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VERSE FOR TODAY

Matthew 13:58
“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Jesus is ever ready to load us with daily benefits; always available to give us bread when we’re hungry; there to calm the storm when we’re perplexed but His readiness, availability and alertness to do beyond imagination still depends on us.

Yes, it depends us! For our sole responsibility is to believe Him and not to treat Him with doubt. If we’ve performed our duty of believing Him, He is also there to act out realities of His mightiness – for there’s no mountain He cannot move; no whirlwind he cannot stop; no battle he cannot win; and no need he cannot supply if only we are going to exercise faith in Him.

Remember, He did not perform many miracles [mighty works] there because of their unbelief; are you satisfied with casual blessings or you want to move to another level of God’s extraordinariness? Did you see God above everything or some situations above Him? Did you ever believe Luke 1:37?
Everyone will enjoy God’s mighty hands if we all believe; for He is unlimited yet our lack of faith can limit his power.

Friend, in that troubling situation with lost hope, miracles await you, just faith in God to help.

Muse on Hebrews 11:6
See you tomorrow.

Thrive!

©Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi

VERSE FOR TODAY

Revelation 3:16.

” So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

In 2016, I attended a leadership training conference, where many fellowship leaders across the state gathered to be inspired and enlightened about leadership. No one would expect the preacher to pitch his teaching tent in Revelations because there are many books of the Bible that could have served better for the purpose of leadership as I thought, Revelations is only about Rapture and heavens.

In no time, the Preacher started his ministration by the power of Holy Ghost and made a memorable touch in my life as these words: “I know thy works…” were echoing in my heart for more than two months. It was not a horror movie but expression of true light which exposed my act of neither cold nor hot – I remembered before the conference, I was only vibrant in the fellowship with men not with Christ; and many times, one would think since I’ve been up and doing, I’m good to go. But the preacher revealed that, the state of our lukewarmness started from our communion with Jesus, and why it’s more important, we ought to get it right with God in order to be firebrand for His kingdom here on earth.

And today, Jesus is giving us the same reminder of His word that the lukewarm followers, He detests and cannot condone a lifestyle of being on the fence.

If a man is cold, God desires that His life being transformed by the miracle of salvation; and if a man is hot, God wants such a man to be consistent, keep burning and put out not the fire of the Holy Ghost. But a man who acts being hot and cold within is a detestable to Master’s appetite.

Jesus is our greatest intercessor, who always at the right hand of God pleading our case; He wants to pronounce our names before the Father; He is concerned about God’s help for the sincere weak (cold) and strength for the humble mighty ones (hot) but He’s confused of what to say about a man who spoke in tongues in the Church and felt no bad to commit fornication in the town.

Many of us, we look hot in our outward but still wallowing in secret sins without any remorse as long we can play the instruments perfectly, dissect the Scriptures boldly and sing hymns melodiously while some of us because of our material possessions, we see no reason to take God’s directives serious as we used to do! We only do what we like now not what God wants because our wealth is a security and top most priority.

God is writing to us today, to stop being lukewarm and rise to follow Him closely. God is telling us today that, the consequence of our lukewarmness is that He’s going to neglect us (spill you out of my mouth) to diverse attacks in the world. But do we want that? I guess the answer is “No”, then we need to check our way and be truly passionate about obeying His precepts.

May God give you a heeding heart to do be zealous about His will. Amen.

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi.

VERSE FOR TODAY

Isaiah 40:3.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

That verse won’t be meaningful to me until that Rapture revelation of November 17, 2019. I saw the whole place empty while people were running helter-skelter outside looking for their loved ones; I saw people flying in the sky but there I was, with the greatest regret that I couldn’t be lifted. It was an experience that gave me an awakening because to miss God’s flight is the greatest tragedy. Sincerely, I cried out of the dream being perturbed until minutes later, I realized the rapture has not taken place.

But that kept an assurance and reminder that, rapture will surely take place; and there’s need to prepare for it.

To prepare means to make ready for a specific future purpose, which involves combining different elements in order to be presentable and fitted for such a purpose.

In a time like this, there’s need for us to make preparation for God’s way in our lives, families, communities, countries and the world at large if indeed we desire God’s presence and long to spend eternity with Him.

God’s ways are of holiness, truth, righteousness, love, peace and faith, which needed to be followed. These are clearly stated in some Biblical verses like:

Hebrews 12:14, [Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.];

Hebrews 11:6. [But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.];

1 Thessalonians 4:7. [For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.];

Psalms 85:13. [Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.];

Proverbs 8:20. [I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice];

John 13:34. [ A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.]

Zechariah 8:16. [These are the things which you should do: speak the truth with one another; judge with truth and pronounce the judgment that brings peace in [the courts at] your gates.];

Proverbs 23:23. [Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.]

These are the essential elements God wants us to combine in preparing His way because God will not tread on any path that defaults any of the aforementioned requirements.

It is not enough to prepare the way of the Lord without making it a straightened highway in those lives and places that are like desert, where godliness has deserted. God is urging us to bring ourselves to be revived, wake from our slumber, get repaired the crooked ways and reach out to the uttermost parts of the world for God’s highway of righteousness to be constructed in lives of men.

Today, God is calling us unto a personal revival and evangelism to the world [as in Matthew 28], which can make us truly ready for His second coming.

Be reminded that Jesus comes soon, prepare His way in your life and pursue to straightened His highway in your community.

Selah!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi.

VERSE FOR TODAY

2 Corinthians 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The power of Grace was more evident to me when God came through that year in those simultaneous dramatic events of life:
Being one of the best students in my faculty, many would not believe I could be struggling to understand Statistics and Research Methodology because I had a previous brilliant performance in a related course; but the truth was their “efiko” had a tough time and emptiness as to the course understanding.

Not only that, their “S.U” brother was seriously romancing with lust and about to lay with her, but being leader in the fellowship, time was preventing the showdown; you can imagine the congregation model about becoming the specimen in the devil’s laboratory.

All those were happening two weeks to the examination but on that day, I couldn’t remember what made me to pray but I have not seen myself so broken before – I prayed that God would grant me access to understand the most difficult course of my life and help me to lose appetite for immorality until I fell into the hands of sleep.

It was incredible that, I was among the best students for the course when the result was released; and unbelievable how the passion for lust was lost in me – Indeed, I was helped by God’s grace for it saved from failure and sweet poisoned hands of lust.

The beautiful thing about God is the unending love to save us from the messy lifestyle. He is always ready to deliver us from danger zones if we’re going to cry for help.

There is assurance that He has sufficient grace to help us in time of need if only we’re going to approach His throne of grace for inexpressible mercy and grace in time of need as rightly put in Hebrews 4:16. God needs our boldness and openness to run unto and speak with Him when things are not going as it supposed to follow.

But the problem is many times we want to prove superhero and pretend to people around us that things are fine whereas we’re on fire. And except we have the understanding that God can only strengthen us when we expose our weaknesses to Him, until then, we will continue to struggle with our infirmities.

God is beckoning on you to see that, the activation of His strength is to present your weakness to Him. God’s strength cannot be released nor His power be on you if you are still running in your strength.

Beloved, I beseech you to pause, present your area of struggling and infirmities to Him for it was written in Isaiah 40:29 that, He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength; and in verse 31, the clause with assurance states, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Won’t you pray for strength for your accepted weakness?

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi.

VERSE FOR TODAY

1Thessalonians 5:17.

Pray without ceasing.

Communication-in-English [GST 201] was a course taken from my department as a general course for the Faculty of Education and it was obvious that at the end of the semester, we (my department) would top the faculty in the course performance chart. But things went in an opposite direction as a student from Biology led the Faculty and so worse, that none of us was in the top ten positions.

I remembered how tears almost dropping from eyes when I checked the result and saw “C” against my matriculation number; I felt the lecturer in charge marked my colleagues and I from department of English down, that it was not possible for me not to have distinction in the course. I was so embittered that my mouth refused the dinner, but about the close of the day during personal meditation and prayer : God reminded me of my unusual action that day – You know, I used to be someone who believed in prayer and good reading for examination success, but on that day I didn’t pray ‘cos there was no reason for me to pray since I understood the course perfectly, I even left the hall after one hour, which showed the exam was much simple to me…

Failure is always knocking on our door anytime we refuse to accommodate prayer in our abode, for the power of prayer is the pillar that holds our lives to be in order. We may be a testimony of hardworking but such won’t last when prayer is consistently missing as a child of God, who desires His help always.

But it seems, we forget about such a great help when things are rossy and romantic to us. We forget that absence of faith in our work is dead just as faith without work is dead. We see no reason to communicate with God when it seems no stormy wind on the sea without knowing that sooner or later the flood is forming just to swallow us alive; where will be our neglected Refuge and Rock to raise standard against it?

God wants us to pray unceasing; He wants to communicate every moment without break in transmission. He desires that we seek Him every time – whether in sorrow or at peace, lack or plenty, confusion or conviction. God is always ready to be in touch with us; and wants us to see our inadequacy while His indispensability is known to us.

Praying all the time is a way admitting that we’re nothing without God. And that is why, you and I need to take prayer serious in a time like this.

Lest I forget, hard work really pays that it takes only prayer to prey the predating and unfavorable challenges with attacks of life. Seek to pray!

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi.

VERSE FOR TODAY

2 Corinthians 1:20.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Dear Friend,

I am sorry that yesterday had gone until this notice get to you but believe me, I kept you in mind all through the day but time could not allow me to scribble words here as different daily engagements held me away from the social media.

During the day, the verse that God gave me cut me really through as I saw what God was saying clearly as follow:

• There is no amount of God’s promises to us that’s not true.

• These countless or the countable ones are only true in Christ.

• The response to these promises can only be channelled through Jesus.

• The goal for the fulfilment of God’s numerous blessings in His promises is to bring glory to God.

Jesus’ personal revelation in John 14:6 , “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” validates the verse for the day, which means all truth about God the father can only be found in the Son; the way to that truth has no route elsewhere than in Christ; and the highest one is that He is the only that brings life to God’s truth to become a reality in us.

Now, take God’s promises as the Truth, then ask yourself these questions: do I have a relationship with the Truth, which is Christ? Can I access God’s promises without Christ, the way? Can those promises become a reality outside the Life of Jesus?

If sincerely, you’ve answered the first question and discovered a broken relationship, I beseech you to find yourself back to Jesus – confess your sins and iniquities, repent from them, while He is ready to forgive and accept into the Truth, Way and Life of God.

Remember, God’s promises can only fulfilled if you’re in good term with Christ, for as many promises the Father has made are yes in Jesus alone.

Accept Jesus today and have access to fulfilment!

Thrive!

©Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi.

VERSE FOR TODAY

Psalms 8:2
[2]Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Many years back in my local church, there was a prophecy one Sunday morning that the enemies were relentlessly planning to attack the church, thus, there was need for prayer in thwarting the foes’ plan. Our Church pastor got a direction as how the prayer session would be taken; in his directive, he instructed that seven children should be for prayer of thanksgiving and supplication while the congregation would echo “Amen”. That day, I was among those seven children picked by the Church elders for prayer, in which we sincerely prayed and in that week, we had God miraculously saved two of our members from fatal accidents. It was incredible to me that God did answer our prayers as naive we were being children, that time; and indeed that experience made me to learn singing praises in difficult situations.

God wants us to be his children regardless of our age; He wants us to be child-like [though not childish] while dealing with Him in our relationship, such that we will see Him as a father to approach for our daily needs and a daddy to fear unto obedience and righteousness. He really needs us to stand in gap as peculiar and holy people just like the seven children in the church; He wants us to be raising incense of worship and supplications as the true royal priesthood in our generation, which is being lured and attacked by enemies’ wiles and darts.

It was not heresy when Jesus said in Luke 18:16 that, “Let the children come to me, do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” [NKJV]; He knew the value of the children that in verse 17 he declared that, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God [with faith and humility] like a child will not enter it at all.”, which means the idea of children’s positive attitudinal lifestyle is indispensable for one to have access to God and His kingdom.

The verse for today gave us a confirmation that until we’ve become a child who will take heed to Proverbs 3:5’s lean not on thine own understanding, we can’t be strength needed to subdue the enemies nor stop our avengers if we still struggle with God in working out our salvation with fear and trembling as a humble child. Remember, God has ordained praise not in the mouth of the arrogant nor in the lips of faithless wise men but only in the mouth of men who to God are babes and sucklings with cherished faith and humility. And why did he ordain it to such class alone? It is simple as God knows that most potent weapon in His arsenal to silent enemies and avengers are His children who are obedient, faithful and humble…for our adversary and accuser can only be static as stone and dumb when our lives have become a true worship in similitude of children to God.

How old are you? Are you older than God? No
God still wants you to be His child, He loves you.

Jesus is here, just simply accept him as your Lord and saviour… He is ready to give Himself to you.

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi

VERSE FOR TODAY

Proverbs 15:1
A gentle response defuses anger,
but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. [MSG]

You can’t be the youngest amidst the three boys in the family and escaped those slaps and belts, except you’re directly opposite in behaviour to me. Reminiscing my childhood: I used to be a stubborn child, who wouldn’t love to be sent on an errand by my older siblings; and each time they tried to force me against my naughty will, I would become more naughty until they had become furious; yet if they tried laying hands on me, I would revile them while they would be infuriated to give me the beatings of my life, and perhaps, I enjoyed the beatings because I wouldn’t stop reviling until voice would not obey me. And anytime my mum arrived, she would always end her famous conflict resolution with an advice to me, ” learn to control your mouth…”

The mastery of appropriate and polite reply is essential to our relationships in every aspect, not limited to marital relationship alone, even in business, church and other ‘ships we can mention. It is not something being taught in school rather a subject to be extracted from God’s guide for our successful living consumption.

Many of us grew from a cultural background that would hail us for giving “right” (whether offensive or not) reply (that may escalate grudges and fiery burning bitterness) but call us “stupid” for being thoughtful of not wanting to fuel feud. And that’s the reason why we would keep chanting “I don’t (and can’t) take nonsense!” without sitting down to think that though nonsense is bad but worse not to take it yet throwing it back just as the original sender – becoming ‘nonsensical’ together!

How you respond (not react) during a misunderstanding, frustration and provocation have a great influence on your relationships. And that’s why, you cannot but give it a thought to be mild and gentle when anger in its all subtleness to open your mouth for shower of rage; for reply can either make us to be loved or mar us to be ostracized as leper by men.

You’re not seeking attention nor dying of men’s love when you decide not to be angry while others are being furious and passing wrong accusations; you’re only practicing worldly distance to be a godly dweller. And try not to confuse polite reply with not speaking the truth; please, I beseech you to speak the truth always but as saying the truth is important, much more is knowing how to speak that truth is invaluable [ in this situation, I recommend for you my friend, Holy Spirit]

Finally, the impactul lesson from First Samuel chapter 25 gave us a great conclusion that your responses in situations can bring you to a level (+/-) unimaginable; Abigail’s act is rare, her words are like antiquities to be found, to the extent that, while her husband was signing himself out of life, she was humbly signing her line into chosen generation, E. G White Commentary put it as: These words could have come only from the lips of one who had partaken of the wisdom from above….The Spirit of the Son of God was abiding in her soul. Her speech, seasoned with grace, and full of kindness and peace, shed a heavenly influence. Better impulses came to David, and he trembled as he thought what might have been the consequences of his rash purpose. [PP 667]

I’ll end with my mum words, learn to control your mouth…

God bless you!

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi

VERSE FOR TODAY

Hebrews 13:5.

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

…erm..erm.erm..oh, that’s MMM, you remembered that scheme; I participated in the system too and it was incredible that I just checked the dictionary to get the meaning of the attached “ponzi” to MMM and that it had its own completion as “Ponzi scam” [scheme; pyramid scheme]. I gained in the MMM scheme but in my tribe, they used to say: betting gain will be vanished into the betting. So, after accumulating some thousands (between 40000 and 50000),I got help (withdrew), bought some materials; then, MMM froze people’s account; you know my money was still with me, which means, I didn’t lose to them but my people’s aforementioned say would eventually come to pass when I invested into a new scheme called CLO (not Corps Liaison Officer), I was paid 100% of my 25000 put it in, thus, man will always want more: that made me to put the whole #50000 there again (cos I want to make #100000), but the story ended in tears as nothing was heard, nothing was dropped back; we kept hoping until it faded away…

Greed can make us to live in an opposite direction to Biblical principle; we tend to see no wrong in the words like “love of money” because we feel that, “love” is not a bad concept but the context of what God is saying gives a clear instruction that “love” with “money” is a wrong combination because He called it root of all evils, and that can’t be changed. We can only seek to know what God says as regards surviving without such a love that looks so lovely to be loved.

Sincerely, God knows we need money but with the use of “love of”, He is saying, “priority for”, that is what what we love, we give priority to it above anything else. God knows our love for money is a way to put Him in the second place after the greed from the love of money has taken our hearts. He knows too well that we can do anything for the sake of love; He knows we can go miles for it; He knows we don’t mind dying for it: But He doesn’t want us to lose ourselves because of what cannot last.

God wants us to be rich but He wants us to reach Him first as author of our being. It is not desire for money that makes us truly rich, it is faith and work. Excessive desire (greed) for money can only make us to put God aside, accumulate wealth and be lost in the wealth rather to control and the use the wealth.

The most vital assurance from God is that he won’t leave us nor forsake us, that is, we have all of Him in every situation as the Shepherd in Psalms 23, who won’t leave us to lack but always setting six course meal before us even in front of our enemies – what a secured provision!

Beloved, avoid “love of money” is not shun “work”; please God only wants you to have all faith in Him and put it into actions. He says ” be content with what you have”, means be contented with God [for increase] because He is all you have; and “All You Have” says: He won’t lose grip on you, won’t relax hold on you, won’t let you down in any degree helpless – assuredly not! Don’t seek alternative! He is the only option!

[Remember, to check yourself, if money has taken the position and possession of God in your life, please avoid such a love, God has everything for you!]

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi

VERSE FOR TODAY

Acts 4:30
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

I didn’t know there is a hand that can heal; I have no belief to believe that a name can bring about signs and wonders. And that was how I used to experience that annual chronic cough for years, I would be feeling being held in the neck until coughing out blood; that holding part I couldn’t tell my parents as I would not remember to mention it when being asked how I was feeling but I knew it was not an easy experience to be coughing every July for years. My parents are believers but we all thought it’s a medical condition that needed medical attention, thus neglecting to put it in prayers.
But that night, I refused taking the medicine[not because of faith but frustration of unchanging situation] with tears all over me; I remembered whispering, “God please don’t let me die, just heal me”; perhaps I coughed again before sleeping or not, I didn’t know but all what I could recall was waking up being thirsty for my throat was as dry as desert. I took a cup of water that morning and for the rest of that day until now, I never experienced cough again

The verse for today reminded me the healing experience that, there is a God with outstretched hand to heal (anyone and anything) and that there is a name He so much exalted for wonders to be seen here on earth. And that is an encouragement for you this morning that healing is certain for you as God is stretching His hands by Jesus name’s being called to that situation, there is assured signs and wonders, I tell you!

It seems like a rule that when God’s hand is stretched towards the sick (person or thing), such is healed by the mention of Jesus’ name. Yes, it’s a rule I follow after my experience that I want to see Abba giving His hand to every sickening situations around me; such that I want to mention Jesus than any word in my vocabulary bank to invoke His power on those unsatisfying events.
But I didn’t know that such a great rule has an exception until when I came across “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” [Isaiah 59:1-2]

Dear Beloved, I write to tell you that God’s hand is still being stretched for healing; and Jesus’ name is ever the most valid for true signs and wonders but I won’t forget to urge you that Isaiah’s verses aforementioned are also needed to be considered if we’re going to experience God as Acts 4:30 put it through the apostles’ prayers.

Let’s check our ways!

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi

VERSE FOR TODAY

Hebrews 11:6
[6]But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

In 2013, a group of high school chapel student leaders gathered to pray for emergency case of two students rushed to the hospital that night. Their pure praying passion coupled with sincere groaning could be felt as its heat filled the atmosphere – a Paul- Silas atmospheric condition; I had never seen young people praying as such in my life and it wouldn’t be surprising that as even being an unbeliever, I couldn’t manage to resist the heat as I later joined them in prayers.

The following day, it was a reality beyond fiction as the two students who were dying the previous night were seen beaming with smiles in all healthiness – incredible! But there, I got convinced that there’s truly a God who heals.

And today, we want to see God who’s able and men who’s able to believe such a God. Indeed, I had a conviction that there’s healing power but you know, I wouldn’t have experienced without the praying students group, who had a true conviction prior their gathering. Thus, such their kind of believing hearts is our concern today.

Our verse reads that we can’t please God without faith, that is “…substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.” [Hebrews 11:1] is indispensable if we want to please God and that we believe “He is”, talk of anything good, He is everything.
(He is loving, holy, powerful, awesome, mighty, helper, provider, protector…fill it with any noun or adjective that applies to your current situation)

And specifically, “He is a rewarder“, which simply means He gives rewards to service rendered, work performed or job done, thus we see that He is not a rewarder to absentedness but to “them that diligently seek him”

It is important to believe that God exists but it is not enough to believe without seeking him. The praying students group believed God for healing but it did not stop at that point, rather they went ahead, leaving their dormitories as a convinced people to a place of prayer (just like the Church interceding for Peter) – “diligent seek”, thus God, a rewarder hearkened to their prayers and gave healing to their dying mates as a reward.

Every day God is waiting for not believers but believing seekers, who He can reward.

How much do you believe in God?
How much do you diligently seek Him?

Remember, God is being pleased with faith but He rewards a working faith; don’t stay at the level of believing God for help without a diligent [ intense concentration, focus and consistent] seek for that God.

I say have faith,
rise to pray
and work out instructions…
You’re winner!

Thrive!

© Josh’ Oloyede Oluwafemi