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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A better tomorrow!

How time flies! 2013 is just a few days from being over. Don’t worry, those goals that couldn’t be met this year could be given a better approach and thus achieved even next year. So, start planning to introduce new strategies and avoid the mistakes you have made this year even as you stay optimistic. Friend, I want to share something very interesting with you. A reason to be excited about life and what tomorrow holds. Today doesn’t have to always determine tomorrow especially if it isn’t good. God can bring about a tomorrow that is entirely alienated from what today might have brought you. Let go of the heartbreaks and failures. With God, there is a better tomorrow!

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

The same God who said this concerning Israel is still the God who is our father. He made this declaration concerning Israel, and as his beloved, believe him for the same goodness too. All the more why you should search the scriptures is to discover the various promises God has for you as his child, as someone who loves him,promises like the ones in Psalm 91:14-16. God keeps his words. If he says he will, yes he will. So if he says there is a hope and a future, yes there is! I believe that, as his beloved, I have a better tomorrow ahead regardless of what today might look like. I believe that there is an oasis beyond the vast stretch of encroached land that fills the horizon today. Friend, please resonate my optimism. For yourself. For the church. For your country. For your family. Believe that there is a better tomorrow.If you believe it in your heart, it will eventually manifest in the physical too, at the Lord’s time and according to his will.

Be careful of what you think as the Lord sees all that goes on. Do not block your blessings by negative proclamations. Always confess the positives. Your thoughts sometimes birth your words, so in other to forestall any ill utterance, it is better to ponder on the right things  in your mind. Let’s see the Lord’s response to the Israelites as an example of the importance of saying the right things:

‘So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say:’
Numbers 14:28 (NIV)

What are you saying in the ears of God today? Beloved, I believe in God for a better tomorrow, please do too. And as you believe it, begin to confess it in faith.

Think right. Speak right. There is a better tomorrow right ahead.

God bless you more.

Divine speed.

‘Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.’
1 Kings 18:46 (NLT) 

 

If what Elijah did happened in present times, it would have been a hard record to beat, if it were possible at all to beat it. That wasn’t just any man running! That was a man enabled by God to run that way! That was a man who had divine speed working in him! If the Lord grants you divine speed,the impossible can be achieved in no time. You will be a wonder to many as your efficiency and accuracy will be beyond human comprehension. Just as a rare a feat as that which Prophet Elijah achieved in the verse above, such can you also achieve, if you ask the Lord for divine speed and he blesses you with it.

Maybe you are  less than impressed with where you are at the moment, thinking to yourself that you ought to have gone farther already, that you should be at a higher level than where you are presently. If these are your thoughts at the moment, please don’t be discouraged. Put your faith up, thank God for where you are and pray to him to take you to that place where you should be in his plans for your life. Remember, before you were born, he knew the entirety of your life.Also,probably you’ve not been at you best at work or in your studies and you feel that you’ve been too slow in doing the right things, ask the Lord for that speed that will enable you to work with the utmost efficiency. Just the way your life has been in his hands from the beginning, so should you continue to trust him with it. He is God and he can restore anything,so,please keep trusting him.

Something very interesting happened in John 6:15, the Lord Jesus joined a boat in transit and by his divine enablement, the boat arrived at its destination immediately! At this point, I call my Lord the Lord of immediacy! What speed! Simply unbeatable! He can do the same to your life! He can take you from where you are to where you are meant to be. Simply pray to him to enable you!

Don’t doubt him, ask in faith and believe him for the answer. He can make you divinely speedy!

(Ask + Faith: Matthew 7:7 + Hebrews 11:6)

STAY BLESSED.

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Abundant life: Thank you,Lord.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 
John 10:10 (NKJV)

Hallelujah to the source of life who gave himself to grant us access to eternal life! It’s amazing if one takes time to comprehend the invaluable nature of the gift of eternal life the saviour has made available to us. It is forever living for those who stay forever faithful to the master.

A lot of frustrating circumstances might pop up in life as we make our way through, but our tenacious faith should be in the source of life who loves us unconditionally,Jesus Christ. Whenever any good thing appear to be dead in your life, please refer to this statement of the Lord giving us life more abundantly in John 10:10. His words are ever true, amen.

I don’t know what ought to be living that is  seemingly dead in your life at the moment, I pray in the name of Jesus that life be restored to it promptly.

Do not endure an existence short of vibrant life, instead, get up in faith, shake off every piece of numbness and enjoy the abundance of the life you have in Christ! Don’t let the devil rob you of that golden heritage that you possess by you wandering into doubt or any iniquity whatsoever, rather remain steadfast in Christ and stay alive!

Tenacious faith

My friend, please hold on to your faith in the Lord Christ with as much tenacity as possible. Let nothing sway you out of that glorious picture of blessed hope and perfect reunion with the father on getting to heaven. Make it a mission statement: I will make heaven,as the Lord helps me.

Let your faith be tenacious; know who you believe and follow him closest ever. In your faith, be able to declare, ‘Jesus it is you or you, no alternative,you are everything’. Let it not be a case of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, let it always be a ‘YES’ or ‘YES’. Refer to what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said in Daniel 3:16-18 and take such a stance for God too. Make the father pleased to know that there is a child of his out there who is ready to stand for him whatever might be.

‘Oceans(where feet may fail)’, a song by Hillsong United has some encouraging lyrics that go thus: ‘Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my saviour.’ My friend, whatever you might be going through,never doubt the truth that with Jesus,all is well!

He gave his all for you on Calvary,please have all the faith you can in him. He is Lord forevermore. Please spend time in his presence today, give him sincere worship and reaffirm your faith in him. He will soon be back to take us home.

Hallelujah!

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Wisdom: Please get it!

”Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)

Christians are top-class by nature; topnotch by design, by virtue of the unique structure we possess in the Lord Jesus Christ. God has put all amazing endowments in place as part of our make-up.
Now, we need to activate these features and start manifesting the divine glory upon our lives. This has to be done by getting wisdom; wisdom needed to function optimally and to utilise every potential the father has blessed us with.
The first place to start searching for wisdom is the Bible; we should endeavour to know as much of God’s words written therein as we can.
Also, we should imbibe the habit of seeking the Lord’s guidance and counsel through prayers and interactions with spiritual leaders. In addition, whatever industry we find ourselves in, we should stay updated and not outdated; know the latest trends and development; innovate and bring our God-given brilliance to life. Thus, through our achievements and success, glory will be given to the father and his most holy name will further be famed!

 

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ALL FOR GOOD

‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.’ Romans 8:28(NLT)

My friend, as long as you’re with Christ,whatever you might be passing through,please don’t give up. No matter how dark it is, the dawn will break. Just believe!

Remember, as believers,we walk by faith and not by sight(reference: 2 Corinthians 5:7), so, no matter what negative messages that the happenings around you seem to be relaying, hold tightly to what the Lord says instead. See it this way, you are on your way to a glorious place and different landscape dot the way, some good, some bad, but whatever appears doesn’t change where you are going to. With God, you will always end up well

Please take note of his words to the exiles in Jeremiah 29:11; as his beloved, see him also as having the best of thoughts towards you and believe him strongly for a glorious hope and a brilliant future!

It is however very important that you stand for him and love with all your heart always, only then will all things work together for good.  In addition, pray in the Holy ghost and study more of his words for motivation. All will be well!

Stay motivated and blessed!

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PUT YOUR TALENTS TO WORK

Discovering one’s talents might take some time if it were a solo effort. However with God’s guidance and proper mentorship, one can discover more easily the treasure deposit one has been blessed with. Now, when one discovers one’s talents, what does one do with them? Does one just sit and relish the joy of discovery and possession?

No, don’t sit on them! Don’t just have them! Put them to work! Make the most of those gifts and contribute to the growth of the father’s kingdom through your use of them. Sharpen your skills, harness your strength and become an authority in whatever sphere your talent is meant for.

If a person is given an ice-cube and places it on the palm of his/her hand outdoors(in a place other than the very cold regions) and just stands staring at the ice-cube or even walks around smiling with it in hand, sooner or later, the ice-cube will melt and the person will be left with nothing, except with the slightest possibility, a tiny pool of water on the palm. But if that person goes in search of a working freezer to put the ice-cube into, that ice-cube will stay solid and last longer. Using the same analogy, a person with talent who does nothing with it might eventually lose that gift. However, the one who has a talent, discovers it and goes through the process of polishing and using it, first reap benefits from it, then might even get to discover other gifts resident  within him or her.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25:29(NLT) : ”To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those  who do nothing, even the little they have will be taken away.”

So,my friend, stop doing nothing with your talents and start doing everything to put them to work.

And the best way to put your talents to work is to use  them in the service of the Almighty God. That is a very certain way to get eternal rewards.

Stay blessed.

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A LOVE SO DEEP

If we could exhaustively comprehend the depth of the love of Christ for us,we would know much more how wonderful,beautiful and forgiving our darling saviour is. There is no hatred whatsoever in him towards us. What he detests is sin,not us. And once sin is off the scene,we’d be able to begin to comprehend how great his love for us is. He left heaven and all the majesty of his throne and came to earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins. Humility was and is still so clearly personified in our role model,Jesus Christ,who chose to serve and save. We couldn’t help ourselves so he came to be our salvation and even now,he still is . He took the pains,the shame and paid off all our debts of sin. Nothing can ever get us the righteousness that Jesus has brought us. Hallelujah!

There is no wickedness in him. He is full of endless love. A major theme of his ministry was and will always be love because he is love himself. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is always there,waiting to be allowed in(Revelation 3:20). How glorious!

Romans 8:35-38 contains an amazing and interesting description of the love of Christ for us. A love that made him lay down his life to save us,his friends(Matthew 15:13). That love will never end,as long as we stay true and faithful to him. Even when we err,he does not stop loving us,he loves us still.We only need to retrace our steps in repentance so that we might not lose the life that we have in him.

My friend, always remember that no matter what may be,the love of Christ for us is greater than we know. So continue in him and never stop loving him for loving us first.

I’m writing this short poem to him in appreciation, you could leave yours below too in gratitude.

Mighty and royal,

to the cause of redemption,you were loyal

battered and bruised

to saving me,you remained true

No treasure could buy

what you paid for with your life

And in all of eternity

none could surpass you in humility

You are my all!

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE IN CHRIST.

‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.’ Philippians 3:13(NLT)

Driving a car northward and alternately making a turn-around southward and then northward again,over the course of a journey will not only slow down one’s progress and but might ultimately result in an accident which might claim one’s life. Also, an athlete partaking in a short distance race or any at all, has less chance of winning if he/she keeps looking forth and back, without a focus on the finish line. The point here is to emphasize the importance of focus. Dear friend, stay focused on the destination ahead. Don’t allow distractions. Let go of the ‘weight’ of your past experiences that do not bless you. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide through your thoughts.

Apostle Paul encouraged the brethren to emulate his example(reference: Philippians 3:17). We should as well. We should forget what had happened in the past that might retard our growth in the present or get in the way of our faith and rather focus on the glorious hope and heritage ahead. The beauty of what awaits us in the future as believers cannot be matched by anything that we have seen or ever experienced here on earth. So, in joyous hope, let’s not lose track of who we are and where we are going to.

Your past is gone, the present is here, rejoice as you move into the future. No matter how terrible your past might be, God is merciful and he can make anything new! 1 John 1:9 establishes that if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us too. Once you’ve confessed your sins, believe him for forgiveness and press on in the joy of your freedom in Christ!