BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbour for his good for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. Rom 15:2 (Amplified Bible)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Relationship has responsibilities

Hi Christoggers!
God's way or your way?

When my children were toddlers, they 'waddled' around with their nappy-cushioned bum-bums, as they explored their environment. Now and then, they would fall down but got straight back up. Other times, they would have an 'unsafe landing' on the floor and mummy would have to 'tell the floor off', for hurting her baby: "Naughty floor! Naughty floor!", I would say and then gave my baby a big cuddle.

Sometime ago, my youngest, a teenager, bumped into a cabinet and looked at me expectantly. "Aren't you going to say anything?", she asked, with a pretence look of being in pain. "You do not expect me to have a go at the cabinet because YOU bumped into it, do you?", was my reply. Her expressions said 'yes' and my smile said 'you must be kidding'!

In our relationship with God, we sometimes still expect him to spoon-feed us, wipe our food-soiled mouths, change our nappies and clear away our messes or we are not budging. The false expectancy of what God should do for us has kept some christians sitting on the church pews and waiting: 

  • ...for the pastor to personally pray for them.
  • ...for a new prophecy before taking any step.
  • ...for a pep talk before deciding to live holy.
  • ...for encouragement to pray.
  • ...for the pastor to plead with them to read their bible.
  • ...to be coerced into tithing.
Let's get real:
  • Nobody has to feed us the food which our body needs; we feed ourselves!
  • Prophecies confirm what the Lord has already been talking to us about - when we are in communication with him!
  • We do not need pep talks to obey the laws of our countries so, why do we need them to obey God's?
  • If we need to be encouraged to pray, we have become too comfortable. 
  • If we need motivation to read our bible, (in the days of mobile bible apps), we are saying we know all there is to know about God!
  • To be coerced into tithing shows we have a wrong relationship with money and do not understand who it really belongs to.
The point is this: Do not let us be the reason God cannot bless us because we will not accept that we have responsibilities! We do no one a favour because we pray or tithe! On the contrary; just like the command not to sin is for our benefit, all of God's expectations are also for our benefit! God can do without us but can we do without him. Let's grow up - into Christ. Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

God doesn't write cheques

Hi Christoggers!


No heavenly cheques!
Christmas is just around the corner and parents are bombarded with endless lists of 'I want...' These are what God receives every second of every day - request lists of 'I want...'Recently on the internet, I saw a picture of an eye pad and the child responding, that he actually wanted an iPad! Just like the Christmas gifts, we probably make our request to God quite specific, in order to avoid misunderstanding. 

So, we go to God requesting an item with a brand name and model. A 'Mercedes C300 4MATIC SEDAN' Lord! We do not just want anybody to pray for us; it has to be the pastor. We need money for a business venture and 'my rich uncle' - you know, the one that owns the big company, should lend me the money. That job that pays ?????? in company ABC is the one I want. The problem is, GOD DOESN'T WRITE CHEQUES! God doesn't rain down cheques like manna nor does he give out credit cards to his children, to buy their dreams.

God hears your requests but gives you what you need. You need a car and he may bless you with a job that comes with a company car. You need prayer, he may let you listen to an evangelist who 'just happens' to pray for what you need. You need money for your business and he may ask you to sow into somebody's life - money or even time. Company ABC may employ you but not for 'that job' but another of lower status, so that you can gain experience. I asked God to teach me to pray, expecting him to use my prayers for my needs as the training ground. Instead, God led me to pray for a sick toddler I do not know, so much so, that it consumed my prayer time!

GOD DOESN'T WRITE CHEQUES but uses a token coin that can be exchanged for what you need. Are you looking at your request list, expecting God to tick them off one by one? Look again and ask him how he wants you to receive each blessing. There are things I need to learn and the Lord directs me to YouTube videos that are tailor-made for me and best of all, free! The answer to your prayer is in the token coin he has engraved your name on. Claim it, use it and watch it yield dividends beyond your wildest dream. GOD DOESN'T WRITE CHEQUES but he orders your steps and pays you with blessings that maketh rich and add no sorrow to it (Prov 10:22). Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Makes no natural sense

Hi Christoggers!


If God can make these...
LET'S FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT: Mary is told in 2014 about the immaculate conception (Luke 1: 26-37). Her response: "How on earth do I explain to Joseph that I am supposed to get pregnant without him? Well, you know what guys are like. He's been wanting to have his way with me so, I might as well let him. This way, he will not be able to claim his innocence when I become pregnant."

BACK TO THE PAST: There was famine and Jacob (Israel), had a large family to feed and the only sensible thing to do was to follow the crowd to Egypt but God said: Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I will tell you. Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings... (Gen 26: 2-3 Amplified Bible)

It makes no natural sense! Mary agreeing to immaculate conception and Jacob staying behind on famine land simply do not make sense! How were they going to convince anyone that they were not in need of psychiatric help? As I thought about this, I could relate to it, though only in a little way. As one who would have been booed off any TV musical competition for 'thinking she could sing', I can empathise! As one whose language skills are not as good as one would expect but is writing blogs, I do understand! FEAR and EMBARRASSMENT almost stopped me from writing as well as sharing the songs I received because it made no sense! So, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN GOD'S WILL MAKES NO NATURAL SENSE TO YOU? 

YOU MUST FIRST BELIEVE AND TRUST IN WHOM HE CLAIMS TO BE! Is he really all that? We can check God's credentials to see that HE IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT! Let the records from Genesis to Revelation and world-wide testimonies show: GOD IS FAITHFULYour life may not make sense to you but let God in and it will glorify him, as he demonstrates his magnificence through your inadequacies. By his grace, I shall reveal more in 'the book'Yes! Average student...doesn't fit in...doesn't look like much...hasn't done much and hasn't got much, is writing a book! Could I be talking to YOU??!! Are you still waiting to be perfect before you answer his call? Do your talent seeds look dry and worthless? Welcome to the club of usable vessels! The Master, who qualifies the called, is also the one who turns seeds into beautiful blossoms and cedar trees and he has been expecting you! It makes no natural sense BUT if you will just let God have YOU, weaknesses and all, your life will make sense in the end! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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