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!

For His Names’ Sake!

Remember that God’s intention and will for you is not because of You, but of Him. It is for His great name! Ezekiel 36:22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.  Quit beating yourself and embrace the unconditional love of God. Do not take this love for granted though!

don't quitNow that you know God loves you unconditionally, then you must contend against everything mitigating against your peace, message, recipients, channel, and circumstances. You must wage war against every encumbrance within and without.

I was speaking with a dear brother of mine just yesterday about some things. Having faced resistance all this while, I was beginning to think that maybe I am a bad person! Maybe I am too difficult and all sort I said! I was beginning to internalise what I have been experiencing and this is exactly what the enemy of our soul wants. Are the events, people and situation around gaslighting you? Take a cue from Jeremiah 29:11 

I was able to get out of that phase by the help of the Holy Spirit, by putting the spotlight on Gods’ Will, Plan, Purpose, and desire for me. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Resistance is a ploy to wear you out so your dreams can die and he, the devil can gloat over you.

You have to desperately contend for your life, your message, your purpose, your destiny for it to be fulfilled. You must never lose hope on the journey. Keep taking steps after steps, trusting God even when you do not see any cloud of the promised rain.

Dear friends, continue to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight Proverbs 3: 5 and 6. Every promise shall be fulfilled. Stay focus!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

The Blood Still Works!

Hebrew 9: 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

 

The blood works! The blood of Jesus Christ works wonders all the time!

Oh, how the devil comes, to see the edge broken so he can strike. The enemy goes up and down looking for that who will step out of line, stretch forth hands to commit evil so it can strike. He forgot the light of God’s countenance is always upon and about all that belongs to the Lord. The Lord will never leave and forsake His own, in the stormy seas of life, fiery furnace of trials and tribulations, in the valley and rough places the blood still speaks.

The blood of Jesus Christ is powerful to save from the strongest foe, gentle to heal a broken heart, flush out demonic deposit in arteries and every organ in your body, pump life into your heart and restore fire in your bones. The blood of my Savior Jesus Christ is a miracle working blood.

Had he known, he would not have permitted it on Calvary’s Tree! Alas, an antidote to all of the wiles of the wicked is here! The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God made flesh and dwells amongst us.

Friends, avail yourself of this miracle working power. You must be born again! You must ask for the forgiveness of all your sins and ask Christ into your heart. Forsake your evil ways and cling unto every word of God.

Jesus is Lord!!!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Manipulating Facts!

Friends, be cautious with those that will use the facts of your life to justify their wickedness. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!- 2 Corinthians 5:17  You my friend, have been transformed, you are bearing fruit and your fruit is abiding. You are growing and having impact in your sphere of influence. You are standing for truth, justice, and dignity of others. You are upholding sound doctrine, rebuking evil, a shining light in darkness, a voice for the voiceless and walking uprightly minding the business of the Holy Spirit. You have just become a target for Satan. Oh! How He will rise up against you and bring up your past against you. If you do not stand right before God, you will cringe before Satan.manipulator

Paul and Silas are Jews quite alright and were Romans citizen also. However, I want to direct your attention to Act 16:16 -19. They stood against divination which the Lord was against. Those profiting by it brought up allegations that as Jews they have come to impose Jewish custom on Romans. The wicked will manipulatively use something in your past, the facts of your life to justify to perpetrate evil against you.

Act 16:16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

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You will be lied against, accused, oppressed and denied your right to freely be and participate in rendering service where you have been planted. Your accuser will unabashedly without remorse spread evil report to solicit support from all and sundry. You have to resist! Vehemently stand, unwavering in your faith, prayerfully trusting God for help, without which the wicked will succeed in tarnishing your good name. You must not permit that for if you do not stand for truth and justice, you are standing for evil. There is no middle ground.

Come to think of it, the people of the city had not yet encounter Paul and Silas but this guy was able to persuade them to rise up against Paul and Silas! How many Saints have you been manipulated to ill treat? How many have you manipulated others to kill? When you spread evil/slander about someone, you are killing their character.

Father Lord Almighty, we ask that you will forgive us this day our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all evil we pray in Christ Jesus mighty name. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Herod!!! Repent!

Brothers and sisters!!! My religious family and friends!!! Christians!!! Born again tongue talking fire brand!!! How often have we supported evil in the guise of upholding a creed? How many souls, precious to Christ have we handed over to Satan? We count the 99 sheep in house while Christ Jesus is looking for that one lost sheep! You know that lone ranger? The one lost sheep, blind and can’t find the way home? Yes! That is the one Christ is looking for!!!

When we neglect to stand up for truth, fairness, justice and love, we are giving room to the enemy to steal, kill and destroy like King Herod did with James in Act 12:1-3 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Oh! How it pleased the Jews, the deacons and deaconesses, Pastors, Prophets, Bishops, General Overseers, bench warmers, lay men and women, you and I that, that trouble maker of a man or woman, shouting “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and Life. No one comes to the Father except by Him – John 14:6” has been seized and killed.

What a nuisance, loud mouthed, shouting the name of that carpenter whenever we are going to the synagogue for worship and sacrifice! What peace we have now they  must have said to each other!

What peace indeed!! Friends, when you see evil perpetrated in your presence and sit passively doing nothing you are in support and will answer for it on judgement day unless you repent today.

God is about to do a new thing! You have all heard and read about it, but are your prepared? Are your garment washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus?

God is about to do a new thing! Herod is about to be put down for the Word of God to spread like never before. Power is changing hands! There is a shift in the realm of the spirit but are we ready Pastor, Bishop, Apostle, brothers, sisters, lay men and women alike? Am I ready? How about you?

Psalms 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

State of Our World

The state of our society is so appalling. These boys probably are from religious homes – Christian and Muslim. What an irony?. They are the sort that grows up to be husbands, fathers, politicians, bosses, lecturers, bus conductors, “Alfas”, “Pastors” etc that molest women, myopic in thier understanding of what doing unto others what you want done to you – good morals and mannerism is all about.

Our society needs overhauling! We need spiritual enlightenment, we need practicality of what it means to be good – not hurting another in any way!

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Few years from now, these young girls will be wives, mothers etc burdened by these experiences. Scarred for life at such a tender age! Those raped may never get out of it with damaged idea of thier worth. Their self esteem damaged by these hooligans! And may end up as wives to such as these young men!

There are so many women, married, single, divorced and inbetween with scarred heart, girls trapped in women, crying out for healing and a change to how the girl child is been treated in our world.

Which way forward brethren?

We as parent, grandparent, uncles and aunties guardians, teachers, Pastors and Alfaa – Muslim Cleric should teach our wards respect.

Respecting one another and treating each other how we want to be treated. We must begin to be an example, living transparent and authentic moral lives before our wards. These generation are smart and sees through any double standard we try to project.

We must go back to the basics now! And for those of us in diaspora saying only in Naija can such happen. Look closely!! It is happening in our campuses, high school parties etc. Young men drugging and forcing themselves unto incapacitated girls.

The wicked is really using this act “”sex”” beautiful as intended by God to enslave uncultured souls.

Sound the alarm and may all ears hear! The world is decaying! Only faith in Christ, living by faith and witnessing to others about Jesus Christ can stop the inevitable total and spiral decadence!

Jesus still saves! He loves you! Be born again!!

Repent! Repent! Repent!

Blessed And Highly Favored One!

I am blessed and highly favored. My blessings are way beyond been quantified in monetary terms. Yet, I am one of the richest people on this planet. I am blessed to have been chosen before the foundations of the earth was laid as a force of love and joy. I am very fortunate to come from the linage of royalty, astute and wealthy earthly being, successful by the standard of their time, yet humble. My greatest blessing is the knowledge of my heavenly heritage when my Savior, Jesus Christ sought me out, beckoning me to His kingdom as a choice possession, purchased at a precious price of His blood shed on Calvary’s Tree.

securedLook at me, just take a good look friends and see how blessed I am to have found faith so precious and true. Where will I be this moment without Christ grace and love freely given to me by faith?  What would have happened to me in the Lion’s den, the stormy seas and rough places?

Christ Jesus, His love, grace and presence makes a lot of difference in my life. I am who I am by His grace, a changed being, transformed and energized to live a fulfilling life pleasing He, who saved me all the way, with boldness, courage and faith that come what may, I will always be victorious, triumphing over every obstacle.

To be grateful and live for Christ is the least I can give to my savior this moment. Gratefully I praise God for saving me, working in me by His Holy Spirit to will and to act in order to fulfill His good pleasure concerning me.

Thank you Lord Jesus. I am so very grateful. All that I need and desire this season, I bring before you and ask according to your will that all these also I shall gratefully thank you for soon. That you will showcase your love, grace and power in my life and destiny in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Oppression Within & Without!

Exodus 1:6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brickand mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

The Israelite, chosen of God to be His had a tumultuous time after the death of Joseph. The Egyptian forgot the good that God did through the hands of Joseph to preserve them during famine and also to make them great and a reference point in the world – for it was only in Egypt that grain could be found during the famine.

Israel was oppressed on every side because the hand of God was mighty upon them. The taskmaster was ruthless with their very life. Who then is the taskmaster over your case, your life my friend? What is that thing that has an idea of your potential – cause it can only have an idea, only God has the full picture of your potential.

What is it that is threatened by what you can do, become or accomplish and has come to oppress and discourage you? Are the Egyptians within or without you?

Your mental state, capacity – ability to conceive great ideas that are so scary you break out in sweat – Fear robs you of realizing your full potential!!  Could it be the love of the flesh, lust of the eyes, inordinate affection, and all its attending issues? Fornication, adultery, covetousness, pride, lies, manipulation and much more comes to make sure you do not realize your full potential – these are seeds of evil sown in your mind that if left to grow like cancer destroys the vessel. Living without integrity makes you unreliable and how can you really touch another positively for the kingdom? Do not compromise your body, mind and soul!!! Sinning against your body keeps the Holy Spirit far from you, the Spirit of Truth leaves and what is left of you is lies, sickness and the likes that hinders the manifestation of the Lord’s deposit in your earthen vessels. Resist It!

Most often the Egyptians are without. Those are the factors outside of yourself working hard to steal, kill and destroy the potentials within you. The array of obstacles in form of human relation and its attending issues. Your relationship – family, parental, spousal, friends, though with the best intentions may actually be working against the realization of your true potential.

Josephs brothers and dad opposed him. Your family may have seen something different about you that you are not even aware of, and may have perceived it as something to be resisted. Parent sometimes work against the glow of their children to protect them so to say, whereas, they are oppressing the shine embedded in their being. If Manoah and his wife in Judges 13 had not been privileged by the angel of God to be instructed about the long awaited and expected son to be named Samson, they would have oppressed the greatness out of him. The forces within Samson after much unheeded warning cut short his potential – terminated his life – Judges 16.

You may have been fortunate to be married also to someone who feels threatened by the treasure they see in you, even when you were ignorant of it, for it was the oppression of the children of Israel that worked for them in terms of numbers and strength- Exodus 1:12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 

Sometimes it is people in positions of authority around you, the people you value their opinion, role models and the likes – your friends, boss, leaders, mentors etc that somehow feel threatened by your potential and vows to quench the fire within you. An example is a young man I know with a wonderful idea that will benefit his entire industry. He went to his supposed mentor with this burning idea that he had and was rebuffed about nine years ago he said and has since abandoned the idea. I asked him when he shared his experience with me few years ago, what you had in mind then, has anyone in your industry taken it up? He said no! I said to him, take it up and run with it, maybe God want it to be you that will pioneer this – be a revolutionary, changing the dynamics with far reaching results for the better I guess.

I should follow up with him to see how far gone he is with that idea someday.You know what baffles me about this man’s case was that he seem not to believe in himself and the source of his idea. Had he courage and belief in his own capability and the source of his idea, he probably by now would be a face synonymous with a phenomenal I guess! He wanted affirmation and validation from those that did not value him or maybe saw him as a threat to their position or relevance in the industry – rather he got rebuttal and was maligned.

Friends, we all have to constantly examine ourselves to see if we are still in the way, forsaking all known and unknown sin and errors, and then we can wage war against the enemy without in prayers so God in His infinite mercy may send us a Moses – God will pick on something in us, a gift, an idea, something He already preserved within us for a time like this – to deliver us from the oppression within and without.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Wasteland? Barren land? Backside of the desert?

A wasteland? A barren land? Backside of the desert? Is that what you think? Is that where you are at? Are you sure? Really!!!! Could it be your carnal mind perspective? Okay, it’s your unbelieving heart perspective! Is that better?

Well, heavens perspective is that you are at a place where your spirit is thriving! You are at a place where you can download from heavens freeway. You are at a place where you can hear the inaudible. You are at a place where you can see the invincible. You are at a place where God’s power and presence is  made manifest in you. You are at a place where your five loaves of bread and two fishes are feeding thousands – Mark 6:30-44

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Will you open your eyes and see!!! Your presence makes the wicked uncomfortable. Can’t you see? Your joy in the midst of storms is revealing the peace of God and the heart of the deceiver. You are having impact far and wide. Your seed offering is growing right where you are! You must employ all, you must be poured out! Exodus 4:21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go”.

Don’t you dare hold back! But, but enough of your excuses!!!. Aaron spoke for Moses! I am working this out for you, equipping you daily.  Absolutely! Oh yes!

Do not be afraid, but be strong and courageous for I am with you! I will never leave nor forsake you.  2 Chronicles 32:“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

You are seated and there is so much commotion. Imagine when you stand in your full stature in the capability of the Most High God to wage war against the hypocrisy of religion and the ills amongst my people!!! You are made for a time like this, remember Moses my servant, he had to go through the desert to be matured, Joseph had to go through the wilderness of unfairness from his brothers, slavery, wrong accusations, imprisonment in order to be able to take charge of the abundance of my provisions and protect my heritage.

godJust know that everything you have experienced, are experiencing and will experience was, is, and will work for your good, preparing you for the purpose for which you were created. You needed to be strong dear, for you were too weak, too sentimental, doubtful, intolerant, temperamental and simple. You had to be toughen up, you have to be refined to be among the chosen few.

I am your strength and light, your great reward, your righteousness, your refiner, your glory and beauty. I am working in you to will and to act in order for my great pleasure to be fulfilled in you- Philippians 2:13! Hold nothing back my child! You must be poured out, so be bold knowing I am with you! Fear not! You are blessed and highly favored! Stay focused, I will help you!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!