TRUST Again…

”Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.”

Proverbs 3:5-8 GNT

Trusting is like flying on a plane. The moment the plane takes off and its wheels begins to disappear all you want to think about is arriving at your destination…
You never ask if the pilot is qualified or if it’s true that the auto pilot will actually fly the plane or why the plane is not flying in on straight line or why do we experience turbulence?
All you do is sit down and listen carefully to the instructions. Sit when you are told to keep your sit belt fastened and move when the unfasten seat belt sign is on….We simply trust… No matter how high we are, we never get to the point when we say ‘Okay Mr Pilot, I’m smart enough to fly this plane, please step aside let me take charge!’

We respect the pilot and allow him do his job.

 

Why not trust God again!
Trust Him for His direction
Trust Him for instruction
Trust Him for provision
Trust Him for protection

Trust Him to take you to your destination, through the storm, through the wind, through the turbulence, through turns and through the unbelievable heights!

Today Trust Again!

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BREAKING PROTOCOL

A few years ago I was in need of a dentist and it was on short notice and there was no way I was going to get an appointment so I spoke out and told a medical student how desperate I was and He hooked up an appointment for me.

On the day of my appointment, I came in 2 hours early and saw this very very long queue and joined it. I was so slow and an hour later I was still at the same spot with a longer queue behind me.

I got a phone call and it was my friend the medical student, he wanted to know where I was, I explained how I came in 2 hours early and saw a queue and joined it with the hope that it would eventually be my turn… he laughed, said see you soon and dropped the phone.
In a few minutes he was standing right in front of me. He asked me ”Do you really want to see a dentist?” I went on to explain to him (again)how I had arrived 2 hours early and hoping that the long queue would move and it would eventually be my turn… then he said, ”Come with me.” He took me to a room where a dentist had been sitting down waiting for me… in no time I was done with the dentist and on my way home. I walked past the queue and it was still there.

My story reminds me so much of this story in the bible…

” Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches (alcoves, colonnades, doorways).
In these lay a great number of sick folk—some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed (shriveled up)—[a]waiting for the bubbling up of the water.
For an angel of the Lord went down at appointed seasons into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]
The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me.
Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!
Instantly the man became well and recovered his strength and picked up his bed and walked…”

JOHN 5:2-9 AMP

So many times God Himself wants to break protocol for us but we have programmed our minds to believe that the way He did it for one, will be the same processes and procedures will be applied in our cases… but your case is different!

Just like me on that very long queue, I was certain that the only way to see the dentist was for the queue to move and it would be my turn( I had no idea what had been prepared for me) . So also this man who was ill for 38 years was certain that the process to his healing was a man to put him in the pool…but Jesus passed by a great multitude and came to his rescue.

Today, God wants to bypass some processes in your life. God wants overlook procedures in your situation. God wants to break protocol to give you your miracle… Allow God with your faith.

Thank you Dr Emmanuel Schizo Iwelomen RIP for breaking protocol on my behalf. What you did for me was too kind and I’ll never forget.

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LEARNING CONTENTMENT…

There is nothing as depressing as looking back 10 years and wondering ‘is this it?’ asking ‘is this the big picture I saw 10 years ago?’ ‘is this all there is to it?’ hmmmmmmm
”Be content… learn to be content”

 I remember the first time I heard these words from someone I respect a lot,I didn’t understand what they were trying to say. I was going to say … ‘but I’m not greedy’ they went on to say, ‘you have to get to the point in your life when you can truly say I am content and it has nothing to do with what you have or have not’.

Now I was confused, inside my head I asked ‘is it now a crime to dream big and want more? When they said, ‘contentment has nothing to do with mediocrity; it has everything to with peace…’

For a while now I have been learning contentment, a journey beyond mediocrity and towards excellence. A journey to a place where I am at peace with who I was, who I am and who I will become. A journey, where every second counts, where every second is a moment in history and every word is deep. Where every day I have to live on purpose… Where I understand that the person standing right next to me is not there by accident but destined to be in that picture of my life at that moment.

Contentment, where I understand that I am here to serve humanity and make a difference in every environment I find myself and the moment I forget my purpose, I have lost my crown.

Contentment… peace… where I understand that things will not always work out the way I planned it but The One who knows the end from the beginning has given me an assurance that all things will work together for my good. The good things and the bad things, the sad things and the happy things, the stupid things and the funny things, the hot things and the cold things…all things. Like cake mix, like pancake mix, like various fruits for a Smoothie or fruit punch or maybe like Jollof rice where every ingredient has its timing before the final mix. All things will work together for my good but I need to learn contentment through these things. 

Yet through my thoughts on contentment all I hear on the inside is ‘…the chastisement of our peace was upon him…’ Isaiah 53:5 KJV. It’s easy to say that His stripes brought us healing but we forget that He was punished, rebuked and ridiculed as well so we could have peace. The peace we deny ourselves just because we choose to live in discontentment…

Lord, I’m learning contentment…I’m learning to be at peace with myself, my life, everything and everyone around me, help me Lord.

Amen.

‘…godliness with contentment is great gain.’ 1 Timothy 6-7 NIV

‘…what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.’  Luke 3:14 KJV

‘…I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.’  Philippians 4:11 AMP

‘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.’  Hebrews 13:5 KJV

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I understand.

If I didn’t understand that God orchestrates… 
If I didn’t understand that God makes a provision even before the need…
If I didn’t understand that God the Creator, created each day with a provision for the day after…
If I didn’t understand that God is wise…

If I didn’t understand that God is right…

If I didn’t understand all these things,then I won’t understand that God has it all planned out,all prepared, all working because He is all knowing!

Something about the chaos in the creation story should assure  you that everything in your life will work for good.

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THE LORD NEEDS YOU!

Stop acting like you’re all that and a bag of chips!!! 

” And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.”

Matthew 21:1-3

The Lord needs you and it has nothing to do with where you’ve been tied because he sees you any way.

The Lord needs you and it has nothing to do with what you’ve been called or who called you what.

The Lord needs you and it has nothing to do with who owns you, your parents, guardians, friends ,spouse or children

The Lord needs you and it has nothing to do with where you have been in the past, your educational achievements, your job, your certificates…your past mistakes…

The Lord needs you and has nothing to do with your plans because His plans are higher than your plans any way.

The Lord needs you and it doesn’t matter the condition you find yourself physically, materially, financially, mentally, spiritually you will be loosed!

The Lord needs you and no man can stop you because His purpose for your life is clear.

The Lord needs you…

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Pure Insanity…. A Story of the four guys who lost their minds

 

Insanity they say is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result….. hmmm. I grew up with the understanding that insanity is that moment when reality is lost and is exhibited by an action that causes others to run, stare and sometimes cry in shame of the action.  

Of all the stories in the bible this is the most insane, a story of a helpless bunch of lepers who had no hands and studs for feet yet they didn’t just make a decision but took the decision. They came to point when they weighed (measured) their circumstance and took the tougher option.

As insane as this story may seem, it’s ok to ask questions sometimes like why didn’t God heal and provide them at the gate ? Every time that question arises remember the answer of Jesus when He was asked, who sinned that this man was born blind? Jesus made it clear that no one sinned but he was born blind that the power of God could be seen. John 9:2-3 NLT (Another very interesting story)

 Yes the guys were lepers because the glory of God was to be made manifest in their lives.

Motive…

Now the punch line (this is the part that really cracks me up in this story) their initial motive was to surrender after all death was certain in both situations. But they saw hope and a chance that their life may be spared in the tougher option.

Time…

They chose a time to move which was at dusk… Can’t help but ask again, why didn’t they move at day time? They could hardly move their bodies so why choose a time when they could hardly see their way? They were lepers…

Reach your destination

They finished their journey… and found no one there…

Perception…

Now I want to end this story without getting to its end… it strange indeed what God did for these lepers who lost their minds and did an insane thing. Let reflect now… what they did wasn’t something huge…but it made a huge difference in the nation.

Connect the dots…

Let’s go back to what they did… they were on their way to surrender at dusk…

Sometimes you will need to measure the options and it may seem like the tough/ tougher option but if it’s God’s option then be guaranteed of no contention… no struggle…

You may have to embark on the journey at dusk on your knees in pain, in tears, in hunger and in prayer but be assured Joy comes in the morning.

When you reach you destination go forward!

 

 

Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”

5At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, not a man was there, 6for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

8The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp and entered one of the tents. They ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.’

2Kings 7:3-8 NIV

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Love and Blessings

C.S EBENIRO

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WHEN DREAMS DIE…

An indescribable feeling; mixed feelings, a mixture of pain and hope deep down inside. A feeling of hurt when dreams dies, especially if it was one you have desired for a very long time.

 It takes more to kill a dream, yet it takes a dream to kill a dream. a bigger dream… a stronger dream to kill a mere dream.

 

“In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.” Mark 3:27 NLT

 

A new dream is a stronger dream, a deep passion, an awakening, to the reality of your existence however not making the old dream irrelevant but a stepping stone to a dream in a greater future.

 we must never take for granted the role our gifts and talents play in our dreams they are all in the process of making our lives better. A better life is a richer life not only materially but mentally, emotionally and physically. I have grown to understand that emotional, mental and physical wealth is worth more that material wealth as a lack of the former will result in wastage and  wrong decision making.

 Dreams don’t die to kill you. Dreams are given to reinvent you to make you a better brand every time. An extreme overhaul from  the scars of broken places and painful events in life.

 Dreams shared with a friend or loved one who died is still worth pursuing not a rejected stone but  a corner stone in memory of that friend or loved one and in a celebration of your life as one who brings dreams into fulfillment .

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” Psalm 118:22 NIV

 

 

When dreams die…that’s when new dreams are born

 

Loads of Love and Blessings

C.S EBENIRO

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