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AUGUST 2019 FAITH MAIL

AVOID PATTERNS OF DISTRACTION

Distraction will assault man’s attention to prevent man’s concentration. When distraction takes a position in the life of man, it will be almost impossible for a man to gain or prevail in the course of the endeavor. Distraction is a denial agent against a man not to walk in the Lord, to arrive in the center of God’s divine assignment. Distraction can also be an indefinable force that will deny a man from getting to the expected end in the journey of faith.
Samson was a man destined to be a deliverer of his people by the hand of God upon his life. At the time he was to be conceived by his mother God sent an angel that said to his mother, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Now, therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” (Judges 13:3-5) After his birth, at a point in his journey of life, he became a victim of distraction from the word of God over his life. Samson was not to reveal the secret which the angel delivered to his mother but he became enticed by his wife (Delilah) and could not focus and maintain the secret (word) of God over his life.
Samson was pressed by his wife to reveal the secret of God upon his life to his enemy. Judges 16:18-20 records the distraction of Samson, “When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.” Samson’s distraction was not his outsider but his wife.
What or who is your distraction that is set to derail your journey to the center of divine assignment?
During the challenges of Job, his wife was an agent of distraction with an attempt to set Job away from God’s presence. Bible records Job’s wife’s distraction, “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9)
Unlike Samson, Job resisted distraction by responding to his wife’s distracting device, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)
Are you avoiding devices of distraction before you?
Give attention to deny distraction in your life otherwise, a distraction from the inside (no distraction from outside) will deny your divine assignment as you journey in life. Deny distraction in your life.
Many have welcomed Jesus into their hearts as Lord and savior but giving Him due attention is lacking because of distraction.
With Jesus in your heart, you must be living life like Him (behave the word) to avoid an unfruitful life. For anyone who has welcomed and received Jesus into one’s life, there is a need to maintain His presence. Martha is an example of one’s welcoming of Jesus into her house but could not avoid distraction. Luke 10:38 records, “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.”
Are you like Martha?
Have you welcomed Him into your house by receiving Him?
Martha welcomed Jesus into her house, “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’” (Luke 10:40) Distraction denied Martha from Jesus’ presence in her house.
There is nothing wrong in serving God but distraction can derail a believer from arriving at God’s divine assignment.
Martha welcomed Him into her house but became distracted.
Who or what is your distraction?

JULY 2019 FAITH MAIL

CONTINUALLY PLEASE GOD

The word of God for all man is His command that is not negotiable and is not to be compromised.
With no exception, all man should live life according to God’s command to gain and retain a positive relationship with God.
To be redirecting God’s word to please oneself not to please God is evidence of a lack of understanding to serve God diligently. The word of God is with the command for all man to serve God diligently but not serving Him diligently will only please one that serves self instead of pleasing God.
Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith encourages all not to compromise God’s word command but to please God as stated, “…When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:28-29)
Are you doing His command to please self?
Do you have faith to please God without compromising His command?
Giving self to the written word of God is to have faith to live life according to His command. Hebrews 11:6 buttressed, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Consciously or unconsciously do you compromise God’s command?
Before God, there is no legitimate excuse not to do according to His word.
To compromise God’s command will complicate a man’s journey of life.
Compromising God will violate man from God.
To compromise God’s command is an indication of a lack of fear for God, that will open the door for the devil. Proverbs 8:13 warns, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
To do as commanded by God is doing good that counts before God. One that knows to do good and not do is compromising God’s command by giving self to sin. (James 4:17)
With understanding, all man should know not to compromise God’s word to impress any man (inside or outside of church) and not to impress any family or friends. The Bible records how Eli’s children compromised God’s word and Eli’s failure to train his children enough before God counted against him as compromising God’s word.
1 Samuel 2:12-15 records, “Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD.  And the priests’ custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling. Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; and the priest would take for himself all that the fleshhook brought up. So, they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who sacrificed, “Give meat for roasting to the priest, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but raw.”
Sons of Eli does not know God when they actively engaged themselves in the sacrifices without restraint from Eli their father. Compromising the word of God by the sons of Eli was recorded as great sin before God. Eli did not do enough to restrain the evil acts of his sons despite his position as Priest and father.
When God called on Samuel, at a young age, God identified to Samuel the sin and judgment of Eli stating, “In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.” (1 Samuel 3:12-13) Eli’s failure not to act enough against the wrongdoing of his children counted against him and corrupted his destiny.
Come out of all the evil which you know about; refrain from being carried along with compromising God’s command or stand to correct compromising God’s command.
Eli compromised, and his destiny was corrupted.

JUNE 2019 FAITH-MAIL

HOPE IS IN THE HEART

In the journey of life, to arrive and remain at the center of divine assignment, having hope in the heart is critical. Claiming to have hope in God is not only by mouth but must be rooted in the heart. Anyone that does not keep his or her heart diligently as requested by the word of God, does not understand and therefore cannot have hope in God.  According to (Proverbs 4:23),Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” The question is, do you have a heart with hope in God?
The Bible records what it takes to have hope in God: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15)) A heart that is sanctified (separated) for God will have hope in God. A heart that is sanctified to God is a heart that seeks God diligently; to have hope in God is meditating the word of God.
Let us take a closer look at what meditating the word of God really means according to the book of Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” According to this statement, giving one’s heart to God in His word day and night without any doubt will help in the journey to have hope in God. Giving self to meditating the word of God day and night will help one to know God enough in order to trust and remain standing in hope for God’s response. Do live to meditate the word of God without depending only on the memorizations.
Sanctifying heart to God is hallowing God:
Hallowing God according to His command is the evidence of heart with hope. When the word of God locates a man for direction, hope in the man’s heart will do as commanded. Moses could not do as commanded by God but do against the word of God. The Bible records about Moses failure to hallow God: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”  Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:7-12) A failure not to believe God for His word is not having hope to do as commanded by God. Trust in God without hope is not complete:
Many have received God by their confession but cannot believe God by the testimony of their heart with no hope. For example, it is good to trust in God when people gather to pray but with no heart with hope people will be confessing negativity over what has been prayed for.
In your prayer of trust before God, move forward with the heart of hope to experience the manifestation of prayer point before God. Jeremiah 17:7 pointed out the importance of understanding and knowledge of trust and hope as the combination of being blessed, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”
All men should desire and cautiously trust with the heart of hope claiming the promises in the word of God, doing according to God’s command. Psalm 146:5 buttressed, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”
Description of hope in the Bible summarizes, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Manifestly, hope is the life wire of faith, it is crucial for a believer to move forward with the blessings of God; claiming the blessing of God, consciously trust with the heart of hope in God.

MAY 2019 FAITH-MAIL

LEARN TO KNOW AGAINST WRONG DECISION

The Bible records, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ” (Romans 15:4)
When there is no learning in the written word of God there will be a lack of knowledge. The lack of knowledge is also the identity of those who KNOW ABOUT but, not KNOW the written word of God.
Jesus demonstrated the reason for all man to know the word of God.
Just like Jesus, it is a must to learn, to know the word of God for decoration and declaring the word of God as stated in Matthew 4:3-4, “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Are you learning the word of God to become decorated by the word of God and be living life declaring against any WRONG DECISIONS concerning your life?
A decision is a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.
Making a right or wrong decision will prompt consequence in the journey of life.
In the journey of your life, a decision that was made on your behalf yesterday or decision which you made for yourself will affect or determine where you are today and where you will be tomorrow.
Today, many are living in a position (painful position) which is the consequence of a decision made by grandparents or parents.
Also, many are living in a position which is the consequence of a self-decision.
Is it a right or wrong decision that is the consequence of your position in life today?
Every position of life that is rooted in the wrong decision of yesterday or today must be addressed prayerfully to reverse the pain of wrong decision of yesterday, today or future.
Among wrong decisions in the Bible with pain consequence are written for our learning:
Jephthah made a decision, making a vow that took the life of her only child.
Judges 11:30-31 records, “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, 31 then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” What kind of decision have you made to affect your children today or to affect your children’s tomorrow? Jephthah’s vow was the decision for his only child to become the burnt offering before God.
Apostle Paul made a decision to affect his life.
Apostle Paul was warned by the Holy Spirit not to go to Jerusalem. It was his decision that made him go against the Holy Spirit. Bible records: “…They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.” (Acts 21:4) “And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” (Acts 21:10-11) Apostle Paul was repeatedly warned not to go to Jerusalem but, his decision drove him to Jerusalem, which set him for his death.
In the journey of life, decision making by self or on behalf of one is possible to deliver kinds of pain that can deny, derail or destroy one’s journey of life.
Also, making right or wrong decision as a result of unexpected situation will prompt painful decision to derail, deny or destroy any journey of life.
It was an unexpected situation that prompted the Israelites’ decision to move to Egypt. At Egypt, the Israelites became the slave for over four hundred years. While in slavery, God’s intervention answered for the calling of the Israelites’ deliverance, by His stretch Hand.
Bible records: “So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst, and after that, he will let you go.” (Exodus 3:20)
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”” (Exodus 7:5)
It was the stretch hand of God that brought the Israelites out of the decision rooted in challenging which brought them into Egypt where they lived the life of bondage for over four hundred years.
Know and believe that God is the only God that reverses irreversible.
God answered the crying out of prayer of the Israelites that prompted God’s stretch out hand which delivered the Israelites from the bondage of over four hundred years.
Prophesy to your new month as the month of STRETCH OUT HAND OF God.
Prayerfully ask before God that before the end of this new month, you shall come out of every decision that is holding you down not to live life for the glory of God, in Jesus name.

APRIL 2019 FAITH-MAIL

THIS SEASON COME OUT OF THE ROUTE OF THE LOST

God is near to all, but man is continually far from God, taking to the route of the LOST by missing out of God’s promise for REST.
The route to be far from God is the route of LOST.
God’s mindful for all man is the reason why He left His place to come for all man not to LOST but yet man did not get the understanding to live life for the glory of God.
Jesus said, “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) From this day, why not begin to gain understanding and knowledge to seek Jesus and find a place in Him for your salvation?
WHY IS THE LOST OF MAN NOT TO GAIN THE PROMISE OF GOD FOR HIS PEACE?
Jeremiah 50:6 points it out, “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.” According to the above Jeremiah’s verse, Shepherds are the contributing role for the LOST ones, but that will not excuse the LOST ones before God from experiencing the consequence of living life as the LOST one.
Jesus came to seek and to save the LOST sheep and the sheep that seek Him in return, will find Him and be saved.
In the man’s calendar of the yearly Easter celebration of Jesus’ price to seek and save the LOST demands understanding that will make the life of a believer be with REST, the promise of God.
For all man, there is no excuse to claim or place acquisition of being led wrong by the shepherds. John 8:31-32 clearly point out that individual should know the truth and not become a victim as the LOST one. John 8:31-32 states: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
There is no excuse to have been wrongly led if: “…YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH…” From today, seek God to know the truth to keep you save and not become a victim of being led wrong by the Shepherds. All should make the choice not to become the LOST one but, with desire seek God. Psalm 27:4 of David said it clear, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”
The way of the LOST is the route which leads the LOST one not to gain the REST promise of God for all man.
The REST promise of God is the peace of God.
Hebrews 4:1-3 records, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest…”
The Hebrews 4:1-3’s prompts questions for all man with the desire to come out of LOST into God’s promise of His PEACE:
Do you have the fear of God to avoid missing His promise?
Have you been hearing to do the word of God enough to be profited by His word?
Do you have the understanding to know that what you hear to mix with faith is the way to gain REST, the peace of God?
The choice of REST in this wicked world is to come out of the LOST by seeking Jesus that have paid the price to seek and save the LOST.