How to Keep Faith in Uncertain Times

Till we meet, I pray that you shall stand firm in the Spirit, contend for the faith, and be bold and fearless before terror and intimidation of the adversary, Amen!Originally published at highcity.org

[Philippians 1:27‭-‬28 AMP] “Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel. [28] And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God”.

Many of us do well when we are being watched or supervised, but only a few do well on their own without supervision. The text we are reading above is a part of a letter Apostle Paul wrote to the church in the Philippines. He wrote this letter from prison and was exhorting the church to keep the faith even in his absence. This piece of truth is necessary for us in these uncertain times. This truth is important to guide each of us to understand how to keep faith with God and with our pastor.

The truth, therefore, remains that whether present or absent a pastor expects the church and the brethren to live a life that is befitting the gospel. God and I expect you to live a life that is worthy of the faith. Every one of us should endeavour that we will live worthy of the gospel. The truth is you did better when we could gather and meet weekly. Now we are not going to be meeting any time sooner; remember the world system is getting ready for the full manifestation of the antichrist. We must strive to live a life worthy of the gospel among people who may not know what we believe.

The Apostle was wishing that if he could ever hear about their affairs; he wants to hear that they were doing the following things;

Standing firm in one spirit: You must stand firm in one spirit. I want to hear that you are standing in one spirit. I don’t want you to do your own thing. I want you to flow in the Spirit as you would have if I was watching. Don’t wait till I am watching before you do the rights that I have taught you. Stand firm in the Spirit. Stand firm in the Spirit.

Striving together for the faith in the gospel: All of us, as good soldiers, must strive together to defend the faith in the gospel. We want to defend the gospel and strive to get more people to defend the faith in the gospel. Let us contend for the faith and strive in combat for the faith.

Finally, that they were bold and fearless before terror and intimidation of the adversary: You must stand up for the truth and what you believe

I pray that you shall stand firm in the Spirit, contend for the faith, and be bold and fearless before terror and intimidation of the adversary. May you not chicken out! May the Lord be your help to keep faith in uncertain times. And always remember, I may not be watching you but God is!

Be blessed, I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

You Have the Power to Change Your Life

To create a better world and life for yourself, three things matter most: what you say, what you do, and how you live with others. Originally published at highcity.org

[1 Peter 3:10‭-‬12 AMP] “For, “The one who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not], Must keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from speaking guile (treachery, deceit). [11] He must turn away from wickedness and do what is right . He must search for peace [with God, with self, with others] and pursue it eagerly [actively—not merely desiring it]. [12] For the eyes of the Lord are [looking favorably] upon the righteous (the upright), And His ears are attentive to their prayer (eager to answer), But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil .”

Without a doubt, we are living in great but uncertain times. None of us knows what tomorrow brings. Today is physical distancing, tomorrow its partial lockdown, then total lockdown. Many people are living in both ignorance and uncertainty. We seem not to be aware of what tomorrow brings or when this is likely to end.

The Bible scripture above teaches us how to craft our days and determine what days we want to have. The Bible says that anyone who loves life and wants to see goods days must do the following things;

  1. Refrain his tongue from speaking evil, snd his mouth from speaking guile
  2. Turn away from evil and do good
  3. Seek peace and pursue it

These are the three master keys to create a better life. You have the power to change your life. We know that life and death are in the power of the tongue. This means that as you speak, you are creating something, and you’ll eat what you create.

You must, therefore, choose what you say carefully. You must pay attention to what your mouth says. When you learn to refrain your tongue from speaking evil and to keep your lips from guile, you will create a great future of good days. So, what you say with your mouth will determine what you enjoy.

We must be circumspect with what we say and I believe that what we say has a great way of impacting our lives. If you really want to enjoy your life and see good days, then be your own prophet and speak good over your life. What you say will be recreated in your life. Your tongue is a powerful tool that can make or unmake you.

The second key is to be socially responsible and do what is right. You must eschew evil and do good. You must sort your actions and do only what is good.

The third key is to be at peace with all men. Seek peace and pursue it. Don’t bear grudge! Don’t speak negatively! Forgive and let us love!

To create a better world and life for yourself, three things matter most: what you say, what you do, and how you live with others.

These are the three key things that determine how you create the life you want. In this great but uncertain season, stay focused, positive, and peaceful. You can create a life that is good and enjoyable if you so wish. Just say the right things, do the right things, and be at peace with all men.

Don’t speak out of fear, anxiety or resentment. Speak faith, hope, and love! This is the number one secret to creating a better life.

Stay home, be blessed, and stay safe! I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

It’s Time to Heal and Help the World with Your Words!

May your tongue be inspired to speak a kind word today —Instead of spreading fear and anxiety, you’ll spread faith, hope and love!Originally published at highcity.org

[Proverbs 25:9-13 KJV] “Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself ; and discover not a secret to another: [10] Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. [11] A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. [12] As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. [13] As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.”

We are living in very uncertain and anxious times. If there is any time that we must be careful about what we say, it is now. What you say matters a lot, saying the right things helps to heal the world. People are already going through so much, let each of us be sensitive with the words we speak.

The Bible says a word fitly spoken is like gold apples in a picture of silver. Your words must be carefully selected and spoken to minister nothing but faith, hope and love. Don’t spread fear, anxiety or hate! Spread faith, hope, and love; that is all we have left

[1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV] “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

The Bible tells us that “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness thereof is a breach in spirit”. Your words can heal and help the world, just as it could hurt or maim the world. Your words can urge us to press on or maim us from moving. This is the day when your works must inspire men to act and attain their highest good. May the Lord give you the tongue of the learned to speak a word in season to those who are weary.

I am not in any way suggesting that you speak high and inflated words. I am talking about spending time with God to hear His counsel and speaking it to uplift His people. Deuteronomy 18:18-20 teaches that the Lord shall raise from among us prophets who shall speak His word, but that man must neither speak with presumption or in the name of another God.

Deuteronomy 18:18-20 KJV] “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. [19] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. [20] But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die”

I pray that the Lord shall inspire your tongue to speak a kind word today that projects faith, hope and love. Don’t spread fear, anxiety, or hate. Spread faith, hope and love

Be blessed, I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

7 Habits for Victorious Living

You cannot overcome something you are part of. He that is born of God is not of the world. And that is how we overcome the world and everything in the world!Originally published at highcity.org

[1 John 5:4‭-‬5 KJV] “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

I want to exhort you today on seven habits for victorious living. The Bible tells us that “whosoever is born of God overcomes the world”. Which clearly suggest that those born of God are not part of the world. This is because you cannot overcome something you are part of. He that is born of God is not part of the world. By the world, I mean the complete systems and structures of the world; the fauna, flora, animals, beast and everything that make up the world. So then whosoever is born of God; whosoever believes that Jesus Christ is the son of God overcomes the world

You are born of God and must overcome the world. You believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and you must overcome the world. So, what are the habits that lead to victorious living? The truth is, you are your habits. Many of us have failed or may fail because we have formed very poor habits. Many of us wake up in the morning and the first thing on our minds is social media and chat apps. Many of us literally spend all our time on chat apps and social media. Our habits are so sick that we have a sick life. The following helpful habits can change your life forever;

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart:

I exhort you to trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Don’t lean on your own understanding! In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. Nothing compares to forming the habit of staying positive. You must trust God at all times. Let Him know that you believe Him. You trust in the Lord by trusting in His word. You focus your thoughts on Him. Meditate on His word and think about Him day and night. (See Psalm 63: 6-8)

2. Call upon the Lord at all times:

The second habit that will help you to live a victorious life is prayer. You must pray without ceasing. From Mark 1:35, we know that our Lord had a life of prayer. In fact, prayer was His habit, He prayed and prayed and prayed.

[Mark 1:35 KJV] “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”.

3. Listen to the Word of God:

We know that those who listen and read from God are healed and empowered.

[Exodus 15:26 KJV] “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

In Ezekiel 2:2, we must understand that as we listen, we get filled with virtue.

[Ezekiel 2:2 KJV] “And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.”

John 6:63 teaches that the words spoken by the Lord are life and spirit. As you listen you receive the anointing and miracles.

[John 6:63 KJV] “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

[Galatians 3:5 KJV] “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

4. Obey:

It is one thing to hear the word but another thing to obey it. One key secret to victorious living is obedience. Deuteronomy 28:1-3 promises a good life to those who obey.

[Deuteronomy 28:1-3 KJV] “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. [3] Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.”

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 5:11-12 that those who obey the word train their senses to discern the right way to go.

[Hebrews 5:11-12 KJV] “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. [12] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

5. Fellowship:

Do you really want to live a victorious life? Then fellowship! Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and also with the brethren. Fellowshipping is one of the key contributors to living a victorious life.

6. Give and forgive:

Giving and forgiving are important in determining how well you will live. It is important to give but more importantly is to forgive. Give and it will come back to you a good measure, pressed down shaken together shall God cause me to give unto you.

7. Testify:

The final key I want to talk about is the need to testify. You must testify in word, in songs, and indeed. This is the secret to remain grateful. We must find daily opportunities to testify of the Lord’s goodness.

I pray that you will be guided by these seven keys to living a victorious life.

Be blessed, form new habits. I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

How to Prepare a Good Exhortation

I believe that each of us ought to develop our ability to exhort in these times. We should be able to speak a word in season to people around us.Originally published at highcity.org

[Romans 12:8 KJV] “Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness”.

We know that we have been called to do the first works; each of us, therefore, has work to do. As I have always said, the first works include being able to exhort one another. There are, however, some of us specially graced in the body of Christ to exhort.

The Bible then admonishes us to wait on exhorting if we have such a grace. I believe that each of us ought to develop our ability to exhort in these times. We should be able to speak a word in season to people around us. These are times when we are unable to gather in masses assemblies.

How then do you prepare an exhortation?

A good exhortation comes from preparation. A poor preparation will lead to a poor exhortation. Therefore, to prepare a good message: pray, plan, prepare, practice, and preach. To prepare a good exhortation, follow the following steps;

  1. Decide on What you want to say, Why your audience should take note of it, and How that knowledge can be applied.
  2. Carefully select your frame of reference: by prophecy, revelation, knowledge, or doctrine. Any of these four sources can have a relevant frame of reference.
  3. Note your key points on a piece of sheet, even if you have it on an electronic gadget; under the heading: what do I want to say or have to say? Why is it important to take note? How can this truth be applied?
  4. Think through what you have noted, shortly before the meeting. Memories at least the key points, and get ready for the meeting; dress approximately for the meeting.

I have no doubt that the Lord would empower you to be a minister to your family and the people around you. You shall be a priest to your family and friends and together, we can reach the world for Jesus Christ.

Stay blessed and stay safe, I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

How to Remain Refreshed and Renewed in Times of Crisis

The words you speak are forerunners into your future, they shape your future and determine the extent of goodness you will enjoy. I exhort you to speak wholesome words into your future. You shall live and not die!Originally published at highcity.org

[Proverbs 4:23 KJV] “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.

I want to exhort you on how to remain refreshed and renewed in times of crisis. The simple secret to remain refreshed and renewed is to pay attention to what you allow into your heart and what goes out of your heart. The heart will be filled with what goes in through the senses, especially the ears.

The two things you must be careful about in times of crisis is what you hear and what you say. Many people know that in times of crisis, most people can’t think clearly; they, therefore, make many funny suggestions and statements that could entrap you. What you allow into your heart and what you allow out of your heart will make a very big difference.

In times of crisis, everyone seems to have a suggestion. You must, therefore, guard what you allow in. You must guard what you listen to and feed on. In the day of Job’s crisis, many people came to speak to him. Even his wife suggested that he should curse God and die. Many of the people speaking are speaking by sentiments and not by the word. Sometimes, though the people speaking may be Christians, they speak by sentiments and not by the word.

The Bible says that “a wholesome tongue is the tree of life but perverseness thereof is a breach in the spirit”. I pray that you will not allow anybody at all to speak into your life. I pray that you will be selective about who speaks into your life. Words are powerful and if you allow the wrong words into your heart, you will believe the wrong things and behave the wrong way. Sanitize your ears and filter what you feed on. You don’t have to allow every news into your home; you must listen to only relevant things.

In times of crisis, surround yourself with people who can speak by the word of God. People who speak spirit and life into your situation. Surround yourself with people whose words can cleanse you (John 6:63)

I pray that you will neither listen nor speak things that feed your fear and not your faith. Feed on positive and relevant truth. Not every truth is relevant to your situation. In this season of the pandemic, it is needless to know how many have died in Italy or Iran, USA or UK. It is enough to know that the virus is novel, research is still ongoing to find a vaccine, and what precautionary measures to take to protect yourself. This is enough!

1 Peter 3:8-12 teaches that he that will love life and see good days must refrain his tongue from speaking guile and his lips from evil. The words you speak are forerunners into your future. Your words shape your future and determine the extent of goodness you will enjoy. I exhort you to speak wholesome words and speak life into your future. You shall live and not die. The Lord will renew your youth as the eagle’s! He will satisfy your mouth with good things, Amen!

Stay safe and stay healthy, I love you!

Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org

How to Grow Stronger in Times of Crisis

You must despise the idols of money, status, fame, influence and all that the world worships before you can know the only true GodOriginally published at highcity.org

[Daniel 11:31-35 KJV] “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. [32] And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. [33] And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. [34] Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. [35] And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed”.

I want to speak to you today about how to stay stronger in times of crisis. We all know that crisis and afflictions bring anxiety, panic and irrational thinking. Many grow weaker and anxious in the face of afflictions, but that should not be the story of a child of God. You can wax strong and do exploits even in difficult times and crisis.

I am not too sure what you might be going through now, but I am persuaded that you can grow stronger when you know what to do. The truth remains that when you go through crisis, you have all sorts of people speaking and counselling and talking to you, but there is only one thing that can make you grow stronger and stronger in times of crisis, and it is to know your God. The Bible tells us that “those who know their God shall wax strong and do exploits”. We must strive to know God and wax strong.

What are the first principles of knowing your God. Those who can know their God must acknowledge the following;

1. The foremost way to know God is from His word:

No man can see God except through His word. In John 1:18, our Lord Jesus Christ said clearly that no man has seen God at any time except to whom the only begotten has revealed Him to. This only begotten is the word of God that was with God and was God and became flesh and dwelt among men. Apostle Paul taught in both 1 Timothy 3:16 and 1 Timothy 6:16 that no man has seen God.

[1 Timothy 3:16 KJV] “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”.

[1 Timothy 6:16 KJV] “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen”.

You can know God when you spend time in His word. God is revealed in His word, His word reveals Him totally. So, the surest way to know God is to find Him in His word.

2. God talks

Many can’t know God because they don’t believe that God still speaks and that He is alive. In Deuteronomy 5:24, after Israel requested to meet God, He spoke to them out of smoke and fire on the mountain. It was a fearful sight and after Israel heard the voice of God they acknowledged that indeed God speaks to men. You must admit that God is still speaking and that you can hear Him when you pay attention.

[Deuteronomy 5:24 KJV] “And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.”

In Job 33:14-17, we understand that “once has the Lord spoken, yea twice; but men have not heard Him”. The Bible says “but in the deep of the night, when deep sleep falls on all men, the Lord comes down and seals instructions to them in dreams”. Dreams and visions are sure ways of hearing from God. God speaks and He is still speaking.

3. God is not tied to any location:

Those who are striving to know God must admit that God is not tied to a location; neither to a mountain or to a temple, God is a spirit and He is omnipresent. God is everywhere at the same time. You don’t need to go to any special place to be healed and delivered. You need to know that God is a spirit and that He will answer anyone who calls upon Him. The Lord warns us in Matthew 24:23, not to look for Him in places. John 2:23 teaches that God is a spirit. You will know Him when you strive to know Him as a spirit.

[Matthew 24:23 KJV] “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not”.

[John 2:23 KJV] “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did”.

4. God is bigger than our individual experiences of Him:

God is bigger than whatever He has related to you. In Exodus 6:3, we understand that God has revealed Himself to each of us in a different way. To Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He was known as God, but unto Moses, He would be known as Jehovah. We know Him as Emmanuel. So, what you have experienced of God is only an aspect of Him. God is bigger than what your finite mind can comprehend. Let us be open to know more of Him, our God is so big, so mighty and so powerful.

[Exodus 3:6 KJV] “Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.”

5. Without holiness or separation, no man can see God:

Philippians 3:8-12 teaches that until a man is fully separated unto God to know Him, that man would never know God.

[Philippians 3:8-12 KJV] “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; [11] If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. [12] Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”.

The Bible teaches us to “follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man can see God” (Hebrews 12:14). You need to be separated unto seeking God in order to know Him. You will not know God until you despise all the idols in the land. You ought to despise the idols of money, status, fame, influence and all that the world worships before you can know the only true God.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

I love you!Kofi Simpe

Originally published at highcity.org