King Saul Thought!!! Just A Thought!!

1 Samuel 18:Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

King Saul thought!!!! It was this seemingly insignificant ailment that became inimical to his destiny and that of his generation unborn. We must endeavor to watch our thoughts friends. We must not entertain evil in our hearts. For someone like me and many of you reading this, thoughts, deep thinking is like breathing, we think deeply about everything. We however, have to learn, by the help of the Holy Spirit to recognize those thoughts that is detrimental to our well being spiritually, emotionally and in all aspect.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Envy-vs-JealousyEnvy, jealousy, fornication, adultery and all kinds of evil start from our thoughts, triggered by our senses, what we hear, see, touch, smell and taste. King Saul had no reason whatsoever to be envious or jealous of David. David was just a boy who killed just one giant, though a mighty one, yet King Saul could have taken it as a good thing, like, the Lord has raised up for me an helper, instead of been threatened. I wonder why a whole King could have felt the way Saul did? I mean, David was an inconsequential lad, from the poorest of the poorest, cause Eliab asked David who he put those few sheep with in the wilderness – 1 Samuel 17:28

Friends, just been you, developing yourself, doing what is needful, minding what has been committed into your hands, managing your lot as much as you can may bring unwarranted attack from places least expected. Those you expect to encourage you may end up as your greatest discouragement. I mean, when your teacher, professor ask you to drop out of school and threatens you, what greater discouragement? Remain hopeful though and trust God!

In an episode of the Highway To Heaven Series I saw not too long ago, about two wannabes boxers, one of them belong to a gang called Satan’s Helper’s or something of such. The other young man is a home boy been raised by his granddad. This young man put all his mind to training, putting himself in a place of readiness, while this other guy, the leader of the Satan’s cult was busy gallivanting round the town, and terrorizing the people. Yet, he wants to win, and what other way does he employ than to threaten this home boy that if he fights, then his granddad will be killed.

The Satan’s Helper’s went ahead and kidnapped granddad. This young man who has prepared all this while was dejected, he stayed in the ring taking the punches, knowing if he so much as raise his hands, his granddad will be killed or his legs broken. He was not aware that an angel was in their midst orchestrating and making sure he gets what he deserves. The Masked Rider and the towns people were rallied up to save the granddad. Just in the nick of time, in the last round, here comes the granddad into the arena. Curious? See it for yourself!

Friends, do yourself a favor, be watchful of your thoughts. Be sensitive in your spirit and make sure you bring every impure thoughts into the light of God’s word and ask for forgiveness. Every evil action taken start from our thought. Let us endeavor to win all battles in our minds and heart. Let love rule!!!!!

Proverbs 4:Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Prolonged! Wilderness Experience!

“Anyone who goes through life experiencing only pleasure, abundance and happiness without any moment of sorrow, sadness, denial, lack or disappointment will not develop a strong, well balanced character. Such a person will be vain, will lack compassion for others, and be conceited. God allows us to go through both the ups and downs of life so that we can truly fit into His plan for us. A one-sided spiritual diet leads to uneven spiritual growth… Romans 5:3, Hebrews 2:10” Open Heaven Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye.

God's better planThis is a given!!! If you have been in this race for a while, you would have had one of such seasons. The season changes very often and for some it’s short, for many others it is long, and for few it is prolong and I began to wonder why? Why did God take Moses to the wilderness for 40 years and only took Joseph 13 years? Why did Jacob wrestled for just a night and it was an angel of God, and David right from a teenager had to wrestle Lions, Bears, Goliath and so much more that God said there’s too much blood on his hands and therefore not qualified to build Him a house? King David himself said so in 1 Chronicles 28:2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelite, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

Today like many other days lately, I’ve had to wonder why! I am like, God, this better be good!!!!! You know the kind of advance notice for what is to come. You seem to have been prepared and all but when you are in it, faced with reality, you are like, it is not meant to be like this!!! The awe of the moment, gridlock, deadlock, and it seem the wilderness experience is endlessly prolonged. I mean, you are God, Lord, just speed it up please! You know how feeble my frame is eh! Speed it up now, let there be calm!

Friends, wilderness experience is different for each individual, yours may be in the fruit of the womb, financial, health, work related, marital and so on. For many people it’s just in an area, for others in two or more area of life and for few, it affect every sphere of their life, and the icing on this wilderness cake is that it is prolonged. What then do you do as a child of God, confident of the love of God for you? What do you do?

Friends, in whatever situation you are in today, this moment, know that God loves you!! Regardless of the situation and circumstances you face right now, God has got you covered. He watches over you! If His love could keep you alive till this moment, know that He will surely see you through whatever circumstances you are in or will be in the future. You need to remind yourself of Christ faithfulness in times past, it will give you  a different perspective that will enable you to be grateful still.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;…. God is still God regardless of your challenges, He is God of the valley, the plains and the mountain. Trust Him with all your heart for He will not fail you.

Abba Father, you are good and your mercies endures for ever. You alone are worthy of all praises, honor and adoration. You are all knowing, all seeing, only wise God. Let your name alone be magnified over and above every situation your children are going through this season. Show yourself strong Lord!! Thank you for always listening and answering, though not as we want, but as we need. Lord, meet this dare need of your chosen one that the wicked may not make jest of us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Faith, Trust, And Assurance!

Do you have faith in God friends?

seek the LordHow great is your faith in the promises of God for your life as contained in the scripture? Joel 2: 26, for example, says “And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” How deep do you believe this promise?

Manoah in the book of Judges had a wife who was not able to give birth as stated in Chapter 13. One day, out of the blues His wife came and told him about a visitation from a man giving them a promise of a son. The man came to Manoah’s wife but not him, yet when Manoah went to the Lord in prayer, it was not about God confirming His word by the mouth of two or three. He was not requesting for the man to come back and talk to him or both of them again to be sure He was from the Lord.

Manoah believed the Lord by the testimony of his wife. When he went to the Lord in prayer, it was about how the promised child should be raised. In reverence unto the Lord, Manoah prayed in Judges 13:8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”

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What are you doing with the promise you received? Are you waiting for confirmation and affirmation? Are you looking for signs, thunder, and clouds? Something to prove that God is committed to fulfilling the promises?

Friends take a step of faith! Prepare for the harvest, be ready, take action, do what you have to do now!!! Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord AlmightyThe Lord has spoken once, twice you should hear, power belongs unto the Lord – Psalms 62:11. The power that raised Christ from the dead is available to quicken you to accomplish all that the Lord has purposed for you. 

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Judges 13:12 Manoah asked the Man, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?” He had no doubt, there wasn’t an “if”, it was “when”! Manoah was certain that the promise would come to pass!

Why then do you doubt the word of God Oh ye friends of little faith? Why do I doubt the word of God? The promise in Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  The Lord promised to give you everything that you need if only you will seek first His Kingdom and righteousness. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Will you yield your heart today unto the Lord? Will you yield your boat for the Lord? Will you commit and recommit to doing that which pleases the Lord? You have to stop that myopic way of thinking friends. The Lord is mighty, powerful, He is the all knowing all seeing, only wise God! He knows what you need today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life even before you know it or ask Him for it and He, God Almighty already made provision for all your needs. You only need to accept His love, forsake your evil ways, put all your trust in Him, leaning closely on the Lord, and do His will and every other thing shall be added unto you.

What He called you into, is already settled! Trust in Him and walk into your inheritance. God’s promises are yea and amen!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

No Other Way@

There is no other way to be saved except through Christ. No other way to the Father but by the son Jesus Christ. He is inviting you to come and taste for He is good. 

Accept the love of God freely given to you today! Jesus loves you! He loves you with an everlasting love! 

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Serve The Lord Because He Is God!

Joshua 24:14Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

96084cfd-54f6-4689-aa9b-b540489a974b16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we travelled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”

Friends, can you relate to the above response to Joshua’s statement by the people of Israel? Do you understand the context? Can you really relate this to your own life? I can!!! Oh Lord my God! Far be it for me to forsake the Lord my God to serve other gods! Lord, were you not the force that brought me out of my mother’s womb? It was you Most High God that kept me all this while. You kept me through thick and thin!

You blessed me with a heart after you from youth, you kept me through the various disappointments in life, my heart did not get damaged afterall, you kept me tender! You kept me through lack and insufficiency, sickness and pain! Oh! How you delivered me from the worry of spinsterhood and loneliness, fear of barrenness and unfruitfulness!

Lord, you helped me to taste love, feel love and hold love albeit short-lived yet rewarding! Your kind of love overwhelms me, Lord!! Through the stormy seas, the raging tempest, the dark nights of living, you remain sturdy, a force within bearing me up! How can I forget Lord? Your tender mercies, loving kindness and steadfastness towards me, I could not understand, but that is who you are Lord.

How can I forget? Your hands holding, bearing and guiding me when I couldn’t stand, hold on or find my way. Oh Lord God of Israel, thank you. I will serve the Lord always for He is faithful! The Lord our God is Mighty. It is the Lord that goes before us to fight for us against all our enemies. It is the Lord that has not allowed it to be for us according to the desires of our enemies. He is my stronghold, my fortress and redeemer.

How about you friends? Have you looked back lately? To see how far you have come? Are you grateful for where you are this moment? It could be worst you know? Can you see the Lord even in that situation? Transition – joblessness, sickness, fruitlessness, loneliness, immigration issues, relationship issues, marital palaver, and all.

These issues are all transient, for the Lord is making ways where there was no way-Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Remember He made a way through the red sea, brought the wall of Jericho down, raised the dead, healed the sick, settled the lonely in a family like Ruth, fed thousands with little, lifts up the downcast, helps the barren to carry, restored hope to the hopeless. What did Christ not do? What can He not do? Nothing!!! For with God nothing shall be impossible – Luke 1:37 KJV

What more can I say about this God my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? He is dependable and trustworthy, abounding in grace towards all who comes to Him. He said and is saying today in Matthew 11:28    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Friends, will you accept Christ Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior today? For we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23. Confess and forsake your evil ways, believe in your heart that He truly came to die for your sins and mine and rose up on the third day. He did!!!!! Declare Jesus as Lord over your life and begin to plead His blood over you.

The devil will flee for we overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony -Revelation 12:11

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Prophetic Blessing

You have treasure in this earthen vessels that Christ Jesus put in there before the foundation of the world was laid.

That treasure my friend is for this very moment. For creation waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God.

Pure Glory

by Apostle Gabriel Cross

Don’t shrink, discount, or belittle, what Jehovah supernaturally conceived within you, and graced you to be.

I pray the Holy Spirit surround you, like Mary and Elizabeth, with people who make your baby jump. Be loosed to love, value and honor, who you are in Christ. Be unlocked to new heavenly realms of God’s grace, ability, and great power. New dimensions and chapters of pure worship be your portion, in Yeshua’s name, today.

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But You Must Not Go Very Far! I Reject!

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

Exodus 8:28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God in the wilderness,  but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”

Friends, there are principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places that wants you and I to make progress but not up to our greatest potential as ordained by God.

There are forces of darkness waging war against everything, and every task you and I are embarking upon to make progress. It is time to arise and stand in authority over these wicked spirit.

Lord we thank you for your faithfulness and love towards us. We pray Oh Lord as you arose for Israel to deliver them, deliver us today in Jesus name. Let your kingdom come Oh Lord and your will be done in Jesus mighty name. Amen

The wicked draw their sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. Lord let thier swords pierce thier own hearts, and thier bows be broken. Ps 37:14-15

Everyone that has made a vow with Satan let them pay with their own lives Lord.

Every appointment with lack, pain, and death that anyone has made on our behalf, Lord, let them fulfill the appointment with their own lives.  He who digs a pit shall fall into it and he who rolls a stone shall have the same stone rolled over him/her, so shall it be for everyone in covenant league with the devil, they shall be caught in the very trap they set for us in Jesus name.

Lord let peace be far from the wicked one that has been tormenting our lives. “God is a just God: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well”.   2 Thessalonian 1:6-7

Every legs raised up to prevent our star and glory from coming out of obscurity be crippled in Jesus name.

Every force of darkness struggling to cover our star, I take authority over you in Jesus name be removed now in Jesus name.

The covenant of day and night cannot be changed or reversed, so therefore the covenant of life, peace, joy, progress, greatness, and abundant of all that pertains to life and godliness that I and my friends have with the Most High God shall not be changed or reversed in Jesus name.

We pray oh Lord that the power of the Holy Spirit will manifest in our lives to destroy every works of Satan in Jesus mighty name.

May the sword that is not of mortals pierce through the hearts of everyone in agreement with the devil against our lives and destiny in Jesus mighty name.

Lord Jesus arise on our behalf, fight for us against our enemies and give us victory over every long standing issues that has caused us untold pain.

Defend us Almighty God against marauding forces. Shield us by your mighty hand. Hide us under the shadow of your wings Oh Lord our righteousness in Jesus mighty name Amen.

Thank you Lord for answering all our prayers. Thank you for not leaving us to the will of the wicked one. Let your name be glorified in every facets of our lives.  We declare your Lordship and majesty over our lives and situation.  Be magnified Oh Lord, immortal, invisible, all knowing, only wise God , to whom be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.

Samson – The Anointed, Great, and Mighty.

Judges 16: 1- end.  The Story of Samson

Lean not on your own understanding.... Trust God.
Lean not on your own understanding…. Trust God.

God had spoken to his mother before his conception. God also revealed Himself to both parent, instructing them how to care for this anointed child. Samson was anointed from the womb, yet he grew up doing everything contrary to the commandments of God. Sexual immorality was his undoing. It cost Samson his eyes and life ultimately. He lost touch with the Holy Spirit of the living God that had been abiding in him even before he was born.

Samson did achieve the purpose for which he was born, which was to destroy the very fabric of the Philistines power and dominion over Israel – God’s own possession. He destroyed the Lord’s enemy – Israel’s cruel oppressor.

Oh Samson! Samson! He would have still destroyed Philistines power and rule over Israel and lived, had he not an insatiable desires for strange women.

You see, friends, there will always be something, issues, desires contending for our life and destiny. God has great, wonderful, and beautiful plan for His children. The wicked one also has plans to kill, steal and destroy. Therefore, there is conflict from within and without. Even after salvation, believers still struggle to stand in the Word in righteousness because of the demand of the flesh over the mind.

In the case of Samson, it was women – beautiful women. In our case, there are many – handsome men, power, money, anger, pride, greed, envy, gluttony, hatred, gossip, snitching, backbiting, loose tongue, controlling others free will by all means and so on. These can, and is capable of pushing us out of God’s plan and purpose for our existence.

Friends, will you join me in sober reflection, to identify the sins that easily befalls, and take it to God in prayer. Put a system in place by the Holy Spirit so that you will not trip – fall or fail in your walk in the Spirit. It is do-able friends, we have a great and loving advocate in Jesus Christ who is daily interceding for us (I John 2:1,John 14: 16 and 26). Ministering Spirits are released when we pray to God from our heart to help and assist us in this walk of destiny (Hebrew 1:14).

The bible says, without holiness no one shall see God (Hebrew 12:14). We have the Holy Spirit to help us, we have provision, we are not stranded, nor left as orphans to navigate the treacherous path of life. Let us therefore, hold unto our confession of faith, praying earnestly that we will not be deceived by the deceitfulness of  sin and the transient glitter of this present world.

Repent therefore and be cleansed, renewed, restored, rejuvenated, and elevated to a position from which you and I are able to offer acceptable sacrifice, service, worship, and praise to the Most High God, King Eternal, Only Wise God, All Sufficient and All Encompassing God world without end. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!