DAILY PROVISION

Prayer time changed in our home when my daughter Temi learnt the Lord’s Prayer. Now the Lord ’s Prayer is the standard prayer in our household. It does not matter what the occasion is: morning prayer, night prayer, mealtime prayer, my princess prays the Lord’s prayer.

The first time Temi said the Lord’s Prayer, it was so cute and profound. Hubby and I grabbed our phones and recorded those precious words. It was heartwarming and we mouthed those precious words as she prayed them earnestly. Then it became apparent that Temi really loves the Lord’s Prayer and would pray it at every opportunity.

I need to admit that sometimes I’ve tried hastening the prayer along to keep things moving at the dinner table. However I quickly realized my hurry tactics had no effect on Temi and she would enunciate each word of the prayer and end with a resounding “Amen!”

Finally I settled into the pattern and then an amazing thing happened – the prayer began to come alive to me! Each time she would say the words, revelation would explode in my spirit.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(Matthew 6:9-13)

Daily Provision

Jesus taught His disciples to pray these powerful words. The prayer starts by establishing our identity as children of God praying to our Father in heaven. This gives us the boldness to approach the throne of God with confidence and receive freely from Him.

The words “Give us this day our daily bread” have been echoing in my heart. God wants us to depend on Him for daily provision. He wants to be involved in the details of our lives.

God wants to take care of every need, every day. He wants us to cast all cares on Him and enjoy the present instead of regretting past decisions or worrying about tomorrow.

The abundant love of God shines through His promise of daily provision. You can rely on God each day for your supply. Cast all of your cares on God and live in the moment. Do not let the pressure or cares of this world weigh you down. Trust God with each day.

Daily bread includes whatever you need for your daily sustenance – strength, provision, wisdom, favor, joy, etc. It’s like getting a box of supplies each morning when you open your eyes.

Unfortunately many of us try to make it through each day on our own, hauling our cares along the journey of life while trying our best. The problem is that our best is nothing compared to God’s enablement.

Let God take care of you – receive His provision each day and live your life to the fullest.

 

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GOD IS BUSY

I woke up feeling out of line. I had let things slip and it felt like I had a backlog in every area. I walked into the prayer room for my daily time with God with that burden on my heart. My heart cry was “Lord align me!” It felt like I had the energy to do the barest minimum just to get by and I knew that was far from my best so I let out a desperate cry to the only person who could help me – Lord realign me and refocus my priorities!

Grasping for grace, I opened my bible to Psalm 37:23-24 and the words flooded my heart with peace.

“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.”

It thrilled me to visualize God busy with my every step. I could see Him guiding, redirecting and recalibrating the routes of my life while supporting me through the falls. What an expression of love! The God who created the heavens and earth takes the time to direct my steps and be involved in my life.

God cares

 

God is interested in the details of your life. The details do matter to Him. He is heavily invested in your everyday life – yes including the decisions, the surprises, the highs and the lows. Therefore loneliness is an illusion! You are not alone – God is right there with you working out the details and He will make all things work together for your good. God is busy with your life.

Let the reality of the presence and the love of God warm your heart and provide the reassurance that you will never be without help. Face each day and all it brings with the knowledge that the Lord is directing your steps and you will win.

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GOD-VISION GOGGLES

Imagine how beautiful it would be to see the world through the eyes of God. Imagine the compassion that pours out of God when He looks at His creation.

God sees the world through the lens of love. You and I can also see the world through the eyes of God when we put on God vision goggles of love. When we look through the eyes of love, we look through the eyes of God.

Love is the heartbeat of God. When we love each other, we become the hand of God extended to the world.

GodVision

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

The world is hurting and people need more love and compassion. With our God-Vision goggles intact, we can be the beginning of a love revolution.

 

 

 

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ROLLER COASTERS

The day started out really hot! The temperature was 102⁰F with an actual feel of 105⁰F and heat wave warnings. True to prediction – it was hot and humid! The afternoon heat was almost unbearable. Then suddenly there was heavy rain and a drastic drop in temperature. The day that started so hot ended with heavy rains and a flash flood warning!

It rained so hard, the visibility was poor and it was difficult to drive. With the thunderbolts blaring, car wipers on full speed, hazard lights on, I crawled through the streets looking for a safe place to park till conditions improved. Glancing at the back seat, I saw my son sleeping peacefully through the chaos and my daughter was perfectly calm singing along with the radio which was barely audible with the loud noise outside. Even though I was sweating it out at the wheels trying to get us home safely, my children were at peace because mummy was driving and they knew she would get them home safely.

Trusting God is just like that. When God is driving the car of your life, you can remain at peace and know that He will definitely get you to your destination safely. No matter what the storms look like, He is not nervous in any way and He is not surprised by the rain, the roller coaster temperature or the labyrinth of life.

Trust

Instead of worrying about twists and turns on the way, choose to rely completely on God and trust Him with your life. You can choose to worry or choose to trust God. Worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems, while Faith is the confidence that the good things we hope for will actually happen and that gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

It will be tempting to worry and fret during tough situations, but we can choose to rely on the love of God and make a daily commitment to remain steadfast and trust God.

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”

Psalm 139:16-17

Christ is the solid rock, stand on Him: (Click to listen)

Trust God and rest in His love.

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BACKBURNER

Each day I am faced with two options: I could let the activities of the day drive my action or I could find creative ways to move in the direction of my dreams while going about my daily business. Irrespective of the path I choose, one thing remains constant – the day will end.

I have found that it is so easy to postpone taking action today because there are always urgent matters to address and “later” should be a better time to start. However, the most important things in life are not always urgent and could easily end up on the back burner.

The time to act is now. When we wait to pursue our dreams, we are putting important things on the backburner. Things on the backburner are out of active consideration or development. Most times, the urgent takes precedence over the important and the backburner piles up with unfinished projects, draft songs, prototypes, incomplete designs and unfulfilled dreams.

How many important things have you placed on the backburner hoping for a more convenient time?

The backburner can be a blessing or a snare. It provides an opportunity to prioritize and selectively focus on one thing at a time, channeling resources for maximum return. However it becomes a snare when the dream that should be burning in your heart is sizzling on the back burner.

Backburner

Stop postponing the fulfillment of the plan and purpose of God for your life. You need to activate the vision again and ignite your passion. It might be difficult but you need to keep pressing in. Each step gets you closer to the fulfillment of your dreams and the process strengthens you and prepares you for greater opportunities.

Do not allow the waves of each day to carry you in the direction of the circumstances around you. Make conscious effort each day and take steps in the direction of your dream. Each step will get you closer and things will become clearer as you begin to move.

 “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18

Get your dream off the backburner. Start moving and keep going.

When you feel weak – Remember that the Holy Spirit is your helper (John 14:26)

When you feel you cannot go on – Remember that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13)

When you feel overwhelmed – Remember that God gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29)

When you feel intimidated – Remember that greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world (1 John 4:4)

Reignite your passion for the dreams that God has given you! You were created for so much more!

 

 

 

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WHEAT IN THE WINEPRESS

I have always wondered if the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, really means that “when the going gets tough, the tough put on a façade”. The truth is that we all need a boost when the going gets tough. It takes more than sheer determination – it takes a renewed focus.

When life gets tough, circumstances press in and threaten to drown out the truth of who you are. The truth is that God loves you and your current situation does not determine your future.

God has not changed His mind about you. He still loves you and He still has great plans for you. It does not matter how messed up things have become, there is still a way out and God’s heart yearns for you even more.

Peek

Gideon found himself stuck in a life that was far from the victorious dreams he had. Nothing in his life bore any semblance to the countless stories he heard about past victories. The best days seemed to be in the past; things were really tough to the extent that he had to thresh wheat in the winepress to hide the food from the enemy. He was in hiding, barely having enough, trying to make it through each day.

In the midst of the depravity, the angel of God appeared to Gideon and called him a mighty man of valor. He did not feel like a mighty man and he definitely did not look like one as he crouched in the pit trying to harvest food and stash it away from the enemy.

The truth is that your value does not fluctuate with circumstances. Your feelings might fluctuate but that does not change the truth. When the angel of God appeared to Gideon and said, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!” He was stating the truth.

However, the truth sounded so far-fetched to Gideon in the dire circumstances that he responded with a question: “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” He did not believe that God was with him during the trials.

Perhaps you have the same question on your mind: “If God is with me, why has all this happened to me?” be encouraged – you are not alone. God is with you and He will bring you out! He is calling you to ARISE!

“Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life! Shine – be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” Isa 60:1

God is with you! His love is reaching out to you right now. Rise up with renewed strength and face your giants.

Gideon’s victory was guaranteed because God was with him and so is yours. You need to make a decision to arise and refuse to let circumstances keep you down. You will win because God is with you!

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RUNNING ON EMPTY

It is 6:40pm and I am cutting it really close for my 7:00pm appointment. I peered through the window to assess the intensity of the rain one last time and then scurried to the car. Turning on the ignition, I let out a deep sigh when I noticed the fuel gauge was very close to “E”. I was already running late and I prayed that the gas in my tank would be enough to get me to my destination. My car seems to run out of gas at the most inconvenient times! If only everything will work perfectly on my schedule…

Anyway, I had a 7:00pm appointment and I was not planning to be late. I had a 10 minute drive and I would buy gas on my way back home. That sounded like a good plan until I pulled out of the driveway and the low fuel signal on the dashboard lit up! That was a last warning – I was about to run completely out of gas and that would be a disaster. I could not imagine being stuck on the road with children in the car on a rainy day because we ran out of gas! Even though I would be late for my appointment, my priority changed and gas became my most immediate need.

Standing in the gas station, I wondered how many times I let my spiritual tank run low and how long I let the low fuel signal stay on because I’m rushing to make it through yet another day before filling my tank with more of God.

Running on Empty

The only way to live a fulfilled life is to spend quality time with God daily.

Spending time in the Word of God and prayer builds up your spiritual reservoir and fills your tank with the fuel you need for everyday life. Life can be so busy and if the “to-do” list dictates what gets done, there will be no time to fill your spiritual tank. However, you need to keep your priority in order and spend time with God every single day.

Jesus should be the center of your life and not just a meeting on your calendar.

When Jesus was on earth, He modeled the importance of spending time with God by constantly withdrawing from the crowd to spend time alone with God. He would go to the mountain or a deserted place to avoid the distractions of everyday life. Many times, Jesus spent night time in prayer and communion with God so that He would have the strength required to minister to the crowd in the morning.

When the disciples took their first mission trip, they returned excited at the display of the power of God they experienced. The blind eyes were opened, the lame walked. The power of God was real and the demons bowed -They performed the same miracles as Jesus! In response to their excitement and victory reports, Jesus pulled them aside to rest.

Rest – who wants to rest instead of changing the world? Who has time to rest when there is still so much to accomplish?

You will accomplish so much more with God than you could ever hope to accomplish alone.

Refuse the temptation to wake up to the blast of the marathon whistle and jump into the race of life each day. Taking the time to seek God for His direction every morning is the best investment of your time.

Make it a priority to spend time with God each day before you get in the game.

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DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

As the river cruise ship pulled off the dock at Westminster Pier onto the Thames River, my bravado waned. As the ship gained speed, my heart gained pace. Instead of enjoying the historic views, I sat wringing my fingers nervously because I was in unfamiliar territory. Staring at the glassy sea, I imagined the braver me stepping out and walking on water. The thought was exhilarating and my thoughts wandered to Peter, his expertise with water and his out of the box experiences with Jesus.

Peter’s first encounter with Jesus was at the Sea of Galilee after an unusually long and disappointing night of fishing. Peter had tried all the fishing maneuvers but caught nothing. In the morning, exhausted, he washed his nets and pondered the implications of the fruitless night – no food and no fish to sell.

Just then, Jesus started teaching by the seaside and when the crowd pressed in on him, he stepped into Simon’s boat, and taught from there. After His teaching, Jesus asked Peter to launch out into the deep and let down his nets for a catch. Peter said to Him “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net”. (Luke 5:5)

As an experienced fisherman, he knew that daytime was the worst time to fish. Yet Peter decided to act on the word of Jesus. He caught a multitude of fish that day and became a disciple of Jesus.

Do the Impossible!

On another occasion, Jesus sent his disciples across the river while he went to pray on the mountain. At night, Jesus walked on the sea to meet them. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified because they thought He was a ghost. Jesus spoke to the to allay their fears and Peter made a daring statement: “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus beckoned to him and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus!

Everything in Peter’s training screamed that men don’t walk on water. Y et he ignored his conditioning, stepped out of the boat and walked on water to Jesus. However, when he gazed around and saw that the wind was boisterous; he became afraid, and started to sink.

Peter knew the waters, but the situations he encountered trumped his expertise. However he experienced the impossible because he acted on the words of Jesus.

Don’t let your experience stand in the way of what God is about to do in your life. When you act on the words of Jesus, you will experience the impossible!

God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you think.

Step out on the waters and walk with Jesus. His grace abounds in deepest waters. (Click to listen to Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans”

You are not bound to the confines of the ordinary. Trust God for the impossible.

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USE IT OR LOSE IT

It feels like the New Year 2015 just started yesterday! All of a sudden, January is about to end. Time seems to be in a hurry and the days are flying by.

Don’t let the days just go by – remember to live each day on purpose and make every minute count.

The amazing thing about time is that whether you do something or not, time will pass. You cannot roll over unused time. The choice is yours – you either use it or you lose it.

So what have you been doing with your time? Are you still waiting for the perfect time to do that project, start that program, and make the move…? Well the right time to act is now!

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Today can be the day you decide to take the step. The truth is that you don’t have to wait – you can do it now. Don’t look at the evidence against success – just step out in faith.

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” Ecclesiastes 11:4

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Begin to agree with God and choose to say only what God says about your life. Do not allow defeating thoughts to take root in your heart. As Henry Ford noted “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

Keep your eyes on the word of God and feed your heart till you believe what it says about you!

That does not necessarily mean that you will feel super confident, but you’re determined to step out in faith expecting God to help you.

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

Enemies of progress:

  1. Staring into the rear view mirror

Regret is a time thief and it will try to keep you stuck on yesterday. Do not spend valuable time today regretting the actions or inactions of yesterday. Learn valuable lessons from your mistakes and move on. Live in the present. Choose to take one step and then another towards your dreams, purpose and heart desires. Yesterday is gone but today is here. Make today count.

 “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb

  1. Living on tip toes

Constantly yearning for tomorrow and doing nothing today is detrimental to progress. It is the seed that you sow today that will produce your harvest tomorrow. It is your obedience today that will pave way for your promotion tomorrow. It is important to dream and plan, but the most important part of the process is to wake up and begin working towards the dream.

  1. What if

Fear of the unknown can keep us paralyzed and stuck to the present. Thoughts of “what if that happens”, or “what if that doesn’t happen” makes inactivity attractive. However you need to break out of that mold. Step out and let God take care of you. Do not try to figure it all out or feel safe before you take the step of faith. Embrace the love of God and believe that God will make all things work together for your good!

Be intentional about each day. Refuse to settle and stay the same, instead choose to make each day count and live on purpose!

How do you live on purpose each day? Please share in the comments.

 

 

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MAKE ROOM FOR NEW

Happy New Year!!! I am excited to start off this year by sharing the prophetic word for 2015 given by my Pastor and Mentor –Apostle Nike Wilheims. Hold on to the words and by them, wage the good warfare (1 Timothy 1:18) – Make room for  new!


2015 PROPHECY – MAKE ROOM FOR NEW! 

Apostle Nike Wilheims

Make room for new! God is doing a new thing. He is beginning a new thing in your life, in your business, and in your marriage.

You will be married to the same person, but the relationship will be new and you will have totally different experiences like when you just met or when you were dating. God will turn around your businesses. An old business that was failing will suddenly become profitable.

God will give you new strategies in every sphere, phase, and dimension of your life.

If you have tried and failed, try again, because this time you will make it. This time you will be profitable and successful. Make room again!

The word of the Lord in Zephaniah chapter 3 says that the Lord will dance and rejoice over His people. The sound of celebration will be mighty in your home in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Where you have not known true joy, you will rejoice in the Lord your God. The Lord rejoices over you, dances over you, and celebrates over you.

This year, the Lord God Almighty will do a marvel in your life – a personal marvel.

You will be called miraculous in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Make room for new and allow God to do the miraculous. There will be no impossibility. You will not consider a project and say, “I can’t”. Wisdom will speak for you and bring you before great men in the name of Jesus.

This is a year of answers!

The Lord says there will be so much restoration and that restoration will be the answer.

There will be answers from January to December. God will answer more than ever before. Study the Word of God and put Him in remembrance of it, because He is ready to perform it. He is ready to accelerate His purpose and answer swiftly. There is no time for delay or denial.

It will be a season of answers. God will say it and God will do it.

Stay in the Word, go deeper. All the answers await you in the Word.

Make Room for New

Every insight, information and strategy, is in God’s Word.

The Lord said in Jeremiah 33:3 that you should call upon Him and He will answer you. Call upon God in prayer, call upon Him in purity. In Matthew chapter 5, the Lord says that the pure at heart will inherit the earth.

It is time to restore the earth to the saints, and to the righteous.

God will balance every unjust scale. Unjust scales will be an abomination to Him. You will no longer be cheated, drained, or dealt with wickedly. God will stand between you and wickedness /satanic powers. It is time for God to display you as His royal diadem.

Be prepared to try again – do it again because this time it will be easy for you to succeed.

God’s hand of victory is upon the church and upon you. You will go from victory to victory, from increase to increase, and from triumph to triumph. God will answer and it will come with a lot of rejoicing, dancing, and singing.

When others are being marked for evil, you will be marked for victory. You will be in His Goshen. There will be more than supply to you.

This season will lead you into the greatest abundance of God.

The season of the Lord is upon us!

Call upon Him and He will show you the secret things that are hidden. God has decided to release the treasures of darkness to you. He has made up His mind to be the just Judge

You will no longer work like an elephant and eat like an ant. The reverse will be the case; you will work like an ant and eat like an elephant because the Lord’s harvest is plenty, His harvest is enormous and He will give it to whoever pleases Him. You will no longer work and another reap your harvest. You will even harvest where you have not sown. God will cause you to reap the harvest of the people that are not utilizing His glory, favor, and anointing.

Make room for new. Empty out the old harvest, expand and enlarge your territory.

God will enlarge you by His finger. He will shake the heavens but you will not be shaken. Everything established in and by God will not be shaken. Make room for new!

God will draw a line between you and the people who hate Him and those who gather with the people who hate Him, speak wickedly about Him, and mock His name. The Lord will draw a line this year.

Make room for new!

 

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