10 BIBLE VERSES DURING TOUGH TIMES

We all struggle with tough times at some point in our lives, especially those times when things aren’t going as planned, or times when we face series of tribulations and challenges that seems too heavy for us. These challenges could emanate from work, family, school, friends, or other realities of life.

For instance, there were times whenn things might get really frustrating, and we somewhat begin to fall into depression because of the situation we might face at that time. Been through such, right? But we should keep on reassuring ourselves that God’s grace is sufficient and will see us through those tough periods.

A lot of us tend to forget what the scriptures say about these times, and we just give up on ourselves; That’s a wrong approach. Let uslook up to God and cast our burdens on Him. Remember, God will always love and come through for you even at your darkest hour!

Aside the numerous scriptures that helps us in our times of struggles, here are 10 BIBLE VERSES THAT WILL HELP YOU DURING TOUGH TIMES.

  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3: 5- 6
  • “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  – Matthew 11:28
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  – Isaiah 41:10
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46: 1
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40: 31
  • “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
  • “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Psalm 118: 6
  • “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.:- Psalm 29:11

Stay Blessed, and have a great week ahead!

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DIVINE PROVISION: “BEYOND OUR FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS”

When Moses Bliss sang: “God is too faithful”, the reality in that song is so evident, especially in our daily living.

God has evidently been faithful towards us, our families and businesses; and we can make a brief analysis to see how awesome He has been in providing and sustaining us, daily.

Let’s try doing some calculation and financial fix to unveil how God has been taking care of us in an all-encompassing way.

Note, it’s not about how organized, coordinated or financial intelligent we are towards our daily living; but God has made a way that has enabled us to LIVING ABOVE OUT FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS.

For example:

Let’s consider a family with Three (3) Children, yourself and spouse:  3 +2=5

Let’s do the calculation:

5 plates of food for breakfast, 5 plates for lunch & 5 plates for dinner

= 15 plates of food per day.

Multiply by at least N300 per plate:  =  N4,500

 N4,500 per day for 30 days (1 month); We spend average of N135, 000 per month… That’s N1,620,000 per annum …and you say, you are not a millionaire?

Snacks and in-between meals are not included o! School fees, are not included. Medical bills are not included here too. Transport fare/fueling not yet in the calculation o! What of recharge cards, subscriptions and other miscellaneous. Shoes, clothes etc, not added o! After all, we no go go out naked nah… Right?

House rent, for those without a house of their own, is not included. Outrageous Electricity bills and other utility bills are not in the calculation. ‘Oga something for the boys?’ no dey there oooo! (Lol)

Now, the question is, “How do you make it happen with your monthly stipends?” Isn’t it a miracle that we live, and still pushing?

And, God just have a special way of coming through for us at each time we are stranded?

Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God has done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one; And it will surprise you what the LORD  has done for you and your family.

Let’s return all Glory to our creator. Let us be grateful for all the faithfulness, care and kindness God has shown us, and is still showing us.

Daily, make “THANK YOU JESUS CHRIST” your anthem. He rewards a grateful heart with more than what we expected.

Remember, you must be closer to God at all times.

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STATE OF THE NATION: THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN BUILDING A SAFE AND SECURE NIGERIA. – RT. REV. PROF. DAPO F. ASAJU

“When evil men plot, good men must plan,
When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind, When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.
where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice”

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Healthy Living in Christ

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2

God desires fullness of health and freedom from any bodily affliction which is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. Most importantly, he also invites us to participate in the work of restoring and stewarding our bodies. The state of the body exercises a great influence on the mind and soul.
When unhealthy, our impressions of the outward will be untrue, and our influence upon the outward will be limited and feeble. Our spiritual feelings and expressions are also considerably toned and stained by our physical condition.

Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”.

God’s plan for man was never to be unhealthy or out of shape. So many people including us believers fall into the trap of thinking that God finds no worries in seeing a sick Christian (but no, he does). That is far from the truth. As Jesus walked on this earth fully reincarnated as man, one of His most proactive ministries was the healing of sickness and affliction.
The Scripture tells us in Matthew 4:23, “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”

An unhealthy lifestyle can be caused by so many things, not just what we eat or drink but through sin passed on from generation to generations and most importantly ignorance of God’s laws (take a look at the Laws of Moses especially Leviticus which is regarded as a book of health laws) or sometimes simply just affliction from an enemy that doesn’t want you to experience the fullness of God’s plan in your life.
Psalm 38:3 reminds us that, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.” This simply implies that the absence of God in our spiritual life can lead to sickness and disease. This is not to say that all the people who are sick are not right with God, but we live in an imperfect world that needs more of God’s grace to sustain us.

God’s goodness and fullness have always brought forth a flow of healing and goodness not just upon the body, but even our souls and spirits. As God heals hopelessness, uncertainty, anxiety, lack, fear and so much more, He also brings healing upon our physical bodies. And just as God gives us the enabling grace to say no to the sin that entraps our spirits, He also gives us the grace to be good stewards of our body to exercise, eat right and still live a healthy life in Christ.

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Life As It Is

As a child, we look forward to the future

Creating an image of what we want for the future

But when we become adult everything seems different

The images we created as kids begin to fade away

And new images are been captured                               

Some images are been deleted deliberately by us

While some are been formatted or corrupted by life experiences

Perhaps life is just full of mystery that captures images we never planned for…..

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Woman; Guard Your Tongue

It is often said that the woman’s tongue tends to get them in trouble when not cautioned.

Our tongues can bless, cause, complain, and communicate the gospel all within a matter of seconds or minutes! And can also inspire the hardest heart or crush a tender spirit.

However, I am convinced that more people are injured by the improper use of the tongue than by any other force.

   The Bible says in (Proverbs 13:3) “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction”

This simply implies that a virtuous woman should always make it her goal to use the tongue properly and only for good.

     As believers, we have nothing to brag about in our Christianity, if we are not actively working to “bridle our tongues.”

Although James 3:8 states that no one (in their power) can “tame the tongue,” thankfully, God has provided all we need to discipline this unruly critter in 2 Peter 1:3-8. Ask God to help you tame your tongue.

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DEAR BELIEVER, HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ YOUR BIBLE?

It’s commonly said that Christians should read their bible every day but do we read and meditate on the word of God. Are we required to read the bible daily? How often do we need to study the bible to be faithful followers of Christ?

In as much as no law or commandment says, ‘Thou shall read your Bible every day’. It’s very important for us as believers to not only read but study the word of God daily in other for us to build a strong relationship with our creator.  Let’s take a look at some principles in the Scriptures.

Ps 119.105 tells us, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.

When we dwell on God’s Word daily its brightens our pathway, guards us on our journey through life, and lifts darkness before us. Our desire as believers is to be a follower of Christ and not to sin against him but to honor him. Therefore we need his daily guidance and the Bible is the first place to look for it.

So how Often should we study the Word?

As much as we can! Especially for new believers, I highly recommend studying the Bible daily to gain more overview of different messages from the Scripture. It will help us understand and see the world from another perceptive through God’s eyes.

However, studying the Bible every day is not a direct command but we can’t do away with the Bible either. Let’s try to incorporate Bible study into our daily routine in other to fuel an infectious faith that defines us as Christians.

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The Crucial Need of Nigeria to Attain Greatness 60

The bodies were lying in the streets un-buried. All railroads and vessels carrying food and such things into the great city had ceased runnings and mobs of the hungry poor pillaging.

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