Goals..

Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down – as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
Source: Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency

Pain.

Good Night

This short piece is dedicated to the four soldiers that I’ve lost in 2017. They were friends, they were family. I know that soldiers never die. And I know that you’re only sleeping.


Don’t say that you understand how I feel
When you’ve never treaded these paths
That stink of rotten eggs and are filled with broken
Shells that look like my shattered heart

Don’t say that the pain will go
When I’ve been here for years, hoping,
Looking everyday for a glimpse of the sun
That you say shines in your own world

Don’t smile at me with your mouth wide open
Your teeth remind me of who I used to be
Happy, joyful and full of life, all of which
Ceased one day, in the wink of an eye

Don’t assume that you know just how much
Pain lurk deep within my heart
My heart holds nothing but bitterness,
Not an iota of faith lies there

Don’t assume that you know how I feel
You’ve never been here, so don’t act like
You’ve weathered a storm like mine,
Say that you have no idea of how this feels

Don’t act like you know that all will be well
I see the fear in your eyes as you hold my
Hand and tell me that all will be well
I wish you believed your own words

Don’t hide the fact that I’m dying
I feel my organs getting weaker and weaker
I see my skin change from beautiful to ugly
I also see your eyes swelling with each passing day

Don’t blame me for losing faith,
But I’ve stayed here for so long that I don’t
Think the word has any use here again
Oh, how I long for this pain to cease

Don’t act so strong and lie to yourself that
You’ll be fine after I’m gone
You’ll flunk that test, you’ll hate food
You’ll cry till you get weak from crying

I long to believe that the pain can cease,
But I can’t, not when it has persisted for this long,
Not when I’ve stayed here for years,
Not when I feel this life slowly dissipate

But then I wonder, is that all?
Does everything end here?
Is there nothing after now?
What awaits me at the end?

I remember the stories of Heaven,
Where GOD’s beloved go after dying
And also of Hell, where the fire is
A raging inferno that never dies

Dear Lord, take me now, I’m ready
End this pain and draw me to Yourself
Sometimes death is all that can end pain
In dying, You’re setting me free

Must Read! Prophecies For Year 2017

2017 Calendar

2017

Yes! It’s that time of the year again. It’s time to get your pen and book ready as we await fresh prophecies from several men of God. If you’re in Nigeria, then don’t bother getting any book. Why? Because you’ll most probably exhaust the book with prophecies and not be done. Or your fingers will grow numb after the first 20 pages.
Are prophecies wrong? Oh, no! They’re not. Prophecies are meant to help us know the path to follow. Well, if any word is from God, then that word must be able to guide His people in any dispensation or age. Are prophecies necessary? Yes, they are. If the Giver hasn’t stopped giving, why should the receiver ask if the gift is necessary? As long as the gift blesses the receiver and the Giver chooses not to stop giving, then I guess we should all enjoy the gift.
However, so many have made it a habit of pursuing prophecies for every New Year. Are they wrong to pursue prophecies? No, they’re not. If prophecies are not wrong, then it shouldn’t be wrong for those whom the prophecies are meant for to receive them. They are free gifts. Gifts are meant to be enjoyed. But when only these prophecies guide us, then we are of all men most miserable.
The last thing that a believer should seek to get as 2016 draws to a close is the usual New Year prophecies. Am I against prophecy guiding believers? No, I’m not. In fact, I believe that there are certain moves of God that will never take place without a word of prophecy going forth. You can see that all through scriptures. Whenever something big is coming, God sends prophets. Prophets help prepare the hearts of the people for the future. They are the town criers. They are responsible for informing the entire community of what’s coming.
Should we then, as believers, neglect our own altars and rely solely on these prophecies? No. If you plan of waiting for prophecies to begin to roll out from big ministries in the next few days and want to plan your 2017 based on those prophecies, then you’re not ready for the New Year. These prophecies are not for you! Have you ever received any New Year prophecy bearing your name? Whenever these prophecies come, they usually come for a territory, a group or a nation. So, if I wait patiently for these prophecies, and do nothing else but wait, then I’m not ready for the New Year.
One can listen to a prophecy and understand where one fits. That’s how we should listen to prophecies. Truth be told, over 70% of the prophecies that you’ll see will probably have nothing whatsoever to do with you. So, why do we wait for them as though they are God’s blueprint for our lives? They come to guide a specific territory. We, however, need guidance for our lives.
In a time as this, there is no better prophecy to receive than that which comes directly from God to us. Yes, if He’s interested in guiding a people, group or nation, then He’s interested in guiding you. He treats one just as He treats all. So many believers don’t recognize that God is waiting for them to come for directions. He is! Take your eyes of the territorial prophecies and receive your word from God!
The coming days are very important days. They are days that should be full of prayer and planning. Get those knees bent and start praying! Get that book out and start planning! No man of God will do that for you. It`s your life and you must plan how it goes. Rely on His guidance as you plan for the New Year.
So, what exactly is my prophecy for the New Year? It`s simple. I present a quote from one of my favorite authors, Clive Staples Lewis: “The duty of planning tomorrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present.”
Start planning! The year is full of so much blessings and goodness. The man who plans today will eat tomorrow till he can eat no more.
Happy new year, folks!

 

© Eleazar Maduka, 2016

Guest Post: Great Joseph, I hail thee!

In my opinion, Joseph is one of the unsung heroes in the Bible. He is a man of great qualities and virtue. I have read about Mary. In fact, some folks even built a doctrinal gate around ‘Hail Mary’. I feel we are being unjust and unfair to this wonderful man. So, I have decided […]

via Great Joseph, I hail thee!  — therantoftherockdweller

The Devil Also Dresses Like God

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Will you recognize a devil when you see one? Do you honestly think that you’ll be able to spot the differences between the devil and God when you see him? For many, the way to differentiate the devil from God is by their works. While this is a good way, I strongly believe that it is not sufficient. I know of folks who expect only good things from God and never bad things. In the same boat with them are those who believe that all bad things are from the devil.

There’s a little flaw in that theological standpoint. Do we assume that the devil never gives good things? If we’re to recognize the devil only by his works, then we’re faced with a big problem because the devil also gives things that appear as good things. Do we also assume that God never sends trials? Trials never appear as good things. Trials are different from temptations. Temptations are meant to make you fall, not to make you stand. Trials are meant to make you stronger. And yes, trials do come from God. He doesn’t tempt us, but He tests us. So, works is a poor way to sufficiently differentiate between God and the devil.

If we judge simply by sight, we’ll never be able to adequately tell when the devil acts. A lot of folks have mistaken attacks from the devil as tests from God. So, we see believers struggling with certain habits and saying that it’s their thorn in flesh. People take the experience of Paul out of context and make excuses for their struggles. We must learn to differentiate between God’s acts and the devil’s. We must learn to know when Jesus is in the boat and when He’s not. I find this as a very important part of our walk.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:16 [KJV]

The servant of Job knew that God sent lightning. He knew that it was part of His many capabilities. But at that moment, he mistook the lightning as God’s fire. He saw what he had been taught to believe as fire from God. There was no way that he would have imagined that the fire hadn’t been from God. The truth, however, had been that the fire had been orchestrated by the devil. Oh yes, the devil also dresses like God!

How many times have men who were full of the Spirit mistaken the fire from the devil as though it was from God. Jesus had even said, “Fake messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better.” [Matt. 24:24, MSG]

We’re certain of two things. The first is that false men will surface (and they will look exactly like the real guys). Their works will look like the real thing even. Secondly, note that Jesus didn’t say that these guys might come. He said that they would come. Here again we see the believer faced with the task of knowing who is God’s and who is not. As in our day, when we have so many ministries, the believer is faced with the serious task of discerning who’s right and who’s not.

How will you know when the devil dresses like God? How do you define a move of God? How many times has God left and His children still announced His Presence? How exactly will one know when He’s in the room? These are tough questions for many. And I believe that tough questions need answers. Enough of people being our god. Every believer can know who is God’s man and who’s not. A lot don’t just know how to.

All answers can be easily answered using Scriptures. All, not some. God is not One who confuses His people. No, He’s not. He’s a Father that wants His children to understand Him.

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Jer. 9:23-24 [KJV]

I hope to go on a journey on this blog and share how we can answer some of these questions. Thanks for stopping by. Expect more in the weeks to come. Remain blessed!

© Eleazar Maduka