Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Preparation is key

Everything in our yesterday was preparation for our today. But, we probably were not aware of this truth or its far-reaching significance. If we were, we would have maximised our opportunities for learning and reacted differently to the situations we faced. Now, yesterday is gone and we are left with the fruit of our actions (and inaction).

Before regret and self-pity kicks in, understanding of this same principle can still work for us, because today is preparation for tomorrow. Everything happening to you now, with all the opportunities for learning and gaining wisdom, is preparation for your tomorrow. And you cannot say tomorrow that you were not aware of this principle yesterday!

Welcome every experience as God's way of growing and preparing you. Does not all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose? Everything is for a purpose; with God, nothing is coincidence.

Submit yourself, therefore, unto God and He will lift you up in due course (if you have taken time to prepare)...


Sunday, 24 June 2007

This one thing I ask

Most of the time, we have a long list of requests that we bring before God. We want this and then that, all of them at the same time. But there is a practice that may prove more efficient, the practice of "This one thing I ask."

There is power in prioritising and focusing. If out of the catalogue of requests, God opts to answer just one, which would you prefer it to be? Also, if after this is done, He chooses to grant another, do you have a preference? Not that God cannot do everything all at once; in practice, I think He deals with us step by step, one issue after the other. This is the secret of growth and order.

I have found that sometimes, the Spirit is trying to teach me one principle over a period of time. It has also been valuable to set my heart on what He is doing at the moment and make requests in that context. By doing this, I am certain of an answer that will glorify the Lord.

Remember, if you ask anything according to God's will, He will do it. Therefore, seek to know His will for every moment.

This one thing, O Lord, I ask and the same will I seek.


Thursday, 21 June 2007

Precious moments

We ought to be connected to God 24-7, but there are times within this time when our encounter of Him is unforgettable.

The Lord spoke a word in my heart recently that I am still unpacking. The word was precious, so precious. It can last me the rest of my life! How can I survive without precious moments with the Lord?

No one can.


Monday, 18 June 2007

Precious Love

Nothing can compare with the love of our Lord. It is never ending, always abiding. Even when we fall, His love lifts us up. He will never give up on us; let us not give up on ourselves.

Nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus!


Saturday, 16 June 2007

Thank God for pepper soup! (2)

Sometimes life does get hot, very hot. It seems like we are passing through fire. We desperately look for alternative routes but the road sign says 'One way, No U-Turn'. The only way to go is forward. As difficult as this may be, the end of the road is joyous. In fact, the fire of affliction may be what we need to get to our next level.

God is committed to passing through with us. Fire, water, valleys, He is always there. The fire is not the destination. Refinement is. Weeping caused by the fire may endure through the night but the joy of refinement comes in the morning. Your morning will come! Your dawn is breaking! Just keep on going and... remember to thank God for pepper soup!

Lord, I choose to keep on going through all I have to go through in order to fully testify of your awesome power. Thank you for the tough times that is preparing me to help others in their tough times. I see my morning dawn! It will shine brighter and brighter till noonday!


Friday, 15 June 2007

Thank God for pepper soup!

For the last few days, I have been battling with flu, aches and general tiredness. I know at times like this, it is important to rest. Lying down for a nap is not unspiritual; it may be the necessary cure to exhaustion.

Last night, I had a very unspiritual remedy. The soup I was eating my pounded yam with was very hot! I mean, hot, hot! Halfway into the food, I noticed the top of my head was sweaty. As I touched it with the palm of my hands, it felt like I had just poured water on my head! Surely, the pepper soup was working!

Thank God for chilli pepper!


Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Just a line

I received an email from a dear sister this morning. She replied to a previous email I had sent, counselling her on a few issues. In her mail, she said something I had asked her got her thinking and praying. It had helped her to spend some quality time with God and fine-tune her vision for the future.

Curiously, I re-read the email I sent to her (it was below the one she sent) and realised I had asked a simple question in a single line sentence: What do you want to be doing in two to five years time? It was just a line but it had a great impact on her.

It is my passion to see people walk in purpose and destiny. I can spend all my time helping people find their place in God and in life. It strikes me to see the impact of a single line of writing in the life of a precious saint.

Father, use me for your glory; use everything you have given me to help others and to bring praise to your holy name. Amen.


Monday, 11 June 2007

Possibility thinking

Those who accomplish great things in life train themselves to be possibility thinkers. When everyone around them stand back and think, "That can't be done," they step up and ask, "How can this be done?" Enquiring how a thing can be accomplished already presupposes that it can be done and delivers an array of creative answers to the mind. This is how we must think to see the glory of God.

If we truly believe, we will be possibility thinkers. With God, nothing shall be impossible. Which means, when opportunity for greatness presents itself to us, we would not shrink back in fear, but embrace it and make the most of it. Being a possibility thinker prepares you to walk cooperatively with God, the greatest Possibility Thinker.

Lord, thank You for the privilege to be one with You in Christ. I choose to see things from Your divine persepective of possibility. I have the mind of Christ and can comprehend the things of the Spirit. Surely, You can do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all the positive things I can think or ask. To You be all the glory!


Saturday, 9 June 2007

Seeing the glory (3)

There is a seeing that strengthens believing. This is why Abraham had to lift up his eyes and count the stars. When he "saw" the stars, his mind captured the sight and translated it to his spirit as a preplay of the fulfilment of God's promise.

There is a principle here: if what you are looking at in the physical is creating an undesirable inner picture, change your gaze. Think only on those things that a pure and praiseworthy. What you see is what you get!

I am seeing the glory! I am seeing the word of God come to pass in my life! I am seeing a breakthrough on every side. To God be all the praise!


Friday, 8 June 2007

Seeing the glory (2)

I am excited about this crucial season! God is going to work wonders in the lives of those who dare to believe Him - believe all the way! This is a season of manifestation - physical, tangible manifestations of the promise of God.

If you believe, you will see the glory of God. Believe, my friend, only believe.


Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Seeing the glory

Blessed are those who believe even though they have not yet seen... These are the words of Christ, encouraging us to be people of faith. True faith does not need to see before it believes. True faith is activated by a word from God. If God says it, we have the premise to believe and keep on believing. He never lies. He can never fail.

This said, it is also important to see the fruit of belief. By faith we understand the worlds were created by a word. "Let there be... and there was." It is not enough, therefore, to just believe. After a while, we must see that which we believe. And this is also promised by God. If you believe you will see the glory of God. We are never called to believe in vain.

I believe we are entering a season of seeing; a time for the evidence of God's word. Endless believing without seeing, although not an impossibility, is not desirable. It can make the heart sick. And even when we have to believe even unto death, we can be of good cheer because the One in whom we are believing is the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who believes in Him, even if he dies, will yet rise again. So, we win on every count!

Get ready to see the glory! God is dispatching His heavenly host to bring about a performance of His promises in our lives! Thank you Father! I am looking forward to seeing that which You promise me in Your word. All the glory to You, O Lord!


Sunday, 3 June 2007

God of peace

The God of heaven is the author of peace. Everything He does is characterised by the virtues of peace. Spiritual wellness, abundance and rest, these all flow from Him. The work of His hands declare His glory and reign. Wherever He rules, there you find peace.

I want the God of peace to be Lord over my life. May His dominion be over all the earth. Then wars will cease and oppression will vanish. God's peace will endure for endless day.

O Lord, let your peace take hold of my life and let it spread all over the earth. Amen.


Saturday, 2 June 2007

Peace of God

It passes all understanding. It keeps the heart and mind intact. It carries one through the rough seasons of life. It is the peace that only God can give.

The secret of peace is to banish anxiety from the heart. And the way to banish anxiety is to be thankful when making requests - and afterwards. Sincere thanks views a matter already taken care of; it acknowledges that God is in control. From this position, peace can reign.

Lord, I set my heart on You and thank You for all Your goodness. Thank you for hearing my prayers and leading me in the way everlasting. I receive Your peace and revel in Your joy. Be praised all the day long. Amen


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