Grace To Be Cheerful Always

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world. John 16:33 (KJV & CEV)

Jesus never said that we would not have trials, difficult times and challenges. However, He assured us that because of what He has done for us, we already have victory over those situations. By faith in what Jesus has done and what He says about our lives and situations, He wants us never to allow any situation to stop us from being joyful, hopeful and cheerful. No matter the severity of afflictions that we face as God's children, the Lord will deliver us from them all. Psalms 34:19

Psalms 2:1-3 declares, “why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” In the midst of all these negative plots and conspiracy, the Bible describes God's incomprehensible reaction. Verse 4 goes on to say: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Remember that you are also seated in the heavens. You are seated together with Christ in heavenly places, Ephesians 2:6. So no matter what the devil is planning against you, don't lose your joy. Rather, join God to laugh at the devil because he is a liar and you already have the victory. The rest of Psalms 2 reveals that after laughing, God then declares His word to grant total victory for His chosen. Your victory is guaranteed. God has sent His word and promises and they will not return to Him void, Isaiah 55:11. They will accomplish His purpose which is your victory. Hold on to God's word and keep rejoicing.

PRAYER FOCUS
Dear Lord, I receive Your grace to always put my faith in Your word and in the victory that Christ has already won for me.


The Lord God Made Them All

As a forest school gets uprooted, Kaiya Huleatt explains how children and nature need each other.

After this half-term a Forest Kindergarten that has been operating since 2014 in a National Trust forest in Kent will not be able to return to the woods. This news saddened me as I believe nature is the best teacher and that God wants children and all of us to appreciate His creation which points to His greatness: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” (Romans 1:20). 

No doubt the National Trust has its reasons to not renew the nursery’s license to operate. Apparently, ancient trees were “put under stress as a result of increased use of the area”, but as one parent pointed out: “I find it difficult to believe that a group of 15 or so preschoolers has done much, if any, damage to the woodland which extends to over 200 acres, only a fraction of which is used by the kindergarten group.” 

If children are dangerous for the ecosystems of trees, I’m sorry for the 40-foot oaks that grew behind our house. When I was about eight my older brother and I decided to check out the rook nests nestled in their very top branches. After several tries (I was more cautious than my brother) we made it to the top and got a look at the rook eggs. I don’t think the trees were harmed, but the rooks probably suffered some anxiety along with my mother who came out of the house and saw her children 40 feet in the air. When she calmly told us to come down, and then warned us not to go so high again, we were quick to remind her of her favorite quote: “Life is a risk, the more alive you are, the more the risk.” 

 I was privileged to grow up in a corner of rural East Sussex where my family spent countless hours out in God’s creation – hiking, searching for wildlife, or cooking dinner over a fire. I can personally attest to the educational benefits of time spent in nature from hands on learning, team building, risk management – the list goes on. When at times in my early teens I felt my siblings, parents and the world in general were there simply to make my life miserable, my mum or dad would haul me out of the house for a walk, which would make me crosser still. Yet, invariably the sight of a bluebell smothered sunken lane, fox cub, or wren nest could pull me out of my foul mood and help me realise the world wasn’t all that bad after all.  

Not only do children need nature, but nature desperately needs children. As I’m sure the National Trust is aware, getting children involved in nature is the best way to ensure its protection in the future. Those who learn to love God’s creation will become the next generation of environmentalists with a personal appreciation for the environment. This is so important, for we are charged with stewardship of the earth: “The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it” (Genesis 2:15).  

I trust the Forest School will make every effort to get their children back into some sort of woods somehow, and wish every British child a small corner of nature, for their own sake and the sake of God’s green earth.


Kaiya Huleatt is advocacy volunteer at the Evangelical Alliance.

Choosing Gratitude

If you focus on the details, the bigger picture would take care of itself. One of the reasons why lots of people don't know how to show gratitude and be grateful is because they are bogged down with the bigger picture. When you started out on your job or when you started out in your marriage, what were the things you wanted to achieve? And then when you look at where you are today, you want to ask yourself, how far am I from my vision? And sometimes because people have made mistakes and you know, they have taken wrong steps, they find themselves in the place where what they believe and what they can see, and it's so far away from their intended destination. But I want to tell you this.

No war is won in a day. You win a war one battle at the time.

That's why the Bible says. Casting all your cares upon the Lord because he cares for you. He says, I've got you inscribed in the palm of my hands. And so sometimes we hear things like this from the Bible. How seriously do we take them? You see, that's why I love children a lot because they, they've got a wonderful mind, especially up to a certain age. Children are just so wonderful. They are so trusting. They are so believing of everything they are told. When you tell a child something, they don't question it. They just believe when you tell them. If you're going to do something for them, they just believe and accept it.

Jesus said, for such are the Kingdom of Heaven. What does that mean? When you humble yourself like a child and you face life like a child, believing everything that God's word says about you and about your life and approaching every difficulty in your life in line with the word of God, you will experience the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in your family.

Jesus said, suffer the little children or allow the little children to come unto me. He says, for those children, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. If you want to experience the Kingdom of God, if you wanted to become a tangible reality in your life and in your family, approach life as a kid, believing everything that God's word says about you, believing everything the word of God says about your family and holding on to it no matter what you face.  Jesus came and against all odds, he fulfilled his assignment. And I want to say to you, that against all odds in your life, you will fulfill your mission. You will fulfill your assignment in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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Keep the picture of God's word in your heart. President JF Kennedy on a visit to NASA, met a janitor mopping the floor, and he asked the janitor, “What is your job here?” And the guy replied and said, “I am helping to send a man into the moon.” Now, he didn't say, “I'm a janitor.” He didn't say, “I'm a cleaner.” He didn’t say, “I'm mopping the floor.” He saw himself as part of the big picture.

Again, there's a story of a traveler who came upon three bricklayers, three bricklayers. They were working on different sections of this property that was being developed. And the traveler asked the first bricklayer, “What are you doing?” And the first bricklayer answered, “I'm just laying bricks.” Then he moved on to the next bricklayer and said, “What are you doing?” The second one said, “I'm putting up a wall.” Then he moved on to the third one and said, “What exactly are you doing?” And the third one said, “I'm building a cathedral.”

Who do you think answered the best? It’s the third guy. He didn't see himself as just a bricklayer laying bricks or putting up just one wall, which would be part of the whole cathedral, but he said, “I'm building a cathedral.” What's the wisdom from that? You are not too small to be recognized because God has put his wisdom in you, and what you are doing today is very important for humanity.

And so regardless of where you are in life, whatever you do, whatever work you do, Paul said, “I magnify my office.” Magnify your office, esteem yourself highly, and tell yourself, “I'm making the world a better place.” Don't look down on yourself. See the bigger picture so that when someone walks into the office tomorrow and asks you, “What are you doing in this office?” You wouldn't say, “I'm just a cleaner,” or you wouldn't say, “I'm just a receptionist.” No. You will say, “I am here for the objective and the very mission that this corporation was set up.”

God is in your life and God is working with you. Go into your week, confident that you are special, that the little things you do will help the life of another person. Nobody is insignificant. Nobody is too small. Remember to keep things in their perspective and you wouldn't feel bad about your life. You may have lost one battle. It doesn't mean you're going to lose the war.


You may have failed yesterday. It doesn't mean that you're not going to graduate. Do you understand?


Always keep life in perspective. And if you do it that way, then you will always, always be thankful. Listen, those who are not thankful, those who are not full of gratitude, they release negative energy. There are some people who struggle with negativity because they are always looking at the wrong things in their life, how things are not working out, how this person is sick, how that one failed, how things are not working out.

What about the little things that God has done in your life? Can you take a moment and have, have a moment of reflection and say, “Lord, I just thank you that I woke up this morning. I thank you Lord I can put food on the table for my children. I thank you oh God that none of my children are in the hospital, that we are all together here today.” Can you thank God even for the very little thing?

Some are still thinking, “Where would the rent come?” But God who gave you the money to pay the mortgage last month, has he gone on holiday? Has he gone on holiday? Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever. If he provided for you yesterday, he will provide for you again today. If he kept you alive, he will keep your children alive.

David said, “Once I was young. Now I am very old. I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.” I leave you with this word today. Put life in perspective and be thankful for the little things in your life. The Bible says in everything give thanks, for this is the will of the father concerning you.

I want to leave you with this word. God will never leave you. God will never forsake you.
 

What Do You Know and Believe?

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. Philippians 1:19

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 1 John 3:2

The real and deep convictions of your heart are affecting your faith, your confessions, your behaviour and your attitudes. James 2:14-26 reveals that when one really believes something, it will affect the way one lives. For example, your knowing God who is love will cause you to walk in love towards others. Believers who are strong in times of trials and are able to move forward and do great exploits are able to do so because of the deep convictions that they maintain (Dan.11:32, 2Tim.1:12). Your deep convictions will cause you to remain joyful and thankful for what you know is your reality in God and will soon be your experience in the physical. In the midst of all that Job was going through, he boldly declared: “for I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth”, Job 19:25. God actually redeemed him from what he was going through.

In Isaiah 5:13 God said, “so my people will go into exile far away because they do not know me. Those who are great and honored will starve, and the common people will die of thirst.” It appears that for a very long time now, the lack of knowing God has caused God's people to live far below how God intends for us to live. This is not God's will for our lives. So many believers are tolerating things that God doesn't want them to experience and are not reaching forth for things that God has provided for them all because of their lack of knowledge of the nature of God. As you sincerely seek to know God better, you will walk in greater strength and victory in every area of your life.

PRAYER FOCUS:
Receive God's grace to know Him more. Declare to yourself the positive things you know and believe about your life and situations.

7 Tips For Effective Fasting

BE SPECIFIC AND INTENTIONAL
No 1 rule is to be intentional and specific of the reason for the fast.
To be intentional means you are expecting to hear from God, see visions, dream dreams etc so get a notebook in expectation, open a blank page on your iPhone notes in preparation for what He will say or show you.

Fast and PRAY
Fasting without praying is a hunger strike! Your fasting takes on significance when you couple it with prayer. It is time that you've decided to seclude yourself, put your body under so that you can spend more time in seeking God! It is a sacrifice that changes YOU not God!

Listen to sermons and gospel music
Fasting is a time where we are separated onto God even more intentionally to focus on a particular area of development, it is VERY PROFITABLE to "bombard" yourself with sermons and gospel music as often as you can. When you're walking, driving, at your desk and you're not praying or in useful conversation...commit to serenade your spirit man with the efficacy of a solid sermon or be captured by heavenly jamz!

Study your Bible
Spend extra time in the Word of God. Read more, listen more, study more, etc. This will be a good time to embark on reading through the letters of Apostle Paul to the churches (from Romans to Hebrews). Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone...but by every Word spoken by God.

Meditate on a scripture for that day
Out of the abundance of what you READ, choose something to meditate on and hopefully also memorise. Whatever we focus on we become! To help the mind focus on the right things, receive a verse or two that you will keep thinking on and about for the whole day. It may be something that instructs  you directly or a scriptural truth that encourages your soul! 
One of the best ways to make this practical is to use this verse in conversation with friends or in the prayer moments that you've decided. Let the Word of God be your focus.

Do away with common distractions
Moderate the time spent on TV and Social Media and avoid idle talk & banter. Fill up those times with meditation and listening to gospel messages and songs.

Keep hydrated/warm
Due to weather conditions at this time of year take a glass of water, tea or coffee only when necessary during the fast to keep warm/hydrated. Be careful not to overdo this as you could feel quite heavy and unable to concentrate on the fast.

 

Steps to Good Money Habits

Good effective money management is very vital in your personal life and in your home. It's not about how much you earn but what you do with what you earn.When you receive your income from your business or employer, present it before God and bless your income and ask the Lord to give you the wisdom to use the money wisely.The outcome of the prayers will amaze you.

Your attitude towards money matters a lot .Have an attitude of sufficiency and abundance rather than lack.When you show this attitude, overtime, it then becomes your own reality.There is no need to chase money but rather attract money. How do you attract money? Give value or meet a need; invest your money so it can yield much more.

It is essential that before you go into a new venture, pray to God and get ideas from people who have been very successful in what you intend to do. Do you intend to invest in properties or shares etc, seek counsel from people who have been successful in it.

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
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Here are some key steps to ensure you build good money habits when managing your finances.

1. Avoid Impulse buying - buying what is not needed.
2. Its good practice to review your monthly expenses to see where you can cut down irrelevant costs. Budget and align what you earn with what you spend and ensure you allocate funds from your earnings into savings/investments, tithe or donation to charity or other recurrent expenditure etc.
3. Avoid using credit cards when not necessary so you don't run into debts.

Bad money habits can cause a lot of chaos in the home if not properly managed. Do not fold your hands. Kick start things today. Seek help! Remember financial prosperity is your birthright in Christ Jesus . There is no negotiation about this.

God bless you

 

A Message For Our Father's

Happy Father's Day
To the father making every effort to make sure
he doesn't fail his wife and children .

To the father who strives daily to be an example to his children

To the father who sometimes have sleepless nights in taking turns to cater for the little baby who is awake while mum is tired.

Happy Father's Day
To the father who protects and shields his children; who provides for his home.

To the father who strives hard to succeed and impress the home despite challenges.

To the father who inspires his wife and children.
Happy Father's Day
To the father who shows unconditional love to his wife and children

To the father who would say like Joshua : as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

To the father who depends on God to guide him through life's journey

On behalf of Ladies and children in the house, we wish you a happy Father's Day.

The Number One Way To Improve the Value Of Your Time

"Time is the scarcest resource," "and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed." Peter Drucker.

We live in a fast paced24 hour city that never sleeps with the constant stress of wanting to do it all. It is therefore important to have good effective time management that prioritises your time. Jesus said that while it is daytime, we must do the work of Him, who sent Me. Night is coming when no one can work. John 9:4

Every one of your step needs to be calculated because taking the wrong path limits the amount of time you have to get things done. Time is scarce so focus on one achievement at a time. The more you can concentrate time, effort, and resources on a particular task, the greater the number and diversity of tasks you can actually perform.

The one way to improve the value of your time is by investing your time. Investment takes several forms including:

Investing in research and learning.

There are online courses  and online university platforms that teach actual university courses from professors and industry experts. You can check out..

www.coursera.org  Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

www.udemy.com  Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 45,000 courses and 15 million students. It is aimed at professional adults who want to add new skills to their resumes, or explore their passions.

www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses  Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study.

www.lynda.com  lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. Founded in 1995, the company produces video tutorials taught by industry experts.

www.youtube.com  Whether you're doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of our most popular educational videos.

www.codecademy.com  Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

Investing in relationships and networking

There are free groups you can join to build your network among peers in your professional field.  A good networking tool is meetup. www.meetup.com Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health e.t.c Talking to more knowledgeable people (Experts) in your profession and networking adds value to your time. It may cost you a cost you a cup of coffee but worth every penny.

“Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.” – Peter F. Drucker

So treat your time with tender loving care because time is the one resource that is beyond the ability of man to replace. Only God can restore time that's why it is written " I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten" Joel 2:25

Only God can restore time so use yours wisely.