Monday 3 July 2017

The Valiant Arm of the Lord: Olowogbogboro

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

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

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

The Tide

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

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

The Valiant Hand: Olowogbogboro 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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