Your Expectation and The Divine Schedule

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Now. Now. Now. Not tomorrow. Today. Here, right now.

Sometimes, that’s how our mortal minds work as we expect the fulfillment of the promise of God.

We want immediacy in getting the promised good. However, God does not always give you what he has promised instantly.

When the promise is not fulfilled immediately, doubt begins to mount an attack on the mind. God could promise you and fulfil it immediately. He could reveal what he wants to give to you and tell you the exact date of fulfilment. He could also tell you what he has in stock for you and not state a time of fulfilment.

He is God, the Lord God Almighty! He can do all of that and more.

However, I am writing this to challenge your thought system, to remind you never to situate God in human timing. He has been in existence before time was even developed and will be existing when time ceases to be.

God will fulfil his promise to you, as long as you stay faithful.

He could give you an exact time of fulfilment like he did to Abraham(Genesis 18:14).

He could give it to you instantly like he did to Bartimaeus(Mark 10:52), or ask you to go a little further to receive the miracle like he did to the man born blind who was asked to go and wash at the pool of Siloam(John 9:7).

He could even make a promise that will only be fulfilled in the future, similar to the scenario in which Joseph(41:46) and David(2 Samuel 5:4) lived.

What God needs you to do is to continually trust him even when the expected miracle does not happen in the short term.

Your faith is your key to possessing the good God has promised you.

Never lose hope or give in to doubt, even if the promise takes a century to be fulfilled. Keep praising God in advance, declaring his steadfast love and stating your confidence in his ability to bless you beyond measure.

God does not fail. He has the ability to give you anything he has promised.

Hebrews 11:6 makes us understand that we can’t please God without faith. Anyone who hopes to receive anything from God must please him always;must have faith in him always.

So, beloved,keep trusting him.

Always remember that God is not bound by time, so his divine schedule is very different from man’s view of time.

God’s ways and of course, timing system, are unmistakably different from man’s.(Reference: Isaiah 55:8,9)

Therefore, do not make a habit of basing your anticipation of the fulfiment of God’s promise to you on man’s limited time system.

Please worship him tonight as a demonstration of your belief in his ability to deliver on his promise.

He is able!

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I am Who He says I am

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I am who he says I am
I am all he says I am
I am going where he says I am
I am all he has shown that I am

It’s not about what I have done
It’s all about what he is doing
It’s not about if I think so
It’s all about if he has said so

He says I am perfect
Even when humans would show me death
He says I am welcome
Even when I don’t welcome myself

He keeps looking at me
Even when I can’t find myself
He says I can reign
Even when I don’t know that I have a crown

He says it all
Without doubt or bias
He says it again and tries to help me understand
He keeps saying it
He won’t stop saying it
Because he knows what he made
He knows me even when I don’t know myself
He is Jesus
He is the finder of the lost sheep
He calls to the ruler in me

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Understanding Purpose

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‘But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.’ 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

Jesus Christ came as a representation of the father. He told those who beheld him that they have seen the father, as they have seen him. He was a figure for God. So should you too. That’s purpose.

God will never create anyone who will stand to represent something greater than himself. He is the greatest and all the works of his works must glorify him: vegetation and every other feature of creation. Hence, Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, that our works must bring glory to God.

Interestingly, I discovered that even in Genesis 1:26, it is stated that man is to reflect the nature of God. Amazing! Purpose!

However, sin came in and turned the tide! Instead of man aligning with God and reflecting him, man became a model for sin, earning the wrath of God and taking in death. Man began to slide away from purpose.

Jesus came to restore the original plan. He came to restore purpose. He came to reconcile us to God(2 Corinthians 5 :18).

Without righteousness, we can’t reflect godliness. Without righteousness, we cannot fulfil his purpose for our lives. Hence, to fulfil purpose, we must perpetually remain in God.

Whenever you want to ask the question, ‘Am I fulfilling purpose?’, please ask this too, ‘Am I in God?’

Remember, you cannot be in God and still dwell in sin(James 4:4). Never. A life lived in God is devoid of inquity.

Stay in God, stay in purpose.

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MERCY

The charge was read
And I was guilty
A gush of death
And I was sinking
No where to hide
No joy in sight
Then came the lamb
……mercy

Chains dangled in threat
And I was wilting
Tears wouldn’t cure
The rot that I had incured
Laden with terror
Helpless in wrath’s tremor
He reached out for me
At just the moment of my life
…….mercy

Traveller I am
This I know
Human I am
Truth be told
However this much I also know
I have no debt to pay to death
No guilt to fear from hell
No stains to ruin my garment
Mercy has spoken loud and bold
Breaking the curse, crushing death’s hold
Son of a covenant
Heir of God,
I am a man
For whom mercy spoke

THE SHOWDOWN

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He was a master in the game
this man called death
Harrassing prophets of old
he would stop at nothing
to resist the Holy One

Finally,he had his greatest victory
so it seemed
He slaughtered the seed of
the Holy One
rendering Him to eternal misery

Alas!
He was basking in a fool’s paradise
The Holy One released a command
And there was a tremble-rumble-crack
And out came the seed,the lamb
Of God.
He arose and put death in his place

And death was terrified
It was beyond his wildest dreams
Not only was the seed saved
But He saved humanity along with Him

He stepped into our shoes
And censored our freedom
signed,sealed and delivered by
His own precious blood
Because of the showdown we are saved and seated in powerful places
With Jesus

Written by: Joy Ngwolo

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The Significance of The Resurrection of Christ

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‘For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 2:21 (NLT)

While trying to prepare for Sunday School yesterday, the significance of the resurrection of Christ simply dawned on me.

Yes, his resurrection is seen as victory over death and the power of sin. Surely, it shows to the human world the sovereignty of the one true son of God, just like he said in Matthew 28:18.

The significance of Jesus’ resurrection that I want to share in this piece is this: it has brought us a life of righteousness.

Anyone who will dwell with God must be righteous, just as God is(1 Peter 1:15,16)

We,of course, know that we fell short of God’s righteous standard long before we were born(Romans 3:23)

Jesus Christ, because of his love, mediated and offered his blood as the medium of atonement for our sins, as that was necessary for forgiveness to be granted (Hebrews 9:22)

He was hanged on the cross and bore the pains of punishment in our stead. He then died to put to naught the power of sin over those who believe in him  (Romans 6:14)

So, his punishment and death were to atone for our sins and put to death the power of sin over the life of the believer.

After this renewing function of his punishment and death, he had to bring us ‘the God life’- the life of righteousness (Romans 6:10)

He then had to resurrect to make this life accessible to all who believe in him. The life of righteousness that we have got from Jesus through his resurrection is to be lived by faith.

‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’ Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

So, you see, my friend, the resurrection of Christ, has brought us a life of eternal righteousness. We can now boldly live with God, without fear of condemnation (Hebrews 4:14,16), because as Jesus is, so we are! (1 John 4:17)

Glory to God!

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What God Has Planned for You

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‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Congratulations,believer! Again, congratulations!
Yours is a life that is designed to operate in the realm of what God personally planned for a special set of people.

He had planned good things for you long before you were born. You simply have to claim those good things by faith and enjoy the abundance, rest and many more positive experiences that come with them.

You did not just stumble into this heritage. You were admitted into it by grace. Yes. You came into this divine heritage through the sacrifice of one perfect person, Jesus Christ. He is the saviour that we celebrate presently at Easter.

Grace was the key that gave you access into these good things. Your old self of sin could never be a part of this. So, Jesus had to die and bring you life, so that you could become a new person and enjoy the wonderful things God has planned.

Your new self can now boldly declare that you are an heir in this divine heritage. Remember, faith is necessary to remain steadfast in this confession, because the physical happenings might appear contrary to the expectation that you have. You must not shift grounds for doubt. No. You must hold on to your expectation of the good that God has planned for you.

And if you are reading this and wondering, ‘how can I be a part of this?’, you simply have to totally surrender to Christ and accept him as your Lord and Saviour. He died so that you might enjoy the endless life and blessings that God has for his beloved.

Please say this prayer sincerely : ‘Lord Jesus, I surrender to you. I declare that you are Lord and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I acknowledge your sacrifice at Easter and the victory that comes with it. Please make me new and help me remain in you for the remainder of my days on earth. Thank you, Lord, for accepting me.’ Amen.

Congratulations, as long as you said that sincerely, you are a new person in Christ Jesus! It is as simple as that. All you need is faith. I’d love to share more things with you if you said that prayer. Kindly text or call +2348067798700.

Stay blessed and faithful!

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Fw:The scientific death of Jesus

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THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS
For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever You’re doing and take this opportunity! Let’s see if Satan Can stop this.

… … … THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death .

At that time,crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified; yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus. Unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion,Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long,the nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as it’s commonly portrayed.
There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist,that tendon would tear and break; forcing Jesus to use His back
Muscles to support…

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HIS DEATH WAS GOOD FOR US

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If tears would stream down your face today, they should tears of gratitude- borne by deep appreciation of the immeasurably valuable sacrifice that our darling saviour made on our behalf. He did it for us, not himself.

The scorns. The thorns. The blood. The water. The nails.The jeers. Everything…….he took all for us! What we would have not survived in torture, he went through so that we might not go through it. He eventually died so that we might live forever.

We should say ‘Thank God Jesus died, arose and lives forevermore.’ That should be our chant! Our chorus!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16 (NLT)

That was the father’s plan, and Jesus’ death was a part of it, a fulfilment of the father’s intent…

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