Glory Glory Alleluia! Glory glory praise the Lord x2. I just want to say Baba e ese e e e e x2. Who is like unto Thee O Lord x2 among gods who is like Thee glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders Alleluia!

Heavenly Father, we thank You, we blessed Your Holy Name, we Magnify You, we praise You forever. Thank You for the gift of another day, thank You for the health of mind and body, blessed be Thy Holy Name. You are indeed Worthy of our Praise. Receive all adoration forever and ever. Amen.

Beloved, greetings from the Throne of grace and how are you pushing on? Beautiful, I supposed. Glory be to God. How was your encounter yesterday, hope you had a swell time in fellowship with the Great I AM, praise God. God’s desire for us is that we continual be in His presence, by praying, meditating, studying, speaking about Him in all our endeavors.

We must not put Him aside at one time to reconnect at another time. He must be part and parcel of everything we are involved in doing. Remember we agreed that our business must be such that God will bless, be in association where God can be found and worship or fellowship where His Presence are ever abiding.

When we have unbroken fellowship with our Father, sickness will be far from us. We will never be open to the attacks of the satan, because He watches over us and no evil will come near our dwelling place, not even the arrows that flies by day nor the pestilence that walk in darkness; nor destruction that wasteth at noonday will come near us. A thousand shall fall at thy side, ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh Thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked (Ps 91:5-8).

This is a reward of unbroken fellowship with Your Father. Why? Because He is your refuge and your habitation. And there is no danger in Him, but evil, mountains, flood, famine flee at His appearing. What a Wonderful God we serve. Nothing will harm them that made Him their God.

Beloved, you need to enter into this awesome knowledge of God to get into these secrets of the kingdom which are only for the sons and daughters and not for wayfarers (Matt 13:11; Gal 4:6).

The Lord choses our portion for us, therefore we must surrender our will to His will. And in case you are afraid that His choice might not be exactly what you want which is usually the case. I will remind you of the potter’s power. He decide what to do with every clay in his store house. He chooses to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonor (Jer 18:6, Rom 9:19-21). All power belong to Him and that sovereign and absolute power of God make our security in Him more assuredly.

However, oftentimes, out of fear, willfulness, we chose our path different from what God had destined for us. But Jesus said to the young rich man, one thing thou lackest: go sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and fellow me”.

Hard sayings of the Lord someone just said, sighing. Yes, I could feel this man pulse at this time, having gotten a nod from the Lord just a minute ago only to be swept off his feet the next moment, tight corner another commented.

Well the truth is that we cannot run this race outside of Christ’s will and directions. It is Jesus Who will say unto you “well done good and faithful servant, come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Beloved, is God prerogative that one business succeed while another fails? The reason behind it you will also discover as you read along:

“Take up the cross, and follow Me.” Mark 10:21

You have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you are cheerfully to accept it; you are to take up the cross as your chosen badge and burden, and not to stand cavilling at it.

This night Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Do not kick at it in petulance, or trample on it in vain-glory, or fall under it in despair, or run away from it in fear, but take it up like a true follower of Jesus. Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if He carried a cross, what nobler burden would you desire? The Via Crucis is the way of safety; fear not to tread its thorny paths.

Beloved, the cross is not made of feathers, or lined with velvet, it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders; but it is not an iron cross, though your fears have painted it with iron colours, it is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of sorrows tried the load.

Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit of God you will soon be so in love with it, that like Moses, you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt. Remember that Jesus carried it, and it will smell sweetly; remember that it will soon be followed by the crown, and the thought of the coming weight of glory will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble.

The Lord help you to bow your spirit in submission to the divine will ere you fall asleep this night, that waking with tomorrow’s sun, you may go forth to the day’s cross with the holy and submissive spirit which becomes a follower of the Crucified.

Let’s go on:

“Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.” 1Kings 22:48

Solomon’s ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat’s vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another, in the same business and at the same spot, yet the Great Ruler is as good and wise at one time as another.

May we have grace today, in the remembrance of this text, to bless the Lord for ships broken at Ezion-geber, as well as for vessels freighted with temporal blessings; let us not envy the more successful, nor murmur at our losses as though we were singularly and specially tried. Like Jehoshaphat, we may be precious in the Lord’s sight, although our schemes end in disappointment.

The secret cause of Jehoshaphat’s loss is well worthy of notice, for it is the root of very much of the suffering of the Lord’s people; it was his alliance with a sinful family, his fellowship with sinners. In 2Chron. 20:37, we are told that the Lord sent a prophet to declare, “Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works.”

This was a fatherly chastisement, which appears to have been blest to him; for in the verse which succeeds our morning’s text we find him refusing to allow his servants to sail in the same vessels with those of the wicked king. Would to God that Jehoshaphat’s experience might be a warning to the rest of the Lord’s people, to avoid being unequally yoked together with unbelievers! A life of misery is usually the lot of those who are united in marriage, or in any other way of their own choosing, with the men of the world.

O for such love to Jesus that, like Him, we may be holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners; for if it be not so with us, we may expect to hear it often said, “The Lord hath broken thy works.”

Beloved, may we receive grace to carry the cross not grudging but trusting God all the way that we will go in His strength (Ps 71:16 ). Do not join yourselves with unbelievers in your adventure else it incurs God’s wrath and He breaks thy works.

Mark you this word “the cross”- it is not your choice to choose but it shall be given you. The cross you are to bear shall be given you by the Lord. God will never give you sickness as a cross to bear because you will not fulfill the great commission on sick bed. Neither will you dwell in impoverishment because you will not help in the great commission too. So you need good health and sound financial stand to carry on this great calling and command from God.

Do not allow satan to inflict you with either and convince you that is your cross to bear. It is a lie from the pit of hell. Jesus went about healing those that were sick and this same Jesus will not give you sickness to bear as a cross. He went about setting captives free from bondages, He will not keep you in poverty and impoverishment since He had more than enough to give you. His promise is to blessed us and not cause us pains. Praise God.

Faith like that of the mustard seed may we show forth today to enter into our dominion as promised us by our Father at the beginning of this year and see Him bring it to pass when you follow Him willing on the path He will lead you. Praise the Lord.

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.