Tuesday, 13 August 2019

DON'T GIVE UP

"By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land; which the Egyptians, assaying to do were drowned" (Hebrews 11:29).

"Why did God brought us out of Egypt to encounter this threat from the armies of Pharaoh? Wouldn't it be better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness"?

These were the lamentable statements that came out of the children of Israel when they were faced with the Red Sea and the threat from Pharaoh.

Faith does not mean that problems won't come but it is telling God about it and doing whatever He told you. Faith is focusing on God's ability to deliver you from that problem without looking at the size of it.

By faith, God told Moses to instruct the Israelites to go forward even when the enemy was pursuing them (Ex. 14:15).

The enemy does not give up till he accomplish his mission, hence, you must never give up on God till you obtain victory over that matter. You need a faith that does not give up on God in spite of the enemy's threat.

The only thing that will give you victory when the enemy does not want to give up, is for you not to give up on God. He will come to discourage you, and make you feel that God is unable to save you.
Don't concede to defeat. Don't believe in the lies that the enemy whispers to your ears. The presence of fear is the absence of faith, however, discouragement is the password to defeat.

Don't give up trusting God. Don't give up on fasting and prayer. Don't give up on serving God. If you give up, the enemy wins, but if you don't give up on God, He wins the battle for you.
I say to someone needing this, go forward, and don't give up on God; your victory is close by!


By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

Monday, 12 August 2019

What the Devil Does With Your Past.

We all have a past.

Some are hurtful, while some are painful. Some are regrettable, while some are memorable. Some are beautiful, while some are ugly.

Quite a number of people wished they could reverse the hand of time to change some things in their past, while some don't want to remember theirs.

No matter what you experienced in the past, it's up to you to decide whatever effect you want it to have on you.

But do you know that the devil is interested in your past should you give him the opportunity?
Let me show you how.

Nobody has seen the devil, or have you? Some believe he has a black looking scary face, while some thinks he has two horns sticking out of his forehead with a wolf-like dentition.

But the Bible told us that he was made with precious stones, and prior to his fall, he was an arch-angel who ministered to God in music.

And do you know that he's a spirit, and he speaks? He gains access to you through your flesh if you have not crucified it. Your flesh is that nature in you that does not want to obey God but please itself.

And through it, he does these two things:
1. He reminds you of your past.

Because you have a memory, sometimes what you did in the past might flash through your mind, it's not a crime but if you dwell on it for a while, it becomes an issue.

At times when these thoughts of the past comes and you entertain it, Satan picks on it to accuse you.
Don't forget that he's an accuser of the brethren. He takes you on the guilt trip and you'd begin to feel bad about what you did in the past, especially if it's that bad.

The devil reminds you of your past so that you can fall into self-pity, and you'd believe that God hasn't forgiven you. He will even tell you that God does not hear a sinner's prayer, even after you must have confessed.

When the devil reminds you of your past, tell him about your position in Christ, especially if you have genuinely repented and forsaken your sin.

When he tells you about your past, tell him about your present position in Christ - that you are seated with Him in heavenly places, far above principalities and power.

When he tells you that you can't get over your past, tell him that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you.

Is it that cheap and easy? Yes, it is.

Satan capitalizes on your ignorance; acquaint yourself with the Word of God.

When he fails to trap you through guilt and condemnation by reminding you of your past, he then makes attempt to...

2. Lure you into it.
One of the reasons why many fall and rise in their sinful habit or go back to their ex after years of separation is through allurement.

For instance, if your sinful past was sexual in nature, the devil tries to paint a "beautiful" picture of that experience so that you can go back into it.

He tries to lure you by creating opportunities for you to go back into it.

If you haven't dealt with the root of what made you make mistakes in the past, it's an easy avenue for the devil to lure you back into it.

He could as well create an opportunity for you to reconnect with your ex, and the bridge you thought you had burned will be rebuilt.

And when he fails to do these...
3. He keeps you from moving forward

Have you ever seen anyone who got tied to the past and makes progress in life?

If you don't forget the past, I know it's painful and shameful, you can't move forward in life.

Holding onto the past is like trying to move forward on a bicycle while turning the pedal backwards, you'll simply go nowhere.

Forgive the person. Forgive yourself. Let go of the pain, and ask God to help you.

You can only move forward in life when you don't allow the devil tie you down with your past through unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment.

Your past is not you; don't allow it define your future.
Should the devil remind you of it, put him to silence with the word of God. And ensure you guard your heart with all diligence so that the devil doesn't lure you back to your "old" life through it.

© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

FAITH THAT OVERCOMES FEAR.

"By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months of his parents; because he was a proper child, and they were not afraid of the king's commandment" - Hebrews 11:23
Because Moses' parent believed in God, they were not afraid of the king's commandment that all male children must be killed. It is unthinkable for you to believe in God and still be a slave to fear.
Are you not afraid of the king's command?
Giving to Caesar what belongs to him doesn't apply here. In the case of the 3 Hebrew boys, the king's command was for them to bow and worship his image (Dan. 3:11). God is the only one we must worship, and not other gods.
Do you know that the devil makes life difficult for those who fail to worship him? He's in control of the power and the glory of this world (Luke 4:6-7).
Whose report will you believe - what His word says or what the world says; what fear instigates or what His word has promised?
Your faith will overcome fear when you esteem God's word more than anyone and you are serving Him (Dan. 3:16-18).
Can you so much believe in God that you won't be afraid of any worldly philosophy, principles or laws?
Because some ladies do not believe God's word, they accept the lies of getting pregnant before marriage. Because some men failed to trust God, they believed that through illegal means, they'll amass wealth.
The only force that can overcome fear is faith - believe in God.
It is when you have faith that God can be compelled to act on your behalf. How much of God do you know, how much of His word do you believe in the days of adversity?
Stand on His word, though challenges may linger, but He will never put you to shame.


By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Kill That Feelings Before it Destroys You.

Whether you'd fall in love or be trapped in lust, feeling is involved. Before sexual intimacy comes emotional intimacy. You can never be infatuated or crush on anyone without feelings coming to play.
Those who became addicted to masturbation or pornography overnight didn't wake up one morning to give it a shot, they have nursed the feelings before they gave it a try.
Do you know that you can't be a victim of secret sin or illicit sex without nursing its feelings?
Feelings are powerful force that attracts a person to the evil they don't want to do or something they secretly nurse in the laboratory of their mind. When feelings graduate, it becomes a passion, and when passion is established, it becomes a lifestyle.
Another name for feeling is affection. You need positive feelings to be compassionate, to show kindness, to have mercy and to do good. But when you discover that you are having feelings for the wrong thing, person or at the wrong time, then you must kill it.
Are you having feelings for someone other than your spouse or partner? Kill it!
Do you have feelings for sexual intimacy when you're unmarried, and marriage isn't in view anytime soon? Kill it!
Are you beginning to enjoy watching movies with explicit sexual undertones, the "blue films" or porn? Kill it now!
Does the sight of a woman's breast or backside now catch your fancy that you usually give it a second look when you see women around? Destroy it!
Are you easily swayed or turn on by men with deep voices, charisma or muscular body build? Get rid of it quickly!
But how?
1. Hate it.
You can't destroy what you love, neither will you throw away the unwanted things you like. Have a strong hatred for that negative feelings you're nursing because the more you love and enjoy it, the more it becomes a stronghold (habit) and it will become difficult to get rid of it.
Hate smoking. Hate sexual sins and immorality. Hate to become a victim of that thing that's going to bring shame into your life should you tolerate it.
But before you can hate it, you must...
2. Understand the consequence.
When a man do not know the implication of smoking cigarettes, he'll never heed the warning that "smokers are liable to die young."
The media can market illicit sex on a platter of gold, but never will they tell you the guilt and condemnation, soul tie, fragmentation of your glory and virtue, unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases amongst other package that comes with it.
When you begin to nurse the feelings for sexual intimacy before or outside marriage, know the aftermath. Understanding is a wellspring of life, and those who have it thrive better than their ignorant folks.
It is when you understood the consequences of that particular feelings that you have that you can...
3. Take the bull by the horn.
This is simply discipline. He that has no rule over his spirit is like a city that's broken down and without wall.
If your access to the internet is the vehicle that transports negative feelings into your life, don't renew your subscription or sell your phone, till you have gained victory over it.
If your relationship with the opposite sex is making you to fall into sexual sin, quit the relationship without an apology. It is better to take the bull by the horn than to be knocked down by the bull.
He who fails to be hard on himself can never escape the hard life.
You have to be disciplined to stop whatever you do that brings in those negative feelings. Be it a movie, relationship, association or objects; take the bull by the horn and then...
4. Deal with the root.
The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. Do you know that there's hope for a tree, though it be cut down, but the stump still remains in the ground, however at the scent of water, it'll sprout again?
No external solution can deal with internal problems. It is only internal solution that can effectively solve internal problems.
The condition of your heart determines its response to whatever spurs up negative feelings in you. A dead man cannot be sexually arouse neither will he be tempted to steal when you throw him into a vault.
Deal with the negative tendencies of your heart that lust after these things. Could it be lust of money, women, men, sex, power, recognition or fame? The problem is not with the external influence but the condition of your heart.
If you are completely going to solve the issue of your heart that sponsors unwanted feelings, then be ready to...
4. Pray it out.
Is everything about prayer? Not exactly but eighty or ninety percent of the issues of life are better addressed in the place of prayer.
If your heart will be dead to negative feelings, you must pray with understanding; pray according to the scripture, and pray yourself out of that realm.
Prayer won't work if you don't hate that habit or feeling, it will never work when you're ignorant of its consequences or you fail to take the bull by the horn.
Prayer works best and quickly when you separate yourself from the things that draws you to negative feelings and you draw yourself closer to Jesus. There's victory in Jesus, you have to repent and come to Him.
God will quickly answer your prayers when you're in a right standing with Him than to be sitting with the scornful, stand in sinners' way or walk in ungodly counsel.
Has the consequences of that feelings draw you away from God like the prodigal son? Now, arise, and go back to God by taking the steps mentioned above.
You're not a slave of that feelings, break its hold over your life before it destroys you. And before it destroys you, kill it now!
© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.