TREASURES IN EARTHEN VESSELS PART 1: ” Seeing the future from the present situations “


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The tortures of Christians by other religions or by certain groups did not start today. If you read books like ” Foxes Book Of Martyrs” or ” Tortured For Christ” you will agree with me that it has started since the beginning of the creature. Even the bible recorded detailed sufferings of the apostles after the death of our Lord. The amazing thing about the Bible and Christianity is that, it is still standing through the test of time.
Every true believer of God will face persecution at on point in time or the other. Off course it differs, but how we overcome is a proof of how well we have been preparing and how strong is our faith in God.
Isis is committing their own atrocities all in the name of religion. Despite all, some Christians in Iraq and Syria still refuses to let go of Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!!!
It makes me understand Phil 1:21 when Bro Paul said ” For to me to live is Christ and to die is Gain!!” Wow

I have come to a point in my walk with God, that if He likes let Him bless me, if He likes let Him not bless me, but No Turning Back… ” The World behind me, The Cross Before Me!” I’ve come this far by Faith!! Trust me, HE HAS NEVER FAILED ME!!!
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him Psalm 34:8
To walk with God there is a cross you must bare. Friends will let you down, family will let you down. Everything you so much put your trust in will let you down. But Jesus Never Fails.
We were not promised a smooth journey; but we have the guarantee of a safe arrival to our destination in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When we read this text, it tells us about the Courage & Hope in all of life’s situations and predicaments.
It makes us understand the will and passion of the apostles towards the propagation of the gospel of Christ. Notwithstanding the challenges they encountered. They ” pressed towards the mark for the price of the high calling of God, through Christ Jesus.”

Our Sufferings & Patients.
2 Corinthians 4:8-12
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

When our Lord Jesus Christ was leaving earth, He told us that we will have tribulations and trials. But He said ” Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world!” John16:33.
It means as humans we will have different challenges, it is guaranteed. Our approach towards the ups and down of life tells of how well we have been equipped.

~ We are “Troubled on every side, afflicted from different angles and in many ways” yet not Distressed. It means we are not free from any side, we are confronted always in cause of pursuing/doing the right thing. But notice one unique thing! We are not DISTRESSED. Don’t allow your situations or problems to weigh you down. Continue without looking back. The cross should be your focus, priority and your purpose.
We should have this same mind set of the apostles, We should not give up because we can see help in God.

~ We are ” Perplexed often uncertain and in doubts, of what will become of our future” but remember Jeremiah 29:11. His thoughts towards us are for good and not for evil, we will have an expected end.
Philippians 1:6 says ” we are confident of this one thing, that God which have begun the good work in us will perfect it for us.”
In all these things the Bible says ” But we are not in Despair!” Even in our greatest perplexities knowing that God is able to support us and deliver us as He has promised. We should always place our trust and hope on Him.

~ We are ” Persecuted by men”, pursued with hatred from place to place. ” Yet not forsake of God.” People may be forsaken as well been persecuted by the trials and circumstances of life. But the Bible assures us in Hebrews 13:5b that, ” He will never leave us nor forsake us!”

~ We are “Cast down and rejected ” They may in a great measure prevail, and our spirit begin to fail us. There may be fear within as well as fighting without. ” Yet we are not Destroyed!!”

We need not to have self pity. It’s not going to work at this end time. We have to encourage ourselves in The Lord like David. We need to have the mind set of Joseph, the persevering spirit of Daniel.
We should not comfort ourselves with our hardships and problem. We have to take every trials and temptation to The Lord in prayer. Just as the disciples did in the book of Acts of Apostles 4:1-34. They prayed for boldness to continue in God’s work.
The ends will always justify the means, it doesn’t matter how long it takes.
Psalm 37:37 say” mark the good man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace”
We need God’s grace, and I tell you it is more than sufficient for us.
Every hard times, trials and temptation that comes our way is a stepping stone to a new level. God will never allow what is greater than us to come our way. We can handle every hard times and bad situation. We just need to be prepared by dwelling in the word of God.
We will triumph and have a glorious victory.
Let’s all stay strong and encourage ourselves in The Lord.
God bless….

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THE VALLEY OF SOREK. Judges 16:4


 

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Judges 16:4. And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
We all know the story of the man called Samson in the Bible and the woman called Delilah. In this contest I will be talking about we Humans as Samson and the Sins we commit as Delilah.
For us to understand this story and message, we first need to understand who Samson was. To cut the story short; Samson was the 14th Judge of Israel and he judged Israel for 20 years.
Judges 13; 14; 15 & 16 tells us about Samson & Numbers 6 tells us about the life and rules of a nazarite.

Samson was a man of miraculous birth. Just like every man born of a woman. We are all destined for greatness. Samson came in a time when Israel needed a savior. He was their hope and joy. God specifically gave his father and mother specific and detailed instructions, on how he will live his life, his dos and don’t.

There were 5 commandments to the mum & dad.
1. To his Mum, make sure you drink no wine nor strong drink. Judges 13:4,7,14.
2. Eat no unclean thing.
3. No razor shall come upon his head. vs 5
4. Don’t not eat anything that comes from the vine. vs 14.
5. His father must make sure his wife ( Samson’s mother) follows all these rules.

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Samson was already consecrated even before he was conceived in his mothers womb.
We should note this before we continue:
Samson strength did not lie in his hair and muscles, but in the relationship and vow he had with God through the Holy Spirit which was upon him. (Judges 13:25; 14:6,19; 15:14.) and also his faith in God ( Heb 11:32-40). His hair was a token of his vow to God and spoke of that relationship which gave him strength.

Samson had 12 recorded exploits in the Bible.
1) Rending a lion barehanded. Jug 14:6.
2) Slew 30 men. Jug 14:19.
3) Caught 300 foxes. Jug 15:4-5.
4) Smote philistines with great slaughter. Jug 15:8.
5) Broke 2 new ropes that bound him. Jug 15:13
6) Slew 1,000 armed men with jaw bone of an ass. Jug 15:15-17.
7) Brought water out of the jawbone. Jug 15:16-20.
8) Broke the city gates and carried them to the hill top before Hebron. Jug 16:3.
9) Broke 7 green cords of braided wood that bound him. Jug 16:6-9.
10) Broke new ropes that bound him. Jug 16:10-12.
11) Broke the pin that bound his 7 locks of hair to the wall and carried the pin and web with him. Jug 16:13-15.
12) Slew 3000 men and women by pulling down the great pillars that held up the house. Jug 16:23-31.

Samson had it wrong because he allowed the wrong people into his inner circle, He was deliberately playing with sin. Just like people in this present times. Lust is that sweetener that adds bad pleasure to the things we are doing. It is a slow killer, yet we perceive it not because it keeps us so focused to the present pleasure, blinding us from seeing the consequences of our actions in the future.

Delilah was the trap the philistines used in getting him, exactly the same way the devil uses our sins to get us. This trap is so cleverly constructed, it only takes a man with great spirit of discernment to detect it. The spirit of Delilah is every where, even in churches these days. This spirit that enters people, can do everything in church. From singing to fasting to praying, shouting, dancing, and speaking in serious hot tongues. It is a camouflage spirit. After all the devil has transformed himself to an angel of light. It looks so real to be fake, but the mission of this spirit is death. Remember James 1:12-15. This finally lead to death in every aspect of life.
Samson went to Delilah down in the

Valley of Sorek.
His first mistake was Disobedience. He was suppose to remain at the top. Every time he went down, he broke the laws given to Moses by God. Concerning marriages and his Nazarite vows. He went down to the main wine section. How do you expect not to commit sin when you are already inside the house of sin? I say this all the time ” If you do not want to eat the forbidden fruit; then stay away from the forbidden tree.”
Sorek is a place where grapes in large quantities were grown and later processed into wine. This implies; Samson actually went into the lions den. The same thing is happening in our generation now. People actually go down to the path of death, hoping grace may abound. Not So!!! There is always a price for our sin. ” sin has a pay day; believe me it is never a good pay day.”

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What is Sorek?
~ Sorek is that wild gate that leads to the house of the enemy.
~ Sorek is that rope called pleasure, that is tied to our waist pulling us back to the things we do not want to do.
~ Sorek is that place, where good and bad meets, and the good is corrupt by the bad.
~ Sorek is a place of separation.
~ Sorek is that place that looks good on the inside but it is a place of biter and constant regrets.
~ Sorek is a place where Gods presence will never go with us.
~ A place where God gave instruction never to go to.
~ Sorek is that cleverly conceal sin we are committing, thinking and hoping no body will see us.
~ Sorek is that place we visit in the dark where the pastors and our parents can’t see us.
~ Sorek is that spiritual and physical pollution that is pushing heaven away from us.
~ Sorek is that friend that makes us feel comfortable with sin.
~ Sorek are those dirty pictures & magazines we are bold enough to look at.
~ Sorek is that loud voice that tell us; it doesn’t matter, God understands.
~ Sorek is that boyfriend/ girlfriend that drives us into fornication.
~ Sorek is that cloud that blocks and separate our direct access to heaven.
~ Sorek is that thing that drives God away and blocks our communication with Heaven.
~ Sorek it that spiritual laziness we are living in.
~ Sorek is that jumping and gyrating messages we listen to. Not warning us about our sins, but telling us about prosperity and grace.
~ Sorek is that beast that kills the best.
~ Sorek is that wasting powers that wastes the lives of young men and women.
~ Sorek is that place, where the great are brought to nothing.
~ Sorek is that place where God’s hands are tied and the name of The Lord is brought to ridicule.

Sorek and Delilah move and work hand in hand. Because you will only find Delilah in the valley of Sorek. That is the only place they can both cohabit. Where sin and lust, pleasure and untimely death can both coexist.

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Facts about Delilah: (Sin).
We should have this in mind. Delilah in this passage refers to both men and women!!
– She hunts for the Precious Life. Pro 6:24-26.
– Her path and end is always bitter.
– She flatters with her lips.
– Leads to hell.
– Destroys people utterly.
– She lies.
– She is the spirit of the night.
– She is stubborn and persistent.
– She pulls down great people.
– She tempts and she seduces.
– She will force you to pour out all you heart and secrets to her.
– She will pamper your weakness and then strike you directly in the heart when you become vulnerable.
– She enters into agreement with men to commit sin.
– Doing evil for money.
– Deceptions and plotting the death of great men and women.
– Waring against God and seeking to overthrow the anointed of God.
– Delilah will make you have her trust and then betray you when you least expect it.
In all Delilah is a destiny terminator, and it comes in form of Sin and Pleasures. She’s the spirit of the witchcraft barbers, cryptic spirit. Not easily detected. She’s the spirit of Jezebel that makes men do evil without knowing what they are doing. But it has a destructive end. Full of regrets

The spirit of Delilah is an experimental sprit. Why? Because it tries all your weaknesses, sees all your defenses and see which strategy will work best. This spirit is a fighter and a hunter that never gives up. No matter how hard you pray or fast. They are always waiting for your unguided hour. This spirit looks for the people void of understanding, so called easy prey.
Noticed I said Delilah hunts for the precious soul at any price.
Each lord of the philistines (5 lords in total) paid Delilah 1,100 pieces of silver. That’s in this time, it is worth over 3,520$. Delilah easily agreed because her goal from day one was to make Samson useless.

Delilah had the persistent sprit. She was getting closer to Samson’s secrets.
The first two instances concerned the binding of his hands and feet. But the third instance, he mentioned his Hair. Judges 16:13.
She was still consistent. Just as the devil is today towards us. And the same way the power of sin is trying to overpower us.
Her continual urging to tell her the truth finally brought him to despair, instead of leaving her alone and run for his precious life. He brought down the people of God and let the philistines persecute him and God’s People.

That is what the devil does these days. Little by little we continue in our sins. Then we keep graduating in it. Of course nothing has happened. We feel relax and think it is normal. Suddenly when we least expect it; the troubles and issues of life arises. We are not trained nor equipped to handle it. We easily become a prey in the hands of the captors.

Sin will keep us longer than we want to stay and make us pay more than we ever bargained to pay. It will rob us off the precious things from God. The painful part in it is that; not us only but our loved ones and family will all pay the price and bear the shame with us.
Life is all about wisdom and instruction.

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Proverbs 6:23 KJV)

The only way we can be free from this ragging spirit is to flee from sin and run fast to God. Time is not on our side, Destinies are been wasted by this sprit on daily bases. We will only conquer this spirit if we dwell in the secret place of the Most High. We must abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
We should avoid every thing that is antagonizing the Spirit of God in our lives.

It is so amazing to know that, no matter what we have done or what went wrong, God is still willing and ready to give us a second chance. Remember Isaiah 1:18. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

It doesn’t matter what you have done, there is still hope for you. All you need do, is to forsake your sins and make a U-Turn.
Isaiah 44:22. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
It is not going to be easy but ” His grace is very sufficient for you.”
~Watch the kind of circle you belong to and the kind of friends you keep.

Remember:Psalms 1:1.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
When the circle you keep and the things you do pleases God. You are certain that you will have life in abundance.
God Has and He will forgive you all you think you have done. Only Return Back To Him.
Isaiah 43:25. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
God bless.

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THE BORN AGAIN EXPERIENCE: Ephesians 2:1-10.


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Ephesians 2:1-10
1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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In the part One of these series:
We look at our miserable state of sin, when we were dead in our trespasses and how God’s grace and mercy located us.
Verse 1-3 tells us about our old state.

~ Our Unregenerate souls that are dead in trespasses and sins. All those who are in their sins, are dead in sins. Sin is the death of the soul. Wherever that prevails there is privation of spiritual life. Sinners are dead in state, being destitute of the spiritual life and cut off from God. They lack the fountain of life. And the are slave to the law.
~ A state of sin is a state of conformity to this world. Vs 2; says wherein in time past, we did walk according to the prince of the power of the air and the spirit that now work in the children of disobedience.
~ We were fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind.

Verse 4-10: gives account of God’s glorious mercy and salvation of our souls through Grace:

We must realize that salvation is free but not cheap. There are many things we have to drop in order to continue in this free gift that Christ has given us. Our old man and old ways have to be nailed to the cross.
We have grace at our disposal but we should not take the liberty Christ has given us for granted.

Our liberty and freedom from the grip of the devil is not because we are righteous, it is because of Grace. This grace is sufficient for us in every situation we find ourselves.
We ought to walk on this grace and help others trace their way Christ.
It’s is not an avenue to condemn others and put on The- Holier Than Thou Attitude. But we should remember that we were once dead to sin, grace found us, mercy saved us. We ought to pray for our fellow, believing God that they will be save.

Finally: The 10th Verse says:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are now created in the Imagine of Christ Jesus, Our Life is Hid in Christ and Christ in God. It means we are Untouchable as God’s people.
As we are living a right life, before anything harms us, it must harm Christ Jesus and God first before harming us. Even the devil himself bears witness that’s impossible.
We only need to walk in the principles of holiness and righteousness; according to the will of our Heavenly Father.

God Bless.
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THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION 2 Corinthians 5:16-21


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2 Corinthians 5:16-21. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21. For he hath made him be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The question remains, “How can God be just—that is, true to Himself in nature and true to Himself in holiness—and yet justify the sinner?” Because each man had to bear his own sins, all mankind was excluded from helping, since each was contaminated with the same disease. The only solution was for an innocent party to volunteer to die physically and spiritually as a substitution before God. This innocent party would have to take man’s judgment, penalty, and death. But where was such an individual? Certainly, there was none on earth. There was only one possibility. God’s own Son was the only personality in the universe who had the capacity to bear in His own body the sins of the world. Only God’s Son was infinite and thus able to die for all.

Christ gave us Both Regeneration and Reconciliation.

~ REGENERATION:
This consists of two things
1. Separation from the world: ” Henceforth we know no man after the flesh” vs 16. We do not own or affect any person or thing. We trust not in the flesh of any man.
We are enabled only by divine grace, not to mind nor regard this world, nor the things of this world. But to live far above it.
We must live in His spiritual presence and the comfort it affords
2. A thorough change of the heart: ” For if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature!” Vs 17a. This ought to be the goal and purpose of all those who confess and profess Christian faith, that they be new creatures, not only a new name but a new heart, new nature, and a new life.
” Old things are passed away- old thoughts, old principles, old practice, old religion they are all gone away! And all things have become New” vs 17b.
Regeneration creates a new world in the soul, all things are new. The renewed man acts from new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in a new company.

RECONCILIATION:
1. Reconciliation as an Unquestionable Privilege: vs 18-19. There is already a breach of friendship, of the relationship between man and God.
God appointed the mediator, He has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ.
God does not input sin to those who have confessed and have reconciled back with Him.

2. Reconciliation as our Indispensable Duty. Vs 20. God is ready and willing to bring back the old time friendship and relationship He once had with Adam.
God now made the reconciled to become ambassadors for Christ to reconcile others tonGod. Romans 5:10.

2 Corinthians 5:21.For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1. The purity of the mediator~ He knew no sin.
2. The sacrifice He offered~ He was made Sin, not Sinner, but Sin. That is to say; A Sin-Offering, a sacrifice for Sin.
3. All these sacrifices, so ~ ” We can be made THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM!”

As Christ who knew no sin of His own was made sin for us. Our Reconciliation to God is only through Jesus Christ, and for the sake of His merit. On Him, therefore, we must rely only and by His Grace alone.
We have to put old things and old life away. Putting our old man away.
Which is sin, lust, the pride of life, the power of satan, the world, the law of sin and death, the lust of the eyes. And putting on the new man, which is love, peace, fellowship, obedience, patient, self-control and holiness without which we can’t see God.

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REST FROM THE STORMS OF LIFE ” 17th Day Of The Seventh Month.”


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Genesis 8:4. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
We all know the story of the flood of Noah. When the evil men did was no more bearable for God, He decided to destroy ” SOME ” living creature. One man and his family found grace in the eyes of God. God gave Noah specific instructions in the building of an ark, special materials were to be used, and a standard size for the ark was also given.
God gives Noah detailed instructions for building the ark: it is to be of gopher wood, smeared inside and out with pitch, with three decks and internal compartments; it will be 300 cubits long (137.16 m, 450 ft), 50 wide (22.86 m, 75 ft), and 30 high (13.716 m, 45 ft); it will have a roof “finished to a cubit upward”; and an entrance on the side.
When the ark was complete, God ordered Noah to take his family in And every clean creature both male and female were to enter into the ark as well.
Noah obeyed and did exactly as God commanded.
Then it rained for forty days and forty nights on earth and every living creature that was not inside the ark died. ( excluding the fishes are the trees)!
The story goes on to describe the ark being afloat throughout the flood and subsequent receding of the waters before it came to rest on Mountains of Ararat.

This period was a dark time for Noah, it was like the storm will never be over and peace will never come.
When we talk about storms, we intend hard situations, problems, adversity, tribulations, hard times.
Just like the case of Job, when he wrote Job 23:8-10.
8. Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9. On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
10. But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

God was silence that doesn’t mean He was not capable. He was watching, because He is a God that never arrives late. He Has His perfect agenda in every situation. The puzzle of life is best solved looking at it from the top.

In the stormy periods it seems God is way far away. These are the times we ask this simple question that is very difficult to answer. ” GOD WHERE ARE YOU?!
But remember Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

The stormy period is a place where you carry your cross alone, because friends and family have deserted you.
The storms of life affects every race and every body, both male and female , young and old.
The storms of life take away our peace and rest, it’s a time where we find ourselves in the tunnel of difficulty, in the school of adversity. A place when the devil feels he is the head master.
The storms of life makes us feel guilty, because people don’t believe we are innocent and if we are as we claim, why are all these things happening to us.
In these periods we have too many unanswered questions.

BETTER DAYS ARE COMING

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After the rain and storm comes the rainbows.
Notice the rainbows never appear before the storm.
God made a covenant with Noah and this covenant is still kept by God unto this day.
He made the covenant after Noah have passed the test of time. After his love for God have been proven to be real, after obedience have been put to a test.
Noah gave up everything he had accumulated in his long life in order to start over.
SACRIFICE ALWAYS PRECEDES SUSSCESS, YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP ON MANY THINGS THAT ARE EXCESS IN YOUR LIFE, DISTRACTIONS,FRIENDS,BAD COMPANY,SINFUL LIFE PLEASURES etc, IN ORDER TO GO UP.

Genesis 9:11-17
And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Just like Joseph in the bible, he had his own stormy days, when hope was against hope, we the life of a slave was already guaranteed. He still believed in God and did not err away from promises of God. He had many reason to default and say: well “God was not there too help me” but he held up to his believes in God.
The three Hebrew boys, knowing they were facing death, if they refuse to bow down to the king statue, they refused, looking only unto God. They were also victorious.
David has a lot of stormy days, from a child he was undergoing hard labour, doing the job of the older ones. But he kept his focus and learned everything he needed to learn in his wilderness experience.

For every storm that comes our way, there are lessons we should learn from it.
It is not just coming our way for coming sake, the bible says;
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

During our stormy days we should focus on Jesus, He will get us out.
The bible tells us in Isaiah 49:14-16.
But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

We might think or feel, God is not close by, we might be feeling lonely. That is the point when we need to pick our Bible and focus totally on God, Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
At this point we have to feed our faith so much, that our doubts begins to fade away. Then we see God appear. Without the test, we can’t have the perfect testimony.
The story of Hannah wouldn’t be interesting if she didn’t wait so long for a child.
The story of Sarah would have been a casual one, if she had given birth at 30.
God knows what He is doing, just like Job 23:10. When we have been tried in all areas, we will come out refined as pure gold. Then our testimony will be perfect.

In our Christian journey, we are not guaranteed a safe journey, but we are 100% sure that we will arrive in our destination in peace.
Jesus Christ told His disciples that he is leaving His peace with them. Not as the world gives, but the peace that surpasses all understanding.
No matter how hard the devil tries, we are victorious.

BENEFITS FOR ENDURING THROUGH THE STORM.
We have a new beginning.
We have a new covenant.
We have everlasting joy.
We have assurance of peace.

I encourage you this day to stay on the promises of God, every other ground will sink you. Let your hope be built on the world of God. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Don’t envy any body nor look at their progress, we dare not compare ourselves with others, those that do such things are not wise. We all have different destines, the harder it is now, the more glorious it will be in future.
You will understand it better when you tell your testimony how you overcame.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5-6.

If the ark of Noah rested after the rain and storm, I guarantee you that you will rest from every troubles and storms of life.
It only takes time, God is working on you to bring out the best in you.
If the devil had known that ” sending Jesus to the cross will be our hope of freedom and redemption, he wouldn’t have dared it.” But the cross brought the crown of glory.
Carry your cross and be consistence in prayer and fellowship with God.
Only focus on God only. Remember we have an Unchanging God in a Changing world, His promises are Ye and Amen,
” If He did it before, He can do it again”
Hold on, you are closer to the promise land than you can imagine, just one push can make the difference.
YOU WILL REST JUST LIKE THE ARK OF NOAH RESTED!
God bless.

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