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.
Click here to read the whole post.

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!


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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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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

My Back To School Tale

[This post contains links to the Compassion International Sponsorship Programme. A few dollars a month can make a wholesome change in a child's life].


My back to school tale.
Is not the same as that of the average kid.
It doesn't include my parents buying a new back pack for me.
Neither does it include new books bought by them.
Yes, it is that different.

My back to school tale.
Doesn't include fancy stories of the fancy places I visited during the holidays
Because I didn't get to visit any resort
And there's no disney here.
Yes, it's kinda like that.

My back to school tale.
Is not filled with bitterness and regret either.
It is not a tale of some disgruntled child who wishes life could have done him better.
No, it is so not in my alley.




My back to school tale
Is a tale of gratitude;
To God, for life sustained.
To mom and dad for their love, care and prayers.
To the visionaries of Compassion International.
To the men and women who sponsor me and my friends because,

My back to school tale
Would not have been if they had not responded to God's call and request
To “let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 19:14, ESV.
I am thrilled by their passion, dedication and determination!

My back to school tale.
Is my testimony of which I give God all the glory.
For I see and I'm a beneficiary of the good works His people do in His Name.
Now, that's my story, my tale, my song.

WHAT'S YOURS?!


SHALOM
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Dear Jeremiah...The Foundation

It's really been amazing seeing Jeremiah 1:5 in a whole new light.

Foundation is everything.

A look at Jeremiah's life as a prophet reveals how faithful our God is. Yes, there were times it got difficult for him, but God didn't fail him. He always gave him the right words and the courage to operate in the office He called him into.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday Slices #4: The Hand Me Downs

Which do we prefer--giving or receiving? I love to receive but we know it is more blessed to give than to receive; so, I give more and receive...more. But, is it always a blessing, what we receive? Or are they sometimes, curses in 'blessing clothings'?

Some hand me downs, do we really need them? Find out in this post I wrote for A Noble Calling Blog


Time For The Slices.

Don't forget to find a comfortable place to relax as you read these posts.

From This Blog

• We are almost through with the Dear Jeremiah series. Read the fourth post in that series here.

• Sin and disobedience are a cankerworm in our Spiritual life yet, we excuse them sometimes. What exactly do we imply when we choose to disobey God?


From Elsewhere

• Do you want to know who has a big heart? It's Nathanael.

• Are you looking for a golden opportunity? You are WANTED!


I want to read the treasures you found and/or wrote. Leave the links to them in the comments below.


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