An Appearance Of Self-Control

Do you constantly berate yourself and wish you were like some other highly spiritual and disciplined leader? This story might just get you to pause and ponder.

In a society where homosexuality is considered an abomination worthy of the death penalty, the pastor of a vibrant charismatic congregation struggled secretly with his homosexual impulses.

One day, a member of his leadership team, and who was a fervent admirer and disciple of his, approached him with a request: “I need you to lay hands on me to become like you.”

“In what way?” the pastor asked.

“Because I am inspired by your discipline and self control,” he replied. 

Looking interestingly at him, the pastor requested further clarifications.

“You are a young man like me, surrounded by pretty young women,” the team member continued. “Yet, very unlike me, you are not attracted to them at all.”

“Contrary to your personal example, and in spite of my endless praying, fasting, and resolutions,” he complained, “I am unable to overcome my lustful and sexual attractions to women.”

“I desperately want what you want,” he concluded.

With a wry grimace, the pastor placed his hand on the team member’s shoulder and said emphatically, “You have no idea what you’re talking about. You definitely don’t want what I’ve got. Trust me.”

Stop Slaving For People To Like You

If you claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ—that is, a Consecrated One—yet want to fit into the world, be acceptable in it, and liked by it, something is definitely wrong with you. Period. This message is sent to free you from such ugly shackles.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”~ James 4:4

My friend, it’s not a good thing if everybody likes you. As a matter of fact, the only way that  everybody— or the majority—would like you, is if you were a perfect hypocrite. To be liked and accepted by everybody is essentially a curse.

“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.”~ Luke 6:26

So, why would you work so hard to get people to accept you and like you. Why in the world would you even care? What’s there to gain? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s not worth all the stress and twisting in the wind. It’s not worth living a fake life; not being true to your own self; being a stupid slave of other people’s opinions.

All of these folks you’re trying so hard to fit in with, would they die for you? Would they be buried with you when you finally wrap up your journey in this region of time and space?

Why are you terrified to come out of your ugly closet and let this worthless world know that you stand for Jesus Christ? Why would their useless opinions of you matter more than the precious blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary to redeem you from sin and death? Tell me: who would love you like Jesus Christ and die a shameful and torturous death for you?

If a deranged 65 year old man with a wife, ex-wives and grown up sons and daughters—a grandfather for that matter—could wake up one morning and decide he is now a woman; if he’s not ashamed to broadcast that to the world; if he’s not even ashamed to have a show to parade his perversions—why in the world should any believer in God and His Son Jesus Christ ever apologize for their glorious faith?

Please, crawl out of your disgraceful closet of timidity and senseless fear. Quit trying to please every Dick and Harry that aren’t even worth your while at the end of the day. Submit your entire life to the only One that matters and live to please only Him.

It’s about time you stopped slaving for their empty likes, and started living the glorious life that God planned for you in His Son and through His precious Holy Spirit.

5 Blessings Of The Generous

The blessings that come with giving liberally and cheerfully to God are of a certain nature and dimension. A generous man enjoys the blessings of God which money cannot buy. These blessings can only come from God, and they saturate the lives of the generous.

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous, and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever…”
~Psalm 37:25-28

In the above Psalm, at least five blessings of the righteous – that is those who are always generous and lend freely – are mentioned.

              1.       Their children will be blessed.

The offspring of those who are generous are blessed by God. This blessing comes with giving voluntarily to God and can’t be bought with money.

            2.       You will dwell in the land forever.

The generous will dwell in the land forever. This is another huge blessing that comes with giving to God. The generous don’t only enjoy financial blessings, their lives are also filled with rewards that money cannot fetch.

           3.       The Lord loves the just.

The Lord loves the generous. Apostle Paul in writing to the Corinthian church says that God loves a cheerful giver.

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
~1 Corinthians9:7

 

Note that Apostle Paul didn’t say God loves a prayer warrior, a singer, a preacher, or a churchgoer. He didn’t even say that God loves a giver. Rather, he said that God loves a cheerful giver.

This is an important blessing that is enjoyed by the generous – God just loves them. The phrase “God loves” means that God prefers.  God prefers a generous person. And that’s what we call favour.  God’s preference for such a person plays out as divine favours.

When God prefers you, things happen in your life that folks can’t understand. A lot of favours flood your life. But if you are not generous, the favour of God will be rare in your life. When this is the case, your life will be full of struggles, difficulties, and frustration. You won’t enjoy these blessings that come with giving cheerfully to God.

              4.       The Lord will not forsake His faithful ones

The next awesome blessing from God on the generous is that they are not forsaken by God. God never abandons His faithful ones.

             5.       They will be protected forever.

The fifth blessing mentioned here is that they will be protected forever. God keeps them safely out of harm’s way.

Memory Verse:
Psalm 37:25-28
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous, and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever…”

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, please help me to give generously and cheerfully to You at all times, in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Are You Building On The Foundation Of Righteousness?

“But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’”
Hebrews 1: 8

Jesus is a perfect example of one who walked in righteousness. He came down to planet earth to show us how to live the righteous life that God desires for every one of His children. As God’s child, you are to imitate Jesus in every way.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”
~Psalm 89: 14

Righteousness is the foundation of God’s throne; it is the scepter of God’s kingdom. In other words, God’s authority is based on righteousness; He rules by righteousness. He doesn’t rule with threats. He doesn’t rule with sentiments. He doesn’t rule with “stick and carrots” as they say in management. He rules with righteousness, the scepter of His kingdom.

Are you, like God, building on the foundation of righteousness?

One of the reasons that the throne of Jesus Christ continues to endure is because it is founded on righteousness. Anything you build in this world that is not built on the foundation of righteousness will collapse. It will never stand. No matter how big it is, if it is not founded on righteousness, it will ultimately collapse. It is important that you understand this principle as you go through life. Apply it to every facet of your life, and you will leave an enduring legacy.

Memory Verse:
Hebrews 1: 8
“But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for being a model of God’s righteousness. Strengthen me Lord, to walk in righteousness and holiness just like you did while on earth, in Jesus’ mighty name.
Amen.

It’s A Tough Road

As a christian, it is important that you pray and continue to pray. Faithfulness in prayer is a dominant feature of a successful relationship with God.

Recently, our ministry concluded a 28-day Fast. And I instructed my members not to relax; rather, they should maintain the same attitude of prayer they acquired during the Fast. I let them know that to ease off on prayer will be a very unwise thing to do.

Now, why is faithfulness in prayer important?

 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain in true to the faith.  ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.”
~Acts 14:22

God has called you to glory, honour, and distinction; that’s what the kingdom of God is all about. But the pathway to that glory is fraught with difficulties and challenges. It’s tough; it is not for the faint- hearted; it is not for the weakling; it is not for the timid; it is not for the fearful.  Regrettably, not much attention is paid to the concept of hardship, suffering and pain along the path to greatness. This is an aspect of a christian’s walk with God that is not emphasized today in churches

Actually, Jesus Christ said:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there that find it.”
~Matthew 7:13-14

The path to life is a strait, narrow, challenging and tough road. So, it is very important that you continually draw strength from God in prayer in order to successfully walk this path to glory.

I pray that you will remain faithful in prayer today and for the rest of your life.

Memory Verse:
 Acts 14:22
“They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain in true to the faith.  ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.”

Prayer

Thank you O Lord, for calling me to glory and immortality. Enable me to be faithful in prayer so that I can successfully walk the tough road that will lead me to my destination in You, in Jesus’ name. Amen

This Week’s Sermon Summaries

Here are the main points from this week’s sermons, blog posts, and podcasts.

  1. Mind God’s Methods I
    In God, how you get the result is even more important than the result.
  2. God Is Very Innovative
    When you walk with God, you must be open to change; because, you can never limit God to the former script.
  3. Don’t Trade The Ultimate For The Immediate
    Many people are getting immediate results, and forfeiting the ultimate.
  4. Manipulated Marriages Are Not Worth It
    Will you be able to trust in God enough until, in His way and time, He brings you a helper that is suitable for you?
  5. May God Strengthen Your Trust In Him
    I see you holding on until the result is visible. I see you holding on until the manifestations occur in the physical. I see you holding on until the finger of God is clearly seen in all areas of your life in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
  6. Your Help Is From Above
    When you understand that your help comes from the Lord, and you trust in Him to help you in His way and His time, then your blessings will flow forth from the Spirit.
  7. Spiritual Blessings Are Indestructible!
    Whatever you get by faith in God, by trusting God, by waiting patiently for God, is born of the Spirit.
  8. Work Is From God
    God is always at His work. Jesus is always at His work. And If you are not always at your work, you are not being like the Father; you are not being like God.
  9. Work Is Godly
    If you are God’s child, then, just like your Father, and Jesus Christ, find your work and get on with it.
  10. Laziness Is The Nature of Satan
    And just like work is from God – the nature of the Father – laziness is the nature of the devil. Idleness is in the nature of the devil
  11. What is Your Work?
    Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” ~ John 5:17 Work is from God; work is godly. So, what is your […]
  12. An Unsung Secret To Longevity
    We have all kinds of food, and Jesus is saying that your work from the Father is some sort of food.
  13. Never Ever Play With The House Of God
    When I talk about your assignment in the house of God, I’m not necessarily talking about only what you do in terms of ushering people to their seats, singing in the choir, welcoming first-timers and the likes
  14. You Need To Discover Why God Works
    To walk in harmony with Him, you need to discover why God works, what your work is, and then do your work the same way
  15. This Is Why God Works
    God’s reason for working is simple: To express Himself.

This Week’s Sermon Summaries

Here are the main points from this week’s sermons, blog posts, and podcasts.

  1. Your Distinction Will Be By The Finger Of God
    I see the finger of God in your life this year!
  2. Go For Results That Dazzle
    When they see signs and wonders, they’ll believe.
  3. Be The Proof of God’s Existence
    We’re living in times when more people are beginning to seriously and vocally doubt the existence of God than at any other period in history.
  4. God Will Make You A Sign of His Goodness
    God wants to put you on the center stage; He wants to use you to display His glory, His signs and wonders.
  5. God’s Ways Are Superior!
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
    ~ Isaiah 55:8,9
  6. Plug Into The Thoughts Of God
    It is inspiring and refreshing to see a man of the spirit who is thinking God’s thoughts, walking in God’s ways, and speaking God’s words.
  7. Make Your World Wonder
    “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
    ~ John 3:7
  8. Beyond All Question, You Will Excel!
    In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
    ~ Daniel 1:20
  9. Disconnect From The Ways Of The World
    Now, listen: the ways of the world are actually the ways of the devil! Anytime you start walking in the ways of the world, you’re walking in the territory of the devil.
  10. Who Is Talking To You?
    Whose counsel are you listening to? Sarah cast a worldly spell on Abraham and got him completely confused and mesmerized.
  11. A Son Called Ishmael
    I can tell you this: You definitely don’t need Ishmael in your life! You don’t need all that pain and agony.
  12. May The Lord Preserve You In His Ways
    You need to constantly pray for the Lord to teach you His ways, not just for today, not just for this week, not just for the month, not just for the rest of the year, but for the rest of your life.
  13. The Way Of The Lord Is A Person
    The way of the LORD is not a set of principles. He is a person; a Spirit. His name is Jesus Christ.
  14. Walking In The Ways Of The Lord
    Unless you have a personal and intimate relationship with God, you cannot walk in His ways.
  15. Mind God’s Methods I
    In God, how you get the result is even more important than the result.

This Week’s Sermon Summaries

Here are the main points from this week’s sermons, blog posts, and podcasts

  1. Like Jesus, Never Accept the Verdict of Earthly Reflectors
    They called Him a non-entity. On a particular occasion, they referred to Jesus as an illegitimate child.
  2. You Just Need To Discover Yourself
    When you encounter your true self, you will not want to add or subtract from it. There’ll be no need to. You’ll simply celebrate it!
  3. How To Experience The Miracle of Metamorphosis
    You don’t need to improve what you look like; you need to see what you look like. Because when you see what you truly look like, you don’t try anymore. Self-improvement becomes unnecessary. You experience metamorphosis. As I wrote in ‘You Just Need To Discover Yourself‘ when you […]
  4. Your Abilities Are Waiting For Your Self-Image To Change
    You have a lot of abilities in you that are kind of dormant, and they’re just waiting for your self-image to change. Once that happens, they come alive.
  5. Change Your Mirror
    If you want to alter your attitude, change your mirror. If you want to change your actions, or anything else about yourself, change the mirror that is beaming reflections back at you.
  6. How To See What You Really Look LikeIf you want to know what you really look like, to discover yourself, consult God’s word.
  7. You Are Wiser Than You May Be Aware Of
    If you are the offspring of the only wise God, then it means that there is wisdom in your spiritual DNA. So you can comfortably come up and say, “I am wise.”
  8. Your True Self Is Breath-Taking
    Discover Yourself!
  9. You Are Another Manifestation  Of God
    This is your year of manifestation. It is the year that you will manifest your divinity on earth as the offspring of God. Discover yourself!
  10. You Are More Than A Conqueror
    Change the reflector you’re using. You are from God. Your identity is revealed through His Word. Don’t use your physical success to define yourself. Don’t, because that is limiting.
  11. Dare To Inspire Your World
    When you see someone who makes a mistake, you can show them who they really are with the word of God.
  12. How To Go From Glory To Glory
    Stay connected to God in fellowship. Continue to look intently at the revelation of who you are. And what happens is that like Jesus you’re simply going to go from glory to glory.
  13. This Is The Finger Of God
    Expect the finger of God this season. Expect to see results and manifestations that can only happen by the power of God working in your life. Believe God this season for great miracles.
  14. A Crash Course On Magic
    Do you want the tricks and make-believe of magic, or the clearly awesome manifestations of mighty miracles of the Almighty God?
  15. Miracles, or A Bunch Of Tricks?
    As I wrote in  A Crash Course On Magic, a lot of what you see as success in ministries and businesses today are merely magical illusions –people trying to reproduce God’s results with tricks. This requires theatre, contraptions, gimmicks, deception, and a huge cast. For instance, to reproduce […]

This Week’s Sermon Summaries

Here are the main points from this week’s sermons, blog posts, and podcasts.

  1. You Will Never Act Contrary To Your Self Image
    Your actions and decisions will always be in alignment with how you see yourself. Your behavior will always be in sync with your self-image.
  2. Self Images Are Built By Reflectors
    You accept certain things about yourself based on what the mirror has shown you through the years. Your self-image is based on reflections from different reflectors.
  3. How Reflectors and Reflections Reveal Yourself
    My aim here is to get you to understand the simple concept of sensual and spiritual reflectors in terms of shaping your consciousness of yourself.
  4. Parents Are Powerful Reflectors
    No matter how old you are, the words of your parents to you in your childhood will continue to play back in your mind. They invariably contribute to forming your self-image.
  5. Your Circumstances Are Powerful Psychological Reflectors
    It might interest you to know that your circumstances are powerful psychological reflectors. The things that go on around you can paint a picture of who you apparently are.
  6. My Parents Were Excellent Reflectors
    My mum made me feel as though I was the only perfect child. In fact, she kept saying that if every child was like me, then she would have had twenty children!
  7. Circumstances Are Never Permanent
    Not surprisingly, Jesus did not allow his immediate and temporary circumstances to affect how He saw Himself. He knew that appearances don’t last. Circumstances are never permanent.
  8. Don’t Fall For This Very Effective Trick
    The devil is able to capture a time-frame in your life when things are not going quite well for you, and twist it to your disadvantage.
  9. Why Some People Can’t Accept Compliments
    These people can’t accept compliments because it’s not consistent with how they see themselves.
  10. The Devil Is a Master Of Appearances
    Had the devil succeeded in altering the way Jesus saw Himself, he would have instantly distorted the self-image of Christ, and then taken control of the destiny of Jesus. Jesus did not fall for the trick.
  11. How Sound Is Your Self Image?
    A sound self-image is an image that has nothing to do with your success, failure, or circumstances.
  12. Your Righteousness Is A Person
    Recently, I made a mistake and the devil came to cash in on it. As you know, he always hangs around and snoops around in search of loopholes in people’s lives.
  13. Your Circumstances Are Subject To Change
    Change is a constant in the equation of life. New realities emerge every day.
  14. Your God Is Bigger Than Your Circumstances
    There’s nothing wrong with noticing your negative external circumstances, but then look at somewhere else. Don’t obsess about it. Your God is bigger than your circumstances. Don’t fixate on them.
  15. A Friend of Prostitutes
    You see, people are going to try to define you by the things around you.

This Week’s Sermon Summaries

Here are the main points from this week’s sermons, blog posts, and podcasts.

  1. How Relevant are Your Religious Routines?
    What’s the point in praying when God is not answering? What’s the point in the ‘anointing’ when it can’t even bring healing?
  2. Queen Esther was Quite Crafty!
    Queen Esther employed all the resources at her disposal to achieve her mission.
  3. Don’t Box the Air, Box Targets
    To achieve personal success, you must be strategic in what you do. You need to take relevant steps to realize your dreams and vision.
  4. Don’t Run Aimlessly
    You should work towards your purpose. The Holy Spirit is purposeful. God is purposeful. He sees the end from the beginning and works towards that end.
  5. Look Beyond the Immediate and See The Ultimate
    To achieve personal success and fulfill your God-given mission on earth, you have to put the immediate happenings around you in perspective. Don’t sabotage your ultimate because of the immediate.
  6. God Responds To The Right Questions
    Personal success happens when you ask the right questions. God responds to you when you ask the right questions.
  7. Don’t Be Moved By Empty Spectacles
    “The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by”. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in […]
  8. Wisdom Is The Principal Thing
    “The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in […]
  9. You Need Your Team To Achieve Your Dream
    For you to achieve your dream you need a team, you need to learn how to connect with other people, to empower other people. You need to build a network of strategic relationships.
  10. The Real Deal About Elijah
    While Elijah is better known for the fire that fell on Carmel, he transformed his nation and altered the course of their history due to a less known — but far more powerful and effective — aspect of his work.
  11. Elijah’s More Effective Strategy
    As a leader, are you developing other leaders to continue your mission even after you’re gone from the scene?
  12. Think More In Terms Of Leaving An Enduring Legacy
    As you look ahead this year, I want to encourage you to walk in the footsteps of Elijah. Think more in terms of lasting relevance, long-term impact, lasting influence and leave an enduring legacy as you fulfill your God-given mission.
  13. What We Believe
    We believe that you are a unique variety of divinity.
  14. Satan Is Really After Your Self Image
    If he could get Jesus to doubt His Sonship, Satan would then replace that self-image with a distorted version that would allow him to sabotage the mission of Christ.
  15. Whoever Shapes Your Self Image, Will Shape Your Destiny
    The way you see yourself decides the choices you make when you’re offered options. Mind who and what you allow to determine your self-image because whoever shapes that, will shape your destiny.