LABOUR WISELY:

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Amplified Bible Mark 1:45 But he went out and began to talk so freely about it and blaze abroad the news [spreading it everywhere] that [Jesus] could no longer openly go into a town but was outside in [lonely] desert places. But the people kept on coming to Him from all sides and every quarter.
When you work for God, totally surrendering to His will, you never have to market yourself, things and people follow you because your operating under supernatural favour. When we allow God to work in us, we always draw out from a source that never runs out. Just as Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and the rest shall be added to us.
As children of God and co-heirs with Christ, you aren’t supposed to chase after things or people, they chase after you, you attract people and things, they are drawn to you.
It is also true that because of you have decided to totally surrender to the call God has for your life…you attract the bad and negative, the enemy is always out trying to steal, kill and destroy us. (John 10:10)
We are never to worry because Jesus came to give us life and in abundance and He already overcame the world. (John 16:33)
When you labour for God, when you take care of His business, He takes care of yours…He knows you have needs and He never fails at meeting them.
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LIES YOU TELL…

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Just go ahead and admit it. You’re lying to yourself today. Life gets complex, relationships get sticky, loneliness creeps in—and sometimes we just feel the need to bend the truth to make it through the week. We need our lies to keep the pain tucked away where it can’t get to us. That deceitful heart of ours has a way making it easy for us to be okay with these lies (Jeremiah 17:9)—that is, until they’re drawn out by God’s scalpel (Psalm 139:23).

These lies don’t just cover up the pain of life, though. They actually make it harder for us to grow in our faith and in our connection with others. We’ve gotten so numb to them that we don’t necessarily even see the damage they do.

But here’s one time when it’s definitely okay to “name it and claim it.” If we’re to get beyond these lies that we drag around with us, we have to identify them and call them what they are.

Have you seen any of these 5 lies in yourself today?

1. I’m Okay.

We don’t like to dig around inside and examine what’s going on. Why? Because when we start looking, we often find areas that need some major renovations. That gets messy, and most of us are far too busy to go and look for things to fix.

So, we just tie on the “I’m okay” superhero cape and trudge onward. It’s usually only when some sort of tragedy strikes that we finally realize we aren’t as okay as we thought.

But that’s not the biblical model. In the Bible, the Psalmist continually cries out for God to search him and test him and examine him so that He can keep doing the necessary renovation work (for example, Psalms 11, 17, and 26). The attitude of Scripture is more like this:

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:40)

Honestly, admitting daily that we’re not okay and that we need God’s help can be scary. It means owning our weaknesses and doing the hard work of self-examination on a regular basis. But thankfully for us, God specializes in weakness, especially when we aren’t sure where to start:

“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 with groans that words cannot express.” (Romans 8:26)

We’re weak. He’s strong. And that’s the best truth there is.

2. No One Will Ever Find Out.

If we’re ever looking for justification to do something dumb, we usually start here: No one will ever know. True, there might be a thousand variations on that theme, but it almost always comes back to anonymity. That’s why private browsing on the Internet and personal devices such as smartphones and tablets can be some of the most dangerous tools known to humanity. (They’re not necessarily bad, but “personal” devices do have drawbacks.)

No one will know if I watch this. No one will know if I go here while I’m on that work trip. No one will know if I post this anonymous and hurtful comment. No one will ever know.

First of all, there’s no such thing as true anonymity in our world. What we do in “private” very often has a way of being found out and exposed. (Just pay attention to all those hacking breaches you see in the news.)

More importantly, though, God has a way of making our “no one knows” sins come out—and He doesn’t miss any:

“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” (Psalm 90:8)

Day by day, we let this lie bring us low and keep us from living the life God has planned. You see, God knows—He always knows the dumb things we do.

But He still loves us:

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

You can’t hide… and you don’t need to.

3. No One Will Get Hurt.

This lie really could be 2b, since these two excuses are like twins. If it’s not enough that no one will know, we also like to tell ourselves that no one will get hurt. If it’s behind closed doors, if it only involves two responsible adults, if it only impacts me, then it’s got to be okay.

However, what we usually mean is that no one will get hurt that we can see right now. We often don’t like to follow the chain of problems beyond the moment or the immediate circumstances. But what we don’t always consider are the spiritual ramifications that could pop up or the problems that might not be so obvious.

We also don’t take into account that God Himself is grieved and pained by our bad choices. God felt major pain because of raging sin before the Flood (Genesis 6:6), the rebellious grieved His Holy Spirit in Israel (Isaiah 63:10), and Jesus longed to gather His people to Him when they refused to accept Him (Matthew 23:37).

In other words, our sins always inflict grief and pain. And they do so to the very one we should want to please.

4. That’s Just the Way I Am.

Often, the easiest way out of dealing with a destructive pattern in our lives is simply to make it an acceptable or unchangeable part of who we are. Whether we see it as a part of our nature or simply as something we “can’t fix,” this lie helps us avoid feeling responsible. We can’t stop it because it’s just too deeply embedded.

But what we don’t like to admit is that God is the one who made us. We were intended to look like, act like, and be like Him (Genesis 1:27; 1 John 3:2). Sure, we all trip up somewhere on the way to that goal, but saying something is “just the way I am” means saying that God messed up or was taken by surprise by our struggles. We’re really just saying that He can’t change us.

Thankfully, we’re wrong. He specializes in making broken things new.

Your struggles are real. Just confess that first. They stink; they hurt; they mess us up. Once you get that out of the way, you can begin the often very long, very painful process of being made like Christ. Just keep this promise in mind:

“… he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Got that? He’s not going to give up halfway through because you mess up or because you’re just a special case. He will complete the work.

We just have to admit that it is a problem before we’ll ask and seek transformation.

5. I Can Do That Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the time for Bible study, for that new morning prayer routine, for that meeting with our pastor or Christian friend. Tomorrow is when we’ll tell our spouse the truth. Tomorrow is when we’ll get honest with God.

But—and this is the truth—many times that “tomorrow” never comes. Even in the midst of how miserable some of our bad life choices make us, we just don’t like to make changes today. We look for a more opportune time—when it won’t be so hard.

That’s why the Psalmist and the writer of Hebrews make sure that we get focused on today:

“So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Psalm 95; Hebrews 3)

Telling yourself that you’ll make a change tomorrow certainly makes you feel better about today’s failures, but it rarely ever changes us. We must remember that a lack of commitment to change today comes with a steep price:

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)

We don’t even know if we’ll have a tomorrow, but we do know we have a right now. And God is faithful in that right now.

“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 5:8–9)
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ARE YOU WILLING?

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Mark 1:40-41
40 And a leper came to Him, begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You are able to make me clean.

41 And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean! (AMP)
It is written, said and has even been experienced and proved that God’s love for us is unconditional, I for one know for a fact this is true because I experience His love and faithfulness every single day.
Our Father is always willing to help us because of His unconditional love for us.
The question always remains, do we go to Him with a willing heart? Are we willing to let Him change our lives? To let Him heal us of all disease? Are we willing to surrender fully to Him so He can take the driver’s seat of our lives and take us where He pleases?
God doesn’t and will never force Himself or His ways on anyone, He always waits for us to allow Him work in our lives. He created us with willpower…He gave us a choice, we live our lives the way we want because He gave us the power to choose, life or death, health or disease, good or bad.
He cannot work in our lives if we don’t allow Him to, if we don’t surrender.The Bible says He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…meaning He knows how it will turn out in the end, He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end, He is the author of time yet He still gives us the power to choose how to live our lives. He is a good Father.
Our Father is always willing to do good and great things in our lives, afterall, He is the one who created us and wants only the best for us…but when we come to Him…we have to be willing to let Him lead.
I always pray that He gives me an obedient heart and a willing mind to do all He tells me to do because I am nothing without Him.
Surrender to His amazing, unfailing love today. He is always willing. Willing to welcome you into His loving arms, to change your life for the better, to heal you and do so much more… He was willing and even sent His son to die for you and me…He can do so much more only if we are willing to let Him.
#Are you willing?
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RISE EARLY:

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Mark 1:35
35 And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.(AMP)
I have heard so many times and from many people that the principalities are usually at work best between midnight and 3 am but far from that, the above scripture tells us that Jesus himself would wake up before daybreak to go and pray, personally, I usually wake up at 3 am to commune and fellowship with my Father and I always feel refreshed and renewed, ready to face anything the day might bring. Many other people in the Bible are said to have risen up early for prayers. There is power in praying early in the morning, you get to talk to God before you talk to people, meet God before you meet with people, make your requests known to God before you make them known to people, fellowship with God before you fellowship with people, you get to listen to God’s voice before other voices, hear news from heaven before the usual negative news from the media, you honor God before you honor people, get into God’s presence before you get into people’s presence, you call on the name of the Lord before you call anybody’s name and you get to feed your Spirit before you feed your body.
Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us:-
22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassion fail not.

23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.(AMP)
Apart from all that, when you go back to sleep after rising up to pray early morning…our Father speaks to you, oh how I love listening to Him and receiving from Him, His mercies are indeed new every morning, the Proverbs 31 woman, who is the perfect example of woman we women should all strive to be is also an early riser. We are told in Proverbs 31:15
15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.(AMP)
There’s a saying that goes; ‘ Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise’…
It is very important to rise up early and spend time with our Father…after all we are the ones who benefit from having a close relationship and fellowship with our Father. We will forever need Him.

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FATHER, MY FATHER…

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Galatians 4:5-7
5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].

6 And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!

7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.
(AMP)
A dear friend of mine once lent me a book, I cannot remember the title but it was ‘MARRIED’ something, it blessed my life…the author told of a home he was hosted in and this couple had a number of children, from the eldest who was in her late teens, each one came in at different intervals and opened the door and called out to their mum, she was in a different room, they didn’t necessarily need anything but just wanted to know she was around, she responded to all of them the same way, ‘yes dear, is there anything you need’…they would say no, shut the main door and go wherever.
There’s comfort that children derive from knowing mum/ a parent is around, I for one can testify, I call my mum and just want to hear her respond…I might not necessarily need anything and if she doesn’t respond, I will call until she does or go look for her where she is just to make sure she is nearby.
How much so our heavenly Father…we are His children and His love for us is unconditional…we call to Him any time, He hears us, He responds..whether we call quietly in our hearts or loudly…He always hears.
As per the above scriptures, we are all children of the most High God, having being adopted. We call to our Father and He always hears us. Romans 8:15 tells us that…For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
I encourage you today, our Father longs for a relationship with each and everyone of us, where we trust in Him completely knowing that He is always near and where we derive our comfort knowing that Daddy always hears us when we call.
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BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS:

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Galatians 6:1-2 My brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted too. Help to carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. (GNB)
I remember a day when I faced this situation.
There was some sort of disagreement, to cut a long story short, I was compelled to speak to someone who I consider my young sister. I went up to her and explained to her how in every situation whatever the case scenario, she should always strive to be the bigger person. It got ugly.
I was escorted with insults until I disappeared to wherever I was going, I was hurt definitely and very confused, I kept asking the Holy Spirit, did I approach this situation badly, surely I was doing what I had learned from the Holy Book, I felt frustrated, but the Holy Spirit assured me not to dwell on the negativity…
Many people never like being corrected especially those with pride and ego issues, it is also true that even those who do the correcting can slip. The Bible tells us you correct them gently…meaning, I imagine…you correct them without embarrassing them, pull them aside, speak to them privately…someone who accepts correction has a teachable spirit, which is what we should all have because we can never know it all, life itself is a learning curve and process…
Correction is never for the one corrected only, its for the whole society…the Bible tells us not everyone will be won over through the Word but also through our conduct as Christians (1 Peter 3:1-2).
Most times the people who do the correcting or give advice never follow through themselves, but surely it will be better when the one corrected learns and in turn helps the one who gave the advice. We are meant to help one another and bear each other’s burdens for we are each other’s keeper.
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