God places you in Circumstances to strengthen your faith in Him.

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God places you in circumstances to strengthen your faith.
In the book of 1 kings 17, God told Elijah to go to a widow in the Land of Zarephath, and God commanded that the woman would provide for Elijah.

But when Elijah got there and asked the widow, the widow did not have enough, she only had a little bit of oil and dough left to feed herself and her son for a day and die afterwards. ( 1 kings 17:12)

But God sent Elijah there. God sent Elijah somewhere which didn’t seem to line up with what He had promised.
Yes Elijah got to the widow,but the widow didn’t have the provision.
Because It was God who was going to provide. Not the widow. When God sends us to go somewhere or go and do something, or go to someone to get something, the provision is not in the place, or person, or anything, the provision is in God.

If Elijah got to the widow and the widow was rich and could feed Elijah, then that would not even build Elijah’s faith.God wanted Elijah to see right before His own eyes, that I will provide for you, not man, its through me that you will get what I have promised you not man.

Sometimes God puts us in situations to stir our faith. He won’t put you in a place where there is abundance. He puts you in a situation where there is lack , so you can exercise the faith He has given you to bring abundance where you are.

How would our faith grow if we knew how everything was going to happen. Elijah could have sat down and said” but God you said the woman will provide, but she doesn’t have enough”. But Elijah had faith in God and the words God spoke to Him , so He spoke according to His faith. He didnt need to go back to God and ask again, because God had already said it.

Hebrews 11:1 faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Elijah’s faith was strengthened because He spoke the very word that God had given Him concerning His provision and there was provision.

Isaiah 55:11
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Sometimes we may find ourselves in places God told us to go, people God told us will help us. But we have to realise that the provision is not in the place or the person, our provision is in God. The place is where God has chosen to manifest His provision, the people are vessels God has chosen to use. But God Himself is the one who will make it happen.

Speak the word that God has given you concerning your situation. It may not look like what God has promised right now, but as you speak with faith and move with faith It will happen. Have faith!! Din’t give up !!!

Numbers 23:19
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

You are chosen and set apart , to bring glory to God

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You are chosen, set apart to bring glory to God’s name.
God has chosen you. You to come on this earth. You to be His vessel. You to manifest His glory. Out of the many sperms that could have germinated your mothers egg, you were chosen. You were chosen for such a time as this. You are chosen for a purpose. You are not useless or good for nothing. You are not worthless. You have worth, you have purpose. And not just that you are selected that way, but God has chosen you. He brought you here because His love had to manifest. You are a manifestation of God’s love. Theres something so great within you that He couldn’t keep you alone. He has plans that He wants to manifest through you. Just as they say , if you love someone, you will let them go. God couldn’t keep you, He had to release you for others to see His glory, for others to see the amazing works of His hands. Everything He created has purpose, but more importantly,you are the purpose behind His creation. His love is soo deep that He had to manifest you.

God created Esther for a specific time for a specific purpose. God has placed you here for a specific time, for a specific purpose. He could have brought you forth in 1880, but He brought you forth, in this time, for this generation, in this century.
Romans 8:19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
You are a child of God, you are the daughter of a king, you are a son of the most high. You are not a mistake. Even if the very people who carried you say you are a mistake. Even if the circumstances around you doesn’t make sense. You are loved and cherished and chosen by God for such a time as this. Even if those who are supposed to cater for you abandon you, you have purpose. Purpose is not based on the creation, but its based on the mind behind the creator. And God’s thoughts towards you are loving , are good and not of evil. All manner of things may be happening around us in this world. But they do not manifest the thoughts of God for you and for this world. God’s thoughts are to bring you to an expected end.

Only God can raise an orphan like Esther, and set her high to be a princess. You are God’s princess, your heavenly father cares about every detail of your being. The fact that Esther did not have a mother didn’t stop her from leading other women. Sometimes God will use us in the areas in which we lack, the areas in which we struggle in, God will help you overcome so others can know of His love and glory.

Esther’s story tells us , it doesn’t matter how you begin, God can raise you up and use you beyond your mind could comprehend.

God wants to write your story, your story may have began in abuse, in insecurity, in brokeness, in lonliness, from being abandoned. But God wants to write your story of a fulfilled life,
Just like Esther the beginning of your story does not predict your ending. Your end will be good, your end will be a complete contrast from your beginning.

Esther’s background did not stop her from becoming a queen. Your bad experiences in life, whether you were rejected or neglected does not determine who you are. You are God’s child.

In life we have to learn to close chapters from the past that weigh us down. That make us think whether we are suitable to reach and achieve greatness. We didn’t see anywhere in the book of Esther, where she wondered if she could make it because of her lineage, or her past. To be honest Esther kept quiet about that fact that she was a jew. Thats because Its who God said ” she is that will determine where she was going, not what society thought.

When we come to Christ we are a new creation. We must not allow the lies from the past, the incidents to determine who we are. Jesus has put to death the old you.

Meet and Greet @ Dream Big: 4/23/16

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Don’t abuse the power you have been given

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Don’t abuse the power you have been given.

 

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Its important that when God blesses us to excel and lifts us up that we treat others rightly.

We shouldn’t use the authority or the role we have been given to suppress others. It doesn’t matter if we have received awards or if we have a role as a leader at church , we should remember that God loves us as much as He loves those who have less in wealth or authority than us , whether it be physical or spiritual.

We shouldn’t abuse the power we have been given. The greatest leader is one who knows how to serve others. Because they do not see leadership as an opportunity to control others , but an opportunity to bring the best out of others.

They will not allow their positions to blind them and treat others as though they are inferior to them. Because they realise that it is God that brings growth. They realise that no matter their authority they are not more human than someone who doesn’t have the same authority.

Don’t use your authority to abuse others. Use your authority to bring the best out of others , so God will be glorified.

In the book of Esther 3, Haman was promoted by King Ahasuerus, and He had been given great authority in the land by the king. The bible says ” the king advanced Haman and set his seat above all the princes who were with Him.

But Haman abused the authority He had been given by planning to destroy all the Jews because Mordecai( Esther’s uncle refused to bow) . Because Mordecai would not bow He planned to kill Him and everyone else from His clan.
Haman was given authority but He wanted to use what He had to suppress others who had less authority than Him.

It is not in God’s will that anyone will be suppressed by their fellow Human being. It is not in God’s will that anyone should use their authority to abuse others. It is not in God’s will that anyone should be treated badly because of their background or position.
Whats so amazing is that the same person Haman planned to destroy , was the same person God lifted up and replaced Haman’s position with. God can always replace and remove us from any position if we treat others badly and do not humble ourselves. God removed Haman from His seat and replaced Him with the same person He was planning to oppress and destroy. We must be careful who we treat badly, in fact we must treat everyone with love. The tables can switch at anytime. If we are not willing to love and serve others when God has blessed us , God can take it all away.
Love others and treat others with Love, because their background or position does not define who they are. The same God who created you created them and Loves them as much as He loves you.

God will Reward you in His time….Wait

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God will reward You in His time… Wait

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In the book of Esther 2:21
Mordecai saved King Ahasuerus life, by reporting to Esther to inform the king that two of the King’s Enuchs were plotting to kill him.
But the king did not thank Mordecai for what He had done. The king did not reward Mordecai. But God saw what Mordecai had done. God saw that Mordecai had not be rewarded for been a good man. God saw and did not forget about Mordecai but it seemed like the King had forgotten. But as long as God has seen that is enough. You don’t need man to recognise you, even if they don’t recognise you, you should not worry. Because God Himself has seen you and will reward you for your good works. And when God rewards you , you will not forget. You will know that God has His eyes on you and His word does not return to Him void.

Man may not recognize you because they forgot , or sometimes it could even be intentional. But it doesn’t matter because God sees and knows.
Matthew 10:30 ; God knows how many hairs you have on your head.

But straight after Mordecai’s good works, somebody else had been rewarded; Haman. Haman was promoted and was given alot of authority.

We didnt see Mordecai been rewarded straightaway. And that makes me understand that sometimes, after you have done a good deed, or you have helped others or you have been there for others and have been selfless. Nobody recognizes you, its as if they did not see you do it at all. Its as if what you did was invisible to man. But just know that it wasnt invisible to God. And God will bless you for obeying His word and the good you are doing. Don’t be shocked if you don’t recieve the reward straightaway, don’t be aggregaited, don’t be furious. Just give thanks to God, you have not been forgotten. Because there will be a time where you will enjoy the fruits of your goodness.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

You are not rewarded now because God has a set time for everything. You are not rewarded now, because God is planing How He can reward you greatly. You are not rewarded now because the time is not yet.
After you sit an exam, there is a period of waiting for the examiners to mark your work, and a period where they will tally your marks and release your results. The results of all your hard work, is not released on the same day in any major exams. But because you know you studied , you believe and expect to do well.
God reminded the King at the appointed time to bless Mordecai. In Esther 6:1,
The King could not sleep. What would make the king sleepless, after sleeping well many nights of not rewarding Mordecai. That day the King Recognized Mordecai. When God is ready to release your reward, it doesn’t matter what the situation is Your blessings will arrive.

The King may not have heared God say reward Mordecai now, but God orchestrated Mordecai’s blessings to be released at a time where a grave was been dug for Him.
God knew when the right time was to reward Mordecai. And God knows the set time to reward you.
And at the appointed time, Mordecai was rewarded. And Mordecai was rewarded greatly.

So be patient for God to reward you. Don’t rush to hear congratulations from man. Just Know that You have Abba Father who sees everything you do , and He will reward you in His time.

Not on God’s Watch

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Not on God’s watch

Sometimes there may have been decisions taken without you even knowing about what was happening. Its not because you chose not to be there, its because you were not even aware that such a thing was happening. Its not because God didnt want you to know. Its because God wants you to learn to trust Him, even when something looks final in the eyes of man. God wants you to know that, even if you were not aware that such a thing was happening He does. He is aware, He is all knowing. God did not tell you such and such was plotting, and such and such is going to happen. Because He wants you to be aware He is working behind the scenes. The things you are unaware of , or you don’t understand is all going to work out for your good.

Sometimes you only find out about the outcome of situations and you may be surprised by what has happened. But hold on, trust God, He will make all things work together for your good. You may not understand now, but He does.

In the book of Esther 3, Haman had already been to see the king and finalised a decision to kill the jews. Mordecai was not even aware that the decision had been finalised. He was not there when Haman, went to the King to organise for the jews to be killed. Mordecai was not there , But God was. The king decision had been confirmed, sealed, but Mordecai did not know. Even Esther who was in the Kings palace was not aware that such a decision had been finalised and a plot organised, but God was aware.
God will not allow decisions about you to be taken out of your hands. They think they have made decisions without you in it, but God’s hands is already in it, And so you don’t have to be there , the decisions will work in your favour… Rest .. God has got your back covered

The fact that the decisions were made right under esther’s nose, didnt mean that God could not turn it around. Some decisions are made, even without your consultation, but God will have the final say. Whether you were aware or unaware, God will have the final say. So rest in Him.
They plotted without you knowing, but Their plots are not unknown to God. You didnt know a storm was coming, but God allowed the storm to come , so you can be aware of the greatness He has placed in you to overcome that storm. ; an overcoming spirit ; You are more than a conqueror
The steps of the righteous are ordered. You don’t have to know what has been layed down to divert your steps. Because God has His eyes on you. Whether you know what ‘s coming or not, He will direct your steps.

God allowed the decision to finalise, so you can understand when He says there is nothing too hard for Him. It doesn’t matter how far from coming back to life that decision looks. It doesn’t matter how long the situation has remained dormant.it doesnt matter what shock and effects the decision has created, God is able to turn it around. He can do exceedingly abundantly , above all that we could ever ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians3:20)

Step out

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It is better to step out and fail , than to sit back and do nothing at all.

Sometimes you don’t know the outcome of some decisions you are about to take. The decision might mean, you can loose it all or you can gain. The decision might mean you take action now and have faith that God will come through or sit there in the problem.

The thing about life is problems don’t dissolve away. We must make the step of praying to God about the problem and seeking God’s face for a solution. God requires us to step outside of our comfort zone, because we can’t get comfortable in our problems. We must move before the problems move us. We cannot sit down and cover up issues, when God asks us to cast all our burdens unto Him for He cares for us.( 1 peter 5:7) We must keep praying until something happens.

In the Book of Esther chapter 4.
Queen Esther came to a place where she could have sat down and watched her people perish, or get out of her comfort zone and seek God’s hand to save the life’s of her people.
There are certain times in life where it looks like making a decision puts you at risk, certain people may walk away, and you may loose what was keeping you comfortable. But those decisions when taken with faith will not only bring you out of your comfort zone, but can bring out the potential you never saw in yourself.

Queen Esther could have sat in the palace, and thought “well my name hasn’t been mentioned as part of those Haman was going to kill, so am safe.”
Even though Esther knew she was at risk of being put to death if she visited the king, she boldly stepped out.

God’s decisions overpower the laws set by man. God’s decisions does not wait on man’s laws to be made. His ways are truly not our ways, neither are His thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.)
God had already created the whole universe and it runs as God has already spoken in the beginning. Therefore nothing can go beyond what God himself has already commanded. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the author and creator of the universe.

The way He commanded the sun and moon to appear it does. The way He commanded the sea to stop at the borders it does. The way He commanded man to increase and multiply its happening. Therefore can He not command a situation any situation in your life? Is there anything too hard for God?

But before God made a way even with laws restricting Esther to go to the king, Esther fasted. Esther knew that it was not going to happen until she surrender the situation to God. Esther had to deny what made her comfortable. She had to deny herself

There’s a saying which goes ” if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”.

That something you have to do, will be something you’ve not done. Because you are expecting to see a change.

God’s favour will take you where beauty can’t take you

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God’s favour will take you where beauty can’t take you.

Even before Esther entered King Xerxes palace, God’s favour was upon her. Not the favour in her been beautiful, because there were also other beautiful women around her. But favour from the Lord. Favour as a result of purpose. Favour as a result of being in the right place at the right time. Favour in the terms of doing what she was meant to do well. The bible says the kings servant Hegai was very impressed with her. And this was the servant which the king had appointed to be in charge of the harem and given beauty treatments.

Notice that the bible didn’t say that Esther was the most beautiful in the whole land. Because its not her physical beauty that carried her all the way to the Kings palace. God had a purpose for Esther in the palace. And God opened doors for her as a result of her stepping out.
God’s favour opened the eyes of Hegai to see something about her that He couldn’t quite see in the other women. Esther’s beauty was important but only bring her so far. What would lead her into her purpose is God’s favor. What would lead her from the King’s court to been in the throne as the King’s wife was God’s favour and God’s divine purpose.

Esther listened and seeked advice from those that who would help equip her to get her where she needed to get to.
Esther 2:15
15Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.

We cannot know or learn everything by ourselves as human beings. God places people in our lives connected to our destiny. Or people that will help us fulfill His plans for our lifes. Some of those people may be people you think talk too much, or advice too much. Some of these people may be within our family or even friends. Some of these people may come across at work or even at school. Their advice seems too good, or almost like they want to make you a goodie goodie.
Taking care of ourselves and looking beautiful as women is important. But the emphasis should be placed on beautifying our soul .This;building our relationship with God . Because beauty will fade away, but its God’s favour that will unlock the doors to walking in your destiny.

Proverbs 31:10
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Esther still had her mind on her family in when in the King’s palace. She did not ignore her family after she’d made it. This tells us of Esther’s character, that she was someone who would not forget where she came from and neglect those who had raised her and helped get here where she was now.

God’s favour on Esther’s life was not only to benefit Esther. And Esther recognized that. God’s favour has a purpose, he pours it out on you so it can flow through you to help others for His glory.

God loves you

. You are a complete story, with a begining middle and an end. And God wants to be there in every part of your story of life.

Hunger for Jesus

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God loves you soo much. Before the foundations of the earth were laid by God He thaught of you. People don’t choose God because they are pretending or want to come out holy. The fact is you are not in control of when you are born and when you leave this earth. You didnot create yourself and cant create anything around you. God’s word is true and pure. When you pray He answers. God is real , and He created you in His image. He didnt bring you on this earth to just pass by, he brought you for a purpose. He cares about you and He loves you. He has a plan for you. How would you know about someone until you search for them, ask of them and do the research yourself. How can you say something is not true until you’ve tried it. As His word says…

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Heed the warnings God gives you

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Heed the warnings God gives you.

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We don’t have to wait for everything to get worse before we seek God’s face. Sometimes God is speaking to us very quietly through circumstances. God is speaking to us through people, God is telling us to get out of certain relationships. Get out and stop going to certain places that we keep going. God is telling us to stop connecting our selves with certain things that we are doing or stop repeating certain behaviours. And God keeps warming and warning and warning us, but we keep going that way. And we go that way and we stop and realise, and God forgives us. And after God forgives us we go back to the old ways that we used to walk in .

And Nebucchadnezer was deffinitely someone that I believe the Lord spoke through circumstances to wake Him up and direct Him into His will. But He kept walking out of God’s will by serving other idols and walking in pride. And with Nebuchadnezer , even though God gave Daniel wisdom and revelation not only to reveal His dream but also interpret it, He was amazed for a time, and glorified God , but went back to His old ways again of pride and Idolatory. And again God used Shadrach Meshach and abed-Nego to show Nebuchadnezer that He is the only true and living God,and that was still not enough for Him To change. He glorified God for a moment , but still went back in His old ways.

God can keep warning us through circumstances, and will draw us to Him through His mighty power, by allowing us to witness the amazing miracles He can do. But when we don’t listen and keep walking down the old road.The warning stops happening around us and we become the victims or slaves of our own sin. In the sense that the sins will bruise us and break us, and that sin can even become an attitude, but God doesn’t want it to get to that extent.
2 peter 3:27 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,

Galatians 6:7Don’t be misled– you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

In Daniel 5, Ndbuchadnezzer started to reap the products of His sin. God’s warning through dreams and miracles was not enough to change Him. So now He had experience the change before He surrendered. God gave Him time to change.

We should not allow our eyes to be fooled, when we see people living out of God’s will and things look as if they are going on well. God has a set time for everything and He gives them time to change.

Nebucchadnezer went from Living on the throne to been driven out from his throne to eating grass like an animal, a His body started to transform into the features of a bird.

Daniel 5:33
That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like Eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

But God been so merciful, when Nebuchadnezzar repented and praised God and acknowledged that God is the Most High and only God and humbled himself, God restored everything back to Him.

We don’t have to get to the level where God has stripped everything of us, before we learn to recognize Him. The little warnings God gives you now , heed them. The convictions you get when you go to that place, or involve yourself in that relationship, don’t ignore them. Wake up now. We don’t have to wait for things to get worse or broken or destroyed before we wake up.

God restored everything Nebuchadnezzer lost, but which meant He had to loose it all, and almost go crazy. And that’s good because God restored Him. But we don’t have to go through a process of even loosing it, if we heed the warnings and obey Him first. If we just listen to Him and do as He tells us. We don’t have to go through a process of loosing everything first. We need to learn to be humble and listen. We don’t have to get to that stage where God has stripped everything of us, don’t have to get to that stage of being on the sick bed,been involved in accident or gunshot, or a even to the extent of death before we wake up. We don’t have to wait for a hurricane to come, when God has already showed us a storm. We give dominion over to sin when we disobey God. Because sin will wreck us.