Approved of God

1 Peter 2:10 KJV
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Sadly, many christians feel inadequate and unqualified today as they see themselves through the prism of unfavourable happenings around them. They find it too easy to believe the report of other humans while ignoring God and what He has said about them in His word. However, here is a note of warning to you: if you choose to hinge your expectations in life on the wild fluctuations of human approval or disapproval, expect your life to keep swinging to and fro like an unstable pendulum. And no significant progress in life is ever feasible without stability. Without a shadow of doubt, the only person qualified to make an accurate assessment of you is God because He formed you and understands your frame.

Beloved, you need not suffer sleepless nights because someone has rejected you. You were only refused because a better opportunity is on the way. Glory to God! In Christ, no one is disadvantaged because He is our competitive edge. Matt 6:33 says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL other things will be added to us. Have you ever wondered how Jesus was not stranded when He had to feed several thousands of men on two separate occasions? He simply invoked the multiplying power of the Father by giving thanks for the little at His disposal. And I suppose you know the outcome, there was an overwhelming surplus.

However, if you are not yet born again, you have every reason to be concerned because your Creator does not approve of your actions no matter how hard you try to please Him. Securing His approval begins with accepting His gift to you. Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus and confess Him as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you just did that, you are now saved and safe! This is the essence of Easter. God is no more angry with you. You have now received His seal of approval, His vote of confidence even if nobody else believes in you or what you have to offer. Just make Him your sole focus as He sets your feet on the path of progress and significance. Happy Easter Celebrations and I love you.

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Accepted in the Beloved

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” Eph 1:6
“For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” Ps 103:14
In these contemporary times, numerous studies have shown that the incidence of depression has been on the upward trend. Whereas many folks in the poor countries have become helpless victims of abject poverty amid the harsh realities of economic recession, even those in the so-called prosperous nations still have other vices to contend with such as the opioid crisis, radical terrorism and sporadic shootings leading to avoidable loss of precious lives. How about the recent spate of marriage failures, culminating in unprecedented divorce rates with the attendant negative impact on society? In the end, it does appear there is more than enough misery and misfortune to go round.

In the light of all this, one can now easily understand why many feel worthless and rejected – even to the point of contemplating suicide! Afterall, as far as they are concerned, loved ones including family and friends have failed to provide them the much-needed love and support and even the government cares less. Does this apply to you in any way? I have got good news for you today. You have been accepted in Jesus Christ, the Beloved One. God loves you affectionately and now offers you a way out of all the mess and agony. Just think of this as a lifeline and embrace it in a hurry. Stop looking outwards for acceptance. Rather look inwards to the One who created you, the One who can make something precious out of the nothingness of your life.

Just believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess Him as your Lord and Personal Saviour and be saved. Wow, it’s that simple!
You can now ask Him to lead you to a Church where you will get fed and nourished with God’s word so your mind can become renewed to the realities of the new life you have just received. Once you take this bold step, you will soon realize that God will anoint you with the oil of joy and end your mourning forever. He will put on you the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness (Is 61:3) and your life will become beautiful forever. I love you.

Believe What He has Told You

‘If you would believe, you would see the glory of God’ Jn 11:40
What has God told you He would do for you and yours? Are you already beginning to feel He is deaf to your prayers or His hands are too short to deliver you? I only need you to remember that God is never slack concerning His promise. He does not count time the way we do and His focus is on the big picture which you may not see now. He makes all things beautiful in His own time, not your time

While you wait on the Lord to fulfil His promise to you, Isaiah 51:2 says to look unto the example of Abraham and Sarah. It took Abraham twenty five years to be fully persuaded of God’s promise of Isaac to him. At the point of full persuasion, he began to give thanks and Isaac was the result. Thanksgiving means acknowledgement of receipt. It sets the stage for fearful blessings and multiplication (Ps 67:5-7, Jer 30:19). When you begin to thank the Father for what He has promised, you are telling Him that you are ready to take delivery of that promise.

Meanwhile, don’t entertain discouragers. Even Jesus the son of God had to put discouragers away Mark 5:35-42. Bad company can contaminate your faith. Be careful what you hear and who you listen to because faith comes by hearing. If you keep listening to negative words that only remind you of your limitations and shortcomings, you will soon realise those are the only things you can think of about yourself – and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he Prov 23:7. In other words, it is only a question of time between when you start thinking in a particular way and when you start to enjoy the fruits of your thought – good or bad. Faith has a mindset – its only consideration is God’s word, not logic or common sense. For as long as Peter believed and acted on Jesus’ instruction to come over, he was able to walk on the waters defying the turbulent waves of the sea and the boisterous winds. The moment his attention shifted from what the Master had told him to the adverse weather condition, he began to sink and begged for rescue Matt 14:28-31.

Beloved, your faith in what God says overrides and supercedes the forces of nature. Faith does not deny physical realities, it superimposes a higher reality on the existing evidences and with time, you shall have what you believe. Don’t be discouraged, keep reminding yourself of what He has said to you by way of constant confession of His word, do whatever He says to do. Your miracle is just around the corner. I love you.

Fragrance of Love

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine” Songs of Sol 1:2

Cheer up beloved, it’s a new dawn already! Your long night of weeping is over, you can now step into your day of rejoicing because the fragrant love of the Father has searched you out today.

Our God gave us a perfect example of love in letting go of His only Son for an ungrateful people without any condition. Even on the Cross, the Son still offered heartfelt prayers for His assailants. Little wonder the aroma of His unfailing love has pervaded the entire universe as He continues to beckon to as many who are thirsty and hungry to come drink and eat till everyone is satisfied. Can anyone really resist this kind of love?

Love gives no conditions, you love others with no strings attached, you love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable. Offence will surely come but you don’t take it because you forgive in advance. You don’t love people because they deserve to be loved, you love them because you are designed to love

Love doesn’t talk down on people, it speaks pleasant uplifting words, recognizing that the power of life and death lies in the tongue. King Solomon, in His God-given wisdom shared in Proverbs 16:24 that pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Love is so potent: the fragrance of Love conquers the repulsive stench of hate.

To sum up, I have no doubt whatsoever that most, if not all of the problems that plague humanity today can be laid to eternal rest on the altar of love. Love can soften the most hardened of criminals, the soothing balm of love is able to calm frayed nerves. Only love can tell you to apologize even when you are not at fault.
Yes, love is so sweet all the bitterness in this world cannot neutralize it. I love you.

The Perfect Sacrifice 3

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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!

Christ Our Righteousness

wpid-lord-righteousness.jpg 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!!!