Verse of the Day
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. [NIV] Zechariah 9:12
There are times during the development of your dream/your idea/your goal/your plans, when your hope in it all ever coming to a realization seems to have turned into a prison; or you into a prisoner of some sorts. You cannot make your dreams come true, and at the same time, you cannot let it go by deciding not to believe in them. It’s almost as if you’ve come to a point where giving up on your dreams ever coming true means accepting that it was wrong for you to have ever dreamed/believed that you were much more than the life you are leading. Even worse, the dream only seems real only to you, but not to others around you. It’s quite possible you’ve started to be seen as a dreamer, a lazy person, who talks about achieving greatness, even though all the work you’ve put in in making the dream a success has all been forgotten by those around you, since the dream has refused to come true. Your hope has not only turned you into the tittle tattle of your friends and neighbours, but your sanity is now in question, as you’ve started to wonder if you were crazy to have ever believed in that dream in the first place. Yes, you may have been caught in a prison of hope, but Jehovah is reminding you, YES, you, that you mustn’t get weary. He’s calling you to come back to that fortress of Hope, to come back to trusting Him again. To trust Him in spite of if those promises from Him has taken so long. To trust Him, regardless of what your mind is saying or even others around you are saying. To trust Him, even when it seems that His dreams given to you might be too big to come through. To trust Him! And because you’ve held on, in that fortress of trust, He will not only make your dreams a realization, but it would be twice as much as you could have ever imagined! Can you imagine, He says He’s going to give you a double portion for all of your troubles! I don’t know about you, but I sure want a double of whatever God is going to give me. It may not be easy, being a laughing stock may not be pleasant, and being the most talked about person because of your dreams may not be easy, yes the waiting may not be easy, but in the end, your hope backed up with a renewed trust and faith in God, will be worth it! Halleluiah, Thank you Jesus! #Verseoftheday #Devotional #Jesus #PrisonOfHope #PrisonerOfHope
“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! [NLT] Jeremiah 32:17
Nothing is ever difficult for God to do, neither are your dreams and desires too much for the Lord to bring to pass. He is the Sovereign Lord; He is the God of heaven and earth. All powers belong to Him, and nothing happens with his knowledge of it. Don’t let your spirit be downcast because of what is happening around you. You are not alone. Yes the dream may be a little too big, but that doesn’t mean God cannot make it happen. Everything will work out fine! You can count on God for that. I’ve known Him to be always faithful. Indeed, He has never disappointed me, and surely He will never disappoint you. Keep your faith alive and the fire of your faith burning! Your faith in Him will never be a displaced one. He’s definitely got the memo. He’s working some “things” out, your “things” to be more precise ;). Don’t let the disillusion get the better of you! You’re much stronger that!
Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. [NASB] Psalm 127:1
And finally my dearest friends, after we have put in so much skill and effort in drawing out the right plan for the year, sat down and evaluated the costings of the plan to make sure the unexpected unexpected is taken into consideration and amply prepared and ready to go, if we have not acknowledged the Lord #Jesus throughout the process, then we shouldn’t have any reason to expect our work to be blessed with His success. Without God’s involvement in it all, our carefully thought out and laid out plan may have all been in vain. Only He can crown it all with the right success. Therefore, regardless of what we want achieved this 2014, look to Jesus for help. And He will help you. Only He knows the right way we ought to go. If you’ve already made your plans without #God, don’t despair, ask for His help today, and He will. And if you’re still on the drawing board, go to Him for Inspiration and guidance, and He will do just that. He’s the one from whom all knowledge and blessings flow. Don’t leave anything to chance! Get the right direction from the start, that way you can be rest assured that success will be guaranteed. #And may your year be filled with all things wonderful. #Now go get your dreams! #You can achieve anything you set your mind to do, the constellation is only the beginning! 😀
“Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it. [GWT] Luke 14:28
While we’re all trying to develop our plans for this year, lets also remember, regardless of what it is or its magnitude, there will be some expenses we must consider, and the plans will have some perils. Don’t expect smooth sailing, sit down and figure out the #cost of the dream. Yes you will need resources to see some of your dreams actualised this year, and it will cost you something, sit down and work out what it will cost you. You will go through some trying times – putting your best plans forward will not be an easy task – but you mustn’t let the size of what you want to achieve deter you from forging ahead. You mustn’t let that stop you from pushing through. Slackness or fear is not permitted. And because you have worked out the expected and the unexpected, the unexpected unexpected will never take you by surprise. And with the #Lord on your side, you’re already closer to the finishing line. #Figure out the cost of the dream quickly! #A dreamer who is woefully prepared is still a dreamer. #How’s your 2014 Plans coming along? #By now I hope you’ve done your Accountability Check? #The year has already started and I hope you’re costings have been done 😀 !