Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018 IN FOCUS


This morning, I had a stirring in my spirit and the Father began to talk to me on some matters some of which I will share with you in this post.

Being my first article in 2018, I want to welcome you to this new calendar year and pray that Christ will be formed in you more and more this year, Amen & Amen!!!

A major characteristics of the beginning of every year is that people are more willing to make life adjustments and set goals/directions for their lives in the coming year. And as I observe this phenomenon over the years, I see that most of these actions are geared towards knowing who we are and finding one’s self and as such living the best possible life that one can within the context of what the world’s systems define as a good life.

All around us, the world is teaching us to know who we are. So there are self-discovery, self-mastery, self-definition, self-evaluation etc tools, books, conferences, sermons everywhere and all of that brings a scripture to mind 2Timothy 3:1-5

1But know this, that In the last days terrible times will come.  2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, blasphemers, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power and from such people turn away!

All this self-education and self-equipment will in addition to its many benefits lead to the type of person described above or a hybrid version with some varieties (more or less) than described in the scripture above.

And I know that there are so many people who have innocently walked into this error in their quest for God. People who have been led astray by business schools, psychology houses and motivational centers. If you fall into such a category, I want to encourage you with a scripture from the book of Acts 17:22-31

22Then Paul stood in the midst of Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an alter with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24”God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’. 29Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

The desire of the Father for His own is that we know Him as He is known. His desire is to lead His own to know Him. To know that it is in Him that we live, move and have our being. There is literally no way you will not be able to discover your true self if you seek Him to know Him and grow in Him and draw closer to Him.

I challenge you therefore to seek God this year like you have never done before in your entire life and press into deep realities in Him. And I can assure you of this; as you seek Him, you will definitely find Him and so much more.


Shalom!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

AS YOU PLAN


As the year 2017 gradually comes to an end and plans are in high gear to usher in the New Year 2018, one of the things I know that most people do in preparation for a New Year is make New Year resolutions and set goals for the New Year.

For me, this is usually a time to step back and retreat and seek the face of the Father on what is in His heart at this point in His season of life. God works in seasons and those seasons usually do not necessarily follow our calendar years so an understanding of the heart of the Father will aid a child of God walk right with Him.

The Lord drew my attention to a passage in the book of Romans 8:5;

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

So as you prepare and plan for the New Year, I have a question for you. If I look at your goals and plans for the New Year and gauge them, will I confirm that you live by the Spirit or according to the flesh?

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh…

Mind you, the flesh is in constant enmity with God. So anything that does not bring you closer to God but draws you away from Him is flesh.

I want you to think on these things and adjust your plans/life accordingly.

God bless you and Compliments of the Season.


OluwaObinna.

Monday, 11 December 2017

AS YOU GIVE

I love Christmas, I can’t say for sure exactly why I love it, but I do. My wife has even made it a more interesting season for me with all the drama around decorations and carols et al and like the good student I am, I am catching the bug quickly and every year has been better than the last. Even when I try to dull her, it is never a dull moment with Meemeesola.

Okay, this post is not about my wife and how much I love her though I am sure you know that already.
One of the things I love about Christmas is that it is a season when you don’t have to prompt people a lot to do good. People are more willing to give both to charity and to friends and even enemies as well. There is that giving grace during the Christmas season.

This year for some reason I decided to pray about what God will have us give this period. I had some plans in mind as giving back to my community is up there in my list of priorities. I am one of those people that believe that the body of Christ should be assisting ease the burden on society in the areas of quality education, health, accommodation and feeding. If we can’t make it free (which I don’t see why we can’t), we should at least make it as subsidized as possible. On a later day, maybe I will share my plans around this and you are free to chat me up privately and I can share my thoughts on this.
But as I prayed along those lines, God pointed me to a scripture and asked me to be guided by that. I know most of us have amazing plans for this period and some of us have even commenced executing those plans. But as you do and go ahead in life, I will like you to read this scripture, meditate on it and keep it at the fore front of your mind in all your  giving and doing good.

I pray that the Lord will expand this scripture in your hearts and open the eyes of your understanding to see what is in the heart of the Father, Amen!
Matthew 6:1-4(NKJV)

1“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2Therefore, when you do your charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly".

Selah!!!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

AFTER YOUR SUFFERING

I love Jesus and have made following Him my life’s work. As fun and amazing as it has been, it has also been an interesting journey.
I know various things brought us to Jesus. For some it was a promise of a mansion in heaven, for some the solution to their problems, for some divine healing, provisions etc. bottom line, we all came to Jesus through various routes but by one Spirit. And per adventure you are reading this and you are yet to give your life to Jesus, I want to invite you to open up your heart to Him today, He stands at the door of your heart and is very willing to come in if only you will invite Him in and profess Him with your mouth as Lord and Saviour over your soul.
I thought to encourage someone today. Someone who is in Christ and has been steadfast in Him. You have prayed and studied the word and given your tithe (no matter what some may think #topicforanotherday) and given offerings. You may have also in addition to all of these sown seeds and blessed you man of God and done good to both the needy and the poor. Never missing hospital/prison visitations, always in church for all church meetings, always available to serve in one capacity or the other whenever/wherever required. But still things don’t seem to be what they should be. You find yourself struggling to have your basic needs met. Things that should come easy are constantly a prayer point. The only reason you haven’t lashed out at God yet is because you have the fear of God in you. For some, you have even lashed out at Him but yet it seems nothing has changed.
From time to time, you receive this warm assurance in your heart that things will be fine and you make the confessions that ‘all things are working out for my good’ even when a part of you doesn’t completely see how that is even possible. You are still here and barely just hanging on.
If you find yourself in any of the categories I mentioned above or maybe I didn’t mention your case but you can relate with what I am saying, I want to share a scripture with you and encourage you today;
1Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.
I want you to know that our walk in Christ comes with a measure of suffering. But the good news is that after you have suffered but for a while, my God will Perfect (ie make completely free from faults or defect, having all required or desirable elements/qualities/characteristics; as good as you can possibly be), establish (ie set up on a firm or permanent basis, achieving permanent acceptance/recognition), strengthen (ie make or become stronger, reinforce, buttress, toughen, intensify, heighten, fortify, bolster, vitalize) and settle (ie reach an agreement, pay a debt, adopt a more steady/secure style of life, sit or come to rest in a comfortable position) you.
You are coming out of this just the way the Master wants you to be. So hold on and stand firm in faith. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
God Bless you!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

DO YOU KNOW?

A couple of days ago, a scary event occurred in my life and though I could have written about it on the same day, I took a few days to write this piece because I knew there was way much more in the event than just the occurrence in its self.
I was at the bus stop on a rainy morning waiting to join the staff bus to work. I had called the driver to notify him that I was waiting and had just stood for what seemed like a few seconds and that was all I could remember. One minute I was standing at the bus stop, the next minute I was back in my house drenched in water and sand.
I have read stories of people dying and seeing white light at the end of a long tunnel and all that stuff, but that wasn’t the case here. I collapsed at the bus stop and I have no recollection whatsoever what transpired in that blank out period.
I thank God for my wife, for Tosin, my family everyone who made it easier for us on that day. My God will reward you for me.
As I lay in the MRI machine and was being examined, I couldn’t shake off the thought that if this had been my last day on earth and the Father was examining me to see if I completed the work that He sent me to do, what would be His conclusion?
Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim 4:6-7 flashed on my mind and stayed there; “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.
He knew! He knew that he had done his job and that he did it well. He knew that he had finished his race. He could see his crown of righteousness. He could hear the well done My son. He was handing over to the next generation of guys that will take the world because he knew his time was up. He knew!
But I didn’t know.
Though still in the race, I had strayed off the course. I was pursing business, career and acquisitions and things that actually don’t matter to my Father nor the Kingdom. I was pursuing status and prestige the things that make you stand out in this earth that is passing away. I was pursuing vain knowledge of the systems of the world with no proper grasp of how our Kingdom works. I look around me and I also see men, people even churches pursing the same things. How to master the systems of this world with no idea whatsoever how the Kingdom of our Father works. Forgetting that though we are in this world, we are not of this world.
Apostle Paul was saying that there are things that he knew that were not lawful for him to utter. If you read the things he wrote, you will know the guy knew what he was talking about. He had learnt the ways of the Kingdom.
God had to take my life briefly to shake me into this reality.
You don’t have to die to know that you are not fulfilling purpose. Right now sitting or standing or lying where you are reading this post, you know whether or not you are accomplishing heaven’s mandate for you. YOU KNOW!
Please don’t get me wrong, this is not a cry for evangelism or any of those activities (that may be a part of it if that’s what your purpose here on earth is), this is a call to personal evaluation especially for believers who profess Christ Jesus as their Lord and Master.
I have over the last couple of days experienced a weakness in my body but yet such strength and resolve in my spirit to get it right and get it right I will.
I also learnt that life will go on. People may mourn your passing for a little while, but life will go on. The office will not shut down, at best one minute silence to recognize the dead (during which some people will still be sending emails) but that’s it, life will still go on.
So spend time with the people you love who love you. Reach out to the people who hate you and surprise them. Help someone who has no capacity whatsoever to return the favour. Live life today with no worry about tomorrow because tomorrow is not a guarantee. Actually, sufficient for today are the evil thereof. Know this, your Father in heaven has an idea of ALL the things you will possibly need and has made provisions for them all. All you need do is to ensure that you are walking in the path of His purpose for your life and you will meet His provisions on that path. You only struggle when you are off course.
So I leave you with this question; DO YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE ON EARTH AND IF YOU DO, ARE YOU LIVING IT?
#GratefulForLife

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Musings

I had an interesting conversation with my mum some nights ago and its plain disturbing the direction things are heading to.
They have a target to double their number (ie attendance per service meeting) within a specific time and the leader in their region was offering financial reward every month for the individual(s) that bring the most number of people to church every month. My mum who is also a regional leader spoke up against this and it almost turned into a war of words.
I share insights with her whenever we have the opportunity to have those our very long talks and its fun sharing Jesus with your mum (some ladies will now come and want to bring their daddy into this discussion now lol). And as the years go by, we are beginning to agree on most of those things I have been pointing out to her about religion and denomination and the rot it is causing in the body of Christ.
From what I gather, some of the pastors have begun to doctor their books in order to meet up with this target. Everyone that came for first service is counted as part of the headcount for second service and combined you have a huge number #ridiculous.
Attendance in house fellowship meetings, eatery hangouts, even people that read the sign posts are tagged as ‘members’ of the church to meet up with ‘target’.
I paused at this point and prayed for the pastors that were involved in this that God will save their souls as they need to repent and come to Christ. But beyond that, my question was; what has God asked them (the pastors) to do? I know that God sets up every commission for a purpose and if you are pastoring people, there has to be something that God has told you is the intention of His heart over that assembly and that’s what you should be complying to.
There is the place for respecting constituted authority, but it has to be in the Lord (if you get what I mean).
Then I remember the passage of scripture in the book of Acts 2:46-47;
 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the LORD added to the church daily those who were being saved’.
And I am wondering that something is then not right if it is no longer the Lord that adds to His church and people now have to be paid to add people to the numbers. People are heading in the wrong direction fast and they are being led there by people who should know better. The sooner Sons rise up and take their rightful place, the better for the Kingdom.
My conclusion is simple, “Thou shalt have no other god besides Me. Thou shalt worship the Lord Your God, and ONLY Him shalt you serve”. Know this God for yourself lest you be led astray.
Selah!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Very recently, I shared that the world intends to keep you entertained so that you do not have time to focus on the thing that is really important. The funny thing is that majority of the people that folks sit down to watch on TV don’t even have the time to watch TV themselves. But that’s not what I am discussing today.

The advent of the internet has brought the private lives of so many people into our bedrooms. Such that by the flick of a page, you can go from knowing what Sikira had for breakfast to where Kalu is vacationing and all the weddings that will be coming up this weekend. Literarily everyone’s life is out there.
Now I don’t have a problem with this as I do not necessarily have a control over what you decide to put out there. But as I observe the content that most people put out, I am prompted to ask the question “Who are you following on social media?”
If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, you can stop reading this post at this point and move on to other things. But if you are, please get in here and let’s be frank with each other.

If we are to run a check on the people you are following on social media, what will we find? What godly value are the people on your timeline adding to your life? Apostle Paul said; ‘follow me as I follow Christ’, the people you are following on social media, are they following Christ?
I hope you know that you become what/who you follow. You are a sum total of all the people you are following because they deposit a part of themselves in you. Like it or not, these things matter.

I banned the watching of some TV shows in my house because they are not of any eternal value to either me or the children I am raising and it is not entertainment in any form. What value is KUWTK adding to the life of a son of God?
These things might seem trivial to some, but remember that scripture admonishes you to guard your salvation. See, it is possible for someone to lose their salvation. There are many people parading themselves as Christians, but in the reality of it, they have lost their salvation.

You have to be careful who and what you follow on social media. But while doing that, you also have to be sure that you are not part of the danger on social media.
“Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do and the God of peace will be with you.”

Amen!