15. August 2017 · Comments Off on HE LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship, Thoughts, Truth

And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 3:17 AMP)

Beloved, I just finished a project looking at the Fatherhood of God, where I had to look at the various things that have set our minds to approach our Father in Heaven with a performance driven mindset where we think we can only get His approval by the things we do.

As part of this project, I held a meeting in Nigeria in April where we discussed the topic at length and one of the participants reminded me of a poem our secondary school principal used to make us recite every morning with lyrics that said: FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE’S AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION. THE REACTION FOR GOOD ACTION IS REWARD. THE REACTION FOR BAD ACTION IS PUNISHMENT. We began to discuss how after reciting this for years, you can imagine how your mind becomes set to think that way. The unfortunate thing is that we then bring this mindset into our relationship with God.

She went on to say that for us, that’s how we have lived our lives and so, when we begin to relate with God, we relate with Him where we do things and then we are looking for His approval… God is it good?” If it’s good, then you are waiting for your reward and if it’s not good, then, you are waiting for your punishment.

Beloved, when she said it, I was also reminded of my primary school Arithmetic teacher who would flog you according to the number of questions you got wrong. For example, if you got two out of ten wrong, you got flogged twice. If you got one out of ten wrong, you got flogged once. So, you had to have perfect scores to avoid being flogged. He did that every single day and the funny thing was that he was also my after-school lesson teacher. Well, I ended up finishing primary school with very good results but you can imagine how I went on to approach life… nothing you do is good enough until it is perfect… God is it good?” If it’s not good, then, you are waiting for your punishment.

We then start to perform to be in His good books. We also want to be highly ranked in His books based on our performance and like the disciples, we ask questions like… “WHO IS GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?” (Matthew 18:1 NLT). However… Jesus called a little child to him… Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:2-3 NLT).

Jesus was basically saying you have to reset your mind back to that point in your life when you were a child where you didn’t have to perform to get approval.

Beloved, in our feature text, God loved Jesus unconditionally even before the start of His public ministry (Luke 3:22, 4:1-21). Jesus didn’t have to perform to receive this approval. God just loved Him just because God is love (1 John 4:8) and today, He wants you to know that He loves you unconditionally.

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25. July 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN WHAT THE LORD HAS FOR YOU · Categories: Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth, Thoughts, Trusting God

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP).

Beloved, have you ever been presented with something you’ve been desiring that you thought was really good only for the Lord to turn around and say ‘NO’, that’s not it?

Well, it takes a spiritually mature mind to know and accept that when God says ‘NO’ to something that you felt was that good and have rated to be about an 80 percent, rather than be disappointed, you ought to rejoice because when God says ‘NO’ to something, it simply means ‎He has something better in stock for you.

Our feature text says His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts than your thoughts. So, this means that if indeed you’ve rated that thing you desire to be 80 percent, then you ought to consider what ‘better than 80 percent’ ‎would be. You ought to be saying… “Lord, so You mean You have something better than this in mind for me? Wow!!!”

Beloved, isn’t that a reason to start rejoicing? However, because we like to hold on to the ‘known’ rather than trust God, we see it as the end of the world and thereby struggle to let go but just like someone said;‎ “‘Do not downgrade’… What satan tempts you with is always less than what the Lord has already prepared for you in the spirit… What satan tempts you with should always be a confirmation that something better is on its way‎”.

Beloved, ‎please don’t make the mistake of settling for less than what the Lord has for you… Do not downgrade. Wait for the Lord’s choice for You. It is bound to exceed your expectations and blow your mind away for…‎ as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

Most times we haven’t got a clue what the Lord has in stock for us but you must trust that He is up to something that exceeds your imagination. Why don’t you just trust the Lord on this one?

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 (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

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17. June 2017 · Comments Off on WHEN THE LORD CONFRONTS THE DOUBTS IN YOUR HEART · Categories: Fear, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Thoughts, Trusting God

Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother. “Look!” he said. “Your son is alive!” Then the woman told Elijah, “NOW I KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU ARE A MAN OF GOD, AND THAT THE LORD TRULY SPEAKS THROUGH YOU.” (1 Kings 17:23‭-‬24 NLT)

Beloved, you probably know the story of how the Lord sent the Prophet Elijah to go and live with this widow in Zarephath. Elijah got there just in time and asked for some water and some food. She was fine with giving him water but food? Oh no sir. That I don’t have… I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah (1 Kings 17:12-‬16 NLT).

Beloved, this is one of those Bible testimonies that we love to talk about but as I meditated on the chapter again yesterday, I began to see it in a different light. After all of this, disaster struck and this woman’s son dies (1 Kings 17:17). So, now I’m thinking: Lord, common now, if You knew this was going to happen, whydidn’t You just let him die in the first instance instead of feeding him for a while and then he still ends up dying. Why now? Why allow this woman go through this pain now? But then, I found clues in our feature text. After Elijah raises the boy up from the dead… the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” (1 KINGS 17:24 AMP)

So, ma’am does this mean you always doubted him? Well, it looks like it and this is probably what was on her mind; So, here’s this so-called man of God that appeared from nowhere; Yes, you came to save us. We didn’t die but we are still barely just getting by. We are still living from hand to mouth meanwhile you keep promising that the Lord said rain is coming (1 Kings 17:14). Things are going to get better. However, the question in your heart is when would this be sir? Are things going to really get better or is this how we are going to live for the rest of our lives?

Beloved, the Lord had to confront the secret thoughts in this woman’s heart. Yes, Elijah was sent from Me. He is a true man of God and the word he speaks is truth.

Beloved, could this be addressing the questions in your heart?

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09. May 2017 · Comments Off on LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE TRUTH‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Revelation, Thoughts, Truth
…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, we are privileged to have the full armour of God as a complete weapon against satan but we must learn how to develop and apply them so we can stand firm when he attacks. The first one is TRUTH… putting on the belt of truth buckled around your waist. A Roman soldier’s belt secured his armour in their proper place and supported his sword. In the same way, the truth should secure all your armour in place.
With spiritual warfare, the mind is the main battlefield. The battle of the mind takes place when the enemy attacks your thoughts about the truth of God, yourself and your relationship with Him. Many people have been fed with so many lies by satan and over the years, this has formed mental strongholds. But Jesus said… You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free (John 8: 32).
You develop spiritual muscles in this area by daily absorbing Scriptural truth. What is the truth about God and my situation? I like how Neil Anderson of freedom in Christ put it. He said… “If what we think does not reflect the truth, then what we feel does not reflect reality”.
Beloved, I’m thinking of Jacob. At one time… Jacob exclaimed, “You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!” (Genesis 42:36 NLT). However, we know that wasn’t the reality. For one, Joseph was not dead but the sad thing was that Jacob had already decided years ago… “I will go to my grave mourning for my son,”…(Genesis 37:35 NLT) and that’s how he lived his life until he found out the truth.
Unfortunately, many of us have been fed many lies about our lives and for such a mind that has been brainwashed with lies for so many years, developing spiritual muscles would involve renewing your mind with God’s truth. Many even believe God doesn’t love them but you have to get reject that lie and by continually telling yourself that God loves me… That’s why He sent His Son to die for me. This may take some time but Christians who fill their mind with God’s truth win spiritual battles against the mind. They… take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Beloved, you also need to rely heavily on the help of the Holy Spirit to replace every lie with the truth. Jesus said… But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)… (John 16:13 AMP) Today, I pray that you allow Him teach you truth that would break any stronghold formed in your mind and as you do so, may you win every battle thrown your way.
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02. May 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH MATTERS OF THE HEART · Categories: Change, Choices, Jesus Christ, Mind, Motives, Thoughts

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24 AMPC).

Beloved, King David was by no means a perfect man but one thing I’ve learnt about David is that he got the revelation that God, to whom it matters most, is always looking deep into the heart of man. With God, IT IS A MATTER OF THE HEART… Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord WEIGHS AND TRIES THE HEARTS (Proverbs 21:2 AMP). I believe that’s why you would always hear David say things like… Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart (Psalm 26:2 NLT).

As Christians, this is so important. God already knows we are not perfect that’s why we have the help of the Holy Spirit. God looked down from His throne at all the people on the earth and said, “that’s the man I’m looking for” …HE RAISED UP DAVID to be their king; of him He bore witness and said, I have found David son of Jesse A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL DO ALL MY WILL AND CARRY OUT MY PROGRAM FULLY (Acts 13:22 AMP).

Beloved, do you think that when God looked down at David and said “this is a man after My own heart”, God did not know David was going to commit adultery, kill the husband and take his wife? But David always presented his heart before God. God said David… WILL DO ALL MY WILL AND CARRY OUT MY PROGRAM FULLY… How did David achieve this? …He knew all sorts of things can get in the way…self-ambition; wrong motives etc. so all day long he cried out… SHOW ME HOW YOU WORK, God; SCHOOL ME IN YOUR WAYS. Take me by the hand; Lead me down the path of truth. YOU ARE MY SAVIOR, AREN’T YOU? (Psalm 25:4-5 MSG)

God ‘RAISED UP DAVID’ meaning ‘TO TRAIN’ and David was willing to learn. He must have said “You called me into this thing; I did not call myself so SHOW ME HOW… This is a desperate cry for help from someone that knows that if you leave me to it, I’ll mess it all up. Even with good intentions, you can still miss it because… There is A WAY WHICH SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN AND APPEARS STRAIGHT BEFORE HIM, but at the end of it is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12 AMPC). This means that as far as you are concerned, you may think you are doing the right thing but the end is disaster.

Beloved, this is a call to deal with matters of our heart. Personally, I’m by no means perfect but one thing I do is always present my heart before God; all my wrong motives, malicious thoughts etc and say… Lord help me. It’s time to be transparent before God and give the Holy Spirit permission to take over.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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24. April 2017 · Comments Off on CHANGING YOUR PERCEPTION · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Thoughts, Trusting God

… Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you THINK… (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Beloved, I just got back from Africa yesterday and I was telling my brother that the journey I’m on now with Lord is one where He is working on my perception; how I see things… how I think… because whether we like to admit it or not, we are limited by the boundaries we place on ourselves.

David wasn’t limited by size. He recognized that he had a big God who is able. He told Goliath… “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies… This very day God is handing you over to me… and everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!” (1 Samuel 17:45-47 MSG)

On the other hand, the 10 spies were intimidated by the size of the giants they saw and couldn’t possess their promise. They said…“We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”… Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” (Numbers 13:31-33 NLT)

Jeremiah, when called by God said… “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 1:6-8 NLT)

Moses also wanted to place limits on himself but God didn’t let him… Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? IS IT NOT I, THE LORD? (Exodus 4:10-11 NLT)

And then there was Jesus who wasn’t limited by money in the bank. He told Peter to go and catch a fish, take money out of its mouth and go and pay the tax collector (Matthew 17:24-27). Also, Jesus was able to feed a multitude of 5000 men with 5 loafs and 2 fishes. His disciples came to him with a problem but Jesus wanted to transform their minds so… Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!” (Mark 6:37 NLT). Their thinking already limited them but Jesus said only 5 loafs and 2 fishes will do.

Also, when they ran out of wine at the wedding in Canaan, if it were us today, we would be running around in confusion; “How much have you got on you? Which shop is nearby?” But what did Jesus say? He said we don’t need all that, just bring me water (John 2: 1-11).

Beloved, do you need to change your perception on things? Remember… with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

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12. February 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU DESPERATE FOR LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND VALIDATION? · Categories: God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Love, Marriage, Relationship, Thoughts

Leah’s eyes WERE WEAK AND DULL LOOKING, BUT Rachel was BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE. And Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, I will work for you for seven years for Rachel your younger daughter (Genesis 29:17-18 AMPC).

Beloved, once upon a time, there was a lady called Leah. Unfortunately, she was beautifully challenged and society being what it’s like judged her based on looks… And to make it worse, they compared her to her younger sister. Imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem. Its tradition that she marries before her younger sister but she was overlooked because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE.

Anyway, daddy comes up with a plan. Get in to his bed when all the lights are off so he can’t recognise you… But in the morning [Jacob saw his wife, and] behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? Did I not work for you [all those seven years] for Rachel? Why then have you deceived and cheated and thrown me down [like this]? Genesis 29:25 (AMPC)

WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? (LOL). Am I that ugly? Again, imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem, but then, the Lord intervened….And when the Lord saw that Leah was despised, He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. And Leah became pregnant and bore a son and named him Reuben [See, a son!]; for she said, Because the Lord has seen my HUMILIATION AND AFFLICTION; now my husband will love me. [Leah] became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Because the Lord heard that I am DESPISED, He has given me this son also; and she named him Simeon [God hears]. And she became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Now this time will my husband be a COMPANION to me, for I have borne him three sons. Therefore he was named Levi [companion]. Again she conceived and bore a son, and she said, NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD! So she called his name Judah [praise]; then [for a time] she ceased bearing (Genesis 29:31-35 AMPC).

Beloved, she didn’t want much. All she wanted was to get rid of the feeling of HUMILIATION, AFFLICTION, DESPISE and replace it with LOVE and COMPANIONSHIP. She wanted to be cherished but a time has to come when you realise that you have all of that in Jesus… NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD.

There are many Leah’s out there. You don’t need to spend the rest of your life doing things to buy a man’s love. Turn to Jesus. He’ll quench your thirst. He did it for the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4). Unfortunately, she was judged for being promiscuous but there could be many reasons for her 5 husbands. It could just be that she grew up facing situations that made her develop very low self-esteem and the devil may have built strongholds in her mind…YOU ARE NO GOOD…causing her to attract the wrong kind of men. Maybe HUSBAND NO 1 made her feel worthless…HUSBAND NO 2 was violent…HUSBAND NO 3 was cheating because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE like Rachael…And in a desperate attempt to find love and acceptance, she moves from husband to husband…

AND THEM SHE ENCOUNTERS JESUS and finds that He can give her all she is looking for. You too can do the same. Focus on Him this valentine season and He would give you all the LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE you would ever need… This is not just for the ladies; it’s for the guys as well. Society has made you turn to various things in search for validation but you need to turn to Jesus.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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25. January 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU GUARDING YOUR HEART? · Categories: Change, Choices, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Mind, Thoughts

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and ABOVE ALL THAT YOU GUARD, for out of it flow THE SPRINGS OF LIFE (Proverbs 4:23 AMPC).

Beloved, we are known to guard things precious to us…our possessions etc. but the Bible advises that ABOVE ALL THAT YOU GUARD, you must put a fence around your heart, keeping a watch on what goes in and out. Just as a source of water can go bad when polluted, one’s life can become corrupted if the heart isn’t guarded and we know that physically, an unhealthy heart makes for a poor quality of life.

Our heart is the centre of our emotions, feelings, thinking, reasoning and desires. It’s a place where life-changing decisions are made. Some people harden their heart because they’ve been hurt in the past and hence have stored up all the hurt, bitterness, unforgiveness… and trust me, you don’t want to be around such people because all that comes from that heart is hurt, bitterness, unforgiveness and they end up living a bitter life because that’s what they end up attracting.

Be careful what you store up in your heart. Jesus said… A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart… (Luke 6:45).

Now, here are some practical steps to take to guard my heart…

1) You’ve got to keep a check on your thoughts. Personally, I know what to think to immediately bring me to tears and make me so miserable for the rest of the day but I always have to immediately shake my head and say not today. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve had to say… SATAN GET LOST when he’s trying to fill my mind with all sorts of negative thoughts. Some people don’t think you can control your thoughts but you can.

2) You have to be good at making excuses for people so that people’s action doesn’t affect your emotions. You have to take time to study and understand where people are coming from. Our values, culture, background and experience all contribute to how we think and act. This helps in understanding why people are the way they are so why would you allow somebody’s experience shape yours?

3) Be careful about what you read. Beloved, I’m so quick to delete an email or text message immediately I sense that there’s something in it that would hit me the wrong way. This also means hiding some of my friends Facebook updates from my timeline immediately I sense anything that could arouse any negative thoughts or feelings.

Well, I’m just guarding my heart.

Beloved, what are some of the practical steps you can take to guard your heart? The Message Translation says… that’s where life starts… NLT says… for it determines the course of your life… KJV says… for out of it are the issues of life. Why not ask God to show you and as you do so I pray that you receive the grace to take the steps needed for a healthy spiritual heart. Meditate on Philippians 4:8

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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16. January 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU AN UNBELIEVER? · Categories: Jesus Christ, Thoughts, Trusting God, Uncategorized

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today (Matthew 6:31-34 NLT).

Beloved, do you know that it would be a worthwhile exercise to observe yourself for a short period of time and make a note of the kind of things that dominate your thoughts and then ask yourself this thought provoking question; am I a believer or an unbeliever? Beloved, isn’t an unbeliever somebody that doesn’t believe?

We all need to meditate on our feature text and like the man who brought his son to Jesus did, we should cry… out [with a desperate, piercing cry], saying, “I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24 AMP)

Writing this post, 3 case scenarios came to mind…

When Elisha prophesied and said… “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver. ” The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” (2 Kings 7:1-2 NLT)

Or when Ezekiel said… The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” (Ezekiel 37:1-3 NLT)

Or when the angel of the Lord told Mary… “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God…” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her (Luke 1:35-38 NLT).

Beloved, no way!… “I’m not sure… or May everything you have said about me come true… which one are you going to be? Or do you just need to say “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief”

Beloved, the word of the Lord for you today is… 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).

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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09. December 2016 · Comments Off on FIGHT FOR YOUR JOY · Categories: Jesus Christ, Joy, Mind, Thoughts

“Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, For the Lord God is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.” Therefore with joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation (Isaiah 12:2-3 AMP).

Beloved, on monday, we lost an old classmate of ours. He was chatting with us in our WhatsApp group in the morning only to hear that he was dead hours later. The news of his passing made everyone very sad. He only got married 5 months ago, and we were all celebrating with him only to hear that he was now dead. It really made every one sad. It also made everyone reflect which made me become very low in spirit just thinking back at all the storms of life and I just couldn’t shake it off but then, I became even more annoyed that I found myself in that mood. Why on earth am I back here again? Why am I feeling like this? However, it was then that our feature text came to mind. I felt the Lord was trying to tell me that the enemy wants to stop your flow. Off course, it made sense. If it is with joy that we draw water from the wells of salvation, then it makes perfect sense that the enemy would always want to do things that would steal that joy so you have nothing to draw with.

The Voice translation says… With joy in each step, you will drink deeply from the springs of salvation… It makes perfect sense that the enemy would want to try and do things that would prevent you from taking those steps and that’s why we have to be intentional and do everything to fight for our joy. Apostle Paul said… Rejoice in the Lord always. AGAIN I WILL SAY, REJOICE! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV). You have to be reminded of this.

But how do you do this in such a case? Well, Apostle Paul also said… whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK CONTINUALLY ON THESE THINGS [CENTER YOUR MIND ON THEM, AND IMPLANT THEM IN YOUR HEART] (Philippians 4:8 AMP).

It means rather than think of the sad moments, you must choose to center your mind on the good ones you had and implant them in your heart. We are told that we must… 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, this thief wants to steal your joy so you have got to fight for it. Choose to think on the fun memories. The Voice translation says… Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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