In Daniel 5:23,Belshazzar,King of Babylon was chastised for defying the Lord and abusing the holy vessels from the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem while practising idolatry.These sins brought an end to his reign.Friends,let’s accord God his due glory always!We should never see anyone as equal to God as God has no equal.Do not put your faith in rich relatives/friends instead of God.Doing this is a form of idolatry in itself that could lead to destruction.God should be your ultimate of confidence,not humans.
Parts of the lyrics of ‘Man of Sorrows’ by Hillsong United say:
‘Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full,by the precious blood, that my Jesus spilled, now the curse of sin, has no hold on me, whom the son sets free, oh is free indeed’
My friend, incomparable joy resides in the hearts of those who live in the freedom that the son of God gives! Until Jesus Christ,the son of God sets you free,you are not free.
‘So if the son sets you free,you are truly free.’ John 8:36(NLT)
There is freedom in no one except Christ Jesus. He is the only source of eternal freedom. Whoever lives in sin,lives in slavery,and until deliverance comes,that person remains a slave.Jesus Christ is the deliverer.He is that new life.He is also the giver of freedom that never ends,as long as you faithfully abide in him.If you are tired…
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‘So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God,as the people of Israel did,we will fall.’ Hebrews 4:11(NLT)
God has made rest available to his people and only by faith can one come into this rest. Beloved,please do not harden your heart, rather,yield to the Holy Spirit and let him guide you through. Jesus Christ,our saviour,has made all provisions for us,including rest. A divine rest,that supersedes all the troubles that appear along the way as we journey home.
So,my friends,whatever might want to stress you or might even be stressing you at the moment can never be as great as the rest which is available to you in Christ Jesus. Be it academic,marital,financial or any other sort of burden. God’s rest is more than enough for you. Just close your heart to fear and open your eyes to faith and see the rest the…
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One who has the backing of the most powerful Lord that could ever be needs not be frightened by any opposition whatsoever. As a believer, the Lord is with you and you need not be afraid of any party that is against you. The worst they can do is try.However,defeat is ultimately theirs as you hold on to Christ and trust him for protection.
It doesn’t matter what threats the enemy might have issued to you boastfully. It doesn’t matter what strategies they might be putting in place to orchestrate a downfall. Be reassured that God has the final say and he will always decide in your favour as his child. See the words of the Lord here:
‘Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless. Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed. For God is with us!”
Isaiah 8:10 (NLT)
Whatever your enemies do, confidently await their failure because God is with you. He is the greater one whom no one is as great as or greater than. He is the Almighty, the consuming fire. Whenever troubles seem to flow like an overwhelming river, don’t panic. Raise up your praise of the Almighty God and see him take charge of your battle as Jehovah,the man of war,the Lord of the battle. Your victory in God is inevitable because God can not be defeated.
Darkness is the antagonist of light. Your enemies belongs to the devil’s camp. The spirit at work in them antagonises the spirit of the living God that worketh in you. No matter how scary they appear, they can do you nothing with God by your side. Stand firm and see the victory that the Lord your God will give to you. With Christ Jesus, you are victorious already as seen here:
‘But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.’
1 John 4:4 (NLT)
The greater one lives in you.
”I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27(NLT)
The lord left us an invaluable gift,in addition to salvation.He gave us peace of mind and heart.A peace that is very necessary if one is live a life free of trouble and fear.
Friend,are you in any way perturbed?I’m glad to let you know that as a christian,the peace you need has been made available long ago,before you were born.What you have to do is rededicate your life to the master and pray to him to fill you on the inside.And by faith,live in your heritage!
Walking confidently in the peace of mind and heart is a way of keeping the rest which the Lord gives and beating the stress of whatever burden that might come your way.
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‘Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‘ Matthew 11:28(NLT)
Sometimes, the weight of expectations and responsibilities might wear one out and if support doesn’t come quickly enough, one might buckle under the pressure.
However, Jesus has given us a guaranteed assurance of rest if we go to him. Therefore, we need to go to him and let him ease our burdens. With him, rest is sure and a more fulfilling life is possible.
Practical steps to get the ‘rest’:
1. Accept that you need help with your burdens.
2. Go to Jesus Christ and pray to him for help with your burdens(mention them).
3. (i)Confess and accept him as your Lord and personal saviour(for those not born-again yet).
(ii) Confess and reaffirm his Lordship over your life(for the redeemed).
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A letter to the redeemed,
Friend, please don’t practise seasonal followership of Christ. Be a full-time Christian. Whether good or bad,happy or sad, abundance or scarcity, whatever might pop up on the horizon,stay faithful to Christ Jesus. He gave his all for you, you should give your all to him as well.
‘At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.’ John 6:66 (NLT)
At what points do you turn your back to the cross too? At what point do you take the garment of righteousness off and adorn the robes of worldliness? At what point is compromise excusable to you? Beloved, AT NO POINT should you forsake the love of Christ. At no point should you roll in the pit of sin. Let your motto be ‘HAPPILY A CHRISTIAN ANYWHERE,ANY TIME’. Never discard that trademark because it is your passport to eternal life.
Sometimes, the going gets rough, the weather could get stormy. Always remember that the Lord didn’t promise us funfare all the way home, because even he had challenges while on earth. But he has spoken here in John 16:33(NLT):
”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
So friend, just hold on to the peace in Christ when those troubles come up and it seems as if a new dawn won’t break. Victory is surely ours at the end of the day because Jesus Christ has said that he has overcome the world and you know that his word is true. Also, believe God, the wait,the endurance and all that we go through while on earth will all be worth it when finally we get home and receive our rewards from the father. To buttress this, see what the Apostle Paul said here:
‘Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.’
Romans 8:18 (NLT)
My dear,please hold on. Never turn back. It will all be worth it in the end when our saviour we see. Some of those you call friends or even family, may be despising you for your faithfulness to Christ at the moment, hold on. You may be experiencing persecution and rejection in the course of your walk with the saviour at the moment, hold on. You are special. You are chosen. You are a co-heir with Christ.
‘Christ is enough’, a song by Hillsong United has some parts of its lyrics that go thus: ‘The cross before me, the world behind me, no turning back.’ Please live this statement and hold on to the end. Don’t turn back, you are on the right path.
I love you and Jesus loves you more.
A co-sojourner on the way to heaven.
Sometimes, some humans assume they know so much that they become slaves of their own knowledge. The probable realities of their assumed fears make them TOO SCARED to believe and accept THE WONDERFUL LIFE being offered by GOD,THE CREATOR OF ALL. They get too scared because they know so much about EVIL,yet so little about GOOD and how GOOD GOD IS.
So friend, don’t be caught in this sort of quagmire. Whatever knowledge you might be getting today, make sure that it is the GOOD knowledge of GOD and his AWESOME ways because that is a potent key to a VICTORIOUS LIFE rid of FEAR.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.’ Proverbs 3:5,6 (NLT)
Having the right partner is crucial to the success of any venture. A right partner is known by some of the qualities he/she possesses. One very crucial quality to look out for is dependability. How dependable is your partner? Can you trust this person to look out for your best interests even when you’re not present?
God is the ultimate. He is the peak of perfection in partnership. He is the best partner anyone could have because when he partners with you,success is inevitable. He is not selfish. He is altruistic. He cares deeply about those who depend on him. He will never fail you.
My friend, invite God into your affairs today. Pray to him…
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You must have been thinking ‘ready for what?’ in response to the interrogative title of this post. Ultimately, you must be ready for the Lord’s return as a believer. This post is to encourage you to examine your readiness ‘for the next level’.
A lot of people including myself aspire to reach levels higher than we are presently,a better land, greater pastures etc.Fortunately,God as a wonderful father has the best of fortunes ready for his children. So, as a heir of God, be rest assured of a golden future with Christ by your side. However, there is an important question that you need to answer, ‘are you ready for that future?’
Let’s learn from Esther’s story. Esther, Mordecai cousin, was a young woman who was fortunate to be among the young women selected as potential replacements for Queen Vashti who had been dethroned by King Ahasuerus. In Esther 2:12, it is recorded that there was a special treatment that each of the young women had to go through. This was a stage of preparation. In other words, to be at their best, to be good enough for the king, they had to be made ready. Even though they were good enough to have been chosen in the first instance, they had to be made ready for the higher position they were aspiring to be at. This means that one might need some requisite skills to succeed at a higher level. Only when one possesses the finesse and skills needed, can one be deemed ready for that higher level. Friend, are you ready? Do you think that you have all the boxes checked? That higher level that you are aiming for could require more technicality and poise, do you have those already? You might possess the natural talents needed to exist at that level you are aiming for like the young women did, but to succeed at that higher level, you need to polish and sharpen those talents.You need to be prepared like the young women were, you need to be at your best. Being ‘good’ is not ‘good enough’, at the top, only the best is good enough. So, to consider yourself ready for that top level, check to see that you are at your best. And if you are, then congratulations on having the father’s grace as an advantage to succeed.
A lot of times you could hear people complaining about the lack of opportunities, but the truth is, are they ready were the opportunities to come right now? Can they fill the shoes that they are asking for? If you are really determined to reach that height, my friend, then you must be at your best.
”You don’t conquer Everest, thinking and climbing like you do to reach an upper bunk of a double-decker.”
”If 4-foot deep pool is your domain of excellence, you had better learn floating skills to survive in the Pacific.”
The quotes above are to buttress the importance of you being ready to reach and conquer that next level.
Pray to the father for help so that you will be able do all that you have to do to be ready when the call comes in for the next level.