Monday, 14 August 2017

How Are You Known in Your Neighbourhood?

Hello Readers & Followers. How is the new month going? Trust it's going well. It's being a while we read your comments even though we know you are reading. It would be nice to hear from you so, kindly take a moment to comment below or send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com. It would be lovely to hear from you.

As you all know that it's being a while that I have written on the blog, this is due to caring for my baby. Initially, I felt terrible for not being able to balance a number of things that I did with regards to my service to God. Nevertheless, God encouraged me with a scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says that there's a time for everything and everything on earth has its special season. With that encouragement, I made a decision to enjoy this season of my life and to be guided by the Holy Spirit on how and when I am to offer my service unto God. Sage and my husband have been really helpful with the blog; they ensured that articles were posted every Monday to build our faith. I pray the Lord will reward them accordingly in Jesus' name.

This week, I would like to encourage everyone of us to be a good neighbour and to consider how we are known in our neighbourhood. 

Do you know your neighbours? Do you know their names? If not, this week, I would like you to come out of your comfort zone or busy schedules and take a step by saying hello to your neighbours and introducing yourself to them. You may discover that you have common interests.

We can take a couple of lessons from the story of the good Samaritan where Jesus Christ encouraged us to go and be a good neighbour like the good Samaritan. 
For the benefit of those that are not familiar with the story, please click here (Luke 10:23-37) to read the story.  

A couple of lessons that we can implement from the good Samaritan are:
  • We are to show love and compassion for those we encounter on this earth.
  • We are to love others regardless of their race, religion, gender, etc.
  • If we are in a position to give, we are to give cheerfully without expecting something back from the person we gave to as God will reward us (Luke 6:35). 

Has anyone ever been a good neighbour to you? I would love to know your experience including how you have been a good neighbour.

See my experience below...
About two years ago, where I had previously lived, one of my neighbours was absolutely amazing and helpful, he exhibited beautiful good works that I appreciated. Every Tuesday, the bin men collected our refuse, my neighbour had observed that I lived alone and I was usually out of the house very early in the morning and returned home late. You won't believe what he did, he took it upon himself to put my refuse wheelie bin back to its base albeit I didn't ask for his help. He undertook this task every Tuesday on my behalf for about a year. I ensured that I regularly expressed my gratitude to him. 

"We are to love others regardless of their race, religion or gender"


Let me share how I have been a good neighbour. Keep reading to find out...
I noticed how my husband took it upon himself to introduce himself to our neighbours when we moved to where we reside, this also gave me the courage to follow suit. Last Christmas, we shared Christmas cards with our neighbours and we shared the beautiful apples from our garden. 
One thing that I have noticed with my neighbours is the fact that we try as much as possible to show acts of love and kindness to one another. For example, I have noticed that the postman automatically brings people's parcels and big posts for me to keep for them until they return home. It dawned on me that if my neighbours had been horrible towards us, I probably would not be too keen to collect their parcels for them. Likewise, they wouldn't want to collect our own parcels for us if we had been horrible towards them. No wonder God told us that we should not plan to hurt our neighbours who lives nearby...(Proverbs 3:29).

Have you ever been guilty of hurting your neighbours? Do you live at peace with your neighbours? Living at peace with your neighbours is a sign that you are living the way Jesus expects you to live and to show His love.

The charge therefore for this week is for you to do something extraordinary for your neighbours and take time to show an act of love to your neighbours. I have given a few examples below.
  • If you do not know your neighbour's names, start by saying hello and introduce yourself. Christmas is on the way, why not buy Christmas cards for your neighbours. They sell cards that says Merry Christmas to my neighbours or to my neighbours on Christmas and sign it with your names, this way your neighbours will get to know your names.
  • Grab every opportunity to do good and be a blessing if you are in a position to.
  • Pray for your neighbours.
  • Participate in any community activities that you are able to.
  • Keep a lovely smile.
  • Finally, be a good neighbour to anyone you come in contact with.

With the spirit of being a good neighbour, I'd like to invite our Lagos (Nigeria) readers and followers that are youths to a youth conference that will be happening this coming Saturday (19th August @ 11am). See the flyer below and the registration link.



Registration link: https://pcym.com.ng/yoam2017-2/

Have a lovely week! See you next Monday; next week's post is going to be about Confess and Forsake.

Monday, 7 August 2017

His Mercy Endures Forever

First Monday in August, blink and you’ll be in December. For those of us that made New Year resolutions, how far have you gone in achieving them? I’m far behind in mine 🙈. Hope you enjoyed our post last week? Did you produce any good fruit? I thank God for the strength to produce the fruit of self-control despite the things that came up. This week, I’ll continue working on the fruit. All the best working on your chosen fruit for this week. To the matter for today.

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, 'His mercy endures forever.' Let the house of Aaron now say, 'His mercy endures forever.' Let those who fear the LORD now say, 'His mercy endures forever.'" Psalms‬ 118:1-4‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

When you watch certain movies especially war movies or series like Game of Thrones, you frequently hear the cries of mercy, mercy just before the person is killed but God is not like that. We are all under His power and when we cry mercy, He hears our cry. 


As human beings, we will always do things that require us to ask for mercy. Even when our conscience tells us that we deserve the pending judgement we still ask for mercy. That’s because we know that, oh boy!, if we don’t get mercy, "it go rough." Ironically, even when we want to ask for mercy, the same conscience then tells you that you don’t even deserve the mercy. That’s why Ps. 118 breaks it down for us. It starts by telling us that God is good and His mercy endures forever. It then proceeds to break it down into three categories of people: 
  1. Those belonging to Israel
  2. Those belonging to the house of Aaron
  3. Those who fear the Lord

You will definitely find yourself somewhere in there. What does it do? It serves as a reminder to those belonging to any of these categories that the mercy of the Lord endures forever. Not for a while, not when you’re being the perfect Christian, not before you commit that sin but forever. Before, during and after whatever it is that we’ve done, the mercy is there waiting for us to ask for it. It is important to note here that the entire Ps. 136 is dedicated to letting us know that His mercy endures forever. The key though is that mercy exists but we are to seek it and ask for it. That means that there’s a place we are to go to in order to seek it. 

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews‬ 4:16‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

In order to obtain mercy, we are to go before the throne of grace. Even though the verse says ‘the throne,’ it doesn’t exist in a particular place. All you have to do is pray and call out to God for mercy. When we go into the place of prayer, we are going before the throne of grace. I also love how translations like the MSG and NIV versions substitute the word mercy for love. In essence God’s mercy and His love are one and the same and because He loves us, He will always have mercy on us. 
The charge therefore as we go into this week is to not allow the devil or our conscience deceive us into thinking that we’ve done so many wrong things or that mercy does not exist for the sin we’ve just committed. Simply go before the throne of grace and obtain mercy. Ask God for forgiveness and invite Him into your heart. No sin is too great, no mistake is too costly to keep us away from the mercy of God. God has assured us of His love and in assuring us of His love, He has assured us of His mercy. What a good good father. 

Sage

P.S. This is officially my shortest post. 
My next post will be titled the power of praise. 
Mysses Lafunky is back and will be posting for the next two weeks. I’ll be back…Terminator.

Photo Credit: http://focusmagazine.org

Monday, 31 July 2017

What Fruit are You Bearing?

Welcome to the start of another great week and the last day of the month of July; time does fly! I recently got feedback from a friend asking that I tried to shorten the length of the posts, so I’m going to put in the effort to make sure it’s as short as possible 😊. Thanks to everyone that takes out the time to read and share; we would appreciate your comments in order to better improve the quality of the posts. As per learner and all.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." Matthew‬ 7:15-20‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Tree

There are so many fruits in the world. My favourite fruit is the apple. It’s also the favourite fruit of pirates and sailors. It’s juicy and crunchy at the same time and oh so delicious. However, there are certain fruits I’ll never ever try e.g. water melon….eww! Don’t know how people enjoy such a fruit. In order for there to be fruits, we need to have trees. No tree, no fruit; that’s the cycle of nature. There are however certain rules God put in place to govern nature and as such, an apple tree will never produce water melon. Therefore, in order to bear fruits, we need to be trees. So the real question here is, what sort of tree are you? Are you a tree unto life or a tree unto death? Do you bring joy to people or do you bring sadness? Do people bless God when they see you or do they hiss and wonder how on Earth a human being like you could exist? Last week, the focus of the message I kept getting from God was to work on my character and I came to learn that character at times can either quicken or slow down the answers to our prayers. Going by this, in order to be a good tree, you need to have the right character because without this, you will never bear good fruits. 

The Fruit

In one of my favourite movies, Kingsmen, there’s a scene in which the Kingsmen agent says: "manners maketh man". In our passage for today, it says that a good tree can never bear bad fruit and vice versa. Think about it, when you’re looking for help would you go to a stingy person? If you’re looking for someone to celebrate with, would you go to a sadist? The answer to all these is no. When you have someone that smiles all the time, is generous and genuine, people would always want to be around them. Why? Because they produce good fruits. 
But what are the fruits we are speaking of? They are the result of everything that is inside each and everyone of us. You can’t be a sadist and be able to make people smile. You can’t be a miser or a stingy person and be able to give generously. That is what the fruits we produce entail. As born-again Christians, the bible lists the fruits we are to produce: 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians‬ 5:22-23‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I like how it ends "against such there is no law!" One of the fruits I’m looking to produce on a consistent basis is self-control. In proverbs, a person without self-control is likened to a city without walls (Pr. 25:28, NKJV) or a house without windows and doors (Pr. 25:28, MSG). Harsh!



If there are fruits of the spirit, you can be sure that there are also fruits of the flesh. What are they? Let’s check it out: 

"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians‬ 5:19-21‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

In order to know who someone truly is, check the fruits they produce. Even in the choice of a spouse, check the fruits they produce. Don’t decide based on they said they’re Christians or that they are workers in church. Check their fruits.
As we go into this week, the charge therefore is to produce the fruits of the spirit. How? By becoming a good tree. In order to become a good tree, it is important to look inwards and take active steps to changing your inner-man. I will also do the same as I know that on various occasions, even this last week, I produced bad fruits. When I realised it, I immediately apologised to the person and prayed to God for forgiveness and for strength to produce good fruits consistently. That is my goal and my pledge to God. I look forward to sharing my testimony and also reading of yours next week on how we produced good fruits all through the week. Have a great week ahead! Stay blessed. Stay grateful. 

Sage

P.S. I have taken another step in my culinary skills and leant how to make stew with tomato paste lol. Bye bye fresh and expensive tomatoes. 
I tried my best to keep it short oh! 

P.P.S God has turned the tide. 

Photo Credit: www.teachercreated.com

Monday, 24 July 2017

Faithing Till the End

Once again, here I am in the dark thanks to the disco situation in my area. If you’re like me, there’s a timetable for running the generator 😄. In the dark, still I shine. In the words of the immortal Igwe Tupac, ammo shine when ammo shine 😄. Sage has finally completed the book series known as The Three Musketeers. If you’re a book lover like me, please take the time to download the E-books and submerge yourself in a story of gallantry and uncommon courage. All for one, one for all! What a rallying cry. Anyway, welcome to a new week of signs and wonders. How was last week? For this week, it was laid in my heart to write about Faithing till the end. Thanks to YouTube, I get to watch services in Australia and USA back to back and despite the distance between these two countries, the theme of both services dealt on faith. Faith is one topic that had always made me so excited ever since I was a little boy attending VBS. For someone like me that loves faith so much, you can be sure that Heb. 11 is also my favourite chapter. Recently, my homie puffy and I decided to read Hebrews and it occurred to me that Heb. 11 isn’t the only chapter in Hebrews that deals with faith. So you know that this is a spirikoko something, let’s dive into the bible, call me Michael Phelps lol.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews‬ 11:1 NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see" Hebrews‬ 11:1 MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I love how the MSG translation described faith; it is a handle on what we can’t see. It is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. I don’t know about you but I would like to have a firm foundation under the things that make my life worth living. If you’ve ever been involved in the construction of a house, one thing the constructor does is to make sure that the house has a firm foundation. If you stay in areas like Lekki, Ajah etc. in Lagos Nigeria and you’re building a house, the cost of the foundation is enough to buy a piece of land in some places. Why? This is in order to ensure the house doesn’t sink. This reminds me of the house I grew up in as a child, somewhere in Surulere, Lagos. One fateful day, we got the news that the house was sinking. Imagine that? Why? The foundation wasn’t solid. Now that I think of the parable of the men that built their house, one on sand and the other on rock, it could be said that the rock Jesus was referring to in this parable was faith. We’ll get to that later. Now that we’ve settled on the definition of faith as provided by the bible, let us paint a picture that we can relate to ourselves. Imagine praying to God for one particular thing. Perhaps you want to buy a car.



At the beginning you pray to God, I need a car to ease the burden of transportation. As my Economics teacher once said, Nigeria is the only country in which a car is seen as an asset. So you pray to God for a car, quoting all the scriptures that talk about His blessing and how He has good thoughts in store for you. Would you believe me when I say the beginning is the easiest part? No? Don’t worry…let’s continue the journey. You’ll find your answer at the end. 

Faithing

In Matt. 7:24-27, Jesus gave a parable about two men. One built his house on the rock and the other on sand. The storms of life came and guess whose house was left standing? The man who built his house on faith, the firm foundation! If you read the MSG translation of Matt. 7:24&25, it says: “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvement to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.” Remember that the Hebrews 11:1 MSG translation calls faith the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. Hmm…..rhema!!! Like Daddy (T.D.) Jakes once said, it is easy to have faith at the beginning and at the end but what of the middle? Let’s go back to our earlier illustration. Faithing says Lord I have prayed for a car and I will hold on to you regardless of the storms that blow and make me want to give up. In Ps. 5, David was praying to God and he said something very remarkable in Ps. 5:3 (NKJV):

"My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up"

He could have ended it with "I will direct it to you" but he didn’t. He chose to let God know that he will be expectant and that is what faithing is. Letting God know that though the storms may come, you are still expectant; remember the MSG version of Heb. 11:1? That is it right there! 
We are expected to have faith from the beginning of the prayer to the end. I remember when I was believing God for a car a few years ago (trust me I chose this illustration without remembering I had experienced it), everyday I’d wake up and go online to browse for cars and check out specs. I even went to the dealership to check out the cars, took my NOM (mum) along to check some out. Little did they know that I didn’t even have the money but I held out in faith. Did storms blow? Of course! I remember doing all the permutations and calculations as to how I would arrive at the exact money needed to buy the car; little did I know that the storm of FOREX was on its way and trust me it blew hard! Suddenly all the cars I had been checking out jumped up by as much as 10% in some cases. That’s a lot when you’re scraping around for funds that aren’t even enough. Did it deter me? Naaa. I kept faithing and eventually after the storm of FOREX, my house was still standing. Throughout, I never once gave up and like David said: I will look up. Every day, I looked up to God expectantly, faithing my way till what I couldn’t see became what I saw and drove. Glory be to God!

Here are some practical keys to help you with faithing: 
  1. Pray without ceasing, Luke 18:1. Imagine if Daniel had prayed once and stopped, Dan. 10:12-13.
  2. Wait expectantly, Ps. 5:3.
  3. Search His word for a promise He has made concerning you, Ps. 23, Jer. 29:11, Ps. 126:1-3, Ps. 118:15-16, Ps. 118:17 and Phil. 4:13  are some examples. Search for yours!
  4. When you find the word, write it down or bookmark it and meditate on it day and night.
  5. Praise Him continuously. When the storm blows, praise Him! When you feel weak, praise Him!

You can add as many more as you want to this list as you feel led to do. 
The charge therefore is to get into the habit of faithing. Even when the storm does its best to discourage you, keep holding on in faith expectant of the end that is in sight. It is not enough to pray and forget about it. We are to pray and wait expectantly till the end (Ps. 5:3).

Sage

P.S. My culinary skills have stepped up yo! My pancakes and concoction rice are so on point lol. 
Next week’s post will be titled: What fruit are you? Matt. 7:15-20. 
It helps to read different versions of the bible as I’ve noticed that it helps my understanding or opens my eyes to new things. Glory be to God!

Photo Credit: https://lifehopeandtruth.com

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Heart of A Champion

This has been quite a roller coaster week. Where to start from? First off, hope you enjoyed our post last week? During the last weekend, there was a crazy flood in Lagos, Nigeria. One guy is spending almost a million to fix his car because he needs to buy a new engine. I saw it on Twitter and ended up going to the same workshop because I also had to replace something in my car. The cost of mine is like 2% of his cost but mhen, it was so unplanned I had to go to my favourite spot and step down with Coke and lime on ice. I also want to pay respect to Bradley Lowery, a young boy that died at the young age of 6 from cancer, my friend’s elder brother, whom I’ll keep anonymous, but was a Warrant Officer in the Nigerian army and members of the armed forces all over the world. Thank you for protecting civilians like myself. I’ve always dreamt of being in the military, an organisation that represents something greater than myself and comprises those that I call the best of us.

What does it mean to have the heart of a champion? Quite simply, it means believing in our ability to succeed and overcome regardless of what our current circumstances may say. It is not an easy thing to do but as believers, it is what we must do. If you think about it, that’s what faith entails (Heb. 11:1-3). In order to have faith, you need to have the heart of a champion. Faith is us saying: I am rich even when the present circumstance says otherwise; I am healed even when the sickness is terminal. When I think of this, Bradley Lowery comes to mind.


This was a kid with the heart of a champion. Despite the fact that he had terminal cancer, he was seen smiling, playing football, having a bed party and not allowing his sickness stop him from enjoying life and putting smiles on the faces of people. Our hero in the Three Musketeers, D’artagnan is another person with such a heart and this is one of the reasons I love him so much. Even when facing the enemy with the threat of being overcome by bullets, you'll only hear one thing from him: "CHARGE!" There are so many examples in the bible of men who had the heart of a champion. One of such people is King David; a man after God’s heart. No matter the situation, he faced it headlong believing that he would overcome the obstacle. A bear came, no problem. A lion? No problem. Goliath? 

"Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God." I Samuel‬ 17:36‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬

Imagine the heart of such a man, imagine what faith he had! However, even when we have the heart of a champion, from time to time, things will happen that either discourage us or make us want to give up. What then do we do? King David gives us a perfect example:

"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God." I Samuel‬ 30:6‬ NKJV‬‬. ‬‬

He and his men returned back to their city and their families had been taken captive. This is an example of when life gives you lemons. His men spoke of stoning him. Imagine being the leader of a team and you hear your team members plotting to get you fired. But what did he do? He strengthened himself in the Lord, sought God for direction on what step to take and went after the enemy. That is what is expected of us. Make lemonade from the lemons life throws at you. How? By going to the creator of the lemon; God and strengthening yourself in Him. Afterwards, do like D’artagnan, face the obstacle and scream CHARGE!!



The charge therefore this week is to have the heart of a champion (by having faith), face your obstacle and scream charge! Even when you get knocked back or rejected, strengthen yourself in the Lord, pick yourself up like David and go after that thing without fear. Never lose your fight! Remember, fear is the opposite of faith. Also, as you face that obstacle keep smiling and enjoying life like the hero Bradley Lowery did in his great but brief lifetime. RIP Brad and Warrant Officer M. Gone but never forgotten.

Sage

P.S. I eventually sent the previous posts to my mum. Rest assured my house will undergo a bath of anointing oil soon. In three musketeers news, I wish I didn’t read the remaining series. I have to deal with the fact that my heroes fell out with each other on several occasions. Sigh! 
The valiant arm of the Lord has turned the tide. Ps. 118:15-16

Photo Credit: beatingcowdens.com & mirror.co.uk 

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail

For those who live in Lagos, Nigeria, last week was quite a wet week. For those of us that live in areas like mine, rainfall is synonymous with floods. Like your favourite rapper said ‘when it rains, it pours.’ So here I am, in the darkness (thanks PHCN) shivering despite the fact that I'm wearing a shirt. For those that know Sage, they know his love for cold and if he's wearing a shirt because of cold then bone yarns, the cold no be for here. As it stands, the cold is prevailing lol. Anyways, in three musketeers news, I'm on the current volume titled: Ten Years Later. Our hero D’artagnan is now a captain of the musketeers, Chief of Army Staff in modern terminology. Back to the matter of the gates of hell and how it'll not prevail. Have you ever noticed how you get inspiration from the weirdest things? I've once gotten a message based on a time when I was on the street selling toothpaste and detergent. I saw some goats doing something, I can't even remember but yeah. So anyways I got this message based on a spiritual attack I had this past week. I'll get into it in a bit. Not the first time, I might add. 

"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Matthew‬ 16:18‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

"And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.Matthew‬ 16:18‬ MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

For avid movie lovers like myself, remember Lord of the Rings? There was a gate that led to a city and when Frodo, Samwise Gamji and Smigo got closer to it, the more Frodo got affected by the force behind that gate. Fortunately for us, the force within us (God) is greater. I imagine we’re all familiar with gates and the purpose of a gate.



It's basically to keep something in; not just keep it in but keep it secure so that it does not escape or get stolen; that is the essence of gates. If you remember, last week, I mentioned that Christianity is about warfare and not bread and butter or a plate of salad. As children of God, the gates of hell will forever try to prevail against us. To enlighten myself, I looked up the word prevail and it means to be or prove superior in strength, power or influence, to be dominant. So basically what our verse is telling us is that there is a contention between us, the children of God, and the enemy and God through His son Jesus has assured us that we shall be the dominant force. Remember that from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence (Matt. 11:12). 

A few days ago, while I was asleep, I felt a strong hand hold me down by the throat with the aim of strangling me. Oh boy, I've never felt such strength before and even your guy has small of his own (physical oh, don't test the spiritual lol). There I was, early in the morning in a struggle for my life, oxygen never felt so precious, I couldn't even lift a single finger off the hand that held me down. Before I knew what was happening, it was over and God defeated that force. A second time such a thing happened was when I was a teenager and back then my head was filled with rap music (it still is lol) but then all I knew was Eminem, G-Unit, Jay-Z and the likes. Now? I'm much more holier lol. Anyways, that particular attack was quite funny in that it felt like I was awake and I could see some people hovering above me while a powerful force pressed my chest down. I kept trying to remember the name of Jesus. Brotherly and sisterly, you won't believe that in trying to remember the name Jesus, I remembered G-Unit. In my mind I was like no it's not G-Unit, it's another name. Suddenly the name came to me and I screamed Jesus! And instantly the attack ended. In both instances, through the strength and Valiant arm of the Lord (remember our post last week?) I was victorious against the enemy.

This is what it means when the bible says that the gates of Hell shall not prevail. All around the world, Christians and churches are attacked regularly but despite all these, the church keeps growing and spreading. Why? Because we have a rock on which we stand and as a result of this Rock, the gates of Hell shall not prevail or be victorious. For many of us, there are so many areas of our lives that the enemy is contending with us. Family? Relationship with God? Career? Marriage? Dating? Sexual Purity? So many, but you know what? God has told us the end of the matter and that is that the gates of hell shall not prevail. In essence, the devil is fighting a battle he already lost before you were even born. Isn't that awesome? Isn't it amazing to know that the area in which the enemy is contending with you for dominion over has been won by you? Trust me it has.

The charge therefore as we go into this week, is to speak victory to those areas in our life that the enemy is fighting to gain dominion over and to also remember that we are already victorious. How do I know? Matt. 16:18 says so. Also, Ps. 118:16 tells us that Olowogbogboro has raised His hand in victory. So do not worry and do like Jesus said "be of good cheer" (check out John 16:33 to know why Jesus said so).

Sage

P.S. I actually still haven't sent last week's post to my mum lol. Not sure I want to send this week's post either. Before she will come to my house and start bathing everywhere with anointing oil lol. Thanks for the jollof rice mama, you know I'm just joking lol.
If you can, check out the message titled Fighting Position from Elevation Church (led by Pst. Steven Furtick) podcast. I hope it will inspire you like it inspired me. 
I started this message shivering from cold, now I'm sweating. Such beans. 

Next week's post will be titled: The Heart of a Champion. Deuces yo!

Monday, 3 July 2017

The Valiant Arm of the Lord: Olowogbogboro

Were you there on the 28th of June? What a night spent worshipping Olowogbogboro. It was amazing. It was awesome. In short, it was spectacular. So many people came for the event. The crowd was so much that they kept people outside and people went to stand at the veranda of the hotel opposite the event centre. What an awesome time. I hope you didn't miss out?

How's the new month? Welcome to 2017 Part 2 lol. Anyways, in the Three Musketeers news, I'm currently reading the volume titled: The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Our heroes, Athos and D’artagnan have set out on separate paths to restore the monarchy of England to Charles II. Men of honour and courage. Took sometime off to write on this week's post. Cool weather, got light, Travis Greene in the background singing ‘You waited’ (beautiful song, please get it). In order to paint a picture of a mighty arm, I would imagine we would all think of Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing during his muscle building career. The muscles on the arm could stop a bullet. True talk! Porthos, one of our famed musketeers, also had a powerful arm which he used to dish out justice to anyone that dared form an obstacle in his path.


Even Sage’s arm is a bit powerful but only strong enough to open a can of Coke and mix rice and stew. This post is a bit personal as I recently witnessed and I'm still witnessing the Valiant hand of the Lord turning the tide. 

The Tide


"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope."   Romans‬ 5:3-4‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Ever been in an ocean and had to swim against the tide? It's a very tiring exercise and one that would most likely lead to you losing all hope and, eventually, energy thus causing you to drown. The tide represents anything that is producing averse results to what we expected. Imagine going from a place of comfort to a place of struggling for survival. As Christians, the tide is going to be part of our daily walk. Christianity isn't bread and blueband butter neither is it a bowl of KFC chicken or for the fit fam crew, a plate of salad. Even the bible warns us that the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force. So why should we expect life to not have us against the tide every now and then? Even your guy has been swimming against the tide. Don't believe me? Oh boy, bone packaging oh. There have been days when Sage had just 500 Naira in his pocket. Some years back, I once joked to my friend saying: "Spiragos as your guy dey, I no get two 50 Naira to rub together." There are families that face times when they can barely afford to have three square meals or even have to forfeit one or two of such meals. I've had times when I had bread for breakfast and garri for dinner (be rest assured it wasn't a matter of choice). In such times, I learnt that we still need to thank God. An example of another of such tides I recently faced was that for like 4 months, the tank of your guy’s car barely rose above the reserve level. Every time I drove out, na so so yellow we go dey see for dashboard but as I was driving, as per man of faith, I would just be saying, God this is your car ... please fuel it and I'd  keep driving. The point is that times were tough. But the devil didn't know that as a man of faith, I would enter the kitchen, see only bread and butter (whenever I wanted variety, I'd use the syrup for pancake (wetin man want do) and scream Jehovah Jireh! The great provider! That is what faith is. Thanking God in the midst of the tide. Why? Because God said so (IThess. 5:16&18). 
What tides are you experiencing? Does it seem like it will never end? Do you know that when things are getting worse it's because the devil knows that your breakthrough is near and he's fighting his hardest to keep you down? This is when Olowogbogboro shows Himself. 

The Valiant Hand: Olowogbogboro 


"You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah" Psalms‬ 77:15‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

You see ehn, when Olowogbogboro turns up, the devil turns down. You would be like those who dream (Ps. 126:1-3). Earlier on, I said this is when Olowogbogboro shows Himself. Actually He was already showing Himself, it just wasn't time for us to notice or for it to manifest physically. So there I was, in the midst of the tide, with no word from God (at a point I kept asking: God, where are you?) when one day, a friend tweeted a picture that had a bible verse which I decided to check out: 

"Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? 'The hand of GOD has turned the tide! The hand of GOD is raised in victory! The hand of GOD has turned the tide!'" Psalm‬ 118:15-16‬ MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

When I saw this verse, my spirit jumped and screamed Yes! This is the word at last. Do you know what it means for God’s hand to be raised in victory? For His hand to have turned the tide? If you notice, it was written in the past tense. It means that your present and future is God’s past and whatever circumstance or tide you're facing has been defeated because His hand is raised in victory. Everyday, I meditated on this word, prayed on it and thought of it. When the walls were closing in on me and the devil intensified his attack, I took out my bible and read it again. The bible is an amazing resource. Before I knew it, the tide began to turn and through this Word, my faith stayed strong even when I was eating bread and syrup lol. 


What are we to do to when faced with the tide? Hold on to God. Never give up your faith. Search His word for a word from Him to you. Ps. 118:15-16 was the word I got from God. Meditate and pray. Be violent! Worship Him continually. As always, you're free to add to it. When you do this, you will see Olowogbogboro moving on your behalf and even when it hasn't manifested physically, be rest assured that He has risen his mighty hand in victory concerning your circumstance. One tide He turned is that I prayed that when going for the Hallelujah Challenge event, I wanted the tank of my car to be full. Did He do it? He had done it and it manifested just as I prayed to God that it should on the day that I asked for it to manifest. 
The charge therefore in this second half of the year is to become violent and take what the enemy has denied or taken from you by force. Olowogbogboro is fighting in your corner, on your behalf. Also, never forget Hebrews 11:1-3! Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen. Happy new month y'all. 

Sage

P.S. I'm not sure I'll send this post to my mum. Not ready to answer which tides I'm talking about lol. There are still other tides in my life but Olowogbogboro has raised His hand in victory. Olowogbogboro has turned the tide! So I'm not worried or afraid. Fear is the opposite of faith. I'm now listening to Onise Iyanu by Nathaniel Bassey.

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