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!

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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)

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!

Waiting With Expectation

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 “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”   (Isaiah 40:30-31)

 

UNSTOPPABLE JOY!!!

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“You will laugh at destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you.” (Job 5:22)

Welcome to that special month again, December the special season of the year when we celebrate the best Gift of God to the World,  the Birth of Jesus Christ. The countdown to celebration of Christmas, has started in many places around the world. It’s an exciting time of celebration and joyfulness, and many of us around the globe are already looking forward to celebrating it with family, friends and loved ones, feasting and rejoicing with a bang! Although the true meaning of Christmas is not just a one day thing, rather, Christmas is meant to be lived everyday, because Jesus Christ now lives in our heart 24/7  as born again believers. However, having said that, there is nothing wrong with having a joyful feast at any time one desires, infact, joy is a good recommendation for healthy living.

A Joyful heart induces laughter which is a good medicine for the soul. Medical science has now proven that, laughter helps to deal with stress level, pain and conflict. Scientists say that laughter releases peace to the mind, immune system and helps to build relationships. Well, the bible already told us that. science is only just catching up with what the Bible has known all along.  The Book of Nehemiah says,  “ the Joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)

God truly knows what we need when he created us. He knows that being joyful is essential for our spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. It blesses God’s heart when we are joyful. God created us to enjoy everything He has made with Him, and just like any good earthly parent will be glad to see their kids happy and enjoy laughing with them, so also is God. If we think about of it like that, every time the devil tries a sneaky move on us to steal our joy, we will be so quick to put Satan where he truly belongs – under our feet! (Luke 10:19)

God says in His Word that, we can laugh at famine and destruction, and for sure we can do that because everything we need to laugh in the face of trouble is already provided for us in the Bible.

If you need physical healing you go to the Word of God and receive. The Bible declares in Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 that by the stripes of Jesus you WERE healed. Jesus already paid for your healing. Praise God! Hebrews 4:12 says, the word of God is full of power, sharp and able to penetrate your physical body, minister healing  and raise your body to life! The Word, in Jeremiah 17:14 says, “heal me oh Lord and I shall be healed”, that tells me, you don’t even have to wait for somebody to pray for you or lay hands on you to receive healing, you can go to God directly yourself and ask Him to heal you.

Is there trouble in your home? Has the devil got your kids hooked and dragging them to hell with him? Get your Bible out and tell the devil what the Word of God says about you and your family,  Isaiah 54:13-14 boldly declares that great will be your peace, and you and your heritage shall be established in righteousness. Psalm 91:6 says because the Lord is your dwelling place no destruction will come near your dwelling. So you can boldly tell divorce, rebellion, command every ungodly spirit of strive and division to back their bags and go in the name of Jesus Christ!

Are you facing unemployment? Has your bank statement taken a down turn? Have you got piles of unpaid bills? Psalm 23:1 says the Lord is your Shepherd you shall not want, You can depend on God to supply all your needs, (Philippians 4:19) and for His favor to promote you in due season. Psalm 75:6, says promotion does not originate  from mankind but it is the Lord’s doing.

Maybe your need is wisdom and direction for your life, you can  go to the true source of wisdom, God’s wisdom is available to all, you don’t have to fail  (James 1:5) and in Psalm 119:98, God says He will make you wiser than your enemies.

No matter the size of your problem God has already given you His Word to stand on and laugh at the enemy. As we stay connected to God by faith in His word, we can laugh at trouble and adversity with confident assurance that, God is working behind the scene for us and in good time the word of the Lord will come to pass in that situation.

Let us keep our eyes focused on the Lord, for with God nothing is impossible!

Praying for you! God bless you!

Shade

Praise HIM By Faith

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“ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) 

God is Near

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God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Please join me in prayer for these requests:

For the Nation of Philippines, Lord, we lift every one that has been affected through this tragedy, we commit them into your hand, comfort those who are mourning, and help them to rebuild their lives again. Lord, thank You for the helping hands that have come from many around the world, we pray for the Government, grant them your wisdom, favor and strength to rebuild. We pray that you heal and restore the Philippines, for your glory. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

For our Governments and those in leadership we pray for wisdom to rule wisely , that your peace and authority will prevail in every situation. We remember the sensitive situation in the mid-east with Israel at the centre of the conflict, we pray for the protection of your people – Israel and for your peace to reign in that region (Isaiah 47:10)

For those who are weary and about to give up, Lord, we lift up the Body of Christ, particularly those in difficult situations and about to give up on your promises because they have become weary, we ask for strength, and your wisdom for them. Help them to keep moving forward until the victory is won (Isaiah 12:2)

For the vulnerable children all over the world, Lord we ask that you rescue and shelter them under your wings. Send your Angels to minister to them, surrounding them with the right people that will help and foster them with your love. We pray for the Christmas Project – “Operation Smile of a Child” as they plan to bless children all over the world with Christmas gift, we pray for the provision, help in the planning process, and for the protecting of everyone involved one way or another. Prepare and open the hearts of these young ones, to know your love and receive the gift of your salvation as well. (Psalm 18:16-17)

For those that have suffered injustice because they are poor and for other reasons, Lord you are the defender of the poor and oppressed, we ask that you will deliver them from the oppressor and lift them up for your glory.(Psalm 12:5)

For those that are sick physically and emotionally, for troubled marriages and family. Lord we ask that you will heal their physical bodies and their minds, we speak life over them now. We plead the Blood of Jesus over marriages we ask for healing and restoration of these families, Lord bind up there wounds and cause them to rejoice in your deliverance. We send your word to them by your stripes they were healed (Isaiah 53)

For those who are seeking employment or in need of financial provision, Lord we pray for favor, wisdom and that you will provide for every need (Psalm34:6)

Lord, we pray that as your Word goes forth you will work ,miracle, signs and wonders in the lives of people as they come in agreement with your Word by faith. We pray and ask all these in the Name of Jesus. (Amen).

Thank you, Love  from Shade ~ God bless you!:)