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When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? 2Kings 6:15
He rose up quite early to put the car in a proper condition while carrying his master’s blazers. His master had told him the previous night that they will be ministering in three different cities the following day. He needed to check the water level in the radiator and probably take some gallons of extra water as the journey promises to be a long one. He wanted to also top the fuel level in the fuel tank to have a full tank. His master had reminded him to check if the tyres needed to be gauged and also carry some spare tyres in the boot of the car should there be any ‘flat tyre’ during the journey. He also needed to clean the car, clear the windscreen, check the headlights and the oil gauge too.
He was dashing out bearing in mind the urgency of the journey and all the things he needed to do because his master was already getting dressed to join him outside. But alas! He saw a terrifying situation that He didn’t know when he threw his master’s blazers to the ground. He saw the Syrian military detachment encamped around the city, he was paralyzed with fear. “No way of escape”, he mutters.
He was a new Personal Assistant who had only been with his master since Mr. Gehazi’s dismissal and consequently had little or no experience of the God of his master. He saw professional snipers take their positions on the rooftops of neighboring houses; the entrance and exit of their compound have been effectively covered by these snipers. The airforce with their fighter jets were hovering over their rooftop, numerous armoured tanks were parading their neighbourhood, and the SWAT with their state-of-the-art rifles were ready to charge in at the command of the major General. The Navy had all the surrounding rivers covered. In his entire career as a Personal Assistant, he had never experienced such.
In the midst of the precarious situation, he gathered all the courage he could muster and said to his master, “What shall we do”. He is well aware of the fact that they might just apprehend both of them. He knows he won’t be spared so he wanted to inquire from the master if there was any part he could play in their escape mission.
[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. 2Kings 6:16

His master said to him, “Fear not”. The Master acknowledged the fact that the sight of the military detachments is terrifying enough for his new personal assistant. In his master’s few years of doing business with God, he had seen God through him part the Jordan River, increase a widow’s supply of oil so that she could pay her debts and live normally, enable a barren woman to have a child and then bring the child back to life after its dying, multiply loaves and grain to feed 100men and also cause an ax-head to float. His master’s “Fear not” stemmed from the reality that God is dependable and ever-faithful.

“Fear not” was not enough to calm the personal assistant down. He shifted his gaze again to the Syrian Military Detachments. Every sphere has been fully covered – the SWAT, Navy, and Airforce fully on ground. He looked at his master once again to confirm if he actually meant what he just said. Alas! The master compounded his woes by saying, “those that are with us are more than those with them”. But the set of people he could see were against them, so he must have thought his Master was daydreaming.

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2Kings 6:17

The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha! He saw with the eyes of faith that sees the reality of the divine presence and protection. He saw invisible forces of the mighty angelic hosts. He saw innumerable spiritual armed forces with chariots of fire. With great excitement he shouted for joy, the divine presence that encamped around them had become a reality to him.

Many a times in life, we are faced with situations and circumstances that tend to make light of our faith. You hear the Pastor preach about your vast inheritance in Christ but your bills are staring you in the face. You feel so sick in your body but you look into God’s word and you see how Jesus himself bore your sicknesses and diseases. Your friends are calling you ‘broke-ass nigga’ but you know you are the seed of Abraham. The ‘faith’ business looks like a façade. You are facing the heat of the fire and the waves of the storm and it all looks like God’s word is just a collection of stories and all that the ministers of the gospel do is just to excite you. You see what God says about you in his word but you are feeling something contrary in the world.

Elisha didn’t rule out the fact that he was encamped by the Syrian military detachment. But he said, “Those with us are more than those with them”. His language was, “I know that, but I know something more”. I know the Syrian detachment have mounted heavy ammunitions, but I also know that the mighty hosts of angelic forces are with me. In essence, he was saying, “Greater are they that are with me, than they that are with them.”

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. 1Jn 4:4

Elisha boasted about the company of hosts of Angels but greater than the host of angels is the one that indwells you now. You are a carrier of the fullness of God because Christ is in you. Dwelling in you is the sum total of the divine perfection, power and attributes that God has. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in you. You have God’s ability abiding in you. The God who parted the red seas with the blast from his nostrils, who destroyed the power of the flames when those three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace is not just with you but in you. He is the God of all ages. All his mighty angelic forces are for you. You are a victor in the face of all your adversaries.

There are two forces – the one in you and the one in the world; and the one in you is greater than the one in this world. Cultivate an awareness of the Greater one in you. This along with communication and fellowship with Him develops a closer relationship with Him.

You have a greater force at work in you. A force greater than the sublime forces of nature put together.
Greater is the solution in you than the situation around you.
Greater is the wisdom in you than the complexities of the task you face every day.
Greater is the love in you than hatred and bitterness that is in the world.
Greater is the Spirit of truth in you than the spirit of deception in the world.
Greater is the victory in you than the failures and setbacks in this world.
Greater is God’s thoughts towards you than what other people think about you.
The one in you is mightier than the conspiracy around you.
Greater is the Spirit of Christ that is in you than the spirit of antichrist that is in the world.
The God in you is mightier than Satan who rules in the hearts of people of this world
The one in you is greater than any problem, difficulty or anything you will ever face.

Resist any contrary thought the enemy might try to place in your thinking. This is the reality, embrace it and live in the light of it. Meditate on it and speak it.

Faith is the affirmation that wins – Tolulope Moody

Have a great week ahead!

@simokool

*Details in this narration represent the fictitious imaginations of the writer

GREATER FORCE

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I read this particular story and couldn’t help but share it as it is in the line of thought we will be considering. Valjean, a just-released prisoner in midlife, wearing threadbare trousers and a tattered jacket. Nineteen years in a French prison have left him rough and fearless. He’s walked for four days in the Alpine chill of the nineteenth-century southeastern France, only to find that no inn will take him, and no tavern will feed him. Finally he knocks on the door of a Bishop’s house.

Monseigneur Myriel is seventy-five years old. Like Valjean, he has lost much. The revolution took all the valuables from his family except some silverware, a soup ladle, and two candlesticks. Valjean tells his story and expects the religious man to turn him away. But the bishop is kind. He asks the visitor to sit near a fire. “You did not need to tell me who you were,” he explains. “This is not my house—it is the house of Jesus Christ” After some time the Bishop takes the ex-convict to the table, where they dine on soup and bread, figs, and cheese with wine, using the Bishop’s fine silverware.

He shows Valjean to a bedroom. In spite of the comfort, the ex-prisoner can’t sleep. In spite of the kindness of the Bishop, he can’t resist the temptation. He stuffs the silverware into his knapsack. The priest sleeps through the robbery, and Valjean runs into the night.

But he doesn’t get far. The policemen caught him and march him back to the Bishop’s house. Valjean knows what his capture means—prison for the rest of his life. But then something wonderful happens. Before the officer can explain the crime, the Bishop steps forward. “Oh! Here you are! I’m so glad to see you. I can’t believe you forgot the candlesticks! They are made of pure silver as well. . . . Please take them with the forks and spoons I gave you.”

Valjean is stunned. The Bishop dismisses the policemen and then turns and says, “Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. I have bought your soul from you. I take it back from evil thoughts and deeds and the Spirit of Hell, and I give it to God.” Valjean has a choice: believe the Bishop or believe his past. Jean Valjean believes the priest. He becomes the mayor of a small town. He builds a factory and gives jobs to the poor. . . .

I am very sure you heaved a deep sigh after reading the story. Grace is the face that love wears when it meets imperfection, weakness, failure, sin.

The woman was caught red-handed in adultery. She was delivered up to Jesus to pass judgement on her. There was no defense counsel for her as there were numerous witnesses ready to testify against her. The CCTV had captured the scene. No Senior Advocate of any country could win the case. Can you imagine defending a case in court with your prosecuting counsel having over a thousand witnesses ready to testify against you in Court and these witnesses are elites of the Society – the Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law?! John 8:1-11.

The Pharisees had forgotten that the ‘worst’ place to take a sinner is to the feet of Jesus; because, at the feet of Jesus, the sinner becomes the righteous, the guilty becomes the saint, and the forsaken becomes the beloved. And getting to the feet of Jesus, the one that was supposed to judge her became her defense attorney. Jesus Christ stooped down to write in the mud and eventually answered them saying, “He who is without sin amongst you should be the first to cast a stone”. They all left one by one. None of them was qualified to cast a stone. Yet, the only person that was qualified to cast a stone gave her the gift of ‘no condemnation’. How gracious that is!

That was the time Jesus ever wrote on the ground. Funnily enough, the writing was not to the disciples, not to Peter, James and John but to a lowly adulterous woman.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, FAITHFULLY ADMINISTERING GOD’S GRACE IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS. 1Pet.4:10 NIV
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF THE MANIFOLD GRACE OF GOD. 1Pet.4:10 KJV

God expects us as believers to be his representative on earth faithfully administering grace in its various forms. We are stewards of the manifold grace of God. We are dispensers of God’s grace. The Body of Christ is a hydrant of God’s grace.

I have seen in recent times that when a minister of the gospel makes a mistake, believers take it up by posting it on social media. Some even go further by sending it as a broadcast on BlackBerry Messenger. Now, I ask myself, what do people stand to gain for publishing people’s mistake, be it a minister of the gospel or someone else? Their mistakes becomes the topic another minister of the gospel preaches as a sermon the next Sunday or the theme of their annual conference. For some believers, that period becomes a good pedestal for them to exalt their denomination and make light the denomination of the minister of the gospel that erred. You begin to hear exclamations like, “…and He called himself a minister“. But really, do we receive a special crown in Heaven for propagating the mistakes or weaknesses of people? The New Creation is not on a fault-finding mission, He is a grace-giver.
I have even heard believers use some very ‘funny’ words with New Converts. I’ve heard words like ‘ti won bati baye je, borun je, wa wani awon gba Jesu’ (apologies to my non-yoruba readers). It means that after they have lived life recklessly, then, they run to Jesus as a last resort. It could also mean that after they have discovered that their lives are in pieces and shambles, then remember there is a Saviour. And I keep asking myself, “Who needs a Saviour, if not a sinner? Who can make a masterpiece out of the pieces of their lives, an Architect or Jesus?” Moreover, Jesus Christ is not condemning them. He loves them the same way He loves us. Why should we call unclean what he has washed with his precious blood? Or we begin to doubt the potency of the blood of Jesus Christ. How come the body of Christ that has received abundance of grace does not deal with people according to the GRACE they have received but according to the LAW that was not given to them?

Allow me to say this; there is no useful or worthwhile life outside Christ. Christ gives our lives meaning. The day you come to Christ whether as a 14-year old chap or a 65-year old ‘rickety’ man, your life gets a new direction. Useful life starts when Christ enters the scene. When He got to the wedding in Cana of Galilee, He gave them the best wine even after they have been drinking sour wine. (John 2:1-10). When you come to Christ, He gives the best.

There was something significant about the story of the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48). She sought Jesus after she had spent every penny she had on doctors but no one had been able to help her. It didn’t bother Jesus that the woman came to him as a last resort. To him it mattered only that she came. He knows that with some of us, our wine have to finish before we beckon on him. He knows that some of us will never call on him until we have spent every naira bill we have in our pocket. He knows that some of us will never trust until all the people we have relied on disappoint us. He is aware that some of us will never call him Lord until our reasoning has failed us. He knows that with some of us, it takes a lot of reality to snap us to our senses, so he doesn’t keep a time clock. Those who scramble in at quitting time get the same wage as those who beat the morning whistle (Mt.20:1-16). Don’t fight it! It is simply called GRACE.

Jesus knew Zacchaeus had robbed people and overcharged people on their taxes. He did not offer Zacchaeus condemnation but relationship. The crowds were displeased because they could not fathom why Jesus would go to the house of a notorious sinner. That surprised everyone! Yet Relationship changed Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).
Jesus knew that the Samaritan woman at the well had been married and divorced five times. He knew about her current ‘package’ too. Jesus didn’t chase her away. Instead He offered her living waters (John 4).
The renowned harlot brought an alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume and poured it at the feet of Jesus and kissed him, yet Jesus didn’t tell her “Get thee behind me Sinner”. Imagine a known prostitute coming up to your pastor, kissing his feet and rubbing olive oil on them after the Sunday Service. You may say that is extreme. How about your Pastor shaking hands with a known harlot in the city? I am very sure the social media would make the Pastor resign that same Sunday.

When we are about to close a particular meeting in Church, most times we close it by saying ‘Let’s share THE GRACE’. I will prefer it if we do more of the ‘real sharing’ in our world that the ‘mouth sharing’ in the Church.

Can the Church again be known for sharing grace?
Can our slogan be ‘out of the abundance of grace and mercy that we have received, we give to you?
Can our watchword become ‘as much grace I have received, I give to you’?
Can the cry of the heathen be, ‘take me to the church where I will be accepted and not rejected’?
Are we going to be like the Pharisees and teachers of the religious law who picked up rocks to stone the woman caught in the adultery or are we going to stoop down like Jesus to identify with her?
Are we going to be like the elder brother of the prodigal son that got angry at the arrival of his brother?
Are we going to be like the Levite and the Priest that walked past the man that needed compassion or like the good Samaritan that got off his high horse, came off his social status and public recognition just to minister grace to him?
Can we stop being like the servant that was forgiven of his debt but decided not to forgive his fellow servant?

Make up your mind to be that grace-giver that you are. Share grace with your kids, colleagues, subordinates, superiors etc. The church of God remains the grace-giving station of God on earth. Give grace all around so all get in on it. Let us walk in the reality of this truth.

Of all God’s wondrous works, GRACE in my estimation, is the magnum opus – Max Lucado

Have a great week ahead.

@simokool

LET’S SHARE THE GRACE

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Many a time when we say we are trusting God for something, the trust most times always hinges on the fact that the particular thing is still humanly possible. It is quite easy for a 33year old woman to trust God for the fruit of the womb. How about a 65-year old that has entered menopause trusting God for the fruit of the womb? It is quite easy for a fresh graduate to trust God for a job than it is for a graduate who has spent some years without a means of livelihood for some time because most employers will always advertise for a ‘fresh graduate recruitment?’ It is easy to believe God for a bright future because you have accomplished so much at a tender age – B.Sc at age 19, M.Sc at age 21 and Ph.D at age 25. How about trusting God when you bagged your Bachelor’s degree at age 35 and it looks like you have lost time? You would agree with me that, there are even some job advertisements that specify the age bracket wanted. Some put there between 22-26years old while some others say not more than 28.
I believe trusting God for a job when you have about 5 uncles and 2 brothers that are CEOs of multinationals makes a whole lot of sense; you are confused because you don’t even know which one to go for. How about applying for a job that has about 5,000 vacancies for 700,000 applicants? Trusting God for a fiancé/fiancée is quite interesting when you have a lot of prospects and you are just taking your time to know which way to go. How about trusting God when all the sisters or brothers around you are just giving you ‘red lights’?
God changes times and seasons. He existed even before time began. Time was not given to God. Time doesn’t dictate to God. Time existed because man was created. Time is a piece of eternity that has a beginning and an end. Allow me to say this, age may not be on your side but the God that created time is on your side. God is on your side. God is at work in and through you. Even if it seems like everything is against you, the one that holds the universe by the mighty word of his power is not against you.
In 1Kings 20:1-30, Ben–Hadad, King of Aram with 32 kings terrorized Ahab, King of Israel laying claim on his silver and gold, the best of his wives and children. Ahab didn’t seem to have an alternative than to oblige to his request. Can you imagine 33nations teaming up against a nation? Can you imagine USA, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and Iraq with 28 other great nations teaming up against Nigeria? That’s suicidal! I’m very sure King Ahab must have considered the firepower, ammunitions, and weapons of mass destruction the coming together of these nations will bring forth. As if the unscrupulous demand of the King of Aram was not enough, he sent his messengers to King Ahab the second tome saying “I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the house of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away”. Then, King Ahab got angry with this new request and rejected it.
The battle ensued and King Ahab won the battle. I love what happened in the scripture below.
And the servants of the king of Syria said, THE GOD OF ISRAEL IS A GOD OF MOUNTAINS, AND NOT A GOD OF VALLEYS; therefore has he prevailed against us; but if we should fight against them in the plain, verily we shall prevail against them (1Kings 20:23)

Then the man of God came, and said to the king of Israel, Thus says the Lord: BECAUSE SYRIA HAS SAID, THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL IS A GOD OF THE HILLS, AND HE IS NOT A GOD OF THE VALLEYS, therefore will I give this great army into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord (1Kings 20:28)

Were the servants of the King of Syria trying to say there is a part of creation that God doesn’t have control over? Mathematically, it would mean that the circumference God can cover is just the hills. Maybe they thought there is a strategy in the heart of man that is beyond the wisdom of God. God is above everything in heaven, on earth and beneath the earth.
God is not just the God of the hills, neither is he just the God of the valleys, He is the God that created both the hills and the valleys. In fact, He existed before the hills and valleys were called forth. He is the God of the clergy and clerks, the God of Judges and Janitors, the God of beggars and bankers, the God of the high and low. He is the God of those that scramble in at quitting time and the God of those who beat the morning whistle. Someone said, “He is the beginner that existed before the beginning began”. I love that! Someone also said, “God didn’t start when START started! He started START”
The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he’s in charge.

If I go up to the HEAVENS, YOU ARE THERE; if I make my bed in the DEPTHS, YOU ARE THERE. Psalm 139:8

It may look like windows of opportunities have closed against you, you have run out of time, you have passed your prime, the odds are not in your favour, you have lost time and seasons, or probably it looks like everybody is teaming up against you. Let me say this to you, He is also the God of the valley. I see God bringing everything to a flourishing finish. I see God restoring all the lost years. I see him collapsing all the years for you with awesome speed propelled by his Spirit. I see you run, overtake and recover all. I see you outrunning the chariot of Ahab. It’s the season of recovering all.

Your limitations are based on your understanding. I see God doing something in your life that you don’t understand so it makes your limitations look foolish. You are not a mistake. You are not a failure. You are not a tragedy. You are not an accident.

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. And he went in to her, AND THE LORD CAUSED HER TO CONCEIVE, AND SHE BORE A SON. Ruth 4:13

Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom and BECAME HIS NURSE. Ruth 4:16

The story of Naomi is a familiar one. Naomi had seemingly lost everything. Her Husband died leaving her with two sons. The two sons got married and also died without offspring. She resolved to being called Mara – bitter, rather than Naomi – pleasant. It looked like it was game-over for her.

God is never too late. Ruth ultimately had her baby but Naomi nursed it. When you look through Scriptures, being a nurse to a baby involves breastfeeding the baby – feeding the baby with milk from the breast. An old woman passed menopause is not supposed to be releasing milk. Milk was gushing out of Naomi’s breast.

When God steps in, i don’t care how late it seems, how old it is or how disadvantaged it might look. I don’t care if he has to break every biological rule you ever read. I don’t care if anybody can ever explain it. I really don’t care if He has to flout every natural law or protocol you have heard of. God is taking your old withered breast to cause milk to gush out of it.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead IS LIVING IN YOU, he who raised Christ from the dead will also GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODIES THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, WHO LIVES IN YOU. Rom.8:11

The days of defeat and failure are over. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Don’t expect anything short of glory. We shared in his resurrection. We shared in the power and authority of it. When He put all the enemies beneath his feet, they were beneath our feet. When He triumphed over them; that was our triumph. We were crucified with Him; we died with Him; we suffered with Him; we were justified with Him; we were made alive with Him; raised with Him; and are now seated with Him. We are persuaded of better things to come.

We have passed out of the realm of hope into the realm of assurance. It is the realm of reality. We know who we are. We couldn’t be more sure of our ground that the one we’ve trusted is bringing everything to an expected end.

Lines are fallen unto you in pleasant places.
Favour surrounds you as with a shield.
You are a wonder to many.
Your life radiates the beauty of God.
Instead of shame, you have double honour.
Instead of Ashes, you have a garment of praise. Instead of mourning, you have the oil of gladness.
You are no longer the forsaken; you are now the called-out one set apart to show forth the beauty of his praise. You have an anointing from the Holy One, you have super intelligence.
No longer will you be trampled upon by situations and circumstances, you reign over them because you’ve been made to sit with Christ in heavenly places far above principalities and powers, far above spiritual host of wickedness, far above rulers of darkness in heavenly places.
No weapon forged against you will prevail. But whatever you lay your hands upon flourishes because out of your belly flows rivers of living waters that gives life to everything dead.
You’ve been delivered from the power and dominion of Satan. Satan no longer has authority over you. Greater is he that is in you that he that is in the world.
Grace and Speed prevails for you.

So be it!

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a FLOURISHING FINISH on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Phil.1:6

God is bringing everything to a flourishing end.

Have a great week ahead.

@simokool

GOD OF THE VALLEYS

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Many a time in life due to numerous activities, the hustle and bustle amidst busy schedules, the mind is always occupied with so many pre-occupations. In times like these, in order to make the mind more effective, we often prioritize the sequence of events or tasks on our mind so as to know the ones engaging the mind. Inevitably, some events are sacrificed on the altar of forgetfulness.

Relating to this, when we are faced with a new project, task or assignment or a fresh challenge, we are quick to undermine the faithfulness of God. Sometimes, it looks as if we need an ‘extra’ of God’s faithfulness for the new task(s). It is understandable because we live in an environment where change is always staring at us in the face.

You are not where you are 5years ago and you are not who you are 5 years ago. Environmental conditions, living conditions, everything you can think of changes. This perspective of change has made our view of God to be impaired. We see Him as someone that carried us through in the past but we are not sure if He will be there in the future.

The faithfulness of God never changes. It is so wonderful that we have His unchanging faithfulness as an anchor during changing times and seasons. Men change their minds and break their words; but God’s word never changes. Two things remain unchanging, God and His Word. This permanence brings comfort and security as we trust in Him. The Word of God is not an intellectual statement that changes over time. God and His word remain unchanged and eternal and will continue after even when the world ceases to exist. God will never be stronger or weaker. His knowledge and wisdom will not increase nor diminish. God does not compromise or change His values. God does not have mood swings. His words are ever sure.

God was faithful to you during your undergraduate days but you are still not sure if He will stay steadfast to the course now that you are a graduate. He favoured you in securing that job but you are not sure if He will help you in upholding it. He brought that awesome brother your way, but you are still thinking, “Will He carry you through?”

Jesus Christ is the same YESTERDAY and TODAY and FOREVER. Heb.13:8
Your FAITHFULNESS CONTINUES THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS; you established the earth, and it endures. Psalm 119:90
“I THE LORD DO NOT CHANGE. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Mal.3:6

The only reason faith came about is because we have someone that is faithful and dependable. Faith is based on the faithfulness of God. There is no faith without God’s faithfulness. If He did it before, He can do it again. God is faithful. He is ever sure. Don’t ever be in a corner where you doubt God’s faithfulness.

If we are unfaithful, HE REMAINS FAITHFUL, FOR HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF. 2Tim.2:13

God is not a man that says something today and changes it tomorrow. He is not like man that says “I was only joking” “I didn’t really mean that”, “I was just kidding”. God’s faithfulness is not a skill He acquired. Faithfulness is His nature; He cannot deny himself. There is no way God can be false to himself.

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS- Psalm 103:2

You need to remind yourself of how God has been faithful to you in the past. When David was faced with Goliath, He reminded himself of how God was faithful while he was tending his father’s sheep.
The same God that delivered you from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear is well able and faithful to deliver your Goliath into your hands just like He did for David. You need to keep reminding yourself of the past successes you’ve achieved through God. It is always a good reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Did the Israelites forget so soon how Aaron’s rod swallowed up the rods of Pharaoh’s men and sorcerers? Could it be that they forgot how the Egyptians were plagued by frog, gnats, flies, livestock plague, boils, deadly hail, and locusts, all for their deliverance? Were they quick to forget how their firstborns were divinely preserved while the firstborns of all the Egyptians were slayed?
Maybe you could say these are ‘small’ miracles. How about when the greatest military force in the world was chasing them and overtook them and it looked like all hope was lost. Behind them were the armies of Pharaoh with their chariots and horse men. Before them was the mighty red sea. It looked like a dead end but with them is the one that created the mighty red sea and Pharaoh with his armies. God miraculously made a dry ground in the midst of the Red Sea and drowned all the army of Pharaoh and his horsemen.
But when they needed water, they started murmuring and complaining. They assumed the God whom at the blast of his nostrils, the waters gathered and the floods stood upright like a heap would not be faithful enough to provide water for them.

He is the same God. If He did it before, He can do it again. He is ever faithful, ever sure.

Something very profound happened in Mark 8:14-21. Jesus Christ had just finished feeding the 4,000 with seven loaves and got back into the boat with his disciples and crossed to the other side of the lake. While in the boat, Jesus warned the disciples to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod. The disciples thought that Jesus was angry with them because they had forgotten to bring bread except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.

This man Jesus fed 5000 people with 5 loaves and there were 12 baskets left over. He fed 4,000 people with 7 loaves and 7 baskets were left over. How come they started thinking 1 loaf was too small to feed 13 people [Jesus + 12 disciples]. Moreover, Jesus was not even talking about literal bread. How come the disciples were thinking 1 loaf is insufficient for the all sufficient God?

The same God that dried up the fig tree in front of you can also pluck out the mountain and cast it into the sea.
The same God that saw you through your undergraduate days is committed to keeping you through your postgraduate days and beyond.
That same God that you trusted for those pairs of shoes is ever faithful to bring those automobiles.
The same God that brought you out of Egypt is committed to helping you get to your promised land.
He gave you that purpose; He is well able to bring it to fruition.
The same God that saw you through has not gone on vacation, neither has he gone on recess.

Let me end with this great song about God’s faithfulness written by Thomas O. Chisholm and William M.Runyan

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been thou forever will be

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by Morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me;

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

Have faith in the faithfulness of God.
Have faith in the ability of God.

I believe in you.

@simokool

SAME GOD

 
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