Mountain Moving Faith

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“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible” (Matthew 17:20, NLT. Emphasis added)

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Sweet Fellowship with Daddy

cropped-our-god-is-love.jpgHaving a Sweet Fellowship with Our heavenly Father is the zenith you can reach in your walk with our Daddy (God). The scripture says that “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24, KJV). Walking with Daddy has many benefits…first of all, I refer to walking with Daddy as Sweet Fellowship because it is the sweetest experience you would ever have on earth.

Permit me to draw a little contrast between our relationship people in power on earth and that of our Father in Heaven.

When it is getting to election, we see politician trooping into schools, churches, restaurants, joining public transports, etc in order to convey their message(s) to us. They beg us for Power. They use “We” to include you and I in their political campaign and they would do anything to make us believe that they would behave different when we give them power. During those times, you don’t need to follow protocol to meet them and every suggestion, comment, idea, etc is welcomed.

However, we (electorates) are often disappointed after they are elected as presidents, MPs, Senators, etc. because once Power has been given to them, its about them, their family and friends. They do what they think would benefit the majority that voted them into power. It becomes very difficult in seeing or meeting them as the gap between them and electorates widens. The relationship sometimes turns sour before they leave office. In summary, we vote for them…we give them Power, and some use the same Power against us.

Relationship with Our Daddy

We experience something different when it comes to Our Father. Here, He created us and close the gapmade the Sun to shine upon us in the day and the Moon at night. He provides the air we breathe and freely gives us the basic things we need for life. He created the Heaven and Earth, the sea, wild animals, etc. He knows and understands our lives better than anyone. He is The Most Powerful Person in the Universe. He assumed that Power by Himself and didn’t need us to vote for Him. He has remained Faithful from generations to generations. His tenure of office doesn’t expire and He has got the whole world in His hands. These are some few attributes of our Daddy who neither sleep nor slumber.

What is so fascinating about our Daddy is that He comes down to our level to communicate with us.  Yes, He does that everyday. In describing His Superiority, He said “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9, KJV). The good news for us is that despite this gap, he says to us daily “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18, KJV).

One benefit you enjoy in your walk with Daddy is the promise He made in Psalm 32:8 “I will guide you along the BEST pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (emphasis added). Three things can be seen in this promise:

  1. He will guide you (Guidance)
  2. He will advise you (Counselor)
  3. He will watch over you (Protector)

When you have The Most Powerful Person (Who knows all things, sees all things, and can do all things) guiding you, advising you, and watching over you, All things will work together for your good and nothing shall be difficult for you.

Lenny Leblanc sang “Don’t have to walk a million miles to find You, Don’t have to sail around the world to see. ‘Cause every time I lift my heart to praise You. There You are right next to me…“. Truly, our Daddy is closer.

How can one have this Fellowship?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8, NKJV)

It is easy to have access to these benefits once you have Jesus as your Saviour. Remember that Jesus is the Only Way to our Father.

You can’t live in Sin and still profess Him as your Daddy.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9, KJV).

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So let go of anything that stands between you and Jesus. It could be a negative habit; a common lie, hatred, jealousy, sexual immorality, fornication, adultery, idolatry, drunkenness, drugs, etc. Regardless of how small or big your circumstance is, no sin and/or mistake is too big for Calvary.

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Jesus said in Revelation 3:20 that “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” (TLB)

Once you have Jesus Christ (as your High Priest), you gain access to our Daddy’s throne of grace. There you will receive his mercy, and you will find grace to help you when we need it most, according to the scriptures.

I have tasted and known how wonderful it is to have sweet fellowship with Daddy, whereby He tells me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. He saved me from plots of the enemy and provided every need. When I open my mouth to make request in the Name of Jesus, He answers me. He doesn’t disappoint and always cause His children to triumph in their every day lives.

Come, let us enjoy this fellowship together. But if you are in Christ, Keep enjoying your life in Him. Jesus is coming

Building Strong Relationship to Receive His Best

give thanksI am the LORD, the God of all the people of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NLT)

Joseph M Scriven’s “What a friend we have in Jesus” is one of the inspiring and educative hymns in the body of Christ. It talks about our relationship with Jesus Christ and the privilege we have to take our needs, burdens, trials and temptations, etc to Him. In stanza one, he said

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

God desires to have deep, rich and satisfying relationship with us because it is basic requisite or fundamental to receiving supernatural breakthrough in whatever we do. The secret is that the more we talk to, or interact, with him, the more we know him. And the more we know him, the more we do things that please him (like living holy lives and walking by Faith). In other words, we walk/live by believing that He is more than able to do what He promises during our talk or interaction with him.

20121127-085653.jpgWe talk to God through prayer. Prayer is a major ingredient to growing our relationship with God. As we talk to Him, bringing everything (including our major and minor decisions) to him, He guides with His word as to what steps to take to get successful results. But often, we ignore this privilege. We prefer to talk to our neighbours, pastors, friends, family, etc to find out what they think about our situations and the result is that we become more confused with the answers or suggestions they provide because they don’t know us more than ourselves. The only person who knows us more than ourselves is God. The scripture says that “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Psalm 139:16, HCSB)

In the New Testament, Jesus added that the very hairs on our heads are numbered. In effect, it is unwise to talk to man (people) about your problems, difficulties, etc when it is evident that they don’t know you more and can’t offer any better solution(s) than your Creator.

Give a thought about the following and see how you can connect them:

  • I am the LORD, the God of all the people of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NLT) emphasis added
  • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT) emphasis added
  • “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!” emphasis added

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  • Is anything too hard for me?

The common answer is No because we believe God, the Creator of the Universe, is Omnipotent God. He can do all things and doesn’t need anyone’s permission to act. He is who He says He is, and What He says He is. Nobody can challenge His supremacy.

  • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

If you believe, like I do, that nothing is too hard for Him, then you don’t have to worry about anything. Instead of worrying, Pray. You choose prayer over worrying because you believe that as you talk to God about your needs, He will do it. God would never give you a cheque ( or a promissory note) that would be dishonoured because of insufficient funds. In other words, He would never promise what He doesn’t have or more than what He has. His resources are insatiable to meet your satiable needs. Therefore, if His Word tells you not to worry about anything but Pray about everything, it means that He is able supply or meet every need you have.

In Mark 11:24, Jesus said “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (KJV). Notice Jesus didn’t put restriction on what you should pray for, and I believe this is a great privilege for us in the body of Christ.

  • “…All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

The question now is why do we worry and carry loads of burdens, hopping from one door to another seeking for help?

The answer is that we often miss the basic part; we pay little or no attention to our relationship with God. It is easier for us to get on social media (whatsapp, facebook, twitter, etc) to talk to friends throughout the day than to talk to God. We get time for social events but struggle to get time for Church activities. We can read novels in days but find it difficult to spend 30 minutes studying His Word. We can talk on phone for hours but struggle to pray to God for 30 minutes. We spend quite substantial amount in changing our wardrobes in a year but spend less in buying materials that will help our Spirit to grow and draw us closer to God. Your relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, should come first in whatever you do. Spend your resources (including time and money) in building your relationship with God.

When your relationship with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is solid, you will talk to him about everything because you Trust Him. As you continue doing that, the Scripture says that “your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT)

You have borne your pains, disappointment, failures, hurting, sickness, sins, mistakes, and fears among other for so long. It is time to talk to the Lord. All things are possible with Him and He is faithful. You must tell Jesus today

 

 

 

Lesson from “Desperate Journeys”

Al Jazeera’s Desperate Journeys shows the struggles refugees go through in their quest to find peace and prosperity. Some of the stories are disturbing and you may wonder why people would go through the uncertainties on the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe. When reporters interviewed some of the refugees, they stressed on instabilities and hardship in their home countries as the main reasons for risking their lives on the sea. It’s sad when the new break that people are drown or missing at sea. It was estimated that over 3800 died in the Mediterranean refugees in 2016.

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Why would these noble people risk everything to enter Europe?

These stories bring into mind what Peter said in 2 Peter 3:7

And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgement, when the ungodly people will be destroyed”.

The future of the heavens and earth is foretold in the Scripture, yet people are being adamant.  In the natural, fear of death propels us to seek refuge or sometime economic instability forces people to flee to different countries for better lives. And I ask; how better can a life be than spending ETERNITY with the King of Kings, and to walk on a city build with gold? Yet we pay little or no attention to the needs of the Soul and Spirit, forgetting that body will return to dust.

What plan do you have for your soul in the afterlife?

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Our God is a God of justice, but also a God of mercy. Through the blood of Jesus, God’s mercy is available to us now. It is up to us to decide to accept it. We don’t want to be camping out in “Sin Forest” when judgment time comes. January 1, 2007

You may have insurance for your car(s), house(s), electronics, or even life assurance. These are good but how have you insured your soul?

These refugees risk everything because they believe that Europe is a better place. In the same way, Jesus said he was going to prepare a place for us and when He is done, He would come back for us so that we would spend eternity with Him.

The fact that Peter said heavens and earth have been stored up for fire doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t dominate the earth. It doesn’t also mean we should live poor and allow the ungodly people to setup systems to rule us. The emphasis is on living holy and godly lives as the day approaches. You shouldn’t allow your earthly blessings (which are temporal) to hinder you from spending eternity with God. Paul told Timothy that “After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7, NLT). You should strive to enter through the Narrow gate that leads to God’s Kingdom.

In 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Paul said that “But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters; The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For the world as we know it will soon pass away”.

Friend, Hell is real and every Word of God shall come to pass. Jesus said many times that

there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

(Matthew 8:12, Matthew 22:13, Matthew 24:51, Matthew 25:30).

Let us consider what happens and what people do where there is tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, civil war, famine, etc. During these events, people run for their lives; they leave their properties behind because what is important at that time is their lives. Nobody wants to die yet the Bible says “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27, KJV).

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Just as you would run to seek refuge when local authorities announce for emergency evacuation, the Bible clearly has warned us about the wrath of God that is coming upon mankind so flee from the wrath to come. (Matthew 3:7)

Consider your ways and turn to God if your have drifted away by your desires and/or sins. Be prepared to meet our Lord

Arise, Shine

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1, KJV)

The story would have been different if Jesus Christ hadn’t risen from the dead. Of course the enemy would have had the last laugh, probably laugh out loud (lol) knowing that he had defeated our Master at the battlefield. BUT God raised Jesus from the dead and He triumphed over Satan and his demons. He lives! Hallelujah! And because He lives, we live also.

The greatest victory is what Jesus won on the Cross. Remember Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and before His ministry, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, enabling Him to carry out purpose on Earth, then He died. But God raised Him from the dead (Romans 8:11) on the third day. If Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless and your faith is useless” (1 Corinthians 15:14, NLT).

Christ victory wasn’t one off event as He ascended to The Father’s right hand and He is Reigning. He said in Luke 22:69 that “But from now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand”.  In 1 Corinthians 15:25 (NLT) Paul said that “For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.” Jesus is reigning, and the Spirit that made Jesus the Christ is at work in you. Your body is His temple.

“If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11, KJV)

Jesus has given us victory over sin, over Satan and his demons, and over anything they would try to do to hurt us. Therefore Arise, Shine. You are no longer a slave because God paid the price to set you free. And The same Spirit that made Jesus the Christ lives in you. This means that you are full of capabilities. No wonder Jesus said “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12, NIV). Your greatest asset in this life is the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.

To Arise means to recognise that you are God’s masterpiece and that you are above every situation or challenge that might come your way. It also means to see yourself as God sees you. If you see yourself as one miserable sinner, poor, disease prone, fearful, and the likes after the price God paid, then you have not arisen. And to Shine is to walk in the victory God, through Jesus Christ, has given you. You show forth His glory. That is people should be able to tell that you are God’s precious possession by the way you live, and your life shows His goodness.

In this year, let others see Jesus in you. Say No to things that defile your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, so that He (Holy Spirit) can have His way in you and unearth your greatest potentials. Know that sickness, disappointment, failure, rejections, bad reports, fear of unknown, poverty, scarcity, barrenness, infertility, disease, pains, etc are under your feet. You have power over them so begin to light up and SHINE! God bless you

DAY 2 – WHY DID JESUS COME TO DIE?

His KingdomAnd you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:5, 8 NLT)
  • Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. ” (Luke 4:18, 19 NLT)

Jesus brought Good news to the poor, healing to the sick, hope to the hopeless, faith to the faithless. He delivered those who were possessed by demons. He raised the death. And He gave us Power over all the powers of the enemy. Jesus came to die on the cross to set us free from the bondage of the devil.

Satan has no power over you again because God has bought you at a Price. You are saved, healed, empowered, equipped, and have been elevated in Jesus’ Name.

DAY 1 – WHY DID JESUS COME TO DIE?

His KingdomListen! The Lord ’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. (Isaiah 59:1, 2 NLT)

Easter season is here and believers all over the world are remembering the death, resurrection, and the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. I was watching The Passion of Christ this morning when The Holy Spirit said “It was worse than these. The beating you see, the insults you hear, the spitting, mocking, etc. None of the things you see on this TV can be compared to what actually happened. Jesus truly suffered for you.” I broke into tears…

The question is Why did Jesus have to go through these?…Why did Jesus come to die?

When Adam sinned, the whole world sinned. Sin created a gap between God and mankind. So Satan ceased that opportunity to bring pains and suffering upon mankind. Something needed to be done to bring mankind back to God. The Good news was Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him Mary will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 NLT). Hallelujah!

  • Listen! The Lord ’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. (Isaiah 59:1, 2 NLT).
  • Mary will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21, NLT)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, (Romans 3:23-25 NLT)

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Jesus came to save us from our sins and their effects. We couldn’t have paid the price, and no other blood could have saved us but God loved us so much that He gave up His Son, Jesus, in order to draw us to Himself. Jesus came to clear the mess Adam created in Eden. Now God’s ear is opened to listen to us. That was why even before the Cross, Jesus said in  Matthew 7:7-8 (CEV) that  “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks”

Jesus made this possible by dying on the Cross for you and I. We have been made right with God thus we can come boldly to His throne. Let us therefore say no to sin and live lives that please the Father. We have a new nature now as God, through His Spirit, is living in us.

What sin, behaviour, action, attitude, fellowship, relationship, etc is keeping you distant from God?

Know that He came first as a lamb but in His Second Coming, He is coming to Judge all. Nothing really matters than your soul because at the end of the day, when your body returns to the dust your soul would remain. Satan is after your Soul so cease this opportunity while there is time and make it right with God. Jesus Loves Us