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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

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LET GOD DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO

Soooo I am learning, that frequently, God partners with men and women to accomplish His will on earth but yet there are times when God intervenes independently.

Now that can be very troubling for those of us who are analytical planners and want to know the whys, hows and whats. Speaking from experience, it’s frustrating when you really want to understand what God is doing and He hides it from you. You can be tempted to put your hand on it or your “two-cent opinion”. Oh how tempting it is to want help or figure God out!

In such times, trust, faith and surrender become paramount. This is where the rubber meets the road; you are left only but to trust and believe that nevertheless, God is up to something good!

Romans 3:4 (a).. Let God be true and everything else a lie (paraphrased). If you are going through transition right now, or are exhausted from trying so hard to fix the issue or you cannot control what is going on. Take the issue at the cross, let God do what He wants to do… nicely said, “back off.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9)

My encouragement to you this week is to let God be God in the things you don’t understand. Let Him be God when you cannot control it any longer. Flow with God’s flow… I believe this is the “next level of surrender”

Let us pray for continuing discernment- that God will show us when He wants our partnership, and when we should let God be!

TAKE JESUS AT HIS WORD

Easier said than done; right! Yet most of the time this is all we need to do; take God’s Word as it is and just believe that is done!

There are times that you cannot reach your prayer partner or your pastor to pray with you. There are times that the situation presents with no time to sit and pray, pull out the anointing oil or have laying of hands. In such circumstances all you have left is the Word and believe .

This is what this in John 4:50 -53 did. He asked Jesus to go over to his house to pray, but here is the account of the story—- The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his ways he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and his petition was granted. Do  you have an issue that needs resolution? believe what God says about it as it. For example you want to finish your education – tell God, Father, I believe that you want to see me prosper in all things, I believe that Your Son Jesus is my wisdom, I also receive the Spirit of Wisdom. By saying these, you have just believed 3John 1:2, 1 Corinthians 1:24 and Isaiah 11:2

God and I have great relationship. In  most prayers, I quote His Word back to Him. This week take Jesus by His Word. Believe what He says about your situations in relation to His Word. God will watch over His Word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12. That is what happened to the official in John 4. 52-53-So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour he fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live

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LET US PROPHESY OVER OUR CHILDREN

The first chapter of the book of Luke in Bible, gives historical accounts of first cousins John, then Jesus. Among the similarities of these two births is that their conception and births were announced by an Angel, most likely the same Angel Gabriel.

The other similarity is that both these births are for a greater purpose; John to be the forerunner for Jesus then Jesus to complete the assignment. If you read further you will notice where John is filled with the Holy Spirit when he encounters Mary his aunt. You will also read where John realizes his assignment is over and steps aside to let Jesus take the lead.

What intrigued me as I read this account was the role of the parents in prophesying the destinies of the children while they were still in the womb and after they were born.

In Luke 1: 46-55, we see Mary praising God and prophesying the destiny of Jesus. In Luke 1:67-79, we see Zechariah John’s father prophesy of John’s destiny. This is encouraging too because we see Mary a female, prophesy over her Son and Zechariah a male prophesy over his son. This means any gender can prophesy over their children.

Whereas God has already outlined our destinies, there are things that we have to contend for. This week whether your children are adults or infants; whether they are at home or away and or whether they have “wandered away”, still prophesy over them. Hold their names up to God in prayer, find a Scripture that aligns to that prayer and prophesy over your children. If the children are not there in person, print their photo, lay your hands over the photo, anoint that photo with anointing oil if led and pray fervently for your children every day.

Luke 1:37 –Nothing is impossible with God. The eyes of the Lord that go to and fro will locate your children. You are the righteous of the Lord. God desires that everything about you prospers. That includes your children. Calling mothers and fathers to prophesy over them today; call forth their destinies daily!

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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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COURAGE FOR LIFE’S TRIALS

My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed-1 Peter 4:12-13

Have you noticed that the stuff that is going on right now actually occurred in the Bible? Even the negative stuff happened already. The Bible is full of “present-current” things. I have always been encouraged by the above Scripture though, for (1) that I am not the first one to go through the trial, someone else has experienced the same trial before (2) That the trial will produce a much greater glory- something positive, something valuable, or something of with a significant impact.

Consider the following if you are in a trial now or when you will get one:

1.God already knows the timing and the intensity of the trial (1Cor 10:13)
2. The trial designed to accomplish a specific purpose to fit the destiny God has for you (Psalm 12:6, 2 Timothy 2;20)
3. Faith will be an instrumental tool for responding to the trial (Heb 11.1)
4. Persevere under the pressure of the trial, your perseverance is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His great power (1 Peter 4:12-13)
5. The trial when handled right will help develop Christlikeness in you (James 1:2-4)
6. The trial when handled correctly will mature us spiritually (Romans 5:3-4, Hebrews 12:7-11, 2 Timothy 2:3-5)
7. God will be with you in the trial – in such times God gives us the grace to endure and go through the trial (2 Corinthians 12:9)
8. By God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit you will overcome the trial (Isaiah 59:19, Zechariah 4:6)

This week, give the trial a switch. FLIP IT OVER, spin it. Consider this, other people have gone through it, God has a timer on it-remember the story of Job, Joseph, even Jesus, consider that God is expanding your capacity to contain a much greater valuable treasure as a result of the same trial !Take courage, God’s got you!

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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!