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What Sin Does..

We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin.
– Romans 6:6-10

The strength of sin is in what it does to you after a sinful act. Sin is intended to destroy you by threatening to separate you from God the father. 


I have been and I know many people who are ashamed to turn to God after they have done something wrong. 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)

The bible says, it is by grace we have been saved and not because of who we are and what we have done. So if what we have done did not save us, what we do now cannot separate us. Do not believe the lie that we need to live clean first and then only we can approach God. The truth is you can live free from sin only by the grace of God and by being in constant communion with Him. 

Like most people who teach of grace necessarily repeat, “Grace is no license to sin”, but grace is required to live a life that is free from the power of sin. 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Do not allow anything to separate you from God. Run to God when you fall and be quick to repent. Nothing you do can separate you from the love of God. Embrace the grace of God to break the power of sin. 

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Share your thoughts : Have you been fighting sin on your own strength? What do you do to break sinful habits? 

Blessings, 

Joel. 

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“I am fine”, the most told lie in the world?

“I am fine”, the most told lie in the world? 

How often have you been in the lowest valleys and yet responded saying you’re well?

Sometimes, our ability to hide emotions can give the biggest actors a run for their money.  In faith, you are declaring you are well? Thats good, but you may still need help! 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.(Galatians 6:2)

Is it ok to say you’re not alright? : 

I love david because of his honesty. He was so open about every emotion he went through. I once sat and read about 30 Psalms continuously and it was nothing short of an emotion ride. 

We all make mistakes. We all have valleys and mountains. God has placed people around us to be our motivation system. We are not designed to live in isolation. We were created for relationships. First, with God and then with the people around us. The more you isolate yourself, the more the chances are of you going further down in that valley. 

Could it be true that God is sending people into your life to help you and you are busy calling out to God? 

Well, you may say why would someone care about my problems, trust me there are many people who care. I would not have been where I am today if it wasn’t for the people who stood with me during the tough times. 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another(Proverbs 27:17)

  • You don’t need to tell the whole world your problems but identify the right people God has placed around you to build you. Remember God uses people. 
  • Not every person is a brutus. There are people you can trust and who are willing to stand with you no matter what. 
  • The person who weeps with you in tragedy will be there to rejoice with you in your success. 

 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.(1 Thessalonians 5:11) 

Blessings, 

Joel.

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The secret place!

I had an amazing time blogging last year and was motivated by the good rewards in terms of viewers. I decided to take it more seriously and one of my goals in 2013 is to be more committed to this blog and write more. 
 
As I was trying to do this, I quickly noticed it affecting my time with God.  I realised i was spending my time with God to write about God and feeling good about it. And obviously that is not quite what I wanted. I started thinking about the balance and here’s what I believe are the 2 things God reminded me : 
 
Made to Love : 

Never let what you do stop you from being who you are. 

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; (Luke 10:27)
We are made to be lovers. God’s love for You is an invitation to a relationship with Him. A relationship where your heart, mind and strength is controlled by your love for God. 
 
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; “(Matthew 7:22-23)
 
The above passage is a good reminder about the importance of relationship and knowing God. Be careful not to get carried away by what you do and miss on being who you are. 
 
Made to worship : 
Worship is your response to God and your response to your circumstances. I have read many quotes heard many messages on worship(which are all true), but worship to me is categorised into : 
 
  1. My response to who God is. 
Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

When you’re hit with the realisation of who God is, you cannot stop yourself from worshipping. I shared an amazing article by Matt Redman called 1000 reasons. If you haven’t read, please read it here : http://bit.ly/XvSvOO
 
  1. My response to the situations I’m in. 
David’s weapon against the enemy was worship. Worship has been my weapon in spiritual warfare and worship never fails to sustain me on a challenging day. Worship has the power to change situations and transform your life.
 
Try this : When you’re in any challenging situation, keep everything aside, and go into sometime of worship. It will uplift you and give you strength to do what you need to do and changes the atmosphere around you. 
 
So my point is, doesn’t matter who we are and what we do, remember that nothing we do can be a substitute for our time with God. Our first calling is to create a history with God in the secret place. It is the secret place that builds our foundation. A strong foundation in the secret place will be our greatest strength. 
 
Love the way Bill Johson says it ; “If you make history with God, He will make history through you”. 
 
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.(Psalms 91:1)
 
I pray that whatever you do, you will never forget the above 2 things. 
 
Blessings, 
Joel. 

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The pursuit of happiness?

I read this recently on instagram, the popular image world – 
“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I dint understand the assignment, and I told them they dint understand life” – John Lennon. 
 
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NIV)
 
I wrote an article last month on Joy and how important an asset it is in the kingdom of God. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you read it.
 
So, how do we keep ourselves consistently happy?
 
There are many books, articles and many famous authors have come up with formulas to be happy. I am sure most of us have different things that work for us, and here’s a biblical way I find very helpful. 
 
1 -> Fill yourself with the truth, IMMEDIATELY!
 
I remind, speak out loud(declare) and believe the truth in the word of God as often as I can. The truth is He loves us and there is nothing that can separate us from His love. And no matter how bad or how low it feels, He has amazing plans for us. Plans to prosper and not to harm us. That is His promise and He never lies. 
 
2 -> Nothing changes our identity 
 
Be quick to set your identity in Christ. We are more than conquerors ‘through’ Him. It is ‘through’ Him we can do all things. 
To set our identity in Christ means to not worry about our earthly position, reputation, name and fame. The richest person on earth or the poorest, we are children of the most high God and He loves us equally. 
 
3 -> You don’t have to know it all
 
“If you want peace that passes understanding, you’ve got to give up the right to understand” – Bill Johnson. 
I know this one is not easy. We all like microbiology – go to the smallest detail of everything. But if you can get this one, make sure you spread it. 
This is a stage where your faith is tested. Make a conscious effort to believe that God is working behind and you will see the master piece soon. 
 
4 -> Build a motivation machine
We were made for relationships. Firstly, with God and then with people around us. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, who build you, who speak good things to you, who motivate you, who appreciate you and in short people you enjoy being with. 
 
There are 5 kinds of people in our lives. I learned this last year. 
1 – Resourceful people – They are people who ignite your passion(fathers, mentors etc)
2 – Important people – People who share your passion(Friends and others who are in the same level as you)
3 – Teachable people – They look to you. They are your followers. What you receive, you must give(You reproduce yourself)
 
4 – Nice people – They enjoy our passion. They enjoy what you do. They are not concerned about anything that happen to you(the crowd)
5 – Very draining people – They drain your passion. They are a burden and they never want to change. Always negative and sucks the life out of you. 
 
Make sure you are spending at least 80% of your time on the first 3. 
 
I hope you are blessed with this and I pray you live happy and enjoy life everyday. Don’t forget to share if you are blessed. 
 
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THE RIGHT TO DREAM

THE RIGHT TO DREAM

I am so thankful for Bill Johnson and what he does. I was listening to one of his sermons that really touched me and I decided to write on the same topic.
God has a dream. He has a vision. He has songs He wants to sing over us. 
 
Once you have God’s vision, ours will compliment His and wont divide. Dual vision is die-vision. 
Luke 11:23 : “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters”
He’s got this mission to bring people to Him and dream consistent with His dream; or all our attempts scatter. All our good wishes and good plans will scatter.  
 
John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
John 16:25 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 
 
While we do have the right to desire, what is important is what is our source? What is our reason? Are we selfishly caught up with our dreams and desires for our good, that we do not have the heart to know what His dream is and align our dreams to His? 
 
In between all these amazing promises, there is a shift in relationship being asked for. And it is this shift that fuels these promises that gives us the right to ask whatever we want. 
 
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Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Now what does kingdom mean? King’s domain, His world in ours. 
 
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Co-Labouring : 

Psalm 37:4 : Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 
We have this robotic idea that every good desire that we have is God giving it to us and he tells us what to do. That is NOT the way a relationship works. It is true that in that relationship he transforms us and we desire things that are pleasing to Him as we become like the one we are united with. But that is not what that verse means. 
 
What it means is, God made himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. History is unfolding according to our desires, what we do and what we don’t do, what we pray and what we don’t pray for. He told us the parameters, He gave us the principles and He set the boundary in principles. Now He is calling the dreamers to come in and dream. He’s giving us one theme and that is on earth as it is in heaven”. Now let that shape every breath of your life.
 
As He sees our surrender to His stuff, He is interested in hearing about what we think about stuff. Its out of surrender He’s made himself vulnerable to our dreams. Because then it becomes a co-labouring effort. Abide in Him, live under the influence of the consciousness of His presence. Let His words abide in you, let his declaration shape what you think, what you say, what comes out of your heart and in that context, you will be the one who shapes history. Much of us are waiting for a command from God and God is waiting for a dream from us. 
 
God has a plan for you and purpose but, so much of it is left wide open for your influence so much so that He says whoever you forgive, He forgives. There is a co-labouring privilege. 
 
This is not about how to have your own way with God. This is about the creative role you and I have in unfolding of this plan of salvation and the kingdoms of this world becoming His kingdom. The world around us is being transformed because people catch the heartbeat of God and start dreaming. 
 
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ONE QUESTION : 
The only question is can God trust you with a dream? 
It is only in the concept of intimacy can our desires be trusted. There is a point in a relationship where obedience is not the primary issue. Are you and I there yet, to let God give us the liberty to bring our opinions before Him? In that context comes the liberty for intimacy and the freedom to dream. 
 
Intimacy is birthed out of friendship – 
John 16:15 : “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”
 
There is a radical difference between being a Servant of God vs. being a Friend. The Servant is task oriented, and the Friend is relational. (By the way, lovers of God get more work done than do workers.) Mary and Martha are good examples of this. Moses and David are good examples of being a friend of God and sharing their hearts and thoughts with Him. A friend is concerned not just about doing the right things, but a friend is concerned with anything that sustains and increases the meaning of the relationship.
 
A servant does not see his master outside of what he commands him to do. A servant does not know how the master is moved by certain things. We need to get a point in relationship where we can say “I see what moves Him and I allow what moves Him to move me : The primary mission(things of heaven invading earth)”
 
Submission to that primary mission is when we get commissioned. And that is where strength and authority comes from. Its not ‘we dream independent of Him’, but ‘we dream because of Him’ 
Let your heart be so touched by His heart and start dreaming of things that you never thought you’d dream about. 
 
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The Warning : 
Isaiah 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
What would it look like, to have that God whose thoughts are so high above ours affect our thoughts? 
 
All desires are of the Father but whatever we have communion with, will deposit seeds in us which will affect our desires and that becomes our father of desires. The origin of desire, is whatever attitude or spirit we have communion/fellowship with. 
 
Eg. Proverbs 22:24(NIV) says : “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered” Why? Because if you have fellowship with that spirit you will reproduce its fruit. Same goes with any other spirit that can control us. 
 
Much of what happens in life is a result of interaction. Have communion with the right influence. 
 
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The REWARD : 
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us – Ephesians 3:20
 
This is what God desires : 
People at the end of their lives who say, way more than I could imagine happened in my life and I know there’s no one I can thank but God; it was absolutely Grace. And he so far surpassed everything I could have dreamt of and He so far surpassed everything I could have wanted for my family and for me. When it comes to the end of life, let our faces say, I live intoxicated with the joy of God because I’ve seen things fulfilled that I dint even have the nerve to pray for. 
 
What does God dream about? “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?- Luke 18:8” 
God wants poverty erased from the face of the earth. He wants the sick people healed. God wants His kingdom to invade this earth we live in. He wants us to defend those who can’t defend themselves, He wants us to help fulfil the secret dreams of the people around us who cannot do it on their own, He wants us to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. Let us not permit anything here on earth that is not in heaven. That is what God dreams about and in doing that you fulfill your dreams and far more. Are you willing to, in faith catch that master plan and align your dreams to that? 
You get your dreams fulfilled by serving in an other persons dream. You step into places of honor by forgetting about honor and giving honor to someone else. And what you need, give what you have away, the way you get breakthrough is by generosity. It is God’s heart’s desire to fulfill your heart’s dreams. It is His heart’s desire to make you ridiculously happy.
 
Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Luke 9:24 : For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
 
Anything we can dream of in this world is too small a dream when heaven steps in. Start co-labouring with God and dream for the unseen.
 
Blessings,
Joel. 
 
 
Note : There are references and excerpts from Bill Johnson’s “dreaming with God” and from “archive.org” and google.com. All biblical references are from ‘bible.cc’