11. November 2017 · Comments Off on WHO’S YOUR COMPANY? · Categories: Action, Decision making, Friends, Jesus Christ, Relationship

Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers) (Psalm 1:1 AMP).

Beloved, our feature text reminds me of the Israelites Journey as they came out of Egypt on their way to the Promised Land. Their journey is one to learn from as it represents our Journey to our promised destination.

As they made their way, we are told that there was a time… THE FOREIGN RABBLE WHO WERE TRAVELING WITH THE ISRAELITES began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel ALSO BEGAN TO COMPLAIN. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” (Numbers 11:4-6 NLT)

The Message translation says: ‘The riffraff among the people had a craving AND SOON THEY HAD THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WHINING…

As a result of their company; the people that caused them to long for things they had left behind, some didn’t make it to their destination (Numbers 11:31-34).

Beloved, are there people in your life that keep reminding you of your past and taking you back to the things you used to do and what you’ve left behind? These people have got to go. We need people that will push us forward; encourage and cheer us on; not folks that will cause us to complain or like the NKJV translation says; causes us to… YIELD TO INTENSE CRAVING (Numbers 11:4)… thereby causing us to fall by the wayside.

The word ‘rabble’ means ‘a disorganized or disorderly, unrestrained crowd of people (trouble makers)’ and while I’m by no means putting anyone down, we seriously need to think about the people we hang out with. Your ‘rabble’ is anyone or anything that is causing you to stumble. Yes, you may not have all you need right now but do they know where the Lord is taking you?

I like what Apostle Paul said. He said… These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE STANDING STRONG, BE CAREFUL NOT TO FALL (1 Corinthians 10:6-12 NLT).

Beloved… WHO’S YOUR COMPANY?

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10. November 2017 · Comments Off on THE MUCH-NEEDED CONVERSATION · Categories: Action, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship

Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I beg of you, from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right hand, then I will go to the left (Genesis 13:8-9 AMPC). Beloved, there are times when you’ve just got to say to some people; you know what… for peace sake, let’s just stop this right now. You take whatever you want to take, and I will see you later. That’s what Abraham did in our feature text. The NIV says Abraham said to Lot… “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me. While the New Living Translation says… Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us…

Beloved, Abraham had to beg Lot. One would think its foolishness when you back down from a quarrel and let the other person have their way. You may even feel like you’ve been cheated but in the midst of all that quarrelling, conflict and negative atmosphere, it’s hard to hear from the Lord for your next level. It was only after Abraham got rid of his conflict with Lot that he was able to hear from God… The Lord said to Abram AFTER LOT HAD LEFT HIM, LIFT UP NOW YOUR EYES AND LOOK from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your posterity forever (Genesis 13:14-15 AMPC).

LIFT UP NOW YOUR EYES AND LOOK…

Beloved, do you know that as far as your focus is on people, you are looking down and not up? And unfortunately, some people can be a huge source of distraction in your life. If you find yourself always arguing and quarrelling over stuff then you need to first have a conversation with yourself and ask yourself what’s up with this. Do I have time for this? Can I afford this at this stage of my life? Do I have the energy for this? Secondly, you have to have the much-needed conversation with your Lot and say… “This fighting… has got to stop… We can’t afford to let a rift develop… I’ll tell you what we’ll do. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want that part over there to the east, then I’ll stay here in the western section. Or, if you want the west, then I’ll go over there to the east.” (TLB)

You need to be maturing in the things of the Lord because He wants you to LIFT UP NOW YOUR EYES AND LOOK… so please STOP THE STRIFE and move on.

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09. November 2017 · Comments Off on LET GO OF THE PAST AND MOVE ON INTO YOUR FUTURE · Categories: Action, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

Beloved, the Lord says in our feature text that He has plans to give you a future and a hope. This talks about our future but the fact is that many of us have a past and for some, it’s a struggle to let go of that past. However, in order to transition and move forward, it is very important that you leave some things behind else you would be stuck between two seasons and can’t really move forward. You need to understand that God is a moving God so please don’t get stuck in the past. He knows the things that have happened to you and would want you to know that it’s not the end. People come and go but His plan continues.

He said to Joshua… “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them (Joshua 1:2 NLT). He said to Samuel… “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king” (1 Samuel 16:1 NLT).

Beloved, why do we tend to cry over who or what the Lord has rejected for us? If God didn’t want you to have it, then you definitely don’t want it/him/her. If He says NO, then don’t get stuck behind that closed door. Move on and see what He has planned. After David’s adultery, He prayed and fasted for the child to stay alive but it didn’t work. However, David was quick to let go and… then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child (2 Samuel 12:24 NLT). That child happened to be King Solomon.

As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples didn’t know what to do without Him in their midst, so they stood there staring into empty space… As they strained to see Him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!” (Acts 1:10-11 NLT)

Beloved, it’s not the end. The Lord’s plan continues but some of us are bent on standing behind a closed door. However, God wants you to let go and move on to see the door that is open in front of you. Stop being bitter and angry over what has happened. Move on and see what’s ahead. As you do so, I pray you run into the exceedingly, abundantly above all that you can ever ask or think.

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08. November 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU CARRYING BAGGAGE OR LUGGAGE? · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship

…stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run… the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1 AMP)

Beloved, during my flight to Israel, a few minutes after our plane started moving down the runway, an announcement was made that we had to go back because there were some issues with someone’s luggage which had to be taken off the plane before we could take off. What this meant was that we were slightly delayed. Instead of taking off, we had to go back to the beginning and thinking about it now, I can’t help but think about what someone said only a few days before our trip. They said; there’s a difference between baggage and luggage.

That made me think. It also made me search for the definition of both terms and here’s what I found. A luggage is defined as suitcases and bags containing personal belongings packed for traveling and while this is often used interchangeably with the term ‘baggage’, however, one definition of baggage says its past experiences or long-held attitudes perceived as burdensome encumbrances. Another definition says it’s the beliefs and feelings that influence how you think and behave. For example, we all carry a lot of emotional baggage around with us.

Beloved, for my trip, I ensured I travelled light because I didn’t want to be weighed down by too much load which helped a lot with my movement but the other thing I noticed as I embarked on this short study was that most airlines who make allowance for excesses we carry on board actually refer to it as ‘excess baggage’ and not ‘excess luggage’. In fact, when you type ‘excess’ in google, google suggests ‘excess baggage’. I deliberately ignored this suggestion and typed ‘excess luggage’ but then it asked; “Did you mean: excess baggage” which I found interesting.

So, what am I trying to say? If we go by the definition of what baggage is, we find that we all carry a lot of baggage around with us which tends to slow us down or delay our journey, but our feature text urges us to strip off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, so we can run the race that is set before us.

Beloved, Sunday was my birthday and as I was reflecting on the new year ahead of me, one of the things I said to myself was that this was a year of decisions and I’m not alone. Many of us need to make certain decisions.

As you move forward in your journey, plan to travel light. It’s time to get rid of those relationships that have become excess luggage and are preventing you from taking off. Like King Saul, it’s time to get rid of those attitudes and limiting mindsets that have held you down. The Bible tells us that when it was time to appoint Saul as king… they looked for him, he had disappeared! So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” and the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” (1 Samuel 10:21-22 NLT)

Beloved, are you hiding among the baggage? Are they slowing you down? Isn’t it time to address every baggage in your life?

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07. November 2017 · Comments Off on MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST A GOOD THING · Categories: Choices, Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ

When David was settled in his palace, he summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant is out there under a tent!” Nathan replied to David, “Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.” But that same night God said to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord has declared: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in (1 Chronicles 17:1-4 NLT).

Beloved, every time I read this story, it makes me want to go back to the Lord to ask for another confirmation about all the things I’m doing. We all know the story of David. He was a man after God’s very own heart. He loved God with all his heart and was totally committed to doing God’s will. He was a very enthusiastic man, always looking for ways to please the Lord and our feature text lets us know that He reached a place in his journey where he felt the need to build a house for the Lord. He ran his idea pass Nathan who felt it was a good idea, but it took God to step in to say that though it’s a good idea and I know your heart is in the right place, but you are not the one to build a house for me to live in.

Unfortunately, there are many things we do that though they are ‘good’ things, they may not necessarily be ‘God’ things and the reason why this is important is because, with the limited amount of time and resources we have, we need wisdom with what we get involved in else we would be pulled in every direction and we become weariness which is a tactic of the enemy‎.

Beloved, it’s not that building a house for the Lord wasn’t to be done but just not by David. The Lord told David, your son, Solomon… He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me… (1 Chronicles 17:12 NLT). It was Solomon to do the work and many are struggling, wondering why they are not finding the grace to do certain things but perhaps the Lord is saying it’s because I haven’t asked you to do it.

I like the story of the good Samaritan. He was going on a journey but met a wounded man along the way that needed his help, but he also needed to continue his journey so, going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds… and bandaged them… and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’‎ (Luke 10.34-35 NLT) and he continued his journey. However, many of us have been side-tracked.

Beloved, are you currently doing just ‘good’ things and not ‘God’ things? Do you need to stop and ask for confirmation?

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06. November 2017 · Comments Off on COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE · Categories: God's Plan, Grace, Help, Jesus Christ

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).

Beloved, when people offer us help and assistance, some grab it with open hands; some are too proud to accept, and others would occasionally reach out making sure they don’t abuse it. I remember back in secondary school, I was in the boarding house, but I had this close friend whose parents were one of the most wonderful people I had ever met. They opened up their home to me and I tell you… I abused it. I was at their house almost every weekend and it soon became almost every day. Well, it was free homemade food and I get to watch TV during term time. It was like Heaven on earth then! However, what I really enjoyed was spending time with her mum. She was a foreigner so was highly esteemed in my eyes… LOL. She used to spend time talking to us. She had been there; done it and survived the stage we were at, so she used to advise us about everything. It was very nice to know that I had access to that kind of help and support. It helped me a lot to survive my secondary school years.

Now, as Christians, we are in this world but not of this world. We are far away from home and as nice as my friend’s parents were to me, we have help and support that is even better.

Another translation of our feature text says… since we have a great high priest WHO HAS ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN… LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I remember when I first started really working with this verse, I just used to say, Lord, I’m here standing before Your throne. You’re the One that said COME BOLDLY, so I’m here. I need help with so, so and so. The list was endless, but I never really understood the power of those words until sometime later I suddenly realised it worked. I found out that I was no longer struggling with some of the things I used to present to Him.

Beloved, when you come to the throne of His grace; He tells and shows you how He was able to overcome. He says… remember that I defeated satan with the Word. Remember I had to pray so had to overcome that trial. You may stumble at first but keep going back boldly to the throne and ask for more grace and soon enough change happens.

LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE

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05. November 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT TAKES PLACE WHILE WE WAIT · Categories: Change, Fruit of the Spirit, God's Plan, Grace, Humility, Jesus Christ, Patience, Perseverance, Promise, Spiritual Growth

Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, the word of the Lord tested and refined him (Psalm 105:19 AMP)

Beloved, we all have loads of dreams, promises, and prophecies from the Lord but I’ve found out that while these promises are more important to us, God is more interested in what happens to us while we wait for their fulfilment and that’s the development of one’s character and our transformation into the image of Christ.

The New Living Translation of our feature text says… Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, THE LORD TESTED JOSEPH’S CHARACTER.

Beloved, we know the story of Joseph. He may have thought that God had forgotten about him after all the years that past between the time he had his dream and its fulfillment but every step of the way, the Lord was testing his character. Somehow, he found himself as a slave in Potiphar’s house but because… “Joseph was a strikingly handsome man. As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.” He wouldn’t do it. He said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master doesn’t give a second thought to anything that goes on here—he’s put me in charge of everything he owns. He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn’t turned over to me is you. You’re his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?” She pestered him day after day after day, BUT HE STOOD HIS GROUND. HE REFUSED TO GO TO BED WITH HER” (Genesis 39:6-10 MSG).

Who knows; satan may have appeared before God while Joseph was in Potiphar’s house. He must have said; “Your boy is doing great because he hasn’t faced real temptation. Allow me to tempt him with something great. Let’s see how he would handle the pressure from Potiphar’s wife. Let’s see if he won’t fall for the temptation” and God must have said, “go ahead and give it your best shot” and so the testing began but Joseph used tests like this to develop integrity and fine character. Satan may have had a different plan in mind, but God must have said “let me allow it to see if far away from home, in a place where nobody knows him, where he thinks he is free to do whatever he wants, whether he would still maintain a good character” and Joseph passed the test. He was not about to sin against God.

Beloved, what if Joseph did not develop such character? When he eventually became governor over all of Egypt, don’t you think the women would have been in trouble? What test of character is God putting you through? How is it going?

I just got back from Israel and one thing that was obvious was that the Lord took us all there to test our character; some in humility, patience, long-suffering, integrity, obedience to what He said we should or should not do and all I could say was Lord, give me the grace to see me through.

Beloved, what about you?

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04. November 2017 · Comments Off on HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT? · Categories: Change, Choices, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Sin, Spiritual Growth, Thoughts

…let us cleanse ourselves from everything that CONTAMINATES BODY AND SPIRIT, completing holiness [living a consecrated life—a life set apart for God’s purpose] in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1 AMP).

Beloved, the New King James Version of our feature text says… LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH AND SPIRIT… However, most times, we tend to focus on the flesh but what about the spirit?

Jesus taught us a few things about this and I would love for us to explore this. Jesus said… “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘YOU MUST NOT MURDER. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell (Matthew 5:21-23 NLT).

Beloved, YOU MUST NOT MURDER is a requirement of the law but Jesus is saying here that it’s not enough to avoid murder; we must also avoid prolonged anger and hatred. Jesus was giving a fuller understanding of why God made that law in the first place. The law says you must not murder but Jesus taught that we should not even become angry enough because that’s how the devil plants a seed, committing murder in our heart. The Pharisees read the law and felt that they had obeyed it. Yet, they were angry enough with Jesus that they soon plotted His death.

Unfortunately, we miss the intent of God’s Word when we read His rules for living without trying to understand why He made them. Have you closed your heart to his intent?

Here’s another example. Jesus said… “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘YOU MUST NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28 NLT).

What Jesus is saying here is that it’s not enough to avoid adultery; we must also keep our hearts from lusting and while FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH is very easy to detect, one can carry FILTHINESS OF THE SPIRIT for a long time undetected.

What do I mean? The same person that says I love you with Jesus’ love can at the same time be cursing you out in their heart because they haven’t forgiven you for something you may not even be aware of. How can you detect that?

Beloved, with God, it is a matter of the heart. Remember… the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV) and everyone will give an account one day. So, HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT?

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03. November 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT’S HIDDEN IN YOUR HEART? · Categories: Action, Jesus Christ, Thoughts, Words

I have HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11 NLT).

Beloved, we know that Jesus said… For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil THOUGHTS, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness (Mark 7:21-22 NLT). Jesus also said… A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45 NIV). This makes me ask the question; What’s in your heart? And it’s not a hard question to answer. Your thoughts, your words, your actions; they all reveal what’s in your heart and if they are not good, our feature text gives us a solution… we need to hide God’s word in our hearts.

Beloved… What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it DISCOVERS THE DESIRES AND THOUGHTS OF OUR HEARTS (Hebrews 4:12 CEV).

We are told of a certain rich man who asked Jesus; “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”. Jesus replied… you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’VE OBEYED ALL THESE COMMANDMENTS SINCE I WAS YOUNG.” Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” AT THIS THE MAN’S FACE FELL, AND HE WENT AWAY SAD, FOR HE HAD MANY POSSESSIONS (Mark 10:19-22 NLT).

Beloved, that’s what the Word of God does. It DISCOVERS THE DESIRES AND THOUGHTS OF OUR HEARTS. This man felt; I’VE OBEYED ALL THESE COMMANDMENTS SINCE I WAS YOUNG so I’m fine but a word from Jesus revealed his heart’s content. He realised his possessions were his god. They took first place. HE WENT AWAY SAD. He suddenly saw what was in his heart and it was not the word. It was idolatry, greed etc.

Beloved, God’s word should reside in our hearts. When the word falls on good ground, it spreads its roots until it gets to the heart and hidden in the heart, it starts to fight for room with other occupants. Sinful habits natural to the soul and deeply rooted in it are separated and cut off by this two-edged sword. For instance, when we really meditate on what the word says about humility, it goes to work and takes the place of pride in our heart. It’s that active.

Today, my prayer for you is that this double-edged sword pierces through your heart until the word resides in it so you may bear good fruit.

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After going a little farther, He fell to the ground [distressed by the weight of His spiritual burden] and began to pray that if it were possible [in the Father’s will], the hour [of suffering and death for the sins of mankind] might pass from Him. He was saying, “Abba, Father! All things are possible for You; take this cup [of judgment] away from Me; but not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:35-36 AMP)

Beloved, using yesterday’s message as backdrop, I remember when someone was telling me that they were truly tired of praying for a situation they were facing and the question is what do you do when you’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve done everything you know how to do but the mountain is not moving? Like Jesus said to the Father in our feature text, “all things are possible for You” so, why is this situation not changing?

Yes, all things are possible for the Lord but there are some crosses you may have to carry for a while to achieve a greater purpose. This was exactly what I told this person and someone else confirmed it. Not easy to hear but God surely is working out a greater testimony.

Beloved, when you find yourself in such situations, does that mean God has left you to your own devise? Absolutely not! In the case of Jesus, we read that while He was wrestling with the reality that He had to carry His cross… there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit (Luke 22:43 AMP). I like the way the Message translation put it… “Father, remove this cup from Me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” AT ONCE AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN WAS AT HIS SIDE, STRENGTHENING HIM.

Strength was what was needed. So, as you submit to the will of God; “Father, give me the strength to carry this cross” is the prayer that is needed.

We also see the same sort of thing happening to Apostle Paul. When going through his own trial, he said… Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV).

Beloved, Grace was what was needed. “Father, give me the grace to go through this and come out stronger and wiser” is the prayer that is needed because… we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Beloved, this is one of those messages or Scriptures that we don’t like to hear about but unfortunately, we can’t erase it from the Bible, so whatever it is that the Lord may be asking you to endure for a season… 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 1:4 AMP).

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