30. September 2016 · Comments Off on FAITH IGNORES WHAT YOU SEE · Categories: Action, Choices, Faith, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance (2 Corinthians 5:7 AMPC).

Beloved, as Christians, there are certain moves we should not make based on what we see. We all know the story of what happened to Naomi’s family very well. We are told that… A long time ago, when judges still ruled over Israel and the land was dried up with famine, a man from Bethlehem, which ironically means “place of bread,” left his home in Judah to live as a foreigner in the land of Moab. He traveled with his wife and their two sons (Ruth 1:1 Voice).

The man whose name is Elimelech took his family away in search of greener pastures. However, it was a move that was to be regretted because they soon met the kind of disaster that they did not bargain for. We are told that… soon after, Elimelech died leaving Naomi in the care of her sons (Ruth 1:3 Voice). Eventually, their two sons… both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband (Ruth 1:5 NLT).

I can’t imagine how Naomi must have felt. Did she blame her husband for making them leave Bethlehem? Did she imagine what would have happened if they had stayed behind? What about other families that stayed behind? Was there anybody that survived the famine?

Well, there was the famous Boaz. We are told that… Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz (Ruth 2:1 AMPC).

Beloved, we are told that in the same land that Elimelech left; the one where there was severe famine, another man named Boaz was able to prosper. Boaz happened to be a rich man that owned a field that yielded a huge harvest in the very same town. Why did Boaz not leave when there was a famine? If it was a severe famine, I want to believe that it affected everybody around but somehow, Boaz survived it and was blessed in that same land.

I say this because there are certain moves we make; certain decisions we that based on what we see in front of us but our feature text says we walk by faith and not by sight and many know the Lord has specifically put them on a faith walk so before taking certain steps, let’s spend time to really ask the Lord; should I be making this move? Things may not be rosy where I am right now but what is it You want me to do? Beloved, you may just hear Him say… Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you (Genesis 26:2-3 NIV).

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29. September 2016 · Comments Off on WHO IS IN CONTROL? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God, Victory

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that (Jeremiah 29:11 Voice).

Beloved, there are times when you need to ask yourself a simple question; WHO IS IN CONTROL of my life? Think of the Israelites; I’m sure with everything that Pharaoh put them through; he thought he was in control but little did he know that he was only a tool in the Lord’s hand to accomplish His purpose. All those times when Pharaoh said I will not let you go… I will increase your workload… who is your God?, he must have thought, I control your life and destiny.

Pharaoh believed he was in the control. The Israelites who were the recipients of his evil works also thought he was in control but was he really? Let’s see, several times, the Lord said… And I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go [unless forced to do so], no, not by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in it; and AFTER THAT HE WILL LET YOU GO (Exodus 3:19-20 AMP)… And the Lord said to Moses, when you return into Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all those miracles and wonders which I have put in your hand; BUT I WILL MAKE HIM STUBBORN AND HARDEN HIS HEART, so that he will not let the people go (Exodus 4:21 AMPC).

Beloved… BUT I WILL MAKE HIM STUBBORN AND HARDEN HIS HEART… The Lord did not say that He will be stubborn. He said… I WILL MAKE HIM STUBBORN AND HARDEN HIS HEART…

Hmmm… The Israelites had to go through a lot no doubt and like the saying goes… “When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers” but the enemy is no match for our Lord. If you are in a position where the enemy has intensified his forces and it seems like it’s taking too long for the Lord to come to your rescue, know that your “AFTER THAT HE WILL LET YOU GO” is coming. The Lord is in control and He is stretching out His mighty hand to bring about a big overthrow… The Egyptians you see today you will never see again (Exodus 14:13).

And your troubles will not be for nothing…You will not come out empty-handed. The Lord said… I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!” (Exodus 3:21-22 MSG)

YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS…There are some battles you have to endure so that God can hand you total victory because the reward is not just for you but for your children…your generations to come…

Beloved, know today that GOD IS IN CONTROL and you will definitely come out victorious. His plan is to give you a future and hope—never forget that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27. September 2016 · Comments Off on THE GOD OF JUSTICE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Trusting God

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 AMP).

Beloved, yesterday evening during our prayer meeting, we spent a considerable amount of time talking about how the devil makes it seem like the Lord does not hear our prayers nor does He see the injustice that His children are facing. However, as we began to pray, the Lord took us to the portion of scripture where He appeared to Moses concerning the suffering of the Israelites in Egypt.

The Lord said, “I have in fact SEEN the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and HAVE HEARD their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I KNOW their pain and suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians… Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me; and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them (Exodus 3:7-9 AMP).

Three things were highlighted in this text. The Lord said I HAVE SEEN, I HAVE HEARD and I KNOW…

Beloved, this blessed me so much because most times, when we narrate a story to someone else, they only get to hear our own side of the story but God doesn’t only hear, He sees and knows exactly what took place between both parties and in His own time (which I agree sometimes feels like forever), He SURELY intervenes.

The Lord then took us to the portion of Scripture where He sent Nathan to king David because it’s one thing when the person that did you wrong is an unbeliever. However, what about if they are one of His own children? Well, …God shows no partiality [no arbitrary favoritism; with Him one person is not more important than another] (Romans 2:11 AMP).

David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), performed an evil act against Uriah, his loyal servant and it looked like he got away with it but we are told that… the Lord was displeased with what David had done (2 Samuel 11:27 NLT) and so…the Lord sent Nathan to David… (2 Samuel 12:1 NKJV)

Uriah was dead and so had no one to speak up for him but David did not get away with what He did. God SAW, HEARD and KNEW the injustice that took place and He stood for justice

Beloved, I’m great at forgiving and that’s the part we all have to play and like our feature text says, we are to take our hands of the case which then means that it’s now up to God who says… “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay”. What this means is that it’s now between that person and God.

Many have cried and have said they feel cheated but… Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right [by executing just and righteous judgment]?” (Genesis 18:25 AMP)

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26. September 2016 · Comments Off on DON’T REMOVE YOUR FOCUS FROM JESUS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Trusting God

FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

Beloved, with everything going on in today’s world, I believe there’s one thing we all agree on which is that one can only survive with Jesus. It isn’t that we are promised a trouble free life. No, far from it. In fact, Jesus gives us a pre-warning about what to expect. He said… “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” (John 16:33 NIV)

Jesus says there will be trouble but to survive, you must know that I have overcome the world and you must focus your attention on Me because a lot of things would be tossed at you trying to get you to take your gaze of Him.

Peter started out strong. He was willing to take bold steps towards Jesus. He said… “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “COME,” HE SAID. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. BUT WHEN HE SAW THE WIND, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “YOU OF LITTLE FAITH,” HE SAID, “WHY DID YOU DOUBT?” (Matthew 14:28-31 NIV)

Beloved, Peter had spent some time with Jesus and already knew what He was capable of doing hence the reason he was willing to try walking on water but then Peter saw the wind. He took his gaze of Jesus and what was surrounding him became more obvious. All of a sudden, all his problems became MAGNIFIED and that’s all he saw. He couldn’t see Jesus anymore.

Beloved, trials, temptations and the things of this world have been positioned to cause us to lose focus. That’s the master plan of the enemy. The main purpose of that heavy stuff you are facing right now is to cause you to drown. It’s been known from the start. Jesus said to 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… (Luke 22:31-32 AMPC). This always encourages me because when I’m weak, I know I can turn to Jesus and ask Him to pray for me just like He did for Peter.

Beloved, this is not the time to take your gaze off Jesus. No matter what you are facing, the one voice you need to hear is that of Jesus… TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.

The Message translation of our feature text says – KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS… Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed…

Beloved… KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS… Never lose sight of where you are headed…

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25. September 2016 · Comments Off on ALLOW THE LORD TO DO THE WORK IN YOU · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight (Philippians 2:13 AMP).

Beloved, I have come to realise that there are some prayers you shouldn’t make if you are not really ready for it because God really does answer prayers and there are some prayers that He answers quicker than others. One of such prayers is when you pray something along the lines of… Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm139:23-24 NIV).

This is one of my favourite verses that I pray with but I tell you today that there is really no point in saying this prayer if you really don’t mean it because when you make such prayers, all of a sudden, bright lights starts to flash on you and you start to see hidden spots and wrinkles. The Lord actually starts to show you all the stuff you never even imagined still existed inside of you… the murmuring and complaining, the doubting, the stubbornness and the hardening of your heart, the pride, resentment… you name it. You are then left thinking oh my God; what’s all this? You then start to feel unworthy and become like Simon Peter who… fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord (Luke 5:8).

Beloved, last weekend, the Lord shown me in a big way how I still placed a lot of focus on myself and I’m telling you, it was ugly… big time ugly. I couldn’t even worship properly. I found out big time that I had not totally died to self.

Hmmm… So where do I even start from? I didn’t even bother attempting to focus on my own strength because I knew it would fail me. I just decided that just like our feature text says, it is only God that can bring about the desired change. The New Living Translation of our feature text says… For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Beloved, has the Lord been showing you things about yourself that still needs to die? Well, it isn’t time to say “woe is me!” Rather, it’s time to allow the Holy Spirit that lives inside of you to go to work so why not join me to make this humble prayer;

Lord… Since you are the One who works in me to will and to act in order to fulfill Your good purpose… please WORK IN ME… Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness (Psalm 143:10 AMPC).

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24. September 2016 · Comments Off on EXPECT THE LORD’S COMPENSATION · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Restoration, Trusting God

I will compensate you for the years that the locusts have eaten… (Joel 2:25 Voice).

Beloved, our feature text tells us that the Lord restores and compensates for lost years and things the enemy stole from us. However, many would be glad to just see the end of the trials they are facing. This is because it has gone on for too long and they are emotionally drained but the Lord doesn’t work like that and it’s something I was telling someone recently. He won’t allow you come out empty handed. That’s not the testimony of the Bible.

There was a time David and his men came back home to realise that their homes had been raided, burnt and their wives and children taken captives. David was so discouraged but when he managed to get strength… David inquired of the Lord, saying, SHALL I PURSUE THIS TROOP? SHALL I OVERTAKE THEM? The Lord answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and WITHOUT FAIL RECOVER ALL (1 Samuel 30:8 AMPC).

Beloved, what was on David’s mind was to PURSUE AND OVERTAKE, but the Lord said not just that, you will RECOVER ALL and indeed he recovered all.

Another example is seen with the Israelites. God promised… I will give this people favor and respect in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall [insistently] solicit of her neighbor and of her that may be residing at her house jewels and articles of silver and gold, and garments, WHICH YOU SHALL PUT ON YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS; and you shall strip the Egyptians [OF BELONGINGS DUE TO YOU] (Exodus 3:21-22 AMPC).

The Message Translation says… I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians… Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!… and that’s exactly what happened… The Lord brought His people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled (Psalm 105:37 NLT). This was after the Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years (Exodus 12:40). Wow… after that many years the Lord’s promise still stood and it wasn’t just for them.

‘YOU SHALL PUT ON YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS’… means for your children and generations to come. That’s the definition of total victory over your enemies.

What would we say of the Lord if you went through your pain and suffering for nothing? The Bible is full of many more stories like this; there’s that of Joseph and of Job. They got back double in the end…

Beloved… Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs (Isaiah 61:7 AMPC).

Beloved, there’s a big recovery on its way to you if you don’t give up. All you need to do is be expectant. You will surely recover all and your latter glory will be greater than the former.

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23. September 2016 · Comments Off on KEEP PUSHING THROUGH · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Perseverance, Prayer, Promise, Trusting God

…Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they SHOULD ALWAYS PRAY AND NOT GIVE UP. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow KEEPS BOTHERING me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”(Luke 18:1-5 NIV)

Beloved, the Parable of the Persistent Widow is one we are quite familiar with and honestly, I’ve nothing new to tell you but I was reading this passage and it suddenly hit me again that as far as the Lord has given us a promise and as far as we can get on our knees to pray, we really have no business giving up. Jesus said it Himself.

Prayer and persistence is what it takes. Praying until something happens. Can you imagine a woman in labour suddenly deciding that she’s not going to push anymore just because the baby is not coming out yet? That she decides to stop pushing does not mean that the baby is not inside her womb. However, except the doctors help her out, it may mean death for either her or the baby or even both. And I believe that is what we sometimes do to our promises. We kill it inside us because we give up pushing.

We are told of the great prophet Elijah who took the birthing position and refused to give up when he was praying for rain… Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”… (1 Kings 18:42-44 NIV)

Imagine if after the sixth time, he gave up, we definitely won’t be reading of his testimony today.

Beloved, our job is to continue praying and it doesn’t even have to be a long prayer… Grant me justice against my adversary was all the widow kept saying… And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, WHO CRY OUT TO HIM DAY AND NIGHT? WILL HE KEEP PUTTING THEM OFF?” (Luke 18:6-7 NIV)

Grant me what You promised Lord… Can you keep saying this until He does? Will God not bring about His promises for His chosen ones? I think He will. Why not get on your knees and lets push that baby out?

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22. September 2016 · Comments Off on WAIT TILL HE IS DONE‏ · Categories: Endurance, God's Plan, Patience, Perseverance, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing (James 1:3‭-‬4 AMP).‬

Beloved, yesterday, the Lord used my mobile phone to show me a great illustration that demonstrated how we can sometimes be impatient and as a result, stop Him from completing the work He is doing in us during a particular season.

So, I’ve got two phones but unfortunately only one charger which means that I can only charge one phone at a time. Also, one of the phones takes forever to charge probably because I am not using the right charger, as a result, I always like to charge that one first because it’s also my main phone. So, what happened was that I had been charging it for a while and I needed to charge the other phone, so from time to time, I would check to see if it was fully charged so I could start charging the other phone but like I said, it was taken forever so I left it to continue charging.

However, after a while I reached out for the phone to check for something else but when I saw that it was 99% charged, I decided to take the charger off so I could charge the other phone but one mind said why not just allow it to be 100% charged up but I couldn’t wait. I just ignored it and that’s when I felt the Lord say “see how your impatience gets in the way of finishing the process I’m taking you through”.

Beloved, based on our recent conversations, I knew the Lord was speaking to me about patience and endurance. It was just 1% remaining but I couldn’t wait and it’s not like the other phone was about to die, I just like to see that it’s charged up. The other thing that caught my attention was that immediately I took the charger out of my almost charged phone, I had hardly done anything on it before it dropped down to 98% and it kept going down because the phone consumes battery.

Beloved, what’s the message here? Our key text advises us to be patient will the Lord works on us so we are perfect, completely developed and lacking in nothing ‎but many of us give up at that 99th hour and instead of being complete, we gradually start going backwards.

Beloved, waiting isn’t always fun but‎ the end result is worth. Job said… “But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous] (Job 23:10 AMP). Job basically said the Lord hasn’t forgotten about me. He knows exactly where I am and what He is doing with me and once He is done, I would come out shining so I’ll just wait till He’s done.

SELAH!

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21. September 2016 · Comments Off on WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT YOU? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Spiritual Growth, Suffering

Then He sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER (Psalm 105:17-19 NKJV).

WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT YOU?

Beloved, recently this was a question I was forced to ask a friend who I know to have been through a very difficult period of testing for a while now and I think it is one we all need to ask ourselves. She was telling of how the Lord has answered her prayer about somebody and so I asked what about you? Has the Lord answered the person’s prayers about you? Has anything changed about you?

Our feature text tells us that during his period of testing, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. We all know the story of Joseph. Joseph had a dream and as we all know; it took many years for that dream to come to pass. However, the most interesting part of Joseph’s story is that perhaps unknown to him, the Lord was testing his character.

The Amplified version says… Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, the word of the Lord tested and refined him…

What does it mean to be refined? To be refined is the desired end result of something with the “impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing”.

Beloved, no doubt, Joseph was refined by testing but I wonder what part of Joseph’s character the Lord was testing? Could it be his ego, his pride or his running mouth, his integrity? Was the Lord teaching him priceless virtues like “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)

Now, if you are to do an honest self-evaluation, are you able to talk about any impurities or unwanted elements that have been removed from your character. Have you been processed in anyway? WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT YOU? Your temper, pride, complaining, gossiping, laziness or self-centredness? Has anything changed at all? Has anyone looked at you and said “I can’t believe how much you have changed”. Have you received a compliment of that nature? Or is it “I can’t believe how little you have change.” Or perhaps yours is “you haven’t changed at all.”

Moses told the Israelites… Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey His commands (Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT).

Beloved… even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:8-9 NLT) and while Christian suffering is something that has brought about a whole lot of debate, one thing we know is that the Bible tells us that trouble and trials is an opportunity to grow and when you are… fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1:2-4 NLT).

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