As we run the race day by day we can become entangled by the cares of this world. But we are made to know that the most important thing in our life is not where we work. It is not even our family. The most important thing as far as our salvation is concerned is keeping our heart full of the light of God’s word. God builds his kingdom with earth’s broken things. The world looks out for the strong, the successful, the victorious, and the unbroken, to build her kingdom. But God is the God of the unsuccessful and those who have failed like Rehab and Mary Magdalene. He is God of the second chance.
Don’t swallow the devil’s personal poison of envy and pride. It kills! God is always able to give us a miracle to confound our enemies. While money failed in Egypt the children of Israel had enough and prospered. Your negativity will only build a wall between you and God’s abundance. A distinguished complainant can never have a sound or peaceful mind. Complaining therefore affects your health and tarnishes your destiny.
No matter how boldly you wag your tongue against children of God, when God arrests you, you will be made subject to His authority. Secondly, you will experience a change of direction. Paul never got to the synagogue he went to the house of Judas. He was no longer strong willed but became dependent on God.
Therefore, any man who will have a lasting success must have self-control at all times. Self control is superior to conquest for success in business, school or home – life can be ruined by one who has lost control of his or her anger. It is not a time to start blaming God or your family members for the failures of 2012. Your misery cannot change things that are now beyond amendment. There is no alternative than to begin to count your blessings, usually they will out number your days of pain. For God has blessed with the gift of life; it is your choice to start to live it. Psalm 2:13. ‘I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’.
An unplanned life brings pressure and stress. You must complete whatever you start and work hard at whatever you do. Don’t start several things all at once; one thing at a time. None of us is an accident in this life. God designed each of us endowing us with different virtues. You are not an accident waiting to happen. Noah built the ark and gathered the animals as directed when there was no sign of rain. He laboured for years undaunted by the Jews and mockery of his people. Father Abraham must have been seen as a foolish old man who started a journey that seemed not to have any final destination. The rest are history. In life every glory has a story and in every story there is the His-story.
You may have lost face with the world because of your history but our God is a God of a second chance. He sent Jesus to bring total restoration of the God kind of Life to each and every one of us. Do not fear the challenges of 2013 because challenges are new levels of victory and success. We also can use our challenges and become somebody. The obstacles the enemy places on our way can catapult us to our glorious destiny. Stand strong where you are today trusting God who can make all things beautiful. Do not allow others to define your idea of attractiveness nor allow them to control your self esteem because it is your breakthroughs bank account.
Take delight in meditating on the word of God and use it as a guide in all your life endeavours. May your understanding of the word of God in you attract divine attention and manifestation in Jesus name. Amen
Dr Uma Ukpai
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