Seek Him Diligently

I once was blind and then I saw but then I got bland in the journey…here is a full disclosure and I hope it exhorts you. It is one thing to know the truth of Gods word exists and it’s another to live it, practice it, and see it’s evidence…

So the bland happened through going to church on Sunday’s because it was cultural. Sitting in the pews some days excited at Gods word and most times ready to just check off the religious activities cards, some days I actually slept, yes I did! Then later blowing dust off my Bible on these special days – oh what years of a cycle that was. And the world changed in 2020 and I looked out to find answers from those I believed “hear from God” and there was no “intel”, then I saw them in the same “boat” with me aghast at the winds just as I was!

Then innately I looked for hope and because Jesus has a tag on me. However, I was always seeing him like the disciples saw him from the boat in Matthew 14 and they were frightened but he revealed himself and told them to not be afraid…So here is a 3am storm that’s got everyone in the boat terrified and audacious Jesus comes walking on water and bids Peter to come and Peter walks for a bit and then he begins to sink, but Jesus immediately saves him and note that through the rest of the storm they both walk to the boat and it’s then the wind ceased…

“And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:28-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I see Jesus inviting Peter into a storm, to walk with him. Grace and truth himself invited Peter into the winds and the waves because a way was already made to see victory; and this is the imagery inference I see with our lives today in the here and in the now. Jesus could have stopped the storm immediately he saw it because he was praying prior to this but he came walking on the sea. After the storm he did this “faith review” with his inner circle (disciples) and Peter got the bonus that season. LOL. So you and I are either bold like Peters or one of the jaw dropping, reserved disciples in the boat too terrified to trust in the supernatural and the ability in Christ within us

So the church thing made me lazy, because during lockdown I realized I had an “emaciated spirit” that could easily be tossed about by every wind of life and submerged into various winds of doctrines…I said “hold up, this is not happening”… So now I live to know him through reading and abiding in his word daily, that I may encounter him myself! Hallelujah! To grow in faith daily and find the depths of his love, I believe is an undeniable encounter with my brother Jesus; the Lord of my Life. To be clear; I received eternal life guaranteed set with a seal many years ago but say Jesus just came before 2020, I think I would have been ashamed…I would just be wearing the believers T-shirt, living with a hardened heart, full of unbelief, waiting to go to heaven! But that’s not going to happen but for the amazing grace of God! Hallelujah!

I can’t think on anything greater that to Know Jesus intimately and by grace attain the stature of the fullness of Christ! Hallelujah. He invites us to abide in his word, he is the truth and not the stats you are cumulating to make sense of life. Jesus is the life itself. All treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. Can you step out of the wind tossed boat; your familiar; your comfortably uncomfortable life and yield to Jesus full on; sold out; All in? Because all other alternatives are counted as loses; stuff with a very very short “shelf life”. I see his hand stretched out saying “Come”. The supernatural is yours!

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“Yes, certainly, I count everything as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God on the basis of faith, to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:8-10‬ ‭MEV‬‬

Salvation as a verb

The greatest “tragedy” that ever took place on earth was when God died; I would describe that as a global disaster. But everyone alive at that time was “blinded” to this happening unto its fulfillment – and I get God for doing this because sometimes I imagine, what if Caiaphas and the sanctimonious lot in John 11 did not resolve to Kill Jesus? See, this man Caiaphas had spoken a great thing that year; prophesying about Jesus to the least of his knowledge that the very man before them was God and they had just “put a hit on him”; they resolved to kill him so that the lot and it’s interests are not spread short!

“If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.” Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭11:48-53‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What if Judas didn’t have this thing with money and maybe just maybe he had integrity and just told off these Pharisees…What if Lazarus hadn’t died and Jesus didn’t not get this moment to glorify the father? If you follow these happenings in John 11, you find that this glorious moment where a dead man came to life end up pissing off the clergy; this sign was unsettling foe them so much so. These moments by moments I read of in the gospels that built up to my Savior nailed to the cross, dying for you and me are nothing short of Gods infinite wisdom! Hallelujah

Salvation is yours and mine today because God made it critical that it unfolds as it did. I may not understand in the here and now why John’s head had to be on a platter as a gift to a belly dancer…God is the great I AM and his wisdom is infallible!

The truth of Jesus’s death and resurrection with you and I in participation is our eternal gift of life and it’s free; it costed his life and his blood, because God loved us and made this the highest price – And it is, eternally. Beyond and within redemption and salvation is the fullness of Christ and a life of abundance in the kingdom of righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. Let’s live here

“Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried with him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts. Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:4-6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Supernatural Pursuits

Walking on water wasn’t just a Peters thing, it’s fast becoming my thing too. His experience has become my reference to trust God for the supernatural. To live for the supernatural is considered an almost insane disposition to have in life – especially if your individual goals are to please fellow human beings. If we seek to make sense to a world that we do not even belong to, we risk a tantamount loss from the supernatural and am afraid we believers have settled on this street – we believed in Jesus, we received him, confessed his righteousness as ours – we got the T- shirt and we go to church (At least we did pre-pandemic). We are sealed for eternal life but there is more…consider this an invite.

“Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Our Insatiable Dispositions

There is this place, where moths lie and do this thing Nigerians call in their pidgin language (I prefer) “ Chop your money” literally and then there is also the thing that rust also does to our treasures and also there is the risk of thieves; it’s in Matthew 6. Where we lay our treasure and values, that’s where the center piece: our heart is, so we are warned or rather advised on the hearts positioning in its disposition. Can we consider moving our hearts, the centre piece, to an infinite storage, heaven? It is said in heaven there is absolutely no heists! Hallelujah

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
‭‭ 1 John‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Talk about a sting one gets just reading this life and light word and how it comes alive! Because the word is light and when it’s spoken every darkness gets exposed; the illumination here is incredibly liberating. I begin to see our entanglement with the world. Have we been called to have dominion of it? Yes; we haven’t been called to love or have intimacy with its offers, they have deeply entrenched misgivings and insatiable cravings! What a world!

Can we love God and still love the world? That’s an absolute NO. This becomes one of the simplest equations the Bible solves; it doesn’t warrant a whole lot of disagreement, mis or interpretations. It’s like that simple; your operating system can only be Either/ Or. Simple 👌

Love Jesus, let his knowledge cloud your judgement!

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To Have and to Have not

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See the times we have found ourselves in globally; a time no one in their “right mind” played out this wild card in their wildest imagination save for a few script writers in Hollywood. The loss of livelihoods, the loss of hope and the loss of lives cannot be described even if I used the expression “heart wrenching”; the latter is the deepest wound and incomparable to no other…a moment of silence…

“Where are you my Father”? This has been the weight of content in my intimate moments of talking with God. I know He Is; I have no doubt, I have nothing held against him. See, God is good no matter what, who or what gets accounted to him especially in error. He is good, He is God, He is our keeper, He is our hope, He is our strength, He is our present help and he will never leave us nor forsake us; He hasn’t.

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There are people whom we share the same oxygen on this earth that have never known want because there is a proverbial silver spoon that’s in their mouth and I have never been sure what its doing there and who even put it there. However, this nature of people don’t know what poverty is and am thinking it has everything to do with this silver spoon they own and apparently they were born with it in their mouth. There is “another people” also that have never even seen silver; poverty is like the head of the family who hold the highest stake on every decision and sets the sails on the family journey. Both these and those in between them have been affected by especially the global economic crisis. One cant go out at Starbucks nor splurge in Spain on a shopping spree while the latter is forced to wear a mask whos price is the cost of their weekly meal. We are breathing the same oxygen, we are all alive. We start here in gratitude, continue in ceaseless prayer

Again my favorite wise man wrote a letter and said this; Philippians 4: 10-14

 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.  I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Nevertheless, it was right of you to share [with me] in my difficulties.

In my seeking to understand why both lack and abundance are part of our journey I learnt that there is a secret to it. The simple mind would simply look to see how to endure the really low seasons especially matters that concern our livelihood. So lets not be simple. I found out that good stewardship is not a popular teaching, why? because in abundance, everyone is still holding up their glass in applause way too long and the lights went out and the high risers didn’t realize it. We danced too long, we ate too much, we forgot to love and to give. Here is free wisdom from the proverbs

Generosity brings prosperity,
but withholding from charity brings poverty. Proverbs 11:24

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Apostle Paul is not talking on just principles that guarantee you salvation on a really low season of life, he is not just expressing his gratitude for the great partnership the Philippi church extended to him with constancy; but he says that he learnt that he could do all things; make it in all things, find strength in all things through Christ who infused him with his divine nature that enabled him to remain consistent in faith, praise and purpose.

God grants us divine strength in Christ Jesus to rejoice always, find contentment and grace in both seasons of our lives when we have and when we have not. Especially when we have; humility and generosity becomes elusive while poverty and lack are so disheartening but mostly numbing that we are so much imprisoned in it and unaware of what time it is outside. I encourage us to explore this journey of contentment that only comes from Christ who infuses us

Grace and peace to you!

True Accomplishment

Paul has by far been the most scandalously graced servant of Jesus Christ! Something about his Damascus encounter with Jesus; He met grace in the face and it took him about three days to “Pause for the cause” and suddenly the antagonist becomes the protagonist, “drops his machete” and its missions and radically follows Christ! Like super radically! Name change happens; we meet him in Acts as Saul, enter Jesus and we see Christ his wisdom in all his missions and letters. Paul was great, read about him, he is all over the New Testament; when you get to Acts, turn right and you’ll find all letters of Paul, the great apostle.

By choosing the subject of accomplishment, as cosmic a subject it may be, I dare to share biblical insights that brought me much freedom. Was I bound? By all standards of hell, yes! Accomplishment synonymized as success is a subject that needs boldness and courage to indulge into. It is written that it is the truth that will set one free and not opinions; popular or not.

My journey in the quest as to what accomplishment and success really means began with certain irritability that kept surging up deep within me when I would, on my phone, launch a very popular business platform and have to endure the drudgery of posts whose content left me literary drained. I will not mention some of the profitability of this application but I did realize it had become another social platform only with more suits, ties, and myriad upon myriads of “educated” personalities with deep deep identity issues. In the quest for biblical insights, I found this;

“It’s true that I once relied on all that I had become. I had a reason to boast and impress people with my accomplishments—more than others—for my pedigree was impeccable. I was born a true Hebrew of the heritage of Israel as the son of a Jewish man from the tribe of Benjamin. I was circumcised eight days after my birth and was raised in the strict tradition of Orthodox Judaism, living a separated and devout life as a Pharisee. And concerning the righteousness of the Torah, no one surpassed me; I was without a peer. Furthermore, as a fiery defender of the truth, I persecuted the messianic believers with religious zeal. Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness. My passion is to be consumed with him and not cling to my own “righteousness” based in keeping the written Law. My only “righteousness” will be his, based on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ—the very righteousness that comes from God. And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and become like him in his death. Only then will I be able to experience complete oneness with him in his resurrection from the realm of death. I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them.”

Philippians 3:4-15 TPT

Here, the great apostle Paul seemed undone. He carefully lists down his great fetes in life and paints on the canvas of life how indeed he has what it takes to have a “seat at the table” if he were looking to earn it. Undeniably Paul was an enviable Jew by their standards, which of course would not mean much to us “modern-day people”! But if we are looking at comparing apples to apples, off my head I would think of Bezos in Business; Beyoncé in Music; Martin Luther in leadership…take your pick, see the likes and their undeniable influence. So if we are to deduce achievement and success with reference to Paul’s closing; we can equally call the successes of these elites as garbage or in modern-day language; junk, hooey but more befitting and a favorite of mine is razzmatazz.

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Paul did trash his stead and strength and immediately draw us back to Jesus and his desire to be completely consumed by him; his mission was to acquire the absolute fullness in Christ Jesus. He, Paul, experiences a compelling focus that seems like what I would call a zoom into the truth of what really counts – Jesus; Our bread, our Truth, and Our life! Hallelujah! I got gripped by this desire and like Paul, I am undone.

Think for a second why such a great achiever and esteemed man like Paul would call his and your accolades garbage; he must have stumbled on an even greater treasure that does not simply earn you a piece of paper with a seal hang on a wall, nor a star at the Hollywood walk of fame nor millions or even billions of views. Paul speaks of a greater prize which is oneness with Jesus Christ; He who holds all things together, He whom God our father placed ALL things under his feet, subjecting all control of all things to him; honoring him with THE name that is above all names! Power, wisdom, wealth, might, honor, glory, and blessing! Why would you trade off your personalized sync with these infinite gifts for anything that is earthly and finite?

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Zoom in like Paul and see the light, be set free from the bondage and shackles of views, likes, and influence; let God use those graces to glorify himself through you; let Jesus define your identity and allow him to become your hope of Glory

Inscribed with Love, Kanyeria

What Is Your Boat Story?

 

“Its dark, its windy, its tempest, we are crowded in here and alone. I am afraid, I am exhausted, hope is bleak, this boat…this boat is weak for these waves. This is it. Jesus is not here, our story ends tonight”

These were 3am resignation thoughts form Peter, from deep within the sea of Galilee, in the midst of  a storm. Earlier that day, Just before this supposed “we are going to die” incident, Peter had been part of an incredible evangelical mission with “The only Jesus” seeing incredilous healings and miracles with the two fish and 5 loaves of bread and five thousand people. I would expect a Peter who would still be stoked at these daytime events and hang-over the experience, paralysed by The Jesus power they had such a daily intimate contact with. But not. Its 3am, deep in the sea, and they left Jesus “setting down” since the crowds were heading back home. (Please note this attribute of Christ. I will not dirgress)

I have been in the sea, during sunsets – beautiully breathtaking especially if your boat is not far from the shores and there lies your comfort just in case, sunset is interrupted. Sunsets from the sea are incredibly beautifully breathtaking (I think i said this already) they really are. Its when its gets dark and the sun has tucked in and its the water and the wind and the epiphany is over and you want to go to shore, to safety – read comfort zone.

And so Peter and the disciples are now caught up in the tempest and it seems like the end of a story. These events then unfold:

And in the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m.) Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!” Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”
Matthew 14:25-32 AMP

This is my exaltation to you, oh ye of whatever measure of faith you have; Jesus has already sent us on a voyage as he did with the disciples. We are in diverse kinds of “boats”. Some good people i know are in the deep sea full of waves on just a plank of wood, some on a canoe, some not so good people on ‘yatchez’ unaware of the ragings within the sea and some are drowning already. He appears to the disciples and so to us even affirming to us his constance presence always within us an around us. What a blessing! I havent hang out with Jesus one on one like the dsiciples but am stoked by this affirmation

Now here is my boat story: I dont like boats, of any kind, not even these analogical boats Jesus places us into voyages of his purposes – His great plans for us. So i recently stopped giving Jesus my now infamous myraid of excuses why i need to stay at the shores. I had even started setting up a ‘baywatch’ of sorts by the beach to pray for those setting out to sea – No rescue business. Laughable now.

My boat story starts here with my writing. I am setting sail. I have heard Jesus, my Jesus, call me out “Come” and here i am stepping out. I am stoked not terrfied – yet. On my doubtful days and am probably sinking, i plan to stretch out in faith for rescue. If only i could live from a place of victory everyday, that woudl be a blast! So on those days when the winds of life are raging and my eyes are set on them and my faith is oh so little, i know Jesus, my Jesus will immediately catch me and the winds will cease.

Be exalted

Kanyeria

Marveling at God’s creation

If you fear God, by now you know that the “The Big Bang” is a scam and if you don’t believe that God exists, you are pretty much foolish, and I didn’t call you names, the Holy Scriptures says you are:

“Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”

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Psalms 14:1

God existed from the beginning. We didn’t. He created us in his image; He looked at himself and thought to design for himself a look-alike and when he laid eyes on the finished work – Us, he was so much impressed with himself and so am I, every day. In every attempt I make to figure God out, even when I attempt to analyze especially what I see in the glorious nature, it’s always a futile endeavor. Just the other day I was studying with my children the Genesis of what we call the earth today and it still left me amazed yet its those bible stories we have heard since we got off diapers

Everything started as dark and void and look at all things creation and how amazing, incredible and glorious everything is set and we can only roll the credits to God; Our incredible Almighty God. If I cant figure creation out and the marvels it holds up, I would only be audacious to even attempt to figure God out. Look at how God responded to Job when he referenced creation! So incredible!

Job 38

And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said:

“Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about? Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. “Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on its size? Certainly, you’ll know that! Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, While the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose, And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place. And have you ever ordered Morning, ‘Get up!’ told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’ So you could seize Earth like a blanket and shake out the wicked like cockroaches? As the sun brings everything to light, brings out all the colors and shapes, The cover of darkness is snatched from the wicked—they’re caught in the very act! “Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things, explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean? Do you know the first thing about death? Do you have one clue regarding death’s dark mysteries? And do you have any idea how large this earth is? Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer. “Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives So you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Why, of course you know that. You’ve known them all your life, grown up in the same neighborhood with them! “Have you ever traveled to where snow is made, seen the vault where hail is stockpiled, The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness for times of trouble and battle and war? Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows? Who do you suppose carves canyons for the downpours of rain, and charts the route of thunderstorms That bring water to unvisited fields, deserts no one ever lays eyes on, Drenching the useless wastelands so they’re carpeted with wildflowers and grass? And who do you think is the father of rain and dew, the mother of ice and frost? You don’t for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you?”

When you embrace God and his existence, there is what he does to open your eyes into seeing what you are not seeing; Its that thing he did with Gehazi’s eyes when they were surrounded by the Syrian army in 2 Kings 6:17. There is nearsightedness that only comes to someone when God touches you. Oceans are no longer just great masses of water but glorious creations full of wonder; this insight draws you closer to deep and powerful elements of who God is …incredible!

I pray for you and me that our journey in God becomes more insightful, incredible, and beyond your wildest imaginations that when we face the limited troubles of this world, we will not become dejected but we will refer to the greatness of God that we have experienced and how everything is in Him – He holds all things together

For through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:16-17

The Holy Spirit & Your Inner Self

May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality

Ephesians 3: 16

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Like we always pray Lord ‘give us this day our daily bread‘ then also can we pray ” give us our daily inner strength‘ As the spirit of God works in and with us everyday, i find and have also experienced the immeasurable benefits of being conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit in and on me. It becomes a daily walk of intimacy and grace

In illustration, the Holy Spirit has the ability to INFUSE YOU with strength in your downtime, LEAD your thought process, TEACH you a skill, give you INSIGHTS of so many diverse things infused with biblical appendices. When we stay conscious of Him, we always get to pick most of his shares if not all.

The Holy Spirit I find is an enabler of success and victory and he tends to do this with us when we are especially yielded to Christ. He empowers us make right (eous) decisions, love especially our enemies, exercise self control given the misgivings of our flesh, we are able, through him to upload other peoples good interests above ours…so much and that is just the “elementary” access of power we get. Imagine what lies in the depth of his power especially when we remember that he raised us Jesus from death…

What a friend and confidant to have everyday!

I have an almost 10 year old daughter whose life keeps me checking in with the Holy Spirit constantly. She is super spirited, animated and full of life and energy! In English, everyone needs to work with her highs and lows, yes and no’s…Through parenting Samantha i have discovered depths of grace I didn’t even know existed! Without a doubt, I have found that I “graduated” from yelling mom; I don’t even throw the popular mom look (LOL) the inner me has been strengthened to parent like my father in heaven, he has never yelled at me nor thrown me a “Dad” look.

This and many experiences in The Holy Spirit I can attest have been an empowering of Him. Look to Him and the Helper that he is, then you can navigate through life “gracefully” and more.

Ask for Wisdom

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
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1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Only your spiritual man can receive that which is spiritual, from God. The wisdom of God is strategically secretly placed for you to seek it – it’s your glory to do so; go search for it.

“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭25:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

See why Jesus taught using analogies and expressions that makes one to stop and go like “really Jesus, seventy times seven is the formula to forgiveness”? I tend to think he knew this math would stake such an analytic hurdle then we would not need to hold count of offense and what he simply meant to say to you and I; “Stay on forgiveness lane”

“Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:21-22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God invited us to ask for his wisdom at all times and even in real time! The wisdom of man is so weak and fallible. I completely doubt it’s worth investing in and moreover applying it especially since it comes from mortal man. I would lead you to seek the wisdom of God that is dependable and not just that, but it is his power given to us to apply towards victory!

Remember the Holy Sprit is there to give you even greater wisdom and grace to find resolve, restraint and renewal. ASK

“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Become New Today!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When the past stops counting and we stop making a count of it, our mindsets shift and we become forward thinkers and visionaries. The struggle lies within here; where we are always attempting to keep yesterdays logs for whatever reason and at the same time the future’s demands are imposing on us every single day! Imagine the Collison of these two…Its that state of thought that makes one look harassed straight from their countenance. I hate looking harrased.

When Jesus Christ stepped down from glory, making himself low thus stepping up on redemption of his beloved (you and I), it couldn’t have been a better day to alter the eternal stakes for all humanity. Its what we call salvation, the victory he wrought for us at the cross. Its so finished, he finished it, the finisher he is – Christ

I marvel at the sight of how he took upon himself everything us and its limitations and nailed it to the cross subjecting it to his power of freedom and crowning us with royalty that we no longer have to live like a slave harrased by sin and yesterdays. Such an act is only but Godly!

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So, today lets choose this freedom; I choose this renewal from Christ to become a new person, to be set free from all shackles that have muzzled my life and purpose. When we choose Christ’s influence, we are choosing an abundant life that crosses out and purges the past and assuredly illuminating the entirety of our life in the now and here almost literary!

Jesus put it so well in John 10

“I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction. A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow! I am the Good Shepherd who lays down my life as a sacrifice for the sheep” TPT

The Power Of God

Daily I thirst for this! You should too. To see it at work; the power of God, to experience it first on a personal front and to to be empowered enough to extend it to others is for me the most fulfilling of all things life. Second would be to raise leaders who believe in what you believe in, that is TRUTH and this act resulting in a ripple effect!

When we enquire on Gods power through scripture, we find it on every book; Gods power becomes the seal for every battle won, trial faced, healing received, wisdom shared…we can go on but I will let you flip the pages and see for yourself

The more I desire the power of God, the more understanding I get on the presence of it in everything God and everything truth. Then I begin to see that his power can become everything me. That’s a grace. The power I speak of is not the 3D marvel kind but rather the supernatural that transcends our natural world. That’s the power!

I want to see cancers destroyed from people, I want to see the blind see, the deaf hear, the broken restored, I want to see dysfunctional families healed, addictions completely destroyed without a trace, debts written off…I want to see men and women turn from evil 360 degrees and bow to the Lordship of Christ! I want to see dead men walking back to life and not that zombie darkness that’s coming from Hollywood. I want to see the power of God evidently active which it always is; we just aren’t looking, asking or desiring it all the more. So join me to fulfill our God given mandate;

“Go instead and find the lost sheep among the people of Israel. And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’ You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:6-8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Our world right now has gone through despondency and the reality of Gods power to heal, to deliver, to restore and re-build… cannot be feigned. We are mandated by God to pray and seek his kingdoms reality and it’s practical reality. And the TRUTH is that Jesus granted us his power and authority to bring this reality of his power at play to manifest freedom, healing, deliverance, wisdom…the abundance of life he is!

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Marvelous Grace!

Christianity is not a formula, but the Person of Jesus Himself. Never think that Christianity is a matter of adjusting behavior, but rather, of letting Christ live through us in His strength and power. — Malcolm Smith

Is it me or does anyone else out there find grace so ridiculous? There is the chasm right there. You look at the weight on Gods grace and the stakes on getting it and it’s a ‘simply walk right’ in and get it.

We start by getting a clear understanding of who and what grace is. Grace is the person of Jesus. Plain and simple . “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,”
‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬
So Jesus died an innocent for you and I that are guilty of sin, always with the “hand in cookie jars”. He knew this but did it anyways because of LOVE

Let’s take an illustration of the workings of grace. Let’s pick the darkest of tales, pick any from the soft white underbelly interviews; these are real life stories of people in deep struggles. So I’ll pick a random drug addict from the many interviewed and show you how grace can be applied – Before I start, I must say that I really like listening to these not to be astounded but to understand the reality of the depth of human struggles and hear what God speaks and leads me towards…even a prayer for a victim on YouTube counts – Big!

There are tons of men and women struggling with drug addiction. We have heard their tales of how they lost themselves, their families, their health, their livelihoods, their dignities…if you have never understood this scriptures reality, please do; “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ That’s the difference between satans agenda and Christ’s forward plan for you and I

So beneath these soft white underbellies of great men and women are great destinies. To illustrate grace at work, I see a drug addict who if at the response to the ‘good news’ we can see a transformed life, but also it can be more than an amazing real life story of hope and faith, but the ripple effect would be very astounding – things that make hell shudder

A drug addict will hear Faith about our savior Jesus and respond. They will believe and receive Jesus’s personal life’s influence and this is where the shackles begin to fall because the word of faith they heard is not philosophy but power unto salvation “For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

They are now a new creation – Again this is not philosophy but literal – They will hence experience freedom from the very addiction and ungodly appetites moving forward. The working of grace is infinite but I see a great story ahead of redemption – that’s what grace outworks for us within us.

Grace is extensive, grace is marvelous in all its ways. Our former drug addict has found hope, love, mercy, forgiveness, the soundness of mind. Name it! Grace exerts itself through such a life transformed to keep them in abiding mode in Christ Jesus and also keep the ripples going through their testimonies of this marvelous grace. See what II Corinthians‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭says: “And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
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Grace is not earned, it has been given to us and I would like to interest you in grace filled days especially in the season we are in. The grace of God will renew, refresh, readjust, redeem…it will do just about anything life-full and remarkable for you and I

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I KNOW MY RIGHTS

Living in Kenya since birth is a personal summation of three words; Nostalgic apprehensive epiphany. My country is scenic, the kind of place you take a deep breath and once the oxygen gets to the deep deep crevices of your mind, you decide to stay on and even have a family; make babies and memories.

We have a constitution and existing laws that am sure we’re penned for my interest as a citizen but let me be honest; all these decades of my life, I have been ignorant and look up only those that have a direct impact on the air I breathe. That said, I enjoy life here in oblivion. Am not sure if it’s a good thing or not. We will know later…I guess. So anytime I get to hear someone say “I know my rights” I get so impressed like snowed in!

So Jesus came knocking one time and I opened and once I acknowledged Him and the cross and embraced his influence over my life, I began to study what exactly I signed up for and everything is within the Bible. Everything in there is pretty simple and absolute light. The Holy Spirit – the best teacher and friend you can ever have, walks you through the pages for understanding, remembrance and He does this thing where he brings the scriptures to life…it’s amazing. “Sign up” if you haven’t

In the throngs of diverse gifts, promises, and instructions given to us and listed in the Bible, there is this place of rights that’s the epitome of who we are. It’s the position of an identity! Unlike my country’s rights in the constitution, I have been paying close attention to including the footprints. See what John says;

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].”
John 1:12-13 AMP

We have a savior that is described as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief…despised. He chose to die for all of us and through the blood that he shed, he redeemed us from what would have been eternal damnation; he bought our freedom. That’s who we are redeemed, saved

Listen…

You have the right to the kingdom! The kingdom of God belongs to you and it’s your inheritance. You have been the right to become the sons of God, that’s why. The kingdom has given you an inheritance. It is yours!

You have the right to complete freedom! When Jesus set you free, he made it an indeed gift to us all. “So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!”
John 8:36 TPT

You have the right to peace. “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!”
John 14:27 TPT

You have the right to victory in all circumstances! “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

You have the right to healing! “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”Isaiah 53:5 NLT

I have only but mentioned a few of our rights. Take your time this week and internalize these rights and see yourself as a child of God, royal in every way.

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Trials Of Glory

I see Jesus in John 17 having an interpersonal conversation with God read here as Prayer. It’s such a privilege to get to be an audience to Jesus praying directly to God because most of the gospels’ insights talk greatly about the life and times of Jesus always praying, always away from people and mostly on the Mount of olives. We don’t get to hear much content of his prayers, but then there is this John 17:

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed…“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,”
‭‭John‬ ‭17:1-5‬, 22 ESV‬‬

You mean I have had with me Christ’s glory all this time and I didn’t know up until now? Do you ever read the Bible and think something got updated while you were away somewhere? Or did I read it and find it just implied in meaning? Is it safe to say Bible is code? This scripture feels exactly that way. This prayer is one that I am so accustomed to and love so much but yet I realized that Jesus not only asked to be glorified but he passed it on to me! Hallelujah! So here I am looking at this unwrapped beauty called glory and am giddy

My giddy doesn’t last because am now looking at 1 Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Christ suffered and his glory was revealed. I am asked to keep the same mind when it comes to life challenges. I am asked to be conscious of this pattern so that am “level headed” or rather “ intentionally aware” when his glory is revealed. Simply understood as; fiery trials equate glory in Christ. Jesus, I hope I got that math right, it’s never been my favorite subject

Then Apostle Paul crowns this thought line with this: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

So here we are looking at this package wrapped up with such grandiose, so appealing to all – The glory! Look at the price Jesus paid to be glorified by the father, look at the cost. Examine the instruction we have been given when we are unwrapping glory, “ Count it all joy”, “Rejoice” Dear friends, if your read this and read like a reader, it’s a worthy cause.

Hate Fear

I hate fear, am sure more than anyone else I know and don’t know. The way I see fear is like that bad boss you have to see everyday at the office; breathing on your neck for the lack of purpose in his life. But also the role that they play in your life becomes so critical for your personal growth. Yes, am saying bad bosses are good. Everyone has to have at least one in the entirety of their life. These bad bosses, come, we don’t go looking for them. They have positions that wilt power and control and because we have keen interests to keep our livelihoods, we bend the knee. And that’s the thing with fear

Fear has an ability to centre itself in our visions, goals, pursuits, ambitions, desires…name it and it’s got a throne in it. I hate fear and when I see it am reminded of an amazing scripture that’s on my list of favorites;

We find ourselves tormented by fear because of things and events of our lives we have no control over. Fear comes into our hearts and minds and gives dictations and false interpretations. See, there is never one time we have control of our lives; if you think you do, let me know how you work everyday to give yourself the breath of life – that would be an interesting conversation.

So God, our sovereign God, calls us to a journey of trusting him in all things; Simply for your interpretation means giving up every sense of control you have. It also means having total dependence on him. It’s like am telling you here; you know nothing, he knows everything, let him run your life. This is the entire purpose of grace, it was earned for you at the cross by Jesus.

Total dependence on God will present different odds against fear. To mean control and self sufficiency is a breeding place for fear. Two choices here, pick one.

As we are walking in total dependence on God, I have found that fear exists in its is subtle nature in us. Fear is so audacious and presently combative. It attempts to fight our resolve to stand on Gods promises and is bold enough to linger within our hearts and minds especially when we are in enduring hope, waiting to see the promises of God live. And in my personal experience, it has taken Gods supernatural help to rid fear. Fear is real, a force, but so is Love and Gods hand of rescue

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If you are afraid of anything today, intently look at where you have placed your trust, check your control levels and choose God above everything you and google have offered you as a solution. We have a promise that God is always with us. I keep this promise so alive in my heart and mind and I have seen victory over every situation and fearful event of my life.

So like the bad bosses we have, they always end up training us to become resilient, strong, patient, graceful and many other life transforming experiences; that’s if you choose to see God as the light IN this tunnel and not at the end of it. Like fear, it ends up training us to live above ourselves and totally trust God. Fear leads us to receive Gods grace; grace a gift we must live within every single day.

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Living and Active

“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The moment we take up the word of God and speak it to, we have just activated a living word, and put it to task over any matter, cause and situation. It is also said that the word of God is not a matter of meat or drink but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. This is the kingdom of God established in us, more like our inheritance.

As I write, am in the practice of the same. Am learning as you are learning about the power that is exerted when we choose to stand on Gods word as we take up the authority that was given to us that’s in the name of Jesus. Remember we are speaking it in faith because half the time if not always what our eyes are looking at is exactly opposite, but regardless. Resilience of faith is a broken record in my world!

Now I get it why it is paramount to read and meditate on Gods word! Light bulb moment right there. If we don’t get to know the promises within the scriptures, what then are we going to activate in our speech if not the live and life promises in Gods word?

For our world that has been ravaged by a pandemic, a vile disease that has somewhat stalled life and economies, in my eyes of faith I see various perspectives of promises from God. For one, I see the protection granted to us in Psalms 91

“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Not only is there a promise of protection, God goes further to promise healing and wholeness for the sick in Isaiah 53:5 Catch you spirit filled revelation that’s in Gods promises and speak it to becoming. We speak because life and death has been given to us in the confines of our tongues. We have in us the DNA of God that creates at speech. Just do it!

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I am fully persuaded of Gods power embedded in his word that the hosts of heaven respond to at my decree. Why speak less than the active word of God? Why engage in the inconsistent matters of this world and debates that are subject to Gods power? Why meditate on statistics that weigh down the soul and heart. Why let the world vex you. Here is a thumb rule, “read the word, then watch the news” ( if you have to) there are enough prayer items to take up

Are there moments am afraid? Yes. I don’t stay there though , I hate it in that zone. It’s depressing and draining. So I just jump and look for promises on how to massacre and set it on fire to an ash. Boom! I turn to hope that there is a great God who is so infinite, uncontested, enthroned and all powerful that’s got my life in his hands. Hope and faith is my poise. Make it yours because it gives, big!

#word

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Conduits Of His Expression

I have had the pleasure for years to sit with this one close friend of mine who has this depth in their conversation. The depth here does not signify emotion but rather the life-like expressions they have that is literary out of this world. And so, for years we spoke, and especially over a meal for hours, I just couldn’t get enough. They spoke life, they have such an understanding and revelation of God’s word that when I sat, for these hours with them, I wrung out all that was rich in them, it’s also called imbibing if you are pre-school like me. I just loved the expression of the Holy Spirit in them! This is the kind of person whom you sit and talk to and never at any point in time would you look at or care for the time. Unfortunately my friend recently went to “Uzbekistan” or something like that and all I do for them now is pray for them because I cannot go for lunch in “Uzbekistan” to imbibe.

When Jesus talked about our love for him and the reciprocity that would come from His Father; our Father, I understood thereafter in John 14: 21 that He (Jesus) would manifest himself to me. For this, I still believe to date that I will have a one on one encounter with Jesus, and I will write about it for sure, (did I just put Jesus on the spot?) but in the meantime, there must be places and scenes that I see his expressions through people – the story of my life, I love it! That’s why we are called to walk in love as a premise for everything; all our life actions then we get to spot and “play” these divine moments

So, listen, there is so much of God all around us beyond the incredible glorious work of his creation we wake up every day to see. There is so much we see every single day that displays Gods expression of his love, wisdom, and comfort through the Holy Spirit who lives in us that have been set with the seal who is the Holy Spirit

 “In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. 14 The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory” Ephesians 1: 13-14

Do you remember that moment you got this “timely” call from a friend you had not been in touch for oh so long and they called you just when you were breaking within and they just spoke hope and encouragement deep into the crevices of your heart, that there was Gods expression of comfort towards you! That through the Holy Spirit, there was a “timeliness” and life turning comfort you received through this call

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:16-17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The story of Jonathan and David reminds me of such an incredible friendship that rends my heart up until now. See, Jonathan was a Conduit of God’s Love, friendship, and protection towards David. Their love was so pure and remarkable that when Jonathan died David’s expression was heart-wrenching – “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women” 2 Samuel 1:26

When you went through divorce and it seemed your world had just crashed, you had these sleepless nights, this brokenness that had you pensive, angry, left without resolve…You remember that uber driver who didn’t even know you from Adam but somehow had the blueprints of your pain, when he spoke to you about the healing of your heart and Gods great plans for your life? I know then it sounded innately insane even to have such a hope…. but look at you now. You are whole and thriving. See that conduit uber driver was Gods expression of love, hope, and comfort towards you

You and I have been given a helper, the Holy Spirit and He is not just for self-help; I like how Bill Johnson puts it “The Holy Spirit is in us and wants out. He is in you as a river, not a lake” to express every bit of the finished work of the cross. He brings Jesus home every day in us. I live for this and I hope you too can.

Begin to pay attention to that incessant friend who keeps calling you “for no reason at all”. Pay attention to your son who keeps calling you to spend time with him in his playroom. Put that phone down and become a child, see the grace of simplicity and innocence in him, that’s Gods expression of peace, love and joy and anything infinite God does through these great but yet oh so simple moments

I started paying attention to these moments, places. scenes, people…and sometimes I kind of feel like slapping myself why I didn’t know this immediately after Jesus ascended. It such an incredible revelation of God’s ways. All I asked one day in prayer was ‘Holy Spirit, show me your ways” and voila!

Become a conduit of His love, grace, and everything God to others, this is a great calling.

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The Power In Love

I start writing and am afraid I will do such great injustice to this power I have come to find wrapping love. Am afraid to invoke emotion which is the natural way we all perceive love because we are simply humans. I don’t want to invoke emotion, not at all because, for you and me, we have done that for so long and walked in the deepest want of understanding. So yes, we are all getting off the emotional love ride; let me take you to a place called Calvary but before that, let’s go through the garden – Gethsemane


“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. – Luke 22:42-44


What is this that would make Jesus agonize to a point of a bloody sweat contemplating crossing out the cross? He, endowed with all power, love, compassion…He had a very intimate relationship with God. Why would he have to go through this tempest for people like you and me and all those that already rejected him and have been long gone? And some are still with us and have continued to reject Christ and his gift of salvation? It has to be love that leads you into the “slaughterhouse” even with such foreknowledge.


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16


There is a kind of love that exists between a man and his wife that I am familiar with. I can become a witness. There are other types of significant relationships based on love that we get to experience during our lifetimes. For depth, I will use the husband and wife relationship. Between these two, exists a depth of love so undeniable that it hurts even the most savage of people if the relationship “fails”. This kind of love even so, with its depth, cannot be compared to the Love God had and has for us that he sat and charted out redemption for us.


Because of our fallen nature, we were hell-bound by law’s prescription. We couldn’t keep the law, we still can’t to date. And God knew this and hence redemption plan through sending his only son Jesus to die innocently so that He can make the tradeoff for us. His blood that was shed became the ransom for us to date. And here we are, beneficiaries of such great love. I have been married 11 years and I can tell you for free, what Jesus felt for me cannot even be placed on the same bar of comparison with the love I have grown into with my husband. Love in marriage is powerful because it grows through God’s grace, but the love of Christ had redeeming power.

See, Jesus died not because of the emotional aspect we all know love to be, but the power aspect in love led him to Calvary despite the agony at Gethsemane. When God saw our inability to keep the law and the penalty that was, which meant eternal death, He did not make an emotional decision but a power at play decision wrapped in love. It took power wrapped in love to trade off eternal damnation with his greatest treasure – His son Jesus. Even I with all the love I have for my son, cannot. He traded off everything limiting in us, rather everything us, to everything Him – God’s will it was.


But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,
Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, each one, to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]
To fall on Him [instead of us]. He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself];
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
After oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation [His contemporaries], who [among them] concerned himself with the fact
That He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death]
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?
His grave was assigned with the wicked,
But He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
Yet the Lord was willing
To crush Him, causing Him to suffer;
If [He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days,
And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand – Isaiah 53:4-10


Unless it was the power aspect of God’s love, we would still be harangued by Satan and his cohorts stating a claim of his ownership of us, but because Gods love was so powerful not emotional, it bought us back redeemed, that today we have become his righteousness, we walk whole and healed, our sinful nature subdued under grace with an inheritance we didn’t even for an ounce, earn. See, Grace, See Love, See the power in his kind of Love. Receive it, it’s free.


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God’s Faithfulness

If there is one thing i know about God is that He is not a slacker, especially when it comes to the promises that he has given to us through the scriptures – these scriptures are said to be alive and active in Hebrews 4: 12. God being faithful even unto a thousand generations illustrates the magnitude of trust on these promises of God

When we look at the many great women and men who held onto promises from God in the scriptures, we get to experience their journeys of staying in faith, waiting on the promises of God to come to pass. They beleived God at his word and never wavered.

To some it was counted to them as righteousness . “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3

To some it pleased God so much so they were translated into eternity and did not see death “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” Hebrews 11: 5-6

To a great woman, Gods promise of a son came to pass ending her barrenness at her old age “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them” Hebrews 11: 11-12

And so are the many promises that God has given you and I and evidently through these and many other scriptures, we can attest to Gods faithfulness. So when God says he will never leave us nor forsake us, simply believe. When He tells us that he loves us with an everlasting love, simply believe. When he especially says he knows the plans he has for you and that they are good, to give you a hope and a future, take him at his word. He did author our lives.

What promise have you been waiting on to see and experience? Let me encourage you by this;

“For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ they are [all answered] “Yes.” So through Him we say our “Amen” to the glory of God.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭

#Stayinfaith

UNMASKING

Like every person I know and those I don’t know, we have fears. I don’t want to share my fear of snakes or heights or crowded spaces, those I share on informal platforms where I can accentuate my phobia with bold bodily expressions for effects. You just can’t trade that off on a blog. Nah.

This fear I want to share is common, too common to actually label it as one and yet too real to not identify its subtleness; hidden within us. So today I am writing to my sisters and brothers in our household of faith from the motivation found in Romans 12: 9-10

“Let the inner movement of your heart always be to love one another, and never play the role of an actor wearing a mask. Despise evil and embrace everything that is good and virtuous. Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another”.

I fear sitting in crowds and paying attention to conversations; this is why: Long before, while still in my youth, I sat in a bible teaching session where they taught me Psalms 1, and on this canvass of scripture I ended up redefining the choice of company to keep and friends to be identified with so that my life will reflect that tree that is planted by streams of water and that it prospers IN ALL SEASON! How do you compromise that? And so, I created filters for relationships and networks. I never paid attention over the years how Jesus indeed had his 12 – aides. yet, He was always found in crowds of socially controversial people if not outcasts

I see Jesus conversing with lepers, touching and bringing them healing and wholeness, so much going against the law of Moses.  I see him at a well with the Samaritan woman talking about a thirst that a novice of a journalist would take out of context if she did not stay on to hear the close. I see Jesus addressing the most religious of folks- the Pharisees and Sadducees with such authority as he was unmasking them one by one! Then I see Jesus again dining with a tax collector…so many moments in the life and times of Jesus do we see him in what looked like he was in ‘wrong company”

In my displeasure of what I have learned about the Pharisees and Sadducees and everything about their sanctimonious lifestyle, I fear I may have become one over time and it crashed me especially this week, it’s sad-u-see.  I sat with “ordinary” people and just as I entered my default mode of “not paying attention to popular opinions being openly and boldly being expressed”. As I like minding my business (so laughable now) God had a sense of humor, the topic was just uncontainable

The conversation and its contributors centered on a trending story within our mainstream media, an expose of sorts that had persons of interest whom I believe are my sister and brother in the household of faith; their home was in trouble and that now awakened my compassionate interest much too much! And here I was conflicted by my philosophy of interaction yet in this instance I couldn’t stop seeing how much the story of the adulterous woman in John 8 and this person of interest had in common.

There are such may moments like this that will happen. We will require wisdom, authority, and courage to hold a different perspective. We won’t become part of the stone-throwers. Just as Jesus had a moment to stoop down, write something on the dust (still waiting for the revelation of what he wrote) We get opportunities to influence the world’s popular opinion through the truth in God’s word. We cant hold back

God always gives us numerous opportunities to get “our light from down under the beds and let it shine” We get moments where we can boldly let the “crowds” know that we don’t agree with public opinion and instead of becoming contributors lined up in comments, we get to pin truth against lifeless chatter and bashing bandwagons in the precept of love. We are not promised popularity or embrace with such a stand, but we will surely share Christ to a very dark world. At least we get to glow in the dark

We need to unmask ourselves in the many circles of influence we find ourselves. The masks we Christians like to always put on are not the WHO recommended fabric masks, (see what I did there) they are such as the sanctimonious masks that make us deeply conceited when we are amidst pop culture talk and global chatter.

We put on masks of compromise to fit in; we being blood-bought, washed to a cleanse, yet we find ourselves agreeing with popular opinions that are devoid of light, for whatever reason, whether ignorance or simply a lack of insight for a lack of diligence – You just don’t read your bible

There are also the masks of pride where we place weights of pride on the insights of God’s word he has given us, that we fail to reach the simple who just need to know about who Jesus is and what the cross means. We are the sagacious lot. What’s your mask? Asking for a friend…

Asking for a friend…

My mask of fear is off. Becoming a lighthouse will demand that I get my shine on by taking a light stand amid controversies and discussions that lack God’s insight. There are those instances that you and I will not need to become vocal about our life in Christ but rather out lifestyles will bear the witness of Christ. What I mean here is, the glory God places on you and the power God gives you to influence where you are called and assigned, it will be enough to make an observer want a piece of what you have – Living epistle kind of thing

I am enlightened by Romans 12: 2. It made me aware that while at the tables of influence, I need not be afraid that I will be proselytized or persuaded into popular culture and belief but rather I will be likened to the yeast concept Jesus spoke of in Mathew 13; Just a little of it in the ‘doughs’ of this world and boom! We bring the influence of Christ to our dark world

“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”

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Your Masterpiece

You said that my thoughts are well known to you even before they become. That even before they get on my tongue, it’s all together known to you, you discern them. You search me continuously and know me so intricately; you know my moves, they are familiar to you. I am never hidden from you, nor is my strength or weakness strange to you, they are both subject to your power – Yes, you are my influence.

You saw me even when I was unformed; I was but a thought, a divine thought. How incredible I am acquainted to you and yet I have walked as but a stranger from you for many days if not years. How is it I can be estranged from my maker. Help me to see all you have created me to be, careful to block out ideologies that always attempt to embed themselves to the truth of your word, I don’t want to have a distorted identity, I have seen it out here and it has drained me

I’m reflecting on the artistry of you, my God, that is displayed in humanity; I am likened to you. The different shades of color, shapes and sizes, matter, our dispositions…look what you have done: So incredible! How is it that our limited dispositions have tampered with your creative intention of diversity; especially color (sigh) Its has been an unending nightmare, yet we haven’t asked you what really matters before we made T- Shirts. It’s only that one and many other finite minds intentionally used the word superior in the same sentence with race and it upset systems, here we are unaware of Psalms 139 that defines who we are; the work of your creative hands. We are your masterpiece, all of us

When many of us look in the mirrors of life, there is always something wanting, something we find a need to change or update. Let’s not even talk about the mirrors we stare at every morning. There is always that something that drains us off purpose, of the day. Help us to daily discern your precious thoughts towards us

In the testaments, there is Saul a Benjaminite that is said to be the most handsome of men of his time, non compared to him – formidable a creation he was. You made him King and yet he was limited at heart and he didn’t live up to his assignment. Then there was ruddy David, almost insignificant to even his own father, yet he became King and a man after your own heart; he kept your laws. He loved you intimately and unashamedly but yet had blood on his hands. Then there is Samson, who for the purpose of being relatable I would liken to the Incredible Hulk but with hair and definitely not green in color; he walked in purpose; the philistines have the tales of Samson’s menaces, but yet he died blind with a broken heart. You my God made them all, us all

God, your diversity is beautiful, mysterious yet so wonderful. Your intentions are unquestionable when reflected against your word; you were purposed with every life that you have created, our life’s are authored in your book. I see why David asked for the wisdom of days

You took your time on us; you made us fearful and wonderful. Every part of us know to you. Even those that have “disabilities” so we call them here; You God, have stunned us and them. And so I reflect on the life and journey of Nicholas James Vujicic, extraordinary! I have everything in pairs and this too is marvelous in your sight. In hindsight of my life and the years of my life, it feels like I am in debt of gratitude, ‘yet the only debt you have called me to own is that of love to humanity’ – Romans 13:8

Today I choose to be grateful for things on my perpetual gratitude list. I pray, asking of you, not just for my benefit but especially those that have not experienced life in Jesus Christ; that you will draw them to yourself daily. Here they will discover their true identity, their purpose and the gift of grace through faith. That we will understand how we began as a thought to you, yet here we are in our formidable presence, that is diverse yet godly in all ways. That you have called us to greatness, wrapped in sonship – God like

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Veils

“For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I see Moses with a glorious shiny face every time he came from talking with God. It is illustrated in Exodus 34; that he only removed his veil when he went in to speak with God. When he came out to speak to the people, he had to put back on the veil. This shine is said to have faded away over time…

“We are not like Moses, who used a veil to hide the glory to keep the Israelites from staring at him as it faded away. Their minds were closed and hardened, for even to this day that same veil comes over their minds when they hear the words of the former covenant. The veil has not yet been lifted from them, for it is only eliminated when one is joined to the Messiah.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭TPT‬‬


We find another veil in the sacred tent of worship again during the time of Moses; this veil separated the two holy places…and again we see this veil torn at the death of Jesus at Calvary. It is here the significance and purpose of the veil ended and it became obsolete. It was the end of legalism, righteous works and sins’ power.

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The symbolism of these array of veils depicts limitations, hindered accesses and conditioned relationship. Moses wore a veil to cover the glory of God that shone on his face; this veil allowed people to look at him while he addressed them. Gods glory had been rubbing off on Moses during their hangout seasons. The veil in the tent separated hierarchies of holiness and access points for the high priests; a succinct definition of legalism

Today, the freedom we freely receive through Christ by the finished work of the cross has given us such access and graced audacity, to literary go to the throne of God, like boom! “Here I am God! I see you, you see me?” Christ obliterated all legalistic actions that the old covenant demanded. When Jesus expunged the old covenant with its demands, we became forgiven, absolved from mortal sin and thus becoming new heirs with Christ. God became our father, Jesus our brother the first born, and these promise came alive and are live;

John 19:30

“This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭8:10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

See, when we see, believe and ACCEPT Jesus Christ for what he did and what it meant to you and I, Life begins. Our identity is defined right here. No longer do we have to struggle with who we are, our sexual identity, chasm between right and wrong…every struggle and I mean every, begins to become dismembered in the light of Gods word which is the light of Christ. This is a supernatural transformation work that takes place within our hearts every single day. There is no will power involved, no philosophies, no glass balls, no cards, no chants nothing dark and nothing sinister.

Jesus becomes unashamedly our identity and the crisis is quashed! The veil of darkness has been removed. When we sign up to Christ and the finished work of the cross by simply saying “ Yes, Jesus, I believe” we become Gods own inheritance and he becomes everything for us. He becomes enough; an insatiable relationship with God becomes our journey – That there is the oxymoron of grace.

The power sin has over us now becomes subject to the power in Jesus Christ. Remember he owns all authority in heaven and on earth and any other extra terrestrial spaces that may exist. He is the power! When we realize that our will power shall never at any point in time end our addictions, dysfunctions and closeted sins, then we will discover the grace of God. The grace of God which is the power of God, will then become the absolutely only power that puts an end to these struggles. Not our good intentions or righteous indignations neither the sense of conviction, nor condemnation, that happens deep within our hearts. These veils are ripped apart in the power of Christ

Here and now, I intend to turn your focus on everything you think you may know or suspect about why Jesus had to die for you, me and your worst enemy. Focus on what is written and let it become a mirror for you and allow it to draw out your life’s intents and purpose. It is written:

“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:15-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Such a profound scripture! Cheers, I just reconciled you to Christ and called you into your freedom!

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Defences

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
So we will never fear
even if every structure of support were to crumble away.
We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes,
moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves
cannot erode our faith in you.

Psalms 46:1-3

There is this place we find ourselves, not such a nice place to be. That place we are defenseless, facing a form of surrender, a place we are surrounded and everything is going up in smoke, that part of our life’s journey that looks like a dead-end ahead, end of the road, a cliff…dark and no skyline, no horizon to inspire hope, that place, it’s not so nice to be in. It feels dark, hopeless, there is usually tears, despair, brokenness, fear, disappointment…stuff that can drown you into an abyss of defeat. If you are a Christian, and it doesn’t matter what you know or don’t, it’s this place where we face a power, rather a real force of doubt, that in my experience, it was so real it scared me when I came to. I doubted God, it scared me that such a place exists.

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

“I was in certain danger

Caught in the crossfire of hope and regret

Thought I could be my own savior

But I’m sinking, sinking fast

‘Cause it’s too much to handle

Alone in the battle I’m desperate for You, Lord” – Tauren Wells TRENCHES

This defenseless spot that Tauren wells my favorite all-time artist calls ‘Trenches”, is I think that place Elijah found himself when he was running from Jezebel, she had promised him death and he was afraid, he actually sat under a broom tree and asked to die. Yes, this is the same great prophet Elijah, who called down fire on wet wood, the same Elijah that put a lockdown on rain, and except at it word, would the rains return! 1 Kings 19

When I write this, I am in a trench over an issue of life. I am facing defeat and it is real and no one had earlier taught me that there will be times you will not live in victory, I only learned this but a few years ago. And that’s why I am still standing unashamed that I doubted God. However, as you keep growing in your relationship with Christ and experiencing the riches of his glory, only do you get to see darkness for what it is. There are things I know, and I know you do too; these things are those that we can look at and just see it clearly as smack from hell!

This is the same place where King David found himself before he became king; he hid among the Philistines, the enemy of Israel, just to escape the torment of King Saul. It is the same place Stephen the Marty met his death, they say he dies smiling. It’s that place Moses found himself at the banks of the red sea with Pharaoh on his trail with thousands of people prescribed to his leadership. It’s the place where everyone finds themselves and only God shows up, only God, with an “escape plan”

In all these instances, looking back, we see God come on the defense and so even to you and me. I have seen and experienced the powerful force of doubt; than am now able to understand when someone is in doubt about the promises of God, and that the state of doubt is not intentional stop, it’s a force that’s real. It is a real crossfire between faith and signing up to quitters club and ultimately hopelessness.

Then there is also this very real power of resilient faith, a grace that so real that even when we want to quit we just can’t. It is real. I have experienced it. It comes in torrents and sears doubt and hopelessness and leaves carnage at the doorstep of darkness and despair. It is so real, in Jesus Christ. So I have experiences both powers in this spectrum and their realness, but nothing is so inconceivable as the defenses ingrained in the elements of Jesus Christ. I think this is that gradient that determines if we will grow spiritually or we wallow in doubt. It takes God to take us up this incline at life. When we take-up God’s lead during hopeless seasons of our unique lives, our “righteous idiosyncrasies” begin to make reflections to others watching our lives most of who are what I call “silent students” We tend to become most assuredly, reference points encouragement, living epistles of grace when their dark seasons’ dawn.

The convictions of King David on the mercy and favor of God are my personal reference points. Throughout the psalms, he credits God for his safety, provision, his strength, his favor, and a diverse array of other attributes and spiritual experiences he had. David the King was acclaimed “a man after God’s own heart”. For David, I continue to see God’s love and presence webbed in the victories he won, the death he escaped at the hands of his many enemies, the comfort he received in the valley of the shadow of death. I see and hear his cries of despair, I see him in trenches he is defenseless. I keep seeing God who had chosen him, had him anointed King as a teenage boy by Samuel the Prophet, and the tough inception journey he took before he actually sat on the throne. It is also said God gave him rest from his enemies! David is a best seller for me

The Israelite exodus journey also becomes a very ideal reference point that shows supernatural proof of God’s defending prowess. In almost all instances, day and night we see God protecting, providing, and comforting the Israelites even long into the promised land. It is still here in the book of Exodus we see God’s mercy stretched over these disgruntled people he loved. We see God supernaturally providing food every day, water from rocks, clouds of shade in the desert, fires of light in the night…so much supernatural activity that is so astounding just by reading this second book in the bible.

These and many other instances we find in the bible give us confidence in the divine ability of God to break out for us when it’s bleak when it’s dark when it’s hopeless when not a human being you know can save you. That is a good and bad place to be at depending on what perspective you choose to have.

I am blessed and so are you, to realized that gracefully God has stayed you and I on faith zone. Ever since God allowed me a sneak peek at the deep abyss of doubt, I ran and will never look back, so help us God. Places of hopelessness can sink you and God almighty is the only power that can re-direct your heart and place you into hope and victory of matters. Just like David said it in Psalms 139

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there;  if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness, I cannot hide from you. To you, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you”

#stayinfaith

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Illumination

There is this amazing discovery that I guess am not shy to admit is a recent realization. I almost said revelation and quickly deserted the word, afraid that it will sound ‘Christian-ese’, and then I would lose you in this first paragraph and we don’t want that to happen; too early.

This discovery Is like one of those things you have been looking at so long, starring at, constantly having interactions with it but you just don’t get it until this one day you happen to be in the “wrong” place like for instance in the bathroom and you yelp! Are we even supposed to get AHA moments or light bulb situations in a bathroom…Can religion accept that we can get revelation while taking a shower or even amid a mundane life activity? I will leave my worst enemy religion there because if I start, it’s going to become a book. So I will say it like Jesus at the wedding “…My time has not yet come…”

See, what I realized or rather I got the revelation of, is that the bible is very literal in its sense. I say this with such intensity as I revere the many aspects of God’s word that I have come to grow into understanding. How literally do I mean the word of God becomes? Like literal, literal. Allow me to illustrate but I will start backward.

In Matthew 17:2 we read and believe the testimony of Matthew as he describes the bon voyage moment of Christ post-resurrection.

“Then Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered. A radiant light as bright as the sun poured from his face. And his clothing became luminescent—dazzling like lightning. He was transfigured before their very eyes”

I was pretty wowed reading this because it totally does sound like something we see in these marvel productions, stuff my children believe is literal. I have a son who dotes on flash who I think totally rocks actually, just not his intelligence) Back to Jesus who is returning to our father and it’s such a sight, he is said to have become such a radiant light, so bright, dazzling. If we also reference the witness of Paul, Saul then, en route Damascus on one of his persecuting tours. It is here he was intercepted by Jesus who appeared to him as “a bright light from heaven”…Paul became blind thereafter but for 3 days, I think this is where the philosophy of Saul blacked out, literary!

The word of God has depicted Jesus Christ as a light, literary. Looking further to understand Jesus and light, we find him bearing witness of himself in John 8:12 which really pissed off the Pharisees!

“Then Jesus said, “I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.”

They found him audacious. They were so blind-sided, these Pharisees that they couldn’t even understand Jesus when he went on to tell them about his father bearing witness of what he had just told them about himself. It’s unbelievable sometimes when I read how such many throngs of doubters surrounded Jesus especially at the temple, some even had face to face encounters, conversations and yet they just couldn’t see Jesus Christ for who he was. Especially these Pharisees, the very legalistic, blind, religious group, they didn’t accept his witness and who he was

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. ” John 1: 9-12

So when we get the understanding of how Jesus has inferred himself as light to men, he simply meant this. Jesus is the very word of God, the direction for men, the path of life, the very truth, the way, grace itself, strength and might in the manifest, all forms of wisdom, infinite knowledge, cascading riches of grace, practical understanding…He was IT.

And so comes this great and high calling to embrace Christ as your entire life’s influence. This invite is so ridiculously free that it has left so many doubtful and spectators; the bleachers are so full. Those that have simply accepted this truth have entered into a non-religious, non-philosophical, vibrant narrow path that is well lit and of course illuminated by Christ. It’s a privilege to be called a child of God with an inheritance and in the same breadth become God’s inheritance! (Ephesians 1: 11) So marvelous!

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Ephesians 5:8-9

The same love that God has for Jesus is that which he has for us, for me this is unfathomable yet so surreal. How incredible that the light of Jesus as a living virtue has been embedded into a physical light, a radiant, that is oh so unfathomable! I believe this is just but a very minute element of what is described as the riches of the glory of Jesus Christ – They are unsearchable.

Christ is our light of life. No one that is in him; influenced by him can stay in darkness. He stated that no one will walk in darkness when they are in him. So you cannot walk in confusion and unrest because you have the mind of Christ. He comes to give you life, the abundance of it, the peace that not even the treasures of life can give you, the peace that is to date unfathomable to the mind, any mind, even those that experience it!

There is so much embedded in the light of Jesus Christ that I have done an injustice in attempting to make a description. I even get overwhelmed and I have to just stop.

And so I pray with you:

“I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones! I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! ” Ephesians 1:17-20

#finishedworkofthecross

PERSPECTIVE

That’s a synonym of prayer. There’s a little ‘twist” that becomes evident when a person uses a lens to view what praying really means. I am not attempting to give anyone reading, a “universal” definition of prayer, because I also don’t believe one exists. If it does, it is enormously questionable. If anyone attempted to define it, it would be equal to making an attempt to define parameters of intimate relationships, placing a standardization on it. Who does that!

Indeed, there are many resources, books, and all, that have attempted to bring insights on prayer. I would recommend Philip Yancey’s book on Prayer.  I found such great insights on the subject. By principal, let place great value on what Jesus spoke on prayer; a model of prayer; Matthew 6 becomes our reference;

“Whenever you pray, be sincere and not like the pretenders who love the attention they receive while praying before others in the meetings and on street corners. Believe me, they’ve already received in full their reward.” – Here Christ was teaching us to check our motives at the onset of prayer. This was more like a heart check. I realize we sometimes pray for others out of compassion but also, there are those moments our hearts act out on their nature of being desperately wicked, and its why, we have to get it right in the heart, because out of our hears flows the issue of life. Our hearts need a check, our motives need to be probed and our pride charts need to be reviewed, or else we will find ourselves praying in the Luke 18 perspective, that was made by the religious leader. Proudly pious with a chip on his shoulders, and he really went all out with his “righteous” profile – Such was not a prayer, not a perspective, but pride and rags. Then there was the despised tax collector within the same temple, broken before God, remorseful of his wayward ways and choices, repentant and humble. It is he that was made right with God. These two parable stars had a different perspective in their approach to talking with God. Entitlement if I may, warn us, closes us out from receiving the grace of God.

But whenever you pray, go into your innermost chamber and be alone with Father God, praying to him in secret. And your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly”. Here is a deeper call into intimacy with God. How do we get to “shut doors” and have an encounter with God every day? Can we get to close out all the distractions and pay attention to the supernatural world? We can. It never gets easier. It is possible. It is intentional, its a discipline, Its a practice, its a passion, a habit, its a relationship…Its a place we all grow into, but the heart must want. Then, I came to understand, there is a reward(s) in this practice

“When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words.  There is no need to imitate them since your Father already knows what you need before you ask him”. To talk to a God who already knows your thoughts and needs, live! He knows what’s trending with you, he has your hair count, he knows you more than you know yourself, yet you have to “take time off” these life and live events of your life, to engage in conversation. It really does seem incomprehensible. He invites us to himself through grace where we find each other. Relationship

See “prayer is not a means of removing the unknown and unpredictable elements in life, but rather a way of including the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of the grace of God in our lives” – Philip Yancey. When we pray “May your will (God) be done, here on earth as it is in heaven..” we realize that his will is enclosed in his word, the scriptures that are alive and active. His will is not a mystery as it sometimes looks like. His will for you and I is not elusive at all. Its when we read the word of God that we can articulate ourselves into an understanding of his ways. Let me illustrate; We have a need for healing in our bodies. Since we know that he has healed before many many many times as was demonstrated by Christ in his ministry, we then understand that he intends to heal – thus his will. So when we pray with this understanding that we are asking for healing from God, it becomes a faith perspective

So we come boldly and confidently with all our asks including this one of healing. We believe in his ability to do so and hold onto this persuasion. That already becomes a prayer of faith, which in James 5: 15 is willfully made evident. Here is what, when we pray, we are simply coming into an enclosed intimate space to gain perspective of God’s will, plan, and direction, among other things in God, that am yet to discover, is in the riches of his glory.

He prompts us to come boldly and confident to his throne; no protocols. Yet we have made for ourselves symbolic items and agendas in approaching his throne of mercy to obtain Grace. So I found this light of insight in his invite; if I am coming to God to seek Mercy and Grace to face life, how is it that we “suit up” to talk to God. If you lost hope and are distraught and at your end (a position that most times send us into prayer) why would you need to put a facade to talk to your father yet the content of your heart is known to him.

We go to his presence in prayer so weak, so graceless, so broken, so angry, so distraught, so confused, so betrayed, so guilty, yet he calls us his righteous ones, like we always are, even with our vile tongues and hearts that are wicked. He loves us so that we don’t need a pass to approach his throne, the holiest thrones that will ever be. He made Jesus the pass, so don’t “suit up”, just get in and get perspective of you and him and the intricate, infinite depth of your relationship with him.

 “And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you.  But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.” I always see this as a disclaimer. The conditions of being forgiven are hinged on our ability to extend mercy to those that offend us. Simple. Not only is this a disclaimer but such a grand benefit on a personal level. When we don’t forgive, we carry an offense. That’s excess baggage, and we know that comes with a cost. Unforgiveness is and can become such a hindrance that stops our lives from progressing so much so that even our physical bodies suffer collateral damage through it. It is that same throne of Mercy and Grace that we find the ability to extend mercy and pardon to others, no, you don’t have a human ability to forgive, it’s the grace of God at play.

It is in prayer that we get the perspectives of our life’s challenges. We talk to God and he talks to us. We approached the throne, oh so hopeless and he comforts us, he responds to our needs, the good shepherd he is. We enter prayer rooms, angry, weak, guilty as crimson and when we come out, God’s power and purpose become the only thing that comes afloat. The issues that were, become submerged into his power, quashed into non-existence.

Finally, your perspective of who God is plays a major role in how and what your prayer becomes. I find that even for myself, I may approach God as a friend, sometimes my father, sometimes the only most revered being I desire to become vulnerable to and at times, an enemy. We don’t have to get into any legalistic perspectives to enter his throne, that is always wide open, we come in just as we may be, it is how we come out that counts for hope and grace.

Jesus spent a great chunk of his time here on earth praying, and he ultimately accomplished the “work” that God had laid out for him. Am convinced if it were not for his prayer-filled life, the odds would have been different in the garden of Gethsemane.

 

#Stayinfaith

Kanyeria

 

 

Photograpy credits: Jordi Koalitic

Love

There is nothing more empty and a wasteful pursuit than it is, to wake up every single day, exert your energies, skills, time, and money if your motive is nothing other than love. I didn’t say it, I found it here;

Love, the Motivation of Our Lives
“If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing. And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value”. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

Has everything we do therefore become set on one filter called Love? Yes. It doesn’t matter who you are in this life and what you do, love becomes the only constant motivation for anything to count; anything else is a waste. And imagine waking up and exerting yourself on repeat, to end at nothing! zero! Love the centerpiece for everything!

I remember in my 20’s I had this super need to understand what true love was. Let me humor you then, I spent incredible time reading the cosmopolitan magazine trying to find out what love was. true story. You can guess how that went down. Am even laughing at myself right now.  It took me years to find the most profound yet simple definition of love; my Aha moment;

“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up” 1 Corinthians 13: 4 -7

I have never stopped looking at this definition ever. It’s become a mirror at which I cross-check my motivations when doing anything. Even in my 11 years of marriage and 9 years of parenting, I have to keep checking to see if there is a reflection of it, or else I need to loop my actions till I get it right.

Love, I have found is so pure and a means to an end. When we understand that there is no law against love, you will wrap everything you know including yourself in it. Love became the essence that mattered because God himself made it to become everything that matters. He is it. He is love

So since no one is doing time because they got a sentence for loving too much, its a safe sell for me and a safe buy-in for you. You don’t want to wake up on repeat, to the pursuit, to just end up in a sweat that counts to nothing, to zero. Why would you want to sign up for anything in life that is binding, if it’s not motivated by love? It would be a waste, your waste.

Here, in my writing, I thought to share the one true definition of love found in scripture that I can say befits its subscribers. In different life zones, there is a different definition of Love. Let us peek at the marriage zone; it’s laughable. Our cosmopolitan world has an unrealistic prescription of love in marriage. I will elaborate on this. For years, you and I have heard that marriage is prescribed on 50-50 input from all spouses (am not even sure what metrics were being used) So what if your husband or wife get into a season in their life’s journey (because it will happen) and they just can be this ideal “equal partner” (Read, 50%)… I can’t even continue to play on this hypothetical situation because – “Love is large and incredibly patient and Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up” Perfect Love – Love never stops loving.

Love is such a power, an incredible one. Let me explore the zone of friendships and betrayal – yes, I know its a sore. Lets both recall the moment that hypothetical knife was dug deep into our backs by one of Judas’s relatives – somehow am always thinking Judas’s DNA went just too far before he strangled himself – you got betrayed and it hurt for so long…here is what – But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” – Mathew 5:44

Not only is there a reward for this, but you will not be exerting this priceless gift of love on anyone enemy if God was not empowering you to do that, you CANNOT on your ability and will.  It’s supernatural and a grace. It has to be supernatural to hold betrayal and love in a unit

If our deep understanding of love stays at the definition of scripture, we cannot fail. It is as simple as that. I would rather we bench all our motives on love and hope to fail or walk in shame (which we won’t, of course). Any other motive would be a risk and a short term lease – no one like those

So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.

A Letter To My Father

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God unfathomable, how incredible are your ways. You told me that you love me and it was everlasting. You also told me that you are nearer and not far away. I understand that my limited mind cannot even begin to search the depth of your riches both of your wisdom and knowledge, how unsearchable are your judgments and decisions, so untraceable are your ways! Is there anyone who has known your mind or even been your counselor! How great you are sovereign lord, no one is like you, I have never even heard of another God like you.

 

There are instances the world had given me options of comfort; to replace that innate need, that divine purpose; this mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except you. Yet you have made everything beautiful in your time, yet no one can really see the scope of your invaluable plans from the beginning to the end. I am undone! How is it that these ‘things’ I chase here where I am, where my sisters and brothers are, come to empty even with the highest accolades? Is this the vanity King Solomon the wisest was on about, vanity? How is it I have acquired power from you, to have dominion here, and yet when I rise to this, it still becomes that insatiable thing? I didn’t find you in my highest achievement, not in my circles of influence, nor in my highs or lows of life, I actually ended up fogged up, convulsed, suffocated by life, then. Not now

 

Now I know where to find you, sometimes I also don’t know. You taught me to come confidently before you to your gracious throne and take with me grace; the help I need. I know you asked me to seek you with all my heart and that I will find you, am assured to find you. I know it’s on waiting on you that I am strengthened, I can glide through life just by doing this, because you lead me in the way to follow. I am never alone. I have learned to trust you through the most difficult of times, situations, and places. How is it that I can forget the riches of your mercy and fail to extend the same to people that just get to me, especially in traffic (Lol) How is it that I can forget the answered prayers and end up in restlessness when some items on my wish list haven’t been checked off, years on? Indeed, I am dust and you don’t forget this aspect of me, I am forgiven

 

I wrote to you God, to remind myself the imagery of who you are in my life lest I forget it in my day of trouble, in my day of trial and my day of temptation. I want to keep this as my checklist of your goodness toward me and the evidence of the hope I have had in you and how indeed, good your plans are for me. So I will not only reference your love and mercy that you extended to the resting victors; Abraham, Moses, Jacob nor David my all-time favorite and the like. I will bring it home for anyone that needs to get it and King James didn’t make sense.

 

You intricately made me, beautiful and wonderful. You have cradled me throughout my days. I am a marvelously breathtaking even with my addictions. Not only do you have my hair count, you skillfully shaped me to look just like you, not even a bone in me is unknown to you. You then planned my days and set me here where I am. Called me to purpose and chose me to represent your interests here on earth. You didn’t stop there, you became a father to me, my God of hope, my life teacher –  your lessons have been a roller-coaster – ish in my perspective, you have left me insatiable!

 

I have known you as my healer, provider, protector, teacher, friend, father, lover, and it is conclusive you are my everything! The experiences I have had with you from when you found me in the deep trenches of my empty life, they are the kind they say are unbelievable, yet I believed and I saw and I see. They are still the ones that still don’t believe that you sent your only son to die for me, that I am today redeemed, the cross is still a blind aspect – Open their eyes of understanding. Hell cannot become their home.

 

Even with other lives, I have seen you; I have heard the moves you have made in them and for them and I marvel. Right now am still stuck on how James Goll has had cancers 3 times and he is a walking miracle! There is so much I can attest to, father. Incredibly, I know you, such a privilege, an honor, a gift simply.

 

Keep my mind and all my faculties stayed on you. If you do, I will conquer, I will win, after all its a fixed match. Fixed on the cross, nails, crowns, blood and all. The contention was broken, every enemy defeated, my life made new. Who would want an alternative to this? Only He who says there is no God, and that will be their undoing.

My letter has been unjust to even attempt to express who you are. I am left undone!

 

 

 

Excerpts from: Jeremiah 23:23, Romans 11:33-34, 2 Samuel 7:22,Ecclesiastes 3:11, Hebrews 4:16, Jeremiah 29:13, Psalms.22, 139, 14.

“Yes, i have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness i have drawn you”

Jeremiah 31:3

An Inside Job

Job-s-suffering

It’s a potent, promising vibrant Monday morning, reports are being submitted at God’s majestic Holy throne. Amongst the present, are holy beings and an unholy one; Satan the designated accuser.  His job description has never changed since his seditious choice during the untainted age of Eden, the garden.

It’s about 8 am (typical) on this Monday morning, it’s all suits, ties, wings, and good reports but then bets are placed…

Job 1:6-8 MSG

“One day when the angels came to report to GOD, Satan, who was the designated accuser, came along with them. GOD singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”GOD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”

What ensued after these conversations between God and Satan is that Job lost the entirety of his wealth, his children, and his health in an instance. He, being one of the wealthiest men in the land of UZ, had a good reputation. He had integrity and feared God.

More often than not, when we go through dark times, we always unfailingly identify Lucifer as the cause of all our troubles, and most often than not, he gets and runs the credits himself. But see how this proposal is made right from the holiest of places, and by far the most significant meet that happened and continues to happen even now -with the same attendees. God incites Lucifer and there is a ‘job’ on Job. During these excruciating painful events, Job had such a calm attitude and profound understanding, which was unattainable to ordinary people indeed. Even his three crazy close friends didn’t get it. They ran their mouths and God almost dealt with them according to their folly if it wasn’t for Jobs prayer.

In retrospect, I think God is the only one who holds exclusive bragging rights on any of us, as is the case with Job. The magnitude of confidence that God had over Job must be an out of this world kind literary because Job did not bend his knee to the prince of this world. Even after losing significant blessings through Satan’s hate crimes, God knew Job had it in him to stand. God even acknowledged Job as a friend. Without intent, i have however made light of the dark days of Job

Only, I would love to have met Job just after chapter forty-two, simply because there would have been more essence and depth about God in him. There is something about the old testament burnt offering smell in its revelatory meaning, that can be inferred to Jobs’s back to back catastrophic times and the unfazed honor he had in God. Read that again. What became of Jobs latter days and his deeply inclined relationship with God, would be a book I would love to read or write – “Job and his latter days” 

Now, I am careful to ask God “Can you have such confidence in me? Do you think I can stand if you placed a bet on me even for one day or even an hour? Would I honor you even when I don’t understand why I am down, out, and desperate, yet I have only lifted my heart of praise to you? Why do my spiritual metrics not match the said and expected rewards? Why do the righteous have to fall 7 times, though they rise, why do they have to fall? Did you allow Satan to fall me? God, would you place a bet on me?” And a myriad of other questions.

I would hope that God would respond affirmatively and drop the mic. That I wouldn’t have to go through any testing of my faith and purifying processes, endurance building seasons as we all do. It is here I feel like Job; some days I curse my birthday (Job 3) and there are days I will assert my faith( Job 31) – Life and times of a Christian(Sigh) (Another book title)

There is such an inside job that God does within us as we are in Him and Him in us that divinely enables us to ferociously stand in the wake of disasters and catastrophes in our personal lives. I can attest to this power that is engraved deep within us that logic cannot put pen to paper to explain. Its the power unto salvation, its the beauty of Grace its Christ in us in 3D

It is Jesus and the inside job he work in us daily. Its a beauty, its power, and evident amongst all of us.

A conclusive sincere prayer for you and I;
“Now may the God who brought us peace by raising from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ so that he would be the Greatest Shepherd of his flock; and by the power of the blood of the eternal covenant may He work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may He express through you all that is excellent and pleasing to Him through your life-union with Jesus the anointed one who is to receive all glory forever! Amen”
Hebrews 13:20-21 TPT