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Above All by Michael W. Smith

 

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Sacrifice

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The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord but the prayer of the upright is His delight – Proverbs 15 : 8.

 
 

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What report have you received

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And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messagers and read it and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. Ane Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, O Lord, God of Israel, which dwellest between the Cherubims, thou art God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

Lord, bow down thine ear and hear, open, Lord, thines eyes and see and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

Of a truth, Lord the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands. And have cast their gods into the fire, for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, therefore they have destroyed them.

Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard – 2 Kings 19 : 14 – 20.

This was a situation that Hezekiah could not handle, a situation he has to lay all his trust in God, a situation where he sees himself to be powerless no matter what he has been told, a situation where only God can do what no man can do, a situation where he remembered what God has done before and God can still do it again, a situation where he was pushed to the wall, a situation where he has to focus on God and not how great was the problem, a situation where he has to speak for himself to God directly.

Look at what Hezekiah did. When he received the letter instead of him to run to the prophet Isaiah who was at his reach anytime, any moment, he has to take the bull by the horn by going straight to God himself and speak to Him all by himself because who wear his shoes knows where he feels the pain.

What report have you received? What words have been spoken against you? What doctor’s report have you received? Have you gotten a report from the bank that they are taking back your  house because you have been unable to pay? Have you gotten a report that your marriage is shaken? Is it about your job? Is it about your studies? What report is it that has been giving you sleepless nights? Is it a report that you have committed the greatest sin that no one else has committed?

Brethren, rise up from your fear and shake off that garment of fear and take it to The Creator Himself so that He can send the wind of freedom to your direction that will make you to be free forever.

No matter how  great the problem might be, if you can just take a step of faith and take it to God in prayer, He will surely answer you.

PRAYER : Heavenly and everlasting King, I give You all the glory for Your great mercy upon our lives. Give us the grace to depend on You alone and focus on You and not on our problems so that at the end, Your name will be glorified for ever and ever in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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You shall flourish like the palm tree

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The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fat and flourishing. To shew that the Lord is upright, He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him – Psalm 92 : 12 – 15.

Many times we have read this verse in the bible but most of the times we do not know the qualities of what God has placed in us that make the Psalmist to describe us as the palm tree whose botanical name is Arecaceae according to Wikipedia.

Below is the meaning and some of the qualities of a palm tree which will encourage you to know the qualities that is in the inside of you :

A plam tree is an unbranched evergreen tree of tropical and warm regions, with a crown of very long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk.
  • a leaf of a palm tree awarded as a prize or viewed as a symbol of victory. From Google

The qualities:

–  It grows straight heavenward

–  It overtops all other tress

–  The palm tree cast the least shadow… it does not interfere with the growth of its neighbors by hindering the rain or sunshine

–  The palm tree is soft at heart

–  The palm tree has the fewest roots which is sufficient to maintain its upright position

–  The palm tree will not be repressed. When it starts to grow, even if you put a stone on it, it will lift that stone or grow around it and continue      to grow heavenward

–  The older the palm tree, the more abundant, luscious and sweeter are its fruits

–  The dust does not accumulate on the palm tree (it accumulates on other trees). I am free from all earthly contamination in Jesus name

–  The palm tree shows the place of water… it’s roots go deep to find the place of water even in dry places

–  The palm tree is perennially green throughout all season

–  Each and every part of a palm tree is useful

PRAYER :

Father, we thank You for the great things You have placed in the inside of us. Give us the grace to manifest it in season and out of season to the glory of Your name in the name of Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Blessing, Change, Fear not, Focus, Patient, Strong

 

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The greatness in you

 

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I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me – Philippians 4 : 13

We are used to this verse and we declare it most of the times with our mouth but many times after the declaration, trials come our way and we often forget that this verse works when there are trials and when there are no trials.

We are here on earth in the image of God and His likeness because He created us so. We are created with a very great power which we are yet to know. There is a greatness in the inside of you which is not in any other person. There is a mission which God has written your name and He expect you and you alone with His help to fulfill. The trials are part of the things you need to overcome so that you can get that crown which He has prepared for you.

Anything you do, do it as if there is no tomorrow. Do it as the only opportunity you have to demonstrate that which He has placed in you. No matter how miserable you might feel you are, there is nothing bad with that if you have decided to think of yourself that way but what I want you to remember are:

–  He that is you is greater than those that are outside of you

–  No power is greater than God who created you in His own image and likeness

–  You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus

–  You are an overcomer through Christ Jesus

–  You are very precious in the sight of God.

–  Believe

–  Be patient

–  Be hopeful

–  Trust God’s promises

Therefore, I want to encourage you to stop demoting yourself because you have all that you need just within you to sail through any circumstances that the devil throws your way or any mistake you might have made in life that is why the Bible says in, Micah 7 : 8 ”Rejoice not against me o mine enemy, when I fall, I shall arise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me”.

PRAYER :

Father, we thank You for all the power and greatness that You have deposited in us. Lord Jesus, we thank You for what You have done in the cross of calvary through which we have the reconciliation power. Give us the grace Father to stand firm and trust what You have placed in us because it is not to destroy us but to empower us to be an overcomer so that at the end, the glory and honour will be given to You in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 
 

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The gate of 2017

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Blessing, Change, Fear not, Gift

 

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