#DearPaul, like you I rely on God’s grace always.

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Paul was an anointed Man of God who had seen God and had been used by him to do amazing things. But Paul had a weakness which he referred to as “A thorn in his flesh”. He had overcome many things but this was something he struggled with consistently.  Read 2nd Corinthians 12: 7.

Read 2nd Corinthians 12: 7.

As Christians, we all have a thorn in our flesh (a person, sin, trial or a weakness); something we struggle with and can’t shake off easily. Verse 19 is an encouragement for us.

“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble ]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP

As we grow in our walk with God we tend to become self-reliant because of our many accomplishments. We forget that it is in Him “that we live and move and have our being.” The thorn in our flesh is a reminder that we are nothing without his Grace or as Paul defined it “His strength is made perfect in our weakness.”

We are always going to need our father in heaven and He is always going to be here for us!

Be encouraged!


bisolaDevotional by Bisola Ogamba.

Bisola is a Life coach and Youth Pastor of Guiding Light Assembly based in Lagos, Nigeria. You can check out her podcast “Crossroads or Crossroads with Bisola Ogamba” on itunes and Sound cloud. Or connect with her ontwitterInstagram or Facebook.

#DearNathan, true friendship is to both love and confront.

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Have you ever been confronted or corrected by a friend? Like when you act selfish, vindictive or try to justify a mistake and your friends calls you out? How did that feel? You probably resented them for a while but after the dust settled you knew for sure you had a real friend.

That’s what real friendship is.

Nathan was a prophet during the time David was King of Israel. It was his duty to tell the King what God was saying at every moment and advise him accordingly. He must have developed a trusted relationship with David, one that evidently outlived his reign as king. Yet Nathan always kept it a 100 percent real. We know this because of how he handled the David and Bathsheba episode.

David had sinned, big time, and God was angry with him. The message Nathan was tasked to deliver was difficult. He had to confront the King and expose his deception. He had to call out the King of Isreal on his ‘private sin’.

Read 2 Samuel 12 for this story.

If you ever have to choose between simply preserving a friendship or making your friend better by speaking the truth in love, take a cue from Nathan.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of tough love, don’t despair. Be thankful for a true friend who loves you enough to not leave you where you are. Our Father in heaven does the same for us and, for that, we are eternally grateful.

“Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Hebrews 12: 6

With whom do you need to learn to speak the truth in love today? Be a true friend.

 

Remi Roy

#DearMary, you teach me to make time with God my greatest priority.

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The story of Mary and Martha is quite an interesting one. Jesus was in town and Martha invited Him over to her house. I can imagine how Martha would have felt that day, having God in the flesh in her home. All her culinary skills would have come alive immediately and thoughts of how to ensure Jesus had a good time would have filled her head. So naturally, she busied herself doing what she thought was vital and was angry with her sister, Mary, who did not lend a hand.

Jesus’ words to her were poignant and insightful. ‘Martha, you worry too much. Only one thing is needed and Mary has chosen it and no one can take it from her.’

Read the story in Luke 10:38-42

How often do we neglect our quiet time with God for busy work at church? Do we keep running around even when the Holy Spirit asks that we be still and just listen? Imagine that you were in Martha’s shoes, would you have sat with Jesus to listen to Him? Or would you have done exactly what Martha did, cook meals the master cares little about?

What’s you one-on-one time with the Lord like? What will you do differently today?

He wants to have a relationship with you. A real one.


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Devotional by Bukola Abidoye

Bukola is a lover of God and all things bright and beautiful. She considers herself an extraordinary child of an extraordinary God. She loves to inspire women to aspire ‎to be all God wants them to be. She blogs at bukolaokunola.wordpress.com

 

#DearGideon, like you, I embrace God’s definition of me!

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The Israelites were constantly tormented by the Midianites and needed someone to save them. God appeared to Gideon and informed him that he would be the one to deliver his people. Gideon couldn’t believe that the Lord was sending him; after all his “…clan was the weakest in Manasseh and he was the least in his family.” He believed God could do it, but not through him.

Read Gideon’s story in Judges chapters 6 and 7

Growing up, I believed I was ugly because I had heard it so many times it became my reality. I would do anything to remain hidden (dress down and avoid doing anything that would bring attention to myself). When I started getting picked for leadership roles that would involve me speaking to crowds I struggled because I couldn’t get past that lie. I didn’t realize that the enemy had planted that seed to prevent me from fulfilling my purpose.

Most of us are paralyzed by the lies of the enemy, that’s why we can’t follow our dreams or accomplish our God-given assignments. We have heard those lies for so long we have accepted it as the truth and made it our reality.
The Bible says, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” You were not a mistake or a clone: God made you with your purpose in mind and equipped you with all you need to accomplish it.  You were made in his ‘image and likeness’ and carry His resurrection power on the inside of you.  You have to embrace God’s definition of you just like Gideon did. You have to replace the devil’s lies with God’s truth. Your background, family and the people around you don’t define you, only He does, because he created you and He thinks you are amazing. He loves you so much.

Remember that when He gives you an assignment or a dream, He is with you every step of the way so you never have to do it alone. God doesn’t make mistakes. What task as He called you to accomplish? He knew you even before you were in your mother’s womb and has prepared you for this.

Wake.Pray.Slay


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Devotional by Bisola Ogamba.

Bisola is a Life coach and Youth Pastor of Guiding Light Assembly based in Lagos, Nigeria. You can check out her podcast “Crossroads or Crossroads with Bisola Ogamba” on itunes and Sound cloud. Or connect with her on twitterInstagram or Facebook.

#Dear Samson, His strength is evident when we are weak.

 

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Samson’s story is such a fascinating one. He was a young, strong and able bodied man who could destroy any obstacle (think: lion) with his bare hands. He was both fearless and feared by his enemies. Even the circumstances around his conception were spectacular.

Read the full story from the book of Judges Chapters 13-16.

Yet, despite all the good traits that Samson possessed, he also had a weakness  that ended up becoming his undoing: women.  From the unnamed Philistine woman to the prostitute in Gaza to Delilah who ended up betraying him, Samson’s weakness continued to get the better of him.

What’s your WEAKNESS? Why not give it to God and let Him work on it?

The lord tells us… “My grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Our goal is not to make our weaknesses the focal point of our existence. Our life should not revolve around our faults. We just need to give them to God. As ‘weak’ as Samson was God found a way to use him to defeat the enemies on a grander scale than he could have imagined.

Have you been discouraged in your fight to overcome your weaknesses? Give them to God. He will give you the grace to live above them.

What will you do differently today, knowing you have God’s grace available to you?


 

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Devotional by Bukola Olalere.

Bukola is a trainer, nation builder and an entrepreneur. She is the curator of #DearMentee Series and Director of LightUp. She is married and blessed with a child. Bukola loves God and enjoys studying His word. You can connect with her on Facebook

#DearJephthah, you teach me to keep my promises.

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I know very well how easy it is to make a vow and how difficult it can get to settle it.

Jephthah was a warrior in his day. He was faced with a battle and he knew he could not win all by himself so he turned to God and made a vow.

Read Judges 11 for Jephthah’s story.

Jephthah basically promised to give to the Lord whatever the first thing was that came out of his house to meet him if he was victorious in battle and got back home in peace. What an unusual vow you might say. It sounds simple enough, however, until you hear what ‘whatever’ turned out to be.

Sure enough, he came home victorious but guess who came out dancing when daddy returned home? His daughter! His only child! Jephthah was heartbroken when he saw her but he knew he had made a vow. He simply said

‘…I have given my word to the Lord and I cannot go back on it.’

Have you ever been in such a position? You promised to tithe over and above your regular 10 percent if God answered your prayer and you won the contract. Well, it went better than you planned and now it seems like too much money to give.

Vows get hard to keep but it pays to be like Jephthah.

What vows or promises have you made to God or even your friends and loved ones? Be a promise keeper. Do what you say you will. Ask God for strength and grace and He’ll be true to His word.

God bless!


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Devotional by Bukola Abidoye

Bukola is a lover of God and all things bright and beautiful. She considers herself an extraordinary child of an extraordinary God. She loves to inspire women to aspire ‎to be all God wants them to be. She blogs at bukolaokunola.wordpress.com

 

#DearDaniel & the three Hebrew boys, you teach me the power of true friendship.

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Squad goals. Read Daniel Chapters 1 &3

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were slaves in a foreign land. It must have been scary, especially when they had to defy the king’s orders, but they supported each other. Daniel was determined to keep himself pure in this foreign land and having friends who desired that as well must have been the boost he needed. They had the same values and shared a passion for obeying the law of the Lord regardless of the consequences. They encouraged and kept one another focused.

When you are about to make major decisions based on God’s instructions, it is important to surround yourselves with Believers who share your vision (not all Believers will).

The people close to you can hinder or motivate you, so it is important that you share the same values and vision with them because in your weakest moments you want people who will push you forward and not pull you back; people who can see where you are going and understand where you are coming from.

There are people out there that God has prepared to encourage and support you in this season: friends, mentors, pastors, e.t.c. Ask Him and He will reveal them to you.

But above all, don’t forget to rely on Him always because He is your ever present help.

Cheers!


bisolaDevotional by Bisola Ogamba.

Bisola is a Life coach and Youth Pastor of Guiding Light Assembly based in Lagos, Nigeria. You can check out her podcast “Crossroads or Crossroads with Bisola Ogamba” on itunes and Sound cloud. Or connect with her on twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

#DearJeroboam, you teach me to respond with faith not fear.

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Think back on your decisions and actions over the past year; has your life been driven by fear rather than faith? Sometimes rather than wait on God to work things out for us, we choose to do things in our own wisdom. We occasionally fail to see how God has been faithful in the past so we are unable to believe that He will do it again.

There is someone in the Bible who experienced the same thing and I believe we can relate to him in this.

King Jeroboam failed to put his hope and trust in God and so allowed fear to motivate him into doing something that was truly against God’s will for his life and the people of Israel. Not only did his lack of faith lead to his downfall, his action also laid a terrible foundation for the kings that came after him.

Please Read 1 Kings 11-12.

The truth is that things may not work out the way you hope or expect but you must not forget that the Lord is on your side and has your best and highest interests at heart. He loves you with an everlasting love. Be encouraged in knowing that He works for those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4).

Don’t act or respond to life’s issues with fear, rather let faith motivate you to believe God for great things. When you do so you are leaving a great example for others to follow, a legacy of faith.
What are you trusting him for? What promises as He made to you? Trust that He will do exactly as He has promised.
Stay blessed.

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Devotional by Yetunde Abimbola
Yetunde is a Christ follower, future teacher and aspiring writer. Concerning the things she writes, she stands with Paul in saying, “Not that I have attained or am already perfected: but I press on…” (Phil.3:12) Check out her personal blog at www.sheshallberadiant.com or her instagram @sheshallberadiant

#DearP31Woman, His grace is sufficient…

 

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Have you ever read Proverbs 31 and thought “What is she? Superwoman?” I’m guilty too.

When we read about the Proverbs 31 woman and compare her life and the things she accomplishes to our own struggles and fumblings, we just might get discouraged. After all, we try to do it all and sometimes we don’t get it right and some things fall through the cracks.

For me, 2 Corinthians 12:9 makes all my fears go away. I think of my weaknesses and shortcomings and I see what God meant when He said His strength is made perfect in my weakness. When I lean on Him, I receive grace for every difficult task. Being a daughter, wife, friend and more is not a function of how perfect or put together I am. It is such a relief to know that He can deal with my mess. I’m not disqualified just because I get it wrong sometimes.

I no longer see Proverbs 31 as the standard I can never attain. I see it as a daily challenge to do better than my best. To serve the ones I have been blessed with; to work with diligence and lead with love; to receive the grace to be all I have been created to be.

I am virtuous, wise and diligent in all my affairs, and it’s all because of Him!

Have you been harried and hurried, unable to hit the moving targets in your life? Rest. God’s got you covered. His grace is sufficient for you!

Cheers!

Remi Roy

 

#DearJoseph, you teach us to trust God!

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Have you ever had to wait many years for a dream to be fulfilled? Maybe you’re still waiting for something great to happen in your life. Well, remember Joseph, the young shepherd who had a big dream. Read his story in Genesis 37-41

Joseph’s dream signified leadership and greatness; something amazing to look forward to.  You can imagine his excitement as he narrated the dreams to his family and imagined all the ways the Lord would bring it to pass.

However, of all the scenarios he imagined I am very sure being a slave wasn’t on the list. When he found himself in Potiphar’s household he probably thought, “My time has come.” He probably figured that God would use the favor he had found with Potiphar to fulfill his promise, but sadly he found himself imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

At this point Joseph should have given up, right? We all face such situations where giving up and settling for the status quo seems to be the only option. But Joseph didn’t, because he trusted in the one who had given him the vision. He didn’t know when or how, but he knew that it WILL come to pass because God doesn’t lie.

Don’t let your faith waver. Trust that the Lord will do what He has promised, regardless of what is going on around you. Study the word and be encouraged by the things He has done in the past. He is still the same God.

The route may be unfamiliar and rocky but I guarantee you will reach your destination.

Stay strong.


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Devotional by Bisola Ogamba.

Bisola is a Life coach and Youth Pastor based in Lagos, Nigeria. You can check out her podcast “Crossroads or Crossroads with Bisola Ogamba” on itunes and Sound cloud. Or connect with her on twitter, Instagram or Facebook.