The Father is always standing there…

On the 7th of April, we welcomed our Baby Zara to the (real not womb) world. Indeed it was a day of remembering God’s awesomeness – how a human being can come out of another human being is just mind blowing. That birth story is for another day.

Anyways, at some point, we started noticing that she wouldn’t fall asleep except someone was carrying her. In the words of the Yoruba people, “owo ti fe mo lara”. That was not acceptable and it needed to be fixed. Continue reading

Look Who is backing me

I was scrolling through my BBM feed this morning and I saw this picture:

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Something about it ministered to me. You see a baby cub walking in front but behind it, somewhere out of focus but still there, you see the bigger lion. So even if a prey is not afraid of the baby lion, it definitely should flee from the full-grown lion.

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and like my father in the Lord will say, “The son of a dog is a dog; the son of a goat is a goat; therefore, the son of a lion is a lion!” I am a lion! Even if I’m a baby lion, I am backed by the full authority of the King Lion.

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

One year later…

A few days ago made it one year since I carried my portmanteau and moved back to Nigeria from the UK. In January of that year, I woke up and asked myself the question: “Adeolu, what are you doing here?” I had asked myself that question severally in the past but it wasn’t until that day that I decided to do something about it.

The plan was never to stay in the UK after my Masters but one and a half years after my degree, Continue reading

Technical activity for the month of February

I should have written this a while back but better late yeah…

Here are a list of articles written on the Intense School site for the month of February: Continue reading

Bible study with various versions

I recently started using the NKJV version as my main Bible study version; formerly I was a KJV-ian. In the past months that I have been using NKJV, I have seen different meanings come to life in same verses I have read in KJV. A few of them:

Philippians 2:9 (KJV): “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” Other versions read “the name” which gives a stronger meaning to the verse. “a name” makes it seem like there may be other names that are on equal standing with the one God gave Jesus.

1Tim 3:6 (KJV): “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” Reading other versions, I got to find out this verse actually meant “the same condemnation as the devil did“.

ITim 6:10 (KJV): “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” Other versions read “a root” signifying that there are other evils which do not have their root in the love of money. Here again we see the difference between ‘a’ and ‘the’.

In summary, even though you use a particular version of the Bible for your study, check other versions from time to time; you just might unlock a different level of understanding for what you are reading.

How can you say God is not partial?

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That was the question I had in my head after I read Paul’s statement in Galatians 2:6 (NKJV):

But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.”

I also remember Peter had made a similar statement in Acts 10:34:

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”

How can you say God is not partial and yet He was very ‘partial’ to Abraham or even David? These verses are some of those verses of the Bible that you read, don’t understand and just move on, mentally agreeing that the Bible is right and you just have not seen the light. But not today; I wanted answers – and so I asked. Continue reading

Motives matters

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Sometimes I get on my knees to pray and after a while I ask myself: “Why am I even praying?” Other times I’m halfway through my Bible Study and then I wonder “Am I doing this to fulfill all righteousness?” And then those days when I fast, I wonder if I’m just going on a diet.

By now, you should get where I’m going with this. The reason we do the things we do matters. That is one of the differences between being religious and being spiritual. A couple of Scriptures to back this up:

1Cor 13:3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Rom 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Heb 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Don’t get me wrong, obedience is good. However, beyond plain obedience is knowing the reason behind what you are doing so that you don’t miss out on the real benefits. For example:

  • You can stand on the fact that you are a tithe payer to rebuke the devourer from your possessions (Mal 3:8-10).
  • Honour your parents and it shall be well with you (Eph 6:2-3)
  • When you are giving to the poor, remember that you are lending to God: He will repay (Prov 19:17)
  • Pray in the Spirit. It’s not (only) when you are tired of praying that you switch to tongues; it’s a means of personal edification (1Cor 14:4)

I guess the journey becomes more interesting when you know why you are going.