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  • 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 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 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 6:57 am on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Think big 

    Scripture:

    Isaiah 54:2-3 “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;  For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

    God has marvelous plans for his people, however we seldom tap into it leaving those outside the covenant to appropriate the blessings. We serve a big God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, yet a lot of believers think like peasants. In the era where tons of items are being shipped to war ravaged nations, some believers are still praying for daily bread.  There are different administrations and dispensations in the bible- Under the law, God taught the Jewish nation prudency and total dependency on him by giving them manna daily; we are in a different era where we have been given all things that pertains unto life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

    A lot of believers think too small to make an impact in life, godliness is not synonymous to poverty. JC penny a very successful business man was a committed believer and a billionaire, the same can be said of Michael Faraday the famous scientist who was a sunday school teacher. Christianity doesn’t turn men into dummies, it gives us dominion. From our anchor scripture today, God expects us to enlarge our vision and our capacity to be able to receive the blessings available. A 4 litre gallon can’t accommodate 10 litre volume of water, hence God is saying to his church, ‘I have big plans for you but your vision is not big enough to handle it.’ The Spirit of the lord is saying, ‘I want you to break forth on all sides but your knowledge, vision, and goals are too small to receive from me, enlarge it’.

    God knew Abram couldn’t count the stars yet he told him to come our of his tent of limitation and count it to enlarge his view (Genesis 15:5); God was working on the mind of Abram because what your mind can’t conceive, your life can’t contain. Secondly, God told Abram after lot was seperated from him to look round the environ for he is committed to blessing him to the degree of his vision (Genesis 13:15).

    Beloveth, God doesn’t determine how far we go in life, it is as far as our eyes can see.

    Assignment(s): Increase your capacity through books and anointed materials in your sphere of influence.

    Good morning

     
  • Kunle 7:31 am on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Adversity 

    Scripture:

    1 Corinthians 16:9, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. ”

    There are times we go through challenges that makes it look we’re outside the will of God. It’s not often so- Paul was in the will of God and he was facing a lot of opposition. There were openings to minister the word but there was a lot of resistance by the enemy. I am not saying difficulty is a measure or indicator that we’re in the plan of God because it could also mean we’re doing the wrong thing. The grace of God is available when we’re in line with his purpose for our lives. There are two extremes that could play out in this scenario; the first is to believe we’re in the will of God because of the enormity of the opposition, while the other is to assume we’re out of the will of God because of the level of opposition we’re facing.

    The word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit must be our metric at all times to evaluate situations. The believer goes through diverse temptations and challenges in life because the devil is out to distract us from our high calling in Christ Jesus.  When God was done with creation he rested, when Jesus was done with the devil he declared ‘it is finished’ after finishing him at Calvary. The devil is defeated but we must enforce that at all times.

    It gets very tough at times but the victory is ours because whosoever is born of God overcometh the world (1 John 5:4). If you have received Jesus as your personal lord and saviour, the devil is under your feet. Exercise your dominion over him and tell him where he belongs.

    Remember this: Every vision will be challenged by the enemy

    Assignment(s): Ask for the grace of God to withstand every situation that comes your way.

    Good morning

    Kunle  Olabode

     
  • Kunle 10:18 am on July 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The ways of God 

    Scripture:

    1 Corinthians 1:25, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

    One of the things I discovered early in my christian walk is that God’s ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8,9)- You must be ready to look and act ‘foolish’ in your walk of faith to make progress. The spiritual realm is more real than the physical albeit we can’t see nor feel so many things. The air we breathe can’t be seen but we won’t be alive without it, God can’t be seen but nothing can exist without him because in him we live and have our existence.

    Jesus must have looked crazy when he spoke to the tree because it was unconventional, he must have looked silly when he told the sea to calm down and relax; however, he was only manifesting after his father our God. The bible records in the second chapter of Jonah how God spoke to the fish to vomit Jonah (Jonah 2:10).

    One of the discoveries that changed my life forever is the day I discovered from the living word,’ there is a way that seemeth right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.’ (Proverbs 14:12). The Spirit of the lord is saying to the church, ‘good things don’t necessarily mean the right thing.’ There could be things that look good but not the right one for you. There are careers that look nice but not the right one for you, there are ladies that look hot with all the favorable stats but not the right partner for you. Similarly, there are ‘ready made’ fine guys that may not be the will of God for your life.

    While it is a truism the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the lord- It is the righteous man that seeks to know the plans and purpose of God for his life that will be led because everyone that ask will receive guidance (Mathew 7:8).

    Seek to know the plans and purpose of God for your life in the place of prayer and in the study of the word (Jeremiah 33:3).

    Good morning, hope you’re enjoying the break

    Kunle Olabode

     
  • Kunle 2:57 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Divine Purpose 

    Scripture:

    Hebrews 10:7, “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

    Many people struggle today because they are not walking in the plan of God for their lives. A life outside the plans and purpose of God will be frustrating and unfruitful in no small measure. God has a plan for his children to walk in a predetermined path to a glorious destiny. In the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah, God told him the purpose for his existence. Jesus never struggled while he was on earth because he walked in divine purpose.

    From our anchor scripture, Jesus the anointed messiah declared to all who cared to listen he’s walking in a pre-defined path from the manuscript of God. Beloveth, there is something written of us- God has a plan and script he wants us to embrace to fulfill our callings.

    Jesus knew what he came to do on earth, he didn’t move by emotion or sentiment. He said in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
    Ambition is good but let it be in line with your purpose. Search the scriptures and seek the face of God to know what is written of you.

     
  • Kunle 7:53 am on July 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Trials 

    Scripture:

    2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.”

    We go through trials and tribulations irrespective of the finished works of Christ. The devil is defeated but he’s not dead, hence he will continue to wage war against the believer until the coming of the lord. I have had my fair share of challenges in life.

    During my undergraduate days, I passed through the fire to say the least. To put it mildly, nothing seemed to be working in my life, I couldn’t see any progress in my endeavors. I was fed up with everything and was angry with God because I felt he was doing nothing in my life. Depression took over, things became worse hence, I resorted to try my hands on another religion because I felt God had failed me.

    I called one of my friends and told him about my plans to try something new- he laughed and must have felt I was going crazy. He said to me, “Guy Abeg I take God beg you, no try am”. I told him what was happening, he encouraged me and I felt better. Though things didn’t change i went back to God, apologized for my actions and asked for his help.

    Gradually things began to get better and I began to pray fervently. After a while, depression became a thing of the past and things improved. There are things I learnt from that experience which are invaluable and could be of help to you.

    1. The devil wants to depress you so that he can oppress you. Depression is a spirit beloveth- the bible says in Isaiah 61:3, “to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”  The Spirit of heaviness is responsible for depression and praise is a key to keeping him off your life because the lord inhabits the praises of his people. Where God dwells no stupid devil can come near.

    2. Godly counsel- The bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” You don’t need stupid friends like that of Job and Solomon but friends who add value to you.

    3. Challenges doesn’t mean God has gone on vacation- he doesn’t sleep or slumber, he’s sitted on the throne with all glory and splendor- you’re his beloved, the apple of his eyes.

    4. You will overcome- The bible says in  Isaiah 43:2-3 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am Jehovah thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour; I have given Egypt as thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in thy stead. ”

    Good morning friends

    Kunle  Olabode

     
  • Kunle 8:10 am on July 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Your words carry Power 

    Scripture:

    Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ”

    When God speaks everything hears and obeys- In the book of Genesis, God spoke forth plants, animals and even light. The only thing God does is to speak- he establishes his will by opening his mouth to call forth things. We’re created in the same image and likeness as God, hence we have the same capacity as the creator of the universe through spoken words (Genesis 1:1-26). Let me share a personal experience with you.

    About 10 years ago with very little or no knowledge about the power of words or confessions,  i had an experience that would change my live forever- our dog ran out of the compound, I tried in vain to get him back into the compound. The more I tried, the more he dribbled me around the premises. I got angry and said to him, “you will die the way your mother died”( A vehicle knocked down the mother); immediately, I uttered those words, the dog began charging down the street. I turned, shut the gate and began walking down to the living room-however, I had a check in my spirit to go and look for the dog; I turned back and began looking for the dog in the estate- I didn’t see him, so I extended the search down the street to the highway, where I saw him lying helplessly in severe pains due to injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident.

    I couldn’t believe what was happening, I ran back to the house, got the car keys and called my younger sister who left with me in a hurry to get the dog. We zoomed off to town to look for a veterinary doctor- it was too late to get one, so we returned home with the dog. I remember crying that night because of  everything that happened, i was also scared the dog was going to die. My uncle tried to console me by telling me he will survive till the morning when we’ll be able to get him down to the vet.  The next morning, i came out to see the dead dog.

    It was a sad experience, however I learnt some vital lessons about the power of words. Indeed, death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). I also understood that the word is indeed spirit and life (John6:63) as Jesus said because immediately i uttered those negative words, a force moved upon the dog and led him to his untimely death. Lastly, years later when I came across how God spoke to a fish in Jonah 2:10, “And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. ”  i didn’t have a problem believing or understanding what took place.

    Lets endeavor to speak positive words to our situations and use negative words to destroy the works of darkness for death and life are in the power of the tongue.

    Good morning

    Kunle Olabode

     
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