For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and not lie. Though it tarries wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (HABAKKUK 2:3.
God has a greater vision about your life which even the devil cannot destroy. It may seem impossible until it is done. God knows you very well and knows even things that you don’t know about yourself, He knows what you need, He knows your pain, He surely knows what you are going through right now. It is just a matter of time before everything falls in place for you. I am glad that even when everyone else leaves you because of your situation, God will never leave nor forsake you. We are living in a world where true love is scarce, where truth is not told and people have turned into pretenders. God remains the same God who is full of mercy and unconditional love. You may have come from a poor background and tough upbringing, but God will not look at what happened to you in the past. Though it tarries, wait for it. I get so much encouraged each time I read about the death Lazarus in the word of God. It is quite interesting to know that God is able to raise even the long dead things. I mean your dead marriage can still come back to life, your dear dead business can live again by the power of God. Your separated family can come together again. Nothing is impossible with God. It always gives me hope that no matter how bad the situation, God will always bring a permanent solution. Lazarus’ sisters had given up already and probably were upset that Jesus was told in time and never came through until Lazarus died. I know you prayed in time, you worshipped in time, you gave your offering and praised God in time. Now you are asking yourself why doesn’t God come through and do it for you. Sometimes things get tough to an extent that you give up about everything in life. God has his own way of dealing with mountains that hinder you. Just when people think it’s all over about your life, He comes through and manifest his power. Devil, rejoice not, you have not defeated me. Demons, rejoice not for the vision that God has for my life is way bigger than your attacks. Even if your situation gets worse, let it be and let God. Don’t fight, don’t curse and just don’t blame; your time is coming.
That pain, that sickness and disease, your struggle and tears; it is all for a short time. God’s will for you is that you may prosper, have good health, worship and serve Him.
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalms 126
The pain you are going through will pass. It is not your destiny. You re not going to die there. God will restore your joy that the enemy had stolen from you. You will not be frustrated for the rest of your life. Just get ready for the hundredfold which God is bringing in your life.
Let me start by saying that if you are going to live a successful christian life, it is of paramount
importance that you know exactly who you are. One day Jesus went to the region of Caesarea
Philippi and decided to ask his disciples who people called Him. He actually wanted to see if His
disciples knew who he was. They all gave him versions of who people called Him, and then Jesus
asked them who they themselves call Him. Peter answered, you are the Messiah, the son of the
living God. (Matthew 16:13-20) This shows me that knowing yourself as a child of God plays a role
in your christian journey. Many people are being haunted by uncertainty, confusion and fear
because of what they have seen or experienced along the way. Let not the devil deceive and
frustrate you, having failed and making mistakes does not change your identity. It does not change
who you are. This takes me back to the days when I was a school kid, our teacher would give us
some assignments and each time when the due date of submission came, the teacher would call us
by our names and surnames as they are regardless of your pass mark. He never changed our names
just because we either passed or failed.
Most identity crisis victims have low self-esteem. As long as they are under this oppression, they
don’t believe anything good can come from them. As a small issue as it may sound to some, identity
crisis can delay your success and steal your future. Identity counts; Moses when he received God’s
message sending him to Pharaoh, he asked God who he should say he was because they would only
take an order from someone who had power and authority. You may be there in your house or in
your room pity partying and feeling inferior, let me remind you who God says you are:
John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave them the right
to become children of God.
Ephesians 1:5 – He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with
his pleasure and will.
Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of
the enemy, and nothing will in any way hurt you.
You are a child of God. Don’t get intimidated by circumstances around you.
1st KINGS 18:41-45
Severe famine had stricken the land because It had not rained for three and a half years. Elijah the servant of the Lord is telling king Ahab to get ready for the abundance of rain. People were almost giving up their hopes that it would ever rain again. But, here comes Elijah with the good news that not just the rain was coming, but the abundance of rain. It must have sounded like a joke to Ahab and the rest of the people because the land was just hot and dry. If you have faith, you don’t see what everyone else sees. You look at situations and see them differently. Faith always sees positive results in the midst of disaster because the word of God says that we do not walk by sight, but by faith. Can I talk to someone who is going through a three and half year famine in their lives? There may have been famine in your family, in your marriage, in your church, in your spiritual life and in your finances. My brothers and sisters when God comes in, it doesn’t matter who put in that tight situation in which you are. God doesn’t care who left you. He doesn’t even consider who hurt you in the past. God doesn’t look at the number of people that hate you at work place. The fact that they don’t talk to you will not stop or limit God to do what He promised to do in your life. It is not too late; your life can still turn around. There is absolutely no limit as to what God can do to you and through you if you have faith in Him. God is able to turn your sorrows into shouts out joy. Just the same way He healed the land during Elijah’s days, God can heal your life today. Just do yourself a favour and believe in Him.
Time and size of your problems can not stop God from fulfilling all His promises. While Elijah was busy praying, he sent his servant to look outside if there was rain. The servant kept on checking and bringing negative results, saying that there was nothing until the seventh time and it was only at the seventh time that he saw a cloud rising above the sea. The servant could not see anything because he was looking for something he could see, feel and touch. He wanted to see something when it was time to believe something. There is time for having faith and believing God for your breakthrough and there is time to see the physical manifestation. Our God is a God of order and He is never confused. Even if you pray and see nothing, don’t give up. Rather, just as Elijah commanded his servant, Go and look again, look where? In the word of God where you get to know what God said and promised. Before you can give up, I have message for you today. Have you prayed one more time? Have you believed one more time? Have you trusted God one more time? Sometimes people give up just when it is about to happen. Keep on praying more, keep on giving more, keep on praising more. Just keep on keeping on for your answer is here. Just to remind you again, Elijah did not see the sound of the abundance of rain, did not touch the sound, he surely did not feel the sound, he heard the sound. The sound is always a signal that something is happening or it is about to happen. When you are by the train station waiting for the train to come, you wait patiently, and once you hear the sound of the train, you know and believe that it’s coming even if you don’t see it. Faith does not come by seeing, feeling or touching. But faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of God-Romans 10:17(ESV). I believe it is about time you hear something from the word of God. Remember, faith does not come by complaining, pity partying and blaming other people for your failures. I am hearing sounds of triumph. Hang on there, don’t give up because God is just about to something so amazing in your life. This the time to believe God for greater things in your life. You may not see it, feel it or touch it. But God is bringing it right to you.
Finally, Elijah says to Ahab, go up: prepare thy chariot; and get down so that the rain does not stop you. We understand that these people were starving and had been praying for the rain to come. But, then Elijah said, “so that the rain (you have been praying for) does not stop you. Why? It is because the rain was going to be heavy such that it would have been easy for Ahab to give excuses as to what he was supposed to do. When God has showered you with the abundance that you prayed for, never let it stop you from worshiping God. The same business which you prayed for should not stop you from serving the Lord. No one is too rich to serve the Lord.
Never measure your destiny based on your current circumstances.Champions never make excuses. Challenges do not come to stop you from pursuing your goals, but to challenge you to be more focused and determined.
Let’s take a look at how Gideon conquered.The man was so focused such that the enemy didn’t stop him.Your focus and attention must be on the one who is able to solve your problems.When everyone else was giving excuses, all Gideon was thinking of was victory and not problems,not on the amount of your problems.No one has ever achieved a thing by making excuses. Whenever the enemy attacks, see victory not defeat. Hiding from the challenges of life will not put them to an end.Neither running away from them will bring victory.Most of the times, people are scared of the very things which are scared of them.The Midians that are terrorizing your life are just waiting for you to take a bold step of faith and defeat them.Leave cowards to retreat and keep going. Surround yourself with faith rather than doubt. Never listen to the voice of discouragement.
Life can sometimes be unfair in this world. There are times when you find yourself drowning in a river of tears. Times when you don’t even know where and how to start solving your problems. But, the good news is that God is always faithful. He never contradicts His word. God always has His own perfect way of doing things in His perfect time. Just don’t give up when God is busy preparing you for greater things. God says in His word that in the right time He will make it happen. Isaiah 60:22.
In the book of Ruth, we see a woman who seemed to be disadvantaged, yet never let her past and problems define her. Ruth must have thought that it was all over when she lost her husband, leaving her with widowed mother in law. She never let her situation change her perception of God. In as much as losing her foreign husband was painful and considering that the couple had no child, little did she know that it was God’s perfect time for them to move to Judah where her destiny was. Ruth was so much determined to follow her mother in law even when she insisted that Ruth stayed behind. Orpah decided to stay behind, but Ruth clung to her mother in law because she perceived that somehow Naomi was carrying her destiny. Sometimes God uses other people to get you to your perfect destiny. Your destiny is not tied to everyone. Be with people that add value to your life. There is always people worth following and people you should just stay away from. You cannot please everyone in the world. Some people are just there to ensure your downfall. It is not everyone who you should follow. Don’t be afraid of losing people when God is working in your life.
Determination and persistence play a big role up the road of success. It would have been so easy for Ruth to decide to quit, considering the fact that Naomi had nothing much in her possession. Ruth followed Naomi up until they arrived in Judah. And, it wasn’t just a coincidence that they arrived during harvest time. That was God’s Perfect timing. By the grace of God, Ruth worked in one of Boaz’s fields not even knowing what was going to happen next. When God is working in your life, all things will work together for your good. God knows what you need, just let Him handle when and how you get it. Ruth traveled all the way with Naomi to a land that she didn’t know, to people that she didn’t know. This clearly shows that she must have trusted God to handle everything. When you are where you should be, God will keep prospering you. You need to understand God’s timetable and move accordingly. Sometimes we seem to be stuck along the way because we often leave our position. You should know when and where to follow. You should also understand when and where to stay.
As we wrap up the year, I just want to remind somebody out there that surely there is a God in heaven and that He is still faithful, He is the same God who started the year with you. The God who sustained, provided and fought battles for you. You may not feel or see it, but there are great battles some of which you didn’t even see where God made you victorious. I know you may not have achieved all the 2019 goals which were planned and scheduled for the year. There has been hailstorms in your life from left, right and centre. At some point you even thought that there was no more reason to live because nothing worked out for you. You lost your love ones, got rejected, divorced or retrenched from your job. But am so glad that you are alive and reading this message today, this means that the grace of God is enough in our lives. I would like to pass this message to my fellow brothers and sisters at home, hospitals, schools and everywhere. If you failed in 2019 it doesn’t mean that you are a loser. Things will come around, have hope and believe in the Lord. I hear the sound of the abundance of rain.
If God did not fail Noah, He will not fail you either. If God saved Daniel from the Lion’s den, He will not leave you to be defeated by the enemy. Remember the word of God says that God will save from every evil trap and the deadly disease (PSALMS 91:3). I will not say that 2020 will be your year, but I strongly believe that the Lord will keep and protect you from all the hailstorms of life. Rather than complain, please join help me thank God for His goodness and mercy. You are unique, wonderfully and fearfully created. One mistake that most people make and end up seeing themselves as failures is to compare themselves to others.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU
I pray that the Lord bless and protect you. I pray that the Lord uplift your family. May He protect you from all the roads accidents this festive season. You are not going to die but live and I pray that the grace and presence of the Lord will give you good health. May your kids be covered under the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that the coming year will bring peace and joy in your life. May you be successful in your career, studies and ministry. The heavens shower you with blessings. Amen.
Do you have a church where you fellowship every Sunday? Great, but the whole point is not about going to church or meeting fellow brothers and sisters, one has to know Jesus Christ and accept Him as the Lord and Savior. I am glad that the scripture speaks of knowing Him, and not just about Him. Knowing about someone is as good as you don’t know them because you may have heard about them or have seem them. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.Knowing Him means having a one on one relationship with Him, talking to Him daily, being open to Him and let Him take the lead in your life. It is so sad that we are living in a generation that is only interested in knowing more about the pastor, the prophet and the church…leaving no room to know God and what His word teaches. Knowing everything about the church and the pastor will not work if you don’t know the Lord Himself. Apostle Paul says: that I may know Him, not the church, not the pastor, but Him and experience the power that raised Him from the dead. (Philippians 3:10) There are many people that know the church and all the affairs of the church but still going to hell because they are not saved. These kind of Christians always behind knowing the things of God, the things of church and they have seen the things of God. There is a difference between knowing God and knowing the things of God. Christians of this day seek more the benefits of being a Christian yet denying the actual power that transforms one to live a Christ like life.
Where are the ministers of the word that will preach the same gospel which the apostle Paul preached? The Gospel that has power to change the lives of people. Where is God when every preacher preaches what they want. I believe that if apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were not only preaching to keep people in the churches, this gospel would have been changing the lives of many. We don’t preach things that will make people stay in our churches, but things that will make people stay in the Lord and fear Him. People have twisted the gospel to what they want to hear, and not the truth. Our God is still the same God of love, God of power. The God who used Moses, the God who used Elijah. Let us seek God with all our heart and fear him. I thank God that I know my pastor, I know my church and I know my fellow brethren in Christ, Now I want to know Jesus Christ and the power that raised Him from the dead.
There are battles in your life you wouldn’t have conquered without the Lord. If you think you are poor.If you think you are nothing and worthless.If you think you can’t make it. Check in on your life, and check in again. There is so many things you wouldn’t have made if it wasn’t for God.
God remained a true friend when everyone else left you. He is the same God who took you out of things some of which you put yourself in. I guarantee you that God will never leave you.The present challenges don’t mean that you are alone. The power of God inside you is enough to sustain you. He delivered you from the mouth of your enemy. To me, even waking up each morning is one of the signs that God loves me unconditionally.
You may not be where you wanted to be with your life now, don’t give up because God still has more amazing things in-store for you.Do not fight those who hurt you in the past,do not hurt them back, those who left you and those who you think put you where you are today. What God has for you is way better than a fight, way better than your problems.Sometimes we close some doors by ourselves by fighting where we shouldn’t , by shouting where we should be still and know that He is God.
What is Christianity? Who is a Christian? What does it take to become a Christian? Christianity is not going to church every single Sunday as suggested by many people. It is definitely not just a title. There is more to it than just that. Christianity is a lifestyle that reflects Jesus Christ, and it all comes by receiving and believing Jesus Christ as the Son of God. JOHN 1:12 reads; But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God. Christianity shouldn’t be confused with being a church goer. There is another level of understanding that it is all about having a strong and personal relationship with the Lord and surrendering your life completely to Him. I personally don’t see Christianity without Christ in it. Understanding that we don’t just go to church on Sundays because we have no business to do, we don’t go to prove a point to any man or to look good to the society. This is the reason why we have so many unbelieving believers nowadays. Are you in that church simple because you merely joined the church? Are you there because your friends go to that church? Christianity is accepting the word of God that brings light and truth into one’s life. Christianity should be inseparable with the true gospel of Jesus Christ that transforms lives.
God created man in His own image, meaning His likeness, He therefore wants us all to lead lives that reflect Jesus Christ. While some suggest that we all are automatically Christians, the outstanding question is; who then are those that kill, steal and do many eviller things you could name because Christianity encourages peace, love unity, harmony and respect? I am not saying this to condemn any man, organization, belief or church. One can go to church every day and still become a serial killer or a rapist. This proves that not everyone who goes to church is a Christian. Singing gospel music doesn’t automatically make one to become a Christian, but rather, be born again and let the Spirit of God live inside you. This life starts from within and then your outside will automatically reflect what’s inside you. I believe that it is time we should rise and stabilize our relationship with the Lord. If your relationship with God is not right, your relationship with people will be affected too. Check your relationship with God today.
Where are the Christians that mean it when they say God bless you? Where on earth are those people who appreciate, encourage and celebrate sincerely with you when you are achieving greater goals? What happened to brethren that go to church to worship God and not to gossip? The parents that loved their kids dearly. Wives that submit, love and respect their husbands. Where are the true husbands that treat their wives with care and respect? Where are the youths that fear God, youths that listen to parents? What went wrong and what is it exactly that changed? Do we still have neighbours that help and not brag about it? Do we in hospitals have doctors and nurses who have a heart for patients, the ones who delight in saving people’s lives. Where are we heading as a society? Where are we heading as a church? Do we still have pastors that don’t fight over positions? Do we still have true men of God who don’t sacrifice to some evil gods for power and fame? God is calling today for people that are going to surrender themselves completely and serve Him, and Him alone.
1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
This is a call for every Christian to be strong not only in the Lord, In the Lord and in the power of His might. It is not a call for us to be strong when the enemy attacks, but a call to stay strong and prepared so that when the enemy attacks we will have power to stand against him. How do we get strong in the Lord? This is where most Christians get it wrong, they want to put pressure on themselves trying to get strength when the enemy has attacked already. The bible does not say that we should wait for the enemy to attack then we get strong. It means that this is a process that every Christian should go through even when everything is going smooth in their life, seek strength from the Lord. Strength should be your lifestyle. Study the word of God daily. Pray daily without ceasing. Make time to fast and pray when you have all the food you want. Many Christians in our churches today only pray when things go wrong (when the enemy has attacked) My question is: if you are not strong and prepared to face the storms, where do you think that strength will come from on that day. Of course from the Lord, right? But the same God who is calling for us to be strong in Him. Sometimes we fail in life not because God doesn’t care about us or because the devil is powerful. It is simple because we relax and only act when the devil has spotted our weak points and attacked. Even the soldiers or armed forces, these people go through some intense training, this is the process where they learn how to deal with the enemy, they learn how to hold or use their weapons. It is this process which makes them stay as strong as they are so that when the time comes it will find them fit enough to stand. Now, how much more do we as Christians need to stay prepared and strong. When the enemy attacks, there is power in the prayer of a strong Christian. There is power in the prayer of someone that studies and meditates on the word of God daily. There is power in the prayer of a prayerful Christian.
The word of God (EPHISIANS 6:16) continues and to say that above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Do not be deceived, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that you cannot quench something that is stronger than you are. Now, preparing yourself and staying strong in the Lord renders you stronger than the attacks of the enemy. Stronger than sicknesses. Stronger than temptations. Many Christians have at some point asked this question: Why does God allow temptations stronger than I to come my way, yet He, said in His word that he will not allow them to come my way. (1 CORINTHIANS 10:13) I am convinced that it is not because the temptation is bigger than you are, but it is because God knows that you have all it takes to be stronger than those temptations. He has given you everything. Let’s stop blaming God for our failures.
Everytime God looks at His wonderful creation in you, He never sees a loser. He never sees a failure. He never sees a pathetic creature. But God sees a champion and a winner who deserves better things. He sees someone who is destined for greatness.
The challenges that you have mean that you are on another level where God is preparing you for greater things. It is the strongest champions that experience harder challenges. Do not reject your training phase, do not run away from your training field. You may get tied on the journey, but never get tied of the journey. God has greater things in-store for you,just don’t give up yet.
Some challenges will cost you all your strength and some cost your tears. But stay in the your training field. Some challenges will cost you your friends while some cost you your possessions. Just stay where God planted you.
When it is time to lose certain people in your life, let them go. They may not be going where you are going. As a champion, some people will come to your life just to draw strength out of you and some come to paint you with bad things. When it’s time to lose things,let it go.
At some point, you don’t need to be comforted, but need God to strengthen you.Yes, you can not change the past, those who hurt you, those who delayed you, those who fought you, those who left you. But you can change your destiny. Stay in your position where the grace of God will sustain you. After all , you will come out like gold tested on fire. (JOB 23:10)
My brothers and sisters, you can do it. You have all it takes to win. #GoChampionGo
There is so much power in the name of Jesus.The power that changes situations the power that breaks boundaries. No matter how hard things are, keep calling the name of Jesus, He will hear you. About your family, call the powerful name, about your career, call unto Him who loved and died for you. Wherever you are right, whatever challenge you are faced with, don’t give up. Even if you tried and things never worked, you have been rejected and disappointed, you have disqualified. They left you, they hurt you.Call on the name of the Lord Jesus.
For everyone who will call the name of THE LORD JEHOVAH shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
God has blessed you to be a blessing. Never underestimate the of God that is at work inside you. Once the blessing of God sits upon you, it changes your life for good. The blessing of God carries something that even the devil cannot destroy. Never worry yourself about how the world sees you and what they say about you. The fact that people talk about you doesn’t make you any less of a blessing of God. There are two reasons why people talk about you, (a) it is because they don’t see the seed which God planted inside you. (b) they see the seed inside and they are trying to destroy it. No man can destroy that which is born of God.
The blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it. Proverbs 10:22
Lord you have been so good to me. You overlooked all my mistakes and shortcomings. Here I am Oh God, you still love me, you still give me strength. I am so glad to have a God who doesn’t count my transgressions. The Lord that sustains me throughout the journey. Even when I thought I walked very careful so that I don’t fall, yet it was the hand of the Lord which held me. The Lord delivered me from every trap set against my life. Where my wisdom won’t save me, your grace will, where my wealth won’t pay for me, your kindness will. Where my money won’t be enough to pay my debts, the blood of Jesus already did. To me it is a sign that the Lord is indeed with me. I may not see or feel it sometimes, but He walks with me all the way. No one else can ever bless me the way you do.
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from Jairus’ house to tell him that his only daughter had died and that he shouldn’t bother Jesus anymore. These people were talking to Jairus, but anyway, Jesus overheard them announce the bad news. To their surprise, Jesus turned to Jairus and said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe”. After that Jesus only took Peter, James and John to where the body of the girl was. The word says that people were crying loudly and Jesus asked them why they were crying because the child was not dead but asleep. No one believed him because they had seen for themselves that the child was dead. Taking the child’s parents and the three disciples, Jesus went into the house, took the child by the hand and said, “Talitha koum”. Immediately the child woke up and Jesus asked them to give her food. Some of the things on which you are about to give up are not dead, but just asleep. May I speak to someone who is just about to throw the towel in their life. It is never over about your life until God says so. Everyone else who was on that occasion thought that Jairus had lost his daughter already, but Jesus changed the whole story. It doesn’t matter who announced some bad news about you. Even when the devil thinks he is done with you, it’s not over until God says. When you feel like you are sinking, just hold on, God holds your destiny. There is a reason why Jesus left the crowd when He went into Jairus’ house. Sometimes you need to leave the crowd if you want success and progress in your life. Separate yourself from the crowd of people that always discourage you, people that look down on you. There are times when you need people that will challenge you more than comfort you. While everyone else was crying with Jairus and comforting him, Jesus told him to not to worry but to believe. One word from God can change your destiny, your situation and your whole life. Speak the word to every dead and sleeping aspect of your life. Speak life to your career. It is high time you check the people you hand around with. Aren’t they delaying you? Aren’t they crowding you for nothing? Before considering giving up, what if that business is just asleep, why not speak the word of God. What if your marriage is just asleep and not dead. Worrying won’t solve the problem, and giving up will not make it better anyway. Just believe in God.
Your blessings will never be diverted. God is not confused, when He wants to bless you, He knows you by name and address. In Him you have a friend who cares about every detail of your life.
2nd Samuel 9:1-11
When the grace of God falls upon you, there is absolutely nothing that can stand on your way. The King asked if there was still another person whom he should show kindness for the sake of Jonathan. Ziba told the King that there was Mephibosheth who stayed in Lo Debar but he was crippled on both his feet. Mephibosheth was brought before the king and he was favored by the king. This man had all the disadvantages which could have made it difficult for him to be favored. He was crippled, many people may have thought that he was useless. He was not even on the occasion when the king wanted someone of Saul’s house. Even Mephibosheth himself never thought anything good could happen to him because of his situation.
The favor of God doesn’t respect boundaries, situations and barriers. When He chooses to show His Grace, God doesn’t even look at your qualifications or what you have done in your past. Your situation can never stop God’s favor to come to you. Never look down on yourself. Never give up on God and on yourself no matter how hard the situation is.God will never disappoint you. God did not look at what Mephibosheth could or couldn’t do, but it was just the favor of God upon his life. What a man can not do in years, God can do it seconds. Once this kind of favor is upon your life, even the demons from hell cannot stop you. The devil will not have your life, your marriage, your family and he surely cannot have your happiness.
… the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people . To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.… … the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people .
Am glad to know that Christ lives in me, and this is the hope of glory. I may have failed, but I have this hope within me. Failure is not my portion. Because Christ lives in me, demons will not have my life, the devil will not have my soul. I belong to the almighty God. Oh how sweet it is to have a living testimony inside you. There were times when i was lost and did not know about this mystery, but now it has been revealed unto me. I am no longer a victim of fear, death and curses. The word of God says; greater is he that is within me that he that is in the world.I will live to glorify the name of the Lord.
God is and has been faithful since day one. We are where we are today because of His unfailing grace and mercy. This is just a reminder for you to thank God for the life He gave you, thank God for those kids, your parents, for your job , for that pastor and everything around you. Just as He promised in His word,He is going to keep you, provide for you. Right where you are give all the glory unto the Kings of Kings. If everything is going well , give thanks unto God. If you are going through some challenges, just kneel down and ask God to give you strength. Hold on Hannah, your Samuel is coming, hold on Samson, your strength is coming back. You will not die poor, you will not be defeated, you are walking in victory. GOD’S GRACE IS ENOUGH FOR YOU.
And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word, I will let down the nets.”
It is very clear that Simon, along with the other guys had worked hard the whole night but caught nothing. There was nothing that showed they toiled the whole night, but just the nets which they were washing with so much disappointment. These people were professional fishermen who knew where, when and how to catch much fish. But to their surprise, after doing the best they could do, their nets were still empty. We are talking about people who had given up already because they were even washing their nets to go and focus on other things.
When Jesus came, the disciples had already left their boats. Jesus got into one of the boats which belonged to Simon and asked him to out a little from the land. The disciples might have thought that Jesus did not care that they had toiled the whole night because the bible says that before he addressed the fishermen, He started teaching people instead. And only when He was done speaking, He asked the fishermen to let down their nets into the deep. But Simon, understanding the struggle they had gone through for the whole night and did not want to go down that road for the second time. He said, Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word, I will let down the nets.”
Now Simon did not care what was going to happen next, but the only thing he cared about was to obey Jesus’ word. Knowing very well that they caught nothing in that very same sea, but he said, at your word am going let the nets down into the deep. Acting on God’s word gives strength and success is guaranteed.
Acting on God’s word doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried and failed in life. It doesn’t matter how many people have labelled you a failure and loser. Never call yourself a failure, wait for the Lord to come and change your situation. I am so much touched by the fact that Jesus didn’t suggest that they should go try in a different sea, but right there in the very same sea, He just asked them to let their nets and this time into the deep. This makes me believe that your future and success is not tied to something or somewhere else, but in the hands of the Master. In that same family, church, business, school just take the word of God and let your nets into the deep. We are living in times some people are confused, migrating from church to another, one marriage to another. I strongly believe that something great can come from within your business, just let your nets into the deep. I know you have tried and failed before. You might be a professional at what you do, but there is a time when our professionalism won’t help, only obedience and faith will.
When the Lord stepped in, he didn’t even label the failures because He knew something could still come out from them. Things might get worse before they get better. Don’t give up. Before you give up on that church, on your studies, your business, your family, one more time, let your nets into the deep for a catch. The word says that after they had obeyed the word of God, they caught a great number of fish such that they even signaled some other fishermen to come and help them out. There are things which you should do not because you know how to do them, but because the Lord says so. You may have caught nothing in your life for the past years of toil. Don’t wash the nets yet, there something great coming your way. Sometimes those setbacks are setups for big things. LET YOUR NETS DOWN INTO THE DEEP.
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
The bible says that in the beginning the earth was so empty and there was just darkness all over the earth. But through His voice, God spoke things into existence.
May I take this opportunity to encourage someone whose life is formless and void. Your life might be formless now and nothing is coming out of your life. There is just darkness in your life such that you can’t even see the way. You don’t know where to go from where you are. You are jobless and don’t have any source of income, but I just want to say to you, this is not the end of the road. It is not the end of your life. It doesn’t matter who has mocked your emptiness, God is just about to amaze you. He is going to fill your life with all good things.
People may look and despise you today. What you see now is nothing compared to what God is bringing your way. Hold on right there, don’t throw the towel. Don’t move from God’s presence. If you are tired of being formless, tired of darkness in your life, give it all to God. He is able to turn your life into something extraordinary. He is turning darkness in your life into light.
After God had seen that the wickedness of man was great on earth and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God repented that he had made man on earth and it grieved him at his heart. The Lord then said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth. The word of God says that God looked again upon the earth, and behold it was very corrupt.
However, God wanted to save Noah and his family because of his obedience. The Lord gave Noah full detailed instructions on how he was supposed to construct the ark that would keep him and his family safe during the heavy rains. Noah did all that God had commanded him to do and built the ark accordingly. I love the fact that after all the preparations had taken place, Noah, his family and the animals he was commanded to take in went into the ark. And God shut him in.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those that build, build in vain and those that guard the house guard in vain unless the Lord protects it. We are living in a world where sometimes life is unfair to us. In a world where there is a lot of things that break our hearts. In whatsoever we do, we need God to shut us in. The reason why Noah was kept safe along with his family is that it was God himself that shut him in. In this world, people can always invent their ways of keeping themselves safe, but God has the final say in our lives. In a world full of trouble and tears, ask God to shut you in His ark. I don’t know the kind of ark you are on board, but you need God to shut you in.
Be it the ark of your business, marriage, relationship or your career, somehow God has to shut you in for its success. If you don’t want to fail in life, ask God to shut you in what you do. There is a lot of divorce case around the world, failed marriages and relationships, frustration, stress, and suicide cases because we somehow don’t invite God to shut us in. When God shuts you in, no man can move those doors, no man can open where God shuts. No floods can break in where God shuts. And when the Lord opens, not even the devil can shut.
In this whole commotion of life, you can still ask God to shut you in the safety ark of His presence. Our churches today are struggling and failing because we sometimes just get invited to church and attend the services and it becomes just a routine to us.Knowing the house of God is not enough as a christian, you have to know the God of the house. Its high time we ask God to shut us in that ministry, in that church and assembly. It is not all about doing it, but it’s about knowing why you do it and asking for the grace of God to carry you through. Of course, the ark in which you are will be tested, will face waves, will face storms, but am glad to know that if it be our God who shuts us in, our safety is guaranteed.
Are in a situation where you don’t know what to do to put things together in your life. The bible says that God prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. When God comes in, He doesn’t care who did what to you. He doesn’t care who mocked you. I just want to encourage someone who is going through a hard time, God is doing something great in your favor. Something which will be seen by your enemies. Yes, you are crying now, things are falling apart now. But there is a special table which God is about to put before you. God is not scared of lifting you in front of all the people that avoided and side-lined you. Hold on right there, things won’t be like that forever.
Remember, the table is being prepared in the presence of your enemies and not your friends. Sometimes God doesn’t prepare a table before you until you have enough enemies. Always forgive your enemies, always love your enemies because God right in their presence.
God is preparing a great table for you which no enemy can destroy. When God starts doing wonders in your life, nothing and no one can stop Him. Whatever you have seen and experienced in life is nothing compared to what God is just about to give you.Even the enemy will have no choice but to watch. Don’t give up, always remember that God is preparing your table.
The woman had had a discharge of blood for twelve years and had spent all that she had on physicians but could not be healed by anyone. The English Standard Version bible says that she came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of His garment. (Luke 8:44 ESV BIBLE) She was so determined and wanted her healing such that she even pushed the crowd to get to where Jesus was. You may have lost lost everything in life, but is it definitely not the end of your life child of God. You may lose all that you have, but don’t get lost and don’t lose yourself. What if your challenges don’t need your finances, what if they don’t need physicians, but only need you to come up like the woman with the issue of blood? Your help and answer to your challenges is in the Lord Jesus, you need to make efforts to show up, to come up. Just at the touch of the edge of Jesus’ garment, her discharge of blood ceased immediately.
Well, am glad to know that this woman did not just decide to go and touch Jesus’ garment. It started deep down in her heart. She had applied so much faith in her heart and believed that by only touching edge she would be healed. (Mark 5:28 NIV Bible) It doesn’t matter how long the challenges have tormented you, it doesn’t matter where and how it started, faith in Jesus can end all the pain in just a moment. May I take this time to encourage you my brothers and sisters in Christ. Just hold on and never quit. Don’t kill yourself, but just have faith and come up, the Lord will do the rest.
The woman with a discharge of blood said something within herself before touching the edge of Jesus’ garment. She said to herself, If only I touched the edge of Jesus’ garment, I will be healed. The positive things you say within yourself carry positive results, likewise, the negative things you say about yourself destroy your life, your future and your hopes. Here is my question; What are you saying within yourself right now? Does it build or destroy your life? Faith sees all things possible, faith can turn things around. Faith defies boundaries and limitations.
The more faith you have, the more you have strength to accelerate. All things are possible when you have faith, but without faith it is hard to obey what God says you should do. When God gives you an instruction to do certain things, the package comes with the strength in it. God will never assign you to carry out His work and fail to give you strength, you only need to believe His word. Faith is not a once off experience, it is a substance we all need in our everyday life. I believed God yesterday, I still believe and have faith in Him today and will forever believe in Him. Whatsoever you do, do it by faith, and what you say, say it by faith.
A doubtful minded Christian cannot please God for without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith, I can still please my friends, my church or my family, but to please God I need to have faith. It was by faith that Noah obeyed God’s instruction to build the ark. Without faith, Noah would not have had enough strength to build such a big ark, especially with the people around him mocking and discouraging him. Faith gives you strength to brush away all discouragements.
By faith Abraham obeyed God’s call for him to leave his father’s house and his people. He did not even know where exactly he was going, but faith still gave him power to go anyway. For you to act in faith, the power of faith must be activated inside you. When God instructs you, don’t question Him, just do as He says. The more power of God you have inside you, the more faith you have inside you. The more faith you have, the more power of God you have.
Faith empowers you to do extraordinary things. Where there is faith there is no failure. Where faith dominates, there is power. Another thing about faith, faith will bring people to you, faith will make some people distance themselves from you. This is how powerful faith is.Negative people will leave to make room for positive people. When you have faith , you don’t need everyone to be your friend. Those who want to leave , let them leave. Turn a deaf ear to those who are waiting for your downfall, people that discourage you.
Faith wins, Faith conquers, Faith believes, Faith never disappoints.
It came to pass as Jesus and his disciples followed by a crowd of people came across a blind man who was also a beggar by the roadside as they went out of Jericho. When the blind man heard that it was Jesus, he started crying out because he first believed in his heart that Jesus would heal him. As tired and uncomfortable as he was in his blindness, when he heard Jesus, he knew his help had arrived.
The crowd which followed Jesus tried stopping him from calling Jesus, but he called even more. He cried even more louder. Don’t be discouraged by people who don’t know what you are going through, people who don’t feel what you feel. I would rather have people who challenge me to act in faith than comfort me in my situation. The blind man heard the presence of the master and made a decision to seize the moment. God’s presence is with us all the time, it only depends on what you make up your mind to do in his presence. If you want to go very far, leave the crowd and do what you have to do.
Batimaeus refused to be silenced and comforted in his situation. He cried up until he got Jesus’ attention. As a christian, you need to surround yourself with people that encourage you and never listen to discouragements from the devil and people. Sometimes we fail and lose some of the battles not because our opponent is too strong nor our battle too big, but just because of listening and giving in to the voice of discouragement.
When circumstances discourage you along the way, giving up won’t make you win, just call on the name of the Lord Jesus even more. People will discourage you, sometimes even friends will do, but only those who know where their strength comes from will stand and fix their eyes on Jesus. Psalms 125:1 says that those who trust in the Lord shall be like mount Zion which cannot be moved. Conquerors never give up; they never settle for less than what God has for them. Winners never listen to discouragements. Champions never make themselves a comfort zone in their problems.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:4-10
They crucified him on the cross and thought it was all over with our Lord Jesus Christ.Little did they know that it was rather the kingdom of the enemy that was done with. You can never destroy a seed by burying, it will always rise again.
When He died, all our curses were broken, all our fears and weaknesses were dealt with.Our sins were washed by His blood. We stand where we are today because of the power of the blood of Jesus. Indeed there is an empty grave to prove that our Lord was raised from the dead.
He rose with power, he rose with triumph. The power that raised Jesus has no boundary, it has no limitations.
Waking up every morning knowing that Jesus lives is enough for me. Thank God for His unending love that He sent His only son to died for us.How powerful it is to pray knowing that our Lord is alive. Hold on , never give up on God and on yourself.
One thing about the storm is that it doesn’t last forever, it comes and goes. It is the size of your faith in God that determines whether you will make it through the storms of life or not. Overcoming the storms of life is not for the weak, it’s not for cowards but for strong people who know who they are. When going through the storms of life, your faith and focus should be on Jesus, the author and the finisher of your faith, not your problems. It is during the storms when your faith and loyalty is tested.
The only way to overcome the storm is to face and confront it. Overcomers cannot afford to play hide and seek with challenges, but they rather face and deal with them.
The challenges you are facing are just for a short time, never allow them to rob you of your destiny. Don’t give up on your life, on your faith, on your family, on your church and on your career. Face those storms and trust God for a brighter future. God did not bring you this far to leave you. He has a purpose about your life. The word of God says- But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 43:31
While all the other birds fly away from the storm with fear, an eagle spreads its mighty wings and uses the current to soar to greater heights. An eagle doesn’t run for safety during the storms, but rather, it takes advantage of it to soar to some high spot. Storms need somebody who will not give up no matter how hard it is. During the storms, take advantage to pray harder and worship like never before. There are times when the storms of life hit you so hard, when the storms threaten to sweep away all that you have. I’m talking about times when the storms take away your loved ones, when the storms bring tension in the family. Those are the very times one needs to stand and face the storms. God is bigger than the storms of life. To overcome the storms, you to have faith which is bigger than the storms. It is not over about your life until God says it is.
If you are going to overcome the storms, you got to let go of certain things surrounding your life. You have to let go of some people, let go of all your fears and doubts. Let go of everything that is weighing you down and sour to a high spot. Leave gossipers to gossip, leave haters to hate. Overcomers don’t have time to confront everyone who badmouth about them. Failures and losers have limited vision, but overcomers see beyond the storms. Your storm will not last forever.
God bless you and your family.
Life isn’t about avoiding wounds, cuts and bruises. If it means that your road passes through the mountains, stand up to them. Be ready to handle all the pressure of the journey. Somehow,most of the things which affect us aren’t those that happen to us, but its how we respond to them. You may get cuts , bruises and wounds along the way, your way forward is determined by your response to the bruises.
Fear is just one of the biggest cowards, it always comes to frighten you because it knows that you are heading for success.You can’t afford to lose your battle with fear. Your fears are scared of you, scared of your capabilities and potential.Avoiding a problem isn’t solving a it, it will always find it’s way back on your path.Face it with all boldness,confront it and move forward.The Lord has been the source of your strength, He will not leave you here. My fellow brothers and sisters, hold on right there, don’t kill yourself.The voice of fear says kill yourself and forget about everything else, but the voice of courage says kill fear and keep moving.
Sometimes fear uses people,and sometimes uses threatening situations.You need to stand your ground,know your worth and stop at nothing.If my way steepens, I will go up ,if it turns to the right ,I will turn,All I want is to move towards my God-given destiny.
You don’t need to be someone else for you to win battles, but need to face them just as you are.
Never change the road because there is a roaring lion, deal with it and move on.Samson didn’t run away from the roaring lion, he faced and killed it.
Associate yourself with people that say you can, a company of cowards is worst than standing all by yourself.If facing your fears requires you to destroy your inner circle, do it for your own good.
My fears, I am not scared of you.Devil,you cannot have my destiny, my family ,my career and my future.Demons I am not afraid of you,I know all your schemes.My success, here I come.I have been discouraged, that I know well, but here I am moving forward.I have failed at some point , but I am never a failure. Never sell your destiny and success to your fears.
Scripture reading – Judges 14
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”
Almost every individual has made this prayer before, but before we dig deeper into the topic,Do we really do what we say. Do we really say what we do.
We are living in a world where forgiveness has become very ‘expensive’.Where it costs one something for them to be forgiven.Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you are weak, but it means that you are mature enough. It is high time we go before God and ask for forgiveness and the grace to be able to forgive even those who have done us the worst things. As children of God, we shouldn’t forgive conditionally because we know that Jesus Christ forgave us our worst and terrible sins in which we were drowning.
Holding grudges is for cowards. Unforgivingness is like a heavy burden on one’s shoulder. It keeps weighing you down.Do not be misled, the poison kills the one who drinks it. Keeping some grudge against someone doesn’t hurt the one you are holding it against, but kills you inside everyday. It becomes poison inside you.I know you have been through some stuff, I know you may still be suffering the effects of what someone or some people did to you in the past. May I encourage you today to find it in your heart to fully forgive them.It costs nothing but pride to give someone a call and tell them you forgive them. To pay them a visit, tell them you have forgiven them.The voice of God says ‘forgive them’ but the voice of pride says ‘wait for them to first come to you because they wronged you.
When people talk behind your back, forgive them.Those who drag your name on the streets, forgive them.Forgive your family, forgive your friends, forgive your enemies and forgive the world.
Forgiveness brings peace, it brings love and harmony.Choose forgiveness than grudges today and find eternal peace in your heart.
There are times we feel like we can’t make it. Times when we have no strength to pull through some situations. Times when even those who we depend on for courage are nowhere to be found. I am glad to know that it is just a season that comes and goes. It is up to you to choose who want to be after going through some hard times. Some situations come to challenge us, some come to encourage us, some come to make us stronger than we are. But never to kill you.You can either be a victim or a victor depending on how you respond to circumstances. Never allow challenges to victimize you.
Discouragement is just a lie from the devil that tells you cant make it.Sometimes it is people around us which discourage us.We just need the rock that is higher than we are. He is the rock of ages, He is the king of kings. God is bigger than our problems, bigger than our discouragement. It is very unfortunate that most people when discouraged ,take actions and decisions which discourage them even more. The bible says that David at some point encouraged himself when he was down and distressed. Right where you are, in that situation,say this short prayer.
LORD, LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I – Psalms 61:2
Everyone has their dream, but not everyone stands up to pursue the dream. Dreamers see beyond situations, circumstances and obstacles. You are not going to die where you are because God is with you.Hold on, the situation you are going through won’t last forever, Trust God about your life and everything. Never allow temporary situations to rob you of your destiny.
If you were praying, it’s high time you pray harder, Sing harder, praise and worship even harder. People will try stopping you, but they surely won’t be able to stop your dreams.
CHRIST IN ME, THE HOPE OF GLORY
“God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
As children of God, this is the hope to which we hold on. It wasn’t by co-incidence or by default, but God chose to make known this mystery known to us, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory. Temptations may try me along the way, situations may try and shake me, but this is the hope that I have. Even when things are falling apart in my world, I will hold on. I know Jesus Chris won’t let me down, He will never disappoint me. There are times when one feels like life is not fair to them, people are not fair, but hold on to this hope. Christ in you is your strength, He is your hope of glory. Because Christ is in me, I will not fail, I will walk in victory, I refuse to be frustrated, I refuse to be a failure, I refuse to be a victim.
Have you been rejected? Have you been disappointed and crushed? Hold on to this hope. Wherever you walk, walk knowing that you have such great hope within you. Pray like somebody who has this hope.
Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time.
In light of the above scriptures, this man had been in that condition for 38 years. It’s quite obvious that he has seen a lot of people getting healing right in front of his eyes, but somehow he had been stuck there for 38 years desperately in need of healing. When Jesus got there he simply asked the man what He could do for him and He already knew that the man had been there for a long time. May I take time to encourage someone who is going through some hard times. God knows your situation very well, He knows what you need and what you are praying for. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in the situation; God is able to end your problems just in seconds. He doesn’t care who succeeded before you, He doesn’t care who made it before you. Yes, you may have seen people succeed in life, you have seen them receiving their miracles, but I want to guarantee you that God is coming to take you out that your situation. The lame man was desperately waiting for the angel of God to come to the pool, but he received more than what he expected when he saw Jesus himself coming to help him. Don’t give up yet, your help is coming.
25 – But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 – suddenly there was a great earthquake, so powerful that the very foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
When the prison gates opened, Paul and Silas were not complaining, they were definitely not blaming the situation. But praising God. Have you tried praising God in your situation and things never changed? Those chains and bars did not break until they praised the Lord. The pain you are going through, the situation you are in is calling you to praise God and see His miracles. This is high time you stop blaming people, economy and the government and start trusting God about your life. God does not keep silent when He is praised, He comes down to do wonders. I don’t know what kind of prison you are in today, but you need to praise God right there. Pity partying will not bring any breakthrough. God’s power cannot be hindered by situations or environment.
Paul and Silas were not only jailed, but the bible says that they were severely flogged and beaten before they were thrown into the inner and secure jail cell. The bible tells us that the crowd also joined in the attack against them. To me this confirms that you don’t need everyone to be on your side for you to succeed. You don’t need everyone to support you for you to overcome your situation, but only need to praise God. They even had their feet fastened to make sure they don’t escape. The enemy has got so many ways in which he pushes you into some tight corner where he can keep you jailed. Remember, a prisoner can’t just do as he pleases, one has to adhere to the prison laws. There should be no excuse for not praising God from where you are when someone could praise out of prison. Your voice can be heard regardless of your location and situation. It is not the prison you are locked in that is holding you back, but how you react to the prison. Your reaction to life situation plays a vital role in the way forward.
Just when challenges have flogged you, when life has thrown you into some prison, when everything has failed choose to praise God. Praising God brings about power which demons cannot stand. There is so much power which breaks every chain in just praising our God. As they prayed, there was suddenly a great earthquake that even the foundations of the prison were shaken. When God comes down He does not only solve your situation, but He even uproots the cause and foundations of the problem. All the chains of bondage will be broken when you stop crying and complaining, but just give all the praise unto the Lord. It is very interesting that the bible says that they were singing hymns of praise to God, they were definitely not singing about their problems. Don’t praise your challenges, praise God and He will deal with your challenges.
Most people usually get stuck in their disappointments. Sadness about the non-fulfillment of expectations should not break you or your relationship with God. As a child of God, you can handle the pressure of disappointment. The devil takes advantage of your disappointment, he whispers to you that you can’t pray at this moment, you can’t praise God right now because you are upset. The enemy delights when he sees you in such a state. In this world people will disappoint you, things will disappoint you, but you should always know your place. The choice is yours, to break the disappointment and move on or to let it break you.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
Being disappointed does not bring any answers, worry doesn’t fix things. You should give all your burdens and sorrows to God. Ask God to fulfill His plan for your life. The fact that you have at some point failed doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Setbacks don’t always mean you should quit and give up. May I take this opportunity to speak to someone who is disappointed right now…trust God about your life. This is not the end of the road. Rise and move forward for the word of God says though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you shall fear no evil. You don’t stay in the valley, you don’t die in the die, you don’t end in the valley, but you walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
25 “This is how the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor on me, to take away my disgrace among men”
This may happen to be somebody’s prayer today. You might have been crying for a very long time for God to do something in your life. I have come to some point of understanding that in life there are things that don’t need your finances, family support, education or anything else, but only need the almighty God to look with favor on you. There are times when nothing is working, just when your marriage is not working, your job and everything around you. Just when when there is nothing that you have not tried to make things work for you. You know that there is only one God that has to look with favor on you. What needs God, leave it to Him to deal with. I would like to encourage somebody that what you are going through right now is not the end of your life, but just a season. Hold on right there, the season of God’s favor is coming. Giving up won’t solve your problems, worry will not make it any better.
In light of the above chapter, Zechariah was a priest of God, but he still needed God to look with favor on him. He and his wife Elizabeth had a situation as they were drowning in a childless marriage. Well, I guess nobody would love or wishes to be stuck in that kind of marriage. This couple had no child and the fact that they had grown too old to bear children made their situation even worse. The bible tells us that it was a huge shame during Zechariah’s time for a woman to be barren. I am talking to somebody who has a situation that even people are pointing fingers at them. Most of the times when you have a situation you even feel like a loser and failure among people. I am glad to know that no matter how much people have failed and mocked you, no matter how much you have toiled, when God comes in, He changes every situation. Time cannot limit or hinder God, the size of your situation cannot stop him either. No problem is too big for Him. God’s favor knows no barrier; it respects no boundary.
It then happened that one day as Zechariah was carrying on his priestly duties in the temple, the Lord visited him with some good news. Behold, an angel appeared and addressed him and he did not even believe the message from God. Because of doubting God’s word, God decided to make him dumb for some time. Elizabeth wasn’t even pregnant yet, but God had already given their son a name and told them what should and shouldn’t be done to their son. God calls those things which be not as though they were. Elizabeth had two advantages, she was barren and had grown too old.
I know you may have been disadvantaged, you may have been coming from a small poor family, God can still look on you with favor. Every barren aspect of your life shall be healed. Living with spiritual, financial and social barrenness, God doesn’t respect your age or status when He decides to look on you. It may take time but all I know is that my God will not fail you. I don’t know when, I don’t know where and how but all I know is that God will look on you with favor. My God will surely take away your shame among people. After all the setbacks, failures and stress, loss and shame God will prepare a table before you. The very same enemies will watch God lift you. There’s every reason to smile because you shall have a testimony. It’s not too late for God to show you His favor.
Lord, here I am, surrendering all to you. I surrender all my fears to you. I choose to believe and trust you about my life and future today. Look on me with favor oh Lord. Lord I don’t when, how and where but I am waiting on you to change my situation. Every barrenness in my life, I give it all to you Lord. I pray in the Name of our Lord Jesus. Amen.
Deuteronomy 30:15 – 16 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
We cannot ignore the fact that we are living in times whereby people have become too smart to serve the Lord. Where people are too beautiful and too handsome to surrender themselves to God. Being a Christian to some sounds like demeaning their worth, with most of the people not willing to swallow their pride and serve the Lord the way they should.
We are living in a society where even young people find it very hard to make right decisions and choices for their lives. There are people that are not serious about anything in life. You have to very careful what you want, what you want to become and where you want to go in life. Choose wisely who you want to put in your life. You can choose today to bury your past and move on with your life.
Well, there is some things in life which you don’t or can’t choose to be part of. For example, you can’t change the days of the week, month or year. But you can only choose what you want to do on a particular day. One cannot choose their biological parents, your family, your mother language and so on…
But the good news is that when you grow up you can always choose what you want. I understand that you never chose where you started, but you can choose where want to go regardless of where you come from. Your history and background will not stop you. Some are who they are today because of the choices they made. Not everyone who lives out in the streets is an orphan, some made choices while some merely followed friends and peers. My dear young brothers and sisters, never take serious decisions under the influence of peer pressure.
Have you ever been in a situation whereby you have to make to peace with something that doesn’t give you peace?
Have you been pushed into some corner where you have adjust, adopt and follow the tune of the situation?
When life pushes you into that corner, use the very same corner to call on the name of the Lord. It was after God had created a man after His own image that He looked at what He had done and saw that it was very good. (Gen 1:31) Child of God, God did not create you to live a miserable life. No matter what life throws at you, never underestimate the power and authority which God bestowed in you. He never made any mistake by creating you. I don’t care whether you’re young or old, black or white, short or tall, you have the power of God inside you. The devil is very cunning, he knows how you know and see yourself. God gave us dominion over the things he created.
I declare today that I am not going to make peace with poverty, I am not going to live an apologetic life. I don’t owe the devil any apology. Because I am a child of God, I have the favor of God upon my life. Trials cannot stop me, people will not stop me, demons will not defeat me. Right from where you are, you can make a declaration that will change your life forever. Don’t give up yet, you haven’t failed. You can still do something; you can still make a difference.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. (1st Timothy 1:7)
Timidity is fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions and changes. The difference between champions and cowards is that cowards only wait for good opportunities and the right time to do things, to take decisions and move forward. They wait until they are comfortable enough in some situation before taking action. But champions don’t wait, they create good opportunities themselves and make things happen.
With the spirit of fear, you cannot accomplish anything, but regret. Fear is very destructive. A lot of people lose opportunities and jobs because of timidity. There are people who are stuck where they are today because they are just scared of taking just one bold step forward from where they are. Fear always makes you think that it’s not the right time, maybe its wasn’t meant for me, what if I start and fail along the way?
The bible says that God did not that king of spirit, but the spirit
 of power to make things happen, to do what God expects us to do. He gave us power to overcome the power of darkness, temptations, challenges and sicknesses. The power that God gave you is not natural, but supernatural. There are times when discouragement, procrastination and fear attacks, but the power of God working in you is more than enough to overcome all.
 of love for to love one another, you cannot love God and hate his people. It is love that binds us together. The spirit of love which God gave us doesn’t make us hate other fellow children of God. You may not have what they have, there is still no reason to hate them. Don’t lose yourself trying to be someone else. You are running your own God-given race.
 of sound, mind for us to take good decisions and right choices. God also gave the spirit which leads us and gives us wisdom to know how and when to react to things and situations.
Breaking the spirit of timidity takes ones who knows and understands the power working in them. The bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God, on the contrary, fear comes by hearing lies from the devil. One has to know very well what God says about them not what the devil says. Life needs someone who will stand, forget about what people say and look upon the Lord. Leave your fears behind and go for what you believe in. Never let fear rob you of your destiny. God destined you for greatness. You are going somewhere. Fear can create images even where there is nothing. If you let it haunt you ,you will only see obstacles instead of opportunities.
If you are going to break the spirit of fear, you need the word of God inside you. Speak the word of God and see situations change. You need to be a prayerful somebody for you to conquer your fears. Can I challenge you today to give all your fears to God. That very same thing which you are afraid of, give it to your creator.
But those who trust the LORD will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired. (Isaiah 40:31) God will never fail his people. Yes, things may seem to be tough, but one thing for sure is that when God is in it, you will win. Some journeys are not about the time it takes to get to your destiny, but all about who you are walking with. Waves may try to toss you back and forth, people may discourage you, but you need to keep sailing because God is in it.
That business of yours, as long as God is in it, it’s bound for success, you can’t have God in it and fail. Nobody can stop the work which God has started in your life. In that church, in that organisation, in your studies, in your career keep sailing child of God. God will never start some work with you and fail you along the way. The fact that you are currently faced with some challenges doesn’t mean that God isn’t with you.
Whatever was destined to be yours, you will get. Let them close those doors on you. Let them mock you. God is working on something bigger and better in your life. You need to hold a little longer. It may take years, months, weeks, days or hours, but when God is in it, it shall come to pass. Even when people think it’s over with your life, God will manifest his power in your life. Remember, when God manifested Himself to Elijah in a still small voice, there was a lot that had happened, a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, and after the wind an earthquake, after the earthquake a fire, but still the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, a still small voice. (1 Kings 19)
That which comes from God, comes with confirmation, but that which is not from Him, comes with confusion and fear. I don’t care what people do or say. I don’t what the devil is thinking, all I need is God to be in it. You need to get to some point and position where only what God says matters to you.
In your marriage, in your family, in your church and everything you do, put God in it and you will succeed. Put yours in some position where failure is not your portion. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, it doesn’t matter how many you been mocked, just ask God to be in what you are doing and see Him doing wonders.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
God gave us power and authority to choose what we want and would like to be.In the above portion of scripture, the Word of God says, But Daniel purposed it in his heart not to defile himself.This means that he had options, he had a choice, but he new his purpose.Daniel knew that He had a race to run, a destination to reach and a purpose to fulfill.
Challenges may come, but never allo them to take away your purpose and destiny.While some fail, you can still make up your mind not to fail.When you are are driven by purpose, you don’t just do things for the sake of doing them.Champions don’t follow the crowd, they always know which way to go.You don’t get forced by current situation to make decisions you will regret about.
With just one meal, Daniel would have defiled and robbed himself of his destiny.Sometimes challenges are just there to teach you to fight a good fight, take good decisions and discover the power and authority within you.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.