Monday, 15 January 2018

Everyone Loses in the Sin Game

Have you ever taken something that wasn't yours and thought, "it's no big deal?" Have you ever told a very little lie and thought, "it's no big deal?" Have you ever done something you knew was wrong and thought, "it's no big deal, no one saw me anyway?"

See what the Bible says in Ezekiel:

"The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behaviour, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness."
Ezekiel 18:20

Meet Achan . . .
Achan committed a sin that led to the destruction of all his family members, his children and all his animals; they were burned by the people in his community.
Are you wondering what Achan did that led to these atrocities? Why Achan? Why his children? Why his family? Why his animals? Why??? Keep reading to find out...

Achan thought it was not a big deal to take some items from his trip. He kept those items without the knowledge of anyone. Although Achan knew God's instructions with regards to this but he chose to disregard God's instructions.
Does Achan's story connect with you in anyway? Have you ever taken away items from your hotel room back to your house? Or are there some of God's instructions or the laws of the land that you have chosen or planned to disregard? 

Back to Achan's story...

Achan took some of the items God had instructed the children of Israel to destroy when they attacked Jericho and because of this single action, God's presence departed from Israel, they were defeated in the battle against the country Ai and 36 Israelite soldiers lost their lives. It wasn't until Joshua inquired of God about why they lost the battle against the very small country of Ai that Achan's action was revealed. As Achan had stolen the items God marked out for destruction, he also marked himself and everything he owned for destruction; Achan, his entire family and all his belongings were destroyed. (See Joshua 7 for the full details of the story)

8 Lessons from the Story of Achan

  1. Consequences of our sins can affect those around us. Achan's sin led to the death of 36 soldiers in Israel, and it also led to the death of his children.
  2. No sins can be hidden forever. Your sins cannot be concealed from God. God knows everything about you even if others don't.
  3. Whoever conceals and continue in sins can never be successful (Proverbs 28:13).
  4. One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he or she possesses or the country that you reside (Luke 12:15).
  5. What seemed of great worth can eventually be worthless.
  6. Do not take any sins with levity. Even if those around you are praising you for your actions or perhaps you have not experienced the consequences of your wrong actions, do not mock God by thinking His mercy will triumph. God cannot tolerate sins (Habakkuk 1:13).
  7. Don't covet wrong things; real blessings come from God not through sins.
  8. There are consequences for every sin; everyone loses in the sin game.

Sin is a One Way Street to Destruction
Let's talk...
  • What sins are you overlooking in your life and in your home?
  • Are there sins that you don't believe are important to God?
  • Ask God to open your eyes to sins that you do not take seriously. 
  • Ask God for His mercy for every little and big sins that you have committed. Remember to confess, forsake and live a life that is pleasing to God. 
  • Are you ready to pay the price to live for God?

As you go into this week, I'd like you to share this post with your friends or any group that you are part of on various social media platforms.

See you next week Monday for another post from Myss Lafunky's blog. Sage will be writing the next two weeks' posts.

Have a lovely week!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Speak of Future Events with Certainty

Hello Readers & Followers, 

Wherever you are in the world, I trust that you are now in Year 2018. I use this medium to wish you a Happy New Year. Have a beautiful year ahead!

As you start this new week, I'd like to encourage you with this short message about speaking positive of future events with as much certainty as though they were already past (Romans 4:17b).

Did you know that speaking of future events as much certainty is a statement of faith that you are making?

Did you also know that speaking of future events with certainty requires you to rely, trust and have confidence in God through Jesus Christ? 

There was a time that I had spoken positive (both in the secret and publicly) about my future job to everyone that had asked me of when I was starting work; I said the month that I was planning to start work; all this was shared in faith. I had full confidence in God and I knew God was in a position to perfect everything that pertained to my job.

As I regularly spoke positive about my job and my start date, my faith in my declaration became stronger and my thoughts remained positive, I did not panic. Not only did I declare positively about my future job, I ensured that I participated in fasting and prayers and I asked my husband to pray alongside. Jesus Christ said that some prayers cannot be answered except we fast and pray, thus, I embarked on prayer and fasting. Did you know that you can fast and pray to God about anything and everything? Did you know that it also strengthens your faith when you ask others including your spouse to pray alongside you?

In this whole period, I was not idle and I did my part through doing the right WORKS by applying for jobs. To cut the long story short, God chose to honour my dependence on Him and He brought to pass all the confessions that I had made. What a faithful God! No wonder God said that His blessings are on the people that rely, hope and trust on Him. What a beautiful assurance.

"My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me."
(Jeremiah 17:7) 

Are you reading this and you are trusting God for something? Please do not give up, keep speaking positives of those things with certainty and believe that God will do it. 



Don't forget to implement all the necessary works that the Lord wants you to undertake while you are waiting for your answers. I pray that the Lord God will direct your steps unto every good works that you need to implement for your blessings to come in Jesus' name. 

As you go into this week, I'd like you to share this post with one of your friends or any group that you are part of on various social media platforms.

Let's talk...
  1. Are there requests that God granted you when you had spoken positive about those things?
  2. What will make God not to answer some of the requests that you have spoken positives about?
  3. Or would He always answer all your requests that you speak of with certainty in His Word?

See you next week Monday for another post from Myss Lafunky's blog.

Have a lovely week!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Editor's Comment for the New Year I Help Me to Forget


Dear Readers and Followers,

I would like to specially welcome you to this new year 2018. Thank you for being a part of Myss Lafunky's Blog in 2017 and we hope that you'll keep reading, interacting and following through this new year. 

A new year means different things to various people and for us at Myss Lafunky's Blog, the new year marks the beginning of new things; new inspirational posts, new life-transforming discussions, new expedition into the scriptures etc. 
In this year, we would like to "forget" the achievements of the past and launch out into the deep of the uncharted wilderness because God is set to do new things in this new year. I don't literally mean forgetting those achievements and acting as though they didn't happen, No! I actually mean being thankful for those achievements but not being complacent with them but striving for a greater and deeper level in all we do. I am also confident that God has already gone ahead into the new year to put a road into that wilderness so that we have a path to follow.

So, I would like to encourage you to join us in this new year as we "forget" the successes and achievements of the past like Apostle Paul and press towards the mark of the higher calling of God in Jesus. For you, this may be regarding your career, business, ministry etc., just make that decision to "forget" the past and move forward to the new thing God has for you.

To contact Myss Lafunky's blog, please send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

Have a wonderful year 2018.

Editor

Monday, 25 December 2017

Edge of Glory

Merry Christmas Lafunkites. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with any long sermon or post, even though it’s our last post for 2017. I’m sure that’s the last thing you’d want, when you should be roasting turkey and cooking jollof rice. Cheers to my shortest post ever! I tagged this post the edge of glory because we find ourselves at exactly that point as we prepare to crossover into a new year. 

When I set out to write this post, it was intended as a review of 2017, but the Holy Spirit kept hammering this into my heart. So instead of doing my will, I must obey, after all, I am a bond-servant of God (Rom. 1:1). 

A lot of lessons were learnt in 2017 but the most important of all is that God is forever faithful (II Tim. 2:13). Even when you don’t stay with God, God stays with you (Denzel Washington said so, and if he did, it must be true; Denzel never lies 😁).


As we prepare for 2018, prepare for the manifestation of the glory of God in your life in Jesus' name. No weapon formed or fashioned against you shall prosper, that is my prayer for you. So, look back on 2017 with your eyes on 2018. In my final post for 2017, I leave you with one final charge, BE INTENTIONAL! Be intentional in your prayer life! Be intentional spiritually! Be intentional in your love! Be intentional in your slaying! Be intentional in what you give your attention to! Be intentional in your finances! As you live intentionally, you will move from the edge of glory into the glorious life God has planned for you in 2018 (Is. 40:8). Have a glorious 2018! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sage

Happy Holidays

Dear Readers and Followers,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Myss Lafunky's Blog.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Lovey Dovey

When the Kokomaster falls in love you know say water don pass garri, don’t get it twisted, love is a beautiful thing (D,banj, Fall in love: 2008)

Love is one emotion that makes you question if you really know yourself. Why? Because you do things that even your conscience has a hard time rationalising the action or in some cases reaction. In my young life, I have done some things because of love that till tomorrow, I can’t believe it when I think back. I won’t bore you with any of my stories, I’ll save them for my grandchildren 😁.

As the year come to an end, there are a lot of weddings going on, people getting engaged while some take the first step towards a new relationship. This past weekend, I witnessed two of my friends exchange their wedding vows and get married. Nigeria is probably the only country in which a couple have three different marriages. Nigerian weddings typically follow this timeline: Thursday: married by law (registry); Friday: married by culture (traditional marriage); Saturday: married in the presence of God (white wedding). Not looking forward to the wedding stress at all lol. Despite the heartbreaks and disappointments, love never goes out of fashion.

Love is an action, a conscious decision to always look for the best in your partner even when they’ve let you down or annoyed you. It isn’t that butterfly fluttering in your tummy, that’s your hormones. It isn’t that weird "kumbaya beautiful rainbowy" outlook that you have at the beginning of a new relationship. It is the conscious decision you make even when your partner is acting the exact opposite of what you expected or of the illusion they painted for you at the beginning. How do I know that love is an action? It's because of the person (can I call Him a person?) that set the standard.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, NIV).

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." (I John 3:16, NIV).

This is the standard God set for us when it comes to love. He loved us so much that He took the action of sacrificing His one and only son so we can have eternal life. A conscious decision, an action! The action was so great that it baffled the great Apostle Paul in Romans 5 (read it yourself) as he tried to understand the magnitude of God’s love for us. 


As we enter the final week to Christmas, the charge for each and everyone of us is to go out into the world and spread the love of God. Christmas is such a beautiful period because it is a period in which people go around spreading love through gifts and cards. So, in the spirit of Christmas, show love to the unlovable, the needy and helpless, the broken and down-trodden. Show love to your partner, family and friends. Be intentional in your love. Merry Christmas!

Sage

P.S. Fall in love by D’banj was on repeat as I wrote this post lol.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Taste & See

Christmas is almost here! I hope you’ve gotten out your decorations 😊. Christmas is that time of the year when you get to dust off the recipe book and try out another way to cook turkey before you return to the tried and tested method that guarantees that you won’t go hungry on Christmas day. I remember back then in Birmingham, on the day before Christmas, I’d go out to buy turkey, plantain, mashed potatoes, gravy, cake, drinks, mixed vegetables and everything else that ensured Christmas day would be a memorable day. Christmas in Nigeria just isn’t the same, we’ll see this time around sha.

My Birmingham Christmas Meal
Isn’t it strange that as human beings when we see good food, the saying: seeing is believing doesn’t apply. What applies is taste and see 😂. Until you taste the food, you don’t believe that it’s good. That why the bible in Ps. 34: 8 says:

Taste and See that the Lord is Good… (NIV)

But the question we should be asking when we read a verse like this, is why does the bible say we should taste and see and not just see? This is because taste is an action that involves you taking the step to find out for yourself. When you taste, two things are involved: 
  1. Hope, which is the foundation of faith and 
  2. Faith that God will respond to you. 

On the other hand, seeing doesn’t involve you trying it out and therefore hinders your ability to ever convince anyone about what you are talking about. This therefore means that our ability to witness (Matt. 24:14) would be severely affected. If hearsay isn’t admissible in the court of law, why should it be admissible in the kingdom of God? God wants each and everyone of us to try Him out for ourselves and not rely on what the pastor or our parents or anyone else tell us about who He is or who He should be. That would be limiting a limitless God to the perspective of the person who told you about Him. To some, He is Jehovah Rapha, to others He is the Jehovah Elohim, but you will not know what He is to you until you taste and see for yourself. That is why when Moses asked God, who should I tell them sent me, He replied with what would forever be the greatest reply ever: I am that I am (Ex. 3:13-14). Meaning that whoever you see God as is who sent Moses. Isn’t that epic?


Just like that good meal that you’ll eat on Christmas day, the charge is for you to taste and see for yourself that the Lord is good and in doing so you will be an effective witness unto the world. When next you hear someone tell you seeing is believing, tell them no, seeing is not believing. Tasting and seeing is believing lol.

Sage