22. May 2017 · Comments Off on JUST LET IT GO · Categories: Forgive, Freedom, Jesus Christ, Offense, Peace, Spiritual Growth

If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18 AMP).

Beloved, about a week ago, I was faced with a situation where I had the option to confront somebody regarding a very unfair situation that in a nutshell involved what I was entitled to versus what they were entitled to. This situation was very obvious to everyone around and I had made up my mind about the steps I was going to take (I ain’t giving you the outstanding balance) but then, during my morning devotion, the Holy Spirit ministered to me to basically just let it go because in the long run, it wasn’t worth it. Moreover, the Lord had already provided the means to cover the situation so why argue over material things?

Before then and even before the situation occurred, the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about ‘entitlement’ where we have this tendency to fall out with people over what we think is our entitlement rather than pursuing peace and after this incident, I could fully understand what He had been trying to tell me.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘entitlement’ means ‘having a right to something’ or ‘the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment’ and as I began to pay attention to the word, the Scripture where Jesus talked to His disciples about offenses (Luke 17:1) and dealing with unforgiveness (Luke 17:3-4) came to mind. He continued His conversation by talking about how a good servant shouldn’t demand any special thanks for providing their services. A master… does not thank the servant just because he did what he was ordered to do, does he? So you too, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants [undeserving of praise or a reward, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have merely done what we ought to do.’” (Luke 17:9-10 AMP)

In this illustration, we find that Jesus is simply talking about the things that could bring offense where the servant may think they are entitled to special thanks for providing their services. This can apply to all relationships and many situations. We get offended with people because we feel we didn’t get what we are entitled to and before knowing it, we allow offence, anger and bitterness spread its roots, giving the enemy a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27 AMP).

Beloved, our feature text says… If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. The message translation says… Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” (Romans 12:18-19 MSG)

Beloved, as a servant of God, in as much as my flesh wanted to fight back, I had to make the humble decision to just let it go and it gave me a tremendous amount of peace. Do you need to just let it go?

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21. May 2017 · Comments Off on CULTIVATE THE HABIT OF BEING GRATEFUL · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Thanks giving

Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; and he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan (Luke 17:15-16 AMP).

Beloved, the Bible says that… in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV) and so, while you’re still waiting on the Lord for that big thing to happen, like this Samaritan in our feature text, have you… turned back, recognized, thanked and praised the Lord‎ for what He’s done so far in your life even in this year or are you like the other 9 lepers ‎that kept going? Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this OUTSIDER?” (Luke 17:17-18 MSG)

This OUTSIDER… There’s this term called ‘barren familiarity’ where you become unfruitful because you’ve become too familiar with a thing that you no longer value it’s worth. As a result, it no longer produces anything for you and you no longer reap its benefits.

A typical ‎example is the case of Jesus and the people He grew up with… Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary?… Are they not all with us?… But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” NOW HE DID NOT DO MANY MIGHTY WORKS THERE BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF (Mathew 13.55-58 NKJV).

This is about taking one for granted and‎ many of us take the Lord for granted because we’ve become so used to Him and what He does for us daily (Psalm 68:19) that’s why outsiders come in and get blessed faster than those of us that have been insiders for years.‎

Beloved, we need to cultivate the habit of being grateful for everything the Lord has done for us; both the little and big things. It is because of His mercies we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22).

King David said… I bless God every chance I get my lungs expand with His praise… God met me more than halfway, He freed me from my anxious fears (Psalm 34:1, 4 MSG)‎.

Beloved, Look back at the past few weeks, months or years. Is there anything you haven’t thanked God for or given Him the glory?

Praise the Lord, O my soul! Do not forget all his kind deeds! He is the one who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who delivers your life from the Pit, who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion, who satisfies your life with good things, so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s(Psalm 103: 2-5 NET)‎.

Beloved, have you really not got anything to thank Him for? Thanksgiving ‎is a key the Lord’s heart… Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! (Psalm 100:4 AMP) When the Lord sees how you appreciate everything He’s doing in your life, you are in… You’ve got access.

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19. May 2017 · Comments Off on PRAYER IS KEY FOR YOUR NEXT LEVEL OF BREAKTHROUGH‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and HE PRAYED intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months (James 5:17 AMPC).

Beloved, don’t you find it interesting that ‎of all the great things Prophet Elijah did, his prayer is what’s highlighted, letting us know how important the role of prayer is. Elijah is someone that was recorded for doing many remarkable things and while there’s the tendency to focus on the things he did, let’s realise that he couldn’t do any of it without the basic essential and that’s why the Bible tells us that HE PRAYED and there are times when we just need to put a full stop there. ‘ELIJAH PRAYED’.

We are given a very good picture of how Elijah prevailed in prayer to birth things. We are told that… Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Look toward the sea.” He went, looked, and reported back, “I don’t see a thing.” “Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.” And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.” “Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’” (1 Kings 18:42-44 MSG)

Elijah took the birthing position and began to PUSH which has been turned into an acronym for Pray Until Something Happens.

Beloved, Jesus also spent a considerable amount of time praying. On one occasion, Jesus… insisted that His disciples get into the boat and go ahead [of Him] to the other side to Bethsaida, while He was dismissing the crowd. And after He said goodbye to them, He went to the mountain to pray. Now when evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and Jesus was alone on the land… At about the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m) He came to them, walking on the sea… (Mark 6:45-48 AMP).

Jesus obviously knew the importance of prayer and I’m wondering how many of us have reached that place where we feel we ought to start rescheduling things in our lives to give more room to prayer? Most times, we try to fit prayer into our busy schedule but there’s a stage you get to where you finally see the wisdom of doing it the other way round. That stage where you realise “Lord, I definitely cannot do this without You”.

Beloved, you cannot be a powerful Christian if you have a poor prayer life so it’s time to pay due attention to prayer… be unceasing and persistent in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMPC) …The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16 NLT).

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18. May 2017 · Comments Off on WHEN THE EYES OF A SENT ONE IS OPEN · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Rejection, Relationship

Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! (John 9:6-7 NLT)

Beloved, during my morning devotion, I was meditating on the chapter from which our feature text is extracted and a lot of things caught my attention about this ‘sent one’ which I believe is relevant to the move of God in this season. I almost named this post ‘The characteristics or confrontations of a ‘Sent one’ but settled for ‘WHEN THE EYES OF A SENT ONE IS OPEN’.

The first confrontation you would face is the religious system. After this man received his sight, we are told that… Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him… Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for He is working on the Sabbath…” (John 9:13-16 NLT).

So, he was immediately confronted by the religious system which keeps people blind and bound and when I initially read it, I didn’t notice that he was taken to the Pharisees but I find it intriguing how the Lord would place you in situations that would make you confront the religious system that has held you bound all your life and it requires a certain level of boldness to speak up which we see this man displayed.

When questioned about Jesus, he wasn’t afraid to speak up… “I don’t know whether He is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!… He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where He comes from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, BUT HE IS READY TO HEAR THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM AND DO HIS WILL. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, He couldn’t have done it.” (John 9:25-33 NLT)

Beloved, he was up against the religious system his parents raised him in – one they themselves couldn’t confront because of fear that they would be thrown out of the synagogue (John 9:22) but because he was bold enough to confront this system, he got kicked out (John 9:34).

Unfortunately, this is what may eventually happen when the eyes of a ‘sent one’ is opened. They get kicked out of the church they were raised in or the church frustrates them until they have no choice but to leave. However, that’s fine because a true encounter with Jesus Christ is around the corner… When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said and he worshiped Jesus. (John 9:35-38 NLT)

Beloved, are you a ‘sent one’? SELAH!

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17. May 2017 · Comments Off on ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING THAT PERSON THE LORD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE · Categories: Change, Discipline, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Restoration, Spiritual Growth, Suffering

And He said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 AMP)

Beloved, our feature text refers to the time Jesus was calling His first disciples to come follow Him and I’ve been reflecting on Peter whom He called and instantly changed His name from Simon to Peter. We are told that… Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated Peter).” (John 1:42 AMP)

Jesus changed Simons name to Peter, however, towards the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth, we hear Him refer to Peter as Simon. Jesus said… “SIMON, SIMON, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, SIMON, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, STRENGTHEN YOUR BROTHERS.” (Luke 22:31-32 NLT)

Okay! I bet Peter must have been confused. “Am I Peter or am I Simon?” Like I said, When Jesus first called Simon, He changed his name to Peter which means ‘ROCK’. But here, Jesus calls him ‘SIMON’ as if to say… “I’m not referring to Peter the ‘ROCK’. I’m referring to the weak side of you. On your way to becoming Peter, satan would attack SIMON. He would try everything to stop SIMON from becoming Peter.

The Amplified Bible says… Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God]…

The question here is why would satan be so desperate if he’s not afraid of the effect you would have against his kingdom?

The interesting thing is that Jesus didn’t plan to stop satan. Rather, He said; “that’s ok! I’m behind you praying for you… I can stop satan if I want to but you need the experience so that you can… STRENGTHEN YOUR BROTHERS”.

This should be the end result of every trial… You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, THE SAVING OF MANY LIVES (Genesis 50:20 NIV).

Beloved, unfortunately, many of us are ignorant of the fact that satan had and still has plans to sift us like wheat but every trial that comes your way is meant to grow you for your purpose. If you are reading this today, please understand that you have a purpose the Lord is preparing you for. When Jesus called Peter, He said… “Follow Me, and I will MAKE YOU fishers of men”. What Jesus did not mention here was how He planned to MAKE Peter ‘a fisher of men’.

Beloved, please know that that situation which you’re thinking is the breaking of you is actually the MAKING of you. Jesus is praying for you and so am I.

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16. May 2017 · Comments Off on BECOMING LIKE CHRIST IN YOUR DAILY ACTIONS · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be MOLDED into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29 AMPC).

Beloved, have you ever done something and thinking back, you feel that you didn’t handle it how Jesus would have handled it? Before handling a particular situation, have you first of all stopped and asked yourself what would Jesus Christ do in this situation? What if we all took a few seconds to think like this before acting?

Our feature text says we’ve been destined from the beginning to be MOLDED into the image of Christ and during our midnight prayer session last night, my prayer partner and I spent a considerable amount of time repenting from any instance where we haven’t used the situations we have been presented with to show people Jesus Christ and then, we spent time praying to be MOLDED into the image of Christ.

The Bible says… You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to Him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and WORKING ITSELF INTO YOUR CONDUCT as God accurately REPRODUCES HIS CHARACTER IN YOU (Ephesians 4:21-24 MSG).

Beloved, have you learnt anything from Christ? Are you putting what you’ve learnt into practice? The Bible says… Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST (Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT)… In your relationships with one another, HAVE THE SAME MINDSET AS CHRIST JESUS: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage… being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself… (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)

Beloved, are you making decisions to love like Christ does? Are you making decisions to be humble when the opportunity arises? Instead of snapping at people, like Jesus, take out time for yourself when you are tired… Like Jesus, be about your Father’s business and avoid distractions… Like Jesus, forgive… Like Jesus… [FILL THE GAP]

Beloved, what would Jesus Christ do at all times? We must realise that the purpose of our walk with Christ is to be like Him so we should always aim to discern what Christ will do in every situation we find ourselves. We should then solicit the help of the Holy Spirit to help us where we are weak… let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23 NLT)

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15. May 2017 · Comments Off on DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT at ALL TIMES and on EVERY OCCASION. STAY ALERT and BE PERSISTENT in your prayers for ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

Beloved, when it comes to prayer, there are a number of things Apostle Paul advises that you should do.

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT – That is prayer that arises from the Spirit of God within you. Why?… for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (Romans 8:26 AMPC)

The battle you are fighting is spiritual and must be fought in that regard so your prayer must be done with the help of the Spirit. We are fighting against principalities and powers in high places (Ephesians 6:12) and as you pray in the Spirit, it’s amazing how the Lord will open your eyes to see who your real enemies are and how they are plotting against you… the same people that smile at you in the day time.

ALL TIMES and on EVERY OCCASION – Beloved, we are to… Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). This means you are to make prayer a way of life. God is everywhere you are so master how to always talk to Him. And you can do this without uttering a word. While in the office, before you respond to someone, just quietly say… Lord what should I say? One of the things I’ve observed is that as you spend more time in conversations with the Lord, you have less time to listen to the lies and manipulation of the enemy.

STAY ALERT… Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). Beloved, praying always helps you STAY ALERT. Someone once said; “do not allow the enemy give you a prayer topic to pray about” so guard your territory through prayer.

BE PERSISTENT! Jesus talks about the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) who would not take NO for an answer. One thing the enemy tries to do is bring discouragement. Have you ever prayed for something, only for the situation to get worse? That’s not the time to give up. Rather, it’s the time to keep PUSHING.

And then, we don’t just pray for yourselves… BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE. Beloved, we all need to get over ourselves and our pity partying and start interceding for others. You may be thinking… what about me? But do you know that praying for others takes your mind off your own problems?

There are people that have been made weak and helpless by their situation that need your prayers. We are told that… Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him (Acts 12:5 NIV).

Beloved, I could go on and on but these are some of the ways you can develop an effective prayer life and I pray that as you take a stand to pray, may you win every battle thrown your way.

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14. May 2017 · Comments Off on USING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revelation, Spiritual Growth

…TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17 NLT).

Beloved, the Word of God is a great weapon to fight against the attacks of the enemy and how to use it can be best illustrated using Jesus as a perfect example to follow.

How did Jesus overcome satan when led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by him? You see this in Matthew 4:3-11 (NIV);

“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “IT IS WRITTEN…”
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…” Jesus answered him, “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN…”
“…All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him… FOR IT IS WRITTEN: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

Jesus used ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ and Satan left him after that. He is the Son of God… He knows what He’s talking about.

In the above scenario, it’s important to note that satan also knows the word of God. See what he said to Jesus… “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. FOR IT IS WRITTEN: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:6-7 (NIV)

Satan knows the word of God but he was using the text to manipulate Jesus; to get Him to do what he wanted Him to do. This should be a warning for those that either use Scriptures to manipulate people or are being manipulated by people. Satan is an expert at manipulating Scriptures so you must also equip yourself with ‘IT IS ALSO WRITTEN’.

Now the question for you is how many ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ do you know? I once heard of a lady that slept with the Bible under her pillow because she was having so many attacks at night and when she experienced an attack, she would pull it out and hold it up against whatever demon she was facing hoping to scare them away. Isn’t it funny how we tend to treat the Bible like the power is in the Book itself? It’s the Word of God contained in it that is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12) and until you get acquainted with the Word Himself, allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to you, it remains just a Book to you.

Beloved, using the sword of the Spirit involves continually studying and meditating on the word for revelation so you are able to confront the enemy with… “This is what my Daddy says…”

Demons are petrified of Christians who know the power they have in Jesus Christ, the living Word. Don’t you think it’s time for you to wake up? It is my prayer that you start to TAKE UP YOUR SWORD and pierce the enemy where it hurts and as you do so, may you win every battle thrown your way.

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13. May 2017 · Comments Off on SALVATION AS A WEAPON · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Salvation, 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, taking up SALVATION as your helmet is a great weapon you can use to fight against the enemy. It’s clear that the Helmet is used to protect the solders head but how does this apply to you?

Well, let’s see… A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered (Acts 19:13-16 NLT).

Serves you right. Do you think it’s everybody that is entitled to use that name?

Beloved, taking up SALVATION as your helmet is the confidence born again Christians have (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Although satan opposes God and tries to attack His people, you need to know that Jesus has already destroyed the works of satan. The cross has broken his power so you are fighting from a point of victory (Colossians 2:15).

There is this boldness that comes because you know what happens at the end; that you have already won the battle. When you watch an action movie for the first time, there’s anxiety because you don’t know the outcome but when you watch it again, no matter what goes on, you already know the outcome so you are more relaxed. Also, when you see a main actor in a movie like Arnold Schwarzenegger, you more or less know who would win. It may get very intense but somehow at the back of your mind, you know who is going to win because like we use to say back in the days; “An actor never dies.

That’s the kind of confidence your salvation gives. You must know that He that’s in you is greater than the devil so you need to protect your mind with the assurance that God has indeed saved and given eternal life to those who believe in Christ.

Beloved, Satan may have limited freedom to harass Christians but he does not have authority over you. He is like a dog attached to a chain.

We have the name of Jesus as a strong weapon and like David you must be able to tell your giant… “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 17:45).

Also remember that you… overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of your testimony… (Revelation 12:11)

Beloved, be confident. You are more than a conquerer and as you use the name and blood of Jesus to fight against the enemy, be sure that you have won every battle thrown your way

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12. May 2017 · Comments Off on TAKE UP YOUR SHIELD OF FAITH · Categories: Faith, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

…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, taking up the SHIELD OF FAITH is another armour of God you can use to fight against the enemy and this is slightly different from the others because it involves taking up rather than putting on. We are told… ABOVE ALL, taking the SHIELD OF FAITH with which you will be able to QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS of the wicked one (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV).

This is an additional layer of protection and ABOVE ALL suggests that the SHIELD OF FAITH is very important because FIERY DARTS can only reach the body if the shield is not held up to block them. I read that the Roman soldiers shield was very large and covered with leather, which when soaked in water was used to put out flame-tipped arrows.

So, what are the FIERY DARTS of the wicked one? Well, they range from fear, doubt, worry, to temptations… but we must take up our shield of faith to QUENCH the flames just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego had great faith in God to save them in the FIERY furnace.

Beloved, you must always trust that the Lord would show up in times of trouble. If you can build up your faith, then those FIERY DARTS of fear, doubt, worry to temptations would be extinguished by the time they hit your SHIELD OF FAITH.

However, Faith tries your PATIENCE and that’s what most of us need to work on. Someone said “waiting on God is actually God giving you time to grow stronger in faith”. So true! I’ve noticed that while waiting on God, He will at intervals reassure you that He will come through for you. It’s then up to you to believe Him or not. This is a big battle because the enemy would do everything to paint a picture that causes you to worry, fear and doubt.

The life of Abraham, our father of faith is one we can learn from. How did he develop faith in God to the extent that he did not question God when God tested him by asking him to sacrifice Isaac, the son he loved so much?

In his previous trial of faith, he and wifey made a mistake. They listened to the devil who said it’s never going to happen now that you are both very old but the second time around, with the Isaac test, he had stronger faith to say “back off satan. I’m not listening to any more of your lies”.

Beloved, Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, GOD WAS ABLE to bring him back to life again… (Hebrews 11:19 NLT)

Abraham’s reasoning shows he had grown stronger in faith. You too need to start reasoning like Abraham. GOD IS INDEED ABLE TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE and Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1 NLT) so today, I pray that you hold up this confidence to quench every FIERY DARTS OF fear, doubt, worry and temptations…

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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