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Are You In A Season of Isolation?

When you are in a season of isolation, God will allow people to leave your life, as he prepares you for a new assignment, a higher level of anointing, a new blessing, or a renewed purpose in order for you to embark on what he calls you to accomplish on this earth.

At first you may be disappointed and heart-broken when people you thought would have been there with you, decided to leave your life. Although this may be true, you should instead count it as pure joy, because now you can walk in your purpose and become more successful in who God has called you to be, without having them around as hindrance. If they were a part of God’s plan for your life, then he would have allowed them to stay and accomplish this plan. However, God cannot use people who will not contribute good to your life; but would contribute evil instead.

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19, ESV).

Each of us has a story that God is writing for our lives. But are you content with the story that God is writing for your life? In 1 Corinthians 7:17, you are reminded that each person should lead the life that the Lord has assigned and called them to lead.

Some people are always seeking to obtain more. They can never be content because their desires are not godly. In 1 Timothy 6:9-11, there is a warning, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

The thought of looking at other people’s lives and wishing it were your own is not being content. When you are content, you are satisfied with your own achievements and purpose in life. There is great gain in godliness with contentment (1 Timothy 6:6).

What if an angel appears to you, and says, “Hail, thou art highly favored and the Lord is with you.” Wouldn’t this be the most happiest moment of your life? Yes, it should be, because God is getting ready to do something powerfully significant in your life.

This is exactly what happened to Mary, Jesus’ mother (Luke 1:26-38).  She was highly favored among all the other women, not only in her city of Nazareth, but the entire world. This is so, that God chose her to be the mother of Jesus. He made this decision, because He knows Mary would be committed to the task he had given her. He also knew that Joseph was the perfect man to be called the father of Jesus. Together, they would nourish the Christ child through all the obstacles they would go through, so that God’s purpose could be fulfilled on earth.

Don’t get this all twisted. God loves everyone, but He knows who He can trust and depend on. He knows who will stay faithful, even when things seem like they are impossible. Notwithstanding, the faithful and favored person still holds true to God’s promises. This person will not runaway from the task when things get rough, but allows God to work through the situation for His glory to be manifested.

Being favored in God’s sight means He can trust you. He can tell you a secret, and you don’t run around telling the whole world, including the devil. He also knows that you seek Him and His Kingdom first, over your own agenda (Matthew 6:33).

God knows that you are obedient, and will follow instructions, even when others think you are not doing the right thing. He knows that you are humble. Therefore, when He blesses and favors you, you will be a blessing in giving Him glory, and not boasting to bring glory to yourself.  He also knows that you are a sinner, saved by grace, but you try to walk in a holy manner.  Furthermore, He knows that you have built a rock solid relationship with Him. In addition, you stay connected to Him through prayer, fasting, reading His words and worshipping Him in spirit and truth.

With that said, finding favor in God’s sight is not rocket science. It’s about keeping a covenant with Him. He needs people He can trust and depend on.

By and large, this new year, think on what you can do for God’s Kingdom, by putting His agenda first. In so doing, all things that you seek, He will give to you.  Not only so, but He will bless and highly favor you.

The world is certainly not where you should build your hopes, because it is unstable. The pandemic, racial tension, political unrest, wars, natural disasters, and the economic downturn are just a few signs that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). You should live with eternity in mind, as the world is not your lasting city, but you seek the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:14).

Although you are looking forward to your heavenly home, God has given you a purpose in this world. Life on earth is short (Psalm 103:15-16), so you should endeavor to run the race that is set before you with perseverance (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Remember, the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17).

Answering God’s Call

When you are chosen by God to pursue His mission and purpose, you may become isolated because families and friends may turn their backs on you, as you face the storms of life in preparation for your Kingdom assignments.

The Scripture warns that, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you (John 15:18-19 ESV).”

Do not look to please people, but look to please God, as you are a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). You do not have to answer to people, but you do have to give a personal account to God (Romans 14:12). Therefore, you cannot explain to God that others have prevented you from answering His call, as they were jealous of you or hated you because you were chosen.

Answering God’s call requires you to deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). As a result, you will endure trials and tribulations, as you follow God to fulfill the mandate of your calling. However, your obedience will bring blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-2), and your reward will be sure (Proverbs 11:18).

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14).

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).

“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) .

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25) NKJV. 

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The idea of being successful in this world today is to acquire power and position, which comes with financial gains. Everyone is competing for the next big break to win a crown. Notwithstanding, there’s nothing wrong with trying to achieve success. What is wrong is when people become overly greedy and zealous in putting all their emphasis on the material things of this world. These things are temperate, meaning that they are not lasting. As a result, the crown that one will win is a perishable crown. Those people who are committed to their faith, know that they run a race for an imperishable crown. Accordingly, this crown will take you beyond life on this earth.

Our culture glorifies celebrities, power, position, money and material things; however, these people and things are not lasting.  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) NKJV

On this earth, one has to strike a balance. You can aim for the sky, but understand that at the end of your journey on this earth, you have a report and accountability for how you spend your life while here. What will your report be? Have you fulfilled your God-given purpose? Or were you more caught up in the perishable crown phenomenon?

Let’s strive for an imperishable crown today. 

As you prepare to go deeper into 2017, I would love to share the fact that God is waiting on you. You need to allow Him to lead you, as you go through your journey. His voice is calling out to you, and you need to answer Him, by saying, “Savior, don’t you pass me by.” I heard the voice of Jesus saying, “my people need me, as they continue to fight their battles on their own, and are getting no results.” Let Him fight for you (Exodus 14:14).

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Jesus is passing by your way today. As He passes by, listen to His voice, and hears what is your ultimate purpose for 2017. The Lord will instruct you and teach you the way which you will go. He will guide you with His eye (Psalms 32:8). Avoid the distraction of the enemies and the naysayers. It’s not about what others think, but what God has already instructed you to do. He has given you a vision, and He is getting ready to manifest Himself to you through that vision. Get yourself prepared, as you hearken unto His leading and directions.

The time is getting shorter everyday, and you cannot sit idly by, while your vision perish. God is not waiting for you to be equipped, because He has already laid down the foundation for you. He has the blue print ready to go. He is just waiting on you. As you seek Him more, and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), He will guide your every step of the way. All you have to do now is to let go and let God, as you tell Him, “Savior, don’t you pass me by.”

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