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I got a testimony

Happy Sunday, y’all.

I just want to testify.

You know, many times, we think we can only testify when something “big” has happened in our lives. Like we bought a brand new car, like we are pregnant with a baby after TTC for five years, like we finally got engaged at 34 and after a zillion disappointments, like we got that big contract, got a promotion, got a new job, got healed of cancer, fibroid… and all of that.

For us, as Christians, those are recognizable miracle. Awesome miracles. Testifiable miracles. And when we hear such testimonies, we wow and clap and make that joyful noise to the Lord.

And all of that is good.

He did it, so give Him the glory.

But that is not all He’s done. The “big” things are not all He does. The “significantly visible” things are not all He’s doing.  He does the small things too. He does the unseen things too. And those “small” and “unseen” things are the greater miracles.

God can restore You

‘As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’ Jeremiah 18:6 (NKJV)

The prophet Jeremiah writes: ‘I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the Word of the Lord came to me, saying: … “Can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand’’’ (Jeremiah 18:3-6 NKJV).

There are three important lessons in this story for you:

(1) As long as you stay pliable and responsive to God, he will never throw you away. Instead, he will mould you into something he can use.

(2) When others put you down, God will lift you up. A potter doesn’t press down on the clay, he continuously lifts it up and shapes it as it spins on the wheel. And God will do that for you too. David said, ‘He…brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps’ (Psalm 40:2 NKJV).

(3) Notice whose foot is on the wheel. If he could, Satan would have thrown you off the wheel a long time ago, but he can’t. Look under the table and see whose foot is on the wheel: the Potter’s!

Nothing can separate you from God’s love (see Romans 8:39). The word for you today is: ‘As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’

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Culled from the Word For Today

Are you resisting rest?

“Come away…and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 NRS

Following Jesus should energise you, not leave you feeling burned out. Jesus preached to farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. They also lived by religious rules that didn’t permit you to relax and experience God’s love and grace. So Jesus told them: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you…and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NLT).

Jesus had more to do than any of us, yet he never seemed to do it in a way that severed the life-giving connection with his Father, or interfered with his ability to show love when it was called for. He regularly withdrew from the rat race in order to pray. Even when his disciples returned, flushed with success from a busy time of ministry, he told them, “Come away…and rest a while,” because as Mark records, “Many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat” (Mark 6:31 NRS).

Constant hurry is the mark of an un-prioritised life—a sure sign that second and third things have become first things. Not only did God command us to rest every seventh day, he told Jewish farmers to let their fields rest every seventh year so they’d produce better harvests. The problem is we want microwave maturity…to exchange wisdom for information and depth for breadth—but it doesn’t work. Depth comes slowly. Following Jesus can’t be done at a sprint; you can’t go faster than the one who’s leading.

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Teaching from The Word For Today by Bob Gass.

Special Word

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

Your perspective will determine how far you will go in life. Renew your mind to think like a child of God. An undeveloped mind is very unfruitful and yields no result. It is time to dream new dreams and be ready to face them with courage. We need bravery in every aspect of our life. We must stretch our minds to produce.

*Words of Pastor David Ibiyeomie*

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Have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead. Cheers.

A little Word: FAITH

FAITH is not about everything turning out okay.

FAITH is about being okay, no matter how things turn out.

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The usual has happened: No Power… since Friday! Nothing to work with.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead.

God bless.

A little Word, a little Laugh

A little Word: Cast Your Cares on Him:

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

That is simply God’s invitation to you today: throw all your worries, cares, fears and troubles on Me… because I care for you.

Jesus cares for you. He does. His life given up on the cross of Calvary lays proof to it. And he wants to bear ALL of your burdens. He does not want to take over some of your worries and troubles, he wants to take over ALL of them. He wants you trusting him with anything and everything that is a challenge; that is a source of worry; that is a burden. He cares for you and he will take care of you.

Psalm 55:22 assures us: “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

So, whatever it is… whatever has your heart worried and your mind troubled, hand it over to Jesus. Trust him with it… and he will take care of you.

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A little Laugh: Windows not Opening:

Wife calls husband in his office.

Wife: Window is not opening. What shall I do?

Husband: Put some oil and wait for a while. It will open. If not, then put more oil and wait.

Wife (a little unconvinced): Are you sure?

Husband: Yes, trust me, it will do the magic. Try it.

After a while, husband calls back to check.

Husband: Did you do as I told you? Did it do the needful trick?

Wife: I don’t know about the trick or magic, but now the entire laptop is not starting…

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Wait, if na you, wetin you go do Wife?

Lmao. Have a blessed Sunday y’all and remember, whatever that worry, no matter how big, trust God with it. He cares for you.

Cheers.

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Make a Move!

Make a move… don’t just standstill and accept the present situation.

It has been a blessed week for me and my family, and for all who were a part of the 5 Nights of Glory 2017 all over the world. And I use “blessed” in its in-depth meaning of being highly favoured and having been bequeathed unspeakable blessings from heaven above.

I came away with blessings that are innumerable. But the most sterling and remarkable of them all, is the blessing of a “new heart”. God said in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you…” (The New King James Version)

He did that for me. It is amazing, and renders you speechless, when you come to a place when you actually realise that “old things pass away”. It is amazing… and it happens and has happened to me.

Today’s Soul Train is not about me though. It is about the man, Bartimaeus.

Many of us (well, not me anymore *wink*)… many folks want change, they want a difference in their lives, they want a new thing, a better situation, a better life… but they don’t want to do anything to make that change happen.

Today’s Word says: MAKE A MOVE.

And to it, I add: Be like Bartimaeus.

I am drawing this lesson from the teachings of Pastor David Ibiyeomie during the 5 Nights of Glory. As we read, and study, may God open our minds and give us a new heart.


Mark 10: 46-52: “Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road, begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (The New King James Version)

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That is the story of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, who once was a blind beggar by the roadside. A remarkable story of man with courage and who possessed admirable determination.

There are 7 verses in the story: verse 46 – verse 52. There are, at the very least, 7 poignant lessons to be drawn from each verse which will quicken our hearts and Make Us Move.

Lesson 1: Bartimaeus was a roadside blind beggar.

We are all something that we are not meant to be to be until we encounter Jesus. Whatever you are now, if you do not have Jesus living in you and He, the one in charge of your life, you are living less than the person you ought to be.

Know that!

Lesson 2: Bartimaeus heard it was Jesus of Nazareth coming.

It simply means: Bartimaeus was attentive of heart, of mind and of body. He understood his condition: blindness: and he put all other parts of his being to use.

Are you attentive?

Are you mentally, spiritually and physically tuned to hear Jesus coming your way?

Are you tuned to hear of the many opportunities God is opening up for you right before your presently “blind” eyes?

Are you tuned to see that business opportunity, that career chance, that relationship adventure, that healing encounter… are you tuned to any good thing at all?

Are you tuned to hear Jesus passing your way with your chance of a new beginning?

And if you are tuned, then: CRY OUT! Make a Move! MAKE YOUR MOVE!

It was not Jesus who made a move towards blind Bartimaeus; it was Bartimaeus who made a move towards Jesus. He cried out!

Take a chance. Welcome Jesus into your heart and into your life. Invest in a new business. Put that long-buried talent to work. Sow that prophetic offering into someone’s life… Do Something!

Lesson 3: Bartimaeus was warned by “over sabi” people to keep quiet. But he cried out all the more!

No one said: it is going to be easy!

No one said: you won’t encounter oppositions!

No one said: you won’t meet obstacles!

In fact, the guarantee is that you will meet obstacles, encounter oppositions and it definitely is not going to be easy. That is the guarantee, for what good thing is ever easy?

But be like Bartimaeus: CRY OUT even the more! Say no to your oppositions. If it is a new life in Christ Jesus you are after, then you have to say NO to that sin. You might have to give up your “clique of friends”. You might have to stop doing “sharp-sharp deals”. It might be your mind-set that requires changing.

Whatever it is: Stick to your guns and Make that Move!!!

Nothing and no one should keep you where you ought not to be. You deserve better.

Lesson 4: Jesus stopped and commanded him to be called.

Folks, Jesus will definitely, without the merest doubt, hear you. He will hear your cry for change and He will stop right beside you and have your case called up.

When you make your move, and you have your hand tightly gripped in Jesus’, be sure that you will make good success.

Then the people… those “over sabi” people who shouted you down. Those I-too-know people who told you you are not doing it right. Those turn-up-their-noses-and-look-down-on-others people who called you “no-good” will be the ones to say: chai! God don answer this one call oh!

So make your move… towards Jesus; towards a new way of life; towards a new business; towards a new investment; and know that God will hear you and will take up your case and your detractors will “congratulate” you.

Lesson 5: Bartimaeus threw aside his garment and rose.

When God picks your call, (and He will), it is time to throw aside that old, filthy garment!

You cannot want a new life, a better life, a good life, a closer relationship with Jesus, and still keep on your old garment. Uh-uh, that’s not how it works.

Folks, throw that old garment off! You don’t need it anymore.

When the prodigal son realised the errors of his ways and he returned home, the Father ordered that a new garment be put on him. Aha! That is the God you serve, folks. He’s got a new garment for you. You don’t need that old garment.

You don’t need your old heart. You don’t need your old mind. You don’t need your old thinking pattern. You don’t need your old ways of doing things. You don’t need that destructive relationship. You don’t need that “crooked” way of doing business.

Throw it (them) off… and put on the new garment Jesus is offering you.

Lesson 6: Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted Him to do for him. And Bartimaeus very distinctly told Jesus what he wanted.

You have to know what you want… because God’s going to ask you: What do you want me to do for you?

You have to know what you want… because if you don’t know what exactly you want, you can be given just about anything… or even nothing at all.

You have to know what you want… because it is in clearly discerning your needs and your wants that you make right investments.

You have to know what you want… because it is in knowing what you want that you become truly that who you are meant to be.

So, know what you want!

Lesson 7: Bartimaeus’ faith made him whole.

You need to have faith!

Faith is believing… even without YET seeing it.

You need to believe in God. You need to believe in Jesus Christ. You need to believe in the Holy Spirit. Else… God cannot work in you and for you.

You need to believe in you. You need to believe in your abilities and your capabilities.

You need to believe in that talent God placed in you.

You need to believe in that dream secretly dwelling in your heart.

You need to believe in that business idea.

You need to believe in the actions you are taking.

Have Faith… Believe!

Nothing will become that you did not first believe in.

Faith is the key to your success.

When you believe… you will win (so says the lyrics).


And so, that is our lesson from was-once-blind Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus.

I ask you to take a good few minutes and study today: Mark 10: 46-52 and make up your mind to be like Bartimaeus.

Be like Bartimaeus by:

  1. Realising first that you are living beyond your potential when you don’t have Jesus.
  2. Being attentive—body, mind and spirit.
  3. Saying NO to oppositions and sticking to your guns.
  4. Trusting Jesus, Lord and God, to hear you.
  5. Letting go of that old life.
  6. Knowing exactly what you want.
  7. Having faith.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank you for opening our minds and our hearts with your Word which is life. May our lives be renewed by the Word we have read and understood. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Dear Lord, in Ephesians 4:23, Your Word says: “…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind”: So trusting in Your Word, I pray for all who reads this, may you bless them with a new heart and a new spirit. May You renew their minds. Where they need you most, Lord, touch them there. As by his faith, and Your pronouncement, Bartimaeus was made whole, so too make a pronouncement upon them and strengthen their faith to believe and be made whole. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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Y’all have a blessed week. Cheers.

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