Handling time well.

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I am really repentant over being late to church for service today. I had wanted to arrive earlier and be ready to be a part of the choir ministration. Regardless of whatever reasons I might have to table, I should have handled my timing better. Yet, I won’t hold on to blaming as if I control all things because I don’t, God does. I am repentant because I want to be more timely in the future. This feeling of repentance has led to a new drive in me to be better at handling time in all areas of my life- church, school, career and all other fora that I will find myself in.

‘For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

Do you constantly find yourself behind time? Almost always arriving late? Well, the word for change is…….plan! Yes, plan. Actively schedule time for everything you want to do in the run-up to the event in focus. There is always this lazy feeling of ‘there is still time’ which has to be dropped today. Do away with it completely and rather adopt the motto of ‘always on time’.

Getting regularly late to appointments gives a negative tag that should not be found on Christians. I was there in that league of almost always late, but I decided that today ends it. I love singing and I would have loved to be on-time in the father’s presence for service, only to find myself late again. Deep down, I knew this had to stop. Why? The simple truth is this: Habitual lateness can ruin the best of opportunities!

As the bible verse above reads, there is truly time for everything. There is time to leave for your appointment. It’s better to endure one long hour of sitting before the commencement of an appointment than to come panting in, an hour behind schedule.

Lateness starts subconsciously as an habit, which if not curbed, grows into a culture. It must be stopped!

So how…………….?

1. Pray to God for a change of attitude towards to the use of time.

2. Plan actively- When to leave for your appointment and all else that comes before your scheduled departure for the appointment.

3. Drop the tagline ‘There is still time’- the truth is, time never stops, so you have to be on it, move with it.

4.Write down your new mission statement of ‘Never late again’

5. Stay committed to changing your attitude towards time.

The truth is, since it took a while before lateness became a culture, it might take a while to also break it off completely. You must however walk in the confidence that God is helping you even as you’re determined to become a more time-conscious and punctual person.

 

Stay blessed, stay on-time!

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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. What would have been our fate if Jesus hadn’t die? What would have been the basis of our faith if he hadn’t risen on the third day?

THANK GOD JESUS DIED AND AROSE!

Love should be celebrated, not mourned, because Love is good, pure and perfect. Love was the saviour’s intent, a reason therefore to celebrate his death, and not be sorrowful!

‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13 (NIV)

We are his friends and he did what was best for us, he did what he had to do so that we might get the eternal life as promised by the father upon believing in him. His death brought us life, his death was good for us!

Before the Lord left, he said this:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.’ John 14:1-3 (NLT)

As he has promised, so will he do. Let us therefore live in the hope that our darling saviour, who was nailed to the cross on this day some millennia and some years ago, is coming back to take us to the home where we will live the eternal life that God has promised we that believe in his son.

If he hadn’t die, we would be dead; he died and arose and so are we alive for evermore as he is! His death was good for us!

Tell someone this good news today and always remember that the best way to honour and appreciate this sacrifice of his is to live the life that he has commanded us to live- a life of love and obedience to his words.

Stay in Christ, stay alive!

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The God we serve

He is holy

He is faithful

He is true

He is compassionate

He never forgets his own

He is the Lord of sufficiency

He is the pillar of life

He is the giver of all

Without him, nothing can exist

He precedes time

He succeeds time

He does not have to keep to time

He is not bound by time

He owns all seasons

He decides what is and what’s not

He is the revealer of secrets

He is the teacher of mysteries

He is knowledge personified

He is all that is good personified

He is the one to judge the world

He is the king of the kingdom that we, heirs will live in after this present world

He loves honesty

He loves sincerity

He knows his own

He can’t be deceived

He can’t lie

He is truth

He is peace

He is light

And he is love…………unending.

 

Be like him, believer, love endlessly!

Truly, how great is our God!

 

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The worshiper: Be a true one

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The true worshiper- that human being that worships the father from the heart and not from the head; that being whose entire life is an offering of worship unto God! Are you a worshiper?

‘But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.’  John 4:23 (NLT)

Worship goes beyond singing. It is a lifestyle, one that is made of various activities that can all be rolled into one huge act of worship to the Almighty God. Everything a true worshiper does is in the consciousness of the sovereignty of God. This reverence for God governs the way that he or she lives. A true worshipper is led by the spirit of God, thus endorsed as a child of God (Romans 8:14).

A true worshiper knows God,what pleases him, and does it. A true worshiper doesn’t follow God for material benefits. Even in times of utmost need, he or she follows and worships God for who God is. All material gains that others crown principal are simply add-ons for a worshiper! (Matthew 6:33) Are you a true worshiper?

A true worshiper worships from the heart- sincere, raw, honest, non-superficially. He or she doesn’t worship from the head, does not analyse what the song that will impress the crowd the most is. No! A true worshiper channels that one song to the one to whom all praise is due. A true worshiper is not ashamed to express joy and excitement, be it through dance or screams, in the presence of the great king. Clothes and jewelry don’t take first place on a true worshiper’s priority list, a sincere heart,clean hands and a holy life matters more!

A true worshiper worships in faith-he or she can’t see God,yet rejoices greatly in the fact  that God sees and hears the worship being rendered. A true worshiper’s life is in God’s hands- whether good or bad, plenty or not, the worship goes on because God takes first place always!

Are you a true worshiper?

Paul has given this advice:

‘And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.’ Romans 12:1 (NLT)

Will you heed Paul’s advice? Please do.

God is looking for those worshipers who will worship him truly; who will worship him in spirit; those whose daily lives will be a continuous stream of honest and pure worship.

You can and should be a true worshipper!

Please encourage others to be true worshippers by sharing this with them.

STAY BLESSED!

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Martha’s faith: Standing in the gap.

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Have you ever been in the position to stand in faith on someone else’s behalf,maybe to receive a word of prophecy or take an action of faith? If you had, I hope you stood your ground against doubt and claimed victory for your loved ones concerned. If you haven’t been in such stead yet, well,be ready to act on nothing but faith whenever you find yourself standing in the gap for someone else , as this could serve as their link to open doors that were seemingly locked and breakthrough to heights that were deemed unreachable.
A woman in the Bible gave an impressive display of faith in response to the saviour’s questions. Martha. Her brother was dead and she was mourning his passing yet she didn’t argue with the Lord nor question him about the possibility of her brother’s possible resurrection. She believed wholly and eventually witnessed an unusual miracle as documented in John 11:21-44. You too could know someone passing through difficult times and then words of prophecy for breakthrough comes through for them where you are. It is best that you receive the good words on their behalf in faith, as a channel for their needed miracle and not as an hindrance by roaming in doubt.  Your faith could save them. Your faith could be a that needed channel at that moment in time. Our God is real and he rewards those who seek him diligently because they have faith in him. Be a believer. Save a life.

Stay blessed,keep believing!

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Confident in …………?

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‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.’ Psalms 20:7 (ESV)

There are a lot things that give people confidence these days; money, properties, connections etc. Some get so caught up in their confidence in what they possess that they get vauthy towards the seemingly less privileged ones. They boast of a tomorrow that they are not sure of in the confidence of what they possess, forgetting that the ultimate and sovereign God is the best to be trusted in.

My friend, who or what do you place your confidence in? Money? The value could depreciate at any time. People? They could die at any time as well. Houses? They could be sunk by an earthquake. Your job? It could be taken away by the boss. Only God can not be affected by any circumstance. He controls all circumstances and he never fails his beloved. He is the best to be trusted in. No other person can be as reliable as he is.

Never forget that our God is a jealous God. He is that way because he loves and gives you attention and he wants you to do the same to him. Those other things that people trust in instead of him stand between him and them. He could have those things removed or destroyed at anytime. Therefore, never let anything get between you and God. Trust him with all your heart. Boast of nothing besides his power to save you. He will come through for you, please place your confidence in him.

With Christ, you shall succeed!

Stay victorious.

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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!

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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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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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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.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

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