Are you afraid of not accomplishing what you are created to accomplish? Quit being afraid!! Work out your faith.
“Your calling and divine destiny as well as your present spiritual build up adds up in determining the kind of battles that will come your way. When you consider David, you will observe the kind of opponents that he faced – a lion, bear and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17:34-37.
If you consider your life, you will realise that God has brought you this far because His purpose for your life is yet to be fulfilled.
The Lord that has kept you alive will continue to keep you.
You cannot rely on anybody other than yourself and God when it comes to the issues of making heaven – accomplishing and fulfilling your purpose.”
Pastor E. A. Adeboye 2013
Ephesians 1: 17 -21 Oh Lord, I pray that you will give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know you better. I pray that you will allow the eyes of my heart be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me and the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people and your incomparable great power for us all who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength you exerted when you raised Christ Jesus from the dead and seated Him at your right hand in the heavenly realms far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked not only in the present age but also in the one to come. In Christ Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
Well, friends, the Lord has saved us from the wrath to come and given us liberty. He made His grace sufficient for us! Thank God!!
Whatever you have been given will be required of it! What have you done with what you have been given? Your health, wealth, position, personality, beauty, pain, gifts, disappointment, your talent, disposition and all? They are meant for something. The Lord is a master planner! He gave you all for a purpose. What you do with it is yours to decide!
I have enjoyed good health, I have also had some health scares, but all in all, I have been healthy. I must have taken this for granted for I suddenly realize that with food, I have no dos and don’t. Oh yes! I took the liberty and do not discriminate at all. I mean, I eat whatever my heart desires😀😀.
Then, I found out that it takess extra grace sometime to get the leftover, the unused part out of the body. Have you ever had to pray and ask for help with this regard?
Free will sometimes needs control. I also realize that it is very easy to abuse this free will, the grace bestowed on us. Note though, much will be required of you!!!
Abba Father, thank you for your grace upon us. Lord, forgive us for taking this grace for granted. Forgive us for abusing our health, the extra pounds we have packed on indiscriminately that could hinder us from actively living for your glory. Forgive us for abusing all that you have freely given to us in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen
Help us Lord to control our appetite in every which way, that your name alone may be glorify in us always. Thank you Abba Father for we pray and receive answers in Jesus Christ mighty name.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
1 Samuel 31:4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through,or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.
Hope against hope! When everything seems to be against you, keep hope alive. Be hopeful and fear the Lord. This armor bearer must have thought a miracle can still happen. My Lord the King may still live after all, so he refused to run Saul through and instead ran himself through afterwards.
Then comes a sycophant on the scene, ill intention-ed, cold and lacking human feelings and respect for the dead, bent on currying favor from David. He misunderstood David! He thought David was like most men, he was ignorant of the divine mandate and heart God placed in this multifaceted instrument in God’s hand.
2 Samuel 1:15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”
This Amalekite had condemned himself to death by the words of his own mouth. How often, in pursuit of the transient have we lost the divine and immortal? To gain supposed honor and prestige, he claimed to be what he is not.
2 Samuel 1:6 “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’ 8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “‘An Amalekite,’ I answered. 9 “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’ m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ 10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
It was swift for this young man, but not so for many. Sometimes the word of twenty years ago may still be haunting now. Every such words Lord let your blood stand against it. May every words spoken contrary to our God given destiny be destroy by the blood of Jesus today in Jesus name. Every words of accusation, condemnation, and persecution spoken by us and others against your will for us Lord let it be cancelled and destroyed today in Jesus mighty name. Amen
“Iyan ogun odun a ma jo ni lowo” Simply means Proverbs 12:14, 18:20 Mercy Lord!!!!!
Ephesians 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
King Saul, chosen by God, ordained as the first King of Israel, disobeyed God and fell out of grace. He preserved Agag the Amalekite God asked him to kill, he listened to the voice of the people around him more than the voice of God –1 Samuel 15.
King Saul consulted a medium 1 Samuel 28:7. He went to the Witch of Endor to inquire and ended up having his last meal at her house – verse 23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.”But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch. How the mighty has fallen. This was the same Saul who banished witches from the land. At the end of his life he sought one out.
Friends, may we end well in this race. May we not fail, may we not fall. Oh Lord God, may your chosen one not end up like King Saul. May we not end our life like Ahab – 1 King 22 and Jezebel – 2 Kings 9:30-37. May we not die with our enemies like Samson – Judges 19:23-31. May we not pierce our soul with the reward of betrayal like Judas – Matthew 27: and Acts 1:18. Oh Lord may we not be like Ananias and Sapphira who died for lying against the Holy Spirit in Acts 5. May we never leave your presence Oh Lord!!
Oh Lord, Psalms 19:12
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Have mercy on us Oh Lord. Cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Forgive us of all errors and help us to retrace our steps. Let the light of your countenance overshadow us always. May every darkness in and around us receive the light of your presence. May our eyes be enlightened Oh Lord that we may see and behold wondrous things in your word.
Be magnified Oh Lord our God in Jesus Christ mighty name we pray.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
“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.
This 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. 3 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!
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!