Wednesday, 24 May 2017

You Need To Desire The Gift of Prophecy | Prophecy A Superior Gift


-       To prophesy is to foretell the future, to speak a new message from God to the people/individual

-       It is to be noted that prophecy must be judged by the hearers and must not contradict what the written (logos) word of God says or what you are sure God had told/revealed (rhema) to you

-       The place of time also matters for prophecy. Do not be quick to dismiss it except you are certain that it is against the word of God


-       Prophecy is not to replace the written word of God and should not stop you from praying to God continuously for clarity and confirmation

-       You do not need to have a church title or be ordained before you desire to prophesy


-       You need to be a follower of Jesus Christ and His Word, and also spend time regularly to know God, this can aid the gift of prophecy

-       You can desire the gift of prophecy. God gives this gift freely to His children as He wishes. Thus, you do not need to pay for this special gift.





SIX BENEFITS WHY YOU SHOULD DESIRE THE GIFT OF PROPHECY


1) You will be helping others to grow in the Lord by upholding and advising them concerning the matters of God


"But one who prophesies, preaching the messages of God, is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comforting them (1 Corinthians 14:3 TLB version, Living Bible)"



2) You will be helping the entire church or group to grow in Godly wisdom, to be dedicated to God, in holiness and joy


 "One who prophesies, preaching messages from God, helps the entire church grow in holiness and joy (1 Corinthians 14:4b TLB version, Living Bible)"


3) Other people will understand what you are telling them, thus, they will be strengthenedYou will also understand what you are saying


"Now I wish that all of you spoke in unknown tongues, but even more [I wish] that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater [and more useful] than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he translates or explains [what he says], so that the church may [b]be edified [instructed, improved, strengthened] - 1 Corinthians 14:5 Amplified Version]


4) You will be able to comfort others

Prophet Isaiah was instructed by God to speak comforting words to His people in Jerusalem:

"Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and tell her that her sad days are gone. Her sins are pardoned, and I have punished her in full for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2 TLB Version, Living Bible)."


5) You will be able to learn about God's plan for individuals, nations and church and it will help you to follow God's instructions accordingly 


Check out how God used Agabus to prophesy:


"During our stay of several days, a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea and visited us. He took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jews in Jerusalem and turned over to the Romans.’” Hearing this, all of us—the local believers and his travelling companions—begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. (Acts 21:10-12 TLB Version, Living Bible)"

"During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch, and one of them, named Agabus, stood up in one of the meetings to predict by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the land of Israel.[c] (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) So the believers decided to send relief to the Christians in Judea, each giving as much as he could. This they did, consigning their gifts to Barnabas and Paul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem. (Acts 11:27-29 TLB Version, Living Bible)"


6) To convict others of their wrongdoings 


Check out how God used Prophet Nathan to convict David of his sin:
"1-2: So the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to tell David this story:
“There were two men in a certain city, one very rich, owning many flocks of sheep and herds of goats; and the other very poor, owning nothing but a little lamb he had managed to buy. It was his children’s pet, and he fed it from his own plate and let it drink from his own cup; he cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. Recently a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing a lamb from his own flocks for food for the traveller, he took the poor man’s lamb and roasted it and served it.”
David was furious. “I swear by the living God,” he vowed, “any man who would do a thing like that should be put to death; he shall repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are that rich man! The Lord God of Israel says, ‘I made you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you his palace and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah; and if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the laws of God and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah and stolen his wife. 

10 Therefore murder shall be a constant threat in your family from this time on because you have insulted me by taking Uriah’s wife. 11 I vow that because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man, and he will go to bed with them in public view.[a]

 12 You did it secretly, but I will do this to you openly, in the sight of all Israel.’”
13 “I have sinned against the Lord,” David confessed to Nathan.
Then Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin." (2 Samuel 12:1-14 TLB Version, Living Bible)”

Picture reference: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com

The Benefits of Speaking in Heavenly Languages (Speaking in Tongues)






1) You will be talking to God directly

 "But if your gift is that of being able to “speak in tongues,” that is, to speak in languages you haven’t learned, you will be talking to God but not to others, since they won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be a secret (1 Corinthians 14:2 TLB Version, Living Bible)"


2) You will stay connected with the Holy Spirit

 "And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages they didn’t know,[a] for the Holy Spirit gave them this ability (Acts 2:4 TLB Version, Living Bible) "


3) You will grow spiritually 

"So a person “speaking in tongues” helps him/herself grow spiritually (1 Corinthians 14:4a TLB Version, Living Bible)" 


4) Helps You to Pray the right prayers to go to God

"And in the same way—by our faith[e]—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26 TLB Version, Living Bible)"


5) Gives You the Authority to Stand Against the Work of Satan and his cohorts

"And those who believe shall use my authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages (speaking in tongues). They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them. (Mark 16:17-18 TLB Version, Living Bible)"

Inspired by an article that I read on KCM.org
Picture reference: gospelepistle.com

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Dangers of Compromise as Christians

What does compromise mean from a Christian perspective? 

- Compromise is when you lower your Christian beliefs and principles in your thoughts and conducts.

- It is when you fail to accept the Word of God. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."

- When you place your preferences and desires above what you know the Word of God says.
Are you living a compromised life?

The Bible makes it clear that God does not condone compromising His standards. Psalm 119:1-4 says that "Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in His paths. You have charged us to keep Your commandments carefully."

Sadly there are many people who profess to follow Christ and His teachings but live a compromised life. God wants you to live your life for Him.



Ask yourself the following questions

A) What am I doing that is compromising the truth and the Word of God?

B) Am I compromising the Word of God for anyone or a reason that I believe is justifiable?

C) Have I truly accepted the Word of God as the absolute?

D) Should I just compromise the truth as I am not ready to face the implications of not compromising as it will cost me a lot if I do not compromise.


Let's look at the story of a couple in the Bible (Ananias and his wife Sapphira).  I love how Bible.org explained it. See below...

“But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 5:1, 2). They collaborated on a plan to stash some of the money from the sale of their property in a safety deposit box for themselves and take the rest to the apostles. They would not necessarily say they were giving all of the money they received from the sale; they would just let everyone assume that. And presto, they would have instant acclaim as spiritual, self-sacrificing believers who had surrendered everything to Jesus Christ.

What was so wrong with their plan? They did not really lie to anybody, did they? They just gave the money and said nothing about what percentage of the total sale price it represented. They could not help what other people thought, could they? Evidently they could. Peter, with miraculous divine discernment, attributed their scheme to Satan and called it lying to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3). He explained that they were under no obligation to sell their property. And even after they sold it, they were under no obligation to give all the money to the church. But they were obligated to be honest (Acts 5:4). The major sin of Ananias and Sapphira was dishonesty, deceit, hypocrisy, pretence, presenting a false image of themselves, implying a greater spirituality than they actually possessed, letting people think more highly of them than what they knew was warranted. They were more interested in appearances than in reality. Peter said, “You have not lied to men, but to God” (Acts 5:4).  (Bible.org)



Dangers of Compromise

  1. Compromise always has its consequences, only time will tell when it comes to its consequences. Sometimes the consequences affect future generations more than you may think, if you do not confess and turn from the compromised life and turn to God.
  2. Compromise may make you to mislead others in the name of God which is wrong and hypocritical. Others may end up misleading you and you may also not realise that you were misled.
  3. Compromise does not bring glory to God. Thus it is against the will of God for any of His children to compromise.
  4. If you sow compromise, you won't reap God's blessings.
  5. Compromise is likely to lead to other sins such as lying, being hypocritical, lust, immorality, lack of integrity, idolatry, pride, amongst others.
  6. A compromised life leads to a dishonest society/organisation. It does not make a society better rather it makes it more corrupt. The bible says that Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34).
  7. A compromised life is a disgrace and a life of dishonesty.




Consider the following points:
  1. It is never God's will for a Christian to taint the truth and to compromise for any reason and for anyone.
  2. God does not support you when you rationalise your disobedience and give excuses for it.
  3. Don't compromise your Christian beliefs and principles for the sake of being accepted by others or being favoured. 
  4. There will always be consequences when you choose to compromise.
  5. When you compromise the Word of God and the truth, you are not living a righteous life in the eyes of God albeit others may think you are living righteously.
  6. Not compromising requires your total submission to God regardless of the temporary gain or pleasure or success that you will gain from compromising.
  7. God wants you to be faithful to the end.
  8. Not compromising may be painful depending on what you intend to compromise on. However, God wants you to be assured that the temporary pain or cost of not compromising will lead to greater blessings for you and your future generations.

Finally,  stay close to Jesus and His Word (Bible), when you love Jesus and His Word, you will not want to discredit His name in your thoughts and conducts. This would also help you not to lower your standards.

Keep your guard up and live a righteous life that is pleasing to God in the open and in the secret. 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

- Myss Lafunky

References: Bible.org, boldomatic.com, vijaybatra.com and lifevine.wordpress.com

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Christianity Through the Eyes of Temi

Hello Readers & Followers,

Happy New Month to you all. I can't believe it's May already. I hope you had a lovely May Day yesterday.

We shall be rounding off this series of journey into Christianity next week Monday so, watch out for the final interview. I hope you have gained something from this series and that it has also given you an opportunity to reflect on your own Christianity journey and those of your household?

This week, Myss Lafunky (ML) interviewes Temi, as I fondly call her. I have known Temi since she was little and in primary school. I recently reflected on the role I played in Temi's life during her childhood. I can recollect how I had visited her house alongside my childhood best friend to encourage Temi to attend church and also to participate in children's church activities including the children's choir; this was when she came home from boarding school. Temi was receptive to our regular invites and she joined us at various children's church activities. Looking back now, my childhood best friend and I were only little ourselves; we were young teenagers at the time.

Follow me as I find out more about Temi's journey in Christianity.



ML: Tell us a bit about yourself

Temi: My name is Temi Tiamiyu. I was born and raised in Nigeria. I currently live in the US. I sing in the choir; I love organizing things (planning); I love colours; and I love Christ.


ML: When did you become a Christian, a born again Christian?

Temi: I grew up in the Church – When I was younger, I attended Sunday and mid-week services with my mum when I was home. I continued my daily devotions and also attended Sunday fellowships when I returned to boarding school. I was very active both in my youth church at home (choir) and in boarding school (choir and drama departments).
I’d say that as I got older, my passion for Christ also grew. I’d say 2016 was the year that my fellowship with HIM took a new turn.


ML: How has the journey been?

Temi: The journey has been humbling! My flesh or carnal mind certainly doesn’t want to serve God or do His will. However, the driver or key for me is knowing what my desire is and then acting upon it - My desire is to live the life of Christ (so surrendering mine for His. Of course it’s OK for me to have desires but they need to be aligned with God’s will for me).  

Doing God’s will is rewarding. It helps when I mediate daily and have the words written on my fleshy heart. I have come to realise that the gifts of daily life, peace of mind and other unknowns that make my day go smoothly are part of the benefits I enjoy for living and desiring to continue to live the life of Christ. If I am for Christ then I have to be all out for Him.

Also, because I desire to be more and more like him, how I should live my life is documented in the bible (I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the book of Ephesians) and not by the norm or dictation of the world. Of course, this isn’t pleasing to my flesh, but I have come to realise that, it is not for my sake but for Christ’s. I mean my body isn’t even mine in the first place – For I was bought with a price and my body has to glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:20). As I mentioned earlier, the genuine Christian journey is not easy to walk in flesh but the more I yield to Christ the better and more refined I am and the Spirit of God gives me strength (again, it boils down to knowing my desire and asking God to help me in my walk with HIM). My Christian life has to be worked out. The more time I spend with Him, the more I learn about Him.

I believe that the Christian journey is worth it when we are truly in Christ because we then know His heart and why things happen (He changes times and seasons - Daniel 2:21).  Every experience has its lesson but the key is to be rooted in Christ. Sometimes the Devil decides to show his face or uses his people but when we are truly rooted in Christ, Christ fights for us - we have victory in the end. Always!  So, yes the journey has been and continues to be humbling!


ML: What has Christianity taught you?

Temi: Christianity has taught me to follow the precepts of Christ. It’s not about me, it’s about Christ - showing love, being patient, propagating the gospel, doing good… In all, living the life of Christ.


ML: Is this a journey that you want to continue or stop in?

Temi: Definitely, a journey I’d like to continue! I yearn for a continuous revelation of Him.


ML: Any tips for those contemplating whether to be born again or not and those feeling discouraged about their relationship with God?

Temi: For those contemplating whether to be born again – I urge you to PLEASE yield to God. In the humbleness of your heart, surrender to him. YOU TRY HIM. You can’t have a true opinion about something you’ve never tried or someone you haven’t met. Just try him and tell Him to reveal himself to you if truly HE is alive and God of all, like you might have heard. And HE WILL because he does not want anyone to perish! Trust that the gift of salvation is so beautiful! Christ gave himself so that we MAY have life and have it abundantly – that we may know HIM. I urge you to give yourself to Christ and watch Him make a beauty out of you.

Those feeling discouraged about their relationship with God – Please don’t relent, be steadfast in your walk with God. Serving Him shouldn’t be about what we want from Him but about getting to know Him. You can’t know His heart as you ought to if you don’t spend time with Him or if you don’t continue to seek for His revelation. 
When we are outside of Him, we start to misbehave and fall into sin. Know that the Devil wants to steer you away from God because he knows the benefits and rewards (such as peace of mind, joy, happiness, fruitfulness, protection, etc.) that we enjoy when we are in Christ. In the genuineness of your heart, ask that the Holy Spirit be revived in you! You can do great and mighty things if you continue to serve him truthfully (not eye-service). It’s not worth going back to the former things. Move on (genuinely) in Christ.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Busola Majekodunmi Shares Her Journey in Christianity

Hello Readers and Followers,

Welcome to another Christianity Explored Interview. Our guest today is a fellow blogger, Busola. 

Follow me as Myss Lafunky (ML) finds more about Busola (BM)




ML: Tell us a little bit about yourself

BM: My name is Oluwabusola Majekodunmi, however, I am known as Busola for short. Biologically, I am the last born from a family of 4, I have two elder brothers. I am a love child of a love God, passionate about young people and education, a graduate of Economics but currently an entrepreneur and I also run an education social enterprise called Steer to Greatness.


ML: When did you become a Christian, a born again Christian?

BM: My christian journey I would say started when I was in my mother's womb 😊, I was born into a Christian family, so going to church, praying, reading the Bible was part of my childhood. However, when I started seeking to know God for myself and understand Christianity myself was in 2003. Prior to this time, I had lost my mother at age 7 and became a withdrawn and shy child, then one blessed Sunday (unfortunately, I can't remember the exact date), I heard a defining message about God as our Father and I gave my life to Christ that day. However, I won't say I completely understood that decision, because I remember it took about 4 years for me to stop going forward for an altar call after a "touching sermon". One day when I was 17, I had my own personal God encounter and started understanding what Christianity truly meant.


ML: How has the journey been?

BM: The journey has been beautiful, nevertheless, I have had a few times when I strayed, became distracted, but it's been beautiful because God always calls my name and through His Spirit helps me examine myself when I am not in His will. This past 14 years, I have seen God at work that I have come to know and trust in Jesus for myself not because I was born into a family of believers. I have encountered the Holy of Holies that there is no other place I want to be.


ML: What has Christianity taught you?

BM: Christianity has taught me a lot of things, I would try to be brief.
  • It has taught me that JESUS is the only way to be saved. It is by putting complete trust in the finished work of Christ that we are saved.
  • It has taught me that LOVE is all we truly need in this world. The God kind of love, the 1 Corinthians 13 love and that God works this love in us.
  • I have learnt that Christianity is God reaching out to man, it is not a religion, it is about relationship, God is my Father, I am adopted through the completed work of Christ on Calvary and His Spirit is living in me as a seal for my salvation, helping me on this journey to eternity.
  • I am created in Christ Jesus unto good works, so I do good not to be saved because Christ has already done that when I believed in Him, it is my new nature to be like Christ, to show forth heaven on earth (everywhere Christ went He did good)
  • I have learnt that eternal life is not just what I expect to have in heaven when I die or when the trumpet sounds, it is the life I now live while on earth here, the Zoe, God-kind of life, so what can't affect Jesus can't and should not affect me. Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.


ML: Is this a journey that you want to continue in or stop?

BM: Stop ke? No Oo! It  is a journey/relationship I want to continue. I am in love with Jesus, He is in love with me. It continues for all eternity. Christianity is enjoying the love of God, who wants to stop being in love?  My daily prayer is to see Him clearly, love Him dearly and follow Him nearly


ML: Any tips for our readers who are contemplating whether they should be a born again Christian or not or to anyone feeling discouraged about their relationship with God?

BM: My advice is that you would open your heart/mind to receive the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus. It's not a call to escape condemnation only, it's a call to know the love of God that is simply indescribable. It's a call to live a purpose driven life. It's a call to enter into a glorious destiny. If you are struggling with your relationship with God, my word to you is this - Tell God as it is. Don't be afraid to approach the throne of grace just as you are and receive mercy and grace (divine empowerment) that you need to enjoy your walk with God. Jesus lives daily to make intercession for you, He is the great high priest who understands what you are going through and wants to help you, that's why you have the Holy Spirit.


ML: Thank you for sharing your journey with the readers of Myss Lafunky's Blog.

BM: I pray that this has blessed you.



Busola can be reached via her blog : diaryofapatrioticnigerian.wordpress.com/

Please, remember to check Busola's education social enterprise Facebook page. It's called: Steer to Greatness.

Watch out for the last two Christianity Explored interviews in the coming weeks.

Have a great week. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Interview | Lively Stones Founder, Yemisi Ajeojo Shares Her Journey Into Christianity

Hello Readers and Followers,

Welcome to another Christianity Explored Interview. Our guest today is the founder of Lively Stones, Yemisi Ajeojo.

I met Yemisi about two years ago (2015). She volunteered to usher for a Christian music concert where I was honoured to coordinate the ushers. 
Among the volunteers, Yemisi was one of the people that stood out for me. Her love for God was noticeable in her discussions and she couldn't wait to tell me about the Christian ministry that the Lord has given her. When I found out the year she was at the University as well as her age, I was elated and extremely proud of her. I am an advocate of Ecclesiastes 12:1 which says Remember your Creator in the days of your youth as there won't be another day like the days of your youth (paraphrased). It pleases me when young people serve God and go above and beyond to do things for God.

Follow me as Myss Lafunky (ML) finds out more about Yemisi Ajeojo (YA)


ML:Tell us a little bit about yourself

YA: Hi, I am Yemisi Ajeojo, I am 20, don't tell anyone I told you... LOL. I am a student at Aston University and also the founder of  Lively Stones UK. I am so easily touched by issues relating to young people and that's what inspired Lively Stones. Lively stones is my little effort at providing a compass for the development of Christian youth on campus.


ML: How and When did you become a Christian, born again Christian?

YA: I grew up in a Christian home, so the question of when I became a christian is like one of those questions you look up and bite your nails over. Right from before I could speak, I was already marking attendance in church. 

Nonetheless, as I grew older and could sift chaff from actual food, I found out that I enjoyed serving in church. So from as young as I can possibly remember, I was either teaching in church, singing in the choir, or in every capacity I could muster, serving in multiple leadership positions.

As with every youth with a tonne of energy to dispense, I realised that I functioned in these capacities because it came naturally to me not necessarily because I knew God or had a relationship with him and this point in itself was where I hit a huge paradigm shift.

You see, as I love to say it, a race in the right direction is the only race awarded a medal. So it is very easy to get very busy and be like a child on a rocking chair... many swings on the same spot. I grew up in a very religious environment, so it was very easy to swing as everyone did, be engulfed in religious activities because everyone did and everyone expected you to... all activities, no real results.

I am most appreciative of the fact that reality hit me a lot sooner and I started thinking "this can't be all God had in store for me." Occasionally, I heard people talk about God so intimately and I knew that I wanted that too not for the 'Me too' experience. I just needed to know God for myself, you know, have a friend that owned the world... I've always liked to live larger than life itself. 

I became hungrier for a relationship with God and to really know him at the age of 15 when I moved to the UK to study. Coming here, presented me with so much freedom and independence that I had never had before. For the first time, I was presented a choice and quite frankly, it was easy for me to put a stop to all the things that God represented but here I was making a conscious choice to follow Christ.

So, I knew that if I wanted to continue in the faith, it had to be a decision that I fully understood and wanted to make for myself. I needed to grow beyond activity, mere talk and trying to intentionally sound Christian as is the cliche. I needed to consciously love Christ for me, not for what I could give but for the immense love he offered on the cross. 

It was this hunger and a lot of other personal encounters that brought me to a place of having a relationship with God, a better understanding of what his love really is.

So, forgive me if I overshot this, but if I had to place a date to it, I will say I became a born again Christian in 2012.


ML: How has the journey been?

YA: You remember I talked about getting involved in activities that led nowhere? The real love of the father has liberated me from all guilt and all of the activities I would normally do to make myself earn the love of the father. The journey has thus far taught me that there is nothing I can to earn his love, He loves enough for two and that his perfect love knows no fear.

In becoming a Christian and having a relationship with God, I had to unlearn and relearn a lot of things about faith and about God. In knowing God, I have found myself and found freedom from a lot of things. I have also found peace even in the most difficult circumstance. It has been a journey of constant learning and growing, there is always something new to learn. The father is constantly unveiling different sides of himself the more fellowship I have with him.


ML: What has Christianity taught you?

YA: Having a relationship with the God who owns all of life and is still so mindful of me is the most empowering and awesome feeling ever. 

Christianity has also taught me to live like an ambassador and to realise that all of life's imperfections is only a shadow of the perfection that is God's kingdom. 

Christianity has taught me that Jesus is the peace in my storms, my water walker, my heavy burden sharer, my way maker. Christ has taught me to call things that be not as though they were, put flesh and all of the world's offerings under the subjection of the word among others that would be too much to mention.

I have learnt that as a Christian, you can’t grow without a community - the body of Christ. 
Also, it is important to have a personal encounter and revelation if one is to truly grow and not be moved by just any wind of doctrine.

I am very thankful to everyone who has been influential in my Christian walk, but I am even more thankful that God chased after me all my life and that he didn't leave me despite my imperfections. So, with the desire he has placed in me, I constantly seek truth and unveil new layers of his abounding love for me. With this seeking comes deeper revelations which has kept me here.


ML: Is this a journey that you want to continue in or stop?

YA: My answer is simply... have you seen those kids that love candy and chocolate bars so much? That is a crude description of the  utmost satisfaction I have found from knowing Jesus. His love is so breathtaking.


ML: Any tips for our readers who are contemplating whether they should be a born again Christian or not or to anyone feeling discouraged about their relationship with God?

YA: I wouldn't term it tips, I would say practical steps because in essence, Christianity is moving your feet rather than been static. 

First, I've found that it's easier to win at life when you are teamed up with the one who created all of life... kinda what the stockbrokers would call insider trading. Imagine you could live life knowing you would win at every twist and turn? That's how life as a Christian is... there is this immense advantage and head-start you get at life, it doesn't sound fair, but life isn't after all. I am not saying that things will always be easy and rosy, but you will experience peace that passes all human understanding no matter your circumstance. It is beyond what words can do justice to.

Feeling discouraged about your relationship with God? then you are definitely doing it wrong. I will try in my best way possible to help. 

First, you need to cut off from legalities, by that I mean don't get caught up in activities, stop trying to please God by yourself and let him love himself through you... remember scriptures says you are a vessel and we are his workmanship created unto every good work. We start struggling in our relationship with God when we try to do it with our efforts. Remember the parable of the lost coin? have you asked yourself what the coin did to be found? Nothing! The woman went in search of the Coin. Believers, the love of God for you is unconditional, you can't deserve it by your actions. Love God because he loves you first not because of the endless battle to earn the righteousness you already have by the gift of the cross. Righteousness is a gift, so stop trying to pay for his love and acceptance with your actions, let your love for him be an effect of the love you have received and you will find that your relationship with him will flourish in ways that you never imagined.

Also, being in the right community is very important as a Christian. So, having people around you who have a passion for God, you can be honest and vulnerable with as well as people that can lovingly correct and help you grow is very essential to your Christian walk. 

If you are holding back from a relationship with God because you have difficult questions that no one has been able to answer, I want you to know that God is not intimidated by your difficult questions, and he wants to give you the life that only he can. If you are wondering whether you should give your life to God or not, Jesus is the way the truth and life, and a relationship with God through Jesus is the best decision you can ever make.


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Have a lovely week everyone. See you next week for another series of Christianity Explored. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Motivational Writer tells us about his Christian Faith

Hello Readers and Followers!

Welcome to a new month and another week. How has the 1st quarter of the year gone for you?

I hope you have been following our series on Christianity explored. There's so much to learn from people's accounts of their Christianity. Have you taken time to also reflect on your Christian faith?

As you read through Abraham's responses to the interview questions below, take time to also ask yourself the same questions.

Join me as Myss Lafunky (ML) finds out more about Abraham (AB)



ML: Tell us a little bit about yourself

AB: My name is Abraham King, I love God, my wife Rachel and people. 


ML: When did you become a Christian, a born again Christian?

AB: I became a Christian by personal conviction. My parents are priests but I never saw the need to be a Christian. In fact, I did not go to church with them. I lived by a moral compass but just before I got admission into the university, I had an encounter which changed the course of my life. I am happy I know Christ and privileged to share the compassion of Christ with others.


ML: How has the journey been?

AB: It’s been a discovery and adventure. When I met Christ, I thought the journey of faith was simple and my new identity gave me an easy pass in any endeavour. But no, I had to work out my salvation and start the process of sanctification. My lifestyle changed – dressing, outings, friends, communication, habits and entertainment picks.


ML: What has Christianity taught you?

AB: Christianity has taught me that it is through Jesus that we have redemption of sins and have access to the Kingdom of God. One thing about Christianity is that, with God on your side, you are always a winner and can always bounce back from any set back.


ML: Is this a journey that you want to continue in or stop?

AB: I have chosen this journey or rather this journey has chosen me. In fact, if after our time on earth and I am told that it was a hoax, I will still be fulfilled knowing fully well I already experienced heaven on earth.


ML: Any tips for our readers who are contemplating whether they should be a born again Christian or not or to anyone feeling discouraged about their relationship with God?

AB: I post daily inspirational messages on Instagram @able360, one of my posts says, "cancer is real, poverty is real, pain is real, debt is real, evil is real but Jesus is the real deal". Our journey in life is filled with bumps and bricks, the best person to help us navigate the troubled waters is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life.

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Instagram:  @able360