Invest in 2014!

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‘Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.’ Ecclesiastes 11:1 (NLT)

I read Ecclesiastes 11 and I fell in love with it! Profound words abound in it, please kindly go through the entire chapter as soon as you can.

I want to share an insight with you today, my dear friend. A version of the natural law of harvest is ‘reap, sow’. The year is new and still very young, there is the danger of being complacent and not doing the right things on time, in time. Before long, the year gets halfway and then almost over. Before you get caught unawares by time’s move, I say, if you are looking to reap bountifully this year, you must invest in it! Reap, sow. How do I mean when I say invest?I mean doing good things that will bring back positive results and yield profits for you, both in cash and kind.

Preach to souls about Christ. Learn something new. Acquire a new skill. Get that degree. Plan that proposal. Do something good that will bring back something better. Set targets, maintain focus and succeed in achieving your set goals. Most of those who celebrate at the end of the year and count their blessings and achievements do not get there overnight. There was a process. They invested, waited and reaped. Investing in this year does not have to do with money only. You could invest your time, energy, focus and even much more.

If you carefully select that venture with God’s guidance, and you invest wisely, you will reap bountifully. If you have never done this before, that is, investing in a year, let this be the first. Change the story. Make this a year of note through diligent investment, even as the Lord helps you.

Above all, the most profitable place to invest into this year and always is the Kingdom of God. Win souls for the father. Pay your tithes, sow seeds of faith and give generous offerings. You will see the Saviour’s words in Matthew 6:33 manifest in your life if you do this faithfully. The father pays those who invest in his kingdom, please become one of them today.

Keep this in mind, ‘To make huge returns in 2014, you have to make huge investments in it, and the best place to invest into is the kingdom of God.’

God bless you more, beloved.

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Your pride and joy

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‘After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NLT)

Another year to live, a great platform to shine for the Lord. Make up your mind to have a great impact on at least one person’s life this year by leading them to the love at the cross and telling them about the saviour. If for Paul and his friends, the souls the Lord helped them win could be their pride and joy, the same could apply to you. Let the soul(s) you win for Christ by his grace this year be your pride and joy.

Watch out for someone and preach the gospel to them. Admonish them to turn away from their bad ways and embrace the new life in Christ, then you follow them up, encouraging them as a friend and sharing the saviour’s love with them ceaselessly. This in itself is being fruitful as a Christian because your own soul that has been saved has been instrumental to another soul being saved. This brings the illustration of the vine and the branches the Lord was talking about in John 15 to mind. The Lord said this:

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.’’ John 15:1-2 (NLT)

May you and I not be cut off by the father this year and even throughout our stays here on earth in Jesus name. Live for God, bear fruits. Do not make earthly possessions and achievements your pride and joy, rather, let the souls you win for the Lord, as he enables you, be your pride and joy as you watch them grow in the Lord and do great exploits to his glory.

Happy New Year to you my friend, keep shining for the Lord.

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Stand firm

A letter to a fellow believer:

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While reading through Luke 21 yesterday, I came across very profound tenets that all christians should hold very dear, part of which I found in verse 19 of that chapter.

‘By standing firm, you will win your souls.’ Luke 21:19 (NLT)
This could mean also mean that if one does stand firm, one could lose one’s soul. Also in church today, I came across a verse that I had to go searching for online later, it reads:

‘Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.’ 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT)
The instruction rings out clear again, ‘STAND FIRM’.

In this age where a lot of things are taken for granted when it comes to morality, it is very easy for one’s integrity to be compromised if one does not stand very firmly. In Luke 21:19, the Lord was admonishing us to stand firm in the face of trials when they come, especially in the form of physical assault. We should confess our faith to the end, not denying Christ at any time. Denial does not just come when we confess the wrong things, it shows up too when we purposefully lower the standards expected of us just to fit in the crowd, or get a raise at work or do just about anything ungodly to seemingly move up. If we are christians, we must stand firm in the face of all these and say ‘no’ to compromise. As in 1 Peter 5:9, the ‘stand firm’ therein is against the evil one, ‘the devil’. This has to do with the spiritual part, what goes on within. Our minds and the battle against iniquity. We should purge always. Once evil thoughts pop up, we should simply cancel them in the name of the Lord. Only when we do this can we endure to the end and come out as victors on that great day of reckoning.

Surely, the troubling times of wars and unpleasantries are coming, as the Lord has said. We need to be prepared. We should rejoice when these begin to happen because they are clear signs that our salvation is near, that our Lord’s return is nigh (reference: Luke 21:28). To prepare effectively, we have to do this:

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:34-36 (NLT)

‘Only those who make it through, will be crowned victors. Only those stand firm will win their souls.

‘But the one who endures to the end will be saved.’ Matthew 24:13 (NLT)

Fellow believer, whatever you might be passing through, please know that you are not alone, the Lord is with you and so are the co-heirs on the way facing one challenge or the other. Only know that victory is sure because our Lord has said this:

”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NLT)

Stand firm, stay safe.

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After Christmas,What next?

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Christmas, jingle bells! Hurray! The celebration and fireworks, the lighted trees and the wrapped gifts, reunions, services and all, Christmas is done. Hallelujah! Now that December 25th is past and 2013 draws slowly to a close, what next?

You could be asking, what next what? Well, it is, what next with your relationship with Christ, your walk with him? Whether genuinely born-again or not, millions of people worldwide share in the joy and celebration of Christmas, singing lovely songs at carol services in remembrance of the saviour’s birth. If everyone who celebrates Christmas really loved Christ, oh, what joy! However, truth be told, a lot of those millions celebrating Christ do not love the Lord. They do not obey him. They do not live the life which he got for them by virtue of his death on the cross. They celebrate the Lord at Christmas with their mouths, then go back to their ways of sin once Christmas is over, until another festival comes around, say Easter.  Are you one of them?

If you are one of them, please repent today! Stop double-dealing with Christ! He died for you, live for him! Christmas is over, your walk with Christ must however not be over. Those who truly celebrate Christmas are those who the essence of the Lord’s birth and live the life his coming has brought to us. They are called Christians. They are not just church-goers, they are Christ-lovers, word-doers. They love the Lord and obey his commandments as seen here: “If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15 (NLT). Please become one of them today.

If you are ready to make that decision now, that decision to walk with Christ beyond Christmas or even start afresh with him, please say this prayer: ‘Lord, thank you for coming at Christmas. I love you and I want to walk with you for the rest of my life. Please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with your perfect blood. Thank you Lord for forgiving me in Jesus name.’

If you said the prayer, congratulations. Welcome to the new life. Going forward, please read your Bible daily, attend a church where the word of God as written in your Bible is preached and pray to the Lord for all you need. You will succeed!

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!

Stay blessed.

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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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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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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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