Pastor Olabisi

Pastor Olabisi

Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.

She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.

 

Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.

25.07.2016

Forgiveness

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is God's commandment and God’s holy commandment on forgiveness is simply this: If we want Him to forgive us of our sins, then we must forgive those who offends us irrespective of whether or not they are repentant or unrepentant towards us. Forgiveness as a commandment from God is something that we must obey to evidence that we are walking in newness of life. Although forgiving a person who has offended you might not necessarily lead to the perfect restoration of the relationship that you use to have with the person, you are still mandated by God to forgive irrespective of the situation or surrounding circumstances.

Forgiveness can only lead to the rebuilding and restoration of a damaged relationship if the person who has offended in the relationship is truly repentant and committed to changing his or her ways and not simply carry on as usual with his or her offensive ways without any care whatsoever of the impact his or her action is having on the other party to the relationship.

Even in our relationship with God, we simply cannot expect our relationship with Him to continually work if all we are interested in, is to take evil advantage of His mercy, grace and forgiveness by wilfully sinning against Him under the poor excuse that He is after all a gracious God and He will always forgive us. The fact that we are assured of God's forgiveness is not a licence for us to continue to wilfully sin against Him (Romans 6:1-18). If indeed we value our relationship with God, then we will always strive to abstain from sins and not wilfully sin against Him simply because we know that He is in fact a forgiving and merciful God.

Just as we need to genuinely repent and strive to remain repented in order for us to receive God’s forgiveness and sustain our peaceful relationship with God, so it is that in our human relationships, we indeed need to truly apologise when we hurt others and strive to abstain from doing the exact same things that are likely to cause them hurt and pain.

It is highly unlikely for a relationship to work when the only thing a party to the relationship is interested in doing is to consistently delve hurtful blows on the other party! In the absence of true remorse from the one you have forgiven and a genuine commitment by him or her to willingly change and amend his or her ways, then it is highly unlikely that your forgiveness towards the person will lead to the rebuilding of your damaged relationship and the restoration it. It is therefore important that we bear this in mind in fulfilling our obligation to forgive so as to avoid becoming disappointed and ending up back in the dark ocean of begrudging simply because our acts of forgiveness has not yielded the restoration of the damaged relationship in line with our expectations that it would.

Fulfilling your obligation to forgive those who has offended you is an act of obedience towards God and it is not something that you must only do where there is a chance of restoration of your relationship with the person who has offended you. Whether or not there is a chance or room for restoration, you must as a matter of obedience towards God still forgive those that offends you no matter what they have said or done! When we forgive those who offends us, we not only please God, but it is only through forgiveness that we will no longer be enslaved to the bitter anger associated with the offence caused by the offender. When we obey God and forgive those who offends us whether or not they repent, we please God and we also immediately experience freedom from the pain, anguish and the bitterness anger caused by the offence of the offender.

God's commandment to us that we must forgive those who has offended us irrespective of the situation or circumstance, is in actual fact all for our own good. Forgiveness brings healing from the pain and anguish that we suffer due to the offensive actions of others against us. Without forgiveness, the wound of bitterness will only worsen and in bitterness, the devil will of course have all the opportunity that he needs to thrive and bury the heart and mind deeper in hatred. Bitter hatred opens the doorway wide to sinning against God, and the wages of sin of course remains death (Romans 6:23).

God indeed has our best interest at heart by Him mandating us to forgive without reservations. Forgiveness is a divine act of love, and love is God (1 John 4:8). God forgives us not because we deserve it, but because He made us as the underserving to become deserving of His forgiveness by His sacrificial  act of love towards us through the Person of Christ (John 3:16).

To err is human and to forgive someone as a matter of love and not simply because they have done anything to deserve it, is indeed divine. When we forgive those who offends us unreservedly in obedience towards God, we are by so doing expressing His righteous divine attributes of love for others, and at the same time, evidencing our gratitude for His own underserving love for us. Forgiveness as a divine act of love is also an act of righteous goodness. We cannot of course conquer evil with evil or hatred with hatred (Romans 12:17-21). Our only means of defeating evil is with goodness and we can only overcome hatred with love.

Ordinarily speaking, I must at this point admit that it can indeed be extremely hard to forgive someone who has offended you especially in circumstances whereby the person is not only unapologetic and non-remorseful, but worse of all, completely bent on shifting the blame instead of taking the blame and apologise for their wrong. But, whilst as flesh we might have countless reasons for not forgiving others, as true children of God, we must not succumb to the malice centric ways of our flesh. Forgiveness is an impossible thing for the flesh to do because the flesh is by nature egocentric, war-centric and totally thrives in the atmosphere of hatred and malice. Forgiveness as a divine act is something we can genuinely do through walking in the spirit in our newness of life and not in the flesh.

We can indeed through Christ do all things to the glory of our heavenly Father (Philippians 4:13). And for the glory of our heavenly Father, we must always forgive others as He has commanded us. When we forgive others, we are by so doing also expressing our love and appreciations for God for Him taking the blame for our sins by allowing the sinless Christ to die for us as the sinful, so that we can through Christ become deserving of His mercy and forgiveness.

God qualified us to receive His forgiveness, not because of what we did to deserve it, but because of what He did for us through Christ to have His forgiveness. We are as sinners only able to have God's forgiveness because of who He is and because of what He did for us through Christ as LOVE itself!  And we can only evidence our newness of life in Christ by forgiving those who offends us, not because the person who has offended us deserves it, but because of who we are in Christ: The truly born again offspring of God in Christ Jesus!

No matter the pain or anguish someone might have caused you by their ways and action, today; put your flesh ego, bitterness and anguish aside and forgive to the glory of our God and for the goodness of your own soul. Obey God and forgive so that you can remain forgiven by God of your own sins. Free yourself from your pain today! Forgive the offender in your heart, forget the person's offence in your mind and surrender all to God so that you can become completely healed from the bitter pain and anguish the offender might have caused you in any way or form!

Forgive and forget today!

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ~Matthew 6:14-15

 

Wishing you a joyous day!

15.07.2016

The Plight of Christian Authors In Christian Book Publishing

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The plight of Christian authors in Christian book publishing is nothing short of a daunting saga for many Christian authors. In the summer of 2004, I had a startling, life-changing Holy Spirit encounter. Following that encounter, I became a Holy Spirit-inspired writer. I had no previous experience of Christian book publishing, therefore when I completed my first book I had no idea of how and with whom to publish my book.

My first book is a question and answer book with me asking God the questions on behalf of the entire human race and God the Maker providing all the answers. As far as I was concerned, this makes my book somehow unique and as such, I was confident it would be highly in demand, not just by Christians but also by non-Christians everywhere. I was certain that Christian books publishers across the globe would be full of excitement toward publishing my Christian book if not for anything else but to prove that God still speaks today, and that He is willingly ready to answer any questions that we might have. With this thinking mindset, I began my journey into the world of Christian book publishing in full confidence that my Christian book would be on shelves everywhere in no time.

Since I had no knowledge or experience whatsoever about Christian book publishing, the first place I searched to begin my Christian publishing journey was on the Internet to search for Christian book publishers UK. It was not long after I began my search on the Internet for Christian book publisher UK that I realised that just as I thought I have a God-given book, so do thousands of other Christian authors out there believe that God has given them a unique Christian book to publish. I also quickly discovered that not only do we all think that we have something unique, we seem to be all looking for the same thing: Christian Book Publishers. As I began delving deeper into the world of book publishing, I realised there are different kinds of book publishers ranging from traditional publishers to Vanity Press type Christian Book self-publishing companies. I was not at all clear at the beginning what the differences are between Christian Book self-publishing companies and Vanity Press publishers. However, from all the information I could gather, I realised whilst Christian book self-publishing companies means putting money on the table to get a manuscript published into a book whereas traditional Christian book publishers does not seem to require any payment.

Paying to have my Christian book published was the last thing on my mind. Besides, I had no funds available at that time to place into any type of Christian book self-publishing venture. I was totally unprepared for the amount of money some Vanity Press type publishers were asking me to invest in order to have my work published. Therefore, I concluded the best option for an aspiring-author like myself would be traditional Christian book publishing. Indeed I could not understand why there are so many Vanity Press type self-publishing publisher adverts all over the place when as far as I was concerned, all I would have to do is simply approach traditional Christian book publishers UK who would be more than happy to publish my Holy Spirit inspired book at no cost!

Looking to find a traditional publisher willing to publish my book was like diving into the sea in an attempt to find one pearl. Indeed I soon realised the moment I started searching that it would be easier for me to dive into the sea and find that one pearl than ever finding a traditional publisher that would be interested in publishing my book. The first thing I noticed was I could not even approach most traditional publishers by myself because they only accept manuscripts from Christian literary agents. When I tried looking for literary agents, I discovered that most Christian literary agents already have all the clients they need and are not looking for someone like myself with no fame, no brand name, no nothing for them to go on.

Following several intense hours and days of surfing the Internet, I eventually came across some Christian book publishers UK who stated on their websites that they are prepared to accept unsolicited manuscript. I copied their addresses and posted my manuscripts to them hoping that they would all accept unsolicited manuscript and agree to publish my unique book once they read my unsolicited manuscript. However, to my surprise just in matter of days after postage they started returning my unsolicited manuscript back to me, an obvious indication that they did not even bother to read it. As the rejection letters flowed in, it soon dawned on me that I am not the only one soliciting the publishers.

My guess is that the plight of Christian authors in christian book publishing especially most first-time Christian writers is probably similar to the first time publishing saga scenario that I had. Most Cristian authors probably dabble into the Christian publishing world with the same kind of naive mind that I had. If I have guessed right, then only God knows how many manuscripts the traditional publishers must be getting in a week from the many hopefuls. One after the other, the Christian publishing companies all returned my manuscript with rejection cover letters giving all sorts of excuses as to why they were not able to publish it. It felt at this stage as if I was sinking because what I had expected is the opposite of what I began to discover as the true state of affairs in the Christian book-publishing world.

The truth is, whether or not you are a Christian or secular author, I have come to realise that as far as book publishing is concerned, the same business rules apply to all authors. The publishing world of Christian books is largely a money-oriented business and just like any world business, it is all first and foremost about the moneymaking. When it comes to moneymaking, I found that it makes no difference whether you have gotten your inspiration from God or from the devil. The real question is: Are you a sellable product? I said, Are you a sellable product because what I have come to realise is that in the Christian publishing business, like in any business involving the selling of talents, the product is not the talent itself but the talented person. If the talented person has moneymaking potentials, then everyone will be interested and if not, then no one cares whether or not you have a Word from God.

God is a God of talents and we have ample examples in the Bible of people who received their promotions through their talents. Joseph, being an obvious example. Today the Church is full of people who are highly frustrated in their attempts to market their talents for income generation for Kingdom-advancement purposes. The extreme economic pressures faced by many Christians in the world today have made the Christian population to be more and more a competitive selfish-group and not a selfless, complementary one. With emphasis and focus now much more on moneymaking and money grabbing, the end-time church world is much more into world business and not the Father's business.

The work of God, just like any work requires good monetary funding and God gave us our talents to use for wealth creation for the advancement of His kingdom work. The people of God are not meant to be beggars in the world. Through the proper utilisation of talents that are within the body of Christ, God intended the body of Christ as whole to have the surplus that we need to do His work. The Church as a united corporate body is meant to be the first point of contact for our talent marketing and promotions. However, with so much in fighting, competition and divisions within the so-called Body of Christ, many truly talented persons are continually lacking in the necessary opportunities required to effectively utilise and market their talents. The talents of many Christians are well hidden behind the outward trappings of the world, never to be seen, cancelling out any potential to bring in a harvest for God's Kingdom.

Several talented Christians that are meant to be sponsoring kingdom projects through effective utilisation of their talents remain as beggars experiencing financial frustrations, disappointments and discouragements. When it comes to God's work, everyone, most especially some so-called Christians expect the struggling talented individuals to give their products away free of charge, never once considering that the profit from their talents would better position these gifted hard-working believers to further God's kingdom work. These same critiques are the first to crucify the struggling talented persons for selling their wares for a fee. Yet they themselves will not think twice when it comes to giving their money away to already wealthy famous faces and buying all sorts of self-gratifying worldly-paraphernalia. It is shocking how ruthless, thoughtless and uncaring some professing Christians can be. No wonder it looks as if the world is getting richer day-by-day and the majority of Christians are looking poorer and poorer.

Many Christians today are still waiting for Manna to fall from heaven when all they need to do is to tap into their unique gifts and use them for God's glory. Several who manage to discover their talents end up using them for worldly-aims because of what 'benefits' the world has to offer. Most talented Christians ends up utilising their talent for the world simply because those intended to promote talented people in the Church for the sake of glorification of the Body of Christ, are the same people who compress and undermine talented Christians further into economic darkness to rot.

The bestselling Christian book of all time the Bible, is a book written by a number of Christian authors through inspiration from God. The apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament would have faced lots of rejection from traditional Christian publishers in today's world. Moses would not have had his books published particularly given the world's strong objection to God's law and righteousness in today's world.

Writing is a very important legacy talent and it is an effective way of taking the gospel from the Church's four walls out to the hearts of individuals for them to digest in their private corners. God gave the saints their writing talents to help spread the gospel from generation to generation. Today, anyone can write anything and be called a 'Christian' author. As long as they have the right Christian literary agent and Christian publishing Companies they will sell millions of books all for the world's benefit and gain.

The fact is, whilst I understand the plight of a traditional Christian publisher must be a tough one, we must not allow marketability to take priority over the main objective which is the promotion of God's Word and not just anything that can sell. If we begin to do God's work in mind of world business, then it will no longer be for God's sake, but for worldly gain.

I eventually managed to get my manuscript published, although I spent a great deal of money to do so, and the final product was a huge disappointment. I was only able to barely manage the exorbitant Christian publishing package. My book was published with nothing more than by creating a PDF document from my Word document, without proper professional proofreading, editing or formatting essentials. This meant the book had no chance right from the start of getting anywhere. Even though the message it carries is extremely powerful, people only seem to be interested in pointing out everything wrong with it.

I was highly discouraged by the criticisms no surprise, considering the stress and money I spent to have my Christian book published. Considering the standard of professional quality fell short of the required standards, it goes without saying that Christian book promotion would clearly turn out to be another wasted venture. Besides, I discovered, once I finally published the book that it was even easier to publish than to promote Christian books. The publishing package I purchased included Christian book promotion, but there was of course hardly any Christian book marketing done. There are adverts on the Internet for book promoters for a fee but most are not Christian book marketing centred and finding a reputable Christian book marketer with so many scammers on the Internet is indeed another problem in itself.

The world expects people to use their talents to contribute into the world economy, and as Christians, we cannot expect the world to help promote our God-given talents for God's glory. Most book marketing websites on the Internet that have high traffic are for secular books and not Christian book marketers, and once they see the words 'God' or 'Christ', they want nothing to do with you. The secular world does not want to know anything pertaining to God or Christianity, so as not to offend others who are not godly and are not Christians.

Meanwhile, the majority of Christians are not much different in their lack of willingness to help promote the Holy Spirit empowered work of other believers. In the Christian world there is such terrible competition within the church walls that very few avowed believers are prepared to help anyone. If you have talents and people cannot see your marketability potentials then you are on your own. Only if you manage to breakthrough all the world barriers are you a true saint and only then will everyone be willingly ready both Christians and non-Christians alike, to say 'yes' to you.

I thank God for His ways because if it were up to mankind, I would not even have a Bible today. Sadly, due to the inappropriate sense of self-importance, elitism, and misplaced values spiritually void moneymaking sensationalism is at the top of self-serving promotional lists, leaving the Lord's commandment to 'go and make disciples of all nations' last on far too many lists.

If people are making money from Biblical materials in today's world, then the writers that God used to write the bestselling Christian book, which is the Bible must be entitled to an everlasting royalty from Him, especially given that most of them ended up being killed in their time despite the fact that what they had to offer is in fact power of salvation to the souls. As far as I am concerned, the possibility of receiving God's eternal royalty makes all of my sacrifice as a Christian worthwhile. My word to you if you are an aspiring Holy Spirit-inspired author, focus on God's purpose for giving you talent which is the salvation of souls by sharing the gospel through your writing. If your focus is on your godly purpose, I guarantee you will overcome every barrier that is in the way of you using your talent to reach out to other souls through your writing talents, and it will all be for God's glory.

To be a Christian writer is to understand that all aspects of your work is for the glory of God and not for worldly gain. God spoke His Word of grace to make all things work together for your goodness before the foundation of the world. With grace on your side, know for sure that everything that seems like a barrier in the way of your progress today is simply working out a glorious testimony for you in your tomorrow. Every godly inspired work is godly ordained and every ordination of God is to enable the unable. Whatever your barriers might be, be rest assured that the God Who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly much more than we can ever comprehend, will make a way for you in all things where it seems there is no way. He made a way for you to have His Word of Genesis unto Moses and Revelation unto John to place you in perfect revelation of His divine love for you.

The same God Who provided a way to place you in eternal benefit of His Word out of His grace for you, will always make a way for you to see that in all things you are already more than a conqueror. If God has anointed your soul to enable what seems impossible, know that God will always be on your side. He will never leave you or forsake you. If God is for you, then nothing can be against you. In Christ, nothing can ever prevent you from realizing and enjoying the heavenly advantages that He paved the way for you to have through the shedding of his precious blood, for the remission of your sins.

Based on my interesting publishing experience, I have come to realise that the plight of Christian authors in Christian book publishing does not actually end simply because one ends up with a book published by some publishing company. Although, I eventually achieved my publishing aim, albeit the fact that it was at an exorbitant cost, the truth of the matter is that the publishing result that I got for all the money spent was just too disappointing for me to even begin to describe. The message was of course powerful, but the unprofessional looking book I ended up with did not in any sense do the published book I ended up with any justice.

Publishing our Christian books requires ensuring that our manuscript is not just published by any so called self-publishing company that is ready to publish just about any manuscript at a fee, but that it is published to the highest professional standard to the glory of God. Indeed any so called Christian writer today can get a book published as long as he or she is prepared to pay the ever so often exorbitant prices that some Christian book self-publishing companies or book publishing companies are asking for. The question however is, what is the whole essence of paying any amount of money to publish a book if the end result is not only disappointing, but does not in any way or form glorify our God? Should we say because we are Christian writers we should simply strive to publish our books anyhow we can even if it is badly put together? The answer of course is, NO! We must as Christian writer not just simply seek to publish our book so we can become a published author, but ensure that it is published by a Christian book publisher who understands where we are coming from and who is able to help birth our God given Word with all the support that we need and with the best touch of professionalism!

God indeed uses all our experiences to establish a perfect ministry for us for His kingdom glory. To God be the glory, He eventually used all the disappointments and frustrations I experienced from my publishing saga to inspire me to start a kingdom-oriented Christian book publishing company. From everything I learnt from my book publishing saga, the emphasis of Divine Grace Christian Book Publishing UK is to present God's work in the highest professional way for His Kingdom's glory. What makes Divine Grace Christian Book Publishing Company different as a Christian book publisher is that we won’t publish just about any book like some self-publishing company do simply because you can pay for it, but we ensure that the books that we publish glorifies God in every aspect. We offer an all-inclusive Christian book publishing package for Christian authors and all our books are published to the highest standard. To ensure that first time authors have a godly-glorifying book we offer an affordable all-inclusive Christian book publishing package, which entails everything Christian authors need to turn their manuscripts into outstanding books including Christian Manuscript editing and proofreading, Ebook conversion, eye catchy Christian book cover and proper Christian book formatting services and much more. We understand the plight of Christian authors when it is comes to Christian book promotion and in order to assist Christian authors with promotion of their Christian books, we also offer Christian book promotion services at affordable prices. The Christian book publishing services we offer are unbeatable with a team of true Christians working together for kingdom-advancement's sake. We treat our Christian authors as kingdom partners and our Christian authors are guaranteed a top notch Christian book publishing services and a publishing results second to none and our additional promotional services all, at a very affordable rate makes us a highly unique kingdom-establishment. If you are after publishing your Christian book with a Christian book publishing company that can offer you best Christian publishing service, prayer support and highest professional output, then Divine Grace Christian book publishing is indeed your one stop shop Christian book publishing solution. We cannot guarantee we will accept your manuscript for publication, but if it glorifies God, we will indeed endeavourer to work with you and help you through our Christian publishing services to birth your God given Word to the world with the highest touch of: Divine Grace! You can find out more about how Divine Grace Christian book Publisher can assist you today by visiting www.divinegraceenterprises.com.

 

My Prayer For You

I pray that God will continue to pour His Word of anointing upon your soul and that in daily appreciation of His love that you will always remain in good courage and continue to encourage others. I pray His 'Living Water' will continue to flow as rivers of life out of your heart and manifest from within you to openly bless people from generation to generation all unto His glory. I also pray that His entire Word of Life which is our Lord Jesus, Who came from the genesis of life to place you on exodus match from the genesis of your sins, into the revelation of His eternal life blessings will never depart from your soul. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 

13.07.2016

Fear Not

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Fear Not and arm yourself daily with the sheild of faith in Christ! Faith is all about reacting to natural situations in a fearless supernatural manner. Fear is all about reacting to natural situation in a predictable fearful natural manner. Fear is inevitable when we walk by sight. In order for us to walk by faith, we must hold on to Jesus every day. When we walk by faith we see God’s presence and His solutions for us in the midst of problems. However, when we walk by fear, all we see is ourselves in isolation going through it all alone without God.

Faith is to do with believing the Word of God as wholesome truth and evidencing our believe through relying on it without wavering. We need to believe and rely on God's Word in order for us to be able to reject evidence of fear as nothing but false evidence appearing as real. Faith basically enables, but fear cripples. We need faith in order for us to keep trusting in the supernatural working power of God in our lives and to keep believing in it as truthfully working everything together for our good irrespective of how negative or daunting our natural circumstances or situation. We need faith in order for us to remain obedient to God and serve Him diligently in all things. We need faith in order for us to remain fervently prayerful and continually worship God in spirit and in truth no matter our natural circumstances. Our victory in all situations from start to finish is indeed assured by us believing and having faith in the Word of God!

The Word, power and authority of God made flesh is Christ Jesus (John 1:1-14). Christ as God's Word made flesh is the Spirit of truth, love and life itself. And all we need to do in order for us to remain consistently victorious over Satan who is the spirit of; lies, hatred and death: is continually surrender our all to Christ who as Spirit of truth, is the author and finisher of our faith.

Whatsoever circumstances you might be going through today as a redeemed of Christ, fear not! Don’t be deceived by Satan's fearful tactics or by his lies that you are going through it all alone. God never leaves nor forsake His redeemed and He is always faithful to make a way for us where there seem to be no way. Shut down the gateway of fear and magnify the LORD today with your riotous praise and worship. Fix your eyes on Christ and be rest assured of victory in all circumstances through the effectual working of the power and authority that is in the name of Christ Jesus. No matter your situation or circumstances, call upon the name of Jesus and believe without wavering, that you are by the holy authority of His name destined to always win unfailingly. The presence of Christ in your life is all you need to overcome the spirit of fear. When the spirit of fear, which is the devil sees that you are fully surrendered to Christ who is the author and finisher of faith, the devil will surely bow in defeat in all circumstances and he can never succeed in crippling you!

Live daily by faith and not by sight. Irrespective of how daunting or impossible the situational outlook of the natural situation you find yourself in, keep holding on to Jesus every day and never let go of your faith in Christ. Jesus Christ as the author and finisher of our faith has the power to change your circumstances and bring you out of any situation you are in full of His might and strength to the glory of the Father. Therefore, fear not for as long as Christ is in the boat with you, your life boat can never capsize no matter how heavy the storm!

I pray the spirit of fear will never have its way in your and that you will by God's grace through your faith in Christ Jesus reach His predestined destination of glory for your life in Jesus's mighty name. Amen.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight". ~2 Corinthians 5:7

Have a blessed day!

13.07.2016

Rejoice

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Rejoice in the LORD oh ye His Redeemed! The time realm is subject to the control of the infinite God, and God in His timeless existence directs all things in all realms to work together for the good of His redeemed in Christ. Today, whatsoever you are facing in this realm of time, remember time exist for the perfection of your eternal existence. The temporary things you are facing in time realm are not for the detriment of your soul, but for the perfection of your spirit man for eternal life abiding with the Ancient of Days. The timeless God sees all the struggles that you are facing in this falling world time realm, and by grace of His perfect finished work through the Person of Christ, time can only work for your good as a redeemed in Christ and not against you.

The LORD God Almighty is on your side and not against you and His thoughts towards you are of goodness and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28-31). Do not despair in your trials, for your trials are only for a momentary period, and the endless eternal glory, which awaits you in Christ shall make your endurance and perseverance in your trials all worth your while (Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Submit to the Holy Spirit daily for the completion of your regeneration process. Let His perfect Will be done in your life daily for the eternal goodness of your soul.

Keep your eyes fixed daily on Christ the Ancient of Days (Hebrews 12:1-2). He exists before time. He came before your time to complete the work of your salvation on the cross of Calvary. He knows where you are right now in your journey through time. He is in charge of everything both in time and in timelessness dimension. He is the author and finisher of your faith. He is the author and shaper of your destiny. He has written the story of your life before time began. He ensured you ended with Him in time for eternal life abiding with Him. He knows your name and He understands you more than you can even begin to articulate. He is your Saviour and Redeemer. He is the same yesterday, today and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). He is with you in your daily journey as your good Shepherd (John 10:14-16). He is as the Bishop of our souls our eternal light of life and our everlasting hope of glory (John 8:12, 1 Peter 2:25).

As the Ancient of Days and King of kings, Christ Jesus our holy Redeemer controls the affairs of time from His timeless dimension. His plans never fails because He has made them ahead of time. He is the behind the scene Divine Director of your life. And He has written the script concerning your life to end happily for His timeless glory sake and not in tragedy. He is worthy to be trusted, praised and thanked.

Today, oh ye redeemed of the LORD. Arise! Give thank to the Ancient of Days and praise His holy name. Rejoice and enjoy the day, for this is a day our LORD has made for you to be gladdened and rejoice in His presence.

Rejoice! Rejoice and rejoice. For the LORD is good and the infinite joy of our timeless God is forever our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Amen.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” ~Isaiah 61:10-11

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." ~Jeremiah 29:11

13.07.2016

Discernment

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Discernment is simply the ability to tell right from wrong. We can only make the right decisions in all realms of existence and avoid the spiritual consequences of wrong decisions if we are able to see and judge things clearly for what they are and not from a physical blind spot. As believers of Christ, we are meant to always operate by Godly discernment and not through our fleshy inclined feelings of emotions. The devil constantly targets the mind with negative thoughts in order to activate negative emotional feelings. The devil knows that negative emotional feelings is an aspect of weakness shared by man in common. Emotions distorts reasoning and clogs up the thought process. Emotions not only makes us to feel detached from God but it also terribly impairs the mind and adversely affect it from reasoning in alignment with God's  perfect Will and desires for our lives. Emotions blinds the eyes from seeing the spiritual evidence. It focuses the eyes primarily on physical evidence, which of course in reality sense is not the whole true picture. The devil as a chief deceiver of course knows for a fact that the physical world is not the real world. The devil also knows that as long as people make decisions based only on what they can physically see, spiritual truth will continue to elude them. The number one priority of the devil therefore is to manipulate physical evidence and deceive people with the manipulated physical evidence to make wrong spiritual judgement and decisions. The devil as a common enemy of mankind  does not want people to think there is anything called spiritual realm, which is the real realm let alone believe that God even exist. The wiles of the devil are beyond the human scope of articulations and reasonings. And unfortunately, the devil has through his wicked wiles entrapped many people in the world in spiritual darkness through his evil deceptions!

The world is actually spinning right before our eyes with a spin wheel of lies and deception. And in the midst of all the euphoria that are being created by the spin wheel of lies, it is very unfortunate that people who claim to be believers of Christ and who are meant to be living by faith and not by sight have fallen victim to the regime of sight. The world rhetorics is now what is used and relied upon by many as intelligent statements. The worldly role models have found their ways into the arena of the Church through their forbidden knowledge writings that are masqueraded as high intelligent 'inspirational' quotes or words. The words of man is now preferred over the Word of God. The truth is constantly being manipulated by the agents of Satan that are masquerading themselves as saints of Christ in the so called Christianity arena. There seem to be no ending at sight to the debate of how wide the so called church should open its door to accommodate sin and please the wilful sinner. The truth is twisted to suit individual's empire building mandate, and holiness and righteousness is no longer at the heart of the teachings of the Church. The preferred trend now in the so called church arena is all to do with ministering to people's problems and not to their souls. The struggle for natural world survival and aggressive pursuit of financial breakthroughs has made many to become completely blinded in the spirit and entirely vulnerable to terrible deception. The Church that is meant to impact the world has widely opened its door wide not to call in sinners to repent but for the world to impact the Word and change the Church from being the headquarter of God as Word, to becoming the headquarter of sin and worldliness!

The enemies of Christianity are no longer the official non Christians. But the so called Christians who are in fact officially a non Christian from a spiritual perspective. The people who  are now most vocal against the preachers of truth and who are prepared to go out of their way to discourage and rudely tell off a preacher of truth are in fact no longer so to speak 'non Christians.' Rather, they are the people who claim to be Christians but whose ways and actions in reality goes to show that they are in fact not at all of Christ or for Christ, but of the antichrist and for the antichrist. The preachers of truth are labelled as either jealous of so called successful pastors or as some sort of bigots or bitter minded hateful people. The ears have become itchy and many are indeed suffering from the famine of hearing the true Word of God.  The need to operate and walk in spiritual discernment is now a strange concept to many so called professed Christians. Many are simply walking by sight and no longer by faith. The truth is no longer seen from God's own divine perspective but subjectively dictated and interpreted by man to suit their own sinful rebellious agenda. The devil is seductively deceiving many to believe they are in control and many indeed are convinced that they are full of so much power therefore unstoppable. The rush to follow and look up to orators of flesh as role models instead of following and looking up to Jesus, increases day by day. Many people are labouring in vain and fulfilling the empire building objective of man in the believe mindset that they are in fact serving in the righteous vineyard of God and advancing His kingdom. The true vineyard of God is in huge shortage of true labourers and the camp of righteous preachers of truth is constantly looking and appearing physically desolate. From a physical perspective it seems as if the rebellious Satan's camp is winning and unstoppable!  The truth from a spiritual perspective however is that Satan is for ever a loser and those that follows his rebellious footsteps will only end up as losers!

Jesus is for ever LORD and Satan is for ever a LOSER AND LIAR! Therefore, whilst it might seem from a physical perspective as if Satan is winning, the truth is that Satan has lost his entire battles even before the foundation of the world (Revelation 12:7-12). All his hype is simply to create terrible tension, generate fear and distract people from focusing on what counts most, which is salvation and redemption for eternal life purposes. Today, seek God to open your spiritual eyes of understanding so that you can operate in His power of discernment and clearly see things for what they are and not just follow the crowd blindly! Live by faith and not by sight and always test all spirits. Don't see yourself as 'knowing all' already therefore nothing further to learn. You attitude of 'you already know all there is to know' will only block your ears to knowing what God wants you to learn, see and understand for the sake of your growth and maturity.  Ask God daily to order your footsteps and for Him to lead you by His power and auction of His Holy Spirit. You can only grow and mature where God plants you and God will only plant you in His righteous foundation and make you fruitful.  Don't just join a church because of what you can physically see or because of your own personal ambitions for breakthroughs and so on. Don't just rely on what a so called man or woman of God says. Test all spirits, get your relationship right with God, and earnestly rely and depend on Him daily to discern for you. I pray the good LORD will help us all in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." ~1 John 4:1
Humble yourself daily before God. Thirst after His righteousness and yearn for His holiness. Seek daily to please God by walking and living by faith and not by sight. Remain steadfast in all things and continually persevere in your trials to the very end. Don't  be enticed by swell words. Be Godly in your ways and be purpose centred and not problem centred. Focus your eyes on Jesus daily and make receiving God's eternal life reward for your soul your priority. Don't join the rebellious gangs and set up yourself to perish in this perilous times through hardness of hearts!
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." ~2 Timothy 3:1-7