Murderer

Yesterday, the police finally found a 👧6-year-old girl that had been missing for 3 days.

Unfortunately, the little girl was not just found dead, her body parts were scattered all over the floor. A finger here☝️, a leg there🦵, an arm here💪, an eye there👁.

Luckily, the police were able to track down the murderer. Now, he is sentenced to die in 3 weeks.

However, his parents are pleading for him to be allowed to live because he is only 16 years old and has been a good boy all his life.

Will the judge grant their request and let the murderer live on the basis that he has been a good boy? No! His good deeds do not count here and he has to pay☠ for his crime -Murder.

To any one reading this that has committed abortion, the truth is, when you stand before a holy God with your sin, you will have to pay for murdering⚰ a living person (that baby👼 you removed from your womb).

No matter how good a person you have been, your good works will not be able to save you on judgement day. The only way you can be saved is by trusting in Jesus Christ who paid your fine by his death at calvary. If you believe in Him and repent (quit your sins) today, you shall be saved from eternal torment in the lake of fire.

Can I pray with you? Send me an email joyceebere@gmail.com. God bless you!!!

#Jesuschristsaves #Jesusheals #thegospel

40 Days To Purpose | Day 22

Right now, I want you to list 3 things you are currently worried about. Write them down. Now briefly close your eyes and ask God to take control, to solve those issues.
Now check your heart. How do you feel? My guess is that you feel slightly less worried than before. That small feeling of assurance is God’s peace. It is a fruit of the spirit i.e. the result of shifting your trust from yourself to God.

Peace needs to be cultivated. When you put an Orange seed in the ground and water it, you don’t wake up the next morning and head to your farm with a big basket 🧺to pack oranges🍊🍊🍊🍊. For several more months, you will head to the farm with water 💦and tools 🪓to prune your plant.🌳🌳. So also, to see any fruit of the spirit manifest in your life, you must work at it.

Do you want to be a person free from anxiety, worry and cares?

If yes, these are things you must do:
1. Find out if there is really God.
I mean it. This is the foundation for inner Peace.

One of the reasons why you still worry over an issue even after telling it to Jesus is that deep down in your heart, you are not really sure if he exists. After all, you have not seen him with your two 👀 eyes so what makes you so sure he is alive and he heard you?
See, you have to make sure you’re not just wasting your time.

Ditch the my-Pastor-said syndrome. Become convinced beyond all doubt that this God, Jesus, Heaven and Hell is real. Its not lack of faith to do this, you are rather building your faith.

👉👉👉 Suggested reading: “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.

2. Practise telling God your needs and cares.

Most of us grew up into adulthood with the training to worry. You were naturally groomed to believe that your problem is your problem and you have to sort yourself out. As an adult, you believe you are now on your own. 😄😄 We tell each other, “Take care of yourself.”

I want to remind you that no matter how old you are, you are still God’s child. God wants you to depend on him the way your child(ren) depend on you. He wants to hear every worry or care you have.

SHORT STORY: I met a man on the field recently. I was encouraging him to have a daily quiet time. He then told me, “I don’t like disturbing God”. 🤷‍♀️It is sad that some people think God is so small and limited that we can “disturb” him.

Look at these passages:

Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

🔑🔑The key to Peace is to form the habit casting your cares upon God:

Philippians 4
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When you are a person of peace inside, it will naturally flow and extend to your relationship with other people.

40 Days To Purpose | Day 21

PERSON: “God is not love. God is wicked and hateful”. I mean think about it….
If God is love, why will he send anyone to hell.
JOY: You see *God does not send people to hell.* When a person chooses to refuse God (through His Son Jesus Christ) they automatically chose to accept the devil.

Of course if you choose devil, you have to go and live with him at his house (No 1, lake of fire, hell avenue) after death and judgement.

If God were to have His way, he wouldn’t allow anyone to go to hell. He would have EVERYONE be saved. But God is not only Love, he is also *Just* . This is why he is the Great Judge of the entire Universe. It will be unfair to Satan for God to save those who have willingly chosen to be Satan’s children.
For God to do this means that God is no longer God.

Many people chose to continue in sin because they do not understand the gravity of the suffering waiting for them when they die. They think that since they don’t believe in hell, it does not exist.

Imagine if I go and climb a NEPA pole with the intension of touching the high-tension wire. I even go ahead and pour water on my hands. I shout down to the onlookers who have gathered, “I don’t believe in electricity, I don’t believe it exists”.

🤔🤔🤔Will the electricity refuse to shock me because I don’t believe in it?

Haaa!
🙏May God open our eyes to see how exceedingly sinful sin is.

We trivialize sin forgetting that it was what made Jesus suffer so much and die. He died for our *sins.* He died:

1. To make forgiveness of *sin* available for us

2. To give us power to live above *sin* through his resurrection

God *sacrificed his only begotten Son* mqking him to become sin for us, because he understands that it is *only sin* that can take one to hell.

God has already shown the full extent of his love for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has given us his love already in full measure. All we have to do now is to:

1. Accept it
2. Tell others about it

*We accept* his love by *believing* in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in the effect of his death and resurrection and then *departing from sin.*

*We tell others* about it by… well… 😄simply telling other about it.

This is why the gospel message has not been effectively preached until you mention the following:

*Sin* – the problem
*Judgement/Hell* – the punishment
*Love/Sacrifice of Jesus* – the way of escape

This equation must be complete in order to reach the heart of a sinner.

May God reveal his love to us in greater measure everyday and give us grace and boldness to manifest and extend it to others in Jesus name.

SACTIVATION | GETTING PRACTICAL WITH IT

1. Try to get your hands on the book “The Murder of Jesus” by John McAuthur. Read it and understand the physical and spiritual implication of what Jesus went through by carrying the sin of the world and suffering the punishment for it.

It is one book I can boldly say, I will never get over.

I will see if I can get a pdf copy to share here.

I love you all ♥️♥️♥️

40 Days To Purpose | Day 20

🤦‍♀️ Something was terribly wrong with Abimelech.

🤔🤔🤔Why will a young man wake up one morning and suddenly kill all his brothers and then convince his people to make him king?

He ruled for three years in such a manner that his subjects sought to overthrow him. A conspiracy then arose against him. A civil war broke out and during battle a brave woman dropped a large rock🗿 on his head and cracked his skull💀. He then commanded one of his men to stab 🗡️him, so it will not be said that a 🥷woman killed him.

So, what exactly can we glean from Abimelech’s life?

You see, after Gideon defeated the Midianites in battle through the miraculous power of God, Gideon was pretty much the most important 😎man in Israel. Abimelech grew up in wealth, he was well cared for.

As Abimelech grew up, he noticed he was treated a bit differently from all his other brothers. He did not enjoy the same privileges as them. Abimelech was told to go out into the wilderness and tend sheep 🐑🐏unlike the legitimate sons. He was not as important. When the census people came to count the sons of Gideon, they said, “Gideon has 70 sons, and oh… the son of the concubine.” Surely, he knew he was a son, but a different kind of son.

So he grew up harboring jealousy 😏for his brothers which grew into 😒envy, 😠bitterness and then 😡hatred. He had no peace in his life and died a terrible death at the end.

Joseph on the other hand suffered a worse fate in the hands of his brothers, but he did not let it overcome him. He had every right to avenge himself, but he chose to forgive and live in 😇peace for the rest of his life.

How was your childhood? What names were you called? How did people perceive you? Were you abused or molested? Were you treated as unimportant and insignificant?

Perhaps some of your life experiences have caused you to be so crippled that you just do not believe that God can do something great with your life on this earth.

Like Jabez, I want you to commit your destiny into Gods hands and tell God to change your story. If you decide to get bitter and angry at your parents (for example) for how they raised you, your problem will still not be solved.

So today I encourage you to go to God in the place of prayer and pour out all that bile in your heart and cry unto the only one who can change your life.

ACTIVATION | GETTING PRACTICAL WITH IT

1. Ask God to search you heart for wounds. Old mindsets that have somehow limited you in life from becoming who God wants you to be. Pray and ask God to heal those wounds

2. Pray for your children (or future children) that God will rid them of any crippling mindset that you have mistakenly put in them as a parent

40 Days To Purpose | Day 19

Today we are looking at the life of Gideon. It so happened that once again, the current of Israel went after idols. In a time of plenty and prosperity, they forgot God.

So in order to get their attention, God gave them over to the Midianites to deal with them. 🙆🏽‍♀️Omo!! The Midianites no send ooo. They really dealt mercilessly with the Israelites. The scriptures record that during the time of harvest, they will come like locusts and ravage all the Israelites food and in addition, they destroyed everything in their way.

Infact, God’s people had to run to mountains and caves to hide just to spare their lives. After 7 years of punishment, God saw their suffering and decided to deliver them. He chose a man named Gideon.

At first, Gideon struggled with the idea that God wanted to use him and tried to prove it by all means. He eventually accepted the call. 🤔🤔🤔I thought immediately Gideon accepted the call, God will tell him to go and find soldiers and go to battle, but that was not so. God said to Gideon something that really interested me. Judges 6:25

And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it.

In other words, God told him to start from his fathers house. He should solve his own problem first. He should repent first. Jesus said in Matthew 7:5 that you must cast the beam out of your own eyes first.

Why?

So that you can see clearly to cast the speck out of your brothers eyes. In your journey to purpose, how effective you are at helping others is greatly dependent on how much you have been helped.

Please do not skip your making process. It is vital to make sure you do not end your journey in one scandal or the other. Now does this mean one has to be perfect before thy can make an impact?

No.

By all means if God is sending you out do not resist. But you must stay in God’s presence. You must still be learning. You must still be taught under a mentor or mentors. Still listen to messages. Still read books. Still pay to attend seminars, retreats and programs.

Don’t assume because people are now calling you “Pastor, Pastor”, you now know everything.

The Kingdom of God doesn’t just work that way. Finally, lets take an example from out Lord Jesus Christ:

John 12:49
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

John 5:19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Even Jesus Christ made sure he was constantly hearing from God and seeing God so how much more we.

May God give us grace and strength to pursue him and maintain an intimate relationship with him in Jesus name Amen.

40 Days To Purpose | Day 18

In this world, we say 🤷‍♀️”nobody is perfect”. It is commonplace for someone to hurt 😔you at least once a day.

Apart from strangers, these are the people that will regularly hurt you:

1. Your spouse
2. Your in-law(s)
3. Your boss or colleague or business partner
4. Your neighbor
5. Your friend
6. Your brother or sister at church
ETC

Even if you decide to go and live alone on a 🌌mountain, you will soon get offended at someone, maybe the government or even God.

If Jesus could be betrayed by Peter, how much more you.

As you grow in fulfilling purpose, *pleeeeeenty* trusted people will hurt you.

You must become skilled at forgiving people. 😎You must gain mastery over bitterness so that no weight will be able to slow you down🥵 and so that you can run 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃‍♂️with God’s vision for your life. God will help us in Jesus name.

When Cain was seething with bitterness (the product of unforgiveness) towards Abel, God told Cain in Genesis 4:7 that, *“sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it”* GNB.

The bible describes bitterness as a poison (Acts 8:23). Unforgiveness is the root of bitterness referred to in Hebrews 12:15. God says we must overcome it. The bible says, we must not let it trouble us, that we must forgive as Christ forgave us (Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:32).

I know we are all good people. Many times we find that its not that we purposely don’t want to forgive someone that hurt us. It is that we are struggling.

You wish you could forgive and forget. You have even prayed to God to take away the hurt. But anytime you see the person that hurt you, those wounds open afresh, and there is pain in your heart.

SO WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN SOMEONE HAS HURT ME?

*ANSWER: Let the person know (Matthew 18:15)*

Once someone has hurt you, this is what Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior said you should do:

_*“Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”*_

Satan tries to trick us into thinking that if we somehow keep our hurts to ourselves, we are being well-mannered and holy. That we are being enduring. *Please do not try that with unforgiveness.*

Why?

❗1. Because bitterness defiles you (Hebrews 12:15) i.e. is a sin on your record

❗2. Because Satan takes advantage of you (2 Corinthians 2:10-11) i.e. can gain access into your life to steal, kill and destroy

❗3. Because God will not forgive your sins (Mark 11:25-26). Check your bible. Jesus (not me) clearly said this

This issue of bitterness and unforgiveness is such a serious issue that Jesus said in Matthew 5:24 that your gift (prayer) is meaningless if you offer it with unforgiveness in your heart.

The writer of Hebrews in 12:14 says we are to *PURSUE* peace with all men. That means, do not wait for the person to come to you first. Go 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃‍♂️and look for the person that hurt you and reconcile.

Perhaps they 🤷‍♀️do not even know they have offended you.

May God give us grace and wisdom as we make up our minds to seek healing from every hurt in our hearts and reconciliation with everyone we are not in good terms with, in Jesus name, Amen.🙏

40 Days To Purpose | Day 17

We will be looking into the life of John the Baptist. His life had been prophesied by Prophets Isaiah & Malachi. (Isaiah 14:3-5; Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6). John confirmed Isaiah’s prophecy that he was only making the way for the one to come (John 1).
And Jesus later confirmed Malachi’s prophecy that John was the “Elijah” being awaited to precede the coming of Christ. John was not literally Elijah as we know but he did the kinds of things that Elijah did, which was turning people’s hearts back to God.

From Luke’s gospel, we see some details: John’s father Zechariah was a priest, and John’s mother was also from a family of priests.
Both his parents were good people, obedient to God’s law and faithful (loyal) to God.
But though very old, they had no child.
Zechariah was on priestly duty in the temple one day, hmmm.

An angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message that God had heard his prayer and his wife Elizabeth would have a son whom they should name John; and how happy and glad people would be for him. He gave special instructions of how to bring up the child. And that from his birth he would be filled with the spirit of God. And that the child would bring the people of Israel back to the Lord their God
And he would be strong and mighty like Prophet Elijah. (This refers back again to what Prophet Malachi had said about him). Malachi 4 vs.5-6.

He would get the Lord’s people ready for him. These same statements were said about him by Prophet Malachi when he said that someone would come like Elijah that would turn the hearts of the people to God…
This was confirmed by the angel’s words to Zechariah. True to the word, Elizabeth got pregnant. John was born
Started his ministry telling people to turn from their bad lives and be baptized, and that God would forgive them.

Interestingly, people started asking him if he was the messiah. And they questioned him about who he was.
He told them he’s not the messiah, but hat the messiah is coming after him. And that while he, John, baptized or dipped people in water, the one coming after him that is the messiah would baptize or dip people in the Holy Spirit.

We see him ready to push people towards Jesus. He showed his own disciples pointing to Jesus that he is the lamb of God. That is the one you should follow and look up to. And those disciples ran to meet Jesus. And when people told John about Jesus baptizing and having more followers than John himself, it didn’t move John.
The profound thing is that he made them realize that Jesus is the one worthy of the greater importance while he (John) had to become of lesser importance.

We must be focused on what we have been called to. Whatever we are doing, everything is focused on Jesus. John knew his purpose, that he was just a messenger. We are apprentices of the Lord. Our purposes derive from him and are centred on him.
All we are meant to do is to showcase Christ. He remains the centre.

However influential or famous we may become, we must remember that Jesus Christ remains the centre.
We need to always decrease and he should increase. That purpose which is to proclaim the goodness of Christ must continue. Another lesson from this: Should God bring into our space someone with some greater skill in a particular area, however much younger or otherwise we may consider that person to be, we must be humble to learn rather than getting competitive.

We must stick to our own purpose. There’s no question of someone trying to outshine another. Let us also remember that we need to remain humble in all of our duties. And everyone is unique in his or her purpose, all geared towards one ultimate goal.

Finally, at some point, shockingly, John developed doubt about Jesus when he John got into a difficult situation. Let us know that we must stay in the place of the word and fellowship with God to get through difficulty so we don’t fall.

There will be persecution, challenges while we are doing God’s business.
Jesus told his disciples, in this world you will have problems, but remain cheerful because I have defeated the world. It’s in fellowship with God that our doubts are cleared out and we remember the promises of God. Though the challenges may still be there, we will still have peace.

ACTIVATION | GETTING PRACTICAL WITH IT

1. In your quiet time tomorrow, let’s pray that our eyes will never shift from the focus of our lives and existence that is Jesus Christ Himself.

2. Spend more time reading God’s word: the more you do that, the more your mindset begins to change and stays centered on Christ and serving others.

3. Stay focused on your purpose: ask the Lord to continually help you so as not to get distracted.

I pray the Lord alone will be glorified in our lives.

40 Days To Purpose | Day 16

The story of Samson as recorded in the book of Judges is a popular one. Essentially he was a very strong man. He was endued with divine strength.

Samson was also a Nazarite and a judge. He intensely hated the Philistines and often opposed them. 🤔I wonder how come he loved Philistine women. 🤸‍♀. The first recorded event of his life was even his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath. Judges 14:1-5

Later, the bible records that he fell in love with another Philistine woman 👩 named Delilah. Unknown to him, this woman was an agent sent by her people to find out the source of his great strength and to cut it off ✂️

Delilah tried a failed two times but eventually succeeded. She was able to cut off his hair and the Philistines came in and captured Samson. They even plucked out his two eyes. 👀

Then the Philistines organised a party to celebrate their victory and worship their god Dagon. They made fun of Samson, now a weak helpless man tied between two pillars. It seemed as though Samsons life was going to come to a miserable end until something happened. Samson remembered God.

Judges 16:28 records this:

28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord,(AM) “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge(AN) on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

And God actually heard him. His strength retured and he killed more Philistines in his death than he did when he was alive. Brethren, do you think your time has passed?
Do you think you started this journey too late?

Do you think you have misused the skills, talents and opportunities God gave you in life? I want to tell you that its not over for you.

That you are alive today means that God is still giving you a chance to say “Yes” to him. Its really not about what you think you can do. Its about what God can do through your perceived weakness.

Yes I know you could have lived a better life. But don’t wallow in that pool of self pity and regret. God is still in the business of adding years to people’s lives just as he did for Hezekiah, so they can accomplish his purpose.

God can still use you. Just say, “Yes”.

ACTIVATION | GETTING PRACTICAL WITH IT

1. In your quiet time tomorrow, pray and tell God that you are still available. Ask him what you can do for Him.

2. Begin to actively pay attention to the passions in your heart. It may be that God is leading you to specific group of people as your assignment

3. Start being faithful in the assignments that are clear e.g. preaching the gospel. God will see your faithfulness and comit more into your hands

I pray that every wasted year in our lives will be restored and we will be more useful as we grow older, in Jesus name, Amen.

40 Days To Purpose | Day 15


One day, God created the earth and every living thing in it including man/humanity. God created man because he wanted to have lots and lots of children. He wanted men and women who share his life and character.
Satan by the way, also wanted children. He wanted children who will share in his life and character. So Satan tempted Adam the first man, and succeeded in taking his dominion. It was such that every of Adams decendant is born in sin. That is, every one born into this world is by nature a child of the devil, destined to perish in hell with the devil forever when they die.
But GOD IS LOVE. He does not want anyone to perish. God will have ALL men be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth. If there was any other way to save you, God would have done that. But without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. So God came down in human form and died for you.
God died for the following reasons:

1. To forgive you of your past sins so that you don’t have to perish eternally
2. To give you power/ability to become his Son i.e. to share his Holy and Loving nature; so that you no longer commit those sins He has forgiven you of; so that you can live to please Him.
The price God paid was far from easy. God had to endure the most gruesome form of betrayal, torture and crucifixion from those he loved and healed and came to save.It was the day God allowed humanity to stab Him in the back.
What made God go through such torture was His Vision. Yes, even God had a vision. And it was that vision that kept him going for his goal even in the face of wicked persecution and death. Hebrews 12:2 confirms this: “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross”.
Yes that “joy”, the joy of having lots and lots of children who will willingly share his nature and character was what made God endure till the end.
What is your vision in life?
Your vision has to be powerful enough to keep you going when the whole world turns against you. As for me I’m going to share the vision of my Father. It is the most powerful vision ever. I have made it my vision in life to see everyone become God’s child. I see everyone as a potential child of God. No matter how bad they are, I want to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them and get them saved and see them walk in Truth.
I invite you to come and share in God’s vision today. For if you must be relevant in God’s agenda then His vision must become yours.
ACTIVATION | GETTING PRACTICAL WITH IT
1. Ask God to burden you with his vision for humanity. Let the fire that burns in His heart, burn in your heart as well.
May God set our hearts on fire for him in Jesus name, Amen