A census was called, the first of its kind, requiring everyone to go to their own town to register. Joseph went and Christ was born to fulfill scripture. Friends, may the Lord give you a first of its kind miracle that will showcase you as Christ beloved. May you receive a first of it kind opportunity that will announce you to the world in Jesus mighty name.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told – verse 20. As God had promised through the scriptures, may it be done in your life and mine in Jesus name.
Luke 2:34 &35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Friends, if you stand for anything, good or bad you would be spoken against. You will suffer persecution either way. Why not stand for what is good and pleasing to God, stand for righteousness. As a born again spirit filled individual you are already a sign and a wonder. You will be spoken against because you are not of this world, not on the same plain as them. Your light shines and reveals the darkness around. Those in the dark and do not want the light will of course hate the light of God shining in you friends because you are revealing the thoughts of many hearts.
You see, you have been transformed by the renewal of your mind, you are no longer who you use to be. This will not sit very well with those that wanted you to remain as who you use to be so they can gloat over you. Satan does not want you in God’s camp so here you go. He will raise every opposition to your status and liberty in Christ Jesus. Don’t blame him, he needs more companion, however, you have to choose life or death, whichever you desire and hold on tight. Don’t be distracted by the jeers of the skeptics, hold on to the promise of life and life abundantly.
You are the custodial of that which the Lord has revealed to you, you know it will take God to bring it to pass, therefor stay with God. He is able.God will move heaven and earth to meet your needs be assured. Don’t fall into the trap of the wicked one, stay focused cause you are closer than you think. Remember not to walk by sight, walk be faith, don’t allow anything, situation, circumstances or person to hinder you from possessing your possession. Every promise of God in the scripture is yours for the taking if you are born again, willing and obedient.
If not, please do not let another day go bye without asking Christ Jesus to reveal himself to you. A relationship with Jesus will give you purpose to live for. Don’t lose hope friends, help is available right where you are. Open your hearts to Jesus, he will come in and dine with you. He makes life better!
God has a plan for everyone, every event in mankind is strategically planned and ordained. Nothing happens out of place, no happenstance in the agenda of heaven. Read Luke chapter 1
The Sovereign God sent the same angel Gabriel that gave Zachariah the good news about John the baptist to deliver yet another good news to Mary, a teenager, about the Savior of the world Jesus Christ. What has a Prophet, a Pastor in our generation got to do with teenagers? What correlation? How does God choose who he will bless and use we might ask? What are his criteria?
My thought here, probably Elizabeth remained barren until Mary is matured enough to carry a baby, because based on the agenda of heaven God had ordained Mary, even before she was born to be the vessel through whom he will release his beloved son into this world as a being. Elizabeth is ordained to give birth to the Messiah’s forerunner.
Friends, I believe that as I write this and you are reading it, this very moment, things are taking shape in your life and mine that we know nothing about but had been ordained by heaven for our good. God has put strategies in motion to restore unto us those years, opportunities, relationships, health, finances,pregnancies etc that we have lost to the devourer.
The lost blessings are been restored! God planned it all along, hinted us here and there, though we did not acknowledge it, maybe not expecting it either, God is constantly working on your behalf and mine according to the agenda of heaven which is to see us to an expected end where we fulfil our God given destiny. This is amazing!
When you have found favour with God as angel Gabriel told Mary in Luke 1:30, all creation goes into motion to deliver that which the Lord has ordained for you, regardless of your doubt and fear.
The angel quenched the flame of doubt in Mary’s heart by telling her about Elizabeth, she who was said to be unable to conceive is pregnant and in her sixth month. In this present age, our angels are being like us that have been given specific instructions by God based on “The Word” for our good. The bible is your best friend and guide.
What has and is been said about you my friend? The facts of your life and situations? Doubt? None of these can reverse the plan and purpose of God that was set in motion before you were conceived in your mothers womb. You can opt out by outright disobedience, where ever you go, you cannot hide from God. He is everywhere! No word from our God will ever fail.
Why don’t you take a step of faith today? Ask the Lord Jesus to reveal himself to you, you need him, you need the Holy Spirit to guide you into the promises of God, the word of truth. Forsake sin and embrace righteousness of Christ Jesus.
Blessed is she/he who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her/him.
1 Samuel 30:18&19 David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.
Friends, like David, be encouraged in the capability of God to restore unto you all that you have lost, has been stolen and cheated out off. You will not only recover all but much more than you lost. God is in the habit of doing far above all we can ask or thing according to his glorious riches by Christ Jesus.
This season, you will be be blessed beyond your expectation. Enlarge your tent, prepare room for increase, the heavens are open over you, reach out in faith and take hold of God’s promises for you and your generation unborn.
Joel 2: 25-27; 25“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm— my great army that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.
All the years wasted in ignorance of what Jesus had wrought for you, years wasted in life’s futility without divine aim. The Lord is willing, able and has promised to restore to you everything you have lost.
Will you acknowledge the Sovereignty of the Most High God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, your creator and lover of your soul?
Take time to seek his face, he is longing for you, Jesus does love you and want the best for you. Trust Christ.
It is said that the greatest enemy of greatness is distraction. Distraction will make you lose focus of what is important, it will create doubt, unbelief and confusion the cost of which are – the list is unlimited:
A bestseller novels, books, and journals not written
A #1 on the chat album not released
An impact, positive influence in your family, community, society and globally
A powerful move of the Holy Spirit through you to jump-start a revival
A Grammy for best picture movie not made
A successful growing business empire not built
A much-needed/anticipated medical solution not researched / discovered
A beautiful love / life not nurtured, not shared
A home family not built
A child not given birth too
A friendship not sustained
A marriage not enjoyed
A career / business not built
A vision and revelation not pursued and prayed into manifestation
An endless mirage of might have been
Please prayerfully put a system in place to help you, something or someone who would channel you back to the original plan when you set out from heaven. Who better to do this than the Holy Spirit of the Most High God. You can draw up a plan, have sticky notes all over your house, car and office, alarm set for every hour on your cell.
Without conscious discipline distraction would still find a way through. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. He is the spirit of truth and guides us into all truth. Will you let Him help you to stay focused on what is important, what is necessary to your walking in victory as ordained of God?
Friends, will you jump into the moment? Acknowledge that you cannot do it all alone and that you need His help, confess, repent, forsake all known sins – God is too holy to behold unrighteousness no matter how little we perceive it. Receive the righteousness of Christ Jesus and cultivate the presence of the Holy Spirit, let Him abide in you and with you.
Take this lifetime opportunity to build on the Rock, the immovable Rock of ages that never fails. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever world without end.
The seed of greatness lies deep within everyone. The light of God shining through by the help of the Holy Spirit bring it to our consciousness. The knowledge of who we are birth a yearning, so strong a desire to bring forth that which has laid dormant within us since the beginning of time. Remember friends, before the foundations of the earth was laid, God knew us.
4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,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.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
What are you waiting for friends, start flexing your muscles. Every baby steps should be towards your calling in life. You are here for a purpose. A grand purpose at that, it required Jesus Christ to step in and gave himself as a ransom when great grand dad and mom sinned in the garden of Eden. Do not let that precious blood be in vain. Rise up, strengthen the feeble hand and do something, anything that will align you with the design of heaven.
Greatness await you friends! Let go of everything and everyone that do not add value to your life. Ask God to show you what to do. He told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:3 …..” I will show you what to do”. He still speaks and will speak to your situation if you would only listen and be obedient. Does it really matter what people will say or not say? Who cares? You? Then you are not yet ready to tap into the greatness within your reach, the greatness that God planted in your heart.
Stand with God, he will see you through. Trust God’s judgement, he knows way more than you could ever know and sees farther than you could. Jeremiah 32:19 Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind;……
The Lord that started a good thing in your life is able to complete it, he will perfect it, yield yourself, trust God and he will grant you the desires of your heart. Every of your action backed by faith in the written word of God shall prosper. Trust thou in the Lord ye children of the Most High God.
Mark 8:17-21 Aware of the discussion among his disciples, Jesus asked them “Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?……”
Jesus was referring to how he gave thanks unto the Father and used five loaves of bread and two small fish to feed five thousand people, and seven loaves of bread and few small fish to feed four thousand people. On both occasion there were left over.
Jesus is the master multiplier. If you let him, allow him to partner with you, he will take that which seems insignificant in your hands and use it to do mighty things. He did it for the the widow of a Prophet when he turned a small jar of olive oil in the hand of a poor widow into an oil depot, an oil making plant, from lack and insufficiency into abundance. 2 Kings 4:1-7
Will you give what you have in your hands, your talent, gifts, time ….. all to Jesus today. Let him transform it – multiply, perfect it and use it for your benefit, humanity, Church and the glory of the Father in heaven.
Be a vessel of honor in Christ hands, a channel of blessing, a thirst quencher. Let Jesus use your sorrow in time past to bring hope and joy to those that are sorrowful. Let Christ use your pain to soothe and heal, to bring solace to many. Yield your boat to the master like Peter, become fishers of men.
Allow Jesus to take hold of your gifts and talent to bring terror to the kingdom of darkness and salvation to the lost.
Yield your life today – your all, make it count. Jesus is Lord.
1 Samuel 17:37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Life is in seasons friends! Whatever season you are presently in, remember the Lord your God and worship Him. He who was there in the season of scarcity, is in the midst of your plenty. He was in the midst of war, shielding and protecting and is still there in the midst of peace, stroking the back of your neck. This God is the Most High God, that rules in the affairs of men. He is ever faithful, only constant, always on time.
You see, while David was taking care of the Fathers herds, lions and bears came to steal,kill and destroy, but the Lord delivered him. There was no trophy, there was no applause but he knew for sure that if it had not been for the Lord, he would have been forgotten. Facing Goliath was not so scary after all. This was standing for the Most High God who had delivered him in the wilderness. How can he standby and this awesome God is defied by an uncircumcised Philistines? That was too much for David to take in, He did not volunteer because of the reward but to silence and end the reproach and ridicule thrown upon the armies of the Most High God.
What is that situation in your life causing you shame, reproach and is ridiculing you – your maker? What situation is defying the grace of God upon your life? Friends and family have called your faith in Jesus Christ into question, slandered your faith in God – why hasn’t he shown up for you? Foes have requested evidence of your faith. Where is your God?- echoes all around you.
Too many questions you cannot answer, and many unanswered questions of your own. But, but, you know deep down within you that God loves you and is working out something wonderful for you. You know all things will work out for your good. You know without a shadow of doubt- God is working it out for you, he’s working it out for you.
Be assured that God is indeed working it out for you. Stop listening to the skeptic, turn a deaf ear to jeers, keep calm, God is working it out for you. He that made sure you did not fall into that ditch, the trap set by Satan himself will not let you be overwhelmed by that situation. God kept you alive, think of the near misses and you will realize there is a higher and greater purpose for your life. God is working it out for you.
This situation will pass, the storm will not sweep you off, Christ Jesus is in the midst of the storm, holding you, He is your anchor, hold on friends. Christ had done this before, remember that situation few years back, or was it months, probably weeks, yes that situation He maneuver you out of? He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He will show up for you and glad you will be!
Put your trust in the Lord friends for He cares for you. Shalom
‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman”. When the Lord ask us to partner with him, this most often is our response. We remind the Lord of the facts of our lives like he doesn’t know before calling us. We need to see beyond the facts of our life’s to the limitless potential embedded in yielding to the masters request.
Jesus answered her, he is answering us now also. If we knew the gift of God that has been bestowed on us and the limitless possibility of a life yielded totally to the masters bidding, we will not be reluctant or find excuses to living for and serving the Lord.
We often walk by sight and see only impossibilities. How can the Lord do that which he has promised through me. Alas, I cannot speak well, how about my weakness, short comings and mistakes! Friends, there is countless factors that will disqualify us in the natural without Christ in the picture. How can I be who Christ says I am? My circumstances and situation speaks otherwise. Do I really have it in me to be who Christ says I am? Can Christ really change my story? We often ask and questions ourselves.
Only if we know who’s boat we’ve entered into through salvation. He created the whole universe and times and seasons are in his hands. What he says comes to pass. He renews, restores and rebuilds among others. Yes, Christ will rebuild the old ruins. He will restore health, fortune, ailing love and passion in marriage and so on.
Really? I often wonder. Is it possible for Christ Jesus to restore me? All that I have lost, stolen from me? All the shamble of what remains of a once beautiful hope, I wondered. Oh! If that was possible, why did it not? Wished I had known, I would not have wasted so much time dilly dallying. Well, I am tired of the enormous burden. Jesus would you please take this burden and keep it off the Samaritan woman asked in verse 15.
Christ response was, “Go call your husband and come back”. Oh my! Christ has just touched a sour thumb, ouch! It hurts! The pain, reproach of failed marriages.The seeking of fulfilment outside of the will of God. The laborious agony of filling a void that can only be filled by the love of Christ. Your husband sisters and mine couldn’t have given us joy without us finding ourselves first in Christ. Lack of joy and fulfilment plagued the Samaritan woman as it does lots of women even today. How she sought joy and fulfilment in the wrong place, until she was in her fifth marriage, even then, joy eludes her. She responded to Jesus that she has no husband. Why? you might ask. Her heart is still void, Joy has eluded her yet again, she’s at a loss, just cohabiting, just surviving, masking it.
Jesus in verse 18 tells her the facts that she has long buried. Alas, its been too painful for her, just like most of us. We bury in the recess of our minds, the pain, shame and reproach of failures without dealing with it. Christ got her attention here. We catch a glimpse of God looking at our past failures, mistakes and so on and yet not judging or condemning us. Instead, he looks at us with love and compassion. We acknowledge and profess our love for God, yet still judge our selves by the things done in the past, or not, by traditions,what people are saying or not saying.
God revealed his love to us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us , every single person. Romans 5:8. We ought to just embrace that which has been wrought for us, accept love and forgiveness and hope for tomorrow. However, we are skeptical. these other men had promised her heaven and earth and did not deliver. Oh yes, we unconsciously expect another that will take away the pain, shame and aches of the past. A single sister would say, when I get married I will be happy and serve God. A married sister would be, oh well, when my husband changes, or I have children or when my kids grow up everything will be okay and I will serve God then. A sister in transition will say, well, when I remarry or get reconciled with my husband, serving God truthfully would be easier or possible. Seldom does it cross our mind that Christ wants us just as we are to live for him. Come just as you are to worship, let Christ embrace you, imperfection and all.
Friends, the beauty of the story of the Samaritan lady is that she became an evangelist right where she met Jesus. She happens to be the only woman recorded in the scriptures that Jesus Christ had a private, lengthy one on one with. It all started with Christ need, request and her willingness to oblige him even without knowing who he was. You’ll also note that she went into town to evangelise without convincing assurance of who Christ was, verse 28 -30. This woman was willing to be vulnerable to scrutiny. She was fearless of criticism, loving and generous enough to want to share the peace that has flooded her heart with others. You see, having spent sometime with Christ, his glory has robbed on her, her countenance had changed because when she went to town, she was glowing, the people were wondering, what could be responsible for this joy exuding from this “forsaken” woman. Remember, she had a reputation, not a very nice one and probably not many pay attention to her, nothing good is expected from her. Yet, just an encounter with Christ changed all that. She spoke and the whole town listened and followed her back as she led them to the presence of Jesus Christ. Oh, she harvested souls that day that would have taken a lifetime. Just Imagine how huge her account in heaven is.
A whole city followed Christ. The rejected, good for nothing Samaritans heard the gospel and believed while the Jews – Pharisees and Sadducees were plotting to snuff life out of this eternal life giving phenomenal – message of the gospel.
Sisters and friends, will you enlist to work for the Lord by living a fulfilled life in Christ Jesus. Find yourself in the gospel of love and compassion, repent of all known sins, forgive others and forgive yourself, embrace this beautiful life of Christ redeemed and set your eyes on endless possibilities. Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you. Restoration is available. Trust God, he will deliver. Jesus is Lord.
So the five men left and came to Laish, where they saw that the people were living in safety, like the Sidonians, at peace and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous. Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonian and had no relationship with anyone else.
8 When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their fellow Danites asked them, “How did you find things?”
9 They answered, “Come on, let’s attack them! We have seen the land, and it is very good. Aren’t you going to do something? Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over. 10 When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever”………………..
26 So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.
27 Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. 28 There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidonite and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.
The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there. 29 They named it Dan after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel—though the city used to be called Laish. 30 There the Danites set up for themselves the idol, and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land. 31 They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.
The Church, the body of Christ have been living in safety, at peace and secure. We have been dull of hearing, insensitive to the times we are in like the people of Laish. We are not playing defense, nor attack. The Church is complacent, safely playing Church, when we should be in the attack mode, to uproot and to destroy every works of wickedness around us.
The Holy Spirit is not having its expression in our midst as He should because of the state of our hearts, the temperature of our gathering. Unlike times gone by, this generation have been laid back, living in so called peace and prosperity without so much a mention of miracles recorded in the Scriptures. There is evil all around us pointing to woes unleashed by the wicked one. Christians are been persecuted at home and abroad, there is chaos all over the world, no continent and countries without its share of tumult. The world and all its woes is gradually creeping in to pollute the Church.
So many are in a cocoon of ignorance and are not even aware of the spiritual famine all around. The state of our spirituality is at best lukewarm and we know it not. May the Holy Spirit not leave us, may we not grieve Him to the point of leaving us. Iron sharpens iron, however some have kept away from all, ignorant of the treasure embedded in maintaining contact with one another and the Holy Spirit. Others have embraced all and are lost to the world. There is fear of rejection, of been taken advantage of or sheer deception but none can compare to the immerse positive outcome of right communion at the feet of the Most High God.
Now is the time for the Church as a body and individuals to set aside every encumbrance and arise and shine, to let the light of God shine through us to the dark places in the world, bringing salvation to sinners, hope to the hopeless, joy to the heartbroken, and prepare the way for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, honor and adoration world without end. Amen
John 1:1 In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Word created everything that has been created and will be created. Everything that is came out and is coming out of that which was created in the beginning.Everything created, every element, stars, the moon, sun, plant, animals everything must of necessity cooperate with your God given destiny. It is written that all things work well for the good of those whose trust is in the Lord (Romans 8:28). You are not your own, to God you belong, therefore, all creation, experiences, occurrence are and will work together for your good.
Everything that was and will ever be, came into been by the Word, which was with God, was made flesh, dwells among us, died for your sins, redeeming you from the curse of the Law (John 1:1-5). This means then, that in the coven of witches, wizard, occult, and wickedness, whatever is been conjured, put together or spoken against you, having been originally created by God through Jesus Christ, will not work against you. As a believer, Holy Spirit filled and abiding in the word, Christ dwells in you by the Holy Spirit, therefore, the weapon of wickedness will not prosper in your life and destiny.
All creation, all element must cooperate with your destiny, which is in Christ Jesus. For you were crucified with Christ Jesus, nevertheless, you live, yet not you that lives, but Christ that lives in you. The life that you live now, you live by faith in the son of God, who loved you and gave himself for you (Galatians 2:20).
Nothing put together, spoken or pronounced against you and yours by the wicked one will prosper in Jesus mighty name. You have to rise up and condemn every tongue that rises up in judgement over you and yours, this is your heritage in Christ Jesus (Isaiah 54:17) You have been blessed by the Most High God, Almighty, all knowing, only wise God. You cannot be cursed. Every evil pronouncement against the plan and purpose of God for your life shall not stand.
2 Corinthians 1: 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.