Do not be afraid! Do not be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15b
This was God’s response to King Jehoshaphat and his people when they cried to God because the armies of Moabites, Ammonites and Memunites declared war on Israel. Instead of panicking, he told the people to fast and they cried to the Lord God (v5-12).
They reminded God of His promises and that they know that He is able to rescue them (v6).
They reminded God of His covenant with Father Abraham (v7).
They acknowledge that they were powerless against the army that was about to attack them (v12).
God answered their prayers in verse 15-17. Are you facing an impossible situation, or are their challenges threatening your life. Instead of running around, why don’t you seek the Lord of God of Israel? He is the same God and He has not changed. If He can answer Jehoshaphat, He will answer you.
Acknowledge that you are powerless and ask Him to intervene in this situation and He will surely give you a word that will come to pass. In Jehoshapat case, He said that:
They will not need to fight in this battle because the battle is His.
They should take their positions and then stand still and watch the Lord fight (v17). Their position was to praise God (v22)
He also told them not to be afraid or discouraged because He is with them (v17).
If you read v22-26, you will see that God’s word came to pass. Have you been seeking God about a battle that seems to overwhelming. God is saying don’t be afraid, take a position of praise and stand still to see God fight for you.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Do not be afraid! Do not be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15b
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
I use the UCB word for today devotional for my daily bible study and I was so blessed by what was shared on the 16th of October. It was based on Proverbs 30:28.
Your size doesn’t determine your potential, your spirit does. No matter where you start, you can end up in the king’s palace. As long as you live, keep on producing! You might not produce as much as someone else but you’ve got to keep on producing. We don’t all produce at the same level, but we must all produce at some level.
When we are fruitful, other people can "eat" the fruits that we produce or gain from our lives. We cannot afford to stop producing. Don’t be intimidated by someone else's level of production, just make sure you are producing.
Above all remember that we have to connect with God or the Vine before we can produce. Our lives are all about others, by God’s grace, keep on producing.
Monday, 27 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
If you are looking for your next job or contract, you might dread Mondays because you don’t have anywhere to go. Don’t be discouraged because the Lord is faithful. Recently I’ve felt drained financially because everything is more expensive and it feels as if all I do is spend, spend, and spend. I’ve chosen to put my trust in God and I can tell you that He has been faithful. Last week at work, I was given £150 vouchers that I can use in many shops plus pay a rise that I wasn’t expecting, God is awesome. I know the world is going through a shaking and everything that can be shaken will be shaken. As Christians, let us build our lives on the Rock and we will not be shaken because the Rock of ages cannot be shaken. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
We all know that there is a financial storm raging in the world today, banks are going bust and the hearts of men are failing them. As Christians, let us draw our hope from the word of God because Jesus is in our boat and we shall not be ashamed. Regardless of what is going on around us or in our lives, don’t be discouraged and continue to pay your tithes and offerings. My favourite verses around this time are 2 Corinthian 9: 6-11 NLT
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God”.
We can see from the verses above that a giver is like a farmer who sows. As you give, you are scattering your seeds and know that God will cause a harvest to come your way.
How should we give?
Let your giving come from the heart, that is, purpose in your heart what you should give
Don’t give under pressure or compulsion; pressure means burden, load, weight, urge or force
Results of giving right: God will make every grace and favour abound towards you so that you can abound to every good work.
If you don’t have the seed, ask God. I always ask God for the seed and make a pledge in my heart that I will give to the ministry or individual that is in need at a later date. When there is a need, you have an opportunity to be blessed so let’s be givers. This is the word of God, it cannot be broken.
If you have not been walking in love, ask God for forgiveness, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us of our sins. Please read the whole of 1 John, it will bless you mightily. It doesn’t matter what other Christians are doing, make sure you are walking in the word of God. The word of God is the truth that sets us free.
Monday, 25 August 2008
I trust you are well. It’s really good to have an extended weekend. I’m enjoying every bit of it. During my family’s devotion this morning, my husband shared about walking in love, he started with 1 Tim 1:5 which states:
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions” NLT
We also read 1 Corinthians 13 to remind ourselves about love and we decided to meditate on “love is patient and kind” this week. I really need to be patient in this season so I keep saying to myself that "I am patient" because love is patient. I’ve been tested so many times today but I will not give up on being patient because it has to be formed in me by God’s grace.
I will urge you to read I Corinthians 13 regularly because it’s so easy to forget what love is. Meditate on these verses:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” I Corinthians 13: 4-7
Have a great week.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
We need to check our motives regularly to ensure that we are doing things for the right reasons. Our reward comes when our motives are right, let us avoid doing things with selfish motives. Personally, I am examining my motives for doing things because it is important that I get it right. In our service to God, our motive should be to move God’s Kingdom forward. Please check your motives for doing things so that you don’t lose your reward. We have come too far to lose Heaven’s reward. Let us be faithful in our service to Him.
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Rev 3: 1-6 NLT
Thursday, 7 August 2008
God reminded me about soul winning this morning because we need to get back to praying for people who are not saved. It’s so easy to forget about soul winning but we need to bear witness to the Truth with our lives. The price has been paid for people to come to the Father through Jesus Christ and God’s strategy is to restore mankind to Himself. I was reading about marketing some few weeks ago and it was defined as “the skill of figuring out what people need and communicating that you can fulfil the need”. In soul winning, we know that people need God so we need to communicate the gospel to people who do not know God. I pray that we will be an effective witness to everyone we come across by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Friday, 1 August 2008
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
It's been an amazing month for me and I'm glad the summer weather is finally here. God has been telling me to build my faith; He has already made provision for everything we need. We just need to make a demand with faith, just as you need a signature or a pin number to access cash in a bank account. In building our faith, we need to make sure that we are exposing ourselves to the information that will increase our faith. This is important because our faith level is based on what we hear & see. Sometimes we forget and allow things to bother us.
I read about how God saved Daniel in Daniel chapter 6 again yesterday and it really inspired me to trust more in God. We serve a God who is so true and faithful, imagine how God delivered him from the lions den. The king couldn’t sleep but I’m sure Daniel had a good night sleep because of God’s faithfulness. Whatever the situation you are facing, look to God for your deliverance because He has the power to deliver and save. He is awesome indeed. If Daniel didn’t have faith in God, he wouldn’t have prayed when the decree went out, let’s build our faith and make faith-based decisions. Be encouraged by these verses:
"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. "For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions." Daniel 6: 26-27
Please comment if you’ve been blessed by this blog.
Monday, 28 July 2008
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him”. I John 5:14-15 NIV
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for”. NLT
“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him. Amplified
God is mindful of you.
Have a great week,