He’s Not Ashamed of You

Beloved of God,

Often times people tend to focus so much on their weight, self-doubt, lack of faith, challenges at work, finances, mistakes, and how they have messed up in their relationships or marraiges. We focus so much on how we have messed up in life instead of focusing on the Grace of God.

God didn’t create you to live a life of regret. God didn’t create you an opharn that’s without help. God didn’t create you to watch you go through a life of poverty. God created and called you into a life of faith. When you utilize your faith, Hebrews 11:16 says, “God is not ashamed to be called your God”.

Instead of focusing on all the bad, be thankful for all the good. Each day you have is a blessing from God. Put away your self-doubt, your question of worth, your lack of faith in your ability. Stop being embarrassed. God is not ashamed to be identified with you even at your worst. HE BELIEVES IN YOU!

Every situation that is before you today all have an expiration date. That’s why God is not ashamed to start afresh with you. He is not afraid of a new beginning with you. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Yes you are a sinner. God is not surprised by that. They said you’re unworthy, but God is not ashamed to call you His child. It doesn’t matter how terrible your mistakes are, they are not a surprise to God. Refuse to be defined by your mistakes. You might have fallen short sometimes, God is still not ashamed of you. He’s not scandalized by you. He’s not surprised by you. He loves you. We all have a past we are ashamed of but God is not ashamed of us.

If you are divorce or separated, God is not ashamed of you. Sometimes God removes things from our lives for our own protection. So trust in Him. If you are out of job, God is not ashamed of you. God is not ashamed of your resumé! If everyone is treating you like an outcast in your local congregation, God will not. If they don’t want to sit next to you in Church, fine! God will! No matter how poor, hated, left alone you are, God is not ashamed of being your God, He loves you for who you are. God is not ashamed of your story; you don’t need to be either. Don’t worry about what they think. Don’t worry about the name they call you. God is not ashamed to call you his child. His heart is swollen with unconditional love, joy, hope and protection for you. God is not ashamed of you when you are bound in chains, He only wants you to turn to Him.

1 Timothy 1:16 (CEV) says, “But since I was worse than anyone else, God had mercy on me and let me be an example of the endless patience of Christ Jesus. He did this so that others would put their faith in Christ and have eternal life”. 

If people are ashamed of you because you are radical, God is not ashamed to be called your God! God loves the lowly. He is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers. Hebrews 2:11 (CEV) says, “Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters”. 

Even though you make mistakes, God is not ashamed to be called your God. I am encouraging you to hear this, believe it, and live it! God is not ashamed to be Identified with the parts of you that you think you need to hide. If you know Jesus, God is not ashamed to be called your God – no matter how ashamed you are of your past or your present. Here’s God’s promise to you: “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.” (Heb. 13:5) 

Rest knowing that what God has for you, He has for you. Nobody can take it away from you. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of God will raise you up as a standard against it. Rest knowing that God is not ashamed to be called your God. Rest knowing that change is coming your way. Rest knowing that help will come. Rest knowing that every need shall be supplied in Jesus’ name!

@IamAlipapa

God Is For You

Beloved of God,

Today is not as bad as your situation will want you to think. That situation you are in is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to your advantage. Your feelings are not a surprise to God. He is the only being in the universe that can handle the storms of your soul. The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you. Your circumstances are not a surprise to Him. Your flaws are not a surprise to God. What man deems as weakness, God can use it for his glory!  Regardless of the circumstances of your conception, you were not a surprise to God. The things that limit others won’t limit you because God is for you and He is on your side! Everything that has happened to you is not a surprise to God. God will still get you to where you’re supposed to be.

Trust His process. God is for you. He is on your side, Greater is He Who is with you than he who would come against you. Romans 8:31 (TLB) says, “What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us?

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Recovering from divorce (3)

“Whether it’s a new relationship, another career, or a particular achievement, God will see to it that you find fulfilment again. This is the place where complaining is never heard because you no longer need to rehearse old memories of failure or betrayal. The God who said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’ (Revelation 21:5 NKJV), is giving you a new future, and you refuse to trade it for the pain of your past.”

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Recovering From Divorce (1)

“Have you been crushed by someone you trusted? Does loneliness overwhelm you in the midnight hours? Do you feel as though your hands are completely tied? Does it upset you because your friends don’t seem to understand? Don’t despair – your present circumstances will change. You will recover; you will rebuild; you will not stay down.

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Become Persuaded

Dearly Beloved, 

Why are you going through so much turmoil on the outside when you are supposed to have peace like a river on the inside? God didn’t give you a Spirit of fear or unbelief as part of your salivation. You’re still struggling in that situation because when you pray you do so with unbelief and it dulls your sword. When you speak words of defeat instead of victory, the angels assigned to you are bound by your words of unbelief. The only antidote to your unbelief is the study of the Word of God. So stop waiting for people to validate you. Stop being ruled by your natural thinking, unbelief or fear. Take a crash course in His Word. Load your Spirit with His Word and every unbelief will be destroyed. 

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

It’s only through the study of the Word of God that you can get rid of the doubts and unbelief that the devil has planted in you. You will never find promotion physically or spiritually  without preparation in life. There is an environment that facilitates the move of God and if you create that atmosphere, God will show up. The same way the Word of God can take a man from a wheelchair, it can take you from a financial wheelchair when you take hold of His Word. It can take you from a marital wheelchair if you will open your mouth and set your angels free to minister to you.

Psalms 126:1 (CEV) says, “It seemed like a dream when the LORD brought us back to the city of Zion”.

That situation you are facing is not there to kill you but for you to demonstrate the character of God in you. Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. Happiness is not based on your circumstances, but on a decision you make. Don’t let past failures and mistakes rob you of hope and happiness. For every level you are in your life, you will be tested. There will be new responsibilities and new decisions. Abraham was tested at a new level in his life. 

Genesis 22:9-12 (CEV) says Abraham built an altar and placed the wood on it. Next, he tied up his son and put him on the wood. 10 He then took the knife and got ready to kill his son. 11 But the LORD’s angel shouted from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. 12 “Don’t hurt the boy or harm him in any way!” the angel said. “Now I know that you truly obey God, because you were willing to offer him your only son.”

God never responds positively to doubt and unbelief. He only responds to faith. Abraham didn’t stagger at the promises of God through unbelief. He was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Become persuaded that what God has promised you in His Word, He is able to perform. Become persuaded that whatever is dead in your life can be raised from the dead. Don’t keep quiet in that situation. Death and life are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Let your situations becomes a trigger to your faith. The storm may be bad, it may be rough, but God is able. Philippians 4:7 (KJV)  says, “… the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Follow the voice of God for yourself and allow Him to order your steps. As you do, stay the course, endure with hope and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa

Stay The Course (12)

It’s very easy to look at our immediate needs and think that we are disadvantaged in every areas of our lives. Not so brothers and sisters. Don’t allow your life to be directed by situations and circumstances. Don’t quit. God is able to turn your obstacles into miracles and your barriers into breakthroughs.

Don’t look down, think of one thing you are grateful for that you have never been grateful for. Don’t think death,  poverty or problems. Think life because there is hope for you in Christ. Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

Romans 8:31 (NIV) says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” 

No matter what this day may bring, I encourage you to be grateful for all that you have and all that you don’t have. It’s not what you are that holds you back in your journey of faith, it’s what you think you’re not. There is a way that has been provided and paid in full. God did it! So fear not, God is your source. He stays near when you call on to Him in prayer.

Stay the course today, endure with hope and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa

Dear Pastor (3)

Dear Pastor,

We are living in amazing days according to Luke 21:34-36. Days of destiny, days of danger, days of deep darkness in the world and days of ever-increasing light in the Church. These are the days Jesus prophesied about, days when we must watch and pray.

In my first and second letter to you, I tried to remind you that God is not looking for perfect preachers and professionals. He is looking for those who can nurture and build His people. As usual, this is another reminder that you must make a conscious effort to nurture and build people. People are hurting and sometimes they keep their feelings to themselves  because its hard to find someone who understands.

People are coming to your Church because they are seeking refuge. Everyone is coming because they need encouragement. Don’t let them get anything short of that. Romans 10:13-15, 17 (ESV) says, “13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”.

One out of every couples that will come into your Church this week are dealing with an issue they wouldn’t want to discuss with anyone. They’re hurting, desperate, and powerless, but they can’t openly share it with you. Please reach out to them as the Spirit leads you. Comfort, encourage, and hold them securely until He touches them. Offer guidance, not for them to trust you but so that they can trust God. Your success as a Pastor is obedience, not affluence, influence or attendance.

People all over the world are facing financial problems. Many of them will show up in your Church this week. Please don’t try to make Church uncomfortable for them by demanding they drop all the $$’s in their wallet. Allow them to give willingly, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” – 2 Corinthians 9:7. Remind them that God is their sufficiency and not you.

Let the attention be on Him this week and not in your drama. Don’t be too consumed with your ego and you can’t reach out to everyone in your Church service. If people can’t pick a word from any of your messages then there’s a problem.

Allow people to come into your Church the way they are. It’s not your responsibility to clean them up, the Lord will do that. Don’t allow you members to raise the roof before they can get to you. Whatever ‘roof’ is separating you or the person you love from Jesus must be removed. You must tear it off! Don’t let anything stand in your way! Yours is to share His Word, the Word of His saving grace.

Love has an attitude. Don’t discriminate or judge people by their colour. God is not colour blind. Let your door be opened to everyone. Don’t let people down because of their skin colour. Pick everyone up, refuse to let them down because most often, people who are hurting don’t know what they need. Let them see Jesus in you.

Always remember that your whole job as a pastor is to make it as easy as possible for people to experience Jesus. When you minister to people, be aware of their need. They may look like they’ve ‘got it all together’, yet inwardly they may be lying on a stretcher. So take the gospel to where the sinners are. It will make your Church more exciting. Committing to bringing people to Jesus means picking them up, refusing to let them down, and carrying them the whole way.

Though you are a spiritual leader (Hebrews 13:17a), you are also human and can be wrong. Don’t expect all your members to follow you blindly for things that are contrary to God’s Word. Don’t turn your sermon into a political speech. That’s not your calling. You  have a responsibility to choose your words carefully, do not stoke the flames of violence and hatred.

Don’t be a poor ambassador of the Kingdom of God in your nation or city. Stop borrowing money from your members neither should you beg. Don’t enjoy what you cannot afford. There is nothing you desire to have that God cannot give you. You are not a Pastor for what you will gain. Don’t seek the comfort you get from being served, seek the grace you get from serving. Integrity matters more than the size of your ministry or church.

Always remember that the language of familiarity tends to rub you off of your responsibility. Don’t take sides with people when issues come up, even if it’s your spouse or relative, let the Holy Spirit use you to bring the truth in any dispute. Get rid of tale bearers. Proverbs 26:20 (BBE) says, “Without wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no secret talk, argument is ended”.

People have issues and because people are growing at different pace and at different levels of maturity, you should never complain that your members have too many issues. God has made you a problem solver and that’s why He made you a Pastor over your members. Don’t be a burden to your brethren. You’re there to inspire faith to them. God is concerned about your responsibility as a Pastor. Don’t be too much in a hurry to dismiss your members. Listen to them until they are done expressing themselves. If you can’t listen to what someone is going through, you can’t provide God with an opportunity for Him to do something in them through you. You are the chief servant in your Church. Just like Jesus, you are not there to be served but to serve.

1 Peter 5:2-4 (NIV) says, “2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away”.

You are a Pastor in love not in lust. Having sexual relationship with your members will not only destroy your members but the Church too. It’s a calling you are fulfilling when you take care of God’s people in the right way.

If you are reading this and you may not have a calling as a pastor, preacher, or leader in a church setting you must remember that you are called to be light, you are called to live by example, and to share the good news. Build on that which has been laid by others. Rest in His finished work and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa

Stop Struggling. Rest! 

Dearly Beloved,

I have struggled to be alive from the day I arrived here on earth. I have struggled in my finances and in my businesses. I have had struggles in my relationships. I know what it means to be loved and to be hated. I know what it means to be suicidal. I know what it means to be depressed. I know what it means to be on the street at age 7. I know what it means to be in and out of school. I have struggled with low self-esteem. I have struggled in every areas of my life. But all that struggle came to an end when I allowed God to help me. I stopped struggling when I said to myself, “enough is enough”. I stopped struggling when I realised that before I had all these challenges, God already had the solution. God has already been there and paved the way for me.

Hebrews 4:9 (MSG) says, “The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. 10 God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God”.

I know it’s difficult for me to ask you to stop struggling when I haven’t walked in your shoes but I will tell you anyway because you can’t stop me from sharing the love of God and how I express it. Should I be talking this way? Isn’t that rude? No! I am not trying to be rude. I am only trying to let you know that we don’t have control over people. You will be struggling without knowing it if you are trying to change me. That applies to you too. Stop struggling to make things happen. Stop struggling to justify your failure and setbacks. Stop struggling with how to ask her out. Stop struggling to impress your Pastor. Stop struggling to impress your boss. Stop struggling to impress your spouse. Stop struggling to impress anyone and everyone in your sphere of contact. Stop struggling to make ends meet. The Lord is your shepherd. Make a demand on your daily bread – Matthew 6:11 (KJV). The reason why God lifted your burden is so that you will stop struggling under the weight of things He didn’t plan for you. So trust Him today with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5.

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