Have you ever admired and cherished a person’s beauty so much only to discover it was an illusion after all? It then suddenly dawned on you the most bitter reality that you had to also deal with the beast behind the beauty?
True beauty transcends outward looks. Original beauty is not made up. It goes far beyond a person being physically attractive. Without a doubt, it is of the heart. It’s an eternal virtue that flows from inside out and only God confers beauty for He is beauty personified and exemplified.
Beloved, you need not go overboard doing silly things to impress anybody. Only believe your Maker’s report about you for He alone has your software. You are beautiful as you are, fearfully and wonderfully made – the Father’s very own masterpiece!
Look into the mirror every morning and celebrate yourself. Tell yourself you are beautiful and be grateful to God for endowing you with such unique beauty. In no time, the real beauty in you will crystallize for all to behold and appreciate.
Despite the sins and offences of generations of mankind, God’s love for us has never ceased. God’s love for you is permanent, it doesn’t fluctuate. Afterall, you did nothing to earn it, so you would not have to do anything to sustain it. What fluctuates however is your response to His unfailing love, your appreciation of His infinite kindness which is what determines how much of His love you partake of. For instance, Jn 3:16 reveals to us how God so loved the world that He gave up His only Son for the salvation of all. Even 1Tim 2:4 says our Father will rather have all men saved. But all men are not saved yet. Does it mean God loves them any less? Does it mean they are just destined to be excluded from the sweet package of salvation? The answer is an emphatic NO.
So beloved, never think of God as one who is partial and who has favourites because He doesn’t. You and I are His favourites! His love for us is absolute and priceless. It blew my mind to realize He loves us as much as He loves Christ Jn 17:23. What more can we ask for? It’s obvious now that you will only experience and enjoy the love of the Father to the extent that you are willing to acknowledge and embrace it. Accept God’s love gift today in the person of Jesus Christ by confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour, believe and receive Him with all of your heart and His everlasting love for you will become more real to you than ever.
Woow…it’s Yuletide! Another timely season to thank God for the priceless gift of life, an opportunity to show immense gratitude to the One who so dutifully watched over our souls throughout 2017 and is even more proud to have done so.
Needless to say that none has the copyright to his life nor is any mortal able to gift himself one extra minute of life without the Creator. For this and more, we can never be grateful enough.
While you may rightly feel you missed out on countless opportunities this year, remember also that you have not lost the ultimate one: the opportunity to live. Thus it’s no season for regrets or despair. It’s our season of rejoicing for the birth of our Lord has brought us peace and goodwill again. Glory to God!
As we transit into the new year, remember to pray, plan and prepare. Set clear and achievable goals and allow God direct your paths as you acknowledge Him in all your ways. Don’t try to imagine you can do it all alone because you cannot…that’s the recipe for failure. And you can be rest assured it’s going to be your best year ever, loaded with unquestionable results that culminate in mind-blowing testimonies to the glory of God!
Wishing you a merry Xmas and a glorious new year in advance. Cheers!!!
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A lot of folks entertain the wrong notion that prosperity is alien to the believer and that God is averse to the idea of His children prospering. But nothing can be further from the truth because God’s word reveals that He delights in the prosperity of His servants (Ps 35:27). So it gets him excited to see His children prospering. Prosperity refers to a state of sufficiency and completeness or roundedness in every sphere of life with nothing missing or broken. In other words, you have all things working together for your good in every endeavour of life – finance, career, marriage, academics, ministry and so on. To that extent, you can readily deduce that many who are rich materially are not necessarily prosperous! Beloved, true prosperity can only be a product of God’s limitless grace made available to us on the bill of Christ’s finished works. It takes only God to make rich without adding any atom of sorrow to it. 2 Cor 9:8 says the God of all grace is able to make all grace abound towards us to the point that we always enjoy all sufficiency in all things. Wow…glory to God! The assurance that our prosperity has always been the Father’s original plan is lucidly stated in 2 Cor 8:9. Jesus the Son of God became poor so that we can be rich. Now we have no business putting up with poverty because God gives us ALL things RICHLY to enjoy (1Tim 6:17). This is worth rejoicing over, isn’t it?
If you are a believer, this is your own reality in Christ Jesus. Believe it with every fibre of your being, be a cheerful giver for God blesses us to be a blessing to others (Gen 12:2) and your life will soon be a glowing example of prosperity to the unbelieving world. You are blessed and happy Easter celebrations. Love you!
Previously, I showed us that love was the Father’s motive for giving up His only begotten Son to harvest more sons into His kingdom upon whom He can lavish His profound love. So we are now the objects of God’s love…this is simply mind-blowing! You see our Father does not love us because we deserve it, He loves us because love is His very nature, His very essence. 1 John 4:8 says God is Love. I have good news for you. In Jesus who is the ultimate gift of the Father, you have access to everything else you could ever desire – a good job, a blissful home, healing, financial prosperity, victory over the enemy, protection and so on. Without a doubt, the greatest miracle of all time is the miracle of salvation. How a one-time serial killer and persecutor of the church suddenly became a brand new man without a past simply by believing and confessing the Lordship of Jesus (not his sins for how many could he confess) Rom 10:9-10. Wow! What a miracle!!! I’m referring to Paul who later professed that he had wronged no man (2 Cor 7:2). Really? The blood of Jesus had ‘formatted’ his past.
Now, let us zero in on the Father’s provision for our healing and health. Surprisingly, a lot of people have the faith to get saved but not to get healed. But Jesus was beaten and chastised for our healing (1Pet 2:24, Is 53:5, Matt 8:17). In the perfect work of redemption, he bought us back from sin and all its consequences including sicknesses. Beloved, receive your healing today because Jesus paid for it. The same faith that got you saved can get you healed. God desires above all things that you prosper and live in health (3John1:2). Do not be deceived or short-changed.
Stay tuned for more and God bless you. Love you.
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A sacrifice refers to something of worth purposely given up to gain another. How much you are willing to give up or part with to get something is a reflection of your estimation of its value or worth. In other words, you want to get commensurate returns on your investment. Have you ever considered what God, the only Wise One had in mind when He sacrificed His ONLY Son for the sins of the entire world? It’s profit! Glory to God. Now see how many children he has won into His ever-expanding Kingdom by that PERFECT sacrifice. Jesus is that Perfect sacrifice! Love motivated our dear Father to sacrifice His only Son for our sake because of the tremendous value He placed on us. What a profound display of benevolence! Beloved, you are so precious to God (1John3:1, John3:16, Eph1:6). You are the apple of His doting eyes. Wake up to that reality today. In this series, I will be showing you the amazing privileges and benefits you stand to enjoy by reason of that PERFECT sacrifice. Please stay tuned and stay blessed.
Image Credit: Bibledaily.org To start with, very many know that righteousness means to have a right standing with God. However, not many people have the correct knowledge of how to become righteous. At one extreme, several folks are of the opinion that it’s practically impossible to be righteous as humans to the extent that they deem it outright heresy for anyone to profess that they are righteous. Furthermore, a good number of people equally hold the extreme view that all they need to be righteous before God are good works. I am glad to announce that righteousness is a gift! (Rom 5:17) It’s the Father’s gift to us through Christ Jesus, imparting us with a new nature and qualifying us to stand right with Him without any sense of guilt, condemnation, sin-consciousness or inferiority complex (2Cor 5:21). How do I mean? If you have to work hard or labour for it, then it’s not righteousness. The righteousness of works is as filthy rags before God because it cannot satisfy the requirements of the Law Rom3:20. However, Jesus Christ has been made our righteousness (1Cor1:30). He fulfilled every law on our behalf and credited it to our account Rom8:3-4. You become truly righteous by simply believing in your HEART that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and confessing the Lordship of Jesus with your MOUTH Rom 10:9-10. Your mouth and your heart must agree to get you saved and bring you into a right standing with the Father. This is the New Birth into a new family – the family of God 1John3:1,9-10. It confers on you a new nature – the nature of God. Every family is not without its own customs and traditions. Sin and every evil work is characteristic of the family of the devil. In the family of God, we are divinely empowered by grace to live right and shun all sorts of immorality Rom 6. This is how we live true to our nature. Stay #blessed!!!
Happy New Year dearest esteemed reader. You made 2014 worth the while for me…thanks a lot and wishing you a WONDERFUL 2015!
Beloved friends, it’s another golden opportunity to remind ourselves of the unsearchable depths of God’s LOVE for us – if He sacrificed Jesus for us, then no gift is too big for Him to give us! (Rom 8:32)
Arguably, Jesus is God’s greatest gift of love to mankind. Redemption would have remained a mere wish but for this profound, love-motivated sacrifice of our Father.
Jesus Christ was the seed the Father sowed, we are the glorious harvest He has reaped! What a mystery? Little wonder He calls us sons and daughters (1John3:1). No wonder we have been accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:6).
The Messiah, the sacrificial Lamb took our place and bore our griefs so we need not bear them anymore (Is 53:5).
In conclusion, as we relish the season and enjoy the festive mood, it is of paramount importance that we meditate on these things.
May all that concerns you and yours be perfected in this season IJN. You are truly special to me!
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a glorious New Year in advance. Cheers!!!❤🌸💐🌺