Everything God Does is Perfect

Everything God Does is Perfect

A king had a male servant who, in all circumstances, always said to him; “My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes.”

One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; “if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger.”

The servant replied, ‘”Despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong.” Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to prison, he told the king again, “God is Good and Perfect.”

Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn’t have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not “complete” to be offered to the gods. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; “My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go.

“But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?” His servant replied; “My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger.”

Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose.

God knows why you are reading this message today. Please bless someone with it by sharing it. God is good and perfect!!!

Meditation: As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. – Psalm 18:30

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Understanding Purpose (6)

Understanding Purpose (6)

…walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
– Ephesians 4:1

The second category of purpose is situational purpose. It is both general and specific. General in the sense that it is applicable in many settings; specific because the manner you fulfil it in one place may not be the same way you will achieve it in another.

This is the kind of purpose that relates to specific callings. We all have multiple callings with attendant roles in different contexts: as husband, wife, parent, child, student, leader, worker, member of a community, citizen of a country, member of a church, politician, and so on. These are all callings with different roles attached to them. And, in performing such roles, you are either fulfilling purpose or neglecting it.

God does not make mistakes. And nothing happens without either His knowledge; His contrivance, in the event such happening is from Him; or His permission where such is an act of the devil. “Known to God from eternity are all His works” (Acts 15:18). Nothing catches God by surprise; absolutely nothing.

So, wherever you find yourself, God knew even before you were born that you would be there. He knew you were going to marry that man/woman; He was also in the know about the identity of your child, parents, or siblings. He knows you are where you presently work or worship. He positions you in places for a reason – so that you could execute a specific mission there.

Let’s use the instance of where you work; God put you there for a reason greater than your job description or paycheque. He put you there for a noble reason, to add value to the firm and make a difference in the lives of fellow humans such as your co-workers and/or outsiders whom you meet in the course of your work. And in fulfilling your duties or playing your roles, you are fulfilling purpose, a situational purpose.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Understanding Purpose (4)

Understanding Purpose (4)

I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…
– Ecclesiastes 7:25

Still in continuation of our meditation on purpose, let us further consider some sublime thoughts on purpose and related matters from James Allen’s classic, As A Man Thinketh:

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.

Man is buffeted by circumstances as long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being; he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent achievement.

Aimlessness is a vice.

They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, and self-pityings…which lead…to failure, unhappiness, and loss.

To put away aimlessness and weakness and t

o begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. Who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.

Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes a creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger…He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason to Hang on (7)

One Good Reason to Hang on (7)

Though the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail,

And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

And there be no herd in the stalls—

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.
– Habakkuk 3:17-18

Challenges and vicissitudes of life may just be a test of your faith and commitment to God. They may not be because of your sins, but are meant to see what your disposition to God would be when the going gets tough. This was the case of Job who suffered much ruinous afflictions, not because he was the worst sinner of his time, but because there was a need to place him in term of his loyalty to God in the face of adversity.

It is easy to worship God and be committed to His works when things are going smoothly. But when situation becomes rough and everything seems to be going downhill, that is when the real devout are known. Adversity reveals the true nature of any man – just like money and power.

When Job was at the lowest ebb of his life, even his wife who must have been so sweet and supportive of his previous devotion to God could not contain the hardship any longer and had to blurt out, “Curse God and die!”

What is your own attitude when you are beset with trials? Are you the type who starts to wag his finger toward heaven, daring the existence of God and demanding His immediate intervention? Or you are the type who maintains an attitude of worship affirming the sovereignty and goodness of God despite your own conditions? What do you say when you are tossed by the storms of life? Do your words glorify God or cast aspersion on His ability? Do you still thank Him for what you have or you are preoccupied with what you don’t have and thus become ungrateful and critical?

As our reference scripture suggests, adversity and lack should not rob us of our sense of gratitude to God. We owe all to Him. For all you know, your present situation may just be a test of your worship. Will you still praise Him or continue to whine about what is not or what should have been?

Don’t you think you have a reason to hang on?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason to Hang on (6)

One Good Reason to Hang on (6)

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons… But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. – Luke 21:12-13

Here is yet another reason to remain optimistic in the face of trials and challenges. Jesus Himself said those trying situations are going to turn out for you as occasions for testimony. That means their purpose is sure; they are not meant to undo, but to announce you. They are contrived to make you testify and glorify God.

This knowledge will help you adopt a new perspective in the way you view your challenges and a new approach in the way you deal with them. Your perspective will change to the extent that you realise each trying condition will not determine your end, but is a platform for you to showcase the goodness of God to the world. This will also boost your confidence to take it on. Knowing the problem will not spell your doom, but will make you bloom, will add springs to your steps as you confront it. Now you know that you can pray and hope to get a favourable answer, and you can take guided steps and expect positive results.

This sums up God’s expectation from us in term of how we perceive and respond to unfavourable circumstances. He doesn’t want us to become downcast and moody, carrying a long face everywhere and infecting/offending others with our sour mood. He expects us to look beyond the problem and be joyful in our comportment (James 1:2). He wants us to see Him at work in our challenge and trust Him as He guides us to the end of it, when we will get to testify and let the world know how good He is. He has assured you that each challenge “will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” And He doesn’t just say things for the fun of it.

Now, that is a good reason to cheer up.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason To Hang On (5)

One Good Reason To Hang On (5)

 I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living. – Psalm 27:13 (NLV)

This passage gives you another reason to be optimistic in the face of a critical challenge that is threatening to tear your world apart or destroy all you have laboured for. If any man knew what it meant to be afflicted with myriads of problems, it was David. Declared an enemy of state when the reigning king, Saul, turned against him and launched a massive manhunt for his head, David took to the wilderness and became a fugitive. Harassed, pursued and severally betrayed, he was always on the move without a permanent base. He suffered all these for no offense, except that he was favoured by God to become king.

Nevertheless, he maintained an upbeat attitude about his predicament. He made the most of the negative situation, fostering goodwill among the people he mingled with in the course of his flight as well as building a followership of loyalists and a formidable army whose exploits later saw to it that he had successful war campaigns and was never defeated in battle.

David was able to do all these because he adopted a long-term perspective, as seen in the reference passage; at the height of his problems, he did not give up hope because he was convinced that he would still experience God’s goodness, not as a dead man but while he was still alive!

David’s example is a good reference for us that the best is yet to come. No matter the situation you find yourself at the moment, it is important to note that tough times indeed never last. So your present challenge does not have the capacity to get the better of you, unless you allow it to. It will not outlast you; you will be the one to outlive it and even see through many more challenges besides in the process of your becoming a better person on all fronts.

Don’t lose hope, because you will soon see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. And that is a good enough reason to cheer up and hang on.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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