THE POWER OF FEAR

THE POWER OF FEAR

What if I fail?

What will people say?

What does the future hold for me?

With these and other unanswered questions,

It creates ineptitudes out of the competent.

It breeds ingrates out of people who should be grateful.

It inhibits the unlimited potential of the talented.

It dulls the vision of pioneers.

Making them blind,

To the wealth of opportunities around them,

When all they can see are problems.

It frustrates the initiative of the persistent,

By making them believe they are helpless.

What if

Fear only possesses the power we relinquish to it?

What if we can choose

To believe we were made to succeed?

Not to be driven by what people say,

But to live by the words of our Maker,

To see a beautiful future,

Then fear would lose its power over us.

We would be fearless,

Fearless to be everything we were meant to be.

 

THE POWER OF BITTERNESS

THE POWER OF BITTERNESS
I once heard of the account of a woman whose mother committed adultery. She became bitter against her mother and promised herself she would never repeat her mother’s mistake. Unfortunately she ended up doing the same thing she hated her mother for doing.
I strongly believe the lady repeated her mother’s because she failed to forgive her mother. We have every tendency to be guilty of what we detest in our parents if we don’t release them in our hearts. How many times have we heard of the man who promises to never lay a finger on his wife and yet does exactly what his father did? Resentment creates a cycle of failure from one generation to another.
A pattern of failure in the family is just one of the several results of bitterness. Bitterness also succeeds in sabotaging our relationships. When we carry the baggage of resentment from our past relationships, we end up treating people with bitterness. A lady who is resentful against the men who were unfaithful to her will draw the conclusion that all men cannot be trusted. Her future finance will bear the brunt of her bitterness. The man with the purest intention will be frustrated by her attitude.
We have to let go of every ounce of bitterness against those who have hurt us. Someone said resentment is a poison we take hoping it will kill the other person. Nobody is worth ruining your life over. Releasing those who have hurt us is a task we cannot achieve on our own. God offers us help in the form of grace to do so. Cry out to Him for help to let go. Let go of the hurt. Let go of the pain. Let go of the bitterness and resentment. Embrace the beautiful life forgiveness offers you.

 

THE FIRST STEP

THE FIRST STEP

THE FIRST STEP

How will you ever know you are a bestselling author?

If you never write your first book

How will you ever know you are a music star?

If you never sing your first song

How will you ever know your words can inspire generations?

If you never give your first speech

How will you ever know you are an artist the world will never forget?

If you never paint your first portrait

How will you ever know you are a CEO of a conglomerate?

If you never start your first business

How will you ever know you are the leader your country has been waiting for?

If you never contest for your first political office

How will you ever know your message can change the world?

If you never preach your first sermon

How will she ever know you are meant to be together?

If you never ask her out on your first date

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

…giving lives a reason to live…

VACANCY FOR THE UNQUALIFIED

           God revealed His intention to free the Israelites from the grip of Egypt. He also told Moses he had been chosen to liberate the nation of Israel, Exodus 3v7-10. Moses’ reaction showed his level of self-esteem-“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out?”, Exodus 3v11. In other words, Moses was saying God had chosen the wrong person for the job. He was not qualified in any way.

Has God shown you your destiny, Has he revealed what He wants you to achieve for His Kingdom, Are you meant to be a Pastor, Business Magnate or influential philanthropist, Are you counting the reasons you are not qualified?- you have a past soiled with sexual addiction, you are poor, people have concluded you can never be somebody significant. In response to your inadequacies, God is telling you what He assured Moses in Exodus 3v12-“I will be with you.”

None of us can ever be good enough on our own to be instruments for Heaven’s Plans. We are called because of His unmerited favour and unconditional love. God never expects us to fulfil His Agenda with our abilities. The One who makes the call is responsible for paying the bill. Once we are sent by God, He assures us of His never-failing presence. Our role is to work with Him, relying solely on His ability.

To those who have believed and confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, Romans 8v37 says “We are more than victorious through Him who loved us.”, (Holman Christian Standard Bible).

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

…giving lives a reason to live…

THE PLACE OF PREPARATION 2

           While Moses was taking care of the flock of his father-in-law, He received a higher call, Exodus 3v1-8. He was destined to free God’s people from a life of slavery in Egypt yet he was tending sheep. God didn’t meet Moses complaining or being idle. He met him being faithful in what appeared to be an insignificant job. This translates to the fact that faithfulness is a crucial attitude in the waiting years.

We have discovered that God intends for us to cultivate the attitudes of trust and patience in the place of preparation. He also desires that we are faithful during that period. Our level of faithfulness determines the length of time we spend in the school of preparation. There are people today that Heaven cannot commit millions in their trust simply because they failed to use the thousands for God’s purposes. One of the yardsticks our Master uses in assessing our qualification for promotion is our level of commitment.

God doesn’t need to test you with the position of the CEO before He knows how faithful you will be. He already knows how committed you are as the Head of your Department. Luke 16v10 attests to this when it says “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much”, New English Translation.

To those who have been giving less than 100% to what has been committed to their hands-there is grace to be the best at whatever you do, all your Master needs is faithfulness. To those who have been committed-your Master is proud of you and pay day is coming.

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

…giving lives a reason to live…

THE PLACE OF PREPARATION

           After Moses’ attempt to free his people failed, he fled to the land of Midian to escape from Pharaoh. He became a Shepherd. According to Bible Scholars, Moses served as a Shepherd for 40 years. The deliverer of men was tending sheep for significant years of his life, Exodus 3v1.

The question was not whether Moses was the promised deliverer for the Israelites. He had been chosen for this purpose. The question was whether he was prepared. It was a question of time and seasons. In as much as it is crucial to be called for an assignment, it is also critical to be ready for the task. Jesus had to be groomed for 30 years for His destiny of saving mankind from the power of sin.

The place of preparation is a place where our character is shaped. You cannot lead sheep for 40 years without learning to be humble. There are certain character flaws, attitudes and habits that will frustrate Heaven’s Agenda for us. We need time to do away with such factors. We need time to cultivate godly attitudes. We also need time to develop the skills required for the fulfilment of destiny.

We need faith and patience to enjoy the best from the Waiting Years. Circumstances don’t usually align with God’s Word during this time. However, we need to trust God’s Heart when we can’t see His Hand. We also need patient to work at Heaven’s pace. Scripture assures us that God ensures that all things work together for our good and that He makes all things beautiful in His time.

The silent years are preparing you for your best days.

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

YOUR FUTURE IS BEAUTIFUL

…giving lives a reason to live…

HELP IS ON THE WAY

           “The people of Israel groaned because they were slaves. They also cried out to God. Their cry for help went up to Him. God heard their groans. He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites with favour. He was concerned about them”. (Exodus 2v23-25, NIRV)

One thing is clear from the preceding verses of Scripture-God answers prayers. The Israelites were tired of a life of slavery. They remembered God’s promises to their ancestors-Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were not willing to settle for an inhumane existence. They did all they could do. They prayed. They called out to the Governor of nations. They cried out to the One who lifts paupers to feast with princes.

Your situation may feel like that of the Israelites. I can assume that you don’t have chains on you and are controlled by a Task Master. However, you may have certain limitations. You can’t afford good food because you are poor. You can’t work because you are sick. You can’t hold your baby because according to the Doctor, you are barren. You can’t stop drinking because you are an alcoholic.

You have done all you can do. However, it is not enough. You need help. It is time to leave it in the Hands of the One who rules over the affairs of men. The assurance we have is “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. (Romans 10v13)

When you have done all you can do, God will do what you can’t do. God has never failed to answer the cry of His Children and He is not about to start with you. Rest assured, help is on the way.