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Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”

One Sunday morning, during request time, one dedicated Christian man stood up at church to make a request. There was an ongoing investigation at his work place about a missing laptop containing the company’s high profile documents. And since he was the last person to leave the office where the laptop was, he was the prime suspect. His request was for God to help find the laptop.

As I sat there, I knew he was not capable of stealing because he is my friend and I know him well but for his name to be cleared, the laptop needs to be found. So I made it a priority to check up on him regularly to find out the progress of the investigations. Anytime I called, he was never depressed about what was happening to him. He was hopeful that God will redeem his name in the right time.

As investigations proceeded, the company asked him to proceed on leave with pay and emails were sent to the company’s clients that he no longer works for the company. It was not long when he announced in church that a colleague called him that the laptop has been found. We were all happy and thanked God because his name has been cleared now and can start work. We were wrong. The company does not want to work with him anymore and unwilling to pay his compensation. For a breadwinner for his nuclear and extended family, how was he going to cope? But he never lost hope and trust that God in the right time will take the troubles away and indeed, his trust for God showed in his demeanor and increased dedication to God’s work. I remember asking him once how he is coping and he told me, “I am very fine and in fact, now that I am not working, I have more time on my hands to do God’s work”.

He is now in court to compel the company to pay him his compensation. However, the last time I spoke to him again, he has a new job and then he told me, “I think this is a better job than the previous one. If all these have not happened, am not sure I will have landed myself this job and for the court issue, I know it is going to be a slow process but God saw me through the initial phase of this problem, He will not disappoint me now”.

God allows us to go through these things to make us better Christians than we were. All we need is to trust that He knows what is good for us and His ways are the best for us. I could not have been inspired more by the gentleman whose story I have put out today. All these happened to him early this year and his new job came in barely a month ago. Am sure he started the year so optimistic that things will go so smooth but this is what he got. The good thing is, relief has partly come to him and hoping and trusting for full relief. I do not know what you are going though at the moment but I pray to God to increase your trust in Him and to believe that His plans are best for you. Hold on to the hope that He knows what is best for you and keep praying and I believe that just as He came in for my friend, it will not be long when He brings you the relief you desperately need.

May the Lord bless us and increase out trust in Him always.   

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I chanced on this song Broken by Lecrae ft. Kari Jobe: http://youtu.be/3Cr3tSWGHHc and thought of sharing that with you. You may like the melody but I would like you to pay particular attention to the lyrics of the song. Indeed, it tells how miserable we are even when we think we are whole (not broken). One way or the other everyone is troubled about something. There isn't anything like a perfect day or a week because time and chance happens to us all (Eccl. 9:11). The good news is that we have an impeccable doctor who can fix us when we are broken. When we visit him regularly in prayer he prescribes preventive 'drugs' for us or helps reduce the shock when we break down! Yes!! He is the only one who can keep you in perfect peace if you trust in Him. We are all broken in the mess we have made but God can restore us no matter our current condition!!

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Are you stressed, brokenhearted or wounded? Do you find yourself worrying about your current situation because there seem to be no hope? Psalm 138:8 says the Lord will fulfill His purpose for you; His steadfast love endures forever. You only have to surrender all to Him in prayer and He will fulfill you at the right time!

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A group of former students visited their former university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints of pressure at work and stress. The professor offered his guests coffee. Returning from the kitchen, the professor brought a large pot of coffee and assortment of cups: plastic, glass, crystal, etc., some expensive some cheap. He told his guests to help themselves to coffee. When all former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If u noticed, all the expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the cheap and plain ones. While it is only normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is only more expensive. What all of you really wanted was the coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other's cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and positions in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee not the cup. Enjoy the coffee. The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply, love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Author: Unknown.

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“He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.” Luke 6:10 

I do not in any way doubt the power of God to heal today. However, my concern has been with the so called Healing and Miracles Workers today. A close examination of their operations and tactics only reveals some inconsistencies with Jesus’ healing ministry. In the above text, Jesus only said a word upon which the man acted. The healing was COMPLETE. In the healings today, you clearly see how the healer and the ‘healee’ struggle through a PROCESS into wholeness. At some instances, you clearly see traces of the illness –either they cannot well pronounce some ELIGIBLE words or they kind of limp for a while. My question today is, when those people proclaim healing, do the recipients receive COMPLETE healing?? Test all things and uphold to that which is good. (1Thess 5:21)

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