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Courage exist only when you have  faith. Surely there will be storms of life, Surely there will be red Sea  but where is your faith, when the devil challenge you? Where is your faith when life seems difficult? God has not given us the spirit  of fear, but of sound mind. David said... 1 Samuel 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. Let your courage be rooted in faith in Christ Jesus. You can make it,  if you believe.

Many misconceptions have risen in different ages as to the importance of riches. Many just want to be rich so they can build more houses, gather more properties, get more cars and amaze more material things. But the real importance of wealth is not in the accumulation of material things. Using riches just to accumulate material things provokes God to anger. The importance of riches is for riches to be used for God’s glory.

The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

I believed this story is not just a parable but a true life encounter of a rich man who had once lived. And Jesus now said that, this will be the fate of all who lay up treasure for themselves in this world and is not rich towards God. Am not actually against getting good properties. Of course, you need to get things that befits you and that calls for greater comfort. But priority should be noted before anything else. And the priority is to be rich towards God. God first and you second is the perfect equation.

Being rich towards God is doing his will. The word of the Lord gave many instances of how we can be rich towards God, and instances where we even borrow God money and he put himself under obligation to refund us with something far far greater. One of those instances is in the end of days that Jesus will say to those at his right hand that when they saw him hungry and naked; they fed and clothed him. But those people will ask when they saw Jesus hungry and naked. Jesus will reply, when they did it for the least of his people, they had did it for him. Another instance in the old testament is where the word of the Lord says whoever gives to the poor lends to God. Another is in the case of tithing that God commanded to be brought into his house.

Your money is not for yourself, it is given you so you can be rich towards God. You might think you made the money yourself, but it was the God given potential inside of you that enables it to be possible. Take your heart off gathering houses, cars, jets and the likes, they will all perish with their glory. But riches with God abides forever more. The more you have, the more you should be rich towards God. Many of us have enough and there are others in our workplace, offices, and saddening enough; churches. That need our help but we turned blind eyes. God is watching all of us.



And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm (Daniel 1:20)

In the days of King Nebuchadnezzar, he wanted certain young men trained, and he got them from different nations. Among them were four Hebrew boys: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. On the day they were brought to be examined by the king, they were found to be ten times better than their peers. Why? God had blessed them with supernatural intelligence; they had an excellent spirit!

A similar example is David. The power of God came on him when Samuel the Prophet anointed him to become king of Israel, and he turned out to be a marvel in his day. He killed and decapitated Goliath as a stripling. Saul was the King of Israel at the time, and he was a great man of war, but when he faced Goliath, he was terrified. The difference was that the Spirit of God had departed from Saul, and the Spirit had come upon David. Saul had become an ordinary man, whilst David had the Spirit.

1 Samuel 18:7 says, “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” what were they seeing in the spirit? “ten times more!” They could have said “twelve” or “six”; but they said, “...Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” There’s something about the Spirit that causes you to do the extraordinary and unimaginable!

Now that you’re born again, that Spirit is in you, not just on you. Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….” The Holy Spirit has brought the glory of God into your life, giving you guidance and direction. You can walk through “walls,” blaze through barriers, and through the darkness. He’s filled you with supernatural ability to do things that can’t be humanly explained. Take advantage of the person, power, and ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life! He’s your advantage; He causes you to see, think, say and do things ordinary men can’t do.



Here comes a story! Ben and Carson were students when they visited a township primary school in South Africa. The system of Apartheid had meant that the white minority lived much wealthier lives than the black majority. They black children sitting three to a desk and struggling to afford even basic pencils and notebooks. This made them angry when they thought of they had seen that morning   with its swimming pool landscaped grounds and fantastic resources, which had previously only for white children. It would have been easy for them to feel bitter about the injustice they had seen, but instead Ben and Caroline felt that God was telling them to do something about the township children’s situation.

The school had a brilliant choir , Ben and Caroline thought that if they could bring them to the UK to perform, they would be able to raise money for their school. They had never done anything like this before, and it took two years of hard fundraising and planning back in UK to make this dream a reality, but it was their anger at the justice that had felt in South Africa that kept them going. The choir came to the UK and performed around the country , selling CDs of their music and even meeting the Prime minister.It was an amazing experience for Ben, Caroline and the children but more importantly, the choir raise enough money to pay for a library and science equipment building at the school in South Africa.

Jesus sometimes becomes angry too. Read what made Him angry in John 2:12-22  “ :and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.

He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body.After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”




One of the primary causes for chronic, bitter anger is simply a lack of forgiveness. We easily fall into that trap. Unforgiven hurt or offense creates  the poor-me state of mind; that leads to bitterness, and bitterness often ends in serious depression. Anger is a dark and gloomy place to live, and no one wants to go there with you. Angry, bitter people are lonely people and always seek for solitude,except God intervenes.

Anger is a powerful force. And this world contains many angry people. It’s not just nonbelievers who experience anger and who vent their rage. Even Christians struggle with the powerful forces of anger. Anger is a rampant problem that wrecks families, harms children, tears apart churches, and divides the body of Christ. Are you an angry person or are you easily provoked to anger?

Negative, critical, angry, bitter–it all goes together and often starts with a sense of not getting what a person feels entitled to, whether in material possessions ,marital or emotional satisfaction. We are all creatures of appetite.  When that appetite, whatever it craves, is not satisfied, we are angry. Unforgiving anger is toxic.
Jesus taught us about forgiveness:( Matthew 6:12).

EXAMPLES
1.Levi and Simeon angrily wipe out a city.
2.Saul, in a rage, tried to kill David severally.
3.Jonah angrily and openly was on the rage when God spares Nineveh.
4.Even Moses, who several times seems righteously angry on behalf of God’s holiness, disobeys God while frustrated by the people of Israel.
Anger is a slow and deliberate killer of joy,destiny and purpose and even of life.

WHAT TO DO
1.Put off anger, and put on kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness. (Ephesians 4:31-32).
2.Avoid angry people neither copy their ways. (Proverbs 22:24).
3.Realize the consequences of anger. (Proverbs 29:22)
4.Ask God for the wisdom to be slow to anger (Proverbs 19:11).
5.Be slow to speak and slow to anger (Proverbs 15:1)
6.Walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:18-24).
7.Rest in God’s sovereignty (1 Timothy 2:8).

PRAYER POINTS
1.Father,I know I have a short fuse,please grant me grace to do away with anger.
2.Father,disobedience in a point of Your instructions is an annulment of all,May anger not lead us to perdition.
3.Father,let the HolySpirit help me and take control of my life henceforth.
4.Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me in Jesus name.



In 2 Kings chapters 22 and 23, we read how King Josiah and the people of Judah rediscovered the joy and importance of God's Word. During the repairing of the temple, Hilkiah the high priest found the Book of the Law. It must have been lost or hidden during the reign of Manasseh. Then when the scroll was read to King Josiah, he listened and responded to it (2 Kings 22:10-11). He sought further understanding of it (2 Kings 22:12-20), and he led the people to renew their commandment to its importance in their lives (2 Kings 23:1-4). Many today have unprecedented access to God's Word. Let's renew our commitment to "find" it every day and by our lives show its prominence. O Book divine, supreme, sublime, entire, eternal, holy, true; sufficient for all men and time -- we pledge our to thee anew. To know Christ, the Living Word, is to love the Bible, the written Word. Lord, I pledge today to go by Your commandments, so help me God. And I also pledge my allegiance to You afresh. Amen.

Luke 19:1-10; 1. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2. And behold there was a man named Zachaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zachaeus, make haste and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6. And he made haste and came down and received him joyfully. 7. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner: 8. And Zachaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Zachaeus, who was a rich tax collector longed to see Jesus and know Him. He climbed a tree to see Jesus but Jesus saw him and told him to come down out of the tree. When Jesus came to Zachaeus' home, Zachaeus started telling Jesus about how he gives to the poor and that if he did anything wrong, he would reimburse them. Jesus tells him that salvation has come to his home. Jesus who is the Son of man has come to seek and save those who are lost. Zachaeus was a tax collector who was cheating people. Jesus is ready to receive you just as you are. He didn't wait for Zachaeus to change. Jesus declared that He came to save. It's that simple. There are no conditions or special circumstances because Jesus loves you just as you are. His love is eternal. When you are born again, Christ is within you and you are in Him.
In John 15:7-15 we see Jesus speaking to His disciples and telling them that if they keep His commandments, they will always abide in His love. He tells them to love one another as He loves them. Jesus says we are His friends if we obey His commandments.
In John 16:13-17 we see that Jesus is telling the disciples how to love one another. He is telling them that it is through the Holy Spirit and He is explaining who the Holy Spirit is. The Holy Spirit was always with Christ and He is now with us. Without Him you can't do anything. Jesus is speaking that you shall not see Him in the flesh much longer. In a little while you shall see Him in Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always there to lead and guide all those who are in Christ. The Holy Spirit will convict your heart to do what is good and glorifying to God. The Holy Spirit can change anyone from evil to good. It was the Holy Spirit who guided Paul to write his letters and guided Stephen, Abraham and many others.
Romans 8:1, 4-5 we see that we don't walk by flesh but by the Spirit. You are the righteousness of God if you walk in the Spirit. The things you do in the Spirit are manifesting the glory, grace and righteousness of Christ. His light shines through you. When the Spirit is in you, you are alive by righteousness. If you live by the Spirit, you shall live forever. You must put aside the deeds of the flesh. When you are in Christ and led by the Spirit, you are a son of God. The Spirit bears witness that we are the children of God.
           
Anger is a gradual lethal injection, sending its victims to a life of slow destruction.

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