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The Lord Jesus is the living stone. The people of the world decided that they did not want this stone. But he is the one God chose as one of great value. So come to him. 1 Peter 2:4 ERV

Rejection is the act of rejecting or the state of being rejected. Our text reveals how to deal with it

Beloved, any refusal to accept, believe, or receive, is rejection. Experiencing it is one of the worst forms of losses in life. It pierces our heart, makes us feel as though we are broken, damaged, inferior, and unlovable. Many times, rejection isn’t even the fault of the rejected, but the choice of others, which can be out of ignorance or deliberately, like it happened to Jesus the Living Stone. Rejection constantly stares us in the face in every area of our relationships, —marriage, family, work, school, neighbourhood and even Church, because we’re in a broken world of broken relationships. This shouldn’t surprise us because, the Lord Himself, in spite of His perfection, suffered rejection and promised us same. Like Jesus, make a choice never to allow an event of rejection to permanently define you, but strive to always remember that once in Christ, you’re a treasure God made and planned for, you’re not inferior to any, you’re whole, lovable, and valuable! Whenever you feel rejected, draw close to God, pour out your deepest heartaches to Him, ask Him to heal your hurt, work in your life, reveal His plans and goals for your life, and to make His love come to life in you, then enjoy His love. You’re God’s child, chosen by Him, therefore, you’ve a great worth, value, and purpose. Your identity and life shouldn’t be built from what others think about you, but on what God says!

Grace upon grace
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PRAYER: Lord God, take my life experiences, hurts and rejections and turn them into something of great value for Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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“This is how it will be for anyone who saves things only for himself. To God that person is not rich.” Luke 12:21 ERV

Being rich is having large amount of money, possession of good things and abundance of wealth at one’s disposal. Our text reveals the dangers of being poor and not rich in God.

Beloved, being rich in God is having large amount and abundance of spiritual and heavenly possessions, good things and wealth. Heavenly riches are righteousness, peace, and joy. These can only be obtained by deliberate choice to believe and trust in, as well as come to Jesus Christ. Earthly possessions doesn’t in any way reflect heavenly riches. Hoarding and not liberally using material and spiritual blessings to meet God’s agenda is an evidence of not being rich in God. Hoarding can only be avoided by those who understand and live in accordance with the mind of God. The rich in God are simply those who do exactly what God wants them to do, those who understand and fulfil divine purposes. They are careful and guard against all kinds of greed, because they know people do not get life from the many things they own, neither is peace found in resting, eating, drinking, and enjoying life![Luke 12:15, 19]. You can become one, It all depends on your choice.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Loving Father, give me grace to always understand and fulfill the purpose of every material and spiritual possession You gave me, and never hoard it, that I may always remain rich in You, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 ERV

A key is the secret behind, an instrumental or deciding factor, and a means of gaining or preventing entrance, possession, or control. Our text reveals the key to doing God’s mind.

Beloved, a key gives an aid or clue to an explanation, identification, or interpretation and provides a solution to an issue. The mind of God is His will, which invariably is what He wants. Doing what He wants is dependent on making it a part of your life, making it a part of your life hinges on thinking about it, whereas thinking about what He wants can’t be possible without knowing it. You’ll only make what God wants a part of your life when you completely trust Him. Thinking about what God wants is therefore the key to both knowing and doing what He wants, because the aid to go the right way can only be received by those who think about what He wants. Encountering or experiencing a closed door in life is usually painful as we do see it as a great loss, therefore frantic efforts are made to reopen it. However sometimes the closing of a door and the opening of a window is what God wants. Every attempt to force a closed door to open, delays where God desires to guide and direct you. It therefore takes completely trusting God and thinking about what He wants at every breath you take, to accept an open window, in place of a closed door. When you seek God first and foremost, keep thinking always about what He wants and doing them, then being in His perfect will is guaranteed and His open window will always be far better than the door He closed.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Lord, I confess it’s not easy to accept a door that has closed, but as I trust You, and think about what You want, guide and direct my paths to only the open doors that will truly bless my life; Give me the grace and wisdom to know which doors to be left closed in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

If it were an enemy insulting me, I could bear it. If it were my enemies attacking me, I could hide. But it is you, the one so close to me, my companion, my good friend, who does this. Psalms 55:12‭-‬13 ERV

A conflict is a strong difference that prevents agreement, between people or groups, that often results to angry arguments. Our text reveals it’s reality and how to deal with it.

Beloved, a conflict is also a clash of competitive or opposing actions of incompatibles, that produces an antagonistic state or action of divergent ideas, interests, or persons. Conflicts are generally bad and disastrous, but when they come from extremely close persons, such as a child, spouse, family member, or very close friend, they can be really devastating, disappointing and frustrating. Lashing out at the person who is hurting, mistreating, or betraying us is usually an easy and natural thing to do. However, there’s an unconventional and unnatural way of confronting and dealing with conflicts. The realization that we do not battle, struggle or war against flesh and blood, but that there are actually spirits and principalities whose mission is to create chaos, conflict, division and heartache in the relationships that are meant to be closest to us. Every conflict like when your best friend, the one so close to you, your companion you trusted, who ate with you turns against you [Psalm 49:1;55:13], it’s a loss that presents an opportunity for making a choice, —to be right, leading to further loss or righteous [putting on Christ’s righteousness], leading to become better. The terrible times coming in these last days, will make more people turn against their friends and do many foolish things without thinking, be so proud of themselves, and love pleasure, instead of loving God, thereby increasing conflicts [2 Timothy 3:1‭,4]. You must therefore choose to be righteous instead of being right.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Heavenly Father, guide, direct, and give me the wisdom to know how to handle any conflict I’m going or will go through. Teach me to apply the fruit of the Spirit in my relationships in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Knowledge begins with fear and respect for the Lord, but stubborn fools hate wisdom and refuse to learn. Proverbs 1:7 ERV

Wisdom is the knowledge of what is proper or reasonable, a good sense or judgment that is gained by having many experiences in life, and the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand. Our text reveals it’s significance and how to have it.

Wisdom is the fear and respect of the Lord which comes from listening to advice, accepting discipline and turning away from evil, which hinges on and are products of choices. We daily make choices which bring us blessings or consequences. Our choices are therefore our greatest assets or liabilities, bringing either seasonal or lifetime losses or gains. The choices we make are dependent on knowledge and knowledge begins with the fear and respect for the Lord, which can only be acquired or gained through quality time on the Word and with the Lord. You certainly cannot go back in time to save yourself and others the consequences of your previous wrong choices. However, you can surely save them and yourself from further consequences by asking and receiving from God, the wisdom and discernment to make good, solid and wise choices henceforth, through the Word.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me not to live irresponsibly, foolishly, recklessly, or unthinkingly, but give me a hunger for Your Word, so I may gain the wisdom and discernment to always make good, solid and wise choices, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

After Paul had seen the vision, we immediately prepared to leave for Macedonia. We understood that God had called us to tell the Good News to those people. Acts 16:10 ERV

The leading of the Holy Spirit is the process of guiding and directing a person to the plans and purposes of God by the Holy Spirit. Our text reveals how its done.

Beloved, the leading of the Holy Spirit is the channel for knowing and doing the mind of God. It’s an inescapable necessity and unavoidable prerequisite for pleasing God. God’s ways are far above ours, which implies, God’s actions and ways may seem confusing and incomprehensible, for instance, forbidding and stopping Paul from going to the province of Asia to preach the gospel. Therefore a very high sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is needed for a person to be able to always know and do His will. Ability to do the will of God depends on knowing His mind and knowing is determined by being where He wants you to be, at the time He wants you there, because the revelation of His mind is progressive. One mistake of being at the wrong time equals not knowing and doing what He wants, which has an eternal collusal consequence. Lydia wouldn’t have been saved if Paul hadn’t gone to Macedonia and he won’t have gone without the vision and there won’t have been any vision of he hadn’t listened to and obeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit that forbade him from going to Asia. Are you in tune with God. Do you understand and welcome the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life?

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Gracious Father, always keep me sensitive and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so I’ll always be where You want me to be and do what You want me to and make greater Kingdom impact for You in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Colossians 3:12 ERV

Hurt, offence and getting even are natural experiences in life. The new way is an outright deviation and rejection of the former and natural while embracing a completely different, new and unnatural thing. Our text reveals the new way of living and how to embrace it.

Beloved, the new way of living is the way of the Lord, which is the unnatural way of kindness and forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t an easy path to tread, because it’s very demanding, difficult and hard. However, whoever treads on it, receives God’s unimaginable, radical and outrageous blessings, both now and in the world to come. It took forgiving his friends for Job to receive double portion blessing [42:10]. Only the humble, kind, gentle, merciful and patient can be forgiving, but none can have these attributes without the presence of the Holy Spirit, because humility, kindness, gentleness, mercifulness and patience are the nature of God. You need the Holy Spirit to have God’s nature and God’s nature is a necessity to excel and prosper in every way and everything in life. Forgiveness isn’t conditional or optional, it’s a command, and a prerequisite to heaven. Jesus said, you must forgive, and continue to forgive even if they do wrong to you countless times. You must forgive your brother or sister with all your heart, or my heavenly Father will not forgive you.” [Matthew 18:22‭, 35].

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Loving Father, help me learn and always remember that forgiveness is a command that opens the door to joy, healing, and renewal, plus a necessity for a close relationship with You, so that at whatever cost, I’ll always give it to others, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be friends with those who are wise, and you will become wise. Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble. Proverbs 13:20 ERV

A foolish relationship is a relationship that shows a lack of good sense, judgment, or discretion. Our text reveals how to deal with such.

Beloved, a foolish relationship is a relationship with fools which is usually absurd, silly, strange and ridiculously destructive. Incidentally, we’re daily confronted by fools and face the lure of embracing their offer of friendship. Fools have nothing they can really offer or teach, than destructive and troublesome attitudes that tend to steal or belittle your relationship with God and family. Foolish relationship, like having bad friends or marrying an unbeliever, will always lead to disobedience and rebellion to God, great heartache, and eventually death and destruction of the rich relationship with God and others. It’ll actually take you away from God, family, and God’s purpose for your life. Having idols, disrespecting and mistreating your spouse or family, and all forms of sinning are all acts of
foolishness and results of foolish relationship, which will always be very costly. Therefore make a decision to stay away from fools and avoid foolish relationships and acts of all sort today. The choice is yours.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Almighty God, grant me wisdom and discernment, guide, grow and bless my relationship with You, spouse, children, family, friends, and church family, so that I’ll always be a bright witness to everyone around me and encourage them to establish and have good relationships with their most vital relationships in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in his family, we are liars. If we don’t love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen him. – 1 John 4:20 ERV

A proof is an act, instance or process of establishing the validity or certainty of or showing that something is true. Love always do need a proof, and expressing it, is the only proof of its existence. Our text reveals how to express love for God.

Beloved, every unexpressed love is false, unhealthy and not love, because love must be expressed. Love for God is best expressed and proven through showing love to those whom He loves. Only those who trust God and believe His testimony that Jesus is His Son, can live in Him and only those who live in God, can obey Him and love Him by showing love to others. Loving the Lord isn’t easy because we’re naturally selfish and would desire to love just ourselves only. However loving the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and loving your neighbor as yourself are the greatest command of God. Whoever loves God, longs for His presence. None can be found in His presence without obeying Him and none can obey Him without enjoying His promotions, protections and provisions, which expresses His love. All who love Him extends the expressions of His love they receive to others, which is the proof of loving Him. Your degree of love for God is always measured through your degree of love for others. How well do you think you love God?

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Loving Father, help me always express my love to You by obediently doing Your will through faith and loving others in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him. He is good to those who look for him. Lamentations 3:25 ERV

To enjoy is to experience, have for one’s benefit, lot or use, as well as take pleasure and satisfaction in. Whereas goodness is the sweetness and wellbeing of a person. Our text reveals how to experience the pleasures that are in God.

Beloved, the Lord’s goodness and pleasures are summed up in His promotions, protections and provisions. These can only be experienced by those whom He chooses to help and save. He only helps and saves those who look to, as well as wait for Him and trust His holy name. Invariably none can look to and wait for the Lord to help and save him, without first trusting in and running into His holy name, which the Palmist said is a strong tower for the salvation of the righteous. Running into the strong tower of God’s holy name is possible only through worshipping Him. You can’t worship God without first trusting in Him and no one trusts Him without becoming strong again, renewed like eagles that grow new feathers, run and not get weak, as well as walk and not get tired [Isaiah 40:31]. Looking unto the Lord is waiting for Him and waiting for Him usually not only changes our circumstances and situation, but God uses it to change us as well. This is because He cares far more about our character, which obedience and trust portrays, than about our comfort or quickly granting our requests.

Grace upon grace!
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PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I choose to delight myself in, obey, love and be loyal to You, today and always, as I wait for You. You know what’s best and sees the greater overall picture, therefore I allow You to work out my situation in Your way and timing, thereby completely refining my life in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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