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GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN

There is a common pattern in the ministry of Jesus that I recently discovered; and that is Jesus never condemned those He ministered to. Throughout the Gospels of Matthew through John, I saw Jesus dealing mercifully with the “so called sinners” whom He ministered to. The Pharisees and Sadducees were different though, even His disciples questioned Jesus about the sin the parents of the young blind man had committed. In all these, Jesus never condemned them, instead He ministered salvation, healing and He delivered them.

Let’s cite a few examples of Jesus mercy and compassion

  • The taxpayers were known crooks -yet Jesus dined and fellowshipped with Him. In fact, some of them became His disciples (Matthew 9:9-10)
  • On the blind young man, the disciples thought he has sinned from birth, but Jesus said no sin had nothing to do with and healed him (John 9:1-2)
  • Jesus pardoned the woman who was caught in adultery saying “neither do I condemn you, sin no more (John 8:11)
  • Martha who washed Jesus feet with perfume and her hair apparently had a bad rap sheet in the community, but she ended up serving Jesus throughout His ministry (Luke 7:37-38)
  • I can go on, with the woman at the well, the demoniac in Gerasene etc.

 If you are going through something right now and you feel as though God is condemning or punishing you, that is not true. Not long ago I was approached by two pastors who believed that the adversities that their spouses and children faced were punishment and condemnation from God. I can’t forget an experience in the recent mission in Africa where a lady came to be prayed for healing and as we ministered, she kept saying “Oh God forgive me, forgive me”, yet she was a born-again believer.

Anyone who condemns or reminds you of your sins or faults operates with a demonic spirit. Controlling, manipulative and insecure people will do this. A religious spirit often condemns; satan is also good at reminding people of their faults, sins or failures. Stay away from people who put you down who constantly remind you of your faults no matter and how “spiritual” they are. Condemnation is a strategy the devil and people use to keep you from progressing. Condemnation is a hinderance that has both spiritual and natural(life) implications.

So, should we continue sinning because God does not condemn? The answer is NO! Whenever you sin, repent right away and receive forgiveness immediately. No, that God is Love, He is merciful and compassionate. God always wants the positive for you not the negative.

Consider these Scriptures: – I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness (Jeremiah 31:3). Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28); There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1) if the Jesus  sets you free, you will be free indeed(John 8:36)

No matter how bad it is, with God it is pardonable. God does not condemn!

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DO NOT DRAG THEM WITH YOU

I get excited over most things and often in my excitement, I am quick to share the experience. This was a habit six years ago; I used to share quite a lot with people I thought were open to my insights until I learned the hard way that they were least interested. Well, I have been discovering some interesting stuff lately and I have been tempted to share the information until I heard in my spirit, “do not share that now, don’t drag them with you.”

You see each person is at different stage of being processed by God, so we cannot assume that everyone is where we are, and they should get what we have. Everyone is in some form of process in their walk with God. Instead, we should celebrate and encourage each other in whatever stage we are in our spiritual walk and in life.  To include someone in your process will only lead to frustration on your part but it may lead discord. It also borders on control. On the other hand, not everyone will want to join or share your journey; it will be like pulling a sack uphill, that can be tiring. There are lessons God will want you to keep secret and there are experiences God will want you to endure alone. I bet God does this to test us, to develop our character and to wait until the information is well formed in us to be delivered at the appropriate time.

In this season if friends do not respond when relationships end; that’s fine. Take courage. Not everyone is supposed to journey with you to your promise land. Abraham had to separate from Lot, see Genesis 13: 5-18. This story is critical because it shows a separation of two people who were very close to one another.

The journey to the promise land may require separating from close friends, things and environments that you were used to. It okay to journey alone because God will never leave you. Remember also, that each person is in process that is quite unique to yours. Just enjoy your journey, if God meant for them to be where you are, they will, but don’t force them or pull them uphill. You will hurt yourself. Don’t drag past experiences either, behold God is doing a new thing in this season, Isaiah 43:19.

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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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THE STRENGTH OF YOUR PAST

Occasionally, life will present with some of the most challenging things. This is not negative thinking, it just the nature of life. Part of these experiences are also meant to mature us and prune us in our life journey. But there moments when things can just hit hard. Such moments can cause us to question ourselves, beat ourselves up, revert to self-pity and even question God.

Psalm 77 in its entirety is an example of fellow human like you and I who was pushed there by “life”. Asaph wrote this Psalm; he wrote it in 4 sections. In the first part, he cries in desperate anguish about his problems. In the second section, he gets into questioning God, but in the upcoming sections Asaph remembers his past; how God intervened mightily to deliver them. Asaph concludes his agonizing prayer with expressions of God’s power and strength.
You may be there right now. You may be experiencing what humanly seems impossible. You could be in the worst place you “think” you’ve been; but I encourage to recall remember your past. Remember the last thing the Lord brought you out of -draw your strength from that!

Remember the last-minute breakthrough, remember the answer or provision that came at the nick of time. When you had no food, and someone dropped off grocery, when you had no tuition, but the registrar allowed you to take classes, when you applied for visas and at the tenth application you got one. When your vehicle got repossessed, but you still got one, when you had invested all in a lover who used you instead; God kept your sanity and walked you through restoration.

God is still very much involved in your affairs even in the times of adversity. Satan will target when you are emotionally down with whispers such as God has left you, this is it, there is no way out, you better quit, this is too much…to get you to believe these lies. That how he got Eve sin. Once you believe the lie, unbelief sets in. Unbelief will often lead to sin.

Secondly, satan’s main goal is to steal, kill and destroy. This is how vicious satan is. You may think he would stop at killing- oh no, he is determined to destroy after he is done killing. You see the death that satan aims at is not limited to physical death. Satan aims to kill and destroy your emotions, your ability to think, your ability to plan, your finances, your focus, your health…ultimately, he wants to destroy and kill your IDENTITY and your DESTINY. When satan can make you believe that you are not what God made you to be… next he will want to destroy your purpose and destiny because you cannot pursue purpose/destiny when you don’t know who you are! That is where identity crisis comes in.

Third-When satan feeds you false beliefs about yourself and you believe them, it will affect your emotions. Eventually this will lead to depression. Depression kills your joy, Depression destroys emotionally, mentally, physically and other aspects of life. Do not feed into satan’s whispers of low self-worth, of defeat, of failure, the list goes on. God’s go the whole world in His hands, Come On!. The Joy of the Lord is your STRENGTH. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Receive the Holy Spirit. Receive JOY!

Remember the power of God. Remember the Voice of the Lord that shatters the cedars, shakes the wilderness and divides the flames of fire-Psalm 29.

This week focus on the strength of your past. When life’s challenges come, draw your strength and courage from the last thing God did for you. Draw faith and confidence from God’s power. We overcome by the Blood and the Word of YOUR, yes, your own testimony-Revelation 12:11. There is strength in your past

Jeremiah 32:27 -Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?

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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

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NURTURE THE “ONE SEED” –GOD WILL MULTIPLY IT

I am rubbing my palms with excitement as I write this today. Studying this subject has been fun. Anyways, let’s get back on track. The “seed” that you have could be the idea, the job, the skill, the ministry, the church, the family, the business; collectively whatever you have right now in your possession.

Humanly, it may not be sufficient, it may not make sense, and maybe you are questioning whether it’s really from God because “it is not what you expected. My encouragement to you this week, nurture it, steward it well, continue to pray over it. Stay faithful in it. Take good care of the apartment, soon you will own homes!

What you currently have is a seed from God; He will increase it. 2Corinthians 2:10 says Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. Multiplications or Harvests come much later, endure, stay persistently faithful, eventually, you will reap much more!

The Scripture that led to this study is Genesis22 15-18. In it God blesses Abraham for being faithful with the one son Isaac. Abraham was so faithful to God to the extent of losing that one seed. Can we be faithful to this extent? If God says let go, can we still trust that He will replenish and multiply,

Meditate on these Scriptures this week. May God increase you as you nurture what you currently have faithfully.

Genesis 22:15-18The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

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BEAT UNBELIEF

In you are in the mid-west or mid-Atlantic region it can be difficult to imagine that better weather is coming. Temperatures a frigid right now, one would wish for the heat wave. While winter stays true to itself, say hopeful that spring and summer are on the way. Stay hopeful that what God said will come to pass

Stay hopeful that God has heard your prayers. Stay hopeful that the marriage will work out. Stay hopeful that the runaway child will return home. Stay hopeful that you will get the right job. Stay hopeful that your breakthrough will come through.

I have come to learn that Unbelief is the number one enemy to a believer, followed by Satan. Fear, anxiety, insecurity, pride, arrogance, compromise, settling for second best, manipulation, control, witchcraft , jealousy, strife, anger, gossip, slander, rationalization and self -dependence, all stem from unbelief

Unbelief is what caused the Israelites to delay entering the promise land. Unbelief is what causes us to miss resting in Jesus; yes-we can rest in peace while still alive here on earth. This happens when we come to total surrender in Jesus, embracing His love and allowing the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

This week, take time to evaluate any issue that triggers, fear, faith, anger or anything that causes you to act contrary, examine your fruits (actions and words), could it be unbelief? If so fight it with this Scripture in mind as long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night Genesis 8:22. God will bring you the expected outcome, only trust Him. Jeremiah 29:11

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YOU HAVE TAKEN OFF OR ALREADY IN MID AIR-STAY IN TRANSIT

I have realized that the Lord speaks to me so often but I tend to miss the conversations because they happen in “odd” places when my mind is thinking about something completely unrelated to what the Lord is saying. In my ignorance, I’ve shortened these conversations.

Among them was a conversation about “moving with God to higher dimensions. These conversations occurred in the grocery store, the other occurred while I was opening a door to a building. Same subject, two settings. This past weekend, God continued the conversation through a speaker at a conference saying, “you have grown a strong backbone in 2017, now move forward in 2018”

2018 is about moving forward in God’s strength and power to pursue a greater measure of destiny. There are things that we entertained in 2017, we cannot take into 2018 because we have grown past them. Do you best to rise above offenses, misunderstandings, criticism, false accusations, hurts and setbacks. Do your best to avoid unproductive discussions, company and unproductive conflicts. Recently, I was encouraged by Dr. Bill Johnson. He said there are just some discussions he does not engage in; in fact, he excuses himself from them because they are opinions that unfounded in God’s Word and add no value to a person. Nothing should move you. Don’t engage in pettiness, you have either taken off or already in midair for greater purposes in 2018.

You see when a plane takes off, it reaches a point of “no return”. At this point, the plane only has one option –to take off. Once in the midair it also have 2 options to ascend to higher heights or to land. In both cases, take off and midair, the plane cannot go into reverse! It cannot backtrack. Complacent people, will frustrate you because they are comfortable with where they are. New things startle them. They will back track you with pettiness, offenses, nonsense that add no value to your destiny. Rise above them

Like an eagle, face the eye of the storm head on, embrace the lift. Keep your eyes focused on the vision God has given you. Stand tall in 2018, you have a strong backbone. You have taken off. You are already in midair approaching the next altitude. Stay in transit. Pretty soon you will land the plane. Your vision will manifest.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:13

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FOLKS, JESUS IS ON HIS WAY BACK

Scriptures Matthew 24:16-18- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.

Revelation 22:11 -Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

While cleaning the house last week, I had an impression that was later followed by the Scriptures in Matthew 24:16-18. The impression was forceful and with such urgency warning that Jesus Christ is coming soon.

The emphasis of this impression were the Scriptures. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. Immediately I felt a surge of urgency that we are seriously on the verge of His return and that I should focus on my assignment on earth and execute it effectively before His return.

I had forgotten about this encounter until this past Saturday. Over the Christmas dinner while fellowshipping with my Mom, she brought up the subject again citing Revelation 22:11. Mom shared that she senses the same too-Jesus is coming. Then it dawned on me that God was emphasizing a point and I needed to take this serious.

Folks, Jesus is on His way back. Encouraging all to evaluate our position in Him and our commitment to Him. Encouraging all to stay focused on the assignment you were given. Distractions may be there, but let’s not lose track and miss the mark. We are in race, let’s focus on the finish line to win the price. Let us not run aimlessly.

This applies to everyone, wherever you are whether in the workforce, business, school, ministry, live your life knowing Jesus can show up anytime now-will He find you ready? To those called in ministry, all spiritual leaders, let us focus on getting the Bride Ready. He is coming for a spotless Bride and we are privileged to co-labor with the Holy Spirit and Jesus in this preparation – Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. Jesus is on His way back seriously!

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GOD MAY YOUR AGENDA MATCH MINE

This title can be applied interchangeably as Lord may my agenda match yours, when you reflect on the promise that God already has a plan for each us, and it’s a plan to give us hope and future. Jeremiah 29:11

If you are a planner, it’s likely that at the start of each week or day, you have an idea what you must do or accomplish. Your “to do list “or goals you should achieve. This “Agenda” slipped out of my mouth last week after devotions followed by a confession” Lord may my agenda match yours this week”.

It dawned on me that since God has already outlined our plans, there could be stuff He had planned for us to be accomplish on a weekly basis. This could be a new venture or what we need to start, whom we should connect with, what we should receive or avoid and what we should do. There could be people we need to meet visions we need to unveil and purposes we need to unroll based on His timetable

Psalms 37:23 says the steps of a good man or woman are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his /her way. Are there things God wants us to guide us into this week, tonight or even tomorrow?

Think of it, if God already has an individual plan for each us and He is also guiding our steps, He may have something on His agenda for us on a weekly or daily basis. As we approach mid-week, ask God to show you His agenda for you. Ask Him to restructure your agenda to align with His.

God’s eyes are on you- He says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8