"Oh, if only I had more faith." Ever say or think that? Jesus didn't think we needed more faith. In Matthew 17:20b He said if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could move a mountain. Romans 12:3b says we've all been given the measure of faith, so we have more than enough faith to move the biggest mountain of sickness, disease, poverty, fear, lack, bondage to sin, and yes even a literal mountain or whatever mountain is standing in our way of fulfilling God's glorious plan for our lives.
Then what is the problem? What is keeping our faith from being released to do its job of activating God's promises in our lives so we can live the prosperous and overcoming life promised us in God's word? Jesus gives us the answer in Matthew 17:20a when He tells his disciples why they could not cast the demon out of the "lunatic" boy. Jesus said, "Because of your unbelief." Unbelief is the culprit, not the lack of faith. Get rid of the unbelief and the problem is solved.
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has announced he will be bringing a distinct Gospel twist to this year’s Coachella music festival. Announcing his “Sunday Service” show on a recent flight, West took the opportunity to reveal that the gig would coincide with Easter Sunday — something that will likely excite Ye’s church-going fan base.
Kanye’s music has, at times, contained a deep spiritual meaning. In the opening track of his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo,” a song titled, “Ultralight Beam,” West declared “Yes, God, We don’t want no devils in the house, God. We want the lord (Yes, Jesus) And that’s it.” The song featured well-known Gospel artist, Kirk Franklin.
Failures and disappointments. Aches and pains from the past that just won’t seem to go away. Most of us know what it’s like to suffer from them but too few of us know just what to do about them. So we limp along, hoping somehow they’ll magically stop hurting.
But it never happens that way. In fact, the passing of time often leaves us in worse condition—not better. Because, instead of putting those painful failures behind us, we often dwell on them until they become more real to us than the promises of God. We focus on them until we become bogged down in depression, frozen in our tracks by the fear that if we go on, we’ll only fail again.
I used to get caught in that trap a lot. Then one day when I was right in the middle of a bout with depression, the Lord spoke up inside me and said:
Yesterday I encountered a person who was quite demanding that I do something she wanted me to do and would not take no for an answer. I ended up being rude to her, and I feel a godly sorrow over my behavior. I always want to represent God well, and that means I often need to be long-suffering with someone who is irritating to me.
I don’t feel guilty and condemned, because I have repented and know that I am forgiven, but I do feel a godly sorrow, and I think that feeling is healthy and right. We should take our sin seriously and be deeply penitent when we do something that we know is wrong.
Although this feeling is uncomfortable, I welcome it because it impresses on me the importance of my witness for Christ and reminds me of how easy it is to behave in a fleshly and carnal way. The Bible urges us repeatedly to be on our guard against the temptations we encounter in the world and to live carefully. Being rude to someone may seem a small thing, but it is the little foxes that spoil the vine (see Song of Solomon 2:15).
I believe we should appreciate any feeling of chastisement that we receive from the Holy Spirit, because it is God helping us be the kind of people who represent Jesus well.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I appreciate Your conviction and chastisement, and I am deeply sorry for my sins and grateful for Your forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Over the years, Biyi Samuel has proved himself to be an outstanding singer, songwriter and music personality with his unique music style and powerful vocal delivery. From the days of 'IGI ARUWE', his first viral song, the Ogun state born singer has released different soul-lifting songs of different genre. His special vocal and pitch delivery makes his voice his unique identification symbol. Biyi has featured on several songs, and each time he brings 'Life' into the content.
Having released several albums that we can always connect to, Biyi Samuel is presenting to us another fresh album with a household title, and he calls this 'OGO DE'.
The new album is available on Boomplay, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all Digital music stores.