Keep Your Focus On Jesus

“Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” 29 “All right,” the Lord said,“come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,”Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”  (Matthew 14:28-31)

Peter stepped out on the WORD of Jesus, “Come” and he was doing perfectly fine. But, immediately Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Now think about this, what has the storm got to do with walking on water? Even with a perfect weather, human beings can’t walk on the water! Water walking is SUPERNATURAL, and so is Faith. Faith is a supernatural gift from God!

This is often how it is when you decide to step out by faith on the Word of God and do something you believe God wants you to do. The devil will try to distract your focus from the WORD  by sending ‘storms’ – different forms of distractions such as sickness, family problem, financial crisis and anything to get you off track, to get you to start making  negative confessions, and after that doubt sets in, next thing, you give up and quit.

Well, DON’T! …I’m here to encourage you today to keep your focus on Jesus. Keep renewing your mind with God’s promises consigning that problem and keep confessing that word over the problem. Also very important, keep thanking  God by faith for your breakthrough. And take a step of faith! Do what  is possible for you to do  in the natural and leave the impossible part for God to do for you.  My friend, this is what, “Water Walking Faith” is about.

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. ” (Hebrews 11:1)

I’m praying for you. God bless you!

Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

The Gift of Creative Thinking

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For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…. (Proverbs 23:7)

What we conceive in our imagination is what we will become eventually. What you are thinking or what is predominant in your mind will dictate how your life will go. In the same way, if you allow thoughts of fear to creep into your heart, it will cause you to give up fighting for the best! Napoleon Hill who is best known worldwide for his book “Think and Grow Rich” which has sold millions of copies and contributed to the success of countless readers. Has this to say about imagination,

You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them…. imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”

The Dictionary describes imagination as “a conception or mental creation, of what is not actually present to the senses.”   So, this is something that is not tangible to our five physical senses. It is something out of this realm, it’s beyond and above us. 

The ability for human beings to be creative is a gift from God. We are created in His image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26-27).  Take a look at the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis and see God display the majesty of creativity in creating the universe. God created every thing which is visible out of something invisible or intangible!  God is a creative God and our creative ability is an endowment from God which we will be accountable for, one day before God!

God has given us the gift of imagination for good use, this gift is to be used to fashion our lives in alignment with God’s prescription for living a successful life. (Joshua 1:8).  If we don’t fashion our thought pattern in alignment with God by renewing our mind with the Word of God the devil will hijack it for evil and use it to harm us.  That is exactly what happened in Genesis chapter 6, take a look:

“5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.”  (Genesis 6:5-6) If you continue reading  that passage  to the end you will discover that, wrong thinking was the primary gate way that allowed evil and wickedness to prevail on the earth, and this was the reason why God brought the flood. God literally started again and repopulated the earth through Noah.

For our own good, we should not accommodate wrong thinking, such as fear, worries, anxiety, ungodly images and things that will pollute our imagination and pervert us. By perversion I mean,  imagination that will be counter productive to God’s plans and purposes for us. The Bible makes it clear that we are already blessed in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3) God is not just going to bless us, He has ALREADY blessed us. But you and I have got to know how to move our stuff from the heavenly realm to the earth realm by renewing our mind to what God has already done for us in spite of the opposition and resistance against us. 

Philippians 4:6-9 is a good prescription for conducting our thinking in all circumstances.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ……8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9)

Verse 6 is telling us not to give room to fear and anxiety, but to ask for what we need. And Verse 8 -9 and is telling us how to stay focused after we have prayed so that we can see the manifestation of our heavenly blessings in the earth realm. And that is by THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS. Thinking right after we have made our request to God in prayer is very important to receiving the answer to our prayer!

The ability to think and be creativity is a powerful tool God has given us to make our way successful in life. Lets us use it for good, let’s take charge of our thinking, the voices and images we accommodate in our space.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

God bless you!

Praying for you. Love, Shade

 

You Will Make It

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Happy New Year!!!

“Jesus said to him,“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

It’s good to be back after the Christmas break. I hope your festive season was filled with blessings and beautiful memories. Personally for me, it was wonderful to take time out and travel down to spend some quality time with my family living in the south of the United Kingdom.

I’m absolutely thrilled to share this post with you today. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you for making it into another year! I thank God for His grace that sustained you in 2013 and brought you through into another year and a new season in your life.

Like many, you probably have been taking time to reflect on last year’s achievements and also, things that didn’t go as planned. And maybe now like most of us, you have set new goals to accomplish in this new year of 2014. I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to believe in your dream. Believe in yourself. Jesus said to him “who believes” all things are possible.

In general, with many people, the problem is not so much as not having dreams for their lives. But what often sets us back is doubt and unbelief in ourselves. Especially when we are surrounded by negative environment and when we encounter obstacles. A large percentage of people most times, subconsciously, give in to the negative voices and images challenging and confronting them from moving forward. But if in moments like this we bring God into the equation, allowing God’s word to shape our perceptive and asking God for help we will witness a miracle.

Miracle by definition is something that can not be explained by logic reasoning. It is beyond the natural world we live in, it is supernatural. God is a supernatural God and He specialises in doing the impossible. No matter how difficult and impossible the situation, God can usher in a turn around. When God steps into an impossible situation, it becomes possible!

Let me encourage you today that no matter how dark the situation looks in the world, as Christians what we need to do is to, switch on the Light to dispel the darkness. The bible says we are the light of the world. We are the light of the World because Jesus is Lord over everything and He lives in us.

For the sake of practicality, how do you turn on the light when you are confronted with dark and gloomy situation, evil medical report, home repossession, difficult family circumstances and others? Take a look at what Jesus says about it

“23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” (John 16:23-24)

We have a choice, we can give God the opportunity of turning our impossible situations to possibility by asking God for what we need in the name of Jesus! Let us hold on by faith to the word of God in every area of life, because for God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.

I pray that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into every good and perfect will of God for your life in this Year. I pray that you prosper spiritually , emotionally, physically and financially. And may the Lord keep you and preserver you from all evil. Have a blessed and prosperous year in Jesus name!

The BEST Of The Best

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”  (John 3:16)

It needs not be said again, we know this is that special season of giving gifts and merrymaking. The atmosphere of Christmas is exciting to many! Shimmering lights dazzling our streets, sparkling decorations of all kinds hanging on our doors, ceilings and walls, specially crafted cards and the best gift possible for our loved ones. There is no telling the extent many of us do go in capturing and celebrating the joy of Christmas.

And there is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas, I’m all for it as long as the motive is in tune with the reason for the season – Jesus Christ. In my personal opinion, there is every reason to rejoice and celebrate the precious gift and favour of God to us, Emmanuel – God, dwelling with us!

Now then, what about us? What is the best gift you can give the Lord?What is the best impression we can give that Heaven will take notice of?  Remember,  Heaven is full of Glories and inexpressible Beauty. The most spectacular shimmering lights and Christmas decorations, the best Christmas turkey and presents cannot compare in the least possible sense to the riches and majesty of the Heavens why God resides.

Yet, there is one thing you can do that will cause Heaven to give a standing ovation – A Soul Saved. Ah, yes,you will get Heaven’s full attention when you go out of your way to reach out to a Soul without Jesus Christ this Christmas.

Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7)

Every time a soul gets saved, Heaven throws a party, the prize of a Soul has no equal in the eyes of the Lord. The joy in Heaven has no limit, when a lost Soul turns to the Lord, the rejoicing is unending – It is for Eternity. (Take a moment and reflect on that!)

There is no gift as priceless, costly, and extravagant as the gift of God’s Son – Jesus, from the Father to us and there is no gift as priceless, costly and extravagant as the gift of a lost Soul turning to the Lord!  The greatest gift we can all give to the Lord this Christmas is to go out of our ways, as inconveniencing as it might be, and reach out with the love of God to a lost Soul.

And perhaps, you are reading this and you do not know Jesus Christ. I’m glad to let you know that, you are the reason God gave His Son as gift to the world so that, you might receive God’s forgiveness and be reconcile to Him here on earth and in heaven after death. If you want to receive the gift of God’s Son – Jesus Christ, please say this prayer:

“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins so that I can be saved. Forgive me of all my sins, I turn from sin and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I welcome your Holy Spirit into my life to teach and guide me everyday how to live for Jesus Christ. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer, please feel free to let me know. You can contact me by using the contact info on this blog or email me at houseofprayeroutreach@gmail.com I will be happy to support you in your spiritual growth as much as possible. Thank you.

Well, in closing, just to let you know, this will be my last post for this year.  And on that note,  I will like to say a really big thanks to yah all!! 🙂  I’m every so grateful and appreciative of you,  my dear and precious friends on Word Press and afar. I pray you have a very, very, wonderfully Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!!    Merry Christmas!!!!

Looking forward with you,  to the great year of 2014 🙂

Much love sent ~ Shade. 🙂

Too Faithful To Fail!


How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. 20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)

In the very early hours of today, I read a blog post encouraging readers to reflect on  5 reasons why they love Christmas. Immediately my mind was flooded with so many things I could be thankful for. But for me, the top of my list is my family. It got me thinking and reflecting on of how difficult it was to raise 2 young children (11 and 5 yrs ) on my own as a single parent. I remember juggling everything together to make ends meet. But the most difficult part of it,  is to watch my children cope with the emotional pain of a broken home.

But I found a refuge – the solid rock of Christ! The Lord took full responsibility for my children and has kept them ever since from the enemy’s plan to destroy them. They are both responsible adults today, living their lives and growing more and more in Christ.  And i’m so proud of them and grateful to God! The emotional healing came about in stages, one layer at a time God touched every pain and set me free from Satan’s grip.

Today I can confidently say that there is “ a Balm in Gilead that  truly heals”, the Blood of Jesus Christ can bind up any wound, and bring  freedom –  Wholeness  in Christ.   God is faithful and too faithful to fail you, if you put your trust in Him!

I share this testimony today to encourage anyone that might be  going through family crisis or any circumstances that can make celebrating Christmas a daunting experience because of any unpleasant memories or emotional pain connected with family,  relationship or any issues for that reason. I will like to encourage you to take time and meditate on the Word of God, you can take a look into the  Scripture verses in quote above.

Verse 19 – I hope you will take time to meditate on the word of this verse, that you will fully trust God, knowing that He has prepared something Good for you, no matter how difficult things may look in the natural at the present moment.

Verse 20 – That you will take refuge in the presence of the Lord.  I can tell you, that is a place where no evil can find or touch you. And how do you do this? You take refuge in Lord by meditating on the promises of God over that situation. When negative thoughts of fear and anxiety try to take you down the dark path, declare the promises of God and ask God to help you to stay focus, trusting that God is able to rescue and set you free!

Know that God loves you and has a good plan for you no matter who you are. All you need is to call on His name – JESUS! If you call on the Lord with a sincere heart, He has promised that He will not reject you, the Lord will answer you.

I pray that God will give you a cause to be glad and rejoice in His goodness in this Christmas season. May you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

Believe Well, Speak Well

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Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2)

We live in a very negative world. Evil reports spread and sell faster than good news. It is very easy to go along with the flow, thinking and speaking like “Joe Bloggs” around us at the work place, living down the road from us, and even attending the same Church with us. Just trying to fit into the mould and conform to this world standard.

But, God tells us that we are not of this world, the Bible says we have been redeemed from the old nature which is under the curse. We are now in Christ and belonging to the higher realm (Gal 3).  So, to continue to think like the world thinks any more is bringing ourselves under the bondage of sin and the curse again!

The fact of the matter is that,  God does not see us in the flesh anymore once we have accepted Jesus Christ as saviour. God sees us in the Spirit through the perfect blood of Jesus Christ. So when God speaks to us,  He speaks to the New Creation in us. (2 Corinthians 5:17).  And now, we must renew our mind to that fact. Not thinking poverty and lack, sickness, anxiety, fear and evil report but thinking the abundant life, health, provision, peace and grace of God in very area of our life!

Do you know that the re-created you, who is in Christ is so big that it can house God Almighty – El Shaddai , the God that is more than Enough? Just think about that for a moment!

It’s time we wake up to who we are and give God the opportunity to manifest His abundant life through us by  believing well and speaking well in every area of life. If you continue to see yourself in the flesh, or reason with the mindset of this world you will continue to see your past mistakes and failures, weaknesses, limitations and impossibilities. But confidence will come when the mind is renewed to who you are in Christ, it will flow over into how you speak and as you confess the Word of God your faith will begin to rise!

The bible says that we are imitators of God, calling things that be not as though they are, meaning God’s ability to create what is not in existence is also in us! God is in us isn’t He ? So why focus on the negative things and evil reports?  Because  if we are always focusing on our feelings or peoples’ opinion of us we will never walk in that realm of grace!

As this year is already coming to a close, make a quality decision to make it your goal for 2014 that, no matter what, you will believe well and speak well in every area of your life!

Praying God’s blessings upon you in this special season.