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‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ ( Jeremiah 33:3 )

In times of need, who do we first turn to? The people we first call on reveal a lot about our priorities and trust. Likewise, our priorities tell the kind of person we are and what we want from life. Do we turn to friends or Google before God? “Call to me” means God is ready, able and willing to listen to us and also provide the help we need. But the prerequisite is to call on Him. Make a call of prayer today. Dial those ‘heavenly numbers’ and connect to the towers of Heaven through the portals of Jesus’s name. Don’t tell Jesus only after you think all your options have failed you or may fail you. We need to learn to turn to Jesus in all and every circumstance. Mostly, we worry because we do not know the future, but the Lord Jesus who knew our future before we were born is certainly well equipped to help and rid us of fear and worry.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, teach me to trust in you and to call to you in all things. Save me from my fears and doubts. Teach me how to prioritise right in making decisions.

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Unveiling the glory of God

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And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ( 2 Corinthians 3:18 )

What aspect of the Lord does the world see in you? There is an aspect of God impressed on our spirit that comes alive when we behold His glory. No one encounters God and remains the same, especially when they see (experience) His glory–the tangible influence of His nature. We are transformed into the very image of God when we don’t veil our faces from the astonishing glory of God revealed to us through fellowship. When Moses descended from the presence of God, the glory of God remained on Him, so that the Israelites became afraid and Moses had to cover his face. But mysteriously, If they had stared at Moses they would have been affected by the same influence because the influence of God’s glory is contagious. The Spirit of God will cause the glory of God expressed through us as a result of our encounter with Him to increase from one level of glory to the other until the whole world is filled with the knowledge of God’s glory. Hallelujah!

Prayer_Bead: Spirit Divine, unveil the glory of your presence in me. Let the world see your glory as I fellowship with you.

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Let nothing be wasted

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When they had all had enough to eat, he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” ( John 6:12 )

NB~[Jesus made this statement after feeding 5,000 men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes.]

Most humans seem to have a helpless inclination to being wasteful. We love to discard things so easily. The filth around us reiterate the truth of this statement. Once we get what we want from someone or something, we discard them. We don’t seem to think the afterwards. Jesus, our model is not wasteful. As a good Shepherd, He will leave the 99 and go after the one. This is the nature of the man we imitate and hope to be like both on the inside and outside of ourselves. He has an attitude of love, compassion and possessiveness. We need to hold in high esteem anything and everything under our care. Multiplication comes by faithful stewardship in the economy of our kingdom. Let nothing be wasted.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, the Shepherd of my soul and spirit, instill in me the attitude of management and responsibility.

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The Guidance of the Holy Spirit

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But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. ( John 16:13 )

Our level of experience and revelation into the things of the Spirit is largely dependent on our level of submission to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide us to the depth of truth when we submit to walk with Him and choose Him. So that the degree of our exposure to spiritual realities is dependent on the degree of our willingness to submit and consciously relate with the Spirit of Truth. Similarly, our degree of authority in Christ is the degree to which we commit to the Holy Spirit’s influence. In truth, the Holy Spirit can only guide us into all truth when we make Him the only guide of our souls. But if we continue to conflict the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the temporary pleasures of this world, we may stagnate in the ocean of ignorance and ineffectiveness. Let us submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer_Bead: Holy Spirit, my Lord and guide, lead me into the truth of the mysteries of God by helping me to submit my understanding to you.

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The Attitude of Christ

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Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. ( 1Peter 4:1 )

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, arm me with the attitude of your mind. Help me to open up to your teachings and let the things of this world grow strangely in the eyes of my desires.

Attitude determines the overall (persona) behavioural expression of a person. The Lord Jesus while He walked the earth had a mental attitude that distinguished Him from the people around Him. His attitude kept Him on a predetermined course, in spite of what His environment dictated. Let us permit the mindset of Christ, to tear down the wall of our philosophies and ideology. Because until our attitude is align to His, we cannot be like Him, thus we cannot reflect the nature of God. When we understand and crystallise the attitude and mindset of our role model—Jesus, we are able to mirror Him very well. Jesus understood the need for suffering in the flesh as a prerequisite for the attainment of salvation for humanity. So that when we believe that we have suffered with Christ, we are free from sin and its penalty. So let us embrace the same mental attitude as believers.

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Her little Oil

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.” ( 2Kings 4:2 )

“She” in the verse is the wife of a deceased prophet whose ex-husband was in debt. Now, the creditors came to collect their money or take the widow’s two children away. So the widow came to the prophet Elisha for help. She probably thought the prophet will just hand the money to her. But, no…the money was in her own house all along except in a seed form. There are times when the provisions of God seem like a lie–false hope. But reality is that, God always gives seed in every new beginning. The little oil she had was the seed for abundance just as in Jesus’ day, the five loaves of bread and two fishes for 5,000 people. God will always give seed and then give you the ability to reproduce and multiply it. Do you have something that seem insignificant and so you despise it? Know this, that small ‘something’ is a seed, water it and it will multiply. Even if it is a business idea or a creative design, it is a seed that can become something bigger. Hold on, and believe in it.

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Spiritual bargain

1. In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”2. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. ( 2Kings 20:1-2 )

Hezekiah’s act in the second verse does not only show his faith but confidence in his God. Anyone would have condemned themselves once a major prophet like Isaiah came to tell them they were going to die but not Hezekiah. As if he didn’t hear the part where the prophet said “…you will not recover.” That was a statement of fact. But faith overrides facts and realities. This also explains that Hezekiah had a personal relationship with God. He didn’t follow Isaiah to pray for him to change the mind of God nor did he go to a different prophet to pray and change his fate. He turned to the wall and prayed to God himself; and the verses that follow tell that he actually had additional 15 years added to his life as a result. The ticket to our freedom and deliverance lies in our relationship with Him who can guarantee it.

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Choose Joy

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.( Habakkuk 3:17-18 )

To many people including Believers, their joy is dependent on the events surrounding them. Many people feel and express joy only when something happens around them that appeals to their sense of joy. But this scripture says that though all the bad things that could affect the livelihood of the speaker may happen, he will still be joyous. This exposes what true joy is: it is not dependent on what is happening around us. No external power holds an exclusive rights to our joy. Another statement worth noting is “yet I will rejoice….”. This gives a notion of choice. As to many things, our joy or happiness is a choice we have to make. Nobody can force us to be happy when we don’t want to. That choice is left solely for us to make. In a time like this, the need to make that choice on a daily basis is very important. Choose happiness, choose joy.

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God's plan will not fail but will you?

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand. ( Isaiah 14:24 )

The future of every human being is actually the past of God; God had been in that future long ago. Whatever God has purposed for us is certain and sure but getting to that purpose is dependent on us. We need to make the right decisions and choices in order to align with our predestined destiny. God doesn’t prepare blessings for us, He always prepare us for the blessings. Our purpose or destinations are always prepared and equipped to bless us but it takes a prepared version of us to reach that destination. So that all the good in the land of Canaan didn’t enter the land after the Israelites got in, the good had always been there. But it took a certain mental attitude to reach the good in the land. It is the same with our personal goals and dreams. Be intentional with regards to your purpose and dreams because God has finished your end from the beginning. Our inability to reach our destination is not a defect in God’s grace or program but disobedience on our path to God’s principles and will. Your future awaits you.

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The Love of God

After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. ( Genesis 3:24 )

This is one of the greatest expressions of love man ever had. After man sinned by disobeying God, they became corrupt but they were not having eternal life yet, thanks to God. Imagine, if God had allowed them to the tree of life after they corrupted themselves, we would eternally be condemned like the devil without the possibility of redemption. We would have had to live forever in that condemned state. But because God so loved us regardless, He prevented us from living forever in a state of hopeless helplessness. God’s love prevented us from worsening our situation. A blessing given too soon may seem like a curse. A knife given to a baby is not a blessing but the same knife given to an adult is a blessing that can help peel, cut and slice things. God’s love may seem like hatred or injustice only when we don’t see the big picture or when we want something too soon but denied. Ultimately, God’s love is unconditional and we need to be reminded of that always.

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