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How to praise through difficult times

How to praise through difficult times By Oluwakemi Eunice Alofe 
One of my favourite songs is Marvin Sapp's “Praising Him in advance”. In it he made a statement we can all relate with. He said, “I’ve had my share of ups and downs” who hasn’t? When aren’t we going through something big or small? The world appears like it's designed to frustrate our efforts. But from this song, I’ve learned two important lessons and they are:
Praise will confuse the enemy People around may laugh and wonder why you are praising through a situation because what they know is the problem and pain you’re going through. But what determines your response is what you know. What do you know? Marvin sang that he knew that God would take the problems and pain away and that was why he could praise.
Praise is the lesson I’m emphasising because it’s a virtue I’m still learning myself. Praise not because you’re not going through problems, praise not because you’re not in pain. Praise not because you’re not sad…

What is the true goal of satan?

What is the true goal of satan?by Pastor Adebowale Ibukun Tosin

Satan isn't fighting many things as we think. His main fight is against the word of God! Now, I haven't said he doesn't deal in oppression and afflictions. Of course, he does! 
Acts 10:38(NIV)how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
The verse above shows that he is found in sicknesses and diseases. Why does he do this also? To cut short people's lives so they don't encounter the gospel! A believer who is always sick also cannot be as effective in the ministry. All the trials and afflictions in the world are designed to weaken convictions and effectiveness! However, we miss it when we feel the devil is out there to make sure people are poor alone. Yes, he can be found in lack and scarcity but he's not totally against people becoming rich as much as he's agains…

Sex and celibacy guide for today’s Christian

Sex and celibacy guide for today’s Christian  by Selema Enang
Celibacy wasn’t for him; it was for you. Celibacy wasn’t for her; it was for you.
There are so many relationships and partners you’ve had that shouldn’t have crossed hello and hi. But sex isn’t letting you be great. I understand.
But come out of hiding, celibacy is not by your might. It is not by your power. Rest in this.
It is not by “ok Jesus I’ve been celibate for 1year, I got this.”
Lol, the devil will start beating drum dear, that’s pride setting in. You’re about to break that one year vibe. The Bible didn’t stutter when it said FLEE!
2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
It didn’t say check it you can manage! It didn’t say stay and test yourself!It said FLEE!
To flee means to pick your shoes, put them on your head and run for your life. To expand, even if your shoes falls off you head as you run, don’t stop to pick it. J…

Why is it so hard to be a Christian?

Why is it so hard to be a Christian? by Marcelle Umar
I never really understood what it meant when people said when you “find Jesus, you find freedom”. Being a Christian means being called to a higher standard, you have to put in extra effort to live right. Deny yourself of the “fun” stuff. Right?
That didn’t sound like freedom to me.
Now I’ve grown so much more in the word of God, my relationship with Jesus is stronger than it has ever been and I’ve never felt such freedom in my life. What I didn’t understand before, I now understand through all I’m experiencing. Nobody had to explain it to me.
An excerpt from a book helped me put the feeling into words; “Grace is freeing, it puts the burden to perform on God, rather than on the believer. Our Job is to believe while God does the work”. There’s so much I want to say but I don’t have all my thoughts gathered yet.
Yes, as Christians we are called to a higher standard and it might sound like a lot of work but it isn’t. God freely gives …

Who will make a better society?

Who will make a better society?
Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. I thank you for even clicking my link, it means the whole world to me. I just want you to know that you matter to God and He is intentional about all the things that happen in your life. You are loved by a father that can never stop loving you. Check out my ost recent post for some encouragement as you go through the seasons of life here.
This is a super short post to encourage some self- introspection about the future. As human beings, we have to continue to learn, unlearn and relearn.
For many of us, the trajectory of life is graduate from school, get a good job, get married and have babies. Some of us made this decision ourselves why others got it shoved down their throats by their  African parents. Have we ever stopped to ask ourselves some questions about raising children? It is not about the cute Instagram pictures or saying oh I’m blessed with children. There is so much more to that.
So here is the jist, if a …

Scriptures to encourage you while you wait on God

Scriptures to encourage you while you wait on God
Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. My name is Bidemi but everyone calls me Bibi. Thanks for clicking my link, I love and appreciate you. If you haven’t read my most recent post, kindly do so here before you proceed with the post of today. Remember, Jesus loves you so much. Nothing can separate you from his thick and fierce love.
Today, I want to encourage someone with the written word of God. You may be in a discouraging situation, perhaps you're feeling hopeless. I want you to be rest assured that God is on your side. Sometimes you may not feel like He is with you as you go through life, but I want you to see His words for yourself.
I believe these powerful words will help you hold on to God and not let go of Him throughout the phases you encounter. God loves you, you have to keep telling yourself this truth whenever you can. He is very intentional about you. Nothing that you experiences catches Him by surprise. 
Scriptures that…

What should we pray for?

What should we pray for?Oh wow, I can’t believe we are in the last quarter of the year already.It is amazing how everything went by so fast, God is good. Welcome to my blog if this is your first time stopping by, I am so happy to have you here. If you are a returning reader, I love you so much and I mean it. If you haven't checked out my most recent post titled "How to control negative thoughts", please check it out here.
I don’t know how your year has been but mine has been great. I thank God for the seasons He birthed in me. I can tell you that I grew a lot this year. I believe that I am conforming to the image of God, from glory to glory.
I put together a list of prayer points to help guide us throughout this season. The first five prayers apply to everyone while the others are subject to the seasons and situations we are in life (you'd notice the change in language). Please, feel free to stand in the gap for your friends and loved ones if you see the one that appli…