Thursday, 23 February 2017

A letter to the God who loves me


Dear God,

It's been a while I spoke with you in writing. I cannot even remember ever penning a piece to you in writing.

The image above speaks volume and could connote many things to different people, but I would just highlight two, which are of importance to me:


  • The love symbol is not demonstrative of my love towards you, but of your love towards me. I cannot love you, if I did not first receive love from you. Just like 1 John 4:19 says, "We love Him because He first loved us." You did not only love me first, but you also demonstrated your love towards me while I was still a sinner (Romans 5:8).
  • The red colour on the love symbol depicts the shed blood of Jesus which has secured redemption and forgiveness of sins for me (Ephesians 1:3) and continuously cleanses me from all sin (1 John 1:7). Thank you for the blood, it makes all the difference.
As I reflect on my life, I know it's been your mercy and grace all through. I am extremely appreciative of all you saw me through in the last 14 months.

Everyone begins a new year, with hopes of making great leaps and bounds in all he or she does - that was my case in 2016.

By January 4, 2016, I started a new job after just four months of relocating to Lagos from Abuja, thanks to you.

I remember the morning of February 13, 2016, when I left Lagos street, Ebute Metta on a prayer walk. Less than 45 minutes into the walk, at about 6:20am, I was attacked by some hoodlums, I was stabbed severally in my left eye, left ear, left hand and even on my chest, but I survived, because you sent angels to be on guard.

Few months later, while getting the car ready for church on Sunday, I was attacked at gun point by four men. Again you showed up. I only lost material possessions, the car was not taken and my life was spared.

How about the time, when you literally drove the wheels for me because my vision was blurry as I was yet to replace my glasses following the robbery. How I got home that day driving in the rain after attending The Memo With Elgee could have only been because of your love.

I am certain of your omniscience, and I am grateful for the people you brought my way. 

Just five days after resuming another job, I received the news, on July 9, 2016 that my dad was dead! What! I was in shock. Tears welled up in my eyes as I climbed the stairs to Lanre Ogunkunle's room confused. 

All I had on my mind was to drive home to see my mother and find out that she was joking. Thank you Father that Lanre decided to help drive me home that day. You have been merciful unto me, by giving me friends that have sense. Lanre did not only drive me home but he practically spent the whole day driving my people to any and everywhere they had to go as plans to bury my dad unfolded.

Back to how I got the job. Thank you Holy Ghost for giving me the revelation to write my application in an interview format. It was a weird way to write an application, but I am glad I listened. As my former colleague, Simbiat Bakare looked over the application, she just shook her head and said, "Anyone who sees this (the application), will definitely be interested in seeing the applicant".

Or is it when you made sure that my friend, Sikemi Arowoshola was the head of HR at the firm I was applying. You are too much baba!

I thank you for Damilola Ogunkoya who housed me for six months.

I am also grateful for the opportunity to turn up at Adetutu Aboderin and Demola Adeogun's wedding. Thank you for the sons delivered to Adetutu and Wole late last year.

Thank you for Pastor Poju, and every other leader at Covenant Christian Centre, my life has been changed.

I am appreciative of how you and have been helping my mom live with the absence of her husband.

You have been good.

Many times I have made mistakes, but you have not cast me off. In the shadow of your wings and in the presence of your throne room I have obtained mercy and found grace to help (Psalm 91, Hebrews 4:16).

Words will fail me to thank you for Atinuke, who has been a pillar of strength and support from the first day we met on November 27, 2012.

Thank you for putting the counsel of the devil to nought over my life on January 25, 2017, when I was hit by a 911 trailer while travelling. Even though the car left the floor and hit the ground, I was unhurt.

You have been more than good to me. 

I am certain that all I have experience is nothing compared to the great things you have in store for me.

I end this piece with the lyrics of Unstoppable Love by Jesus Culture

Try to stop your love and you would wage a war
Try to stop the very thing you gave your life for

You would come running you’d tear down every wall
All the while you're shouting my love you're worth it all

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends

Your unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

You broke into the silence
And sang a song of hope

A melody resounding in the deep of my soul
You have come running you tore down every wall

All the while you're shouting my love you're worth it all

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends

Your unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

Ohhhh

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

Ohhhh Your Love

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends

Your unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

There is no end to your love
No end to your love
It goes on forever

Love that calls my name
Love that knows my name
Love that knows my heart

Yeah.

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

Oh, Jesus
What you did on the cross
It was final, it was done, it was done

Yes Lord.

Your love was poured out
Your love was poured out
Nothing can separate us now

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

No sin
No shame
No past
No pain
Can separate me from your love

No height
No depth
No fear
No death
Can separate me from your love

Yes.

Thank you Jesus
Oh thank you, thank you, Jesus,
Yes.

Oh my heart is overwhelmed

Thank you Jesus
Tell Him
Thank you Jesus
Oh thank you, thanks you, thank you, Jesus

Oh my heart is overflowing

With joy
With joy
With joy
With joy for you Jesus
For you Jesus
For you Jesus

Nothing can separate me
Nothing can separate me

From Your love
From Your love
From Your love
Freely given
Freely given

Freely poured out
Poured out
Poured out

Poured out
Poured out
Poured out
Poured out
Poured out
Poured out

Yeah.

What a love
What a love
What a love
Amazing love, amazing love
Yeah.

Amazing love, amazing love
Yeah.

Thank you Jesus
We thank you Jesus

Thank you Jesus
We thank you Jesus.

Yeah.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Tongues, the Holy Spirit and You 2


Good evening friend, how are you doing this wonderful Friday evening? I believe good. The month is almost over, but the good thing is that your life isn’t. You are still standing, so your desires, dreams and aspirations are still within reach. So cheer up and go about your dealings with joy and put on a smile. A frown doesn’t attract anyone, but a smile is a very great charm.

Last week we started a discourse on Tongues, the Holy Spirit and You where we saw the role the Holy Spirit plays in providing the utterance and the role we play in speaking out the utterance from our lips. We also saw that praying in tongues is synonymous to God praying to Himself.

Today we would continue along the same lines as we highlight some benefits of speaking in tongues.

YOUR FAITH IS BUILT UP WHEN YOU PRAY IN TONGUES

Jude 1:16-20 NKJV

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

As we proceed from verse 16, we see the apostle Jude speaking about a certain group of people who take pleasure in living according to their sensual desires and ungodly lusts. In addressing believers, on how to live different from these folks, he said that praying in the Holy Spirit (tongues) is a sure way of building up our faith. It is also a way of keeping ourselves conscious of God’s love for us. 

Now, we need to note that when you pray in tongues, you are building yourself up, and not someone else. The Greek word used here in verse 20 in literal English means “to charge up.” This implies that when you pray in tongues, you are charging yourself up, just the same way a car battery charges up for effective use. So dear friend make use of this awesome gift given ONLY to us in this dispensation.

The Amplified Version of Jude 1:20 gives an in-depth insight into how praying in tongues affects us.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit.

This shows that praying in tongues is one sure way of making continual progress in our lives. This is because, as we pray in tongues, we get attuned with what God is saying, and this makes our decision making process sharp, thereby bringing colour into our lives. We also rise higher like an edifice, not like a bungalow, but like a skyscraper. And you know that the materials used for the foundation of both kinds of buildings defer. The higher the building, the stronger the foundation. So as we pray in tongues, we are building our lives into edifices and not into mere bungalows.

YOU CAN’T PRAY AMISS WHEN YOU PRAY IN TONGUES

James 4:1-3 gives us another reason why we should pray in tongues.

1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Most prayers done in the understanding are selfish in nature. But when we pray in tongues, it is our spirit that prays (1 Corinthians 14:14), our understanding has nothing to do with it. We can pray amiss when we pray in our understanding, but when we pray in the spirit, there’s no room for praying amiss neither is selfishness permitted, because one is speaking mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2).

When we pray in tongues we are praying the express will of God concerning a situation, whereas when we pray in our understanding, the focus most times is on our fleshly desires, with no room for God’s input.

So dear friend, devote more time to praying in tongues, and see your life take a noticeable transformation.


Selah!

Tongues, the Holy Spirit and You








Good morning friend.

It's been a very interesting week for me with its own attendant issues. I choose to leave out the details but I can guarantee you that through it all God is faithful and I'm still standing. I hereby apologise for being a day late with this post.

As discussed last week, we would continue in our series The Holy Spirit: God's Positioning System with a focus on the role of speaking in other tongues in developing our spiritual antenna.

In Tongues, the Holy Spirit and You we would get to understand our role and the Holy Spirit’s. So let’s plunge in.

Why speak in Tongues?
  •  It is the prayer language given to the believer after being baptised in the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:2
  • It is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6.
  • With tongues you magnify God. Acts 10:46 says for they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
  • It edifies 1 Corinthians 14:4
Now that we’ve highlighted some (not all) reasons why we should speak in tongues, I would want us to take a look at two scriptural references today; Acts 2:1-4 and Romans 8:26-27.

Acts 2:1-4
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

We recall that in John 7:37-39, Jesus declared boldly about the coming of the Holy Spirit using the typology of rivers of living water. In Acts 2, the disciples heeded to Jesus’ instruction of Luke 24:49 as they waited in unity in the room for the empowerment with power from on High.

I want us to take a zoom lens and narrow down on verse 4, which says, “and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Now we would notice that the Holy Spirit does the filling and gives us the utterance but it’s our job to do the speaking. How true is this you may ask? The subject of the discourse in this verse is “they” not the Holy Spirit. So he did the infilling, provided the utterance within their bellies (John 7:37-39) and they did the speaking. Many believers have waited years to speak in other tongues but haven’t, just because they believe it is the Holy Spirit that does the speaking so they are waiting for Him to do us. 

No friend! He won’t, that isn’t His responsibility but ours.


Romans 8:26-27 shows a depth as to the power of praying in the Spirit.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Verse 26 tells us that the Holy Spirit is ever ready and present to help us when we are weak. However, this help he renders in prayer is not void of our input, because we do the praying and He provides the supply of words to say to us because many times we really do not know what to say. In verse 27, says “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” I would want us to read this verse void of the italicised words. Why you may ask? The reason is this: italicised words in the scripture were not part of the original manuscript and was put there by the translators to “aid” our understanding. However, at times they don’t provide any form of help. So verse 27 now reads as, 
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to God. What I want us to see is that when we pray in other tongues, it is the same as God praying to Himself. Because as the Holy Spirit searches our hearts and we utter words in tongues, it is God in the form of the Holy Spirit in us praying to God the Father. And if God is praying to Himself, you’re certain He won’t pray amiss. It is just like one is the teacher, the examiner, and also the student in an exam. There is certainly no room for failure. This is how powerful praying in tongues is in the life of a believer.

Dear friend, if you’re yet to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I encourage you to say these words in faith:


Lord Jesus, I know that you died for my sins and gave me salvation. Just as you gave me the gift of salvation, so have you given the Holy Spirit to me. So right now I open my mouth and begin to speak in tongues as the Spirit gives me utterance. Halleluyah!!!

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Holy Spirit: God's Positioning System 2




Hello friend, how has been your week? No matter how it may have turned out for you so far, it could be better. Remember, life is a marathon, and not a sprint. Therefore do not wallow in self-pity and condemnation, but dust yourself back up and keep moving. Martin Luther King Jr, said, “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” So you need to keep moving.

We began a series on “The Holy Spirit: God’s Positioning System” last week. Truth be told, I didn’t have anything specifically to write on last week, but as I started typing my GPS (The Holy Spirit) guided me. As we continue in this series which I have no idea as to when it would end, I believe that the Lord has things in store for us.

Have you made an ‘irreversible’ mistake? Have you put yourself in a position where no answer seems to be in sight? Are you presently in a state of confusion? Are you feeling depressed? Do you’ve suicidal thoughts? Are you finding it hard to forgive yourself for a past deed? Just so you know, if you’re facing any or every of these issues I’ve listed, you are not alone. Many across the globe have passed through them, many are going through them now, and many will still go through them.

Dear friend I am here to let you know that the Holy Spirit has ALL the answers to whatever you may be facing. At the beginning of creation in Genesis 1, the earth was a chaotic mess, but the Holy Spirit who loves getting into messy situations and turning them around was present. He didn’t deny nor ignore the mess, he hovered over it. In so doing, He stamped his authority and influence upon the situation, thereby causing a dramatic change.

God did not leave us as orphans (John 14:18), He gave us the Holy Spirit (who is God) to remain and abide with us. So friend have it on good authority that no situation is strong enough to put you down, the greater one lives inside of you (1 John 4:4) and you’d come out victorious.

Next week we would take a peek into the role praying in other tongues plays in developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit. And in subsequent weeks we would delve into what he would do for us as our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby (John 14:16 Amplified).

Selah.

Remain blessed.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Holy Spirit: God’s Positioning System 1



Good morning friend. How has been your week? Happy New Month. This month you shall receive clear cut directions from the Lord on long standing issues.

Many at times, we are faced with situations, challenges and circumstances that we desperately seek answers to. We pray, we fast, and we do some other things that has been ingrained in us to do, and yet there’s still no result. These scenarios have been a cause of concern to me over the years, and I’m still yet to totally figure out the answer (after all I am human).

For someone like me who needs the aid of a recommended glasses to see clearly, it’s kind of hard to do without wearing them. The glasses has become sort of a GPS (Global Positioning System) for me. Whenever it is off, I feel ‘blind’ even though I’m not. Whenever I take it off for a few minutes and people who have never seen me without it do, they act funny, and begin to ask ridiculous questions such as “Can you see me?”, “Are you sure you are seeing clearly?”. For crying out loud, I’m not blind. Others approach me saying, you look different without the glasses. Of course I do, isn’t that obvious.

This is how a believer without the Holy Spirit is. And when I say ‘without’, I am referring to a believer who’s not conscious of His presence in Him nor yields to his promptings. The Holy Spirit is resident in every believer (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) and he’s not going to leave us but would abide with us forever (John 14:16). Now the question may arise, “But David said in Psalm 51:11, ‘Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.’” However, it is important to note that David was not born again, hence he was not a believer. Secondly, in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit did not take abode in people, He just came upon them for specific assignments as was the case of Bezalel (Exodus 31:1) and Samson (Judges 14:19).

Now since the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit forever, and is not leaving us, why on earth do believers live their lives like people without direction? The simple answer to this is, many are not conscious of His ever dwelling presence. Hence, they live their lives void of his direction. The Holy Spirit is a gentle man who would not force His counsel upon us, but would prompt us. His promptings are NOT always spectacular.

Dear friend, the Holy Spirit is waiting earnestly to converse with you. Speak with Him. He has the answer to any and every question you may have. Engage him, and see your life take a drastic shift for the better.

Until we meet next time. Remember. Jesus is Lord.

Remain blessed.

Selah.

Friday, 29 January 2016

What Say Ye? Part 2



Hello friend. Good day. I trust you had a fruitful week filled with good things.

In line with my desire of having at least an article on this blog a week, I concluded that every Friday would do just fine. Last week we began a series titled, “What Say Ye.” In last week’s post, we introduced ourselves to the reality that we are the ‘prophets of our own lives’ and that what we say out of our lips is key.

This week we would take it a step further looking into the realities of how our words dominate us.

In my brief time on the earth, I’ve come to the realisation, that we actually have what we say. Now, this doesn’t mean that one should now start claiming what he or she doesn’t have God’s word for. A question was posed last week, and I’d just drop a little hint. For example, you CANNOT confess and declare from your mouth as a single lady or man that you’re believing God that a married man or woman will be yours. That’s totally out of the will of God, so you’d just be wasting precious needlessly instead of getting yourself prepared for a fellow single person.

As we delve into God’s word, we would see that even during creation in Genesis 1, God spoke eleven times (verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, and 29). It would interest you to know that in verses 1 and 2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Verses 1 and 2 paints a picture of how the earth Elohim (i.e. the Godhead) created became a chaotic mass. In that state of chaos, the Holy Spirit was moving over the face of the waters but the situation remained unchanged and unyielding. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the situation did not necessarily cause a change. A change was effected when “God said”, and a once hopeless case turned around in an instant.

Seeing that we have a speaking God, I begin to wonder why on earth we as believers find it extremely difficult to speak and confront situations. We would observe that God didn’t complain, murmur or grumble about the situation, he simply spoke to it and a turnaround occurred. In the same vein, we ought to confront situations with words and not necessarily with prayers. Taking a leaf from David when he confronted Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, I presume praying may have crossed his mind, but there was no time for such with the battle staring him in the face. Goliath was actually winning the war of words over the Israelites before David showed up. His words, not necessarily his size and skill was keeping the children of Israel defeated. 1 Samuel 17:11 says, “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” His words alone caused fear and terror to grip the Israelites without even lifting a sword. But David was not in any way intimated by the words of Goliath, he spoke back at the giant with such confidence.

Are you in a situation that looks chaotic or like a giant that cannot be felled? Are you cowering down like the Israelites did at Goliath’s word? Does darkness seem to have you bound?

Speak God’s word with utmost confidence to those situations and you’d see a drastic turnaround. Declare the outcome you’d love to see and that will be your experience.
Remember, the WORD WORKS ALWAYS.

Remain blessed.

Selah.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

What Say Ye? Part 1
















Good morning friends and Happy New Year.

I know it's been a while I wrote any post. Anyway I'm back, and I believe this year will be one of total fruitfulness and uplift for us all.

We are in the 22nd day of the year, and I think this is a good time for us to have some introspection as to what we desire to make of our individual lives this year. As for me, one of my desires is to have a post on this blog at least once a week. I am also open and welcome to suggestions as to the day of the week, you'd like to see the post(s) uploaded. Thanks for your support last year.

Now that the preamble is over, can we cut to the chase, and start this new blog Year with a bang? Sure we can, and we would.

Many people came to this year with expectations, aspirations, desires and resolutions. A lot even had a list(s) prepared. However, drawing up a list and having expectations is one thing, seeing those listed items become a reality is another.

One of the key factors, that would determine the actualisation of those dreams are the things you say. Hence the title, "What Say Ye?"

As much as I am not a fan of the King James Version of the Holy Bible, using the old English expression, "What Say Ye?" paints a clearer picture to the mind than "What Do You Say?" or "What Are You Saying"?, which are more modern expressions.

The approach to the post is to simply let you know that you're the 'prophet of your own life'. Whoop! Whoop!! Now I know many will be left aghast as their lips part and their mouths ajar, as they say, how dare you say, "I am the prophet of my own life", when I have pastors, bishops, and prophets declaring words over me.

Well, my friend, sorry to burst your bubble. But, you're actually the prophet of your own life. Regardless of what a pastor or prophet, or a spiritual authority declares over you, if you are not in sync with such declarations, and your own words say a discordant tune, their words will fall to the ground and not produce a thing.

I am a student of the Bible, so we would take a leaf from it. Mark 11:22-24, a very popular scripture for those in the 'word of faith movement' says, 
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.
"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he shall have what he says. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them."

These words from the Master, was a response to a question from the disciples after they saw the effect of Jesus' word to the fig tree. In verses 12-14, we see the story of His encounter with the tree. Verse 14 says, In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And the disciples heard it.

So Jesus actually spoke in response to the fig tree. This implies that the fig tree possibly said to him, “Don’t you know that this is not my season to be fruitful? So why are you demanding fruit from me?” And Jesus straightaway declared fruitlessness upon it. The point I am laying is that there was a dialogue going on that the disciples were not privy to, they only saw the outcome on seeing the tree wither later.

In explaining to them the process of the outcome they saw, He just clearly said, what you believe is expressed by the words you say. And saying those words should be done three times more than just mere believing, because in the real sense, if you really believe something, you’d be willing to say it. So believing will never get the job done if not accompanied with words.

We also notice that Jesus did not say, that you’d have what I (Jesus) say, but that you’d have what you (as an individual) says.

Many of us are in situations and circumstances in our lives right now that seem to totally defy any kind of solution. But dear friend, the truth be told once a problem exists, then the solution is available also. As you proceed in this New Year, I’d encourage you to take a hold of God’s infallible word. Get verses addressing the challenge and see the power of God released to cause a change as you declare those words out of your lips.


Remain blessed and remember the WORD WORKS ALWAYS.

We shall continue next week friends.

Selah.

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