The most tragic mistake you could ever make in this life is to reduce the time you spend in prayer. You would rather spend short periods within doing the things that seem more important than cutting short the time you’ve always spent praying. Do not give up praying. If you pray less, you become an easy prey for Satan. He will invade your life and cause a great damage
The Lord Jesus told his disciples the secret of resisting and overcoming temptation. He said, “Watch and pray, that ye not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,“(Matthew 26:41). The Lord knew that our enemy the devil was and is always hunting us even in small things. This is why he said, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Satan has a problem with our hairs and every part of the body. Even the corpse of a human is valuable to him! He seeks to bring harm over us, but our hairs are kept safe so that of won’t be used by the devil.
The Devil would seek that you be killed in accident or be injured by cutting a part of your body. At other times he will either send you a flue/cold so that you uncomfortable or he will cause you to contract a deadly disease like HIV. We therefore need to be alert and pray so that God delivers us from such temptations.
A prayerful person gives the devil a hard time to gain a foothold in an area of their life. But in case one isn’t committed to pray, flood waters of illnesses, abuse, conflicts among others will assail them. For instance, if you are an employee, you may find yourself in conflict with those at your place of work. Whatever plans you had made so that the business runs smoothly fail. You would leave for job while in good health but you return home when you are seriously sick. And the worst of all is when you are tempted to betray or disown your faith. This is a challenge and we must continue steadfastly in prayer because the devil seems to attack at our most vulnerable moments.
A short while before Jesus’ arrest, he told his disciples to keep watch with him and pray so that they could not fall into temptation. But they didn’t pay attention to his words. About three hours later, before cockcrow, they woke up and saw a crowd of soldiers armed with swords and clubs. Some of them ran away and a young man who was following Jesus fled naked, leaving him alone. When the moment of temptation had come, Peter, who was following Jesus, could not resist the devil. Why? Because he had not prayed for strength and deliverance from temptations. He ended up disowning Jesus three times and denied that he knew him.
Unless we become prayerful Christians, the same fate could befall us too. One morning you may wake up to find a message from people demanding that you bribe them if your right should be granted. But for a prayerful person, God will deliver them from such temptation so that you’re granted justice without engaging into bribery
When you see you can no longer pray for a long time, beware that you’re backsliding. Another sign that you’ve backslide is when you can’t spend long periods in reading the Word. Prayer is likened to that event in which the Israelite were fighting against their enemies. During the war, Moses’ lifted his hands and the Israelite struck down their enemies. As soon as he put his hands down, the enemies won. In the same way, when we lift our hearts and hands to God in prayer, he releases his power to strengthen and give us victory over the enemy. And we can fend off the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Don’t cease to pray. Biblically, we are commanded to spend at least one hour in prayer. if you can spend 3-4
hours the better. Remember, praying is not just saying the Lord’s Prayer or the short prayers we make before taking our meals. As an individual, commit to pray and be in touch with God at all times.
Since the devil has a problem with our bodies and is always working day and night to bring us down, let’s be watchful in prayer. Make good use of chance moments. If you had backslide, make things right and let prayer be a priority in your life.
Have you given your life to Christ? If not, accept his forgiveness by confessing your sins to him today.We live in the end times…And he will return soon.
God bless you
When God wants to give us a message, he speaks to us through parables or even signs. The parables are meant to help us understand God’s feelings about us or a particular thing. When David sinned against God by taking Uriah’s wife to be his, the Lord did not inflict punishment upon him immediately. He first sent a word to David through Prophet Nathan. And through him God spoke to David through parable. This parable was to help him understand how God was feeling about him for the evil he’d done.
2 Samuel 12:1 “ And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.”
In both the OT and the NT, there are many places in the Bible where God speaks in parables when he wants to pass a message unto his people. God also uses parables to express his feelings toward us. The moment we repent and turn to God, he is filled with pity and compassion. Many people tend to think that God never forgives sin and that he always remember them. Of course we not fully comprehend God’s grace unto men,but we can be confident that he will forgive us if we confess to him. Take time to ponder the parable of the prodigal son told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32,and you will learn the scope of his mercies and the compassion he has unto us,when we give up our evil ways.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry”.
Apart from parables, God also speaks to his people through signs.(Read Ezekiel chapter 4&5,and also Isaiah 20:3).Looking at the sign of Jonah, we gain a deeper understanding of God’s feelings about us when we turn from our evil ways.
Now if you a good reader of the Bible there’s no doubt that you know full well the story of Jonah:how he ran from the Lord and ended up in the belly of a big fish, where he stayed for three days, and later obeyed the word of the Lord to go to Nineveh. When he had proclaimed God’s message to the people, the Bible says that they believed and turned from their evil ways. Therefore, God had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah became angry at the Lord’s compassion because he wanted the city destroyed. He was troubled of how he’d suffered inside the big fish and waited to see the Lord God destroy Nineveh. Yet God wasn’t feeling the same,and he relented from sending calamity upon them. The Lord spoke to Jonah a second time through another sign.
As Jonah sat a distance away from the city to see God destroy it,the Lord provided a vine and made it grow over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was so happy about the vine;he went to sit under its shade, so he could eat of its fruit ,and be relieved of his troubles.
The more he sat under the shady vine, his anger subsided and he did not remember Nineveh with its destruction.
At dawn the next morning, Jonah saw that the vine had been chewed by a worm and so it withered. Again, he was angry and became furious about the vine. From the incident, God taught him a lesson. Just like Jonah showed concern for the vine which had provided him shade and helped him ease his discomfort, so did God have compassion on the many Ninevites. At first, these people had done evil in God’s eyes and became angry with them. But the moment they heard God’s message and turned from their evil ways, they were like the shady bid which had sprung forth on God’s head. He eventually forgot their evils and did not bring destruction unto them.
If we want our branches to grow and bear fruit, we must not tolerate the little evils that eat away at the roots of our lives. Let’s daily confess those tiny evils to God and keep from sin.in so doing, God is pleased with us and won’t bring our sins against us. But if persist in sin, we invite disaster into our lives.
Our God is compassionate t abounding in love his people. As we daily confess our sins to him and set our hearts to doing what pleases him, good shall come to us. Remember, our actions affect God’s emotions/feelings in a much greater way. Therefore, when our lives honour God, and bring him pleasure, we are sure yo escape his wrath.
God bless you.
There’s an incident in the Bible about a boy who was possessed by an evil spirit. The father’s boy had brought him to Jesus’ disciples so they could drive out the evil spirit out of him but they couldn’t. Later, when they saw Jesus coming, the boy’s father ran to meet him. Telling Jesus what had happened, the father asked him to take pity on them and help them.
Jesus told them to bring the boy to him. Immediately he was brought to Jesus, things were completely different and far beyond people’s expectations. Let’s together go through the passage, there’s a new thing we will learn at the end.
Mark 9:17 ”And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose”.
In verse 26, we are told that the spirit cried, and convulsed the boy violently. The word “violently” means that the spirit terribly shook and twisted the boy. The suffering the child was undergoing and the noise aroused different feelings among the crowd. On hearing the noise, the people came running to the scene. Looking at was taking place, the child’s father must have suffered great distress. His son’s condition had turned from bad to worse.
Even more worse was when the boy suddenly fell silent, neither shaking nor foaming at the mouth. He was quiet and looked much like a corpse that many said he was DEAD. There must have been among the crowd those who begun to spread the news while others broke into tears.
Meanwhile, Jesus was right there watching God’s healing power work in the boy’s life. Unmoved, Jesus quietly watched to see God come into the situation and accomplishing his work in this young soul. Surely, God was working in the background, behind the scenes. The people were taken by surprised on seeing Jesus take the boy by the hand and lifting him up, so that he arose.
When he got up, the boy looked like one who had awaken up from sleep, strong, calm and conscious; gazing at that sweet smile on Jesus’ face which met his eyes. And from that time henceforth, the boy was well.
The Lord Jesus had to let the boy suffer so much and struggle to life before he could make him well. On many occasions as such, Jesus had cast out evil spirits and healed the sick by simply touching them. Yet, this time he decided to use the kind of healing which many people were not used to. He did this to show that in the same way, many souls receive healing from God without themselves knowing it.
At times one may ask God to bring healing unto their souls, situations, problems, illnesses and so on. Instead of getting better, things get even worse and out of control. Do not be worried nor be upset. There’s good news for you. God has heard you and healed you already.
It might take long for you to recover from that illness, but Christ has heard your prayer and made you well. Your condition may get worse and you feel that nothing is really is happening, do not be afraid. People may say things to discourage you, don’t be alarmed. Let not their words get to you. Remember the boy, who had lost hope of seeing life again and had come to a point where he was thought dead, but he was held and lifted up by Christ, the RESURRECTION and the LIFE!
Likewise, if you have accepted Christ and given your life to him, you can rest assured that whatever is troubling you will not last forever. All you have to do is to believe that Christ has heard your cry and that you’ve been healed.
When you ask God to take you to another level, then you must be ready for what it costs. Do not be scared when your ceases to make sense to the ungodly and people begin to feel that something is wrong with you. You must be ready for a loss if you to gain. Be prepared for a loss if you want to go a step ahead.
God bless you
Psalms 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:for thou,Lord,hast not forsaken them that seek thee,”
Let us continue to remind ourselves that God loves those whose hearts and souls are fully devoted to seeking him. He takes great delight in them that desire to know him. He who seeks the Lord will never walk through life alone,because he has promised to be with him always.
As for men,they may at some point leave or abandon their fellow men when they fail to help us or when hurt.But this is not so with God. He loves from the word go,and is not manipulated by human ideas. God does not look at one’s past wrongdoings,level of spiritual maturity or weaknesses. When one chooses to turn to God and make a fresh new start,He there and then shows his desire to move along with you.
Meanwhile, the Devil will say to you that God cannot listen or reveal himself to you. He will also remind you of the past and present sin you have committed,and that God cannot forgive you.Don’t listen to his voice.Whenever such thoughts enter your mind,ignore them.The devil is out to discourage and to shatter your desire of seeking God.Yet God’s Word and love is perfect and unchanging. He will never forsake them that seek him.
John 6:37″ All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”.
God cannot turn away or forsake all who go to him.Those who choose to follow Jesus can be confident that he will gladly receive them.God’s love for us is unconditional, and the door is open for all to enter regardless of one’s religion or denomination. When you seek the Lord,he will be found by you and reveal himself to you as well.He can never change his mind.God keeps his word.
The Enemy,Satan,has caused many to believe that God is not concerned with people like themselves and that they cannot be heard by God.They are like trash in God’s sight.When you hear this,confront it.Say to the devil,”If at all I’m no valuable then God wouldn’t have made me.Yet because he was pleased to create me in his own image and likeness,I am valuable and so precious in his sight!”
Having stood your ground and devoted yourself to seeking God,he will show himself to you.God is bound by his Word.He is not a man that he should lie or change his mind When he gives his word,he keeps it.The Lord has promised that he will in no wise forsake all those who seek him.You can trust him to fulfil his promised.He has no record of failure
The very first confirmatory sign that one is seeking the Lord is when they repent and forsake their sinful life. Secondly,one willingly seeks the right form of baptism and is baptized into the name of Jesus in accordance with the Scripture (Acts 2:38).And the third indication of whether one seeks God is when they study the Word,living it out and daily exercise communion with God through prayer.
As you put this into practice ,we wish you all the best in your daily encounter with God,all your life on earth.For he has promised that he will neither leave nor forsake those who seek him.
Blessed be the glorious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As it is ,we live in the last days and the world in itself is coming to its end.Therefore, it is our duty to continue keenly digging deeper into the Word and learn everything concerning our redemption.
Mark 9:30 “And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day”.
Many times Jesus had been to Galilee teaching, preaching, healing and performing miracles in their presence of large crowds which had always gathered to listen to him. However, at the time while he was passing through the town,he did not want anyone to know about it. Why?The Bible in verses 30-31 says that Jesus did not want people to know where they were because he was teaching his disciples,
From the today’s Scripture, we happen to learn another character about Jesus. Even in our times,there are those whom Jesus will teach openly for all to hear;whereas others he will teach in secret places where no one else can hear.In teaching the crowds,Jesus did so openly. But those whom he had called and later became his disciples,Jesus taught completely different things in secret which he withheld from the crowds
While they were all alone in the barren heights,Jesus told his disciples what would take place after a short while. He told them everything concerning his arrest,crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.Also,Jesus revealed to his disciples God’s plan of bringing redemption to mankind. All the these things he told them beforehand, but the crowds he dared not to tell them.It was the disciples’ daily bread while on the Mount of Olives with the Lord Jesus (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21:5).
Elsewhere in the Bible we see him telling his disciples that whatever he had told them in secret,they were to say it in the open.And the same teachings we read and benefit from are the very things Jesus taught them.
We are not to be like the crowds who followed Jesus for bread,signs and miracles.Instead of wandering here and there marveling at the miracle-filled happenings in our lives,as did the crowds,we need to redeem the little time we still have working to become true disciples of Jesus.We will not know the unknowable (secret about the kingdom of heaven) if we don’t seek to become his disciples. All he requires is that we passionately commit ourselves to him.
Christ is unchanging; he is the same yesterday, today and forever.Let’s think that he cannot hide from us too.We should not leave it to chance and let him pass secretly through our villages,churches and gatherings without us knowing it.Therefore, let us not allow anything to keep us from recognizing his presence among us.For If we live as fools and lazy around, there are those seated in the secret rooms with Jesus Christ revealing to them things about our salvation.
As we commit ourselves to Jesus Christ by daily carrying our cross and shift our passion from worldly desires,we will become his disciples indeed.And he will reveal himself to us and teach us.Look on at how quickly the days flee,we are sure that the end is near.And all the signs have taken place,with prophecies about the end of times fulfilled. The grace we have through Christ is no cheap grace.He is not what we think him to be.Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God,as the bible says in 1 Cor. 1:24.Therefore if we become his disciples truly,we won’t remain the same. Starting today,let’s forsake whatever holds us back and commit ourselves to Christ and we will know the unknowable secret.
God bless you!