Disobedience removes you from the presence of God! PT. 1

Jonah 1:1-3 (NKJV) 1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Whenever we disobey God we are removing ourselves from his presence. Obedience is better than sacrifice. God does not turn his back or break away from us but we take ourselves away from him and break away from him. Even at that, he is still watching and waiting for us to repent and come back. We cannot dictate for God neither can we tell God what we think is good. We need to remember that we were not there when he laid the foundation of the earth.

Jonah 1:7-9 (NKJV)  And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”  So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”  God made the lot that was cast to fall on Jonah, God will always bring us out of our hiding place. We cannot run or hide from him, he is everywhere and he sees everything. He made the sea and the dry land. John 1:3 (NKJV) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. We might flee from the presence of the Lord but we are still living in the work of his hands. Where are we going to run to or hide in that was not made by God. What happens when we run from God is not by accident as God will allow somethings to happen to us so that he can get our attention for us to come back to him; life outside Christ is dangerous.

 Jonah 2:7-10 (NKJV) “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” 10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. God has power over everything, we need to repent and ask God for forgiveness. God is gracious and merciful, he is slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness. Sometimes we want to do things our way but God is saying he knows what is best for us and he said in Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. There would be times while we are running from God that we bring miseries upon ourselves but God will still give us comfort Jonah 4:6 (NKJV)And the Lord God prepared a plantand made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant.  We cannot tell God what to do, who to love, or how to deal with us instead we should let him tell us. It is human nature (walk in the spirit and ye shall not fulfill the Lust of the flesh) to love God and obey him fifty percent of the time but he is saying that he need 100% of our love and attention; he need 100% of us so he can plan our life, show us how to excel.Did you know that when you follow God’s plan, you never fail? God is the master planner.

 

Numbers 6:24-27
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;
 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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Things am grateful for

Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

THANK YOU LORD FOR

  1. Who you are
  2. Forgiveness of sins
  3. Your Blood
  4. The cross
  5. The nails
  6. Your power
  7. Your Authority
  8. Restoration
  9. Eyes that i can see
  10. Legs that i can walk
  11. Nose that i can smell
  12. Tongue that i can taste
  13. Ears that i can hear
  14. Mind that i can perceive
  15. Mouth that i can speak
  16. My going out and my coming in
  17. Your sweet love towards me and my family
  18. Your Holy Spirit
  19. Your presence
  20. My job
  21. My car
  22. Your long suffering
  23. Your patience towards me
  24. Traveling and journey mercies
  25. Your protection
  26. Your provision
  27. Your company
  28. Healing and a Perfect health
  29. Making a way when there was none
  30. Food on the table
  31. Clothes on my back
  32. Unseen victories
  33. My marriage
  34. My husband
  35. My children
  36. Not giving up on me
  37. Not turning your back on me
  38. Deliverance
  39. Divine Favor
  40. Direction
  41. Making crooked paths straight
  42. The anointed pastors in my life
  43. Your Grace
  44. Being my driver
  45. My comforter
  46. My Shield
  47. My strength
  48. For being the Lover of my Soul
  49. For being the lifter of my head
  50. Turning what the enemy intended for evil for good
  51. Being my helper
  52. All known and unknown blessings, divine favor and everything Because i owe it all to Jesus. I owe everything to you Sweet Jesus.
Numbers 6:24-27
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;
 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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God does not change

Psalms 102:12 says, But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations. The only person who has never changed is God. Ecclesiastes 3 talked about time and season, the end and the beginning. Psalms 102:24-28 (NKJV) 24 I said, “O my God, Do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations. 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. 27 But You are the same, And Your years will have no end. Whether you believe God or not does not change who he is , it just makes you a liar. Romans 3:4 says let God be true and every man a liar. God is not going to change who he is to please us or convince us, he already proved his love to us when he gave his only begotten son to die for us. He does not need to prove anything anymore and he has done everything to make us happy. We have to change to be who he wants us to be with the help of the Holy ghost. We now have to be in line with God, remember he made the first move. Malachi 3:6 (NKJV)  “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. 

If you are waiting for God to change who he is to suit you, then you are going to be waiting until he calls you home. He gave us the ultimate sacrifice(John3:16) He gave us his best and he is Jesus Christ.

Numbers 6:24-27
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;
 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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Confess and believe

Romans 10:8-12 (NKJV)    But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

It is not enough to confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, the second part is that you have to believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Both part have to be fulfilled for it to be effective. We can all say things that we do not believe in and don’t take them seriously but when you believe, you have to believe it in your heart. It is not a recital, you are wasting your time and deceiving yourself if you say it and you don’t believe. You have to believe that he is who he says he is.

Believe in your heart unto righteousness, confess with your mouth unto salvation.

Numbers 6:24-27
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;
 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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God’s provision on assignments

When  God sends you on assignment or on a  mission, he always provides but you will get in trouble if you go out of God’s way. When you have to start begging or manipulating people or misinterpreting the scriptures to suit yourself, you might want to check with the Lord.
 Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV) 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. The God who sent you is able to provide for your needs. Nehemiah prayed and God granted him his heart desires because those desires were in line with the promises of God.

Nehemiah 1:5-11(NKJV)

And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ 10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. 11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cup bearer. Nehemiah reminded God of his promises and God heard him. He fasted and prayed and everything he prayed and fasted for were things that God had promised years ago. If you have gone astray from the purpose of God in your life, it is time to return and God will return to you and draw you closer to himself no matter how far you might have gone from him. God will fix what ever is broken in your life. If you know what God can do, you will fear him; he will show himself strong and mighty just for you. God saves and redeems by his great power.
Nehemiah 2:7-8 (NKJV)Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple,for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
God always gives you favor to go with your desires and you will find that you will find favor with men because you have found favor first with God.  

Proverbs 21 (NKJV) 21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

Look unto God and never unto man because man will always fail you but God promised never to leave you nor forsake you. God alone can prosper you and he alone can give you the power to create wealth. The blessings of God makes rich and adds no sorrow.
 Nehemiah 2:20 (NKJV) 20 So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”
In Nehemiah 2:2-8, God made the king to notice Nehemiah. Nehemiah 2:2-8 (NKJV)
Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”
Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple,for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

This proves Proverbs 21:1 to be true which states that The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. The king asked him the amount of time he needed because God was in control and not the king telling Nehemiah when to return. That is how God works when you follow him and let him lead you. The bible says that there is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV)

20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Remember that nobody is irreplaceable for God.

Numbers 6:24-27
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;
 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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Be careful who you reveal your dreams to

Nehemiah 2:12 (NKJV) 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode. 

When God gives you a dream, revelation or puts something in your heart, be very careful who you tell it to. There are dream killers out there. People get jealous. The God who gave you the revelation knows what he has put inside you and knows what your next level is. Don’t be too carefree with what God has given you. Nehemiah was a man on a mission and he did not tell anyone what he was going to do until the right time.

In Genesis 37, we read about Joseph and how he told his brothers about his dreams and they were jealous and we all know what happened. People can try to kill your dream, vision, gift that God has put in you. Learn to pray about your dream, discuss your dreams with the one who gave them to you and ask for direction. It is not everybody who is meant to help in making your dream come through so why not discuss it with the only guaranteed person that can really help you by the name Jesus; if he wants you to discuss it with others, he will let you know. Do you know the heart of the person you are revealing your future to? What can they really do for you? Commit everything to God and focus on God.

Numbers 6:24-27
 
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me;  
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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The Journey to Your Promised Land… How long will it take you?

When God took the children of Israel out of Egypt, the journey was supposed to take them 40 days but it took them 40years. The children of Israel disobeyed God, turned from him, broke the commandments and God made them wait it out. He was angry.

How long it takes you to get to your promised land is up to you and not God. If you walk with God faithfully and you are devoted to him, you will get there faster but if you sin, step away and come back it takes a longer time. God is patient, are you? No matter who you serve, (God or devil) there are requirements but Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 (NKJV)

30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”Lets take for example that you are on a 3 day journey and you decide to stop at every corner (sin), it will take you longer to get to your final destination. But if you stay on the road and continue, you will get there in 3 days. Every time you go away from the road that God has called you to be on, you are leaving the road to your promised land.

Every journey has a destination, where is your Journey taking you.

Numbers 6:24-27
 
 “May the Lord bless me and keep me; 
May the Lord make His face shine upon me,
And be gracious to me; 
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon me,
And give me peace.”’
in Jesus Name! Amen


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