Daily Digest: Not Like You


This world is filled with millions of individuals who can praise God, yet not one can do it like me neither can I do it like them. It’s amazing just to think that God hears our individual praise. The freqency of my voice is quite different to that of another. I guess the Psalmist David knew that, is why he said:

“What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? – Psalms 30:9 KJV”

Isn’t it amazing. There would have been others to praise God but not like David. My testimony might be similiar to yours but the time of testing quite different, which in itself brings a unique praise. I admonish you this morning, let no one or nothing stop your praise. The word of God says, He inhabits the praises of his people. God knows and love the frequency of your voice, so praise on. If you feel too overwhelmed to give a praise, know that weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. Faith it till you make it. 

ARISE!!

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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

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!!

Thinking Out Loud


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Where would it take me? No one has the answer  to that question but myself, for it is only I who knows exactly how my life is being lived. This question is applicable to many facets of life but this morning I choose to touch on one a particular aspect.

The life I lead, where it is leading me? To heaven or hell? Closer to God or further away? To depression or to peace? To solutions or more problems? Again, these I do have answers for and what follows is my approach to their answers. Should my answers be positive (bless the Lord) and I will continue to build my relationship with Christ. However, should it be negative (hmmm), then I got some work to do. Sounds like a lot  but it’s actually simple .  I have to make up my mind to surrender all and do things that will build me spiritually. Just as we need daily physical food, likewise the spiritual.

Many says, “as I look at things in the world today, I can see signs of the time, Jesus is coming soon, get your life right” and (yes this is true) but my friend, we should be bent on getting our lives right even if the world was a better place. It should not be eye-servant service but relentless service because of who he (God) is.

I can tell you from my life experience, God really did a work in me. Facebook recently started sharing memories post and when I saw some of those memories, I had to say thank you Father for saving me.  A few years ago my life was messed up but today I stand with my feet in a different place. Though this is so, there is downside to which I have noticed many persons are struggling with. It’s called, “the busyness of life”.

The more we do, is the more we seem to find to do and the less we find time to pray or read the word. After a long day at work, we may have other group commitments or even a family to care of. Pick the kids up from school, go to meetings, then the grocery store, hustle home, prepare for the next day, maybe wash clothes…… should I go on? By the time we lay down, before we can say God, we are knocked out. The constant flow of this occurrence, leaves one weak. Easy target for the enemy. Easy phase to sin (in some cases fall away from God entirely ) which ultimately leads to hell. It’s funny that the road to hell starts with subtle set backs. Things we don’t even notice. It’s seems harder to do right and effortless to do wrong.

I am just thinking out loud as I measure the priorities in my life. We can get so caught up, we forget the one who gave us the ability to be “caught up”. Be admonished just as I am to MAKE TIME FOR GOD. He daily makes time for us (eg. by provision of oxygen ). Make him the center of your life. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. That’s the word. God loves when we worship and revere him. A plea to all (myself included ), make time for God. He is waiting on us.

There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12 AMP
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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! ! !

Daily Digest: Can Your Character Speak?


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Paul challenged the Philippians to pursue Christlikeness by following Paul’s own pattern or example. This did not mean, of course, that they should copy everything he did; he had just stated that he was not perfect. But as he focused his life on being like Christ, so should they. The Gospels may not yet have been in circulation, so Paul could not tell them to read the Bible to see what Christ was like. Therefore he urged them to imitate him. That Paul could tell people to follow his example is a testimony to his character. Can you do the same? What kind of follower would a new Christian become if he or she imitated you?

Php.3.17.nkjv Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

Prayer
Father thank you for this day. I pray that my life would be an example for others,  not just today but everyday. Let me show you in all my doings. Let my shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify you in heaven. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus’s name. Amen.