Jesus, Hope for Tomorrow

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come

Christ In Me…..! It's All About God I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio? But I wasn't. In fact I was born just like any normal child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids, before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet. Polio started 34 years ago, precisely in 1980. This sickness turned my life around unexpectedly, and my family as well. However, I didn't allow it to define me. Although, as a child, there was practically nothing I could do, especially, when I had to start crawling again after the incident. But God who is always faithful and ever present in all situations, had prepared people ahead for me. HE carefully placed me in care of faithful, dedicated, committed, caring, confident, and most importantly, christian Parents. They nurtured me with every care and affection at their disposal. I wasn't given any preferential treatment, but wasn't maltreated either. I was fortuned to receive required medical care. I remembered those countless days spent on admission in the hospital, with my sweet mother on my bedside. She couldn't find a place to sleep, but she's always by my side, just placing her head on my bed. My precious Father drove down from Igbaja to Ogbomoso Baptist medical center, almost every day, just to be with me. At a point in time, I wanted to give up and just accept the situation. I became depressed, all I wanted to do was just sit in my room and cry all day, asking God, why this, why me? But my Parents wouldn't let me be. They are indeed God sent. I finally found Christ in 1988. I gave my life and my all unto Him, and that was my turning point. I was baptized on December 2nd 1989 & I started a new life. You might be wondering why I am all about Jesus. He took over my life even when I didn't know Him, and I am what I am today, because of Him. God sent me, my Special parents, and then gave me amazing siblings. My sisters were and still my closest friends. They got my back all the way. My immediate sister was one who was always by my side when we were still very young, people always thought we were twins because we were really close, she's the best. You know how kids are. When they see me walking with crutches, some will be staring, some even laughing at me, but my sister wouldn't take that. You dare not cross her path then. When it comes to her big sister, she'll do anything to protect me.....lol When God took over my life, I began to see things in a new light. His gifts and talents in me started manifesting. I first joined choir in 1986, and I can say with boldness in Christ, glorifying God with my voice is a continuous testimony. Though it has not been a smooth ride, Jesus told us that in this world, we will face trials and tribulations, but we should be of good courage, because He has overcame the world. I refused to allow my situation to define me or my future. It's been rough and bumpy, but I didn't give up, and I am not about to give up. I am too blessed to be stressed. I have been through a lot, but I am still living. I have so many testimonies. I might just published a book. This is not for me, but for you to know that you don't have to be a victim. You can choose to be a victor. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and He turned my life around. He turned the hopelessness in me into a hopeful situation. He can do the same for you. I have peace that transcends human understanding. He made me see hope in what once seem like a hopeless situation. Whatever you might be going through, whatever the situation or condition, He can turn it around and make it better. It's never too late. There is nothing God cannot fix. There is nothing impossible with God. He can make a way for you, and He will, if you let Him. Turn your life over unto Him, let Him do the mending. He can give you beauty for your ashes like He did for me. This page is all about God, Speaking to all and every situation of our lives daily!

Operating as usual

[12/14/20]   “Waiting for God to Answer
Psalm 17:1-6

There are several reasons why a prayer may seem to go unanswered. Consider one more: unconfessed sin. The Lord has promised to forgive transgression once we admit our action is wrong and turn away from it (1 John 1:9). If we only give lip service to our confession or refuse to change ungodly ways, petitions will not be granted. An unrepentant heart always hinders our prayer life.

What about those times when our heart is right and what we ask is in line with God's will, but He remains silent? Sometimes He waits because our longing for Him is in danger of being replaced by our desire for something else. Certain petitions--such as a request for a spouse, a baby, or a loved one's healing--generate strong emotions in us. Unless we are careful, these desires could divert our attention from God. He will not share first place with anyone or anything. Instead, He patiently waits for our focus to return to Him before He answers.

At other times, the Lord uses delays to prepare us for future service or greater blessing. Or, He may want to strengthen our trust. Strong faith means believing Him even in trials, persevering while we wait for an answer, and being confident that He always keeps His promises.

Prayer is the communication link between us and our loving heavenly Father. Let's not allow "static" to block His message to us. Instead, we must confess and turn from all known sin. Then we will be able to hear God's voice and obediently carry out whatever He asks.”

[12/11/20]   OUR DAILY BREAD: Which Way? (Hosea 14)

Asking directions is not my favorite thing to do. I always feel that if I stay at it long enough I’ll eventually find my way. My wife, Martie, on the other hand, is always quick to ask directions and incredulous about my unwillingness to admit that I don’t have a clue about where I’m going. In the end, she is the wiser one. She gets to her destination quickly and without angst while I end up getting lost.

Thinking that we are smart enough to navigate life on our own goes contrary to the warning of Scripture that tells us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 16:25). When we are at a fork in the road, we need to stop and consult the ways of the Lord, “for the ways of the Lord are right” (Hos. 14:9).

Life is a directional enterprise. It’s vitally important to know how to successfully direct our lives toward blessed and peaceful relationships, meaningful acts of love and service, a fulfilling experience with God, and a host of other vitally important destinations.

Asking God for directions isn’t just a good idea—it’s critical. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).

Lord, we surrender our stubborn tendency to do life on
our own terms. Teach us that our “want to’s” lead to
dead-end streets and that Your wisdom will keep us
on the road to all that is good and fruitful. Amen.

Ask God for directions because He knows the way.

[12/09/20]   🎶Trust and Obey

1
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

2
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3
Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

4
But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

[12/07/20]   Refining Fire
Taken from NIV The Great Rescue

Out of the soil of suffering, God grows a depth in us that can’t be grown in any other way.

Read
Mary had known deep pain when her brother, Lazarus, had died. A few days after Lazarus’ death, Jesus had come. He had wept with her, stepping into her pain, and then had miraculously brought her brother back to life. Jesus had walked with Mary through deep affliction, and he had seen her through it. Now, without hesitation or inhibition, Mary freely expressed her love for Jesus — during a dinner held in Jesus’ honor. “Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3). This perfume was incredibly valuable — worth as much money as an ordinary worker would earn in an entire year (see John 12:5). What a beautiful display of affection!

Think
The most beautiful people you know have experienced deep pain. When gold or silver is being refined, the metals are heated to an intensely high temperature and the impurities are sloughed off, leaving only pure metal behind. When extreme pressure is applied to coal for a long period of time, it becomes a diamond. In the same way, when we walk through fire or pressure, what’s left is breathtaking and beautiful.

Live
People who have grown in God through intense suffering become a blessing to everyone they encounter. They fill a room with a sweet fragrance similar to Mary’s perfume. They radiate a joy and strength that seems unshakable and is founded on truth rather than circumstance. They have a deep peace, they’re secure in who they are, and they love people well. The refining fire of suffering has removed the impurities that kept them from fully radiating God’s love. God transforms deep pain into deep beauty.

[12/04/20]   "I am fascinated by people who choose to live in the shadow of a volcano; build on barrier islands; rebuild in a flood plain; marry thrice-divorced playboys or smoke after lung surgery. They are gamblers at heart, or unaware of the odds. Sooner or later, volcanoes blow, hurricanes reshape the beach, rivers flood, character is unmasked, and cigarettes kill. When wisdom takes a backseat to desire; when emotional attachments bind us to bad ground; when the thrill of a chase exceeds the capture, we are destined for disappointment and disaster.

King Saul chose to build on a fault line. He ignored God’s specific instruction and rewrote God’s plan after his own desire. This was no small slip; no minor oversight. Saul showed contempt for God’s will and his life began to sink down in the quicksand of rebellion. Obedience is always a simple thing. Cover-up and deceit become increasingly complex. God’s judgment on Saul was concise and terrible: rejected ... rejected by God!

We make a grave error when we picture God as an over-indulgent parent. We’re only fooling ourselves when we think our indiscretions carry no consequence. Impulse closes our prison door, and rebellion turns the key."

[12/02/20]   When You Feel Like Giving Up
By Sharon Jaynes

Today's Truth

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV)

Friend to Friend
Can I make a confession? Sometimes I quit too soon. I’ve quit when what I really needed to do was to press on and press through. Sometimes I’ve gotten tired of the struggle—tired of trying. And you know what? I’ve missed many blessings because I threw up my hands in the battle and said, “Just forget it.” I don’t want to do that any longer. I don’t want to stop too soon.

The battle plan to take the Promised Land was as simple as it was strange.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” (Joshua 6:2-5)

Now, that was a strange plan. God’s infinite ways often don’t make sense in our finite minds. Sometimes you have to be willing to look ridiculous and be radical to live a remarkable life. The choices you make when you feel God’s nudge will become the hinges on which your destiny swings.

Jericho was “tightly shut up” (Joshua 6:1 NLT). Sometimes it can feel that our promises are “tightly shut up.” That doesn’t mean that we give up. That means that we suit up, step up, and keep moving forward.

God said, “See, I have delivered them into your hands.” Notice that verb tense. God did not say, “I will deliver them into your hands.” He said, “I have delivered them into your hands.” He had already done it, but they had to obey and put their foot down to receive it. I love how God speaks in past tense to our present problems.

But here’s the conundrum: What do you do when what God says doesn’t match up with what you see? When all you see is a big wall standing between your promise and your present situation?

There will be times when you are doing everything you know to do, and you still don’t see any movement. The Israelites walked around Jericho for six days, and as far as they could tell, nothing happened. I’m sure it unnerved the people behind the wall, but as far as the walkers could tell, not one brick fell.

This is where many give up—when they don’t see any progress. “God, throw me a bone,” I cry. “Show me a little something! Let me see just a hint of progress! Can I see one brick fall?” And God says, “Keep walking…by faith.”

Just because you don’t see God working does not mean that He isn’t. Jesus said, “My Father is always at work” (John 5:17). The writer of Hebrews notes: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36).

Today, you might be on lap number seven and not even know it. Supposed they had stopped on day six saying, “This is ridiculous. I’m not feelin’ it. Not one stone has fallen to the ground. I don’t see any progress. Those folks are probably in there laughing their heads off. I’m going home.” They would have missed the blessing.

I wonder how many times I have missed the blessing because I stopped too soon. Perhaps you’ve wondered:
• How much longer will I have to wait until God brings my prodigal home?
• How much longer will I have to struggle with this unbelieving husband?
• How much longer will I have to endure this dead-end job?
• How many more laps will I have to walk around Jericho before the walls come tumbling down and I can take hold of my Promised Land?

I don’t know the answer to the question of how much longer, but I do know this, tomorrow could be the final lap. Don’t give up too soon.

Let’s Pray:
Lord, sometimes we just want to give up. As a matter-of-fact, we are tempted to give up on something pretty important right now. Fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit on the inside, so that we can persevere on the outside. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[12/01/20]   This New Month……

1“You live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods.

2 This I declare, that he alone is your refuge, your place of safety; he is your God, and you are trusting him completely.

3 He shall rescue you from every trap of those chasing your life and destiny and protect you from deadly diseases. 4 He will shield and shelter you with his wings! His truthful promises are your shield.

5 Henceforth, you will never be afraid for the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day; 6 nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the noonday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, the evil one will not touch you. Premature death will not come close to your household

8 You will see how the wicked are punished, but you will not share in it. 9 For Jehovah is your refuge! You choose Him above all gods to shelter you.

10 Evil will not come near your dwelling place. 11 For the angels are under instruction to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will protect you with their hands. You will not stumble or dash your foot against a stone.

13 When you meet a lion or step on poisonous snakes, yes, even trample them beneath your feet, no harm will befall you!

14 For the Lord says, “Because he loves you, He will rescue you; He will make you great because you put your trust in His name. 15 When you call on Him, He will answer; He will be with you in trouble and rescue you and honor you. 16 He will satisfy you with a full, healthy, and long life and at the end, you will receive His salvation.” In Jesus name. Amen

Psalm 91

[11/30/20]   Our Daily Bread: Horse Power
By Dave Branon
Read: Job 39:19-25

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:14

Think for a moment of the power, beauty, and majesty of a galloping horse—his head held high, his mane flying in the wind, and his legs working in unison to provide speed, power, and abandon.

What a wonderful example of God’s magnificent creation is the horse! God created it not just for our amazement and enjoyment but also as a complement to the human race (Job 39). Properly trained, the horse is fearless when we need a courageous companion. The horse was used to carry the soldier faithfully into conflict with speed (v.24) and anticipation (v.25).

Although God was using creation to teach Job about His sovereignty, we can also be reminded through this passage about our own value in God’s world. We are created not simply as a beautiful creature with a job to do but also as a creature made in God’s image. The power of the horse is amazing, but the value of each human transcends all other creatures.

God created us uniquely to have a relationship with Him and to live with Him forever. While we praise God for the magnificence of the creatures of nature, we also stand in awe that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14).

Thank You, our Almighty God and Father, for Your
creation. You have provided so many majestic
creatures for us to enjoy, but help us to recognize
with thankfulness the special place we have in creation.

Of all God’s creation, only humans can experience re-creation.

[11/23/20]   GOD IS AT WORK ON YOUR BEHALF
by Gary Wilkerson

The city walls of Jerusalem were being rebuilt, but Nehemiah saw sin, bondage, and discouragement beginning to captivate the hearts of the people.

“As soon as it began to grow dark . . . I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath” (Nehemiah 13:19, ESV).

In this passage, Nehemiah is a type of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of God is saying, “I know your propensity, I know the pulls. I know the temptation will be to take the Sabbath and make it unholy . . . and you will forget Me.” So even before it was dark, Nehemiah closed the gates.

Your heavenly Father is on the move in your life to solve your problem even before you know you have a problem. God is on the move on your behalf even before the sin sets in, even before it takes hold. God is working! The old Puritans called this a prevenient grace—grace at work before the temptation comes. Even before Adam and Eve got out of the Garden, even before sin began to take hold in the fruit, God said to the serpent, “The Son (He was talking of His Son, Christ Jesus) will crush your head” (Genesis 3:15, paraphrase mine). After deceiving Adam and Eve, before Satan slithered out and began to move throughout the whole world to deceive the sons of Adam and Eve, God said, “I have a plan in action.”

This is not God standing on the sidelines saying, “If you fall into that sin, come to Me and repent and I will forgive you again.” Yes, He does that, but it is so much more than that. God is working on your behalf even before that temptation ever comes to you, building up a wall in your life. He is building up grace and maturity in you, leading you through the spiritual process of your growing to where you are strengthened—line upon line, precept upon precept.

God is already planning for your victory!

[11/20/20]   KEEPING THE BLESSING AND FAVOR OF GOD by David Wilkerson


God blesses those who walk in faithfulness and He shows favor to those who favor Him!

How do nations, families, individuals lose the blessing and favor of God? The prophet Haggai speaks to this, and the first reason he lists is that self-interests begin to replace God’s interests!

“The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built” (Haggai 1:2). The Israelites gave up building the Lord’s house in order to build their own homes!

This scene took place sixty-eight years after Solomon’s temple was destroyed. A remnant had returned to Jerusalem out of Babylonian captivity specifically to rebuild God’s house. And, indeed, they laid the foundation of the temple with zeal and excitement!

But then they began running into some hard places—difficulties and discouragements. Slowly they lost interest in the work of God, saying, “This just isn’t the time. We are having too many problems. Besides, we’re spending so much time here that we’re neglecting our families and businesses.”

One by one, they walked away to look after their own interests. The Lord’s interests, that had everything to do with their own well-being, became secondary! They began building their own houses and they used the lumber that had been stored up for building the temple.

How do believers today lose the blessing and favor of God? By stopping work on His temple! It happens when we stop praying and seeking God—when we stop building up His spiritual body!

Haggai points out this problem: When the people put God’s interests first, He provided their food and shelter. Indeed, they were cared for by Him in every way. Their vineyards grew, their grapes were heavy; they slept peacefully at night and their children danced in the streets. None of their enemies prevailed against them. It was a marvelous time of God’s blessing but then the people became absorbed with their own self-interests!

This is what is happening today! Our world is consumed with self—self-pride, self-ambition, self-will—with every person out for his own interests! No wonder so many are drunk and dazed with drugs, wandering in darkness and confusion.

God says, “I called for a drought on the land . . . and on all the labor of your hands” (Haggai 1:11). He is saying, “If you begin to neglect your souls and turn to materials things, you will end up joyless, dissatisfied, empty, dry! I want you to put My interests first, so I can again bless and favor you!”




---When U're down to nothing, God is up to something!---

Christ In Me…..!

It's All About God I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio, but I wasn't. In fact, I was born just like any healthy child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet.

Polio started 37 years ago, precisely in 1980. This sickness turned my life around unexpectedly, and my family as well. However, I didn't allow it to define me. Although, as a child, there was practically nothing I could do, especially, when I had to start crawling again after the incident. But God who is always faithful and ever present in all situations had prepared people ahead for me. HE carefully placed me in care of committed, dedicated, committed, caring, confident, and most importantly, Christian Parents. They nurtured me with every care and affection at their disposal. I wasn't given any preferential treatment but wasn't maltreated either.

I was fortuned to receive required medical care. I remembered those countless days spent on admission in the hospital, with my sweet mother on my bedside. She couldn't find a place to sleep, but she's always by my side, just placing her head on my bed. My precious Father drove down from Igbaja to Ogbomoso Baptist medical center, almost every day, just to be with me.

At a point in time, I wanted to give up and just accept the situation. I became depressed, all I wanted to do was just sit in my room and cry all day, asking God, why this, why me? But my Parents wouldn't let me be. They are indeed God sent. I finally found Christ in 1988. I gave my life and my all unto Him, and that was my turning point. I was baptized on December 2nd 1989 & I started a new life.

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