Persecution propels and promotes,
As long as you’re looking at the Prince of Peace- the Author of Salvation.
Acts16:23-32,Acts2:41,-4:40-41;Act8:4;Act6,Act12:8-10 2Cor4:7-9,16-18, Acts14:19-20
“Don’t be surprised when people come against you or don’t see what God has placed in you.
You don’t need the approval of everyone around you to fulfil that dream in your heart.
God will give you the right team, the right people, who will love and support you and speak the truth over your life.”
Joseph’s dream was opposed by his brothers yet he fulfilled his dream. David’s dream was opposed by his brothers too, yet he felled Goliath and was promoted.
King Saul opposed him for a long time but he persevered until the due time. God also gave him helpers.
Nehemiah’s dream was also fiercely opposed, but he persevered, prayed and worked with the people God gave him until the vision was accomplished.
Saul of Tarsus opposed the church, armed with warrants and arresting, torturing believers and even murdering some of them until God arrested and turned his life around. He was himself opposed and persecuted greatly. But God was with him and protected him throughout his ordeal and he fulfilled his vision.
Jesus came to His own but they did not receive him. They called him names. Even Peter, one of his right hand men, opposed His purpose soon after he had made a profound declaration of who Jesus was. Jesus knew Satan was then using Peter to oppose His purpose. Jesus countered Peter’s rebuke with ‘Get thee behind me, Satan.’
So is your ministry purpose, vision or assignment opposed? Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your Faith, Say to yourself: ‘If God be for me, who can be against me?’
Triumph are hidden in the womb of trials
and trials give birth to triumphs.
If you want great triumphs
you must be ready for great trials.
To expect a great triumph without a great trial
is the beginning of insanity.
Diamond is carbon under tons of pressure.
.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.”John16:33
“… it takes putting carbon under pressure … its carbon, under tons of heat and pressure … Because extreme pressure, carbon converts in to diamond”
|“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” (1 Peter 1:7a NLT)The Bible repeatedly says that God has promised to meet your needs: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).
But the Bible also tells us that with every promise there is a condition. One of the conditions for this promise is that you have to trust him. The more you trust God, the more God is able to meet needs in your life.
So, how can you learn to trust God more so he can meet all of your needs? How can you learn to have greater faith?
You don’t get faith by sitting in a Bible study group or just talking about it. Faith is like a muscle; it develops by being used. The more you use your faith, the more it gets stretched. And the more it gets stretched, the more God is able to bless your life.
We call the circumstances that God creates to stretch our faith “trials”: “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold” (1 Peter 1:7a NLT).
There are four common trials that God uses to test our faith, and, chances are, you’re in one of these tests right now. When you go through them, you can know that it is an opportunity for you to develop your faith so you can trust God more. I’ll talk about the first two today and the next two tomorrow.
Your problem is not the people in your life. Your problem is your response to the people in your life. People are not the problem, and they’re not the answer to the problem, either. The answer is God. When you expect other people to be your savior, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence” (NLT). What happens if you trust in the Lord? Look at God’s promise in Isaiah 49:23: “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (NIV).
Talk It Over
He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.
Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise. There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work. Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by Him to this end. Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashioneth our hearts aright. As in the building of Solomon’s temple, “there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house,” because all was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy-so is it with the temple which Jesus builds; the making ready is all done on earth. When we reach heaven, there will be no sanctifying us there, no squaring us with affliction, no planing us with suffering. No, we must be made meet here-all that Christ will do beforehand; and when He has done it, we shall be ferried by a loving hand across the stream of death, and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.
“Beneath His eye and care,
The edifice shall rise,
Majestic, strong, and fair,
And shine above the skies.“
Failure Vs Success Quotes
“Failure is the ladder you climb to success”
“If you have not failed I don’t want to know about your success.”
“If you fear to fail you are not serious about success”
“Show me the man who has failed many times and I will show you the man on the way to success”
“The way you handle success determines how long it lasts”
“The way you handle failure determines whether or not you overcome it”
“If you remain in your comfort zone, you will never make an inroad or move forward”
“Failure is a better teacher than success”
“It is possible to fail and fail and fail and yet never learn the lesson being taught “
“Goods success and Good success are worlds apart”
“Success outside the will of God is a failure”
“Man’s definition of success is different from God’s definition”
“Success that begins and ends with you is a failure”
“Success that does not go from one generation to another is a failure”
“Fear digs a grave for success”
“Fear blinds the eye to opportunities”
“Fear magnifies the problems and minimises the opportunities”
“Fear will kill you many times before you die”
“When you focus on your vision, you are on the road to success”
“Every worthwhile vision will be opposed”
“Opposition of your vision does not mean it is not of God”
“Opposition of vision gives you the opportunity to clarify it”
“Those who want to be successful move with those who are successful”
“Unless you pay the price, the Prize will elude you”
“Those who fix their eyes on the giants in the Promised Land will not enter the Land.”
“Often disappointments are appointments in disguise”
“ Having a Vision is the first ladder of Success”
“If you don’t want to fail, forget about success”
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Josh1:8
Divine diversion series (2)Nehemiah
Opposition, Defamation, Could Not Stop Their Win.
Nehemiah had a great job in a foreign land
Then came the bad news about the broken down wall
He was burdened about Jerusalem-his land
He accepted the challenge, went and rebuilt the wall.
Surely the task was not so straight forward
There were obstacles- oppositions- in the way
His prayer and fasting brought a great reward
Favour and open doors greeted him on the way.
He stood against the hordes of hell, come down to floor
God gave men of steel who stood with him through thick and thin
Until the deal was done, dusted according to law
Opposition, defamation, could not stop their win.
Nehemiah 1: Nehemiah Prays for His People
1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel,
2 2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,
6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.Neh1:1-6, -2:1-10; -4:1-10,20,-6:1-10,15
Plan for the future
With his direction
He holds the cure
to all afflictions
to all opposition
Plan for the future
With His acknowledgement
He holds the key
To your advancement
Your enduring achievements
Completion of assignment.
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
And great suffering,
Go hand in hand
At His command.
Greet your station,
When you’re in motion.
But you can’t stop
‘Cos of what’s up.
Got to press on,
‘Cos of the Son.
It may look bleak,
And you may leak,
Know, His blood speaks,
For you that’s weak.
Oft in big sums.
Never give up;
He’ll fill your cup.
Ps3 A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. His chief counsellor, Ahitophel, and many others defected, Shimei cursed him, threw dust on him. David covered his head in shame as he crossed the brook Kidron, running away from his palace into another land as a fugitive. He allow Absalom to return to the land after he fled following the killing of his brother and after pleading to see his father’s face when he returned. This was how he repaid him- dethroning him. Yet was able to write this psalm which is now a blessing to us
1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
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.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.