One glaring thing about Christianity is that it is a call to battle! Accepting Christ is openly declaring that you are an enemy of satan, the prince and ruler of this world, who will deploy every weapon against you. That is why Jesus prepared us in advance in John16:33 that we would face tough times here on earth: attacks on our job, business, home, finance, health and everything we represent. He said this so we would not be troubled but cheerful when we pass though crises.
But we murmur and complain, even as Christians! Yet we ask for the will of God! What really is the will of God? [KJV] Hebrews 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
We hear the “will of God”, what is the “will” of God?
Jesus, in Matthew 6, asked us to pray and enforce the will of God here on earth. What are we to pray and enforce here on earth? The “will” of God! Which is? CHEERFULNESS!
It does not matter what you are passing through, what you are experiencing, what others do to you or say about you. No! Be Cheerful! Be merry! Be full of celebration! “Rejoice evermore.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16
I can’t imagine a sad soul or heart in heaven!
We are commanded to live here on earth as though we are in heaven. If sad people cannot be found in heaven; if heaven is a place for only cheerful and happy people then this is what is expected of us Christians here on earth, irrespective of our experience!
The nature of God which we are called to share or partake with Him (2 Peter 1:4), can only be stirred up with joy, a segment of the fruit of the Spirit. The nature of God in us is stifled when we are grumpy; murmuring and complaining. We become short-fussed, ill-tempered and angry with everyone and everything when we lack joy. And in that attitude, we make mistakes and worsen things.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
Good health, sound mind, prosperity, good success and godliness are fruits of a merry or cheerful heart. A sound mind can think and plan, it can draw physical strength from the Lord to accomplish tasks, it boosts the immunity of the person against sicknesses and diseases.
The power and ability of God is made manifest as we rejoice. Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. Rejoicing always – evermore, is the key to unlocking the nature of God in us.
One of the problems of Christianity is that Christians do not know who they are, whom they belong to and what He did for us. I believe this is the reason Paul prayed that our eyes of understanding be opened that we might be able to comprehend what God gave to us in Christ Jesus.
The Police man knows who he is. In his uniform he’s not afraid to stand in front of a two-ton trailer to flag it down.
When you know who you are no one can push you around. Daniel said that those who do know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Dan. 11:32b). Only people who do not know who they are, become afraid of witches, demons and powers of darkness.
God, speaking through James says “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The devil can only flee when he knows you know your rights as a child of God. That was exactly what happened between the demons and the seven sons of Sceva. They were aware that Paul knew his rights, but the sons of Sceva were only living by hear-say.
Stop living by what your pastor said; it could be dangerous! The sons of Sceva lived by what somebody preached, not what was opened up or revealed to them. Get to know who you are, what Christ did for you and what God gave to you. To do so you need to:
(1) Make up your mind. Are you truly on God’s side? A citizen of heaven? No, not being a church goer! In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah asked the chosen children of God; the Israelites why they were undecided. Undoubtedly they were children of God but were not “Wholly” with Him. They were hopping between two opinions. In Revelations 3:15-16, Jesus warned against spiritual coldness; a luke-warm attitude that has fanned Christians to be neither here nor there. Make up your mind. If God is God, serve Him with all of your heart.
(2) Stop thinking and acting as a worldly citizen. Kingdom ways are God’s ways. And God’s ways are not our ways. That is why we are told to be renewed in our minds, in our way of thinking; not as the world but as children of God. (Rom. 12:1-2) Negative thoughts should not be allowed to dwell or take root in our hearts. We are to pull them down, uproot them (2 Cor. 10:4-5) and replace them with “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and praise to God.” ( Phil. 4:8)
(3) Speak as a citizen of heaven. Job was reminded by his friend Eliphaz that its no one but his own mouth that condemns him (Job 15:6). Jesus equally tells us that our words justify or condemn us. Watch what you say! Speak only the word of God when the enemy backs you up on a corner.
(4) Disconnect or unplug from some friends! This could be very hard especially as we are creatures of emotions. Abraham carried his nephew and did not hear from God till they were separated. It is said “show me for friend and I’ll tell you who you are”. You are defined by your choice of friends! Have a standard of choosing who your friends are! Jesus said (John 15:14) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you”. Who told you you can’t do without those people? Pull out!
To move closer to God this year, and to have a stronger voice in the Kingdom, fellowship with the believers, trust in the Lord and see Him turn things to your favour! Even the devil shall bow!
Accuracy is described as being precise: correct; to be exact, on target, to be free from error. This is desirable.
Speed means swiftness, rapid movement; haste. This is also good.
“If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10
When a thing is not accurate or precise on the word of God, we employ and apply natural strength, man’s wisdom, what we “know naturally” either by education, experience or by our connections. These things tire us and if we get results, they do not last. Because by strength shall no man prevail.
As the Word of God upholds all things, He has set time and stages for everything: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to gather, a time for everything. he spoke characteristics and time into every seed. He controls time and stages! (Dan. 2:21).
Today man thinks of changing the times and seasons (Dan 7:25) with education: science and technology – man’s methods – speed!
“Thinks”, because we seem to be succeeding, but, the end justifies the means. We seem to be speeding up everything but not precise or accurate on the plan of God! That explains the decay despite breakthroughs in science and technology. We are in the age of speed: from analogue to digital, from home cooked food to fast food. Today, people eat week-old chicken, and not precise on the word or season of God for chickens, they lack vital health nutrients.
Parents hurry kids into adult life, skipping adolescence; the stage of truly knowing what life is all about and making the right choice. This has led to a drop in moral values, and the growth in confusion. People do not know what gender they belong to, or whether they are humans or animals!
In job, business and career people are in a hurry to make money, to make it big within the shortest possible time.
“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. ” – Prov. 13:11 (NLT)
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” – Prov. 28:20 (KJV)
Even in the things of God. We have sandwich services (less than one hour Church service). Result? Half baked Christians!
Let us slow down!
“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” – Prov. 19:2 (NLT)
Kings do not rush! If the world is rushing we can understand. But for kings (Christians)?
Slowing down shows our confidence in God, in His Word, and in His plans for us.
And this in turn, makes us thorough.
Remember, MORE HASTE LESS SPEED!
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Prov. 25:28
While we are still in this side of creation or life there would always be things that will threaten our emotions. Good things and bad things; even happiness can kill!
Things that happen to us that make us either go closer to God or stay far from Him come through our emotions: envy, jealousy, anger, hatred, lust, strife, gluttony, variance, etc, come through our emotions and overcome us if we do not cast or pull them down. (2Cor. 10:5).
A person that cannot control his spirit, attitude or emotion is like a city without walls.
Emotion and desire walk together like Drivers and Conductors. While Conductors welcome us into the vehicles, Drivers drive us off.
Unchecked EMOTIONS welcome us into strife, envy, lust, anger, gluttony, and other evils. The DESIRE to please ourselves and assert our “rights”, drive us from the presence of God. (James.1:14-16)
When people carry false rumour about you, your emotion is stirred up for defence. When slapped, emotionally, you desire to retaliate. Feeling the opposite gender sitting close to you awakens an emotion in you. If you cannot control yourself you are like a city that is broken down and without walls.
The heroes of the old Testament did. With a better covenant God expects you to!
Twice God handed Saul to David, but he exercised self-control and spared him on both occasions. (1 Sam.24:1-5;26:1-11)
Joseph had the opportunity of sleeping with the most powerful woman in the then world, but he controlled himself. He said “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Daniel and his three friends had the opportunity of feeding fat on the King’s food. But they controlled themselves.
Jesus kept mute when first, the Chief Priest questioned Him. And secondly, when Pilate did. He controlled Himself.
It is in self control that we are able to deny ourselves, and enthrone the will of God. In self control, we are able to overcome our human tendencies no matter how appealing, so that we can please God. it is in self-control that we prove our love for God. This is where integrity and uprightness spring from.
Emotion is like the shell of an egg and needs to be strengthened or fortified. By:
(1) Getting to know who we are in Christ – kings! Kings do not argue or fight over trivial matters! They give commands, orders!
(2) Kings are principled! Set your principles: your “do’s and don’t’s”. And stick to them.
(3) Have value for things! David valued Saul’s life; Joseph valued the life of Portiphar’s wife, though she never valued her life. Place a high value on other people, esteem them, others better and you will be valued. If you do not value things, heaven would not value you!
(4) Greatest of all, fear God. Develop the fear of the Lord. Be conscious of His presence. Joseph was, David was, Jesus was; we should all be. Solomon calls it the conclusion of the WHOLE matter.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13
End of discussion!
” The steps of the good man are directed and established by the Lord
when He delights in his way and He busies Himself with his every step.
Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord
grasps his hand in support and upholds him.” – Psalm 37:32 (AMP)
Mistakes happen in life. It happens with the big and the small, the
super-rich and the raggedy poor. It happens with the prayerful and the
prayer less. It happens with everyone.
It is a major reason people do not bear fruit, sustain what fruit
they bear and have no result to show for their efforts. Many of us
have made mistakes and rather than move on ahead have remained there
whining, complaining, blaming other people and better still, blaming
What is mistake? To miss taking a thing; a result of carelessness or
misunderstanding: failing to hold with the hands or the legs,failing
to hold or comprehend with the reasoning. Mistakes lead to failure.
As God orders the steps of the good man. It is expected that he will
not stumble. But the bible makes it clear that he can and will
stumble. And this is because he can always hold or comprehend what
God is leading him through.
Beloved, God knows you can fall and make mistakes. Don’t crucify
yourself because you made one. It only proves you are flesh and
blood. “And the LORD said, My spirit will not always strive with
man, for he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and
twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3)
“Flesh” will always make mistakes. God knows this and even
acknowledged ” For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up
again.” Proverbs 24:16a God knows you will fall again and again.
Perfect, “seven times”, almost without redemption fall. So why do you
God is not counting that against you, rather His hand is stretched
out to you, to uphold you and pull you up from the fall, pull you up
from failure, pull you up and out of decay, if you will reach up to
take His hand. “For the Lord grasps his hand to support and uphold
him.” He will only hold it against you when you refuse to “rise up”
to His prompting.
Even those that walked with Jesus made mistakes. One of them was
Peter who denied Jesus three times. (John 18 :27) Even at that Jesus
did not condemn, criticize or destroy him. Instead He reinstated him.
Three times Peter denied Him and three times He reinstated him. “Feed
my lambs…. Feed my sheep….Feed my sheep.” ( John 21:15-17)
There is something ahead of you, get up and face it! Lift up your
limp hands, strengthen your legs, pull yourself up and start all
over again! You can’t win if you quit! There is so much for you to
live for. God has not written you off and don’t dare write yourself
off! You made a mistake and fell. So what? You are not the first
neither would you be the last! Only be more careful henceforth.
Watch where you go, what words you speak and how you interpret what you hear.
You can’t fail.
ENTERING INTO PRAYER
I have seen people jump into prayer as though it is an end itself
and not a means to an end. They forget that the sacrifice of the
wicked man is an abomination to the Lord.
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord : but the
prayer of the upright is his delight.” – Prov 15:8 (KJV)
We have taken prayer as a programme; an event, something we go in
and out of, whereas it was supposed to be continuous, a ceaseless
attitude – a way of life. Prayer is a sacrifice that should
continually be offered without ceasing to God.
Some go as far as paying people to pray for them! What ridiculous
nonsense! I call it nonsense because God does not answer to paid
“But they get results!” you say?
Don’t native doctors get results? You might as well go pay a native
doctor in pastoral garb to pray for you. You will get results but it
will not last! Because it s not founded on the Truth. God desires
every individual child of His to come to Him personally.
I ought to have every boldness to go to my Father and ask without
sending an emissary or proxy. Except of course, if something is
wrong with my relationship with Him!
The Temple curtain has been parted in two, the barricade into His
presence has been removed, and now He demands that we come boldly to
Him through only one person – the Man Jesus Christ whom He expects
us to be like; but many refuse; yet come to Him with requests!
Disobedience has many faces!
Let us learn to obey Him before making request in prayers. Obedience
is the key to answered prayers and “eating of the good of the land.”
“If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”
“And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.” – Mark 9:33-34
Close to the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His disciples still argued who the greatest was. On the way they debated this and Jesus did not contribute in their discussion, but now seated, He questioned them what they were discussing. but they held their peace, obviously knowing they were wrong. Jesus had taught them not to exalt themselves and to go to the lowly seats when attending a function. But here, close to the end of the Lord’s earthly ministry, they were arguing over leadership!
Walking with God takes humility.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6 (KJV)
God resists walking with the proud but gives strength to the humble to go all the way with Him. Humility is a state of the heart that minimizes itself and exalts God and others; a state of the heart that does not seek its own glory or draw attention to itself. It is the power to knowingly place oneself in a lowly position like Jesus who knowingly placed Himself in Man’s place.
Humility is not a gift, but something to be learned, cultivated and borne.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matt. 11:29 KJV
Humility is the soil on which all gifts grow and thrive. Any gift outside humility is counterfeit or at best corrupted. Humility is a very difficult lesson to learn. The disciples loved Jesus, believed Him, were fervently attached to Him, forsook all and followed Him. They obeyed Him, whatever the command. Yet, deep within their hearts, behind all the faith, sacrifice and service, there was a dark power of self and pride; the quest and desire to dominate others. That monster is in all of us.
Even as they sat with Him at the last supper, this monster reared itself up: there was strife!
How then do we check this monster?
Watch, mind, the messages or words you listen to.
“Take heed therefore how ye hear.” – Luke 8:18
This is a warning! What you hear can stir pride in you and make God resist you. As we humble ourselves, God will supply us the power to walk with Him. Empty yourself and God shall fill you up.
I was in a bus sometime ago, and sitting in front of my seat was this lady reading a book. Curious to know what book she read I peered into it. She was on the chapter that said “think big!”
Sometimes I get wonder what to believe, especially as a Christian. We are asked to think big of ourselves. We shouldn’t see ourselves as low, insignificant or small. “Think big! God has made you the head and not the tail! You are the first not the last! Take charge!” (A lie begets another lie!)
The bible asks me to think soberly about myself.
“For through the grace given to me, I say, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3).
It advises me not to think more highly about myself than I ought to. It goes further to tell me that I am not in charge but God is! How do I marry what I am hearing with what the Spirit is saying?!
Many believers are in this dilemma and have been left confused! Going through Genesis 10 and 11, I ponder what message Nimrod gave the sons of men to “motivate” and move them into building a mighty tower; a thing that made God take notice; not only of the tower but also the brain behind it – Niimrod!
“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter BEFORE the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter BEFORE the LORD.” (Genesis 10:8-9 Emphasis added)
Left to human standard it was a success!. They achieved! They prospered! They attained! But like every other thing that does not have its origin in God, it was short-lived!
Indeed, we can “achieve” whatever we conceive, wIth a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE, But what is the life span?
Note the word CONCEIEVE; a key word in PMA, it means to receive something in the womb of your spirit! Like a pregnant woman that receives the seed of the man, something she is INCAPABLE OF PRODUCING of herself, most of us, because of the “motivation” message we hear, receive seed (ideas) that are not of God!
This is where the danger lies! Whose seed (word or idea) have you “conceived”? Who is the source or father of your conception? What spirit is backing your conception?
Only that which is birthed and conceived from the heart of God can survive the storms of this world.
“For whatever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4).
This is where our victory is: doing what we see Him do!
“For from him, and by him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36).