HANG IN THERE!

This is to everyone who has to put their desires and hormones to sleep everyday by singing the lullaby ‘God sees the heart’ and quoting every quotable scripture.

I just want to remind you that GOD IS FAITHFUL and will not forget your labour of love.

I know bringing the body under subjection to the word of God is hard and sometimes frustrating, but hang in there!

GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!

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No heart mightier than the hand of God

Have you noticed that it is easier to trust God for things like; a fair weather(especially if you have an outdoor event), a safe trip to and from your destination and basically things that have to do with nature, but somewhat more difficult to trust Him with the heart of man. For example, trusting God that your mean boss will change his/her mind, or for your strict dad to support your decision, or for that unscrupulous lecturer to spare you from his unthinkable demands, or for your spouse to change his/her attitude.

Many times when faced with situations involving the heart of man, we say things like ‘oh I know him/her so well, he/she won’t change his/her mind’ or ‘that’s the way he/she operates and there’s nothing anyone can do about it’.

There maybe nothing anyone can do to change the heart of man but thank God that God isn’t just anyone, He is God, The King of kings, The Lord of lords, The Boss of bosses, Father of fathers, Teacher of teachers, and you can add yours.

There is no heart bigger than the hand of God and no man mightier than God. So, don’t be reluctant to go to God in prayer and lay that heart at His feet.

Remember, with man it maybe impossible but with GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Proverbs 21:1 KJV: The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Forgive and be forgiven

“I WILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM/HER”

I’m sure we’ve all heard this hurt inspired phrase or may have even uttered them ourselves.

But what does Jesus have to say about unforgiveness?

Now let’s consider the prayer we popularly refer to as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ recorded in Matthew 6:9-13.

Verse 12 says ‘Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’.

Also, in many of our homes when it is time to pray, it follows this pattern- thanksgiving and praise, prayer for mercy, prayer for provision, protection etc., which models after The Lord’s Prayer.

It is important to never forget that each time we ask God for mercy we are asking Him to ‘forgive us as we forgive others’.
Jesus emphasizes this point in Matthew 6:14,15.

Vs. 15 KJV: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

He even went further to tell a story about a certain lord who forgave his servant of a huge debt and when this servant left his lord’s presence, he refused to forgive his fellow servant who owed him a little amount of money. When the lord heard about it, he ordered the servant to be severely punished for his hardness of heart(Matthew 18:23-35).

Vs. 35 KJV: So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

What am I saying?

Not forgiving one another is such a big deal to God and that’s why Jesus kept on talking about it all through the gospel.
I know the hurt may be so deep that you can’t see past it but it is important for your sake that you forgive. Both for your peace of mind and the salvation your soul.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to forgive and let your heart be healed.

Shalom!

Once saved, forever saved?

Few days ago I put up a question to my contacts on the whatsapp platform – Is once saved, forever saved?

I got a lot of interesting and passionate feedback and what was common among these feedbacks was conviction. Conviction which could only have been born out of a personal bible study. And the fact that there are young people out there who are not only dependent on what their pastor has to say but also chiefly on what the word of God has to say, gives me indescribable joy.

Now to the question, is once saved forever saved? Some say yes and some say no.

And my take on it?

Whether it is once saved, forever saved or once saved, not forever saved, as Christians we are dead to sin and are called to walk in newness of life.

Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.(Romans 6).

(Hebrews 10:26, 27) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

As I like to ask myself and anyone who cares to hear me, why in the world would I want to concern myself with whether it is once saved, forever saved or whether it is not?

I have been saved and therefore have been called to be like Christ(Colossians 3, Romans 8:29), and to be less is to settle for a life of mediocrity.

Now who wants that? 🤷

Being saved is not just about heaven but living a victorious life here on earth, and how can that happen when we are servants to sin? (Romans 6:13-23).

I’m not saying we are perfect because there are days…. O yes brethren, I, Oge know of those days…🙈

But, let’s not settle for less rather, let’s make conscious decisions daily to walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh(Galatians 5:16).

I welcome you to 2019 officially from my end🤗.

And this year, I believe you and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

THE STORY OF THE BIRD

While sitting outside early this morning for my quiet time, I was privileged to see this little bird working tirelessly for several minutes, picking little bits of grasses for its nest.

It would pick up a piece of grass in its mouth, fly to its nest and drop it, fly down again to pick another, then fly up to drop it… It was really impressive watching this little bird so hard at work by 7am.

What am I saying?

That little thing God has given to you to do,

– Do it with all thy might(Ecclesiastes 9:10).
– Do it with all diligence for a man who is diligent in his business will stand before kings(Proverbs 22:29).
– Do it faithfully for he who is faithful in little, will be faithful in much(Luke 16:10,12).
– Do not be lazy for laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger(Proverbs 19:15).
– Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come…(Proverbs 6:10-11).

P. S. If the little bird had not been diligent in its business, it wouldn’t have had its story published and nobody would have heard of it. Same goes for us, if we do not apply ourselves to our work with all diligence, no-one will tell our story and we will leave no legacy.

THE STORY OF THE SNAIL

Looking closely at the snail in the picture, you see that a part of its body is attached to one leaf and the other part to another leaf. Well, the journey to that point wasn’t an easy one and I consider it a privilege to tell the story on behalf of the snail.
The snail was initially attached to the sick looking leaf, and probably out of want for greener pastures decided to migrate to a healthy looking leaf which was a little bit farther from it. As I watched, this snail stretched and stretched and kept stretching towards the healthy looking leaf… I thought to myself,

how far does this snail think it can stretch? Won’t it give up already and look for a closer leaf?

As I stood there thinking and feeling bad for the snail, an idea occurred to me to take a picture of the snail’s slow and painful journey to a better place. I ran into the house to get my phone and by the time I got back, the snail had conquered. It had succeeded in attaching its head to the good looking leaf, and was already transporting the rest of its body.

Now I’m reminded of the moonlight stories we were told as children “Slow and steady wins the race”. I am a witness.

LESSONS TO BE LEARNT
1) There’s nothing wrong in wanting something better.
2) To get something better, you have to leave your comfort zone, stretch and keep stretching.
3) God has deposited in us various potentials and we’ll find out what we are capable of only when we begin to stretch.
4) Everyone is a winner so don’t let your circumstances tell you otherwise.
5) Don’t let people pity you out of your journey towards achieving your goals.
6) Never ever ever give up.
7) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me💪(If the snail can, I can, and you can too).
8) Make sure you carry your phone always because you never know when a picture opportunity shall present itself😁.