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. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
(Romans 8:26-28 MSG)
Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. (Ecclesiastes 1:4 NLT)
As the year rolls by,
There’s something that beckons to me,
move on, don’t stop by.
after all, I tend to stop at
some small bus-stops;
weighing up my pros and cons,
of the good that came my direction,
of the tears that fell by the wayside,
when betrayed, when the loss came.
What is the problem here?
Are you afraid of tonight?
I know. I know.
Well…I’ll pray for you.
It is the least you can do.
God keeps me.
It’s been a year all the way done.
a year of creative procedures
telling that story simply as it is.
someone bellowed to me that,
it’s all about unleashing the divine within,
not the hidden man within, but,
more about personal stories.
You’ve all been there before
You know what I’m saying here
God save us!
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, “ Acts 2: 46
A Christian journey is and cannot be done alone. You need fellow brethrens to help you through. Just as you need them, so also they too need you. It is a must for every Christian to come together and embrace the Christian live as one.
My little words for you today are — do not forsake the assembly of your fellow Brethren. You need them, believe me. In your moment of problems, they are the one who will be there to console you.
Life is not created for man to be alone. This is why you must be close to ‘true’ Brethrens in Christ. Don’t isolate yourself. It is too dangerous. Rather, be happy and get to meet other sincere Christians in the Lord.
“Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has already been, in the ages before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:10
I keep repeating this and I still will. That is, life is a circle! It comes here and goes round and round and round, non-stop.
This means that life gives us each day an idea for something. Then it goes on to give another person another one. The truth is, whatever life gives you, and you must make use of it.
Idea is a wind. Life gives it to you, and it comes to you through your thoughts. You need to grab it immediately and make positive use of it, because if you don’t, it will blow away and life will take it immediately.
Once it’s gone, life will take it to someone else. If that person too does not take it, life will take it and go give another person until someone who will use it finally accepts it.
A friend of called this idea — a spirit.
She is right somehow because if you notice, an idea will pop up in your head to invent something. Instead of you to jot it down immediately, you will decide to do that later. Maybe the idea comes to you at night. By the next morning, you won’t or may not remember the idea anymore.
Then few months later, you will hear or see someone you never know or perhaps you knew, now inventing something from the same idea. Then you will start wondering how come this idea you once had leaked to this person.
This is why idea is a spirit and I quite agree with my friend on this.
For this reason, you must note that nothing is new under this earth or heaven. Everything you see or hear or being invented has all been in existences before the ages and they will forever be like that.
This is why you must cut out your own share of life and make the best of it. You have the spirit of God living inside of you. He gives you wisdom to be productive and live.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let any idea runs away from you!
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2
There is a popular song that says, “the steadfast love of the Lord never cease, His mercy never comes to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord! Great is their faithfulness.”
This song is taken from the book of Lamentation 3:22-24. In King James Version, the verse 22 is written this way, “it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
If you are able to digest this verse and understand it thoroughly, you will realise that God is forever on your side.
You may be passing through tough circumstances in your life that you wonder why these are happening to you. You may have been asking yourself countless unanswered questions because you are so curious to know why unfavourable situations come your way.
In spite of all, I have good news for you! God is in charge of you! You don’t have to believe this. Just accept what I stated. No matter what you are going through, no matter the level of troubles you are in, no matter the deadly sickness that try to destroy you, and irrespective of every difficult situation in your life, the good news is that God will see you through!
Hallelujah! The name of our Lord be praise for ever and ever, amen!
He is the El Shaddai! He is Jehovah Jireh, our God the provider. He is Jehovah Shalom, our God of Peace! He is Jehovah Shammah, Jehovah Elohim, The Alpha and the Omega. He sees all and He knows all.
There is nothing too difficult for Him. Jesus says in the book of Luke 18:27, “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are POSSIBLE with God.”
Wow! How amazing is the Word of God! You know what? You have all the assurance for your life right there in the bible. Do not waste time anymore fighting your battles all alone. Go now, I say go, go, go, go, and tell God all your problems, He is in charge and He will take care of them all!
“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” 1 Peter 2:15
People love to make jest of Christians, especially those who don’t believe in any religion. They talk and talk and talk without any basic reason(s). To them, they don’t just like Christians.
When you do well, then you are showing to them the power of God. They will seize to be bad and most of them will turn to Christ because of your deeds.
This is why in order for you to shut down their mouth and destroy their ignorance; you must live your life in doing well all the time even if you find this discomfort. By your positive acts, you are promoting the kingdom of God and you are showing to them that Christianity is not evil but Good.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5
There is no doubt that a house divided against itself, shall fall. When there is no unity among believers, then there will be strife. There is much chaos going on in the church of God and among believers these days and they look as if the discords are meant to destabilise the people of God.
When we are in the church, and we envy one another, or we are jealous of each other, or we talk endlessly against another brethrens, then there won’t be peace.
God calls us so that we can partake in His glory, to live out our entire lives for Him, to be different in everything we do so that people can differentiate us from the unbelievers.
But when we do not show that we truly are Christians, but we go on showing and behaving like the unbelievers, then what happened to the image of Christ in our lives?
We need unity to conquer the world. And for this, we must pray, pray and pray at all times to God to help us, to gives us the unity we need to live our Christian life.
There is no need living for the downfall of other. We don’t gain anything in wishing bad or evil to our fellow brothers. We must unite, love, and cherish one another.
God gives us this assignment for His own glory and honour, so that the entire world will come to Him through us.
Make it your earnest duty to bring peace to the lives of your fellow Christians, to love them, to support them, to make it openly known to them that you are indeed for Christ and not the other way round.
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might deny ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and cavalry to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king that the hand of our God is gracious to all who seek him, but his power and his wrath are against all who forsake him. So we fasted and petitioned our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.” Ezra 8:21-23
We have focused so much on the meaning of fasting to be just for the purpose of acquiring something from God, but fasting is more than that.
In this verse, Ezra’s faith was tested to the core. For he and his entourage to get to where they were going, they prayed, and fasted for God’s protection even over their children. It means we can fast also to ask God to protect us, and not to give us something.
Fasting is very powerful. I can tell you this, and please, I want you to believe me, that faster has higher degree than prayer! You can pray all the time, in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening or in the night, but when it comes to fasting, you have time usually set for this.
You can fast in until noon, or three in the afternoon, or till 6pm. And this is not all! Do you know there are different types of fasting? I will not go fully into that here because it is for another post but here are few,
— Day Fasting – this you fast within a day or more, from specific hour to another.
— White Fasting – to go on this, you can drink water but no food, no salt. Some believers prefer to carry on this fasting with juice.
— Dry fasting – when you go for this, you don’t drink or eat. You stay on fasting without any.
Back to Ezra, there was no doubt he and his people were scared of their journey, I mean they themselves, alone, and perhaps it was such a long journey that required tight security. But because Ezra was known to be a man of faith, and to his king, Ezra’s God is sufficient to protect him. Thus, the king did not bother giving out security men as guards for Ezra and his people, and Ezra himself did not dare ask the king.
If he did, he would be contradicting his faith in God, and if initially the king is on the verge of converting, he (King) may withdraw, believing that after all, Ezra’s God is not worth going with.
Due to the shame, Ezra withdrew his demands, then he and his people prayed and fasted. You know what? This is faith! And it is such a powerful faith that took them safely throughout their long journey till they reached their destination.
They never used the king’s soldiers, or cavalry, all they used were their faith and their trust in God. And the Lord protected them, no harm came to them, nothing happened to their children, the enemy did not attacked them.
Often, we rely so hard on the security men, the men of the law, the Police or whoever to protect us, but I want you to know that all these people are mere human like you. They have their limits. In fact, there is little they can do for you.
What if you are in dire need of help and you are there calling 911, or 18, have you ever pause to think of this? You may have gotten into big mess before the help you called would come. This is because their distance to you at that time is not near, or they are busy elsewhere, or there is miscommunication during the call.
They cannot bring help to you immediately but with God, this is instant! You don’t know to pick a phone to call God to come and rescue you. He is right there by your side. You only need to gear up your sleeping faith to see Him. Fast, pray and hold on to your faith.
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“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
In these periods when you look around, see the commotions, the economic hardships, the natural disasters and several others, there is no doubt that your heart will be weary.
You may think of giving up. In fact, you wouldn’t want to keep on encouraging others but this is when you must not give up.
The Bible has well-defined our obligations as Christians; and that is we must continue to motivate others, to show love to them, to give to them in their times of needs, to encourage them the further about Christ and salvation.
Do not be weary, do not give up and do not be discourage. No matter the situation, we will overcome and that’s what you should never forget.
Keep on motivating the others in your world, in your school, in your family, in your office and in your community. Keep thinking of many ways to give to the poor, share what you have with others and remember, God loves a cheerful giver!
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