord break my heart?” Well, the Bible says… Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12). And I love the way the message translation puts it… Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick…

Beloved, have you had unrelenting disappointments? What do you do when God is the only One that can answer your prayers, yet He chooses to remain silent?

There are times when God would break your heart but when He does so, please know that you are in the best hands. He does it to get your attention because, at times, that’s the only way. We don’t have time for Him otherwise and so like our feature text says, He has to devise a strategy like ALLURE US INTO THE WILDERNESS to get us all to Himself. Could that be why you are experiencing a dry season? Perhaps the Lord wants to reveal His plans for your life… 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. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT).

Beloved, why not ask Him… why am I so heartbroken?

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come (Jeremiah 33:3 NLT).

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19. October 2017 · Comments Off on THE THINGS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND · Categories: Jesus Christ, Restoration, Testimony, Trusting God

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding (Proverbs 3:5 AMP).

Beloved, I remember my brother’s wedding a while back. The day before, we made sure we packed everything we needed including some items in a bag which we left by the front door so we wouldn’t forget it. There’s no way we could ever miss that right? Well, we did, and we didn’t get to find out until we got to the church and I was the one who was told to go back and get it.

I wasn’t happy about it because I felt that by the time I got back, I would have missed the best part of the wedding. However, I had no choice but to drive all the way home and as I opened the door, I was welcomed by a burning smell. I got to the kitchen only to find that we had forgotten something on the cooker. Now, can you imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t gone back when I did?

This reminds me of how disappointed David was when he found out he was not allowed to go to war with the Philistines. He couldn’t understand why… “What have I done to deserve this treatment?” David demanded. “What have you ever found in your servant, that I can’t go and fight the enemies of my lord the king?” (1 Samuel 29:8 NLT)

Well, he didn’t get to go so had to go back home but… when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else… (1 Samuel 30:1-2 NLT).

Beloved, David came back to find that they had been raided. Can you imagine if he had gone to war? Only God knows how long it would have lasted. But because he came back early, he was able to pursue the Amalekites and found them spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken.

David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back. (1 Samuel 30:18-19 NLT)

Beloved, we don’t always understand what God is up to when things don’t go our way but if He opens our eyes to see how He protects us daily, we would be forever grateful. Scripture says… The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever (Psalm 121:7-8 NLT).

You may not always know what the Lord is up to, but you must be confident that He’s got your back. What you think is a disappointment is working out for your good. Like our feature text says, you must trust in the Lord and do not rely on your own understanding.

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18. October 2017 · Comments Off on IF ONLY YOU KNEW · Categories: Agreement, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revelation

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” But it was to us that GOD REVEALED THESE THINGS BY HIS SPIRIT. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NLT).

Beloved, I once heard a joke about a man that was visited by thieves. “Where’s the money?” They screamed out the amount as they searched the house and when the man heard the amount they were after, he joined in the search. “What are you doing?”, the thieves stopped to ask. “I’m also looking for the money! I wasn’t aware that I had that kind of money in this house”, he replied.

Beloved, this is supposed to be a joke but it describes the state of many of us; not being aware of what satan, the thief who comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy is after (John 10:10)

But what do I have that satan want’s to steal, kill and destroy? Well, according to our feature text, our canal minds cant comprehend. That’s why it’s so easy for satan to attack a carnal Christian. The Lord says come higher. Look, the table is served but Satan diverts your attention so you are constantly chasing after the things that satisfy the flesh instead of growing spiritually and moving higher.

Scriptures say… But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT).

Beloved, it’s like the Israelites who kept going around the same mountain for 40 years instead of moving forward and possessing their promised land. Why? Because they turned every challenge they faced into a big issue instead of seeing it as an opportunity to trust God and grow in faith. They were like, “I’m not going to move from this spot until you give me what my flesh desires. What’s this spiritual food (Manna) you are giving to us? Yuck! It doesn’t taste good (Exodus 16:15).

Beloved, no carnal eye, ear or mind can comprehend what God has in stock for them. He reveals things SPIRIT to spirit and it’s only when you’re able to operate on that level that you’ll even realise that a lifestyle of holiness and obedience to God actually benefits rather than restricts you like some think… IF ONLY YOU KNEW…

Today, I pray for revelation… I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people (Ephesians 1:18 NIV). That is… to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers (The Message).

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17. October 2017 · Comments Off on YOU WILL ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God, Victory

Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even THOUGH THE SHIP WILL GO DOWN. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and He said, ‘DON’T BE AFRAID, PAUL, FOR YOU WILL SURELY STAND TRIAL BEFORE CAESAR! What’s more, God in His goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So, take courage! FOR I BELIEVE GOD. IT WILL BE JUST AS HE SAID (Acts 27:21-25 NLT).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say they were flying from one destination to another when all of a sudden, there was heavy turbulence and they were so afraid that they were not going to make it. They tried reciting Psalms 23 but couldn’t get pass verse 4… Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear…

They couldn’t remember the rest of the verse but then, all of a sudden, they started remembering all the things the Lord said they would accomplish and how they hadn’t fulfilled them yet. Immediately, a sudden boldness came upon them and they started telling people to relax; “as far as I’m on this plane, nothing is going to happen and soon enough, everywhere was calm”.

Beloved, listening to them gave me a confident boost; not in myself but in the Lord that has spared my life so many times and every now and again, I’ve got to remind myself of my testimony.

In our feature text, Apostle Paul found himself in a sea storm and while everybody panicked, he received confirmation from the Lord that everything was going to be okay and he believed God.

The NIV translation says… FOR I HAVE FAITH IN GOD… In order words, God said it; I believe it and that settles it.

Beloved, that’s how to turn fear into faith. However, let’s not forget the small print… ‘THOUGH THE SHIP WILL GO DOWN’ and I like how someone said God made a promise to you not the ship so, stop holding on to material things or crying over relationships you’ve lost along the way. If God wanted them to arrive with you, nothing would have stopped them.

Beloved, please understand that the journey isn’t always smooth. Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” They experienced a huge storm on the way which He didn’t tell them about and so they panicked… “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Jesus calmed the wind (Mark 4:35-40) and I like that… they arrived at the other side of the lake (Mark 5:1)

In response, Jesus asked His disciples… Do you still have no faith?

Beloved, Faith cancels fear and Faith comes by hearing so you need to go over and over His promises and anytime that storm arises, tell it…the Lord says I’ve got things to accomplish ahead of me. As you do so, with Jesus Christ on board, be sure you WILL DEFINITELY ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION.

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16. October 2017 · Comments Off on COME OUT OF THE LAND OF DESPAIR · Categories: Identity, Jesus Christ, Restoration, Trusting God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

Beloved, the thought that one’s situations can change in a matter of seconds is sometimes very hard to grasp. We look all around us and think that there’s no way it can ever happen but our feature text says … DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. However, that’s where we get stuck. We try to reason things out and are quick to conclude that there’s no hope. We then find ourselves in a state of despair. We feel nothing will ever turn out well.

Such was Mephiboshet’s case… who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled (2 Samuel 4:4 NLT).

His misery started at an early age so he grew up accepting his fate. What else was he to do? Father and grandfather dead and he was crippled but then he didn’t see this coming. No leaning on his own understanding could work this one out… ONE DAY David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” … Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.” “Where is he?” the king asked. “IN LO-DEBAR,” Ziba told him…” (2 Samuel 9:1-4 NLT)

LO-DEBAR means a place of no pasture, barren land, land of desolation; basically, nothing’s happening there but that fateful day was his moment to leave that Land… David sent for him and … When he came to David… David said… I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will EAT HERE WITH ME AT THE KING’S TABLE!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to A DEAD DOG like me?” (2 Samuel 9:5-8 NLT)

DEAD DOG? What a state of despair? Anyway, that was in the past. SO, WHAT WAS HIS NEW STATUS?… from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table… all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table (2 SAMUEL 9:11-13 NLT).

Beloved, from a man with no hope for the future to a property (s) owner with many servants who now dines with the king – all in one day. Now, if this happened because of a man’s promise, why can’t you believe the Lord’s promise to change your situation? It’s time to come out of the land of despair and start believing God for what seems impossible.

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15. October 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T BE DRIVEN BY YOUR FEELINGS · Categories: Choices, Jesus Christ, Joy, Praise, Restoration, Trusting God, Truth

Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah. And I said, “This is my grief, That the right hand of the Most High has changed [and His lovingkindness is withheld].” I will [solemnly] remember the deeds of the Lord; Yes, I will [wholeheartedly] remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your works And thoughtfully consider all Your [great and wondrous] deeds (PSALM 77:7‭-‬12 AMP).

Beloved, our feature text presents us with something worth noting and that’s the switch in Asaph’s approach to how he approached his situation. First of all, he starts with the ‘woe is me’ speech; God has rejected me. God has forgotten about me… bla bla bla… However, there happens to be a switch the moment he starts to take his eyes off his problems and how he was feeling to focus on the works and wonders of God.

According to my Bible notes, “Asaph did not feel any more at peace, but he made a conscious decision to turn from his pain and focus his thoughts on the Person, works, and wonders of God. When we are in distress, we often feel that it is our right to vent our frustrations and complaints as long as we still feel them, but God doesn’t call us to be driven by feelings. Instead, WE HAVE TO CONSCIOUSLY DECIDE TO PRAISE GOD, trusting that the feeling will follow”.


Beloved, Habakkuk lets us know how we must posture our hearts at all time. He says… Though the fig tree does not blossom And there is no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive fails And the fields produce no food, Though the flock is cut off from the fold And there are no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility]. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments (HABAKKUK 3:17‭-‬19 AMP).

This should always be our attitude hence the reason Jesus told the Samaritan woman… But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way (John 4:23 NLT).

Beloved, TRUTH is based on who God is and not based on our feeling. Don’t be driven by your feelings. Rather, meditate on all His works and thoughtfully consider all His [great and wondrous] deeds.

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14. October 2017 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS THE ONE IN CONTROL · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God, Victory

For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. BUT I HAVE RAISED YOU UP FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE, THAT I MIGHT SHOW YOU MY POWER AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED IN ALL THE EARTH (Exodus 9:15-16 NIV).

Beloved, our feature text recounts what the Lord said to Pharaoh who thought he had the upper hand when he oppressed the children of God. I read it and thought to myself; so, who is that enemy that thinks they are in control of your life and situation?

Unfortunately, we tend to give too much attention to the enemy but the truth is that he has already been defeated… [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross] (Colossians 2:15 AMP).

We need a reality check! Who is in control here? Well, that would depend on whether you are giving the enemy access into your life. If so, you definitely need a reality check! But here’s what the Lord is saying… “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:16-17 NKJV). The New Living Translation says… their vindication will come from Me. I, THE LORD, HAVE SPOKEN!


Beloved, today, the Lord is saying… “FOCUS ON ME AND WHAT I HAVE ASKED YOU TO DO. I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR ENEMIES”. You need to grab hold of this word because you need to focus all your energy on positive things.

While the Lord pursues our enemies out of town, here’s what we ought to be doing… pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart (1 Timothy 6:11 AMP).


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13. October 2017 · Comments Off on THEY CAN’T STOP YOU · Categories: Freedom, God's Plan, Jesus Christ

“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17 AMP).

Beloved, as I read our feature text, I’m reminded of the time the high priest and Sadducees arrested the Apostles and put them in jail (Acts 5:18). They thought no one would ever hear their voices again. However, who can stop you when the Lord’s hand is upon you? Their enemies thought… let’s see how they can come out of this one… But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!” (Acts 5: 19-20 NLT)

They were set free and… at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching. When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council-the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial (Acts 5:21 NLT).

They gathered together and probably thought; let’s finish them once and for all… Go and bring them. Beloved, do you know your enemies would always come to look for you where they think they’ve keep you. In pretence they would say “let me give her a call to see if she’s still okay”. They would say; “Can I come and visit you” just so they can report back on whether their plans to destroy your home has succeeded. However, their weapon formed against you will not succeed.

But when the temple guards went to the jail, THE MEN WERE GONE. So they returned to the council and reported, “The jail was securely locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!” (Acts 5: 22-23 NLT)


Beloved, can anyone put you in a place where the Lord cannot get you out from? Never!… For He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron (Psalm 107:16)… When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering WHERE IT WOULD ALL END (ACTS 5: 24NLT).

WHERE WOULD IT ALL END? I think the question should be; Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? (Romans 8:33) Who can curse whom the Lord has blessed? (Numbers 23:8)

Beloved, we live in a wicked world were people come against you for all sorts of reasons. The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees were filled with jealousy (Acts 5:17 NLT). Jealousy! That’s where it always starts.

Your enemies may think you are still where they tried to put you but… if the Lord is for you, who can be against you? Today, I pray that no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.

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12. October 2017 · Comments Off on WHEN WE TELL THE LORD WHAT HE ALREADY KNOWS‏ · Categories: Action, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Trusting God

The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do (Psalm 33:13-15 NLT).

Beloved, I wonder what goes through the Lord’s mind when we try to give Him reasons why we can’t do what He’s asked us to do.

I’m thinking about Ananias who was sent to minister to Saul, also known as Paul… The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon Your name.” (Acts 9:11-14 NLT)

Now, if you know anything about the Lord, you can admit that He’s not usually One to give you full details when He sends you on an assignment. Most times, you have to step out in faith trusting that He will tell you what you need to know when He feels you need to know it… no sooner and no later. But in this situation, the Lord gives Ananias the full details of His assignment. Nothing missing, but yet Ananias comes up with excuses. But Ananias, didn’t you hear anything the Lord has just told you? You’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things he has done but what about what I, the Lord, your God is saying? I just told you… “He is praying to me right now…” What do you think he is praying to Me about? That I should send Ananias so that I can arrest him for calling upon Your name?

Beloved, this is a case of what people say versus what the Lord says and if we keep listening to what people say, then we would only hear negative reports. Probably why Jesus asked His disciples… “Who do people say I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah (Mark 8:27-29 NLT).”

Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah…

People can’t even come to the same conclusion and that’s why you have to have a personal word from the Lord. People may say… but this is what the Lord says…

Beloved, this is what the Lord says; I already know what’s ahead and … “I will go before you and level the mountains; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron (Isaiah 45:2 AMP).

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11. October 2017 · Comments Off on MAKING THE DECISION TO TRY AGAIN · Categories: Agreement, Decision making, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again. And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!” (Luke 5:5-6 NLT)

Beloved, there are those moments in life where after you’ve done all you think you know how to do, you get to that place where you feel “I can’t do this anymore because it’s just going to produce the same old results”. However, how are you sure about that?

Looking at our feature text, we find that Peter and his team were in a similar position. They had done all the work they were going to do and had nothing to show for it but then, Jesus comes along on the scene and instructs Simon to try again.

Oh yes, Peter had his justified argument which went along the lines of “I know the ins and outs of this business. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve invested, laboured and given it my all, but unfortunately, as you can see, I haven’t seen any returns. However, Jesus said, “I want you to try again”.

I remember listening to someone say that at this point, Jesus checks the heart of Simon. Surely, Jesus knew Simon had been toiling all night and with no catch. He also knew that people were watching; people that knew that he hadn’t caught anything. The story tells us that… as Jesus was preaching… great crowds pressed in on Him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets (Luke 5:1-2 NLT)

Off course, some if not all of these great crowd knew that Simon hadn’t caught anything but now, Simon has a choice to make which is either to risk looking foolish in front of people and trying again or be deterred by what people may say. As an experienced fisherman, he knew what the chances were of catching anything. He probably heard shouting voices in his head saying, “don’t do it again because people would laugh at you” but Simon was not going to allow his pride get in the way, causing him to miss out on what Jesus wanted to give him and the results were amazing.

Beloved, regardless of what had gone on in the past, when Jesus got on his boat, things changed. Unfortunately, many times, we end up doing things without His presence or instructions and end up catching nothing despite all our efforts but when Jesus is present and He is finally the one directing your boat, things are bound to change and the interesting thing is that His presence brought about the right type of assistance and partnership.

Beloved, are you at that place where you are afraid to try again? Could Jesus be saying “trust Me and just obey My leading and see what happens? Your abundant catch could be one try away.

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