Ready for War?

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“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” – II Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-6‬ ‭

It’s another Friday!!

I hope your week went well and you were victorious in all your dealings.

This week, I had different experiences that challenged me to ask myself that question daily.

So, was the week victorious?

I kept hearing a phrase in my spirit, “keep going.” I understood that it meant that regardless of what I faced, thought, or felt, I was to keep going forward by faith. That phrase kept resurfacing in my mind throughout the week when I felt discouraged, tired, and even this morning when I felt physically sick.

I am writing a book, and today I had to draw up strategies for the forces of darkness and the followers of Christ. When I had finished my research and drawn up the different plans, I realized that the followers of Christ can never be victorious if they don’t conquer the battle in their minds first.

The spiritual race we are on has levels that we must overcome, not by might nor by power, but by God’s Spirit. Led by Him, we are alert in our spirit’s and are victorious over the tests that we face daily. With each victory, we are promoted to a higher level. If you fail, you are not wiped out, but by the blood of Jesus, you can get back to the throne of grace for mercy and grace. Then try again.

I have the following questions:

  • Do we wake up aware that we are on a race, and we all need the Holy Spirit’s guidance always?
  • When we come against pressure or problems, do we realize that we have been provided with the opportunity to go higher when we overcome?
  • Do we understand that our fellow humans are not the problem?

God wants us to walk by faith all the time and focus on his guidance alone. My weekdays are scheduled from the time I wake up till I go to bed. I realize that this helps me to stay focused and be productive. Today, I woke up an hour late, I ‘seemed’ to have a migraine, my eyes were heavy, and my joints were aching. I told my husband that I maybe sick because I wasn’t feeling well, but immediately he left I remembered my phrase of the week, keep going, and I got out of bed and started talking to God. As I spoke to Him, I was getting my self ready for the day, and after a bath, I went to work. I started work this morning with heavy eyes, but as I type this post now, I feel none of the symptoms I experienced this morning.

Does that mean that Christians shouldn’t go to the hospital or that they have failed when they do? No, I just followed the word God laid in my spirit and acted by faith, and it worked out. A lot of distractions are dumped in our minds from words we hear, see, and agree with. They form strongholds, arguments, and high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. It is more complicated than we think to push them away in obedience, especially when we are not alert or being guided by God.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-18‬ ‭NKJV

The verses from Ephesians 6 above says it all, but I want to note the following:

  • Be strong in the Lord
  • Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil
  • and having done all, to stand

As we end another work week, I wish to remind us all that the battle is the Lord’s. He has made us, and He will care for us. Keep going!

Till next time, be transformed!!

The New Man

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“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:12-17 

It’s another week!! Thank God.

Today, as I studied scripture, something caught my attention, and I feel it is a good opening for the week.

As I studied Colossians 3, I came across a phrase that has encouraged me today, and I hope it will inspire you as well.

In my bible, there is a sub-title before the verses from Colossians 3:12, and it says, Character of the New Man. So this must be a template for how the new creation in Christ should be. I know there are other templates, but I hope that like me, you would prayerfully consider this one this week, to live it.

The first thing I noted was the phrase ‘put on’. The Macmillan Dictionary calls it a phrasal verb and has different meanings for it. They are; to cover with, to lay on, to activate, to add to, etc. There are other meanings there, but I chose these ones for the post.

Paul encourages us to cover with/lay on/activate/add to ourselves the following characteristics as new beings in Christ:

  • Tender mercies
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Meekness
  • Longsuffering; 
  • Bearing with one another
  • Forgiving one another
  • Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection
  • Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body
  • Be thankful
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord
  • Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him

Usually, I would look at these verses and read through prayerfully, and it ends there. Today, I realized that we have been encouraged to put them on because it is our nature now. We were not born with them, but by faith in Jesus Christ, we can put them on. Someone would ask if I am saying we should fake it, till we become it, and I would say no. We can put on all the characteristics listed above because we have believed that in death, our lives are continually yielded to the rulership of Christ. The bible says we are also seated in Christ in the heavenly places. That is true for every child of God in Christ. Are we faking that as well? No, we need to live these truths by faith.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:4-6‬ 

The characteristics above show our real features in Christ. Though we may struggle, I firmly believe that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. Christ died that we may attain this reality, and He didn’t die in vain. I don’t know what your struggles maybe, but I believe that if you lay them before God, He will you pull you through.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – II Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭

Like Paul, I will boldly lay down my struggles, my weaknesses, my problems before the Master, my Father, so that His strength may rest upon me.

Be blessed!!

Till next time, be transformed!!

The One at Work

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“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.” – ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:21-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Christ died on the cross to present me before God without blemish or spot. Notice we have nothing to do except to continue in the faith, not moving away from this hope.

It’s a Friday, and the week is at an end. You have been through the good and the bad, as you reflect over your week, give thanks. In His mercy, we are saved and not consumed. We are going through a process of transformation from one point to another, so God is just expecting us to come as we are. Just go to the mercy seat and lay before the Master.

No matter the difficulties you have faced, the overwhelming challenges, go and lay them before Him, He is waiting. Stop carrying those burdens, stop bearing those loads, go before your Father, He wants to lift them off. The 23rd verse of the chapter asks that we continue in faith, what does that mean for you right now?

For me, it means thanksgiving in all situations. It means the following:

  • Waking up every morning, giving thanks, and expecting His care and supply. 
  • Doing my work believing that I have His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge available
  • Taking care of problems as they arise and if they are not sorted immediately, having faith that He is in control and has got my back.

That is what faith means to me right now. I don’t have all the answers, but my Father does. As we end the week, let us be thankful and be ready for next week with a different perspective. God can get us through any storms, the waters, and fire, unscathed. All He asks is that we lay before Him in faith and submission, and He will take over.

How was your week, did God teach you anything new, or did He help you remember wisdom you forgot? Please share.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Till next time, be transformed!!

Pressing On

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“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV

There is a recent rise in the failure theory in the world. People are encouraged to fail and learn from their mistakes and to rise from there. People are more open with their personal stories of failure, mainly when they have grown and succeeded through it. I watch surprised because this was not possible back in the day. Growing up, my parents made ‘A’s in all their exams, they tried to scam us to ’emulate’ them. Of course, it didn’t work for us, but for some families, it did.

I am a firm believer in getting up from your place of failure, and by God’s grace, learning from it and growing. However, I have come to realize that in some cases, the learning and growing are not external, but internal. Take the case of Apostle Paul, when he was Saul. He was honored and respected amongst his peers, but after the call, do you think his former friends and colleagues recognized his learning process and growth in God?

I have failed so many times in my life, and in some failure points, I just stayed down. I stayed down because I judged and condemned myself and could not see the light of the grace of Jesus Christ. Now, I know that all things are working for my good. I am deeply thankful for my experiences because they have formed me.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I have a question, what happens from failure to the expected end God had in His mind for you? What do you do, say to people, and how do you live? Paul said he would forget the things which were behind and he would press on towards the destination God had in mind for him. He wouldn’t dwell on the failure; instead, he would rise by faith and depend on God’s mercy, grace, and provision. I have come to learn through my experiences that they are new every morning, so like the Israelites, I seek only my manna for each day.

Everything God allows us to go through is for His kingdom and His glory, period. When we abound or when we are low, we need to keep our eyes on Him; however, most of us still have to get there. Up and away from the pain and shame that failure brings. We may have failed an exam, experienced a failed marriage, fired from work, and the pain and humiliation persist. At this point, seeing how our lives can be of any use to God would be a struggle. I have seen the following work in my life:

  • Hear God: 

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭NKJV

The more we hear God for ourselves, from the place of relationship, the more our faith grows. I can testify that I have survived some tough times because He sent me the word in season, and that kept me alive and thriving. Ask Him to teach you to walk with Him daily, and you will grow.

  • Ask for wisdom:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.” – Proverbs 24:3-4 NKJV

I love the second verse from Proverbs and pray it for myself as often as I can. God has blessed us with these spiritual blessings in Christ; all we need to do is ask. I believe that by His Spirit, God will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert for his people. Now is the time of grace, ask, and you shall receive.

  • Fellowship with the saints:

“And let us consider one another to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews‬ ‭10:24-25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The times are evil, and we need each other now more than ever. We need to pray for one another and stay connected. Don’t stay away from people when you are passing through the low times in your life, find your family in Christ (if you don’t have one, ask the Holy Spirit by faith, He will direct you). We all need encouragement, a shoulder to lay our heads or cry on, hugs to make us feel safe. The joy of fellowship cannot be over-emphasized; we all need love and support.

  • Daily insight on the way to go:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” – Psalms‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As we walk with the Holy Spirit, He will teach us the way and will guide us on it. As we lean on Him in everything, He will guide us from the point of failure to the expected end God has for us.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Till next time, be transformed!!

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