PRAYER IS THE KEY LUKE 6: 12-19

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Luke 6:12-19King James Version (KJV)

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

What did this Scripture mean when it was written?

In the Scripture above, JESUS was just starting out on HIS Ministry. HE thus had to make the big decision of who to pick as HIS Disciples. However, even if praying all night seemed to be a regular practice of JESUS, HE also knew that GOD the Father’s Guidance was necessary, so HE prayed all night, and then picked HIS Disciples. HIS disciple candidates turned out well (even though Judas betrayed HIM – that was already prophesied by Isaiah). And then you see that from verses 17-19, JESUS was filled with so much power that people with all sorts of diseases came to be healed and made whole. HE was literally overflowing with virtue, and everyone who came to HIM for healing was healed. Praise GOD!

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What is the timeless truth behind what God is saying?

This Scripture has some lessons to teach, apart from the fact that it tells us JESUS prayed all night and so on. There is that popular song that goes:

Prayer is the Key; Prayer is the Key;

Prayer is the Master Key;

JESUS started with Prayer and ended with Prayer;

Prayer is the Master Key

Indeed, Prayer is the Key. There are many Scriptures where JESUS counsels us to ask the Father and we shall receive what we ask for (Matthew 7: 7-8; John 14: 13-14; etc). Besides, did you notice the time that JESUS rose to pray? At night or before day break! This was the time HE normally rose to pray: HE prayed before HIS Baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT and before beginning HIS Ministry (Luke 3: 21-22); HE rose early in the morning before daybreak and went to a solitary place and prayed (Mark 1: 35); and just before HE was taken away to be tortured and crucified, HE prayed in what has to be in the early hours of the morning (Mark 14: 32-42), etc. finally, JESUS was a Man of Prayer, despite the fact that HE is GOD HIMSELF who was living in the form of a man on earth. I think JESUS prayed so much, and even taught us how to pray (Matthew 6: 9-13), so that we can emulate the attitude of praying.

 

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How does it apply to me now?

‘A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. No man is greater than his prayer life. A Christian is greatest on his knees.’ Pastor Daniel Olukoya. There is no truer statement in this context, in my opinion. As a Christian, in order to spiritually recharge, to receive strength, to receive Divine Direction (Psalm 32: 8), to receive Wisdom (James 1: 5), to be successful in all your endeavors, prayer is the key. As Paul implores us to do, let’s: ‘16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 ESV).

One other thing we should emulate as Christians is the habit of praying at Midnight or praying before daybreak. I understand that people from Pentecostal backgrounds may understand and agree with the idea of praying at midnight, than people from more orthodox backgrounds. That’s fine. As long as you pray regularly, that’s what matters.

As I illustrated above, JESUS usually prayed at midnight and before daybreak. I don’t know what you are thinking, but if JESUS usually did something while HE was on earth, it is a sign we should emulate the same practice. Why is midnight prayer crucial?

  • It is quieter. You would usually find a solitary place at midnight. David said, ‘Early will I seek [HIM] (Psalm 63: 1 KJV)’.
  • It is the best time to receive Wisdom and Divine Direction from GOD. David said ‘I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons (Psalm 16: 7 KJV).
  • It is the best time to receive a Divine Visitation from GOD. David also says ‘Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me and shall find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress (Psalm 17: 3)’. From my personal experience, I have it on authority that miracles happen at midnight.
  • Intense spiritual activities go on at midnight. Demonic powers are in full operation during the night and that is the best time to confront and conquer by the Power of the HOLY GHOST. David prays, ‘You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day…(Psalm 91: 5 NIV)’.
  • Finally, remember to pray in the SPIRIT as well: ‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Romans 8: 26 KJV)’.

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In conclusion, this hymn shows us why we should always be prayerful, like no other words can:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

 

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

  • Joseph M. Scriven

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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EPHESIANS 2: 4-9 THANK GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BE CHRISTIAN

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Ephesians 2:4-9 New International Version (NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

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In the Scripture above, Paul reinforces the fact that it is by the  Grace of GOD that we are saved (he mentions it twice in verses 5 and 9).

When this Scripture was written, Paul was telling the Ephesians about GOD’s Love and Mercy which is the reason they were saved. Thus, their Salvation was a Gift from GOD, gotten through Mercy, not through works so that nobody can boast. Besides, the Ephesians used to follow the ways of the world and were dead in their sin – before GOD raised them up to life with CHRIST. Therefore, anyone of them who was saved, was saved by GOD’s Grace, through her own faith.

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Two things come to mind when we apply this Scripture to ourselves in this generation. First, it is a privilege for us to be saved. It is GOD’s Gift of Grace. Therefore, after we have given our lives to CHRIST, we should be proud to carry our cross and follow HIM (Matthew 16: 24). If you count it a privilege to have been chosen by GOD to know, love, and serve HIM, it would not be hard for you to carry your Cross and follow HIM. Moreover, Christianity is not just a label; it is a way of life. Thus, if anyone is surprised when you or someone else tell them you are Christian, there is a big problem.

Secondly, GOD made a HUGE Sacrifice to see us saved. We were dead in our sin; imperfect; dirty; unattractive in our sin. Yet, GOD came down in the form of a Man, and lived with us for 33 years, before HE allowed HIMSELF to be Crucified on the Cross of Calvary for the remission and atonement of our sins (Romans 3: 25). As a side note, if you always think of the Sacrifice GOD made so that we can be saved today, you will be cognizant of the fact that sinning against HIM nails JESUS back to the Cross and subjects HIM to public disgrace all over again (Hebrews 6: 6). So, let’s show GOD we’re grateful for HIS Gift of Salvation!

Therefore, the message GOD  has for us today is that:it is a privilege to be saved; a privilege to be Christian and we are only saved because of GOD’s Grace, and through our own faith. Essentially, Christianity is not just a set of beliefs; but, it is a way of life that leads to peace on earth, and joy in Heaven. For GOD so loved us (when we did not know HIM and we were sinners), that HE gave HIS Only Begotten Son – JESUS – so that when we believe in HIM, we shall have Eternal Life with GOD the Father in Heaven (John 3: 16). This is even more obvious in light of Ephesians 4: 1-6:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (KJV).

In conclusion, GOD chose you. HE chose me. HE chose us before we were born. And we did not do anything to deserve HIS Mercy. Whenever I think about this, it warms my heart, and makes me realize how truly blessed in CHRIST that I am to be CHRISTIAN. And I don’t hesitate to let everyone know that yes, I am CHRISTIAN. I Glorify GOD for that Privilege. All Glory belongs to GOD for HIS Faithfulness!

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2 Samuel 15: 18-22 HOW LOYAL ARE YOU?

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Happy new year! I wish you a prosperous 2017 ahead!

Today, we will look at Loyalty and a place in the Scriptures where it is shown poignantly: 2 Samuel 15: 18-22.

18 to let all the king’s men move past to lead the way. There were 600 men from Gath who had come with David, along with the king’s bodyguard.[a] 19 Then the king turned and said to Ittai, a leader of the men from Gath, “Why are you coming with us? Go on back to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile. 20 You arrived only recently, and should I force you today to wander with us? I don’t even know where we will go. Go on back and take your kinsmen with you, and may the Lord show you his unfailing love and faithfulness.[b]21 But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.” 22 David replied, “All right, come with us.” So Ittai and all his men and their families went along.

David’s own son had ganged up against him, and his life was in danger. Then, as David was going to face Absalom, he spoke to Ittai, a man who had sworn allegiance to him, encouraging him to go back to his land with his family, as David was riding into danger rather than Paradise. Funny enough, Ittai hailed from Gath – the city where Goliath hailed from. Yet, he was loyal to a fault – to David. He was ready to give his life up for David, not because he was obliged to, but because he desired to do so.

In the end, David won the war over Absalom, with Ittai being one of his army managers (2 Samuel 18). What can we learn from this?

  • First, loyalty is a very great strength. In the world of today, there are very few loyal people; most people are only looking for people to use and dump. But, those few people who are loyal are as precious as gold, in my opinion. Loyalty is a gift and blessing unto others; and it can help save lives (as in David’s case). Loyalty can set you apart as a man or woman of character among a crowd of 10,000 people. I thereby encourage you to be loyal – be loyal to your family, be loyal to your spouses and loved ones, be loyal to your company or boss, be loyal to every cause you are involved with. Loyalty shows a rare depth of character.
  • Second, David was a man after GOD’s heart (1 Samuel 13: 14), and he therefore had the gift of men. When he was in the time of need, GOD sent men like Ittai who were loyal so much they’d die for him, to help him win the war. That is how Awesome GOD is, and that is how HE helps those who love HIM.

Finally, endeavor to be loyal to those around you and they will absolutely appreciate you for it!

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HEBREWS 2: 11 JESUS IS ALSO YOUR FRIEND!

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In the last post, we looked at the role of JESUS as GOD the Son. We will continue with studying the role of JESUS as GOD. Then, we will look at the role of JESUS as our Brother (it sounds unbelievable, right?).

The Members of the Holy Trinity have different roles, but they are the same GOD.

GOD the Father is the Initiator of Creation: ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things… (1 Corinthians 8: 6 KJV)’; Divine Revelation, ‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants… (Revelation 1: 1)’; Salvation, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3: 16 KJV)’.

GOD the Son is the Agent through whom the Father performs creation, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1: 3)’; Divine Revelation, ‘All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matthew 11: 27 KJV)’ and Salvation, ‘To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… (2 Corinthians 5: 19 KJV)’.

GOD the Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD  and the Means through which GOD performs Creation and maintenance of the Universe, ‘When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground (Psalm 104: 30)’; Divine Revelation, ‘…which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3: 5 NIV)’; Salvation, ‘Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3: 6 NLT)’; and JESUS’ Works, ‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10: 38 KJV)’.

In addition, there is subordination within the Holy Trinity. Thus, the GOD the Son is subordinate to GOD the Father, and this is why JESUS prayed before HE was crucified on the cross, ‘Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22: 42)’. Moreover, JESUS says, ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (KJV)’. However, as a side note, ‘ 28“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3: 28 NIV)’.

Nonetheless, JESUS is not ashamed to call you HIS brother or sister (Hebrews 2: 11). So JESUS is our Brother? Hebrews 2: 11 says,

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (NIV).

Essentially, when you decide to follow GOD the Father, by giving your life to CHRIST, you earn the right to be called a brother by JESUS. GOD the Father forgives all your sins, and gives you the privilege to be called the son or daughter of GOD. It is such a great privilege to be a Christian and to be called one. All Glory, Honor and Might belongs to our GOD – the King of Kings and the Everlasting Lord of Lords. Amen!

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Besides, JESUS considers you HIS Friend. Imagine how it is when the President of the United States is your friend, and you even have his personal line – won’t you feel lightheaded and so privileged whenever you think about it? How much more a greater privilege having JESUS CHRIST – the Most High GOD HIMSELF as your friend? JESUS says:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15: 15).

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Finally, GOD is SO Awesome – HE is too Awesome to Fail! There is no human or natural equivalent of the Holy Trinity. There is no human or natural explanation that can suffice to completely understand the Holy Trinity. ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV). This is true. Many illustrations have been presented to explain the Holy Trinity – the egg, apple, water etc. however, these illustrations are wrong because the yolk of the egg is not the egg itself for instance. Vapor is a form of water but is not water itself. And so on. Even triplets born in the same hour within minutes of each other would have different personalities, DNA, fingerprints, etc. However, each Member of the Trinity is GOD: GOD the Father, JESUS and the Holy Spirit are GOD individually and together as One. There just cannot be an accurate illustration of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, rather than try to dissect the Awesome Personalities of GOD, focus on HIS Awesomeness and Faithfulness. GOD is too Awesome for the human mind to dissect or explain. Once again, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV)’. GOD is just Too Awesome and Mind-blowing! HalleluYah!!!

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Have a blessed week in JESUS’ Name!

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ZECHARIAH 4: 6 THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD UNTO ZERUBBABEL, SAYING, NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS

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So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4: 6 NKJV).

Today, we will be looking at Zechariah 4: 6, where an Angel of GOD tells Zechariah that GOD is saying, you cannot do it by might or by your power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT.

We live in a world that hardly believes in GOD anymore. So, people are encouraged to work hard, do their best and succeed. That’s great advice, but there is always emphasis on ‘you can do it yourself; there’s no one up there who can change things’. So, many people today find it hard to believe that GOD can do anything for them or intervene on their behalf, because ‘why should GOD care?’. But, GOD does care – HE will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31: 6).

However, this is the Word of the LORD: ‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit’. Zechariah 4: 6 is pretty straight-forward. Nothing can be achieved by might, by power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT. Why? The HOLY SPIRIT is the Power of GOD, and is the Power that empowers men to do great things. In Acts 6: 8, JESUS says:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (KJV).

The HOLY SPIRIT also speaks to HIS People and guides them (2 Peter 1: 21; 1 Kings 19: 11-12). Men have achieved great things by the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT, and we in this generation cannot be an exception! Zechariah 4: 6 and John 15: 5 clearly destroy those theories and myths that claim that GOD is not involved in the affairs of men.

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Essentially, you cannot achieve anything by your might or power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT’s Help. Even Solomon who did not know much about the HOLY SPIRIT says in Ecclesiastes 9: 11:

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

What Solomon referred to as time and chance – Christians would call it Divine Favor. However, the point is your effort can produce much more if you are led by the HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS echoed this point when HE says in John 15: 5:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (NIV).

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Have you ever tried to do something so hard, and you still failed? Or made so much effort, but it all went to waste? Well, when you have the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT in you, you will succeed in whatever you are doing, unless it is not GOD’s Will. Isaiah 59: 1 says:

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear (NIV).

Thus, GOD has the Power to do all things, and only by HIS SPIRIT can you achieve anything.

JESUS is GOD (John 10: 30), yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF (JESUS is GOD the Son – one Personality of GOD, yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF):

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does (John 5: 19 NIV).

This has mostly been my experience: when I try doing something by relying on just my power or working hard, things do not go as planned. But, if I don’t stress too much, but just place my hope in GOD that everything will go well, things go better than I planned. So, when I want something so bad, I remind myself that it can only come by GOD’s Power, and try not to get excited about doing it on my own. Rather, I’d pray and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead me in what I should do.

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In conclusion, when Paul says, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4: 13 NIV)’, who do you think he was talking about? The HOLY SPIRIT of course! And when you are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, you will be an amazing mystery unto others, as JESUS illustrates in John 3: 8:

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (NIV).

GOD bless you and have a blessed weekend ❤.

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1 THESSALONIANS 5: 18 THANK YOU

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5: 18).

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Today, I want to take the opportunity to reflect upon the past 12 months – more or less. It’s about a year since I started this blog. Moreover, I want to say thank you to everyone who has every liked, commented on a post or called me aside and gave constructive criticism. Finally, I want to answer some questions people have asked me – my Christian background, why I started the blog, why the name, etc.

My background: I grew up in a conservative Christian home. Both of my parents have been born again about 25 years now, in the ‘80s when Christians were still conservative. They are what Nigerians would call ‘Scripture Union (SU)’ people. I’m so proud of them. Anyway, I only properly became born again at age 13, after years of doubt and feeling lost.I also grew up in a conservative church – Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM).

At age 15, being a born-again teenager was great – but it made me realize a lot of things was wrong. Young people normally do not bother with such things, but i became worried about the Church of CHRIST on earth, and the trajectory it was taking. I know that we are in the Endtime, and it has being prophesied that people will depart from the faith in the Endtime (1 Timothy 4: 1). Yet, it was hard taking in all that was happening at the time – I felt many Christians did not appreciate the extent to which their Salvation was powerful and that JESUS has said that they are Gods after JEHOVAH’s Order (John 10: 34). For many people, Christianity was all about going to church and being ‘good’. Moreover, I felt that was too much compromise in the Church on fundamental principles of holiness and Christianity on one hand, and hypocrisy on the other. I was genuinely obsessed about it – praying and wishing that things would change. The only hope I have is that JESUS has built HIS Church on the rock and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matthew 16: 18). Fast-forward to a couple of years later, I was studying the Bible one day when the HOLY SPIRIT instructed me to get a new book and reserve it for making notes when I do Bible study. And I named the book, ‘Daunting Facts of Christianity’. Fast-forward to one year later: I decided to start a WordPress blog and named it Daunting Facts of Christianity. My first post on this site was probably JOSHUA 5: 10-12 SPIRITUAL MATURITY, posted on May 26, 2015.

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Why the name ‘Daunting Facts of Christianity’? Somebody told me the name ‘Daunting’ inspires fear. However, when I got this name, it was intended to inspire awe of GOD in people, and not fear. According to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘daunting’ can mean ‘intimidating’ and is a synonym for ‘awesome’. I realize that it does also mean challenging or fearsome. Although, I did not realize it at the time.

Since my first post on the blog, it has been an eventful journey. I took some time off last year because I felt like I needed to ‘reconnect’ with GOD. I came back again this year and struggled to be consistent because I was always busy. However, the main reason why I have stayed with this blog is that it helps my spiritual life, and I actually learn more from posting blog articles about Scriptures. It motivates me to search Scriptures more and be consistent with Bible study. When people ask me why I have this blog, this is the answer I give them – I have the blog because of me, for my spiritual life. However, I am glad that some people have admired and benefited from some of my articles in the past. This is essentially what keeps me determined to keep publishing on this blog. I may not have many followers or likes or comments, but, I’m proud that I am doing something that makes me happy.

Another question people have wondered about is why I write GOD’s name in capital letters. In most versions of the Bible, ‘LORD’ is written in capital letters, and I thought GOD is so Awesome, I should write HIS Name or refer to HIM in capital letters.

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The best part: I am grateful to GOD who has helped me over many years and has kept me strong spiritually. It has been challenging because giving my life to CHRIST was more than just becoming born-again – it was choosing to live again, get out of the pit of mediocrity, choosing to believe in myself and the potential GOD placed me in, and taking hold of my great destiny in CHRIST. It’s been a great journey, too 🙂 Moreover, I am a conservative Christian and I’m proud of it, so there you have it.

Finally, all Glory belongs to GOD, and thank you to everyone who has liked or commented or called me about my posts – I really appreciate it. What is my greatest wish in life? To make GOD proud, serve HIM with all I have got and that there be peace in the world. I hope to become better spiritually and to post better blog articles and register this site sometime too. I would also appreciate more support in terms of comments (it drives me nuts just wanting to know what readers think J). If you have any more questions or suggestions, please comment below or email me at ifeislovely@gmail.com, and I would deeply appreciate it 🙂 ❤

P.S.: Two people who have been consistent with their likes are BeautyBeyondBones and Jonathan Camac, and I want to say a special thank you 🙂

If you have liked any of my posts before and your name does not appear here, I’m sorry (I don’t know everyone specifically, even though I could lol), but thank you and GOD bless you 🙂

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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MATTHEW 11:28 COME TO ME, ALL WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST

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Good day People of GOD🙂

Today, we will be looking at Matthew 11: 28 where JESUS tells us to come to HIM and HE will give us rest.

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STRESS. STRESS. STRESS.

This is a word that is familiar to everyone in different stages of life. There is the good stress and the bad stress (which I think is more prevalent in this generation than the latter). Good stress is good as its name suggests because it makes you work to achieve important goals and get things done. If there is no pressure sometimes, you won’t get anything done. However, when stress becomes too much, it becomes bad stress.

There are just so many things that stress one out these days. Some causes of stress include self-centeredness, arrogance, aggression, low self-esteem, looks, food, fear of failure, worry about bills, pleasing people and the world, technology, uncertainty about the future, perfectionism, desire to be all  do all, etc. The list seems endless. Stress just seems to be available regularly. On reflection recently, I realized that I have been stressed out 80% of the time, my whole life. I have perfectionist predispositions so I am usually worried about everything being perfect just the way I want it to be. But, this is not realistic as y’all know.

THE GOOD NEWS however, is that GOD has promised you rest as long as you come to HIM ready to exchange your heavy yoke with HIS lighter yoke (Matthew 11: 30). What this basically means is that GOD is going to share your burdens with you. So, if you are ready to give up control to GOD, what you get in exchange is rest.

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As the Psalmist says, rest can only be found in GOD alone (Psalm 62: 5).Sometimes things may seem beyond your control or may not have turned out exactly as you planned. But fear not, for the LORD is with you; do not be sad or dismayed as you have the only Living Almighty GOD as your Heavenly Father. HE will strengthen and help you and uphold you with HIS Awesome Right Hand (Isaiah 41: 10). Two other verses of Scripture that provide reassurance of GOD being with you are:

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you (Psalm 32: 8 NLT).

29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 30 With your help I can advance against a troop[a]; with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22: 29-30 NIV).

These Scriptures are definitely the ones that saw me through college and some of the most stressful times of my life. And every time, I had to remind myself that GOD is in control, so all I had to do was praise HIM and realize that it shall be well with me:

10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings (Isaiah 3: 10 NKJV).

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Finally, you are just human and you are not perfect. Only GOD is. This is why they say, ‘Do your best and leave the rest to GOD’. Things happen, things change, but GOD is Constant and Faithful. I usually say HE is too Faithful to fail. Roll your burdens to the HOLY SPIRIT; and let HIM give you peace. Stress and worry are really not worth it. Besides, JESUS says in Matthew 11: 29,

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (NIV).

Thus, some humility and gentleness also would go a long way in giving you peace, and helping you live a de-stressed life.

GOD bless you and Peace <3.

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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