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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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-A focused lifestyle can never be boring. In fact, most people dislike redundancy. Some of us in the workforce love that constant change in routine; not any one day is the same! Globally there is more emphasis on Diversity and being multifaceted in skills. In a believer’s journey though, such changes in routines may present as bumps and barricades.

Notice though that I did not label bumps and barricades challenges but rather “slight changes to routine” . I consider bumps something you need to go over, like the speed bump. Barricades are obstacles you need to remove to proceed.

Bumps- something you need to go over- as you pursue your goals or vision. You may hit some bumps. When you come to them, stay on the road, keep your focus, reduce your speed you cannot drive around them because they cover the whole length of the road. So, what should you do. Pray and ask God to give you the strength and wisdom to raise up above the bump and overcome. Once you’ve gone over it, recharge, hit the gas pedal and continue with journey focused on reaching your destination.

Bumps also come with speed limit restrictions. If you drive too fast you will wreck the car as you hit the bump. You may get a speeding ticket. A car symbolizes your career, calling, vocation or ministry. Advancing outside the timing of God will destroy you and or end or cause a delay. These would be the consequences of speeding. Don’t wreck your car, collaborate with God to synchronize with His timing

Life’s bumps come in so many forms. Are you approaching one or are you on top of one? OR are you currently wrapping up a bump ?Receive new strength. Be encouraged this week; thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:57

To be continued-Stay tuned for the next blog on BARRICADES

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The beginning of the year is often marked with evaluations, strategies and goal setting. As we reflect on 2017, I am sure you can attest to the ups and downs that you encountered in that year. As life would have it, you celebrated victories and successes on one side and also faced challenges on one side. Nevertheless; the Lord saw you through.

So let’s start 2018 with thanksgiving for all God did in 2017. Let’s also usher 2018 with thanksgiving and praise for what He will do this year. In fact, let us praise Him for what He has already done in this first week of January 2018. I know many are already fasting and seeking God in prayer this month; consider incorporating thanksgiving, praise and worship in your prayers.

Rejoice also, that the One who sees the end from the beginning has already seen what is coming ahead. Jesus has already seen your December 31, 2018. Rejoice that He has already sent His Angels and heavenly hosts to go before you and the Cloud of His glory is behind you. Rejoice that He has already provided a hedge of protection; in Him there is abundant provision. As you set foot into 2018, commit your ways to the Lord and He shall establish them. Psalm 37:4-7, Proverbs 16:3.Pursue oneness with God this year; if you do, you shall see Him. John 17:22. Call on God and He will answer you. He will show you hidden things for 2018 that you do not know yet Jeremiah 33:3

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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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McDonald’s restaurants are among my favorite fast food chains. It’s McDonalds followed by In-N-Out Burger on the west coast. I love Mickie-D French fries and their burgers. You cannot convince me otherwise. May be it’s because I worked there; my first job was at McDonald in Newark, New Jersey. I worked the closing shift and the weekends to accommodate my school schedule. I was freshly new to the USA. I recall mobbing the floor one Saturday afternoon; I heard in my spirit, “this will change”. This boosted my morale. I continued working knowing change will come.

From McDonalds, I worked other jobs too from housekeeping in hotels to nursing assistant.  Please leave a tip for the housekeeper in hotels. Tidy up the room a little before you leave.  It is a tough job! To save for college tuition, in summer I tripled in working (do not recommend it-don’t overwork yourself). Connecting from one job to another in my red hooded blue Plymouth Horizon- drove this car till it died, seriously stopped on me!

Generally, dreams start somewhere. No matter where you are in life, it may not be the ideal place, but God will bless you where you are. Joseph’s story from Genesis chapter 37 to Genesis chapter 50 is an encouragement of God’s favor, blessing, provision and protection. From the start we see God blessing Joseph. From dreaming -the pit -to being sold -to being handled over to pharaoh’s guards-to serving in pharaohs house-being falsely accused- to being imprisoned- being ignored-to finally being promoted to Prime Minister; God was with Joseph in each stage. In fact God’s presence was so noticeable because everything prospered around Joseph.

What’s your current situation? Are you somewhere you feel is not for you? Have you been ignored and by-passed in promotions? Was the compensation rate unfair? Did you miss the contract bid? Has your church only a few members? Did everybody leave? Have they skipped you in selecting you for an office? How come you are not a deacon (ness) or an elder yet? Can’t they see you can be the pastor? Did the less qualified person get the job? Are you stretching with little that you have left? Are you doing all you know to do and things seems at status quo? Could you use a promotion right about now?

Do not despise where you are. Continue to serve with thanksgiving and joy in the occupation you are. After all, as believers, where we are ministries. Continue to minister with excellence. The Lord hears our cries and He will deliver and save us from all fears and troubles Psalm 34:4-6. He will fulfill your desire  since you fear Him.  Psalm 145:19

Soon you too will have testimony like Joseph. The Lord was with Joseph and he found favor; he was successful, pharaoh and Egypt were blessed because of Joseph. Pretty soon, many will watch you and glorify God. They will say, because the Lord was with him/her (put your name here); and whatever he/she did, the Lord made it prosper.