DON’T DESPAIR!

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“As a Christian, whatever situation you are in now – are you sick? Are you poor? Are you facing disappointment? Are you lonely? What is your situation? Don’t despair. You are only being preserved for your proper position and possession in Christ. It may be to prepare you for the challenges ahead. It may be to reform you for a better position in Christ. It may be to keep you for a new level in life. Remember, as a Christian whatever level we find ourselves, we believe the best is yet to come. Don’t despair – God sometimes uses foolish things to reveal His purpose in our lives.”

– Prophet T.B. Joshua

MARRIAGE COUNSELLING – THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT PERSON

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“When you talk of marriage, there are two things we must take note of: The right time and the right person. It is the right time that brings about the right person. It is not the right person that brings about the right time. If there is a mistake in these two, there will be trouble in the marriage tomorrow. The right time and the right person – that is what builds marriage. If you want to marry, wait for God’s time. When it is the right time, the right person will come. If you don’t wait for the right time, the marriage will not stand the test of time.” – T.B. Joshua

PROPER REFLECTION!

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What is your situation today? As a Christian, do a proper reflection and you would see that behind your situation lies God’s purpose for your life.

In spite of his nagging wife and his misleading friends, Job did not allow his emotions to overrule his reasoning. On proper reflection, he rebuked his wife saying, “When the goings were good, you said, ‘To God be the glory!’ Now that things are tough, you say, ‘God be cursed’” (Job 2:10). If Job had not done a proper reflection, he would have yielded to his emotions and cursed God. On proper reflection, he came to realise that God and not Job himself, was the central character and that the issue at hand was faith and not suffering.

He knew that events that seem ordinary to us might have an extraordinary effect in the spirit, much of which is hidden from the ordinary eye. It was the reality of the experience that actually kept Job’s faith alive. In other words, it was this realization that actually kept him from sinning against God in the face of pressure and tension.

The case of Job is an example of how true children of God should handle temptations. Remember how much loss he had to put up with: His wealth, children, health and companions – he lost all. What situation are you in today? Is it sickness, poverty, inability to bear children, isolation or rejection?

Remember that events that seem ordinary may have extraordinary effects in the spirit, much of which is hidden from the ordinary eye. It takes the reflective mind to discover that behind your situation lie God’s promises for your life. Sit and reflect; you will discover that nothing happens for nothing. That situation you are in does not come by chance; it is as it should be by divine will. It may be to reform, preserve, or prepare you for a better position. Mention any Biblical character and you would see how much of this he had to endure to come to a new level in life.

Peace of Heart – T.B. Joshua

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Let us look for peace – peace of heart – and the little you have will be sufficient. Without peace of heart, even if you have the whole, you have trouble. The only thing that will give you peace of heart is to consider your neighbour while looking for your own way out. If you don’t consider your neighbour while looking for the way out of your problem, you are not considering Jesus, your Creator.

“Remember, your neighbour can be someone who does not share the same faith with you; your neighbour can be your friend or enemy. While looking for the way out of your mess, difficulty, situation – how will I do this business – consider your neighbour. What is happening to your neighbour? If that neighbour is entitled to the same business but you are ready to do anything to take it, you may take it – but without peace of heart.” – T.B. Joshua

THERE IS A PROCESS

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“For you to be suitable, you need to be melted, remoulded and filled. Then you would be suitable to be used by the Holy Spirit. When we say, “Use me Lord”, we mean, “melt me, remould me, fill me”. When we say that we want every purpose of God in our lives to be fulfilled, there is a process. Remember that the stage you are now may not be suitable for God’s purpose; you need to be melted, remoulded and filled before you can be suitable for God’s purpose.

“We have those that are yet in their raw state, I mean the process of being melted has not even started. There are others who are undergoing the process of being melted. There are others who have been melted already and are being remoulded. There are others that are already melted and remoulded, but are in the process of being filled. When God moulded man in the beginning, man did not become man until he was filled (Genesis 2:7). Which stage are you in now?

“Remember, if you are melted, you need to be remoulded and if you are remoulded, you need to be filled before you can be suitable for God’s purpose in your life.”

– T.B. Joshua

MAKING SOME SACRIFICE

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“God deserves our best because He gives us His best. Therefore, what we cherish most becomes our best offering in terms of time, effort, strength, knowledge, money, love and every good thing the Lord has given us. Abraham gave his best and God continued the supplies. The widow gave her best and God continued the supplies. Making sacrifice means considering God first, from whom all you have comes, before self because whatsoever you do to the least of your fellow brothers, that you do unto God (Matthew 25:40).

“Our union with Christ is the basis for our unity with one another. Do to others as you would want them to do unto you. What are you doing to others? Remember, what you are doing to others, that you are doing unto God.

“The poor widow said in 1 Kings 17:12, ‘I swear in the name of God that I have nothing but the little for my son and me’. She really had lost all hope of further provision. But Elijah said to her, ‘You can still spare out of it for me’ (1 Kings 17:13). This means, nothing is too small to share with others. This means, every man has something, big or small, to plant.

“When we plant, we reap more of whatever we plant. It can be in the form of love, favour, money or any material thing you need to live for God. The poor widow planted something her life depended on, something she cherished. It took her boldness to step out and take God at His Word. I mean, it took her faith to meet such a situation. You who say you do not have enough to spare, remember the poor widow. You don’t receive because you don’t give. When you give, you don’t receive because you give wrongly (James 4:2-3). How do we give wrongly? We give wrongly when we give unworthily, when we give only to be seen by men.

“If you give to people because you expect them to give you in return, you give wrongly. When I give out worn-out shoes, that is not sacrifice. When I give out what I do not need, that is not sacrifice. When I go to a place at a time I really do not have any serious business to attend to, that is not a sacrifice. When you have a serious personal matter to attend to and you leave that aside to attend to your friend’s matter, that is a sacrifice.

“As people sit down in the church today, to many, they are sacrificing their time. But I tell you the truth, if someone had received a phone call this morning inviting them to come and collect a cheque for the contract they had earlier executed, such a person would give priority to that rather than going to the church. Many go to church because they really don’t have any serious personal matter to attend to.

“People of the world believe that there is more gain in receiving than in giving because they want clear gain – clear gain in terms of naira, dollars, pounds. For example, if you are telling people of the world that coming to church would bring the peace of the Lord, once that peace, to them, cannot be quantified in terms of naira, dollars, pounds, it means nothing to them.

“Let us not forget that Jesus knows our heart and the motive behind our giving. He knows when you give for God’s sake. He knows when you give only to be seen by men.”

– T.B. Joshua

YOU MUST ASK IN FAITH – TB JOSHUA

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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.