It’s Too Late To Fail

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Dearly Beloved of God,

Before God blesses a man, He knows his terrain, society and the wickedness of men around him, yet He goes ahead to bless him. He goes ahead to prepare a table for him in the presence of his enemy because He has already prepared a hedge around him.

Are you aware that God cannot bless you without also protecting you? Job never knew that but Satan knew. Satan said to God in Job 1:10 TLB, “You have always protected him (Job) and his home and his property from all harm. You have prospered everything he does – look how rich he is! No wonder he ‘worships’ you!”.

Job never knew there was a hedge around him. He never knew that God was watching over him, protecting him, his home and his properties from harm. While God was protecting him, Job was operating with a lesser light of who God is, he was confessing fear. Job was destroyed by the devil because of his fear. He said in  Job 3:25-26, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.”

Who told Job that he wasn’t in safety? Where did fear came from? Where did great fear came from? At what point did he not know that God was protecting him? The same question goes for you too – why are you walking in fear? Why are you having sleepless night over your finances? Why are you depressed over that “blessed mess”? Why are you telling everyone around you that things are bad? Why are you miserable because you are not where you want to be? Why are you suffering from panic attacks? Who told you that things will never get better? Who told you that there is no hope for you? Who told you that the economic situation you are in cannot work together for your good?

Brothers and sisters, fear doesn’t come from God. It comes from the devil. If you believe that God is telling the truth in His Word, if you believe that He is capable of doing what He said He would do in His Word, then you will have no fear of anything. You are a blessed man or woman endowed with the very best of God. You might not look like one now but you are still blessed because that’s who God created you to be and that is how He sees you. Stop complaining about your condition – it will not change it. The more you complain to everyone the more you are breaking the hedge that God has placed around you. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says he that breaks the hedge the serpent will bite. God has given you His Word, act on them. Isaiah -54:17 says. “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants (sons) of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

It’s your responsibility to see with the eyes of the Spirit and talk right. When God blesses you He doesn’t reverse it but it’s your responsibility to protect it through faith and not fear. Become strong and courageous in battle. Fuel your body, your senses and your Spirit with His Word. To reign in life means to rule like a king. We are to live and rule like kings. Do kings get up in the morning fearful and ashamed? No, they arise with regal dignity and dominion. You have the royal bloodline of Jesus flowing through you. You also have God’s approval and with it you are to rule the circumstances of your daily living.

Today is not the day to walk in fear. No! Remind yourself at all times that you are on the right side and cannot be defeated. It’s too late to fail now. You have been serving the Lord for too long to give up on Him and His Word. Don’t disqualify yourself from His blessings! It’s too late for the devil but not too late for God. It’s not too late for that healing. It’s not too late for that miracle! It’s not too late to have a baby. It’s not too late to get another job. It’s not too late for you to have your own family. Refuse to give up, keep talking your way up, keep declaring your healing, keep seeing your advancement, keep on taking the land and your healing will come to pass, your next job will come, your money will come,  that situation will change, that promotion will come.

No matter what you have lost, regardless of the season of your forfeiture, it’s not too late for you to recover all that you have lost because of fear. No matter what you have been through or what you’re facing, it’s not too late. God can bring healing and complete restoration to every area of your life. He is your Heavenly father, and He is faithful to keep His promises. I don’t care how old you are or how big your mountain is, your sun will rise again, the Lord is about to do great things for you! When God opens the door to you, no man can shut it. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” – Psalm 37:5. What the enemy intends for evil, He will use for good. Refuse to fear knowing that the day will come when those that have forsaken you will earnestly seek your help.

Stay the course and on purpose. Don’t look to yourself. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Look to Jesus! Hebrews 13:8 promises: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” If God did it before for Job, He sure can do it again for you. He will put a hedge around you, He will always protected you and your home and your property from all harm. He will prosper everything that you do. In Jesus Name!

In His Service,
~Ali Papa.

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But For His Grace…

Beloved,

I have seen the God of wonders work miracles for me. I have seen Him work miracles in the lives of many around me. I have seen Him work miracles through His written Word and I know for the one reading this you are going to be next in line for a miracle too.

His Word shows us that whenever we need a miracle in any area of our lives, God is able to perform it. He is able to perform it even if such miracle has never existed before. Why? You are too superior to physical laws. So stop saying that miracle is not possible, stop saying you are in darkness. Who kept you there? Romans 5:17 (KJV) says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”.

You have received ABUNDANCE of GRACE and of the gift of righteousness so you are expected to reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. How many times have you looked back at your life and realized that if it wasn’t for the grace of God you won’t have lived this long?

Brothers and sisters, if it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have died in that car accident. If it wasn’t for the grace of God, you would have been the one in that wheelchair because of a domestic violence. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have died because of that drug overdose. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have  been the one spending your life behind prison walls. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have continued to live in that abusive marriage that has become a silent hell for you. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have been out of job and be among your colleagues that were laid off. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have been among the millions all over the world who will go to bed tonight without food. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you would have remained poor, unable to help yourself and anyone. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God you wouldn’t have been reading this message.

Today, it’s possible you are living in your car and moving from one house to another but you are still breathing if it wasn’t for the grace of God. That’s a privileged denied to many. It’s possible you might have gone through three marriages and now you are  trying to get your life back together if it wasn’t for the grace of God. It’s possible you are battling with a health problem and you know that if it wasn’t for the grace of God, you shouldn’t be alive. That’s something to be grateful to God for.

Everyone you see today is fighting a battle and I don’t know the one you are battling with. What I do know is that God is able to deliver you out of them all. You are human full of mistakes, and in need of God’s grace just as much as the next person. So don’t condemn yourself because things are not working out as expected. Don’t condemn yourself because you can’t provide food for yourself and for your family. If God feeds the birds of the air, won’t He also take care of you because you are so much more important to Him?

Jesus charged us in Matthew 6:26 (TLB) to “Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat – they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food – for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are”.

Beloved, there is a hope that comes from knowing that no matter what you’re going through God loves you too much to let you fail! You might be thinking you are not everything you should be. It’s even possible you are still struggling with some habits and hang-ups. It’s possible you’re still wrestling with some anger and forgiveness issues. It’s possible you still slip up every once in a while and say something you shouldn’t say. You might not be where you should be by now, but remind yourself that God loves you too much to let you fail!

Romans 5:5 (TLB) says, “Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that ALL IS WELL, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love”.

Keep pressing forward, believing that you are anointed and empowered. You shouldn’t have made it, you shouldn’t be here, you shouldn’t have made it through the storm, but just tell the devil, “But for the grace of God, I’m still here!”.

Stay strong in His Grace. Even when it feels like everything is falling apart. God has you in the palm of His hand. He knows every need, every struggle and every desire. He has it all figured out… He’s a supernatural God.

May God extend to you incredible health, uncommon favor, unexpected wealth and uncontested success! No weapon formed against you shall prosper. The hand of God is upon you. Those pitfalls, the things that the enemy meant for harm, we move them out in the Name of Jesus.

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

Bad Marraige

Dear Singles,

After salvation, the most important choice you will need to make is who to marry. This choice is so important that if you miss it, you will suffer for long, if you get it right then you will enjoy forever. A bad marriage can affect every other area of your life.

This subject is so important, so many married people are hoping to be single again so as to make the right choice. If you are single please don’t just be in a hurry to get married, you have the best opportunity to prepare for it.

For two people to come together to live in peace and harmony, they must agree spiritually, mentally and physically.

Just like an elephant cannot marry an ant so also a believer cannot marry an unbeliever. If an elephant marries an ant how would they live, if a goat marries a fish where would they meet? You must look for a Godly man or a Godly woman to marry, nothing can beat this. The devil’s primary target is the family. He knows that everyone belongs to a family and if he can make two wrong people meet then he has succeeded affecting the community and nations negatively.

Ignore your age and the pressure for a moment, the pressure in a wrong marriage is far worse. God has somebody for you but you must set your priorities right. What do you need in a woman? What do you need in a man? Marriage is not about what you want, it is about who you need, that will make you better while you make him better. It is about destiny.

That is why you must know your purpose before you get married.

Genesis 2:18 (AMP) says, “Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him”.

You must pray before you choose. God knows the best person for you, it is only wise to seek His will.

It is very easy to know God’s will when sex is not involved. The moment sex is involved and you want to know His will then He will blank you out. Why? Because you have broken His first Law of NO SEX before marriage. If you have had sex in the past then you need to repent totally and stay away from each other for sometime then you can seek the face of God. Your marriage will not be hell on earth. Your
marriage will be honorable in the name of Jesus Christ.

Don’t marry for sex, don’t marry because you are of age, don’t marry because you are getting old, don’t marry because you are lonely, don’t marry because you need someone to support you financially, don’t marry because you mistakenly got pregnant, don’t marry because you don’t want to lose the person, don’t marry because of family pressures, don’t marry because you like the idea of marriage and admire every wedding gown you see, don’t marry because all your friends are getting married. But get married because you want to fulfill destiny.

Get married because you want to be a help mate. As a man, get married because you want to fulfill your purpose. God will help you in choosing, please let His will be done. Amen! Forward to the singles you love.

God bless you!
Ali Papa.