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Rejection can be part of God’s plan for your life

Turn the gloom into glamour

Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”

Judges 11:2-6.

Jephthah’s story has two sides, the dark and the bright; man’s rejection and God’s acceptance.

Rejection is part of human experiences. Because society has set up standards, timelines and expectations of you. You’re going to be rejected for reasons beyond your control — if you fail to meet their requirements.

Jephthah was rejected for reasons he didn’t choose — being an illegitimate son. Yet, despite the disappointment, he didn’t choose bitterness, he chose something better for his life. He created a grand purpose for himself and others.

He turned a gloomy situation into a glamorous one and by God’s grace, he achieved a great feat. Those who had rejected him sought his help. 

Society defines value in different ways. By the measure of affluence — the material things one possesses, by the level of education, the position and authority one wields, by the number of people they are influencing… etc.

Beloved reader, do not be tempted to define your value based on the diverse societal definitions. I want you to know that your value isn’t measured and defined by society.

You’re valuable because you’re a child of God. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. The value Jesus has is the same value you have. The only difference with the value of the other person is in the manner in which we choose to do with the value we have.

Maybe you’ve been rejected because of your age. Maybe they’re saying you’re not educated. Perhaps they are saying you’re ugly. Maybe it’s because of your skin colour or your gender. Perhaps they’re saying you’re poor…etc.

I want to tell you that like Jephthah you can create a purpose out of rejection. God’s grace is sufficient for you to turn that rejection into great accomplishments. If God approves of you, nobody will invalidate you. Even those who despised and betrayed you will soon hear, see and seek the value in you!

Questions to consider

  1. Are you facing rejection from your family, friends, workmates etc?
  2. How are you responding to the rejection you’re going through?
  3. How can you apply God’s Word to cope with the rejection you’re facing?

Let’s declare Psalms 23:5 upon our lives together.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Amen!

God bless you abundantly!

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Spiritual growth

Five lessons from the parable of the growing seed

“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26-29.

God’s Word has the power to transform. When we are transformed, we embrace the image of God in us. We become better able to see ourselves in His perspective, not in our limited and narrow lens. 

From the above scriptures, we can learn the following lessons.

  • Have a prepared heart

You must prepare your heart before you sow the word because a stony heart will not retain the seed. You must get rid of the nature of sin and satan, which is death, and take on the nature of God which is life, through salvation by believing in Jesus Christ. It is hard for a dead heart to receive the word of life because the dead things inside will choke the word.

  • Sow the seed

Put God’s word in your heart. Meditate the word; make it more real in your life. We need to get to the place where God’s Word is real and He’s greater than any situation we’re going through.

  • Have faith that the seed will germinate

On many occasions, we put the seed of the word in our hearts for a while but if it doesn’t germinate almost immediately, we dig it up through our negative words and actions.  Then we wonder why it didn’t work. 

It isn’t our duty to know how the seed is germinating; God knows how. The seed must remain in the ground over time to germinate. In the same way, God’s Word has to abide in us. The word must be mixed with faith for it to work. Faith involves positive confessions and actions in line with God’s Word. (John 15:7-8).

  • Be patient

There are different stages of growth. Many people are impatient, wanting to bypass some stages and get the full-grain right now. God will not give the full-grain if you haven’t seen the blade first. Beware of satan’s quick fixes—glitters masquerading as gold. The faster they appear, the sooner they disappear.

In a world where early achievers are so opulently awarded, it’s hard to maintain confidence if your process is slower and more intentional—especially when others have hope in you. However, never let your confidence be replaced by self-doubt. Endure the process until the fruit ripens.

  • Harvest when the grain ripens

Don’t take the task of harvesting as difficult. Harvest without compromising, because this is the season you longed for. Enjoy God’s blessings to the fullest. Be a blessing to others also.

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Acts 20:32.

God’s Word is powerful in our lives. It has everything in it we will ever need. God has provided everything through Jesus. All we have to do is by faith, to take the seeds of the word and sow them in our hearts through reading it, meditating on it, and letting it take root in our spirits.

Then, we must appreciate and be patient with each phase of growth, knowing that each phase is significant since it leads to the next. As we do that, we’ll be fruitful in our ministries, businesses, studies, relationships—all dimensions of life. We’ll also be strong enough to withstand the storms in our lives. Amen.

Stay blessed! 

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Faith

Why salvation is the only way of escape

We escape the nature of sin and satan, which is death through salvation

…how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Hebrew 2:3–4.

We’re in evil days—unending evils. With enough to be disgusted about.  Embezzlement of resources. Deliberate killings. Untold infringement of human rights, deprivation of fair share…etc.  Where are we headed to anyway?

We’re even not certain of what will happen to us in the next minute. Anxiety, fear and hopelessness are rising because people are no longer finding the value of life. 

Apostle Paul, warns us that we’re in the last days. He paints a clear picture of the nature of humanity these days. 

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

2 Timothy 3:1–6.

He warns us to turn away from these kinds of people. Turning away means not participating in these things and not being part of those who do them.

Amid all these things, one must ask themselves one question: what will happen after I die? 

This is one question that we don’t always ask ourselves because death has become a normal thing nowadays. But death isn’t the way of escape, because it is guaranteed to all of us.

As the writer, Edmund Wilson put it, “Death is one prophecy that never fails.” Nevertheless, no one knows when it will happen but we know it will.

So now, we must prepare for ourselves the place to be after death. How we are going to live after we die is determined by how we live before we die. 

Friends, the only way of escape is salvation. Salvation is a rebirth that takes place in our spirits when we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. 

This rebirth takes one from the life of sin and death to righteousness and abundant life of Jesus Christ. One takes on the nature of God—the nature of life. Thus, one escapes the nature of sin and satan, which is death (John 8:44).

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

So, to be saved you must use your heart and your mouth. You must believe in your heart that God’s word is true and confess with your mouth that truth.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:10.

You must remember that one day we shall stand before our Holy Father to give an account of our lives. Thus, after salvation, we must choose to live carefully, not carelessly, by working our salvation with fear and trembling. Amen!

Stay blessed!