Oh, What needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayers

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Oh, what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayers!

Let God help you

It was a cool evening just before the winter sets in. A small boy was kicking his rubber ball all over the place. His father sat nearby enjoying the cool breeze of the evening. Suddenly the ball fell on the roof of a house and got stuck there. The “clever” boy quickly got a long stick with which to dislodge his ball from the roof. However because of his little stature, whenever he was near the house, he could not see the top of the roof. When he moved back to a point where he could see the ball on the roof, he would be too far from the house!

After several futile efforts to reach his ball, the boy in desperation went to meet his Father. With tears in his eyes he appeared to the old man for help. The father looked at him rather sadly and said “Didn’t you see me here all the time? Why do you have to wait till you are tired and frustrated before coming to me for help?”

The boy did not say a word. The father got up and in a moment the ball was again in the boy’s eager hands “Thank you Daddy!” he said. “I hope you have learnt your lesson”, the father replied.

Many of us like the boy in this story, we are true sons and daughters of God, born-again, sanctified, holy living and tongue talking. Yet, we carry our burdens about apparently ignoring the fact that our Father in heaven is more than able to solve all problems. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.”

Of course, we know that He is able but we feel we should try our best. After all we are “Strong” and “Wise” and “Experienced”. But, did not 1 Peter 5:7. Says, that we should cast ALL our cares upon Him because He cares for us? If we are to cast all our cares upon Him then why are we still carrying part of the burden ourselves?

Could it be pride or ignorance? Could it be that we really do not trust Him to do good job if we surrender all our plans to Him? But did not Psalm 37:5 encourage us to commit our way unto the Lord, trust Him and that He shall bring it to pass? What about the additional witness of Psalm 55:22 and Proverbs 16:3? “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee! He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” and Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be blessed” Are not the Words of God forever settled?

What is it that worries you so much? Is it your health? Has the doctor said, there is no more hope for you? Is that the doctor’s report? Then what about the Lord’s report? Did He not say that He has no pleasure in the death even of a sinner? Did he not ask you, “Why should you die?”

Did he not say, “You shall not die but live and declare the glory of the Lord?” can the dead praise Him? Can those who go down to the grave magnify Him? Is it not the living that can sing praises unto Him? Isaiah 38:18-19. Did He not say that He chose you so that you can praise Him?

Are you barren? Is that your burden? Who made your womb? Is it not Jesus Christ? If anything is wrong with that womb, can He not amend it or replace it? Luke 1:37 says that with God nothing shall be impossible? Is God a liar? Is He not the one who said, “Be fruitful” and remember the case of Lazarus, that he was not only dead but rotten? Did not Jesus raise Him up? Has Jesus change? Did not Hebrew 13:8 says that He is the same yesterday and today and forever?

Is your business giving you some concern? Do you think He does not know about that too? Did not His word say that He wishes ABOVE ALL THINGS that you PROSPER and be in health even as your soul prosper 3 John 2? What do understand by “above all things? Does that not mean that it is the supreme Will of God Almighty that you should prosper? And if God wants you to prosper, how can your business fail? Unless, of course you do not make Him your partner or maybe He is your junior Partner!

Brethren, let God help you. Bring your problems to Jesus and hands off! That song writer said it well:

“What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and grieve to bear,

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer,

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayers!

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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There is an incredible sense of peace that comes from learning how to rest in the Lord

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There is an incredible sense of peace that comes from learning how to rest in the lord

It’s worth the wait.

When the storms of life hit, we are often tempted to run for cover. When they continue indefinitely, we struggle to find encouragement. When the rain and the wind gather strength until they turn into what seems to be a hurricane, we find ourselves saying, “I can’t do this any longer,” The truth is this: we can’t, but God can.

He is the only One who can help us victoriously fight through the battles of life. Nothing can provide the type of strength that He provides, especially when we feel overwhelmed and discouraged. He stands beside us, and He never retreats.

Daniel never worried about being cast into the lion’s den. He knew that the Lord would provide the help and protection he needed to make it through the night. Some of the people who read these words are fighting a battle with a life-threatening disease. It is an unseen enemy from a human standpoint but not from God’s. He knows exactly what we are facing and how it is affecting our lives.

There is an incredible sense of peace that comes from learning how to rest in the Lord and allow Him to take care of your troubles. This does not mean that you abandon the fight and just give up trying. It means that you shift the focus of your effort from yourself to God. This is where the true victory is gained.

The apostle Paul faced many life-threatening situations. At one point, he debated whether it was better to ask God to allow him to go home to heaven where he would have unending peace and glory in the presence of Christ or to continue living the earthly life God had given him. Paul chose the latter. As much as he longed to see the Lord in heaven, he loved having the opportunity here to tell others about God’s unending, unconditional love and forgiveness.

The challenges you face today is directly related to the joy you will experience in the future.

Today’s Scripture Reading
Habakkuk 3:18-19

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Sin is another reason we feel dry and distant from God. The nation of Judah struggled with both of these problems. They were too busy, and they began to worship pagan gods – knowing all along that the Lord had told them, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Deuteronomy 5:7) Yet they ignored His command and suffered for it.

Yielding to sin and being too busy to worship God quickly leads to a divided mind and heart. If we continue along this track, we will begin to spend more and more time doing other things and less time in prayer with the One who loves us the most and died for our sins. Before we know it, we will feel tired, drained of energy, and just plain worn out. This is when Satan’s forces begin to tempt us with sin.

Even in a world of turmoil, God wants to spend time with you. Relationship is at the core of His very being, and He desires your fellowship. How long has it been since someone has told you that he or she wants to be with you – just to talk and listen to what you have to say? God wants to do this for you.

Like our nation today, the nation of Judah was in desperate need of a revival. However, in order for this to happen, the people must express their need for God and, most of all, their desire to know Him in a personal way.

Do you feel spiritually dry? Maybe you have tried unsuccessfully to revive yourself through a home Bible study or an occasional visit to church. Or perhaps you go to church every Sunday, yet you feel dry inside. If this is the case, know that you can experience a personal revival the moment you confess your need to the Lord. His care for you is unconditional. The instant you do this, He will turn on heaven’s shower of refreshment and breathe new life into your heart and soul.

Today’s Scripture Reading
Ezekiel 37:3

As you enter a brand new year

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As you enter a brand New Year

As you enter a brand New Year, I want to encourage you through these passages to exercise the resurrection power within you. God‘s word is the key to victory as you face the many demands and expectations on you in 2012. Let’s make this a year in which we are intentional to develop and keep the discipline of seeking God first. He promises that when we seek Him first, He will supply “all these things” that He knows we need in our lives. Join with me in committing to seek Him first not only for yourself, but also for the people underneath your care.

Seek Him first, and all that you need, He will provide. All that you need for your life, family and ministry, He will take care of. Matt 6:33

Two days that you must not let control you – yesterday and tomorrow. Matt 6:34

God wants to do a new thing in your life. Forget the former things, and do not DWELL on the past. “See, I am doing a new thing.” Isaiah 43:18-19

God says that He has preserved your life. It’s already done. Walk in this promise in 2011. Psalms 119:49-50

He can do exceeding; abundantly above all you can ask or think. Stay connected to the power source. Ephesians 3:20

Abide, and bear fruit! John 15:5

He will give you new strength! New strength is a result of the joy of the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10

“Do not fear, for I am with you, I am your God, I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Stay connected on http://www.bummyla.wordpress.com. There is a safe place, prayer room, reading room and message board for you to access throughout the year. Those of you who attended the last conference, stay connected with the ladies you met. Click on the resource guide for ideas of how you can do that. God bless you richly in the New Year!

Please pray for the peace of Nigeria, Christmas day bomb explosions

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Please pray for Nigeria, Christmas day bomb explosions

Two bombs exploded during Christmas church service at a Catholic church in Madalla, Suleja, Niger state. Several church goers had died and many were severely injured.

Christmas day worshippers at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla near Abuja in Niger State were caught up in a blast that has killed more than 39 people.

Citizen reporters for Saharareporters.com have counted 39 bodies so far and 10 vehicles destroyed entirely in the attacks, one of the vehicles was carrying a family leaving the church after church service, the entire family died in the car.

Eyewitnesses said a massive bomb was driven by a suicide bomber in a BMW car and a second car rigged with explosives was parked at the premises of the church. Both exploded minutes apart. The first explosion happened around 8: 30 AM as church members left the church premises after the Christmas day mass.

Boko hama claims responsibility.

Almighty God! defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

God can use you too

God can use you tooIsaiah 6:2

We mentioned this verse earlier this month, but it is such a strong   example of the worship that goes on in heaven that it is worth repeating. We   should emphasize the fact that one day each one of us will bow before God’s   throne and cry, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord our God.”

For now, the angels have the ability to see into a realm   of glory that you and I cannot visualize. We may have the Holy Spirit living   within us, but we have yet to stand in God’s presence and see His   unspeakable, indefinable glory. However, the angels know the power, might,   and glory there. And if we are sensitive to the Spirit’s presence within us,   we will experience touches of heaven here on earth.

Whenever you and I worship the Lord, we join the activity of the   angels. While there is an entire network of angels consistently moving   between heaven’s realm and earth’s atmosphere, there always is worship taking   place in heaven. The throne room is never empty and never void of praise and   adoration to God.

I often tell those who express feelings of confusion concerning their   lives and futures that if they would spend more time in worship, they would   know exactly what God wants them to do. I have never heard of a confused   angel. They know what the Lord wants and they do it. Not every angel is   assigned to His throne room. They all have different roles and ranks.

This is an excellent thing to keep in mind when you become worried.   God has placed you right where you are so you can be His minister of love,   hope, and truth to those around you. His love is not confined to a church   building. Philip quickly learned this when an angel instructed him, “Go . . .   to Gaza” (Acts 8:26). He did exactly as he was told and an Ethiopian official   was saved as a result of Philip’s obedience.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and   defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

How angels fight our battles for us.

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How angels fight our battles for us

2 Chronicles 20:22

Jehoshaphat was stunned. He had just received word that three well-trained armies were coming against him and the nation of Judah. These were Judah’s neighbours—people they had allowed to live near them in peace.

Fear immediately gripped the hearts of the people of Judah. However, they refused to panic. Instead, the king turned to God through prayer. In fact, the entire nation prayed and fasted, and God responded with a powerful message. In 2 Chronicles 20:12, the king cried out to God, “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Can you imagine the blessing that God received from the proclamation of His people’s total dependence on Him? “All Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives and their children” (v. 13). In other words, they were waiting expectantly for God to answer. Their backs were against the wall. The way before them was shut off. There was no hope outside of the hope they had in God.

Have you ever felt this way? If you have, read on. God did not keep His people waiting. He spoke to them through a young prophet. “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (v. 15). Then He told them what to do, but the solution required lots of faith. They were to march into battle—but not with their warriors leading the way. Instead, they were to be led into battle by their choir!

The Devil hates praise, and he despises worship given to God. Judah’s enemies heard them coming and were thrown into confusion. When Judah showed up on the scene the battle already had been fought and won by God. Any time God instructs you to wait, sing, trust Him, or be still before Him, you can believe that He has a fleet of angels ready on your behalf. This is what He did for Judah, and He will do the same for you.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

God wants us to defeat our foes

God wants you to defeat  your foe“I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and   over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19).

Satan was “the anointed cherub . . . You were on the holy mountain of   God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in   your ways from the day you were created” (Ezekiel 28:14-15). However, here is   the clue to Satan’s fall, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;   you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendour” (vv. 17-19).

The Enemy knows his fate, but he is counting on the fact   that we do not. When he was cast out of heaven, he misled a third of heaven’s   angelic force. The chaos these fallen creatures create at times is still   under the watchful eye of God. Nothing that happens on the face of the earth   goes unnoticed by Him. God is never out of control or overpowered. Once Satan   was a beautiful creature—one that had access to God’s throne room. Today he   is a castaway and can only appear before the Lord when he is summoned.

Why does God allow evil to exist? Why does He allow the Enemy to touch   our lives with sickness and suffering? None of us have the perfect answer.   However, we know without a doubt that God is at work, and He has not   forgotten His creation. He uses every trial we face to draw us closer to   Himself. Also, do not become discouraged if you are facing difficulty.   Instead, cling to the One who has the ability to save you from all evil.   Satan’s trickery may have enticed many of God’s forces to believe that they   would be better off without Him. However, the same does not have to be true   for you.

Adam and Eve fell for the Enemy’s lies, but you can say no to each   one. Peter calls us to be on guard and ever alert to the Enemy’s assaults and   attacks (1 Peter 5:8). Ask the Lord to give you His discernment so that you   will know when you are about to step over the threshold of His safety and   blessing and enter the darkness of Satan’s domain.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and   defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

God’s care is our shield

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God’s care is our shield

1 Corinthians 10:20

The apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to a group of people who were not only young believers, but they also had come out of a pagan lifestyle. They did not have the truth of the gospel as we have it today. Yet they were hungry to learn more about the Lord and to confront their sin. They also needed to learn the truth about God and their greatest Enemy—the Devil. There are several significant truths we need to list about the Enemy.

• First, Satan is not more powerful than God. He is not omniscient and does not know all that is going to happen in your life or in the future. He may have studied your weaknesses and decided how to launch his attacks against you, but he is not more powerful than Christ in you.

• Second, Satan is a liar. In John 8:44, Jesus told us that the Enemy is the “father of lies.” God has given you the ability to discern truth from Satan’s deception. He sent His Spirit to abide in you and to bring light to the Enemy’s words of darkness.

• Third, Satan is the accuser. He will stop at nothing to convince you that you are not God’s child, that you have sinned beyond the point of forgiveness, and that your life is worthless. Don’t believe him! Paul writes in Romans 8:1, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

• Fourth, after you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, Satan shifts his focus. He is no longer interested in stealing your soul as much as he is determined to tempt you to sin, become discouraged, and turn away from your faith in Christ.

God has provided a mighty army to stand guard over your life. Even if you face difficulty and suffering, He has promised to use every difficulty for your good and His glory. His eternal care is an invincible shield that the Enemy cannot penetrate.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

When we set our eyes on our misfortunes, we soon forget to express gratitude

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When we set our eyes on our misfortunes, we soon forget to express gratitude

Cultivating a godly perspective of our spiritual state and our physical circumstances does not happen naturally. To fight against overlooking God’s grace and loving kindness toward us instead of complaining about our losses takes a great deal of energy and persistence. We need to develop a mindset that looks for God’s graciousness at all times.

An attitude of thanksgiving should dominate the life of the believer. Ingratitude is the mark of the enemy. Satan whispers in our ears to make us think about what God has taken away from us. God wants us to look at what He has freely given to us. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). We have so much to be thankful for!

When the nation of Israel moved out of Egypt en masse into the wilderness of Sinai, the first thing they did was complain. They complained about the conditions, the lack of water and meat, and their vulnerability to the Egyptians. God had set them free from slavery, but already they had forgotten.

“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called . . . Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:11-12, 17).

Recommended Scripture Reading: Romans 9:14-24

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!