H- Heart

Listen to your heart, your instincts and intuition. Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions and make impulsive decisions. To get the best out of your limited resources, you must have a time to pause and listen to your heart amidst the excitement and adrenaline.

Listen to heart, what can you hear? Sometimes you may feel that you are ready for the next step, but if you listen you may hear your instincts/intuition telling you to wait for so and so. Other times, you may be lolly lagging and dilly dallying, but if you listen you will hear your heart nudging you to go for it.

And a note to believers, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Take a pause through those barrage of ideas, thoughts and decisions needing attention, to listen to your heart, what is God telling you to do?

Most of the times, if we tell ourselves the truth, our intuitions are always correct. So let’s not make avoidable mistakes by ignoring the small tugs we feel in our hearts even when it means going against logic or the crowd.

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Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

📌”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…”
Every temptation you face is not new to you. You’re not the first person to undergo it and you won’t be the last. It’s common and normal with other people too, it’s part of life. So don’t ask yourself, “Why me?”. Instead ask, “God, what do You want to teach me from this temptation? How can I turn this around to promote your kingdom”

📌”…but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…”
On the contrary to what you think, on the contrary to the lies the Devil is feeding your mind, the truth you need to know is that God is faithful and reliable. Through His faithfulness, He will only give you what you can handle. He knows your strength and knows your breaking point, He will only allow that which is commensurate to your strength. Consequently, it therefore means that you can actually handle it. You have the inner resilience, strength and resistance to rise above that temptation and be free to serve. That which you thought would kill you was only allowed for you to see how strong in His divine power you are to overcome.

📌”…but will with the temptation also make a way to escape…”
Through that temptation, there is already a way of escape. You have to open your eyes to see it. It’s not a closed tunnel and you’re not trapped as you think, the situation is not hopeless as the devil wants you to believe. There’s a readymade escape God has reserved through your temptation, ask God and He will show you the way to be free, to overcome and be a victor. Open your eyes and be sensitive, alert and receptive to a Him, you will find it.

📌”…that ye may be able to bear it…”
The whole essence of God’s faithfulness is that you will be able to bear and to overcome temptations. God’s faithfulness is manifested in the death and resurrection of Christ. Christ defeated death and through His death, we can overcome every temptation because the Power that raised Jesus from the death, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the King of kings and Lord of lords, lives inside of us. Hence, we are more than conquerors through Him and in Him. Amen!
Shalom!

In response to daily prompt: Tempted, Conquer

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Light vs Darkness

Genesis 1:2-5
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” – This is exactly what the world is facing right now. Darkness is everywhere; corruption, perverseness, inordinate affection and lust as never known before is the order of the day. Sin and darkness plagues every facet of human existence. Molestations, cruel abuses and breach of trust, dishonesty and lies, wars and WMD unleashed, terrorism and suicide bombings on every soil. Humanity is on the brink of anarchy.

“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”– Amidst all these, God is still there. His seemingly silence does not mean acceptance but rather “patience not willing that any should perish but that all should coume to repentance.” The Spirit of God is watching, to see what believers will do. Watching to see who will go on their knees and intercede for the nations till revival comes.

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.- God dispelled the darkness by speaking forth. His Word was the answer and is the answer to the darkness we face today. His Word, His Son (John 1:1-2). Jesus is the answer for the world, the only Way that darkness and flee from our lives and all that pertains to us. He is the Light of this world. The only way, the only solution to all these headaches and heartaches we face is Jesus. When we invite and allow Him to take lead us day by day through His word, then darkness surely will flee.

“And God saw the light, that it was good:” -God saw the Light was good. Light is always good. Jesus is the true epitome of Light for He is light and in Him dwells no darkness at all. Hence he will surely be good. He only does and makes things good. No matter how the world in its perverseness tries to portray Him, He is still good. That is His nature, and when we follow in His footsteps, goodness flows through us like a river. If all the world follows Him, darkness and evil will disappear for good will surely triumph.

“And God divided the light from the darkness” – God divided the two because there’s no friendship, no connection, no relationship between light and darkness, between God and Satan. You either have one or the other. Both cannot exist in your life. You cannot serve both God the Light and Satan the father of darkness. At each point, one is always your Master. Trying to have both is to deceive ourselves. So let us as children of the Light live according to our profession.

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night– Note the capital letters. These are not just times of the day, they are personalities one must not trivial with. Jesus is the Light, the Day and Satan is the Darkness, the Night. We must reckon with this and be careful how we live our lifes, be careful who we obey and heed to. We are either servants to the Light or slaves to the Darkness, the choice is ours.

Who rules your life, who you obey is who your master is. May we be in word, in truth and in deed children of the Light; for the world will become a better place when all mankind submit their lifes and their hearts to the Light, to Christ.

Darkness

Stay Connected to God

John 15:4-5
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Origin: From a Latin word connectere, [from con– ‘together’ + nectere ‘bind’.].

Meaning: Bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established. Join together, link with, associate with …(Google dictionary)

The Bible verses above give an apt illustration of staying connected to God. Inferring from them we learn a couple of things-

“Abide in me, and I in you…”– We are enjoined to stay connected to Him, and He promises to remain so with us. It’s a clear instruction, not a suggestion or plea. Most times when we challenge God and ask “Where are You?” He never left us but we rather have drifted away from Him.

“…As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine…”;- This is a simple fact of life. A branch cannot survive on its own but a tree can survive on its own. A branch solely depends on the tree for every nutrition it needs and the ability to bear fruit.

“…no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” Likewise, we cannot achieve anything that will have eternal value except we stay connected to God. Our lives cannot bear the fruits of godliness and fulfilment of purpose except it’s connected to God.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches:” Christ is the Vine, the Tree of Life, the Source, the Origin and Originator, the Well-Spring of Living Water and the Creator. We need Him because we are the branches, the created. Our existence depends on Him and our lives would be meaningless, gradually fade away without Him.

“He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” – We are at our best when we abide in Him, when we are connected to Him. Without Him, we will not achieve much. No matter what we may physically achieve, if He’s not part of it, it has no eternal value or spiritual worth. Without Him we can do nothing except we are connected with Him.

How do we know we are connected to Him? We would have the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and will be in constant relationship with Him, we will have a vibrant eagerness and hunger for the Word of God, for spiritual matters, we would experience His love in us and would be eager to share His love to others, we would have a desire to always come and abide in His Presence and to always do what He wants, we would always hear His words drop in our hearts through different means when He speaks to us, our lives would bear fruits that will remain- fruits of righteousness, character and faith.

Stay connected to God.

Daily prompt: Connected

Extreme Virtue

Can virtue be extreme? Can good be overdone? Or is virtue and goodness encouraged at every and any situation despite it’s extremity? I applaud the phrase: moderation is the key for we have discovered that any extremity poisons the balanced equilibrium of the society. Hence it goes without saying that:
Extreme love becomes been too permissive and consequently anarchy
Extreme peace breeds a lifestyle that avoids confrontation
Extreme disciplinary measures breeds a stiff and stern relationship
Extreme honesty leads to curt and saucy statement
Extreme success breeds bragging and pride

How do we live a balanced life? How do we know when to draw the line between moderation and extremity as we practice goodness to the people around us?
The Holy Spirit is there to reveal to us the demarcating line that gets blinded by emotions and He gives us wisdom to live our lives as expected. Also, our conscience serves as a restraining order that enables us live balanced life.

Heaven’s Beautiful Shore

Unfriendly tempests around us assail
As we sail to that Beautiful Shore
With God’s Word to lead us forth
Against each tide we will prevail

How we trust our Father’s hand
To lead His children safely home
Fear not Pilgrim, do journey on
Soon on Heaven’s Shore we shall stand

Sweet Holy Spirit give us strength
Sin does beckon with every tide
Draw us near towards Your side
Dark lusty waves are not our friend

Let heaven’s wind bear us on
May our heartfelt prayers prove our course
Each heart rejoicing with praise to God
When we stand on Heaven’s Beautiful Shore

In response to our daily post word: BeachJourney

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