Blessed Assurance

Dearly Beloved,

I am writing this letter to you because of those who see you often in your journey of life but have no clue what’s going on in your mind. These are people who think they know you but in reality they know nothing about you. These are people who have made themselves “your God”. 

There are many people in our lives who judge us by the way we dress. They judge us by the way we speak. They are always looking out for our spelling errors, or pronunciation and every mistakes possible just to let us know how exceptional they are. If you can’t speak Queens english, you are like an outcast to them, you don’t measure up to them. We have people in our lives who are constantly questioning our faith in God. They judge us by the number of church services we participate in. They judge us by the way we dance in Church. They judge us by the way we clap our hands in Church. They judge us by the number of scriptures that we can quote. They judge us by the Church we attend. They judge us by the number of times we open our mouths to pray. They even have doubts if we are going to make Heaven or not. How sad!

Why has these “people of little mind” make themselves our God and judge? Why is it that the very moment you decide to do something for God, for humanity and for yourself, they are the first to criticize you? Why are they so quick to point out your past and your mistakes and how you are unqualified to be used by God. Why are they so negative and want you to be like them? Why do they hate to see you make progress? Why do they always want you to be in the same level of life with them?

One of the most important thing they have failed to realize is that they don’t know you. They think they do but in reality they don’t. They are concerned about your outward appearance but God is not concerned about all that you do outwardly. God is more concerned about your heart. God is more concerned about your willing heart.

In 1 Chronicles 28:9 (TLB), David said to Solomon, “my son, get to know the God of your fathers. Worship and serve him with a clean heart and a willing mind, for the Lord sees every heart and understands and knows every thought. If you seek him, you will find him; but if you forsake him, he will permanently throw you aside”.

David didn’t tell his son to try to please those around him. He didn’t tell him how he should dance at the temple. He didn’t tell him how to dress. He only told him to serve God with a clean heart and a willing mind.

Samuel saw Eliab and felt he was the chosen one but not so with God. 1 Samuel 16:6-7 (CEV) says, “6 When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel noticed Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab. “He has to be the one the LORD has chosen,” Samuel said to himself. 7 But the LORD told him, “Samuel, don’t think Eliab is the one just because he’s tall and handsome. He isn’t the one I’ve chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.””

Brothers and sisters, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:5 (KJV). Refused to be defined by the negative opinion of others especially those closest to you. Refuse to be moved by those who are judging you by the smell of your alabaster box without knowing the cost. Refused to be moved by those who are measuring your spiritual life by the number of hours you spent praying without recognising that God also honours a quite meditation. Refused to be moved by those who are using your past to try to slow you down. Refuse to stop dancing the way you do because they don’t know your story and why you dance the way you do. Say to yourself, “I’m not moved by what I see. I’m not moved by what I hear. I’m not moved by the headline news. I’m not moved by my feelings. I’m only moved by the Word of God”.

Always remember that your past is not a factor. The way you look doesn’t define who you truly are. Eliab was tall and handsome but God didn’t choose him. David only had an appearance of a handsome man but he was chosen and anointed. You might have messed up. You might have lied, cheated and kill. You might have been separated or divorced… that is your past. You are a new man in Christ now. Jesus didn’t say, “If you love me sing to me”, He didn’t say, “If you love me tell me so”, He didn’t say, “If you love me, worship me”, He didn’t say, “If you love me, pray to me”, He didn’t say so. What He said in John 14:15 (KJV) was, “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. He said if you love me do what I tell you. Your proof of your love for Jesus Christ is doing what He told you. That’s the proof of your love.

You must live your life and on purpose. Your mistakes don’t surprise God! It might surprise those around you but not Him. No matter your circumstances, praise Him! He will bring you through. Those things that you’re trying to avoid, those things that you’re trying to put aside and you can’t get them out of your mind, we call on the Name of Jesus. Know that you are not alone. The Lord understands what you’re going through and has promised to be with you in every trial of life.

God said in Isaiah 54:10, 17 (CEV), “10 Every mountain and hill may disappear. But I will always be kind and merciful to you; I won’t break my agreement to give your nation peace. 17 Weapons made to attack you won’t be successful; words spoken against you won’t hurt at all. My servants, Jerusalem is yours! I, the LORD, promise to bless you with victory”.

What a blessed assurance! Glory to God! Refuse to walk in anger. Forgive those who are fighting you. Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) says “5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.

Brothers and sisters, you are not forsaken! Help is near! The Lord is your helper. He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. Every mountain and hill may disappear, your marriage might have ended in a very bitter way, your spouse might have given up on you, you might be out of job right now But God has said He will ALWAYS be kind and merciful to you. Weapons made to attack you won’t be successful. Words spoken against you won’t hurt at all because God has promised to bless you with victory. May all these continually be your story, may they continually be your song because of His blessed assurance. May God hear your every cry (Exodus 2-23:24) as you praise Him all day long.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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3 thoughts on “Blessed Assurance

  1. Pat Ibor says:

    AMEN!!!
    Man of GOD, you are Blessed; you are Lifted. Thankyou for releasing yourself to be used by GOD. Always prompt- always right on time.
    More Anointing Sir.

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  2. Jesus did say Ali Papa “If you Love me Sing to me”, He did say, “If you Love me Tell me so”, He did say, “If you Love me, Worship me”, He did say, “If you Love me, Pray to me”, He said these as Part of the Godhead or Trinity as we call Them today and we can see them confirmed in Scripture through those empowered by The Holy Spirit to share God’s guidelines.

    But yes He also said to us; “If ye Love me, keep my Commandments”. He also said; if you Love me do what I tell you. Yes the proof of our Love for Jesus Christ as being The Godhead, Three in One, is doing what He tells us in Word or Deed, That is indeed the proof of our Love and also showing His Love to others.

    As you shared Ali Papa, those who Judg others weaknesses and shortcomings critically are judging their own, they are reflecting like a Mirror, although they have a Speak theirs is a Plank. But Rebuking those who Sin, correcting error and warning of danger in Love and for Love is obedience to God and is in agreement with His Truth in Scripture and I pray to be lead to do so when needed.

    We also don’t Judge as you wisely shared too Ali Papa, anyone else’s Eternal Destiny, only God knows their hearts, they may repent on their Death beds or before.

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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