GOD OFTEN BRINGS GOOD OUT OF EVIL!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN

God’s providence often contradicts His purpose; His divine wisdom tends to contradict the course of natural events. When God is executing His plan in our lives, He designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. When we look at the way and manner God designs and arranges events in the life of His servants, you would discover this truth. Take Joseph as an example. Because Joseph was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste poverty. Because Joseph was to be a source of freedom for his people, he had to taste imprisonment. What are you going through now? Remember Peter. Because Peter was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste hardship, disappointment, setback, failure and want.

God often brings good out of evil and promotes the designs of His providence, even by the sin of men. For an example, the young Joseph had to go through a lot of tribulation and affliction for the purpose of God to be revealed in his life. His brothers’ intention was to starve him to death in the barren pit, whereas, God’s purpose for his life was to use him as an instrument for providing food for his brothers in times of great famine. God overruled his brothers’ evil designs in order to serve His purpose of making Joseph an instrument to save many people. Joseph said to his brothers, ‘As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good so that many people might be saved’. The persecution we suffer in the hands of our detractors causes us to be to be known. Therefore, no trouble, no matter how great the trouble is, should prevent you from praying.

STANDING ON SOLID ROCK!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN

What is faith? Faith is:
1️⃣ The unshakeable confidence in the reality of the yet unseen world.
2️⃣ The certainty of God’s yet unfulfilled promises.
3️⃣ The evidence of things hoped for.
4️⃣ A firm expectation that God will perform all He has promised to us in Christ Jesus.

Remember, this world was not built out of what is seen, but out of what is unseen (Hebrews 11:3). If God had relied on what is seen, He would have had nothing to build on but what God relied on was faith in Himself – which was unseen. In other words, what is seen today came into being from what is unseen. Faith therefore is a product of the unseen world, which the Bible defines as the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). If we must have a relationship with the unseen world, we must have faith in God because God is unseen. With faith, God created the universe; it was His faith that found expression in the spoken Word which He used in creating everything.

What is unseen is therefore the basis of faith. If you must have faith, you must learn to hear God’s Word (Romans 10:17). Through hearing, belief comes; through believing trust comes; through trusting, confidence is established. However, this process is not automatic but gradual. Those who refuse to take these tiny steps cannot trust God and understand the basic truth about faith. This means, faith is not a feeling. Sometimes people base their spiritual experiences on emotions and feelings. Problems arise when feelings change. When we base our spiritual experiences on feeling, we cannot be constant – that is, we would lack the quality of being stable.

If we don’t take the basic steps, we cannot trust God, in Whom we believe. This is faith that would last. When we stand on this kind of faith, we would be standing on a solid rock. I mean, the unchanging Word of God.

GOD IS FAITHFUL!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN

Daniel 6:19-20 – “At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?’ ”

The king called unto Daniel in a loud voice, more of a concerned friend than of an enemy, saying, ‘Daniel, the servant of the Most High God, is your God, whom you serve continually able to rescue you?’ In other words, the king was simply asking Daniel, ‘Is your God able?’ What situation are you in now? Is your God able? If He is, is He faithful to fulfil His promises? If He is faithful, are you really faithful to Him? Certainly our God is powerful and faithful to His faithful servants. This means, it is not a one-sided affair. God has a role to play in my salvation, just as I have a role to play. This should be our guiding principle. This is the kind of relationship approved of God.

We are unfaithful to God; that is why it seems as if He is powerless in the face of our mountain. Many people blame God for unfaithfulness when they should blame themselves for not praying according to His will. Unanswered prayers stand between people and their faith. It is always His will to answer prayer. “Call unto Me, and I will answer you…” (Jeremiah 33:3). This is God’s invitation to pray and His promise to answer. God invites you to pray, to ask. He is always ready to answer. When we are faithful, our God is powerful. This means, it is not a one-sided affair. You have a role to play, just as God has a role to play.

Remember, our Saviour said, ‘Father, it is not as I will, but as You will’ (Luke 22:42). Such was the principle behind Daniel’s faith. This should be the principle behind every Christian’s faith. Daniel had firm confidence in God’s ability to deliver him from death and in death and humbly submitted to His will. It did not matter to him if the Lord did not deliver him. Today, it matters to us if the Lord does not answer our prayer. It did not matter to Daniel if the Lord did not answer his prayer. He knew how much he needed God. He knew he needed God in both good and hard times.

The Bible says in the face of all odds he stood his ground, knowing that God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him. Anytime you encounter trials, take them as an opportunity for you to honour God before men. Anytime he encountered trials, he took them as an opportunity for him to honour God before men. He trusted in the living God. He was convinced that God would be able to deliver him from death and in death. God is powerful to those who are faithful to Him. In this case, God requires our faith in order to reveal His power. He saw his relationship with God as a mutual one. God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him. This was his own guiding principle, knowing that God is not a man that disappoints. He is faithful!

OVERCOME YOUR FEAR

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN

Exodus 14:13 – “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

When Moses said, “Don’t be afraid”, he equally meant to say, “Overcome your fear” for fear is a thief of faith and hope. When our troubles seem unyielding to our prayers, it is in our own interest to get above our fear by leaving it to God. Don’t think of saving yourself by fighting a natural battle! ‘Be still’, means, ‘be calm, confident and determined’. God does not need our effort or assistance to carry out His promises of deliverance.

God revealed to Moses what He would do in the circumstances and he believed. Moses was saying to the people, ‘Don’t waver in your faith; be steadfast and be still – have peace of heart, have confidence in the God you believe in. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again; the trouble you see today you will never see again’ (Exodus 14:13). Their enemies were frustrated and immediately they surrendered.

PRAYER POINTS:
➡️ Lord, let my enemy see Your finger in my life, get frustrated and surrender because You have set a table before me in the presence of my enemy.
➡️ What is your problem? Ask God to give you the grace to always cast your burdens upon Him as Moses did in his encounter with the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.
➡️ Lord, in my encounter with the evil forces, teach me the way I should go as You did the Israelites at the Red Sea.
➡️ Instruct me the way I should go as You did Moses in his encounter.
➡️ Save me from the wicked plans of my adversaries as You did Daniel in the lions’ den.
➡️ Deliver me from every generational curse as You did Jabez.
➡️ Lord, give me power to face all the challenges of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
➡️ I loose myself from the bondage of fear, in Jesus’ name!

LIFE IS A BATTLEGROUND!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN


A lot of Christians whisper, murmur, grumble, complain, cry, weep and wail about their situation because their lives are centered on how they are doing, how they are feeling, how they are treated.

The first step to being strong is to realise that life is not an encounter group. Life is not a bonding meeting. Life is not a playground. Life is a battleground. The reason so many in the church are weak is because they are not armed for battle. If we are not armed for battle, we would not be able to listen to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. If we are not armed for battle, we would fight the wrong battle.

Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Any time you are wrestling against flesh and blood, any time you are striving against people – you are fighting the wrong battle. We are not to get sidetracked, fighting against mere flesh and blood. We are to battle the spiritual entities that cause tension in our marriages, problems with our children, struggles with our parents. If we fail to see that there are powers that cause people to be bowed down in bondage, we are going to fight the wrong battle.

Never forget, you can stand against the wiles of the devil – the cunning, the clever attacks of satan – to the degree that you are protected with the whole armour of God.

GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN, Emmanuel Tv

Today, our hearts 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.

Assuming Jesus was impatient to perform publicly, He may have failed to turn the water into wine. Assuming Jesus was impatient when His mother urged Him to turn water into wine, He may have failed altogether. But He simply said, “My time has not yet come”, knowing that there is an appointed time for everything (John 2:1-10). When it was time to die, He told his disciples, “The hour is near” (Matthew 26:45).

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. Always remember – God’s time is the best!

RELATIONSHIPS APPROVED BY GOD!

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Only those who fear God can appreciate what it takes to maintain true friendship. It does not consist in eye service, selfishness and greed but in mutual sharing of understanding, love and interests. Each party should be prepared to suffer some pain if that is what is required to keep the relationship on course. If it is your money, wisdom, comfort, knowledge or talent – sacrifice it. This is the symbiotic relationship which is approved by God.

The kind of person you are determines the kind of people that fellowship with you. Remember, you are what you are by virtue of the company you keep. There are four classes of people in life: those that add to your life, those that multiply, those that subtract and those that divide your life. Each relationship has a way of affecting you either positively or negatively, depending on the company you keep. It takes the grace of God to know who to turn to.

Never come around people just because of what you stand to gain but come around people, first and foremost because of what you have to add to others’ lives, knowing that when we give, we receive more of whatever we give (Acts 20:35; Luke. 6:38). There can be no true friendship without love and there can be no love without giving – I mean, giving for Christ’s sake. There are friends in need and there are friends indeed.

You cannot do it without others because your life depends on other people. I mean, you are what you are by reason of the company you keep. If your relationship with others is based on the principle of sharing, you would find yourself among people who are eager to add to and multiply your life. If what you are doing is according to God’s Word, you would be covered by His grace. It is His grace that covers our weakness.