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TRUTH-SHIELD-BUCKLER

Often after prolonged periods of waiting for answers to prayers, we give up praying and lose hope for the answer. However, there is a powerful tool that can be used beyond, and this is the Word of God.

Believe you me, waiting for answer or breakthrough is an aspect of spiritual warfare because we have to fight all other voices and options if we want to stay true to God and wait for His best. Psalm 91 comes to mind. I recommend reading the entire chapter, but a few months ago, verse 4 caught my attention. It says He (God) shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

What does it mean then to have God’s truth as a shield and buckler? God’s truth is the Word of God, (2) Jesus is the truth; see John 1:1 and John 14:6.  A shield is a piece of personal armour held in the hand or mounted on the wrist or forearm. Shields are used to intercept specific attacks, whether from close-ranged weaponry or projectiles such as arrows, by means of active blocks, as well as to provide passive protection by closing one or more lines of engagement during combat OR a person or thing providing protection.

A buckler is most useful for deflecting the blow of an opponent’s weapons by binding his arms or hindering his movements. A buckler was mostly worn on the forearm. In Ephesians 6, we are encouraged to put on the full armour of God with righteousness as our shield.

If at all you are in warfare of “waiting” or trusting God for an answer, engage these tools this week. There is spiritual warfare beyond prayer, and this is it. When you can no longer pray, find the Scripture promise that applies to your petition, then continually engage by confessing that Scripture whenever you are reminded of that petition.

That Word of God, which is the truth will be the shield that intercept those frequent attacks of anxiety and worry related to your petition. The Word of God will deflect any camouflage and alternate answer from coming through. Continue to focus on Jesus, the ultimate truth, way and life as you wait for the best outcome from God. When doubt, fear, anxiety or worry comes occupy yourself with the TRUTH-SHIELD AND BUCKLER

See the how the shield and buckler work from the definition in the Blog. Like you, understanding their use gave me courage to continually apply the Word of God while waiting for answers. This week’s blog, can’t wait to hear from you so BLOG BACK PLEASE

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EMBRACE THE PURGING, PROMOTION IS COMING

Some of you may have realized that 2019 came with a few challenges. In fact, some of you may attest to being in a dry season or desert season where you can ‘feel” God. Prayer and devotion may have been a challenge in this season too coupled with unexpected events   and loses that left you wondering where God is? Some may have even gone through major spiritual warfare, wining one battle just to face the next.

 It felt like the devil was relentless, but you stayed fierce and relentless also. Some of you feel like you lost all your friends this season, no one calls to check on you, those you trusted disappointed you and God is nowhere to be seen. Your spiritual gifts don’t flow easy as before. if you are a seer, you can’t recall the last time you had a dream or vision or dream. You feel dry………………………… IT’S BEEN A SEASON OF DEEPER PURGING!

Through all these, God has not been absent, He has stayed as close as possible, ensuring that you were not knocked off to the floor 1Cor10:13. I believe God has allowed these to help us dig deeper. Crisis, adversities and challenges expose our true character. True sons and daughters of God are shaped by the adversities we overcome. This has been a season of DEEP PURGING AND PRUNING. Our reactions or inaction to the challenges we have faced have forced us to look deep inside. To some, it has been a season of REPENTANCE AND SURRENDER, to others a season of DELIVERANCE OF STUFF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD OVERCOME. It feels as though God wants us to deal with the UNFINISHED BUSINESS(s) in our lives.

 2 Timothy 2: 20-21-Whatever we have gone through so far is preparation for what is about to come. I believe we are about to experience MONUMENTAL breakthroughs in God. He just wants us to deal with the unfinished business. This week ask the Holy Spirit to show you the unfinished business that needs your attention. Be ready though, it may come as an inner healing, repentance, deliverance, letting go some things, tightening your prayer life, going deeper in your devotion. Just surrender to what God wants you to do. Fighting the process will prolong it. Embrace this purging, a promotion is coming.

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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!