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

God wants you to make Heaven

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While growing up, I lived in fear of making Heaven: “If the trumpet sounds now, will I make it?” I saw God like a neutral Being who didn’t care whether you come to Heaven or are banished to Hell for eternity. Christianity became a religion of fear and the question of “What of a man who has being doing good all his life and sins right before the trumpet blows?” kept ringing in my mind.

Now I know of Grace and Forgiveness and Righteousness. I know that God is not neutral; He actually destined me to make Heaven as recorded in 1Thes 5:9:

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Hey, but does that mean that I will go about living my life in sin? A father that promises his son the management of his company when he’s old enough does not expect that the son will quit school (or learning) just because he has a promise. In the same way, certain things are required of me as noted in 1Thes 5:4-8:

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

2Peter 3 also tells us more about this. So no, I don’t see God as a wicked headmaster just waiting for me to make a mistake; I see Him as a loving Father Who has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.

Quit living in fear today. Embrace the Grace of God.

They lied to us

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“They” does not refer to anyone in particular; it refers to the notions we grew up with. They probably didn’t know any better either.

  1. They told us we should be scared of witches and wizards and demons and don’t even try the devil himself; but that’s not right. The devil should be the one scared of me because the Bible tells me to resist the devil and he will FLEE from me. Imagine what the lower ranks will do. James 4:7
  2. They told us that prosperity was evil; that poverty was synonymous with being pious. Hold up! “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus“. Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8
  3. They told us the mother was the “spiri-coco” of the house and the father just needed to provide and know God “just enough”. But nowhere does it tell me in the Bible that the New Testament Church was filled with only women.
  4. They told us that if it God’s will to heal us, then He will and if not, then He won’t. Chill: How can the One Who sent His ONLY Son to die for us not be willing to heal us? Lemme take it a step further: He has already healed us. Matthew 8:171 Peter 2:24
  5. They told us we should pray so that faith will come. Only if they meant that we should pray for a deeper understanding of His Word because Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
  6. They told us that God is responsible for all the evil in the world. *jaws drop* How can the Father of Lights in Whom there’s no darkness be a force of evil? Best believe, the devil is the god of this world. I didn’t say it; Paul did. 2 Corinthians 4:4
  7. They told us to end every prayer with “Let thy will be done” C’mon, there was only one time Jesus prayed like that. He also said God will give us WHATSOEVER we ask in His [Jesus’] Name. John 16:23-24
  8. They told us God was like a headmaster waiting to “hack” us down for every sin we commit. They forgot to mention that the whole point of Jesus coming was redemption and forgiveness. That being said, shall we sin because we are not under the Law but under Grace? God forbid! 1John 1:9
  9. They told us to keep “shouting at” God and burp our head from side to side, hoping that one of our prayers will strike past the ozone layer and make it through to Heaven. They didn’t add “…and oh, you need some faith with that too“. Hebrews 11:6
  10. They said they evolved from monkeys; that their world happened as a result of big bang; and that there’s no God. Please, that’s not even why we are here. Genesis 1

Perhaps! I’m also lying to you. Why don’t you find out for yourself?

For Jesus so loved the world that He came…

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Some times, when I think about the relationship between the Persons of the Trinity, I’m in awe; of course, apart from the fact that my mind cannot fully comprehend it, but even the one I can grasp is mind blowing.

John 3:16, a Scripture many of us are familiar with, reads:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible explicitly establishes that God [the Father] so loved the world that He gave His Son. But I stopped to think a few days back: what if Jesus did not come? What if He didn’t agree to come? And we know He wasn’t forced because He said in John 10:17-18 that:

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Wow! Isn’t that wonderful? That not only does the ‘Father’ Person of the Trinity love us which made Him give, the ‘Son’ also loves us which made Him come, and finally, the Holy Spirit also loves us, which makes Him abide [in us].

Food for thought:

Of course, it is three Persons in the Trinity, yet One God but I’m glad that all the “Personalities” of God love me.

Life nugget:

Romans 8:34-37 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Your Devotion, whose benefit?

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I lay on my bed yesterday night, trying to ‘motivate’ myself to pray. I wasn’t ready for the guilt I’d feel in the morning if I didn’t pray. Well, I thought to myself, I’d just fulfill all righteousness and pray for a few minutes, killing two birds – tiredness and guilt- with one stone – short prayer.

Many times we think like I did yesterday: like our fellowship with God is a 50/50 symbiotic relationship. We think that when we study our Bible or pray or spend time with God, it’s for His benefit as much as it is for ours. So we see it as a “sin” committed against God and because we don’t want the guilt of sin, we cut corners.

However, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our time with Him doesn’t change Him; it changes us. We are the ones who need something. This causes a change of perspective (and possibly a burst of energy when you know you are doing it for yourself). So if you are finding your devotion hard to do, check your thinking.

Food for thought:

I’m not saying there are not times when we are not genuinely tired but getting your thinking right is one less thing to worry about.

Life nugget:

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

We have victory!

I know I’ve talked about this song on the blog before but it just seems right for the season! Enjoy and pay attention to the lyrics.

Food for thought:

“He paid it all”. There’s profundity in that statement.

Life nugget:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”