Moving On To The Next Assignment

Grace and peace be unto you.

Do you know when an assignment is finished? God created us for one purpose but gave us several assignments. He desires that we know when an assignment ends so we can easily move on to the next one. Scripture says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

The story is told that Joshua completed his first assignment which was to defeat the 31 kings and conquer their territories. Consequently, there was peace in the land. But, he did not spend the time partying, instead, he moved on to his second assignment which was to divide the lands among the tribes of Israel (Joshua 11-19).

The completion of an assignment is usually followed by feelings of peace, satisfaction, and a void. This void is to be filled by our next assignment. Nonetheless, if we are unaware that our assignment is complete, we will miss these signs and act contrary to God’s plan.     

It is interesting to note that our assignments differ in duration and intensity. Joshua’s first assignment lasted for seven years. It was action packed and intense while the second one was shorter and mild. This arrangement provides for adequate self-care, relationship building with God, and our loved ones. Therefore, if you have been engaged in consecutive assignments that are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting, I recommend that you have an urgent conversation with God. Perhaps some of the assignments are not from him.

Heavenly Father, thanks for your guidance. Help us to know when it is time to change assignments. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God’s Mercy; 7 Bible Verses

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1.When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10).

2. When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” (1 Kings 21: 27-29).

3. But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (Exodus 32:11&14).

4. So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. (Joshua 6:25).

5. And the Lord was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too. (Deuteronomy 9:20).

6. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11).

7. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:8-10).

10 Bible Verses To Manage Disappointment 

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1. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.

2. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.

3. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 1 John 5:14.

4. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.

5. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 43:5.

6. Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7.

7. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

8. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27.

9. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11.

10. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22.

Living For The Approval Of One; God

Grace and peace be unto you.

How often have you sought God’s approval instead of others? Do you value your approval above God’s? He commands us to live our lives to please him (Galatians 1:10), hence, his approval of our thoughts and behaviors should be given priority.

The story is told that Samuel advised King Saul to wait seven days for him to come and make sacrificial offerings. Saul waited seven days and Samuel did not arrive, therefore, he made the sacrifice. As soon as he was finished, Samuel came. Samuel was displeased and told him that his kingdom would not last because he disobeyed God (1 Samuel 13:1-14).

Saul was living for his own approval rather than God’s. Consequently, he acted on his desires instead of God’s instructions. In contrast, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the golden image (Daniel 3). They were living for the approval of one; God.  

Living for God’s approval means obeying his commands regardless of our circumstances. Sometimes internal and external pressures compel us to disobey him. Nonetheless, he is asking us to give him our concerns so they do not influence our decisions. Furthermore, he is reminding us to reflect on his sovereignty (1 Corinthians 10:13). When we do, we are more likely to obey him.  

When we are faced with a challenging task, our first question should be, “What would Jesus do?” or “What does the Bible say?”

Heavenly Father, thanks for your love and faithfulness. Grant us the desire to live for your approval. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Are You Upset About God’s Decision?

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When was the last time you were upset about a decision that God made? How did you respond? Sometimes God’s decision does not align with our desire. In such instance, he expects us to adapt our perspective to his. His decision is made from a place of love and purpose. Scripture says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

The story is told that Jonah spent three days preaching God’s message throughout Nineveh. The people listened and repented. When God saw their humility and repentance, he had compassion on them and did not destroy their city as promised. Nonetheless, Jonah was upset that God did not fulfill his promise, and prayed that he might die. God saw his response and reminded him that he is concerned about everyone (Jonah 3-4).  

Perhaps you are in a situation where you were expecting God to make a particular decision. However, you are left shocked and upset by his unexpected decision. He wants you to know that his decision is the best, all things considered. You look at things from the natural perspective, hence you only see a part of the picture. He sees the complete picture. As such, his decision is made from an “eternal” perspective.  

God is asking you to accept his decision and trust him. He desires that no one should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Consequently, he makes decisions that result in the saving of lives. You may feel pain or discomfort, but it is mild in comparison to that which his only Son endured, when he died on the cross.

Thank you Lord, for the decisions that you have made. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 7 “Hilarious” Bible Verses

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1. David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (2 Samuel 12:5-7).

2. At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. (Luke 13:31-32).

3. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. (Matthew 23:27).

4. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. (John 8:7).

5. You, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns; and the altars you have set up to burn incense to that shameful god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 11:13).

6. Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” (Matthew 26:33-34)

7. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. (Jeremiah 6:15).

Jesus Is My Fountain Of Life

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But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14).

As we go through life, we will experience various feelings, both positive and negative. It is important for us to remember that they do not define us or represent God’s view.  

My Feeling: Alone
God’s Response: I am with you always even to the end of the world.

My Feeling: Uncertain
God’s Response: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.

My Feeling: Afraid
God’s Response: Greater is he who is in you than he that is in the world.

My Feeling: Worry
God’s Response: Cast your care on me for nothing is too difficult for me.

My Feeling: Far From God
God’s Response: Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.

My Feeling: Powerless
God’s Response: Stand still and see my salvation.

My Feeling: Losing the fight
God’s Response: The battle is mine

My Feeling: Unloved
God’s Response: I love you with an everlasting love; my only Son died for you.
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My Feeling: Unwanted
God’s Response: You are mine, I have called you by name.

My Feeling: Unattractive
God’s Response: You are wonderfully and fearfully made.

My Feeling: Hopeless
God’s Response: Do not put your faith in the wisdom of men, but in my power, for eyes have not seen nor ears heard the things I have prepared for you.

And he said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (Revelation 21:6).

God Leads Me On The Right Path

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When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. (Numbers 22:27).  …The angel of the Lord asked Balaam, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it. (Numbers 22:32-33).

What is the right path? The right path refers to decisions and actions that are supported by scripture. It leads to the accomplishment of our purpose. The right path is God’s path. Hence, when you want to make the right decision, it is best to search the scripture and see what it says. Then, obey and give God the glory. 

Balaam was on his way to meet with Balak concerning his request for him to curse the Israelites. The Lord had initially told him not to go because the Israelites are blessed. But he sought God’s face a second time concerning the same matter and he gave him permission to go. Nonetheless, he advised him to only deliver his message (Numbers 22:4-20). 

Sometimes we know our decisions are in conflict with scripture, still yet, we seek God’s face, hoping he will tell us what we want to hear. Consequently, if he does not, we are displeased, and disobey him. Other times, we make decisions before consulting him and hope that he agrees with them. For example, accepting a job offer or choosing a life partner. Irrespective of our intentions, God appreciates when we seek his face and therefore responds. Scripture says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

The right path leads to life and satisfaction while the wrong one leads to misery and death (Proverbs 14:12). God does not coerce us to obey his words. He reminds and encourages us. Furthermore, if we are on the wrong path, he places stop signs at several points hoping we will reconsider.  

Heavenly Father, thank you for leading me on the right path. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God Is Doing A New Thing

Grace and peace unto you.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19).

Are you involved in the new thing that God is doing? Are you receptive to change? He has space for you and hopes you will join his team. You will have peace, satisfaction, improved relationship with him, and life-changing experiences.

The story is told that when Elijah was about to go to heaven, he was walking with Elisha towards Jordan, and they came upon the Jordan River. Elijah rolled up his cloak and struck it, and it parted. Then, they crossed to the other side (2 Kings 2:8). Many centuries later, Jesus and his disciples were going to the other side of a lake and they used a boat to cross (Luke 8:22).

Jesus could have miraculously parted the lake, but there was no need because a boat was available. During his earthly ministry, he mainly travelled by foot, and engaged in face to face interactions. Nowadays, thousands of years later, we have various forms of transport which include bicycles, vehicles, and planes. We still do face to face ministry but the gospel is being preached to billions of people via the internet.

Modernization and the development of civilization are two of the “new things” that God has done since he created Adam and Eve. Interestingly, they were accomplished through human beings. He has given us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding (Proverbs 2:6), to make his plans a reality. God has not changed; he is still doing something new today. And it requires the use of our knowledge, skills, and abilities. Hence, he is inviting us to participate. If we are not discerning, we will miss it (Romans 12:2).  

Heavenly Father, thanks for the new thing that you are doing. Open our eyes and minds that we will see it. Grant us favor so we can be involved. In Jesus’ name, amen.   

Prepare To Pass On The Mantle

Grace and peace unto you.

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father!… (2 Kings 2:11-12).

Are you mentoring someone to carry on the Lord’s work when he calls you home? No one lives this earthly life forever, hence it is only a matter of time before you go home to meet your maker. The story is told that Joshua conquered 31 territories, according to God’s instructions. Even so, when he was old, God informed him that there were still large areas of land to capture (Joshua 13:1).

Irrespective of when we leave this earth, whether in old age or during youthful years, there will still work left to be done. God expects us to mentor someone to carry on his work. Elijah passed on the mantle to his protégé Elisha who was approved by God. God chose Joshua who was Moses’ aide to be his successor. Elisha and Joshua would have learned the relevant lessons from their mentors to successfully carry on the Lord’s work.

God has favored you. He has given you wisdom, knowledge, understanding and connections, to name a few of his blessings. You have lived a successful life in his eyes. Now, he is asking you to seek his face and he will help you identify your protégé. He will be someone who loves him wholeheartedly and honors his name. Scripture says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  

Heavenly Father, thank you for those whom you have chosen to carry on your work. Help us to seek your face and obey your instructions. In Jesus’ name, amen.