Today’s Fragrance: How long can you hold your thirst?


Today’s Fragrance by Papberry

Topic: how long can you hold your thirst?

Main text: Psalm 63:1

Somewhere in 2014 I started my national service with a research institution,  it was a great opportunity for me to learn and also to gain extra cash in addition to my national service allowance. The feeling was awesome because we were mostly going to the field and it fetched more cash.

But it got to a time that I didn’t enjoy what I was doing but I just had to do it just for the sake of it. Was I tired already or that exciting feeling just evaporated?

we could go to the field for a month get back and relax for a week and go again, it wasn’t fun anymore cause I was missing something, I got tasty and hungry for something more because during those times on the field I didn’t  get to go to church. I had my devotion everyday but it was just not enough for me.
This particular scripture felt more alive to me during those times…

1 A David psalm, when he was out in the Judean wilderness.
God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.
Psalms 63:1 (MSG)

Finally it was almost Christmas and we were given some break. You can only imagine how I rushed to be at every church gathering I knew of, just to have that cooperate worship and to experience something more that could satisfy my thirst.

And in His presence I go like…

2. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory 3 In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. 4 I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you. 5 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy; I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises! (Psalm 63:3-5 MSG)

My point exactly is that sometimes we get so busy and in our busyness we miss out on the very relevant things. But thank God for the Holy Spirit who sensitizes us whenever we are going down.

It is paramount that we become more sensitive to His promptings because sometimes we go through certain situations and we see it as normal, but remember it is mostly the normal and not extraordinary things that puts a man down.

if that thing is taking you away from your God then I think its time to let it go else that thing will let you loose your God.

Prayer 

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for the gift of life. I humbly ask that you will forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me. Holy Spirit take over and teach me to respond quickly to your promptings and lead me always to the place you want me to be, living in your generous love. Thank you Father for listening to me in Jesus name, amen.

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Tuesday


Hello favored one, I’m excited as always to share a quote with you today ’cause it’s a Thoughtful Tuesday.

I hope the week is going great as well, now let’s get started…

“Your thoughts becomes your words and attitudes. Where the mind goes the man follows”

Every battle won or lost takes place in the mind first before being realized in the physical.

The mind plays an important role in the life of every individual because, thinking, planning, imaginations… all takes place in there.

So simply put, the mind is a construction/building site and your thoughts are the materials that is being used in building…

The kind of thoughts you have or the kind of things you think of determines the kind of building you will have. 

Just as you can decide to build with wood, straw, bricks or blocks so there are varied thoughts.(good and bad) And so if you want to build something strong and long lasting, you certainly would not go for straw or soft wood.

In the same manner your thoughts build your life because they come out as your words and we all know words carry power and out of the hearts abundance the mouth utters.

consequently humans acts on what they have in mind as long as they are convinced it’s right…you cannot be thinking about something all the time and your actions would speak otherwise.

Our thoughts certainly affects our attitudes and moods. When a person is full of wrong thoughts he is miserable and it doesn’t affect only him, but also people around him…it’s contagious.

It is good to think about what you’re thinking about because Satan usually deceives people into thinking that the source of their misery or trouble is something other than what it really is. He wants them to think they are unhappy due to what is going on around them( their circumstances) but the misery is actually due to what is going on inside them( their thoughts)

You choose to be happy or not… So having the right attitude is a decision but if you really want to know things to think of that can shape your life read Philippians 4:8 and think of things that build you up and not tear you down.

Lining up our thinking with God and His word is imperative to receiving what we desire by moving according to His will.

Meditating on God’s word is the only remedy for bad thoughts, your mind can only be renewed by the word of God invest time in that and you will be amazed at how things will turn around for the better.

Thank you for reading today also.

Till we meet again,

Blessings…

Today’s fragrance: Mum got saved too


Today’s Fragrance by Papberry

Topic: Mum got saved too

Main text: Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 I went out with my mum and on our way back as we sat in the “trotro”, within moments a friend of mine came on board as well.

it was time for the “mate” to start taking the fare and my friend looked back and asked, are you alone?

I’m with mum, I replied, and he said okay.

The next moment I realized, he had paid for both of us.

After that kind gesture my mum was smiling and I said in my head, see the way you are enjoying “grace”, something she had not worked for, but just because she was with me or she knew me, she got saved!

Most often during evangelism sessions we say things like come to Jesus because He loves you and when He saves you, your entire family gets saved too just like the scenario described above.

Now this message does not mean that one can buy or attain salvation for the other.

Salvation is and will forever be one man for Himself God for us all, meaning you must do the believing in Jesus yourself and after that have a personal relationship with him.


what we mean by that statement is that as the bible says believers are the salt and light of the world, and so you being the person saved in your family means, you are that one unique light shining in the darkness, even flies, incapable of thinking are attracted immediately to light when it appears in darkness and overshadows it.

so by being salty (tasty and relevant) shining bright and making manifest the goodness and love of God daily, your family will be caught up wanting to find out the secret behind your glow and because you already know Jesus, it will be easy to introduce Him to them so they will all be saved.

Your family members will be saved like my mum and will enjoy the goodness in Jesus Christ, Christ has already paid everything we owed and will ever owe in a lifetime, and He has eternally conquered the devil, sin and every darkness.

so once you believe in Him and are linked to Him, you just enjoy the products of His finished works, free of charge , that is grace!

Get to know Jesus and save another soul today by letting your light shine and being relevant in Gods kingdom.

Blessings…

Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus thanks for today.I humbly ask for forgiveness of sins even as I forgive those who sin against me.help me lord to be an example of you in my generation and to let my light shine so bright without going dim so to lead souls to you to be saved.thank you for hearing me in Jesus name, Amen.

©Papberry2016

 

Today’s fragrance: Joy comes in the morning


Today’s fragrance by Papberry

Topic: Joy comes in the morning

Main text: Psalms 30:5

For his anger lasts only a moment,but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

If we are able to endure the pain in the night then we will smile in the morning. Just as the anger of God lasts but for a moment, so are our problems, they are never permanent!

Our dark moments are when we are going through trials and the test of our faith but he who endures comes out refined, ready for greater works.

It might be tough but the great news is that, if you stay strong through the dark moments looking only unto Jesus, then you are assured of a morning, a bright day overflowing with joy.

You will find God’s favor, after you have endured a little while, and remaining faithful to Him throughout the struggle, and because He loves you, what He gives to you wipes away all the pain of the night leaving in your heart a lasting joy no one can take or give but Him. 

Never forget that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Blessings…

Prayer 

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for this message and my life. I humbly ask for forgiveness of sins even as I forgive those who sin against me. Thank you for reminding me that You are the only permanent thing in my life and that my struggles are just for a moment. father I pray for more grace and strength to hold on to you alone in the darkest of nights because you alone can usher me into a bright morning. Thank you Lord for making your ears attent unto my prayer in Jesus name amen.

©Papberry2016

Today’s fragrance: God’s love never fails.


Today’s fragrance by Papberry

Topic: God’s love never fails

Main text: Isaiah 54:10

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

If there is one thing I know about God, it is that He is a convenant keeping God!!

Proof…His word!

Psalms 89:34

I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.

God made a covenant with Noah never to destroy the human race with flood ever again and anytime there is a rainbow, He is reminded of that convenant and has no option than to follow despite all the scary things humans beings are doing now.

If you and i are still alive today despite our flaws then His love really is unfailing and it does covers a multitude of sin.
God is faithful to His word and so is His love for you, unwavering!

This means that no matter what is going on around you God remains God. Your circumstance cannot change who God is but Who God is can change your circumstance if only you allow Him. There might be lots of noise going on around you but you can have peace amidst the noise if you rest in Him because He has promised you that. God can make you prosperous in a land characterized by famine just like Isaac. 

The only thing you’ve got to do is to show Him your faith and He will show you His faithfulness. He makes our faith full by giving us what we hope for in Jesus’name.

Do you know that all the covenants God made with His people has an effect on you? This means that now the covenant is between you and God! ‘Cause He calls you child and you call him Abba Father.

But if you still do not see those  as personal, then He is all yours, afterall He is your Daddy, make one with Him and trust Him to fulfil as you also fulfil your part.

Blessings…

Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for this day and this message. I humbly ask that you will forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me. Father teach me how to rest in your unfailing love as I watch you turn things around for my good. I desire to learn and know your ways so I can serve you better, this I ask in Jesus name, amen.

Thoughtful Tuesday


Hello dearies, how is the week going so far?

I bless God for today. I’m excited ’cause I get to share a quote with you as I do on Tuesdays.

here we go…

“Everything is subject to change except God Himself”.

It doesn’t matter if you are super rich today or dead poor, it can change overnight!

It doesn’t matter if you are sleeping in a 4 bedroom house today, you might be sleeping in a single room (coffin) tomorrow.

No one knows tomorrow except the One who owns it.

The only thing permanent in existence is God Himself. 

How then must we live our lives?We must live our lives with this in mind that we are just but clay in the hands of the potter, and He chooses what to mold us into. The earlier we understand that ourlives does not belong to us but Him, the better.

God is the only One who can turn your mess into a miracle and consequently send that as a message to doubters.
So by saying everything is subject to change, I mean EVERYTHING. Your problems and your current hurdles they are all just for a moment, never permanent!!
So think right, speak right, live right and put your trust in the right place, God, because He is the only one who can give you a peaceful permanent place of rest.

Blessings…

©Papberry2016

Today’s fragrance: Wait on God


Today’s fragrance by Papberry

Topic: Wait on God

Main text: Micah 7:7

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Sometime ago, i had this friend who was very dear and close to my heart. We were practically inseparable. Wherever I was, there she will be most times, we ate the same food and shared everything( the happy and tearful moments) and we did almost everything together. It was a regular routine and so we really got bonded over a short period and because of that I knew her every move, even without speaking I knew what certain actions or faces she makes meant.

I knew her that well, even more than myself and it got to a time that I could even predict certain things she was going to do and those things will manifest and because of that and so many others I earned the right to personalize her as my friend, you know friendship is reserved for a selected few out of the lot.

Before one can attach “my” to something (animate or inanimate) first there must be an existing relationship involved.

Therefore to be able to wait patiently on God, means one must really know God, be closer enough to Him and to know His ways. The truth is you cannot look unto someone you do not know and expect some magic to work on your part when in need. One must personalize God and by continually staying under His feet, you get deep insight and revelations about uncommon things. By knowing this, you can fully trust in Him because you know for yourself and not what someone says that He is the only one capable of saving.

Because I know God for myself, I can boldly declare that He is my God and no matter what, He is my only savior and because of this close relationship, I can patiently wait on Him. The good news is that He also knows me and at the sound of my voice He hears and saves me from the valley.

Even if I fall, I will rise and when I sit in darkness, my God will be a light unto me and in me.

I look to Him alone for He is the author and finisher of my faith.

Can you wait patiently on Him?

Blessings…

Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for this day and this message.i humbly ask that you will forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me. Lord Jesus help me know you more for myself so that I can also personalize you as my God. I so much desire to be close but my flesh opposes many times and so father be my strength so I can stay under your feet at all times. Thank you Lord for listening to me in Jesus name, name.