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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Gratitude.

 

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‘Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.’ Psalm 96:2-3(NLT)

Are you occasionally grateful? Are you a seasonal worshipper? Do you praise God only when things are rosy and the going is good? What do you do when things look their worst?
God is faithful! God is always good. From everlasting to everlasting, he is forever good! If you’ve been seasonal worshipper who praises God only when things are good, you must pray to the Lord to forgive you for being inconsistent in gratitude.

My dear friend, whatever you might be passing through should not set the mood for your worship to God. Have a stable internal environment when it comes to gratitude. Praise God even in the midst of fears. Worship him even through tears. Life has its ups and downs but surely the mercies of the Lord endureth forever. Worshiping the living God especially when things are tough is a really big statement of  faith. It is the hallmark of a lover of God who knows who the father is and what the father can do, not just one who is after the father because of what he/she wants to get. You could write poems of praise, share the stories of his goodness in your life with people and even be grateful for what he is yet to do, especially as this year is closest  to being closed.

‘I will sing’, a song by Don Moen, has some lyrics that go thus: ‘I will sing, I will pray, even in my darkest hour, through the sorrow and the pain.’ Can you make up your mind to do the same? To worship God whatever might be? You can. Pray to the father to enable you be a true worshipper.

Also, an adage amongst the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria can translated thus, ‘Praise spurs one to do another’. In essence, if you keep praising God for what he has done, he will do more. Don’t stop praising him!

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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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