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, 23 July 2014

Dear Father 2: Rough diamond

Hi Christoggers!

Are you a diamond in the making?
I thank God for giving me the grace to write this blog in a way that is uniquely me. When I started this blog, I really was not sure about the format but as time goes on, it has been a bit clearer. God uses not only our strengths but also our uniqueness, that special something that differentiates us from others, for his glory. With that in mind, I would like to share this week’s blog in the format of a letter – Dear Father 2: Rough diamond. The first one, Dear Father, can be found HERE.

Dear Father,

I thank you for trusting me with the work you have placed in my hands. I feel honoured to have the privilege of honouring you in this way. It still amazes me how you take the insignificant aspects of my life and make them significant. The very things I consider unusable are those you choose to use.

You and I are like two miners working in the same mine; I use a magnifying glass to observe the detailed aspects of my findings while you use a jeweller’s loupe. All I see are the weak, flawed and unclean areas magnified on a large scale. You on the other hand, see not only the encapsulating grit that makes me look like a lump of soil but much more than that; you see the potential of this rough diamond. The world would call me unfit, unqualified, a fake but you see me as a gem, a jewel in the making.

It is true that a lump of clay in the hands of a good potter can become a vessel of honour. Nurtured and pruned, a tree will not only grow but also thrive. I am thankful that I am in the hands of the best jeweller and an awesome farmer. May I become a vessel of honour unto you, a valuable gem and a prosperous tree in your Kingdom. Thank you for loving me and believing that I am worth dying for. Please give me the grace to continue to prove my love for you by walking in obedience. Love you lots ‘Baba mi’.

Your daughter,
Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mind games

Hi Christoggers!
Who's playing with your mind?
God is a God of order and this order should stream down into our lives. The spirit of man is the authorized entity meant to communicate with God. Whatever information has been downloaded to it is then streamed down to the mind. There is an african  proverb that simply translates that one does not fear the deliverer of a message but the author of the message. In other words, whatever God downloads to your spirit is the truth and how your mind dissects, re-packages and interprets it cannot change what it is – the TRUTH!

When the devil wants to confuse you, he plays mind games. Remember Eve: “Did God really say…” (Gen 3:1) I am sure the devil was not asking Eve if God mixed up his words. No! He was playing mind games. What he was asking Eve had to do with Eve’s understanding of what God said. You see, if you are not sure about what God told YOU, the devil will give you his opinion regarding what YOU heard from God!

Do you remember this children’s game where you are meant to repeat what you heard from one neighbour to another neighbour? After the message has been repeated about ten times, the last person says what he believes he heard and it is always different from the original message! Why is this so? Sometimes when we listen, our minds are already decoding the message – without listening to the whole message first! It’s like an interpreter who begins to interpret from one language to another, without hearing the complete phrase or sentence in full. Another example is when your computer gives you suggestions as to the words you are about to type. Just like you can turn this suggestion mode off, you can turn the devil off!

“You can be sure that you won’t die,...“ was the devil’s reply in Genesis 3:4. What? God says your sin will lead to spiritual death and the devil says it won’t? In like manner, God tells you that you are redeemed but you let the devil and his accomplices convince you that you are condemned! God invites you to the banquetting table but you’ve been convinced that the crumbs under the table are what you deserve. Why have you traded in your royal priesthood so you can belong to the common hood? Who can hinder a shooting star or curse those whom God has blessed? Who dethroned you from the headship God gave to you, telling you that you have fallen so low, you cannot rise again? Do you not know that though the righteous fall seven times, they (SHALL) rise again...Prov 24:16?

Stop feeding on lies and get a belly-full of the truth! The devil is playing mind games with you. It’s time for a new game – the WORD & BLOOD GAME. Speak the word against every untruth and nullify it with the blood. Your God-ordained destiny is truth – protect it!

“…do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise…” (Heb 10:35-36)
Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

First fruits

Hi Christoggers!
Are you interested in increase?

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Prov 3:9-10) Amp Bible

In line with the topic of tithes here couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about first fruits. Unlike tithing, first fruits are seldom talked about. They are the initial or first yield obtained as an income, which is then presented to God as a THANKSGIVING OFFERING. (Deut 26:2).

In Deut 26: 1-11, the purpose of the first fruits is explained. Simply put, my understanding is:
I was lost and you found me
In darkness and you delivered me
Lowly and you exalted me
And NOW, you have brought me
To a place of abundant blessings
And for this dear Lord
I bring you an offering of thanks
And rejoice and worship you

Rewards of first fruits:
  •  INCREASE Jesus was the first fruit of the resurrected, (1 Cor 15:20), and consequentially, …those who are Christ’s [own will be resurrected] at His coming. (1 Cor 15:23)
  • ABUNDANCE, DOMINION & BLESSING - Abraham offered his God-directed first fruit, Isaac (Gen 22:1-12) and consequentially, …“I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
  • RESTORATION - Hannah offered Samuel, (1 Sam 1:11)‘And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters.’ (1 Sam 2:21)

Our first-fruits offering would probably be part or all of a first salary from a new job, for example. This shows God that he and not money, is the One we serve. It’s an expression of trust – God, Jehovah Jireh is more than enough to provide; it’s putting a STOP sign on lack and stagnation! Have you or would you consider a first-fruits offering to God? Till next week, keep on walking in Christ.

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade

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