Go For Souls, And Go For The “Worst”

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Beloved of God,

As news of terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, economic crises/recession and challenges continue around the country and around the world, we must remember that our true battles are not against flesh and blood – they are not against terrorists, militants or deceptive government, nor an oppressive boss or unappreciative spouse – but “against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12.

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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.

Isaiah 43:1
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Your Season Is Here

Dear Someone,

God is about to give you a STANDING OVATION. God is about to SHOWCASE you. GOD is about to ANNOUNCE you to the world. Stay the course and on purpose. Something BIG is headed your way.

You may be in a dark season right now, but a turnaround is coming your way, for which God wants all the glory! You’re about to testify. Your breakthrough is in arms reach. Peace is in the valley. Hold on, a turnaround is coming. Greater is on the Way. A turnaround is coming. Stay faithful and be encouraged. Don’t shake. Don’t quake. God’s got you. What looks impossible RIGHT NOW, God is about to make it POSSIBLE and bring a MIRACLE!

In Him,

@IamAlipapa

JOHN 11:43-45 (MSG)
43 THEN HE SHOUTED, “LAZARUS, COME OUT!” 44 AND HE CAME OUT, A CADAVER, WRAPPED FROM HEAD TO TOE, AND WITH A KERCHIEF OVER HIS FACE. JESUS TOLD THEM, “UNWRAP HIM AND LET HIM LOOSE.” 45 THAT WAS A TURNAROUND FOR MANY OF THE JEWS WHO WERE WITH MARY. THEY SAW WHAT JESUS DID, AND BELIEVED IN HIM.

Forgive Yourself And Move On

Dear Someone,

Many people today are under so much stress because of too many concerns. There are those who are concerned about their finances, jobs, health, family, looks, reputation, marriages, pregnancy, country, church and the souls of men. The list is endless and chances are that you are definitely not excempted from one of these issues or concerns.

Many at times we live in the future instead of the present. We are concerned more with tomorrow and yesterday instead of today. For as long as your focus is on yesterday and tomorrow much of your stress and many of your problems will not disappear.

For a few minutes, do a self-assessment, ask yourself: what are those things that are more of concern to me? What are those things that are giving me sleepless nights? What are my greatest fears? Why are my not happy with my job? Why are my in debt? Why are my not happy in my marraige or relationship? Why are my out of job? Why are my so lonely? Why are my depressed? What is that burden that you wish to see a miracle turn it around for you? Ask yourself, why is my life the way it is especially if it’s?

Don’t tell me it’s difficult to determine or know the reason or cause of your stress, pain, anger, disappointment, frustration, bitterness, depression, insecurity, fears, divorce, separation, etc. You do if you are sincere to yourself. Don’t get me wrong, until people have been through what you have been through they have no authority to judge you! But Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) says, “In his heart a man plans his course”. You didn’t arrive where you are right now by accident. You are in your present situation because of the choices you have made overtime – good or bad. Proverbs 27:19 (NIV) says, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man”. Your current situation is actually a reflection of what’s going on in your heart. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”.

What are the dominating thoughts in your mind? Are you living your tomorrows before they get here? If you do then you can miss today completely. The Bible tells us in Psalms 118:24 (KJV), “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. You can’t live yesterday today and you can’t live today tomorrow. You can only live today, today. Worry will not change your situation. Complaining about your situation will not change it. Blaming yourself and everyone for your circumstances will not change anything. Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) says, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up”. A kind word will only cheer you up it won’t take the problem away. But it’s a starting point. Proverbs 15:13 (KJV) says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” and Proverbs 15:15 (KJV) says, “he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast”.

For you to see a desired change in your situation, there must be a starting point – responsibility. For that miracle to take place, there must be a starting point – your faith. Everything in nature returns to it’s source, their are no exceptions. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. You must do something awesome today. You must start from somewhere today. You must live in the here and now. Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.

If your problem is overeating, then decide not to overeat today, not yesterday. Yesterday’s gone. Not tomorrow, tomorrow is not here yet. Just don’t overeat today. If you have a temper and argue with your family, then decide not to argue today – just today. One day is much easier to deal with. If you are in a blessed mess, then decide that enough is enough for today. If your marriage has hit a rock, then take the first step and fix yourself. No one is going to fix you. Life will never be perfect and it doesn’t matter if you have failed (a lot), the past is already written and tomorrow is not guaranteed. So clear yourself of worry and focus on what is important.

Beloved of God, pause and remember: If you are reading this. You are blessed to be alive. Today is just a gift, it is not refundable and tomorrow is not guaranteed. So be happy. Live your dreams and passion. Stop worrying about the economy. You can’t control it neither can you alone fix it. Stop spending your energy and time on things and people that don’t bring you joy. Don’t die in a marriage or relationship that is not taking you anywhere. If you are divorced or separated and a reconciliation seems far off, don’t try to fast and pray for what God has delivered you from.

We all make mistakes in relationship or marraiges but silent hell is the worst place to be. Ask for forgiveness and move on, knowing that God still wants to you do good things and have a good life. Move on with your life knowing that all things will eventually work together for your good. Move on, knowing that things can only get better. Move on, knowing that you have tried your best for them. Move on, knowing that you do deserve it. Move on, knowing that they were never good for you. Move on, knowing that there was never an us. Move on, knowing that you should. Put the past behind you and move on, knowing that you have done the best that you can with all that you had to give. Move on, knowing that from the start they were not willing to hold on.

No matter how much you do for some people, it’s never going to be enough, so you just have to move on, knowing that your blessings come from above, not below. Forgive yourself because you did the best you could at the time, and move on, knowing that you have the knowledge and tools to think differently next time. Move on, knowing that things are not working, and there is clearly evidence of that EVERYWHERE. Accept the negative and move on knowing that the many positives are what is to be enjoyed. Move on, knowing that you’re not carrying grudges from the past because that affects your future relationship with others. Accept your failures and move on, knowing that failure is a natural consequence of trying. Move on, knowing that you did everything you could. Move on, knowing that life still goes on.

Do what makes you happy, today. Be with those that made you smile and love life. If you are in someone’s life, be there for them for good or step aside. Step aside and move on knowing that God is going to replace what you settled for with what truly belongs to you. Pick up your pieces and move on knowing that you’re still an amazing person who gave your marriage or relationship the best while it lasted. Don’t regret your past. Learn from it and move on, knowing that your experiences helped you to choose growth.

Thank someone you love for the negative impact they have had over your life! Forgive them and move on …knowing that our God is a forgiving God too. Learn the lesson, move on knowing that there are certainly other fish in the sea, and one of them is yours. When big things in your life change you have to adapt and move on knowing that you’ll be a better person for it.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. Go and find your happiness. Take a moment today to look at yourself and appreciate the fact that you are here and you are unique. Be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6 (AMP) says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God”.

You are not alone in your situation. Everyone is fighting a battle you have no idea about. Be thankful for this life and the memories you make because tomorrow is not guaranteed. It doesn’t matter what is happening in your life, the sun will rise tomorrow. The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. God has a purpose for everything that you have been through and He will show up for you if you will make your requests known to him.

Remember, you don’t know when it’s the last time you’ll see a person. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, life changes in a second. Tell the people you love that you love them while you have a chance. Don’t take your life and the people that you love in your life for granted. Never postpone. Always show and express love. Life is so fragile. Love deeply and completely with all your heart.

I know it’s so hard to live in the moment even though tomorrow is not guaranteed but there’s nothing quite as sacred as today, right now, the present. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. You’ll never get to go back to yesterday and tomorrow is not guaranteed. There will never be a moment in your life when it is not now. An hour ago, it was now. Tomorrow, it will still be now. Change the routine. Do something out of the ordinary. You won’t regret it. Learn to master happiness in the now, that is all you will ever need to do. Ask God to give you wisdom and understanding and to guide your steps through that day. God created each day for you and me. He wants today to be a good day. He wants us to be healthy, emotionally sound, prosperous and seeking Him and His will today.

In the meantime, please share your comments, observations and insight. Rest and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace as you move on with your life.

In Him,
@IAmAliPapa.

You Have  Come Too Far 

Dear Someone,

The enemy is working overtime, he’s working 24/7/365 days so as to be able to shake your confidence. The enemy is working overtime just to break you down. The enemy is working overtime to get you out of your place in God because his time is almost up. The enemy is working overtime to eliminate your work in the kingdom, don’t let ANYTHING stop you from building. He is working overtime to steal, kill and to destroy. You must stayed prayed up. You must resist him and and he will flee. James 4:7 (AMP) says, “be subject to God. Resist the devil , and he will flee from you”. You are not without help. The enemy is working but GOD is also working full time, over time 24/7/365.

Since the enemy is working overtime to make you believe following God will not pay off, remind yourself that you have come too far from where you started from. You can’t give up now. Stand firm knowing that no weapon formed or fashion against you can prosper.

Isaiah 54:15-17 (AMP) says, “Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. 16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy. 17 But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This  is the heritage of the servants of the Lord ; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me , says the Lord”.

Don’t let him rob you of the blessings that’s tied to your faith. You have come too far to fail. You have come too far to give up on Him now. You have come too far to quit on His Word. You have come way too far from where you started from with God to quit. Success  happens for those that refuse to give up, give out or quit! Fight the good fight of faith. Fight and don’t give up. You have come too far. This might be your role in history, in demonstrating the character of God.

It is  when you are very close to your breakthrough sometimes that is when the pressure of life seems to be the greatest. But you have come too far to give up now. Continue to stay strong and  watch what happens in your situations. You might not have done all you wanted in the past 11 months of this glorious year of restoration but you have come too far to stop now. It doesn’t matter what you have been through, that’s life – they happen for your good. You have come too far to return empty.Whatever it’s that may have rattled  you to the core, it does NOT have to break you! You have come too far to stop now!

Look back on how far you have come and choose to believe God today. Choose to stay the course and on purpose. The universe has your back. Come into an  agreement with God and DECIDE you have come too far to turn back now! Don’t get weary, don’t give up! You have come too far to look back. Learn from your experiences, good or bad and stay the course. YOU HAVE COME TOO FAR TO END IT. You were made for so much more.

His Name is sufficient for you to go through whatever situation you are in right now. You have come a long way too far the Lord cannot allow you to go back and suffer shame. You have come too far to settle for less than HIS best: know your worth. You have come too far to give up who you are. There is a glorious celebration of your victory .Find your light and never let it go. When darkness closes in, don’t run away, be brave and turn to the light and love of His Word.

Most of your dreams will take time to come to realisation but  DON’T get discouraged and DON’T GIVE UP! You have come too far in that good work you are doing! You have come too far with God, not to believe! Today is not going to be as bad as your situation will want you to think. You have come too far to go back to your old way of living. Be strong and of good courage. Learn to rest in God. It’s a mark of absolute trust in Him. And remember, your times are in HIS hands. You have come too far, survived so much to give up now. God is up to something even when you don’t seem to see it. YOU have come too far to shrink back or hold back now.
You may have made mistakes but you are not the person you used to be, you have come too far to stop now. Refuse to be defined by your mistakes or your past. There will always be room for improvement. And your change is on the way. Don’t give up! You have come too far to give up. It won’t be long. Things are working together for your good. You have come too far to let the drama on the news get you down. You have come too far to start slacking. You didn’t come this far only to come this far. Keep pushing, Keep striving! Finish strong, you can do it!

God has never planned a defeat for you. He is not about to. You have come too far to give up on Him. You have come too far to believe God is not going to take you any further. You have come too far to give up now! So keep moving forward! Keep your eyes on the finish line. The Hand of God is heavy upon your life, you cannot give up. You have come too far not to go further, you have done too much not to do more.

You managed to get this far so there is absolutely no reason why you can’t go  on. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)  days, “For we walk by faith  not by sight or appearance”. Unfair things happen, stuffs happen – bad marriage or relationship, financial mess, poor health, lack of job, fear, depression, anxiety, benevolence – but you have come too far to let setbacks stop you from stepping forward. Leave it all behind you. Keep going one step at a time. It may look dark, but His grace has brought you this far. You can make it! You will make it! Let me get an Amen!

In Him,
@IAmAliPapa.

Rest! 

​God is your refuge and strength, not man, not your spouse and not your job. God is a very present help in times of trouble – Psalms 46:1. 

You are not without help. 

You are not without help or salvation. Don’t throw in the towel. You are not without help, without love and without support. Jesus understands everything, I mean EVERYTHING you are enduring right now! You  may feel helpless, but you are not without help.

The Lord is your Shepherd. 

All things will work together for your good. God will be there in the middle of that chaos. He never leaves, even in times like these. Rest!

He’ll Restore The Wasted Years

​Beloved of God,

Everyone of us is on a journey of faith and as you read this letter, you are definitely in one street of life or the other. You might be in a comfortable place or in a place that is not so comfortable. Irrespective of which street of life you are today, what you must understand is that God never brought you this far just to leave you. You made it this far because God brought you this far. It was nothing but the grace of God that brought you this far. His love brought you this far and it’s going to take you beyond this point too. Expect God to come through. He has His way of keeping His promises. He said in Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

The one that brought you this far, the one that brought you into that job or out of that job, into or out of that marriage/relationship, into or out of that home, into or out of that city, into or out of that “blessed mess” is not sleeping. “The one who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he will do it!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

I don’t know for how long your situation has lasted, don’t allow the wasted years to give you sleepless nights. God always has a relief for every sorrow and a plan for every tomorrow. He alone can bring you joy unspeakable! Today is the day of salvation! God is in complete control. Get up each day expecting His favor. What defines you is how well you rise after falling. No matter what is in this world, no matter the situation you are faced with at work or at home, no matter who is against you, God is more than enough! For every wasted years of your life, His Grace is sufficient for you. For every poor choices of your life, His Grace is available for you. God’s answers to every mess of your life is His Grace. Don’t waste your time searching for those wasted years. God is the redeemer of every wasted years. The “welcome home” to every prodigal son.

We all have setbacks in our yesterdays. But your past doesn’t define your future. Today is a new day. 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV) says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”.

There is hope for you, even now. Accept every challenge as bread for you to chew. See obstacles as stepping stones for your promotion, for nothing can successfully stand against you, because you’re more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Isaiah 54:17 says no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Therefore see all seeming impossible situations today as opportunities for your testimony. Rest knowing that God has already laid out the plan for your life. He knows exactly who you’ll need, what you’ll need, and when you’ll need it. Rest knowing that through the darkness God will make a way. Rest knowing that God will restore your wasted years. He has you in the palm of His hand. He knows your every need, every struggle and every desire. He has it all figured out. He’s a supernatural God. 

Beloved of God, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears” – Philippians 1:6 (MSG). God hasn’t brought you this far to fail you or leave you stranded. Regardless of how things may look like in your finances, marriage or in your job, God is still the alpha and the omega – He had the first word and He will have the last word in your life. 

May your steps continue to be ordered by the good Lord who has brought you this far as you continue to  stay the course and endure with hope. 

Be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa