Expect that miracle.

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As a father who loves us, God is very interested in our affairs. He has the best in stock for us as his children, much more than we will ever need. So, we can always run to him whenever we are in need of anything, even for a miracle.

Sometimes, some unfavourable things could happen that would dampen hope and make tomorrow look bleak. For instance, an unexpected bad news, loss of a job, an unprecedented fall in stocks, and a heart-breaking result from a doctor’s diagnosis could be examples of these unfavourable things. Whenever things like these occur, we should always refer to God’s words and his promises to us. He cares.

Okay. Since our father cares and he has made promises in his words, what should we do in times when storms are raging the wildest? The answer to this question is, ‘Stay expectant’. We should expect that miracle. We should expect that turnaround. We should trust God so much that we wouldn’t even imagine him forsaking us. Our trust in him should birth our expectancy. It should make us see that glimmer of hope in a father that loves us beyond how much we can ever comprehend his love. The bedrock of expectations in God is faith. Only a person who has faith in God’s ability to bless would be expecting blessings from him at every point in time.Thus, faith births expectancy.

As illustrations, let’s examine two accounts of miraculous healings from the book of Mark which have three things in common. In Mark 5:25-34, there is the story of a woman with the issue of blood for twelve years. She was in the crowd that was about Jesus as he went with Jairus to the latter’s house. She managed to get close enough to Jesus, touched him and received her healing. In Mark 10:46-52, there is the story of a blind man called Bartimaeus. He was a beggar at the road side as Jesus moved along with the crowd that followed him. He, Bartimaeus, called out for mercy and got the Lord’s attention. The Lord asked him what he wanted and he asked to see. His healing was granted him.

The first similarity with the two stories is that both persons healed by the Lord had expectations. In Mark 5:28, the woman was quoted to have done this:

‘For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28 (NLT)  

She was expectant. She couldn’t have been if she had no faith in Jesus. In Mark 10:47(NLT), this is written:

‘When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
He also confidently cried to the Lord for help in anticipation of a miracle.

The second similarity is that they both received their healing. This was however based on a common factor which brings us to the third similarity in the two accounts. They were people of faith. The Lord healed them based on their faith as seen in the verses below:

‘And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34 (NLT) 

‘ And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.’ Mark 10:52 (NLT) 

Faith. Expectations. Positive Results.

Friends, let’s keep expectations in the father higher still. Let our faith in him not waver in the face of whatever storm might surface. Great is our God and if he is for us, who and what can be against us?

Keep expecting that miracle as a testimony of your faith. The Lord will not disappoint you. Forever, he is able!

Hallelujah!

Stay blessed.

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Believe God first.

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‘And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.’ Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

The year is running to a close and there might be some pressing needs you are looking to cover. Somebody might have advised you to pray to God and that he,God, will meet your needs. The truth is, yes, he can meet your needs but first you must believe him. Believe that he exists. Believe that he is God and that none is greater than him. Believe that he can answer your prayers. Believe that he can meet those needs of yours. Don’t pray to him like you are trying out. Don’t approach God like he is an alternative. Approach him with faith and confidence. Approach and regard him as the ultimate. God will meet the needs of his own as his name has to be honoured and to be seen as his own, you must be a person who has faith in him.(The definition of faith is in Hebrews 11:1)

One very crucial thing about your belief in God is that it must be absolute. The totality of your faith in God puts you in a position for maximum impact. To be an absolute believer, you must be somebody who has a resolution of  ‘It’s only God I trust for this, no other source do I place my hope on’.No alternative whatsoever. God must be everything to you. And being in a position for maximum impact is simply occupying a vantage position for the receipt of any blessing the Lord has for those who place their trust in him.

To my friends who believe in God already: Now,as I learned from a friend, time is in God, God is not in time, this means that God is not time-bound by your own watch to answer your prayers. As his own, he sees you and knows what you NEED and WHEN it’s best you get it. So, if you’ve asked the father for something and you are still waiting to see an answer manifest physically, I beseech you to be patient and wait on the Lord in thanksgiving. An approach of faith is to believe that you have received the answer already and that in God’s time, there will be a physical manifestation of it.

 ‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.’ John 15:7 (NIV)

So long you meet the condition in the verse above, trust him to reward you as someone who sincerely seeks him and had believed in him first.

God bless you.

Keep winning.

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THE LIVING WATER.

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Imagine the good that water does to a marathon runner during a race. Invaluable, right? If normal water can be that much of a blessing, how much more will the living water be to those who drink it? That’s exactly what we would examine in this piece about ‘’the living water’’.
As Christians, we are on a journey to eternity. Some call it a race; some, a walk. Whatever we call this journey, it is a sojourn that demands a lot of energy and determination. 
The energy required is spiritual and fortunately, we have an endless and ready supply of it if we are careful enough to connect to this source and draw from it. Jesus is our source of energy. He’s ‘the living water’ that quenches our thirst on our journey to eternity.
When we are weary and tired; when life’s turmoil seems to have us caged in; when troubles come after our very souls, he’s our ready source of renewal and strength. In John 4:14(NLT), the lord says ‘But those who drink the water that I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life’’. That says it all!
So beloved, whenever you feel tired and at the point of giving up, just say it out loud to him ‘’Lord, please quench this thirst of my soul and renew my energy’’. Like he implored the Samaritan woman to ask for the living water in John 4:10, you can ask too. Please, do so today and stay ever vibrant and alive in this race to eternity!
God bless you more.

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You will be more than fine.

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‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.’  Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Christmas is almost here and you might have to entertain guests, the shopping list seems overly long and there seems to be so many other things to do. The purse is not looking fat right now and there might be this temptation to start to worry. Well, my friend, don’t. Remember who you are. Remember that the physical doesn’t dictate your happiness. Remember that your father is the wealthiest ever and he won’t let you be put to shame, his name must be honoured.

Sometimes, one could get caught in the whirlwind of worry over responsibilities and obligations especially as concerns finance. The best thing to do hence is to get out of that whirlwind as fast as one got in by referring to the word of God and his promises for his beloved. The Lord gave an in-depth exposition as concerns worry in Matthew 6:25-34. Let’s see this:

‘And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?’  Matthew 6:30 (NLT)

Let your faith speak even in the face of seeming lack. Thank God even when there seems to be the barest of hopes for a miracle. He won’t forget you. You are too important to him to be forgotten. His words here to Israel confirms his faithfulness to his beloved, which you are:

‘“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins. ‘ Isaiah 49:15-16 (NLT)

So whether your needs are long-term or short-term, they will be met by God and you will be more than fine. According to Philippians 4:6, keep worry out, pray about everything, tell your father about your needs and thank him for what he has done especially from January 2013 to now. It’s been an amazing year and that you are still alive is worth thanking God for. Your Christmas will be super amazing if you center it on God. Don’t worry, be happy in anticipation of the goodness the Lord will bless you with as gifts of the season. You will be more than fine.With the Lord, yes, you will be exceedingly blessed.

Raise your gratitude and see the Lord raise your prosperity to a higher altitude.

God bless you more, merry christmas in advance.

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Say no to hell!

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When you were being created, you didn’t have a say. When your colour was chosen, you didn’t have a say. When your place of birth and nationality were chosen, you didn’t have a say. However, in deciding your home for eternity,you have a say. Which would it be, heaven or hell? You could either say Yes or No. As a friend who wants the best for you, I’m advising you to say ‘NO’ to hell. Hell is where those who eventually do not belong to Christ go to. Those who are in sin at the end of their lives, hell is where they end up.

God loves you and he has given you a say, a chance to choose where you want to spend eternity. He sent Jesus to die for you so that all the sins you’ve ever committed will written be off and a new life will begin for you. It is true, please believe it. If you keep living in sin, you living in the danger of ending up in hell. Say no to it and say yes to Christ, him being your channel to heaven( reference: John 14:6). And maybe you’re thinking, I know Jesus already, I go to church, may I tell you that even if you do all of these and you are not living complete obedience to his commandments, you are living in the danger of hell. You are either in Christ or not and to be in him, your obedience has to be complete. Two sure things about hell is that it is a place of eternal suffering and there is no bail-out there, once a person is in, he or she is in for life. My friend, you don’t want to go there.

Are you ready to have your say?

If you are, please say this prayer: ‘Lord Jesus, I am saying no to hell. I am saying yes to you. You are life and I want you, Lord. Please make me new and take my sinful nature away. I accept you as my lord and saviour as you lead me home to heaven. Dear Lord, you are the son of God and I thank you for this opportunity to start again. Amen.’

If you prayed this wholeheartedly and you are truly sorry for your sins and you are determined to follow Christ and let go of now old your life of sin, I say, welcome to the new life. Welcome to the bright side. And my prayer for you is that may you continue with Christ until the end and even beyond. God bless you more and please tell others as well to say no to hell.

To stay on track in this new life of yours, you have to start reading the Bible and also begin attending a church where the word of God is taught in truth. May the Holy Spirit abide with you now and forevermore.

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Let go and let God.

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‘Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.’
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

My friend, the message to you today is: Don’t employ force to be righteous by yourself, rather, allow God to carry you by the power of his spirit at work in you.

You might be so enthusiastic about your christian faith and walk with Christ that you might begin to rely more on yourself than on God for guidance. You might put up standards so high that you push yourself to the extreme to attain them and if you don’t reach them, you might feel bad and hence comes the temptation to fall into the pits of self-pity and self-condemnation. Never rely on your strength to attain righteousness in Christ! Only him can help you attain and maintain his lofty standards…

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The traveller’s guide.

Moving from birth to the point of mortal death is a sojourn that varies in time for various people. For some, it is long, for others, short. However long or short it is, what one does with the stretch of time available to one prompts what others will say about one when one is gone. What I’d like to share with you,friend, today is what the written ultimate guide for we travellers to eternity is.

Can you take a guess before I reveal it?

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‘Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.’ Psalms 119:105 (NKJV)

That’s the answer right there! God’s word is the ultimate written guide for us. In it are instructions that will help us avoid heartaches, mistakes, accidents and stumbling blocks in our journey through life. God himself is his word and he is the light of men as seen here:

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ John 1:1 (NKJV)

‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.’ John 1:4 (NKJV)  

If you have the light of men with you, your journey will be smoother and perils will be avoided. As a matter of fact, to be prosperous on this sojourn through life, you have to meditate on this word, just as the Lord told Joshua here:

‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ 
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

That you may live that life that posterity will talk about, even after you are long gone, you have to be very conversant with the ultimate written guide for any traveller to eternity on earth. If you want to make that ground-breaking discovery in Medicine, Economics, Engineering, the Media or any discipline whatsoever, you need to make God’s word your foundational compass. Or maybe you are looking forward to having that outstanding academic career, it should interest you to know that Daniel and his three friends in Babylon were God-centred. Eventually, they outshone every other person there was in the same training exercise with them. You can do the same too. You can be the best graduating student. If you start your plan with God’s word as the foundation and discipline and timeliness as other parts of your preparation. Study and apply  more of God’s living in every facet of your life, and by faith, believe him for the best directions you could ever get.

‘In other not to arrive at a dead end, don’t travel without God’s ultimate written guide for you.’

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CAUTION: NOT ALL THAT APPEAR GOOD ARE GOOD.

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Everything godly is good but not everything that appears good is godly. Believers, we need to employ discernment in every decision that we make in the pursuit of any cause. Let’s not make random decisions based on our intuition instead of on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Only, if we do this can we do the things that are really good. Let’s draw illustrations from the scriptures:

1. ‘Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ “  Matthew 4:5-6 (NKJV)

Here, the devil’s challenge might have seemed harmless to an undiscerning person. An overzealous person might have gladly jumped at this and would have failed woefully. The truth remains that Jesus is the son of God. The devil knows this truth. The Lord does not need to prove himself to the devil. Hence, he didn’t have to do the devil’s bidding. Someone else could have viewed this an opportunity to prove his sonship. He could have thought that doing it would bring glory to God. The devil was quoting the scriptures and the challenge appeared ‘good’, at least to fulfil the scriptures. But the Lord knew better, that was why he gave him this response:

‘Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ “
Matthew 4:7 (NKJV)

Tempting God is a bad thing, so ultimately, the devil’s challenge was a bad one. Beloved, please apply discernment even in your spiritual work. If some people call you up and ask you to come and perform some miracles to prove that the Lord liveth, be careful enough to ask the Lord for guidance and obey whatever command he gives to you before taking any steps whatsoever. The challenge could appear ‘good’ to demonstrate your faith, but is it good to the Lord? Find out and obey him.

2. ‘Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 
Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 
“Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
John 12:3-5 (NKJV)

In the passage above, Judas appeared to be a concerned fellow. He appeared to care. His question appeared ‘good’. But was it? What was his motive? Let’s find out.

‘This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.’ John 12:6 (NKJV)

Summarily, Judas’ seeming care was nonexistent. He had a selfish undertone to his concern.

Friends, looking at these two examples, we can conclude that goodness lies in the motive or inspiration for an action or activity. If the motive for an action is good, then the deed is good. If the motive for a seemily good action is evil, then that deed is evil. A motive can only be adjudged to be good if it is pleasing to God. So, only the things that are pleasing to God are truly good.  Anything that appears to be good but displeases God is bad. We need to find out what God wants through prayers and bible study.

Please be cautious as you proceed on your journey home. May the good Lord help you discern what is good every step of the way in Jesus name.

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God knows what you think.

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A note to my christian siblings who have stayed focused on God and have not intentionally yielded their minds to evil thoughts:

If you’ve ever found yourself with the wrong things on your mind or heard the wrong things being said in your thoughts,which you never intended, just believe that God knows what you really think. He sees your heart and knows your intentions. From personal experience, I can tell you that sometimes the wrong things pop up in one’s thoughts, even blasphemous things and then the devil comes around and starts to accuse one of wrongdoing, bringing along with the accusations feelings of guilt, condemnation and inadequacy, even though he knows that the thoughts are his. Christians, beware of this ploy from hell! God knows what you think! Never accept any thought that comes into your mind that was never intended by you. Whenever these come, rebuke them in the name of Jesus. They are darts from the enemies.

The nature of our warfare is very unique and the mind is the battlefield. So the devil keeps trying to  keep one’s mind occupied with sinful thoughts to either make one fall or wear one out. Apostle Paul said here that:

‘For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.’
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

Those evil thoughts that come up are amongst the unseen tools of the devil to bring one down spiritually. They should be resisted persistently. It could be very tiring wading off these thoughts if one were trying by one’s own strength. So, the best approach is to let the Holy Spirit help one. The first step to victory is not to accept the thought. The second is, not to dwell on the thought. The third is, to ask for cleansing by the Lord. This way, you are using the spiritual weapons of warfare that are available to you as a believer.

‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,’
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)

As a christian, you have advantages and the devil knows. The fact that he knows doesn’t mean you should lose them or let him take them. As a matter of fact, he can’t take these advantages from you without your consent one way or the other. So, don’t allow him. He knows that God loves and supports you. He knows that you are heaven-bound. And he knows that he can’t rid you of the advantages unless you get distracted. Those unintended evil thoughts are some of his ploys to exploit you. DON’T GIVE HIM A CHANCE. Once those thoughts prop up, nip them in the bud. Rebuke them instantly. Resist the devil very strongly. The verse below supports such resistance:

‘Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’
James 4:7 (NKJV)

Jesus wants you to prosper and God wants you to enjoy eternal life. The love God has for you is too much to be swayed by what the devil does. Don’t be deceived. You have to keep your heart on Christ and let faith rule your mind as you study more and more of the living word of God. God knows what you think and he won’t judge you for thoughts that you never intended as long as you do not accept them.

Stay victorious. We will soon get to heaven.

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Follow God.

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I just read through Psalm 23 and the connections between the verses struck me. The psalmist wrote things that were not as clear to me as they are now and I’ll like to share them with you.

To start with, it is important to emphasize the fact that God knows the best places that could ever be. As the creator of the world, he knows more geography than humans could ever discover. So if you are searching for that perfect location, God is the best guide to have by your side. David wrote in the verses below that:

‘He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.’ 
Psalms 23:2-3 (NLT)

One, the Lord leads one to the best places where one can find peace. Two, as one walks with God, one can’t grow weary because he renews one’s strength. Three, for the honour of his name, he guides one along the right paths. Our God doesn’t fail. He can’t be embarrassed. He gets it right all the time because he is perfect. That he guides one along the right paths to bring honour to his name should give us the confidence that God does not lead randomly. He is intentional in his plans for us. And surely his end in sight for us is not disgrace but honour because his name has to be honoured. As he gets honoured, we stay successful and get it right always. Our lives become shining examples for others to follow as we follow God.

Also, following God’s lead gives one the confidence that all is well regardless of what could be happening around one. That Jehovah is with one is more than enough to scare the scariest of terrors. David said here that:

‘Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.’ Psalms 23:4 (NLT) 

When one is sure of God’s presence, a divine peace that mortality can’t explain surrounds one always. David followed God and enjoyed the benefits of God’s presence in a human’s life. We can enjoy these benefits as well if we submit totally to the master’s direction.

My friend, it is not too late to change course and follow God’s route for your life. Let him be the captain while you enjoy the ride with him to untold heights of greatness in life. Don’t worry about the challenges, he will grant you victory ober them. Be reassured that with God leading you, YOU CANNOT FAIL IN LIFE.

Follow God and never stop.

God bless you more.

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