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Hope: foe or ally?

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How long can a man survive without hope? If all hope was to be lost, would you live to see the next minute?

<em>take a man’s hope away and you take away his will to live.

The longest time breath held voluntarily (male) is 24 min 3.45 secs and was achieved by Aleix Segura Vendrell (Spain), in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 February 2016.

Aleix Segura Vendrell is a professional freediver. The attempt took place at the 17th Mediterranean Dive Show. (source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-time-breath-held-voluntarily-(male)

Humans cannot survive without oxygen. science has taught us that after about 6 minutes, the brain begins to die irreversibly if deprived of oxygen. How Vendrell achieved such feat is breath-taking literally! maybe science needs a review, as usual.

How long can a man survive without hope? If all hope was to be lost, would you live to see the next minute? It is impossible to answer this question correctly unless you’ve lost ALL hope at least once. Those who may have been able to help us are those who have taken their own lives in an irreversible act of suicide, but unfortunately they are no longer with us.

while there is life, there is hope.

There is that constant feeling that things will get better, that even if they don’t we will get better and find other ways to survive. Hope is a man’s best friend, a frustrated soul is quick to turn and cling to some fibres of hope, some wish that a turn around might be just around the corner.

I work in the hospital, and it is a daily affair to see people filled with hopes of recovery either for themselves or for a relative. Sometimes, hope delivers and meets expectations, other times, it doesn’t show up. Even at that, people still cling to it. They are quick to invoke a close cousin of hope, Fate. So often do we resort to fate whenever hope falls short. We accept and move on.


protracted hope wearies the soul.

Euthanasia is a difficult topic and raises a lot of ethical debate, many thanks to hope.
One time at work, a pregnant woman was to be operated upon urgently to ensure she and her baby stay fine. After the operation which I was a part of, the baby who at the time of delivery wasn’t responding as expected was still not showing any signs of improvement. The baby had already been resuscitated promptly by every means available. After a few more tries, the baby was still blue. We had done our best and hoped the supporting system instituted for the baby would eventually work. About 30 minutes later, there was a constant loud cry coming from the ward, it was the same baby, now all pink and responsive, as though nothing was ever wrong.
That example will make me always hang on for every other unresponsive baby, because, who knows, it just might make it too. No matter how many babies fail to make it eventually, the memory of that one who made it will breed hope.

Miracles, testimonies of turn-arounds breed hope and make people wait situations out. Hope is strongest when there are no other options. It is the currency of the penniless – more rightly, It is the currency of us all, most palpable when we’re down and out.

Situations that could easily have been put an end to linger and continue because we wait it out and cling to hope. This is no argument to support suicide or an attempt of it, but rather, situations of the living that we should totally turn our backs on. Let me give you a few examples:

Josephine has lost an arm, four teeth and all her pride. She related her ordeal yesterday, when we realised her wounds were inflicted on her by her husband. It’s been going on for 5 years, she had hoped he’ll change.

Coker has been married for four years now, with children. He wants a divorce. He can’t cope any longer. His spouse has remained the careless woman she has always been. He knew this even before they got married, he thought she’d outgrow it and become more responsible when she becomes a mother. He had hoped she’ll change.

Lanre left home at 5am on saturday morning. He was bent on getting fuel at all cost regardless of the fuel scarcity. He was confident that his early rise will yield. His fuel tank gauge was already lit with the warning sign. A hundred (100) meters later, he passed a filling station already having about 50 cars waiting in line even when the station was yet to open. “Just turn around and go home”, an inner voice told him. No, i’ll just check the next one, he thought. He repeated this thought at 1000m, 2000m and 5000m. The car has finally come to a halt and won’t start. It’s 5.45am and lanre has begun a compulsory jogging back home. He had hoped he’ll find fuel.

Fidelis has now made it to his final year in the 7th year of his 4 year course. He has the many industrial strikes and political ineptitude to thank for that. He finished top of his class and as the best graduating student in the university that year. His parents are well to do and had plans lined up for him to get additional qualifications outside the country. Fidelis was too patriotic for his parent’s liking. It is the reason he was just graduating after rejecting an opportunity to study abroad for his first degree. He has definitely learnt his lessons now, his dad told his mother at his convocation. Fidelis has hope to blame for staying back and finishing late; the same hope he clung to at the times he almost lost it. he had thought the new government were going to fulfill their promises.

Hope that here will soon be better is what keeps us from going there; hope that there will be greener, is what pushes us away from here.
Hope is a pill that must be taken for the right ailment, lest it becomes poison.

Yet, hope may really not be the problem or the enemy; but “hope in what or who” speaks volumes.
as long as hope lies in things uncertain and things powerless, it will shatter or be shattered, occasionally it will yield.
As for me, my hope is nowhere near this world or any of the things or people in it, not even myself. I have found undwindling hope, self-kindling in fact, in God alone, powered by Jesus, the Christ.

Sing with me if you will,

My hope is built on nothing else
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand.

I wish you the kind of hope that makes not ashamed.

Oluwatosin Fatade

KNOWING AND CHOOSING GOD’S WILL (PART 2)

by Admin on

 

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

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