What will you do with a Second Chance?

20121127-085653.jpgQuite a number of people don’t get opportunity to make things right when they mess up in their relationships with others. Years ago a brother approached me to talk about the mess he had committed in his marriage. He told me that if he gets a second chance, he won’t do that again. I thank God that when I talked to the wife, she accepted him back and the mistake he committed was never repeated.

Second chance is an opportunity to throw away bad behaviour or habit and embrace the new. It is the time when you become mindful of everything you do and try to live up to expectations.  However, it is unfortunate that people don’t always get second chance to do better especially in the face of death; for the bible says that it is appointed for man to die once, after that judgement.

I want to talk to you about two people in the bible; one got the opportunity to live again, but the other had no chance because it was too late.

The first person is the prodigal son in Luke 15. He took his share of his father’s wealth and went to live a worthless life. He got broke and life began to take a toll on him but when he came to senses, he went back to his father and pleaded for a second chance.  The father forgave him and took him back as his son.

The second person is the rich man in Lazarus’ story (Luke 16). He was very rich but died a sinner. He found himself in hell, a place of no return. He knew there was no turning point so he pleaded that Abraham should send Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers. If he had had second chance to live again, I believe that his life would have been awesome but it was too late for him.

These two stories tell us that God will grant us second chance to make things right if we repent while we have life. The scripture says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9). Notice he used “if”.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, self-ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21, NIV)

Today is an opportunity for you to make a U TURN or REPENT from lifestyle that is contrary to how Jesus wants you to live. If you have been caught up in sin or habit that you know will not make you a candidate for Heaven, ask for forgive while there is life. If you have backslidden, ask for God’s grace to get up to run your race well. You don’t know when death will knock at your door so don’t take chances with your life.

Today is the day you have, tomorrow may be too late. What will do you with a second chance?

Remember that you may cover your sins that no one else will know but you can’t hide it from God.

Say this Prayer:

Father I thank you for granting me another chance to live right today. Please forgive me my sins and wash me clean with the blood of Jesus. I asked that you strengthen me so that henceforth, I will not live according to the dictates of my flesh but by your Holy Spirit. Guide my thoughts and life so that I don’t mess up again. I thank you because I know you have answered in Jesus’ Name. Amen

How to Have a Great Day

20120527-093200.jpgEveryone desires to have a great day. We make phone calls, send text messages, emails, or use social media to send great day wishes to family and friends. Over the past years, I have found out that people including Christians start their day well but end in bad mood. Such people end up making confessions like; The day was terrible”, “it was stressful”, “my boss was very annoying”, “I was pissed off”, “the day was bad”, “it is the worst day in my life”, etc.

I thank God for granting me this opportunity to share with you 7 habits that, when you develop, will make you have the best of your day.

The Psalmist said in Psalm 118:24 (NLT) that “this is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it”

God wants you to have the best of each day as you enjoy his riches in Christ Jesus. I believe that when you do these things daily, you will realised that truly God wants you to enjoy everyday life.

  1. Commit the day’s activities to the Lord

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

The first thing you should every morning is to commit your day and everything you have planned to do to the Lord. Spend some quality with God before thinking about your cup of tea or coffee, or turning on your TV or radio to listen to the news. In Psalm 5:3 (AMP), David said “In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].

The reason why you should keep this first on the list every morning is that God knows best and He sees the end from the beginning. He already knows what will happen in each day of your life. So when you commit the day to the Lord, it means you are giving him absolute control over every activity you have set your mind to do.

Friend if you want to have a successful day, commit your day to the God and He will direct your path.

  1. Be a God Pleaser

Work willingly at whatever you do as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23, NLT)

Often we want to please people so we get disappointed when they don’t appreciate we do, especially after we have given out our best. You can go an extra mile to do their bids yet they won’t show any sign of gratitude. This can make you bitter throughout the day. However, when you do your work as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people, you wouldn’t be resentful when people complain, criticise, or don’t appreciate what you do. The truth is when you work with this attitude, you work hard because you know that God will reward you for your efforts.

Begin your day with this mind-set that you are a God pleaser and you are not going to be moved by what people say or do.

  1. Meditate on the Word of God throughout the day

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. (Joshua 1:8, AMP)

The solutions you need for each days problems or challenges are in the Word of God. If you are going to overcome temptations, you need the Word. Sometimes we fall into temptation because we neglect the Sword of Truth, which is the Word of God. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ defeated Satan with The Word signifying that you cannot win your daily battles without the Word. Secondly, The Word guides your thoughts and steps and keeps you from stumbling. David said that “Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” (Psalm 119:105 TLB).

You need The Word to live victorious in the World

  1. Be Thankful

In every thing give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV)

Throughout the day develop the attitude of giving thanks to God for all you do, and for every thing that happens. Thank Him when you get to the office or your destination because He saved you from accident you didn’t see. Thank Him when you take in food or water because He protected you from some chemicals that could have killed or hurt you. Thank Him for the air you breathe. Thank Him for the sunshine. Thank him for His guidance and protection. Thank Him for actions like standing, walking, laughing, talking, hearing, seeing, jumping, running, etc. These things might look insignificant but wait till you see a person who can’t talk, see, walk, laugh, breath, see, jump, etc.

Give thanks to God when things go your way. Even when things don’t happen the way you intended them to be, give thanks because God knows best

When you appreciate the little things God does for you, it gives him the joy to do greater things in your life.

  1. Be selfless

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t look out for your own interest, but take an interest in others, too.

 (Philippians 2:3-4, NLT)

We are each other’s keeper. In other words, I should seek you interest while you seek mine. You don’t have to be selfish by thinking about how the day’s transaction or relationship is going to benefit you. Instead, think about how it is going to benefit the other person and yourself. Secondly, you have to humble yourself because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less. – Ken Blanchard

If you want to be on top of your day, humility is a key.

  1. Live in the Present

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, NLT)

This, I believe, has to be the daily theme for every believer. Today is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Therefore don’t start your day worrying about or brooding over mistake(s) you made the previous day. Start your day right by acknowledging that although things might have gone wrong yesterday, you can make what went wrong right today.

Worrying about yesterday’s issues drains you emotionally and can affect your relationship with others. If someone did you wrong yesterday, today is a new day so let it go and live at peace with that fellow.

You can’t do anything about the past. However, you can make plans today to have a better tomorrow

  1. Help Others

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:10, NIV)

Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) once said that “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.”

You are the vessel through which God can reach out to the needy. As a result, look out for ways you can use to put a smile on someone’s face. It could be a cup of coffee, lunch, new cloth, passage from the scripture, or kind words. The scripture says that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. As you reach out to help others, you will find happiness because those people will have reason to give thanks to God.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25, NLT)

Conclusion:

These Seven steps have helped me to enjoy my everyday life over the years. They are easy steps to follow but require discipline.  Make it a daily habit to commit your day to the Lord, work to please Him, meditate on His Word throughout the day, be thankful and selfless, don’t dwell on the past life, and reach out to help those in need. I believe these things will help you to make the best of your everyday life as you wait for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

HAPPY NEW MONTH

20130215-173932.jpgThis is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.  This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:23-24, NLT)

Hello Everyone,

I welcome y’all to this New Month. We thank You Lord for protecting us from January to this day. Truly, it is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see. In the New Year Message, I quoted a passage from the scripture which I want us to take some time to meditate on it;

“Day to day the Lord takes care of the innocent and they will receive an inheritance that last forever. They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough” (Psalm 37:18, 19, NLT)

Day to day the Lord takes care of you and you have received an inheritance that last forever. You will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine you will have more than enough. Hallelujah! God’s word can be trusted. The keywords you should take note of are Hard times and famine.

God never promised that there will be no hard times or famine in your journey. However, He has promised that in those hard times or famine (credit crunch, economic downturn, recession etc), you will not be disgraced and you will have more than enough because His grace is sufficient for you. This is the promise of your Father in Heaven.

The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! (1 Thess 5:24, MSG)

As we begin this month, be encouraged with these words that

  • God is taking care of you

The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. (Psalm 121:5-8, NLT)

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. (Matthew 6:30, NLT)

  • He has already made provision for everything your needs

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23, NLT)

HAPPY NEW MONTH!

 

Thought for the day: November 01, 2014

If we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins (1 John 1:9, TLB)

Blessings for doing Good

favorSo let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:9, 10 NLT)

There is a reward for every good thing you do. When you put smile on your neighbour’s face, God rewards you. When you say No to sin, God rewards you. When you overcome temptation, God rewards you. When you overcome addiction, God rewards you. When you support the needy, God rewards you. When you do what is right in your society, God rewards you.

You have account in Heaven that God credits with every good thing you do. The returns on this investment could come in many forms: It could be long life, new ideas, new opportunities, healthy living, uncommon favour, better job, better spouse, and the best of all is internal life.

I can testify that I have been blessed beyond measure since I understood this principle. The Lord has been good to me and I believe that it is part of the returns on my investment in heaven. I don’t lack in life as God always send me help from His sanctuary. I am still striving to credit my account each blessed day by doing good with help of the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged to continue doing good (as small as you can each day) in your little corner for God is watching, and He is rewarding you for every little thing you do to help your neighbour and yourself.

God bless you

 

Forgiveness

“Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. Even if it’s personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4, MSG)

cant forgivePeople find it hard to forgive those who deliberately sin against them. That person (your friend, brother, sister, mother, father, colleague at work, etc) knew it was wrong yet he/she did it. In the scripture, Peter came to Jesus one day and asked him a question about the number of times he should forgive those who sin against him? He thought up to seven times were enough but Jesus replied “No, not seven times but seventy times seven”

Jesus told Peter to forgive 490 times. In other words, Jesus told him to be ready to forgive each time his brother sin against him. In Luke 17:4, Jesus added“Even if that person wrong you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive”

Someone may ask “what if that person is conscious of what he/she is doing and keeps on repeating the same mistake every day, week, month, or year. Must I forgive him/her?” The answer is Yes.

Forgiving your brother’s mistake(s) must be something you do every day because human beings are people and they are going to hurt you in one way or the other.

Do you know that God doesn’t answer your prayer for forgiveness when you don’t forgive people who sin against you?

Jesus told his disciples in Mark 11:25 that “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you failings and shortcomings.”

Friend true love overlooks a person’s failings and shortcomings. God shows us this kind of love daily. The scripture says while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He bought us with his precious blood and the least, I believe, you can do to show your love for him is to look around you today, pick up your phone to call the person who hurt you or  sinned against you in the past. God will bless you as you choose to forgive all who have sin against you today. The Right Time is Now!

 

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