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Where is your gaze this new month?

Look up!

Happy New Month!!! This is the third month of the year, I pray for a perfect blessing for you. Three is the number of the trinity, I pray that you will encounter the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in all that you do this month. I pray that the Lord will equip you with every tool you need for good success. May the Holy Spirit be your companion. May He guide and direct you. May He whisper sweet words into your ears. May He console you and comfort you all the days of this month!

I have a wonderful devotion to share. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while but I feel inclined to share it today. The year is coming by very quickly, so I’d like to encourage us all to fix our gazes on Jesus. Exams and projects, disappointments and sorrows, keep your eyes on Jesus. He will perfect all that concerns you.

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Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says — “Look unto Me, and be saved.” The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and it is His blessings that make it difficult. Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere. The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is, in effect — Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ.

Honestly, comments like this once scared me. I want to be blessed. I want to be empowered so that I can in turn empower those around me. I want God’s blessings in excess, so that I can bless those around me. But do I want them so that the power to empower others lies with me? Do I want them so that I have the reputation? I wonder, I wonder. At the same time, when God grants me my heart desires, will they blind my eyes towards Him?

The old me would have been very scared, torn between praying for good success and not asking for too much; torn between wanting to do more and to be more, and between wanting to have just enough to get by.

But with my new favorite person, the Holy Spirit, I am no longer worried. God will give me as He deems fit. He will bless me to His measure. There is no need to fear whether my passions and my blessings will overtake God in my life. As long as I fix my gaze on Jesus, all will be well.

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Many of us have a mental conception of what a Christian should be, and the lives of the saints become a hindrance to our concentration on God. There is no salvation in this way, it is not simple enough. “Look unto Me” and — not “you will be saved,” but “you are saved.” The very thing we look for, we shall find if we will concentrate on Him.

This is another big one. There are people who are public with their faith. We see them and we admire them. We want to be like them. But we need to be careful. I say this because I too have fallen into this trap in both ways. I have had people that I have very desperately wanted to be like and on the other hand, I have had people tell me that I inspire them. I always laugh at that second one because no one would say that if they lived inside my head or in my body with me. Lol.

Anyway, we must be careful not to cast our gaze on God’s followers and forget to go to Him. We have to refrain from placing our friends, preachers, partners, or parents on such a high pedestal that we forget to cast our gaze on Jesus. It’s a very slippery slope to fall into. But as always, God will help us.

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We get preoccupied and sulky with God, while all the time He is saying — “Look up and be saved.” The difficulties and trials, the casting about in our minds as to what we shall do this summer, or to-morrow, all vanish when we look to God.

Rouse yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and look to Him. “Look unto Me,” and salvation is, the moment you look.

Looking to God could seem like an ambiguous ideology. But I suggest that when you feel overwhelmed and want to turn to a friend or partner, say a prayer. When you’re tempted to ask for help from others, ask for help from God first and foremost. Then whatever you do will be directed by God. Don’t run to the end of yourself before you run to God, you wear yourself out. Let Him be your default position. Let asking Him for help be your first point of call.

Does that make sense? Even if it doesn’t make sense right now, give it a try for one week and you’ll find yourself looking to God more and more.


Happy New Month once again and May God’s blessings follow you and overshadow you.

Also, today is Pastor Adeboye’s birthday. He’s been a great blessing to my life and I’m receiving birthday wishes on his behalf. Thanks. Hehe. On a serious note, please say a prayer for the man of God, he turns 75 today. I‘ve been so blessed by his sermons and his teaching, I get a little emotional thinking that he’s so old and that we’re not related by blood. Anyway, even if I never meet him in this life, I’ll stalk him in heaven and say hello. 

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  2. I’m delighted to have discovered your blog! This piece is well-written and I love the reminder to keep our eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus. For some of us, it takes a while to figure out that focusing too much on others can indeed be a pitfall. I have seen many a good man and woman—pillars in the church—who were ensnared in what they considered to be “their” success and fell like the walls of Jericho. Unfortunately, they usually took a few people down with them. Great post and I look forward to reading more!

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  3. Egor F Egbe says

    GAZE. BELIEF
    Your opening prayer is near perfect. You prayed that prayer for me, your dad. I receive. I receive again. Who knows the gifts bestowed on you, Alheri? No one.

    True this is the third month of the year in western calendar. An the ‘third’ made me remember the three wise men who were on a trekking journey and Abram interrupted their tired discussions and invited them to take a rest and wash their feet at his abode. I recall also the three wise men that came to from the east to visit Jesus at his birth. I also grew up to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit upon which i simply concurred ‘Amen’. WONDERFUL!

    YES WE ARE NOT TO GAZE AT THE MESSENGER AND FORGET THE MESSAGE.

    In 1974 I was still small, young. And i was fortunate and highly favoured to have been at St Benedick’s Parish, Abakpa Ogoja, that morning. The Bishop of the entire diocese had just returned from Rome and was, i think, on tour of some parishes in the diocese. I remember I was quite early for Mass that morning. And I just saw the lights were on, many choir bands were in the church. Many cars parked in the expansive car park and small field. Walls of the Church Building were already decorated. And the church was getting filled. Pews were occupied and we, the very young would constantly stand up to take another seat in retrogression as older people drifted near us. We kept on being pushed till we neared the back, far from the decorated altar. They were many Reverend Fathers, priests, ie, and the religious.

    ‘Bishop was saying the mass’, we observed. Plenty of quiet. Even though a lot of us never heard what he was saying at the altar, were remained quiet. At the end of the extended mass celebration, there was the administration of the sacrament of confirmation on many young lads that had been prepared and found worthy to receive it. They were in immaculate white. Then after some rounds of offertory and other money payments, service was over.

    Then the Bishop, priests and mass servants all filed out through the main entrance by traversing the entire length of the church from the altar, with the congregation all standing at our pews and positions.

    I remember that as the Bishop approached, the congregation would surge forward not only to catch a proper glimpse of the him, the Bishop, the representation of the Pope, but also rushed to touch his flowing garment, robe, bright and glittering in many colours. We, especially, the young were internally convinced that by proper gaze at the Bishop and even touching him, was by belief, seeing ourselves close to the Pope, nay, God Himself. Big spiritual imagination!

    NOW, at hind sight, i think that was young spirituality and religiosity! You must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. Many preachers today shield the congregation from thinking of God, gazing at God, but them. At all times the looks of the messenger should not lure us away from receiving the actual message brought to us.
    May God give us the graces to determine the right messengers at all times IJN. Amen.

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    • I love this statement :”Many preachers today shield the congregation from thinking of God, gazing at God, but them.” Daddy why don’t you tell me these long stories but you’ll be typing plenty on my blog hahaha!!

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  4. Amen to the prayers at the beginning of the post. I pray that you will also encounter God – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each day of this month. May He equip and strengthen you for everything you do this month. May He grant you wisdom beyond your experience and age. May success, joy, peace, love, grace and all the blessings of the Lord be your portion this month.

    Thanks for the devotional too. You are always a blessing.

    Happy New Month Alheri. 🙂

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  5. Looking up to man indirectly serves as a limit to one’s destiny, who knows, you might be superfluously better than the person you look up to. But looking up to God makes us unlimitedly unrestrained , because God is not subdued to human/earthly standards.

    Thanks for sharing this Ms Alheri, you do have a beautiful platform here.

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    • Exactly! You may be better thann the person you’re looking up to and maybe you need your gaze on Jesus for Him to show you what He’s deposited inside you.

      Thank you for this comment! Xx

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  6. Thanks for the awesome message this is something I battle with a lot of times, happy new month and may the Lord bless you even as you do his work.

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