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DEPRESSION

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Listening to the first lines of Jason Nelson’s song dominion and he goes like “depression, you have to flee, you no longer have dominion over me” and I couldn’t help but think of a lot of people that have had to battle with depression. You probably have gone through the feeling before without even knowing that it’s called “Depression”.

I can’t just help but think that depression has to do with “Deep-pressing-on a person”.  It’s good that English language gave it a name and that it exists in the dictionary, but in my own dictionary of words, I’d like to kick out depression. It doesn’t even exist! I can’t help but think that I have something personal against depression.

I really do have something against depression. Truly first impression matters and depression has never left even a good second impression on me. Depression is a thief of hope and joy and it knows that am not accusing it wrongly. Ask anyone that has ever being depressed and they would tell you. Depression robs you of God’s blessing, because it knows that Joy is the access to God’s blessings.

Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation

Fact about depression is that it is a thing of the mind and it doesn’t rob you without your permission. Asides the fact that depression robs you of your blessings; it also has its effect on your health. Depression has an ageing effect and hinders your spiritual growth.

Pro 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

depressedTwo simple ways in which you can fight depression from the word of God;

ONE

Rule your spirit! As simple as this may sound if you don’t have a rule over your own spirit, then you can be easily tossed about by circumstances or situations.

Pro 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

TWO

Encourage yourself! Depression would always give you reasons to be downcast, but the only way to fight back is to also give it reasons why you shouldn’t be.

1Sa 30:6 And David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encourage himself in the LORD his God.

If you would just take your eyes off the things that seem to weigh you down and fix your eyes on Jesus, then you would realize that it wasn’t so big after all, just like David and Goliath. Even if you are not capable you serve a capable God.

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Article, Healing, Hope

 

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ABORTION – FEELING GUILTY?


The doctors coming at you with their knives and all, then the scream and then the darkness…The water cascading down your back and you try to wash it all away. Try hard as you may, you still feel dirty, the top of your skin tingles from irritation. You press the sponge to your skin and scrub as hard as you can, till your skin begins to bleed and the bathwater turns red, after a few minutes you are still there and the pain comes all back! Your hands are full of blood (Isaiah 1:15)…

Does this feel like something you are going through at the moment? Then this article is for you. You felt this was the right decision you could ever make, to make the situation right again. Your friend, Parent or the guy that promised you marriage, promised you it will be all better after the abortion and soon enough you found out that it was a lie. It wasn’t alright at all.

The circle begins. This is the time that nobody told you of. The period after the deed is done. The questions start swimming in your head “Why did I do this?”, “Am I going to be the same again?”, “Who would ever want me?”…and then comes condemnation knocking on your door “I am worthless”, “God would never love me anymore”, “I am doomed for judgement”, “I would never marry and have a good home” and the list goes on and on.
Pause!!! Beating yourself down with condemning thoughts hasn’t changed anything so far! In fact it probably has added more to the challenge already.

TRUTH ONE
The trick of the devil is to hold you down through condemnation, fear, doubt, low self-esteem…If you have confessed your sins to God, He has forgiven you and he has given you a clean slate. Who are you to remember what God has forgotten?
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 8:1 makes us to understand that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Run out of condemnation by walking into the waiting arms of Jesus Christ.

TRUTH TWO
The Lord is waiting for you with his arms stretched out, just like the parable of the prodigal son. Heaven would rejoice to have you come home. He is saying to you come irrespective of who you are, we can reason together and everything will be alright again.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

TRUTH THREE
You can still get up! The story of the woman at the well side shows that Jesus Christ still has Mercy on even the most despised, on those who have given up on themselves. He forgave her but there was one instruction he left with her.
John 8:11 …Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.

Jesus Christ is saying the same to you daughter of Zion, I do not condemn you even if the world does, go and sin no more. Do you know how precious you are? In case you are thinking that you have never aborted, I ask you, what about those dreams that were placed in your heart? What did you do with them!
Heb 12:1 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…
We can take our queue from the life of Paul the apostle. Paul was one person that should have being moving around with his head buried in the ground. But here in this scripture he charged us on moving ahead and I ask that you do same.
Phi 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Phi 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

If at this moment you are thinking of going through this gory process of abortion, here is a piece of thought “abortion is just a temporary solution”. Remember the spiritual and medical effects of abortion. Like TD Jakes would say Woman thou art Loosed. Play!!!

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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in Article, Healing, Hope, stories

 

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A LIFETIME TESTIMONY 2

I and my immediate elder brother were taken to the hospital to see my elder brother, but I was told that on getting to his bed at the hospital I screamed “Masquerade”. My brother’s face was swollen and you couldn’t even see his eye. I think my immediate elder brother was able to stay by his side.
On Sunday my mum takes a bike going for service and the bike man begins to narrate the incident all over again not knowing that my mum was the mother of the said boy.
“Madam, if you see the accident wey happen here ehn. Fine boy, him mama rub powder for him face. Car come jam am, the boy just die”
“That’s my son you are talking about and he is alive”
“Madam no oh! We dey there when the thing happen, the boy die”
The bike man follows my mum to the house to see my brother. On getting to our house, he narrates the whole incident to my dad. My dad not really knowing the full extent previously, burst out in tears and starts singing.
“I have a very big God oh, who is always by my side…”
Before the bike man leaves the house he looked at my brother and said “this boy will be great”
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When I called my brother a masquerade in the hospital, it was due to the fact that his face was disfigured beyond recognition. The kind of face dis-figuration that would have needed a plastic surgery, after all his face was dragged on the wall and on the ground several times, before the car finally stopped. It was supposed to take days for my brother to recover from this ghastly motor accident, but that same day he had gotten better, by the next day he was able to play around in the hospital with his face back to normal. Well, God the master surgeon worked on his face and my brothers’ face is one of the smoothest I have ever seen.

We also did not know the full extent till the bike man gave a narration of everything that happened and am sure the man was able to believe in the God we serve. In fact medically the kind of accident my brother had was such that the person could have seizures due to brain damage which could later lead to death as the accident victim becomes older. Our testimony was such that there was no brain damage, neither was there any cause to continuously run to the hospital due to seizures.
LESSONS FROM LIFETIME TESTIMONY
1. A believer has the authority to decree and declare, and it will be established.
Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
2. God works in ways that we cannot understand and it all seems like a dream before our eyes.
Psa 126:1 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
3. We serve a God that neither slumbers nor sleeps, always watching over his children.
Psa 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.psalm121-4
This is just one of the numerous testimonies that God has worked in my family. There are different lessons to be learnt from these testimonies, so please comment and share what you learnt from this testimony, let’s learn from you.

To read the first part of this testimony click here
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Article, Hope, Testimony

 

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A LIFETIME TESTIMONY

I want to share a testimony that is very precious in my family. A testimony we are always eager to share. It happened sixteen years ago. My mum went to the market to get food stuffs for the house, back then we were staying in my state. My dad was to arrive from Lagos as he was currently working there. Usually, my mum makes a list of what she wants to buy in the market before setting out.
On this particular day she left out Maggi from the list of things which she was supposed to buy, which is very unlike her. Then she decided to send my brother to get it.
“Valentine, please watch the cars passing by and make sure you stay away from the main road”
Prior to this time my immediate elder brother had told my mum that he had a dream that the flower vase on our table got broken. So my mum gathered us to pray and my immediate elder brother sang this song
“The devil is losing again……”
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Car tires screeching, driver tries to swerve, but succeeds in picking the young boy from the wall. Drags him a long distance, with the car leaving a mark on the wall…eventually climbs on him, the market women in the vehicle rush down to help the boy and then suddenly the driver drives off.
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A Muslim man runs to the scene and places his chest on the boy
“He is Dead”
They got a piece of cloth and they covered him. “Who is the boy’s mother and how can we get to her?” they asked.
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A good Samaritan runs to a nearby house
“Mama Val, Mama Val”
She rushes out
“Your son Val had an accident and he is dead”
She runs to a nearby well to jump inside and suddenly hears a voice saying “He that keepeth watch over thee neither slumbers nor sleep” (Ps 121:4)
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Here the story goes; my brother was taken to several hospitals, only to be told that the doctors were not available. Due to the chaos, they forgot a nearby hospital, to which the doctor was a family friend. On getting there my mum went out to pray as she wasn’t let in with him.
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“Father, I shut the gates of Heaven and Hell, no one gets in, till my son comes back”
Minutes after, the doctor comes to meet her where she is
“Madam, your son is back to life, but in a critical condition.
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My dad gets back from Lagos and hears that his first son was involved in an accident, though by then it wasn’t so critical any more. What happened next always brings gratitude to our hearts.

The continuing part coming up next….

I want to thank all who contributed in the name suggestions of the previous article, Mr. Oshin Emmanuel, Mr. Seyi Akinseesin, Mr. Barry,Mr. Jon Koko, Miss. Susan Ug, Miss. Marian, Mr. Kayode Onoba, Miss. Ibk, Mr. Akpaibor Etse, Pst. Omo Jesu, Beyond Words. I had a hard time picking any of the Names, so the article remains nameless as they each suit the article in their different ways.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Article, Healing, Hope, stories

 

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GIVE IT A NAME

Many of us have stories to tell…Many years ago I stood as a very skinny and perplexed young girl as I watched a panel beater (as they call them), use all sort of tools to hit my favorite red car. My dad was found of taking me to the mechanics anytime he went there (I never understood why he didn’t take my brothers).
Oh well! I think I understand, I was supposed to learn some lessons, plus the bible always referred to both male and female as men, so maybe in my house it was same! In fact recently a lady banker saw me topping the oil in my dad’s car and was so surprised. The fact that I grew up with boys even influenced my decision to studying engineering and at the end of the day I ended up being referred to as a guy by my male counterparts! As a matter of fact all engineering girls were referred to as guys!
Back to my story! I tugged at my father’s hand innocently and asked my dad “Daddy why are they beating the car” can’t really remember his response, but I guess he must have said “Wait and see”. At a point the man started using sand paper. I just couldn’t take it again!
I wasn’t there when the car was hit but I just couldn’t help but think of the man…Why did he have to hit my dad? Finally my dad dragged me away from the car, all the way home…Did I tell you I kept on disturbing him with questions all the while!
I didn’t want to leave I wanted to stay by the side of my red car. I dressed up very well as we were to come pick up the car the next day (I think I did). On getting to the workshop, there was a look of alarm on my face “Daddy where is my car” I always thought the car was mine after all it was for my dad. When dad laughed and pointed to a strange looking car
Wow! I exclaimed. I thought the car was strange because it looked very new, almost like the day my dad brought it home. In fact to me it looked better. I looked at my dad and probably said “When can we do this again” and he probably gave me a reply like “Any time we get knocked in the back”
2 Corinthians 4:8(msg) We’ve being surrounded and battered by troubles, but we are not demoralized; we are not sure what to do; but we know that God Knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
Hands Working on Ceramic PieceExciting! Life may have dealt you some few knocks, and like me you may have asked plenty questions when God is only trying to bend you back into shape, but I have no doubt that you would be restored better than new! After all he is the manufacturer and the best panel beater ever. I read once in an article that a potter breaks the clay when it’s not taking the shape he had in mind and moulds it again. Didn’t get to name this article so please help out, what name do you think suits this article best, and it will be used.

Check this article called “The Potter’s Touch”

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Article, Hope, stories

 

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Book of Remembrance

Open BookI just want to remind someone that thinks God might have forgotten about him/her that there is a book of remembrance and God is not through with you yet, neither will He forsake the work of His hands. Three scriptures to remind you of this
Heb 6: 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Gen 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
Don’t ask how God would do it? Remember the story about David and Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth (means shame,reproach) whose home was in Lo-de-bar (means a pasture less place). Destiny was against this man, who at a young age of 5 became lame in 1 Samuel 4:4, but God opened the book of remembrance and David decided to show kindness to anyone remaining in the house of Saul. The story of this man changed in the chapter 5 of 1 Samuel. Mephibosheth when he met with the king said “…what is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? He had already concluded is story.
I don’t care what situations may be surrounding you, but I know the Lord will bring you before the King. He would place people that would remember you for good. What qualifies you for remembrance? There are a number and one thing I could mention but here is one that is distinct that even our Chaplain mentioned lately
MOCKERY: According to Pastor Victor Oluwadamilare “until you are mocked before you can be made”. God is looking for forgotten cases and he is still in the business of transformation.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Hope

 

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STILL STANDING

marvinmalindasapp-CustomMarvin Sapp lost his wife in September 2010 to colon cancer. I think I have a little understanding of what it means to lose someone close to you to cancer, the period is traumatizing and you wish there is something you can do to relieve them of the pain. Here is the most traumatizing part, the part where they can’t be with you anymore. The only consolation is in knowing that they have gone to be with the father. This is where I learnt my lesson from this man of God, that irrespective of what it seems that you are passing through, God will still be God and He alone can strengthen you. True worship is worship that proceeds out of you, in spirit and in truth irrespective of the situation around you. It comes from knowing the God that you serve. Two and a half years down the line, After all he’s being through HE IS STILL STANDING.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Hope

 

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THE CROSS AND THE POWER

The preaching of the cross to the world is foolishness, but to us that believe it is the power of God (1cor 1; 18). I just came to the consciousness of what the death and resurrection of Christ truly means. I came to the realization that I had been religious concerning this subject matter. This is a wakeup call that everything concerning your life has been finished on the cross.

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19: 30)

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom (Matthew 15: 37-38)

The Greek word for “it is finished” is tel-eh’-o which means to end, complete, execute, discharge a debt, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform. Christ came to put an end to all your struggles, to give an expiry date to that challenge and to bring you into close fellowship and intimacy with the father.

 

  

  

“There is an expiry date attached to every challenge that you may be passing through, hold on!”

  

  

Christ was under no obligation to die, in fact he clearly stated that no one can take his life except he lays it down (John 10: 18). He saw the Glory ahead. There is a Glory ahead for you if you would just see the finished work of Christ. The blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary, bought you over from slavery, diseases, poverty, oppression, depression and anything contrary to Christ. You have full access to the throne of the father through Jesus Christ, enough of condemnation!!!

[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit (Romans 8: 1).

Remember there is power in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ has finished everything concerning us, walk in this consciousness and live a triumphant life.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Hope, Jesus Christ, Peace

 

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LITTLE BEGINNINGS – PART 2

As a Christian do you know that you can determine how you want your beginning to be like?  Little beginnings are not about starting small!!! What seems small to you might be big to the next person. It is about getting the starting point right, years from now you would want to look back at where you started from as being little, it shows that you have actually progressed. It is about starting right. This is what I could say I was able to learn from the beginning of all the beginnings;

Long ago in faraway Genesis 1: 1-3NLT there was a beginning;

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was

formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters. And the

Spirit of the God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Then God said, “let there be light”, and there was light.

ENGAGE THE HOLYSPIRIT; in the beginning God engaged the Holy Spirit in creation (Gen 1: 2). The Holy Spirit loves beginnings, bearing in mind that God is the Alpha and the  Omega (the beginning and the end ), the Author and finisher of our faith. Don’t forget that the Holy Spirit is our HELPER (John 14:16 KJV), the Greek word for comforter is Paraclete meaning one called alongside to help.

SEEK LIGHT; light signifies KNOWLEDGE. God said in (Hosea 4: 6) that His people perish for lack of knowledge. Seek God’s word and build capacity by seeking knowledge in what God has called you to do. That’s the part of CAPACITY BUILDING that was talked about in part 1.

SPEAK; man is a speaking spirit because he was made in the image and likeness of God, start speaking what God has spoken to you into reality, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

WRITE THE VISION; one quality that I appreciate in the life of Bishop David Oyedepo is ability to keep good record of what God has told him along with the date. Whatever God has told you write it down, for a time will come when you would have to refer to it and hang on to it in Faith. (Habakkuk 2: 2).

Easy said, than done …. Learn to lean on the one whose strength is made perfect in your weakness, knowing that it is not by your might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4: 6), it is also not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth but of God that shows Mercy (Romans 9: 16). King James English, May God help Us All!

 

Thanks for reading through, I appreciate your comments and suggestions, and I look forward to them. God Bless you.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Article, Hope

 

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ON YOUR OWN

So I was in my room, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on my dad’s conversation, it just happened that I heard what he was saying, you will have to trust me on this one. Okay! What I heard him say triggered something in me, I know I have always heard this statement, but I just found out that the statement is not right neither is it true.

If I tell you what He said, it means we are both guilty of the crime of eavesdropping. I don’t know what the other person said to him. All I know is that he said “you are on your own”. Some people have abbreviated it to O.Y.O (on your own). As of yesterday, I now completely disagree with this statement. I am not on my own, “I am so taking it personal!”

In any battle you face in life or any circumstance you face in life, remember He that is for you, He that is in you, He that is with you. It is this same consciousness of God, that helped David win His battle against Goliath.

Then David said to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword,

And with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee

in the name of the LORD Of hosts, the God of the

armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied (1Samuel 17: 45)

The outcome of the battle as we all know, David killed Goliath (this was like our anthem in children church). David knew that God was with Him, and the battle was of the Lord (1Sam 17: 47), surely if the Lord is in a battle, it’s so certain that He would win.

Perhaps you happen to be sent on an official assignment by the President, you would be able to enter anywhere the President can enter, because you know you have the backing of the President. It was a phone call that brought this to my consciousness that I am not alone. Greater is He that is in me (1John 4: 4). With this few words of mine I hope I have been able to convince you and not to confuse you that you are not ON YOUR OWN!

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us,

who [can be] against us? (Romans 8: 31)

Meditate on this scripture and know that you are not “on your own” in whatever it seems that you are going through. No Goliath can stand against you, when God is for you!

Please leave your comments and suggestions and I will surely act on them. Part 2 of little beginnings would be posted tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Article, Hope

 

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LITTLE BEGINNINGS – PART 1

I recently had a flash back of a growing christian (religious in a sense) who said that “I want to have a little beginning” . By this he meant that he wanted to start by working as a laborer, probably carry ponpon ( a local name for concrete), then move to selling biscuits and way through the ladder to become the president… Probably the type of the Goodluck Jonathan story, I presume. This sounds funny though, but there are people of this opinion or maybe not as extreme as this.

Like a lawyer will say, I put it to you that this opinion is not entirely true. Little beginning is relative. Today I will start with CAPACITY BUILDING… Beginnings, in our kingdom is dependent primarily on your capacity. Ephesians 3:20

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.

There is a clause there “according to the power that works in you”. The power there means the capacity you have built in your self, because the power of God is infinite, so it is the power you have in you that you will exhibit. If you can build your capacity to be faithful in little things like luke 16:10 said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” ,God will trust you with big things. You dont have to start life by carrying blocks, you just have to be faithful in obeying the word of God and any experience God brings your way, probably like being a floor chaplain in your school and if you are faithful in it he will make you a blessing to a million congregation… God bless you.

– SEYI AKINSEESIN

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Article, Hope, Uncategorized

 

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NEW BEGINNING

Today is the first day of a new month, I still remember the 1st day of January like it was yesterday, talk about time flying! Remember that some people started this year with you, but as a matter of fact they are no more….statistics prove that people die each day, as for me I say, I have not done anything to deserve this, I don’t know about you. Maybe you slept by taking drugs, but let me remind you that that drug did not wake you up.

So here is the gist: time is ticking! There is a purpose as to why you are alive today. Discover that purpose and take steps towards it. I for one am taking a step with this blog, have you gotten a God given idea, now is the time to start. Remember the parable of the talent, many of us have buried our God given talent, now is the time to seek God in prayers. Paul charged timothy in 2Timothy 1; 7 to stir up the gift of God in him.

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the

gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

There are seeds of greatness in you. Start by putting the deposits of God in you into use and see how it will multiply. Let me illustrate further with something that happened to me last year, few days to when we were to go home from school, I had to buy water several times from the buttery, when it was time to pack I was removing some things I had under the bed, only to discover that I had water under my bed, all the while when anyone asked me if I had water to spare my reply was NO. Many of us have hidden talents, like Paul said stir it up.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Hope

 

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