EMBRACE THE KING

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Thank Jesus for the breath of life! 2015 ends peacefully, and we stand on the threshold of 2016!
No matter what transpired in 2015, I want us to look at the good things: the triumphs, the protection we lived under, the provisions at the nick of time, the healing, and the hope we have for our future. Let us be thankful.
Jesus, who brought us out of darkness when we knew no better, who forgives our countless sins, and who still intercedes for us before our Heavenly Father, is indeed our rock and our salvation.
I urge us to enter this New Year with renewed hope, understanding who we are in Christ: royalty, victor, conqueror, and joint-heir with Him in heavenly places.
Let us embrace Jesus in 2016; following Him by obeying His commands- loving our neighbor, treating people right, envying no man, working hard, being honest, and making our requests known to Him through prayer. Let us ask for His peace, His joy, His mercies, His provisions, His favor, His wisdom, and His protection for ourselves and for our loved ones.
In all these, let us ask for the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord; this is the source of all knowledge and wisdom (Psalms 111:10).
When you embrace Jesus in 2016, He will make you the head, the salt of the earth, and the bearer of good tidings! As you embrace the King, divine health, favor, and protection will follow you, and you will be a blessing to others.
EMBRACE THE KING, and allow 2016 to be that special year you have prayed for, and let righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit be yours for the rest of your days!
Amen, and have a Happy New Year.

Weekly Nugget: "There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you" (Deuteronomy 12:7; NIV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

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BEAUTY FOR ASHES

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God is exchanging your mourning with rejoicing, and your ashy clothes with beautiful, regal garments!
You have long been in the place of trials, temptations, unbelief, failure, and sin. You stopped believing; you despaired, and feared that the strength to embark on your journey of victory is non-existent. You kept wondering if this difficult season will ever end.
Today is a new day. God is doing something new; listen out for it, expect it, and embrace it (Is 43:18-19).
Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18).
Even in your valley, resist the lure of sin and worship God now (Psalms 96:9)
Imagine ONLY the good; dwell ONLY on them (Philippians 4:8)
All your failings of yesterday are gone; put them out of your mind and refuse to let the devil put you under his thumb through guilt and self-flagellation. Remember that even though all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, Jesus gave you a new lease of life, exchanged your ashes with His beauty, and now God sees you as His faultless, sinless, lovely creation! If God therefore does not condemn you, why condemn yourself, or allow anyone else condemn you?
Arise and shine, for your light has indeed come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1).
I want you to walk majestically as a child of the Most High God; resist the devil, read or listen to the bible daily, and be confident. The siege is over; your battle has been won for you by the Shepherd-King, and unimaginable beauty awaits you!
God has spoken, and His words never fail: You are beautiful; your mourning days are over!
May your joy be full, and may your future be full of victory and blessings!

 

Weekly Nugget: "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then they said among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them" (Psalms 126:1-2; KJV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

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SOMETHING GOOD IS COMING

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Look to the heavens, and see God’s rain as it approaches with its blessings!
I know the night has been long, tedious, and full of trouble. I know that very difficult challenges came at you from unexpected quarters. I know you are at the end of your faith and endurance. I know your closest friends abandoned you, and those you trusted stabbed you in the back. I know you have lost faith in the basic goodness of your fellow human being!
But somehow, you are still here, bent but unbroken, and still watching for your Maker’s intervention!
Lesson of the Week
The good Lord says: It is now your time; something good is coming into your life. Expect it, receive it, and embrace it, for it comes with renewal and restoration, with hope and joy, and with blessings uncountable!
God is not only going to bless you, but He is going to remove your past travails from your memory; after all, there is nothing too difficult for Him to accomplish (Luke 1:37).
God is telling you today that your dawn is here, the sun is about to shine brightly in your life, and old difficulties and failures will be no more. He is telling you to prepare for a bountiful harvest, because you have withstood the devil’s onslaught, and remained standing!
God is granting you favor today, and formerly unprofitable ventures now hold immense promise. God is promising you a highway through your wilderness, and springs of water in your desert.
I encourage you today to mend your broken relationships, for it is in making peace that your blessings will flow. Do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26). Forgive, embrace, believe again, and watch the Lord God do extraordinary things in your life.
Jesus never stopped interceding for you, and the Holy Spirit never stopped speaking into your heart. As you have silenced every negative thought, you will now hear God’s instructions and guidance. You will trust Him and obey, and as you do so, good things will burst forth into your life.
Good days are finally here; they are God’s blessings to His beloved. May the Lord put a new song on your lips from today, and may your praises and worship ascend unto Him in the heavens. May your new day enrich you with unparalleled goodness, and may sorrow never be a part of your life again.
From this week, I ask you to sing a joyful new song to the King of Glory, to His Son Jesus Christ, and revel in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Something Good Will Be Ushered In. Shalom (Peace)!

Weekly Nugget: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19; KJV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

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PRAY UNTIL YOU BREAK THROUGH

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Have you ever encountered a situation that seemed to defy solutions? Have you tried all you know, and don’t seem to make any headway? Are you about to give up, give in, and surrender?
We all know that life is full of challenges, or it would not be life. We also know that God has given us everything we need in order to overcome that situation, failing, or fear.
So when all else has failed, and life seems unbearable, I want you to know that there is someone who will never fail you; His name is Jesus, and the only way to communicate with Him is through PRAYER. He asks you to commit everything to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), to lay all your burdens at His feet (Matthew 11:28-30), and to believe that He will not leave you without help (Isaiah 41:10).
Prayer means asking God for something and listening to hear His response. There is a time for you to speak, an intervening time of staying quiet before God, and a time to hear Him. Mix this up with complete belief that He who created the Universe by the Word of His mouth can also improve your situation by that same power in His word.
When the Lord says: “Let there be”, there usually is! Only sometimes God does not answer as quickly as we might want Him to, especially if the situation we face is traumatic and painful; I want you to keep praying until your breakthrough happens. Never stop praying (1 Thess. 5:17).
Are you waiting for a spouse? Keep praying!
Are you expecting children? Keep praying!
Or do you believe God for a job, victory in a peculiar situation, direction, protection, promotion? Keep praying!
Whatever the situation is, just do not stop praying and expecting, regardless of what you see in the physical. It may surprise you to know that God is already moving things around in the spiritual realm for you. Keep standing, stay the course, do not waver, and eventually, God will give you more than you requested (Ephesians 3:20).
Wait on God today, pray in faith, stay expectant because God never fails! And WHEN your breakthrough arrives, please begin another form of prayer – thanksgiving and testimonies.
The Lord God wants to hear continually from His children, in good times and in bad times. So, go ahead, speak to your Heavenly Father – pray!
And may the desires of your heart be yours today, and every day, Amen!

Weekly Nugget: "And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14; KJV). 
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

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THE COMPANY WE KEEP

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We are defined by the company we keep!
Worldly wisdom even recognizes that when we move in successful circles, we learn and get better at what we do, while if we move in never-do-well circles, our fortunes dwindle. In effect, a man is known by the friends he keeps. Another famous quote says that “if you are the best amongst your group, then you need to find new friends”. More knowledgeable colleagues are known to pull us up and make us improve.
Are you struggling professionally, socially, or otherwise?

 

Lesson of the Week

It may be time to critically assess the current company we keep, and make efforts to improve the quality of our company. Have you wondered why different professions encourage memberships, why those recovering from specific challenges meet regularly to share and encourage each other, and why we want our children to associate with positive role models?
By relating with positive minded or successful people, we learn, grow, and do better!
Joshua and Caleb assisted Moses and developed Moses’ mindset of trust in God. David’s mighty men associated and trained together, and therefore performed great military exploits. The early disciples stayed with Jesus and developed His ability to speak by the leading of the Holy Spirit, and to impact lives for the best.
The bible advises us to relate with counselors so we can make safe and worthwhile decisions (Proverbs 11:14). It also advises us to work in unity with others, so we can accomplish a lot (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Watch the company you keep; select them carefully, make sure they are men and women of good report. You do not want to be grouped together with evildoers, just because you fraternize with them. Minister to them in word and in deed, but be wise not to be counted as part of them. The bible tells us that we are in the world, but we are not of the world (John 17:15-16).
This week, I encourage us to read God’s word diligently, think on its wisdom, stay away from bad company, and prosper, just as the Lord God promised in Psalms 1:1-3.
Keep good company; dwell on good thoughts; be blessed!

 

Weekly Nugget:“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:-3; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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REBOUND FROM ADDICTIONS

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So what have you gotten yourself into? How did you get enmeshed in your predicament, and how are you ever going to get yourself out of it? These are some of the questions a lot of people ask themselves; Christians and non-Christians alike!
We are not only fully involved in non-beneficial practices, but we do not have the strength or willpower to pull out of them; we are hooked or addicted, and our lives are spiraling out of control.
Whether you are struggling with alcohol, drugs, greed, or sexual sins, God is able and willing to set you free. Just ask God in faith, and follow some of the steps contained in the video link below:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBnw2nQlI-k

 

Lessons of the Week


In summary, when addicted, do the following and God will vanquish the enemy on your behalf:
1. Renew your mind by frequently reading the scriptures
2. Know who your enemy is, and what he is capable of
3. Identify the general capabilities of your own weapons of warfare
4. Identify and put on your weapons, understand their strengths, and then use them well
5. Do not isolate yourself or stand alone
6. Stay away from company that indulges in your temptations and addictions habitually
7. Stay in the company of people you can be accountable to
 
As you obey and become a doer of the Word, may the Lord deliver you and restore everything the devil has taken from you. May you walk upon your high places, and glorify Jesus with your victory!
Stay the course, and stand.

Weekly Nugget: “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalms 34:18-19; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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ACTING ON GOD'S PROMISES

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Actions oftentimes do speak louder than words! The Bible says that “Faith without works is dead”.
Having extended hands of fellowship, waited patiently on God, and spoken life into our situation, it is time to act on the promises of God by doing whatever He leads us to do.
It might be time to: 

  • Take that new course or new job
  • Sell the house or car
  • Refuse to indulge in those old bad habits
  • Make new friends that will keep you on the right track
  • Begin an exercise regimen for weight loss
  • Or start a new business or career.

Whatever it is that beat you in the past, you can make a fresh start and overcome by reading the bible, discovering God’s promises for you, and acting on them. Live out those promises by behaving as if they have already become reality; do this when you are at your lowest.
See yourself living your dream; do something about the leadings you get in your spirit, and watch God transform your requests into reality. Remember that our Heavenly Father calls the things that do not yet exist into being (Romans 4:17).
If God stands on your side, do you think there is any force that can overwhelm you? He has promised to fight your battles, and grant you victory. But you have to step out and activate your faith by acting on God’s promises.
Give everything over to Him, and do not conjecture out of your own wisdom or understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
He who dares, wins!
Read, Pray, Believe, and Act. Your breakthrough awaits you this week.

Weekly Nugget: “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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SPEAK LIFE TO IT

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Over the last three weeks in our “Rebuilding Broken Bridges” series, we have dealt with what must be done when relationships are strained or broken; we identified three mindsets that help us through the process: extending a hand of friendship, praying and patiently waiting on God’s intervention, and speaking life into the situation.
This week, we look at how to speak life and not defeat to our declining relationships.
What does God promise about your situation?

 

Lesson of the Week


Are you childless? He says there will be none barren in the land (Exodus 23:26)
Are you financially constrained? He wants to bless the work of your hands, and promote you above your fellows (Deuteronomy 28:12&13)
Are you sick or brokenhearted? He reminds you that He can, and wants to heal you (Psalms 147:3)
Are you stuck with an addiction or sinful pastime? He wants to give you a fresh new start devoid of guilt (2 Chronicles 7:14 & Romans 8:1&11).
 
Believe God’s word about any situation you might find yourself in. Read the bible, discover God’s promises, and hang onto them. Remember to stay under His umbrella of protection by staying away from old sinful practices and embracing His mercy which He renews EVERYDAY!
Speak those promises aloud to yourself, especially when you are feeling low!
The word of God is sharper than a sword, and will always accomplish what it was sent to do (Hebrews 4:12 & Isaiah 55:11). Believe God's Word, shun sin, and watch good things happen. Your situation will surely turnaround for the better this week; God watches over His word to protect it.
So speak Life, trust God, and do not waver! The Lord God who loves you and still intends to bless you abundantly expects you to stay the course! Do that today.

Weekly Nugget: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. (Proverbs 18:21; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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RENEWING FRIENDSHIPS & PRAYING PATIENTLY

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Last week God spoke to us on “Renewing friendships”; we will be continuing on that line of thought, and adding on the second ingredient needed for “Rebuilding Broken Bridges” – “Praying and Waiting Expectantly for God’s Intervention”.
For genuine reconciliation to begin, it must not matter who carries the major blame in the quarrel; what should matter is reaching out to the other party. People’s hurt feelings get assuaged when they see we are seeking middle grounds of reconciliation; people respond to moves of peace.
In what ways do we begin renewing our relationships? We do cry sometimes, but only to God. We pour out our bitterness, our sorrowful hearts, our pain, and our shame. The bible assures us that God is in the business of exchange, if we are willing to give up and let things go.
God exchanges our ashes for beauty, our sorrow for joy, our weakness of character for faithfulness, our fear for safety, our anxieties for care (1 Peter 5:7), and our immaturity for wisdom (James 1:5)
You may ask yourself how often this scenario can play out. Probably several times in our lifetime, we will experience betrayal to different extents. It may range from being unrecognized for our achievements in the workplace, to marital infidelity. It may be a slight from a complete stranger or disrespect from our child. If we would realize this, then we would understand why Jesus asks us to prepare to forgive, not once, but seventy times seven times (Matthew 18:21-22).
Do you have the humility and wisdom to set aside your pride today and make peace? Could you use soft words to placate your antagonist, even when you know they are wrong, just as you are? God promises that the meek shall inherit the earth, and that peacemakers will be called His children (Matthew 5:5 & 9).
As we embark on the road of reconciliation, we pray that God gives us the right words to say and empowers us to act right. Due to the involvement of emotions, we need patience; with ourselves and the persons on the other side of the quarrel. Asking God to grant us patience through the process, and being willing to stick to it until true and lasting reconciliation occurs becomes of paramount importance. When we are able to do this, we mirror our Lord Jesus Christ, take the high road, and demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities.
Will you start afresh with me today by humbling yourself, making peace in your peculiar situation, renewing that friendship, and glorifying God? Will you persevere in the place of prayer, and be patient until God’s appointed time arrives? Will you seek the kingdom of God with me by renewing your friendships, knowing that God will do as He has promised by adding everything good and wonderful to you? (Matthew 6:33).
Challenge yourself today, renew that strained relationship, pray for yourself and your protagonist, and be patient as you expect God’s intervention. Renew your strength as you wait on the Lord; He will not fail you (Isaiah 40:31).
May the Lord Jesus grant us the grace and wisdom to do these things, and may the blessings from the Prince of Peace be ours today, and always!
Have a blessed week; stay the course!

 

Weekly Nugget: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Isaiah 40:1-2; KJV)

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.

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RENEWING FRIENDSHIPS

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Last week God spoke to us on “Rebuilding Broken Bridges”, and the first action that was suggested to us was “swallowing our pride and extending a new hand of friendship”. I have had several readers reach out with their comments since last week and also share their experiences in this area.
Over the next few weeks, we will be spending some time studying the Word, and allowing God to lead us along this journey of reconciliation. If you are going through this particular challenge, or have done so in the past, you may find guidance out of the lonely pain of separation.
Many times, when a relationship has become strained or broken, we do not think that we are personally to blame for this. Indeed, it may be very obvious that the failure came from words spoken, or actions taken by the other person. In a situation like that, our natural reaction when we are asked to swallow our pride is one of resistance. After all, self-pride and dignity may be all we have left, after the demeaning treatment we may have received at the hands of our loved ones. Even when we recognize our own contributory failures, we often still feel bitter at the lack of forgiveness, lack of mercy and humiliation meted out to us while we were at our lowest point.
You may have had words with the other person, and there may be friction, anger, lack of trust, envy, or hostility between you.  Self-pride is one way to deal with all of these negative and hurtful feelings. But the results you get with this reaction are short-lived, and ultimately lead to more heartache. Above all, you may find yourself acting at variance to the healing that God wants for you. Let’s be clear, God does not want for you to be degraded. His Word tells us that He wishes for us to prosper, to be appreciated and not put down. He does not wish you to be humiliated, but only wants to hold you in the palm of His hand, as you heal and bring healing to your loved ones.
Whenever we have reached that point of frustration, there a few steps we must take, if we must please God and not ourselves, and if we are to find lasting peace.

  • First of all, put away our personal egos or hurt pride.
  • Then critically look at what our own role was in the altercation or disagreement.
  • Finally, reach out to reconcile with the other person.

It takes strength and grace to put away your hurt pride. Our natural emotions, while being useful and valuable to our mental state, can also, when unhindered lead to inner unrest, bringing about a sense of desperation and fueling inter-personal disputes. The bible speaks of a root of bitterness which can take root, spring up and take a person over. But let me assure you that grace is available for the challenge of putting pride away. You may have tried everything, and found, like many of us, that grace is the only way.
Hebrews 12:15: See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.
 I have known Christian folk, who have shown that it is possible to do this; it is possible to make a decision to walk away from pride. Even in the glare of publicity surrounding the misbehaviors of their loved ones, children and even spouses, they are able to receive God’s grace to thrive and be a blessing to their families and their communities.
When God sees that we are willing, He immediately steps in to help us. Isaiah says, as soon as God hears it, He will answer.
Isaiah 30:19:  For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.
We must be willing to bend to God’s way (not always ours). 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 . Sometimes reading this popular passage in the bible, we become nearly scared or resentful when we realize that God wants us to put aside our own way. We wonder why someone else’s welfare is more important than ours. But this really means that we are meant to allow God’s way, even if it means putting someone else before ourselves. It is easier to show love, when we remember that we are loving Jesus by forgiving our fellow man.
Ephesians 4:32:  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Colossians 3:13:  Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Ask God today for a heart that forgives and reaches out for new beginnings; God is standing by to grant your request.
Be blessed!

Weekly Nugget: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”. (Proverbs 16:24; NIV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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