He Doesn’t Call the Qualified; He Qualifies the Called

For us Christians, we are on a journey of continuous maturity, being called the righteousness of God; yet we strive day after day for perfection. However, the dilemma is, what happens when your are still in the struggle and yet God wants to use you to minister to people who are in the struggle with you? One may think it only practical to become a master before one can preach, teach or pray for others, but most of the time it doesn’t work that way.

In truth, as we reach out or do outreach, God reaches in and gives us the grace to overcome as we help others do the same. You maybe used to administer healing or motivation to others even though you may be at your weakest. Moses, stuttered in his speech, yet God still deemed him fit for service. As TD Jakes said it, “His stutter didn’t stop his anointing”. God wants to let you know that your stutter won’t stop your anointing.

Paul suffered from a thorn in his flesh, which he pleaded with the Lord three different times for its removal. Yet, the Lord did not. Paul realized that his thorn kept him human, kept him broken, kept him reliant on God’s grace for success. It was Paul who later came to the understanding that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10). God prefers to use the down, defeated and ostracized than those who suffer from pride, self-sufficiency and selfishness.

I challenge you today to show the love of Christ to those around and see how God uses that as a springboard to your future victories and eternal success.

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When?

In witnessing there are always few responses that are consistently used. The most popular of these, when one is asked about making Jesus their Lord and Savior is, “I am just not ready yet.” This response infers a lot of information. First of all, it assumes that there is a specific day, time and moment that one may suddenly be ready or feel ready. The second, is that it assumes that one has full knowledge of the times, that is, when one is going to pass on from this life.

The first misconception with regard to getting saved, is that there will never be a time when all the signals are just perfect. In fact, most times while someone maybe ministering to you about Jesus, the enemy is doing the opposite by inputting thoughts of doubt and worry at the same time. This is why one may feel a sense of conviction and motivation to make that right decision only to be bombarded with opposing thoughts of how they will stop sinning, or what if they backslide, or what may others think etc.

These thoughts are meant to destroy you by keeping you in sin and as such, must be ignored if one is to have any chance of experience the power, presence and purpose of God in their life. Like NIKE, “Just Do It!” Don’t hesitate!

The second misconception assumes that one has complete knowledge that their day and hour is no nigh. The truth is that not even the prophets, the apostles and other stalwart men and women of God are certain of the time that they will be called up to meet Him. This is why we have made the most important preparation of all. It is because we don’t know when this world will end and more so, we do not know when we will die, that we choose not to wait until the last-minute. Choose today as well as every other day to die to our old selves and LIVE COMPLETELY FOR CHRIST.’

The First Sin: Even an Angel Failed this Test

The self-righteous are some of the most dangerous persons in this world. There is nothing more diabolical and duplicitous than a self-righteous person. Before I go any further, let me first say that I myself am guilty of this sin and have found forgiveness in Christ. Let me now go on to say that this is one of the most dangerous sins to commit yet, one of the easiest ones as well.

Self-righteousness is borne in pride which in truth is conceived in ignorance. In our lack of true understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His love and His mercy, we find ourselves easily judging others while relaxing the measure of judgement for others closest to us – be it family members or loved ones.

Self-righteousness was the first sin to be committed. Satan’s sin was a sin of pride; a sin of considering or esteeming himself more important than others and equal to God. Where is your pride derived? Is it in thinking of yourself more valued than others or one that causes you to reject God and out rightly blaspheme His Word?

My prayer today is that we all make it our daily prayer to search the deepest recesses of our hearts and cauterize any and all forms of pride and self. This can only be done by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit our Counselor. Let pride me and all flesh be crucified daily so that the resurrected power of Jesus may empower us to magnificent signs and wonders.

God Bless.

Love Rejected

He calls for a girl who he craved for from day one,
If she even gave him a smile he would climb the moon, and defeat the sun.
He saw her beauty before the world raised their spotlight.
If she was hurt her enemies would see one supremely hostile.
His eyes paved paths and made her crooked ways straight,
Before she could utter a word her desires were already made.
He spoiled and swooned her with gifts fit for a queen,
But, this love met its bitter end when world beckoned and screamed.

She then rejected his calls and blocked him at every place,
He searched deep within to find out if he had made a mistake.
She found new friends, desires and all sorts,
He knew he did all he could and like a gentleman showed no force.
She adapted new speech, behaviors, beliefs,
He reacted by seasonally reaching out but his love was out of reach.
She soon forgot all about him, he became a fleeting thought,
Even though he had unlimited power her love could not be bought.

She married a man great in stature with fame, he stood a king,
Yet, she felt like life was never about her when she spent time with him.
She did receive the rarest gifts and all she could every ask,
Yet, sometimes when he grew angry she would be the recipient of his wrath.
She felt powerless to escape and rested in her tears,
Yet, somehow her mind pondered of her first love as she peeled back the years.
She remembered he made a promise that he is only one call away,
And with that small call a mighty army descended as all her enemies lay slayed.

From that day to now she has made him the apple of her eye,
He is her King, her First Love, the one who doesn’t know how to lie.
Love rejected is the most suicidal way to live,
She learned it is better to stick to with His unfailing love – that the devil can never give.
A person today living without Jesus as the Savior of their life,
Is like a person wishing time would stop as a next second goes by.
Death is not a question of IF but the wonder of  WHEN;
For some, sin is too fun to give up for Holiness and Heaven.

Who Dares Steal His Glory?

For every breath I take and exhale
It is a testimony of love’s travail.
For every smile on my face,
To the strength of the moves I make –
All Glory to You Oh God, Worthy to be praised.

For every meal enjoyed
To the rest, sleep and breaks.
For every friend and family I have,
None given to me by mistake –
All Glory to You oh LORD, The Ancient of Days.

For every dollar and cent I make,
Tithed and offered back to You in faith.
Yet, a world of people who you have made,
And so many have taken Your glory away.

Whether with full knowledge or by mistake,
We give glory to God by the choices me make.
To use our mouth to give Him praise,
To use our lives as examples of His grace,
To use our earnings to tithe back to Him in faith,
To be obedient to His Word for the rest of your days,
To be willing to die for Him as He died in our place,
To know the beauty of His calling and gaze upon His face,
To fight the good fight and at least run this race,
Or be disqualified from paradise and face eternal disgrace.

The Lord God is forever worthy and all Glory be to His Name,
And He will receive all the Glory by free will or force on Judgment Day
When every knee shall bow and tongue confess giving Him praise.
So give Him praise while free and spend eternity in His prepared place,
Or give Him praise later, only to be banished away towards Hell’s gates.

Consistently Focused

Two men are trying to cut down a tree for themselves respectively. The first man applies the axe to his tree a thousand times and yet, the tree remained standing. The second man, only swings one hundred times and yet his tree, a tad bit wider than the first, fell to the ground. The difference between the two men was that the first one swung randomly hitting any and everywhere that he could, whilst the second one made every to apply each consecutive swing to the same spot.

Such is the power of focus and consistency. Even the biggest giants will fall when you are properly focused and consistent in prayer, obedience, praise etc. The reason why so many Christians are ineffective comes down to those two points; lack of focus and consistency. One may have focus but without consistency, focus is futile. Whilst consistency without focus is self-defeating.

My encouragement to us today is to gain insight and grace from the Holy Spirit in battling the core issues within our lives that have been eroding our success and purpose. Let us find the areas where we are weakest and apply consistent focus and see the power of God manifested in magnificent ways.

 

Our Near-Death Testimony

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

Two weeks ago, I had a near-death experience, in which the Lord revealed to me that the devil had a death warrant for myself and 3 of my family members. However, He intervened a split-second before we would have been in a most deadly accident on Hope Road, cancelling any such plan from being executed. The most shocking thing was that we are all four Christians coming from our weekly family prayer and fasting meeting that we have every Thursday.

The things I’ve learned are:
1. Satan cares not whether we’re saved or not; in fact he seems more determined to kill those who are a threat to him and his purposes.
2. Life’s fragility should never be forgotten.
3. Do all, say all, love as much as you can, today.
4. Stay under the coverage of His blood.
The world around you may be throwing themselves into deep darkness and sinfulness, yet I need you to stand your ground of integrity and holiness. It may seem boring and your body may very be craving these things yet, we are called to make our flesh subject to our spirit.
5. Fasting & Prayer, cuts worldly affections and addictions whilst giving us increase hate for sinfulness. It gives us the ability to detest the things that God abhors.

I thank you Jesus for Your mercy and faithfulness. You spared us so that we could be a living testimony for You, and we will be one!!!!

A Most Catastrophic Calamitous Eternal Destruction

Anyone who knows me, know of my love of video games. I had to previously break my addiction to Call of Duty, a game that I have spent hundreds of hours playing over the years. The pros at this game focus on three main objectives: kill-death ratio, win-loss ratio and score per minute. Some give priority to one over the other two, but my definition of the best player, was one who was complete in all categories.

Life, like Call of Duty may also be measured in similar ways. One should focus on Biblical objectives such as, how much people we minister to (encourage, evangelize, pray for etc) on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Of those ministered to, one may need to document how much of those have become Christians, ensure they are getting involved with a church and so forth. It’s shocking how many of us call ourselves children of God, yet we never tell a soul about Jesus and what He has done for us.

We may also need to value our lifestyles, our habits, actions, decisions and weigh the value of them all against eternity. It’s surprising how caught up we are in daily activities all of which have nothing to do with our God-given purpose, talents or gifts. Our lives are so cumbersome that it doesn’t allow us time or energy to do the things that God has called us to do. The poor, the hungry, the rejected, the widow, the fatherless, the homeless, the prisoners; these are they who God has called us to reach out to, not just to our friends and acquaintances within our mutually benefiting social network.

The numbers tell a different story more than our mouths may speak and our minds may think. Jesus said it best, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Matthew 15:8. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12. Many of us have silenced our conscience in an effort to sin comfortably and whilst even ‘Christians’ do the same to live a life free of the responsibility of following God’s Word, judgement and death looms more deadly and destructive than the most catastrophic disaster one could ever imagine.

The greatest shock will come to those who so convinced themselves they were saved, knowing in the depths of their souls they truly weren’t. Deceive not yourself one more day, my brothers and my sisters. Make it right before our Almighty King, Jesus; the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Death is not a question of IF but WHEN.

For Want of a Nail

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,

For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,

For the want of a horse the rider was lost,

For the want of a rider the battle was lost,

For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,

And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

The horseshoe-nail may at the time seemed like the most insignificant, easily overlooked item on the list of things to worry about. It may have been as important as a fleeting thought or passerby on a busy street. Yet, the nail ignored became a kingdom destroyed.

The question I ask you today is this, “What nail are you overlooking today? What is the sin the easily besets you? Of which sin are you easily entangled in again and again? The seemingly insignificant, daily, seemingly harmless sin of today, can and may very well be the loss of a life and an eternity away from God tomorrow.

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Many a friends of mine have come into contact with a near-death experience at some point in time. Even more have had the treasure of conviction made present by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Yet, most of my friends and sadly even family members, still betray their own God-given purpose for the likes of sin, self and the grave.

This message is for the each and every one of us, myself included. In introspection and sheer honesty, couple with humility is our assured victory in Christ Jesus. Let us not overlook any sin in our lives but become militant in our desire for “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

 

Wants, Needs & Desperation

The Lord said in His Word in Psalms 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Yet, some of us have desires, that is, things that we want that still haven’t been met.

Then there are the things we need, in which Philippians 4:19 states, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Yet, some of us still have needs that are yet to be satisfied.

Finally, there are things that we are desperate for. Regarding desperation, the Bible states in Matthew 5:6 that, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”

Wants are normally many, needs few and desperation is mainly singular in quantity. We may want a house, a car, wealthy influence; need a trustworthy spouse, a job, food; but be desperate for healing, a breakthrough, a miracle, deliverance.

What is the one thing above everything else that you are desperate for? One important point to note is this, God most assuredly shall give you the desires of your heart once you delight yourself in Him; He shall supply all of your needs in His timing, assuming that you are being obedient to His Word; anything that you crave for more than life itself shall surely be given.

Jacob was desperate and wrestled with God until the breaking of day and His life was forever changed. The lady with the issue of blood crawled through the tightly knit crowd and received healing from a lifelong condition. Your life can and will be changed too if you are hungry enough, thirsty enough and desperate enough.

#LiveDesperately