We Stop The Flow


THIS IS A WARNING!

Many of us are praying for something, some of which are MIRACLES (emphasis added). Please note that our prayers will NOT be answered and the blessings will NOT FLOW, if we are carrying unforgiveness in our hearts. These are not my words but the word of the Lord. 

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. –Psalms 66:18 

So please, let it go. Rid yourself of unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment and the likes, for its only then God will answer your prayer. His word cannt lie, so maybe your results is taking long because you are harbouring unforgiveness. Repent and ask again. Watch God bring it to pass

ARISE!

Daily Digest: Unchangeable


What does it mean that Christ is changeless (“you are always the same”)? It means that Christ’s character will never change. He persistently shows his love to us. He is always fair, just, and merciful to us who are so undeserving. Be thankful that Christ is changeless-he will always help you when you need it and offer forgiveness when you fall.

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Like a mantle [thrown about one’s self] You will roll them up, and they will be changed and replaced by others. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end nor come to failure. [Ref: Ps. 102:25-27.]
Hebrews 1:12 AMP

– Life Application Bible
ARISE! ! !

Pillow Talk: Words That Build Up


Recently I was faced with a situation which led to the annulment of an almost fifteen year friendship. You can imagine how painful that was because this was someone I built a bond with and considered a sister. A lot of my personal life (things I won’t casually share) was shared with this person and after all that, the friendship had to come to an end for reasons I prefer not to disclose. However, the pain I was feeling made me so angry and bitter initially. Yes I said angry and bitter. Deep within in me though, I knew that this feeling was not one of God and was bent on getting it out of me. After much prayer, reading and counseling, I was coming along fine. My hearts greatest desire about this entire ordeal, was not to ill-speak this person, though there were many reasons to. What would be the sense of it? What would it profit me? What would it profit the kingdom of God? Absolutely nothing but rather it would cause the issue to fester and bear evil fruits. Most of all, it would cause unforgiveness. So I did what I know to do best, I prayed and told God what I wanted and as usual he answered me through his word. I was led to read Ephesians 4 but the two verses which stood out to me was verses 31 and 32.

Ephesians 4:31 –  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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There was also an excerpt in my bible which reinforced these verses (See below). God requires our lips to sing praises, uplift and build his Kingdom. Worrying about what people did to you and slandering their names makes absolutely no sense. That is a distraction and distractions are never implemented by God. Though sometimes people may hurt you really bad and you may feel like letting the world know what kind of people they are, use your mouth to genuinely speak blessings into their lives. GENUINELY. Do not bear malice but let God do what needs to be done. Let God carry out his duties by being the righteous judge that he is. LET YOUR LIPS SING PRAISES UNTO THE KING.

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Paul’s words admonish us to speak  only good, not corrupt, words – ones that build up encourage and edify. Our words are to constitute a gift to the hearer. Jesus and Paul are examples for us in their use of uplifting words to encourage. Even when his ship started to sink, Paul gave words of encouragement. When Jesus disciples were sinking he spoke words of encouragement to them. When Paul was being persecuted, the Lord appeared beside him and encouraged him. Many people are bowed down under heavy emotional loads and are weary of life’s struggle. How eager they are to hear a word of encouragement. Often we turn the other way but the Lord  wants to give us kind words to say if we are willing to make ourselves available. In Proverbs, the book of wisdom, much is written about the value of encouraging words. Not only do pleasant words taste sweet but there use can lift us up to high places. Whether we want to be encouragers because Jesus said, “be of good cheer”, because Paul urged us to “take heart” or because we are simply called to lift up the weary, edify the saints and evangelize the lost, whatever our reason for wishing to bring sweetness to the soul, now is the time to start.

ARISE!

The Amazing F’s


Forgiveness brings freedom. There is no if’s, but’s or maybe’s about that. When we forgive, we are setting ourselves free of the poison that’s lurking on the inside. How do I know? Let’s just say, I’m speaking from a place of experience. I remember recently, while I was fasting and asking for more of God, he ministered to me, “To get closer to me you need to forgive”. What was even more amazing was the fact that he quenched my thirst with a fresh breeze as soon as I said YES LORD, I FORGIVE (Calling the name of the individual). Confused? Let me explain. I was fasting but also had school that wonderful Sunday morning. In my haste to be on time, I forgot my bottle of water home and the place is usually dead on a Sunday, which made a bottle of water difficult to get so early in the morning. So there I was, walking to the garden after school in the hot sun, with no water but filled with determination and enthusiasm to hear from the Lord.

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Did my parched throat bother me? Initially but I set my mind on things above and not under (Colossians 3:2) and laid it aside. While reading the book of Colossians, God spoke those words to me and I started to weep because I only realize how bitter I was on the inside concerning this particular individual. This hate was birthed in my childhood days and grew as I did. Can you imagine the black hole, it would have created? Colossians 3:13 –  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Waow what a word. Did Christ forgive you? Yes he did. Did you gain freedom through your forgiveness? Yes you did. Were you not mandated to be Christlike (Philippians 2:5)? Yes you were. So what’s the problem? I’ll speak from my experience and say it’s hard for us to forgive because we are selfish. Selfish in that we are focused on us in the entire situation. Have you ever thought of the person being empty and hence hurting you were for fulfillment, which we know they won’t receive. Fulfillment comes from the Lord himself. Would you believe I got confirmation of this from the word recently?  (Read Ephesians 4). We are asked not to grieve the Holy Spirit and we can do so through the amazing F’s. Forgive, be free and live according to the word. As a child of God we are also to love as he loves. Looking beyond faults and seeing needs. Your brother or sister has a problem, pray for them, rather than bear malice.

I am glad that my heart is developing into what God wants it to be and the amazing F’s have an integral part to play. Are you holding on to a hurt or pain that keeps gripping you everyday? You too can live by the amazing F’s. Simply start with forgiving and I guarantee you that your entire life will change. You will be free to live, laugh, worship and accomplish your dreams.

Will you try the amazing F’s?