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!

Monday, 31 July 2017

A CHARGE TO SONS

Very recently, God began to instruct me to send people (new converts, friends, mentees et al) to some certain assemblies as He directs me while speaking with me. Now as a pastor over a growing assembly, this is a very hard thing to do. On the one hand, I am looking at the size of the congregation and asking that God grows us, but on the other hand, I am sure that He is asking me to send some of these new converts and friends to other ministries as instructed.

One of the guys kept asking me for the direction to our assembly and I knew where God needed him to be, so I gave him the directions to the assembly that God was leading him to and told him that it was a branch of our ministry. I’m sure he was shocked as the ministry doesn’t bear the same name as the one I pastor.
More than ever before, I know for a fact that the Father is seeking for a body that is unified in purpose not divided along the lines of denomination or religion, but a unified body of Christ.

There are things that we have received both individually and as an assembly as pertains to the heart of the Father in this season and it is amazing to know that all across the face of the earth, many are receiving the same instructions.
The Father has stepped out by Himself and the barriers of denominations are broken.

So I committed myself verbally to Him and agreed that for every time we go out and men are drawn to the Father, we will commit them unto worthy sons within that vicinity to disciple them and trust God the He will lead the men whom we are to disciple to us. So far, the results have blown my mind. Our numbers within my local assembly are not yet what the Lord showed me, but we have built a network of brethren all across the nation such that if we were to gather, it will be quite a big family gathering and the love shared amongst these men is just beyond words.
I believe that a new breed of people need to arise, sons whose main drive is to seek the Father and to do the will of our Master.

Selah!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

MY JOURNEY

Recently the Lord began to deal with me on timidity. It didn’t make sense to me at first because I thought I always said my mind at every point in time however, you don’t argue with God when He is at work in your life so… I jejely kept learning my lessons.
First I got into someone’s office and was talking and the guy kept straining to hear me (now in my mind, my voice was high, apparently it was only in my mind). The guy had to ask me to speak up or leave his office (you can imagine the embarrassment).
I left that office that day wondering what just happened and the Lord pointed me back to the lessons He was trying to teach me. If you are going to be My voice to the Nations, times are going to arise when I will need you to confront issues/people/institutions bigger and greater than you and I will not have you get there timid.
Thus my journey to overcoming timidity started, I have been on that path for a while now, some progress has been made, but that is a journey I may or may not share in the future however I thought to share one aspect of that journey today.
Remember I said in one of my recent posts that I have been introspecting. Well, I thought to trace the history of the timidity and I was surprised by what I found.
Most people in my generation can relate with being beaten for any and every reason. Some of us could have been fantastic footballers earning big money if not for the rod of correction that kept us shielding our skills. I personally was flogged for everything, just think about it and it was reason enough for my dad to flog you. My second sister Oma and I had the better share of the beatings. I remember asking my mum who my dad was as I was convinced that for my dad to flog me as much as he did, then he wasn’t my real dad.
The cane from those days partly made me the reasonable man I am today, but it also left some scars. I realized that the timidity only shows up when there is an authority figure before me hence anyone that stands in a father figure or office of authority over me, I tend to stay away from them. This didn’t change the love I have for them, however an experience from the past had framed the way I viewed fathers/authority figures. For me, they were to be observed from a distance.
There are some people in my life, when people hear me talk about them, they wonder how that can be possible as they never see me around those people. Even I didn’t know the reason why until God revealed this to me recently.
So, I remembered a conversation I had with my dad before he went to be with the Lord and he said to me “Nna, I am so proud of the man you have become. I am convinced that you will lead many people to Christ and nurture them in the true knowledge of God. Religion and denomination will draw many away from Christ but if Christ remains your focus, you will journey farther in Him. Forgive me of my excesses, that was the only way I knew how to raise you but I know that you now know that I did all of that in love”.
I remember telling him that I had forgiven him of all the supposed wrongs he did me and that I loved him. He held my hands and prayed for me before I came back to Lagos.
God had to bring me back here to show me that the thing I was afraid of had a lot of respect for me. Wow!!!
So today, I raise a glass to the new bold me, not cowering away in the face of authority, challenging the things I think should be challenged within limits that I will set for myself. Saying those things that some are afraid to say, taking up the assignment that has been laid before me.
 
Today I present to you….
THE BOLD ME

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

HE IS WAITING

For a while now, my prayer has been that God will redeem and save His church. It has been and still is a burning desire in my heart that the state of the body of Christ becomes more like what the Master instituted it to be other than the charade it currently is in most aspects. I have met quite a number of people who are dissatisfied with the current state of things and have resorted to seeking out God for themselves and I must confess that fellowshipping with these people, I can tell that they are indeed finding God. I have also met quite a few people who are dissatisfied with the current state of things, but for one reason or the other, are unable to make a move towards discovering what the Truth really is. You see, scripture wasn’t kidding when it said that you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free. Freedom being the key word here.
I for one have been on a long journey of both self and God discovery, and I understand that it can be a precarious journey if you travel that path alone. God graciously sent me men at every turn to either pray with me or fast with me or study with me or just stay there in the place of worship and soak in His presence. We learnt together, journeyed together, taught one another and grew (still growing) together in Him.
I began to understand the love of God which passes all human understanding. The meaning of “fellowship of brethren” which must not be forsaken became clearer and more distinct. We would bump into one another by the roadside or after a meeting and would spend another 2 to 3 hours sharing and dissecting the word and after each meeting, there is a burning desire to go back and spend more time in the place of prayer, study and meditation.
I sense that there are a couple of people out there who are dissatisfied with what they are currently being fed in their local assemblies and there is a burning desire, a yearn in your heart to know more of God. Constantly you try to reach out to Him and sometimes, He does show up in your local assembly but He’s cut off cos’ the allotted time for worship is 15mins and the counter has buzzed red and you are thinking ‘but the Father was just about to step in…’
I know that feeling, and I would like to help you work through it. By the grace of God, I discovered platforms and created some platforms that has helped and is still helping dissatisfied, hungry believers discover God on a whole new level and I am willing to share information with you if you are willing to reach out.
Please note that this decision will pull you out of your comfort zone and challenge most things you have known at the core of your believe system, but it will draw you closer to the Father and you will discover Him for yourself.
My favourite scripture John 4:23 But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
There are depths in glory that are only open to those whom the Father seeks to worship Him. The burning desire for God in your heart was put there by Him because He is seeking for you to draw nearer to Him. Come out from the outer courts where the masses are and enter behind the veil.
The Master is waiting…