Are you tuned into God’s Channel?

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.

Are you a Lazy Christian? Wake up from Slumber!

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!!!

The Prayer Language. (Tongues) Why we need it!

maxresdefaultWe 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

The Power of The Word!

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“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.

Minding Your Business! Meddlers!

coffee-bibleAs 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.

Don’t Fall for it! There’s a Way Out!

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 and Perseverance Yields Abrahamic Blessings

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

Learn how to “Say No” & Stand your Grounds

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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).

 

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!!

st_john_14_12--display-800x800In 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.

Annie AB

THE FLESH MUST DIE!

 

galatians-6-8Nowadays 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