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A lady Who suffered greatly, Yet her sorrow never overcame Her love.
She gave herself To God and man; Scotland was her birthplace, But Calabar was her home.
She left comfort And family To fight for love In the midst of hate and chaos.
She never married But had many Children; She was the mother To the rejected.
She stood her ground; Defying customs and traditions That men may know Christ And be saved.
Even when old age failed her, She never relented; Rather she progressed The more.
Her life Turned stony hearts to flesh. Though she lived in the midst of great evil, She walked in love.
She allowed nothing Stop her from loving God and men; And even on her deathbed, She died with love in her heart.
-Mary Slessor, An Epitome of Love-
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. *1John 3:18* .
Mary Slessor stepped on the red earth of Calabar when she was 28 years, and served its indigenes for a great part of her 67 years on Earth.
What drove her from Scotland to Calabar? Was it a desire to be famous? Was it for tourism? Was it enforced on her? NO! What drove her to Calabar was her love for God, that even at old age when her body failed her, she did not relent rather she chose to continue her work for God that many not few might be saved. She never married yet had kids around her; she adopted and catered for the rejected. She left the comfort of Scotland and chose to dwell in a mosquito infested land. The only thing I know that can make anyone dare such is "Love and Selflessness" and that love was not veered towards personal gain but towards men and God.
She possessed the supernatural strength of unreserved love not for worldly gains but for men and God. Oh that God will bless men and women in this generation with an heart of unrestrained love for kingdom purposes who will be willing to give themselves wholly to eternal pursuit in Jesus name, amen.
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Life is like a race with hurdles and these obstacles comes in varying forms and height for different individuals but what matters most is how we choose to respond to these obstacles. In a hurdle race, it would be abnormal for a racer to he seen crawling underneath the hurdle and yet a devastating finish for whosoever allows the hurdle to prevent him from getting to the finish line.
Pertaining to life circumstances, these hurdle could be based on the physical, psychological, or financial aspect of our lives; which could seem to prove a barrier to our growth. I want you to bear in mind that it the challenges that make victory sweeter. Whatever you are doing either small or big, don't seek for way to run away from the challenges but rather seek for strength to overcome them and this in various cases might require you walking alone. Personally, I consider believing in yourself as the first step to achieving anything you hope for; endurance and perseverance is key as you stride along.
These hurdles also appears in our spiritual lives in form of doubts, fear, trials, sins, persecution, and the vanities of this world. However, these hurdles should not be seen as being greater than what we can surpass for God has promised that He won't allow us to be tempted above what we can handle (#1Corinthians10vs13) and He would be with us as we draw near and submit to Him, and resist the devil. Always bear in mind that this race is not an endless one, although more lengthy for some than others. There would be difficulties, tough times but then these are the times you have to 'be strong and of a good courage', but how can we be strong or even summon courage when our strength faileth, our knees are wobbly, doubts already preying on our thoughts? #Hebrews12vs2 says 'Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;', for Jesus indeed gave us a potent example to follow; when He was at the point of breaking down, He encouraged himself, went to the garden of Gethsemane and prayed (#Mark14vs32-36) bearing in mind that 'by strength shall no man prevail' (#1Samuel 2vs9) My beloved brethren be willing to run this race to the end, bearing in mind that God will be with you, His grace is ever sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness as long as we hold on to His will and do as He commands. Run, knowing that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us (#John14vs1-3) and is willing and ready to receive us as soon as we get to the finish line.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. #Matthew24vs13.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; #Hebrews3vs14.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. #2Chronicles7vs14#KJV
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. #Romans5vs8#KJV
I am crucified with Christ : nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me : and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. #Galatians2vs20
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. #1John4vs9
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. #1John3vs18#NLT
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. #Mark12vs30
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. #Mark12vs31
No one told us What urges was going to look like; I guess It is hard to explain.
When it came We were caught unaware And we made mistakes That could be avoided;
We failed But ignorance Is no excuse For falling into temptations
I guess Our belief in God Wasn't strong enough To prevent our fall
Now we know Our wrongs, The ball Is in our court
Do we still follow Our wrongs Or change Our path?
Urges are part of our human lives but following the lust that is associated with it doesn't glorify God. Make sure you glorify God with your body and thoughts.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; #1Thessalonians4vs3-4
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. #Romans12vs1-2
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. #1Corinthians10vs12
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. #Philippians4vs8#KJV
Reflecting on life, you would realize that certain changes in your life might have been due to challenges you had to face.
I implore you that though certain conditions might change your eating habits, your likes and dislikes, your definition of friendship etc, make sure that nothing is able to shake your stand or make you turn away from the #salvation you have received. It is necessary to hold on to God's word ever trusting that He is still the God that saved Daniel from the Lions, kept the Hebrew brethren from being burnt by the fiery furnace, helped the martyrs uphold their belief in Him to the end.
Is there something making you bend gradually from the truth. I implore to "Turn to the Lord for help in everything you do, and you will be successful." #Proverbs16vs3#ERV
If any situation is making you bend, make sure it is making you bend more towards God (i.e revealing secret faults to you, and making you grow to be better)
Learn to Appreciate What You Have It is commonly said, "you don't know what you have until you lose it". One true fact is that there's always a possibility for you to see certain things better than what you do possess in the possession of others (some whom you may be tempted to consider unworthy) and this sometimes blinds many to the value of what they indeed possess.
There's absolutely nothing wrong trying to aim for something better (except when you give in to envy, jealousy, ungodly competition or ambition) but as you do so, be grateful for what you have at hand.
Never let your achievements blind you to the possibilities that there's more than you have attained. At every stop or height you get to, ponder, "what next can I do? How can I be better though those that know me think I am already so great? There should be something greater than this". Believe me there's always more. Looking back into the past, you would be overwhelmed by the streams of inventions but yet you won't be able to ignore the innovations that followed, and that was only made possible because someone felt or believed that more could be done. There's indeed more to be done. Keep working.
Sometimes we get blinded by our current achievements and fame that we forget that there's more to be explored. As we stretch ourselves to God's glory, we must bear in mind there is no limit to doing more better than we have done. Keep stretching, keep growing daily to the glory of God.
Many have created a distinction between “living” and “existing” and that I will love to still buttress on that. LIFE can and should be seen as living in full essence of existence; implying that you should not just live here on earth on the basis that you found yourself here on earth but you must come in terms with the fact that nothing happens without a cause, thus you were created with a purpose (regardless if you were not expected by your parents when you came into being or you were not given birth to under the “accepted right circumstances”). Seek to know your purpose here on earth and do all you can to be fully accomplished. Above all, never forget that you are on a path to eternity, so live with an aim to meet your creator someday and to dwell in His kingdom. Make sure your passage through the earth leaves an impression in the hearts of men to the glory of God the father.
When God looks at a man and sees Jesus in him, then He walks with him.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. #Galatians2vs20 KJV
And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. 2Corinthians3vs18 #AMP
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. #John14vs23#KJV