Monday, 29 August 2016

Aging is a Gift

Training Ground

Something has happened to me . . . and somewhat out of the blue. Or maybe it’s simply a by-product of moving into my 40s. I find myself studying people in a whole new way, as though I am a student of a master artist in awe of His work. I’m not critiquing what I see in others. Rather I’m noticing every detail, from the fine lines and wrinkles to baby smooth skin and squishy dimples. I notice every shade of every strand of hair. Every nuance of every eye color. Every shape of every eyebrow.

It’s as though God has given me a new set of glasses to see His work, and this is what I’m discovering: The transformation of our physical bodies reflects a gift from God that ought to be celebrated. It means we’ve been given one more day. It means we survived something we thought we’d never have to live through. It means we’ve learned a lesson or two worth passing on.

Aging is a gift, because it’s evidence of a life unwrapped. Those fine lines tell stories of loves and losses. Celebrations and disappointments. Accomplishments and failures. Fears faced and brave steps taken.

Maybe that’s why God impresses upon the older women to train the younger. They have something worth talking about. They have something worth teaching. And yet, who is the older woman? There’s no magic number indicated in the Scriptures. Maybe the older woman is the one with one fine line more than the next. Maybe she has just enough wisdom to pass onto the generation?

I got it from one of my devotions that I read at night.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Prayer That Is Centered

 
Speak Your Word to a World that desperately needs a Center-point. — Anne Graham Lotz in The Daniel Prayer
 
Devotionals Daily

A Prayer That Is Centered
by Anne Graham Lotz, The Daniel Prayer

Meet Anne Graham Lotz

The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz

Editor's Note: Enjoy this excerpt from beloved author Anne Graham Lotz (called the “best preacher in the family” by her father Reverend Billy Graham). The Daniel Prayer is based off the prayer of Daniel, who prayed on behalf of his nation, Judah, which had come under God’s judgment. Today, Lotz continues to utilize the Daniel prayer model to encourage, equip and engage readers in effective, passionate prayer.

“Nothing will turn our nation around except prayer. Heartfelt, desperate prayer. Prayer where the pray-ers rend their hearts, return to the Cross, and repent of personal and national sin. Only prayer that moves Heaven can change a nation. And that’s the Daniel Prayer,” said Lotz.

* * *

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in Heaven... At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in Heaven with someone sitting on it. — Revelation 4:1-2

Enthroned Living Lord...

Everything revolves around You. Everything. We worship You as...

the Center-point of the Universe,

the Center-point of time and space,

the Center-point of history,

the Center-point of life, meaning, and purpose today,

the Center-point of all of our tomorrows,

the Center-point of prayer.

You are the Center-point.

Period.

Nothing really matters except Your will and Your wants and Your way and Your Word. How could we have become so out of focus?

Our distorted perspective is rooted in our hearts, twisted in our minds, then reflected in our prayers. Because...

What we have wanted seems so vital,

What we have thought seems so critical,

What we have felt seems so crucial,

What we have said sounds so spiritual,

We seem to be consumed with ourselves!

We ourselves seem to be the center-point as we pray. We are so ashamed. In the light of who You are, we now get it. We understand that it’s what You want that is vital, what You think that is so critical, what You feel that is crucial, what You say is the wisdom of the ages expressed in unvarnished, eternal truth. How could we have set ourselves up as gods, and expected You to fall in line with us? We’re so sorry for spending the majority of our prayers thanking You for what You have done for us, and asking You to do something else for us, as though You exist for our personal benefit.

We choose now to make You the Center-point of our lives and of our prayers.

We want what You want more than what we want. What You think matters more to us than what anyone else thinks, including ourselves. We want to feel Your heart and speak Your word to a world that desperately needs a Center-point.

Now, in the privacy of this place, with utmost sincerity, necessity, and humility, we plead with You for what You have purposed to give, for what You have wanted to do, for what You have promised to fulfill in Your Word. We want Your kingdom to come, Your will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We want to be a part of what You are doing... to come alongside You as You accomplish Your perfect plan.

We believe You will hear and answer us because . . .

...We come to You in the name of Your “Son, whom [You have] appointed heir of all things.” (Hebrews 11:1)

...We come to You in the name of the One by whom “all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

...We come to You in the name of the One who is the radiance of Your glory, the exact representation of Your being. (Hebrews 1:3)

...We come to You in the name of the One who sustains all things by His powerful word. (Hebrews 1:3)

...We come to You in the name of the Creator who became our Savior and who has ascended into Heaven to sit at Your right hand, with all authority placed under His feet. (Ephesians 1:20-23)

...We come to You humbly, yet boldly, because we have been invited to come. (Matthew 11:28-29; John 14:13-14)

...We come to You with confidence because the way has been opened for us by the blood of Your Son who sits at Your right hand, who is in authority over all. (Hebrews 10:19)


...We come to You with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith that You will receive us, You will listen to us, and You will answer us. (Hebrews 10:22)

Because we come to You in the name of JESUS.

For the glory of Your Name.

Amen.

Excerpted with permission The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz, copyright Anne Graham Lotz.

God Understands You Can’t Change Overnight

Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy”(Ephesians 4:24 NLT, second edition).

When God helps you grow spiritually, he doesn’t just snap his fingers so that it happens instantly. He does it incrementally. When God wants to make a mushroom, he takes six hours, but when he wants to make an oak tree, he takes 60 years.  

Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree?

The Holy Spirit will make changes in your life far beyond anything you thought possible, but they’re not going to happen overnight. When Saddleback Church did our “Decade of Destiny,” my prayer was that, through the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and with support from our small groups, our church would become more mature, more Christlike, and further along in our purpose 10 years from that point. My prayer is the same for you, that in the next decade, you would grow in spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness and purpose.

I want you to be stronger emotionally, physically, spiritually, psychologically, and financially, but you’ve got to be intentional about it. The Bible says, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:24 NLT, second edition).

This is how we become more like Jesus. We throw off the old things and the old ways that keep us from getting to know Christ and becoming like him, and we put on our new selves with the help of the Holy Spirit. We let God do his work in us — no matter how long it takes.

“As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18b TLB).

By Rick Warren

So God doesn't expect you to be perfect at once, to be righteous at once, just tell Him you want to be right for Him, you will change gradually.

Monday, 8 August 2016

FOOTPRINTS

FOOTPRINTS. 

Perhaps you've heard or read the poem "Footprints." It's been a blessing to thousands and thousands of people, perhaps more than any piece of writing since the twenty third Psalm! 

"Footprints" is a story told by a man who had a dream about his life. In the dream, he was walking along a sandy beach, making footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along his path through life there were two sets of footprints. He realized that the second set of footprints belonged to God. 

As he looked closer, however, he saw that there were times when only one set of footprints was visible in the sand. He also noticed that this happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life. 

As he stood on the beach looking back over those footprints, he began to feel upset. "Lord," he said, "you promised to always be with me. You said that you would never leave me or forsake me. Yet, I've noticed that during the most difficult times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why you would leave me when I needed you most!" 

Then the Lord replied, "My child, I love you, and I would never leave you. During your times of hardship and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

What a wonderful picture of God's faithfulness! He is "the Lord, who remains faithful forever" (Psalm 146:6, NIV). He is the one who says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5, NIV). He is "faithful in all he does" (Psalm 33:4, NIV). 

That is why God values faithfulness and commands faithfulness because he himself is faithful. He is a faithful God. He is a faithful friend. He is a faithful Father because faithfulness is a part of his very nature. 

Ultimately, that's why faithfulness is right and unfaithfulness is wrong because God is faithful. When you are faithful, you 
do what is right and reflect what is like God. 

Copied from Josh McDowell's Youth Devotions







Thursday, 4 August 2016

Just too good

*Just too good*👇

```At the point of death, a man, Tom Smith, called his children and he advised them to follow his footsteps so that they can have peace of mind in all that they do..

His daughter, Sara, said,
"Daddy, its unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank..
Other fathers' that you tag as being corrupt, thieves of public funds left houses and properties for their children; even this house we live in is a rented apartment..
Sorry, I can't emulate you, just go, let's chart our own course..

Few moments later, their father gave up the spirit..

Three years later, Sara went for an interview in a multinational company..
At interview the Chairman of the committee asked,
"Which Smith are you..??"

Sara replied,
"I am Sara Smith. My Dad Tom Smith is now late.."

Chairman cuts in,
"O my God, you are Tom Smith's daughter..?"

He turned to the  other members and said,
"This Smith man was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn't even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.."
He turned to Sara,
"I have no questions for you, consider yourself as having gotten this job, come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.."

Sara Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two Cars with Drivers, A duplex attached to the office, and a salary of £1,00,000 per month excluding allowances and other costs..

After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company's Consultant nominated Sara Smith..

In an interview, she was asked the secret of her success,,

With tears, she replied, "My Daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty".

She was asked again, why she is weeping since she is no longer a kid as to miss her dad still after a long time..

She replied, "At the point of death, I insulted my dad for being an honest man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn't work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in".

So, finally she was asked, "Will you follow your father's foot steps as he requested ?"

And her simple answer was, "l now adore the man, I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God".

Are you like Tom Smith..?
It pays to build a name, the reward doesn't come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer..

Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God makes a man wealthy, not the fat bank account..

Leave a good heritage for your children..

As an agent of CHANGE, please share this true life story with your loved ones..

God bless us all..``` *copied*


Monday, 1 August 2016

Thank You Lord for reassuring me

“On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the Word of GOD came through the prophet Haggai: “Tell Governor Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak and all the people: ‘Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?

“‘So get to work, Zerubbabel!’— GOD is speaking. “‘Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!’ “‘Get to work, all you people!’— GOD is speaking. “‘Yes, get to work! For I am with you.’ The GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.’

“This is what GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies said: ‘Before you know it, I will shake up sky and earth, ocean and fields. And I’ll shake down all the godless nations. They’ll bring bushels of wealth and I will fill this Temple with splendor.’ GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies says so.

‘I own the silver, I own the gold.’ Decree of GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies. “‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies.””
Haggai 2:1-9 MSG

I have read this chapter and the verses in 3 different translation KJV,GNB and of course MSG. They are all assuring me if we do the work, God will shake the heaven and earth and blessing, healing will come. If the work is prayers, sending your CVs to companies, work out your body because no sickness has a big part of your body, work hard in a company because you are expecting a promotion etc, we will do it because The Lord is speaking to us that 'This temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish' in our lives.
So if you are sick, jobless, seeking to pay your school fees etc just do the work of prayers and any other thing you have to but not ungodly things. Even in Nigeria we have do what is necessary for it to blossom, God will do what He does best in our life and Nigeria. The bible say on the first chapter 'twenty-first day' so on that day of this month or any other month surely we will have testimonies how God shook the heaven and the earth for you and I. 
You know how you used to be in those days but God is saying He will make you better in this day. He will heal our bodies and make it better than before and heal our financies and heal our families and heal Nigeria and heal the world. 

So God is reassuring us if our faith has gone down and Happy new month 😊.







Sunday, 31 July 2016

THE WALK ON WATER


Friday, 19 June 2015 I wrote this article, it means my walk with Jesus is more than a year, I praise God for holding me even in the midst of sickness He is still with me. I am sharing this article again for those who have not started their journey to following Jesus. I am convincing you to try Jesus, He will always answer you and send the holy spirit to guide you, Jesus will stay with you, He will captivate your heart. 

THE WALK ON WATER

Matthew 14:24-32
This is such an intresting story with a beautiful message.
Jesus says to Peter 'Take Courage! I AM! Stop being afraid'. He assures Peter of His love just as He is assuring us today to be courageous in building our relationship with Him. Now that you have this assurance,the next step is to call on Him.
'Peter answered 'Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water'.
He said 'COME' so Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and he came towards Jesus.
If we come to Him and say 'Lord please I want to serve You, I want to walk with You, His reply will surely be 'Come to me..I gat you'.
'But when Peter perceived and felt the strong wind,he was frightened and as he began to sink,he cried out,Lord save me (from death).Instantly,Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him,saying to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?.
Now as you take this walk,the devil will try to distract you with everything he has; sin,doubt,unbelief etc... and if you let him,you will begin to sink. When you sink, which you will and you call on Jesus to save you INSTANTLY He reaches out for you,takes your hand and He helps you get back on your feet,back to serving Him. He smiles at you like your dad would do when he buys you that car he promised you and He says to you 'My child why would you doubt your Father?.

'And when they got into the boat,the wind ceased'.
Oh how I love Jesus,we cannot help but love Him. See what happens immediately He holds our hands,every doubt ceases,every tribulation ends,our lives becomes perfect in Him. You only need to have faith and know that whenever you call on Him,He will answer.
Try it..IT WORKS.