Hi, Jesus loves you.
Are there prayer requests that you diligently want God to answer? Do you know that God rewards those that diligently seek Him? Many people are serving God but it seems as if God is not looking their direction to meet their needs. This post gives the reason(s) why they may be hindered from receiving their heart desires from God and the solution.
So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days – Exodus 23:25-26 (NKJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him – Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” – 1 Timothy 5:18 (NKJV)
The foundational question is “what are you diligently seeking?” Many people are serving God in different areas but are diligently seeking other things besides God; it may be financial breakthrough, healing, children, career excellence or life partner. They may be serving because it is the right thing to do, or because of their love for God or because of what people may say if they don’t, but their diligence is channeled to another thing entirely.
One thing you must always remember is that God rewards those that diligently seek Him.
When you serve God, you become a candidate for God’s blessings: His blessings over your bread and water, sickness free life, fruitfulness and long life. But it takes faith to please God, to provoke God to fulfill His word in your life. You must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.
So, you serve because you love God, and in addition, with the expectation that God will reward you for your service. You must believe that God will reward you if you want to receive from Him. Now, you are not to serve God for what you will get but you must believe that he who said, “the labourer is worthy of his wages”, will not owe Himself.
The challenge of not receiving will come if you are not diligently seeking God. How do you diligently seek Him? You seek the Lord in His word, prayer and kingdom service. When you spend time studying God’s word to know Him more and to know how to obey Him more and you spend time communicating with Him in prayer, and in addition making quality contribution in the spread of the gospel and in the winning of souls, you get God’s attention. God rewards those who put Him first in all things. In all your daily activities make out quality time to seek God diligently.
I remember the testimony shared in my church sometime ago – a couple (Christian believers) believed God to bless them with children for many years and had taken so many steps to achieve this but had none. When a call for soul winning was being emphasized in the church, this couple decided they would stop seeking for children and start seeking for souls to be won to Christ. So, they asked God for souls on daily basis. They would go out and talk to people about Christ and as many as believed received Jesus. (Receive Christ now) Two months after they started this, the woman discovered she was pregnant and nine months after she gave birth to her baby! They chose to diligently seek God and not the baby and God rewarded them with the baby they desired to have.
I remember also that before I had my son, after twelve years of waiting, I had given myself to studying the word and praying. I would spend time praying for the church of God and many other prayer points for people. And one time during prayer, I heard in my spirit a promise from God that He would remember me, and that same year I conceived for the first time in my life and nine months later I gave birth to my first child. God rewards those that diligently seek Him!
Now, this applies to anything you desire from God, not only for fruit of the womb.
Therefore, if you have been spending all your energy and time trying to get your heart desire, decide to diligently seek God and I tell you, you will be receiving a reward from God sooner than you can imagine.
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Hi, Jesus loves you.
Today, I want to share some of the lessons I learnt from Bishop Abioye’s book “Courage for Conquest” I believe it will minister to you too.
“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:6-7, 9 (NKJV)
God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power – power to be courageous and do exploits!
Many people Have dreams they have failed to actualize; they are tormented by fear and vicissitudes of life. They are like the rocking chair that is in motion but gains no movement; all because they lack what it takes to possess their possessions. Courage is the most needed tool for victory.
Courage is the principal requirement for exploits in life. It must have been what Caleb possessed that enabled him to give a positive report on the Promised Land (even though the giants were still there), when the others gave evil report that they were not able to possess the land (Numbers 13:30-33)
God has appointed you for greatness, but it does not come on the platter of gold; you need to step out with courage and possess it. If you must be a conqueror you have an inevitable need for courage. Men of courage are men of conquest.
In Joshua 17:14-16, the children of Joseph said they were great but they were not ready to venture out and possess the land given to them. That is how many Christians are today. They make so much noise about their inheritance of greatness, yet they lack the courage to go out and conquer the mountain before them.
DEFINITIONS OF COURAGE
- Courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.
Bishop Abioye’s definitions:
- Courage is an untiring and undefeatable attitude born out of determination.
- Ability to take steps in the face of imminent opposition, obstacles, hardships and difficulties
- It is the ability to retain your language when circumstances want to force you to change it.
- It is the strength to stand against the odds of life with a determination to attain your goal in life
- It is the spirit of faith that judges God faithful and declares that what He has promised He is able to do and will definitely do
Hi, Jesus loves you
Family pressure is what we all experience at one time or another but our response or reaction determines what follows next. If we respond well, we defeat the plan of the enemy but if we react to it then we will have to exercise more energy to get things back to original lovely state. This post tells us how to deal with family pressure.
Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24:3-4 NKJV)
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18 NKJV)
What is pressure?
Dictionary defines it as the act of pressing or a state of demanding notice or attention. It can also be defined as an oppressive condition of physical, mental, social or economic distress.
What is Family Pressure?
It can therefore be defined as pressure coming from the family members or on a family.
As a wife and mother, I can imagine some of the causes of this pressure.
Lack of gainful employment
Challenges from the office
Desire to engage in Self improvement
Demands from your children
Responsibilities as a wife, mother and a homemaker
External causes- extended family issues
Children’s Holiday time!
What do you do? Everything and everybody is pressing and pressing; asking for attention, and some of them may have started oppressing you spiritually, physically, mentally, socially or economically.
What do you do?
Start by understanding your purpose in the family and prioritizing your responsibilities according to God’s standard.
The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 is a perfect example for you. Her secrets were wisdom, diligence and fear of The Lord. These three can deflate any pressure on your life.
As a married woman I believe your priority should be first your relationship with God, secondly husband and children, and lastly others – any other assignment from God, our businesses, careers etc.
Women are made in such a way that once your relationship with God is intact you have the strength, ability to do so many things at the same time and still be at your best without pressure.
When you seek God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding, everyday will come and pass and you will be smiling and laughing throughout the day, even though you would have done a lot of things during the day. (more…)
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Why will God allow evil men to be operating in this world? There is so much wickedness in the world now that many people are wondering if God exists and is what the bible says He is. The truth is that God exists and is what the scriptures say He is; however, His goodness is what is speaking for those evil men for the time being.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? – Romans 2:4 (NKJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance – 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)
That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust – Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)
The wicked will surely perish (Psalm 37:20), for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23); they will reap whatever they sow (Galatians 6:7). However, God’s judgment sometimes seems delayed because of His goodness. It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all will have everlasting life (John 3:16). He wants all to come to repentance. The goodness of God leads you to repentance.
God makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust because of His love and goodness. He does this to show His love and nature to humanity, while giving us time to repent and return to Him. Since the death and resurrection of Christ, mercy has been prevailing over judgment (James 2:13).
Truly we are not consumed because of His mercies (Lamentations 3:22). If God were man, we would all have perished by now; however, (thank God) the Lord’s goodness has been our shield. When you look back at your life and are honest with yourself, you will discover that you are either living a “borrowed life” or you are having what you are not supposed to have if not for the goodness of God. (more…)
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Is it foolishness to still be following the doctrine Of Jesus Christ? Are the words of Christ true? These and many more are the questions raging through the heads of people. But a man called Paul has the answer to these questions. This post aims at using the words and life of Paul to answer whether the doctrines of Christ is worth following.
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (KJV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing – 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better – Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV)
People keep wondering why Christian believers still preach the doctrines of Christ. Some people see it as foolishness, while others see it as sign of joblessness; just like in the days of the apostles, to the Jews it was a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
Let’s consider Paul now, who tested both sides and gave a conclusion whether the doctrines of Christ were worth following.
In Acts 7:58, when they cast Stephen out of the city, and stoned him, the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul, who was giving consent to his death. And in Acts 8:3, Saul made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
Also, in Acts 9:1-2, Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Then, on his way to Damascus, Saul encountered Jesus whom he was persecuting and his life changed. He became a disciple of Jesus and joined the group of those who were being persecuted for the doctrines of Christ – Acts 9:1-30.
Saul, now Paul, increased in the knowledge of Christ and became a great apostle of Christ to the point that he labored more than the rest of the apostles, though he was the least of them all – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10. He wrote 2/3 of books of the new testaments based on the revelations he got from Christ Himself – Galatians 1:11-12. (more…)