Daily Digest: Know Your Place



Why do we take credit for the hand of the Lord? Are we more than the God who created us? I would think not. Yet we beat our chest and feel highly accomplished when something amazing happens through us as a vessel. A type of sin that God vehemently abhors. For he shares his glory with no one. All the glory belongs to him.
We are just his workmanship, sent to do HIS WILL. Therefore, it is not our place to take on honour that is not due to us. When we humble ourselves in the hand of God, he will THEN exalt us and our territories will be enlarged. 

As we continue to do, let us NEVER gave way to the flesh, feeling as though we would have done something great, for it’s God who gives us the ability to do a work and he is the one who completes it. His word says:

So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. – I Corinthians 3:7 NKJV

Lets know our place and give honour and glory to whom it is rightfully due. 

Bless the Lord at all times and let his praise continue to be in our mouths. Come on and bless the Lord with me.

ARISE!

Daily Digest: What Will Be Found


When Christ searches the church assembly what will he find? If he searches YOUR HEART, what will he find? 

Will he be pleased? Will he be grieved? Will you hear well done my child, keep abiding or will he say, turn from your wicked ways lest I cast you away? 

Though we stumble and fall at times, the word of God says we have an advocate who makes intercessions on our behalf. Therefore, we are always equipped with the chance to make things right. Yet, we make excuses and wallow in the sin, guilt, shame and condemnation of our mistakes (which was already nailed to the cross with Christ) allowing us to stray from God even further. A plan that the enemy enjoys and accelerates. 

Understand that you were bought with a price (the blood of Jesus) and nothing can separate you from the love of God. Therefore take time to make it right with him. He is waiting for you with open arms. His word says: 

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17 KJV

What shall be our end if what he finds is not pleasing? Lets make a firm decision to make it right TODAY. Tomorrow might be too late. 

Prayer: Father I thank you for your word. I pray by your Holy Spirit you search my heart today. Remove all the things that’s against your word and fill me with the attributes of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

ARISE!

Give Over Yourself Entirely


Most of us in this life wants to be successful but only the ones who give themselves to their dreams/goals are successful. For example, as a singer, how can you excel if you do not continuously do vocal training and voice care practices? You may be able to sing yes and forever will be but unless you dedicate time and effort into learning your voice and perfecting the skills in using it, you will not excel. I am quite sure every recording artiste will agree.

The same goes for every other facet of life. Whether it is academics or not. To succeed, one must give over themselves to the cause. Never think that the person you hold in high esteem, got to what you now admire by playing games or mere luck. It took hard work, dedication, disappointments, set backs and most importantly the desire to win, to get there. 

We live in a fast pace world now and so, even in perfecting something, we expect that it should be the same. But some things will never change and thats one of them. No matter how fast pace the world gets, dedication will always be required to build an empire. A body builder cannot start training today and enter the competition the next day. They will be mocked because what will be presented, would not have been suitable and worthy of such a competition. The same goes for you and I. 

Therefore, I take this time to enlighten or remind you, as I would have already reminded myself, that it takes time and dedication to win and this can only be achieved when we give over ourselves to the craft.

Biblical view: Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

I Timothy 4:14‭-‬15 NKJV

How I Was Made


Hello wordpress family? Hope you all have been doing great. Its been a while since I came to this place where I find freedom in self-expression. I guess you can say, it was another hiatus for another major lesson or learning of lessonS in my life.

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If some of you may recall, in times past I wrote about overcoming certain challenges. One of which I did say was thoroughly dealt with, only to realize I was at it again. This was the struggle of self image. As for anyone going through a process, I was faced with  “cursing” those demons at random occasions. For a while, all things went well and then it reared its heads again. It wasn’t something I battled with often as until recently. For some weird reason, a lot of the things I thought was dead was brought back to life. For which I take responsibility because that could have only happened if they were fed.

However, I thank God for his word. The word which always and I mean always comes to my (or anyone else in need) aid. As I walked through the busy wet streets of our nations capital, I began to speak to myself (internally that is). My thoughts made me chuckle a bit. You see, I realized that my torment came because of the image I had in my head. For some it may be strange but I am quite sure there will be those who understand. Let me explain.

I am 6″1′ and as was recently described, of an athletic built. My body is more on the lean side but in my head I wanted some thickness but not too much. So I saw my body as “slick”. That’s slim and thick….lol. That however proved to be utter madness because when I looked in the mirror I didn’t see what I had in my head. 😂😂 I just have to laugh but it’s not funny at all.

This kind of thing in the life of a Christian person is no laughing matter. This is exactly what the enemy wants and how he wins in the war of the mind. The word of God says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Everything God made was good and that includes me. I was and I AM good. With my mind on these frivolous matters, how could I have an effective prayer life (emphasis added) or life in general. Yes I prayed, read and communed with God and saw his hand at work in my life. But the true effectiveness ( higher level) of the Christian walk as well as freely progressing in life, could not  have been experienced in a mind that is not sound. A mind that is totally against God’s word. For his word said he gave me a SOUND MIND. My mind however was not sound and that kind of mind keeps one stagnated.

As I made my way back to my place of work, I began to smile because there and then, as I saw my reflection in one of the glass buildings, I said ” This is who I am. This is how I was made. Therefore I will take care of THIS (tall, strong athletic) temple”. It felt good to know that I knew who I was. Or rather to reaffirm it.

There can only be one me and I must fully endorse who I am and who God created me to be. Don’t turn a blind eye to your unique beauty snd strength. Tap into it and walk out in your authentic being. Let the mind of Christ be in you and face the world with confidence, for “faith is confidence” – Joyce Meyer

– Candace Cujoe

Daily Digest: Don’t Wait For Harmony–Create It


I feel no particular responsibility for the ambience, menu, waitstaff, and food at a restaurant that I visit. I come to consume and enjoy. Period. If the experience was great, I will be back. If not, I may never return. Not my problem.

I have no such luxury of disinterest in my personal relationships–at work, at church, at home. If there are dysfunctions in relationships, I own them. If there is tension in the air, I own it. If there are leadership problems, I own them.

God doesn’t want me merely to be a consumer in my workplace, church, and home. I don’t have the luxury of checking out if I don’t like what I hear and see. It’s as though God is telling me, “Don’t just wait for a great vibe–create it!” “All of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing” (1 Peter 3:8,9).

One of the great themes in the entire Scripture is the power of one. One person can change a relationship. One person can change the culture of a group. One person’s leadership and example can bring the Spirit’s power and affect the whole group.

God just needs me to go first. And you.

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Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble). Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God–that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
1 Peter 3:8-9 AMP

Prayer
Father I thank you for today. I pray that you will teach me how to unite, especially where there is tension and a qill to divide. Help me to walk according to your will and way. Thank you for teaching me humility and helping me create unity; in Jesus’s name I pray. Amen

ARISE!!!

Daily Digest: No Boundaries


Sometimes it is difficult to forgive those who wrong us. Imagine how hard it would be to forgive everyone, no matter what they had done! This is what God has done in Jesus. No one, no matter what he or she has done, is beyond forgiveness. All a person has to do is turn from his or her sin, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and commit his or her life to him.

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And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world.
1 John 2:2 AMP

ARISE!!

I Wonder.


The bible says the heart of man is desperately wicked and from the look of things, it seems to be growing worst. As I read the undermentioned verses, my heart broke. I wondered if I was hurting the heart of God all over again. Was he regretting my creation? What is my life saying to God? Am I pleasing in his sight? Does he smile when he looks at me”? And the list of questions lingers on, with it all boiling down to, is God pleased with me.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart. So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground–not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air–for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them.
Genesis 6:5-7 AMP

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Yesterday I had a moment of outburst. A situation got me so angry that I had to express how I was feeling. No, I did not use expletives but now reflecting, if I did, there would not have been much of a difference. That’s how bad the outburst was. Thinking about it, I feel horrible. What was I thinking? Where was my self-control? Am I not a Christian? If not for God, I would have been condemning myself. The outburst was that bad.

However, in my heart of repentance, I saw a greater need for more of God. Without him, it is obvious that I can be just as the ungodly man. You know the ones we like to turn up our noses at? We can all be like them if not for the love of Christ. I know it’s the Holy Spirit that convicted my heart and made me see my wrong. How many of us sees our wrongs though? Are we wrong and strong? Or even right but wrong and strong. Don’t understand? Let me explain.

The situation I over expatiated about, was something that I was in rights for confronting. However, the manner in which I dealt with it, made me wrong and boy in my wrongness was I head-strong. So you see, you can be RIGHT, yet wrong and strong. More than the person/s involved who may be hurt, how does God feel when we react to situations? Is he satisfied or hurt to a point of regret. You may say regret is a bit extreme but with so many ungodly people in this world, it’s possible. Why add to the “pot”? Why can’t we be different and make the heart of God smile.

Yes I know, we are all a work in progress but when you see signs of the flesh, you NEED to get on that altar of sacrifice. For the very same God said, no flesh can glory in his presence. I sure don’t want to make the heart of God sad, mad, angry or even regretful and so should you not.

We may struggle with certain characteristics but we are mandated to be Christ-like. That means our issues must be dealt with , buried and never brought to life again. So ponder on it. Ask yourself the same questions I did and see if you are soothing the heart of God or slowly disintegrating it.

ARISE!!