Category: Christian life

When Seeking True Friendship

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24(NLT)

True friends don’t come easy. They are rare and are specially bred. They are made with tough skin to accomodate your mistakes and are loyal at heart to withstand storms in your life come what may. They stick with you as you grow in life and they stand by you as you go through life. True friends are sometimes closer to you like your family member. They urge you on, help you up, overlook your errors and they keep you going in life.

True friendship is that with which Jonathan displayed towards David. It was not a friendship established on a surface level. It was a deeper level kind of friendship based on companionship, honesty, transparency, patience, mutual respect and loyalty. Their friendship was not a friendship based on the number of activities they did together or the number of favours they rendered to each other. It was beyond what they could get from each other. It was based on a special bond of loyalty and mutual respect for each other.

True friends are there on this same Christian journey with you travelling with you seeking the Lord by your side, upholding your faith together, walking in purpose as you fulfil destiny together. To have a true friend, you ought to have been one to somebody else. To have a true friend, you ought to look within and ask yourself a question, have I been a true friend to someone else lately?

A friend of mine has such a true friend. They often joke together that they were meant to be twins from the womb but something happened and one of them missed the train causing their split up to different families. Thankfully they’ve found each other on earth and they are inseparable.

True friends are made for your upliftment and not your downfall. They are meant to help mend your heart and not break your heart. They are meant to wipe away tears from your eyes and not to cause you any grief. They are there to support, encourage and honor you not to discourage or dishonour you at anytime in your life.

True friends will hold your hands in sickness and in health, in poverty and when you have plenty. They are there correcting you in love and standing by you to see you grow as you become more like Christ. You are made to be a true friend to somebody and somebody is made to be your true friend. Can you honestly say that you have fulfilled that role recently?

True friendship is that which Ruth displayed to her Mother in law, Naomi. Ruth would not leave Naomi in her darkest time in spite of her personal troubles. She was a young widow who chose to comfort an older widow. She chose to weep with Naomi, to go on a long journey with her, endured with her, was patient with her and eventually rejoiced with her. Ruth did not abandon Naomi for the age gap or the societal class between them instead she was persistent, consistent, loyal, respectful, transparent and humble.

Such true friendship between Jonathan and David, Ruth and Naomi, Elijah and Elish may be hard to come by these days, there is one thing that is certain, The Lord’s original intent is for true and genuine relationship amongst his creation. Such friendship should be geared towards one purpose in mind, to glorify God in all we do, to commune with God in spirit and in truth and to love one another with the love of Christ.

The Lord’s intention is that we keep not only good relationships but also godly relationships. The Lord created human beings to influence each other positively not negatively, For us to grow together in Christ-likeness and not childlikeness. To build good memories with one another, to share pleasant experiences with each other and not for the horrible things we sometimes do to each other.

Should you be seeking for that true and godly friendships, make the following declarations and pray them into your life through the word of God and see what the Lord will do for you.

Make a Declaration of faith with me today for true friendship

I seek first the kingdom of God and its righteous, hence true and godly friends are added unto me. I seek to walk with the godly, the righteous and honourable friends are added unto me. We walk together in righteousness, in peace and we are joyful in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:33)
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The Lord sets his love upon me and I am blessed, happy and fortunate with loyal friends. I am blessed, happy and fortunate with true and godly friends. I am blessed, happy and fortunate with God-fearing, Christ like friends. We delight ourselves in the law of the Lord day and night, and in return, the Lord prospers our ways (Psalm 1)
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I acknowledge the Lord in all my ways and He lines up godly companions for me. He will fulfil His purpose for me and perfects all that concerns me. He orders my steps and he directs my path in the way of righteousness. He makes my ways prosperous and he favours me with true friends for as long as I am committed to doing his will.(Proverbs 3:6)
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Today I disassociate myself from foolish talks. I stop walking in the ways of the foolish. I am no longer a companion to the company of fools. I stay away from the angry men, backbiters and the gossip for God does not delight in them. Instead, I stay with the wise and I am wise. I seek and search for true, godly friends and the Lord orders my steps. Henceforth I attract friends who have the fear of God, who loves the Lord and obeys him in all he commands me today so that I can also grow in the love of God and in the fearof the holy one(Proverbs 13:20).
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I love the Lord with all my heart, my mind and my soul. I love his children also as the Lord commanded me. I extend myself to the Lord’s children around me. Henceforth, I will deal with the Lord’s children with patience, in kindness and in gentleness for as long as the Lord gives me grace. I will show the love of Christ to the loveless and be a companion to the lonely (Mark 12:30-31)
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I speak peace to my friends and they receive peace in their heart. I declare that they are truthful in their friendships/relationships, they are loyal and they find honour before the Lord. May we honour and reverence God together in our lives speaking peace to one another and reaping our rewards in righteousness (James 3:18)
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I declare that I am a good friend, I am godly and I am loyal to my friends. And so are my friends also to me
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Staying Focused!

Busy! Busy! Busy! Life is so busy! we live in the busy-ness of it and we forget to focus on His word. We have made Busyness the norm in our world and we have gone lukewarm in our faith. Can you sit still for a few minutes to focus on Jesus without getting distracted? How many times have you focused on the Lord in this past 24hours without losing your peace? Apart from going to church on Sunday, how many times have you sat still to focus on the Lord or to meditate in his word? Must you stay busy at all times?

If the Lord comes today, will he find you at peace in his word or will he find you in pace with the world? When the children of Israel lost their focus on God, serpents were found in their camp. They were bitten by snakes and many of them died until the Lord intervened. The Lord instructed Moses to make a rod replica to the snake and hang it up on the tree. Anybody who looked up to that replica was healed.

Jesus is like that healing rod on the tree. He went to the cross for your forgiveness, for your healing, for your freedom, for your deliverance and when you stay focused on him on a daily basis, you achieve much more than you can ever imagine. He is the healer. He is the Deliverer. He is the peace that calms all storms. He is the way maker. He is the timekeeper.

Imagine staying focused on Jesus in the midst of your to-do list! wouldn’t things be easier? wouldn’t you achieve much more than you can ever imagine? Instead of getting so easily distracted by things of this world, why not allow yourself a moment with the Lord of the harvest who gives generously and abundantly? He is the one who gives success, wealth and allows anyone to be productive.

When Simon Peter took his eyes off Jesus on the sea, he began to sink until the Lord Jesus intervened. Good situations or bad situations will drown you the moment you take your eyes off Jesus. It is Jesus who sustains and allows you to stay afloat when the storms or distractions of life arises. In situations when things are going well for you; your focus has to be on Jesus. Likewise when things seem to go awry. You have got to recognise distractions and stay focused on Jesus.

When trials and tribulations come into your life, stay focused on Jesus. In sickness and in health, stay focused on Jesus. In richness and in poverty, stay focused on Jesus. When in doubt or when full of faith, stay in Christ, never let your eyes off of him. When running late on things or when you are on time, don’t boast in your own strength and don’t be anxious or worry, you just stay focused on Jesus.

Make a Declaration to Help you Stay Focused in the week

Today I set my mind on things above that I may stay above all distractions, obstacles, principalities and powers of this world. I will stay focused on the Lord and he will enable me to accomplish all that I need to accomplish through his grace. (Colossians 3:2, Phillippians 4:13).
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Today I awake to seek the Lord in all my plans and he prospers me in all that I do. I will not worry. I will not be anxious but I will commit the word of the Lord to memory and I consciouly apply it to my life hence the Lord fulfils his purpose for me. I choose Christ as the centre of my focus in all that I do and anywhere I go therefore all good things are added unto me (Matthew 6:33).
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Today I set my mind on things of the spirit. I choose to live in accordance to heavenly standard and I direct my thoughts towards things that are true, honourable things, justice, purity, lovely things, commendable things, excellence and things that are worthy of praise. As a result, my mind is renewed and my life transforms to the glory of his name (Philippians 4:8).
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I acknowledge the Lord in all I do and he makes my path straight (Proverbs 3:6 ESV)
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My light has come! the glory of the Almighty overshadows me! Today I arise from my slumber, I will make the best use of time. I will act wisely in all I do and I will shine! (Ephesians 5:14-16 ESV)
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Today I am crowned with steadfast love and mercy. My sins are forgiven me. I am healed of all sicknesses and diseases. My life is redeemed from the pit of hell. Praise be to the Lord! (Psalm 103:2-4 ESV)
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Knowing God’s Plan

Knowing God’s plan for your life is one of the things that could liberate you forever. You worry less, you act more and you achieve more! Imagine waking up in the morning with a purposeful mindset knowing fully well that there is provision for everything you need to accomplish in the day. Imagine having everything you need to do in the day all set out before you. How to navigate through every twists and turns of the day also all laid out in the plan. How would that make you feel? Empowered? Fulfilled? Peaceful and Restful? That is exactly what God wants to achieve in your life when you seek his face for his plans for your life.

I read a story about a king who was so driven to build a magnificent building for the Lord. He was so consumed by the thought that the Lord decided to intervene. The king was not to construct the building for the Lord because he had shed so much blood but his son after him would build the magnificent house for the Lord. The king then knowing what was in the heart of the Lord concerning his desire decided to put things in place for his son who would eventually reign after him.

He prepared the land and he wrote out the plan as instructed by the Lord. He gathered gold and silver, timber and cedar wood, precious stones of all kinds and all the most expensive materials needed for the construction of the building. The king went ahead and employed all the skilled Artisans and skilful men for the job in preparation for the magnificent building. When his son eventually became king, building the Lord’s house was easier for him because his father the king had gone ahead of him to make all the necessary provision he needed to accomplish his purpose in life.

Imagine that you don’t need to struggle to make ends meet and provisions have been made for every single things on your task list. All you need to do is to just get yourself out of bed, take yourself from point A to B and connect all the dots in order to complete the task. Wouldn’t that make your life a lot easier? Wouldn’t you be so driven to accomplish all that is in your task list?

When we know the plan and we follow the plan, we do well in life. We no longer need to worry but we put our mind to rest in the master plan. Have you ever wondered what God’s plan is for your life? Wouldn’t you want to know what his plans are for you on a daily basis? How about knowing the ultimate plan before you were even born?

Make a Declaration to help you pray through for God’s plan for your life today

The Lord has a masterplan for my life and he will fulfill his plans for me. My future is taken care of, my present is taken care of and so is my past. I will obey his instructions and he directs my path. I will experience his goodness sending me help where it is needed and fulfilling all my needs. I am not abandoned. I am not forsaken. The Lord is working out his good purpose in my life. I will fulfil my destiny(Jeremiah 29:11).
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I am confident in the Lords plan to prosper me. I will succeed, I will not fail. I will experience supernatural, extra ordinary help that will push me to heigher heights henceforth, onward progression for me an dno more retrogression. I will stay above only and not beneath because only the Lord’s plan will be fulfilled in my life (Jeremiah 29:11)
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The Lord is the masterplanner of my life. His plans supersedeeds and overides every other plans for my life. I will trust in him and lean on him. I will glean from his wisdom and not rely upon my own understanding and henceforth, he directs my paths and bring me to his purpose for me(Proverbs 3:5-6).
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The Lord equips me with everything good to do his will that I may please him in all ways. I will walk in his ways and consider his work and he grant the desires of my heart (Hebrews 13:2-21)
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I have more understanding than all my teachers, for the Lord’s testimonies are my meditation (Psalm 119:99 ESV)
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I seek first the kingdom of God and every other things are added unto me (Matthew 6:33)
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I acknowledge the Lord as the master planner of my life. I trust that he who is my Lord will order my steps and direct my path in life. He will not leave me wandering aimlessly in life without achieving his purpose for me. I will lean on him and he shall direct my path to success (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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God, The Master Planner

There is none like you Lord, the Master Planner.
From the beginning of time when the heaven was formed, the ocean was born and the earth was drawn.
You made a notion and lights were laid out in bountiful motion.
With great love you stripped out the ocean and you filled the earth with your great affection.
You made the sky, you made a covering over the heavens and the earth you spread out over the sea.
The expanse of each that none can fathom.

With a great plan you breathed life into the deadpan and With great intentions you formed humanity

You breathed upon all flesh and all things dead came to life
Humanity to live on earth, to multiply and be merry
To work the earth and its expanse till we filled our bellies

You who made the earth from the sea and the land from the ocean
You parted the sea and you hung the heavens
You beautify the forest with lilies and
You fill the oceans with all manner of creatures

With a great plan Humanity was made until the pain was such that your Son would come and pay for all our sins He laid on the tree called the cross of Calvary

You planned my beginning all through to the end of my life
You planned my standing up and my sitting down
You planned my happy hours and my sad moments
You planned my wake up call moments and my peaceful, restful moments

You planned what I would look like, talk like and act like
Right from my mother’s womb, you plotted my arrival time
You knitted me together from within her and
Her blood you passed through my veins to give me life, to give me breath

You chose that I may know your son at the right time and
That I may serve the only Holy one at the appointed time
You give grace and you give faith
You make me strong and then you make me steadfast
To walk in your ways so that I may belong to your race

To do your will on earth
To fulfil your purpose for my life
None of my tears are wasted in your room
All of my fears are consumed in the tomb
Every second, minutes, hour and days of my life are accounted for in your book
My life you have written out with your ink

What were you looking for on earth that you would choose me?
To whom do you need a representative that you would count me worthy?
How did you determine the worth of this lost soul that you would pay such a price?
Why would you consider this handmaiden that sins have overtaken
Where will you send me now that My true identity is no longer mistaken
You put together my destiny and you still call me your own
To you, my Lord, my God, the master planner I give all the adoration

The Forgiving God

Heavenly Father you are forgiving,
You do not forsake nor do you cast away in our weaknesses,
You do not condemn in our lowliest state,
Neither do shun nor disown us, not in our darkest moment at the least,
You do not turn us over to the enemy
Neither do you make us a prey for the devils.

You are not a man that you would hold grudges against anybody,
You are not a man that you would pay evil for evil,
You are not a man that you would not answer us when we call on you even in our sinful state,
You are not a man who would ignore the request of a loved one,

You are not easily angered
You are not easily frustrated
You are not easily irritated
You are not easily offended
You are not impatient with us

You are long-suffering, forbearing and uncomplaining
You give us long ropes to pull
You are patient and you are kind
You are full of mercy and you are compassionate

You see beyond our actions and you deal with us according to our motives
You look into our hearts and you reward us accordingly
You have mercy upon whom you will have mercy and
You judge the contentious

You see our inadequacies and you love us more
You see our weaknesses and you judge us less
You see our failures and you calm our fears
You see our state of mind and you cover us with your everlasting love
In all our miserable self you cast us not away

You choose to shine in us and through us
You turn our shame into fame
You turn our mess into a message
You turn our passion into flame
You break the stony heart and you give a heart of flesh
You turn over our weaknesses and they are made perfect in your strength
Heavenly Father great is your forgiveness towards us

Seeking Forgiveness from God

Those who come to God for the forgiveness of their sins must first believe that he is a God who forgives sin. He does not hold back from us because we have sinned against him rather he reaches out to his children with mercy and compassion in his heart.

God is not petty and he does not keep scores with anybody. He is love and he does not keep records of wrongdoings. He searches much deeper within the hearts of men and he measures our motives more than our actions. He is compassionate and attentive to those seeking the forgiveness of their sins genuinely.

He is full of mercy and he does not like the death of sinners. He is willing to forgive your sins and my sins for as long as we come to him with a genuine repentance in our heart. Think of God’s mercy like the internet you use on a daily basis.

Sometimes when you have been browsing the net, you may have too many windows open and your browser may freeze and this may cause a disruption to your work. In order for you to continue using the internet, you will need to shut down all the windows opened and you will need to refresh the window for a fresh start.

This is God’s mercy towards his children. He erases our sins on a daily basis, he wipes the slate clean and he gives us a fresh start the following morning. He gives each one of us blank cheques at the start of each day. His mercies are new to you and I every morning.

It doesnt matter what you did yesterday or the day before yesterday or the years before that, God showers new mercies upon his children on a daily basis. This means that your past sins are forgiven for as long as you confess them and repent from them.

It means that your daily errors are erased for as many times as you recognise them, repent from them and turn away from them. This means that you have a brand new slate on a daily basis. This means you have a new day to start afresh and begin again because of the mercies of God expressed to you on a daily basis.

If we were to be judged by God according to our sins, nobody will be able to stand God’s wrath yet instead of him being angry with us, he showers us with his love. Instead of keeping records of our wrongdoings he does the opposite, he dismisses our mistakes and gives us a second chance to try again.

This is your chance to grab that forgiveness and live life in abundance. So perhaps you have been struggling to accept the forgiveness of sins from God, the following declarations will help open your heart to receive this gift of God that is readily available to you.

Make a bold declaration for the forgiveness of sins with me today

Today I tap into the mercies of God for the forgiveness of my sins. I believe my sins are forgiven me and they are abandoned in the ocean of forgetfulness never to be remembered again. Henceforth, I have a clean slate before the Lord and I choose to live in freedom. I choose to start my day afresh in the mercies of Jehovah who gives me a brand new beginning every single day.
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Surely God’s goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life. I extend the same mercy which I received from the Lord unto others and my errors are erased. I will no longer hold on to the hurts from those who offended me but I release them into the hands of the Lord to deal with them in accordance to his mercies.
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Henceforth, I choose to walk in compassion. I will put myself in other people’s shoes and I will not hold them at ransom for their errors nor for their mistakes towards me. I will be sympathethic, sensitive, sensible and understanding towards others. I will walk in forgiveness and show the love of Christ as the Lord gives me grace.
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Today I choose the path of righteousness. I will b careful to observe the Lord’s commandment, to be vigilant and to stay away from sinning against God. I will keep the doors of my mouth shut so that I do not sin against God and I will walk in the fear of God all the rest of my life.
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I receive the mercies of God readily available to me anew and I choose to extend the same mercy to others around me. I will no longer hold grudges or keep malice against those who offend me and I release them into God’s hands so that he might deal with each person according to his mercies.
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Henceforth I will walk in compassion and show the same mercy I have received to others so that I can also be forgiven.

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I receive the forgiveness of sins in my heart. I believe that my iniquities are pardoned, my transgressions are blotted out and my sins are casted into the depths of the sea because of God’s great mercy. I show mercy to others just as I have also received mercy. God no longer remember my sins because of his great compassion on me. I am forgiven (Isaiah 43:25, Micah 7:7 8-19).
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Heart of Forgiveness

Jesus said, “Let him who hath no sin cast the first stone”.

It is so easy to see the faults of others than we see our own faults. It is so easy to hold on to our hurts than to accept that we also hurt others. It is so easy to take matters into our own hands and judge others over their errors than we receive judgement from others. How often have we dished out punishments on those who have offended us without first thinking of our own offences. Has God called us to be the judge of the earth or to look inward and forgive those who spitefully use us?

How can we call on the Almighty God to defend us in greater things when we cannot let go of little things? How is the greatest defender of all time going to avenge us of our enemies if we fight our own battle and refuse to forgive those who offended us? When we act as if we have no sin, when we hold on to our hurts, when we stay away from our offenders and we shut the doors of our heart against those who have hurt us, there is no forgiveness in our hearts and this very act itself is called sin. But when we allow God’s intervention in that situation then we allow for healing from that painful memory and we open up the door for restoration.

The ultimate goal in life is not to keep records of wrongdoings nor to pay back those who offend us with evil nor to hold on to our hurts for a long period of time but the ultimate goal in life is to be Christ-like; to not make a mountain out of a molehill, to let go and let God, to have a forgiving spirit, live in perpetual forgiveness and to forgive our offenders even before they offend us. This is exactly what Jesus meant when he said to forgive seventy times seven in a day; to not hold grudges against anybody, to forgive before you are offended, to bear with others, to put yourself in the other people’s shoes and be really patient with them especially when they get things wrong.

We ought to have a mindset of Christ. We ought to believe that God has our back and he is the one who fights our battle. We ought to give humanity the benefit of a doubt and give excuses for others knowing that it is out of character for anybody to go out of their way just to hurt our feelings. We ought not to take ourselves too seriously such that we are offended by people’s behaviour. When we do these things, then our peace will flow like a river and our joy will be full till it overflows. We ought to understand that we are all on a journey and some people might understand the journey faster than others. Some people might even set sail earlier than others and it is to understand that because you are a fast learner or you are quick to do things does not mean you are better than those who are slow to understand and coming behind you.

It is to understand that when we wear the judgement cloak as though God has given us the task to preside over a court case and we hold others at ransom with unforgiveness in our hearts, we ourselves have several times been forgiven by a just God and he does not hold us at ransom for our iniquities. God does not visit our pasts and he does not hold it against us rather he forgets the pasts and he encourages us to move forward. When Jesus shared the parable of the unforgiven debtor, he also pointed out to us that the same debtor had just recently been forgiven yet he forgot the graciousness of his creditor and he went out to be cruel to others who owed him. He himself was then thrown into prison for life. When we refuse to let go and let God, let us remember that we ourselves are imperfect and not devoid of wrongdoings/imperfections.

When we refuse to forgive and we beat our offenders with lashes in our hands then we forget the God of heaven who himself forgave our iniquities such that while we were yet sinners he loved us. Let us remember the many times we have sinned against God yet God forgave us of our sins and he cleansed us. We ought to emulate God in these things to let go and allow God be the judge. If you are struggling with unforgiveness in your heart, the following set of biblical declarations will help set your mind in the right place, your focus on God and your heart for healing from all kinds of hurt so that you may embrace the spirit of forgiveness and live as Christ commanded us to do so.

Make a bold declaration of faith with me today.

I am kind and tenderhearted. I forgive those who offended me just as Christ also forgave me of my sins (Ephesians 4:32)

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Today I release God’s comfort and peace into the heart of those who have offended and hurt me. May they not be overwhelmed by sorrow in their heart and may they swim in God’s unwavering love for humanity (2 Corinthians 2: 5-8)
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I declare that as I am forgiven by heavenly father so also I forgive those who have hurt me for as far as the East is from the West in accordance to the grace given me, I now forgive. I do not judge as the world judge and neither do I condemn as the world condemns but I release those who have hurt and abused me into God’s ever loving arms. May they find peace and joy in their hearts forever more (Luke 6:37).
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Accepting God’s Love

Believe it or not, God loves you no matter what you may think! He loves you no matter what anybody may have said to you or done to you. God loves you no matter what trauma you may have gone through. No matter what your actions may be against love. God loves you! He loves you unconditionally in spite of your condition.  He loves you objectively in spite of your objections. He loves you irrespective of your lack of respect for him. He loves you in spite of that situation or circumstances. He has not forgotten about you and he will never forsake you.  

You may struggle to accept his love as a result of your experiences yet he will not reject you. This father’s love is unconditional and irreplaceable. Your heavenly father loves and cares for you deeply no matter what. His love is incomparable to any other human love on earth. God’s love gives you confidence and it boosts your ego. It helps you come into your own person and accelerates your growth in life. It doesn’t matter if you have never had a taste of that fatherly love’s experience, it doesn’t matter if the absence of a father has left a vacuum in your life. God’s love can and will fill you up to the overflowing.  

Father’s day for you may have been more of a remembrance day like it was for me until a few years ago than it was a day to celebrate my earthly father. His loss and his absence may have lost a vacuum in my heart for many years, thankfully God stepped in and filled the hole in my heart wuth his love. Today I celebrate the many father figures that have come my way. I celebrate on Father’s day many father figures in my life who have been there for me and who have stepped in at any time I needed the father’s guide and love. 

Father’s day for you may have been a day you were reminded of the abuse you suffered instead of the protection you needed. It may have been a day you remembered the rejection or the disapproval you suffered from your father instead of an acceptancehe  and approval you longed for. For you, father’s day may have been a reminder of your disappointments with your biological father. He may have disappeared when you needed him the most. He may have abused you, used you and dumped you. He may have cursed you instead of releasing a blessing over you. He may have disappeared into thin air when he was supposed to stand by you and stay with you. And this may make father’s day a difficult day for you.

The good news is, God’s love never disappoints. His love is like a rock, never moving, never shaken, always present. Always on stand by to comfort you and shower you with his love. His love is the ultimate. Where you have not known your biological father or you do not know him enough to experience his love, God knows you and his love for you never fails. He will do so much more for you than an earthly father could ever do for you. Nothing can stop God from loving you. He loves you beyond measure and nothing can separate you from his love.

The Bible says; “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (Romans 8:35S).

Where you may have lost your father to death or any other unforeseen circumstances, God is readily available to be the father you lost. He is the father of the fatherless and the husband of the widow. He comes riding with comfort in his wings and bearing provisions in his back. He is ever loving and ever faithful. He will never disappear on you and you can never lose him. Though an earthly father is a representative of a heavenly father on earth, But in a case where you have not seen God’s love through your biological father and you struggle to accept God’s love due to your experiences, God’s love can permeate through your heart on this Father’s Day if you will give him a chance. You too can enjoy God’s unending love when you choose to accept his love. And where you may be struggling to see or accept God’s love, the following Bible Declarations of faith would help open up your heart to receiving God’s love.

Make a Declaration of Faith

Today I accept the unconditional, unending love of God into my heart. I may have gone through situations amd circumstances that have shaken my faith in the live of God, today I accept my fate in God and I declare that I am loved by God unconditionally. God loves me no matter what! Though, once a sinner and I went astray, now I am back and I am wrapped up in the love of God through Christ who died for my sins so that I can experience God’s great love. (Romans 5:8)

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My God is rich and merciful and he loves me greatly. Through God’s love I come alive together with Christ who saved me by his grace (Ephesians 2:4-5)

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I declare that I am enveloped with God’s love through his son Jesus Christ. Today I accept the love of God with all of my heart and I exchange the missing piece of my heart for the wholeness in God so that I might live through his son Christ Jesus whom he sent to be the propitiation for my sins (1 John 4:9-11)

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I declare that God is mighty to save and he saves me from loss and rejection. I declare that God rejoices over me with gladness and quietens me with his love. He is exulted over me with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

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I am a product of God’s love filled with God’s love for the world. I am a child of God born with love, to show forth his love for the world (1 John 3:1)

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I believe that God loves me so much he gave up his only son just for me in whom I believe that I shall not perish with this world but I have now inherited an everlasting life. (John 3:16)

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I am the apple of God’s eyes and he jealously guards me (Deuteronomy 32:10).

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God is my father. He is my creator, my potter. I am the clay in his hands, the work of his hands carefully moulded for his purpose. He has great pride in me. I am his finished product ( Isaiah 64:8)

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My father knows what I need before I ask him (Matthew 6:8). He sees what is done in the secret and he rewards me for my labour of love (Matthew 6:4)

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I am loved. I am valuable in God’s eyes. Much more valuable than the birds of the air who do not sow or reap or store in barns yet my father feeds them (Matthew 6:26)

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I ask my father for good gifts and he gives them to me (Matthew 7:11)

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Praise be to the God and father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. I am chosen, predestined in love and adopted to be a child of God. I am loved (Ephesians 1:3-5)

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Overcoming Deception

People no longer speak the truth. They hide it under their tongues and utter deceits. They pretend and there’s no truth found in them. I have had my share of being deceived and it really hurts. When deception sneaked up on me I was unguarded. It came from where I least expected it and from one of my closest friends. It came in my most vulnerable moment and ensared me with subtle solution to my problems. Little did I know that its subtle counsel was going to be my ruin.

It happened when Jesus was hungry too. He had been fasting for forty days and forty nights and he was hungry when the devil sneaked up on him suggesting the only seemingly solution at the time; “turn these stones to bread” he urged Jesus. But Jesus recognised the devil’s trick to deceive and he was able to overcome the lust of the flesh. Had he succumbed to the devil’s tactics he would have fallen for that solution and that would have ended his ministry (Matthew 4:3).

Be wary of deception, it always comes promising enlightenment. It happened to Eve.  She was minding her own business when the serpent crawled up to her and struck a sensible conversation with her in the garden of Eden; “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5). Deception plays on your vulnerability and feeds on your fears too. Think about what it did to Ananias and Saphira. It was their land they sold and their money to keep but the devil played a trick on their minds and they tried to deceive the man of God. The end thereof was death (Acts 5:1-11).

Deception always captures the mind of its victims. It is the way the world function. Be on alert. Guard the walls of your heart against deception; either to deceive others or from being deceived by others. It is not God’s ways. His ways are perfect, straightforward and transparent. When a man conceal a relationship, that woman might have fallen prey to the spirit of deception. When your stomach is full after eating a platefull of food yet you can’t resist another plate, you might have fallen prey to deception. When you have important things to do but you find yourself glued to the TV, you are being deceived.

Deception always plays a trick on people. When it seems like you have been captured by the spirit of deception, when you are feeling deceived or when the devil is playing a trick on your mind in trying to convince you to lie with intent to deceive somebody else, make a dash for the sword of the spirit and speak out loud the following declarations for your victory.

Make a bold declaration of faith with me today

1) I demolish arguments and pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and I take captive every thought and I make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

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2) I declare that the spirit of him who raised Christ from dead is alive and he lives in me giving me the discerning of spirit and revealing the truth to me in all situation.

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3) Henceforth I walk in the integrity of heart, my path is secured and I attract integrity in return.

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4) I am no longer conformed to the ways of this world, but my mind is renewed daily through the word of God for the discernment of God’s will and a total transformation of my life according to his purpose for me.

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5) God will arise on my behalf and save me from the spirit of deception. When deceitful spirit come against me in one way, God will raise up a standard against it so that I do not fall prey to its captivity.

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6) I declare that I am enabled as a child of God to act justly and to stay on the path of righteousness. I speak the truth and I stand by the truth. I stay far away from deception, corruption and lying tongues. Hence God delights in me and he rewards my obedience to his word.

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7) I no longer sow into the flesh where lies, deceit or corruption leads to destruction, but henceforth I sow consciously into the spirit speaking the truth at all times and it sets me free.

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8) I speak the truth in love and I grow in all aspects of Christ who is the head over me.

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9) I walk by the spirit and the desires of the flesh I will not fulfill. I am no longer under the law but under grace therefore I submit to the spirit of God, He leads and guides me in all I do. I walk by the spirit and he leads me into all truth.

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10) I am a child of God and I do the will of God. I worship God in spirit and in truth. I do unto others as I want them to do to me. I stay away from malice, bitterness, anger, slander, strife, envy, jealousy as God gives me grace and strength and I no longer fulfill the desires of the flesh.

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11) I declare that I am not afraid to speak the truth at any time but the Lord God empowers me to speak the truth to nations in boldness and as I speak the truth in love to others so is truth multiplied to me in manifold. Deception is exposed and the truth prevails in my life at all times. I will not deal with others in lying tongues or in deceit but henceforth I live and rejoice in the truth and it sets me free. No matter how bitter the truth is I embrace it into my bossom, it edifies me and keeps me aligned to God’s will for my life. Whenever I speak the truth, it builds me up and honors me. It does not destroy me, not does it ruin my reputation, my image or my name. It does not put me down but instead it makes me a better person and elevates me to a position of honor. Henceforth, I walk in the understanding of heart with the truth on my tongue and peace dwells in my gate.

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12) Henceforth my mouth will utter the truth and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. I speak the truth to my family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances and my lips speak knowledge sincerely.

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SCRIPTURES

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ( 2 Corinthians 10:5).

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out (Proverbs 10:9 ESV)

The LORD will grant the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven (Deuteronomy 28:7 NIV)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8 ESV).

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight (Proverbs 12:22 ESV).

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22 ESV).

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, … (Galatians 5:16-26 ESV)

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 ESV).

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them (Proverbs 11:3 ESV).

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:31 ESV).

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV).

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 3:9 ESV)

‘These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates (Ephesians 4:25).

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another (Proverbs 12:17)

“For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips (2 Corinthians 2:17)

“My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.

Thankful for Painful Experiences

If not for that heart break you may not have met the right person today. If not for that failure you may not have known what it means to have success. If not for that defeat you may not have known what it means to win a battle. If not for that struggle you may not have known what it means to have it easy. If not for that break up you may not have known what it means to be standing on your own two feet today. If not for that traumatic experience you may not have known what it means to put yourself in other people’s shoes. If not for that character you may not have known what it means to guard your heart. If not for that rejection you may not have known what it feels like to be accepted. If not for hunger you may not have known what it means to be full.

Every single one of your painful experiences are for good reasons; they occur in order to bring you to a state of awareness, to a state of maturity, to a state of humility, to a state of endurance and total surrender to God. None of them were meant to bring you down but every single one of them were intended to shape you and bring you up for God’s glory. None of them were meant for evil or to set you back but they were permitted by God in order to give you a platform for elevation. That painful experience is not meant for you to be a target but you were specifically chosen by God for that great big task. God allowed you to go through it in order to build up strength in you. God allowed you to go through it for you to fulfil purpose in life.

This too shall pass. Instead of you drowning in sorrow and despair as a result of this painful experience turn it into praise. The Bible says that you are blessed and happy when you go through trials for the sake of the gospel or for Christ’s sake for then your name is written in the book of life. That or those painful experience(s) is/are your stepping stones for your elevation network. Be thankful to God for choosing you for such a task. I know a lady who got an award simply for standing strong and still keeping faith having gone through emotional trauma on the loss of her husband and her sister within two weeks apart. Not saying that’s what its suppose to be but trying to encourage you that as unique as your experience is to you that is as precious and unique as you are to God. For God to have chosen you for such a great big task, that means he jas something bigger and better in your future. So thank God for that painful experience.