1) He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.”
2) As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
3) He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.
4) The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’
5) And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.
6) And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
7) You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.
8) But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
9) Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,
10) which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.
The Lord gas called us all to go out and make disciples of men. It is God that converts and convicts — all you have to do is just go out and spread the “Good News”, He has promised to be with us all ways. (Ezekiel 2:1-8)
Prayer: As I obey Your command Lord, fill me with Your Spirit power to function in Your power and might fearlessly delivering the Good News to the lost generation.Let Your Words that I speak be seasoned with life and signs following my track each day I pray. Amen.
When the storms in our personal lives arrive not with the purpose of defeating us, or forcing us to take shelter, but to do the exact opposite?
What if the purpose of the storm is to lift us up; to give us the opportunity to bravely spread our wings, to push us in a new direction, to new heights? What opportunities would we be able to see if we could rise above negative thoughts, judgements or limiting beliefs about what we can be, do, or have in this life?
I don’t know about you but I think I am going to follow the eagles lead.
Did you know that the eagle is the only bird which flies directly into a storm? It is the turbulence of the winds that the other birds avoid, that the eagle seeks. A turkey would has scampered for shelter in the face of a storm but not an eagle. You see the eagle knows a little something that the other birds do not, turbulence pushes the eagle higher. So when a storm moves in eagles don’t seek shelter, they fly into it, embracing it. Eagles use the bad weather to gain entry into a space that they could never have reached in good weather, and their reward for this act of boldness? The eagles are given a broader view of their surroundings. This bird’s eye view also comes with the added benefit that once they rises above the storm they are clear of the rough winds and their flight becomes smoother, requires less effort!
Now that got me thinking…
So when storms of life arise I get down on my knees with prayer and supplication while waiting for an answer because I am a HEIR of SALVATION.
Prayer: I thank you for you never leave nor forsake me, open my eyes to see the right direction you have ordained for me in this situation. Help me Lord to soar as an eagle over all turbulences and challenges that the storms of live brings in Jesus name.
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
Satan diabolically uses lies to deceive God’s people. He appeals to our emotions and directs his attacks to a point of contention in our lives. For instance the saying “Half of all Christian marriages end in divorce”, but this does not have to be true of yours. You have to stand firm in your faith. If you are struggling, there is help. When you seek Him, God will provide a solution to your broken life.
“A new job is on the way and another contract will set you debt free”
Remember, God’s Truth that there is never a time when adultery is acceptable. Most often Satan attacks our weakness and makes it feel that we are undergoing attacks from our family members or friends so we personalize failure and attach faces to them. For instance, to those unhappy in their marriages, he will say: “You are having problems in your marriage, right? God wants you to be happy. The person you are with does not understand you. In fact, she doesn’t love you, she is not God’s choice for you, but your co-worker—the one who sits and listens to your every word and laughs at all your jokes—loves you. She will make you happy. This is a lie from “the pit of hell”
Stop accepting the lies of the enemy. If you feel that you have drifted from God in any area of your life, then you have to turn back to Him right now. Tell Him that you need His help. He is the “God of Wonder” There is hope for your future because Jesus lives.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay focused on Your Truth. Fortify my heart with Your Word of life. Please forgive me for believing the lies of the enemy rather than seeking You to meet my needs. Help me to stand focussed on You alone this I pray in the name of Jesus.
“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” – (2 Tim 2:20-21)
Every creation of God (living or non-living) has a purpose tofulfil. Take the Sun for example; it is created by God to aid life on earth, though it is a great distance from earth. In fact, life on earth would be impossible without the sun fulfilling it’s purpose. Likewise, even though crude oil is some kilometres beneath sea level, the world today most certainly come to a standstill without the resources generated from it.
If these things which are mentioned above, which are miles away from mankind’s abode have positive impact on our everyday life, how much more you. Created in God’s very own image! Be aware and understand that everyone born again has a mandate and a function, and therefore a gift. Your gift is according to your function, according to your mandate. God saved you for a purpose, He ordained you to be groomed and nurtured in a particular church; therein is a function and a gift for you.
Have you discovered what your gift is? Are you using it to fulfil your God given purpose secularly and spiritually? Nicholas Herman (picture above) discovered the presence of God whilst serving in the kitchen (washing dishes) doing seemingly a mundane task. The wisdom he acquired whilst serving as a kitchen help, attracted many from across the globe to seek spiritual counsel from him. God has record of every service rendered to Him from the heart; no matter how insignificant it may appear in the earthly realm.
Have you done anything lately to progress God’s mission on earth? If so with what heart of service did you do it? Remember, man may look at the outward, but God our Rewarder, looks at the heart.
Prayer: Lord You have created me for a purpose, take me from where I am into what you have created me to be. Help me to be alert in You and Your will and plan for my life. Help me to fulfil the destiny You have prepared fore me in Jesus name.
We have to be vigilant and very much alert to be able to notice when the enemy strikes.
We have to be spiritually sensitive to all the schemes that Satan lay all around as we go about our day-day activities. The thief has come seeking to steal, kill and destroy – (John 10:10). If anyone does not believe in Satan’ attacks, let him open his eyes to the tracks he leaves—broken homes and devastated families, prodigal sons, daughters, even fathers and mothers.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are given authority over Satan.
He is a defeated foe. However, Jesus does not prevent him from attacking believers. In John 12, Jesus reminds His disciples that Satan is a vanquished foe. Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out” – (John 12:31). After Jesus’ resurrection, Satan’s sentence was passed down. When Jesus returns, He will execute His judgement against Satan.
Satans future has been decided – what about yours…?
While there is no mistaking Satan’s future, your eternal future can be decided by committing your life to the ultimate Victor, the only One who offers eternal life, the one who death could not hold captive—Jesus Christ.
Prayer: God, I choose to commit my life to You for Your glory. Open my eyes to the signs of Satan’s attacks, give me the grace that I may seek Your help in defeating him. Strengthen me by the power of Your name, in the name of Jesus.