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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cool Kids Work Out... Soul Train


My niece is always starting a diet plan that ends as it begins. She tried to rope me into going to a gym with her… no young lady! I tried to consider taking fast walks… but the truth is I’m lazy. I hate workouts. Sometimes I get in the groove of it, but I’m soon not motivated enough to continue. I’ve tried Pilates… tried the aerobic videos, tried the personal trainers and even settled for wii yoga and boxing to keep in shape… but it’s been years. I’ve been considering getting a bicycle to at least ride around the house… I started swimming lessons but the lessons didn’t last long last year. In other words… I have no work out routine.

You see…I don’t feel like I need to work out. I am slim… and sometimes it feels like I’m a little too lean. Some friends gush about wanting to be as trim as I am. People assume I work out a lot because I look fit. I always shamefully give them a refund for their compliment… I don’t work out mate.
And so you see, I tell myself I don’t need to work out. Life and genes has pardoned me from the unpardonable human torture of trying to loose weight, but I have come to realize that the fact that I am slim doesn’t mean I don’t need to work out. Or the fact that you diet doesn’t downplay the importance of a good work out. There’s more to working out and eating healthy than just loosing weight. Its about being healthy, and loads of other benefits including a sound mind.

It’s the New Year. The time of resolutions and new slates… and on most peoples list comes the weight loss/work out resolve. The gyms are packed full as usual at this time of the year, with the new years resolution bunch, and the realist who just come in to burn off the guilt of the holiday binging, knowing it isn’t a routine they’ll be keeping through out the year.
The shops are shoving gym work out gears in our faces through massive sales campaign… appealing to our January after holiday guilt, and New Year resolutions.
Some would quit after the first day…  a joy for the true gym loyalists who feel like the impostors have invaded their personal space.

Exercise is good. I hope to get on that band wagon soon enough. I am tired of how out of breath I am when I walk up a flight of stairs. I jumped on a trampoline and almost passed out. I may be trim, but I am so out of shape.

Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. 1 Timothy 4:7-8MSG)

The same way we deal with our bodies is the same way our Spirits need to be treated. Churches are all organizing a beginning of the year fast… like a work out program for the soul to get in shape for the New Year…  the perfect soul exercise and I see loads of people I usually don’t see in church jumping in on it, which is a good thing, but like the enthusiastic New Year resolutions gym people, after that, what’s next? Some grab this moment and that’s all the work out for their soul for the whole year and then go back to the exuberance of living for self, leaving their spirits flabby.
It’s as important to work out our soul regularly as it is with our body.
Paul writes to Timothy to exercise daily in God.
 
I’m none compliant with my body when it comes to keeping in shape, because I for one am comfortable with how I look in shape, I would probably jump on the treadmill if I notice the weight coming in like an express train. But I can’t afford to be that way with my spirit, to feel like a lean mean fit machine in Spirit and so I become complacent in building myself, because, somehow I have arrived. I may look it and feel like the ideal Christian, and then I find out I’m out of breath when it comes to the little things… like trusting and having faith even for the littlest things, or getting panic attacks when I am faced with little oppositions.

We cant be spiritually lazy and lay hold of destiny. We must be intentional on setting our mind. Toure Robert

We must be intentional in keeping our Spirit in shape, in keeping them fit as much as we should with our bodies. We loose out on laying hold on somethings when we have unfit Spirits.
You may be a great Christian, but that doesn’t stop you from working out your Spirit… you need to keep in shape in order to dominate your world like the child of God that you are. We cant have great looking Christians getting out of breath at the slightest trial, or form of adversity, can we? We wouldn’t sweat the small stuff as fit Christians.

There’s so many ways to keep fit as a Christian… and trust me, it isn’t as tedious as running on a treadmill or throwing some hoops. Here's a few soul train/Spirit training ideas... 

Go on the treadmill of right thinkingDon’t spend time thinking about things that only end up causing you pain, stirring up fear and discord and uncovering emotions that are better left behind.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8-9

Praying! Especially praying in the spirit
Praying without ceasing isn’t as complicated and demanding as we feel it is. You don’t have to have closed eyes and closed rooms to pray to God. The prayer muttered under your breath. The ‘thank you Jesus’ you sigh at that meeting… it’s simply acknowledging God, carrying Him along as you go through the day and make decisions, not necessarily freaking people out with screams any and everywhere, there's a place for that and there's a place for under your breath prayers.
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people). Ephesians 6:18
Sing songs of worship… your worship is your prayer as well…
Let the Word of Christ - the Message - have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Colossians 3:16(msg)

Eat healthy… Junk food will eventually take its toll on your body as it will on your spirit. Eat healthy… feast on the pure nutritious milk of the word of God. There's so much spewing around especially in this age of social media, from hateful comments, to lies and slanders and foolish gossip... junk junk junk! Get rid of all that, let the word and the Spirit of God fill you with love, boldness and a sound mind/sensibility.
 So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], if in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord. 1 peter 2:2-3

Lift weights of love… We are called to love, and we love because we received the Father’s love. Love is patient, kind, not jealous or boastful, rude and so much more(I Corinthians 13)
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2

Burn some calories with dancing… Praise looks good on you. Sing to God, dance to Him. Let your praise pour out to Him for who He is, God inhabits the praise of His people… he delights in our rejoicing in His presence. What a fun way to keep your Spirit fit. Give Him your best moves even if it has no rhythm, He’s right there dancing with you… it’s always uplifting spending time in praise and dancing before God.
Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. Psalm 149:3

Set goals… Keep going at it, don’t stop… forget the past achievements and failures and strive for even more… keep moving towards the mark, we are being perfected each day, and the only way we miss it is if we stop moving. You’re trim today and maybe even in shape, its not the time to fold up your work out gear, it’s the time to keep going.
Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14

There's so much more work out routines for our Spirits. Lets not get weary in doing good... keeping up with our daily exercise. A healthy Spirit is a life of dominion, peace, joy and good success.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Armed Forces Remembrance...

--> Wing Commander Chimda Hedima 1975 - 2014.
On 11/09/14, a company of NA soldiers attempted to overrun a Boko Haram position in Borno. Due to the low altitude, the plane suffered significant damage from the terrorists' gun fire. Wing Commander Hedima and his partner realized that they were going to crash.
Instead of hurriedly parachuting to safety within Nigerian controlled territory, they chose to embark on a mission to destroy as many terrorists and their weapons as possible. They parachuted out at the last minute but not before ensuring their plane slammed into a column of terrorists in which 63 Boko Haram members were killed as a result of their bravery.
Wing Commander Hedima was captured. On 12/09/14, he was killed by the Boko Haram.
He chose Nigeria, he chose all of us. We cannot forget him. Please share his story. His name should be known by everyone.
Rest In Peace Commander, we are grateful.
May you find eternal peace in the bosom of the almighty God.

That was a write up for wing commander Chimda I read two years ago.

His unnamed partner is wing commander Dele Braimoh. Scoro as we fondly call him…. It’s been a little over two years since I’ve hoped that we would get news that he’s alive and well somewhere. I can’t imagine what his wife and little boy and girl whom he dotted on are going through.
I’ve known him since I was a little girl, when he was just a flight lieutenant, a friend of the house, till he became my friend as well.
He loved what he did. He was proud of what he did.
He spoke with pride and so much ease about what isn’t so easy to do. How he loved it… the fact that he could fly a jet faster than the speed of sound. He kind of loved bragging about it, and he had every right to, because he was good at it.
For the love of this country, for my safety and yours…. He fought; he flew over enemy territory and did the best he could.
His last updated profile picture on whatsapp represented what he was proud of… flying!
I’ve put off doing a post, because it feels so unfair, like I have bowed to the conclusion that he’s really gone.
I choose foolishness, the foolishness of hope. The foolishness that a friendship hasn’t been cut off just like that. That a man hasn’t been taken from his young family, just like that.

Oga Scoro, I’m foolish enough to choose what story I want to choose after two years, that maybe, just maybe he parachuted out and like some Hollywood movie, he’ll be found. A body brings closure… no body ignites a flicker of hope.

Today is the armed forces Remembrance Day… and this post is dedicated to Wing Commander Dele Braimoh, hoping he comes home to his family soon.
To all the lives that have been lost in fighting for our peace in this country… May God comfort their families for the sacrifices they’ve lost.
For the wives and husbands of all those fighting for us… I pray for grace to live each day in hope, knowing that God is protecting your husbands and fathers.

And to those serving gallant men of our joint forces… I salute you. I pray for strength and for wisdom, I pray for protection and grace. Thank you for sacrificing so much to bring sanity and peace to our nation.
Thank you for your bravery.
Thank you for loving your country enough, even when we don’t give you the best you deserve.
Lt. Col Moyo Akin-Ojo, Group Captain Tunde Phillips and all our officers in the frontline… God bless you!




Friday, January 13, 2017

Yes, I Can!


Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation church has released another power packed declaration to start the year with.
I loved “I will fight” and I love this just as much.
It reminds me that we are not tempted beyond what we can handle… that whatever comes our way, we can handle because Christ already dealt with it on the cross.

I can do all things… when fear comes knocking; I’m answering with faith!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Looking Back...

 Sometimes, we dwell in the midst of things that are harmful to us… but we are sort of blended in that as much as we know it’s wrong, we dwell still because of the  “there’s nothing I can do about it… this is where I belong” mentality.
As wrong as it is, and as right as you are in all that wrong, the solution isn’t to sit put. God will literally drag us out of that situation especially after he has sent the signs to show us that we ought to be out of there and we pay no heed.
Lets say a relationship that feels right, but then there’s the cheating and the lying and the abuse, the subtle hints sent to get you moving on, but you sit pretty being right in the wrong… when you ignore all the signs, the next step will be to drag you away from the midst of all that one way or the other.

When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the lord was merciful. When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”………
But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:16-17, 26)

Lot was literally dragged out from the midst of all the wrong they were rightly dwelling in in Sodom by the angels of God and specific instructions were given, “don’t look back” but someone did… lots wife. There’s really nothing to look back to when you’ve been delivered from something… you remember sometimes, but looking back takes you back in your mind and causes a jolt of nostalgia that can get you crawling back to your vomit… to the destructions God saved you from.
When you remember, please don’t look back.
You see, looking back leaves you stagnant and rooted in that wrong that will eventually destroy you.
We wonder why Lots wife looked back, there are so many theories about that. But lets look at it with the eyes of today’s world.
Lot was a wealthy man in Sodom. A man with lots of properties who was dragged away from it all, so that means he didn’t have time to grab a bag, hardly any time to arrange for the Ferrari and Rolls Royce and Ranges and Maserati to be sent out of town, not even the choppers and private planes could be arranged for evacuation, or the original rare oil paintings, his horses, the best polo ponies to be found in the area.
Imagine leaving behind so many things that don’t matter when it comes to life and death situations but are obviously valuable…  all the time, wisdom and resources invested.
Lot may have been brave enough to let go, but his wife looked back at the lovely house she just finished redecorating, with furniture she imported from all over Europe... the antique pieces she sourced from auction houses for the rooms… The diamonds that sat pretty in her safe boxes… the out of the world wardrobe that was talked about in the whole town, because of the exquisite pieces she had stocked up; shoes, bags and couture outfits. The childhood pictures of her daughters… her beautiful gardens and all the plans for the best party ever she would never get to throw and show off her new furniture.
Legit reasons to look back.

Maybe you’re looking back because… well you know you did some unethical things on the job, but look at the commissions you got. The perks, the security of having a job. Well maybe your boss looks like a scene from hell, and you hated what you had to do sometimes to grab those deals…  but all the right you had in the midst of all that wrong made the sting of the unbearable a little better to bear.
Maybe you’re looking back, because he’s so fine… you looked so good together, how can you leave all that? In the midst of the cheating and the abuse, he was funny and sometimes he smiled real good at you and gave you nice things… how can you leave all that behind… when there were right moments in the midst of all that wrong? Are you really willing to leave that all behind? To be called a divorcee? Maybe the bruises aren’t so bad…

Looking back gives you a sense of longing for what was, It pulls you back to the thing you should be moving away from… it makes you feel like you’ve experienced a loss and clouds your mind, covers the beauty of the future, makes you wonder if the uncertainty is worth the trouble. The future is unfamiliar, thus you look at the familiar past with all the wrongs and your clouded mind only sees the right in the midst of that wrong, and that pinch of right in your vulnerable state of mind is enough to pale all the wrong.  Remember, God wouldn’t take you out of something, if He hasn’t prepared to bring you into something even better… something more than you have left behind.
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? Isaiah 43:18-19a(MSG)
You may have made loads of mistakes in the past... minute, year or week. Don't look back dwelling on it... even that too can suck you in. Get over your mistakes and move on in Gods grace and love. God loves you and isn't holding it against you, why turn into a pillar of condemnation over something that has become nothing by the cleansing blood of Jesus.  You fell, get up and move on.(Proverbs 24:16)

The last year and years are gone.
On the other hand, maybe it wasn’t a bad yesterday/year/job, and there were lots of rights and so little wrongs from what you’ve been called out from. Maybe the job you feel led to leave isn’t the kind with wrongs and a sprinkle of right but so many rights with just a speck of wrong… move on. Don’t stay put dwelling on one victory that you lose focus on the future. Yes you had a good year, but there’s so much more to come… so much more, and its crazy to camp around that victory, to camp around how good a year it was that you don’t move on to the glory of the coming. Move on. Don’t look back and turn into a pile of salt, stuck on the past. Have you heard people tell stories of something great they did years ago? Its good to reminisce, but the problem with these people is they’ve turned into a pile of salt, because there’s been no more achievement after that great one in 1900’s, all they do is talk about it because they failed to move beyond that victory to do more, live past it to get even more victories in the future.

I’ve had some great moments in my life, and you know, I always wonder why the high doesn’t last beyond the moment, why I feel dissatisfied almost immediately, while others are still celebrating me, I feel restless, I realized I feel that way because there is more, I could chose to remain rooted in that little victory, a local champion of that moment for the rest of my life, or I could move on and achieve more and be more. Leave the past with all the victories, defeats and mistakes and move into the future as unclear as it is, and conquer more dreams and more glory. The word of God says, our paths are like the morning sun, shining brighter and brighter till its full day(Proverbs 4:18)… meaning, it’s one victory unto another one… and it’s always bigger than the last, even if looks smaller.

Like Lot, ask for grace to resist the gravity pulling you towards looking back to the past and getting stuck on it…

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside... Baby It's Dark Outside.


It’s hard to wake up on cold dark winter mornings. Your body tells you its still night, and looking out of your window, your eyes try to convince your mind that your body is right as it shows you its still dark outside, so why don’t you snuggle in and sleep some more? The only thing you should listen to in these moments is your clock and your appointments for the morning.
I’m lucky I don’t have to go through this morning struggle all the time, for one, I don’t have to experience winter as often as it comes, (I have the harmattan alternative to enjoy) and because sometimes, I’m dragging myself to bed when people are just waking up to get ready for the day. I’m nocturnal like that. I work through the night, and in-between that, get distracted from doing what’s important by social media and sometimes a Cary Grant movie or two.  So I have a legit reason to sleep half way through the winter mornings.

My nieces on the other hand have my sympathy… I hear them move about preparing for school so early on those cold mornings and I feel so sorry they still have more years of school. How cruel for anyone to be out of the comfort of their duvet.
But some days I have to be up earlier than my beauty sleep approves. Drag myself to bed late and have to be up pretty early, to the dull darkness of a cold morning… with not a flutter or chirp of a bird outside to give the day a little life… and by the time I stumble through a scalding hot shower and bundling myself up in layers to meet my waiting cab, and sometimes a nice cup of hot chocolate to go, I’m ready for the day. It’s still quite dark and foggy and freezing, but its day and I’m on the move as a whole lot of other people too as the road and train station isn’t empty, and soon enough the light catches up with us. A little sun here, a little sun there, and a bustling life out of the dark morning.

The call of the comfort of a warm bed is pretty enticing and even sometimes legit, but we have to remind ourselves that the fact that its still dark outside doesn’t mean it isn’t morning and the world has started to move and live the day with or without us.
Proverbs 6:10 says A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— that's all it takes t miss out on a lot.
Don’t let the darkness keep you bonded and deceived that its still night… when you look at the clock and it says morning, you owe it to yourself to wake up and prepare for the day by what the time says and not what your comfort zone sweet whispers to you. I have considered scrapping plans one too many times because of those sweet whispers.

When God says its morning, take His word for it and believe… Don’t wait till you see the manifestation, a hint of light outside, before you believe and start preparing for the day or else you’ll find out you’re late for the party because you got played by comfort zone. Stop waiting for signs or you'll be so late!
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
The ultimate sign of morning is the clock... the ultimate sign from God for everything we need and every promise He's given is Jesus... His death, burial and resurrection. That's all the sign we need to know that it's morning for us... it's time to live and take over our world.
Our faith is not by sight for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— 2 Corinthians 5:7(AMP)

When God calls you blessed as His word says we are… take His word for it and behave as the blessed one. Leave the warm comfort zone of self-pity and condemnation and start your morning as the blessed one and you will see indeed the truth in it. “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

When He says He loves you… "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3 Believe His word and stop looking at all the things you are not that disqualifies you for His love. Its not about what you see, its about what He says… you may not be perfect in your ways, you may fall sometimes in your walk… but that’s just the deceit of the cold winter morning getting you to snuggle back in the bed of sin and self condemnation… you may not be perfect, but the word says you are loved, so get with the time and out of the comfort of your fall and condemnation and act like the one who is loved, get a hot shower, wear a warm dress and move out about your life as the loved one. Its beyond what you see… how can we ever enjoy any goodness, and receive any promises from Gods words if we don’t walk only by faith?

Elisha’s servant got up early and went out (2 Kings 6:15) and he saw a great army circled around the city. He was panicked. You see, he looked out of the window early in the morning, and it was still dark… his eyes saw the Aramean army… but he didn’t see the manifestation of the word of God that promises protection for his own. It was a dark winter early morning, and panic was the only comfort he could warm himself with, he was moved by the sight of all those against him, until Elisha who had the consciousness of the manifestation prayed for his eyes to open, and then he saw an even greater army surrounding and chariots of fire surrounding them. It’s all about what you choose to see when you wake up… what’s against you or what’s for you.
Whatever comes against you… when God says in His word He will never leave or forsake you… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 take His word for it… beyond what you see and believe, because when the light of the day comes, you’ll see that He truly was with you all the way through whatever it is you’ve been through or are going through. There’s so much for you than against you as a beloved child of God.

We’ve all received words for this year… we’re all excited and ready to conquer… don’t get discouraged if it still feels like night time of last year with the economy making your dream look dark and drab… get up and move. Don’t wait for the ‘right’ time, for things to look good/bright before stepping out… or you’ll remain in that comfort zone of the warm bed, waiting for things to be better and before you know it, it’s the end of the year, and you just wasted more time and delayed birthing something beautiful.
He who watches the wind [waiting for all conditions to be perfect] will not sow [seed], and he who looks at the clouds will not reap [a harvest].  Ecclesiastes 11:14

Baby it’s cold outside… maybe it’s even dark outside, but morning has come, wake up and live your dream and purpose… as you ignore the cold blues and darkness and move into the day you’ve been promised and given, light will eventually come, and the day will be an active hub as you conquer it!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017... Happy New Year.

Happy New year!!!
Some nights ago, before I drifted off to sleep, I was praying, more like reflecting and givng God thanks for the year, then I remember my grandma and the tears started flowing, and I knew I could give myself a reason to stop with the thanks, but thank God that in the midst of my tears, I found a reason to thank God her in 2016, she left towards the end of the year... God gave us a beautiful year with her... I remember how we danced with her just as we entered 2016... it was a good year, even with the pain of her death and burial.
I'm so thankful... there's always something to be thankful for.

So excited about this year... tried to do a post, but couldn't get myself still enough to bring out all the thoughts in my head. So I'll just share this video and words I posted on Instagram.


(Pardon the distracting hair touch... I was totally checking myself out! Say no to vanity in 2017) Happy new year everyone! So excited about the year... "Those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits" Daniel 11:32... I'll rephrase to "those who know how much God loves them shall be strong and do great exploits!  Go into the new year in strength and do great exploits by holding on to the truth that God loves you completely!  If He does, how can you fail? How can you be afraid to step out knowing you can't fail? There's unprecedented prosperity and harvest as you step out. It's time to "Arise, Shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you" Isaiah 60:1 Worship like you've never done, pray like you've never done and succeed and prosper like you've never done!  I pray that the dreams that have been held in your hearts for years be birth, may it become flesh, and may you hold them in your hands, nurture them and send them into the world to be a blessing.  You are a child of a good good Father, a God who loves you... And the world has waited too long for you to manifest! Now it's the time to TAKE OVER and walk this world as a beloved son of God that you are.  Enjoy Gods unlimited favour, love, grace and mercy in this new year and all your days!
A video posted by Joy Akut (@inyamuakut) on

(Pardon the distracting hair touch... I was totally checking myself out! Say no to vanity in 2017)

Happy new year everyone! So excited about the year... "Those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits" Daniel 11:32... I'll rephrase to "those who know how much God loves them shall be strong and do great exploits!
Go into the new year in strength and do great exploits by holding on to the truth that God loves you completely!
If He does, how can you fail? How can you be afraid to step out knowing you can't fail? There's unprecedented prosperity and harvest as you step out.
It's time to "Arise, Shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you" Isaiah 60:1

Worship like you've never done, pray like you've never done and succeed and prosper like you've never done!
I pray that the dreams that have been held in your hearts for years be birth, may it become flesh, and may you hold them in your hands, nurture them and send them into the world to be a blessing.
You are a child of a good good Father, a God who loves you... And the world has waited too long for you to manifest! Now it's the time to TAKE OVER and walk this world as a beloved son of God that you are.
Enjoy Gods unlimited favour, love, grace and mercy in this new year and all your days!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas...


For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. (Thus) The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish. John 3:16(amp) John 1:14(msg)

God gave us His best… thus, He can’t and will not withhold anything from good from us. The beauty of Christmas… A reminder of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Joy to the World...

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King; 
Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,
 and Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.


There’s something about the Christmas season that brings undeniable joy and good cheer. It always seems like the atmosphere changes and people smile more, are more cheerful and are just generally in a jolly good mood… and I’m not just talking Christians. I’m talking about everyone! smiling at random strangers and saying "Merry Christmas" even when they try to change it to "happy holidays" we still get the point... it's Christmas!

The malls and markets are over crowded… gift giving, food cooking and sharing, and the good life in general. They say it’s just the holiday season… but this isn’t just any holiday season even if they choose to deny the fact. It’s not just the stuff gotten that makes it special. I should know… trying to get Christmas gifts for my nieces as happy as I am to do it, is enough to suck the joy out of my thinning wallet… but look, I still have joy even in the midst of spending, however little.

This is the season when Gods salvation plan manifested.
Christ came… and joy came with him. Because in His coming was the fulfillment of his death, burial and resurrection that reconciles us with our heavenly Father and elevates us to the position of honor.
Yesterday, I heard Pastor Onyema Monye say that Christmas season is “a season of fulfilled prophecy"
Something leaped in me when I heard that. It put to words what my heart was trying to shape for this post. 
It Is indeed a season of fulfillment of prophecy… the word that was spoken through the prophets of old and recorded in the bible, from Genesis to Micah and the books between, was fulfilled in this season with the birth of Jesus… the word became flesh and dwelt among us(kjv0... the word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood(msg) John 1:14... who wouldn’t be excited when such a prophecy is fulfilled? That gives me butterflies in my belly. It causes me to rejoice… because it’s a season where my prophecies are fulfilled as well. Jesus coming changed everything for me, and for you. Circumstances and situations have no power to bury this truth.
Joy to the world, in His coming, was the beginning of the process for the perfect sacrifice for my redemption… “Because Jesus was conceived supernaturally without human intervention, His blood was divine, holy and untainted by human sin! And that’s why it was perfectly qualified and perfectly able to wash away every sin of mankind when it was shed at the cross.” Joseph Prince

The joy of the Lord is my strength(Nehemiah 8:10)… because He has come, You and I have Joy and this joy is our strength. Our strength to stare down opposition and shadows that try to cover us.
Because he has come… We will rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4) even when life doesn’t seem to give us reasons to. We will hold on to the ultimate reason; Christ was born, and through His birth, to the cross, in his death, burial and resurrection, we have eternal life. We have a perfect sacrifice speaking for us. We have salvation and in this salvation is hope… hope in the promise of the cross. In this salvation is all access that qualifies us to be called a son of God. That assures us that just as much as God loves Jesus, we are loved…

Joy to the world because as we have received or will receive Christ, not just into the world but into our lives, according to Ephesians 1:3-11….
We are blessed with every blessing… the minute we connect with him 
We are chosen in Him. 
We are holy, blameless and loved.
We are adopted into His family.
We are accepted in the beloved
We are forgiven… and certainly not licensed to sin in this forgiveness, this grace… rather in the total forgiveness, love and grace and our understanding of His complete undiluted forgiveness and extravagant grace; we are empowered to live above sin.  
We have wisdom; we have all knowledge (There’s so much left untapped because we don’t use the gift of the Holy Spirit as much as we should) 
We Know God's will, because His Spirit is in us.
We are joint heirs with Christ.
All things are ours.
God has invested Himself in us.
We cant be separated from the love of God... ever!

That’s a reason to rejoice. To live in Joy, and with all the points listed in Ephesians 1, there’s even more to rejoice about even in the face of the lies and evil reports the devil tries to throw at us.
Like Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus/the prophecy that was fulfilled, but was unable to even with all his efforts, the devil can’t kill our individual prophecy, as much as he tries … no matter how long it takes, or how far fetched it looks, in the words of Juanita Bynum “the prophecy is still alive” Be encouraged knowing, it can't and wouldn't be killed. be encouraged by the fulfillment of this prophecy that God does not and cannot lie... His word will surely come to pass in your life... the key? Keep your eyes fixed on the slain lamb... the sacrifice of Jesus, His finished work... the blood covenant. Look to the cross and walk in the fulfillment of Gods word concerning you.
So, joy to you... the King is come indeed!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The First Noel...


The First Noel, the Angels did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel!

                                            The First Noel

The shepherds were going about their own business… watching their flocks on that night when suddenly they saw a host of angels. They encountered something that must have been such a spectacular sight, with a message that changed the world. And with that announcement, they hurried to see for themselves what they had been told
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. Luke 2:15-18(msg)

Those shepherds must have been men of great faith… after all the experience of angels doing a praise break (now that’s a sight I’d be triple triple delighted to see, an angelic praise break… it must have been such a sight for the shepherds) they were given the news of the birth of a king… its one thing to get revelation in the presence of God, in an atmosphere where the glory is glaring… in church, in the place of worship or your private fellowship with God… its one thing to get the message, the word in the light of Gods tangible presence... from your pastor etc. It illuminates through you. It lights up your body and your heart is enlarged, you are refreshed and ready for battle… and its another thing to keep the faith after the thrill and excitement of the moment wears out. When the atmosphere isn’t as dense as it was. When the worship music stops and you move away through life, on your way to Bethlehem to see the word, like the shepherds… its one thing, and its one thing to see the word in flesh… because sometimes, most times, it doesn’t always manifest as it is. It comes as a speck, a tiny seed that transforms into something bigger with time… into the promise you’ve been handed.

Those were men of faith to go to Bethlehem and not in the finest inn or home, but in the room where animals were kept, not in a crib, but on a manger where animal food was served… they saw a baby there and they recognized the king in him, not by sight, but by the word spoken to them. They held on to that word to be true even when the surrounding situation was dodgy. I mean we hear from God sometimes, but we still find ourselves in a place of doubt…
They didn’t let their doubt stop their worship… they worshiped the king even when He didn’t look like one. They worshiped Him when he was just a baby in a manger. Even if they questioned when logic slowly seeped in, even when they could convince themselves that maybe they dreamed the angelic hosts rejoicing… they still worshiped, and they didn’t stop there, they went about telling everyone the word concerning the child in a manger. Their conviction must have been so strong, strong enough for the bible to record that those who heard the bizarre news through them were impressed.

You see, God gives us words… and this words manifest in form of seeds, but we refuse to look at this seed, and we ignore them sometimes, because they don’t look like the picture God has shown you. When a baby first forms in its mother’s womb, it looks nothing like a baby. He’s not giving you a full-blown ‘adult’ dream when you haven’t birth it. And sometimes the birthing wouldn’t be where and how you want it to be, it will be in a manger… but don’t be so short sighted, that you fail to recognize the king you have birth becomes it doesn’t come in or from the package you expect.

For who hath despised the day of small things?...(Zechariah 4:10)
Don’t despise the days of small things… when you see the word manifest as a child in a manger… rejoice, worship God for fulfilling His word, and let it grow into the bigger picture that was shown. Don’t kill the vision before it manifests fully because it’s delivered in a different package than what you imagined.Elijah's servant saw the cloud as small as a mans fist and it was enough for Elijah to confidently send a message to the king to get up and going, for he knew he had been answered. (1 Kings 18:43-45)

Also, the shepherds story showed me that we can’t continue despising people because of where they are from (tribe, race, social status)… the shepherds bowed and worshiped the baby Jesus as King, even though Christ was in a manger… in the same grade as they were. But they knew what they heard, and were not fazed by what they saw. Do not despise a person’s journey, you don’t know the king that is seething and preparing for a manifestation that would change. The world.. In the lady who makes your hair, the guy who washes your car, the cab guy who picks you up, the nanny you employed… anyone, everyone. Show respect to those you meet even if they don’t look like the kings you mingle with or hope to dine with. You never know who’s king tomorrow with a vision/mandate that would bless your life.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Little Drummer Boy...

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I am a poor boy too

Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring

Pa rum pum pum pum

That's fit to give our King

Pa rum pum pum pum,

rum pum pum pum,

rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you

Pa rum pum pum pum

On my drum

                       Little Drummer Boy

Of course we know this is more fiction than biblical, but it’ll serve its purpose as it's packed with so much goodness.
The little drummer boy is a charming little boy. The magis/wise men called him to come along with them to see the newborn king… but he was a poor boy in the midst of those taking the finest gifts to present to the baby King… what could a poor boy possibly bring that would be worthy in the midst of the finest gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh?
He looked at himself, surely he couldn’t afford any finely gift, he couldn’t even afford his most prized treasure, his drum… he made it himself, from scarps and hand downs he gathered.
While he pondered on this, a light bulb of wisdom hit this young lad, he didn’t turn back, he didn’t look at what was tagged his short coming to stop him from coming before the king… he had no gift in the worlds eye, and even in his own eyes that looked worthy… but what he could do, what he had, he offered to give to the king… the rhythm of his drum. He’d rather give that than give nothing…
And that was all he needed. What he had in his hands… and it was such a worthy gift.

I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

He didn’t just play the drum, he played his best… Some of us turn away from going to the King/serving the King because we feel we have no gift to give… but sweetie, you really do have a gift to bring like the little drummer boy. Its all about what’s in your hand… any other thing is a bonus.
What are you worshiping the king with? It could be your leadership skills, your organizational skills, your cooking skills, your writing, your speaking, your singing skills… you have something in your hand that’s fit to give the king, if only you would yield and stop thinking hard about it.
You love to play the flute, then play on in service and worship to him…
There’s something about your gift making room for you… it’ll never make that room, if you never decide to yield and use what is in your hand.
How would we sing a carol about you years later if you never yield? :) joke!
But seriously… there’s so much in you waiting for you to manifest, waiting to be manifested through you to bring glory to the King of kings… and the beauty of it is, when you glorify the King with what you have, the world hears about you… look how we sing about that drummer boy… fictional though he is, but down in history he’s gone.

Play your drum… well proverbially speaking… I mean, play your gift, I mean stir your gift, dust it out and enjoy serving it to the king in worship and watch how far He takes it. You’ve got to start the car if you want it to move… maybe all your prayers have been answered and Gods been waiting for you for ages to just start it so he can move it, remember faith without works is dead,
Do you in service, and watch Him do Him in the miraculous. Good God.
What’s in your hand is important to the world, the world around you and most especially to your God… it’s a worthy gift to give the King, by serving humanity.

This brings the parable of the talent (Matthew 25:14-30) to mind, the ones who had five and two talents respectively could pass as those who called the drummer boy to come along as they held their finest gifts, and the one with one talent could pass for the drummer boy… only, he didn’t bury the talent, he went along and played that one talent the best he could and caused the king to smile at him.

So what if others have more talents/gifting than you… play your one, the best you can and watch it thrive.


 
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