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THE NECESSITY OF FAITH

Faith can make all the difference between something happening and not happening. Jesus could do no mighty work in His hometown because of unbelief. The Lord is sovereign. He can do whatever He wants whenever He wants with whomever He wants. He doesn't need our opinion. He doesn't need us to vote on it. He just does it.

However, He has chosen to primarily accomplish His purposes through human instruments. Now if I were God, I would not have made that selection. If I were God, I would just do things myself. Why put trust in humanity? We have proved to be absolutely undependable. But God has primarily chosen to do His work through people.

When God wanted to part the Red Sea, He didn't need Moses to hold up his rod. God was doing the work. But He commanded Moses to stretch out his rod over the sea, and it parted. God didn't need Elijah to pray for fire to come down from heaven. God didn't need Noah to build an ark. He could have created His own ocean craft for the animals, Noah, and his family. But God worked through human instruments to accomplish His purposes.

It is interesting to note that Jesus did not heal everyone. But He did heal those who called out to Him in faith. An example is the blind man who heard that Jesus was coming his way. He cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Someone told him to be quiet, but that made him yell even more. So Jesus heard his cry, stopped, and he received his healing.









The bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It is evidential and substantial

Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Faith is a spiritual force that commits God’s integrity to make good His promise. In other words, if God has said anything to you and you have faith, you therefore have committed His integrity. Faith is a guaranteed access to all your inheritance in life; it is a bridge that connects you to your destination.

As a child of God you are supposed to have faith and believe in your prayers and also the word of God – Romans 12:3b. As a believer, you should learn to understand the need to develop and strengthen your faith. Faith has only one source and grows through only that source according to Romans 10:17. The source of faith is the word of God.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The prayer of faith is making decrees based on His words with deep conviction and settled assurance (James 5:13-15) There is a prayer called prayer of faith; not just prayer alone. In the kingdom of God, it is not just prayer that works; it is prayer wrapped in faith that produces good and desired results -Acts 20:9-12.

As a Christian, there are procedures to achieve a prayer of faith in order to achieve good results. God will not hear a prayer that is not backed up with his words – 1 John 5:14. Hosea 14:2. Faith works with believing; it is the assurance that the prayers are answered and it is done even before you see a physical manifestation.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The prayer of faith is not seeing the physical before believing; it is believing before seeing physical manifestations. As you begin to pray with faith, so shall all your expectation that are in accordance with God’s word come to pass in your life in the name of Jesus –Amen!

God responds to faith. Unbelief hinders His work. It is through faith we unleash His power on our behalf.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

The Bible defines faith this way: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation puts it this way: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see". The fact that we have faith in God, in spite of dreadful circumstances, is a testimony of God. Our faith is our title deed. It is our proof; our confident assurance. It is instilled in us by God himself. And that is a powerful witness to a lost world that doesn't believe in God.


We know from the stories of the early church how many of these courageous men and women, and sometimes even children, were martyred for their faith. Even as they were being executed, suffering horrible deaths, we read of them calling on the Lord and asking God to forgive the people who were doing this to them. And there are many accounts of their executioners coming to faith as a result of seeing their faith in God as they went into His presence.


The story of Paul and Silas, who sang praises to God at midnight after being beaten and thrown into prison, is another evidence of faith. It resulted in the conversion of heir jailers. Theirs wasn’t a case of mind over matter. It was faith over circumstances. Paul and Silas didn't have the guaranteed assurance they ever would get out of that prison. But they were able to see things in perspective and demonstrated great faith in the bleakest of circumstances.
Can you still trust God even in the bleakest of circumstances?

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CALLING

One of the foremost facts required for a successful preaching ministry is to know what message you have been sent to preach. The next very important fact is to know where you are sent-the city and people you are sent to. When Jesus sent His disciples out, He told where to go.







It interesting that some of the great men of the Bible who were known for certain things fell in those very areas. When we think of Eljah, courage comes to mind. He walked into the court of Ahab and Jezebel, the king and queen of Israel, and told them it would not rain, except at his word. He challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest that was won as he called upon the name of the Lord. Yet later we read how he ran and hid in a cave because Queen Jezebel put out a contract on his life.


Samson was known for his superhuman strength in which he could kill Philistines with a bone or whatever objects that happened to be around at the time. Yet Samson was brought down in immorality. We know of Abraham's faith, yet he lied on at least two occasions by saying that his wife Sarah was his sister, for fear that the Egyptians would kill him because of her. The Bible warns, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). Sometimes the areas in which you fall are the areas in which you think you are the strongest. Usually, when you know you are weak in an area, then you will be watchful and keep your guard up in that area. But when you think you are strong in an area you then to lower lower your guard in that area.

But unguarded strength is a double weakness. You may be cautious in your area of vulnerability but lower your guard in the area in which you think you are strong. And that just might be the area in which you fall. So be careful. It is just when you think you are not going to fall that you are in greater danger of falling.

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (John 14:10).

The Lord Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Father that dwelt in Him, identifying the Holy Spirit as the One who worked miracles through Him while He walked the earth. Furthermore, in John 8:38, He said, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father….” It’s thus clear that Jesus walked in union with the Father in an extraordinary way. He did nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit.

He said in John 5:19, “…Verily, verily, I say to you, The Son can do nothing by himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” He was always conscious of His inseparable oneness with the Father. No wonder He was such an outstanding success for us to emulate. We must walk in union with the Father as He did.

Having received the Holy Spirit, the Father lives in you now, for you’re His temple. So, like Jesus, you’re in the Father, and the Father is in you. Become conscious of this reality. Become conscious that you’re not alone. You don’t have to try to reach out to the Father; He’s in you. You don’t even need to cry or yell for Him to hear you. Everywhere you go, you go in and with the Father who lives permanently in you.

The Holy Spirit is your Father for real. He knows you more than you know yourself. There’s nothing about you that’s strange to Him. He’s more passionate about your success than you could ever be. Simply accept what He sees you to be, and endorse the picture; then, you’re ready to walk in union with Him.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Galatians 4:6-7 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Real men of God pay attention to needs. Ministers of God are always on the lookout for ways to help others. When they see a need, they seize the moment to meet it, just as the Bible commands us: "Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10). When God puts someone in need right in front of you, He is giving you the opportunity to grow in servanthood. Notice that God says the needs of your church family are to be given preference. It is a great privilege to serve them because they are dear to God.
We miss many occasions for serving because we lack sensitivity and spontaneity. Great opportunities to serve never last long. They pass quickly, sometimes never to return again. You may only get one chance to serve that person, so take advantage of the moment. "Never tell your neighbours to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now." John Wesley was an incredible servant of God. His motto was: "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can."

That is greatness. You can begin by looking for small tasks that no one else wants to do. Do these little things as if they were great things, because being faithful in little things will bring you great things.

Conclusively, for you now to be successful in the ministry which God has placed before you , you need to understand your calling. Now, how can you know your calling ? You can identity your calling by doing the following;








1. Pray fervently; Keep asking God in prayers to get it right
2. You add fasting; If prayers alone don't work out well, introduce fasting into it.
3. Search the scripture; read and meditate in His words. By doing this, heaven can open and insight to your vision and mission can be revealed.
4. Try praises ; introduce praises to it. The more you praise God the more He raises you.

The more you understand your calling the easier to get vision and mission accomplished! Understand your calling today! 



22 SMALL BUSINESSES YOU CAN START WITH 100,000

It is not how small you start , what matter most in life is how is big you become. Here are the twenty-two small businesses you can begin with less than or equal to one hundred thousand naira;

1. ANKARA CRAFT : You can train to make bags and slippers plus other dressing accessories from ankara craft. This is in vogue in addition to dress beading and stoning.

2. Aso-Oke Beading and Stoning: If you are a tailor add this to your shop. Aso-Oke Beading and Stoning has become sometimes in vogue now, and this is another sweet business one can start with 100k. You just have to learn how to bead and unlock your creative mind.

3. Bead Making: I’m not sure there’s really much to say here. All you need is training, passion, creativity, unique designs and styles, then adequate marketing. You absolutely don’t need 100k to start this. The machine is not expensive.

4. Home Service Barber: This is another profitable small-scale business. The beautiful thing about this is you bring your services to your clients for an extra token above regular. The starting capital to get the equipment and I’m sure you know we have rechargeable clippers.

5. Tutorial Classes: If you have NCE or any higher degrees set this up. No matter your age, this is another well-paying job, either as part-time or full-time. Many families are willing to spend what it takes for their children’s success and there’s one subject you’re well versed at. Just close the gap, meet their need for a fee.

6. Internet Services: Forget the extensive coverage of internet and the fact that people can assess it on their phones, Do you know how much applicants pay just to have Jamb applications filled online? You need a good system, printer & ISP. People pay as much as 1k per application

7. Production Of Zobo, Smoothies, cocktail, small chops, cupcakes and chinchin : You’d realize the importance of this combo cant be ruled out. You can render these services with 100k startup capital + proper marketing, branding and packaging....just get a good place to learn how to make them.

8. Re-Invest Your seed Capital in an existing business: Not everyone has the head for business but they can sniff opportunities. You can always sow your money as operating capital and draft an agreement on profit sharing. You can at least support your investment by bringing customers so the business can thrive. Market it on all your social media pages and who knows.

9.Production of Hand-Made cards: Do you know people pay good money for these thing made of paper and strawboard. This is one business you can start with less than 100k. Imagine you want to give a dignitary something they won’t forget, you certainly can’t buy them clothes or shoes because they have it all.

10. Bedsheet/Beddings Production: Pay a visit to Lagos Island, or Aba where they sell bulk materials, pick good designs and I tell you the guys who will sew it for you are just within the same Market. You can start will less than 100k and diligently grow your money.

11. Shirt Production: A sweet side hustle. There are tailors in Lagos Island or Aba, better learn the skill it will save you all the heartbreaks imaginable. Materials ranging from N700 – N1k per yard, sew for N1500/2k, Sell for N5-7k.

12. Boxers: Schedule a trip to Aba Market. The cost of production of boxers, you can get one for as low as N300, all you need is to package it in 3s, and market these babies properly beg your friend on twitter for RTs, we buy 3s pack boxers for 1500-2500 sell yours for 1200 gradually grow.

13. E-Payments and POS Business: You can get POS machine from your Bank, and activate online banking: If you live in a place where banks aren’t much you can handle e payments for people and make your small change. I paid someone N200 to withdraw 10k most places, ATM queue can be crazy.

14 Mobile and Electronic Accessories: Mobile and electronic Accessories such Pouches, Chargers, USB cables, HDMI cables, earphones and more, can be sourced on Alibaba, Ali Express, Deal Extreme, etc. The more you buy the lower the price. And they are light, so shipping won’t be a burden. Sell on here or Jumia and co.

15. Popcorn: We all know this, we buy every time. Bags of corn – Branded Nylon Sugar, Salt and Butter. The beauty of this is when properly made, its aroma will attract its customers. Manual sealing machine -7/9k Popcorn Machine is 65k on Jumia Popcorn can be served anywhere. It costs less than N40 to make a pack of popcorn

16. Branding – Sales and Customizing:Sales and Customizing of Football Team Football team supporters always want to show how much they’re rooting for a team.

17. Snail Farming ( Highly recommended ) : Snail farming in Nigeria is even more popular, due to its relatively cheap cost of startup and If you market your products well, your business will thrive. This is a business you can start from your backyard. Best in mind, snails take almost a year to mature so patience is key! This is one of the easiest farmings you can take up.

18. Fairly Used Goods: Fairly used goods such as Jeans, Tops, t-shirts, shoes etc. They could be sourced at Badagry, even Cotonou. 100k can’t get you a bale but you can select and mix them. Wash then and pack neatly. Marketing is all it takes, you’ll Sell and see your money multiply.

19. Cleaning Services: Some people find it hard to clean their apartments cos they’re busy from Monday to Friday and Saturday they have engagement and on Sunday all they wanna do is rest. Your tools won’t cost you up to 30k and you can clean 6 apartments a weekend. Cadet Taiwo in Ede is making good money out this.

20. Home Cooking and Delivery: You can cook a variety of meals well and apply customer service, People will pay good money for your services, You can run this from home .

21. Digital Marketing:The success of any business is in its ability to effectively reach its teeming customers and this is achieved by effective marketing: Get a Used Laptop and Smartphone, temporarily your smartphone can double as your hotspot. Persistence and Passion is Key.








22. Cakes and Confectionery:This is one business that always comes to play, people celebrate, and bakers are always consulted. Get the required skill, a decent oven, passion and customer service! You’ll grow.

Truth is there so much one can do with very little, it takes persistence, focus, interest and above all hard work. We can’t all be rich but we all shouldn’t be poor.

DO WHAT YOU SAY AND SAY WHAT YOU DO

Christ said, "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21. The test of sincerity is not in words, but in deeds. Christ does not say to any man, What say ye more than others? but, "What do ye more than others?" Matthew 5:47. Full of meaning are His words, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." John 13:17. Words are of no value unless they are accompanied with appropriate deeds. This is the lesson taught in the parable of the two sons.  
 
This parable was spoken at Christ's last visit to Jerusalem before His death. He had driven out the buyers and sellers from the temple. His voice had spoken to their hearts with the power of God. Amazed and terrified, they had obeyed His command without excuse or resistance.  

When their terror was abated, the priests and elders, returning to the temple, had found Christ healing the sick and the dying. They had heard the voice of rejoicing and the song of praise. In the temple itself the children who had been restored to health were waving palm branches and singing hosannas to the Son of David. Baby voices were lisping the praises of the mighty Healer. Yet with the priests and elders all this did not suffice to overcome their prejudice and jealousy.  

The next day, as Christ was teaching in the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him and said, "By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority?"  


The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11

The priests and elders had had unmistakable evidence of Christ's power. In His cleansing of the temple they had seen Heaven's authority flashing from His face. They could not resist the power by which He spoke. Again in His wonderful deeds of healing He had answered their question. He had given evidence of His authority which could not be controverted. But it was not evidence that was wanted. The priests and elders were anxious for Jesus to proclaim Himself the Messiah that they might misapply His words and stir up the people against Him. They wished to destroy His influence and to put Him to death.  

Jesus knew that if they could not recognize God in Him or see in His works the evidence of His divine character, they would not believe His own testimony that He was the Christ. In His answer He evades the issue they hope to bring about and turns the condemnation upon themselves. "I also will ask you one thing," He said, "which if ye tell Me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?"  
The priests and rulers were perplexed. "They reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, He will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men, we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We can not tell. And He said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."

"We can not tell." This answer was a falsehood. But the priests saw the position they were in, and falsified in order to screen themselves. John the Baptist had come bearing witness of the One whose authority they were now questioning. He had pointed Him out, saying, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. He had baptized Him, and after the baptism, as Christ was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God like a dove rested upon Him, while a voice from heaven was heard saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17.  

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.

Remembering how John had repeated the prophecies concerning the Messiah, remembering the scene at the baptism of Jesus, the priests and rulers dared not say that John's baptism was from heaven. If they acknowledged John to be a prophet, as they believed him to be, how could they deny his testimony that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God? And they could not say that John's baptism was of men, because of the people, who believed John to be a prophet. So they said, "We can not tell."  

Then Christ gave the parable of the father and the two sons. When the father went to the first son, saying, "Go work today in my vineyard," the son promptly answered, "I will not." He refused to obey, and gave himself up to wicked ways and associations. But afterward he repented, and obeyed the call. The father went to the second son with the same command, "Go work today in my vineyard." This son made reply, "I go, sir," but he went not.  

In this parable the father represents God, the vineyard the church. By the two sons are represented two classes of people. The son who refused to obey the command, saying, "I will not," represented those who were living in open transgression, who made no profession of piety, who openly refused to come under the yoke of restraint and obedience which the law of God imposes. But many of these afterward repented and obeyed the call of God. When the gospel came to them in the message of John the Baptist, "Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," they repented, and confessed their sins. (Matthew 3:2.)  

"Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," they repented, and confessed their sins.  Matthew 3:2.

In the son who said, "I go, sir," and went not, the character of the Pharisees was revealed. Like this son, the Jewish leaders were impenitent and self-sufficient. The religious life of the Jewish nation had become a pretense. When the law was proclaimed on Mount Sinai by the voice of God, all the people pledged themselves to obey. They said, "I go, sir," but they went not. When Christ came in person to set before them the principles of the law, they rejected Him. Christ had given the Jewish leaders of His day abundant evidence of His authority and divine power, but although they were convinced, they would not accept the evidence. Christ had shown them that they continued to disbelieve because they had not the spirit which leads to obedience. He had declared to them, "Ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. . . . In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:6, 9.  
In the company before Christ there were scribes and Pharisees, priests and rulers, and after giving the parable of the two sons, Christ addressed to His hearers the question, "Whether of them twain did the will of his father?" Forgetting themselves, the Pharisees answered, "The first." This they said without realizing that they were pronouncing sentence against themselves. Then there fell from Christ's lips the denunciation, "Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him."  

Christ did not say to them, Ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven; but He showed that the obstacle which prevented them from entering was of their own creating. The door was still open to these Jewish leaders; the invitation was still held out. Christ longed to see them convicted and converted.

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:9

John the Baptist came preaching truth, and by his preaching sinners were convicted and converted. These would go into the kingdom of heaven before the ones who in self-righteousness resisted the solemn warning. The publicans and harlots were ignorant, but these learned men knew the way of truth. Yet they refused to walk in the path which leads to the Paradise of God. The truth that should have been to them a savor of life unto life became a savor of death unto death. Open sinners who loathed themselves had received baptism at the hands of John; but these teachers were hypocrites. Their own stubborn hearts were the obstacle to their receiving the truth. They resisted the conviction of the Spirit of God. They refused obedience to God's commandments.  
The priests and elders of Israel spent their lives in religious ceremonies, which they regarded as too sacred to be connected with secular business. Therefore their lives were supposed to be wholly religious. But they performed their ceremonies to be seen by men that they might be thought by the world to be pious and devoted. While professing to obey they refused to render obedience to God. They were not doers of the truth which they professed to teach.  

Christ declared John the Baptist to be one of the greatest of the prophets, and He showed His hearers that they had had sufficient evidence that John was a messenger from God. The words of the preacher in the wilderness were with power. He bore his message unflinchingly, rebuking the sins of priests and rulers, and enjoining upon them the works of the kingdom of heaven. He pointed out to them their sinful disregard of their Father's authority in refusing to do the work appointed them. He made no compromise with sin, and many were turned from their unrighteousness.  
Had the profession of the Jewish leaders been genuine, they would have received John's testimony and accepted Jesus as the Messiah. But they did not show the fruits of repentance and righteousness. The very ones whom they despised were pressing into the kingdom of God before them.

But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.  Matthew 15:13

In the parable the son who said, "I go, sir," represented himself as faithful and obedient; but time proved that his profession was not real. He had no true love for his father. So the Pharisees prided themselves on their holiness, but when tested, it was found wanting. When it was for their interest to do so, they made the requirements of the law very exacting; but when obedience was required from themselves, by cunning sophistries they reasoned away the force of God's precepts. Of them Christ declared, "Do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not." Matthew 23:3. They had no true love for God or man. God called them to be co-workers with Him in blessing the world; but while in profession they accepted the call, in action they refused obedience. They trusted to self, and prided themselves on their goodness; but they set the commands of God at defiance. They refused to do the work which God had appointed them, and because of their transgression the Lord was about to divorce Himself from the disobedient nation.  







Self-righteousness is not true righteousness, and those who cling to it will be left to take the consequences of holding a fatal deception. Many today claim to obey the commandments of God, but they have not the love of God in their hearts to flow forth to others. Christ calls them to unite with Him in His work for the saving of the world, but they content themselves with saying, "I go, sir." They do not go. They do not co-operate with those who are doing God's service. They are idlers. Like the unfaithful son, they make false promises to God. In taking upon themselves the solemn covenant of the church they have pledged themselves to receive and obey the word of God, to give themselves to God's service, but they do not do this. In profession they claim to be sons of God, but in life and character they deny the relationship. They do not surrender the will to God. They are living a lie.  

"Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7.
The promise of obedience they appear to fulfill when this involves no sacrifice; but when self-denial and self-sacrifice are required, when they see the cross to be lifted, they draw back. Thus the conviction of duty wears away, and known transgression of God's commandments becomes habit. The ear may hear God's word, but the spiritual perceptive powers have departed. The heart is hardened, the conscience seared.  

Do not think that because you do not manifest decided hostility to Christ you are doing Him service. We thus deceive our own souls. By withholding that which God has given us to use in His service, be it time or means or any other of His entrusted gifts, we work against Him.  

Satan uses the listless, sleepy indolence of professed Christians to strengthen his forces and win souls to his side. Many, who think that though they are doing no actual work for Christ, they are yet on His side, are enabling the enemy to pre-occupy ground and gain advantages. By their failure to be diligent workers for the Master, by leaving duties undone and words unspoken, they have allowed Satan to gain control of souls who might have been won for Christ.  
We can never be saved in indolence and inactivity. There is no such thing as a truly converted person living a helpless, useless life. It is not possible for us to drift into heaven. No sluggard can enter there. If we do not strive to gain an entrance into the kingdom, if we do not seek earnestly to learn what constitutes its laws, we are not fitted for a part in it. Those who refuse to co-operate with God on earth would not co-operate with Him in heaven. It would not be safe to take them to heaven.  

There is more hope for publicans and sinners than for those who know the word of God but refuse to obey it. He who sees himself a sinner with no cloak for his sin, who knows that he is corrupting soul, body, and spirit before God, becomes alarmed lest he be eternally separated from the kingdom of heaven. He realizes his diseased condition, and seeks healing from the great Physician who has said, "Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. These souls the Lord can use as workers in His vineyard.

WORK AND SELF RELIANT

Work is honourable. Developing the capacity to do work will help you contribute to the world in which you live. It will bring you increased sense of worth. It will bless you and your family, both now and in the future. Learning to work begins in the home. Help your family by willingly participating in the work necessary to maintain a home. Learn early to handle your money wisely and live within your means. Follow the teachings of the prophets by paying your tithing, avoiding debt, and saving for future. Set high goals for yourself, and wiling to work hard to achieve them.

Develop self-discipline, and be dependable. Do your best in your Church callings, schoolwork, employment, and other worthwhile pursuits. Young men should be willing to do what is needed to be prepared to serve a full-time mission. Heavenly Father has given you gifts and talents and knows what you are capable of achieving. Seek His help and guidance as you work to achieve your goals. The Lord has commanded us not to be idle. Idleness can lead to inappropriate behaviour, damaged relationships, and sin. One form of idleness is spending excessive amounts of time in activities that keep you from productive work , such as using the internet, playing video games, and watching television.











Do not waste your time and money gambling. Gambling is wrong and should not used as form of entertainment. It is addictive and can lead to lost opportunities, ruined lives, and broken homes. It is false to believe that you can get something for nothing. One of the blessings of work is developing self-reliance. When you are self-reliant, you use the blessings and abilities God has given you to care for yourself and to find solutions for your own problems. Self-reliance does not mean that you must be able to do all things on your own. To be truely self-reliant, you must learn how to work with others and turn to the Lord for His help and strength. Remember that God has great work for you to do. He will bless you in your efforts to accomplish that work. Work and pray





SETTING OUT THE PRIORITY

Lauren became a Christian after a wonderful week away at the church holiday club. Until then, she'd had no idea how much God loved her and that he wanted a relationship with her. It was incredible! She was thrilled when the leaders presented her with a Bible and she promised God she'd read it every it every day.







When she got home, Lauren volunteered to help out at Kids’ Club and joined the youth group. Being a Christian meant so much to Lauren and wanted to tell everyone and anyone about Jesus.

The following year Lauren started a new school, and over the next few years, things changed. Lauren made lots of friends and joined the drama group. She got the lead role in the school play but had to give up Kids’ Club as she had too many researsals . Soon Lauren was missing church , as her boss at the restaurant wanted her to work Sundays. Even reading her  Bible was difficult with all the homework she got.







In RE class one day, Lauren's teacher asked if anyone was a Christian. As Lauren raised her hand , her best friend Anna laughed. “Very funny, ” she said , “there's no way you're a Christian”. Lauren was so shocked that she put her hand down and said nothing. She couldn't believe her closest friend had no idea she was a Christian.

At home that night, Lauren took out her Bible. Tears filled her eyes. She realised God wasn't her  top priority any more; He wasn't even in the top ten. Friends, school, her job, the play -they had all taken the place that God once had in her life.  







Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son: He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ banquet.’“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” - [ Matthew 22:1-14]

Conclusively, in Matthew 22:1-14 above , Jesus tells a parable that helps us come to the same conclusions as Lauren: the most important thing in our lives is our relationship with God and how we live. How different were Lauren's priorities to that of wedding gifts? The king had a guest thrown out of the feast because he wasn't dressed properly. In what way do you think Lauren may not like a Christian to her friends? What your priorities are. Does God come first? How you can remind yourself that God is top priority. Try looking at how you spend your time each day. How much is spent on God?

For more, see…
  • Matthew 22:37-38
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • Luke 10:38-42



PRAISING GOD IN HARD TIMES

It is easy to thank the Lord and praise Him, when things work smoothly for us in life; but a true mark of our love for God is to praise Him when going through difficulties. For every child of God,so long as you work in obedience, everything will always work for your good (Romans 8:28).

While some of your desires and expectations for this fleeing year are yet to be actualized; the Word  of God has a simple answer " Yet I will rejoice in the Lord". The true test of our faith is not in praising the Lord when the situation is positive, but it rests on the fact that "Although the Fig tree shall not blossom.......Yet I will praise Him (Psalm 34:1).








Just before His glorious levitation into heaven, the Lord Jesus lectured His disciples on the person of the Holy Spirit. He told them that the Holy Spirit would be in them: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). And from the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon them, to live in them; He came upon them for the purpose of living in them.

In the Old Testament, Solomon built God a temple, and at the dedication of the temple, the presence of God came upon it (2 Chronicles 5:13-14). God had to come upon and into that temple to make it His own. But He wasn’t satisfied. Acts 7:48 says, “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands….” He had said in Proverbs 8:31, “…and my delights were with the sons of men.” This is the essence of Christianity: Christ in you. It’s what Jesus brought, and made possible.

When you were born again, God made you His own; you became His offspring and His living temple. From that moment, you were sanctified unto Him and became one with Him. He sanctified your vessel, your body, to become His house. You’re God’s dwelling place; He actually does live in you. And because He lives in you, He speaks through you and walks in you (2 Corinthians 6:16). He manifests Himself in and through you.

The great God of glory, the Monarch of the universe, lives in you! He created you in His image and in His likeness to make it possible for you to be filled with His Spirit. What a blessing! What a privilege! Always honour the Spirit; appreciate and celebrate His presence in your life. Fellowship with Him often, and your life will be an endless stream of blessings and the supernatural.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1. According to Romans 8:1, we find two descriptions of the same person — the person that is in Christ Jesus. Those that are in Christ Jesus are described first by their position and then by their practice. They have no condemnation against them, Paul says, and they walk after the Spirit instead of the flesh.








No condemnation! Because God is completely holy, even our greatest deeds and thoughts are sin-soaked, filthy rags in His perfect sight. We stand guilty before a virtuous and fair judge; justice will be served (He will not compromise His own righteousness in order to have mercy on us) and so we must be condemned. But those who are in Christ have their punishment transferred to Jesus, so that they are without condemnation. Those who believe on Jesus Christ have the assurance that He has taken their place—acted as their substitute—and so, in spite of their great shortcomings, they are without condemnation. Christ’s perfect sacrifice on their behalf has wiped their criminal record clean.
How do these pardoned sinners then live? They follow the promptings and leadership of the Spirit of God. As Paul explains a few verses later, “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (14). They no longer follow the dictates of their corrupted nature or of the sinful world; they march to the beat of a spiritual Drummer, following the footsteps of their perfect Saviour. What a joy, what a privilege it is to be in Christ! Our desire, like Paul’s, should therefore be to “be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ .

David went through series of challenges from his youth till old age, and here is an outstanding confession of his heart:  “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalms‬ ‭42:5‬). Don't be discouraged, God will not cast off for ever. The bible says severally and “it shall come to pass”. Let your hope be in the Lord and He will yet show up for you in this  year.

What To Do Doing Hard Times
Here comes the “R”s habits to do doing the hard times. Practice this “R”s.
  • Relax, this is not the end of life,there is a bright and shining light at the end of the tunnel. (Psalm 46:10).

  • Rejoice in every situation and enjoy whatever God in His infinite wisdom brings your way. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

  • Reflect with joy over all blessings,many of which you don't really deserve. (Psalm 124:1-2).

  • Resolve to always appreciate God for every new day and accompanied blessings. (Psalm 68:19).

  • Rejuvenate the lives of those around and in the beauty of all creatures around; all things bright and beautiful,all creatures great and small. (Leviticus 19:18)

Do you dare to dream when others say it’s impossible? When others live in doubt and despair? Jesus Christ, the author, and finisher of our faith said ALL things are possible to them who believe. Believe that God will do what He said He will do.

God has a way of reaching each of us with the right message at the right time. He knows how to get our attention, and He knows what we need to hear. Open your heart and lean into Him because He will direct your path! Good day. Have a blessed day. Enjoy your day.

Prayer Points
Dear Father, I thank you for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me; I’m filled with God. Therefore, there’s no room for sickness, disease, anger, jealousy or anything of darkness in me. I’m full of light, and I light up my world. I’m never alone, because the Holy Spirit is forever in me, and with me; He’s my everpresent help in time of need! Hallelujah!

Thank You Father, that in Christ there is no condemnation. By Your grace I walk in step with Your Spirit.
Father, thank You for mercies,countless as the sands, freely showered on us daily.
Father,in all circumstances let us depend absolutely on you.
Father,let us rejoice always in the God of our salvation and our strength.
Father,the grace to praise ,worship and appreciate You ,let it fall on us today in Jesus mighty name amen.








Prophetic Declaration
I come through the blood of Jesus and I declare by divine authority from the throne room perspective where dominion is located, I prophesied to you now and forever that;
(1) You will never beg for bread. (Psalm 37:25).
(2) You will possess your possession (Obad 1:17).
(3) Your labour shall be rewarded (1Chron.15:7).
(4) You shall not plant for others to harvest (Isa. 65:22-25).
(5) God will ransom you from the power of the grave and redeem you from death (Hos.13:14).
(6) You will fulfill your purpose and destiny (Col.4:17).
(7)The mark of Christ will be upon you. You will become untouchable for the devils (Gal.6:17). All these I pray for you and your family in Jesus Name. You shall hear  good news