I Don’t Regret It

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I was sat in a car with a long time friend of my friends, in my usual manner, I engaged him in conversation.

while we spoke my friend was at the bank. They had gone through about 20 something years of friendship and it seemed they were prepared to go another 50.

He said to me, “I am wealthy, because if I come to Abuja where my friend lives and he helps me out with a problem causing me less hassle, that’s wealthy and when I do the same for him, he’s wealthy”

” wealth is more than just material things”

He went further to explain that all his friends found God at an early age hence, it was easy for them to grow in that grace. especially being Instrumentalists in the church choir.

And then I asked, if you could go back. would you change anything at all? and he said. “No! not a single thing.”

How many people have lived life to a certain point before realizing that all they were focused on wasn’t worth it? many is my guess.

I think it’s time to begin to influence the generation coming after us, to be a generation of no regrets. smart minded focused individuals with enough spirit to pursue God.

Its time for us to also start living with no regrets.

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I Will Not Trifle with God

ACTS 5:11 “by this time the whole church, and in fact, everyone who heard of these things had a healthy respect for God. They knew God was not to be ‘Trifled’ with

The reason why this verse excites me so is beyond me. I am literally physically excited about it. I assume I’ve seen it before in passing but hadn’t taken the time to fully understand it.

Today God is almost painted as some fairy granting genie that simply lives to fulfil all of our heart’s wishes and desires, but he needs nothing from us because obviously, he’s there to ‘serve’ us.

And quite frankly it has sickened me to know that in this present times, ‘Christians’ don’t know their God! How can? Then what are you doing? How are you surviving? Whom do you serve?

Before I get too derailed by my musings, it’s very simple what I came across, God is to be revered in ‘AWE’ this could also mean ‘Great wonder’ and isn’t that just right? We have the chance to have a relationship with the creator of the whole ‘entire’ world, and we don’t reverence the time we spend with him? This is assuming we spend any time at all.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s not a magical creature that lives in a magical land that simply grants wishes, neither is he some fat guy who sits on a chair waiting to strike thunder and lightning once angered. He is a powerful creator, innovator, business oriented, contract respecting, word speaking absolutely amazing, simply incredible, super strategic being that knows all and plans for all. And I’m just trying to scratch the surface here.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s a remarkably interesting and interested father, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, covered in light that can’t be comprehended by darkness, fully powerful, needing only his words to set things going and aright. I still haven’t got anywhere but that same surface.

God is not to be trifled with, everlasting King, God of all flesh, (all 7 billion + of them) savior of the whole world, to be honest I’m a bit lost for what to say to convey my message here.

Need I say more though? Haven’t we heard enough about God, seen enough about his works to worship him always in Holy reverence? What more must you see? Didn’t you wake up? What other evidence to you need before you realize that God is not to be trifled with?

I am personally glad that we don’t serve ‘dagon’ an absolutely balance-less god, or ‘baal’ the deaf one, or even ‘asherah’ that’s just straight up creepy and weird.

But we serve an awesome wonder, a father that loves us so much he gave his all to gain us back into his love, he plans for us include A-Z, plan where we have no plan, plan where our plan fails, plan where our plans aren’t activated, plans to save us from ourselves, plans to save us from the devil, plans to save us from any strange desires and wiles and many more.

A free giving King, so giving that he forgives instantly all confessed wrongs, he doesn’t condemn, only corrects. Fearful! Is this God that sits upon the throne in heaven as the angelic hosts, the 24 elders and more are in constant worship of him.

The word trifle, could mean to toy with someone, to waste. When we say God we mean all 3 awesome beings! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit! (Powerful combination this 3, haven’t seen any like these anywhere)

The most humble being who will never share his glory with anyone, he literally shared everything else with his creation. What more do we need to understand not to trifle with our God?

Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever.”

Law to Grace (Quality Sacrifice)

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I love the grace the death and resurrection of Jesus brought us.

No more are we to offer animal sacrifices to wipe away our sins, show our gratitude, to atone for our misdeeds and clean our uncleanliness

A quick read of the book of Leviticus will explain just how much time, effort, precision, and obedience was dedicated into offering a sacrifice.

Now my point, even if the type of sacrifices we offer to God has been changed, God doesn’t need for the quality of the sacrifice to change.

Then only the high priest was allowed into the Holies of Holies, but not anymore, now we have so free an access it’s like driving down an express road in Abuja.

However, even if so many things are changed, God still requires that we give him our best as sacrifices, I’m talking giving 100% attention, 100% effort, and 100% obedience, we may not slaughter animals anymore but we forget that those sacrifices to an extent were more about Gods relationship with his people than the animals.

God is not looking for people to give him the rest of their time, obedience and effort. He’s looking to be given the best of your time, obedience and effort.

100% all the way!

The fact that we are not offering unblemished 8 day old lambs as thanksgiving offerings, doesn’t mean we can’t give sacrifices that are equally as worthy.

 

God is More!

 

What are you hungry for?

The new Job?

The more money?

The life partner?

That promotion?

That child?

What are you really desperate for? Search yourself.

It doesn’t matter what you want or come up with,

God is more! Much more than a new car, a nice house,

A good/great husband, a nice house and

all the riches in the earth put together.

God is more! God is more!, God is more!

Let somebody know today that God is more.

Jesus-The-High-Priest

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I always wondered what was so significant about the woman with the issue of blood till I read Leviticus 15; 25-30, where God describes in detail to his servants how to atone for uncleanness after bodily discharge and in a woman’s case, after her menstruation.

 If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, but not at the time of her monthly period, or has a discharge that continues beyond the time of her period, she is unclean the same as during the time of her period. Every bed on which she lies during the time of the discharge and everything on which she sits becomes unclean the same as in her monthly period. Anyone who touches these things becomes unclean and must wash his clothes and bathe in water; he remains unclean until evening.

“When she is cleansed from her discharge, she is to count off seven days; then she is clean. On the eighth day she is to take two doves or two pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The priest will offer one for an Absolution-Offering and the other for a Whole-Burnt-Offering. The priest will make atonement for her in the presence of God because of the discharge that made her unclean.

Now after reading this, imagine what this woman had been through for 12 years, probably isolated from her family, and then the doctors were not exactly helping matters, all this is minus that natural irritation we women feel once we feel the discharge of blood.

Now when she touched the hem of the garment what happened? She placed her uncleanliness on Jesus in exchange for his “cleanliness” therefore Jesus noticed the power that left him because he at that moment acted the role of the high priest and savior.

How is this possible, Jesus told the woman in mark 5: 34

 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”

By telling her she was healed he took the blame for the Pidgeon or dove she would have had to sacrifice on the 8th day of her cleansing, freeing her, and thereby taking care of the absolution offering.

He then said whole, which literally takes away the need for the whole burnt offering she would have had to give.

Jesus coming took away the need for the animal sacrifices and doing what he did for that woman was his own form of a sneak peek into the finale that was to come at the cross.

 

Imagine the grace we are enjoying?

 

 

My Heart’s Cry

 

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I need you to live in me Holy Spirit

To be to me every breath I breathe.

I want to meet Jesus,

Not later after I die, but right now.

In my bedroom, here on earth as I

Press my head to the floor and my knees are bent.

I want to know God, to understand his mind,

To understand his principles and to operate under

The wisdom he gives through the Holy Spirit.
Whos with me?

Breaking Point

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Whats your limit?

What’s your breaking point? I am currently sitting in mine now, I literally have had enough! Enough of it all, I was so discouraged, my heart was sad and it told my brain who told my eyes to cry.

I figure everyone has one of these days, days where they just get tired of pushing away all the hurt and masking it with a smile, days where you’ve just had it!

Days where you want to demand that things have to get better from here on out, days where you want to smile genuinely and actually know that your heart is light.

I’m at this point this minute, I want things to get better, I demand that things get better, I insist that its time for me to be happy, time for me to enjoy all the benefits, I’m no less than all those who have it going well for them, I just need to be out of this whole thing.

As I tear up about to cry to God to change this whole business for my sake, I decide to play a song, reminding myself of God’s love that never fails, never gives up and never runs out on me.

Instead as I sing about God’s gloriousness, I think to myself, maybe this is where I’m meant to be right now, maybe this “breaking point” is merely a wakeup call for me to trust God more, maybe, just maybe my breakthrough is around the corner and all of this will soon pass as all adversities do.

After all, if he did it before, he can do it again.

Outpouring Of My Heart

 

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If you have to think then you haven’t experienced it.

Nobody needs to educate you if you know.

For you to know, you need first to acknowledge.

And for that to happen you need understanding.

Isn’t that what we all crave?

Understanding, wisdom and knowledge.

But I won’t drift too far, it’s pretty simple.

I can testify of Gods goodness and grace over my life.

Nobody educated me for me to know I woke up in the morning.

I first acknowledged that I don’t own my own life,

So I understood that he that gives life, gave me the privilege of breath.

It’s pretty simple really.

I don’t have to think too far because with every passing moment,

With every passing breath of my life, I can feel God’s goodness,

I am bold to say that I am a beneficiary of an amazing love,

A love so incredible, it literally keeps on giving regardless.

Regardless of my pitiful selfishness, my myopic stupidity

Nor my remarkably extensive record of wrong.

I feel the need to take a deep breath, the more I talk, the clearer it becomes

Like I am still not fully acquitted with this love I speak of, like I have not yet reached

The level of its extremity.

I can only wonder what’s in store if I’m only scratching the surface for now, don’t you?

Great God

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I’m thinking God is great

I’m feeling God is great,

I’m knowing God is great

Surely God is great.

 

There must be other things to talk about you say

Other than the greatness of God

Other songs to sing about you say again

 

The angels in heaven have sang the same song

In generations past and more to come.

Surely Gods greatness is big enough to span a lifetime.

 

Simply thinking on it make me smile

Just 1 thought generates a multitude of emotions

I’m thinking God is great,

I can see that God is great.

The Right Way

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As I picked up my laptop, I already knew what exactly I was gunning for, I was going to watch (again for the umpteenth time) the very last episode of Rookie Blue (S06E11)

Now the thing is not about what I’m watching but how many times I’ve watched it simply because it moves me, I once more get immersed into the characters, their tragedies, their joys, losses, laughter and tears, I’m flooded again with emotions as I watch my favourite characters exchange their vows, I start to remember their back story, how they got here and it is so well acted that I find myself laughing at their “intentional mistakes”. Every time I watch it again, I feel all these feelings afresh and I love it.

Which made me think, is this the same way I get when reading my bible? Do I fully allow myself to get carried away by the characters, the dialogue, the several themes that come to play, the lows, the highs, the mistakes and the lies, the good, the excellent the joyful and much more?  Do I let the knowledge of the parts I have read sink in me so much so that I can give a full account whenever I am called? Have I allowed myself to enjoy God’s word so much so that I don’t want to set it down from me, have I allowed myself to engage with God the way I engage with the movies, do I give my apt attention as I do an hour long series of 10 episodes per season for 6 seasons?

I could go on and on but I think my point is already on its way to being made, how much energy do we focus on the things that should matter and how much energy do we focus on the things that don’t? Almost seems to me like we have misplaced priorities, which is why we are texting when we are meant to be studying the word or even “instagraming” while a preacher is speaking the mind of God.

Nobody is perfect and we all fall short of the Glory of God, however it is one thing to fall short and get back up, and another to fall short and stay short of this Glory.

Isn’t it time we started doing things right way?