You are valuable to God And created in His image. Pay attention to His Word And you’ll see your destiny.
He paid a great price for you Because you are valuable. He emptied Himself for you Because you are valuable. He became a ransom for you Because you are valuable. Yes, the sinless became sin Because you are valuable. He took your shame and curse Because you are valuable. The Son of Man, Son of God went to hell, He abandoned His seat in glory, Abandoned His majesty, All because you are valuable. He was separated from the Father came down to earth Because you are valuable. He died the death on the cross Because you are valuable.
He took you from the ‘guttermost’ to the uppermost Because you are valuable. He cleansed you from your sin Because you are valuable. He broke the jail door to set you free Because you are valuable. He would leave the ninety-nine and go for the one missing sheep-you Because you are valuable. He made you an heir of God and joint heir with Christ Because you are valuable to Him.
You were bought with a great price. So what should your response be? What would your response be?
Give Him your all, Give Him your heart. He raised you from the fall. He gave you a New start He gave you a head start. He gave you His divine nature. He made you a New Creature, gave you the free gift of life-salvation.
Now make the most of it. Now maximise your potential.
You are valuable to God He created you for good works He foreordained. He made you a co-worker with Him. He made you an apple of His eyes. He made you a priest and a king. He made you a light of the world just as He was and is the light of the world. He made you a saviour even as He is the Saviour of the world. So go and shed your light. Go and make an impact. Go as His hands and feet. Go as His voice. Go as His representative. Go as His ambassador. Go to your Jerusalem. You to your Judea. Go to your Samaria And then to the uttermost of the earth. Go to the highways and byways. Leave no stone unturned. Go like the woman at the well. Go like the mad man of Gadara who became an evangelist to ten cities-Decapolis. Go like the Ethiopian Eunuch who went back with the Good News and spread it to Africa. Go like the four lepers who went to tell others about the bread they received. Go like Peter to the house of Cornelius and there was a household salvation. Go like Joseph and fulfil your destiny. Go like the three Hebrew exiles in Babylon, who honoured God and lived by faith even when their lives were on the line and changed the decree of the king and brought glory to God. Go like Daniel, who distinguished himself in a foreign land and was used mightily and glorified His Maker and was entrusted with the end-time prophecy and was instrumental to the fulfilment of a prophecy in abeyance. Go like Peter on the Day of Pentecost who preached so fiery and passionately that about 3000 were
Saved. You are valuable to God especially in these end-times. You are God’s finest wine in the last time. So stand up and be counted. Arise and take your rightful place. Arise, shine! It’s your time. It’s your season. Yield a great dividend for your God. Eye has not seen. Ear has not heard, neither has the mind comprehended what God has in store for you. Yield to the Holy Spirit and He will do exceeding abundantly, far above what you can ask or think or even imagine, according to the power at work in you.
You are valuable to God. There is more to you than meets the eye. See yourself as God sees you. Do not demean what He has esteemed. You are unique and a masterpiece.
There is always the temptation do a detour from our calling, God’s original intension, the word we have heard from the Lord, when the winds of life begin to blow or the fires of affliction rage.
Satan will use the opportunity to tempt us: ‘Hath God said?’(Gen3:1)
And if we meditate long on what he says we will find ourselves agree with Him and doubting what we heard. (Gen3:6-7)
Nehemiah was burdened with the rebuilding of the broken down walls of Jerusalem. God gave him favour with the King, who not only gave him permission to go but also gave him protection and provision to go and rebuild the walls.
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,
8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.
However this initial favour and green light did not mean that everything will be smooth-sailing as we will see.
When he got home and began his vision and purpose all hell broke loose. He was opposed by those who should know better. He was ridiculed, defamed and conspired against. They even later changed their tactic and pretended they were in support of his cause but it was a ploy to derail his vision. Nehemiah refused to be conned.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” Neh2
1 But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.
2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish — stones that are burned?”
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”
1 Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),
2 that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”
4 But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.
God was behind him and gave him a few men who had the mind to work, watch and pray. The enemy came again and again with different tactics to distract, disunite and cause a detour but Nehemiah saw through the strategy of the enemy and remained defiant, focused and prayerful until the work was done in fifty-two days.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.Neh6:15
The enemy also used Peter to tempt Jesus to bypass the cross but Jesus recognised this strategy and addressed the source of the opposition to the plans and purposes of God:’ Get thee behind me, Satan!’
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Abraham was quick to obey God when called to leave his homeland and go to a place he would be shown. That was quite impressive. However on arrival there was a famine in the land and he made a detour to Egypt.
1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
” Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.Gen12:1-4,10
This is the danger we all face. Hardships in the Promised Land do not mean God is not in it. It does not mean we have lost our way. God has not promised us a bed of roses or platter of gold. There will be difficulties in the Land. There will be the stirring of our nest like the eagle to enable us to seek God’s face and flex our faith muscle as to rise to a higher dimension. There will be the valley of Bacca (valley of weeping, tribulation which can be used to make a place of spring to the glory of God (Ps84:4-7). The valley you face has come to take you from strength to strength, glory to glory and faith to faith.
There will be some light afflictions that will come to work for us indirectly to bring us in to the place of reigning with Christ because we have suffered with Him.
So hardship endorses the will of God rather than oppose the will of God. In fact if you’re not having opposition in your Promised Land you need to be concerned that you may be compromising or out of God’s will for your life. God will stretch you and I to bring the best out of us. We may moan and groan, but we will also grow through our experiences.
10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Detours can happen when there is a seeming delay
1 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Hab.2:3
Sarah prevailed on Abraham to take her made and help God to fulfil the promise he had given because of seeming delay. This led to the birth of Ishmael- a child of the flesh that became a thorn in their flesh. (Gen16:1-8)
God does not need our help to fulfil His plans for our lives. True we have our part to play but we need to distinguish this part we have to play from actually interfering and running ahead of God.
Moses also ran ahead of God and had to be put in the backburner until all his strength was gone. ( Ex2:11-15,Ex3)
Detour can happen when we are opposed
But we must be adamant like Jesus, like Isaiah, like Jeremiah, like Paul, like Ezekiel
5 ” For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
7 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
17 ” Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land — Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”
Paul would not be deterred from pursuing his purpose despite his previous achievements or failures or of the oppositions he faced after coming to Christ. He resolved to press on for the mark of the prize of the high-calling in Christ.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Phil3:13-14
Detours can happen when there is famine, persecution
1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Gen26:1-2
16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
So are you facing opposition in your Promised Land? Are you facing severe trial after obeying what you have heard? Are the giants, lions and bears out in full force and displaying their fangs, frightening and tormenting you?
Hang in there! See them as bread and stepping stones to a higher ground. God is for you with you and in you. Find out the new territory God wants to use the opposition to lift you to. Give no place to the devil. If God be for you who can be against you?
Remember Paul who through his opposition, tribulations hardships, shipwrecks, false accusations, imprisonments, beatings with rods, stoning, thrashing, wrote best sellers which we now enjoy.
God wants to birth something awesome through your challenges. ‘Don’t waste your sorrows.’ Squeeze every juice out of them to leave a legacy for all-time.
Today, Today, There is Melody Ch: Today, today, there is melody in my heart, today. (For my God) Today, today…
He’s my health and wealth My might and light Ch He’s my light in the night, My Wisdom and Sight. Ch He’s my boldness, confidence, my righteousness and defence Ch He’s my Peace in the storm Because His Kingdom has come. Ch He’s the God of all Comfort From where my comfort comes Ch He is the Bride Groom Who always makes room Ch He is the Flesh of my flesh
and Bone of my bone. Ch He’s my Shield and Shelter My Song and Shepherd Ch He’s the reason for my living I celebrate! He’s risen Ch He is the a True Vine Who’s made me a vintage wine Ch He’s placed me in the royal line So in Him I’m always fine
He’s the First and the Last The Best of the best
He’s given me a New Song A song that will be long
He my light in the dark Who always covers my back
He’s my length and breath My height and depth
He is good today And good all the time
He’s the Way Maker The Power that’s higher
His presence is my joy For He foils every evil ploy
He’s the Bright Morning Star The Alpha and Omega
He’s the Day Spring of life Who gave me abundant life
He is awesome and winsome And in Him I blossom
He made me a winner More than a conqueror
He’s the Lilly of the Valley Who gives me the victory
He disarmed principalities Made a show of them openly
I will praise Him, worship Him Adore Him and thank Him
He put a song in my heart And gives me a great start
He is gracious, precious
Righteous and marvellous
He gives a song in the night
Turns my darkness into light
He puts a dance in my steps
And always orders my steps
He took care of past
My present and future
He is my Shepherd
And I shall not want
He’s the Sweet Rose of Sharon
And the Rose in my thorn
He’s the One in whom I depend
My Friend to the end
He is a Friend in need
And true Friend indeed
He is my High Tower
Who enables me to tower
He’s the Master of the Sea
Who rules from sea to sea
He’s my Healer, Redeemer
Defender and Provider
He’s the Alpha and Omega
The Beginning and the End
The Author and Finisher
My Minder and Strengthener
He’s the Ancient of Days
And I will give Him praise
He is the Way, the Truth,
the Life, and my God
He’s the Lover of my soul
Who is in full control
For in Him I live
Move and have my being
He’s my Saviour, my Rock
My Light and Fortress
He is Jehovah Jireh
He is Jehovah Shammah
The Ever-present Lord
He is Jehovah Shalom
The Lord my peace
He’s Jehovah N’Kadesh
He’s Jehovah Nissi
My Victoroous Banner
He’s Jehovah Rohi
My Good Shepherd
He’s Jehovah Rophe
The Lord, Healer
He’s Jehovah Tsid kenue
The Lord my righteousness
He’s the same yesterday,
Today and forever
In Him I am blessed
Redeemed from the curse
He makes me to belong
And makes me very strong
With Him I have no care
Because He always takes care
He gives me boundless peace
Makes my struggles cease.
Meditate on These Things Finally , brethren , whatever things are true , whatever things are noble , whatever things are just , whatever things are pure , whatever things are lovely , whatever things are of good report , if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things. Phil4:8
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.”Num13:30
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom8:28
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God. Rom8:37-39
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”Jn16:33
15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
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.
He did it for Peter
He can do it for you.
You too Can Bounce Back.
He thought he was a champion
But thrice he denied the Lord.
He could not believe he did.
He nearly wept his heart out.
He thought it was all over.
But Jesus came and restored;
Gave him new lease of life.
He accepted forgiveness
And put the past behind.
The Day of Pentecost
Revealed a New Peter-
Turned into ‘another man.’
He preached a fiery message.
Was bold and brave for his Lord;
Flowing with the anointing.
Thousands came to the Lord
He was unstoppable
And became a leader.
His shadow was enough to heal.
Had no silver or gold
But what he had he gave.
The Race of Grace, as in any race, has a starting point -the Cross. Some people say life begins at forty. But I beg to differ. Life actually begins at the cross. By this I mean we were all born in sin and dead to God, separated from God, estranged from Him and it is when we acknowledge this reality and come to the cross and repent of our sins and ask Jesus to take His rightful place, are we reconciled to God. That is when true life begins. Religion is useless. It is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ that matters. That is th crux of this message.
May the Lord use it to guide you to the cross if you do not already know Him. If you know Jesus as your Lord and saviour, then why not use this to witness to others?
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2Cor5:7
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Through our God we can do valiantly, our trials can thrust us into triumph; our tests can bring testimony battles can birth miracles and burdens can translate into blessing. This message will revive you as you open your heart and let the truth of God permeate, saturate and set you free. 2Sam5:17-20
17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim’
The LORD the Strength of His People A Song of Ascents.
1 Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
Psalms 121: God the Help of Those Who Seek Him A Song of Ascents. 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalms 40:
Faith Persevering in Trial To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth — Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. Psalms 3: The LORD Helps His Troubled People A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. 1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2 Many are they who say of me, ” There is no help for him in God.” Selah 3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. 4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.