14. August 2017 · Comments Off on THERE’S A REASON AND THEN THERE IS A PURPOSE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Offense, Patience, Trusting God

He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply. Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. UNTIL THE TIME CAME TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER. Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers (Psalm 105:16-22 NLT).

Beloved, yesterday I was sharing with someone how there are times when you almost want to hate the call on your life because it always seems like you are forever going through God’s process. You’ve hardly come out of one before you are back in another and if not careful, this thing called ‘offence’ starts to fill your heart because… Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12 NLT). However, we must focus on God’s purpose.

The Bible tells us of Joseph who… had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL MAN; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian (Genesis 39:1-2 NKJV).

The Amplified Bible says – and he [even though a slave] became a SUCCESSFUL and PROSPEROUS man. To be successful means having a favorable outcome while to be prosperous, though most times, is interpreted in monetary terms, it means having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome.

Joseph was a slave (opposite of what God said he would be) but in that state, God was with him and he was successful because he was achieving an intended outcome.

Beloved, there are times we face some things and we wonder why but while the enemy has a REASON, God has a PURPOSE and so, thing would always work out for your good (Romans 8:28). What was the REASON Joseph became slave? His blood brothers sold him because of his dream. But what was the PURPOSE? The PURPOSE was to prepare him for the task ahead. Our feature text says… UNTIL THE TIME CAME TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER.

Beloved, rather than being bitter, Joseph had the right perspective. His eyes were fixed on PURPOSE. That’s why he was able to say to his brothers… As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day (Genesis 50:20 AMPC).

Having the right perspective on what you are facing will determine how successful you will be during this process of transformation. Rather than being offended, it’s time to start asking; what aspects of my character is God testing? Patience? Humility? Pride? Getting the right perspective will determine your outcome. Remember, there’s a REASON and then there’s a PURPOSE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04. January 2017 · Comments Off on STAYING OFFENCE FREE · Categories: Choices, Jesus Christ, Offense, Relationship

Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17:1-4 NKJV)

Beloved, yesterday, as I was asking my grandson who is only 7 years old about his Christmas, he told me that his mum did not wish him a Merry Christmas and so I asked him; “are you upset with your mum” and without even giving me time to finish asking my question, his answer to me was “I CAN NEVER BE UPSET WITH MY MUM!”

“I CAN NEVER BE UPSET WITH MY MUM!”… Beloved, I tell you; I can’t even begin to describe how what he said hit me. I am usually a person of many words but on this occasion, I was speechless. I just kept repeating what he said and could not shake it off. Here’s a little child who has already made up his mind that nothing his mum does or would do is going to upset him and I’m thinking why can’t the adults be like that – to stay offence free.

He basically preached our feature text to me and no wonder when Jesus’ disciples asked who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven… Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2-4 NKJV).

Beloved, one word that came to me was ‘freedom’. Can you imagine what it would be like to be free from people where you say no matter what you do to me, I am not going to allow you hold me captive. I am going to stay offence free. It doesn’t mean offences won’t come from people but as far as you keep meditating on this word, you already know to check yourself and say “back off devil, I’m not falling for you this year. Rather, I would look for every opportunity to make peace”.

Beloved, the Bible says… If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18 NKJV). The Voice translation says… If it is within your power, make peace with all people… and all people includes your spouse, children, friends, work colleague, manager, siblings, your brethren and even yourself.

Beloved, why not make it one of your new year resolution (if you make one) to stay offence free this year?

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28. September 2016 · Comments Off on THE ‘HEAPS OF COAL’ REWARD · Categories: Bitterness, Forgive, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Offense, Relationship, Trusting God

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19-21 NIV).

Beloved, I’ve previously shared that I used to think BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD meant the more good I did to my offenders, the greater their punishment would be. I was wrong. ‘Heaps of coal’ is about the emotional discomfort one feels when you arouse their conscience about how they’ve treated you with the aim to make them repent.

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery but when he had an opportunity to revenge, Joseph was kind to them instead. He provided for them and also brought them and everything they had out of suffering to a land where they were well taken care of.

However, his kindness made them uneasy… “when Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father…” (Genesis 50:15-17 NKJV)

Though Joseph told them it was all in the past, they still lived in fear because we always expect people we’ve offended to hit back but Joseph didn’t… Joseph said to them… do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones…” (Genesis 50:18-21 NKJV).

Beloved, can you see how ‘heaps of coal’ works? Joseph’s actions led them to repentance. But what about God? Did God avenge? Oh yeah! However, it was a sweet revenge done in many ways but I like this one. Joseph was forced to leave his hometown on the backs of camels but the first time he visited Canaan again, he came with… all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt… And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering” (Genesis 50:7-9 NKJV).

God definitely knows how to showcase those that leave it up to Him to fight their battles for them. I remember asking a friend whether she was still bitter about what someone did to her and she said its only when you don’t have anything that you are bitter but when God has so blessed you, you have no time for bitterness. Joseph focused on God’s goodness and not his brother’s evil and God rewarded him greatly; far more that he could have ever dreamt of. God elevated him to a place of honour. He is bound to do the same for you if only you let Him.

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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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10. June 2016 · Comments Off on LET THE LORD FIGHT YOUR BATTLE‏ TO BE UNDERSTOOD · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Mind, Offense, Patience, Peace, Relationship, Self Control, Trusting God

When people make good choices, He is pleased; He even causes their enemies to live peacefully near them (Proverbs 16:7 VOICE).

Beloved, one of the things that I have recently learnt is that the Lord is very good at fighting my battles and as a result, I am learning to let go of the need to explain myself because I’m one of those people that is so easily misunderstood and to be honest, even to myself. Many times, I just can’t explain myself. A friend of mine always rebukes me for always saying “I can’t explain myself… I am finding it hard to explain myself… I’m finding it hard to articulate what it is I’m trying to say”.

That has been a real battle because when you are easily misunderstood, you spend all your energy trying to make people get you‎ and when your attempts fail, you are left feeling really frustrated because instead of making things better, you have ended up making matters worse.

And them, you are left feeling condemned and that in itself is a battle because it then opens the door for satan, the accuser to launch an attack on your mind resulting in a feeling of guilt and condemnation. You start to think “it is my fault that this and that happened” and you are left thinking of all the possible repercussions but if you release the need to either explain yourself ‎or defend yourself, then the Lord would step in and prove your accusers wrong.

However, what I have also learnt is that It is always good to do some reflection‎. “Is there any truth in what was said? Is there anything I need to repent from and work on improving?” If the answer is yes then, it’s a good time to own it and make the necessary amends to be a better person but if no, then let God be God.

Beloved, does this describe you? The funny thing is that it looks like the Lord is deliberately setting you up because He would tell you to do some really crazy things that He knows‎ very well would make you to be misunderstood but He is also watching to see whether your desire to be understood is more important than obeying Him.

If this is you, then the message for you is “go ahead and do what I’ve asked you to do and let‎ go of people’s opinions. You must also let go of the guilt and condemnation because satan is using it to work against you. Yes, you would be misunderstood, misjudged/prejudged, slandered but if you just let it go and decide that you are not going to spend time trying to explain or defend yourself, the Lord will fight your battle and in just the right time, He would vindicate you and those same people would come back to say… “sorry I misunderstood and misjudged you”.

“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God… (Psalm 46:10 VOICE)

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26. May 2016 · Comments Off on THE GIFT OF PEACE · Categories: Action, Forgive, Jesus Christ, Offense, Peace, Self Control

My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful (John 14:27 VOICE).

Beloved, on Sunday morning, I received a call from a lady and as I picked the phone, I could hear her crying but when I asked what was wrong, I found it was actually tears of joy. She kept on saying “Jesus is real… Jesus is real. He spoke to me. He knows everything about me. He isn’t angry with me. I thought He had abandoned me but He loves me… He is real”. I listened to her for a bit and was really excited for her but soon had to dismiss her because I was in the middle of something.

Later that evening, I was sharing the story with someone else and was surprised at how emotional I got. I was crying as I was telling them “she said Jesus is real… He spoke to me. He isn’t mad at me”. I was really wailing and after that conversation, I decided to check on the lady.

However, when I called her, I noticed that her countenance was down. I was surprised because I felt she would still be on top of the moon. I know I would. When I asked what was wrong, she said she was so excited that she decided to go out with some people after church. As they went out, one of them did something to her that left her upset. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and so I asked;‎ how does one go from being so excited in the morning to feeling down in the evening? How does one go from ‘Jesus is real… He spoke to me’ to ‘I’m a bit upset’ all in the same day? I said if it were me, nothing anyone could do or say could spoil my day. She tried to explain that it’s just that she was a bit taken aback by how people are and so I said, it’s not so much about what people do but about how we react to the situation.

So, I started to talk about offences and maintaining peace. Jesus said… It is impossible that no offenses should come… (Luke 17:1 NKJV) and if there are issues to be resolved, by all means do so. I for one know what it is for offence to eat away at you if not resolved but the Bible says we should always forgive (Luke 17:3-4).

In our feature text, Jesus says… My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world… The world says you are at peace when everything is going well but Jesus says peace can be achieved in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:39).

Beloved, the devil is not after your car, your husband, your house but after your peace of mind and so you must decide not to give your peace away that’s why Paul said… If it is within your power, make peace with all people (Romans 12:18 VOICE).

SHALOM!

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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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24. December 2015 · Comments Off on LIVING ABOVE THE SNAKE LINE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Offense, Peace, Spiritual Growth, Worship

Then a loud voice from heaven called to the two prophets, “Come up here!” And they rose… as their enemies watched (Revelation 11:12 NLT).

So, I was pondering all day yesterday about what to share today; “Lord, please give me a Christmas message” but I wasn’t getting anything. However, just about a few minutes to midnight, someone sent me a short video clip about a story of a flight attendant who informed the pilot that they found a snake on the plane. They had just taken off and the flight attendant wanted the pilot to go back down but instead, the pilot smiled at this flight attendant and continued to go higher. The flight attendant left but noticed that the snake was still moving so went back to tell the pilot but the pilot smiled and climbed up even higher. This happened for a while with the flight attendant going back and forth to the pilot; “didn’t you hear what I said? We need to land. There’s a snake on the plane” but the pilot just kept going higher and higher.

They eventually got up to 30 feet in the air and finally made it to their destination but by this time, the snake was no longer active. When they eventually landed, the pilot found the flight attendant, smiled and said “don’t you know that when you reach a certain altitude, snakes loose oxygen and die?”

I watched this clip and sent a message back to the sender saying “wow, the Lord has been putting this message in my heart for a few days now – LIVING ABOVE THE SNAKE LINE”.

Beloved, are you aware that snakes can’t go above a certain elevation? I read that there’s a height on the mountain called the snake line that snakes can’t climb above. What this means is that anything below the snake line is prone to the snake’s attack but once you cross that line, its “bye snakes – try and see if you can come up to my level”.

Hmmm… I can’t begin to tell you how many times this year the Lord told me to ‘come up higher’. Regardless of whatever I was going through, that was always the word He had for me and amongst other things like praying and devotion, it has involved dying to self in areas I didn’t think possible; overlooking and letting things go, getting rid of offences and being the one to make peace (Romans 12:18) which sometimes takes huge doses of humility. However, its only in the past few days that I realised that the Lord was calling me to ‘live above the snake line’ because at this level, hardly anything people do affects you. They can’t get to you.

So what’s the message? Don’t focus on people, the enemy or his cohorts. Rather, focus on climbing higher to a place in the Lord where they can only watch you but no longer reach you. Then you won’t have to worry about them.

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