A Healed Heart

Have you ever wondered why you act a certain way to certain situations? Or why some circumstances ignite anger or sorrow in your emotions but not for others. The year 2020 has been a year with lots of revelations. It has been a year that has either brought the worse or the best out of people. What comes out of a person when pressed on all sides tells what has been in them. You can only spill what you have inside of you – good or bad.

 

There have been recent incidents that have ignited anger and pain in me like I have never experienced before. I know that is not what you want to read about right now, but my emotions have been out of whack to say the least. Emotions have come to the surface that I have never noticed I had. I guess it’s because I have more time on my hands than before.  I am noticing things I have never seen before. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying the time and discovering myself much better every day.

 

Despite these instances, I had to go to God and ask some hard questions that I have never asked before. Like why I am angry and frustrated by things like other people’s opinions on TV, not getting my way , unable to say no to a request and my most famous someone cutting me off in traffic. I tried to keep my ‘cool’ but there were days I could not keep my composure. I had to voice things out respectfully, with anger in my heart but God was still working with me. I remember on one of my conversations I kept hearing the phrase “healed heart”. It took me a while to realized I needed a healed heart. But when did my heart get wounded, I asked myself passionately? Apparently, I have been walking with a wounded heart and because of the many distraction (work and life) I have never paid attention to that heart. My emotion is only an indicator of what my heart has been trying to tell me. They are also a good indicator of how we see God. We get afraid because we think we are left alone. But God says I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am angry at injustice because we do not believe in the justness of God. We are prideful because we believe we did it on our own. We usually brush off our emotions and move on but those emotions are telling us a lot and if we would pay attention it would not lead us into trouble.

 

I had to take a step back from everything and work with the Holy Spirit to help me with the process of healing There have been so many things buried deep down that I’d never talked about. These unattended emotions grow to ugly tall emotions that can be disastrous. It can lead to war, divorce, bitterness and many other vices. Does it take just a day or two? No. It might take much longer than we can ever think of but I’m glad I’m discovering myself and walking with the Spirit of God to help me. Does it mean I have a healed heart right now? No, I am a work in progress, but the amazing thing is to wake up and know I’m still loved by God. Oh, how that gives me the strength to keep wanting to get better. I have learned in the journey that, we cannot just cut the leaves of the tree and expect the tree to disappear. We must get to the root of the tree to destroy the tree. In the same manner, the emotions are just the leaves, so just pretending or willing it away never helps. You must dig deeper with the Holy Spirit to find out the root cause of all the emotions. It might even be from childhood and then work from there.

 

The journey of life is a journey of discovery and the most amazing thing is we get to do it with Jesus on our side. It is okay to identify things in your life that are destructive and deal with them. It is better to work on our destructive behaviors than become numb to them. They will grow and overtake us if not taken care of.

 

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

 

Everything we do comes from our heart. Your actions and your life in general tell which kind of heart you have. You can serve better from a healed heart. You can teach better from a healed heart. Loving others despite your differences comes more easily from a healed heart. The journey becomes much easier with a healed heart. Are you walking with a wounded heart? It’s nothing to be ashamed of because many on this journey have it too. It is better to discover where you are and what you need help with. Life is better with a healed heart.

 
 
Edited By: Mr. Augustine Adonteng

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Happy Father’s Day

 
One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters – George Herbert
 
In his book – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people –  Stephen Covey encourages his readers to begin with the end in mind. He paints a vivid picture with the end of your life in mind. Imagine you’re dead in a casket in front of a pulpit. Your pastor is standing right at your shoulder about to give the eulogy. The room is full of people in tears there to wish you farewell. WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE SAID ABOUT YOUR LIFE? Most importantly what would you want God to say about your life? Good and faithful servant?  As a father, what would you want your children to say about their lives with you? With all this in mind, now live your life with that end in mind (emphasis mine)
 
Having the end in  mind can be important in every aspect of our lives, in building our careers, in managing our health as well as in raising our children. As a father what end do you envision for your children and what are you doing to get them to that end. The life of a father parallels that of our Heavenly Father which makes it vital for the instructions and commendations of a father in the house. Many studies have shown the effect of absentee fathers on children and on a society as a whole.  It all goes to show how important our fathers are to us and our societies. To create a better world we sure need our fathers who will help build the next generation.

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” – Psalm 127:4

This verse describes our children as arrows. An arrow is of no use if not shot. But there are factors that affects the speed  and distance with which an arrow travels. The most important factor is the weight of the arrow.  The heavier the arrow, the greater the efficiency and the energy stored in the bow and the greater the speed the arrow can attain. What weight are you giving to your children?  What value are we giving your children? Do we give our approval only when they bring good grades or we let them know they are perfect and loved anyway?

During the baptism of our Lord Jesus at the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit descended on him and the voice of the Father was heard saying “this is my beloved son in him I’m well pleased”. – Matthew 3:17.  This was even before Jesus did any miracle on earth. I believe having the Father’s approval empowered him to do many miracles on Earth.  
 
With that in mind, how far will you want to shoot your arrow ( children)? Put value in them. Encourage them. Speak words of approval over them and that will empower them to get to the expected end you would wish to take them. Bless your children and see them become a blessing.
 
Happy Father’s Day!
 
 
Photo credit – Gifty Ametewee
Edited by – Augustine Adonteng
 

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In Crisis, Don’t Panic, Plan

In these times it is very easy to focus on the problems we are faced with and forget that there are benefits to this and every crisis. A crisis may seem to be destructive but it can turn out to be constructive depending on how you manage the crisis. “In crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity” (John F Kennedy). If crisis can be beneficial no matter how destructive it may be, then it is important to find these benefits and maximize them.

 

Generally, crisis opens our eyes to what we have taken for granted. I believe that we are grateful for what we are grateful for but there are things we may have taken for granted and crises tends to reminds of what life is about. Secondly, crisis helps us to make needed changes in our priorities. For example, many churches have had to retool to fit the times and engage in what matters; taking care of those in need. Thirdly, crises reveal a lot about us and others. It shows how prepared we are for any unexpected occurrences. Truth be told it is during crisis, we see who loves and who is ready to sacrifice for you. Our healthcare and frontline workers have shown their love for people and country by putting their lives at risk to save many. The crisis has revealed to us beyond our politics who love us for real. I can go on and on and show that there are benefits to every bad thing that happens. Let me share with you, one most important thing which I think we need to focus on with the stay-at-Home order. And it is this; crises create opportunities for innovation and growth.

 

The key to finding opportunities or benefits in crisis centers on the way the crisis forces us to become innovative and creative. I believe that you have heard the old saying “necessity is the mother of invention”. It is time to think beyond the norm to new ways of dealing with the problems we are confronted with. I believe you can and we can. Jon Huntsman, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, in his book, Winners Never Cheat: Even in difficult times reminds us of this truth, that “Humans seldom have created anything of lasting value unless they were tired or hurting.” So, may I ask you, what will you do differently after this crisis?

 


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Going for God’s Heart

 
Have you ever thought of the times you spend with God? Do you wonder how we can talk with friends for hours but not with God? We often go to God to quickly throw our request down His feet and run off. We usually have a list of things we would want Him to do for us. Like bless our families, heal our bodies and protect us from evil. That is all good, but then we rush right back to our daily lives and wait to repeat the process. We hardly seek after the heart of God (who He really is) in such routines. Because we are just interested in His hand (strength and power) working on our behalf. We want the blessings but not really interested in the blesser.

Our relationship with God

Prayer should be a dialogue between us and God. Any enjoyable conversations are always a two way streak. On the other hand our prayers have become monologues. We talk continuously and only stop when we are tired without giving God the chance to respond. Do you remember times that you sit with friends and talk for hours nonstop? Do you talk without your friend’s input? You will agree with me that, that will not be a conversation at all. How come we cannot do that when we comes to God? I believe it is because of how we see God. Our perception of the Father has to align correctly with the word of God. We come to God feeling guilty or afraid to say something wrong.

 
In a relationship where there is fear, conversations are less frequent. Imagine you have a boss who is intimidating, would you frequent his/her office for a chat?  The answer is No. Assuming that was a misinformation on your boss, would you have missed out on a good relationship with your boss? Yes, you would. Getting the correct information about a person helps us create our perceptions of people. It then helps us relate to different people in different ways. The perceptions  we most often have of God are from our relationships with authority figures and earthly fathers. To truly know the Lord, you will have to read His word for yourself. Inaccurate perceptions of people can even cause a fearful relationship.
 
The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love cast out fear. The only perfect love is the love of God for us. Many people still see God as this passionless/impersonal being. God’s children mainly knew Him for His hand (strength and power) in the Old Testament. So they always went to Him to ask for His power to work on their behalf. They also made sacrifices to Him as God to atone for their sins. In other words they knew the hand of God but hardly the heart of God. They knew Him as the God who split the Red Sea for His children. The God who fed them on the desert with manna but not as a person they could easily go to.
 

The heart of God 

God asked the prophet Jonah to go and tell the people of Nineveh to repent from their sins – Jonah 1-4. But the prophet flee from the Lord because he knew the heart of God. Jonah knew that God will have compassion on the people and will not destroy them. The prophet wanted the people destroyed because of their sins but God wanted the people changed.He does not want any to perish – 2 Peter 3:9  because he loves us. knowing and believing this truth sets us free to be with him and enjoy him. The Bible describes God as rich in mercy and compassionate – Ephesians 2:4
 
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” – John 20:17
 
 
This good God is introduce to us by our Lord Jesus as our ABBA. The word ABBA “the Father” or “my Father” is a term of closeness. We are able to relate to the figure of a father than a God or a King much better.  God is still God and King but for us His children, He is ABBA.  A father is  gracious, tender, compassionate, interested in the lives of His Children. Many earthly kings treated their subjects with contempt and no gods ever died for their worshippers. So we have translated that to the King and God the Father is. As a results we are always in a hurry to leave God’s presence lest we offend the King. Until we know the heart of our Father, we are selling ourselves short of a rich relationship with Him.
 

Our Prayers

We approach our Father not with natural fear and trembling.  But with reverential fear and trembling knowing He is a God and King. For example, If my father happens to be the president of a nation, all people will address him as Mr. President. You will have to make an appointment in order to see him. But as his little girl, the only name I know is, father, daddy or Abba. I can call my father at any time of the day. I have a relationship with my father the president and I can tell him all about my day yet giving him reverence. In the same way, we do not need an appointment to be with the Father.
 
We have a Father who is God and King who loves us so much. Knowing this cause us to linger in His presence despite our imperfections. The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are sons of God  – Romans 8:16. Unlike our earthly fathers, our Heavenly Father is good. In John 14:8-9, Phillip a disciple of Jesus asked Him to show them the Father and that will be enough. Jesus answered and said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Again, John 6:38  Jesus said “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me”. In other words, if the LORD Jesus healed, then it is the Father’s will to heal. If Jesus showed love and kindness, that is the will and nature of the Father. Jesus in action was the Father will and nature in action. We are liberated to called the God of Israel our Father and to freely go to Him 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15

Is your conversation with the Father a monologue? Is prayer mundane and a chore rather than an enjoyable conversations with the Father? What are you believing about the Father that has construed your perception of Him?Because the perception you have of the Father will determine the relationship you will have with Him.You want to know His heart, find out who he really is from his word. He is waiting for you to know His heart. The Father is patiently waiting for a time with you. He is waiting  for a a dialogue and an enjoyable time with you. He is waiting for a time where prayers will be a moment by moment communication with Him. Have you talked to ABBA today? What are you waiting for?
 

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Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of the King?
 
“A chick closer to the mother gets the best part of the grasshopper”- is an Akan proverb. Meaning the child that is on the heart or close to the parent gets the best share. Parents love their children but there are times when a child will bring a special joy to a parent and be rewarded. In the same manner, our Father loves us all but there are times when we do get his attention with the things we do. 
 
Our Father the King rules in His kingdom and all things in the kingdom belongs to Him and are made for him. Therefore the gold, the diamond, the resources and the people are all His. He answers to no one.The only words that matter are the words of the King – the Bible. No one voted Him in and no one can vote Him out. He is King for ever and ever. Amen! The King’s rules and His decrees runs the kingdom. The King is all powerful so how then do you get the attention of such a King?
 
The world heard of Solomon, the son of king David and the richness of his kingdom. The queen of Sheba, came from the East to see king Solomon. She witnessed a kingdom where everyone was doing well including servants. If the world marveled at the richness and greatness of Solomon’s kingdom even more will they marvel at the kingdom of our God. For our King unlike Solomon is Holy and good.
 
But of all the things in the kingdom – the resources, the people and the many other things, what is the most precious to the King? Is it the stars? Maybe is the gold and diamond. The Bible describes the creation of the star in just five words – “He also made the stars”. But most note worthy, the Bible is full of stories on redemption. The stories of Noah and the ark, Abraham and Isaac to the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus all confirm God’s interest in redemption. His delight is not in creation but redemption – the redemption of his children.
 
The King loves His people and as a Father, loves His children. His people are dear to His heart. So if you want to get the attention of the King, love what He loves. Love ALL His people. But who are God’s people? Are they the Israelites? – Yes. Are the broken hearted His people? – Yes. What about the sexually confused and the abused? Yes. The sick and poor?  Yes! The elderly and the children? Yes, they are.  All people are God’s people.  Jesus died for all the world – John 3:16
 
So how do we love God’s people? There are many ways to love or show love. Jesus said the greatest among us should serve. You want to be the greatest? Serve God’s people. But what should I serve God’s people?. What is in your hands? Serve God’s people with what you have and see the King turns His attention to you. There are many ways to serve God’s people because there are many different gifts/talents available to us to serve.
 
We see healthcare professionals serving God’s people with their talents and skills especially in this season. If you are a teacher, you can teach God’s children. You are a counselor, many certainly need your talent. What about you pray for the sick and or even call a next door neighbor to offer a prayer and some encouraging words. Ask God to lead you in this season to serve His people. For such a time as this, you have been called in the Kingdom.

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Living for God’s glory

 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
 
The theme for our church this year is  “Living for God’s Glory“. What a prophetic, timely and in season theme for the year. God knew what was ahead of the year and gave us this theme. 
 
We have learned from the sermons on this theme that we are the light of the world and we cannot be hidden. We also learned that God’s glory cannot be hidden. Therefore, we cannot live for God glory hidden in this season because God gave us the theme for us to rise up especially in this season for his glory. Let ours lights shine before others because the glory of the Lord has been stamped upon us.

Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. – Isaiah 60:1-2

 
In the verse above the Lord instructs His people to arise and shine. There was darkness covering the world and the Lord needed his children to rise and shine. Light shines brightest when there is darkness and you are the light of this world. As this COVD 19 looms around the world and darkness covers the earth, may you arise and shine as a child of God for his glory is on you.
 
Ask yourself what you can do in this season to exhibit the glory of the Lord on you? Below are a few ideas to shine for the Lord in this season
 

1. Be an encouragement

Despite social distancing, we can always encourage people going through difficult times in this season. We can reach out in various ways to many people via Facebook , WhatsApp or whatever means you have available  to check on others. The smile and hope you can bring people by letting them you are thinking about them is just mind blowing. 
 

2. Be a listener

Many are in panic not because of the disease but because they are thinking of the impending bills and what will happen to them during this season. Many are also going through depression because their businesses have to close down and yet again many cannot go to work and hence no income coming in. What a time to just hear someone out. Just being the person they can talk to in this season.
 

3. Be a giver

God loves a cheerful giver. What a great time to be a giver especially in a season where everyone is a taker. It is a perfect time to sow a seed in someone’s life. 
 
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others” – Bookier T. Washington
 
It could be giving of your time to help others. It could  your money, talent or service. Many people in this season are in need of money. If you can, please give monetary gifts. Our Father is a good father and we have the DNA of our father so be generous like never before. Share what you have that others are looking for. Share resources you are using to educate your children who are home, share your baby wipes, share whatever you have that you can share to be a blessing to others.
 

4. Share

There are many things being shared on social media. Jesu said take heed what you see and what you hear so let us be careful what we are sharing on social media. Don’t just forward things to others that will cause fear to start in their heart but take this time to share the word of God on social media. Give hope to people instead of doom. By all mean get the necessary information you need for the Coronavirus but don’t be a bearer of bad news. We are called to share The good news which is full of hope.

 

5. Serve others

I believe there are still ways to serve others regardless of what is going on. There might be an elderly who need their medication to be picked up for them. As our children remain at home, there might be parent who need the services of other parents to help with math, social studies and other subjects through video learning. They just might also be others who just need a prayer partner and a friend. Shine whichever way the Lord leads you for His glory.
 

6. Pray 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus  Phillipians 4:6-7
Take time to pray for the world and the people in it.  It is also a perfect season to pray that many will come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord will protect and keep us all.
 
If you have not done so, find a way to live for God’s glory this season. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to shine in this darkness.
 
 

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The Prayer of protection!

What if you trusted Jesus more than you trusted your fears?
 
Psalm 91
 
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.  
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 
 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 
 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 
Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 
 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 
 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 
 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 
 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 
 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 
 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 
 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
 
Psalm 91 also known as the psalm of protection was said to be repeated by the high priest of Israel and the people 7 times during prayers at times of hardship and fear. I believe 7 times because by the 7th time it will no longer be just words but faith will have taken over for them to believe in God’s protection. I believe as we continue to speak these words over our lives, the fear will dissipate and make way for faith. Pray the Psalm over your life, your family, church and your community believing that God will protect us as He has promised. 
 
Also use wisdom and follow what health professionals are recommending in the face of the Coronavirus prevention.

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Walking or wandering?

Have you realized how sometimes we say one thing but believe the other. Typical example is when we say we believe in God and yet worry about everything? I believe we all have been there before. I have always been very nervous when it comes to flying. The reason being because I am not in control. The same is true for most believers, we want to be in control of everything in our lives. But to give control to God will mean we trust him totally. That will mean to believe what we say – That He is our God.
 

Walking or Wandering?

 
In the sermon, Our wilderness experience, Pastor Neil Acheampong made a statement that made me pause and think. The question was “Are YOU walking or wandering?
 
What is walking? Walking as intentionally putting one foot in front of the other. Walking is done intentionally. In our journey through life, we can only make progressive strives when we do it intentionally with God. Not just lip saying but really trusting when we don’t see or know the way. 
 
What is wandering? The dictionary defines it as aimlessly traveling from place to place; itinerant. Wandering is an aimless act. End result cannot be calculated and therefore no progress is made when you wander. Wandering is associated with no plan, no defined destination.Wandering does not leads anywhere.
 

What causes us to wander instead of walking. Unbelief

 
Unbelief kept the people of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years.  A journey some believe takes about 10 days. God knowing their strength for war led them away from waring countries and they reached the borders of Canaan about 11 weeks from Kardish-Bernie. They sent 12 spies to the land of Canaan and upon the reports of 10 men, they believed they were unable or incapable.They saw themselves as grass hoppers compared to their enemies. We are the same today. There are days we see our problems and we feel like grass hoppers because in the moment we forget the greatness of our God.
 
What is God telling us to do that we have decided we are incapable of doing? It seems huge and we feel small. “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” – Jesus told the woman of Samaria at the well-John 4:10.He is telling us the same, if he is asking us to do something he will supply us the grace to do it.
 
It is also common to believe the popular report. The popular report kept them wandering for years. Who are you listening to? The world says we become weaker  with the number of our days and we sing the chorus with them but the word of God says as our days so shall be our strength be – Deuteronomy 33:25. Meaning the older we get the stronger we should get. Whose report will you believe. The report you believe will cause you to either walk or wander. We cannot spend all our days on earth wandering. We will have to either believe God and walk or live our lives in unbelief and wander.
 
 The land of  Canaan had giants for a purpose.To build the city for God’s people. A land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – Deuteronomy 6:10-11 – this was the land God was bringing them to. The giant – so called because of their size were placed on the land before them to build bigger houses. Plant bigger vine yards. The machine they had will be bigger to accomplish their work. These were all done by the giants but in God’s purpose for the Israelites. The Israelites were going to inherit all these big good stuff but it took them years to get them because of unbelief.
 
The size of your giant determines the size of your inheritance. Caleb saw the giants as bread to be fed on – Numbers 14:10. The giants are in our lives to make us stronger. Very few believers will see them that way like Caleb and Joshua. Many  like the other 10 spies who had also experienced God’s power at the Red Sea were not willing to placed their lives in God’s hands.The people were ready to stone the two who believed. It feels the same today, many will stone the one who believe and tell them to be realistic. Because Caleb and Joshua believed, they and their descendants inherited the land.What promises will your descendent miss because of your unbelief?  
 
Don’t keep wandering and forfeit your inheritance in Christ Jesus. Decide to walk. Believe God. It might look scary to let go completely but your hands are too small to hold on to you life. His hands are much bigger. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reference: Dictionary.com

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What wavelength are you on?

 
I recently had a conversation with a young man who was not sure if the Holy Spirit speaks to him. Our conversation led to many other discussions on the Holy Spirit and I was made well aware of the spookiness people have attached to the Holy Spirit. My answer was very simple. The Holy Spirit is a person and He speaks.
 
Has He ever spoken to you he asked?
Yes, always, I answered emphatically. Now many believers wait for an external voice to speak to them. Even though that does happens sometimes that is not the norm. The Holy Spirit indwells us and as Jesus said He will teach us all things. If He is able to teach then He speaks.
The question then is how come some do not hear him?
It’s because they are not on the same wavelength as the Holy Spirit. They have switched to other wavelengths on their own. Why can’t the Holy Spirit switch them back was the next question I got. I remember my dad once said “oh how I wish the Holy Spirit could control me like a robot, how amazing that will be”. But unfortunately, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God himself and who gives as the free will to choose. If we want to hear from Him, we would have to choose to switch to His wavelength because the Holy Spirit is gentle and will not force us.
But what wavelength is that? He asked.

Well, the Spirit of God operates on the wavelength of peace. Peace ? He asked again. Yes, peace! If you’re all agitated inside, you’re on a different wavelengths and you will not be able to hear Him. He is there speaking at all times but cannot reach you because you have switched wavelength. The Bible calls God – the God of peace – Romans 15:33.

How do I get the inward peace you’re talking about? He asked
The Bible says we should first and foremost guard our hearts. Many believers are guarding many other things. Our jobs, our families , our finances, our future but not our hearts. Guarding your heart is your responsibility as guarding all the other things is God’s. I believe as we guard our hearts, we will prevent worries and be on the same wavelength with the Holy Spirit. As much as possible, keep your hear from being troubled and you will have an inner peace from which you will hear the voice of the Spirit.
 
Secondly, many believers unfortunately are holding grudges. Some believers would just not forgive!
Unforgiveness is like taking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to dies – Marianne Williamson.We hold these grudges which worry our hearts and let us loose our peace. When we loose our peace we leave the wavelength of the Holy Spirit and causes us more headaches and heartaches.When we forgive, we save ourselves from the inside turmoils that steals our peace and most often our health. 
 

Thirdly, the Holy Spirit is called the spirit of truth – John 15:26. He bears witness to the truth. What truth are you reading or hearing? The word of God is truth. May be you are paying attention to the many facts on the new and social media but the Holy Spirit cannot bear witness to that. His words of truth gives us peace and He bears witness to them. You hear the Holy Spirit louder when you are reading and hearing truth. For in His light, we see light – Psalm 36:9b

 
Last but not the least, could it be the Holy Spirit is speaking but He is on mute and you cannot hear? I asked. Maybe and just maybe you have just not paid attention and therefore unfamiliar with His voice. You might have your attention on all other things. As believers we should be able to hear Him always and not just in prayer. I agree we hear him most in prayer but it should be a usual thing to hear from the Holy Spirit all the time. He speaks all the time even after prayers. We just have to mute the world so we can hear Him.
 
John 14:26
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost (Spirit) whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – KJV (emphasis mine)
 
The Holy Spirit is able to teach us all things. He will teach us to manage our finances, our marriage, our careers, our children and all things. 
How do I know when he speaks? he asked .
I remember when I had my first baby, after a little while when I speak across the room, he would move his head in my direction. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice – John 10:27. You would know! And there is nothing spooky about it.
 
What wavelength are you on? If you want to hear the Holy Spirit, switch your wavelength.

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Judge God faithful!

Happy New year to you all! 
 
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. – Hebrews 11:11
 
As we begin the year, I pray you Judge God faithful to take you through the year. Sarah, our mother bore a child even though she was bearing because she judged God faithful. If you’re reading this then you’re well and breathing. If you’re alive there is still hope in your future. The promises of God still stand in your life. The promise of good health, abundance, peace, long life and life more abundant still stand true in your life. The same God that kept you alive will also continue to keep his promises to you.
 
If you would recount the goodness of God in your life, it will motivate you to live fully this year. Maybe life is not where you would want it to be right now but God is not done with you yet. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Keep believing that you’re alive for a reason. You have limitless opportunities. You have God himself as your safety net. How high will you jump? Trust God’s faithfulness. 
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Because he is faithful, we’re able to go out into the world with hope.We’re not like unbelievers who have no hope. Our hope is in the Lord. We are able to spread out our wings knowing He will be the wind under our wings. We are able to spread out our nets for a catch knowing He will command the fishes to our nets. If we should fail, he will still be there with us. That is our hope, our hope that even in our failure he will be there with us to help us find our way again.
 
Go on the memory trip with me. God is forever faithful and our situations do not change his faithfulness. He was faithful in the past and will forever remain faithful. The same God who made a way when there was no way – remember ? Will make a way again. The Lord who built bridges for you when you could not swim in the flooding waters of life – remember?  Is able to make more bridges in your future. When the heat of life was too much for you to bear, he brought the cool breeze to cool you down. He healed you and provided for you. He protected you from evil and kept you when you slept.Whatever you’re enjoying now is because He was faithful to you and will remains faithful.
 
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, – Deuteronomy 7:9
God is faithful and will remain faithful to you because you are in Christ. He made a covenant with His son Jesus on our behalf. The Lord knows our weaknesses and unfaithfulness and made a covenant with Himself (Jesus our Lord). He will keep that covenant till the end of the age. Because of this covenant, as a believer you’re in Christ and God will remain faithful to you forever. Not because you will remain faithful nor because you will remain sinless but because of His love for you. The God who feeds the birds of the air which do not sow nor store in barns will feed you and keep you.
 
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. – Isaiah 46:4
 
It doesn’t matter your age, you will always be a child in His eyes. As a father carries his little child on his shoulders proudly, so will God carry you in life proudly. He will support you and bear the weight if only you will let Him. He will keep you going in life if only you would have him. When you dare touch the cub of a lion, you would have the lion to deal with. Your Father will come to rescue you even from the mouth of a lion. Even in your old age God will continue to carry you, rescue you and sustain you. You are never left alone to fend for yourself. He is there in good times and bad times.
 
That should give us courage to go out into the world and conquer the world. He will be with us. He is faithful. Judge him faithful and step out to do what he created you to do. Do not be afraid of what confronts you for he will rescue you. Step out boldly this year, knowing that God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2nd Corinthians 9:8

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