WORRIES INTO GOD.

If there’s anyone who desires our all (our attention, time, resources, pleasures, worship, etc) then it is our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father is one who longs for our all to be directed towards Him. When we do this, He also pours out all of Himself upon us.

But when we carefully look at our lives, we will realize that we are either offering only part or nothing at all unto the Lord. The rest of our all are offered to some inferior things. Some of these are our problems, worries, fears, and uncertainties.

We give these things a lot of our time, emotions, resources, energy, time, worship, Thanksgiving. These things, in the long run, have become our God. Where we devote ourselves and everything to them. They are the first things we think about when we wake up and the last things that take us into our sleep. Late at night, they wake us up from our sleep. Where we deliberate on these worries for a long time. Unlike previously when the Holy Spirit wakes us up to pray or fellowship with Him but now we have replaced Him with these problems. During the day, they fill our minds, emotions, and thoughts where they wage war against our inner peace.

We even know our problem far better than our God. We can describe them very well with a lot of attributes than our Heavenly Father. To the extent that we cling to them and don’t even want to come an inch close to the love of God.

We all face problems in life, but do they really deserve what we give to them? Do they need to take God’s place in our lives? Do they need our all? But today, as you read this, the Lord is calling us back to Him. He wants us to turn our worries, heartbreak, tomorrow’s uncertainties, problems, darkest sins towards Him. He longs for our fellowship, time attention, resources, emotions, etc. He wants us to take good care of us even as we do this.

Matthew 6: 27“Has anyone by fussing(worrying) in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? Worrying adds no value to our lives but rather gives us a lot of reasons to conclude that God is incapable of solving our problems. The more we worry, the less we trust God.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you What God wants His beloved to do is to direct their problems and needs towards Him their King and Father who is not limited by anything. So instead of carrying our loads, let’s bring it before our Father. And how do we do that? One of the ways is to Pray(communicating with God) about what you are battling with. Despite God knowing our problems, He still wants us to tell Him about it. Talking to Him about it is also part of the healing process. Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 

            Our Heavenly Father is ever willing to turn our worries into a heart full of joy and happiness as we turn our worrying into praying. So turn that which is worrying you into prayer today and your Loving Father will answer and help you out according to His will for you. Matthew 7:11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

EXPOSE IT ALL TO HIM.

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Before everything else, I want you to receive my apologies for the delay in the release of a new piece. I faced some challenges which affected the publication of my write-ups. Pardon me.

But here we are with a whole new piece and I pray it blesses you.

So ever shared a secret with a friend you trust? What was the feeling? Kind of safe and relieving? There were many others but you chose that very person because you believe he/she could keep your secret. Better still help you out with the problem and maybe because you know telling that person will not be embarrassing or shameful as it will be with the others. Sometimes to prevent all these embarrassments, humiliations and shame, we just keep everything to ourselves. We feel it’s safe to keep our pain and shame locked up inside no matter how it hurts.

We all at a point, face situation that we don’t know how to handle them. Why don’t we just open up to someone at times? We are scared of how things will turn out. It’s either those we confined in will fail us or there may be some sort of punishment.

Growing up, I went to the corn mill once to get some corn grinded. During the process of grinding, I became so curious about knowing what was in the mill, grinding the corn. So, I decided to put my hand where the powder was coming from. Before I realized, I heard a sound and then felt a sharp pain. It was one of my fingers. I quickly took it out only to realized that I had a deep cut. That was when the owner of the mill who was my friend realized I was hurt. He had to stop what he was doing to give me some first aid. I was deeply hurt. I didn’t go home early and on my way home, I placed my hand in my pocket to prevent anyone from noticing what happened to me. I did all I could that evening to prevent my parents from knowing because I was scared I was going to be punished.

It was the next day that the corn mill owner came around to tell my parents what happened the previous day. My mom was surprised I didn’t tell her what happened to me. I explained I was embarrassed and scared and that was why I kept it to myself. We all at a point go through situations or problems and worries and we don’t know how to handle them because of the nature of man. He/she is one person today and another tomorrow. But can I recommend a very special person to you?

Once you are still reading, it means you really want to know that person. He is so special that, He is the only one who can be trusted in this world. Faithful is His name. His name is JESUS CHRIST.

Let me tell you something special about Him. He loves us so much that no matter how the situations may look, He is ever present to be of help. He longs for us so much more than a mother longs for her new born baby. No matter how dirty we are or how deep we are sinking or dirty our sins may look, His desire for us never ceases. He waits for us patiently to carry our burdens for us. (Mat 11:28 ISV “come to me all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest ˮ) He also promised to give us whatsoever we want or need. Yes anything. (John 14: 13-14 I will do whatsoever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.). He even promised to send us a helper (Holy Spirit) who will help us in all things. And you know, He needs not to be in a good mood before we can approach Him and then tell Him our plight or that which troubles us neither do we need to book an appointment before we can see Him nor do we need airtime before talking to Him. And there is no specific time that He is available, He is always available 24/7 no matter where or what we might be doing.

So, what is it that troubles you day and night and it seems there is no one you can trust and talk to? Which load are you carrying that seems so heavy for you? What is that secret sin that has entrapped you and you don’t know how to break free from? What is that embarrassing or shameful burden or trouble that is upon you and you feel like sharing with someone, but you don’t know the perfect person to share it with?

Jesus is ever willing to carry our burdens and problems not with us but for us. He so longs and waits for us. In Luke 15:11-22, talks about the prodigal son who wasted part of his life. But when he realized his mistakes, he decided to go back home. In verse 20-21, the Bible says while he was still far away, his father saw him. When he saw him, he didn’t despise him but rather, he was filled with love and compassion. And that wasn’t all, this old man run to meet his dear son and not only that, he embraced him and kissed him. This shows how his father loved and cherished him despite all he has done. That is how Jesus also loves and waits for us, even much more than that of the old man. We only need to make a step by telling him our secrets sins, worries, pains, burdens, etc. and He will run to carry them for us and give us a good treat just like that which was done for the prodigal son. We just need to come to Him just as we are and lay our troubles before Him and He will take good care of us as He has and still doing for others.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

photo-1517244649640-fcacab5ce213      “Terms and conditions apply”; we have come across these words on several occasions.We do hear them on the radio,watch them on TV,see them on the internet, newspapers,magazines or elsewhere.And these normally come up during promotions or advertisements.
      During these promotions and advertisements,interesting offers or packages pop up which most people feel interested in and are eager to participate in them.But sometimes,once we hear “Terms and Conditions Apply”or after hearing what the “Terms and Conditions”entail,we lose interest in them.At the end,even though we were all interested in winning the price,only few  take up the crown.These few take up the crown because they accepted the “Terms and Conditions”and complied with them.
     Such are the Blessings,breakthroughs, favors, etc. we seek from God.Even though most of us are Christians,only a few have accepted and are acting according to the “Terms and Conditions”of God and they are prospering.The question now is,what are God’s “Terms and Conditions?”The terms and conditions of God is the Bible.This is the book that contains all we need in life and this is our life manual.It holds the dos and don’ts of life.This is the book that teaches us how to gain prosperity just as it is in Joshua 1:8.”This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” 
     We sometimes want God to bless or change our situation,but we aren’t willing to accept His “Terms and Conditions”. Some of us after receiving the blessings or breakthroughs we prayed for,then our lifestyle or attitude changes.And just as some students lose their scholarship packages due to change in lifestyle other than what is expected from them,so shall we lose our blessings if we begin to live differently from what is expected of us.
     So here is a young graduate who has been going round the capital just to find a very good job to cater for himself and his family.But everyday on his way out,he meets this beggar who asks him for money to buy food and cater for his poor children.But this graduate has no compassion for them and always passes by.Mean while,this same graduate prays to God always to give him a job but he isn’t willing to give out to the poor forgetting that in Luke 6:38″give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.“God wants us to give if we also want to receive from Him.
    Here is also a woman who has been married for five years without a child.She fasts and prays every week but has so much hatred for her stepchild and always mistreat her.But in Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”,we are encouraged to love all,no matter what.
     So in life,if we want our desires or prayers to be answered,then we must also be ready and willing to meet and comply with God’s “Terms and Conditions”. And we can’t do this on our own, we need the Holy Spirit to help us just as it is in Zachariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. He is the one who can help us fulfill the scriptures.

The Transformer.

Hi ,am privileged to introduce to you my first article. I pray the Spirit speaks and transform  you even as you read.

Enjoy.

There are a lot of things that the Spirit introduces to us once we receive Him. And one of them is He speaks on our behalf.

     ACTS 4
      In Acts 4,Peter and John were arrested and brought before the rulers and elders. But they were not scared.
When the Holy Spirit fills our life ,He makes sure we just don’t say as a word of mouth but also in our actions. In Matthew 10:18-20
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. [19] But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. [20] For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” ,the Bible is assuring us not to be scared when we go for evangelism, we come before those in authority, kings or even our managers or CEOs to speak. Because, the Spirit that lives in us will speak through us.
       Just like Peter who did not go for any public speaking lessons but was able to speak before the rulers of the people and the elders and they were astonished because they perceived them to be uneducated,so will the Spirit also speak on our behalf.

Today, the scripture is assuring us that ,the next time we go for evangelism ,for a job interview, meet our managers or CEOs,debate,public speaking or anything doing with speaking ,we shouldn’t be scared or intimidated .All we have to do is to call and Rely on Him and He will work through us