Everything Can Be Turned Around

Beloved,

Today might have started bad, but keep going even if you have made a mistake. I don’t believe in mistakes. Everything can be turned around and in your favour. Don’t accept defeat, don’t accept that low life. Don’t accept failure. Don’t accept that bad report from the doctor. With faith everything can be turned around: A bad day to a good day; a defeat into triumph; failure into success; bad report into a good report. In one act of kindness, everything can be turned around.

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Better Days Are Coming

Dear Someone,

I want you to know that irrespective of what your circumstances may look like today, God is not surprised at the mess you made in your life. God is not surprised at our mistakes. God is not surprised at what is happening to you. God is not surprised at how long things may be taking. God is not surprised at your weaknesses. God is not surprised at the blessings you enjoy. God is not surprised at the things that have shaken your life. God is not surprised about the gossip and slander going on about you. God is not surprised at anything today.

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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

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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Stay The Course (11)

Dearly Beloved,

Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. Only God knows what tomorrow is going to bring. Leave the past where it belongs. Don’t let your past be your prison. Don’t let the mistakes of yesterday or any outside circumstances and events have power over you.

If your relationship or marriage has become a silent hell for you and your life is in danger, don’t cling to it. If you are no longer finding satisfaction in your work, don’t cling to it, it’s probably time for you to start something new. If you are depressed because of the circumstances around you, guard your heart and free yourself from depression. Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life”.

We have all made mistakes in life. At some point in our lives we have all made the wrong choices and some of them are life changing. But irrespective of what your wrong choices may have brought your way or taken you into, always remember that God has guaranteed you victory! He has promised to make all things, including your mistakes, known and unknown, work together for your good.

No matter how far you have gone in the wrong path, forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. God can re-direct you, He can guide you, He can change the course that you must follow and give you an ending you never thought possible. Romans 8:28 AMP says, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose”.

Today is a new beginning, don’t mistake your condition for your portion. Stop making snap judgments, stop jumping to conclusions, stop becoming impulsive and “judge nothing before the time” – 1 Corinthians 4:5.

Your yesterday’s success is gone. You had faith for yesterday’s success but today is a new day. There is a future for you. There is a tomorrow to look forward to. And here are my questions for you. What  can you see? What becomes of you? A man is either intimidated by his past mistakes or errors or he is motivated by his success of the past. You must never be intimidated by your past because you are bigger than your past. Make up your mind to go ahead and confront what is ahead of you. 

As you prayerfully make a conscious effort to leave your past behind, I encourage you to stay the course and on purpose. Take hold of the Name of the LORD in your battle against the giants in your life and you will subdue them. Have the confidence that God will always look beyond your frailties and mistakes. His love came down for you – it is constant, it doesn’t change. God is not about to get tired of you. He is not about to give up on you. He is not about to leave you as an orphan  He will always look beyond today, beyond your mistakes and see the possibilities that are ahead of you.

Be blessed in the Lord’s Grace. Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.

@IamAlipapa

Silent Hell

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Beloved of God,

Many relationships and marriages today are in trouble because they all demands a lot of emotional investment and decisions which are taken with the heart rather than with the mind. I have seen beautiful people in ugly places and damaged people in beautiful places. No one, I mean no one, deserves to be in a bad relationship or marriage – it leads to broken hearts. And a broken heart is the result of a broken relationship or marriage that fails to stand the test of time.  A broken heart leads to several deep wounds in the heart which take a lot of time to heal. A broken heart is a door to silent hell.

In the words of Leke Alder, “If you choose to marry someone you don’t love or who doesn’t love you, you married a stranger essentially. Without love couples are emotional strangers in cohabitation. The lack of love and affection will of course produce indifference, which then produces emotional torture. That emotional indifference can easily lead to adultery and hatred. Then the home becomes hell. And couples don’t have to have a shouting match before a marriage becomes hell. There are silent hells. When your spouse quietly tolerates you, you know you’re in a silent hell. When your spouse makes no complaint but won’t touch you, you know you’re in silent hell. When you and your spouse don’t quarrel but your marriage is essentially functional, you’re in silent hell. When the state of the marriage makes even the food stale and you have to swallow it, you’re in silent hell. And when you can’t solve a marriage problem however you wish or try, you’re in silent hell. When to all appearances you’re a wonderful couple but can’t stand each other you’re in silent hell. A good marriage is heaven. A bad marriage is hell. It’s that simple. Why risk putting yourself in jail for twenty years. If it’s obvious it can’t work let it be. “I want it to work” is sometimes an expression of foolishness. Don’t put yourself in silent hell. That’s not an accommodation you should go for”

You are better a deadbeat than a convict. If you can’t save your marriage, save your dignity! Walk away from anyone who tries to kill, destroy or walk all over you! No matter how hard you work to make your marriage turn out the way you want it, your partner’s behavior is not yours to control.

Brothers and sisters, I don’t know how “blessed your mess” is. I don’t know in which street of life you live. I also don’t know the challenges in your marriage and I may never know how lonely you are but I agree with him that putting yourself in silent hell is not an accommodation you should go for. You may not be man enough to handle all the drama in your marriage but you can be man enough to know when to walk away. You are better a deadbeat than a convict. If you can’t save your marriage, save your dignity! Walk away from anyone who tries to kill, destroy or walk all over you! No matter how hard you work to make your marriage turn out the way you want it, your partner’s behavior is not yours to control.

Think about your situation and always remember that a broken relationship or marriage is like a shattered vase; it may be better to leave it broken than to hurt yourself again trying to fix it.

Be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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You’re His Outstretched Arm

Beloved of God,

There are people who are never happy because of the things they think they don’t have. If you are one of such people, you must realize that your life is more than things. Your life is more than material possessions. Choose to be happy irrespective of your circumstances.  If you want to start feeling better, help others. Unselfishly helping those in need will bring you joy.

Luke 12:15 (KJV) says, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”.

You are higher than things. Everything you see around you will expire but your life doesn’t because your life was created for something else. Starting today, make up your mind to enjoy this life and stop complaining about the things you don’t have. Some people didn’t realize how many years they have cheated themselves because they are constantly worried about everything. Learn to live a life of joy. Christ has died and he didn’t remain there. He came out victoriously.

Your life is for a higher life and every minute of it count. Anything that you do today that can help people fulfill their own purpose is your purpose as a human being. It is what will fulfill you and give you satisfaction. This video clip below is a reminder that in this world, fame is honored but not in the Kingdom of God, the king honors obedience. That is why no matter how rich a man may be, no matter how strong a man is, no matter how famous, if he is in prison it is useless.

How do you treat those who are thought to be the “least,” who seemingly cannot help you in any way? Respect them, become faithful with whatever that is committed into your hands and God will show up for you. God said to Joshua in  Joshua 1:5, “As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you.” In Joshua 6:27 the Bible says, Joshua became very famous because God was with him. We are also told in  1 Samuel 3:19-20 that the child Samuel grew until he became known all over the nation because God was with him.

Stop waiting for something to make you happy, create the happiness now. You are not the one to turn your captivity but God. Psalms 126:1-2 (KJV) says, “1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them”. 

From time to time, God wants to do these for us and as you go around doing good to others, God will show up for you. At whatever level you are today in life and wherever you find yourself, fix something. Bake something. Build something. Plant something. Start something. Invent something. Nurture something. Help someone knowing that your own help is near. Jesus said, Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work – Rev. 22:12. This tells you that whatever you do in helping people, Jesus takes it personally. Mathew 25:40 NKJ says, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”.  There are people who have fallen on hard times and they need a helping hand so that they can get back on their feet.

You can start and finish anything. You can start a project and finish it. People have human faith to start building a house with just a monthly salary of $500. How much more when you activate your spiritual faith? Anything is possible! That’s why every time you take a step of faith, you are like that child learning how to take the first step. You are the outstretched arm of God and God is willing to hear you when you call, and He is able to lend a helping hand to you too. So become a blessing to fellow believers who are in need. Open your heart; open your home; open your pocketbook; and be willing and ready for the Lord to use you to help others. Believe that God can use you to make an impact in other people’s lives. Believe that He will bless you for stepping out of your limited little social circle to do a good deed for a fellow believer who really needs a helping hand. Don’t just casually carry out an occasional act of mercy. Instead, aggressively pursue the attitude of hospitality until you catch it and become a genuinely hospitable person.

Remember, when you see a man in need and you allow yourself to be withheld from extending a helping hand, you just told Jesus, “I really do not love you”.  You  cannot help everyone but you can help the one in front of you even if it is just giving a smile, a word of encouragement, or a helping hand. Do not look at people to love them. You might end up selecting those you’ll love and to the others, you might pretend to be blind. When you look at people, do not see them; choose to see God because you want to love God. Love them even if they do not deserve your love.

Don’t say you don’t have the means or capacity to help because of your own situation. Every encouraging word, and every smile you share in the midst of your trials can go a long way. Everyone can use a helping hand at some point. It might be running an errand, picking up a package, offering to baby sit, loaning some decorations, making phone calls for your church, or taking a meal to someone who is housebound. You are called to save men, lift the downtrodden, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners, heal the sick, raise the dead, deliver the oppressed, set the captives free, preach the gospel to the poor and just love them all the way on your way to our eternal home. So I ask that you prayerfully consider how you can make a difference in the lives of those around you today. It’s not the size of your gift to others, but a kind smile, an encouraging word accompanied and confirmed by a helping hand and whatever the Lord has put in your heart that truly matters.

If you ever need a helping hand yourself, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

I declare that this day is blessed for you. The fruits of your labour will not be in vain. Like Jesus, men will remember you  for good (Luke 22:19).

Be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa

Stay The Course (10)

Dearly Beloved,

Many times in your journey of life,  your actions will be perceived differently than how you meant them to be perceived. You will be misunderstood and your motives will be called into question. Whenever you try to do something you will risk rejection, you will risk ridicule, and you will be misunderstood. That’s life but don’t allow that to stop you. Many times it will shock you to hear what others thought about you, especially when you knew your intentions were right. You may have meant one thing, but everyone may have seemed to perceive something totally different from what you intended. At such times, you must remind yourself that you are not alone. Jesus was misunderstood. He suffered in the hands of men. In His short lifetime He encountered both love and hate, acceptance and rejection, belief and unbelief. Jesus lived with people who understood Him and with those who misunderstood Him.

There may be sometimes when someone may question your motives when you are trying to get the blessing from God. Someone may think you want that to be puffed up. You want that job so you can be a big shot. You want that so you can be better than others. Your Pastor and folks in the church may even misunderstand your motives, but persevere in your prayer anyway.

Do you feel misunderstood and forsaken by the people you love? Have you been falsely accused and stripped of everything, without a dime to your name? Don’t cry. Don’t quit. Don’t pack your bags yet. Back off, take some time to think and pray about the matter before you proceed. Don’t let the devil get you all upset because you were misunderstood. Stay the course and on purpose because our Lord knows how to relate to you in your situation. He has been there and He is in it with you. He said to us in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.

So I say to you today to be of good cheer. You will always be misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned but again, stay the course and on purpose. Joseph was misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned but he stayed the course and everything worked together for his good. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”.

You know the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:1-21. The Bible says the other wife, the adversary, mocked her, tormented her, and used every opportunity available to show her she is barren. Even the prophet, when he saw Hannah praying, thought she was drunk. The prophet misunderstood her, but that didn’t stop God. God has decided her time and season. When her day came, the mockers were silenced. All things worked together for her good.

If in your place of work, you did something you thought was good and required commendation, but instead you found yourself being persecuted for your good works, don’t feel bad about it. Just because you’re good and doing the right thing doesn’t mean everybody is going to be cheering you on. There might be those that’ll resist you, and try to make you stray away from your path; they might even call you evil, in spite of your good works; you must maintain your composure. Refuse to change. Stay the course with the Word of God in your heart and in your mouth. As you do, keep manifesting His righteousness, no matter the criticism’ and you’ll always win.

Learn to give Him thanks in every situation. If they treated you bad, give Him thanks. if they lied against you, give Him thanks. If they hate you, give Him thanks. If they misunderstood you, give Him thanks. Give Him thanks for this is the will of God for you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18. No matter how dark and hopeless the situation may look – give Him thanks. Today, give Him thanks! It doesn’t matter if what you’re praying for is yet to materialize. It doesn’t matter who is against you in your office or in your home. It doesn’t matter where they are planning against you. It  doesn’t matter how deep the valley is. He will walk with you. He will comfort you – Psalm 23:4. It doesn’t count who is trying to bring you down or talk down on you, “…God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it”. (1 Corinthians 10:13 Message).

Hannah prayed from her heart, and Eli thought she was drunk because people who pray are most generally misunderstood (1 Samuel 1:14). So don’t be discouraged when you are misunderstood. “Don’t be afraid… The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” – Exodus 14:13-14 NLT. When you have been wounded, unfairly treated and misunderstood, forgive and stay the course. Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you – Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG.

God is your present help. You can call out to Him and He will answer AND deliver. Rest, knowing that what looked like a really bad situation is about to become your praise report that God really does use ALL things for your good.

In His Service,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa