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Sunday isn’t enough

image: flickr - Jason White

image: Jason White (flickr)

Even as a Christian, don’t make the mistake of believing that your acknowledgment of God is the end of the journey.

The journey has only just begun.

You are no longer the same, in fact you will spend the rest of your life being changed forever.
You are created with such intricacy, such specific detail – nothing in this world can ever fill the void – this world alone is insufficient for you.

There are things hidden within you that only God knows about.
There are joys and rays of peace you strive for, and God has kept them in a secret and lovely place.

There is no one person without a destiny in Christ; as wretched as you may think you are, or think the next person is. God carefully designed this unique vessel, this God-inspired creation, for His own joy of loving us and the incomparable, indescribable joy of being loved by the Father.

So I encourage you today, to return to that secret place, the place that God called Jacob back to, so many times. The place where God first met with you.

 

Don’t ever be too busy for God, He is your sustenance – without Him, you will run out of steam. Sunday isn’t enough, everyday you must desire to rekindle that special love between you and the Father – spending time with Him in your own special way.

And if you don’t know Him, He has been waiting to know you all of your life.

Wanting to know God, is enough to begin the journey.

Pray this prayer with me: Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I’m a sinner. And I ask for your forgiveness. I believe your son, Jesus, died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins. I repent of my sins. I invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow you as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What 2 Watch: Can I lose my salvation?

Chase God tv, is one YouTube channel which God has used to edify me, immensely, when I wanted to serve God and I didn’t know where to go for guidance, (partly because I didn’t go to church at that point – if I remember correctly) I did a little browsing on YouTube and the blessings have not ceased.

A scripture to definitely take away from this video Romans 8:34 – 39

34 Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, appealing to God for us. 35 Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? 36 As it is written in the Scriptures:

“For you we are in danger of death all the time.

People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” Psalm 44:22

37 But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. 38 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, 39 nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

And please remember that in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation, sin has lost its sting, so if you fall, seek God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ, don’t live in guilt, but live victorious, because of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s love for you.

God bless you, Amen in Jesus name.

Spokenword Sunday – Love

he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not-1He loves me

He loves me not

He loves me

He loves me not so much that he can say those three words

But I know he must

Cah, the way he looks at me, could be mistaken for lust

But I see the truth in those lies and I hope one day to find the prize hidden in all these disappointments

I know I can make a difference,

I see so much potential in you, though you have no prospects

You talk down to me and I’m the one tryna bring you up to my level,

In my fairy-tale you’re the handsome, teary eyed guy in the suit that lifts my veil.

Actually, I’m pretty sure that I’m too good for you, and maybe I’ll just move on to your friend or two,

But I’m afraid things won’t work out with them,

And I might get paranoid and start thinking I was right when I said Its me and not you.

If you like it then you should have put a ring on it,but I’m dangerously in love and I’ll countdown till your love’s on top so we can be together till the end of time, don’t be the best thing I never had.

Seems like Beyonce’s just as confused as I am.

But God is not a God of confusion, so who is really the source of this vision?

The one I could have made up, I was so desperate for love.

The thirst has created a bunch of zombie wifeys

Weaved out, high heeled to breaking point and tired of celebrating valentines but no anniversaries

Saying no thank you to the bread of life and never-ending well of water spring

Yes please, I’ll have the heartbreak, abuse and unwanted pregnancies.

Sad but true that some people choose to play this game,

Single and ready to mingle, it’s a shame…

But he’ll change, I know he’ll change.

No surprise when things stay the same…

You should know that you’re worth more than rubies

A product of the creator’s design

You deserve more than empty apologies.

I pray as women of God, we seek the patience to wait,

Like Rebekah, Rachel , Hannah, Ruth

Whether He loves me or he love me not

I know one truth

God loves me more

What 2 Watch – Breaking ungodly soul ties

This video a must watch for anyone who has ever put something or someone else before God, who has ever been obsessed with anything or anyone, felt trapped, attached or addicted in any shape or form – so most if not all of us, previously or presently. To overcome and avoid this occurrence in the future and to break the devil’s false stronghold over us I pray you will watch this video, ask for forgiveness from God and denounce every ungodly soul tie, bondage, yoke, stronghold and burden in your life today in Jesus name amen. Oh and just a final word, you can have godly soul ties too, but don’t depend on man and things, depend on God…

Matthew 11:29 – 30 (NKJV)

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Leah’s story: Genesis 29: 1 – 35 (NKJV)

Prayer for God’s forgiveness: Psalm 51 (NKJV)

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. 18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

amen in Jesus mighty merciful name

Spokenword Sunday – Pleasing God

Psalm 1:1-6

I’m pleased because of how your 1st class degree in biomedical science,

Hasn’t stopped you from being an usher,

How you raise you head high, directing others to the altar.

I’m pleased because of how you fear no evil in my name,

And rebuke demons through my grace.

You don’t shudder, when darkness lurks,

A child of light, my Father does unimaginable works.

I’m pleased by your ability to sit quietly,

Even when you think that you are right,

Better still when you know you are.

I’m pleased with you, for the persecution you took for my name’s sake

The odd stares and the empty sympathising from the lost,

The shaking of heads, as they carry sins weight.

I’m pleased because you turned down that six figure salary,

Because they asked you to dishonour the Sabbath,

You said “everyday is holy, but you should understand, Sunday is like Father’s day to me”.

I’m please because you’re slow to speak and slow to anger,

I’m pleased when you say “na thanks”, to the most sort after invitation to the party of the year.

I’m pleased because you didn’t approach Brother A,

Despite your craving emotions,

Even if he did smile at you a little longer than the others.

I’m pleased because you respected Sister B, all the way to the altar,

Abstaining and patiently waiting, without falter.

I’m pleased with your boldness among those who believe the least,

You boast about your God and shame the beast.

And your humility among those who believe the most,

Humble servant of Lord of hosts.

I’m pleased with you for giving up your favourite tv show,

Fasting, and putting your body under control

I’m pleased by how little the pride you acquire, and how great your gratefulness for my grace and sacrifice,

That I admire.

And when my father sends me, on the day of judgement,

I will know you, and I will speak merrily of you,

Because I’m so pleased with you.

Amen

We the Lazarus of Today

Post foundation scriptures John 11 – 12, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 4:15 and Psalm 145:18 – 19

I thank God for this day, the 02/11/2012, because I can say with all sincerity that I only just came to realise that I am truly a born again Christian. Yes I often said it, and I knew what it meant to be a born again Christian, sort of, but never have I believed it wholeheartedly as I do today and I pray that henceforth, this revelation and understanding will never leave my mind and spirit and others’ who come to know it in Jesus name. amen.

So I came across this video on the P4CM website and it moved me immensely into writing this blog post, just so the message would be able to reach more people and change more lives. The minister, I believe his name is Chris Davis, dissected the word of God and unpicked it into a massive revelation, and I thank God for doing this through him. His sermon was about the death and resurrection of Lazarus by Christ’s command John chapter 11 and 12–  I won’t go into much detail about this because he explains it more than efficiently. But basically Jesus rose Lazarus from the death and people came from all over to witness the miracle. And I urge everyone who reads this post to click on one of the multiple links to a recording of the sermon.

Our stories are so severe, so filthy and soaked in sin, so fleshy and disgraceful, bringing shame upon who we were, to the point that we can say we were dead, walking corpses. Our sin had killed us, flesh, mind, spirit – the sin we relished in committing,  we pursued, we loved to portray before others, now we hate and fight against because then we were dead, and we now live through the merciful grace of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. We are therefore living testimonies of Christ’s grace. Every breath that we take is a testimony of God’s mercy and love and how Christ made it possible for the dead to rise and to be born again.

That is why he told us to rejoice in our weaknesses,

‘He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (WEB)

because they glorify God and anger the devil. He has promised not to leave us in our time of need Psalms 145:18 – 19, so every trial, every obstacle is just an opportunity for God to show his glory through our deliverance. That is not to say that we should sin carelessly, and dwell in our wickedness, but to know that whenever the devil is tempting us, the glory of God is near, and we have been given the strength to overcome through Christ Jesus . If sin is hidden and not confronted it glorifies the devil, but once the light is shed upon it and it is revealed, it glorifies God because it will not, should not remain in the state it was, thus depicting God’s transforming power in our lives.

Think about it like this; Wow Damilola has a blog about Christian dating, Who which Damilola? The one that slept with him, him and him? The one that used to drink like a fish and still manage to stand up relatively straight, the one that you’d find on the dance floor at every rave, She is writing a blog about Christian dating? I don’t believe you. I have to see this for myself…

So as said in the sermon I was listening to on P4CM.com titled  ‘unbelievable work of Christ –are people coming to meet Jesus because of the work he’s done and [is] doing in your life, and if you never said another single word does your life speak about what Jesus has done to you and in you?” This is my new approach to life, to glorify God in my living everyday, even at the expense of my pride and lustful desires. “Our focus should not be on being pietist, dutiful, but rather a demonstration, a work of Jesus’ transforming power and glory.” I’d spent so much time being disgusted with myself, feeling ashamed and trapped in desperation and self-pity, that I didn’t even realise when God had delivered me out of the devil’s hands. We will always be sinners, this I am still coming to terms with, but where I was and where I am even today, still far from where I will be, is a manifestation of God’s grace and his love.

‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Hebrew 4:15 – 16 (NCV)

I truly believe, not necessarily because of this blog or the fact that I am more conscious of what is right and what is wrong, but because of where I’ve come from, my weaknesses, I know I am now being born again through Christ’ salvation. It frightens me to now know that God thought my life valuable enough to include himself in it and save me from death, I feel like I owe him so much and how better to show this than by living a life which makes others aware of the free gift of salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection. “I’m a walking biblical miracle”  – therefore continue to be a walking testimony, a walking manifestation of Jesus Christ’s saving grace. All that is not glorifying God, needs to be reborn, reformed, renewed by Christ’s blood.

And can I just mention that we really need to enjoy our time as single Christians, because I know if I was in a relationship right now, one this blog would not exist and two, I wouldn’t be so interested in the word of God – too busy chasing ‘my man’. So I just want to thank God for my singleness, though I may get lonely at times, it’s really saving my life and changing my perspective on life. Remember when life isn’t necessarily bad, but just not what you want despite your prayers, trust God, he has a plan. amen.