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  • Kunle 4:48 pm on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Your Assignment (2) 

    Sequel to the last post on our distinct assignments and engracements- It’s quite important to know we’re anointed for our purpose in life. There’s no need to feel inadequate because behind every God inspired vision is the grace to carry it out.

    Let’s look at the life of Moses to understand the connection between assignments and accompanying grace.

    The Charge

    “Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.”Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:9-10)

    Response to the charge due to Ignorance

    But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? (Exodus 3:11)

    The Lord’s response

    Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh… (Exodus 7:1)

    God made it clear to Moses he has equipped him for the task because every divinely inspired vision enjoys the backing of God. (Exodus 3:12).

    As discussed in the last post, you’re the only one empowered for your assignment. I will like to cite another example from scriptures to buttress this assertion.

    Daniel

    When Belshazzar dishonored God by utilizing sacred items recovered from the temple in Israel to entertain his household- the infamous writing appeared on the wall:

    “Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing. Then the king’s face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together.” (Exodus 5:5-6)

    The king sought for help to understand the writings on the wall

    “The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom. Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.” (Daniel 5:7-8)

    There was no one in the realm who could provide a solution to the problem as outlined above because there are peculiar problems that require unique persons engraced for it.

    The Queen comes to the rescue

    “The queen entered the banquet hall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your face be pale. “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar, your father, your father the king, appointed him chief of the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans and diviners.” (Daniel 5:10-11)

    Daniel provides the interpretation

    Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? “Now I have heard about you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you.”

    “But I personally have heard about you, that you are able to give interpretations and solve difficult problems. Now if you are able to read the inscription and make its interpretation known to me, you will be clothed with purple and wear a necklace of gold around your neck, and you will have authority as the third ruler in the kingdom. Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him. “O king, the Most High God granted sovereignty, grandeur, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father… (Daniel 5:13-18)

    From the aforementioned, we can see clearly ONLY DANIEL had the solution to the problem. Similarly, there’s a unique assignment ONLY YOU are qualified for in life. Your discovery of this peculiar assignment is what determines your placement in life.

     
  • Kunle 5:10 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Your Assignment 

    God has engraced you for a particular purpose and season. In the midst of recession, God wants his children to be the light that shines in darkness. It’s not a cliché there’s only one you in the universe- I am not referring to your unique fingerprint. God hasn’t created anyone like you; Although there are 7.4 billion persons currently inhabiting the earth, no one has the capacity to do what you’re called to do. If Jesus tarries and the population of the world increases to 20 billion, there’ll still be no one like you on earth or in heaven with the capacity to solve the distinct problem you were created to solve. I will cite some examples from scriptures to buttress my point. Let’s take a walk together- shall we?

    The Promised Land

    Then the lord said to Abram, “know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners…for four hundred years. (Genesis 15:13)

    The length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. (Exodus 12:40)

    There was a prophetic word the Jews would spend 400 years in captivity but they spent an additional 30 years because the deliverer engraced for the assignment in the person of Moses moved abruptly before the appointed time. A proper calculation would reveal Moses killed the Egyptian and fled in the 390th year of captivity. Therefore, Moses could have saved himself the anguish and pain of living in the wilderness for 40 years if he had been patient for 10 more years- the Jews wouldn’t have had to spend an additional 30 years in captivity as well. Your point exactly Kunle? Until Moses was ready, the Jews remained in captivity. Isn’t it scary to know if you don’t fulfill your purpose, lives could be destroyed. (To be continued)

     
  • Kunle 10:48 am on July 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    God speak to me 

    A lot of Christians are frustrated in a bid to seek guidance from God. You’ll often hear: “I want to know Gods plan for my life”. However, God gave us a brain for a reason – it’s to think and make rational decisions. I affirm we may need more insight from God in some areas.

    Nevertheless, I have often realized commonsense is sufficient to cure the migraine of many believers in diverse areas. Who needs the supreme being to tell her to leave an abusive boyfriend?

    Before you ask God for direction concerning a thing, will you be kind enough to acknowledge your impressions on the subject? A lot of people try to ignore their feelings and perception about a subject -this is laughable- there are diverse things we dont need to fast and pray for to access light because God guides us from the inside.

    Some of the questions of the day we seek answers to requires a little wisdom but so many have allowed strange doctrines and ignorance to get the better of them. Laziness is also another challenge with many believers, hence people neglect the place of rational thinking, diligence, proper research to ‘wait on God’.

    It’s imperative to know the Holy Spirit dwells on our inside to guide us into all truth (1 John 2:20). If you’re a child of God, there’s a commitment by God to direct your steps (Psalms 37:23). Hence, there is no need to harbor any form of fear you will miss it; If you’re in tune with the Spirit of God by living a Holy life, engaging in the consistent study of the word and embracing a lifestyle of prayer and worship, you’ll find it easy to access light on any issue. Holiness doesn’t connote perfection- It’s the deliberate effort of man with the help of the Spirit to walk according to the dictates of God. Some of the kingdom practices listed helps us to access the mind of God and stay in tune with what the Spirit of God is saying. Adam had fellowship with God-hence he could name all the animals without tutors; fellowship grants us access to the mind of the Spirit.

    God speaks more than everyone in the world- Infact, that is the only thing he does. God upholds all things by the word of his power- everything God wants to see established comes to life by his word.

    I will like to explain some of the reasons people have a difficulty hearing the voice of the Spirit. There is no gainsaying believers have access to the voice of God because Jesus alluded to the capacity of the sheep (believer) to hear the shepherd. (John 10:27). So why do people struggle to hear God? Let’s examine some reasons:

    1. They haven’t developed their spiritual senses: A babe like young Samuel may lack the capacity to discern the voice of God (1 Samuel 3:1-10). Hearing God is an art that must be cultivated. It requires a discerning mind to understand the different channels of communication such as our thoughts, dreams, visions, the gentle voice on our inside and sometimes the audible voice of the Spirit.

    2. They seek affirmation not guidance: Some seek God to confirm their decisions. They are not interested in guidance hence they may find it hard to get it. Some people want God to confirm their choice of a life partner- their prayers often comes under the guise of seeking direction from God.

    3. Worldliness: There are quite a number of things that can distract us if we’re not careful. The social media offers a powerful opportunity to connect and access information that can be of immense benefit. Conversely, it could hurt us because it’s possible to be addicted to junks, gossips and negative contents on the platform. Consequently, this can prevent us from accessing the gentle voice of the Spirit

     
  • Kunle 7:58 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Church in Sardis 

    John the beloved under the influence of the Spirit of God wrote letters to the 7 churches in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) as described in Revelations 2-3. The churches were not just literal churches; they also represent the 7 types of churches in the world. One of the churches John addressed the letters is the church in Sardis. The church in Sardis represents a dead church, a conformist church which has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof.

    Revelation 3:1-2:”And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and thou art dead. Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.

    The Holy Spirit has gone on vacation in so many churches albeit it’s not conspicuous. So many altars have been desecrated while strange teachings are on the ascendancy. It’s also a challenge for those in these brazen distortions to come to terms with their erroneous doctrines because of the seemingly ‘fireworks’ in their ministries. Healings takes place and the membership seems blessed. However it is pertinent to know that the manifestations of the Spirit is not an affirmation of persons operating in these gifts. God confirms his word, he doesn’t confirm us. I have some reservations about some new doctrines in so many churches. There are also modus operandi worthy of condemnation: I am not necessarily referring to the special ‘penis deliverances’ or the grass eating sessions nor the satanic ministers whose feets mustn’t touch the ground till the end of ‘their services’. I am talking about some of the most attractive places of worship in the country. In a bid to save souls and experience breathtaking church growth so many churches have lost their way and have deviated from what God has called them to do. The church is supposed to be the light of the universe- hence we must be in a position of strength to liberate the world from darkness. However that is not what is obtainable today; most churches would rather align with the world in the name of reaching the world when the Lord tells us otherwise.

    2 Corinthians 6: 17: “Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you.”

    Ministers have delegated the job of soul winning to comedians while entertainers are tasked with reaching sinners to receive the lordship of Jesus. I have no problem with comedians entertaining people in sanctuaries occasionally; however, it is awful to make it a ministry. In a bid to appear contemporary, the traditional and reliable methods of soul winning has been neglected by many; the place of holiness and repentance from dead works has been set aside in favour of sensational messages that will appeal to people and ensure the big donors don’t get offended.

    When Jonathan Edwards preached the message ‘sinners in the hands of an angry God’;there were reported cases of open visions of hell- consequently, they repented and embraced Jesus. Some of the 20th century generals of faith- Charles Finney, D.L Moody and Kathryn kuhlman, didn’t employ comedians or mascots to disseminate the message of the gospel; nevertheless, they had more impact in reaching the lost than the contemporary preachers who have perverted the message of Grace.

    It is not too late to turn from dead works and embrace the true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which is able to save and deliver.

    Selah!

     
  • Kunle 11:49 pm on April 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Walk of Faith 

    Now Faith is the substance of the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1).

    The writer of Hebrews teaches us that “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). It is therefore imperative to grasp a proper understanding of the subject of faith and how to walk by faith to enjoy the inherent blessings in the kingdom of God. I am not oblivious of the challenges we face as a nation or people, however to possess our possessions, understanding is needed, because it is the pathway to an outstanding life.

    A very interesting lesson can be learnt in our walk of faith from the second chapter of the book of Joshua. The man of God sent two spies to Jericho, and they arrived there in the house of a harlot called Rahab who hid them from her kinsmen. She demonstrated a peculiar understanding of the true meaning of faith with her confessions.

    “And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.” (Joshua 2:9).

    It is imperative to state that no fight had taken place, neither were troops mobilised by the Jews, hence there was no reason for the fear or disposition of Rahab. However she wasn’t operating under the natural law and could therefor see beyond the reality on ground, albeit no sword had been lifted. It is also pertinent to state that faith is not a passive force, hence there must be a corresponding action to energise our confessions; therefore it wasn’t out of place when she made the spies to vow not to destroy her household in the impending onslaught on the city.

    “Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you will also show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” (Joshua 2:12, 13).

    “…With the lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”. – (2 Peter 3:8).

    God is not making a literal comparison of the time zones of heaven and earth, neither is He trying to calculate the years from the Adamic dispensation to the present era. God wants us to understand He doesn’t function in the realm of time, because He is the creator of it. The manifestation of God takes place in the supernatural where time is suspended. It is the process by which miracles and healings are birthed. Time is suspended to achieve that.

    I am certain you have heard often ‘seeing is believing’, however in the kingdom of God ‘believing is seeing’. Mark agrees with that assertion when he said “When ye pray believe ye receive and ye shall have.” (Mark 11:24).

    “And blessed is she that believeth: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45).

    Manifestation doesn’t precede believing, it’s your belief that grants you access to your petitions. I understand it’s not easy, however nothing good comes easy. Faith has the capacity to see the destination of the journey before it is embarked upon.

    Several years ago I attended a wedding ceremony at Ile-ife, Osun state. At the reception ground, I saw an Ifa priest contracted to ward off any unassuming rain – this is quite rampant in some parts of the country. I observed gently from the next table how he chanted around a heap of dried leaves, which were burning mildly. After some few minutes he sat beside my table to attend to his meal of Eba with Efo riro and a Legend stout. However things took a different dimension when the clouds became heavy and it began to drizzle; I was anxious to see how things would unfold and the thought of a failed mission filled my heart. I thought to myself ‘his juju has failed him’, however with a confidence that stood solid like Olumo rock in Abeokuta, he was unpertubed. In fact he didn’t look at the sky, neither did he blink an eyelid over the ‘impending torrent’. He focused on his meal and devoured it with passion. I couldn’t believe his disposition and to my dismay, after about 10 minutes the sky became clear as a crystal. I was really moved by the faith of the priest in his god. I said to myself ‘if this man can have so much faith in his god, how much more should Christians have in the Most High God.’ Indeed we walk by faith and not by sight.

     
  • Kunle 12:26 pm on March 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Responsibility, Vision and the Fulfilment of Destiny 

    Several years ago, I heard Bishop David Oyedepo say: “The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery.” There is no gainsaying the wisdom in that statement or assertion because the knowledge of self is the pathway to the fullness of life. It’s a truism that there is an innate desire in man to make progress. Nevertheless, very few get to the zenith in their careers or vocation due to ignorance.

    Mastery of the skills needed in your vocation is the gateway to opportunities and invariably prosperity. The youths often complain about the lack of job opportunities but employers also have reservations about the lack of skilled personnel. There is a need to increase our capacity to profit from the opportunities available in life. It’s pathetic when those seeking career transitions can’t even state in unequivocal terms the skills needed in their desired organisations. How about those interested in starting new businesses who haven’t read books on these businesses or conducted feasibility studies on their desired sectors?

    Quite a number of people blame the government for their failures; however nations are elevated by men who take charge and channel their energies towards the advancement of the state. The United States of America remains the biggest economy in the world because of men like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg, and not primarily the government. Apple’s valuation is close to a trillion dollars, an amount that quadruples the GDP of many African nations. I am not trying to alienate the role of the government in the society. I believe the government should act as a catalyst for sustainable progress by providing the framework, policies and infrastructure necessary for the citizenry to make progress. However there is the inherent danger of waiting for the government to put these things in place before we pursue our goals and dreams.

    Vision is one of the determinants of greatness in life. Abraham the Patriarch of faith brokered a truce which led to the relocation of Lot courtesy of the fight between his herdsmen and those of his nephew. “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever”. (Genesis 13:14, 15). It is your vision that determines your possession.

    A visit to the book of Jeremiah reinforces the importance of vision. The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.” Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”(Jeremiah 1:11, 12). It is your vision that determines your output in life.

    One of my favourite passages in the Bible revolves around a group of committed men and women who attempted to build a tower to heaven. We can question the motive behind the tower of babel but their resolve, doggedness and vision should be applauded. Furthermore, the vision was big enough to get the attention of God. “Look!” he said, “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6). Nigeria is a nation that boasts of some of the biggest places of worship in the world; we’re often perceived as a religious nation with ‘the faithful’ making yearly pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem. Therefore it is not out of place to hear constantly, ‘God will help us’. However God is incapable of helping a visionless man or society. Visions must be crafted by mortals and backed by providence to see the light of the day.

     
  • Kunle 11:56 am on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Linda Ikeji et al.: When Plagiarism Becomes the Cancer of Blogging 

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing… Edmund Burke

    I had a chance encounter with Pastor Paul Adefarasin at Elegushi, Lekki area of Lagos state last week on March 3, after 7 a.m., on my way to work. The Senior Pastor of House on the Rock helped in no small measure to ease the traffic flow along that route. I was quite impressed hence I took some pictures and wrote a short post on Facebook to commend him.

    The post generated tremendous interest on the social media, in line with the primary motive of encouraging people to imbibe good leadership skills and to always add value to society. However, in total contrast to the spirit of the message, some bloggers rather chose to seize the moment to commit atrocious acts.

     

    Original post

     

    A Google search and analysis revealed the depth of this bizarre act. One of the culprits is the blogger, Linda Ikeji, who is generally alleged to have a notoriety for plagiarism. Words could barely convey my feelings of disappointment on seeing the watermark and seal ‘Linda Ikeji’s Blog’ appended to the pictures I took, which I have copyrights on and which were lifted straight off my Facebook page! There was hardly a blog that didn’t latch on to the story in varying degrees. Stella Dimoko-korkus also partook in this. It appears that some bloggers resort to pathetic means to drive traffic to their sites. A number of them lifted my accompanying Facebook posts verbatim and also posted this on their blogs, while taking full ownership of the materials by draping their seals on the entire material. Isn’t it obvious we’re dealing with people of compromised integrity? It is bad enough to take a screenshot of my pictures, but even worse to copy the accompanying post, and publish both passed on as content thats original to them.I have nothing against blogging and I have benefitted from some wonderful blogs over the years. Furthermore, I blog @ http://www.kunleolabode.com, although the post in question was largely on my Facebook page, and wasn’t uploaded to my website. One of the bloggers also found his/her way to Nairaland to upload a screenshot of my Facebook post as well. Another blogger gave me credit for the post but erred in the appendage on the pictures. This is certainly wrong!
    lindaikeji

     

    How did we get to this sorry pass as a nation? A country and people that do not place a high premium on intellectual work are heading for the dunghill. The phenomenon of instant gratification, without painstaking effort, is distorting lives and eroding values among the youth. It’s quite easy for my generation to cry about a lack of opportunities and blame the political elite for the decades of rot in our system, however the truth must be told that there is a lot of irresponsible behaviour among so many these days and in this clime which inhibits the sort of progress enjoyed by earlier generations.

    Although, the EFCC is battling with fraud of immense proportions by ‘419ers’ and corrupt politicians, yet there is the need for us as a nation to pay closer scrutiny to the activities of some of the young men and women who nowadays have found a new line of vocation in blogging. The unfortunate thing about this group is the modus operandi employed to achieve their objectives: I’m not certain it’s just the conventional Get-Rich-Quick-Syndrome, and I sincerely believe it’s partly due to the lack of purpose and direction on the part of some. How does one explain the situation of a young man in the most productive season of his life prowling the internet for ‘just any content’ that will drive traffic to his site?

     

    I am not certain there is a lot of knowledge or enlightenment on the subject of plagiarism and its consequences in Nigeria, otherwise it wouldn’t thrive in this manner. It is not out of place to want to upload all sorts of “interesting” content to your blog, but when you have not originally generated this content, at least kindly seek the permission of the author/owner of such, or give credit to its source in your publication. It is time for a common sense revolution in this country; I have watched, with delight, interviews with bloggers from different parts of the world on foreign media outlets. You can blog with distinction through original value driven content, and be successful. If you’re not sure of God’s purpose for your life, please seek Him out and ask; blogging is not for everyone.

    This is the time for people to lend their voices towards the destruction of this cancerous outgrowth in society.

     

    Kunle Olabode
    http://www.kunleolabode.com

     
    • David 3:46 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,
      I am a Nigerian blogger in the States.
      I read your article in premium times with extreme joy. I must confess how glad I am to see that al least one person shares my view on the pernicious trend of plagiarism and total vanity in Nigerian blogging. I stopped reading the blogs when everything became about bikini wears and buying range rovers. http://www.dddimas.com

      • Kunle 4:17 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello David,

        It’s nice to hear from you. You’re very right. The ‘blogosphere’ is saturated with junks in the country. It is quite unfortunate but that’s the pathetic situation at hand. Hopefully as we talk more on this issues and take appropriate actions where necessary, we can reduce it drastically

    • David 2:44 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kunle. Pleasure is mine. Will add your blog to the blogs I follow.

    • Jide Salu 2:56 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,

      How interesting to read your views on Nigerian bloggers. Whilst I copy portions, if not whole content from News sites, I never fail to give copyright credit. I feel its right.

      My blog which was originally set up to tell my story as a returnee has moved on to become a news curator accompanied by my personal views.

      Nigerians have a way of turning an original concept on its head, thereby making it unrecognisable to its original purpose. Blogging is one of such concepts. When certain bloggers have apparently made ‘millions’, automatically, it is assumed its the numero uno and others, flock to not emulate, but copy the bad practice.

      I must say, I am no longer frustrated as I once was many years ago. Nigerians are uniquely different. Young minds are being shaped by these filthy blogs. Sponsors flock to these filthy blogs because, apparently they are well read.

      It is laughable to see how your FB write up was usurped by some bloggers. Incredible!

      Just thought I would get in touch with you.

      Well written post by the way.

      • Kunle 4:42 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Jide,

        Thanks so much for your response. I truly believe there is hope for this nation with this type of orientation. I didn’t want to release the post initially. However, all that changed when i saw the accompanying post on several blogs. Unfortunately,the airwaves is saturated with junks, yet the same persons who embrace such are the first to complain about lack of opportunities in the polity. There’s such a craze to be a blogger with total disregard for the place of ethics and value driven contents.

        Our value system is in dire need of rescue. If our generation can’t think of role models other than the disemminators of unhealthy messages, it’s a source of great concern. It’s true Jide, the advertising companies and corporate bodies seldom promote quality because it won’t always enjoy the level of publicity like junks. However Quality always prevails!

        Thank you so much. All the best in your endeavors

    • Contributor at 1Creek 7:49 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bang on cue! Seems like everyone who commented here are of like minds, and no bad comments yet.
      I wrote a similar article, but instead my critique was focused on Linda, and the reply I got was really bad.

      Check out Linda Ikeji is not a blogger.

      Would be glad to work with anyone here, and at Kunle . Please reply with your twitter handle.

  • Kunle 8:57 am on November 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The storm and your destination 

    Matthew 8:24, 25: “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.”

    We deal with diverse challenges in life and it will not come to an end till Jesus returns. Having a proper perspective will help us handle it in a better way. From our anchor scripture, the statement, ‘there arose a storm’, implies the storm wasn’t there initially, but sprung up at a particular time during the voyage. This is reflective of the battles we face in life; unforeseen circumstances that creeps up during our greatest hour to steal our Joy. From the above passage, Jesus and his disciples were on a trip before the devil introduced the storm. What was the purpose of the storm?

    Matthew 8:28 “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

    The main reason for the storm was because there were people who needed deliverance on the other side. Your opposition is because of your position, no one kicks a dead dog. You may not know who you are but the devil knows; you may be ignorant of your glorious destiny, but the devil is scared of your destination, hence the opposition. How did Jesus deal with the opposition?

    Matthew: 8. 26. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

    Jesus spoke to the wind because it was fuelling the storm, he arrested the influence behind the storm. Furthermore, he spoke to the turbulent sea to come under divine control. You must speak to the forces fuelling insurgencies in your life, forces of darkness militating against your glorious destiny.

    Open your mouth and speak

    Praise God!

     
  • Kunle 9:19 am on November 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Your mess – Your message 

    2 Corinthians 1:4:” Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

    We’re not immune from challenges or difficulties in life because we have Jesus. It could actually mean you’ll face more challenges because of your stand for God. I have heard people profess how things have become more difficult for them since they gave their lives to Christ. For the sake of clarity, God hasn’t called anyone to oppression but liberation. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.  Having said that, the believer is a prime target of the enemy because of his 3 fold mandate to steal, kill or destroy (John 10:10).

    We often make mistakes of varying proportions because we,re not perfect. The greatest of men have committed the biggest of blunders in the world. Peter denied Jesus 3 times and he was devastated, dejected and depressed. However Jesus knew he would betray him before the betrayal. Consequently, Jesus made a provision for Peter to recover fully and strengthen his friends and other people who may experience difficulty in the same area.

    Luke 22:31-32. Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat: but I made supplication for thee, that thy faith fail not; and do thou, when once thou hast turned again, establish thy brethren.

    Peter failed but he recovered from the heartbreak with a renewed zeal and strength to encourage others in similar situations.

    Hebrews 5:2: “Who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.”

    It’s easy for a former drug addict to minister to a drug addict; its easy for Joyce Meyer to minister to those sexually abused because she’s been down that road. No experience in your life is a waste, God wants you to share your story and help others.

    Dont wait any longer.

    Praise God!

     
  • Kunle 11:15 am on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Light bearers 

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Mathew 5:16)

    For centuries Christians especially ministers were under the bondage of the enemy- we were told it was a sin to be prosperous. I remember vividly in the early 90s, how people destroyed their TV sets because they were told it could lead them to hell. Our people were lacking knowledge (light), hence they subscribed to irrational things.

    When Jesus came on to the scene, he announced himself as the light of the world (John 8:12). When he left Nazareth and moved to Capernaum, the bible makes us understand, ‘the people living in darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ (Mathew 4:16)

    However when Jesus was going to depart planet earth, he said something remarkable, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Mathew 5:14). We are the light of the world now- light dominates, gives direction and delivers.

    Joseph delivered a nation from starvation by telling them what was to come and teaching the nation of Egypt how to prepare for it (Genesis 47:13-27). When Belshazzar defiled the things of God, a strange writing appeared on the wall in the palace, he was frightened and his legs became weak (Daniel 5:5-6). The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom. Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.” (Daniel 5:7, 8).

    People panic when problems arise, however God doesn’t want us to because we’re raised as solution providers. When there is a recession, it’s an opportunity to buy more homes because they will be cheaper. It’s not the time for the believer to cry. There is a covenant of exemption on the believer in the midst of chaos.

    See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. (Isaiah 60:2)

    You must set the pace in your field, blaze the trail and be committed to excellence; this is the key to relevance in life. When the writing couldn’t be deciphered by the magicians; the queen came to the rescue.

    “The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.” (Daniel 5:10, 11)

    God expects us to be the light in our generation, we are the solution the world needs, where light is absent, life is absent. Daniel was summoned and he gave the interpretation. We often come in contact with people who are worried, battered, beaten, scattered and oppressed. There are people who seek solutions to their problems, there are destinies tied to your destiny, there are ministries that will not see the light of the day, if you don’t offer direction.

    The barbaric killing of twins in Calabar was perpetuated for centuries due to darkness until God sent his servant Mary Slessor to put an end to it. I have found out the devil only has power where there is darkness.

    … But this is your hour, and the power of darkness. (Luke 22:53)

    Without darkness, the devil is impotent, hence the saying by the prophet,’ people perish for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6).

    How do we access light?

    Redemption: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

    Jesus is the light of the world, hence to access light; you must have him in your life. Of course you can feed on crumbs from the masters table but the children have access to the bread. You don’t need to feed on crumbs any longer when you can partake of the meal itself. If you need Jesus in your life, say this short prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, come into my life, I believe you died for my sins and rose on the third day, thank you lord for having me.’ Celebrate your new nature in Christ. Hallelujah!

    The word: In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD (Daniel 9:2). The word of God is the answer to the challenges of life; one word can handle 1000 oppositions and situations. The word of God is the life of God; you must study to know the word because your life depends on it.

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

    Only worded people become solution providers, Jeremiah knew this mystery like no man’s business- hence, he devoted himself to the mystery and ministry of the word.

    When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty. (Jeremiah 15:16).

    When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19).

    The standard is the word of God, when you face opposition, the Holy Spirit will give you a word of the abundance of the word you have read, studied, meditated upon in the same hour. When Jesus was in the boat and the storm came to consume them, the Holy Spirit released a word into his spirit in that same hour and he unleashed it to put the situation under control.

    But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say (Mathew 10:19).

    What will be released into your spirit when challenges come is what you’re familiar with, it is the word that you’ve processed over time and have a command and deep revelation of.

    Hallelujah!

     
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