Saturday, 6 May 2017

Listen. Worship. Be Edified.

Many of us crave for God's voice... You so wish that He would just speak to you.. "Even if all He does is call my name, oh, that He would just speak!" Interestingly, God is always speaking, in fact, He's always calling you. The question is, "are you listening?"

We could get so engrossed in our world that we forget to pause. And LISTEN.

This beautiful piece sung by Kari speaks volumes about this. Listen to and meditate on the lyrics.

God, Precious is listening! Speak to me! (You can tell Him same...)

Shalom,
Precious.

SPEAK TO ME by KARI JOBE (Source: Youtube)

The sound of many waters
Calms the sea in me
The voice that ends the silence
Meets me in my need
Like fireworks
Igniting in my chest
The weight of Your glory
The reverence
I'm in awe that You would come to me
In awe that I could hear You speak
Speak to me
Speak to me
I'm listening
Speak to me
Speak to me
I'm listening
The sound that shakes the heavens
The whisper on the wind
Breaks my inhibitions
And settles me within
The mystery, You're closer than my skin
Your still, small voice moving me again
I hang on to every word You say
I live to hear You say my name
Speak to me
Speak to me
I'm listening
Speak to me
Speak to me
I'm listening


Saturday, 29 April 2017

CROSSROADS


Hi there!

I do hope you had a great April and you did maximize it to its full capacity… If you didn’t, no worries. May presents you with another opportunity… Anticipate it and use it well.

And now to the business of today.

So, one of the things I love to do in my leisure is read Christian novels. And as I thought about what to share with you today, I was reminded of  the novel, ‘The Crossroad’ by Beverly Lewis. I wouldn’t want to go into the details of the story (you can get the book if you wish, it’s very lovely) but the major thing that resonated with me was the title: Crossroad.

Many a time, we get into situations and circumstances in life that seem to be three- or four-way junctions. We are faced with so many options yet we do not know which one to take. Whether it’s choosing the right job offer, deciding whether to get a PhD or settle for a job, deciding which school to go or which course to offer, deciding which of the ladies will make the best wife ;) or deciding what area of ministry to focus on… The crossroads will always come. However, the good news is, if you are a Christian, then you can be led by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, it could seem as though God is silent, but I encourage you to hang in there.

I remember one of my favourite worship leaders, Kim Walker, saying once that she used to get up early in the morning to speak with God... Not pray, just talk. And sometimes she would just sit there; say nothing, do nothing, just sit there. And it would seem like God isn’t saying anything or His presence isn’t even with her, but then, over the years, she has learnt to sit still until He “comes”. And when He meets with her, it’s always amazing!

So, today, I encourage you to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit… It could come in form of peace, or that still small voice, or dreams and visions, or through a friend, or the trees and so on... Whichever way it comes, watch out for it, trust His leading and follow it. And in those times when it seems like He isn’t speaking or His presence isn’t with you, and you’re asking why it seems He can’t see what’s going on… HANG IN THERE dear…. He ALWAYS comes through. He is too faithful to fail! And He’s never late! I’m grinning from ear to ear right now, just reminding myself of these truths.

Also, one thing I learnt from the novel was that the crossroad could also be seen to represent the cross (Take another look at the picture above)! When you're at the crossroad, you may not see the symbol of the cross, but when you look at it from afar, taking on the whole view, you see the sign more clearly. 

My point? You can either decide to see your crossroad as that point where you’re in a state of confusion, or you can decide to see the cross in the midst of the crossroad, reminding yourself of the fact that even in the midst of the crossroads, He is right there with you. (Psa. 23:4) And trust me, He is ALL you need.

Hmmm… Brother/Sister, He will come through for you… And right on time! Your crossroad experience will soon become a beautiful tale of how you got on the right path to destiny!

See you on the other side of the crossroad! I await your comments...

Shalom,

Precious.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

You have overcome!!!

Hey there! :)

Welcome yet again! I trust you enjoyed your Easter, and did celebrate the reason for the season - Jesus.

Well today, still in the spirit of Easter, I'll be leaving us with a song: Victor's crown.

The best part of this song for me is:

"Every high thing must come down
"Every strong hold shall be broken
"You wear the Victor's crown
"You overcome, You overcome!"

The last verse also gives me chills.

As you listen to and meditate on this song, realize that He overcame... For you. So, whatever the challenge you may be facing now, or may face in the future, you also have overcome! This is one of the reasons a christian's joy should never be depleted: YOU HAVE OVERCOME!

Enjoy the song, but also declare it over yourself. I HAVE OVERCOME!

Remember to leave your comments in the comments box, either for this post, or the previous ones. Also remember to subscribe to our blog.

Shalom!
Precious.

VICTOR'S CROWN by Darlene Zschech (Source: Youtube)


Monday, 10 April 2017

The Joy of Salvation

Happy new month people!

I'm so glad to have you here again! A special thanks to all who made comments on the last post. God bless you!

So today, we will be talking about a burden I have had for some time now. I say “we’ because I will only bring forth the challenge; you will contribute your opinion to the causes of the challenge and the possible solutions to this challenge. I look forward to your comments. Don’t forget that this will help someone out there. Let’s get the ball rolling!

Case Scenario:

Whenever I go for a service, as I enjoy it and praise God, or lead people in worship, I can’t help but notice the alarming number of people who are just indifferent about the service. It’s difficult for them to shout “hallelujah”, say “amen” and even more difficult to sing, dance, or clap in praises to God! One may think they are just “stiff” but I dare say, and I have pondered over this for a while, that these people have lost their excitement. Somewhere along the line, they seem to have lost the joy of their salvation.

Ironically, the Bible says that there is fullness of joy in God’s presence, so how come many who claim to carry the presence of God (which is full of joy, don't forget), still seem to lack God’s joy, or the excitement that comes with God's joy?

For some, I have come to understand that their loss of joy came as a result of the storms of life they have encountered here and there. Whereas for some others, they never really experienced that joy, so they do not even know what it means.

So, the floor is open! What do you understand by this "joy of salvation"? What do you think has caused Christians lose their excitement and joy? What can a Christian who seems to lack God’s joy, do to regain that joy? In case, you have been a victim of losing your joy due to any reason at all, but were able to get it back, please share with us the steps you took. I have not put up any scriptural references so please, feel free to do so.

I can’t wait to hear from you! You will be helping someone today as you share. Leave your comments in the comment box below and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog!

Have a blessed week!

Shalom,

Precious.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Stop crying and MOVE!

Case in point: Exodus 14. 


So, the Israelites have recently left Egypt, on their way to the land God promised them. Then all of a sudden, Pharaoh 'comes to his hardened senses' and decides to pursue them. The Israelites look back and realize they are in the middle of the 'devil and the deep blue sea'. What next?

They begin to do the very thing most of us would have done: Complain (Point number 1). 

You see, we are so 'dedicated' to complaints as though our complaints have the power to change anything or have ever helped anyone. Notice that their complaints do not change anything. Rather, Moses boldly tells them to 'stand and see the salvation of the Lord'. More like 'stop complaining; be quiet and watch God work wonders'. 
Lesson one: Stop complaining!

Now, I guess at the time Moses was making those declarations, he was frantically praying in his heart that God will not put him to shame because the next thing God says is, "Why are you crying out to Me?" (Exo. 14:15 NLT)

So, for many of us, this is where we are. Our situation is very similar to that of the Israelites - being caught between two terrible choices, or probably you can't even see a choice at all! All you see are road blocks, no path ahead, nothing! Well, this is for you. 

Let's get on with the story. So, amazingly, God tells Moses, "why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to GET MOVING! Pick up YOUR STAFF and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground." (Exo. 14:15-16 NLT; emphasis mine) It seemed more like He expected Moses to know what to do! I can imagine God thinking to Himself at that point, "why is Moses still standing there clueless? I've given him the rod. All he needs for the Israelites to get to the other side is in his hand! He should move!" Now, if I were Moses, I would wonder, "God, move to where? I know you don't need any reminder but the Egyptian soldiers are right behind, and before us is the ocean! So, where do we move to?" But God doesn't give Him the opportunity to ask. He simply tells him, 'take the staff'.


I need to you to take note of the first instruction: Move. He says that before H asks Moses to use his staff.  Sometimes, God just wants us to show our trust in Him by taking that leap of faith, even when you don't know the direction to take. Your steps are ordered; all you have to do is make a move. Lesson two: Move!

Finally, take your staff. You also have a staff. And in the midst of that terrible fix you may have found yourself, God is saying today: Stop shedding tears - they will do you no good. Move! Use your staff! I can't tell you what your staff is, but I can tell you that you have a staff. Ask God to open your eyes to it so you can use it for His glory. The same way the little flour that was left in the house of that widow of Zarephath was used to eradicate famine for them, that's how your staff is meant to make a way for you. 
Lesson three: Find your staff by asking God what it is and what it is meant for. Then use it.

So, there we are! I have decided to trust God, stop crying, move and use my staff. You should do same.. :)

Do share your story with us in the comment box. I'd love to hear from you!
Shalom,
Precious.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mutual Faith

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!!

Welcome again to Legacy Series! I'm delighted to have you here, and I'm sure you will be blessed again today.

While studying my Bible during the week, my attention was drawn to something with respect to the life of father Abraham.

Abraham trusted God with his life.

He was so confident in God and His faithfulness. He was so sure that even if Isaac had been sacrificed, God would raise the boy again because of His promises concerning Isaac. He trusted every word God had said without any iota of doubt.

However, God also trusted Abraham!

In Gen. 22, you would see that Isaac knew the procedure for offering sacrifices... He knew everything that was required for the sacrifice. How, you may ask? His father had taken the time to teach Him. I can imagine that Abraham, knowing that Isaac was the heir God had ordained for him, would take the young boy to all of his sacrifices and fellowships with God, so Isaac would learn. In one place, God said I trust Abraham, because I know he will teach his children my ways. And he didn't disappoint.

My point? Abraham had great confidence in God; but God also had great confidence in Him. It was mutual. He believed in God; God also believed in Him... And guess what? Neither was disappointed!

So, my question to you today isn't "Do you trust God" because you probably do (and if you don't, you need to... ASAP!). Rather, my questions are, "Can God trust you?" "Is your trust in God mutual?" "Are your words reliable?"

I charge you to step up today. Have faith in God... Let Him also have faith in you; one that won't be disappointed. He keeps His promises to you; keep yours to Him.

Shalom,
Precious.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Listen. Worship. Be edified.

Welcome again!

So, today, we will talk just a little about worship, after which I will leave you with something special ;)

Just one thing I want us to note: Worship isn't just about singing songs that provoke our emotions or singing "slow" songs as some people think. Rather it is about being living sacrifices on the altar for  God (Romans 12:2). Hence, worship constitutes a lifestyle that brings glory to Jesus. You can now see that it goes beyond just singing songs that many of us do not really mean; it's about your prayer life, your study, your fasting, your relationships, your words, thoughts and deeds (Luke 2:37). It constitutes just about everything that pertains to our lives.

So, the next time you think about worship, think beyond worshiping God via music. Think about the state of your heart before God. Think about your life of daily sacrifice before God. This doesn't stop you from worshiping God with music and songs rather, it makes you do it less religiously and more intentionally. A lifestyle that brings glory to God - That is what true worship is about.

In light of this, I will  leave us with a song. I'm sure you have a better understanding now and will worship God more intentionally than you've ever done.

I fell in love with the lyrics of this song the very first time I heard it and they have been a constant prayer. Make it your own prayer and be intentional about it!

I pray you have an encounter with God as you listen and be edified..

Shalom,
Precious.

                                                ON FIRE - Victoria Orenze (Source: Youtube)
                   

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

No Fear In Love

Welcome to the month of March!!!

If you have read through the Old Testament, you would find out that what was predominant among the Israelites was the fear of God. (Gen 20:11, Exo. 1:17, 1 Chron. 16:25, Job 1:1 etc) Ah! The people feared God! By fear, I mean the kind of feeling you have when you’ve just been caught after doing something terrible. It’s a terrified feeling. That’s the kind I’m talking about here.

But you see, this kind of relationship is limited; very limited. That’s why you find out that the Israelites kept returning to their vomit. Asides the fact that they had not been empowered to live above sin as the Holy Spirit was only upon a few people, their ‘fearful relationship” with God was a great hindrance to them.

On the other hand, the New Testament shows us a better way around our relationship with God; the more excellent way.

LOVE.

A Christian who has only recently given his/her life to Christ may begin at the stage of the fear of God however, if he/she remains there, it will be to their detriment. The love of God must be known and encountered. Love for God is like an advanced stage of the fear of God. Prov. 9: 10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..” (emphasis is mine). So, we can safely say the fear of God is only the beginners’ level. Rom. 8 says we have been adopted and therefore we can say Abba Father (Rom. 8:15), and 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love for perfect love casts out fear”. From these passages, we can see that the relationship between God and His children gets to a point where it’s no longer that they fear God, as in the terrified fear, but they love God, and that love makes them fear Him reverently. The Israelites only knew the “Deity” side of God; they never knew Him as a Father. Hence, their relationship was limited to the Deity-subject relationship. However, we have the opportunity to know, understand and experience God’s Fatherly side, which is full of love.

So, my advice for you today is to go beyond the ‘fear-of-God’ level of relationship. Seek to know the fatherly side of God. Seek to have a relationship with Him and relate to Him as your Father. Let His love saturate your heart and cast out all fear and formality, because perfect love casts out fear.

Shalom,
Precious.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Internal Vs Outward Transformation (Part 2)

Hi there!

Welcome once again to Legacy Series!

Thanks to everyone who read our post last week! God bless you!

So, last week, I remember asking a few questions. My questions were, “Have you ever wondered why there are so many Christians in Nigeria today yet there is so much evil in our nation? Or let’s even narrow it down to the fact that there are so many people who profess to be Christians yet there is very little expression of God’s power in many of our churches. Or the fact that the same people who call themselves Christians in church are totally different people outside of the fellowship of the brethren. Out of the many Pastors in the country, you’d be surprised how many of them are actually making waves in God’s own eyes.”

Do you wonder why these situations exist? You can share what you think in the comment box below. However, I am convinced that one of the reasons we have so many “Christians”, not just in Nigeria, but in the world, with nothing to show for their Christianity, is the fact that there hasn’t really been an inner transformation in most of us.

Many of us have not truly encountered the power of the cross. Many are not truly born again.

As bitter as this truth sounds, it is the reality of many so-called Christians. There is no change in their character and no evidence of the new life they have received, because they haven’t even received this new life! The old nature of sin still dwells in them and therefore, they cannot do contrary, no matter how hard they try. You will only reproduce after your nature.

In case you’re in these shoes today, you’ve probably tried to live right, to experience God’s presence, to know Him better, and to be a child of God but it’s not working. There’s one great place to start:

Encounter the cross!

Genuinely realize your wrongs and acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour (see the prayer on your left). The acid test for this is, a change will begin in your life that will permeate every area of your life and become visible in your character.

Show me someone who is still as comfortable with sin as he/she used to be before becoming a Christian, and I’ll show you someone who is yet to truly encounter Jesus. Any place where the people are genuinely born-again and have genuinely repented of their old ways, always experiences a change that would result in a revival. (For references, see 2 Chron. 7:14, Matt. 3:8, 2 Cor. 9: 7-10, 2 Tim. 3:4-5).

Have you experienced the internal transformation that results in outward transformation?

Shalom,

Precious.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Internal VS Outward Transformation (Part 1)

Yaay! So, we’re finally back. We sincerely apologize for the long time away. It was due to some technological issues, and maybe some laziness J. However, it also provided us time to tweak a few things on our site. We hope you like it. J

Now, to our first discussion for the year.

As we begin the second month in year 2017, I’d like us to look back at the previous month. One out of twelve months of the year has whisked by already. What have you done with it? In particular, what has your relationship with God been like since the beginning of the year? Have you been stagnant, declining or making progress?

Just recently, we were having family devotion (yes, my father still takes out time to coach his own children!) and my father was talking to us about some very deep truths as concerns Christians of today. One important thing he mentioned was, many Christians of today suffer from imbalanced teachings from their shepherds. He went further to say that many of us have a firm grip on the principles, but lack in-depth knowledge and understanding of scriptural doctrines. Many know only what their Pastors have told them; nothing from their own time spent with God. Second-hand knowledge, as my sister, Mrs Tolu, puts it.

I’ll explain further with these questions. Have you ever wondered why there are so many Christians in Nigeria today yet there is so much wrong in our nation? Or let’s even narrow it down to the fact that there are so many people who profess to be Christians yet there is very little expression of God’s power in most of our churches. Or the fact that the same people who call themselves Christians in church are totally different people outside of the fellowship of the brethren. Out of the many Pastors in the country, you’d be surprised how many of them are actually making waves in God’s own eyes.

If you check down history lane, communities where the church had genuinely repented, and the power of God was evident, were always too hot for evil to cohabit.

What am I getting at? It boils down to YOU. What progress are YOU making in your relationship with God??? The Holy Spirit is always present and willing to empower us to give our best in our walk with God, but what do we do with the empowerment? Are you making an effort? Are you just the Sunday-Sunday-churchgoer or do you have a growing relationship with Jesus?

Today, please set some time apart, amidst the hustle and bustle of work, school, kids etc. Take some time out to think, pray, and act. If you must set a reminder for prayer, and word study daily, as I do, please, go ahead. If you need to reunite with those friends who once helped your fire to burn, please do. The year is running out fast. The greatest loss you can have in 2017, is that you lived your life apart from Jesus.

10th February is not too late. Get to work ASAP!

Watch out for the second part of this post next week.

Shalom,

Precious.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

NEW YEAR, NEW RESPONSIBILITY...

So, it's a new year and words of prophecy have come forth. You're also holding on to God's promises for the year... But, what stops you from enjoying those promises from now? Why wait till 11pm on 31st December to start asking God for "11th-hour miracles"?

Take responsibility for the fulfilment of God's promises for you this year... Don't just sit around waiting for 'fate' to happen. Take charge!

2 Pet. 1:19 says to keep at it "until the day dawns, and the day star arise in your hearts". Even when the harvest comes, you still have to do the 'job' of gathering (Pr. 6: 8).

So, don't be spiritually lazy... ;)


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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ORDERED STEPS, ORDERED THOUGHTS


So yesterday, I was resting, and in my "half-awake-half-asleep" state, I remembered a friend; a friend I had tried to no avail to contact but simply couldn't reach for over a year. I wondered and was asking God what had happened to her, where she was, and what she had been up to..

Then I got up to check some messages on my phone.

The first message was from an unknown number and the person said she got my number somehow... Only for me to discover she was the person I was thinking about only a few minutes ago!

Monday, 14 November 2016

STAYED ON YOU

While pondering on what God would have me share on the blog this week, a song by minister Eben, "stayed on you", came to mind.
 
There are many passages of scripture that talk about setting our hearts on Jesus, on eternity and on things above (See Heb 12:2) and the reality is, it is OUR duty to keep our hearts and minds focused on God. It's very easy to lose track and get distracted but you reap a delightful harvest when you keep your heart fixed on Him.
 
Last week, I remember saying that you shouldn't expect to receive from God if your heart is set on your situation, or focused on any other thing asides Him. In Isaiah 24:3, God says He will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are stayed on Him (paraphrased). Every time I read that scripture, peace just overwhelms me! However, I have come to the much needed understanding that it is a pact; our part is to keep our minds focused on Him and He will ensure we are in peace about whatsoever the situation might be.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

I WILL WAIT FOR YOU


Many times in life, we are faced with situations which require our immediate response. Some of these situations could come to test our faith and for some of us, we fail the test. We fail the test because we want to respond to the situation as urgently as it has presented itself. We fail the test because we feel there is "no time to waste".

God's word says that when temptations come, one of the things they develop in us is patience... Endurance. The ability to wait.

For many of us, we can get very tense and anxious in the face of situations that are beyond our control and the last thing we want to do at such times in our lives, is Wait. However, there is power in waiting.

I must say here that waiting in this sense isn't the passive kind; sitting around, looking at the clock, passing time, worrying etc. The waiting I am referring to is an active one and I must say that whatever you spend your time doing in your waiting period largely determines what comes out when the wait is over.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

"Will you work with and for me?" Hos. 6:6 (AMP, NLT)


When I was doing my undergraduate degree, one of my mentors, Pst Laju Iren, used to say, "it is good to work for God; it is better to walk with God but it's best to work with and for God".

Much more than our service to Him, God seeks a relationship with us. It's not as though He doesn't want us to serve Him... At least, He told Pharaoh to let Israel go in order that they would serve Him (Exo. 8:1). But we see that these same people who were released to serve God kept honoring God with their lips whereas their hearts were far away from Him (Is. 29:13).


You may then ask, what exactly did God really want from them? A RELATIONSHIP. The same thing He wants from us today.