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02Mar
What are you learning from your Pain?
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Pain instructs.

I believe God allowed pain to instruct us. It wasn’t his first choice. He is not sadistic to choose pain as an instructor. His first choice was obedience. God’s best plan has always been that we learn by listening to Him and obeying His instructions.

The fallen state of man however, makes it highly possible that we wouldn’t know how to discern the voice of God.

And even when we do, our sin condition often persuades us that there is life outside of LIFE HIMSELF, wisdom outside of the instructions of WISDOM HIMSELF. So we reject God’s instructions.

But God has set things up in such a way that even the negative consequence of being outside of God’s will, is pregnant with opportunities to return to Him. This is the mercy of God in action.

Pain and Hurt is a testament of the mercy of God. Pain is God saying, you didn’t hear me last time, will you hear me now that it hurts?

The trouble is that we have an enemy, His job is to pervert something that God allows for our good, he turns it around for evil.

So when we get hurt in relationships, the hurt was teaching you who you are, what you like, what is important to you.

But the enemy perverts that, and teaches us to hate others for hurting us. Teaches us to live a distrustful life because we’ve been hurt. Teaches us not to try again because failing hurt the last time.

I think this is why it is important to learn to yield our pain to God. When we do, He uses our pain to teach us His lessons.

When we don’t yield our pain to God, we open ourselves up to pick up the perverted lessons that the enemy wants us to learn in pain and hurt.

We don’t need to ask you if you are learning from your pain, because we all are. We do need to ask, what are you learning from your pain?

The right lessons will make you better, not bitter, wiser not foolish. The right lessons will provoke growth not stunt your growth. The right lessons will make you bolder, not more timid.

Don’t waste your pain. Tell God about what hurts. Find good friends who will partner with God to bring out the best lessons from your pain.

This is the gospel, that in darkest and most painful parts of the journey of life, resurrection is possible because God turns our pain and our hurt in to resurrection power!

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30Mar
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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27Nov
Dear Teenager: some truths about your parents
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I recently received an anonymous email from a teenager who was asking for guidance in dealing with their parents in a Godly way. Fortunately I have been a teenager before so here is an open letter to my precious anonymous friend.

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT)

Dear friend

Thank you for your recent letter. Here are some things I have discovered about these special creatures called PARENTS…

There is something in your parents that releases success in you. It is God ordained! Your parents are containers of the blessing of God which can release you into God’s perfect plan for your life. This is why God instructs us to honour them i.e. to give WEIGHT to them, to their words, their instructions and their place in your life. To honour them is to treat them as valuable. They carry something that will cause things to go well for you, but we’ll never receive anything from someone we don’t honour! I know you don’t agree with them on most things, but do not cease to look for ways to honour them at all times! Dear teenager, the TRUTH is that your parents are equipped to help you succeed. Give weight to them!

Every person is unique, every child is unique. Dear teenager, please cut your parents some slack. They are trying to figure this thing out just like you are. Raising every child is a unique experience for the parent. They’ve never been at this place where you are becoming an adult responsible for your own decisions, whilst still being their child who needs their help and guidance. Just like you are going through a change which they need to understand, they are going through a change which you need to understand! They are learning just like you are.

I know you think they hate you, but the truth is that they love you so much that they would risk “hurting” you temporarily in order to ensure that things go well with you permanently. No parent enjoys seeing there children upset. Dad hates to see you upset, but he still can’t trust you to be on your own with that boy, not because he doesn’t believe you have strength of character, but because he knows that when it comes to your body, the wise thing to do is not to test your strength of character…clear strong boundaries are more effective.

Dear friend, i hope this helps. I have more to say to you, so I will write to you again soon. In the meantime, please know that you can ALWAYS trust God. Your parents might not always understand, but God always understands. If you stick to God’s instructions to you regarding your parents, you will ALWAYS come out from any difficult times with your parents…better off!

God bless you & keep you.

Chido

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