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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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BUMPS AND BARRICADES

-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
#bumps
#barricades

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CELEBRATE DELIVERANCE

Often deliverance is associated with demonic oppression and exorcism, yet in the entire chapter of Psalm 107 we see the various forms of deliverances that the Lord exercised among the Israelites and continues to do so today for each believer.

I could not help but reflect on my life and testify of key areas of my life that I experienced the Lord’s deliverance. Together this week, let’s reflect on those areas and join together in thanksgiving with declarations that “the Lord is good and His mercies endures forever”
Consider these highlights:
• Have you ever gone through something that left you so lost as though you’ve lost your mind? OR even concluded that if it were not for God, you could have gone crazy. Did you cry out to the Lord and He brought you to your senses guiding you in wisdom- if so, consider Psalm 107:4-6

• Have you ever waited so long for an answer; you thirsted and waited and after sometime God responded filling you with more than you expected? If so consider Psalm 107: 9

• Have you ever acted in rebellion, got mad at God, decided to do your own thing, but yet seeing the failing outcomes of your independence, you ran back to the Lord and He still bailed you out? If so consider Psalm 107:11-13

• Have you ever been through something the world and experts say is impossible and unsalvageable, yet an encounter with our Almighty reversed it because all things are possible with Him? If so consider Psalm 107: 15-16

• Have you ever compromised so much so that the consequences were dire? Your friends died from of the consequences of what you compromised on yet, you escaped without a scratch? If so consider Psalm 107:17-22

• Have you barraged with attack after attack, seeing no breakthrough in things , facing days when your business was dry, your plans were at a standstill, when you lost all hope yet suddenly, the Lord intervened , bringing favor and fruitfulness in your life. If so, consider Psalm 107: 23-43.

I am sure you can write your life story testifying of the many accounts of the Lord’s deliverance in your life just from reading Psalm 107. This week ponder on them. Take time to celebrate God’s many deliverances in your life.

Oh the Overwhelming Reckless Love of God…. (YouTube Cory Asbury-Reckless Love) Sing along as you celebrate your deliverance!

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THESE TWO ARE COSTLY

While reflecting on life a few weeks ago; I realized two keys areas that impacted me greatly. These areas were also costly psychologically, spiritually and economically. Had I known, I would have changed a few courses in my life, but thanks be to God who has revealed these now. The two areas are (1) spiritual ignorance (not knowing) and (2) the desire to belong.

The Scriptures that came to mind as I reflected on these were: Jeremiah 33.3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come and Psalm 32.8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Spiritual Ignorance in this context means not knowing spiritual aspects of both kingdoms. God’s Kingdom and the demonic.
(1) For example, failing to grasp the ways God spoke or warned me severally because I assumed those were just my thoughts talking. Or accepting a prophesy and just running with it without praying about it or even testing the prophesy.

(2)On the demonic, it took me quite a while to realize that evil exists. I did not know about potential doors that we can open for satan through our words or actions. I just be believed the world was a nice place and everyone who said they were saved were genuine Christians until the opposite happened.

(3) The need to belong also served to be costly. Inviting and allowing people in your life whom you shouldn’t . It is from here that I learned that not everybody who gets close to you has good intentions for you. See my problem was that I trusted easily, helped easily, sympathized quickly and was prompt to help. Until the phone calls stopped after the help was granted or more was required after the help was given or worse yet, the friendship ended after the support was granted.

The need to belong makes one susceptible to wrong company; people who distract you from your destiny and are mostly time wasters. I also noticed that satan used these wrong associates for spiritual attacks. Satan will often use the person (s) closest to you to attack. The person Satan uses is rarely far from you, look at your inner circle.
This week’s blog is on self-reflection on our walk with God.

The reason I experienced the above is because I did not have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a true Helper who guides us in everything. In both Jeremiah 33 and Psalm 32, this same Holy Spirit will show us the deeper things that God wants for our destiny. The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals satanic schemes as well.
The Holy Spirit will show how to pray and join you in prayers. He will even guide and connect us to “healthy people” who will support God’s purpose in us. When you are with God assigned people and in God designated environment, you will thrive and be fruitful.

This weekend ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you; then get greedy and ask Him to show you everything about yourself or your family. Be ready then to embrace what He shows you.