Monday, 28 February 2011

TRADING OUR SINS FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.


During my quiet time in the early hours of this morning, as I came across this scripture during my Bible study it dawned on me how so quickly we take our salvation for granted. And when I look around me, I see how shamefully some of us Christians treat others who are not as matured in their faith as us or as others with  such a judgemental attitude as though we are better than they are. Who gave us the right to become judges over another?

We forget we are made right only because God traded our sins for His righteousness. Something of immeasurable worth for something so worthless. In this world barter only works when two people exchange goods of relatively equal value. Is like traded one's Bugatti for a run down daewoo car, incomparable! I know there is nothing I can do or could have done for the atonement of my sins. And for this sacfrice through Christ' death, I am extremely grateful. I will urge you to take a stock of your new life in Christ. Remembering to treat others with the same manner of goodness and compassion that has been demonstrated on our behalf to others.

Reflections:
When we trust in Christ, we trade in our sins for His goodness and righteousness. Do you trust in Him?

Power verses:
For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,-- Romans 8:3

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin-- Hebrews 4:15

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Friday, 25 February 2011

CHRIST'S MESSAGE IS FOR EVERYONE

Colossians 1:28-29
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.


As Believers we have to strive for spiritual maturity so we can be presented to God, complete in our relationship with Christ. This we do, not with our own strength but with the help of the Holy Spirit working within us. Who motivates us daily to grow in love not in fear or pride. I was just having a discussion with someone about using natural remedies and just being careful of what we put and allow into our bodies. To go straight to the point she said, you can't convince me to believer otherwise. Which I thought was rather interesting because I wasn't even trying to convince her we were both just making our points clear as to what we believe works better. I said to her, what either of us believe doesn't make it right or wrong and I will by no means try to convince you or anyone for that matter. And I went on to say, we believe what we believe based mostly on our personal experiences and encounter and usually this has a direct reflection in us as a person. The best form of advertising is word of mouth. And the direct transformation and impact it has on our life either right or wrong. People call it seeing is believing!

It's like us Christian, some believe their faith is a personal and a private affair where as for me it's who I am and how I live ( lifestyle). Some Christians are uncomfortable to share their faith in fear of being called names or being referred to as trying to convince. We don't have to convince people of who Christ is and how much He loves them. Like Paul rightly said, he works hard to strive to be a reflection of Christ to others but he couldn't do that without depending on the mighty power of the Holy Spirit working within him. Without the Holy Spirit working within us and motivating us to live a life of God's love and compassion it is almost impossible to tell anyone how much Jesus has changed our life and how He will for them too if they gave their lives to Him. This is the same for you and I. As Christ works within us, His power within us makes it easy for others to see and recognise His love through us thus making it easy for us to share His message with them.

Salvation is for everyone no matter what they may think or believe. The truth is without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. So it's our duty to share the good news of our salvation with others who don't know about Christ and we don't have to it with out own strength. We have the power of Christ working within us to reach out in love. The Bible says in Philippians 1:13, "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." 

Reflections:
Do you know someone who needs to hear this message?

Power verses:
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.-- 1Timothy 1:12


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.--2 Corinthians 12:9

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully--Colossians 1:11

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

CALLED TO A HOLY LIFE

2 Timothy 1:9
who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

I have been in my church just gone 16 months on the 18th of February, 2011. I have been a very active member right from my second visit because I just knew the first time I stepped foot in there that was where I was called to be. The interesting thing is, some of the older members don't seem to understand where my passion and service for Christ comes from and what is it that I want from God. The truth is, I have no clue what I want however I know I owe my life to Jesus and without Him I wouldn't be who I am today. The Bible says, “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work not because we deserved it but because that was His plan." God redeemed us so we could do His “holy work.” We’re not saved by what we have done, but we are saved for His "Holy work" service. In God’s kingdom, we have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfil. This gives us our lives great significance and value. I find my service to Jesus and His ministry a great privilege and an honour why because, I am not qualified nor can I earn it, rather for His own purpose He has saved me through grace for service.

It cost Jesus His own life to purchase our salvation. The Bible reminds us, "You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body" 1 Corinthians 6:20. We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what He has done for us. We owe Him our lives. Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured. In light of these incredible benefits Paul concluded, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship" Romans 12:1.

I don't know what your situation is, but I want to challenge you to be a blessing to your local church and to serve with your time, talent, money and prayers. Be involved and make things happen rather than expecting how the church will meet your needs. Don't expect others to serve you! I pray as you mature in Christ, the focus of your life will increasingly shift to living a life of service. And you will start asking, "who's need can I can I meet? as to "who's going to meet my need?"

Reflections:
Are you being of being service or are you waiting to be served?

Power verses:
for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body-- 1 Corinthians 6:20

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.--Acts 20:28

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.--Romans 12:1

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

GOD IS WITH YOU

Isaiah 54:17
"No weapon forged against you will prevail... "


If you could talk with the three Hebrew children about their experience with the Lord in the fiery furnace, perhaps they would describe it this way: The fire was all over us. Our robes were ablaze, yet amazingly, our skin was untouched. We had no idea what was going on. Then something moved among the ashes; we were not alone. Suddenly, out of the smoke came a shining, gleaming person! We never got His name; He never said it. He never said anything. But just knowing He was there brought such comfort. His presence protected us in the midst of the crisis.

Now, we do not mean to say that the fire went out, or that the heat was reduced. No, it still burned, but the brightness of the flames was eclipsed by the brightness of His presence. We never saw Him again; He showed up only when we needed Him. One thing is sure however, looking back, we are glad they dragged us from the presence of the wicked king into the presence of the Righteous One! In His Company we learned that, "No weapon forged against us shall prevail. We will refute every tongue that accuses us. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord."'  Are you walking through a fiery trial today? If so, you are not alone - God is with you! Take courage. When He brings you out; you will know Him better, trust Him more, and have something to say that will make others want to listen and they will surely know you have had an encounter with Him.

Application:
Read the whole of Psalm 91

Power verses:
My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.--Isaiah 51:5

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth-- Psalm 121:2

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

IT'S A HEART THING


Jeremiah 29:13
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

 
When we give our lives to Christ, we don't know Him intimately right away. It takes time. It takes reading the Bible, studying His word and spending quality time with Him in prayer and worship. This is gives us the chance to start getting comfortable with Him in turn trusting Him to share our darkest and intimate secrets with Him. God created us for an intimate relationship with Him. By working on that relationship we learn we can trust Him wholeheartedly. We also learn that He loves us no matter what we’ve done, noty done or who we are.

Even though we may not be able to physically see Him, we find He is there all of the time. Even though we may not be able to audibly hear Him, we learn He can and does speak to our heart. We discover this by investing time into the relationship. If you want to know God better, spend more time with Him through His word and prayer. Read God’s Word and you’ll begin to experience God’s heart. Spend time alone with Him and you will begin to see and hear Him more in your life. It may be through a scripture, a friend or an idea that pops into your mind that you just sense is from God. When you know God better, you’ll also know how to recognise Him. It’s hard to explain, but you just do.

God is always open and He is always there to listen and reply. He is knowledgeable on all subjects and He stands ready to meet with us at any time. If you find yourself searching for answers or wondering if God indeed cares for you, ask Him a question through prayer. Hide His Word in your heart. Meet with Him one on one. He will be the best Friend you ever make and you’ll see and hear from Him in a whole new way.

I want to urge and encourage you today, God's presence is the privilege of prayer and His grace. Today He says, if you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find Him. Why don't you do just that!


Reflections:
Remember our Christian walk and relationship with God is a heart thing! Just go before Him and pour out your heart to Him and you will find Him.

Power verses:
This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live;--Amos 5:4


"Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them."-Psalms 84:5
 
 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."--Isaiah 55:8-9
 
"Create in me a clean HEART, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."--Psalms 51:10
 
2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.
 


Monday, 21 February 2011

ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Recently, a friend of mine who isn't a Christian said he was very worried about me. I asked him why? He said your obsession with this book called the Bible. You seem to believe everything you read. Don't get me wrong it's a lovely story and in fact a rather interesting collection of fascination stories. Yes for me that's all it is just like any other history or poetry book. For my friend, the Bible is mainly a collection of stories, fables, myths and merely human imagination of who God is and what He represented. That really saddens me because,  there are so many people out there who think the same. Not saying that, I have even come across some Christians who don't completely believe everything the Bible says. Especially if it isn't in line with their human thoughts or in line with their own selfish desires. The Bible is been taken out of context in generations past and still is even in some churches today as I write.

As Believers, we need to understand the Bible is God's inspired Word. Just like today's main scripture says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." The scripture is God-breathed, inspired and trustworthy for teaching us how to live a Christ centred life as children of God. It is also our safeguard against false teaching and our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. One of the many places where we can get all confused is on the Internet, facebook and you tube.

The Bible does not contradict never! If you ever feel something doesn't quiet agree with the other spend time with in studying the word and ask the Holy Spirit for revelations and if possible ask your Pastor, church leader or someone who is alittle more matured in their faith than you are. God desires to reveal His truth to us through His word in order to equip us to live for Him and in correcting, teaching us what is right and true. The Bible is our only weapon against the lies of the enemy and in discovering God's truth in accordance to living a life worthy of our faith in Christ Jesus. I want to encourage us all not to live a cheap Christian life of not knowing what the word of God says concerning our lives, thus making us cheap victims and preys for the devil. Remember even Satan knows the Bible more than you and I and didn't hesitate to tempt the Son of God when he thought He was in a vulnerable state after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Spend time to know God's truth and His promise concerning your live and future. And become confident in your faith and walk with Him. It is our only source of hope!


Reflections:
How much time do you spend in reading and studying God's word?

Do you read it everyday?

Power verses:
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.--Deuteronomy 29:29

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.-- Joshua 1:8

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.-- Psalm 1:2

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.-- Hosea 4:6

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,--Proverbs 3:1

"And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered...." John 10:35

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

GOD GIVES REST

Psalm 127:2
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

My mother worked so hard.  She hardly took time off  for relaxation that finally stroke had to. This is a woman who like to do everything for herself, a real perfectionist. If she wasn't doing it, she had to supervise it. I remember very clearly in 1983 as if it was just yesterday; that very faithful morning when my mother was getting ready for church and for the very first time something happened that will change all of our lives for good. She couldn't tie her tiny string on her Kaba a sort of African attire wore by many African women mainly for church services, for special and causal occasions. Prior to this day, she had been to see Dr Phillip two weeks before and he said to take sometime off work if not she is likely to have a stroke. She was giving some medication and was asked to come back after a week. You know what she did? She didn't go back to the doctor because she felt a lot better and didn't think the needed to neither to take time off work to rest as she was directed by her doctor. To cut the long story short two weeks after she went to see the doctor, she was strike down with a stroke.

I was twelve years old and very heart broken none of my older sisters or anyone in my family knew anything about this illness or had any experiences of anyone ever having it. I remember as time went on we realised we had to treat her as though everything was normal so wouldn't be depressed. I recall joking with her saying all the holidays and rest you refused to take, God is using this period to give you a first class vacation and I only pray and hope you will for once just trust Him enough to let Him be in control and enjoy this rest and relaxtion graciously. She just smiled, don't get me wrong my mother was a woman of faith, serious and a very good Christian. But you see the trouble is a lot of us Christians are like my mother was, women and men of faith yet we just find it so difficult to trust Him with absolutely everything just enough to set aside time for rest. Most times we don't even know we are doing it, it's usually a subconscious thing.

Rest is so important that God even made it a commandment. When we life our lives completely and solely dependant on our human efforts to the extent of neglecting rest we are implying we don't trust God enough.  God is not against our human effort or hard work. Rather He cares and loves us so much that He wants to gives us rest  from all the labouring we do to keep up His work, our families and communities because we need spiritual refreshment and adequate times of rest from time to time. Be careful to maintain a balance life by entrusting your businesses, jobs, family lives and give God the chance to give you that rest you so need from time to time to take your mind off the million and one things you are so occupy with.

Reflections:
Are you like many other Christians using work as a cover-up for your inability to trust God?

Power verses:
"Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust,..."--Psalm 40:4

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.--Jeremiah 17:7

"You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety."-- Job 11:18

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Friday, 18 February 2011

SUDDEN DEAFNESS

John 10:27
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:



My Pastor told us a story about a big time business woman who was going on a very important business conference. As she was getting ready to leave home for the airport, she heard God's voice clearly telling her not to go. She wasn't very sure what she heard the first time since this trip was extremely important to her and didn't understand why God will tell her not to go. The voice was even more intense now than the second time so she decided to pray and in the process fell asleep. When she woke up, she saw on the news the same plane she was suppose to be on had crashed just a few minutes after take off and there were no survivors. She immediately started thanking the Lord for delivering and saving her, then realised what she heard was indeed the voice of God. As they were taking inventory of the passengers on the plane, they realised one person didn't board the plane. This made headline news and the reporters were very eager to find out why she didn't board the plane since she was going for a very important business meeting and wanted to know whether it was just a lucky a escape. They finally caught up with her at her residence and she told them how God told her not to board that plane. The news reporter said how can your God be so mean as to allowing all these people to die and saving just you. The lady's answer was God is always speaking to us, it depends on who is listening!

I know from my own experience how in the past I have ignored the voice of God on numerous occasions and in the end paying severely for my disobedience. One of sister's on facebook by the name Joy calls it "sudden deafness."  We suddenly become deaf when He speaks because it is not in line with what we want or expect. Clearly stated, God speaks and we have the ability to hear and be guided by Him. Jesus said many times , let him who has ears to hear, let him hear. The key here is obedience!


Reflections:
Do you have ears to hear?


Do you know the voice of the Lord?

Tell the Lord that you want to know His voice. The more time we spend with someone the better we understand them. Spend time with the Lord today, He wants to speak to you.



Power verses:
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.-- John 10:16

"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure.--Isaiah 66:22

At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes," says the LORD.-- Zephaniah 3:20


2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

DO YOU NEED WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE?

Colossians 2:2

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


The Bible tells us that if we seek we will find. Do you need wisdom and knowledge? If so, then look for them. Where are we to find these two much-needed treasures? God is the source of everything. In Christ we will find everything that we need, but we must seek through prayer and through living a life dedicated to God first. The Bible says: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Consider taking some extra time in prayer today seeking God concerning His will and purposes for your life. You will find everything you need in Him, but you must seek first the Kingdom of God to find things like wisdom and knowledge.


Power verses:
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.-- Ephesians 1:7

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.-- Ephesians 1:18

He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.--Matthew 13:11

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

DON'T PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN POWERFUL PEOPLE

Psalm 146:3
Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there


Today's verse couldn't be any clearer, "Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there."  I don't know what challenge you are facing today? Or what mountain is ahead of you today? However, one thing I know and very certain of is, no body can save you and I. No matter their social status and  financial standing, they are inadequate and  a false hope even to themselves.

I came to encourage you to put your trust and hope in the one living God;  The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."- Zephaniah 3:17  What else could be more assuring and so comforting to know the created of the universe Himself - Jehovah takes delight in you and not only that but will also quiet you with His love. Look up to the Lord today, the author and finisher of your faith, for in Him alone lies our hope and salvation. He has promised never to leave you nor forsake, all you have to do is to put your trust and hope in Him.

Reflections:
Look back on all the times you have been let down by people you thought could help you and  how they betrayed your confidence? Remember the many people you know and have come in contact with that, money, social status, position in either work or government has failed to deliver them in their darkest hour and time of need.


Powerful verses:
The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?--Psalm 27:1

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me--Psalm 23:4

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.--Daniel 3:17

But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."--Jonah 2:9

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

WE ARE MADE BLAMELESS

Colossians 1:22
Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.


None of us is good enough to save ourselves. It doesn't matter your social statues, how much money you have or how well respected you are in your community. For us to live eternally with Christ, it depends solely on the grace of God. I have heard, seen and listened to some Christians judge others and criticised them so harshly as though they were above reproach or without sin. Forgetting so soon how they were only saved and made blameless purely by the grace of God. Today's scripture and verse tells us even though we have all sinned repeated over and over again, God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ's death making us blameless and without any fault. Wow, what a privilege!

God sees the things we are doing right rather than the things we are doing wrong. God is on our side. He has good things in store for those who love Him. His goodness extends toward us His children in great measure. The only way for us to remain blameless before God, is to put our trust and confidence in Jesus Christ. He alone is qualified, to reconcile us through death in the physical body for the forgiveness of our sins making us right and blameless before God. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean and is as though we have never sinned.


Reflections:
Is there anything you have done that is weighing you down? Take it Jesus in prayer today and ask for forgiveness.  It doesn't matter what it is or how bad or serious it may seem, He sees everything you do and is only interested in your repentant  heart.


Power verses:
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'-- Jeremiah 30:17

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.--Isaiah 42:25

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases-- Psalm 103:3

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you--Psalm 86:5

You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. Selah-- Psalm 85:2

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Monday, 14 February 2011

CELEBRATION OF LOVE


1 John 4:8 (New Living Translation)
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.


Today is Valentine's Day, a day celebrated by many all over the world and a celebration some Christians deem as nothing but a pagan celebration. One that has been turned into nothing but shallow and selfish by the world we live in. And in turn, has indeed contaminated manys' understanding both young and old of what Love really is or means. The world thinks love is what makes you feel good (emotions), and not forgetting all the Hollywood movies ideas of love; all fluffy, romantic and shallow. When I look around, all I see is how many are prepared and willing to sacrifice moral standards, principles and other's rights in order to obtain such "Love."

The Bible says, "God is love", not Love is God"  in my understanding, this means love isn't a feeling but rather a person, choice and an action. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us God is the source of our love: He loves us enough to sacrifice His Son for us. Jesus is our example of what it really means to love. God's love the source of all human love. In loving us His children, He rekindles a flame in our hearts. In turn we, His children are able to love others the way He loves unconditionally without reservations or any selfishness.

I want each and everyone of us to use today, the worlds celebration of love to reach out to the afflicted, broken hearted, bruised, disappointed in love. By warming their hearts and healing it with God's love through us. Lets show the world how perfect love is; ....Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

Living a lifestyle of love requires we live in God, as Christians lets be the example we are called to be in this fallen and broken world by imparting what is pure, true, trustworthy and loving into our children for they are our future and the next generation of restored hope.  Make a decision to spread God’s love through your life today to as many people as you can. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!



Reflections:
Take some time today and read the whole chapter of 1 John 4 and 1 Corinthians 13. Also use this opportunity to share with the world what true and real love is by being the light you were called to be through Christ Jesus.


Power verses:
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away-- 1 Corinthians 13:8

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life down for one's friends."-- John 15:13

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters-- 1 John 3:16

We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.-- 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness-- 1 John 2:9

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

ARE YOU SOLD OUT TO JESUS?

Mark 10:21
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Where are you willing to go with Jesus? What if you had achieved great wealth while following Jesus and suddenly He said: “sell everything, give it to the poor and follow me to a different place now,” could you do this? Are you sold out to Jesus? Could you leave your job in an instant if He said: “we are going this way now, quit your job, leave your things and follow me.” Do you trust Him enough to do that? Is your treasure on earth or in heaven? What if your bills weren’t getting paid and the house and car were being foreclosed on, would you still follow Him?

How about if you were whipped, flogged, beaten, and thrown in jail as some of the disciples were, would you still follow Jesus? I wonder sometimes if our idea of following the Lord means that life will be in perfect order and there will not be struggles and trials. That’s not what the Bible says. James 1:2 says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”

I believe what Jesus is saying to us is, for us to be completely sold out to Him; we must not let anything we have or desire to obtain keep us from serving Him. We must remove anything from our lives that will hinder our service to Him and for the work of Kingdom. Christ loves us enough to die for us and He also loves us enough to talk straight to us. He does all this for us because, His love is complete and gives us life-changing challenges.

Reflections:
What is in your life today that is hindering your service to God?
Is it your position? Your level of income? Your statues in society? Whatever it might be, don't let it limit your service to God. He never promised following him would be easy, but He did promise to light the way that we should go.

Power verses:
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.--Matthew 5:12

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.-- James 1:12

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;--Romans 5:3

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

HANDLING DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Matthew 1:18-19

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph, her husband, was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.


When people wrong us, there can be all sorts of things that go through our minds that perhaps we would like to do to bring disgrace into their lives. Recently, I had a Christian brother take advantage of my good nature by me agreeing to lend him some money only for him to stiff me up. We met through a mutual friend and he was in die need of money to travel to visit his parents. So he asked me to lend him some money only for two months, but he never honoured his promise. As the story goes he assured me he would pay me back as soon as he has some money. That was several months ago and he has not returned not even one of my so several calls and it's almost coming up to a year. I wrestled with the thought of contacting his friends and perhaps someone he worked with, but decided not to after the Lord brought this verse to my attention.


When I read that Joseph did not want to expose Mary to public disgrace, I dropped the idea of contacting this man's friends and bringing shame upon him. Today's scripture says,  that Joseph was a righteous man. That’s what I would like to be also, a righteous woman. There are specific ways of handling difficult people that God would have us do or not do. Prayer is the best way to start dealing with troublesome people and situations.


Power verses:

The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."-- Exodus 14:14

You yourselves have seen everything the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the LORD your God who fought for you.--Joshua 23:3

There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!-- Joshua 10:14

Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you."-- Deuteronomy 3:22

2001 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Friday, 11 February 2011

REMEMBER HIS GOODNESS

Psalm 77:11
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember your wonders of old.


When we remember the great things that God has done in our lives, we will find a place where our faith begins to be renewed. The more I thank God for what He has already done the more God takes care of things I am presently facing. I don't know what your situation is today, however I know that memories of God's goodness and faithfulness has sustained my sisters and myself through some really difficult times. Thus building our confidence with the knowledge that He is capable and trustworthy. Whenever I face any difficult situations in my life or that of my family's be it to do with my nephews being rebellious against their mother, my business, my faith or any trials, I remember the works of the Lord and what He has done for me and my sisters. And this strengthens my faith!
 
It is our faith that moves the hand of God on our behalf not the circumstances that surround our lives. Take a moment to recall some of the great things that God has done in your life. Find those situations from the past where God proved His promise that He would never leave you nor forsake you. Trust God today with every area of your life. He loves you! He can handle all of our difficulties. God has been good to us.


Reflections:
What are some of the things that He has done for you?
Write them down in a journal and allow them to renew your faith in God remembering as He has done it before, He will do it again.


Power verses:
"You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself."-- Exodus 19:4

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."-- 2 Corinthians 4:16

"who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."--Psalm 103:5

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."-- Isaiah 40:31

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

MUTUALLY ENCOURAGED

Romans 1:11-12
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.


In the beginning of the New Testament Church we see many believers gathering together and fellowshipping with each other. We can understand the importance of interacting with other Christians by examining the following short passage of scripture. When we connect with other believers, God causes something to happen in us and through us that can only be understood by having the experience. When we gather together, one person may have the gift of healing, another the gift of discernment and yet someone else may have a prophetic word.  Fellowshipping together causes these various spiritual gifts to work in unity together like a car engine with all of its parts properly in place.

As Christians and Believers we should always look to give and receive when are together through fellowship with another. The beauty and joy of that is, our mutual faith gives us a common language and a common purpose for encouraging each other. A greater understanding of the importance of fellowshipping together can be understood by reading the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 12. In the chapter you will see that there are many parts to the church body being whole and functioning together.


Power verses:
There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- Ephesians 4:4

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.-- Hebrews 2:4

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.-- Ephesians 4:7

But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.--1 Corinthians 12:18


2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Hello Saints,

I just came across this video and thought why not share it with you all. It happens to be a timely reminder of what real love means since Valentine's day is just a few days away. A lot of Christians will argue the idea of celebrating Valentine. I am a firm believer of using every given opportunity to share my faith. And Valentine's day happen to be a celebration of love for many worldwide. Isn't this just a fantastic time to share "Jesus" the very essence and true meaning of Love?

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life down for one's friends."-- John 15:13


Real love isn't always pretty, romantic, or even pleasant. As this video shows, real love means sacrifice. Valentine's Day, Celebrated in memory of a Christian martyr, should help us to remember that true love is Jesus and this could mean martyrdom, death and persecution.

In this movie, you will see images of believers in countries that are opposed to Christianity. You will hear of the stories of their faith and their death. This Christian video communicates the essence of true love, and evokes compassion for Christians around the world who are suffering for their faith.

You and I are blessed to live in countries where we can freely and willing live and share our faith with no fear of persecution, being tortured and tormented. Why don't we take advantage of this great gift to help share and spread the good news - our Faith to more and more people. Starting from our families, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and just anyone we come in contact with.




1 John 3:16, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."

Please share your thoughts, blessings......................

UNFAILING LOVE



Jeremiah 31:3
..."I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself."

It has become very evident to me how much effort and trouble Jesus has gone through just to reassure us of how much He loves us. Not just with words but with deeds and actions by sacrificing His life for us on the cross. From this scripture what I draw from it is, His idea of His love for us is intimacy. He created us to desire a relationship with Him. "With an everlasting love, unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." Here, Jesus stresses on the idea of belonging together with us in a love relationship that will ultimately out live any relationship - not even death can part us from Him. As I was reading this scripture and text, it kept playing in my mind over and over again. I imagined Jesus reaching out towards us His Children with compassion motivated by a deep and steadfast love. I see a beautiful Father who is so eager to be the best for us if only we will let Him into our hearts and lives.

When I think of all the many challenges life throws at us and how painfully difficult and uncertain life can be, His everlasting and unfailing love is a breath of fresh air to me. Rather than worrying unnecessarily and being burdened with all the ugliness of life's storms, I am encouraged. And as I look up to Him, I see Him tenderly and carefully drawing me towards His loving embrace. The word of God is so mind-blowing and not easy to comprehend. I just wished I had words to express what it does to my spirit. If you are feeling really low today for whatever reason, Jesus wants you to know He loves you with an everlasting and unfailing love one that even death can't separate as from.

Power verses:
And I will take you as my bride for ever; truly, I will take you as my bride in righteousness and in right judging, in love and in mercies.-- Hosea 2:19

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children-- Psalm 103:17

I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us--yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses-- Isaiah 67:7

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

GOD'S PLEDGE TO US

Ephesians 1:13-14(NASB)
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of  God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.


When we believe in Jesus Christ, this puts us in a covenant marriage with Him. The Holy Spirit is God's seal that we belong to Him and His guarantee to us that He will do what He has promised. This is like a down payment, a deposit - in the Ghanaian culture we call it a dowry a secured payment from the Bridegroom to have the bride's hand in marriage. At this point His Spirit comes to live within us when we believe in Him and the presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the genuineness of our Faith and proves that we are His and secures our eternal life with Him when He returns. This makes us very intimate with God.  We can't get any closer to someone than having them dwell within us. Jesus says in John 14:16-17, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be  in you." Actually come to think of it - it is an intimacy that none of us can have with anyone not even those of you in a marriage relationship, because it is supernatural; and a God thing!

The word pledge in the Greek language is a solemn promise. Even today in Greece the word pledge can mean engagement ring. I believe we all know an engagement ring is a guarantee from a man to a woman that he will marry her. How appropriate because as Christians we become God’s bride. So the Holy Spirit is God’s pledge to us like an engagement ring. He is God’s symbol of love given to us so we can know without a shadow of a doubt we are God’s beautiful bride forever. Instead of wearing the love symbol on our finger we wear Him in our hearts. How very romantic and beautiful that Jesus died for you and I so we could become His beautiful Bride as a corporate body as well as each individual in His Church.

As believers, we who are the bride of Christ waiting in great anticipation for the day when we will be united with our Bridegroom. Until then, we remain faithful to Him and say with all the redeemed of the Lord, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Reflections:
Have you been faithful and do you pledge to remain faithful to Him till His return?

Are you prepared to pledge your heart to your Bridegroom as you wait in anticipation for His faithful return? If not it's, not too late to repent receiving into your heart as a seal of His promise till His return.


Power verses:
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.--Hebrews 10:37

"Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book."-- revelation 22:7

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.-- Revelation 22:18

"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done-- Revelation 22:12

"Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."-- Revelation 16:15

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.-- Revelation 1:3

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Monday, 7 February 2011

"Is" "My Light"

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear?


Just as I am assured of day light breaking through a cold winters darkness at day break so "Is" my soul assured of the Lord's light in any situation or circumstance I find myself. This is an assurance that no one can take away from me not even the spirit of fear - darkness. Where there is darkness there is light, now it is a choice you and I have to make to either accept the light that God offers which is our unwavering confidence and trust in Him as our antidote of fear - darkness. He is "My Salvation" meaning the rescuer of my soul from darkness into His light making Him my own personal light through the valley of anxiety, fear of  rejection, lives uncertainty, sickness or even death.

I came to tell you, you can conquer all lives uncertainties and worries by using this "bright liberating light" of the Lord who brings joy, peace, comfort and guidance in every sense reflecting in us, revealed through us and within us distinguishing us and making us stand out us His precious children purchase with His precious blood.

Power verses:
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge."-- Psalm 62:7

"Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end."-- Isaiah 60:20

"Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light."--Micah 7:8

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

REWARD FOR FAITHFULNESS

Amos 9:3
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from me at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.


As Christians we sometimes think we are above the judgement of the Lord because of the grace and mercy bestowed upon us as His children. In this scripture we see that no one can escape God's judgement no matter who or what they are. No one shall go unpunished, whether we go to the mountaintops or the bottom of the sea, God will find us and judge us for all our deeds.

For God's faithful children however, the judgement brings a new earth of peace and prosperity. I am reminded by the scripture in Hebrews 11:6, "..... and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." I just want us all to remind ourselves of the faithfulness of the Lord no matter what the world throws at us and remember pressing on as we keep our eyes on the prize.

Reflections:
Does God's judgement sound like good news to you or bad news to you today?

Power verses:
Proverbs 8:17, "I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me."

Isaiah 51:1, "Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug."

For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;-- Psalm 37:28

A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.-- Proverbs 13:22

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

DO YOU HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE?

Luke 17:15
"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice."


Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do you remember to say thank you to God whenever He does something for you - answering a prayer, sending a friend to comfort you, helping you solve a problem creatively, or granting you wisdom?

Why don't you start today by being thankful in all circumstances. Look for something to thank God for no matter what is going on in your life right now. Try to look past your circumstances towards God’s plans for you. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to say thank you. And yet, we know that it pleases God when we remember to come before Him with a humble, grateful heart. This honours God and helps us grow in our faith.


Prayer:
Dear Father, I want to have an attitude of gratitude. I know that you desire for me to have a grateful heart. Help me to take steps towards always remembering to say "thank you." In Jesus' name, Amen.

Power verses:
I Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Daniel 6:10, "......Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before."

"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"-- Ephesians 5:20

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Friday, 4 February 2011

THANKFULNESS IN ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE

Psalm 138:1
"..I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods."

Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our daily lives as Believers. As we thank God daily for our material and spiritual blessings, I believe we should also thank Him for His saving grace and numerous answered prayers.

I wanted to share this devotion of thankfulness with everyone especially because, today marks my 40th birthday. Wow, what a journey it has been! I thank God that He was interested enough in me to set His love upon me - the worst of sinners, saving a wretch like me almost 27 years ago. Thank you Lord!

Thank you Heavenly Father for the many blessings you have provided in my life. First, I cannot thank you enough for saving me. It still amazes me how you never gave up on me throughout the years I was away from you. My life since being back is so rich and full of joy and your peace. Thank you for the blessings of my family and for allowing me to grow up in a Christian family.

My late dear mother and grandmother taught me principles of the Word of God, and helped me understand the great and wonderful promises found in you. It was through my mother's influence that I came to know the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour. I thank God for His eternal life, and for all the blessings I have received in Christ Jesus. I thank God also for the life He gives me on this earth, and the opportunity to be a living testimony to the world around me. It is incredible to see His power working in my life.

I am particularly very thankful to God for allowing me to live to reach this milestone in my life. And for rescuing me nearly 16 months ago after being in the wilderness only to lay the foundations for this new Life He had predestined for me. It is a privilege indeed to be the apple of my Father's eye. I am thankful for all my friends who have stuck with me through thick and thin with their love and support. It hasn't been a very smooth journey, but indeed a very rewarding one in every way possible. I love my church family for being very supportive, my pastor for His continuous teachings and mentoring. Not forgetting my First Lady (Pastor Awo Antwi), ever so caring and a good listener ready to share my burden. I am truly blessed and can't be thankful enough, Love you Jesus!

I want us all to remember, when we ask God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love or other needs and He supplies them; let's be careful not to take God's provision and answered prayers for granted. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." Being thankful in all circumstances for me implies our joy, prayers and thankfulness to God should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings.

Reflections:
Are you thankful to God?  If you are please take a few minutes to express it, and allow me and others the opportunity of sharing in your thankfulness to God as an encouragement to someone today.

2011 by Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

GROWING IN FREEDOM

John 8:34-36
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
 
My heart aches as I look around the church and see so many committed Christians living in hidden sin in the church. Sin has a way of enslaving us, controlling, dominating and dictating our actions and behaviour. Jesus came to set you and I free from this slavery that keeps us from becoming the person God created us to be.
 
God designed His children for lives of freedom so there is no reason for us to live in a bondage of secret sin. Instead Jesus expects us to bring all our hidden sins into His glorious light, repenting and having Him gently straighten out the roots for growth and thriving, rather than daily sweeping it under the carpet. I can't help but feel some of the reasons why Christians in the church do this, is pride! However, there is also the fear of judgment and being dealt with harshly.
 
I came to encourage you and not beat you up. Let's dig out every hidden sin in our lives today and bring it into God's light and trust Him to set us free from it. Share it with a trusted friend, your spiritual mentor or a leader in your church and cry out to God together. Don't spend another moment bound by the bondage of sin, thrive to grow in FREEDOM!


Reflections:
Spend time with God, ask Him to search your heart. Be still and see what He reveals, then ask for forgiveness and embrace this freedom wholeheartedly.

Power verses:
"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace."--Romans 6:14

"But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does."-- James 1:25

"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." - Romans 8:1

2011 By Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

WE ARE "HIS"

Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

I am reminded as I read and meditate on this scripture that this Psalm is addressed to all God's people on this earth irrespective of who we are or what we believe. God created us for His pleasure, for a special relationship with Him. If we acknowledge Him in faith and serve Him, we are “His” people and the sheep of His pasture. He wants to take care of us as tenderly as the Shepherd cares for His sheep. He wants us to recognise our weakness and helplessness without Him. He wants to feed us with spiritual food to help us grow and become strong in the Spirit.

Many of us live through life as though our position at work, social status, qualifications, banks accounts are the centre and creator of own little world. This mind-set leads to nothing but greedy possessiveness and if everything should be taken away from us, we will have no hope to go on in life. The joy of knowing Christ and realising He created us and not we ourselves or the designer outfits we wear is that we appreciate and acknowledge He gives us all we have no matter little, big or insignificant it might be to others around us. We will then in turn want to give to others as He has given us, 2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others." Even when all is lost, we count it all joy for the seek of knowing Christ who has blessed us with all manner of blessings according to His riches and glory.


Power verses:
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."--Psalm 46:10

"Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand."-- Isaiah 64:8

"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge."--Psalm 62:7

"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him,  my father's God, and I will exalt him."-- Exodus 15:2

2011 by Enyonam Gbekle. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

THE BLAME CULTURE


Numbers 20:5
And why have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in to this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

Like the Israelites after 37 years in the wilderness, they had forgotten that their wanderings were a result of their parents and their own sin. They could not accept the fact that they brought their problems upon themselves, so they blamed it all on Moses for their poor condition. This relates to a lot of us today and especially me. I spent most of my adult life blaming and being angry with God for my dear mother's illness and her death after eight years of suffering leaving me broken hearted, bitter and angry for years. I lived an unfulfilled life of bitterness, unforgiveness and anger pretty much most of my adult life blaming every thing that didn't go my way on God, my mother being taken away from me at an early age and just about everything and everyone but myself.

Often our troubles result from our own disobedience and lack of faith. Since being rescued  from the pit of hell by the grace of God and my total surrender to Christ, I have come to the realisation that my troubles were not caused by God or anyone else; rather by my own lack of knowledge, disobedience and ignorance of  the word of God. Until we can face this reality, there will be very little peace and no spiritual growth in our lives.

Reflections:  
Think back to the root of that bitterness or anger you have been harboring in your heart for years blaming everyone else but your own actions and doings. Go the Lord in prayer today and seek forgiveness and surrender your life to Him asking Him to become the Lord of your life by leading and ordering your steps in everything you do from now.

Applications:
Look for books by great men and women of God on Faith and Obedience to read.

Spend time studying your Bible for revelation in God's word in your life for your spiritual growth.

Make prayer a priority and learn to spend  quality time with your heavenly Father.

Power verses:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."--- Jeremiah 29:11

"This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"--Zechariah 13:9


"There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt." -- Hosea 2:15

"The LORD will keep you from all harm--he will watch over your life;"-- Psalm 121:7

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