Perseverance

Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ESV

“So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”

The minute you understand your purpose you will not allow people to pressure you. You will stand your man in the company. I learned the harder people push you the harder you need to push back. Never once have I backed down, my purpose was clear I wanted to be a successful person.

I realized that people will pressure you to the extent that you become fearful when in fact the pressure is a ploy to get rid of you. The reasons are simple they cannot get on with you and would love you to leave.

In the old days when I felt the pressure of people manipulating and pressurizing me, I would break down in the bathroom and pray, crying and praying calling out to the LORD my God.

These people hated me, they hated my religion and they wanted me out. They made my life miserable and very difficult with unreasonable demands. I stuck it out and I prayed about it all the time. I have the favour of God in my life today.

Prayer

Abba Father, with unreasonable demands in our lives, please help each one of us face our adversaries. We have You, Lord, clothed with the righteousness of God in Christ we can stand against any difficulties. Taking up our position in You thank You for Your supernatural favour in our lives today. In the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Why aren’t my Prayers being answered?

I used to believe God didn’t care much for me because when I prayed about a specific situation I wouldn’t receive answers swiftly. Then I learned an important lesson.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 AMP ~ A Time for Everything

“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven -”

I made so many detrimental mistakes in my life and there is no turning back. It seems that no amount of prayer and crying would change it. Then I came to realize God is still God and in control of my life. I have come clean and repented of my sins to the parties involved and with God. So why aren’t my prayers answered? I thought about this and I believe there is a time for everything, as indicated by Ecclesiastes 3.

God has provided according to my needs and I am so grateful for His supernatural favour in my life. His mercies are new every day. This reminded me of Habakkuk chapter 2 verse 3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time.” We need to remember that our prayers will be answered at the appointed time, we need to wait. “It hurries towards the goal [of fulfilment]; it will not fail.” I am so glad that whatever God has destined for me it will not fail. “Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay.”

I have come to realize God doesn’t work according to my schedule, and if you know me I am very impatient, things need to happen now. If I want something I want it now. I don’t want to wait because I am too impatient. Guess what? I have to wait, it will come in its own time.

Prayer

Abba Father, I don’t know how to fix my past, I failed badly and I made such big and detrimental mistakes. I have committed it to You and I believe You understand where I am coming from. I want to say thank You for this opportunity, You are able to change things around in each one of our lives. If prayers aren’t answered right now, give us the vision and understanding that You are still in control and all good things will come to those who Love You. I pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Testify!

I know when I stopped talking about all the wonderful things God was doing in my own life, my spiritual growth stopped.  I became stagnant and I was afraid to speak boldly about God.

Psalm 78: 5 – 7 NKJV

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;”

Finances are something I struggle with and I am constantly worried that I won’t have enough to cover all my debt. The year before I was blessed and I started work, as a contract. I received untold blessings, to the extent that I am able to help my aged mom and her husband. I also am able to do things at home and help my husband. I am totally grateful for the finance I have right now. I want to encourage you today. I decided when I started working that I would give my tithings and I would also help my ageing mom. The two amount I give could buy me so many nice things, but I looked at my options and decide the two most important things in my life is God – my Heavenly Father and my mom.

Take courage and think on this in Psalms 13 verses 5 to 6 “But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your loving kindness and faithfulness; my heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD because He has dealt bountifully with me.” On reading this I am truly grateful to the LORD my God. He truly has dealt bountifully with me.

My contract is extended with a year and the threat of company closure is looming over us but I have taken to prayer and believe God has opened this door for me. He has blessed me so that I am able to be a blessing to my mom and that I am able to honour Him in giving my tithings. I feel strongly about this testimony and I want to encourage you today. I prayed compassionately asking for forgiveness of sin and trusting God to open the right doors for me. He has and I want to give Him all the praise and the Glory.

Prayer

Lord, Abba Father, thank You for providing according to my needs. Lord, I want to pray that You will send Your Holy Spirit out with my blog today. Lord each person reading this blog to be touched by Your Holy Spirit. I am praying Lord for more testimonies. Lord without You I am nothing and I thank You from the bottom of my heart for the Holy Spirit. Thank You for reminding me of my wealth and prosperity right now. I am grateful that You have blessed me so abundantly. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Love Your Church

Ephesians 5: 25 AMP

“Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,”

Apparently, this does happen in the Church communities. I remember arriving at my Pastors house for our weekly Mentorship classes. I walked into the lounge and greeted all my friends.

Sitting down our Pastor said he had to tell us something. He took out a file and started paging through all the correspondence, reading the hot emails. I was shocked and thought what is happening here. I felt appalled when I heard all the accusations. It amazed me that people thought they had the right to write things down. It was apparent the church was going to split.

I remember coming home in tears telling my husband I don’t belong anywhere. All the places I go to end up being the wrong place for me. My husband said to me “don’t you give up on your church.”

I believe after the split in our church many a mature believer feels disillusioned and I wonder how our new believers are dealing with the havoc of this split. I know it must have affected our pastors and their families, and this brings reproach upon the name of Jesus Christ. I do believe there is hope. Our church will experience healing and restoration going forward.

Going forward I believe our church split will heal and we need to repent and come before the Lord in humility.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, humbly I pray forgive me and our congregation if we have sinned against You knowingly or unknowingly. We pray for our Pastors and dedicate them into Your hands today, Lord lift them up.  Lord give them the necessary strength to face each day. Guide them and help them.  Thank You Lord for our Pastors and thank You for Your loving kindness.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Amen

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Show a little compassion!

Matthew 9: 36 ESV

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Why would the Lord Jesus feel compassion for the people He saw before Him? I see that they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. I wonder if you ever think of the day when you grow old. I wonder if you think you are invincible and you are going to be able to maintain your lifestyle.

What you don’t realize if you aren’t able to show a little compassion today, no one is going to show you a little compassion tomorrow. God isn’t going to let you get away with it. The seed you put into the ground today will come up tomorrow.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I want to pray and ask You to please forgive us because we lack in showing compassion towards other people. I have sinned against You today and I humbly pray for forgiveness, please create in my a clean heart, and a pure spirit. I also want to pray for the elderly who have no one to look out for them. They are discarded like they don’t exist. Lord ,I pray that You will send Your angels to protect each one of them, mom and oom Frik too. Lord keep Your hand over them. Let no harm come to them. Bless them today, with supernatural favour with You Lord as well as with people. In the Holy Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Come and Praise the LORD God with me!

Psalm 7: 17

“I will thank the LORD for his justice; I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord!”

In humility, I want to bring You praises today. I give the LORD my God all the thanks due to His righteousness and I will sing praises to the name of the LORD, the Most High.

O LORD, my Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, You have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

the LORD is in His Holy Temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of man.

The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

LORD, yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust to let me not be put to shame let not my enemies exult over me. LORD God I will trust in You. You are my stronghold, my shield and my shelter. I love You, Lord.

Prayer

Lord as it is written in Psalm 25 “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me for You are the God of my salvation; for You, I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and Your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.” In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray, Amen

 

 

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Don’t let fear rule your mouth!

Mark 9: 2-6 ESV

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, and no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.”

The house is in turmoil and all I could think of was phoning my mom. I waited for the call to go through to my mom. A shot was fired and the phones handpiece shuttered. I almost fainted. This lunatic wasn’t thinking and my life just flashed before my eyes. I know my mouth was faster than my brain and I was probably saying a whole lot more than was necessary.

James, John and Peter were with Jesus standing on the mountain, they didn’t expect Moses and Elijah to pop in for a chat.  At that moment Peter was rambling, thinking of erecting tents for each person. I think he couldn’t believe his own eyes. He saw Moses and Elijah and to top it off Jesus garment became radiant. It must have been spectacular but frightening at the same time.  They wouldn’t have to know what to do.

I won’t ever forget the day this person shot at me, I can still see it in my mind’s eye. I have moved past my fear and I think my senses have dulled I don’t fear anything, probably too stupid to even think about it. I have faced too many of these situations in my life. I have forgiven this person but I cannot forget what they did.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, please forgive me if I still hold onto the past, I forgive this person and set them free. Help me to focus my thoughts on You and let go of the past. You are my rock and my shield. I love You Lord, thank You for today, protect each one of us in Jesus name. Amen

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