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When you are faced with struggles in life, it is sometimes difficult to not worry. This is especially true, if you have been facing ongoing struggles, and it seems like there is no end to them. You may get anxious, overwhelmed, and tired. At that point in your life, it is also hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Your heart and mind are two vulnerable areas that Satan will try to attack. Therefore, you are reminded in the scripture, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).”

Luke 4:16-30 depicts the time where Jesus went back to Nazareth, the hometown where he was brought up. He went to the synagogue and began to read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (v. 18-19).”

Jesus spoke graciously, and all who were listening, marveled at the words coming out of his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son (v.22)?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, because they could not bring themselves to believe who God had called him to be. Therefore, Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown (v. 24).”

When they heard these things, all who were in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away (v. 28-30).

Jesus went away unto others, who would have welcomed and received him, as he continued his ministry with his twelve disciples. This is so, because he could not do any mighty work in his hometown of Nazareth, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief (Mark 6:5). He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him (John 1:11).

Can you imagine the regret the Nazarenes must have experienced, when they heard how much Jesus’ fame had spread around the world, because of the mighty work that he was doing for God’s kingdom?

Jesus’ experience at Nazareth is typical today of people whom God has called to fulfill his purpose on this earth. People in your very own hometown, who may include family members and friends, may not want to recognize and respect you for the person God has called you to be. However, no matter how much they hate, criticize, or continue to be jealous of you, no one can prevent God from blessing and using you for his purpose and glory.

When God calls you, he anoints and equips you for his purpose; therefore, the devil and evil people cannot touch your anointing or do you any harm (Psalm 105:15). When people try to fight you; they are not fighting you, but they are fighting God, who has called, anointed, and equipped you for his purpose. With that being said, no one ever wins a fight with God.

If you need to leave Nazareth, in order to fulfill the purpose that God has called you for, by all means, leave! At the end of the day, you have an account to give to God (Romans 14:12).

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you (John 13:34).

Hate is an evil seed that the devil allows one to abhor in their heart. If that evil seed of hate is not eliminated, it continues to grow. This is what the devil wants, because hate will not get one into Heaven (1 Cor. 6:9). Moreover, having hate or other sins in one’s heart hinder your prayers and relationship with God (Ps. 66:18). Hate also causes too much pain in one’s heart, and this is not a healthy way to live.

Jesus is Love

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20).

Some people may hate others because they have harmed or caused hurt to them. This is very difficult to fathom when someone caused another person harm or hurt in any way. However, Jesus understands your hurt and pain. He had been through terrible hurt and pain from others for no apparent reasons. He was treated horribly and hung on a cross to die for our sins. But Jesus did not abhor hate for his persecutors. He instead asked God to forgive them (Luke 23:34).  

On the other hand, some people may hate others for no apparent reasons. It may be for the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their religious beliefs, or because of jealousy of another person’s accomplishments.

Notwithstanding, it does not matter how one person feels about another. This does not give anyone an excuse to abhor hate in their heart for that person. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

Although entry into the Kingdom of Heaven is free, there are several requirements to enter. Entry is difficult, and only a few will inherit it (Matt. 22:14). To enter, it requires persecutions, sacrifices, sufferings and many tribulations (Matt. 5:10; 7:13-14; Luke 18:29-30; Acts 14:21-22).

What Is It Like?

The Kingdom is of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). It is powerful and has authority over sicknesses, diseases, demonic spirits, and evil (1 Cor. 4:20; Matt. 4:23-24; 9:35; 10: 6; 12:28).

Who Can Enter?

In John 3, Jesus taught Nicodemus, a great ruler of the Jews about entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. Except a man is born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (v.3). Sinners will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-11; John 3:1-36; Matt. 3:2; Eph. 5:5). God loved sinners so much, that he sent his only son into the world to die, so that whosoever believes in him, will not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Jesus was sent to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the people (Luke 4:43). No one will enter the Kingdom, except through Jesus (John 3:16; 11:25-26; 14:6).

The Kingdom is for those who rank it to be the most important in their lives (Matt. 6:33). It is for the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, and those who display humbleness like children (Matt. 5:3-8; 19:14; Mark 10:14-15; Luke 18:16-17).

Those who are righteous and follow Jesus will know the secrets of the Kingdom of God; but to others, it will be in parables (Luke 8:10). Not everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will enter, but those who do the will of the Lord (Matt. 7:21).

The total amount of people who will inherit the Kingdom of God, will not be made known, until the day of harvest (Matt. 13:24-30).

Keep your heart pure for out of it are the important things of life (Proverbs 4:23). Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). Let your heart bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

A Pure Heart With Fruit Of The Spirit

It contains love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

An Impure Heart Without Fruit Of The Spirit

It contains hate, jealousy, bitterness, adultery, fornication, hostility, impatience, unfaithfulness, among other evilness.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you can repent, by asking Jesus to forgive your sins and transform your heart. If you have been saved, but still struggling to maintain a pure heart, you can ask the Lord to help you to keep your heart pure, by filling it up with the fruit of the Spirit.

You are reminded that you should set your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). As the world continues to experience the devastating effect of COVID-19, it is clear that your mind should not be placed on earthly things. This is because the things on this earth are not stable or lasting. The joy of the Lord should be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Therefore, when earthly things are shaken, you will still have your strength, because your joy is in the Lord, not the things on this earth.

 

You are reminded not to store up treasures on this earth, as they can be destroyed or stolen. But you should store up your treasures in Heaven, where they cannot be destroyed or stolen. For where your treasures are, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

In this world, there will always be trials and tribulations (John 16:33). The world will not be able to give you peace; however, Jesus has left peace with you, so let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

It does not matter what is going on in this world; God is always in control. For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and he rules over the nations (Psalm 22:28).

Do you fear that life will be a constant struggle and you will continue to live in poverty for the rest of your life? Have you been trying different methods to obtain a financial breakthrough, but kept failing?

Lonely-man

Have you been worried that you might get sick, lose your home, lose your job, lose your spouse, get a divorce, lose your profit in a business, and be stabbed in the back by whom you trust? Or that you won’t get married, have children and fulfill your dream of a career? Or you or your children will not amount to any success? The list of scenarios could be much longer than this; nevertheless, let’s get to the matter at hand.

Life is short, you need to enjoy it while it last. God does not want you to walk by fear, but by faith. I used to be in that situation years ago, where I was looking about a specific business, and instead of trusting God, I got worried. Conversely, I realized that ‘worry’ only caused me to get sick and weak, and disallowed me to move forward in the path that God has laid out for me.

Over the years, God has put me through several severe test, which allowed me to prove Him and increased my faith in Him. In fact, while here on earth, Jesus could not do any mighty work, if the people did not have faith in Him. It doesn’t matter what God has promised you, you have got to believe to receive!

In recent time, for reasons I cannot specifically disclose at this time, I was working towards a major project that God has already promised me two years before. I have seen this project materialized in a dream, and God has shown me that He will help me to accomplish this dream. For the same reason, when I got to the point where everything would be materialized, the enemy reared its ugly head. You see, when you get to a point in your life when you will accomplish something great, and Satan knows that your breakthrough is imminent, that’s the time when he works the hardest to plant lies and seeds of doubt in your mind. Why? Satan knows if he plants lies and seeds of doubt in your mind, then your faith will be weakened, and you won’t please God for Him to reward you.

There are certain dreams that you have to accomplish in your life, that God sometimes require your physical help here on earth, while He works supernaturally in heaven. Although this may be true, if you become weak, fearful and doubtful, then you won’t be able to carry through effectively, hence thwarting the plans that God is helping you to accomplish.

All things considered, I again proved what I need to do, in order to have the blessings and plans of God accomplished in my life.  In the final stage of this major project when the enemy reared its ugly head, I was getting weak and contemplating what to do. Granted this, I have a picture frame that I bought sometime earlier, because it contains a scripture that I gave my mother-in-law on her death-bed, minutes before she departed this earth. This picture frame has been hanging in my house for about two years untouched. Admittedly, the very day when this major project would be materialized, and I was getting weak and in contemplation from all the exhaustion of working towards the fruition of this project, I cried out to God, and I heard a loud thud! I hurried out to the living room to see what it was, and lo and behold, I saw the picture frame flat on the floor, unbroken! The scripture on the picture frame is:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Well, seeing this, I said, “Lord, I hear you.” I persisted and pressed through by faith, and this major project finally came to fruition that very day!

Given these points, what I have learned through my years as a Christian, if you do not have faith, it is impossible to please God, and if you can’t please Him, then He can’t reward you. For you to get any breakthrough in your life right now, you have got to act through faith, and not only so, because faith without work is useless. You will have to play your part. At the same token, you have got to press!

With that being said, stop believing the lies of the enemy today. There’s something that you have to accomplish, of which you believe won’t be materialized, because you are doubting God. I am not sure who I am speaking to, today. To put it briefly, stop doubting God, and step out in faith right now, to claim that which the Lord has promised!

Amen!

with faith you can move mountains

“Why Am I Here?”

Have you ever ask yourself, “Why am I here?”

I guess if you are seeking to find out why you are here, you have been thinking about your God-given purpose(s) here on this earth. Our days on earth are numbered (Psalm 90:12). No one knows what their number is, or when it will be called. Your number is referring to the age that you will expire from this earth. Some people will live a longer life, while some people will live a shorter life on this earth. However, because life is uncertain, you will need to fulfill the purpose that God puts you on earth to fulfill, before your number is called.

Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Having done this, He has a purpose for you to fulfill, and that is to walk in your Kingdom assignment(s). However, many people today have not identify their Kingdom assignment(s). They are just living their day-to-day life trying to get all that they desire from this life. Although this may be so, when you seek your Kingdom assignment(s) first, whatever you desire in this life, God will give it to you (Matthew 6:33).

You have got to strike a balance on this earth. You have to take care of your day-to-day affairs, realize your dreams, but at the same time, maintain a spiritual relationship with God. At the end of it all, when you see Jesus, what report will you give to Him? What are you going to tell Him that you have done for Him while you were here? Will you hear, “Well done, you good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)?

Why worry about tomorrow? If you trust the Lord to take care of your needs, while you take care of His business, you do not have to worry about what the future holds. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they” (Matthew 6:25-26)?

Life is short, by the time you look around, you are not the young vibrant person you used to be, and before you know it, life is over! Moreover, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. With that being said, you have got to live life to the fullest, but do not forget that at the end of if it all, you have a report to give to the Lord. Have you fulfilled your Kingdom assignment(s) while you were here on this earth?

If you are walking in your Kingdom assignment (s), you will still need to find out if there are other assignments that God wants you to reposition to. Also, if you have not started walking in your Kingdom assignment(s), you will need to start asking God what He wants you to do for His Kingdom.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last” (C.T. Studd) .

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