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The way to getting freedom

Freedom comes from knowing and believing the truth.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

John 8:31–33.

Knowledge is power, so it is said. From what we know, we gain power that ushers us into either freedom or slavery in diverse dimensions of life. Knowing and believing the truth leads to freedom.

Those who love you will tell you the truth even when that truth hurts; those who don’t will flatter you with false truth so that you continue dwelling in slavery.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

Soren Kierkegaard.

Sadly, many people are living in denial of the truth. So much so that they’re in slavery since they believe and obey what isn’t true or refuse to believe what is true. 

Truth is found in God’s Word and those who abide in it (believe and obey) know the truth and are set free. Unfortunately, freedom is not easily given. Because anything or anybody you serve other than God is your master and won’t let you be free like them. That’s why they won’t tell you the truth. The moment you decide to be free, you must be ready to rebel against people and things enslaving and controlling you.

The truth is that, you’re too valuable not to fulfil your God-given assignment at the expense of pseudo-voices that chain your feet so you wont move. 

Be sensitive because there are too many voices around; too much noise as well! Some noises might seem too authentic yet, they are cynical; simply speaking out of their own interests.

You might even be tempted to trade your integrity, standards and principles for some attention to the noise.

Does the one you’re listening to love you? Is that person telling you the truth? I want you to know that Jesus loves you, intends the best of you, and is telling you the truth. He is the model voice of truth.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.””

John 14:6.

We need to wisely identify and give attention to voices that have our best interests at heart, not their selfish agendas. We need to read the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit so we can know what God says about us.

Unshackle yourself from deceptionve voices that have insulated you in a sealed box of self-insufficiency — false promises, counterfeit hope… Abandon everything and everyone who overpowers intimidates, and controls you; enter into the adequacy of God’s abundant grace.

If you are going to choose, listen, believe and obey the right voice of truth, you’re going to receive your freedom and enter into the life of abundant grace of God. Amen!

Questions to consider

  • Do you create a conducive environment where people can be a voice of truth in your life?
  • Who speaks the truth to you?
  • Are you willing to hear the voice of truth?
  • How do you respond when you hear the voice of truth?

Thank you for reading, God bless you abundantly.

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Faith

Jesus Christ alive in us is our redeemer

As we lean on his faithfulness, we rejoice in His presence. 

Life demands that we will at times get through tough times. No matter how experienced, powerful, smart or affluent we are. No matter the following, prestige or position we have. All of us will have to encounter a painful experience.

Right now you might be in an “insurmountable” crisis. The enemy’s ferocious arsenals are surrounding you so you cannot change position and although you know your mighty God is in control, all you are seeing is the brutal legion. You’re asking God, “Why did you bring me into this quagmire? I can’t breakthrough.”

In this situation, you might be considering yourself less, lower, unworthy, without beauty, without dignity, hopeless, inferior, not an end only a means… Maybe you are thinking of turning your back on God.

Beloved, it doesn’t matter how harsh the situation is, you can decide what to do at that moment. You can determine to make it hopeful or you can choose to make it hopeless.

Consider what the wisest man, Solomon says:

“To everything, there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

So, what will you make of the prison season you are in? 

I want you to know that a prison chamber full of prayers is a better place than the one full of gloom. Prayers break chains and unlock the door of freedom. Gloom is a gateway to hopelessness.

We can emulate Paul and Silas who chose to pray and give praises to God when they were shackled in the dungeon of doom. Consequently, God’s supernatural power was available to deliver them.

Their shocking experience portrays both bad and good news. The bad news is that those who stand boldly on God’s Word will encounter trouble. The good news is that they will overcome because God’s supernatural power will deliver the righteous in their day of trouble. God, we ask you to deliver the righteous from their trouble today in jesus’s name. Amen.

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

Acts 16:25-36.

I hope you understand that God didn’t create us to be in one place forever. Believe what God thinks and says about you. Remember that Joseph had to go through prison experience before being promoted to the status of a prime minister.

Child of God, when your legs and arms are chained, your mouth and ears are free. 

What if you choose to change your life and of those you influence by using your voice to pray and by developing an ear to listen to God’s voice?

I want to encourage you by the words of Job. Although he had lost almost all that he possessed, his faith remained rock solid. This is what he said:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Job 19:25-27.

Eventually, God restored to him twice all that he had lost. 

Beloved, Jesus Christ alive in us is our redeemer. He is our sole provider! As we lean on his faithfulness, we rejoice in His presence. 

It isn’t God’s plan for us to be squeezed in a prison of scarcity and famine forever. Through Jesus Christ, He has given us abundant life if we keep on trusting in Him.

May God break every chain and open every prison door so we can move into our freedom in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God bless you abundantly!

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Relationships

How to conquer the critical inner voice

While moving from point A to point B, we’re going to need a voice. Because nobody on earth is endowed with sufficient wisdom, knowledge and power to walk the journey of life alone.

There’s a rare and authentic voice you can hear today and your life changes completely. There’s another voice–too common and loud but it tends to entice and leads to destruction.

Among the destructive voices is the critical inner voice, otherwise called negative self–talk.

The critical inner voice is characterized by incessant self–destructive thoughts. They are cycles of negative voices emanating from our minds toward ourselves and others. They tend to hinder us from acting in our best interests.

“I’m very stupid. I’m very ugly. No one loves me. I’ll never be successful in life. They don’t recognise and appreciate me even when my performance is outstanding. This is too much for me, I can no longer handle it…” The voice reverberates.

The critical inner voice is a brutal tyrant. When welcomed and entertained, it takes control and begins to rule our minds so we can’t exercise our thought freedom.

The result is a loss of self–confidence and esteem. Our actions, relationships and achievements are thus affected. Because the incumbent oppressor arrests our positive thoughts about ourselves and others.

A mind under arrest is vulnerable. Because it is at war with itself. It becomes a battleground for two opposing forces, the authentic conscious voice and the imposter critical inner voice.

When the authentic conscious voice is suppressed, it resorts to maladaptive behaviours as a means of self-consolation.

Self–isolation, self–denial, self–criticism, suicidal thoughts, social distancing, suspicion, addictions–are examples of maladaptive behaviours.

Friend, you must identify this voice of doom and conquer it. You are going to subdue by choosing not to listen to it.

However, there must be another powerful voice to listen to, powerful enough to depose this despot.

The only powerful voice that conquers all other voices is the voice of Jesus. If only your spirit can connect to the voice of Jesus, you are going to find yourself on the winning side.

This voice tells that we can do all things through the one who strengthens us. The one who’s able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we can pray or think. (Ephesians 3:21).

This powerful voice is speaking to you, saying;

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11–13.

Dear reader, I wish for you to conquer the critical inner voice by embracing and listening to the voice of Jesus. His voice is available in His word. And through praying, seeking and calling Him, surely He will be found for you. Amen.

Jesus loves you.