Being in a place of hope: my testimony

​Past times tell of how far we’ve come…whenever discouraged, we look back. 

Yesterday I was very troubled in mind, body, soul and spirit. I was because for sometime now I’ve not been too enthused about my life because I feel one aspect of my life isn’t working well the way I want it to. I am a very organized person, constantly making plans for my life, and putting things in order because I hate being in a situation where I’m caught off guard and have to just cling on hope. I want to always have a grip on my life and I feel I work so hard on myself to keep things that way.

 

But for some months now, life has kept me clinging on hope and I do hate it so much. I hate to be in a place where I can’t figure things out, have solutions to things and just have to hope it works out, hope I sail through, hope I survive. I hate to HOPE! I want to KNOW! 
I don’t like to hope I get to a certain destination in life, I want to know based on my plans for the journey, that I will surely get there. I always want to know and plan how my next one year will be like, how the house will run the next one year, how much should be put into savings or investments, etc. You know, that kind of thing.

But lately God has been scattering all my plans, or so it felt. And He allows certain situations to keep triggering that feeling of helplessness that makes you cling on hope.
Yes, so yesterday I couldn’t sleep. And I didn’t know what to do as I left the bedroom to just be in the hall all by myself at around midnight. Then after sitting for a while, something (I guess God) made me take my laptop, go grab my external drive and just go through the photo database I’ve created on it. Maybe that was just my way of passing the time, but then, God started whispering to me in my mind as I watched many pictures from as far back as I could to the present, that OUR PAST TIMES TELL OF HOW FAR WE’VE COME
I saw so many past blessings including the fact that I could afford my own flight ticket and we could afford my wife’s flight tickets every year all through her masters degree on a bursary that did not cover cost of flights. We could afford a descent accommodation and in fact, change accommodation 3 times in 2 years without exhausting all the rent period in the previous two and not even getting refunded. We’ve sacrificed to help many in times of their needs, amongst many other blessings. 

And the rhema God finally left me as I went back to bed around 3:30am, prayed till 4am, and then got up around 5:30am for work was that, WHENEVER I’M DISCOURAGED, I SHOULD LOOK BACK ON MY PAST. He categorically said I SHOULD NEVER FORGET MY PAST; I SHOULD NEVER FORGET WHERE MY BLESSINGS COME FROM
He said Son, don’t worry, I trained you that way to always be sure of what’s coming, but even when it looks like all you have is hope, I’VE GOT IT ALL UNDER CONTROL. 

With that assurance, I don’t know if my problem is solved, whether I won’t worry again the next time things are not moving on well according to my plans, but I learned it’s OK to be in A PLACE OF HOPE


©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2017

Celebrate openly; it glorifies God!

Celebrate when good things happen…and be openly expressive about it!

See, God enjoys it because He wants the whole world to know He’s a good God and that’s just how people will get to know. It’s a way of preaching the goodness of God the Romans 10:14 kind of way. So come on, Celebrate openly!!

Celebrate

Haters will hate but…you don’t have to worry about your haters cos your haters can’t do nothing with you unless God allows it. And the same God you glorify won’t let them!

Hide the blessings and hide His glory!

Be wise about it though…and stay on your guard…never taking prayer for granted!

But seriously, stop living as if your every step is watched by the Devil…You fear the Devil too much! Stop limiting God!

Oh, you believe all your celebrations will be picked up by agents of the Devil to work evil against you huh? To me, that’s just a baby Christian’s way of thinking. Whether it’s the Devil that will get jealous and kill…or it’s God that will kill, “we live unto God and we die unto God”!

God doesn’t want His children living any caged life; a life of imprisonment for fear of the Devil. But funny enough, there are a lot of such lopsided Christian doctrines all over the places!

Come on! Free yourself and live!

Celebrate every happy moment of that marriage/relationship and any other success in life…share the story everywhere and let the world see the glory of God!

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God wants you to.

Cheers!

Mark Gadogbe (McApple)