Wait On The Lord!

This write up is intended to celebrate the begining of December 2004 and it is fitting to give thanks to God for protecting us to date.  To Him be all glory, honor and adoration in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friend, I know you must have gone through a lot since the beginning of the year; well done!  I hope you are not too tired but if you are then, you should buckle up very quickly and reposition yourself for good things that await you in 2005.  But you have to prepare yourself very well first and doing so is a serious affair.  What then are you expected to do you may wish to ask? Please refer to Isaiah 40:31 for guidance.  It says:

‘’But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint’’.

From the passage, you will discover that you are expected to wait on the Lord and doing this is quite beneficial.  The next question you may wish to ask is what does waiting on the Lord entail? Simply put, it entails doggedly asking God for your heartfelt needs until He releases them to you.  This does not usually happen automatically; sometimes you may have to wait for a while before God answers you.  Nevertheless, fasting and prayer is known to shorten the period of waiting (Mathew 17:20-21).

Now, let us look at the benefits of waiting on the Lord.  They are many but for now, we shall focus on those embedded in the parts of our main text that I underlined.

1.  Renew their strength.  When you wait on the Lord, you will renew your strength and you’ll be able to do things that you wouldn’t have ever imagined under normal circumstances and you will do them well.  And more importantly, no force on earth will be able to stop you (Isaiah 41:10-13).

2.  Mount up with wings like eagles.  Eagles are known to soar and when you wait on the Lord, you will mount up with wings like them and soar; that is, you will prosper.  2Chronicles 26:5 confirms this fact as follows: ‘’He sought (waited on) God … and as long as he sought (waited on) the LORD, God made him prosper’’.  Therefore, if you genuinely wait on the Lord, you will prosper in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Run and not be weary.  Be prepared to run swiftly, progress wise, when you wait on the Lord and guess what? You will not be weary because He will strengthen you continually.  The Psalmist attested to this in Psalm 29:11 when he said: ‘’The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people …’’.

4.  Walk and not faint.  Sometimes you may have to slow down (walk) a little bit while waiting on the Lord.  This period is essential for the purpose of stock taking and fortifying your strength.   Definitely, it does not imply that you are weak (or feeling faint) and if you do not lose focus, God will still exalt you at the end of the day as He does to all the people that waits on Him.  The Psalmist talked in support of this position in Psalm 37:34 in this manner:  ‘’Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land’’.

Friend, I encourage you to wait on the Lord as we transit into 2 year 005 so that you can have glorious moments throughout.  Please let it not be said of you that you failed because you failed to prepare.  It shall be well with you in Jesus name.  Amen.

MERRY CHRISTMAS IN ADVANCE!

Jesus is Lord!

 

Of Prison Situations, Praise And Worship!

Today, we shall be looking at Acts 16:16-28.  Paul and Silas were mercilessly beaten and thrown into jail for no credible reasons.  But in spite of their nasty experiences, they showed no resentment towards anybody neither did they blame anyone for their predicaments instead; they worshipped God; praying and singing hymns to Him.  That was a practical way of inviting God into their difficult situation (Psalm 22:3).  And before long, He made His mighty presence felt via a great earthquake that shook the prison to its foundation and in the end; Paul and Silas were released unconditionally.

Prisons are places where people who ran foul of the law are quartered.  They are separated from the larger society and made to undergo structured routines geared towards their reformation and eventual reintegration back into the society after completing their jail terms.  However, they are grossly restricted in their choices; this is an important hallmark of prisons.

Figuratively speaking, Prison Situations are also experienced by a lot of people even though they are not imprisoned officially.  These are situations which bring about restrictions, great difficulty, unhappiness etc and in most cases; those affected are incapable of assisting themselves neither can they be assisted by anyone as known day to day remedies are unhelpful.  And if care is not taken, untimely death is imminent!  The situations include grave illnesses, destructive habits, fear cum doubt, crippling poverty, joblessness, mounting debt, academic and professional inertia, dysfunctional family, etc.  If any of them is troubling you then, you need help.

To overcome Prison Situations therefore, require a great force at the highest level and Jesus Christ is the force because He is well suited for aborting all encumbrances.  This position can be confirmed in Acts 10:38 where Apostle Paul said:  ‘’… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him’’.

Perhaps you have been fasting and praying to God through Jesus Christ concerning your Prison Situation(s) for a while without success, I have good news for you.  Help is on the way!  But you have to observe the following protocol.  First, you must calm down very quickly.  This is very important so that you can make rational decisions.  Next, you must increase your level of faith in God (Romans 10:17).  Then, you must exercise patience and bear your condition with joy and dignity. And as much as possible, you must also honor God with singing and dancing just as Paul and Silas did.  Please don’t forget to thank God for your situation(s) too because He takes special delight in people that does this (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Finally, and this is very important; you must continue to pray to God through Jesus Chris until your Prison Situation(s) fizzle out.  This protocol is summed up by Apostle Paul in Romans 12:12 thus:  ”Rejoicing in Hope, patient in tribulation and continuing steadfastly in prayer”.  I am happy to inform you that it cannot fail and if you embrace it very quickly, you’ll soon become a free person.  Remember that ”He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).  Congratulations!

Jesus is Lord!

  

What Is Talking To You And What Are You Saying Back?

I am going to commence this write up with a question which is:  What is talking to you lately and what are you saying back? Is your body talking to you that that you will never recover from your sickness? Is your family situation talking to you that your loved one will never be set free from bondage? Are your bills talking to you that you will never get them paid off? As a student, is your mind talking to you that you will never pass your prescribed examinations? Is something talking to you that you will never get a good job or that the business you are about to embark upon will not be successful? These and other negative suggestions are nothing but ugly falsehood and mountains specially packaged by the Devil to make your life miserable.  Friend, what is your response to them?  What are you saying back?

As Jesus told his disciples in the past, He is also telling you today to speak out to your mountain(s) of needs that is, those things that are talking negatively to you and making your life burdensome and uninteresting and the good news is that they have no choice than to shift ground and be thrown into the sea (Mark 11:23) or wither like that fig tree reported in Mark 11:12-14, 20&21.  However, you must not entertain any doubts in your mind; this is very important.  Remember that Jesus is willing and able to set you free and your expectations shall never be ruined in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands as I wish you a month of clear-cut liberation.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Use Your Rod Wisely

In Exodus chapter 4, God instructed Moses to liberate the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.  From all indications, nothing qualified Moses for this big task.  He was not rich, his background was not great, he was not fluent in speech and he was even a fugitive.  The only thing that stood him out in the crowd was his ordinary shepherd rod, which was nothing to write home about anyway.  However it was transformed from ordinary to extraordinary just because he allowed God to control its use and it became the chief weapon used to liberate the Israelites.  As a reward, God backed him up through out the remaining part of his life such that he recorded many unbelievable achievements for which he is revered till today.

Figuratively speaking, anything that stands you out in the crowd is your ‘rod’.  It could be your position, wealth, background, power, education, beauty, physique, youthfulness, eloquence, etc.  If you allow God to control its use to His glory and for the benefit of mankind, it will become extraordinary.  Moses would have probably died unrecognized and unsung if he had not used his rod for the benefit of his people as directed by God.

Friend, God is looking for people to lift up in this age and time and I believe you are one of them-please give Him a chance.  Position yourself rightly by first using your ‘rod’ to put smile on the face of at least one person this month. There are many widows, orphans, aged, poor, sick, needy, charity based organizations and institutions out there waiting for your help.  Please help them!  You don’t have to be a millionaire before you reach out to the vulnerable members of the society and the good news is that God will definitely reward you beyond your expectation (Mathews 25:34-40).  May you not lose your reward and may it be full in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to commit you into God’s hands and may you be divinely lifted up throughout this month and beyond in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Jesus is Lord!

 

Facts About HIV/AIDS

A few weeks ago, I read a report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the highlights of which I will like to share with you today.

1. Number of people living with HIV/AIDS globally as at December 2003: Adults=37million, Children=2.5 million.  22.6 million (61%) of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Number of HIV/AIDS death in 2003=3million.

3. Number of AIDS orphans at the end of 2001=14million.

Source: UNAIDS (2003) AIDS epidemic report.

You will agree with me that the above statistics is very unsettling particularly as the situation is getting worse on daily basis.  Friend, you may wish to remember that there is no known cure for this frightful disease and none is in sight.  Unless there is divine intervention, our beautiful world may soon become overwhelmed with ill and dying people as well as millions of poor and helpless dependants of the deceased.  Should we just fold our arms and do nothing? NO! I think we should do something concrete and quickly too.  This is not the time for us to start trading blames and abuses.  And definitely this is not the time for us to delve into the controversies surrounding the origin of HIV/AIDS.  This is the time for us to pray!  This is the request I am humbly putting before you today-please heed my call.  Please kindly pause for a moment and join other people all over the world in sincerely saying the prayer below.

‘’ Dear Lord,

Help us to accept the challenges of AIDS

Protect the healthy, calm the frightened and give courage to those in pains,

Comfort the dying and give eternal rest to the dead

Console the bereaved and strengthen those who care for the sick

May we O Lord, trusting in your love, be united in conquering all diseases and fear

These and more we ask in Jesus name.  Amen’’.

Thank you.  Please as much as you can this month, kindly remember to pray for all HIV/AIDS patients and their relatives; they need us more than ever before and I believe God will reward you hugely in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Finally, let me commit you into God’s hands as I wish you a month of divine solution.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Stretch Forth Your Hand

We are going to look at Mark 3:1-5 for today’s write up.  Jesus entered the synagogue, saw a man with a withered hand and healed him despite opposition. 

As you know, a withered hand is a useless, non-functioning hand.  Therefore, you may not be far from the truth if you conclude that the man’s life must have been greatly hampered by his handicapping condition. 

Figuratively speaking, a withered hand can be anything that makes a man’s life taxing and unexciting.  For example, ill health, poverty, lack of focus, lack of any meaningful progress, unfruitfulness, debt, joblessness, fear, destructive habits, broken home, irresponsible spouse, wayward children, ill luck, lack of assistance and so on are some examples of figurative withered hands.  If you are free from them, I congratulate you warmly. But if are not, then you need assistance, you need healing and you need freedom.  The good news is that divine help is not far away from you.

The man with the withered hand was fortunate enough to encounter Jesus Christ and he received his healing and freedom promptly. This same Jesus is still alive and active-He has not changed.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is asking you to step forward i.e. boldly break loose from those situations that are restricting you (Verse 3), stretch out your hand i.e. expose the cause(s) of the pain and sorrow in your life to Him (verse 5) and receive your healing and freedom; all opposition not withstanding.  Listen friend, I strongly urge you to make use of this golden opportunity today; prayerfully do all He asked you to do and I assure you that your life will never remain the same again.

Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands as I wish you a month of ultimate freedom.  Go into it with full assurance that your expectations will not be dashed.

Jesus is Lord!   

Get Ready For a Lifting Up!

Let me start this write up with a question.  Did you find things easy last month? If you did, glory be to God Almighty and if you did not, glory be to him all the same.  Imagine what the situation would have been without God.  Definitely not better!  Friend, know that your experience last month, which may not have been very pleasant will not continue forever.  It must and it will improve this month in Jesus name.  Amen.  Your time for a lifting up has come and I urge you to start celebrating it and by faith challenge God thus:

‘’You who have shown me great and severe troubles

Shall revive me again

And bring me up again from the depths of the earth

You shall increase my greatness

And comfort me on every side’’

(Psalm 71:20-21)

Remember that in God’s business, agony is not a rule. Therefore, supposing you started this month CRYING be rest assured that you will end it SMILING in Jesus name.  Congratulations!

Finally, let me use this opportunity to commit you into God’s hands and to wish you a month of victory.

JESUS IS LORD!