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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24. May 2016 · Comments Off on WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SOUL PROSPERS‏ · Categories: Anger, Envy, Fear, God's Plan, Healing, Jealousy, Relationship

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, JUST AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS (3 John 2 NKJV).

On Saturday, we had our monthly meeting by the well where we experienced a great move of God as He began a deep healing of the soul which I’m going to be sharing as He leads. Our feature text was one that He opened our eyes to and the first thing we saw was that this is a prayer of a condition John desired for his friend. The KJV says… I wish above all things…

Beloved, when you wish for something, it means it’s something you desire and for John, this was that 1) Gaius prospers and 2) be in good health. However, there’s a condition which depends on how well his soul prospers. This suggests that we need to pay attention to the condition of our souls because it determines how well we prosper in other areas of our lives.

Over the past few years, the world has experienced the death of some very well-known celebrities’ who were very wealthy but suffered from ailments like insomnia and eventually died from drug abuse; both hard and prescription drugs and I remember coming across a diagram that said hurt in your BODY is experienced in sickness, weakness, decease, pain. Hurt in your SOUL is experienced in mental anguish, emotional instability, paralysis of will. Hurt in your SPIRIT is experienced in emptiness, hopelessness, futility, loneliness etc.

Beloved, I believe this sums up John’s prayer. The Amplified Bible says… I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].

Your soul is made up of your will, desires, emotions etc. and a healthy soul is free from offence, anger, bitterness, jealousy, insecurity, low self-esteem, brokenness, anxiety, fear etc. One doesn’t have trust issues. One isn’t abusive or controlling. One isn’t competitive because they don’t feel the need to prove themselves. As a result, your relationships with your spouse, children, friends, colleagues, parents, boss/leaders prospers which also affects other areas of your life. And then, when your will is also fully surrendered to God, you experience true prosperity (Proverbs 10:22).

Beloved, Hannah was one that had to empty her soul. She told Eli… I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I… have poured out my soul before the Lord… Then Eli answered and said, “Go in PEACE, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”… So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was NO LONGER SAD (1 Samuel 1:15-18 NKJV).

Hannah conceived after getting rid of everything negative in her soul and aligning her will with God’s will as it concerns Samuel and then Eli said… GO IN PEACE… which is SHALOM in Hebrew and according to Strong’s Concordance, SHALOM refers to completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord”.

Beloved, the Lord desires that your soul prospers because everything else falls in line so, in this season, be attentive as He reveals things that explains the condition of your soul.

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23. March 2016 · Comments Off on HOW’S YOUR HEALTH? · Categories: Anger, Healing, Jesus Christ, Offense, Restoration, Words

The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart; and the [intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil [in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart (Luke 6:45 AMP).

Beloved, when you go to a doctor, the first thing they ask you to do is “say aah”. They would ask to see your tongue because the tongue reveals the health of a person. In the same way, if you want to know the emotional, psychological and spiritual health of a person, just listen to them talk‎.

If you want to know someone that’s still struggling to forgive, if they are still cursing their offender out‎ all the time, then there’ s still a lot of offense, anger and bitterness. All you would keep hearing is that they keep repeating what that person did to them and how they want vengeance. You won’t hear… you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20)… like Joseph said. You won’t hear Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing (Luke 23:34) like Jesus said or even Stephen (Acts 7:60). No, you have to be spiritually whole to do that.

The Voice translation of our feature text says… a person with an evil RESERVOIR in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.

Recently, I was sharing of how in the past, when you tell me something that hurts me, I would deliberately look into my RESERVOIR to dig out words that would sting you. I was an expert at that but beloved, it was coming from a place of bitterness. When you’ve had to go through painful situations in life, you feel as if the world owes you and you are constantly lashing out at everyone but that’s not the solution.

When you go to the doctor and tell them what you are dealing with, he isn’t so much interested in the symptoms but the root cause of the matter because a headache may just be symptoms of something else and if you keep taking pain killers for the headache, all you are doing is momentarily‎ relieving the symptoms. But when you decide to deal with the cause of the headache, you dig deeper.

I was listening to someone talk about the different between scabs and scars. When you have scabs, which is a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals, you’re not healed yet but when you’ve got scars then you’re already healed and can show it to others just like Jesus showed His scars to His disciples (John 20:25-27).

Beloved, how’s your health? Do you have scabs or scars? What are the words that are coming from your mouth? ‘Say aah’. The Lord wants to examine your tongue today.

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04. February 2016 · Comments Off on YOU ARE MY GOD… THE OWNER OF MY SOUL‏ · Categories: Anger, Choices, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Relationship, Soul, Thoughts

My lord, I am not drunk on wine or any strong drink; I am just a woman with a wounded spirit. I HAVE BEEN POURING OUT THE PAIN IN MY SOUL before the Eternal One (1 Samuel 1:15 VOICE).

Beloved, who has your soul? To make the question clearer, your soul is made up of your MIND, EMOTIONS, DESIRES, CHOICES, WILL etc. So, who really has your soul? Who has your mind? What influences the choices you make? God or something/someone else?

With the kind of world we live in today, many things are targeted towards possessing our souls – Television, social media, the drive for success/achievement/fame etc. but… what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:36 NKJV)

For some, it’s people. You find yourself trapped in unhealthy, manipulative friendships and relationships and that’s why we hear of ‘soul ties’. And then, for some, it’s painful and bitter experiences that we can’t let go of that has our soul.

Our feature text is one that has grabbed my attention for a while. When Eli saw how Hannah was praying, he though she was drunk but Hannah said “no, I’ve been pouring out my soul. Hannah must have been pouring out all her frustration, disappointment, sorrows, anger and bitterness towards Peninnah for making fun of her predicament and towards God for closing my womb (1 Samuel 1:5-7).

Hannah had to purge herself of a lot of negative emotions because she didn’t want her emotions to have her soul but here’s what was particularly interesting to me, she also had to let go of her will so that the Lord’s will would be done. God had a problem and Samuel was the solution and despite Hannah’s desperation to hold a child in her hand, she had to get to that place where she said… “Okay Lord, you can have Samuel.

I can so relate to Hannah because for the past 4 years plus, I’ve been pouring out my soul before the Lord‎. I’ve had to purge myself of all the offences, all the bitterness towards people that hurt me and towards Him… I’ve had to let go of my desires and will for His will to take centre stage and I remember telling a friend that I felt so undone.

Hmmm… The battle for your soul is real. It’s that constant struggle‎ between your desire, will etc. and that of God’s. Even Jesus had to pour out His soul when He prayed on the Mount of Olives. He prayed‎ until he got to that place where He gave up His will… Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me. Yet not My will, but Your will, be done… and in His anguish, He prayed even more intensely, and HIS SWEAT WAS LIKE DROPS OF BLOOD FALLING TO THE GROUND.] (Luke 22:42, 44 VOICE). It wasn’t at all easy but God won.

Beloved, WHO IS THE OWNER OF MY SOUL?

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