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Self esteem…Is your’s too low?

Good evening everyone,

I am so sorry I was totally absent yesterday, my sincerest apologies! Yesterday was an absolutely busy day for me but I have prayed that God will give me the strength and the time to post every day. I’ve been led to talk about self esteem today! I actually wrote down the topic on Monday but it’s been on my mind since Sunday but no words written down or collated but I just pray that God gives me the wisdom and sends the message He wants to convey successfully!

On Sunday, I spent two hours speaking to a young lady who needed some “counsel”, she revealed certain things that pained me. I was led to speak to her about her self esteem. This is someone who is a Christian but had sold her body to no less than fifteen people in the past year, she had subjected her body and mind to so much torture!

Her situation was no different to a lot of women’s; she did it for money!! But I know women who have been in similar situations and would never in a million years go to the extent of selling their bodies just because they were “above that”; so, they would rather starve. Many a time, it has nothing to do with their faith because many of them actually are unsaved but they just have this perspective about their life and their body!!Self esteem!

I do understand that many of us have been told that “You’re worthless! Nobody wants you, you will never amount to anything etc”. I am here to tell you today that no matter what you’ve been told or what you’ve been subjected to in your childhood, adolescence or even right now, you are a child of God! A child of the most high God! You are a princess of Zion! An heir to the Kingdom of life, oh do you understand what I am saying?

Why do we let ourselves be physically abused, beat and cheated on and used! Why can’t we say no to fornication. Why do we allow people to verbally and emotionally abuse us? Why do we start to say “he cheats but all men cheat, he beats me but he loves me”. Do you know that President Obama’s daughter can not be subjected to such? No sane man or woman would dare to even insult her talk less of sexually or physically abuse her! Why? Not because of her but because of her father! Do you also know that because of who her father is, no matter where she goes, she has a spring in her step, she’s confident and will not let anyone treat her like dirt. If that is the poised and esteemed way, a president’s daughter carries herself, how much more YOU? YOU!! Yes YOU!! Your Father is not only a King but the King of all Kings! Not only that but he is the maker of the Heavens and the Earth! All that we see belongs to Him! He’s not only the richest, most superior, but the most highly exalted King!! Why not act like the princess that you are?

The truth is that no matter what anyone called Maliah Obama five years ago, no matter what happened in the past, she is no longer that ordinary girl! She is now the daughter of a President; as such she carries herself a lot more different and nobody; no sane person will attempt to hurt her because that will be their downfall.

Oh, is someone getting what I am saying? If Maliah Obama will not let herself be used, abused, beaten or cheated on? Why should YOU? Do you know who your Father is? Another example is Kate Middleton who wasn’t even born a Princess. She married the grandchild of the queen but look at her demeanour, she doesn’t get her confidence from wearing indecent clothes. She doesn’t rummage the streets drunk, high on drugs or a victim of spousal abuse!

It’s the same thing with Prince William; the grand son of the Queen, he will not indulge in spousal abuse, sexual abuse or drug abuse because he is a representative of the British Royal Family and he has a healthy self esteem.

What I am trying to say simply is

1- We are children of the most High God, He sent His only son to die  for us, His precious blood was shed for us, there is no greater price. Your salvation was purchased by His blood, don’t you feel important? You may not be important to “them”, but to God you were, you are and forever will be! Only the counsel of God shall stand! He said the following-

Genesis 1:27- So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Jermiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 8:32- He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
So, If the King of all Kings said He made you in His own image, sent His son to die for you, why then do you focus on the past hurt and bad words that were pronounced on you? Why believe the world, why not believe the word of God? God loves you, he paid a heavy price for you. You are a Prince or Princess of ZION!! Forget your past and the former labels, take them off and see yourself as God sees you!! Do not be haughty or proud; be humble but have a healthy self esteem.

2) Secondly, now that you have a good self esteem and realise you are an heir to the Kingdom, realise that you are a representative of the Kingdom! Carry yourself with poise and confidence, treat your body like the temple that it is- forget the cigarettes, drugs, gluttony, fornication and all the other destructive habits! Take care of your body, your mind and your spirit man! For many people, the only Bible they will ever read is your life; make it worth the read! Convey the love of Christ to your family, friends, colleagues and everyone you come across! Be a good ambassador of the Kingdom; knowing that you are being watched at all times!

Please apply these steps

First, as a believer, I must know myself to be chosen by God and, therefore, as precious to God. God has loved me from eternity.

Second, as a believer, I must know myself as redeemed, not with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of God’s own Son in our flesh, and, therefore, as precious to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Third, as a believer, I know myself as regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. I am, therefore, a new creature in Christ. I possess the life of the risen Jesus Christ Himself. I am the temple of God.The image of God bas been restored in me.

Fourth, as a believer, I am justified by faith and, therefore, am accepted of God. I am not guilty; and I am not worthy of hell or of any condemnation.

Is self-esteem proper for a Christian? Yes and it is important. But it must be the self-esteem that the gospel gives. And the way to have this self-esteem is always to be believing the gospel.

Proper self-esteem is important. The Bible gives us this self-esteem. The Bible calls us elect. The Bible assures us of our redemption. The Bible reminds us that we are children of God with an excellent walk in the midst of the ugliness and shamefulness of the world. The Bible wants us to know that we are different from the corrupt and God-denying world and that our walk is different from that dark walk. Besides, if one lacks this proper self-esteem, he or she will be swallowed up in doubt, in self-hatred, and in fear, so that his or her Christian life is crippled, if it is not hindered altogether.

I pray this has blessed you and you now see yourself as what God sees you as. AMEN. God bless you.

Ladies, in the UK, don’t miss out on the “Uncommon Woman Conference”…You are an uncommon woman; let your self esteem mirror that. See you there!

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Sorry!!

Hello everyone,

I’m so sorry for the lack of presence yesterday!! I had an absolutely long day, got home really late and had so much to do, I wasn’t able to blog! Please accept my sincerest apologies!! I have three posts waiting to go. I promise to upload them before the end of the day!! When I get back from work, I’ll post them. Have a great day, God bless and in line with the motto at my Church, keep pursuing God, discover your purpose, maximise your potential and impact lives!! AMEN!! Shalom!

 

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Lo and behold…2000 views barely 50 hours later

Hello Everyone,

This blog officially started on Monday the 2nd of July 2012! On the first day, the blog received 159 views and I thought that was amazing, the views however kept decreasing day by day. I got hung up but I said to God, “the views don’t matter if people aren’t getting touched. So, Lord please just touch one person a day, and let one person find you everyday”. The views started increasing again, I decided to post the link on other blogs and websites and kept praying. 12 days later, we reached 255 views!! I was amazed and we reached a total of just over 1000 views that day! It was so humbling and I just had to testify! I posted it and people congratulated me on reaching 1000 views in 12days. But you see, this God is such a great God, when you testify, He outdoes Himself and dwarfs the first testimony!

As I write this, day 14 is ending! Yes, it’s already been two weeks since the blog started! And today, we got 479 views and the total views till date have reached 1921. Yess!! By the time I post this, it will be Tuesday the 17th of July 2012, Day 15 and we’ve now reached over 2000 views. Yes, in three days, the blog got another 1000 views. It’s so amazing that I was testifying about what He did in 12 days, He then did it again but this time in 3days!! One quarter the time! Isn’t He great? He’s so awesome! I know bigger things are yet to come!!

Lord I’m so grateful for the vision you gave me and the faith and grace you gave me to go ahead and start this even when I didn’t think it was ideal! Thank you for the readers, the commenters and those who have shared the blog with others! I appreciate them all, bless them and perfect all that concerns them! Thank you for the messages you give me, I pray they will never stop touching lives and Your perfect will shall be done! Let people receive their salvation, healing and breakthroughs from You! Father, take all the Glory!! Let testimonies abound, Lord! Let Your Name be glorified! Give me the finishing anointing; never to stop, give up or relent! Lord, You know what you want this to become, let it come to pass Lord! Let this blog one day turn into a fully functional ministry that will impact millions of lives. AMEN. Thank You father.

Thank you to all who read, follow, comment and share! God bless and prosper you all. AMEN. Just goes to show what they say about sharing a testimony; it seals your blessing and provokes more. I challenge you to share your testimony with others. That thing you thought was too small or you’ve been too embarrassed to share, why not tell us today and watch God do even more?- http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com/testimonies

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Trick 3….Head over heels in love

Good day all,

This is the third and final post in our series of “Tricks”. I hope you haven’t lost momentum. If you missed out, you can read the first and second episode here:

http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/trick-1my-soul-mate/

http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/trick-2-you-have-a-spirit-spouse-26/

I’ve been putting off this post for so long but I’m so happy I can now conclude the series! It really has been on my mind for so long, I tried composing it but the words didn’t come out right. I just pray that the message God wants to convey to you today, will come out just as He wants it. AMEN.

The third trick the devil uses to cause delayed marriages and separation is- The trick of love!

Sometimes even Christians get absorbed with emotional kind of love; this isn’t God’s type of love. This is when people are led to believe that they must fall in love with someone before they marry them; they believe that if they are not “head over heels in love”, they shouldn’t marry the person.

I just want to address certain groups, for example married couples who feel they have “fallen out of love” or the person who thinks they have to be “in love” before they propose to a woman or they lady who has been turning down proposals because she wasn’t “in love”. These are all tricks!

What I mean is, you don’t have to “fall in love” before you decide to marry someone. Most times, that “love” will distort your judgement! When you read about successful marriages in the Bible, you will see that most of them loved after they married. My point is, don’t get too emotionally involved until you are sure that is the person you will marry. If you meet someone and

1-You’re both genuine Christians,

2- Equally yoked,

3- You like each other and can see yourself spending your lives together and you know each other well

But the only thing holding you back from marrying them is that you are not head over heels in love, the devil may be trying to delay your marriage. Think again!

There is no benefit of “being head over heels in love” with someone you are not married or engaged to. Reasons why it is not beneficial

1- Whenever you love someone, you give them a license to destroy you. Love creates vulnerability. Why do that when there is no marriage covenant protecting a relationship?

The love we speak about should be practised in marriage, or at least between an engaged coupled. When you love, you are handing over your emotions to that person. How can you do that with no protection?

2- Emotional love does not guarantee happiness in marriage. Emotional love is good in marriage, it cements a married couple together. However, it does not guarantee happiness. No state of emotions and no mood is permanent. Some married couples find that they are not “in love” anymore, sometimes this does happen but the love will come again. Some couples don’t have the patience and get divorced as a result! This is why you shouldn’t get married just because you’re “head over heels in love”, if that’s the only reason for it, you may find yourself separating soon because that feeling may not last forever.

Just read 2 Samuel 13:1-15, how in love Amnon was but after he slept with Tamar, he hated her.

3- When you love somebody, you no longer reason well. Just like, when you hate someone, you no longer see any good in that person. Likewise, when you love someone, you no longer see anything wrong in that person. This is why love is perfect for families and in marriage, but before you make the decision of marriage, you shouldn’t be blinded by love.

This trick of “love” not only causes separation and divorce but it can cause delayed marriages. A likes B, but B doesn’t love A. Most times, what B perceives to be love is just sexual feelings.

The difference between our forefather’s marriages and our day is that in those days, they didn’t marry who they loved, but loved who they married. Before 1970, the divorce rate in Africa was less than 1% and there was no delayed marriage.

But when two genuinely born again Christians meet and form a friendship and discover they are equally yoked, compatible, ready for marriage and they like each other and prayerfully decide to marry, love can brew between them.

If you are married and find yourself “falling out of love”

Love takes place in the mind. When your perception of someone is positive, you will learn to love the person but if it’s negative, you won’t love the person. Your perception is what determines whether you love that person.

Because it is your perception that determines your emotion and love for someone, focus on your spouse’s good attributes, medicate on those and your perception would be positive.

See your spouse as the ultimate spouse. Once you are married, believe and reinforce the fact that he/she is the best spouse you could have married, the only person you could marry. See your spouse as the only one for you, tell yourself you have no alternative. Pray together with your spouse and tell God to teach you how to love genuinely. The same love that led Him to send Jesus to die for us (John 3:16). We are made in the image and glory of God, we too can love! Keep praying and keep focusing on your spouse’s good attributes, and spend time together.

Read this article about keeping your marriage alive: http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/keeping-my-marriage-alive/

Lastly, to conclude the series of tricks, I will say that you don’t need to beg God to marry. He wants you to get married. It is YOUR responsibility to pick a spouse, not God’s! God will favour you, direct you, direct people to you and place you at the right place at the right time. But you will do the picking!

I pray this has blessed you! Please share it with someone, it could save someone’s marriage and quicken someone’s marital breakthrough. AMEN. God bless you all.

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Holy communion….Life or death?

Good day all,

I felt that I really needed to do a post about this! In the past two months alone, I have probably had at least 10 different words about this Holy communion. I think it is something I need to share with you! I’ve mentioned that I read three devotionals a day, so I can get different lessons and words from God! Sometimes, in one day, I get three different words, and some days, all three have the same message. Today, two of my devotionals have the same message and you guessed it, they’re both about “The Holy Communion”

I am sure you all know what the holy communion is. It is reenacted in accordance with what Jesus instructed the 12 disciples to do at the Last Supper. He says we should take the bread, it is his body, the wine, it is His blood, all in remembrance of Him.

 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

 

1 Corinthians 11: 27-34

So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.

That Scripture says it all! Many of us take the Holy Communion for granted
Death
If you are “unworthy”, in other words if you are currently in sin, holding unforgiveness, whatever it is. Adultery, fornication, malice, sin is sin. Do not partake of the Holy Communion. Even if you remember a the alter, just walk away, go home after the service and deal with whatever it is you are dealing with. Some men of God know they are in sin but because they don’t want to look bad, they partake in it. You are sinning against the body and blood of Jesus when you do that and you’ve put your body and life at risk! The Bible says so! Don’t feel embarrassed or feel like you have to prove something, if you haven’t given your life to Christ or if you are a backslidden Christian, leave the Holy Communion out for today, and go and settle your account with God! Don’t take it for granted! Many are ill today as a result.
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In the same way, if you are a genuine born again Christian and are not in sin, do not take the Holy Communion for granted. Don’t take it religiously without any proper thought or faith. Read what the Lord Himself said about the Holy Communion and tell Him you want your healing, your promotion, breakthrough, restoration. Whatever it is you are believing in Him for, when you go for the next communion service, go there with a spring in your step, with a renewed mind and 100% faith that your time of healing and breakthrough has come. If you didn’t know this before, look forward to the next communion service with the faith that you will be healed!
The Holy Communion triggers a loss or a gain. It is either taking something you have or giving something you don’t have. It either opens doors to you or shuts doors already opened. It can kill, it can give life. Never joke with it. Every believer toying with sin that eats it could be in trouble; it can lead to sickness or death while every believer who eats it becomes well. What is your attitude to the Holy Communion? Examine yourself before you partake of every meal; it can save your life.
 

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Without faith it is impossible to please God!

Hello everyone,

I just want to leave you with a quick message today and I pray that this will set some people free! It is very brief!! It is very simple!! Faith; as Christians we live by faith!!

Vision

You have a gift, use it! God has blessed you with a vision to start a business or a Church, pursue a PHD, whatever that vision is. Have faith in it! You have been wanting to quit your job and start your own business for four years now. You know it is your vision. Where is your faith in God? Go ahead and start whatever it is that you want!

Colossians 3:23-24- Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

God Himself has said He will reward you! Have the faith and make that decision today, take that bold step! Start that business, fill in that application, go to that office, call that number

Life

In your everyday life, God may speak to you and ask you to do certain things. He may ask you to pray or fast, to a sow a seed into someone’s life or into your Church’s account. Other times He may ask you to share a testimony to someone or share a website with your contacts. He may ask you to pray with someone or simply give someone a hug. Do it with faith!It may sound strange, you may be scared, whatever it is, do it! Have the faith and do it. He said we can’t please him without faith!!

Prayers

Many people pray, submit prayer requests but God may not answer your prayers without faith.

Matthew 21:22- And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (KJV).

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it (NLT)

Did you hear what God said, pray for anything, whatever it is. It doesn’t matter what the situation is but have the faith and true belief that you will receive it. When I read prayer requests from people, I always pray that they truly have faith. Please, you don’t even need to send a request. If you pray and you believe, God will do it.

Read the stories in the Bible

1 Jesus heals Blind Bartimaeus- Mark 10:46-52

What did the Lord say to him? Mark 10:52- And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

It was his faith that healed him,

2- The woman with the issue of blood Luke 8:40-48

What did the Lord say to her? Luke 8:48-  “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

It was her faith that healed her!

3- Jairus’ daughter is raised from the dead- Luke 8:49-56

What did the Lord say to Jairus? Luke 8: 50- But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.” 54-55  Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

There are countless other examples but I will leave you with a recent one. I’m sure you have all heard of Michael Guglielmucci! In September 2006, he announced that he was dying of cancer. At this point, he composed the song “healer” based on his struggle with cancer. The song was a chart topper and he would perform regularly at concerts and Churches singing the song with no hair and an oxygen tube attached to his nose. It was so touching, several people got healed through his singing and through the song.

However, two years later, his father who is also a Pastor announced that his son had fabricated the whole story. Michael later appeared on “Today Tonight” where he have a full confession and explained all the lies. He never had cancer! But people were healed through his ministration! Why? They had faith that they would be healed! It doesn’t matter through which medium. You may pray in your house, submit a prayer request, sow a seed, pay your tithes, but if you don’t believe 100%, you may never receive your miracle! Many people have received their healing and breakthrough simply because of their faith! Have faith today and watch Him answer your prayers.

I pray this has blessed you and set some people free today. AMEN. God bless you all. May He grant you the grace to have undiluted faith and as you demonstrate your faith in Him, I decree that all your heart desires will be fulfilled. AMEN.

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Happy times!!! Thank God…My ministry and my upcoming marriage

Dear everyone,

Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night to you all! Yes, I am aware that we have readers from all over the world! So hello everyone!

I would like to update you on some news. I was born in London and studied, work and live here! I quit my job to work in my Church office but I am currently on a Post Graduate course at the moment. Although I am British, I am originally African; Nigerian to be precise and I recently decided to pack up all I know here and move to Nigeria! It’s such a huge change, here I am comfortable, I have my routine, Church, work everything.

Moving over there is going to be new! I don’t have a Church or job or any real routine! In my first year there, I will be working as a guidance counsellor at a School. But, one of my visions is bringing Princess of Zion to life. I want to join a good Church, get involved in the marriage/relationship ministry. Where we teach people Godly principles for courtship and marriages! But under that umbrella is the “Princess of Zion” ministry where we specifically focus on women and female empowerment. We teach them to be real women of virtue, dealing with issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional torture and deal with things like more women in leadership and management positions and so on.

Anyway, in line with all of that, I contacted “Care for the Family” to see if I could run some of their marriage courses in Nigeria; when I move back! Care for the Family is a great initiative that deals with many issues such as parenting, children and drugs, marriage and so on. I volunteered at one of their events earlier this year and so I contacted them and I got a response this morning; good news and bad news.

“Bad news”- The specific course I wanted to run in Nigeria requires that me to be happily married and to have dealt with couples already. As you know, I am not married yet neither have I counselled or dealt with couples.

The good news- I was offered another course which doesn’t require me to be married. It’s very flexible and I can take with me to Nigeria and had access to all the training I need. So, I was given the go-ahead I need today and once I’m ready, will have access to all the resources I require. This is a great starting point, I am so elated and happy. At least, it will give me the necessary experience with couples that I need to get trained to deliver the other course.

The reason why I termed the bad news in quote is because it really isn’t bad news. The same way I say that what we term as failure isn’t failure. Why do I say this? God sees my heart and knows that I want to run those courses in Nigeria to bless people’s marriages. I will even train other people to go ahead delivering those courses but because I am not married, I can’t run the course neither can I get the training. I also don’t have experience of dealing with couples but He has settled that issue by providing an alternative course for me to run. Now, He will settle the second issue. Isn’t that a blessing? It is great news, because I can go boldly to Him and say this is what I want to do but I need to be happily married in order to do it, please provide me with a husband Lord. After my wedding, I will go back to Care for the Family with my husband for us both to be trained. AMEN! Actually, I prefer it that way.

One of my reservations before I started this blog was the fact that I wasn’t married yet but something just told me to go ahead! God saw me take the leap of faith and for this second course, He knows I need to be married, He will do it. So excited! So, my prayer is that God the perfect matchmaker, the Jehovah Jireh would direct a Godly spouse to me. I know He will do it! If being married will help me to do more for You, Father please do it! I am ready,willing and believing in You for it! Please pray with me.

So, when I move back, I will have to establish myself within a Church, get involved in their marriage ministry and ask to run the courses. I don’t know exactly when and how it will take place but it will. Thank God with me! Please pray for me, that God will continue to use me to do His will, my relocation will be smooth and I will not forsake His work. Pray that God will follow me as I move and that His favour will help to establish my ministry, job, career, business and marriage. AMEN. Thank you all so much.

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