Message for the Last Quarter

20130113-071539.jpgHello Everyone,

We are gradually getting to the last quarter of the year. If you ask me about how I see this year, I would say that it has been a great year. The Lord has been good to me, my family, my friends, and you. We are strong and growing day by day both spiritually and physically.

God has this message for you as you prepare for the final quarter of the year. I trust it will bless you and give you hope to face the days ahead.

“I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NLT)

God has cared for you since you were born and as per His word, He isn’t going to leave you. I don’t know what lies ahead in October, November, and December but what I do know is that Jesus has taken the lead, making rough places smooth for us.

Thank God for what He has done for you in the past months and thank Him for what He is going to do in the coming months. It is well

Thought For The Day: September 21, 2014

Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12, NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Encourage those who are afraid. Tell them, “Be strong, fear not, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” (Isaiah 35:4, TLB)

You Are Not Ordinary

lordismystrength_nivBehold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19, KJV)

No man in his natural ability can defeat Satan and his demons. Satan’s number one task is to turn your heart against God. He uses sickness, fear, disappointment, poverty, depression, temptation, among others to take your mind from the things of God. He wants you to doubt God’s power to supply your needs. He is smart and knows how to get to your weak point. He attacks you when you are weary and anxious. He was in the Garden of Eden, he tempted all the great prophets and apostles and our Lord Jesus Christ.  If experience is anything to go talk about, Satan is experienced in turning man’s heart against God.

Jesus, knowing that man can’t fight with his strength, gave us power to live in this world. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said “I beheld Satan as lighting fall from heaven.” That wasn’t good news for man as man became vulnerable to his attacks. The only remedy for us was Jesus Christ. Jesus came to destroy his works and to give us power to do what we couldn’t do on our own. So when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you received Power over all the abilities of the enemy.

You have power over sickness, poverty, fear, disappointment, discouragement, sin, temptation, broken-heart, etc. Surprisingly, some believers don’t know that they are equipped so when they see obstacles in front of them, they give up. Such people live as those without Jesus. As a result, when the world is crying because of economic hardship, they join them. When the world is terrified about outbreak of diseases, they are also terrified. When people are insecure, they feel the same. They don’t know that they are lights of the world. They haven’t realised the power that is at work in them. Its high time believers believed that God’s arm isn’t weak to save them, nor his ear deaf to hear them call. Our God is mighty to save.

Paul said in Romans 12:2 (NLT) that “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Friend let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. This should be your prayer each day because the enemy attacks your thoughts when he gets the chance. Know that you are not ordinary: You have been born of God, His Spirit lives you, His angels are protecting you, and you have supernatural power to do wonders in this world. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. “They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!” Deuteronomy 28:7.

If all of us will know and exercise the authority we have in Jesus Christ, then we can live best lives and reach out to save many.

I will close with this:

We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. (1 John 5:18, NLT)

 

You Are Untouchable

Last night I had a chat with a friend which I want to share with you because I believe that we could all learn from it.

Friend:  You woke up one morning to the sound of someone knocking on your door, you opened and saw your best friend crying and sweating profusely, you let him/her in, after petting him/her with hugs and he/her calms down, then you ask…what’s wrong, he/she reply sobbing I have Ebola. What will you do?

Me: I will pray in the Name of Jesus for his/her recovery.

Friend: And what about you?

Me: Ebola can’t touch me because I am covered by the blood of Jesus.  For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. (Psalms 91:3, 7, 11 NLT)

Friend: Amen and 10x.

Lesson:

I knew she wanted to make fun of me and probably see how I would react to Ebola, which has claimed over 2000 lives in West Africa. My responses to her questions encouraged her which made her call back to say thank you for the scripture. Ebola is real but the good news for us is that God has His hedge of protection around us. We are in Jesus Christ and His precious blood shield us from all forms of attacks. We, Christians, have been given power to pray for the sick and those who are oppressed by Satan and his demons. Our nature is immune to any form of sickness/disease. His word says in Psalm 91 that though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.” (Zechariah 2:8 NLT)

Friend you are God’s most precious possession so don’t be afraid of what is happening around the globe.  He is watching over you. You are untouchable.

DAY 2: JUST OBEY

blessit2Arthur Blessit carried the Cross around the world in every nation and is listed in the Guinness World Records for the world’s longest walk over 41,002 miles in ‘323 countries, islands groups & territories’ for 46 years. Arthur did not carry the cross for fun but to let the world know about the message of the Cross.

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15, NIV)

 “When His message comes to you,

There is but one thing to do,

Just obey, just obey”

Jesus’ message to you is “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Notice He did not say “preach the Good News to your friends, or some good people, or those who love you, or your family member.” He said “preach the Good News to everyone.” This is the great commission. It is not an option but a must for you as a child of God.

  • Brighten Your Corner

Preach the Good News to your friends at the office, home, school, associations, etc. Instead of gossiping with an unbeliever, tell him/her about Jesus. In my Master’s class, there was a Finance lecturer who used Jesus in almost all the examples he gave. He did not worry about those who were offended about his message or examples about Jesus. In the same way, we can use whatever we do to preach the Good News. Preach the Good News to people you meet for the first time. It may not be up to 5 minutes but I can tell you that God can use a short message in 30 seconds to change a person’s life.

 You can brighten your corner by telling others about Jesus.

  • The Use of Social Media

A point to note is that you do not have to be like Arthur Blessit who carried the Cross around the world but you can preach the gospel using every channel available to you. Talking about channel, technology has made it easier now than before. Today, you do not need to travel to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, or Australia to preach the gospel. Facebook reaches areas you have not seen before. I believe you do not know all the friends you have on Facebook but you could use it as means to tell them about Jesus. There is also Twitter, Whatsapp, Viber, WordPress, Blogspot, LinkedIn, Youtube, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Whichever you find yourself, you could use it as a means to preach the Good News.

The better part of the story is that you do not have to shout, scream, or touch someone as all you have to do is to type, read over, and then click the send button or enter to share. I am not discouraging anybody from sharing happy moments with friends but what I am saying is that we are here (on earth) to tell the world about Jesus.

 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. (John 9:4, NLT)

 In the Old Testament, God used people like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Sampson, Esther, David, Elijah, Elisha, and others to save His people. In the New Testament, He used Jesus (His Son), Peter, James, John, Philip, Paul, and others to save people from darkness to light.  And in our days, He is counting on you and I. Imagine what the people of old (like Paul) would have done or achieved if they had the electronics and media we have today.

 This generation has no excuse for not reaching the masses with the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Support other Ministries

You can support ministers who have bigger platforms to reach the world through daily radio programs, TV programs, satellite channels, podcast, etc. It will surprise you to know the kind of feedback they get. I watch TBN, God TV, Day Star, and other channels.

You can also support those in your country and cities who are doing well to spread the good news. Your resources or help can send the Message to areas you cannot reach.

Let us encourage ourselves to carry out tasks assigned to us by Jesus Christ.

I will close with this song “Win Them One by One”:

If to Christ our only King
Men redeemed we strive to bring,
Just one way this may be done—
We must win them one by one.

Side by side we stand each day,
Saved are we, but lost are they;
They will come if we but dare
Speak a word backed up by prayer.

Only cowards dare refuse,
Dare this gift of God misuse;
Ere some friend goes to his grave,
Speak a word his soul to save.

Not for hope of great reward
Turn men’s hearts unto the Lord;
Just to see a saved man smile
Makes the effort well worthwhile.

Refrain

So you bring the one next to you,
And I’ll bring the one next to me;
In all kinds of weather, we’ll all work together,
And see what can be done.
If you’ll bring the one next to you,
And I bring the one next to me,
In no time at all we’ll have them all,
So win them, win them, one by one.

EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT (PART 2)

Philippians_4-6In part One of Everything’s gonna be alright, we concluded that if we pray for God’s grace, discipline ourselves and keep moving forward, we will be able to overcome the desires of the flesh. In this piece, God wants me to tell the person who is in some difficulties that everything is going to be alright. Although you may not see a way or don’t know where help is going to come from, He wants me to tell you that He has a way and your help is going to come from Him.

Everything is going to be alright. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, everything is going to be alright. Go to God in prayer and tell Him what is happening in your life. Sometimes it gets to a point in life when there is no one to talk to, when everyone seems to turn deaf ears to your problems, when you are overwhelmed by issues of life, when you feel like ending your life. You may be among people who believe that life is not fair.

Friend life is fair and God wants you to enjoy life. Jesus said in John 10:10 (AMP) that “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows)”. God allows you to go through such situations in order to make you strong in faith. How would you know you are growing in faith if your faith is not tested? A student may be scared of writing tests/exams yet that is the only way he/she can be assessed and promoted. The scripture says that “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10)

When it gets to the point where you see no way or no help coming from nowhere, remember that God has a way and your help is going come from Him.

In Genesis 21 (NLT), Hagar and Ishmael were sent away by Abraham. When their water got finished, Hagar didn’t know what to do. She thought there was no hope for the child so she put the boy in the shade of a bush.  Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears.

But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.

From the passage, when there was no one to comfort Hagar and her child, God sent help from Heaven. When she got to the point where she saw no way and thought her child was going to die, the angel of God showed up. God opened her eyes to see a well full of water. He saved her and her child.

It is my prayer today that God opens your eyes so that you can see opportunities around you. I know, I believe, and I trust that if you keep on praying to God, and believe that you have received what you have asked for in prayer, you will get it in Jesus’ Name.

Everything is gonna be alright in Jesus Christ.

I will close with this hymn:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!