“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Let the love of God through Jesus Christ increase your strength in Jesus mighty name. Let his steadfastness encourage and motivate you in Jesus mighty name. I declare that this is your season of praise and songs in Jesus mighty name. Wipe your tears, and rejoice in the love of God through Jesus Christ. God bless you. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏
The life we live today has become more and more selfish with everyone seeking self satisfaction rather than please God. We have to understand the art of loving others, and thinking about others before ourselves. If Jesus thought more about himself, he won’t have gone to the cross for us. Jesus said, if we focus on doing good deeds towards others, we are actually doing them for him. It is ok to think about yourself or care for yourself, but when it becomes the most important thing, then it becomes selfishness, which is a sin before God. Remember do your best at showing love and putting God first, he will reward you with your own desires.
Mark 8:35-38, John 15:13
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7). God often ask us to wait while He leads us along the path of progressive victory. He does this because sometimes it saves us from defeat. Sometimes God makes us wait to prepare us for a bigger job. Waiting time is never wasted by God, so don’t waste time being anxious. Serve God diligently as you wait for Him to accomplish the next big thing. Be patient 🙇🙇
John 16:12, Deuteronomy 7:22, Galatians 4:4
Since change is inevitable in this life, take comfort in the Lord, who never changes. You can rely on His faithfulness that has not changed from generation to generation, His love never shifts or die, His promises are rock solid and His salvation last forever. Cling to the One who controls the universe when your world spins out of control. Therefore put on the full armor of God, and remember Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Fear not, God always finds a way for those who trust in Him. 🙇🙇🙏
Hebrews 13:8, Hebrews 1:12, Mark 13:31, James 1:17, Lamentations 5:19
When we look at the ministry of all the apostles, we find out that they worked so closely with the Holy Spirit and prayed so much with expectations that cause so many things to happen. Today, most believers pray just for the sake of prayers, they don’t pray with expectation as required by God. The bible says “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice.In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3 NIV). This therefore tells us that when we pray, we should pray expecting the results. Many are not receiving results because they keep looking at how God is going to do it. Don’t you understand that our Father is the God of Impossibilities? Let us stop looking at how it is going to be done and just believe that it is done according to His word. Let us look at the possibilities that His word brings, because it is the very mind of God for all His children.
Operating in the impossibilities of God requires strong faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.(Hebrews 11:6). Understand that faith is the law of the spiritual realm to bring those things that are not to existence just like our father spoke the world into existence. Many operate by the flesh, allowing their minds to control how they pray or request things from God. Remember that we serve a God of impossibilities because He makes the impossible possible. Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” That means we expect the result to be just as we have requested from the father. Scriptures makes it even clearer when it says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7).
We have a God that grants all we ask in His will, but many of us don’t ask expecting because of lack of faith, weak faith, little faith, lack of trust on His word, trying to see with the physical eyes before believe or double mindedness. The bible says in James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” God wants us to receive these impossibilities we ask daily, but our faith would have to be strengthened. When you pray, ask expectantly and with strong faith, then you will see the impossible things become possible because we have the God of impossibilities as our father. I pray that you will begin to operate in strong faith, and pray expectantly in Jesus name. Amen!
The art of giving begins with Love and obedience to the word of God. Without love, giving cannot exist. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” If God did not love mankind, He wouldn’t have sent His only son to die for us. If we look within ourselves, we see that giving comes easy to us when we are giving to those we love, meanwhile those we don’t love we find it hard to give. If we want to be like God, we are required to love everyone, so that we will find it easy to give without resentment and drawbacks. 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38). Every time we give, we are transformed because we grow more in Love. Love is giving and sacrifice of service just like Jesus did for us. We can give our money, time, service, emotions, and materials that can bring bountiful harvest. If you love God, you will love others, and if you love others, you will give more for the promotion of the Kingdom of God. Giving without reservation attracts the blessings of God in our lives. Let us take example from our father God whom according to John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Be an example of who God wants you to be in Him through the art of Love in giving. But be careful not to become prideful or arrogant; the bible says in Matthew 6:2 that “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
Do you have a prayer life?
What is your prayer life like?
Do you understand prayer?
Do you know the importance of prayer?
Do you know how to pray?
Are you consistent in prayers or is it just a routine? Prayer is a relationship, where we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God’s face, knowing that He hears us, loves us and will respond; though not always in a manner we may expect or desire. (From 7 key basic expectations of God). It is necessary we recognize that prayers do move mountains, through faith. Understand that you are no longer part of the world, and so, the enemy will try every trick to bring you back and cause you to remain bound in sin, but as you keep your prayer life alive, you will continue to drive that light in the kingdom of darkness and causing their mission over your life to fail. Prayer is also a communication between us and God. During prayer, as we speak or make our request, God speaks to us to either assure us, encourage us, answers us or direct us to how to get what we are requesting. During prayers, God also instructs us on our next task or assignment. When we look at the bible, we see that King David prayed so many times to seek the face of God to intervene whenever they faced wars or attacks.
Watch and be blessed, you might learn something new.
The Bible warns us that if we do not have self control, we will be slaves to what controls us. Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind (feelings) deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. We don’t live according to how we feel because it is living according to the flesh instead of the Spirit. The emotion of anger is crippling the society and even the church. People no longer have self control, patience and love for one another. Anger is affecting the way we live our lives, the way we handle situations, or circumstances we encounter. Anger or wrath is an intense emotional response to displeasure, irritation, criticism, hurt, threat, frustration, loneliness, self esteem, and pride. Anger is an emotion that when it gets out of control it can become destructive, leading to serious problems. Anger is unacceptable before God. Anger is a spirit that weakens our walk with Christ.
The bible says in James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Many have become slaves of Anger. We can never accomplish God’s ways with anger. We need to understand as believers that anger is punishable by God like in the case of Moses striking the rock for water to come out because he was angry with the children of Israel, which eventually caused him entering in the promise land. The bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” but Moses sinned in his anger because he disobeyed God’s instructions to speak to the rock; and it says in Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” We need the fruit of the Spirit to deal with this spirit called anger, such as self control, patience, humility and love to counter the emotion anger. Titus 1:8 says “Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”
If we use these fruits every time we are faced with something that might cause us to become angry, we will eventually be well on our way to live above the emotion of Anger. Please reference the video below for deeper understanding on how to deal with anger through the word of God. God bless you!!
Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind (feelings) deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. Emotions are mainly triggered by one or more of the five sense of the physical body; what you see, hear, smell, touch or taste. Emotions can also be generated by past experiences, personal beliefs, memory and environmental influences (songs, words from others etc). Emotions are described as happy, sad, anger, peace, joy, indifferent, confusion, envy, jealousy, anxious, fear, discouragement, hope etc.
We have to understand that emotions come from the soul and it affects the body or flesh. Emotions also affects the way we handle situations, circumstances and the people around us. Emotions can motivate us or lead us to sin. Emotions deals a lot with the power of the mind. The bible says we as believers should not live by sight, but by faith because living by sight is based on emotions which can definitely affect the outcome of our faith through our day to day life. As believers we have to learn to live above our emotions, which is how we feel.
Feelings are often very misleading in our walk with Christ. To live above our emotions (especially negative ones that might cause us to fall) we need to counter them with the fruits of the Spirit. Though we can see that the fruits of the Spirit are feelings as well, but they are feelings that come with positive actions by faith. These are Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). For example, anxiousness can be countered with patience, while anger can be counter with love and self-control. So, let us use the scriptures to understand how this works. For this part 1 series, we will take a look at anxiousness and fear. Watch the video to learn more!
Living according to how we feel, satisfies the desires of the flesh, and the bible says in Galatians 5:16-18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Have you ever asked yourself if God is speaking to you? Or are you praying constantly saying God I want you to speak to me? Or are you wondering how do others claim to hear God clearly but you don’t? It is very easy, this is because they are tuned to God’s Channel. You can only tune into God’s channel if you have the right connection. The will of God for all His children is that we live in constant fellowship with him; that is why He has sent the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth to live within us so that He can reveal all truths and the mysteries of the Spirit realm to us. There are people who still doubt if God still talks to men like the old days. God is in constant communication with all men, but only few are tuned to His channel to hear Him clearly. Job 33:14-16 says
“For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings.”
We were created to hear God clearly, but sin and disobedience has beclouded our hearing so much that we can’t even recognize God even if He spoke to us audibly. God is Spirit and so are we, but man lives so much according to the flesh that gradually, God’s spirit within us is dormant, and therefore, His channel is turned off always. Galatians 5:16 (NKJV) Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The Bible says that t, so why are we not hearing God? Many of us don’t walk by the spirit, we walk by the flesh, or we lack the knowledge to understand how to tune to His Channel. So the question becomes, how does one tune to God’s channel? We first have to recognize the various ways in which He speaks to us, for us to be able to tune to the channel to hear. Find out how in the video below;
- The first way God speaks to us is through His word. God’s will is found in God’s Word.
- The second way is through that inner voice in your spirit. That still little voice. During meditation.
- Thirdly, He speak to us through prophecy.
- Through our dreams/visions.
- He also speaks to us through teachings, sermons, or others.
- He sends messages through angels sometimes.
- He sometimes speaks through nature (burning bush)
- He also speaks to us using our physical senses (smell).
So how do you tune in to His channel?
- Become broken (accepting you are weak but strong through Him).
- Staying on the Word/study the word if possible daily.
- Spending quality time in fellowship with the Holy Spirit daily. That is having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13) Galatians 5:18 (AMP) If you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.
- Praying in the Spirit daily.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you.
- Meditation and quiet time daily.
- Attending bible studies and church sermons.
- Being of service to the Lord. Allowing your vessels to be of use by God.
- Build up your faith through word proclamations in your life.
- Learn how to ask Him and expect answers by faith.
James 1:5-8 (TLB) says “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.”
Therefore, if we keep our spirits active to the things of God, we will be well tuned into His channel clearly. Listen, God is speaking to you right now, just tune in to His channel and hear Him, because it is His will for you. Revelation 3:20 (TLB)
Look! I have been standing at the door and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me. God bless you.
Nowadays, many Christians find themselves complaining more about the trials than seeking God diligently. Something we have to understand is that Christianity is not a religion, it is a life style of seeking God diligently. It is a conscious choice of complete dependence on the word of God. In this end times, we cannot become lazy with the things of God. Too many believers are taking the Mercy and Grace of the almighty God for granted. Remember that many are called but few are chosen, so the time when God use to chase people like Jonah is long gone. The bible says in Exodus 15:26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
- Proverbs 13:4 says “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Sluggard is a lazy Christian.
- Romans 12:11 says “not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;”
This therefore shows us how important it is to stay diligent in Christ, which means careful and persistent work or effort towards the things of God. Believers who have ignored or derailed from this scriptures are considered lazy. There are several characteristics of lazy Christians found in the body of Christ today, which deeply griefs the Holy Spirit. For example, watch the video below to understand.
- Those who don’t go to church; those who don’t study the word; those who don’t pray (long prayer)/worship/praise God daily.
- Those who are ashamed of being looked as a born again; those who are always looking for others to pray for them. Those who don’t like to talk about God with others.
- Constantly complaining about the devil affecting them even in situations where it is clearly their doing.
- Those who are always sleeping; physically lazy even with their own home/work/relationships.
- Those who pay more attention to television shows than spend time in the presence of God. Those who question everything to the point of doubts.
- Those that constantly Procrastination.
When we study the word, we gain healing, gain clarity, get directions, increase in faith, and renew our minds because Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We gain knowledge required to excel or get out of the situations we find ourselves at times. Scriptures say “my people perish for lack of knowledge” therefore, we cannot expect a change if we are not ready to do what it takes according to God’s word. Joshua 1:8 says “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” With all these in mind, we have to strive to become diligent Christians and avoid becoming lazy because there are several consequences for laziness in Christ; such as Spiritual stagnation, increase in spiritual battles, no manifestation of gifts, wilderness experiences constantly, rebellion, doubts, fear, unbelief, and eventual rejection from the most-high God. The Lord Jesus warns in Luke 13:24-28 saying
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
Proverbs 6:9-11 says “How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”– Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.”
PLEASE DON’T BE A LAZY CHRISTIAN!! WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER!!!
We are so blessed to be partakers of the Kingdom and enjoying the indwelling presence of God within us. There is no greater joy than enjoying the fullness of salvation. Jesus Christ die that we might have life, and have it in abundance. One of the benefits of the Holy Spirit is that He gives us gifts that edifies us and the church as well. There are nine gifts of the Spirit, but one is mostly to edify ourselves. The gift of tongues is a prayer language given by God to use and speak directly to Him. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit after resurrection to help keep us in that closeness with God at all times. Today many believers are ignoring the prayer language or simply refuse to use this amazing gift because of the various lies of the enemy. Jesus said in Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
There are many benefits to using the prayer language. 1 Corinthians 14:2 says “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” Jesus says in John 7:38 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Your Spirit prays in oneness with the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. In 1 Corinthians 14:14 Apostle Paul says “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” and he confirms in Romans 8:26-27 that “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
- Praying in Tongues Edifies you. 1 Cor 14:4 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”
- It builds you up! Jude 1:20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
- You charge up your spirit and stirring up the power that resides in you.
- It Emboldens you. (2 Tim 1:7) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
- It Empowers you.
- It Sharpens your Spiritual senses to hear, see and become more knowledgeable about the things of God.
- It helps you stay in the manifest presence of God longer (Longer prayers).
Now that you have an understanding about this wonderful gift of the Spirit. If you already have it, please use it often. And if you don’t have it yet, ask the Lord by repeating this prayer below. God bless you and may you grow more spiritually as you use this prayer language.
- Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the Gift of the Holy Spirit. As your child, I now receive Him by faith to come and dwell in my heart. I receive Him into my soul and my body. I receive Him into every fiber of my being. I am now filled with the Holy Spirit and according to your Word, in Acts 2:4, I speak with other tongues as He gives me utterance in Jesus Name. Amen
“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God… the Word became flesh and dwelled amongst us.” (John 1:1, 14) There is tremendous Power in the Word of God. The Word is life and active, and if applied with faith, produces excellent results in our lives. I have to live according to the Word of God, and the Word needs to become part of our daily bread. The Word of God is not optional to a believer. God gave us His Word to live by. The Word shows us the nature, revelation and the very character of God. It gives us the promises, warnings, commandments, and tells us what is to come. The Word goes as far as showing us how we should live. The Word transforms, operates, and heals our physical bodies. The Word is full of Power and the essential ability to produce results our lives.
The knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, thus, is vital in your relationship with Him. As you begin to study the Word of God, and understand how it applies to you, you will never have room to entertain any form of doubts about its effectiveness. The bible says in Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and Powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Therefore, we see and understand the Power of the Word of God. It doesn’t matter what situation you might be facing, there is solution in the Word of God, like finances, business, job, sickness, lack etc. Let the Power of the Word stir up your faith to standing firm on the promises and blessings of God almighty.
As believers today, our lives are supposed to be Christ like, but many find themselves falling victims acts that are being frowned by God. Many have become busy bodies in others affairs, not because they have good intentions towards them but just to be in the know of someone’s circumstance. Meddling has become part of daily practices. Meddling is interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one’s concern. As believers, Jesus warns us to stay focus on own business, just like He did to Peter in John 21:19-22. If you are not going to be of service to someone, do not try to inquire what is going on with them, because that it is considered meddling. The bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:11 “And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,” Therefore, if we are leading a quiet life, then we definitely have to keep our noses out of others business, except if you are trying to help.
As believers, we have to understand that our actions can block the favors and blessings God has for us, and this includes meddling. Peter says “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 2:1-25). This means that we have to always seek to do what is good in the eyes of God, and this includes avoiding gossips, slander, malice, jealousy, meddling and even listening to others information without their concern. Let us live by examples, so that others might follow.
Through every trial, temptation, and tribulation we face nowadays, it is has become difficult to resist the tricks of the enemy. The word instructs us to stand steadfast through it all, because God will always see us through. The word “steadfast” is used to suggest fixed in position, solid and firm, unshaken and resolute. The word “immovable” is used to indicate that a person or thing is unalterable, firmly secured, and not subject to change. It also signifies the quality of being unyielding and incapable of being diverted from one’s purpose. Thus, a person who is steadfast and immovable is solid, firm, resolute, firmly secured, and incapable of being diverted from a primary purpose or mission. This is what our heavenly father requires of us. We cannot fall for the tricks of the enemy, because we are assured of a way out. We know that He has said “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Many believer today are blessed with spiritual strength and courage equal to or greater than those who came before them. These gifts are to help them stand firm against the mocking and scorn of the world and live and defend principles of virtue, integrity, chastity, worthiness, and obedience. If we stand firm and steadfast, we will be able to come to that place of victory, deliverance and higher levels which Jesus paid the price for “it is finished”. A building or structure that is stable and immovable must be built upon a strong foundation. If you and I desire to become steadfast and immovable disciples of the Lord Jesus, we must build appropriately and effectively upon Him as our foundation. This can only come with the assurance that, our God will always find a way for us. We cannot fall for it! There’s a way out! Watch video below for more edification. God bless
Patience is a virtue and talked about throughout the Bible in the Old and New Testaments. According to 1 Samuel “lack of patience can cause you to miss blessings”
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25
Nowadays, many of us continue to say yes to the things which we ought to be saying no to. Many feel obligated to say yes when asked to do a task or follow certain activities because they lack the will power or feel pressured to please the parties involved. The pressure of saying yes is contributed by several factors such as trying to belong, peer pressure, fear, people pleasing and trying to be seen a certain way. The lord is not pleased by these actions. We need to understand the power we have. We should not be pressured by anyone, people or ourselves to say yes to the things we ought to be saying No to. This actions kill us spiritually daily. Know who you are in the Lord and stand your ground like Daniel (Daniel 1:8).
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.”
Many of us say yes to things that will harm us spiritually. Many of us say yes to the things that God has forbid us from doing. Many of us say yes because we want to follow the Babylonian system. Some say yes because they lack the will power to turn away from it. But we are of the Spirit, therefore we should not conform just because its pleasing to man or the flesh. Romans 12:1 clearly tells us that we should not conform to the ways of the world. Proverb 1:10 says “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.” Therefore, we ought not to consent to such things that will lead us astray. We have to be wise in our ways; “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” Proverbs 20:1. Therefore, before agreeing to anything, we need to ask ourselves questions such as
Is it acceptable to God? Does it conform with the word of God?
What is my motive or what are their motives?
Does my service in this help anyone? Is this going to cause any harm?
Am I actually ready to do this?
Now, if you are asked to do something that you are not willing to do or that you know is wrong in the sight of God, you need to first pray about it; Respectfully say no and do not try to explain because this may cause you to be tempted to fabricate stories. You are not to make up stories, if you have a reason, just state it truthfully. Stand firm, because some people will try to guilt you into agreeing. Don’t say yes because someone once helped you out , so now you feel obligated to do same. James 2:1 says “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.”
As we walk with Christ, we ought to understand who we are, and hold steadfast to the faith. We have to Set our boundaries and the limits we will not cross. Let our yes be yes, and no be no. We owe no one explanation because we are responsible for our actions. Finally, we have to live our lives by the example of Christ. Titus 2:11-14 says
“ For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (NIV).
In our journey with God, it is okay to face trials and temptations, but we always have to remember that it only last a night and joy comes in the morning. Trials are not meant to kill us but to make us stronger in Him, because the word says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Most of us today seek for outside help because we haven’t understood the tools we have in our hands. God has given us powers and resources to overcome anything but a lot of us are still blinded or don’t know what we possess. In many instances, when we pray, we have to understand that, God is not going to create an answer out of what we don’t already possess in our hands. The scriptures shows us many occasions which God used the resources the people had or owned to help them out of situations;
- When God asked Moses to go deliver the children of Israel, Moses was afraid and said how can he do that, then God asked him, what is in your hands? Moses had a rod in his hand, which was used during his ministration. (Exodus 4:1-9).
- When the children of Israel were been oppressed by the Philistines, David used his sling and stones to put down Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:1-57).
- When a widow whose husband had been the servant of the Lord came to Elisha crying about the creditors of her husband been after her to pay what they owed, Elisha asked her what she had at home, and she said oil, which the Lord increased to sell and pay her debts. (2 King 4:1-7).
All these are example of how God used what we already have to help us. Many of us possess so many talents or natural resources but we don’t know how to use them. Jesus brought grace to use, creating a bridge between us and God, so that we no longer have to seek for help outside. The bible tells us that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4), but we have failed to recognize the Holy Spirit who lives in us. We have failed to feed our Spirit man so that He can begin to help us use the tools we have already in our hands. As believers, we already have the authority, because John 3:35 says: “The Father loved the son and placed everything in his hands.” 1 Timothy 4:14 encourages that “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.” Therefore we need to begin to stir up our gifts, resources and our Spirit man in-order to gain advantage over those things we face. “It is God who is at work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Philippians. 2:13,14). In order to be more like Jesus Christ we need to allow the Lord to motivate us and enable us to do the things that are humanly impossible through the work of our hands.
When they came to take Jesus captive, the first thing they did was to bind his hands. Why? Because His hands possess so much power which had healed the sick, raised the dead, open blind eyes, made the lame to walk, open deaf ears, and ultimately, His hands possessed the resurrection power of which we also possess today as followers of Christ. The scriptures makes us understand that as Jesus was in this world, we will be and more; therefore, what He possessed in his hands, we got double. John 14:12-13 says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Today I want to encourage us to understand the powers our hands possess. Many of the struggles we face can be wiped off with one touch from our own hand of faith. The solutions are in your hands. One way to begin is to understand that your hand is God’s hand, according to Proverbs 3:27 which in the Message Bible says: “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.” Look at your innermost self, and ask yourself, what are those things you can use to fix the situation you face? If you look deep, you will see that you already have what it takes to proffer a solution. Believe in yourself like David, have Faith in God like Abraham, and walk with the Holy Spirit like Jesus Christ, then you will never fail.
Nowadays we find ourselves wondering why we are not progressing in our Spiritual life. We fast, pray, worship, serve in different ministries (at least that is what we call what we are doing), yet we do not see any results for the things we ask God. Understand that once the anointing is corrupted, the fruits cease to be reproduced even though the Lord is near. What we are yet to realize is that when there is cloudiness, there is no room for growth because the flesh has gained control over the Spirit man. Living according to the flesh is death to the Spirit man, and some of the examples include doing things according to how you feel (heart issues), over eating or not fasting, prayerlessness, bearing grudge, perverse language, immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, etc.
After we give our lives to Christ (becoming born again), we no longer can live according to the flesh because the old canal ways are now supposed to be replaced by the ways of the Lord (things of the Spirit) which means that we have to become “BROKEN” (Letting God have complete control, obeying the Holy Spirit while forsaking your own ways). Romans 7:5 says “For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.” If we recognize anything within us that may be causing us to continue living according to the flesh, we are supposed to cut it off. Jesus tells us in Matthews 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
We can’t truly excel in Christ if our flesh is still in control. For us to live in obedience, the flesh must die. Most times, we work in the flesh and see canal results but we equate it to results from God. We have to understand that the flesh is always against the Spirit and vice versa. “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (Galatians 5:17). When we find ourselves doing what we desire without asking God first, we are living according to the flesh. Romans 8:5-9 states that “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But, if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
This flesh must die so we can excel in Christ, it must die so that we can gain more access to the realms of the Spirit. Once our Spirit man comes alive, we will then begin to see greater levels in which Christ wants for us. We all must seek to become “BROKEN” so that we can live a better live in Christ. Self-pleasures may feel good for a little while, but the corrupted spirit will languish for eternity. Therefore brothers and sisters, lets understand that “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8. If we find that we have been living by the flesh, we need to go for some deep repentance so the blood can cleanse us and make us whole again.
May the Holy Spirit help us all become BROKEN. Let this flesh die in Jesus Name.
Annie AB Tanyi
“The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire” Isaiah 4:4
Are you struggling with any sin in your life? There is power in the Holy Spirit to wash away sin and renew us. Titus 3:5. When I accepted Christ in my life as my Lord and Savior, I knew that all my sins has been washed away as the bible states that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, but I came to realize that, I was still struggling with the sin of un-forgiveness. Even though I confessed that I have forgiven, I still felt the pain each time I spoke with and or saw the people that hurt me in the pass. Then the Spirit of the Lord lead me to Isaiah 58:6, which made me to understand that, some sins are like a heavy burden to keep children of God oppressed.
It takes prayer and fasting to break this yoke. At that moment, I made a decision to fast and pray for the Holy Spirit to take away this burden from my heart. Un-forgiveness is a sin that can cause you a child of God to miss heaven. The bible states that if you don’t forgive, then your father in heaven cannot forgive you as well. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matt 6:14-15).
Therefore Daughters of Zion, if you find yourself struggling with un-forgiveness, this is- the hour to make a decision to forgive as you yield to the Holy Spirit for tomorrow might be too late. Forgive that brother, sister, mother, father, husband, mother in law, father in law that hurt you in the past. Let go and Let God. God Bless you. Ephesians 4:31-32 states “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Don’t miss heaven because of what someone did. God forgives us daily, so we have to forgive one another daily as well.
I pray that the holy spirit will help you purge out the spirit of un-forgiveness that you have been hovering all these years in Jesus name. Amen
Life without a vision is like traveling to a new destination without a road map. I pray you gain clarity in your vision in Jesus name. Amen!
Nobody was born responsible. You become responsible by being honest and faithful in every detail of your life, especially in the little things. Missing one number on an address label can send a package to the wrong side of the country. Fudging a few numbers on a document can bring a whole company down and force many people out of work. A loose bolt, can cause a car wreck. Taking care of the small details can prevent big problems and prepare us to handle larger responsibilities. I want to encourage you today to stay diligent and faithful with the little things, because remember, being faithful to small tasks builds up over time to give us the reputation of being loyal and responsible.
Matthew 25:20-29, 2 King 12:15