IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THE RIGHTEOUS

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Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. (Isaiah 3:10 KJV)

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Every action has a reaction and the above scripture clearly shows us that. When you choose to live a righteous life, guided by the word and the Holy Spirit, there is fruit of your actions and you will eat the fruit of your doings. The opposite is true, if you choose an unrighteous path without repentance there is fruit for that too. It might seem exciting at first but as you go along, it will catch up with you.

There are times when one looks at the unrighteous and they seem to be progressing and doing well. They seem to be above the law but the truth is no matter how long, there is fruit. Any fruit bearing tree will bear fruit. It might take time depending on the type of tree but surely there will be fruit!

It is important that you daily examine your life. Are you living by His word to qualify to be called ‘righteous.’ If so, the word today is it shall be well with you. You might make a mistake here and there but teach your heart to be inclined towards repentance. Do not let yourself develop a heart of stone which the Holy Spirit cannot speak to and which God cannot rebuke. Your fruit will be sure.

Don’t cheat others, don’t steal from them! Don’t do things that the Word tells you not to. Align yourself with God’s Word and He will align with you! Then the word ‘It shall be well’ with you will apply. Desist from sin and your fruit will be sure. You might be saying, man of God I have nothing but remember as said above, there will be fruit of your doings and your tree will get to that point of bearing fruit!

I pray for you that your faith be mixed with patience. Whenever the enemy tries to turn you from the way of righteousness the Lord is giving you strength to overcome today.

Declare this
Lord help me to walk in righteousness that you have given as a gift. I choose not to turn to any other way.

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GLORY LEAKS DECLARATIONS

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For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GLORY- LEAKS: I heard a rumour in the heavens this day. You were reported poor, broken, tired and a failure by the devil BUT heaven said NO! You belong to a higher level of glory. I then said, loose that one and let them go. Declare it, “I AM FREE!

GLORY- LEAKS: Today I declare peace that passes understanding. May you find favor in high places. Promotion is your portion in Jesus’ name. Say I RECEIVE!

GLORY- LEAKS: Heaven just announced the greatest ARMS-DEAL ever. You were a servant in the land of Egypt, the LORD thy God brought you out through a mighty HAND and by a stretched out ARM. You are now a MASTER in your own land. Shout ‘THAT’S ME!

GLORY-LEAKS: There is an outbreak of glory, you will no more be poor, sick, broken, tired or a failure. March forward, chest up, hands in the pocket because there is no turning back today. The grave clothes are taken off you. GO GO GO, greater heights, greater glory and greater power!

GLORY-LEAKS: May all your sorrows be forgotten today as the LORD ignites your life with his excitement. I declare that all the weeping is ending as JOY is coming to you. Say I RECEIVE!

A man of faith is a spiritual landscaper! He moves mountains and positions them where he pleases. He speaks words pregnant with power. You are that man, reposition that sickness from your body to somewhere else. Reposition that poverty, that fear, that failure & confusion. Reposition that money back into your pocket. Colour your world with your words. Declare AMEN!

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DECLARATIONS

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Your words are are important and today I am sending declarations to make and words to meditate on.

The Lord is strengthening the bars of your gates. He is blessing your children. There will be no lack of good things for them. They will not lack for food, education, love, peace and protection. Say Amen.

You are powered by the Spirit of God, you capable of the extra ordinary. You approach where others avoid, win where others lose, you are courageous when those with the strength of the world cower. Shout THAT’S ME!

When the runway ends, the pilot does not cry. Instead he lifts the plane to another level where different set of principles apply. The runway will now continue in the air. The wheels are retired and the wings take over. You will not despair nor be discouraged. The runway of that job might have ended, that relationship, that season! There must be an escalation to greater glory. Your next leg needs you to stretch those wings. Say Amen!

“Went out looking for lost donkeys, came back with a leadership mantle…uh! What an awesome week this was.” Say I receive!

Be healed now in Jesus’ name. I speak to every condition in your body, spirit and soul. May the healing virtue of God make you whole today. Say I RECEIVE

This week may you recover everything that was lost or stolen. I pray that the grace of God causes you to see a positive turnaround of everything in your life. Say AMEN

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WHY SIT HERE UNTIL WE DIE?

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And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? (2 Kings 7:3)

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Life comes with twists and turns, happiness and disappointments, marriages and sometimes divorces. All these are moments and it is important as a child of God to know how you handle them. You might be in a place of sorrow and disappointment but I do encourage you to look to God the author and the finisher of our faith.

The four leprous men at the gate of Samaria were condemned to a life of pain and hopelessness. In the eyes of people there was no way out for them because even those who were well in the city were suffering from depression brought upon them owing to the siege of the Syrians. One of the things I want you to note here is that their liberty began with conversation. They said to one another, “Why sit we here until we die?” They explored the options they had, enter the city? Sit in the same place? Or go to the Syrians? The answer to all these “We die!”

They made their choice, going where the food was! It was better to die there than taking the other options. When they got there, they were in for a surprise. God had performed a miracle? The word that Prophet Elisha had spoken was being fulfilled. The Syrians had fled and they ate and were full, collected as much gold and silver and possibly became the richest people in the city before they alerted others to come.

Why are you sitting there complaining? Why are you sitting there until you die? Get into a conversation with those with you or yourself and explore the options. The one you choose might seem dangerous but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we do not fail. There might be delay but don’t view it as denial.

I pray for you today that you move from depression to hope. God is on your side and so victory should be yours.

Declare this,

I thank you Father for you have an option for me. My way is not into the pit but victory. What the enemy deemed as my end is the beginning of my miracle.

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YOUR EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF

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For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:18 KJV)

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When you become a child of God by receiving Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you are regarded a new creature. Old things are passed away and behold all things become new. This however does not mean you will not meet challenges in life.

The challenges you meet have a limited lifespan if you understand what Proverbs is showing us here. As a child of God, your expectation will not be cut off! Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles. It defies odds! It is not limited by time!

It might look like you are falling and there is no hope but expectation demands that you hold on to the word of God, declare it and meditate on it! Expectation demands that you cast all your burdens upon the Lord for He cares for you. Refuse to count the months which leads to doubting God! Just look to Him the author and finisher of your faith.

He is God of the valleys and He is God of the mountains. When you are down low, know that He can lift you high up! Today I speak to you because you might be giving up, thus says the Lord time belongs to Him. Don’t bury your head in the sand nor let fear take control of you. Lift your hands to Him and just praise Him. He is not ignorant to the cry of His children. Remember, whatever you are going through, He is not ignorant. He is walking with you in this journey.

I pray for you that your spiritual eyes may be opened to see that He that is with you is greater than the one against you.

Declare this,

Today I raise my expectation knowing that it will not be cut off. He who Has promised is able to fulfill all His promises in Jesus’ name.

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GROW IN GRACE

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But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

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When we talk of grace, the questions that might come to mind are; how deep is it? How long? Does it have a timeframe? What does it do? What is Grace? All these questions we might not answer in this edition but from Genesis to Revelation we encounter this word Grace. In definition it simply means unmerited favour but in application it is deeper than our imagination.

The Apostle Peter in conclusion to his epistle urges us to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” This indicates that although God gives the initial dose of grace, it is all up to us to put an effort to grow the seed. When a seed is kept in a bottle, it remains a seed but when put in the soil and given the right conditions, it blossoms and multiplies.

You grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ by study of His word, meditation of the word and of course fellowshipping with others who may impart more in you. Grace remember as stated above is unmerited favour! It however does not mean you can abuse it. Grace used correctly opens doors, it brings more blessings and bestows honour upon the carrier of it. Those who choose to grow in it give themselves an opportunity to enjoy the best that God gives. This brings glory and honour to God as others observe your life.

Refuse to stumble as the challenges of life come, continue to meditate on His word. His grace will raise you up above those monumental challenges and as you sit with the Lord on high you will be just an observer. Personal praise and worship brings growth in grace, fellowship with Him in the word and prayer brings growth in grace.

Grace is a license to live life in abundance and bring glory to our Creator. A choice to grow in grace is a choice to partner with Him. I pray for you today that you make a choice to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him!

Declare this,
Thank you Father for the seed of grace. I make a choice to grow in grace and in your knowledge today. Amen

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IN HIS LIGHT WE SEE LIGHT

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For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. (Psalms 36:9 KJV)

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Darkness is dangerous, in it you can trip and injure yourself. Jesus declared “I am the light of the world.” This means without Him, you are walking in darkness and in the hand of the enemy. You can trip any time and injure yourself or lose your life. With God is the fountain of life.

It is important to seek and pursue Him. Walk in the light and you will see His grace at work in you. The enemy loves darkness, it is his time to plant bad seeds. He can not do it in the light because Christ defeated him. In the cover of darkness he moves around.

Genesis 1 tells us that, “In the beginning…and darkness covered the earth.” The enemy was in total control. He was unhappy with the creation of the garden of Eden and God putting Adam and Eve there. It was something he had to fight against hence the deception and bringing the new creation being into darkness.

Today I urge you to open your eyes and ask the Lord to move you into His light. This is where we find light. People spend years seeking peace, it is in the light of God. When you find His light, there is the fountain of life. You need to seek Him with your whole heart. When you do so, you will find Him.

I pray for you that you move from darkness into His light. May the fountain of life flow in and through you touching others.

Declare this

Lord I thank you for unveiling the fountain of life to me. In your light I find light! I receive this light in Jesus’ name.

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WAR OF WORDS (PART 4)

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A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
(Pro 15:4 KJV)

Today I am a witness to the things that I spoke years ago. My words have taken root and become plants bearing fruit. Words will secure the future for you or destroy it. They are a weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands.

The tongue that speaks good words is a tree of life. Very few references are given to the tree of life in the Bible after the book of Genesis. Proverbs 15:4 is one of those few. A wholesome tongue is a tongue with curative power. Kind words will destroy the power of disease and sickness but the wrong words will obliterate a happy soul.

Perverseness in the tongue is a breach in the spirit. A breach is a cause for alarm because it means things are not operating as they should. Something has been violated. You seem to be getting away with speaking the wrong words right now but be careful, it is matter of time. You are planting a big tree of death which you will not be able to uproot in the future.

Apostle James calls the tongue a little member boasting great things (James 3:5). A little fire kindles a great matter. It can set on fire a great forest. Such is the tongue; it can ignite a level of matters never imagined. Your rise and fall is on your tongue, your promotion or demotion, your prosperity or poverty is on your tongue. What do you want today? Choose!

Take charge of the little member. Just as you control all the other members of your body at will, control the tongue. Break its liberty to speak the wrong things. Instead, find for it a regime of words that will bring about a tree of life for you; words that will secure your future! Let the fire that your own tongue starts be a fire for warmth, heat that is used for good things. Fire is good, but when it’s not controlled it is devastating.

Shout I WILL LIGHT GOOD FIRES WITH MY TONGUE!

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We wrestle not flesh and blood

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The enemy tries to attack in various forms and kinds and would have us believe that it is all natural. But today brethren I want to exhort to look deeper into the challenges that you are facing. All good gifts come from above. Anything that does not fall into good is of the enemy and must be renounced in faith. Standing upon the word of the Lord resolute and unmoved! Jesus endured the cross because He looked at the joy ahead.

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Don’t be tempted to look at the natural for answers but as Paul clearly says, we wrestle not flesh and blood but we are dealing with
1. Principalities
2. Powers
3. Rulers of darkness of this world
4. Spiritual wickedness in high places

It may sound overwhelming but this week I found a song that blessed my spirit called, “This is how I fight my battles. It may look like I am surrounded but I am surrounded by you.”

The Psalmist asked, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?” His answer, “ The Lord is in His Holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold..” You are not out of His sight! It might look like you are cornered but you are surrounded by Him! He is your deliverer, call to Him now.

Discard fear saint because even though the enemy is still active on earth, God is supreme. Put your trust completely on the blood of the Lamb that was shed!

Yes it may look like you surrounded but you are surrounded by Him! Don’t fear, keep walking by faith!

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Weekly Meditation

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And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. (Ruth 4:6)

The story of Ruth is well known amongst Bible readers, she was a virtuous woman who chose to stick with her mother in law when she left the country of Moab.

However, my focus today is not Boaz but the relative who had the first right to take Ruth to raise an inheritance for the family. As we all know, Ruth became the mother of Obed who became the father of Jesse and Jesse the father of David and Jesus came in this lineage.

He refused to take Ruth because he would mar his inheritance but guess what, he denied a greater inheritance than what he thought he had. I feel his decision was based on pride and disobedience of the laws.

This week I encourage you to look at your own life and find those areas of pride. Areas where you disobeyed God’s word because of how you felt about what people will think about you. Take time to repent. What God presents before you might look like nothing but it holds greater things in the future.

Will you deny a Ruth because she is from Moab yet God has chosen her?

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