The believer is encouraged by scripture to approach all of life difficulties with the right attitude, instead of being bundled with anxiety and worries. Paul writes; “My brethren, when you find yourselves hedged in by various trials, consider it a pure joy” (James 1:2) and to also be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:18).
How that sounds oxymoron! Why should I be thankful when life hurts so bad? We are thankful to God in all circumstances not because we accept the condition (sickness, poverty, hurt or pain) as something God is testing us with, to prove our faithfulness. We are not being motivated to accept life challenges as our fate. It is totally wrong to accept anything bad as your destiny. God want to give us good things. As a matter of fact, every good gift comes from Him. When we rejoice through the storms of life; We are not surrendering to adversity but rather, we acknowledge Him as our very source of hope and deliverance, who has already made a way out through the power of His grace.
To worry over life issues seems to be the path so many believers are treading upon today. They are either worried whether it is God who is punishing them for not doing too well in their christian faith or somehow God is not capable of delivering their soul from the snare of the wicked. David said my help comes from the Lord; a very present help in times of trouble …(See Psalm 121, Psalm 46). How many of us by worrying can add an hour to our life span or activate joy to affect us mentally? It has been scientifically proven that worry and stress are two great siblings who can take you to the grave before your time. You matter to God. You can’t die before your time my friend! Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ; “Matthew 6:27-31 (NIVUK) 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? 28 ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”
There is a powerful principle in Jesus teaching, about trust. Having a great deal of understanding that God is the source of the quality life for the believer is the first step to freedom. We can trust the Father for all His sufficient grace to walk in victory over the evil works of Satan instead of being torn apart by our surroundings, through doubt. Watch this in Verse 31: “He said so do not worry, saying! What is the point? Worry leads us to saying all the negative stuff instead of affirming the positive. Don’t say what shall I eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear, Jesus said. Those are questions of doubt and not of faith. How does Jesus wants us to handle the pressure? God simply want me and you to trust Him through it all! Jesus was saying something like; “C’mon folks,why are you losing your mind on something God can handle” Why the sweat and self effort? Have you forgotten the birds and the grass of the fields? Your Father in heaven feeds the birds and clothe the grass, even better than the arrays of the richest man that ever lived”. Are you not better and important to my father than the birds of the air?. “Stop worrying with all your complaint and doubts and start believing that I am your source”.
When God becomes your praise and affirmation instead of confessing and affirming your woes, you are aligning your life into His purpose. In the natural environment of faith through love, God dwells and do wonders.The Psalmist,being surrounded by innumerable forces of the wicked did acknowledged God as his deliverer, who is able to save him from all of his fears. He boldly declared; “3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. 5 They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. [Psalm 22:3-5 NKJV]
Friend, your God is a deliverer! He can be trusted! He is wholly whole and completely complete in Himself, lacking nothing. He sits as King of Kings over our case when we adore and laud
Him as our true King and dearly Father. The word praise in the Hebrew is halal pronounce haw-lal’ which has the connotation to shine (fig. of God’s favor), to praise, boast, be boastful, to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise or to madly make a show of your God by shining forth a celebration of who he is and who you are in Him. To talk about your problems seem to be the usual way many have been taught, to pray to God. Friend, that is not what Jesus wants us to approach negative situations. He want you to speak to the situation by the authority invested in you, as a child of the great God. Always speak to your problems about the goodness of your God and not rather to tell God about your pains. Mustard faith must speak against the mountains of life.
Make God (Rapha) worthy of your praise as you fill your mouth with life giving words, to shine forth His glory, power and anointing over the clouds of negativity which always imprison your mind and hinder you from enjoying the abundant life”. One of my favorite scriptures in the bible admonish us to return to the Lord with words; “Hosea 14:2 (NASB) 2 Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity And [a]receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
We see in chapter twenty of second chronicles; King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah returned to the Lord with words of; “He is good and His mercies endures forever”, when the latter were disturbed by a diabolical plan by a confederacy of nations, to annihilate Judah. Paul and Silas returned to the Lord, singing Psalms and hymns, in Acts Chapter Sixteen when he and Silas were severely beaten and thrown into jail. In both of these situations, God enthroned among His people with supernatural deliverance and favored them gloriously, because they were shining forth who God is and who they were in Him. When God’s love filled our thoughts, perfect love from God will cast off the restraint of fear. Faith shall be unleashed when it seem like everything has come to an end, as you talk, pray, sing or thing about God’s great power to save. Your words are your songs or communication tool to the realm of the spirit. You are either in alignment with the principles of God or succumbing to the ways of Satan. Get out from the pity party my friend and immersed yourself into an atmosphere of praise and worship of the only God who is mighty to save, and see His salvation grace envelope your soul with supernatural restoration. To Judah, God ambushed their enemies and gave them effortless victory. In His great power, He shook the foundation of the prison holding His servants with an earthquake. The result of faith in your God is always beautiful. Are you dealing with a bad situation? Agree with Job today; “I know my redeemer lives…” (Job 19:25). Let it be your prayer and confession.
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14ESV)
Start now! Sing and talk about God’s love and His desire to want to see you prosper in all things. This may seem as weird, a thing to do when you have been diagnosed with an incurable disease or you are going through all kinds of trials, left and right. I urge you, if you can’t even open your mouth to say a word, let your thoughts be governed by His goodness towards you. To Jehoshaphat, Paul and Silas, boasting in God was probably not cool but they chose not to depend on the arm of the flesh or sitting in the dark, asking why. He is good and His mercies endures forever, to me is the greatest weapon a christian can rely upon. “I know am sick and down, (I am not denying that I am not) weak, empty, sick, broke, confused, rejected and broken, but God you are good towards me, and your mercies and grace is taking care of this situation”. This is a fantastic outlook of the faith life, when one boasts and become still in His God. Friend, the Holy Spirit, always goes to work in your life just as He did in the life of Paul and Silas, and the people of Judah.
I DECREE & DECLARE: “Healing rivers flow like a mighty ocean through my veins, skin, flesh, and tendon, and over every organ in my body today! I praise you my great physician, for you have save me from the perils of pain and rescue me through the power of the Holy Ghost, in Jesus name. “I boldly confess that your peace, righteousness, and joy in the Holy Ghost is the hallmark of my daily life. You are highly lifted up over my case and save me from the arrow that flies by noon day or the terror by night. For my help comes from you, heavenly Father; you dearly watch over my life through this storm. I will come out unharmed, through faith in the power of your son Jesus Christ” Amen!
Precious one, you can now expect only good from the Lord. Let your gaze be fixed in all the precious promises of God in Christ Jesus. See you on top of things! Have a blessing and a joyous life in Christ Jesus. You are an over-comer in God. You win!!
I don’t know what your pain is today
I don’t know how exactly the odds are
I just want you to know that you are in the plans of God
His thoughts towards you today is love,
Crazy love, embedded in eternal purpose
No matter how steep or crooked life road may look like
The valley may seem too dark and obscure, to navigate through
A valley of shadow of death!
A valley filled with ferocious beasts
Beasts that steals courage from your pilgrim soul
Fear no evil, for the Lord is with you
Are you weary, worn out and burnt out?
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Maybe you are struggling with an incurable disease
Debt, depression, discouragement or some dark secret,
All things shall work together for your good
There is hope, only believe
There is abundance of help for you, stretch and receive it
Don’t throw in the towel, keep on moving forward
Probably nobody understands you at this moment.
You have been blackmailed, betrayed and rejected
Rejected for something you didn’t do or did
Your self-worth and integrity has been muddied
Shame is written on the walls of your heart like graffiti on a city street
Receive forgiveness from where you messed up
Stand tall, tuck your feet on the ground, square up your shoulders
Don’t take matters into your own hands, for being treated wrongfully
The battle is the Lords; He will fight for you and restore you
Let the presence of Jesus wash over your soul, as you watch andlisten to this short but inspired music, by Hillsong (Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus)
Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here! (Mathew 14:27 NLT)
– Thanks for holding on. Grace and peace to you!! – McDaniels Gyamfi
The deepest needs of our hearts can only be met by God. No man made gadget can fill the vacuum in our hearts, than God can or will. If you keep trying to meet your deepest needs through your own efforts, you will burn out into despair. My good friend, this is not the way Jesus satisfy our emotional, spiritual or physical needs. If we don’t trust Jesus Christ actively daily, to meet our deepest needs in life, we automatically transfer our needs upon others; your spouse, friends, family and the world system to cushion us. It’s neither safe nor wise to rely on what has failed men miserably through history.
The greatest failure to mankind search for happiness has been “self sitting on the throne“ of our lives. Reliance on temporal solutions and momentarily self aggrandizing pills of men for eternal answer is a serious epidemic which has gain inroad into the Church of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls it the arm of the flesh; it causes men’s whose heart has turned from the Lord to become like a shrub in the desert. No hope and full of despair!!
God warn the Israelites through His servant… Jeremiah 17:5-9 (NET) 5 The Lord says, “I will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, and whose hearts have turned away from the Lord. 6 They will be like a shrub in the desert. They will not experience good things even when they happen. It will be as though they were growing in the desert, in a salt land where no one can live. 7 My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me. 8 They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit. 9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
The 21st Century Church needs to wake up from our slumber party; as we are tumbling slowly and suddenly to the valley of emptiness, lacking colorful influence on society. Our actions say; “There is no God” and that kind of attitude and Christianity is a religion of fools and is not any different from atheism.
The famous twentieth- century philosopher Will Durant said something I believe should be seriously considered by all thinking people: “The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, nor Europe vs. America, not even the East vs. the West; it is whether man can bear to live without God”. That is exactly what so many are trying to do in society today. Those who profess themselves to be atheists make up a tiny minority of our population (USA) – about 5 or 6 percent. But there are far more practicing atheist, though they would never verbalize it. They may attend Church every Sunday, but from Monday morning to Saturday night, God has no place in their thoughts. There is no place for prayer (relationship) in their lives. They do not seek His face and His word. They have no devotional life. They are practical atheist.
Friend, let’s remember our first love. Hear the Lord’s word to His loveless Church in Revelation 2:1-5 1“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
Our first works are the works of affection we have towards God. I call it the honeymoon moments of Christianity. As you focus on God’s love for you; you automatically cure your heart, which is so bound by societal influence unto Christ Centered life; a life full of Christ love and power.
Rebecca express the great disconnect and the gravitational pull of our society from God, family and friends; we trying to fill in the space with electronic gadgets. She writes in her blog (http//and a sprinkleoflove.com) “We are such a fast paced busy society. The 21st century has us overbooked, over stressed, and completely disconnected with each other. We are families with busy careers and too many activities. The time spent face to face with each other (either for fellowship, edifying or worship) is being replaced with being shoulder to shoulder in the car distracted by some sort of gadget. I Pods, cell phones, and video games have replaced real human interaction. Families used to treasure the time around the dinner table just sharing and talking, creating strong family bonds. Now, it’s a race to throw something in the microwave or visiting the drive thru in between activities. We are losing the true purpose and beauty of life, and our families are missing out on the deep bonds that make family so precious”.
The true purpose of life is to be conformed to the image of the Son of God and let Him live His life through us in quality relationships with Him, family and friends in the bond of true love and fulfill the great commission with passion. Let us return to the underlying foundation of Christianity; Prayer, devotion or quiet time, fellowship, fasting, evangelism, worship.
It starts right now…probe your ways and see where you have to make adjustment: Lamentations 3:40 sounds a clarion call to “Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD”.Some habits and strongholds can be changed as we spend time alone in God’s presence for total renewal… Joel 2:12 says; “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning”.The Lord promise to heal our hearts of addiction to the carnal impulses of societal pull and used us for His glory to make an indelible mark which cannot be raised… Hosea 6:1“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us
We are the new breed through union with Christ Jesus to make inroads into the entertainment, business, political, sporting world and all other pillars of culture to influence the world with the loveliness and power of Christ. On your mark, get set, Go!!
Share your thoughts on how best we can bring the Church and the family back to the place of affectionate union with God in the 21st Century. Thanks’ and have super loving relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.
God wants to fill you with the fullness of Himself, to deliver your soul, mind and emotions from the despair of life and paint a brand new image of the future He plans for you and yours. God promise hope for His people, and this glorious promise belongs to I and you to own it in perilous times;
…16Thus says the LORD, “Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD, “And they will return from the land of the enemy.”There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory (Jeremiah 31:16-17) Hope is an earnest expectation of good ===> The twist and turns in destiny journeys can take a breath out of your lungs and steals away the beautiful image of your glorious destination which was colorful painted into your heart by the Spirit of God, to be replaced with fear, uncertainty and a distorted image of the future by Satan. The believer has no reason to hit the quit-bell, throw the towel in the air or consider his or her position of uncertainty as fate. In Christ Jesus, we can draw the ever increasing colorful riches of turnaround grace as we place our complete trust in Him and refrain from negativity and the voice of weeping.
Job was robbed of his wealth and family, but in the midst of his predicament he found solace in his God. He hit the dead end of life where only Jehovah could reach and activate purpose and destiny when Satan thought that was the end of the story ===> …6″Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest Until he fulfills his day like a hired man. 7″For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. 8″Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil … (Job 14:6-7)
I know it my friend! When the future becomes so blurred, it’s like a driver on the wheels of the latest model of Mercedes without fog lights, going through a tunnel clouded with darkness and fog. The driver is in the latest model of Mercedes, but he is limited from clear path to his destination.
Beloved, you are a new creation; a latest model of Christ Jesus on earth…your ability to navigate through the dark tunnels of life depends on the light of Christ. It is in His light that we can see light. When we shift our focus from Him as the expectation of our lives through His great love for us, life loses it flavor and the future becomes pointless.
Here is the good news…God does not condemn you in your mistakes, neither does He leave you in the middle of the road to hassle through life on your own. I am persuaded and convinced that He who has begun a good work in you shall finish His purpose in your life until Christ returns. He is our companion and a friend who strengthens the weak and the weary and gives them strength like that of an eagle to soar up with wings against the odds and the limitation.
Will you let Jesus takes the wheel from your hands, my friend? I know how we sometimes thinks; “life is too much a mess for God to touch it”. If He can’t handle it, then don’t think you can make it work through yourself efforts. Our Savior stooped low in His earthly ministry and ministered to lepers, the dead, the rejected and the unclean sinful men, which was contrary to the law for Him to have been that personal to such ostracized men to give them hope to life a fruitful life. Your mess is not so messy to limit the power of His love to induce hope into your hopeless situation. ===> For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. (John 1:16 NET)
Carrie Underwood song, Jesus Takes the Wheel has become a fresh breath to a hopeless society which is bound into self and it sense of emptiness and apathy seeking Christ to steer her affairs into a purposeful living. Jesus is the answer for the world today…from the poor ghetto man to the crème de la crème living in a castle. She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, On a snow white Christmas Eve Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline It’d been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind, and she didn’t pay attention She was going way too fast Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass She saw both their lives flash before her eyes She didn’t even have time to cry She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air
Jesus take the wheel Take it from my hands Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on Jesus take the wheel It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder, And the car came to a stop She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock And for the first time in a long time She bowed her head to pray
She said I’m sorry for the way I’ve been living my life I know I’ve got to change So from now on tonight Jesus take the wheel Take it from my hands Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go So give me one more chance Save me from this road I’m on Oh, Jesus take the wheel
My Prayer For You: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU BELIEVE IN HIM so that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NET