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.
Sometimes life throws at you situations that will make you compromise your identity and values.Times that require your full spiritual and physical strength.No matter what comes your way, never lose your spiritual focus, never give up on yourself.Be strong enough not to sell your identity , not to sell your values.Never try to be someone else.In as much as you can be inspired by other great people and role models, be sure to live your life the way God designed it to be.
Your God is bigger than that sickness, He is bigger than your problems.He is bigger the pain you are going through.When hard times come, never forget that you are a child of the Most High God, there is so much power in you.Whatsoever situation which you can’t handle by yourself, give it to the master, surrender it to the Creator.
I know you’ve been crushed,I know you’ve been divorced.I know you’ve been through hell,I understand you lost so many things,But here you are today.Am so glad you never lost your faith.You have all the reasons to thank God, you have all the reasons to give Him all the glory.At times we should learn that some of the so-called good things that we lost were never meant to be ours.God knows what’s yours, He knows you very well, He knows you even by name and addresses.Whatever was meant to be yours shall be yours.
When God wants to lift you,He doesn’t need to consult anybody.What you lost is nothing compared to that which is coming your way.God is going to replace your tears with joy,your suffering with peace.Your failure wasn’t meant to rename you, your problems were not meant to kill you.Live the life God wants you to live.
Remember to thank God for each day that He gives you.Forget not to thank Him for the food which He places on your table everyday.
May the Grace of God follow you.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Bless the Name of the Lord today and give thanks to Him for bringing you this far.You may have failed in 2018,that doesn’t mean that you are a failure.You may have made some mistakes, but you are not a mistake.You are a blessing from God. I just want to encourage somebody to set goals for 2019, plan your goals, prepare, pray and pursue.Resolve not to fall for the same traps which blocked your success in 2018.Believe and trust God about your life and future.Just do what God says you should do.
God has great this in store for you this year.You are more than who you think you are.There is so much power of God in you my brother and sister.I pray that God will grant you all the good desires of your heart.May the favor of God follow you.May He lift His Countenance upon you.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
The Lord who has been keeping you, protecting and providing for you is a faithful God.Some are waiting for your download fall, but I am here to tell you that God is still by your side.
“”No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And this is their vindication from Me,” says the LORD.” — Isa 54:17
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
You don’t need to have everything you want in life for you to rejoice in the Lord.God gives permanent peace and joy.The word of God says that we should rejoice in the Lord always.When things get tough along the way,I will rejoice in the Lord.When the enemy attacks,I will rejoice in my Lord.Even if there is no food on the table, that will not take away my joy.
Rejoicing in the Lord doesn’t mean you should rejoice in the death of your loved ones, in your tribulation and situation.But it means that whatever happens around you must not take away your joy in the Lord.With or without , I will be joyful in the Lord.
Joy from above is one thing that people can’t take away from you.I may have all the money I want,but I choose to rejoice in the Lord,and not in my money.I may have all the food I want, all the mansions I ever wanted, but my joy comes from the Lord.Let them rejoice in things, let them rejoice in all the temporary things which they see with their physical eyes.But your permanent joy is from the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say REJOICE.
 It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighboring regions……………..
God destined you for greater things.You need to understand that your current position is not your destination.The fact that you have encountered multiple stops and challenges doesn’t mean you should die there.Refuse to die young, refuse to be sick, refuse to be bound by sin.Refuse to be bound by debt and situations.There is so much power that God invested in you.God wants you to achieve great things.
Most christians sabotage their destiny and future by just sitting in their comfort zone.They don’t want to break their camps and move on.There is a lot that happens in the camps.That’s where they delay themselves, that’s where do a lot of things that drag them back to their past.I understand the situation you are in right now.I understand the corner into which life has pushed you.Yes, they have wronged you, they abused you, used and hurt you.But never get too comfortable in that corner.Learn to let go and let God.Don’t accept having to live your life as a victim.You have all it takes to break that camp and move on.You have stayed in that comfort zone for too long.You have toiled for long enough.You have cried long enough.This is your time to rise and move on.
When you finally decide to break your place of comfort,it doesn’t matter who did what to you.Things will start working for you, they will start moving.Yes,you have received the Lord Jesus as your saviour.I know you have done all good things in your local church.I know you have paid your tithe, you have given your freewill offering, but your journey doesn’t end there.You need to keep moving towards your God-given destination.
It is high time you move forward.Whether you are driving, drive towards your destination.If you are cycling, cycle towards your future.It doesn’t matter whether you are walking , walk to your bright future.Open your eyes and see the future that God has in store for you.
Deal with your past accordingly,break that camp and move on.
May the Grace and favor of God follow you all the days of your life.
God has greater things in-store for you.Situations shouldn’t determine your life and future because you are far much bigger than that.Don’t set your standards according to what you see, for we do not walk by sight ,but by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7)For we live by believing and not by seeing.[NLT BIBLE].
Don’t loose heart, never get intimidated by what you see.Your God is bigger than your challenges, He is bigger than your sickness, He is bigger than those obstacles.Without faith , you will live a life of accepting anything that comes your way.You will settle only for smaller things.See a bigger picture about your life.
Your life and future are in the hands of the almighty God.Never let challenges of life push you into a tight corner of desperation.Never let life box you in some corner where you can’t move or do anything.
It’s time to ask yourself these questions, Is this the life which God designed for me? Is what I have all that God wanted me to have? Am I supposed to be where I am right now, doing what I am doing? Are these the right people that I am supposed to be with?
Believe God about your life.Depend on Him.Wait on Him.God is surely going to fulfill what He said He will do in your life.All you have to do,trust Him, listen and obey Him.Let God take over, let Him take control of your life.
God bless you.I pray for showers of blessings upon your life.Amen.
This is your time to leave haters to hate, Time to leave pretenders to pretend.It is time to focus on what God says and has for you.You are not on this earth by mistake,but God has a purpose for you.God has a wonderful plan for you which even the devil cannot destroy.On this earth, people will always be people, the world will always be the world.Let them talk, let them despise, let the gossip , God’s plan for you still stands, He is not a man that He should lie, neither a son of man that He should change his mind.
You can’t stop people from talking, you surely cannot stop them from changing their minds.But is it in your power to stop them from letting you down and discouraging you.You are a child of God, you have the power of God inside you. You are anointed to be successful.You may encounter difficulties of some sort along the way, God has your back.Stand firm, He will never leave nor forsake you.
When challenges strike, grow bigger,not bitter.Oh how happy I am knowing that I am backed by the heavens. The more challenges, the more I learn to put my trust on God.I am unstoppable.Having no food on the table won’t stop me.I have seen God working in my life.God will perfect that which concerns you.Remember, God’s is,always watching His Word to perform and fulfil it.It is not about where you are, neither where you are coming from, but all about the God who is working in your life.Put your trust in God today, I guarantee you that you will never be disappointed.
I take this time to thank God for all He has done in my life in this year.God has been faithful to me.He has kept all His promises.I praise His holy Name.I love who He is in my life.
I know and I am aware of all the mistake this year.All the things which I am not proud of.But above all, God still kept me, He still protected me,He still loves me.
Thank you father that you are my strength,you are my provider, you are my saviour.I may not have achieved all the goals which I wanted to achieve.I may not be perfect,but I thank God that I am His child.
JOHN 14 :1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In the light of above scripture, Jesus said that we not let our heart to be troubled,but there is no way your heart cannot be troubled when it doesn’t have Jesus.Having said that,Jesus went on to say that we should believe in the God and in Him.This means that if you give your heart to Jesus and believe in Him,your heart will not be troubled.
It is so sad that our churches today are filled with people that don’t believe in God.People that are in church for reasons and not for God.My brother,my sister and my fellow friends,the period of time you have been going to church doesn’t count if your heart still doesn’t have Jesus.We are living in times where even Christians look troubled.
Proverbs 4:23 says we should guard our hearts,and not just guard,but guard it with all diligence.Why? Because from it flows springs of life.Now the question is, how possibly can the springs of life flow from within your heart when it is troubled. People nowadays want to free themselves from all their burdens and trouble before they come to Jesus,but Jesus say: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.You cannot find rest that you you need on your own.The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who will give you rest that you need.
Remember,Jesus said ‘LET NOT’ your heart be troubled.Meaning you have an option,its all up to you to LET IT or to LET NOT. Take Jesus today and find peace,love and joy.
God has blessed you to be a blessing.You can’t be blessed and fail to be a blessing yourself.When God blesses you,there is absolutely nothing that can curse you.As a blessing of God you need to be great ,not to regret.It doesn’t matter how many people fight you ,how many kingdoms come against you.You belong in the holy and powerful kingdom of God.Let the trials try you,let people talk behind your back,you remain a blessing of God.
There is every reason why you were born in that family, there is a reason why you are in that church.God wants you to be a blessing and not a curse or a thorn to other people.As a child of God,represent your family.God did not put you in that family or church to divide it,but for you to a blessing.When you know that you are blessed,you are content with who you are,with what God has given you.Be a blessing to your family to your parents,to your kids,to your pastor and to your church.
I have been tried and tested,yet God is still my strength.I won’t be intimidated by the devil or challenges.Even through the toughest times,I still see the grace of God. I will not be shaken.Things won’t move me. The devil cannot derail me.Money cannot take me away from my rock.People cannot shake me.Pain will not stop me.With or without food on my table, God is still faithful.I will worship Him,I will give Him praise and glory.
When you know the source of your strength,even trials wont move you away from your pillar.I remember even the times when i prayed for things which never happened,i still did not give up on my God.I still saw God’s love through it all.I surrendered all to to the pillar of my strength.I can’t even begin to count the number of times God has been good to me.He has been my strength since day one.
Just where you are child of God, you have a great God by your side.If you pray and things don’t go as expected,never despair. It doesn’t mean that you are weak ,it doesn’t mean that there is no God.There was a time when i prayed strongly for my biological brother who was ill,but he was still taken away from us. I know the pain of losing loved ones,it never moved me.I still praise the almighty God.The more I am face with challenges , the stronger i become and the closer i draw to God.
SCRIPTURE READING : PSALMS 125:1
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. (Hebrews 11:24)
It takes maturity as a christian to know and understand who you are in the kingdom of God. You are not an ordinary person. Thank God we are saved,thank God we know Him and He knows us.But this isn’t all about christianity. One has to know who they are.Know where you stand in Christ. Know and understand what the word of God says about you.Many christians lose it along the way because they live and walk according to what people say about them.
Child of God, it is up to you to choose whether you want to be grateful or to be regretful.You can choose if you want to walk on the ground with chickens or sow above situations with eagles .Once you understand yourself,you only do things that support your dream and vision. You don’t participate in things that oppose your vision.I have many times noticed that it’s not that people don’t have dreams or goals to achieve.Almost every individual has a dream and a vision of some kind.The only problem is that they sabotage their dreams everyday.
God never created you to be a victim or to be afraid,but gave you the spirit of power.When you know who you are in Christ, you don’t just take any offer.You Understand that God has great and quality things in store for you.You are not a curse bu a blessing.You are not a mistake, but a child of God.
Never underestimate the power of God working in you.It is the Lord our God who has been with you through it all.If those sufferings, pain and challenges were meant to kill you, you wouldn’t have been where you you are today. His grace and mercy carried you.The very same pain which you encountered may have been your pot in which you were being cooked, prepared and molded.
God does not answer all our “whys” , but He is always there to listen to all our “thanks giving”.Even when you are going through the darkest and painful part of life,never lose your faith, stand firm and call on the name of the Lord.God hasn’t abandoned you.Never think that you are a mistake,and you will never be.Almost everyone has at some point done things which they are not proud of.They have made mistakes along the way,but that doesn’t that you are a mistake.
The pain of losing your loved ones,the pain of being rejected, being sidelined.The pain of encountering the things which you never even imagined yourself going through.God is replacing all your tears with joy and laughter.
Many Christians find it too difficult to deal with their past.Well, the term “your past” explains itself. Your past is just a record of things which happened to you or which you did in the past.People concentrate more on that which affected them in the past,the things which hindered them to achieve their goals in life. For you to be successful,you should avoid concentrating more on your past.It only leaves you with limited time to focus on the future.Limited time to design a plan about your life.
Having failed at some point doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a failure.Remember, no matter how many people call you a failure, that will not make you a loser unless you make one out of yourself .You are created for bigger and better things, greater and glorious things.
Take a bold step and deal with those things which haunt your life.Never allow the past to rob you of your future.You are not a prisoner of your past you are not a slave of your past.God destined you to excel in all things.
Always thank God for all He has done in your life,and for who He is in your life.Appreciate yourself and believe God for greater things.
I would love to greet you all in the precious and mighty name of our Lord Jesus.
When your life is in a grave situation, it means that there is no movement in your life.There is no progress.Everything is just turning bitter.It even feels like nothing is working for you.There is no joy in your life ,in your marriage or in your career.No wonder why, in the graves there’s no laughter nor joy.
Coming out of a grave situation takes God’s special intervention.May I take this opportunity to encourage all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.Our God is able to do just what he said He will do.It may take decades or years, but He will do it, it may take months or weeks, my God shall do it, It may get worse before it gets better, but God will never ever fail you.
What is it that is not working in your life? Just surrender it to God.I know you are going through some pain, you may be crying day and night with no one to wipe away your tears.God is our present place of help.The word of God says that weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.(PSALMS 30:5). I strongly feel that it’s dawning for somebody.You are just about to experience an everlasting joy that comes from the Lord.
I believe that God is taking you to another level.I am here to declare today that fear is no longer your portion, being sidelined is not your portion.You are highly favored.No devil can bewitched you.Not even the devil can curse that which God has blessed.Right where you are,the favor of God is locating you.No longer will you live your life in a grave situation, in a Lazarus situation.
God is restoring whatever the devil had robbed you of.Your family is coming back to life.Your marriage is coming back to life, your business, your career.
Grace and peace be with you.
At some point in life there are things that you go through not because you are not praying, not because you are not a child of God, not because you have committed some sin…But to fulfil God’s will and purpose.
We read it in scriptures that Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus, he still got sick and died.It wasn’t because of disobedience, his death was for the glory of God.
There are certain situations which you cannot avoid because they must take place for the glory of God.
He is a great God, no situation, no pain ,no infirmity or sickness can stand in His way.
When a coming out of a situation part comes, nobody can say no.Lazarus had been dead and in the grave for four days when Jesus came to their homestead.He spoke a word, and Lazarus came back to life.No matter how bad your situation is, it can still change.With God it doesn’t matter how long one has been in a situation.
When you are in a Lazarus situation, it feels like you are all by yourself in some spiritual grave, financial grave, health grave and relationship graves. It feels like nobody is willing to come to your rescue.
God is with you,He knows all your struggles, all your situations, when the coming out part comes ,no witchcraft can hinder you.
Scripture Reading: John 11:1-44
……….to be continued on Part 2……….
Whatever situation that you are going through, God is with you, He still cares about you, He still loves you.Never let your present challenges rename you, don’t lose heart child of God.
The word of God wouldn’t have encouraged us to be strong if there was nothing that needs us to be strong along the way.Just believe in God and never doubt Him.
The challenges and pain you are faced with do not mean that you are not christian enough.You only need to be strong and courageous.In the light of Isaiah 54:17- The word doesn’t promise us that there will be no weapon which will be forged against us,no.But it say no weapon formed against us will prevail. Christianity doesn’t mean that everything will come on a silver platter.You need to use the courage and strength which you have.
Whatever challenge in the ministry,trust in Jesus, hold on, be it in your marriage, family or business, hold on.Pray, pray and pray.
It took courage for Moses to confront Pharaoh,it took diligence for Ruth to become Boaz’s wife, it took his tongue for Jabez to resist the life of pain,it took power and authority for Jesus to call Herod a fox, child of God it always takes determination of some kind to become a great somebody.Never underestimate the power of God that is inside you.
Activate the power of God invested in you….You are carrying someone else’s testimony, you are carrying someone else’s business….I mean there’s a lot that God invested in you.Change the way you see yourself.Remember, you are not called to watch things happen,but to make things happen.
….THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU….
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new-2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
At one point of time I thought there were certain special qualifications for one to become a new creature, but then after reading this scripture I was reminded that all I need is Christ Jesus in my life.May I take this opportunity to remind you that you are complete in Christ.I don’t need to wait until I have all the money I want for me to be complete in Christ, to be a new creature.I don’t need to wait until I reach certain age or position.We are never too young or too old to become new in Christ.This portion of scripture made me realize that right where I am , where I stay and just as I am, I am a new creature and complete in Christ once I am in Christ Jesus.
It all comes by receiving The Lord Jesus Christ into your life.You can never buy this new kind of life.It has nothing to do with the level of intelligence or the number connections that you have , but only by Jesus.
Don’t give up, don’t despair.Now that you are in Christ, God will lift you up from that deep muddy clay.You are yet to see wonderful and marvelous things coming your way.You may not be driving fancy cars,living in a big mansion with all the money you want, but you are still complete in Christ.
May The Lord God Lift Up His Countenance Upon You And Your Family.
Never allow situations,challenges and failure to rename you.God knows you by name and surname, by your addresses, He knows every detail of your life. He even knows all your struggles. He knows your tears .God’s sees you through.Before you were born, God knew about you , before you were even formed he anointed and ordained you. You are way more than what you think you are.
When God spoke to Jeremiah, He told him of how great he was,but Jeremiah thought that he was way too young for the things which God spoke of.
Then the Lord God said to Jeremiah, ” DON’T SAY YOU ARE TOO YOUNG”
When God created you, there’s greatness of some kind which he created in you.Don’t compare yourself with other people, other pastors, other singers,or other workers.You are who you are for a specific reason.You are unique just as you are.Love and appreciate yourself.See God’s creation in you.
Scripture Reading : Jeremiah 1 : 4-19
Lord thank you for grace today.You made me see this day ,through all the threatening situations Lord,here I am because of your unconditional love. Through the waters , you carried me Lord,I wasn’t swept away. You healed me from all deadly and threatening sicknesses.I lift up my voice to give you praise and worship today, i lift my hands to you .
There is so much power in a vision,refuse to to lead a vision less life.The Word of God says , Where there is no vision , people perish. (PROVERBS 29:18)There is no way you can live a successful life if you don’t have a vision.When you don’t have a vision , everything falls apart.You do things just because everyone around you is doing it.People with a vision live their life, they don’t try to be someone else,they don’t imitate, they don’t live to impress anyone, but live in accordance with the Word of God.People with a vision don’t just stop to respond to every dog that barks around them, rather, they keep moving towards their goal.
Your vision speaks for you, your vision defends you, your vision protects you.They may try to press you down , but your vision will say NO. Joseph was cast into a deep dry pit by his brothers, but the pit couldn’t contain the power of the VISION which Joseph had. As a visionary you wont be afraid of challenges in life, to you they are just stepping stones pushing you to your God-given destiny.Let them mock you , they will soon mark you.
#LET YOUR VISION SPEAK FOR YOU
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?