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Separated, Chosen, And Equipped By Grace!

Apostle Paul as we all know him now was formerly Saul, who persecuted the believers of his days – Acts  9:9. However, when the Lord wanted someone who will say it as it is, bold, unassuming, and zealous, He chose Saul! Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 

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And Paul on his path ran with the Lord’s request with the same speed, zeal, determination, and boldness with which he persecuted the Church. He did not seek validation, nor approval from anyone, he heard from Christ and obeyed promptly!

Galatians 1:11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.    …….    15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

 

How often do we get a revelation of Jesus Christ and we end up looking for support here and there to do what we have been asked to do and in the process end up with a distortion or discarding the instructions outrightly? Note that it is you that will have to give an account of what you did with what you have been given! Everyone will give an account of what they received and what was done with it!

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It is not too late if you are reading this note. Today, ask for mercy and help from the owner of your life. He will help you and give you new vigor! Run with the vision God has given you. Let nothing hinder or discourage you. You were chosen for a time like this.

Just thinking of this, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb – Galatians 1:15. This is Paul’s words after been instrumental to many believers death, including Steven’s. How can this be? That is simply a good God holding on still to a child who has gone astray, far away from the original plan of God. Incidentally, it is people like such that God uses in an uncommon way, confounding the wise!

EphesianAre you one of such? A murderer? Adulterer? Idolater? Liar? Gossips? Fornicator? Proud? Greedy? Selfish? A product of rape, incest? Whatever, you have dabbled into in time past, and even presently the Lord will forgive, cleanse, and empower you. Have faith in God! He will transform and use you for His glory, all you need to do is to repent, turn away from your wicked ways and with open arms the Lord wait for you, to embrace you.

Will you ask Jesus Christ to have mercy on you today? He awaits that very whisper from your mouth. Call upon Jesus today!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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Broken Vessels In The Hand Of The Porter!

You never can tell what God will do with your life. You might have lost yourself, far away from being found, hopeless and left for dead! But wait! At the scent of water, the dead tree will bud again. You will be found! Love will find you! Don’t give in just yet!

Job 14:7“ For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
Yet at the scent of water, it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.

How much more you! Beloved of God, purchased with a price, the ultimate price of the blood of Jesus Christ. As long as there’s breathe in you, there’s hope for a change of story for you. You can still be what you are created to be. You will fulfill your God-ordained, heaven designed, angels supported destiny. Decide that your life is worth it and it is!

It does not matter how far you have walked away from the original plan of God for you. You may not know you’ve gone too far, but God knows and He is willing, ready, capable, and committed to ensuring you get back on track. God will never fail you. He only needs you to turn back like the prodigal son – Luke 15:11-32, come home, be reconciled with your maker.

” The Bible NEVER flatters its heroes. It tells us the truth about each one of them in order that against the background of human breakdown and failure we may magnify the grace of God and recognize that it is the delight of the Spirit of God to work upon the platform of human impossibilities.”

Alan Redpath, The Making of A Man of God: Lessons from the Life of David

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Eyes That Sees, Ears That Hears, Give To Us Lord!

Discernment will guide you from sharing your dreams with your enemies like Joseph did with his brothers – Genesis 37:5 Even those that should love and celebrate the fact that you can dream at all may kick against your lofty dreams like Jacob did. No matter how Jacob kicked against it, regardless of the evil schemes of Joseph’s brothers, the Word of God came to pass. So shall the Word of God concerning you come to pass for the glory of His Holy name. Amen

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Saul was smart enough to keep the part about the anointing from his uncle. He took a cue from 1 Samuel 9:27 As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” And he went on. “But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.” Many lack discernment and would ignore cues to avoid pitfalls. May the Lord himself guide us all. Amen

1 Samuel 10: 14 Then Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” So he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” 16 So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said.

discernment-is-fundamentalBeware of those that act like they care for you and you know, kind of, its all a facade. They are only acting as such to know your plan so as to jeopardize you. Pray for discernment to see through such, but more importantly yourself, for the heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it.

Revelation knowledge brings assurance, confidence, and peace. Lord release unto us access to hidden secrets that will accelerate the fulfillment of our destiny today in Jesus’s name. Amen. —- Culled from Pastor E. A. Adeboye, Open Heavens Devotional, May 2nd, 2018

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

The Man/Woman Preferred Of God!

When God has chosen you, heaven and earth can do nothing except to oblige. The Lord will order your steps through the mountains and hills, the plains and the rough places for He is the I AM! He will guide you to your desired place.

The I Am will do wonders in your life that will baffle all including yourself. Note that you did nothing to attract God’s anointing, it was His prerogative to choose whom He will, and looking through the Scriptures and history, there’s none called by God without a hitch. For Saul, it was low self-esteem. He was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward – 1 Samuel 10:23, yet he was so unsure of himself even after having been anointed secretly, and prophesying publicly, he hid among the equipment!

light in the clayNothing can hide you if God has chosen you. The failed marriages of the Samaritan woman did not hide her, it led her to the well that day. I know that there were many married women in that city. Many wives of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, but none went down to the well to meet with Jesus. The facts of your life cannot stop you fulfilling what the Lord ordained for you either. Satan will whisper though, he will taunt you no doubt about that! Don’t allow your mind to play tricks on you, neither allow any human to limit you. Fight for your destiny. Resist till the end!

How often have you and I looked at ourselves and think, maybe God made a mistake? Every single Prophet and deliverer in the Scriptures thought so about themselves except a handful. God is not looking for perfection in human character or personality, He looks for the availability of the soul. Unfortunately human look at what can be seen with the eyes. Only the discerning can see as Samuel did and foretold accurately!

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1 Samuel 10:1- 11 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 2 …………….Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal, and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” So it was when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them11 And it happened when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another,What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12 Then a man from there answered and said, “But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.

Be encouraged and ask God to show you a true picture of yourself. Ask God to open your eyes to the secret things that will make a difference in your life, and help you to make a difference in your community like the Samaritan woman. — Culled from Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, May 2nd, 2018.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Genuine Conversion, Holy Spirit, And Mammon!

Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Friends, from the passage above, you would think and believe Simon’s conversion was genuine. You see friends, as human and as feeble as our emotions are, we want to belong! None of us want to be ostracized no matter how independent, wise, powerful or strong we are. We don’t want to be the only one out of the pack if we can avoid it.

Note that Simon had been a celebrity in Samaria, well known and celebrated by all until Philip came on the scene. Philip brought the real deal and everyone quickly saw the difference between darkness and light. They unanimously yielded to the light. The people believed the things they heard concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ and were baptized.

Unfortunately, people are not hearing about the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus today according to the Scriptures. What we hear these days, from the Catholic to the Protestant – Presbyterian, Pentecostal and all is more of self-marketing, promotion, traditions, and outright deviation from the truth of the Gospel.

It seems it’s the in thing to be a Christian now, to be born again, to be associated with truth, light, moral, right standing and all that many are willing and ready to pretend in order to belong without conviction and repentance of sin.

Simon was one and many more today declaring faith in the Kingdom of God and in the name of Jesus Christ, yet offering money to purchase positions in the Kingdom, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. In verse 18. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

The gift of the Holy Spirit cannot be bought! Neither the fruit of the Spirit! How else can this be explained to you? We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of GodRomans 3:23. Every single one of us! However, there is provision for us to be saved, For God so loved the world that He gave us His beloved sonJohn 3:16! To everyone that believes in the Son of God – John 3:36, Salvation is guaranteed by faith alone. You cannot buy it, and if you fake it, time will tell! Faith can only come by hearing the word of GodRomans 10:17. 

What word then are you hearing? Preachers! what word are you preaching? Are we seeing a transformation in ourselves? Are people been discipled? Or is it all about the money, position, numbers, activities? All these are not going to be in the book of records! Neither will it matter here when you are gone. Ask the super rich! They are soon forgotten! Every single one of us will be forgotten, only the lives we touch and how we make others feel about themselves will outlive us! Do not base your existence here on mammon! It will never satisfy you! It will make living easy, but contentment is from God!

Greed-is-a-bottomless-pit-which-exhausts-theActs 8:20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are (avaricious) poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” 24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”

 

Father, I pray in Jesus mighty name that the thought of my heart and those of my friends contrary to your words be forgiven us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Meant To Shine! Sparkle You Should!

I am a city set on a hill, I will not be hidden! I am a royal diadem, treasured and valued.  Declare so friends!

The enemy of your shine and mine, have been going to and fro, throwing obstacles here and there to deter us, hoping to cover up our glow, make us self-conscious and deceive us that our shine is blocking others glow. So we taper it down a little, and then a little until we don’t even recognize ourselves.

Kick that thought out of your mind. The thought that you may be casting a shadow on another, minimizing yourself in other to be “normal”, to fit in. Get it straight, treasures are not normal, you are not meant to fit in, you are meant to stand out. Treasures, jewels are worn on occasion for all to see! That is who you are! You carry the radiant glory and presence of God.

You are not normal, you are uniquely created to be who you are for every occasion! A light in the dark! Oh, how you shine even in those dark places! In the desert sun with a torn garment, under the element without covering, yet regal, glowing, and radiant! Moses, Joseph, Esther, Ruth, …………., Jessica, Amanda, Lindsey, Lisa, Beth, Avril, Martha, Mary, Janet, Irene, Deborah, Adenike, Ola, Olu, Seun, Abigail, Morgan, Joan, Miriam,……… Josephine! Put in your name! Arise shine for your light has come!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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