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Visions from God

Many things have been said and written about visions and there are a lot of things that can be said about visions from God. Vision is one of the ways that God communicates with us. This way of communication like many others has been so mystified that it brings trepidation to many Christians. I want to throw a bit of light on it to help someone gain more understanding about walking with God. Abraham, Isaiah, Ezekiel and many other people had visions from God.
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen.15:1. (NKJV)

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah” Isaiah 1:1. (NKJV)

“Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.” Ezekiel 1:1 (NKJV)

Vision is about seeing. Vision in the spiritual realm is much like vision in the physical; it is the ability to see things but not with the physical eyes. Another way of helping you understand this is to liken it to a dream. In visions you have no control over the things that you see. You just see what is revealed to you. It is not something you struggle about and it is not about opening your “eyes wide enough” in other to see. In a vision from God, God allows you to see something he wants you to see. If you do “anything special” in other to see visions, then it is something to beware of.

“Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zech. 4:1-7 (NKJV)

In the scripture above, Zechariah saw a vision from God. The angel actually asked him about what he saw, just to make sure he saw exactly the “pictures” before him. The ability to see is what is known as seeing vision. This vision is entirely different from the vision of having a plan, a perception, or insight about doing or following a certain course in life.

Vision from God is not the same thing as clairvoyance or divination as practised in some places. If God gives you a vision, he is mostly likely to give you the understanding of it. Visions from God to his children are not nightmares; though God may show a believer what he intends to do as a judgement to wicked people. God will most likely show you things that are unambiguous and you may not need further search for understanding. Searching for meaning to visions can be burdensome and subject to vagaries of interpretations; so in most cases, God doesn’t put that burden upon his children but this is not usually the case for none unbelievers.

The spirits of unbelievers are dead; that is, it is insensitive to God and their minds are clogged with many things that are anti-God and they cannot understand the voice of God in any way. So, the first thing God seeks with unbelievers is to bring them to conviction and repentance before any other thing; when unbelievers close this door, the door of judgement open upon them.

It is useless trying to force a vision. Many people attempt to do this to appear special or to manipulate others. It is falsehood and it is just like a blind person who attempts to describe something he cannot see or feel. The problem really is that many people allow themselves to be deceived by the ploys of people who manipulate spiritual things. For instance, does it take hitting ones head on the wall to see? If anyone does that, he may become fantasized and prone to demonic influences. The scriptures revealed this about some who called themselves prophets in Israel many years ago.

“And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.” Jer. 14:14 (NKJV)

I know that sometimes, in believers’ meetings or services, someone can fall under the anointing and may not be conscious of his environment for some time and when he comes round, he might say he saw a vision. Such experiences are normal for as long as they are not attempts to manipulate other people.

Every vision is subject to biblical scrutiny and confirmation through the word of God, the Bible. Nothing should be accepted in isolation and if you are under undue pressure from another person to accept a “vision”, walk away from it. True visions have nothing sinister about them. The proof of visions is their fulfilments.

If you don’t see visions, you are no less a Christian; you are not superhuman if you do. God gives us various abilities according to his purpose. The most important thing is to be a child of God. God can speak to you and there are various ways he speaks to his children. I have had the privilege of being involved in some of them. The best attitude to these things is to see oneself as a messenger, “just like the mail man” whose job is to deliver mails to people’s houses. The joy of the job is in doing exactly what it demands.

We must not see ourselves as lords over God’s people because we have the gifts of God; doing so is much like taking the glory that belongs to God. Every gift must be exercised in love.
Visions are still part of the ways God speaks to us today and if you have this gift please exercise it in a godly way. You must not allow people to put you off it. Let Jesus be glorified in all you do.

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The Mystery of Evil

The recent circumstances surrounding the missing plane MH370 and the unexplainable motive behind such evil raises further questions about evil. Why on earth would anybody do such a thing to passengers who were about their own businesses? What could have been the fate of the passengers on board the plane? If they are alive, what would be their state of mind and body? Our society is fully of many such evils and you get filled with sorrow every time you tune to a News channel on Radio or Television. In some News media, some horrible incidents are turning into “horror entertainments”, as a considerable time of News bulletins are used to feature trials of such incidents; some station broadcast special programmes on high profile “celebrities involved in crime”. (Their explanation is that the public wants it). Evil happens all over the world and cuts across all sections of the society. It is like the “world is mad with evils”. Science can’t explain the mystery of evil because it cannot be measured or calculated; it is usually unpredictable, and full of pain and sorrow. It is difficult to predict who will be doing evil or harm to someone soon. Nobody could have predicted that one of the 12 Apostles would betray Jesus for money.(Only Jesus himself did)

The available information on the mystery of evil is found in the Bible. The Bible says,
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The devil had taken it upon himself to wreck humanity and cause as much damage as he can. If you read the book of Job, you will get further insight about evil and the activities of the devil. He wants to prove that God is in the wrong and attempts to drag humanity into that belief and his way of doing it is through pain, loss, and deceit.
It is very unfortunate that people who are unsuspecting get involved in these horrible activities of the enemy. When evil happens, many people get drawn into it one way or the order.

What is the best attitude to things like that?
• We must be sensitive at all times how we handle incidents involving evil occurrence.
• We must empathise with those involved in every way possible
• We must do all we can to help, we must not come up with wrong conclusions and judgements (it is better to keep quiet than offer wrong perceptions of things, in words or actions).
• We must stay away from taking advantage of people in such situations.
• We should pray for those directly affected

In dealing with evil, we must continue to pray at all times.
Jesus taught his followers to pray; as we can read in the following scriptures.
“So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:2-4)

I have highlighted the last bit to show that the Lord wants us to pray against temptations and evil. We are to pray against the activities of the evil one. It should be a constant prayer – do it every day. God can handle everything that we encounter. When we have prayed, we should believe God to help us.

Evil will not last for ever; God will bring evil to an end and the evil one will be judged. Evils are inspired by the devil, who finds it convenient to possess people and use them to accomplish evil work. Whether planned or spontaneous, evil is still the same thing. Evil is bad and has no justifications. Psalm 125: 1-3 says,
“Those who trust in the LORD
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
On the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.”

God bless you.

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Your Past in Your Present

We cannot underestimate the power and influence that our negative past has over our present. It is very subtle how it creeps in from time to time. There are many people who have so much complication with their past that their present is a wreck. You must deal with that stronghold if you are to enjoy liberty, freedom, productivity and fulfilment. Many nations, people and individuals are still wallowing with the evil of the past; things that they can’t change and the pains they only play out in their imagination. Year after year nations commemorate catastrophes; re-awakening the hurts of the past to the demise of the present. The following scripture tells the story of people like that and the response that all of us should pay attention to.
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Gen. 50:15-19 (NIV)

These were men that concealed their evil deed for several years. They were under a hideous oath not to divulge anything about what happened to Joseph. Now their past refused to go away even after Joseph showed them love. They were not convinced of his sincerity. That is exactly how many of us treat the love of God. Many people keep coming back to God to confess the same old sin over and over, without acknowledging that “God’s mercy endures for ever” They can’t accept that his love is everlasting. In this mood, they fail to enjoy the freedom that salvation brings.

The following scripture speaks about people who find it difficult to accept who we are now. There are many parents who still “babysit” their adult children. They “baby them” all about the places. They are others who cannot bear the site of our new level of life. They want us to still be “old fools” world without end. They see themselves as the “choiced, gifted, born-leaders, etc.” They are quick to play down other people’s achievements in very subtle ways. The Jews treated Jesus like that. The scripture says,

“Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,” John 7:26-28 (NIV)

Jesus resisted their backward and parochial mentality. Most times people paint the false humility picture of this evil. However, the question is, would Jesus have been considered “humble” if he accepted their perception of him. Would Jesus have fulfilled his ministry better if he accepted their view about his divinity? While I don’t support pride or arrogance in anyway, I must stress that being who you are irrespective of what other people think of you, is the best life you can ever live.

You cannot make a difference in your generation being someone else. You must discover yourself and live it out. Sometimes, your life might be carved out for a future generation and the present system or community viewpoint cannot understand a thing about you or pay for your worth. Many things we enjoy today sounded foolish to the first people who heard about it. For example, the Wright brothers announced they could fly and were called “foul”; who dares undermined their claim today? You can name others. Many great inventions that were foolish to many people who first heard about them are just all around you (Just look around you where you are now)

Many “school drop-outs” are doing great exploits in many areas of life but their former brilliant old teachers still wonder about “that dull boy” they had committed to “would amount to nothing” garbage bins. You must deliver yourself through the power of God from your negative past. It is time to move on. Forgive those who you need to forgive, leave behind you those that refused to forgive your past. Forgive yourself and move on.

God has made you new. Live it.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:17-21. (NIV)

The Problem with Choice

We are products of our past choices and our future is as predictable as the choices we make today. Choices are tricky because there a many things that work underground to influence whatever we choose to do.

Choices vary in weight and consequences; some have lasting effects on us while others are just “one of those things” issue. We must be very careful when making choices whether big or small. For example, making a relationship choice is weightier than making a choice about what to eat but a wrong food choice can be as problematic as a wrong relationship choice at a long run.

Choices are elastic in nature and can be dealt with, with proper support. We can deal with whatever choice we have made with proper information, education, mentoring and counselling. We can prayerfully handle past, present and future choices and their probable consequences. However, the problem with choices is that many of them are like the spider’s web. If an insect gets entangled in a spider’s web, it seems to me that, the insect normally feels, “I can handle this” and starts to struggle with it. Most insects never get free without some external help. An on-looker sees the web as fragile but it never is to the poor insect caught in it. Most people see people in difficulty as “stupid”, however, if that is true, then all human beings are. Someone once said “who does not need help?” I want to ask, who has never made a poor choice?

Another problem with choices is that many people get to a point where they fear that making a change in their life is very late. For example, many people who are having career problem may feel that making a fresh start is impossible but when placed side by side with a wrong choice, I feel that a new beginning is the winning streak. It is the mark of courage; it is the mark of a champion. It is never too late to make a fresh move. Some require gradual adjustments while others might require radical actions. If for instance you have been made redundant because of technological developments in your industry, you can choice to get some training elsewhere rather die bemoaning your “bad luck”. You can always find a way in life if you choose to have a positive attitude to life.

Do not be box-in by traditional way of thinking, like “the old wine is better”. Think outside the box, embrace changes and be positive. Life has many sides and you can always enjoy some fun even if there is “a shift” or change of horizon. What will friends think? I don’t know and I won’t suggest you do their thinking for them; you will be sapped if you choose to do that. What will they say? I don’t know but it is more likely they will be limited by their “environment which is always parochial, Judgmental and self-centred.” In any case, you are responsible for your life and accountable for whatever you choice. However, you are never going to sit down to give account to many of you “limiting influences”.

You can you to win today no matter what the challenges are. The first step could be making a good choice (a fresh start, maybe!). The next will be following it through with courage and focus. The journey is always better with God; so commit your ways to the Lord and trust him to come through for you. You have a friend in me – I want you to succeed.

Your Well-Being Versus Religious Debates

There are a lot of argument about healing and miracles. Many of those arguments are appalling because they come from people who should know better (Christian religious leaders.) They argue that signs and wonders, healing and miracles don’t happen again. I have made up mine mind to distance myself from such circles because such discussions are unbeneficial and boring. However, it is nothing new as you will find in the following scripture.

“On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.” Luke 13:10-17.(NIV)

There are people who have the idea like “I don’t care if and when you are healed (or receive your miracle), for as long as it is not now. Some people consider talk about the Holy Spirit, miracles, healing, signs and wonders as “insanity” or misguided teaching.
My concern is about believers who need to enjoy the provision God made for their well-being. If you don’t believe in the supernatural, miracles, healing, sign and wonders, what are you in church for? If you don’t believe in God’s intervention in human affairs, what are you carrying the Bible for? A believer must come to terms with what the word of God teaches. God wants us to make heaven as well as enjoy his goodness on earth. There are a lot of pressures from the devil and many people need help. We can get help from God as we ask for it in prayers. We must persevere in hope for deliverance and victory over the powers of darkness.

The woman that Jesus healed was described as a “daughter of Abraham”. She must have been fervent in serving God but was content to live with her infirmity for life. The religious leaders of those days were not bothered about people’s problems. Like we read from the scripture, they ended up in embarrassment when Jesus exposed their errors. I believe in the power of God to intervene in human affairs. I have seen and experienced sign and wonders, miracles, deliverance, healing, etc.

Healing, miracles, sign and wonders are your portion. You can receive help now. Ask God for it; it won’t cost you anything; ask by faith. Do it now and never give up.

God Cannot Deny Himself

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2Tim.2:11-13 (NIV)
I have always found this scripture very interesting every time I read it. And the part that holds my attention most is verse 13.
I am reminded that God is faithful, no matter the situation or circumstance. His faithfulness is not measured by whatever we choose to do. We did not make him God and we cannot demote him. The views of people do not diminish him. We cannot add to him to make him who he is. He once told Moses; “I AM who I AM.” Moses was to tell the Israelites that that was God’s name.

“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14. (NIV)

He is God and that is it. There had been many attempts to describe God (or define him). All those efforts, even in the Bible, were just reflections of him through what he does.

God is faithful. The scripture says that God cannot deny himself (He cannot disown himself). That is awesome. Jesus proved this before his crucifixion
Matt. 26: 62-65, says,“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.”
Jesus knew the intention of the high priest, he knew he was sly and evil. Jesus answered to who he is. He did not deny himself. He cannot deny himself.
What does this mean? It means that you can count on God to live up to his name. You can trust his faithfulness. It means that his promises are sure and reliable. What he says is trustworthy despite the lies of the devil. God is not out to make empty promises; he is not a politician. He does not cow people into serving him; as much as God wants people to be saved, he doesn’t cajole people into it.

He cannot deny himself. Assuming everyone refuses to accept him; that is a pity but God still remains who he is, – faithful and graceful. It is wonderful to know the unchanging God. He cannot be modified and he cannot be bought over. Those that put their trust in the Lord should rejoice because they have come to a sure place; a foundation that cannot be moved.
Times and seasons cannot make God to change. He made them and controls them. Leaders come and go. Great people live and die but the Lord abides for ever. His mercies endures for ever and his people will not continue to suffer and live in shame. The word of God says,
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
You can rely on God, you can count on his promises and his love for you will never diminish. Trust the Lord even if things are tough for you now; problems don’t last for ever. The scripture says,
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-4, 6-7. (NIV)
Be strong in the Lord.

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The “Mad Man of God”

Sometimes I wonder what people think Christians were. Many people think that Christians are “foolish”, they feel that Christians could be out of order or mentally sick because of what we believe and profess. They fail to consider that many of us go to the same school with them, sometimes doing the same courses, we go to the same shops, drive on the roads like them. We are normal human being with nothing different from others. Why then do we believe in God and in his word; why do we hold so strongly to biblical truths?
We celebrate Christmas every year. The circumstance surrounding the birth of Jesus is one of such truths that is very difficult for normal human beings to comprehend. How did the first recipients of the prophesy about Jesus’ birth react. Imagine you were in the congregation where Isaiah spoke of the virgin birth (Isaiah 9: 6). The people were as shocked as you think you could have been. You probably would leave the church that day saying, “The man of God has gone mad”. Who has heard of a virgin birth? I am sure that Adam and Eve the first persons that heard when God cursed Satan, lived and died wondering about the word of God, “the seed of the woman”
“So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Gen.3:14-15. (NIV)
Do you think that Mary was thrilled and dancing when the angel spoke to her about the birth of Jesus? If you read the Bible you will see her confusion about the announcement. Luke 1: 28 – 34, “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever, and his kingdom will never end” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “Since I am a virgin?” (NIV)
Mary’s state of mind can be deciphered when you consider that after the angel left, she ran to see what had happened to Elizabeth. She was like any other woman you can see anywhere. So what happened to her, why did she believe what she was told?
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greetings reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promise to her” Luke 1:39 – 45, (NIV)
There were people who doubted Moses, when he announced to them that God sent him to take Israel out of Egypt. The possibility of such a thing was none existent to them; If you were there, what would you think? “The man of God has gone mad”
“They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:11-12, (NIV)
Many people could not understand what he told them and opposed his mission all the way. He performed signs and wonder to prove his calling, but like many of us, the thought of signs and wonders don’t stay long in view; they lost the experience and continue the struggle with unbelief.
Who then is the Christian, why do we believe what we believed?
The light of God illuminated our hearts and quickened it to accept, believe and look forward to the fulfilment of what God said. We don’t have to know everything to believe that the word of God is true. Every day brings opportunities to prove that God’s promises are true. We don’t set out to test God to prove his word; we live like everyone else, doing our daily things and facing challenges like all others around us. It is in our daily live experiences that we see prophesies come to pass. We are thrilled and amazed as we were when the word was spoken; only that this time, we confess, “the man of God was not mad, we didn’t understand the word he spoke; but now we do.”
In many places efforts are made to do PR for God. We do all manner of things to attract people to church and work so hard to make them believe, so that we can keep them; I believe that portraying the Christian faith in the best possible way is great and I know the name of the Lord is powerful and works wonders; it is just that many people who do these things don’t understand the mystery of the faith. At a time in the Lord’s ministry many of his followers left him, they couldn’t handle some revelations and the things he said. Many expected a physical warrior who will drive away the occupation army and end foreign rule over Israel. When he declared that he was not going to do such a thing, they were disappointed. Dying like a criminal was completely the last thing they expected of a messiah; even Peter found it difficult to handle. Many people in our time cannot handle real prophesy and we have adopted the easy way – gimmicks to promote our churches.
Do you think we believed “carefully thought out fables” as Apostle Paul challenged people in his time? Why would we believe cunning fables? Why do people who never met or talked believe in these fables? You might think it is easy to believe them but you are wrong. Believers, even apostles challenged these truths (Thomas challenged the resurrection), Martha challenged the miracle of her brother’s resurrection, Moses challenged his calling, and Jeremiah felt he was too small to answer the call of God. Isaac means laughter because his parents laughed at the possibility of his birth. Jonah ran away from God, preferring to die to preaching in Nineveh. The men and women of faith were ordinary people who received the grace to believe. They were people who looked up to God every day to help them; they looked forward to seeing the word of God fulfilled in their lives.
Believing in God cannot be different today; the scripture says, “the just shall live by faith”. That means, hearing the word, believing it and waiting for its fulfilment”. The believer must bear with people who don’t understand him. The believer should study the ways of God and live in hope; his confidence is that God is faithful. He fulfilled many “weird promises” like the virgin birth; old women giving birth, the red sea dividing, etc. there was no promise he made that he turned away from.
The challenge of faith is not new and will not stop because the wonders of God will never cease. So live with it. Enjoy your faith, tell others about God’s love; pray that as God saved you through his grace, other people will be save. Don’t be afraid if you get isolated because of the word of God; that is exactly how it can be sometimes.God can speak to you in many ways, however not in language you cannot understand.(You cannot respond to a language you don’t understand)
Are you passing through difficult times? They are normal human experiences but as a child of God, you can ask for help from God and expect to get one.

(from my book – Faith Flight)
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Be Strong – 3

“1 After the death of the Lord’s servant Moses, the Lord spoke to Moses’ helper, Joshua son of Nun. 2 He said, “My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the Be strong 3land that I am giving them. 3 As I told Moses, I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over. 4 Your borders will reach from the desert in the south to the Lebanon Mountains in the north; from the great Euphrates River in the east, through the Hittite country, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 Joshua, no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you; I will never abandon you. 6  Be determined and confident, for you will be the leader of these people as they occupy this land which I promised their ancestors. 7 Just be determined, be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you will succeed wherever you go. 8 Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.9Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” (GNT)

You must be strong and courageous to live a successful life here on earth; there is no way to circumvent it; any attempt to do so, will only lead to frustration. There are all kinds of obstacles on the way and there is no one that is ready to give you the right of way, so brace up and fight for your breakthrough.

God has promised us victory. Be strong and courageous. Those people you think are “the chosen ones”, had no exemptions, so don’t expect “the kid gloves”.

God bless you.

Ref. Bible quote from: http://www.bible.com

Surely, You Can!

Praise The Lord

“Praise the LORD! Praise The LORD, O my soul!

I will praise the LORD, as long as I live;

Surely, you can

Surely, you can

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the Lord God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made the heaven and the earth,

the sea and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;

who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.”

Psalm 146:1-7 (ESV)

You can praise God in your heart

You can praise God at work (in your mind)

You can praise God at home

You can praise God while driving

You can praise God in your fellowship group (church).

And if you are in UK,

You can join us on Sundays (10 am -12 noon)

At: Clifton Village Hall, Nottingham NG11 8EB

To praise the Lord;

You can adapt this post for your use in your group;

(Permission to use granted)

You can praise the Lord anywhere.

If anyone asks you why, you can always say, “Because I can”

N/B: This post is also published on http://www.gracefulvoice.com

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