Faith – A Prayer of David

The expanse of God's greatness and love.
The expanse of God’s greatness and love.

Psalms 17: 1-9

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.

Through you Oh Lord my heart sings I am free

I am free to love, live, ……………….

I am free to live for you Lord

I know the Son has set me free

I am free to be who you Lord created me to be –

A shinning light of love that shatters every form of darkness

Hallelujah! Amen. 

Collaboration – Body of Christ

Judges 1:1-3 (NIV)

Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

Unity - One indivisible body of Christ
Unity – One indivisible body of Christ

1 After the death of Joshua, the Israelite asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”2 The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”3 The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelite, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.

Friends, the Scripture clearly stated that Christ is the head of the Church and we – all believers is the body and that we can not function effectively and efficiently separately and apart from each other.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Also Ephesians 5:30 “ for we are members of his body“.

1 Corinthians 12:12-end “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body ……., Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. ……………..On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are not presentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Where am I going with all this you might ask? Joshua in Judges 1:2 chose Judah to go in first to possess the inheritance God had given them. Judah asked the Simeonites, his brother to go with them to drive out the Canaanites occupying their allotment and in return, Judah will go with the Simeonites to possess their possession. We can see here partnership among brethren. They had great success and each was no less better.They achieved their goals faster and better.

Brethren, I mean Christ redeemed, heaven bound, conscious believers(many are still in a daze, bewitched by the world), intuitively aware of the times and season we are in, like the children of Issachar. Now is the time to collaborate in / with the work of the Kingdom, we cannot be effective and efficient in Kingdom work as much as when we come together as one indivisible body united by the Holy Spirit for spiritual reawakening, to awaken the slumbering and prepare the way for the return of the Messiah, the Eternal King of Glory.

There is a cloud of witness watching our every move, waiting for us to get it. Yes, get it. As parts, here and there working on our own with limited power and result at best, however, when we unite with one purpose and agenda, the Holy Spirit that baptized us into one body will come mightily and empower us, the body  to do great exploit. Its been a long time coming, the Holy Spirit is here to baptize us, empower us to do his bidding. Just imagine the upper room experience with Peter happening in every neighborhood Church and house fellowships! We will take the world by surprise. This is only achievable by uniting and working together in Spirit and in truth, not sabotaging the gospel nor looking down on the part that we perceive to be unimportant and therefor irrelevant.

Remember, the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 “but God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

We indeed care, protect and honor that part of our body that is not presentable more than any other part of our body. Now is the time to seek out and court those whom we perceive to be inconsequential, yes, seek them out to prepare for transformation that will soon step unto the world stage, it’s already happening.  The insignificant, relegated will soon step to the world stage. God uses the base things of this world, he chose David to kill Goliath, Deborah to deliver a whole nation, and a wedding mishap to launch the ministry of his dear son Jesus Christ.

Let us come together in unity of purpose, love, respect and trust, the wise and the seemingly unwise, rich and seemingly poor, the Kingdom of God need us all to put our hands on deck and work for our God, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Only wise God, to whom be all glory, honor, and adoration world without end. Amen

Love : Christian Conduct / Living

Ephesians 5:1-20 (NIV)

Guide me, Oh Lord in your word.
Guide me, Oh Lord in your word.

5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Faith – Calling and Election

2 Peter 1 New International Version

“1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.

Self-control in relation to sex on my mind friends.

Yes sex! The forbidden word, softly spoken, blatantly displayed and erroneously labelled on another.  You see friends, we often and always condemn others for that thing which we ourselves most fear in ourselves. If tables are turned will you be standing still? Will I? Am I? It takes a lot of grace, praise God!

Beautiful Gift of Utmost Satisfaction
Beautiful Gift of Utmost Satisfaction!

Sex sells and will always sell. We all need, crave, imagine if you will and demand it. We’ve all been there ( for those who have retired?) and are still there as long as we are in this part of eternity. It is a natural, physiological experience like eating. Every human eat and crave for food. Sex is in that category, however like food too much and indiscipline has consequence. Sex is also a spiritual experience, its a union of two souls, it is sacred. Outside of the context of marriage it is a sin, short lived pleasure, feeling of regret and a defilement of God’s temple. Within the context of marriage, it is a very beautiful experience. Hmm reminiscing!!!!! It’s pleasing, whole and complete. All said and done there is need to exercise self-control as stipulated in the word of God in 2 Peter 1- end. We have been redeemed and translated to the Kingdom of God with all fleshly lust in complete remission. Shouldn’t it be left there?  Matthew 4:4 Jesus having fasted for 40 days and night the tempter came and asked him to turn stone into bread and Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Friends, don’t allow sex to dominate your thinking, ‘cos it will ruin it. Avoid sexual triggers – we all have it and are different from one another. Avoid situation that places you in a compromising state, most of all flee from all appearances of evil. For my very young adult, stop sex testing – it pollute your mind and ultimately lead to “It”.

Sex appeal sells in the world we live in now, but should it be in the Kingdom? Look out for more on this topic.

Courage! Limitless Access!

Joshua 17:1 – end

The tribe of Joseph – Ephraim and Manasseh got two slot- inheritance from the Lord unlike the remaining tribes of Israel.

boundless opportunityThey however, complained to Joshua that they need more land. Joshua asked them to clear more land in the forest as many as they want. In verse 17 & 18 Joshua said ” You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.

Josephs descendants, though already favored requested for more and Joshua’s answer is insightful and encouraging.  Joshua basically said unlimited access to land is available – unlimited access to whatever you are craving for, as long as its in line with the Word of God and heaven’s plan for you. Unlimited provision is available, you just need courage to access it regardless of how the provision is packaged. You must be hungry and thirsty enough to embark on this daunting exposition – laying hold of destiny.

There is sweetness – juicy thirst quencher in coconut by the beach side but it has to be cracked open. To possess a land or anything whatsoever that is needful for life and godliness then, there is a need to know how to fight strategically to uproot every obstacle and threat  to God’s plan and purpose for your life.

You can uproot every enemy of progress within and without by the help of the Holy Spirit already at work within you. Within? Why not without? You have to and must be born again, accept the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior in order to have access to the Holy Spirit. Will you invite Jesus into your heart now friends?. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth, strengthen and encourage you as you step out in faith to possess your possession.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, help us to trust you to work everything out for our good as we strategically and faithfully step toward, forward, and into your plan and purpose for our lifes in Jesus mighty name. Amen

Relationships

You have to find yourself to find love!
You have to find yourself to find love!

Radiant Glory Of Love

Relationships.

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

To the youth, singles, divorced, separated and married, you are a spirit. Your spirit is neither male nor female. You were placed in a body at birth and God knows all about you, he has a plan for your life.

Do you know what your spirit man is to do on earth? Is your worth, the essence of your being in your husband, wife, children, title and so on? Some women do not have any identity except as Mrs something.

You have to be who God created you to be with or without a wife/hubby. Are your steps towards being who God created you to be? Are you on the journey towards the fulfillment of God’s plan for your…

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Relationships

Relationships.

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

To the youth, singles, divorced, separated and married, you are a spirit. Your spirit is neither male nor female. You were placed in a body at birth and God knows all about you, he has a plan for your life.

Do you know what your spirit man is to do on earth? Is your worth, the essence of your being in your husband, wife, children, title and so on? Some women do not have any identity except as Mrs something.

You have to be who God created you to be with or without a wife/hubby. Are your steps towards being who God created you to be? Are you on the journey towards the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life? Do you even know the purpose for your life?

Is God first in your heart? Seek ye first the kingdom of God and every other thing shall be added. Find yourself first in the will of God so you can really be the helpmate or lord for your partner as the case may be.