31. May 2017 · Comments Off on GOING AFTER FIRST THINGS FIRST · Categories: Blessing, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Motives

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).

Beloved, we know the story of King David; how he loved to be in the presence of the Lord! Growing up, he spent a lot of time in the presence of the Lord; writing songs, praising and just worshiping God. I’m sure that’s where he learnt all his special dance moves that embarrassed the life out of his wife. But then, there was Saul. Right from the very day he felt David was a threat, he did not allow the poor boy rest. David was always running for his life until Saul and his sons died and then David was eventually anointed king over all of Israel.

David had to fight some more enemies but immediately he had some peace, there was only one thing on his mind; the presence of God. Then David again gathered all the elite troops in Israel, 30,000 in all. He led them to Baalah of Judah to bring back the ARK OF GOD, which bears the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, who is enthroned between the cherubim (2 Samuel 6:1-2 NLT).

And not just that. David’s next mission was to build a ‘house’ for the Lord to live in… When King David was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all the surrounding enemies, the king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!” (2 Samuel 7:1-2 NLT)

The Lord had to stop him. “David, are you the one to build a house for me to live in?

Beloved, David was the King of all of Israel, but his heart’s desire was seeking after the things of God first. Shouldn’t this be the case for us too? That is, like our feature text says to… seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).

What things? Oh… The Ark of the Lord came with blessings. We know David ran into some problems when transporting the Ark so out of fear he left it with Obed-edom… but then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God”. So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration (2 Samuel 7:1-2 NLT). GIVE ME BACK WHAT BELONGS TO ME!

Beloved, we tend to get our priorities mixed up and run after the very things that should be running after us. The Bible says… And all these blessings shall come upon you and OVERTAKE you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 28:2 AMP).

Beloved, today, Jesus is saying “seek Me first and see what will follow”. Are you going to heed to His voice?

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30. May 2017 · Comments Off on CONTINUE TO BE A PRISONER OF HOPE‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Hope, Patience, Trusting God

Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you (Zechariah 9:12 AMPC).

Beloved, a prisoner is someone who is confined in prison or kept in custody, especially as the result of legal process while a prison is a building for the confinement of persons held while awaiting trial or sentenced after conviction. So, when our feature text talks about being a ‘prisoner of hope’, it is referring to someone who is confined to remain in hope which is our prison and I once remember a preacher so beautifully illustrating this once when they brought a prison on stage.

We are meant to be prisoners of hope. However, like the Shunammite woman, many of us are runaway prisoners. We’ve released ourselves from the prison of hope. After what seems like a lifetime of waiting to have a child, she decided… forget it… and so when she was told by Elisha… “Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!” “No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, DON’T DECEIVE ME AND GET MY HOPES UP LIKE THAT.” (2 Kings 4:16 NLT)

…DON’T DECEIVE ME AND GET MY HOPES UP LIKE THAT… She couldn’t bear to hope again but that’s because… Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12) and the problem for many of us is that we don’t want to feel that sickness of the heart. Prolonged waiting without seeing any result has actually become traumatic for some. However, waiting for the unseen is what hope is all about… If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently (Romans 8:24-25 NLT).

This means as long as we haven’t seen results, we must remain locked up and continue hoping but it’s not just for nothing. I like that our text says… the reward is a double portion of your former prosperity and like Job who said… I wait, till my change come (Job 12:12), He sure got a double portion of what he lost.

Beloved, don’t be a runaway prisoner. Return to your prison and keep hoping… for surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18 AMPC).

You are only under trial… For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1:3-4 NLT).

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29. May 2017 · Comments Off on EMBRACING GOD’S WISDOM‏‏ · Categories: Glory, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Suffering, Wisdom

No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—His plan that was previously hidden, even though He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord (1 Corinthians 2:7-8 NLT).

Beloved, have you ever questioned God’s wisdom? Perhaps, you are going through something devastating right now and you just can’t understand what God is up to? Well, He is always up to something even when we can’t understand it.

Referring to the conversation Jesus had with the disciples on the road to Emmaus‎ (Luke 24:13-35), I read a book (Healing the Eight Stages of Life) where the writers said “the despairing disciples began by talking about the tragic death of their friend whom they had counted on to be the Messiah. The disciple’s attitude was “don’t talk to us about God’s wisdom. We haven’t seen much of it in the death of our friend. JESUS SIMPLY SHARED FROM THE SCRIPTURE AND SHOWED HOW EVEN THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR FRIEND’S DEATH WAS TO BE LIFE-GIVING, PART OF THE WISE PLAN THAT GOD HAD FOR THEIR LIVES””.

It took Jesus to make sense of it and I for one know that it would be so great to just sit down and hear the Lord make sense of our experiences. Something along the lines of… “this is why that happened and this is why this had to happened… and more importantly, where do we go from here?” This is exactly what Jesus did to these disciplines. He opened the Scriptures and started explaining to them that His death was a part of God’s plan all along and they must have been like “I get it now. Lord, You are indeed the wise master planner. You had it all planned out all along and even when the enemy thought he was winning, our feature text tells us that he soon realised that he got played big time.

‎Beloved, we have got to get to the point where we move from despair to embracing God’s wisdom. Joseph told his brothers… you intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20 NLT). When Joseph was going through his ordeal, he had no idea that things would turn out the way they did in the end but he finally got to that place where he embraced God’s wisdom. You too need to do the same even when it doesn’t make sense.

According to one of my bible notes; “One can agree with all the truths in the Bible and still miss the power of God… [which]… cannot be fully grasped by our eight-pound brains. We must approach God humbly as creations, not as those aspiring to fully explain the Creator of the universe.

Beloved, it’s time to… trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT).

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28. May 2017 · Comments Off on A PURE HEART‏ WITH PURE MOTIVES‏ · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Motives

BUT there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Then Peter said, “Ananias, WHY HAVE YOU LET SATAN FILL YOUR HEART? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” (Acts 5:1-4 NLT).

Beloved, because there’s a ‘BUT’ at the beginning of our feature text which apparently is how the Chapter starts, it’s only wise to rewind a bit to the previous chapter and you’ll find it recorded that… there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”)… He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles (Acts 4:36-37 NLT).

This got me thinking; perhaps Ananias and his wife saw what Joseph did and how the people reacted to what he did (to earn the name ‘Son of Encouragement’) and most importantly, how the Lord must have blessed Joseph and so they decided that they wanted the same praises and blessings but like Peter said, they allowed Satan fill their hearts. Their motives were wrong. As a result, what was supposed to be a blessing became a curse… As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died… (Acts 5:5 NLT)… and same thing happened to his wife (Acts 5:10).

Unfortunately, many fall into this trap. We do things because others are doing it but I long decided that I’m not going to do anything just because I see someone else doing it regardless of the guilt trip game because while people may look at what is given, the Lord looks at the heart of the giver.

We see this with the case of Cain and Abel… When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted ABEL AND HIS GIFT, but he did not accept CAIN AND HIS GIFT. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:3-7 NLT)

Beloved, you will be accepted if you do what is right… that’s what the Lord is looking for in your giving and sacrifice… DOING IT FROM A PURE HEART‏ WITH PURE MOTIVES…


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27. May 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH VAIN IMAGINATIONS‏ · Categories: Agreement, Deliverance

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV).

Beloved, a vain imagination is anything that is birthed in our minds by OUR THINKING OR REASONING that is contrary to what God’s word says about us and every now and again, the Holy Spirit always leads me to write about the mind; OUR THINKING OR REASONING because that’s where many seem to be losing the battle.

We must all know that the mind is a very powerful tool which unfortunately, the enemy uses very well as a battlefield if given free and unrestricted access. He starts by planting seeds of thoughts which you are bound to think are yours if you are not aware of his devises. Before you know it, you start to imagine all sorts of rubbish. You feel a slight headache and then you start to think of how one uncle or aunty died of brain tumour and then you start to imagine that you are next. Or you hit your leg on a stone while walking and then you start to think that it is God punishing you for the sin you committed last week. You then begin to have this conversation with the Lord… “but I thought You had forgiven me?” Then something else happens and you think the same way. Before you know it, huge condemnation sets it and you are thinking… I’m never going to pass that exam or interview because God is not pleased with me. As a result, you then go on living life expecting the worst to happen to you and as you know… as he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7 AMP).

The truth is that all these vain imaginations start as a seed of thought that the devil plants in your mind and like someone once said, vain imagination is one common method those that practice witchcraft uses to plant their evil plans into one’s life”. Before you know it, out of nowhere, you start thinking you are going to die. God forbid!!!

Beloved, this is why it’s very important that you take every negative thought captive and bring it to the obedience of Christ. You must not allow it to grow and develop. How do you do this? You must always practice the habit of thinking of what you are thinking of. “Where is this thought coming from? Is it from the Lord? Is this what the Word of God says about me?” If it isn’t, then it certainly is a lie from the devil and then, you have to always search out the truth in the Scriptures, believe what it says and live by that truth only.

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

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26. May 2017 · Comments Off on JUST LIKE A DREAM · Categories: Deliverance, Help, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR THEM.” (Psalm 126:1-2 NKJV)

Beloved, are you in or have you ever been in a difficult position where you just think this is the end of me? You look at the situation and say to yourself… there’s no way I’m coming out of this. Well, I’ve been there so many times. In fact, I was once in a fire and with no way out; I found a little corner to seat in, said my last prayers and started singing praises. The fire brigade was called but with a massive riot taking place outside, I didn’t think they would make it on time and even when they got to where we were, we had to wait until they broke the walls down. I tell you… that was the day I knew that the smoke from the flames could choke you to death even before the flames reach you. That day, I remember telling God… so after having several car accidents, it’s fire that would finally take me out. However, God forbid; He found a way to get me out of there. To Him be the glory.

Also, I remember a friend telling me of the day she almost drowned. Not knowing how to swim, she said her last prayers, held her noise and started going down. She thought it was the end of her but from nowhere, a hand pulled her out. She said from where she was, it could only have been an angel.

Beloved, such was the case with Peter when he was locked up in jail. Knowing that James was executed only a few hours ago, he must have thought that there was definitely no way out. Perhaps he said his last prayers and went to sleep but… suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared… struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists… “…Follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, BUT HE HAD NO IDEA THAT WHAT THE ANGEL WAS DOING WAS REALLY HAPPENING; HE THOUGHT HE WAS SEEING A VISION. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. THEN PETER CAME TO HIMSELF AND SAID, “NOW I KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT THE LORD HAS SENT HIS ANGEL AND RESCUED ME FROM HEROD’S CLUTCHES AND FROM EVERYTHING THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE HOPING WOULD HAPPEN” (Acts 12:6-11 NIV).


Beloved, are you currently in a tight corner and feel there’s no way out? Don’t worry… it would be like a dream when the Lord rescues you. Just trust Him.

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25. May 2017 · Comments Off on ASKING FOR SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH AND ACCELERATED SPEED · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah [giving him supernatural strength]. He girded up his loins and outran Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles] (1 Kings 18:46 AMP).

Beloved, yesterday, when someone told me what date it was, I could hardly believe it. There’s the saying that ‘time waits for no man’ and when you look back at how quickly time has flown, that saying couldn’t be any more real…

Now the question is what have I achieved so far? How many things can I tick off my list as completed or achieved? Perhaps, you have found yourself with too much on your plate. You’ve got too many deadlines all at the same time and as with the case with many of us, you feel that you have got limited time. However, do you know that if the Lord felt that we needed more than 24 hours in a day, He would have made our days longer? It’s something to think about.

Beloved, all hope is not lost though. I believe it’s time to get on your knees and ask the Lord for help; for Him to empower you with the special strength, might and the kind of speed that He gave to Elijah to outrun the chariots. It’s also the time to get serious. No more messing around. You don’t want to look back in December and regret the time wasted achieving nothing. I like that Elijah had to get rid of anything that would slow him down. He tucked his cloak into his belt. The Message Bible Translation says… Pulling up his robe and tying it around his waist… while the Expanded Bible Translation says, Elijah… tightened his clothes around him… and he… ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles] (Amplified Bible CLASSIC EDITION).

This tells me that it does not matter who has left you behind or how much you need to catch up. You can still catch up but you’ve got to be serious.

Beloved, this is not the time to panic. Why not ask the Lord for speed that outruns the chariots and then see what happens? Remember… I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency] (Philippians 4:13 AMPC).

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24. May 2017 · Comments Off on BEING SECURE IN THE PERSON GOD CALLED YOU TO BE · Categories: God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth


Beloved, reading our feature text, the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that this is what happens when you are secure in the person God has called you to be – be it a husband, leader, CEO, whatever. You don’t have to Lord is over people. You don’t have to boss people around so your voice is heard and you don’t have to tear people down to make you feel important. Rather, it is people that would recognise what the Lord has placed in you.

Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and so He also knew that bending down to wash His disciple’s feet did not make Him less the person that He was and like someone said, leadership is proven by its fruits and not necessarily by you just saying you are a leader. They then went on to say one of the greatest qualities of leadership is humility.

Beloved, Jesus went on to say to His disciples… And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them (John 13:14‭-‬17 NLT)

Beloved, Jesus humbled Himself and we are told… You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11 NLT).

Because of His humility, He got elevated and so you too are to… dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor (1 Peter 5:5-6 NLT).


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23. May 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T FALL FOR THE COMPARISM TRAP ‏ · Categories: Comparism, Contentment, Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship

When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David (1 Samuel 18:6-9 NLT).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say that the reason David got into so much trouble with King Saul was because of people and not anything that David personally did. David was very faithful to Saul. He went wherever Saul sent him. Saul was very pleased with him and so made him a commander over the men of war. However, we see from our feature text that people started comparing both of them and as a result, Saul became Jealous and from then on had only one thing on his mind which was to get rid of David. As a result, he began to watch his every move. He followed him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc wanting to know what he was up to and where he would be so that he could track him down. Poor David who displayed no element of pride was now constantly on the run.

Beloved, how does this apply to us? Well, we do this every day without realising it. We compare our children to other people’s children and even to one another. We say can’t you see what your sister did yesterday. We compare our spouses to somebody else’s forgetting that the grass always seems greener from the other side. We compare our friends, our staff and other work colleagues to one another and before you know it unhealthy competition starts to lead to something else.

So, what could the women have done? I’m not saying they should deny the fact that David was successful but they could have replaced “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands” with “David has killed ten thousands”. There was no need for the comparism.

Beloved, we need to allow people to be the best at their level. Train your child to be the best at who they are. Set them up to run their own race. As for you, first of all, don’t let people compare you to others. Don’t allow them put you on a pedestal too high for you. They may just be setting you up for a fall. Secondly, don’t spend the rest of your life trying to be who God hasn’t called you to be. Be the best you that you can be. Be happy and content at your level because… [it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP).

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22. May 2017 · Comments Off on JUST LET IT GO · Categories: Forgive, Freedom, Jesus Christ, Offense, Peace, Spiritual Growth

If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18 AMP).

Beloved, about a week ago, I was faced with a situation where I had the option to confront somebody regarding a very unfair situation that in a nutshell involved what I was entitled to versus what they were entitled to. This situation was very obvious to everyone around and I had made up my mind about the steps I was going to take (I ain’t giving you the outstanding balance) but then, during my morning devotion, the Holy Spirit ministered to me to basically just let it go because in the long run, it wasn’t worth it. Moreover, the Lord had already provided the means to cover the situation so why argue over material things?

Before then and even before the situation occurred, the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about ‘entitlement’ where we have this tendency to fall out with people over what we think is our entitlement rather than pursuing peace and after this incident, I could fully understand what He had been trying to tell me.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘entitlement’ means ‘having a right to something’ or ‘the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment’ and as I began to pay attention to the word, the Scripture where Jesus talked to His disciples about offenses (Luke 17:1) and dealing with unforgiveness (Luke 17:3-4) came to mind. He continued His conversation by talking about how a good servant shouldn’t demand any special thanks for providing their services. A master… does not thank the servant just because he did what he was ordered to do, does he? So you too, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants [undeserving of praise or a reward, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have merely done what we ought to do.’” (Luke 17:9-10 AMP)

In this illustration, we find that Jesus is simply talking about the things that could bring offense where the servant may think they are entitled to special thanks for providing their services. This can apply to all relationships and many situations. We get offended with people because we feel we didn’t get what we are entitled to and before knowing it, we allow offence, anger and bitterness spread its roots, giving the enemy a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27 AMP).

Beloved, our feature text says… If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. The message translation says… Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” (Romans 12:18-19 MSG)

Beloved, as a servant of God, in as much as my flesh wanted to fight back, I had to make the humble decision to just let it go and it gave me a tremendous amount of peace. Do you need to just let it go?

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