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Positive Vibes Only

Positive Vibes Only

It has been too long since I put up a post. I decided to change the site a bit and that took longer than expected. I started working on other “projects” during the process and I just occasionally shared on Instagram. One of the strongest ways God has been speaking to me is through my son; Joshua and I got the concept of “Lessons from Joshua”. I will share the things God teaches me about my relationship with him and my life as a Christian as I watch my son grow and I hope someone finds light and hope through my words.

Every time I look at Joshua, I am in awe. There are things he does that just floor me. He is so incredibly smart and I just KNOW FOR A FACT that this is not something I could have taught him. This is not something that I did but all God. And one day I was looking through an old journal and I saw some of the declarations I had written about him. I had written that he would have the wisdom of God from the womb. I also wrote that he would be a joyful, happy baby with a beautiful smile amongst other things. I used to declare these things every day over and over and over again and now to see them actually in my son’s life is just amazing. As I  have continued to make these declarations, his nanny has taken it on. The other day, I heard her telling him; “you are so wise, you are going to be president” and all kinds of awesome stuff. I can’t even say anything that isn’t positive because his father won’t have it. I once called him weird because he was doing something weird and his father corrected me. So we are only allowed to declare positively over our child. And now we also do that over every area of our lives because we are beginning to really know the power of our words.

The bible says “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways (Job 22:28) Do you know why? Because Jesus Christ is in us (Romans 8:10-20). God is in us, so we have to understand that our words carry power. They are no longer idle words. Every word you speak has life!

The word of God is powerful and sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Can you just imagine how powerful that is? I had a revelation once that the word of God is more than scripture. The bible promises are incredible and definitely carry power as we confess them. But The word of God is Jesus Christ. The word was with God and the word became man. Every time God spoke the word, he was speaking Christ and it is through Christ that the world was created.

“1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the [c]darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].”

And now the point is that Jesus Christ is in us as well (Romans 8:10-20). That same word is dwelling in us. That word that is alive is in us and accomplishing great things through us. So when we speak we don’t speak as mere humans, we speak with the understanding that the word of God is in us, making sure that our declarations come to pass. When you have that understanding, you are more careful of the negative words you say over the situations in your life. You are careful about what you say to your kids, what you say about your job, what you say about your marriage, what you say about others because they become more than just words.

What have you killed with your words? What do you need to give life to with your words? What do you need to resuscitate with your words? Start to speak the word to it NOW

For the longest time I used to say that only bad things happen to me. I had this mentality that the odds were always against me and I would repeat it over and over again. This actually became my reality. It seemed like everything that was not normally supposed to happen seemed to be happening to me. As God continues to teach me, he is showing me that I have the power to decree a thing and it would be established. He has also shown me that I should never speak an idle word. Of course sometimes you just want to express what you see and you don’t think about what you are saying and that happens to me too. But now I tell myself I have the mind of Christ so even my utterances are being controlled by the Spirit of God that is within me. I am no longer subject to my human limitations. My words carry power and it is up to me to use it.

The bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue. What have you killed with your words? What do you need to give life to with your words? What do you need to resuscitate with your words? Start to speak the word to it NOW and continue to, even when it looks like nothing is changing. Speak positivity to your life, your job, your marriage,your children, the works of your hands, your relationships.

SPEAK TO IT!

Restoration

The picture of this car sums up what I am trying to share in today’s post about RESTORATION. I don’t know what you have lost, I don’t know how badly beaten and bruised you may be, I don’t know who told you that you have no hope or that you are too broken. All I know is that I know a GOD that has promised to restore to you. Please don’t stop believing. Take a few minutes to read the post below about my friend who God restored completely from some of the most traumatic experiences a human being can have. Read her story and be encouraged knowing that there is nothing you are going through that God isn’t aware of.

Definition of restoration

1:  an act of restoring or the condition of being restored: such as a :  a bringing back to a former position or condition :  reinstatement the restoration of peace b :  restitution c :  a restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition the restoration of a painting d :  the replacing of missing teeth or crowns

I once lived in Colombia for a year and I met a lovely girl who became a dear friend. Of course as life happens, we lost touch after we both left the country but thanks to Facebook we reconnected. One day my friend sent me a message: she was leaving Nigeria to go for her masters in the UK because she was tired and needed a break. She told me how she had gotten married in 2012 and then gotten pregnant. In 2013, herdsmen in Nasawara killed her husband who was a soldier while she was pregnant. She had her daughter and was trying to cope with her reality when her daughter also passed away. Can you imagine losing your husband and only child in one year? By the time I was speaking to my friend in 2014, she was ready to escape her life and decided to go and do something. Her siblings came together and paid for her to go to the UK to do her masters.

My friend thrived! She finished her Masters with excellent results. Thanks to Facebook, I saw her progress. The next message I got from my friend was that she was getting married. This was in 2016. You can’t begin to imagine my joy and happiness. God is truly a God of restoration. We always think we have hit rock bottom and we don’t know what way to turn. When things get truly difficult, we question God, we wonder why he let us go through it but if you know the God you serve, you will know that often times, after we hit rock bottom, it means we are about to experience a new chapter.  I couldn’t help but admire my friend’s spirit, that instead of sinking into depression and just shutting down, she chose to LIVE. She had so many reasons to stay stuck, to wallow in self pity, to be miserable but she CHOSE TO LIVE.

“God is a God of Restoration

The best part of this story? My friend just had a naming ceremony for her baby. YES!! Two years later, she is remarried and has a beautiful baby. Isn’t God just amazing? God has restored all that was stolen from her and you KNOW that God does abundantly more than we can hope for or imagine (Eph 3:20) so I know this is just the beginning for my friend.

I just want to say this to you, no matter who you are and no matter what you are going through. You will be FINE. God will restore you. He will turn your mourning into dancing. This struggle won’t last long. God has written a great ending for your story. No good story can avoid some form of conflict but it always ends well. Please don’t let this take away what you do have. You are alive, you have hope. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP! Your latter days will be greater than your former days in Jesus Name.

Remember Job: “the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10 NKJV)

To all who mourn in Israel,[c] he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields and tend your vineyards. You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor,  you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. (Isaiah 61 NLT)

travel light

Travel Light- Written by Bez Idakula

So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband told me he wrote something and told me to put it on this blog. He also gave me permission to edit as I deemed fit which was awesome. So the post you are about to read is written primarily by Bez Idakula with a few additions from me. His analogy about travelling light is so spot on. When you are on a journey, the baggage you carry can sometimes determine how quickly you reach your destination. A lot of the baggage we carry are emotional and one of the heaviest is unforgiveness. It creates a burden that holds you back from reaching where you are supposed to get to. So instead of letting it weigh you down and slowing you down, do what Jesus asked us to do:  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I pray this post helps you to realise that you can be free in Christ and you choose to travel light.

 

In 2008, I took 22 bus trips between Enugu and Lagos. I wouldn’t tell you why, but let’s just say I wanted to chase my dreams in Lagos, but had to deal with very important things in Enugu, lol. I didn’t have a lot of money so I had to wake up early and be at Jibowu, Yaba by 5:30 am to board Peace Mass Transit. It was one of the cheapest, about 1,250 naira and for an eight hour-long journey, I had to get the best seats.

Loading the bus with your luggage is the most difficult part, if you had heavy bags, you would pay extra money. Money I didn’t have. So I would travel very light. I would take a pair of jeans and some shirts and just use one pair of shoes. This made my life so easy because by the time I landed in Enugu, a bike would take me to my place of abode (yes abode) very easily, without hassle.

Fast-forward to today, and the same concept applies to my international travels. Anyone who has travelled through Lagos and back knows about the burden of a lot of luggage. From ‘Oga buy padlock’, to Customs and NDLEA search, to shrink wrapping to secure your goods; the endless hurdles of having a lot of luggage is quite stressful. You may have to wait at least two hours for your bags to appear when you get back into Lagos. So once again, I travel light, mostly with a hang luggage and my guitar.  Small bottles of perfume and a stick deodorant always solve the liquids and sprays carrying problem for me. By the time I land Lagos, I’m gliding out of that airport in minutes and off to my next thing, which may just be to chill.

Now, wetin concern my travel habits with your life? I would tell you. We all have one thing in common that we carry. BAGGAGE. They come in different sizes, shapes, colour, content, designs and even reasons why we NEED to carry them. They go with us everywhere we go and they can often slow down our lives. So many people carry the baggage of unforgiveness and grudges in their heart, which is a Huge ‘’DO NOT DISTURB’’ sign for blessings that wish to knock on your door.

Jesus is saying, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…” (Matthew 11:28) He is saying you don’t need all that baggage. He is asking you to release that baggage to him.

Have you ever noticed people with a lot of baggage trying to navigate through the airport, I find them overwhelming to watch and it’s the same with life. The baggage literally weighs you down; you can’t even look up to see what great things are ahead because you are constantly checking all that baggage. I mean I know how I feel after carrying a lot of things at once and I get to drop them all. The RELIEF is amazing. I feel so free and light, like I can conquer the world (lol.. you get my point).

Many people may think; ‘’look at this dude, carrying just a small bag, what if he needs clothes for an extra day? What if he needs to buy things? Is he sure he took all he needs for this trip and extra for a rainy day?’’ But that’s the thing: Jesus is saying, the burdens of carrying a small bag and the yoke of what may happen if you don’t have enough things is LIGHTER than carrying things you do not need. The point is this: You will never regret carrying that lighter bag but you will regret carrying a bunch of extra stuff you won’t use.

So many of us think it makes us foolish if we forgive, I mean: “they did me wrong!” “I lost my job because of them”, “my life turned out a mess because of them”, “I couldn’t go to school because of them”, “I had to be on a wheel chair because of them” and so much more. These things are PAINFUL and HURTFUL, BUT for every time a believer of God goes through a hard time, God has promised a restoration. He would refine you like gold (google that story). However, that restoration won’t come if there is a ‘’DO NOT DISTURB’’ sign on the door.

It’s like a hotel. The cleaner won’t come in to clean your room if you put a “do not disturb” sign on the door. If you want your room cleaned, you have to take down the sign. In this case, you have to let go of the unforgiveness, the grudge, the bitterness, the anger, the resentment and everything else that is blocking God from coming in to your heart to start restoring you to a state of wholeness, making you who he planned for you to be. The same way, when the cleaner comes into your hotel room, they remove the junk, the mess, they scrub, they clean to a point of restoration and you see a nice and clean room.

Yes you have been wronged, that can never be disputed, but your response is what will disable or enable your restoration. Are you going to take down the sign or not?  It isn’t always easy to just take down the sign but that is why you take it to Jesus and leave it at his feet. Confess to him that it is painful and you are hurt, ask him to take all that baggage and exchange it with his freedom. It doesn’t have to be something you do alone, the Holy Spirit is willing and able to help you. If you will just take down the “do not disturb sign” and let him in.

We’re on a journey. Travel light.

stop the comparison

Stop The Comparison- Written By Naa

Yesterday, a friend and I met for a lunch date. As we got talking, he randomly told me about a mutual acquaintance who is doing so well in life. I did not realise it then, but the spirit of jealousy slowly started creeping in because of this random information this friend shared. You see, I know this acquaintance and I had started listing why I thought she didn’t deserve the kind of blessing she had. I immediately went into a God what about me mode.

The Holy Spirit immediately rebuked me by reminding me of the lyrics to a certain local song I have barely paid attention to. As I googled the lyrics, I was amazed at the accuracy of the lyrics because I have really not paid attention to the song. A bit of the song could be translated as “No matter how far you think your house is, someone’s house is farther than yours. No matter how bad you think your situation is, someone has it worse…..  Keeping your eyes on others will stop you from praising God”

I then asked God, “If I am not to compare my case with others, how do I petition my case with you? If I am not to say, Dear God, look at sister so and so or brother so and so, how do I let you know I think I deserve better? I am sure there was laughter in heaven at this point because once again, the Holy Spirit simply asked, “What makes you think heaven does not know what you deserve?  Does scripture not teach you how to petition your case? Does the bible not say, in all things by prayer and supplication make your case known to God? Where did scripture say that by comparison make your case known to God?”

The Holy Spirit then went ahead to teach me why comparing yourself to others regardless of how valid you think your point is, is stupidity in the sight of the Lord.

First off, as humans, we have not been blessed with the gift of seeing into the future but Jehovah knows. As Jesus said in John 13: 7 “You do not realise what I am doing but later, you will understand”. I strongly believe that our destination today is because of the fact that Jehovah knows. I have said this over and over again but the Holy Spirit is teaching me that, it is not about saying but by believing and accepting it as the truth. Jehovah knows and that settles every reason we think we may have to compare ourselves to others.

Secondly, comparing ourselves with others will only leave us bitter and many destinies have been cut off because of bitterness. Tera Carissa posted this on her facebook page, “When the enemy wants to stop you, he uses circumstances to attempt to deposit bitterness”. By comparing ourselves to others, we take our eyes off our own blessings and as the songwriter said, this will stop you from praising God. When we forget the God factor in a situation, we involuntarily give the praise to the enemy. By comparing our situation to another, we are simply saying,  “God you allowed the enemy to get to me. You did not fight for me, that is why I find it necessary to compare myself to sister so and so”. We then state the enemy as the victor without paying attention to all the victories God has won for us.

Thirdly, by comparing ourselves to others, we take away from the lessons of the moment. You see, wherever you find yourself at any given time as a child of God is because there are lessons you should learn at that instance. However, if like the Israelites, we spend the period complaining and comparing, a journey which should take forty days will end up taking forty years.

Whenever you feel the need to compare yourselves to someone, take a moment and start counting your blessings and it will really surprise you how far the Lord has brought you. Look where you started this journey from and you will be surprised at how He has kept you. Yes, you may not be where you want to be, others are far ahead of you but you are exactly where He meant for you to be at this time. Yes, it hurts that those you think should not be ahead of you are but you are making progress and that is all that matters and maturity includes embracing the pain that comes with the progress.

 

Still Worried?

Still Worried?

This is a continuation from yesterday’s post. I didn’t want the post to be too long so I decided to break it down into parts. I will share the concluding part of this tomorrow by God’s Grace. I hope you feel blessed by this. I hope the Holy Spirit speaks to you and helps you enjoy the peace God has given us in his son Jesus Christ.

3)   Worrying is a waste of good time that God would rather you spent living for his purpose and seeking his kingdom.  That is why Christ asks: can you add a cubit to your stature by worrying? Then he says if you can’t even do the LEAST, why worry about the rest? As in creating us was not hard for God to do. It was the least and we can’t even do that. So if God created us, do you think he created you to leave you homeless, hungry and naked? In other words do you think he created you without plans to provide everything that you need for you?  Let us be honest, we really don’t NEED that much. We have A LOT OF WANTS but very few of them are needs so God will not only give what you need but way more. Why do I say this? Please refer to point 4.

4)   Because if he can clothe flowers to be more beautiful than Solomon and feed birds everyday who can’t store anything unlike us, then guess what he is going to definitely give us a lot more than we need. He says it in his word that he is able to provide abundantly more than we can hope for or imagine and he meant it. When God led me to leave my very comfortable job at the Bank a couple of years ago, it was hard!! Do you know what is amazing though? I am super comfortable today and I have way more than I need and so I for one know that he is able to do abundantly more than I could have ever hoped for or imagine.

5)   You do need some faith though to truly believe this. That is why Jesus asks: If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, o you of little faith? What we have to know is that we need to have faith in God. Faith comes from hearing and hearing comes from the word of God.  Your bible is God’s word and if he has said it in his word, he would do it. Have a little faith!! Apparently faith of a mustard seed is all that we need. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So yes, I know it looks like it’ll never happen because you haven’t seen it happen but the point is to start saying thank you because it is already done. Do it the way we are told to in Phillipians 4:6. Let us try that instead.

6)   Just a reminder, Philippians 4:6 tells us to: “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests by made known to God. Basically as you are asking, just keep saying thank you. Remember what Christ told us? I will remind you: “whatever you ask for in my name, he will give to you….ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23). So try asking in Jesus Name, try believing that whatever you ask in his name is yours and then RECEIVE IT. Just give it a try. How do you receive it? By saying thank you when you have asked instead of asking AGAIN. Lol.  This is basically why Jesus tells us in Luke 12: 29: “do not have an anxious mind”.

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