The 23rd Psalm

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This is an eye opener; some probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way, even though they say it over and over again.

The Lord is my Shepherd
That’s Relationship!

I shall not want
That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters
That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul
That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
That’s Guidance!

For His name sake
That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil
That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me
That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
That’s Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil
That’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over
That’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
That’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
That’s Security!

Forever
That’s Eternity!

Face it, the Lord is crazy about you. God has seen you struggling with something. God says its over. A blessing is coming your way.

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Finding Purpose on Facebook

Going through a friend Jake Okechukwu Effoduh’s Facebook post about purpose and the lack of it thereof, it got me really thinking and I thought to share some of my insights with you. One of the things that stood out from a comment someone posted under it was the fact that if you realize that there is more to your life than yourself, then you have found purpose; it could be speaking to lift the spirits of those broken or helping abused girls find their self-worth, or a myriad other things but the one thing that streamlines it is the fact that you get immeasurable peace that you have in your own little way helped better the lives of others. 

Everybody has a purpose in life; it’s possible to live all your life doing ‘good’ and yet you haven’t exactly lived a day serving your purpose. Its takes the grace of God for you to actually like that which you have been called to do, because most people who find their purpose don’t like it and usually run in opposite directions from their calling. The likes of Moses would give excuses why they couldn’t possibly live up to their purpose – I’m a stammerer, forgetting that the author and finisher of our fate already put all those things into consideration.

Your purpose is what you are best suited for, and if you diligently follow, it would bring you before kings and cause you to constantly find favor in the sight of men. One way to know this is to find that one thing that you are so good at that helps better the lives of others, meeting them at their point of need or bringing them closer to God’s plans for them.

When you find purpose, focus is sharper and distractions are eliminated. Sometimes all hell would break loose to make you deviate from your purpose but you need to remain steadfast – unwavering in your resolve.

I know it might seem like these things that supposedly make up your purpose in life might not necessarily be lucrative, and as such might be frowned up but the truth is that once you make heaven happy your needs on earth would surely be met; there is no investment like that in the things of the Lord. I have never seen a man whose worth was reduced by giving to the church or donating to charity or selfless service to humanity; the laws of seed time and harvest have stood the test of time and would continue – what you sow you will surely reap, most times pressed down shaken together and running over.

According to Jake, he thinks that contrary to what many people think, Life does not need a purpose because life is its own purpose; if the definition of life means exploiting all you’ve got inside, using what you’ve got outside as a tool to make life better for others in one way or another? Then life is indeed purpose.

What do you think? I’d like to hear your views on this Life’s Purpose issue; please use the comment box below. Thanks.

– WS –

 

 

Is Christianity Transactional?

I want to start this with a disclaimer stating firmly that I’m not in any way trying to condemn, refute or change your mindset, neither am I saying for a certainty that I am right and you are wrong, I just want to use this as a test to see just how truthful and sincere you are to yourself.

When you give or do good deeds as a Christian, do you expect to get something in return?

If you’re in the business of acting all self-righteous, you would be quick to say that you give just for the mere point of giving, or as my colleague Susan says ‘I give merely out of Thanksgiving for the things the Lord has blessed me with, and don’t expect anything in return’.

I hated to burst her bubble, by making her understand that I saw right through her overtly self-righteous claims but on the other hand, I want to bring to the notice of those of you with the same altruistic assertions that even the Lord expects us to anticipate something in return. When he speaks on giving 1/10th of your income, He tasks us to put Him to a test and see if the floodgates of heaven wouldn’t be opened to heap blessing upon us to the point it overflows and engulfs us. Also, He says that if a man’s ways pleases Him, he would make even our enemies to be at peace with us; that’s purely transactional, and if you look closely at Deut 28 He talks about setting you high above the nations on the earth if you obey and follow His commandments. I see it as an incentive even though we should love Him and do his bidding unconditionally. We should obey Him not just because we want to enjoy the benefits, but cos we want to be in a healthy relationship with the Holy Spirit. Queen Bea explains the trinity as God the father, the supreme being who care for all our needs – the one we have the covenant business-like relationship with; God the son is the one who died for our sins, He is the middle man who makes intersessions on our behalf to God the father, then God the Holy Spirit is our comforter, the presence of God as part of a person’s religious experience, the one we meet in worship.

Asides from all this, coming to the crux of this post, God’s breakthrough for people can only be possible through men. We are merely agents of his transforming love and miracles, so don’t refrain from letting Him use you to bless someone. The God who puts money in your pockets trusts that you would meet someone other than yourself at the point of their needs just as you trust that He would do the same for you through someone else; classic case of seed time and harvest.

Though, in church yesterday it came to my notice that there is a clause to the transactional inclinations of Christianity. 1 Corinthians 13:3 points out that even if I dole out everything I have to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may brag, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

It doesn’t get any clearer than that. So even if you expect to get something in return, do it out of love for others and without grumbling or a sense of obligation. Love is the greatest commandment we have been tasked with; simply put, if your motive is wrong and love isn’t your driving force, then it’s equal to nothing. If your life is all about you and you don’t care about the meeting the next man’s needs, then you amount to nothing even if you seemingly have everything.

Also, never use the position God has blessed you with to reduce anyone, instead use that power to empower. According to Pastor Sarah of FWC, helping someone at the point of their need is the greatest kind of orgasm; it lasts way more than 30mins and goes on for weeks, months and even years. Always thank God that you’re on the giving side and not on the receiving side; begging is a hard job, not to mention humiliating.

Be Expectant

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God’s power is released when we pray in faith, trusting and believing Him, because faith pleases Him. Expectancy is an attribute of faith that carries its own kind of power – the power of hope. Faith reaches out into the spiritual realm and expects God’s supernatural power to show up and do what no person on Earth could do. Doubt, on the other hand, is afraid nothing good will happen; it does not please God and is not something He is able to bless. We are powerless when we live with doubt, disappointment, and a lack of confidence in God.

Just think about a time when you were not really sure God would come through for you. You were not able to pray very powerful prayers, were you? Now recall a time when your heart trusted completely in God and you really believed that He would come through for you. You were able to pray then with a certain sense of power, weren’t you? That’s the power of expectation in prayer. Even if things don’t work out exactly the way you hoped they would, trust God to know what is best and keep expecting Him to do great things.

God’s word for you today: Expect God to do great things in your life and pray boldly.

From the book Hearing from God Each Morning by Joyce Meyer. Copyright 2010 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Actions don’t define you

I was reading through my ‘Joyce Meyer’s: Promises for your Everyday Life’ devotion today on my Youversion Bible and I just thought to share it with you. I hope it helps someone get the clarity I did; my actions don’t define me and my past doesn’t matter…just my future in Christ.

Topic: Separate Your ‘Who’ from Your ‘Do’

I’ve made mistakes in my life, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future, but I still like myself. The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and I’m still a good person. That’s because I’ve learned to separate my ‘who,’ new creature in Christ, from my ‘do.’

When you realize that what you ‘do’ doesn’t determine ‘who’ you are, you can experience a new level of freedom from shame.

When you know that God likes you, you can start to really like yourself. When you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’re full of pride; it simply means you accept yourself as the person God created you to be.

We all need changes in our behavior, but accepting ourselves as God’s creation is vital to our progress in becoming an emotionally healthy person. If we can master this one thing, liking ourselves, it will work wonders in helping us to overcome a shame-based nature.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to separate my ‘do’ from my ‘who’. I can like myself and experience freedom from shame because You are constantly working in my life.