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September 2013

Fellowship in prayer!

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Prayer has always been explained as a way of communication between man and God. It is a way by which man is able to express his gratitude, air his concerns and ask for God’s direction or intervention in any matter or issue, however big or small, trivial or important. As much as I don’t doubt the validity of this claim, I still believe there is more to prayer than just asking or telling God anything at all. Jesus said something profound in Matthew 6:8—”Be not therefore like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him” which is an affirmation of God’s Omniscience. God is all knowing so if He knows what we are thinking before we say them, why do we need to pray?

Well, I was studying the same Matthew 6 this morning when it dawned on me that the real essence of prayer is to commune with God. God’s primary reason for creating mankind is to fellowship with Him. We are created for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11) and although He knows what we are thinking and especially what is best for us, He still want us to talk and commit to Him. God’s desire is that man be in perpetual touch with Him. We are to stay focused on Christ as the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and trust the Holy Spirit to pray for us (“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”— Romans 8:26). Our prayers should be seen more in the light of this awesome fellowship. The heart of worship that stems from this communion is such that prayers flow easily and selflessly. You trust God for everything and for your every move and God is sure glorified in all you think, speak and do. Because you will have an understanding of His purpose, your prayers will always be in line with His perfect will and you are guaranteed not to pray amiss.

Control your environment!

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I’ve always believed the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ cliché holds true for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. It is the thoughts that permeates your life that determines how far you will go. What you see (books, movies, events and happenings), listen to (music, sermons, counsel and even everyday conversations) and those you associate with (friends, folks and colleagues) have serious consequences on your destiny because these are the breeding grounds for your thoughts. Their bye-products are what get filtered into your daily life consciously and unconsciously. I tell you what, your environment is a big factor in determining what gets into your head. If you loose your environment especially to negativity, your life gets filled with all sort of thoughts that eventually put your destiny in jeopardy!

When God told Joshua in 1:8 that “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” [AMP], the counsel was for him and the Isrealites to control their environment. God wanted them to fill their entire lives with His Words and plans for their lives. They were to guard against any thing contrary to God’s Will for them from getting into their system, using God’s Words to build an hedge all around themselves.

Every great man is a master of his environment. This mastery is what set them apart from the rest of men. They understand and permeate their lives deliberately with what would catapult them to the future they desire. Fortunately, the discipline required to do such can actually be cultivated by everyone that truly desire to get there. Consistent action and deliberate control of what we fill our lives with goes a long way to influence what think, speak and eventually do and the consequences of what we do ultimately become our future. Let your environment be positive and your thoughts will be clean and when you have positive thoughts, you will walk in honesty, truth and integrity. You will accomplish great things and sure have an extraordinary life!

Words On Marble!

“No one travels far down the road of life without discovering that this journey is not always smooth or perfect. We can pray and wish for safety on the way. We should enjoy the stretches of the ride when the sun shines and things go beautifully. We ought to thank God for the times when we find ourselves singing, whistling, laughing, and smiling as we travel along.

But every single human being has discovered that there are bumps, detours, and even collisions that can bring our joy to a screeching halt. This is not fatalism. It is not negativity. It is certainly not a lack of faith. It is life on this planet.

If you meet someone — a preacher, teacher, or sales person — who tries to tell you otherwise, BEWARE! If someone is peddling promises of a life with endlessly calm seas, perpetual blue skies, freedom from back pain, a guarantee of financial security, and ear-to-ear smiles all of your days, be very, very careful.

The Bible is filled with faithful friends of God who suffered in this life. Moses was violently opposed by the people he spent his life loving and trying to lead. David learned to dodge spears hurled at him by a mad king.

Ruth walked through the death of her husband and became a stranger in a strange land. Jeremiah was beaten and thrown into a pit. Stephen, an early church leader, was stoned to death. The apostle Paul was strapped up and beaten no less than five times. The list could go on and on.

Then there is Joseph. He discovered at a young age that the road of life is not always smooth. His story is peppered with rejection, false attacks, deceitful accusations, enslavement, imprisonment, and long stretches of loneliness.

If you have ever hit a hard patch of road and thought, “I’ll never get through this,” you just might want to look over Joseph’s shoulder and learn from his journey. It was hard. It was not a weekend trip but a tour of duty that lasted about two decades! But his story echoes through the centuries to remind us that we can make it through even the toughest of times. We really can.

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime, don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you will get through this”. …MAX LUCADO.

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