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How far have you gone with your purpose in life? You are special and unique before God and so is your purpose. But comparing yourself with others will distract you and hinder you from fulfilling it. The people you compare yourself with are not better positioned than you are before God, what you have and where you are, are enough for you to deliver. This post gives you reasons why it is foolishness to compare yourself with others.
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise – 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord – Matthew 25:23 (NKJV)
Many people when they look at someone doing well in his assignment and is vastly known, they look down on their own assignment and think theirs is nothing compared to the other person’s own. That should not be so! Your purpose is equally as important as his purpose. Run with yours and you will get to the peak of it and you will be vastly known too.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12 told the Corinthians that they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. That means they are foolish in doing so.
The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) makes it so clear how God sees your assignment and what He expects from you:
It is according to your ability
Your purpose in life is according to your ability. Your ability is different from mine, his or hers! God, who made you, knows how you have grown and how much you can stretch yourself, gave you an assignment on earth commensurate to what you can do. Like a true Father that He is, He didn’t burden you with a load that will weigh you down.
Whatever purpose you have in life, God knows that you can take it to the top most top if you will run with it, for you have all it takes to achieve it. Every calling from God is a high calling. So you sit with God and map out how to get to the peak and RUN with it. You are your own limitation.
It is the same commendation
It is interesting to note that the lord of the servants gave the same commendation to the first two servants who traded their talents and gained more. One was given five talents and he gained five more, while the other was given two talents and he gained two more. Their lord said to them, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ – Matthew 25:21, 23
God is going to judge you based on what He gave you not on another person’s performance. The servant who gained two more doubled his talent just like the servant who gained five more doubled his talent, he got hundred percent too like the other servant. If the servant who was given five talents gained only three, he would have been considered to be less productive compared to the one who gained two more. To whom much is given much is expected. (more…)
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When last did you knock on Jesus Christ’s door? The Lord is always receiving knocks on His door and He is expecting yours too. Nobody knocks on His door in faith and returns empty handed. Jesus is the God of all possibilities and your case cannot be the first impossible case. This post tells you more about this.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened – Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible – Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all – Luke 6:19 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
One time, Jesus entered the city of Capernaum and when it was heard that He was in the house, immediately multitude gathered to the point that there was no more room to receive anyone else again. Now, there was a paralytic who was carried by four men. When they could not get to Christ because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was and lowered the paralytic down to the ground. When Jesus saw their faith by their action, He healed the man, so that he who entered being carried got up and walked away with his two legs healthy, carrying his bed. He knocked on Christ’s door and left healed! – Mark 2:1-12
There is nothing impossible with Jesus (Jesus is God, John 1:1-5, 14).
Everyone that met Christ for one thing or the other went home rejoicing. All who were sick and sought to touch Christ did so and were healed, all of them got healed!
Jesus said you should ask that your joy may be full – John 16:24. This is because whoever asks receives, and he who seeks finds and he who knocks it will be opened unto him.
The woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:43-48, had a case that was impossible with men and had suffered for twelve years. But when she went to Jesus, she didn’t return empty-handed like when she went to the physicians, she was totally made whole. Her impossible case became possible with Christ! (more…)
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Why do you fear or serve God? Do you serve Him for nothing? Service is an important aspect of a believing Christian’s walk with God. The scriptures teach us to serve God, but the question is, “what is the main motive behind the service?” The true answer to this question determines how God will respond to your service.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” – Job 1:8-12 (NKJV)
There are great blessings attached to service unto God. For instance, Exodus 23:25-26 promise you provision, sickness-free life, fruitfulness and longevity when you serve God. However, many Christians have zeroed down to merely serving God for things. When they pray, teach or preach the word of God, praise and worship God, they are only concerned for what they will get at the end of it. It has become a show to God.
Unfortunately, when they don’t quickly get these things, they switch off, saying, “this thing doesn’t work”- referring to Christianity. They call the scriptures lies, words written just to deceive people. They turn around and tell people not to believe in that “Jesus Christ stuff”. Yet, they were the ones who got it all wrong from the beginning and fell into the devil’s deception.
Let’s consider Job’s story. God’s testimony of him amazes me any time I read it. I strongly desire that one day the Lord will testify of me as He did Job.
In Job 1:6-12, when the sons of God gathered, the enemy also gathered. God asked where he was coming from. And he answered, “From going to and fro on the earth”. Then God asked him if he had considered His servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth; that he is a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and hates evil. The devil answered God that Job does not fear God for nothing, that God had given him all round protection and prosperity. He asked God to allow him to strike Job and He will discover that Job would curse God. And God allowed him but warned him not to touch Job. (more…)
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What can be the main thing calling for your attention right now? Many things are screaming at you, seeking for your attention and you may have done so many things trying to attend to them, but they seem not to notice your effort at all. Now, you are tired, frustrated and ready for the worst to happen. The problem may actually be that you have not identified the main force calling for your attention. This post aims at helping you identify the main voice to attend to in such situations.
And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” – 1 Samuel 3:8-10 (NKJV)
Everyone has a period when it is as if so many hands are pulling on your clothing to different directions. And sometimes, you just feel like answering none. But do you know that you can answer one and the rest will be attended to as well?
When God was calling Samuel, he kept thinking that it was Eli, the priest that was calling him until Eli directed him on what to do to answer God – 1 Samuel 3:1-14.
Also, at another time, God called Moses through a burning bush. What Moses saw was just a burning bush that won’t burn down and so he went to take a closer look at the strange burning bush and then heard God speaking to him – Exodus 3:1-4
Sometimes, it is not your business, career, family or your body that is calling for your attention, it may be God.
There are so many reasons why God would want to get your attention, among which are the following:
- Your salvation
It is not the will of God that any should perish – 2 Peter 3:9. So, one major reason why God would seek your attention is to save your soul, so you won’t perish. He may use situations or people to try to achieve His desire. But then, He will never force you, it is purely your decision at the end – Revelations 3:20
- Closer relationship with you
When you become too busy to fellowship with God, He will draw your attention to it. God longs for a closer relationship with you just like a loving father would of his son. He had it with Adam before the fall of man and had through Jesus Christ made it possible for man to return to this original fellowship – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (more…)
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Have you ever wondered what should be your right response to your persecutors? Do you wonder what Christ would do in your position? The good news is that you don’t need to guess the answer, Christ in the scriptures mentioned what your response to persecutors should be. He also lived examples for you to follow. This post aims at helping you discover Christ’s response to persecutors.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you – Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts – Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)
Many people face persecutors often if not daily and they are getting weary of them; they are wondering what should be the right response to them without disobeying God. The scriptures say that you should look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith – Hebrews 12:2. Follow His steps and you will not miss it at all.
Jesus had so many persecutors while on earth and even now, but he had one response to them. And that was to pray for them. What! Yes, Christ said that you should pray for those that spitefully use you and persecute you – Matthew 5:44 and He also showed you examples to follow.
For instance, at Gethsemane, when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, following the order of His persecutors, He didn’t support one of His disciples who struck off the ear of a servant of the high priest, instead He rebuked him. He told him that if He wanted He could have asked His Father to give Him more than twelve legions of angels to take care of His enemies – Matthew 26:51-53. After all the angels excel in strength (Psalm 103:20) and when the devil and his angels fought them in heaven, they prevailed not and were thrown out of heaven, never to return there again (Revelations 12:7-8).
The climax of Christ’s response to His persecutors came when He prayed for them on the cross. Instead of calling down fire to devour His enemies, He asked God to forgive them; that they didn’t know what they were doing!
Why would Jesus respond like that?
This is because it is not the will of the Father that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance – 2 Peter 3:9. Besides, the highest they can do is to kill the body, but if they don’t repent, there is God in heaven who will both destroy their bodies and souls in hell – Matthew 10:28 (more…)