Hope

There are times in life when you feel like giving up, you might have tried every possible solution but there seemed to be no hope.  The Doctors  may have written you off and prepared your death certificate without a glimmer of hope.  You have sought for help but no one is interested or willing to render support.  Could it be that you have a court case where your Lawyer cant defend you in court rather encourages you to plead guilty.  All hope is not lost, put your trust in God the author and finisher of your faith

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

It is so easy to loose hope when you keep feeding your mind with the negative, discouraging, faithless words rather than discover what the word of God states over the issue and stand firmly on the Word.  Hope deferred makes the heart sick but when you keep dreams alive of His promises that is full of hope, joy and satisfaction in Him, I can guarantee you that you will never fail.  You shall come out of that situation alive and victorious.

Hope is the mother of faith, faith is built from the foundation of hope.  Faith is established in hope.  Faith starts with hope, without hope you cant have faith.  They are like husband and wife, they connect with one another, they understand one another and cant do without each other.  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1

Hope causes you to be highly expectant like a pregnant woman who is excited and looking forward to the safe delivery of her child.  She speaks to the child in her womb, eats the right food and ensures that she attends every hospital appointment.  Similarly be encouraged to see the Doctors report, court case or any other challenges that you are experiencing from His perspective.  When the Doctor says ‘it is over start preparing for your funeral’, you reject and nullify the Doctors  reports  and decree that by His stripes you are healed, you are alive in Christ for He lives in you the hope of glory.

For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18amp

If you have a  court case that you cant find a Solicitor to defend you because it seemingly looks hopeless and you have reached the dead end.  Present your case before the Lord God, your Chief Advocate who is just and righteous.  “Present your case,” says the Lord“Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob. Isaiah 41:21.  He will never fail you, He is forever faithful and triumphantly victorious.  So what are your strong reasons why the case should be be thrown out of court or turned around to your favour, present it before Heavenly Father in boldness and confidence and watch Him perform His might acts.

All hope is not lost, it is not over until the Lord says so.  He is not asleep, His eyes are wide open, He sees and knows it all.  Why worry when you can pray, seeking Him in spirit and truth. And He will surely answer you because He loves you dearly.  It is time to start changing your mindset to rise above your problems and visualise it from His perspective.   Your testimony is here only if you could see it.  The Lord is about to breakthrough supernaturally for you for His name to be glorified.

 

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Has there ever been a time when you lost hope but the Lord intervened on your behalf?  Comments are encouraged lets keep hope alive and strong

There are times when you feel so discouraged, burnt out and at the point of giving up on God or hopelessness.   It feels like all around you is crumbling gradually.  You know what, enter into His presence to receive more of His love, peace, joy and fresh hope for today and the future of tomorrow.  The question is how do you enter into His presence in the midst of all the challenges you are experience.  To enter into His presence, you need a key to unlock the door that gains you access into the secret place.  Do you have the key to the secret place?  How do you unlock/ open the door with the keys He has place in your hands?

In my last post I wrote about what could hinder you from gaining access to the secret place, The key to the secret place  .   I would be emphasizing more on the what gains you access to the secret place.

The key to enter into the secret place

 

Right heart and standing with God

Nothing is hidden from His presence and He longs for us to lay our burdens down ensuring our motives and thoughts are pure and righteous (Psalm 139:23-24).   The steps of the righteous are ordered by God and He delights in their ways.   A pure and holy heart through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour  gains you direct access to the secret place (Psalm 37:23, Matthew 5:8).  During trials and tribulations, He is with you and willing to see you through those challenges.

Fear and reverence of Him

The Lord God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscience because He is the creator of the universe.  Do not be afraid of Him but enter in His presence in honour, awe, deep respect for who He is, all He has done and about to do.    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding Proverbs 9:10.  When you begin to understand Him on a deeper intimate level, He ushers you into His presence and gives you revelation, insights and enlightens your heart over situations that seems to be a stronghold in your life.

Humility

Let your hearts and ways be humble before Him.  Humility is an act of surrender, submission and sacrifice to  the Lord.  Offering your life to Him pleases the Lord and causes Him to act in supernatural ways releasing His blessings to us.   But He gives more grace.   Therefore He says:  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6.   Be mindful of having or displaying false humility in His presence as the Lord God sees the heart and this could hinder you from entering the secret place.

In Tune with the Spirit

Without working in alliance and unity with the Holy Spirit, it is absolutely impossible to unlock access into the secret place (Ephesians 4:1-6, Acts 17:27).  You have the mind of Christ and the Father’s heart, it is time to be in tune with His Spirit so you can understand His ways, will and plans.    But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God 1 Corinthians 2:10-11.

There are so much more keys that permits you to open the door to the secret place, i would encourage you to spend time studying the word to understand more on this.

Therefore in times of trouble, during the storms of life, find a secret place that would cause you to enter in the most holiest of all.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock Psalm 27:5.  When all around you is crumbling, maybe you have been made redundant, unemployed, or you have been praying for answers to a specific problem and it seems like you have been unable to gain access into the secret place.  The time is now to take a step back in surrender and submission to the Most High God and use the keys to unlock/activate access into the His presence

 

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In it's time

Waiting on the Lord for the secret petitions of your heart at God’s set and appointed time can be a long tiring journey.  Most times  this could be challenging to wait patiently with a heart  full of joy, peace and soundness of mind.  It might seem like you have been waiting forever but in His eyes its for a while because His timing is different from ours.

The longer it takes for your prayers to be answered at God’s set and appointed time and for its physical manifestation the more challenging, hopeless, distressed and brokenhearted  you may  become.  There comes  a tendency to deviate from His original plans, purpose and promises over your life

So how do you wait on Him for God’s set and appointed time.  By keeping yours eyes fixed on Him .  Setting your mind on Christ and behold His glory (Colossians 3:2, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18).  Without complete surrender to God, being open in a place of vulnerability it is difficult to accomplish complete rest and perfect peace as you wait on Him.  Keep it real with God, tell Him where it hurts the most, the challenges you experience and  permit Him to heal your broken heart, pour His spirit in you that would saturate your heart (Romans 5:5).

God is the redeemer of time and God has set a appointed time for everything.  He keeps His promises and watches over His words.  He is a covenant keeping God that never fails and is always on time.  So if you have been waiting for so long and it seems like nothing is happening.  I can guarantee you with confident assurance that there is so much that is happening behind the scene that you are unaware of.  Because He makes everything beautiful and marvelous in His sight.  He is an awesome God.  He would greatly reward those that diligently seek Him.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end Ecclesiastes 3:11.

I pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see the great reward that He has in store for you as you wait on Him.  May He remove the veil that has hindered you from comprehending the heights and depths of the greatness of His love.  May you walk from strength to strength, glory to glory and grace to grace believing that He is able to do all that He promised you in your secret place beyond your imagination and expectation in Jesus Name Amen.

 

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Prayer is the key to maintaining  consistent and  regular communion with God.  It keeps you in tune with the Holy Spirit.  To be able to pray to the Father  effectively, you need to understand what His ways, thoughts and plans are.  Meditate and study the word of God to fully comprehend His ways, thoughts and plans.  Without the Word it is impossible to understand the mind of Christ and the  heart of our Heavenly Father.

Praying in the spirit stirs up your spirit to connect and unite with the Holy Spirit, making intercessions for you in ways that we do not  understand.  The Spirit of the living God is pure, holy and has power to search the heart and helps us to pray for  the perfect will of God over our lives.

‘Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God’. Romans 8:26-27 NKJV

Praying the Father’s heart starts with the act of surrendering your fleshly desires, will, heart, life, spirit body and soul also everything about you to Jesus Christ on the cross.  It is all about Him and not you.  You must decrease and He increase so that His name be glorified in your life (John 3:30).  To achieve this requires your submission of self pride, humbling yourself under the mighty hands of God for His will, purpose and plan to be perfected in your life

In every situation or challenge you experience, discover God’s will and promise through spending time in His presence, praying in the spirit and  in communion with God.  Having a divine knowledge and understanding of His perfect will and plan causes the situation to fall into alignment according to His purpose.  It positions you strategically in place of receiving all that He has in store for you, abundance of His love, divine breakthrough and intervention.

My life of prayer has been a powerful tool to connect with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to gain divine access to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace in time of need, enforce my royal and priestly authority in the heavenly realms to command what be not as though they were.  When I pray in the spirit, the Lord gives me insight to His heart that is beyond human comprehension and limitation.

I pray that the Lord would open your spiritual eyes to see beyond your human understanding to grasp the heart and mind of God.  He will help you through the power of the Holy Spirit to pray in perfect fullness  His  heart’s desires even in your weaknesses in Jesus Name Amen.

 

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A few months ago I wrote about entering into a place of rest and why it is so important to find rest in Him.  Also I  gave a brief description of  spiritual rest .  Today I will  be expanding further, digging in deeper on how to enter into a place of rest.  It is the Lord’s utmost desire that we find rest, peace and soundness of mind in Him.

Living a life of remaining in His rest in the midst of the ups and downs of life or challenges we experience is  all about taking our intimacy with the Lord to a deeper and higher  level.  It starts with the hunger and thirst of seeking Him more than ever, being fed with the bread of life and drinking from  the fountain of His living water.  I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me Proverbs 8:17 NKJV.   He longs for us to seek His face every minute and second of the day.

So how do you enter into a place of rest?  it starts by our Permitting  Him to come into our heart and take complete perfect control.  There needs to be a desire to submit and surrender our spirit, body and soul.  The Lord has given us the freedom of choice to accept Him or disconnect from God.  However because He is God, our creator He has the authority to gain access into our hearts without our consent in some exceptional cases in the Bible like Jonah and Saul who had divine encounters with the Lord so that His name be glorified.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name Psalm 100:4 NKJV

Come into His presence with a thankful heart, praising Him for all He has done, is doing and about to do. It does not matter how painful, difficult, depressing, bitter and crushed you are.  Think about His love, mercies, faithfulness, mercies and grace.

Below are five ways to enter into His place of rest based on my experience.

  1. Be Still:  Requires that you clear your mind off every worries, stress, complaining over issues you have not control over.  Be Still and acknowledge God as the author and finisher of your faith. Psalm 46:10, 1 Kings 19:11-12
  2. Obedient to His Words: The Joshua Generation entered His rest because they were obedient to His instructions, promisess and His words did not depart from them.  They meditated on it day and night.  They followed His path and did not deviate to the left or right.  Joshua 1:7-9, Joshua 21:43-45
  3. Remain in Him: Remain in the Him no matter the cost.  Let nothing whatsoever  separate you from the love of God so that your joy will overflow.  This means you keeping your eyes fixed on Him and He will keep your in perfect peace. John 15:11, Isaiah 26:3
  4. His Grace: His grace is enough to see you through the turbulent times.  Walk with Him and He would work it out.  Take His yoke and He will give you complete rest.  Matthew 11:28-30, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
  5. Faith and believe:  It is difficult to enter His rest if you do not believe that He is able to do more than you could ever ask or imagine.  We have a faithful God who has never failed us.  Therefore ask God through the power of the Holy Spirit to help your unbelief.  With God all things are possible.

May the good Lord strengthen, guide and  bring you to the place of complete rest in Him.  May He keep you there and you remain in His presence.  For in His is fullness of joy and perfect peace.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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