Sunday, 25 September 2016

Handshake of Peace

From my devotion 💃💃 I love You version bible...they always have awesome devotions.

Is there a relationship in your life that has in some way been severed or shattered? Is there a gap in a relationship that you feel is irreconcilable? Today, I want you to think about the possibility of reconciliation, restoration, and resolution in those relationships.

If you belong to Jesus, God’s purpose and plan is that you would find a way to live at peace with everybody. You may think this is impossible, but remember that with God all things are possible. Through the cross God made peace with you. He didn’t have to do this—he wasn’t threatened by you or need something from you. He wanted a relationship with you.

Thus, the cross is the template for reconciliation in your relationships. And the most important element in that reconciliation is the gospel. Jesus overcame evil with good, and he asks you to do the same by loving your enemies. However, if there is going to be reconciliation in your life, you are going to have to take the axe of grace and cut down the tree of bitterness and resentment. You are going to have to ask God to make that situation with the other person into a story that reflects his mercy.

Now, to do this will require supernatural power. After all, it’s not natural to forgive others who have wronged you. But as a Jesus follower you can see this possibility for peace, because you know that if God can make peace with you, he can make peace with anybody.

This is not to say peace will always happen—but it does rest on you to offer the opportunity. Scripture says “as far as it depends on you,” because you are the one who’s got the supernatural power of Jesus in your life. So it is on you to go as far as possible to seek the peace.

If you want to really stand out in life and become a peacemaker, you will have to go the second mile. You will have to refuse to allow destructive patterns to be reestablished in your life. You have to own your part in the hurt and let go of your need to get even or keep record of the wrong. You may have to end the relationship peacefully to live free of the unhealthy dynamics that brought the relationship down.

It is the Holy Spirit within you who enables this process of reconcilation to take place in shattered relationships. The same Spirit of God who birthed the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, can birth the process of peace between you and the person with whom you seek reconciliation. Your prayer needs to be, “God, I want you to be glorified in this more than I want to be right. I want this relationship restored—but Spirit of God, you are going to have to do this in me.” Then you can retire from retaliation, bankrupt your endeavor to get even, and walk with all the weight off of your shoulders. Because as far as it depended on you, you chose to live at peace with others—regardless of their response.

Respond

How have you responded in the past to broken relationships? How does your relationship with God impact how you handle hurt in a relationship?

What mindset is required for you to live at peace with others? What is God’s role in achieving justice in a wrongdoing? What part of this process is the most difficult for you?

How can you offer peace and forgiveness without enabling destructive behavior? How do you know when reconciliation is not possible?

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

Romans 12:17-18 KJVA

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:21 KJVA











Thursday, 22 September 2016

Do not conform

“So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 GNB

There it is 👆. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of the world please. We are supposed to be different when people see us, they will wonder what is wrong with us, why are we so happy when the country is down? Why are you hugging your enemy? Why are you happy when you are critically sick? etc. It's because we have Jesus on our side, we have offered our body as a living sacrifice for Jesus. Do not conform to the latest nude clothes you see on Tv or the shorts and crop top you will wear today etc. Focus on what God wants you to do today. Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of mind gradually because I know that He is changing my life gradually infact I still think about that crop top I will wear, how I will expose my flat tommy. But I think God has changed me from wearing it now I think about it but I cannot wear it, gradually I will stop thinking about it. Think of it, you see a girl indecently dressed preaching for you, you won't take me serious YES u won't. 
So accept Jesus and He will change your life gradually, you will stop smoking, fornicating, wearing some clothes, taking drugs etc you will not stop because these are sins in the bible but you will stop because you really love Jesus and you won't do anything that will hurt Him. 
Know what is good and pleasing to Him and is perfect to Him, it's all in the bible so I want to advice you to read your bible everyday, even if it's one verse a day, to know what God has to offer and what we have to do. 
I'm really pleading to you, many of my friends don't believe that I've changed 😂😂 but really i'm living for Jesus. How about you? Who are you living for?








Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Friend Everyone Longs For

We all have a mental picture of the kind of friends we want to have in our lives. We want friends who will be supportive. Who will stick with us when life is tough. Who will encourage us and not tear us down. Who will not judge us. But today we’re going to flip this around. We are going to consider how we can become the kind of friend for others that we want to have.

Life always begins with becoming rather than finding. Dating is not about finding the right person for your life. Marriage is not about finding the perfect man or woman. No, it’s about becoming the person God wants you to be. In this way, whether you do date and get married... or you don’t... you still win, because you are becoming the person that God wants you to be.

So, with this in mind, we need to look at what it takes to be the kind of friend we want to have in our lives. First, we need to be a friend who is sincere and not phony. A friend with no hidden agendas. A friend who isn’t hypocritical or two-faced. A friend who doesn’t just tell others what they want to hear but speaks the truth.

Second, we need to be a friend who extinguishes evil and celebrates good. We do this by de-escalting conflict insteading of fanning the flames of conflict. We speak the truth as we extend mercy and forgiveness, just like Jesus did for us. While we do not turn a blind eye to the truth, we assume the best of people and are ready to humbly work to restore relationships without thought of personal gain.

Third, we need to be a friend who is open-handed with our resources. We share and actively meet needs.

Fourth, we need to be a friend who rises above the situation. We don’t have to show up to every fight in which we are invited to participate. We can choose to politely withdraw from conflict. To do the unexpected by blessing those who curse us. There is freedom in not having to get even. As we follow God’s purpose and leave it to him to deal with those who curse us, we honor the size of our God and trust he will take care of everything in the very best way.

Fifth, we need to be a friend who moves freely among all people. We all want the friend who says, “I can float with the up-and-ups and the down-and-outs. I can float with the high-and-mighty and be just as happy with those in lower states.” A true friend is there in all circumstances, whether we are at the top or the bottom. The gospel doesn’t treat people differently, and neither should we.

Sixth, we need to be a friend who is a peacemaker. We need to recognize that while we don’t have the power to change others, we can change ourselves. We may not be able to have peace with another person in our lives, but we can have peace toward that person. And if we are at peace with that person, then we are reflecting the gospel. We are living free.

So, today try to be the friend you want to have. By doing so, you will find friends who will recognize the power of the gospel in your life and be drawn closer to God.

Respond

How would you describe the bulk of the friendships that you have had? What do you look for in a friend?

What is the difference between finding a friend and being a friend? What do you find is the most challenging part about being a friend?

If God could do one thing in your life to empower you to “live at peace with everyone,” what would you want it to be?

“If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.”

Romans 12:17-18 GNB

“Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.”

Romans 12:9-11 GNB

From Relatable: Making relationship work devotionals. By Louie Giglio








Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Prayer for you, the nation and your household

“Praise the Lord, my protector! He trains me for battle and prepares me for war. He is my protector and defender, my shelter and saviour, in whom I trust for safety. He subdues the nations under me. Lord, what are mortals, that you notice them; mere mortals, that you pay attention to them? They are like a puff of wind; their days are like a passing shadow. O Lord, tear the sky apart and come down; touch the mountains, and they will pour out smoke. Send flashes of lightning and scatter your enemies; shoot your arrows and send them running. Reach down from above, pull me out of the deep water, and rescue me; save me from the power of foreigners, who never tell the truth and lie even under oath. I will sing you a new song, O God; I will play the harp and sing to you. You give victory to kings and rescue your servant David. Save me from my cruel enemies; rescue me from the power of foreigners, who never tell the truth and lie even under oath. May our sons in their youth be like plants that grow up strong. May our daughters be like stately pillars which adorn the corners of a palace. May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the sheep in our fields bear young by the tens of thousands. May our cattle reproduce plentifully without miscarriage or loss. May there be no cries of distress in our streets. Happy is the nation of whom this is true; happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”
Psalms 144:1-15 GNB

A prayer for your household, a prayer of the nation, a prayer for you. Psalms144 said 'may our cattle reproduce plentifully without miscarriage or loss' verse 13-15 we will pray continually for the nation, verse 12 for your household, verse 1-11 pray for you because prayers works every minute and everyday. Pray today Psalm 144.
God loves you.








Saturday, 17 September 2016

Because he hath known My Name

“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”
Psalms 91:14 KJV

How many really set their love on God?
How many really know God's name?
If you know God's name and really set your love on Him, you will really praise Him and like He said 'I will deliver you: I will set him on high'. 
Do you think this smiling i'm smiling is because of me? I'm smiling because I know my God and He is doing things for me and I am not scared and depressed anymore, since last year July, He replaced it with smiles. 
I knew He will deliver me when I was on hospital bed for 3 weeks, I knew I would stop walking with walking stick because

 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”
Psalms 91:15 KJV. 

So when the devil struck, My Lord said 'devil you can't kill her'. He was and He is with me because He said it. Devil attacks you because you are special to God when he knows you will be useful to God's kingdom, he tries to kill you but God almighty stops him everytime. 
You even tell the testimony to the whole world how God saved you.
I stopped the walking stick and I go to the gym because God is doing wonders in my body. Yesterday night I dreamt that I could run and I could pick a glass of water to drink, I can pick an empty glass but mehn the dream told me God is doing things for me and in no time my right hand will have the strength to do ANYTHING. Do you know He is strengthening my right hand already, yes my friends that saw me in the hospital know thats why I posted a video on instagram to show them what God is doing for me. Because He has said 'Ena my daughter, I will deliver you from all afflictions'. 
The devil tried taking my tongue because he knew that I will be a public speaker and teacher but God said NO, he tried to take away my right hand because he knew my right hand is gifted to do many things even write, the devil said no but he didn't know who he was dealing with, The God Almighty but God said 'NO you can't have her right hand', when he tried to take my right leg because he knews that i will walk with my two legs to church, interviews and talk shows etc but God said NO. All these things God is perfectly then in my body because I trust Him. 
This morning I'm going to The Master's Place to hear more inspirations that God has kept for me. I will enjoy it, I hope you are going to church. 
Remember when you call upon the Lord, He will be with you even if you are in trouble.











Saturday, 10 September 2016

Your Destiny Unfolds

Wow! My devotion 'Chasing the Lion' is truly good, this is another one.

“Before I formed you in the womb.” This phrase should fill you with a sense of destiny. It’s your spiritual birthright. God has ordained your days, ordered your footsteps, and prepared good works in advance. And he did it before you were even conceived.

The irony of destiny is that it’s rarely discerned at the time. Sometimes it’s not even revealed until after we die. David may have reigned over a kingdom of millions, but his psalms have inspired billions. That is David’s longest legacy, whether he knew it at the time or not. And I’m guessing not. Your greatest influence might be posthumous. It’s one more way God gets the last laugh and gets the glory!

Your greatest influence might be the children or church or charitable trust that outlive you. For the record, this is one reason why I write. Books are time capsules. I write because I want my great-great-grandchildren to know what I lived for, what I was willing to die for. And if others want to read my books while I’m living, all the better. But I write for the third and fourth generations.

Just because something isn’t part of your life plan doesn’t mean it’s not a part of your destiny. Without me even knowing it, God has been fulfilling his call on my life. My job is to obey God with a keyboard, with a pulpit. God takes it from there. And the same is true for you. God is working his plan whether you know it or not. And God will get all the glory!

God is working his good, pleasing, and perfect plan for your life in a thousand ways you aren’t even aware of. Everything in your past is preparation for something in your future. God wastes nothing. Even when you have a setback, God has already prepared your comeback. The God who works all things together for good will leverage every experience, every skill, every mistake, and every bit of knowledge you have acquired.

Your destiny predates you. Before you were even conceived, God had a script for your life. And he is in the process of fulfilling it today.

Where is God taking you? How can you say yes to his plan this day?

Friday, 9 September 2016

So far So God

I was just reading my morning devotion and I decided to share.

After the Israelites pulled off an upset victory over the Philistines, the prophet Samuel built an altar and named it Ebenezer, signifying that the Lord had helped them up to that point. The altar was a way of saying to the people, “The God who did it before can do it again.”

We all need Ebenezers. Reminders that the God who got us here will get us there. That the God who did this will do that. An Ebenezer is a way of recognizing and celebrating the success God has given us along the way in pursuing our dream.

After our church built our coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, we decided to name it Ebenezers. We were afraid that some people would associate it with Ebenezer Scrooge, but it was a risk worth taking. There were so many miracles in the process of purchasing, rezoning, and building our coffeehouse that we wanted to name it what it was.

On our coffee sleeves at Ebenezers, there is a Scripture reference that looks like a SKU code—ISAM712. There are also initials, SFSG. The initials stand for So Far So God.

In every dream journey, there are Ebenezer moments. You’ve got to celebrate those milestones by building altars. Then you’ve got to surround yourself with those life symbols so you don’t forget what God wants you to remember.

I don’t believe that our greatest shortcoming is not feeling bad enough about what we’ve done wrong. I think our greatest shortcoming is not feeling good enough about what God has done right. When we under-celebrate, we fall short of the glory of God.

One of the commands in the Old Testament Law is a seven-day celebration (Leviticus 23:39-43). Question: when was the last time you celebrated anything for seven days? God challenged the Israelites to celebrate longer, to celebrate better. That’s like a command to eat cupcakes!

And God didn’t just mandate weeklong celebrations. He also commanded a yearlong honeymoon for newlyweds (Deuteronomy 24:5). Hubba-hubba!

We need to celebrate more.

We need to celebrate better.

Why? Because thus far the Lord has helped us.

What God-given victories can you celebrate in the course of chasing your God-given objective so far?

“Then Samuel took a stone, set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and said, “The Lord has helped us all the way” — and he named it “Stone of Help”.”

1 Samuel 7:12 GNB

My favourite part is 'The God who did it before can do it again'. 

In my life He is doing His wonders every day, I want to urge you to praise God more.