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Today’s Bible Verse 19.09.2017
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. — Psalm 73:21-24 (KJV)

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A time to receive

The World English Dictionary defines faith as a strong or unshakeable belief in something,

especially without proof or evidence. Aptly, the Bible in Hebrews 11:1 define faith as

“…being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Verse 3 of the same

chapter goes further to elucidate or shed more light by relating faith to our believe that the

universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was

visible.

 

To believe is an exercise in faith. It entails taking a position of certainty regarding an

outcome, although no clear or verifiable evidence exist. From the biblical perspective, people

who believe are certain of the truth or existence of God; and that he rewards those who

earnestly seek him. They believe in Jesus Christ and the gospel; and that through him

everyone who believes is justified. Believing means that doubt should not only be put in

abeyance, but discountenanced or discarded completely. A believer is certain about an

‘approval’ by God (blessing/promise) not visible to the physical eye; and proceeds to receive

 it, all by faith.

 

What you receive is directly related to what is believed. Receiving from God requires that you

embrace and acknowledge Him, accept and collect what He has made available to you.

Believing in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, confessing and acknowledging His forgiveness,

knowing that your prayer is answered, and receiving the reward often unseen in the instant,

completes the circle of faith. A provision that already exist in the spirit realm is then made

manifest in the physical.

 

Receiving, therefore, is a function of asking and believing. However, do not ask without

end or believe only by reason of your senses; for to do any of these is in itself an expression of

doubt. Persist and persevere not in asking, but in waiting for manifestation believing that

what was promised has been given. In Romans 4:18, the Bible accounts that “against all

hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been

said to him.” Also in healing two blind men, Jesus had asked them “do you believe that I am

able to do this,” and the restoration of their sights followed their response in the affirmative.

Jesus touched their eyes and said “according to your faith will it be done to you” – Matthew

9:29.

 

God is eternally active in the business of ‘approval’; saying yes to demands placed on Him by

his people. Appending his stamp to douse your fears and tears, taking out infirmities, pulling

down burdens, flattening mountains, standing for you, with you and by you; translating needs

into deeds of glory. The word of God tells us in Psalm 145:13b that “the Lord is faithful to all His

promises…” Therefore, entertain no question on the trustworthiness of the Almighty to keep

His word. His faithfulness to His promises is absolute.

 

In Matthew 17:17 Jesus exclaimed: “O unbelieving and perverse generation” – five words

that sum up our scepticism. As a consequence of non-belief, the disciples of Jesus could not

heal a demon possessed boy because they couldn’t muster enough faith to chase the demon

out. In verse 21, taking them to task and affirming the truth, Jesus said …”if you have faith as

small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will

move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Elect today to start receiving, taking in your grip

and operating in the promises already made manifest. The onus is on you to receive.

                                                                                                

                                                                                              Victor & Jolomi Awani (15-01-2011)

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Go past a dream

Your dream is the mental blueprint of a goal; aspiration laid out in a drawing board. It is the

conscious road en route a destination still in design format. Your dream is your vision; what

you aim to be or accomplish within a set or undefined time frame. A dream in this context,

vary from thoughts, images, emotions, or revelations that play out in the mind while you sleep.

 

A grain of rice fresh from the field is raw until it is cooked; and there’s no gainsaying that an

inedible meal is of no value to the hungry. We eat to douse the pang of hunger, and above

all provide the body with the needed fuel for sustenance. In the same vein, we can liken an

unprocessed dream to an objective or idea in raw form. Until it is activated into fruition, it stays

as a mere imagination deep in slumber. A dormant desire miserably consigned in the recesses

of the mind.

 

Translating your dream into reality require that you set out on the right foundation. Primarily,

your goal must be such as would glorify God and bless humanity. It should rest on a solid

rock and in consonance with His will and purpose for you. Revolve your aspirations around

God; for unless he builds the house, the builders labour in vain – Psalm 127:1. Accordingly,

dreams need His stamp of authority to actualize; a power that your weaknesses and the vagaries

of life submit to. Therefore, place your demand on God; for whatever you ask according to His

will you will have – 1 John 5:14. It may also please you to know that the blessing from the Lord

is sorrow-free; for He adds no trouble  to it – Proverbs 10:22. 

 

The end of a matter is said to be better than the beginning; yes! But to have an outcome, there

has to be a commencement. A vessel at the port of departure cannot be said to have set sail;

or its cargo delivered until it docks at the port of discharge. To be airborne you must commit

to boarding before lift-off; only that which is on board will arrive. Get your dream off the

starting block; put some teeth to it, and work out the manifestation of your vision. Break the

circle of procrastination and stagnation; shift from talking a dream to executing the dream

because “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” – James 2:17.

 

Go past a dream; however, be mindful that working it out is not always smooth sailing.

The voyage could encounter rough weather and storms; run aground or hit an iceberg, among

other hiccup. Challenges will rear their heads, delays and the boredom of waiting, and even

the temptation to change the course of your journey just before the end. Times such as these

require the strength of will and conviction to see your dream through. Do not be feeble kneed,

eschew fear, remain focused and courageous, but “…have no confidence in your flesh” –

Philippians 3:3, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being

trapped – Proverbs 3:26.

                                                                                             Victor & Jolomi Awani (01-01-2011)

 

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Clean up the slate

Tomorrow shall come; the aftermath of the past

Yesterday was present in all that has breath today

It came with all it had; a box of gifts or a cache of grief

Some packages came suitably as soothing cushion or balm

Others were hurled as bricks; tearing down everything on its path.

 

When goodness took up residence, we felt shielded like warmth in wintery weather

We laughed at the tickle; the profound joy that it brought

Celebrated the successes; endeavours wearing the crown of victory

We cheered and clinked glasses to continuity; an endless stream of happiness

We danced to the beat of triumph, in hard and freestyle fashion.

 

When pain thrived, it wreaked hopes and goals

We bled of tears; saddened by the disappointment that rubbed in

Expectations were torn apart, lost in the tsunami of failure

Emptiness overwhelmed the atmosphere; a vacuum like utter silence reigned

In disbelieve we mourned our fate, the seeming end of a dream.

 

Yesterday is past and today is here; the triangle of life is pending until tomorrow is born

Waiting in the wings; the arrival of a new day, a fresh hope, another chance

Like yesterday and today, tomorrow shall bring forth another package

Either the chances to laugh, cheer and dance, or suck in the bricks of pain and tears

Beside God, tomorrow is unclear; hidden in the womb of the unknown

 

Do not contaminate tomorrow with the filth of yesterday

To pour new wine into old wineskins is a warm-over of the old order; “…the

skins will burst, the wine will spill and the wineskins will be ruined” (Matthew 9:17)  

Today is a time to wipe the slate of old; the period of new beginning

An opportunity to retry or start afresh; to take a better shot at your dream

It is a time to refrain, amend, correct; straighten the crooked path

 

Cash in on today; the negotiating chip between the past and future

Seek the ever-present help (Psalm 46:1); access your destination via a novel route

Jettison the ways of yesterday; ask for a new song, place your trust in God

Try a potent partner; He that offers you the strength to do ALL things (Philippians 4:13)

Clean up the slate; wipe off the dirt and start anew.

                                                                                Victor & Jolomi Awani (01-01-2011)

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