I heard one unpalatable news about someone and I was pissed. Really pissed. Slowly but surely the anger began to brew. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit interjected and reminded me of the passage; For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Folks, that anger dissipated immediately.
The day that that passage (Ephesians 6:12) settles within you is the last day you will be able to hold anyone in forgiveness or get overly pissed off with someone.
Now that I think about it, I think it’s the reason Christ while on the Cross was able to say “Father forgive them”. Similar with Stephen and others who died gruesomely and forgave while in persecution.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
This morning on my way out, I had to switch buses*. The former conductor gave the money I gave him to this new conductor and the journey continued.
Few minutes later, the new conductor tapped me and asked me for money. I gave him the look and reminded him of the former conductor’s payment. The rest is history.
The enemy acts in like manner; he always asks for things that have been done seeking to steal, kill and destroy what is rightfully ours. From your finances to health to relationships etc but we must always take a stand based on the
God’s promises. Is 53:4-5 contains one of such promises.
PS* In Nigeria, buses are typically managed by conductors. They collect the cash and communicate with the driver on where to stop depending on passengers’ destination.
Reading the book, Driven by Eternity by John Bevere, I was drawn to “If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me]. Matt 16:24
I ask myself, what is the essence of setting goals or even dreaming about the things we want ?
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him 2 Timothy 2:4
Am I a soldier? Oh yes look up Ephesians 6:18
You may say “For he will give us the desires of our heart” Ps 37:4 but if we indeed obey Him, then our desire would be to please Him
Matt 7:21- we must do the will of God to make heaven.
The will of God is not morality. Anyone can be moral without knowing God or Jesus. It is obeying Him step by step.
Remember the moral rich man? Matt 9:21 Jesus told him to sell everything and come and follow Him. Do you catch it? Do you get it? The will of God is “different” for all of us
Are you tired of trusting people?
Have they let you down more times than you can count ?
Maybe it’s because you put so much trust in them. People fail not because they’re wicked but because they’re human. They have their desires, fears and shortcomings.
Take a look at Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the LORD:
5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
6 And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
7 And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
8 Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Get something in your hand and wave it in the air.
What do you have in your hand? God told Moses
What do we have around? Jesus asked the disciples. 5 loaves and 2 fish. That was enough for God.
What do you have? Get serious with it. Offer it to God and watch it.
Jesus went up to the fig tree because he was hungry. It wasn’t the time for figs so it was only normal but then Jesus cursed it anyway and it had to obey.
We don’t know if that fig tree was fruitful in the last season or otherwise. What mattered was that at that point Jesus made a demand on the fruits of the plant and it failed at the test. It suffered a grave consequence. The leaves didn’t just wither, it went down to its roots. A tree dried up to its root is good perhaps for one thing; manure for other plants
What does this teach us? That God can make a demand on our gifting or talents and we must be ready to deliver at all times.
But most importantly one day Jesus is coming back and it won’t matter if you cast out demons or devils the night before. It won’t matter if you raised people from the dead. What would matter is what he finds you doing when he comes.
God expects the best from us in and out of season. Whether we feel like it or not because he’s coming like a thief in the night, suddenly!
If you can read this, I’m not trying to scare you but to prepare you for the big day. Come to him now, His loving arms are wide open…for now
It’s fairly easy to apologize when we’re wrong. The table turns however when we’re right. It becomes quite tough. How can I apologize and reconcile when I’m right? Am I mad? For what? So he’d think he/she was right? God forbid!
But I’m reminded of a mighty king who was wronged grossly by his subordinates. This king left his magnificent throne and came to reconcile with these subordinates and still they refused to. He did everything he could and eventually sacrificed his very own life just to get them reconciled. His name is Jesus. He did that for You, to reconcile you to the Father.
As much as it’s within your power, live at peace with all men. And yes you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you.
Having read Phillipians 3:18-20, I know there’s a lot of work left to be done. When was the last time I thought deeply about heaven ? When was the last time I read revelation with joy in my heart ?
Many atimes we daydream about the new car, money, hot spouse and the exotic locations etc. Yet we leave out the most important of them all; Heaven (Jesus). I think it’s time to turn a new leaf. I’ve started reading revelation (lol). And God is speaking. Please join me…
I remember many years ago as a secondary school student. It was a general unwritten rule. You generally felt bad if you scored poorly but that all began to change when you saw someone who scored even worse. Say you scored 5 out of 20, you felt bad until you saw a 3, then lots of 2 and even more 0.5. At this stage you’d just be amused and probably be filled with so much laughter that you are many. It was a consolation.
As Christians, there’s a tendency to carry that same ideology. We feel sorry for our sins until we see someone who’s doing a lot worse. Then we gloat, nobody holy pass we say, everybody get e own (everyone has his own) and continue with the trend
Our decision however to continue is to call God a liar because He said nothing shall be impossible with Him. It is possible to be holy and perfect. To continue to live in sin is to live in squalor when your father is the wealthiest man around. And even though he has offered you a place in his palace, you refuse everytime.
Would you suffer in the long run? You bet! But he doesn’t even want you to suffer. Come in, come right in to splendor
someone might ask, how is it that people who are devout worshippers of other religions are “successful”.
The reply would be; the purpose of Jesus was not to make us “successful”. His purpose was to reestablish our relationship with God and ultimately qualify us for heaven. Everything else is jara.
Please know it is possible for someone to have everything working out for them and still be unsaved. This world is ruled by principles and anyone that follows them would get results