Keep Asking, Don’t Quit

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The Theme for this month is Faith. Having Faith and walking by Faith are important ingredients in our walk with God.

“You can never please God without faith, without depending on him…” (Hebrews 11:6, TLB)

The more you walk by Faith, the more your Faith grows and the more you defeat obstacles that come your way.

Today, I want to share few scriptures I believe would encourage you to Ask for anything in Jesus’ Name because there is an assurance that God would supply ALL.

Keep Asking, Don’t Give Up!

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God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else? (Romans 8:32, CEV) Emphasis added

Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it! (John 14:14, TLB) Emphasis added

And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, AMP) Emphasis added

Have a great day.

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Perfect Time?

don't waste your seed“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, NLT)

Are you waiting for a perfect time?

Do you desire to have a time when everything is OKAY before you act?

From my little experiences in life, I’ve seen no such thing as perfect time.  Everyone has a need; Bill Gates has his needs, so is the poorest person. However, the difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich doesn’t wait for perfect weather to plant.  They plant their seeds and wait on God for rain.

The right time to act is Now. Therefore don’t sit idle watching the wind or staring at the clouds. In other words, don’t spend your productive time waiting for some indicators to get on right before you make a move. Instead, do your own work and get on with your life. Don’t say “if this or that goes through, then I would do this or that”, “if I can go to the university, then I can achieve this/that”, “If I could get this money, car, child, etc, then I could this or that”. God wants you to walk by believing and not by seeing.

Be encouraged to do the little you can today as you wait on God to Open the heavens to shower His blessings on your works.  Today is the day you have, Tomorrow may be too late.

Is there anything you are waiting for a perfect time to do?

But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, ERV)

FAITH

20131106-150737.jpgBut without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him…” (Hebrews 11:6, AMP)

Faith is the currency we trade with in our walk with God. We don’t see God yet we believe He exists and He rewards us as we earnestly and diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) says that “Faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experience by the physical senses]

Faith is the title deed you have about the things you hope for in this world. Mariam Webster dictionary defines title deed as the deed constituting the evidence of a person’s legal ownership. I went further to search for deed; a legal document that shows who owns a building or piece of land. Normally, deed is a signed and sealed instrument. When you have title deed it means that you own the property and no one can steal it or take it away from you. Having considered the above definitions, we can conclude that Faith is your signed and sealed instrument constituting the evidence of your legal ownership of the things you hope for, and the evidence of things not seen.

Assuming you are in dying need of $1000 and a wealthy friend gives you an instrument (for instance a cheque) which bears $1000 in your name. The cheque becomes the assurance or confirmation of the $1000 you hope for but it’s a crossed cheque so you have to deposit into your account before you can transact with it. This means that you have not seen $1000 cash but the cheque is evidence that you have $1000. Normally, you don’t pause to consider whether your friend has enough money in his account but you just believe because of your perception about his wealth. Therefore you walk home with smile on your face after thanking him for giving you a cheque of $1000 (that can be dishonoured by his banker).

Faith makes you give thanks in advance for what is yet to be experience by the physical senses.

Another point to consider is that Faith without deeds is dead. Having the $1000 cheque bearing your name doesn’t mean you have $1000 cash. You have to take steps to cash the cheque; that is going to the banker with the cheque, as well as exercising little patience while the banker checks security features of the cheque before honouring the cheque. The process you go through involves waiting.

When you have Faith in God, you WAIT for His timing because you believe that in a little while your request would be granted.

Waiting doesn’t mean you won’t have the money but it allows the banker to check the drawer’s balance, his signature, other mandates before transferring $1000 into your account. Sometimes it takes up-to three working days before the process is complete. If you don’t act on your Faith, holding the cheque wouldn’t make you any better because it is $1000 in another form, not cash. You can’t use the cheque to make payments as it’s closed and only you can withdraw which is why it is important that you take steps to get the money transferred into your account. If you wait any longer, the value of the money may fall.

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Friend, we walk by faith and not by sight. It is good to have faith but in order to have your requests granted, you have to act on your faith. And as you act on your faith, expect that you may have to wait for a little while. The scripture says that if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (Romans 8:25, NLT). Start acting on your Faith today.

Is the Lord’s Hand waxed short?

“Is the Lord’s hand waxed short?”

 

“We answer there is but one creature that God has made that ever doubts Him! The little sparrows doubt not—though they have no barn nor field, yet they sweetly sing at night as they go to their roosts, though they know not where tomorrow’s meal shall be found. The very cattle trust Him, and even in days of drought, you have seen them when they pant for thirst, how they expect the water—how the very first token of it makes them show in their very animal frame, by some dumb language, that they felt that God would not leave them to perish! The angels never doubt Him, nor the devils either—devils believe and tremble! But it was left for man—the most favored of all creatures—to mistrust his God! This high, this black, this infamous sin of doubting the power and faith- fulness of Jehovah was reserved for the fallen race of rebellions Adam! And we alone, out of all the beings that God has ever fashioned, dishonor Him by unbelief, and tarnish His honor by mistrust!”
–Charles Spurgeon

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Is the Lord’s hand waxed short?

How would your answer be considering your present circumstance(s)?

 

My Little Story: Do You Believe?

images (5)It was a sunny afternoon and I had just popped out of the office to get a bottle of drink. I met a student (Nigerian) who had earlier professed his faith in God and our Lord Jesus. He demonstrated strong Faith in God and I really liked his lifestyle. So I decided to ask him some questions I have been asking other believers to help them grow in faith. This was what ensued between us:

Me: How are you doing man?

Student: Am doing good man of God. How about you?

Me: I am doing same. As you can see me smiling with my chilled drink

Student: hahahaha! Glory to God

Me: bro, as our Lord God lives, can you help me with £250. I need it badly?

Student: man of God, you know that we are deep into the semester and my parents haven’t been paid so I don’t have that much in my account.

Me: Okay, how about tomorrow. Can you? Do you believe that God can direct money into your account?

Student: I believe but my parents….God uses my parents so I would have to talk to them or lets us wait till month ends.

Me: Do you limit God that much in your finance? Don’t you think he could use other means to supply the money? Often some people are quick to judge the king’s guard in 2 Kings 7 for doubting Elisha’s prophecy. You see, the guard considered all other things physically possible, that is Samaria was under siege and there was no way food could come in or go out. People were eating human flesh and the situation was that bad. Besides, the guard was probably aware that farmers sow and wait for months to harvest. Therefore Elisha telling them of abundance overnight was something unusual. He doubted. But God had plan in place to ensure fulfillment of the prophecy. He used what was otherwise impossible, unwise, rejected, trampled upon to accomplish His Word given through Elisha.

Tell me bro, is anything too hard for our God? We don’t get answers to prayers because we want or expect God to work in the usual way. That is how we perceive things to be done. So if your parents are no more, how do you expect to get money?

Now tell me, do you believe that God can send money through other means you have not thought of? Do you believe that God can do it His way?

Student: Yes I believe. Thank you so much for the insight. Maybe I should buy you one more drink because I have been limiting God for so long. God bless you

Me: God bless you too for your time.

  • Message

God’s ways are above our ways and His thoughts above ours. He works in ways we cannot see or imagine. In 2 Kings 7, He used people Samaria thought that nothing good could come from them. They we not counted for because of their ailment But they were objects God used to perform miracle for Samaria or to fulfill His promise of abundance.

20121125-121349.jpgThroughout the Scriptures we read stories of how God used unimaginable ways or means to fulfill His Word, Ways people thought was not possible. He used people who were not qualified to do great works, and to fulfill His Word. That is why I always encourage people to leave “The How” to God because He knows the best way to meet our needs. It could be sickness, poverty, job, etc. Whatever it is, He has unimaginable ways of fulfilling his promises concerning your life. Do you believe?

Do you believe that God can send right people in your way, even now?

Do you believe that God can heal you, right now, of any sickness or disease in your body?

Do you believe that God has supply your needs through ways you have never thought of?

Ephesians 3:20 says God

“is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” AMP

Do you believe?

Two things struck me in His word. The first one is God can make a path in the sea and the Second is that He can make water spring forth in the desert. In effect, if you see only water around or before you and you feel that you are going to be drowned or destroyed, know that He can make a way or he has a path for you. And if you find yourself on a wilderness or desert and you feel thirsty, know that He can make water spring forth for you. Don’t limit God to your ways or natural ways because He has supernatural ways of doing things.

Maybe we can pray the honest prayer of the man in Mark 9:24, “I believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!

Jesus said that

Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23, NLT).

Quick scan your life now;

  • Is there anything you want God to do for you?
  • Have you been limiting God’s ways in your life?
  • Do you have unanswered prayer request(s)?
  • Do you believe God has millions of ways to meet your need?

Don’t limit God’s power to perform the miracle you seek. Trust that He will use His way(s) to meet your needs.

I will close with this:

For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. (Mark 11:24, AMP)

Do you believe?

 

 

 

 

My Little Story: Divine Provision

20121127-085653.jpgIt was Monday morning and I had finished praying, bathing, and drinking my usual cup of tea. I didn’t have money except for my transportation fare to work so before I left the room, I said the Lord’s Prayer. The emphasis was on “Give us today our daily bread” and in order to personal about it, I said “Give me today my daily bread“. I had always believed that there is Power in that short line therefore I trusted that God will someway somehow send me money before the day ends. I left my room with hope that miracle would happen, which was the only option I had anyway.

I jumped on public transport, greeted the person next to me, and looked outside without looking at who it was that sat next to me. About some five minutes later, the person who sat next to me tabbed my shoulder and asked how I was doing. It was then that I realised he was someone I knew from my former workplace. I knew that face but I wasn’t closed to him. This guy asked if I could hold his bag for him which I did. He took some money from his pocked and counted ten notes. He told me to hold the money for him and took his bag. I thought he was going take it back but he said nothing for the next 10 minutes. After a while, I told him to take his money as I was going to get down at the next stop but for strange reasons I don’t know, he told me to keep it. I was shocked because the amount was close to someone’s monthly salary. I thanked him and got off at the next stop. I was amazed and kept thinking about how someone, who isn’t my friend, could just dash me that amount on Monday morning. As I was pondering on it, I heard a voice that “this is the answer to your prayer”. “That was quick” I said and started giving thanks for such a quick response. God gave me money through a person I least expected.

Lessons:

ls.Why1God has promised in His Word that He will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus but the problem is that we try to convince God to work in our way or according to how we perceive things to go. When I prayed that morning, I thought God was going to use someone like my boss or closed pal to bless me. I was hoping God would use a known person to grant me the money I needed for the day/week But He did it His way within the shortest possible time. It happened within 30 minutes after I had prayed. The scripture says that “I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT). God has a way where we think there is no way and His ways are higher than our ways.

God has already made provisions for your needs. He knows when you need it and He knows how he would supply that need. The “How” isn’t your job because you will never understand how he works. Don’t try to convince God to do things your way as he knows the right path. In my story, there were many buses but how I got on that one to meet that fellow still baffles me. I could have been on any other bus but He directed my path to where my blessings were. God had already prepared his (that fellow’s) heart to bless me on that faithful day. I don’t know what your need is right now but I do know that “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” (Mark 11:24, AMP). God will answer your request(s) in ways you have never imagined before in Jesus’ Name. Amen

My Little Story: Only Believe

My sister has two kids. The first one is 4 years and the younger one is under 1 year. I visited them last June and we had great time together. I didn’t stay for long but I learnt a lot from the few hours I spent with them. My first nephew was misbehaving so I told him that I was going to spank him if he doesn’t stop. Below is the conversation between my nephew and I:

Me: am gonna spank you if you don’t sit down

My nephew: My dad will beat you if you touch me. He is strong

Me: How did you know he is strong?

My nephew: He told me that if anyone touches me, he will beat that person

Me: Then I won’t buy aeroplane and car for you if you don’t sit down

My nephew: My dad will buy me big aeroplane because he has plenty money

Me: He lied to you

My nephew: No, you are lying. Dad said he will buy cars, toys, and phone for me.

My nephew: Mummy, uncle is lying. Isn’t dad rich?

My sister: Daddy is rich. He has enough money to buy everything you need.

My tricks to get this guy to sit didn’t work because he believes his dad owns the world, and his dad is the strongest man on earth. As I watched this boy and his level of faith in my brother-in-law, I asked myself that how many Christians can have this kind of faith in God? I felt guilty because as I sat with my sister’s family, I had my own doubts about many things. I prayed silently within me and asked God to help me grow in faith to the point where I will believe His promises for my life without considering physical constraints.

Lesson:

God, our Father, is the Creator of the universe. The Psalmist said in Psalm 24 (NLT) that “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.”

He made provision for your needs before you came to your mother’s womb. God isn’t preparing, creating, or packaging things you are praying for. He has already made them. The rest is for you to believe to receive. In Mark 11:24 (AMP), Jesus said “For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.” 

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Sometimes you look at the physical constraints and wonder how God is going to intervene in your situation. The truth is God knows no boundaries so you have to believe that whatever it is that you have prayed or are praying, or are going to pray for, you will receive in Jesus’ Name. Be encouraged to pray for the Holy Spirit to help you to renew your mind in order to believe God, your Father, like a baby. And don’t try to figure out how God is going to work because His ways are higher than yours. Only Believe