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EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY

All weekly blogs are personal experiences that I often have way before the day they are posted. Some though are very fresh like this one. Hope you will be encouraged through this one as well. Yesterday, I had such hectic day at work with demands coming from all ends; one of them involved dealing with a very challenging person. The person’s attitude was rude, unprofessional, angry etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

Initially, I just wanted to “give it to them” in fact I even proposed submitting a compliant about the person’s behavior. The other issue though, is that I started developing “anticipation anxiety or strategies about how to deal with the person for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to strategize during the night, but every strategy was inconclusive. In fact the more I strategize, the more frustrated I got. I knew this would affect my prayer time and peace so I decided to submit it to prayer

As I prayed, God gave me the strategy, in fact He showed me that the person was hurting and that the person’s identity was wrapped up in their profession. That the best approach was to love and honor the person, with understanding that the person may not acknowledge the love or honor. 1 Corinthians 13 on Love, Galatians 5:22 on the Fruit of Spirit and Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone, gave me a totally new meaning to be being Light in darkness. Danny Silk’s book on A Culture of Honor also came to mind

As I compared the yesterday from today, I concluded that EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY. We may strategize and anticipate the future but God in His love gives us grace to face each day afresh. We cannot take yesterday’s plans into today. God’s mercy and loving kindness are new every morning. We receive FRESH MANNA EACH DAY. DO NOT GO INTO A NEW DAY WITH THE OLD. Each day has its own special anointing

Lesson-Never let a person’s bad day ruin your day. You have the authority to dictate how to react to everything. Choose peace at all costs. Every new day is a day to start a fresh- BLOG BACK PLEASE

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ACTION PACKED SIGN LANGUAGE

While  reflecting on the Gospel of Jesus, I noticed that the evidence of Jesus ministry were action packed. Jesus not only taught but He lived what He taught; See all Gospels from Matthew to Acts. If Jesus taught about prayer- He is recorded to be secluding Himself to pray. If He taught about obedience- He is recorded to have done only what He saw His Father do. If He taught about mercy and compassion, He, fed, healed and delivered many.

Then I thought, as believers, what is our sign language. Commonly sign language is associated with motion and action. Speaking and acting out often concurrently What if each believer took that approach? That we read the Word, speak or teach it but also act it out.

Loving God would then mean loving one another through our actions i.e., respect, honor, truthfulness, accountability, authenticity, being genuine. It would mean tolerating one’s weakness while lovingly supporting them. It would mean taking time to understand one another instead of being quick to judge or criticize. Our sign language as believers would mean, willing to stay unrecognized while we advance another. Our Sign language will include supporting a difficult person even when we know that their success will be in bits; while staying committed to seeing them through. It would include obeying and trusting God even when you do not understand; but just doing because He said so.

Acts 11:26- The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. This is the early church. Were their actions so Christ like? Was there life so action-packed so much so like the Christ beyond just confessed that they were labelled Christians? They must have been doers of the Word.

This week, purpose to have an action-packed Christ language. Consider the application of sign-language which is motion or action. Let us act Christ out, Let us act the Word out. Let us be the Christ people can see and point to – THEY MUST BE CHRISTIANS!

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BE THE PRAYER MOUNTAIN

Spiritual retreats are integral part of our journey as believers. They are often recommended to allow us to recharge, refocus and refresh. We often return from these retreats, energized ready to face life. However with time, we tend to get tired again, relapse and want to head out for another retreat. My encouragement to you this week is that you can have an endless prayer mountain experience right now, wherever you are.

I do not refute the need to go to mountains to pray or take breaks for retreat; it is my hope these are not the only ways you can stay refreshed in the Lord. Prayer is an area that most believers struggle with; yet it also the most potent arsenal for a believer.

To stay recharged and refreshed, consider the following:
*Review your daily routines and identify two slots of time that you can dedicate to reading the Bible, Praying and Listening to God
*Start small, may be with just 15 minutes when you wake up , and 15 minutes before you go to bed
*You can break the 15 minutes, into, 5 minutes Bible Reading, 5 minutes, 5 minutes keeping quiet and listening to God
*Always have a journal next to write what you sense God may be telling. It may come as a thought, or a song or a vison
*You may also consider praying for different things on different days of the week. For example, Mondays are dedicated to praying for work, Tuesdays- your marriage, Wednesdays-Kids, Thursdays-Ministry, Fridays-finances, Saturdays- Thanksgiving for what God has done, Sundays-praying for what God showed you throughout the week in your journal
*If praying for specific issues, always identify a Scripture that aligns to that issue and use the Scripture in prayer
*If filled with the spiritual gift of tongues (prayer language) pray more in the Spirit, in fact press to pray more in that. This is partnership with the Holy Spirit interceding  for you. See Romans 8:26-27

Consistency is the key to success in most areas of our lives. This applies to our walk with God too. As you continue in prayer, you will notice that your commitment to prayer will start to enhance you spiritually. You may notice that you are praying more with ease, God in turn will respond to your prayers.

This week, BE THE PRAYER MOUNTAIN. Start your own retreat where you are. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:18.) Oh GOD who hear prayer, To GOD all men come. (Psalm 65.2)

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BARRICADES MUST BE REMOVED

This week’s blog is a continuation of last week’s. You may recall, last week we spoke about speed bumps-the bumps of life. Bumps are what we must climb over to get to our destination (purpose or goals). Like speed bumps, we cannot remove the bumps or bypass them, often there are no shoulder spaces for bumps. We must just obey the speed limits and drive over them while remaining focused on the goal.

Unlike bumps, barricades though must be dealt with directly. They require physical action-removing them to proceed. Some may require changing the course/route As believers though, we face spiritual barricades. They may include false beliefs, negativity, wrong perception, spiritual attacks. Review the following types of barricades. Can you identify with any of them?

Barricades-These are obstacles. Their placements always demand a detour; some long route that takes you in the backroads of places you never knew existed in your neighborhood. If you know you need to be on other side of the road to your goal, such barricades are to be removed, torn down and destroyed while still maintaining focus on the road. This too requires staying on the road and keeping your eyes focused on the destination

Barricades Type-2- This occurs when God shuts the door. He ends what you are familiar with or stops you while you are on road forcing you to take a detour so that you can learn some new things. If you pass God’s training, you will resume the journey. If do not, you will repeat the training.

Barricade Type-3 God may also place a barricade to protect you if He sees you have not matured yet to attain that goal. OR

Barricade Type 4– He may place barricades as He waits to for the RIGHT TIMING to advance you. The story of Joseph in the Bible is a good example

We are in a season where God is ASCENDING the Church. This means we are moving upwards spiritually, naturally and emotionally. Picture that you are climbing a mountain and you need to reach the submit for the gold medal. What are you currently facing? A Bump or a Barricade. If a Barricade, what Type? OR are you back on the road?

Either way this week-Fight the good fight of faith like a good solder. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.2 Timothy 3b-4