The world has changed since the time of the old and is still evolving rapidly.
God still works mysteriously in and around the world to effect His infallible words and purpose.
The believers are affected in many ways. Unfortunately, there is little choice. The believers are affected not because God is not with them or for them but because the world is against them in many ways.
However, the significance of how desperately wicked the heart of man cannot be over-emphasized.
The causal effects of many evil happenings in the world are not because God is incapable of doing anything. Instead, it is because man is constantly wreaking havoc ever since creation.
Matthew 28:5-6 NIV The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Jesus, the savior, is not a dead man. He’s no longer among the dead. He is among the living. You cannot find Him here, the angel said. Why?
Because He has risen! Hallelujah!
The disciples and those whose hopes are displaced initially now can rejoice the lamb that died is alive again. The power of resurrection brought Jesus from the grave. And now, we can live again.
Now, we have hope, not only in this life but in the life to come. We are not miserable people wandering this world, but we are confident that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead will work in us and quicken us into glory, and this world will have no place in us anymore.
We will live together with our risen God forever and ever. Amen!
In my previous post, I emphasized that God is not a mysterious being that you cannot approach neither is He hidden in a place that you cannot come near.
I said that He is your friend and also your heavenly Father. So, be free to say it all. He hears everything.
I also said that those who spend more time talking to God acquire depths of His understanding and His ways and must be respected and revered. The reason is that they represent God and are often His messengers.
Lastly, I said Avoid distraction! We often focus on talking to people at the workplace and different places in our lives and usually give them undivided attention. Give God your heart and mind.
In my final post, I am saying that you should turn your conversation into a dialogue. Wait on God intermittently to hear Him speak a word to you. Be keen on what He is going to tell you.
Look for insight into His word. There are possibilities of scripture flashing through your mind. Take a pause and search the word as it comes alive in your mind.
As you talk to God, He is also willing to speak to you. So, allow Him to say something to you too.
God is closer than we can imagine, and He is willing to engage in a conversation with us.
The closer we are to God, the better our relationship is.
In my previous post, I stated that God is approachable. You can come to God and be yourself. You can use every word available, and you need not be careful of expressing yourself in God’s presence.
How can we do this successfully? The question is like saying how can I be a good friend of God, or at least His “buddy”?
First, you need to try and know Him and His ways. You cannot be a good friend to anyone without knowing them.
The best way to understand God is through His words. Learn His words, and you would have known a good chunk of who God is.
Develop a new habit of talking to Him every time, especially using your mental faculty (mind), is a great thing.
Avoid distraction! We often focus on talking to people at the workplace and different places in our lives and usually give them undivided attention. Give God your heart and mind.
You can avoid distraction by turning distraction to your notepad. Yes, turn distraction to your notepad! Whenever you remember anything or something that tries to catch your attention, write it down while you are talking to God, but never leave the presence of God.
Don’t stop talking to God even if you are distracted. After a while, you would train your mind to focus when you are with God.
Lastly, even if you don’t know what to say, the bible says that the Spirit will help us pray. The Holy Spirit understands God and can communicate with Him clearly than we can. So, He will help our minds say things that our mouth cannot utter.
Sometimes, He will help you speak in different languages called “tongues”
In all, you will know God more when you talk to Him often like a friend. Give it a try!
In my last posts, I made it clear that anyone can approach God. Anyone can talk to God at any time. You can use simple words and communicate your minds and feelings to Him.
God listens to every word, and you need not be careful to say what is on your mind when you go to pray.
Remember Hannah when she asked God for Samuel. She prayed passionately, expressing her thoughts and feelings. So, do not forget to tell it all when you pray.
However, there are levels to this approach. Different people approach God in different ways.
Some spend few minutes talking to God, and some spend hours and even days talking to God. God deals with individuals differently.
Moses spent days on the mountain talking to God one on one. Jesus often woke up early before others to pray, and Paul spent days praying, admonishing the believers to keep on praying.
The takeaway from this is that those who spend more time talking to God acquire depths of His understanding and His ways and must be respected and revered. The reason is that they represent God and are often His messengers.
Therefore, I believe it is foolishness to disrepute His messengers and shepherds.
If indeed they are called by God, they’re most likely operating at a different level than you are, and when you disregard them, you are simply saying that God, I disagree with what you are doing.
The way a one-year-old toddler communicates is different from the way a full-grown man does.
Merry Christmas! I pray that the good news shall fill your surroundings. The joy of the Lord shall dwell in your household.
Peace! Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Sometimes, one must maintain a consistent line of intercession over time. It is not to suggest that God did not hear you the first time, but it is a way of appealing the case before God just like you would before a judge. You must pray your way out of calamity.
I emphasized that Prayer is not just about the usual talking to God or asking that we all do. I am talking about pleading or begging for a cause, not for a short time but a continual or consistent, intentional act that draws the grace of God to move in a given direction.
There are several examples of people in the Bible that demonstrate a consistent habit of pleading their case before God. Some of these people got what they wanted, some did not, yet they did not give up.
Cain killed his brother Abel. Afterward, he begged God to save his life. God agreed and put a mark on him for his protection.
Abraham prayed to God concerning Isaac’s life. God agreed and made a provision. He pleaded with God to spear the life of his son, Isaac. God heard him.
Jacob prayed, asking for help as he journey through an unknown land. God appeared to Him.
Moses would spend time again and again pleading to God on behalf of the rebellious Israelites. Countless times Moses was able to avert the destruction of the Israelites.
Samson prayed one more time after his eyes plucked out of their sockets. God heard him, and he defeated and killed the enemies more than when he had his eyes intact.
Time would fail to enumerate people, who through prayers, saved nations and rescue the prey from the spoiler.
Jesus went on to pray all night before the crucifixion. He often spent time praying all night. Jesus asked the Father that if it’s possible, He averted the pain. Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life, and as such, He gave it all.
The bible encouraged us to pray without ceasing. While Peter was in prison, the followers refused doubt he would be released and kept praying for his freedom.
Paul said that he didn’t stop praying for the disciples every day.
Many of us will not get through this life without the help of continual prayers.
Jesus, while on the throne, at the right hand, still pleads on our behalf.
Through the grace of God, we can maintain a daily victorious life if we do not stop seeking God and maintaining a committed relationship with Him.
In my last post, I emphasized that Prayer is not just about the usual talking to God or asking that we all do. I am talking about pleading or begging for a cause, not for a short time but a continual or consistent, intentional act that draws the grace of God to move in a given direction.
David was known as a man after God’s heart. He loved God, and obviously, God loved him too.
David obeyed all the commandments of God, and he didn’t turn away from following God.
However, David still errs. David had sexual relations with another man’s wife. He went ahead to kill the husband of the woman after a futile effort to clear all traces.
I have often thought that if David, a man after God’s heart, can fall, most likely anyone can.
Nevertheless, David searched for God’s help again and again. He pleaded for mercy. Even the prophet, Nathan, prayed for him. He was very remorseful and acknowledged that he missed it.
David understood the importance of falling and the desperate need for grace. He sought it and found it. This type of action wasn’t an ordinary prayer. It is the pleading and crying to God I talked about earlier.
David would go-ahead to write a whole chapter of Psalms 51 dedicated to this encounter with God.
We need this today– to seek God desperately whether it’s convenient or not. As believers, we must seek God in the darkest moment of our lives. Christians must cry out to Him. Sin must not be allowed to create an unnecessary barrier. It must break! David didn’t wait till he feels right or feels good or until his senses say, ” now, you can approach God”
No, he went immediately after God. Demonstration of action like this is how to avert falling from grace. Never wait a second. Begin to seek God immediately you are down and plead your case for restoration.