The Abundance Equation 

Craving God

In economics, the deposit multiplier multipliesan initial deposit in order to create credit for commercial banks. I was studying for my exams when I started meditating on this ?. So I went to the Scriptures to see if this is applicable in the kingdom and Voila! I did a little research and discovered that wherever there was a miracle of multiplication in the Bible, there was at least an initial deposit and/or a deposit multiplier.

Let’s look at the “Jesus feeding multitudes” story first of all (4k and 5k) Mk 6:30, 8:1. There wasn’t enough food for everyone present. So Jesus asked his disciples “what do you have?” In order words, what can I multiply? Because in order for multiplication to take place and yield result, there must be an initial substance since 20million multiplied by zero will result to zero. So they found a young boy who…

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TEMPTATIONS

We have already seen that the devil is a mighty being who opposes God and tempts God’s people. We have found that even though he was beaten at the cross by Christ, he still has power to influence men for evil. The Bible calls him “the wicked one,” “the devil,” “a murderer,” “a liar, and the father of lies,” “an adversary” who seeks to devour, “that old serpent,” and “accuser of our brethren” (Matthew 13:19; Luke 4:33; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10). 

The moment you made your decision for Christ, Satan suffered a tremendous defeat. He is angry now. From now on he is going to tempt you and try to lead you into sin. Don’t be alarmed. He cannot rob you of your salvation, and he need not rob you of your assurance and victory. He will do everything in his power to sow seeds of doubt in your mind as to whether your conversion is a reality or not. You cannot argue with him, for he is the greatest debater of all time. 

The moment of test has come with the first temptation. Remember to refuse any reliance upon your feelings; they will change like a weather vane in a whirlwind. His next approach probably will be to make you feel proud and important — to make you confident of your own powers, ambitions, desires, and aims. On another occasion he will put hatred in your heart. He will tempt you to say unkind and un-generous things about others. He will put envy, discontent, and malice in your heart. Then, on another occasion, he will tempt you to lie, and you could easily find yourself being a hypocrite. Lying is one of the worst of all sins and can be committed by a thought, word, or deed. Anything that is intended to deceive another person is lying. The devil will do his best to make a liar of you. He also will try to get you to work for him to tempt others to sin — to try to lead other Christian friends astray. If you are not careful, you will find yourself actually in the employ of the devil. He is powerful, slick, crafty, wily, and subtle. He is called the “god of this world,” “the prince of this world,” “the prince of the power of the air” (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2). 

The devil will try to discourage you, to divert you; he will seek to dilute your testimony; he will attempt anything to destroy your relationship to Christ and your influence upon others. 

You ask, “How can I overcome him? What can I do? Which way can I turn? Is there any escape?” 
 

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. — 1 Corinthians 10:13

We can compare the Christian attacked by Satan to a mouse being attacked by a housewife wielding a broom. The mouse does not sit there contemplating the housewife or the broom. It is busy looking for a hole — a way to escape. So we Christians under satanic attack should look for our “way of escape.” 

God says in this verse that He has made a way of escape. 

Now remember this: Temptation of the devil is not a sign that your life is not right with God. It is actually a sign that you are right with God. Temptation is not sin. Also remember that God never tempts His own children. It never causes His children to doubt. 

All doubts and temptations come from the devil. And remember that Satan can only tempt. He can never compel you to yield to the temptation. Remember also that Satan has already been conquered by Christ. His power is made in-operative in the life of a fully trusting and yielded Christian who is completely dependent upon God. 

The poet put it this way: The devil trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. 

To say that Satan will be defeated when we read or quote Scripture and will run like a scalded dog when we resist him is an oversimplification. But we can depend upon the blood of Christ when we are under attack. There are times when we simply must hide behind the person of Christ and ask Him to handle our problems.  Jude says, 
 

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. — Jude 9

That’s what we need to do — call upon God. 

Now the Bible says that we are to “resist the devil, and he will flee” from us (James 4:7). But before that, God says, “Submit yourselves… to God.” If you have fully submitted, 100 percent yielded and surrendered yourself to Christ, then you can “resist the devil,” and the Bible promises he will flee from you. The devil will tremble when you pray. He will be defeated when you quote or read a passage of Scripture to him, and will leave you when you resist him. 

LOVEBURSTS 💕💗

Mark 2:1-12

Which is easier: to tell this paralyzed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to tell him, “Stand up. Take your mat and walk”? — Mark 2:9

Let’s talk for a minute about lovebursts. You’ve witnessed ‎sunbursts: sunlight shafting into a shadowed forest. You’ve seen ‎starbursts: shots of light soaring through a night sky. And you’ve heard powerbursts: raw energy booming in the silence. And you’ve felt lovebursts. You may not have called them such, but you’ve felt them.

Lovebursts. Spontaneous affection. Tender moments of radiant love. Ignited devotion. Explosions of tenderness.

Jesus had them… lots of them.

One of them happened when Jesus met an invalid. The man couldn’t walk. He couldn’t stand. His limbs were bent and his body twisted. A waist-high world walked past as he sat and watched.

Perhaps he was palsied, his body ridden with disease since birth. While other children had jumped and run, he had labored to bring a spoon to his mouth. As his brothers and sisters spoke and sang, his words slurred and slipped. Maybe he had never known what it was to be whole.

Or maybe he had known. Maybe he had once been healthy. Was there a time when he was known for his ability, not his disability? Was there an era when he could outrun anyone? Was there a time when he was the strongest in the shop? Was there a day when every kid in the village wanted to be like him?

Then came the fall — a tumble down a canyon, perhaps a stumble down some stairs. The pain in his skull was unbearable, but the numbness in his legs and arms was far worse. His feet hung like ornaments on the ends of his legs. His hands dangled like empty sleeves from his sides. He could see his limbs, but he couldn’t feel them.

Whether he was born paralyzed or became paralyzed — the end result was the same: total dependence on others. Someone had to wash his face and bathe his body. He couldn’t blow his nose or go on a walk. When he ran, it was in his dreams, and his dreams would always awaken to a body that couldn’t roll over and couldn’t go back to sleep for all the hurt the night dream had brought.

“What he needs is a new body,” any man in half his mind would say. What he needs is a God in Heaven to restore what tragedy has robbed: arms that swing, hands that grip, and feet that dance.

When people looked at him, they didn’t see the man; they saw a body in need of a miracle. That’s not what Jesus saw, but that’s what the people saw. And that’s certainly what his friends saw. So they did what any of us would do for a friend. They tried to get him some help.

Word was out that a carpenter-turned-teacher-turned-wonder-worker was in town. And as the word got out, the people came. They came from every hole and hovel in Israel. They came like soldiers returning from battle — bandaged, crippled, sightless. The old with prune faces and toothless mouths. The young with deaf babies and broken hearts. Fathers with sons who couldn’t speak. Wives with wombs that wouldn’t bear fruit. The world, it seemed, had come to see if he was real or right or both.

By the time his friends arrived at the place, the house was full. People jammed the doorways. Kids sat in the windows. Others peeked over shoulders. How would this small band of friends ever attract Jesus’ attention? They had to make a choice: do we go in or give up?

What would have happened had the friends given up? What if they had shrugged their shoulders and mumbled something about the crowd being big and dinner getting cold and turned and left? After all, they had done a good deed in coming this far. Who could fault them for turning back? You can only do so much for somebody. But these friends hadn’t done enough.

One said that he had an idea. The four huddled over the paralytic and listened to the plan to climb to the top of the house, cut through the roof, and lower their friend down with their sashes.

It was risky — they could fall. It was dangerous — he could fall. It was unorthodox — de-roofing is antisocial. It was intrusive — Jesus was busy. But it was their only chance to see Jesus. So they climbed to the roof.

Faith does those things. Faith does the unexpected. And faith gets God’s attention. Look what Mark says:

When Jesus saw the faith of these people, He said to the paralyzed man, ‘Young man, your sins are forgiven’. — Mark 2:5

Finally, someone took him at his word! Four men had enough hope in him and love for their friend that they took a chance. The stretcher above was a sign from above — somebody believes! Someone was willing to risk embarrassment and injury for just a few moments with the Galilean.‎

Jesus was moved by the scene of faith. So He applauds — if not with His hands, at least with His heart. And not only does He applaud, He blesses. And we witness a divine loveburst.

The friends want Him to heal their friend. But Jesus won’t settle for a simple healing of the body — He wants to heal the soul. He leapfrogs the physical and deals with the spiritual. To heal the body is temporal; to heal the soul is eternal.

The request of the friends is valid — but timid. The expectations of the crowd are high — but not high enough. They expect Jesus to say, “I heal you.” Instead He says, “I forgive you.”

They expect Him to treat the body, for that is what they see.

He chooses to treat not only the body, but also the spiritual, for that is what He sees.

They want Jesus to give the man a new body so he can walk. Jesus gives grace so the man can live.

Remarkable. Sometimes God is so touched by what He sees that He gives us what we need and not simply that for which we ask.

It’s a good thing. For who would have ever thought to ask God for what He gives? Which of us would have dared to say: “God, would you please hang Yourself on a tool of torture as a substitution for every mistake I have ever committed?” And then have the audacity to add: “And after You forgive me, could You prepare me a place in your house to live forever?”

And if that wasn’t enough: “And would You please live within me and protect me and guide me and bless me with more than I could ever deserve?”

Honestly, would we have the chutzpah to ask for that? No, we, like the friends, would have only asked for the small stuff.

We would ask for little things like a long life and a healthy body and a good job. Grand requests from our perspective, but from God’s it’s like taking the moped when he offers the limo.

So, knowing the paralytic didn’t know enough to ask for what he needed, Jesus gave it anyway: “Young man, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5).

The Pharisees start to grumble. That’s not kosher. Even a tenderfoot Jew knows,

Only God can forgive sins. — Mark 2:7

Their mumbling spawns one of Christ’s greatest questions:

Which is easier: to tell this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to tell him, ‘Stand up. Take your mat and walk’? — Mark 2:9

You answer the question. Which is easier for Jesus? To forgive a soul or heal a body? Which caused Jesus less pain — providing this man with health or providing this man with Heaven?

To heal the man’s body took a simple command; to forgive the man’s sins took Jesus’ blood. The first was done in the house of friends; the second on a hill with thieves. One took a word; the other took His body. One took a moment; the other took His life.

Which was easier?

So strong was His love for this crew of faith that He went beyond their appeal and went straight to the Cross.

Jesus already knows the cost of grace. He already knows the price of forgiveness. But He offers it anyway. Love burst His heart.

By the way, He hasn’t changed. What happened then happens today. When we take a step of faith, God sees. The same face that beamed at the paralytic beams at the alcoholic refusing the bottle. The same eyes that danced at the friends dance at the mom and dad who will do whatever it takes to get their child to Jesus. And the same lips that spoke to the man in Capernaum speak to the man in Detroit, to the woman in Belfast, to the child in Moscow… to any person anywhere who dares to come into the presence of God and ask for help.

And though we can’t hear it here, the angels can hear Him there. All of Heaven must pause as another burst of love declares the only words that really matter:

Your sins are forgiven.
 

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Excerpted with permission from He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.

Pushing Through 

When you experience any drought, you don’t wait for the rain, you call for rain!

Thanks Anne

Craving God


For every prophecy released you have to war it out. You don’t watch prophecies you war them into happening. 1 Timothy1:18 You must P.U.S.H. You don’t wish problems to go away on their own. You pray away problems. When you pray, don’t give up till answers come. You pray once and nothing happens? Go back to your room, eat the word of God concerning that situation! Pray again! The Bible says that Elijah had his head in between his knees. That couldn’t have been an ordinary prayer. It’s not immediately Elijah said a word of prayer that it rained. He sent his servant to check if something had happened seven good times! He didn’t stop praying until something happened Be persistent!

Don’t fold your hands and watch that failure, mishap or stagnation. Rise up and P.U.S.H. Refuse to let the devil win the battles! It’s in the place of prayer…

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OYO is Not Your Case

Wonderful piece on OVERCOMING!!
Please read 🙂

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Hahaaa. The picture above is what temptation looks like to me… I used to be a nutella addict at some point in my life. (Nutella is a chocolate spread, just in case…). It was terrible, everyone was scared for me. It was my stress relief food. I’d take it every single day and could eat nutella with everything. Yes. But then, after a while of this continuous sugar intake, the price increased drastically ? and as the economist that I am, I couldn’t afford to buy it anymore. Ain’t God good? ? So, I had to displine myself. I overcame it! Lol, I think that’s somehow in line with where I’m going right now.

No temptation regardless of its source has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance; but God is faithful to His word–He…

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Daily Dose of Inspiration – Choice

Choice!!
Thank you daily dose.

Be Inspired..!!

There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.Whatever you choose, you might as well enjoy  it. It is your choice. If you are satisfied with your job and you do not want to supplement or replace your income do not complain. You made that choice. You chose not to take “action” toward changing your life. Nothing will change unles YOU change.“Some people choose to live by complaining. Other people choose to live.”

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Challenge procrastination with decisive action. Remember that it’s not necessary to have all the evidence before you commit yourself. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith.

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Daily Dose of Inspiration – You Are Energy

Exquisite!

Be Inspired..!!

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

Are you used to thinking in terms of ‘vibes’? You pick up on the vibrational energy you get from other people – their vibrations speak volumes, even before they open their mouth to speak! You pick up on people’s energy when you take an instant like or dislike to someone. Some people walk into a room and immediately the crowd moves toward them; or, they may find themselves completely alone at a table while everyone chats happily on the opposite end of the room. Or, you walk into a house and you instantly comfortable or uneasy. You can’t explain why, it’s just a feeling you get.

Vibrational energy is not just about manifesting…

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