You have treasure in this earthen vessels that Christ Jesus put in there before the foundation of the world was laid.
That treasure my friend is for this very moment. For creation waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God.
Don’t shrink, discount, or belittle, what Jehovah supernaturally conceived within you, and graced you to be.
I pray the Holy Spirit surround you, like Mary and Elizabeth, with people who make your baby jump. Be loosed to love, value and honor, who you are in Christ. Be unlocked to new heavenly realms of God’s grace, ability, and great power. New dimensions and chapters of pure worship be your portion, in Yeshua’s name, today.
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When you learn to love yourself, imperfection and all as God loves you, you will learn to love others equally. You are who God created you to be, wonderful and beautifully made, packed with tonnes of treasure waiting to manifest God’s glory. Just be you and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in your life. You are perfect in the sight of God for the purpose for which you are created. Everything God created is perfect as stated in Genesis 1:31.
You are perfect and I can’t help reiterating this fact. You are a vessel in God’s hand for His purpose and His glory. Therefor relax and flow with God’s purpose for your life. You are in very good hands. The hands that created heaven and earth, the Sun, Moon and Stars. He placed everything in order, so He knows all the way to the end here and the beginning in eternity every minute details of your existence and He has you covered.
Go therefor and be your courageous self. Go and make disciples of all nations. Yes, you and you! God does have a grand purpose for your life. Oh well you didn’t know way back then! Now you know so walk circumspectively fulfilling His purpose for your life. Thank you Lord for my friends and I. We love and honor you Lord. Be magnified !
The unexamined life , here I believe refers to a life that has not been tested by adversary. I mean the kind of trials and tribulations that come to man like a tsunami. Trials that turns your life upside down, touching every area of your life and yet you are still faithful and loyal, joyful and rejoicing in hope, holding on and trusting God all the way! Every male will proclaim their manhood, but only when wrestling, fighting comes do we know who a man is – African proverb. The weakling will run when confronted with war, but the brave will stand the test.
When your imagination run wild and you become fearful of discomfort and you are incapacitated, what will happen when you actually confront the unspeakable betrayal of trust, loss of almost everything dear to your heart (Thank God for LIFE). When your core is shaken out of joint, what will you do? How will you react? Jeremiah 12: 15 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?
It sure is easier to speak from the place of comfort, that’s right! Than a battlefield, in the midst of devastation, pain and uncertainty.
“”Faith, by its very nature, must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that Gods’s character has to be cleared in our own minds.”.“Trials of faith are difficult to bear: for they cause heaviness or depression of the mind.” Faith in it actual working out has to go through spells of isolation.Never confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life. Much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive. Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts Him – “I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do”. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – this is the most sublime utterance of faith”” From the Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye Volume 16, 2016.
Dearest ones going through any form of trials, please note this passage,read and meditate on it. Hebrew 10: MSG 32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute.But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding flood your hearts and mind. I pray that the Lord will strengthen you in your inner man, by His Holy Spirit, that Christ might dwell richly within you so you might know the hope for which you have been called in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Romans 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Love for God, for yourself and for your neighbor, plus most importantly the fear of God will keep you from harm’s way. In 1 Samuel 24:1- end. David had an opportunity which he failed to utilise. Why? You might ask! He feared the Lord more than the desire to see God’s promises fulfilled in His life. David knew God was more than able to fulfill His divine plan in his life and thus did not take matters into his own hands to avenge himself.
1 Samuel 24:4 Then the men of David said to him. ” This is the day of which the Lord said to you. ” Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to hims as it seems good to you'” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. 5 Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. 6 And he said to his men, “The Lord Forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”7 So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.
The fear of God and love in his heart prevented David from avenging himself which would have cost him dearly. You see my friends, God’s word is ever true and sure. 1 Chronicles 16:21- 23 He permitted no man to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
22 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm. The Lord repeated this also in Psalms 105:14 He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, 15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” It is written in the scriptures also, that once has he spoken, twice have I heard that power belongs to God. When God then speaks twice, you would do yourself a favor to hear a thousand times. “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm sayest the Lord of Host!!!!!!
Who then is God’s anointed? Pastors, Evangelist, the Pharisees and Sadducees of old? Not at all friends! God’s anointed were the children of Israel, the seeds of Abraham His friend, God’s chosen ones, His special people, you and I, either you are a Pastor, missionary, Bishop or gatekeeper, once you are born again, redeemed by God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ blood, you are God’s anointed. David was a shepherd boy been groomed to sit on the throne just as Saul was anointed as King over Israel. Do you get it friends? You and I are anointed regardless of your status presently. Do yourself a favor and start seeing every Christ beloved as anointed and treated likewise. It will make a lot of difference in the way you live your Christian life, working out your salvation with fear and trembling, pleasing God all the way to eternity.
Lord I pray for my friends and I in Jesus name to see each other through your eyes. To love, cherish and honor your grace in each others lives as we journey together fulfilling your purpose. Lord, may we not sin against you in our thoughts, words and action towards each other. May we Lord not be a stumbling block on each others path. May we not as a result of discernment use that which is to edify as a tool of wickedness. May we not capitalise on each other’s weakness even as we take up your strength. May we not stretch forth our hands to hurt or harm each other in Christ Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Stay blessed in His Will!!
Luke 1: 26 NIV In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Friends, Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ was favoured of God, hand picked and ordained before the foundation of the world was laid to bring forth the Lord Jesus into this world. Elizabeth was to bring forth John the baptist, Christ forerunner. Some of you reading this have been ordained to bring forth children that will grow up to be great apostles of the Lord. Men and women of stature in the Kingdom of God waiting to come forth from wombs of destiny. Some of you might have been waiting to conceive for years now. Some of you have been called barren and have gone through countless pain.
Birthing destiny is not an easy thing. As Mary and Elizabeth were favoured of God, you would expect that they will not have any heartaches right? Elizabeth waited so long, in our time she would have been made fun of. “Here she goes again, church all the time, loving and working for God with nothing to show for it”, right?. I don’t even understand Elizabeth and Zachariah any more, this priesthood thing has gotten into their heads that they are not bothered about leaving a legacy! some would have said.
Mary on the other hand was almost disgraced but for the quick intervention of the Lord. Matthew 1 :18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Friends, been favoured of God does not mean smooth riding through life. There will be bumps here and there, there will be storms to ride through like Jesus did. Those detours are for your good, it will work out and is working out for you already! Be rest assured however that the Lord will never leave nor forsake you when you go through storms, valleys and all sort. God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can take. He paid enormously for you to now leave you stranded. Jesus will come through for you always. Trust Him and lean on Him alone.
Just imagine Mary’s thought, knowing she has seen and heard from God and her experience in the community, everyone looking for that opportunity to throw at least a stone at her for her crime as the custom dictates. Many are looking for opportunity to call you names, stigmatize you, label you and all sort! Please don’t let it stick on you, shake it off, keep your head up and eyes focused on Jesus.
You are a blessed and highly favoured child of the Most High God. You are blessed beyond any and every form of reproach. You have been chosen, hand picked for a spectacular purpose. You need only to yield your life totally to the Master porter to mold you as He will. Live and walk in this confidence that there is greatness in you my friends. You are very important in the agenda of heaven. Bask in the love of God and be a channel of kindness to others. Be intentional in living for the Lord, for eternity.
Stay in Christ, He loves you!