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February 29

On my way to work this morning, I went,

‘Whoa today is February 29! A Leap Year !’

I am not sentimental about the day, I just consider it another day of extra.

Another day to leap, reach out and touch God or to spend more time doing something extra that makes you feel optimistic.

I see it as another extra 24 hours to do something GREAT- something you really wanted to do but you thought you needed more time -You have twenty-four hours extra to be positive [even if you’ve been pessimistic the entire month].

Today is a day to be cheerful and hopeful- to love, to share, to appreciate, to do something unusual for somebody. Including that person or people you feel don’t really deserve it- show an act of kindness- just because you are in the position to do so.

Probably you are in a position where you would like somebody to reach out to you-but nobody is forth coming- do not feel dejected.

There is someone, somebody, one special person who is willing to reach out to you now. His love is unfathomable and unconditional.

In His own case He is not reaching out to you because today is an extra day-He has always been trying to reach out to you. He feels your pain and is willing to take your shame.

At this moment I remember a passage reading from the Children’s Bible. Hopefully it might make sense to you whatever season of life you might find yourself in. It reads:       “The person who trusts in the Lord will be blessed.
    The Lord will show him or her  that he can be trusted.– “Jeremiah 17 verse 7. 

Could you try something unusual today? There is nothing to lose, stretch out to somebody and if you need to reach out to Jesus- why not do so today- February 29. He can be trusted, He really can.

Why not trust him today -February 29 [If you are reading this on the day], but even if it is not He is the same everyday, still reach out to Him, instead of waiting to the next February 29.

Hope you do something worthwhile to enjoy today and every other day that you are alive!!!

Thanks for reading.

@ YemYola  February 29

 

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Trust The Guide

Who came up with the idea of guide dogs? Isn’t it a brilliant idea? You might respond in affirmation particularly if you’ve spent a few minutes observing one as I have.

I deeply respect the visually impaired and I’m so grateful for the opportunity they have to be able to move around and get involved in daily activities because they are blessed with a guide dog. On the other hand what would you consider the case to be if an individual decides not to accept the leading of their guide dog? What would the repercussions be?

The same principle applies when we accept the Lord’s salvation and begin to trudge along with Him until probably we decide to take a detour when He leads in a direction we consider, ‘unfamiliar’ or ‘risky’.

Everyone Needs a Guide

Moses was patient; never in a haste. This trait enabled him to stay with God, allowing God to guide him. He chose spending time in the presence of the Lord-getting God’s approval as opposed to that of any human -probably one of the things that makes receiving guidance difficult and complex at the same time as all of us like ‘being in control’.

What Guidance requires:  Willingness to be guided

In Exodus 24:12 Moses was invited into the Lord’s presence. He was asked to Come up and ‘wait there‘. It is one thing to be willing to allow the guide but we also need to be patient by ‘waiting’ The Psalmist in chapter 40:1 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord…

Waiting is an element of the fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5:22 explains.  This type of guidance isn’t a quick snapshot of the book of Psalms or just typing information into Google it requires patience.

Walking on the streets of London one busy morning I spotted a gentleman and his guide, the dog, striding along at the same pace as other pedestrians. So, unless you had some minutes to spare, as I had that morning, it would be impossible to spot anything unusual and notice how much the man willingly relied on the dog.

The only reason I noticed it was because the dog sat down at the pelican crossing despite the fact that other pedestrians went through. The gentleman had two options at that moment to drag the dog along, implying other people are trudging along so it is okay to cross or trust the guide to do his job.

This shows the willingness to be guided. How much do you desire to have a guide? Have you chosen the right one?

Thanks for reading today.

©YemYola 2016

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Let Go of Being in Control

I don’t know about you but I don’t think it is that simple to say, ‘God be my guide’. It’s not because there is anything wrong with God leading but the onus is on me to allow Him.

My father used to have chauffeurs but at times when I accompanied him on trips you’ll think he should be in the driving seat as he still seemed to control the chauffeur. He would relax for a few minutes until he looks at the speedometer then he’ll snap at the chauffeur, “You’re not supposed to be doing more than something like 30 or 40 miles an hour.” You can see the demeanour of the chauffeur drop in frustration and not just his but mine too instead of going on a journey where we could do 70 you’re limited … how boring….

Even though I’ve used this scenario I can assure you there’s been many times I’ve acted like that with God. Yes, I’ve asked Him to be my guide but there have been many instances where I just feel I need to be in-charge and in-control of the situation.

I know I’ve begun discussing the issue of letting God be the Guide and I’ll be quick to add that not being in control does not mean a sign of weakness it just means allowing God to rule and direct my steps. It would be appropriate to relax and let the Lord be our guide in all what we do but I understand it is quite a challenge to do.

Proverbs 3:5 helps us by encouraging us to,

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.’

It is not something that would happen all of a sudden but with practice and determination you and I can both trust the Lord today allowing Him to be our guide, believing He would not abandon us. On the contrary, we might just see how exciting it could be.

Maybe like me, you might want to give it a trial and share your experiences of how God has guided you.

© YemYola 2016

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The Prince of Peace

‘For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Isaiah 9:6, New Living Translation.

We have considered Jesus as Wonderful, as a reliable Counsellor, the Mighty God, Our Everlasting Father and it is a privilege to present Him as the Prince of Peace.

This seems to be the perfect time to remind one another [irrespective of the turbulent situations, the unforeseen contingencies and the day to day challenges we have to sieve through in order to stay on top] that Christ is our peace, “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way…” I Thessalonians 5: 23, New Living Translation. Personally, from my experience peace is immeasurable, it has no substitute and no counterfeit, you either have it or you do not have it. My focus today is not holiness, but I am aware that if we allow the peace of the father to rest in our hearts, we will be content with whatever we have, we are likely to refuse to compromise our stand in God, as a result do things that would enable His peace stay with us.

Peace emanates from the Prince of Peace; the Father of Peace only. He says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you…” John 14:27, New American Standard Bible. Jesus assures us He gives His Peace to us [not only at Christmas, or the beginning of a New Year] but everyday of our lives, saying, ‘… so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,’ John 16:33, the New International Version.

Christ assures you He thinks positively about you as his thoughts towards you are ‘of peace and not of evil’ so He can give you a ‘future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11, the New King James Version.

Remember, our focal point is the Prince of peace the one capable of giving you and yours immeasurable peace, the peace that helps us to stay strong and calm even when things are not as we expect; the peace that enables us to declare ‘all is well’ like the Shunamite woman even though the devil is squeezing every drop of faith out of us. Beloved, how rewarding will it be if we just depend and rely on the one who gives peace in a way our natural minds cannot comprehend.

In all sincerity, allowing Christ to be the Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father means we are inviting Him to reign as the Prince of Peace in our hearts. When He is in charge we are bound to have peace because He will make Himself known in any situation or storm saying, ‘Be quiet! Calm down!’ Mark 4:39, the NET Bible. As He declares this with authority you shall most certainly experience His peace.

The desire of my heart for you every day, every month and every year of your existence is that the God of peace…produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13: 20-21, the New Living Translation. May you experience His peace all the days of your life-Amen.

©YemYola 2015

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The One Who Lasts Forever: Our Father Never Fails

157‘I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support, [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!].
                                                                                        Hebrews 13:5 [The Amplified Bible]

There are so many encouraging words/ phrases in the Bible but this is a personalised one to you or whoever needs it, no matter how many times you require it in a year, month, day or hour.

Do you know why? Our God is our Everlasting Father. He never grows old, never retires, never has too much to deal with, never gets depressed or lacks money or substance. What is it you need at this moment? Is it wisdom?

He says, ‘If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking’ James 1:5 The New Living Translation.

Apparently our Everlasting Father attaches great importance to wisdom: Proverbs chapter 8 talks about wisdom, verse 12 declares, ‘I Wisdom, [note the capital ‘W’] live together with good judgement. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.’ NLT. Verse 16 goes on to explain, ‘Rulers lead with my help…’, however you might not be a ruler in that sense but as a leader in your home, at work and in His vineyard, verse 15 states, ‘Common sense and success belong to me, Insight and strength are mine.’

I’m glad to inform you that your Everlasting Father does not stop there, He says in verse 18: ‘I have riches and honour, as well as enduring wealth and justice. My gifts are better than gold…my wages better than sterling silver’ verse 19. In verse 20-21 He declares, ‘I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice, those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.’

This is amazing I could go on expounding this one chapter [Proverbs 8] it assures me [and I hope you too that all we need, all we desire all we long for is with our Everlasting Father. He is wisdom –that is why you can trust and rely on Him. He has been around for so long – ‘before the mountains were born’ and He cannot die – Psalm 48:14 ‘For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide [even] until death.’ The Amplified Bible. Oh how blessed we are to have Him as our Father, not just any father but the Father who lasts forever.

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© YemYola 2015

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The Everlasting Father

THE EVERLASTING FATHER

‘For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation.

Have you ever wondered what the word everlasting means? It means just that, everlasting-lasting forever. Today I have the privilege of reminding you about our father who is not just there today and disappears tomorrow but is there forever. Hooray!

How do you feel about that did it cause you any excitement? Maybe this illustration might help you. I had a father who I loved and I believe loved me- no doubt we had our moments but he was Great. One day however, I saw him no more. Many times I wish I could just ring him and tell him something or ask him something but he is far away from where any telephone can reach.

What gives me joy is that fortunately, this is not the case of our God- our everlasting father. From generations –the time of Abraham He has been God and as long as Christ tarries, He will continue to be father to as many that are willing to acknowledge Him as Father.

I am pleased to inform you that, ‘Before the mountains came into existence or you were born, God brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting [our God] has been God’ (emphasis mine) Psalm 90:2 NIV.

Even though from time to time in most jobs employers do desire to hire those they could train, therefore do not mind if they are young and lack experience, they also rely heavily on experienced employees to move the company forward. Wherever you might be in life maybe you’ve been around for quite awhile or you’ve just come on the scene, I’m pleased to inform or it might just be to remind you that the Father you rely on or the father you are willing to commit to and rely on is not a novice-he has a great deal of experience, to the point that you can fully rely on Him for the great or even miniscule things because He is able to do, ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us’ Ephesians 3:20 NIV.

Just as responsible fathers are committed to their children, so is your everlasting Father committed to you. The difference between any other father and our heavenly father is, our heavenly father does not give up on us. No matter where you are at in life, your Everlasting Father is constantly watching over you, willing to offer you support, encouraging you daily, assuring you He is able to meet your needs, give you directions –as the reliable counsellor and to offer you support, not giving up on you because He is the Mighty God.
He says,‘I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support, [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5 [The Amplified Bible].

© YemYola 2015

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Mighty God

THE MIGHTY GOD

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 [The Amplified Bible]

When I was pondering over the phrase ‘Mighty God’, a 1998 Disney film,‘Mighty Joe Young’ came to mind which I feel just helps to give a literal illustration of how mightier our God is.

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Our God is Mighty

Ephesians 1:19, N.I.V explains God’s ‘mighty strength’. The beginning of verse nineteen tells us this power cannot be compared ‘incomparably’ to what humans could ever imagine. It is a bit worrying though that we tend to forget or really do not know our God is as mighty as He says He is. Let’s take a few steps back into the O.T. when the Egyptians were chasing the Israelites, can you remember what happened? The entire Egyptians with their chariots drowned in the sea, ‘… and Miriam sang this song: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”’ [NLT]

Excuse me for using the illustration of the gorilla once again but Joe had to escape the hands of his poachers, protect the lady who had been taking care of him but still saved the boy who was at the top of the Ferris wheel. Our Lord Jesus escaped the hands of Herod and the Pharisees and even in the process of being persecuted He still helped as many as He could. He is the saviour of the world but He is also your saviour. Zephaniah chapter 3:17 declares Him as ‘mighty to save.’

Can you remember the last time the Lord averted danger from coming close by? God didn’t just avert danger from you but from your family too. It is His way of showing Himself strong, declaring Himself as the mighty God stretching out to save you and yours. How about that time you found yourself desperate for a breakthrough? It was your father, the Mighty God who came to your rescue promising, ‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…’ Genesis 28:15 [NIV] which gives us the confidence and assurance that no matter how big our predicaments, God has the capacity and demonstrates the willingness to bail us out of them all causing us to, ‘praise him for his acts of power…[and] his surpassing greatness’ Psalm 150:2 New International Version.

The greatest thing that indicates He is the Mighty God is the change of heart and life He has given to you and me. Remember what you were before you experienced His loving kindness? Maybe you’ve known Christ all your life even with that, you would agree with me that over and over He has demonstrated His mighty power in your life. No matter where we were, when He found us, He has redeemed us and given us hope, a new life, a life we are expected to celebrate as long as we have it. How proud are you to show off our Mighty God to the world? Why not sum up courage today and share your story with someone, tell them the last mighty act He has done for you and give them the opportunity to see for themselves that you serve a ‘Mighty God’.

Enjoy the rest of your day also remember ‘to us a Son is given… Mighty God’ not just at Christmas time but for as long as we live. – that on its own I would imagine is a cause for celebration. Thanks for reading today. I pray you experience the Mighty Power of our Almighty God in abundance.

©YemYola 2015

 

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