Bridging the Mind Gap: Why Me?

BETTER PLANS“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 KJV).

It is hard for us when, at times, our hopes seem to have been dashed, and we appear to be all alone—alone in our confusion, distress and in our mess. God promised to be with us when we go through the waters and fire. He said through the Prophet Isaiah that: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV).

And yeah! He is true to His promise. We saw Him with Moses and all of Israel through the waters of the Red Sea, and with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the flames of fire. Even David was assured of His presence when he went through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).

But one would ask why He forsook Christ on the cross at the height of his pain and anguish. “Why me?” is the most thinkable and likely question we would ask in such times of great despair. Jesus felt alone on the cross, as it is with us some times when we feel God has forsaken us, and seemed distant from us.

Why does He look on as we go through those?

There are times for the greater glory, and for the sake of the greater blessing, He has to make us endure hardness. He leaves us to go through the pain, the confusion, the anguish and distress to fulfill His ultimate purpose of glorifying us—of making us fit to handle greater blessings. That’s who He is! For the greater cause, He allows the lesser to have its way.

God’s plans are wonderful, and we can’t fathom the depth of His knowledge and understanding. The Apostle Paul wrote, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:33-34 KJV).

We may not understand His ways, but we must trust Him, in full assurance of a greater blessing even in our pain, and those difficult moments, as Christ did. Jesus after questioning why he had been forsaken didn’t leave it there. He moved on to trust Him enough to give Him his spirit for preservation when he said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46 KJV). Once, Job said in his affliction: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 KJV).

It is only Him who can fill the gap between our expectations, and our disappointments in those hard times when we feel dejected. Only God can fill those gaps between our understanding of uncertainty, truth and reality from eternal perspective. Truly, His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thought. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV).

We must learn to trust Him, even in times of our great disappointments, knowing that He has allowed them for a greater cause. Yeah! That He’s allowed whatever thing it is, for a greater blessing which would be made manifest in the process of time, as and when it pleases Him to reveal to us.

Stay blessed, Beloved of God!

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More Oil Is What We Need!

More Oil“Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil” (Ecclesiastes 9:8 ASV).

Many times we fail to recognize what we really need. We go after our “presumed needs” that do not satisfy, and that do not bring us the very fulfilment we desperately seek. On numerous occasions, we fail to accurately diagnose the extent of our problems and the help we truly need to resolve them.

The opening verse of this text are the words of the Preacher to his people; the words of the wisest king, Solomon, to his folks, after a thorough study of human life under the heaven. He came to recognize that, oil (the anointing) is what makes the difference, after one has kept a clean garment (a righteous life). Yes! That’s what he found was needed. That was the difference maker in the lives of the people he searched under the heaven.

In the Gospels, we find an occasion where our Lord Jesus broke the laws of economics by feeding about five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:33-44; Luke 9:11-17; John 6:1-13). The day was far spent and these men were hungry. He had taught them matters concerning the kingdom of God; he had healed the sick, and now these people needed something for their stomach.

“His disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat” (Mark 6:35-36 KJV). This was a valid assessment by his disciples, after analysing the situation and judging with their eyes what they thought was the solution to the problem they had with the multitude.

But Jesus knew the people would faint on their way, and so that wasn’t a favourable choice. Therefore, he would not let them go owing to his compassion for them. When he asked his disciples to get them some food to eat,“Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’” (John 6:7-9 NKJV).

Philip had checked their treasury and found the money wasn’t enough. And Andrew had spotted a boy with some bread and fish, but that was nothing compared to the resource he thought they needed at that moment. However, Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, knew about the anointing and what it can do. He had once spoken about the oil of God upon him, when he said: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV).

Jesus knew the value of the oil of God in matters like what they had met, and He knew that, that was exactly what was needed—that the problem was not a lack of finances or other resources but the oil of God. He knew the anointing could multiply the limited to make of it, the limitless; as Elisha did with the oil of the widow in 1 Kings 4:1-7. So Christ took the few loaves of bread and the dispised fish and handed over them to the Almighty, lifting them up to Him in thanksgiving. These anointed loaves of bread and fish became a wonder. The oil of God made the difference.

We must come to terms with the value of the oil of God, and our great need of it when faced with challenges that defy logic. The Prophet Isaiah said, under the Spirit of Prophecy that: “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” (Isaiah 10:27 NJKV). More oil is what we need to break the yokes of the enemy and set: God’s people at liberty to fulfil their purpose. More anointing of the Holy Spirit of God is what we need to produce the extraordinary, in spite of our financial constraints and limited resources.

Sure! That’s what we need. Let’s ask God to anoint our heads with fresh oil, with fresh anointing of His Holy Spirit. And let’s seek to grow in this grace. Jesus walked on the earth as how a man heavily anointed by God would walk. That’s the life God desired for man when He created Adam, and He still wishes that we live and flow in this grace (His anointing) as we live our lives after the pattern of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Beloved of God, let your head never lack the anointing of the Holy Spirit! God bless you!!

 

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Why Elijah Fled From Jezebel: One Reason Many People Ignore

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Unmanaged StressElijah was one of the greatest prophets of old. He called on God to send fire from Heaven to consume a burnt sacrifice in a bid to turn the heart of God’s people back to Him after they had strayed to idolatry. God sent fire from Heaven in such a dramatic manner to prove to all that He is God and that there is none like Him. This was a grand contest with the prophets of Baal. But after this victory, Elijah fled for his life when Jezebel (wife of the King, Ahab) threatened to behead him; just as he, Elijah, had earlier done to all prophets of Baal after his victory.

Why did this great prophet of the Old Testament run from this woman who threatened his life? Why couldn’t he stand as he had done to the prophets of Baal, and called fire from heaven?

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The Fastest Way to Reach Your Desired Destination

Fastest way to destination“Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” (John 6:18-21 NKJV)

The disciples of Jesus were heading for Capernaum but they encountered a storm that threatened their very lives. However, Jesus came to them in the midst of their troubles to rescue them, and to ensure that they safely reached their destination. When He approached them, they willingly received Him into their troubled boat, and they were immediately at the land where they were going.

It is sad that many children of God aren’t reaching their destination. They are at sea, battling contrary winds. They are not reaching their full potential. They are living far below God’s standard, simply because they have willingly ignored Jesus, and have kept Him out of their lives. They have shut their ears to His calls to enter their boat—their lives. He is knocking on the doors of their hearts but they aren’t opening their doors to Him. And so they are failing to live up to God’s ordained purpose for them. It is saddening; but that’s it. It is very simple, and yet very true.

In John 15:5, He said, “…without me you can do nothing.” (NKJV). Truly, we must concede that we can’t do it without Him, and humbly receive Him into our troubled boats—into our lives. That is the surest and fastest way to reach our destination, and to live up to our God-given potential and purpose.

Be blessed, as you heed His calls to enter your life!

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Basic Info You Should Know About Heart Attack

Heart AttackHeart attack is a condition of the heart that occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If the flow of blood isn’t restored quickly, that section of the heart muscle begins to die. The common causes of the blockade are blood clot and plaque build-up in the coronary artery of the heart. Heart attack can lead to arrhythmias (irregular rhythm of heart beat), heart failure (a condition in which the heart fails to pump enough blood to the body parts) and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (a condition in which the heart suddenly stops working entirely).

About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year—that is 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Early detection and treatment are important for heart attacks. The chances of survival are greater when emergency treatment begins quickly.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Major warning signs and symptoms include:
** Chest pain or discomfort. This usually lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing or sense of fullness in the chest cavity.
** Shortness of breath.
** Light-headedness or sudden dizziness.

Risk Factors For Heart Attack
Risk factors one can’t control include:
** Age. The risk of heart attack increases for men after 45 and for women after 55.
** Family history of early heart disease—if a male had developed a heart disease before 55, or a female, before 65 in the family.
** Preeclampsia: This is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and excess protein in urine.

Risk factors under ones control are mainly linked to lifestyle choices, and these include:
** High blood sugar (Diabetes mellitus).
** High blood cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia).
** High blood pressure.
** Overweight and obesity.
** Unhealthy diet (e.g. diet high in saturated fat, Trans fat, cholesterol and sodium (salt)).
** Lack of physical activity. Thus a sedentary lifestyle increases one’s risk of heart disease.
** Excessive alcohol use and smoking.

A less common cause of heart attack is a severe spasm (tightening) of the coronary artery. A spasm may be related to emotional stress or pain, exposure to extreme cold, cigarette smoking, or certain drugs like cocaine.

Treatment and Management
Early treatment is crucial to the survival of the patient. One must report immediately if he or she notices the warning signs and symptoms, especially if he or she is at risk of developing a heart disease. Over-the-counter drugs are not advisable. One must promptly see his or her family physician to begin treatment quickly. The condition can be well managed if one heeds the medical advice of his or her physician.

** Make good health and fitness your priority if you desire to live long enough to fulfil your God-given assignment on Earth. Make lifestyle modifications if necessary to maintain a healthy heart. Begin right away. Why should you die before your time?

Further Reading:
CDC – Heart Disease Facts.http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
Heart Disease and Health Center.Heart Attacks and Heart Disease.http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-heart-attacks
MedicineNet.12 Heart Attack Symptoms and Early Warning Signs.http://www.medicinenet.com/heart_attack_symptoms_and_early_warning_signs/article.htm
National Institute of Health. What is a Heart Attack? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/heartattack

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