I Obtained Mercy! So Did You!

It is my birthday in two days, and I am glad I have this opportunity to be in this side of eternity. I am one grateful lady to be so blessed and highly favored.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
I Timothy 1:15‭-‬16 NKJV

I obtained mercy!


I, Joan, I obtained mercy!
I obtained mercy to have gone through all that I have gone through and yet standing strong! Oh, I obtained mercy
I obtained mercy to fall seven times and get back up
I obtained mercy to be hurt many times over yet not bitter
I obtained mercy to have lost relationships and yet remain His bride
I obtained mercy to have suffered financially yet all needs are met always and on time
I obtained mercy that even in the struggle like Israel, I remain a threat
I obtained mercy to be blessed and be a blessing
I obtained mercy to be wealthy, healthy, hopeful, and happy
I obtained mercy to be living an intentionally joyous life regardless of situation and circumstances
I obtained mercy to have been ordained, called, chosen, and sent
I obtained mercy for I am brand new, all things are transforming from glory to glory!
Hallelujah! Glory to God in the highest!

Simply Grace!

Whenever you base your faith or “good standing with Christ on your adherence to The Law, you are no longer under grace.

No one could observe The Law in it entirety then, and no one can today!

You are saved by grace, not by works less anyone should boast – Ephesians 2:8!

Accept this grace, for it is a gift, live from this premise and you will not be condemned.

Shalom

Rudderless? Don’t Be!

In Listening To Hear Him! I chided myself about being a chatter box. This is because, I am very good at talking. I can’t seem to keep my mouth closed when I am in the presence of God which I have come to know is always. He is ever constant with me. I praise the Lord, worship Him, question him, share my thoughts, and my secrets since He is all I’ve got! I am in a constant mood to talk. However, now is a time to listen!

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What a dilemma it has been for me to sit down, keep quiet, to be still just for a little while, to rest in God’s embrace so He can speak to me. I need to hear Him! This I have already established and am so eager, however, staying still is not my strong suit.

Oh Lord help me! I want to hear you speak through the pages of your Word! I do! You know I do Lord! Please help me to calm my mind down, help me to put these countless thoughts flowing in my brain into compartment so I have room to hear.

Only you Oh Lord my Father, can calm my anxious thoughts, and comfort me with your joy. Psalms 94:19 -When anxiety was great withing me, your consolation brought me joy.

Psalms 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.

I am also asking for grace to bridle my tongue as you speak Lord! Friends, now is not a time to speak aimlessly, for folly flows ceaselessly like a river from an unbridled tongue. Like a broken rudder in a ship, boat or aircraft, is anyone that lacks wisdom to bridle their tongue

When you called for a meeting Lord, wisdom demand that I come early and prepared to listen. You know I haven’t acted as such Lord, help me. Father I need you. Yes, I am trying, but I know I need more than to try. I must discipline myself to be still. I ask for help here Lord. Help me by your Holy Spirit in Jesus mighty name. Amen!.

All Mighty, All Knowing, All Sufficient, All Powerful Father of Glory! Thank you for your faithfulness, grace and mercy!

Shalom!

Nigeria Weeps!

My country of birth weeps. Nigeria weeps for her youth, the beckon of hope for a Nigeria with good, fair, and just governance gunned down!

Courtesy of Jumoke Akin-Taylor

The leadership, through Nigerian Army cut down the shinning 🌟 of tomorrow!

10/20/2020

Friends, help me to rally for help to salvage what is left of sanity in Nigeria! Pray! Pray! Pray!

Let call on God to intervene on behalf of the Nigerian youth. Help me to petition heaven for an end to the shedding of unarmed youth protesting for better governance.

Thank you all!

Discerning The Voice of God

How do you discern who’s voice you are listening to? Any voice that speaks contrary to The Word of God is literarily not of God.

God spoke to Moses in the book of Exodus chapter 20 – (read for clarity), where He gave the Israelites commandments, laws, and principles to live by. In the New Testament, when Jesus was asked the greatest of these commandments by the Pharisees of His days, Jesus responded thus:

Matthew 22: 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments

When you then hear any voice that leads you to hate God or other humans, you should know that, that voice is not of God. Any voice that instruct you to illtreat others, oppress them, oppose, malign or dissociate from anyone under any guise is not of God. Matthew 22:39 says to love others as yourself.

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How do you discern whose voice you are listening to? Whose voice are you following? God’s voice or Satan’s?

The voice that encourages acts that produces evidence of the fruits of the spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22 is the voice of God.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Any voice that encourages division, lies – for the devil is the father of lies – John 8:44; – oppression, abandonment, denial of justice, truth, dignity, equality of all men is definitely not of God. Any voice that speaks fear into your heart, unsettles your peace, and encourages wickedness is of Satan

A 16th-century priest named Dom Lorenzo Scupoli wrote, “The devil does his utmost to banish peace from one’s heart, because he knows that God abides in peace and it is in peace that He accomplishes great things.”

1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

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John 8: 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

And God says, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37 &38

The voices that tells you not to speak with another, encourages hate and division, causes disharmony amongst people, abandon cordiality and civility, feed your ego by taking you on ego trips, makes you think you are equal to God and places you as God in the lives of others is of the devil.

The voice of Satan will never take you to the path of humility, gentleness, kindness, empathy, self control and peace.

Father, we ask for the spirit of discernment so that we may know when you are speaking to us, and grant us grace so we may promptly obey your every word.

Lord, by your Holy spirit help us to know when Satan is speaking to us, grant us grace to resist him so he can flee from us – James 4:7: we ask in Jesus mighty name. Amen

Shalom!

Vulnerable? Grace Will Speak!

You must learn to keep your weakness between you and your Savior.

No matter how weak your flesh is, may the Lord strengthen you with might by His Holy Spirit in your inner man – Ephesians 3:16.

Your Spirit man need to be alert at all times, atuned to heavens frequency, or else you will become a shish kebab in the hand of the enemies of your soul! May the Lord shield His anointed. Amen

Lean on your Savior. Receive strength today in Jesus mighty name. Amen

Your bosom friend may have been waiting for that very day of your vulnerability to strike you down dead!

You must never forget the story of Samson and Delilah – Judges 16

Father Lord, every slimy snake lurking around, waiting and watching for us to slip so as to strike, may they wait endlessly.

Father let us never break the edge and give room for the serpent to strike in Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen

Shalom!

A Ripple! Impacting Our World.

I am just wondering how my Christian walk would have been! A ripple?

I mean how would Christian walk be if emphasis were laid just a little bit more on Philippians 2 in every gathering more than Malachi 3:10 especially?

🤔🤔🤔 What a life of impact every Christian would have in our sphere of influence! We would have a ripple effect everywhere! We would turn the world upside down like the apostles of old.

Philippians 2:1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

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Father Lord help me to get my acts together. I mean, help us all Lord, we need your help. Have mercy oh Lord and forgive us. Give us understanding that we might be discerning like the children of Issachar.

1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.

Thank you Lord for your help. We receive with thanksgiving in Jesus name. Amen

Shalom!

Your Hands Are Not Empty! Believe Not The Lie!

Many a time, the enemy of our soul will come subtly through people, events, situations, and circumstances around us to direct our attention to that thing that seems not to be going on well in our lives.

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We need to develop our minds by studying the Word of God, believing, and living by it such that a mile away we can detect the enemies lies and counter it with The Word we already have engraved on our hearts.

Watch what those around you are saying to you, over you, and what you are saying to yourself! Is it in line with what God is saying through His Word and His Holy Spirit that lives within you?

There you go! Be discerning!

You always have something in your hands, don’t believe the lie of the enemies!

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God did not send you here empty handed! He put treasures in you!

May God open your inner eyes to see all the treasures that are yours this day I pray in Jesus mighty name. Amen

You Must Be Built Up

Every child start life on milk from the mothers breast and then graduate to formulas. Gradually the child is weaned from milk, both mothers milk and formulas and started on light solids, peas, fruits, fish, until gradually the child is grown enough to eat every kind of food.

So is with us as Christians, we start up after salvation with forsaking our old ways of living. We embrace righteousness through Christ and drop of unholy living, lying, being troublesome, sexual immorality, murder, and all kinds of evil. We are weaned off such way of living at our conversion. We however must not remain there. We need to grow, feeding our spirit man with the word of God as the Holy Spirit help us.

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To get us to be transformed Christ gave gifts unto some from amongst us to help feed us with depth of insight revealed from The Word so we can mature in our knowledge of God and what Christ Jesus attained for us

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Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

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We however, must be careful of what we are being fed. As a child, when an infant or toddlers are fed something they do not like, the child will vomit such, spit it out, reject it, even though they cannot speak, signalling to the adult that I don’t want this. So also as born again and spirit filled individuals, we must be able to spit out teachings that are contrary to Christ. Most do not know falsehood from the pulpit because they have not been reading their Bible. Many are fed false narratives not in the Scriptures.

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To build your spirit man up, you must take time to read your Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives understanding of what you are reading. You must learn to discern truth from falsehood or else you will be tossed here and there.

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While men slept, friends, the enemy has sown weeds amongst the good seed of God. The gifts Christ gave to many have been polluted by greed, disobedience, pride, and the love of mammon. We must pray for sight to see.

Shalom!

You! Affirmed By God!

Lately, I have heard God speak to me through unlikely vessels. I say unlikely vessels because these people do not know me intimately, which makes their comment even more intriguing. God speaks words of correction and affirmation just like in the scriptures through unlikely vessels. When strangers affirms you, you will know it is God speaking to you what you needed to hear.

If you remember in the book of Numbers 22:30 a donkey spoke and asked its owner in human voice a question and the owner answered back. Balaam was not even surprised that an animal spoke. Read the full chapter of Numbers 22 for more insight. It confirms to me that God can speak through any vessel. You will do yourself a disservice not to listen.

Therefor, when you hear words of encouragement that speaks the mind of God for you, thank God for affirming you. You know the devil will never affirm you.

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I hear the Lord say to you:

You have all that you will ever need

You are gifted with gifts for your world

You will be doing a disservice to God if you do not amplify that voice

You definitely have something in there

You have a story to tell to inspire and encourage many

You are a success, you must believe this

You are blessed and highly favored in many ways you may never know

You have a way with words, it touches so deep

You are unique

You are a pacesetter

You are anointed

You are ……

Take time to listen to what you hear when you study the scriptures.

Mind you it also tells you what you need to work on by the help of the Holy Spirit of course. The truth is that we CANNOT change ourselves apart from the Spirit of God. The Spirit transforms. I will elaborate on that soon. Right now be inspired, the Lord Himself affirms you!

Shalom!