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Obedience – Test your heart

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Everyone wants to be obedient and tries very hard to be obedient but the big question is this – Do you really want to?

There are commandments to follow and instructions to carry out. Even though you are well able to carry them out, how willing are you?

Proverbs 16:2 – All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the lord weighs the motives.

Jeremiah 17:10 – I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

When deciding to obey a commandment, first, our heart will always be scrutinized. There is a saying which says – ‘His heart is just not in it’. This means that however way you try your best, it won’t be of a good standard because you lack good intentions. It also means that you are not emotionally involved and will not be engaged.

Some time back, I remember being part of a Marketing team, which was so happened to be my very first job. They sent us out to campaign on behalf of Talk Talk. The journey to the base was very long, I was with someone else so I wasn’t bored. When we got the base, we set up our materials and we got started. The day itself was long and with every passing hour, my confidence was draining so in the end I decided to stick it out and wait till home time.

As much as I tried to sell Talk Talk, my heart was just wasn’t in it. You could say I went in without the right mindset. At the end of the day, me and the guy I was with got back on the train and made our way back to the office. As I left the office, I remember the guy telling me that I had the potential to be a great Sales Marketing Professional but I left after 2 days because my heart just wasn’t it.

It’s not that I didn’t want to do it, my heart wasn’t in it. I had to be real with myself and do what was beneficial for my heart

I also remember a time when I was offered an opportunity to go to Brighton to see a football match. Usually I would be up for it and very eager to go but when I woke up on that particular morning I felt really disorientated and so I decided not to go along. It’s not that I didn’t want to go but my heart wasn’t in it.

It is very dangerous to go ahead with something when you know you are not up for it.

Let’s visit a well-known passage in the bible. We’ve looked at it before but I want to zoom in on the end

John 21:17 – Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love Me?” “Lord, You know all things; he replied, “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

So, within this we see that Peter told Jesus he loved him. Jesus then told him that if he truly loves him then he should go out and feed his sheep.

You could just imagine the scenes if there was no love. It’s a common thing these days because people do it for their own gain. ‘If I do this for you then you can do this for me’. This mindset needs to be eradicated from our mindsets. Our mindset should be founded on love.

When we operate from a position of love, our walk with God becomes easier and we are able to obey him fully. When we operate from a position of love, our service to God will be done with great joy. When we operate from a position of love, we will be overflowed with compassion.

2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can’t you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you — unless you actually fail the test?

We need to get back to the place where we examine our hearts daily. We need to get back to that place of love

Communication – Clarity

In our last post, we talked about the Frequencies of Heaven. We’ve established the difference between hearing and listening and we also see that if we are to know what God is saying then we must be connected at all times.

Clarity – the quality of being clear, in particular

Everybody has a desire to do something great in life and at many times in our lives, we will go into different arenas. Before doing that, we must discern over who called us. When you communicate with various people, it’s wise to confirm what the person has said or if you think someone called you, find out whether that person called you. When you go through life following the wrong counsel, you will no doubt be confused. Confirm your calling…………

Let’s take a look at a young boy called Samuel.

1 Samuel 3 – Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; there was no frequent or widely spread vision.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had dimmed so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.The lamp of God had not yet gone out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was lying down
When the Lord called, Samuel! And he answered, Here I am.
He ran to Eli and said, Here I am, for you called me. Eli said “I did not call you; lie down again. So he went and lay down.
And the Lord called again, Samuel! And Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I; you did call me. Eli answered, I did not call, my son; lie down again.
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed to him.
And the Lord called Samuel the third time. And he went to Eli and said, Here I am, for you did call me. Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.
So Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down. And if He calls you, you shall say, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.

God called Samuel the first time but he didn’t recognise the voice so he went to Eli who told him that it wasn’t him who called so he should go back and wait and when he calls again, answer and say ‘Speak Lord, your servant is listening’. The most dangerous place to be is around people who don’t know the voice of God. It’s very possible that you may miss it.

A key to receiving information is to gain clarity over what was said. A lot of time we fail to claim what is ours because of our inability to clarify over what was said to us. A lot of times we speak to people, they tell us things but because we fail to clarify what was said, we end up being confused.

In a world when there are many voices, gain clarity over who said what. When you know the voice, will be able to gain clarity over what they said. When God calls you, confirm your calling……………..

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

Don’t miss your calling because you listened to the wrong voice. download

Communication – Frequencies Of Heaven

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‘I can’t hear God talking to me’

‘ I speak to God but it’s as if he doesn’t respond’

Two opening questions for us to ponder on –

Who are you listening to? What are you listening to?

We have established that if are to communicate with God, we must first be listening to what he says and we can only that we clear away all distractions around us. So, you’re now listening but are you tuned in?

It’s not enough to just listen, you have to be in tune, you have to be in sync to really understand the full essence of what is being said. Sometimes we like to think we hear from God and we initially understand what he has said but 9 times out of 10, we find out that we don’t quite understand what is said.

God loves to communication, in fact, there is not a day that will go by when God is not communicating with his people. Even though we don’t talk to him, he still talks to us. Whenever God wants to send out a message, he will speak it and send it out through the airwaves and that is done through the Holy Spirit. The ones who pick up what’s being said are the ones who are in tune with the Holy Spirit

In the opening passages of Revelations, we see this phrase being repeated – ‘He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Church.’ In essence, we can see that the Church must be in sync with the Holy Spirit so they can hear what’s being said.

If you think of a radio, there will be several stations. You will know if you are on the right station because you can hear it clearly. God’s word is very clear and straightforward but when you are out of sync, everything in fuzzy, it’s not clear, you can hardly hear what is playing on the radio. This is exactly what it’s like when you are not in sync with the Holy Spirit.

If we are going to be obedient towards God, first we must be in sync with the Holy Spirit and secondly we must be listening intensively.

‘Heaven has a frequency, if we ever going to hear what is on that frequency, we must get connected’

 

Communication

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Welcome to a brand new month, a brand new year. We are so excited about what’s to come and we sincerely hope that you join us.

Over the coming weeks (or however long the Lord wants us to) we will be looking at Communication. We all communicate each and every day of our lives but do we know how to communicate effectively.

Today, we want to focus on hearing and listening. It’s been claimed that hearing and listening are the same but from doing research, they are not the same. In fact, they are totally different.

Hearing: Hearing is the faculty of perceiving sounds

Listening: Listening is giving one’s attention to a sound. It’s also to take notice of and act on what someone says.

So, let’s break this down. A person can be in a classroom, he can hear the teacher talking, he is looking at her but when asked to repeat it back, he forgets. This shows that this person wasn’t listening because if he was listening, he would repeat back what was said or do what he was instructed to do.

Let’s look at the bible and see what it says.

Proverbs 16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says

From these passages, we can see that it’s wise to hear what someone says but it’s wiser to listen to what someone says and then do what’s asked of you. We also know that when you listen well and carry out what has been asked of you, that is what God delights in. He delights in an obedient person.

However, sometimes this does not happen. We can go through the day hearing but not listening and that itself can be very dangerous. There can be various distractions and noise which will take our focus and as a result, we miss what was said. This is one of the reasons why whenever God wants to talk to you or get your attention he will do it when you are alone.

A prime example of that is when God called Samuel. Samuel was lying down when God called him and so within that, he had Samuel’s full attention.

Remember, Hearing is just a way of perceiving the sound whilst Listening is the ability to give one’s attention to the sound.

Do you listen to what everyone tells you?

 

 

The Daily Word – Take Command

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When the chips are down, when the picture looks bleak and it looks like there will be no way out. It’s at that time you must make yourself known and take command. Take charge of the situation and turn it around.Picture a football match, the team is losing. Whilst the rest of the players are distraught, the captain is raising his voice and encouraging the team to keep their heads up. The captain is essentially taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

There are times in your life that you are going to have to face facts, acknowledge what is going around you and command it to stop.

Mark 4:39 – Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. “Silence! He commanded. “Be still!” And the wind died down, and it was perfectly calm.

Notice that Jesus didn’t negotiate with the wind nor did he hope it would that it would die down. Jesus commanded the winds to be still and the winds died down. Jesus took charge of the situation. In that situation, Jesus was very calm and relaxed that he even had a sleep. This is the attitude we need to have – the ability to remain calm and relaxed despite the different storms in our life.

The context Jesus stepped into was one of confusion, instability, the boat was rocking side to side, fear and doubt. All of this can signal our minds when we go through situations in our life. All of this comes as a result of us not being awake and acknowledging what’s happening. Only once have we done this can we take charge of it.

We also need to learn how to command and take charge of situations. We have already been given the power and authority so it’s about time we start commanding and declaring matters.

Be blessed. I pray that God gives you the boldness and confidence to take charge of your situation in Jesus name.

 

The Daily Word -GO!!!!

As the clocked struck midnight, we entered a new year. We had entered 2017 and the lights changed from red to amber and from amber to green. We were like cars at the traffic lights waiting for the signal to move into 2017. Whilst at New Years Service at Church, there was one thing that I heard in my spirit which was the word – GO

Some of us have been on the starting blocks for a while now, some of us have been at the lights waiting to move but this year is a time to move and GO. It’s time to move forward, it’s time to stop moving around that same mountain and just GO

What is it that you are waiting for? It could be a new house, it could be starting a business, it might even be transforming you. Whatever it is, it is time to GO!!!!

We wish you all a Happy new year and in this year we pray that it shall be a year of manifestation, a year of happiness, love, peace and joy. It is set to be a fantastic year.

Deuteronomy 1: 6-8  When we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighbouring regions—the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills,d the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

GO and enter your land of promise. It is yours, all yours.

On behalf of everyone at Unified Ministries, have a gracious year. We are looking forward to being with you all at some amazing events and also we look forward to welcoming you to our launch event.

Be blessed in the Lord always

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‘An Uncontrollable Fire’ – Revival

Once a fire starts, it can be deemed to be uncontrollable until it is put out. Before a fire starts, we need to know what is needed for the fire to even come about.

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For a fire to start, it needs Oxygen, Heat, and Fuel. Now, if any one of those components is taken away, the fire can not start. Within Church circles, the fire triangle can also apply. Here is how it relates

For the church, the fire triangle works like this:

OXYGEN = The living God. The living God loves to breathe on his people and blow fresh life into us.

HEAT = The love of God. The heat source of the church is the undeserved, unconditional love of God.

FUEL = Us. People increasingly alive and awake to the living, loving God are the fuel of this fire

So, let’s look at this in context….

Acts 2 – And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
2 When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit [a]kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]

Before a fire started amongst the disciples, there was one thing that needed to happen which was Unity. You could imagine that in that one place, the disciples were praying together in one accord. At that point, the Holy Spirit was present and boom, a fire broke out amongst them and through them. Now, imagine if they were together but weren’t praying together in one accord. The Holy Spirit wouldn’t be present because before the Holy Spirit there was no fuel which represents us – the church.

I’m sure if you have seen a fire start, you will notice how rapid the surrounding buildings are engulfed in flames and hot it becomes. At first, the fire will start off small but in time to come when all the elements are present, the fire will take over.

In these times we are heading into now, a revival will surely break out but in order for a fire to break out, there must be unity. The church must be in one accord for the revival to take place. Don’t get upset when you aren’t seeing the big revival, it’s just that people haven’t seen the revelation.

Leonard Ravenhill made this statement – “You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”

This is very true because whenever a fire breaks out, you will already know how hot the place is.

As a human being, I’m sure you have experienced a train journey where there are many bodies at one time. Ever noticed how hot it can get? That should tell you that when a people are in one accord, a revival will surely break out. Without the church, there can be no revival and without God there will be no church. We all rely on one another just as fire relies on oxygen, heat and fuel.

Deuteronomy 9:3 Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you

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The Daily Word – Run the Race


“THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.]”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:24-27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Running a race seems so simple. You start on the blocks, get into position and then you go. Have you ever considered why some people don’t win? It’s something we have done too, when we distract ourselves from what’s ahead of us, not only do we lose ground but we also get taken over by others. You also can’t run if you’re carrying unnecessary weight, it just slows you down. A way that we slow down is when we look around us and then comes discontentment, fear and condemnation. 

Hebrews 12 has been a scripture that has given us plenty to study and look at. One thing we came across was the fact the path we are taking in life has already been set out before us. So we have everything to play for, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Even before we were born, God had mapped out the course we would take in life, it’s now up to us to run the race that has been set before us. 
There’s a finish line we all need to get to, it’s important that we keep our focus on the task at hand as well as enduring everything that is put in our way. So, how do we get to the end?  We can do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, who ran the race set before him and finished it well. If there’s anybody that we should look to, it is Jesus. Looking to other people who are on the same journey will only lead to disappointment. 

Look to Jesus, let him guide you. 

I pray that God gives you the grace to run well. Be blessed

The Daily Word – Hand it over


A relay team is made up of 4 people. Now, to get it round the track each man must run well and then get ready to hand it over to the next man. Failure to hand it over can have huge consequences for the future generation. 

In the grand scheme of things, we have heard the saying ‘life is not race, it’s a journey’. This is one of the greatest things that will set someone free as they will be able to see that when the time is correct, they will enter the door which shall be open for them. 

However, there comes a time where we have to prepare the next generation to get ready to take over you. It’s wise to pour out what you have and know into the next generation rather than keep it locked up. 

Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 ‭‭“Therefore you shall lay up these My words in your [minds and] hearts and in your [entire] being, and bind them for a sign upon your hands and as forehead bands between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates, That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”

When I think of passing on the baton, it reminds me of the time that Jesus told his disciples that it’s best he went away, this is so that they can put into practice what they know. At the same time, Jesus imparted into them all the knowledge and wisdom that he has. 

In order for the next generation to be well equipped for the task at hand, they need vision. They need vision to see when their time is about to start. As much as it’s our duty to prepare, it’s their responsibility to take in what they’ve learnt. 

Know when to stop, know when to slow down, know when to pass the baton. Don’t let it fall in your hands. 

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