30. November 2014 · Comments Off on NAMING IT · Categories: Agreement, Power and Authority, Words

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and WHATEVER ADAM CALLED EVERY LIVING CREATURE, THAT WAS ITS NAME (Genesis 2:19 AMP).

I was thinking of the above verse and how we are sometimes unaware of the power that has been given to us… WHATEVER ADAM CALLED EVERY LIVING CREATURE, THAT WAS ITS NAME… How powerful is that? Very powerful indeed. Now can you imagine that you have the same power? So can you then imagine what happens when you name things? Can you imagine what happens when you put a name to the situation around you?

Let me take it a step further; Can you imagine if a label appeared on everything you named? Just imagine, immediately you say “I am broke” that an “I am broke” sign or label appears on your forehead. Or imagine when you say “this thing is too difficult” and immediately “too difficult” appears on that thing… and then you are wondering why the thing is in fact too difficult. It is because you named it so dear. When you name a thing, it takes the very nature of whatever you have called it.

Or perhaps, it’s your children you’ve been naming; Apart from some of the ridiculous names that we actually name our children, can you imagine calling your child “stupid” and “stupid”, “failure”, “idiot”, “ugly” or whatever words you call them appear on their forehead. There is probably no more room on the child’s forehead for anymore labels because you have probably called them all sorts of names. Or maybe it’s your spouse but let me not even go there.

Our words have such power and we often don’t realise this. I remember a fine sister of mine saying that the world can give a name to her situation but she is not accepting it. According to her, she said “I’m not a single parent. The world may call it that but the word of God says God is… A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows… God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:5-6 NIV) so God is the father to my children and He has placed me in a wonderful church family”. Hmmm… what a renewed mind-set!

Personally, I have always been told and corrected so many times to watch what I say and it’s something I am definitely working on.

What have you been naming recently? Don’t you think it’s time to start to give things a new name?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life] (Proverbs 18:21 AMP). The Message translation says… Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

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29. November 2014 · Comments Off on DO IT YOURSELF · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Help, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

Recently, I had been feeling down because of something and really disappointed at certain people for not assisting me until I was watching the full movie of the gospel of John on YouTube. I got to chapter five and there was the lame man. People left him on his own to struggle for thirty-eight years until Jesus came to him and asked the all-important question… When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] (John 5:6 AMP)

And off course we all know his popular response to Jesus’ question… “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred (John 5:7 NIV). But then… Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk! Instantly the man became well and recovered his strength and picked up his bed and walked… (John 5:8-9 AMP).

As he got up, you could just read the expression on his face. He really could not believe that he was able to get up on his own. Oh my God. At that moment, the Lord ministered to me… Ruky, you can actually do what you are waiting on others to do for you. I have already spoken the words… get up take up your mat and walk because if you are waiting on people, you just might be waiting a very long time. “Yes Sir” was my answer. I was lying down while watching the movie but I tell you… I recovered strength from those words.

Do you know you really don’t need those people who have abandoned you, refused to help you or even rejected you? In this video, I could not believe that people where helping others make it to the pool but they just abandoned this man to his fate. It was clearly a choice and they chose to help others and not him but thank God for Master Jesus.

It’s time to do it yourself. You can do it. Perhaps you may say… “but I have tried before and couldn’t get up” but you must trust that it would be different this time. Just like in this man’s case, Jesus has spoken. He has given the go ahead.

I learnt a great lesson from this very popular Bible story. Most times we tend to look unto people for help but the psalmist said.. I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV).

Today, why not make Jesus your focus… He started it and He would finish it… look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)

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28. November 2014 · Comments Off on JESUS CHRIST UNDERSTANDS AND CAN HELP YOU · Categories: God's Plan, Grace, Help, Jesus Christ, Mercy, Rejection, Relationship, Suffering, Trusting God

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. HE’S BEEN THROUGH WEAKNESS AND TESTING, EXPERIENCED IT ALL—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help (Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG).

What are you struggling with today? “Did Christ face the SAME WEAKNESS AND TESTINGS? Here are a few things He faced…

TEMPTED BY SATAN… Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God…” Three times satan tempted Jesus but all three times Jesus replied…For it is written… (Matthew 4:1-3 NLT)

ACCUSED… Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see… But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder He can cast out demons. He gets His power from Satan, the prince of demons.” (Matthew 12:22-24 NLT)

REJECTED… He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him (John 1:11 AMP) …Even Peter, one of His close pals rejected Him 3 times (Mark 14:66-72)

GRIEF AND PAIN… He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass Him by. “Abba, Father, “He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.” (Mark 14:34-36 NLT)

LONELINESS… Then He returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? (Mark 14:37) And then when He was arrested … all His disciples deserted Him and ran away (Mark 14:50).

BETRAYAL… Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus (Mark 14:10-11 NLT)

And the list goes on… I don’t know what you are facing today but let’s walk right up to His throne this day and say, “Lord, this is what I’m facing, how were You able to overcome this?”

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27. November 2014 · Comments Off on TAKE OFF THE LIMITS · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Mind, Supernatural, Thoughts, Trusting God

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you THINK. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2 NLT).

What the above text highlights is that we need a paradigm shift in the way we think. We are not of this world so we shouldn’t think like the world (John 17:16). The message translation says… “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out…

There are some laid out facts that the patterns and traditions of this world has taught us and then there’s the TRUTH. The world says you’ve got to be of a certain age to have children, then there’s the truth that Sarah was past child bearing age when she conceived. God wants us to distinguish FACTS from His TRUTH… For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

Unfortunately, we are limited by how we think (Proverbs 23:7) but to receive the great things God has for us, we must know how He thinks for He says… “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” … “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT).

Please know that it is God that makes things happen so trust in the Lord and just relax (Proverbs 3:5-6). We don’t have to figure things out first. Just believe that when the time comes, Jesus will show you which fish’s mouth to get the money from (Matthew 17:27). When we define how we think God should work, we tend to focus all our effort in that direction but… He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us’. (Ephesians 3:20). WHAT POWER ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? …This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…’ (Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT) and if you truly belong to Christ, you have the same power in you (Romans 8:11).

We must realise that the God of the Bible is the same God we’re talking of today (Malachi 3:6) but we are imprisoned by the limits we’ve set for ourselves through how the world says we should think or how our past experiences or family history has defined us. Let’s release our thinking from jail. As far as we are confined to thinking within the boundaries of how this world works, we restrict God to work within those boundaries but when we remove the boundaries, we allow God to do what only He can do.

TAKE OFF THE LIMITS of age, strength, ability, education, finance… and see what God can do.

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26. November 2014 · Comments Off on CHANGE YOUR REASONING · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Thoughts, Trusting God

Abraham REASONED that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death (Hebrews 11:19 NIV).

As I was reading the Scripture above, the one word that stood out for me was ‘REASONED’… Abraham REASONED that God could even raise the dead…

Reasoning is the ability to consciously make sense of things by applying logic to it. It is the mental power concerned with forming conclusions. Abraham found himself in a situation. At the time of testing, God had told him to sacrifice his promised son after he had already been told that this same promised son is the one through which his descendants will come from. Initially, this may not have made sense to Abraham but after weighing all the facts, Abraham came to the conclusion that… “Well, You are God. You cannot say one thing and not mean it. If you are asking me to sacrifice this same son through whom you have already promised to do great things, then You must be up to something great. If he dies, that means You must have a plan to raise him from the dead because You has the power to raise the dead”. End of story. That’s my conclusion.

Many times, we consider things based on what we can see happening around us and not what the Lord can do but like the New Living Translation put it… Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, GOD WAS ABLE to bring him back to life again.

GOD IS ABLE… Is this how you reason? GOD IS INDEED ABLE TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE and so we too need to start reasoning like Abraham because God can even exceed our thinking. He… is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).

Another word for reasoning is thinking. Abraham’s reasoning reveals his thought process so perhaps I should have said… Change your thinking. We need to change our thinking from worldly thinking to godly thinking. Remember… Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2 NIV).

God had a good, pleasing and perfect will for Abraham and Abraham did not allow his thinking limit what God was able to do. Why not decide today to… CHANGE YOUR REASONING… THINKING

How do you do this? Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). You need to surround yourself with the word of God.

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25. November 2014 · Comments Off on I TRUST GOD · Categories: Trusting God

THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack (Psalm 23:1 AMP).

On Sunday night, I was listening to someone say with all confidence that “I trust God”. That statement hit me because it wasn’t just what they said but how they said it. It was said with all confidence and you could tell that they were not just saying it. It was obvious that their walk with God didn’t just start yesterday. It was obvious that they had been on a long journey with God; one where God had proven Himself over and over again and they had reached the point in their Christian journey where they could say… I trust God. This seems like a very simple statement; one we have learnt to say but I had to think hard. Am I really able to say with 100 per cent assurance that I trust God? I know you would probably say oh yes you do but that means you are never in a position where you ever worry about what’s going to happen next. You never have to worry where a solution or provision is going to come from. If that’s you then I need you to lay hands on me.

As I was pondering on this statement, the Scripture that came to mind was the above Psalm which basically says because… THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD [TO FEED, GUIDE, AND SHIELD ME], I SHALL NOT LACK.

When you consider the relationship between the shepherd and sheep, you know that the sheep has no problem trusting the shepherd because they know he would guide them and provide for their every need so they just follow his leading.

As it happens, yesterday, I went to pick up my mum to take her somewhere where I had to rely on the satellite Navigator to direct us to. It happened that the satellite Navigator took a different (and according to my mum) longer route than what she was used to. Well, my reply to her was that I don’t know why the satellite Navigator on my phone does that but I have learnt to just trust and follow its directions because the last time I tried to ignore it and followed my own direction, I found myself going round and round in circles until I gave in to it. Immediately I said that, we looked in front of us and where we were going was staring us in the face so I told my mum, “you see, we are here”. The satellite Navigator took a strange route but it got us to where we were going in no time, cutting out all the traffic on the way.

That’s the way God wants us to trust Him always and the question today is… Do you honestly trust God as your Shepherd? Why not meditate on what it means to really trust God and what your attitude towards your situation should be in response to this trust.

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24. November 2014 · Comments Off on DEMOLISHING STRONGHOLDS OF THE MIND · Categories: Agreement, Change, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Mind, Words

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

Yesterday, as we were going around greeting each other in church, my mum came to me and said; hi beautiful lady and I was thinking okay, what’s that about until I remembered she had been reading my book. She had also sent me a message during the week to say… “Ruky, those agents of Lucifer that called you those names certainly made a mistake. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank God for the removal of that mind-set. You are very beautiful.”

Okay, thanks mum. Hmmm… In my book, I wrote about the fact that growing up as a child, I had this serious negative mind-set that I was not good enough and that was one of the strongholds that led my life down the destructive path that it took until I found the truth.

Edgardo Silvoso’s defines Strongholds as a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable, situations that we know are contrary to the will of God. For example, someone like Mephibosheth saw himself as a dead dog (2 Samuel 9:8), a feeling of hopeless based on what he had experienced from childhood. Can you just imagine how many times the devil must have spoken those word to him… ‘I’m a nobody’, ‘Nobody loves me’, ‘I’m a failure…

Each of these negative beliefs are based on reoccurring situations, past experiences, family backgrounds etc. They reflect minds clouded by lies from the bit of hell, preventing us from seeing things the way God desires us to see them.

Unfortunately, many of us still have these ways of thinking that are not in line with God’s truth. They are spiritual strongholds and we do not have to put up with them. The word of God is the truth that we must live by so for example, whenever that thought comes in your mind that ‘you are a failure’, don’t accept it. It’s a lie from satan. Just say I’m not a failure because… I am more than conquerors through Him who loved me (8:37).

If Mephibosheth had known the truth (not the fact) about his life, he would have told satan, No, I’m not a dead dog, my destiny is to eat at the king’s table (2 Samuel 9:13).

We must demolish these strongholds with God’s truth for… “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Why not start demolishing those strongholds in your life with God’s very own truth. This is something you may have to do over and over and over and over again until God’s truth sinks in. Remember; “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE”.

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23. November 2014 · Comments Off on CREATING TIME FOR GOD · Categories: Action, Help, Jesus Christ, Love, Prayer, Relationship, Wisdom, Worship

Yesterday I attended a programme titled ‘seeking God and knowing Him’ and one of the speakers talked about setting boundaries for ourselves in order to avoid distractions. Some of these boundaries includes being able to say NO to some things and setting some emotional boundaries where you really have to distance yourself from people that drain you emotionally and hand them over to God.

The speaker then started talking about the fact that we are not God and as a result cannot do everything or fix everybody’s problem and to illustrate this, she used the story of the good Samaritan who was on a journey and on his way came across a man who was attacked by robbers, stripped off his clothes, beaten and left half dead. The Bible tells us that the good Samaritan… came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (Luke 10:33-35 NIV)

This guy was on a journey but encountered a distraction which off course he had to stop to attend to but he also placed limits on what he could do. He said I would stop and help you but because I have to continue on my journey, I would place you in capable hands, make sure you are well taken care of; I will provide the funds for this to happen and then when I return, I would reimburse any extra expense you may have incurred.

Hmmm… one pastor that was there said that if he were the good Samaritan, he would have abandoned his journey, moved in to the inn with the injured guy and taken care of him until he got better but this Samaritan man didn’t. Rather he used the resources available to him to ensure that he could still focus on his journey.

This happens to be a trap we tend to fall into. We get so pulled into trying to fix everybody else’s problem that we become so drained and have no time to seek God but to create time, we need to place limits on what we can physically do.

We were asked the following questions which I would so kindly share with you;

Where are you going? What are the needs around you? What resources do you have? What limits do you have? How would you renew your resources?

As we come closer to the end of the year please ponder on these questions, bearing in mind that the title of this write up is CREATING TIME FOR GOD so that you can seek and know Him better.

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22. November 2014 · Comments Off on THE LORD’S TIMING · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

He hath made every thing beautiful in His time… (Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV)

We’ve been looking at the Lord’s kairos moment in church which is God’s appointed time for something to happen and it was said that there’s a season you get to that your faith cannot even fail you.

I heard that and immediately felt like dancing because it meant that not even I could stop what the Lord wants to do. Of course my mind went back to Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth who were childless and now very old but when it was the Lord’s timing to accomplish things, an angel appeared to him to say… your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you must call his name John [God is favorable] (Luke 1:13 AMP).

Zachariah was doubtful because of his condition and so he asked some doubtful questions but… the angel replied to him, I am Gabriel. I stand in the [very] presence of God, and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news. Now behold, you will be and will continue to be silent and not able to speak till the day when these things take place, because you have not believed what I told you; BUT MY WORDS ARE OF A KIND WHICH WILL BE FULFILLED IN THE APPOINTED AND PROPER TIME (Luke 1:19-20 AMP).

MY WORDS ARE OF A KIND WHICH WILL BE FULFILLED IN THE APPOINTED AND PROPER TIME… It was all about the Lord’s timing so not even his faithlessness could stop John the Baptist from coming at the appointed time to be the forerunner for Jesus.

He hath made every thing beautiful in His time… It is His time and not your time so the key is to align yourself to the Lord’s timing. Instead of getting frustrated or looking for an alternative solution like Abraham did (which would only end up in trouble), why not pray like I’ve learnt to pray… Lord God, let Your perfect will be done in my life at Your own appointed time. I’ve learnt that that’s a mature Christian’s kind of prayer because when you’ve wasted enough time going after your own imperfect will that in most cases leads to nothing, you haven’t got any more time or energy to waste.

John means God is favorable… For many, this is the Lord’s time of favour and He will surely… arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come (Psalm 102:13 NKJV). The Amplified Bible translation says… yes, the set time has come [the moment designated].

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21. November 2014 · Comments Off on WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART? · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Restoration

Jesus said… A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. WHAT YOU SAY FLOWS FROM WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART (Luke 6:45 NLT).

I think this is straight forward. If you want to know what’s in your heart, then pay attention to what comes out from your mouth. I remember when someone had to sit me down and tell me that I was very negative. I gave them some attitude but it was true. It didn’t matter what positive comment you made, rather than say ‘thank you’, I found a way to think of something negative to say in response. And oh… the words that came out of my mouth were like fire. I could slice you into two with my mouth and I didn’t have to dig deep to think of what to say to spite or hurt you but going by Jesus’s statement, there comes a time when you’ve got to really sit down and think; Where’s all this coming from?

It even gets more complicated because… FOR AS HE THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE… (Proverbs 23:7 KJV). This is no longer about what you say but about what you are thinking in your heart which is also influenced by what is stored in your heart, which then is what you become and attract.

Throughout life, we experience negative things and without realising it, we store them up. Soon enough, these things start to manifest in ways we can’t explain and then we say… I can’t believe I just said or did that or I can’t believe this is what I’m becoming but that’s because you are not taking care of your heart. You are told to… Guard your heart above all else, FOR IT DETERMINES THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE (Proverbs 4:23 NLT). The NIV says… FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FLOWS FROM IT.

Like I said yesterday, you can actually control how you handle some of the things that have happened to you just by changing the way you think. Growing up, there were times when we couldn’t afford to eat three meals a day and I remember we would come together and just talk about the days when we ate something really nice. By the time we took turns to describe the meals we could remember, it cheered us up and we would all go to bed smiling. We had memories of all that nice food stored somewhere inside our hearts.

Over time, I’ve had to do a lot of ‘FIND AND REPLACE’ to get rid of all the garbage. How do you replace?… FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

Can you think of any good thing to fix your thoughts on?

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