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IT’S OK TO DUMP IT ON GOD

Our God is a relational God. He understands us the best more than anyone else. He created our emotions and personalities and He is well qualified to handle everything. When overwhelmed by life He is the best Person to dump on!

Have you ever desired to just talk to someone, get a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on? At times is just a matter of someone to hear you out or vent to. When something is pressing boiling in you that you are about to explode, release it on God. Dump it on God. According to Psalm 46: 1 and Proverbs 18:24, God is ever present- you are never alone. He is the all present, all powerful, all knowing God! Talk to God like you would talk to your best friend!

You see God cares so much for you that He does not like to see you anxious, nervous, upset, stressed or overwhelmed. That is why He said cast “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7

Philippians 4:6 says, be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Cast, throw, fling, damp your burdens to the Lord. Do not hold onto them. God is able to take the heat; and He desires to carry your troubles for you. Psalm 55:22- “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Can you offload on God today? Unload everything, the good, the ugly, the embarrassing, the secrets, the pain, the uncertainty, the worry, the anxiety or the fear. Cry to God.  Unload, offload, vent, dump on Him knowing that God will NEVER TELL ON YOU!

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:7. Now may the peace guard your heart and mind. “John 14:27 says, I (Jesus Christ), I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.  JESUS IS OUR PEACE see Ephesians 2:14

Declare peace over you this week. Prophesy peace over the situation in Jesus Name. Receive peace. Christ left you peace – all you have to do is to receive it. Can you say that; “LORD I RECEIVE YOUR PEACE

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WALKING IN LOVE IN THE MIDST OF AN OFFENSE

After forgiving your offender, the challenge often comes in how to relate with the person after reconciliation. This can be tough based on the nature of the offense and the damage it caused. Among the areas I’ve asked God to help develop is how to relate with the person lovingly through God’s agape love after the offense.

This blog is specific to relationships fostered among friends, associates or acquittances, Loving the offender does not mean agreeing with what they did. Walking in Love does not require reinstitution of the relationship to the level that it was before. There could be a need to set healthy boundaries or to permanently end such relationships.  At times God allows people in our lives to accomplish specific tasks within a given period. Wisdom calls for us to know when seasons with such people have ended. Overstaying a relationship result in hurts and disappointments simply because the person was not meant to stay long-term.

Walking in love towards a person who has offended you requires a level of humility and determination to still love God despite what happened. Jesus taught that if we love Him, we must follow His commandments (John 14:15). Among His commandments is to love on another as we love ourselves and to love the Lord my God with all our hearts, minds and soul (Mark 12:30-31). This means that if we say we love Jesus, we will love our offender. If we say we Love God, we will love our offender. Love is generous, trust is earned.

So, what does love look like amidst the offense? It is viewing the offender from Jesus’s perspective, ministering and serving the person in love, not being defensive, rude short or abrupt in your relationship with the person; responding to their texts, call and emails in love, not blustering them on Facebook and WhatsApp chat groups; not reminding the person of the offense, not being vindictive, praying for the person, blessing the person; it is being the light in the midst of darkness (Romans 12:20; Proverbs 25:21-22).  Even a little dim light overpowers darkness!

Walking in love in the midst of an offense is a test of faith! As you pass each “love test” every time you relate with your offender, you will be maturing concurrently with each test. Continue to do this even when your offender does not recognize your efforts. I must warn that it can be painful to do good to someone who does not acknowledge or recognize the good being done; it hurts when the offender refuses to admit the offense; but continue to do good, God will reward you-Galatians 6:9

Forgive, then keep walking in love!

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GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN

There is a common pattern in the ministry of Jesus that I recently discovered; and that is Jesus never condemned those He ministered to. Throughout the Gospels of Matthew through John, I saw Jesus dealing mercifully with the “so called sinners” whom He ministered to. The Pharisees and Sadducees were different though, even His disciples questioned Jesus about the sin the parents of the young blind man had committed. In all these, Jesus never condemned them, instead He ministered salvation, healing and He delivered them.

Let’s cite a few examples of Jesus mercy and compassion

  • The taxpayers were known crooks -yet Jesus dined and fellowshipped with Him. In fact, some of them became His disciples (Matthew 9:9-10)
  • On the blind young man, the disciples thought he has sinned from birth, but Jesus said no sin had nothing to do with and healed him (John 9:1-2)
  • Jesus pardoned the woman who was caught in adultery saying “neither do I condemn you, sin no more (John 8:11)
  • Martha who washed Jesus feet with perfume and her hair apparently had a bad rap sheet in the community, but she ended up serving Jesus throughout His ministry (Luke 7:37-38)
  • I can go on, with the woman at the well, the demoniac in Gerasene etc.

 If you are going through something right now and you feel as though God is condemning or punishing you, that is not true. Not long ago I was approached by two pastors who believed that the adversities that their spouses and children faced were punishment and condemnation from God. I can’t forget an experience in the recent mission in Africa where a lady came to be prayed for healing and as we ministered, she kept saying “Oh God forgive me, forgive me”, yet she was a born-again believer.

Anyone who condemns or reminds you of your sins or faults operates with a demonic spirit. Controlling, manipulative and insecure people will do this. A religious spirit often condemns; satan is also good at reminding people of their faults, sins or failures. Stay away from people who put you down who constantly remind you of your faults no matter and how “spiritual” they are. Condemnation is a strategy the devil and people use to keep you from progressing. Condemnation is a hinderance that has both spiritual and natural(life) implications.

So, should we continue sinning because God does not condemn? The answer is NO! Whenever you sin, repent right away and receive forgiveness immediately. No, that God is Love, He is merciful and compassionate. God always wants the positive for you not the negative.

Consider these Scriptures: – I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness (Jeremiah 31:3). Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28); There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1) if the Jesus  sets you free, you will be free indeed(John 8:36)

No matter how bad it is, with God it is pardonable. God does not condemn!

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HAVE A “JESUS MEETING”

My favorite TV shows are those that involve renovations and transformations. I can watch the show “Overhaul” and “HGTV” all day. I also love the “Street Racing” show- I guess just the thrill of seeing how dangerous the guys can drive. Recently while watching these shows I heard a phrase that was said in two distinct shows; surprisingly this was my first-time hearing about a “Jesus Meeting”.

These TV shows involve a team or collaborating with others. When disagreements and misunderstandings occurred in the team, they called for a “Jesus Meeting! A Jesus Meeting is where all is laid on the table without reservations and conflicts are addressed then resolutions are made. It’s a come clean, transparency, let’s deal with this meeting!

I then pondered on how frequent we need these meetings with the Lord. As believers, we often try to withhold stuff from the Lord because we think some are too small or irrelevant for Him. God saved all parts of you and He wants all parts of you. So, feel free to share everything with Him. God is a loving God who does not judge or condemn. In fact, He sees the depths of our hearts and knows our prayers even before we pray. Tell God exactly how you feel, how angry you are, how frustrated it is, how happy you are, how excited you are; just be real with Him. Trust me, Jesus understands every emotion; He went through them.

Jesus Meetings are also beneficial when you cannot obtain breakthrough in an area or when we experience repeated negative patterns. Consider coming to Jesus with a Lord enough of this, let’s deal with this attitude! Through prayer, consider asking the Holy Spirit to show you the source of the issue. God sees all things – His exposure will help steer the prayers strategically for the needed breakthrough.

Finally, prolonged undressed conflicts or misunderstands pull us further apart. As believers we are a community of one another.  The Bible directs that we agree with our adversary quickly (Matthew 5:25). Confessing our sins to one another and forgiving one another brings healing (James 5:16). Do your best to address conflicts respectful and prayerfully in a timely manner (Ephesians 4:26-27). Best is to have your own Jesus Meeting for repentance and clean you need to do personally then for direction on how to approach the conflict before meeting with the person you need to meet with.

This week consider the areas you need to bring to the “Jesus Meeting”. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you those areas first in your personal life, then to those you need to address. Transparency with God and with others is essential in our Love walk in Christ.

Scriptures: Isaiah 1:18, Jeremiah 17:10, John 6:37, Matthew 11:28, Revelation 22:17, I Corinthians 13:1-13

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ASK GOD FOR THE SOURCE

Today I will be highlighting an area that is often hidden from us, that we tend to address with physical means rather than spiritual means. Instead of dealing with these things, intellectually, rationally and even physically, stop immediately and ASK GOD FOR THE SOURCE.

Specifically, I want to highlight repeated negative occurrences, such as arguments, conflicts, disagreements, and misunderstandings.  Maybe you have someone who always rubs you the wrong way. You could be in constant arguments with your spouse-worker, boss, child or family member. They are entities behind these occurrences. If you ever sense the PRESSURE to retaliate, hit back, explain yourself or give them a piece of your mind; such are never from God. At times, these arguments or conflicts may come in cycles or with specific timings like when you are about to experience breakthrough or when expecting something good. Watch out; such are sabotage agents whose purpose are to delay, distract, hinder and derail what God has for you(destiny). There are forces behind that pressure! Most things in our lives are spiritually orchestrated before they manifest in the natural.  

Instead of tackling these arguments and conflicts, with words, texts or human strength; I encourage you this Friday to ASK God to EXPOSE THE SOURCE. Knowing the source helps you target the prayers strategically to hit the root of the problem. It also helps you disarm the entities, giving you the ability and power to address the issue in love and from a Biblical perspective. Just say this prayer, Lord, Holy Spirit exposure the root of what is going on. Lord shine Your Light on this issue. Show me how to tackle it. In Jesus Name, Amen

Be free this weekend. No more intimidation. Ask God for the source of the argument, misunderstanding or conflict then deal with the source head-on.  1Corinthians 15:57says -But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Also see, Ephesians 6:12  and Isaiah 59:19

Personal testimony– The above freedom post is based on a true event that happened to me on Monday evening. I was disappointed by a turn of events that ended up costing me quite a bit. My first reaction though was not to inquire from God. The issue got me so upset I reacted in my terms by giving the person my piece of mind via text. Before I did that, the Holy Spirit warned me not to do so, but I ignored Him. Well the issue blew out of proportion and the person totally missed the point. After it blew out, I saw the enemy on his belly laughing so hard and looking at me. Then it dawned on me that this whole issue was instigated by the enemy. Of course, (a)I had to repent for rebelling against the Holy Spirit (b) I asked forgiveness from the persons I sent the texts to and then(c) dealt with the source!

I also learned another lesson from this experience-that when we ask God to refine us, or to shine the light to on hidden dark areas in us; God may use a negative experience through a person to highlight that area. It is true, God offends the mind to expose the heart! From this experience I identified a few things that I need to renounce and be freed from. God uses people to shape and refine our character.

Consider the conflicts you may have right now- Could God be shining the light on something He wants to free you from?

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EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY

All weekly blogs are personal experiences that I often have way before the day they are posted. Some though are very fresh like this one. Hope you will be encouraged through this one as well. Yesterday, I had such hectic day at work with demands coming from all ends; one of them involved dealing with a very challenging person. The person’s attitude was rude, unprofessional, angry etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

Initially, I just wanted to “give it to them” in fact I even proposed submitting a compliant about the person’s behavior. The other issue though, is that I started developing “anticipation anxiety or strategies about how to deal with the person for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to strategize during the night, but every strategy was inconclusive. In fact the more I strategize, the more frustrated I got. I knew this would affect my prayer time and peace so I decided to submit it to prayer

As I prayed, God gave me the strategy, in fact He showed me that the person was hurting and that the person’s identity was wrapped up in their profession. That the best approach was to love and honor the person, with understanding that the person may not acknowledge the love or honor. 1 Corinthians 13 on Love, Galatians 5:22 on the Fruit of Spirit and Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone, gave me a totally new meaning to be being Light in darkness. Danny Silk’s book on A Culture of Honor also came to mind

As I compared the yesterday from today, I concluded that EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY. We may strategize and anticipate the future but God in His love gives us grace to face each day afresh. We cannot take yesterday’s plans into today. God’s mercy and loving kindness are new every morning. We receive FRESH MANNA EACH DAY. DO NOT GO INTO A NEW DAY WITH THE OLD. Each day has its own special anointing

Lesson-Never let a person’s bad day ruin your day. You have the authority to dictate how to react to everything. Choose peace at all costs. Every new day is a day to start a fresh- BLOG BACK PLEASE

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CELEBRATE DELIVERANCE

Often deliverance is associated with demonic oppression and exorcism, yet in the entire chapter of Psalm 107 we see the various forms of deliverances that the Lord exercised among the Israelites and continues to do so today for each believer.

I could not help but reflect on my life and testify of key areas of my life that I experienced the Lord’s deliverance. Together this week, let’s reflect on those areas and join together in thanksgiving with declarations that “the Lord is good and His mercies endures forever”
Consider these highlights:
• Have you ever gone through something that left you so lost as though you’ve lost your mind? OR even concluded that if it were not for God, you could have gone crazy. Did you cry out to the Lord and He brought you to your senses guiding you in wisdom- if so, consider Psalm 107:4-6

• Have you ever waited so long for an answer; you thirsted and waited and after sometime God responded filling you with more than you expected? If so consider Psalm 107: 9

• Have you ever acted in rebellion, got mad at God, decided to do your own thing, but yet seeing the failing outcomes of your independence, you ran back to the Lord and He still bailed you out? If so consider Psalm 107:11-13

• Have you ever been through something the world and experts say is impossible and unsalvageable, yet an encounter with our Almighty reversed it because all things are possible with Him? If so consider Psalm 107: 15-16

• Have you ever compromised so much so that the consequences were dire? Your friends died from of the consequences of what you compromised on yet, you escaped without a scratch? If so consider Psalm 107:17-22

• Have you barraged with attack after attack, seeing no breakthrough in things , facing days when your business was dry, your plans were at a standstill, when you lost all hope yet suddenly, the Lord intervened , bringing favor and fruitfulness in your life. If so, consider Psalm 107: 23-43.

I am sure you can write your life story testifying of the many accounts of the Lord’s deliverance in your life just from reading Psalm 107. This week ponder on them. Take time to celebrate God’s many deliverances in your life.

Oh the Overwhelming Reckless Love of God…. (YouTube Cory Asbury-Reckless Love) Sing along as you celebrate your deliverance!

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O’ COME ON TO SWEET COMMUNION

The same Jesus that we are celebrating this season was a perfect example of community, communion and good food. When there was no food, He made multiplied some and ensured there were leftovers! Though He separated Himself to pray, often Jesus dined with people and hanged around with people. Jesus seemed to have crossed boundaries and even hanged out with those others deemed outside their circles. When His family mocked Him, Jesus still found people to be around with. Community and Communion were recurrent themes of Jesus.

The fullness of God though cannot be experienced alone. Some aspects of it requires community, fellowshipping with one another and enjoying each other’s company. I’m beginning to experience the fullness of this freedom in Christ. So far, I am learning that this freedom extends beyond the freedom of being saved, delivered and set free; that it is the freedom of just being you. Coming to the fullness of the identity God created us to be.

When we have come to the fullness of this identity, reaching out and becoming a part of a community becomes easy. It is from here too that we enjoy the community of fellow believers, friends and family. This reminds me of the Israelites after Solomon built the temple (1 Kings 8:65-66) and of King David, when the Ark of the Lord was returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). These occasions were followed by days of feasting and celebrations. How much more now that Christ has set us free and reconciled us to God! The holiday season can be lonesome for others; introverts like myself would rather just be left alone!

But this Christmas and holiday season, I encourage you to “come out” and join in communion, community and good food. The holidays should not be the only time that brings the best out of us, but please don’t stay home alone, venture out, enjoy the festivities, go watch the Christmas lights, excite the little child in you, make fun of yourself, be silly responsibly!

This Joy to the world, came over 2000 years ago, for your freedom and that you may enjoy the fullness of life with others. So, Come On, enjoy sweet fellowship and communion with others this week and throughout the holiday season.

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EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS!

Adult bald eagle in flight

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO….It is finished! JOHN 19:30. This is the finished work of the cross. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ grants us our rights to live on earth fulfilled in all aspects of our lives. Here are the rights we WERE granted, Exercise your rights!

•You have a right to LIVE RIGHTEOULSY because Christ’s blood that was atoned for us

•You have the right to a GUILT FREE LIVE, because Christ died for our transgressions

•You have the right to PEACE because Christ was tortured, chastised for our peace

•You have the right to GOOD HEALTH because by the Christ stripes we were healed

•You have the right to TALK TO GOD DIRECTLY, because Christ’s blood purified us, tore the curtain of separation and gave us access to God

•You have the right to ACCESS BOLDLY because Christ and gave us the authority

•You have the right to be FEARLESS, because behold, Jesus Christ is always with us

•You have the right to GREAT ADVOCACY AND HELP because of the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to ASK FOR ANYTHING because Christ gave you His name; In the name of Jesus

•You have the right to ENJOY THE INHERITANCE & RICHES OF GOD as a branch that has been grafted in as partaker of the promises of Abraham

•You have a right to your IDENTITY IN CHRIST, as He know calls you son, daughter and friend. He knows your name. You are created in the image of God

•You have a right to DELIVERANCE, because at His resurrection, he rent all powers and principalities useless, destroying every yoke of bondage that you can be set free

•You have the right to PROSPER because God wants you to prosper in all areas of your life

•You have the right to a SOUND MIND, because God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love

•You have the right to FREEDOM, because Christ has made you free in all areas

•You have the right to release and live daily in GOD’S KINGDOM because of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to VICTORY and TO LIVE A SUSTAINED VICTORIOUS LIFESTYLE because God always causes us to triumph, even in temptations God provides ways of escape

Exercise your rights these week! These are your “Miranda rights”; better reworded, these are “Your Rights” as a son or daughter of the Highest God. If satan shows up with the contrary, read satan YOUR RIGHTS. Remember Jesus declared IT IS FINISHED! When you know WHOSE you are and your IDENTITY in Him, you can boldly exercise your rights!