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

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

~o~

 

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”.

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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.”

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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.

 

THE END

 

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Written by Tonye Adenusi

 

EPILOGUE

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.”

Meg nodded.

“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!

 

Stay blessed.

 

© Circlesoflove 2015

 

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Standing Tall

Hello folks,

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.

God bless.

 

 

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Get Back on Your Knees

I looked at the next chapters of this year and I know what I have to do to get a better result. The months  are going so fast and 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 – 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 can’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 one’s life. When you stop praying or don’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 don’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. 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. When you inhale prayer, you will exhale praises. Prayer is the key to growth. It’s the key to increase, the key to breakthrough, and success.

Now, I’m not talking about the minute’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, it’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 ‘amen’ 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. Don’t loose your place of prayer; don’t get too busy to seek the face of God. Don’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 can’t be bothered to pray because you are late for work. Guess what, the enemies are laughing because they got what they wanted – 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 don’t feel like praying. Pray when you are at peace, when you are happy; pray at all times. Let’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. Let’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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9-1-1 Calls

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

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9

“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

 

911 CALL

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, hat at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Philippians 2:9-10

What are your 911 numbers? Please share below in the comment box. God bless.

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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.  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 be put to shame. 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.

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Hear my Prayer

At many point in our lives, all we want is answers to our prayers. Days when our heart is racing so fast; we become anxious and afraid of not knowing what the results will be. We prayed, and prayed and still praying.

This morning, I leave you with the prayers of king David from Psalms 20.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

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Restoration

Have you been bitter; so many trouble on every side? You have prayed and done all you can do just for a change, but nothing seem to show up? Days when your heart tightened in dismay at the thought of the things around you?  You have so many questions as to why things are happening this way; you’ve questioned your faith and searched yourself for answers. You have often felt that God has forgotten you; maybe He isn’t interested in your life any longer. You don’t understand why your prayer hasn’t been answered.

You have searched high and low for a change in your life, maybe a job opportunity; you have the relevant qualification and even experience but nothing is coming forth. Interview after interviews, but still, nothing fruitful has come out of it. Is it a child of your own? You have waited so long to be a mother or a father; tears have gone up in prayers but still nothing.

Hear what the Lord is saying concerning you this morning. “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” – Psalm 71:20-21

God will restore your life; He will bring you out of every trouble and storms of life. Your bitterness will turn into joy, troubles will receive peace. God will bring you up from every depth, every trial, every difficult situation, every stormy sea. He will increase your honour and make you great.

There was a time I felt so sad; I had so many questions that needed answers. I needed a word from the Lord; you know when you are faced with things, where you just want to know the Lord is still here with you. This is what he said to me and a word for you today.

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.” Isaiah 41:17.

Do you feel this way? You are in need of something; you are searching for water (healing, restoration, financial breakthrough, job, fruit of the womb etc). You are exhausted on every side, your strength is failing, and your tongue is dry and dehydrated; you are gasping, and panting for air.  Now listen to what the Lord said.

“But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God if Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valley. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive….”

Did you get that? This verse opened up something new in me. The Lord said He will cause river flow in barren lands. Note that he did not say he will take you to a land flowing with rivers, but in that same barren land, He will make river flow in it. Now see Folks, that same place where you are, the place where it’s been called barren, the place where people have scorned you, and said nothing good can come out it. They have called you several names, said hurtful and damning words at you because of your situation. You have been looked down upon and tossed aside.

I have great news for you. The lord is bringing flowing rivers to you.  That same place where you have been disgraced, you will be celebrated. The place where you have been looked down on, you will be exalted. I hear the sound of flowing waters folks. In your life, in your marriage, in your business, in your family, I hear the sound of rushing waters into the dry land. Do you believe this? Are you ready for the explosion of God’s goodness and blessing in your life? I am.

You have been called barren; desolate and unfruitful? I hear the sound of children playing in your garden; the sound of treasures sitting around your table. I hear the sound of your own children calling you ‘mother, father’.  Listen carefully folks, the Lord has not forgotten you, you are not forsaken and you have not be rejected. He will make you fruitful. He said he will put in the desert cedar, myrtle and olive. He is making you great; right where you are, he is bringing promotion and wealth to you. He is bringing pines in the wasteland.

In every flowing river, there is always a source. Your source is the Lord; it is the Lord who is bringing a change in your life, it is the Lord causing rivers of flowing water into your life and let me tell you something. With the force of the water flowing into your life, it will destroy every barrier, every obstacle, and every stumbling block the enemy has placed in your life. It will wash away every stigma, every mark of disadvantage and failure away from you. You know the ‘But’ that has been placed in your life; so many negative words has been spoken, the curses, the failures and walls as barrier in your life. Our God is greater than any obstacle; He is greater than any diagnosis and report of men. He is the Almighty and nothing can stop his flow in your life. He does not need to gather head of states or the ceo’s or even your family together in a meeting before he can bless you. He needs no permission from any one and no one can stop his flow in your life.

You need to arise and start praising the Lord; I believe in His word; they never fail and in your life, his word will not fail. It will accomplish the purpose in which he sent it. His word will be fruitful in your life.

The Lord has done this so that people may see and know, they will consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Are you ready?

In whatever you are going through this day, hold fast on His word, believe in it and you will not be ashamed. Remember again his word, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” – Psalm 71:20-21

Have a blessed weekend and rejoice in his word to you today. God bless you.

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He is The Everlasting God

Is there anything you are looking unto God for?  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.

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He is not here; He has risen!

 

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” – Matthew 28.

 

 

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Your story isn’t over yet?

 

Are you trusting God for something that is humanly impossible? It defiles all scientific explanation or medical reason. It is simply impossible by human nature; or  probably there are so many obstacles or hindrances that may stand in the way of that thing coming to pass.

 

Now see, faith is not brain work; its simply trusting God and believing that He will do what he said he would do. You do not need a medical explanation on how the result would come about. Yes, you can be faced with the fact that it is humanly impossible but again, that’s why faith isn’t fact. They are two different thing. Faith is from God, fact is human reasoning but tell me, who is greater? The bible says, ‘God is not man that he should lie or repent of His words; has He not said it, would He not bring it to pass?’

 

Remember the story of Abraham; faced with the humanly impossible situation of a dead womb and old age, yet faith brought him through. Listen to this verse please, ‘Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God has power to do what he had promised.’ Romans 4:19.

 

See Folks, it’s ok to recognised the challenges; you see them, you know the facts; in fact, you know the circumstances surrounding the ailment, the big names given to it by specialist, the difficulties stated by those in power, but still, do not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God. God is not man. Did you hear that? God is not Man and do not work according to our human reasoning and no power or fact or even gravity or science can stop him from fulfilling his promises in your life.

 

Whatever you are trusting Him for this morning, belief and trust in his Word. If he said it, He will bring it to pass. Stand firm on your faith and do not waver by the things around you. If your case is like Abraham, trusting God for a child, please hold on and don’t give up. If you are trusting for a job or breakthrough or anything that has proven difficult, God is able to do it. Speak His promises into your life. Have faith and trust in him.

 

You see, your story isn’t over, God will bring it to pass.

 

Have a blessed day.

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Go and Occupy

A young graduate secured a job in a multi-million dollars company; a well paid job with great opportunity. He was overwhelmed by this position as it was beyond his own imagination. He was ready to work hard and not lack in any of his duties. Within days of his employment, he realised that some of his colleagues were not too pleased with him; he had been given a position above them and some thought he wasn’t up to their own standard and didn’t have the qualification, experience or even background status fit for the position. Day after day, he became depressed by their attitude and couldn’t understand why they would not give him the chance or even get to know him better before judging him. All he wanted is to prove himself, but the scorn and discord from them became agonizing.

Does this sound similar?

You strive for a position, work hard to get to a place; you just want a chance in life, a chance to be your own person, a chance to be free. Looking at every side; it seems difficult to achieve. You get to a land or a country and all you want is a chance, a chance to make a living and achieve your dreams, a chance to put food on the table for your family, a chance to be somebody but everything seems so difficult and frustrating. You try to secure a job, despite your qualification, experience and hard work; still, no one wants to give you a chance. You know you can do that job better and succeed excellently in that department but no one will give it to you. You are in a position already and they are making life miserable for you, some would even tell you not to get too comfortable as your days are numbered in that position. So many discords can make a journey frustrating

Listen, I have a word for you today. ‘Take possession of the land and settle in it for I have given you the land to possess’- Numbers 33: 53. Did you get that? Take possession of that job, take possession of that land, take possession of that project, take possession of that business, whatever it is, go and possess it. Did you notice that the Lord wasn’t just telling them to ‘take possession’ which is visible power or control over something; he was telling them to ‘Settle in it’ – To put firmly into a desired position or place. Whoa! Did you hear what the Lord is telling you? Don’t just take possession, settle in it, enlarge your coast, take a firm ground, and establish yourself in that land. You know, the land wasn’t for the Israelites in the first place, it wasn’t their place of birth but the Lord gave it to them anyway.

Now listen, where you are now doesn’t have to be your place of birth, but the Lord is giving it to you, maybe you were just passing by but decided to stay, the Lord is still giving it to you. Maybe you were just an interim in that job, even though it’s a job you so much desired but fear you might not be retained, the Lord is giving it to you. Maybe you just went for a few weeks training in that place of work, the Lord is giving it to you. He has given you to settle in, go take possession, enlarge your tent, make progress, have children in that land, build a business, take possession and settle in it.

The Lord has changed your status from ‘visiting’ to ‘resident permit – unlimited leave to remain’. My oh my! I am so excited about this message and I know the Lord is speaking to someone this morning. Stop living like a stranger in that land, stop living like a visitor, live like a heir of the kingdom, Your heavenly father owns the land, ‘the earth is the Lord and the fullest thereof’ – Psalm 24:1. The Lord owns everything in it and he has chosen to give you that land, that place you are now, your home, your marriage; don’t let anyone intimidate you. Don’t let them tell you, you don’t deserve it.

I found an amazing scripture over the night, it’s in Deut 6: 10 ‘When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then you eat and are satisfied,’ Isn’t that amazing? The Lord is giving you a finished product. Houses you did not build, good things you did not provide; He is giving you a finished and great product, who are you to doubt him?

Folks, the Lord is doing wonders in our lives and does not need permission from any head of state or royals or CEO or even head of organizations before he established and blesses you. Isn’t He great? Go and occupy Folks, take possession and settle in it. Don’t think it’s too much, ‘What would people say about me, won’t they call me all sort of names, ‘gold digger’, thief or whatever’. Please, don’t limit the greatness of God in your life, when they question you about the goodness of God in your life, tell them to go ask God. He is God and answers to no man and He does what pleases him and what He has done today is that ‘He’s given you the Land, go take possession and settle in it’.

Have a fulfilled day.

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Nothing, Except a little Oil

Hello Folks,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello December!

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.

Psalms 91:14-16

“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.”

Deuteronomy 7:13-14

“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.

Deuteronomy 15:4
“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,

Leviticus 26:6-8

‘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.

Ezekiel 34:25-31
“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.

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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

 

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May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.” Psalm 20

The Lord will hear and answer you this day; He will make haste to save you! He will thwart every plans and agenda of the enemy over your life. He will rise and fight your battle in Jesus name. The Lord will come to help you!

Good Morning Folks!

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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

 

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God is Able

Hello Folks,

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 ‘Gideon’. 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 it’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; “If 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, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt? But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” Judges 6:13

You feel abandoned and wasted. You long to see those great wonders you’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? Can’t we experience such again in our lives? Is God the Lord of the past, and not of present or future? Can’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 Lord’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. ‘Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.’ 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 able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. 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. 

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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.

© Circlesoflove 2013

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Go and take possession

Have you been waiting for a breakthrough for so long, a turn around to a situation that looks like it’s not going away? Please, hear this:

‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain, break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites…… See, I have given you this land, Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers.’. Deut 1:6-8.

It’s time to advance forward to take the land in which the Lord has given to you. What possession have you been waiting for? Is it a job, promotion, family life, or business. Are you waiting for an approval or some sort? Or is it something that was stolen away from you, and the oppressor look bigger than you? The Mighty man in battle is telling you today, that it is time to advance and take possession of what belongs to you. 


How do you take Possession of your inheritance? Do you march in like the days of old; put on armour, and go into battle? Well, we will say things are quite different now than the days of old; you don’t want to go out fighting physically with someone for a land, a job, opportunity or for your inheritance. But something still remains for sure, that the Lord has given you possession of the land. You need to go to the place of prayer to posses your possession, you need to wear your breastplate, your helmet, take up your sword and go to the spirit realm and fight for your inheritance. You need to confess your inheritance and believe it. 

This is what the Lord said; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full Armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil. Eph 6. 

Now see folks, when you get ready to fight for your possession, the opposition wouldn’t stay idle, they would not just stand there and watch you take it. They will also prepare for battle, take every precaution so you don’t near their camp. They will have traps, distractions, arrows, every way to hinder you from entering into their camp, and guess what, they don’t play fair!

I learnt something in church some few weeks ago, and would be sharing on this topic. ‘Some of us may be thinking; why do I need to go fight? I am comfortable here and don’t need to start a war with my enemy. We understand each other; they don’t fight me, and I don’t fight them. Everything is fine just as they are. No need for unnecessary battles of any sort’.

Because you see things are fine physically doesn’t mean all is well. The enemy lure us in the delusion that all is well, with a sense of security. You have a little or some amount of what you need; you say to yourself, ‘I can manage well with this’. You think because you have a percentage of what you need, and do not need the rest of what belongs to you. You are afraid if you desire or step out of your zone, you might be called a glutton. Now listen, our God is a BIG GOD, and he has given you BIG THINGS as an inheritance. Your possession is your possession, your inheritance is your inheritance, so if the Lord has given it to you, it is yours. His mercy made it possible. Jesus died on the cross to give you freedom.

You need to know your God, and that he loves you so much. He loves to give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 103 says, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’.

The Lord doesn’t want you to fail, or sick in your body. So wholeness is your portion, freedom from sickness and diseases is your portion. He crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He forgives ALL your sins, not half of them or the little ones. He wants to satisfy your mouth with good things. Who says you can desire good things?

So, are you ready to take what belongs to you? Let’s go back to the Armour of God. This is what the soldier wear to battle. It helps to protect them. We as Christian also need to put on the whole armour of God.

First is the Belt of Truth: we need to show our preparedness by being truthful. As Christian, we have to live a life of integrity around our waist. Back then, the belt holds a soldier armour in place. So also, in our lives, we need the belt of truth to hold the loose part of our lives in a place, those things that will hinder us from fighting effectively, we need to bind together with the belt of truth. The sins that hinder you from doing the will of God, get rid of them.  Romans 12:1.

Next is the Breastplate of Righteousness: this protect the vital organ of the chest – the heart. Our spiritual breastplate is righteousness. Living a holy life before God. Our righteousness is not from the law, but through faith in Christ.

The Footwear: having the right footwear is important in a battle. A solider will have to walk several miles and days, even weeks during a battle, also in tough weather conditions, so having the right footwear is essential in a battle. Your footwear has to be durable and firm fitting for battle, so you don’t fall or trip. So what is this footwear? It is the Gospel of peace. Your feet firmly on the gospel of peace. Imagine wearing a footwear with holes or very light sole or even too small for your feet; what happens if you walk on rocks, or stones or even glass? I’m sure you know; so therefore, wear durable footwear in battles. There will be rocks in form of disagreement or insults. Remember Jesus was insulted many times but he maintained his peace. People will scorn and abuse you, they will do things against you, but you have to stand firm on the gospel of peace. That doesn’t make you a fool, it makes you wise.

Shield of Faith: This protects against the flaming arrows of the enemy. Arrows like temptation, diseases; knowing that in the name of Jesus, we have overcome. You have faith in the Lord against anything that is thrown at us. We choose to believe that God’s way is better and He will deliver us. Faith is trusting in God. So for the job, you are waiting for, or family life, or promotion, or that project or even to have children of your own, you need to trust and believe God. So, when the enemy throws arrows of doubt or failed examinations, you still believe the word of God in your life. Even, when the physical tests say negative, you still believe the word of God, that is faith. When the doctors say they’ve done everything and no way out, you believe the word of God.

Helmet of Salvation: This protects the head, back of the head, the skull and vital part of the brain. As Christian, we need the helmet of salvation against the lies of the enemy. We have hope of salvation. You have to be born-again. This has become a term used lightly and people don’t think much of it these days. Jesus died for our sins, he came to save us from going to hell. Confess your sins to him, accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, and believe in Him.

Sword of the Spirit: The sword is a weapon – Word of God. It is a defensive and offensive weapon we use in the battle. Now, what makes it effective? We need to train ourselves in the use of the sword; train and study the word of God. Holding a sword without knowing how to use it will have no value to you, and will not help you in a battle, so also, having a bible in your house and not knowing the power of the word will hold no value to you. In the book of Joshua 1:8, it says, Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

The word of God will protect you against the arrows of the enemy, it is a weapon, and it will give you success. So when the enemy throws disappointment at you, you use the word of God that says, ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9. When you are faced with fear, you know his words that say, ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10. How about barrenness: Exo 23:26, There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. Also, his word that says, ‘No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper..

Prayer: this is very important. A solider communicate with his head of army or foreman, so also as Christian, we need to daily communicate with our God. He will guide and instruct us in the way to go. Again, I say, the enemy doesn’t fight fair; he will not wait his turn or give you an easy way out. So, don’t leave your armour at home or in your wardrobe. To take your possession, put on the whole armour of God.

Remain blessed.

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© Circlesoflove 2014

 

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Breaking free

Are you trying to break free from the shackles; from that sickness, from the chain that has held you bound for so long? You are trying every means to break free and the enemy knows this; they can see all your works and I tell you, they are terrified. The last time, we studied the story of the Israelite leaving Egypt. Please check out the let me go article for that. We learnt that the Lord came down to rescue and deliver His people with his mighty hands. I trust that the Lord has been doing wonders in your life, and you have been fervently praying for your deliverance.

The enemies are scared that you are getting out, and guess what, they are relentless. They won’t just sit there and let you go; they would want to fight you back, and don’t be surprise if they do. The sickness you are praying so hard for healing become worsen; don’t let that terrify you; don’t let it tell you the Lord isn’t hearing your prayer. ‘Can’t you see the doctor’s report, it’s gotten worse, there’s no way out!’ Don’t let such report discourage you; don’t give up on your prayers for freedom. I tell you, the Lord is working wonders in your life.

What about the oppression or captivity you are trying to break free from, and you realized that the more pray, the more the oppression seem to hold you bound? I tell you, the kingdom of darkness is terrified, they know you are breaking free, so they are trying all means; they are putting all their forces/resources together to attack you.

You have been praying to have your own baby, You have waited faithfully, patiently on the Lord to hear your prayers. That is when bad reports has been issued to you. The doctors are now telling you to give up; your families and friends have given up on you. Maybe, even your husband has said there isn’t hope for you. I tell you, that there is hope for a tree, even if it has been cut down, it will sprout again, and grow new branches. Job14:7. I tell you, there is hope for you. The Lord is not baffled by the worse situation, or BIG medical names given to your condition.

The enemy know you are about to break free from that situation, he knows his time is up.
Now I ask you, are you going to be discouraged? Will you let them hold you back? This is the time to put more fire into your prayer, don’t relax after a day’s prayer.

See what they are saying, ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2. Imagine? Pharaoh had laid a heavy yoke on the Israelite for so long that he assumed himself as lord over them, having ownership of their lives. Does this sound familiar? A situation has been going on for so long that it has become the master over you, ruling your life in whatever ways its desires.

The enemy doesn’t want you free, they don’t want you promoted, they don’t want you achieving the purpose of God in your life; they don’t want your children to succeed, they don’t want your business to prosper, they don’t want your marriage at peace. Just as Pharaoh asked why he should obey the Lord that he doesn’t know, the Lord that has instructed him to let the Israelite go; the enemy would also ask you the same question when you tell them to let you go. They want to know what authority or what power you have to address them. Are you ready to give them answers? Are you ready to tell them who the Lord is, the One who has come to set you free, the Great Deliverer, the Saviour, the Mighty Man in battle; He is Jesus and the bible says, ‘God highly exalted Him, and gave Him a name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow.’ Philippians 2:9.

Don’t let the enemy intimidate you; the Lord has come to set you free. I don’t know how tall or high the mountain or problem is; who says it’s impossible for God to do? ‘I am the God of all mankind, is there anything too difficult for me?’ Jeremiah 32:27. Nothing is impossible for God folks; no matter what you are going through right now, God’s power is not limited by the size of your situation. He can do ALL Things!

Now see what the enemy did to the Children of God in the book of Exodus. ‘The king said to Moses, why are you taking the people away from their labour?‘ Exodus 5:4. Do you know that the enemy wants to keep you bound; are you going to let him?

The same day, Pharaoh ordered the slave driver to withdraw straw for making bricks from the Israelites. He ordered them to go about and look for their own straw and still wanted them to produce the same amount of work they did when he provided them with straw. Can you see what he’s doing to them? He’s making life so difficult for them. He wanted them to work as hard as they used to without proper resources and materials. Some of us can relate to this, maybe in a place of work where you are trying to break free and the oppressor decided to make life more miserable for you; giving you twice as many job and still expect you to finish in time. Maybe it’s the strongman in your life, making every turn more difficult, making your health fail despite all you are doing.

Now, see what the Israelite did and I want us to take note of this in our lives. After they realized what Pharaoh did and the severe punishment they received when they couldn’t meet up to the demands. Then, they went to Pharaoh and said, ‘Why have you treated your servant this way? Your servants are given no straw, yet we are ask, Make bricks! You servants are being beaten, but the faults are with your own people.’

My friends, don’t gamble with the enemy, don’t beg, don’t negotiate, and don’t request sympathy from them. They are the enemy! Instead, when you see they are making life more difficult for you, go back to the things you were doing that made them behave in such manner, go back to prayer. Intensify the fire, send angels on assignment, and increase the prayers. Don’t stop. They are being threatened, that’s why they are making life more difficult. Do you get it? I don’t know what you are struggling with, but the Lord wants to deliver you, he wants to save you from that strongman, from the stubborn and obstinate situation. Stay strong, stay focus and don’t give up the fight; the Lord will give your victory. Many have given up on the way to their breakthrough, they allowed discouragement, distraction, doubt, fear and even sin to keep them away from their breakthrough. Don’t make such mistake again.

Pharaoh answered them back, he told them the reason he had treated them that way. ‘After all you said you want out, you are lazy, and that’s why you are thinking of freedom.’ Then the Israelite went out of his presence and met with Moses, listen to what they said, ‘May the Lord look upon you, and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.’ Exodus 5:21. Moses was the man the Lord was using to deliver them; he was the one who went again Pharaoh.

I was sad when I read this verse, but the truth is that, we sometime behave in this manner. We have lived so long in the situation and so we adapt. We learn to managed, to endure, to survive and are afraid of breaking out, we are afraid for a change, to move out; to take that step, that decision, we are afraid of that new opportunity, that place of change. We turn our backs on the very person that wants to help us – God that wants to set us free. We ask him why he has allowed that boss treat us in such manner, why he allowed that situation worsen when you were just managing and surviving in it. Why he just couldn’t let you endure in your suffering.

After all ‘the devil you know is better than the angel you do not know.’ I honestly don’t know where people got that slogan from. Listen, when God wants to set you free, the Angels are on your side! The demons are evil. Don’t you get it? The enemy is not on your side; they want to keep you IN bondage; make you slave away in pain and sorrow. How then can they be better than the angels you do not know?I suggest you start getting to know them. Why then don’t you want to break free? I tell you folks, some of you are going to make a new decision today; you are going to take that step you have been scared of all these years, you are going to that new place and I tell you, the Lord is on your side! Stop eating crumbs from the enemy, the Lord wants to set a table before you, a feast before you. The Lord wants to take you to greater and higher places, don’t you want that?

The Lord will fight for you folks; He will remember His covenant in your life. He will bring you out from under the yoke of oppression, with his mighty hands. You have got to pray folks; the enemy is not relenting, they are not taking a break, no coffee or lunch break for them. They are seriously on your case, especially when they see that you have a desire to be free and you are on your way there. Get up, arise! Put on the whole armour of the Lord. -  Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Enough of weeping and crying to the enemy to release you; cry out to God instead.   Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The enemy is real and do not want your happiness. They are spiritual forces, the oppression, captivity, struggle, poverty and stagnancy. Stop blaming the economy situation and see things the way they are. Stop giving excuses for the things you are going through. ‘They are not coincidence’. They are attacks from hell; they are arrows the enemy is throwing at you.

How much longer do you want to live in ignorance? You have been struggling with the same problem for so long and you are blaming the government, you have been struggling in that sickness for as long as you can remember and you are blaming the doctors when you have the greatest physician you can run to. You are blaming circumstances for that poverty, when you should arise and destroy every devourer in your life. There is a particular stigma in your family but you refused to see it as an attack from the enemy. ‘Father suffered with the same condition, son carried it, grandson is suffering from it’ and you are still blaming some kind of scientific explanation?

Please Folks, don’t let the enemy take you over; he will creep in and blind your eyes from seeing the truth until he destroys you from the face of the earth. Do you want to live the rest of your life in that problem? ‘Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’ Ephesians 6:10-18.

I’m rounding up now so you can have time to pray. Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to break free? Let quickly get back to our passage. The day before the children of Israel would leave Egypt. The Lord instructed them, ‘This is how you are to eat it, with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.’ Exodus 12:11. What was the Lord trying to tell them? This is not the time to slow down, get ready to pass over, get ready to move out. You should be ready, your sandals on your feet, and you are dressed to go out.

Are you ready to get out? Are you ready to pass over? Are you ready to get out of captivity? Don’t get comfortable in that situation, be eager to get out, make haste to get out, get ready. You have to be ready to get up from the sick bed, from that situation that has tied you down for so long. The Lord is setting you free, rise up, get set, GO! I am praying that the Holy Spirit will ignite a holy anger within you so you can pray your way out. I pray that God’s power will pour out upon your life and give you strength to break free. Prayer is the key folks. You have got to pray your way through.

Now, we all know that the Lord brought ten plagues on the Egyptians; Pharaoh was still hardened in his heart and wouldn’t let them go even after several plagues. Now, there was even a time he said, ‘Alright, you can all go but only your men, leave the women and the children behind’. Folks, don’t listen to conditions from the enemy, don’t even negotiate with him.

If you are leaving, get ready to leave with everything you have; your whole restoration of health, not half; your family, your whole possession, your glory and blessing in all aspect of your life In fact, there was another time he said, ‘Alright, you can leave but leave all your herds.’ You know that was when the Lord destroyed all their animals but made distinction from the animals of the Israelite. Not one of them was destroy, but the whole of Egyptians were destroyed. I guess Pharaoh must have thought, ‘If you have to leave, at least, leave us with food, animal so we can live’. Again people, don’t pity the enemy, if you are leaving, leave with everything. Don’t negotiate, don’t leave anything behind.

Now to my conclusion, after the ninth plaque, Pharaoh still refused to let them go. Then God spoke to Moses in Chapter 11:1 ‘Now the Lord said to Moses, I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that he will let you go…” Do you know what that plague was? It was the death of all Egyptians first borns, including Pharaohs. Listen, the Lord will bring one more plague/destruction upon your enemy, the kind that their heart will be shattered, and the kind of plague that will destroy them totally. ‘Just one more plague on my enemy, Oh Lord’. I hope you are praying now, one more plague that they won’t be able to recover from it, one more plague into the camp of my enemies; those that seek to destroy my life, one more plague upon them in Jesus name!

Folks, the Lord want to set you free, He is taking you out, you are going forward, and to the place the Lord has prepared for you. Please speak the word of God into your life, don’t get comfortable in that distress and trouble in your life; God wants to set you free, are you ready?

And this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25

God bless you for reading.

© Circlesoflove 2013

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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.

 

God bless.

 

Abimbola CirclesOfLove.

 

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And God said, Let there be light!

And God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light’. Gen 1:3.

Light brings clarity to a situation, it guides you through life’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 life’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. You’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. And God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was Light’. 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, ‘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.

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Restoration

Have you been bitter; so many trouble on every side? You have prayed and done all you can do just for a change, but nothing seem to show up? Days when your heart tightened in dismay at the thought of the things around you? You have so many questions as to why things are happening this way; you’ve questioned your faith and searched yourself for answers. You have often felt that God has forgotten you; maybe He isn’t interested in your life any longer. You don’t understand why your prayer hasn’t been answered.

You have searched high and low for a change in your life, maybe a job opportunity; you have the relevant qualification and even experience but nothing is coming forth. Interview after interviews, but still, nothing fruitful has come out of it. Is it a child of your own? You have waited so long to be a mother or a father; tears have gone up in prayers but still nothing.

Hear what the Lord is saying concerning you this morning. Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again. Psalm 71:20-21

God will restore your life; He will bring you out of every trouble and storms of life. Your bitterness will turn into joy, troubles will receive peace. God will bring you up from every depth, every trial, every difficult situation, every stormy sea. He will increase your honour and make you great.

There was a time I felt so sad; I had so many questions that needed answers. I needed a word from the Lord; you know when you are faced with things, where you just want to know the Lord is still here with you. This is what he said to me and a word for you today.

The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. Isaiah 41:17.

Do you feel this way? You are in need of something; you are searching for water (healing, restoration, financial breakthrough, job, fruit of the womb etc). You are exhausted on every side, your strength is failing, and your tongue is dry and dehydrated; you are gasping, and panting for air. Now listen to what the Lord said.

But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God if Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valley. I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.

Did you get that? This verse opened up something new in me. The Lord said He will cause river flow in barren lands. Note that he did not say he will take you to a land flowing with rivers, but in that same barren land, He will make river flow in it. Now see Folks, that same place where you are, the place where its been called barren, the place where people have scorned you, and said nothing good can come out it. They have called you several names, said hurtful and damning words at you because of your situation. You have been looked down upon and tossed aside.

I have great news for you. The lord is bringing flowing rivers to you. That same place where you have been disgraced, you will be celebrated. The place where you have been looked down on, you will be exalted. I hear the sound of flowing waters folks. In your life, in your marriage, in your business, in your family, I hear the sound of rushing waters into the dry land. Do you believe this? Are you ready for the explosion of God’s goodness and blessing in your life? I am.

You have been called barren; desolate and unfruitful? I hear the sound of children playing in your garden; the sound of treasures sitting around your table. I hear the sound of your own children calling you ‘mother, father’. Listen carefully folks, the Lord has not forgotten you, you are not forsaken and you have not be rejected. He will make you fruitful. He said he will put in the desert cedar, myrtle and olive. He is making you great; right where you are, he is bringing promotion and wealth to you. He is bringing pines in the wasteland.

In every flowing river, there is always a source. Your source is the Lord; it is the Lord who is bringing a change in your life, it is the Lord causing rivers of flowing water into your life and let me tell you something. With the force of the water flowing into your life, it will destroy every barrier, every obstacle, and every stumbling block the enemy has placed in your life. It will wash away every stigma, every mark of disadvantage and failure away from you. You know the ‘BUT’ that has been placed in your life; so many negative words has been spoken, the curses, the failures and walls as barrier in your life. Our God is greater than any obstacle; He is greater than any diagnosis and report of men. He is the Almighty and nothing can stop his flow in your life. He does not need to gather head of states or the CEO or even your family together in a meeting before he can bless you. He needs no permission from any one and no one can stop his flow in your life.

You need to arise and start praising the Lord; I believe in His word; they never fail and in your life, his word will not fail. It will accomplish the purpose in which he sent it. His word will be fruitful in your life.

The Lord has done this so that people may see and know, they will consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Are you ready?

In whatever you are going through this day, hold fast on His word, believe in it and you will not be ashamed. Remember again his word, Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.“ Psalm 71:20-21

Have a blessed weekend and rejoice in his word to you today. God bless you.

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What God is set to do in your life

Are there days where it feels  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?  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. His faithfulness 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 to preserve so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Heb 10: 35). Remember, what God is said 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.

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.

Shalom

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