Let Me Go
Many of us have read the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt; from where God called Moses, the burning bush, the plagues and finally, crossing the red sea.
Like the Israelites, some of us have felt this way in our own lives; we feel oppressed by some kind of situation or people that have laid a heavy yoke upon us and make it difficult to get away from. You have tried all sorts of method to get free, but still find the shackles and stagnation in your life. Maybe it’s a job you feel like a slave in, maybe it’s a situation that has tied you down or some spiritual oppression that seek to destroy every part of your life.
Now, I want to do an un-usual writing today- God would be speaking directly to some of you today as you read this. I would like to take you through some truth and revelation with this story. You have cried several times for a change; you have done all you can to get free but all to no avail. Some have done all kinds of fasting and deliverance but still, nothing seem to change. I have good news for you this morning.
This is what the Lord is saying to you today, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. Exodus 3:7.
So you think the Lord has not been listening to you, or not seen all you have been going through? You think He’s forgotten you and left you to your misery? He hasn’t folks. He not only heard your weeping, he’s also seen the misery and the pain in your heart. Now, listen to what he said. ‘….I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land. Verse 8.
Did you hear that? He’s not coming down, He’s not thinking of coming down; He has COME DOWN TO RESCUE YOU! Am I the only one excited about this verse? Trust me, as I am typing the message, I feel like screaming and shouting for joy because the Lord is already here to rescue me. Do you believe that for yourself? He’s seen all your trouble, he’s heard all your weeping and prayers, all your misery are all right there before him. He knows them all, and He has come to rescue you. If I were you, I will start singing and dancing for joy for a minute now. Halleluiah!
Look to your left and right, who’s there with you right now? I mean now that you are reading this? Alright, I am not talking about the person sitting right beside you; I’m talking about God, and He is right by your side. He has come down to save you, He’s come to deliver and take you to the land he has promised you. He has come to set you free from every bondage, oppression and domination. He has come to give you victory. The Snare has been broken folks. Common rejoice right where you are. The Lord is there with you with a victorious hand to save you.
Ok, let’s move along. When Moses asked God who he should say sent him in verse 13. God replied, ‘I am who I am’. Now, listen, the I AM WHO I AM is speaking to you today; this name expresses God’s character as the dependable and faithful God who desires the full trust of His people. Guys, you’ve got to trust God on this one. You have got to trust him to save and deliver you. Yes, this battle might have been going on for so long and you have tried all you can, but I tell you, if only you trust and believe God this time around, He’s here to set you free.
You feel bound; you’ve been going in circles for so long that you have even forgotten the promises of God in your life; you have learnt to endure the suffering and turmoil of the wicked one. Your life has become a shamble, and no hope of moving forward. You’ve taken all the examinations required of you but yet, no promotion in your life. You find yourself failing each time you take the courage to try again. Does this sound familiar?
I really want you to listen to this. I know God is talking to someone right now. He is revealing some truth to you now. He’s speaking light and freedom into your soul and he’s showing you what to do. Now, let’s continue. God later said to Moses in verse 19, ‘But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. Can you imagine the kind of situation we are dealing with here? God has come down to save them, yet, there is a king that stands tall and thinks he’s lord over them. He thinks he has got dominion and authority over them and would not let them go. Do you feel like this? Is there someone standing as a strongman saying you won’t get free from this situation, from this sickness, from this failure of life. Someone who is determined to stay on your case. They have taken it a duty upon themselves to see you don’t move forward in that stage of your life. They are ready to thwart everything you do? Whether they are physical, spiritual, in form of a sickness or finances, you know it. They are determined to work against you. But listen, God said there is a Mighty hand that will compel him. Halleluyah; are you still there?
This is what the Lord is saying to you now, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with a mighty act of judgement. Exodus 6:6.
No matter how tough your enemies think they are, the Lord is bringing you out of it, the Lord is setting you free right now. I will advise you to begin to charge up your faith right now. Remember, the word of God is active and alive. Hebrews 4:12. The same Word He spoke to the Israelites many years ago, He is saying to you right now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever more. His word that did wonders and set His children free years ago can do the same for you now. I don’t know what you are going through but I know the Lord is talking to you right now, Yes, you.
You need to believe His word today, you need to know that he’s setting you free; no matter how high or tall your enemies are the Lord will bring them down. The boss or colleague that has threatened or talked down at you, the one that said, you are going nowhere. The sickness that has held you down for so long, the spiritual bondage that has held you captive for so long, the Lord is setting you free now. For some of you, the Lord is giving you a brand new job, some are the highest promotion you never even thought of, some are restored health, and some are freedom from captivity. Let Me Go!
You need to decree and speak to that situation right now, I mean, now. Say it loud again, let me go! Whatever it is, call its name out loud. Let Me Go! Every bondage, every obstruction, every captivity, every slavery, every failure, every sickness, let me go now in Jesus name.
Now quickly, let me point your attention to something. I hope you are still there folks? I know this particular article is longer than usual, but trust me, you want to read this.
Alright back to our topic; Listen to what the Lord said in Exodus 3:21-22. ‘And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbour and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And you will plunder the Egyptians.
Can you believe that? They are not leaving empty handed. When I read this verse, at first I was like, ‘Ah, if the Lord is saving me, I would just take to my heels and run as fast as I can away from these people. But the Lord is making them leave with wealth, riches, and plunder from the Egyptians. I hope you are speaking riches into your life right now?
You are not just leaving there empty handed, you are leaving with valuables. The Lord himself would cause even those that want to stand against you to favour you towards your glory. In that job, you aren’t just leaving empty handed to a greater place and appointment, you are going out as a celebrant; not as a slave, you are going out with glory, you are going out with celebration, you are going out rejoicing. in that sickness, you are going out with a renewed strength. In that bondage, you are going with all your possessions, those things the enemy has taken away from you, you are getting them back. Your valuables are leaving with you, whatever represents gold and silver are leaving with you; clothing are leaving with you. You are not going out in shame; you are not going out in dishonour. Your children are leaving the land of slavery with you, your sons and daughters will be dressed in glory. Now for those who are waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb, guess what? You are going out rejoicing because the Lord has blessed your womb. Are you excited about what the Lord is saying to you? Only Our Lord can do all these, only He can give you victory.
Let me point out something quickly. I noticed something wonderful in these chapters. In Exodus 3:15. God told Moses to tell the Israelites that ‘The Lord has sent him. Then, in the following verses and chapters, I noticed God emphasising to them as ‘The Lord. It got me thinking why God was using this particular name a lot to the Israelites. He said it in verse 15, verse 18, in many others verses. Then He took me to Exodus 6:2. Please you need to bear with me and follow the verses. He said there that, ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as GOD ALMIGHTY, but by my name THE LORD. I did not make myself known to them. Then in verse 6, ‘Therefore say to the Israelites I am THE LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
This is where I’m going; I had to take a few minutes to ask the Lord. Why did He reveal himself to Abraham as God Almighty but to Moses and the Israelites as The Lord? There must be something God was trying to tell them. Now, this is what the Lord revealed to me. Pharaoh portrayed himself as the lord over the Israelites, yes, he was the king but his yoke and authority over them was ‘I own you. I am head over you; you are my slaves and are not going anyway. I have ownership and authority over your life. I am the lord over your life. Do you understand where I’m going? The situation you are going through seems to have placed you under; more like subjected you to pain and misery, turned themselves as lord over you, the sickness has taken authority over your body, the captivity you are in now has taken dominion over you; The strongman or the boss thinks they are lord over your life.
Now, see what God is saying to them. I AM THE LORD. I am the complete and absolute owner of that life, I have the final say. I am authority; not you. Those people belong to me, I am their master, I am their Lord, I am their leader, I am their deliverer, and I am their God. The Lord is bringing them down from their throne. He has come to take authority and ownership of your life. You need to say to them now, ‘Come down and sit in the dust, ye virgin daughters of Babylon. Sit on the ground without a throne. Isaiah 47:1.
He is the Lord and that situation cannot contend with Him, He has come down as the Lord to rescue you today; He has come to deliver and to save you. Do you believe that? If you do, I want you to stand up and begin to decree his promises into your life, begin to walk out in freedom, the Lord has come down to rescue you, He has come to save and loose you from the bondage of darkness. He has come to take you to the promise land with milk and honey. He has come to take over. Common speak out now. Let Me Go!
The Lord still has great things to reveal to you so stay tuned for the next part of this message. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this.
Thank you for reading and God bless.
*Bible readings were taken from NIV.
© Circlesoflove 2013
Let It Be
Written by Tonye Adenusi.
This story was featured in the last edition of the Circles of Love Magazine. Beautiful written and captivating. I hope you will be blessed and inspired as I was by this beautiful writer. Please leave your comments below. Enjoy!
Joseph whistled as he went entered the workshop he shared with his father, thinking to himself what a fine day it was. The temperature was unseasonably mild and there was an unmistakable scent of spices and the bustle of preparations for Sabbath. Today would be a good day – he could just feel it!
Sitting down at his Carpenter’s bench, he carefully examined the selection of tools that were neatly laid out in front of him, deciding on what he needed to bring the piece of wood he now held in his hands to life. He didn’t hear his father, Jacob, enter the small room until he cleared his throat for the third time.
“Someone is happy about something”, Jacob smiled indulgently at his son as he teased gently. Joseph tried to hide a grin as he said “I don’t know what you mean, Abba. Can’t a man just whistle for the sake of it?” “Whistling while you work is supposed to make your work go faster”.
Jacob laughed, his white curly hair gently bouncing. “Sure it does… I don’t suppose this sudden burst of good humour has anything to do with a certain young damsel returning to Nazareth today? Hmm?”
This time Joseph couldn’t hide his grin. Putting down the chisel in his hand, he said “Really Abba, I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! I had only just begun to discover her, and then all of a sudden, she was going away to visit her cousin. I didn’t think I would miss her so much, but she’s all I can think of each day. Her smile, her gentle ways, her teasing, her quick wit…” his voice trailed off as Joseph realised how much he had said to his father and flushed with embarrassment.
Jacob’s eyes twinkled, “Well, maybe you should put down those tools before you hurt yourself, son. A carpenter needs his wits about him when he’s working, and your wits have clearly deserted you today”, he said, nodding at the lump of wood in Joseph’s hands, which was looking rather like a heart. “I’m pretty sure Adir had a sturdier piece of furniture when he ordered his stool.”
Joseph looked down at the piece of wood in his hands “You’re right”, he said, abandoning all pretence of work, “I think I’ll take a walk to the market place”.
Grabbing a handful of grapes from a wooden bowl on the table by the door as he left, he made his way towards the centre of the town. His mother always left some grapes or dates in the bowl by the door. That was her favourite bowl, she always said, because it was made by her only son. Joseph used to tease her by saying “but you only have one son”, but it was a bit of a sore point for Rebekah that Adonai had not seen it fit to bless her with another male child. Rebekah said she could never question the Most High, but Joseph knew that it sometimes made her sad.
As he walked through the busy streets, Joseph realised he was doing a bit more than looking forward to seeing his betrothed. He found himself day-dreaming about their future together. Even though they had been betrothed for nearly ten months now, he had never really thought about the day they would start to live together as man and wife. He hoped that Adonai would bless them with many strong sons to fill his house and make Rebekah happy in her old age. He was a devout Jew, and he had followed the teachings of the Torah all his life. His father was a well-respected member of the community – a righteous man, and he had taught Joseph the ways of Ha’Shem from his childhood. Joseph believed that if he worshipped Ha’Shem faithfully, and went to temple sacrifice daily, Adonai would bless him and his family.
“Shalom, Joseph!” Ari, his best friend from boyhood gave his back a friendly, if boisterous slap, breaking his reprieve. “Today is the day, my friend. Your betrothed is coming home, and before you know it, the period of ‘Kiddushin’ will be over and you can get fat on Mary’s cooking”, he joked. Whispering conspiratorially, he continued, “You know, my sister Rachel says that Mary is a fantastic cook and she has been working hard to prepare for life as your wife”. Joseph smiled, but Ariel could see he was lost in thought. The men walked through the town and sat together in companionable silence at Ari’s market stall. Ari was a fabric trader, and from his stall, they could see all the comings and goings in Nazareth.
The sound of every arriving caravan or cart caused Joseph’s heart to race, until at last there was the face that he had been waiting for all these months. His throat was dry, and he swallowed several times while trying to dry his now damp hands on his cloak. “She’s here”, he whispered. He did not smile as his feet carried him towards Mary; before he knew it, he had broken into a jog. Not caring who was watching, he ran to the cart that was offloading its passengers and goods, his face now split in a smile that seemed to light him up from the inside.
Mary saw her betrothed running to her, and listened to the tutt-tutting of the elders who travelled with her. “He really should try to control himself”, said the old mother beside her, without any malice. But Mary just laughed. She was so excited to see him, she didn’t care much about traditions today, although she did take a minute to make sure her veil was secure and her clothes were reasonably decent, in spite of all that travel dust. She put her hand over her stomach protectively, knowing that as soon as she told him of the child she carried, Joseph would put her away. He was a principled man. How would he believe her when she told him that this Gift was from Adonai – (His name be praised)? How would he believe that she had not been defiled and she was still his woman?
Joseph reached up to help Mary off the cart, impatient to have her by his side and hear her voice, see her smile. He thought she looked a little different, but then thought it was perhaps his eyes playing tricks on him. Much to the amusement of all who looked upon them, he took her in his arms in a gentle embrace as Mary got off the cart. It was usually frowned upon for them to have such contact in public, but he was done waiting and some of the onlookers hid a smile.
Mary closed her eyes as she leaned into their Joseph as she savoured the moment. She knew there would be no more moments of tenderness between them.
Joseph could not believe what his senses were telling him. Having waited almost five months for her to return, he couldn’t understand why there was a lump between him and his beloved. Startled, he jerked away from Mary and looked into her eyes, searching for an answer, a different and more plausible reason for her body to be so different. The tears and pleading look in her eyes chilled him to the bone. Everything stopped. Everything changed in those few seconds. As he looked at her, a thousand questions filled his mind… each one vying for position, clamouring to be answered. His chest grew tight as if a vice had taken hold and was squeezing the very life from him. He could not be sure it was a child, but he remembered the last (and first) time he had held her, had dreamt about it all these months, and he knew for certain.
In that moment Mary looked up at Joseph and knew that her betrothed was lost to her, no matter what her cousin Elizabeth said. Elizabeth had told her “As Adonai – blessed be His name forever – has seen it fit to bless you Mary, then He will protect you.”
Conscious of the onlookers, Joseph picked up Mary’s bundle, turned and slowly walked out of the market square.
Mary followed Joseph silently as he led the way to her father’s house. She wished he would say something – anything but the silence between them would be preferable. As she walked, she drank in the sight of Joseph’s brown, unruly curls and his muscular back, made strong by hours of building houses or crafting some beautiful piece of furniture. As she tried to imagine what he could be thinking, her mind travelled back to when it all began.
She had been in the upper court, trying to get cool. The weather was so hot! Having completed all her chores, mama had said she could rest awhile before starting the preparations for dinner. She was learning how to be a good wife to Joseph and she really wanted to get it right. In the months since their “eyrusin” – their betrothal – she looked forward to being Joseph’s wife in more than name. She spent most of her spare time either learning to prepare tempting new dishes or sewing her wedding garments and other things she would take into her new home.
Sometimes though, she just spent her time daydreaming, which was what she was doing that day. Lying on her pallet, reminiscing about day Abba had told her that Jacob had asked for her hand in marriage. She could hardly breathe as she heard that the two men had discussed her possible marriage to Joseph. Her?! Marry Joseph?! He was very eligible, and handsome. Their fathers were good friends, as were Joseph and Isaac, Mary’s brother. As a little girl, she had worshipped them and often got into trouble with her mother for running off to play with the boys when she should have been doing her chores. “Leave her alone, Miriam”, Abba would say when mama scolded her “she is just a child”. “You spoil this child Eli”, mama would grumble, “You must let her be a girl”. “Yes, but there is so much time for her to do that Miriam”, Eli would retort, winking at his only daughter. He loved his daughter very much and was not ashamed to spoil her. “I hope she will have a husband who can deal with the madam you are creating, Eli”, Miriam would respond, good naturedly. Mary loved to hear her parents fight over her like this; she knew Abba would always take her side.
So when that evening Eli said Jacob wanted to unite their families in marriage, Mary was ecstatic. “What do you think biti?” Eli asked, watching his daughter closely, “Shall I say yes to Jacob when he returns for his answer?” He knew Joseph was a good man who would take good care of his precious daughter; he just hoped she would say yes. Mary crossed the room and sat in her Abba’s lap, the way she did when she was a little girl, she put her arms around his neck and said “Yes Abba. If this is the will of Ha’Shem, it will be my pleasure”. Eli’s arms tightened around his only daughter for a second. His baby girl was growing up, but he knew she couldn’t stay a baby forever.
The preparations for the “eyrusin” or betrothal were a blur. Her mother and female relatives seemed to be constantly bustling about the place and her cousins teased her about the handsome groom with twinkling brown eyes.
One evening when Miriam escaped into the compound for some fresh air and some peace and quiet, she was surprised to see Mary already there, sitting quietly and looking pensive. Crossing the small space, Miriam sat with her only daughter, asking after a few minutes of silence, “What is the matter, bubbaleh?”, she had not used that term of endearment in a long while. Mary sighed, recognising its significance, “I don’t know if I am prepared for this Mama. What if I can never be as good a wife or mother as you have been to Abba and to Isaac and I?”. Miriam, always a woman of few words, took her daughter’s hand in hers, patting it. “Look at the stars, Mary. It is Adonai – praise His holy name – who keeps them suspended in the sky. It is He who gives us the power to be good wives and mothers. He will help you. Never forget that.” Then Miriam went on to explain that the months between the “eyrusin” and the actual wedding ceremony was a time of sanctification for both the bride and his groom. “The kiddushim means to be set apart, Mary. While Joseph uses the time to prepare a place fit for you to live in, I will teach you all that I can to prepare you for life as a godly wife and a member of Jacob’s household… Remember Mary, the One who watches Israel also watches over us. You will be fine.”
When the day finally arrived, Mary thought of all that Miriam had told her, and as the stood under the canopy where they expressed their intention of becoming betrothed before their friends and family, she whispered a prayer to Adonai “Please help me to do this right”.
Lost as she was in her reminiscing, Mary jumped when she heard a man’s voice call to her “Greetings, Mary”. Startled, Mary looked up at the strange man before her. He was not a relative, and should not have been there, but somehow she sensed he meant her no harm.
Mary hurried to her feet as he spoke again. “You are favoured by the Lord! Yaweh is with you.” Introducing himself as Gabriel, the angel who stood before Yaweh, he said, “You have found favour with God. You will give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David and his kingdom will never end.” Mary was stunned. When she could finally speak, her voice only came out in a squeak, “But how can this be? I’m a virgin.” The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child inside you will be called the Son of God.” He carried on, “Elizabeth, your cousin, is six months pregnant with a son in her old age. People said she couldn’t have a child. But nothing is impossible for God.”
Mary sighed heavily. She had told no one about the visitation. Not even when she began to notice the changes in her body, and now she wished she had. The question that had plagued her throughout her time visiting her cousin Elizabeth was who would believe her story? Joseph had her life in his hands right now. If he reported her to the elders, she could be stoned to death for committing adultery, or at the very least, disgraced. It was only a matter of time before everyone started to notice. “Oh Adonai, what am I to do?” She sighed again. “Even if Joseph accepts me as I am, he will most certainly be disgraced with me. People will think he dishonoured me during our kiddushim“. Her heart was breaking, but she was strangely at peace.
Joseph left Mary at the gate of her father’s compound, where her family was excited to see her. Mary took a deep breath, and walked in to her childhood home as Joseph slowly walked to the city gate. He needed to think about what this meant. He had not said one word to Mary. He simply couldn’t speak. He thought about what it all meant, but try as he might he couldn’t see his innocent, virtuous Mary having carnal knowledge of another. There had to be another explanation! He knew if he reported her to the elders, she would be disgraced and maybe stoned to death. He could not bear the thought! “Oh Adonai, what is to be done?” he asked as the sun went down.
Joseph walked slowly home. He knew his Abba would be waiting up for him, so he snuck in the back way, not wanting to answer any questions. As he drifted off to sleep, Joseph made up his mind. He would speak to the family in a few days and tell them that he had changed his mind. They would have to bear the consequences of whatever Mary had done. Finally exhausted from his weeping and walking and thinking, Joseph finally fell into a deep sleep.
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Written by Tonye Adenusi
We all know the story of the birth of Jesus, but I really just wanted to explore it from the human perspective. Mary and Joseph had to trust God to see them through a very difficult time, in the face of their traditions and beliefs, and at great personal cost. Because they were obedient, we have Jesus today.
Matthew 1:19-25 (The rest of the story)
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
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Peace Be Still
“I’ve had enough of all this!” Meg screamed out in frustration to her friend, Lizzy.
“I don’t know what else to do again. Things are not just working as they should” She was feeling gloomy.
“They all questioned my decisions, they don’t understand why I have taken these steps, even my parents have asked me to come out of it. I have tried to explain to them countless of times that I am only following the Lord’s instruction but they never understand.” She cried out.
“It’s okay Meg,” Lizzy tried to console her. “Everything would be fine.” She said.
“I feel like giving up and giving in to them. Even the road the Lord has asked me to take does not seem easy, I have come across storms, earthquake and all sort of things. Every road brings new challenges and He still asked me to take it, I clearly heard His instruction, why?” She asked frustrated.
Lizzy inhaled deeply.
“Why is it that even when you clearly hear the Lord’s instruction for your life, when he asks you to take certain decisions, it doesn’t come easy, you find so much accusation, disapproval, discouragement all through the way?” Meg asked.
Lizzy looked at her friend with the most loving face, and felt her pain and frustration. “Alright dear,” She said. “Sit, let me share something with you.” opening her bible.
“Remember in the Book of Mark 4 from verse 35. Jesus told His disciples to let them go to the other side of the river and he went to sit in one of the boat at the sea side amongst other boats.”
“Now, note first that Jesus gave the instruction for them to go over and he even chose the boat to travel in but after being on the boat, there was a great storm which scared all those aboard and imagine, Jesus was sleeping in the back, undisturbed by the wave or screaming of His disciples. Then, when he was awoken, He commanded the waves to be quiet and the sea to be still”. She looked straight at her friend.
“Yes, I know the story.” Meg said wondering where she was going with it.
“Why am i saying this?,” Lizzy asked. “Even though he took them on the sea, they still had to face a stormy sea. Sometimes when the Lord tells us to do something does not mean things would be so smooth, we still have to face challenges on the way, discouragement sometimes, disapproval and accusation even from those we love and respect their opinions in our life. This does not mean that the Lord is not with us on that journey even though it may seem as if He is sleeping but He is there, He knows our pain, our trial, our confrontation, he knows everything but the good news is that He is going to pull us through. He will never leave or forsake you. He didn’t take you to the sea to make you drown, no! Everything He does, he does for your own good.” She paused for a moment watching the expression on her friend’s face who was pondering on all those words.
“Sweetheart, He didn’t take you on this journey just to leave you to walk alone, he walks with you all through the way” Lizzy said. “Now, listen carefully, what I want you to do now is stand up and command every wave and stormy sea to be still”. She said in a commanding voice. “Speak the peace of God into your life and you will have your peace”. She said as she saw her face in joy.
My friends are you facing any challenge in your decision to follow the Lord’s instruction? The fact that there are troubles everywhere does not mean that God is not there with you; it doesn’t mean that he’s unconcerned about our challenges or troubles. He will not leave you or forsake you. God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountain fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought in the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted amongst the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Rejoice and be glad for He is here with you, He is holding your hand all through the way and His joy, peace and victory is certain in your life. Now, take time to speak His peace in to your life. Peace be Still!
© Circlesoflove 2015
Today I would specially like to encourage someone this morning, yes you. Have you lost something or perhaps some possession dear to you? You did try your best; worked so hard to hold onto that dream or possession, but it somehow slipped out of your hands. You are now at a point where even those close to you, whose opinion you value are now against you. Those that you would expect their encouragement, words of advice or even support are nowhere with you. You feel alone, tired, dejected and dismayed at all these.
Now, let’s take a look at a story of a great man in the bible. His name was David. He and his man had just returned from battle when they discovered their wives and children had all been taken captive by the Amalekites. “David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30: 6.
Did you see that? David was at a point where no one was with him, no one would encourage him and tell him everything would be just fine. His friends were all against him, but the bible said, David, encouraged himself in the Lord. Are you at this point in your life; you feel distraught at the things around you. You are discouraged and dismay at the way your life had become. You have lost treasures; possession that means so much to you.
Listen, my friend now is not the time to sit and cry in sorrow, it is time to arise and strengthen yourself in the Lord. It’s time to take charge, take control of the situation and seek the face of the Lord. It is time to say NO to defeat and YES to victory. Do what David did; He encouraged himself in the Lord. He arose and inquiry of the Lord on what to do, ” And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”.
Did you see that? David didn’t try to argue with his men. He didn’t try to plead or try to let them see reasons with him. He didn’t wait to be encouraged or for someone to pat his back and tell him everything will be alright. NO, he arose, encouraged himself and sought the face of the Lord.
What are you doing about that situation? Have you accepted defeat or would you strengthen yourself in the Lord? Will you arise and take what belongs to you? Will you stand tall and tell the enemy no way, you will not have what belongs to me. Are you ready to pursue, overtake and recover all that was taken away from you?
This is a word for someone today. It is time to stand tall and encourage yourself in the Lord. It is time to pursue and take what is yours. You have the upper hand because the Mighty warrior is on your side. The King of all Kings and the strong man in battle is your maker. Hear His word to you, “You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonoured; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.” Isaiah 41:10.
I trust you will encourage yourself in the Lord because He is your God. Stall tall friend.
Get Back on Your Knees
I lookedÂ at the next chapters of this year and I know what I have to do to get a better result.Â The monthsÂ are going so fast andÂ I am not satisfied at the way things are and want better. I want a change in my life; I want breakthroughs and answers to so many prayers. Are you with me on this? Many of us have looked back to the beginning of this year and are not yet where we want to be; we are still waiting on some answers to prayers, we are hoping things will get better. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Now, this is what I would like to do â€“ Get back down on my Knees in prayers. This is a place where most of us have become lazy. We want things to change but canâ€™t get on our knees to make it happen. Everything in life is now about rush; time to wake up quickly, get to work, get up to do our chores, attend to the kids, attend to our jobs, get back home, too tired and exhausted, go to sleep and then wake up the next morning and continue in this pattern. I am guilty of this too. Folks, laziness in the place of prayer destroy the effectiveness of oneâ€™s life. When you stop praying or donâ€™t pray, you are choking your spiritual life. People who do not pray are not breathing. They are clueless of their journey in life, frustrated and disconcerted. The bible says, devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2. Are you devoted to prayer?
When you donâ€™t pray, you will be confused. This is when you have no idea what turn to take; this is when fear is overwhelming in your life at every storm. But when you pray, you are stronger. A constant communication with God brings clarity and peace to our lives.Â When the storm comes, you know God is in control, and will not be shaken by it. You will have direction in your life. You will know the Father is on your side; you’ll have an assurance of his favour and mercy in your life. You will not be ignorant of the devises of the enemy; you will be ten steps ahead of them and not be caught by surprise.
You want a change in your life; you have to get back on your knees. You want to be a testifier, you have to start praying. WhenÂ you inhale prayer, you will exhale praises. Prayer is the key to growth. Itâ€™s the key to increase, the key to breakthrough, and success.
Now, Iâ€™m not talking about the minuteâ€™s prayer we do every morning; you know, the one that has become a routine rather than a communication with the father. We rush into prayer and rush out of prayer. Folks, itâ€™s time to get back to basic; its time to stay right there in the presence of God to hear him speak to us after we have spoken to him. Saying â€˜amenâ€™ to prayers offered by friends, through the media and everyone is good, but getting on your knees right in the presence of God is the best.
Prayer brings families together, prayer brings couples together, and it brings the children together. Prayer is a covering of protection over your household. Donâ€™t loose your place of prayer; donâ€™t get too busy to seek the face of God. Donâ€™t be in a rush into the presence of God. Prayer looses bondage and breaks shackles. Prayer delivers those oppressed and heals the broken hearted. Prayer hears the voice of the Lord in the midst of trials of life. Prayer brings peace and joy into our lives. Prayer is the key Folks. David understood the power of prayer. He said in Psalm 18:6, In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
If you are going through any difficult time today, it is time to pray. Trials and disappointment can made you sad, and make life miserable to you, but prayer, talking to the father about it can bring a change into your life. He will clothe you with his love, mercy, beauty, peace, joy and bring light into your life.
Do you know that the enemy is scared when you get on your knees to pray? They are so frightened and would do everything to make it not happen. They know when you pray, the heavens are attentive to your words; they know when you speak to your father who is the Almighty, He answers. They are scared because they know the power of prayer, and so will keep you far away from it. You wake up late in the morning and canâ€™t be bothered to pray because you are late for work. Guess what, the enemies are laughing because they got what they wanted â€“ you not praying. Prayer is discipline; it has to become your way of life, a part of you. Pray when you are tired from a hard day at work, pray when you are most stressed, pray when the trials is tough and hard on you; pray even when you donâ€™t feel like praying. Pray when you are at peace, when you are happy; pray at all times. Letâ€™s get back to our knees in prayers, get back to the altar of prayer. Psalm 145:18 says, the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Do you want the Lord near to you? Call on him in truth.
Circles of Love will be doing more different things this month; looking more into the spiritual aspect of our lives, and I hope you will join me in this phase. Letâ€™s get back to praying; staying in His presence to hear from him. We are going to be moving mountains and praying until something happens. Are you with me Folks? Let’s get moving and please, you are welcome to share in this post. Please leave your comments.
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Most children from a very young age knows what number to call when they are in trouble.
Do you know what number to call in times of trouble? Like the official emergency number 911, We also have been given a 911 number to call in times of trouble.
Psalms 91:1 says, ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’
Have you got God’s 911 numbers to call?
Here we go:-
“The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.” – Psalm 121:7
“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.” – Psalm 91:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
” I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” psalm 16:8
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” – Psalm 118:14-16
“I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.” – Psalm 120:1
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” – Psalm 28:7-8
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:29-31
“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights” – Habakkuk 3:19
I’m Getting Paid
Many of us always look forward to the pay check at the end of every working month. We can’t wait to get paid for the hard work we have put into a job. Now imagine after working for several weeks; the early mornings, the long tiring traffic to and from work. How about the days you know you definitely need to take some time off work, but still go because of so much work you have to do or simply because you wouldn’t get paid if you don’t. So now, imagine after all these, you don’t get paid at the end of the month, and then months after. That would be sad. Like a farmer that works on his field, working hard for several months in the sun and rain. Can you imagine how much distress he would be at the end of the season if his field was destroyed by locust, pests and all?
In our lives, we have worked hard to achieve our dreams and aspiration. We expect a good result; the joy, the blessing, the promotion, the success at the end of the day. However, most of us have been deprived from what is rightfully ours. Have you lost so much in life that you wonder if you can gain back?
Today, I speak the promise of God into your life, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25. Did you get that? It is time to get paid folks. The Lord will repay to you everything that the enemy has taken away from you. Everything that you have lost will be restored back to you in Jesus name.
Every of your hard labour will begin to yield good fruits. The bibles says, we shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water whose leaf will not wither. I pray that your fruit will be bountiful in Jesus name. I decree that this is the appointed time for your restoration. The Lord will repay you folks. The lord said ‘your threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil. “Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.Â You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; Then My people will never be put to shame.’
The Lord will make up for the years you have cried, the years that you have been mocked and scorned. He will make up for the inheritance that was taken forcefully away from you. He will make up for the years you have sowed. He will make up for the years the locusts has eaten, the destroyer has taken away. He will give you double for all the years that you have lost. He will recompensed you, and you will never beÂ put to shame.Â Would you like to get paid?
I am getting paid Folks. I am restored.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Kindly leave your comments to encourage other readers. God bless.
He is The Everlasting God
Is there anything you are looking unto God for? Â He is an everlasting God. he is able to do all things. Nothing can limit his plans for your life.
He is the creator of the ends of the earth. That means that his connection reaches to the end of the earth. He can take you to the highest position. He is the connector.
He never grows tired or weary. His promises are YEA AND AMEN. He will not grow weary in fulfilling his promises in your life. Even when you get tired or weary, he wouldn’t.
His understanding you can’t fathom. Sometimes you don’t need to understand how that miracle will happen, how that healing will be, you only need to trust Him.
HE IS THE EVERLASTING GOD.
He is not here; He has risen!
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Nothing, Except a little Oil
I would like to share a short story with us; please, read carefully with me.
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead and you know he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have (of value) in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t just ask for a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each one is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and afterwards shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” The oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” 2 Kings 4:1-7.
Did you notice that when the man of God asked her what she had; she answered, ‘nothing’? You know, sometimes, we find ourselves in the same situation where we have ‘nothing’. When we are in a tight corner and need help badly and have absolutely nothing to help us out. But this woman had a little oil, something she never really thought had much value. This particular ‘thing’ she had the Lord used to bless her.
Now, this morning, I want to ask you, ‘What do you have?’ You are facing financial difficulties, what do you have? Some of us think like this woman, we have nothing except .., probably a talent you never thought could yield such benefit to you, a business idea you have ignored, a skill you thought nothing of, a degree you have abandoned, a qualification, a trade you learnt many years ago and the lists goes on and on.
Listen, God will use what you have to bless you; that same thing you have looked down on, the thing you think do not hold any significant value or can do you no good or too small to break out for you.
This woman had a little oil but the man of God told her what to do with it. What do you have? Don’t look down on that which is in your hand, work at it. For this weekend, I challenge you to go back and think deeply, what do you have? The bible says, ‘your gift will make way for you’. That which the Lord has deposited into your life will make a way for you, God will cause it to multiply beyond your own imagination, God will cause it to take you places you would never have thought of, and God will cause it to make you stand and seat with kings and princes and not before mere men. God will make you great.
Let’s do a quick calculation; zero multiply by ten is what? Alright, what about one multiply by ten is what? Now, if you have nothing and you multiply it by ten is what? What if you have just one little one and you multiply it by ten, what do you have? I’m sure you get the gist. Don’t look down at what you have; God can use it for your good. You have so much inside of you.
We have the Mighty Man in battle to bless us, we have the Author and Finisher of our faith to guide us, we have the provider, we have a God that does not need permission from anyone to bless us, we have a Redeemer that can restore us back again, we have a Provider that will provide all our needs, we have the ALL Sufficient God; we have a Healer that will heal all our diseases; we have the Commander in Chief to command all our blessings to us, we have God. What do you have?
© Circlesoflove 2014
Happy New Months Folks!
A New Day, and a New Month. If the Lord had not been on our side, where would we have been? The mercy of the Lord has brought us this far, his grace has been sufficient. His unfailing love paid the price for our sins. I am so excited because the Lord has done great things in our lives.
Folks, remember God promises never fail. He will bring to pass all that He said concerning you.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”
“He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you. “You shall be blessed above all peoples; there will be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle.
“However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess,
‘I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. ‘But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.
“I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. “I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. “Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
Rejected, but Rising Up
Have you been rejected, or tossed aside? You know, the very people whom you have great respect for, those you love and call ‘family’ are the VERY people who have rejected you. Maybe they are not totally out of your life, but they have rejected your abilities, your potentials, they have rejected you ever getting up or making it in life. You can’t even make comments or contributions in words in their presence; they think you add no value to them now because of your status or the amount in your bank account. You can’t speak up in family functions or even in the midst of friends. You have been scorned, rejected and disowned by the very people you love.
Psalm 118: 22 says, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone’. Did you notice that it said, ‘the builders’? Who better should know about stones than the very builders who used it; the ones you should expect more from, the people that daily make use of these materials, the people that you live with and should know you better. The builders rejected the stone. Is it a loved one who has rejected you? Maybe due to one failure or the other; or a setback in your life or even during the struggles of life? Is it a partner who has looked down on your ability or your potentials? You will be amazed at how some couples, husband or wife has rejected the other party; they can’t seem to see anything good in them.
Is it a wife who has trampled her husband’s reputation on the ground because of his financial situation? She has looked down on him and tossed him aside because of setbacks in life. Those are like the builders. The same people who know the important of a stone in a building work; the same people who know very well the usefulness of it. Those that you value and expect their love, support and encouragement are the same who have rejected you. Is it a husband who has rejected his wife? They have looked down on their potentials and abilities in life? Because you are not like other career women or probably because you are still waiting for children of your own. You feel rejected, you feel trampled and you are discouraged. You have lost you confident and strength in the midst of all these. You have become the stone which the builders have rejected.
The builders- are those you expect much from; the people whose opinion you value and respect. The people who you love and look to them for counsel and comfort. Those are the very ones who have rejected you. Can you imagine how David felt when he was left out when Samuel sought the sons of Jesse to anoint as king? He wasn’t even considered to be present, he was left out. Do you feel like that amongst your family; your presence seems not to be relevant or appreciated? Can you also imagine how Joseph felt when he was sold out to slavery? He was rejected by the builders- the people he called family. But you know what? God remembered. God does not forsake and does not reject you. He said in Psalm 27:10, ‘Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. The Lord will never forsake or reject you; He will not toss you aside, He will not look down on you or think you are worthless.
Imagine how our Lord Jesus Christ felt when He was rejected by the people He came to save. Those that knew the prophesy, the people who have seen the miracles of God; now I’m not talking about unbelievers, I’m talking about those who profess to be called Children of God
This morning, do you feel like the stone that the builders have rejected? You feel you have no one else on your side? Maybe the stone had stayed outside too long; it’s been tossed and kicked around by everyone. You have been bruised and beaten on every side. Families and loved ones have all given up on you, asking how long? The Builders ‘your spouse, your parents, your friends, your colleagues, even your children’ have rejected you. You now feel you are not good enough.
Rejection can cause a lot of turmoil in one’s life, it can make you see things that are not even there about your life. You begin to doubt your own ability; you doubt your strength and see only the weaknesses. You begin to doubt God and his promises over your life. You doubt if you can ever become pregnant, you doubt if you can have children of your own, you doubt if you can find the right partner, you doubt if you can get that job or even promotion in the place of work. You doubt if you can pass that examination; you doubt if you can make it and reach your potentials in life.
Now don’t be discouraged. The story is not over; the stones they rejected became the chief corner stone. It became the head, the mighty, the ruler, the king, the Saviour, the prime Minister, the CEO, the president. The stone became the chief corner stone. Don’t give up on yourself, don’t believe the hateful and discouraging words they have said to you; don’t let those hurtful comments pull your down, don’t begin to live by what they have said about you. Don’t give up on yourself because your story is not finished. The stone became the Cornerstone, the stone made it, the stone became great. The stone rose up. Halleluyah.
Please, believe me this morning when I tell you God has not given up on you; God is not finished with you, God has not forgotten or rejected you. He is still working on your behalf and great wonders would be seen by all soon; the pain, the torment, the agony of rejection, but don’t let that pull you down, don’t let that discourage you; God is still in the business of making greatness out of you. Say to yourself: I am not forgotten, I am not forsaken; I am moving forward, I am going higher, I am rising up. Nothing is going to stop me. I love this slogan and have constantly spoken it into my life, ‘what God is said to do in my life, the devil can’t stop it, he can’t stand it and there is nothing he can do about it’.
Don’t let anything take your joy away; don’t let words and trials of life deprive you of your happiness. I love this song by Ron Kenoly – I still have joy. Please read the wordings, it would encourage you.
I’ve been tested
My faith has been tried
Satan has attempted to destroy my life
He’s robbed, abused, accused and stole
He’s done everything he could do
To conquer my soul
I still have joy
I still have joy
After all I’ve been through
I still have joy
Friends have left me
They’ve questioned my faith
The good I tried to do
Was thrown back in my face
The hurt and the pain brought tears to my eyes
But God has replaced a blessing
For every tear that I’ve cried
I still have joy
I still have joy
After all I’ve been through
I still have joy.
Your joy will be full in Jesus name.
I am rising up!
Have a blessed day.
– Abimbola CirclesOfLove
God is Able
I will like to share something that has been on my mind lately with you all. In life, we go through challenges and situations that can sometimes make us doubt the power of God. We doubt if we can ever come out of that tight situation; if we can make it to our destinations. The turmoil and trials of life can be overwhelming; your strength failing day by day, hope is blurring and faith shaking.
You know the Word, you have been to the place of prayer; your knees are hurting, eyes swollen in tears for answers. All you want is just a way out, peace in the midst of stormy seas. My dear sisters and brothers, I want to remind you that God is able. He is able to save and deliver you; he is able to rescue you from the prowling lions.
I remember a man in the bible by the name â€˜Gideonâ€™. His people were been attacked on every side by the enemies; they destroyed their crops and livestock, killed and destroy his people. Nothing seems possible; in fact, there were in great fear of their enemy, hiding in caves and mountains just to live another day.
Some of us can relate to this; the attack from the enemy is so severe that nothings seems to be working, everywhere you go, they are all around you. Maybe itâ€™s a sickness, a stigma, an affliction, financial difficulties, something that has become a scorn on your flesh. You have become a mockery to your friends and families. Even those in the same faith are beginning to question your faith in God; they ask if truly you serve the living God?
In fact, you also ask questions like Gideon did;Â â€œIf the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, â€˜Did not the Lord bring us up out ofÂ Egypt? But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.â€Â JudgesÂ 6:13
You feel abandoned and wasted. You long to see those great wonders youâ€™ve been told and read about; how he parted the red sea, how he made the impossible possible, how the barren became mother of many, how he blessed the house of Obededom, how he changed the name of Jabez. How about the great healings in the bible? How a man who had not walked for many years began to run around. What happened to those great wonders? Canâ€™t we experience such again in our lives? Is God the Lord of the past, and not of present or future? Canâ€™t we experience the great manifestation of the Holy Spirit as the disciples did many years ago?
I have come to remind you that YES WE CAN. His wonders are not limited to the past; they are also available to us now. We can be partakers of the great wonders and manifestations of his power. We can be transformed and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit like the days of old; we can be rescued and saved from the oppression of the enemy.
Like the three Hebrew thrown in blazing fire; when we are faced with such, the fire will not burn us. The waters will not overwhelm us, because our God is able. God delivered his children using a handful of soldiers lead by Gideon who was the weakest of his clan and the least in his family. Listen, God does not save by numbers, weapons or strength. He can use anybody, he can use you. He is God. The earth is the Lordâ€™s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. He can change the minds of kings and president. He can break protocol for you, rules and laws to favour you.
Stop doubting and start trusting in his saving power. â€˜Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.â€™ He will contend with those who contend with you, and will fight against them. Those who seek your life will be disgraced and put to shame.
God is on your side and He will deliver you. He is Able Folks. You will be like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. The Lord will restore your life and bring you up from the depth of the earth. He will increase your honour.
Now to him who is ableÂ to do immeasurably more than all we askÂ or imagine, according to his powerÂ that is at work within us,Â to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.Â Ephesians 3: 20-21.
Say it with me folks, My God is Able.
Have a blessed weekend.
*Please note that the Unfailing Love Series will continue soon by God’s grace.Â
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God has smiled on me
God is smiling on someone this morning. Have you had a tough time, struggling with issues and difficulties; you just need a break from all these and yet, nothing seems to be coming. Listen, be still for a minute and see the wonders all around you. Sometimes, the difficulties we face blinds us from seeing the goodness of God all around us. You have your health, you have your family, your children, you are alive today; c’mon, can’t you see his goodness and beauty all around you. He has smiled upon you and he’s been good to you. And if you think you have nothing to rejoice about, maybe, no family to call your own or struggling with your health, finances and all, still know that the Lord is with you, He’s working on you and His smile is an assurance of His love. He’s restoring you back to health, restoring all that you have lost; He is bringing your children back home, he’s bringing your husband back to you and he’s giving everything back; his smile works wonders and He is here with you. He is smiling on you.
Today, let’s leave all our worries behind and rejoice in his goodness. He has been good to you my friend, don’t let your trials and worries tell you otherwise, He has and He is still being good to you. Oh Precious! I don’t know who is reading this right now but know in your heart that he has not left you, you are not alone in all these, He knows all you are going through, he sees your pain and hears your cry. This morning, He is smiling on you, Yes He is, Look closer and see, God has smiled upon you.
Good Morning Folks.
Â© Circlesoflove 2013
Because He Said So!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have toiled all day, or even months or years; in fact, you have worked hard for a very long time but nothing seems to have yielded from it?
You have studied hard for a particular examination, worked on a project or even started a business, but still have not seen any profitable result in it.
Does this sound familiar?
Let me quickly show you something I read from the bible. First, you have to know that every scripture in the bible is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16.
The Word of God is still powerful and effective to us in this age as it was many years ago.
Now, back to our text. One day, Jesus was speaking to some people, and then when he had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless because You said so, I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. Luke 5: 4-7.
The same words Jesus spoke to Simon many years ago is the same words He is speaking to someone right now. Have you given up on that dream, on that project, on your life? You have worked and toiled hard in life but now have given up. He is asking you to launch out into the deep. Launch into the economy, Launch out into the industry, launch out into the profession.
Is it the marriage you have given up on or the child that has proven difficult? Have you been waiting on the Lord for a life partner or is it even a child of your own? You have tried everything you know all night and caught nothing. Jesus is asking you specifically to launch out into the deep.
Now listen, did you notice he said into the deep? Not the surface or just a little in the deep. You are launching this time around to get something out of it. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t go for the river bank, go straight into the deep; the same place where the mighty and great people are, the same place where high class and extra ordinary greatness lies. That is the deep!
Did you hear Simon says, although we have toiled day and night and caught nothing, but because you said so, I will let down the nets? Now, that is what someone should be saying today. Because God said so. Because the Almighty said so; because the Creator of Heaven and Earth said so; because the Mighty Man in battle said so. Because the Great Healer said so; because the God who cannot be limited by any standard or organization said so. Because the Commander of Chief said so. Because God said so. Because the God who cannot be limited by any laws of gravity or science, or even laws of men said so. Because God said so!
When the Lord says so, it doesn’t matter how long you have toiled or worked hard in life without any result, it doesn’t matter how long you have waited to have a child or even how far you’ve gone in age. It doesn’t matter if you are in your mid-thirties and still waiting for a single man to come your way; it doesn’t matter what you current situation is, it doesn’t matter what your bank account says. It does not matter what you think. Did you get that? It does not matter what you think; what matters is what God says.
Launch out Folks. Launch out your nets; spread them out, stand up and go forth. You see, there is someone who has been rejected in a particular place of job; it’s time to get back there, why? Because God said so. Is there anyone whose application has been refused or rejected; listen whatever you have applied for; God said launch out again – re-apply; Because He said so.
Now see what happens to people when they obey God; when they believe and listen to the Author of Life. Verse 6, When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boats to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When the Lord blesses you, it will overflow. Our God is not just a little blessing; When He does His own thing; He makes it grand. It brings celebration out of it. The kind of blessing the Lord wants to give to you would not just be enough for you or your immediate family, NO. It will go a long way to generations to come. Do you want that kind of blessing? A kind where you will lend to nations, where you will give out to people without hesitation.
This is the Lord message to you today; to be a part-taker of this blessing, you will need to obey Him. Launch out into the deep, BECAUSE GOD SAID SO.
And God said, Let there be light!
AndÂ God said, â€˜Let there be light, and there was lightâ€™. Gen 1:3.
Light brings clarity to a situation, it guides you through lifeâ€™s journey, it takes away confusion and gives you direction.
Are you in a situation where you feel darkness all around you; thick darkness that makes the journey difficult to go through? Imagine walking through a thick dark street with no light whatsoever, what happens? You find yourself tripping and falling over several times, you hit a kerb or even hit your head on something. The journey becomes frustrating and useless as you have no idea where you are or if the path you are on is right.
This can be compare to a lifeâ€™s journey. You have no idea what turn to take; you fall several times and get wounded on the way. You try so hard to find the right path but it all seems fruitless and frustrating. You start a project and nothing good comes out of it, you work so hard to succeed, but it all look as if nothing is been done. You have been wounded, afflicted and scorned. Youâ€™ve fallen several times and nothing seems to be working. Today, you need to ask the light of God into that situation. You need to speak into every darkness and decree the light of God upon your life.
Some days ago, the above verse rang in my head.Â And God said, â€˜Let there be light, and there was Lightâ€™. Folks, I pray for the light of God into your life, into every situation and circumstances you are going through, I pray His light will shine into it and darkness will flee in Jesus name.
Isaiah 60 says, â€˜Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy, your wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.
Can you see what happens when there is light? Jesus is the light and he has come to save us from every darkness, he has come to save you from ever oppressing situation. He will deliver and rescue you. He will show you the right path to go and lead you all the way.
Today, I pray for the light of God in your lives and home in Jesus name. May this season bring joy and unending peace to you in Jesus name. Have a blessed week.
What God is set to do in your life
Are there days where it feels Â like you are going in circles? One disappointment to the other, we often wonder what God is doing in all these, if He’s left us to our fate or taking His time in responding to us or probably forgotten us? Â Life’s disappointment can pull us so far from trusting God especially when we have done all we can do and have no other help. We have been faithful to His words, cried in prayer and waited on His help. Has he forgotten his promises to bless us and make us great? To lift us up lest we dash our foot against a stone? To fight for us while we hold our peace?
One thing I know beyond all reasonable doubt is that, God never fails. HisÂ faithfulnessÂ endures forever, whatsoever His promises are to you will surly stand, nothing can stop it. It may not look like it now but trust his love, He always come true.
Remember, His thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways His ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than your ways and His thoughts higher than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seeds for the sower and bread for the eater, so is His word that goes from His mouth: It will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. (Isa 55:11)
He won’t let you fail, His mighty hands will hold you high, and his words will come to pass. Our God is not slow in keeping his promises (2Pet 3:9), so do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You will need toÂ preserveÂ so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (HebÂ 10: 35).Â Remember, what God is said to do in your life, the devil canâ€™t stop it, he canâ€™t stand it and there is nothing he can do about it.
What God is set to do in your life, the devil can’t stop it, he can’t stand it and there is nothing he can do about it. The promises of God are yea and Amen. For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.
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