What will you leave to the children God has blessed you with and those He entrusted to your care?
Caretakers. We are but mere caretakers of children as our parents before us were of us. What is the inheritance that you are leaving them?
Is it trust funds, big bank accounts, an academic legacy or pathway, a watch or car collectIon? A house(s), land(s), a business? These are nice materialistic gifts for an earth-focused lifestyle, but are worthless and inadmissible through the Gates of Heaven!
God sent His only begotten son to us as our inheritance from Him if we should accept Jesus. That inheritance provides us forgiveness of sins, salvation from the penalty of our sins, and most of all eternal life once this earthly existence expires. If you aren’t offering the children in your care the inheritance of Salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, you have abused the blessing of being a parent that God empowered you with. We must teach our children ABOUT Jesus. Share The Word. Plant Seeds that will lead them to giving their lives to Jesus Christ.
If your life and lifestyle doesn’t model Jesus Christ’s example, you have and are failing in this important God-given role. If you are lying, cheating on your spouse, committing adultery or fornicating — you are not teaching them in the ways of how Christ instructed and God expects us to live. If you use, abuse, abandon and deceive people, you are sinning and the children are watching and learning who you truly are and that you are either a hypocrite or nonbeliever/no follower of Jesus Christ. If you bear false witness, covet what belongs to your neighbor, put culture/tribalism above The Word of God…you are committing idolatry. If you counsel or advise people to act like and do as the unbelievers do such as divorcing, woman/man hopping, cheating, or rubber stamping or turning a blind eye to a fellow believers sin, you are shaming God and living for the devil. Live Holy. Live The Word! Don’t just preach or write about it, while in your private life/behind closed doors or in your online chats you are sinful, adulterous, disobedient and hypocritical of The Word. Don’t cherry-pick what Scriptures you will follow. Be Consistent in your Witness! Be The Living Personification Of God’s Word! This is the inheritance we all must strive to leave the children in our care and the world. ~~ Your Servant, Rita Oluwole 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Wake up 15-minutes earlier each day to have a little talk with God. Try it for one week and see how He blesses you. Feel the inner peace and serenity that washes over you. See how the hustle and bustle of the world no longer affects you in the same way.
Have a little talk with God and your life, your walk, and your witness will change forever! Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
A LIE is like a painkiller — it gives instant relief, but has side effects forever!
SPEAK TRUTH TO LIES; SPEAK TRUTH IN LOVE; NEVER BE AFRAID TO CORRECT THOSE YOU LOVE WITH THE GOSPEL. This includes your husband, wife, children, parents, siblings, friends and others. In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3
You’re a heavy stone established by the LORD Himself. Whoever attempts to lift or destroy you, will only encounter fatal injuries! Anyone or group of people working towards your downfall, no matter how powerful or highly placed, shall be broken to pieces, beyond recovery in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
They may gather against you; they shall never prevail against you! In Jesus Christ Mighty Name!!!
Beloved, enjoy a victorious Monday a productive working week with song’s of victory of hallelujah of Dominion with glory ahead and Great Turn Around in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
God is a just and fair God. Those who have sinned against you shall reap their just reward for their wickedness and evil, disobedience and treacherous acts. Even those in Christ who turn their backs on God’s Word and teachings, will not escape His punishment. No amount of prayers or scripture quoting, attending church or tithing will help them to go unpunished. Brothers and Sisters to know that what you do is wrong according to God’s Word, and to still proceed and do it to please man (which is idolatry or idol worship) or to please oneself is SIN! We do not get the luxury of cherry-picking what scripture we will or will not obey. We are expected to Follow All of God’s instructions found in our guidebook— The HOLY Bible.
We can look at David, known to us in scripture as a man after God’s own heart. But David, despite his Love of God sinned to please his flesh by murdering Uriah, a soldier in David’s army after David had impregnated Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. King David was a whoremonger who took many wives and concubines. In killing Uriah, King David commits a third sin and breaks a third commandment — to satisfy the lust of his flesh (the 6th, 7th and 10th commandments — thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not commit adultery; and thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s, in this case Uriah’s wife Bathsheba).
In committing this multitude of sins, David has abandoned God’s Laws handed down by Moses, forgets his place, his responsibilities to God and to his subjects, and starts a love affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite – one of his Mighty Warriors. David’s wickedness in his heart and spirit are so contemptuous it blinds him to the filthy stench of himself. For after learning he had impregnated Uriah’s wife, he sought to cover it up thinking as man, that God did not know his wretched sin. He called Uriah back from battle and in a sly and conniving manner, ordered him to go home and “rest,” with the intent that Uriah would sleep with his wife and that way the child David had sinfully conceived, could be considered Uriah’s. But the loyal, unsuspecting Uriah refused to go home but his loyalty to David as his protector had him sleeping on the ground outside David’s palace to guard David from attack. When David heard that his treachery had failed, he became furious after several attempts to get Uriah to go home, so he ordered him to the frontline of battle (as a military leader Uriah would not be on the frontline) so that David’s enemies would surely kill him in battle. Remember, God sees and knows all and is watching David sink deeper and deeper into his sin. This time his plan works! Uriah is killed but David, in his further wickedness does not mourn Uriah, but flippantly refers to his death as an outcome of being in war. David later takes Bathsheba as his wife.
The Bible follows on to share in 2 Samuel 12-23 where Nathan, the messenger of God is sent to rebuke David: “The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Brothers and Sisters, here David murdered a man due to his lustful, sinful nature. Though God forgave him, God still had to punish David for God is a just God and free of sin. David could not go unpunished for his many sins. There is a recompense for our sins and we all shall pay. You cannot take Holy Communion if you have sinned against another. You must go to them and seek their forgiveness and right your wrong. Those who inspired and conspired with you to commit sin and break God’s law will also be severely punished. From the adulterous husband or wife, to the spouse who filed divorce with no Biblical grounds or basis to do so, to the covetousness in your heart, for your lying (in tithe offerings, on taxes, applications, in misleading others, to deliberately or to escape responsibility lying to achieve your goals or escape punishment or to cast oneself in a more favorable light or to deceive for your own benefit), for murderous thoughts or acts, for bearing false witness, for stealing (and using), for adultery (both physical, emotional and mental), for idol worship (putting anything, anyone, or any traditions or culture above God and His Law/Word), etc.
There is and WILL BE a price to be paid! Because we serve a righteous God and we cannot sin knowingly and seek forgiveness AFTER we knowingly sinned and did it ANYWAY and expect God to let it slide!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
In times of uncertainty we often rush to “fix” things; to find answers to problems; solutions to life’s complexities. But if we jump out of fear to our feet, rather than fall to our knees, we leave God out of the situation that only He can apply the perfect remedy to and fix the problem once-and-for-all!
Brothers and Sisters trust God. He knew that problem was coming your way before it ever happened. If He can number the hairs on your head, know the second of your birth and date and moment of your death…why won’t you believe that He can guide you through your crisis, your marriage problems, your break-up, the loss of your Loved one, unemployment, your court problems, your sickness, your finances and all that this world throws your way.
Faith IS the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Faith in God is Trust in God to keep His promises to us, no matter how bleak the outlook is. A lack of faith says to God that you don’t truly believe He can do what you ask Him to do. We must exercise our faith by turning our problems and enemies over to God and allow Him to be God and deal with our situations and enemies.
Evidence of things not seen is simply total faith that God HAS done it. We don’t need to see, smell, hear, touch or taste that He has. If we need that proof, then we lack faith because we now say to God show me and then I’ll believe.
Brothers and Sisters—believe! Just believe wholeheartedly that God did it for you. He will manifest His wondrous works with a sign in due season but first you must believe! Amen 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Each day we are made aware of the loss of life, not just locally from within our families, friends, churches and communities, but globally from outbreaks, disasters, mass shootings, natural disasters, famine (human neglect of other humans), political upheavals, fires, floods, accidents and war.
Death is a reality of life. None escapes it. It is totally non-discriminatory. Every evil and every good man (or woman or child) will experience that finality.
How we view death is the question!
Do we view it on a continuum scale of life’s journey? If this is your view, then disruptions, accidents, diseases and unexplained occurrences that cut lives short will cause you confusion, angst, anxiety, fear, depression, or even to turn away from your relationship with God because you “don’t understand how a Loving God could ‘allow’ someone’s early demise/death.”
But these thoughts and rationales are not Biblical.
Our focus Scriptures are yet another reflection of God’s Love for us. He has taken away the fear of death by telling us in advance that death will come to us all. As we live, He has given us advance warning that you will also die.
Next, God tells us that no man knows the day or the hour.
Now, as those who suffer the loss – we who are left behind, (as the departed, if saved, move onto another realm of existence with God) – this forewarning does not eliminate the sting of death, but it should move and cause us to value each minute of our lives and that of our Loved ones as precious, unpredictable and limited time together.
We should live absorbing each shared encounter, leaving nothing unsaid, choosing our words carefully (as there is life and death in the power of our tongues) and expressing Love, kindness, and goodwill. As parents we have the added responsibility of imparting spiritual knowledge, and preparing our children for life without us and independent living in Christ. This is what our life’s guidebook — The Bible — is there for. It is our roadmap to God, living a full life in Him, in our marriages, child-rearing, familial relationships and Christian friendships.
This past week hundreds of thousands of men, women and children transitioned out of this realm. There were high profile people that died and lesser knowns – but all are equal in God’s sight and all their lives mattered to Him and someone.
Herein is my lesson. I spent many years as an investigative reporter and producer for an American crime show traversing the northern hemisphere profiling some of the most horrific crimes. Each show I produced involved interviewing and meeting with “those left behind!” The husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, siblings, parents, family and friends of the deceased.
Their grief filled the room and was very palpable. I was often first a counselor before the reporter.
As Christian first, I sought to comfort and help them as they struggled with the ‘why’s’ which is just where Satan wanted them to be and what that old devil wanted them focused on — Questioning God!
How do you counsel a young man who has lost his only parent, his mom, who was kidnapped, violently raped, tortured, beaten nearly to instant death and then the perpetrator commits yet another atrocity on what remains of her by shoving a stick of dynamite into her female genitalia to destroy his DNA evidence?
Horrific and incomprehensible, but that is commonplace among the evil, demonic spirits that are guided by Satan.
Here is what I shared. To everyone there is a time to be born and a time to die. No one leaves this earthly realm one second sooner or later. A time is appointed to us all. God forewarned us in His Word. However the age, and circumstances of our death or loss of a Loved one is the unknown—for The Bible says “no one knows the day or the hour”, none but Our Creator.
Death and how we respond to it is a pivotal test of our faith.
Not everyone gets to live a long life. Some die within minutes of their birth. Some their appointed time to die may involve a motor accident, heinous murder, cancer, disease, drowning, fire, earthquake, tsunami, on the operating table, etc., etc. We don’t all get to pass away gently in our sleep. Violence may be involved—BUT, I would say, no matter the circumstances that was that person’s day to transition. Whole families may go together, but ALL of them were preordained to leave at that time. God makes No Mistakes. However, that old devil Satan seeks to deceive us in order to kill us spiritually by having us focus on the circumstances.
God doesn’t want us bound up by the circumstances. He wants us focused on our salvation and that of our Loved ones and His promises and Jesus’ sacrifice for us that we will enjoy eternal life after this existence, free from sin and demonic influence, by making sure we have given our lives to Him so that when our time is up, no matter the circumstances, death has No Sting!
This is how we face tomorrow. This is how we run our race. This is how we have hope for our tomorrow and the reassurance of being able to see our Loved ones again.
Grieving should not be a lifetime if you truly believe and have faith in God! Weeping endures for a night, but joy, pure joy comes in the morning through the knowledge that we have a home beyond this world and those who have gone before us, that are saved, (please always share The Good News and The Prayer of Salvation- just plant the seed is all God asks), await our reunification.
Father God, we thank you for Your Word that teaches, guides, forewarns, uplifts, comforts, corrects and helps us live a purpose-filled and driven life! Let us honor You through the sharing of The Gospel, The Prayer of Salvation and The Good News each and everyday through our words, deeds and actions. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 – Your Servant, Rita
Focus Scriptures : Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~ “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 9:12 ~ “For man also knoweth not his time: As the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when it falleth suddenly upon them.”
Today, the wind of goodness shall blow upon you and your family. From the North, notable testimonies shall locate you. From the West, wonders of God shall manifest in your life. From the East, everlasting success shall come to you. From the South, a supernatural flow of blessings from God shall find its way into your life in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
By your right shall be comfort. By your left shall be satisfaction. In your front shall be progress and behind you shall be prosperity in Jesus Christ’s Powerful name. Amen!!!
May you have divine encounters with HIM as you worship and fellowship at HIS sanctuary with songs of victory of hallelujah of Dominion with glory ahead and Great Turn Around in Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
Sometimes we ask God to intervene in our lives, to clean up our messes, to toss our sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness, but in the back of our minds doubt Him. Try to fix it on our own creating a mountain of problems, anger, frustration, and issues that previously didn’t exist.
Instead of allowing God to move the mountains in our lives (only if He so chooses) we build new ones creating a vicious cycle of confusion, stress, frustration, depression and problems where none had previously existed.
What is the impetus of it all? A lack of faith and trust in God that He knows what’s best for us, not us! He only requires us to be faithful, trusting, obedient, Loving, and upright in our dealings, treatments and interactions with others.
Father God, we implore you to create in us a clean heart, a right spirit, a Godly mannerism, and a heart to do Your Will and be obedient to Your Word. Let not our sin nature be an ever-present mountain in our lives that when one sin is demolished we replace it with another. Compounding sin upon sin as we construct new mountains in our lives. Move us Father from selfishness to selflessness. From religion to relationship. From wickedness to Godliness. From sinner to saved and help us to shed off daily the old man and replace him with the new creature we are in You! In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name we pray, Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽