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What situation are you in that is so devastating and also beyond what you can handle? In situations like that what you need is intervention from the most High God, a touch from The Lord. What you actually need is the blessing of God. This post emphasizes the importance of seeking for God’s blessings and how to secure the blessings.
Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:10 AMP)
And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:26-28 NKJV)
And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12 NKJV)
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22 NKJV)
Many times you hear people say, “nothing works for me” or “it’s not working”. The truth is that they lack the blessings of God. When God blesses the works of your hands, family, or your life generally, you will succeed. God’s blessing is what makes all your effort to yield excellent result.
Pastor E. A Adeboye, the general overseer of RCCG, in his book, “Windows of Heaven”, describes it like this: A blessing is a summon to all the forces in Heaven, on earth and underneath the earth to assist somebody so that he can succeed. When a blessing is pronounced on somebody, the angels in heaven and the angels on assignment here on earth hear the pronouncement. The ground on which we walk hears the pronouncements and knows that it is a summon to them that says “you must assist this particular fellow and make sure he succeeds”. That is why you might see someone who is selling water and he could even be richer than somebody selling cars; because there is a blessing upon him.
The blessing of The Lord upon you is God taking you by the hand and subduing nations before you, opening every shut door against you and making crooked places straight, breaking in pieces any barriers to your success and giving you treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places – Isaiah 45:1-3
The blessing of God upon your life turns any evil occurrences to joyful celebrations. It makes you rich and ensures that no sorrow is added to it – Proverbs 10:22. It turns your mourning into dancing and curses into blessings. It commands divine protection over your life – Numbers 6:24. (more…)
Hi, Jesus loves you.
Do you know that there’s power in Jesus blood? Every covenant is sealed with blood, and in the case of The New Testament, it was sealed with the blood of Jesus. The Christian faith is anchored on the shed blood of Jesus, and an understanding of its power and the benefits will help you apply your faith to it .
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which
God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (I Corinthians 2:7-8 NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. (John 6:53-57 NKJV)
In the Old Testament, almost all things were purified with animal blood, and there was no remission without shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). The blood was used for cleansing, sanctification and consecration of things and people. The blood was very important for their continual existence and because the blood of animals had no capacity to take sin away, the blood of animals were shed repeatedly ( Hebrews 10: 1-4)
However, when Jesus came, He shed His blood once and for all. For by one offering He perfected forever those who are being sanctified, and in so doing fulfilled the will of God – Hebrews 10:5-7, 14. Sin consciousness is now totally removed from those cleansed by His blood.
The power in the blood of Jesus Christ
There’s power in Jesus blood, otherwise, God would not have allowed His Son’s blood to be shed. Apart from your sins being washed away by Christ’s blood and your conscience being purged of dead works by the blood (Hebrews 9:14), you also have a lot to harness from the power of Christ’s shed blood, which if the rulers of this age knew they would not have crucified Him.
- Access to the Holiest of all
Before the death of Christ, only the high priest was allowed to enter the Holiest of all once a year with blood, which he offers for himself and for the people’s sins. (Hebrews 9:6-8 NKJV). But now, anyone can enter it by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19). You can boldly come into the throne of grace in prayer and obtain mercy and grace by Christ’s blood. You only need to accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for your sins for you to qualify to enter the Holiest by His blood.
Christ through His blood, reconciled man back to God and once again man can fellowship with God without the sin barrier. You are now justified by His blood; you are a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17-19). (more…)
Names are very significant to the life of any individual. It describes the destiny, purpose and character of the person. It actually dictates his steps or decisions. Therefore, a good name will speak well of an individual while a bad one will speak ill of such a one. In this post, we will consider the names of Jesus Christ.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 NKJV)
God uses names to pass across messages to men. When God names your unborn baby, He is directly telling you what to expect of the baby, He is prophesying into the life of the child. That is why it is good to receive the names of your babies from God. And even if you name him yourself, the baby will live by the meaning of the name.
A name either brings out the best or the worst from a person, accelerates or hinders his success, builds joy and peace in his life, or sorrow and misery. Whatever the name, it surely will affect the people around him positively or negatively. The power of names can not be over-emphasized.
God changed Abraham’s name from Abram to Abraham to describe what he would become later – father of nations, (Genesis 17:5-6). And truly, he became the father of nations- both the physical Israelites and the spiritual Israelites through Christ.
Also, Jacob was living out his name, which meant supplanter, until God changed his name to Israel. He supplanted Esau two times. He took away his birthright, and took away his blessing, (Genesis 27:36). But in Genesis 32:24-28, when he wrestled with the angel and prevailed, he asked him to bless him, and the blessing he got was a change of name! So name speaks a lot about an individual.
This is the reason why Christ’s names speak a lot about Him. Here, we will consider a few of His names:
Jesus – Saviour (Matthew 1:21)
Immanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23)
Jehovah – The Lord (Isaiah 40:3)
The Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20)
The Word – (John 1:1) (more…)
Hi Jesus loves.
How well do you know Christ? A person you understand is the person you can risk following. And knowing his origin and background makes it easier to trust him. Christ’s story is well spelt out in the scriptures and we will be exploring it in this post.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.. – John 1:1-3, 14 (NKJV)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” – John 8:58 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ was from the beginning of creation. He is not a man who surfaced at the time of the New Testament. His existence had been right from the time of God the creator. He only became flesh and dwelt among men during the time of the apostles.
All things were made through Jesus, and nothing was made without Him. We see this confirmed in Genesis 1:26 when God said, “Let Us make man in Our image… ” Also, Jesus confirmed His existence long before the New Testament when He told the Pharisees that before Abraham was He is.
Therefore, Christ is your maker and the creator of all you can see. He knows you better than you know yourself. And since He has always been there from the beginning, He understands this world and its system more than anybody. That means He is the best consultant for all world operations.
Also, in spiritual matters He is the most reliable force to camp with. He knows all the devices of the enemy and has counter attacks to defeat the devil any time anywhere. Nothing is new under the sun. That means Christ can tell you of your tomorrow. (more…)
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Do you desire to be remembered long after you have gone? Do you want your name to be reckoned both in heaven and on earth? God’s plan is for man to touch heaven and earth by what he had deposited in him. This post gives the greatest way and how to leave your footprints on the seashores of earth.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God – Romans 8:19 (NKJV)
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified -1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NKJV).
Many people desire to impact their world and a few are really doing so in different areas of life. But if you are to reckon with heaven too, which will speak for you eternally, then you need to engage the secret of Paul’s success.
Life continues beyond the life on earth. Most of the human exploits end here: your inventions, excellence in business or career, etc. But you need to do more for you to command the attention of the hosts of heaven. Therefore the goal of every man should be that his works should endure the fire test of God -1 Corinthians 3:13-14
Paul truly left his footprints on the seashores of earth. He contributed greatly to the spread and understanding of the gospel of Christ. He was a tent maker but that was not what gave him a place before God. It was his determination (and pursuit of the same) not to know anything among men except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This was the secret of his success on earth.
Whatever you do should always speak Christ and Him crucified. It is to glorify God and credit your account in heaven. Your actions are to witness the love and faithfulness of God. And for you to achieve that and make a mark on earth you need the following:
Keys to leaving your footprints on the seashores
1. Love of God
God’s love is to be your driving force. God, for His love for humanity, gave His only son Jesus that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). And Christ for His love for humanity accepted to die the most shameful death that He may reconcile man back to God (2 Corinthians 5:19, 21)
If you are to make the impact that will speak for you in heaven and on earth, you will need to be driven by the love of God. It is the kind of love that puts God and humanity first before you. It is the love that will make you go the extra mile to see God’s will fulfilled.
2. The word of God and prayer
These two constitute the food and strength of any Christian believer. They are the authentic guides and sources of direction on the shores of life. Any believer who wants to be reckoned with in heaven and on earth must attend to the word of the Lord and to his prayer life.
They are life to those who engage them and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:20-22). The apostles understood the role of God’s word and prayer in their lives that they chose to continue in them rather than serve the table (Acts 6:4). And this is one of the reasons why the gospel of Christ is still being shared today. (more…)