A Tip on How to Receive from God (1 min read)

20121127-085653.jpg“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6, AMP)

A common tool the enemy uses to keep you from praying is worrying. But when you Understand the importance of Prayer and Know how to make your request through Prayer, you will not spend (even) a second of your precious time to worry.

  • Make Specific Request:

Assuming your two children made the same request for phone:

First Child: Dad/Mum I need a phone…pls get me phone from the shop“.

Second Child: Dad/Mum I need Iphone 6 plus, color: Space gray, 16GB from the shop by Friday. I love you so much. Thank you for always getting me what I ask for

Which of these requests would easily catch your attention? and how would you respond to each?

Know what you want, how you want it, and when you want it. Then talk to God about it in Jesus’ Name. That is what Asking in Faith is all about

God wants us to be specific with you request(s) because He has immeasurable resources to meet your every need. Nothing is too big for him. In John 14:14 (KJV), Jesus said If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Emphasis added.

Anything means anything, whether big or small, existed or yet to be made, etc. 

What do you want from God  or what do you want to see in your life in the remaining days of this month, or remaining months of the year? Be like the second child and be specific with what you want from God.

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Imagine Possibilities

It is said that “Knowledge is powerful tool” yet it cannot be compared to “the power of your imagination“. Do you know that you can achieve whatever you imagine?

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Imagination can help you create your own world of possibilities and live in it. Often we do not take note of this and instead allow external forces or factors (like negative words from people who have no vision and purpose, expert reports, etc) to keep us bound with many limitations.

If you can SEE it, then you can HAVE it

And most importantly, the scripture says that “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” (Ephesians 3:20, TLB) emphasis added.

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Whatever you can imagine is not too big for God as He has infinite resources to help you create the world of possibilities you want to live.

Do not be limited by what is on the outside because the ONE in you is greater, powerful, mightier, and wiser than any person, demon, or even the enemy (Satan).

Note that Nobody can limit the depth of your imagination but you.

It is good to acquire knowledge but know that what you can imagine is a driving force that can take you beyond the limit(s) created by the world system.

Finally, imagination brings hope and we know that Faith is the substance of things hoped…

If you can SEE it, then you can HAVE it

What if…?

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]. (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NLT)

WhichWayA lot of times we are confronted with what if…? question, especially when we are at a crossroad of making major decisions in our lives. And it’s interesting that often what follows “what if” is negative. It is easy to answer when the question is being posed by someone else. However, it becomes difficult when we constantly hear our inner voices asking us What if…? In our closets, we hear questions like What if I die from this sickness? What if I fail this exam? What if this business idea fails? What if I lose in this deal? What if nobody likes my post? what if…?

The scripture says that God is faithful and absolutely trustworthy and He will do what He has promised you. In Jeremiah 29:11, God said “I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering.” (CEV).  God has good plans for your future and I love how the Contemporary English Version translated Jeremiah 29:11; God will bless you with a future filled with hope. Hallelujah! What a mighty God we serve, Who through His Spirit constantly shower on our souls, bodies, and spirits with His lavish goodness.

What follows your “what if” question is critical in determining the steps you would take toward achieving the plans God has for your future.

If it’s negative, then you would remain passive. However if what follows your “what if” is positive, it would energize you to take bold steps, trusting in God’s faithfulness, to reach beyond your potentials.

Hence when the enemy tries to stop you from reaching your promised land by throwing questions like, what if I fail? What if they leave me? What if I don’t get the job? What if I don’t qualify? What if I die in the process? Etc, counterattack with positive response: what if I win? What if they stay close till the end? What if I get the job? What if I qualify to be the best? What if I survive till the end?

For instance when you ask yourself what if I win or succeed? You are sure that the consequences or results would be great and you would take the necessary steps, trusting in God that His promises for your future will come to pass.

God has promised to “bless you with a future filled with hope – a future of success, not of suffering.” If you remain passive, you aren’t going receive anything. The devil will hold you bound and keep you poor, sick, weak, sad, disappointed, rejected, etc. Be wise, be smart, be hopeful, and watch carefully what follows your “what if”.

I couldn’t end without sharing In Jesus’ Name from Darlene Zschech

Food For Thought

imageThis afternoon as I was meditating on God’s Word and pondering on what to post, I was led by the Holy Spirit to do something different. While praying in my heart about it, I was directed to go through my WhatsApp contacts’ status. As a matter of fact, I am thankful that I did because I have been encouraged, blessed, equipped, motivated and refreshed. I will share some few with you, as directed, and I trust that as you give a deep thought about them, you will be re-energized to run your race.

  • Jehovah is my anchor
  • Let thy will be done
  • Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: Is there anything too hard for me? Absolutely Nothing!!! #iamawomanoffaith#
  • A new page had just opened
  • All I see is victory…Every day is Best day ever
  • The God I serve can never disappoint
  • I look around: Green fields…I look up: Blue skies. The dream is on! God lives, his favour endures
  • The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. TYLJ
  • Believe what God says about who you are in Christ and you will become what you are in Him. By faith, believe the truth
  • There is risk in everything. Instead of avoiding risk in life learn to successfully manage them and transform them into achievement
  • Focus, Commitment, Hardworking backed with living for God…No time for delays!
  • Anytime there is change, there is opportunity. So it is paramount that an organisation gets energised rather than paralysed. –Jack Welch
  • No matter how dark it gets, the sun will surely rise again
  • Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you miss them – William Arthur
  • Life is a walking exercise
  • Vision will challenge your comfort zone
  • I have learnt not to fight the voices in my head so I built them a chapel and made them my choir
  • No matter what life throws at you fight for your dreams
  • Nothing is ever too late unless you give up on yourself
  • …the future is a construct, a mere concept; what’s real is the moment we find ourselves in…#live…#love…#hate
  • The only way to predict your future is to create and plan for it
  • Integrity is the master key to successful life
  • Do onto others as you want others to do onto you
  • Kindly read Joshua 3:3-6. God bless you
  • First never follows
  • I learned to give not because I have many but because I know exactly how it feels to have nothing

 Have a great day

 

Thought for the day: January 29, 2016

20130215-173932.jpgHe who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NIV)

Divine Provision

unlimited supplyJesus thought us that when we pray, we should ask for our daily bread according to Matthew 6. This, He said, means that God has made enough provision for everyone’s need. He has enough to satisfy your insatiable needs. He knows no lack.

The scripture says in Nehemiah 9:21 (AMP) that “Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell.” Let us give this sentence a thought; “They lacked nothing in the wilderness.” God provided their needs for Forty years in an area where there was no food or water. A point to note is that they were over 2 million. Someone once said that if God could feed the elephant, wouldn’t He be able to feed the ant? In other words, if God could provide for over 2 million people, would he not be able to supply all your needs?

Many years ago, I started praying “Give me today my daily bread”. Sometimes I would add that “Father I don’t know how You are going to do it But I know that you will provide”. What happens in the day is that God miraculously provide for me. I have often wondered about how He works but I have got no clue yet. His ways are far above our ways indeed.

Be encouraged to ask God, instead of man, for your daily bread and He will provide for you (both spiritual and physical needs) in ways you have never imagined in Jesus’ Name. Amen

KEEP CALM, GOD IS IN CONTROL

imageSince the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way? (Proverbs 20:24, TLB)

The Scenario:

I have been aboard many flights to different destinations and one thing that I have observed from pilots and Cabin Crew is that they assure passengers of smooth flight before the flight takes off. They give passengers hope that they will reach their destinations safely.

Another observation that is quite intriguing is that majority of the passengers don’t see the pilots, neither do the pilots show their certificates to passengers that they are qualified to fly the plane. All they (passengers) hear is someone mentioning his name and telling them to relax and observe safety instructions.

The third observation is that passengers who trust the pilot’s words and probably the airline company enjoy their journey, sometimes above 40000 feet, although there may be turbulence, diversion, or emergency landing. Chesley Sullenberger saved 150 passengers aboard US Airways Flight 1549 in January 2009 when he safely landed the plane on the Hudson River in New York. However, passengers who try to understand everything that happens along the way get frightened and act like dead fish with the least incident.

The Broader Picture:

  • God has good plans for you

I say this because I know the plans I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ERV)

The basis of the Christian journey is that God has plans to give His children hope and a good future. As a matter of fact, He knows the end from the beginning and he planned all your days before your conception. Thus nothing you have been through, or you are going through, or you would go through, can surprise Him. He has plans to give you good health, good breaks, prosperous life, great ideas, promotion, wealth, success, power to defeat your enemies, to spend eternity with him, etc. This confirms what the scripture says that “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” (Job 8:7, NIV)

  • God directs your Steps to achieve His plans for your life

The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take.” (Psalms 37:23, TLB)

The next point is that since He knows your future, couple with his plans for you, he directs your steps to the attainment of his plans for your life. God knows the right path you should take and he guides your steps along that path when you are obedient to His Word.

The Reality:

God always promises a fruitful end. He doesn’t tell his children how the journey will be like but He does promise that He will never leave them nor forsake them, whether they go through fire or storms. Note that storms of life are inevitable. No man can skip that. Thus what you should do as a child of God is to trust that God is able to do what He has promised. The frustration, stress, or depression comes, like the passenger who acts like dead fish on planes, when you try to understand or figure out everything that happens along the way.

In Isaiah 55:8-9 (TLB), the scripture says that “This plan of mine is now what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher that the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.”

Your mind is limited to understanding everything the Lord does so you’ve got to trust His Word that All things are working together for your good. And in all things, give thanks. When things don’t happen the way you planned them to be, give thanks and believe that God has your best interest at heart and he is directing your steps to a good future.

Someone once said that “there are so many things in your life now that you don’t understand but one day you will. One day you will understand that they were part of God’s plan for your life.”

Be encouraged that God is in control and He is directing your steps to achieve His plans for your life. Keep Calm

I will close with this:

As the rain and snow come down from heaven and stay upon the ground to water the earth, and cause the grain to grow and to produce seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry, so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it.

You will live in joy and peace. ThGe mountains and hills, the trees of the field – all the world around you – will rejoice. Where once were thorns, fir trees will grow; where briars grew, the myrtle trees will sprout up. This miracle will make the Lord’s name very great and be an everlasting sign of God’s power and love. (Isaiah 55:10-13, TLB)