Never Lose Hope…

it wont rain 4 everNever lose hope, no matter the size of the mountain confronting you. Your mountain will move as long as you retain your hope in God, because He knows the foundation of every mountain, and can easily uproot them. – Pastor E. A Adeboye (General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church Of God).

His words says :” Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it (Zechariah 4:7 KJV).

Have a blessed weekend.

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Flashback 3 : Message Of Hope

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Hi pals. It’s been  a while. I have been caught up with so much work lately. I t feels good to be back, especially as I bring good news to those in pain and sorrow; and to those who seem to be saying “God has abandoned me” or “God can NEVER see me through my pains and sorrow.”

Flashback 3 (please check out Flashback 1 and Flashback 2) brings back some of my messages of hope which I have shared in the past, and which is still strengthening people around the world, and which I belief still have the potency to do even much more today. Glory to God !

Flashback 3 is a special dedication to three people that I know who have been waiting on God for many years to become mothers. I feel your pains. I join my faith with yours and wish tons of testimonies sooner than you can ever imagine. Please read and have faith that…

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;

neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” – Isaiah 59:1

Please click and read the following messages of hope….and  have a rewarding read….

1. Keep Your Head Up : GOD Is Still GOD

2. Never lose hope…

3. The Awesome And Privileged Gift Of A New Day

4. Pause For A While …. And Count Your Blessings…

5. Exodus Chapter 14…My Comforter…

 

Are You Tired Of Waiting On God ?

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Have you been waiting on God for something(s) for so long and you are about to quit waiting damning the consequences? Can you tell how close you are to your testimony? Can you tell how far-reaching the consequences of turning away from God would go? Don’t you think it is better to wait for God forever than to turn your back on Him, with the likely chain-tales of regrets?  “The Lord knows what time is best for us. If you are waiting for answered prayers or the fulfillment of one of His promises, do not give up. If you think He has forgotten you, think again. When the fullness of time is right for you, He will show up – and His brilliant timing will amaze you! (Joe Stowell)

Please do not be tired of waiting on God. Sincerely speaking, sometimes I feel like turning away too, after waiting for so long to get answers to my prayers, and then take the “fast lane.” But it is so hard to forget all the awesome things He has done for me in the past and even at the moment. Being alive is even enough reason to have hope.

My friend, I want to read your testimonies soon and NOT your “had I known” story. For me, it’s really scary to even think of what may become of me and my household if I suddenly give up on God. Hey! come on. So long as we are still alive and have made God our father, we will read each other’s testimonies very soon. Thus says the Lord: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me”(Isaiah 49:5).

Please do not give up on God. Just hold on a little while…a little while…..you just never can tell how close you are to the “victory song”……. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakuk 2:3)

I look forward to reading your testimonies, and sharing more of mine, with the world, in Jesus name, amen.

God bless you.

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God Does Not Answer Prayers !!!???

church_-_Prayer[1]I have heard (and read) people say God does not answer prayers. This position could be as a result of praying for a long time without results or because of an unpleasant event that happened to them or someone else. This dwindles or completely erodes their faith in God and the conclusion is that “God Does Not Answer Prayers!” The aftermath is to seek alternative man-made gods, often times, leading to tales of sorrow and regret.

With my little knowledge and experience, I have put together what I think could be the problem. So, slowly, please read and reflect on these likely causes. I am sure some doubts and beliefs would be cleared. If you know anyone who shares in the belief that God does not answer prayers, please do me the favour of referring the person to this post. Please read on…..

Sin creates barriers between prayers and God…

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Sometimes, in our own interest, God does not approve of our requests….

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov 14:12)

You have not been showing gratitude to God by telling people of His awesome goodness to you….

“Share your testimonies! As long as you keep it to yourself, you deny many people of their blessings and you will be held responsible someday. One reason God did what He did in your life is so that your testimony can trigger that of others. How are you utilizing this powerful tool?” (Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG)

Not caring to thank God after He has granted your request(s)….

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:17-19)

Fear reduces the quality of your prayers….

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” (Exodus 14:13)

Sometimes people depend on worldly things even after prayers…..

“And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear…” (1 Sam 17:47)

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matt 4:24)

 Lack of faith is a serious barrier to praying with results….

“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Gen 18:12-13)

So my friend, God still answers prayers. Yes He does. I am a living witness. So many other people can attest to this fact. I belief you are one of them too. God is not wicked. He means well for us. So, if God is not answering your prayers or the prayers of someone you know, it could just be one of the reasons above and not that He has lost His potency or that any other power is greater than Him, for He says :   “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.” (Jere 29:11).

So, we have to continue praying until something happens….

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess 5:17)

God bless us all.

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Dry Bones Shall Rise Again !!!

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again'”- (Luke 24:1-7)

Surely they killed & buried Him and thought it was over for Him. But they forgot about His resurrection Power !

That same power that raised Jesus from the dead is hereby activated for our enjoyment. Everything dead and buried thing in our life is hereby brought back to life to flourish in Jesus name. Every challenge, sorrow, pain, sickness, lack, and everything that is not of God in our lifes is hereby, by the ressurection of our Lord Jesus, rolled way in Jesus name, amen.

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” – (Matt 28:2)

HAPPY EASTER !!!

 

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Truly, GOD Answers Prayers !!!

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Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG.

Saturday, 16th March 2013, will for ever be a day to remember for a colleague of mine. That was the day God, in His infinite wisdom and magnanimity decided to make her the happiest woman in the world, by making her a mother….after waiting on God for……wait for it…….nine years !!! Wowwww !!! I can imagine the feeling. I can imagine the way she smiles now. I can imagine how the new father feels. I can also imagine how they now see God.

One thing that is hard to explain is why GOD does things the way and time He does them. But what I don’t need any Pastor to tell me is that TRULY,  GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS !!! Its really encouraging for me because she is the third person I will talk to God about concerning the fruit of the womb, and God did not make me, and every other person who wished her God’s mercies, to be put to shame.

So, to GOD be all the glory for His mercies for allowing fertilisation to take place, for seeing her through during the pregnancy, delivery and post delivery. Glory be to God for the angelic gift of a boy that ended the nine months journey. May His mercies and grace continue to shine upon her, the baby ad the husband. May the Lord be a father to the baby in all respects.

Are you waiting on God for something? Be patient. Is it not better to wait on God for ever than to run after the devil and his disciples?  Hold on tight to God. It is worth it because (Prov 10:22 says) : “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Put Him to remembrance all the time.  Isaiah 43:26 says : “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

Do not listen to discouraging stories. Do not be moved by discouraging scenes. No matter how hopeless the situation might be “….. with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  The Israelites (Exodus 14) were completely hopeless at the Red Sea. But God shocked them all when  “…the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me?  Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 14:15). It sounds really stupid. Isn’t it?  But, as by GOD,  ” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

God is awesome !!! For me and my household, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. It is either GOD or GOD. Are you waiting on Him for anything ? Do you know someone who is ? I have a message from from GOD to you (or the person) :

 “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will  seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”                                                                                                                  

Thanks for your time and CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Itunu Ashogbon and family.

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When Darkness Overtakes The Godly, Light Will Come Bursting In

PrayerEveryone goes through seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness. He will flood you with His light! “When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in”(Psalm 112:4, NLT).

Notice that the word of God not say, “the light will come trickling in.” No, it says that the “light will come bursting in!” That means, suddenly, you will see God’s goodness. Suddenly, you’ll be promoted. Suddenly, the answer will come! Suddenly you will see yourself behind the red sea. Suddenly, what you thought was impossible becomes a testimony. Suddenly, your oppressor comes to kneel before you to beg for forgiveness.

Suddenly, your oppressor comes to kneel before you to beg for forgiveness. Suddenly, you will get to see to see that I am extremely sane when I say that GOD IS STILL GOD !!!

If you’ve been going through a difficult time, get ready for the goodness of God in a new way. Know that His light is about to come bursting in! Get ready for breakthroughs. Get ready for promotion. Get ready for restoration.

You may have had that problem for a long time, but today could be the day that your testimony will come. Suddenly, things will change! God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in; because “when darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in” (Psalm 112:4, NLT).

However, you have to stay connected to him. Staying connected to him is like a child staying close to the parents when he is playing . He has a feeling of security. His parents watch over him and quickly come to his aid whenever he needs them. His parents constantly check on him to ensure that it is well with him. However, when the child leaves the presence of his parents to go and play, anything can happen. If earthly parents can provide such care and concern, what do you expect from God.

One way of staying connected is through PRAYERS. It is the best armor against ALL trials and difficult times. I have had my own fair share of “darkness.” But it is heart-warming to say that PRAYER REALLY WORKS !.Just keep on praying. Pray until something happens. God says : “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). Pray until light bursts in and consumes the “darkness” in your life(if any).

I look forward to reading your testimonies, cos when darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in……from GOD.

God bless us all, and may He encourage us to pray and pray and pray, in Jesus name, AMEN !.

 

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Keep Your Head Up : GOD Is Still GOD

Dont worrySeptember 22, (or there about)2001 marked a turning point in my life. Even though I had had many powerful testimonies about the awesome magnanimity of God, this month and year changed my thoughts and hope on God for ever.

My younger brother was wrongly diagnosed and treated for malaria, instead of typhoid fever. By the time it was discovered that he actually had typhoid fever, his blood had almost dried up…yes! Dried up. It had reduced to 23 PVC. The challenge was taking his blood sample so that we could buy blood for transfusion. As the devil would have it, the tiny drop he had in him had started clotting. His blood group could not even be seen to buy. Fortunately, a friend donated one pint, which was next to nothing, compared to how much blood he had lost.

All through the night my brother laid on that ill-equipped hospital, which was the nearest we could rush him to, he was as cold as a frozen fish. His eyes looked grayish all through and he did not see any one of us by his bed side. At that moment, I had lost all hope. I only continued to beg God to have mercy upon us and bring my brother back to life, because he was gone. Yes! GONE.

It was actually a Saturday night. God speared his life that night. By morning time, his body had received a DIVINE TOUCH. His temperature had improved. He was able to see us. At this point, we got to know that even though his eyes were open all through the night, he was not seeing, as he accused some of his friends of abandoning him all through the night. Meanwhile, they were with him all through the night.

Guess what. By Wednesday (5 days after), my brother, who lay Iifeless on that hospital bed, five days earlier was strong enough to give the devil and his disciples a memorable punch. He was discharged as a result. Today, he is happily married with a family. Praise God !!!

Since then, my favorite part of the Bible has been Exodus chapter 14. I call the chapter My Comforter (if you have never read the chapter, please do). From then on, I developed this confidence and hope in GOD that makes me constantly tell those in pains to keep their heads up, pray instead and wait on God .

One of such is persons and to whom this post is dedicated, is a friend who was finding it very tough with life, especially at work. He was always downcast and thought of many options, which did not include reporting to God what he was passing through. With confidence, I often told him two things: firstly, no matter how degrading or humiliating his job was; and no matter the amount of frustration he was getting from his boss, he should do his work well. Secondly, and more importantly, he should take his pains to God in prayers without ceasing and report his boss who does not belief in the transient nature of power. With my journey through life so far, I could not think of a better advice. My advice was priceless.

I prayed along with him for God to show that He gives and takes power and that He should  repeat what He did for the Israelites in the land of Egypt. Today, a new chapter has been opened in his life. He now has a job he can be proud of – promising, decent, comfortable and a humble and caring boss. Now he flashes back to those days when I used to advise him. Now, he beliefs that indeed GOD is still GOD.

Thus, as someone who has tasted the awesome magnanimity and power of God several times, I have found it very easy to recommend this ULTIMATE PROBLEM SOLVER to those in “pains.”

Like my friend, oftentimes, we do not get what we want from GOD at the time we needed it. He is the only one who can give the exact reasons for His actions. Even though, we expect things to happen our own way. Truly…


the vision is yet for an appointed time,

 but at the end it shall speak

and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it;

 because it will surely come…(Hab 2:3)

And truly, God will show His awesome power to those who diligently and prayerfully put their hope on Him. No doubt, it’s hard to wait sometimes. But is it not better to wait on God forever than to hurriedly run after the devil and his disciples and then have a bag full of regrets???

Often times, people lose their divine gifts because they think they are wiser than GOD or because they think  that God is too slow. The book of Proverbs 14:12 says that:

There is a way which seemeth 

right unto a man,but the end 

 thereof are the ways of death


So, are you pressed down by some of the challenges of this life? Have you been praying for so long without answers? Or perhaps you have been looking for solutions where they don’t exist? Do you know that someone else has had a more complex problem and was delivered by God Almighty? Do you agree that God is not wicked, deaf  or selective in helping people? Do you belief in the amazing grace and mercies of God ? Do you know that troubles and temptations are bound to face us everyday ? DO YOU BELIEF IN GOD’S ABILITY TO SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM ???

 For me and my household, God has been very wonderful. We have had had our problems and challenges too. But I refuse to close my eyes to God’s magnanimity towards me and my family. I can never thank Him enough. I am sure a lot of people out there (including you) can also attest to His grace, mercies and awesome magnanimity.

So, if you know anyone (or perhaps you are the one) who is always deep in thoughts or worried, with plenty of confidence, I say (or please say to the person) …. keep your head up….diligently seek God’s intervention, cos I am soooo sure that GOD is still GOD !!!

“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.’ (Jere 29:11)


GOD bless us all …. and congratulations to my good friend.

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Keep Your Head Up….Breakthrough Lies Ahead

IMG_20131227_113138 (1)Have you ever found yourself in a very difficult situation, where you find yourself in deep thoughts enmeshed in hopelessness and a feeling that seems to scream “GIVE UP. IT’S NO USE?” As such times, it seems as if it is all over. You don’t seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It seems you are the worst sinner on earth who is probably suffering for his/her sins. In extreme cases, you may have thought of doing some nasty things. And as such times, all you feel like doing is to put you head down, with or without you hand providing support and soak yourself in a feat of worry. Well, if you have, you are not alone because I have found myself in similar situations a number of times 🙂

I do not know where I got it from – I have a “die-hard” kind of attitude. My son also has this “daddy I can do it” attitude 🙂 I always believe that I am very close to my goal…my target…a solution to my problems or an answer to a nagging question. I am always afraid that I may later discover, painfully, that an option or action I shunned was actually my joker. Even though it is natural to worry, I have discovered over time, that worrying itself, is a monster on its own, which can destroy one, if one is not very careful. Many cases of hypertension have been traced to worrying and mental stress. Doctors said my mother died of complications arising from hypertension. This occurred after the death of my dad. How sad.

As I speak, I have some underachieved targets in life. One fact no can take away from me is that every problem under heaven, has a solution. I only need to look for it. In looking for it, I have discovered that obstacles have one mission; and that is, to live up to the meaning of the word itself – to prevent me from reaching my goals. I have also discovered that ALL obstacles can, have been and will always be surmountable. So, rather that brood over problems, I have developed an attitude which makes me to constantly search for “bridges” that will take me to my targets, my goals, my sweet dream and my happiness 🙂  As I do this, I am not oblivious of the fact that I can NEVER make good success without GOD’s help. His words provide me loads of hope.

My journey through life has shown that a lot of people have achieved huge successes in their endeavous mainly because they stayed on…they refused to give up….they believed in themselves….they believed that success and overcoming challenges usually require staying focused and excessively determined to follow the paths that will lead to breakthroughs.

Success stories abound everywhere – in all sectors and in all strata of life. Aside from those who inherit success/wealth from parents or other sources, all success stories are similar – loads of hard work, determination, refusal to accept failure and always keeping heads up when failure or challenges force heads down in order to avoid worrying into permanent failure. This is the path I have “planted” myself. So, when trouble, failure, problems or challenges force my head down, I put it up again and again 🙂 We can see clearer, hear better and think better with our heads up.  It takes courage, resilience and guts to stare problems in the face and mutter  “it shall come to pass” as I am used to muttering.

In all of this, problems and challenges are determined to stay with us for as long as we unable to do the right things to eliminate them. So, let’s keep our heads up….fight problems and challenges……and we shall overcome, by the grace of God 🙂

God bless and direct us all, amen.

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Farewell Nelson “Madiba” Mandela

And finally, Nelson Madiba Mandela goes to a place of ETERNAL PEACE  and REST….where great and exceptional men/women go to after doing so much to bless other people…after sacrificing their own well being and comfort to create a good life for their fellow human beings…. after giving priority to their community, state and nation over their own preferences….after living a life of service to mankind and God almighty…and after living a life that gives a true definition of what true leadership is all about.

No doubt, Madiba lived  a fulfilled life. His life was a source of inspiration to millions across the world. His shoes are too big for anyone to fill. His achievements are very uncommon, especially in this days when leadership is all about ME, MYSELF AND I. Even at 95, people, including my humble self,  still wanted him to live on.  The truth is that there is never a ripe age to lose a loved one, especially someone of Madiba’s stature.  But….

There is a time for everything, 

and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

a time to be born and a time to die,

– Eccle 3:1-2

Farewell, Mandela. I grew up knowing you. I grew up learning about your service to mankind and to God. I grew up learning about your sacrifice for your people and humanity. Its really amazing to know that you spent 27 years in jail just to prove that….

“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done,

but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought,

because of my conscience.” (1962)

And that…

Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  

– August – 1970

You also gave this food for thought for us all, especially leaders at all levels across the world….

Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well. 

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains,

but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Painfully, I have to say farewell Madiba. May your soul continually rest peacefully in the presence of the most high God. May He also give your family and loved ones, the heart to bear this huge loss. I only hope that your life and the reactions to your death will serve as a strong food for thought for leaders across the world, and indeed everyone.

Adieu….farewell…rest in peace….Madiba.

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