God always has a way of bringing His will to pass in our lives

The glory of God keeps radiating over our lives as long as we stay put in Him and keep our faith in His word very strong in our hearts and lives.

Noah received directives and instructions from God and he went ahead to act on it.

Another person we can learn from is Noah. Noah was a man that lived before the flood that wiped out the whole of the human race. He was married and had a family of three children. Scripture tells us that Noah found grace in the sight of God and God chose to carry out His plan through him. Noah received directives and instructions from God and he went ahead to act on it. He began to build an ark for the saving of people and animals. He built something that no one had ever seen before then. He was simply responding to the prompts of God.

Noah answered the call of God upon his life and for many years, he kept building until the ark was complete. After this, he led the animals after their kind into the ark and also his family. The people on earth in those days made a mockery of him and did not join in the ark. Therefore, when the rains came down heavily and floods took over the earth, every living creature felt the massive effect of this. There was loss of life. The only ones that were alive where those in the ark. God Himself preserved them and at the right time, the ark landed on the mount.

God always has a way of bringing His will to pass in our lives. Even when men arise and try to stop His plan, God knows how to have His way every time. He is a man of war and can solve any problem that is tabled before him.

God desired to start a new race, a new generation of men and women that will please Him and do as He instructs them to.

In the time of Noah, God was concerned that mankind was tending towards evil all the way. He was concerned that His dear creatures which He created were beginning to allow sin and the devil to lead them into their own destruction. God was and still is always out to save us. Scriptures tells that God regretted creating man. In a way, they became very rebellious against God and God had to do something about this challenge early on. This was how Noah came to the scene. God’s instructions were very clear and could not be put aside. In the book of Hebrews, we are told this about Noah,

 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7, KJV)

This reveals that Noah feared God and decided to respond to the promptings of God for the time and season that he was at that time of life.

 

 

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God has a way of redeeming the time

Great things can only be accomplished when more people bring their own contribution to the success of what is to be done.

In the book of Ruth, we have another wonderful story we can learn from. Naomi and her husband left Jerusalem for Moab. They figured out that the land of Moab was better than theirs. Jerusalem was going through a tough crisis at this time. The whole family moved into Moab just to escape the hard times Jerusalem was facing. All the while in Moab, the two sons of Naomi got married to women from the land. Later on, the two boys died alongside her husband too. She was left with her two daughters-in-law. She decided to return to her land because she heard how God had begun to do new things for them.

As she made attempt to return, the two women opted to follow her back. She declined their request and at that, one of them went back. Ruth, however, chose to remain put and to follow her to her destination. She chose to stand by her through it all. She decided to stay by Naomi even if it meant that she won’t get married again. It was impossible for Naomi to ever give birth to another child or to even have a child that would be able to be a husband to Ruth.

In all, God had a good plan for them both. The times may have been hard for Naomi, but God has a way of redeeming the time. God can bring out beauty from ashes. God can bring out light from darkness. God can change the story of anyone He chooses. In no time, Ruth got engaged and married to Boaz and they gave birth to a child. In the end, we can see her name in the genealogy of those before Jesus Christ on earth.

God brought out something sweet out of a seeming bitter family experience. When we choose to endure hardness and hardship that life may throw at us, God shows up for us in the end. Those who trust in the Lord cannot ever experience shame. The glory of God keeps radiating over our lives as long as we stay put in Him and keep our faith in His word very strong in our hearts and lives.

 

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God will always be with us

One assurance we have as believers is that God will always be with us when we go through the tough times of life.

 

One assurance we have as believers is that God will always be with us when we go through the tough times of life. Men may back-off even best friends may leave when we need them the most. But God will never leave us comfortless. It is very important to have a support system whenever we go through tough times. It is very necessary to have people who can offer advice, counsel, support, and even help to us when we need help. This is why the bible tells us this:

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, KJV)

We are not supposed to try to go through life alone. The weights and burdens that we may have to carry may be more than we can carry on our own. All through the scriptures, we see how the different people built teams, had people they were close to and did things together. Great things can only be accomplished when more people bring their own contribution to the success of what is to be done. We stand a risk of breaking down and losing strength and our health when we try to do too many things all by ourselves. When we ask for help and we also trust God to see us through the challenges of life, we will come out stronger and wiser at the end.

 

 

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Humans Focus on Breakdowns

The problem with speeches isn’t so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.

-Francis Rodman

What goes into someone’s mouth does not make them ‘unclean.’ It’s what comes out of their mouth that makes them ‘unclean.’

It’s been said that life is full of ups and downs. There are moments when things may appear rosy; there are also times when things may not go as planned. There are moments of joy and there are moments to reflect and mourn over certain losses that we may have in life. In the scriptures, Solomon told us about times and seasons. There is a time and season to everything that happens in our lives. In the book of Ecclesiastes, we are told this:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, KJV)

 

So, from this scripture we see that there are several seasons in life. We can’t see everything that will happen to us in life, but whatever happens to us, we must develop the capacity to manage the situations that happen to us in life. The scriptures are given to us to find direction, solutions, and make key changes in our lives. In the life of Job, in the scriptures we are told about this man who feared God and was very rich in his time. In his time, he was a man that really feared God and did not mingle with evil. He was rich and well-known amongst the people, and he also had a very large family. Usually, he offered sacrifice on behalf of his children because he wasn’t sure if they had erred against God in their hearts. He was a man that wanted to be right with God at all times. He wanted to live a life that was pleasing to God.

The scriptures are given to us to find direction, solutions, and make key changes in our lives.

This is what the Bible says about him, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1, KJV). This was a perfect description that the scripture gave about the man Job. There came a time when there was a conversation in heaven about Job. The conversation was between God and the devil. The devil, who is the accuser of brethren, was out to find fault with Job. God put a hedge of protection around Job, his family, and all that He blessed him with.[i]

The Devil saw this and pointed out the fact that the reason Job was so happy and loyal to God was because of the things God had blessed him with. God gave the go-ahead to afflict Job but not to take his life. This was to be a test, a means to shape him more into the kind of person God wanted him to be. The enemy immediately swung into action. Almost in a twinkling of an eye, he lost his entire cattle, servants, his children, and even in marriage. He was left with nothing. In no time, his health also deteriorated and he had boils all over his body.

Despite these many calamities that befell him, he did not renounce his trust and hope in God. Rather, he was strong in faith. He even gave glory to God amidst everything he was suffering. He refused to curse God in his heart and even with his mouth. His wife came to him and advised him to curse God. Apparently, she also could not understand how such evil could befall her husband. Perhaps, she felt she would live on and move on without him being alive. While Job was going through all these, he did not renounce his faith in God. The scripture records, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him” (Job 13:15, KJV). He trusted God despite all that befell him.

Being a Christian is not an invitation to a life of constant ease, smile, and merriment. There will be tough times too.

 

From the story of Job, we see that when certain negative experience comes upon a believer, it does not mean God has left us. Believers should learn and be able to find hope and confidence in God even during the trying times in life. His story gives us much hope and encouragement and it even gives us a roadmap on how we should live our own lives on earth. Being a Christian is not an invitation to a life of constant ease, smile, and merriment. There will be tough times too. The bible makes us understand that there will be persecutions. There will be trials. The world will mock us and try to ridicule us because of our faith in God. This is something that should be expected, anticipated, and even prepared for.

When the early apostles were arrested, detained, and flogged mercilessly, they rejoiced that they could be partakers of the suffering of Christ on earth. They counted themselves worthy of losing all –even their lives, for the sake of the gospel. Their faith and hope in God were not shaken despite the many persecutions they faced at the hands of their fellow men. Many of the disciples of Jesus died just like their master. Even John the Beloved who escaped death was first thrown into a pot of boiling oil, but he didn’t die. God preserved him.

 

Persecutions, trials, and temptations are part of the life of a believer. In fact, God uses these things to shape our faith and strengthen our resolve to follow Him. This is why the scripture says, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Pe. 1:7, KJV).

 God longs to have constant fellowship with us and to guide us through every step we take in life. With the guidance of God, we can accomplish very great things.

 

Apart from Job, there are other men and women in the scriptures who shared a very special relationship with God. This relationship was characterized by commitment, dedication, love, and sacrifice. Some of them include Enoch, Abraham, Paul, and a host of others. Abraham walked closely with God to the extent that God called Abraham His friend. This unique relationship they shared helps us to learn more about God. God longs to have constant fellowship with us and to guide us through every step we take in life. With the guidance of God, we can accomplish very great things. When we fall out of touch with God, we miss out of the great things that He has in store for us.

 

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Domain of Human Concerns

You do well in everything else. You do well in faith and in speaking. You do well in knowledge and complete commitment. And you do well in the love we have helped to start in you. So make sure that you also do well in the grace of giving to others.
2 Corinthians 8:7 NIRV

There are many things that are in the realm of human concern. The way life is designed, the moment we are born, we are told of the things that are important and the things that are not. We become responsible for certain things and as we age, we become more involved in life in general. It usually gets to a point where the issues of life crowd out every other important thing which we are meant to pursue or prioritize above other things that we may be involved in.

The way life is designed, the moment we are born, we are told of the things that are important and the things that are not.

Despite all the things that are necessary in life, God still wants us to be concerned about eternal things. In all the chase to make ends meet, there is the need to put God first. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes emphatically told us to remember God in the days of our youth. It appears as if we have the capacity to forget God. That’s amazing. The presence, power, and influence of God is evident everywhere. Yet, because of the activities and desires of men, we can push God out of the picture of our lives without knowing.

 

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God always puts the dignity of His person in every promise He made with them

Indeed, the root of Israel’s disobedience was their wrong view of God. They interpreted the power of God on the human level of possibility. Thus, when their spies saw that the Promised Land was indwelt by strong clans living in fortified cities, they were discouraged to obey the command of God. They thought that God can only help them when the situation is humanly manageable. Hence, their faith was not really in God but in their ability, calculation, and resources. Moses saw their doubts and reminded them of the power of the Lord.

Truly, it’s puzzling to see how the Israelites still doubted God despite the wondrous demonstration of God’s power before their very eyes. With one sight of situational difficulty, they forgot the history of God’s powerful manifestation. Doubt fueled by a wrong view of God utterly destroyed their opportunity to enjoy the power and goodness of God’s speech-act in every situation of their lives.

  1. What is man’s greatest challenge?
  2. How did God solve the problem of sin?
  3. How did God demonstrate His love to us?

Father, I thank you for the great sacrifice that Jesus gave on the Cross of Calvary. Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for saving me and writing my name in the book of life. I confess every sin I may be involved in. Let the waters of your word wash and cleanse me completely from every iniquity. Let my garments always be sparkling. Let not my head be lacking any oil, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

 

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THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF DISBELIEF IN ENJOYING DIVINE

God said, “For I know what I have planned for you. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” |
(Jer. 29:11).

Sin not only separates us from God, it also destroys the good plans the Lord desires for us.

Sin not only separates us from God, it also destroys the good plans the Lord desires for us. This is exactly what happened to Israel when they responded to God’s speech-act with stiff-necked disbelief. Supposed to be, the first generation of Israelites who went out of Egypt should directly enjoy the blessings of the Land of milk and honey. But while on their journey to Canaan, their murmurings and disputing had kindled the Lord’s anger. Doubt hindered them from possessing the promised blessings. And so, in Moses’ preaching in Deuteronomy 1:19-33, he recapped the consequences of Israel’s disbelief. Moses told them and the next generation,

Then we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us. And we came to Kadesh-barnea. And I said to you, “You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 1:19-21)

 

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We are not expected to be selfish but to be selfless

At another time, after he had preached for a very long period of time, he asked if there was any food to feed the people with. The disciples, knowing full well the state of their purse and the location they were in, immediately responded that there was no way over 5,000 people could be fed. They found loaves of bread and fishes, but that could not satisfy such a large crowd. Jesus cared enough to know that the people needed food after they had stayed with him for so long. Jesus asked that the people sit down then he blessed and gave thanks for the food that was available. The food went around everyone present and there were twelve baskets left after everyone ate to their satisfaction.

God never designed any of us to live for only ourselves. We are not expected to be selfish but to be selfless. We are expected to live our lives in such a way that it benefits others around us. We are not only to be concerned about our own immediate needs or the things that we want to achieve. We are expected to also care about others around us.

God has blessed us to be a blessing unto the world and not just for ourselves and immediate family. When Jesus began to preach, he made us understand that we are the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth. Light and salt do not exist for themselves. They exist for the sake of the environment they are put in. Light quenches darkness, salt takes away bitterness. This proves that we are meant to add value to our environment. By caring for others, we can become channels to help solve problems in the lives of people.

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As a leader, you must be willing to listen and be present in the moment as people share their heart with you.

Whenever one is giving advice or counsel, it is important to put oneself in the shoe of the other party. This is what Jesus did. When God needed to execute the plan of salvation, Jesus stepped in. He did not stay back in heaven barking commands at human beings and expecting us to obey. Rather he came down from glory and dwelt with men. He ate like we did, slept like we did, and cried like we did. He was 100% human, yet he was 100% God. He became like us so that he could be in touch with our own realities.

This is why the scripture says, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15, KJV). This means that Jesus knows exactly how we feel whenever we call on him. This is because he also experienced the same challenges while he was on earth. We can be sure that God understands us now more than ever. As a matter of fact, Jesus still stands daily to make intercession for the saints. We can be sure that since he is our Advocate, our matters can be properly handled before the throne of God.

Jesus knew about our common challenges. He felt the things we felt too. When people were sorrowful, he cried. Before Lazarus died, Jesus was called and informed about the health of Lazarus. He delayed in his coming and only came into town days after the death of Lazarus. People were still weeping and consoling Mary and Martha when Jesus arrived.

When Jesus was taken to the tomb of Lazarus, he wept. It was afterward that he called Lazarus back to life. Jesus did not only come to show how powerful he was. He revealed his humanity and his affection. Jesus was empathetic. He understood the feelings of the people and responded accordingly.

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Empathy and listening skills are needed when dealing with people

Condemnation drives people faster and deeper into sin than any other thing. Jesus did not come to condemn the world; he came to save it. He came to save everyone from the bondage of sin and bring them into the glorious liberty that can only be experienced in God.

So, empathy and listening skills are needed when dealing with people. We are not expected to be quick to provide responses. We must listen attentively to what the person is saying and even what the person is failing to say. Scripture says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (Jas. 1:19, KJV).

Caring for others is very important in leadership. It has been said that, no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. True leaders are able to care for those who they lead. Until you have demonstrated care enough, people won’t be willing to follow you.

As a leader whenever you are approached, you must be willing to listen and be present in the moment as people share their heart with you. Many times, a leader may be distracted by the hundreds of things that he has to do. When someone shows up and wants to talk, it is necessary that you put away every distraction and focus on that person. Everyone is important, and it is the responsibility of leaders to ensure that problems are solved.

 

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Managing Moods in the Bible

A tongue that calms is like a tree of life. But a tongue that tells produces a broken spirit.
    

Proverbs 15:4 NIRV

Many people have said that life is about ups and downs. In other words, there will be good times and bad times, the good days and bad days. The most important thing is how you handle all the seasons of life. This is one of the reasons why in the book of Ecclesiastes, The Preacher talks about times and seasons; he talks about a time to be born and a time to die. He talked about the fact that everything happens in its own time and in its own season. Every day, we experience different kinds of moods.  This could be as a result of the environment we are in, the kinds of things we listen to, the kinds of people we are currently interacting with.

Every day, we experience different kinds of moods.  This could be as a result of the environment we are in, the kinds of things we listen to, the kinds of people we are currently interacting with.

We can feel joy and happiness in one moment and in the next few minutes we can begin to feel sad, anxious, and depressed. It all depends on the kind of information we received through all our five senses.

Moods are peculiar to men and women. But usually, women tend to have more mood swings than men do. Typically, most men would like to hide their feelings or their true emotions about what they are currently going through compared to the women. Women will most likely want to talk, share, and even shed a tear when they are trying to express themselves.

Moods are peculiar to men and women. But usually, women tend to have more mood swings than men do.

There are many things that could cause your moods to swing from time to time. For instance, if you’ve not had a good sleep for a number of days, there will be a tendency for you to get easily irritated. Some of the things that cause it are the use of hard drugs or hard substances. These drugs are able to alter moods drastically. For instance, someone could be quiet, but after taking these hard substances, the person could suddenly become loud, arrogant, boastful, and even destructive because of the influence of what they are taking. Examples of these are alcohol, cocaine, codeine, or any kind of mood-altering substance.

Whenever we have mood swings, there’s always a tendency for someone to lack motivation to do what is expected of them. So, until there is a switch from the negative motive to the positive, good people will not likely do what they are supposed to do in the first place.

Moods are a normal part of our everyday life. The swings will always come from time to time, but we have to develop the skill to manage and channel the energy towards productive things. Even those who we perceive to be great men and women also have their own low moments too. Scripture has a number of examples to show us. We can see the man, Peter (one of the disciples of Jesus) who moved from one mood to another. At the point when Jesus was to be arrested, he rose up zealously trying to fight those who came to arrest his master. In fact, at a point, he cut off the ear of one of them. Jesus rebuked him and healed the soldier whose ear was cut off.

Even those who we perceive to be great men and women also have their own low moments too.

Peter, who moments ago had stood up valiantly for his master, could not stand for him when people inquired about who he was. He denied knowing his master. His courage had turned to cowardice. Realizing what had happened, he ran away crying. He felt bad for betraying his master.

Another example in the scriptures is Elijah. Elijah was a man from Tishbe who came into Israel at a time when the nation was neck-deep in idolatry. The nation was led by Ahab and his idolatrous wife, Jezebel. They led the nation to sin against God and at the right time, God sent Elijah to come into the nation to declare the counsel of God. Elijah challenged Ahab and was bent on setting the record straight on who was to be worshipped by God’s people. He staged a contest on Mount Carmel together with over four hundred prophets of Baal.

The day came, and as requested, two bulls were given to both parties to slaughter. The Prophets of Baal set their bull in order on the altar and called on their god. They kept calling, dancing around the altar, cutting their bodies just to get the attention of their god. Elijah mocked them and asked that they called on their god with a louder voice, perhaps he had gone on a long journey. They obliged and even cried the more. From morning to evening, there was no response; there was not even smoke. After exhausting themselves, Elijah called all the people to himself. He cut his bull, laid it on the altar, and called upon the name of the Lord.

Elijah mocked them and asked that they called on their god with a louder voice, perhaps he had gone on a long journey.

Soon after he had made his cry to God, fire fell from heaven, and the entire sacrifice was consumed. The water, stone, sacrifice, and everything was consumed by fire. At that point, everyone knew there was a God in heaven.

But after such a victory, what do you think a man like Elijah should be doing? Such a man should just go back home, relax, and rest, and the whole nation should fear him. But something else happened. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, got to hear of how Elijah had slain the prophets of Baal and she resolved to deal with him. Scripture records,

“And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.” (1 Kings 19:1-3, KJV)

Here was a man who just slew men and brought a great victory, but he ran for his dear life. He had moved from courage to fear. He moved from being confident in his God to being fearful of Jezebel.

A man like Elijah got scared because of what he heard. This made him very depressed to the extent that he began to ask God to terminate his life on earth. All of a sudden because of this incident, he felt that his life was not so useful after all. As a matter of fact, he asked how better his life was compared to that of those who had gone ahead of him.

 

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Since the presence of Yahweh departed from him, the character of his leadership became weak and self-directed.

Saul was proven to be not a man after God’s own heart. Consequently, his spiritual fall led the nation to socio-political weakness and shame before the presence of their enemies (1 Sa. 15-17). And since the presence of Yahweh departed from him, the character of his leadership became weak and self-directed.

  1. What is characterization?
  2. How can good character be built?
  3. Can we learn from each character in the scriptures?

Lord, help me not to judge others. Help me to focus on doing the right things. Let a positive and inspiring story be told through my life. May my life and those of others around me bring you glory. Let the light of the gospel change me from the inside out and make my life a worthy example so that others can learn of Christ, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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