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06Nov
PUT ON YOUR FIGHTING FACE!
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(MY FIGHTING FACE!)

People who train you in health and safety often advice that before you lift a load, you need to first evaluate the load to see if you can lift it by yourself or if you need help. In life we always face various situations in which we are consciously or unconsciously evaluating what we face and trying to make a decision on whether we are able to tackle the situation by our strength or if we will need help.

Fear sets in when upon evaluation of the load that HAS to move, you find that you don’t have strength equal to the task ahead. This is where you still need a job, but feel you can’t stand another rejection! You still need to be made well, but you can’t stand hoping for a better report this time. You still want a good relationship, but you don’t have the strength to be vulnerable enough to trust again. You want a first class degree but you can’t stand the possibility of failing your exams.

At this point, you can either step sideways or backwards onto another load that you feel your strength can handle, or you step up to the task ahead of you in spite of the disparity between your strength and the strength of what you face. I recommend the later, because the former is a GUARANTEED PATH TO MEDIOCRITY! I recommend you put on your fighting face…not the cute one…the ugly one that comes by default when you mean business…Yeah that one…put it on and step up to the plate!

I believe in God. If you are willing to consider that He is God, He has made some pretty awesome promises to be your helper. He even backed this promise up with a covenant! Check out the following passages from the bible:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28, 29 NKJV)

Not only is He the God who gives you strength when you are weakened by what you face, He has also promised to always be with you ; Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Today, you can step up to the plate, put on your fighting face and say BOLDLY “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV)

STEP UP! WITH GOD, THERE IS NOTHING MEDIOCRE ABOUT YOU. WALK TOWARDS THAT THING KNOWING THAT THE LORD IS YOUR HELLPER!

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26Sep
Set yourself free!
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Bitterness, rage, resentment anger, animosity can easily creep into our lives mostly when we have been offended by someone. Sometimes the offender is aware that they have offended us. At other times they are completely oblivious to the offence. Unfortunately, irrespective of the offenders knowledge and acceptance of their offence, the effects of being offended are still toxic! 

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit…

Let it go friends! As you let it go, you set yourself free. Most of the time we want them to know that they have offended us! We want them to feel sorry for what they have done before we forgive them! Unfortunately this mindset keeps you enslaved to their response. Most people are slaves to the poor characters of others. You’re better than that! You were not born to be enslaved to the flaws in someone else’s character. 

Check how God forgave us…He completely forgave us before any message was preached to us about our sins against him. He did not wait for us to know about our sins or acknowledge them before he died for us. Learn to forgive before or even without the offender knowing they have offended you. You don’t need to give that driver a nasty stare to let him know his/her driving offended you! Yes sometimes we need to make people aware of their offence just so that we put boundaries in place for the future. But forgiving without feeling the need to announce the offence to the offender is a more powerful way to live. 

Live free! You were born to be free! 

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02Jul
Death can be the best time of your life!
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Death can be the best time of your life!

In the last week there have been a few reports of people who died, and it has been quite interesting to see how we respond to death.

To a lot of people death is the worst thing that can ever happen to them or to any other person. This is because most of us (Including some christians) are uncertain about what happens after death! This uncertainty is the reason we try to live life with one goal…not dying! (Even though the whole point of life is death…we’ll have to look at that another time)

Unfortunately the person who is afraid of death is the one that is open to all kinds of manipulation. The terrorists can only terorise someone who is afraid of dying! The quack preacher can only con someone who is full of the fear of death. What you fear the most has the greatest potential to control & manipulate you.

Check out what the bible says about JESUS, and what He did when He came a few thousand years ago…

HEBREWS 2:14-15 (MSG) Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

Jesus offers an alternative to living life full of the fear of death! He embraced death so that we don’t have to be afraid of death. He makes a bold promise that anyone who simply chooses to BELIEVE in HIM will never die (John 3:16). You don’t need to do enough good things to buy that security of receiving that promise, you simply need to TRULY believe! Right living will eventually follow right believing.

If I die, please cry only because you will miss me…I think it’ll be plain rude not to cry if i die! But be extremely happy for me because I believe in Jesus that Man from Galilee. Just like Paul in the bible, I love being here, I love life, but I am fully convinced that the best part of my life only begins when my body dies. I get to walk on streets on Gold. I get to speak with Jesus face to face! I get a glorified body! I am fully convinced that the best part of living is dying. If you know anyone who died believing in Jesus, I understand that you miss them, and I pray that the Spirit of God Himself will confort you. But I the truth, the highest form of reality is that their life just got soooooooooooooo good!

Today you can get that same assurance of life after death. Simply choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God & that He came to save you from sin. Which means you’ll have to acknowlege that you are a sinner, not because of what you’ve done/are doing, but because you are human! Accroding to the bible because of what Adam did, we are now born into sin. If you choose to believe these things and you are bold enough to say it out loud with your mouth to God, today, you can have the same assurance of faith!

If you already believe in Jesus and you have confessed Him as your Lord, like John says in 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Don’t live iife afraid of death! Death is the best thing that could ever happen to you!

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27Jun
Father to the Fatherless
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Paslm 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.6 God sets the lonely in families,[c] he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

One recent report on families in the UK suggested that a quarter of all families with dependent children are headed by a single parent, in the vast majority of cases, the mother. Probably more than ever we live in a generation that is growing up without the influence of a father. As a pastor I have found that this is one reason why a lot of people struggle with receiving God as a father, simply because there is no natural reference point to help understand the concept of a father’s love.

Today I am praying for everyone who did or does not have the influence of a father in their life. I pray that you will see that because of what Jesus did, we have been adopted into the family of God. The bible says we received the spirit of adoption when when we believed in Jesus (Galatians 4:6). This profound demonstration of God’s grace is the reason you don’t have to be fearful! You are not destitute. You are not an orphan. God loves you the same way that He loves Jesus. Just like it is inconcievable for a mother to abandon her child, and inconcievable for God to abandon His son Jesus, YOU WILL NEVER BE ABANDONED BY GOD BECAUSE OF JESUS! NOTHING WILL separate you from the LOVE of God for you.

For every wound that has been inflicted because of your experience of fatherhood, I pray that you see that bitterness, unforgiveness, anger is not the only option. There is a balm in gilead. Through Jesus, it is possible to break free from all those negative emotions that stem out of your wounds. As you look to Jesus, as you investigate His character and nature, I believe you will experience supernatural healing for those hurts!

I pray for every father, that God will help you be who you need to be to your children. If you have not been involved in your biological children’s life, I pray that God intervenes in your situation, and that he makes all things possible. I pray that you will see that He is your helper. With Him you can leap over a wall! With Him you can be the best father that you can be today.

I pray for every man, that you will have the courage, the boldness to be a father to somebody. That you will be a reference point for the fatherless, who are hearing the message of the one who is the father to the fatherless.

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25Jan
Thank God for Ishmael, but Ishmael is NOT Isaac!
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There are always options that apparently look like alternatives to what God said to you. These options often sound logical and even reasonable. But the truth is that nothing compares to God’s Word to you.

God’s Word to Abraham was that he & Sarah would have a son. Having a son with Hagar seems logical, reasonable & even produces an Ishmael, a son who was also mightily blessed by God. But no matter how blessed Ishmael is, he will never be an Isaac!

So many of us are rejoicing in & testifying about our Ishmaels, when God had promised you Isaac! Is that you today?

I don’t know about you, I want my Isaac!

Lets make a decision to stick to the Word God gave you. Don’t settle for less than what His Word says about you & your circumstance. As you hold on to the Word of God, you are literally investing in truth…John 17:17 tells is that God’s Word is truth…the highest form of reality! Investments in the truth will ALWAYS yield great dividends!

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded 

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11Jan
SIN OR GRACE? YOUR CHOICE!
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(Romans 5:20 AMP) – But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,

What an amazing statement. The New Living Translation put it this way…

Romans 5:20 NLT-God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.

The truth is that in every place where you find sin, you will also find grace! If you find sin in a person, a community, a nation, the above scripture implies that in this era that we live in, you will also find grace. The beauty is that the grace is always greater than the sin! GOD HAS MORE GRACE THAN YOU CAN EVER HAVE SIN!

The question we have to answer is this; what will our focus be? What will we choose to see in people, in our community or in our nation? Will you choose to see SIN or will you choose to see GRACE? Where there sin in abundance, there is grace even more abundantly! In fact if you read Romans 5:21 it says that under the old law (which the bible describes as death) Sin reigned…sin ruled…sin had the last word in the matter. Today things are different…grace now reigns! Grace rules! Grace has the last Word on every matter!

In your life and in the life of others, will you refer to what the Grace of God is saying or will you refer to what Sin is saying?

Don’t be that person who gives sin the final word in your life, or in the life of others. Don’t conclude the matter in your life on the basis of what the sin is saying. Grace has the final say! Grace rules! Ask grace!

If we allow grace to have the final Word…Everytime, Titus 2 tells us that the grace of God will train you to say no to sin, to ungodliness!

For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, (Titus 2:11, 12 AMP)

When we focus on grace, it doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge the power of sin…it means that we more confident in the power of grace…after all, right now…grace rules!!

Live a grace focused life!!

Grace be with you
Chido

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09Oct
FOCUS ON THE RIGHT THING
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We live in a world that places so many demands on us. Different situations and different circumstances demand different things from us. Your work colleagues require something different to what your family requires of you. Church folk require you to be a certain way in other for them to be able to relate to you. Different geographical locations place varying demand on you and I.

It must be accepted that protocol is to be respected in whatever setting you find yourself, however it becomes a huge problem when we begin to work more on looking right for the setting you find yourself in, as opposed to being right for that setting. This is where we begin to work more on our reputation than we do on our character. The bible describes this state of being as hypocritical.

What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. (Matthew 23:27 NLT)

Notice that it will always end in a place of sorrow when we are more concerned about our reputation as opposed to our character (which is who we are when no one is looking)

In fact stories from the bible show us that God always picked those who did not have the best reputation because they had a character that was right. Good character eventually gives birth to a good reputation. God is more interested in your character than He is in your reputation. When Jesus died for us, He didn’t die so we could look good(reputation) he died so we could be good (character).

One thing I have discovered in my relationship with God is that He is interested in me. I don’t need to be a certain way with Him. I never need to put up a certain type of face for God. I don’t need to try and look right for Him…He accepts me as I am. That’s the same for you today. Religion wants you to clean up before you go to God…God wants you to come to him if you’re interested in cleaning up!

Real mountain moving faith is driven by a character that is surrendered to the grace of God. Faith driven by the need to preserve your reputation will never produce the results that God wants us to produce. Working on our character by depending on the grace of God leads us to the place where we never have to worry about looking right…because we will be right.

We can change the World as we let our kind and gracious God mould our character.FOCUS ON THE RIGHT THING

Chido

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26Sep
HE MAINTAINS MY LOT
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If you’re honest, you’ll agree that a lot of the great blessings in your life have come about because of God’s goodness…not because you deserve it. The challenge most honest people will also have is that of trying to maintain or take care of that which you know you didn’t deserve in the first place…I mean, if I didn’t deserve it, how can I even be sure that I can maintain it? If I didn’t deserve to be used by God, how can I be sure that I can guarantee that I wouldn’t foul up the will of God for my life? If I didn’t deserve this beautiful child, how can I be sure that I can do what is right by them?

2 things usually happen when we have these questions…we begin to work hard to maintain the blessing…or we begin to reject the blessing, because we know we don’t deserve it & we don’t have the ability (by ourselves) to maintain it.

David had the right idea:

Psalm 16:5 NKJV :

Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.

He acknowledges that the blessing is God’s doing…and he acknowledges that God is the one who maintains that inheritance!

I don’t have to carry the weight of trying to maintain something I know I didn’t deserve…He is the source of the blessing, and He is the one who maintains the blessing!

Dear friend, you can rest today, because the great things in your life have come to you out of the counsel of His own will…you can also rest today because He has also taken responsibility for maintaining the blessing. All we are required to do is trust Him!

Embrace the blessing completely…embrace those big dreams…HE MAINTAINS YOUR LOT!

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