Holy are You Lord all creature called you Lord, worthy is Name. I will left Your Name x3i will lift up Your Name above every other name. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, You are worthy to be praise and adore. Lord, I left up Your Holy Name in one chord, singing blessed be Your Name; blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Thank You Lord for this wonderful and glorious week, for all Your goodness and blessings that endureth for ever more. Father, we are most grateful for that which no one except You would have done in our lives and we come to thank You, be thou exalted forever and ever! Amen.

Wonderful child of God, how has it been with you all through the week? Hope you are rising above those challenges? Be grateful to God thus far He had led you and have this mind in you that He will never leave you nor forsake you. You are His personal project, He will never abandon you.

I can feel strongly in my spirit that someone is at the verge of giving up. Beloved, you don’t need to do that, okay, you can slow down but prayerful ask God to help you out of that corner. Do you know that even in real life situation, when you approaching a bend or corner, whether you are driving or walking, naturally you slow down for more clarity, to avoid the occurrence of a ghastly accident. So also it is in the spiritual. Is very possible that your spirit is recognizing a corner and is apply a brake which you are not sensitive to and you think that the whole world is clashing on you.

Never mind the world standeth firm, for the one who create it is the Father of all architectures (Heb 11:3). Praise God. Your time of laughter is here; you must rejoice whether the devil likes it or not. Do not be move by what you see. Alleluia but rejoice in the Word of God. Rejoice in the promises of God. Glory be too God.

I have gotten a release in myself, I guess we are now on same page. Shout a big alleluia! Praise God.

Beloved, if you never want to experience a down time in your spiritual life, you must be spiritual sensitive to what the Spirit of God is saying per time. we all know and have experienced down time in our communication gadgets, so we need not say so much in bring it to your understanding.

Do you notice that when there is a network problem you don’t easily get through to the next person electronically even when you are looking at the person or at a distance. This however is a number that probably connect at a dial but it get to such a time you cannot get through to the person. Beloved, what do you thing has happened? So it is with us when our spiritual antenna is searching for a signal to connect heaven on a matters that we need an answer on. If we are weak spiritual, the signal will either be low or not available as in most cases but for a vibrant spiritual life, heaven answer at a dial while because the signal is so strong that nothing will be strong enough to either obstruct it or stop it from connecting.

Are you getting an understanding on the topic before us today?  However, the second message deals with signs to watch out for that will eventually lead to spiritual snugness and dry rot.

The bible warned us sternly about pride. God hates the proud. If you must walk with God, you must be humble. Humility is not stupidity or foolishness but we need to be wise else the devil will deceive you by this saying. Sometimes you have to play the fool to get ahead, have peace reign, enthrone Christ, above all keep your testimonies as a child of God.

The devil, your adversary is always looking for a way to get you off the race. So weeping over your hurt or pain keeps you down, makes you immobile for Christ. Praise God.

Are you feeling too sufficient for yourself? Watch it lest you fall into the nest of the enemy of your soul (1 Cor 10:12).

Covet God’s Presence and you will be glad you did because the reward is eminent and revitalizing (Ps 71:16): come let us reason together:

Spiritual Smugness And Dry Rot

A smug faith dulls the spirit and closes the door to intimacy with God.

 The twin sins of pride and lust severely hobble the best among us.

 Listen to Blaise Pascal:

“You wanted to make yourself your own center and do without [God’s] help. You withdrew from [His] rule, setting yourself up as [His] equal in your desire to find happiness in yourself. And [so He] abandoned you to yourself…

 “Your chief maladies are the pride that withdraws you from God, and the lust that binds you to the earthWe are in fact so vile that, left to ourselvesare incapable of knowing [or] reaching Him.

 I am reminded of the self-satisfied religious professional who stood in the temple and rehearsed to God his spiritual attainments — and went away empty. By contrast, the tax collector, cowed by his wretchedness, beat his breast and muttered “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” And God heard his prayer. (Luke 18:9-14)

Pride — Assuming the mental posture that “Ive got it figured out. I can pull this off on my own.

Lust — Failing to reign in our wandering eyes, unchecked imagination, and self-indulgence.

So… let me ask you:

        Are you smugly satisfied with your spiritual attainments? With your spiritual life?

        Or are you profoundly aware of and grieved over your need for more of God?

 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Psalm 51:17; Matthew 5:3, 4)

 If you are spiritually satisfied, it is my guess that you probably have too high a view of yourself and too low a view of God. Isaiah addresses our spiritual dry rot in stating,

 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15b)

 QUESTION: Into which camp do you fall: Spiritual dry rot? Or profound awareness of an inner need?

Beloved, do you know that “pride” brings a man down? God hates the proud. What are you priding about? All we have is given from above so what is in you that make you think highly of yourself more than you ought to do? Let us be careful so as not to ignite the wrath of God in your lives:

A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.—Proverbs 29:23

Pride is the great enemy of the Christian. Pride is an overly high opinion of yourself. It motivates you to do things that you know are not Christlike, and it hinders you from doing what brings glory to God. Pride influenced Adam and Eve to try to become like God (Gen. 3:5). Pride motivated Cain to murder his brother (Gen. 4:5).

Pride provoked Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery (Gen. 37:8). Pride caused King Saul to resent David so deeply that he tried to murder him (1 Sam. 18:8). Pride led King Hezekiah to foolishly reveal his nation’s wealth to his enemies (Isa. 39:2). Pride was at the root of the Pharisees’ anger toward Jesus. Pride was the reason the disciples argued over rank in the kingdom (Luke 9:46).

Pride is your relentless enemy. If you succumb to its influence, there will be consequences. You may know that you have offended someone, but pride holds you back from asking forgiveness. You may realize you need to reconcile a broken relationship, but pride will lead you to deny that need. The Spirit may convict you that you are living a sinful lifestyle, but pride will discourage your admitting it.

Pride will convince you that you deserve better treatment. Pride will impede your serving others. Instead, pride will have you striving for places of prominence. Pride will have you listen to flatterers and ignore honest counselors. Pride will lead you to isolate yourself so that you are not accountable to others.

Humility, on the other hand, is pleasing to God and places your life in a position where God will honor you. If pride has crept into some areas of your life, ask God to give you victory over it before it robs you of God’s will for you.

Beloved, we have all sin and fallen short of the glory of God. Let us restitute where necessary and return back to God, He will glad to welcome you home (Lk 15:21-24). On this note we sign off for the week. see you next week by God’s grace.

Have a restful weekend.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.