HIS SMILE

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I have this friend. He’s fond of me. Infact He likes me.
He’s quite popular and it He seemed to know everybody anywhere we went to. He knows everything. I thought He liked to play hide and seek because some folks who claimed to know Him told me so. They said He was very rich and so a lot of people came around Him because of what they could get from Him. They also felt that His generosity was due to the fact that they had done some work for Him in His fields and so they deserved it.
But out of an innumerable number of people in the house one day He noticed me. Actually, i noticed Him noticing me and He walked up to me and said “Fortune,come” I was amazed. I didn’t know He knew my name. He’s been watching me even before i got into the house. I found out that He was responsible for me locating His  house. It’s been His plan all along.
Most people don’t know this, but one thing about my friend is that He doesn’t have mood swings. The way He feels about me is still the way He has always felt irrespective of how i feel. He still looks at me with His piercing eyes and still comes to sit down at my bed side especially on those days when I seemed to ignore Him.
My friend has made me Bold. After speaking with Him for a few minutes one day, He  said “Thank You for your presence”. He’s never bored with me. He laughs a lot. I love His smile and His eyes and His hands and the sound of His footsteps in my room.
I think about Him most times and before I know it , my heart is welling up with His love. Yes..it’s Love I feel. It’s His love for me. My friend Loves me. He’s so jealous about me. No one ever looks down on me because of Him. Well, I don’t notice it. I’m too busy  trying to understand what it is about me that makes Him so attracted to me.
I stayed for long periods of time just searching for what else to say about  my friend. My friend Loves music especially when I play it. He loves the sound of my voice. He likes my writing too but He loves me above all these.
My friends is tall. He has green and blue eyes. His hands are warm and it’s funny but He puts on sandals whenever He comes to my room. He loves when I see Him. His smile is so genuine and filled with such love like I’ve never seen. He’s so patient and understanding. He likes my nails too and my hair.
Did I mention that my friend is very strong. He’s the greatest. He’s so powerful. He always pays attention to me. His love for me doesn’t make sense. I just know He loves me. I know it from His eyes. I know it from the way He speaks to me. I know it from His SMILE.
DO YOU KNOW WHO HE IS? Guess what? He loves you too.
I’m excited. I’m smiling because I know He’s still smiling at me.

#Merry Christmas Dear
Remain conscious of His presence Always.

 

 

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CHRISTIANITY NOT RELIGION

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Someone once told me that Religion was man looking for God while Christianity was Christ in you. The greatest tragedies in history like slavery and apartheid was implemented and passionately pursued because they found a way to tie their motives for their actions to theology.

It’s amazing that the Latin word from which the English word “religion” is derived means “to bind up.” Jesus did not come to bind us up in rules and regulations or rituals of devotion, but to set us free to be man as God intended.  Religion makes people do everything apart from what they really should be doing. It has a way of getting you so involved in a particular course and after that it strips you of every strength and motivation. You’re still hungry and wanting. It never satisfies. There is no excitement only dryness. Religion has become the greatest enemy of the church. It creates an illusion of growth and yet such person is totally alienated from the life of God which gives liberty.

Religion gives people a theological concept about God’s presence without any actual experience or interaction with God. It makes you so caught up with working for God and not working or walking WITH God. The religious eye looks at the bible and sees everything apart from Jesus.  They may believe that Jesus died for us and may have even accepted him but they don’t think He did a very good job and so they go about searching for other ways to please God and to “provoke” His blessings by trying to EARN it through several activities. The religious man loves to pay for everything because they don’t think God is that generous.

When Jesus was on earth, His major rivals were the religious leaders. The Pharisees were good at rejection, punishment and restrictions but were clueless about the heart of God and the very one they claimed to know. They are unaware of the boundless love of God and so they fight anyone who seemed to bask, trust and depend on God’s love for them. Unfortunately, the most spiritually diseased people were and still are the religious people. They are usually fixated on the outward, elemental and physical things that are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh but rather encourages it. (Col 2:23). The major danger in religion is that it takes one’s eyes off Jesus and to every other thing including you.   I do not doubt that going on evangelisms’, tithing, fasting, vigils, devotionals, crusade rallies, and all other activities are of certain benefits but like Peter in the bible ensure that your eyes are still on Jesus and not on any man.

The bible in Leviticus 10:1-2 revealed to us that the reason the sons of Aaron were consumed by fire wasn’t because they came into the temple but because they lit a strange fire. In other words, God wasn’t pleased with what was igniting that fire. Zeal and passion is for God is great. However what’s responsible for that zeal? What’s your motivation? If the reason you go out to evangelise is because you’re trying to lobby favour from God or avoid punishment for not preaching then you’re lighting a strange fire. If the reason you tithe is because you are afraid of a devourer or you think that an alliance will be formed between God  and Satan the devourer to attack your finance, then you’re lighting a strange fire. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and as seen in Revelations 12:10-11, the accuser of the brethren has been cast down. (Gal 3:13).

 Once you realise the boundless love of God in the sacrifice of Jesus, then you understand that whatever you do or don’t do for God changes nothing about how God feels about you. It’s an unconditional love.

Any action or prayer meeting that ignores the redemptive work of Christ is faulty and is hinged on the shackles of religion. It binds you to several stereotypical practices and rituals not fashioned after Christ. There’s nothing wrong with dancing and prostrating on the floor but make sure your eyes are on the right person. Keep your eyes on the truth that you are righteous and accepted in God not by your works of righteousness but by the blood of Jesus apart from your works. Confidence in yourself and everything you’ve done right is self-righteousness and it’s a filthy rag before God. GOD is your Father and not a tax collector neither is He a business man. Christianity is Relationship with your heavenly Father not your pastor, nor any activity.

The revelation of Jesus is the end of Religion. It’s not about the length of the skirts or whether you put on trousers or jeans or whether you cover your hair or not, neither is it about your title or how long you’ve been in the ministry. You are not the ‘Convictor of brethren’ so stop being critical and condemning. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work of transformation. He does the convicting. He does the regeneration. He does the empowerment and this is because of the grace of God. (Eph 2:8). Once you realise how much you’ve been forgiven you’ll know how to love people also, realising that you also are saved by grace .

Stop waiting for the hand of God to move. God is already on your side. You are the righteous man. He is already pleased with you. He has already moved and He did that on the Cross for you.

Say NO to Religion and let the Light of God shine in your heart. Stand fast in the liberty in which Christ has made you FREE.

REMAIN CONSCIOUS OF HIS PRESENCE ALWAYS!!!

THE TRUTH

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Being in the dark about anything gives one of the worse feelings ever. Taking a cue from a very revered author, he said that nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance. The danger in ignorance is that it has the ability to make its victims wallow in something that looks like wisdom and then will eventually force them to say or act based on such information which it really doesn’t have. The voice of ignorance is usually so loud and sometimes arrogant. I remember a certain lecturer of mine saying that a man would rather die than give up his beliefs even if what he believes is wrong. The only remedy to ignorance is Light.

The fact that a particular idea or belief has been held on to for a long time does not validate it. It does not make that opinion or experience true irrespective of who told it to you or how long you have believed it. The pertinent question now remains as Pontius Pilate asked in John 18: 38 “What is truth? Is it true that whenever the sun shines and the rain falls at the same time then a tiger is actually giving birth or a snake is pulling off its skin? Is it true that when a person hits their right or left leg on a stone while walking then an evil thing is lurking to happen to them? Is it true that when the left eye (or is it right) consistently twitches it means one should expect a good or bad thing? Or that when a person whistles at night it attracts evil spirits? I’m sure coming from this side of the world you must have heard one of the above examples and may even know more. Jesus Christ spoke to the Pharisees one day and told them in Mark 7:13 that they make the Word of God of none effect though their traditions.

In John 14:6 Jesus said,” I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. The revelation of this verse right here is the answer to every other problem a person can have. In John 8: 32 Jesus said again “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free This implies that anyone without knowledge of the truth is in bondage. However it is not enough to just know the truth but to believe in this Truth. Unfortunately a lot of traditional beliefs and practices have found a way of filtering into our knowledge of our relationship with God. The truth which came by Christ Jesus is this: when we accepted Jesus we were born again; we were born anew (2 Corinthians’ 5:17). We became children of God (1 John 3:2). We were born of the Spirit of God and Jesus became our Head. We are no longer of this world and we have a new citizenship which is in heaven. By the blood of Jesus we were justified and free from God’s wrath and anger (Romans 5:1-9). By the blood of Jesus we were redeemed (Delivered and saved) from every curse of the law (Ephesians 1:7). We are born into the family of God and God is now our Father. The truth is the gospel of Christ which is that Jesus died, He was buried and God raised Him from the dead to make us free and you shall know this truth and it shall set you free.

 

If God is the Father of all Lights and in Him there is no darkness what makes you think that there is darkness in you? (James 1:17) After all, as He is so are you in this world. Based on what Jesus has done it is impossible for a child of God to be under any curse. However the devil thrives on ignorance. The truth remains that there is no curse hanging over your head. We have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. We are already blessed in Christ. There is no need for any form of physical abasement or suffering in order to earn or become righteous and accepted before God. You are born righteous and blessed and favoured irrespective of whatever dream, sign, feeling, idea and notion you have or had.

If you have died with Christ to the material ways of looking at things and have escaped the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why would you live as if you still belong to the world? The popular perception of people’s temperament and scientific interpretations of determining a person’s behaviour or character based on their birth month are all philosophies of men and are not fashioned after Christ. You are led by the Spirit of God, irrespective of your birth month.

A lot of human precepts and doctrines have an outward appearance that popularly passes for wisdom. According to the bible in Colossians 2:23 (Amp), they include things that like promoting of self-imposed rigor and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body. Even if a person treks with the knees on bottles to Jerusalem, it can never make them righteous or forgiven for whatever sin they intend to pay for. Forgiveness of sins is a gift. You don’t earn it. All you do is receive it because it has been paid for by the blood of Jesus. Those things are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh instead they do not honour God but serve only to indulge the flesh.

You cannot be citizens of Zion by birth and still be igbo, yoruba, Hausa and any other tribe in your mind. That idea that people from your tribe seem to be popularly known to have a certain problem should die and stop after the cross. You are a new creation in Christ and omnipotence is now at your disposal and is resident in you. It is the Holy Spirit you have and that same Holy Spirit teaches you not just how to read and understand the Bible but also how to read your academic/carrier books and understand them. There’s nothing wrong with your brain. The bible warns to “ Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colosians 2:8)

When we come to God, we’re not coming to the Father as a tramp coming to the door begging for food but we are coming as Sons not only claiming our legal rights but natural rights of a child begotten of Love. All these ideas of thinking that you need to physically do something to show God that you’re humble during every praise and worship service is of no value unless you see yourself and call yourself the way God calls you. If what you call humility involves seeing yourself less than who God has said you are then that’s the highest form of pride which is exalting your feelings and opinions above God’s word. It is a “high thing” which needs to be brought down to conformity. That is the truth.

You are not an old sinner saved by grace. You WERE a sinner but right now you are saved by Grace. You are a Righteous man saved by grace. The cross of Jesus should affect everything that concerns you. Don’t exalt any other thing above the truth of God’s word not even your experiences.

Galatians 5:1. Encourages us to Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage Grace and truth came by Jesus and the truth. Jesus died so that you can be set free. Please remain free. The seed of God abides in you and you will only produce God like fruits so don’t put yourself under law in an effort to determine your fruits by yourself (1 John 3:9). The truth is that a mango tree can only produce mango fruits.

Remain conscious of His presence always.

#JustifiedByGrace

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LIGHT AFFLICTIONS

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One thing about “Light Afflictions” is that they don’t look so light when they come. Most times we’re oblivious of their arrival and they appear in different forms every time so no individual can exactly describe or even understand the peculiarity of your situation. Light Afflictions are tricky. One thing i have come to realise about them is that they usually appear bigger than they really are. Jonah called them “Lying vanities” (Jonah 2:8). It so happens that the most popular examples of the end of some people’s history with “Light Afflictions” is that it ended in a pandemonium and this is usually due to the inability of people to identify “Light Afflictions” when they come in their multifarious ways and the purpose for which they have come.

They may come in the form of you not having enough and you begin to think about verses like Psalm 23:1 which says “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” and now you’re wondering if maybe they were referring to somebody else not you. They can also come in the form of you being surrounded by a lot of animosity and persecution in your work place, home or even your local church and so you’re having a hard time understanding verses like Isaiah 26:3 which says “He will keep you in perfect peace…” Some times it just appears in certain conditions that seem to have lingered for a longer time than you expect especially for a blood washed believer, born of the Spirit of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Guess what? The main target of “Light Afflictions is not you. It’s your Faith.

The Apostle Paul first used the word “Light Afflictions” in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. It says “For our light affliction, which is but FOR A MOMENT, WORKETH for us a FAR MORE EXCEEDING AND ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY;

“While we LOOK NOT at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

This sounds like the most illogical thing to the rational mind. However, now we see the purpose of Light Afflictions. Light Afflictions are there like exams which we all would love to avoid however your performance or in this case your response to them determines how long they last. The next verse then addresses what we focus on; what we keep our eyes on. Just like the children of Israel kept their eyes on the brazen serpent Moses made and not on their snake bitten spot, so also we must take our eyes off the problem, the hostilities from people, the lack, that unpaid house rent, the debt and every other physical and even emotional thing that seem to negate the Finished works of Jesus for you. Yes. The works are already finished; already paid for .Fix your eyes on the things which are eternal. The things which are seen are temporal and subject to change. They won’t last forever. This means that regardless of what you feel, the pressures of life and the seemingly hopeless situations, they are but for a moment and will change if you hold on. With faith and patience, Hold on. Hold on to what is everlasting. Hold on to Jesus and His love for you. God’s love for you is eternal. It never changes.

Keep your eyes of the Lamb of God that was slain for you. Keep your eyes on His blood. Let it become the strong hold in your mind. Let that be exalted above every other thought or idea irrespective of the storms that are raging outside. Hold on to your confession of faith. Faith not in your works but on what Jesus has already done. That’s how to properly respond to light afflictions. The aim of this slight distress is the preparation of a blessing that is beyond all measure. Whatever you are going through is nothing compared to the glory that shall be revealed in you. (Romans 8:18).

The main aim of temptation is for one to lose focus; that is, to take one’s eyes off the source of their salvation. The proof that your eyes are off is that your speech changes. You start talking unbelief. You start condemning yourself or you start looking on your works and your performance and not on the righteousness of God which is Jesus which a lot of religious folks are fond of doing and that’s why the light afflictions which are “But for a moment” have lasted so long when God never intended it to be that way.

A fascinating verse i came across was the book of Jonah 2:8. It says that “THEY THAT OBSERVE LYING VANITIES FORSAKE THEIR OWN MERCYIn the context of this verse Jonah was already in the belly of the fish and was still in there. He said also in the next verse that “But i will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of THANKSGIVING. He said this while he was in the belly of the fish. His circumstances had not changed and yet he decided to praise God and rejoice in the Lord.

To observe means to look intently; to consider; to analyse and to ponder on something so much so that your mind is filled with thoughts about it. Surprisingly the bible says that observing those things which “are a lie” deprives us of our mercy. It did not say that the Lord takes it from you but that you forsake it. Paul also expressed this attitude in 2 Corinthians 12:8 where he said “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” We are not aware what exactly his petition was but then it seemed like there had not been any physical manifestation of change but then the next verse was fascinating. He said “…Most gladly therefore will I RATHER GLORY IN MY INFIRMITIES, that the POWER OF CHRIST may rest upon me. Yes. He said to glory in infirmities.

These are amazing bible verses that reveal to you first that whatever you may be going through is not peculiar to you. The right response is very essential to your victory in any trial. It is not meant to break you but it is a proof and a tangible sign that a greater manifestation of Gods power is about to be revealed to you. Apostle peter in 2 Peter 4:14 said “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, HAPPY ARE YE; for the SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF GOD RESTETH UPON YOU”

 

These are some powerful statements and most people have rather become so negative, discouraged, condemned, complainers. They’ve become overwhelmed with the circumstances and it has affected their believe system. Most painfully is the practice of a lot of people to tend to look to the government, family, even yourself and every other thing apart from the Lamb of God. The bible says to be strong in the Lord not in our self or our efforts or anything we do or did not do but be strong in the Lord and Jesus is that Lord. Our victory is in him. Our righteousness is in Him. Our redemption and salvation is in Him and as long as our eyes are on Him, His victory is replicated and manifested in our lives. (1 Corinthians 1:30).

The truth is that a lot of things that we have overcome at some point in our lives seemed so big in our eyes but think about it. You overcame it. You made it. Light afflictions are inevitable. If they persecuted Jesus the world will also persecute you. So we’d better know how to be victorious when they come. Be vigilant to spot your light affliction and when it comes rejoice seeing as you know your redemption is already here. Don’t start asking “why me Lord” Rejoice!! Start speaking. Continue speaking. Stay there with thanksgiving. Hold on to your confession. Don’t waver. (James 1: 8) Keep your eyes on Jesus for He is faithful to keep you from falling .He (not you) keeps you from falling.

God loves you and He is with you. Know that in everything you go through there is no way you can ever be ashamed. He is for you and in all things you are more than a conqueror through Him that loves you.

Remain conscious of His presence always.

#JustifiedByGrace

OUR BOAST

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from a concerned christian to every religion that exist.
Please Note
No 1: We are not the same. There is only one God and the only way to get to Him is through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is not a prophet or one of the several other gods. Jesus is God himself. Jesus is the only living God.This is what we believe and if you don’t agree with any of these truths then its clear that we’re not the same.
No 2: Only Christians have eternal life. Only Christians have God as their father. Only Christians have the Holy Spirit. Only Christians will not be condemned.
No 3: Christianity is not a religion as you would like to think. Christianity is our nature; our lifestyle. Christianity means being regenerated; being born again. It means having a new identity and an eternal inheritance that we already enjoy here on earth. It means being born of a Love God.
No 4: We are the Original; the real deal. We are  signs and wonders. We are the ones who believe in  miracles and experience them on a daily basis . We are the carriers of omnipotence; the ones with the healing power of God. We are the ones who cast out demons and are impervious to harm. We are the ones who execute judgment and nations are bound by them. We are the council of elders and the head over the nations of the world. We are eternal life dispensers and we give life to all. We are the light of the world and we add flavour to this life. Without us, the whole world remains in darkness.  We are the Body of Christ and we acknowledge that when Jesus died we died with Him. When He was buried we were buried with Him and when He resurrected we resurrected with Him and now we’re sitted together with Him on the throne far above all things

So believe me that we are not the same. You need what we have and we are more than willing to give you life by accepting Jesus as the Lord Jesus and savior of your lifes.
Seeing you’re ready to be saved, please say the following prayers wherever you are:
-Lord Jesus I confess with my mouth and  believe in my heart that you are the Son of God and that you died for my sins
-I also believe that God raised you from the dead for my justification.
-Lord I repent of all my sins and I accept you into my life as my Lord and savior and I receive your forgiveness of all my sins.
-Thank you for making me your child and for bringing me into your light. I am now a new creation. Thank you Lord for saving me.  In Jesus Name. Amen.
If you said this prayer I would like to tell you congratulations. You now have Jesus living inside of you and you have become a new creation.

No more Hustling

After spending a considerable amount of time in Lagos state, I realised that people have different definitions of what they consider as stressful.  I stood as I watched people struggling to get into a bus; (a bus that is still moving o).   When you inform  them  that you’re not  “Mrs James Bond” , they’ll say things like  “it’s like you don’t know how to hustle”.  Don’t think this issue of hustling is peculiar to just Lagos state.
Naturally we struggle for things that we think aren’t ours. There is a certain  confidence you exercise when something belongs to you. If you’re the owner , you don’t beg for it; you don’t hope for it and you certainly do not hustle for it. You just relax and take it. There’s no pressure and no need to struggle  for it. There is no contention.
Most times we’re caught hustling for our jobs, education, spouse, money, promotions, religious positions, and even people’s attention because we try to earn these things that we think do not belong to us originally . Some times we struggle to keep a particular relationship because we think that some day that person might  just be the  that break through you’re looking for (that you don’t have). We feel like if we’ve not suffered or struggled for something we don’t deserve the blessings.
Anyways, As the bible reveals , that the race is not for the swift nor the battle to the strong but time and chance which happens to all men; which when rightly divided was being referred to the grace of God through the intervention of the Spirit of God. In other words, good things don’t come to you because you’ve been a good person but it comes to you because of the grace (unmerited, undeserved, unearned favour) of God.
I refuse to be a hustler in things that are already mine. My Father owns them all. I know this because the earth is the Lords and it’s very fullness belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1). The amazing thing about this is that He has decided that all that I have is his and all that He has is mine. My Father is the owner of the entire universe and the humans that occupy them. He owns the animals and everything that was created. He owns the hearts of men and their jobs. He owns and controls the taxi driver’s car and the traffic lights. He owns it all and He has decided to place all these things into my hands. He has decided to give them all to me. ALL THINGS ARE MINE (1 cor 3:21). The same way we go straight to the kitchen and to the fridge when we feel like eating because there’s already an abundant supply of food there so also we just take out of our inheritance all that belongs to us.
That job, finance, power and position we want has already been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ and so we enjoy them free of charge and we take them in peace; without hustling for it. If you need something be conscious that you already have it and you will see it fall into your hands without sweat.
Lets have this ownership mentality and  decide this year not to hustle for anything or anyone this year.  All things are yours. You can actually get good things happen to you without any sweat u know? Jesus died so we don’t have to hustle anymore.
Say no to hustling !!!
#NoMoreHustling
Remain eternally blessed.