If God created the universe and placed you in it, then He must have had a reason for that. God created nothing in vain and that includes you and me. If the world is a jigsaw puzzle, every little piece was made to fit into the picture. Waiting on God can be difficult and trusting that He has a plan for you may be a grueling task but hold on. God never forsakes His own.
Rom 8:28 KJV And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Do you love God? Do you walk according to His will? Then rest assured, anything that occurs in your life is part of God’s bigger purpose for you. Yes, that includes the hurt, pain, failures, and disappointments. God’s plan is bigger than our mental faculties can comprehend and it is perfectly normal to feel clueless about His work. If you knew every single one of His plans, He wouldn’t be God! Your job is to trust Him and give thanks in all situations. Know that everything is safe in His hands.
Jer 29:11 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Your life’s story has been carefully crafted by God and it has a happy ending. God’s word has promised in Jeremiah 29:11 that there is an expected destination in your life’s journey. It further informs us that the thoughts God has of us aren’t malicious or chaotic. God has great thoughts towards us because He loves us dearly. We are made in God’s image and as such, how our life ends is a reflection of Him. Every artwork speaks of how great the artist is. God as an artist wrote your story most spectacularly for His glory. God will not be shamed, His children will not be forsaken. Hold on!
Heb 11:6 KJV But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. To be able to hold on to God’s plan and promises for your life, you must first believe that He exists and can accomplish what He has promised. God responds to your faith so, in order to wait on Him and not grow weary, you need to feast on His word because His word grows your faith!
It is when you hold on that things happen. Do not quit, do not give up. You need to keep praying through His promises and working hard towards your goals. It may be hard but God always has amazing plans for you.
Love is hard to define, but one thing is for sure: it transcends words. It is not just an abstract and abstruse concept.
Love is meant to be tangible and practical. Love acts.
The Bible provides much clarity on the concept of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Love isn’t just a feeling but it requires expression in order to be witnessed and be beneficial to others.
So how can you share love every day?
- Through Patience
‘Love is never tired of waiting’. Waiting for anything can be tough.
A typical example of how love can be revealed through patience is when we expect a friend, sibling, or co-worker to stop exhibiting some character traits that we find annoying.
Expecting someone to put a halt to certain habits and finding them constantly repeating them can be extremely irritating.
Love is patient in the sense that it understands that change doesn’t happen overnight and to see people change for the better, we must give them time and show compassion, no matter what.
- Be Slow To Anger
Having patience and being slow to anger are closely related. Being slow to anger does require patience.
To exhibit a loving trait in the face of offense, you need to consciously prevent yourself from succumbing to anger.
Staying calm in situations where you have the right to be furious exemplifies a show of love.
- Be Fair in all your decisions
Sometimes, we get so self-centered and only chase after those things that would be self-gratifying.
It isn’t much wrong with seeking to achieve your own goals but we have to be mindful of others too.
In the pursuit of our goals, we need to ensure that we are not deliberately sabotaging others from pursuing theirs. There is enough room for all of us at the top. We need not employ cheating and manipulation in our relationships with others but in all things, we need to ensure fairness and equity.
- Take no account of evil
It is very easy to be caught in the trap of holding grudges and keeping accounts of wrongs done to you.
However, God requires us not only to forgive but also to forget the wrongs of others.
Memory is a powerful thing. It can store up a lot of information that could trigger negative emotions upon remembrance.
However, we need to consciously reject our propensity to store up the misdeeds of others in our hearts. Doing this would prevent us from being vengeful and bitter.
There are many more ways to love everyday and these are just a few of them. God is Love and without Him, we cannot love in the most authentic way possible. Remember to show mercy and compassion every time wherever you are. God bless you!
Giving up is not an option in the battles and storms we are faced with. We need to be steadfast and stand on God’s words and promises because He would not disappoint us. The bible says God is not a man that He should lie. If you’ve been expecting anything extraordinary from God because He promised it to you, stay prayerful and expectant.
Here is how you can stay patient and wait on God’s promises in order to have a victorious end to the year.
There is no way God will live you hanging in difficult situations and circumstances without giving you a solution. Sometimes your help would come from the most unexpected of places. God can bring people your way who can influence your destiny in a positive light. Just as God sent Esther to deliver the Jews, He will send you someone to execute His divine will in your life.
Anxiety and worry are weapons the devil uses against us. As Christians, we are required to have faith in order to receive from God. Oftentimes our faith fades. Faith cannot exist where there are fear and doubt. No matter how bleak the future may look because of our current circumstances, we need to wipe our tears and look unto God because He is our only help. The good news is that He never disappoints.
Quite frequently some of us feel as though we are unworthy to receive anything from a Holy God because of the sins of our past. The truth is, God has cleansed us of all the past sins and curses. The chains are broken and we have been set free. When the devil tries to accuse us of our past and use that as a case against us, we need to confess with our lips that we are no longer slaves to those sins and curses.
When we constantly confess with our lips that we’re loved by God and have the righteousness of His son Jesus, our minds are renewed and we can receive the blessings God has already sent our way. Do not let the devil deceive you. You are worth it! You are cleansed by the blood of Christ and all curses are broken! The Holy Spirit has set you free!
2020 has been known for the pandemic. Many institutions have had their activities slow down because COVID-19 and the entire world yearns for restoration to normal life. The devil’s plan is that the COVID-19 pandemic would scar our lives forever but God has delivered a message to us. God wants us to know that there is restoration coming. All the good things we enjoyed before the pandemic would be restored!
Who is your faith in? Who do you believe in? If the answer to these questions was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then you’re in good hands. The God we serve not only pre-existed everything but He made everything. This means that everything in the world is subject to Him, including whatever problems you’re dealing with in life. God wants us to pray to Him from a position of knowledge and power where we know of our rights in Him. The God that lives in us is greater than whatever is in this world so when we pray and make decrees, we make them by divine authority! It is time to decree that we have divine supplies.
The apparent advantage of the current pandemic is the fact that it has given a lot of people a lot of rest. This has been a “fallow” period for some people. Most workers with tight schedules have had a much lighter schedule and have had more time to themselves. This period of rest should give you the opportunity to strategize and plan for the future. This is a time where we can brainstorm and birth new ideas for our personal growth and the growth of our church.
Something new is coming, your creative juices shall flow by the power of the Holy Ghost. God is going to give you ideas that will change the destiny of your generation! Stay tuned, God’s not done with you.
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2020 has been an unusual year. A global pandemic set a restrictive tone to our movements and interactions. For many, 2020 will be a year to forget.
However, here we are, in the late quarter of 2020 and regardless of how we started the year, it is only right to try and finish it on a better note.
This is how to do it:
DO NOT LOSE YOUR LINK WITH GOD
Jos 1:8 KJV This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
In tough times it can be easy to get angry at God that your expectations are not being met. This can cause you to backslide and eventually lose faith. The best way to go, however, is to stay loyal in your pursuit of God. You need to avail yourself and constantly communicate with Him in order to know His plans for you.
Following God’s plans for your life is what would give you a fantastic finish to the year. You cannot fail once you know God’s plan and are meticulous in your obedience to Him.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied
It is important to be diligent in the endeavors of your desire is to end the year well. We cannot simply sit and desire that we’ll end the year on a high note without putting in some effort. Yes- we should pray and ask God to help us out, but we must also do our part.
Good things do not just fall on our laps. Hard work is an important virtue. This is the time to roll up your sleeves and finish hard!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR COMPANY
The people you keep in touch with would have a considerable level of influence on you and your decision-making ability. Being with a group of people who are achievers and hard workers, would breed that drive and desire in you to keep pushing and pressing towards greatness.
The same way, being in a company of slackers would make you absorb that habit. In order to make positive progress in the year, be with positive people.
Proverbs 18:21 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Words have power and we need to be careful with them. The world was created with words so their importance cannot be overemphasized. Speaking positive words into your life would create positive situations for you. Do not wallow in defeat and speak negative words as a result.
Speak life into your situation, say good things about your self. You will succeed this year, you will fulfill your dreams, you’re great, you’re loved!!
Relationships are essential in our human lives and what’s probably the most delicate one is in the institution of marriage.
Spouses have an intriguing relationship, their interdependence more often than not, is like no other. Depending on the bond one has between himself and his spouse, certain situations may or may not affect them. In this blog post, we would discuss the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on marriages. How has your marriage faired so far in 2020?
Despite the negativity surrounding COVID-19, many professionals seemed grateful that the lockdown period gave them the opportunity to be with their spouses and children. Quality time cannot be undermined in any healthy relationship.
Marriages need time and attention to create a strong bond and people were able to use the lockdown as a period to strengthen the bond they have with their significant others.
Do you think the lockdown period helped you in sustaining your relationship with your loved one? Were you able to spend time pursuing your hobbies together?
One of the most important issues in dealing with marriage is the issue of money. How much is earned, how much can be spent? Money can make or break relationships. Many organizations had to lay off their workers because of the crises COVID-19 effected. It is a great problem for every household to have it’s highest income earners lose their jobs or have their salaries reduced drastically.
Marriages can be negatively affected in these cases. Pay cuts would definitely mean that you and your spouse need to adjust your expenses to survive. The truth is these adjustments may not come easy and would take some time to get used to.
What was your experience like? If you had a pay cut or were laid off during the lockdown, what were the effects it had on you and your spouse? How supportive was your spouse, did you come back from the situation a stronger couple?
COVID-19 has been known to spread wildly through physical contact. Soaps and hand sanitizers have been in high demand since the pandemic became known to humanity. It is quite interesting to think about what implications a contagious disease would have on a married couple’s physical intimacy.
There have been countless stories of men refusing to ‘touch’ their wives for fear of contracting the disease and vice-versa. As to whether there’s veracity to these stories or not, it still reveals a possibility that fear of COVID-19 can breed mistrust amongst couples. Neither party can tell how exposed the other has been to the virus on their daily routines and there may be some hesitation to indulge in acts of physical intimacy.
How was your marriage affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Do any of the issues raised reflect what you may have gone through with your spouse? Let’s have interesting conversations in the comments section.
Crisis in life can be crippling and extremely discouraging. It can make one wallow in the seas of depression and never wish to be rescued. What makes any crisis difficult to deal with is the thought of having to start all over again. It is very disheartening to think that all the efforts you put in to achieve your dreams may not have been successful. Everyone has experienced moments where they felt like throwing in the towel. Moments that make us feel like the pain, sweat, and tears are not going to be worth it.
So how can we bounce back after a crisis?
Ecc 3:4 BBE A time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for sorrow and a time for dancing;
Interestingly, it seems counterintuitive for one to be advised to mourn after a crisis. Many ‘experts’ would tell you to stay strong and move on. The truth is, mourning is an important part of the process of healing. You need to allow yourself to heal by mourning your loss. Healthy mourning is not a sign of failure but a sign of strength. In order to let go of the disappointments, you need to allow yourself to let go of all the emotions, cry if you have to. Allow your emotions to flow, and then move on!
The next stage is a moment of reflection. This is a stage for being objective and analytic rather than emotional. You need to think about what you did wrong and what you could have done better to avoid the situation you find yourself in. Think about these things because they would help you plan towards the future. The fact that you have a crisis doesn’t mean that life won’t go on and you won’t have the opportunity to try new things…you definitely would.
Trying something and not getting the results gives you the knowledge and experience to diagnose what was wrong with your initial approach.
DON’T LEAVE GOD OUT
1Th 5:18 BBE In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you.
It is easy to blame God in periods of crisis. Human nature is such that once we begin to face difficulties, we begin to lose our faith. We tend to point fingers at God for not doing His job. Many people have left the faith because they went through certain hard times. We need to realize that sometimes, a crisis is ways for God to strengthen us and mould our character.
No matter what we go through in life, we need to constantly give thanks to God. We need to have an attitude of gratitude towards Him because He has been merciful towards us and deserves every glory He can get. In our quest to bounce back from crisis, God must be involved because He is the only one that can point us in the right direction.
After a crisis, do not be afraid to live life again. Try new things or try old things in new ways. Somebody once said that trying something and not being successful at it isn’t so much of a bad thing because it is a learning curve.
It helps you identify the wrong options and cancel them out. No matter what happens remember not to give up. Remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!
GOD’S 2020 STORY.
God is an amazing playwright and we’re characters in His production. The good news is that God does not write tragedies. Just as the plot of every good story has 5 elements (Exposition – Rising action- Climax – Falling Action – Resolution), our story as written by God also has such elements. Let me paint you a picture with the current year, 2020. As it’s exposition, our 2020 story started with a lot of expectations. We expected it to be one of the greatest years ever!
The rising action of our 2020 story came when news of a new virus started flying through our airwaves. COVID-19 was a disease many people felt wouldn’t make way to their home countries but the disease was no respecter of immigration laws. This ushered us into the climax – the number of infections were on the rise, churches were closed, people lost their jobs, we had to stay at home every day. Our predicament was at its peak. The good thing is that, after the story gets to the climax, the falling action follows where the problem starts getting resolved. What role do we have to play in the falling action?
We are at the part of the plot where the puzzle begins to be solved. In order to turn 2020’s story to one full of great testimonies and victories, you must up your game. This is the part of the story where the hero uses every tool in his arsenal available to him/her to defeat the enemy. As Christians, we can call on someone greater than us to step into the equation. God himself, who is the author and finisher of our faith can be called upon by us to get involved in our story. If this isn’t a privilege, then what is? We have the cheat code that would change the game in our favor. Suit up for something big!
PRAYER WORKS…IT REALLY DOES.
James 5:16 KJV Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
There is no situation or problem that cannot be resolved by the power of prayer. God is an omnipotent being and our prayers allow him to intervene in our affairs. There is no way your situation won’t be turned around when you pray to God to be the game-changer. Change the story and give it a better outcome. God has given you the power to do so through prayer. It is understandable that sometimes and especially during 2020, most of us, have lost the zeal and appetite for prayer. This has been largely due to the pandemic and how it has hampered fellowship amongst Christians.
But there is more good news.
MORE GOOD NEWS.
Nicholas Duncan-Williams ministries bring to you GLOBAL PRAYER WORKS 2020. Get ready to rise above this moment through effectual prayers. Global Prayer Works 2020 is going to be a virtual experience where ministers from different parts of the world lead us in prayer, praise, worship, prophecy, and deliverance. There would also be a deliverance clinic and live prophetic ministrations.
The 2020 edition of The Global Prayer Works Summit would have English, Twi, and French Ministry rooms to cater to our linguistic differences. The summit starts from 20th August 2020 at 7 pm GMT and ends on 22nd August 2020. In order for you to be part of this impactful and virtual experience, you need to register now! Just click: globalprayerworks2020.brushfire.com
Do not miss this opportunity to change your 2020 story. The ball is ultimately in your court. Join us and change the tide. Victory is within touching distance. All we need to do is to reach out and grab it.
Humans are social beings. We flourish when we interact with one another.
IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY.
It is difficult to work in an organization when you do not excel at being a cooperative team player. You need to be able to work well with your colleagues in order to get excellent results. The church also thrives on cooperation. The norm in the church is to love your neighbour, spread the gospel and make more disciples. All these church norms are impossible to accomplish without socially interacting with people. The school is another arena requiring social relationships. Students have relationships with one another and their teachers. Our parents spend a lot of time and effort trying to mould us into people who would easily blend into society. All these bolster the fact that cooperation forms the very fabric of the world’s institution.
THE HAZARD OF COOPERATION.
As established, cooperation and relationships are important for the world to work in an orderly fashion. The only problem is that people are not always the same. The fact that we’re different in a lot of ways adds some spice to life. Other times our unique personalities may breed conflicts. We tend to disagree with opinions that do not align with ours and find some attitudes offensive. The most effective way to deal with offences is forgiveness.
But how do we forgive those who offend us? What benefit is forgiveness to us?
FORGIVENESS IS OBEDIENCE.
The mandate of every Christian is submission and obedience to God. One of God’s most priced instructions is forgiveness. God requires us to forgive each other of trespasses just like Christ forgave us on the cross. We are to follow His example and forgive anyone who offends us because He also forgave. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
FORGIVENESS HEALS YOU
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it, many are defiled. (Hebrews 12:15)
Bitterness causes trouble and defiles us. This means that when we have bitterness in our hearts, we hurt ourselves unknowingly. When we stay angry at a person, we get filled with negativity and that is not good for our mental and emotional health.
No matter who offended us and how bad it hurts, we need to forgive and let go because it is for our own good.
IT KEEPS RELATIONSHIPS INTACT.
As society is built on relationships, it means that relations are important. Being able to forgive and let go helps you mend broken relationships. Offences ruin relationships so it is very important that we develop the character of forgiveness to foster cooperativeness. We need to keep our friendships because through that we get exposed to a myriad of opportunities to improve our lives.
Good friends and family members are rare and you do not want unforgiveness to ruin your beautiful relationships.
Share with us in the comments below, a moment in your life where everything would have been ruined without forgiveness. God bless you
If life is a journey, then it isn’t a smooth ride. It has never been a straight road. There are many twists turn and bumps and a lot of times, we collide with others on the road. We wish it were simple but it isn’t. Life is complicated. As humans, hurt, pain and disappointment cut us deeply to the point that we bleed. It proves that we’re sensitive and vulnerable.
Heartbreak comes in many forms but the effect of heartbreak depends on your level of expectation. Having a high expectation for an event to occur would result in severe heartbreak if the occurrence of the event is deferred. One of the most common sources of heartbreaks is romantic relationships. It is uncountable the number of movies and songs based on this phenomenon. We tend to fall out with the people who have held special places in our hearts and this leads to a lot of hurt, pain, and a state of confusion. The closest people to us are the ones with the greatest power to cause us the most pain through heartbreaks.
Another prominent source of heartbreak is a deferred dream, hope, or expectation. Sometimes we dream of getting that job, school, or contract we applied for but at the end of the day, we realize that what we hoped for wouldn’t come to fruition. The pain could be unbearable at times but rest assured, there is an antidote.
John 14: 16. And I will pray for the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
God knew that we are susceptible to heartbreak which brings pain and sorrow. For that reason, He gave us the Holy Spirit who is meant to be our comforter in times of pain. The Holy Spirit mends our hearts by reminding us of God’s promises in His Word and the hope that we have because we are His followers. He reminds us that regardless of the situation, God has great plans for us and that we would come out great in the end.
Psalms 34:18. The LORD is near when their hearts break. He saves those whose spirits are very sad.
Sometimes we wonder where we can find God or whether He is close to us or not. You can be sure of where God is when someone is sad or heartbroken. Sounds counterintuitive right? We’ve been wired to think that God is only around those who have unexplainable joy but that is not the whole truth. Whenever you are sad God is there. Think about the possible reasons why an all-powerful God would draw closer to a heartbroken, depressed person. The reason is that He can heal your depression. He comes close to you in such moments because He waits for you to ask Him for help. Anytime you have the feeling of sadness and depression, remember to ask God to take you out of it because He is near!
In as much as God is the only one who can completely heal your heartache, you should have it in mind that he sometimes does it through people and established institutions. In your depressed state, pray to God for help but also talk to people in the position to help you. There are many trustworthy people in the church who are authorized to give you godly counsel to help you through your pain.
When in pain, do not deal with it alone. Always remember that God loves you.
If you have ever experienced God’s healing power, share a testimony, with us in the comments below. Stay Blessed.