Don’t Let Your Faith Slip

Beloved of God,

There is a place of rest for the child of God according to Hebrews 4:11. You can’t enter into that rest by your physical power but by studying and applying His Word alone.

¶¶Hebrews 4:11 (AMP) says, “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and STRIVE DILIGENTLY to enter that REST [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]”.

Don’t get casual about the Word. Don’t make the mistake of thinking, Oh, I know all that faith stuff. If you do, you’ll slack off and one of these days the devil will catch you unprepared and steal you blind. Always remember that His Word is able to make you what it talks about.

¶¶Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) says, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of thebreath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart”.

Besides having a quite time with God and His Word on your own, going to Church or a fellowship meeting is an opportunity for you to hear His Word. At such a time you can do two things:

  1. Attend the service, come with your guests and allow others to be strengthened because of your presence just as you are going to get blessed too.
  2. Give excuses why you can’t attend, allow your faith to slip and life goes on.

Whichever one you decide to do, remember to dig more deeply in the Word than ever. Labor! Be diligent to keep your faith from slipping and you won’t have to fall!

In His Grip,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

Your Story Has Been Told

Beloved,

Your story has been told in His Words, and you must know where you are from. You must remind yourself that poverty, anger, sicknesses are foreign in Zion, they are not found there. You are unique, you are peculiar. You were bought with a price.

1Peter 2:9 -10 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”.

The Greater Light, His Word, shows you that you can do anything and be all that you’ll ever want to be through the grace that is in Christ Jesus. It’s the power of understanding spiritual truths. Instead of shouting your gut feelings to the world, take them to God and ask Him to help you process them first.

Refuse to be defined by your job – you are more than your job. Refuse to be defined by your family history – today is a new day. Refuse to be defined by your past – Jesus came to show it away. Refuse to be defined by your academic qualifications – God has has already qualified and justified you. Don’t let a negative mentality keep you from God’s best. It may look impossible, but anything is possible with God.

Shalom,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

You Are The Problem

Beloved,

When you complain about your job and your boss, you are the problem. Whenever you are tired of hearing the same word over and over again and wishing you have a new pastor or church, you are the problem not the pastor or Church. If you don’t use the  power of your mouth for positive confessions, you are, indeed, part of the problem. Charles Swindoll has said life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. I agree with him. Instead of complaining begin to declare and prophecy with your mouth. Your mouth is not given to you for Coke and Pepsi alone. Your mouth was given to you to plot the graph of your life (Mark 11:23).

Stop giving someone else the job of making you happy. It doesn’t matter how difficult your challenges are today, no matter how far under the circumstances you may be, in twenty four hours you can be back on top! Don’t become your own problem because of your attitude towards His Word. Never give up hope, because you never know, it could still happen.

I know this sounds very impossible but you must remember that patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you’re waiting. What is your attitude towards His Word? Good, bad or indifferent, every decision you make can be traced to an outcome or circumstances in your life. Today is not the day to start complaining, today is the day to start making the necessary adjustments in your life. Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

Don’t let the troubles of life bring you down. No matter how big your struggle, God has the power to conquer all things. Take the first step in faith. you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Stop blaming God, He has given you His Word. Stop blaming your country, you are blessed not to be in a war zone. Stop blaming everyone around you, rise up in faith, stand up on God’s Word and fight for your life. Get mad at Satan. Get mad at that sickness. Get angry with poverty and start giving to others. Tell yourself you are no longer part of the problem but part of the solution.

Be miserable or motivate yourself in that situation. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. Inside of every problem lies an opportunity. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 

Stay the course and on purpose! TODAY will never come again… Be a blessing and not a problem to your world. Declare your abundance, saying, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) Speak forth your healing, saying, “By Jesus’ stripes I am healed!” (Isaiah 53:5) As you do, you will have whatever you say!

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

It’s Choice Not Chance

Beloved,

At one point in your life, you have probably asked someone to pray for you. There is nothing wrong with that but as you grow in His Word, you will realize that you have a responsibility to pray for yourself rather than delegating it. You are not imposing on God by declaring His goodness and favour.

When tests and trails come your way, you can either let them plant themselves in your life and put pressure on you or you can use your faith muscles to push those trails out of your life. If you can hold on to that Name that is above every other Name this very day and hour, if only you have the faith to believe, to trust, and to call Him, then every knee shall bow, your challenges will go, those mountains will crumble. So trust Him to build and protect you. Do your part, but look to Him for guidance and strength. And trust Him to do what you cannot do. Sometimes you may feel that God is hard on you and doesn’t love you but the truth is He loves you too much to leave you the way you are.

God is not moved by your condition but by your conclusion. He is not moved by what happens to you but how you respond to it. It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny. Who you’re on the inside is more important than what your body looks like. It may seem unbearable and inside you’re basically saying, “God, I can’t take it anymore. I just can’t take it anymore!” Don’t quit. Resist discouragement and finish the race God has set before you. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

I encourage you to take your mind away from fear today, it’s not in your nature to fear, God has not given you the spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. Trusting God is more that what you can see. Walk by FAITH and not by sight.

Today, stay the course and on purpose. Let your past make you BETTER not BITTER.

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

Keep Seeing Your Victory

Dearly beloved,

You might feel afflicted today, but God is working to bring you out of that difficult situation. It may not be in the way you thought, but you have to trust that God has your best interest at heart. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all” – Psalm 34:19.

Afflictions can take on many forms – a sickness or hardship, a temptation, a coworker or family member. There are so many things that can come against us, but God promises in His Word that no weapon formed against us shall prosper! Then Jesus said in John 11:40, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”.

Those afflictions are only temporary. Stand in faith today believing that God is on your side. Remember, you and God are a majority. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like, get up every morning and say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

As you stand and trust the Lord, keep seeing your vistory, He will deliver you out of all your afflictions, and you’ll see His hand of blessing in every area of your life.

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

He Gave You His Word – Do Something With It!

Beloved,

Words are powerful. Words carry authority. Watch your words. Proverbs 6:2 says “You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth”.

God created the world with spoken words. And because God dwells in us, therefore our words also carry authority. “For assuredly, I say to you . . . he will have whatever he says” – Mark 11:23.

The words you speak are important and carry more weight than you may realize. Words can get you into trouble. And words can deliver you.

Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned”.

The most powerful and life – giving words in the universe are those spoken by God the Creator. Fortunately for us, some of what God has said has been written down, for our benefit, in the Bible. Others are given to us through His Spirit in us, others through our friends and others through our Pastors. We should at all times speak words that are in agreement with what God says.

Know what to do with what God has told you just as Joseph knew what to do with what his father told him. Everything you’ll ever need this year is in His Word. With this understanding, be bold to call yourself what God has called you. When we do, the power of God is released. Don’t ever allow your happiness to depend on something you may lose. Your happiness begins and ends with His Word on your lips. God promised that if you will stay in faith, He will take what’s meant for your harm and use it for your good.

My question for you today: Why worry when you don’t have to? Caring is an option. Focus on the positive. Ignore the negative. Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Light a fire on the inside. You have the seed of Almighty God. Don’t allow something small to keep you from God’s best. Decree a thing and it shall be established… Death and life are in the power of your tongue. So don’t complain. Decree a thing!

In Him,
Ali Papa.
Vistas of Hope

It’s Not You. It’s Them.

Beloved of God,

We live in a a very negative world today where we are either defined by the number of followers we have on social media, how politically correct we are, the number of children we have, the type of work that we do, our religious beliefs, the nation that we are from or how we look and who we associate with people. This fear of criticism has driven many to either commit suicide, become timid, antisocial, live in self defeat, have a low self esteem and withdrawn.

Are you a victim of hate crime? Are been bullied by those who should be cheering you up? Are those who are supposed to love you the ones criticizing you and tearing you down? Are you been told that your best is never enough? Don’t wait for anyone’s approval before you take that next step. Don’t wait for anyone’s approval before you validate yourself. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll always be criticized anyway.

What is it that you want to do today? Go ahead and do it! There’s enough power in you to bring those glorious dreams to pass. Don’t be bothered about those who criticize you. If they know you they won’t criticize you. So keep proclaiming the Word and declaring your identity in Christ and you’ll be on your way to a fulfilled dream. But remember, you are going to get criticized because of the money that is coming to you. You are going to get criticized for lack of money. You are going to get criticized for daring to be different. You are going to get criticized for your boldness to confront the status quo. You are going to get criticized for living in a big house, driving a luxury car, embarking on that overdue vacation, dating the “wrong” person and for piercing your nose, etc. The bottomline is that you can’t please everybody. So don’t worry when they are not pleased. It’s not you. It’s them.

It doesn’t matter who is talking you down, never criticize a man that you want or desire to be like. ¶¶Romans 15:7 NIV says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God”. You have only two choices, accept people, or reject them. When you realize this, it may change the way you treat people. When you criticize or condemn people, you communicate rejection. Although you may not agree with someone over certain issues, find out on what you can agree with them. Love them and pray for them; don’t criticize and backbite. You don’t have to associate with someone to pray for them. You can avoid them, get the strife out of your life, and still remain in a position to pray for them.

So go ahead today and be you. Go ahead and be original. As you do, stay the course and on purpose. When people judge, criticize, shame or ridicule you in front of others, it isn’t because of anything you’ve done. It’s because they have their own small and selfish needs. Don’t take it personal. Practice Ephesians‬ ‭4:29 and rest. ¶¶Ephesians 4:29 (BBE) says, “Let no evil talk come out of your mouth, but only what is good for giving necessary teaching, and for grace to those who give ear”. So it doesn’t matter who is against you, God is on your case. ¶¶Psalms 23:5 (CEV) says, “You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows”.

Today, I pray “that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of” – ¶¶Philippians 1:9-10 (MSG).

As you step out in faith today, may there not be any delay between the Word of God in your mouth and the execution of that word in the earth.

You are loved!

Shalom,
Ali Papa.