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.

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Make it personal

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Yes, we’ve heard God called different names by different people e.g. in Church, in the Bible, etc. Yes, Jesus came to die for your sins and mine. Yes, Jesus is the resurrected King. Yes, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I can go on and on. But my point is this: Who is God to you personally? What is your personal experience about the God you’ve heard so much about?

In Matthew 16:13-14, the disciples of Jesus were telling Him who men say Jesus is. In verse 15, Jesus then asked them a question: “But whom say ye that I am?”

Another example is Jacob/Israel. Up until Genesis 33:20, Jacob had been referring to God as “The God of my Fathers” (e.g. Gen 32:9).  However, Continue reading

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?

The traffic warden analogy

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I recently heard a good analogy that helps clear things up on the difference between Power and Authority, so let me share:

When you are driving home during rush hour and let’s assume the traffic light is broken or there isn’t one at that junction; so there’s a police officer controlling traffic.

Now, when that officer raises his hand for you to stop, why do you stop? If you refuse to stop, does he have the power to hold unto your car and stop it from moving? Continue reading

Terms and Conditions: The small print

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I was on the train some days back and I saw one of these adverts with a “wonderful” deal; for example, a deal like:

“Fly to Italy for £20* only!”

(I can’t remember the particular advert now but you will get my point). Anyways, when I see adverts like this, I look for the ‘*‘ and sure enough it was there; so I followed the star. And for example purposes, you will see something like:

* Terms and conditions apply. Taxes may cost above £500

Have you ever noticed adverts like this? Well, that’s what adverts are supposed to do: catch your attention. But one has to be careful to read those terms and conditions because you may end up signing up for something you can’t afford.

But thank God the Kingdom of God is not “shady” like that. The Bible makes it clear the cost – terms and conditions – of being a Disciple. Jesus said in Luke 14:27-28, 33

“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

To me, that is pretty clear enough.

Food for thought:

In the IT world, one of the greatest lies we always tell is when we click yes or tick the box next to “I have read and understood the Terms and Conditions”. Lol. Who reads those things?

Life nugget:

Luke 9:61-62 “And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Love gives

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I know when we hear “give”, the first thing that comes to mind (especially if you are Ijebu like me) is “give materially“. When it’s time to give in Church, we get shifty. Although love gives materially, that’s not only what it gives.

God’s love for us made Him give His Son: 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.

Jesus’ love for us made Him give His life: John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The disciples in Corinth were called to give towards the ministering of the saints: 2 Corinthians 8:8 “I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

Food for thought:

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Life nugget:

1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

Obedience through faith

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The 8th commandment says “Thou shall not steal”. Now imagine if you were one of the two disciplines that Jesus sent to the village to bring the tied colt.

Luke 19:30-31 KJV

“Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.”

Bring it to the present day. Jesus says you should go to the BMW auto store and bring the new “tear rubber” 7 series car and IF anyone should ask you, tell them Jesus sent you. Will you go?

But the disciples obeyed because they took Jesus completely at His Word. Some things may sound absurd but if only we can take the Word of God as it is…

Food for thought:

Have you ever wondered how God could tell the Israelites to “borrow” when they were leaving Egypt? Think about it…

Life nugget:

John 2:5 “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”