SAY THANK YOU 

14/11/017

Hiii guys. So here I am at the park getting ready to go back to school after a very elongated holiday and I’m just sitting here thinking how important it is to give thanks. Many of us don’t actually realize the importance of these two words ‘thank you’.

Be it to people or God, giving thanks is so important it cannot be overemphasized. It creates an atmosphere of blessing, favour, peace and much more for us. Learn to say thank-you no matter the situation you face, I know it’s easier said than done but when we rely on God’s strength working in us we can do anything no matter how difficult.

I’ll really like for us to practice this amazing act of saying “thank you”, when things are good or bad say “thank you Jesus”, when someone does something good to you say “thank you”. You could even go further to journal the things you’re grateful for, *a gratitude journal*, sounds weird but it’s super cool plus the benefits that come from gratitude and then going further to journal it is really awesome. 

Here are but a few reasons why we should be grateful:

  • A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles
  • Praise and Gratitude towards God is the highest expression of your faith in him. 
  • Gratitude opens doors of favour, success, breakthrough…
  • Expressing gratitude brings restoration (Luke 17:11-19). The one leper who was grateful was made “whole,” wow. 
  • Gratitude strengthens you
  • Gratitude confuses the adversary, it thwarts the devils plan against your life (2chronicles 20)
  • Gratitude elevates your spirit to a place of supernatural blessings.
  • Gratitude causes you to be filled with the glory of God (2chronicles 5:13-15)

    I think this is super amazing, don’t you?😊. Learn to be grateful in your life, it does benefit us. Say thank-you Jesus when:

    • You arrived safely to your destination after quite a long trip like I just did😊
    •  You just got promoted 
    •  You finally got that job
    •  You just finished an exam
    •  Things seem to be going as planned.
    •  You didn’t get that promotion 
    •  You didn’t get that admission 
    •  You didn’t get that praise you  deserved. 
    •   You don’t feel well
    •   Things don’t seem to be going  as planned

    Point is in every circumstance you find yourself give thanks.

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

    give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    Okayy, before I round up, I’ll really like for you guys to join me in a 30-days challenge to pen down things we are grateful for each day for 30 days and you’ll be amazed the blessings that follow. God strengthen and bless you as you join me in this. Amen.
     

    Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us the grace to be thankful in all circumstances.

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    THE BURNING BUSH

    Hiii guys. Let’s begin with our anchor scripture for this subject.

    Luke 3:16 (NKJV) John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

    Some years back when I read this scripture I was quite puzzled with this issue of baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. I would have been satisfied with that verse of scripture if it had stopped at…’baptism of the Holy Spirit’ but no it added fire and I thought a lot about what that meant. I heard a lot of preachers during several sermons say that it represents boldness that comes from the spirit, I agreed with them. But deep within me I knew there was more to this “fire”. We’ll come back to that shortly.

    When you become a Christian you become baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. There are many who have not activated the Holy Spirit who is in them by not having relationship with him(the Holy Spirit). The same goes with the fire, every Christian has that fire in them but many don’t fan it into flames. It has to be ignited and you have a role to play in that. So there is the Holy Spirit and there is fire, these two are to be activated or ignited and you have a role to play in that. I know some are wandering if they’re one and the same or two completely different entities. Here’s your answer. The fire is in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost is the fire. The scripture says “our God is a consuming fire”. So if you activate the Holy Ghost, you activate the fire. You can never have one and not the other, the Holy Ghost can’t be activated and the fire isn’t. They are co-existing entities.

    Okayy, so back to where we stopped.

    The fire I believe is an empowerment of the spirit that is imparted to our spirits in order for us to accomplish a specific task or assignment given by God. No one can ever accomplish a God-given task on their own, we all need a supernatural empowerment to enable us accomplish the task.

    I believe the fire is a dynamic working power or ability imparted to our spirits that enables one to cause positive changes in his environment, to be influential and to subdue obstacles.

    I believe the fire is the very thing that brings out the real you, the one created in Christ Jesus, it is that thing that is responsible for bringing out your true essence, your purpose in life.

    Mark 9:49 (NIV) Everyone will be salted with fire.

    Mark 9:50 (NIV) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

    I believe the scripture is saying we all have fire but why does it say ‘salted with fire’? I’ll tell you why, we all know that in every meal the salt is what brings out its taste, it gives the food meaning right? Yeah. So the scripture is saying ‘we are seasoned with fire’, our true essence is revealed by the fire of the Holy Ghost, we can accomplish that God-given task when that fire is burning in us. Looking further down the scripture it tells us not to loose our saltiness. If we are the salt of the earth and we loose our saltiness there is no other place the salt can come from. Don’t loose your saltiness, fan into flames that fire by activating the Holy Ghost in you.

    How do I keep this fire burning?

    I believe you can keep the fire burning by praying in the spirit, as much as there is a temptation not to say this but I just have to, see friends you must learn how to speak in tongues in your life that’s how you stir up your Spirit because the Holy Ghost is the one praying through you, fanning into flames that fire.

    Romans 8:26 (NIV) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

    Jude 1:20 (NIV) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.

    You stir up your faith when you pray in the spirit, that’s the way you can make progress in your life and rise higher and higher like an edifice, by speaking in tongues.

    While praying in the spirit you also have to meditate on the word, it’ll guide you in your praying through the Spirit.

    Just thinking I firmly believe that this fire we are talking about is that fire that Moses encountered, that revealed to him his purpose in life and also empowered him. The scripture also says of John the Baptist that he was a burning and a shining light. We can be a burning and a shining light in our generation. We can burn for the things of God if we’ll pay attention to the Spirit.

    “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn”– John Wesley.

    Make effort to improve yourself everyday it doesn’t all happen overnight it comes gradually with every step of consistency in what you do. The Holy Ghost is always there to help us.

    I pray that the Holy Ghost becomes real to us like never before and that we burn for the things of God by the help of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name. Amen.

    WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

    Hey there! what are you looking at? *smiles*. Alright guys, I’m sure y’all are wondering what this is about, what I want you to do right now is to pause for a moment to think about the word “look” before you proceed. Okay, I’m done *smiles*. I think this word “look” is a very interesting word that has a lot more to it than we know though we use it almost every day if not everyday. Okay guys I think it’s time for some digging.

    In the Greek the word “look” is “theaomai”, it could mean— “to gaze at a spectacle”, “to observe intently so as to grasp it’s significance”, “to concentrate on so as to significantly impact or influence the viewer”. The Merriam Webster Dictionary puts it like this “to direct your eyes in a particular direction”. Interesting definitions right? Yeah.

    Every single day we see things so long our sight is not impaired, it is inevitable, you must see things in the world, things that happen around you whether good or bad. While I was thinking about this word “look” I discovered that there is a significant difference between the word “see” and “look” though we use them interchangeably. This is the difference, that seeing is inevitable while looking isn’t because you can’t stop yourself from seeing things in the world as long as you have your sight but you sure can choose what you look at. You can see something but choose not to look at it, the same way you can see something and decide to look at it. Looking depends on you, seeing doesn’t.

    It is a fact that a lot of bad things be it sexual assaults, mayhem, natural disasters, terrorist attacks etc go on in the world today but in the midst of all this good things are also happening in the world today, in your life as well.

    I have a question: why do people choose to look at the bad things of life? Yeah you see them but you could do well not to gaze at it, or observe it intently so as to grasp it’s significance because it has none, you could do well not to concentrate on it that it begins to have an impact on you rather channel the energy you use to look at the bad toward the good. Start looking only at the good things of life, it’ll change the way you think, it’ll make you have a positive attitude toward life. Okay guys it’s time to see what God thinks about looking *smiles*

    2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

    2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

    God is saying your troubles are temporary, they do not last therefore don’t look at them instead look at what lasts and that’s his word.

    Luke 21:33 (NKJV) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

    I encourage you today to keep looking at the word despite the things that you’re going through right now, because his word and what he says about you in his word lasts forever. Keep looking at it.

    Romans 15:4 (NIV) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

    That’s amazing!. The scripture teaches us how to endure hardships, it also encourages us. We have hope through the comfort of the scriptures. Let the scriptures become the foundation of your life

    2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

    I pray today that as we make up our minds to contemplate the Lord’s glory(his word), that we are strengthened, encouraged, renewed and transformed by his living word to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

    PEACE THAT SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING

    Okay guys let’s talk about peace for a moment.

    So, why are we talking about peace? Simply because you can’t do without it which makes it very important so it needs to be talked about.

    It’s a fact that no one, no nation, no city, no community would entertain any form of threat to their peace whatsoever. It could be a real threat or a perceived one. So it is true that we all want to live in an environment where there is peace. It is also true that everyone wants to experience peace in their life.

    Okay, so what then is peace?

    Peace is the absence of war, violence and any form of destructive tendencies.

    The individual in such environment experiences tranquility because of the pleasant state of affairs. This is Peace as the world sees it, and it’s true.

    But there is another kind of peace and it’s called “the peace that surpasses understanding” or “perfect peace“. In other words it is a peace that cannot be comprehended by the human mind, it is a peace that cannot be explained by any form of scientific knowledge because it’s a peace that is revealed to your spirit by the Holy One (God Almighty). Only through the Holy Spirit can you know this Peace.

    It is a state of mind that is at rest even when surrounded with casualties, difficulties, failures and other such experiences that do not in anyway bring peace.

    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”- Phillipians 4:7

    When you get sacked or you fail an exam or someone you love just gave way, maybe your property that cost a lot just got stolen or burnt what do you feel or you’re not given that job, what do you feel? In the natural you won’t feel that peace but your Spirit through the Holy Spirit can. That’s why we ought to walk in the Spirit. Remember, there is a peace that surpasses understanding and it’s revealed to your spirit by the Holy Spirit.

    So what then shall we do?

    Take a hold of God’s Spirit and let him be at the centre of it all concerning your life because if this is the case NOTHING you experience moves you.

    Your response to your adversity matters a great deal in the sight of God because the word says in ALL circumstances give thanks, it didn’t say in some circumstances rather in ALL circumstances be it good or bad. When you go through hard times never complain or grumble because it never changes anything, it’s also at your own peril. Why?

    For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned”- Matt 12:37

    Just like when the Israelites complained in the book of Numbers here is what the lord says:

    So tell them as surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing you say: in this wilderness your bodies will fall- everyone of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.”- Numbers 14:28.

    Don’t be a complainer, hold on to God no matter what happens, set your mind on the things of God, study God’s word and pray as well and the Peace of God that surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and mind.

    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you”- Isaiah 26:3

    There is a steadfastness of mind we should have, this shows that we trust in him even if things don’t go our way, only then will we be able to experience his perfect peace. I pray for you today that as you read this the peace of God will reign supreme in your hearts in Jesus name. Amen.

    LETTING GO OF THE STRUGGLES

    Hi!!! friends, trust y’all are doing great. Today i want to share with us on how we can let go of our struggles and let God take over. This is so important because a lot of us are struggling in several ways, thinking of how we can make our dreams and goals come to pass, thus causing it to wear us out and frustrate us. But we don’t need to be so uptight on our goals and dreams that it begins to frustrate us. When things don’t seem to be going our way, we’ve got to release it. There’s a freedom when you turn your desires, dreams and goals to God, not living frustrated because what you want to see in your life hasn’t happened yet. Friends, we have to get to that point when we can say “God I’m trusting your timing,I know you know what’s best for me and even if what I’m hoping for doesn’t happen I’m still going to be happy and trust you”.

    Sometimes, God will ask us to release the thing that means the most to us, that’s what happened to Abraham, God asked him to put his own son on the altar, it was the thing that meant most to him, Abraham was obedient, he got it all prepared, just as he was about to go through with it, God said “don’t do it, I just wanted to see that I was the most important thing to you”. Sometimes God will ask us to put a dream on the altar. In other words, we have to show God that we don’t need to have that promotion, job, admission etc before we can be happy. When God sees he’s the most important thing to you and not your goals and dreams, that’s when he’ll go to work and begin to pour out his favor on you. Release the worry, struggle, frustration and come back to that place of peace, knowing that God is in control. The 31st Psalm tells us how we can stay in peace knowing our future is in God’s hands.

    I’ll tell you a story about this icon, Oprah Winfrey, who was a television reporter in Baltimore, USA at 28. She read a book that talked about how a young African-American overcame being abused as a child, the story was told through the young girl’s letters to God, that book, ‘the color purple’, touched Oprah in a great way, it mirrored her own life. At that point she never told anyone that she had been abused as a child as well. She knew if the girl in the book could overcome and move forward in life, she could also. One day she heard that they were making a movie of this book, deep down she believed she was supposed to be a part of it, she really wanted to be at least involved in any part of the movie. One day a producer saw her on TV and invited her to come audition, she went and auditioned, gave it her best but weeks and months went by and she didn’t hear anything from them. She began to think about it night and day and she got very discouraged, so she convinced herself that it was because she was too heavy. Then she decided to go to a health retreat in another State, determined to lose 50 pounds. At that retreat in her room alone she began to realize that she had become consumed by this dream, having put all her energy in this dream and nothing yet happened. One rainy morning, she was out running around the track and all by herself she began to sing “I surrender all, i surrender all, all to Jesus i surrender, i surrender all”. At that moment she let it go, she stopped being frustrated by it, with this she was saying God i don’t have to be in this movie in order to be happy. A few days later while she was still at the retreat she received a phone call, it was Stephen Spielberg!. He said hey, i hear you’re at a fat farm trying to lose weight, she said I prefer calling it a health retreat and they both laughed, so he said here’s the deal, you’ve got the part but if you lose 1 pound you’re out. Oprah said she packed her bags, left that place and headed to the first Dairy Queen she could find. Friends, something great happens when you put a dream on the altar, it’s very powerful to say “God I’m giving you control of my life, i’m gonna let you do it your way, in your timetable, lord you know my dreams, you know the things i’ll like to see happen, lord i’m gonna do my best, i’m gonna pray, believe, stay in faith but i’m not going to be frustrated if doesn’t happen my way, God I don’t have to have my plans to work out in order for me to be happy, i know you know what’s best for me”. That’s what it means to let go and let God.

    So, friends let us all enter into God’s rest, for in it we cease from all our struggles. “For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works”.(Hebrews 4:10). Stay blessed.