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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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 KNOWS ALL MEN – TB JOSHUA

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God knows all men. He knows their nature, their disposition, their design and their true character. Many of us, when we receive a miracle tend to forget the way we began. The confession we made about Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, the promises not to sin anymore – all these we forget when things are going well. Jesus knows all men. He knows their disposition – that is why some people’s miracles are delayed. He knows that pleasure usually turns the mind of man off his Creator. Sooner or later, he begins to glorify his blessing rather than the Giver of the blessing. I mean, if man receives blessing, he may continue, for some time, the zeal to acknowledge the Giver of the blessing. But give him some time and he would be too busy with worldly commitments to serve the Lord, the Giver of the blessing.

Whichever form you come to Jesus, He sees beyond your appearance. That is why your cry cannot save you, because Jesus knows the cry of faith. I mean, the cry born of God; I mean, the cry born of sincerity and humility of mind. Jesus does not need anyone to tell Him about you, because He knows you better than you do yourself. That is why you cannot deceive Him with the waving of your hands in worship. You cannot deceive Him by the raising of strong prayer points or by the multitude of your sacrifices without repentance. This means God does not need your sacrifice to take away your sin but your repentance – not only feeling sorrow for the sins committed but breaking away from sin.

HOW TO GROW IN CHARACTER – TB JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Whatever situation you are in, as a believer – all are for your obedience to God. We grow in character through obedience! Just as physical growth is a function of time, intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is a function of neither of the above but rather of obedience to God. The book of Hebrews 5:8 says that though, Jesus was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered – name calling, rejection, slanderous remarks, jeering at Him, etc.

“What you are going through now as a believer is for your obedience to God’s will. We grow in character through obedience. Oftentimes, we run from the very things that will bring strength to our lives, such as trials, temptations, pains of various kinds, all of which are meant for our spiritual benefit.”

PRAY WITH ME – TB JOSHUA

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“Heavenly Father, I boldly come to You, in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask You for Your Holy boldness as the disciples experienced during the days of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Lord Jesus, I reject fear. Lord Jesus, I receive faith.

Lord Jesus, I know You love me and You know that I love You, so I walk as an over comer today. I agree with Your Word, that fear cannot live in me.I agree with Your Word, full trust in You – You will not disappoint me.

Help me Oh Lord to turn away from that which has the power to turn me away from You. Oh Lord, help me to honour Your Words in all my actions, utterances and thoughts.”

Prophet T.B. Joshua