When the sign turned.

CorPDear friends,

Happy New Month.

I know we all have a rushing feeling as the year 2016 draws to a final close. If you are like me, there will be so many reflections about the year. What went well, what didn’t go as planned etc. In all of this, please be encouraged by the devotion below. All things work together for our good.

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help”. There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by and he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.

He took the sign and, turned it around and wrote some words on it. He put the sign back so that everyone who would walk by would see the new words. Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving more money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognised his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind and asked for sympathy. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Be thankful for what you have. Be creative, be innovative. Think differently and positively. Be positive and have a great attitude. Be positive, patient and persistent. Don’t forget how blessed you are. Being negative only makes your life’s journey more difficult. Don’t be negative when you have so much to be positive about and at least, you are alive.

Count your blessings, not your burden. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

It’s already December! No matter how 2016 has been, keep the faith and drop the fear. Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out. If you appreciate this message, please share.

For every bad event that may have happened to you this year, there is at least, one good thing.

Focus on that good thing as the year ends.

Source: Our Daily Manna. October to December 2016.

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What’s going on?

whats going onDear friends,

I woke up this morning and literally counted on my fingers to help me be sure we are now closing in on the first half of the year and starting another in a few days. July is upon us and I really had deep reflection on where my walk with God is heading.

I have not blogged here in quite sometime, allowed many distractions to creep in and take away the sharing of the gospel. “Wow, Anuli???”. I am however not going to beat myself up, I will pick up from where I left off and continue.

You may feel like this and if you are like me, you may have picked up your notebook or notepad and checked through your goals list to evaluate them against the timeline you set for them. I have always done this and I must say, I have yet to accomplish what I set out for the year 2016. Some are started, some are in progress and some have not even commenced.

One of my goals is sharing the word here, and look when I finally started. If your thinking is ‘Anuli, you should have commenced this before anything‘, you are certainly right to think or say so. However, my learning here is, it is never too late to start, no matter how far along the year has gone.

God never gives up on us, we are the ones that give up on ourselves. So, it might be the end of the first half of 2016, it may still look like the distractions are heavier than we ever could imagine, I need you to be encouraged by the word in Hebrews 10:35 and 36 (AMP Version)

35 Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

If you can pick up from where you stopped, if you can start what you have not started, if you can give yourself another push, you will renew your CONFIDENCE and obtain that REWARD.

Go on, what are you waiting for?

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Is It Always Greener On the Other Side?

On a recent trip to the States, I stopped by to see a friend in Houston and we both attended her church. It was youth week and I was so amazed, intrigued and blessed by what the youths showcased, every part was excellently delivered. The theme was ‘Ordinary People Doing Extra Ordinary Things’. So you get a taste of it, here is an article by one of the youth ministry members, I just had to share it.

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It’s funny. Things always look better when you are on the outside looking in. Like we look at sin when we live in the light. The contrast is so attractive to our conscious that it bypasses our contacts; I mean our conscience, to invite us, to entice us. To device the lies it advertises with, making us think that dark is light and that our light is darker than what he offers. Odd right? But the devil messes with our sight, our light, our mind, making it dim, so we can’t see him for who he really is. He steals, he kills and he destroys, but he is so coy that we rejoice as we are blinded, now nearsighted to his works.

He steals our sorrow away, yes, but only for a day, and then at night he gives you weeping, and what he stole returns tenfold till the soul can no longer hold it. But we still believe we are in control. Yes he kills all our cries and all our sighs are gone, but that high never goes past the sky, but comes to stab you in the eyes, like a log, that blinds you from yourself but helps you see and judge the soil in another’s. But we still think the reins are ours to hold. He destroys every iota of our desire to go back to light, enchanting us with the perfumes of adultery and the colognes of fornication. See, he senses that our senses control the wellbeing of our human beings, not the spirit.

We invite him in believing that we can control the devil and God, servicing both, but giving no devotion to one or the other. We don’t love God; we love what he gives to us, not caring what he is to us, or what he did for us. We still yearn for our former love even though He was our first. When we were in sin and knew we couldn’t win, we didn’t find it hard to ask God to step in. Now God wants to move in and clean every bit of sin from our hearts and we want a time out.

We want to love God but cheat about with the devil on the side. We want to have God on the outside of our lives, as a new coat of paint to cover the chips and scars caused by housing sin on the inside. WHAT A BIG LIE!!

When the effects of the defects the devil helps enhance begin to weigh in, we realize that we were never in control, the reins were never ours to hold, that we were choked with the weeds of corruption that we allowed to grow tall, and that we puffed the weed of destruction we felt high, when we were really taken to our fall.

So remember: some things look better from the outside looking in, but being extraordinary sometimes means realizing that God is so much better than sin. Allow him to pull us out. If we don’t, we will spend eternity away from God, sinking to the bottom and withering and waning and dying, with no hope of coming back.

Article by Tomi Ifelayo; Youth Ministry, RCCG, Restoration Chapel, Houston.

Art Credit: Bill Osborne

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Friends, Finding Jesus starts with a simple prayer, say this aloud with me;

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Find out more about the new life with our Finding You Series

Let us know if you need support, we are an email away. Email us at walkwithme@dvsoul.org.uk

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