31. January 2015 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS WITH YOU · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Trusting God

Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you…”‎ (Exodus 3:10-12 NKJV)

I’ve found that this is always the fear of almost everyone set out to do something new. Looking to self; one of the first enemies to progress immediately rears its ugly head. We start to look down instead of up but if we can only let it sink in that it’s not in our own strength…

Moses said… Me? No way! Who am I? ‎…why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 MSG)

It’s not just Moses. The Bible gives details of many more. We also have Gideon the mighty man of valour. When the angel of God appeared to him to give him his assignment, first of all because of his present circumstance, he didn’t believe God was with him. “God has left us. He has nothing to do with us. Why else are we suffering like this? Me? Mighty man of valour? Yeah right!!! I can’t do this”‎. …But God faced him directly: “GO IN THIS STRENGTH THAT IS YOURS. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?… “I’LL BE WITH YOU. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.” (Judges 14-16 MSG)

There was also Jeremiah who thought he was too young but the Lord said to him… “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, FOR I AM WITH YOU and will rescue you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 1:7-8 NIV)

FOR I AM WITH YOU… The Lord always promises to be with us. However, I was listening to some very interesting fact recently. When the Lord told Joshua… I will be with you ‎just as I was with Moses (Joshua 1:5), He didn’t mean you would do the exact same thing that Moses did. So don’t get depressed or discouraged if you are not achieving the same results. You may have to step into the sea before is dries up rather than use a staff to part the sea like Moses did. It doesn’t mean I’m not with you. I’m still with you. I just want you to do things differently.

Are you in that position where you think there’s no way I can do this? Please know that you’re not on your own. The Lord says… I WILL CERTAINLY BE WITH YOU. He told Gideon… GO IN THIS STRENGTH THAT IS YOURS. Perhaps that’s your word today. Believe that… “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

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30. January 2015 · Comments Off on IT COULD BE JUST LIKE THE ROAD WORKS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Trusting God

Trust the Lord with all your heart and don’t depend [rely] on your own understanding. Remember the Lord [Know Him] in all you do [on all your paths], and He will give you success [keep your roads straight] (Proverbs 3:5-6 EXB).

On Sunday, feeling rather frustrated about having to wait in the queue for those temporary road lights ‎to change from red to green, I pointed out to my mum that that was the third one we had come across so far and her response back to me was that “they are forever digging the roads in London but we don’t ever get to see what they are doing. All you see and hear is digging and drilling and a red light signalling you to wait”.

Hmmm… While I see her point and tend to agree with her that we don’t always get to see what they are doing or understand why they are doing what they are doing but does that mean that they are just digging the roads for digging sake? Haven’t they got something better to do? Surely the experts must know what they are doing!!! They must be doing some underground work. The truth is that though we may not see or understand what they are doing, we’ve got to trust that whatever they are doing is in the best interest of the citizens of the community and the road users. We are only getting frustrated because we see the red lights and we’ve got to wait and we certainly don’t want that. We don’t like anything that makes us wait. We are always in a hurry to get to where we want to get to.

This is exactly the same thing that happens when the Lord makes us wait and we don’t understand why. Because we don’t always see what He is up to, we sometimes get very impatient and frustrated. “Why are You making me wait like this?” However, though we can’t always see what He is up to, we’ve got to trust Him and know that He is at work fixing and putting things in order. Joseph could have never imagined what God was up to until He found himself in the palace.

God says, “Be still and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10)… Let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [WITH NO DEFECTS], lacking in nothing (James 1:4 AMP).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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28. January 2015 · Comments Off on THE ACT OF LISTENING · Categories: God's Plan, Help, Jesus Christ, Restoration

The sovereign Lord has given me the capacity to be His spokesman, so that I know how to help the weary. He wakes me up every morning; He makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do (Isaiah 50:4 NET)‎.

Below is an Extract from Stephen Covey’s book; ‘THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE’…

“Suppose you’ve been having trouble with your eyes and you decide to go to an optometrist for help. After briefly listening to your complaint, he takes off his glasses and hands them to you. “Put these on,” he says. “I’ve worn this pair of glasses for 10 years now and they’ve really helped me. I have an extra pair at home; you can wear these.” So you put them on, but it only makes the problem worse “This is terrible!” you exclaim. “I can’t see a thing!” “Well, what’s wrong?” he asks. “They work great for me. Try harder.” “I am trying,” you insist. “Everything is a blur.” “Well, what’s the matter with you? Think positively.” “Okay. I positively can’t see a thing.” “Boy, you are ungrateful!…” And after all I’ve done to help you!” What are the chances you’d go back to that optometrist the next time you need help? Not very good, I would imagine. You don’t have much confidence in someone who doesn’t diagnose before he or she prescribes. But how often do we diagnose before we prescribe in communication?”…”

Hmmm… I’ve studied to the point that I’ve been criticised; “Are you the only one that education was meant for?” and to be honest, I actually need a break but I say this to make a point that of all the courses I’ve done, there’s none more valuable than my counselling course which God directed me to do. It teaches a lot about self-awareness and why we do the things we do because until we’re able to put all our issues aside and not make things about ourselves (a major block to communication), we can’t fully give someone the support they really need.

Most times, our desire to fix things and give people advice comes from our need to be needed and validated which then makes it about our own agenda and so when people start to talk to us, instead of truly listening, we’re already thinking of a solution.

I’m learning that saying “I totally understand how you feel because I’ve been there” is the worst thing you can tell someone because you’ve immediately assumed we all feel the same and most times, we end up giving people the wrong prescription and wonder why they aren’t getting better? That’s why we’ve got a lot of wounded people today especially in our churches.

My daughter was laughing at me recently when I told her I pray with Isaiah 50:4 regularly. “I know, she said” “I remember in Spain… Every morning I could hear you… Lord give me the tongue of a disciple”. She said she nearly burst out laughing. Well… I want to be EFFECTIVE!!! And the first step is truly listening…

Does someone need your ears today? Your child? Wife? Husband? Listening is one of the hardest things to do. We even find it hard to listen to the Holy Spirit who ultimately directs. However, if you humble yourself, with prayer, the Lord can teach you.

God bless you
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27. January 2015 · Comments Off on DECIDE NOT TO GIVE THE ENEMY ROOM ANYMORE · Categories: Anger, Deliverance, Freedom, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Victory

When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him] (Ephesians 4:26-27 AMP).

On Saturday morning, I went for a woman’s breakfast meeting and the speaker was sharing a story of how she had been praying with a married woman who had been looking for the fruit of the womb for the past 12 years. After praying and praying with no results, she had to call the woman to one side to have a heart to heart talk with her. The kind of talk that gently says… What’s really going on? I have been praying and praying but nothing is happening.

It was only after much digging and digging that they realised that every time this woman was ovulating was when there was always quarrelling and fighting at home and as for you married women; you know how many of you are when you are mad at your hubby. “You face your side while I face my side. There’s nothing at this end for you tonight”. This was what this lady kept on doing. However, immediately her ovulation period was over, everything was hunky dory again.

Hmmm… It kept on happening in the same manner for this lady for 12 good years. Can you imagine? I found that hard to digest but I can’t imagine why a woman of God would stand on the pulpit and lie about a thing like that. So, in such a case, who is the woman to blame? We tend to blame the devil for almost everything but I hear people tell a joke of how on judgement day, the devil would ask many people what colour of outfit he was wearing the day he did what you were accusing him of. Yes, the devil is always behind a lot of evil but our Bible text warns us to… LEAVE NO [SUCH] ROOM OR FOOTHOLD FOR THE DEVIL [GIVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO HIM] through anger.

However, please note that this isn’t restricted to anger. I’ve previously shared how the Lord brought to my attention the patterns in my life that had consistently opened the door to the enemies work against me which of course included ANGER AND BITTERNESS and playing the victim; that is having the victim’s mentality.

We tend to have all these attitudes that give the devil a foothold to mess with our lives but it’s time to say no more. We need to start to look within to see if we have any such open doors for indeed… you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free (John 8:32 AMP).

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26. January 2015 · Comments Off on IT IS THE LORD’S APPROVAL THAT MATTERS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ

For they loved the approval and the praise and the glory that come from men [instead of and] more than the glory that comes from God. [They valued their credit with men more than their credit with God.] (John 12:43 AMP)

Jesus here is referring to some of the Jewish leaders that believed in Him but refused to say it because of fear that the Pharisees would reject them. I read it and thought of the fact that a lot of people are in bondage today because of this same seeking approval from people rather than from God.

My mind always goes to King Saul because he was someone that desperately seeking the approval of men led to his downfall. After Prophet Samuel told Saul about God’s purpose for his life, he told him that immediately he left his presence, he would begin to prophesy. True to what the prophet said, when Saul left Samuel’s presence, he started to prophesy but the Bible says… “When those who knew Saul heard about it, they exclaimed, ‘What? Is even Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?’ And one of those standing there said, ‘Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?’”.… (1 Samuel 10: 11-12 NLT)

LOL… How do you think that made Saul feel? It did not stop there. Saul was eventually appointed king and as he went about his business… “there were some scoundrels who complained, ‘How can this man save us?’ And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts…” (1 Samuel 10: 27 NLT).

Hmmm… As a result, if you follow his story, you would find that as Saul ruled Israel, he carried a mind-set that made him do everything to please people till God finally rejected him as king. And here’s what Saul had to say… “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and SO I GAVE IN TO THEM (1 Samuel 15:24 NIV).

Seeking people’s approval and praises is a real problem that we face today. We want to fit into people’s mould of what we should be or look like. We do what we shouldn’t do and go where we shouldn’t go all because we want to be accepted. The truth is if we are not careful, our desire to be accepted by men could get us into trouble. The great apostle Paul was rejected and made fun of but his focus remained on Jesus and you find that he finished his course and was able to say boldly, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT).

Are you caught in the trap of desperately trying to seek people’s approval? What is it costing you? Your family? Your purpose and calling? Your salvation? Please know that true acceptance and validation comes from Christ.

God bless you

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25. January 2015 · Comments Off on WHY DID THEY TURN ME DOWN? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Rejection

So Achish finally summoned David and said to him, “I swear by the Lord that you have been a trustworthy ally. I think you should go with me into battle, for I’ve never found a single flaw in you from the day you arrived until today. But the other Philistine rulers won’t hear of it. Please don’t upset them, but go back quietly.” “What have I done to deserve this treatment?” David demanded. “What have you ever found in your servant, that I can’t go and fight the enemies of my lord the king?”? (1 Samuel 29:6-8 NLT)

It’s interesting to read how disappointed David was when he found out he was not allowed to go to war with the Philistines. He couldn’t understand why… “What have I done to deserve this treatment?” However, David had no idea that “GO BACK QUIETLY” was the best thing anyone could ever have told him at that particular point in time.

Well, he didn’t get to go to war so had to go back home but… when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else… (1 Samuel 30:1-2 NLT).

David came back to find that they had been raided. Can you imagine if he had gone to war? Only God knows how long it would have lasted. But because he came back early, he was able to pursue the Amalekites and found them spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken. However, their celebration did not last for long… David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back. (1 Samuel 30:18-19 NLT)

WHY DID THEY TURN ME DOWN? Is this a question you are currently asking? We don’t always understand what God is up to when things don’t go our way but if we only understood how He works things out in our favour, we would be forever grateful. That’s why we shouldn’t only thank Him for open doors; we should also thank Him for the doors He has closed because it is for our good… And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them (Romans 8:28 NLT).

Don’t you think it’s time to say; Lord I don’t know what you are up to but I know you’ve got my back. What I think is a disappointment is working out for my good. As you do so, I pray you begin to see the reasons why you were turned down.

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24. January 2015 · Comments Off on SHOW ME MY WORDS · Categories: Jesus Christ, Repentance, Salvation, Self Control, Words

But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced (Matthew12:36-37 AMP).

Think about this; if this is anything to go by (mind you, they are the words of Jesus Christ Himself), can you imagine what words have been filed for you‎ so far, waiting to be shown to you on the day of judgement? The Message Translation says… Let me tell you something: EVERY ONE OF THESE CARELESS WORDS IS GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

EVERY ONE OF THESE CARELESS WORDS IS GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU…That ought to make you wash out your mouth with soap or something stronger. Just thinking about this makes me uncomfortable because sister girl sure can talk…To think that I would have to come before the Lord and give account for every idle or careless word I have spoken.

I can think of some possible categories for our ‘word’ file folders or cabinet… There would be those filed under praises and those filed under curses. James says our tongue… praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God (James 3:9 NLT).

There would be those filed under grumbling and complaining… There would be those filed under thankful and grateful. There would those filed under responsible for destroying relationships… and those filed under responsible for building relationships. There would be those filed under bringing or tearing people down and those filed under building people up.

I’m also sure there would be some filled ‎under uncategorised. Hmmm… The point here is we need to be careful of the words that come out of our mouths… People who think they are religious but say things they should not say [do not bridle their tongues] are just fooling [deceiving] themselves. Their “religion” is worth nothing [empty; meaningless]. (James 1:26 EXB)‎

‎… People will be rewarded for what they say [From the fruit of the mouth of a person is their stomach satisfied]; they will be rewarded by how they speak [the yield/gain of their lips satisfies]. What you say can mean [In the power of the tongue are] life or death. Those who speak with care [love it] will be rewarded [eat its fruit] (Proverbs 18:20-21 EXB).

Hmmm… don’t you think it’s time to start uploading productive, life giving words to your heavenly file?

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23. January 2015 · Comments Off on PURSUE UNDERSTANDING OF KINGDOM MYSTERIES · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Revelation, Wisdom

Jesus answered, “You have been chosen [ It has been granted/given to you] to know ‎[understand] the secrets[mysteries] about the kingdom of heaven, but others cannot know these secrets [it has not been given/granted to those others] Those who have understanding ‎[‎have] will be given more, and they will have all they need [an abundance]. But those who do not have understanding [‎have], even what they have will be taken away from them ‎(Mathew 13:11-12 EXB).

As I was reading this Scripture about Jesus’ response to why He spoke in parables to outsiders, I had to stop halfway to reflect on what it means to us as His chosen ones. It means we are meant to be operating on another level in terms of wisdom and understanding. We should be operating by kingdom principles so if the things of God still sounds like parables to us, then there’s something very wrong.

It’s not like the Lord has not given us all we need to be victorious and have an abundant life. It’s that we lack understanding FULL STOP and according to the Scripture above, this is dangerous in the sense that it is regressive… if not careful the small that you think you understand would be taken away from you.

Hmmm… I then started to pray for the kind of heart to understand the secrets of the kingdom.‎ This is something Apostle Paul felt was worth praying for. He said… […I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)‎ (Ephesians 1:17-18 AMP)

I agree that we can’t fully understand God and His ways but if we actually put in the effort to pursue a real understanding of what He has already revealed to us about Himself, we would be on a path to truly experiencing such a wonderful God and the good things He has in stock for us.‎ He would also start to reveal more of Himself.

My desire this year is to be good ground. Jesus said that the seed that fell on good ground… is like the person who hears the teaching AND UNDERSTANDS IT. That person grows and produces fruit [a crop], sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more.” (Matthew 13:23 EXB)

This means you don’t just go about hearing good teaching but you also have to pursue understanding so you can be fruitful and I believe your level of understanding will determine your level of fruitfulness.

I pray that the Lord truly opens the eyes of our hearts to understand His ways.

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22. January 2015 · Comments Off on DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY THE WORRIES AND CARES OF THIS LIFE‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth

And what is the seed that fell [sown] among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching [word; message] but lets WORRIES ABOUT THIS LIFE [WORLD; AGE] and the temptation [DECEITFULNESS; SEDUCTION] OF WEALTH stop that teaching from growing [choke the word/message]. So the teaching does not produce fruit in that person’s life (Matthew 13:22 EXB).

In this passage, Jesus is referring to Christians who generally have a willing heart for the word. They receive it but focus on other things that compete for their attention and so are not fruitful.

Does this apply to you?

These ones have developed high blood pressure because they have checked their bank account and the rent is due on Friday. They’ve stayed awake all night adding 1 + 1 to make 10. They have to pay their children’s school fees by Monday. Now they’ve woken up with a nasty headache. For these ones, it’s not that they don’t hear the word. They’ve heard it over and over again and can even quote scriptures very well but can’t grow and be productive because of worries; their minds are too busy to absorb the word.

‎Or these ones have just come back from work but have to resume their second job in just a few hours. Their spouse is also leaving for work; all this just to keep up with the Joneses. They’ve worked round the clock and are now too tired to meditate on the word and let it work in their lives. They’ve been trying to pay off that car loan they really didn’t need but must have in order to seek validation from people on their street or in their church… “my car must draw attention in the car park. I can’t wait to see their faces as I drive off”.‎.. DECEITFULNESS AND SEDUCTION OF WEALTH‎…

These ones treat the word of God like a get rich scheme so fall into the sowing and reaping system with wrong motives; seeking the hand of God instead of His face. They think acquiring money and things will bring them stability and happiness so they spend their time and dignity chasing money rather spending time digesting the word.

Some go from church to church looking for miracle services… “If it’s not happening here, then please tell me where it’s happening”. They are not planted anywhere but are all over the place… no stable place to grow.

I could go on and on…

Are you allowing the cares of this world distract you making you unfruitful? ‎ Jesus tells us… don’t WORRY about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things DOMINATE THE THOUGHTS OF UNBELIEVERS, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT)‎

God bless you
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