Wednesday, 13 February 2008

God never fails

Even in the midst of turbulent circumstances, we should never forget that God is still in control. His world never fails. If He makes a declaration, He would make sure it comes to pass. This is not negotiable. God will perform His word. Our own part in the covenant is to believe and obey.

Thank you Father for perfecting Your word in my life!


Friday, 8 February 2008

It's ok to cry

We seem to have raised a generation of Christians who think that faith and pain do not mix. Church services are full of people with masks. The suits and the skirts; the perfume and the layers... all these tend to hide away the reality that most feel on a daily basis. Worse still, if you cry or express displeasure, you are not a peson of faith. This is not entirely true!

Sometimes weeping endures throughout the night, not just a few minutes in the night. Sometimes life hurts really bad. Faith is not the denial of pain, but the understanding that there is hope - concrete, tangible hope - beyond the pain. Jesus cannot be the resurrection and the life if there is no death and burial (and let no one tell me that death is not painful!).

I have been sharing with the church and with friends that we are in a season of fulfilment, and in these times, we need to know some principles that will help us live out our prophecies. I will share the first principle here:

Acknowlede your pain, but refuse to die!

You may be pressed on every side, but you are still here. The pressing is not fun; don't act like it is. If you need to cry, cry; but refuse to die. Do not give up. Do not quit before your breakthrough manifests. Do not 'curse God and die' either. When people hide their pain from people around them, they tend to 'curse God' in their hearts. Be transparent before God and man. Your faith will not grow weak because of your sincerity; in fact it will grow stronger.

Let out the cry of David: "I will not die but live to declare the works of the Lord!" Even when it hurts, God is still good, all the time!

Father, sometimes I cannot see how You will see me through my ordeals, but I am strengthened by the picture you have shown me of what lies on the other side. If there is an "other side", then I am not destined to die in the valley. O Lord, take me by the hand and lead me through. Amen.


Monday, 4 February 2008

Looking forward

It has been a great week in Atlanta. But good things will come to an end - sooner or later. Today is the day as far as Atlanta is concerned. I board a plane to London this evening. Can't wait!

As good as Atlanta has been, there's nowhere like home. The houses here are massive and cozy, but there is still nowhere like home (I can just imagine Destiny and Daniel screaming when they meet me at home on their way back from school - or if I go pick them from school! That would be good!).

Also, there is nowhere like your place of assignment. UK is my place of assignment, and I am looking forward to the things God will do once I get back. The Lord has promised a breakthrough on every side.

Oh Lord, take control of the journey back home. I look forward to things You will do in London, all to Your glory and praise. Amen.


Friday, 1 February 2008

Atlanta, great so far!

The conference concluded yesterday. I'm glad I was a part of it, seeing firsthand the revolution that is about to hit the church and this great nation! O Lord, may it gather momentum to the glory of Your name!

I met people I've not seen for ages - Joe Takon, ECU president that I've not seen since 1988; Lanre Ijiwola, saw him last in 1999; and many others. Made some new friends as well - Obi Chidebelu-Eze, great guy, having lunch with him tomorrow, May Salami, minister in UK; and others... After resting today, we would take time to explore Atlanta. I am also looking forward to eating out in one of the many restaurants! God help me today!

Linda and the kids are counting down, as I am. Monday won't be long!


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