The Power of NO

No

No is one of the most popular words in the English languague. The word comes up in every area of our lives. In our relationship with family, friends and loved ones; at our place of work or education. We always hear the word “No”. No, I don’t like you. No, I am not interested. No, it is not possible. No, it does not make sense. No, you do not deserve it. No! No! No! Therefore, we are likely to hear more “No’s” than we will “Yes’s”, at any given time of our lives.

“No” is the most painful two-letter word to hear, and the weight of it is so powerful that many have given up hope because they have heard it too many times, some have settled for less than their potential and even sadder – some have committed suicide. This is because it denies us of our most basic need – to belong, a need more basic than food. Therefore, feeding our greatest fear – rejection, a fear greater than death. When we hear “No” – we hear, “No Opportunity”, we immediately see ourselves in prison and we begin to feel suffocated by the fear that we are not good enough and that we will never be.

This was how I felt growing up as a middle child of three siblings. It completely knocked off my confidence and discouraged me from asking for help. But as I ventured into Sales, I was taught by one of my mentors that the job of a salesperson only begins when the prospective customer says “No”. This shifted my perspective and I no longer so “No” as a rejection, but rather, as an opportunity. The “No’s” I heard began to sound like “Now Opportunity”. Now an Opportunity to learn something new. Now an Opportunity to educate someone and influence their perspective. Now an Opportunity to see where I am getting things wrong and learn how to make amends. Now an Opportunity to discover what works for me. Now an Opportunity to see what I need to let go of. Now an Opportunity to grow.

Studying the lives of the greats of this world, I have learnt that they applied this principle in their lives. They learnt not to see the rejections they face – either by the rejections of others or their personal failings – as a judgment of their person, but as an opportunity for them to learn and grow.

Therefore, it does not matter how many “No’s” you hear, what matters is that you see these rejections and failing as an opportunity to learn, grow and become better as a result. So, when next you hear “No” – don’t hear “No Opportunity” but hear “Now Opportunity”.

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Dealing with Discouragement

Discouragement

Life can sometimes present us with trying times. It may be a rejection, the lost of a loved one, financial difficulties or some other adverse situation that we cannot imagine. These situations can sometimes hit us so hard that all we want to do is give up. Give up hope. Give up on oneself. Give up on life.

I found myself in such a state. It was October 19, 2003 when I watched my mum fall to her death, moments after entering the house of her friend. She had lost a lot of energy climbing a flight of stairs to the last floor of the building. This in it self was a distressing time for me, my siblings and our father. But we soon realised that it was only the beginning of a very dark time.

A few months after my mother’s passing, we were kicked out of our maternal grandfather’s estate and after squatting with our father’s distant relative – our dad was forced to bring us to the UK, where we were to begin a new life. The only problem was, we did not have the right papers to live legal in the UK.

A glimmer of light however came when a Church member helped me and my sister get into school and I was able to study up to college level. This was the first person I was comfortable to call “mum”. After finishing my BTEC Diploma at college, I was unable to progress my education because I did not have the right documents – neither was I able to work for the same reason. So, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I watched my peers – who I helped in college get the required grades they need to gain admission into the university of their choice – move on with their lives. I did not see anyway forward for myself and did not really have a hope for the future. The only thing that kept me going was my faith in God, fellowshipping with fellow Christians and working in the Youth Ministry of my Church.

But thank God my story did not end there. Whilst volunteering at my Church, I met the love of my life – who is now my wife, and our union has brought untold ray of sunshine into my life. Now, I can see more clearly and the future that God has promised is unfolding. Though the story is not over, whilst discouragement still knocks, I can confidently say, after more than 15 years of loosing my mum – up to this point – that I am in a better place.

My story and that of my siblings show that life will always give us a reason to be discouraged. But what I learnt whilst going through this ordeal is that feeling discouraged is not something to be sorry for, nor feel bad about. It is our natural response to a disappointment. What is wrong, however, is if we allow the feeling to control our lives.
I have learnt from my experience that to handle discouragement, you must:

• Take time to acknowledge what has happened. Even cry if you must. Tears are better out than in. Trying to ignore it by putting on a brave face will only cause further damage and lead to a total breakdown
• Talk to God about your feelings in prayer and share your thoughts with god-fearing people -those with wise and discerning hearts
• Think about the options available to you, the resources you need and the people that can help you make it happen. Make sure you just don’t think, but you act, also
• Trust that God loves you, He has your best interest at heart and He will guide you on the best part for your life

I pray for you today, that God will heal your heart from the injuries that you have experienced as a result of disappointing situations and that you will received courage in these dark times. But don’t forget to take time to acknowledge what has happened, talk to God and god-fearing people about the situation, think about your options – as well as the resources and people you will need to help you and trust that God loves you and knows what is best for you.

I hope this article blesses and encourages you. God bless you!

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We are called to Judge

Judge
One of the most famous sayings amongst Christians is, “No one can judge me, except God.” This is one of the biggest lies that we have ever told ourselves, and as a result, we have become ineffective in the position that God has placed us in.

A scripture people in the “Don’t Judge Me” Movement use is Matthew 7:12, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure, you use it will be measured to you.” A closer study of this scripture will show that Jesus was not talking about the act of judging but condemning. The difference between the two is the mindset with which we approach judgment.

To judge means merely to evaluate and to determine whether something is right or wrong and to establish rightness or righteousness. To condemn, however, is to label and to pass sentence. As Christians, we can determine what is right and wrong, because we have the Holy Spirit – Who knows all things and searches out all things, even the deep things of God (2 Corinthians 2:10). Therefore, we can know all things and establish the righteousness of God, because we have His righteous nature within us.

However, what makes us move from judging to condemning is that many Christians are fixed minded people. According to Carole Dweck’s book – “Mindset,” there are two types of mindsets – the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. A fixed minded person labels and condemns. They reject or accept people based on their actions or how they come across, without giving room for repentance. But a growth-minded person judges to bring improvement and positive change. To expound on this further, the Bible tells us that the world’s grieving (judgment) leads to condemnation and death (fixed mindedness), but the grieving (judgment) of the Lord leads to repentance and life (growth mindedness) (2 Corinthians 7: 9 – 10).

Judging is not the problem. In fact, it is our responsibility. In my book, “And they shall be called the Sons of God,” I explained that it is our responsibility as Christians to speak up for the voiceless, to establish equity, to call out the darkness and rebuke unrighteousness. We are to speak out against terrorism, persecution, gender fluidity, sexual perversion, corruption, and discrimination. This, my brothers and sisters, is what it means to judge. If we do not judge, God will judge us.

However, in our judgment, we must remember that it is the world that labels and condemns – leading to death. But as Christians, we should not subscribe to the way the world judges, because we are not of the world. Our judgment is to bring correction, leading to repentance and bringing about positive change. Therefore, I say to you – arise and Judge! For this is your responsibility, says the Spirit of the living God.

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Take Charge of your Day

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Take Charge of your Day

I have been in a recurring battle with discouragement lately, and as a result, I have been feeling inadequate, incompetent and inefficient. Life can be very hard sometimes, without any hope of improvement. But today, as I was discussing God’s Word with my wife and our friend, I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me that the answer to discouragement is for me to take charge of my day.

To be discouraged is to feel helpless, drained and in severe situations – lifeless. This was how I was feeling the past week. David also felt the same way in Psalm 5 (the focus of our discussion). He was in a place of distress, and he did not have any hope of safety – but he realised that God will always listen to the voice of his cry. There are four things the Holy Spirit taught me through our discussion about the life of David, which will enable us to take charge of our day and consequently, overcome discouragement:

1. Be intentional about seeking God in the morning
2. Be wholly vulnerable and open to Him
3. Be patient in the place of prayer, waiting on Him to respond
4. Be confident in His love for you

Be intentional about seeking God in the morning

David said in his prayer, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You” (Psalm 5:3 NKJV). David was being intentional about seeking the face of God. His prayers were not random nor religious – they were specific, and they were intentional. In the same vein, we too need to be intentional about seeking God. One of the ways we can do this is by setting a time in the day – especially in the morning – for prayer and fellowship with God.

Be vulnerable and open to Him

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God” (Psalm 5: 1 – 2 NKJV).

David never hid his emotions from God. He was never afraid to tell God about how he felt. This attitude and vulnerability is especially important, because as Christians we have learnt to camouflage our feelings through Christianese lingo in the exertion not to be negative. But David was very honest and open about his emotions in the place of prayer to God, because he realised that it is only a heart who is truly open that can receive from God.

Be patient in the place of prayer, waiting on Him to respond

David’s prayers were not monologues, they were conversations with a living God, whom he saw as his King and his God, “Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3 NLT).

David realised that God was not a passive and silent God, but a God Who is active and wishes to communicate with us – His children. David knew that not only was God listening to Him, but God wanted to speak with Him, also. He was expectant to hear back from God.

Be confident in His love for you

“Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe” (Psalm 5:7 NLT).

David’s confidence before God had nothing to do with his actions, but God’s love for Him. David was a man who truly feared God but was also persuaded of His love. Because of this, David’s heart was opened to God, knowing that there was nothing on His mind that God does not want to hear about.

Summary

Learning from the life of David, I have discovered that to overcome discouragement by taking charge of my day, I need to start my day in fellowship with God, by intentionally seeking Him in the morning, being vulnerable to Him, waiting on what He has to say to me and trusting in His love.

I am, therefore, inviting you on this journey of devotion to God, not trusting in our actions or abilities, but in our relationship and fellowship with Him.

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Being Called versus Being Chosen

Being called versus being chosen

Being Called versus Being Chosen

Jesus said to His disciples, many are called, but few are chosen. I never really understood this statement until the Lord spoke to me through the story of Gideon. In this, I saw that the call is for everyone, but there are certain things we need to do to be chosen:

1. Recognise your limitations – acknowledging your inadequacy is the first step in the journey of being used by God. Though we may see Gideon’s confession of his weakness as self-deprecating and a sign of doubt. However, confessing your weaknesses is saying to God that you cannot do anything except by His grace. Having said this, don’t stay in the consciousness of your weakness, but shift your focus on His grace. 

2. Honour the presence of God – the next thing we notice Gideon do is to offer an offering to the Angel of the Lord. In this way, Gideon honoured the presence of God. Just as Gideon did, we too must offer an offering to God whenever we recognise His presence. This does not necessarily mean giving a material offering – although that is part of it, it also means offering praises and most importantly, our life in obedience to His Word. 

3. Let go of your idols – the first command God gave Gideon was to destroy the altar of Baal his father built, and to erect an altar to the Lord. The only way God can use you and me, is for us to destroy all the altars in our hearts that we have raised to false gods – including ourselves. Whether it is pride, selfish ambition or whatever it might be, we will need to surrender these altars to the Lord and erect an altar to Him in our hearts.

4. Trust God, not numbers – when Gideon answered the call of God; thirty-two thousand men rallied around him to fight the Midianites and Amalekites. But God told Him that these people are too much for Him to use. God soon proved that not all of them present was actually with him in their hearts. God did this by asking him to announce that those who were fearful and afraid should return to their homes. Twenty-two thousand left, and only ten thousand remained. This proves to us that security is not found in the multitude of people that surround us, but just in the grace of God. So trust His grace. 

5. Stay alert in the place of rest – God still told Gideon that the ten thousand with him is too much and told him to test them at the water brook. Those who lapped the water were chosen, and those who went down on their knees to drink water were sent home. I believe what God was showing Gideon is that He can only trust and use those who will depend on Him and stay alert, even in the place of rest. This is the test of the place of restc- will you stop trusting God and let go of yourself – just as those who drank with their hands did or will you stay on the lookout, even as you refresh yourself – trusting only in the grace of God?

6. Stay obedient to God – sometimes we believe that when God gives us an instruction, a vision or a calling, that that is where it all ends. We think that answering God’s initial call guarantees success, irrespective of the decision we make after receiving the call. Gideon demonstrated this when he obeyed God’s instruction to go down to the camp of the Midianites, where he heard the dream, which exposed the fear of the enemy and signalled that God had given them to him. This was the sign Gideon needed to act on. He followed the strategy God gave him, and victory was assured as a result. If Gideon did not respond to God’s prompting to go to the Midianite camp, everything else he did up to that point would have been useless. In the same vein, the only way to ensure victory and success is to obey God continually. 

7. Stay humble – after Gideon had delivered victory to the children of Israel and broken the bondage of Midian and the Amalekites, the children of Israel wanted him to rule over them, but Gideon said to them that only God will rule over them. In the same vein, do not get carried away with the victories that God gives you. If you do, you make yourself vulnerable to the next wave of Satan’s attack, because he will never give up. But if you stay humble, you will continue in the grace of God. 

In summary, to be part of the chosen, you must acknowledge your limitations, honour the presence of God, let go of your idols, trust in God and not numbers, stay alert in the place of rest, stay obedient to God and stay humble. Practising these things show that we are worthy to be part of the few that are chosen by God.  

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Change your World

 

Change your World

Change your World

We are all believing God for a positive change in our lives and many Christians are still waiting for God to do something for them. They have prayed and fasted, but nothing seems to change. Some have accepted their situation as their fate and some have given up on the faith entirely. 

These group of people usually ask the following questions:

• Why do bad things happen to good people? 

• I have committed my life to God, but my peers who are not Christians are doing better than me? 

The disciple of Jesus found themselves in a situation where they asked similar questions. They were caught up in an unexpected storm that threatened to sink the boat and possibly lead to their death. Jesus was in the boat, sleeping. The disciples were so indignant by this seeming nonchalant attitude of Jesus towards the situation and His insensitivity towards their plight. “Will You sleep while we die?” The disciples told Him as they yanked Him up from His sleep. 

Jesus woke up, rebuked the wind and commanded the storm to be still. Looking at them, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. He did so for two reasons:

1. He told them before they embarked on the journey that they were going to the other side

2. He expected them to do what He did

Jesus was angry at their lack of faith because they did not trust in His words and neither did they believe in the power of God that was available to them, as a result of their association with Him. Jesus wanted them to take charge of the situation based on what He told them and their relationship with Him. 

The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that when the Spirit comes from on high, then the wilderness will become a fruitful field and the fruit field a forest. Many have interpreted this to mean that the Holy Spirit will do the change. But this is not what the prophesy means. We see this when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, the Bible tells us that they spoke in other tongues, Peter preached, and three thousand souls were won. Peter and John healed the lame man at the gate called “Beautiful,” and the disciples did many mighty works. 

Question, who did these works? It was the people. The Holy Spirit, however, was the One Who empowered them to do it, but it was still them that did it. Therefore, the Holy Spirit has been given to us to transform the wilderness into a fruit field and fruit field into a forest. It is not the Holy Spirit that will do it, but He will empower us to do it. 

The only question is, will you allow yourself to be a vessel the Holy Spirit will use to bring the needed change to the world.  

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Children and Sons

Children and Sons

Children and Sons

The coming revival is about the Church coming into her place as the custodian of the Earth and for Christians to come into sonship and exercise our authority as sons of God. Notice I did not say children, but sons. The reason for this is because every Christian is a child of God, born of the Word of God (the incorruptible seed) and not of man (the corruptible seed), which is what is meant by being born again. However, becoming a son is as a consequence of maturity and a place of authority.

It is not everyone born as a child in the family that is entrusted with responsibility, but only the children who have proved themselves trustworthy that will be rewarded with trust, and as such, are ready to receive and operate in their inheritance. 

The differentiator between the children who have proved themselves and children who haven’t is just one thing: the Holy Spirit leads the mature children. For us to operate in our inheritance in God, we need to be submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Unless God cannot trust us with what He has kept in store for us. 

If we study the life of Jesus, you will see that everything Jesus was able to do was by the Holy Spirit. In fact, His ministry could not start, until the Holy Spirit came on Him and the next thing we see is that the Holy Spirit is leading Him to the wilderness. He said that the works He does are by His Father Who lives in Him – the Father He was referring to here was the Holy Spirit. 

The extent to which we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit is the extent that God will entrust us with our inheritance and use us as tools in His hands. If we do not learn to yield to the Holy Spirit, then we will be no different to the unbelievers, and we will not be able to take our place and bring order to this chaotic world. 

It is time to submit to the Holy Spirit!

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Hell is coming to the World and the Church is Responsible for it

Hell is coming to the World and the Church is Responsible for it

Hell is coming to the World and the Church is Responsible for it

The sky is falling, and the sun is about to crash into the Earth! I know this sounds too dramatic. However, when you consider the fact that gun and knife violence has claimed the lives of 91 people this year, in London alone; the economic unrest all over the world, the neglection of the needy and deprived, the constant threat to our security due to terrorism and mass murders and the rise of sexual pervasion and gender confusion. The sky might as well fall, and the sun crash into the Earth.

The world is in a chaotic state, and it bears a resemblance to how it was in Genesis chapter 1:2: “void, desolate and without form. Darkness covers the face of the deep”. We are truly living in dark times. You may even call it: Hell, on Earth! 

It is no wonder that the atheist does not believe in God, the agnostic is indifferent about the idea of a god, or the deist believes that God has abandoned the Earth. I mean, if there is a God, He should at least bring order to this chaotic cosmos. 

However, the Bible provides us with God’s perspective on this:

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.” (Psalms 115:16)

“God stands in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods (divine beings). How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice and maintain the rights of the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; rescue them from the hand of the wicked. The rulers do not know, nor do they understand; they walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction] All the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles of the administration of justice] are shaken.” (Psalms 82: 1 – 5)

From these scriptures, we see that God willed the Earth to us humans and has empowered us – the Church in particular (I expanded more on this in my book: And they shall be called the Sons of God) to be His voice and bring the needed solutions to the Earth. Hence why I say that the Church is responsible for the chaos and atrocities – Hell, on the Earth. 

To the Christian community, before you cast your stones at me, ask yourselves these questions: Am I helping the weak and fatherless around me? Do I act justly and maintain the right of the afflicted? Do I rescue those who are without help? Am I intentionally pursuing God’s plan and purpose for my life or am I just chasing my next pay cheque?

If we are honest with ourselves, we will see that we the Church have become complacent in the mission that God has given us. We are more concerned about the world receiving us rather than catering to the needs of the world. 

God has called us to be a fountain of solutions and a blessing to the world. If we switch off our light, to blend in with the darkness, have we not made the world even darker? This is why many people challenge the Church on the appropriation of funds donated by members. Beyond pastors flying private jets and leading a celebrity lifestyle, the world feels we do not care, and in truth, we don’t. If we did, we will stand up and shine our lights as brightly as we can, so that the whole world will see that we are the lighthouse that will save them from crashing into the rocks and lead them safely to shore. If we do not do this, the chaos will continue, many more will lose their lives, and we will give an opportunity for the enemy to claim more souls for his kingdom. As this happens, the world will be at our footsteps and begin to question the need for our existence. Many Churches will be closed down as a result, and others rise to flames. 

The question to us as Christians is that will we continue to sit inactively in the sweet-by-and-by and watch the world go to Hell or will we stand up and be counted – just as God has called us to do?

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Ignorance the Identity Thief

Ignorance the Identity Thief

 

Ignorance the Identity Thief

God has called the Church to be the gods of the Earth. In Psalm 82, the Bible tells us that God is standing in the congregation of the mighty and He is judging among the gods. Further on, it tells us that we are gods because we are children of the Most High. We are called gods because we are children of God. Just as a lion will give birth to lions and a tiger will give birth to its kind; in the same vein, when we became born again, we are born with the same DNA as God. Therefore, we are gods. 

But the question here is, why then are we not operating as gods? Why are we not bringing the solutions and impact God has blessed us with to the world? The answer is we are ignorant of our identity in Christ, and therefore, we have been robbed of it. 

I heard a story about a wealthy man who died and willed his entire estate to his son. However, because his son refused to receive the education his father provided for him while he was still alive, he was unable to read the will to know what his father had provided for him. So, he suffered severely as a result. He had to resolve to menial labour to meet ends meet; even though he was a wealthy man. It was until when the man had an encounter with someone his father had helped in the past – who was surprised at his condition, read the will to him and exposed him to what was already his. 

The same is with us as Christians. Except we open our hearts and be willing to study God’s word to know who we are and what God has made available to us, we cannot do what He has called and empowered us to do. Instead of us solving the problems of the world, we will be the ones in need of help, because we do not know who we are. 

Ignorance is a choice. I say this because, even if you are genuinely ignorant, you can make an effort to find out. So, it is time to find out, stand up and take your place as a god on the Earth. If we do not, we will suffer the same peril as those God has empowered us to deliver.

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The Groanings and Expectations of Creation

Revival

The Groanings and Expectations of Creation

When we talk about revival, we immediately think about Christian crusades springing up, miraculous healings and signs and wonders everywhere. While all these physical manifestations of the miraculous are significant and have their place, this is not what this coming revival is all about.

The world is under the influence of the enemy, and as a result, wickedness has become the order of the day. Therefore, lawlessness, injustice, and wickedness as multiplied on the Earth. They are manifesting in forms like terrorism, an increased level of youth violence, homosexuality, gender confusion, atheism, deism, anti-God laws and various types of sinful behaviour and ideologies. As a result of all these mentioned above, the just are denied justice, and the broken-hearted are not only left without comfort, but their sufferings have severely increased. 

The revival that God is bringing on the Earth is for the Church and every Christian to rise and take their place as the custodians of the Earth, and bring back order to a dysfunctional and desolate world. God wants us to become solutions to the problems facing the world today, just as Joseph and Daniel were in their days. 

The Bible tells us that the earnest expectation of creation is the manifestation of the sons of God. The world is looking for heroes, and God is looking for people through whom He will use to bring healing and restoration to the world. I am not saying that the miraculous as we know it will not happen. They will, even in increased measure. However, they will only be one of the fruits of the revival; the central aspect is the Church and each Christian rising to take their place and play their role in the Kingdom of God. 

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