How To Build Your Marriage. ODUYOYE JOSHUA

At the start of married life, couples typically can't imagine having to work to keep their love relationship alive. But over time, we discover that maintaining a healthy, strong marriage requires a determined effort.

As Christians, a solid sense of commitment is a key ingredient to making marriage last forever. The following steps will help you carry on through the years, growing stronger as a couple and in your walk of faith.
PRAY TOGETHER ;
Set aside time each day to pray with your spouse.
it’s important for you and your spouse to know when its best to pray together maybe in the morning . you both ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and give you strength for the day ahead. It brings both of you closer together as you care for each other every day .
We think about what the day ahead holds for your partner. Only then can your loving affection go beyond the physical realm to the emotional and spiritual realm.

This develops true intimacy with each other and with God.

Perhaps a better time for you as a couple might be just before you go to bed each night. It’s impossible to fall asleep angry when you’ve just held hands together in God’s presence.

READ TOGETHER ;

Time could be Set aside each day, or at least once a week, to read the Bible together.
This might also be described as a time of devotions.you and your spouse can read to each other, either from the Bible or from a devotional book, and then spend a few minutes in prayer together.

MAKE DECISIONS TOGETHER;

Commit to making important decision together.
I’m not talking about deciding on what to eat for dinner. Major decisions, like financial ones, are best decided as a couple. One of the greatest areas of strain in a marriage is the sphere of finances. As a couple you should discuss your finances on a regular basis, even if one of you is better at handling the practical aspects, like paying the bills and balancing the check book. Keeping secrets about spending will drive a wedge between a couple faster than anything.
If you agree to come to mutual decisions on how the finances are handled, this will strengthen trust between you and your partner. Also, you won’t be able to keep secrets from each other if you commit to making all important family decisions together. This is one of the best ways to develop trust as a couple.

ATTEND CHURCH TOGETHER;

Get involved in a church together.
Find a place of worship where you and your spouse will not only attend together, but enjoy areas of mutual interest, such as serving in a ministry and making Christian friends together. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25 , that one of the best ways we can stir up love and encourage good deeds is by remaining faithful to the Body of Christ by meeting together regularly as believers.

CONTINUE DATING ;

You can Set aside special, regular times to continue developing your romance.
Once married, couples often neglect the area of romance, especially after the kids come along. Continuing a dating life may take some strategic planning on your part as a couple, but it is vital to maintaining a secure and intimate marriage.
Keeping your romance alive will also be a bold testimony to the strength of your Christian marriage. Continue to hug, kiss, and say I love you often. Listen to your spouse, give back rubs and foot massages, take walks on the beach. Hold hands. Keep doing the romantic things you enjoyed while dating. Be kind to each other. Laugh together. Send love notes. Notice when your spouse does something for you, and admire his or her achievements.

CONCLUSION ;
These steps require committed effort on your part. Falling in love may have seemed effortless, but keeping your Christian marriage strong will take ongoing work. The good news is building a healthy marriage is not all that complicated or difficult if you’re determined to follow a few basic principles.

CONQUERING YOUR FEARS BY THE WORD OF LIFE AND LIGHT. ~ ODUYOYE JOSHUA

CONQUERING YOUR FEARS BY THE WORD OF LIFE AND LIGHT


For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear, One of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision.


So much wrongs going on around us today – wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, death.but the Bible Says “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4
We fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. The list goes on…long. There actually is a lot we could potentially worry about.but “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” ~ Mark 5:36
Yet reality tells us that so much of what we spend our time worrying about never even happens. Living under the weight of the “what if’s” is a hard place to dwell.
I struggled with fear and worry for years. But through time, I began to find that the things that once would have sent me down an anxious spiral, no longer had the same effect. It didn’t happen quickly, but over days, months, years.
I read words – of life – of truth. Soaking them in, over and over, praying them out loud. Until they became so familiar, they replaced the other things in my mind that I’d battled against. There’s nothing magical about words and verses, but there is power through them because they’re God’s words.
Change happened. Anxious thoughts began to diminish. Worry let go of its constant grip. And though fear is sometimes still there, it no longer wields control, holding me back, paralyzing me in its grasp.
His words are “life” words, soothing to our soul, calming to our spirits, giving power to our days.
It’s not always easy, and it often comes down to a choice: Choosing not to allow fear and anxiety to control your life. Choosing to guard your heart. Choosing to focus your mind on what is true in the midst of uncertain times.
We might still feel afraid, but God does not work with our feelings,
The psalmist said Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4
and so we can believe that God is with us. We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future,but Christ himself said Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” ~ Luke 12:22-26
And by this we know the God who does knows and can perfectly handle the future

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FELLOWSHIP (2). ~ODUYOYE JOSHUA

TOPIC ; FELLOWSHIP (2)
BIBLE REF; Ephesians 3:9-10
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,


THE BIBLE VERSES;
Ephesians 3:9-12, 14-18 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;


As we come into fellowship with the father , we become part of a new family otherwise know as a new kingdom for Our God is a king with a great kindom having dimensions of kingdom heirs which we are one of through Jesus Christ his son , for Jesus Christ as revealed in Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.and by this we know that there is a kindom made out of a family which is bound by a relationship by the blood of the lamp .

we enter into this kindom by the sacrifice and washing of the blood .you can come in today accepting his Lordships and cleaning of your sins by faith .
Jesus Christ then in his infinite knowledge choses to open us up to how we can truly maximaise our relationship with the supernatural family of God for our purposes are eternal and not temporary when we are in Christ .

for this reason we ought to be deliberate in seeking God for a divine intervention concerning the vision our purposes in him that our walk with Chris be not in vain , and that the richness of his glory is fully functional in our lives .that I may know him..and the power of his resurrection.there is more in the kingdom of God
Believers in Chris Jesus are to know and understand that we are more supernatural than we ever can think of and that God had keeps the supernatural and gold banquet in eathen vessels 2 Corinthians 4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Thus we are sure that the spirit man otherwise know is the inner man must be fired up to work in the dimensions of fellowship with the father and this can be resolved only by fervent prayer and supplication unto the God of all flesh. You can know more of God .
PREYER;GOD OF ALL FLESH SET MY HEART AND LIFE IN ORDER AND ON FIRE FOR YOU.

GRACE

GRACE: God’s richest gift for you!


A story is told of a poor lady who could not pay her bills. Hearing of this woman’ s distress,a kind hearted gentleman came to her home intending to give help. After knocking at the door for some time and receiving no answer, he concluded that she was not at home and he went away.


Meeting this woman later that week he told her that he had stopped by her home to see her. ” Oh”, she replied, “was that you? I am sorry. I thought it was the Landlord who had come for the rent,and I was afraid to answer the door as I do not have the money I owe him.
Just as this poor lady failed to open her door to the one wanting to help her,so thousands are treating God today. They think that when He knocks at the door of their hearts He has come to demand something from them,but what a mistake!
Jesus came to give,not to claim the debt you owe. He comes to deliver you from your distress and to grant you an eternal inheritance in heaven. The Son of Man did not come to be served,but to serve,and to give His life a ransom for many ( Mark10:45)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich,yet for your sakes He became poor,that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinth.8:9)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock( Revelation 3:20)


Will you open the door of your heart to the One who wants to help you with your every need? He is knocking right now,but for how long will He stand and wait? The grace of God cannot flow through a vessel that is swimming in sin! Your life will not waste the grace of God!
TITUS 2:11-14.


Will you open the door of your heart to the One who wants to help you with your every need? He is knocking right now,but for how long will He stand and wait? The grace of God cannot flow through a vessel that is swimming in sin! Your life will not waste the grace of God!
TITUS 2:11-14.

FELLOWSHIP (1)

Oduyoye Joshua

FELLOWSHIP (1)
BIBLE REF; 1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:


THE BIBLE VERSES;
1 John 1:3-7 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.


To start with ,The believers in Christ fellowship is of the Father , God himself is the author of true fellowship, the devil only came in the garden to corrupt that fellowship with an half truth which is equivalent to complete lie .But God in his infinite mercy choose to have fellowship with his Image “man” .
Man who of all creature has tasted of what a supernatural pure and holy fellowship looks like ,and therefore hunger for this again after the fall now seek means to fellowship , If man therefore must have fellowship,he must seek and search out properly that which is of the Creator and not of creatures, for then shall man have reast in true fellowship” and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”


As believers of Jesus Christ the son of a living God, we should understand today that the level of our relationship with Elohim determine how practically we will be able to radiate the life of Christ . If our life therefore does not have the the quality of Christ life then we should be sure the bond between the lines of fellowship with God is either not strong or is broken…

Please understand that fellowship can be broken and truncated yet our being related to God remains, therefore in the kingdom we are not giving the license to misbehaviors of any kind, for God will not permit inadequacy to follwing instructions, the psalmist had a revelation about fellowship “Psalms 94:20. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? So it’s so obvious that God is not interested in the fellowship of a sinner,he congratulats the relationship trend and fellowship strength of a saintly preson.tis revelation was futher expressed in the new testament

Please understand that fellowship can be broken and truncated yet our being related to God remains, therefore in the kingdom we are not giving the license to misbehaviors of any kind, for God will not permit inadequacy to follwing instructions, the psalmist had a revelation about fellowship “Psalms 94:20. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? So it’s so obvious that God is not interested in the fellowship of a sinner,he congratulats the relationship trend and fellowship strength of a saintly preson.tis revelation was futher expressed in the new testament

2Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.


Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

FIRST FAITH , FIRST LOVE ,FIRST WORK;

By ; Oduyoye Joshua

FIRST FAITH FIRST LOVE FIRST WORK ;

by Oduyoye Joshua

1 Timothy 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

Revelation 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

INTRODUCTION

Christ , message to the church by his angels and servants, which also include John the beloved especially is that our faith, love,and works for him is re-examined and redirected towards a bright and perfect dawn , he expect that every one who have decleard him as lord or clams to identify with him must have Faith in him as in the first …. Our implicit faith should not be on any human for human weakness can come in and our life boat wax’s broke on the sea of life.

The believers today should know and understand that our desire are the concerns of God ,sometimes we feel lonely because we condition our self to be lonely for we have all the day long disregarded God , he said he will send the comforter and so when we slow the fellowship of man push God out of our life’s equation then a sense of lonlyness is all-around us as revers out flowing our breath . we are therefore at this time expected to count the cost and return to our first love and first faith … Understanding that the lord is our banner ….

THE PLACE OF FAITH IN FELLOWSHIP

1 Timothy 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.Faith in the only begotten of the father by his spirit of holiness and perfect vertue is what brought us into an heavenly inheritance which was no longer ours at the fall of every mankind which is from the loins of Adam. And as the generations were considered for the unsearchable love of God and his Christ .

man yet in the vain of the fall created an atmosphere for strive against the sprirt his maker at every generational level ,for then faithlessness brought forth the gentile nation whom a loving Father yet have compassion on for he is Just who has promised to fulfill the blessings of the sons upon the one who originally does not deserve the Blessing …..

Declaring to the heart of man that the conditions are only fulfilled by one definite action of Faith “for by grace are ye saved through faith not of works lest anyman should bost of his ability to please the infinite divinity , once again the cry rings by faith are we become the sons of Abraham and become joint hair’s with the Lord who is the First born of all created phenomenon.

In this we understand that for a constant walk, consistent impact and infinite flow of He that is the Creator of all creation Faith cannot be overemphasis…Many lost their faith in Christ and are separated from his from his fellowship
It is therefore key , mandatory for us to be in fellowship otherwise we are separated and lost forever from his redemptive ability…. We come into fellowship by faith and we sustain the fellowship by faith…

THE PLACE OF HIS &OUR LOVE IN FELLOWSHIP

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. We are not to allow the convincing though of loneliness detach us from the love of God, Hebrew encourage us to have full faith and not partial faith... Let us come boldly with full assurance of faith , having our heart set apart from an evil conquence ( evil condemnations can yet come when you are going the right direction with the Lords backings ....and the reactions to this by those around make you weak ) we are to love people but we don't surrender our eternal destiny to them ,therefore we need to hold fast to our confession of faith

His love is an eternal love and must be tied to an eternal love from our end ,look at this ” if you love some one ,you will ensure nothing at the most nothing even withing your capacity will you ensure that noting makes that person unhappy” OK , so it is if we flame that we love the lord ,we are determined to ensure that nothing, I repeat ,Nothing makes him unhappy ……. If sin which is the SATANIC INSPIRED NATURE chooses to come in between you and God , at all cost you avert it not just by your own strength or ability ,but by the consistent fellowship you have with God, your eyes becomes single and therefore there is a direction of purpose and sanity in the mind for you one and only lover Jesus Christ ,you are not considering any other lover aside God an his Christ with the help of his spirit which is in you and with you helping you to fulfill the mind of the father…he is faithful that promised He will fulfill his covenant …… If the present truth is that you have compromised you love for God , his sons warning to you by his spirit to the church is Revelation 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

RECOVERING OUR FIRST LOVE AS A WAITING BRIDE

We are the bride of Chris who has gone into a far country which is not made of the hands of man to prepare a place for us , therefore we wait with all deligece .songs of Solomon 8;6 have it this way “set me as a seal upon thy hand for love is stronger than death” this is a minute way to illustrate of how our love should be towards Christ , form Roman 8;35 Paul asked a defnit and important question from his loving soul and the loving soul of the true believer ” WHAT SHALL separate US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST ”

THE WILLING FIRST WORKS OF THE BELIVER IN GENUINE FELLOWSHIP.

You don’t nesessarily have to give carrot or incentive to the willing believer,the lover of Christ is at all times willing to do the beading of the lord .
Psalm 110;1 “the children of God shall be willing in the day of his power”

Its time to become a lover , its not time to consider age limits and max , neither is it time for you to but about the limitation of knowledge do as he as commanded and you will be blessed Isaiah 1;19 if we are willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land ...... Willingness to do all for Christ ,is an evidence of the recovery of our first love . are you set to recover your first love? Have a brake from all you are doing now and invest some time to pray .God bless you ......

SECURITY IN CHRIST ;

By ;ODUYOYE JOSHUA

TEXT; John 15;1-6
Conditions of security in Christ (introductory summary)


The Lord used the vine as a perfect example to illustrate his the life the believers is expected to live … He is the true vine that binds every believer in him as a branch that the Father which is the husband man will always check up on
Every branch is expected to brea fruits ,so if a branch does otherwise ,it will be removed by the Husbandman which is the father . …. The Father expect that a profitable branch will bear fruits and an unprofitable the vasal … And on this basics speak Christ to his Disciples ….. And this significe the conditional security of the believers

THE CONDITION(S);

John 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
John 10 speaks volume of our detachments from anything strange to the believers real Identity in Christ….stranger and propellers of extra-grace graceless life will not be responded to by the true believer that we might remain ,continue ,stand in his Grace through faith and purity…
Matthew 24 makes a deliberate note on the fact that the faulsprophet of the end time will be many and many yet will be that will get into the trap of deceit. Therefore are we warn that there is no security for the plbackslider nither is there any for an apostate…..
1john. 2;24…expressly state that if we must make it to the very end we must abide in him …

THE CONDITIONS OF THE BELIVE SECURITY

The book of John 10;27; John 10;5, and many others quietly and voluminously speaks of watchfulness ,a key subject for our security in Christ ,
WATCHFULLNESS

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

This makes it important to note that apostasy start from a minust unconsidered point of compromise in the life of a believer …. We are therefore to be careful not to allow the little foxes that spoils the vine as discorverd in songs of Solomon….a little bad temper, little compromise, little talkativeness, little bad ,a little fire of disagreement, bad mouth ,and strange tongue as declared in James 3;5-6

There are little little things that extract us from the FELLOWSHIP of God and extract the love of God from our heart and exchange it for mondaine excitement and lustful allotment ,

The believers should understand that God had often influence us and that the devils seeks to play out their part that we might be drained of our power and place in Christ
Syncretism, psychology ,hyptonism are massively engaged today even in the believers corner in replacement for the power and gift of the holyspirit …True believers are expected to expected to engage a holy war against all the advice and devices of the wicked one by living consistently a holy life even more practical in every places we find our self as ambassador
Joshua 24;8…makes clear that if we go against the lord He will destroy us but if we stay by his word ,he will keep is ….our salvation is conditional… It is based on continuity in the faith….. The doctrines of Christ at to be strictly followed and not exchanged for temporary acceptance of man. The Truth must abide in us ….

THE CONSEQUENCE
Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
Eclisi10 :1 ; song 15;16 1Corint 5;6
After we have receive the truth( even knowledge ) and then we now reject the bible , the apostle , the prophet , the teachers , and those the lord has sent unto us ,vers 27 of Hebrew chapter 10 says we should expect Gods terrible destruction. Now the just shall live by faith says the scripture but if any man draw back …. God relationship conduct will not grant his pleasure to them that are in such class …..going back demands a ruined souls in hell( a place of turment and turture via fire producing soulish pain and Herat ache ) .
In conclusion our security in Christ is based on consistent obedience and subjection to the lord ,we become unsecured outside Christ and we remain secure in (inside) Christ.

CHRISTMAS OR NOT ? (religious VIEW) Crvd; ODUYOYE JOSHUA

CHRISTMAS OF NOT
(RELIGIOUS VIEW )

This article was first published December 24, 2018The Christmas Controversy: Striking A Balance
The arguments for and against Christmas have lingered for so long among Christians. While there are believers who hold tenaciously to the belief that Christians should not identify with Christmas, others don’t see anything wrong with it.
The Arguments against Christmas It has pagan origins. The apostate Christian church copied a pagan ceremony and gave it a Christian face. Christ was not born on December 25th We have no scriptural instruction to celebrate Christ’s birthday People have unholy fun during Christmas or Yuletide season and Christ is hardly in their thoughtsArguments for Christmas
But there are genuine believers who say the the pagan origin of Christmas is not relevant as long as they are celebrating Christ and not a Babylonian sun-god. They therefore see it as an opportunity to not only have godly feast but also share the love of Christ.
While they admit that the birth date of Jesus is not recorded or are even ready to concede with some researchers that Christ was most probably born in October, they see no harm in setting a special day apart to remember his birth.The Balance
Whilst it is true that the Roman Church may have got its idea of Christmas from a false religion, that in my opinion is not a reason strong enough to condemn believers who are truly celebrating Christ on December 25th.
Honestly, many of the things or ideas that are held today’ s civilisation, are somewhat influenced by pagan Graeco/ Roman culture and that of the paganistic Anglo-saxons.
For example, each day of the week was and remains named after pagan deities.
Sunday is Sun’s day, the day they worshipped the sun or sun-god. Monday comes from Anglo-Saxon, monandaeg( Moon’s day). People paid homage to the goddess of the moon on this day.
Tuesday is named after a Germanic god called Tiu, a god of war and sky. Wednesday is Woden’s day. Woden was the Roman god of commerce, travel and Science.
Thursday is Thor’s day. Thor was the Norse god of thunder and lighting. Friday is associated with Freya, wife of Woden. She was the goddess of love and fertility.
Saturday is Saturn’s day. If you wanted riches, you had to pay homage to this god.
Despite these days being named after pagan gods, Christians have not bothered to call them by other names. We still say ” our fellowship comes up on SUNDAY “
We must also realise that Christians who celebrate Christmas do not have a remote or lifeless pagan god in their mind. They sing and talk about Christ.
Jesus is not happier because some people celebrate Christmas and He does not get angry because people do.
Romans 14:5-6 says:
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”

It must however be said that all days remain same to God. And He wants us to remember Him and show love to people every day. Those who think it is only during Christmas that they have to care for others and the things of God, are myopic.

Let me also say, God is angry at the people of the world who add sin to sin during the Christmas season. We know that enemies of the cross, blind religious folks and the irreligious see this season as the period to organise wild parties and indulge in sexual orgies.

Even if they wish you a merry Christmas, you know that their celebration has nothing to do with Christ but to fulfill the carnal desires of their flesh. For them Christ is not the reason or purpose for the season.
Now to my friends who really think about Christ this season, I do not know whether to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS or a GODLY CHRISTMAS. Lol.

Whats your opinion … Just after that
Just send your rice and chicken to me via Bluetooth or email.

HOPE ;CRVd by ODUYOYE JOSHUA

HOPE

We can hope in the Lord’s almighty ability to answer yes to any request we bring him. And we can hope in his perfect sovereignty when he answers no.

THE YES FACTOR ;

Hope in God’s Ability to Answer Yes

In 2 Kings 3, we hear of three kings—the king of Israel, the king of Judah, and the king of Edom—en route to battle the armies of Moab. Midway through their journey, they run out of water and fear the Lord has abandoned them into the hand of their enemy. The kings seek out Elisha’s help, and he relays a word that the Lord will fill the dry streambeds with water without bringing rain to the land. In verse 18, Elisha says, “This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD. He will also give the Moabites into your hand.”
If causing dry streambeds to spontaneously fill with water in the absence of rain is a “light thing in the sight of the LORD,” then I would venture to say that any request we bring to him would also fall under the category of “light”.
Nothing is impossible for our God, and he is infinitely able. His Word says he is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He is the one who creates light and dark, peace and calamity (Isaiah 45:7). His mere voice can strip a forest bare (Psalm 29:9). This is the God in whom our souls find their rest.
He should cause us to have great hope. Great hope should stir great faith. And great faith should urge us to bring every fear, need, and desire to our Lord, fully confident that he is able to grant whatever we ask.

THE NO FACTOR ;

Hope in the Sovereignty of His No

But what happens when he doesn’t? What happens to our hope when the Lord’s answer is no? What do we say when he doesn’t heal, doesn’t give, doesn’t save, while knowing that he could have?
We hope in his sovereignty and in the goodness of his perfect will. We respond with the faith that Daniel possessed as he faced the furnace (Daniel 3). We determine not to fall away, not to give in to despair, and not to forsake the worship of our Lord who promised never to forsake us. And we trust that he is with us in death’s shadow, that his plans are not to harm us, and that he works all things together for our good.
Scripture is not lacking in examples of God denying the requests of his people, but nowhere in Scripture does God seek to hurt those who have been purchased by the blood of his Son. In fact, we can clearly see his denials purposed to sanctify and edify his people.
In John’s account of the death and resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus chooses to stay where he is for two more days after hearing the news of Lazarus’ condition, effectively choosing not to save Lazarus (John 11).

But his gracious intentions are revealed when he says, “And for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe” (v. 15). And after he works a miracle in raising Lazarus from the dead, he simply says, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” (v. 40).

It should bolster, not bludgeon, our hope that God sometimes delays or denies our requests in order to increase our faith and reveal his glory to us. Even in death, God makes the weary faith of a believer sight and brings them into his glory for eternity.

Good, No Matter What

Both Scripture and human experience are full of the Lord’s goodness. He works miracles, he saves, he provides, he restores, he heals. It doesn’t take much faith to stake our hope in those things.

But when Hebrews 6:19 tells us that Jesus is the anchor of our hope and that our hope is secure, it’s not referring to Jesus only in his overt goodness and his yeses. Jesus secured this hope for us by becoming a holy and blameless sacrifice, our ultimate high priest. So his best for us can be a denied request in order to sanctify us or to increase our faith beyond the limits of our feeble understanding.

This, too, should give us hope.

No matter what, our hope stands firm on the promises of God’s goodness. We can bring all of our requests to him knowing that he will answer for our good and his glory, both in the yeses and the no’s. As devastating as his no’s can sometimes feel, we know that even those will end with this world.

When we finally see our Lord face to face, the only thing he will deny us will be all the pain and strife of our life in the flesh. Then, our hope will be fully realized in the eternal glory of our Savior.

100 YEARS FROM NOW …. CRVD ; from the immaculate global outreach online group …

100 YEARS FROM NOW !!!

100 years from now will be the year 2119. By then, every single reader of this piece will be underground, our bodies having become part of the soil. During that time, our fate in respect to paradise or hell would have been made known to us.*

*Meanwhile above the soil, our houses that were left behind would have become either homes for others or demolished for better structures. Our clothes would have become destroyed or rags for others and replaced by more recent trends; our cars will be on display as historical artifacts by others or recycled for more advanced technology. But for us, we will be, for the most part, never thought about by anyone again. Think of it, how often do you think about your great grandfather? How often does your great grandmother cross your mind?. You see!

*Our presence here on earth today, that presence that we make so much noise about and shed so many tears for, was preceded by countless generations before us and shall be followed by countless generations after us Jesus tarries. Every generation that passes through this world barely finds the time to take a glance at the world, before needing to bid it farewell and handing over the baton, having not fulfilled even a fraction of their ambitions. Our lives are, in reality, far shorter than we imagine.*

*In 2119, every one of us will realise from within the grave just how worthless this world actually was, and how trivial those dreams were that we centred on*.

*In 2119, every one of us will be wishing that we had dedicated our lives to great matters of GOD, doing His bid, and devoted ourselves to doing good deeds, particularly those that continue to benefit us after our death*.

*In 2119, some reading this piece will be screaming out, but in vain:*

*“Lord return me! Give me another chance, so that I may have another opportunity to live for you ..”*

*The response to this request, however, shall be:*

*“No! and behind them is now a barrier until that Great Day.”*

*In 2119, many will be in regret, saying:*

*“I wish that I had prepared for life after my journey on earth.”*

*Let us reappraise ourselves*, for surely what happened to those we talk of, heard of and read of will surely happen to us. Let us take advantage of today while it is called TODAY. Tomorrow is not yours yet until it comes. Accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and keeping our faith in Him, is the ONLY way out. I hereby humbly appeal to every honorable member of this noble platform to use this opportunity to share this important message to your contacts as part of your personal EVANGELISM. and live your life on this planet earth wisely, May the Almighty God help us, in Jesus’ name.

*WE WILL ALL DIE Someday. Death is inevitable and an exit to eternal life*

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