Faith Appreciates

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Faith in this modern day is mostly attributed as a factor that gets God moving. It’s undeniable that faith is a very important aspect for our day to day livelihood. Faith more so is a very essential aspect for us to live by as Christians.

1 Peter 1, 8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Peter 1, 9: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

This verse says that as much as we have not seen God yet  we believe in Him. Then it goes on to say that we receive the results of our faith, which is the salvation of our souls. The preservations of our souls. Salvation had already been provided for and we used our faith to tap into what was already provided. Jesus on the cross sealed the deal. His resurrection being  evidence that indeed He has defeated death and that He nullified our body of sin in His death. So faith, our faith, we use it to tap into what has already been done. We do not use our faith to get God to moves, He has moved already on the cross. Our faith is just a way for us to receive what He has already provided.

Mark 11, 24: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Let us not erroneously believe that our faith moves God or badges God into moving or feeling like He is cornered into doing whatever it is we are praying for because of our faith. That would pretty much make our God seem as though what He did through Jesus on the cross is not honoured. It would say that our faith is greater than the works of Jesus, weird isn’t it?  Taking it in that angle, don’t you see the analogy I am trying to pass? If we totally neglect the idea that Jesus said, “it’s finished.”  Wouldn’t it decrease the power of the blood of Jesus?  If we think that God moves inspite of the works of Jesus. The book of Mark says that when we pray we should believe that we have received. That is the only extend of what faith does, and definitely not to move God in any sort of way. God moved 2000 years ago on the cross through Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5, 7: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

This verse is much powerful than what  we think, it tells us to walk always in the know that Jesus has perfected us, perfected whatever we may need. When we live in faith, that is to say that we don’t praise our natural senses, in this instance I am talking about when you see yourself struggling and all your natural senses say you should break down and be consumed by depression. Walking by faith says that we are totally transfixed all the time in the works of Christ. Jesus has completed all that He had to do. All we need is faith so as to walk into the provision that Jesus has accomplished. 

Faith appreciates what God has done through Christ on the cross. Our faith is responding to what Jesus has finished. What He has already provided. Joseph Prince says it like this, when the situation gets tough and you are tempted to give in or give up. When you are struggling to see the promise, always refer to the resurrection of Jesus. Just like when you buy something at a store, you get a slip, a slip is prove that you have paid. A slip is prove that you do not owe the store anything, you have paid in full. So likewise, the resurrection is prove that Jesus has paid it all. The resurrection is prove that Jesus has done whatever we may need. Is His resurrection the payment?  No it is not, it is just prove that all has been paid for. Jesus has done it all. So our faith is not getting God to move at all, Jesus did it all.

May we know in our hearts that our faith is merely an appreciation of what God has done. What God has delivered to us through our Lord Jesus. God moved through Jesus and Jesus said it Himself, it is finished.

I See You

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My child, tribulations will come. Darkness will come. Heart ache will come but I will never leave you or forsake you. Yes, things do get hard sometimes I know but look here son. Look up here my daughter, I’m here. Always here. Breathing life into your bones. Breathing power in your bones. Breathing might into you. Breathing beauty into your bones. Breathing heaven’s story into your bones.

I did say, tribulations will come but behold, I your savior, have overcome the world. I see you, I see you as you walk through the darkness. I see you holding your faith still. I see you smiling still my child. You make me so proud. I see you drawing to me, I see you leaning your head on my shoulder. I can feel your head pressing up against my chest. And my tears just can’t help themselves but fall out onto your head. They fall and it’s tears of joy. It’s tears of honor. It’s tears of gladness. Seeing how you are able to hold up your head through darkness and pain.

I see you going through the day without any of your applications being responded to. I see you being so confident even when you are not finding any job. I see you smiling and not spiralling down into depression. I see you shouting praises unto me. I see you holding your head held up high. I see you set your shoulders abroad and walking tall. I see you thank me for your life in the midst of your hardship. I see you thank me for waking you up. I see you thanking me for rising the sun and setting. I hear you say you don’t know how I do it, how I am able to set the sun and you forget about your pain and you focus on that and thank me. I see you thinking of me. I see you holding on to my word.

I want you to know that I am really proud of you. I want you to know that I see all that and I am thankful to having you as a son, as a daughter. You are showing people what shining the light is. You are showing people what holding the flag up is. I see you and I see you as a city on a hill indeed. I really see you as the salt of the world. I see you add flavor on earth and I couldn’t be any proud.You are a dear and beautiful child. I see you. Believe me, I see you and cheer for you my child.

I see you take advantage of my grace and walking with this power. I see you and I am so proud of you my child. You are making me so happy. I am proud and pleased with you. All I want you to know in this letter is that I see you my son. I want you know to know that I see you my daughter. My eye is on you. My eye is fixed on you. There are a lot of things I can say but one thing I want you to know is this, I see you. The light has risen and you shall see all manifest in the natural. I see you and I’m proud of you my child.

I am pleased and I want you to keep your head up and your eyes fixed on me. I am here. I see you and so proud of you my son. I am so proud of you my child.

Promise Conscious

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This morning, I was listening to one of my favorite pastors,Creflo Dollar. He was talking about how we ought to be watching what we are conscious of, the promise or our problems?

Well, it dawned on me that most of the time we find ourselves even gathering as friends and be complaining how much life is hard, how there aren’t job offers. How people are depressed. How some of our previous school mates are advancing in life, having babies, getting good job deals, how they are getting married, while we are stuck only in one place. No advance, no promotions, nothing.

This week in my country, a budget speech was made by minister of finance and it was a shock for most of us. Facebook was rampaged by complaints, people wanting to leave for other countries. I mean it was really depressing now that I am looking on hind sight. All we could talk about was how hope was dying for us in this country. Isn’t that toxic? Now as believers, how can we be shaken by such facts?

2 Peter 1, 4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Peter tells us that we have been given great promises that we might joy and busk in the nature of God. Not to be wondering and wallowing in problems that we see with our naked eye. When we partake in the problems or rather we set our minds on the problem we are setting ourselves to be entangled in the web of corrupt lusts. In this instance, I’m talking about bitter and hateful desires. We end up hating our country, our leaders. End up being envious towards people who are excelling in their fields. So focusing on the promises is the key to liberation and peace.

Philippians 4, 19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

This is one sure promise we must cling to no matter what the circumstances may display before us. Our needs, what needs,ALL needs shall be supplied by our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we ought to hang to steadfastly on, to know and know in our hearts and minds that our needs shall be supplied. We should not be logical and start seeing how the current situation is, or else depression and dullness are inevitable. Faith is what we should walk by in this situation. Always believing no matter how the current economic status of your country may be.

Proverbs 1, 33: But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

See what I am talking about, when we hearken to the promises of God rather than the situation surrounding us, we live in peace. We live knowing that everything has been taken care of. We live with rested hearts. We live with sure hearts that God has really set us up for peace and not fear. Let’s not focus on our problems and troubles.

Isaiah 40: 29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It doesn’t matter whether you are in the prime of your life, when you focus on your problems, depression is inevitable. You could be aging so much but when you put your trust in God, you have the peace and strength that a 19 year old is supposed to have. This is seal that indeed, we should look upon the promise of God. Be like Abraham and walk not in doubt but always giving thanks unto God for our breakthrough even before it arrives. God will and has already fulfilled the promise. Stand still, shut your eyes to the current situation, I am not saying you should be undenial and neglect that you are struggling in the current moment, but be assertive in standing still in the promises of God.

Do not let any junk information make its dwelling place in your heart eventually causing you heartache.

Beautiful Aftermath

736885_LI remember about two weeks back, my little brother came back from school really sick. When he got in the house, he immediately threw himself on the couch and told me how his tummy hurts. He could not hold still or stand up straight. He said from the time he was still at school, the pain feed excruciating. 

I had just written and posted on my blog how Jesus is great and powerful. Now, I had to stretch out in faith to pray for my brother. Doubt enveloped me, “will he be healed,” I asked myself. It was really a challenge, but just then, it came to me, it is not about my power, I have no power on my own to heal any person. I looked at him and all I could see was the back of his head as he was bend, his face pointing his feet.

I stood up and told him to stand, I held his tummy and just convinced myself that its not my power but Jesus’s healing power. I relaxed and totally put it on Jesus. I began speaking wellness to his tummy. Relaxed and totally relying on Jesus. He sat down again, went to bedroom to change into something comfortable. In just 3 minutes time, he came back and he was all in smiles and jolly,walking up straight. I was shocked. I asked how he was, he told me that he is perfectly ok and well.

The aftermath of Jesus’s resurrection and assertion is quite an incredible one. From the day of Pentecost to the day that Peter and John went to the tebinacle. To the days we are living in today. The aftermath is indeed mind blowing. It is not on us but Him.

When they(Peter and John) got to the gate called beautiful. The lame beggar who had been taken there everyday for years, meaning that ever since birth, he couldn’t walk. This also tells you that he was poor because if his family was wealthy, he would not be there at all begging for money. It must have been a rather depressing situation not being able to work in order to make ends meet. However, what he was about to encounter would change his life forever. He would be able to work for himself and feed himself and his family.

As he(lame beggar) asked for money, Peter and John told him they had no money but what they would give him was that he would walk in the name of Jesus. Then he was pulled up, he began walking. Now a lot of people were really wondering how it happened, the answer is that Peter used the name of Jesus. Then when the high priests and all the people were wondering how and what happened this was the response they got.

Acts 3, 12: And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we  had made this man to walk?

This is the response I have regarding the healing that my younger brother received. It was not on me. I remember even when I was approaching him, I was totally letting my ability to His ability. Jesus’s ability. I did not want to end up bragging on my ability to have healed him. Peter’s response was beautiful.

I so pray that this would be the response we use,Peter’s response. These days we see men lifting and exalting pastors more than they would exalt the name of Jesus. Let us watch our responses when it comes to the aftermath of Jesus’s work. It is not our own but all on Jesus.

JOY

4014158_LThis past Sunday I couldn’t sleep at night. I kept rolling and rolling on my bed. Eyes shut so tight but no sleep. Listened to some acoustic worship music but nothing. My sleep was slowly escaping from me. Time was ticking and I really needed some sleep.

I am in a music team at my church so when I come home, I am normally really tired and that sleep is very necessary for me to relax and unwind but I just couldn’t. I wondered what it was until I dug deep and found out that it was a feeling I didn’t think it would cause me a sleepless night. You know what feeling that was? It was “JOY” ; I was really taken aback.

How could joy cause such. Well, it got me wondering how it would be in Heaven. Always filled up with joy 24/7. It’s going to be awesome. Well, a funny fact was that I didn’t know why joy was so evident in me. I seriously didn’t know.

Romans 15, 13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

I might not have known what it was that was giving me joy, but I want to believe that it was God. God has filled us up with joy through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is an unending joy, depression should be a thing of the past because Jesus took it on Him on the cross.

I like how Habakkuk explains His joy.Habakkuk 3, 17: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Habakkuk 3, 18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  What he as saying was that joy is even when you have nothing and yet you look and see your salvation as joy. Knowing that you are preserved from harm by God. Our salvation alone is everything. For Habakkuk, he didn’t consider his lack at at all. I know to the human mind that it might be crazy to say that even when we lack we should see our joy coming from a place far greater than just material aspect. But that is where real joy resonates , from Jesus. Knowing and pursuing ourselves to joy in salvation, our salvation, our place of peace. Today, Habakkuk would say that even if he has no money to pay rent, he has taken his application to many companies in search for a job and has not received any feedbacks, he still sees his joy coming from our salvation. 

A lot of times we look at joy as a result of external forces, such as having and possessing certain things but for Habakkuk, it’s a whole different thing for Him. He says even when he doesn’t have a herd of sheep. In this modern day life, we seem to erroneously believe that joy comes when you have more than  enough. We see a lot of people committing suicide, some of course due to depression seeing how much they lack. I have also seen people who were in wealth but committed suicide. Joy is more spiritual than what we think. Whether we like it or, our joy comes from God. True and real joy. 

Romans 14, 17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. I love what Paul is saying over here. We should joy in the Holy Spirit. This is the true Kingdom of God. (I’m getting goose bumps writing this)  This is the true joy that God wants us to be more drunk with. This means that we should not be so focused on finding joy through having much to eat and drink and nowadays, driving cars. Joy is by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit.

I pray that we focus our joy should be influenced by the Holy Spirit. What we have should be something that we enjoy but not the source of our joy.