Lord, help my family and I to trust and rely on You and not to lean on our own understanding in every situation in the name of Jesus Christ.
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And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, the he said, escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain, lest thou be consumed – Genesis 19:17. But his wife (Lot’s wife) looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt – Genesis 19:26. (King James version).
The angels gave instructions to Lot and his family when they were about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The first instruction they gave them was to leave the city immediately. Followed by another in which they were instructed not to look back but Lot’s wife looked back because her mind was still there. The bible says, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also – Matthew 6:21. When we keep looking back, we are not ready to move forward because what is gone is gone no matter how good it might be. Forward ever and backward never.
Our focus should always be forward. The angels gave them the instruction because whatever they left behind is gone forever but Lot’s wife still have her focus on those things. The bible says, Let thine eyes look right on and let thine eyelids look straight before thee – Proverbs 4:25. The bible did not say look straight behind thee. Most times we don’t even know that we are looking back. It is good to remember the past but don’t dwell and focus on the past because our destiny is right in front of us. Which area of your life have you been looking back? Could it be the blessings you have received, could it be words that someome has spoken to you, could it be God’s promises, could it be past failures, could it be past errors and mistakes and is making you not to trust anyone again? Keep moving forward because you have much more good things ahead of you.
Apostole Paul says, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press forward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus – Philippians 3:13-14. Looking back can bring delay, it can bring destraction, it can make you loose focus, it can bring discouragement, it can bring anger etc. Therefore let your focus be in front of you.
Now to the prayers:
- Any power, spirit or personality making me to focus on my past instead of moving forward, receive fire in the name of Jesus christ.
- Any situation making me to retrogress, loose your power and fail woefully in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any covenant I might have entered knowingly or unknowingly that is depriving me from moving forward, break in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any family idol that is making every member of my family to be stagnant, scatter by fire in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any line of limitation that is limiting every member of my family, be erased by the blood of Jesus christ.
- Any boundary that has been set that no one can cross in my family, I will cross and surpass it in the name of Jesus christ.
- Wall of Jericho limiting people in my ancestry, crash now in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Generational sickness going from generation to generation in my ancestry, I am not your portion in the name of Jesus christ.
- Evil altar erected to stop the destiny of every member of my family, scatter in the name of Jesus christ.
- Every mark, seal or stamp of failure given to my family, be erased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
- Thanbk you lord for answered prayers in the name of Jesus christ.
What is love?
According to Cambridge dictionary, love can be defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. Love is when you choose to be at your best even if the other person is not at their best. Furthermore, love is when what you want is never important but rather what the other person want or needs is more important. When you are love with somebody, you will always want to be with the person.
According to the bible, love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always hopes, always perseveres – 1 Corinthians 13 : 4 – 7.
That is the type of love that God has for us which make Him to be very patient with us no matter what we do. I have come accross many people who always say that this person is known for doing bad and God still permits the person to live and continue doing the bad the person is known for. No matter our error or mistakes, God’s love is greater. He bestowed such a great love on us even when we don’t merit it. He destroyed the world with flood in Genesis 7:1-24 when Noah was six hundred years of age. You see many people today when you talked to them about Christ, they will say that they have been in the church ever since they were born and yet they are not yet up to hundred years. Noah was six hundred and he was still following God’s command and that will be a topic for another day.
In Genesis 9:11 The bible says that God made a covenant with Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with flood. While? Because of love.
TYPES OF LOVE
Eros love (1 Corinthians 7:7-8): This comes from a Greek word ”erotas” which means intimate, sexual or romantic love. This type of love has to do with physical attraction.
Phileo love (Mark 12:31): This is brotherly love. Many people viewed phileo love as the ideal love. It is about showing loyalthy, giving sacrifice and showing an appreciation. According to Aristotle, he highlited that a person can feel philia towards someone for one of three reasons: that the person is pleasant; that the person is useful and that the person is good. He explained further that one must feel love for themselve before being able to feel love for others. Some other people feel that the best philia love is the one that grows from eros.
Storge love (Exodus 20:12; 1John 4:16): This is the type of love that exist between parents and children.
Agape love (1 John 4:8; John 13:34-35; Romans 5:8; John 3:16): This type of love is universal and charirtable. This is God’s kind of love. This is the love we have inside that we give freely to others regardless of our relationship with them. The idea of this type of love is that you don’t need to know or have met the other person before but still you want to help him or her, cooperate with them or do something good with them or towards them. Where this kind of love exist, we will always tell the truth to the other person, we will laways respect the person, we will always obey the person, we will always be patient with the person, we will always forgive the person no matter the error, we will always want to hear from the person and know his or her wellbeing, we will always want to appreciate what the person is doing. (To be continued.)
Prayer: Thank You Lord for your great love that You have bestowed on me and my family. Give us the grace to show love to others as You have shown to us no matter what they done to us in the name of Jesus christ.
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.
– 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”.
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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But He said, More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it – Luke 11 : 28.
Most times God’s instructions are meaningless if you are not in the spirit. Below is a story of a man whose name was Mr Luis. take your time to read this and afterwards advise yourself.
Mr Luis, we are sending home your children from school, they haven’t paid their school fees and we will not allow them to take the exams. Luis began to plead but the principal refused to help. Just as he dropped the phone, another call entered, it was from his landlord, he had been given an ultimatum of one week to pay the house rent or he would be forced out of the apartment. The moment he dropped the phone a text message entered, a business partner he was owing money was on his way to arrest him.
Brethren, at times in life, trials will keep on coming without stop. Don’t give up because God is still on His throne.
Mr Luis began to cry, ”Jesus, I am in trouble, I need You to show up for me, because the world is caving in on me, I need Your help”. Just then he heard a voice so clear as though the person was standing next to him and the voice said, ”dance”. It sounds crazy but Luis was desperate, he would do anything at that moment.
Luis put in a Frank Edwards CD and he began to dance, so much joy and peace filled his heart. He forgot about all his troubles and just danced before God. Suddenly, he got a text message, it was a bank alert for ten million naira. It was the payment of long time contract he did that the man who gave the contract didn’t want to pay. God touched him and he felt he must pay at that minute.
Luis could not believe it, he put on his clothes and rushed to his bank to check to know that he wasn’t dreaming, it was real. Luis, immediately removed his tithe and made three transfers; one to the school, one to the landlord and the last one to his business partner. Luis began to scream, ”Thank You Jesus” in the bank, they all thought he was crazy but he just couldn’t control himself, Jesus had saved me from shame and disgrace.
Brethren, if you forget anything about God, don’t ever forget that the MIRACULOUS is linked to the RIDICULOUS! God wanted to part the Red Sea, He asked Moses to stretch out his rod and his hand; God wanted to bring down the walls of Jericho which was very thick, God asked the children of Israel to shout; Jesus wanted to turn water to wine, He asked the servants at the marriage feast to fill a bowl with water and serve it.
Beloved the sea doesn’t part because a man stretched out a rod, walls don’t crumble because a group of people shouted, water doesn’t turn to wine because the servants at the bride filled a bowl and serve it!
These miracles happened because of ”INSTRUCTIONS”. What instruction has God given you recently that you have not obeyed? It may sound simple but your next level is tied to that instruction – obey every instruction that God has given to you. He may tell you to sow a seed, forgive someone, spend time reading the bible, spend longer time during prayer, don’t give the testimony yet, whatever it is, do it promptly.
How can you hear God’s voice? A prayer is a communication, an expression of thanks or request between a servant, a son and God or a diety. After prayer what do you do? That is where most of us missed it. After prayer, take your time to hear from the Holy Spirit. You just placed your petition before The Almighty God and He will want to speak back to you and give you instructions through the Holy Spirit, therefore it is always good after prayer keep some silent moment before you leave your place of prayer so that the next line of action will be made known to you.
PRAYER: Everlasting Father, we thank You for the manifestation of Your power in our lives. Give us the grace to always hear from You because You are a Father that always want to speak to Your children. Reveal to us the secret of our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer and put fire therein and put incense thereon and offered strange fire before the Lord which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord and devoured them and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto Aaron, this is it that the Lord spake saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace – Leviticus 10 : 1 – 3
Aaron and his children were called by God and that does not make them to be above God’s commandment. No body is perfect except God Himself. During their service to God, a mistake was made and it resulted to their death.
Aaron was their earthly father and he did not throw in the towel and said it is over between him and God but rather the bible says, ”he held his peace”.
Let’s think about the pains of loosing two children on the same day during their service to God? Yes, many people has passed through trials in life at times more difficult than that of Aaron and others not as difficult as that. The question is, that will not be your portion in the name of Jesus Christ. If you are faced with such trials, can you continue to serve and love God?
Many will give up on God and say that, how can he or she be serving God and He will kill his two children? Brethren, all is about God. He is love, He is peace, He is patient. He is the all in all that we have. It doesn’t matter our trials, let us always hold the peace that He has given to us.
Even Aaron and Moses could not enter the promise land because of mistake. Does it mean that God hated them? NO. God loves them. We are all children of the Most High God and His love for us is constant. He that has called us is faithful.
We should try to always obey His commandments. It is hard, yes, but we will find it easier to do if we accept to die to sin, His grace will be surfficient for us to fulfill it.
PRAYER : Awesome and Great God, may Your name be glorified for ever and ever. Please, give the grace to serve You no matter the trials that might come our way so that Your name will be exalted for ever and ever in the name of Jesus Christ.