Hi hi hi my blog fam!
How are you doing? Hope you had a great weekend?
I did myself 🙂
Welcome to a great week! I started mine a bit lagging behind – issue with waking up late and then doing things that are meant to be for a certain time backwards but ah, it is well!
When God gave me the vision for this blog in the year 2014, the one reoccurring instruction He gave to me was to STAY FAITHFUL.
He would say a lot of things and then end with “stay faithful with the blog”.
The blog has grown a lot since that time and He has seen fit to add some things to what He has placed in my hands for His kingdom;books, the women at the well, AYSC NIGERIA NGO, and speaking engagements. In all of these things, His instruction to me has always been to STAY FAITHFUL.
In 2014 when He said it, I didn’t realize how much of as big deal FAITHFULNESS was to God but since then I have grown to see His promises to men He has used for great things all predicated on FAITHFULNESS.
Now we all know Joseph’s story; the young boy who was sold by his brothers into slavery and from slavery, was taken into prison. From prison, one very good day his life was turned around in the blink of an eye! We see his end and we get all excited! But the truth is Joseph had some virtues that were God’s raw material to take him to his expected end and one of these virtues was faithfulness.
Joseph did not suddenly find himself in the palace, his upliftment was as a result of threads that had been connected through His entire life.
We see Joseph as a young boy:
When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his fatherâs flocks. He worked for his half brothers, (Genesis 37:2)
Through every season of Joseph’s life, he had been faithful with whatever thing God had placed in his hands.
He was faithful while tending his father’s flocks…
He was faithful in Potiphar’s house…
“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaohâs officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
Â The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did,Â Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.Â From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Josephâs care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.”
He was faithful in prison.
“But while Joseph was there in the prison,Â the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.Â The warden paid no attention to anything under Josephâs care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”
The same administrative duties he was faithful at in less than pleasant circumstances was the very skill he needed while in the palace.
Sometimes we get so tired and fagged out at where God has placed us but WHERE WE ARE ISN’T THE PROBLEM, THE ISSUE IS, WOULD YOU DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO DO EVEN IN THAT PLACE?
Our God is a God who uplifts per time and in accordance with what He knows His son/daughter can handle FAITHFULLY WELL.
Why would God lift you up to a position He knows you would trifle with? And how can He ascertain your faithfulness but by the way you have previously dealt with your duties in the past?
After our TWTW March meet this year, the only thing God told me was:
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Recently, a member of TWTW Admin was telling me well done and encouraging me to stay faithful and I told her I cannot even stop. I understand this principle of faithfulness in the kingdom of God. There is no way I can stop whether one encourages me or not. Whether I get support or not. This should be our mindset towards all that God has placed in our hands to do:
Whether the circumstances are favourable or not, whether there are helpers or not, I will STAY FAITHFUL at what God has told me to do. I will stay faithful at the work He has placed in my hands to do.
That was Joseph’s default mode. Prison or palace, what God has given me to do, I will wake up each morning and do it.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:’
The Bible is strewn with the word FAITHFULNESS over and over again. It is one of God’s best virtues; never-changing, bankable, faithful God. And it is one virtue God looks for in His own.. To be sure that this my son and daughter would not fail me. So He takes you to the pit to test you. But if you do not understand you slack.
No, keep going. Stay faithful. Stay committed to God’s task in your hands. Stay faithful. Stay faithful. Stay faithful.
It is another week to ask God for grace. To keep going despite being weary.
Do not despair. In due season you shall reap, if you faint not.
Love you all dears.
Have a blessed Jesus filled week ahead.
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God bless you!
AmakaAugust 16, 2017 at 3:48 am
Thanks for this timely word!
You inspire me a lot. May God help you STAY FAITHFUL. The arms of flesh fails. It is God who gives strength to weary.
Frances OkoroAugust 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm
Amen and amen.
Thank you Amaka
AmakaAugust 16, 2017 at 3:50 am