Her children call her blessed – Proverbs 31:28

I know people talk about Proverbs 31 a lot however, the first part of verse 28 caught my attention a few days ago. 

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Proverbs 31:28 KJV 

My children do not call me blessed. Well, they are 3 years old, 2 years old and 2 months old. When I lived with my parents, I never called my mum blessed despite the fact that she is a good mother. Maybe I was too stuck up or too stupid but as an adult I can proudly say my mother is a blessed woman. 

The truth is, as mothers, a lot of the stuff we do may go unnoticed but you know something? A day will come when they will look back and understand everything you have done. They will call you blessed. 

Do not give up!!! Even when you feel discouraged. Cast your burdens upon the Lord, Jesus is the affirmation you need.
PRAYER GUIDE:

Thank You Lord for my family, help me to serve them with love and joy. In my weakness, be my strength. Comfort me when I feel discouraged. Help me to appreciate good days and to remember such days when I feel overwhelmed In Jesus Name. Amen. 

10 prayers for your newborn

It is always an exciting thing when a child is born.  As believers, we are supposed to take everything to God in prayer and we commit everything into God’s hands including the future and lives of our children.

My guess is if you are reading this, you probably just had a baby or someone you know just did and you want to lift them up in prayer. Well look no further. Here are 10 bible areas I think are worth praying over your newborn like I did for mine.

1. For God’s presence to always be with her. 

Pray that in all her endeavours the presence of God will be with her. No circumstance shall break her communion with the Lord in Jesus Name.

Psalm: 145: 18. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

Exodus: 33: 14. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Jeremiah: 29: 13. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
1 Corinthians: 3: 16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
2. For salvation and an eternity with God

Salvation is not transferable from parent to child. That being said, we can pray for the Lord to touch the lives of our children or pray that they have an encounter with God just like Apostle Paul did. The end result of being saved is that their eternity with God is guaranteed. It is important that our children hear the voice of God and open up their hearts to Him.

Matthew: 7:13-14. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Romans: 10: 9-10. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Revelation: 3: 20. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

3. For Godly wisdom and discernment

In all areas of life, we need the Godly wisdom to guide us, we need to be able to discern what is God’s will and what is not God’s will. This is a very important area to pray on because our children will grow up and will be faced with daily decisions. It is important that they remain in God’s will.

Proverbs: 3: 13. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Proverbs: 24: 13-14. My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

James: 1: 5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James: 3: 17. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Proverbs: 16: 16. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Philippians: 1: 9-10. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 

4. For an obedient and teachable spirit.

Pray that your child will allow herself to be corrected by the word of God and that she will submit to Godly authority, advice and counseling. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict her whenever she goes wrong and that she will take correction well.

Ephesians: 6: 1-3. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
1 Peter: 5: 5-6. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Proverbs: 12: 1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 

5. That she will fulfill her days

It is the prayer of every parent that their children will live long. We do not know God’s will but we know His grace, His mercies and His compassion. You can pray that God should show mercy on your child and let her live to fulfill her days, let her not die young and let God perfect everything that concerns her.

Psalm: 91: 16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Jeremiah: 29: 11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

Psalm: 138: 8. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. 

6. Family unity and togetherness

Pray that your child will be a source of joy, peace, unity and togetherness to your family. Pray that because of her, God will strengthen, renew and restore love and unity in your family. Also pray that she will be a source of joy and hope to everyone who comes in contact with her, Let the glory of God radiate through her.

Psalm: 133: 1. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Mark: 3: 25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

7. For God’s Blessings and Grace (Favour)

God’s blessings are like no other. The blessings of God do not cause sorrow. Pray that your child will continue to find favour in the sight of God and that she will be blessed in all her endeavours.

Psalm: 45: 2. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Genesis: 6: 8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Psalm: 67: 1. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Numbers: 6: 24-27. The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.  And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

8. For God’s protection 

God is the only sure source of protection, No one can watch over your child more than the Lord can. So commit your child to Him, Ask God to be her guide. To protect her from evil people, bad friends, bad decisions and anything in general that is not of God.

Nahum: 1: 7. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Psalm: 91: 7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 

9. A loving and compassionate spirit

Jesus is our example of love. Pray that your child will be as loving and compassionate to others as Jesus was. Pray that she will be guided by the love of God and she will extend this love and compassion to others.

John: 13: 34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

1 Corinthians: 13: 4-5. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Colossians: 3: 12-13. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 

10. For her health

God does not only care about our souls, He cares about our bodies too. As long as we are alive, our bodies must glorify Him. Infirmities and the rest can be prayed against. The same God who gave life to your child will keep her in health, pray that whenever sicknesses arise, God will defeat them and renew her health.

3 John: 1: 2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Proverbs: 17: 22. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Jeremiah: 33: 6. Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

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How to know if you are a Lukewarm Christian


1. You see Jesus as Saviour but not as Lord. Acts 2:36, Luke 9:57-62

2. Coming to God only when you need something

3. You rarely evangelise or talk to others about Christ. Religion is a private thing to you. Matthew 10:32-33

4. You compromise with the world. You do things because other people are doing them not because of what God says. Luke 6:26, Revelation 3:1, Matthew 23:5-7

5. You want to be saved from hell but not necessarily from sin. You are not truly sorry for your sins. Romans 6:1-2, John 10:10

6. You rarely think about eternity. Life on earth means everything to you. Philippians 3:18-20

7. You often think those who obey in full and live as God expects are radical and too extreme. You are content with being “average”. James 1:22-25, James 4:17, Matthew 21:28-31

8. You find ways to justify sin and call people who keep biblical doctrines “law keepers” Galatians 5:19-21, Hebrews 10:26, Revelation 22:19

9. You frequently say “do not judge” even when the Biblical stance on certain issues are clear as day. 1 Corinthians 2:15, Proverbs 31:9, Leviticus 19:15, Ezekiel 22:2, John 7:24, Matthew 7:1-5

10. You think good works make you born again or could be the same as salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, John 15:6, Isaiah 64:6

Maintaining the ‘Gold Standard’

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I am not one for new year resolutions because I never keep to them but as I grow in the Lord, I know for sure that I want to know him more and more and to live for him in the best way possible.

Our just concluded annual camp meeting was a fantastic time in God’s presence and I taught my first youth seminar class on ‘The Religion of Rehoboam’. This lesson got me thinking about how so many Christians let down their standards. I know for sure that I do not want to go down that path!

The story in I Kings 14:25-28 is pretty simple, Rehoboam inherited the throne after the death of his father, Solomon. In that time, Shishak the king of Egypt defeated Israel in war and all the golden vessels in the temple which Solomon made were taken away. Rehoboam replaced the stolen golden vessels with vessels made of brass.

Rehoboam could not keep up the golden standard. Gold is really valuable. Remember Solomon built the temple not by his wisdom but according to God’s specifications. Brass looks a lot like gold but is not gold, it is man-made. Brass shines like gold but is a substitute religion of men that cannot buy salvation. Brass signifies man’s religion which is noisy, cheap, does not regard God’s commandments and revelations. More so it operates by an ‘it does not matter’ ideology where there is really no standard.

It is common to see salvation being substituted for church membership, Joy in the Holy Ghost is being substituted for entertainment, the word of God is being substituted for slangs and motivational speeches, volume is also being substituted for quality. It is important to note that salvation, holiness,sanctification, repentance, heaven and the Holy Ghost cannot be substituted.

If with all your religion, you are not washed from your sins then what you have is substitute religion (Read Proverbs 30:12-13).

We must:

  • repent and be saved
  • receive the grace of God
  • sins must be washed away not covered
  • the two eternal options are heaven or hell and there is no substitute
  • resurrection into life or judgement which cannot also be substitute

The above options are pure gold and should not be substituted for brass irrespective of what the worlds thinks or says. In Proverbs 23:23, the Bible says we should buy the truth and not sell it for anything. Do not let down your standards for anything. In your walk with God, strive for gold and not brass.

This is how I plan to approach 2017. I will not let down my standards like Rehoboam did, I will not be a weak Christian and above all, I will contend earnestly for the faith!!!!! This is my only goal.

How do you plan to approach 2017? Do you have goals?

Opening up to the word of God…

I think I will be approaching this verse from a slightly different angle than we are used to.

A few days ago, certain events got me thinking about how wrong or inappropriate it is to refuse correction or wise counsel from someone just because we think the person kids or friends or siblings do not behave well.

Let me give an example:

Person A: I think you should try doing this, you know the Bible says…..

Person B: you should teach that to your kids or how can you advice me when your own kids do not……

How wrong! How inappropriate! I have often been caught in this ungodly behaviour but you know something? A person does not have to be obeyed or respected by his family to be used by God. God doesn’t work based on human sentiments. The fact that that friends and family do not respect a person’s Christian work or faith doesn’t mean you cannot take that person seriously when it comes to the things of God.

If there are certain preachers you refuse to take seriously simply because the behaviours of their children do not reflect the scripture then you may be judging too quickly. Understand that your leaders in church are not perfect and often times, the devil tries to get at them through their families.

My advice would be to pray for them rather than write them off.

For this child I prayed…

One of the verses I had written down to pray on for my unborn. It is also a commitment to bring up that child in the ways of God and let God use the child however he pleases. 

The Bible tells us that Hannah handed Samuel over to God without hesistation. Considering the fact that she had prayed for so long for the fruit of the womb. Many of us did not exactly pray for that long for a child, but at the point of marriage, we probably agreed to have kids or were prayed for (prayers of fruitfulness etc). Either way, we owe it to God to bring up our children in the way of the Lord. 

Allow your children participate in church activities, outreaches and general service to God. There is nothing more rewarding. 

Praying through your pregnancy

Proverbs 3:5-6(KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

There are a vast number of reasons to pray during pregnancy. Most times, people get stuck on praying for protection only that they forget to pray about other stuff.

Here is a list of other areas to pray on during pregnancy:

  1. Prayers of thanksgiving
  2. Prayers for safety
  3. Prayers for baby’s growth and development
  4. Prayers for baby’s character
  5. Prayers for baby’s future
  6. Prayers for your medical team
  7. Prayers for financial stability
  8. Prayers for family unity
  9. Prayer for parenting
  10. Prayer for happiness and contentment
  11. Prayer for attitude during pregnancy
  12. Prayer against moodiness and mood swings
  13. Prayer for peace and stability
  14. Prayers against bad dreams and the spirit of fear

This is just a guide on how to pray during pregnancy, there is a lot to pray about. God id the giver of children and we need to seek his face for every aspect of our unborn children’s lives.

Luke 18:1-8

God used a friend to remind me of this last night. I needed to be encouraged and she messaged me at the right time. Before praying, I came up with a few resolutions (for lack of a better word):

  • I will persist in prayer until the answer comes
  • I will keep my requests constantly before God
  • I will live for God day by day
  • I believe that God will answer
  • I live by faith, I will not give up
  • When God delays, It is with reason
  • When I persist in prayer, I will grow in character, faith and hope
  • If evil judges can yield to constant pressure, how much more our loving Father in heaven
  • God loves me, God will hear me

How Often?

How often do we get so “close” to God when we want something from Him? Perhaps you are pregnant and you pray everyday, study the word just because you need your birth to be a successful one and you need a healthy baby. You are a student and you need to pass so at the time God becomes your bestie and you consistently pray for wisdom and understanding every time you study. Your loved one is sick, and you need God’s divine intervention in her situation so you pray always, attend fellowship regularly and give to the church. I could go on and on with the examples. We fast, pray, get what we want, some of us don’t even properly give thanks and the next thing is, we push God to the backseat. 

The very things we waited on God for become the excuses for not fellowshipping or praying or rendering services to God. How often?

The story of Daniel in the Bible always challenges me. Daniel was the prime minister, second in command to the king yet he prayed often. He had consistent prayer times. Trust me, no one is ever too busy or too successful to pray. Daniel 6:10

Prayers have to be consistent. Praying should become a habit we inculcate. Even when things are good, we should continue to pray. James 5:16 says the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

I know I want to get to the point where I pray without even thinking about it. Make praying a habit!!!