Archive | April 2013

The Word.

Have you ever read a particular scripture that made you go ‘gen-gen’? You know what I mean? You see a portion of the bible and you are like, ‘where has this piece been all my life?’ Well, that happens a lot. Sometimes, the scripture in question might be one that you are very familiar with, you know where exactly it is in the bible and you can recite it from A-Z but then you see it again and it’s like the answer you’ve being waiting for. Other times, you pick up your bible to read and then come across something and just can’t believe it’s in the bible, how come you’ve never seen or even heard of it? Thank God for men and women of God, without them, some of us would be lost. No matter the way you get to know about it, it still remains the WORD of GOD. The word of God is living, sharper than a double edged sword! It is forever settled in heaven, God is not working on it right now, it is already settled! The good thing is we can hold God to His word anytime, He exalts it even more than His name!

Recently, I came across some stuffs in the bible. It’s either I never knew they were there or I simply got the wrong interpretations. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. I’d like to share with you 6 scriptures that were impressed on my heart. I hope you’ll learn one or two things. Please feel free to share one or two scriptures that get you going, no matter what, you might be encouraging someone. Enjoy!

ISAIAH 42:9b – ‘…I will tell you the future before it happens’

This scripture seems like an ordinary one (though there is nothing ordinary about the word of God). It’s a part that you can just read as though it were meaningless. But really, anytime I see it, I drop all my worries and start talking to God. This is an assurance from our daddy, that as His little girls, we won’t be stranded! It means nothing happens to us by accident! Since we have a father that knows all things, He tells us! We cannot be confused, all we need do is ask! He will tell, because He has promised.

PROVERBS 22:29 – ‘Do you know a hard-working man (or woman)? He shall be successful and stand before Kings!’

Personally, I am sick of fakes! By fakes, I mean people who live a double life. In church, they are christians but outside, they are something else. One would think with the number of Christians we have in Nigeria and the world at large, everything should be working well but reverse is the case. Nowadays, some so-called Christians do things even unbelievers will not dare to do all in the name of money. Why do people have to complain when a ‘christian’ is in a particular position? Oh, I know how easy it is to heap the blame on the government or the economy. But God says ANYONE who is diligent will be successful and stand before kings. Little wonder so many unbelievers have things that we should have as children of God. Where are the Christians working in ministries? Do we still call it ministry of no work or do we find something to do? Where are the christian doctors, lawyers, customer service agents, contractors, pharmacists, engineers,bankers etc? What are we doing differently? People should see us and know we are Christians by the way we act at work, not just by the forms we fill. No matter where you are or what you do, the secret of success is not far-fetched, be diligent, be hard-working, give it all it takes and see where God will take you.

ROMANS 8:32 – ‘Since He did not spare even His own Son for us but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also surely give us everything else?’
Gbam! This is the covenant of divine provision! If God could give us Jesus so we could live and not die, will He not give us all we need to make living worthwhile? Anytime I have a need that seems bigger than me, I remind myself of this verse and it assures me that though the need is bigger than me, it is not bigger than my God. He is able to give me ALL things! He is able to supply all my needs! Since He owns all things, we have nothing to fear. If He could release His only son, He can release anything! In Him, we have ALL things!

ISAIAH 42:3 – ‘He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame…’
Sometime last week, I told a lie. Someone asked me a question and I answered but I lied. The person asked repeatedly but I just stuck to the lie, never mind the fact that the spirit in me would not let me be. After the person left, I felt really bad. I mean, why did I take the easy way out? For days, I was not myself, talking to God was kinda difficult. I’m not saying I’m perfect, far from it. As Christians, we go through moments like this. You do something and you find it difficult to believe you actually did it. Many times, we allow the weight of guilt to pull us down and draw us away from the presence of God. At times like these, you can’t even encourage yourself and you would have said the perfect words had it been someone else. Here is a reminder, God will never condemn you! He loves you too much to do that no matter what every other person is saying. Remember the case of the adulterous woman? That judge that took care of her case is the God we serve! If your flame is dim, come to Him, He will add the needed fuel to make it burn.

DEUTERONOMY 24:5 – ‘A newly married man is not to be drafted into the army nor given any other special responsibilities; for a year he shall be free to be at home, happy with his wife.’
Now I’m sure this one is new for most of us and very funny. I have a colleague that has been separated from his wife rIght from day 1 of their marriage. Even while courting, they were not together, now married, the story is still the same. I know the kind of life the guy lives. Now, I’m sure someone will ask what’s supposed to happen if the husband and the wife work in different states? I don’t have a direct answer to that, but I am of the opinion that a couple should spend at least the first year together, just getting to know each other. I used to think it was just an opinion till a friend called my attention to this scripture yesterday. Where are those about to be wedded? Where are the newly weds? A word is enough for the wise! I shall not dwell on this matter, I rest my case.

PROVERBS 31:10-31
Ladies, please take a little time to study this chapter. Of course we all know its about the almighty and intimidating proverbs 31 woman but one thing is worthy of note here, her physical beauty was not mentioned at all! So many qualities were mentioned but not looks and verse 29 says, ‘her husband praises her with these words, there are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all.’ One begins to wonder, what exactly did he see in her to call her the best? Verse 30 has the answer, ‘charm is deceptive and beauty doesn’t last but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised!’ What does that suggest to you? Does God not care about our physical beauty? Of course He does. After all, we were created in His image. It was King Lemuel’s mother that gave him these qualities, and she did not mention looks at all. We’ve got a lot of decorating to do on our inside! Should we then abandon the exterior? Not at all, but the inside requires more attention and focus!
Always remember, beauty catches the eye, character keeps the attention!

In dark days, doctrine in your head will not keep you, you need the WORD to conquer the WORLD!

A woman’s heart.

I read this piece and it made me laugh, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it too. Though it’s rather long, its worth reading to the very end. Ladies, read on and be sure to share with the guys you know.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, THE ART OF LOVING AND US.
By Adebola Adeoye.

In some of my deepest and most real conversations with a number of ‘christian’ brothers, I am brought face to face with the grievance they have against ladies, particularly ‘christians’. They think I could have an answer because I host ladies like myself to meetings, and outings where we share on issues ranging from weight to God, sex, emotions, make up, the future and the men of our dreams, not necessarily in that order.

Anyway, the grievance is ‘why do the good girls fall in love with the ‘bad’ guys?’ I am sure you’ve heard the lingo before now, they say after being good, caring, true, faithful and responsible, you still find many sweet hearts falling in love with those ‘hooligans’ but hey, who said a woman is your reward for choosing a religious ideology?
Just why would a lady go ecstatic about the ‘not too bad guy’, when ex-campus fellowship presidents and many ‘spirit’ brothers await her love? The answer is close by; really, it’s not hard to see or is it? Why won’t a woman fall in love with a man who knows the rhythm of her heart and paints the rainbow on her soul? Someone who doesn’t treat her like a piece of conviction or an apparatus to gauge his self-control!

Sometime ago, a friend of mine shared her gruesome experience in the hands of her HOD in church. The brother had apparently ‘received’ her as his wife, so he summoned her to a two-man crusade to reveal the will of God. After fireworks prayer and a lot of scripture quoting, he outlined his convictions to her and went ahead to warn against the consequences of disobedience, sighting the inappropriate example of Jonah in the belly of the fish. I thought the art of asking out had gotten spicier? If you have a strong spiritual anchor as the foundation of your choice, please keep it as a guarded secret!!! Just say what you want and why you do! Tell me why you will choose me a hundred times over and over above all the ladies in the world!

On the other hand, the ‘not-too-good guy’ takes his lady to the cinema, expends some resources and gives her a cheering treat. It’s not so much about the movie, salted popcorn or bowl of strawberry ice cream, but the atmosphere he builds around her. With every word, touch on the shoulder, bat of the eyelid and boyish grin he passes to her, he whispers admiration; he simply makes a queen out of a woman. Now, don’t tell me these are not the things that count and whether or not the promises will be kept is an entirely different matter.

How many times have we grumbled to one another during our girl times, on why we keep receiving ‘Spiritual books’ as gifts at every weary opportunity to convince us of their love? In fact, depending on the memory of the brother involved, you can receive more than a copy of the same book! The most famous are, ‘The Power and Purpose of a woman’ by Myles Munroe, ‘The Power of a Praying Wife’ by Stormie Omartian, ‘Woman thou art loose’ by T.D Jakes, ‘The Battlefield of the Mind’ by Joyce Meyer and ‘The Woman after God’s heart’ by Elizabeth George. If you are privileged to date brothers from the deeper side of the divide, you will be blessed with gifts such as ‘A Man God uses’ by Gbile Akanni, ‘Woman thou art loose’ by Dr. D.K. Olukoya, ‘Mother in Israel’ by Pastor Folu Adeboye or ‘The Effective Ministers’ wife by Pastor Faith Oyedepo.

We ought to grow into ‘women of God’ but aren’t there other pretty, simple and alluring gifts that could go along to bring out the lady in a woman? I recognise you might need more crispy notes. How about white diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor, Secret by Elizabeth Arden, Summer Cocktail by Givenchy? Or pieces of Caribbean Bracelets, Arabian shawls, Sunshades by Police, Jeans by Wrangler, Girly shirts by Davida, Office wears by Curtis, Night and Day by Mary Kay, a treat to the spa or sunlight hours at the beach?
Why treat her like a bundle of temptation, a test you must pass as a display of your spirituality? What about a pat in the back, a squeeze in the hand, a warm hug, a kiss on the fore head or a stroke on her hair?

Delani, a young married man – is not your regular ‘divine brother’. He’s been there, done that and sees life as one huge party! Married for about four years, with a son and awaiting another, he still calls his wife some intriguing names. I must have heard a lot but these ones stuck- Pepperoni, Sweet Yummie, Babe mi, Omoge, My one in a billion, Lovey Dovey. I imagine some people already squinting in irritation; ‘na your own be that’! Well, this guy makes a wonder out of his wife!!!
I could forgive a man for being overly dramatic in his display of affection to his beau, but I can’t help but seethe at chaps who are too proud, dull or primitive to adorn their women in robes of noble admiration. Have you heard pet names like, ‘Mummy, Iya yi, Madam, Sister Nneka or our wife?’

I understand that Christian ladies are belaboured by the inclination of their men to make prophetic declarations into their lives, using Bible quotes. So they earn names like ‘Beulah, Hephzibah, Delightsome, My Crown, Righteous, Jewel, Pure Diadem…etc. Yes Lord!!! What can we say to these things?

Have you ever seen the picture of a ‘sister’ and a ‘brother’? Particularly the ones they take in the studio? You haven’t? One glance at the shot and many things jump at you. You see bridled dreams, confused expectations, unspoken desires and many invisible boundary lines. His hand is resting uneasily on her shoulder; he tries to lean a bit forward with a nervous grin with the other hand behind his back and secrets in his eyes. And then, you have Sister Florence, sitting on the edge of the high stool with a shy smile, waiting for the future!

I don’t have all the answers to making a woman happy, but to make her heart sing, you’ve got to bring some zest to the table. A woman thinks a lot about the guy who makes her laugh hard, she grows fond of he who sings her favourite love song and dedicates it to her. She wants to remember the sound of your heartbeat when you said all will be fine and she’d like to be surprised by new things almost every time…

O yes – let godly ladies choose to build a future with men who love God and understand the covenant. At least, no one wants to be daughter-in-law to the Devil. But we look forward to a new day without the traumas of men unschooled in the affairs of the heart.

We like it when you love Jesus yet get us rocking!!!