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SWAMPS, MARSHES AND THORNS (Ezekiel 47:11, 2Cor.4:7, 12:1-9)

Prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the restoration, revival and refreshment of Israel as a nation is depicted in form of a river which originated from the temple precincts, specifically from the ALTAR. Wherever the river went, it brought refreshment to everything. Trees were refreshed to produce fruits for food and leaves for pharmaceutical purposes. Sea creatures including fish were refreshed leading to the thriving of the fishing business. Even the salty waters of the dead sea became sweet again.

However verse 11 claims, ‘But the marshes and swamps will not become fresh….’ But why did God choose to leave these marshy and swampy places as is? Why would a good God refresh most parts of your life but deliberately ignore the marshy and swampy places of your life? Why would a good God allow the scorching sun to continually hover over marshy and swampy places of your life? The Bible says that they were left like that so that they could produce a very important and necessary ingredient in every home i.e. SALT.

Could it be that your ability to become the salt of the earth comes as a result that God strategically leaves some sections of your life in a marshy and swampy condition? Could it be that God in his reserve policy allows some areas of your life not to experience refreshment? Could it be that a good God can deliberately leave a thorn in your flesh as He did to the Apostle Paul for a purpose? Could it be that to those God has given great revelations, he gives them a thorn in the flesh so that they do not get puffed up with pride? A thorn in the flesh as well as having marshy and swampy places in your life is there to demonstrate that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Paul further consolidates this point when he says elsewhere that we have this treasure in earthen vessels or jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. May God help us to distinguish between pain for purpose and pain that destroys our faith in God. May we rely on God’s sufficient grace when some areas of our lives remain marshy and swampy for a reason. May we remain standing when God permits some thorns to remain stuck in our mortal bodies for his glory. In everything we do for God, may we be reminded that we are fragile mortals with human flaws and limitations.

It’s time to turn your swamps and marshes into salt. It’s time to let roses come out of your thorns. I rest my case.

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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


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GOD’S GONNA GET SOME GLORY OUT OF YOUR STORY (John 9:1-3, Philippians 1:12)

Are you aware that your story is for His glory? God is gonna get some glory out of every chapter of your story. Some of the things you are going through may not be glorious but God is in it. The Johanine corpus gives us a setting where Jesus is confronted with a case of a man born blind. The question was; Who caused this situation of being born blind? Is it the sin of the parents or the victim? Those who posed this question had what is well known in academic circles as DEUTERONOMISTIC THEOLOGY. This theology has it that misfortune is a result of sin. This theological framework blames the victim for his suffering. Bad things happen to bad people as a punishment from God. Similarly good things happen to good people as a reward from God. It was inconceivable that BAD THINGS DO HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE. Whenever someone suffered misfortune he had to do a lot of soul searching to find out where he went wrong or missed the mark. The community was also quick to judge you harshly for any misforne which befell you. This is the same thinking Job’s friends had when evaluating Job’s plight.
Jesus’ response to the plight of the blind man focused on demystifying this notion hence Jesus’ answer, THIS BLINDNESS IS NOT A RESULT OF SIN, BUT THAT THE WORKS OF GOD MAY BE DISPLAYED. In other words this man’s blindness does not need any research into the cause. His story is for his glory. Having said this, then Jesus miraculously opened the man’s eyes leading to God getting all the glory. 
The Apostle Paul similarly reassures the Philippians of his story of imprisonment. He asserts that all the adversities which happened to him helped in advancing the gospel. His suffering and possible execution did not in any way curtail the propagation of the gospel. Could it be that all the adversities you are facing are by divine design for the advancement of the gospel? Could it be that God may deliberately not remove some thorns in your flesh and he gets glory through his sustaining grace? Could it be that today’s Christians prefer golden chains and crosses to adorn their necks rather than carry a blood stained cross in their daily walk? Could it be that the modern Church has classified the crucified life as an outdated Theology suitable for Primitive Christianity? I beg to differ. Check out the following for your consolation:

# Your story may littered with sickness and suffering like the ten lepers but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with betrayal like Joseph but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with barrenness and childlessness like Hannah but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being dropped and dumped like Mephibosheth but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being born, bred and buttered in pain like Jabez but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with loss and misfortunes like Job but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with grief like Naomi or the widow of Nain but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being a fugitive like David but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with threats like Mordecai but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with bills and debts like the Prophet’s widow but God is gonna get some glory out of your story


Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized


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In this section I attempt to establish that God does not only show up but he also shows off. When he visits THERE MUST BE TANGIBLE RESULTS OF VISITATION. This sixth ingredient of authentic visitation has our interests at heart. Visitation is about God showing up and showing off in your life. To SHOW UP means to arrive unexpectedly, to allow to be seen, to make an appearance, to be clearly visible, to step down. On the other hand, to SHOW OFF means a behaviour which attracts attention, to display one’s ability, to prove one’s capacity or to do something to impress. Thats typical of our God. He wants to impress us.
I believe in the God of tangible results. I believe in tangible healing, tangible breakthrough, tangible deliverance, tangible miracles, tangible anointing, tangible blessings. When God visits we see things in the Spirit Realm. Whatever God gives you, you have to see it in the Spirit Realm first and then comes the physical manifestation. What would it help you to dream driving a state of the art car only to be disappointed when you wake up to reality? What would it help you to sleep in a beautiful house in your third heaven dreams only to wake up to reality but wish your dream continued? Your high flying dreams should have a landing gear. Life is not just about a pie in the sky when you die. You must also have your pie whilst you are here and now. May the things you dream become tangibles in your life. Remember that Isaac planted a crop in a drought season and the God of tangibles made him to reap a hundredfold. Obed-Edom housed the Ark of the Covenant for three months and God blessed him big time. What he could not achieve for many years, God supplied in three months. Peter had a NET-BREAKING and BOAT-SINKING catch of fish when Jesus instructed him to launch into the deep for a catch. God redirected all the fish towards Peter’s boat. May NET-BREAKING and BOAT-SINKING blessings locate you at your postcode. When the God of tangibles shows off you will have overcoming, overdosing, overjoying, overpowering, over-stretching, overflowing, overwhelming and overtaking blessings. 
On the spiritual side we also observe the God of tangibles at work. Moses’ face shined with the glory of God whenever he came down from Mount Horeb where he encountered God. May you be a shining example of GODLINESS in your day to day life. Jehu came out of the tent dripping with anointing oil poured upon him by one of the sons of the Prophet. May your life be anointed for good works in the Kingdom of God. Jacob went limping for the rest of his life because of the angelic visitation. May your christian lifestyle never be the same again after encountering your Creator God. Paul unfortunately had a THORN IN THE FLESH for the rest of his life. He pleaded with God three times to take away #ThisThorn but God said NO. God assured him by saying, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS. To those who have thorns in the flesh because of the GREAT REVELATIONS, please be assured that HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU. When you are weak, then you are strong. YOU ARE STRONG IN THE STRENGTH OF ANOTHER i.e. JESUS CHRIST. 

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


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