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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03. July 2017 · Comments Off on KNOWING WHAT YOU REALLY NEED · Categories: Anger, Change, Choices, Deliverance, Jesus Christ, Prayer

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate… so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:1-6 NLT).

Beloved, one of the greatest things that keep people bound is when they receive the wrong kind of solution to their problem or they receive what they think they want rather than what they really need. That’s bondage and in the case of this Crippled Beggar, it was over forty years of bondage (Acts 4:22).

Year in year out, he was carried out to beg for money and so that’s what he grew up to expect. And I’m sure that every time anyone approached the temple, he would start to pray that this one coming shouldn’t be stingy with their money. However, receiving handouts was what kept him in that position for a very long time.

Peter and John had to look at this man straight in the eye and say “begging for money is not what you really need… then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them (Acts 3:7-8 NLT). PROBLEM OF A LIFETIME SOLVED…

Beloved, a while ago, during one of my meetings, I remember coming across a lady who said that she was dealing with a generational problem with anger and she honestly thought she had to go for deliverance. However, after being real and dealing with some practical steps to work on her anger, she said she believed she received major breakthrough and it wasn’t even by the laying of hands but I believe the Holy Spirit had already begun to work in her life concerning that problem.

Beloved, it’s very easy to find yourself trapped with a problem because you’ve been prescribed the wrong kind of medication. However, in this second half of the year, my prayer is that God reveals the real solution to that PROBLEM OF A LIFETIME.

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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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10. May 2017 · Comments Off on PUT ON RIGHTEOUSNESS · Categories: Anger, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Righteousness

…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, our feature text says we should learn to put on a breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS (NKJV) and when you think of it, the breastplate protects the Roman soldier’s vital organs, especially the heart. In the same way, you are to put on RIGHTEOUSNESS to fortify your heart against satan’s attacks. We know that our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) so it is the righteousness of Christ imputed to us that we are to put on. However, do you know you can put on a breastplate but still be exposed?

The Bible records how King Ahab was killed. Someone… shot an arrow at random and it struck the king of Israel BETWEEN THE PLATES of his armor… (1 Kings 22:34 NET)

They got him BETWEEN THE PLATES of his armor… In the same way, any Christian who thinks they have put on the breastplate of righteousness but still lives an ungodly life is not fully guarded and can be struck BETWEEN THE PLATES of their armor.

Sin provides an opening which becomes the point of the enemy’s attack. It gives the devil a foothold. Cain can tell you how this works. He would tell you what the Bible says about anger is true. The Lord said to Cain, “WHY ARE YOU ANGRY? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7 NIV). Cain did not listen to God’s warning so anger turned into envy, then murder which led to him being banished from the presence of God and then he suddenly realises that he is now exposed to the attack of the enemy. He said… whoever finds me will kill me.” (Genesis 4:14 NIV).

Beloved, we are covered under the Lord’s presence but if a child says to her daddy, “people keep attacking me every time I go to that place you told me not to go, what do you think the daddy would say? He would say, haven’t I told you to stop going there? Stay under the covering of this house and you would be properly protected.

Beloved, living a godly life is necessary to defend you from the arrows of the enemy and it involves SELF-CONTROL because… a person without SELF-CONTROL is like a city with broken-down walls (Proverbs 25:28 NIV). SELF-CONTROL is a battle because your flesh and spirit are constantly fighting each other (Galatians 5:17). Your flesh says ‘DO’ but your spirit says ‘DON’T’ and the more ‘DON’T’s you listen to would help build up your spirit man so it overpowers your flesh.

Beloved, people spend hours in the gym building up physical muscles and they then want to expose their body so people can see how good they look but you can’t afford to be exposed to the enemy. Learn how to put on your breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS at all times.

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27. April 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH THE ROOT OF ANGER · Categories: Anger, Healing, Jesus Christ

THE TABLETS WERE THE WORK OF GOD; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets… When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, HIS ANGER BURNED AND HE THREW THE TABLETS OUT OF HIS HANDS, BREAKING THEM TO PIECES AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN. And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then HE GROUND IT TO POWDER, SCATTERED IT ON THE WATER AND MADE THE ISRAELITES DRINK IT (Exodus 32:16-20 NIV).

Beloved, to be honest, it doesn’t matter what anyone has done to you; Moses’ type of temper is some real temper that must be dealt with. How can you go about smashing things and forcing people to do the unspeakable?

I think the first thing to do is reflect on where this anger is coming from. Did Moses have issues? Neglect maybe? I was reading where someone said “it would seem reasonable to assume that his public outburst of anger… may indicate some repressed anger and resentment from his early years.”

Abandoned to your own fate in the river; growing up in the enemy’s house and watching their cruelty to your own people… including mummy and big sis… Was that why you committed murder? … One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to WHERE HIS OWN PEOPLE WERE AND WATCHED THEM AT THEIR HARD LABOR. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:11-12 NIV). Something must have been eating away at him to lash out like that.

Beloved, repressed anger could be deadly so, if you think there are things eating you up from the inside, it’s time to take them to the Lord. You must know that it’s making your Christian walk and work harder. Apart from the fact that you may waste 40 years of your own in the wilderness which could be delaying your people’s/families breakthrough, also notice that the original TABLETS WERE THE WORK OF GOD; the writing was the writing of God. No effort of Moses. However, second time round… The Lord said to Moses, “CHISEL OUT TWO STONE TABLETS like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, WHICH YOU BROKE (Exodus 34:1 NIV). God didn’t fail to remind him.

Beloved, Moses didn’t get to see the Promised Land because of this same anger. Is your temper/anger preventing you from receiving what the Lord has promised you? You keep blaming the devil but we are told… When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. LEAVE NO [SUCH] ROOM OR FOOTHOLD FOR THE DEVIL [GIVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO HIM] (Ephesians 4:26-27 AMPC).

How about doing some deep reflection and asking the Lord for healing?

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14. October 2016 · Comments Off on HAVE YOU BEEN PROVOKED? · Categories: Action, Agreement, Anger, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Trusting God

Hannah’s rival PROVOKED her bitterly, to irritate and embarrass her, because the Lord had left her childless. So it happened year after year, whenever she went up to the house of the Lord, PENINNAH PROVOKED HER; so she wept and would not eat (1 Samuel 1:7 AMP).

Beloved, one thing I know for sure that the Lord has been doing in my life this year is to allow certain things happen to me that really provoked me just because He wanted to birth some things in me through prayer. I remember the last meeting by the well event that we had, He sent a lady to me that had my exact same story. It was so shocking and as she sat there crying her eyes out, she kept on saying “I don’t know what to do”. She went on to say that “before I leave here, I’m going to ask you to pray for me”. Hmmm… it’s a long story but I went home with the kind of holy anger that caused me to go before the Lord and the groaning of the Holy Spirit convinced me that God had heard the cries of His daughters and was now ready to act. I went to church the next day and all the guest preacher kept saying was “who’s going to fight for the women?” That’s when the Lord started to give me direction.

Our feature text introduces us to Hannah who was barren. Unfortunately, she had a rival, Peninnah who constantly laughed at her situation until she couldn’t take it anymore. Hannah was provoked but what does this mean. To ‘provoke’ means ‘to stir into action’. If Peninnah hadn’t provoked Hannah, she would have been sitting there crying but…Hannah rose… and [Hannah] was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly (1 Samuel 1:9-10 AMPC).

Beloved, Hannah prayed the kind of prayer that confused her pastor. He thought she was drunk… But Hannah answered, No… I was pouring out my soul before the Lord…out of my great complaint and bitter PROVOCATION I have been speaking (1 Samuel 1:15-16 AMPC).

Beloved, have you ever poured out your soul before the Lord? Maybe you haven’t yet been provoked. Hannah travailed before God until something happened…(1 Samuel 1:18). Her family returned home and … Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. Hannah became pregnant and in due time bore a son and named him Samuel [heard of God], Because, she said, I have asked him of the Lord (1 Samuel 1:19-20 AMPC).

Beloved, Samuel was a prophet much needed by God and his people for a time He was born hence the reason why God would sometimes allow situations to push you to come to Him. I’ve never travailed before the Lord on behalf of the likes of this woman and myself and the Lord has been fighting our battles one by one.

Are you being provoke into action? Is the Lord calling you to ARISE? Hannah rose and groaned before the Lord. Eli said… Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him (1 Samuel 1:17 AMP) and He did.

SELAH!

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13. September 2016 · Comments Off on DON’T BE POISONED BY BITTERNESS · Categories: Anger, Bitterness, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Prayer, Repentance

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for YOUR HEART IS NOT RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. FOR I SEE THAT YOU ARE POISONED BY BITTERNESS and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:18-23 NKJV)

FOR I SEE THAT YOU ARE POISONED BY BITTERNESS…

Beloved, recently, I heard a prophet say that Satan wanted him to be so crushed by people that he use the weaponry of the spirit to control and wound them… to kill them with his words but the Lord had to deal with his bitterness.

Hmmm… what was he saying? This is a case of people trying to use their supernatural ability to control and curse others and in many cases the root cause is bitterness. In our feature text, we see that Simon was eager to acquire some supernatural way to control people and amongst other things, Peter was able to identify that the root of his pursuit was bitterness.

Simon used to be a sorcerer and like this person said, witchcraft was probably his way of retaliating people because of his resentment because there is a relationship between releasing curses and bitterness. Unfortunately, we find that today many Christians, even Christian leaders have allowed bitterness to consume them to the point that they begin to make soulish incantations calling it prayer; “nothing is ever going to go right for you wherever you go etc.”

They begin to use their words to curse you. However, the enemy tried to use Balaam to curse the people of God but he was at least smart enough to know… how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned? (Numbers 23:8 NLT)

Beloved… Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence] (Ephesians 4:31 AMP). I love how the Voice translation puts it… Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison.

Has someone wronged you? Don’t be poisoned by bitterness… “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 NKJV). This is not to say you shouldn’t pray. God doesn’t like injustice but I remember telling God that if I pray with my understanding on a particular case then, I know I would be crossing the line. So I would rather pray with the Spirit because… We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words (Romans 8:26 Voice).

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18. August 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏BE CAREFUL OF PEOPLE WHO WILL TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN · Categories: Anger, Discipline, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Offense, Relationship, Self Control

Meanwhile, on the mountain, the Eternal One spoke to Moses: Go back down the mountain immediately, because your people whom you led out of Egypt have corrupted themselves (Exodus 32:7 Voice).

Beloved, I was thinking about this; Moses was at a high place with the Lord but his devotion was interrupted because of the people he was leading. So, I thought to myself; Isn’t it sad to be around people that always bring you down from that high place?

Here’s a man that had been up on the mountain for days having a close encounter with God. It was a much needed encounter in order that he could effectively lead God’s people. When you occupy such a position, you want to ensure that you are able to receive clear instructions for your family, ministry or any kind of leadership position you find yourself in. It could even be that you are not in any kind of leadership position but are the one standing in the gap for your whole family so that they can be saved and come out of the bondage they’ve been in for years.

It is a necessity and a privilege to be high up there with the Lord. However, it’s a real challenge when people keep dragging you down. The time you should be spending seeking the face of the Lord is spent trying to resolve quarrels and all the foolishness that goes on around you.

So, what are we to do when we find ourselves in such a position? Let’s see… Though the Lord told Moses to go down and leave Him alone, Moses was wise. He didn’t move an inch. Rather than run around after the people trying to resolve their problems, he stayed put and we are told that Moses pleaded with the Lord (Exodus 32:11). It was only after the Lord relented, he went down (Exodus 32:14).

Beloved, the only thing Moses failed to do was pray for himself. He should have asked the Lord to give him the grace to control himself as he was about to deal with those stiff necked people. Maybe he would have been able to control his temper (Exodus 32:19).

That said, one devise of the enemy is to bring about distractions so we lose focus but we should not be ignorant of his devices. We see this with Martha. Overwhelmed with all the work that needed to be done, she cried out in frustration but Jesus put her straight… “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—OR INDEED ONLY ONE. MARY HAS CHOSEN WHAT IS BETTER, AND IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER.” (Luke 10:41-42 NIV)

Beloved, many may have started this season with fasting or doing whatever they needed to do to seek the Lord’s face but may have since been distracted. Hmmm… If the Lord has asked you to come up higher, don’t let people drag you down. Stay where you are and ask the Lord for wisdom to deal with their issues when you come down.

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17. August 2016 · Comments Off on ‏MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO BE SLOW TO REACT · Categories: Anger, Choices, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Offense, Peace

The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense], But a prudent man ignores an insult (Proverbs 12:16 AMP).

Beloved, for some reason, I’m stuck with this topic which the Lord started speaking to me about on Sunday and the one thought that came to mind was that I must be particularly conscious in this season. “Is the Lord trying to tell me something?” Well, a phone call I received yesterday really did try to press my buttons and all I kept saying to my friend was that I have to remember my post and there are moments when we have to stop and have a conversation with ourselves.

Anyway, I read our feature and thought to myself that I must have been a fool for a very long time. I’ve come to realise that the ability to overlook things is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. A sure sign that you are growing and definitely transforming into the image of Christ is when you don’t allow people or any other external force easily affect your peace.

We like to say that we are filled with the Holy Spirit or I am a Spirit filled believer but are you displaying the fruit of the Spirit? (Galatians 5:22-23). Are you able to control your emotions especially in difficult situations?

I love how the Expanded Bible put our feature text… Fools quickly show that they are upset, but the wise [prudent] ignore [conceal; hide] insults [contempt].

Beloved, I remember a situation where someone responded to me in a way that the world would call an insult and for a few seconds, all the different ways I could respond back flashed through my mind but guess what, I chose to shame the devil. Why should I let anyone spoil my day and most importantly spoil my flow with the Holy Spirit?

Off course, like I’ve often shared, there was a time when I thought I had a reason to be spiteful, bitter and angry but now, I try to take my time to process and weigh things and well, let’s just say I make the decision to try not to have any reason to be spiteful, bitter and angry.

Isn’t this the abundant life Jesus promises when He says… The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY (John 10:10 NKJV). Does this include ABUNDANT PEACE and JOY?

You can only achieve this when though the factors around you are going up and down, you still find a way to stay stable and fully focused on what Jesus is calling you to.

Beloved, you would find that there is a HIGHER LEVEL of living that can be achieved here on earth but you have to work on it and one way is being SLOW TO REACT. Why not ask for the grace and the wisdom so you can start to live on that higher level?

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16. August 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏DON’T ALLOW PEOPLE PUSH YOUR BUTTONS · Categories: Anger, Choices, Discipline, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Spiritual Growth

At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord, causing Moses serious trouble. They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly (Psalm 106:32-33 NLT).

Beloved, isn’t it sad to find out that reacting to other people’s actions towards you could be the reason you’re not able take hold of God’s promises? I honestly wonder how Moses felt when… God said to him, “This is the land I promised to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with the words ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I’VE LET YOU SEE IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES. There it is. BUT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GO IN.” (Deuteronomy 34:4 MSG)

Sad isn’t it? And why? Because people made him very angry. I always tell people that the key to your peace, joy and the direction of your life is in your hands. Regardless of what people do to you, you are the one that chooses to hand it over when you react negatively to their actions… They made him angry by the waters of Meribah, and MOSES SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THEM, for they aroused his temper, and he spoke rashly (Psalm 106:32-33 NET).

At that moment he handed over the keys to what God promised. Now the question is; was Moses justified being angry? The answer is YES. Even God was mad at them once to the point that He wanted to wipe then off the surface of this earth. Moses was dealing with some heavy burdens at this point. His sister, Miriam had just died and they had only just finished her burial (Numbers 20:1) when they started complaining of water. I’m sure having just lost a loved one, coupled with the stress of leading a rebellious people for so long was finally taking its toll on him but did it matter that Moses’ anger was justified? As we’ve seen; NO.

While we can’t always avoid trouble, we need to be very wise to notice the traps the enemy places our way. There are pivotal moments in our lives when we’ve got to be very careful. Moses exploded, lost his temper and spoke rashly. Don’t allow people push your buttons. You need to control yourself. Ignoring people that have been sent to irritate you is sometimes hard but ask the Holy Spirit to help you control yourself.

Apostle Paul said… I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after all this, after I have brought the gospel to others, I will still be qualified to win the prize (1 Corinthians 9:27 VOICE).

Beloved, I said this yesterday but it’s worth saying again. Self-control is a fruit of the spirit … THE HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THIS KIND OF FRUIT IN OUR LIVES: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL… (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)

THE HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THIS KIND OF FRUIT IN OUR LIVES… I sense this is a prayer to take seriously in this season. Why not begin to make it your prayer?

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