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, 22 April 2015

A RE-POST FROM 2013: Dear Father...

Hi Christoggers!
 ...thank you Father!

I went shopping today and because the weather was so nice, my state of mind was different =)). I was calm and cool as I soaked in the atmosphere and felt good about myself. Everything seemed to be much brighter and full of life and it got me thinking:  What is it about God that has made my life better

Sometimes, I am too busy asking, pleading etc., that I forget how far I have come or rather, how far God has brought me. Yes, I do say “Thank-you" but I wondered what it would be like to write God a letter - just as if I were talking with him. So, this week, I would like to share my letter with you:

Dear Father,
             
I just thought it would be nice to write to you, even though I talk to you everyday! I appreciate you for all you are, Father. It has taken me a long time to even begin to understand you, much less than I needed to understand myself! I know you have had to put up with so much and I thank you for not giving up on me.

I have come to realise that the value of life depends on whom one shares the journey with. I am indebted to you for committing yourself to accompany me on my life's journey. I thank you for being the patient listener to all my complaints, the unseen eyes that watch over me, the unheard voice silencing my storms, the peace within that destroys my fears, the impenetrable wall that shields my life, the song of joy always on my lips, the mighty Word building my faith, the Spirit in me directing my paths, the Blood that speaks of unending mercy and the God of love, I can't stop loving.

My heartfelt gratitude, though of little worth, together with my life, are both now yours. Love loving you, Father. Many thanks for being the best!

With much love
XXX
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Why don't you try writing your own letter to your heavenly Father?
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Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

TEATIME TALK: Will you believe?


Hi Christoggers!
 
If God can do this...
As you probably know, every few weeks, I write under the topic ‘Reflections’, where I summarise what I have learnt in my christian walk so far. Apart from the usual posts, I have shared some things I just had on my heart, as if we were sitting together, having a cup of tea. I seem to be having more of these thoughts recently so, I thought it would be nice to invite you over sometimes, to have a ‘TEATIME TALK’ with me! So, here’s to our first TEATIME TALK! By the way, how do you take your tea?

LIFE has been quite hectic recently and I could honestly do with another Sabbath day of rest! I seem to be on the go physically and when I finally do to take a break, my brain is still hard at work! I believe that God never gives us more than we can bear but it would be so easy to use this as an excuse to stop doing some things which I very well know I should be doing!

Among other things, I love to watch christian films; I believe they are just another form in which sermons are delivered. Have you ever watched a film and thought that it was speaking directly to your situation? It so happens, I believe, that God uses ALL these films to minister to me! I watched a film which described the typical christian in a bad phase: never having enough, struggling in life and comparing himself to every other person! The difference about this film was the explanation given to justify the christian’s situation. It was nothing new really but somehow, it got my attention.

We are like buildings differing in size and use and thus requiring different types of foundation. Our Foundation is Christ but the way he presents / will present us to our world, is what determines the type, depth and size of the foundation of our building. If you look at those around you, (like I have been doing recently!), you may want to ask the question, “What about me Lord?” The answer: What you are going through is not about you! You are being prepared for those you have been ‘sent’ to and what you have been called to do.

A word for thought: The only decision YOU alone will have to make is this: Will you believe God to the point of holding on to him – no matter how grim the situation may look?

Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

How long is a long life?

Hi Christoggers!
Tomorrow is life postponed!

There is a promise God has made to us, which can be found in Psalm 91:16

With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. (AMP Bible)

As human beings, our standard of measurement for the length of time we live is of course 'years'. For some reason, still quite unknown to me, we have come to the decision that 100 years is the 'goal'. So, when we pray for a long life, at the back of our minds, we are hoping to get to 100. The problem with this is that, God, who promised us a long life, does not calculate in years but in seasons!

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven (Eccl 3:1 AMP Bible)

If long life meant 100 years, Jesus would not have died at 33 years. He died when he had completed the season(s) for his purpose. So what is expected of us? The apostle Paul says it well:

As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry...the time of my [spirit’s] release [from the body] is at hand and I will soon go free. I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith. (2 Tim 4: 5-7 AMP Bible)

The long life each of us has been given, should be long enough to 'fully perform all the duties of our ministries' and finish the race God has set before each one of us. He 'satisfies' us by giving us what we need to do the work assigned to us. The idea of needing 30 or 90 years to accomplish these, is only relevant to us. For God, to whom a thousand years is like a moment, a hundred years is a dot on his time scale.
So, why is this important? When we think in years, we automatically believe we still have 'long enough', to do what God has pre-destined us to do. We slowly drift into a 'tomorrow mode', shifting and postponing many things into the timeframe called 'tomorrow'. The problem with this is that we can never experience 'tomorrow' - we can only experience 'now'!

The best we can do, is to work in the seasons the Lord gives us, with the grace and anointing given. How long is the life God has given us? Long enough to fulfil our purpose! The 'ripe old age' we live to, is the age we are ripe enough to go home! The length of our lives should really indicate how much purpose we fulfil - 20, 50, 95 or 100%. So, how long is the life you have really lived? Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade 
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