God’s grace is His kindness or goodwill that is directed towards His people. Its essence is for them to be blessed and empowered. The operation of grace happens in specific areas of our lives to empower us to live right by giving us victory over sin and the gravitational pulls of the flesh and of the world.
Grace works to empower us to work or to serve well and with power by being upon us in great measure for us to witness the ressurection of the Lord Jesus and to serve the will of God effectively in our generation; it also helps us to relate well with others as we depend on this power of the endless life that is at work within to live and relate with others without recourse to the influence of the present world which passes away.
The operation of grace is never without purpose. It is not to be treated as untrue as its operations have been apparent throughout the history of God’s dealings with humans. It is not to be received without result as recipients of grace are expected to work out what has been worked within them.
Grace in practical terms also relates with appropriate timings and seasons – 2 Cor 6:2. God is disposed to listen to you at the appropriate time, at the welcomed time that is not primarily and necessarily of man’s choosing. Our God who sees all things and can do all things often prevails on man’s preference by making things to happen in the lives of His people at the most appropriate time. The pleasure of the decision concerning timing is dependent on His prerogative and will always be in the best interest of His people, both corporately and individually.
The grace of God is also disposed to help you in the day of salvation. The day of salvation refers to the season when He rescues from particular dangers to restore to the state of safety and well being either because man has made himself vulnerable unnecessarily or because he is exposed to some particular onslaught of the enemy.
The call on you today is to pay attention to what God is working out in your favour. The favourable time is always in the now even if not for the entire aspects of your life; it is always in the now for those that the time is now appropriate for. The day of salvation, in like manner, is always in the present.
Pay attention now to see the Lord crown your year with His goodness – Ps 65:11; complete what He has started; and fulfil the very necesssary aspects of His promises in your life.
Welcome to December 2017, see the Almighty crowning your year with bounty.
God’s grace is always at work towards His people and in certain providential matters, towards everyone. The operation of grace however has its season; and certain grace comes with certain times.
When you recognise the visitation of God’s grace, you will know what to ask for. It cannot be everything for now. When you recognise the operation of God’s grace to save, you will discern the help which is available to you now, because there are times and seasons to a man’s lifetime.
To discern relates with to interpret. This we all do in the natural, in certain basic aspects of our human experience. The religious leaders in the time of Christ were versed in the art of interpreting the weather but failures when it comes to the matter of understanding the times or the seasons of their existence.
The words of Jesus indicated that every time has its sign, and that the signs can thus be used to know the times. This is more than what the clock reads; it is more of what the direction is for the season.
It is essential that everyone knows how to interpret his present time – Luk 12:56. The interpretation of the times has to do with the judgement of what is right – Luk 12:57; it is as simple as being able to see the indicators in a particular season to know what would or would not happen and how you should respond to make the right thing happen – Luk 12:58-59.
I pray for you this month, that your spiritual senses shall receive a fresh quickening to know and not to miss out on what this season of your life is meant for; that you will be liberated from following human trends or patterns from other people’s lives that humans are wont to follow because they could not recognise their own time and season.
Welcome to November 2017, be sensitive to know your season.
Divine direction is primarily about what God wants to accomplish with man; it is about the goal to be realised and not necessarily about the pathway to the goal.
Whenever someone has received direction from God, there is a surge of confidence, excitement, and zest. Everyone needs this to go and to take the blessing or the trophy of the promise that God has given.
Weariness and frustration only set in after you have hit the road and found things that are not described in the plan – the myriads of experiences and situations on the way.
God, however, wants your attitude all the way to be as it was in the beginning when you responded with excitement to His word to you.
The attitude that will inherit the promise is that which sees only the promise and is not reconditioned by the anything foreign to the promise –
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”
That God’s plan for your life is good and great cannot be overemphasised. Whatever He determined to do with your life will always be the best for you.
Whenever he communicates with you, it is largely about where He is taking you; what He wants to accomplish; and some particular time ahead of now. God’s guidance in the now will always be in tune with His major direction for your life.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Welcome to October 2017. This is the goodness of the Lord, marvellous in our sight, as being alive is an indication that God’s plan is still functional towards you. Faithful is He who has began the good work in you, He will finish it.
As you enter this new month, join me to make Ps 17:15 your focus and meditation.
Amidst all the imperfect situations on earth, the Lord wants your focus to be on Him. Looking away from these troubles is like dying to them and being awake to God.
When you focus on the situations, you define them as true to you; whereas, when you focus on God, Himself and His word becomes your reality.
The discipline of looking into God in dependence on the Holy Spirit, energises your transformation process of becoming more like Him, of getting deeper into His plan; and of having more victory in your life.
David said I have set the Lord always before me and because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Ps 16:9.
Enjoy peace, victory, and growth this month as you keep your mind on the Lord. He will bless you with grace and glory, and withhold not from you every good thing needed for your life.
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Psalms 17:15
Welcome to October 2017; awake in God’s likeness.
Counselors must learn in a counselling situation to look out for certain signals to know if they are going to a dead end or an highway into the future. Signs of a dead end are basically two:
- When the counsellee keeps attempting to generalise his/her peculiar situation. This happens when someone thinks everyone is in his kind of situation. There are actually two ranges in our social spheres:
- The micro world, where individuals have their personal problems or prospects in their own personal situation.
The macro-world or the wider society where everything happens at the same time and in the same way to everyone in the society.
When personal experiences are interpreted as the issues in the wider society, change will never take place in that personal experience until he thinks differently.
- When the counselled has his/her mind made up on maintaining practices that possibly contributed to the existing problem. You had a 1st class from university and alongside that have a very bad personal culture. You are are counselled to look into your dress culture but you insist that the 1st class makes the difference. A counsellor should be able to see why no one would give that persons a job. If he is not willing to change, you may not be able to help him beyond remembering him in prayers for the Lord to tough the heart and help the person to see..
Willingness to use the help you offer is a sign of prospect in counselling. This doesn’t mean that the person being counselled cannot ask question or come up with some disputations. Intellectual engagement might be necessary.
But when the heart is stubbornly made up, you may need to check with the Holy Spirit in your heart to know if you should continue. The Apostle Paul had to depart certain locations, shaking the dust of the place of his sandals; He also was instructed by the Lord not to leave Corinth, as there were prospects there despite the disputations.
Even if you attempt to ‘cast spirits out’ of someone who is not ready to change his mind, they soon will find their ways back into him, since by his way of thinking there is a ready stage or foothold for them in such a life.
The mind that is not ready to change is one that you mAy not be able to help.
Counsel to let someone see what might be working against him. If he is not ready to agree, courteously let him go and spent your time on more profitable situations.
Jesus was only able to change those who used his teachings when he was here. He could not help everyone because of their unbelief – disagreement with the words He shared with them.
God’s operations continue on earth today either as the extensions of His works from the beginning when He created the heavens and the earth or as the extensions of what He worked in Christ on the cross when he finished the work of redemption and reconciliation by laying the foundation for the salvation of the whole world.
He is determined to restore not just the human race, but also also all things unto himself by removing every difference between Himself and His creation. So, what began in Christ, continues in the world today through us. 2 Cor. 5:18-19.
We are reconciled to Him. The differences are removed. He has therefore given us the ministry and the word of reconciliation. He has given you that pivotal role of His representative or ambassador in the world today. He wanted it to be that wherever you go and whatever you do, you have your eyes and mind on His redemptive initiative.
He wants you to consciously work at making Him the Center of all things by being disposed to reconciling more souls in the world to Him; and this is where your significance on earth lies. Whatever your platform is or whatever your role is in the marketplace, you are to commit yourself to the ministry of reconciliation by propagating the word of reconciliation.
God’s grace becomes effectual in the lives of those who are reconciled to Him from being enemies or strangers, foreigners or outsiders to being part of the community of His people. The ministry of reconciliation continues to bring more people to the same page with God and allows His grace to operate optimally in their lives and existence.
Let your mind change from its familiarity with ordinariness to the consciousness of the significance bestowed upon you as God’s ambassadors.
As you attend to this as His witness among the people, there is no limit to the prospects around you. He has invited you to come closer to have established with you the sure mercies of David by giving you as a witness to the people and a leader to them. Many lives shall be framed through you as you become more conscious of your role as Christ’s ambassador.
Hear what He says: “Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.” Isaiah 55:3-5
Welcome to the month of September. Live and operate consciously as an ambassador for Christ.