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Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

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I’m trusting God for certain things in my life at the moment and on this last day of October, as I reflect, I realize that I’ve not been totally trusting and believing God for the things I’m expecting and I’ve been trying to figure it all out by myself, and I’ve just ended up really frustrated.

Then I remember one of the entries is my book The 31 Woman Devotional titled “No Ifs.” I had to go and re-read it and just thought to share it here.

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”

The first time I stumbled on this verse, I literally jumped up screaming! And that is why I love The Message translation of the Bible, it’s so relatable. Jesus said – There are no ‘ifs’ among believers; anything is possible!!! Wow! That simply means anything I ask for can happen. All it takes is for me to believe. That’s why I’m a believer – I believe that anything can happen as long as it’s according to God’s will.

Sometimes as Christians, we belittle our faith to ifs – if God can give me this job; if God can heal me of this disease; if God can give me a car; if, if and if. But Jesus said “if?” like “what do you mean ‘if’? It’s not about ‘if’, it’s about you believing!”

As daughters of the Living God all that is required of us to possess all that God has given to us is to simply believe. This might seem difficult to accept because we are used to a culture where every good thing comes through hard work, so we believe that we must work hard to receive anything. But that’s a lie from hell. We don’t have to struggle to possess what belongs to us. All we need to do is to first know what belongs to us by studying the Word and then believing that everything written in the Word that belongs to us is ours already. 

The truth is, you cannot know what belongs to you if you do not study the Bible, and when you find it, the only way to receive it is by believing. Anything we can imagine that is already in the Word is ours through believing. And another word for believing is faith.

Whatever it is you have been praying about, you’ve prayed enough and God has given you your requests already but you are yet to receive them because you don’t believe that you have received them already.

So the question is do you believe?

Don’t worry, I’m asking myself the same question too and if you’re finding it hard to just believe, then like the man Jesus was talking to in the passage above, we can cry out to Jesus and simply ask Him to help our unbelief!

Written By

Funto Ibuoye

I’m just a small girl helped by a big God.

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 31

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 31

Wow! it’s the last day of our 31 days of confessions.

We’d like to hear your testimonies from any of the 31 days.

In today’s confessions we are gaining new grounds and territories. We are decreeing harvests even where we have not sown.

Are you ready?

I decree that the Lord gives me lands and territories I did not fight or work for. I decree that I reap rewards where I have not worked. The Lord embraces me with gifts this season; the Lord shall work in my favour smilingly and with great delight.I do not know a better yesterday because this is the least I shall ever be. I do not know distress because I daily cast all my cares upon Him. I receive the exceeding great and better blessings of God today than all I’ve experienced since the beginning of this month (year). I press into all that God has provided for me to fulfill destiny. I decree that there is a shaking in every area of my life for the best. I possess things that generations before me could not afford. I stir up the anointing of God on my inside to do exploits. This season, the Lord shall change my name and I shall be called by my testimony.

The Spirit of the LORD rests upon me, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD is upon me. I walk in undiluted revelation of God. Men shall look at me in astonishment. Today, the Lord shall settle me in all areas of my life. The Lord shall give me nations for an inheritance and the earth my possession. I decree that I take my captors captive and I rule over every oppressors of my destiny. The Lord gives me rest from every pain, turmoil, from every harsh labour and bondage.

The Lord awakens me each morning; He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed.The Lord GOD has opened my ear therefore I am not rebellious and I do not backslide.The Lord GOD will help me; therefore I shall not be humiliated; therefore I have set my face like flint and I know I shall not be put to shame.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

 

 

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 30

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 30

Whoop! It’s day 30 of our 31 days of confessions already! We are super excited. If you have been following the confessions we will want to know what you think.

It’s time for our confessions

Today I decree that men of stature shall come over to me and they shall be mine; they shall follow me, they shall come over in chains and bow down to me. They shall confess to me: God is indeed with me, and there is no other God.The Lord shall bear me up even in old age;the Lord will make me, and carry me; He shall bear and save me.God’s plan for my life shall take place, and His will concerning me shall be fulfilled.The Lord teaches me to profit and leads me in the way I should go. My peace shall be like a river, and my righteousness like the waves of the sea.My descendants shall be as countless as the sand, and the offspring of my body shall be like grains; the names of my offspring shall not be cut off or eliminated from the presence of God.

Even when I thirst in the midst of the deserts; God shall make water flow for me from the rock. God will answer me in a time of favor, and He shall help me in the day of salvation. The Lord shall keep me and He shall appoint me to be a covenant for the people, to restore my lineage (generation), to make them possess the desolate inheritances.I shall not hunger or thirst, the scorching heat or sun shall not strike me. Because I am inscribed on the palms of God, I am neither forsaken nor forgotten.Kings shall be my foster fathers and their queens my nursing mothers. They shall bow down to me with their faces to the ground and lick the dust at my feet. The Lord shall make my oppressors eat their own flesh and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. The Lord shall contend with the one who contends with me, and shall save my children.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION – DAY 29

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION – DAY 29

This morning we are asking for strength from the only One who can give it to us. Strength for work, to achieve purpose and many more.

Let’s go!

Today I decree over my life that as my days are so shall my strength be. There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help me and the clouds in His majesty.The God of old is my dwelling place and underneath His everlasting arms I lay securely. God drives out all my enemies before me and commands destruction upon them. So I dwell in security, my fountain and habitation is untroubled. The Lord brings me to a land of grain and new wine; His heavens also drop down dew for me. I shall live and not die to declare the works of my God in the land of the living; I shall not be few.

The Lord accepts and establishes the work of my hands; the Lord blesses my substance. I pursue, overtake and recover all.  Among my contemporaries I am most blessed of all; I am most favored among my peers. The glory that’s due God over my life no one shall take.I shall sing a new song to the LORD; I shall sing His praise from the ends of the earth. God turns every darkness to light for me.The Lord shall be with me when I pass through the waters, and when I pass through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm me. God shall give people in exchange for me and nations instead of my life. The Lord shall bring me seed from the four corners of this world. When people are complaining of lack/want, I decree that I shall have more than enough. I proclaim the blessings of God upon my offspring. God is my first and last; the author and finisher of my faith. I am redeemed of the Lord therefore, my sins are swept away like cloud.Every of my desire and godly confession the Lord shall confirm; my counsel the Lord shall fulfill. The Lord shall rebuild me and restore every lost glory to me.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

SHE READS: THE GOD CHASERS BY TOMMY TENNEY

SHE READS: THE GOD CHASERS BY TOMMY TENNEY

 

 

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It’s another edition of the #SheReads segment and we are super excited to review another amazing book. The God Chasers. We hope that as you read this review you will be encouraged to seek God above every and anything.

Remember to leave your comments when you finish reading!

When we pursue after God, we can’t really catch Him but we can catch His heart. And when we catch His heart, He turns and chase us. That’s the beauty of being a God chaser. You’re chasing the impossible knowing it’s possible.

The word of the Lord to us is to stop seeking His benefits and seek Him. We are not to seek His hands any longer, but His face.

God doesn’t really care about anything you can ‘do’ for Him. He only cares about your answer to this question ‘Do you want Me?’ He won’t pour out His Spirit were He does not find hunger. He looks for the hungry. Hunger means you’re dissatisfied with the way it has been because it forced you to live without Him in His fullness.

We are sometimes scared of waiting on God cause of the fear that He won’t show up. We abruptly end the waiting process so we don’t experience renewal of strength.

Another problem is that we have never been really hungry. We have allowed things of this realm to satisfy our lives and satiate our hunger. We come to God week after week, year after year, just to have Him fill in the little empty spaces. God is tired of being ‘second place’ to everything else in our lives. He’s even tired of being second to the local church program and church life. If we are not careful, we can get so caught up in doing things for Him that we forget about Him.

Too often we live on a lower plan than what God has intended for us, so when He unexpectedly shows up in His power, we are shocked. Most of us are simply not prepared to see “His train fill the temple”

Most times, we experience just a wave of God’s presence and we get satisfied too quickly. We want to hold on to that revelation forever. We are not desperate and willing to get more and more and more.

God wants to continuously pour the ocean of His presence into our souls every single day but we are satisfied with the wave or splash.

God is not coming to people who merely seek His benefits, He’s coming to people who seek His face. It’s not enough just to be blessed, it’s not enough to receive His gifts and walk in His anointing. He wants people who would cry and say ‘I don’t want more blessings, I want the Blesser; I don’t want anymore gifts, I want the Giver’

God’s fire doesn’t fall on an empty altar. There has to be a sacrifice on the altar for the fire to fall. If you want the fire of God, you must become the fuel of God.

Jesus sacrificed Himself to win our salvation, and He has called each and every person who wants to follow Him to lay down their lives, take up their cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). The Greek word for cross ‘stauros’ means figuratively exposure to death, ie. self denial.

If we are hungry for the fire to fall in our lives and churches then we need to just crawl up on the altar and say “God, whatever it takes, I lay myself on the altar and ask You to consume me with Your fire, Lord”.

Real revival is birthed when people seek God not ‘revival’, seek the Reviver instead of the revival.

God is tired of having long distance relationship with His people. He really wants to have intimate, close encounters with you and me. He wants to invade our homes with His abiding presence in a way that will make every visitor begin to weep with wonder and worship the moment they step into our abode.

There is something in us that makes us afraid of the commitment that comes with real intimacy with God. For one thing, intimacy with God requires purity. Intimacy with God requires a certain level of brokenness because purity comes from brokenness. God is calling people who wants serious revival into a place of transparent purity. Out of intimacy comes revival.

It’s time to lay our ego on the cross, it’s time to crucify our will, it’s time to lay our own agendas aside. God is calling us to a higher level of commitment. Forget the plans you’ve made for yourself and lay on His altar and die to self.

It’s time to lay everything aside and cover yourself in the blood. When the apostle Paul wrote “I die daily” in I Corinthians 15:31b, he was saying ‘I enter into the presence of God everyday’.

Till we get to this stage of hot chase after God, we can’t really experience Him.

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION – DAY 28

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION – DAY 28

Good Morning Beautified Lady.

This is our confession for today.

Today I decree that the spirit helps all my infirmities and makes intercession for me, even when I can’t put my prayers into words, God hears my heart. I am not stranded in life, God supernaturally meets my needs at all times. I decree that I abide in a peaceful habitation, in secured dwellings and undisturbed resting places. It is my season of recompense and my day of salvation. None of God’s word spoken to me shall fail and I shall not lack my mate. The Lord shall strengthen my feeble hands and makes steady my shaking knees. My eyes are not blind to opportunities and my ears are not deaf to instructions.I am the redeemed of the LORD therefore I will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness shall overtake me, and sorrow and sighing shall flee.

All those waiting for my downfall shall wait in vain. Every good thing including ideas that I am pregnant of, I receive strength to deliver them according to God’s plan. Everything that is in my life that stands to mock the living God I serve are terminated. God’s love brings me out of every pit. God reverses for good every negative pronouncement over my destiny. The Lord prepares a way for me in the wilderness; makes a straight highway for me in the desert.Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth for me and the rough places shall be made plain.The glory of the LORD shall appear upon me, and all humanity together will see it, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. I may not see wind or rain but the valley shall be filled.

All who are enraged against me shall be ashamed and disgraced; those who contend with me shall become as nothing and shall perish.I will look for those who contend with me, but I will not find them. Those who war against me shall become absolutely nothing.Yahweh, has called me for a righteous purpose, and He shall hold me by the hand. God shall keep me and appoint me to be a covenant for my generation and a light to nations.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING

WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING

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Good news! My homegirl is pregnant! Though I’m yet to see them- the baby bump and her changing body- her husband mentioned over the phone that she’s adding up pretty fast. Well, that is expected when you are expecting. I recall her complaining to me in the first trimester about the nausea, fatigue and of course, the need to change her wardrobe. It’s so amazing how fast her life has changed since she got married. It’s even more amazing how the arrival of the baby will change everything. And though I’ve never gone through what she’s going through, her experience reminds me of a familiar route we all often travel more than once in our lifetime.

Other things being equal, we all get pregnant at one point or the other in the course of our fellowship with God. Routine intercourse with the Holy Spirit eventually results in divine conceptions since our God is not sterile. In those intimate moments of intimacy, God releases His seed into us as visions, dreams, and ideas for us to nurture and carry to term in our wombs and birth in health to impact our world.Interestingly, you just might be pregnant and not know it yet until the fetus announces itself with some symptoms.

But, what is required of you when you are carrying and expecting the manifestation of such seed?

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Basically, your reading habit and pattern has to change to make provision for the dietary needs of the fetus growing inside you. Not only will you need to increase your portions, you will need to emphasize and deemphasize your intake of certain nutrients, and improve the overall quality of your daily intake to cater for the specific needs of that delicate deposit. You must begin to consciously feed that baby with the quality knowledge of God’s word and healthy and relevant materials and supplements. During this crucial period,you cannot wait to “feel” like studying before you study.You study with a sense of responsibility because the healthy formation and development of your baby and your overall health before, during and after delivery depends on it. You must awaken and stimulate your taste buds for knowledge to grow that vision and get rid of junks and unhealthy information. The health of your baby must influence your choice of what to read, who to listen to, what to feed your mind with. If it’s not going to build the vision/dream/idea and prepare you for delivery, don’t indulge. 

Wardrobe  Association Adjustment

As your mind, intellect, vision, capacity etc. grows bigger in preparation for the big delivery; some relationships just won’t fit anymore. Your favorite associates that aren’t made of stretch material will become too uncomfortable to be around since they can’t keep up with the growth happening to you in you. It is wisdom to adjust your wardrobe lest you choke while forcing them on.

However, be wise to not discard such relationships. Simply keep them elsewhere or find a better use for them while you go for who works for the season you are in. Surround yourself with people who are ready to accommodate your new size and stretch with you since you are bound to get bigger.

Routine Doctor’s Mentor’s Visit

Even if this is your third vision/idea/project, you still need to make a periodic stop at your mentor’s place. It is important that, in such delicate a season, you surround yourself with and make yourself accountable to wise counsel. These trusted guides will help verify the state of health of baby through frequent examination. With this you will prevent and quickly address threats to the baby or you.

Prepare for Arrival

Your preparation should start from the first day you become aware! This baby will change everything and so you must prepare yourself spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, financially and in all ways for its arrival. You’ve got to start saving resources, cleaning up your life, reordering your priorities, establishing and strengthening relevant relationships, building a structure before that baby gets here.

Remember that God comes to us when we are due to conceive, so every baby He gives must be kept and delivered. I’m so excited for my homegirl and I cannot wait to meet our baby! To all certified mums, powerfully pregnant mums,and expectant mums in waiting, physical or spiritual,your seed is a blessing.

Written by

Deborah Adeojo

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 27

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 27

Good Morning Beautified Lady!

Today we are declaring the extra ordinary into our lives. We are not mediocre and we are confessing it boldly.

Today I speak over my life that I am not a mediocre, I am not average and I am not mundane in my thoughts. The Lord takes me into the realm of the miraculous and supernatural.There shall be joy and gladness in my field, fruits in my vineyards, songs in my mouth, and wine in my wine presses. Because blessings are upon the righteous, I decree the blessings of God upon me and all that I represent. I fear not because God is with me; I am not dismayed, for God is on my case. God strengthens me and helps me, He upholds me with His righteous right hand. I humble myself always therefore, God’s exaltation is guaranteed concerning me.

I take every thought captive unto the obedience of Jesus Christ, casting down every imagination, and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I am anointed of God for exploits.As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he; therefore, all of my thoughts are positive. I do not allow the devil to use my spirit as a garbage dump by meditating on negative things that he offers me. I walk in the spirit at all times. All that I own is paid for. I owe no man anything except to love him in Christ. I do not walk in un-forgiveness or hatred because Gods love is shed abroad in my heart.I have sufficiency in all things and abound to all good works, for all grace abounds toward me.In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path.The Spirit of Truth abides in me and teaches me all things; He guides me into all truth. I know the truth and it sets me free; I am free indeed.

I decree that my spirit shall diligently seek the Lord. The Lord consumes every limitation and my adversaries. The Lord watches over me and waters me regularly. The Lord guards me night and day so that no one disturbs me.The Lord crowns me with a crown of beauty and a diadem of splendor. The Lord builds a wall of fire round about me therefore I and my household become untouchable. With my lips I shall worship God and with my heart I shall serve God. Today I decree that I have joy after joy. I decree that I have understanding in every (confused) area of my life.The LORD shall show me mercy and rise up to show me compassion.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 26

31 DAYS OF CONFESSION- DAY 26

 

Today I decree over my life and household that, an end has come to every oppression of the wicked. Everything I call forth answers to me. Nothing or no-one shall be able to frustrate the plans and purpose of God for me. I shall not be helpless; the Lord shall make me to lie down in security and shall destroy every root of famine (hunger). My life gets riper and riper; sweeter and sweeter. My best is yet to come.

I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, therefore I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is my Lord and personal savior. I have been born again. God is my very own father and I am His very own child. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I have eternal life and the very life of God is in me. I overcome the wickedness of the wicked by the blood of Jesus and by my testimonies. Because the Lord shall not leave nor forsake me, I say bodly ‘the Lord is my helper, I shall not fear what man can do unto me’. My God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly and above all I can ever ask, think or even imagine. Thanks be to God who always causes me to triumph in Christ and make manifest the savor of His knowledge by me in every place.

I am spiritually minded therefore I have eternal life. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. I am complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. My tongue is touched with a coal of fire, therefore I shall experience all that I have spoken over my life today.I believe, I say Amen and it is settled.

WHAT REALLY IS CONTENTMENT IN MARRIAGE?

WHAT REALLY IS CONTENTMENT IN MARRIAGE?

 

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I saw a movie recently about a beautiful young lady married to a young handsome guy who were married and had 2 kids. They were wealthy and had all that money could buy the best of designer outfits and the best of cars and houses. Her friends envied her because to them she hit the “JACKPOT” when she married her husband. She had the best of everything they were dying to have. Unknown to her friends and her family, her husband was a drug lord and a murderer, hence the source of his immense wealth and she knew because she ran the business with him and cleaned any mess he left behind.

There was a time she tried to tell her best friend how unhappy she was but her friend brushed it aside saying with all the money she had, nothing should make her unhappy. She lived in perpetual fear of her husband, and the law catching up with him because of his heinous crimes and because she would go down with him and their children would suffer for it.

Recently I read an article about how Celebrities spend hours doing hair, makeup and the likes before going out, and if they want to go somewhere and don’t want the world to know, they have to take several detours and change cars, a journey of maybe 30mins takes hours all in an effort to ditch the paparazzi and if they are lucky enough the world. No privacy, limited freedom to do whatever because the world is watching. Have you ever wondered why a celeb makes a mistake and the whole world calls for their head while an average Joe makes the same mistake and no one hears? I bet some of them see fame as more of a burden than a blessing sometimes.

Don’t be quick to envy other people’s lives, the ones that look perfect might not be and if it truly is, then a lot of work has been done to get to where they are. You have no idea what a person did to get to where they are or what they are doing to maintain it. Be happy with what you have now and continue working to where you want to be, enjoy the present it goes away too fast, enjoy now on your way to the future you want. Don’t pressure your husband to get you something just because your friend has it.

Be satisfied with what he can provide now. If you are not happy with the level your husband is you should pray for him and help him become better. Never critcize him.Remember, godliness with contentment is great gain and they that compare themselves with themselves are not wise.

Contentment sometimes is being happy alone with yourself and not being in a bad relationship because you don’t want to be alone, contentment also means working through the challenges in your relationship or marriage instead of ditching your partner for someone who you think has more to offer. Proves right the phrase I have heard before “If the grass looks green on the other side, it is because was watered”. Water your own garden so you can eat from it when the time is right, you will reap from it.

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Written By Jesuseun Adebo. Worshipper, writer and a blogger who is passionate about impacting lives in unusual ways. Read more of her work here

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