Do not Despair 

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) 

Do not Despair my dear friend because of your numerous challenges.   YOUR troubles are just temporary. They have an end and it is already in sight. 

Encourage yourself with the truth that GOD is constant, dependable and trust worthy. 

God hears even when the faintest cry from our hearts. Even when you are too burdened to pray, a simple invoiced ‘GOD help me’, from the heart will produce a response 

GOD hears prayers.  He knows what you are going through.  He sees your pains. He understands what you are really facing, and is willing to help you. 

Therefore,  no matter how complicated your issues are, trust them with God. 

Prayer:

I pray that your troubles will convert to testimonies. 

I command doors of opportunity to open for you. 

I declare that your confusions will become confessions of faith and declarations of victory.

Today,  your Loneliness has ended for GOD in HIS goodness has added to you persons of worth who would add value to your life.

 It’s a new beginning for you my friend. 

Weep no more. There is a shift. Its happening right now for GOD has visited you. 

Stop being anxious about your children for the LORD Himself shall train them and great shall be the peace of your children. 

Those who laughed at you will laugh with you and their eyes will look up to God with respect. 

From my Spirit I bless you today. The blessings of God that makes for wealth and advancement comes upon you now. 

The anointing that destroys yokes and liberates is upon you now. 

Be restored.  Be happy.  Receive the peace of God now.  Be favored. Limits are taken off your advancement in life. Go and succeed in Jesus mighty name. 

Stay focused my friend. Hold on to the Word of God: it shall prosper and produce results in your LIFE. 

You are blessed beyond a curse, in Christ name. 

Hephzibah Christly 

Pray  Earnestly

‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16)

Praying to God is the regular business of every Christian. But the prayer that produces wonderful results has to be purposeful, intentional, fervent and persistent.

The Christian is a child of God and thus can boldly approach Him in prayer.

Before Christ came and reconciled us to God, only priests had that privilege. Sin stood between us and God whose holiness could not behold sin.

But when Jesus was crucified on the cross, all the handwriting of ordinances that was against us was nailed to that Cross.

And not only did Christ wash away all our sins with His precious blood, HE blotted out the handwriting of ordinances and gave us His very own righteousness as a gift.

When you got born again, you became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

Your righteousness is a gift from JESUS because it is entirely dependent on HIS perfect performance and HIS perfect obedience, not yours.

And since Christ is righteous and you are in Him, you cannot lose your righteousness.

The gifts and calling of God is without repentance.-they are irrevocable. God cannot lie nor can he deny His Words

So dear friend, because you are forever righteous in CHRIST, GOD hears your prayers every time you pray.

Apostle James tells us that the earnest prayer of a righteous man—that’s YOU—“produces wonderful results”. Not just plain results, but wonderful results!

What provisions do you need today- Favor for an interview, wisdom to clear your debts, healing for your children?

As a righteous person in Christ , boldly ask Jesus Christ for what you need in prayer and expect to see wonderful results!

You do not have because you do not pray.

I remember back in my Bible College days how I used to make a list of every single one of my needs. When praying, I would read each item and discuss it with ABBA.

There was this day that I wrote 3 pairs of shoes on my list. When I got to the number where it was written, I heard God say to me :

“Hephzibah, why do you need three pairs of shoes? “

I had to explain that I needed those three pairs in different colors because I was doing a lot of Evangelical work. It was necessary to have the right shoe for the right terrain because I was doing a lot of walking.

I got all the colors I requested plus my favorite color which I did not add. I got all at a bargain and was also able to get some for my aides as well.

From that time onward, I write my prayer requests as a letter to ABBA.

Be fervent in your prayer. Be intentional. Be focused. God bless you.

Have a Blessed Day …. GOD’s grace be with you and your household !!! Shalom!

Hephzibah Christly

The PrayerPoint: pray for your week

Commit your week to God. Whatever is committed to God is safe and secure.

The more you pray,  study your Bible and then live as the Word says,  the more you will live the higher life.

Therefore alongside praying,  read at least two chapters of the Bible daily.  Then you will radiate God’s glory and be above Satan and the hosts of hell.

The Bible instructs  that we pray for one another. Be selfless with your prayers also.

Pray for others . Your prayers will call God’s power into play in their lives.

Pray about all you are going to do this week: Proclaim  that God’s Spirit that brings grace should brood over this week and birth supernatural favors, great ideas, and the opportunity to showcase your talents.

Pray for your neighbors families, friend, colleagues and  business people for the  grace of God to be upon them for favorable economic conditions.

Pray for those who are in war thorn zones as well as those in abusive marriage and relationships : that God should intervene to alleviate their suffering and point them to the way of escape

Speak peace over your community and country.

Command success upon all your endeavors for the week.

Give God praise for answers to your prayers in Jesus matchless name

Hephzibah Christly

The Better than yoga exercise for Christians

Yoga is not a Christian form of meditation. Any Christian who practices any form of yoga is deviating from the Christian discipline.  And by doing yoga  you would also be  activating demon spirits who would eventually access your life to cause troubles.

But this Christian form of meditation which is shared with you here:  would keep  you demons free, delivered, victorious and fruitful in righteousness.

Step 1: Choose a quiet spot where you won’t be distracted :Take your Bible, sit down and read a chapter.

Step 2: Still sitting :Close your eyes. Bow down your head in worship. With your elbows on your laps, entwine your fingers and rest your fore head or wrap your hands round your body in an embrace.

Step 3: Let the Words you read from your Bible flow through your mind.

Step 4: Go down on your knees. Lift your holy hands towards heaven and gently away from side to side.

Step 4: Let gratitude flood your soul and flow out through your mouth in songs of praise to God for all your challenges and blessings. Extol God with high praise.
(10mins)

Step 5: In that same mood, open your mouth and speak blessings over your families, friends, church, community, country: and salvation for the unsaved. Make Prophetic Declarations (10mins)

Step 6: Now you can pour out your heart to God. Express yourself freely. You are in the Throne Room. Share your joys, pains, disappointments, expectations – everything troubling your mind with Him. Ask Him whatever you need. Just upload all your problems (take all the time you need).

Step 7: Sit still. Be quiet and confident. And listen to God’s Word that will come to you in your spirit. Have a pen and paper handy to write it all down.

Step 8: Arise! Strengthened, energized, invigorated, empowered healed and filled afresh with the Holy Spirit.

Christianity involves living a life of faith in God, discipline as well as manifesting the fruits of righteousness. It is therefore important that you do this at least once daily for better results.
Shalom from your Spiritual Warfare Strategist – Hephzibah Christly

Good Character and Warfare Prayers

‘Can prayer override good character?’ Quite recently I heard the story of a young man who desperately sought work. He had submitted his CV to a company and waited for the interview date to be scheduled. But he was unaware that he was a preferred candidate because someone in that company had recommended him.

One Day he got a phone call that was to change his life for good. Guess what? He was rude and very impolite to the person at the other end. And so he was by-passed for the position even though he was qualified and with good recommendations.

Anyways, he later got to know about how he messed up big time. Even though he was full of remorse, it was already too late.

So he went to his pastor for prayer and Deliverance.

Can prayer override good character?

According to the pastor, even though he prayed for him, he told him that no matter how much we pray our character must line up with God’s Word in order to get good results.

It is true according to the Scriptures that we should pray about all things and at all times. But we still have the responsibility to develop Christ-like character as well.

A characterless person is like salt that has lost its saltiness. Salt that has lost saltiness  is worthless

This is the truth that we as Christians need to understand. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Just as salt adds value and preserves, the Christian is  to preserve and add value to lives.

As light shines and illuminate darkness, the Christian is to be that burning and shining light in the dark world.

The born again Christian is a participant in divinity. We are possessors of the Divine nature.

We don’t just pray and hope things change. There is a God part and the human part. We are participants in the Gospel and not just bystanders.

Our communication must effectively point others to who we believe in. Our participation in the Gospel must be operative and produce results for us.

The Christian should increase in intensity and in glory.

Therefore your participantion in Divinity should be operative and productive.

Prayer will never take the place of godliness. Both are relevant in the life of a Christian.

Prayer and Godliness shows faith in God.

In an earlier post on my Facebook page where I first posted this content, my friend Joseph Dilly commented thus: “Prayer without good character is akin to faith without work/deed. The scripture enjoins us to “pursue/follow peace with all men and godliness without which no man will see God“. In conclusion, he asked: “So, to whom will the person without godly character be praying?”

Prayer shows who you believe in, while Godly character points to whose child/follower or disciple you are.

The Apostle Peter stated in his epistle that by His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. There is really no excuses for exhibition of ungodliness.

Christians are disciples of Christ and have received the new nature fashioned after God.  That new nature influences godliness.  That is the defining factor.

People often pray for miracles to happen. But Christ-like living causes miracles to happen because it involves living daily in the supernatural.

When you add praying all manner of prayers and speaking in tongues to Godliness, you will experience miracles daily.

God is Spirit. And in His infinite wisdom, He chose to come into the realm of human existence through the God-Man Jesus Christ.

The precedent is already set.

Your blessings will come through human beings. You may argue that he sent ravens to feed Elijah in the wilderness. And I too posit the following:

  • You are not Elijah.
  • You have not exhibited extraordinary faith like Elijah.
  • You are not on the run from Jezebel;
  • And most importantly, Jesus Christ had not opened the way for humanity into the Holy of Holies in the days of Elijah.

The Son of Man has come and dominion has been restored to Man! God will use humans to bless you. You need to work on developing good relationships with fellow humans.

God works through relationships.

Unlike other religions of the world whereby people are seeking relationship with a god: Christianity is God seeking a relationship with you!

GOD desires fellowship with you. He wants to communicate and relate with you. Hence humans got created in His image and likeness.

My definition of Christianity is this:

Christianity is a relationship with God through a daily faith walk with Christ Jesus”.

Examples of how a good relationship/Godly characteristics release blessings:

  1. The Shunnamite woman:

The Shunnamite woman had everything. But she lacked the joy of parenting. Even though she was wealthy and well connected, she couldn’t buy a child even if she so desired

But favor became her portion through having a good relationship with Elisha, a man of God. She was respectful, hospitable and kind. Her Godly upbringing showed up. She displayed excellent character! Her Godliness placed a demand on the anointing and there was a release. Elisha the prophet spoke to her situation and her condition changed. She became a mother as prophesied.

Can you even imagine what would have happened if she had been impolite, aggressive, inhospitable and unkind? She would have attracted a curse. And she would then have had the displeasure of doing the circuit of  prayer requests and the seeking of  Deliverance ministrations.

She would have suffered greatly in going from one prayer house to the other and seeking seers/prophets for insight. And  they in turn,  would have recommended praying and fasting, binding and casting out of the demons which got activated by her bad character.

Sometimes, we unwittingly open doors for high powered demon activity against us.

Jesus Christ made a statement to His disciples, which we tend to overlook. He said:

“The Prince of the world is coming and he has nothing to use against me.”(John 14:30; Aramaic Bible in plain English)

There is ongoing spiritual warfare. The devil is going to and fro like a roaring lion seeking for whom to prey on.

Bad character releases a scent that attracts the devil and his hordes of evil spirit.

Bad character magnetizes evil. It is a potent weapon the forces of evil will use against erring Christians .

Bad character is counterproductive. It frustrates the grace of God, short-circuits the anointing that destroys yokes and hinders/terminates progress. You really don’t need to go there.

Some of us have insulted people that were divinely placed to help us.  And we may even not be on speaking terms with our destiny helpers because of some assumed slight.

Deal with your identity issues by finding your identity in Christ.

The Bible states in Philippians 2:7 that Christ Jesus;

“…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (KJV)

Another translation says “He emptied Himself”. Can you even begin to imagine what that means? The King of glory Himself became nobody in order to make somebody of us humans.  So, what are you so full of?

Some of us are still suffering, not because we lack talents or do not pray enough: But because we lack good manners or Godly character.

Good talents may attract attention but bad character will negate it.

Even if you are talented, but have bad character traits, your talents will be unprofitable. Because no person wants to associate with a disrespectful, insensitive, egoistic and uncontrollable person no matter how talented he or she is..

Good character is required to sustain the attention talent attracts.

Bible tells us that “… evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33; Darby Translation). And we are not to “… befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people” (Proverbs 22:24; NLT)

There are Good things in you.   Let us hear about your love for all people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 

Christian living is a partnership with God in faith. And for it to be effective in your world, you have to deepen your understanding of every good thing.  And to share it also with others  for the sake of Christ.

God has high standards. And being Omniscient, He is aware that we cannot attain His standards without help.  Hence He gave us the Holy Spirit to come alongside and help us

But then, He also expects us to work at it: – to press to reach those goals like a runner strains to reach the finish line.

We are not to rest on our oars and say “God will do it” and keep blasting in tongues. But rather, we should work with the Holy Spirit as He is molding us into persons who are characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23; NLT)

Self-control is a Godly virtue. At the head of it is love. Love for God and for others is a choice and a heart attitude. A person who loves will be kind, tolerant, humble and gracious.

Good character attracts favor.

  1.  Mary, the birth mother of Jesus Christ.

Although Mary was a Virgin, there were lots of virgins in Israel at that time. You can be sure they were busy praying and fasting and doing all other religious stuff to make them fit for God’s use.  But Mary’s Godly character traits singled her out for the favour of birthing the Saviour of the world!

God has high standards. He expects exemplary conduct from His children.

The goal of every Christian should be to become like Jesus Christ in worship, character and service.

As an act of worship, we are to offer our bodies daily “as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1, 2; NLT)

We are also to no longer conform to the pattern of the world because we are no longer of this world. Our attitudes and behaviour should evidence the characteristics of God which the Holy Spirit is producing in us: known as the Fruit of the Spirit. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23; NLT)

In humility, we should serve others, do good deeds and believe in God’s timing.

Reset your mind. Upgrade your attitude. Start by placing value on human beings. Be appreciative. Respect people. Put value on relationships. Do not despise people. Be courteous. Be kind. Be humble.

The only time you can look down on another person should be when you want to help them up.

I conclude this section with Paul’s prayer for Philemon:

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. (Philemon 6,NLT)

  1.  Naaman

Even though Naaman was a general, he had leprosy. GOD used his maid to point him to his healing miracle.

Although Naaman was a great man, he had great needs.

Who would have thought that his maid could proffer him solution? If he had allowed his pride get in the way, he would have died a leper. But he listened to the counsel of a mere servant girl. He did his part and the grace of God accomplished his healing.

The blessings of God come wrapped up, just like we package our gifts. Until the gift-package is carefully unwrapped, you won’t know what is inside the package. Likewise, the solutions of our problems come packaged.

God can use anyone or anything to help us. But without good character we might miss the solution because of its packaging.

As in the case of Naaman, humility and respect for the views of others yielded dividends.

4. Moses:

Moses faced a life threatening crisis. The Red Sea was before him, the wilderness, the angry and fearful people surrounded him and Pharaoh and his military might were right behind them in hot pursuit.

Moses cried out in prayer to God. But God was like –  ‘guy, why are you crying out to me, man up to the situation- do the needful. You got power right there in your hands, use it man! ‘

What did Moses do? He stretched out his hands over the Red Sea and God’s Omnipotence came into play. The Sea parted for the people to walk through.

As I said earlier, there is a God part and your part in solving a problem.

Faith in God must be accompanied by corresponding action.

In conclusion, I make bold to say: Prayer has its place. Prayer and faith-action are conjoined twins. Faith is seen by what is done in faith.

Development of Godly character has its place also. Work at it. Shine forth. Radiate God’s glory. Let people see that  good in you and be comforted and hopeful.

Let your participation in Divinity be productive for you.

Prayer cannot override godly character but rather it should enhance it.

Therefore, pray always. Then yield completely to the in-working of the Holy Spirit as He divinely controls and directs. Then press towards the goal by applying to your reality, the Biblical Principles He teaches you.

Only then can you  develop Christlikeness in worship, character and service to  attain the Divine Ideal.

Build good relationships with people.

Human beings are very relevant in God’s plan of salvation.

Learn to respect and appreciate people. Change your attitude. Show forth the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.

Let your character point people to God and not alienate them from God.

I need  to hear your own view point.

So what do you think? Can prayer override good character?

Post your comments below. Shalom.

LET US PRAY

ABBA we thank YOU for the entrance of your Word has brought light and understanding to us. We apologise for how we treated people in the past and cast aspersions on YOUR Holiness. We receive forgiveness and cleansing from all unrighteousness.

We ask that your enabling grace help us to receive the lessons in character building from the Holy Spirit.

We declare that the prince of the world will no longer have a claim over us.

We affirm that as YOUR righteousness the communication of our faith is effectual and operative.  We  produce fruits worthy of repentance and of righteousness.

Our lives glorify you. We replicate Divinity in our world.

We order all blockades to be removed now, for we are overcomers in this life.

We receive more grace and grow in knowledge and understanding.

We receive  the anointing of the Holy Spirit that brings upliftment, progress, success and economic prosperity. And declare it is at work in ud now.

Our lives must bring praise to YOUR Holy name, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amein

Hephzibah Christly

Be Vigilant

When you are confronting overwhelming or oppressive situations: know that demons are influencing it in order to break down your resistance.

Refuse to be perplexed or confused.

Instead go on the offensive and engage the enemy in spiritual combat.

Stand on the Word of God to rebuke and to cast out the evil spirits influencing the situations.

Then superimpose what God’s Word says about that situation by affirmation

Do not be ignorant and thus give up or accept the status quo.

Faith in God is the victory!

Let’s Pray

ABBA thank You that the entrance of your Word gives understanding. I release into this atmosphere the anointing of God’s Spirit that brings power, love and soundness of mind.

Fear be gone.

Confusion be gone. Let there be peace, clarity and deliverance. Let godly order be restored in the matchless name, Jesus Christ.

Hephzibah Christly