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"Prophecy: It's Time to Leave Your Past in the Dust"

In his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, British writer Charles Dickens opened his books with words that I can relate to: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." I don't know about you, but that describes my 2016.

There were tremendous breakthroughs, but there was also tremendous warfare. There were many new Kingdom relationships formed, but some were also lost to spiritual combat. There were many new doors of opportunity, but there was also tremendous pressure! I've learned we do more spiritual growing during the hard times than we do during the easy times—and God is faithful.

Every year at this time I look back on the last 12 months. I take account of the good times and the bad times—I thank God. And then I declare that the coming year is going to be my year! As part of this process, though, I am also careful to leave the past in the past. I know if I want to freely walk through the divine doors God is setting before me I need to leave the pain of the past season behind.See, I take God at His Word:

"Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. See, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not be aware of it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19).

Is the Past Blocking Your Path?

God wants to do something new in your life this year but there could be something that's getting in your way—besides the flesh and the devil. It's called the past. Hear me: You need to press past the pain of your past. If you aren't willing to press past the pain of your past, you will never have total victory in your life.Consider Paul the apostle's words in Philippians 3:13-14:

"Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

You have three choices: (1) press past the pain now; (2) press past the pain later and be miserable until then; or (3) keep the pain forever. No one can do this for you. You have to do your own pressing.

So what does it mean to press? It means "to exert steady force or pressure against something." We have to press against the pressure that's coming against us. There's pressure against our momentum. There's pressure to go backwards. There's pressure to give up altogether. The pull of the past is a demonic strategy that works like a magnet. It keeps trying to draw us back. We have to demagnetize our souls.

I'll tell you right now, pressing past your pain will cause suffering. But you can either suffer the way you are, or you can suffer through the pain of change and into victory. When the pain of change comes, our flesh looks for an exit.

Our souls would rather stay in the familiar pain than press through the unfamiliar pain. We don't want to suffer, but our suffering will only truly end when we get to the other side of the pain. Pressing is not fun—it's hard work—but the reward is great.

Leaving the Past in the Dust

I heard the Lord say, "It's time to leave your past in the dust, shake the dust off your feet, and walk in the future and hope I have planned for you." Leaving your past in the dust often means renewing your mind.

"So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective" (Colossians 3:1-2, Message).

What's His perspective? His perspective is that we are

e are not alone because He will never leave us or forsake us. We have the oil of joy, the garment of praise.

God is our vindicator (Psalm 4:2-4). He will repay those who hurt us. He will heal our grief. He will bring us new relationships. He will do it. Our job is to love Him with all of our hearts and minds and trust Him. I like to meditate on two key Scriptures: Romans 8:28, "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose," and Genesis 50:20: "But as for you, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many lives."

Let this be your confession:

"Jesus, I am willing to press past my pain and into victory. I am more than a conqueror in You. You understand me. You know my hurts and my wounds and my grief and my loneliness. But You are here to deliver me. I refuse to remain in the past any longer. I exchange mourning for joy, praise for heaviness. And I thank You Lord that I can press on toward the mark of the prize. Pain, you can't stay. I command you to leave my soul in the name of Jesus. I am free from pain. I am renewed in the spirit if my mind. I am victorious!" 

Dr.Amos O.O  (World Hope Outreach Trust/Pray for Nigeria, +234 8023738974, +2347066286777)

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Except From My Book: THE BOLD STEP

Face to Face With a Hitch!

We all know the creation story. Gen 1 gives a vivid recollection of the course of creation. I have studied this story over and over and a few things are worthy of note:

*There was a problem, a hitch that would have constituted some kind of resistance to God's perfect design for earth and what was that?
It wasn't sin, satan, or demon.
It was emptiness, darkness and shapelessness!
(Take note of these three, we will be considering the latter on.)

What was God's attitude towards these three and what should be our attitude too? 

God did two things: First, His Spirit brooded upon the face of the deep!
But why would He let His Spirit do so first? He is God, He would have told darkness to vanish! God does not do anything independent of His word and His Spirit. God will always consult His word and His spirit on any operation before commencing. This ascertains the unity of the God-head. I'll come to that shortly.

Secondly, by God's spirit brooding UPON the FACE of the deep, God was simply making it clear that He was in charge and total control of darkness. Why the face? The face because God's attitude towards stubborn issues is CONFRONTATIONAL and OFFENSIVE and this, too, should be our attitude.

This takes us to God's second action - Speaking to the situation. "Let there be Light"! What kind of sentences is this? It's a command! Here is God using His word to command the entrance of light. God was neither negotiating nor diplomatic with darkness and so, He gave a command! He spoke from His office and position as the one in charge. He did not talk the problem which was darkness, He did not go murmuring or complaining, He did not even examine or analyse the dept of the problem, we have no description of how dark the darkness was because that is not relevant. He gave a command!  These, too, should be our attitude.

Do you know what baffles me the most as I go through this creation account?
God did not even mention darkness, one would expect Him to command darkness off first before calling light but He didn't. He simply spoke the solution He needed which was light! We all know that without light, we cannot do anything. I do not need to emphasise the significance of light. God knew that the entrance of His word is automatically the exit of darkness. God is not a brawler, He speaks what He wants and He does what He says .He consciously employed this medium to teach us that when the word of God saturates our life, we can't stumble in the dark; we would know exactly what we want; and get it with the Help of both His spirit and His word. God wants us to know that without light(insight and revelational knowledge of Him) there's bound to be misplace of purpose and priority " The entrance of the word giveth light and understanding to the simple" God Himself needed light first to help Him create every other thing including Man. He needed light to see, appreciate and bless His creation. We need light too to create every of our desires in life.

Something more to pounder over in this story is the fact that God Himself came face to face with  a challenge;  God had a picture of how He wanted the world to be but here was darkness, voidness and shapelessness staring Him at the face; that was a challenge! I thought everything would have been reorganised in it's proper place at the mere appearance of God. I'll submit that God wants us to know that no man born of a woman is without one challenge or the other. If God in His Almightiness, splendour, grandeur, majesty and power could come face to face with a challenge of that kind, then challenges are inevitable in life but our reaction towards it determines the outcome of the situation!

If what you want to do will become good and beautiful like God's perfect creation, then Expect a hitch, Confront the hitch and Speak forth your desired solution. God saw darkness but He spoke light. Everything God created where first created in His mind before the actual creation.........

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LET US RUN THE RACE DILIGENTLY

As I dressed up to go out this morning, I am once again reminded of how personal and private this race called life is.
I get into my car, drove out, and joined the road where other cars are already travelling on.
Lesson number 1: We don't all have the same entry point into life.
As I keep driving, I pass some other cars, while other cars would pass me. 
Lesson number 2: We won't travel through life at the same speed because each car is built differently.
As I moved on, I catch myself trying to pursue another car in front of me, only to discover that, just as I am about to pass it, it turns off the road into another road.
Lesson number 3: We don't all have the same exit point.
We are all on this journey called life. We will enter at different points and exit at different points, but one thing is clear: we will all exit this road at one point in time or the other. It may be 10km run God has given you, or it could be 100kms; what is important is that you run your race well.
Your car has sides view mirror and a rear-viewmirror. You use both to see the sides and the back of your car respectively. Other cars will be behind you, while others may be beside you for a while.
But you know how dangerous it is to spend time looking at these mirrors; they will distract you. That is why your car has got a large windshield\screen in front of you. It gives you the biggest view of the potential in front of you and the resources you are yet to attain.
Don't spend precious time looking at your back to see those who are pursuing you, or looking at your side to see those who are trying to overtake you. Keep your eyes in front of you and stay true to your race.
When it is time to exit the road, you would know that you have run your race well and ended well.

I humbly pray God to bless and help you as you run this race called LIFE. Remember, lay aside every weight and sin and patiently run your race by fixing your eyes on Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith,

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LET US RUN THE RACE DILIGENTLY

As I dressed up to go out this morning, I am once again reminded of how personal and private this race called life is.
I get into my car, drove out, and joined the road where other cars are already travelling on.
Lesson number 1: We don't all have the same entry point into life.
As I keep driving, I pass some other cars, while other cars would pass me. 
Lesson number 2: We won't travel through life at the same speed because each car is built differently.
As I moved on, I catch myself trying to pursue another car in front of me, only to discover that, just as I am about to pass it, it turns off the road into another road.
Lesson number 3: We don't all have the same exit point.
We are all on this journey called life. We will enter at different points and exit at different points, but one thing is clear: we will all exit this road at one point in time or the other. It may be 10km run God has given you, or it could be 100kms; what is important is that you run your race well.
Your car has sides view mirror and a rear-viewmirror. You use both to see the sides and the back of your car respectively. Other cars will be behind you, while others may be beside you for a while.
But you know how dangerous it is to spend time looking at these mirrors; they will distract you. That is why your car has got a large windshield\screen in front of you. It gives you the biggest view of the potential in front of you and the resources you are yet to attain.
Don't spend precious time looking at your back to see those who are pursuing you, or looking at your side to see those who are trying to overtake you. Keep your eyes in front of you and stay true to your race.
When it is time to exit the road, you would know that you have run your race well and ended well.

I humbly pray God to bless and help you as you run this race called LIFE. Remember, lay aside every weight and sin and patiently run your race by fixing your eyes on Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith,

PRAY FOR NIGERIA

LOVE MUST BE BASED ON TRUST

‘May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another.’ 1 Thessalonians 3:12 NKJV

The real test of trust in a relationship is to be able to share your secrets and struggles, your inner fears and failures—intimacy based on honesty. It takes courage to be honest with God, and even more to be honest with one another.

The relationship between Adam and Eve is described in these words: ‘They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.’ (Genesis 2:25 NKJV) They were open and transparent with one another because there was nothing to hide or be ashamed of.

Perhaps you’ve been so hurt by a relationship that you’ve said, ‘I will never trust anyone again.’ That’s because you’re not healed yet. To never trust again is like living in a tower. You’re safe from life’s threatening grasp, but you’re so detached from life that you lose consciousness of people, places, dates and events. You talk only about the past because you stopped living years ago. Good news! ‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’ (Psalm 147:3 NIV)

God’s healing process can set you free to taste life again, trust again, and live without fear. Don’t isolate, celebrate. Regardless of whether you’ve lost a marriage, a partnership, or a personal friend, you’re still alive! Are you ready to live, or are you going to continue rehearsing what no one, including you, can change—the past?

Some of us are graced to live alone and feel complete and fulfilled. If you are one of them, go for it! But if you’re not, trust God to bring the right person into your life at the right time

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BE A CHEERFUL LEADER

‘Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.’ Proverbs 12:25 NKJV

Why do we find it easier to be a critic than a cheerleader?

(1) Our self-importance. Once we’ve achieved a certain level of success, we think that ‘we know best’. But sometimes what we are ready to teach, people are not ready to learn. And at that point we have a choice—back off and let God deal with them, or try to ram it down their throats. In such times we’d do well to remember the old adage: ‘A man, convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.’ Perhaps there was a time when you yourself were not very teachable, so pray for them and allow God to work according to His time scale.

(2) Our gifting. We don’t stop to consider that our talents and experiences are unique to us—given by the grace of God (see Romans 12:6). So we expect everyone else to come up to our level, and we put them down when they don’t. ‘Except the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.’ (Psalm 127:1 NKJV) Back off and let God work on them!

(3) Our earliest experiences. We are moulded by the attitudes of our caregivers. They nurture in us the coping mechanisms, positive and negative, that we work with. Indeed, some of our parents actually believed that praise would hurt us and criticism would help us. So we must change our way of thinking and begin to line up what we say with what’s in the Word of God. ‘Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.’

SoulFood: Num 22–24, Luke 8:1–15, Ps 108, Prov 3:31–32

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If You Want it, Give it

‘You will be given a full amount in return.’ Luke 6:38 CEV

One night a man came to Mother Teresa’s house and told her about a family of eight who hadn’t eaten for a week. When she got there she saw the faces of little ones suffering from malnutrition, so she gave them a sack of rice. Then the children’s mother did something interesting. She kept half the rice and went out carrying the other half. When she returned Mother Teresa asked, ‘Where did you go?’ She answered, ‘To my neighbours; they’re hungry also.’ Mother Teresa says, ‘I wasn’t surprised that she gave; the poor are usually very generous. But I was surprised that she knew they were hungry. As a rule, when we’re suffering we’ve no time for others.’

The Bible teaches that when you focus on the needs of others God will make sure your needs get met too. (See Ephesians 6:8) So if you want it, give it! Here’s why: (1) Giving is the key to blessing. Jesus said, ‘If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap.’ (2) The seed you sow now decides the size of the harvest you’ll reap later. No seed is too little to multiply if you’re willing to sow it. By finding a cause greater than your own self-interest and pouring yourself into it, you discover two things: first, it’s ok to acknowledge your limitations as long as you don’t build your life around them. Second, God’s blessing is released when you give what you have instead of talking about what you don’t have.

So if you want it, give it!

SoulFood: Num 3:1–4:33, Luke 6:1–16, Ps 104:1–23, Prov 3:9–1

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