Showing posts with label MOTIVATIONAL TALK. Show all posts
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Sunday, 19 August 2018

DON'T GIVE UP THE BEGINNING IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST

Our God has a perfect perspective of everything we experience. The psalmist wrote, “For He looked down from His holy height; from heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free those who were doomed to death” (Psalm 102:19–20 nasb).

Like the hurting people pictured in Psalm 102, we are often locked into the present with its struggles, “groaning” with despair. But God sees our lives from beginning to end. Our Lord is never caught off guard by the things that can blindside us. As the psalmist anticipated, His perfect perspective will lead to an ultimate rescue that sets free even those “doomed to death” (vv. 20, 27–28).

In difficult moments, remember: We may not know what is coming next, but our Lord does. We can trust Him with every moment that stretches before us. Focusing on Christ puts everything else into perspective.

Altitude expands our field of view, not just our perspective. From the heights we can see things that are hidden from us when we are on the ground. This can be an analogy for God’s view of our life. God looks down from the heavens and sees us (Psalm 102:19). His view takes in both time and space; He sees the ends of the earth and the beginning and end of our lives. How does knowing that God sees everything from beginning to end offer comfort?

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭KJV.

Dearly beloved and friends, our God is a very progressive God.He is always on the move and in the right directions at all times.What is holding you down from actualizing your destiny?Stop running in circles, move forward.Moving forward,means it's a time to break from cycles, habits, patterns and routines that have been unproductive and unhealthy, you have been going round long enough; move forward.
You can't practically re-live the past ,no matter how hard you may try.It is over. The past is a place of reference and not a place of residence. Better and glorious days are ahead,they are filled with possibilities and joy (Isaiah 4:5; John 16:24; Proverbs 22:29) Don't be stuck in the past. The past is past. (Isaiah 43:18-29). Remember,time moves forward and waits for no man(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), nothing stays the same(Daniel 2:21). We must never accept as permanent what is supposed to only be temporary; never give the "temporary" permission to become "permanent".
To move forward involves personal conviction and determination, even when others don't see it that way and are even ready to oppose you or go the other way, remember David, he encouraged himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6).
Commit your ways to the Lord. Revisit the Vision ,understand it afresh. A leader is a loner, try carry and persuade others along, but you must move forward even if they are unwilling; ask for grace so to do. Run by the rules and keep your eyes on the Lord our guide, the Lord Jesus Christ

Luke  10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Many are times we are much  busy at doing what pleases us,  neglecting the things that pleases  God.

Many are too occupied with natural things of this world neglecting the spiritual duties God has committed to us.  

What profit are you to  Christ and God, since you have been named with Him?We keep asking from God,  yet we fail to give Him what He deserves. Apostle Paul said, "all that were gained to me I consider lost for the sake of Christ" Your whole life is meaningless if it makes no meaning to God. What profit have you made for God,  who has given you many things even before you request for it.
I have even heard of thee,that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee (Daniel 5:14).

In the Old Testament, Daniel was celebrated as one whohadanexcellent spirit; he was blessed with excellent wisdom. Another example is King Solomon, who was esteemed as the wisest man that ever lived, until Jesus. However, as much as we may admire the excellence and wisdom of Daniel and Solomon, we have something in the New Testament that they both didn’t have—Christ! He’s our wisdom.

Colossians 2:3 says in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In other words, He’s the embodiment of all wisdom and knowledge. This same Christ, according to 1 Corinthians 1:30, has been made unto you wisdom: “But of him* (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom….” Therefore, in Christ, you have access to all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

This is greater and better than what Solomon had. The One that gave Solomon wisdom, who is Himself wisdom, lives in you. When you made Jesus the Lord of your life, and He took up His abode in the quarters of your heart, Wisdom took up His abode in you.

Thus, not only has Jesus become your Saviour and Lord, He’s also your wisdom, meaning you’re sound, wise, sagacious, and perspicacious. Affirm it! Say, “Christ is my wisdom; therefore, I talk and deal wisely always; He directs my thinking. He has anointed my mind to receive sanctified thoughts; wisdom is seen and heard in me always!”

Live victoriously every day by taking advantage of the wisdom of God available to you in Christ Jesus. Through wisdom, you’ll know how to manage your home, your family, your business, finances, and everything about your life. Keep learning God’s Word, and avail yourself of the privileges and advantages of divine wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7-8
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. [8] Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Ephesians 1:7
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

One of the greatest inspired word in the Bible that keeps us from the devil's grab was when Apostle Paul said, "For we are not ignorant of his (devil) devices. We know that everything we see in this world is created by humans. And we also know by revelation that the whole world is in the power of the wicked one. So, it is pivotal for us to know that the father and director of all who believes not in God through Jesus is the devil. And this devil operates inside them to formulate standards, norms and traditions. And these forms that were formulated are in the real sense a motive to bring down God's children. And that is the major reason why God said in the old testament that the Israelites should not serve what others serve and should likewise not fear what they fear. Meanwhile, Jesus made it clearer in the new testament that "whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters".

The only person against Jesus is the devil but we only see his agents which are humans but not the devil himself. So it will be to your detriment as a child of God not to see and understand the systems that has been created to bring sons and daughters of God down by the devil.
Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.

Am not saying to make enemies with people but you must conspicuously draw a line between yourself and the standards they live by. The standards of the world through a revelational sight will obviously show us all the evils in the world and how its meant to bring saints down.

The best thing to do is to get the reality you will live by in the word of God. Don't be a friend of the world, it's standards are poisonous to our faith and it's effects are eternally damaging.

Of course we are in this world, but we must not do what the world does, not see what the world sees, and also not talk the way the world talks. We are children of God and must necessarily live as one.
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”Isaiah‬ ‭43:21‬KJV.

Dearly beloved and friends ,it's marvelous to see another brand new day. May we all fulfill the purpose of this gift amen.The question today is "why am I alive?" Do you know your existence is not an accident but a carefully crafted work of God to fit into a particular purpose in God’s plan at a period in life?Ponder about what David wrote :
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms‬ ‭139:14‬. Are you fulfilling the mandate God gave to man in Genesis 1:26-28 ? :
1.Be fruitful(John 15:4)
2.Multiply(Matthew 14:19)
3.Replenish(John 2:8)
4.Subdue(Matthew 11:12)
5.Have dominion.(Philippians 2:10-11)

Have you lost or toyed with your mandate? It is never late to start afresh and ask the Lord to show you the real purpose of your existence. Paul, Daniel, Esther, Joseph and co found purpose and ran with the vision.It is your turn. Run !!!.
Prayer Points
1. Father ,thank You for giving me another lease of life,help me to finish well, please remove the spirit of complacency, stagnation and procrastination from my life, please propel me forward.
2.Father,I have no other guide but You, please take my eyes and mind off distractions.
4.Father,as I moved forward,please give me the divine strength and grace to surmount all obstacles on the way.
5.Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the divine wisdom that’s been made available to me in Christ. My thoughts, words, and actions are anointed to produce excellence. I’m catapulted to a place of honour and promotion, through your wisdom that’s at work in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
6.Father, thank You for creating me; please help me to be focused on Your agenda for my life.
7.Father, please don't let me run another man’s race, please remove distractions from my way.
8.Father let all that is within me be totally surrendered unto You in Jesus name amen.


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

DO YOU FEEL LONELY?

Do you feel lonely? Do you feel rejected? Do you feel abandoned? Do you feel brokenhearted? Know today that God has promised that He will never leave you. Your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, you best friend, everyone you hold dear may abandon you, but as long as you have Jesus, you have everything you will ever need!

When everyone in your life has abandoned you, God is still on your side. When your brother abandons you, God is the Friend who is closer than any brother. When the world writes you off, God is still rooting for you. When it seems like life has knocked you down, God is getting ready to elevate you to a place of complete and total blessing. He will never abandon you!

The God we serve is always in control. He is the Living God. He is the awesome God. He is Almighty God. He is the Alpha, the one who has been here since the beginning, and the Omega, the one who will be here until the end of time. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is and always shall be in control!

Psalms 34:1-5; says, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed."

David is speaking of praising the LORD.  He has confidence in the LORD. The Lord gives us the ability to give Him praise even when things are going wrong in our lives. We are challenged many times. We also should bless others and show love to them. God's praise should not depart from your mouth no matter what. When we seek the Lord, He will hear us and answer our prayers. It is important to praise God always because whatever you ask of Him, it will come to pass. When you magnify something, you amplify it and make it bigger. Your situation is controlled by your tongue. Remember the tongue has the power to build up or destroy. (Proverbs 18:21). The Lord hears you when you talk to Him; He desires to be your deliverer.
Psalms 34:19; "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth them out of them all." The Lord is always aware of what is going on in your life.
Psalms 46:1-3; 1. God is our refuge and strenghth, a very present help in trouble. 2. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah." He is always with us. But many times we don't realize that. You will magnify the problem instead of turning to God.

In Psalms 54:1-7, we see David describing his situation. We have to allow God to choose how He will deliver us.

There is a choice here. You can complain or let God take control; you can magnify God or go to bed fearful. David appeals to God instead of anyone else. Your appeal should be to God instead of others. God will never fail you as others may fail you. God is your refuge and strength. He wants you to depend on Him. He is omniscient (all knowing); He is omnipresent (everywhere) and omnipotent (all powerful). All who live a Godly life will suffer persecution. But God will be there to deliver and protect us. If you complain, you remain the same; if you pray, you raise.
             
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak (2 Corinthians 4:13).

Christianity is a life of faith. We believe; therefore, we speak. We speak on the basis of our faith in the Word, and not according to circumstances.

It reminds of the inspiring utterance of Jonah in Jonah 2:1-4. He was in trouble, but read his affirmation of faith: “…I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.”

Imagine the content of Jonah’s prayer, despite being in such a distressing situation: A great fish had swallowed him up after he disobeyed God’s instruction to go to Nineveh and proclaim His Word. In the belly of the fish, he refused to give up; instead, he prophesied his victory. He declared, “…I will look again toward thy holy temple!”

This is prophetic prayer, and it’s important for God’s people to pray this way, where you speak the will of God into being by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Observe further, Jonah’s prophetic utterances from the belly of the fish: “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:8-9).

You may read this and think, “Oh, well, Jonah said this after he came out from the fish’s belly”; no. He spoke those words while still in the belly of the fish. He knew that looking at the circumstances would make him forsake the mercies of God. He had come to realise that God is a deliverer and a rescuer; so he refused to dwell on his predicament. Thus, while still in trouble, he began to thank God for delivering him. He understood the Word of God. He knew that God calls things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

Don’t be moved by the unpleasantness of your present circumstances; don’t observe negative symptoms of lack or ill-health; prophesy your victory. Proclaim the Word. Worship the Lord in the midst of that seemingly hopeless situation. Declare that you have overcome; thank Him for your deliverance and victory.

Make peace with the pain of your past and move on! God has more ahead for you! Worship your way through it!! I will bless The Lord at all times!

There is someone believing God for everything that you are! He will order your footsteps to find each other! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have!

Take all limitations off and let God be BIG in your life! He’s looking for someone to co-partner with in the earth! God is thinking about you right now! No matter who forgot you, He is always mindful of you!

Mountains are moved by faith! Expect God to do the impossible for you! You don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are! Let God do a work in you to do a work through you!

Stop looking for someone to complete you and look for someone to completely accept you “as is”! Others may have abandoned you, but know that The Lord will never leave or forsake you!!
Psalm 27:1-3;The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

Psalm 91:2; I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Romans 4:17; (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Mark 11:23; For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. —Psalm 91:11. The angels of God are nearer than you may think. They are all around us all the time, taking care of us and ministering to us, even when we are not aware of their presence. That is fine with them, because essentially they are God's secret agents, doing His bidding and the work He has called them to do. Many times, they have intervened in our lives and we didn't even know they were doing so.

According Psalm 91 and other passages of Scripture, angels are actively involved in the life of the Christian. Hebrews 1:14 says that they are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation. Hebrews 13:2 tells us not to be forgetful to entertain strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without even knowing it. There are so many stories in the Bible of angels who delivered the people of God, such as Daniel from the lion's den and Peter from prison.

But as wonderful as the promise of angelic involvement in our lives is, we must first recognize what the conditions are for this promise to be activated in our lives: "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways". Recognize the fact that the phrase "to keep you in all your ways" is not referring to whatever path you choose, but to God's ways. There is a difference between trusting the Lord and testing Him by taking unnecessary chances with your life or even endangering your spiritual safety by doing stupid things and expecting God to bail you out. God will keep you in all your ways—but your ways must be His ways.

Some Christians try to make God responsible for what actually is their responsibility. Often times, when something unpleasant happens, they’d conclude, “It’s the will of God; otherwise, why did He let it happen?” What such people need to realise is that the authority to change things on earth, and make our lives as beautiful as we desire, has been given to us. You can make your life glorious by living out God’s Word.

In Matthew 17:20, the Lord Jesus was emphatic when He said, “...verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” He makes it clear that you can create your victorious life by acting your faith on the Word of God. He already gave you the measure of faith you require to effect the changes you desire.

In Mark 9:23, He said, “...all things are possible to him that believeth.” The question is, do you believe? If you do, then you have before you a life of endless possibilities. Put the Word to work in your life, and you’ll always be victorious. Don’t “wait” for His Word to come to pass in your life; rather, you’re to work the Word.

Philippians 2:12 says, *_“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”_* Work out the Word in your life and make it produce results. Using your faith, you can be what you want to be, change what you want to change, and achieve whatever you want to achieve! Faith is our currency and “power to do” in the Kingdom of God.

God has already given you the dominion and the authority to create your triumphant life, by altering the course of events in your life to conform with His perfect will. Keep living in the Word, and the glory of God will be manifest in all you do.
Mark 11:23 -For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

James 1:22-25 -But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
As long as there is  God in Heaven, you will never know shame. Your life will always have a meaning. The door of goodness shall not be shut against you. Every satanic power trying to re-design your destiny shall be crushed by heavenly hosts. Every evil arrows thrown against you shall return back to the sender... By the grace of God, your arrival at all places will break barriers, your miracle will break protocols, your testimony shall last forever, you shall be the most preferred anywhere you go. Power to survive every storm of life shall rest upon you and the name of the Lord shall be glorified in your life. The blood will speak for you, the Word will work for you, the Almighty will perfect all that concerns you, you will prosper, the work of your hand will prosper, you will prosper in health, your soul will prosper in the name of Jesus. Whatever trap is set against you, the One that is greater than the greatest will make a way of escape in the name of Jesus!!. The remaining days of this year shall be the season of rest, season of harvest, season of joy, season of peace, season of celebration, season of turn around in the name of Jesus.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

ENCOURAGE THE ENCOURAGER



A widow mom leaves her house and goes to fetch water, leaving her only child asleep. On her return, she found a large crowd around her burning house. On the inside, her son is about to die in the fire. Throwing her bowl of water on the floor, and crying, she wants to get into the burning house to look for her son.

Everyone keeps saying, "You're going to die too, fire is very great." Escaping from their hands, she enters the fire and wrapped her son in a blanket. The child, tight against her breast, is not touched by the fire. Mummy comes out severely burnt and is only narrowly saved; thanks to the care of the hospital, but she lives with scars and unrecognizable.

Many years passed. The child, under the guidance of his mother, completed his studies and was appointed minister. He organized a party at his villa on his appointment, and invited all the dignitaries of the city and his friends. While they were in full party, noises were heard at the door of the entrance to the villa. The son was forced to go and resolve the situation. He found that the security officers were preventing his mother from joining the party. He had not invited her but she also wanted to join the party.

Faced with this situation in front of his guests, he said tenderly to his mother: "Please, Mom, I would be ashamed to have you appear before my friends. We can discuss later. " And in secret, he ordered the security services to throw out his mother because of her scars …
What inspires you in this story?

This woman represents Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself for you and I. Today, what place do you give him in your life? It is He who has received the scars because of you and me. If you are ashamed of Him, keep this message and don't  send it to anyone. If you are not ashamed of the scars of Jesus Christ, if you have received Him as your Lord and Savior in your heart, convey this message to twelve persons. Jesus Christ tells us in Mark 8, 38: "... For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the Holy angels.  

Psalm 126. God asked me to tell you: That everything will be alright from now on... You're to be victorious and will achieve all your goals. Today, Jesus  Christ visited your home. On his way out, he took all your problems with him.

Convincingly, in life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah's ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination. Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar's wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend!

The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don't be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child.

Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let's share God's love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.
It doesn't matter how people see you, it matters how God sees you. God is God. He doesn't care about age, no wonder he blessed Abraham. He doesn't care about experience, no wonder he chose David. He doesn't care about gender, no wonder he lifted Esther.He doesn't care about your past, no wonder he called Paul. He doesn't care about your physical appearance, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus (the shortest one). He doesn't care about fluency in speech , no wonder he chose Moses. He doesn't care about your career, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes; He never made a promise he wouldn't keep, He never saw a person he wouldn't help, He never heard a prayer he wouldn't answer, He never found a soul he wouldn't love and He never found a sinner he wouldn't forgive. This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you. Let this be vividly clear to all children of God; that there is no realm or level of greatness that’s unsurmountable by children of God. Believe me, if someone has done it before, you can too. Even if someone has never done it before, if your heart can vividly see and confirm it; you can get it done.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The Apostles were able to stand in a great office, they considered it as grace given. They perform lots of signs and miracles. All their apostolic exploits was formed or structured on what they termed as their access by faith.

Now, to access the realm of your possibilities and vision. You really need faith in Jesus Christ, which in turn brings you in front of the throne to plead your case and receive strength to help in times of need. There is actually a just measure of ground allotted to every child of God to manifest, but we need grace to function in such allotment office. The grace needed however is found and rooted in faith in Jesus Christ.

Don’t envy anybody, if you see them blessed. You can walk in the same grace if you have faith and pray to God. Yours shouldn’t be a case of travelling up and down to get men of God, like Kenneth Hagin, we that belongs to this generation can also receive mantles that are like or even far greater than that of the generals.

The one major thing that is needed and that can open all doors for us is the grace of God. With the grace of God, you can stand in front of any door without keys and it will be widely opened for you. You can stand in front of anybody and receive his good-will. It’s just that, problem of ignorance deprives us of most things that God had prepared for us.

In spite of the troubles, crises, and overwhelming spread of evil around the world, there’s nothing for you to fear, because you dwell in Christ. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The Lord protects and takes care of His people. In Christ, we’re never, and can never be disadvantaged; we’re victors and not victims; the Lord Jesus assured us of peace and safety in a tempestuous world.

Read His very comforting words in John 16:33; He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He overcame the world for you, and gave you the victory. You have dominion over Satan, circumstances, and the world. Irrespective of the crises and tribulations in the world, in Him we have peace, assurance, safety and security (John 16:33).

Your location in the spirit is Christ; that’s your dwelling place. Therefore, you’re under the shadow, that is, the protection of Almighty God. The Apostle Paul, by the Spirit, tells us, “…if any man be in Christ , he is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Notice the underlined words, “in Christ,” showing us that Christ is your dwelling place. Christ is a person—the Man Christ Jesus—and Christ is also a place in God.

Be confident. Be courageous. Refuse to fear. You dwell in Christ; therefore, you’re shielded from harm, evil and destruction. In Him you live, and move, and have your being. He has said, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7). Hallelujah!

Isaiah 43:2 -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 shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. John 16:33 -These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Colossians 3:2-3 -Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Psalm 91:1 -He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Without question, Psalm 91 is a real gem among the psalms. Next to Psalm 23, it probably has brought more encouragement and comfort throughout the centuries than any other psalm.

But it's worth noting that the blessings promised in Psalm 91 are not for just anyone. They are specifically given to believers—and not just to believers in general.

These benefits are targeted toward believers who specifically meet the requirements found in it. Psalm 91 is full of what we call conditional promises. That is, God promises to do certain things for us, hinging on our doing certain things that are required.

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High . . ." The word "dwells" could be translated as "quiet and resting, enduring and remaining with consistency." It is very similar to the word abide, which we see often in the New Testament. Jesus said, "He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit" (John 15:5). That word abide means "to stay in a given place, to maintain unbroken fellowship and communion with another."

Here's what God is saying: If you want to experience the promises of Psalm 91 - protection, provision, victory, long life, and prosperity—you must dwell in the secret place of the Most High. You must remain in constant fellowship with Him. We have relationship with God because we have put our faith in Jesus Christ and have turned from our sin. But are we living in constant fellowship with God? Many believers are not.

Psalm 91:1-16 says “ He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

Not that alone, Isaiah 41:15  Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

''Because 'He' makes you from your mess, you will win''

No matter however big maybe your problem, still it is nothing before you because the one standing beside you is greater than the one before you. You may think your life is messed up but the God who makes you makes the mess into a message.

The word says that he makes you into a sharp threshing instrument. In order to overcome a Mountain or Hill you need sharpness. Sharpness to pierce through hard matters. When you are sharp you can not only pierce through the mountain before you but also the mountains of others.
You are chosen to be sharp to face the mountains. If satan is bringing you hard problems means you are chosen to deal with hard matters. So do not give up for the victory is given in your hands.

Further more, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. —Colossians 3:23-24

Sooner or later all of us will experience the pain and disappointment of having our efforts ignored, minimized, or criticized by others. I believe that how we respond in times like these not only indicates our level of spiritual maturity, but also determines our outcome. One thing that helps me is remembering that whatever we do should be done "unto the Lord." The verses above clearly convey the perspective we should have in all we do. If we focus on pleasing God and doing our best in everything, we won't be so resentful, hurt, or discouraged when others don't appreciate or reward our efforts.

Instead, we can rest secure in the knowledge that God is fully aware of all we do, and He will see that we get the recognition and reward we deserve in His perfect way and timing. Even if those we are working for are continually unreasonable or unfair, we can take heart from God's reassurance that nothing can hinder the Lord from doing what He has planned to do in our lives.

There may be times when it looks like others are succeeding in delaying or preventing our progress, but the truth is that when God decides to bless and promote His people, no person on earth and no devil in hell can stop Him. If you can relate to this message today, let me encourage you to get your eyes off other people and get them squarely on God.

Work hard and do your best in all you do, trusting that the Lord Himself will honour you for it, even if others don't. The Lord is faithful. His Word is trustworthy.

References
1. Daily Dose [ Access ]
2. Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional [ You Dwell In Him ]
3. Living Word Devotional [ Promises With A Condition ]
4. Living Word Devotional [ Take Heart ]

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

BETTER DO IT YOURSELF

 
 Struck by the constant news of suffering, poverty and ill health in Africa, Kerry and three of her mates decided that they should to something to help make a difference.  
   A national charity was holding a postcard campaign to petition the government to help the crisis. This would be  the perfect opportunity to raise awareness in the school and do something productive at the same time. The four friends got together to divide up jobs and plain the events.
    Kerry would contact the charity and get info, postercards, Mark would speak to head teacher and ask permission to speak in assemblies, hand out postcards around the school over the week. Dave would contact the local press to let the community know what was happening at the school and why.
   With a week to go, Mark called Kerry and said he hadn't had time to speak to the head. Next was Dave -he hadn't called the paper and no surprise to Kerry , it soon came to light that Siobhan hadn't fulfilled her part of the bargain either.
   Kerry had only been trying to do a good thing - putting herself out to make a difference and her mates had just let her down, one by one. Why did no one else care? Frustration, betrayal, anger, but most of all, a total sense of loneliness came over Kerry as she struggled to work out what on earth to do now.
   Take a look at 1Kings 19:11-18 “And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death.Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Questions To Consider
  • Compare Kerry with Elijah. Why do you think Elijah felt down alone?
  • God comforted Elijah -not with big show of awesome power, but with a quiet, gentle sound. How often do you think of God as close and comforting?




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