I have always thought that Noah was safe inside the Ark becoz he built it according to God's specifications, I thought that perhaps it was the strength of the gopher wood and the soundness of the architecture that ensured that the waters of the flood would not come into the Ark, but today I encountered a verse that shifted this whole paradigm, listen to what Gen 7:16 says ."The animals going in were male and female of every living thing as God had commanded Noah..THEN GOD SHUT HIM IN". don't miss this ..even after Noah had built the Ark, it was God Himself who shut him in, in order to shut out the waters of the flood...Oh may God shut you in! In other translations this verse says "The Lord sealed them inside" ..May the God that I serve seal you inside His Ark of protection.!

It is not the fact that you have locked your house that keeps you safe at night, it is not your good driving that keeps you safe on the road, neither is it your healthy eating habits that keeps you healthy, only God can shut you in and shut out the devil that is seeking to devour you. Heavenly Father we pray that as we walk out into the streets and as we drive on the roads Oh God shut us in...Father we pray for our children that in the midst of blessers and molesters God shut them in, keep out the flood waters of abuse, rape,murder, car accidents , disease's and death, Oh God   shut us in, shut me in your  Ark of protection, into your Ark of compassion, where the devil can't do us no harm - in God's Ark! May it be so in your life. May GOD SHUT YOU IN. IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!

A group of women were in a Bible Study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse, that "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered saying, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy - when I see my image in it." If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you. The Grace of God be with us all, Amen!!!  Attitude Toward an Unbelieving Companion - In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips  is wise. Proverbs-10:19 Never let a word of reproach or faultfinding fall upon the ears of your husband. You sometimes pass through strait places, but do not talk of these trials. Silence is eloquence. Hasty speech will only increase your unhappiness. Be cheerful and happy. Bring all the sunshine possible into your home, and shut out the shadows. Let the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness shine into the chambers of your soul temple. Then the fragrance of the Christian life will be brought into your family. There will be no dwelling upon disagreeable things, which many times have no truth in them. A Burdened Wife Counseled to Keep Cheerful.-- You now have a double responsibility because your husband has turned his face away from Jesus. I know it must be a great grief for you to stand alone, as far as the doing of the word is concerned. But how knowest thou, O wife, but that your consistent life of faith and obedience may win back your husband to the truth? Let the dear children be brought to Jesus. In simple language speak the words of truth to them. Sing to them pleasant, attractive songs which reveal the love of Christ. Bring your children to Jesus, for He loves little children. Keep cheerful. Do not forget that you have a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which Christ has appointed. You are never alone. If you will listen to the voice that now speaks to you, if you will respond without delay to the knocking at the door of your heart, "Come in, Lord Jesus, that I may sup with Thee, and Thee with me," the heavenly Guest will enter. When this element, which is all divine, abides with you, there is peace and rest.

 Maintain Christian Principles.--The household where God is not worshiped is like a ship in the midst of the sea without a pilot or a helm. The tempest beats and breaks upon it, and there is danger that all on board may perish. Regard your life and the lives of your children as precious for Christ's sake, for you must meet them and your husband before the throne of God. Your steadfast Christian principles must not become weak, but stronger and stronger. However much your husband may be annoyed, however strongly he may oppose you, you must show a consistent, faithful, Christian steadfastness. And then whatever he may say, in heart and judgment he can but respect you, if he has a heart of flesh. You will agree with me that it's always a different feeling when we are putting on a good white cloth compare to when we are in colored cloth like black or brown. We are very careful to make sure stains & dirts don't come any close. We are just conscious that our cloth is white and stains don't look good on it, thus we tend to avoid everything that could stain it.In the same manner is the robe of Righteousness with which God has cloth every believer in Christ. To stay clean (righteous) without stains & dirts (sin) is simply by acknowledging & staying conscious of it at all time.

So a believer don't go saying 'I am a sinner.' (Its even imposible; one can't be the two at the same time; cos each is a nature. One can't be a dog and human at the same time).
To some they think it's actually humility/sincerity before God and that is how forgiveness comes. But no, and that is the reason those challenges (sins) are still everywhere around them, because it only kill you ability to stand. God has declared every believer righteous by faith in Christ Jesus, and not even such wrong confession can change that. But I tell you such confession can determine the strength supply to sin more & more or less & less.

To confess and stay with the consciousness of being a sinner is like seeing yourself wearing a dark colour cloth for instance, there is little or no reason to want to avoid stains/dirts per say. Someone in a dirty mechanic overall can easily go under a car to fix it but someone with a good white cloth won't.Always remember, "People sin because they are sinner." (Dog ll bark bcos its a dog) And if that is how yoy see yourself and what you confess, that is what you get.

God has declared you righteous, by your faith in Christ Jesus, continue to believe this and confess it about yourself, and you see yourself struggle with sin less&less & less .At the point of death, a man, Tom Smith, called his children and he advised them to follow his footsteps so that they can have peace of mind in all that they do.

His daughter, Sara, said, "Daddy, its unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank.. Other fathers' that you tag as being corrupt, thieves of public funds left houses and properties for their children; even this house we live in is a rented apartment.. Sorry, I can't emulate you, just go, let's chart our own course.Few moments later, their father gave up the spirit. Three years later, Sara went for an interview in a multinational company. At interview the Chairman of the committee asked, "Which Smith are you..? Sara replied, "I am Sara Smith. My Dad Tom Smith is now late.."Chairman cuts in, "O my God, you are Tom Smith's daughter..?"

He turned to the  other members and said, "This Smith man was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn't even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.." He turned to Sara, "I have no questions for you, consider yourself as having gotten this job, come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you. "Sara Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two Cars with Drivers, A duplex attached to the office, and a salary of £1,000,000 per month excluding allowances and other costs..

After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company's Consultant nominated Sara Smith.In an interview, she was asked the secret of her success,, With tears, she replied, "My Daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty".She was asked again, why she is weeping since she is no longer a kid as to miss her dad still after a long time. She replied, "At the point of death, I insulted my dad for being an honest man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn't work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in". So, finally she was asked, "Will you follow your father's foot steps as he requested ?" And her simple answer was, "l now adore the man, I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God".Are you like Tom Smith..? It pays to build a name, the reward doesn't come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer.Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God makes a man wealthy, not the fat bank account.Leave a good heritage for your children..