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Faith

Do not lose hope

“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.”

Jeremiah 29:11.

Sometimes we encounter seasons in which we can’t see the beauty of life any more. Worse yet, the seasons may seem unending and we feel like losing hope.

Maybe you’re in the verge of losing hope. I want to tell you that, no season stays forever. Do not therefore lose hope. Without hope, you cannot see the promises of God.

Just hold on in faith; do not withdraw, soon you’re going to fly to new heights and territories. God promises us a future and hope. Amen!

Stay blessed!

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Spiritual growth

Here is where you’ll find real life

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

Luke 15:17–19.

Like the prodigal son, you might have given undue attention to the enticement of the materialistic world only to run away from home. And amid pleasure, chaos has arisen that is too heavy for you to handle.

Now you discover that you’re lost from home. Then you lose yourself and become empty. You feel lonely and dejected because the path you took led to chaos and crisis.

Maybe you weren’t able to foresee the results of the choices you made. Maybe you intentionally or unintentionally made the wrong choices to find yourself where you are right now. However, we all make mistakes. Therefore, you don’t have to stay in that place forever. 

It is only you who can start a journey back home by first finding yourself — your inner self. A journey of reminding yourself of who you are — your worth and dignity. It is only when you find yourself first, you’re serene enough to find your way home.

Find out who you are. Find out what you want. Ask yourself where you came from. Ask yourself what will happen to you when you die. Ask the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth to open your heart to receive God’s grace that brings salvation.

The moment you find yourself, you discover what God intends for you. That is, to be a chosen generation, a member of His royal priesthood, a holy nation. A special child of God, chosen to proclaim His praises. To take you out of darkness into His marvellous light.

Now when you realise who you are, you decide to start the journey home to your Father. You leave everything the world promises; you leave everything in the hands of the Father. You rest in His Kingdom of abundance. Now you maintain calm and fulfilment.

The journey home is the most important in life. It remakes a person anew and gives them a brand new life.

Friend, there are too many voices around! They are all calling out for our attention. Yet, there is only one voice that leads to the Father. You find yourself and the way home when you find Jesus. Precisely said, finding Jesus is accepting Him to be your Saviour.

Jesus declared,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” ~ John 14:1–4.

John 14:1–4.

He further declared,

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

John 14:6.

We choose death when we emulate the lost Pharisees to whom Jesus told,

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

John 8:44.

Conversely, we choose life by being like the sheep to whom Jesus explained,

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

John 10:27.

So, now, we can decide to change our lives and those that we influence by humbly choosing to constantly listen, hear and obey the voice of the master, Jesus. 

For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist, ” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

Isaiah 66:2.

If you haven’t invited Jesus into your life, you can decide right now to let Him in to transform your life. Amen.

Thank you for reading. May God’s blessings abound in you.

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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!