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Be Encouraged! It count!

It has been a while on here! To my faithful audience, thanks for your patience! I appreciate your visits, feedback and all. I am grateful to have you with me on this journey.

This year 2017 started with a bang!! I had and still have high positive expectations in all areas of my life.

The rollout of events hasn’t been that positive with the loss of my mother in January, having lost my father 30 years earlier. The emotional drainage accompanied with bombardment of events causing financial drainage with the attending culprit. It has been a rollercoaster!!!

Oh!, how it seems things went down hill, without taking off.  I lost interest in almost everything, except living.

I somehow know though, that there is a light shining bright, a glowing showers of light beyond my horizon. I couldn’t see it because my eyes were clouded with tears, but I could feel the warmth somewhere deep within me.

And He said, do not be discouraged, for I am with you, I will help you for you are mine! Oh, how He wrapped His arm round about me! Strong able hands cuddles my face, a kiss on my lips, with the sun warming my heart!

Friends, only the love of Christ Jesus can save, preserve, and sustain you! Trust Jesus with your life today. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior!. He loves you deeply!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Relationships: Made To Love & Be Loved!

Is there anything too difficult for God? Nothing is!!!! I know that with God nothing shall be impossible! This very much I know.

On a walk not too long ago with a friend. We got talking about this and that of relationships, the ups, the downs, and the in between. The conclusion is that the human soul is designed to love and be loved, regardless of the pain, hurt, bliss, and all kind of experiences, disappointing or what not! We all are created to love and be loved!!

When hearts get broken in relationships, we often vow not to be vulnerable again, building walls of defense and putting on armors to shield cupid arrows. However, no matter our stand, we may reject, deny, and abuse love, it always finds us when we least expect it.

Love is an innate desire and need of every soul. No matter how old you are and how young you may be, we all desire love, to love and be loved in return.

However, before I go on about the emotive love, let me tell you about the love of God, the “spiritual” love of the creator for every being created. The love of God for us is unconditional, it has nothing to do with our responses or lack thereof. Our acceptance, rejection, and indifference does not affect God’s love for us. God’s love has no boundaries, it cut across every human divide.

It is this unconditional love that made the Un-created creator to come in human flesh to reconcile us all to the Father. Will you yield your heart to Him today? Oh how God loves us!! It is beyond human comprehension friends. It does not matter what was and is, Christ will ensure your “to be” is beautiful and glorious. Christ Jesus will give you a new beginning and make sure you have eternal life.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

 

Guard Your Heart.

2 Samuel 14:1 Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom.So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead. Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth.;

The craftiness of Man!!! Joab understood how hurt the King was with the death of a son, the defilement of a daughter and self banishment of another son. The force of darkness came to kill, steal, and destroy. It all started with a thought in the heart of man, an inordinate affection unchecked, unrestrained. – 2 Samuel 13:2.

Yet, Joab, not been a sycophant, knew the right thing was for the King to bring back the Prince, hence the craftiness of his action to employ a wise woman to indirectly speak to King David. The King would not have listened otherwise and his compassionate heart was indirectly spoken to.

Who is speaking to your mind? What are you hearing and seeing? What is all around you? Are you aware what you hear and see affect ultimately your thought, words and action? Be conscious of what you feed your soul? Anyone who has your ears has your heart. Be cautious!!

Guard your heart, for out of it flows issues of life – Proverb 4:23

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Pray For Your Enemies – Matthew 5:44

Having the Lord as our refuge is the only way as a Christian, that our peace can be sustained in any and every circumstances. In 1 Samuel 21 onward, David kept running from King Saul, who was pursuing his life for no just cause. David however, had an opportunity in 1 Samuel 24 to kill Saul but he refrain from it and instead cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

David felt bad, his conscience stricken, for having cut of a piece of the King’s robe. This is someone making life miserable for David, seeking his life. You will wonder what kind of heart David has!! He had a heart after God 1 Samuel 13:14. David, I believe was empathetic, he knew the Kind was been fed with lies and he had compassion for the King. He wondered why the King should be listening to the sycophants all around him.

1 Samuel 24:9 He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say,David is bent on harming you’? 10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. 

Friends, we as believers have to learn to sieve information, solicited and unsolicited from every quarter with the word of God. Our biases and insecurities sometimes gives us the propensity to accept what in most cases are not true about others. We need to understand that many will falsify and cook up things to create acrimony for their own selfish gain. Be watchful of tale bearers!!!!

For the peace of God to reign in your heart, you must obey the command to love God and your neighbor as yourself. This is what will help you to look at the pursuer of your life with love and hand them over to their maker to deal with them as He deems fit. You just do your part of loving and praying for them. Oh yes! Pray for your enemies!!! Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

I See The Lord!!

Be thou exalted Oh Lord
Ancient of days, bright and morning star
You are good and your mercies endures for ever
You do great and mighty things for your loves sake
You are dependable and kind, gracious and forgiving
You protect and shield, embracing with warmth
The heart cold and lacking warmth
You are God alone Oh Lord
You reach down from heaven to ignite the soul of man
Sustaining, protecting, and infusing love and life
Into every broken pieces of a heart shattered by wickedness
Gracious and full of compassion are you Lord God Almighty
Constantly present in every situation
Loving and assuring of your ever present help in time of need
Be magnified Oh Lord Most High
With glowing heart and love
I bow before you, exclaiming great art thou Oh Lord
Immortal, Invisible, and the only Wise God
————– Radiant Glory of Love

 

Speak To The King!

Judges 17: 6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. This sentence was repeated three more times in the book. It means everyone made rules and lives by whatever pleases them per time. They were a law unto themselves, answerable to no one. No guidelines, no best practices, agreed to stipulations of how we ought to live, behave and serve God and others. The list goes on! So is chaos!

King here refers to leadership,  a supreme being, authority and to bring it down to this moment, for a man, a King is first God Almighty, Father – spiritual and biological, bosses, and anyone in authority above you.

A king to a woman represents God Most High first, husband if you are married, Father – both spiritual and biological, bosses and anyone in authority above you. To both sexes, then when there is no “King’, that is, when there is no one we are answerable to, that is when everyone does as they saw fit! We behave and act as we deem fit which does not necessarily mean good, bad or perfect, for you know our knowledge and perspective at best are one-sided and narrow often.

When we do not have the full picture of a situation, we bring tools we think is ideal to play. This most often will give temporary relief, but, to garner a long lasting solution and relief, knowing and having all sides of the issue tabled before us will enable us to proffer the best solution which is where the need for a “King” comes in.

The role of a King cannot be emphasized enough in a nation, life of its people and individuals. Therefore, be careful and prayerful! Only the King Eternal has the full picture of your life and He has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to guide us. You must be answerable to God, the King Eternal and to those He has set over you. Only then, can you actually live to please Him that died for you 

In many instances, Kings have been the downfall of a nation and also the strength, prosperity, peace, and well-being of its people. The King then, that only good emanate from is the King Eternal. From the category of Kings, you have choices to make except in the King – biological father. All others then require you to seek the King Eternal’s input to make the best choice.

Have you been making wrong choices? Does it seem you cannot make right choice since all your choices have been “ish” afterward? Will you go to the King Eternal this moment? Ask Him to help you to make the right choices, not the choices based on your logic, but according to His will for you.

In organizations, we will say industrial best practices, which basically is a generally accepted way of doing things that give the best result superior to other means. Therefore, friends, let your next choice be made in line with the best practices, God’s best for you.

This brings me to this question! Have you given your life to Jesus Christ? I mean the King Eternal! Yes. Praise God! If you haven’t, today is the day to do that. You see, friends, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God Romans 3:23! We all need a King, a Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ, be you a man or a woman, young or old! Jesus Christ died for us, let us live for Him! Repent of your sinful ways friend, accept Christ Jesus into your heart, confess Him as the King and Lord over your life. Speak to the King now!

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!