God is a designer of life. He designs us.
We are designed to:
- Be Fruitful (Genesis 1:28)
- Have Posterity (Genesis 1:28)
- Have Dominion (Genesis 1:28)
- Have Provision (Genesis 1: 29-30)
- Be Blessed (Genesis 12:2-3)
- Create Wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)
- Be Victorious (Deuteronomy 28:7)
- Live in Abundance (Deuteronomy 28:11)
- Walk under an Open Heaven (Deuteronomy 28:12)
- Be Head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13)
- Be Protected (Isaiah 59:19)
- Overcome (Romans 8:37)
God has decreed you for success. These laws are determined by Him so that we can be successful. Follow these decrees and be successful. (Joshua 1:7 – Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.)
If you obey (Deuteronomy 28:1-2 – If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.)
Your decisions are important for your success. Always think wisely and make Godly decisions for your success.
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It seems to be a trend for me that valentines in recent years are just friendship celebrations with some friends that still remember me from time to time. Thank you guys for being there for me.
Am I just too used to life as such?
Would next year be different? I really don’t know.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day anyway, here’s wishing everyone well and hope you guys will love and be loved, all the time!
P.s. where’s my Mr Right? Stop hiding!!!!!!!!!!
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“I know you don’t want to be there but you got to live there for a little while…”
“I know you don’t want to be there but God sent you there…”
Let us accept this new reality and move by faith into this new reality of following Jesus.
I became a citizen of the kingdom of God, a citizen of heaven once I become a follower of Jesus. I moved into a position where I don’t belong here anymore; my citizenship is moved somewhere else. I’m being asked by Jesus to live here and contribute and invest into the world I’m in now until I see Jesus in the place I really belong. I’m not of this world but I’ve been sent to this world by Jesus.
You may be in a place you don’t want to be. For example, your work, your house, or your family. However, there’s no exit and escape time because we got to learn to live where we live. Of course, if we got a choice, we will do something else. But God says, “you don’t like it here but I’ve sent you here.”
Did you get that? Being there will change you where you are. The challenge is within you. The Lord wants us to understand that even in the midst of that he will be with us. Things will change! Let’s adopt that shift of mentality.
Jeremiah 29:5-7 – “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Advice 1: Embrace the place where you are now and engage with it, but not forgetting where you came from. Open up your heart and arms to possibilities.
Build houses and settle down. Unpack your bags and become part of this city. Plant and eat. Feel the permanence. Make this place your home. We learn to love where we live and we learn to live where we are even though it’s not where we want to be. Instead of looking for the exit, grab the idea of “Could I build something here?” Plant it, do it and bring glory to God. Can we do that? Yes, we can embrace it and open our hearts. The Lord has the power to help you where you are and be an influence where you are only if you open your hearts to the possibilities.
Advice 2: Engage the possibilities in front of you.
For instance, marry and have kids, and your kids in turn marry and have their kids. This is part of our survival. Don’t die. The temple of God was the physical symbol of the presence of God on earth. The presence of God is in his people who have him in the centre of their lives. You are the representative of God. You carry the presence of God to the world. Jesus carries God to the world. Wherever we go, he goes. If I go to work, God goes to work with me. He goes with me everywhere I go. If I’m a God carrier it changes the way I treat the people around me. It’s my attitude and behavior. It doesn’t matter where I’m. I’m carrying God to that moment. My world doesn’t change but I do. Because I’ve changed my attitude, God can change his influence.
Advice 3: Enrich the people and the world. Bring peace and the shalom of God.
Feel the completeness and wholeness of God in us. Pray for God’s peace to come instead of mere prosperity. The natural consequence is that the city will prosper because the people of God who don’t want to be there are carrying and speaking the peace of God. Bring peace to work, schools, communities and nations. Always ask yourself, “Could I bring shalom to this?” If I’m going to bring shalom to my boss, my friends, and my family, my heart will change towards my environment and the people around me. Instead of going away, ask yourself, “What am I going to do here?”
Jeremiah 29:11 -“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Even if where we are right now is not where we want to be, if we open our hearts to embrace it, and be a carrier of God’s presence and shalom right here, our world won’t change but we will change. We give God a chance to do something in us, for us and through us. Let us be transformed on the inside and bring glory to God.
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The Holy Spirit is actually a VIP in our lives.
However, all we care about when we talk about the spirit is what we want to spirit to give us. We often neglect that the spirit is a person as well.
The Holy Spirit helps us live in victory. The Holy Spirit guides us into victory.
John 14:16 – And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.
The Holy Spirit is another counselor just like Jesus. The Holy Spirit is meant to continue on the work of Jesus Christ.
John 14:26 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. Jesus declares “I’m the way, the truth and the life.”. The Holy Spirit is just like Jesus. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of the truth.
The devil is a liar, deceiver of the world, and an accuser of the people of God. His lies bind us and blind us. Our weapon against the devil is the truth. To defeat the father of lies, we need the spirit of truth. We need to put on the full armor of God and that is the sword of the spirit. It is the truth that will defeat the enemy. We are redeemed and forgiven of our sins. We are loved and nothing can separate us from the love of God. God will never leave us or forsake us. We are more than conquerors through him who love us.
Revelations 20:10 – And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
There is a spiritual battle. The battlefield is our mind, and the negative thoughts inside our mind. We need to overcome the devil. Do not give the devil the foothold to terrorize you. Hence, we need the spirit of God and the spirit of truth. We proclaim the truth of God’s words and use the Holy Spirit to set us the foundation of truth. This helps us to bind Satan and ignore his lies and choose the truth and declare that is the truth. We will reject all the lies of the enemy and walk in victory.
Romans 8:12-14 – Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
We do not live according to the flesh and sinful nature but we need to allow the Holy Spirit to have his way inside us.
The Holy Spirit gives me power for victory over sin.
Power gives us energy, refreshes us and boosts us. We need to put to death the flesh, crucify the flesh day by day and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Obey the prompting of the spirit and deny the flesh so that the Holy Spirit can give us the power to overcome sin. Always stay in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us strength and endurance against the enemy, hence shaping and transforming us on the inside. We need the anointing and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Thus, we can have motivation and ability to live a Holy life. It is not our own strength, but we draw power from the Holy Spirit. We must move in the direction of the wind of the spirit that guides us.
Galatians 5:16 – So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
We are in a constant battle against Satan and its evil forces. There is war fare around us. The devil numbs us to demons and supernatural forces. Don’t be afraid because God has given us the full armor of God. We will gain victory. The devil has a stronghold on us. We may have unrepented sin, repeated sinful patterns, rejections, or insecurities. Let us demolish these strongholds and spend time in prayer to resist temptations and unlearn the lies and ungodly patterns and surrender our lives to God. We need the Holy Spirit to drain away our anger and heal our wounds and to restore us to be the man and woman that God desires us to be.
The Holy Spirit grows Christ like character in me.
Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
These fruits are actually the character traits of a person / personhood.
The end result is a formation of Christ like character within us. If God’s spirit is working in you, Christ likeness will also be in you.
All in all, God is love. Love exists when there’s a lover and a beloved. God needs to love and to receive love. Love is the relationship between the 3 members of the trinity – the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. God is complete in himself. God created humans to share his overflowing love. Jesus came to reconcile the community. The spirit joins us with the community of God and baptize us in the community of the God head and unite us with God and with the community.
The person of the Holy Spirit is a person. It is not a thing, a force, or a it. The person of the Holy Spirit guides us into victory, gives us the power to overcome sin and grows Christ like character in us. It is the work of the person of the Holy Spirit.
Do you have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you?
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We often wonder who is this Holy Spirit that we’re always talking about?
In Genesis 1:1-3, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the SPIRIT OF GOD was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
In 2 Corinthians 13:14, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
We can hence deduce that this Holy Spirit is God.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.
The point of conversion comes upon you when the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you. We can talk to the Holy Spirit. We have the privilege of hosting the Holy Spirit in our life. We can commune with the Holy Spirit by praying in tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:1-4 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
The Holy Spirit is a person whom we can relate to, it’s not a force or influence. Jesus is the comforter & the counselor. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. (1 Corinthians 6:19) We can commune with him. He lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:17) “If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)
Our prayer language is spirit to spirit. Jude 20 “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
He who speaks in the tongue edifies himself.
Pray in tongues and commune with God. This edifies us and build up our faith. Paul sees great value in praying in tongues.
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Are you living out this reality in your life that the Holy Spirit lives in you and you can pray in tongues to communicate with God?
Believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Allow the overflow of spirit in our lives with evidence of speaking in tongues. Amen!
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, and instructs us. We are to be open and to be influenced by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
To quench means to put out, suppress, stifle, or resist. Resisting the Holy Spirit numbs it to his leading. We do not want an absence of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. We must walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and follow his leading. The Holy Spirit is interested in your life and your work and the people you are leading.
The power of the Holy Spirit will be the key to the breakthroughs and victories and transformations in our lives.
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