How Loving, How Caring!
“I heard Him say, “Go there and speak”
But I ran away, boarded a ship
Like the Titanic, I was bold.
I was wise in my way, in my eyes.
Unbeknown to me, I leaked and was weak.
I had betrayed myself, my soul sold.
And down I went, drowning
to a point of no return.
Then I remembered my fault
And cried out to Him.
In the depths I raised a hymn of praise,
I worshipped my Maker for His mercy,
His wisdom, power, sovereignty.
Like Paul and Silas, I was not silenced,
Even in the rain, pain and grave.
He was moved, quickly forgave
Commanded an earthquake
To wash me ashore.
And there I was,
Even with a pillow
Under my head.
How loving, how caring!
Fixing Your Focus
Fixing your Focus
When you’re single-minded
Like Mary who focused on Jesus;
Like Paul who forgot the past
And looked to what was ahead
And pressed on for Mark
Of the prize 🏆 of the High Calling.
Fixing your Focus.
Requires full attention
Refusing to give in to
And others cohorts.
Fixing Your Focus
Of the Master
Who defied vilification
And the crucifixion.
And prayed for His enemies
And bore the shame and pain
For the purpose, He was born.
Fixing your focus
When seeking God’s face
Will bring His grace
And divine Direction.
The Holy Spirit will
Give you instruction
Guidance and counsel
As He speaks to you.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
“Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.”
1 Corinthians 9:27
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
2 that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”
4 But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.
Goals Help You Go
Without Goals You Can’t Go
Places right, You ought to go;
Achieve want you want to achieve
Receive what you desire to receive.
Godly goals propel you in the right direction
Bring you the right instructions
Powered by the Holy Spirit;
Emanating from the Spirit of truth.
With Godly goals you say the right things,
And set the right targets and standards;
Pray the right way, do the right things
associate with the right people,
Go to the right places at the right time.
With Godly goals, good will come to you;
Evil will be repelled, warded away.
With Godly goals, God will be for you;
And if He is for you, who can be against you?
Learn the Lesson of Forty
Noah was in the ark and rain fell
for forty days and forty nights.
It was a test for Noah
who must have wondered,
“Has God forgotten us here?”
But the time came and the water assuaged
and he saw dry land.
God does not forget.
For forty years they wandered
In the wilderness
To get Egypt out of them
It was a test that only a few passed.
The Red Sea was a test which they failed.
But God was merciful. and the crossed over.
Moses left for forty days
It was a test but the people failed
They made idols and worshiped them
Thinking Moses had overstayed.
They courted God displeasure.
Learn the Lesson of Forty
Twelve spies were sent to spy
The Promised Land, the Land flowing
With milk and honey.
They went for forty days.
It was another test
But unbeknown to them.
Only Joshua and Caleb passed the test.
The rest flunked it with distinction.
They preferred Egypt, bondage, slavery…
They spouted an evil report
That was beyond imagination.
They saw through the enemy’s eyes
Rather through the eyes of God.
The exaggerated the negative,
spread doom and gloom.
They made the heart of the people melt;
Made the majority wail, lament
Dispirited, depressed and desperate.
27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
How did Joshua and Caleb pass the test?
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Num13:
6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” Num14:6-9
And when it was time to distribute the Land, Caleb did not forget what God had promised him 45 five years previously. He maintained his confession and reminded Joshua what God had said:
“You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea.
7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’
10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.”
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.
14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.(Josh14:6-14)
Learn the Lesson of Forty
Goliath came and tested Israel for forty days.
The soldiers including King Saul
Quaked in their boots.
They were hopeless and hapless.
They saw no way out.
Fear gripped them, emasculated them
And almost strangulated them.
It was a test they failed until David showed up.
David had a different spirit.
He knew who he was.
He knew he had a covenant with God.
He knew God was with him.
He knew Goliath was uncircumcised.
And hence vulnerable.
He knew it was a test
And was determined to pass the test.
“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine
to defy the armies of the living God?
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
David used what he had
and spoke what God said about him and won.
He used his sling and stone
And soon Goliath was toast,
He bit the dust.
David turned the light of Israel on
When he cut off the head of Goliath
Just like he had said.
God fought for him because he took sides with God
and saw through God’s eyes.
Learn the Lesson of Forty
Thank God for Jesus, our heavenly David
God’s beloved Son.
He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit
where He was tempted by the devil for forty days.
But He knew the end from the beginning.
He knew it was a test
and He passed His test with flying colours:
“Man shall not live by bread alone
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.”
He whipped the devil, left right and centre and passed the test for us.
Learn the Lesson of Forty
Forty days after He rose, He ascended to heaven. The disciples were tested sore. They went into hiding, afraid of their lives. Jesus appeared to them after He rose from the dead- three days after His death, just like He had said. He appeared to them at various times for forty days, when He ascended. And ten days later, the Holy Spirit came and now indwells those who received Him.
This is why we will not fail. Because it is not by might nor by power but by the Holy Spirit.
The Comforter- Another One like Jesus- is inside of us.
He is the Standby, the Strengthener, the Advocate, the Helper, the Intercessor, the Teacher, and the Guide. He is the Greater One who dwells in us. Through Him, we are overcomers, more than conquerors. He gives us the advantage, any day, anytime, anywhere.
Thanks be to God who always causes us to pass any test and triumph through our tests.
When you are hard-pressed, know that you will not be crushed. and when perplexed, be not in despair or despondent or depressed. when you are persecuted, you are not abandoned. He said I will never leave you nor forsake you until the end of the age.
Through your tests, testimonies will abound. When you are knocked down, know that you are not knocked out. you are still in the race. Press on for the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. Always look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith.
Say to yourself, ” No temptation has come to me but that which is common to man. And God is faithful who will also through the temptation, make a way of escape, that I will be able to bear.”
Remember, Job was also tested and in the end, we know:
10 And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
12 Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch.
15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations.
17 So Job died, old and full of days.
He also said:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; Job19:25
… I will wait, Till my change comesJob14:14
10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Job23:10 29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. Glory!
Learn the Lesson of Forty!
It Is Finished,
Done by the Son.
It is a done deal.
He did it once and for all.
He did all He could do-
All that is necessary.
And He did it for you.
No need to beg or cry.
What the law could not do,
What the blood of bulls and goats could not do, Jesus did; the blood of the eternal covenant did.
There is now, no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. The old has gone and the New has come. All things are yours. You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. Everything He accomplished was for you, in regard to your health, supply, support, family, finance, relationships, ministry, purpose, and assignment.
It’s time to appropriate.
It’s time to dominate.
It’s time to meditate.
It’s time to decree.
And see it established.
Use the currency of faith.
Decree like a king you are.
Where the Word of a king is, there is power
Internalise and vocalize the Word with authority.
Say,… “For He had said,…. therefore I boldly say… “
The lines have fallen for you in pleasant places. You have a goodly heritage. You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places. Abraham’s blessings are yours. You are the head and not the tail. You have been daily loaded with benefits to enjoy. You are a citizen of Zion. You have been healed by His stripes. You have been brought into a wealthy place.. Say to yourself:”Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not His benefits.
He has forgiven me all my sins;
Healed me of all my diseases ;
Redeemed my life from destruction;
Crowned me with love and compassion;
Satisfied my mouth with good things
So that my youth is renewed like the Eagle 🦅
I am blessed in the city and in the countryside. I am blessed in my going out and in my coming in. Whatever I lay my hands to do is blessed. I am a blessing to God, Church, my family, my community and my generation, even generations to come. Christ in me, my hope of glory.
All Things are Possible
All things are possible to those who believe
I have prayed the Word and I will see
The word of God is so sure, settled in heaven
It will accomplish that which pleases Him
I believe and I will see
I believe and I have received
I believe and so I speak
My confession will bring a manifestation
If God says yes who can say no?
By two unchangeable things
It is impossible for God to lie
His promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus
The Word gone out from His mouth
will not return to Him empty.
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark9:23
All things are Possible