When the Light Fades

What do you do when friends are no longer friends;
When those who should be there can no longer be sensed?

What do you do when the solutions you knew no longer solves;
When the problems you once overcame has returned and evolves?

What do you do when that which brought you happiness breeds depression;
When your curiosity becomes full blown addictions with no regression?

What do you do when the enemy you fight is no longer without but within;
When faith becomes failure and holiness, sin.

What do you do when the victory you seek is sky high or miles deep;
When the light fades and gross darkness creeps.

What do you do when prayers flow but answers don’t,
When you begged and pleaded to the point where you’ve lost all hope?

PERSIST!!! Because as long as God gave us breath for today there is hope for a change. He hasn’t given up on us, so we owe it to Him to not give up on ourselves; to not give up on Him.

Persistence with consistency are the two ingredients we all should pray for and exhibit. Without persistence you will always quit at the door to your victory; without consistency you won’t even reach the door.

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The One True Hero

Born on earth and borne in pain.
Born among men for the disdained.
Birthed in power, created for cause
Born among animals with no need for applause.

Fashioned in flesh yet in purity He came,
Born in a world where all heroes get slain.
Established in authority as His ministry began.
Born to seek and save the lost in this land.

Anointed to do the impossible using the power of His words,
Born to give us unfathomable power beyond the limits of this world.
Rejected by those who believed themselves, the enlightened.
Born to seek the meek, the proud, the brave and the frightened.

Hated by a world who understood Him not,
Born to execute our punishment of death, by dying upon a cross.
Provided His precious blood that we could be empowered and free.
Born to die that we could rise and live with Him eternally.

When a King lays down his crown for the people He created,
When a Lord knowing all his power in love wouldn’t be appreciated,
When a Savior would suffer and die for us to be elevated,
Is when we celebrate our one true hero, Jesus, the KING of Kings and greatest.

 

G|R|A|C|E

Grace is the ability to do that which you were previously unable to.

Grace is the ability to be that which you thought was impossible to see.

Grace is the strength arisen in weakness derived from belief in God.

Grace is supernatural becoming natural, faith should become natural not odd.

Grace is power over addictions, victory from defeat, life when all said death.

Grace is resilient faith arriving in depths, ascending your life from debts.

Grace is when you’re weak thus becoming strong.

Grace is bended knees and knowing to Whom you belong.

Grace is the breakthrough, the miracle the deliverance you sought.

Grace is freely given to the humbly earnest that cannot be bought.

It is the yes when the doc says ‘No’, the job says ‘No’ or life says so.

Grace is the ‘Yes’ for healing, for the job you’re believing, the life you’ve been fighting for.

Grace, God’s Raw Ability Conditionally Endowed.

Surrender to His Will and Power and see His love bestowed.

Let His Grace be upon you as you go about your day.

Grace be unto you and yours forever this day I pray.

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.

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.

 

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.

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

The Measure of Our Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

The word ‘treasure‘ according to the Merriam Dictionary is described as wealth of any kind or in any form, or something of great worth or value. Treasure today can be defined as money, time and energy.

For most, their main desire is for more money, the poor need it, the average pursue it and the rich hoard it. Whenever we come into contact with money, God instantly starts looking on how we spend it. What percentage is spent on ourself? What percentage is given to God? Do we include Him in the ways and means that each dollar is spent?

What about our time? How much hours are spent furthering our own direct needs and wants over the plans, purposes and mission that God made for us to execute. What is the ratio of time spent doing our own thing versus time doing God’s will and seeking His face?

Thirdly, there is our energy. Many may honor God with their money through tithing, some may even spend some time having their devotions, but how much of our energy is spent being a witness to the ends of the earth, evangelizing, encouraging and praying for others.

He is looking for people who will not just honor Him with their lips but with their hearts as well, their prized treasures, the sacred gifts, their best. Are you willing to give God your best treasure? Is He not more than worth it? Will He not more than honor your giving Him your best by giving you His best treasures?

Finally, I must note one simple and overlooked fact:
God has no use for our money, He already owns it all. When He asks you to give it is His way of getting blessings to you. Giving our best to Him shows how obedient and reliant we are on Him. AMEN!!!!

Love is a Verb

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18 NIV

What is love in words only?
It’s like a puffed up bag of chips with no substance, depth or sincere worth. Yet, love in its truest essence demands action. Love is a verb, a doing word, bigger than emotions, stronger than thought. It is a driving force that leads some to the highest heights and deepest depths. When love is placed in the right place, it’s as if life is produced, hope is manufactured and faith, multiplies.

Love is professed in action, evidenced in power, relentless in care, resilient in trust, abounding in hope, endless in passion, unfathomable in magnitude, righteous in attitude, humble in power, content in all things and sourced in God.

I have always found it amazing that God made us all with the need to love and to be loved. For some they dedicate that love to a person, family and friends, some choose their jobs, vocations among other things, but we all have a need to find something to love and to worship, whilst we all have a need for love in some way, shape or form.

Perhaps the most amazing things is that God created this need within us and though so many people reject and ridicule Him, each person is still a recipient of His divine love and none can exist without it. I believe that without God we would not have the capacity to either receive or even give love, for God is LOVE.
I also believe that the closer we draw to Him the greater our capacity and propensity to give love will increase.

Love TODAY, in action manifesting in power, in Jesus’ Name! AMEN!!!