On a bright Sunday morning during Sunday school, a Sunday school teacher asked her pupils to spell love. They all got up one after the other and spelt L-O-V-E in the midst of it all they all clapped for each other cheered each other up. It went on till it got to the turn of 5 year old Tom, Continue reading
So I wore this T-shirt with “drumstick” written on it. My younger brother who is a very good drummer came out and on seeing me craved for the shirt. He was telling me “imagine me wearing this shirt n drumming”. Not long after I asked a friend what came to mind when he saw my shirt and he was licking his lips. Wondering why he said so, I was like don’t even ask for the shirt too o. But he said not that, that he was craving for a drumstick, he has never drummed before and I was wondering if my shirt inspired him, only to realize he was talking about chicken legs. Chicken legs are also called drumsticks. And immediately it dawned on me one saw my shirt and saw sticks for drumming while another saw chicken legs.
From that I could deduce;
1. No two people think the same way.
2. There are several solutions to A problem. An African proverbs says “Not one road leads to a market”.
3. Because you don’t do the same thing Zig Ziglar does doesn’t make you a failed person.
4. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.
5. It takes boldness and speaking out to be you.
What am saying in essence is, stop trying to be like everyone. Because everyone is doing it a particular way doesn’t make it your way. If you live on the Island and I stay on the mainland, me trying to take same route as you to the airport on the mainland would be disturbing as there is a designated route which is faster and shorter from the mainland. A whole lot of people are still stagnated and haven’t made progress in life and keep blaming situations and circumstances neglecting they are the architect of their own misfortune. They keep trying to be like others.
Maybe you’re good at sewing and you keep trying to be like that musician you adore so much. Did you ever think if that person was a designer he or she wouldn’t get that far? He was designed in that way and so are you. From today be yourself. Do what only you can do and you will get to the top. Dr David Oyedepo defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. You have to change your output to change your input. You are wired for success, yes you! No two people in the whole world have same fingerprints. Now that makes you know how uniquely different you are. Be it a chicken lap or a stick for drumming, you are right.
Remember God said I know the plans I think towards you(singular). He has plans for you personally. It all starts with believing in yourself and taking a bold step. I just know it, when you operate in your zone, not your friend zone or celebrity zone, the sky is your starting point.
The other day I was having a chat with a coursemate and we were talking about the issue of forgive and forget. Then he said as far as he is concerned he just can never forget a wrong someone does to him even after he might have claimed to forgive such fellow. He in fact he said no one can forget except they want to lie. And then he crossed his border without permission and said even God never forgets, that as much as we asks for forgiveness and think we have been forgiven, God would never forget. I asked him why and he said if we humans find it hard to forget, how much more the creator of the universe. And then he asked “is God sick? Or does he have amnesia?” I did stand up for God and this is what I had to say….
When we were much younger we learnt ABC, as much as we can’t remember our teacher’s face in kindergarten, we find it hard to forget our ABC. Its stuck in our heads, our brains have the capacity to store whatever we learn. Someone might have wronged you ten or twenty years ago and you might have forgiven and even forgotten but your beautiful brain might bring it up suddenly or you might be involved in anything that brings the memory back. So I quite agreed with this course mate of mine about people not forgetting after having forgiven someone. But left to me, the choice you make when this memory comes back is what proves whether you indeed forgave the person in the first place.
In response to his question, is God sick? No, not at all. Impossible! God can’t be sick, our healer can’t be sick. And yes He does forgive and forget. There’s this story I heard of a young Christian who wondered how his bishop could live a life without sin, and so he went to God in prayers and asked what the last sin of his bishop was. God’s response took him aback. “I can’t remember son” shocked, he asked why and God told him, “the moment your bishop did anything wrong he immediately asked for forgiveness and I didn’t hold it back from him”. The young man left his prayer room that day with a new understanding of forgiveness.
So friends, God forgives and forgets. He doesn’t or wouldn’t remind you of your list of sins like you think. Check out what he says in Jeremiah 31:34. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sins no more. Numbers 23:19 also says “God is not a man that He should lie”. If he has said He would remember your sins no more, he won’t.
Today there are a whole lot of people out there living in the past, living in unforgiveness, living in sin all because they feel God can’t forgive their sins not to talk of forgetting. Paul was a chronic sinner, he did the things he didn’t want to do. But he applied grace, he was the greatest of the apostles. Don’t let the devil deceive you, the moment you ask for forgiveness God forgives, forgetting is an added bonus. You don’t ask Him to forget, that one He does automatically. He hates sin, you don’t expect Him to keep the thoughts of your sin.
God remembers a whole lot of things, like He remembered the children of Israel in the land of captivity. The Bible also says He doesn’t forget our labour of love. Etc. And don’t you ever think your sin is too big, sin is sin. He is not after the contents of your sin, just ask for mercy like the thief on the cross. Christ never condemned him or asked what he did, he forgave him, forgot his sin but remembered him in paradise. Your case can’t be different. He’s the same yesterday, today and for ever. Remember He said come boldly to the throne of grace. A lot of people need to know Christ died for their sins thousands of years ago. They are already forgiven. Spread the word!
The R&B classic “when a man loves a woman” when released in 1966 by Percy Sledge was a no 1 hit on both the billboard hot 100 and R&B singles in 1966. Later in 1991, Michael Bolton after 6 albums produced a 7th album “Time, love and tenderness” and produced same song on this album. It also reached no 1 on the Billboard hot 100 chart. Also, 19 year old Joshua Ledet from Westlake, Louisiana also performed the classic at the American Idol top 12 season 11 on March 14, 2012. He delivered a powerhouse performance earning him the highest praise and as well as a standing ovation from the judges and audience alike. Judges were left searching for enough superlatives for his performance. Jennifer Lopez called the performance, “The best thing I’ve ever seen on American Idol”. Steven Tyler said “You gave it up big. That was the most beautiful performance I’ve ever seen”.
Now all that for a song and performance, how about the actions that follow when a man loves a woman? Signs and symptoms include:
*He picks his phone at intervals and calls to check on her.
*He showers her with gifts without season or celebration.
*He’s not ashamed to show her off to his friends and tells everyone about her.
*She’s the center of his thoughts. He sends her messages such as “You are my first thought in the morning and the last thought before I go to bed”.
*He doesn’t mind going the extra mile for her. Literally he would climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest ocean and even walk the farthest distance just to please her.
*He doesn’t mind sacrificing his sleep, time, money and even resources just to see that she’s happy and comfortable.
*They have the longest phone conversations even disrupting other activities.
*She has his “mumu” button and so he succumbs to every of her heart desires.
*He tells her the sweetest words that make her go all red.
*He’s got a glow on his face. He just can’t hide it.
*And finally, he wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
All these and many more happens when a man loves a woman. Does all these happen “When a man loves the Lord”? How many of us have claimed to love God? How many of us are good at singing those beautiful songs to God that show and express our love for Him? We sing of how much we love Him, we even say and boast of how much we love Him. But love is much more than music or words. When a man loves a woman he doesn’t just sing it to her hearing all the time, he tries every means humanly possible to prove it to her.
You claim to love God right?
*How many times have you showered the needy and less privileged with gifts?
*How many times have you stood up boldy to proclaim Christ? Are you ashamed of Christ before your friends? Do you mind telling the whole world of how you love Him?
*How often do you think about Christ and meditate on His word? Or does the thought of Christ expire the moment you are out of church?
*How many times have you rejected that offer to go on that mission trip? Would you go the farthest distance in taking the gospel to lost souls?
*How much would you sacrifice of your money, time, resources and even sleep in proving that you love God?
*Even when He said call unto me and I would answer, how many times do you call unto Him? And when you eventually do, are you in a hurry to leave His presence!
*Does Christ have your “mumu” button? Would you dance naked like David for Christ?
*Just so you know, Christ is the record holder for the most names. How often do you call Him those beautiful and sweet names?
*Is His glory radiating in your life? Do people see your good works and give glory to your father in Heaven?
*As much as you want to spend the rest of your life with that woman, its going to end here on earth. But are you aware a relationship with Christ supersedes here on earth? It continues in eternity.
The Bible says to examine yourself. Do examine yourself, is your love based on ministrations or words, or are your actions involved? I saw a post by Pastor John Hagge and it read, “LOVE IS NOT EMOTION. Jesus Christ didn’t say “when I was hungry you felt sorry for me. When I was naked, you felt shame for me. When I was in prison, you were embarrassed for me. When I was sick, you were sympathetic for me. Love is what you do, not what you feel.” Christ was saying its not until I come down you are to show me love, there are a million and one people out there that need this love.
Trust me, there’s no where in the world that you show a woman so much love and care that she doesn’t try to reciprocate it. How much more the creator of the universe. Loving a woman is not a bad thing in itself, God didn’t create Eve for Adam not to love her. But despite the fact that there was Eve, Adam still had time to fellowship with God. The love you have for a woman shouldn’t infringe on the love you have for God. When a man loves a woman he does the craziest things for her. How crazy would you go for God?
Remain ever blessed.
*Mumu button- When someone you love has control over you.
Let’s assume you are given an invitation card from the president to pay him a courtesy visit, not withstanding the invitation card you would still pass through so many checkpoints, encounter several soldiers and screenings. And the moment you fail to speak up and provide your evidence of invitation you would soon be on your way back home. The fact the president has invited you doesn’t give you the audacity to walk through the security. Their job is to screen everyone that’s going to access the president. That’s called protocol!
Paul was speaking in 1Corinthians 16:9, “A great door is opened before me but there are many adversaries”. Now I strongly doubt Paul was referring to physical doors, gates or even access to presidential villas. Every positive change you encounter is a door. Possibly you are a crooner of a leg-gedis benz, you can hang on anything from danfo to molue to pure water trucks to get to your destination and suddenly a car comes. Change of levels. The Bible says every good and pleasant gift comes from God, so its obvious the devil didn’t give you that. And since its his joy to see you trek, it would be his joy to see to the end of either you or that vehicle.
Times without number I’ve heard about young men who bought bikes to start the okada business, and on that evening while showing off their bikes they are involved in a very small accident that cost their lives. Why else do you think a boy would be expelled from school in final year due to one very careless act? The enemies at the door! When you become the first graduate in your lineage, you think you have landed, if you aren’t careful you will land flat on the floor.
The world we live in today is a very cruel and wicked one. Infact I would say the world has no teeth, it doesn’t smile. Today someone gets a new job, a new home, a new car or even gets admitted into the university and the next week you hear of their obituary. You think it was just an accident? Enemies at the door!
“I feel” this is partly a reason why some christians remain the way they are. God knows you aren’t capable of handling that change, and instead of giving you what would bring your downfall he withholds it from you till you are fit enough. All a child knows is gimme! gimme!!, always asking for everything, but the father knows just what to give him and what to withhold from him. But the moment he matures into a son and asks, at that moment he gets what he asks. As Christians we should buckle up our prayer life and grow.
Friends, its not about wishing that breakthrough, that new job or admission. But pressing into it. Its not about wanting to have that car so you can oppress your folks, just so you know, the devil is the king of oppression and you are definitely no match for him.
Remember every good and pleasant gift comes from God but He won’t give it to children but sons. For every new level there’s a new devil, that’s just protocol! So daily you have to grow to ward of the opposition at the door. Remain ever blessed.
The difference between two people as far as am concerned is not their height, stature, color, hair do, age, sex or whatever other measure of comparison. As far as am concerned, it’s their MINDSET, the way they think.
What makes an excellent marketer is not the way he/she dresses or the English he/she speaks, but the fact that he is able to get into your mind and manipulate you into not just liking his product but buying it. You might have gotten home before you realize you bought a dozen of the product you have thought you weren’t going to buy. Hypnotists and illusionists also work with the mind, they have no control over your will or emotion till you allow them into your mind, and boom! They got you. No wonder the Bible says to guard your heart with all diligence.
Now to my cow story. A dying farmer wills his two cows to his two sons, and after his death the first son nagged and nagged. Not seeing anything good in his cow, he calls his friends over and they slaughter the cow. After a mini party, in no time “cow meat” was exhausted. But the other son who thought differently didn’t kill his cow. Instead he fed and milked it till he could use the proceeds to get a bull. And in no time the diary farmer had a herd of cattle.
Now that’s a big difference between these two sons, and the difference is that while one had a narrow and shallow thinking, the other had a futuristic mindset. That you have a million naira in your bank account doesn’t make you rich, what you do with the money would determine that. And the fact that you have one hundred naira doesn’t make you poor. You either see your cow as meat or seed.
Now a lot of us have complained at some point in our lives. That pocket money is just too small, that salary won’t even reach the middle of the month (I nagged about my NYSC allowance too at some point). But fact is it takes a positive mindset to gain positive results. You might not even have a dime, why not volunteer somewhere or do some chores for someone. We are all gifted at doing a particular thing at least. Opportunity they say come in disguise as hard work. Nothing good is going to come out of lying on that bed all day.
“So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy – do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest” Proverbs 6:9-11(MSG).
Friends stop waiting on the promises of your government (corpers stop waiting for 49,800 naira). Or even your parents. A successful tomorrow starts with a positive mindset, but a positive mindset not backed up with action is a mere wish.
Take this to heart, “there are no poor people in the world, only poor minds”. Today don’t eat your cow, milk your cow.
With the growing rate of insecurity in the nation today, security personnels are being deployed daily into our streets in order to curb this menace. That guy driving through your street every evening, or the one that wears those very funny shades with the “Ralph Laurent” shirt might just be keeping surveillance on your area.
The other time I was coming back from an outing with a friend and we were stopped by these two dudes, one in suits and the other in jeans and shirt. After greeting us and showing us their police ID card asked “so who are you?” (See me see wahala o! See jamb question…. Am a goat sir, or can’t you see that my friend has a tail, he’s a monkey). But as silly as their question sounded there was no way on earth I would have bailed out on them without answering them. I was telling myself that, all because I wasn’t in the company of bodyguards or an escort, I was susceptible to all kinds of questions. After all the description of myself, my address, my shoe size (kidding) and all. They said “can you pls identify yourself?” Since I wasn’t in anyway related to President Buhari or Ambode (Lagos state governor). I had to show an ID card to prove who I was, that was the only way out of further interrogation.
The question of identity cannot be overemphasized. Your identity is who you are. I remember back then in school when we were compelled to hang our ID cards on our necks everywhere except the toilet and bathroom. As long as you are a student, just rock it!
And as much as we need to identify ourselves every now and then in life, we also need to identify ourselves in the spiritual realm. Am guessing movies have made us think demons are like zombies with sagging mouths or just spirits. But guess what? They talk, they have sense. They know who to toy with. Some actually asked a group of boys who tried confronting them in the Bible. “Who are you?”(Acts19:15).
They were quoted to have said “Jesus we know, Paul we know, but who are you?” And since the boys didn’t have an identity you can guess what happened next.
Friends its not enough to have your national identity card, your passport, or to be MD, President, or even General overseer, Pastor-In-Charge etc. Like Dr. David Oyedepo would say, “there’s no entitlement in titles”. You might have titles in the physical realm, have you got one in the spiritual realm?
A converted Christian once told of how the demons addressed Pastor Enoch Adeboye as a ruthless General in the spiritual realm, depopulating the kingdom of hell in its number. You might see him as the meekest or humblest person you know, but the demons sure know and respect him.
When a president is heading somewhere in his convoy, no police or army dares stop him till he reaches his destination. That’s the same with the children of God. They are unstoppable, they have got legions of angels accompanying them. Remember the Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Without an identity or knowledge of who you are you would continually be a victim of harassments from principalities and powers.
Its high time the devil knew your name. Rephrasing the question of those demons to the seven sons of Sceva, “Jesus I know, Bito I know, but who are you?”
As you read this post so many pictures are been uploaded on Instagram, Twitter and several other social medias with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT. I feel it’s just a wonderful thing to change levels and be able to upload it. I think it just makes us know we aren’t “God” (The unchangeable changer). But we change and no one grows younger like “Benjamin Burton”, We grow older. And the fact that you can post a picture of you when you were celebrating your 10th year birthday or maybe your graduation from primary school or even a family outing when you were much younger is just cool by me. It brings back good memories.
But really what’s the motive behind these posts. Is it to get likes on Instagram? Is it to get attention? Or probably make a mockery of someone? Well I for one don’t mind the likes on Instagram cause why on earth did I post the picture there in the first place. I just feel we should have a new mindset towards our #TBT and that’s THANKSGIVING!
Someone once said, “you might not be where you want to be but you are definitely not where you used to be”. And I think that’s what our throwback pictures are shouting out loud. Today you see some throwback pictures and you can’t but thank God for the person’s life. Now that aside, do we ever look at these pictures and say thank you Jesus! It has been you all through!
You posted a picture of your 10th year birthday party and you would be clocking 25 this year, and yet you feel God doesn’t deserve the praise? And someone right now is saying I don’t even have pictures to post. That’s ok, you sure are reading this post by yourself, there was a time it took your kindergarten teacher to cane you to understand the alphabets. God has been good.
So don’t just post that picture with the #TBT hashtag but add something like #ThankYouJesus #GodHasBeenGood #FaithfulGod. etc. Just so you know it could have been a REMEMBRANCE on your behalf. God indeed is the reason for your THROWBACK.
I once made a paper presentation to a group of people, and I spoke about life using a stadium to describe it. I told them of how in a stadium there are three types of people which include the spectators, the commentators and the players. I did a comparison and said in life there are also spectators, they are those people that just exist. They came, they existed, they died! You never hear anything about them. The same way a football match would kick off even without one spectator is the same way life goes on without their impact. The other people are the commentators, these people in life are those that talk about the achievements of others, their voice is heard by all but it makes no impact. Ever heard that saying “empty barrels make the loudest noise”? So many people in life want to get to the top just to be seen and heard but not to make impact. And lastly I spoke about the players. The ones that pull the crowd and give the commentators what to say. Without them the match doesn’t hold. They are the influential people in the society.
When I finished my presentation I asked my audience who they would like to be amongst the three types of people I mentioned, they all chorused “the player” except for one young man who said jokingly “the ball”. I had not even mentioned the ball in my presentation. It did sound weird and funny and we all laughed about it.
But later that day when I returned to my room I asked myself why would anyone want to be the ball. The ball gets all the hit, the kicks, from different sizes of legs n boots, hits the bar several times. And then it dawned on me, as important as the players were, the match wouldn’t kick off without a ball. The moment a player no matter how skillful, talented or blessed begins to run and dribble the air the medic team would rush him and take him for a brain test. The ball indeed is what gets the game going.
When I was much younger whenever I and my siblings were in the mood to play football and didn’t have a ball, we stuffed anything that came our way till we had something in the shape and texture of a ball. We didn’t just run round the compound and kicking the air, we were sane! And whenever we were playing and one of us mistakenly plays the ball into the next compound, its game over. That’s the same way everything pauses when children of God are not in the picture.
With all these in mind I reedited my paper and I concluded there were 4 types of people in life and the last set of people are the ball. You’d be wondering so who are “the ball” since the players are the key people in life. Well, the ball are the children of God. The Bible says we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth. The ball adds flavour to a football match. That’s what every child of God is supposed to do. Make things happen. Every child of God is created for a purpose. Circumstances and situations don’t define you. There’s this saying “things don’t run we, we run things”. And to those thinking girls run the world, newsflash! The children of God run the world! Why else do you think the president of a nation would kneel before a man of God? He’s “The Ball”.
Lastly, the fact that team A wins or loses to team B doesn’t affect the ball. It doesn’t change the size or color of the ball. That’s the same way the happenings around us as children of God don’t change us. Therefore we shouldn’t settle for the standard of the world- Hustle hard, build an empire, get a dope chic, and settle down- No! The highest form of blessing is being a source of blessing. The world waits for the manifestation of the children of God. Start manifesting.
Well ever since that day I decided to be the ball. Without me nothing happens! I am the light of the entire world, the salt of the whole earth. You can call me THE BALL!
It’s just awkward to me when I hear Christians today say “let’s be in the mood of worship”. That shouldn’t be our dialect as Christians, we shouldn’t have a particular mood for worship.i.e. church time, worship concerts, 6:00am in the morning and whatever mood time we might have chosen. Now don’t get me wrong, am not saying we shouldn’t attend worship concerts or worship God in the church. But God doesn’t want a part of your life. He asks for all your soul, all your mind and all your strength (Mark12:30).
A simple definition of worship is bringing pleasure to God. Therefore anything you do that brings pleasure to God is worship. Meaning you can worship God by cooking, driving, painting. Not just singing. And that’s where a whole lot of us have gotten it wrong. To many, worship is another synonym for music. You would hear people say “the only session I enjoyed in the service today was the worship”. Wrong! Every session of the service is a worship to God. Even worse, worship today is referred to a particular style of music. If the song is slow, quiet and intimate its worship but if its fast and loud its praise. Worship has nothing to do with the style or volume or speed of a song. Worship is beyond music, music is just a part of worship.
Matt Redman, a worship leader in England, tells how his pastor taught his church the real meaning of worship. To show that worship is more than music, he banned all singing in their services for a period of time while they learned how to worship in other ways. By the end of that time, Matt had written the classic song “Heart of Worship”:
I’ll bring You more than a song,
because the song itself is not what You’ve required.
You search much deeper within
than the way things appear.
You’re looking into my heart.
Or probably we thought when the scriptures said “the hour cometh” we thought it referred to an hour in our busy 24 hour schedule. Anybody can give God one hour out of their 24 hours, but God isn’t content with that. He needs 24/7 worshipers. He isn’t looking for people that have a particular mood to seek Him, He’s looking for people that would seek Him both consciously and unconsciously.
The secret to a lifestyle of worship is doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continuous conversation with Him while you do it. Romans 12:1(MSG) “Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”
All am saying in essence is our everyday life should bring Glory to Him. Even though sometimes things don’t go the way we want it, maybe your GP doesn’t come out as you expected, still waiting for your appointment letter, or maybe the fact that no food on the table as made you convert that hunger into a fast. We still have to learn to worship Him.
Remember He’s seeking for true worshipers. He would locate you soon!