Asking right (Part 1)

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
Romans 8:26 (MSG)

Only God knows exactly what we need and when the best time is to have them. As a loving father, he has our best interests at heart, that is why he chooses the right time to give us the right things. If our requests at certain times do not match what he has decided that we need at such times, we may not get what we requested for. Rather, the father either gives us what he knows we need at those times or keep the answers to our requests until the right time. So when we pray and answers seem not to be forthcoming, we shouldn’t panic or get discouraged, our father will do the very best for us.

So how do we ask for the right things at the right time?

Only God is perfect and it takes one as perfect as God is to precisely request for the right things. The Holy Spirit is as perfect as God is, so he is the best guide for us in prayer if we are to ask right, as believers and children of the father. As seen in the Romans 8:26 above, the Holy Spirit is our helper, he helps us make perfect requests. The more we yield to him leading us in prayer, the best our prayers become. Let’s not trust in our own understanding, but rely completely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in prayers.

A practical way of doing this is to ask him to help us pray right and yield to his leading as we feel the urge to speak in tongues while praying. He is God and he knows best! This way, we are sure to always ask right.

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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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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!

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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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!

Obedience: Not less than 100%

Saul was given a command by the Lord through Samuel and he(Saul) failed to pay 100% obedience,thus God rejected him as King of Israel. Half obedience is as bad as total disobedience! True obedience only exist when it is 100%. My friend, please be careful to carry out every letter of any instruction the Lord gives to you. It is a dangerous thing to disobey him. Don’t choose to disobey first then plead for forgiveness later because that is not the hallmark of a true follower of Christ Jesus. A true follower of Jesus obeys him completely always. As written in a part of 1 Samuel 16:22(NLT): ”Listen!Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fats of ram.” So is it written, so is it true.

Submit to the Lord’s will and obey his instructions completely so that you may enjoy all the blessings that he gives to those who obey him.

If you have in any way been disobedient and feel the weight of guilt in your heart at this moment and you are yet to ask for forgiveness, you should please pray the following prayer points:

  • Father, please forgive me as I confess my sin(s) of disobedience(mention the sin(s) if you can remember it/them) and repent of it/them in Jesus name.
  • Lord, help me surrender completely to your will and enable me to carry out every instruction that you give to me in Jesus name.
  • Lord,help me make you the centre of focus in my life in Jesus name.

If you make Jesus the centre of focus, nothing will be as important as him and his will for your life. Keep looking unto him and make up your mind to give nothing less than 100% in obedience always.

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Christianity: A living movement

Moving on and the hope is still alive and will never die! A hope of an eternal life to be lived in the abode of our most high God and our darling saviour. Christianity is based on truth,love and faith in a living God.

The high council was infuriated and decided to kill the apostles, however, on the counsel of Gamaliel, a member of that same council, they changed their decision. Instead, they had the apostles flogged, ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Gamaliel’s counsel to the high council contained some profound words. He said in Acts 5:38 – 39(NLT) :

”So my advice is leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”

Gamaliel also made references to men in the past who had garnered support but whose folds collapsed after their death (reference to check: Acts 5:33-42). However, Christianity cannot be destroyed because it is from God and its originator, Jesus Christ is eternal. He is God who came to dwell in human body to achieve purpose of salvation (reference to check: John 1:1,14; 3:16).Even when he died, he was lord in the grave and he came back to life and is alive forevermore! Even over 2000 years after he returned to heaven, his power remains ever potent and his followers are still all over the world!

Friends, we have assurance that we are on the right path because our Lord said in John 14:6(NLT): ”I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” What a glorious connection we have that we are following the way himself and he is our link to the heavenly father!

Don’t leave for anywhere else because Christianity (It is a life lived in complete obedience and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ) is the only living movement originated by Christ and ordained by God to lead those who practise it to eternal life! Stay with Christ, stay eternally alive! 

Hallelujah!

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A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS.

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.’ Proverbs 3:5,6 (NLT)

Having the right partner is crucial to the success of any venture. A right partner is known by some of the qualities he/she possesses. One very crucial quality to look out for is dependability. How dependable is your partner? Can you trust this person to look out for your best interests even when you’re not present?

God is the ultimate. He is the peak of perfection in partnership. He is the best partner anyone could have because when he partners with you,success is inevitable. He is not selfish. He is altruistic. He cares deeply about those who depend on him. He will never fail you.

My friend, invite God into your affairs today. Pray to him to lead and direct you. He is to take the lead because he knows it all. He will give you directions that will take you to fulfilment in a way that would have hitherto been impossible, if he were not involved. He steps in and makes what’s already good better and takes it to best. He intervenes, when invited, and turns around a terrible situation towards excellence. He is capable, dependable and infinitely creative. Remember that you will give account of your stewardship to God some day and the best way to ensure an excellent account is to partner with God himself. What a creator so loving! He is so accessible! Despite how small we are, compared to him, he still has time to relate with us humans. And most definitely, he is the best partner we could ever ask for. Partner with God today!

”Those who partner with God suffer no loss.”

Will you partner with him?

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Service or Showmanship?

Service to God is not showmanship. Like it reads,it is SERVICE!
If you have the talent to sing,teach or occupy any position of leadership in service to the almighty,you should operate at a very high level of humility and love. Pride should not beset you because you’re not indispensable. You’re rather privileged to be who you are and you should be grateful for it!
If you ever think that you’re one and only and thus irreplaceable, the truth is there is someone out there who is better than you or has the potential to be better than you in service to God.
God has men and women programmed for service,you’re just privileged to be one of them and should you get too big for your purpose,there is always going to be another to take your place!
As for your talent,God ultimately owns them. And someday,you will give account of how they were used. In John 3:27(NLT), John said ‘No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven’. So the talents come from heaven,you do not own them,God does.
And as for accounts, you shall be rewarded according to your deeds as the Lord says in Revelation 22:12(NLT) ‘Look, I’m coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds’
So friend, what’s your deed in God’s service: a show or true service?