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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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

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

You Are Never Alone

Beloved,

In this life, some people are going to leave you, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story. When you find yourself in a place where you know you need His perfection, ask Him to shield you because God says, “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward”- (Genesis 15:1). When you lose something or someone, don’t think of it as a loss, accept it as the gift that gets you on the path you were meant to travel on. All things, including those that left you, those that are fighting you, those who are working overtime to see that you don’t get promoted, those who are talking you down, works together for your good.

Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many. Do not ask yourself or God, why me; you are never alone and God understands how you feel. Do not compare yourself to others; you are not running the same race with them. Do not regret getting married if it has become a silent hell for you; it is a privilege that your heart is still beating. Do not regret anything because the Lord is your strength… (Psalm 28:7). You may have failed yourself but keep walking in confidence. Adversity is what makes a man strong! So keep your head up, shoulders back, give up the stuff that weighs you down, and stay the course with no apologies for who you are. Wherever self-worth goes, respect follows. Today is your day, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven – Mathew 5:16.

Be of good courage for He is with you. If He is with you, who can stand against you? Be of good courage, be of good courage for the battle is won unto us. God said to King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s”.

Are their battles in your life that requires God’s intervention today? That battle is not yours! A YES from God is all you need. Don’t rush anything. Don’t question His timing. When the time is right, it will happen. Be positive, patient and persistent.  Just remember to PRAY before you over think. PRAY before complaining to anyone. PRAY before calling anyone for help. PRAY because God is your way maker. PRAY until your situation changes. Miracles happen every day, so never stop believing. God can change things very quickly in your life. Allow your life to preach more loudly than your lips. Don’t give up on the things God has placed in your heart. Do not be withdrawn in your heart. Speak the right language, the language of Zion and “…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 2:1. Take advantage of the grace that’s in Christ Jesus; be mindful of its benefits, don’t close the opened doors already opened for you with your mouth. Keep pushing and praying knowing that He will give you direction and He will fight your battles for you.

May God continually listen to your prayers. May He not ignore your plea. May He hear you and answer you when you call Him – Psalm 55:1-2. In Jesus Name, Amen!

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

Your Story Has Been Told

Beloved,

Your story has been told in His Words, and you must know where you are from. You must remind yourself that poverty, anger, sicknesses are foreign in Zion, they are not found there. You are unique, you are peculiar. You were bought with a price.

1Peter 2:9 -10 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”.

The Greater Light, His Word, shows you that you can do anything and be all that you’ll ever want to be through the grace that is in Christ Jesus. It’s the power of understanding spiritual truths. Instead of shouting your gut feelings to the world, take them to God and ask Him to help you process them first.

Refuse to be defined by your job – you are more than your job. Refuse to be defined by your family history – today is a new day. Refuse to be defined by your past – Jesus came to show it away. Refuse to be defined by your academic qualifications – God has has already qualified and justified you. Don’t let a negative mentality keep you from God’s best. It may look impossible, but anything is possible with God.

Shalom,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

It’s Choice Not Chance

Beloved,

At one point in your life, you have probably asked someone to pray for you. There is nothing wrong with that but as you grow in His Word, you will realize that you have a responsibility to pray for yourself rather than delegating it. You are not imposing on God by declaring His goodness and favour.

When tests and trails come your way, you can either let them plant themselves in your life and put pressure on you or you can use your faith muscles to push those trails out of your life. If you can hold on to that Name that is above every other Name this very day and hour, if only you have the faith to believe, to trust, and to call Him, then every knee shall bow, your challenges will go, those mountains will crumble. So trust Him to build and protect you. Do your part, but look to Him for guidance and strength. And trust Him to do what you cannot do. Sometimes you may feel that God is hard on you and doesn’t love you but the truth is He loves you too much to leave you the way you are.

God is not moved by your condition but by your conclusion. He is not moved by what happens to you but how you respond to it. It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny. Who you’re on the inside is more important than what your body looks like. It may seem unbearable and inside you’re basically saying, “God, I can’t take it anymore. I just can’t take it anymore!” Don’t quit. Resist discouragement and finish the race God has set before you. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

I encourage you to take your mind away from fear today, it’s not in your nature to fear, God has not given you the spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. Trusting God is more that what you can see. Walk by FAITH and not by sight.

Today, stay the course and on purpose. Let your past make you BETTER not BITTER.

In Him,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa