Meet and Greet: 3/18/17

Reading this just made me remember when God in the reminded Elijah that he had 7000 prophets who hadn’t bent their knees to Baal- and here was Elijah thinking he was the only one 😱😭🤣🤣 so! This is me reaching out to Christian bloggers, let’s meet; remember to follow the rules 😉

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!  Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!  

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#ThatFaithMatter

It’s been almost a month since I last posted here, please bear with me, it’s quite lengthy.

“… for we know not how to pray as we should, but the HolySpirit intercedes for us…” 

This verse in the bible just helps me, it lets me know that I don’t have to be anxious about offering my prayers to God; through the HolySpirit I understand that I am praying in accordance to God’s will.

Very recently I had been praying and expecting a particular result, infact I was so sure that when I get the feedback, it will be in a certain way, so I was praying from a place of thanksgiving. I was particularly sure that God will answer my prayers, so I planned from a place of answered prayers.

I got a NO!

Sometimes you get a “hold on” or a “no” from God on something you are entirely sure you had faith in. You can tell that your faith that God will do it was bigger than a mustard seed, but for some odd reason God didn’t do it, you will definitely be crushed! At this point, you need to have faith in God and His timing, have that absolute faith that God has done the best for you, bigger than your wildest imagination.

O God forgive the poverty of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need (1)

So what happens when you pray ‘God’s will” through the HolySpirit, and the answers don’t come?

Absolute trust that God has a bigger plan for you is what you need.

Faith is absolute-no-plan B dependency on God. Faith is what Jesus had, He trusted God to bring Lazarus from the dead, He trusted God to raise Him up from the dead after 3 days.

The way some people are “some-college” are you “some-faith”? Have you only put some of your eggs in God’s basket and some in world defined basket?

On the flipside, what if it’s not God’s will but your intense desire?

As human beings we tend to pray selfish prayers, often our prayers are moved, not by our belief in God, but our present circumstances. We are pained by what has happened to us, what we wish to have, and seem out of reach- we long for perishable items like earthly things and pray to God our provider to make it happen- sincerely we believe that He will.

Our “faith” that God will answer it our way is so real that we begin to see it as God’s will when in truth it isn’t, we are blinded by our desires

O God forgive the poverty of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need
This quote brings to fore the case of a wealthy man stealing from himself or hoarding his own goods; when in fact, He owns everything, why would you ask God, the owner of everything for something so little? Why would you expend all your energy praying for things you already have

God knows what the flesh does, Jesus had been there, He – at a point in Gethsemane while praying wished the cup will pass but He, being God, understood the bigger picture and said above all, let Your will be done.

One of the attributes of faith is, trusting God and His timing, trusting God that no matter the result He sees beyond your want and gives you what you need.

It is trusting God beyond your short sightedness now and always. I pray that we are patient through it all and God’s grace will indeed be with us in Jesus name

Check yourself today, what’s your faith metre reading? 

God and I

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  1. Sunset at the beach
  2. The rainbow after a downpour
  3. The look couples share during their vows and their first dance
  4. Poetry and paintings

All these things try to express what my relationship with God is like. I met God as a child; I was about 7 years old, I met Him in the place of worship and have refused to leave that place. I was introduced to Him through the Holy Spirit. It was love at first meet.

We met that night on my mum’s bed, my leg was on the wall; I was singing different worship songs I had learnt in the church. I had heard so much about God, I was eager to meet Him. Then while singing I was hand-held by the Holy Spirit and taken directly to His presence (that was my first time speaking in tongues) and what I felt and still feel about Him are the things I listed above…and more.

Sunset at the beach is one of the best views of nature in the world, I’m not sure I have seen anything else that is more beautiful than that; this explains how beautiful God is to me. Seeing a rainbow in the sky after the heavy downpour reminds me that God is a faithful lover who remembers his lover’s birthday even after a huge fight, the serene beauty of a rainbow on a grey sky reminds me that God is big on details.

Have you ever attended weddings, have you seen the look couples share when saying their vows or having their first dance? There’s this sincere, I can’t wait to do life with you, look they share, that’s what comes to mind when I think about God and me- I am doing life with God and I am loving it.

The feelings when it comes to God and I is one of a frustrated artist, I would really love to express what we have on a canvas, it’s soothing, trusting, with dashes of humour, a good dose of berating and heavy on romance. God is indeed my romantic lover.

I have had to look through my life and all I can see is that I met God as a 7 years old girl, I have been in a relationship with Him since then and I must say, He has shown me in several ways that He loves me beyond my imaginative mind can comprehend and all I’d give him in return is love Him with my life.

So if you see me making a big deal about God is ‘cos it’s a promise to my lover to love Him with everything in my life.

What’s your God love story like? I’d say, take time out to find your love story with God you’d be shocked how intimately loving God is.

Table for Two

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There’s no avoiding it, it’s Valentine’s day; so here’s me wishing you a Happy Valentine’s day, do enjoy your day and make the best of it.

Which will you prefer when you are with your significant other?

Would you prefer a dining hall style feeding, where everyone is there eating, not everybody knows why they are there, people are eating their way through the food pile, random conversations. All these taking away the attention of your significant other, infact your significant other doesn’t the get the aloneness he craves with you- the “gbo gbo ero” kind of style.

Or would you prefer a private dining room, a table for two, candlelit dinner, with no pretence, no hiding, good food, lovely drink and great conversation, where your significant other know they’ve got you all for themselves?

Which would you choose?

I’d go for option 2, I’d rather have a moment alone with the one I love than thousands of crowded moment with some unknown people…yes, I love that way.

I’d like us to liken these scenarios to our walk with God and our lives. What style of worship are you giving God, what sort of worship are you giving God? The gbo gbo ero kind of worship or are you giving him the table for two kind-of-worship. What is the ‘gbo gbo ero’ kind of worship you may ask? It is the time out with God that is only gathering based, the one that has to wait till Sunday mornings, or weekday services before you lift Him up as your God.

Relationships thrive when there is intimacy, intimacy isn’t sex based, intimacy is when you take time out to seek your significant other, you see each other’s weakness and see them through, you see their best time and you share it with them. Intimacy is what makes a relationship, intimacy is when you come clean with each other, intimacy is what God wants from us.

God is constantly telling us to be intimate with Him, we can’t get that sort of intimacy in the congregation, you only get that with long conversations, long walks and unreserved worship. You only get that sort of intimacy when you take out time to be alone with God. You know you can be in a crowded place and still be intimate with God, yes that’s possible. Look at Mary with the expensive perfume-

 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house. – John 12: 1-3

God isn’t telling you to clean up yourself before coming to Him, He wants you to make the mistake but still trust Him to love you and wipe you clean through His son’s blood. He’s dropped this hint in His love letters.

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.- John 4:24

Today, I’d like you to make a decision to make your worship with God as intimate as you can fathom. If you don’t know how to do this, ask the help of the HolySpirit

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.- James 1: 5-8

Worship God with your life, after all, His son gave His life so you can have one, let worship be your lifeblood, your every waking moment.

God wants to be intimate with you, He’s always looking for a one-on-one time with you:

“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
    This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
    they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
    they’ll be like wool.-  Isaiah 1:18

He is telling you to argue it out with Him, let Him know your view point, and give Him the room to tell you why things are the way it is.

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet- James 4:7-10

Avoid the rush and the gbo gbo ero blessings, be intentional, live that table for two type of intimate worship. Ask for help, no one knows what God wants better than the HolySpirit.

P.S: Gbo Gbo Ero is a Nigerian Yoruba statement that means: “Every Tom, Dick, and Harry”

 

 

The News and My Faith

Watching the news, reading papers, hearing economic gist these days can be discouraging; not reading or watching the news doesn’t make the challenging times we are living in go away- so we watch anyways. 

How has this affected my faith- It will definitely affect ones faith, but you need to ask yourself should these happenings reduce your level of faith in God or strengthen it? 

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” –Psalms‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Inner joy, the one that comes from your absolute confidence in God, the one that comes from within, the one that comes from absolute trust in God despite what is happening around you, the one that comes from a sure and firm foundation and not man-made foundation. 

Inner strength and glow, the one that makes others wonder what makes you tick (Jesus makes me tick and tock), the one that comes from an understanding that I can also walk on water, I can go to the bank with God’s promise cos He is the never-defaulting guarantor, theone that   Hebrews 11 explained- 

 1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)

It’s Wednesday and another time for a blog flashback, I pray you are as encouraged as I was re-reading it: 

“Have you read the papers do you hear what they say? Rising UNEMPLOYMENT cost of living everyday is getting high……… But I realize that there is something about praise, I shouldn’t only come when all is seemingly okay, so when we start to cry that our life is a mess, don’t be scared don’t be discouraged it is only a test ………………… I still choose to worship you” – Cobhams Asuquo… Click here to read the full story 

Please read, be blessed and share 😘 

Customized Worship 

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Welcome to the maiden edition of #Lyricsandme

As explained in my last post, I will be reviewing gospel songs and how it ministered to me, please feel free to drop your comments or share your insights:

Nathaniel Bassey Feat Unwana Bassey Jumoke Oshoboke:

like a symphony

all in harmony

we will raise you a sound
it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore
like a symphony

all in harmony

we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore
Yahweh Yahweh

the most High God

the most High God

Yahweh Yahweh

the most High God

the most High God

Have you ever seen a fully formed rainbow? Or sunset at the beach, it looks so beautifully pure it inspires the inner artist in you, you want to worship God in a different kind of way, singing Yahweh, Yahweh, the most High God.

The more I listened to the song, the more I realized that this can’t be sung except you have a personal relationship with the most High, it speaks of a lover who is telling his/her partner how special they are to them. In today’s world where there’s custom gowns, custom rings, custom designs, custom shoe, custom house etc, Nathaniel Bassey offered to God something different- He offered God a custom Worship. The line-

we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore

This reminds me to wake up and seek God, know Him and personally- your personal Yahweh, to Nathaniel Bassey, he expressed his worship the way he knows best – through songs. 

Work on your relationship with God, you know when in a relationship with your significant other, after a while, you get to know their love language, what makes them happy, what they love from you. So Nathaniel Bassey has given us a hint of how beautiful customized worship is, let’s give God our customized worship, worship God with what talent you have, in words, in singing, in jokes, in painting. Whatever you do, ensure you give God a customized worship, after all He took time out to make you differently from others.

Thanks for reading, been blessed? Read, Comment and Share till next Friday on #Lyricsandme

Lyrics and Me!

musicnmeIt’s a new month and I am super stoked. The devil has got nothing on me, I had a drama filled morning but nothing can stop my joy #JustSaying

I love music- that’s a fact; I am yet to hear a genre I don’t love. Ranging from metallic rock to smooth jazz and everything in between, I love ’em all.

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For a while; I have been toying with the idea of sharing my love for music and good lyrics with you (my dear readers) and it’s just the perfect time. A lot of thought goes into writing a song, these days.

Have you listened to some songs that just takes you straight to the throne room where you talk to God, others have you speak in tongues, praising God for who He is and His awesomeness, some lyrics just opens the floodgates because what you feel from the song can’t be fully expressed.

I will be sharing lyrics of Christian songs (from all around the world) and my interpretation with you, what area in my/your life the song can address. So introducing (drumroll)- the #Lyricsandme category on my blog, this will be posted every Friday, make it a date.

Do you know any Christian song that you’d like me to review (not critic), please feel free to mention in the comment section or send me an email.

This Friday, stay tuned as I review this song by Nathaniel Bassey Feat Unwana Bassey Jumoke Oshoboke:

like a symphony
all in harmony
we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love
for no other one
but the one we adore

like a symphony
all in harmony
we will raise you a sound
it’s a sound of love
for no other one
but the one we adore

Yahweh Yahweh
the most High God
the most High God

Yahweh Yahweh
the most High God
the most High God

To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying.- 2 Corinthians 2:15

In all we do, may our praises be as a sweet smelling savour to God. #Lyricsandme