God loves you and He want the best for you. God’s first will for you is that your mind become positive, your emotion is finely tune, your heart burning with a passion, your body is full of energy, strength and divine life and health. God never made man to be constantly tired or have disease in the body, or depressed in mind and then grow old and die. God never made man to suffer like this or even to die; all these things the Bible says are the enemies to God.

Besides salvation, I think health is the greatest blessing you and I can have. When Jesus was on earth, the greater part of His miracles was devoted to healing of bodies, you will never find Jesus looking at a person with a fine health and tell the person that he/she is perfectly healthy, receive some leprosy. Can you find that in the Bible? Never!!! God cannot give sickness and disease but what He does give is perfect health! God’s will for you is to be healthy, that’s why it’s a desire in every person, whether a believer or not to want to be healthy; even those believers who are ‘confused’; they say something like this, “You know God gave me this disease to teach me a lesson” It’s like they are saying, its God’s will for them to have that disease, but you see them going to seek medication in hospitals or clinic. If it’s God’s will for them to have that disease why go to hospital? Are they fighting God’s will as they had previously say? Are they trying to come out of God’s will? Actually they are not making sense, because they are following their own innermost desire and God gave them the desire to be healthy.

Let’s checkout this, the whole context of 1 Corinthians 11 is talking about Holy Communion, the bread and the wine and how we partake of it so that we will not be condemned of the world, now don’t misunderstand this phrase, some people talked of condemned as going to hell, that context doesn’t say if you partake of the Lord’s supper in unworthy manner you will go to hell, no! It’s talking about health in the whole context and saying God wants you to take advantage of the communion so that you will not suffer the condemnation of the world. What is the condemnation of the world in the context? It is weakness, sickness and dying prematurely. Now we understand that the world is under this condemnation ever since Adam sin, Jesus Christ came to remove it for all those who believe, for all those who take but understand carefully. It is so surprisingly for Apostle Paul to say all these words by the Spirit in first Corinthians chapter eleven. He was really surprised and shocked to see the Church consisting of many weak people or those who are sick or falling asleep dying before their time and he give the reason why.

Let’s follow now the verses; 1 Corinthians 11:29 – 30; “For he who eats and drinks in unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord’s Body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you and many sleep.”

First and foremost, what does Apostle Paul say about eating and drinking of Holy Communion? Don’t have this idea that if you have sin you cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper, if you are unworthy you cannot be a fellowship of the Lord’s Table that is not what God is saying. Jesus Christ died for unworthy people and in fact there is no creature called worthy when Jesus died. How many of you know that Jesus qualified us to partake of the Holy Communion when we first accept Him? So he is not talking about the person – he who eats and drinks in unworthy manner – it is the manner not the man, it is the action not the actor, and he says it’s simply because of the way you are taking, you are not taking advantage of what it supposed to supply you with.

Now don’t have this idea we do always hear from some of our local Churches that if you have… Actually they give out this impression, I am doing fine, am alright, am cool man until I take the Lord’s Supper with sin then I become sick. In other words am actually okay until I take the Lord’s Supper and if I have sin and am not worthy, I will be sick. That’s not the right picture either! The right picture is this, everybody in this world is sick. Your cells are dying, your face is drooping, your mind is losing, your hair is greying and everything in the natural in the world it’s going ‘southwards’ how many understands that. And God has provided the Communion to offset that is, to be the way of escape. It’s not as if we are doing fine until we take the Holy Communion and if we have sin, those things will happen to us.

This is one of the erroneous picture painted by many pastors in the Church that cost people to shun the Lord’s Table which is a blessing. When you find someone skipping to take Holy Communion in Church and you ask them why, they will say something like this; “I don’t want to take and die, my mama didn’t rise no fool, let it pass” Let me try to find the secret that God has for us behind this verses we read earlier. It’s a wonderful thing that the verse clear illustrate this, “…not discerning the Lord’s Body.” Which is the main problem they had, not to take the communion worthily means no to discern the Lord’s Body and it states that, “… for this reason…” it’s not plural it is singular. How many of us are glad that God gave only one reason for the Church being weak, sick and dying pre-maturely, only one reason!!!. He did not say for these reason, He said for this reason! And once more again, what’s the reason? Taking the bread in unworthy manner, not discerning the Lord’s Body; in other words when they are taking the bread, (it is not the blood either), it is when they take the bread they are not discerning what the bread has been given for.

What’s not discerning the Lord’s Body?

Our New Testament Bible is written in Greek and Old Testament is in Hebrew. Greek is the most expressive of all languages and still is. So in the Greek the word “discerning” is the word “diakrinos or diakrinon” – making a difference, it basically means not making a difference in the Lord’s Body. So most places when they take the bread and the wine, you know what they do, they take it as forgiveness of their sins, as a simple of forgiveness, they are not making a difference, in why the bread was broken and why the blood was shared. You see, not discerning the Lord’s Body, not His Blood. Do you know many Churches believe that the cup represents the forgiveness of their sins? But they don’t discern what the bread is for.

Luke 22:19 – 20, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is My Body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people – and agreement confirmed with My Blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” NLT. When Jesus took the bread and broken it into pieces, He gave it to His disciples saying, “This is My Body, which is given for you.” And He stopped there. Then He took the cup and gave them saying it is a new covenant which is based on His Blood shed for the forgiveness of sins, so here we see, He explains the meaning of the cup, but He didn’t explain the meaning of the Body, He just said, “…is given for you.” On that note, when you are sick, you can take the bread/body and say it was broken for your healing!

If we discern the Lord’s Body, if we make a difference between the Blood being shed and the Body being broken, and now we see that the Body was broken to make a body whole, His Body was torn apart to put our bodies back together, now we see if we discern the Lord’s Body, we can say for this reason many are strong and healthy and many live long.

John 6:51 – 58, “I am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” Verse 53, “So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For My Flesh is true food, and My Blood is true drink. Anyone who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the Living Father Who sent Me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate manna) but will live forever.”” NLT.



There are two kinds of people: “flesh people” and “faith people. When some people come into your life, they don’t just bring their bodies, they bring their spirits. Flesh people tear you down and feed your fears, while faith people build you up and feed your faith. Flesh people waste your time and drain your energy.

Romans 8:5-8, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that pleases the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it will never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.”

Often, Christians find themselves in confusing relationships that drain them of their emotional energy and greatly reduce their effectiveness. Think of the personal pain that could be prevented if we knew how to avoid unhealthy relationships. This doesn’t necessarily mean “flesh people” are bad people; it just means they don’t belong in your inner circle. It also doesn’t mean that you should shun such people; God wants us to love all those we come into contact with. But we have to make sure that we are surrounding ourselves with more people who fill our lives than drain our lives.

One of the first warning signs of spiritual failure is when we begin to isolate ourselves from Christian friends and from the house of God. Faith people are the kind who fill your life. They draw you closer to being the person God created you to be. They are the ones who will be lovingly honest with you. They are strong when you are weak. If God wants to bless you, He will send a person; and if Satan wants to curse you, he will send a person. That’s why, every day, we need to pray for discernment in the world of the spirit to know the right people from the wrong people.

Don’t entertain Jonah type friends in your inner circle. God sent Jonah on a mission to Nineveh. But Jonah disobeyed God’s will and headed in the opposite direction to Joppa, where he boarded a ship for Tarshish. All it takes is one rebellious, disobedient man to take a whole shipload of people down with him. There are times when you are not the problem. The problem may be the people with whom you’re associating.

We can wander into storms simply by trying to help people by doing for them what they should be doing for themselves. If the mariners had not tossed Jonah off the boat, everyone would have perished. If you have people in your life who are using you for a free ride, they’re not going to voluntarily jump off the boat. We often try to work a problem harder because we are afraid of the decision we know we are going to have to make. We try so hard to reap success out of sin.

When you allow the wrong people in your life, you’re not helping them; you may be keeping them from what God has prepared for them. Ask God to reveal the Jonah’s in your life who are rocking the boat. Pray for the wisdom and courage to “throw” them and all their baggage off your boat! Sometimes, you have to do what is best for you and trust God to take care of the
other person.

If you have spent your life gravitating toward all the wrong people, I have good news for you. God will bring the right people and toss out the wrong people. But when He does, don’t return to the wrong people. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away” (John 15:2). That does not mean they’re inferior and you’re superior; it just means they are not a part of God’s plan for your life. Like Jonah, God has a different plan, a different course, for them. But if you insist on grafting them into your life, God may have to do relational surgery and prune them out.

One thing we should all know is, some people bless you when they come into your life; some people bless you when they exit your life. There are many good people out there. “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). Use every ounce of wisdom and discernment to find such people. If someone is destructive or producing bad fruit in your life, be careful. Keep looking, praying, and seeking until you find the right people, who draw you closer to being the person God intended you to be.


We all go through disappointments, setbacks, loss and actually pain is a part of life. It is easy to get discouraged and at that moment is when we ask ourselves several questions without an answer like, why is this happening to me? One of the best principle I have learned, is don’t put a question mark where God has put a period. Some things happen to us and we can’t understand why. One reason is we cannot see the big picture for our lives.

God never said that we will understand everything that will be happening along the way. He didn’t promise that we will not encounter pain, headache, heartbreaks, disappointment, setbacks etc. but He did promise that it will all work out for our good. Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” NLT. The key is what we do in our times of pain. Pain will change us, they don’t leave us the same, but how the pain will change you is up to you; you can come out bitter or you can come out better, you can come out blaming God or you can come out stronger with greater confidence in God. All of us experience pain in one way or the other, and my challenge is don’t just go through it, grow through it.

That difficulty is an opportunity to get stronger, to develop character, to gain new confidence, anybody can give up, anybody can let it overwhelm you, but do you know what that doing is? Wasting your pain! That pain is not there to stop you, is there to prepare you, to increase you and to develop you.
We both have heard the saying. “No pain, no gain.” If everything was always easy, we won’t be prepared for our destiny. If we were to face some of the things we are facing today, say 10 years ago, they would have overwhelmed us, we couldn’t handle it back then and God knows what you need when you needed it. Every struggle is making you stronger, every difficulty is growing you up and every painful time, even though you don’t like it, it’s developing something in you that they can only be developed in the tough times. Don’t complain about the pain, without the pain we cannot reach the fullness of our destiny.

God doesn’t just randomly say, let me give them some pain to make their lives miserable, let me give them some sickness, relationship problems, or financial instability… One thing you should know, every pain has a purpose. We may not always understand it, why do I always get sick? Why did this things always hunt me down? Why my business is not making? I can’t answer that, but I can tell you, if God allows it, He knows how to bring good out of it. This is what faith is all about; God I don’t like the pain but I trust you, I believe you are in control and am not only going through it but I’m growing through it.
Sometimes we bring pain in ourselves, we made poor choices, get in relationship that we know it’s not good and now it’s painful and we are supposed to deal with the our consequences. God is full of mercy, He will always give us the grace to get out of it but the way to not to waste your pain is that you have to learn the lesson, be bigger enough to look back and say, “okay, here is where I missed it, I ignore the warnings, I got involved in something that I shouldn’t have, I got out of God’s timing and now I have learn my lesson.” There is a lesson in the pain, don’t be hardheaded and keep on going through the same pain, over and over, again and again.

Always remember the lesson learned from your past pain, then let go of the negative event. But if you go through a painful time and you don’t come out with what you are supposed to learn, you are doing to yourself a disservice.


Right now

There is a kid finishing Parents’ Evening in a heated discussion with his mother

Saying, why does he have to study subjects he will never ever use in his life?

And she will look at him blank-eyed, stifle a sigh, think for a second and then lie

She’ll say something along the lines of:

“You know to get a good job, you need a good degree and these subjects will help you get a degree, we never had this opportunity when I was younger”.

And he will reply:

“But you were young a long time ago, weren’t you mum?”

And she won’t respond although what he implies makes perfect sense that society’s needs would have changed since he was 16

But she will ignore him, grip his hand more sternly and drag him to the car

What she doesn’t know is that she didn’t ignore him just to shut him up

She didn’t lie because they are just returning him from Parents’ Evening

And an argument in the hallway would look bad on her resume

She won’t lie because she had just spent the last one hour convincing a stern face teacher that she would ensure that her child studies more at home

No! She will lie simply, because she does not know any better herself

Although all her adult life, she has never used or applied

Pythagorean theorem, Pathetic fallacy, and still does not know the value of “X”

She will rely on society to tell her that her child, who has one of the sharpest minds in the school, is hyperactive, unfocused, easily distracted and wayward

How many equations, subjects and dates did you memorize just before an exam never to use again?

How many “A” grades did you get, which were never asked for when applying for a job?

How many times have you remembered something 5 minutes just after the teacher said: “Stop writing”

Only to receive your results a month later to realize that you were only 1 mark short of the top grade?

Does that mean remembering 5 minutes earlier would’ve made you more qualified for a particular job?

Well, on an application form it would have

We all have different abilities, thought processes, experiences and genes

So why is a class full of individuals tested by the same means?

So that means Cherrelle thinks she’s dumb, because she couldn’t do a couple sums

And if this issue is not addressed properly, it then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy

Then every school has the audacity to have policy on equality

Huh, the irony!

Exams are society’s methods of telling you what you’re worth

But you can’t let society tell you what you are

Cause this is the same society that tells you that abortion is wrong, but then looks down on teenage parents!

The same society that sells products to promote nature hair, looks and smooth complexion with the model on the box, half photoshopped, and has fake lashes and hair extensions

With pastors that preach charity, but own private jets

Imams that preach against greed, but are all fat

Parents that say they want “educated kids” but constantly marvel at how rich Richard Branson is

Governments, that preach peace, but endorse war, that say they believe so much in the importance of higher education and further learning

Then why increase tuition fees every single year?

I believed Miss Jefferson when she took me into the office, said that my exams would be imperative to my success

Because we were taught to always follow when Miss Jefferson led

Then I took Jefferson out of the equation and learned to think for myself

I realized, we were always taught to follow when misled

Huh, the irony!
Test us with tests, but the finals are never final

Because they never prepare us for the biggest test which is survival!

And what I suggest is fairly outlandish

So I don’t expect everyone to understand this

Except for the kid that knows what it feels like to be worth no more than that D or that A that you get on results day

And the ones whose best stories were never good enough for your English teacher

Because apparently you missed out key literal techniques

Did not follow the class plan,

And the language was too “informal” for him to understand

But then he’d reference Hamlet and Macbeth

And you’d fight the urge to express your contempt by partially clenching your fist with only your medius finger left protruding in the middle of your hand

And asking if he was aware that Shakespeare was known as the innovator of slang

Or the kid at the back of the class who thinks:

“Why am I studying something that doesn’t fuel my drive?”

But when confronted with a maths problem his eyes come alive

So this one is for my generation,

the ones who found what they were looking for on Google,

the ones who followed their dreams on Twitter,

Pictured their future on Instagram, accepted destiny on Facebook.

This one’s for my “failures” and “dropouts”, for my unemployed graduates, my shop assistants, cleaners and cashiers with bigger dreams,

My self-employed entrepreneurs, my world-changers and my dream-chasers!

Cause the purpose of “Why I hate school, but love education” was not to initiate a worldwide debate,

But to let them know that whether 72 or 88, 44 or 68,

We will not let exam results decide our fate


(Credits to Suli Breaks – Spoken word)


It is easy to go out through life holding on to things that are weighing us down like guilt, worries, condemnation, etc. The problem is when we allow these things to settle in our lives, they are taking up our space for the good things that should be there. Imagine your life is like a container; you were created to be filled with joy, happiness, love, peace, confidence, creativity and everything good that is in your mind right now, but when you allow worry in, it pushes out the peace, when you allow condemnation it pushes out confidence, there will be no space for both. The reason some people don’t enjoy their life is because they are container that holds contaminated things. They have 10% worry-stress of their relationships, 12% bitterness-mad at their neighbor, 20% guilt-beating up themselves for the past mistake, 9% jealousy-their friends are more beautiful than them, 29% condemnation-they feel grace alone won’t save them so they try to gain their own righteousness; they don’t realize 80% of their container is filled up with negative things.
The scripture says we should not give any space to the enemy, this is not only forces of darkness but anything that fill your space with negativity i.e. guilt, condemnation, bitterness etc. Negative is your enemy, it is very subtle. This is why Ephesians 4:26-27 says “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Never give place to the devil. The enemy (negative) is a thief. What do thieves do? They take advantage of loopholes or carelessness and jump in. 

Negative cannot automatically come in to your life and take over, you control what is in your life. At first being negative may make you feel comfortable or earn you favor in the secular world, not realizing that you are injecting yourself with a destiny killer disease. They hurt you but you won’t let it go because of your ego to maintain your negative friends. Don’t let them continue to hurt you by holding them to your life, it takes up your space that should be used to store things that will keep you moving to your destiny. 

Sometimes you might wake up in the morning and suddenly in your thoughts you are worried about the things that is facing you, how are you going to pay out your electricity bill, how will you manage that bossy boss in your workplace, how are you going to speak to that arrogant client, your medical report is not good, how will I go to beat all this problems; hey, do yourself a favor, don’t allow those negative thoughts to ruin your life, instead say, yes I know those things are wanting and also I know those things that seems big and tuff to handle, is not bigger than my God! My God is already handling it and I should not worry about it. Take charge of what you are giving space to, life is too short to go through it with negative things holding us down.

David said in Psalms 103:5, “God fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” and now I have learned if you empty out the negative, if you make room for the good things, then you be assured that God will fill the space with good things that will keep you moving towards your destiny. So if I may ask, is God trying to fill you up with good things and there is no room? Your container life is full of worry, regret, bitterness, jealousy etc. why won’t you start empty those contaminated things out of your container? God want to bless you with good things but there is no room for them, the good news is, you can still empty your negative things and let God fill those empty spaces with good things.

When your life is full of negative things, you are putting yourself down and today God wants us to stop putting ourselves down. The scriptures teaches us the principle of replacement. Philippians 4:8, “… Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” In other words, don’t think about all those problems in your life or things that is messing you up or simply those negative things. Focus on what God wants to fill you with and make your destiny bright. There isn’t a better thing you can do to empty out the contaminated things in your life than to start feeding yourself with His promises and assurance of good life that it is written in scriptures. Once you get into the habit of emptying any tiny negative things, everything will always be working on your favor.


Have you ever been in a congregation or a group of Christian believers or even in our local Churches whereby they judge you by your dress code? Many a times we fail to embrace the meaning of modesty and force young Christians to move out of Church or a certain ministry simply because the way they have dressed, hence we are the first one to blame the young generations that they are not participating in Church activities. In today’s world, modesty is a very serious issue for the Christian because we haven’t really understood the meaning of modesty, most of the time we try to compete with an inappropriate dress code or maintain an inappropriate outfit. Some of the Churches are so silent when it comes to dressing or when they talk about it, they end up mishandling the issue whereby they end up giving out segments that dictate exactly what can be worn in terms of style, length and coverage. As I have personally witnessed, and you can agree with me, the rules are obeyed often times with the greatest of lawyerly care, and while keeping the letter of law, the spirit is violated resulting in some very provocative and alluring styles of dress, even though those segments given are complies. So if you belong to one of those Churches or ministry that gives you list of don’ts and do’s, well Christian dressing is not a matter of fabric inches, but one of a right heart.
Modesty comes from Godly heart, not a checklist or don’ts and dos, I usually say, get the internal right and the external will follow. Many a times we are looking to embrace our Church leaders or getting Christian identity by the way we dress, that’s one reason you might go outside there and find someone having that ‘Christian dress code’ and yet what he/she is doing is against Christianity values. Dressing according to the checklist given, foster a ‘minimalist’ attitude about Christianity. When it comes to modesty, we should be asking. “What can I do to bring the most glory to God? This attitude alone is capable of cultivating true modesty in us.

The idea of modesty for decades has been almost exclusively attached to women’s dress, mostly is being defined as, “showing less skin, wearing tight dress or mini-skirts or crop-top etc.” It has veritably become a subculture in Christendom, spawning a cacophony of bestsellers, brands, seminars and internet firestorms. Clearly modesty is not just a woman’s issue and the enemy of our souls would delight to see us reduce it to such.

Conversely, Christians are called to make much of Christ, to make Him our identity. It is easy to see our immodesty when we contrast and compare it with the human life of our Lord and Messiah. There was no fuss over His physical appearance (Isaiah 53:2), there was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Jesus was fully modest as He was lifted up, raw and naked on a cross.

Modesty in essence is to put on Christ. Romans 13:14, “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” If we are dressing “modest” to be the hottest, we fail to be modest.

But wait, even Paul talks about modesty!!! Let’s see it, 1 Timothy 2:8-10. “In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” (NLT) let’s read also in Message Bible version. “Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray – not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with them men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.”

Here Paul is addressing both men and women but especially women when it comes to modesty. Christian women should concern themselves with modesty because the Bible does, even men should embrace modesty. And here are some lessons or teachings learned from this verses;

Modesty is not anti-fashion: Clearly from these verses we could say that Paul is not anti-modesty. His statement is absolutely positive, “women should adorn themselves” NKJV. These are not the word of anti-fashion prude. The same word “adorn” is used to speak of a bride beautifying herself for her husband in Revelation 21:2. It is the term that expressed being ornamented, well-kempt and put in order. The question for Paul is not about whether a woman should ornament her body, but how.

Modesty is about who you worship: Paul is talking how women should prepare themselves for gathering at Church. Women are told to be modest in their appearance by wearing decent and appropriate clothing in a way that is fitting for worship. Then he further say that women who are devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

Modesty is about behavior and attitude, not just clothing: When Paul says that women should be modest in their appearance, it doesn’t mean clothing. In NKJV it says women should wear “respectable apparel,” It is a term that encompasses not just clothing, but one’s whole demeanor, attitude and actions. From the clothing she wears to the way she carries herself, a Christian woman ought to be seemly and well-ordered. Ultimately, what should adorn a woman is not just clothing but “good works” Ephesians 2:10. To cut it down, biblical modesty is not simply about what we wear, but how we act, how we communicate and how to relate to others.

Lastly, I can say when it comes to the subject of modest clothing, the first question we should ask ourselves is : What am I trying to accomplish by what I wear?

And on that note, How do you view modesty or how should Christians express themselves when it comes to dressing code? Share your idea/opinion/view in the comment section, then I will publish it. And don’t forget to indicate your name.


I wish I could tell you that when you become a Christian and you walk with Jesus for a while everything will just become better but I would have been confusing you more because there is valleys that Christian usually face and there are dark days and there are things that you do not understand. And despite all of those, one thing I can say you will make it through the valley. The valley doesn’t have to kill you, the valley doesn’t need to take you out, the valley doesn’t need to confuse you, the valley doesn’t need to wreck your faith, the valley doesn’t need to turn you around into other direction, in fact the same valley that the devil send to kill you can be the same valley that makes you who you are.
I know right now you may feel like you are in a valley or in a middle of something bad, please believe me, because God is with you, you get to walk through that valley, you don’t have to live on it, or blog it or tweet it or WhatsApp it, you don’t have to take a selfie in it or call some supportive group, you are a Christian so you should keep on moving. This is not camping in the valley, this is walking through it and Jesus said that you should take heart because He has overcome the world, not a disease, not a bad boss, not any political parties but He said the whole world!

Psalms 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the day of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (NLT)

Did you know that God is your Shepherd and you are His sheep? Yes that is actually true. Why did He ignore all the other amazing animals and decided to call us sheep? Sheep don’t have any fangs, can’t even go away in reverse, doesn’t have any horns, like even when you want to fight with a sheep the worst thing can do is to meeeeeeeeeee…. God could have picked a shark, a dolphin or tiger but He didn’t! He is the Shepherd which makes us sheep, why? Sheep is the only animal in this world than cannot survive without a Shepherd. Without God we can’t survive in our own, whether you like it or not, you need God! We got to bow that knee every single day, and say, Jesus is all about You, it has been always about You, I am at Your service because You are The Shepherd! And I am following You!

If you find yourself in the valley you have to stay active. Most of the time when we are in the valley, we usually feel like talking to anybody, we prefer sitting in that miserable situation and thinking we can handle ourselves. But that is truly wrong, ‘coz we won’t get out of that valley by ourselves, we should stretch forth our hands for others to intervene in fact when you are in the valley, you should go out there and help others to your best. Check this in Proverbs 11:25, “The generous will prosper, those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” There you go! Refresh, inspire others so that you can be refreshed and stay active in the valley.

If you find yourself in the valley you should stay connected. Relationships can make you or break you when you are in the valley. This is the moment that you should choose wisely who to relate with and bond and establish a strong relationship. The Bible say in Ecclesiastes that if one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Everybody is going to need somebody when you are in the valley and I believe you won’t chose someone in that kind of valley you are, because two blind people cannot lead one another. 

And also if you find yourself in the valley, stay focused. Refuse to take your eyes off the promises of God. In Hebrews 12:1-3, “Do you see what this means – all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running – and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (MSG). I just feel like if we can just find a way to let people know how good God is, they won’t lose their focus. Because in this generation many things that is going around can lead most of us to lose our focus. No wonder elderly people keep on blaming this young generation due to digitalization effects not realizing that most young guys need someone to direct their focus but not someone who always put blames on them. Speak to them about Jesus goodness, He is our Shepherd and we have all we need!

If you don’t know what you should focus on, you will find yourself taking anything that comes into your way. But if you can stay focus your season in the valley today will lead you to a promise land tomorrow. 

You no longer have to chase the right situation you simply have to follow the shepherd. Mathew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (NLT). This is Jesus making it so clear that if you know Him and He is your Chief Shepherd, you no longer have to look to the left or look to the right, your security is now in your Savior not your situation. You know how many young people would be serving Jesus, doing great and they start getting a little bit insecure, they start chasing things that they are supposed to wait. Jesus said that if you seek me first, all the things that you are chasing now or dreaming to have will come unto you and landed where you are. 

One thing you should know is that sheep don’t strive. Have you met a striver, even if you are doing good they are always doing better, no matter how good your story is there story keep on doing much better. No matter how hard you try to win, they are always at the top. It usually happens in our Church all the time when people are striving for things that Jesus had already died for, “I need a breakthrough!” No! You don’t need it, Jesus gave you a breakthrough when He came out of that grave more than 2000 odd years ago. “I am waiting for my moment!” No! You don’t. Your moment happened in that day you surrender all and said “Jesus I am a sinner and I am dead without your grace” in that moment your moment came! Sheep do not strive!

When there is security in the life of a Christian there is freedom and it only comes after knowing Jesus. 

One thing about Good Shepherd is that He always corrects, something to ponder when tempted to wonder. In Hebrews 12:4-11, “…My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child He loves that He disciplines; the child He embraces, He also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as a dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it is training, the normal experience of children…” (MSG) Jesus is so awesome He won’t leave you like that, He is a perfect Shepherd and His love for is perfect. There will be a correction mechanism in your life that you have to reconcile so when you start to wonder and when you are tempted to go your own way, remember that this Shepherd is a corrector as much as He is a Comforter. Do you know God loves you so much that He will sometimes block what you think you want so He can makes you or lead you to what you exactly need.

Real love confronts, real love makes a difference, real love will fight for what is right. And as you battle sin the rest of your life, God is so good that He will protect you and He will correct you and there will be times you got to look up and say I can’t believe I did that, thank You so much God, that You love me enough to stop me from dead in my tracks.