Blunderers can bounce back, regardless of great fall, despite hitting the rocks and it seems so hopeless. The answer is the cross. The way out is Jesus, Who forgives and restores.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Ps23:3
Peter thought he was a champion but when push came to shove, thrice he denied the Lord.
He could not believe he did and nearly wept his heart out. He thought it was all over
Jesus later came and restored him, gave him new lease of life. Thrice He denied Him and thrice He affirmed him. He accepted forgiveness and put the past behind. (John21:15-17)
The Day of Pentecost revealed a New Peter. He was another man. He bounced back.
He was unusually bold and brave for his Lord and preached a fiery message -flowing with the anointing. Thousands came to the Lord. He was audacious, electrifying and unstoppable. (Acts2:14-47)
And became a leader and his shadow was enough to heal the sick.( Acts5:14-16)
He had no silver or gold, but what he had was enough- even more than enough. (Acts3:1-7)
Peter also having affirmed his love for His Master, fed His sheep, strengthened them and shepherded them and wrote two books that were included in the canon of scriptures. He lived up to the name that Jesus gave him, “Rock.”
Where are you in your relationship with the Lord? Have you failed Him many times like Peter?
Do you consider yourself useless and now clueless and hopeless? Peter thought so, but Jesus thought otherwise. After all, He had taught them to forgive seventy-times even.
He did it for Peter. He can do it for you. You too can Bounce Back. You too can return like the prodigal son. He is waiting for you. He is looking out for you. Waste no time. Return to your Source. Just like a fish has no life outside its source, so is anyone who is born of the Word. You will be famished outside your Source- the presence of God.
Bounce Back Today!
Let us Pray
Father, I thank You for your mercy which endures forever. I am glad to know that you are a God who gives a second chance. You gave one to Moses and gave one to Jonah. You are calling me home even now and I take the opportunity to come home. I come as I am. You should regard iniquity, who will stand? Thank You for the blood of the eternal covenant that speak for me.
Forgive me, Lord for my waywardness and backsliding. It is written: 22 ” Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” ” Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God. Jer3:22
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea14:4
3 If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight — That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Ps51:1-4
And today I return, O Father
You also said:
As far as the east is from the west, so far You have removed my transgressions from me and high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your love for me. ( Ps103:11-12)
You said, If we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.( 1John1:9)
Father, forgive me my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? Ps8:4
God has a good plan for you and me. His thoughts towards us are of peace, growth, development, fulfilment, joy unspeakable and full of glory.
But we need to find out God’s Mind, thoughts and plans towards us so that we can focus on them. It is also important that we know the difference between facts and truth. Often the enemy will focus on the facts about us which may not be the truth of God’s Word concerning us. As you dwell on who God says you are and what you have in Christ, you are transformed from glory to glory to become what you have focused on.
Know that if God is for you, no one can be against you. Obstacles will turn out to be triggers for triumph. Opposition will turn out to be pillars and platforms for your promotion, because His thoughts towards you are not evil. And regardless of the ploys and diabolical strategies of the devil, as you fix your eyes on Jesus-the Author and Finisher of your faith, you will come out victorious.
Yes, troubles do come; they come to all and sundry. “Man’s days are full of trouble. But He delivers him from them all. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” That should be the mind-set of a child of God.
Say:“God is for me. He has good plans for me. My enemies will not triumph over me. The will of God will prevail. Angels are on assignment on my behalf. All things are working together for my good. My light affliction, which is just for a moment, is working for me, an exceeding weight of eternal glory. It is partners for my progress and upward mobility.”
Joseph’s opposition caused him to dream some more. So when you’re opposed, say,” I will keep on dreaming big dreams.” Joseph’s pit experience and being sold into slavery were ladders for the fulfilment of God’s purpose for his life. His brothers meant it for evil but God meant it for good, to save many in the Day of Severe Famine in Egypt. He saw the end from the beginning and allowed the injustice to prepare Joseph for his ministry He had given a promise to Abraham and His word will not fall to the ground:
13 And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Gen15:13-14
Because, Jacob, had either forgotten this promised or prophetic word, or was not told, he panicked and despaired when Simeon was held in Egypt and they wanted to take Benjamin.
36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. Gen42:36
You and I will also come to this place in life at various times-whether in relation to our relationships, finance, ministry, health, business etc where, looking at it naturally, it will seem as if everything is against you. This is when you need to go back to the promises of God that are ‘yes and amen in Christ Jesus.’ If it was a prophecy, take it back to God and stand your ground. Say, “Lord, You said…” and you are not a man that you should lie. If you do not have a specific word ( rhema), at least know the will of God as revealed in His word.
The word of God is the will of God and the will of God is the word of God. Pray in the spirit and let Him quicken His word for you. Pray with the spirit and you will be praying in line with God’s perfect will. Let the Holy Spirit unveil to you His mind for you.
9 But as it is written: ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1Cor2:9-12
Know that the enemy of your soul wants you to doubt God, so as to prevent you from obtaining the promise. Doubts and unbelief can short-change us. We have our path to play even if God has made a promise to us. If we keep speaking doubt and defeat, we are taking sides with the devil and calling God a liar and short-changing ourselves.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that He shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:6-7
So we can be our own worst enemies when we agree with negatives and seeds of doubt that satan sows in our minds. It is a bait of satan and once you bite the bait you’re ensnared, caught and imprisoned and quarantined by the words of your mouth.
Why not start speaking God’s word of His grace that is able to establish you and build you up and give you an inheritance amongst those who are sanctified. Start speaking the word of life that will bring life back to your life, your vision, dreams and God-given purpose.
Regardless of the obstacles, say to yourself:
“I know whom I serve. I know whom I have believed. It shall be to me as He said unto me.” Remember,
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11:6
In Numbers 13 the ten spies who brought a negative report to the camp courted God’s displeasure and anger. But Joshua and Caleb were of a different spirit. They held on to the mind of God regardless of the giants they saw. Others focused on the giants (obstacles, difficulties, walls, challenges). They minimised the goodness of God and the little mercies they saw-giant grapes that were so huge that it required two people to carry. They maximised the problems, obstacles, difficulties and barriers. They saw themselves as grasshoppers in their eyes and in the eyes of the giants. They had faith to imagine the -worst and even seeing through the eyes of the giants but could not see through the eyes of God:
“We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:27-33
On the contrary Caleb and Joshua said “they are our bread.” We are able. If the Lord delights in us, He will bring us into the land and give it to us the land. Only do not rebel, they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” Number 14:6-9
This is how God wants you to speak when you see those “giants in your land, in your mind’s eye”, say, “I am able to drive them out. Through my God I can do valiantly. All things are working together for my good. If God be for me, who can be against me? I am more than a conqueror. God is working in me, both to will and to do according to His good pleasure. He will fight for me and will hold my peace. All things are working together for my good. Every place that the soles of my feet shall tread belongs to me. I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living-in my life time. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper. I am an overcomer and have overcome them. If God did not withhold Jesus, but delivered Him to die for me, how will He not, even with Him, freely give me all things?”
The kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent take it by force. Stand your ground. Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the whole armour of God as to stand in the evil day. There are more with you than are against you. Speak in agreement, in consonance, in sync with God and angels will be galvanised into action on your behalf.
Guard your heart diligently. For out of it are the forces of life. Cast down every imagination that is contrary to the revealed will of God. Don’t work against yourself with your mouth. Renew your mind with the word. Spend more time in the word and in prayer. Avoid deep, intimate association with people who do not have the mind of Christ.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1Cor15:33
Birds of the same feathers flock together. Iron sharpens iron. Fellowship with people who will give you godly counsel –not worldly ungodly counsel.
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Ps1:1
Do not say “everything is working against me,” like Jacob. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Do not say “I am a grasshopper.” Grasshoppers don’t eat grapes. Do not say, like Naomi, “Call me Marah.” 20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth1:20
Yes, calamity struck. She had misfortunes but that was not the end of the story. But for the faith of Ruth and the mercies of God her words and attitude would have stopped the great blessing of God and mind-blowing turning of the table. We know how the story ended. The foreigner was grafted into the lineage of Christ and Ruth was married to a billionaire of her time and one of the finest gentlemen-Boaz.
So think God’s thoughts towards you. Where do you find His thoughts? You find His thoughts in His word. That goes without saying. And unless you know His word, you will not know His thoughts.
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. Jer29:11
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa55:11
So, my friend, cast down every imagination and thought contrary to God’s word. Say to yourself, “If God said it, I believe it and that settles it, regardless of how I feel or what people say. As for me -my spirit, soul and body, I will take sides with God. God has a good plan for me. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For God is with me and in me and for me. He will enable me leap over walls, run through troops, and maul any Goliath or giants. If I go through the fire, like Daniel’s friends, it will only refine me to grow and glow brighter and become better and not bitter. God will not leave me in the fire, or mire. He is working in me to work through me. And when He has finished, I will come forth like gold to give glory to His name wherever I go. My path is shining ever brighter to the full light of day. I am going from glory to glory and from faith to faith and from strength to strength.
Called Heal Empowered to heal Ordained to heal Anointed to heal.
The same Spirit That raised Christ From the dead Dwells in me. He does the work I am joined to Him My limbs are His limbs I see through His eyes He speaks through my mouth. I go where He bids Where I go, He goes He reaches out His hands through my Hands.
He has given me power and authority,
Over all the power and authority of the Devil,
and death, disease, sickness, weakness darkness, poverty, confusion and fear.
I fear no evil because He is with me, for me and in me. I fear no death because He defeated and abolished death. I have passed from death to life – Zoe-the God-kind of life. Abundant life is mine. All things are mine. I walk in the Light and endless possibilities. Nothing is impossible to me. He leads me in perpetual triumphal procession daily. I am vibrant in my health and body and physique, robust in my mind, balanced in my emotions and relationship. My immune system is strong and all the systems in my body are well-aligned and function to the perfection they were made. There is no malfunction in my body or my mind. My spirit is in tune with the Holy Spirit and continually receives strength from Him. I am daily inspired by Him, guided by Him, taught by Him, comforted by Him, guarded by Him, directed by Him, given advantage by Him, shown things to come by Him, interceded for by Him and used to minister to others through Him. Acts3:6-7, Peter Matt10:1,7, Disciples Mark16:17-18, Believers, Mark3:14-15, Acts1:8, Acts19:12-13 Paul Acts8:5-8 Philip
11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines.
12 But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Life Is A Race Ordained of God For all to pass No matter your colour Nation, language or class.
The Race starts at New Birth When you’re Born Again Before then you were dead in sin Separated, alienated from God.
You begin the race as a new born babe Needing the milk of the Word to grow. You grow from ‘babyhood’ to ‘childhood’ To ‘adolescence,’ ‘teenager’ to ‘adulthood’ . Each stage is a phase in this race of life.
There’s preparation required for each stage. The strength of your foundations is vital. It determines how far and high you can go. Some sleep and slip by the way side, fall And never get up. Others also fall but get up
and dust off and keep going.
In this Race of Life, you need good focus. Distractions will come, and they’re many. You must run with patience looking at Jesus,
Who began your race and will finish it.
The good work He began in you,
He will complete. No need to worry or be afraid.
In this Race of life, you need mentors-
Those gone ahead that you can emulate.
You must move from milk to meat,
Study to show yourself approved.
You must pray without ceasing,
Growing your faith through hearing the Word.
Discipline and pay the price
Carry your cross to get the prize,
You’re in this race right now
Do well all you know how.
Run well with patience
Run well with endurance
Fix your eyes on Jesus
Never despise the cross
Never shirk from your cross
Set your eyes on the crown ahead
Press on to finish, well ahead, the head.
Striving for a Crown
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Heb 12:1, 1Cor 9:24-27
Hebrews 12: The Race of Faith
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1-2