Elevation


Sometimes we can see, feel or taste the end result of prominent or impacting situations we encounter. However, the depth of these feelings is usually led by our perception of what the outcome should be. That is why many a times when things get tough, we give up, question God and sometimes even blaspheme his name. We have become a people who got accustom to retrieving things we desire at the snap of a finger,  in our fast pace world and due to this, we are now trying to apply this said principle to God’s hands. The entralling fact is, we cannot move His hands like we may be able to manipulate everything else around us. This culminates to a hard fall for many. “Doesn’t God love me? Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I live right! And I am STILL here”!

Please be thoroughly informed that you will continue to be “there” until God is ready to elevate you. After being taught for a semester, we are placed under a situation that is sometimes grueling for many called examination. During this time, the lecturer will not speak but gaze at us with intensity as we try to recall and apply what we would have learnt. As the cliche statement says, “It’s not that the teacher is not there. He is silent in the test”. This principle can also be applied to God. In that, before elevation, one must be examined. If the test is passed, automatically we will move up the ranks and in contrast, should we fail, unfortunately (or fortunately) we will have to rewrite the examination.

Either way, it will not be easy because our character will be proven through either process (elevation or repeating the exam). The higher we go or the more we grow the greater the test. That’s why we are mandated by God to be STILL and know that he is God (allowing him to take us through each step). Once we know the word and can apply it to all situations, it will in the end work for us. The word of God cannot lie. It is the one thing we can call truth. There is no obscurity in the word and it will do just what it was set out to do. In my humble opinion, if things in life were acquired easily, we would not be appreciative of them when they are received. Our appreciation for God would also be increased when we are going through the elevation process. Because it is in this, we will be able to say, if it had not been for the Lord on my side where will I be?  

Listen my dear friend, do not despise your mountains or valleys but in everything give thanks because all things do work together for the good to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. Understand that the latter will be greater but we must sow before we can reap. Don’t spend time wallowing in sorrow but spend time in the word, praying and fasting. Seek first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all things shall be added unto you. Be still and know that he is GOD. He will never leave or forsake you. To be elevated, one must be disintegrated and then regenerated. Keep your head up for the best is yet to come.

Matters Of The Heart


But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith – 1 TIMOTHY 1:5 AMP  (http://bible.com/1588/1ti.1.5.AMP)

Reading such a profound verse caused my heart to cringe. The word, doing what it does best, cutting asunder, brought about a deep conviction within me. I first wondered if I had genuine love, followed by, what type of heart was it coming from? After receiving mutiple blows from life, one can begin to habour the rejection which springs up bitterness. Pain of any kind is never easy and as such, if you would have ever gone through emotional issues, you will be able to tell, that it can cause you to become a “hater” as it is said.

I am no hater, neither will I ever be, for I refuse to totally succumb to my injuries. However, the multiple blows did have a negative impact on my life and based on the aforementioned verse, I realized that my heart needed to be totally purged. The word of God says in Psalms 24 : 3 – 4,

Who may ascend onto the mountain of the Lord ? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart….…… PSALM 24:3‭-‬4a AMP

With some deep rooted resentment in my heart for the people who were instrumental in inflicting pain on me,  will I be able to stand in God’s holy place? ABSOLUTELY NOT! My heart first needs to be pure. Does this mean I am not a Christian? NO! Do I not love the Lord? YES I DO! Therefore my heart needs to get into alignment with his word. It’s often easier to give the reasons why we should hold on to unforgiveness, the feeling of rejection, abandonment or ill will but in wanting to please God (because of his power that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly all we can ask or think, once we avail ourselves) it should becomes just as easy to let go. 

The heart is a sacred place and out of it springs the treasure of life, therefore we must guard it (Proverbs 4:23). We must keep it holy at all times for we serve a holy God, who is the searcher of hearts. 

Never allow the matters of the heart, to cause you to sin against God. No one is worth his place. So as you go through today, I pray for you as I pray for myself, that a pure heart of genuine love will be cultivated. Bitterness will dissipate, as forgiveness is a mandate. May we live in the perfect peace that God has created for us, knowing that vengeance belongs to God and he will pay each man accordingly. Hell is real, and after facing “hell” on earth in certain situations, it is imperative that we live right, to receive that blessed place of rest when Christ returns called HEAVEN. Where there will be no more pain but everlasting worship. Think of the joy that is to come and worship God. PRAISE IN THE HAZE.
 – Candace Cudjoe

Daily Digest: Trust


What is trust? Though there is a formal definition, I would say trust is believing in something that can sometimes be unknown. Why do I say unknown? Let’s look at trusting in God for example. 


The word of God says : 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV
Sometimes however, we have to trust blindly. This I know all too well. Presently I am faced with a situation where all I can do is trust God to bring a solution. However, the situation has no view. You know the little things we would love to see just to make an assessment? THERE IS NONE! I am literally learning to trust the unknown. Knowing that God will not stare me in the wrong direction. This trust test is sometimes difficult because I would like a little info. God,  can I have a little peak? In such a time he would not even say no. There is total silence as he teaches my heart to depend on him. My mom always said “trust him where you can’t trace him” and oh boy I can’t trace him.

If this is you, don’t give up. For through it all he still deserves worship and praise. Remember he is an all sovereign God and his plans are NEVER to hurt us. So trust him, even when you can’t trace him. He will make a way for you. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. –Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

ARISE!

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!

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!!

Daily Digest: The Surrendered Life


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To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better, but real solid sin. Actually, that is all He can take from us. And what He gives us in exchange for our sin is real solid righteousness. But we must surrender all pretense that we are anything, and give up all our claims of even being worthy of God’s consideration.

Once we have done that, the Spirit of God will show us what we need to surrender next. Along each step of this process, we will have to give up our claims to our rights to ourselves. Are we willing to surrender our grasp on all that we possess, our desires, and everything else in our lives? Are we ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them.

If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.

Prayer
Breath on me, Breath of God, until my mind and spirit are in suitable adjustment to You. Shed abroad liberty and purity and power among and in us all.