An Offering

This is it, this is me,

I have nothing to offer you,

I have no money,

I have no special gifts

I have nothing… save myself,

and even that was a gift from you.

I simply give it back to you,

and hope its worth something.

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AMAZING ONE

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In awe of the greatness f God,

even in my darkest of days, he is my light.

That ray of sun, that glimmer of hope.

Lighting up the corners of my life.

where fear has taken a hold of me.

He gave me back my smile,

and added an endless supply of Joy.

I’d be ungrateful to forget the root of my smile.

My God is truly the Amazing one,

He proves this in all the little things.

Jehovah Nissi is the Amazing One.

 

‘Two Thousand and Serving Things’

 This Feature was written by Mrs Adetola Shomoye, who enrolled for an online writing course I facilitated. Enjoy, it seems like the rightest way to start the new year.
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  • The much awaited New Year is finally here. I tag it: Two Thousand and Serving Things 2017.
    The preceding Year 2016 was a year I dubbed Two Thousand and Seize Things. Truth be told, I did not want Year 2016 to come to an end. I must say, I truly enjoyed the year. I seized and owned a lot of things: my joy, time spent with family, serving in church (just to mention a few things). I then came to the realization that old wine is truly more preferred for no man straightway opts for new wine. Then again, new wine is full of possibilities: time for maturation which heralds a process full of adventure and new beginnings.
    It was on this note that I welcomed the New Year with outstretched arms.
    My expectations for this New Year are two-fold: ‘Family and Career’. I usually say to
    myself, ‘my family is my career and my job is my hobby’. So in a strict sense I look forward to a family focused New Year.
    I desire to see a progression in family bonding hinging on very deep spiritual principles like giving, compassion and honesty/integrity. This step I hope would create a moral pathway, as my children blossom, that becomes a family root unshaken by external forces and influences.
    Secondly, I hope for a fulfilling New Year cushioned with a promotion at my current job. I know it will be a busy year with the line-up of activities at the company I work for, but I am hopeful that all projects will be executed timely and within budget.
    I believe my expectations are achievable, my family is at the center of my attention and my job is fun. I pledge my dedication to my family and my service to my company.
    #Servingwiththerightheartandpurejoy.

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.

 

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?

 

 

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.