God

Pray

by Adenike Omosanya on

 

He said, constantly should I pray
Every day as I walk on the way
And on my bed at night even as I lay
So as to thrive and not fall prey
To the world and its perils, as cheerless as grey

These are warnings given by the creator
For thousands of years ago he gave us a vindicator
Yet right in our midst lurks the devil, the heinous predator
This fight is ours, we choose to lose or be a victor.

Though a choice had been given to us to make
But the decision is rightfully ours to take
From the options spread right before us even as a lake
Life and death – either one, we can’t eat and have our cake,
So we must follow the path each day we wake

The only thing we can find in God as a default
Is the undeserving love He gives as the result
Because reigning with him at the end is his utmost desire
And not until he gets us, will He ever retire.

Adenike Omosanya

Learning from the Ants 2

by Alexandra Akinnadeju on

Written by Alexandra Akinnadeju

The Unhygienic Competition

This piece is a continuation of my study with the ants, my little cousins and nephew.

My not so little nephew, Ayo; and my little female cousin, Bolu had this thing going throughout the holiday – a very special love-hate relationship. It all started when mom declared Bolu the best behaved kid of the season. What is not to love? Unlike the boys, she is not rambunctious (except when they are all after my phone); she doesn’t track dust or mud through the house after playing football; you need not force her to take her bath, wear a clean dress or wash the dirty one; there was no occasional bladder spillage before hitting the toilet – something the boys tagged puberty from excessive playfulness and disruption of bed time, whatever that means. She is all girl!

So Ayo tried to beat Bolu to it by being the best at his chores. Although there is no separation of chores by gender in my house, there is a pattern with room for overlap. The girls run the kitchen while the boys run errands mostly outside the house. In addition to keeping the sink empty of dirty plates, Bolu also ran errands. Ayo hated this interference because even out here he seems unable to shake off this kitchen champ. When trying to be first at running errands outdoor won’t do, he denied any attempt from Bolu to assist and when the praise singing didn’t turn in his favor, he became mean to her.

I’ve been in Ayo’s shoes, despising someone in school for being a know-it-all, envying someone at home or downright spiteful of someone in church ‘cause they appear to be everyone’s favourite. Sometimes we even pick on people for things they have no control over, like being taller than us, being prettier or having a better handwriting. Petty, isn’t it?

God gave us all diverse abilities as he saw fit Ephesians 4:7. That someone is getting the attention doesn’t mean we are less important. I did choose Ayo over Bolu for any errand, because he doesn’t mind getting dirty (and yes those were needed sometimes) plus he would sprint back and forth in record time. The chores result mostly in the meals then the dirty plates. My little nephew didn’t realize that; getting dirty, not being really interested in sink duties all day, sleeping late because of silly cartoons all add to the charm of who he is – our own little man!

So God loves us as much, equally, whether we are on Forbes list or just trying to be a regular at prayer meetings! If your day of praise-singing hasn’t arrived yet, don’t hate on those being celebrated; just wait your turn and be good in whatever you’re good at. Make sure you’re really good at something.

Rescued in advance

by Alexandra Akinnadeju on

Written by Alexandra Akinnadeju

I imagined this scene one afternoon and had a good laugh.

The throne room in heaven had the sons of God come to appear before. The devil showed up too.

God: So have you noticed my daughter, the beloved?
Satan: Yes, who can miss such a sight? Your son has totally made a fool of himself over her.
God: Smiling… He has always loved her even before the foundation of the world. The bride price has been paid and her garments ready. The date is already set for her grand homecoming and reception. I will call the whole universe as witness.
Satan: Don’t you see she is a little mess, all clumsy and such wretchedness? I notice how you make beauty out of the ashes she creates.
God: So you do notice her and miss nothing?
Satan: Isn’t she conspicuous? You have set her as a city on the hills!
God: I see you have been trying to go near her.
Satan: What! Not with all the truth you’ve armed her with. That I am but a vanquished foe, you tell her when to resist and when to run into the shadow of your wings.
God: So you are afraid of my little mess? Laughs beautifully.
Satan: Maybe if you…
God: My promises to her are non-negotiable. They are sealed forever!

Satan: I really meant no offence your royal majesty. I am actually here about Mr. Stone. He is a liar, a cheat, a murderer, not nice to the poor; yet you’ve placed a hedge around him. He doesn’t even believe in your son.
God: I love Him
Satan: But things are as bad as they can be with him.
God: His sins were already atoned for when my son died, rose up and presented his blood here in this altar
Satan: He is still a fornicator, swindler, a…
God: A thief…I know all of that. My beloved daughter, the one you call a mess, has also prayed for Him.
Satan: So he is untouchable too? You would see him go unpunished despite all he has done and is doing? Has he become one of yours too?
God: He hasn’t but he will!

Isaiah 1:18 KJV
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool
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John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Testimony or Fiction?

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Written by Oluwatosin Fatade

Testimony time, blessing time! Testimony time, overcomers’ time! Then comes the two minute window where people are either cajoled to remember what God has done or they are begged to forget or postpone their appearance. I particularly love it in places where you must have indicated earlier of your intention to testify before the service. But those places where the moderator seeks for testifiers at the testimony time, there are some category of people who will eventually come out to testify. Their opening statement usually goes thus; “I didn’t initially want to come out to testify, but…” it is those kinds of people you’ll eventually have to wrestle for the microphone or switch it off from technical unit when you lose the match.

The aim of any testimony should be to glorify God and encourage others. No one should ever intentionally or unintentionally intimidate the listeners with a testimony. It is not as much the content of the testimony that intimidates, but the manner of delivery. Many folks try to do some storytelling to make the testimony moving and legit. In the attempt to do such, many have delved into the realms of fiction and conjuring of tales. Not all details are needed for a testimony, just enough to bring God glory and encourage.
I also think not all testimonies are necessary. Nowhere in the scriptures are we told of an impending reversal or punishment if you fail to testify of the goodness of God. God daily loads us with benefits, we can’t tell of all the things he has done and is doing for us. We only end up telling of the few we consider big and on point. We must not be sensational in our service and devotion to God. Some benefits you receive are so obvious to all that if you go ahead to share it as a testimony, it will be nothing short of bragging and intimidation. We must apply wisdom in all our dealings.

When you mount the stage to share a testimony, what exactly is your aim? To edify others, or to impress, or to give glory to God? We are commanded to exhort and encourage others and build up their faith, testimonies if properly shared and delivered can achieve some of this.
Another point to take good note of is the temptation to make our testimonies sound like a cause and effect scheme. We attribute whatever we consider the testimony to be as a result of something we might have done recently or in the past; or something someone else did for us. Take a cue from the blind man who received his sight after meeting with Jesus. He testified before the Pharisees. He had no idea who Jesus really was or how He restored his sight. But he was clearly sure of one fact that he was blind, he met Jesus and his sight was restored (John 9). Say it as it is, always! That is different from when someone gets a new job and attributes it to the evangelism he just did the previous week. God does work in mysterious and unexplainable ways, the more reason we shouldn’t attempt to explain. Just say what has happened and how happy you are about it, no need to ascribe wrongly.

Yet another category is those who dubiously achieved something and decide to bribe God with the glory. If you cheated in your exams and aced, don’t come and testify in church that God gave you straight ‘A’s, don’t! If your scam scheme paid off for you, don’t come to give glory that God blessed your hustle.
My friend and brother, Adebayo said “a testimony shouldn’t turn into another sermon; you don’t suddenly become an authority on healing because you got healed”. Be truthful at all times, if you had problems conceiving and had to do In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), say it as it is – you did IVF and God worked through doctors to make it successful (not all IVF attempts are). Don’t climb to stage to confabulate stories of how you got pregnant by laying on of hands, you are not Mary and we don’t need another Saviour! You will end up achieving the opposite of edifying people when they find out the true story, and trust me, they will.

If God has really done something in your life and you would want to share, by all means do and make sure it is to give God all the glory and to edify others. The testimonies of changed lives after meeting with Jesus, or souls won to Christ on an outreached encourages me far more than some others. Jesus told His disciples when they returned from their first outreach to rejoice, not because demons fled and the sick were healed but because their names were written in heaven. We have bodily needs too, and signs and wonders are very desirable for us even here on earth; but the treasures we lay for ourselves in heaven are far more important and lasting.
Testimony moderators also need to learn not to coerce people. If it is testimony time and nobody offers to testify, pray and leave, stop reminding people that waking up and being alive is a testimony.

The Dominion Package – Part 2

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Taking Charge

In the first part of this write-up (read here), I have given reasons and scriptural backings to emphasize that authority and dominion on earth rests with man. All authority and power belongs to God, and He has graciously called us men as partners to wield this authority while here on earth. It is one thing to have power and authority, another to be aware of it (Part 1 dealt with this) and yet another thing to know how to use or enforce such powers (let’s deal with this right now).

Word, Prayer, Fellowship

There’s nothing we have that we did not receive (1 Corinthians 4:7), including authority and power. It will be foolhardy to disconnect from a power source. Jesus Christ, God who became man did not begin his power-packed mission on earth until He had exercised himself by fellowshipping with the Father. He fasted, prayed, studied, and retreated (Matthew 4:1-2). While His ministry went on, he did not rely on his pre-ministry spiritual exercise but rather he continued daily in fellowship with the Father – rising up a great deal before dawn, he withdrew himself and prayed.

Matt 14:23 KJV And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone

Luke 6:12 KJV And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Mark 1:35 KJV And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Put it to use

My father has a favourite saying as it concerns the Holy Spirit, “the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for show, it is power for service”. Jesus did not just possess authority and power, he used it. He didn’t organise a show or circus or an exhibition; rather he went about everywhere doing good – healing the sick, raising the dead, chasing out demons. Same as what the Apostles and early Christians did. You don’t receive authority and power just to hang it on a wall like a plaque or a medal, use it!

Acts 10:38 NLT And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Speak

There is power in the tongue, with it we will set the kingdom of darkness to flee. In creating the heavens and the earth, God spoke and things came to be (Genesis 1). God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy unto dry bones and they came to life when he did (Ezekiel 37); Jesus commanded the storm to cease and it obeyed (Mark 4:39), also told the devil to leave Him (who born the devil well make him no obey?)

Matt 4:10-11 NCV 10 Jesus said to the devil, “Go away from me, Satan! It is written in the Scriptures, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’11 So the devil left Jesus, and angels came and took care of him.

Rev 12:11 KJV And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Ps 149:6-9 KJV Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

Pray in the Spirit

Be obedient to God, let Him teach and guide you per time. You have to rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading. Pray in the Spirit always. There will be times and battles our earthly frame cannot fathom or comprehend or even become aware of, but the Spirit prompts and helps us to pray even about things we don’t know details of. We win more battles without knowing it when we pray in the Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit, we are being pro-active, not reactive. Don’t let things happen to you first before you get down to praying to have it corrected. You can with the Holy Spirit’s help go ahead to fix things such that they go on in a proper way.

Purge yourself of all filthiness

There’s an hedge around you friend and believer, one should never break lest you let the devil in. Sin grants the devil access into our lives to mess with us, to torment us, to accuse and to distract. While God has indeed promised and granted us forgiveness of sins and for sins, going on further to sin hinders us from impacting maximally and functioning as we should. We will have to deal with guilt, sometimes, consequences of whatever sin committed, distractions from observers or followers. It is no wonder then that the scriptures classifies sin along with ‘weights’ as things that can slow us down and hinder us. Ever tried running with baggage? Sure it’s not an easy task, travel light!

Heb 12:1 KJV Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Tim 2:4 KJV No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1 Cor 10:13 KJV  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

If we’d use God’s map for our lives mostly, we’ll hardly miss road but God provides an escape route with every temptation, stop waiting for the elevator. Run my dear, run!

You have the power, use it, get better at using it, keep exercising yourself spiritually unto godliness, drop excess luggage and remember not to pick up the unnecessaries. Focus!

 

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

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God’s “Never-Increasing” Love

by Admin on

God's Love

 

Have you ever wondered how much someone really loves you? If only there was a universal scale, an S.I unit? Maybe… We all arbitrarily, consciously/unconsciously administer tests in a bid to answer the question “how much?” as it pertains to love and relationships. The yardstick or plumb line differs from person to person. If a certain person was to undergo these tests from say 5 or 10 different people, we’d have 5 or 10 different scores.

The big question is how much does God love us? God loves us, all of us. This is the truth, don’t struggle with it, even if you don’t believe it.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, Jesus to us to die for us John 3:16. The definition of ‘the world’ here is totally inclusive of all of us. God demonstrated His love unto us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8-9 TLB

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since by his blood he did all this for us as sinners, how much more will he do for us now that he has declared us not guilty? Now he will save us from all of God’s wrath to come.

I hope you do have goose bumps right now, because I do!

He loves us while we were still governed by the sinful nature; neither the sinful nature nor our sins could stop Him from loving us.

He has loved us with an everlasting love (love that lasts for ever); He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He detests sins, filth, He cannot behold iniquity but HE loves you. There’s nothing, absolutely nothing you or I can do to make Him love us more than He already does; nor is there anything to make Him love us any less than He already does.

We can’t do anything to His love, we can’t wish it away, and we cannot cause it to flee. We didn’t earn this love, neither can we ever pay back, but we can respond appropriately. The appropriate response won’t be to try to love back in same measure but to just accept the love HE has offered and let that love drive you to ‘do’.

Have you ever been in love with someone who loves you too much, so much you can’t seem to ever match or measure up or return the favour? Trying to match always ends up in frustration. Always easier and more peaceful to just enjoy the love being dished out to you and give in return what you can.

Let’s say a father has an only child and he decides to hand over all of His bank accounts to the disposal of that child, ALL of his accounts (I’m talking liquid, solid and gaseous cash, assets, bonds, anything valuable, ALL of it! Ok I think you get it now). Now, imagine you’re married to that same only child and everything he owns happens to be at your disposal, everything, ALL. Nothing is off limits, nothing. Just name it and kaboom! So you’re the wife of this only child who has all of his father’s wealth in his custody and at your full disposal, and the father totally approves of this. So, how awkward do you think it is going to be if you, the wife, goes over to the father to ask for some more money? Well, you can actually, but here’s what you’ll find, he can’t give you more, because He’s already given you all even before you tied the knots with his only Son. Rather than ask for more, put what your husband, his son has custody of into more use, access it more. I’d say same of the Father’s love to us, demonstrated through his only begotten son Jesus, to whom we have tied the knots when we believe. We (altogether) are his bride and Yes, we have access to all the father has given him. Of him, the Father said on more than one occasion, ‘this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ Matt 3:17, 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17

So friends you see, it’s not that God doesn’t love you enough or doesn’t want to love you more; He CANNOT, because He already loves you with ALL he’s got! And this is regardless of your relationship status with Him – married, divorced, separated, complicated, civil partnership, friends with benefits – and any other type you’ve invented. Just accept that He loves you, even if you won’t love him back, that shouldn’t hurt, I guess. But imagine how peaceful you would really feel if loving Him back just a little was to be tried? Well, I can tell you I believe He loves me, I have no regrets accepting and I absolutely recommend that you do too! The peace that ensues is heart-warming and unbelievable! Ever heard of the phrase ‘too good to be true?’ This one fits that perfectly except for this fact, it’s true!

The Ten Commandments as delivered to Israel through Moses were summarised into two by Jesus. One was to love God, the second was to love your neighbour. We can for the purpose of this discourse summarise those two as one – LOVE. So we would be right to say God has commanded us to love. He hasn’t asked us to do what HE himself hasn’t already done. In fact, He asks less of us. He loves us unconditionally, even when not sure we would accept this love or return the favour. He died for all, the good, the bad and the ugly. There was yet nothing good about us when Christ died, but He was sure that the love he showed will draw men to Him. Truly, if there was ever anything that has today helped my firm resolve to follow God, it’s His love. It matters more to me than a thousand signs and wonders, His love endears me, and it is indeed ever present and never changing, constant in amount and intensity even through my changing range of emotions and responses.

Some seven or eight years back, I was in my 2nd or 3rd year in school and I was unimpressed with God and very disappointed. I just didn’t feel loved enough by Him, I decided to put God in the docks and won’t back down till I got answers. I made for the school chapel one evening after class, it was difficult to find a private spot in the arena always filled with people praying or singing or holding some meeting. I finally settled for an area close to the cemetery (others had avoided this area, it seemed perfect for me).

So I began my inquest, and like an interviewer-assisted questionnaire I began my interrogation. It felt like a monologue for a greater part of the whole time, I kept on ranting and fuming and expressing my frustration as much as I could. I even sought an instant sign, like a cloud, smoke, fire or even one of the tombstones would shake or open up. Nothing happened, nothing! Disappointment is an understatement to how I felt. Just then, several verses in the scriptures began to creep upon me and I was overwhelmed with a sense of ingratitude and guilt. My guilt wasn’t that I didn’t love Him back enough, but that I failed to see how much He already loves me. Swiftly, my interrogations turned to appreciation and acknowledgement of the proofs of His love to me. I left that place not feeling more loved but realising the unimaginable extent of God’s love to me.

Never hold any iota of doubt in your heart as it concerns God’s love to you, it is total and everlasting. If your sinful nature ± your sins did not hinder His love towards you before you believed or even if you are yet to believe, you can be rest assured that as a believer, nothing, absolutely nothing will make that love less. Becoming a believer will position you better to accepting this love rather than struggling with it. Freely embrace and enjoy a love that is too good to be true, but true.

 

Here’s a song that sums up these thoughts;

 

Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heavens above,

Deep, deep as the deepest sea, is my Saviour’s love;

I though so unworthy, still I’m a child of His care,

For His word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere!

 

Welcome to God’s everlasting and ‘never-increasing’ love!

 

Oluwatosin E. Fatade

© 2016

 

INCORRUPTIBLE SEED

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INCORRUPTIBLE SEEDS

No farmer plants maize and prepares for a harvest of tomatoes. You reap what is sown. The rule of seedtime and harvest stands true from inception of the universe to date.

God is an intentional sower, profit-oriented businessman who knows His onions. After making man in His image, he commanded them to be fruitful and to multiply.

As intentional and profit-oriented as God is, He is very patient, paying attention to the appropriate seedtime and relevant soil for planting. Having chosen these properly, He plants a viable seed, through His agents and waters the ground. The result is non-negotiable increase and productivity.

Consider these scriptures:

No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. 1 John 3:9 ISV

For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish – by the living and everlasting word of God. 1 Pet 1:23 ISV.

The above paint a picture of God’s surety in the seed He planted in us as a potent inhibitor of sinfulness, and much more than that – a viable precursor for godliness and holiness.

When the Pharisees challenged Jesus about His disciples not fasting, He responded by telling them the time would come when they would, He couldn’t pour new wine into old wineskins nor will HE plant viable seeds in a parched land. The ground must be ready, and HE wasn’t in any rush. Matt. 9:17

After Jesus ascended and was glorified following His resurrection, the disciples who had then received power by the Holy Ghost’s arrival did great signs and wonders. They no longer struggled, it was no longer a ‘big deal’. It appeared automated. Compare this experience with when Christ sent them out in twos and they also did signs and wonders – they returned amazed and thrilled that demons fled and healings occurred. But the time of wonders after the Holy Ghost empowered them was different – the seed had now been planted!

God plants in us a seed and then requires us to bear fruits. He baptizes us, gives us an earnest of His Spirit and then looks out for fruits (of the Spirit). The Spirit having made home in us becomes evident by means of the gifts.

It is by grace we are saved, freely received grace from God and we are saved unto good works which God created us for. Grace is given, good works are expected.

Christ was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Christ died and arose that we who live might no longer live unto ourselves but for Him who died for us – Holiness.

The seed of righteousness which God plants in us, should and will bear Holiness.

We do not struggle to produce these fruits, God plants, we and Him make sure the ground is good, fertile, ready and appropriate for increase.

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

KNOWING AND CHOOSING GOD’S WILL (PART 2)

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From age to age and through generations of the church, a recurrent vital question for the body of Christ is ‘how can we know God’s will or how do we hear from God’? All we get to hear from God are the very issues that matter to Him, His will, for us, for the world.

Does a young child learn to hear? No. So, how do they hear? They just do! That’s what ears are for (not just what you see outside which is the pinna – outer ear, there is the middle ear, inner ear with all its structure designed to hear). But does/can a child understand what is heard? Understanding and identifying the sounds heard definitely needs a guide, but there’s no special skill to hearing.

God speaks (communicates) always, like all of the time. But only those who have ears can hear. And only those with a guide or training or understanding can interpret what is heard. Dogs, birds, and all animals communicate too with their kind. An animal of a different specie will be lost when a similar group communicates.

We are made in God’s image and likeness, we have the mind of Christ…we belong to a family line, a common genealogy, we are born of God, we are not different species. Whosoever is born of God has God’s seed, God’s genes. When we come to Christ, we receive a new nature, we become regenerated. We possess all the intrinsic abilities of that new line – including the ability to hear. My sheep hear me and know my voice, and they follow me.

God’s will is made known to us as He communicates with us. How does He communicate?

Heb 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; KJV

…and even now by His Spirit.

Now, the Spirit as He pleases speaks, reveals to us, makes known to us God’s mind and purpose, by any way He deems fit 1 Cor. 2:7-16.

Consider these examples:

Samuel’s first encounter with God was through a voice, but he didn’t know, Eli had to help 1 Samuel 3: 4-10

Samuel heard God’s voice, but didn’t know it was God. After being put through by Eli, he didn’t need Eli anymore to recognise The Voice.

Gideon had a visit revealing God was on his side and victory was assured. Judges 6:11-24

The 2 Israeli spies to Jericho (Joshua & Caleb) just knew they would overcome, they just knew Numbers 14:6-7

Joseph dreamt of his glorious future, his reign and successes, but he did not know what those meant at the time Genesis 37.

Pilate’s wife had a dream about Christ, she tried to warn Pilate Matthew 27:19.

Ananias had a vision to go pray and minister to Saul Acts 9:9-12.

Peter was in a trance that led him to go minister to Cornelius Acts 10:9-20.

He employs diverse manners, still our new nature can decipher and decode them all. We may need to unlock several levels in this diversity by way of training and acquaintance. All humans that have ears can hear sounds, but some have unlocked the understanding of more than one language. For the unilingual ones, when a different language is being used in discussion, they hear, but do not understand. If they learn that new language, they also begin to understand.

You really will never be able to recognise God’s voice if you do not by constant use, training and familiarity acquaint yourself – in prayer, the word, meditation etc. God is ever-speaking, most times we hear, we just don’t register or recognise either by negligence or by outright incompetence. We miss out most times because we are somewhere in the middle of trying not to spiritualise every matter and waiting for some lofty and highfalutin manifestation. God isn’t out to confuse you, He will not tweak His voice or filter the way it sounds, He will speak in a known language, a familiar manner, one you are used to…He wants you to hear, that’s why He is speaking.

You also must have heard, ‘how do I differentiate God’s voice from mine and from the devil’s?’ Well, the new creature is a Spirit man, in God’s nature and image, for God is a Spirit. This Spirit man still dwells inside a body, and you as a person get to retain the freewill God has given unto all. So, basically, the devil appeals to your body – the flesh, never to the Spirit man, he (Satan) isn’t from our clan or specie, so he does not have the ability to communicate with our Spirit. God speaks to our Spirit. The Spirit and the flesh are in a continuous and constant battle, always at variance, they can never agree Galatians 5:17. You (your freewill) feeds either side as you choose, and the fed side prevails.

So, I put my body under, I subdue the flesh 1 Corinthians 9:27

Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the desires of the flesh Galatians 5:16

Until we exit this side of eternity and undress the corruptible gown for an incorruptible garment, we have a constant battle ongoing, and the victory of either side depends on our choices.

So, when your flesh is fed fat (by the love of the world, lust of the eyes, pride of life), it prevails and gets clear radio signals from the devil. When the Spirit is exercised in praying in the Spirit, feasting on the word, meditating in the word and sharpened by other Spirit-beings (believers), the Spirit prevails, becomes resonant to the frequency of God’s voice, the signal becomes sharp and clear, blurs out the ‘eddy currents’ of Satan’s suggestions.

After we come to Christ, we must give place, priority to renewing of the mind. For it is the mind that exercises the freewill of whether to feed the flesh or to uplift the Spirit. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds Romans 12:2. We receive the new nature and redemption by grace, the same grace which ticks the enable button of our minds to choose the feeding of the Spirit over the flesh. The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us to say NO to all unrighteousness Titus 2: 11-12

When your Spirit man has thus been lifted up and activated, the very desires you feel in your mind are in sync with God’s will, for your mind has been renewed. Jesus said, my meat is to do God’s will and accomplish what I have been sent to do John 4:34. His meat, His desire…it was no longer just God’s will, it had become His meat! Christ was and is in sync with the Father. So, you will not have to bother about differentiating God’s voice from your mind’s voice when you are in sync with Him. And when the devil is appealing to your body, you feel it not for that body is dead….peradventure you feel the appeal, your Spirit is energized to put it under and subdue it. When your computer’s Antivirus database is up to date and license still active, it clears the system of spam, junk and all sorts, and attacks ferociously any newly discovered virus. There is a measure of confidence with which you slot in a memory stick into such computer, knowing the Antivirus installed is capable.

The renewed mind of the Spirit man fears nothing, what can the devil do? Though fiery darts and arrows be shot, the whole armour of God is on standby, fully equipped with an arsenal of both defensive and attacking options.

He who has an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit is saying.

God bless.

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

KNOWING AND CHOOSING GOD’S WILL (PART 1)

by Admin on

 

‘This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, this one will be called woman, for she was taken out of man’ Gen 2:23

That was Adam’s speech, not God’s. God saw that Adam had no companion and decided to make him one, He did. But God never told Adam ‘this is your wife’ or ‘here is your companion’. God brought the new person to Adam and Adam called her woman, Eve. It was Adam who named all the creatures including Eve. If he had named them all otherwise, it would have been so.

The provision was God’s, the choice was Adam’s.

Relax, this isn’t about choosing a life partner, it’s about choices. But that example is the foremost of choices made by man in history, hence the reference.

You must have heard about God’s will for you, His plans and how He won’t force you to any of those but allow you choose, all true. An age long and recurring question however is “How do I know God’s will?”

How did Adam know this woman God brought was to be His wife? Was there a prior discourse about God making Him one? I think not! But when Adam saw the woman – whom he so named, he knew. Adam and God resonated at a common frequency on that matter, talk of aligned minds. It wasn’t revealed by a dream or vision or voice or prior discussion, Adam just knew.

We know God’s mind and all hidden things by the Spirit. The Spirit of God in us ‘resonates’, ‘beeps’ and ‘affirms’ God’s will. What does your phone do when your Wi-fi is on and in range of a connection? What does your Guitar Tune App do when your plucked strings are in tune?

When you come into God’s will, the Spirit of God in you reaches out to God’s Spirit as if in a ‘fist pump or high-five’ of recognition.

The ultimate validation of every matter rests in the word of God. Test every spirit whether they be of God 1 John 4:1, hold fast to what is true. If so be that you have the Spirit of Christ, it will resonate with everything that springs forth from God and it will dissent with everything otherwise.

Every believer must by constant use and training develop in recognising the leading of the Spirit; must highly covet to discern Spirits and be grounded in the word which is the yardstick every manifestation of the Spirit is measured against.

The Spirit’s sole purpose is to glorify Jesus, the Spirit will not do anything on His own or anything contrary to the will of God. The Spirit aligns with the word. Our experiences will never invalidate the word or the Spirit’s move.

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), to the end that you may lay hold on things eternal and spiritual.

God is not in the business of leading people astray.

When we make an habit of delighting in the word and meditating, and being constant in prayers towards God, even our own desires and thoughts which flow from a renewed mind will be purely God’s will. As though God has performed a ‘thought – insertion’ of His will into us! You won’t be needing a special preparation or withdrawal, retreat or alienation just to find out God’s will, you’ll just know it!

A prophet or pastor or another believer might say things to you by the Spirit, if you act only based on another’s convictions, you will be in great doubt when any situation arises to test your stand on that matter. You will be quick to apportion blame to the conveyer of the message you acted upon. Know God thyself.

God doesn’t gossip. He delights in talking to you about you. Why will He primarily want to talk to you through another believer? Unless you are audibly unavailable or selectively unreachable and constantly ignoring His calls, or your receiver is on mute mode. And when He talks to you through others, it is for the sake of validation and establishment of what He must have told you. In the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses a matter is established. Many times, the other believer or witness, may not have an idea of the real meaning of the conveyed message, but you the primary target will know. It is also true that it is wise to seek and take godly counsel from other believers. When you receive counsel on a matter, it should establish what you have heard; if you get the counsel first having not heard anything prior, return and listen and validate the counsel with God’s word. God is not an author of confusion. You have His word, you have the inner witness – His very Spirit. Know God for thyself.

Hebrews 1:1-2 rightly noted that God spoke to our fathers through prophets, to the apostles by His Son. And verily now to us I add (I am not adding to scripture) that He speaks to us by His Spirit (directly, personally). So when another believer speaks a word to you from God, your Spirit should resonate in agreement, if indeed thou hast the Spirit of God. God is constantly and ever speaking, take a seat and listen. Always remember and let this give you confidence, God leads you right not only for your own good, but also for the sake of His reputation Psalm 23:4.

So friends, start with this post; does it resonate with your inner witness? Search the scriptures, are these things true? Hold fast to whatever is true and dispose the rest, and I think I also have the Spirit of God 1 Corinthians 7:40b.

Be Berean, be blessed!

Grace multiplied to you.

to be continued…

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

God NEVER fails!

by Admin on

Gen 15:1-10 TLB

 Afterwards Jehovah spoke to Abram in a vision, and this is what he told him: “Don’t be fearful, Abram, for I will defend you. And I will give you great blessings.” 2-3 But Abram replied, “O Lord Jehovah, what good are all your blessings when I have no son? For without a son, some other member of my household will inherit all my wealth.” 4 Then Jehovah told him, “No, no one else will be your heir, for you will have a son to inherit everything you own.” 5 Then God brought Abram outside beneath the night time sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that-too many to count!” 6 And Abram believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of his faith. 7 And he told him, “I am Jehovah who brought you out of the city of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land.” 8 But Abram replied, “O Lord Jehovah, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?” 9 Then Jehovah told him to take a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon, 10 and to slay them and to cut them apart down the middle, and to separate the halves, but not to divide the birds. 

Abram received a promise and sought further proof, then God asked him to get animals for sacrifice Genesis 15:8-9. God will fulfil His covenant with or without you, He only needs Him, He just wants you. So get in line if you will and want. A covenant was about to be made between God and Abraham. It was the usual practice at the time of covenants, to cut in half the animal(s) and the 2 parties would walk in the midst of the divided animal pieces. Walking amidst was a seal between the two, that they would not falter. And should either fail, the fate of being cut in half should befall the offender. Truth is, Abram cut the animals in twain, but he never walked in the midst. Only God walked in the midst.

God walked for two, should Abram fail or falter it’s on God, it’s binding on Him to still keep the covenant. While God walked amidst, guess what Abram was up to? – he was fast asleep. It was God who cast a deep sleep upon Abram, God knew what He was getting into. God swore by Himself. The covenant CANNOT be done away with, for God would bear its consequence alone and be divided into two!

Yes, Abram did break the promise (Gen 16), but the covenant still stood. God is faithful when we deny Him, He cannot deny Himself. God cannot deny that He walked through alone by purpose, by choice….knowing how undependable we are!

Yes, even though God had declared believing Abram righteous, He knew how undependable Abram will be at times. Did Abram fail? Yes! Did God abolish the covenant? ‘Lailai’ (No!)

You really think God will rest the responsibility of Christ’s lineage and coming upon mortals? Remember an important part of the promise is that all nations of the earth will be blessed through Abram’s offspring.

Rather than make Abram walk in the midst, God commanded him saying ‘Walk before me’

Gen 17:1 NIV

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty a; walk before me and be blameless.

Have you failed? Yes! It doesn’t matter, God will keep His promise, and you just GET IN LINE and ‘walk before Him’. And it’s not just that God won’t fail, He CANNOT!

Ps 89:33-35 NLT

33 But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. 34 No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said. 35 I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie:

God’s character remains the same from age to age, never changing, always faithful.

So rest on every promise God has proclaimed for He will surely bring it to pass.

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

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