On the verge of breakthrough, beware of satan’s overtime 🐍👿

Of recent, I've been observing different themes and patterns while studying my Bible. One such pattern is how the devil seems to work overtime when we are on the verge of our breakthrough, and if we are not mindful of his wiles, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut for longer than we should be. In this post, I look closely at how after 40 years of wandering, the Israelites sinned right on the border of entering the promised land, despite God preventing Balak's persistent attempts to curse them. What the devil couldn't achieve by sorcery (juju/jazz/spiritualism), he achieved with sex, food, and by distracting the people from prioritizing God (idol worship). I also highlight other instances of the devil's overtime when God's children were on the verge of receiving their breakthrough. I therefore urge you, particularly in these last days, to be sober and vigilant, because our adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

God wants to give you “a future and a hope”

Jeremiah 29:11 says God wants to “give us a future and a hope (i.e. an expected end - KJV)”. 🤔💭 Trying to make sense of this I noticed that NKJV/NLT equate KJV’s “expected end” with “a future and a hope”. But why, what could these mean? There is surely an end i.e. a future that God has planned for us, but God gives it to us through hope. The future and hope come hand in hand, like the fist to a glove. It is an end that we actively expect, a future that we hope towards. God gives this hope to us. He puts visions of the future He desires for us into our heart and wants us to hope, long and work towards it. This is corroborated in Phillipians 2:13, which tells us that when we walk with God, the desires of our heart and our resulting actions are of Him. Faith’s definition in itself is substantiated in hope (Heb 11:1).

God’s refining process 🔥: Trials, hardships, detours etc. 😫💔

Trials, hardships, detours etc. 😫💔 are all part of God’s way of refining 🔥 His children so that we can bring even more glory to His name. If we respond as we ought, we will receive the guaranteed blessings on the other side of our trials. 🕺🏾💃🏾 If we don’t, we risk losing the blessing and/or extending the length of our trials, just like the Israelites and their 40-yr journey in the wilderness which should have taken less than a year. 👀

Understanding the first and last temptations of Jesus – victory through the word!

Matthew 4:1-11 Why did satan first tempt Jesus with food? Let us remember that the fall of man was predicated on failure to control appetite. It therefore made sense that Christ's victory over sin should start with victory over appetite. Should He have failed like Adam and Eve then He would have been seen as … Continue reading Understanding the first and last temptations of Jesus – victory through the word!