GOD, MY FATHER (2)

THE BENEFITS

The greatest benefit we have from God being our father is Salvation, salvation simply means to be saved. In this context, it talks about eternal safety, more like a guarantee that after death you as a child of God are promised eternal rest through the blood of Christ. Read John 3:16 again.

Another benefit of God being our father is Redemption, the blood of God’s first son, Jesus, redeemed us from the curse of the law,

 “Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

There is no sin the blood of Jesus has not cleansed. He has made provision for your past, present and future sins and faults. He has paid the price once and for all.

Hebrews 9:13-14 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, [c] so that we may serve the living God!

There is no mistake you can make that can intimidate God. He knows what you are capable of and has made a provision through His blood. Receive the free gift of salvation today and live a guilt free life.

Another benefit is that you share in is your Father’s inheritance:

Col 1:12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

God Himself has qualified you to enjoy ALL that He has because you are His child. Begin to maximize this opportunity and claim all that is yours in Christ. This inheritance exposes you to other benefits which includes; Divine health, wealth, Healing, Prosperity, Favour, Power, the presence of God, etc. Hallelujah!

I tell you, it pays to serve Jesus, the benefits are limitless, it would be wrong not to be a partaker of all these and more.

LIMITATIONS?

You may want to say in a hurry “my sins are so much, too much for his blood to cleanse”, you may also be saying “I am not worth it”

Well! There is good news for you, Jesus, the son of God came for the sinners and not for the righteous, I bet if we could save ourselves, he wouldn’t have bothered coming down to earth.

Everyone was/ is a sinner till the moment you decide to accept the love of the father and turn away from your evil ways.

Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”

No matter the depth of your sin, God has made provisions for its cleansing.

What is that sins? Is it murder, Hatred, Strife, anger, cheating, stealing, name it, what ever it is that it’s called, the blood of Jesus is alot more than it.

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John 15:1      “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend”

The summary of God’s love for you was seen in the above scripture, what love could be greater than this?

Yes! It is also very important to know that you are worth all these and more

– You are worth a God (Jesus) leaving his throne for.

– You are worth a king dying for

– You are worth your sins being forgiven.

– You are worth enjoying sound health and tranquility.

– You are worth enjoying every single benefit from God.

God is good!

Every guilt of sin dies as soon as you allow Christ a place in your heart to stay, you’ll begin to enjoy God’s sonship and could approach God boldly without feeling scared, God puts Mercy before judgement, just as he puts you before those multitude of sins.

Limitations end the moment Christ steps in, all that is required is a simple commitment.

PLUNGING IN

Rom 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.

You may be going through an adverse situation; Things may not be making sense right now and it may seem like the future is bleak.

I want you to know today that God has a plan and that plan is good. Begin to draw strength from His promises to you. That situation will not swallow you up. Stay assured that you will come out victorious. He is not burying you;He is planting you and you will emerge greater and stronger from these experiences. God is your Father and He is perfectly in control.

Our God is a Specialist at turning adverse situations to good. Give Him your ashes, He will make beauty come out of it.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Every old evil passes away for a new good the moment you accept to be called according to the will of God.

Today, if you do not have a personal relationship with God, I implore you to make Him your Father through His son Jesus. He has paid the price and has qualified you to share in is inheritance. All you need to do is to believe and confess Jesus as Saviour, Redeemer and Lord.

Instantly, you will become a member of the family of God and begin basking is his goodness. As you make the decision, we welcome to our family, the family of God!

If you need help in your new walk with the Lord, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We love you, God loves you too!

GOD, MY FATHER (1)

THE RELATIONSHIP

1 John 3:1 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.”

You may be in a hurry to agree that God is Infinite, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Alpha and Omega, a consuming fire etc, but how is He our Father? How do you relate? The answer is summed up in these scriptures;

John 1:12      But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in His name.

Rom 8:15-17 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit,

that we are children of God.

17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

Yes! We became God’s children by receiving His Spirit and believing in His name, it’s that simple!

By default, we were not God’s children but became His children the moment we came to accept His offer to be called by His name.

GOD’S PLAN

The main idea behind the creation of man was for fellowship.

The Bible in Genesis clearly points this out. God wanted man to fellowship with Him and to enjoy the beautiful things He had created. He made man in His image and after His likeness, put him in the Garden of Eden and made him to have dominion over all He had created. The Bible records that God came down in the cool of the evening to fellowship with man. Read Genesis 1:26-28

The fall of man, through disobedience and sin caused a separation between God and man, as God is Holy and cannot stand sin. Man remained in a fallen state until, a new order, the Last Adam, The Lord Jesus came and paid the price for sin. That caused a restoration for man to take his rightful place. Read Romans 5:12-21 for better understanding.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus brought a new order of restoration, justification and righteousness. The condition to enter this new order is to believe what Jesus has done for us.

The concept of fatherhood signifies a blood relationship. It also signifies the transmission of gene and DNA from father to child in a biological sense of it. Scripture makes it clear that once you have identified with God through the finished work of redemption, you are called a child of God. This implies that God is your father as we have seen in our two anchor scriptures.

 This concept is difficult for many religions to accept. When Jesus introduced Himself as the Son of God, the Jews considered it as blasphemy. Many religions see God very far off from man and are more comfortable having a Master-slave relationship with Him than a Father-Son relationship.

Even though the fall of man in Genesis ruined God’s initial plan, God still made a better plan for man through His son Jesus, this is to show us how valued we are to God, He loves us by default.

HIS ATTRIBUTES

God has two major attributes

1. Incommunicable attributes – those that belong to God alone, those that make God God

  • Infinite                        Omnipotent                                     Omniscient
  • Omnipresent           Immortal                                           Invisible
  • and a host of others

2. Communicable attributes- those human beings can also have, what he shares with His children. They include;

  1. Love- John 3:16 say, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

           We all know that one of the characteristics of Parenthood or fatherhood is the ability to love, God is the author of love, God is love personified, His love is not based on any condition, it is the Agape love, it is unconditional. He loves you just the way you are. He loved you first and gave Himself for you, what else can He not give you?

  • Care- 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you.

          Every father is supposed to care for his children, that affection should exist, God our Ultimate and Prototype Father cares for all of His children. He is mindful of you.

Ps 34:10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing

This scripture makes it clear that God is concerned about every aspect of your welfare. He is committed to you in all aspects of your life. O what a great privilege!

  • Provision – John 14:14 If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

Matthew 7:7 ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.

He is there to meet our needs, to supply all that it is that we desire, just like earthly fathers make basic supplies for their children, so also God, He knows our every need and meets those needs.

Don’t deprive the world of your ‘shine’ – Pst Sade Obasohan

I understand you have gone through storms
You have experienced untold hardships
And you are at a crossroad, contemplating if the sun will shine again.

Actually it will.

God is God on the mountains
He is still God in the storms
He is Lord in the whirlwind.
He is the God that reigns and rules over the lives of His children.

You are only seeing what is happening at the moment
Your present reality is what is readily obvious to you.

But there is more!

God sees the the end from the beginning.

He knows that you can make it out of this mess.

He believes in You.

Believe in yourself.

God has given you all that it takes to bounce back and shine.

Embrace the Sufficiency of His grace .
Embrace His unfailing Love.

The sun will shine again.
At the scent of water, you will bud.

You are vintage
A worthy vessel and the world is waiting to be blessed by your Light.

Widowhood – Another opportunity to showcase the faithfulness of God.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”

The Word of God is true in every respect. No matter how much you think you know you may not be able to argue about the Word. It is potent, alive and powerful. The best you can do is to agree with God no matter how you feel about the situation and it will definitely come true for you. That I am sure.

Widowhood is a state where a woman looses her husband to death. No woman has ever bargained for this and no widow ever wishes for another woman to be like her. Yet this happens everyday because we can’t all go at the same time just as we are not born at the same time. As children of God we must understand that nothing happens to us without the knowledge of God. He has promised He will never give us more than we can bear (1st Cor 10:13). We must trust Him to see us through this dark and unexpected season.

This article will be useful to widows and anyone who is passionate about widows. I will attempt to make it simple yet deep, in bullet points that will get the reader to think deeply. My prayer is anyone who comes across this write up will find it useful.

He is no more, what next?

This is one question every widow must face. Your husband was your partner. He was your lover. The source of your strength and your pillar. Many women have found it very difficult to deal with this most especially to come to terms with the circumstances behind the death of their spouse.  Many women live in denial for a long time and so are not able to do anything for themselves.  You must accept the fact that he is no more. You must realise that he is not coming back. Scripture says it is appointed for a man once to die. You must deal with the loss in your heart. One question you are always tempted to ask at this point is “why me?” The question I will love you to ask yourself is “why not me?” God is good in every situation and you must let Him do what only He can do. Let him heal your heart, let Him chart a new course for your life. Allow him to take over the battle for you. Lamentations 3:37

Forgiveness – The key to moving forward

The widow is clouded with so much hurts and pains. You are battling with the pains of your loss and the circumstances around it, the society is not helping matters. The culture and tradition especially in Africa is causing a great deal of pain and the economic situation makes it even worse. Most people are not even sensitive to the plight of widows and worsen her situation with promises they cannot keep all in the name of love. The beamlights are all on the widow to scrutinise her next steps. They talk when they see her gloomy and also talk when they see her happy. What a world! As a godly widow, your strength must come from the Word of God.  You must learn to forgive and forgive completely.  You must also forgive in advance. Please don’t ever give room to strife and bitterness. You save yourself a lot of unnecessary pains when you do that. As you make up your mind to let go of all unforgiveness, God will give you all the grace you need. James 3:16

The Joy of the Lord is your strength

One good fight you must fight and win is the battle for your joy. You have the power to make yourself happy, please don’t let anyone take that from you. You can always redefine your source of happiness peace and tranquillity. Let the Word of God find its place in your heart. Refuse to define yourself by the standard of the world. Don’t carry a sad, gloomy face because you lost your husband. Be happy from inside that you still have your God, your future and your destiny. Invest your time wisely, develop yourself. Look for something to do in the house of God. Focus on giving your children the best if you have some. You cannot afford to die.

Look up to Jesus,  Your source

One of the unfortunate situations a widow finds herself is being the breadwinner of her family suddenly. This happens especially when the husband was the economic strength and the wife was fully dependent on him. The woman becomes confused and in a bid to sustain her family becomes a ridicule and a stigma. People run away from her, do not pick her calls etc.

There are cases where her late husband’s friends want to sleep with her just because she needs help. The landlord is on her case and she finds herself vulnerable. It’s so sad that widowhood has become synonymous to beggarly. Hmmmm!

My dear sister, I have good news for you today! My favourite scripture since the loss of my husband is Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?..” This scripture made a huge difference in my life and I stopped looking unto ANY man for help. I don’t care what name he or she carries. Jehovah Jireh, The Great Provider has not relinquished that name or position to anyone. If he can turn stones to bread, He can do ANYTHING to ensure your needs are met, with or without man. He is the way maker, the miracle worker, promise keeper, He will do it for you!

Today, I want to challenge you concerning that situation staring you on the face.  Go on your knees and give God back His words. Trust Him to do it and you will see wonders. God feels jealous when you look up to another mortal and sometimes He ensures that person doesn’t meet the need so you can trust Him the more. I can assure you that God will not fail you. You will surely testify.

What is in your hand?

This was the question God asked Moses when he complained that he could not carry the responsibility God was entrusting on him. Read Exodus 4:2. Woman, there is something within you that God wants to use to change your story. You must stop looking down on yourself and your ability. Think deeply, put your mind to work. Take advantage of the alone times and think of the value you can add. Build your self esteem. Build your capacity. Start from small and God will announce you. Stop waiting on others. Please stop it.

You can be happy again

That your husband passed on does not necessarily mean you cannot find love again. Please don’t deceive yourself.  Listen to your heart and pray accordingly.  The fact that you are a widow does not mean you are celibate. Give your heart a chance. Let God lead you. Do not cheapen yourself because you have a need, trust God to fill the void, distract yourself with service for God and humanity. The God of Ruth is still alive. Your Boaz is on the way.

Finally, you must purposefully allow God take the glory in this phase of your life. Boost your confidence in Him. Trust Him to see you through. Receive grace to be a mother and a father to your children. They will be taught of the Lord and great will be your peace. Don’t give up hope, your future is greater than your past. Trust God completely, if He let you go through it, He will bring you out of it. You will be a reference point for the faithfulness of God.