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, 28 January 2015

A WORD TO THE CHURCH

Hi Christoggers!
Is your bridal gown stained?

...consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. (Rom 11:22 AMP Bible)

Has the Church now become a cheap shop, where you get quantity without quality? People come into the church and when the seats get filled, the church building is exchanged. It graduates from a living room to a classroom and then to a hall and later to a church building. Christians on the other hand, refuse to exchange their garments. The stained garments they came into the church in years ago, are the same ones they still have on. The Church is graduating in sin instead of holiness. Do we really believe in God?

We have become actors, who flaunt our talents before a sinful (corrupt) world, instead of saints whose light takes the darkness captive. How can we claim that our God is supreme and powerful, when we flaunt our sinfulness before him? Immorality in the church is like slapping the face of God. If we can do it without fear for the damnation of our very souls, then we are saying that our God is powerless. If so, why then do we pray to him? If he is powerless to punish us for our sins, then he must be powerless to answer our prayers! But this is the God we preach to unbelievers! Their thoughts: your God does not exist OR your God is powerless because he tolerates your sinful lifestyle! 

GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE MUST NOT BE ABUSED! Shall we continue in sin, so that grace may abound? BEWARE! The silence of God regarding sin is a deadly trap! Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap (Gal 6:7 AMP Bible). 

God loved David but his sins of adultery still had a price tag. If God is powerless to punish us, then he can't bless us. However, if he is able to bless us abundantly, he can discipline us harshly! We can testify to his blessings and Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:13-28) bears witness to his judgement. God is extremely patient! Nevertheless, ...the wages of sin is (still) death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.(Rom 6:23 NIV). Let us take off the old, stained garments and put on those washed and cleansed by the precious blood of the Lamb. Put on Christ; he'll never go out of fashion! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What will you confess?

Hi Christoggers!
Are you confessing victory!

'Confession brings possession', is a common saying. Please be aware, that confession done in one's strength can bring victory but because it is not sustained by the power of God's word, it will eventually lead to frustration. 

Thinking positively is good; positive thinking and thinking positively are however not the same thing. The latter is a temporary re-direction of our thoughts - a diversion from a bad to a good thinking path and does not need to be sustained. Positive thinking is 'silent confession', which we maintain in our strength, by continuously 'stoking' the fire. However, confessing what is in line with the Word is sustained by the inherent power of the Word. In May 2013, I found out that although my circumstances were unfavourable, I empowered their negative effects on me. I was too busy feeding the problems by meditating on them and confessing them. It was then I came up with a 'slogan' and although I have used this in a previous blog post, I hope that I can still encourage you with it today. This slogan does not deny that there are unfavourable situations we have to deal with but it helps us focus on the power that can sustain and restore, not on that which can weaken and destroy us. THE DECISION IS YOURS: what will you confess?

I have decided to stop honouring the devil by speaking of his atrocities but instead, to start glorifying God by shouting of his victories! 

When we meditate continuously, narrate endlessly and dwell permanently on everything that is wrong in our lives, we are saying that the devil has overpowered us. However, when, in spite of problems, we confess Jesus' acomplishments for us through his suffering, death and resurrection, we celebrate Jesus' victory. So, what will you confess? Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Breaking protocols

Hi Christoggers!
Stuck in the crowd?

IN ROYAL CIRCLES as well as in state affairs, protocols are the order of the day. One could not just turn up at Buckingham Palace in London, requesting to see the Queen, nor at the White house, demanding to see the President of the USA. There could be dire consequences when protocols are broken and Queen Esther knew that (Esther 4:11-16)

Breaking protocol is not ideal but the truth is, the ultimate punishment we fear is death. What would make anyone take such a high risk? It is when we understand what death really is. This sounds really morbid but please bear with me a little longer. The death we fear is that of the flesh, not the spirit beings that we really are. This, though still unsettling, however puts death in it's proper place; it does not have the final say! 

When death no longer has a hold on us, we can break protocol for the right reason. We can say, "Enough is enough", concerning the oppression of the evil one, like Queen Esther did in an attempt to save her people, the Jews, from death. She did not just go charging to the king though but fasted beforehand, employing the saving power and grace of God for the job at hand. In Luke 8:43-48, the woman with the issue of blood also had had enough! She really had nothing to lose by seeking to be healed by Jesus, breaking protocol by touching his garment. I can imagine she prayed and probably fasted before hand. 

The importance of these two examples can be appreciated because though the two women had nothing to lose, (death of the body freeing the spirit), they had much to gain. Lives were at risk and saving lives saves destinies. So, which protocols are keeping you in status quo? Are man-made laws of 'do-nots' stopping you from breaking out of your comfort zone? 'Do not touch', 'do not eat' and 'do not go' or is it the 'you can't possibly do...'!

By breaking protocol, your own stories become your testimonies. Your life's story is somebody's stepping stone out of poverty. Your life's story is the gateway to somebody's healing. Your story is somebody's deliverance from addiction and the key to somebody's restoration. You can impact lives when YOU tell your story and later, leave it as a legacy for others. Your life is infused with the power of God to make a change in this world. The question is: Are you willing to break protocol to impact peoples' lives? Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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