BALANCE HOME AND CAREER

A close look at Proverbs 31:16-24 tells you that she considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen.

Once upon a time, there was a young couple who were blessed with the birth of their first child. Because they loved this child so much, they wished that the wife could stay home and raise the child; but the bills still needed to be paid. So the wife went out and found the perfect job. She could arrive at work by 10am and leave at 2pm, and she was paid as though she was working full time. She could keep nursing and be home every day in time for his nap. While the baby napped, she was able to cook a delicious meal, wash and iron the clothes, clean the house and still have time to get herself beautiful before her husband came home. After playing with their child together, they would tuck him into bed and then have a wonderful conversation over the excellent candle-lit dinner she had prepared in their clean and well organized home.

So how did you like this story? Well “story” is the accurate word because it is a fairy tale. Real life does not look like this as I think we would all agree. Wouldn’t it be great if everything just checked along as effortless as in the story? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if women today could keep their homes running perfectly, their children growing into hard-working young adults who never argued with their parents, their husbands happy, and were able to bring in an income with hardly extra effort at all? I wish it could be like this, especially for single mothers but the fact is, we can’t do it all or have it all. I have to admit addressing the topic of women working is a challenge. Women are pulled in so many directions in today’s world. The expectations placed on women today far exceeds those from any other time in history.

I knew a woman, my mother’s friend, who when she was raising her first three children didn’t even have a car. Most families had just one car and it was for the husband to use to work. She also did not have the health club commitment or weekly women’s meeting that we have in our lives today. She took care of her family and loved every minute of it. Probably because she didn’t have other things pulling her apart in different directions.

Today, women are bombarded with opportunities and pressures to have careers, to be ‘somebody’. But whenever the world tells me to do something that is when I need to open God’s word and see what it has to say about the roles of women in the workplace and in the home. Titus 2:5 (NIV) says, “to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” This scripture encourages women to be sensible, pure workers at home, kind, and being subject to their own husbands that the word of God may not be dishonoured. I believe this concept of loving and being dutiful to our families is the way to honour God’s principle that flows through Proverbs 31.

APRIL TESTIMONY

GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL 

I want to thank God for His goodness. I have been going to a Catering School and I learnt some things afterwards but I did not have the required resources to start off. After one of the Sunday services, Pastor prayed for us and I felt the move of God. One of my sister in-law’s name had been coming to my mind, but I felt like I wanted to choose who God would use for me. Then I thought to call her, that the worst she could say was ‘No’, and if she said ‘Yes’, it was God. So, I sent her a text message and she replied immediately, and asked me if a particular amount would be enough. I began to thank God and replied that it would be enough, and before I knew it she sent the money the following day. PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Sis F.O.

JOY COMETH PART 4: THE VICTORY OF THE RIGHTEOUS (PSALM 5: 1-12)

It takes battle to take back your possession in life, ministry, marriage, career and family. It takes even greater battle to retain these possessions. One thing is to have your possession, another is to retain it. It is pertinent to know that some breakthroughs will not come until God’s judgment cuts off all oppositions. Also, it is worthy to note that the devil that fought your predecessors to a standstill is very much alive and ready to fight you.

Without battles, there would be no victory; and life on its own is full of battles.

Battle is a contention, strife or struggle over a particular thing of value. There must be parties to a battle, which principally are God and you on one side, and Satan and his agents on the other.

Victory on the other hand means conquest, to overcome, to prevail or to take charge. God has reserved victory solely for the righteous (John 3:6).

POWERS THAT WE CONTEND WITH IN BATTLE:

  1. Powers that set a limit to how far you can go in life (John 5:1-7).
  2. Powers that cut short testimonies (Judges 6 vs 1-7). 
  3. Powers that make you go into error at the sight of your miracle (1 Samuel 12:1-35).
  4. Powers causing blessings to die in your hands.
  5. Powers that turn your helpers against you.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR VICTORY?

  1. Trust in the Lord and in Him alone (Psalm 7:1).
  2. Examine yourself if you are a lawful captive; are there any properties belonging to the devil in your possession, such as characters, properties and covenants?
  3. Take a step to deliver yourself by declaring for Jesus through genuine repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10) (There were 34 new converts and 35 first timers).
  4. Prepare to declare the word of victory to yourself regularly.

PRAYER POINTS   

  1. I decree and declare that every anti-progress spirit in my life that has placed a limit to how far I can go in life, be bound now! In the Name of Jesus.
  2. All powers revealing my secrets and progress to the enemies, begin to fail in the mighty Name of Jesus!
  3. Father, I decree all powers creating a limit in my life, business, marriage, career and education; I command you to loose me and let me go in the Name of Jesus.
  4. Every devil that has set a limitation to my life, progress, destiny and marriage; I command you to catch fire now in Jesus Name!
  5. Every chain the devil has used to tie me down, break by fire in Jesus Name!
  6. Every spirit of Saul that has made me do the wrong thing at the right time; every spirit of error that is manipulating my life; I command you to loose me and let me go!
  7. I decree and declare that no blessing would die in my hands again; whatever I touch with my hands will succeed, everything I touch will move forward and progress in Jesus Name.

PRAY FOR GRACE

(Genesis 41:37-43)

I welcome you very dearly to another beautiful month; May, the fifth month of the year. I like to thank God on behalf of every one of us for thus far the Lord has helped us this year. The Lord has been so good to us, He has kept us alive, provided for our needs, watched over us and protected us in all our ways; may His Name be glorified in Jesus Name.

May, the fifth month, represents Grace and Divine Provisions. In Genesis 1:21-23, God created great whales and every living creature which the waters brought forth abundantly for the benefit of humankind. Grace is one of the manifold blessings of God for me and you. It is the supernatural and divine intervention of the Almighty God in the affairs of men. Grace enables you to access the depths and heights that your power and natural gifts cannot attain for you, it confers on you the blessings you do not deserve. I pray for all the readers of this piece that the Grace of God will speak for you and your household this month in Jesus Name.

In our Bible passage, we saw how grace spoke for Joseph who eventually became a leader in the land far away from his birthplace. This can only be the work of grace.

What are the things grace can accomplish in our lives which we can deduce from Joseph’s life?

  1. Grace is not a respecter of person: Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). Joseph was almost the youngest, in fact second to the youngest of Jacob’s children, yet grace chose him and lifted him above others, and he became the most successful of them all. The grace of God will promote you above those who have gone ahead of you in Jesus Name.
  2. When the grace of God operates in your life, it guides you every step of the way to your destiny: And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian” (Genesis 39:2). The grace of God ensures that every step you take in your life’s journey brings you closer to your destiny. It is my prayer for you that you will not take the wrong direction in life.
  3. Grace strengthens in challenges and storms of life:When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). There are bound to be challenges and storms in the course of your journey through life. It does not matter who you are: your gender, status, faith and belief, even if you are born-again and serving God fervently, the anointing cannot stop challenges but because of the availability of grace, one thing is certain as a believer, you will surely overcome. Grace provides strength and enablement in times of need. May the grace of God be sufficient for you in Jesus Name.
  4. Grace makes your helper remember you (Genesis 41:9-14): The butler eventually remembered Joseph after two full years of promise. No one succeeds alone in the journey of life, God raises people to help others succeed. I pray that your helpers will remember and locate you this month in Jesus Name.
  5. Grace exposes one to favour (Genesis 41:37-43): Having interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh, Joseph received so much favour that he was made the Prime Minister of the land, in addition to some other goodies. May your life attract divine favour on all fronts this month in Jesus Name.

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Thank God and give Him praise for all the blessings you have enjoyed since the beginning of this year.
  2. Father, let Your grace locate me for miracles this month in Jesus Name.
  3. Father, let divine grace guide me every step of the way to fulfilling destiny in Jesus Name.
  4. Father, please let Your grace be sufficient for me in times of my challenges in Jesus Name.
  5. Father, please make me a candidate of divine favour this month in Jesus Name.

Remember that Amazing Grace is only available to those who have a relationship with God and those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour; therefore, if you have not, please do so today and it shall be well with you and all yours in Jesus Name.

Shalom!