GOD DOES MORE WHEN WE ARE FLEXIBLE

GOD DOES MORE WHEN WE ARE FLEXIBLE- A few weeks ago I was on the treadmill afterhours thinking of the forecasted busy schedule that I was ahead of me in the first half of the year. I realized that in order to be effective and accomplish all goals successfully, I needed to adjust some things including routines. It was at that moment that a Thought came and said, “you can do more if you are flexible”. Then the next Thought said “God does more with you when you are flexible”. Praise God for the Holy Spirit. God talks to each of us uniquely. One of the ways the Holy Spirit speaks to me is through my thought process. God speaks at all times; on this day He spoke to me while on the treadmill; the topic for this blog was birthed!
So the whole evening I reflected on “Flexibility” in by relationship with God. Then I was reminded of Abraham and Noah, who were given the vision of what God wanted, and they remained flexible and just followed what God directed them to do. Both Abraham and Noah reaped more and to date we are enjoying their fruits of flexibility. Through Jesus Christ we are now partakers of the Abrahamic inheritance. By sign of the rainbow which was given to Noah, God affirms every time we see the rainbow that He will no longer wipe out the earth with heavy floods; the fruits of flexibility.

Flexibility is an attitude of total surrender, when we submit to God as our potter, to conform and shape us into what He wants us to be. Once conformable, God in turn uses various ways including tests, adversity, chastening and blessings to mold us into His image. So do not be quick to want to cop-out of an adversity or test because it could be that God is using that situation to bold and shape you. Instead, remain open and flexible. Let His hands work on you, that you may be shaped and molded to a usable vessel.

I realized that flexibility and obedience are key to increase in the knowledge and fullness of God. I also think flexibility is a test; where God commands that e change our routines, can ne change right away and follow His direction, or will we remain stuck in our ways.

God is the potter and we are the clay, Isaiah 64.8. Recall, clay is flexible. In fact, its consistency has some viscosity that makes in pliable, conformable and shapeable to whatever thing the Potter wants. The final outcome is normally something beautiful; often a vessel to contain something or a decorative décor. This is our God. Repent, renounce and let go of the rigidity. Embrace the freedom in Christ. Our walk as Christians is no longer by works, or our own. Our walk rather is by faith, and by the Holy Spirit. This week purpose to be flexible and expect to receive more from God. Be encouraged, God is Faithful and Dependable.

– Pauline

 

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ASK GOD TO GROW THAT WEAK SPOT

Human nature tends to criticize or point fingers to areas of inadequacies or lack. Ministries and churches get brunt of these based on peoples’ needs. Likewise, people may be hard on themselves because of the weakness they have. My encouragement to you this week is to ASK GOD TO FIX THAT WEAK SPOT!

As believers, we are in the process of being perfected slowly by slowly. Final perfection will come in eternity with Jesus. Consider that any stage of life is a process of being perfected. So is the Church, so is the ministry, so are the pastors. So, should you see a weak area in your church, or an area that is lacking- (1) pray and ask God to grow and mature that area; whether it is in a department or person. (2) Second ask God for what you can do to improve that area. It may be an idea, a recommendation or personal involvement. (3) The next step is to share those ideas or recommendations respectfully with the church leaders, person or leader.

Don’t be quick to critizing, judge, or point fingers at the weakness of others. Avoid sabotaging or holding others siege with demands because of your discontent. If you are convinced that you need to move on, do so respectively. There is a way of ending relationships respectively and in love. Avoid getting involved in unproductive rumors or spreading your discontent about the person, church, ministry or minister.

You see the weak spot is a like as seed. Naturally, seeds are fragile. They can be squashed, trampled on or destroyed. When sown in fertile soil, these same seeds thrive. You are that fertile soil. Fertile means, tilted, fertilized, mature, nourished; made ready to nurture the seed to maturity. You are that fertile soil. You are the temple of the Lord; you are God’s righteous, a holy nation, a peculiar person, filled with the Holy Spirit, equipped and called to great works-refined regularly and transformed from glory to glory.  Surrender that weak area to the Lord. Surrendering the weak area is like placing the seed in the soil. So, submit the weak area to the mighty God who now lives in you!

Personally, if you have an area of weakness, don’t beat yourself either. Commit that area to the Lord also. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit- “Holy Spirit expose and show me how to improve this area. Holy Spirit, breath, water, grow this spot”. Luke 11:11 says that God will not give you stone if you ask for bread. God is faithful, when we ask He responds. God grants the desires of a pure heart. God’s grace is perfect for weaknesses!

Don’t give up, don’t leave, don’t quit yet- ask God to fix that weak spot. The Lord will perfect that which concerns you. Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8

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BELIEVE GOD FROM START TO FINISH

The conception of every new thing comes with much excitement and energy. The new thing could be an idea, vision, dream, goal month, baby, business; a new job, car, ministry, a new exercise routine; name it; any new thing! As you progress in the new thing though, you may experience challenges, twists and turns and or even growth spurts (the teenage stage of anything)! I encourage you this week to trust God in every stage of it.

He who begun a new thing in you will bring it to completion (Philipians1:6). As child of God, His plans for you are orchestrated by Him. Like a symphony conductor, allow God to walk you through the symphony of your life. Partner with Him in each stage of the process; in the exciting times and through the challenging period. I believe God likes to show Himself strong on your behalf through those twists and turns, that’s when we see His mighty hand of salvation, deliverance healing and restoration. We get to experience God as the chief conductor bringing the ensemble of the new things to high climax-all things working for our good (Romans 8:28). By consistently involving and trusting God, when you meet your goal you can testify to “thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 15:57)! Yeaaah! Kudos to you!

Commit your ways to the Lord and He will establish them. No matter where you are with your goals right now, commit that stage to the Lord right now. Engage God in it. God rejoices at your success. He celebrates with you (Zephaniah 3:17), believe God for every area of your life. Have faith in God. He will see you through to the end.

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LIVING AS THOUGH GOD IS FOR YOU

Lately I have been reflecting on Romans 8:31 which says, “If God is for us, who can against us”. Then I though surely what would I do differently daily know that God is for me?

The truth is God never changes, His promises are sure. So, God means it when He says He is for you. God does not lie, and He cannot change His mind (Numbers 23:19.) Furthermore, Jesus says in, behold I am with you always, I will never leave you or forsake you. I am with you to the end (Matthew 28:20, Deuteronomy 31.8.). So surely if you knew that God is for you right now, what could you do differently? Can you evaluate your situation right now and picture God right there with you? Ephesians 2:4-7 says we are seated in heavenly places with Jesus Christ. This is pretense tense, meaning right now Jesus is with you!

I challenge you this week to live as though God is right there with you. Pursue life with boldness and courage. Dream big and engage God in your dreams. Since you are that close with Him anyway, ask for His guidance, ask God what you do not understand. Ask Him about the past, the present and the future. Make the Holy Spirit your personal consultant! Pursue your dreams and destiny with faith and tenacity.

Pursue life! Live to the fullest knowing that God is for you and nothing- I mean nothing will separate Him from loving you. Go forth and conquer, unleash the potential in you. You are already guaranteed victory through Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57). Look at the situation at tell it “GOD IS FOR ME” because it is true; GOD IS FOR YOU!

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MOVE IN FAITH then WAR IN PERSEVERANCE

In this fast-paced life, at times it may feel like things are not moving fast enough. With Apps and touch screens, I often catch myself trying to click something repeatedly because it is not opening fast enough for me. While I still have a regular door knob, occasionally I have pushed the car keys projecting it towards the front door of my house, pushing the button to open the door. Why- I want the door open now! I want the solution now!

As I journey with the Lord, I’ve come to learn that faith is important, but the real test is whether we can wait and persevere patiently for the correct outcome from God. I am learning this right now, as recent as 2 weeks ago, the importance of believing in what God has promised then persevering through the promise until it manifests. It’s been a lesson alright!

A practical way of this perseverance involves learning to rest in the Lord, avoiding seeking alternative solutions to the problem, trusting the counsel of the Lord, asking the Holy Spirit to help you not revert to your former ways or solicit past relationships; it involves self-control and self-discipline. Persevering through the promise requires taking time to be still to listen to the Lord and wait for instructions on what to do next about the promise. Perseverance involves continuing to pray, to dig deep, to seek deep, constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit while waiting for the promise to manifest.

Lastly perseverance through faith means KEEPING THE MOMENTUM and STAYING CONSITENT AND FAITHFUL in your communion, prayer life, in worship, in thanksgiving, in reading the Bible, in meditation and in doing what God called you to do until the answer comes. Easier said than done, right? But you have great examples in Joseph, in Daniel, in Joshua and in Jesus Christ himself.

This week believe God, walk in faith but war in perseverance. Do not rush to make decisions, do not settle for the alternative. He has spoken, will God not do it! God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)

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GOD DOES NOT PUNISH US WITH EVIL

That’s tough to believe especially when you know you are doing everything right. Often when faced with challenges, we are quick to point the finger at ourselves. The common question is “what wrong did I do this time? God must be punishing me?

Aaa, aaah, wrong! You see Satan is called the accuser of the brethren for reason. Often, Satan will create the mess –adversity, then convince you to blame God. He knows when he does that, you will be mad at God, focus on the adversity and take your eyes off Satan while he-satan continue to stir up the pot! When your eyes are off Satan, you cannot deal with him. Yet Christ has given as the power to deal with Satan.

God disciplines His children a good father would do, but He does not punish them with evil. Beware of Satan’s tactics-When he takes you off focus, he can easily distract and finish you. Knows his ways and deal with Satan. He is to rebuked and commanded to leave. Resist the devil and he will flee. Command the mountain to move in Jesus name and the mountain will move.

God is merciful, God is gentle, and He is often there to defend us, forgive us, deliver us, heal and restore us. The Bible says God’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting. I love it when God showed Moses His glory, He said, I am the Lord, the Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin(Exodus 34:6-7). This means that even in your worst sin, God still forgives, heals and restores when we are repentant.

This week, focus on God’s love and faithfulness. Focus on his ability to forgive heal and restore. Focus on His mighty power to bring forth the needed waiting. Then use the power of Christ in you to confront and deal with Satan. You have the help of the Holy Spirit, Angels are also sent to minister and support you. God loves you, God does not punish you with evil, and Satan is the source of the evil. Lean on the upper arm, the greater, loving power of God our Father.

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GOD PROVIDES WHEN HE CALLS

Generally, transitions in life can be very intriguing. This applies to any type of transition especially when you a moving to new position, location and even when transitioning in spiritual matters. Whatever transition you are in right now, be assured that God has already provided for where He is taking you.

It is Faith thing- Spiritual maturity requires that we BELIEVE and OBEY God at His Word. I’ve learned that immediate obedience is walking in the fear of the Lord. I’m also learning that God will provide for the assignment He has commissioned you no matter where you are! Here are some examples:

Look at Joseph-Even in captivity God still provided shelter for him in pharaoh’s house. Though wrongly accused and imprisoned, God still granted Joseph favor with the prison guard and he Joseph become the prison’s administrator.(Genesis 39:20-23). From there God made Joseph the prime minister and pharaoh provide for Joseph and his extended family (Genesis 41:41-46).

Among Enemies- God still provided for Isaac when he dwelt with Abimelech. Isaac dug wells in barren lands, the Bible says he later sowed hundred fold. Abimelech recognized the hand of the Lord with Isaac based on the abundance of God’s provision for Isaac. Abimelech ended up requesting for peace treaty with Isaac (Genesis 26:1-30).

Look at the Israelites- They had the best diet and provision while in the desert. God provided not only manna, ut fresh water and preserved their clothing and shoes! (Deuteronomy 29:5-6) What a Mighty God we serve. This means that even in our dry seasons, God will provide!

This week trust God to provide for what He has called you to do. Be very careful of the nay-sayers and of YOUR OWN RATIONALIZATION. These may try to talk you out of your assignment. Logic is very good, but it has its downside too when it challenges what God has spoken. When God calls you to something, He has already seen the end of it and what will be required to accomplish the task. Be confident that He who started the good work in you will bring it to completion (Phil: 1:6). God sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10)

Psalm 32.8