Sunday, December 30, 2012

Standing in the Place of Prayers For 1972 Babies_December

In May this year, I had a burden in my heart to stand in the place of prayer for members of my family and friends born in 1972 during this 40th  year of their lives. I asked all my friends to share names of those they know born in that year and also to join me in the place of prayer.

Many of you responded and for the past seven months we have interceded on behalf of the 25 persons listed below. I am so grateful to all of you who responded to the call and have been praying for them.

There are many ways to love our neighbours, but intercessory prayer—praying on behalf of other people—has to be one of the most powerful.

The fervent prayers of the righteous man has great power in its effects (James 5:16). I am persuaded that our prayers have risen up to God Whose ears are ever opened to our cry. I believe that the seeds we have sown in the lives of these our friends through prayers will bring forth bountiful harvest in years to come. Because prayers always produce wonderful results. It is an effective weapon of spiritual warfare.

It is with this conviction that I call you, my dear friends, to join me in prayers on Monday, December 31st. This will be the last public call for prayer as 2012 comes to an end. Those who are much in praying, are also much in thanksgiving. Let us join together to give thanks and praise to God for the many answers we have received already, and with thanksgiving, let us make our supplications known to God.

Let us ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to enable us pray for them in accordance to His will. Pray in the spirit and in understanding:
- that there will be a performance of every prophetic word spoken concerning each of these precious children of God
- that God will be their ever present help in time of need.
- that God will give them wisdom and insight in the knowledge of His will (Eph 1:17)
- that the purpose and counsel of God will be fulfilled in their lives



I encourage you to continue to remember them in your prayers in the New Year. I will share with you news and testimonies of answered prayers as I receive them.

May the Lord richly water you and meet you at your point of need as you have taken time to stand in the gap for others.

I wish you a Happy New Year filled with daily displays of God's unending love for you.

For background information, please read the following blog post:
- The Year I Stopped Playing With Dolls - May 23rd, 2012
- Standing in the Place of Prayer for 1972 Babies - May 31st, 2012

The 1972 Babies:

January
  • Temitope      
February
  • Dotun
  • Subomi
  • Kemi
  • Bola
  • Dayo
March
  • Folabi
  • Evelyn
April
  • Yemisi
May
  • Gbenga
  • Bola
  • Sarah
  • Tokunbo
  • Mary
  • Funmi
  • Simon
June
  • Grace
  • Au Huen
July

August

September
  • Taiwo and Kehinde
  • Kayode
  • Rosemary
October
  • Femi
  • Modupe
November
  • Ehi
  • Erik
December


UPDATES
March 2013:
We continue to receive praise reports of God's awesome work in the lives of those we have been praying for. Thanks be to God for making a way in what was deemed to be difficult for one of our friends listed above to commence her residency in a very competitive program. Another was kept safe by the Hands of God through a period of serious illness. Praise be to God for their lives. God surely hears and harkens to our cry.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Seventy and More Reasons To Give Thanks

I like numbers.

Numbers give me reasons to count.

Counting my blessings reminds me to be thankful.

Seasons, times, landmarks and milestones are reminders to count the numberless blessings for which I can give praise and thanks to God.

So it is today. I have a unique number to note and unique reasons to count my blessings.

This is my seventieth post since I started blogging a little over a year ago. If I should count, I have more than seventy reasons to give thanks to God as 2012 comes to an end. He permitted me to see many evidences of His goodness and mercy on display in my life, and in the lives of my loved ones this year.

If we can count the grains of sand on the beach,
perhaps we will be able to count ALL His blessings in our lives.

In November, 2011, I started writing answers to my prayers and the numerous blessing I receive each day on slips of paper, and kept them in a box. I must admit I have not done it as faithfully as I wanted to over the past 6 months.

But this morning I opened the box and read some of the prayer points I wrote and pasted on the lid. My heart was thrilled to note how many of the prayers have been answered. I read some praise reports too.  It was been amazing to read the many reasons for which I have given thanks to God this year. They were too many to count.

"Those that are much in praying, will be much in thanksgiving".

I had much to pray about, many requests laid before God, and much to intercede and entreat God for. I can boldly declare that I also have so much to give praise to God for. I was filled with exhilarating joy seeing so many praise reports and many evidences of the God's goodness poured into my life and into the lives of my loved ones.

Counting my blessings:
- My first son got admission into the university, he got on the basketball team (his dream) and we have many evidences that God went ahead of him to prepare the way for him.
- My second son got on honour roll in high school.
- My husband travelled thousands of kilometres in safety.
- We had provision for renovation of the walls of the rooms and bathrooms damaged by water leakage.
- We saw God's hand at work on behalf of our siblings - breakthroughs and answered prayers
- We celebrated 20 years of marriage with testimonies of God's faithfulness to us.
- My writing reached readers in 58 countries across all the continents of the world through visitors to the blog, friends who share the messages by email and articles published in Effectual.
- God held my soul in life. So grateful, Lord.
- And many more…

The high point in counting my blessings was the joy of knowing that the Son of God, Who sits at the right hand of God in glory, before whom the angels and archangels bow, left His throne in heaven and came down to earth for me and for you.

He came knowing the frailty of humanity and the suffering awaiting Him here on earth. Yet He came. And because He came I have hope and the fullest of belief that through the many tests and through the fiery furnace, He will uphold me.

He is the reason why I can say "I would have fainted, had I not believed that I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living" (Ps 27:13), when another twist was thrown into an already complicated situation. Even the doctors are perplexed.

He is the reason why I am confident that God would not abandon or forsake me but He will see me through to the other side when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Because He came in flesh as a baby who depended on others and was humbled by His neediness, I know that He knows my pain, distress and discomfort. He knows where it hurts the most. I can say with assurance that there is a divine purpose in every situation that God is taking me through. That it is for His glory and for His honour.

Because Jesus came as flesh and He dwells in us, we are enabled to live lives that brings honour and glory to Him because of what He does in us - Darnly.

I can declare with utmost conviction and assurance founded on the unfailing love of God that He did not despise my affliction. He did not hid His face from me. He heard me when I cried unto Him (Ps 22: 22-24). Thank You, Lord.

God's unfailing love is the foundation of our hope and the fountain of our joy. This hope is renewed at Christmas because we are reminded that Jesus came for a purpose, and we are assured that it is because of us that He came.

Our joy overflows afresh because Jesus came to dwell with us. This knowledge causes a high praise to arise from within us, until it bursts forth in singing, adoration and worship of God Who gave Jesus for us.

Many of the Christmas carols we sang with gladness this week echoed the joy and hope Jesus brought to the world and to us.

It is also possible for us to experience Christmas everyday in our lives. It is when the light of God's glory radiates through us whether we are on the mountain top or we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

It is when those around us can see the grace of God abounding in our lives through the good times and the bad times, and it touches their lives in such a way that they are reminded that Jesus came, and they are the reason why He came.

Christmas is when we can hold on to the hope that Jesus brings and allow His joy to continue to effuse from our lives come what may—pain, distress, discomfort, uncertainty, complications, perplexities etc.

It is for this inexplicable hope and joy Jesus gives that I am most grateful as I count the innumerable blessings God richly poured out on my loved ones and I in 2012.

These slips of praise report are unquestionable evidences that God heard my cry and He answered me when I called on Him, and these are just a tip of the iceberg of God's numberless acts of wonder in our lives.

Therefore I know without any doubt that He is more than able to fulfil every word He has spoken concerning me. That knowledge gives me a confident outlook for 2013 -- no matter what may come my way, my life is in God's hand.

It is my prayer that you also will experience this confident assurance that comes with knowing Jesus came just for you as you prepare to step into the New Year. May this assurance bring you hope and joy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Be Thou A Blessing

I was researching for an article last Monday when I stumbled a message I wrote and shared with friends on my mailing list in December 2011 - Be Thou A Blessing.
I read it over again and noted how appropriate it was for this season. While still pondering whether to share it again or not, my 15-year-old son came to me with a surprise request. He was trying to make a decision about which child to sponsor through Compassion International.
"How are you going to support this?" I asked him.
"From my pocket money"
Since I know how much his pocket money is and how much is required for the monthly contribution to support a child, I knew it would to be a sacrifice. But I was touched that he realized that he is blessed and he can be a blessing to another child.
That was what confirmed to me that it is appropriate to share this message again.
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing” – Gen 12:2
What does it mean to be a blessing?
Be a blessing is an imperative and a demand God made of Abram. God promised to make him a great nation, to bless him and to make his name great so that he can in turn be a blessing—dispensing good to others. His obedience would bring great blessings.
Be thou a blessing—not just a subject or recipient of blessings but a medium, a channel or a conduit of blessings to others. It means our lives should be a blessing in every place we sojourn. It should make a difference and add value to the lives of others.
A dispenser of good gives out goodness to all. The life of God in us flowing out into the lives of other people.
To be a blessing means to be the one doing an act that blesses—promoting or contributing to the joy, happiness, well being and prosperity of others.
It is to act in a way that will cause others to benefit, to gain and to profit, and to bring improvement to the status of another.
It is to be a channel of joy to those who are around you.
Blessed to Bless
Personally, I have been a subject of God’s untold blessings just as Abraham. God promised him that He would bless him and He did. See Ex. 1:7 and Ps 107:38 – which are examples of God fulfilling His promise to bless Abraham.
The obligation of being a subject of the awesome blessings of God is to be a blessing.
But we must first recognize that in whatever estate in life we may be, we are blessed. Gratitude for the many blessings that we have received should naturally inspire us to be a blessing to others. We who have been given so much can do no less than our best to be a blessing to everyone we see and everyone we know.
The calling of God and His blessings upon our lives have a definite purpose, that is, for us to be used of God to be a blessing to others. Blessings always include the power to be a blessing.
Be a blessing is a command. It must be our overriding desire and motivation everyday of our lives. We ought to be a blessing to all the different people we are in relationship with – close or distant—indeed to everyone within our sphere of influence. We need to let them know we appreciate them and care about them not just by our words but also by our actions. Not just at Christmas time but at all times.
We have the Holy Spirit to guide us at each instance so that we know what to do to touch the lives of each person God brings into our lives for good. We can draw on His help through prayer and staying in His presence. The more of God I have in me, the more I am able to be a blessing to others.
Jesus Christ became the means of blessing to the world. He is the greatest blessing of the world. The greatest blessing anyone could ever hope to possess. We are blessed to have Jesus in our lives as Lord and Savior; He is the greatest blessing we can share with the world around us this season and through all seasons.
Here are some of the essential elements of being a blessing shared by Gray Smalley and John Trent in their book - The Blessing:
-          Providing meaningful touch: Jesus puts his arms around the children, he touched the people that came to him, and he touched the sick when he laid hands on them to heal them. People feel loved when we touch and embrace them. A hug, a handshake, or a touch can make a difference to someone.
-          Communicating warmth and offering words of encouragement: our words have an incredible power to build up and yet it can hurt and destroy relationships. When we speak words of kindness, words that uplift, words that praise and encourage others and words that show others we appreciate, love and care about them, we bless them with our words.
-          To be a blessing often requires commitment, a willingness to commit our time and invest our energy to see the blessing become a reality in the people’s lives. To be a blessing may call for personal sacrifice.
Just as Abraham stepped out by faith to embark on a journey without knowing where the Lord was leading him but he obeyed and trusted God, we can also step out by faith to be a blessing to others.
I wish you a Joyous Christmas celebrating Jesus and dispensing good to all.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Gift That Made A Difference

It was not my birthday.

It was not my wedding anniversary.

And it wasn’t Christmas.

Just a regular Sunday.

It came in an envelop. It was a gift from a friend. A magazine with a blazing caption - For Women and Those Who Love Them, called Effectual.

I was amazed at the quality of the content and presentation of the magazine. The theme of the edition I was given was Relentless Pursuit. I read it from cover to cover. I was encouraged, inspired with hope and challenged to pursue my dreams.

The style resonated with me. I was not satisfied with just reading it. I had to do more. I wanted to be associated with the work the team is doing.

One thoughtful act. One precious gift. It became a catalyst for a chain of events. Opened many windows of opportunities. Birthed new, rich and vibrant relationships.

I was overwhelmed and touched to the core as I read the current edition of Effectual Magazine - Open Brokenness this week. I was reminded of the act of giving that spurred all of these. The gift that made the difference.

I have been blessed with many precious gifts.

Gifts that
… left lasting impression
            … touched my life
                        … went over and above
                                    … were useful, timely and appropriate.


Some gifts came in wrappings but many more just simply could not be wrapped.

This is what giving should be all about - making things happen for others and touching lives for good.

Christmas is just around the corner and it is the time to share gifts with family and friends. As is the case with many at such a time like this, our minds are working overtime trying to figure out what gifts to give who.

It got me thinking. Our gift giving at this season should not be an act of routine, because it is expected of us to do so. It should be intentional and purposeful, with the desire to add value and make a difference to the life of the receiver. Our gifts should be thoughtfully and prayerfully selected.

We should desire to give gifts that will be useful to the receiver or will meet a need. This is where the help of the Holy Spirit becomes needful. I want to be guided by Him as I select what to give my family and friends this season. I want to give gifts which will have lasting impact.

There is another type of gift that is important to consider. That is the gift of quality time and attention we give to the significant people in our lives during this season. This gift makes a huge difference by deepening our fellowship with one another. It makes our relationship richer and more vibrant.

We must exercise caution so that we don’t get carried away with the busyness of the season - cooking, entertaining guests etc. to the extent that we become too exhausted to spend quality time as a family. This is an important reminder to me as well.

Beyond our regular list of persons to give gifts to, it is worthwhile to consider others especially those who can not give back to us - those for whom Christmas is bleak without the help of someone willing to spread the cheer of the season towards them. Let us remember what the season is truly about - goodwill toward men.

Let's take a moment to consider the channels available to us through which we can reach out to those in need and give them a gift of hope. There is a blessing in giving to others.

As we approach Christmas and the end of 2012, I look back and recount the many precious gifts I have been blessed with. The gifts, which have made a difference to my life, are truly beyond count. Above all these gifts, I am so grateful for the gift of life and breath.

For God so loved the world that He gave His beloved Son as a gift to us. The gift of Jesus is a proof of God's indescribable love for us. This is the greatest gift anyone can receive - the gift of life and salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus so loved us, He gave up His glory and came into the world to live among men.

What can we give back for this most precious gift ever given or received?

I found the answer in Proverbs 23:26 - "My son, give me your heart…" Give your affections to God, love Him with all your heart, soul and strength.

In addition and as an act of gratitude for the most precious gift we could ever receive, let us make our gift giving this Christmas—heartfelt, meeting needs and touching lives for good—gifts that makes a difference.

I am grateful to God for each of you who visit this blog from 52 countries, the last time I checked. You are a blessing to me.  And your visit made a difference. Because you read and share the message from here, I am encouraged to keep doing what I have been called and gifted to do - to be an encourager.

May the joy of the Lord overflow in your hearts and home this Christmas and beyond.

The Effectual Magazine is available on Magcloud

Thursday, December 6, 2012

And It Came To Pass

"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat,
and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease"
- Gen. 8:22.

I lifted the window shutters on Monday morning and behold, the garden was white, it was snowing—overnight the first snow of the season arrived in Geneva. I was mesmerized at the swift change in the landscape and the pristine beauty of the freshly fallen snow, and  marvelled  at the awesome splendour of God's handiwork.


Where did time go? It seemed it was just yesterday we needed the air-conditioners to cool down the summer heat, now the heaters are on.

But that is what God said more than four thousand years ago, while the earth remains summer and winter, heat and cold will not cease, and it came to pass. The arrival of the snow is a fresh witness to God's fulfilment of His promise.

Sometimes when the nights are as turbulent as are on a stormy sea and I am tossed about like waves driven by forceful winds, one calm assurance holds my heart at peace, and that is, the night will pass and morning will come. And it came to pass that as light breaks out at the dawn of a new day, I have another witness to God's faithfulness in keeping His word.

My spirit is lifted up because I am assured that God Whose covenant with day and night can not be broken and Who promised that day must follow night, will fulfil everyone of His promises concerning me (Jer. 30:29).


He declared to Abraham that his seed shall be a stranger in the land that is not theirs and they shall serve them, but in the fourth generation they will come back (Gen 15:13-16). And it came to pass at the end four hundred and thirty years, the Israelites went out of the land of Egypt. God kept His promise made to Abraham.

"God is true. His Word of Promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is faithful. He may be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the Divine character. This is the basis of our confidence in Him. But it is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a Divine truth, it is a quite another thing to act upon it" - A. W. Pink

A dear friend of mine shared his weekly newsletter last Sunday, the title: Do not leave it to chance. Set the standard,  caught my attention and I wanted to find out more. He wrote that God does not leave things to chance. He sets the standard of how things should turn out. God does so by declaring His word. As established in the instances I cited earlier, His Word always come to pass.

So my friend said that’s what we need to do as Christians, instead of validating the bad report we receive or declaring how bad our circumstances are, we ought to declare God's word concerning the situation. He challenged us to consistently speak the Word of God and like seed planted at seedtime, it will bring forth fruits at harvest.

We know that between the seedtime and harvest, there is a waiting time and here lies the problem. We must continue to align our confession with the truth of God's word while waiting.

A. W. Pink asked in his book, The Attributes of God: Are we really counting on God to fulfil His Word? "Are we actually expecting Him to do for us all He has said? Are we resting with implicit assurance on these words, 'He is faithful that promised' (Heb. 10:23)"

I let out a deep sigh as I read this…

I know what it feels like praying day after day concerning a situation or a person, and rather for the situation to get better, it seems to take a turn for the worst, more twists and complications are thrown into the mix.

It is at such times I have to remind myself again and again that God's Word is a swift messenger, it hurries to fulfil the purpose for which it is sent (Ps 147:15). No matter how bad the situation may get or how long it seems to take, the sequel will demonstrate—And it came to pass.

But am I in all circumstances and at all the seasons of my life acting with the implicit assurance that I believe and know from experience that God is faithful to His Word and He will do what He promised to do? Or do I worry, become anxious and agitated when things go wrong, become difficult or challenging?

Perhaps you are also pondering on all the promises you received at the beginning of this year and it seems they are not yet fulfilled even as the year is fast coming to an end. And because of this, you are troubled, wondering when these words would be fulfilled. Let me this one assurance give you—God has never forsaken or deceive His child. You matter to God, that is why He inscribed you in the palm of His hands (Isa. 49:16).

The scripture abounds with many illustrations of God's fidelity in fulfilling His promises. Nature and seasons speak day after day of God's faithfulness to do what He says He will do. You can rely on the unchanging faithfulness of God. When you are tempted to doubt His faithfulness, wait and see if day will follow after night, if it does, God Who keeps covenant with day and night will keep His promise to you. And it will come to pass.

It is upon this divine character of God that we anchor our confidence as we look into 2013 and we can safely declare that there shall be a performance of every prophetic word spoken concerning us.

Will you act upon this divine truth that if God declares His word, the only sequel to His promise is "And it came to pass"? 

If you will anchor your hope on His unchanging faithfulness as you navigate your life's course the rest of this year and beyond, I can assure you that God will faithfully adher to His promises concerning you.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Standing in the Place of Prayers for 1972 Babies_Nov.

It is another joyful day to declare; Praise awaits You O'God in our hearts. You Who hear and answer prayers. To You shall all men come - Ps 65: 1-2.

We declare this with thanksgiving to God Who answers our prayer of intercession on behalf of our 1972 Babies with awesome deeds of righteousness.

We give thanks to God on behalf of Ehi and Erik who celebrated their 40th birthday during the month of November. We also give praise for the breakthroughs recorded during the month - Mary got her letter of appointment for a job.

Let us stand on the authority of the word of God and pray for our precious friends born in 1972:
- that the Lord will bring them near to dwell in His courts and satisfy them with the goodness of His house.
- that God will crown 2012 with His bounty and goodness, and cause their carts to overflow with abundant fruitfulness in every sphere of their lives.

We have 2 new additions to the list - Dayo and Evelyn. I look forward to sharing many testimonies next month as we wrap up this call to pray on the 31st of December.

Please spare some moments and join me as we pray for these precious children of God? Praise be to God Who has given us the Holy Spirit to help us make intercession according to the will of God.

For background information, please read the following blog post:

I encourage you to enlist others around you to join us to pray. Do find below names of those born in 1972 shared with me. I ask you also to keep sending the names. I will update the list as new information becomes available.

January
     Temitope      

February
        Dotun
        Subomi
        Kemi
        Bola
        Dayo

March
        Folabi
        Evelyn

April
        Yemisi

May
        Gbenga
        Bola
        Sarah
        Tokunbo
        Mary
        Funmi
        Simon

June
        Grace
        Au Huen
July

August

September
        Taiwo and Kehinde
        Kayode
        Rosemary

October
        Femi

November
        Ehi
        Erik

December

Let's join you to give thanks to God for this wonderful year of fulfillment of God's promise in the lives of 1972 on December 31st. Please share with us the testimony of what God is doing in your life if you are a 1972 or in the life of your 1972 sibling, family and friend in the comments box below or by email.

Now, let us pray….

Thursday, November 29, 2012

When I Don't Know What To Do.

"There is a problem,"  his words jolted me out of sleep. I sat up at alert.

"What happened …?"

"I honestly don't know what to do," he groaned.

My chin snapped into my chest. My head felt as heavy as lead in my hands.

Why? How? Confused. Tons of questions reeled across my mind.

We prayed: "Lord, we need the help of Your Holy Spirit. We need counsel and wisdom. We need You to intervene on our behalf. Thank You, Father, for taking control of this situation."

At one time or the other, everyone of us will find ourselves at such a point like this, when for a moment everything looks bleak, and the questions outstrips the answers, if any answer at all.

Times when you feel …
… hemmed into a very tight place
…at loss of what to do
Times when
… the unexpected happens
… the best laid plans lay in disarray;
… and life goes out of control.

The horizon is bleak
The clouds, dark and ominous

Your heart beats fast
Yearning to understand
The mysteries around you
You hold your head in hands
As your world spins on its axis
"I don't know what to do" —
the cry from the depth of your soul.


"God is good all the time"—like a lightning bolt through the dark clouds—flashed in the recesses of my mind.

Even in all of these?

Yes, God is good ALL the time!

God is a God of knowledge.
    God is perfect in knowledge.

These words swirled around my head. As the minutes turned into hours, the truth of these words sank deep into my heart and took roots in my spirit. He knows all things. Nothing catches Him unawares. He does not make mistakes. There are no accidents with Him.

The more I meditated on this truth, the clearer my vision became, and the more things I found to give thanks for in the situation. So I kept my mind fixed on it.

"God has perfect knowledge of everything—past, present, and future—both of what is actual and what is possible. As a godly woman named Hannah said in a famous Old Testament prayer, “For the LORD is a God of knowledge” (1 Samuel 2:8). God’s knowledge is perfect—comprehensive and all-encompassing. There is nothing that lies outside its scope. Nothing can possibly happen to us that God does not already know and has not known eternally. And that includes every trial we face in the course of a lifetime" - Richard Strauss.

"He knows everything: everything possible, everything actual; all events, all creatures, the past, the present and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth and in hell" - A.W. Pink.

"You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue. You know it completely, O Lord" - Ps 139: 2-4.

God has a full knowledge of me—in every posture, movement and occupation. I can not put myself out His sight. He is fully acquainted with all I say and all I do. He has a personal knowledge of our lives from the beginning to the end. He is the Author of all knowledge.

He knows and discerns the thoughts and intent of our hearts. Nothing can be concealed from God. The struggles I have. The questions in my heart. The burden I bear. My dreams, my desires and my hopes are all plain before His sight. God knows the things that come into my mind, every one of them according to Ezekiel 11:5.

He Who knows it all, knows it best. He will work it together for our good. In all circumstances, He does good. He acts on our behalf even when it is difficult to see. Even when I have acted in error, He is able to work all things together for my good.

So when I don't know what to, I know I can trust in Him and depend on Him Who knows all things to take care of all that concerns me. I can put my hope in His infinite knowledge, power and ability. Because He is immutable, His knowledge does not vary, it does not increase or decrease! WOW!

When I find myself in a situation where all looks bleak, when all seems incomprehensible, when things do not go as planned, when the unexpected happens and when life visits me, I can lift up my head to the heavens and say with confidence: God, You know all things. You know what this is all about. I know You are in control and You can make a way out for me. I know my sighs and tears will not escape Your notice.

"God's knowledge of the future is as complete as His knowledge of the past and the present … The infinite knowledge of God ought to fill us with holy awe. Nothing we do, say, or even think, escapes the cognizance of Him with whom we have to do… (Hebrew 4:13)" - A.W. Pink

When I don't know how to pray, I can trust in Him Who knows my thoughts, my heart and desires to meet me at my point of need. Because He promised that before I asked, He has heard and while I am asking He has answered.

Like light breaking out at the dawn of a new day after a long and dark night, it dawned on us that there is purpose in this situation. And as it unfolds, it became obvious that this was not a chance event. God is working out something in all of these.

This knowledge continues to fill me with incredible joy and hope. God is working out the purpose of His will for our lives through all these events—the highs and the lows, the trials and tests, the difficult and the challenging—He knows is all and He has it under control.

Praise be to His name for ever and ever!!!

Knowing that God knows all things and that He is a God of knowledge has been a source of great encouragement to me.

I pray that this knowledge will keep your heart at peace and from agitating fears during those moments when you are at loss of what to do.

I share with you When I don't know what to do  by Tommy Walker.

Reference:
http://www.gobible.org/bible/job/perfect_in_knowledge.html
http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attrib_03.htm
http://bible.org/seriespage/perfect-knowledge

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Profuse in Praise

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me, when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me, it's amazing. - Israel Houghton


How many times in 2012 did I cry to the Lord? How many times did call upon His name this year?

Countless.

When the nights were long and dark. When buffeted, distressed and unable to rest. When I needed help, counsel and guidance. When I needed His touch. When I needed His presence.

He harkened to my cry. He heard me when I called and He answered me. He turned towards me and paid attention to me. He held me in the center of His watchful care.

I am so overwhelmed that the King of kings, the Lord of lords and the Creator of the Heavens and the earth is mindful of me. Who am I that He should be this mindful of me, that He knows my name, my every thought and hears me when I call upon Him.

I am captivated by the immensity of God's love for me.

My Response:

Praise, Praise and more Praise. Profuse praise. Overflowing, copious and superabundant praise. My praise shall ascend to the heavens like a sweet smelling perfume.

Praise the Lord O my soul and let all that is within me praise His holy name. Praise the King of Heavens, to His feet I bring my tributes. I who was ransomed, healed, restored and forgiven.

I command my soul to praise the Lord. I command my feet, my hands and my lips to praise the Lord. Let everything that has life and breath praise the Lord. I have life and I have breath, and I give praise to You, O God.

I will praise You while I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name - Ps 63:4

My mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. My mouth shall be filled with His praise and I will declare His splendor all day long. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Him (Ps 71: 8, 23). I will remember Him upon my bed when I rouse out of sleep at the crack of dawn, and I will meditate on His loving-kindness. For He has been my help.

Praise be to God. For it is good to sing praise to our God (Ps 14:1, 92:1). He is gracious and lovely. Praise is fitting for God. How pleasant and lovely it is to praise Him. It is appropriate to give praise.

What informs my praise? Why do I want to lavish so much praise on God?

Psalm 145 (The Message)
I lift you high in praise, my God, O  King!
    and I’ll bless your name into eternity.
I’ll bless you every day,
    and keep it up from now to eternity.
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
    There are no boundaries to his greatness.
Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
    I compose songs on your wonders.
Your marvelous doings are headline news;
    I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

Praise is prompted by the unique nature of God. God has been generous. In response to His generosity, we want to honor God by giving praise and thanks to Him.

Praising God is a God-appointed calling. We have been formed to proclaim the praise of God (Is 43:21). Praise is both a duty and a delight (Ps 63: 3-8). An intimate relationship of a person with God is sufficient reason for praise.

God is Great:

He is infinite. His greatness is beyond what our human mind can fathom. We praise God because we know and acknowledge that God's greatness exceeds what our mind can grasp. God does great, unsearchable and marvelous things without number (Job 5:9).

In Ps 145, David praised God for His mighty acts, for His gracious provisions and for the way He responds to those who love Him. David is a man who knew what it means to be faced with challenging situations, to be betrayed, hunted, distressed and grieved. Yet despite the bad experiences he suffered, he was a man who knew how to praise God. He vowed to praise God everyday because He is great.

I will tell of the splendor of His majesty, meditate on them, and compose songs of praise about them.

God is Good:

God is good all the time. He put this song of praise in this heart of mine
- Don Moen

He is the definition of goodness. The epitome of all that is good. God's goodness is great and abundant. His works and words are of goodness and grace. He does good to all the children of men. He satisfies the desires of all those who fear Him.

Even when we do not understand all the plans He has for us. His very nature of being infinitely good is sufficient argument for us to praise Him as long as we exist, whatever situation we may be in.

I will lift up my hands in worship, in praise, in joy and in thanksgiving. I will celebrate God's abundant goodness.

God is Loving:

God is rich in love. He is full of loyal love. He is faithful to His promises. Everything He does is suffused with grace. Everything He does is right. The trademark of His works is love. God's love is truly precious. His love is enduring.

We can rejoice in the knowledge of His love and the assurance that this knowledge gives even if we do not momentarily feel it. There is satisfaction in praising God for His loyal love. It brings joy and comfort to the soul.

He listens to all who pray. He is near to all who call upon Him in truth. He hears the cry of those who fear Him. God is present everywhere. But He is near to those who call on Him. He is an ever present help in the time of need.


Overflowing with Praise:

My mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. My mouth shall be full of thanksgiving in response to the mercies received from God. Those who see His mercies in my life also should hear His praise from my lips. Openly I will make His glory known and tell of His goodness.

I want to employ the tongues of a million angels to praise the King of glory. I want to heap praise on God,  adorn Him, cloak Him and decorate Him with praise. I want to lavish praise on Him. Praise looks good on God.

I praise You O God from a grateful and thankful heart. I will praise You with my whole heart. Such praise has to be untainted by bitterness but from someone who is truly thankful.

It is a good day, a day to give thanks and praise to God. Let us join our friends in the US to pause and ponder on the goodness of God. Let us with a grateful and thankful heart give thanks and praise to God.

As we approach the end of 2012, it is a good time to reflect on His mercies this year, and with praise express our faith and confidence in Him to take care of all our desires, hopes and dreams for the year. He is able to do exceedingly more abundant than we can ask or imagine.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving. Sing your thanks to God in a song.
Make music and sing songs of thanks to the Lord.


Reference:
http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/don_moen/god_is_good_all_the_time.html
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-63-3.html