Sunday, July 31


Daily we have come to understand, either by personal or learned experiences, what it means to FRUSTRATE or to be frustrated. Amongst other definitions, the Webster (1913) dictionary definitions explains my thought in this instance –

“…To render invalid or of no effect” and “…To prevent from attaining a purpose.”

It can be quite a painful experience to feel frustrated or become frustrated by situations or other people. In my opinion, frustration is an iota of disappointment in a different sense. You may have tried to explain a simple method to someone who does not believe what you are doing or saying, and as such makes jest of the situation; you will feel frustrated especially when your intention is to help. It will be disappointing to have spent such a useful time or effort on something that will never work or someone who will never understand.

Also looking at the word “GRACE,” the Webster (1913) dictionary has it as -

“Inherent excellence, endowment or characteristic fitted to win favour or confer pleasure or benefit.”

And it extends to imply,

“A state of one who is under such divine influence.”

Notice the word “divine?”

Grace as some say, is the influence to gain favour and excellence by no doing of yours, rather bestowed on you divinely. However, if you do not take cognizance of this grace, or are ignorant of it, you will not and cannot walk in it.

Now here is my point: Everyone is bestowed with this grace from God. This grace makes everything you need to do easy and it opens doors of opportunity to you with unhindered access. But if you are ignorant of this grace and its source, it will not come into effect in your life’s circumstances.

Using the analogy of a father who makes an investment for his children and provides them with the relevant document or cheque-book to make necessary withdrawal whenever they are in need. How may millionaires have died debtors without realizing their financial statuses!

Ignorance denies people of losing out or not taking advantage of this grace. Unbelief is another factor. There are some who may have an opportunity to read through this article but have made up their minds not to believe that they have this grace or could obtain it. There is a measure of grace invested into your account as God’s child – take it or leave it – the bible also says so. After such huge investment and a person decide to care less of this grace, it will be frustrating to the investor.

The Grace of God enables success, but if not taken into cognizance and taken advantage of, it will become fictional instead of being functional. Locking into this grace will defy odds and become a springboard to success in every area of your life. That easy, O yes!

The reason why some people find it difficult to believe is because it is that easy! Some expect it to come at a price. They expect the job to have been done somehow; as such they find it difficult to believe it. The Truth is that, “it is free, but it did not come cheap.” It did come at a price, but it was not yours to pay. It was not a price paid by some random acts of kindness; it was specifically applied to you. This grace was established by the obedience and death of one person – Jesus the Christ.

By one man’s disobedience - Adam, sin crept into the world. As such all became affected by the effect of his act, thereby falling short of the glory (which houses the grace) of God. Nevertheless, through the obedience of one man, who fulfilled the requirements relevant to meet the terms of restoring this glory back to man, Jesus the Christ, grace and truth was restored and established to and in all who believe in Him. *

Yet most people, who tend to believe, still find it difficult to accept all the good and effect of Jesus’ act of obedience and death. They have come to respond to this call by selective acceptance due to their mindset, “how can this all be true?” Some believe they are saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus, but find it difficult to believe that the life they now live cannot be diseased by the effect of the same act that has saved them. By hanging on to this mindset of selective acceptance, they will still struggle with the same thing they used to struggle with when they did not receive the message of the gospel.

The Grace of God that is in Christ Jesus, now bestowed on everyone who is a child of God, has the capability to provide for excellence, complete health, success, prosperity, love as well as forgiveness. Make full use of it. Do not render it invalid or of no effect. Give it a go. Start to depend on God’s grace today.

There was a man named Paul, who tasted of both worlds – ignorance and knowledge of this grace. He has this to say:

“…I do not frustrate the Grace of God.” - Galatian 2:20, The Bible (KJV)

I love the way it is reflected in The Message translation of the Bible and I will leave you with this:

“What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” MSG Bible (Galatians 2:19-20)

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How many of us have totally relied on a piece of technological equipment to take us to places we have never been and do not know how to get there! Personally, I am not very confident when it comes to finding my way around a big city. You may hand me a direction to a particular place, or may have been driven there the first time, but remembering how to get there is always a struggle for me. I sometimes sought excuses why I cannot be there (probably for an event), but the primary reason was ‘how to get there.’

Recently I purchased a GPS navigator and ever since I am amazed and have been very pleased how it works. All I need to do when I am going to places I do not know is to key in the address of the place I am heading to, then sit back. Amazingly, it talks me through my way, giving me specific directions, quick routes, with several alternative and options to avoid toll routes, known heavy traffic routes, use the highway. Its functions extend to locating the closest restaurants, fuel stations, banks or ATM locations and facilities you may need on your way.

Its functions also alert you to the required speed limit on the road you are traveling, as well as the speed you are driving. At the same time it never forgets to alert you when you are approaching a speed or red-light cameras, enabling you to keep alert and safe while traveling.

What an amazing piece of equipment! It works! Most of us have come to rely totally on it on our journey, thus avoiding assumptions and guesswork. As such it has rid me of potential excuses why I may not turn up at an event simply because I do not know how to get there. Sorry to bore you with all that information. But I provided that information as a background to our discussion.

Now the reliance or dependence on this Satellite Navigation System (Navigator) is what I will call Faith. Nine times out of ten you will always trust it. Now if we have a piece of equipment, which helps us navigate our everyday travel on the road with such great functions, what about life’s Navigation system?

May I introduce you to a personality who is an expert in navigating lives and its affairs – far much more have the unrivaled potential in directing the course of lives than the way the electronic navigation system works. I call Him, ‘The Divine Strategist’ – the specialist navigator. He is the person of the Holy Spirit of God. He is the one who can perform the ‘live’ life’s functions of the Navigator and more. At some point, you will need to update your navigator, but the Divine Strategist (the Holy Spirit) is full with capacity and lacking nothing. Instead, he updates you with more knowledge of him as you go on. He is a ‘one stop shop’ to all life’s solutions.

Just the way one goes to purchase a navigator from a retail store, He is not available for purchase because you cannot buy Him, but you can acquire His influence and engage His services and assistance without money. All you need do is to make total verbal and heart believing invitation for Him to come to you.

It is important most times when leaving your car to disconnect and remove the mobile navigator to avoid theft. As for the Divine Strategist, he is not something you ‘take’ along; He lives inside you so that you do not have to be without help at anytime, place and in any aspect of your life. It is demeaning to compare Him to a piece of an electronic navigator, but this is done to bring you into a basic understanding of his personality using this illustration.

If you do not have Him and you will love to encounter Him, ask Him in your best possible way to come into your life: trust me, He will not refuse you. He has always loved to come in, but HE wanted to be formally introduced to you. He is very patient and will not impose Himself on you without your consent. Now is your time to acquire the best practice, best help, the specialist, the divine strategist there is and will ever be: the person of the Holy Spirit.

Furthermore, the electronic navigator may lose reception and unable to connect to the satellite which feeds it the live information. The Holy Spirit Himself is the satellite and He is eternally connected with God who is all in all.

To invite Him in, you may choose to use my words if you cannot think of anything to say to Him at the moment. However while you are borrowing my words, I give you full privilege to make it your own by attaching real meaning to it.

“Dear Holy Spirit of God, may I introduce myself to you too. My name is (your name). I heard about you today and realized you waited for me all my life to know you. Now I ask you Holy Spirit, please come into my life to stay. Fill up the empty spaces of my life, taking out the junks that I have heaped through years of ignorance. Stay with me as you have promised you will. I will always trust you from now on and will lack nothing more. Welcome to your home in me. Amen.”

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