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In His hands

I want to share something that settled a lot for me on a particular issue. I had struggled with this fear for a while. It is the fear of the future. The fear of what the future holds. Come with me.

The statement “My future is in God’s hands” is quite recurrent amongst believers. I got a grasp of the statement, later on, you can check Psalms 31:15 for context.

My future is in God’s hands is not a statement of nonchalance; not a statement of little concern; not a statement of purposelessness, neither is it of idleness. It is a statement that comes from an understanding of the fact that though we may not know tomorrow, we know “The One” who holds tomorrow and we are sure that He will keep our feet from stumbling (Psalms 66:9) and He will be a lamp to guide our feet and the light to our path (Psalms 119:105).

What we infer by the statement is that God will lead us into our tomorrow despite the uncertainties surrounding our lives. Instead of fretting, we choose to follow His leading. We choose faith over fear, we choose to trust in God’s sufficiency and direction.

When we say our future is in God’s hands, we are saying that our father cares about us even more than we do about ourselves. Luke 12:27-29. 

Therefore, we will seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. We will be men who will be diligent in whatever our hands find doing. We will redeem the time for the days that are evil and we will gladly wait on God as He leads on.

Luke 12

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.

 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 

24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 

25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 

28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 

30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.

 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

Stop worrying, keep trusting!

Even when you can’t see it, He is working, He never stops working.

Have you been in a situation like this if you have, what comfort did you receive? What help do you get? Please share, your comments might be what a person needs.

Shout out to my beautiful friend, who has been helping to put wonderful final touches on these pieces. Thank you

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Ecosystem Engineers

I remember checking a subject on Ecology and I saw a term called “ecosystem engineers”. I was so interested so I checked for the meaning. These are organisms that create significant changes in a habitat, they have large impacts on their environment. We have many like these all over the scriptures, men who God used to turn things around for good.

God is great and mighty though sometimes it looks as though we are not too sure of it and like Moses we sometimes doubt God’s power, greatness, wisdom and might.

The story of Esther greatly intrigues me. It is bewildering how Queen Vashti was removed, replaced with Esther so the Israelites could be saved. The words of Mordecai makes me wonder how God works “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen FOR JUST A TIME AS THIS?”  – Esther 4:14b, NLT.

Can you recall the story of Joseph’s slavery in Egypt? Then explain to me how God made Joseph the second ruler after Pharaoh just to save and preserve his family who happened to be the lineage of covenant. Joseph testified of God’s wisdom planned and executed long long ago ” God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors”- Genesis 45:7, NLT

You remember the story of Nehemiah in King Cyrus Palace? Explain to me how Nehemiah became the king cupbearer in a strange land. See how God made it work out. 

A man once said “God always has a strand of Oaks that are obscure and away from the view of everyone except Him, He plants and cultivates them years before they are needed”. This is the case here, God placed Nehemiah in the palace so that he could use the greatest influence on the earth at that time to build the ruins of Jerusalem. To think that Nehemiah was able to get permission to travel back home (he even went with the king’s military support too) and also got timbers for the temple is even mind-blowing (Nehemiah 2). Really, God’s sponsored projects never lack.

I have seen men who are just like these all over the scriptures and really I have come to the conclusion that God can never be stranded. God once asked Moses ” Has my arms lost its power?” -Numbers 12:23b, NLT.  It is a no, He is all powerful.

God is an expert in bringing light out of darkness; bringing something out of nothing; bringing out possibility from impossibility. God will even raise people and even equip them in the compound of His enemies ( think about Joseph, Moses, Mordecai, Esther, Daniel, Nehemiah etc). “He does great things too marvelous to understand…. ” Job 9:10, NLT

You are not here at this time by mistake, you are here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

Let’s say this confession together “I will not give up because God is working at the backstage” “Even when I don’t see it, He is working, even when I don’t feel it, He is working, He never stops working”.

Don’t forget to engage the comments box, your shared experience could be what someone needs to hear.

P. S: I want to appreciate my editor. Her “midas touches” are evident on the posts. Thank you Komolafe IyanuOluwa.

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Working for them

Hello, happy new month to you friends. It is being a while here. I had to take a break in March to do some other things and I think I am back finally. Thank you for always reading. Let’s me quickly share something with you.

During the days of my Industrial attachment, I heard a phrase that really made me angry anytime I heard it. It was the phrase “it is working for them“. This phrase is used to show that “Christianity is not the only option“, to show that “Christ is not the only way“, “without God men can still do things” and “to doubt the power of our God”. This statement infuriates me but really it seems this is not the first time something like this is happening, there have been scenarios like this in God’s word. Let’s take a look at some instances.

You remember the story of Moses in contention with the magicians of Egypt in the palace of Pharaoh. Pharaoh was sure of his magicians that he challenged Moses and Aaron…. So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and did just as the Lord had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh called for the wise men [skilled in magic and omens] and the sorcerers [skilled in witchcraft], and they also, these magicians (soothsayer-priests) of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts and enchantments. For every man threw down his staff and they turned into serpents; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs (Exo 7:10-12, AMP)... Pharaoh trusted so much in his magicians and soothsayers that he even challenged the God of Israel, he most likely had never thought that there will ever be anybody to disgrace his employees but really Moses and Aaron came with the power of the living God..

Can you recollect the story of Pharaoh’s dreams ? Let me just pick the verses needed, we all know it is a long story… So when morning came his spirit was troubled and disturbed and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them to him (Gen 41:8, AMP)…You see, before this time the king thought his magicians and wise men could solve his problems, he most likely never thought of needing God until confusion came to visit him in his chambers at night… We all know who solved this mystery, a man of the living God. Even the king testified to this… So Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this [a man equal to Joseph], in whom is the divine spirit [of God]?”  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since [your] God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are (Gen 41:38-39, AMP)… After Pharaoh saw the mighty hand of God he couldn’t deny it. He had no choice but to acknowledge God.

You remember Daniel in Babylon? You remember the King and one of his dilemmas… One night during the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had such disturbing dreams that he couldn’t sleep. He called in his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers, and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed. As they stood before the king,  he said, “I have had a dream that deeply troubles me, and I must know what it means.”Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, “Long live the king! Tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means (Daniel 2:1-4)… The king is confused and his paid groups of magicians cannot even help the matter. See what even the astrologers said concerning the matter… The astrologers replied to the king, “No one on earth can tell the king his dream! And no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter, or astrologer! The king’s demand is impossible. No one except the gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live here among people (Daniel 2:10-11)… They agreed that they are limited and that their wisdom cannot answer everything.

Now, let’s see the response of the greatest king in the world when Daniel brought a solution to the problem. What he did amaze me… Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell face downward and paid respect to Daniel [as a great prophet of the highest God], and gave orders for an offering and fragrant incense to be presented to him [in honor of his God].  The king answered Daniel and said, “Most certainly your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery (Dan 2:46-47, AMP)… Wow! The “great king” of the world acknowledged the LORD/KING over kings. Our God is the only true God.

This is not the first time something like this is happening, it happened many times in the bible. God always win… (Isa 44: 24-25)

This looks as though it will never end but let me end with this scripture showing the supremacy of Christ ”  He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the first-born heir of all creation. For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him. He is the Head of his body, which is the church. And since he is the beginning and the firstborn heir in resurrection, he is the most exalted One, holding first place in everything (Colossians 1: 15-18, TPT)

Men and systems may try to mimick God’s works but we know the end of a vehicle running on just a litre of petrol.

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Stick closer 3

Hello! Welcome to the last part of this series. Thank you following through. We looked at two ways in which we can forge friendship after our discovery in the last writeup, you can read up if you are just joining us. This time around I will be talking about other ways of forging friendship. Come with me.

I call one of these ways “Candour” or what we can also call honesty. In this context, it is the ability to say the truth no matter how painful what we have to say or hear might sound.  A good friend is not afraid of what really needs to be said because in friendship, confrontations are made in love.An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy” – Proverbs 27:5-6, NLT. Hiding and covering up the truth looks like the work of an enemy. Why say the truth? A lot of times this helps us get an accurate view of ourselves, a man cannot see his nose by himself. We think we are right until someone points out our attention to a flaw. I remember a scenario where a particular sister walked up to me to tell me what a lot of people around couldn’t say, I was so glad and I have seen then be working on that particular flaw, although it wasn’t so easy but I saw her sincerity and attitude. I am so grateful for experiences like this.”To flatter friends,is to lay a trap for their feet”- Proverbs 29:5, NLT . Not saying the truth to one’s friend is seeing as being evil (laying a trap before their feet) for their decisions will be based on who they think they are and that will be disastrous.

  Tim Keller says “The more powerful, popular and rich you are the more likely your friends do this act of not saying the truth to you“. He also says and I quote Honesty says ” I cannot afford to not say the truth to you” while sensitivity says ” I know I might cause you pain saying the truth but I will also feel this pain”.

The last one here with me is “counsel“, real and close friends do this. They give reassuring and sweet counsels (The holy spirit is the greatest counselor like no other).  The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense – Proverbs 27:9, NLT. The counsel of one’s friend is refreshing.

Friends always let you in (honesty/candour and counsels) and never let you down (consistency and sensitivity).

I beg to say that we cannot have as many friends with these qualities because it is not really an easy task, it is not easy to be the “Bible kind of friend or the Christian kind of friend”. It requires a lot of work.

We sometimes ask for friends like this but that is where we get it wrong, we should rather try to be friends like this. “We don’t have enough friends because we ourselves are not being friends — Tim Keller”. We have a perfect example of a friend; Jesus Christ, a friend who deemed it fit to die on the cross and even go to hell just to gain his wayward friends, kai what an extravagant love. He has given us the template of what friendship means and also the power to become a friend just like him.

Thank you for following through, to read previous write-ups on this series, click for the  First part and Second part of the series 

Please, I’d like to see you in the comments box, your answer or shared experience can be an answer to someone’s question or dilemma.

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Stick closer 2

Thank you for joining me again after the first part of this series. This time around, we will be talking about how to discover friendship and how to keep it.

Words like I just want to be your friends don’t count, what counts most times is interest. What do I mean? I mean having to discover that someone is passionate towards something you are also passionate about, it brings about expressions like: “So you love this too”,”you too“. Most times it is about people passionate about the same things, people absorbed side by side, people who are shoulder to shoulder with common interest. You cannot just have friends because you want to, you must have something to share (if you have nothing, you can share nothing), if you don’t have a destination, you cannot have fellow travelers

Now that we have discovered friendship, how do we keep it? I have some points here

– Consistency: A friend is always there, not some time but all kinds of time (even when the chips are down). There is really no friendship without availability. I have really not been a very good friend to my friends (I can say I am not up to the standards) but really I have friends who show me what it means to be friends time and time again. A dear friend will love you no matter what, and a family sticks together through all kinds of trouble (Proverbs 17:17, TPT)

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family(Proverbs 18:24, MSG)

– Sensitivity: Have you seen someone dancing when others around are sad? That is the opposite of being sensitive. A good friend should understand his or her friend and should be able to feel what he or she feels. Let me explain this way, we must know when not to say things that may hurt them (I don’t mean not being honest). A friend should be sensitive emotionally not emotionally disconnected, I remember those days when some people who have been with me so many times just don’t seem to know that things are not well (they continue when you are down and are very happy even when you are sad). Imagine someone singing while you are sad. Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds( Proverbs 25:20, MSG)

Have you gained anything so far? As a christian, what do you think are other factors to note in order to keep friendship? How do you forge your discovered friendship? Let us hear you in the comments box.

Join me in the last part of the series in the next writeup, thank you for reading all through

N.B: I have to say that Tim Keller’s teaching on friendship really inspired my writing on this, his teaching made me see friendship in a new light.

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Stick closer 1

Hello! How are you doing 😊? In recent weeks, I have had discussions on and also observed people’s understanding of the concept of friendship. Having done some inward observations on my perspective of friendship, I have come to see that I am also miles away from what it should be.

A popular man once said, “You will not be great in life unless you are good at choosing, forging and keeping terrific friendship (fools perish for lack of friends or for purely chosen friends).” Who are You? A product of what your family brought you up to be in your early years and the influence your friends have on (make you to be) in your later years. 

In liberal societies like the USA (United States of America), friendship is kicked aside for romantic love, in conservative culture like most societies in Africa, family has the upperhand and in socialistic societies like South Korea, your civil relationship (relationship with neighbours and organization) should be your priority but the bible talks about a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

A brother or one’s family can be there in days of adversities but a real friend can always be counted on, it is a relationship committed to out of passionate love.

As a believer what does true friendship mean to you? What makes it unique? How do you discover it? Let us in on your thoughts in the comments box.

To be continued, see you again🖐🏾👋🏾.

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Round pegs in square holes

This is indeed stemming from my experience in the past weeks or maybe months and I am pretty sure I am not in this alone.

A lot of time, we believers are like round pegs in square holes, we don’t just seem to fit in. People just see us as being extreme, weird or even crazy. People don’t understand why we don’t follow some trends that to us are against what we stand for, people don’t understand why we will not test the waters of relationship without commitments, people don’t understand why we will not allow foul words stem from our mouths, people don’t understand why we will not get into romantic relationships without a purpose.

People see these things as normal things but we see them as against our faith, if you have been here I just want to say to you that you are not alone. Fellow believers across the nations of the world are all in this…. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure (I Corinthians 10:13, NLT)

I want to remind us that really we might look as though we are strangers and indeed we are “Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls” (1 Peter 2:13, emphasis mine).

We are not of this World. “We may seem as though we fit but we don’t really fit in, we may feel accepted by those around us but not all the time or all the way”— Lecrae Moore (American Christian rapper). 

We are not of this world and really friendship with this World is enmity with God……. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God (James 4:4, NLT)

Even, this world couldn’t recognize our God, how can it then recognize us… See how much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we! But the people who belong to this World don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him (I John 3:1, NLT).

In the midst of this pressure to conform to the standards of this World, we must remember these⬇️:

We should not be men who seek to do the “popular”  but men who seek to do the “biblical”  — Tony Evans ( America Mega Church Pastor, you can check him at tonyevans.org )

Don’t live for people’s acceptance because if you do, you will die from their rejection — Lecrae Moore

When in the midst of circumstances or environment that want to limit you in living out the life God wants you to live, remember these last words here from Apostle Paul: “For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? “(1 Corinthians 10:29, NLT).

Share your challenges in living out your faith as a believer in the comments box and how you went about it. Don’t forget your comments can be the answer someone needs.

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Break it

Happy New year friends. This is my first post here this year, there is a short message I will like to pass across here.

Last year, I was able to spend so much time at home like I have never done in a long time. As time passed by, I noticed some behaviours in myself that were obviously inherent in my parents and I was shocked, I didn’t pay so much attention to them until I listened to a minister talk about something related.

Sometimes, we see ourselves do things that our grandparents and parents did or are doing. These are habits they may have shown, lived and maybe introduced to us. Some of these are negative acts like anger, complaining, drinking, worrying and so on. These patterns affect our lives and go on to affect even our society in general. David was involved in adultery, Ammon his son raped Tamar his sister and Absalom also slept with his father’s concubines.

For some of us, these patterns have shaped our lives that we often say words like ” I am who I am because of who my Daddy was”, “I will be better off if not because of my father” and others like, “Don’t blame me, that is who I am, my Dad was also like that

In this new year, we have to change. We need to know that our parents have lived this life but it is our choice to live or not to live the same life. It was Adam’s choice to eat of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), it was the choice of the two hundred and fifty leaders to join Korah in his rebellion (Number 16:2) and it was also the choice of the sons of Korah not to join in the rebellion (Numbers 26:11, Amplified version). It is a world of cause and effect.

Just the way sin came to this World through Adam (a lot of time we blame him)… Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all people [no one being able to stop it or escape its power], because they all sinned (Romans 5:12, Amplified version)… But we now have a choice, we may decide to live like Adam or embrace Jesus and His works… But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many (Romans 5:15, KJV).

Do we want a change? Because if we don’t, even God cannot help. If you do want a change, then keep following me.

We first need to be conscious of these things and be deliberate about not wanting to walk in that path. Also, we must walk by the Spirit … “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law”.(Gal 5:16-18). Walking by the Spirit doesn’t mean that we will not be forced to act out the desires of the flesh, it is a conscious effort to place the desires of the flesh second to our response to the desires of the Holy Spirit. A conscious effort to live like a believer when the situation says otherwise). Walking in the Spirit vs walking in the flesh is better illustrated the way an airplane overrides gravity using the aerodynamics principles in order to fly, law of gravity was not thrown away but there is a system that overrides it.

Don’t forget to stop that bad cycle; break that cycle this year. Like a dilapidated structure, pull that bad habits down. Choose to live the way God will have you live.

Selah!


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Wait

I am sorry for my long absence here, I had some glitches with my mobile phone for weeks and after coming back online I had to adjust to the use of social media again. This is our last piece for the year, thank you for staying through out the year. Let me use this opportunity to say “Compliments of the season friends”

At a particular time this year, I was asking God for clarity on a particular matter. After praying for some time, God “gave me a yes” and I was so happy that I just wanted to jump out. 

Then on my way “jumping out”, I was directed to the story of Moses. You know Moses was given birth to at a very critical time and God sparing his life was indeed a miracle.

Looking at Moses, the way “He  forsook the palace of Pharaoh for the pains of the Israelites“….  “By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff” (Hebrews 11:24-26,MSG)… I commend Moses’ faith (I love all the great things he did) but I saw that Moses could have gotten a glimpse of what God will have him do (His mother might have told him the story of his people “the Israelites”) however, the way he handled things made me wonder if he actually did it the way God would have had him do it.

In saying the way he handled it, I mean the fact that he murdered the Egyptian in Exodus 2:11-12 “Time passed. Moses grew up. One day he went and saw his brothers, saw all that hard labor. Then he saw an Egyptian hit a Hebrew—one of his relatives! He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand“… This act landed Moses in a strange land where God had to humble him (with a vocation demeaning to him; don’t forget he was like a prince in Egypt) and teach him. Moses might have thought God had forgotten him not until the big experience of the burning bush.

I was surprised at how God told Moses to go about the assignment here… Exodus 2:16-18(MSG) “Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.” “Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’… I thought God would just ask him to secretly raise an army to bring out the Israelites but here God wants to do it in His own way.

A number of times we catch a glimpse of what God is saying just like Moses and we just run off to do it in our own way, we sometimes don’t ask “whys, whens, wheres and hows questions” , we just want to do it our own way.

If the zeal of the Lord will do it, He will do it in His own way. God does not sponsor agenda or an idea that is not His.

Sometimes God tells us about future events to prepare or equip us for that moment but so many times we are so quick to just jump out and start doing.

God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways (Isa 55:9).

That vision may be for an appointed time, if so you may not need to rush things.

Finally, I read something about knowing what to do and preparing for it in the scriptures and I was amazed.

Let’s see together, Proverbs 24:27… New Living Translation writes it as “Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house”.

We should pay attention to this even as God instructs us in the year 2021 and beyond, happy new year in advance

As we round off the year, I want to implore us to pay attention to the things we have learnt this year….. We must pay much attention than ever to things we have heard, so that we do not (in any way) drift away from the truth (Hebrews 2:1b, AMP)

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Slowly but powerfully

 I recently spoke with a friend about evaluating our lives to see how far and how well we have gone. You know when you check things like this most times you see that you are still far behind.

Most believers want a very fast growth, we are just eager and impatient to see ourselves doing well in little time but I have seen that God works strangely and slowly but He knows what He is doing with our lives.

You remember the story of Joseph in the bible, he was sold to a strange land even when he was just a teen and he spent many years there stranded and helpless, little did he see God’s hand. He must have thought God had left him.

Joseph did good but could not see progress, he served his master faithfully but still ended in the prison. 

We must not despise these little beginnings… (Zech 4:10a)

We must remember that God works slowly but powerfully so far we are consistent in what we are doing, we can be sure we will have something to show for it.

I wish to share some of Steve Farrar’s thoughts on this🔻

God did not scout our future, He planned it (and that even before the beginning of the world).

Our life may look over but it is not yet ended.

I end with some of the words of Isaac Newton

It may look as though you have learnt so little but “God does not teach us all at once but by degrees” and “God works powerfully but for most part gently and gradually”.

Finally, a believer is not of hasty growth like a mushroom but rather like Oaks, the progress is hardly seen but in time becomes a deep-rooted tree.

This is not a cause to be lazy but an understanding that ….”you will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Col 1:10b, NLT)

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As to the Lord

I have a little lesson to share with you, like I mentioned in my last post, I am having my Industrial Attachment Training (This is a training in Nigeria where students are sent to different industries or institutes to bridge the gap between the classroom and the industry, this takes place after the long academic sessions of higher institutions. It is somewhat similar to internship) and it has been one full of so many lessons. I remembered asking the Lord to teach me again somethings He had taught me before that I had not apprehended.

God has been particular about the way I work. We are in a time where civil servants and other workers in Nigeria just do what they like, they do as though they are not being paid. 

There was a time when the work at my place of training was so much that I was being overwhelmed but a phrase kept ringing in my heart; my understanding as a believer will not allow me compromise and be lazy.

How do I work as a believer in this “compromised environment”?  Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.( Eph 6:5-8 MSG)… King James Version says our service as to the Lord (vs 7)… This is how God wants us to work, as though we are working for the Lord. This has always been my encouragement and a form of reminder as I go about my work. 

God wants us to not conform to our perverse environment (see Romans 12), He wants us to give our best as though we are working for Him (God is asking for my best, if it is for Him then it must be with all my heart and done with a joyful heart).

I believe if we really want Christ to be seen in our days, we must begin to show Him even in our place of work and in our attitude to work.

Someone is saying but I will be exhausted, lol. My boss was once surprised that I didn’t have a breakdown. I had thought I would eventually breakdown until Philippians 2:13 became real to me.

 That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure (Phil 2:13 MSG).

Knowing that God has deposited within me an energy needed to please Him encourages me every time I seem tired.

What we need is a work ethic which is informed by God’s Word and religiously lived out in the workplace and the church… how we work not only reveals who we are, but determines what we are —KENT HUGHES

Jim George answered some questions on work

Why you work? — to please God

Who you work for? — for God

What you are working for — for God’s glory?

Who you are working with? — potential members of God’s kingdom

Where you are working on?— the center of God’s will

What have your experiences been at work? How are you holding on as a believer? Please share with us, your testimonies might be what someone needs to hear to be encouraged or to answer his or her questions.

Happy birthday to my great editor(Iyanuoluwa Komolafe), thank you for all you do. For putting your midas touch on the posts. Do well to say a word of prayer for her if you have been blessed by the posts thus far.

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Rest

In this post, I am sharing another lockdown experience. It is my prayers that by this we will learn to lean more on Jesus.

I was having my Industrial Attachment Training (This is a training in Nigeria students are sent to different industries or institutes to bridge the gap between the classroom and the industry, this is most after the long academic sessions of higher institutions. It is somewhat similar to internship )  before the lockdown started. Due to the lockdown, students and some members of staff of the organization where I had my training had to stop coming to work. We were told to stay home (and this lasted for 6 months). After the lockdown was eased, I resumed but upon resumption I was informed that I can’t continue and I went to my supervisor to talk to him about. He told me that I couldn’t continue and that all I had to do is to get a letter stating that I finished the training (this in it sense will defeat the purpose of the training). Immediately I heard this, I tried explaining to my supervisor but all to no avail. I went home and I told my parents about it.

I am probably ” the world’s most anxious man”  but I remember God’s Word in the book of Isaiah chapter 26 vs 3…..”You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you

Immediately, I held on to the word and prayed about the matter (it was a very very short prayer) and I just told God that I don’t know what He wants to do but He should walk things out the right way.

I felt at ease after the prayer, then I got a message from a senior colleague at work, I told him what my supervisor said and he felt helpless. After the chat with him, I decided to encourage myself in the Lord like David did in 1 Samuel 30 vs 6b and I messaged my supervisor. He didn’t reply the message, I put a call through to him a few days after and he told me to resume back. Joy, oh joy!

There are times when our plans don’t materialize and it seems as though things are not working out the way they should but God wants us to trust Him and rest on Him in perfect peace (the peace that transcends all understanding). He wants us to operate from a place of trust and total dependency in His sufficiency.

If we will stop worrying about anything and instead pray about everything, tell Him what we need and thank God for what He has done. We will experience His peace which goes beyond that which we can understand. His peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ (See Philippians 4:6-7, check different versions).

I end with an excerpt from the writing of my favourite role model; Steve Farrar  “in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28” There is the reason for an untroubled heart. This is the medicine for whatever might be troubling your heart right now. No matter how hopeless our immediate circumstances, no matter how depressing our future may look, we are to believe in God the Father and His Son”.

We are a family, do well to share your experiences in the comments box. Your experience might be the answer someone has been waiting for, feel free to share.

Don’t forget to follow us, I love you 😍.

For our country, we know that our God is up to something. We may not see it yet but we will not be weary and discouraged. Our country will be the Lord’s

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The Bigger picture

I pray this encourages someone. The story below is an experience I had during the lockdown.

Earlier this year, February to be precise, I got a call from a senior friend to ask for the rate of raising poultry birds, I called my dad, he told me and immediately I forwarded the message to the brother. We started negotiating and finally we agreed on a price. He later said he will get back to me. I started to pray to God to give us the contract (it is a big one), after almost a month and I didn’t get feedback from the brother, I put a call through to him and he said he will not be able to work with us. I was not too happy and I felt that God had let me down. Then after the semester the lockdown started and I had to come home, I had forgotten about the contract and moved on. One evening(about 4 months later), a young man in my area came to my house, he looked quite familiar, so we exchanged pleasantary. He came to discuss with my dad about purchasing poultry birds. Funny enough, he wanted exactly the same number as the earlier prospective buyer. I could not hold back my joy. I was very surprised and as I thought about what had happened, I heard God say to me “always trust me”

So many times, you are just like me, you pray and it seems as though God didn’t answer your prayers and you feel so unhappy but I want to reassure you that this is not true. God is so much concerned about you, He may not give you what you want but He will surely give you what you need. Even if you don’t see it, He is definitely at work.

Everytime God sees the bigger picture, He answers our prayers, even though it might not be according to our desires, but it is to the best of our interest. When it seems as though our prayers are not answered we begin to lose hope. I understand that “hope deferred makes the heart sick; Prov 13:12” but I want to tell you that ” God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isa 55:8)

Stop undermining God’s abilities. My God will use His glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

This is me saying, ask and you will get and when it seems as though God is silent, He is not. He is working out something for you, you may not see it but trust me God is not sleeping on your matter. Gracias.

My amazing editor added this: “Even when we don’t see it, Abba is working, when we don’t feel like He is nears, El Roi, He sees us, He is mindful of us”.

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Little foxes

Some times ago, I got caught up in a sin I thought I had overgrown. I was not so happy but in it I saw God’s help, I know that I am not alone in this.

There are some little habits or sin or tendencies that most times trip us, they are so little that we do not pay attention to them. I call them “little foxes”, though they are little they can spoil the vine. We must pay attention to them so they don’t be the end of us.

You remember Samson, Cain, Achan, Saul, Uzziah, Judas Iscariot etc. They paid little attention to their tendencies and they had to pay with their lives without being able to “fulfill their purpose here on Earth”.

Tendencies can be subtle; you think you have overcome them; you think those glimpses of envy, jealousy, self righteousness, anger, pride are just accidents. They are not, pay attention to them.

God has not left us alone in this, as for me, God revealed my tendencies through:

 His Word

Hebrews 4:12(MSG) 

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.

2 Tim 3:16(MSG)

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way

God’s Word shows us our mistakes and trains us to live God’s way, “God’s Word is very underrated”

AND

Circumstances or let’s call it life situations

I sometimes think I have scaled through some stages or that I cannot falter in some areas again but boom something happens and then I am lying helplessly in the pool of what I thought I had overgrown.

When we see those tendencies, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are bad or not born again or black slided, lol. It just shows that though we are believers we are still subject to human weakness because of our “unsaved mortal bodies”. 

When we see those tendencies, we must not just wave them by, we must ask God sincerely for help on these matters.

A believer who will finish strong must not think that he cannot fall, he must be aware of his tendencies, he must evaluate himself as he is and he must trust God for strength and grace to stand firm above temptations daily.

A tendency left unattended to is like a spark, it will grow into a wild fire 🔥 which isn’t a good sight.

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Jews or Gentiles

I had a conversation with an individual some time ago, in the course of the conversation, we delved into the subject of marriage. I was enjoying the conversation until the individual said that “believers should not marry Christians who are from a Muslim background“, I was shocked and sad.

The church is now an assembly of people from different obvious classes, we boldly show this in our church; we say some are poor, rich, from Christian background, from Muslim background and all sorts of other characteristcs. Who has bewitched us?

Stop your discrimination, we are all one in Christ! Galatians 2:8 clearly spells this out! “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus”. (NLT).

God is not a racist, He will not make segregated churches for His children just like some governments make segregated schools for their citizens. God wants all of His children to grow together. God has no favourites (Gal 2:6)

A lot of time I see the church neglecting people who were once in the LGBTQ community, cultism and even premarital affairs who are now born again, we seem to have forgotten that they are new creatures and old things are passed away (2 Cor 5:17)

They belong here… “Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian” (Eph 2:19 TLB)... Together, we are God’s house.

“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together”. (Eph 2:19-21 MSG)

We are one… “By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive” 1 Corinthians 12:13 (MSG)

We did not become a Christian by being born into a Christian home, we became a believer by believing personally in what Christ did…  We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.(Rom 3:22 NLT)

Instead of discriminating, help them to grow in the knowledge of God.

Love, accept and serve the other members of Christ. 

Do not forget, the way you treat other members of Christ’s body reflects how much you love Christ.