PROVERBS 23: 18 FOR SURELY THERE IS AN END; AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF

 

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Good day People of GOD 🙂

Today we will be looking at Proverbs 23: 18, where we are assured that our expectation or desperation is the key to seeing the end of every challenge in our lives.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (NIV).

Surely there is a future [and a reward], and your hope and expectation will not be cut off (AMP).

There is an expiry date for every challenge of life. There is a solution for every problem. Some people may think this is an over-optimistic view of life, but it is true, fortunately. ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ This Scripture can mean many things. Like there is an end to that problem in your life, so your expectation would not be cut off. Or there is a future gain or hope for you, and your expectation will not be cut off. Yet, it serves as authority for the fact that there is an end to very problem.

One of the advantages of being born again is that you have access to the ‘Redemption Package’. This refers to the great things GOD ordained for HIS People through CHRIST, and which you can receive by faith. For example, JESUS became poor so that you can be rich in all things, not just money (2 Corinthians 8: 9). So, you must reject poverty and claim riches in CHRIST. Moreover, on the cross just before our Lord JESUS gave up the ghost, he said, ‘It is finished (John 19: 30)’. What was finished?  Not just the crucifixion, but every problem, battle, illnesses and diseases mankind had always faced since the Fall of man. JESUS came so that we can be restored to our original glory as GOD initially planned. This is why Isaiah prophesies of JESUS,

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 4-5 KJV).

 

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What does it take to see an end to every affliction or problem in your life? Holy desperation. Holy anger is the mystery behind divine victory. You only claim you victory both in the spiritual and physical realms by force. Awesome JESUS alludes to this concept when HE says, ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). An object remains at rest until an external force is applied to it. Therefore, there are some things in life, some heights in life, some goals in life YOU ONLY GET BY FORCE. Until you apply the Force of GOD to your life, it will remain stagnant and in equilibrium.

There is a popular Yoruba saying, ‘Orire ko fe kon se oun (Success does not want you to have it)’. therefore, if you are not ready to apply the requisite force to certain issues in your life, you will not fulfill your destiny, and achieve great things in life. Another Yoruba saying goes, ‘Ogun l’aye (life is war)’. You may think, ‘But, I don’t really have any enemies’. However, just because you have confessed JESUS as your Lord and Saviour, you are a threat to the devil’s kingdom on earth, and you are his enemy. It is trite that life is not a bed of roses. So, you need to fight, and continually be spiritually vigilant, in order to get to where GOD has ordained you to be on earth. When you finally get to the top, you must keep fighting and be spiritually vigilant to remain at the top. Therefore, the war does not end for as long as you are on earth. May GOD give you victory in whatever battle you are facing now in JESUS’ Name!

Proverbs 3: 18 says, ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ Your expectation or desperation is what determines the end of that challenge or siege the devil ahs ordained concerning your life. When you expect something, you are certain that you will receive that thing at a certain time. But, when you are desperate, you are determined that something must happen or not happen, by fire and by force! There is that stage you get to in life, and you have to be desperate, or else, you would not achieve anything. Take Blind Bartimaeus for example. The man was blind and poor because he was sitting by the road begging for alms. Then, he hears JESUS and HIS Disciples passing by, and with a loud voice, he shouts, ‘JESUS, Son of David, have mercy on me!’. The disciples of JESUS tell him to shut up, and yet he keeps shouting until he gets the attention of Awesome JESUS, and HE calls him over (verse 49:). And when JESUS stops and asks HIM what he wants, he tells JESUS he wants to be healed, and he receives his sight on the spot (verse 52)! The truth is that if Bartimeus was not determined at that time to be healed, he may have died blind. That day JESUS was passing by was the last time HE passed that place before HE was crucified! If Bartimaeus had just kept quiet like others told him to, he would have died a blind poor fellow, and his destiny would have been wasted forever. Besides, this story illustrates that the end of a challenge or battle is determined by your desperation. GOD has already perfected and finished everything concerning your life at the cross (John 19: 30), so, you just have to reach out and grab what GOD has in store for you!

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Apostle Peter says that your light afflictions are just for a moment, and achieves for a greater eternal glory that outshines these problems (2 Corinthians 4: 17). This means that every challenge in your life should last just for a season. It should not last long at all.  Therefore, it is important to confront that challenge with the Word of GOD and other mysteries available in the Bible, early enough, so that you can be victorious while it matters. Imagine that Blind Bartimaues in the story above missed that amazing opportunity to be healed by JESUS, and only got pushed into the healing waters of Bethesda, and got healed when he was 75 years old – would the victory over blindness be as sweet being healed while much younger? What can a man of 75 who is just seeing with his eyes for the first time achieve? His youth has been wasted, and his body and mind may have aged. So, it is important to get desperate on time, and be proactive in attacking that challenge, so that you can receive your victory while it matters.

What Forces should you apply to your life to move it forward?

  • The Name of JESUS: the Bible says that the Name of the LORD is a strong Tower, the righteous runs into it and are safe (Proverbs 18: 10). Moreover, at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that JESUS is LORD (Philippians 2: 10-11).
  • The Word of GOD: Paul says,

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (KJV).

  • The Blood of JESUS: This is always the last card or resort. The Blood is very powerful. Remember the Passover night when the Israelites left Egypt? GOD had instructed them to kill lambs, sprinkle the blood on their doors, so that when GOD’s Angel of Death was passing by, It avoided the households of Israel (Exodus 12: 6-7; 12-13). This Angel struck down first-born of every household in Egypt, except the households of Israel where the blood of lambs was shed and used to anoint the doors. This ‘blood of Sprinkling’ was the last method that finally got pharaoh to agree to let GOD’s people go (verses 31-36). And this mystery still works today.

What does it take to get Biblical mysteries to work in your favour? First, you must know who you are in CHRIST. You must understand your position in CHRIST. If you don’t, you will continually be a victim. Secondly, you must search GOD’s Word to find the Mysteries (like the Blood of JESUS) and Promises that GOD has made available to fight every battle. When dealing with the devil, you cannot afford to be complacent or to show mercy. Thirdly, get desperate, and be determined that the siege is over! Fight the battle before it destroys you!

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Finally, if you don’t confront that challenge, you cannot conquer it! if you don’t address that problem, it will redress you. JESUS says in John 10: 10, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).’

Therefore, there is no reason for the devil to triumph over you. Why? JESUS says in Luke 10: 18-19,

18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you (NIV).

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

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PSALM 34: 10 THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING

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Today we will be looking at Psalm 34: 10, where the Psalmist says that those who seek the LORD will lack no good thing, even if young lions may lack and suffer hunger.

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing (NIV).

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing (KJV).

The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, but they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing (AMP).

Those who seek the LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING. Even lions may grow weak and hungry.

Not only real lions may grow hungry. Even’ human lions’- the powerful men and women of this world- may grow weak and hungry. YET, THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD SHALL LACK NO GOOD THING.

This is the promise GOD gave to HIS People, who seek and serve HIM Faithfully. When you seek the LORD truthfully and wholeheartedly, you will find HIM (Jeremiah 29: 13), and you will lack no good thing. What are the ‘good things’ referred to in this Scripture? They go far beyond some good things people desire so much on earth as like power, prosperity, influence, riches & wealth, children. a family, a wife or husband, fulfilment of destiny, good clothes, etc.

Other important good things are the following. Divine health. Prosperity. Longevity. Joy. Happiness. Love. Friendship. Acceptance. Contentment. These are things MONEY CANNOT BUY. Yet, we need these things for life itself to be worth living. Your life would not be worth much if you are constantly ill, sad, and dying, would it? What is the point of being rich and comfortable if you are not content with what you have? If you have no friends or loved ones, would you enjoy life? It is a privilege to have people who love and care about you in your life. Obviously, because JESUS lives, we can face tomorrow. Life is worth living because HE lives. This is also why we can only get these things if we truly fear GOD.

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GOD has said if you seek HIM with all your heart, you will find HIM (Jeremiah 29: 13).  GOD is omnipresent- HE is everywhere (Jeremiah 23: 24; Proverbs 15: 3). But, only when you seek HIM wholeheartedly do you find HIM. Seeking GOD is worth everything it costs you. This is because you have to give up worldly things or solutions to find GOD. The Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with GOD (James 4: 4). If you are not ready to give up the world, you cannot successfully seek GOD and find HIM. It is impossible for you to look up and down at the same time- one eye cannot be looking up, while the other is looking down. You have to make a choice. In the same way, you must make a choice to choose to look up to GOD and seek HIM with the thirst to find HIM, and only then can you find GOD. When you find GOD, you will lack no good thing. JESUS even said that you cannot serve GOD and mammon (Matthew 6: 24). You cannot serve two things- you either love one or hate the other.  ‘Mammon’ in this context refers to anything you put in the place of GOD in your life or anything you are relying on in the place of GOD. So, you have to make a choice to seek GOD only, and wholeheartedly, and that’s when you can find HIM.

Seeking GOD is so worth it. What good things are you looking to have? No matter what it is, GOD is the only way you can get it and it will last. If you go to the devil, he will give you what you want, and add trouble. If you go to a man for help, he will disappoint you because he is imperfect and when he is tired of you, he will dump you. Only the blessings of GOD makes rich, and adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10: 22). GOD is the only one who gives liberally, and without condemnation (James 1: 5). It is a privilege to be alive and to have loved ones who love and care about you. It is a privilege to be in good health, and not be sickly. These are the good things of life, and only GOD can give you freely, without asking for payment.

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Even better is the fact that the more you seek GOD, the closer you will get to HIM, and you get to make Heaven. Worldly people who chose the world over GOD will perish in hell in eternity, if they do not repent. Remember the Rich Fool- he chose wealth and worldly things over GOD, and he refused to give glory to GOD for his good fortune. He also did not show mercy to poor Lazarus, but treated him with contempt. The night he was glorifying himself and refused to give glory to GOD, he died, and was cast into hell (Luke 12: 13-21). If you have not realised, the hope of making Heaven is indeed one of the good things of life. When you are confident that if JESUS comes now, you will be part of the saints who will follow HIM, it is a privilege. Thus, it is worth every worldly ‘good’ thing you give up to seek GOD, serve HIM faithfully, and find HIM. Only in HIS Hands can you find the good things of life.

Prayer: Thank YOU LORD for the study of YOUR Word. HOLY SPIRIT, empower me to genuinely seek GOD wholeheartedly and find HIM. Amen.

 

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

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PSALM 46: 10 LET GO OF YOUR CONCERNS! THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM GOD

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Today we will be looking at Psalm 46: 10, where GOD says you should just let go, and let HIM be GOD.

Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth (GW).

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth (KJV).

Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth (AMP).

This is one Scripture I am convinced GOD put in the Bible for me. This Scripture speaks directly to me. Maybe it speaks to you also. So that makes the two (or lot) of us. GOD is essentially saying that you should cede control to HIM, and let HIM be GOD.

Ceding or relinquishing control used to be a hard thing for me. I am a very passionate person, but, I like to be independent, without having to rely on anyone for help. I am opinionated and very determined. I also have perfectionist tendencies. Basically, I like to follow my own rules. But, over the years I have learnt that you cannot live life rigidly. Moreover, the race is never to the swift; and the battle is never to the strong. Thus, being in control always cannot last long, because one day that control will snap and you will seriously mess things up. Most importantly, I have learnt that not only is it exhausting trying always to be in control or be perfect, it is also foolish. Sometimes, it is OK to let go so you can win. Trying to be in control always can be EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. I have been there, I tell you, and it is not fun.

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How do you let go? First, you tell GOD that, ‘LORD, I totally surrender to you. I surrender myself, my personality, my desires, my flesh and my spirit unto YOU so that I can be moulded into what You want me to be.’  Secondly, you make up your mind that GOD is in control now, so you are going to just go along with what HE says. This is the way to truly cede control to GOD. Now, why is it so crucial to cede all control to GOD?

  • Because GOD instructs you to: ‘Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God (Psalm 46: 10 GW)’. Moreover, Psalm 37: 7 admonishes us to surrender ourselves to GOD and wait patiently. It is good and healthy to obey this commandment. Therefore, rather than ask, ‘Why’ all the time, surrender yourself to GOD. Even Rick Warren once said that surrender is the ultimate expression of faith.
  • Because it is healthier and safer. When you cede control to GOD, you are more cheerful and healthier. This is why Solomon says, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17: 22 KJV).’
  • It prevents depression. Depression results from a state of hopelessness; when you think there is absolutely nothing you can do, and no way out. But when you cede control to GOD, and let HIM be GOD, you have more faith that everything will work out well. You can save yourself years of heartache if you just totally surrender to GOD. I can relate to this from personal experience, and this is why Proverbs 3: 5-6 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

  • It is EXTREMELY EXHAUSTING to always want to be in control. You are human. You have certain limitations. You cannot get everything right. Thus, trying to be in control always and getting everything perfectly right, is deliberately going against your human imperfect nature, and will only lead to heartache and possibly disaster. Rather cede control to GOD, and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead you in all things because you can do nothing apart from HIM. This is why JESUS says,

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing (John 15: 5 AMP).

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I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. But, there are certain mistakes I made recently, and over the years, that I would have avoided (along with the baggage and heartache that came with it) if I had just given all control to GOD, been still, and just allowed the HOLY SPIRIT to lead me. The HOLY SPIRIT would not lead you until you give HIM the chance to. Therefore, you must be still, for the HOLY SPIRIT to lead you and for you to even hear HIS Soft Gentle Voice (1 Kings 19: 12), in the first place.

While I was growing up, and until very recently, my greatest wish used to be to fit in. Looking back now, it is funny to think about it. Unfortunately, it’s true. Yet, when I worked so hard to fit in or please people, it never worked out. But when I was not particularly focused on social acceptance in a certain environment, I seemed to get it more than I thought possible.

In addition, at school, I was trying so hard to get certain grades, but I was doing it the wrong way. I had no friends, I was too rigid, I was trying too hard to be the perfect student. Well, it’s obvious that did not work out. Then, I discovered Psalm 32: 8 where GOD says, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you (AMP)’ and 2 Samuel 22: 29-30 where David says of GOD,

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

From that point I discovered that good grades lie in GOD’s Hands, not in my brain. Some people may disagree, but the HOLY SPIRIT actually taught me to study smart (not just hard) and work smart. And that is where the difference lies.

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There are many instances where people in the Bible had serious problems, but they had faith in GOD, they were still, and GOD took control. For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20, the Israelites were faced with the Amalekite and Moabite Armies. This was a battle they did not prepare for, and the Israelites could have been destroyed if they could not fight well. However, rather than fret or complain or get upset, they obeyed the instruction of the prophet, they praised GOD and were still. Then GOD intervened. Without raising a finger, GOD arose, and fought for them- the armies helped destroy themselves (verses 22-25).

Moreover, when JESUS was faced with 5000 hungry men, neither HIMSELF nor HIS Disciples complained. HE prayed over the food, and it multiplied to the point that it could feed 5000 men (including their wives and children- thus, about 12 000 people). And all JESUS did was give thanks (Matthew 14: 13-21).

Finally, it is worth it to cede all control to GOD. And I promise you that this is the best decision you can make, after giving your life to CHRIST! People pray the Serenity Prayer which goes as follows:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
 

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

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EPHESIANS 5: 20 ALWAYS GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER FOR EVERYTHING

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Today we will be looking at Ephesians 5: 20, where Paul tells encourages the Ephesians to give thanks to GOD for everything.

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (NIV).

You should give thanks to GOD for everything. Things may not work out as you planned, but it is a privilege to be alive and try again. You may not be where you wanted to be, but you are where you are now by the Grace of GOD. You may have made mistakes, but it is by the Grace of GOD you have the privilege to learn from your mistakes. This is why Paul tells the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 5: 18- ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV)’.

Look at the story of JESUS when HE was faced with 5000 men (and their wives and kids- roughly 12 000 people) who were hungry in the desert, and HE had to feed them. That ordinarily seemed like a daunting task. The disciples were already fretting, yet, JESUS did not fret. HE knew what to do (John 6: 5-13). The only food available was the lunch of a young boy: five barley loaves and two fish. HE gave thanks for the food, and it multiplied to become more than enough to feed about 12 000 people, and 12 full baskets of food were taken as leftovers. Hallelujah! JESUS is so Awesome.

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I want to share a personal story with you and what GOD revealed to me concerning this matter. I inherited short-sightedness or myopia. Even though I had discovered I was not seeing too well, I only started wearing glasses at 10 years old. After a while, I no longer wanted to wear glasses. It used to be uncomfortable, and it hides my eyes. Makes me look like a nerd, in other words :). Thus, I started praying, fasting, and wishing GOD would heal me. Two years later, I went to a doctor who told me he was looking at the worst eyes he had ever seen in a young person. My glasses are about two inches thick. So, maybe he was speaking the truth. But, I rejected his report in JESUS’ Name. I believe the report of the LORD who made me perfectly in HIS Image, rather than the doctor’s report. For almost a decade now, I have been praying to GOD to heal me. I have heard many testimonies of people been healed of myopia or long-sightedness or glaucoma during prayer and praise ministrations at Church. When this happens, I always claim it as my portion. I don’t like wearing glasses, and I can’t wait for GOD to heal me. I don’t want to undergo eye surgery in the future. Sometimes in the past, I was discouraged because I had been praying for so long, and nothing happened. But I have been encouraging myself in the LORD since.

Last week, I read a novel about a woman who became blind at a very young age. She fell in love with a man, got married, and was devastated she could not see her husband. She would also never get to see her children. This book highlighted the struggles, pain, despair blind people face. And I was so touched. Then, the HOLY SPIRIT told me that the character in that novel and other blind people do not have the privilege to wear spectacles to improve their eyesight. Their situation is practically hopeless! Thus, it is a privilege to have ‘bad eyes’ and still be able to help the situation by wearing glasses.

This scripture came to my mind, that I should give thanks to GOD for everything. I trust that one day, GOD will heal me and I will be able to see without visual aids. In the meantime, I will always thank GOD for the perfect eyes HE will give me soon, and for the privilege to be able to see, albeit with visual aids at the moment. There are many instances in the Bible where people gave GOD thanks, and HE delivered them from evil or fought wars for them. In 2 Chronicles 20: 20, GOD ensured that the Moabites and the Ammonites killed and destroyed themselves, before they could hurt the Israelites. GOD’s people did not have to raise a finger in order to win the battle they faced. Rather than get discouraged or afraid, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing praises to GOD and praise HIM for the Splendor of HIS Holiness because HIS Love endures forever. All they did was praise GOD, yet, they emerged victorious in the end, without raising a finger (2 Chronicles 20: 21-26). I believe that one day, GOD will give me perfect eyes, and I would not have to raise a finger in order to see without visual aids. I don’t just Believe, I am Conscious of it, I always Declare it, and I Expect (BCDE) that one day, God will give me perfect eyes.Be-thankful-for-what-you-have-youll-end-up-having-more-If-you-concentrate-on-what-you-dont-have-you-will-never-ever-have-enough-Oprah-Winfrey.jpg

The above quote is one of the most famous quotes of Oprah Winfrey.

Finally, GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR EVERYTHING, AND HE WILL MAKE EVERYTHING ALRIGHT.

Have a blessed weekend everyone 🙂

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

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1 PETER 2: 6 …THE ONE WHO TRUSTS IN HIM WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME

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Good day People of GOD. Happy Wednesday!

Today we will be looking at 1 Peter 2: 6, which tells us that those who trust in JESUS will never be put to shame. I am sorry I did not post an article yesterday. I was a bit under the weather, but I am healed in JESUS’ Name!

For in Scripture it says: See, I lay a stone in Zion,     a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him     will never be put to shame (NIV).”

Peter in this Scripture was quoting directly from Isaiah 18: 16. In Isaiah 18: 16- 17, Awesome GOD was giving the Israelites an option for peace and stability. The Stone HE referred to is not an ordinary stone. The Stone refers to JESUS HIMSELF. Thus, when you rely on JESUS, you will have a sure foundation, and you will never be stricken with panic. How do you know it is JESUS that GOD is referring to here? –

  1. In Psalm 118: 22-24, the Psalmist says:

22The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 24The Lord has done it this very day;let us rejoice today and be glad.

2. In Acts 4; 11-12, Peter by the HOLY SPIRIT tells the rulers, elders, and teachers of the law meeting in Jerusalem:

11Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

What other Scriptures refer to GOD as a ‘Rock’ or ‘Foundation’?

  • In Isaiah 26:4, GOD is referred to as the ‘Rock eternal’ or ‘Rock of ages’:

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal (NIV).

Confide ye in Jehovah for ever; for in Jah, Jehovah, is the rock of ages (Darby Bible Translation).

  •      JESUS says:

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7: 24 NIV).

What do all the above Scriptures prove?

  1. The meaning of relying on the ‘Stone’- JESUS, is trusting HIM, totally relying on HIM, without a back-up plan. This means when you rely on GOD, you should not think that if you don’t get what you want, there is someone else who can help you. GOD sees your heart. When you totally rely on HIM, HE will honour you, because HE honours them that honour HIM (1 Samuel 2: 30).
  2. When you put your full trust in GOD, you will NEVER be put to shame or disgraced. GOD’s Ears are not deaf, and HIS Arm is not too short to save you or handle that problem in your life (Isaiah 59: 1).
  3. When you rely on GOD, you have peace in your heart. You do not worry because you know that your hope in GOD would not disappoint you or put you to shame because GOD’s Love has been poured into your heart (Romans 5: 5).

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Finally, GOD is the only Person worth relying upon. Man will always disappoint, because nobody is perfect. Other gods or traditional healers always disappoint because they don’t have the power they profess to have. Relying on any of these people puts you on a path to disappointment and ultimately, destruction. This morning, as my family and I were going in the car to work, we were remembering all the ways GOD has been faithful in our lives. There were times that we totally relied on GOD, and what seemed totally impossible became possible. In fact, where we had been rejected, they called us back and welcomed us. We are where we are today because we totally rely on GOD! No man can point to anything in our lives, and say he is responsible. At every point, my dad being a serious Christian and an independent person, has always refused to ask anybody for help. And see, GOD has proven HIMSELF, too Faithful to fail in our lives! My brother or sister, rely on GOD and you will never be disappointed.untitled.png

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

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© May 2016

Pretoria, South Africa

 

 

ISAIAH 41: 21 PRODUCE YOUR CAUSE, SAITH THE LORD

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Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at Isaiah 41: 21 , which shows that you can reason with GOD by reminding HIM of HIS Word, and holding HIM to HIS Promises.

‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’

What is GOD saying here? HE is saying that you should tell HIM why HE has to do something in your life. There is no doubt that GOD knows what we want before we ask (Matthew 6: 8). And before we call, HE has already answered; while we are still speaking, HE has already heard (Isaiah 65: 24). But GOD honours HIS Word above HIS Awesome Name (Psalm 138: 2). Thus, when you pray using the Word of GOD, it’s like backing GOD into a corner; or putting HIM in a strait jacket. You actually put HIS Integrity on the line.

Moreover, GOD says, ‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ (Isaiah 1: 8).

When GOD says yes, nobody can say no. but, GOD can change HIS Mind. Let’s take the story of Hezekiah’s illness in 2 Kings 20. Hezekiah was ill and at the point of death. GOD told Isaiah to go and tell him that he was going to die and won’t recover. Instead of Hezekiah moaning and preparing for his prophesied death, he turned to the wall immediately and prayed to GOD. He told GOD to remember how faithful he had been, and the good things he had done in the past. He even wept as he prayed (verses 1-3). Before Isaiah had left, GOD spoke to him again and told him to tell Hezekiah that HE will heal him and add 15 years to his life. Wow!! From being told he will die to being told he will live 15 more years! And GOD said HE will defend the city for HIS Sake and the sake of HIS Servant David (verses 4-6). What did Hezekiah do here? HE put before Awesome GOD why he should live longer. He didn’t grumble or whine. He was not rude. He simply forth the credible reasons why he should live longer. And our GOD is a Faithful and Reasonable GOD. Probably, GOD was only testing him to see how he reacted. And see how he got 15 years extra to live!

Accordingly, whenever there are challenges, it is not the end of the world. There is always hope. Rather than grumble and whine, and make GOD unhappy, remind HIM of HIS Awesome Word; what HE has promised, and see HIM perform HIS Word in your life. GOD honours HIS Word above HIS Holy Name- the Name of JESUS. It is not enough to just pray using the Name of JESUS; you must pray using the Word of GOD, and reminding HIM of HIS Promises.

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

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Psalm 55: 22 CAST YOUR BURDEN UPON THE LORD

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‘Cast your burden upon the LORD and HE shall sustain thee: HE shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55: 22 KJV).’

JESUS echoed this point when HE said ‘DO NOT WORRY’, because by worrying you cannot add another hour to your life or make things better (Matthew 6: 25-34).

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, reap, or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6: 25-27 NIV)

Apostle Peter also admonishes us to cast our cares upon the LORD, because HE CARES (1 Peter 5: 7).

You cannot make things better yourself. You have no power to fix wrong things. ALL the Power and Glory belongs to GOD. Therefore, Awesome GOD has the exclusive jurisdiction to fix things.  Why should you just leave things in Awesome GOD’s Capable Hands and maintain you peace?

  1. When you are trying to fix things, you worry a lot. You probably even lose your sleep, or eat less, or think too much about something. You ignore important aspects of your life or neglect to do some important things all because you are worried. Last time I checked, worrying fixes nothing. Leave GOD to Handle the rest, after you have done your best.
  2. When you worry a lot, you hardly praise GOD or smile. And praising GOD is the way to inviting GOD to take over stubborn matters in your life and destroy the things that are taking away your peace (Psalm 149: 1-7). JESUS is the Prince of Peace, and HE brought you Peace (Isaiah 9: 6); nobody or nothing can take it away unless you let them.
  3. GOD expresses warns you not to worry. Why? You cannot by worrying add a day to your life. The lilies in the fields don’t worry; and yet they are clothed with beauty. The birds of the air don’t worry, yet they are fed on a daily basis (Matthew 6: 26; 28). The analogy is perfect. Because you are a human being, with superior intelligence, and made in GOD’s Image, you tend to think you can fix things and take the glory in the end. Nah. ALL GLORY BELONGS TO GOD (Galatians 1: 5).
  4. When you worry, you take your matter out of GOD’s Awesomely Capable Hands. GOD is not a fussy Person. The moment you think you can do something without him, rely on the help of another man, or handle things your own way or have a Plan B, you take things out of HIS Capable Hands. And GOD will leave you for a time; HE’s a Faithful Father and GOD. HE wouldn’t want you to get you to get hurt permanently.
  5. JUST LET GOD HANDLE IT, SO YOU CAN MAINTAIN YOUR PEACE IN HIM.

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

Please, leave a comment below. I want to hear from anybody who reads this post. I am sorry I have been consistent, but I am now makiing a consistent to be consistent and be posting at least five days a week.

GOD bless you all ♥♥♥

AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)

© May 2016

Pretoria, South Africa