Called To Rule And Reign

Dear Someone,

You have NEVER been called to be in fear. You have ONLY been called to be DETERMINED and to COOPERATE with Heaven.

God said to Abraham in Genesis 15:1 (KJV), “Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward“. He said to Joshua in Joshua 8:1 (KJV), “Fear not, neither be thou dismayed“. He said to Gideon in Judges 6:23 (KJV), “fear not: thou shalt not die“. He said to Jacob in Isaiah 41:10 (MSG), “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you“.

David knew this and he cooperated with Heaven. In 1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV) David said to Solomon his son,”Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD

Why are you in fear? What are you saying to yourself? What are you saying to your children? What are you saying to your body? What are you saying with your mouth in that situation? Are your words filled with fear or with faith? What can you see in that blessed mess? 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says, “For God hath not given us the SPIRIT of FEAR; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND“.

David was a man without the Holy Spirit but his words were in agreement with Heaven. He so mastered the Word he was bold enough to ask Solomon to walk without fear. If you are in the Spirit then you need to have the audacity of faith over every situation. If you are in Christ, you were not called into a life of fear. You were called to rule and to reign. Jesus said in Luke 12:32 (KJV), “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom“.

Beloved of the Most High, “God is on your side and you are more than a conqueror” (1 John 4:4). So fear not! The unreal never was and never will be, while the real always was and never ceases to be. Fear not to venture into new vocation; Fear not to transform to a better status; Fear not to give what it takes once you feel led to venture; Fear not to walk on “water”. In whatever street of life you are right now, “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you…” Isaiah 54:4 (NLT).

In Him,
Ali Papa.

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Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Through It All

Dear Someone,

Never let your FEAR decide your FUTURE. Your past does not have to poison your future. God has amazing plans for you. If you can survive disappointment then nothing can beat you. The fact that you’re still standing after all you’ve been through is a testament to God’s grace and favor. He kept you and will deliver you too.

Romans 8:35-37 (ESV) says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”.

It’s okay to struggle, it’s okay to not have it all together BUT point to Him, God will be there for you through it all. I pray… Change and turns will come. God is turning things around. The enemy will no longer be able to hold back that which you have stood in faith for, not even the things that looked as though they would never come to pass. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Be Blessed!
@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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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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It Came To Pass

Dear Someone,

Life is filled with challenges. You are going to experience seasons in your relationships, finances, health and in your spiritual life. There will be times when everything looks terrible. Many of these challenges or seasons will find their way to your front door uninvited. The Bible calls it evil day. The day the enemy will come to destroy and to steal your happiness. But don’t be surprised when things get tough. Times of hardness are inevitable.

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Don’t confuse your path with your destination, just because it’s stormy now, doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine – Unknown.

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Let Your Hope Endures 

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Dearly Beloved,

In life you can either be a success or a failure. In life you can give up, give in or give it all you’ve got. In life you will meet two kinds of people. Ones who build you up, and ones who tear you down. Sometimes you can do things right but at other times you might be wrong. Many times we wish things could have been different or that we could be different but things always have a way of working out in the end. Every story they say has an ending, but in life every ending is just a new beginning. It doesn’t matter in which street of life you are right now, you can begin again with God. Endure with hope, God is not only the God of second chances, He is the God of another chance, the God of multiple chances.

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