30. April 2014 · Comments Off on ASKING AMISS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Prayer

You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures (James 4:3 AMP).

Okay, so we had this debate about what it means to ASK AMISS? With particular reference to asking God to bless you so that your enemies can see, the question was raised; is this asking amiss? What do you think?

I think it is. I used Hannah as case study. She had a rival, Peninnah who used to constantly laugh at her situation. In fact, my bishop says her name should be called Pain-In-The-Neck… so it was year after year; whenever Hannah went up to the Lord’s house, PENINNAH PROVOKED HER, so she wept and did not eat (1 Samuel 1:7 AMP)

Okay so Hannah became so provoked that she was forced to seriously seek the face of God Who then opened her womb, but what was her real motive for praying? Did she say God please open my womb so that I can show Peninah? No! Rather… she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.” (1 Samuel 1:11 NLT)

If Peninnah was her focus, her prayer would have been Lord give me a son so I can push around in a scroller to prove to Pain-In-The-Neck that I’m also fertile. No! She didn’t ask amiss. The whole point of Hannah’s situation was about fulfilling God’s purpose. Right from the beginning of her story we hear that she was barren but immediately following that, we hear the narrator say… the priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 1:3 NLT).

The reason Hophni and Phinehas were mentioned early in this story is because God was about to raise someone to replace them because they behaved inappropriately as priests. It was all about God’s purpose and Hannah was able to key into that purpose by vowing to dedicate her son to God and in return… the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21 NLT).

Are your enemies your focus? David said… You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies… (Psalm 23:5 NKJV). He did not say Lord please prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies…

I was speaking to someone yesterday who said someone had to tell a lady that had been praying the same prayer for years that “God is not that hard”. Please check your prayer point and motives. ARE YOU PRAYING AMISS?

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29. April 2014 · Comments Off on THE VISION IS FOR AN APPOINTED TIME · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience

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 (Habakkuk 2:3 AMP).

I remember the Sunday before I was about to start the ‘Meeting by the Well’ ministry. I was called out in church to be prayed for; kind of a consecration for the task ahead but something very strange happened to me on that day. That was the day I finally concluded that God was very real.

Even before I was called out for prayer, during our general opening prayer, as the prayer was going on, all of a sudden, my bishop’s wife who was leading the prayer said aloud; “GOD SAID TODAY IS THE DAY”. Apparently, God had also placed a Bible passage in her heart. It so happened that it was the exact same passage that another pastor had given me in December of 2010. That year, during our end of year conference, this pastor who did not know much about me then, walked up to me and read Isaiah 66:7-9. Now I understand that he was talking to me about a ministry God was going to birth through me but then I really didn’t understand him because that was when my ex-husband had just left me and in the emotional state I was in then, I didn’t grasp the spiritual significance of what he was saying.

However, exactly 3 years later, in December of 2013, “GOD SAID TODAY IS THE DAY” and He gave the exact same Scripture and as my bishop’s wife was reading it, she knelt down, Somehow, I found myself kneeling too and as she began to recite this passage, I began to scream uncontrollable like a woman in labour. I was crying and pushing and seriously, I couldn’t explain what was happening. I thought I was losing it because seriously, I had never experienced anything like that before in my life and please don’t think I am strange. However, it was when I got back home that God started to give me the full picture and a week later, on the 21st of December 2013, in the exact same venue where the pastor had spoken to me in 2010, I had the very first ‘Meeting by the Well’. It wasn’t something I consciously planned. I started calling my bishop’s wife my midwife from that day.

Okay so why am I saying this? When God gives a word, it does not matter the delay, it shall surely come to pass. And, it does not matter what goes on in between. For someone who writes “What is God up to?” daily, I clearly didn’t understand what He was up to because I tell you, all hell broke loose between 2010 and 2013 BUT at the appointed time; GOD SAID TODAY IS THE DAY.

Are you waiting on God for something? THE VISION IS FOR AN APPOINTED TIME.

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28. April 2014 · Comments Off on A ROLLER COASTER JOURNEY · Categories: Blessing, God's Plan, Hospitality, Jesus Christ, Restoration, Reward, Suffering

We’ve been looking at the Lord’s reward for faithful service in church. The shunammite woman was rewarded for looking after God’s servant. She told her husband… let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us” (2 Kings 4:10 NIV). As a reward, the Lord blessed her with a child.

Isn’t it just nice when God rewards you for your faithful service? But then I began to think of her roller coaster journey. No doubt, she must have felt really blessed but then, the child dies. OK… I didn’t see this coming but I can handle it. Elisha, fix this. And he did. Thank God.

So she thought it was all over until she now finds that due to a famine, she has to leave her nice home. To make it worse, Elisha was the one that came to break the news and I’m sure by this time, she’s thinking what kind of trouble have I brought upon myself? All because I opened my home to you. I was content with my life when you came to tell me that God will give me a son. Then the son died. Then you raised him up. Now, it’s famine. So I now have to leave my home for 7 years. What’s my crime Elisha? Was it a bad thing that I opened my home to you?

Has God ever put you on a roller coaster journey while you are doing all you can to be faithful to Him? I’ve been there so I know what I’m talking about but God never forsakes the righteous. He took this woman full circle and at the end of her 7 years of sojourning in a foreign land, she comes back to appeal to the king for her possession. But what she didn’t know was that conversations were already taking place behind her back.

The king wanted to know more about this popular Elisha so… Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!” “Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that EVERYTHING SHE HAD LOST WAS RESTORED TO HER, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence. (2 Kings 8:5-6 NLT).

Hmmm… Nothing was lost. Does it feel like you’re on a roller coaster journey? Please know that… the steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step] (Psalm 37:23 AMP).

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27. April 2014 · Comments Off on BEING PROVOKED INTO ACTION · Categories: Action, Jesus Christ, Prayer

The Bible tells us of a woman named Hannah who was barren. Unfortunately, despite her hands being full, she had a rival, Peninnah who used to constantly laugh at her situation… so it was year after year; whenever Hannah went up to the Lord’s house, PENINNAH PROVOKED HER, so she wept and did not eat (1 Samuel 1:7 AMP)

Hannah was provoked but some think to be provoked is a bad thing. To ‘provoke’ means ‘to stir into action’. If Peninnah had not provoked Hannah, she would have been seating there eating. Her husband offered her a double portion of food (1 Samuel 1:5). That’s what I call comfort eating and thats the problem that many of us have today but Jesus said… this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21 AMP).

Or perhaps, she would have sat there watching scandal on TV… Eastenders… Emmerdale… Coronation Street… Britain’s got Talent. Hmmm… for someone that was hooked on TV, when I saw big problems, all of a sudden, I couldn’t find my TV remote and since then my TV has been switched off for about two years now. Please I’m in no way saying TV is bad but there’s probably more scandal going on in your life than what you watch on TV and you need to spend more time praying.

Peninnah provoked Hannah into action… So Hannah rose after they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside a post of the temple (tent) of the Lord. And [Hannah] was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly (1 Samuel 1:9-10 AMP).

She prayed the kind of prayer that confused her pastor. He thought she was drunk… But Hannah answered, No… I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but 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 AMP).

Have you ever poured out your soul before the Lord? Maybe you haven’t yet been provoked. Hannah travailed before the presence God until something happened and her countenance was no longer sad (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 AMP).

The Lord heard and remembered Hannah because she was provoked into action. Have people mocked you because of your situation? Is it enough to provoke you into action? Why not begin to pour out your soul to the Lord until you are satisfied that something has happened. That is; you have that peace inside that He has heard you.

Like 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).

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26. April 2014 · Comments Off on WHO DO YOU TELL YOUR PROBLEMS TO? · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Words

I was listening to someone say that the problem we sometimes have is that we tell our problems to the wrong people. Most times, everybody else gets to know what’s going on in our lives before God. We tend to talk to people about it first before we take it to God in prayer. But this was not the case with the very wise Shunammite woman.

I like her because she was a woman of few words but of plenty of action. Here’s a woman that God had blessed with a son after all hope was lost. She didn’t ask for the child. She was content with her old husband and family until the man of God came knocking to stir up her faith. But then, the enemy thought that he could mess with her… The child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” (2 Kings 4:18-19 NKJV)

Hmmm… The devil knocked on the wrong door. You just know you are dealing with a woman of fire when her husband says… CARRY HIM TO HIS MOTHER… Whatever the problem is carry it to my wife because she knows exactly what to do. I know she won’t spend hours on the phone telling everybody she knows about our problems.

And true to her nature, she immediately took action when her son died… she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” (2 Kings 4:21-22 NKJV)

She did not even tell her husband what was up. She probably did not want to hear any word of discouragement. Where’s that man of God? I want to see him right now. I don’t even want to speak to Gehazi, your assistant. It’s you Elisha that I want to speak to. When she found Elisha, she said… “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” (2 Kings 4:30 NKJV). And she did not take no for an answer until her dead son was back to life and then… she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out (2 Kings 4:37 NKJV).

Experience has taught me that there’re some people you don’t tell your issues to. If you do, if ever it had any hope of surviving, by the time it goes from one mouth to the other, you might as well consider the case closed.

Hopefully we can learn from the Shunammite woman. Be smart about who knows your business.

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25. April 2014 · Comments Off on ARE YOU STILL ON BABY FOOD? · Categories: Action, Anger, Blessing, Choices, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NIV)

I remember my daughters first Christmas. She was only about four months old then. There was so much food on the table; you know what it’s like at Christmas. However, while everybody was having a great Christmas feast, this little baby who sat with us on the table was very restricted to what she could eat. I remember my mum trying to tease her by putting some chicken close to her lips and you could just see her struggling to suck or should I say lick the juice out of chicken. It was such a funny sight. We felt so sorry for her because it looked like we were teasing her but there was nothing we could do about it. She was still a baby and definitely could not be fed adult food because there was no way she could digest it.

This is exactly what Paul is saying in the above Bible passage. I was telling the people in my home fellowship group, that there’s so much that the Lord has in stock for us and wants to reveal to us but we’re just not ready for it and I feel it’s a real pity when we think of the petty things that could be holding us back. Paul said… I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it and this is simply because… you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]… (1 Corinthians 3:3 AMP)

Under the control of ordinary impulses… meaning you are quick to react to every little thing and like I like to tell people, the devil says jump and instead of rebuking him, you say how high. You are easily offended. You are quick to get angry. You wake up quarrelling and you go to bed quarrelling and your pastor is always at your house trying to settle one dispute or another. You are still very immature so how can they then feed you with solid food?

I heard a lady say that her greatest fear was to get to heaven and God then shows her everything that was meant to be hers but she failed to go after it. But I’m thinking that won’t it be worse to find out that it’s things like jealousy, strife, quarrelling etc. that prevent you from taking hold of what God had in stock for you? Won’t that be very sad. So is it really worth it? Isn’t it time for some solid food?

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24. April 2014 · Comments Off on DON’T SETTLE BECAUSE YOU ARE WORN OUT · Categories: Faith, Jesus Christ, Pain, Patience, Prayer, Self Control, Spiritual Growth, Suffering, Victory

Now a certain man… had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?” (John 5:5-6 NKJV)

“I am still applying for jobs but honestly I am not that interested any more. I think I am just drained. I am drained physically, emotionally and mentally. I am just tired of everything”. Hmmm… what kind of advice do you give to someone that has found themselves in such a position? After constantly going from one battle to another for a very long time, let’s not pretend. I know we have been trained to say ‘it is well’ but there is definitely the tendency to find that you are really just drained and have lost your fighting spirit and want to just settle where you are but I believe that is why Jesus would often ask people that have been in the same condition for long periods of time; DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?

I used to think this was a silly question to ask, however, most people get so accustomed to their situation that they bring out their mats, try to find a comfortable spot and just lay there. But that’s exactly what the enemy wants to happen to you and so he does everything to wear you down. Jesus once told Peter… Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren (Luke 22:31-32 AMP).

Like I said, what kind of advice do you give to someone that has found themselves in such a position where they have lost their fighting spirit? Not much other than to pray for them just like Jesus did for Peter and make them realise that they are not in this battle alone. We all have our moments of despair and that’s why we’ve been advised to… be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV).

It is a great battle for your faith dear. One you’ve got to keep fighting till the very end. That is why you would hear the great Apostle Paul say… I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).

Are you going to SETTLE BECAUSE YOU ARE WORN OUT or are you going to keep fighting the good fight of faith?

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23. April 2014 · Comments Off on WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR ALONE TIME · Categories: Action, Freedom, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ

And Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak (Genesis 32:24 AMP).

Yesterday, I wrote that there was a low moment in Jacob’s life when he found he had to face his struggles all alone. He needed some alone time to figure out the direction his life was taking so he sent his family away and was all alone.

At different stages in your life, you would find out that you are all alone. For me, after a series of back to back relationships, suddenly I found myself at a stage in my life where I became single again but this time I was not about to mess my life any further by going into another relationship. I was too broken to even try anyway but there was something the bishop of my church always used to say about being single. He said the time you are single is the time to;

  • Build ‘INTIMACY’ with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  • Practice ‘ALONESS’ with God in order to discover self and purpose in life and not a time to be drowned in ‘LONELINESS’. There is a difference between the two.
  • Build long lasting VIRTUE and not time to RUN RIOT WITH OURSELVES.
  • Patiently wait on God and possess our vessels (body) in holiness.
  • Discover, develop and deploy your purpose. SINGLEHOOD IS MINISTRY SEASON.
  • Develop a prayer life like never before.
  • Enjoy life in Jesus Christ without ‘DISTRACTIONS’ or ‘INHIBITIONS’.

OK… I must confess that there was a time I thought he was only saying this because it is easy to say things like this when the one talking is married but having experienced both worlds, I have to confirm that what he says is absolutely true. That’s exactly what I have been doing for the past few years and I must say that I feel like a new me. You should try it.

Of course, I don’t think that this is only restricted to single people. Jacob was married to more than one wife but still found himself alone. It is possible to be married or in a relationship and still find yourself alone. You could be in a dry season but it is not the time to RUN RIOT WITH YOURSELF but a time to seek the face of the Lord like never before.

If you DO NOT use this time wisely, a time will come when you wish you did.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV).

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There was a low moment in Jacob’s life when he found he had to face his struggles all alone. He needed some alone time to figure out the direction his life was taking so he sent his family away and was all alone. During that period, Jacob happened to have wrestled all night long with an unknown man. At that point in his life, he was running away from quite a few people so it could have been anybody. It could have been his twin brother whom he had stolen his birth right from. It could have been his uncle, Laban or maybe one of his uncle’s sons because… Jacob heard Laban’s sons complaining, Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s; he has acquired all this wealth and honor from what belonged to our father (Genesis 31:1 AMP).

So you see; Jacob was bound to think he was wrestling with an enemy. The battle went on for a while but then as morning drew near, they decided it was time to exchange pleasantries. The unknown man asked for Jacob’s name and Jacob told him. So in return… Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (Genesis 32:29-30 NIV)

Ok so it is probably not too polite that our unknown figure did not reply Jacob’s question but what am I trying to say here? Though he didn’t tell him his name, after the long battle that seemed like it would never come to an end; after the long struggle and then the blessing that was bestowed on Jacob, Jacob must have come to the realisation that this can only be God. He said… I SAW GOD FACE TO FACE.

When we go through certain battles in life, they can be so tough that we most often think it is the enemy we are battling with. But it isn’t until the battle it all over and you have prevailed and come out on the other side that you suddenly realise that it wasn’t the devil you were wrestling with. It was actually God.

The purpose of the battle is to change your name and character from what you were previously known by and to give you a new status fit for the blessing of the Lord. If only you can hang in there till it is morning time, one day you too would realise that… THIS CAN ONLY BE GOD

For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5 NIV).

DISCLAIMER: Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that God is angry with you!!!

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21. April 2014 · Comments Off on RESURRECTING DEAD SITUATIONS · Categories: Action, Jesus Christ, Restoration

And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know! Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live (Ezekiel 37:3-5 AMP)

Can these dry bones live? If the Lord were to ask you the same question that He asked Ezekiel, first of all, which dry bones would He be referring to? Secondly, what would be your response? Would it be a ‘YES’, would it be a ‘NO’ or would you like Ezekiel say, ‘Lord only You know’. Or maybe like the Shunammite Woman you may say live it alone; that situation has been dead and buried, I don’t want to resurrect it (2 Kings 4:13).

If the answer is ‘YES’ or ‘Lord only You know’ and the Lord tells you to start to prophesy His word over that situation, which of His word would you refer to? It would do you good to know what His word says regarding your situation so you can use it as something to stand on. Then you can also add… Lord You were the One that said… my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)… but that is of course if you believe that these dry bones can live again.

When Jesus wanted to raise Lazarus from the dead, He first of all asked them to show Him where they buried him (John 11:34). What if in this season, Jesus is asking you to show Him where you buried that situation, would you show Him? Jesus also asked them to roll away the stone that was standing in the way of Lazarus coming out of the grave. What stone are you going to roll away? That of doubt or unbelief? That of offense, bitterness or unforgiveness? What big stone has He been asking you to roll away (John 11:39)? Are you going to listen to His voice? Can those dry bones live again?

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