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…

 

All That Glitters Is Not Gold…

Collins is a very hard-working young man in his early thirties. He had a job which can be described as a good one in terms of the major parameters for assessing a job – good salary, prospects for growth, good welfare schemes among others. In search of greener pastures, he resigned from his job for another because of the mouth-watering offers that came with the new job – a car, better salary, foreign training and accommodation among others. Not too long after resumption, he gets to discover that there were some things about the new job which were not revealed to him – most of which would have made him turn down the job if he was told from the onset. But sadly, it was too late to go back to his former job. What followed can be described as a nightmare !

Jennifer is a very pretty lady. She has everything going for her – good job, a good family background and a good education. Then came John, an equally handsome young man with a good job too. John was a smooth talker who would make any girl to fall for him. John appeared like a saint. He had money to spend and give Jenifer a good time. His charming looks complimented his “good looking purse.” It was not too long that Jennifer realised that John was not just a married man, but had five children from three women. She also got to know that John was a drug Lord who was playing a hide and seek game with the cops !

Edwin, is a handsome and well-nurtured young man in his thirties.  With a good job and good looks, he had always believed that he could have any lady at his beck and call. He had a very humble and well-mannered lady for a fiancee. Even though she was not too pretty, she was the kind of lady a man would want to have as a life-time partner – humble, peaceful, respectful, hardworking, loving, caring, submissive and what have you. Two months to their wedding day, Edwin dropped a bomb – he could not go ahead with the planned wedding !!! Soon, it was discovered that the reason behind his action was because of a fair skinned beautiful lady that he had been dating for months. However, Edwin got the greatest shock of life when he got to know that the lady he had been having an affair with, and who was two months pregnant for him, was actually his step-sister whom his father abandoned from birth, together with her mother without the knowledge of Edwin’s mother !

McDonald, is a promising Nigerian Painter.  He is happily married with two kids. He gave his family a good life with  his business, with the support of his hard-working wife. Soon, his friend convinced him into taking taking part in a deal that would have fetched them a lot of money running into millions of Naira (Nigerian currency). McDonald fell for it. Things went messy. They were picked up by the police. McDonald and his friend are serving jail sentences. His family is in a very bad situation !

The United States of America is a beautiful country with the good things of life reasonably available for majority of her citizens and residents. This lured Tunde, a Nigerian, who was doing very well in his trading business – a good home, a car and a good bank account – to abandon his country with documents whose authenticity was in doubt. He was convinced by his friend that all his papers would be formalised when they get to the USA. With his eyes and mind on the USA, Tunde beat all the odds and got to America with his friend. Not too long after they arrived Tunde became a fugitive – always on the run from the cops for having fake travelling papers. After, two years of hiding in very odd places, Tunde was finally arrested and deported – to start life all over again in Nigeria !

Good things are good. They are desired by all, including my humble self.  But in desiring for them, wisdom, reasoning, and of course, prayers is needed. Collins, Jennifer, McDonald, Tunde and Edwin have one thing in common – they leaped before looking; or should I say they refused to look before leaping because they were convinced that all that glitters is gold !!!

A word is enough for the wise. Wishing you and me a regret-free weekend 🙂

 

 

 

Exodus Chapter 14…My Comforter…

“God will make a way

when there seems to be no way

He works in ways we cannot see

He will make a way for me….”

Don Moen

Hii. I have done quite a number of posts on the “awesome power of God.” But I don’t know why I keep having the urge to dwell on an event recorded in Exodus 14, which I have been refering to as “My Comforter.” I call the chapter My Comforter because that is exactly what it does each time I read or reflected on it – it comforts and strengtens me.

I have a feeling that there is someone out there who really needs to be comforted. So I said I won’t sleep until this post hits my blog….

Exodus chapter 14 is a story of “hopelessness turned into testimony.” To me, I am yet to find another hopeless situation that is worse than what we have in that chapter.

Imagine the scene. A mighty red sea in front and thousands of war-ready Egyptians behind, with the unarmed Isrealites in the middle. I guess the Isrealites would have started preparing for their death or capture. “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.” (Verse 10)

In the midst of this obviously hopeless situation, it really sounded stupid when 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.”(Verse 13)

I don’t know what I would have said or done in that situation. I would have been really provoked if I had heard the Lord say “unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” (verse 15). Go forward? To where? Into the sea !!!?

But, on God’s instruction, “…Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”(Verse 21-22). Woww !!!

And so, in an obviously hopeless situation, “….the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.”(Verse 30-31)

So, my friend, draw your conclusions….from “My Comforter”……

God bless you 🙂

“God will make a way

when there seems to be no way

He works in ways we cannot see

He will make a way for me….”

Don Moen

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He Listens…He hears…Any time, Any Where And Any How…

I was just pondering over the one-of-a kind nature of God, and I decided to share it with you….

Have you ever experienced a situation whereby you wanted to tell someone something and what you hear was : “can’t you see I am talking to someone!”

What about asking for a favour on phone and what you hear is :”speak louder. I can’t hear you” or you hear: “I can’t hear you. The line is breaking.” The worst of all is trying to make a call during an emergency and a bad network connection makes it impossible.

Still, have you spoken to your boss, parents or someone older than you, while sitting down and they yell at you: “don’t you have respect?!”

What about a very funny sight in a football match where you see the two sides bow their heads and pray….to the same God !

Another interesting one is imagining the thousands of languages across the world – all of which are used to pray to God. What about the billions of locations from where all of these prayers takes place.

The most touching of all, is the prayers of sinners – sinners like me.

In all of these situations, God hears and listens. How He responds is not the issue here; but the fact that God hears and listens to everything we say….anytime, anyhow or anywhere.

So, talk to God always…whenever, however and where ever you want to. He is not man…and would never be !!!

Have a blissful day 🙂

NB: All of my personal posts about God are based on my personal experiences. They are not fiction or make-belief stories (except where I say they are). I share them with you with 100% confidence, believing that God will prove Himself to you 🙂

The Power In “By God’s Grace” and “God willing”

Two days ago, I concluded with my younger brother to pay them a visit with my family the next day (yesterday). I did not really pray about it. All I kept saying anytime the issue came up was “by the grace of God.” And then came yesterday. We started preparation. As soon as we were ready to leave, belief or not, a thick cloud gathered. While I was still surprised at the suddeness, a terrible sand storm followed. And then the rain came pouring. I called my brother to tell him of the development. He said there were no such things over there. The down pour continued for about four hours. Around 2pm when it certain that we would not be able to make the journey, …. guess what? The rain stopped !!! Unbeliefable !!!

As someone who ALWAYS prefers God to have His way in all I do; and because of my short prayers, I simply said: “God understands…may His wiil be done.”

Consider this : a man leaves for work in the morning and greets his family “bye bye. See you in the evening.” Unknown to him, he just said his last “bye bye” to his family. He hits the road and later died in an auto accident.

Consider this too: a woman admires her adorable son and says “my son, soon you will be in high school. Woww! How time flies.” The son later falls ill and…dies !

I do not want to bore you with the countless pronouncements that we make on a daily basis. Most of it are usually made without due consideration for this popular saying : man proposes and God disposes. Most of them are made with subtle arrogance. Consider this : “by this time next year I will be a millionaire.” Someone might call it self confidence or positive thinking. Tell me : what can self confidence and positive thinking bring if God says “NO !!!”

Over the years, two short prayers have become a way of life for me : “by God’s grace” and “God willing.” Consider this : “by the grace of God, by this time next year, I will be a millionaire.” Though simply said, you have done two things – you have simply told God that you are counting on Him for the millions and you have indirectly begged God to spare your life till that time.”

Consider this too : “Bye my love. God willing, I will take you out when I come back from work.” Here, you are not only counting on God to grant you journey mercies, but to also watch over you and and your loved ones till you return.” All centered on two words – God willing !!!

If you are not bored, consider this : “God willing, I will get that job at the bank.” Here, you have simply asked God our all-knowing God to decide if the job is good for you and to help you get the job. As simple as the prayer sounds, it is far-reaching.

So my friend, join me in always saying “God willing” and “by God’s grace” – they are two of the most powerful short prayers that I can recommend to anyone.

See what God’s Book says about this : “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” (James 4:13-17) 

Also reflect on these:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psa 37:5)

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” (1 Sam 2:3)

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

GOD IS GOOD !!!

Thanks for your time.

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Equiping Ourselves For A “Case” Against God !

Bible-4.jpgAs a Business and Accounting student, my best course (subject) was law (different branches). I loved the way the legal profession worked – all I needed to do was to convince my lecturers that my answer was right (even when it was not). To do this, I needed to quote statutory provisions and cite decided cases, among others, to prove that my answer was right. Most of the answers I got wrong were those I could not “convince” or put my lecturers in remembrance.

Over time, in my quest for spiritual growth, I found out that my relationship with God, especially as it relates to my prayer life, was actually similar to the one I had with my law lecturers. I discovered that, God too, needed me to engage Him in an argument. See what I found : “Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right) Isaiah 43:26 (AMP).

To convince my lecturer, I had to fill my head with facts from law text books and materials. Similarly, to put God in remembrance and engage Him in an argument, I needed to fill my head with His words. The best place to get these was unarguably, the BIBLE !!!

What this meant was that I had to read my Bible much more than before in order to have enough facts to “win my case against God” 🙂 It also meant that I had to go to church and attend places of worship regularly to grow my “data base” of God’s amazing words.

This discovery affected, and still affects my prayer life till date. The words: “you said in your words (The Bible)” has become a permanent feature in my prayers. However, can God act like man by denying His own words? Can He go against His own words? Can He thwart justice by not declaring us the “winner” of “cases” we won?

It is really reassuring to read that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23:19-KJV). His words further adds : “Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” (Jere 1:12-KJV)

So, start reading your Bible often … everyday. If you have the opportunity, get the word of God from your church and other gatherings. Don’t just read the Bible, follow it diligently.

Then when you pray, “put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right) Isaiah 43:26 (AMP)….says the Lord.

What follows is testimonies. Wishing you and I loads of it.

God bless us all, amen

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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.

Thanks for your time.

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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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Praying Your Way Through In An Unsafe World

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

I just had a discussion with a colleague over the wicked and sinful world in which we now find ourselves. We now live a world where the devil is wrecking so much havoc on per second basis. There is hardly a country today without its own fair share of bad news. My beloved country is not excluded. These days, it seems that all the media houses are thriving on bad news – satanic attacks, bomb blasts, suicide bombings, wars, armed robbery, rape, flooding, earth quakes, assassinations, murder, incest, plane crashes, gun attacks in schools……..One then begins to wonder how to survive each passing day with so much evil out there.

Governments all over the world have failed to keep us safe. In some countries it is even the government that is killing its own people. On our own and in the alternative, we have done so many things to stay safe. Some have even resorted to the occult. But the rampaging of the devil and his disciples continues unabated – sucking blood and spreading sorrow !!!

As it is, the only way out is to cleave to the unfailing source of security; the ultimate power that swallows up other powers; the God of gods and the Lord of lords and the one who has delivered me (and I belief you too) from the “mouth of the lion” countless times. His protection seems to be the most reliable these days, as every other means and source of protection and security have failed us big time.

Thus, these days, we need to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). We need to commit each day into God’s hands. Thus, “in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”(Prov 3:6 says).

And at night, we need to acknowledge and give Him praises for a job well done through out the day because “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation”(Exodus 15:13).

And before we sleep we need to ask him for the mercies of the night because “…except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain”. (Psalm 127:1). He’s ever waiting for our prayers. He does not charge consultation fees. He does not discriminate. He is not like man who sleeps even while watching over us. He is not like man who turns around to kill the person he is watching over. He knows everything that is going to happen. He does not require you to sacrifice a family member or to shed blood before he can protect you. He is awesomely magnanimous. He is, and would for ever be my prefered source of security and protection.

A prayerless life is an easy catch for the devil and his disciples. A life without God is like having eyeballs without eyelids. It is like a crawling baby on a very busy road. Pray…ceaselessly !

God bless us all.

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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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