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LEAVE YOUR NEXT TO GOD

Tb Joshua, The SCOAN, Emmanuel TV

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. John 14:1-6

The greatest cause of human fear is the worry about tomorrow. As we have entered the New Year 2021, it is an opportunity to reflect on all that the year 2020 has taught us. We have learned so much in the year of humility with its unprecedented challenges; we don’t need any greater sign to tell us to come back to God.

Whatever you may be facing today, you can restart your life today by leaving your next to God. ‘Next’ means one minute from now, one moment from now – your future. Today is yours but tomorrow belongs to God. So, don’t be discouraged if your today looks so bad. Remember no man can tell by the present signs and situation what the future holds for him. Our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a stable; He didn’t stay there. Don’t let your mind stay in failure, don’t let your heart dwell in pain – because when you walk with the Lord, He will walk you through whatever life brings.

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A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

Tb Joshua, The SCOAN,Emmanuel TV

“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22)

In our hearts, we are made to be like Jesus. Are you a man or woman after God’s own heart? When you are a man after God’s own heart you will have a ‘hugged’ heart with God; your heart will agree in relationship with God. If your heart agrees in relationship with God, what is seen, what is heard, whatever may happen, will not affect your relationship with Him.

As a Christian, you may not always get it right but always remember that God loves you and values your relationship; you are His temple – where His Holy Spirit dwells.

We are known by our fruits. Only our character can testify to our confession of Christ. To be like Jesus, we must live in Him. To become God’s person, a Christian, born-again, you must be remoulded. It is essential to serve God with a willing heart, for the love of the heart is the only genuine principle from which a genuine relationship with the Lord can spring.

You are a work of art. The Holy Spirit wants to be Lord of your life so that you will no longer be in command of the little vessel in which you sail. Are you ready for Him?

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LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW

Tb Joshua, The SCOAN,Emmanuel TV

“Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.”
(Ecclesiastes 5:2-3)

When you open your mouth to pray, do you ever stop to think about who you are praying to? The Creator of Heaven and earth. Sadly, today most of our words that we say in prayer only entertain men but do not reach God.

The greatest achievement on earth is to pray as God wants us to pray. But prayer is not saying words; the Spirit of God is the Word on our lips. When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He left us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to help us to be faithful, obedient to Christ, to help us to pray because He is the Word on our lips. But have we received any comfort from Him?

If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that much of our conversation, prayer, preaching and teaching is nothing more than empty talk because it is not affected by the Holy Spirit.

Let us ask God for the grace to shut our mouths and open our hearts to the Spirit of God so that when we come before Him in prayer, we will let our words be few.

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WHO IS SAILING YOUR BOAT?

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“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth… he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16).

Many of us still want to be in charge of our own lives. We already know what we want to wear tomorrow, we plan our timetable and iron our clothes for the week but how do we know we will be here tomorrow? We own today but God owns tomorrow. Many believe we can do it all alone without any reference to God but we are His greatest product, created to be under His influence.

The Holy Spirit wants to be Lord of your life and He wants to possess you so that you will no longer be in command of the little vessel in which you sail. On this great voyage of life, you are to be a passenger on the boat or one of the crew but definitely not in charge.

Decide today to give up the command of your vessel. Ask God’s Spirit to take up residence in your heart. When the Holy Spirit is residing in us, we have His kind of freedom (Romans 8:10).

Oh Holy Spirit make a way
Make my heart a place for You to dwell

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TRUTH WILL GET THE RACE

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Jesus was not the kind of person to be led by others. He did not labour to appear truthful; He simply was a man of truth. He said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). And it is the truth of His life and message that has saved us today.

We are living in a world surrounded by lies. No one has to teach us to lie because by nature, man is rebellious. If you tell lies, you are speaking your father’s language for satan is the author of lies (John 8:44).

Truth becomes our protection against the lies of the adversary. But if you do not take time to find out the truth, you shall never come to the knowledge of the truth. The Holy Spirit is true for He is the Spirit of truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart to see yourself in the truth of God’s Word. “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Psalm 119:160).

If you are pretending today, you cannot pretend forever; if you are lying today, you cannot lie forever. The only thing that will last forever is the truth of God’s Word.

If lying goes on for 100 years, truth one day will reach it (Psalm 94:15). So decide today to say no to lies and be on the winning side. As truth was older than terror, so it will survive it. It got the start and it will get the race.

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JOY FOR THE JOURNEY

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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Do you know what you need to run life’s race? It is not fast legs, it is not intelligence, it is not good connections or shortcuts.

In this world, fast runners do not always win the race. The brave, the strong do not always win the battle. The wise do not always earn a living and intelligent people do not always rise to high positions.

As believers, our life is a race. Jesus knew the troubles in this world would rob His followers of peace and tempt them to give up – that is why He said in Luke 22:32, “I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail.”

If you have faith in God, then joy is a fruit of that faith – true joy is something only believers have! “You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:1)

There is one thing that will get us through this journey, that will strengthen us to finish the race, that will equip us to fight this battle – and that is joy. That is God’s promise for you – to give you joy for the journey.

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HIS NAME IS NOT A SPELL

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“In Jesus’ name” can be heard coming out of the mouths of many in Church today but how many actually believe in His name in their heart? If we speak with our mouth what we do not believe in our heart, we are using the name of Jesus as a spell or charm. If we think we can resist satan by using Christ’s name as a spell or charm, he will prevail against us. This is what happened to the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-16).

The seven sons of Sceva were confessing what they did not believe. Because Paul said, they too said. There is a difference between in His name and on His name. When I say on His name – I mean, the imitation of man – looking to others for direction. Because you see me pray in the name of the Lord, you begin to pray, not that you believe.

The belief in your heart is released by faith out of your mouth. It is God’s Word coming out of your mouth that produces an overcoming spirit in you. God’s Word must be the foundation of faith confession. If your heart and mind are filled with God’s Word, you will speak that Word. He is the Word on our lips: In the name of Jesus Christ! The Spirit of God is the Word on our lips (1 Corinthians 12:3). It is definitely God’s desire to bless you – but you must believe His Word, speak His Word and obey His Word before you can receive His blessings

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FAITH FOCUSES ON GOD

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What is your situation? What is that unpleasant circumstances that you are facing right now or the mountain surrounding you? Rather than wallowing in self-pity, which will only plunge you deeper into the pit, why not stop and take time to change your focus? Faith focuses on God, not on our problems. Therefore, it is time to step out in boldness and take God at His Word, for faith is expecting Jesus to do what He has promised.

Don’t let your bad experiences wipe you out. Isaiah 40:31 teaches that we should put our hope in God and thereby turn our scars into stars. Remember, all of us have made decisions we regret and all of us can be forgiven and start over. Christians can make mistakes too, but the difference is that they already have a relationship with God. Since you already have a relationship with God, He is there at all times to reconcile you.

Go to God about your behaviour, open your mouth to confess with all your heart and it will be over.

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MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN Emmanuel TV

Are you someone who watches things happen, someone who wondered what happened or someone who makes things happen?

We have a goal to reach that needs all our energy. But unfortunately today we spend so much time, effort and energy fighting the wrong battle, chasing shadows, lamenting on past failures and nursing our wounds that offence has caused us.

How do you make things happen? It takes focused action, personal discipline and plenty of energy every day to make things happen. Remember, winning begins inside you. When you make it happen on the inside, in your relationship with God, that success will be transferred to the outside.

When you take care of the depth of your relationship with God, God will take care of the breadth of your success. To pray as God wants us to pray is the greatest achievement on earth – because you hear God and He hears you. Such a life of prayer costs; it needs sacrifice. How much time do you spend getting your heart in tune for prayer? How much time do you spend praying in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, making melodies in your heart to God?

PRAYER: Help us to use our time right, oh Holy Spirit!

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UNSHAKEABLE!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN, Emmanuel TV

Hebrews 12:28 – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

I believe everyone will agree that we are living in an unsteady world where nothing is certain. The problem we face is that everything about us can be shaken – our emotions, our health, our finances, our relationships. That is why we cannot place our faith on things that can be seen.

Bad news can shake us, sickness can shake us, disappointment can shake us but with Jesus, the Rock of ages, we can walk steady, live steady and remain steady in an unsteady world.

As believers, we stand on the promise of receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. Right now, the Kingdom of God is not far from you or beyond your reach; it is right in front of you in the Word of God.

No matter how unsteady the world around you appears to be, you can make this confession your roadmap: “I choose not to be broke, I choose not to live in poverty, I choose not to walk in disappointment, I choose to walk in God’s way. I am living steady, walking steady in an unsteady world!”

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165

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BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR WEAKNESS

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN, Emmanuel TV

Today, many of us no longer see ourselves as God sees us because we are no longer conscious of our sin – I mean, our weaknesses. That is why, instead of acknowledging our weaknesses before Him, we dare His purity and holiness when we come to His presence only to ask for His blessings.

“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken… And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.’” – Luke 5:8-10 NKJV

Here we see, before Jesus, Peter was conscious of his weakness and believed that Jesus knew him as a sinner. That was why he felt undeserving of His presence. In response to Peter’s attitude toward his sin, Jesus did not look at his past but rather gave birth to his future as a fisher of men.

In whichever way you come to His presence, you must believe that God knows who you were, who you are and who you shall be. Right now, begin to acknowledge your position as a sinner in need of forgiveness and say to God, “Dirty as I am Lord, You can still cleanse me”, because no one is too good or too bad to qualify for salvation.