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

    Peace Rock - John 16:33

  • 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

 

 

 

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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)

His Kingdom

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

Nobody Greater than Jesus

carryyourbooks_nivI have been meditating on the Greatness of our Lord Jesus throughout the day. When I look back from January I can say that our Lord has been good and this Song from VaShawn Mitchell has really blessed my day. Very powerful song for year end and meditation…Truly Nobody is greater than You, My Lord Jesus 

Are You Eagerly Waiting for Jesus?

Waiting at airportHe will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28, NLT)

We live in societies where it is becoming difficult to distinguish between the good and the bad. It is easy for people to lie, cheat, insult, steal, commit sexual immorality, gossip in the 21 first century and not feel bad at all. People justify the wrong things they do with scriptures. I remember what an accounting lecturer told us in class that “There are 99 ways to hell but 1 way to Heaven”. Jesus put it this way “wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.” (Matthew 7:13, AMP).

People can continue justifying their wrong doings but the truth is wrong is wrong even when everyone is doing it, and right is right even when nobody is doing it. One thing such people forget is that LIFE is a gift of trust. One day The Owner will come and each person will held accountable for what he/she does with his/her life.

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NLT)

Jesus is coming at an hour you least expected. The scriptures say He is coming like a thief at night therefore keep watching so that He does not come to meet you unprepared. Its quite surprising that the focus of the church is shifting to how to live prosperous in a world that is reserved for fire. Less or no emphasis is placed on our readiness for the second coming of Jesus Christ but what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? 

Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” (Luke 12:39-40, NLT)

When you are eagerly waiting for christ, it means that you are very excited and interest (feeling strong and impatient desire) to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that Jesus Christ second coming will happen soon. In effect, you must be ready like a traveller (with his luggage) at the airport who is waiting for announcement to board his flight. Do not comform yourself to the customs of this world; others may sin but you cannot, others may gossip but you cannot, others may cheat but you cannot, others may lay for themselves treasures on this world but you cannot.

Friend Heaven is your home and Jesus is preparing your room for you. Do you not think that it will be disappointing that after He has prepared a place for you, he comes to see you unprepared? Let us therefore strip off everything that will prevent us from spending eternity with Jesus. JESUS IS COMING SOON.

Are you eagerly waiting for Him? If your answer is No or Maybe, then Repent from anything that is holding you back. Say this prayer

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for every wrong thing that i have committed. Jesus, You are the Son of God, and I believe that God raised you from the dead. Thank you for saving me today and giving me Grace to wait for your second coming. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

God bless you!

Special Message for 2014 Christmas

Hello Everyone,

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
The Lord has been good to us throughout the year. We read a lot, heard a lot, saw a lot, and felt a lot of almost everything. From the crash of Malaysia airliners to ISIS threats and executions, Firing of rockets to Israel by Hamas, Ebola virus, shooting of Michael Brown and others in US, Sanctions against Russia, abduction of over 200 girls by Boko haram, CEOs telling the World they are gays, etc. But through it all, God has kept us safe. Hallelujah!

As we are remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, the Only Son of The Living God, let us pray that the peace and happiness we have in Him will be extended to the rest of the world, especially places where people (including Christians) are suffering from poverty, sicknesses and diseases, persecution, threat of death, etc.
Jesus came to set God’s children free from the works of the evil one and I trust that when we do our part by praying, His Spirit will go to those places and comfort the hearts of our brothers and sisters there and send them help in these times of need.

I pray that God shows Himself to you in a greater way in the remaining days of 2014 in Jesus’ Name. Friend, it is not too late to believe. He is more than able to help you achieve everything you set your mind on to do this year. Keep believing, Keep hoping, and Keep trusting in the Lord.

Thank y’all for your help, support, and prayer throughout the year. God bless us!

Merry Christmas!

THE “JESUS’ LIFE”

Jesus

Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NLT)

Jesus is the Way. that is before we can make it to Heaven, we must walk on the path he walked. We must say what He said, and we must do what He did. He said in Matthew 5:16 that Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. In other words, people should be able tell who we are by the way we conduct ourselves.

To live the Jesus’ life is to ask yourself these questions before making any decision;

Would Jesus think, say, or do what I am about to think, say or do?

What would Jesus do if He is faced with what you are facing? 

To live the Jesus’ Life is to acknowledge the statement that a servant is not greater than his Master. Jesus was persecuted, humiliated, rejected, beaten, insulted, etc. so don’t give up when people reject you, beat you, insult you, humiliate you, etc. Hebrew 12:3 says think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people, then you won’t become weary and give up. 

 

To live the Jesus’ life is to have compassion on lost souls; Souls that are heading toward hell.  Jesus said Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (Mark 16:15) . Friend, it is an obligation for every child of God. You must win souls for His Kingdom. Remember, Jesus is the ONLY WAY to the Father. As a result, anyone who hasn’t accepted Jesus is on the wrong path and it is our responsibility to preach the Good News to them. Many people are on the wrong path to destruction so your task is urgent and important. The night is coming, and then no one can work. John 9:4 NLT

To live The Jesus’ life is to feed His sheep. Most shepherd today are not feeding their sheep. Jesus fed the multitude before sending them away. But what we see today is different. The sheep are struggling to survive while the shepherds are living luxurious lives, all in the Name of God’s blessings. Jesus encouraged the rich young man to sell all he had and give them to the poor. We must live Jesus’ life.

To live the Jesus’ live is to be ready to sacrifice for others. John 15:13 says There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Jesus sacrificed his life us. He showed his love for us by dying for our sins. I always tell people that my definition for Love is Sacrifice. If you can’t sacrifice, then you can’t love. Let us love our neighbors, forgive them when they sin against us, and be very generous.

To live the Jesus’ life is to Crucify the flesh. Jesus said “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)  Crucifying the flesh means turning away from things that destroy God’s temple. We must say no to the desires of the flesh daily And focus on things above. We must fix our eyes on things above, that is we must lay for ourselves treasures in Heaven.

We can live the Jesus’ life.

Friends Jesus coming soon. Let us all watch and pray, encouraging one another, loving one another, and caring for one another.

Jesus is coming soon!