Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ride or Die?

Ever watched The Fast and the Furious? It is one of the greatest movie franchises of all times, one theme that runs through them all is family and commitment. The relationship between Dominic Toretto and Letty is the stuff of fantasies; the length they went through for each other across countries and continents. Imagine having someone like that supporting you, someone that you know that no matter what happens, they’ll always be there for you. As human beings, we want to have such a person on our side.

Hence the desire for relationships, for family, for community. People that will always have your back and no matter what comes our way, they will always be there for you. In spite of this desire, due to our human nature, commitments are easier said than done. Commitments are broken when our flaws come to the surface and more often than not, those flaws come to the surface when we’ve either gotten used to the person we’re with or the environment we find ourselves in.

God's word encourages us not to feel dismayed as there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24b). God's word also says that He as a God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).  In actual fact, God is the only friend that you can trust without a shadow of a doubt that even when the very worst of our flaws show themselves, God will always be there; loving you, never forsaking you, committed to you always and forever; even before we loved Him, He loved us (Romans. 5:8). 

He didn’t just use words to tell us that He loved us but He backed it up with actions by giving his only precious son to die for you and I.  Therefore, if you ever want a ride or die person, look to God; He is the only person that you can truly count on to ride or die with you, in fact, He already died for you. To use the phrase from The Originals: always and forever. That’s the pledge God said when describing His commitment to us. To love us always and forever. Let us all aim to this kind of commitment, this kind of love as described in 1 Corinthians. 13:4-8

As we go into this new week, the charge is simple, be that friend that someone desperately needs.  If you are unable to be that friend, pray to God to send special friends to people that you are unable to be there for.  Stay blessed and have a great week ahead. 

P.S. The World Cup was awesome 😊


Monday, 9 July 2018

Lashing Out

Are you stupid?! What sort of nonsense is this? You’re useless! Ever heard these words? As a child growing up, you may have either grown up in a home where these reactions were the first, second and third reaction from your parents; the shoot first, ask questions later policy. If you were fortunate not to grow up in such  an environment, you may know someone that did.  Even though it’s a common occurrence, lashing out is a terrible trait.  Why? Because by the time you’re done, you regret what you did or said and would have damaged the person you did or said it to. 

I recently had to sit down and re-evaluate  life and I found out that whenever I lashed out, it always hurt those closest to me and even when things got better, the damage from those lashings still existed even though I had forgotten about them (like I always say, it is the person that gets hit that always remembers the accident). It was then it hit me, lashing out can cause you to lose relationships and even opportunities.

James 3:6 refers to the tongue as a little flame and if you track back to vs. 5 of James 3, it talks about how a great forest is kindled by a small fire. That’s exactly what the tongue does when we lash out. It burns down all the great plans that you’ve built and no fire service can quench the fire.
While it may be hard to do, the Bible has a very simple advice, God said:

“Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.” Proverbs 13:3 MSG

Be careful with your words. No matter how provoked you are, be careful with your words because once they come out, they can’t be taken back in (James 3:9-12). 

Picture your teeth and your lips as the gate that guards your tongue. You never open your gate down due to security reasons. Don’t leave the gate of your tongue open.

As you go into this week, the charge is simple, be careful with the words you speak and go back to anyone you’ve ever lashed out, seek for their forgiveness and make a commitment to treat them better (if you’re fortunate to still have that opportunity).

Before you speak, consult your security guard (your mind) on whether or not the gate (your teeth and lips) need to be opened. I’ve had to lose so much to learn my lesson, trust me I’ve learnt it. Don’t wait till you lose as much as I’ve lost before you learn it.

P.SWords are important, treat them as gold. Pass it through the fire to purify it and weigh it carefully before you let it out. 

P.P.S: Study James 3:1-12

Have a lovely week. See you next Monday.

- Sage

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Last Night I Died

Last night I died. My heart broke and yet it was still beating. My pride was shattered yet I tried to stand tall. I tried to stand tall as I watched my home and comfort zone reject me but inside I was on the floor crying my eyes out.  My home was destroyed yet I sat in it trying to sleep, I couldn’t imagine that I would once again feel a part of me die but I have died before, yes I know, but it hurts most when you finally know what it feels like to be alive. 
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It hurts even more when you realise you were the cause and you could have done better.  It hurts so much when you see the door shut on you. I knelt down, I pleaded, I cried but it changed nothing and my only option was to die. So I went back to the home that was no longer a home because the warmth was gone. The light was out and there was nothing but darkness and a hollow sound as I tried to talk over the phone. 

A friend said, fill your time with activities, I turned to DSTV to no avail. I turned to the internet, to no avail. Then a voice whispered, search for porn, it’ll help you calm your nerves and take your mind off it. Then I remembered that porn only provided a temporary solution and I couldn’t handle the guilt that would come with engaging in it. Mix in depression and the pot of stew would be complete. So I resisted and turned back to DSTV. Fortunately I found Tom & Jerry but it wasn’t as funny as the ones I watched growing up, so I zoned out.
Then I remembered oh wait, you need to back up your phone, so I did, then I remembered how Eminem always spoke to the pain in my heart growing up as a teenager in a broken home, wondering why I saw my mum cry at a young age, wondering why several times before my teenage years, I took a knife and pointed it at my tummy, seeking for the strength to just plunge it into my soft belly and give up on life. It dawned on me, get a knife, end it all. Life isn’t worth living when everything around you is failing. 

So I stood up, got a knife, came back to the living room while I played with the pointy edge seeking the strength to do what I couldn’t do at the age of 8. Alas I still didn’t have the strength, despite over two decades of heartbreak, so I got up, returned the knife to the kitchen and remembered I had a post to write. Yes I wrote this while listening to Eminem’s ‘when I’m gone’.

But guess what?

I want to live. I want to love and be loved. I want to prove that I can be a better man than my father. I want to prove that I can have a happy and loving home than the one I grew up in. I want to prove that suicide isn’t an option when there’s so much to live for. So I’ll live, if but for a day, I’ll live.

If but for a moment, I’ll live. I’ll live just to see the sun rise and to say the one I love: good morning baby, even though she may not reply. I’ll live just so I can message my mother to say hi and call her motherly. I’ll live just so I can see the smile on the faces of my colleagues when I walk in and debate politics. I want to live, one day at a time.
Tupac said sometimes it’s hard to wake up in the morning when your mind is full of demons, got you heartbroken. Yes I played it too but still I want to live. Finally! A friend replied, another reason to live. Then Eminem said ‘there will never be another me and no matter what they do, there’ll never be another you’. As I heard it, I knew I had to live. Why? There is just one me and that one me has a purpose on earth (Jeremiah. 1:5---God said that "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations".

So while I wish I could die a man, with my love and pride intact, I choose to live. Broken but alive. Sad but alive. Alive with the hope that one day, all will be well. One day, I will be happy. One day, I will look back at this moment and say thank God I returned the knife to the kitchen.

I don’t know if I’ll ever share this post for publishing but if I do, know that I’m alive! With life comes another chance. If you’re going through this, know that you’re not the only one. We are plenty in it. The charge for this week is a very simple one, choose life (I’m crying in my heart as I type this, so trust me, I’m typing from experience)
With life comes opportunities. With life comes a new day in the sun created by God. Suicide is not an option. In the words of Logic, I finally wanna be alive!! Joshua 1:9, 1 Peter 5:8-9.

Now I can call this post, I wanna be alive!
Inspired by life and the song titled 1-800-273-8255 by Logic.

- Sage 
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Monday, 25 June 2018

Musa Keeps Super Eagles' World Cup dreams alive: Who is Keeping Your Hope Alive?

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time, like 4 months! We sincerely apologise for the break. We are back! Please, watch out for our blog post every Monday.
A lot has happened in that time, can’t begin to count but most importantly, the World Cup is here and with it a chance to see the Super Eagles in action. For the avid football lover, I’m sure you feel the excitement. Oh what a feeling when Ahmed Musa scored that first goal. 

Suddenly the entire team felt re-invigorated, the entire country began to hope silently that maybe, just maybe, the Super Eagles would claim their first 3-points at the 2018 World Cup. Suddenly a whole country began to believe, the doubters silenced, the believers energised at the possibility of a victory that eluded a much better team than ours.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Is. 40:31, KJV).
As children of God, we have the unenviable task to learn to wait, not just to wait but to wait patiently, hoping for the best, believing that sooner than later, our breakthrough shall arrive; that sooner than later, we shall overcome; that sooner than later, the light at the end of the tunnel will overcome the darkness. Despite the difficulty of this, the bible assures us that if we wait on the Lord all the things listed in the verse shall happen. That is the essence of the analogy at the beginning of this text. Just as we waited on that first goal, we should wait on the Lord, never losing hope because our father in heaven has assured us that our strength shall be renewed!
Go into this week waiting on God, never losing hope, believing and trusting in the Lord God Almighty. Remember, while you're waiting on God, God is working! His plans for you are the best! His plans for you are better than your own plans for yourself.

Let's Talk...

-What keeps you going when you are waiting on the Lord? Any tips to share with our Lafunkites' readers and followers?

Have a great week ahead. Stay blessed.  We look forward to reading from you. See you next week Monday for another post from Mysses' Lafunky's blogspot.

- Sage

Monday, 19 March 2018

Becoming like Jesus Christ In Character

Hello Readers & Followers,

How was your weekend? Hope you had a lovely weekend and hope it wasn't too tiring? Last week was quite interesting for me actually as my character in Christ was tested immensely due to how someone related with me. 

As you read this excerpt of a sermon by my husband, I'd like you to take time to reflect on your character and honestly ask yourself, is it really like Christ's character? If it is not, this is an opportunity to become like Jesus Christ in character and also to ask the Holy Spirit to help you. 

It is to be noted that my husband and I are still becoming like Jesus Christ in character. We do not want you to think that we are perfect but we are on a journey to perfection. We know that there had been times that we fell short and there had also been times that we knew that God was pleased with our characters. We would not want to dwell on past achievements but rather, we want to focus on where we are now and where God is taking us.

Here goes this week's post...

Becoming Like Jesus Christ In Character

When you reflect something, you are exhibiting its likeness. You are displaying its characteristics. Like a mirror, the Bible tells us that we should reflect the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. We should have the same attitude as Jesus Christ. See Philippians 2:5-8

4 major qualities that Jesus possessed that we ought to copy and practice are:

1) Prayer: Matthew 26:36-41 Jesus prayed in Gethsemane and told the disciples to watch and pray so they will not enter into temptation. Not just any kind of prayer, there was emphasis on aligning our prayers in line with God's purpose and plan for us. Therefore, it is good to pray for the will of God. Matthew 23:14. Christ could have prayed that the cup of crucifixion be taken away from Him, but He didn't. He could have prayed that the day of crucifixion be moved further but He didn't instead He prayed for God's will to be done.

The book of John chapter 17 tells us about staying connected to the source of our power. Jesus prayed as many times as He could; Jesus never wanted to be separated from His father so He prayed at all times to maintain that channel of communication. Not just willing to pray but putting aside all busy schedules and praying.

2) Humility: The bible says that Jesus Christ humbled Himself and became obedient even to the point of death. Sometimes, when we pray and ask God to help us develop the spirit of patience that's when people come specially to provoke you just to test how much that patience is worth to you. Our human nature does not want us to be humble. Jesus washed the disciples feet with love thereby teaching us humility to even those we have authority over. 

In Mathew 17:24-28, Jesus humbled Himself to the authority that was in Government and He did not wield His power around aimlessly just to prove that He was the son of God. Instead He commanded Peter to go fishing and for him to bring the money he finds in the mouth of the fish to pay tax. 

The book of Romans 13:1-2 reminds us that all leaders and people in the authorities that exists are placed by God for a purpose, therefore we should obey them by doing our bit.

3) The Way Jesus Spoke: The bible describes the tongue as a powerful tool though small but directs life. See the book of James 3:5, Proverbs 18:21. Therefore Jesus Christ spoke positive words to the people. Mathew 9:23-26 made us to understand that when Jesus Christ said the girl is not dead but asleep the people ridiculed Jesus but this did not deter him from waking the girl up. 

"Always give thoughts to your words before they are spoken because your word is life and once spoken, it is difficult to reverse" - Mysses Lafunky's husband.

4) Forgiveness: Mathew 18:21-22 states that Jesus Christ commands us to forgive our neighbours up to 70 x 7. Forgiveness is not for the other person alone because if we don't forgive then we are also at the risk of not being forgiven.

Let's Talk...

  • What character of Jesus Christ do you already exhibit? (keep it up! :))
  • Do you have any recent experience that you did not reflect the characters of Jesus Christ? A) What happened? B) How did you handle it? C) And how would you handle, if a similar incident was to occur in the future? 

Prayer for Today

Merciful Lord, help me to become more like You. May I live a life that is more like You always. Lord Jesus, even when my character is being tested, help me to react like the way you will react in Jesus name. 
Merciful Lord, please forgive me for different ways that I had displayed characters (both in the open and secret) that did not reflect who you are.

Have a lovely week! Remember to interact with us by answering our "Let's Talk" questions.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Armoured to Stand

New week alert! New post alert! Always so excited when it’s time to write a new post, if only I could be writing new posts daily 😢. Oh well, wishes and Lamborghinis. Are you a fan of war movies? Especially those ones that depict battle scenes from the period of the Roman or Greek empires? When the warriors get ready for battle, you see them getting their armours ready. What constitutes their armour?

You have the shield, the breastplate (because mans ain’t tryna be sliced pork chop), the helmet (because mans can’t be walking around with a headless body), the belt, the sandals and of course the sword or hammer (depending on the warrior’s preference). Before battle, you see their armours shining and gleaming under the sun but by the end of the battle, it’s bloodied. But therein lies the difference between us and these warriors!

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Eph. 6:13, NIV)

Wait, what?! I am not understanding this! God, are you trying to tell me that after going through my Avengers assemble routine of suiting up to face Killmonger, I should just stand? Wow… amaziiiiing. Well, therein lies the difference, we are not expected to fight the battle (II Chr. 20:17). Why? For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12) and of course, there is no way you can physically fight what isn’t physical. Have you ever tried fighting a temptation with boxing or wrestling? That would be weird and impossible 😂.

With that in mind, when God gave us the charge to suit up and stand, it was because He knew that there was no way we could fight the spiritual forces of this world with earthly armour or earthly battle strategies. You may say, but not all things we face in life are spiritual and I would say, all things are spiritual (I Cor. 2:15). Every situation you face in life, every battle, has a spiritual force behind it and that is why in Eph. 6, the bible takes the time to explain to us what we truly contend with when we see things happening to us in the physical and thereafter, tells us what to do about those situations (wear the armour of God, so we can stand our ground).

As we go into this week, the charge is for us to wear the armour of God and stand. What is the armour of God? Eph. 6:14-17 gives us the details on what it consists, check it out.

Let's talk

- Tell us, what situations in life have you faced and were unable to stand?
- Why were you unable to stand?

Trace your way back to God and suit up in His armour and ask for strength to stand when the evil day comes.


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Monday, 5 March 2018

Hagar Moment

Happy new month guys, welcome to the third month of the new year. I’m jamming to this great song recommended by Myss Lafunky called Your Great Name by Todd Dulaney. Nothing like the name of Jesus, right? Listen to it and be blessed. I’m sure you would be wondering what a Hagar moment is, be patient, we will get there. It was inspired by an awesome podcast by a spiritual father of mine, Bishop T.D Jakes and it’s called "Are you all in?" Please listen to it and I can assure you that you would be blessed just as I was by the podcast.

"Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, 'The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.' Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife." (Gen. 16:1-2 NIV).

First of, apologies to Hagar and anyone named Hagar for using your name to describe a situation that is not necessarily positive. Verse 2 of Gen. 16 completely captures exactly what a Hagar moment is; now for some context, flip back to Gen. 15 with specific focus on Gen. 15:5.

Like Daddy Jakes said and I’m paraphrasing here, it’s basically a moment in life when you decide to help God fulfil His promise to you lol. Imagine the almighty God needing your help to complete what He started. But that is exactly what we do when we are holding on to God and we decide to create a plan B like Sarai did. In Gen.15:5, God gave them the promise and bada bing bada boom, 22 verses later, Sarai is like naaa this ain’t gonna work, I gotta help God out. Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t plan or strategize but I’m saying when waiting on God, you need to trust that He is able to finish that which He started. 

As human beings, we all have Hagar moments at different points in time but what is wrong is, when we have the Hagar moment and follow through on whatever decisions that arise from those moments. Remember that verse that says without faith it is impossible to please God? Yeah, Heb. 11:6. When we have Hagar moments and follow through, we are basically saying we don’t have faith in God’s finishing ability and in doing so, we displease Him.
The example of Abraham and Sarah is one of the most common examples that happens in our society today. I myself have had quite a few Hagar moments, sometimes I’ve had the strength to resist those moments and other times, I found myself "helping God" by following through with action. There are a lot of risks associated with Hagar moments and from experience (even when we are covered by the grace and mercy of God) we end up having to live with the consequences and pains of the Hagar moment. 

I’ve been guilty of succumbing to Hagar moments but after listening to the podcast, I made up my mind to start taking concrete steps to close out every Hagar moment in my life and by His grace, I will be able to close out and resist any Hagar moment in my life.

As we go into this new week and month, the charge is for you to sit down and think of anytime you tried to help God and ask Him for His forgiveness and strength to close every door that was opened due to Hagar moments and to walk away whenever you’re faced with a Hagar moment again. Temptation isn’t a sin but falling into temptation is a sin!

Let’s Talk

  1. What Hagar moments have you experienced?
  2. What are the steps you need to take to fix those moments?
Have a lovely week! See you on Monday for another faith based post.


Monday, 26 February 2018

I Feel A Shake In My Spirit When I...

I feel a shake in my Spirit when I call your Name. When you think of the name of Jesus Christ, what comes to your mind? What do you associate with the name of Jesus Christ?

Recently, I undertook a task with someone and when we arrived at our destination, both the individual and I were terrified by what we saw. However, the first thing that I did was to call on the name of Jesus Christ repeatedly as I had a strong belief that the name of Jesus Christ would protect  us and also lessen our fears. Guess what readers? The Lord took control of everything and our fears were gone and everything was alright. A confirmation that there is power in the name of Jesus Christ.

Last weekend, we had Todd Dulaney's song ("Your Great Name") on repeat at home. I also watched a review of Tasha Cobb Leonard's new gospel music album on YouTube, click here to watch the review. This two experiences coupled with my initial experience on calling the name of Jesus Christ triggered this post.

From my personal walk with God, I associate the following with the name of Jesus Christ:

- I feel protected when I call on the name of Jesus

- I feel at peace when I call on the name of Jesus Christ

- The name that saves

- The name that heals

- The name that forgives wrongs

- The only name and way to get to heaven

- I associate the name with compassion, mercy, kindness, truth and consuming fire

- The name that is Higher than any other name

- The name that causes demons to bow and tremble

- The name that delivers

- The name that makes all things possible

- The name that is associated with a sinless life.

- The name that is powerful

- The name that cares

- The name that is loving

- The name that gives clarity

- The name that reigns forever

- The name that reveals the secret and hidden things to His children

- The name that gives joy.

Let's Talk...

  1. What do you associate with the name of Jesus Christ?
  2. Do you have any experience with the name of Jesus Christ that you would like to share?

Enjoy this song by Todd Dulaney.

Have a lovely week! 

- Mysses Lafunky

Friday, 23 February 2018

Don't Take God for Granted | It Doesn't Make It Right Because Everyone is Doing It

Hello Readers & Followers

Thank God Its Friday! I recognise that we did not publish our faith message for Monday. My sincere apologies!  My week was extremely busy and my mind was tired. I have actually noticed that when my mind is tired and when I have had a very busy week or day, I tend to struggle to be productive in the place of writing faith articles and also I sometimes struggle to connect with God on a one to one. I wonder if this is generic to everyone or is it just peculiar to me?  If you have any tips for me, feel free to comment below or contact me.

Back to this week's post...

A) Are you a Practising Christian?

B) Are you a Born Again Christian?

C) Have you noticed how there are several things that the Word of God has told us to avoid and things that God has clearly warned us against are now being normalised and embraced?

D) Have you noticed that some Christians also participate in things that they know are wrong and against God's word?

E) Do you know that God always tells you through your conscience when you are doing or have done something against the way He expects you to do things?

F) Do you give excuses such as; i) God will forgive me when I seek His forgiveness, ii) Everyone is doing it, what makes me different? iii) Mature Christians are doing it, this therefore makes it right for me to do it too. iv) God will always understand as He is a good God.

Mysses Lafunky would like to encourage you with the following:

1. Dearest readers, God would like you to be more careful to do the good things that you know you are ought to do as a Christian, obey Him with deep respect and stay away from ALL that might displease Him (Philippians 2 :12 TLB version Paraphrased).

2. Do not be discouraged in living for God, God is happy with you when you make a conscious decision to show that you love Him through your way of life.

3. No one can serve two Gods. You are either a Christian that lives for God or a non-Christian that does not live for God.

4. God is not keen on you to call yourself a Christian (A follower of Jesus Christ that follows God's teachings) and yet you are not following His teachings. He wouldn't see you as His child.

5. Remember, there will be trying times, God is ALWAYS available to help you to make right choices.

6. If peradventure, you have fallen along the way, it is not too late to forsake your wrong ways. However, It may cost you! "Living for God is a lifestyle of sacrifice (Quote by Mysses Lafunky)." But God will make everything to work together for your good. 

Let's Talk . . .
A lot of people struggle to forsake old habits and wrong things that they know that God hates. Do you have any tips that could be beneficial for someone that is struggling to forsake old ways or things that God has told Christians to stay away from?

Enjoy your weekend!

- Mysses Lafunky

Monday, 12 February 2018

Are You Pursing Holiness?

Hello Readers & Followers,

How was your weekend?  Ready for another week? May the Lord be with you in this new week. May you always be at the right place at the right time. 

This short post is to encourage you to pursue holiness and live a life that is totally devoted to God whilst you are on earth. 

Check out the following points that can help you to pursue holiness: 

1) Live for God: Whatever you do in the secret and in the open, let it bring glory to God.

2) Take time to read the Bible: Be intentional and create a daily time to know God.

3) Be Loyal to God: Stay away from things and ambitions that could compromise your dedication and commitment to God.

4) Determine to obey God's Word: Be aware that there will be various things and people that may discourage you from staying faithful to God but be rest assured that the Lord is ready to help you when you make a decision to obey him. 

Let's Talk . . .

 - Are there things on this earth that affect our relationship and devotion to God?

- I'd like you to say a prayer right now for someone that needs help in pursing holiness with God. 

Please remember to share this post with at least one person.

Have a lovely week.

Mysses Lafunky

Monday, 5 February 2018

Taking Territories

Like the bible says, an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. That saying was in my mind when I laid down on my couch, as usual there was no light, thinking of what to do to occupy my time. Trust the mind to wander when left unchecked and unguarded thanks to the power of boredom; suddenly all manners of thoughts started coming to my mind, but glory be to God, it occurred to me that I had to sweep the house and complete a whole lot of other house chores.
That’s how I made good use of almost 3 hours that I would have otherwise given to non-value adding things. It was in the middle of my chores that I got the inspiration for this topic, thanks to a seed that was planted while listening to the TD Jakes podcast titled: SOAR: The Next Generation.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." Num. 13:30 (NKJV).

While sweeping the house, I remembered that a few days ago I had promised to sweep the master bedroom of the house. Now get this, I live alone so when I’m planning to sweep any part of my house, the room I sleep in should come first, right? Would you be shocked if I told you that I have lived in my own house for the better part of almost two years and had never slept in the master bedroom for one night?

So, if I wasn’t sleeping in the master bedroom, where was I sleeping? In the guest room! Imagine living in your own place but sleeping in the guest room. I can guarantee you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the room. So, Sage, tell us why you moved into your own house and slept in the guest room?
Well my first excuse back then was I didn’t want to move into the master bedroom till I was married; don’t ask me why, I just kept giving myself that excuse. Then the excuse became, I had not yet repainted the walls in the room, eventually I did that! Then I told myself: "oh I need to fix curtains, till then I can’t move in". 

This was how almost two years passed and I was still living in the guest room of my own house! The children of Israel had excuses of their own, Num. 13:28-29, 31-33.
What changed? It was very simple actually; so simple I should have done it months ago. I stopped giving excuses and just did it!

If you notice, in Num. 13:28-33, there was a break in transmission while the ten spies gave their excuses, it was in vs. 30. Ten of the twelve spies gave four different excuses, while two gave a solution. What does that teach us?
Just like the Israelites, just like me, there will always be excuses and reasons not to act but there is only one solution! Like the Nike slogan says, Just do it! Which is exactly what I did before writing this article. I just did it and took possession of the master bedroom of my house. That’s exactly what the Israelites did eventually. They just did it and when they did, they took possession of the land!

As we start this new week, the charge is for you to look at areas of your life that you have been giving excuses for, step out in faith and JUST DO IT! You do not need giant faith (Luke 17:6, Matt. 17:20), you just need a little faith, God will handle the rest.

Let's talk...

  • What areas of your life have you refused to take possession of? 
  • What are the excuses you give yourself that prevent you from taking possession? 
  • What is the worst that will happen if you step out in faith and just do it? 

Share your thoughts with us, we’d like to know.


Monday, 29 January 2018

The Flawed Iron

Welcome to a new year! Am I the only one wondering how many months are in January? Last week was January, this week is still January, biko January come and be going! For those of us in Nigeria, January welcomed us and fuel scarcity like two old friends that have not seen each other in a decade. Last last, February is here, and the month of love will not disappoint us.

I’m sure you’re wondering about the topic of this week’s post, right? Well, I wanted to title the post 'Flaws' but as I was getting ready for work and listening to a message, I got the inspiration for this title and the verse; you can be sure that I messaged my writing mentor, Mysses Lafunky, immediately. 

As individuals, we all have our different flaws and while some are easy to fix, others are much more difficult. Some are basic and common flaws like forgetfulness, some are sensitive like not guarding your heart properly (Prov. 4:23) and others are very scary like anger (which is what I deal with). But despite all these flaws (we expect others to love us) the bible commands us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). When you mess up, do you run away from yourself? No! So, what is expected of us when a friend’s flaw comes to the surface? Well there is a verse somewhere in the bible for it (let me ask google 😊):

"As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend" Prov. 27:17, NKJV.

"You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another" Prov. 27:17, MSG

If you’re a fan of movies, especially the ones set in the olden days, you never see a warrior sharpen his sword with wood or foam. They take another metal and sharpen the sword till it can cut a person in half with minimal effort. This is exactly what is expected of us as children of God (I like how the bible refers to us as iron because we are expected to be strong, agile, malleable and yet sharp enough to dissect the plans of the devil and cut through the plans of the enemy, after all the word of the Lord is like a double-edged sword (Heb. 4:12)).

However, even though we are described as iron we all come with our individual flaws and it is our duty to constantly sharpen not just ourselves but those we consider as friends. How do we do this? By running away or abandoning our friends when their flaws come up? No! Just like every metal has its flaws and needs to go through a purification process, so do we. How do we help our friends go through the purification process? We pray for them, engage them about their flaws honestly (Prov. 27:5) and with love and show them the mistakes they made and how best to correct those mistakes to ensure they are not repeated. It is not an easy task to do, neither is it a task that will be filled with thanks, but if you’re that friend (Prov. 18:24), you will carry out the responsibility with love and all manner of diligence. If you don’t know how to go about it, take it to God in prayer and ask Him for wisdom, understanding and strength before you go ahead in 'sharpening' the friend.

As we go into this week, the charge is for us to evaluate those we call friends and consider the areas in which they have flaws, pray for them and approach them about it in wisdom and understanding, not finger-pointing, in order that they may be sharpened.

Let's talk, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you believe is the best way to engage a friend about their flaws.
  • How will you handle their criticism when they get defensive and start calling yours out or insulting you?
  • Have you had an experience, either positive or negative, of a time you sharpened a friend?
We’d love to hear from you and who knows, if we like your experience enough and you give us permission, we just might share it for others to learn from. Stay blessed! Stay intentional!


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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.