BE OF SERVICE TO YOUR SPOUSE
“One of the love languages in Gary Chapman’s book 5 love languages is ACT OF SERVICE. This means you should be ready and able to serve your spouse, run errands for him or her and, get things done for your spouse without feeling used, abused or bitter……”
When you love someone, it is always a pleasure to do something for that person. Likewise, when you need your spouse to do somethings for you, it should not be demanded with an entitlement mentality or with a slave/master attitude.
Ask nicely, and show appreciation when the job is done. It’s been our #silverjourney, (25years in marriage), and i cannot count the number of times or days that my hubby had to patiently and, sometimes in frustration zip up my dress when i am dressing up or undressing. He is always at my service even if it is not so convenient.
Acts of service for your spouse can help him or her to be able to catch up on his duties for instance if you notice that your spouse is under pressure at work or for time, offer to help in doing some duties that are lined up and getting delayed.
Examples of acts of service could be, picking up your spouses clothes from the dry cleaners’ , helping out with the laundry or cooking, getting the car fixed or picking up groceries for the home.
Husbands should not feel unconcerned or too “African” to help out around the home and wives should get into their husbands’s world to find out areas they can help out.
Be of service to your spouse today and always.
This is from a series of write ups under the #oursilverjourney by Busola Jegede on her 25th Wedding anniversary as she reflects over experiences and knowledge gotten from interactions as a marriage counsellor, Pastor and a Wife. Look out for more posts in coming days.
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BLIND SPOTS IN MARRIAGE
A blind spot is typically an area or subject about which one is uninformed. It is also used to describe the side that is slightly behind a driver’s field of vision that is not reflected in the vehicle’s rear view mirror.
Your blind spot is that area of your life which could be a contrary habit, character or action that you cannot see or perceive negatively.
We must realise that each and every one of us have a blind spot. Leaders, children, spouses or relatives may have blind spots. There is an African saying that whilst you can see the back of someone’s head, yours can be seen by another person behind you.
How you react to the blind spot of your spouse is very important because the person cannot see what you are seeing. If not handled delicately, pointing out your spouses blind spot may be seen as criticism, nagging or complaining.
I suggest we prayerfully address the BLIND SPOTS in our spouses so that the Holy Spirit can take control and intervene as we tactfully and lovingly bring our spouses to realise some unpleasant things in their lives so they can make amends.
Each person should also be humble enough to receive corrections in the spirit of love and progress.
A driver that does not take that extra glance backwards to see what is in his blind spot before swerving or changing lanes runs the risk of colliding with another vehicle.
May your marriages last in Jesus name.
This is from a series of write ups under the #oursilverjourney by Busola Jegede on her 25th Wedding anniversary as she reflects over experiences and knowledge gotten from interactions as a marriage counsellor, Pastor and a Wife. Look out for more posts in coming days.
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One of the greatest elixir for any marriage that will endure is the ability to forgive again and again.
Probably I should say willingness to forgive endlessly rather than ability because we ALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO FORGIVE it is the willingness that eludes some of us. When we allow the HOLY SPIRIT to lift the burden of the hurt and pain from our heart we experience the soothing Balm of Gilead.
Offences will come in marriage at one time or another. Couples can hurt each other’s feelings through words, actions and inactions.
There has to be a conscious and intentional decision by both spouses to have UNENDING FORGIVENESS so that the journey of the marriage is not truncated.
This is from a series of write ups under the #oursilverjourney by Busola Jegede on her 25th Wedding anniversary as she reflects over experiences and knowledge gotten from interactions as a marriage counsellor, Pastor and a Wife. Look out for more posts in coming days.
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ADJUSTMENT IN MARRIAGE
Opposite sometimes attract. So an introvert can be married to an extrovert. If you are married and you and your spouse differ in interests and in outlook, find a non threatening equilibrium.
Adjustments are needed in marriage. Bearing in mind that areas of adjustment may differ from couple to couple, the important thing is that when we learn to accommodate our differences it will help our marriages.
I will like you to come along with me on this journey and look out for the next post.
I welcome you to our brand new year and prophetic word for this year is GLOBAL IMPACT.
From Acts 1:8 KJV “But ye shall receive power; after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem , and in all Judaea, and in Samaria , and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
In your journey of faith, as you step into this year, may there be awesome manifestations of God’s glory upon your life, family and work in Jesu name.
2019 is pregnant with “MULTIPLE CONGRATULATIONS”. It is a year of repeats of success. The year promises to be one of REALIGNMENT back to destiny for those who might have missed it.
RESTORATION is coming for those who have suffered different kind of loses. WORD OF KNOWLEDGE – someone who has given up on life and accepted the lie of the devil and is ready to die, …..The Lord says there is hope fo for you.
In this year of GLOBAL IMPACT, we are to affect our world positively because we are the SALT OF THE EARTH. We must take the Gospel of our Lord Jesus beyond saving lives for the kingdom or Salvation (which is necessary) to fixing national problems or anomalies.
2019 is loaded with different realities for different people no matter where you are in your life journey.
2019 is a year of CONVERGENCE- where past seeds, deeds and endeavours will come together to propel you for a lifting.
- It is a year of ALIGNMENT
- Of GROUND BREAKING
- And CONSOLIDATION
Strategies for this year must include your ability to “TAKE TOMORROW TODAY” –Forward looking, Forward thinking, Proactive spiritually and physically.
Remember the lessons that came your way intentionally or unintentionally in 2018. Reflect over your life in the past years.
- Whatever were your greatest achievement? Focus on them more in 2019.
- Who were those that impacted on you or inspired you? Align more with them in 2019.
- What mistakes did you make in 2018, make sure it does not happen again.
- Where did you fail in 2018? Purpose to work on your weakness.
In 2019, may you have unusual relevance, uncommon favours and divine lifting in Jesus name.
Psalm 92:12 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon”
God has refreshed us from last month but, now we are flourishing!!! Hallelujah!!!
Psalm 92: 12-14 “… 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green…”
This month, our feet will be planted in the house of the Lord and, as our feet are planted in His house, we will be refreshed and shall flourish in Jesus mighty name.
Our spouse, children, families, jobs, businesses, daughters of destiny will flourish in the name of Jesus.
I decree in this new month that lines will fall for us in pleasant places in Jesus mighty name.
I prophesy into this month October and to our nation Nigeria, there will be no calamity, in the name of Jesus.
I prophesy in the name of Jesus,that as we round up with the last quarter of this year 2018, we will finish strong in the name of Jesus.
Text: Act 3:19 (King James Version) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Have you been hiding from God? Do a spiritual house cleaning so you can have a free heart and mind. Every time you see your selves hiding from God, It’s time to return to God for forgiveness and to receive a refreshing in your Spirit. You cannot receive from God when you continue to live in sin.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE REFRESHED
• Refreshing bring about new energy
• Refreshing brings about memory stimulation, fresh ideas come to you
• You are a beauty to behold when you are restored and refreshed.
• A fresh word from God is a blessing
• Refreshing brings about favour.
• Refreshing brings about intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Intimacy with God puts us at an advantage as the secret place of God is a place of power. You will have power over all challenging circumstances. Intimacy with God unlocks mysteries.
In the journey of life, we are beaten, tired and may get spent but, the times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord. In the presence e of the Lord there is fullness of Joy, there refreshing.
Brethren, I beseech you to go to the well of refreshing, go to the presence of the Lord and be refreshed for greater heights and a new beginning.
By Busola Jegede
Our prophetic word for the month of August was Psalm 3:3 “For thou o Lord are a shield for me my Glory and the lifter of my head”.
It’s our season of divine cover and God is our shield. Now, how is God our shield?
- God is our shield, a form of protection, a defence against the fiery dart and arrows of the enemy. Our God will shield us from our enemies in the name of Jesus.
- God’s shield can be a form of favour. Psalm 5:12. God’s favour will work for you and your families in Jesus name.
- Deut. 33:29. Help is the capacity you need that may be in the hands of someone else. This help takes you from where you are to where you need to be. God will release help for us where we need it in the name of Jesus.
- The Glory of God is the very presence of God. His Glory will rise upon our situation in the name of Jesus. Isaiah 60:1
- Job 29:22 Things may be happening to people around you but there is a lifting up. This is the response of a believer. God will lift up our head against shame, debt, sickness and depression in the name of Jesus.
Lift in purpose. The Key scripture is Jeremiah 1:5
- You have a purpose on earth. God has brought you here to achieve purpose. There is something more inside of you. Your life is more than what you think and do.
- What is purpose? The purpose of something is the reason for which that thing exist. The purpose for your life is the goal , reason, desired result of what you have come to do by God. Before you were born, God has already given you a destiny mandate. Your purpose is your assignment on earth. Jesus had a life description in Isaiah 9:6-7. Luke 2:34, Luke 1:13-17 are examples of the purpose of the saints.
- They all had theirs written in the scriptures. Discovery God’s purpose for our life should be a paramount assignment and not for making money. If you are making money and you have not discovered purpose , your are not yet fulfilled.
- Align with people who are walking on the same purpose as you are. When you are walking in purpose everyday is fresh. It is about living a life of fulfilment.
Indicators of not walking in purpose.
- Lack of fulfilment despite comfort
- Lack of impact
- Going round in circles
Discovering God’s purpose should be a paramount assignment. And if you have discovered purpose, walking in it and improving on your walk, living a life of purpose should be your goal.You were not created a man or a woman by mistake. There is a purpose for your gender and your being which had been predetermined by God.
Purpose Indicators are as follows:
- Having a strong burden
- Experiences (positive or negative experiences can ignite purpose)
- Revelation in the place of prayers
- Talents and gifts
- Dreams of purpose being revealed
How to start on the lane of purpose:
- Discover your Purpose
- Organise, Polish and Package your Purpose
- Deploy it for mankind,
- Go for TRAINING in line WITH your Purpose
- Acquire Relevant SKILLS
- Be Disciplined
- Be Teachable
- Be focused
- Be matured
- Improving your self
- Preparation, spiritual, social, emotional, mental and intellectual maturity.
- Position yourself by adding value to your life like new skills
- Recognise potential, have the spirit of discernment
- Do not sway under pressure.
Issues to note when pursuing your purpose
- Your character can jeopardise your purpose
- God can give you a purpose but, it is your responsibility to train yourself.
- You may need a job to sustain your lifestyle, when living in purpose.
- Have a balance in life, as purpose keeps you busy.
- You may need a mentor for your life purpose.
Always note that God is a progressive revealer of purpose.
Birthing purpose may come with a lot of fears , worry, discouragement, disappointment and uncertainty. This is just like when a baby is about to come out of the womb the mother experiences pain and discomfort.For that purpose, calling or gifting in your life, you must guard it diligently to fruition and success, because that vision is an assignment from God.
Any first class cabin passenger is certainly privileged. So many privileges in that part of the plane yet, there is a limit to the influence of this affluent passenger in the plane.
In the cockpit, the pilot is the boss, no matter who is on board except of course the plane has been hijacked!
Sometimes we are in a place where we are privileged and we are respected, close to authorities yet, we want to take over from the legitimate and rightful leader. Though leaders should not shun suggestions or ideas as well as frank opinions, it should be realised that no one should just use his or her privileged position as an excuse to take control.
In the cockpit, the pilot is the boss. When he says buckle your seat belt, no one is exempted. Even if you are the director of 10 companies and you are on board the plane, you will obey the captain’s instructions. Influence should not become control. #knowyourlimits.
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One of the deadliest enemy to our Christian walk is pride. It creeps in and takes root. Arrogance is the visible display or manifestation of pride. Nobody will ever own up and say ….you know what I think I am proud!!!! It is one of those things that we find difficult to admit. We legitimize and validate it with other terms….Extreme confidence, Self-Awareness, Selling myself or worse still say they are jealous of me.
What are the indicators of pride?
*Making “I Statements”…..rather say We did it.
*Feeling bad or reluctant to acknowledge the good thing that someone else did. Complimenting others does not reduce you.
*Being unthankful or ungrateful or having an entitlement mentality. When pride has crept in a person feels too big to say thank you. Be humble to thank people even your domestic staff when they serve you. It gives them a sense of self-worth and increases their productivity.
* When you feel offended when you are not acknowledged or your “title” is not acknowledged.
Rather focus on developing yourself as a goldfish has no
hiding place. When you are loaded people will seek you rather than you trying to announce yourself or force people to recognize you.
*When you feel you are superior to others due to an advantage you have…it could be your upbringing, education, financial status..etc. You are not superior grace just elevated you. So be overly humble and careful in how you treat people visibly beneath you.
* When you feel you cannot relate with people below your social status…..even Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors.
There can be Spiritual pride when you feel you know it ALL and refuse wise Godly counsel.
Above all pray for A MEEK AND GENTLE SPIRIT FROM THE LORD.
DO HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!!😀😀😀😀😀
Being quick to blame someone else negatively impacts our relationships and can make us err with God especially when we wrongly accuse others even in our innermost minds. Have you ever being in a situation where you are missing something, could be your jewelry, money and instead of taking time to look for it, your mind is fixated on some one that you think must have stolen it. The thought begins to grow deeper in your mind and someone could even accuse the person suspected but events can later reveal that you misplaced the item 🤨 🤨 🤨. Imagine how one feels after wrongly accusing an innocent person.
Adam blamed the woman and said to the Lord “the woman you gave to me”. Gen 3v 12….the story has now changed from…”this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” Gen 2 v 23
May we receive the grace to own up to our shortcomings and seek ways of improvement, this is the only attitude that can ensure our PERSONAL GROWTH and effective walk with God.
DO HAVE A NICE SUNNY DAY OR SUNDAY!!!!! 😎 😎 😎 😍 😎 😎
GENESIS 3: 12….Then the man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
When things go wrong there is always the tendency to look for the cause and typically blame someone for what has gone wrong.
God asked Adam a direct question. Did you eat the forbidden fruit but he answered by blaming his wife. Notice that at this time she was called WOMAN not EVE. She in turn blamed the devil.
Most times when we are caught on the wrong side or when we failed at something the tendency is to push the blame on somebody else. This is a weak human reaction and we must not quickly succumb to blaming other people for our mistakes or failure.
If you often blame others for everything wrong rather than owning up to your shortcomings this can lead to ineffectiveness. People who easily shift blames on others become weak in analytical thinking as they quickly assume it’s another person’s fault rather than thoroughly investigate the matter.
Blaming others is a weak position as it shows lack of control. Rather accepting the fact that something has gone wrong and there is a need to look inwards to find out where one went wrong or could have made a better decision will ensure future success.
Blaming others is a sign of pride and self-defense or being defensive. When God questioned Adam and said “where are you” he should have answered rather he became defensive and tried to justify his hiding away. On further questioning by God in Gen 3 v 12, Adam blamed the woman forgetting that he had a choice he could have refused his wife’s suggestion. The woman too blamed the serpent.
Being quick to blame someone else negatively impacts our relationships and can make us err with God especially when we wrongly accuse others even in our innermost minds. Have you ever being in a situation where you are missing something, could be your jewelry, money and instead of taking time to look for it, your mind is fixated on some one that you think must have stolen it. …..
2 Sam 6: 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows [h]shamelessly uncovers himself!”
21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.
When I did a short study on Michal I saw she had been good to David in the past even David fought for her to be brought back to him after her Father Saul gave her away to another man in 2 Sam 3:14.
Before getting to this defining moment in their relationship they must have had some good times.
Having a bad marriage can be likened to cancer it eats up every good thing around. Something must have gone wrong in their relationship that made Michal so bitter that she reserved a poisonous remark for someone coming to bless her and the household.
In the same vein David too must have been so bitter to utter such insults to his wife and her family.
I kind of imagine Michal FIRST LADY fully decked with the most on point make up yet FULL OF BITTERNESS ON THE INSIDE.
How many times do we sit well dressed beside our spouses in church; at functions and the silence is deafening and the atmosphere thick with strife. Through the make-up and powder OUR EMOTIONS SEEP THROUGH we lash out. Men and women, we are both guilty.
To avoid emotional outbursts like Michal and David we must DIFFUSE OUR TENSIONS.
In a healthy relationship we must be open with one another to discuss our feelings at appropriate times and settle.
Sometimes a party may not be forthcoming in discussing challenges and shuts the other partner up. This is not healthy. The more we can discuss our marital challenges and have periodic evaluations our marriages will make progress.
We must not bottle up our hurts or feelings because EMOTIONS CAN SEEP THROUGH OUR FACADE!!!
DO HAVE A NICE DAY!!
Psalm 90:12, “ So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom”
Habakkuk 3:2, “O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy”
Just like a football coach would rearrange, restrategise and readjust his team, when it is half-time, we must also look at ourselves especially at this season when half of the year is almost gone.The middle of the year is typically a time to TAKE STOCK, readjust, realign or fire-up in whatever one is doing.
In this month of AWESOME MANIFESTATIONS we must effectively deliver. Romans 8:19 is about getting results.
Romans 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God”
One great tool that can help us in our journey towards excellence and effectiveness is ” self-evaluation”.
In Daniel chapter 9 verses 1 and 2, Daniel looked through the books and realized that the period of captivity had lapsed and so began to pray. He did an evaluation of the state of Israel at the time of captivity, so he was better informed on what to pray about.
- SELF EVALUATION is looking inwards with a view to identifying areas of weakness so we can receive strength from the Lord
2 Corinthians 12:9, “ And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
Whenever and wherever we find out we are falling short of God’s standard, we must ask God for grace in those areas as well as make efforts of self improvement, learning, preparation and adjustments where necessary.
Self-evaluation brings a great opportunity for growth within and without. It improves our quality of life and our relationships. The aim is not to condemn yourself but for you to become self-aware, improve and learn new things about yourself. It will help you to prevent your strength from being your weakness. Needless to say, personal growth is very important in our Christian walk.
Self-assessment helps in clarifying one’s identity, it is the process of examining one’s self in order to evaluate aspects that are important to one’s identity. You and I need to look back on our ways, our actions, our words and ask? Have I been walking in my right identity as a child of God? My words and thoughts have they portrayed my right identity as a dominion Christian or have I portrayed a wrong identity of A FEARFUL PERSON?.
Here are some vital questions you need to ask yourself:
- Who am I ?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I from ?
- What can I do?
- Where am I going to?
Also let us check other areas of our lives and the standard of comparison should be the WORD OF GOD.
- How am I doing as a Mother or Father?
- How am I doing as a Husband or Wife?
Ephesians 5:22-29, “ Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church”
- How am I doing in my love walk?
Ephesians 5:2, And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
- How am I doing in my service to God?
- How am I doing in my prayer life?
- How am I doing in studying the Word?
- How am I doing with finances ?
For effective Self evaluation you must be honest with yourself; avoid making excuses for the weaknesses or failures you discover and you must be ready to make a change for the better.
May you have a better you emerging from day to day in Jesus name.
We give all glory to grace in the year ending and in times past.
2017 has been a year of great shakings for the world, nations, societies, and the church and even in our individual lives. I recall that a few years ago these shakings were predicted but we never imagined the magnitude will be so much and it is still ongoing.
We have seen major upsets in politics, nations, business and new powers emerging. In our lives we have seen the grace and mercy of God despite any expectations we may still have.
What should be our strategy or outlook in the coming year?
Clearly we are at the tipping point of a great move of God. Needless to say these are end times so:
God expects you to live ready. He expects you to live prepared. You aren’t meant to keep living your life just getting prepared. Martin Luther King Jr. was often quoted as saying, “it is better to live prepared than to get prepared, because most times when we are about getting prepared, it is too late”
Living prepared is recognizing and making use of your seed or stepping-stone opportunities very well. You see, it’s only by living prepared that you can recognize and take advantage of the harvest-opportunities.
a) LIVE PREPARED FOR RAPTURE
I Thessalonians 5:2-4, “2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief”.
These indeed are the end times, recently Jerusalem was recognized by the United States as the capital of Israel and the Embassy is to be moved there. If you follow the predictions concerning the rapture, once the temple is rebuilt the rapture can happen at any time.
To live prepared for rapture:
–Live Holy; daily check your life
–Forgive and practice advanced and continuous forgiveness
Lay up treasures for yourself in Heaven. Mathew 6:19-20, 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal”.
give to the poor, the needy.
Win souls aggressively: Proverb 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise”
Join Evangelism groups and engaging in personal evangelism.
b) LIVE PREPARED TO SERVE
Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”
Be ready to be sent by God and be willing to obey.
God will send you out of your comfort zone.
This is not the time for procrastination may you not miss your divine assignment in Jesus name.
Be ready to serve God with your time, talents, money and life. Nothing should be too big to give up for a BIG GOD that you serve. It should be here I am send me Lord.
c) LIVE PREPARED TO LEAD
Where you see a gap in your situation, provide leadership. Do not fold your hands and expect someone else to do it. Provide the right leadership in a confused, negative or uncertain situation. Notice that leadership here does not mean LIMELIGHT OR FAME.
Where you see injustice you provide leadership to the right direction.
Caleb and Joshua provided leadership to disgruntled and confused Israelites who saw the Canaanites as giants and themselves as grasshoppers in Numbers 14:6, “But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes”
d) LIVE PREPARED TO HARVEST
2 Cor 9:8, “ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”
You must be prepared to reap the benefits of your past labors in every area of your life.
If you have been faithful and diligent there comes a time when rewards begin to come. Do not be weary or faint. Step out and harness.
There are various stages in life and there is a stage of reward. There is a time you enter into your full-blown harvest.
Be prepared spiritually, materially, physically and financially.
Harvest in your business, marriage, work, and career
e) LIVE PREPARED TO ADVANCE OR STEP OUT TO A HIGHER LEVEL
Jer 29: 11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”
Some of you perceive it already that promotion has come. The spirit of God is ministering great things to your heart concerning your life, business, work, career and ministry. Do not leave these things at the THOUGHT REALM, produce them, birth them, seek knowledge, and counsel to activate them.
Promotion may not just drop on your needs but will come as you advance based on the leading of the Holy Spirit. So in essence I am saying
START THAT VISION you and your family with favor like a shield.
STEP INTO HARVEST Hosea 6:11, “Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, when I return the captives of My people”
STEP INTO REWARD Ruth 2:12, “The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge”
STEP INTO NEW THINGS Isaiah 43:18-19, “ Do not remember the former things,nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert”
DIG THE DITCHES
2 Kings 3:9-26, 9 “So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, and they marched on that roundabout route seven days; and there was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them. 10 And the king of Israel said, “Alas! For the Lord has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
11 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here that we may inquire of the Lord by him?”
So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”
12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
But the king of Israel said to him, “No, for the Lord has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
14 And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you. 15 But now bring me a musician.”
Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. 16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ 17 For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ 18 And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand. 19 Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones.”
20 Now it happened in the morning, when the grain offering was offered, that suddenly water came by way of Edom, and the land was filled with water.
21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to bear arms and older were gathered; and they stood at the border. 22 Then they rose up early in the morning, and the sun was shining on the water; and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood. 23 And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely struck swords and have killed one another; now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!”
24 So when they came to the camp of Israel, Israel rose up and attacked the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they entered their land, killing the Moabites. 25 Then they destroyed the cities, and each man threw a stone on every good piece of land and filled it; and they stopped up all the springs of water and cut down all the good trees. But they left the stones of Kir Haraseth intact. However the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not.
There was a situation of revolt against Jehoram the King of Israel and the King of Israel invited Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah. He also invited the King of Edom.
After seven days, the army of these three Kings ran into problems, there was no water.
The King of Judah asked for a Prophet and Elisha was mentioned.
The reputation of Elisha was that of service to his master. People are watching us, how we behave and this will lead to what they say about us.
Verse 12, “And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.”
Further testimony to the life of Elisha was that he was in tune with the Spirit of God. The word of God was with him.
Elisha was reluctant because the King was a Baal worshipper like his father Ahab, yet he still brought the mercy of God on the situation.
Elisha said “This is what the Lord says, ‘MAKE THIS VALLEY FULL OF DITCHES’……..you will not see wind nor rain yet this valley will be filled with water and your cattle and your other animals will drink”.
This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.
To begin to dig ditches when there was no sign of rain nor cloud nor wind was to step out in faith.
For them to dig ditches in the valley, they needed a team work of courageous and faith-driven people.
They started digging in anticipation, in hope, in faith. For you to see the miraculous happen in your life you must move from hearing the Lord, to speaking the Word and graduate to DOING OR ACTING ON THE WORD in faith.
It is at the point of unlikely instruction that the miraculous is triggered;
Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan.
Peter was told to let down the net after toiling all night.
Your OBEDIENCE is key to your breakthrough.
Your instruction holds the key to unlocking the padlock of your miracle.
HOW DO YOU DIG DITCHES
- Locate your WORD
- Act on the WORD
- Stay on it by faith
- Confess positively when you are digging ditches
- Discouragement may come, keep digging
- Mocking may come, keep digging
You need strength of mind to dig.
You need strength of purpose to dig.
You need the right tool to dig.
YOU ARE MORE THAN THIS
Esther 4:1-8 , “When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 So Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was deeply distressed. Then she sent garments to clothe Mordecai and take his sackcloth away from him, but he would not accept them.5 Then Esther called Hatach, one of the king’s eunuchs whom he had appointed to attend her, and she gave him a command concerning Mordecai, to learn what and why this was.6 So Hatach went out to Mordecai in the city square that was in front of the king’s gate. 7 And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”
Here we see Queen Esther having a little unrest due to an embarrassing situation or a scene being caused by her Uncle at the Palace gate. Mordecai had been crying round the city bitterly and eventually got to the gate of the Palace. She sent clothes to her uncle but he refused.
Hear me beloved, until you step up to the level God expects of you, nothing will be good enough.
Esther thought clothes could pacify Mordecai. This was a deeper issue beyond clothing.
Someone here, you have a deeper calling than what you are presently doing. God has a higher expectation than what you are producing because God has invested so much in you.
Then Esther sent Hatach to find out what was wrong with uncle Mordecai. The message from Mordecai captured in Esther 4:8 says “He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”
It was a huge task for Esther. Go before the King? When you are not called? She sent a reply back to her uncle that the request was a mission impossible.
I must warn you that for you to step up, it will not look easy but you must be courageous, grace is upon you and God will back you up.
But Mordecai made her to realize that;
“You are more than this”
“You are more than just a pretty face”.
“Esther you are more than just a regal Queen”.
–Esther you are more than just a good wife.
–Esther you are more than just a good cook.
Mordecai was screaming spiritually;
“Esther you are MORE THAN THIS, you are more than your exterior, you are an influencer”.
What if the destinies of a whole people, a group & nations rested on your shoulders? Your decisions, actions/inactions will affect generations. Your yes will set thousands free; your rising will lift millions; your stepping out will feed hundreds.
Esther you are more than a pretty face – you are a deliverer of your people with the influence you carry. Your decision affects destinies of many. ESTHER YOU ARE MORE THAN THIS.
I am prophesying to someone right here, right now that you are more than what we can see in you right now.
–You are more than a good face, a good voice, a teacher.
–Locked up inside you is greatness, push it out.
In verse 13, Mordecai did not mince words to let Esther know that for everyone assigned for a purpose, God always has a PLAN B, a backup person. May we not miss our destiny in Jesus name.
In verse 15 Esther had to face her fears – “Go gather all the Jews to fast for me”. So if you are confused, push in prayers. Something in you must come out.
Who am I speaking to right now?, Go gather what you need to gather because you must step up and step out.
–Go gather your thoughts
–Go gather more knowledge
–Go gather more strength
–Go gather more of the word of faith.
Because you are more than this. Whatever you need to push out that which is buried within you, go gather.
For greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. The greater one in you must cause your life to be better than what it is now.
Remember it is GRACE that makes a man, Apostle Paul said, “I AM WHAT I AM by the grace of God”. Grace is upon you to step out and step up. YOU ARE MORE THAN THIS.
No matter what you seem to have achieved God is able to give you much more.
In Esther 5 strategy was released. Esther put on her royal apparel. She stood where she feared to stand. Get over your limiting beliefs, God is able to give you much more than this.
–To soothe, console or reassure, bring cheer to.
–To make physically comfortable
–To support or encourage
–A state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, freedom from pain and anxiety
Key scripture Psalm 71:21 “Thou shall increase in Greatness and Comfort me on every side”.
I prophesy into our lives that the Lord will increase our greatness, family’s greatness, greatness of your work,career, and business.
You might have seen a MEASURE but there is yet much more.
May your greatness not be stagnated, corrupted or limited.
The greatness of our children academically shall be improved in Jesus name.
Receive comfort for any area of loss, injury, pain in your life in Jesus name.
For any area of discomfort in your life be it mentally, financially, concerning your children, I speak divine comfort to you in Jesus name.
Comfort means to support or encourage.
May God release DIVINE SUPPORTERS TO OUR VISIONS, CAREERS in Jesus name.
I call forth encouragers to arise on our behalf in Jesus name.
Encouragers to help us in times when our strength is low, I call them forth in Jesus name.
“Show me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it and be ashamed-because the Lord has helped me and comforted me”.
–May God help us and comfort us in Jesus name. Where we have been mocked, may God bring a testimony to shut the mouth of the enemy in Jesus name.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for thy word has quickened me”.
“I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
And have comforted myself”.
To receive comfort from God;
– Locate the word of God concerning your situation.
That word will release spiritual energy, spiritual grace and spiritual strength so that you will not be depressed.
“Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant”
–May the merciful Kindness of God be seen in our lives in Jesus name.
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith our God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished that her iniquity is pardoned.
For she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins”.
ISSUES TO NOTE ABOUT COMFORT
Isaiah 49:13, “Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.”
Isaiah 52:9, “Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.”
- GOD gives us comfort when we yield to His spirit and obey His word.
–In that difficult marriage God can comfort you.
–Over that rebellious child God can comfort you.
- The comfort of God can bring restoration and a divine turn around.
“For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn”
God can comfort a widow with a new marriage and home like Ruth and Naomi
- Comfort of God can bring healing.
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him,and restore comforts to himand to his mourners.”
- Comfort is what we receive in times of mourning or difficulty that enables us to carry on with the work.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
- Comfort can be a reward –Luke 16:25, “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.”
- The HOLY SPIRIT is our COMFORTER
JOHN 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you”
Acts 9: 31, “ Then the churches[a] throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied”
- The word of God comforts. Romans 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
- Comfort is one prerequisite of a genuine prophecy
1 Cor 14:3, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men”
Prophecy should bring comfort-1Cor 14:31, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”
- When people refuse to be comforted they can make mistakes
Who are those that need the comfort of God?
–Those who are mourning
–Those who are waiting
–Those who have lost someone or something
–Those who are afflicted
Eight signifies New Beginnings, may you experience newness round and about in Jesus name.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION MANIFOLD ANOINTING
1) Anointing of progress fall on me in Jesus name.
2) Anointing of overflowing grace fall on me in Jesus name.
3) Anointing of new vision; new things, new dreams, New perspective s fall on me in Jesus name.
4) Anointing of open heaven s fall on me in Jesus name fall on my husband and children in Jesus name.
5) Anointing for more than enough fall on me and my family in Jesus name.
6) Anointing of clarity and divine directions. Fall on me in Jesus name.
7) Anointing for divine healing, divine health and vitality for on me in Jesus name.
God is a PROGRESSIVE GOD and His blessings on our lives makes one to make progress in life.
GOD ENABLES US TO PROGRESS
Even where we put in all our efforts 1 Cor 3:6-7
“I planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase so it is”
-God is the supreme enabler of progress because promotion comes from Him – Psalm 75:6. “For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.”
I prophesy into your life this month and beyond promotion spiritually, promotion physically, on your job in every facet of your life in Jesus name.
Today I want you to declare as I prophesy this word over your lives.
–Every arrester of progress in my life, family and work be arrested by fire in Jesus name
–Every demoter of progress in my life, family and work fail woefully in Jesus name.
God is the one that makes our efforts to be rewarded with promotion which is a form of PROGRESS.
I decree over our lives every effort that we have put in but that is in obscurity like the case of Mordecai, let there be a divine revelation and compensation that will lead to our promotion and progress in Jesus name.
According to Job 8:7, “ though thy beginning was small yet thy latter end shall greatly increase”.
I prophesy to that new or small business, ministry, career, receive the anointing of progress in Jesus name.
By favour I call forth new opportunities, new customers, and new members. Receive progress, receive fruitfulness in Jesus name.
Progressive growth will turn that small idea to a giant. It will happen for you in Jesus name.
According to Luke 2:52
You will progress in wisdom and stature
You will progress in favour with God
You will progress in favour with men.
Anointing of progress in Jesus name.
By favour I call forth new favour with men.
HOW CAN WE PROGRESS
In this scripture Luke 2:52, “ And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature.
For you to make progress in wisdom- you have to ask God. Prov 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
– Get wisdom in the place of prayers
Eccl 1:17, “And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.”
– Give your heart, open your heart to learn wisdom do not despise it.
Isaiah 11:2, “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
-To increase or progress in wisdom ask God and be ready to imbibe wisdom
To increase in stature
Man is a tripartite being
Spirit is increased by prayer Isaiah 40:31, <em>“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.”
Soul is increased by information.
Body by exercise and eating right.
To increase, progress in favour with God.
Be born again and belong to the family of God
To increase in favour with man—Do good to all men like Jesus in Acts 10:38, “ how 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.”
I call forth progress in our bodies, souls and spirit in Jesus name.
PRAY AGAINST DISTRACTIONS OF YOUR PROGRESS
1) Every ancestral battle against my spouse or my children will not prosper in Jesus name.
None of them will be used to distract my progress.
2) Every ancestral battle plaguing my marriage bringing disunity. Unwarranted hostility and strife be arrested in Jesus name.
3) Every plan of the devil to use my spouse or children as distractions against my progress,
you will not prosper .Let my children be covered and let my marriage receive peace in Jesus name.
4) Deborah’s ministry prospered under the Palm tree, my progress will not be hindered in Jesus name. Within the allowance my husband gives me I will prosper in Jesus name.
5) I come against every spirit of frustration in my life; business and body,I bind you, you will no limit my progress in Jesus name.
6) The testimony of my children will not bring shame into my life, ministry in Jesus name.The testimony of my children will bring joy,
Pride, glory in Jesus name.
I take authority over every spirit of rebellion,failure in Jesus name.
7) Every strange appetite or desire in our Children that makes them to defy the training they have received fizzle out in Jesus name.
None of our children will be corrupted or polluted in Jesus name.All our children will do well and prosper in Jesus.
8) Lord rescue any of our children that has derailed already in Jesus name.
I decree receive
–Sufficiency in all things in Jesus name
–Receive abundance upon our lives in Jesus name.
LORD DELIVER AND BLESS ME Day 2
Let’s thank God for all He has done for us, our family and all our endeavor
1) In this new month of the year, I make progress in my life
I make progress financially
I make progress spiritually
I make progress physically
2) In this new month of the year there will be no stagnation in my life in Jesus name.
3) Today I decree over my life and family, every gate of limitation and stagnation to hold my progress spiritually ,financially, physically be lifted up in Jesus name
4) Every horn scattering my Jerusalem and Judea i cast you out in Jesus name
5) I release divine carpenter to correct and amend every damage the scattering horn has done in my life, family and church in Jesus name.
6) I come against very lameness in my life in Jesus name.
7) I come against every lameness from the womb in Jesus name
8) I disconnect myself from any satanic attachment from the womb in Jesus name.
9) I will move forward in every area of my life this month in Jesus name.
10) Every mountain of opposition or barricade against my destiny scatter in Jesus name.
11) I will move higher in Jesus name.
12) I will advance on all fronts this month in Jesus name.
13) I will never be stagnated in Jesus name.
This is our MONTH OF PROGRESS
To progress means to move forward-I prophesy you will move forward in every area of your life this month in Jesus name.
Every mountain of opposition or barricade against your destiny I decree they scatter in Jesus name.
To progress means to move to a higher stage, I prophesy you will move higher in Jesus name.
To progress means advancement. You will advance on all fronts this month in Jesus name.
To progress means continuous improvement- You will never be stagnated in Jesus name.
WISDOM NUGGETS FOR YOU TO PROGRESS
1) FOLLOW DIVINE LEADING
2) HAVE –UNWAVERING FAITH
–Water walking faith-help you to step out
–Even now faith-keeps you going despite problems
3) BE DILIGENT IN YOUR CALLING
4) PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
5) SEEK TENACIOUSLY
6) KEEP CALLING THINGS FORTH
7) KEEP DEVELOPING
8) NO LIMITATION IN YOUR THINKING
9) INTIMACY WITH GOD
10) PUSH PAST YOUR NATURAL BOUNDARIES
11) PEACE with yourself, your God and with others
This month the blood of Jesus will fight for me ,the blood of Jesus will preserve me and my family in Jesus name.
Isaiah 40:31 says: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
Now when you look at the second part of the scripture above, it sounds like a contradiction. When you RUN, you dissipate energy, you use up your strength and the tendency is that one is weakened or weary. When one walks also the human body may get tired or faint. But there is something about the Spirit of God in the life of a man which makes one defy common logic or common sense.
Job 14: 7-9 says “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant”.
It does not matter if you think your root is waxing old in the earth: Behold the scent of the waters is upon you. You will spring forth in Jesus name.
FLOURISH means to prosper, thrive in growth, to produce and develop.
When circumstances look bleak in the physical, you have to see beyond the dark clouds. You need to SEE and not just LOOK. God is about to do a new thing in your life. It is spring, it’s time to blossom, it’s time to flourish.
‘It’s not by power, it’s not by might, but by My Spirit’, says the Lord. Tap into the outpouring of God’s Spirit and you will see your life, vision, calling, family flourish.
For you to flourish, you need to arise, so you can shine. Arise out of rejection, failure, depression, pain and regrets. Step forward into the limelight of God’s Spirit and begin to shine unto favour, unto progress, and unto advancement. FLOURISH.
Source: WHAT DO YOU SEE?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
God is set to bring about a newness in your life.
The Contemporary English Version of Isaiah 43: 18-19 says
“ I am creating something new, there it is, do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. There it is, there is something new out there but do you see it?”.
You may not see it in the physical but it will surely spring forth. I am challenging you to see with your eyes of faith what God is doing in your life.
The channel of vision is not limited to the human eyes only. What can you see in your heart, what do you see in your imagination, what is the picture of your dreams? Leonardo Da Vinci said the secret to his creative genius was his ability, ‘to know how to see’.
In Jeremiah 1:11, the Lord asked the Prophet in a vision, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
He answered, “A branch of almonds that ripen early.” (Jeremiah 1:11 CEV)
The Lord is asking you the same question. Do you see yourself flourishing?, Do you see yourself blossoming?
I am declaring into your life that it is spring and it’s time for you to flourish. Many of us are familiar with the spring season; it comes in after the long hard and cold winter, then you see the trees sprouting with new leaves, the flowers blossoming again, and the sunlight streaming in. It is always a refreshing season, a season you gladly welcome after the winter.
We must be able to see this newness, this springing forth, not only with our physical eyes, but with new eyes.
We must see with: the eyes of possibility, the eyes of faith, the eyes of love, the eyes that see beyond the obvious, the eyes that see through the heart of God, the eyes that see beyond the visible, the eyes that see what is higher than the highest mountain, the eyes that see the joy embedded in thick misery and sorrow, the eyes that see new cities emerging from the ruins of a war torn nation and like Ephesians 1:18 says, we must see with the eyes of understanding which enables us to know our calling and purpose in life.
Today we must sharpen the eyes of our spirit which cannot be limited by time and space. How do you see yourself? I urge you to see yourself in the fullness of your potential, see yourself soaring high, higher than any limitation. See yourself as God has made you, fearfully and wonderfully, see yourself in the enabling and propelling power of the Glory of God which is risen upon you. See yourself unstoppable by the darkness in the land or the gross darkness upon the people, and see yourself being lifted by the hand of God as His glory is immensely visible upon your life.
Today I urge you to see the ‘WHO’ that you are; see ‘WHY’ you are here; see ‘WHAT’ you are here to do. See the best in yourself and the possibilities of your potential.
The entrance of the Word of God brings light and understanding. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
9 STEPS TO BLOSSOMING IN YOUR LIFE.
Isaiah 43:19 says “God is set to do a new thing, it will spring forth.
To SPRING means to rise, leap, move or act suddenly. To spring is to be suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position. When a new thing is springing forth, it’s like a flower opening or blossoming in springtime.
Transform from within.
When a plant is springing forth, it starts from within the seed that was planted, then it pushes through the soil and springs forth. There is a transformation from within that seed. Your newness, your change, your strength, starts from within.
When you allow the Word of God to bear fruits in your spirit, when you change your thoughts to progressive thoughts and change your confession to align with the Word of God, there will be an outward manifestation of the inward transformation.
You must break free from depression, low self-esteem and other limitations of the enemy.
TRANSFORMATION FROM WITHIN ATTRACTS EXTERNAL HELP.
Move past your pain.
Have you tabernacled at the place of your pain?. In the book of Ruth we see two women who made it back to Israel after suffering losses in their lives. Naomi was able to help position Ruth for Boaz because Naomi MOVED PAST HER PAIN. The loss of her son, Ruth’s husband was left behind and she embraced the future.
Actually Naomi was also a hero of that story and not just Ruth, because she made it happen for Ruth.
Cast away negative garments.
Mark 10:50 “And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus”. You need to cast away every cloak of limitation like Blind Bartimaeus did before he received his sight. You must intentionally remove cloaks of fear, insecurity, self pity, low self-esteem and victim mentality so you can work out the vision that will make you blossom.
Find out and walk in your purpose.
A life of purpose will keep you busy and focused. It is interesting to note that Rebekah and Rachel at different times in their lives were at their places of assignment. Rebekah was out fetching water when Abraham’s servant who was on assignment to find a wife for Isaac, located her. Likewise, Rachel was out feeding and tending her father’s sheep when her suitor (Jacob) met her by the well.
Walk in purpose, take your pitcher on your shoulder and go get the water of life for a thirsty soul. What vision has God given you to keep and nurture?, keep it well.
YOU GET BUSY FOR GOD AND YOU WILL GET SORTED OUT BY GOD.
God does not need a perfect status before he can use you.
Romans 8:1. “ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. God used Kathryn Kulman greatly despite her marital status, infact it was when she allowed herself fall for the wrong man that things went very tough for her.
Release yourself to the work of God and walls of opposition against you will crumble.
Keep hope alive.
Prov 13:12 says: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life”.
Psalm 31:24 also says “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord”.
You have the responsibility to keep the promises of God alive in your heart until they manifest.
Have a nice disposition to people.
Nice people attract others. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”.
What do people find in you?
Prov 18:22 says “Whoso FINDETH a wife FINDETH a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord”.
Prov 31:10 says “Who can FIND a virtuous woman….?
It is what you make of yourself that people will find in you.
Engage in spiritual warfare regularly.
Isaiah 62: 6-7 says “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth”.
You must pray through and without ceasing for your life to blossom.
THE PASTOR/MINISTER’S WIFE
Women have a tremendous role to play in supporting the careers of their husbands. This is a very visible role that can be seen in most countries of the world; with every President, there is a First lady who is usually instantly in the limelight as soon as her husband assumes office.
The main discourse here is that of the Pastor/Minister’s Wife. Specifically, the focus is on how the Pastor or Minister relates to his wife privately and publicly. Some women who find themselves in this role probably did not or were not prepared for the demands of being a mother to many; a counsellor and a role model. Whilst many women have been thoroughly prepared for this role over time due to their spiritual maturity and training they received over the years, it is very important for the minister to take time to prepare his wife for the demands of the capacity that is required of her.
Usually, the demands of ministry are so enormous and the minister is so engrossed that he may unknowingly neglect being a husband and a father. The role of the Pastor or Minister’s Wife is an extremely important one. She is expected to be a supporter of her husband’s vision, she is to be his personal intercessor, a role model to the women and youths, a counsellor and an encourager. A minister’s wife is not to be noted just for POWER DRESSING. Though she should look nice, she should be a SPIRIT FILLED WOMAN. She must of necessity show the people care, visit them and attend to the needs of the church members as a major support of her husband’s ministry. Yet she must be a keeper at home, keeping the home front, attending to the children whilst her husband is busy in ministry. Yes, a woman is expected to be a supporter, intercessor, builder of the home and all you can think of but many Pastors/Ministers need to take the issue of nurturing their wives seriously so they can have their full support.
A Pastor/Minister must bring up his wife spiritually and teach her so she can be an asset to the ministry that he is building. If the Pastor or Minister is so vast in knowledge or deeply spiritual and the wife is a spiritual babe, it will create a lot of tension. If there is a spiritual disconnect, there is bound to be friction and there may be a need to bring in someone to assume the role of leadership especially for the women in the church.
It is also important for the Pastor/Minister to manage his relationship with female leaders or members of his church who are more spiritually mature than his wife. He must affirm his wife so that she does not feel insecure and help her develop confidence, otherwise she may be spiritually bullied or intimidated by some of these women who may go out of line.
The Pastor/Minister’s wife must of a necessity be respectful to people, older and younger than she is. She should believe in herself and not feel inferior or insecure. It is important that she does not misuse her privileged position or deal harshly with people.
If a Pastor/Minister is finding it difficult to teach his wife personally due to any reason(s), then he should prayerfully seek out a Female spiritual mentor and attach his wife to her. Titus 2:3-5, says “let the older women teach the younger ones”.
Another issue that Pastors or Ministers should bear in mind is the need to deal with their wives with patience just like they deal with their congregation. Do not be impatient with your wife, do not be uncaring towards your wife or show other women that you have a low opinion of your wife. Women are extremely territorial and any signal you give negatively about your wife will be used against her by other women in the church. Avoid making condescending statements about your wife while preaching. You must guard against careless statements about your wife, as people can read between the lines.
Once, a Pastor came to report his wife to me because she attended our Interdenominational Fellowship. He complained that she was not supportive of his call to start a church and that he is convinced that she probably is not born again in the first place. The picture he painted to me portrayed the woman as the devil, frustrating and limiting his call to ministry. So, I got the wife’s phone number and called her to see me because I did not know her personally due to the large number of women in our fellowship. When she came to see me I could see she was about 8 months pregnant, she looked gaunt, malnourished and unkempt.
When I inquired from her why she was not supporting her husband, she broke down and I could see that this woman was weary physically and emotionally. She narrated how they had tried to start ministry (church) once or twice before but it failed; the family had no income, she had a baby less than two years ago and the hospital bill had not been fully paid and here she was with another baby due and not one diaper had been bought in readiness for the baby’s arrival. Worse still, she did not know which hospital she would deliver in as she had not been registered anywhere yet.
So with all these ongoing, her husband would call her to lead praise and worship in the church he just started in their sitting room. She said sometimes she would be too tired and would refuse to come out of the bedroom while the “service” was going on.
Now how do you reconcile this?; a Pastor burning with zeal and vision yet very poor in managing his family. I had to call the Pastor back and counsel him and my specific words were, “Pastor, you are an Elijah or even John the Baptist but these men never got married. How can you expect a pregnant woman to fast and believe God for miraculous provision towards the delivery of her baby, considering that she’s 8 months pregnant. Her faith cannot carry the burden on her body, Sir”.
When I asked him about his plans for the baby he said, “ I am believing God for divine intervention”.
Clearly, this man did not think he should have made alternative arrangements to provide both antenatal and maternal care. He was expecting Manna from heaven, when he should have made definite moves to provide for his family: Faith without works is dead, James 2:14.
Though this may not be the case in your situation if you are a Pastor, you should deal with your wife as the Word of God says in 1 Peter 3:7. Honour her and make it a public honour, not just private.
If on the flipside, you are married to a woman who is demanding or likes to usurp authority, deeply intercede for her and counsel her or attach her to a Female spiritual mentor.
To the Pastor/Minister’s wife, who may be getting negative feedback concerning her character or personality, avoid the trap of being defensive or thinking no one has your back. Genuinely seek the help of the Holy Spirit to reveal to you your attitudinal weaknesses and challenges. Pray for grace to overcome them, make sincere moves to improve yourself, get rid of excesses in your life and walk in love.
To the Pastor/Minister’s wife out there, may God grace you to do all He has purposed for you to do and may your husband’s heart safely trust in you in Jesus name.
For every Pastor/Minister, remember that you are the Spiritual cover and Mentor for the whole Sheep under your care, including your wife. So, be patient, loving and intentionally protective of her. As you bring this honour on her, your marriage is protected and she will defend and support your vision.
The Story of the Widow of Zarephath and the Prophet in 1 kings 17:2-24 is a popular one. One remarkable lesson is that of Obedience on both the path of the Prophet to go to Zarephath and Obedience of the Widow to meet Elijah’s needs.
The brook dried up though the Prophet had been directed to the brook by the Spirit of God and the ravens had been feeding him. This is a pointer to the fact that we must be constantly listening to God’s voice as our instructions may change, though God never changes.
This year some of you need to be sensitive as your instructions will change. There may be people out there who are operating in dried up brooks, who are complaining that their Country is not working, though God told you to RELOCATE to said Country.
As many complaining that the business or vision God told them to start is no longer working, listen; the brook has dried up, you need to HEAR WHAT GOD is saying now.
When Elijah asked the widow for water she promptly obeyed and proceeded to get the water. As she was going the Prophet asked her to bring a piece of bread. At that point the widow objected and said she only had a little. The Prophet encouraged her to bring him some food first from her meagre resources.
If the widow had given just the water, it would have made the barrel of flour and cruze of oil to run dry. The larger your sacrifice, the larger your reward.
When Elijah got to Zarephath he met a widow who was gathering sticks to take home and make a meal for herself and her son so they may eat and die.
Typically, when we eat, the food is supposed to nourish our bodies and make us lively. But in the case of the Widow of Zarephath she was about to prepare her last meal before dying.
Infact she was gathering sticks, BUSY BUT NOT FRUITFUL, BUSY UNTO DESTRUCTION.
Are you in such a situation of toiling where though you are hardworking, yet you never expect a good outcome?, Are you gathering sticks to prepare a final meal? With Jesus, you EAT TO LIVE and NOT TO DIE. As John 6:57 declares, “As the Living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me”.
As you eat the LIVING WORD, THE BREAD OF LIFE you will live.
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TEXT: JOHN 15:1-8.
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Exodus 23:29-30 (NLT) But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. 30 I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land.
Many times in our journey to success, we may experience certain frustrations and we often wonder why. It is good to be motivated and to have a can-do spirit. Indeed the promises of God are sure and with God all things are possible.
There are times when we have done everything right and we believe God for certain things but those things just seem delayed or do not manifest at our time of expectation.
God’s words to the children of Israel in Exodus 23:29-30 confirms the fact that God’s promises are sure but HIS TIMING is very crucial.
The millions of Israelites marching through the wilderness for 40years would have wanted nothing more than God clearing their land for them and driving out the inhabitants so they can possess the land. But God said, “I WILL NOT DRIVE THEM OUT IN A SINGLE YEAR”, so that the land will not become desolate.
Friends there are some things we desire in our lives to happen so bad so fast but guess what God may delay them for our own good. Driving out those inhabitants was a good thing but the consequences would have been bad.
When success comes faster than the maturity to handle it desolation sets in. When success manifests in a life of weak character, disaster explodes. Even in business if more customers come than you have the capacity to cater for, there will be chaos.
God told the Israelites, I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land. God will usually give us gradual opportunities as we build capacity. The human nature is always in a rush, we rush our children through school, we pride ourselves in being rich at a young age. But God wants us to be patient and build the necessary capacity for the breakthrough or success that we desire.
Many dreams are delayed, timelines shifted, goals readjusted but eventually success and an enduring one at that is achieved.
Be patient as God’s timing will never be too late. Delay is not denial; learn your necessary lessons so that you can withstand the winds of adversity that may come with your success. Be well grounded, seek to learn and not just to shine. Seek to serve and not just pursing fame.
Build up in strength, wisdom, knowledge and increase your capacity so that your success can have a strong unshakable base.
Text: Judges 7 v 1-8
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
2 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” 5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” 6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. 7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” 8 So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
Though GOD was with Gideon, physical and spiritual sensitivity on the part of the soldiers was necessary for victory. God has not given us the spirit of fear; the first batch to be dropped were the fearful soldiers. Fear in your life will hinder your effectiveness spiritually, physically, as a leader or as a team member. A fearful soldier will be an ineffective follower and can jeopardise the success of the army.
God reduced the army from 32,000 to 10,000, then to 300 to prove that self sufficiency is an enemy of faith. God does not share His glory so we must know that our sufficiency is of God. Men with the Joshua and Caleb anointing are needed to advance the work of God. These are men and women that will not be deterred by the enormity of a problem but are propelled by faith and trust in the ability of God
When God wanted to reduce the army from 10,000 to 300, the criterion was the manner in which they drank water. Some soldiers were kneeling to drink whilst some scooped water in their hands and lapped. Those who knelt were dropped because; they lost sight of their environment, their focus and vision was cut off as they bent down; as they knelt their guards were down, they were no longer sensitive.
Kneeling to drink water means you are only focused on the water you are about to drink and not concerned about other things around you. Do you allow issues bothering you to overwhelm you that you do not think of the big picture in your life? Do you use your energy and time on the small, irrelevant, controversial issues rather than being spiritual and focused on the big picture of what the Lord is doing in your life?
Those who scooped water in their hands to drink to were only three hundred and they were the chosen ones. As they stood their eyes were vigilant, their posture was battle ready. As a soldier of Christ you must be ready at all times with an attitude prayer, submission to God, reverence His Spirit.
Taking the water in the hand is a sign of carefulness, avoidance of waste and thoughtfulness; As a Christian soldier you weigh your words, actions and associations in the church and the society at large, you should be the one who is ever prayerful and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
A Christian is a soldier in God’s army, sensitivity is needed for you to be effective in your calling or ministry. Let go of unimportant things, and major on positive things. Let go of rumour, gossip, bitterness, complaining and murmuring. Focus on what is important and choose to align your thoughts with GOD always.
Romans 14 v 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
To be spiritually sensitive, you must learn and know the language of the Holy Spirit, know how He talks to you uniquely. Know and understand how to hear GOD.
Galatians 6 v 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
– To bear someone’s burden, you must have the ability to receive the burden.
What blocks our sensitivity – Galatians 5 v 17- 21 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Rebellion, Pride, and Antagonism.
Gal 5 v 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
– Walk in the Spirit
Know you are working for God and not for man.
Lift up the hands of the servant of God in prayers.
Check your life and get rid of filthiness, bitterness, envy, anger immediately as these would hinder your walk and your work for GOD.
Do not join evil company and gang up.
Luke 11 v 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Luke 11 v 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.
Isaiah 32 v 6 For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
A house divided against itself.
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On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
In Cana of Galilee, Jesus performed His first miracle by turning water to wine.
But one thing was outstanding- the OBEDIENCE of the men. That was instrumental to FAITH in God’s word bringing the miraculous.
There were six pots containing 30 gallons each. About 180 gallons of water was fetched by the men. Verse 7 says they filled them up to the BRIM.
What thoughts went on in the minds of these men as they were fetching water and pouring in the pots? Many times our lives are like that particular event. We just go on fetching water and pouring in the pot and it is a WALK OF FAITH.
Fetching that water was a step of faith. There are activities we need to engage in to unlock our miracles and promises.
We fill the water pots of our lives as a sign of obedience to God’s command and TRUST IN HIS WORD. We fill the water pots of our life in anticipation of what God will do.
Some of us may need to fill all the water pots and it may take some time but God will eventually turn the water to wine.
We need to continue in obedience filling our water pots with faith statements, confession of God’s word, love, prayer and patience. Surely our water will be turned to wine.
Water turned to wine; Ordinary becoming extra ordinary, Value coming out of what is common, Power coming from simplicity.
Keep filling those water pots!!
Facebook has a feature which I noticed recently; it shows you throwback pictures of what you posted years back. Sometimes you can see a suggestion to share or re post a picture you took three years back. One of such pictures provoked these thoughts in me and I decided to put pen to paper.
My throw back on Facebook was one of my dear Protegees, my dearly beloved “Daughter in the Lord’’. Such a close bond we shared, such a beautiful relationship we “had”. Then she moved on, changed location but I could sense it was beyond the change in location. She seemed to have out grown our relationship. I tried so hard as I could not come to terms with the fact that she was just not responsive to calls and other effort to keep in touch.
At first it was disturbing to me and I “feared’’ that maybe she had fallen out of faith and did not want to respond to “Mama Pastor’’ but on a closer watch, I could see the sincerity in her person. Then it dawned on me – my protegee has outgrown our relationship, she has moved on. She had to gently but firmly make her stand known, not in strife but in silence, making me know she was okay but that she was in a new reality, and she had to evolve.
Mentor /Protegee relationship is one that is very important especially for the Protegee.
- A mentor gives you handles so you can climb faster than you would have done on your own.
- A mentor gives you a lift and helps you to achieve faster than others who do not have the privilege of tutelage.
- A mentor shows you the right path and points out the pitfalls on your journey to success.
These and many more make a Protegee attached to his/her Mentor. But it must be said that this relationship as sweet and beneficial as it is does have a flip side.
Protegees can fall into error if they begin to go beyond respect and honor to idolize their Mentors because God hates idolatry.
Mentors can be displaced by God himself if he/she resorts to taking the GLORY which always belongs to GOD.
However the issue that struck me as a Mentor is that one should learn to LET PEOPLE go without having a feeling of “ENTITLEMENT” over their lives. Many are in strife today because they feel pained, cheated and angry that someone left their ministry or their tutelage. While people should not be rude or unbecoming in the manner they disengage, we must realize that “NO ONE OWNS ANYONE”. If God has used you to bring up someone do not feel bad, curse, or threaten if the person decides to move on. As a matter of fact you should announce and encourage these whom God has called to step out and let them know you will genuinely release and support them and make good your word.
When a Mentor makes a Protegee feel that he/she owes him for life, then you become a Tormentor rather than a Mentor. Let people go and love them genuinely even if they do not come back to you. It is God that will reward you for your labor of love over His sheep in His kingdom.
Do not curse those who leave your ministry, tutelage or organization. Leave an open door, they may likely come back just to appreciate you and not necessarily coming back to be mentored by you again. Realize the sordid truth, the young shall grow and people sometimes outgrow relationships and are at a loss as to how to handle it.
As a Protegee, if you leave your mentor for any reason, do not bite the hand that fed you. Uphold the person in respect and do not speak evil about the person especially if it is uncalled for. Do not try to justify your exit by bringing down your Mentor, except there was an issue which you should carefully work out prayerfully with a lot of tact and wisdom.
Appreciate your mentor whenever you can without feeling guilty for leaving if God has so ordered your steps.
In Matthew 14:1, the bible says Herod heard of the fame of Jesus. This year your beauty will be heard of globally in Jesus name.
In verse 2 of Matthew 14 we read the account of how Herod was being hunted by the ghost of John the Baptist. When he heard of the fame of Jesus, he said this is John the Baptist risen from the dead. Can I prophesy to someone in this year of Absolute Possibility that no matter the limitations or battles the enemy has planned just as Herod could not kill the message of John the Baptist though he beheaded him, you will be unstoppable in Jesus name.
Herod realized that though he killed the person of John the Baptist he could not kill HIS MESSAGE.
In verse 8 of Matthew 14 we read of Herod’s dilemma at the evil request of Herodia’s daughter: Give me the head of John the Baptist in a charger. Today I decree that any situation asking for your head, the head of marriage, the head of your ministry, will not prosper in Jesus name.
When the head is off, the crown is lost. So it is a year of deep sensitivity. Due to the glorious destiny that you have you need to guard your head. To step out this year your steps must be ordered by God.
Herodias was a patient, unrepentant and relentless enemy. This year we will not fall into the hands of people with evil patience in Jesus name.
Our lot/fate, the lot of our spouses and children will not be determined by the enemy of our souls in Jesus name.
Matthew 14:13 says when Jesus heard of what had happened to John the Baptist he retreated by himself. Whenever we see storms on our way we need to seek God for strength, refire and move on with our assignment. The death of John the Baptist could have discouraged Jesus if he was not focused on his assignment.
In the course of this Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 men besides men & children.
In Matthew 14:25-31 , Jesus went onto them walking on the sea. Jesus was demonstrating, revealing by action a new dimension of the super natural that was available for the disciples to tap into.
Jesus went unto them, he was reaching out to the disciples, communicating to them something profound. Someone reading this, Jesus has been reaching out to you- giving you visions, ideas, thoughts that seem lofty, seemingly unachievable. No matter what height God is calling you to this year, He has already gone ahead of you. Before Jesus told Peter to step out of the boat he himself had walked on the water. Jesus had already walked on the waters of that big idea or vision He put in your heart so do not be afraid.
The major limitation that will keep you is FEAR. Like the disciples who saw Jesus walking on water became afraid, fear will try to stop you from stepping out to your absolute possibilities.
Matthew 14 Verse 27-28 says Jesus spoke out to them, Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. Peter asked for confirmation that if it was Jesus he should ask him to come. Jesus answered him in the affirmative, PETER INDEED WALKED ON WATER.
What made Peter stand out from the other eleven and what made him step out.
1) Absolute trust in Jesus’ command or instruction. Peter did not go at the suggestion of other disciples, he double checked with Jesus and he stepped out. This year trust the WORD of GOD released to you and ACT ON IT.
2) ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON THE EFFICACY OF GOD’S WORD
When Peter stepped out he knew that humanly speaking one would sink when on water, but by experience and his walk with Jesus he knew he had the power to do the miraculous.
Rather than allow the fear of seeing Jesus walking on water and mistaking him for a spirit to make him cower or hide, he cashed in on it and stepped out.
This year recognize your MIRACULOUS moment where you will ride on your fears, storms and weaknesses and translate them into stepping stones to greatness.
If your land lord is throwing you out, it is time to ride on it and build your own house. If you are losing that job it is time to ride on it and start your vision.
You need to STEP OUT.
In verse 29 Jesus said come. The Lord is calling someone here to come step out of that comfort zone, this year 2016 come up higher, come apart and be with God. Do not let fear limit you; remember Jesus has walked on your waters before he told you to step out. The bridges have been built, the boat is waiting for you by the river, the brook is waiting, the ravens have been instructed, the widow has been commanded, do not hold back.
The boisterous sea will not consume you because you will ride over it.
Psalm 90:17, says let the beauty of the Lord God be upon us and establish the works of our hands.
This year we have been beautified to STEP OUT to the world.
- Step out to Absolute Possibility
- Step out to Greatness
- Step out and begin to do that which God has called you to do.
Strength has been released to you. Be courageous. Strength and courage backed up by your faith will make you unstoppable.
This year DARE to be different.
DARE to speak.
Dare to stand up with God and be counted for Christ.
As you step out, go in the might of God, in humility, in holiness & righteousness.
Never neglect the one who called you to step out.
Have a deeper walk with the Holy Spirit, listen out for His voice.
Never ever look at the boisterous storm. Do not allow the devil to distract you from your divine assignment.
No matter the weight of your anointing, promises, power and investment, if you do not step out there will be no manifestation.
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Elimelech made a terrible decision in Ruth 1:1-2. He moved his family from Bethlehem to Moab in the time of famine. That decision became a fatal one as the lives of three family members were lost including that of Elimelech. The two sons later died after the got married.
When Naomi assessed her situation, she was able to recognize A CHANGE IN THE SEASON. In Ruth 1:22 the bible says she returned to Bethlehem in the beginning of the barley harvest.
A woman has the capacity and grace to bring restoration where there have been errors or mistakes have been made in the family; it is the woman that usually picks up the pieces and tries to hold the family together.
God made a woman to be a help meet for the man. Where there was a loss, Noami girded up the loins of her life. She did not mind that she will be ridiculed infact she ridiculed herself before anyone could ridicule her by saying Call me “Mara”.
She was a woman who decided to MOVE PAST her pain, she was ready to give her DESTINY a push and no wonder she recovered the LINEAGE relevance and remembrance for her family by arranging for Ruth to marry Boaz.
Due to a woman who decided to “Fix” the mistake made by her husband, Obed was born. Obed was the father of Jesse and Jesse gave birth to David. Our Lord Jesus came from the lineage of David. Jesus is called the ROOT OF JESSE.
Wives, next time you are disappointed because of a poor decision your husband made, especially if it led to a loss, ask God to give you the grace and capacity to bring about restoration.
This is not encouraging men to be slothful or careless. But the journey of a marriage can be so difficult sometimes when you do not have the eyes of your understanding enlightened so as to know why you are called a HELP MEET. Elimelech made a decision that took his own life, so if he had the benefit of hindsight he probably would not have moved.
I pray that the Lord will grant you every grace you need to step in where your husband has a deficiency. May you have the wisdom to mend relationships broken by your husband like Abigail did. You are uniquely designed by God to be a SOLUTION PROVIDER.
As you fix the broken pieces of your marriage, God will give you more grace and open on to you more effectual doors.
Do not be bitter, angry or complain about your husband’s failures or weaknesses. JUST FIX IT IF YOU CAN.
Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
This mid year of 2015 as we embark on a 21 days fasting and prayers may there be REVIVAL FIRE in our lives and family in Jesuss name.
ther guidelines for the 21 days fast.
1. Prayer points are in my latest book 100 days of fire and power. We are starting from Day 80. The book is available in the DoD bookstore, Ebeano LEKKI as well as http://www.konga.com for those in Nigeria.
Those in London should continue with the 100 days book which they had already started since May, Houston and Maryland USA we have already sent the books to your Coordinators.
2. Intercession for Daughters of Destiny should also be done after you go through the prayers in the book.
3. Please get a new notebook and write down your personal prayer requests and expectations. Everyday you will lift them up before God in prayers after going through the prayers in your book and intercession for the ministry of DOD.
4.Lastly you will prepare and take Holy Communion daily after the prayers.
PRAYERS FOR THE MINISTRY OF DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY
A) Father we thank you for your help, grace, blessing, power and mercy on the ministry of DOD for the past nine years.
B) We thank you for the lives of the Set Woman ABJ, the Pastors and members locally and internationally in Jesus name.
C) Father we ask for your grace and enablement, increased Apostolic fire and power, uncommon anointing, signs and wonders to increase in the life of the Set woman and the entire ministry in Jesus name.
D) We ask that there be increase in spiritual maturity, holiness and righteousness in the lives of the Set woman, Pastors, Leaders and every Daughter of Destiny in Jesus name.
E) We lift up our 10th year anniversary preparations in Jesus name.
* Provide every resource financially, materially and physically in Jesus name.
F) Oh Lord continue to increase DOD in your grace, help, fruitfulness and mercy in Jesus name.
Join us every 5pm to 6pm Nigerian time for live streaming of the prayer sessions through our mobile app.
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The marriage relationship is a strategic relationship. Unlike other types of family relationships where you do not chose who is related to you in one way or the other, in marriage you determine the one you build a family with.
As it were it is like laying a foundation for other family relationships to spring from.
Your marriage is so important and it is a foundation that can determine how successful you will be; a stable marriage helps in achieving one’s purpose in life as well as shaping the offspring’s for life.
God depends on us to mentor the next generation starting from our children.
Ever before a child can make his/her choice in life, the parents are responsible for making choices on his/her behalf.
I will like to start from the issue of parents as individuals that greatly influence the development of their children and then we will see how the type of marriage they have will also affect their children.
As individuals, our Character types have a great impact on our children. So we need to know what category we belong to. Studies have proved that there are four character groups: Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic and Melancholy. It is important for us to know so we can work on the weaknesses and harness the strengths.
For instance a Choleric Father or Mother should try to be less over bearing so that the children’s self-esteem is not crushed.
A Melancholic Father may need to be more outspoken especially when dealing with children who tend to be hyper active. Melancholies tend to withdraw to their shell but a parent cannot do this all the time and be successful.
When it comes to stable marital relationships, it is interesting to note the following:
- Man is like a digital being. It is as though the human mind or the soul has the characteristics of a technological gadget.
There are messages you pass across to someone without speaking a word.
The power of intuition is so great yet it cannot be explained.
What am I trying to say; As parents our non- verbal communication as well as messages we transmit via human wifi or Bluetooth all play a part in shaping our children.
2. Children learn by example. In Titus 2 v 3-4 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
We see here that women are natural teachers. You teach using different training tools
- Sharing experiences
- By your mannerisms alone you are teaching your children something.
Your attitude, emotions and reactions are imbibed by your children. Children who come from homes where the parents have a fairly stable relationship are usually more settled in life.
3. Parents should speak with one voice.
4. Stability in marriage
- Reaffirms the child and boosts his self confidence
- If there is instability, the children can become anxious and their academic performance may fall, begin to bed wet, or go into vices such as drinking, smoking or other things in order to deal with their emotions.
- Where there is abuse in a marriage, the child will tend to be abusive when he or she grows up
- When parents fight or disagree openly in front of the children, it makes the children feel vulnerable, insecure or guilty, thinking they might have caused the issue of disagreement.
What we see often are individual parents doing their best for their children. Beyond this we need to present a united front so that our children will feel secure.
- As much as possible work on your relationship and avoid outbursts in front of the children.
- Do not report your husband or wife to your children
- Do not expose the weaknesses of your spouse to the children in order to gain their support.
- Show open affection to your spouse; it is a good lesson for the children to learn
- Children should not know who owns what money in the family
- Each parent has something to offer for balance to exist in their children’s lives.
*Father figure is important as well as a mothers love.
- Love should be balanced with discipline.
- Parents should try to fulfill their responsibility of time and care and not make up with gifts.
Dysfunctional marriages make children have bad attitudes, bad conduct or seek attention through negative behavior. They may also become overly fearful.
Do not pursue money or ambition, to the detriment of your family.
Divorced or separated parents need to have a female or male figure that will fill the gap.
Nutrition is also important for healthy growth of children.
***Your labor of love over your family will be rewarded in Jesus name. God bless you
DAY 66: I CALL BACK MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah intreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
1. Lord I thank you for you are the giver of opportunities in Jesus name.
2. Every opportunity that I have missed, restore oh Lord in Jesus name.
3. Every financial limitation in my life, be broken in Jesus name.
4. 1 Samuel 16:3 and 6 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee………….. Every missed opportunity in my life because of someone else’s error, I call you back in Jesus name.
5. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him………… Father locate every area of difficulty and painful labour in my life in Jesus name.
6. Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God…………..I call forth quick manifestation of God’s promises for my life in Jesus name.
7. Isaiah 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee……….. For every missed opportunity, I call forth nations that I do not know to come forth with opportunities in Jesus name.
8. I call forth nations that do not know me to open up to me in Jesus name.
9. Opportunities known and unknown to me, manifest in Jesus name.
10. In the name of Jesus, I receive the spirit of discernment to recognize opportunities, and the spirit of wisdom to take full advantage of them in Jesus name.
11. I prophesy to every missed opportunity, be restored in Jesus name.
12. I pray for national and international opportunities to spring forth for Nigeria and Israel in Jesus name.
DAY 67: I CALL FORTH MY TREASURES
Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
1. Father I thank you for your treasures reserved for me in Jesus name.
2. Every spiritual and physical treasure that is still hidden from me, be released in Jesus name.
3. All my financial treasures still in darkness, be released to me this year in Jesus name.
4. All my human treasures and relationship treasures be released to me this year in Jesus name.
5. Every hidden riches of mine in secret places Lord, lead me to them in Jesus name.
6. Deuteronomy 32:34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?……….Father this year I take possession of every sealed treasure of mine in Jesus name.
7. Deuteronomy 33:19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand……..Every treasure hidden in the sand, be released to me in Jesus name.
8. Ezra 6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon……… Every laid up treasure, be released to me in Jesus name.
9. Job 38: 22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail……….Every treasure of the snow and hail, be released to me in Jesus name.
10. Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren…….. I call forth agricultural treasures and intellectual treasures in Jesus name.
11. Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…….. Treasures of wisdom and knowledge, I call you forth upon my life in Jesus name.
12. National and International treasures of Nigeria and Israel come forth in Jesus name.
DAY 68: EVERLASTING LIGHT
Isaiah 60:20- Your sun shall no more go down: neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be your everlasting light and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
- Heavenly Father, thank you for your mighty hand upon my family and I always in Jesus name
- Father, I decree and declare that my sun shall never go down. I shall continue to shine brighter and brighter in Jesus name.
- The sun over my family, marriage, ministry and business will not go down but continually shine in Jesus name.
- Oh Lord, the moon over my destiny will not withdraw itself. It will give its light even in my night seasons in Jesus name.
- Oh Lord, be an everlasting light for my family and I in Jesus name. Help us never to walk in darkness in Jesus name.
- Father, continually shine your light on our paths in Jesus name.
- According to Psalm32:8, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Father guide my family and I with Your eyes in Jesus name.
- Oh Lord let your everlasting light illuminate every dark areas of my life in Jesus name.
- Father, l decree by your mercy, that the days of my mourning is over and that my joy has come In Jesus name.
- According to Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Oh Lord, let the Sun of righteousness arise over my family and I with healing in His wings in Jesus name
- I prophesy that the everlasting light of the Most High will transform me and take me to new heights in every area of my life In Jesus name.
- Father let the everlasting light of God shine over the nations of Nigeria and Israel in Jesus name.
DAY 69: NO MORE FEAR
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side: I will not fear. What can man do to me?
1. Thank you Lord for always being on my side in Jesus name.
2. Psalm 23: 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me………Though I walk through the shadow of death throughout this year, Lord help me to fear no evil in Jesus name.
3. I decree that I and my family have not the spirit of fear, but of love of power and a sound mind in Jesus name.
4. Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy………..Oh Lord, Preserve my life from fear of the enemy this year in Jesus name.
5. Father help me to abide in your secret place throughout this year in Jesus name.
6. Every seed of fear in my heart, be completely uprooted in Jesus name.
7. The Lord God will help me this year, I shall not be moved in Jesus name.
8. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord…………No weapon formed against my family and I will prosper in Jesus name
9. Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins…………Oh Lord, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end over my life this year in Jesus name.
10. Psalm 17: 13 Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:…………. Arise , O Lord, Confront him, cast him down; Deliver my life from the wicked with your sword in Jesus name.
11. I prophesy that fear will have no place in my heart in Jesus name.
12. Father may your saving hand rest upon Nigeria and Israel in Jesus name.
DAY 70: ARISE AND SHINE
ISAIAH 60:1-2 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon
- I _______________ (put your name) will arise and shine; for my light has come in Jesus name
- I declare God’s glory upon me and everything that pertain to me in Jesus name
- This year, the glory of God will set my family and I apart for good in Jesus name
- Every cloud of darkness over my life and family, disappear in Jesus name
- Psalm 57:8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
Awake, my glory! Awake my spouse’s glory! Awake my children’s glory! Awake unto manifestation in Jesus name.
6. I call forth the glory of the Lord upon my life, marriage, ministry and business in Jesus name
7. This year, my light will so shine before men, that they will give God glory in Jesus name.
8. Every power contending with my rising, I receive victory over you in the name of Jesus.
9. I declare the light of God over every dark area of my life and destiny In Jesus name.
10. I pull down every strong hold of darkness over my family, marriage, ministry and business in Jesus name.
11. I prophesy a glorious manifestation in every area of my life this year in Jesus name.
12. Oh Lord, arise over Nigeria and Israel, show forth your glory in every sector in Jesus name.
THE EQUIPPED LADY
So soon we are in the second month of the year. This year promises to be one of possibility and power. We dropped down running from January 1st with our 100 days FIRE AND POWER program holding every 6am – 7am till April 10th 2015. How equipped are you for this year of ENLARGEMENT AND INCREASE?
The Equipped Lady is the woman dressed inwardly and outwardly for spiritual warfare and ready to be an agent of change in her world.
She is the battle axe of the Lord, ready to make an impact in her generation like; Deborah, Esther and Ruth.
WHY DO WE NEED TO BE EQUIPPED?
• Carelessness is dangerous. If I know a thing is important, I pay attention to it. Greatness requires hard-work, spiritually and physically.
• We must be fully armed for the challenges ahead. John 16:33……These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
• There is an enemy who goes around to attack every believer and even unbelievers without being provoked. John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8…….Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
• We are dealing with demonic beings and not human beings. Ephesians 6:12 ….. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
• We must equip ourselves so that we do not fall prey to the enemy. Ephesians 6:11……Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
THE ARMOUR OF GOD
• An armour is any covering worn as a defence against weapons or attack.
• An armour PROTECTS the person wearing it.
• Prevention they say is better than cure. Many Christians have sadly become casualties in the Christian race because they did not take precautions
• Do not be naive life is a battle, that is why the bible says fight the good fight of faith. 1 Tim 6:12…………… Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
THE BELT OF TRUTH
• This make us agile for the battle.
• One of the weapons of the devil is lies and half truths.
• Do not succumb to the lie of the devil.
• You do not have to compromise in life always stand on the truth, it pays off eventually.
• The truth may hurt you but it will heal you.
THE BREAST PLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
• The breastplate is to protect our hearts and other vital organs.
• The heart is the seat of our emotions and feelings like; self-worth, confidence, faith etc.
• The devil attacks our hearts with fear, doubt, insecurity etc.
• When our thoughts are based on the Word of God, then we will have the right emotions.
FOOTWEAR OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
• We must have readiness to spread the good news of the gospel.
• Evangelism is an armour of protection because it announces to people who you are and it upholds your faith .
• Telling others about Christ makes Christianity to grow.
THE SHIELD OF FAITH
• This is to deflect the fiery darts of the enemy.
• The first dart the enemy throws is doubt e.g. Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3 : 1) the devil caused her to doubt the commandment of God, The devil also said,
to Jesus, ‘If you are the son of God…’
• The purpose of the shield is to prevent the fiery dart from hitting the body because those arrows are usually poisoned.
• The sting of the arrows linger long after they have hit the target e.g. Immoral thoughts and images, temptation, ungodly behaviour, false teaching etc.
• Notice in Ephesians 6:16 that the bible says above all(KJV) this means faith is priority.
• The fiery darts and arrows are launched at Christians by demons and demon cultures.
• Faith is belief and trust.
• During battle shields are linked meaning God’s people must come together in church and small groups to watch one another ‘s back.
• There is no room for lone rangers.
THE HELMET OF SALVATION
• The helmet protects our minds and our thoughts against unrighteous thoughts.
• The battle field of spiritual warfare is the mind.
• Thoughts create emotions which create actions.
• Our thoughts are of central importance to our victory.
• The helmet of salvation provides the believer with the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God as he enters the battle.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
• This is the only offensive weapon
• The sword of the spirit is the Word of God.
• We must have knowledge of the Word of God on the issue of our lives
• When we are ignorant of the Word of God concerning the issues in our lives we become defenceless against the enemy
• IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE WORD OF GOD YOU STAND THE RISK OF SINNING AGAINST GOD- PSALM 119 V11
• This is the only offensive weapon.
• The word of God slashes the enemy.
• By nature the word is living and active and a two-edged sword. Hebrews 4 :12 … For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
• It is the rhema of the word and not the logos that is the offensive weapon.
As you equip yourself this year you will experience peace like a river in Jesus name.
THE SETTLED WOMAN
1 PETER 5:10: But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, will make you perfect, established, strengthen and settle you.
THE GLOBAL PLAN OF GOD IS FOR EACH OF US IS TO BE SETTLED IN LIFE. FOR US TO OPERATE IN LIFE FROM A POSITION OF DOMINION AND REST.
A settled woman must move past her pain, indeed you might have suffered a while in your marriage, over that child, concerning that financial challenge or even in your health, but weeping only endures for a night.
You must move through perfection as The Lord brings you into circumstances that perfect your imperfections, your weaknesses, your character deficiencies and improves your life.
Then you begin to get established by God, in the things of God and in your purpose and calling. You begin to lay good foundations, build strong pillars, take territories and position yourself for greatness.
Strength is then released from God to your purpose and calling, strength from numbers, strength from people, strength from goodwill and financial strength.
Finally you become SETTLED, OPERATE IN REST AND WALK IN DOMINION.
GOD WALKS US ALL THROUGH THIS PROCESS THOUGH IT MAY TAKE YEARS FOR SOME OF US TO GET TO THAT POINT OF REST AND DOMINION.
THE SETTLED WOMAN MUST BE SETTLED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS;
- HER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD..
*Be born again and know God personally. You cannot profit from your relationship with God beyond your level of knowledge of Him. Your joy will only be as deep as the depth of your knowledge. Read God’s Word and fellowship in prayers.
1Cor 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV)
2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)
*LOVE GOD. Love is one of the foundations of Holiness.
*BE OBEDIENT TO HIS COMMANDMENTS whether convenient or inconvenient, do not live with an area of disobedience in your life.
- HER PERSONAL LIFE.
Develop your personal life and grow steadily, you must attain physical and spiritual maturity. Luke 2:52 says And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
*INCREASE IN WISDOM
You must embrace wisdom. Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. ONE IMPORTANT MATERIAL NEEDED TO BUILD A HOME IS WISDOM.
Wisdom is the stability of the home. Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure. (Isaiah 33:6 KJV)
Be a woman that fears The Lord. Proverbs 9:19 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. A woman who does not fear The Lord will not have a good or strong personality. The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and not the only thing so you continue in the wisdom of God by OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD.
Deuteronomy 4:5-6 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. (Deuteronomy 4:5-6 KJV)
Have inner peace. Be a praise full and joyful woman.
INCREASE IN STATURE
Never live a stagnant life, read books, visit new places, get a new friend, enrol in a course. Grow your mental stature and improve yourself,
INCREASE IN FAVOUR WITH GOD
YOU MUST ENDEAVOUR TO PLEASE GOD MORE Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
BE A WOMAN OF FAITH like Rahab, Ruth, Esther, Deborah etc.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 KJV)
INCREASE IN FAVOUR WITH MAN
Do good to others, have a good character, change your ways if you are having negative feedback about your character.Proverbs 11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. Your good will always conquer evil. Acts 10:38 Jesus went about doing good
- HER FAMILY LIFE AND MARRIAGE
*Take charge in the place of intercession for your family.
* Give attention, time and care to your family and your home.
* Marriage is a one handle door once you enter no going back. Do not compare your husband with other men. Even if he failed before encourage him and know you are in his life to bridge his weaknesses.
*Do your best to bring up your children in the way of The Lord, sow your time into their lives.
*Make up your mind to be a virtuous woman. Proverbs 12:4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
Make your husband’s life better by your personal commitment. Be wise in putting your opinions forward without argument. Men like to be celebrated because of their ego, when you promote your husband you will be promoted.
- HER CALLING, CAREER OR MINISTRY
*Discover your purpose in life Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) Your provision will come when you are in your vision.
*Be diligent in your calling, the job of a woman is not easy. Many times women will be up praying of working or cooking and men will be sleeping. Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. The Proverbs 31 woman was a very hard working woman.
* Be faithful, be predictable and reliable.
The story of Job is a classic case of unwavering faith in God in the face of adversity. It shows that God is faithful and rewards your patience, obedience and trust in Him.
Whatever you boast with is likely to be tested. Job 1:8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8 KJV)
So when you are proud of anything or anyone you should intercede for that person or thing. It is common for people who are being openly appreciated or favoured to start committing blunders or start walking in pride. The devil is always bent on destroying their testimonies.
Job 1:20 Do not react in anger, try to control your emotion in the face of an emergency, tragedy or calamity
Compare Job 2:9 to Job 1:11. Be careful watch out for anger, disobedience and other negative emotions in your life. Do not allow the devil to use you to fulfill his evil agenda. Eve was used by the devil to carry out his evil agenda on Adam.
Your level of faith will be tested by the reactions of those close to you especially when you are going through a trial. Job 2:9
Job was a very disciplined man: Job 31:1,
Job was a mentor and encourager to many – Job 4:3-4
Job stood firmly trusting the Lord – Job 13:15
God is mindful of what we say to people in adversity. Job 42:7
And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. (Job 42:7 KJV)
Job got restoration after he prayed for his friends
– God caused people to bless him, his sisters, brethren and acquaintances. Job 41:11
– 7sons and 3 daughters Job 41:13
PRAYERS FOR RESTORATION
- Father restore every departed glory in Jesus name. Job 19:9
- On Lord cause people to bless me in Jesus name.