Thursday, 8 January 2015

Dare To Rise!

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Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! - Isaiah 60:1, Amp.

Arise! is a call to action; an injunction; a command; a charge in which the exhorter actually expects the one being called to respond; to rise!

As believers in Christ Jesus, we have a chief exhorter__God. Jehovah is not static. Though He is the same yesterday, today and forever; He is not stagnant. He is a motion God; and because His plan for us, from the beginning, has been that we be like Him... in everything, He needs us to be a people who are equally mobile.

When God says to arise, He is saying to the one lying down to sit up; the one sitting to stand; to the one standing to move -- walk, run, fly...; Paul called it "...the upward call of God in Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 3:14) "Come up higher", He calls. High... er. Upward.

Where are you? Oh Buife, up here. I've arrived at the peak. Not yet. God says there are yet a many places to go... above "the peak".

And you? Buife, you would never understand. I can't. I'm overwhelmed; I'm sucked in; I really am done. Not yet, you ain't. Not until God says you are. Right now, He says to you, Arise! And yes, I may never understand (and frankly, I don't claim to ever do) but He does understand. He knows all about it, yet He says arise!

We all crave new beginnings. A clean slate. Another chance. That is exactly what God is offering! Where are you? Look up, you still got places to go; I still have miles to cover; we need to move.

Don't ask how, just take a step! "...arise and shine, for My glory is risen upon you", He says. Put off the old self (Ephesians 4:22)__the one in an alliance with sin, depression, uncertainty, fear, confusion, weakness and rise to a new life where the Spirit of the Lord reigns, where there is liberty, where you are known and called a child of the Living God (Romans 9:25-26); Rise!

You were made for more; stop allowing the devil to keep ripping you off. Seize the new beginning God is giving you and like He said, forget the former things (Isaiah 43:18). Forget the time you failed Him, the days you wallowed in sin, that moment you fell... oh wait, God said you only stumbled (Psalm 37:23-24)... forget it all. In their stead, receive the mercy, grace and love that God's rolled out for you. You were made for more; Rise!

Rise and take up the mantle God is giving you; you have a work to do, a Divine assignment to carry out; therefore, forsake timidity, fear, feelings and answer God's call upon your life; Arise!!!


SHALOM

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

It's 2015!!!

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

May You Always Have The Colors Of The Lord's Bow To Continually Remind You Of His Faithfulness!


Today marks the beginning of another 365-day cycle. We give God all the glory for bringing you and I into "this side of the Jordan"! God has proven Himself faithful. He has surpassed all our expectations. He has, like the mountains that surround Jerusalem, being our safe refuge.

Like it was in the time of Joshua, challenges will spring up from east and west to cause us to question God and His faithfulness, all over again.

On this very first day of the 2015th year, A.D, I will say to you the same thing that God said to Joshua before he embarked on that journey beyond the Jordan along with the Israelites to claim and possess what the Lord had promised them.

One thing I want us to note is this: the Israelites were going to take something that GOD WAS GIVING THEM. It wasn't something they had seen and liked and wanted of their own; no, it was GOD giving them that land to possess.

For us too, God is giving us something to possess, individually, and collectively, as His Church - the first being that we be conformed to and molded into the Image of His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Now, a lot of Girgashites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Amorites, etc will come to stand in our way; and when they do, we might be tempted to forsake what the Lord our God is giving us, and instead, choose to settle.

God, Who is Omniscient, knew of all these "huge-never-ending-challenges" and how they can make even the man of great strength to become faint and He said to Joshua to "...be strong and very courageous! twice (Joshua 1:6,7). As if He perceived that Joshua might not have fully understood what He was saying to him, He turned the advice into a command;


Have I not commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9, Amp.

Why do we need not be afraid nor feel discouraged? It is because the Lord our God IS with us wherever we go! He is not going to be with us; He IS already with us! What He is saying is that He has no plans of leaving us on the way!

As we continue our lives' journey in this new year, always remember that wherever you are, wherever you find yourself, God IS with you. And knowing that the Lord Almighty is with you, refuse to let any force bring you down. You have what it takes to surmount every situation; you have God with you, in you and for you!

Once more, Godly people, I pray the Lord that you have an awesome year; I pray that He grants you Godspeed as you live and walk in His will.


SHALOM

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Is Time Running Out On You?

I thought you should know ~

That our God is faithful!

I thought you should know ~

That our God is faithful!!

I thought you should know ~

That our God is faithful!!!

He is immensely faithful, completely reliable and amazingly trustworthy!

I need you to understand that He never goes back on His Word(s).

You need to know that He values His Words more than His Name. For it is in keeping His words that He shows how mighty His Name is.

I thought you should know ~

That God isn't limited by time!

I thought you should know ~

That even time is in His hands!!

I thought you should know ~

That if He needs to, He'll stop time to suit Him!!!

He is immensely above all persons, all things; even time. He does all things WHEN He desires; when He knows the time is right.

I need you to understand that He hasn't forgotten;

The promise He made to you.

The thing He whispered to your ears during the quiet mornings;
When you sat at His feet.
When you stared into the space before you beholding nothing but the sorrow and pain in your mind and bones.

You need to know that He'll fulfill them; He will keep His covenant with you.

He will never leave off halfway.

Our God is faithful enough to do this and do them He will at the right time.

Therefore,

Keep the faith.

And remain convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. - Philippians 1:6, Amp.

Never say, I give up, nor actually quit until you lay hold of (grasp) and make your own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) laid hold of you and made you His own. - Philippians 3:12, Amp.

Did you get that last part? It says Christ made you His own; He owns you; you belong to Him; we belong to God, and I said, O.U.R. God is faithful!


SHALOM

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Pain In The Neck

We had just arrived from the village and what had started as cold and fever was now beginning to take another turn. I started having a mouthful of saliva because of the pain I felt in my throat each time I tried to swallow it. It also became painful to speak and I began shoving my food way down just so I could lessen the degree of difficulty. If you have ever worked in a hospital, you'll realize how easy it is to diagnose oneself of the most horrible disease when all you present with are minor signs and symptoms.

There was nothing my mind didn't try to cook up as what could be wrong with me, but in all of it, I continued to rely on God and on the power of the Blood of Christ that flows in my veins. I have always believed that no disease can survive in His Blood, so when all of me told me, you are sick, like seriously sick. This is no longer just fever or headache. It could be___ (and all those fierce and heavy duty throat diseases would follow); I continued to thrive in the peace that God showered me with. I remained calm and just waited to see what God would do.

I moved about with a difficulty to speak, eat and swallow (both saliva and water). After sometime, I went like, where is it? I rubbed against my throat and swallowed--no pain. I could speak again with ease and my voice was loading up. As I was still pondering where the __er__ went to, I heard this whisper in my heart,

As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good... - Genesis 50:20a, Amp.

Closely followed by,
For yet a little while and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found. - Psalm 37:10, Amp.

In my case, a gruesome sore throat thought evil against me, but God meant it for good. Here I was searching for the pain that awhile back was a thorn in my flesh, and it was all gone.

I don't know what it is that is bent on making your life be like hell for you, but one thing I do know is that all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose. (Romans 8:28).

Therefore, I want to encourage you to hold on to your faith in God because the just shall live by faith; not by/of the things that they see happening around them--good, bad or even a terrible pain in the neck. And I want to do that using the words of the Psalmist in the 124th chapter (Amp.):



If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side—now may Israel say—
If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side when men rose up against us,
Then they would have quickly swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us and swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
Then the proud waters would have gone over us.
Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Have they been times when you felt like giving up and throwing in the towel? How did you come out of those moments, victorious? What bible verses encourages you to hold on even when all else is saying let go?


SHALOM
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Monday, 29 September 2014

Fear God




I love my God; all high and mighty, yet very loving. I love the phrase, 'knowing that He is'. God does exist and this should be the root of our belief in Him. It would be so unfortunate for anyone to put their trust on someone or something they do not believe to be true, to exist.

Faith in God requires that we believe that there is God. We don't see Him, we do not know what He looks like, we can hardly proof His existence by the things we can see, but radical faith vehemently believes that HE IS [Hebrews 11:6].

We couldn't possibly say that Someone, Who we are not certain exists or not, will provide for us. That will literally disclose the height of our stupidity. We cannot say of Him Whom we are not sure exists or not, that He'd protect and deliver us. It takes faith. Radical faith.


If we must come to the throne of grace, we must believe that there is...the throne of grace. Most importantly, we must believe that there is a King Who sits on that throne.


Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the CONVICTION OF THEIR REALITY [FAITH PERCEIVING AS REAL FACT WHAT IS NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES].
- Hebrews 11:1, Amp.

(Emphasis mine)

This is the foundation of our belief in God--that we know that He is.

When we believe that He is, we will be able (it will be easier for us) to believe Who He is. In the God-man relationship, an attribute of His Person stands out, He is the Creator [Genesis 1:26-27]. Man wouldn't be if God didn't create him and blessed Him to procreate.

We believe that God is and that He created us. The very next thing we should be concerned with is why did He create us? Thankfully, God did not leave it to us to figure out on our own. After He had created the first man and woman, He

...blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. - Genesis 1:28, Amp. [Also see Psalm 8:5-8].

In Genesis 3:8, we also learn of God "...walking the garden in the cool of the day", having come to visit His friends. What does this tell us? God created us to have fellowship with Him. This is the reason He made us in His image and after His own likeness, that we may commune/relate with Him, God to gods.

In Ecclesiastes 12:13, king Solomon speaks of the whole duty of man--

All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. [Amp.]

What is the whole [duty] of man: Fear God and keep His commandments. Fear God - revere Him, stand in awe of Him, honor and respect Him. Why? Because we know that He is and we know Who He is. To fear God doesn't mean that you lock up yourself indoors and hide under the sheet; rather, it means to reverently worship Him, be afraid of Him and hold/think highly of God. It's not about who the boss is, it's our response to the recognition of the power and might that He wields. It is not a physical/external show of terror; it's an internal act/attitude of 'bowing down before' in awe of His Person, His Presence and His works/deeds.

Apostle John in Revelation 14:6-7 wrote;

Then I saw another angel flying in mid air with an eternal Gospel (goodnews) to tell to the inhabitants of the earth, to every race and tribe and language and people. And he cried with a mighty voice, revere God and give Him glory (honor and praise in worship), for the hour of His judgement has arrived. Fall down before, pay Him homage and adoration and worship Him Who created heaven and earth, the sea and the springs (fountains) of water. [Amp.]


The fear of God is the whole of man. It is;

The Full, Original Purpose Of His (man's) Creation: If you've ever wondered, why did God create me? Why am I alive, saved? This gives a clear answer__to worshipfully fear and revere the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, every minute that we breathe. To live a life completely surrendered to God and in conformity to His will. To live in the truth that we will be nothing without Him and continually present ourselves as living sacrifices upon His altar. To treasure every moment that He gives us, every blessing that He bestows on us, and to seek to bring Him pleasure everyday of our lives.


The Object Of God's Providence: When you praise a king for the good deeds he has done, he goes on to do much more, thus says an Igbo (south-eastern Nigeria) proverb. When we say to God, "I am nothing without You", we are declaring to Him that He is our Everything. When you bow before a king in my tribe, he pats your back in acknowledgement and says to you, 'it shall be well with you'. The Psalmist in Psalm 23:1 said, "the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." A soul that acknowledges and confesses Jesus as Lord shall be well provided for by the Good Shepherd. Jesus Himself said,

I am the Door: anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and find pasture. - John 10:9, Amp.


The Root Of Character: The Apostle John wrote in his first epistle,

No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him - deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin... - I John 3:6a, Amp.

And a wise king once wrote;

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence... - Proverbs 1:7a, Amp.

And apostle Paul wrote that_

The fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. - Galatians 5:22-23, Amp.


The Foundation Of All Happiness: Now, here is some Big. Fat. Truth: The holiest man is the happiest man. True happiness comes from doing the will of God.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. - Matthew 5:6-12, ESV.

A life committed to doing God's will, pleases Him. And when the King is pleased, He throws a feast for His subjects.


The Adjustment To All Inharmonious Cirsumstances and Conditions Under The Sun: Well, it's fear God or fear everything else. Kari Jobe, singer and songwriter wrote (sang);


"When my hope is gone,
When the fear is strong
When the pain is real,
When it's hard to heal
When my faith is shaken
And my heart is broken
And my joy is stolen,
God I know that...
You lift me up, You'll never leave me searching,
You lift me up, You'll never leave me thirsty..."


Jesus said,

And do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him Who can destroy both soul and body in hell. - Matthew 10:28, Amp.


When you live in the fear of God, be rest assured, He will contend with those who contend with you and deal with situations that bring you despair.

The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has appointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the goodnews (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favours of God profusely abound. - Luke 4:18-19, Amp.


There can be only one Lord over a man. And when you've made the God, Who created heaven and earth, your God and Jesus, your Lord, know this: He shall have no one share His glory with Him over you.


SHALOM

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Omo, Na Wetin You Carry?

This is going to be a quick one. How many of you know that I am Nigerian and that we have approximately 250 ethnic groups and speak in as much different tongues/dialects? For official purposes, we use English; unofficially, we communicate in Pidgin which is why I titled this post in pidgin.
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When you've read the post and still want to learn more pidgin, go here; want to laugh while at it, try this hilarious compatriots of mine because you know, we, Naija people, we no dey carry last!


SHALOM

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday Slices #5: Seek Him

There are times the Lord seems so close and at other times, well it seems like He doesn't even exist. But does the Lord ever leave us to attend to some more important things? You know, He is the King of both the Heaven and the earth--He must have a lot on His plate.

No. The Lord never leaves us (Hebrews 13:5). We are the most important of all He has to care for--THE MOST IMPORTANT!

You are.

I am.

Therefore, when it seems like He's travelled, seek Him.

When He is home, seek Him.

For anyone who seeks, finds. Anyone who shall call upon the Lord, receives an answer.

Seek Him in the morning and at night.

With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. - Isaiah 26:9, KJV

Seek Him both in peace and in distress.

O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary. - Psalm 63:1-2, KJV.

Seek Him as you wash, cook, iron, drive, eat etc. Seek Him. All the time.

Why?

Because God never takes a break from us, He never travels. Most of the time, we are the ones who wander away, we are the ones that take a break, we are the ones who get weary.

In seeking Him, we become increasingly aware of His presence. The more conscious we are of His abiding presence, the easier it is for us to trust Him and trusting God requires that we take our eyes completely off every other thing and focus them on Him.

How?

Pray. Always. Turn your every word into a prayer. When you're chatting with a friend, instead of magnifying/glorifying the issues you're facing, talk more about how you trust that God will come through. Instead of grumbling, let your murmurings be a prayer. Ask the Lord always to bless you, keep you, energise you; as you encounter any difficulty, tell Him to help--difficulties as minute as your door lock won't open.

Listen, God bless you isn't a cliche. It's a prayer. It's the words that my mouth speak and the heavens have a responsibility to honor it. Speak your prayer, sing it, dance it.


The Word. Read it. Memorise it. Meditate on it. Have you ever considered the relationship between the herdsman and his flocks. He doesn't only lead them to where they can graze, he protects them--from running into an oncoming vehicle, from other people who might want to steal and kill them; he is like a friend to them--spending every waking moment with them and choosing their welfare over his.

Didn't Jesus say He is the Good Shepherd? Psalm 23:1 says, the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want...a provider, a friend, a keeper because I have one in Christ Jesus!

Apostle John says ...and the Word was God (John 1:1). Keep the Word close to you, keep God close to you.

When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. - Psalm 27:8, KJV.


Time For The Slices

This saturday, I'm only going to share links to posts from other blogs.

• Courtney of the Women Living Well will be starting a blogging through the bible series with the Good Morning Girls beginning this september. If you're looking for some inspiration and accountability to read through the whole bible, then you should check it out.

• Have you noticed how blue my blog is? Question = describe it in one word. Equally see Wholesome Joy's all things blue love.


SHALOM

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