I’ve spent the past couple of years on a personal journey with the Lord and somehow, I found myself enrolled in His military boot camp. Now…I would be lying if I said I was willing. However, after fighting and realising I wasn’t going to win, I had no choice but to start showing up for lectures.

One of my first modules was on SELF-CONTROL…the ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, desires, actions or reactions by one’s own will. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to catch words as they’re about to leave my mouth…NO Ruky…just let it go…you don’t have to respond…you don’t really need to react…you shouldn’t do that or think that anymore…you shouldn’t be offended … you really don’t need to eat that…oops too late…next time…I promise…I’m still working on that one…and a lot more…

Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) says – A person without self-control is like A CITY WITH BROKEN-DOWN WALLS. The MSG says – A person without self-control is like A HOUSE WITH ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS KNOCKED OUT.

This means anything or anyone can gain access to you without restraint…one is open to all sorts of attacks by the enemy. He sends all kinds of temptations your way; Go get her…say something that’s bound to push her buttons and watch her react because she has no control over her emotions… and that person could be your spouse, child, work colleague, shop attendant. He sends that very attractive lady to seduce you and with no walls up…it’s easy access

People naturally don’t like to be restrained. Self-control limits you but it’s necessary for defense and protection and most importantly, it’s a fruit of the spirit and a sign that you’re growing spiritually. Galatians 5:22-24 (NLT) says – 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL…

It’s interesting that Peter, the disciple known to act on impulse; the one that would say things without thinking (Mark 9:2) would eventually write a letter to Christians about growing in Faith.

He writes in 2 Peter 1:5-10 (NLT) – 5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with SELF-CONTROL, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness… 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, WORK HARD TO PROVE that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

One of Peter’s main purpose for writing 2 Peter was to warn against false teachers saying you don’t need to have self-control because deeds cannot save you anyway. He warns against the complacent believer that have bought into this and feel they can live anyway they want. Hmmm…if anybody’s teaching (regardless of who they are) makes you feel this way, WATCH OUT. Yes…SALVATION DOES NOT DEPEND ON GOOD DEEDS BUT IT RESULTS IN GOOD DEEDS. To Peter, growing in faith must go beyond what we believe and become a dynamic part of all we do, resulting in good fruit and spiritual maturity.

If you truly belong to the Lord WORK HARD TO PROVE it…put up those walls of SELF-CONTROL…against temptations…anger…lust…Everybody knows that area they struggle with so let’s ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to give us the strength to overcome…we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us

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Do you know there was a time I did not believe a child of God could get depressed? But that’s a lie…Whether a holy, sanctified, spirit filled believer, there are moments when we get depressed, discouraged and just want to give up. Faced with a major challenge, even Jesus experienced this…Mark 14:33-34 (NLT) says – 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and He became DEEPLY TROUBLED AND DISTRESSED. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death…”

There are times when you feel like you are carrying the weight of the whole world on your shoulder and there’s no one to turn to. At such times…like in the case of Elijah…the Lord may come asking… WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

1 Kings 19:4 (NLT) says – Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

But then…9 the Lord said to him, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, ELIJAH?” 10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” (1 Kings 19:9-10 (NLT). See also 1 Kings 19:13-14)

To have the Lord encourage you is great but there are moments when you may just have to say to yourself…WHAT AM I DOING HERE? I am reminded of David. He was greatly distressed because his men were about to stone him…Their town was burnt down and families taken captive. BUT DAVID ENCOURAGED AND STRENGTHENED HIMSELF IN THE LORD (1 Samuel 30:6).

Meditating on Psalms 42 is a great antidepressant at moments when you feel lonely or depressed… Psalm 42:5-6 (NLT) says- 5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and 6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

An antidote for this feeling is…I WILL PUT MY HOPE IN GOD…I WILL PRAISE HIM…I WILL REMEMBER … how He has been good to me. This takes your mind off the situation and focuses on God.

And when more depressing thoughts come… remembers God’s unfailing love…But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life (Psalm 42:8 NLT).

And when the grief intensifies…probably the enemy pumps more negative thoughts in to your mind and you cry out…“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” (Psalm 42:9-10 NLT)

Don’t give up…Start the process gain…Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I WILL PUT MY HOPE IN GOD! I WILL PRAISE HIM AGAIN— my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:9-11)

Do this over and over again until you see yourself standing again. Having done all to stand…STAND.

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Let’s revisit an old story with what is hopefully some fresh insight…Ready?

The Lord appears to Abraham and makes a number of promises including this one… I will bless those who bless you and CURSE THOSE WHO TREAT YOU WITH CONTEMPT. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NLT)

A while later, the Lord appears to Abraham again and tells him to circumcise every male among him as a sign of the Covenant He is making with Abraham and his generation. This sign acts as a visible reminder and everyone carrying this sign is under the covenant. Anyone without that sign is not under the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14).

Again, after Abraham passes the Lord’s test by obeying His command to sacrifice his son, the Lord reaffirms His covenant. Genesis 22:15-17 (NET) says – 15 The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “‘I solemnly swear by my own name,’ decrees the Lord, ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies.

YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL TAKE POSSESSION OF THE STRONGHOLDS OF THEIR ENEMIES…So here comes David, the giant killer, fully equipped with this knowledge that he is under this covenant promise and Goliath isn’t…He capitalises on it…

1 Samuel 17:26 (AMP) says – And David said to the men standing by him, What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this UNCIRCUMCISED PHILISTINE that he should defy the armies of the living God?

UNCIRCUMCISED PHILISTINE…He stresses this point again when King Saul tries to tell him he’s not able to go to fight against Goliath because he’s only a small boy. David must have thought to himself…you don’t understand, I carry an everlasting covenant…He replied by saying…Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this UNCIRCUMCISED PHILISTINE shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God! (1 Samuel 17:36 AMP)

And we know the story well…the giant was no match for our Lord. That’s someone that REALLY KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE UNDER THE LORD’S COVENANT…Giant killers sees promises instead of problems.

Now what about us? Jesus Christ has become the guarantor of a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22) and He is able to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf (Hebrews 7:25).

So are we going to be like David that knew he had an everlasting covenant with the Lord and use it to our advantage against every enemy that comes our way? Are we able to say…You come against me with all your weapons of evil, trials, temptation, depression, sickness, sin…but I come against you in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 17:45).

Let’s meditate on what it really means to be under a covenant with Jesus. I pray that as we do so, we gain full revelation and start to walk in all His promises which are Yes and Amen

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Most times, out of desperation, you find Christians running everywhere looking for miracle workers to pray over their situation but we fail to realise that God does not approve of many of this so-called miracle workers. Some don’t do anything. They just take your money and then tell you its your faith that failed you. WATCH OUT.

Here’s the case of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. She had a discerning spirit. 2 Kings 4:9 (AMP) says – 9 And she said to her husband, Behold now, I PERCEIVE THAT THIS IS A HOLY MAN OF GOD who passes by continually.

Now this woman had a long standing issue. She had no son and had reached the point where she had given up. But who knows what her experience has been with men of God? I’M JUST SAYING! Elisha prophesies hope. Elisha said, At this season when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son. She said, NO, MY LORD, YOU MAN OF GOD, DO NOT LIE TO YOUR HANDMAID (2 Kings 4:16 AMP).

NIV say – “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!” Hmmm…there are many that are where they are today because so-called men of God have deceived them.

Elisha was a true man of God and she finally had a son but then he dies. WHAT? However, she’s calm…IT IS WELL…Where’s that holy man of God? She finds him but then he sends his servant, Gehazi. The woman was quick to disagree… I don’t want him…it’s you I want

2 Kings 4:30 (AMP) says – 30 And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.” So he arose and followed her.

Gehazi was unable to do anything. He laid the staff on the face of the child; Nothing. Elisha eventually arrives at the house and raises the son from the dead (2 Kings 4:31-36). Do you know that if she hadn’t held on to the true man of God, Gehazi would have come back with bad news and that would have been the end of her son?

Now let’s take a closer look at Gehazi…On another occasion, God uses Elisha to heal Naaman’s Leprosy and Elisha refuses to take any gift (2 Kings 5:15-16). This is when you see what’s in the heart of Gehazi….But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving from his hands what he brought. But as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him (2 Kings 5:20 AMP).

GREED…Gehazi goes after Naaman…My master has sent me to say, There have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. I pray you, give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments. (2 Kings 5:22 AMP).

LIAR! LIAR! He comes back and also lies to Elisha but Elisha said to him…Did not my spirit go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? WAS IT A TIME TO ACCEPT MONEY, garments, olive orchards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, menservants, and maidservants? (2 Kings 5:26)

Is IT A TIME TO ACCEPT MONEY?…In summary…Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world (1 John 4:1 AMP). I pray that the Lord grants us the spirit of discernment so we are not deceived in this last days.

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The Lord has been speaking to me about putting things in order. There are some things He has placed in my spirit about what to do next but the big argument we are having right now is how can this ever be possible?

My case is a typical case of when Jesus was teaching the crowd in a remote place and as it was getting late, His disciples came to tell Him to send the people away so that they could go and buy something to eat But He answered, “YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT.” They said to Him, “THAT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN HALF A YEAR’S WAGES! ARE WE TO GO AND SPEND THAT MUCH ON BREAD AND GIVE IT TO THEM TO EAT?” (Mark 6:37 NIV)

I like the way NLT puts it…“WITH WHAT?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”

Isn’t it funny when the Lord gives you what seems like an impossible task, you tend to look at your resources and think how is this ever going to be possible?

But then, Jesus asked…“How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” (Mark 6:38 NIV)

And then Jesus said to them, give me what you have so I can work on it but this is what I want you to in the meantime… Mark 6:39-40 (NIV) says – 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

THEY SAT DOWN IN GROUPS OF HUNDREDS AND FIFTIES…If you are familiar with this text, you’ll know that the number of men were five thousand…not to talk of women and children (Mark 6:44 NIV). The disciples had to take the time and the patience to put them in order while waiting for Jesus to multiply what they had given to Him. They also did a lot of counting; that’s how they knew how many people that needed to be fed.

Mark 6:41 (NIV) says – 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.

Pertaining to my situation, I have actually been literally counting how many months’ wages it would cost but there are a few lessons I’ve learnt from this very familiar text. When the Lord gives you what seems like an impossible task beyond your resources, give Him what you’ve got to work with and while waiting on Him to multiply it, do your part – put things in order so that when Jesus is ready for you, you are prepared…everything is in place.

I pray that this speaks to someone and more importantly, that the Lord will start to show you what things you need to put in order in preparation for the next level He is taking you.

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King David said in Psalm 40:1-3 (AMP) – 1 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and SET MY FEET UPON A ROCK, STEADYING MY STEPS AND ESTABLISHING MY GOINGS. 3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. MANY SHALL SEE and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

There are times when we have to go through the trial of waiting to receive the blessings we want from God. This is not always fun especially for those of us that have a problem with patience. Like David’s case, the good news is that the Lord will definitely answer you. However, by that time, you become a living definition of patience.

David mentions a number of benefits of waiting; The Lord SETS YOUR FEET UPON A ROCK, STEADYING YOUR STEPS AND ESTABLISHING YOUR GOINGS…You become established. Every other thing you’ve been relying on fails except Jesus who is our solid foundation…Everything else is sinking ground like the miry clay.

MANY SHALL SEE…You become fruitful…the world’s greatest evangelist; Those that thought it was all over for you…those that made your story headline news would be baffled when they hear your new song…so this God you always talk about is capable of turning things around…Please take me to Him

But the biggest benefit I observed is this…Psalm 40:6-8 (NET) says – 6 Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern. YOU MAKE THAT QUITE CLEAR TO ME! You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings. 7 Then I say, “Look! I come! What is written in the scroll pertains to me. 8 I WANT TO DO WHAT PLEASES YOU, my God. Your law dominates my thoughts.”

The reason God makes us wait is because He wants our attention. We know how to give Him everything else but what He wants from us is simply obedience to His will…doing what pleases Him

David said “YOU MAKE THAT QUITE CLEAR TO ME”…The NLT says – NOW THAT YOU HAVE MADE ME LISTEN, I FINALLY UNDERSTAND…I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

As you wait on God, He knows how to make you listen so you understand what’s important to Him…doing His will. No other sacrifice or offering comes close… Romans 12:1 (NLT) says – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a LIVING AND HOLY SACRIFICE—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.

Anyone that has experienced faithfully waiting on the Lord can testify to this. You get the right perspective on your relationship with Him. You reach that point where you say; ‘here I am Lord…all I desire most in life is to please you and do your will…I give myself away so You can use me…Here I am to worship…here I am to bow down…’ and that’s the greatest benefit of waiting on the Lord.

Experiencing prolonged periods of waiting? I pray that you receive the grace to surrender all so that you can watch Him transform you and then that situation around. In the name of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus arrives at His home town and those that knew Him…grew up with Him…were familiar with Him said… “HE’S JUST A CARPENTER—Mary’s boy. WE’VE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE WAS A KID. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does He think He is?” They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further (Mark 6:3 MSG).

HE’S JUST A CARPENTER … That was then but today we are His people; how do we really see Jesus now?

WE’VE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE WAS A KID…There are some people that have known Jesus since they were kids but their lives have remained the same. Why?

Do we see Jesus as just a carpenter that we call to fix things…I need a new car…I need a new house…Fix my husband/wife…or are we allowing Him to come in to our lives to really fix us? Have we received Him as a porter moulding us into His image? Have we been Christians too long that we are now too familiar and comfortable were we are?

These questions are very important because Jesus told them; “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.” JESUS WASN’T ABLE TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING THERE—He laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all (Mark 6: 4-5 MSG).

‘Barren familiarity’ is a term which refers to a condition where you become too familiar with a person to the point that you start to take them for granted. As a result, you lose respect; you no longer honor them; you cross boundaries you should never cross; their words no longer have an effect on you so cannot bring about the desired change in you. You then become unproductive.

JESUS WASN’T ABLE TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING THERE…This was as a result of how they saw Him. They were too familiar with Him…We know You inside out…What have You got to offer?

How do we see Jesus today? I have been reading the book of Leviticus where God states out instructions for holiness. He repeats in several places; You must be Holy because I am Holy and then when He starts to list out all the things that makes us ceremonially unclean under the law, am thinking ‘You are indeed Holy’ and the reality is that the Lord hasn’t changed. The only thing is that we are now under grace but have we bought in to the deceiving message of grace that permits us to continue in our old ways or do we approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Like a pastor said, grace is to enable us do the things Christ expects of us.

Do we wake up each morning and say thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Do we ask for our daily bread every morning (Matthew 6:11)?

Some of us can quote scriptures very well to the point we get too familiar with it that it loses meaning. Do we look to His Words daily and say what new thing do You want to tell me today. Faith in the Lord increases as we hear His Word afresh. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by HEARING the word of God …continuous hearing and not HAVING HEARD.

The way we see and respond to Jesus affects what He can do in our lives. Today, I pray that we get a fresh revelation of Him and what He’s capable of doing in our lives and that we revive our relationship with Him in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

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Proverbs 19:3 (NLT) says – People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.

All those guilty of this please put your hands up. I’ve got both hands up.

The Message puts it this way – People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, SO WHY DOES GOD ALWAYS GET BLAMED?

I read this verse and could not stop laughing at myself…at the number of times I’ve made some of the most stupid decisions against my every instinct and then when it eventually blows up in my face, I turn to the Lord and say why did you allow this happen? I remember there was a time when I was very bitter towards the Lord but I can tell you today that He was not responsible for anything.

If we honestly reflect back on our life’s journey so far, in many cases, it’s not difficult to understand why we are where we are today. The Lord says “wait for My answer”…We say “no Lord, You are too slow”… The Lord says “don’t go down that path”… We say “but it’s quicker and more exciting”… The Lord says “stop that thing you are doing”… We say “No, it gives me pleasure”…The Lord says “don’t get involved with that person”… We say “but I have known them all my life or I love him/her”…and then when we get burnt, we are angry at the Lord.

Yes, we’ve been given the free will to make choices but the Lord has always been clear about our choices and He even advises on what’s best for us

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) says – “Today I have given you the choice between LIFE AND DEATH, between BLESSINGS AND CURSES. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. OH, THAT YOU WOULD CHOOSE LIFE, SO THAT YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS MIGHT LIVE!

We serve a loving and forgiving God; full of grace but let’s understand that our actions may have consequences. King David was a man after the Lord’s heart but when he committed adultery and murder, he paid with the life of the child. That doesn’t mean God did not forgive him. Let’s not be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows he reaps (Galatians 6:7)

Let’s not allow foolishness and our own stupidity ruin us. Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY” (John 10:10). We can enjoy this ABUNDANT life when we allow Him take the driving seat.

We have the Holy Spirit who is our Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby (John 14:16 AMP). While we know about our past and present, He knows our future. Let’s ask Him to take over to ensure that we arrive at our destination.

Dear Lord, we are sorry for blaming you for our mistakes. From now on, we hand over to You, completely trusting that You have our best interest in mind.

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I remember way back as a little child, there was a time I took the Bible in one hand and with my pen and little exercise notebook in the other hand, I started writing…LOL…Was I planning to copy out the whole Bible? At times, It’s funny the things the Lord brings to your memory but it’s for a reason. He has recently started reminding me of some visions and prophesies received. Some had been so long ago that I had either forgotten or even given up and some…well…I’m still struggling with whether I heard from the Lord or it’s just my imagination. But I have started writing again…

Habakkuk cried out to the Lord about the things happening around him and the Lord responded by giving him a message of hope regarding things to come.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (AMP) says – 2 And the Lord answered me and said, WRITE THE VISION AND ENGRAVE IT SO PLAINLY upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. 3 FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; IT WILL NOT DECEIVE OR DISAPPOINT. THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; IT WILL NOT BE BEHINDHAND ON ITS APPOINTED DAY.

FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME… We tend to struggle with this because we fail to realise that our timing and God’s timing are quite different. The Lord’s APPOINTED TIME is the Lord’s APPOINTED TIME. Ask Abraham; Ask Joseph; and you can even ask Jesus…At age 12, He was told off by His parents when He did a disappearing act for 3 days; pursuing His Father’s business. He went back home and was obedient to them (Luke 2:42-52) until the age of 30 when He began His ministry (Luke 3:23). In between that time, Jesus GREW in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).

We can fast 40 days and 40 nights; We can attend 21 days miracle programme but all that does not force the hand of God. He has an overall plan and an overall view of everything…He is Alpha and Omega…Beginning and the End. He sees everything while we only see the little bits that concerns us and even then…

1 Corinthians 13:9 (NLT) says – Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

We don’t have the whole picture; God does and He knows the appointed time so THOUGH IT TARRY… WAIT… NLT says – IF IT SEEMS SLOW IN COMING, wait patiently, FOR IT WILL SURELY TAKE PLACE. It will not be delayed…

When we look at things from our perspective, they seem delayed…but to the Lord…everything is in order. He is working things out behind the scene and we must trust Him… Zechariah and Elizabeth had to have John the Baptist at the right time to be a forerunner for Jesus…To them, what seemed like a delay was the APPOINTED TIME for the Lord.

So what do we do while waiting?…WRITE THE VISION so it’s plain before you and carry it along with you as a reminder that the Lord is working on your behalf. Like Jesus…GROW in to maturity. Work with the Holy Spirit to address those weaknesses that you struggle with…Develop character… Develop your skills…Do what you need to do to be ready for the APPOINTED TIME. And don’t forget to pray for the grace to be patience and WAIT.

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The phrase ‘Proof texting’ is a method by which we look to a biblical text to prove or justify our actions or a theological position without regard for its wider context…Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all theological on you but let’s reason this one together.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a story we know too well. Luke 10:25-26 (NIV) says – 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” He replied. “HOW DO YOU READ IT?”

HOW DO YOU READ IT? Jesus asked. After all you are the expert in the law?

Well…I must love the Lord with everything that’s in me and love my neighbor as myself (Luke 10:27).

Well done…so you do know what it says so what’s really your point?

OK…Here we go…Luke 10:27 (NIV) says – BUT HE WANTED TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF, so he asked Jesus, “AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?”

BUT HE WANTED TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF…There has to be a law that justifies not loving some people… And then Jesus says, don’t think too far…Let me help you with one. A PRIEST would become unclean by touching a dead corpse except if it’s his close relative (Leviticus 21:1-4). But if its a HIGH PRIEST, then he must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother. (Leviticus 21:11 NIV). Similar applies to a Levite…They would be unclean and can’t perform their priestly duties

So you see, if you’re looking for a law that justifies your actions, as a priest or Levite, one would be JUSTIFIED BY LAW to pass by on the other side when you see a half dead man lying helplessly by the road (Luke 10:31-32). After all you don’t know if he’s dead and come to think of it, from across the road, you can’t even tell whether it’s a close relative. But we don’t want you defiling yourself now…do we? After all, what will trying to save a man’s life cost you? Cost of a red heifer? Some inconvenience for a few days?…“Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days (Numbers 19:11). How much does your love cost? How much did it cost the good Samaritan?

What’s really in your heart Mr EXPERT IN THE LAW?

I can also think of reasons not to love you but here’s the deal…But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NIV).

We are guilty of the same today. HOW ARE YOU MANIPULATING SCRIPTURES TO JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS? Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3 NLT). What will He find in your heart? Chunks of scriptures to justify your actions or love?

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8 NIV).

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