Planning Without Your Maker

Planning Without Your Maker

Isaiah 14:24

Many times as human beings, we make plans based on what our friends are saying or what is trending per time. We plan on things as important as business to embark on based on these things, you forget to ask the one who has the blueprint of your life in His hands. Therefore, planning without your maker leads to frustration.

However, God is your creator, He knows everything about you, so it is to your advantage to ask for His will concerning your life at all times. You were born in response to the determined plan of God, not as an afterthought. Before you took even one breath, every day, every step and every circumstance in your plan was recorded. Every of God’s plan is a covenant. He unveils His plan and at the same time unveils your own part of the plan to commit Him. If you want to fulfill your destiny and the purpose of God in your life, then you have to follow His plan. Because, He made you for a purpose and He already has a plan for you. So, God has an established plan towards you and He bound himself with an oath to fulfil it if only you will do your part in other to commit Him. Planning with your maker puts you in control of the future. The future belongs to you when you plan with your maker. When you plan with your maker, He makes you smile at what others are crying about. Those who plan with their maker can never be caught unawares and are never afraid of the future.

Our God is a meticulous God. He does not do anything without first planning for it. His plans for you are mapped out thousands or millions of years before they are executed. You need to learn from the character of God and apply It’s principles in your life. Before you were created, God knew all the details about you. because He knew your strength and weakness, He prepared the appropriate plan you would need to succeed, even before you were born. If you can draw very close to God, He will share His foreknowledge with you. God has a general plan into which His specific plan for your life fits in. The exact details of your life are in God’s hands. You need to know that when God is working in you and through you, it is to accomplish His purpose and not yours, even though He grants you your own desires sometimes. You need to key into His plans for your life. God has a plan for you; your talents, interests and destiny are geared towards your success in that plan. You need to plan with God and walk in His plan, then you will arrive at the glorious destiny that God has reserved for you. Not every one is called to be a pastor, carpenter, architect, artist, doctor, businessman or teacher, you need to find out what you are called to do and give your best to it. Many have gone for their choices instead of God’s plan and purpose for their lives.

When you plan without God, you stand the risk of going out of His will for your life and that can be very dangerous. Also, when God is not involved in your plans, He is not under the obligation to ensure it becomes reality. So, if you want Him to help you achieve your goals in life, you need to ask Him for His will from the onset. Your success is not in your choice in the natural but the desires that God has put in your spirit. His plan is the top one and that is where you will shine. Follow God’s plan, and make up your mind to say to the father, Not my will but your will be done. There is no short cut to God’s plan for your life, no selfish ambition but a God given vision; no worldly competition but God’s gracious promotion. Do not use your friend’s opinion or yardstick to measure your success, the bible says it is foolish to compare, God wants you to excel in being you. The easiest way to significance is to discover God’s plan and place for you and do it.

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When you do things according to His will, you will find out that they are easier to accomplish because God have gone ahead to make the crooked path straight for you. By planning with God you are painting the picture of the future and by those pictures hope is inspired and confidence enhanced. Therefore, planning without your maker is very dangerous.

Let God Take Charge

Let God Take Charge

Psalm 46:1

Is there anything in your life that is out of control? If there is, now is the right time to let God take charge of it. Whether it is a physical challenge, spiritual, financial, business, carrier, or an emotional upset, or a relationship problem, God has the solution to it. This is why, you must let God take charge of it.

Perhaps you are burdened with too much responsibilities in your business, home or family because you are the one that takes charge of it. From now on release your burden and accept that the only way to be in charge is to allow God take charge. Regardless of the situation, your personal involvement, need for help, healing, God will reveal the answers and show you the way out. One beautiful thing I discovered about God is His ability to be everywhere at the same time. He is in control of everyone and everything, therefore, you can put your trust in Him. There is nothing that God cannot do and there is nothing that has happened, and is happening that God is not aware of. He created the entire universe. He knows you and the thoughts of your heart. He knows the motive for your actions before you even act them out. This is because He is in control of your life, He can make everything beautiful for you. If only you can trust Him with your future, everything will work out for your good today and beyond.

Beloved, God’s infinite wisdom is available to you right now. God’s guidance and direction are at hand this moment to lift you out right where you are. There is no form of anxiety, bondage, feelings of loss and doubt that can stand against God’s love for you. As you stop taking charge over your challenges, remember that it does not mean that you are shirking your part in the process. Rather, you are courageously facing challenges with a new awareness of your partnership with God and God’s presence and power within you. In other words you have beginning to accept that you can handle whatever confronts you because of God’s spirit within you. I want you to know that you are not alone, that God’s wisdom is supplementing your growth and understanding, that God’s love is continually at work for your good. Allowing God to handle things sometimes means finding new ways of helping yourself to find peace that you earnestly desire.

However, when you think that the only way you can receive help is the way you have always done. I want you to be open to new ways of discovering the good that you seek. As a child of God, you are in a state of unfolding consciousness; therefore, you have confident that God is able to change your direction and move forward when you are following His direction and guidance for your life. If you let God take charge, you are making room in your heart for His presence and power to come in and manifest in your life. God knows all you have experienced from the beginning and longs to help you receive the best. Stop taking charge of your problems; rather, declare your glorious life in Christ. Declare how you want things to be, in line with the Word of God. Place your life, yourself, future, body, skin, blood, bone, finances, job, business and academics in God’s care. Give your loved ones to God’s gentleness and compassion. Turn your life over to divine wisdom with complete confidence.

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Are you convinced that allowing God to take charge is the best? If so, I challenge you to let God take control. Notwithstanding, this can be hard, especially when life is tough and you are not sure where the road may lead. However, moment by moment, if you choose to trust Him; if you let go, you will find peace, rest, contentment, communication and love filling you up. You will also stay out of the emotional and spiritual ditch in your relationship with God. Therefore, instead of worrying about anything, let God take charge of your life and watch Him do great and mighty things for you and through you.

Driven By Compassion

Driven By Compassion

Matthew 15:32

The gift of God are demonstrated towards people through compassionate vessels. The more compassionate you are the more you are enabled to demonstrate God’s gifts especially to perform healing and miracles. Therefore, let your actions be driven by compassion today.

Have you ever noticed that some people are more naturally compassionate than others? Maybe it is their personality or upbringing. Nevertheless, in the world today, every believer needs to be driven by compassion. Compassion is the quality of recognising the suffering of another with the desire to alleviate their suffering. It is a compelling motivation to take away the pains of another. As we look at our anchor scripture today, we cannot but be struck by the love and compassion that drove the actions and ministry of Jesus. He presents Himself to us today as a shepherd who truly loves and cares for His sheep. His compassion towards us is inexhaustible. He demonstrated it out of love. His compassion for us motivated Him to action. Compassion is a motivator; it is a quality that compels you to action. That is what distinguishes it from sympathy. Sympathy is when one feels pity but doesn’t act. Don’t just sympathise with people but be moved to produce a change in their situation.

Compassion, like all the other qualities listed in today’s passage, is possible only when we think of others before ourselves. Self centeredness keeps us from seeing the needs and hurts of those around us and acting on their behalf. What we need is a renewed mind. We are born with a selfish, sinful nature, referred to as the old self. But when a person puts his trust in Jesus, he receives a new self created in righteousness by God. As your mind are renewed with His word and you grow in obedience, God’s love and compassion begin to flow through you. Instead of being oblivious to the pain and suffering around you, God will open your eyes and use you to comfort those in need.

However, many people do not have a clear understanding of the responsibilities that God has placed on us in relation to our fellow human beings. We all therefore have an obligation under God to care for one another, whether as leaders, pastors, married couples, parents, siblings, neighbors or simply as human beings. Some are still asking, am i my brother’s keeper If you must know, the answer is yes. God expects you, as Christ’s ambassador in this world, to be your brother’s and sister’s keeper. We have a responsibility to our brethren in the lord and to the world at large, to be the salt of the earth and beacons of light in this world of darkness. Every child of God has the responsibility to represent Jesus Christ in the world, living as channels of compassion, divine mercy and kindness, both within the church and out in the world. You must not close your ears to the cries of those who are poor and needy.

Many are desperately in need of sustenance, some are enduring diverse sicknesses and various forms of poverty, while others are in bondage to sin and are being manipulated by the devil. We must reach out to them with compassion. Let us endeavor to correct, strengthen, and encourage each other in love along the way, making sure not to destroy anyone who falls into error as a result of one weakness or the other. Your light must shine so much that the reflection would brighten the paths of others in darkness and thereby bring glory to God.

Notwithstanding, compassion is achieved not through self effort but through a God focused life. As you draw near to Him through His word and His son, He transforms your focus, thoughts, and feelings. What a relief to know that God has provided everything you need to follow Jesus example of caring. For instance, the miracle of the multiplication of bread that took place here happened out of the care and compassion of Jesus. It was out of a genuine desire to meet people’s needs and solve their problems; same with every other miracle Jesus did in His life time. They were never meant to boost His ego. His miracles resulted from the deep compassion and care He had for the people. You will never be able to truly help people out of their predicaments except you truly love and care for them.

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As you care for the welfare of others, also think of other aspects of their lives, as deeds of kindness can have a deep effect and produce a lasting result. This wonderful balance will make a greater impact. This is why, you must be driven by compassion in the life of people around you today.

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is very powerful and important, and we are encouraged to pray without ceasing. Yet, if you are like many Christians who don’t know how to do that, a life of sustained prayer can be a struggle. Therefore, you must pray without ceasing because the days are evil.

You cannot function to full capacity until you are inspired by God. When you are inspired by God, you pray. Man was designed to be inspired by God. However, ingratitude to the Lord does quench the spirit and close us off; to pray unceasingly we must be unendingly aware of our debt to the Lord and his powerful role in our lives. To pray without ceasing means to have your mind always on the things of God, to be in constant communication with him, so that every moment may be as fruitful as possible. We need to pray, but not with vain repetition, with a grateful heart, and intent of love for God. When we have relationship with God, we will always be eager to be in His presence. As communication is one of the evidences of healthy relationship, so praying without ceasing is the evidence of your heart to God.

The world presents many things that you could pray to God about our families, surroundings, neighbors, and communities. Our nation, leaders, public servants and agencies. Our economy, sources of income, and commodities. Beloved, we need to pray. Notwithstanding, when you get prayer from the perspective of religion, then you think that the older the version of communication you use in prayer, the more effective your prayers becomes. This is not true. The devil and his agents don’t sleep. In fact, they target the times when men are asleep to sow tares. By sleep, I mean spiritual sleep. That period when you are relaxed and ignoring the need to pray is the time that the devil has been waiting for to attack. That is why you must pray without ceasing.

Praying without ceasing is not what you choose to do but what you must do, not what you like to do but what you are  mandated to do. If you are not praying you will be fainting and loosing breathe. One of the good things that you can do for yourself is to renew your prayer altar and talk to God often. All great men in scripture were prayerful. There is no alternative to prayer no matter how colourful such appears to be. Prayer is the believer’s spiritual respiratory organ. A day without prayer is a risky day. If you are not praying, you will be choking, panting, fainting and failing. When you pray always you enjoy ventilation. The devil is actively destroying people in this generation, and that is because this generation is asleep. You need to wake up and pray. Prayer should be your lifestyle. Before you embark on any assignment, pray, and when you are done, you should pray. Before you make any decision, pray. Just make it a point of duty to always pray.

Praying without ceasing is for God lovers, not for selfish people looking for God to meet their vain needs. When someone is in love, they miss the presence of the person they love. They can’t have too much of the presence of the person they love. When you have been hanging out with God, you will come out seeing things differently, because you are seeing life from the perspective of God. The basis of praying without ceasing is relationship. Prayer is not a monologue, it is a dialogue. Getting into prayer, doing all the talking and running away, does not cut it. Leverage whatever your situation and circumstances is to deepen your relationship with God.

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Nothing dissolves crises in the life of a child of God like prayer.  Satan will do everything possible in other to stop you from being what God has designed you to be but you will stop him by renewing your commitment to prayer. Because we are tempted and attacked always, we must pray always. That is the only guarantee for our victory always. However, we cannot always be on our knees praying. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. But our heart attitude can still be praying without ceasing. Therefore, you must pray without ceasing because it is vital in our walk with God.

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of God

Don't Underestimate The Power Of God

Mark 6:45-56

In the world today many people has always underestimated the power of God. We underestimate the power of God because our hearts are hardened He reveals Himself in a new way to make our belief run true. Therefore, don’t underestimate the power of God He can do more than you think.

Now, God thought about you before you thought about Him. God says that He determined how He was going to use you for His glory before you even existed on earth. To underestimate is to guess that something is worth less or is smaller than it really is. God is all powerful, all knowing, all capable. There are no limits restricting God. Yet despite this, people tend to underestimate God’s unlimited power by erroneous thinking. You cannot underestimate God’s power to work out His purposes in your life. Some people see God as severe, stern and cold, sitting on His throne, waiting for us to mess up so that He can rap our knuckles with a trial or tribulation. This isn’t the God of the bible. However, scripture reveals a multifaceted God who loves righteousness, but also overflows with love, compassion and grace. God’s reputation is sometimes based on hearsay and tradition, not the truth found in His word.

If you come to know God through scripture and have a relationship with Him, you begin to see that He is so much more than you understood, or were taught by assuming unbelievers. When you underestimate the power of God, your expectations of Him are low. When you begin to see His true greatness, hope replaces resignation and rises. No matter how overwhelming things can seem at times, the enemy is not powerful than God. There is a battle raging for the souls of mankind, but God already has the declared victory. You must not be deceived that the enemy, created by God, can outwit God, even for a moment in time. God’s side is the safe side. He empowers His people and helps them, no matter how desperate things may appear. You may know that God is powerful and able, but may question if He will choose to use His power on your behalf. I want to encourage you that God is on your side, and that He is actively involved in your life.

Sometimes you underestimate His plans and direction for your life. God did not create you, then take a seat in Heaven, waiting to see what you will make out of life. God has given you intelligence and choices, but He will also help you with decisions when you ask. His plans for you are good. He wants you to live rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 says, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Because of Christ, each of us has purpose, destiny and hope of abundant life.

We underestimate His desire to be with us. Some of us are so busy dutifully serving God that we don’t realize that He wants to be with us because of who we are more than for what we do. God desires to reveal Himself and His secrets to those who serve Him. You shouldn’t settle to be servant when God wants to bring you into His inner circle. Be rest assured that God is accessible any time, because He neither slumber nor sleep. He always wants to be with you. He actually seeks to draw you to Himself.

We underestimate His creativity. When you are in a hard situation and don’t see a way out, you can become seriously discouraged and hopeless. The good news is that God is all knowing and is not bound by time, so He has your situation figured out even before you realize you are in it. Your prayers invite Him to come into your situation and to work His miracles in your life. His orchestration of situations and answers to your prayers can blow you away. It is amazing that the God of ultimate power, creativity, originality and wisdom is the same God that loved you enough to come down to be with you on earth. Can God who longs to call you His friend be the same God that you struggle to believe, trust and worship.

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God wants to walk with you, talk with you and encourage you. He loves you. He will always leave you in awe at His love and goodness. Expect great things from our great God. Therefore, don’t underestimate the power of God because His love towards you is unconditional.

Think Carefully Before You Act

Think Carefully Before You Act

Ephesians 5:15

It is important to think through one’s courses of actions before acting. You should always think before you act to prevent unwanted consequences. If you don’t think before you act, you may realize that you did not really want to do what you did. Therefore, you must think carefully before you act so that you don’t become a victim of the devil.

The word careful describes the behaviour of someone who ensures that he or she makes sure to avoid potential danger, mishap, harm; cautious and also that of someone who pays close attention to whatever he or she is doing or about to do. However, being spontaneous can be fun sometimes, but there is a difference between spontaneity and impulsiveness. When you act without even considering the consequences or potential consequences, or how it may affect or be perceived by others, you are being socially reckless. Impulsive acts, on the other hand, often lead to regrets, as the consequences catch the actor off guard. For instance, consider a sudden invitation to attend a party at a friend’s house. I could impulsively decide to attend this party without asking any questions, such as who are the other guests? Will I be safe? What kind of drinks or food will be on offer? On the other hand, a careful deliberation of the invitation could help me to understand whether I really would like to attend this party or not. Thinking through this invitation equips me with the knowledge I need in order to make an informed decision that I will not regret later. You should think of the possible consequences of any move you are about to make.

Now, if you want to gist or see a movie when you should be studying your books or doing business, think about the failure that action will result in. When a boy is asking you to be his lover, think about the result of such relationship and how it can affect your future negatively, then make the decision to say no. Think carefully before you visit that dirty website in your phone. Think carefully so that you don’t become a victim of the devil. Notwithstanding, as thinking human beings, It is much better to make way through the world as purposefully as possible. You will do less damage, to yourself and others, if you do. Because, not thinking before you act can get you into trouble. You can, for example, be sued for negligence if you do not exercise reasonable caution when doing things.

Let’s say you throw a large rock out of the window from fifth floor of your apartment. You did it without thinking of hurting anyone, but it hit someone and hurt them badly. You could be sued for negligence or charged with the crime of reckless endangerment. Even if you do not end up in trouble, you can ruin relationships by acting without thinking. For example, what if you believe something mean about a friend and say it to them without thinking? You could easily destroy your relationship with them simply because you did not think before you spoke. Have you ever done or said something before thinking about it? You can probably imagine a dozen instances when you wish you would have thought about the consequences before taking action. It usually doesn’t end well to act first and think later.

As a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit to show you the difference between right and wrong. However, many of us often act before asking whether what we are about to do could have positive or negative effects. Considering the outcome of your actions can stop you from doing something you will later regret. God has given you everything you need to make wise choices. But it’s up to you to pause long enough to consider if what you are doing is right or wrong.

For example, many times we see Peter behaving in a manner that seemed to be impetuous. He was human and he made mistakes, often because of his impetuous nature. But he was also committed. He was prepared to jump in boots and to give everything of himself to whatever the matter or cause was that he was involved in. Here came a mob of people to arrest Jesus and take Him away to be tried and put to death. Peter was having none of that and even though the mob included soldiers and officers of the chief priests, all armed with weapons, Peter stood up to defend his teacher, Lord and friend, Jesus. Peter had a sword, drew it and used it to attack those who would harm Jesus.

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He forgot the fact that they were outnumbered, outgunned in the weapons department and some of these were trained soldiers. He just struck out to defend his friend and hang the consequences. He was impetuous and committed. Therefore, failing to think carefully before you act can harm you in many ways.

Dealing With Disappointment

Dealing With Disappointment

Habakkuk 3:19

A right response to disappointment begins with resisting the natural tendency towards bitterness. If someone else was involved in the situation, don’t be quick to judge his or her conduct. Therefore, dealing with disappointment is mandatory.  However, disappointment comes in all sizes. Any time your hope are not realized or your expectations or desires are not fulfilled, you feel disappointed.

Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. In the world today many people feel disappointed and let down by their circumstances. But the way a person responds can make all the difference. Frustrations can be either an opportunity for spiritual growth or a destructive blow. Every day, people deal with disappointment. Depending on how big the disappointment is and how you deal with it, this feeling may disappear after a short while, or hang over your life for a long period of time. If not dealt with properly, disappointments can lead to depression, and eventually apathy. Every time you feel disappointed, it means there is an error in your framework of reality. You feel disappointed because you had an expectation and it was not met. It could be from not winning a competition that you trained heavily in. Or investing in a friendship, where the friend did not reciprocate your effort. Or putting yourself on the line for your job, but getting laid off as your boss did not appreciate you. Each time, you had an expectation that was not met, and when confronted with the truth, you became disappointed.

Disappointments are common to all of us and each one of us has our own coping mechanisms. It should be noted however that the grace of God is the greatest coping mechanism of all and how we respond to disappointments determine whether or not will experience his grace. Sometimes disappointment can’t be overcome, only endured. In moments like that it is important to remember that you have hope on your side. Hope in God’s love, hope for better days to come, the hope to try again. So when the storms of life come your way don’t let yourself be troubled, instead pick yourself up and remember with God there will always be hope. Whatever you may be going through remember to hope in the Lord.

One of the easiest way of dealing with disappointment is to deal with your emotions. When dealing with any difficult and unexpected life circumstances. You need to experience your emotional reaction to the event. It is important to let yourself feel so that you can figure out what the event means to you. Don’t be tempted to make any important decisions at this point or even to take action on your feelings. It may be a few hours or a few days before you reach a calmer state of mind; when you do, only then should you act. Because disappointments cause many undesirable emotions. They become harmful to you and people around unless you handle it properly.

Another easiest way to deal with disappointment is to review your expectations. When you take a good look at your expectations, you will be getting closer to a true understanding of the event. Perhaps your expectations were unrealistic. Perhaps they could be adjusted a little to cope with this new reality. Either way, now is the time to question whether these expectations actually serve you.

To deal with disappointment, you must put yourself in a better mental state. Whenever you experience disappointment, you are pulled down to a lower state of consciousness, where your thoughts are predominantly rooted in fear, sadness, grief, or apathy. There may be times when the feeling of disappointment is so overwhelming that it feels like the end of the world. Being trapped in such a state prevents you from thinking logically. Bring your consciousness up to a more neutral or positive level such as desire, neutrality, willingness, or reason, so that you are in a better position to react to your situation. Do whatever makes you feel better. Sometimes, simply spending time alone may be the best way to clear your mental clutter and regain personal energy. If taking a stroll along your neighborhood makes you feel relax, then get out of your house and enjoy the breeze outside.

To deal with disappointment, you must not blame others. Blame is a very common method people use to cope with the pain of disappointment. Some people blame God for disappointments they face in life. People who overcame their disappointments actually never blamed God. Some blame others, but worsens the situation most of the time. Don’t give room to the spirit of blame in your life.

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The first thing you need in other to deal with disappointment is to deal with your emotions. If disappointment has caused you not to review your expectations, you need to put yourself in a better mental state. And, you don’t need to blame others, knowing that God will help you succeed in life. Therefore, dealing with disappointment is very paramount in the journey of destiny.

Dealing With Discouragement

Dealing With Discouragement

1 Samuel 30:6

You can’t avoid challenges, but you can prevent them from discouraging you. Discouragement may sound harmless, but don’t underestimate its power. By keeping watch, you can avoid it’s deadly trap. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is non negotiable. Discouragement always wage war against our minds. No matter how much you achieve and the amount of progress you make, it tries to infiltrate your defenses.

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God. However, as you progress in life, there could be times of difficulties, when you face serious challenges. But at such times, don’t give up. Even when everyone seems to be ignoring you and none is offering to help, in spite of all your appeals, refuse to be discouraged or gripe with it. The truth is, you are not being ignored. What is happening is that the Lord is training and teaching you to stand up, and stand strong. He is challenging and setting you up for your next level of glory.

If you linger in discouragement it can be costly. It’s sense of defeat and hopelessness saps one energy and vision. It can consume a lot of time. It can keep you from doing what you need to do because you don’t want to face it. And it can be contagious, weakening one’s faith. When you feel discouraged you want comfort, which is right to feel. But the comfort you often turn to are ways to avoid fear rather than ways to summon courage to face and overcome them. When this happens discouragement simply becomes sinful indulgence in unbelief, no different than indulging in lust or anger or other sins of unbelief. I want you to know that the challenges you face are bread for you; they are your opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the Lord, and prove His word. Therefore, refuse to become despondent.

From our anchor scripture, David’s response to the distress he was confronted with, after his family and those of his men were taken captive, should serve as an example of what our response should be in the face of discouragement. people react to discouragement in different ways. Some people do not mind going to any extreme when they are discouraged. At the point of discouragement, David’s men suddenly blamed the same leader who had been protecting them. They began to see their helper as the source of their loss. They began to speak against him and even planned to stone him to death. This shows the destructive power of discouragement.

Notwithstanding, discouragement sets in when you start to feel a sense of hopelessness about your future, when it seems like the troubling circumstances you are passing through won’t ever improve. But if you look beyond your circumstances to God, you will discover the real hope and better future that He promises you.

One of the simple ways in dealing with discouragement is prayer. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen on how His spirit guides you. Honestly pass your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you are passing through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you will be able to see your circumstances from His perspective. Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren’t God’s will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you are supposed to learn from them. To deal with discouragement you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. Spending time in that person’s positive presence will naturally make you feel better.

To deal with discouragement, you must preserve in the face of opposition. One way to persevere in the face of opposition is to give a strong witness of your faith in God. That commits you so that you know others are watching you. If you will be bold for God, you know that His eyes is upon you in whatever response your enemies come back with.

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The first thing you need in other to deal with discouragement is to pray. If discouragement has caused you not to pray, you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. And, you need to persevere when opposition hits you, as it will, knowing that God watches over you. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is very important.

Dealing With Comparison

Dealing With Comparison

2 Corinthians 10:12

One of the greatest temptations facing the human race today is that of comparison. Making comparisons about everything has become part of life from childhood to old age. We compare family background, physical appearance, intelligence, character, abilities, endowments, life achievements etc. Therefore, dealing with comparison is very important in the journey of life.

Now, when you admonish yourself or others to stop comparing, you may actually be insulating yourself from reality. The problem is that you can’t stop comparing. Comparison is a fundamental part of being human, because it is how you acquaint yourself with reality. Comparison is the act of evaluating two or more things by determining the relevant characteristics of each thing to be compared, and then determining which characteristics of each are similar to the other, which are different, and to what degree. However, it has systematically turned life in general to a kind of competition. Even little children are known to tell lies in order to measure up on the comparison scale of their mates. Have you compared yourself to others and didn’t quite measure up? Have you ever thought that you are not as beautiful, handsome, smart, capable, charming, gifted or as godly as your friends? This kind of comparison makes it so easy to think that if you had more or knew more, you would be secure and happy. But as a matter of fact, people who have it all, even the most endowed individuals in the world, still struggle with feelings of insecurity. Notwithstanding, to abandon comparison is to abandon your understanding of God, and of yourself. What you need to do is train yourself on how to compare properly, not to cut yourself off from the necessity of comparison.

Many people today are anxious and agitated about life and this in turn affects the way they carry and comport themselves. The world we live in today is filled with negativism, misfortune, chaos, calamity, disaster, pressure, stress and the list is endless.  Whenever you compare yourself with others you pull God out of the picture and relegate His abilities. You literally tell God that He is insufficient for you. Remember God is a jealous God and hates comparison. God’s laws and instructions fundamentally helps you to see what you are and are not, what you should and shouldn’t be. They also help you to see how you measure up to others, so that you can either imitate them or do the opposite of them. This is not sin it is essential to growth, and health, as a child of God. Therefore, be contented with whatever you have or where ever you are today God is able to grant you all that your heart desires. Please do not pull God aside with comparison but bring him into the scene always by thanking Him for the level you are today and see him changing your level.  Comparisons will always make you ignore what you have and focus your attention on what you lack. It will push you to doubt God and yourself, convincing you to seek for solutions outside of God’s provision. By making comparisons, you will become convinced that something is missing in your life and that kicking against God’s commandment will make you be like God.

However, don’t compare yourself with others and think you are failing, just because they seem to have achieved more. The fact that someone else is succeeding doesn’t mean you are failing, so don’t let that distract you. Recognise that you have got your own track to run in, and you can only measure your progress by how much you are walking in the will of God for your life. God alone knows the purpose He called you to fulfill, so stay in your track and run your own race with your gaze firmly fixed on God. Don’t try to be someone else or outdo others; let your drive be to outdo yourself and your past, and as you do this, your life will be free of struggles and full of rest, progress, and success. Notwithstanding, leading your comparisons in the right direction away from envy, pride, covetousness, and self-pity, and toward Christlike imitation and the fear of God will turn you into a better person, parent, mentor and friend.

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There is always a blessing when you wait patiently for the lord; He might seem slow but He is never slow, He is taking you through a process to make you better and you shall get there. I encourage you today, to stop comparing yourself with other people, your friends might be ahead of you please do not fret about them but look up to God. Therefore, dealing with comparison is important in your journey with God.

God’s Perfect Timing

God's Perfect Timing

Psalm 135:14

To keep in steps with God’s perfect will, you must guide yourself in other not to jump ahead of Him. Although waiting on the Lord is not always easy, you can never go wrong by letting Him lead you according to His timing. Therefore, God’s perfect timing will work wonders in your life.

Sometimes, you tend to lose hope. You are on the verge of giving up. But, it is during these moments when God show you that He is a faithful God. God knows who and what is the best for you. You only need to learn how to trust God’s perfect timing in your waiting period. However, when you move ahead of Him, trouble awaits you, but if you trust His guidance, He will lead you into His will and help you to accomplish more than you had in mind. God’s timing is not only good; it is perfect. The Lord sees every aspect of your life, including your needs and desires. In His great wisdom, He knows what is good for you. His divine schedule for your life is always perfect and achieves His good purposes.

His timetable is far in essence better than yours. I understood from scriptures that God is more concerned with your character than your destination. Oftentimes, you get frustrated when you don’t get the things you want in your own time. Even when you don’t get the things you believe you deserve. God is not being slow in keeping his promise. Rather, the delay comes from his patience. God has a set time for everyone. He is the creator of life and time and owns the script to everyone’s life. The truth is that He not only knows your needs, but He also know when that need will be best appreciated or utilized. However, God is never late or slow concerning his promises towards you. If He has said or promised anything regarding your situation, then you should be of good cheers for it will be accomplished according to His Word. Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues. However perfect timing is the best, seamlessly and the right period for a thing to be accomplished. God’s ways or timing cannot be equated with men, as He is always on time, no matter the years, months or days that you think have gone by.

The truth is anything accomplished in God’s perfect time cannot come with regrets. In recent times, mostly amongst the youths, everyone is in a hurry and not willing to wait to inquire from God or the elderly for counsel in regards to vital decisions of life which is tied to timing. In waiting for God’s perfect time, it is important to be guided not to allow your friends talk you into accepting to do what is inappropriate or what you were not called to do. So many people have missed their divine calling through this. They have found themselves struggling in a particular job, country or even relationship because they want to be like others, and what they find themselves doing is not what they should be doing. You don’t have to engage in immoral acts just to wear the latest clothes, shoes and bags all in the name of fashion, or to look as expensive and classy as your friends. Hence, that which you desire today, will definitely be yours at the right time when you can handle and appreciate it better. It is my prayer that you will not be pressured into the wrong direction, but will maintain focus and be patient while God prepares His best for you.

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God gives you hope and dreams for certain things to happen in your life, but He doesn’t always allow you to see the exact timing of His plan. Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps you in the program. There are times when you might give up if you know how long it will take, but when you accept God’s timing, you learn how to live in hope and enjoy your life while God is working on your problems. You know that God’s plan for your life is good, and when you entrust yourself to Him, you will experience total peace and happiness. God causes things to happen at the right time. Make up your mind that you won’t give up until you cross the finish line and are living in the radical, outrageous blessings of God. However, all things happen in God’s perfect timing.

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