While We Wait

Have you ever felt like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Perhaps, like me, you have prayed for years about something but God seems silent. At this point you begin to have alternative ideas about solving your problems.

The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

It’s hard to find many people getting committed to waiting for their season of glory in order to shine. Waiting is hard work and, at times, can even test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever end in this lifetime. There are lots of desires we long for in prayer and news we’re waiting to hear. These can tempt us to be impatient, discouraged, to worry, and even to wonder if God cares.

Many can wait but for how long will they wait for God to answer them. God is an all knowing God and he assures us with lots of scriptures about what we should do while we wait. And He even promises us strength through it all.
This makes it obvious that everything that happens to us in our waiting period is on purpose.
In God’s own time He makes all things beautiful. We make hasty decisions in life because of our expectations. If only many had waited patiently enough, a lot would have changed about their life.

2 Peter 3:8(NIV) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

There is just one virtue and also a fruit of the Spirit that I will centre the whole waiting ideology on and that is “Patience”.

Galatians 5:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

“Patience deals with having the capacity to accept or tolerate delays, trouble or sufferings without getting angry or upset.”
It can only be developed under trials.
Patience is only needed when there is a reason to not wait.

There is a purpose for being patient while you wait. Take a look at Hebrews 12:2 Waiting on God forces us to look to Him. It casts our eyes rightly to Christ as the source of our faith and the assurance of our salvation. It reminds us that Christ’s death and life is the reason we can be filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Trials cause us to persevere by deepening our knowledge of God and relying on him more intentionally.
James 1:2-4 tells us it is here that a mature and complete faith is grown.

What to do while waiting

Persevere

In Galatians 5:22 the emphasis is on “how we act while waiting”.
Patience is all you need when all seems to fail.
Patience can bring sufferings to the present moment. Yet when attention is paid to the things happening right before you, you will know that God is working and he is up to something indeed.

Every single change in life had always come through a process. It might take longer than we think it should but it’s always worth the wait.
Waiting is not an enjoyable moment sometimes but when we make a decision to wait on God’s way we can easily handle it and become patient enough. Through this we find joy because we trust a God who never fails.

In your waiting period you have to push harder towards the goal.
Every dream or promise needs to be fulfilled in one way or the other. What do you do when you are waiting for God to come through for you.

Unlike waiting, patience has nothing to do with time. You don’t stop everything and wait, you keep living in the present moment until the right thing shows up.

Put your hope in God and rest in Him

No one hopes for what he/she already has.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently(Romans 8:22- 25).
Put your hope in God during such times because He will give you clarity. It may take time, but along the way He will help you out. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”(Psalm 37:7)

Resting in the Lord means to cast all of your anxieties on Him. He will take care of them. While you rest, wait with patience for the Lord because He will answer your calls. It may not seem like it, but He will. All good things take time, you just have to learn to be patient.
Being impatient causes many to miss out on some blessings.

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:25)

Be obedient to God’s way

Wait for God’s promise instead of going your own way.
God’s goodness is promised for those who wait patiently for him! No matter how long and hopeless things appear to us,when we wait on Him he will never disappoint us. Ephesians 3:20 says “God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to his power at work within us”

Deepen your knowledge of God

When you come to understand who God is and you keep building your faith in Him alone you get an assurance that He is an able God and there’s nothing He can’t do for you. Without that knowledge you might be lost thinking. Through this our faith is build completely.
(James 1:2-4)

Be expectant and don’t stop Praying

Psalm 27:14
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

Romans 12:12 Amplified Bible
constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],

Think of the things in your life that you could devote a little patience towards. Ask the Lord for help with patience. Never stop praying while you wait.

Trust me, the waiting may be hard, but it will make you stronger. The benefits that patience brings are certainly worth any uncomfortable wait!

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How Valuable Is Your Gift?

How many times do we figure out what we are on this earth for?
How many times do we probe to find our purpose on earth or gift?
Have you ever asked God what gift you carry?
It might interest you to know that we were never made for our own self. What we carry or our gift is to be used to help others.
Everyone can succeed in life by putting up certain goals that life normally recommends if they commit to it. Yet most people miss their purpose for which God created them all because they have become successful with certain standards they chose.

When we ask God for the gift He has placed in us, it makes us put in less effort than we do now and be focused on the most important things. The most important thing is what God wants you to be.
Our Maker never left us in the dark to wonder about our purpose.
God never created us by mistake and for that matter He made us to have a purpose on earth and hid what the earth needs in us.

God created everything with a gift.
Dr. Myles Munroe said ” Your gift is the source of your value”. Everyone is sent to the earth to deliver a package to a generation. He also defined a gift as an inherent capacity to fulfil a function that meets a need in creation.

What will happen if you walked to a mango tree and never got a fruit to eat? Then ask yourself what will happen to others if you decide not to discover your gift and make others blessed for that matter?
This stands to reason that we are not on this earth for ourselves but for others sake. What we carry is not ours. Anything that is inherent means you came with it.
School has always taught us to be on a certain career path, but you never get anyone asking you what is your gift in school.
We even choose programs based on so many factors without having a thought of personal fulfilment.

A gift is not learnt, it can only be refined.
Prophecies don’t give gifts, they stir it up.
If your gift is the source of your value then your value comes from your gift. So if you never find your gift you will never be valuable to man.

Proverbs 18:16
A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

In discovering the purpose of every invention, all we need is to ask the creator of that.
Your gift will make room for you before great men. Whether they like you or not ,they will call for your gift and they will value you. Know your gift, refine it and watch how valuable you will become. The ones who hate you will come looking for your gift. They will pay you for it.
Dr Myles Munroe says ” people will never be attracted to you or like you but if you manifest your gift and refine it, they will walk over their pride”.
If you want the world to continue to determine what we should do as a result of economic crisis then I am sorry to say we are following systems. Systems tells us how far we can go and when to get promotion and retire and all sorts of rules.

When you manifest in your gift, you decide and ignore systems, because it makes room for you to operate anytime and whenever.
God supplies seeds and in that seed is a gift. The seed of everything is in itself. Trees never eat their own fruits. They supply fruits. Your gift is to supply the needs of other people. Always know that your gift is an obligation. You will account for it. Ask God for your gift and manifest in it and others will be blessed.

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Intimacy — Time to ponder with Vifah

How do we work for a God we don’t have time to take a leading from? We will spend all our lives doing everything for Him and in the end He tells us plainly (…with no remorse) ” I never knew you” Ouch!! that would hurt. You claim you know God, does He know you? Don’t forget to share and like and follow my blog post for more good stuff. Cheers

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Intimacy

A lot comes to mind when many hear about the word “Intimacy”. Well, there’s no other intimacy to value than the one with our Maker.

After a long chat with my favourite person and a writer, I learnt a lot about having an intimate relationship with God. Atsupi Davoh shares her divine thought, her reflection of the state of her personal relationship with God.

John 10:27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

God is the ultimate eternal shepherd of humanity. He is a provider, a fortress a rock we can lean on all the days of our lives. It is expected that as a child of God, I would want to do everything to please Him. I stopped to ask myself after i encountered various types of Christians in their quest to be the ideal child of God: What actually pleases the almighty God?

We have gradually grown into a culture where one’s level of spirituality and knowledge of God is decided by ticked boxes. In these ticked boxes collection there is; dress code, commitment to church activities, the way we pray, reactions to the pastor when he preaches, facial expressions during worship etc. after ticking these boxes the world looks at us and say “yeah!!! we are perfect candidate for heaven”.

Don’t get me wrong, everything in those ticked boxes are needed but I have come to the knowledge that there is something more paramount: An Intimate Relationship with God.

Intimate Relationship with God: Is the way in which you and God are connected in a cozy and private or relaxed atmosphere.

I don’t recall talking to God very often in a relaxed cozy atmosphere, I don’t know about you - I either sleep or too stressed out from the day or I am going out. No time to stop to listen. Communication with God has become a one(1) way street not a two way call. More talking than listening. We are busy doing things for a master we only talk to when we want to make deposits of complains and reports, not to take orders. How do we work for a God we don’t have time to take a leading from? We will spend all our lives doing everything for Him and in the end He tells us plainly (…with no remorse) ” I never knew you” Ouch!! that would hurt. God should be able to vouch for you by how much you hear Him not how much you speak to Him or do for Him.

Matthew 7:22–23. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

Ah!!! Is God serious? Evildoers? How? but we served in church everyday, we went for prayer meetings, we danced the most in church, etc. What do you mean you never knew me? Never?!!! that’s a harsh word. We are busy building a relationship with the “church” and forget the relationship with “the Head of the Church”. As children of God we have become packages of morality; so long as I don’t do this or that I’m in line, yes you are in line but with the wrong focus. What differentiates us from a morally upright atheist/Unbeliever? What separates you from someone who is naturally disciplined and committed to things he has been assigned to?

Don’t let your service make you lose track of your relationship with God.
I realized that when you have a relationship with God it gives meaning and reason to the Godly actions that we take. Your worship, prayer, service all has meaning when we are intimate with God.
The relationship we seem to have with God lately is synonymous to the one we have with our favorite celebrities. We know God, believe in him, reverence His miracles, await his promises. We talk about him but we have never seen him, some argue against Him but they’ve never encountered Him, that is what we do to celebrities. If you have no relationship with God, it’s like admiring and worshipping and posting pictures and quotes about Barack Obama when the guy does not even know you.

We can all say we know God but can God say he knows you? That is a realm I believe we should seek - GOD KNOWS ME!!!
A lot of us base our understanding of God on the books we read, messages that comes from the altars, based on the prayer meetings organised by the church. Personal relationship pleases God more. A lot of us mark registers in church but don’t mark registers with God. You go to church everyday but in your secret place you don’t talk to God. You fear your pastor’s rebuke more than you fear God. If you fear not going to church but you do not fear not praying then you need a self check. Who are you doing the churchgoing for?

What are the storms and victories in your life? When things are going smooth or tough who do you call? Sometimes I get a news and when I turn to call a friend the Holy Spirit asks me have you told God? The more I ignore this voice the more it persists. God wants to know every single detail of our lives. He wants to be your gossip mate,your punching bag. God wants to be your steering wheel not your spare tire, a permanent cheerleader and comforter not a part time defender.

Reflect on how many ideas, struggles, victories we have not told God? Then we turn our backs and say God i thought you said you’d never leave me or forsake me, then he plainly tells you - I was never with you. We need to seek that personal relationship with God. I personally want to be able to ask God what I should wear just like I ask my friends.
Our relationship with God greatly affects our sensitivity and awareness that God lives. When there is no one watching do you still dance like you do? Do you still pray the manner in which you do, do you still read your word like you do? God always wants to separate us individually for Himself. Your level of ignorance is as a result of a lack of personal relationship with God. Being intimate with God is not about works. Most of us work tirelessly for an organisation but have no relationship with the BOSS. Intimacy is the first thing to seek.

When you are intimate with God He becomes a lover, and in that moment of intimacy you “hear the voice” that leads you in every way. A realm where He just needs to whisper directions and secrets of hidden heavens, then we can follow instructions as to what to do and what not to do.
Its not about ticking boxes in church and in front of your Pastor, its about being transparent with God through an open relationship. Intimacy with God is KEY!!!

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Rebuilding Broken Walls

Hello lovely people,it was an amazing time when I shared some interesting stuff with you all through my blog post(Being determined is rewarding). It happened to be my first blog post and it received positive feedback in a short time and I strongly believe that it will go a long way to make impact in the lives of many.
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Here comes another interesting and deep topic I want to share with everyone; Rebuilding broken Walls. Enjoy!!!

In life, many do find themselves rebuilding broken walls either in business, marriage, relationships, family, ministry and many more.

Nehemiah 2:17 says
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burnt with fire. Come, let us rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

Jerusalem which happened to be the habitation of peace was now in pain,grief and insecurity had filled the land. Their peace was taken away for so long a time with lots of tension had filling the whole land and the propagation of the gospel had been opposed by many.
Jerusalem was in distress times and in captivity. Their gates were burnt off,security shaken and walls broken. They suffered from attacks from other nations and couldn’t rebuild their walls for over seventy years.

In our generation, which one of us is ready to get the foundations back unto their feet or ready to rebuild or repair the broken walls? The fact is that it is our mandate to repair these broken walls.

Now the other question is this: Do you think we all have a Jerusalem to rebuild? I will say YES we all do. Whatever that gives one peace,joy,happiness,comfort and warmth can be a Jerusalem. In other words Jerusalem can be your business,marriage, relationships, finances, children, academics, ministry, health, family and more.
These things mentioned above can make you get into peace and harmony when they are in good shape. They are greater and influential elements in people’s lives.

Whenever there is a hitch on these elements, it kills the joy,happiness and ruins your peace. This makes it clear that your walls have been affected. This is a clear indication of your Jerusalem walls being broken.

At this point in time there must always be one person to initiate a restoration in these areas and I believe strongly it must be you and no one else. One person must rise to be the initiator at the workplace, community, family,ministry,school, marriage, relationship, and within the church as well.

It is in the will and mindset of God to grant his people revival but He looks up unto men to initiate these moves. Can I tell you that You are the one?

What Do You Need To Repair Broken Walls?

There is the need to get hold of certain elements in other to be able to repair broken walls in our lives. The case of Jerusalem is going to be used in relation to our respective lives and cause a rebuilding in our lives.

Love

To be able to rebuild all broken walls in your life,get hold of your love and that will compel you to rebuild without pain, grief or hurt. Nehemiah heard the distress of his native land and he wept and prayed to God to forgive the sins of his forefathers. He had love for his people. His love drove the sympathy,compassion and emotions in him to go down on his knees to intercede for his people. Let love lead. It’s the ultimate.

Availability of thyself

We must be ready to avail ourselves in rebuilding. Hanani and the other men from Jerusalem were not ready to do that. They had to journey a long way to call upon Nehemiah. Time spent to journey could have been used in rebuilding as well. They lacked the sense of availing themselves. Such people are within our businesses, ministry, church, families and everywhere.
We should have that sense of urgency when called and rise up with the mindset to bring about change. Be available. It counts.

The sense of leadership

Nehemiah saw himself as a leader and ever ready to lead his people back home to rebuild the broken walls. He knew it was possible. He saw it as a calling from God.
He knew the time and season and realised that particular year God needed him to go and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He was bold and accepted to lead and led with the mind of God and love. We should never hesitate to lead people when the need arises. God has given us the power and ability. You are the one to rebuild.

Having the vision

Nehemiah had a great vision and that was to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Just like any other business has got their mission and code of ethics. He had his vision and waited until the time was due before calling his men on board to rebuild. (Nehemiah 2:17)

Your vision concerning every deal is your secret. Your secret is your power. Learn to keep your vision and dreams to yourself until it is fully established. Nehemiah kept his vision and was able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. Having a vision defines what you are about and keeps you in tune. Your vision defines your target.

Fasting and prayers

Nehemiah fasted and prayed in the time of distress. He prayed for months before embarking on his journey to Jerusalem. He sought the face of God and that made him successful at the end. Fasting and prayers connects us to God. Prayer is a tool for our survival and a daily maintenance for daily victory.

Cooperation and Teamwork

Repairing broken walls can never be an issue of one man but all. Teamwork solidifies the move of restoration. Nehemiah involved his people and led them and they all built together.
You can be an initiative type of person but you should never look down on your fellow workers. A divided house cannot stand. Let us in one accord stand up and rebuild all broken walls.

As leaders we should do our best to pray and wait upon the Lord, carefully analyse situations, we should always keep our goals in mind and never be discouraged by obstacles. We should also be involved with the people we serve and generate a team spirit and be a motivator. Above all we should maintain the heart of a servant.

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Being Determined Is Rewarding.

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Determination is one of the key principles an individual can inculcate in life. It’s a big responsibility on its own. In getting to the top sometimes, we go through hard paths.
Sometimes dreams are like eggs,they are hatched in stages.

Many a time people fight battles both spiritually and physically in order to breakthrough. Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities and if they do not find them they will make them.

Have you wondered whether mountaineering is easier to those who climb the mountains? It is the sport of climbing mountains — it’s all about challenge and perseverance, putting hands and feet on rocks, ice, and snow, and finally reaching a summit.

The climbers can pause and look out over a world ruled by nature and her raw beauty. It takes determination and great courage to walk the path to the peak of every mountain.

To reach the summit of a mountain peak is not always easy, but it always seems worthwhile. It always seems worth the effort to stand atop a mighty peak and look across the world. It’s through this determination that we get to see some of the beautiful pictures of nature. When we master hardship we get happiness at the end of whatever we do.


“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardship.”  -Helen Keller

Mountain view

The best view comes after the hardest climb anonymous


Characteristics of a Determined Person

Every determined person has set goals to serve as guidelines in pursuing their dream.
Your determination depends upon how strongly you desire anything. The stronger your desires, the greater is the strength of your determination. Fear is a major inhibiting factor. When a person is determined, fear doesn’t exist to that person. The person sees beyond the fear and gathers courage and assurance that it will end well no matter the obstacles. The Bible says in the book of Luke,

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.


Determined people never make excuses. When you are not determined enough you make excuses. Its either you make progress or you make excuses. Determined people never stop or give up when tired,they stop only when they are done. If you want to find results then you have to make all your excuses get behind you.


“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”-  Og  Mandino


Determined people do encounter obstacles as well. The only difference is that ,they never give it too much relevance. In the face of adversities, determined people never give up. Having faith in your goals and being disciplined with perseverance becomes very important. They leap over every obstacle with the bigger vision in mind and resilience and their determination always lands them on the success path through God’s strength.


Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.


In every situation that comes your way, your will power, tenacity, resolve, resilience or determination will make the difference. The strength of your will and the power of your determination counts. Some people may achieve success by luck, but most by determination only. Some people give up easily, while some fight until the end.

When you need something badly you go for it if you can. You must have an inner strength and the desire to badly get it at all cost. Clarify your goals and have a purpose and a strong mental attitude. The pain will come but you must endure. Be firm and press towards the goal. That’s the focal point.
Thomas Edison once said

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

You can dream about success yet there is one more thing you have to do for yourself: Work it out with determination. A resolute and extraordinary determination is all you need.
Always continue to see where you are going because a man without an aim is lame and it takes a man who is in motion to gain promotion. In your season of challenge its your determination that will speak.


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