"And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the WORD OF GRACE, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
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THE AMAZING POWER OF GOD'S GRACE! - 1
"But His answer was, 'My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.' I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. ...For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2Cor. 12:9-10(GNT)
Grace is the ‘unmerited’, ‘unearned’ and 'undeserved' favour of God. It is the gift of God to us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord. The operation of the grace of God keeps us wondering whether we deserve it or not because it is simply amazing! But the truth we cannot earn or merit God's grace, it's given by God.
Let’s look at the operation of Grace from the following stand-points:
#1. The Grace of God makes up for our sins.
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, it was Grace that made God accept us in spite of all our sins (Rom. 5:20). That same Grace still makes up for all our mistakes and trespasses up until now. Whenever we miss it and turn to God for forgiveness, Grace reconciles us with God, picks us up and keeps moving us forward towards God's purpose for our lives as if nothing happened! It's by grace that God forgives and forgets all you have ever done wrong. The operation of the grace of God is just so incredible!
#2. The Grace of God makes up for our inadequacies.
Apart from making up for our sins, the Grace of God also makes up for our weaknesses, infirmities and inadequacies; and above that, Grace pushes us forward as if our inadequacies don't even exist! In fact, Grace mostly makes us perform much better than we would have if our imperfections were not there! That is why the apostle Paul said, "…when I'm weak, then I'm strong!"
Where natural ability ends, that's where grace begins. - Judges 6:13-17
"For I am the least of the apostles, ...But by the GRACE of God I am what I am: and his GRACE which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the GRACE of God which was with me." - 1Cor. 15:9-10
Is there anyone who has a seemingly insurmountable task, something bigger than you, but can't find the strength or ability required? God's grace is all you need.
There are times in life when we feel so incompetent and unfit to deliver at home, at work, in church or in our neighborhood. We feel so ill-equipped to do what we must necessarily do, or what we believe God would have us do. That is the time we need to draw Grace from God.
Have you missed God lately? Then it’s time to return to Him for forgiveness and receive Grace to carry on.
Are you weak or weary? Do you have weaknesses or inadequacies that makes you feel incapable? Now is the time to turn to God for the grace to survive in spite of your shortcomings.
It is freely yours for the asking! - Heb. 4:16
God's grace will speak for you today. You will move from being condemned to being justified. The strength will be released upon you. It's your season to scale great heights. Remember, God loves you too much to watch you brought down to shame. Congratulations and enjoy the hand of God this month!
Jesus is LORD!
Faith is saying “Thank you!”
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." (1Chronicles 16:34, KJV)
Wouldn't it be great to have Thanksgiving 365 days a year? It’s possible because Thanksgiving is not just a service; it's an attitude of the heart. We can celebrate every day because no matter what is going on in life, we can find a reason to thank God.
Having an attitude of thanksgiving all depends on what you choose to focus on. You can either focus on your problems, or you can focus on your blessings. The question is: ‘Do you want more problems, or do you want more blessings?’ Living with an attitude of gratitude means that you don't just thank God for what He did in the past, but you also thank Him for what He will do in the future. You thank Him for opening new doors. You thank Him for increasing you. You thank Him for bringing the right people into your life. You thank Him in anticipation of the answers to your prayers.
Thanking God in advance is a declaration of faith. What your thanksgiving does is celebrating the certainty of God and His goodness in your life. It is acknowledging the working power of God to bring our expectations into reality. It is forcing the hand of God to deliver what He has prepared for our future. Remember, it is by faith that we please God. Faith is what moves Him. Faith is what opens the door for His promises to be fulfilled in our lives. Today and every day, develop an attitude of gratitude and let your faith say thank you Lord; even for those things you are yet to see!
Thank God ahead of all what you want to see all through month.
Welcome to February, our month of HARVEST OF TESTIMONIES!
This month shall be your BEST month ever. You will enjoy the fruits of this month. Favour will speak for you this month. It shall be your month of diverse visitations. Every gang-up against you this month shall be scattered. Every evil planned for you this month shall be averted. Every day of this month shall be CHRISTMAS for you. Happy New Month and welcome back onboard.
Don't Open the Door to Weariness.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." - Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
When challenges are lasting longer than expected, when you are working hard but not seeing the result, that's when weariness sets in. If the enemy can't get you down, his next strategy is to try to wear you down. Many people are suffering from 'battle fatigue'; they've been standing a long time, trying to overcome the difficulties of life, believing for their promotion, praying for the change they desire, but it hasn't happened yet. They never expected they will still be without child, or still single, or still dealing with that illness, or still struggling to get that business on track. And now they are tired.
Proverbs 13:12 says "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." God knew weariness would come or He wouldn't have told us not to get weary. He said, "Don't be weary in well doing." That means you're doing the right thing but not seeing the right results. Let me encourage you that your time is coming. Your due season is on the way. Don't let situations talk you out of your victory. Don't let discouragements cause you to give up. Don't let negative thoughts convince you to settle for less.
Your mind will give you good excuses. Things like, "I'm tired of fighting this problem." "I'm too tired to believe for my marriage." "I'm too tired to stretch to the next level. I've been doing it for so long." If you dwell on those thoughts, you will allow weariness set in. You'll become more tired, more discouraged, and more negative.
Remember, weariness cannot automatically come. You have to open the door. When thoughts tell you that it's never going to work out, that it's been too long, just say, "No thanks, I know my time is coming. I know God is still on the throne. I am strong in the Lord. I've been armed with strength for this battle, and I will embrace the victory and blessing He has planned for me!"
Take a clue from Job when he said, "If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come." - Job 14:14
Beloved, no matter how long that issue has been there, trust God and never back down. Stay strong and don't open the door to weariness.
This is your 'divine intervention' week. Stay refreshed. Good morning.
Jesus is LORD!
CONFRONTING YOUR FEARS – 1
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
God has created us to shine and dominated all of life’s challenges and circumstances.
We must also realize that one of the weapons the enemy uses to keep us away from enjoying God’s plans and purposes for our lives is FEAR.
That’s why I sense that the Holy Spirit wants to free us from the torments of fear and empower us to confront them.
I want to bring to your attention some fears we must deal with in life to stay on top. Never give up to the challenges you encounter, face your fears with God’s help and you will be soaring as an eagle.
Fear of what People Think!
If you want to break free from where you are right now and move to the next level in life, the first thing you need to deal with is the fear of what people think.
So many of our decisions are made to please people, not to please God; we want people’s acceptance and not God’s approval.
Apostle Paul dealt with this issue in Galatians 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” If he had chosen to be popular by submitting to men’s applaud rather than God’s approval, he would have lost his place in destiny.
Many people are living under the fear of what others think about them, many decisions are based on the acceptance of men. If you don’t confront this fear, you will live at the mercy of others for the rest of your life.
I am aware that wanting to please people is a fairly natural desire, but if you are always in need of people’s approval, the devil will use this to steal your destiny.
You will never be all that God wants you to be, if your goal is to please people.
A better understanding of this can be seen in John 12:42-43, “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THE PRAISE OF GOD.” These men missed having a deep relationship with God because they cared more about what people thought than what God thought.
Beloved, if you live your life on what others think, you will be living a shadow of yourself.
Do whatever you must do to reach the point where you care more about what God thinks than about what your family, friends, neighbours or colleagues think.
Seek to please God and you will soar with the eagles instead of fighting over a grain of corn with the chickens.
Remember, men’s applaud is never equal to God’s approval.
Receive the spirit of boldness to break free this month. Good morning.
Jesus is Lord!
Rename Your Valleys
“... The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the VALLEY OF REPHAIM. And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? ... and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place BAALPERAZIM.” 2Samuel 5:17-20(KJV)
David was about to step into the fullness of his destiny. He had just being anointed as king. He suddenly found himself at the Valley of Rephaim. Rephaim means giants. Some years earlier, he had killed Goliath in that same valley. But now, he not only faced one Goliath, he faced a valley of Goliaths.
What’s the lesson here?
FIRST, the closer you are to your destiny, the greater the opposition. You may overcome one challenge, that's good, but don't be surprised if you face a bigger challenge. That means you're getting closer to your destiny.
SECONDLY, David and his men went out full of faith and courage, and they defeated the Philistines. One important thing we must note is that David renamed the valley. Instead of calling it the valley of giants, that is, the valley of Rephaim, he renamed it Baal-perazim. That means ‘the God of the breakthrough.’
When you face situations that seem impossible, remember David and rename that valley. “...and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Rom. 4:17.
This is not the valley of debt, struggle or lack. Rename it the valley of abundance, promotion and increase. Don't call it the valley of cancer, heart disease or kidney failure. Rename it the valley of health, wholeness, the valley of victory!
If you'll start renaming your valleys, what was meant to stop you will instead promote you.
The reason you're facing the opposition is because, just like David, you're about to step into a new level of your destiny. Don't complain again about the valley. Have a new perspective: there's a blessing in that valley. Get your passion back, get your fire back because the forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you. If you'll do this, I believe and declare that God is going to turn every valley you face in life to valleys of victory, abundance and blessing in Jesus' name! Amen.
Follow God this month and your destiny will open up.
Jesus is Lord!
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Getting Past Disappointments!
“…he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, …to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; …” Isaiah 61:1-3(KJV)
Everyone experiences disappointments in life. Maybe a friend let you down. Maybe you didn't get a job you wanted. Maybe you lost something or someone important in your life. If we aren't careful, those disappointments can become like potholes in the road to our destiny that can get us stuck and keep us from moving forward.
Nothing is a surprise to God. Whatever happened to you happened for a reason, but don’t let it bring your life to a standstill. When a door in your life closes, God always gives you the grace to move forward. The Bible says, He will give you beauty for ashes. What are those ashes? Those are the places where life has burned you – the losses, the disappointments, the wrong choices and decisions. What is the beauty? His healing and restoration beyond what you could ever imagine!
Note that the size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; and how you handle disappointments along the way.
Beloved, if you are ready to move beyond a disappointment, don’t hold on to it, LET IT GO. Allow God to heal you and give a reason to live again. Ron Kenoly, in the words of his song, said, ‘if you catch hell, don’t hold it, if you’re going through hell, don’t stop, just go ahead.’ There is no life without its challenges;
we just must look at the brighter side of life and trust God enough to see us through. Bishop David Oyedepo said, ‘it is permitted to be challenged but it is unscriptural to be defeated.’ You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you, they simply strengthen you to overcome. You are not down and out, God still has better days ahead for you, just trust Him.
To live a great life, we must develop capacity to face troubles with courage and disappointments with cheerfulness, faith and humility.
Disappointments is just God’s way of saying, I’ve got something better for you.
Make the choice right now to release yesterday, release the disappointments, release what didn't work out. Forgive and trust God to move you forward into the blessing and victory He has in store for you.
Experience God’s abundant blessings today.
Jesus is Lord!
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY – 5!
Don’t Miss Your Miracle.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10(KJV)
You may have heard the story in scripture where Jesus fed 5,000 men (plus women and children) with five loaves and two fishes (Mk. 6:35-44). I was thinking about this story, and what amazed me is how the disciples first encouraged Jesus to send the people home so they could eat. They were going to dismiss the people in their time of need, and in essence, they were going to dismiss the miracle God wanted to do through them and for them.
Helping others is an opportunity that we must connect to for our supernatural turnaround. Jesus saw a need and dived into it, He saw an opportunity for a miracle and grabbed it with both hands.
An important part of living a happy and fulfilling life includes being part of other people’s lives, helping and supporting them. Being a blessing to someone is an opportunity for God to re-write your story and give you the breakthrough you have always longed for.
Another part of this story that I love is when Jesus took the bread, gave thanks for it, and then broke it and started passing it out. Note that the bread in His hand wasn't enough to feed the crowd, but He didn't wait for all of the provision. He used what He had and took a step of faith.
Many times, we hold the little we have and wait for God to do something, but God is saying, ‘Give what you have, then, I will multiply it!’ Bishop David Oyedepo said, ‘You don’t lack what you give, you only lack what you keep.’
Know that your little in the hands of God is more than enough. Take a step of faith by helping others reach their goals, give your little time, your little advice, your little encouragement, your little resources and trust that God will multiply it. Give Him the opportunity to move in your life, and don't dismiss your miracle!
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. You can have everything you want in life if you just help other people get what they want in life. Only a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile. We rise by lifting others.
One question you must always ask yourself is: What am I doing for others?
Good Morning and enjoy today’s opportunity for your rising.
Jesus is Lord!
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