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Do you feel led into wilderness by God? Are you afraid of obeying God because of the desert ahead of you? I have good news for you; the Lord who made the dry places knows how to bring out water from them. This article is to encourage you to walk with God through the desert without fear.
They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV)
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. (Deuteronomy 29:5, KJV)
And he said unto them, when I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing. (Luke 22:35 KJV)
Many people desire to fulfill the plan of God for their lives but they are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones. The desert or wilderness life they foresee is scaring them away from God’s perfect plan for them. They see a life with little or no provisions, uncivilized conditions and a life of solitude; and they struggle with the uncertainty of tomorrow.
If you are in such a state and you walk uprightly, relax for when you are led by God you will lack no good thing – Psalm 84:11. God will never send you without providing for you – Philippians 4:19. He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrews 13:5. He will always go before you and make the crooked places straight – Isaiah 45:2
When God led the Israelites through the desert, they had food and water in abundance. He provided these from unimaginable sources: water from a rock, wind blowing in quails and manna descending from heaven; amazing I must say!
Furthermore, when God led the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness, their clothes and shoes did not wear out! Also, when Jesus sent His disciples out to go and preach the gospel, they went with nothing and they lacked nothing.
Your God is not a wicked father, He can’t own the whole world and refuse to give you the little good things you Him ask for – Matthew 7:11. Also the scriptures say that if you delight yourself in the Lord He will grant you the desires of your heart – Psalm 37:4, no matter the desert or wilderness life before you. (more…)
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Does it seem as if life is moving from pit to prison for you or from better to worse? And the scriptures seem not to be fulfilled in your life? I have good news for you; you may be on your way to the palace! This article is to encourage you on the journey to your promised land.
But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day – Proverbs 4:18 NKJV)
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NKJV)
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope – Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV)
The scriptures say in Proverbs 4:18 that every day should be better than yesterday but you see that sometimes it seems not to be so. Is it not supposed to be so for a Christian? It should be so for every Christian believer.
You need to recognize that though physically, your path may not be brighter, spiritually it is so. The spiritual realm governs the physical and once the spiritual realm is brighter, the physical will soon become brighter.
When your inward man is renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16), your outward path is sure to reflect the glory. Paul wrote about moving from pit to prison physically but having dominance spiritually; they were hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; struck down but not destroyed.
They recognized that what seemed to be a downturn was actually an up-turn for them because it produced perseverance, character and then hope; it was a movement from prison to palace. Their anchor was that their walk with God was in order. (more…)
Are you feeling like giving up on that assignment, business, career or relationship? The feeling to quit can be so strong and frustrating; it occupies your whole mind and affects your reasoning. And you think that if you throw in the towel, you will have peace. I can well assure you that quitting is not the solution. This post tells you how to overcome the force of giving up the good.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ – Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force – Matthew 11:12 (NKJV)
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men – Proverbs 22:29 (AMP)
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it – Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry – Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
The feeling to give up most of the time comes when you are starting something newly or you are facing challenges. You need to understand that this is normal. The enemy will always test your faith, strength and courage. The bible says that if you fail in the day of adversity your strength is small – Proverbs 24:10
God understood this and kept telling Joshua to be strong and courageous – Joshua 1:6-9. There are giants on the way to the Promised Land. You must see that you are well able to overcome the giants – Numbers 13:30.
How to overcome the force of giving up
1. Confirm the will of God concerning the issue
This is the first step to take. What God has not sanctioned He will not back up. Seek God’s face and be sure you are running on your own lane. If it is of God, relax because you will succeed even if there is a delay. Remember, if God be for you who can be against you – Romans 8:31.
But if you are doing the wrong thing, you need to make a U-turn. As a wise man said, no matter how long you have been on the wrong path, anytime you discover it, just make U-turn. If you continue then you have signed for unending challenges and frustration, no matter your efforts.
When you are sure of God’s backing, the strength and courage to continue come alive. You will be able to face all oppositions and you won’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. But the zeal of the Lord upon you will do it.
Now, there is an exception – if you are married, God can’t tell you to quit your marriage. It is till death do you part – Matthew 19:6, Malachi 2:14. That is why you must make sure of God’s will concerning the person before you walk down the aisle – 2 Corinthians 6:14. Courtship can be broken but not marriage.
2. The book of the Law must not depart from your mouth
The word of God in your mouth is a great motivator. Life and death are in the power of the tongue – Proverbs 18:21. When you use it well you receive life and vice versa. Again God has given you a mouth and a wisdom which your enemies cannot resist – Luke 21:15.
As you keep declaring God’s word, the force of giving up will give way to the force of the word. It builds up your faith and you will be assured that that assignment, career or business will surely work.
God told Joshua not to allow the book of the law to depart from his mouth but he should meditate on it, then will he prosper and have good success – Joshua 1:8. I presume you want good success? Then you need to meditate on God’s word. (more…)
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Can you image a child learning how to walk today and tomorrow he is driving? I know you can’t imagine it. But that is what many people expect God to do for them. They want to take giant steps beyond God’s way.
One step at a time is God’s style and it always gets you to the peak if you stick to the Lord. This post gives the reasons why this way of the Almighty is the best approach to life.
A bishop then must be blameless…not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil – 1 Timothy 3:2, 6 (emphasis mine, NKJV)
But the word of the Lord was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” Isaiah 28:13
I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land – Exodus 23:29-30 (NKJV)
Multiple promotions are desirable but not at the detriment of one’s future or destiny. A father, no matter how much he loves his six year old boy, will not allow him to drive his car. Also, no pupil starts primary one or standard one today and next session he is in the secondary school. It is always one step at a time. This is God’s way and God, our creator, is the originator of this way.
Every newborn baby always starts with milk and gradually graduates to solids (1 Peter 2:2). This principle applies both to spiritual and physical growth. Also, in leadership positions, whether spiritual or physical, nobody puts a novice in leadership position. Everyone needs to grow into any new and higher position.
However, some people do not want to go through this growth process and so they involve themselves in dishonest and unethical activities that end up in destruction (Proverbs 28:20). While others wind up in complaining, murmuring and being offended in God, instead of going through the pain of growing into the position they desire.
King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is time for everything. Furthermore, he that believes will not make haste, (Isaiah 28:16). It is honour and glory to go through the growth process because what you learn remains with you forever (Romans 5:3-4), no man can take that from you. (more…)
Hi, Jesus loves you.
How can I ever stop complaining and murmuring? Everyday has a load of opportunities to complain or murmur. Your response when they are presented to you determines the rest of the day and most times your life. It is your choice to respond positively, and for you to constantly make the right choice you need a thankful heart. This article depicts a thankful heart as a cure for complaining.
“nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer” – 1 Corinthians 10:10 (NKJV)
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world – Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)
How many times have you complained or murmured today? How far has it helped you or affected your attitude? You will agree with me that it is not good for anyone. Murmuring and complaining only open the door for the destroyer to come in. It comes to destroy your peace, home, relationships and health.
A life of complaint breeds from a heart void of gratitude and contentment. It leads to fault finding and dissatisfaction, wipes off smile from your face and replaces it with a frown and pointed lips, and dries up your bones. It makes you not to remember or see the good things about your spouse, family, colleague, work place or environment.
However, a thankful heart sees every reason to thank God in everybody and every situation. It is a cure for complaining. A heart of gratitude appreciates every little thing good around her and magnifies that above any negative thing; thereby attracting good to herself.
A grateful heart sees the opportunity to complain and murmur and chooses to rejoice and see the good side of it. She does everything without complaining or murmuring, thereby becoming blameless and harmless children of God. This attitude allows God to change the situation in your favour. (more…)