Uncertainty

Life. Is it more filled with certainty or uncertainty? Life, is nothing but a seeming never-ending episode of uncertainty, leading to other uncertainties.

We get an education yet we are uncertain of the challenges we will face at school. We get qualified yet, are uncertain if we will even get a job that best suits our area of expertise or our passions. We get a job but even then, there is uncertainty of our level of success, mobility, the obstacles we may face and so much more. We may meet someone we fall in love with yet, we are never certain if they are the one we will marry, and if we do; we are never certain of how things will work out.

Amidst all these forms of bewilderment, the greatest of all that I ask myself is “When will I die?Will it be a peaceful death?” Maybe you don’t ask these questions but I most certainly do.

Life can be very uncertain. In fact, no one can ever be truly certain of exactly how life will turn out. We may have hopes, dreams and ambitions; we may even work as hard as possible to ensure a specific lifestyle, yet amidst it all, uncertainty is still present.

Life is filled with uncertainty, but of these things I am truly certain – God is real and His Love is even more so. This certainty, causes all other uncertainties to become blurred and thus out of my focus. There is a scripture that states, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It’s a powerful question and statement even. It’s saying that having full knowledge that our God loves and cares for us, it matters not who may stand against us, be it principalities, powers, sickness, disease, death etc.

God is for us!!! This is the most certain statement that we can make. Death is certain, but because I have given my life to God, the uncertainty of time here on earth is not such a problem anymore. The focus now is to love as much, while there is such time to love as such.

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A Call to Arms

Many of us have been running from the fight as long as we can remember, in hopes that we would never have to face that battle ever again. Many of us have become cunning, and adapted to methods and schemes of evasive action for the purposes of escaping challenges and battles that must be won and difficulties that must be faced.

It’s ok for you to think that that these measures may work, because the truth is, they have for a while. Haven’t they? There are conversations we need to have, but we compromise internally and say to ourselves, “It’s not my place, it’s none on my business. Let it slide.” There are addictions we need to break, but we say “I’ll be good, things are okay. Life goes on.” There are devils we need to face, but we cloud it in, “Oh God’s not real, if He did then…”

The truth is this, there will come a fight for each and every one of us and it won’t matter your age, gender, status or belief. There is a common enemy of man that has been deriding your efforts at success, eroding your dreams of a good marriage, suffocating your desires to be the person God has called you to be.

There is a FIGHT!!! There is a fight; and it has to be fought or I guarantee you upon the solid basis of scripture that you will not only lose, you not only will die, but you will be destroyed! When the Bible asked us to fight the good fight of faith, God knew the devil was going to attack your belief system in yourself, in your neighbor and in Him.  There is a fight, and that fight must be won, for the eternal destiny of a nation, your loved ones, your family and yourself.

Let he who is running, run no more! Let he who is sleeping, awake! Let he who is fearful, take up their weapon of war! FIGHT!!!! Fight for your life; because, as it says in the statement, your life depends on it!!!!

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.

No Idols Accepted Here

Being a Christian today is becoming extremely hard as each day goes by. One must be honest within themself and make the necessary adjustments to the dilemmas of Today’s Christendom. One major weapon of distraction today is the device we are holding in our hands right now.

Its power of distraction and destruction is far-reaching. It has not only destroyed the fabric of many relationships among us as humans, but it even threatens that which we have or seek to have with God. The world of social media is an all-encompassing web of gossip, trends, entertainment, dark proclivities among a host of other mind-swaying activities.

Funnily, the phone can be used for great good yet, more often than so; it is the tool that is crippling churches as members dwindle from distracted yet present, to indulging and absent. It’s honestly like I am watching the destruction of the world in slow motion and feel a strong sense of powerlessness in stopping it.

That which is in the hand has now replaced He who is within our heart; that which has no life is an idol now worshipped even among His stalwarts.

I pray today for a love unfiltered, undiluted, unlimited, unhinged, uncompromising and unimaginable between our selves and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray for a love that cannot be tampered with, that shall not be swayed, but will be laser-focused in its motives, its purpose and the process required to remain effective.

Let us seek the Lord for His tremendous grace that makes our weaknesses, strengths; even now in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Awake the Sleeping Giant

Scripture Reading:
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 2 Peter 2: 13-18

In times like this people are reminded that indeed, our God is not to be taken lightly, but in fact, must be feared. Whether the focus is the earthquake of Mexico yesterday, or the effects of Hurricane Irma, each one of us have the individual responsibility of making it right with our God.

It’s said that a wise man learns from his mistakes and an even wiser man learns from the mistakes of others. So far, in between hurricanes, earthquakes, natural deaths, accidents and crimes, life and death is at work. The sad reality is that some of us have fell into such deep a sleep that none of this even tugs on their conscience regarding their need to seek God.

It’s as if an indifferent, zombie-like disposition has taken some over, where no situation or catastrophe can awake them from their sinful state. I implore each and every one of to search our hearts today, that we do no provoke the Lord our God to wrath. We may have spared for the likes of such current disasters, but trust and believe that if you are one to deny Him, He knows how and when to get to you. This is an encouragement and warning, as the Bible carefully states in Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”