COMFORT IN AFFLICTION – TB JOSHUA

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Prophet TB Josua

Because Peter was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste hardship, disappointment, setback, failure and want. What are you going through now? What you are going through may be part of the events that would reveal God’s purpose for your life. Remember, there is something far more important than whatever situation you are passing through – your dream and goals.

Are you intimidated in some way? There is something far more important than rejection – your dream and goals. Men of purpose do not concentrate on where they are now, their focus, aim and desire is on their destination.

Where are you now? What situation are you in now? Are you in abject poverty? Remember, the man that is poor is not the man that has no money but one without a dream. So, remember your dream. In other words, they are poor that have no dream.

When Joseph was in the dry pit, he asked himself, “Where is my dream? I know this is not where I belong!” This awareness comforted him while in the dry pit, Potiphar’s house and the prison.

In our spiritual walk with God, there are good and hard times. As Christians, when things tend to go contrary to our expectation, we remember our dream; our dream is our director, direction, guide and road map. Our dream imparts strength to endure and manage our present situation. Our dream imparts in us the spirit of mind management, material management, human management and self control.

What situation are you in now? Where is your dream, as a man of faith? Remember, faith is based on the happenings of the future state, which God has prepared – an everlasting mansion. I mean, as a man of faith, our minds should be trained to keep quiet, when everything else is unquiet. As a man of faith, you can be happy even when everything around you seems to suggest that there is no hope or future – you can still find occasions to rejoice in the Lord.

Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) If He has gone to prepare a place for us, He would prepare us for it.

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FIND THE TIME TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

You will never find the time to do what is right; you must do what is right. You will never find the time to do what is right; you must work out the time. This means, there is no specified time to do good, you are the one to work out or create the time. Everyone is exposed to things that are not consistent with one’s desire to do good/ God’s Word.

Paul put this clearly when he said, “My desire is to do good, but I find myself doing what is against my desire” (Romans 7:15-20). A person like Paul (a person of his calibre) would seem to know God more than everyone else. I mean, out of anybody in his time and now, he is expected to know God more than anyone else. But the cares (difficulty, pain, suffering, trouble) and lure (our interest in worldly, fleshly desires) of the world leave no time to do good.

Anytime we open our eyes, the things that stare us in the face are evil. When you look out of the window into the streets, what you see is nothing but evil. I mean, the lure and cares of the world. You wake up in the morning determined to get it right but before you know it, you have missed the mark, because of the cares and lure, the attraction of the world.

This is what Paul meant when he cried, I mean, lamented that he did what he did not want to do (Romans 7:15). In other words, he lamented his inability to find the time to do what is right. This was the situation Paul, like any of us, found himself in. He found himself struggling to create or make time to do what is right, like it happens to us today. This is what I mean by, you will never find the time to do what is right – you must create it.

Today, we wake up in the morning determined to get it right; before we know it, we have sinned. Every time you determine to do what is right, something else, something contrary, crosses your mind. This is because anything close to what is right receives attack. This is what the Bible means by the expression, “The road to the Kingdom of God is not a bed of roses” – I mean, you are bound to encounter snakes, scorpions, thorns and the like (Acts 14:22).

HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Matthew 7:7 says, ‘Ask and you shall receive’. This is not when you ask out of feeling. What do I mean by asking out of feeling? We ask out of feeling when we allow the happenings around us to dictate the direction of our prayer. Today, when there is war around, our prayer would be directed in that area. When there is poverty around, our prayer would be directed against it. When things are good, our prayer would be that of thanksgiving whereas when things are tough, our prayer would be petitional rather than thanksgiving.

Remember what happened at the graveside of Lazarus. Ordinarily, the situation did not call for thanksgiving but Jesus, being a man of faith was not influenced by the happenings around. What was seen did not influence the direction of his prayer. Consider the case of Paul and Silas in the prison. Their condition did not call for thanksgiving and praises but as men of faith, the happenings around them did not overwhelm them to murmur and despair.

When Jesus came to the home of Lazarus, where people were in a mourning mood, where people were crying, Jesus did not allow the general mood to overwhelm Him. In other words, Jesus did not allow the happenings around to dictate the direction of His prayer.

You must ask in faith. Even when the circumstance seems unfavourable, where there is faith, there would be a strong desire to pray more, even in the face of difficulties. Consider the case of Paul and Silas. The more they were flogged, the stronger their desire was to praise God.

Divine faith, when it is expressed in prayer, is a force that has God behind it for its accomplishment.

GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST!

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Prophet TB Joshua

We all know that when it is time to start a race, everybody waits for the blast of the gun or the sound of the whistle; but in our daily lives, the opposite is the case. In an attempt to beat the gun, we discover that we are the worse for it; we pay dearly for it.

If any person beats the gun, that person would be called back to begin afresh, while others are still waiting patiently for the sound of the gun. This is what we mean by the saying, “More haste, less speed”, meaning that if you are in a haste to achieve something, you are likely to make costly mistakes that would pull you back, if not down. This is exactly what is happening today.

The game of football is the best way of explaining the philosophy of life. At the football field, when you are in a haste to score, you are likely to break the rules by going off-side and that would make the referee to blow against you thereby causing some setback to your team. When such things happen, you find yourself from the position of an attacker to that of a defender and if care is not taken, you could suffer a greater loss.

Many who were in the position of leadership are now in the position of followership because they were pulled back because of their quest to make it quick.

Many have touched money by hook or crook in the past, but today they are back to square one trying to make a new beginning, while others pay dearly with their own lives and those of their close ones. This is what happens in an attempt to beat God’s appointed time.

On the other hand, when it is God’s appointed time for one to make it, I mean to possess one’s possession, there are no strings or conditions attached. They would come when they should. I mean, they would come when the time comes – even in the face of life’s threats and uncertainties, even in the face of envy, jealousy, hatred, persecution and the like.

Remember, when God sets a time for a man, He guards it jealously. Because we are impatient; I mean, because we cannot see beyond our present circumstance, we begin to seek shortcuts, we begin to beat the gun, that is, trying to beat God’s appointed time. People of God, don’t be in haste, they would come when the time comes.

YOUR PAST IS OVER!

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Unless you conquer the past, you cannot focus on your future. If your past must be over, you have to outgrow it. In other words, if you desire to focus on your future, you must first conquer your past. You must be forward looking because you cannot look in different directions at the same time. The One who determines our future is our Lord Jesus Christ. He does not consult our past to determine our future. If He were to do so, we would not be here today.

Satan discusses our past because that is the only information he has about us. Each time we want to focus on our future, satan is there to remind us of our unworthy past in order to provoke our guilt and tarnish our future thereby. He has no other business than to derail us from our course. This is why the Bible warns us against taking journeys into the past; it is very dangerous.

GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST – T.B. JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Today, our minds are so taken up by worldly considerations that we are impatient to recognise the fact that there is an appointed time for everything. This is why we try to move the hands of the clock forward by hook and crook. In order to beat the gun, we kill, join cults, steal and destroy.

Assuming Jesus had been impatient when his brothers urged Him to show off in public before the appointed time, He may have been killed by His enemies who were looking for Him at all costs (John 7:3-8). The same thing happens to us today. When we are impatient, we tend to disregard the fact that there is a time for everything.

We all know that when it is time to start a race, everybody waits for the blast of the gun or the sound of the whistle; but in our daily lives, the opposite is the case. In an attempt to beat the gun, we discover that we are the worse for it; we pay dearly for it.

If any person beats the gun, that person would be called back to begin afresh, while others are still waiting patiently for the sound of the gun. This is what we mean by the saying, “More haste, less speed”, meaning that if you are in a haste to achieve something, you are likely to make costly mistakes that would pull you back, if not down. This is exactly what is happening today.

In an attempt to beat God’s appointed time, we get ourselves entangled with conditions we are likely unable to meet, thus jeopardizing our career and the promises of God in our lives. In an attempt to beat God’s appointed time, many old people find themselves in a situation where they have to do what they ought to have done when they were young.

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IT IS NOT MY WORK – T.B. JOSHUA

Prophet T.B. Joshua

It is not my work but my faith in His works (Galatians 3:8). I mean, it is God’s strength that is made manifest in my weakness. So, I cannot boast. This kind of achievement calls for more dedication, more commitment and more devotion. I mean, this does not mean that I should rest. I must continue to press forward so that His strength will continue to manifest in my weakness.

When you know the purpose of your life, you would not be fascinated by every good thing, every achievement, that comes your way. Rather, you would keep pressing on. I want you to know that God just wants somebody to do this work. Otherwise, He can choose to use anybody for His purpose. That is why I cannot boast in what I am doing for God but in what God does in my life (Luke 3:8).

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