Power Of Praise

Praise is a wonderful fragrance unto the Lord. Whenever the Lord does something new in your life never forget to offer him praises because he honours his word. Infact everyday is worth giving praises to God because he is worthy.

In the good and bad times make it a habit to always worship God.

Psalms 52 is all about the two kinds of praises, Those who praise themselves and boast of their evil. They end in everlasting ruin. The others are the praises of God. They will go on flourishing in the house of God praising Him forever and ever. Praise is the weapon that overcomes all the forces that pull us away from God especially pride. The praises of God conquers pride and avoid the fall it leads too. Praise is our weapon of victory.

By praise we bind the enemy. By praise we go deeper in the realm of the spirit. We have a weapon that negates all the advantages of satan and that is the weapon of praise. 

When you are not in a spirit of joyful praise, you are vulnerable to the enemy’s attack. William Taylor wrote, “He who has a new song in his mouth is ever stronger, both to suffer and to labor, than the man who has a dumb spirit and a hymnless heart.”

Praise keeps us power oriented, but lack of praise leads us to be problem oriented. Not all of life is a battle. Sometimes we just relax on our beds and rejoice in the good life of being a child of God, and an object of His delight. Praise brings us into the presence of God, and in His presence there is power.

Total Surrender

I have always struggled with surrendering all areas of my life to God… Why? Because I get scared that if I give it all to him he won’t give me all I ever want, but that is a lie from satan.

Sometimes I try to handle things with my own strength knowing fully well that it will not go down well lol.

I have come to a realization lately that the holy spirit is a person, he is our partner and friend. His desire is to hold our hands as we walk through this journey together. He teaches us total surrender from his word of truth, he aligns our thoughts in obedience to Christ, daily I talk to him in prayers and invite him all over again into my life, admitting my weaknesses. Transparency is key in walking with the holy spirit. I know my strength will fail me. There are days that I do not want to do things that will benefit me, there are day I have felt I cannot go on.. Guess what! That is when his strength is made manifest in my life. The holy spirit is my friend.

As I have decided to partner with the holy spirit lately, all those areas in my life that I hold unto, I find myself surrendering all to God with ease because he is the Prince of peace. I desire his peace, I desire that my life will be a total reflection of his glory. I want to be a lady who stood for Jesus and loved him with all my life. I want to be a lady who will love others genuinely without holding back.

Despite all the troubles and challenges life will throw at you. Learn to depend on the holy spirit. He is your guide, he is your friend, your all, he directs all your ways and joy unspeakable shall he give unto you.

Isaiah 1:8 say “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”.

What caught my attention in the above scripture is this “Come now, let us settle the matter”. This shows us that God desires that we have an intimate relationship with him. He loves you so dearly and trust me as you develop this relationship with him you will gradually surrender to him without holding back because your future is secured in him.

He is willing to wash all your sins away and make you brand new no matter what you have done and how far you have gone.❤

Far From Perfect.

Oh yeah!.. Ogechi is far from being perfect…😊. No one is perfect. My personality makes it a bit difficult for me to really come to terms that sometimes I will make mistakes,lol and funny thing is when I make certain mistakes I beat myself up and I get hard on myself.. Forgiving myself becomes difficult sometimes. I am a perfectionist and it is one of the reasons I struggle in this area.

So because of this mindset it took me years to come to terms that I do not need to do anything to make God to love me. God loves me, like it is super amazing how much he loves us all. It is overwhelming that sometimes I break down and cry because I know I do not deserve it at all but he saw me worthy and deserving of his love.. Isn’t this absolutely mind blowing?❤

It also affected my relationship with God so much because whenever I commit a sin,instead of me running to the one who never fails and loves me unconditionally.. I run from him because I feel he is so mad at me or he is so disappointed in me that he does not want to hear me talk to me again.

This has gone on for as long as I remember but I realized that all God wants from us daily is to die to self. Can we do this by our strength? No way!

Jesus said in Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”.

Daily is the key word. Seriously with my little walk with Jesus I have realized that if I dwell on yesterday’s glory I’ll stumble, is that to say that yesterday’s glory is not important for our christian growth? It sure is! In fact all the testimonies and deliverances God has done for us in the past are part of what encourages us to move better with Jesus, but he said we must deny himself (flesh) and follow him daily..

When I come to Jesus and spend time with him as I am,I feel whole, I feel his presence overwhelming me, I feel so loved, I don’t feel pressured, I know I am not perfect but I am loved by a heavenly father who does not judge or condemn me. Instead he wants to heal me of all guilts and sin. I know that all he wants is my heart.

I keep surrendering my thoughts and actions to him, whenever the pressure of being “perfect” overwhelms me I remember who my father is.. He is love and his love never fails.

When I ran from him, I ran to him😊

I have stopped running from him and I am more at peace knowing my heavenly father and I can communicate daily.

Come to Jesus today and believe me if you honestly open your heart to him he will help you through this journey. Just ask in faith.

CONSISTENCY

I’m so excited to share about consistency😀

I believe that every person that has attained greatness in life was consistent.

Sometimes as humans we tend to get weary with life generally when we focus on the circumstances surrounding our lives and also in our walk with God. But that is not the life God wants us to have.

Life can throw all its challenges at you ..now it depends on how you handle it, whether to look unto God for his strength or run from it.

God did not promise us a stress-free life but he promised to be with us all the way. Is it not amazing that God cares about us more than our minds can comprehend😊. We need to be consistent on living to make him happy by spending quality time with him.

Our consistency doesn’t depend on our feelings but to finish the race. We must fix our gaze on Jesus to run the race of life.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength they will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Rest!

Wow! I’m so happy to be back.

It has been a whole year and 4months since i have been away😊 and guess what i am super excited to share all God has been doing/done in my life all the while.

I was talking recently to a friend of mine and she had to remind me to Rest in God.

You know it’s easy to get so distracted with what is happening in the world and around us that we really loose sight of Jesus. This is why it is so important to study his word daily and pray always

I realized that recently I had lost sight of God because of what I wanted to get from him rather than focusing on what he has done in my life. I was clouded by what has not been done in my life that I began to worry and it started to take away my peace.

When I talked to my friend she had to remind me to rest. And I went to God and asked for his mercies, since then I have had an overwhelming peace that I cannot resist. I had to be deliberate about this walk with Jesus so I don’t give satan a loophole to creep into my heart to create thoughts that do not exist and all manner of lies.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.
Matthew 11:28 .

God is still in the business of making men. No matter how far you have gone, God is still willing to embrace you with his loving arms so you can find complete rest😍 How sweet it is to know that we have a heavenly father that loves us unconditionally and wants us back no matter how far we have departed from him.

Accept him today. He wants all of you!

HIS PROMISES

The word of God is complete and his promises are true.

Yesterday afternoon I decided to take a nap and God showed me “his promises”, not long after i saw it i awoke and then he told me that i should blog on this.

I remember having a conversation yesterday with a friend, and she was explaining how the enemy has been attacking her mind for a couple of days now and how it has been difficult to decree the word of God over her life, i explained to her that i have been there severally and I really did understand how she felt. Satan always comes on an attack on our minds when we get so “comfortable” and believe we have “arrived” on our walk with God. He creeps in gradually and before we know it we are so lukewarm, he occupies our hearts with vain things, work, less prayer, less studying the bible and before we know it he comes in like a flood to overwhelm us. The bible says in the book of

Isaiah 59:19 (KJV)
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Yes his word says it all and his promises are true… When the enemy comes in like a flood… because the enemy will surely come in from time to time and the knowledge we have known about Christ is what will sustain us in that particular challenge we are facing,and his promises will sustain us throughout the trials. God knows we will face a lot of bad days on earth and his word which is a manual will take us through it all. When the enemy comes to speak lies into your life begin to decree from his word saying,

God is with me.

Thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death ,I shall fear no evil, for God is with me.

He will give his angels charge over me.

Fear not, for I am with you.

Surely he will deliver me from the snare of the fowler.

A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but is shall not come near you.

Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him.

I will be with him in trouble.

I’m so excited because we are victorious and Satan has no power over our lives,he is defeated forever and because God’s promises are true , we shall not fail and remain there we will always rise up again because he is with us and he never leaves, no situation on earth can overwhelm us..

Always remember that God is God and no plans of the devil can stand against you because his PROMISES AND WORD STANDS FOREVER♥

TRUST AND OBEY

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Chorus;
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Will go,Never fear, only trust and obey.

I am sure we have all come across this song above at some point in our lives, it is a deep one and it is the way to please our maker. The bibles says in

1st Samuel 15:22

“What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Sometimes we think we can bribe God with our offerings when our heart is far from him, we feel we can justify our actions by what we give to him or others ,i am not saying it is wrong but let us set our priorities right, God doesn’t require much from us but to please him wholeheartedly, trust him and obey his voice when he sends us. We can trust him by focusing totally on him and opening our hearts to his word.

God spoke to my heart early hours of today through the book of Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

God made me understand that I should trust him, there are actually some areas in my life that I am still battling with trusting him and he called me to repentance, he made me see that I have been struggling in those aspect a lot and it is time to bring it at his feet. I am glad that God is a loving father ,all he desires is that we should TRUST AND OBEY HIM

I pray this day that anyone reading this be healed of any hurt and as you open your heart to Christ this day ,he will reveal to you the mystery of his word and teach you to Trust him and Obey.

Amen♥

COME TO THE LORD!

Phewww, it has been a long time, it actually seems like forever. The couple of months gone by has been a roller coaster, but in all I thank God for his mercies, love, kindness, faithfulness and above all his grace.

Most times we are faced with challenges that draws our hearts away from God, most times God allows all of these so we can trust in him. Other times we intentionally walk away from his will and purpose because we feel he is taking “too long” forgetting GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST . God has given us a compass for our everyday living that is his word, it guides our heart,renews us daily, refreshes us, teaches us how to love, gives us wisdom on how to handle affairs of life.

The Lord is calling us daily to dig deeper into him every single day of our lives, because Satan never sleeps, he always looks for a loop hole in order to creep in and pull us down.

Isaiah 55:1 COME, EVERYONE WHO IS THIRSTY, COME TO THE WATERS; AND YOU WITHOUT MONEY, COME, BUY, AND EAT! COME,BUY WINE AND MILK WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT COST!

What a Wonderful God we serve,he has given us all things that we will worship him and reach out to the Lord. He doesn’t need anything from us except our heart and total devotion to him.

There was a time I was overwhelmed with the cares of the world,I was occupied with what I wanted from God that I lost sight of him,I was no longer pursuing a relationship, I just wanted toworldmfrom him and honestly God doesn’t work that way.

Isaiah 55:6-7 SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND,CALL TO HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR. LET THE WICKED ONE ABANDON HIS WAY AND THE SINFUL ONE HIS THOUGHTS; LET HIM RETURN TO THE LORD, SO HE MAY HAVE COMPASSION ON HIM, AND TO OUR GOD,HE WILL FREELY FORGIVE.

The scripture above sums it up, God wants a sweet relationship with us. If we will genuinely turn away from our sins and ask God for his mercies, and seek him totally he will surely uplift us. His light will shine through us to the world.

All he wants is a fellowship and his desire is that we will Come to him daily.

Daily shall I seek him.

SELF

“I am self suffient”,”i have it all together i don’t need no one”… At some point in life we have heard these statements and at some point too we all have been victims of living a selfish life. Sometimes we do not get to understand what others feel or why they act the way they do,all we think about is ourselves. The bible says we should love our neighbour as oursleves,now this is a bit difficult humanly speaking but with Christ his grace is sufficient for to love others as ourselves. Self can cripple into our lives gradually without us even knowing it and this happens when we push God away from our lives by walking away from his presence

Let us take a good look at this passage

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A
man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 (NLT)

The bible makes us understand that everyone of us reaps what we do in life,if we sow to the flesh, We will reap the corruptible nature of the flesh but if we sow in accoradance to the word of God we will reap in acordance to his spirit..

The flesh brings about selfish attutudes and eventually leads to death. Let us ask God today with a sincere heart to help us get rid of every selfish desires in our hearts and give us the strenght and grace to love and reach out to others like he does to us.. He hears our prayers and he will bring it to pass. Even if we try too and fail,God is by us to lead us all through the way.

IN HIS PRESENCE 3

Wow! It took me a while to write on this because i became preoccupied with alot😊 but i am thankful to God for his mercies and grace all through.

God’s presence comes with a price, yes it does because we have to give out something to gain something, what do i mean by this?.. In the curriculum of heaven you have to give out your time,you have to be consistent, you have to sacrifice all you feel you cannot do without, well sometimes it is easier said than done. I have been in situations severally where i could not sustain the presence of God and he quietly backed off, one thing is inviting his presence in our lives and another thing is sustaining it. Most times we get caught up with alot of things of this world and we forget our source which is Christ.

The enemy has a way of keeping us very busy that we tend to forget our maker,now we must fight back with the word of God, that is why it is necessary not to forsake the gathering of the saints..

We ought to join groups in the church and mingle with like minded belivers,we need to edify ourselves with the scriptures.

We must make a concious effort to Sustain his presence because in him we find ourselves,we find our true identity, in him all we seek for is found,never rely on your strength and senses to find his presence. It is found in his WORD and in the place of PRAYER

IN HIS PRESENCE 2

There is nothing as amazing as being in the presence of God, trust me when you experience his presence you would never want to leave, prior to writing IN HIS PRESENCE i struggled with God, i drifted away from his presence because i had alot on my mind that i wanted him to do for me and it was as if he was far away,i complained almost each passing day,i knew i was sinking, i longed for him still,i missed our fellowship,i really wanted to experience peace again but the funny thing is while i was running from him, i was running back to his loving arms, A week ago i wanted to have my siester and i went to my brothers’ room,immediately i lay on his bed i felt Gods’ presence afresh, i slept like a baby, i found myself thanking and praising God, i was happy when i woke up. I picked up my bible and studied.. At night he slept else where and i went back to his room to sleep again,i felt same way,my heart could not contain the joy from within,when i woke up the following day i was thinking why i kept feeling this way that was when i realized his bed was his praying alter, and this incident made me believe more in prayer alters, it works..

From that moment my life changed instantly and i did not want to drift from God again,we should practise staying in the presence of God,it pays. Sometimes life can throw alot at us and we get carried away and watch ourselves walk away from his presence. Christ never turns his back at us and his promises shall he keep till the end of time. Each day i take God seriously and those things that took my attention away from him does not matter to me anymore,i just want to keep experiencing him all the days of my life, indeed it is only God who brings total satisfaction. The enemy always wants to frustrate our efforts and tell us that it is not possible to be in Gods’ presence at all times that is why Christ said we should watch and pray least you fall into temptation.

Psalms 119:4

You have commanded us to keep your percepts dilligently.

If we keep his commandments diligently his presence can never depart from ourselves.

My prayer each day is that the church will remain in his presence ,with one heart shall we cry out to him and he shall bring his words to pass in our lives

To be continued…..