Sadness, sorrow and regret are inconsistent with the life that God has given to you in Christ. You were born into a life of unending joy, victory and advantage, this is why God has chosen you for laughter.
You see, we serve a God that fills the mouth of his chosen with laughter. People who don’t laugh, are usually weighed down by the cares of this world. They believe life is serious business and as such, they hardly find any reason to smile, let alone laugh. But laughter is therapeutic as well as spiritual. For instance, when the Lord visited Abraham and Sarah and ate in their tent, He promised them that they would have a son in nine months time; but Sarah laughed because her husband was over 99 years old and she herself was 90 years old. She thought that this promise was a joke, borne out of how much the three august visitors enjoyed the meal, that she and Abraham had prepared. God asked why she laughed, but she denied that she laughed. Nine months later, she gave birth to laughter, and she laughed for the rest of her life. Why wouldn’t you laugh when you know that you are more than a conqueror? Why shouldn’t you laugh when you know that all things work together for your good? So God makes you laugh, when you receive an unexpected divine visitation. It is a beautiful experience when God visits a congregation or group of people, but it is even lovelier when God picks out an individual in a large congregation for divine visitation. The Lord will single you out for a divine visitation this season in Jesus name.
In our anchor scripture, there was a multitude of sick folks at the pool called Bethesda, but when Jesus visited there, He went straight for the man who had been sick for 38years, healed him and left the place. In like manner, in Mark 10:46-52, Jesus entered Jericho and passed through it looking for whom to visit. He saw none in Jericho, but as He was leaving, in the midst of a crowd, he saw a blind beggar outside the city gate, healed him and continued with His journey. As Jesus healed these people, He introduced laughter into their lives. It doesn’t matter what comes against you in life, know that God has chosen you for laughter in this season.
According to scriptures, all that God is, is all that His Word is. That is, anything that cannot stop God, can’t stop His Word from having its way. For instance, God is the Creator and His Word creates solutions; likewise the word of God ends struggle in our lives.
Therefore, When God’s word comes, toiling stops. When His word comes, frustration stops; when His word comes, sickness stops. When His word comes, situations change. God will turn around that ugly situation in your life in the name of Jesus. I announce to you that after today, all your frustrations will turn to testimonies in Jesus name. From the above scriptures, Peter could not catch fish all night which is the easiest time to catch fish. How come Peter had such harvest of fishes in the day when fishes could see the net and escape? It is because the Word of God had gone forth and it has power to create. When Jesus spoke, there was a creative force that went into action to create fishes for Peter. The word can create, heal, deliver, restore and bless. Everything is by the word of God. By the spoken word of God, fishes began to find their way into Peter’s net. By this same word, that crawling and struggling business gained speed. For instance bible says, in John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
This is why, when Bartimaeus cried for the recovery of his sight, all Jesus did was speak, and his sight was restored. So you see that, the Word of God can transform darkness to light. Moreover, the spoken Word of God can bring orderliness to a confused situation. We see this in the story of the storm that rocked the boat of Jesus and His disciples. All Jesus did was to speak peace to the confusion on the sea, and there was calm. God’s word has the ability to give life; it has the power to make a way where there is no way. I decree your story is changing right now; because the word of God ends struggle.
The favour of God, can be described as tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord. It is the special affection of God towards you that releases an influence on you, so God’s favour brings divine attention that compels people to like you, or to cooperate with you.
God’s favour is what determines, the limits of every man’s destiny. Once you are favoured, you are made. Favour is the mother of destiny. Favour is what converts labour into fortune. It enhances the value of your labour. The limit of your destiny is defined by the level of favour operating in your life. Our anchor scripture, talks about a man who was born blind. He had been blind for over 40 years, but when his day of favour came, Jesus saw him. This was not an accidental glance; rather, God directed the attention He gives to the whole universe to this blind man. The favour of God brought this blind man under divine attention. Through this same favour, Esther also came under special attention. King Ahasuerus did not just see Esther; he focused his attention on her. This was no ordinary king; he was a very busy king overseeing 120 nations. As busy as he was, when he looked at Esther, it was not just a passing glance but a life changing glance of favour. When God’s favour is at work in your life, it makes you prosper wherever you are; even in strange lands. Favour made Daniel to prosper in Babylon, it distinguished Isaac in Philistine and made Joseph to prosper in Potiphar’s house. Even pharaoh handed the whole Egypt to Joseph just by the favour of God. That is why I know that the favour of God will distinguish you today in the name of Jesus.
For instance in John 5:2-6, in the midst of a multitude of sick but expectant folks, there was a man who had been there for 38 years without help. Jesus saw him and singled him out of the crowd. Among all the multitude of people having your particular type of problem, favour will locate you today, and you will be singled out for a miracle in Jesus name. When supernatural comes, natural laws are suspended. Remember that God’s favour brings divine attention.
The Almighty God specialises in bringing the hopeless out of a horrible pit. For those who put their absolute trust in God, He is always ready to set their feet upon the rock; the devil on the other hand, is all out to disconnect man from his source of relevance, i encourage you don’t be cut off from the branch.
There are many people who started very well in life but ended very badly. If only you can look around you, you will see the giants of yesterday who have become the weaklings of today. This is not the design of God, but that of the devil. God calls the weak and foolish, so that He can demonstrate His power and ability through them. According to John 10:10; the devil is still busy today doing what he knows how to do best. The more you relate to God as weak and foolish, the more He puts in you the strength and wisdom required to live victoriously on earth. The more you yield yourself to Him, the more He is committed to seeing you bear fruits. The moment there is a disconnection between you and God, you will begin to struggle and experience fruitlessness. The Lord Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. That means we are of the same stalk. The same life that’s in the Vine flows through the branches and as a result, we are ordained to a fruitful and productive life. Not only is the Lord interested in you bearing fruits, He also wants you to bear lasting fruits.
God has programmed you, consecrated and anointed you to bring forth fruits, which means there is no room for failure in your life. Everything you do prospers; anything you are involved in grows; you are productive in all seasons. So Anytime you get disconnected from the source of your strength, you get exposed to danger and become victim in the hands of those who should not be able to stand before you. Obedience to the Word of God always generates the required strength for your assignment. Sustained obedience is a basic requirement for sustaining your connection with the source of your strength. Connection to our Father is necessary to maintain open doors. If you continue to obey God and refuse to give in to any disconnection ploy, the Lord will constantly supply all you need to be fruitful in this life. Remember don’t be cut off from the branch.
Our anchor scripture, reveals the Father’s unconditional and unfailing love for us is so strong; meaning that the love of God is so real, so intense, and so sublime.
In that story, after living a riotous and profligate life, the prodigal son suddenly came to himself and decided to go back to his father. As soon as his father saw him from afar, he ran to him and embraced him. The first thing he told his father was, forgive me, and his father did! This describes the love nature of our heavenly Father towards us. Once you repent, He is quick to forgive you because He is gracious, loving, and kind. The Bible says in 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. When a believer who has strayed from the truth returns to God, He receives him gladly and establishes him in the right path. He’s never mad at His kids. He loves us unconditionally. He’s lavished His love on us. So, you need to see that this is grace at work. Unearned and undeserved favour and acceptance. And there is only one place you can find it, in the heart of God Himself. Now, there is no better picture of God’s grace in action than in this story of the prodigal son.
Few of us today can really feel the impact of this story; like those first Jewish listeners Jesus told it to. You see, by their standards the prodigal son had committed some of the most despicable acts possible. He had not only taken advantage of his father and spent his inheritance in riotous living, he had left the nation of Israel and made covenant with a foreigner a pig farmer. That was as low as you could get. In their eyes, that boy’s rebellion was so serious his father’s only recourse was to disown him. But that’s not what his father did. He welcomed his repentant son home with open arms. Next time you catch yourself struggling to make up to God for something you’ve done wrong, working to win His approval, let the story of the prodigal son set you free. Let it remind you that, the love of God is so real today, in spite of your sins.
From the above scripture, Peter as a fisherman, was so frustrated when he went fishing until Jesus used his boat. He was a confused business man who did not know what next to do. Jesus met him and said, Give me your boat. He needed the platform to stand and preach. In my study, I discovered that you attract more blessings when you are a giver than a receiver. This is because, God rewards your labour of love.
After using it to preach, He turned Peter’s captivity. God cannot use you and you end up being useless. God used his boat and the same business man who did not have any breakthrough had a net breaking encounter. The moment Peter gave Jesus his boat, He used the boat to change Peter’s life. You cannot give God your life and your story remain the same. For instance, Bible says in John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Now you see that; Commitment born out of love is the secret for all time manifestation. Love plus commitment equals manifestations. If you love God and you are committed to that love, then you manifest His glory. Love is not in singing it; it is not in writing it but in doing it. It should show that you love God in your lifestyle, then no devil can stop you. Make sure that you are holy in your lifestyle and also be involved in the expansion of the kingdom of God, kingdom prayers, soul winning, and so on.
So, everything you do or sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel isn’t only recorded, the Lord also rewards you for it. Remember, he had toiled all night and caught nothing. But suddenly, he had so much, just because of what He did for the Master. What sacrifices have you made for the sake of the Gospel? It could be your time, money, family, friends and relationships you gave up, whatever it is, God hasn’t forgotten. Your blessing isn’t deferred until you get to heaven. It begins here on earth. Peter didn’t receive his harvest of fishes in heaven; he got it on earth. Therefore, be assured that God rewards your labour of love.
God doesn’t want you, to go through life as though you are helpless and handicapped. Rather, you are empowered to speak to the storm over your life. You should make things happen in your life.
You might be crying, Lord, don’t you see my situation. Do something no, you are the one to do something, because He has given you the power. Act like Jesus. He calmed the storms with words. He said to the raging tempest, Peace, be still and there was a great calm. Perhaps for some reason, you find yourself agitated and fearful about a situation, what you should do is simple: Put your right hand on your chest and say, “Calm down in the Name of Jesus,” and His peace will overwhelm your soul. The disciples were sore afraid when the winds became boisterous, and the water was getting into the boat. They came to Jesus and said, “Master, don’t you care that we perish?” Jesus said to them, where is your faith in other words, “Why are you terrified? I am right here. Am your peace. They had Peace with them in the boat, for He is the peace of Israel, and He is our peace today.
So life can be very turbulent indeed, but thank God there is someone who is able to calm the Storms, He is the Lord Jesus Christ. The wise will therefore anchor their life on Him. The truth is that at one point or the other in the course of life, everyone will experience a storm. It is therefore wise to prepare for storms by giving heed to what the word of God teaches about them. According to Mathew 7:24-25; Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. In the above verses, the Lord Jesus likens His teachings to the power that stabilizes a structure battered by storms. Beloved, what kind of storm are you currently facing; I am using this opportunity to introduce to you that same Jesus, the king of kings. He can still that storm raging in your life, be it sickness, poverty, failure or disappointment of a great magnitude. Only believe, that you are empowered to speak to the storm in your life.
When you have a new life in Christ, it brings you into a new way of thinking and doing things in accordance with the Bible, that you have come to be acquainted with since you became born again.
When Jesus died on the Cross, He knew that if we got to hear about His love, we have believe and become one with Him. He had faith in what He did, in His vicarious sacrifice for us. He trusted that we have become everything He died, was buried, and rose back to life for. That is the new life in the Son of God by which we are to live. This is the reason you must live your life differently, setting your affection on Him, on things above, and not on things on earth or the flesh. Talking about a new life, is an indication that there has been an old one. In Christianity, when we speak of the old life we mean a combination of the philosophy of life and worldview that controls the lifestyle and behaviour of a person that is not born again. Several passages of the Bible focus on issues concerning the old and new life in order to help Christians identify the sources of their thoughts and actions, whether they are remnants of the old evil ways or from the new life in Christ.
The bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17; Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. It simply means that when a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour, he automatically becomes dead to the old life, and communication with the old life becomes cut off. Everything about the thought process, interest, tastes, sensibilities, and the will becomes inaccessible to the former system of control. The old password refuses to work, because the access code has been changed. This event, effectively marks the end on an era called the old life and the beginning of the new life in Jesus. Now, be determined that you will walk in, and manifest, the full blessings of the Gospel which are yours in Christ. Live to His dream; His expectation; live by the faith of the Son of God and remember that you have a new life in Christ Jesus today.
Today’s scripture speaks of the availability of vessels of different makes; designs, and qualities to a great person. The choice of the man God uses to fulfil His purpose, is dependent on the master’s preference and the suitability of each vessel to the assignment at hand.
There are different qualities of vessels in God’s house; vessels of silver and gold, and vessels of wood and of earth. Being born again, we are all vessels in the house of God, made for honouring Him. None of us was made unto dishonour each one of us has been raised for His glory, but you can decide if you are going to be a vessel of honour, or a vessel of dishonour. Now, the man that God will use for any assignment must be found suitable for kingdom assignment. God is always in the business of looking for suitable resources that He can use to fulfil His purpose here on earth. Whenever He finds one, He proceeds with the preparation and training of the chosen for the assignment. Incidentally, the divine equipment usually employed for the preparation and training of the man that God will use is the cross. However, you must place yourself where you ought to be, and be available for Him to use you. The responsibility is yours, to be in a constant state of readiness, and be willing to take on more responsibilities for the Lord.
Bible says in, Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Many Christians are not fulfilling their purpose in life and ministry, because they have consistently refused the required training for their assignments, and because they are not found to be suitable yet, their commissioning remains pending. May the Lord wake you up to the reality of your situation today, so that you can take your rightful place in the programme of heaven in Jesus name. The man that God will use becomes completely transformed by going through the preparation process of God. Therefore, the man God uses to fulfil His purpose, is able to bring incredible changes and blessings into the life of anyone that comes in contact with him, through him, people with broken spirits, unstable families, the poor, those with health challenges, the demon possessed, and the disenfranchised, can all find peace and prosperity with God.
Your mind is the door to your human spirit, and whatever words and thoughts you allow to go through your mind unchecked, will be deposited in your spirit that is why you must secure your heart with all diligence.
Everyday, we hear words, see things, and read all kinds of information, positive and negative. This is why you need that spiritual filter, you need to mount guard on your heart and not allow your spirit receive and process the wrong information. Never allow your heart dwell on anything you hear, feel or see that is not consistent with the Word of God. For instance, if you heard that things were going bad in the economy and there is hardship everywhere, such information is contrary to what the Word of God says, therefore refuse to process it in your spirit. Refuse to let it run your life or determine the circumstances of your existence. Besides being blessed, the pure in heart are assured of seeing God. Of what use is the Christian race if at the end of the journey, you are denied the privilege of seeing God. The reason it is so essential your heart is pure is that; the state of your heart determines the output of your heart.
Most of the things that will affect your life and destiny emanate from your heart. Matthew 15:19 says evils thoughts that defile a man proceed from the heart. If your heart is occupied with impure thoughts, given a little time, you will see yourself practicing such. If you continue to dwell on immoral thoughts, before long, you will feel a force compelling you to masturbate, fornicate, rape or even commit incest. Some even sleep with animals or people of same sex. It all starts with a thought. A polluted heart cannot produce godly character. As long as the heart is polluted, your deeds will be evil and you will lose your God given destiny. I encourage you to keep vigilant watch over your heart. Embrace only thoughts of success, victory, health, prosperity, happiness and fulfilment that come from God’s Word. When your heart is holy and pure, there will be no iota of fear and condemnation in you. You will have unlimited access to your Maker because there is no hindrance in you. Therefore you must secure your heart with all diligence, and nail all your affections to the cross and make your heart right with God.