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IT IS AVAILABLE!

IT IS AVAILABLE!

Over the last 18 months, my local gym like many across the United Kingdom has been shut. Then came the staggered opening which led to some of the group classes starting. That then led to the resumption of my spin class with limited number of bikes. Recently, that has changed, and I just thought to share my thought and lesson learnt from our response to this phrase – ‘It Is Available’.

The opening of the economy and changes to the COVID restrictions on the 19th of July 2021 meant gyms went from 30% capacity to opening fully and providing full capacity in almost all the classes. That meant my spin class went from 10 bikes to 30 bikes.

It was exciting because I didn’t need to stay up till 12 midnight to try to get a space nor did I have to wait for someone to cancel at 8am the next morning for the 9am class. That had been the practise for the past months. Some even pre-book their spaces for 2 weeks in advance. It just looked like it was impossible to get a bike.

Booking for a spin place after the opening was so easy. After booking, I sometimes see more than 19 bikes still available. As the weeks progressed, there were fewer of us than even the pre-opening times. The class recorded less than 30% and it got my trainer concerned. As she mentioned her concern in class last week and said  ‘I don’t understand what is going on, more bikes are available  –  why aren’t many more coming?’ As we got talking about this and general human behavioural pattern, I remember the word of God that says:-

THE WORD OF GOD

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Isaiah 55:1 (NLT here)

When it looked like there were limited bikes, many wanted to get in and then there were more bikes. The more available the bikes were, the less interest people had. Sometimes this seems to be the attitude we also apply to the word and promises of God.

I have always found the above scripture fascinating. Why will someone come to buy without money? Why will there be a purchase without cost? Well, Prophet Isaiah was saying that; to get the precious promises the Lord has prepared for us, all we need is hunger and thirst. We do not need to be limited by lack of money to buy.

The things of the Lord are prepared and available for those who hunger. God’s word and promises are available to all; but are we hungry enough to put all aside and hunger after Him. He said those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Will you and I be counted as part of those?

I want to implore you to seek after the LORD and pursue Him with a fresh hunger and thirst as there is unlimited satisfaction in pursuing the Lord. Never allow availability trigger neglect of that which is available to and for you.

The Lord is on your side!

 

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MAKE THAT CHANGE!

MAKE THAT CHANGE!

I am almost sure you would have heard today’s story, but it came to my mind to share the same with you again as I encourage you to Make that change .

Here is the story :-

“Once, there was an older man, who was broke, living in a tiny house off $99 social security cheque and at the age of 65 he decided things had to change. He thought about what he had to offer and remembered his friend’s continued appreciation of his chicken recipe. He decided to use this platform to create his change.

After leaving Kentucky, he traveled to different states to try to sell his recipe. He told the restaurant owners of his mouthwatering chicken recipe which he offered for free, just asking for a small percentage on the items sold. Unfortunately, he kept getting NO as response. He heard NO over 1000 times. Even after all of those rejections he still believed his chicken recipe was something special.

With one success on the 1009th attempt,  Colonel Hartland Sanders Kentucky Fried chicken was born and he changed the way Americans eat chicken.

The question is, what if he chose to stop because he was old, or because of the NOs? He kept at the quest for change and that reminded me of one of my favourite scriptures

“…..All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.” Job 14:14 (You can read the NLT version here)

Just like Job mentioned above, there may be many days of hard service, but wait till your change comes. God has designed great days ahead of you, never allow the delays or NOs stop you. So ensure you Make that Change.

PS: Catch up with last week’s post here

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IT’S LIKE A DREAM!

IT’S LIKE A DREAM!

Sunday saw Emma Raducanu issue a statement of interest which is ‘It’s like a dream’. She won the USA open at the age of 18. She became the youngest lady to win the title since Maria Sharapova won it in 2004 at the age of 17.

What made Emma’s win a dream was not just the event of the USA open where she played 10 match wins in less than three weeks and had a perfect 20 for 20 in set. That is, she never dropped a set in the race to the USA open final game. She was also the first woman to win a major title in her second Grand Slam event. She was more or less an unknown before this last weekend.

When she was being interviewed, she mentioned that she would not have believed she could win this title as she only had three weeks practice before her first tournament, she just completed her A-levels and was also thinking she had done her best for the year by getting to the fourth round in the second week of Wimbledon. But a few weeks later, her life changed radically.

QUICK CHANGE

It is amazing how someone’s life can change in such a short period of time. Many of us never even knew of Emma Raducanus before this USA Open win. She ranked 345 at the beginning of 2021 and 179 after Wimbledon. By the end of the week of winning the USA open, she is now firmly inside the top 30. The first British woman to win a grandslam in 44 years. What a change!

The Psalmist in the word reminds us how God can change our lives and situation around ever so quickly

‘When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.’  Psalm 126:1 (Check out the Message version)

God is still in the business of stepping into the lives of His children to the point of us seeming as if we are dreaming. If this young lady can experience an unexpected and unprecedented success within such a short period of time, how much more your life when your change comes.

I would like to implore you to trust in our God who through numerous scriptures and stories, both in the bible and in our modern day shows us that it does not take too much for Him to change your story and turn your life around.

God is on your side!

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IS HE ANY GOOD?

IS HE ANY GOOD?

Earlier this week, Eddie and I were seated at dinner with a young man who was passionate about Jesus and as he told us his story, we got more and more fascinated with who he was and all he did. Along the line, he mentioned that his dad is an evangelist, to which Eddie responded by asking, ‘is he any good?’ To which the young man stated…’ I think he tries’

Eddie mentioned his desire to invite an evangelist to GWC as we just finished an evangelism course at church. He described our congregation and asked if the young man thought his dad could connect with us. Again, with humility, the young man said. ’I think he can.’

Eddie then promised to connect with the man. The plan is we can invite him to Gateway. The next day, while at a Christian training academy, the trainer acknowledged this young man. He then mentioned his dad who is a renowned and respected international evangelist. Eddie and I looked at each other in surprise…how did we miss that? We as a church just finished studying one of his books on evangelism and Eddie has been wanting to find a way of connecting with him to bring him to Gateway.

THE WORD!

As we looked at the humorous side of the story, I thought of the scripture that taught us a lesson about Jesus. Read here..

He was in the world and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him.’John 1:10 (The TLB version is here)

It is possible to be acquainted with someone and still not know or recognise them. Jesus was around for 33 years and ministered for 3 years, yet His world did not know Him. That lack of knowledge led to so many mistakes and misconceptions that affected the ability of the people to receive all that Jesus had to offer them.

The more we know Him, the more we experience all He has to offer us. So, take time to know God more. How? Get more into His word, listen more to sermons and hang around Him and His saints more in His church.

God is on your side!

 

 

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IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!

IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!

I enjoy reading captions and marketing slogans. One of such, which I truly love is that of Adidas that says ‘impossible is nothing’. I recently read the thought behind the caption and was even more fascinated with it.

In explaining the caption, the Adidas marketing team says the concept of impossible itself means nothing. There is no such thing as impossible. The explanation goes on to say ‘what is holding you back may just be your own invisible shackles because after all, ‘impossible’ doesn’t exist.’

Reading that brought a lot of previous stories of shattered limitations to my mind. Here is one of such;

One of our lovely pastors at Gateway Chapel shared her testimony of when the doctors told her that she would never be able to conceive. They also said, if she even conceives accidentally, she would never carry the baby to term. She left the doctors and their report to focus on her God who turns impossibility to nothing. The Lord visited her and she now has two children, both carried to term. The two of them are healthy, intelligent and loving the Lord today.

This is only one of many miracles and testimonies of the Lord I can recount- where He shatters the concept of impossibility. His word says

“For with God, NOTHING shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 (read it in GNT here)

I thought to remind and encourage you with those words today just in case you are struggling with an impossible task, mountain or situation. Remember that our God who is bigger than any mountain can crush every mountain and give you your testimony.

God specialises in stepping into impossible looking situations and will solve them His own way, in His time. Hold on to God.

God is on your side!

PB

PS:read my older blog post on Stepping into the unknown