You Are Built To Stand…

It makes me sad to think that at one point or another in our lives, we gave up.
We gave up on where God was taking us. We gave up on His path and teachings.
Imagine having a toddler who easily gave up on walking just because they fell a few times. As a grown up, you know it takes falling a few times to grasp the strength to stand and eventually walk. I am yet to see or hear of anyone who went from crawling to walking without falling. This indicates that, there will be bumps on the road as one grows.
You will face trails, temptations, tribulations and challenges in your walk with Christ however, one thing you should never do is quit. Because You Are Built To Stand.
You see, there is a reward at the end of the hardship season. A reward not only in Heaven but here on earth.
James 1:2-4
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
You are the image and likeness of God and as such, giving up is not an option.
The strength you carry has no match because the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you.
Romans 8:11
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Generations are relying on your endurance. Your children’s children are relying on your steadfastness so don’t give up. You possess all the strength that you need.
You are unshakable, You are fearless, You are strong and more than anything, You Are Built To Stand. 
2 Corinthians 4:8
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed……”
I’m Praying For You.

Persistence Wins… (Use Prayer)

As human beings, we are bond to be found in need of one thing or the other. I believe this should urge us to solely rely on God our provider. In many cases, a lot become discouraged and disappointed at the slightest delay and ultimately give up; forgetting that there is a time and season for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
There’s a reason the bible asks us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonian 5:17). One of the many reasons is so we’re not consumed by the worries and temptations of this world (Matthew 26:41, Luke 21:36).
When Hezekiah was told to prepare for death, he went before the Lord and emptied his heart, after which came his healing and extension of life (2 Kings 20:1-6). 
No matter what you’ve heard today, I urge you to go before the Lord in prayer and your life will never be the same.
I can’t help but think about others who persisted in prayer. Hannah was known to be barren yet she prayed fervently for a child and God gave her Samuel and five other children (1 Samuel 1:9-20, 1 Samuel 2:21).
In Luke 18, the widow had no one but the “unjust” judge to avenge against her adversaries. See, the judge was called unjust for a reason; meaning he was unfair, inequitable, bias and partial however even he, was moved by the persistence of the widow and granted the desires of her heart.
How much more our Heavenly Father….
When Peter was arrested and imprisoned, the church offered constant prayer to God for his release and he was set free in such a way no human could fathom (Acts 12:5-11).
Shall I mention, Nehemiah, Esther, Elijah, Job and the others who received their blessings and deliverance through prayer? You are no different than them. Keep your focus on Christ and He will answer. He is so faithful! Don’t lose heart and don’t stop praying.

James 5:16

”………. the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous avails much”.
I’m praying for you.

Be Patient Enough To Wait (Discern His directions)…

At some point during the Israelites’ journey from Egypt to Canaan, they had to master their patience level with the directions of God. The lifting and settling of the cloud on the tabernacle in Numbers 9:17 were signs I believe God brought in place to protect His people from danger ahead and also to enrich their bodies with adequate rest.

Numbers 9:17

“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.”

Even though the children of Israel at the time were known to be a rebellious generation they obeyed these commands. Reading further from Numbers 9:19-23, the passage clarifies that it did not matter how long it took; wether a day, month or even year for the cloud to remain up or down, they obeyed according to the command of God. One could imagine the level of patience this took.

I ask myself if I would be patient enough to wait for the directions of God. Will I be patient enough for the cloud ahead of me to be lifted up before I journeyed into the next season of my life? Can I be humble enough to rest at the command of God? Because rest is just as important as carrying out the task. Some of us out of our own desires have moved ahead of God and others have come to a complete stop. I can’t stress enough the importance of discerning the directions of God.

We may not have the visible cloud that rises up and down in our time however, we have the spirit of God which speaks. In addition, we have the word of God and leaders in our churches and communities to guide us. Don’t ignore God’s direction in fear of its outcome because without guidance and leading of the spirit of God, you won’t be able to handle life as you should.

Today, I entreat you to journey and rest at the command of God.

Psalms 25:4

“Show me your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.”

I’m praying for you.



Counselling In Leadership…

It is paramount for believers in authority to understand their roles and responsibilities which come with the titles they hold. The Bible says whom much is given, much is required. It is one’s duty as a leader to direct people to the word of God in all circumstance.

Sound doctrine in this day and age has become scarce. I can’t fathom how easy it is to come across worldly counsel in the church.

We have allowed the enemy to influence our thoughts in many ways including emotions and sometimes our past. Being a leader and disciple in Christ means there’s an exposure of people requiring counsel from you from time to time. This position is delicate as in some cases you’d be the bridge between life and death for a fellow believer. When faced with challenges as such, firstly, pray and ask for wisdom from above. One can not counsel without The Word.

James 3:17

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

Search within your thoughts for the above qualities; it is unwise to counsel for selfish desires and ego boast.

Secondly, It is dangerous to speak heedlessly as this could cause more harm than good. Be attentive and compassionate.

Colossians 4:6

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other.”

Thirdly, be cautious in making reference to past experience that you’re yet to be healed of. It is better to avoid if possible, as emotions could set in and you may unknowingly lead a soul astray due to hurt and pain. Nevertheless, it’s good to use your experience as means to strengthen and encourage.

Also confidentiality is key! Whatever you’re told is for your ears only unless stated otherwise or someone is in serious physical danger. If you feel the need to share with a third party, ask permission before doing so. Gossip is an unwise act! A lot of leaders have lost souls and respect from the church for breaching confidentiality.

Lastly, the pulpit isn’t a platform to vent your anger and frustration on an individual. Addressing issues in person and in prayer is far more profitable.

The role of leadership comes with a level of trust and responsibilities which shouldn’t be taken lightly. The flocks are not yours, they are God’s; therefore lead and serve wisely by The Word.

1 Peter 5:2

“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as oversees, not by compulsion but by willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

I’m praying for you.



Agree With God…

Amos 3:3

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

One of the things that keep relationships strong is agreement. When two parties come together in one accord, it promotes unity and bond. This isn’t any different with our walk with Christ. God has great plans for us however for manifestation, we ought to be one-minded with Him.

Our heavenly father is a gentleman not a dictator and as such, He has given us free-will. His desire is for us to choose and agree with His will for our lives. When we loose hope and turn our backs on God, we disagree with Him and a house divided against itself will not stand (Matthew 12:25).

God knows the strength and power that comes with unity. Remember the Tower of Babel? The people had strong bond and agreement that God had to intervene before the tower reached Heaven.

Genesis 11:6 & 7

“And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. (7) Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

I pray you agree with God’s language; the language of His will. No matter how bad or good last year was, continue to remain in one accord with Him for you remain in His thoughts.

Job 22:21

“Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you”.

I’m praying for you.



Remain In Christ…. (Stand Tall)

The Lord is calling out His people to seek Him truly. We are in challenging times where the enemy would distract believers with the least of things therefore, one must remain vigilant. Destruction is coming to the earth and God does not want His children to be found wanting. He is calling us just as He cried out to the children of Israel to repent. We must take heed and run to Him before it is too late.

One of the things I have learnt this year is to remain in Christ, Him alone!
Listen, the enemy isn’t after material things. No, not at all! He is after your salvation and position in Christ. He wants to control your mind by whispering lies, guilt, shame etc. His aim is for you to dwell on these to keep you distracted from the truth. Once distracted, you would begin to doubt the word of God which then allows him to freely control your entire life.

So before he does his worse, stop him at his first.

Renew your mind with the word of God daily, pray without ceasing and resist carnality. Know that this fight is not against flesh and blood. Keep focused and rest in the Lord, knowing you have victory over satan.

1 Corinthians 10:12

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls.”

I’m praying for you.




The Lord Is Hurt…

As I read through the book of Ezekiel 8, I felt a way about God I’ve never felt before. I felt the pain, anger, sorrow and sadness in His words.
The Lord was hurt.

The children of Israel in the Old Testament proved to be one of the most rebellious group of people to ever live. God gave them everything they asked for; great leaders, kings, food, water, peace, dominion etc. Their daily needs were provided yet they rebelled against God.

God lifted up Ezekiel at a point and showed him what the Israelites were up to.
What they did in the dark when no one was watching; the incense they burnt to lesser gods, the idol worshipping and all sorts of abomination. God was hurt and disappointed. He was angry and promised judgement on Israel.

He handpicked Israel out of many nations to be His people, they were close to His heart yet they neglected God. How painful?!
It was not God’s intention to be angry with His children. He loved them very much that even in His anger there remained compassion; He had strong fatherly love for them.

Hosea 11:8

“Oh how can I give up, Israel?
How can I let you go?
How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim?
My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows”.

Our generation is no different, if not worse. Just like the children of Israel, we are playing the harlot; running to everything but God for solution. Seeking contentment in material things; worshipping our houses, money, cars, titles, fornication, adultery, malice, unforgiveness etc.

Do we realise that the King of kings Himself handpicked us from the lot? Do we know that we are dear to His heart and called according to His will and purpose?

1 Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim His praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”.

It is heartbreaking even as human to give your all to someone and not have your love reciprocated. I believe it hurts God too when we turn our backs on Him. I don’t know about you but the thought of my actions grieving God carries an unpleasant feeling to my heart. We shouldn’t take God back to when He regretted creating man (Genesis 6:6).

Christ desires to be pleased with us and not to feel hurt by us

When we truly know who we are in Christ, there would be no desire in us to go against His will, we would love Him and reject the world. I pray that we return this amazing love given to us by God through His son Jesus Christ.

Mark 12:30

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.”

I’m praying for you,