Final Say

Who has the final say – Jehovah has the final say – Jehovah turns my life around, Jehovah turns my life around – He makes a way where the seems no way -Jehovah you have the final say! –  words to one of my favourite😍 songs and very powerful too. Usually when the song is sung; our faces will light up, we get all energetic and happy because we can feel the power behind the song. Hope is restored, strength is renewed and faith is renewed. Joy and gladness trickle back into our hearts and mind because of the focus we have on God at the time – focus on his power, ability, might and strength and at that point of praise we feel and know that our Lord will crush anything in our way – anything preventing life in full.

God does have the final say on earth and in the heavens so let’s look at a few biblical examples:-

God’s servant – Job. The devil went to the Almighty to ask for permission to test one of His righteous – Job. He was allowed but he was told not to kill Job and he didn’t! He tested Job all he could through disease, pain of mind, body and emotion, but could not kill him. God gave an order that his righteous should not be killed and the devil obeyed – he fears God very much.

Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego. These three men refused to bow down the the gods of Nebuchadnazar. So, the king gave an order that they be thrown into a furnace and burn to death for their disobedience. In the furnace, God did a miracle so great that left every one in awe of Him.  It is written that God protected them by sending an angel into the furnace to prevent them from burning…….. “So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them”. God allowed this miracle to show that the of Israel is Supreme over all gods and He does have final say in everything!{Daniel 3:16-28}.

Not even nature can block God’s final say. It is in nature that an old woman cannot give birth but it had to obey God and Sarah gave birth. The red sea had to obey and part ways for the Israelites to cross to the other side. The lions had to shut their mouth lest they eat a servant of God – Daniel. In truth there are many examples that show God has the final say. I have my own testimonies and you probably have testimonies too that prove this.

The death of Jesus. The Pharisees thought he was done, his followers knew it is was over until God resurrected him. The resurrection of Jesus goes to prove that even death has no final say.

Is it possible that God can lack a final in our lives? No because God is God and there is nothing that can challenge his rule, authority and supremacy over all. But it is possible that we; knowingly or unknowingly can allow another force to deny us the joy of God’s final say in our lives. Sometimes the rulers of the world can block our blessings from reaching us just because they want to oppress, destroy and finish us.

In the book of Daniel chapter 10:1-14 – It is written that Daniel had a vision that really disturbed him, so he undertook a 21 day fast to understand the vision/message from the Father.

At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.  After the fast an angel came bearing good news(blessings) –

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future,for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” These scriptures go to prove that it is possible for the devil to block a blessing, breakthrough/victory. From the scriptures it is also evident that another force can deny us the joy of enjoying in the final say of God over our lives. It’s main purpose is that we live in pain, anguish, oppression and eventually destruction – 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy{John 10:10a}. Even so, I thank God because of his Spirit who is our direction our of the devil trap every time.👏👏🙌🙌

If given a chance, the devil, can interfere with God’s final over our lives and can block God’s blessings from reaching us. How? The biggest way I have learnt is through sin. He takes advantage of our rebellious and ignorant nature to destroy us. You see when we live in sin, I feel we lack complete protection{our Father in heaven is merciful however our sin give the devil permission to attack us}of the Father unless we go back to him in repentance and he will take us back, guard and take care of us unto his Glory{Psalms 91: 14-16}.

Case in point the prodigal son, he had no protection of the Father until he went back in repentance but, before he did; he really suffered. His father had no final say in the places he went to waste himself but the world did, and until he went back to his father did the full protection back – Luke 15:11-32.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

It is often said,  P. R. A. Y until something happens. When faced with a tough, painful situation it is advised to pray. Sometimes even the doctors will reach a point and say, ‘pray for God to have the final say in your health’. Question is, how will this happen if we live in sin- outside His protection?

Job had protection from the God because he lived a righteous life. What he worked for – God blessed and protected such that he became the richest man, wealthiest an inspiration to all around. The challenge came when God allowed the devil to test him. This test was to build his Faith in God.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”{Job 1:9-12}

When we don’t live a righteous life we don’t have protection of the Father so we are prone to attacks of the devil who came to pull us down.

Do you  have protection of the Father? Is the devil challenged when he attacks you or is it easy for him? Do you live a righteous life? If not it explains why Jesus has no final say in your life.

Examples of how sin – lack of righteous can make God not to have final say:

  • 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” {Luke 5:18-25}

Once the sins of the paralytic were forgiven so did he receive his freedom. I tend to believe that the devil who bound the man through sin found no legal ground once the man repented. The man’s act of humility and righteousness allowed God to have the final say hence his complete freedom from a paralytic state!

  •  44 Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she poured perfume on my feet. 47 I tell you that her many sins are forgiven, so she showed great love. But the person who is forgiven only a little will love only a little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. {Luke 7:36-50} and I believe that woman got freedom in her soul that no one in that room had ever experienced.

Sin can bind and torture a soul and I feel the woman in the above scriptures was so tortured that she had nothing to lose. She probably didn’t know Jesus much but her utmost humility and love for Him led to surrender of pride and rebellion at the feet of Jesus, hence her total and complete deliverance from the power of sin, from guilt and shame.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land“{2 chronicles 7:14}. This scripture also go to prove that sin can affect our Lord from having the final say but it also proves that God is loving and merciful and hears when we cry out to Him in repentance and he forgives, blesses and restores. Alleluia.

So, now we know that the final say of our Father can be affected by sin(lack of righteousness) what next?  Take time in prayer to know which area of our lives have we not surrendered to God. Is it our thoughts, actions or emotions? our relationships? businesses? Where is it that God has no final say. When you find that spot through the guidance of the Spirit; turn away from your old ways, repent and pray for love(relationship with God) to be restored back and ask for the grace to not go back to that life again. Start living a new life under His full authority and power and within no time you will discover God has gained the final say. And like Job, Daniel and other great men and women in the bible – He will continually have the final say. For he is faithful unto his faithful. Deuteronomy 7:9 -Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Christ thy kingdom come.

God Bless you.

Valley

Can you remember those really low moments in life? Moments when you cried your heart out? Moments when you were broken, confused sometimes feeling torn apart?! Those moments when you felt that the devil will devour you to pieces if Christ doesn’t come through?! Those difficult lonely moments where no one seems to understand you? Yeah those moments! During those moments, God was there and He understands – Isaiah 57:15 .15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

While in a dark spot I have learnt:- Don’t walk your path alone, walk it with God. Don’t walk in your valley alone, walk it with God. Don’t think He can’t handle it, He can handle anything – He is God. Don’t think you are too dirty(sinful)for Him to {hold your hand} and walk you through this! HE operates under the law of LOVE. He is loves DEEPLY, very MERCIFUL {Luke 15:11-32}and forgets our mistakes as long as we surrender to him in repentance. Psalms 86:5 – You, Lord are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Isaiah 43:25-  “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. Psalms 103:12 –  and as far as east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Amina🙏🙏 😁😁

God never meant that we could live life on our own. He meant that we could live it with Him, and that’s why He died  on the cross to buy back our lives from the devil to HIMSELF.

Question: What is your valley? Do you walk it with Christ(our source of strength and hope) or you walk it alone? If we walk alone; chances are the difficulties and darkness of the valley may finish us for on our own we don’t have the capacity to defeat evils of life, but with Jesus we will sour on eagles wings. We will make it out alive and strong..amen🙏 Again I ask what is your valley? Do you walk or alone? If so who lights the path where you walk on?{Psalms 119:105}. Who gives you strength when you become weak and tired? Who is your friend and confidant when lack one? I would rather we rethink doing life on our own. When challenges and difficulties arise -get into a habit of prayer{COMMUNICATE AND GROW CLOSE} to the FATHER and He will walk you out of any valley successfully!!ALLELUIA 🙌🙌👏👏

Do you know that, there is strength in the VALLEY?  We all go through some form of valley; regardless of age, gender, tribe, race or education status. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3; it states very well that we are bound to experience some pain or hurt in our lives. However, there is strength to move on and that strength is Jesus Christ. I am motivated to tell people about Jesus as our strength in all situations because I know that when we lack strength in the valley, we end up getting lost and devoured by it. Many valleys have potentials, dreams and goals of people who died in mind and emotion. We are not meant to die in the valley rather, we are to emerge victorious{Psalms 23:4}. For Jesus Christ our shepherd has promised to walk us through the valley if we heed to His call and allow his rod and staff to direct us through.

There is a danger of losing this strength in the valley by listening to negative people who make us negative in thought, also by giving too much attention to the negative situation around or within us. Thinking about the negative all the time will only dim your chances of seeing a brighter future – a better tomorrow.

Even as a I write this piece, I feel I am in a valley. I find myself always crying because of past mistakes and torture from the devil. I have been affected mentally, emotionally even physically. I can say that currently I am in a crazy situation – painful actually. But God is faithful and he is my strength. The sins that got me to the valley- He forgave but the devil is still fighting for me to die in the valley! In all this God is giving me strength; every second and minute so that I don’t die. And for that I am entirely grateful.😁😁😁

As I continue to write, I am reminded that a few years ago, some of us, were on the verge of job termination because of not meeting our employer’s targeted sales. It was a really difficult time and  the pressure was too much especially to those with families and school fees to take of. My biggest pressure was that I had rent and food. However, if you looked at me or talked to me; you wouldn’t tell I was in a valley because the strength of the Lord was in me. So what Jesus did for me, instead of succumbing to the pressure and getting devoured in the valley, He made me aware of a song by Ruth Wamuyu, a gospel artist in Kenya. Chorus to the song goes like “kanitha wa Jesu nitukene, tûshajamuke, tûhadetûo wega tûtigyenyenyeka.” Meaning, “we the church of God be happy, for we are planted well and we cannot be shaken.” We are planted well in Jesus Christ by God the Father and we shall not meet harm, shame or defeat for God is with us and He will get us out of any situation unto His glory. Alleluia 👏👏🙌🙌

Remembrance of the above testimony of how through that song, God gave me grace to continue until I overcame, has given me energy to continue living life even though confusing and painful right now – I WILL ENJOY THE RIDE and I will make it through Jesus Christ who leads me to greener pastures. Psalm 23

A psalm of David{NIV}

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

During a teaching yesterday; the teacher said, “your valley is just but a destination to greatness. For when you have to go through really tough time then it means there is a better coming out of it!” Alleluia. There is definitely greener pasture on the other side of the valley that we cannot see for now, but Jesus can so, just hold on to Him, our sure strength and power and we will come out alive.

How do we realise this power:
• Revelations 12:11, it is written, they triumphed over him(devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  Remember your testimonies like I just did above or other testimonies of victories and see the God who brought you out of a previous valley to greener pastures better and stronger and you will defeat the devil of hopelessness in your heart and mind!

• Pray a lot. In difficult times, that is when we should really gear in prayer levels. If one prayer of our Father doesn’t help, then pray ten our Fathers if you have to! If it means to change your prayer pattern for results then do.  Pray until you find your peace. If you have the grace to fast- go ahead. Sometimes, fasting will go along way to getting us out of problems.

• Speak up📣. Don’t let stress weigh you down. If it’s in the office; speak to a colleague who seems mature and understanding; they may help you out. If it’s in matters of love, finances, spiritual, pray for God to give/direct you to people who will listen and offer good advise that will help you move on to the next minute, day or step in life. DON’T EVER WANT YOUR PROBLEMS TO PUSH YOU TO THE GRAVE. I have a friend who I share with, she prays and advises me the best she can. My mother is my other biggest friend and confidant, she listens, sees my tears, encourages me, prays for and over me and I am entirely grateful for her.🙏🙏

Read the word of God. There is strength in the word. A lot of strength and power actually. “For man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from God.”{Matthew 4:4}. When you discover the world can’t help you deal with your pain, don’t be shocked, it’s because it can’t handle your pain. Let’s pursue Christ for His love is the strength, power and shelter that we need out of  painful and trying situations.

•Live a holy life. Psalms 84:11 – no good thing does the Lord hold from a blameless(righteous) person. The Lord is ready to help us, but it important to know that God is holy. And it is expected of us to live holy lives. We may not fully experience the power of God in our lives if we entertain sin. E.g it will be difficult for us to experience the healing and grace of God if we hold on to bitterness and refuse to forgive, for we are breaking commandments of love, being disobedient and giving hatred(another god) power hence we cannot fully feel the love of God. So, we have to compromise rather do all we can directed by his grace to avoid sin and wickedness otherwise the devil can and will block blessings in our lives because we legally allow him to through sin.

There is strength in the valley and power in the Valley and he is Jesus Christ . Let’s not lose him, run away, get bitter or insult Him while in pain, rather more than ever we should move CLOSER TO HIM; and we will find Him. Ever willing and ready to help us out on any challenging and difficult situation. Alleluia.amina.

God is Good

God is good – Mark 10:18, And Jesus said to him, “why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

This is the first scripture I met talking about the goodness of God. I love it very much and hold to it with much faith and assurance. It’s truth spoken to us by the Son. The son, whom we know, knows more about the Father than anything in the heavens or on earth{John 14:6}
Apart from God’s goodness being documented in the Bible, we can also attest to his goodness through his works in our lives.  He is good because of the gift of LIFE. He is good because of the gift of FAMILY AND FRIENDS. He is good because of peace that surpasses human understanding. He is good because of the gift of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour and because of the Holy Spirit our friend and director. We thank and praise God all the time and we are happy when good things happen to us :- when we graduate, when we find the special one, when we have reconciled, when we have been healed emotionally, mentally and physically. We feel good and praise and worship him all the time. This is good and out of love and obedience it is also normal.

Question: What if God allows pain into your life; is he still good? What if you meet embarrassment, shame, biasness/discrimination; is he still good? Ecclessiastes chapter 3  states that God in his goodness allows a time for joy and pain. A time for life and death. These seasons don’t reduce God to an evil person, they don’t make him a bitter or vengeful person. In all seasons he still remains to be God! He still remains to be the good good Father that we know, a good friend and confidant. So, if God is good; when and how does he change to be bad or even a don’t care. He never does! It is our pain that makes us see him like a devil. Like a person who doesn’t care, a pretender or even a hypocrite. The devil uses every chance to take us away from the love and comfort of our Father, and he likes it when we do it ourselves(from our own will) because he knows the Father in heaven would never abuse, abandon or forsake us so he makes us leave the presence of our Father at our own will and at that point I say – pain got the best of us.

I like to praise God’s goodness and feel it in every situation. I like not to forget His goodness so that I don’t get bitter and angry with Him. I have come to learn it is wisdom to see God in all situations and to know that He is good. Good people are not evil they just do good because of the l💗ve inside of them.

When the Father allows pain to come my way I try not to hate on him but to really seek and find Him in my valley. This way I find strength to walk out of my {valley}difficult and trying moments in life. So, I always have in mind that whatever difficultly I meet it is not meant to finish me rather God allowed it for my own benefit. He knows how to make everything(even the difficult and painful ones) work out for the good of the good of people. Ecc 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. alleluia!!

Pain should never be a way to drive us further from the LOVE OF THE FATHER rather it should be something that draws us even closer to Him. I am a believer that every situation we meet as humans should be used as a stepping stone towards our Father. In pain we really get to experience God and I feel He allows us to experience things that will drives us out of our comfort zones to his zone. It may be hurting and difficult but, it will get us to His heart, and that is awesome. 🙌🙌🙌. His heart is an awes😁me place to be in.

I pray may we always find Jesus in our every moment of life. May we not lose this love rather, may we always find it in every situation of our lives acting as a pillar, fortress, confidant and Father. Amen.

Don’t Give Up 1

11 Then the Lord’s angel came to the village of Ophrah and sat under the oak tree that belonged to Joash, a man of the clan of Abiezer. His son Gideon was threshing some wheat secretly in a wine press, so that the Midianites would not see him. 12 The Lord’s angel appeared to him there and said, “The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!”

13 Gideon said to him, “If I may ask, sir, why has all this happened to us if the Lord is with us? What happened to all the wonderful things that our fathers told us the Lord used to do—how he brought them out of Egypt? The Lord has abandoned us and left us to the mercy of the Midianites.”

14 Then the Lord ordered him, “Go with all your great strength and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I myself am sending you.”

15 Gideon replied, “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “You can do it because I will help you. You will crush the Midianites as easily as if they were only one man.” Judges Chapter 6:11-16.

The above describes the calling of Gideon to be the man who would save the Israelites from the Midianites.
However the scriptures describe his calling, they also show a man who had given up in life until God helped him back to the path of his destiny.

Verse 1 it is written that the Israelites had sinned against God so He allowed a tribe stronger than them to terrorise  and oppress then for a period of 7years. In verse 2-4 it is written that anytime the Israelites were about to harvest and celebrate their hard work; the Midianiates and the desert tribes would come as many as locusts, camp around them and eat all their crop and livestock. This led to fear among the Israelites. This oppression led to this – -verse 11 that “Gideon was found hiding.” That is what oppression will do to us – it will make us hide because we feel defeated under it. Further of what I learnt from the scriptures:-
1). It is possible to give up on life based on circumstances we face. The Israelites faced oppression and defeat for 7years. Can you believe trying to be someone, or strive to achieve something and it is always meeting defeat?! It could be lack of school fees, it could be sickness, it could be facing rejection, biasness, discrimination and you felt like giving up or have already given up like Gideon.  But there is freedom from destiny destroyers and from the death trap called giving up and it’s Jesus!

You see until the angel of the Lord came to Gideon would still have lived in a trap called backwardness, giving up and   stagnation. Until the angel of the Lord told Him the truth about who he was that is when he got freed!

So I have learnt it is important to have Yahweh in your life, lead and control your life for he will give you answers that will lead us to freedom..

Get to know the truth about your life through Jesus Christ it is written that God is the way the truth and the life John 8:32. And the truth shall set us free🙌🙌. I feel many of us give up because we live a lie. We have believed a lie for sometime and it became ‘our truth.’

Gideon lived a lie thinking that he could never live out his potential and ambitions. I bet he tried but always met  defeat, disappointments, disaster failure such that  when the Angel of the Lord called him mighty man it was hard for him to believe for he had already given up on himself. But the truth came to set him free. 😁😁🙌🙌👏👏.  So I have learnt it is important to get acquainted with the word of God.  For the word of God is life – life that has come to save and set us free. So before you give up I would like you to first get to:

  1. know what God says about you.
  2. Get to know what He can do for you.
  3. Get to know what He can through you. Know that you are purposeful. Know that there is a grace to live life. Know that God has your name on the palm of His hands{Isaiah 49:16}.So your life, dreams are in His hands😀🙌🙌. He will not let go of you so, don’t let go of Him and you will make it in life.  It will not be easy but it will be made possible through Him.  Alleluia. Amina.