“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
This text is certainly an alarm to us on our journey towards righteous living. Once you have been set free from some evil desires and behaviours, be watchful in prayer because to stand seven folds of something that had tormented you for years is never easy. So, carefully take note.
The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a disgrace to not reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
Benjamin E. Mays
Just writing to encourage all those who were once ‘on fire’ for God but it seems as if now there’s a lot to do to the extent that a very big gap has come in their relationship with God. This is also a word of encouragement to those who are currently ‘on fire’ for God but facing with watery eyes ferocious waves of challenges in their walk with God.
Friends, always remember what Psalm 42:5, 11 says.
The Christian journey is long; sometimes we fall, sometimes we go off track but that’s fine because we have the Holy Spirit to prompt us whenever we go astray, and we are also ready to come back. Some people in such times would speak with the tongue of the psalmist that “I used to go with the multitude: I went with them to the house of God. With the voice of joy and praise. With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast” – Psalm 42:2. Yes, you used to go for the prayer meetings, evangelisms, church services, outreaches, etc. no one challenges that.
The good news is that with a mind-set of pursuing God; though we’ll fall down, we’ll also get up again. So in those times tell your soul this- Psalm 42:11
“Why are you cast down, o my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him.
The help of my countenance and my God”.
Yes, though the enemy will reproach you all day long about your current situation, and it feels like he is breaking your bones: let your soul be calm. For he knows that your desire for God is not yet satisfied and that your soul stretches and reaches out to God’s presence till you are filled. What is more important is that, God is not disappointed that we swayed but rather, more glad that we have come back. Just as with the prodigal son.
courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice Ama
At a very tender age I got to know that it is often and mostly the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. I am saying this at this time because I want to encourage someone today to have patience and wait on the Lord. Remember, patience is the soul of victory. Do not be discouraged at whatever you are doing that seem not to be producing the desired results, because even the late sea goer has his fish in the sea.
Put passion and pleasure behind whatever you do and you will realise that failure is not a ‘stop’ sign, but rather a ‘try again’ to begin once again strategically. For a fact, we stop at the destination and not mid-way. You can’t pitch your tent midway; going back too is an impossibility, for the reason that you can’t recoup whatever you have spent thus far. You have to endure and keep on fighting at all cost. Think of where you would have been today if your mum had not endured the pain to ‘push’ and had given up. Results come through pain, trying, and keeping on.
I tell you, you might not be there yet but you are destined for greatness. Today you are closer to your goal than you were yesterday, and farther than you will be tomorrow. Do I need to say also that the bridge between winning and losing is often ‘NOT QUITING’?
To the brain that sense is given, a good result is expected.