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. Let go of the wheel of control in your hands and hand it over to God. Open your heart to the infinite power of the Holy Spirit at work in you as the redeemed.

If you could attain righteousness by yourself, you wouldn’t have needed salvation. But you can’t, that’s why God brought the permanent solution in Christ Jesus, that whosoever believeth in him will not perish but have everlasting life. That faith must be sustained in Jesus to maintain the status of righteousness before God and the Holy Spirit is that agent of maintenance dwelling in you. Let him work. Don’t stifle him by trying to stay in the driver’s seat. He won’t use force on you, as he is a gentle person. He needs you to surrender to him. He works with you as you submit. Don’t let your image get so big in your mind that you might strive to maintain the lofty standards that people have known you for by your efforts of righteous living rather than the help of the Holy Spirit. You should ask him for help every step of the way. See him as your source of spiritual oxygen. See him as your compass. Admit that you are lost without him. Rely solely on him. Tell him to help you be more like Christ in all your ways. According to Ephesians 3:20 quoted above, he is able to accomplish anything, far beyond what you could ever imagine. That lofty height of holiness that you might be envisioning is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. Let go of the reins of trying to be holy by your own efforts and let God take over. Letting God take over does not mean that you should let in complacency,no! Rather, it means that you should do more studying, more praying and ultimately more reliance on God for guidance through the Holy Spirit as you journey home.

Since it took faith to initiate your walk with God, it will definitely take faith to continue it. Keep living in faith as you surrender to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Let go and let God.

Stay blessed.

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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.

Serve God,not fear.

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,but of power,love and self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1:7(NLT)

The Holy Spirit in us is the third person in trinity and being God himself, he is not scared by anything whatsoever. He can make the most timid of persons the bravest. He is that able!

As the redeemed, we have the Holy Spirit residing in us and as such we should serve God and not fear. How do I mean? We shouldn’t pretend to trust God with all our hearts while a part of us still gives in to doing certain things,not because we love God but because we are scared.

For instance, you get a message that says something like ‘if you love Jesus, forward this to all your contacts. If you don’t, so,so and so negative things will happen.’ Then you might be tempted to forward the message, not mainly because you love Jesus,rather,because you are scared of the threat of negative things that might happen. This is wrong!!! Isn’t the power of the Lord greater than any threat whatsoever? Never give in to fear! God is the one to be feared and thus only him should you obey out of the reverential fear that you have for him. You shouldn’t be subdued by the fear of other things that are channeled to you through various media.

My friends, please beware. You should take your time to listen to the Holy Spirit before deciding on the line of action in response to any message you get. Such messages that include threats if one doesn’t forward them are so common these days, don’t be caught in the trap of spreading a message whose source’s aim is to propagate fear. Let the Holy Spirit guide you on which to forward and which not to. Also pray to the father to help you be bold so as to make the right decisions always. Serve God, not fear!!!

I do not pretend not to have forwarded such messages in the past. As a matter of fact, I have. However, going forward, I will be most careful with the messages I share,making sure that I do not forward messages about Christ out of fear of whatever repercussions that are included in the messages but because I love God,seek to please him and follow his lead as he guides on which to share or not. He has given me a spirit of power, love and self-discipline! Hallelujah!

STAY BLESSED.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN YOUR COMMENTS AND KINDLY FORWARD THIS ARTICLE AS LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Stay true.

Chosen generation,peculiar people,please,never deny Jesus Christ. Wherever,whenever,let his light be seen shining brightly in your lifestyle. Without people being told, let them be able to suppose that you are a CHRISTIAN based on the traits of holiness that they see in you.

Youths,especially,should be very careful when it comes to this crucial topic of not losing one’s identity as a christian. It’s so easy to get lost in the crowd and hop on the ride of sin,with so much distractions that now abound in the forms of immoral music, indecent dressing and other vices. We should stand for God always. Let the light of Christ be seen in you!

Please note that denial is not only in the verbal form,it could also be attitudinal. So,whenever your attitude intentionally negates the identity of who you should be as a christian, then you are practicing attitudinal denial of Christ Jesus.

The Lord said in Matthew 10:33(NLT):”But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”

May the Lord not deny us on that final day of judgement in Jesus name.

Never deny Jesus Christ!

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NEVER TOO YOUNG

‘Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity.’ 1 Timothy 4:12(NLT)

Timothy was endowed spiritually as stated by what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:14. He had a responsibility and Paul as an elder in ministry was admonishing him through his letter to him. It is good that one has a mentor in ministry who is genuinely concerned about one’s growth and development as a servant of the most high. I pray that may the Lord bring a connection between you and your appointed mentor in the journey of faith in Jesus name.

My friend,as long as the Lord has set you apart for a purpose and set you in motion for that purpose, you are never too young. Regardless of your what some people might say to spite you as regarding your age, hold on tenaciously to the promise of God to you and stay completely submissive to him. The Lord is perfect and so whatever time that he decides to send you forth is the perfect time,irrespective of how young you might be.

However,it is important to live an exemplary life so that one’s ministerial purposes might be most effectively achieved. Paul advised Timothy to be an example in his speech, lifestyle, love, faith and purity. This should be the same for you, beloved. It might appear scary to mount that podium and speak to the older members of the congregation or it could look impossible to take that microphone and lead the adult church in worship, but never forget that the one who has commissioned you is bigger,stronger and greater than any opposition that could ever exist. So walk in the confidence of the Lord being on your side and go on to do great exploits. Besides, since the Lord told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that his grace is sufficient for him, you can as well rest in the confidence of serving the same God whose grace is sufficient for you!

Just concentrate on following the Lord wholeheartedly and staying clear of sin as he leads you to heights unforetold. YOU ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG!

Stay blessed. 

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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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The world’s sin: Don’t be caught in it!

”The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.” John 16:9(NLT)

In the message(MSG) translation, the world is referred to as ‘the godless world’. A world that does not honour the most high, does not live in obedience to his word and does not believe in him. Not believing in Jesus Christ is their basic sin, my friend, pls don’t be caught in it.

Situations that could test your faith may arise, but be strong and never allow doubt to set in! Believe Jesus Christ! Believe everything that he says he is! Remember, he is God and God doesn’t lie. Just press on and do not waver in your belief.

The godless word’s sin is that they do not believe in the son of God, Jesus Christ, and regardless of how ‘so-called logical’ their arguments could sound, do not believe anything contrary to what the Lord has told us in his words. Rather, reinforce your faith through more in-depth study of the word, intensive prayers and fellowship with the brethren( tomorrow is Sunday, a great opportunity to fellowship with the brethren! Please be in Church).

The time of the Lord’s return is near, please stay stronger than ever. Keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith(reference: Hebrews 12:2)

Remain blessed.

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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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TRUE PROSPERITY

I was blessed(and the blessing continues) by one of my pastor’s teachings in church.
I summarize it thus: True prosperity is not measured by material abundance only. Rather, the presence of God is the hallmark of true prosperity. A prominent example is the prosperous life of Joseph which was distinctively blessed with the Lord’s presence(Genesis 39:2,21,23).
A prosperous person is someone that carries the presence of God. And this presence of the Almighty makes the difference in everything that he/she does.
For such a person, failure is a NO NO while success is an ever present YES!
A person is not truly prosperous until Jehovah sees him/her as prosperous. This means that a lot of people who we regard as prosperous by virtue of their physical wealth might really not be prosperous if they do not have God’s presence in their lives.So friend,as long as you have the presence of God in your life, you are prosperous!The physical manifestation of this prosperity is only a matter of time.
Please praise Jehovah in advance of the physical manifestation of your prosperity.Hallelujah!