What’s So Happy About Valentine’s Day?  2

What’s so happy about Valentine’s Day?

What if this is the first one without a spouse, a child, a parent, a sibling or some other loved one?

What if there’s no one to share it with? No cards? No gifts? No hugs? No kisses?

I wish I could snap my fingers like Mary Poppins and cause everything to align, but I can’t.

On the other hand this could be your best one yet, overwhelmed with so much love and attention.

No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, will you do this? Will you celebrate you? Yes, you!

You are a survivor, no matter what you’ve been through, you’re still here.

You matter, you’re not just here to occupy space and time, there is a rich deposit in you, a wealth of resources, a well of capabilities.

By now you might be picking yourself off the floor and thinking, “Yeah, right, if only you knew me, you won’t say all this.”

I might not know you, but I know the One Who made you and He doesn’t make junk! Look throughout creation, there is such detail, precision and beauty. Why would He do less with you, the masterpiece of His creation?!

A crumpled $100 dollar bill holds no less value than a mint crisp one.

Rejoice (rekindle the joy within you) and celebrate “you” this day. Treat yourself, be kind to yourself, be gracious to yourself, permit yourself to relax, rest, laugh and have fun

May this be your best Valentine’s Day yet!

Shake Off The Beast  0

Acts 28:1-10 (NKJV)
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. 2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.”

Paul was on his way to Rome as a prisoner, the Lord had warned that the journey would be treacherous but the warning was brushed off by the decision makers. They ended up being shipwrecked and on the island of Malta.

The natives started off by showing them unusual kindness, they were so warm and accommodating, but as soon as they saw Paul in trouble, they judged him, and no one tried to help.

We are not qualified to judge one another, we only know in part. Paul was on that island through no fault of his own, he had even passed along the warning he received from God, before they set sail. The islanders assumed he was a criminal and that the viper biting him was retribution for his crimes.

Prayer:
Pray that in the Body of Christ, we will not judge one another, that even when we see one another’s nakedness we will cover it and pursue restoration, reconciliation and recovery.

Pray concerning those issues plaguing us; fault, addiction, obsession, sickness, disease etc., those things that men have begun to label us with like the “Woman with the issue of blood.”

 

5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

Prayer:
Pray that we will all shake off the thing the enemy thought to use to silence and destroy us. That its power over us is broken and we shake it off. Every burden shall be lifted off our shoulders and the yoke from around our necks and the yoke shall be destroyed in the presence of the anointing.

 

6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Prayer:
Pray that what the devil intended to short-circuit your destiny, what he meant to silence your voice and bring reproach will turn out to be a rich area of ministry for the Lord. Untold numbers will be saved, encouraged and inspired by what the Lord will bring forth.

 

7 In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. 9 So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed.

Paul did not get offended at the islanders for judging him, rather he loved and ministered to them willingly.
We have no control over offence coming, but we do have a choice whether we will get offended.

Prayer:
Pray that we will not get offended. That we will be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath.

Pray we will have the right focus. How long are we going to be on this earth? Maybe 100+ years? What is that measured against eternity? May we keep our eyes on the prize and may our constant prayer be “Lord, glorify Yourself in me and in this matter, Thine kingdom come, Thine will be done.”

 

10 They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary.

The very ones who despised us and labeled us by our issues, will turn around to acknowledge the Lord has done great things for us.

Paul and all the other passengers on the ship lost everything, all they had left were the clothes on their backs (that is if those survived the shipwreck). However by the time they were leaving the island, they had everything necessary.

Prayer:
Pray that the Lord will be glorified in every area of our lives, that everything we lost during the season of affliction will be restored.

Just like the Israelites in the exodus, we shall not leave empty.

Speak restoration and recovery, renewal and refreshing, revival and rest.

Burst Forth II  0

In the previous article we saw that first the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, before the windows and floodgates of heaven were opened and the rains came down.

How does this relate to us as believers?
God works from the inside out, we have to become more “God inside” conscious, He lives in us in His fullness and our daily living is meant to be an outflow of that fullness.

In this natural realm, we tend to focus more on the external, we look outward for everything but the Word of God instructs us to look within;
For wisdom –-“it’s God’s Spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible. The experts have no corner on wisdom; getting old doesn’t guarantee good sense” Job 32:8b MSG

For direction: “For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” Romans 8:14 AMP

For affirmation: “The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God” Romans 8:16 AMP

God’s primary focus is the condition of our heart. “I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.” (1 Samuel 16:7 TLB)

Everything begins in the heart, “for with the heart one believes unto righteousness . . .” (Romans 10:10 NKJV), “For from within, out of the heart of men proceed evil . . .” (Mark 7:21 NKJV)

Our heart is our core, the very center of our being. We are to guard it above everything else, because everything we do comes from it.

To be continued . . .

Burst Forth  1

In the year 600 of Noah’s life, in the seventeenth day of the second month, that same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened.

12 And it rained upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:11-12 (AMPC)

Notice the progression, first the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, before the windows and floodgates of heaven were opened and the rains came down.

A lot of times we’re praying and fasting and making confessions concerning open heavens and the downpour, but that is putting the cart before the horse.

Open heavens and rain are God’s part, He never reneges on His part, but this scripture shows us we are the instigators. We must first break up the foundations of the deep and burst forth, then the heavens will respond.

To be continued . . .

In One Accord  0

Independence is a good thing, but in the midst of it we have to remember no man is an island, even the Body of Christ is not just one individual, but all of us collectively.

No single anointing/gift/talent/ability is as powerful or encompassing as the corporate anointing/gift/talent/ability.

Each of us has different talents and abilities, and even in our areas of commonality, there are differences in intensity/level. Can you imagine what we can achieve collectively, pooling all our resources to work on the same project?!

Our focus in 2017 must be on ways to synergize, our buzzword must be “In one accord.”

Stay Connected  0

Isolation is the ploy of the enemy to overwhelm and destroy, may we make solid connections with one another, not birthed out of emotions or anything that can be manipulated, corrupted or quenched; but may it be rooted and grounded in the love of God, that hopes all things, endures all things and is stronger than death.

May our love for one another, be gentle enough to coax the timid or recluse, strong enough to lock arms with one another and contend with the enemy, bold enough to reprove and even rebuke each other, and precious enough to make us willing to pay the price. 

Merry Christmas!!  0

Deck your hearts with songs of worship
Ha ha ha ha ha halleluyah
He’s the reason for the season
Ha ha ha ha ha halleluyah
Christ was given, peace is living
Ha ha ha ha ha ha lleluyah
Come before Him with rejoicing
ha ha ha ha ha halleluyah

© 2016 Toyin Fasosin

Recalibrate, Realign  0

As we’re rounding up the year 2016 and 2017 is fast coming into view, we must take stock and position ourselves to finish this year strong, and hit the ground running in the next.

There might be things that were so strong in our hearts in the beginning of 2016. We were so sure of them but as the year progressed we let them slip.

Now more than ever, we must be purposeful about our lives, we need to be focused and run a tight ship.

Below are some scriptures to meditate on and prayers along this line.

 

Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.
Hebrews 2:1 AMPC

Prayer:
Father, I thank You for Your goodness and mercy to me. Thank You for preserving me thus far this year. Thank You for the victories won, the lessons learned and the progress made.

Lord, there are some things You showed me over the year that I let slip, either through carelessness/laziness or willful disobedience. Forgive me for dropping the ball and quicken it once again in me.

Be merciful unto me and give me time to pursue, overtake and recover all.

 

My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn;
Open your ears to my sayings.
21 Do not let them escape from your sight;
Keep them in the center of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And healing and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 4:20-22 AMP

Prayer:
Lord, I give You and Your Word, first place in my life. I determine to spend quality time in prayer, studying Your Word, meditating on and confessing Your Word.

I will be conscious of and sensitive to Your Spirit within. I will pay attention and be willing to learn.
Therefore Your Word will produce life in me, it will heal every disease and illness and cause health to permeate my being, resisting every incursion of sickness and disease.

 

“Oh, that you had paid attention to My commandments!
Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a [flowing] river,
And your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea.

Isaiah 48:18 AMP

Prayer:
Lord, I give Your Word my full attention. I not only hear, but I also do. You give me peace – wholeness in every area of my life – spirit, soul (mind, will, emotions and intellect), body, in my relationships, financially and materially.

You give me prosperity – increase all around. Every barrenness becomes fruitful, every stagnancy turns into progress, every valley of dry bones becomes a mighty army.

This peace and prosperity is like a flowing river. There is continuity, there is no stagnancy or debris/filth, or damming up. It permeates every part of my being and touches all who come in contact with me.

Lord, I walk before You in holiness and purity. I separate myself for Your use and choose not to defile myself.

Thank You Father, for the grace to hear and do.

 

Our Ruler  0

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 AMPC

“. . . and the government shall be upon His shoulder,” Jesus bears rule as both Lord and King.

Right now His Kingdom (domain) is in the hearts and lives of those yielded to Him, but a time will come when He will rule and reign over all.

When we yield to God’s plans, purposes and pursuits for our lives, then His Kingdom comes and His Will is done in our lives, as it is in Heaven.

When we preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations, we are contributing to the increase of His Kingdom.

May we fulfil our part in ensuring that “of the increase of His Kingdom and of peace, there shall be no end.”

A Child Is Born  0

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 AMPC

“Child” refers to His humanity, “Son” refers to His divinity. Mary bore the Child, God gave the Son. Mary bore Jesus, God gave the Christ.

Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
Hebrews 4: 14-16 AMP

Jesus stripped himself of His glory and was born as a human, He walked on this earth as one of us, experiencing the vicissitudes of life. He knows what it is to hunger, to thirst, to be tired, to be tempted. He doesn’t just know it because He is the Son of God, but because he experienced it.

How comforting to know He gets it when we are pressured and overwhelmed, and thus can provide both mercy for our failures, and grace – appropriate and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.


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