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Don’t pray for Boston alone. Pray for all nations.
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Today I join my prayers with millions of people around the World who are praying for those affected in the Boston tragedy. At times like this prayer is probably the most apt thing to do because we come face to face with 2 sides of our humanity:

1) the depravity of the Human nature as demonstrated by those who did the bombing. As much as we would like to think that these people are not human, the truth is THEY ARE! Sadly, they their actions demonstrate how depraved we as human beings can be.
2) the helpless state of humanity. Those affected in these bombings were just having a normal day like you and I. But somehow they have been caught up in that, naturally speaking, they couldn’t have helped.

Praying is the apt thing to do because we are referring to a God who sees and understands all things and all people. Praying is the apt thing to do because God, through His son Jesus Christ provides us with the only real solace for the distress we experience when we confront these 2 sides of our humanity.

As you pray for Boston, remember Nigeria in your prayers where over 20 people were killed in a bomb blast just a month ago! Remember Afghanistan where these bomb blasts appear to be a regular occurrence that we could/have become desensitised to. As you pray for Boston pray for all nations of the earth because everyday, people just like you and I are forced to confront the depravity & helplessness of our humanity.

Whatever you face today, however distressing it might be, I pray that you are introduced to the person of Jesus who through what He did when He walked the earth gives us access to God, the real source of true solace. God is not demanding a list of things from you, He is only asking that you believe that Jesus is who He said He is, the ONLY saviour and hope of humanity. Everything eventually adds up when you have a real relationship (not a religion) with the real God, through His real son Jesus.


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Some things are more important than being understood
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The high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: “He saved others—he can’t save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross. We’ll all become believers then! He was so sure of God—well, let him rescue his ‘Son’ now—if he wants him! He did claim to be God’s Son, didn’t he?” Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. (Matthew 27:41-44 MSG)

On the Friday, Saturday & even the Sunday of the first “Easter”, whilst Jesus hung on the cross & whilst He was in the grave, doing the very thing He was born to do, He was probably misunderstood the most! Those He was born to lead into new realms of limitless possibilities, completely misunderstood Him! Check out some of the things they said in the passage above.

When Jesus was in the grave, even those who walked with him for the last 3 years went into hiding. I’d like to say that if I was there, I wouldn’t have gone into hiding…but as I imagine what must have been going through the minds of the disciples, I’m not too sure what I would have done ((honest people say hoooHa). They would have been asking, how could He die, He was the messiah, He preached great messages of faith & hope, we even used His power to cast out demons, He even raised the dead…How could he allow mere men to treat Him like a common criminal? Are there no armies that could defend Him in this kingdom He always talked about? At this point in time, the events would have been really difficult to understand…

Ground breaking pioneers are often misunderstood in their generation. Leaders who are truly creating new realities are often misunderstood by those they lead. I believe that Jesus was misunderstood the most at the height of fulfilling His destiny. I am so relieved that He didn’t take instruction from those who didn’t understand what He was about.

Great leaders are those who have embraced being misunderstood. Great leaders are those who refuse to be instructed by the reaction, comments and actions of those who misunderstand them. Great leaders are those who have developed confidence that their vision, calling or destiny will vindicate them.

Stay focused, don’t be mad at those who misunderstand you, don’t make it your mission to make everyone understand you. Every God given vision or destiny will vindicate you when it is fully manifested. Focus your energy on fulfilling your purpose…on the 3rd day of your “Easter” weekend, when the fullness of your purpose has been manifested, your vision will speak, loudly & clearly! Jesus’ life was explained fully in His death & resurrection.

The purpose of God in you is more important and more valuable than being understood.

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Perfectly Forgiven
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Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! (Matthew 18:21, 22 NLT)

The beauty about this scripture is not just in the kind of person we are moulded into as we forgive relentlessly every time…I believe it’s more in the fact that Jesus will never ask you to do something that He hasn’t already done.

You are deeply loved & PERFECTLY forgiven.

Live with a mindset that you have been perfectly forgiven by God through Jesus.

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What you see now is not all that there is!
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Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. (Acts 12:7 NLT)

This year don’t despair because the judgement has been passed…don’t reach a conclusion about your future on the basis of the chains around your wrists! Don’t be scared because you can see that sickness eating away at you…don’t despair because you can see your children appearing to go deeper and deeper into drugs…at the right time God will equip you with a fresh Word! When you are equipped with a Word, nothing will stop you! Chains will fall off you on account of God’s Word! Doors open on account of God’s Word!

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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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The bread of my life
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Deuteronomy 32:46…“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

I recently realized after reading the above scripture that I sometimes treat God’s Word like an alternative to something else. We live in a generation where there appears to be alternatives to the Word of God. If the prayer for healing for that headache doesn’t work, there’s always paracetamol. If the prayer for provision doesn’t work like we expected it to work, at least we have a job which will definitely pay out at the end of the month. And so because we have these “alternatives” we can often approach God out of religion, which means that there is no real dependency on the God we are praying to. 

The truth is that the Word of God is your life! The Word of God is my life! Whilst there are “alternatives”, God’s Word ALONE will produce the results that God has planned for you. John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life in abundance until it overflows. He came to give a life that is superabundant in quantity & superior in quality. But notice that it is Jesus…who is the Word of God…that came to give us that life. 

Here is what I am saying today, the answers to life’s dilemmas are in the Words we heard at church over the weekend. They are in the pages of your bible, they are right there on that bible app! The Word is near you. Those Words are not idle, worthless, or vain. They are our life! They are our source of sustenance. That’s why the bible describes Jesus…The Word of God…as the bread of life. That’s why in the Lord’s prayer Jesus recommends that we place a demand for our “Daily Bread”. The moment we start to undermine the importance of the Daily Bread, we sign up for weakness, malnutrition and eventually death! 

Everything we need for our nourishment is found in Jesus, the Bread of Life. Forgiveness, peace, love, provision, hope, faith, wisdom…EVERYTHING! I think the most beautiful thing about this bread of life is that He is eternal, He never runs out. All power has been given to Him. All knees eventually bow at the mention of His name. He is available to us FREELY. Whatever you need for life, don’t be shy, don’t hold back, FEAST ON THE BREAD OF LIFE. Just go for it! Let’s develop a habit of choosing to approach every single aspect of our lives on the basis of what the Word says. That’s how we feast on the Bread of Life. The person who does this has this promise from Jesus Himself: John 6:35… “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will NEVER go hungry, and he who believes in me will NEVER be thirsty”. 

I’ve made a decision to COMPLETELY depend on the bread of life for my sustenance. 


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