26. July 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK? · Categories: Decision making, Discipline, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Repentance

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I WAS AFRAID, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and LAZY SERVANT… (Matthew 25:24-26 NKJV).

Beloved, isn’t it interesting how regardless of the number of excuses we give, the Lord always knows the root cause of the problem. In this parable in our feature text, the servant seems to give ‘FEAR’ as the reason why he was unproductive and I have written several times about his fear and how it gets in the way of us making a move but this master goes straight to the point and the word that caught my attention here is… LAZY SERVANT…

The Amplified Bible says… You wicked and LAZY AND IDLE SERVANT!

Here’s a situation where the master distributed talents to three of his servants… each according to his ability (Matthew 25:15), meaning he knew what they were capable of. Through the years, he must have been observing them and knew that this one is just LAZY. Let me give him only one talent and see what he does with it. But it’s a shame that the opportunity was wasted. That one opportunity would have changed his situation because the one that was given 2 talents got exactly what the one that was given 5 talents got. The master told both of them… You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) WHICH YOUR MASTER ENJOYS (Matthew 25:21, 23 AMPC).

LAZY AND IDLE SERVANT!…

Beloved, here’s a Lesson the Bible (and not me) says we should learn from the Ants…

YOU LAZY FOOL, LOOK AT AN ANT. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. SO HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO LAZE AROUND DOING NOTHING? HOW LONG BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF BED? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! (Proverbs 6:9-11 MSG)

Beloved… HOW LONG BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF BED?… could the Lord be speaking to you right now? Remember, Jesus told the man lingering by the pool for thirty-eight years with his one million excuses… Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk! (John 5:8 AMPC).

It’s time to stop making excuses.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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02. June 2017 · Comments Off on PUT YOUR FAITH TO WORK · Categories: Action, Faith, God's Plan, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Promise, Trusting God

…faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead) (James 2:17 AMPC).

Beloved, there was the time the Lord sent a message to Abraham saying… “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”… (Genesis 18:10 NLT). So, let’s try and get into the minds of Abraham and Sarah. We know Sarah was eavesdropping so on hearing this she must have thought, who are these drunkards that have come to disturb my husband on this hot, sunny afternoon. Why did she find it so amusing?

Well, Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am WORN OUT and my lord is OLD, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18:11-12 NIV)

Sarah seemed to think she was worn-out… How could a WORN-OUT woman like me enjoy such pleasure? And as for my husband… well he’s OLD. But thank God that He doesn’t sees us the way we see ourselves because while He acknowledges that Sarah is old, He doesn’t see a WORN-OUT woman so He omits that bit in His reply… Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, NOW THAT I AM OLD?’ IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14 NIV)

Beloved, the Lord said… IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD? Don’t worry, I’ll be back. But then what happens next? Did 99 years OLD aged Abraham say to 90 years OLD and WORN OUT Sarah… Girl it’s on tonight or did they find it too ridiculous and say honey… let’s just sit down by the fire and have a cup of hot cocoa as usual. I don’t want anyone having a heart attack on me this night. Let’s just wait until He comes back next year as promised. They would have been waiting a very long time because no matter how the Lord must have convinced them about His promise, they still had their part to play in it; no matter how ridiculous it may have seemed at the time. They must have said, “at least, let’s try”. Abraham and Sarah had to take corresponding action because as far as I’m aware there’s been only one virgin birth recorded in history.

Beloved, could you be waiting on God when He’s waiting on you to take an act of faith? Yes, things may seem dead or look like it’s not going to work but… like our feature text says… faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:17 NKJV)

So, why not make a decision to act on that thing that God has put in your heart? And as you do so, I pray that the Lord returns to you at the appointed time with a fulfilment of His promise.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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07. August 2015 · Comments Off on YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S WATCHING · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, God's Plan, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Marriage, Relationship, Seedtime and Harvest

‎Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” (Ruth 2:5 NLT)

All the single ladies… all the single ladies… Put your hands up…

Good… I see your hands. Now that I’ve got your attention, you can put them down. LOL. I have a special message for you. Do you know you never know who’s watching? Do you who’s watching you right now?

Here’s Ruth a single lady who could have decided that she would only put on her best behaviour when in church when all the eligible bachelors were watching. No! She decided I’m not just going to sit down there waiting for Mr Right to fall from heaven and redeem me from all my problems. She refused to put her life on hold. She also refused to use her Facebook timeline to give the impression that she spends most of her time attending parties. “What time would you have for our family then?”

And when Boaz eventually locates her, he told her… I… KNOW ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I HAVE HEARD HOW you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. (Ruth 2:11 NLT). Her good reputation had gone before her to clear the way. What has gone before you?

The Bible says… He who finds a wife finds a good thing… (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV). Ruth was already a wife. The ring on her finger didn’t make her one. She already had a loving heart. She was already hard working. As a potential helpmate to Boaz, she already knew his field so well‎ and he knew for sure she would be nice to his mother. Serving God wasn’t going to be a problem either because she had given up all to follow Him.

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life… She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it… She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night… She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy… She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised… (Proverbs 31:10-31 NLT).

Are you this virtuous and capable wife? YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S WATCHING

PS: YOU ALSO CAN’T FAKE IT (SELAH)

God bless you
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07. July 2015 · Comments Off on HOW DO YOU SERVE YOUR EMPLOYERS? · Categories: God's Plan, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Light, Obedience, Power and Authority, Relationship

Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work (Colossians 3:22-25 MSG).

Over the past few weeks, I watched as my friend complained bitterly about her house manager. My friend leaves the house at 6AM in the morning only to return between 9 and 10PM at night. Literally, half of that time is spent on traffic while the other half is spent on the phone complaining to her employee… “I’m paying you to supervise things around the house. I’m very busy at work all day and don’t expect to receive a phone call to resolve simply things that you can resolve yourself and then again, when I expect you to let me know of the things that are important, you don’t.”

This was something I witnessed. This person had a very nonchalant attitude and never used their initiative to do anything. Also, they would only do the minimum. Rather, they would just sit there reading their Bible.

Hmmm… but the thing is that they are a different person at church. They are very diligent in church and actually won the price for best service. That was the reason my friend employed them. Attending the same church and knowing she didn’t have a job, my friend felt finally I’ve found somebody that would be effective at what they did. Only to find out it was a different story outside the walls of the church.

My friend was torn. According to her, “she’s making me very unhappy. I’m finding that I’m complaining a lot. I have no peace where she is concerned but I don’t want to offend God by sending her away”.

Hmmm… what do you think? How do you think God would respond to this problem? Would He be offended if she lets her go? According to the above verse in Colossians, what does the Bible say about our service to our earthly employers? See also Ephesians 6:5-6, 1 Peter 2:18.

Are we meant to be one person in church and another at work? Like someone said… “When it comes to being a Christian, I would rather see it than hear it… I would rather see your faith in the excellency of your service than hear it on the loud speaker”

HOW DO YOU SERVE YOUR EMPLOYERS?

You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14,16 AMP).

God bless you
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22. June 2015 · Comments Off on WHAT ARE YOU LEAVING IN YOUR CHILDREN?‏ · Categories: Choices, God's Plan, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Prayer, Relationship, Worship

As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon: “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel’(I kings 2:1-4 NLT).

I remember these very wise words said by a very wise man of God… “It’s not what you leave TO your children that really matters but what you leave IN them.” Many wealthy people end up leaving the wealth that they struggled all their lives to achieve but fail to show their children how to make and sustain that wealth and in the case of Christians, many fail to point their children to God… remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV). The New Living Translation says… He is the One who gives you power to be successful.

King David could have left all his wealth to his son and left it there but he knew that just like the prodigal son did, he may waste it in no time. So, he left with him a legacy that should keep him for the long haul.

David’s final Instructions to Solomon was to… observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all His ways. I like how the Message Translation put it… When David’s time to die approached, he charged his son Solomon, saying, “I’m about to go the way of all the earth, but you—be strong; show what you’re made of! Do what God tells you. Walk in the paths He shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, His course for life set out in the revelation to Moses; then you’ll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go. Then God will confirm what He promised me when He said, ‘If your sons watch their step, staying true to Me heart and soul, you’ll always have a successor on Israel’s throne.’

Father’s day has just gone by. Many children celebrated their dad’s in very special ways and many dads must have felt really loved and appreciated. However, I believe it’s a good time to reflect. And the question… is if I’m no longer around, what would my children really appreciate me the most me for? Money? Houses? Cars? The fear of the Lord? A life of prayer and worship?

What are you leaving IN your children?

God bless you
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29. January 2015 · Comments Off on DON’T FALL INTO THE LAZY TRAP · Categories: Action, Choices, God's Plan, Hardwork and Laziness, Jesus Christ, Perseverance, Self Control

One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout; They were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; THE FIELDS PREACHED ME A SERMON and I listened: “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!” (Proverbs 24:30-34 MSG)

LOL… After leaving where I’ve worked for 12 straight years, one thing I fear is slipping into laziness because it’s indeed a challenge moving from an environment that places a demand on your time to having the freedom to do whatever you want to do – no fixed structure. I won’t lie to you; I love my sleep so when I read verses like this I know that God is definitely speaking to me. I just thought I should share just in case there’s anyone out there who also needs this sermon.

A major behavioural change that I’ve been working on is disciplining myself so since last week, I’ve had to set deadlines and push myself to meet them.

The rules have to be stricter. My friend’s husband was telling me that he made sure he woke up at 5AM daily when he became self-employed. He really had to discipline himself because there’s always that voice that says just lie in for one more hour or better still; why not just spend the rest of the day in bed. You deserve the break. You can always start tomorrow.

Hmm… I was talking to my daughter last week and after a while I told her that I had to go back to work because my break was over. She was confused… I thought you said you had stopped work? Well, I’ve stopped working for that organisation but that doesn’t mean I’m unemployed. God is now my employer and when you have an employer that sees and knows everything, you can’t come up with flimsy excuses. You can’t phone work and say you’re sick because He sees you (not that I used to do that). But even if you are sick, He has the power to heal you and then send you back to work. LOL

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed (Proverbs 26:13-14 NLT). This simply means a lazy person would always find an excuse not to get out of bed but if you are looking for excuses, be rest assured that the devil has many laid out for you.

Today’s message may not be as spiritual as you want it to be but it’s important… DON’T FALL INTO THE LAZY TRAP.

God bless you
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