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!

 

 

 

Close the gap

close the gapCome close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:8, NLT)

Think about this question for a moment:

Where would you be if God had not been by your side?

  • God is with you

God is with you. As a matter of fact, He is closer than anything you could ever think of. I have known this since I was a little boy that a Christian can’t be lonely because God is always with His children.

  • He never takes His eyes off you

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3 NLT)

God gave you to your parents as a gift, a gift that He never takes His eyes off. That was why David said that even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (Psalm 27:10 NLT). He loves you and cares about everything you do. He knows that without Him, you can do nothing. He is your strength in all your endeavours.

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  • His Promise and Our actions

God has promised that He will never leave nor forsake His children. He is with us but often we go astray. We feel very restrictive when we are close to Him. That is because he wants us to shine or be different everywhere we go. We cannot do what others call fun and this causes the struggle between the flesh and the spirit. When the spirit dominates the flesh, we stay close to him and do what His Word tells us to do. On the other hand, when the flesh dominates the spirit, we do what He does not want us to do which draws us from Him.

  • Our freedom

God never forces us to stay close to him. He has given us freedom to choose what we want to do. So when we go astray like the prodigal son did in Luke 15, he stays and waits for us to come back to Him. He has stretched His arms to welcome anyone who comes home. As the day goes by, Our Father wait to see His children who have gone astray make decision to come back to him. If you are doing thing(s) that is/are contrary to what the Word of God says/say, then there is a gap between your Father in Heaven and you.

  • Is there any gap between you and God today?

His KingdomIf there is, know that God is waiting for you to bridge that gap. Because he wants you back, He sent Jesus to die on the Cross so that He can have relationship with you. It is not too late. He is waiting for you with open arms so run to him while there is time and say that “Father I am sorry for following my own ways. I have sinned against you. Please forgive me and lead me through your path of righteousness. From today, I choose to say No to the desires of the flesh. I have come to your presence once again and there is no turning back.  Be my strength from today in Jesus’ Name. Amen

Be encouraged to close the gap because without Him, there is nothing you can do.

I will close with this:

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8, NLT)

EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

His KingdomI am writing this piece to encourage you, who have been suffering from addiction, that everything’s gonna be alright. God hates sin but He is patient waiting for you to come to repentance.

It’s easy to be judgmental or critical when we see someone repeating the same sin, habit, or mistake over and over. What we fail to understand is that something led that person into such sin, weakness, habit, or mistake. I was once addicted to certain habit for over 10 years so I know what I am talking about. It took the Grace of God, His help through discipline to come out of that habit.

My message for you, who is struggling to stop or quit bad habit (like jealousy, pornography, gossiping, drinking, drugs, quick-tempered, masturbation, sexual immorality, greed, homosexuality, etc) is that do not think or believe that that is how or what God created you to be.

God created you in His image and likeness. Know that everything about God is perfect. In the scripture, there is a story about a farmer who went to sow good seeds in his field but an enemy came to sow bad ones at night. In other words, God deposited good things in you. However, Satan came to sow bad ones in you at night. Night refers to those times when you were far from God. That is when you were not taking your prayer life seriously, when you did not spend enough time reading His word, or you were dormant.

The good news, however, is that God knows you are in that situation. Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy to set you free. You can get up on your feet once again. You can be made whole again. Paul said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

What I will encourage you to do is that keep moving forward. Keep taking one step ahead of the other. Do not quit. It does not matter how many times you fall down, what matters is your zeal to change from that habit. I will liken this to a little child who is learning to walk. Each time he falls down at an attempt, he says to himself that “I will try again”. That child may fall down a thousand times but at the next try, everything turns to be alright for that kid. I believe you can make it.
Commit yourself to prayer and fasting, and learn to discipline yourself by staying away from doing the little things that lead you to sin, that habit, or mistake. Remember that God has not destroyed you yet because he does not want you to die in your sin.

I remember what changed my situation was that I made a bold decision to quit. I fasted and prayed and started saying No to thoughts that led me into that habit. I exercised self-control. It was not easy at first but as I kept moving one step ahead of the other without looking back at the many times I fell, but looking up to Jesus, I dominated that habit.

God will be your strength as you make decision today to quit in Jesus’ Name.

I know you can

I will conclude with the words of Bishop Clarence E. Mcclendon;

Keep on moving forward
For God is going to what He said
As a matter of fact
Even if you failed the first time
Get up
And do it again
And this time it’s going to work
Because this is the hour of visitation

DAY 1: JUST OBEY

20130113-071539.jpgWhen His message comes to you,
There is but one thing to do,
Just obey, just obey”

It’s easy to quote the scriptures. It’s easy to memorize the scriptures from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. And it’s easy to know the commandments of God. However, the real task is doing what the Word says. Obey means to do what someone tells you to do. This means that in our walk with God we should do what His Word says.

Johnson Oatman wrote Just as God who reigns on High and the words are so true:

Just as God who reigns on High
Spake to men in days gone by,
So the Lord is calling men today;
And, my brother this is true,
Whatso-e’er He says to you
There is but one thing to do, just obey

Chorus
Just obey, just obey,
Is the way, God’s way;
When His message comes to you,
There is but one thing to do,
Just obey, just obey

 “When His message comes to you, there is but one thing to do. Just obey”. This reminds me of what Mary told the servants at a wedding in Galilee where Jesus turned water into wine. She told them to “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5, NIV).

The miracle took place when those servants obeyed what Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water” “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet” John 2:7,8.

 Do you believe that God can change your water to wine?

In other words, do you believe that God can change your mess into message that will inspire the world?

In Luke 5:5, Simon had nothing after toiling for the whole night. He was discouraged, disappointed and had lost hope. But when Jesus spoke to him, he (Simon) answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (NIV). He obeyed and saw something he had never seen before.

The point I want you to note is that;

Jesus told them to do the ordinary and when they obeyed, God did the extraordinary.

Think about what Jesus asked them to do for a moment; The first was to pour water into the jars. The second was to let down the net. Jesus did not expect much from them at all. All he needed was their obedience. In the same way, He is not expecting much from you. He wants you to obey his Word.

His Word says;

  • Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33, NLT)

 People are going through difficult situations because they are not keeping first things first in their lives. Instead of them to seek first the Kingdom of God, they are chasing after physical needs. They have toiled throughout the night, like Peter, but have caught nothing. When you obey Jesus’ message and Seek the Kingdom of God above everything, I can assure you that everything you desire will chase after you. God placed everything you need in Jesus. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said Keep on seeking, and you will find. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Friend always remember that when His message come to you, there is but one thing to do. Just obey, just obey.