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, 29 October 2014

Confidently leaning on God

Hi Christoggers!
Lean on God's support

'...but I trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord.' This scripture is from Psalm 31, verse 6b. It is not only found in this Psalm but in other books of the bible as well. Trusting in God means that we believe what he says or promises us. He is true to his Word; relying on him is an extension of this trust. 'CONFIDENTLY LEANING ON GOD' however got me thinking...

A famous poem titled FOOTPRINTS which you can find it here, basically talks about God carrying us in times of trouble. When God carries us though, he's doing all the work. This is however not the usual way he helps us. Just like a baby is carried until a certain age and then, is encouraged to crawl and walk, God encourages us to grow in our faith - and WALK. If he were to carry us every time we had problems, we would never grow!

CONFIDENTLY LEANING ON GOD is NOT about being carried by him but relying - leaning on him for assisted support; it is not like leaning on a wall to rest, where we are not active. When we lean on God, we are asking for help and position ourselves to receive it by faith . "I WILL NOT BE MOVED" is our confession when we confidently lean on God. It is not about stagnancy but a stand of faith that supports our dependence on God as our Helper.
We lose confidence when we expect God to carry us while he's stretching out a hand to assist us. Leaning on God means he's 'got our backs' - we are protected. It is about 'passing through the waters and rivers' and 'not drowning' and 'walking through the fire of oppression', being confident 'we will not be burned' because God is with us (Is 43: 1-5).

The Holy Spirit has been given to us and he is a multi-tasker. John 14:26 (AMP BIBLE) tells us he is our Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby)All of these attributes are supportive roles: he cannot comfort, counsel or help us without our participation. He cannot intercede for us, if we do not give him a foundation of prayer to work on. He cannot be our advocate, if we do not have a case against us. He certainly cannot strengthen us if we give him no access to us, neither can he stand by us, if we cannot be found. It is a partnership and we have our parts to play. GOD IS OUR HELP and we can CONFIDENTLY LEAN on him to support and uphold us. Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade




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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Being God-conscious

Hi Christoggers!
Do your ideas outweigh God's?

A couple of weeks ago, as I drove to a nearby town with my husband, I took note of the landmarks on the route, in case I needed to go there alone. The opportunity came to go alone and for safety, I turned on my navigation system (Navi). All the way, it kept trying to take me on another route. I found myself talking to the Navi, saying that it was not going to take me 'that way' because the landmarks showed me the right route. As I related this experience to my husband, I explained to him that I was very conscious of the landmarks and the Holy Spirit interrupted, "GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS! This is what being God-conscious is like!"

Many times, we feel that being God-conscious is a burden, even overwhelming. How on earth do you keep God on your mind 24 hours a day? Being God-conscious is however not thinking about God but checking that our thoughts, ideas and actions are in line with his pre-set standards. When we are God-conscious, we put our thoughts and ideas on a balance with God's standards and precepts. Do your thoughts and ideas outweigh God's on the balance? The Navi trying to re-direct me was like the voices I hear when I need to make a decision. These voices could be from within me, around me or directed to me. Responding to the the Navi suggestions was about comparing what it suggested to what I knew was right. Please note:

  • A DIFFERENT WAY MAY BE GOOD but the bible says in Prov 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. 
  • GREEN IS NOT JUST FOR GRASS but also for the green snake in the grass. Be aware of the tricks of the enemy.
  • GREENER GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS APPETISING because the grass that is greener on the other side may not be for YOU to feed on! Navi wanted to take me on its own pre-planned route not the route that was right for me. In 1 Cor 6:12, we are told that: Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims. (THE MSG BIBLE)
  • AVOID COMPROMISES. When you start making decisions with phrases like, "Well...I suppose..It's not really wrong...It's not really that bad...At least it won't...", you are about to slip out from God's hedge of protection.
Stay God-conscious Christoggers; it's a good guide and a safe place to be! Till next week. keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade



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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A full exchange

Hi Christoggers!
It's a full life exchange

When I was very young, I was told I would learn to read and write but nobody told me that learning was hard work! Nobody told me that the thick textbooks for Physics, Chemistry and Biology were written in another language! Nobody told me that my university certificate was not a direct access ticket to a job and that in marriage, love needed constant feeding! And the children? Nobody told me what giving birth really felt like... Nevertheless, I fully exchanged each phase of life for the next!

Jesus came knocking and I let him in but nobody told me that being a christian meant carrying a burden. "Repent, receive Jesus and a guaranteed eternal life with God! Problems go and freedom comes." Was that all? Is that all? Can't be bad at all! ...but nobody told me about the YOKE, or did HE? Matthew 11 and verses 28-29 says:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
JESUS NEVER PROMISED A YOKE-FREE LIFE! On the contrary, he offered a yoke - his yoke, in exchange for ours. "...take MY yoke..." How do you give rest by offloading a burden and then replacing it with another? Verse 30 has the answer: It is in the quality of the yoke: '...a wholesome - useful, good...but comfortable, gracious and pleasant yoke...light to carry and easy to bear'.
Jesus' offer was NOT a part exchange! It was all of our burden for his. He was not like a car dealer who part-exchanged your car! All the things I went through in my life never stopped me from moving forward. Child birth was so 'good', I went through it two more times! Why then do we allow the devil to deceive us: If God has not healed you...if you have not got a job...if you can't have children... if... If only I had understood earlier, that the exchange that happened at Calvary was a pre-run of the christian life! It was always and still is, my worst for his best, my lows for his highs, my lack for his abundance, my foolishness for his wisdom, my heavy burden for his light burden...my life in full exchange for his. That's what you have; live it to the full in his honour! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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