What is love?

Often, people approach love as a feeling that should be met only when their emotions or sexual perception is validated. some movies, novels, and even our society has, in a way, painted love to us as what it is not. I would like you to read this with an open mind and also be willing to allow the Spirit of God to change your perception of love

What then is love?

At this juncture, I would say:

  • God is love: God is love, and you can’t really love if you don’t know God.

1 John 4 v. 8(GNB) says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love,” and if we read further, verse 9 says, “And God showed his love for us by sending his only son into the world so that we might live through him.” God’s love towards you and me made Him give His only Son. My question to you is, “Are you living in his love?”

  • Love gives: your love for someone or something should make you give willingly. If you truly love someone or something, you should be willing to give your time, money, and attention.

John 3 v. 16(GNB) says, “for God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.” God’s love for the world made Him give His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law and also give those that believe in Him life.

  • Love is a choice: love is a choice, not a feeling. Therefore, you decide consciously to love someone or something. Humans are created with the power of choice; it is up to us to allow God’s word to find expression in our choices.

Deuteronomy 30 v. 19(GNB) says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make, choose life.”

  • Love sacrifices: 1 John 3 v. 16(GNB) says, “This is how we know what love is: Christ gave His life for us, we too, then, ought to give our lives to others.” It’s more than saying, “I love you,” what have you sacrificed for the love?
  • Love is a command from God: God commands us to love our neighbors (see mark 12vs30-31) and to love one another. It would be difficult to love other people if you don’t love yourself, therefore, love yourself!

       John 15 v. 12(GNB) says, “My commandment is this: love one another just as I love you.”

  • Love has measures: the extent at which you grow and understand the love of Christ makes your love for people more profound.

  Ephesians 3 v. 18 says “so that you, together with all God’s people; may have the  power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love.”

  • Love casts out fear: 1 John 4 v. 18(GNB) says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment” no other love is perfect except God’s love for us.” 

   Finally, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and 14 further sums up what love is, choose love, and grow in it. Be intentional about showing love to people, grasp what the love of God is;  you can’t choose love or show love if you don’t know what it is.

     I pray that the Spirit of God reveals love to you this season. Amen!

       The greatest you can have this season is the love of God.

         I would love to recommend this song to you “wonderful love ” by Ccioma 

     Love from me to you.

Gaze

Happy new year

wishing you a fruitful year ahead

Imagine a boy whose room is filled with a celebrity’s pictures and clothes; mistakenly, you will think the boy himself is a celebrity. Sometimes, following someone closely may cause us to behave like such a person in words and actions. 

Let me share an experience of mine: while I was seeking admission, someone teased me that medical students always looked corporate so I began to look corporate while attending my JAMB tutorials. Some people thought I was a student, but it was just my foresight.   

There is no doubt that we become what we look and feed our eyes. I love how Amplified Bible version puts  Hebrews 12 v. 2: looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, [a] disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

Fix your gaze on Jesus; see Him at the center of your academics, career, ministry, relationships, and all. We know there is a tendency to forget our relationship with God as we become successful to avoid this; our gaze should be fixed on Jesus. This action will keep us on the right track as we journey to success. 

For instance, to break the hold of pornography and fornication in your life, look into the perfect law of liberty, the word of God, rather than being occupied with sinful movies, magazines, and pictures. Choose to starve that addiction, and ask God to set you free from it. Let God’s word eat you up from your spirit to your soul and your body instead of that addiction.

In your walk with God, it’s expected that Christ becomes your only gaze such that day-by-day, you become like Him. The basis of your Christian walk is that people see Jesus in you, and you reflect Him in your speech, conduct, and character.

2 Corinthians 3 v. 18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

As you look at him with an unveiled face—an eye that is not clouded—you behold His glory and become transformed. It’s also expedient that as you look at Him, you consciously pick His attributes like excellence (see psalm 8vs1), uniqueness, beauty, patience, good planning, diligence, and much more.

We don’t have the excuse of being mediocre in our spheres of influence; we shouldn’t be lazycomplacentrough, or gluttonous because the God we are beholding is not. As we enter 2021, decide to walk in understanding and also in faith. Also, be deliberate about what you see, hear, and consume.

I admonish you to set high goals, make plans on achieving them, and trust God to help you. Moreover, walk with people that increase your foresight. 

Happy new year

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TIMING AND WAITING

As I listened to “while I am waiting” by Travis Greene  the  part that says “while I am waiting, I am getting stronger, My faith is rising and I will run on”  hit differently and refreshed an experience I would love to share.  Although I have posted a similar write up but the song stimulated a newness and sheds more light,  I pray that as you read that the Lord speak the word you need exactly to you.

While I was seeking admission after my Advanced level program it was quite hard for me to opt for an option that agrees with my passion. I felt rejected, angry and thought God was partial, and I could remember neglecting my relationship with God because I wrongly perceived that he was not fair to me. Amidst all this, it dawned on me that waiting is truly a blessing in disguise and a period of learning. Even though it was a tough one for me then. Every time I share this experience, I share it with so much joy seeing how God had used it to reshape me from my Confidence to Conviction about him.

A mother would be in haste if she feeds her baby meat. This is because the baby hasn’t gone through growth that enables him to digest such food. In like manner, God doesn’t rush us but takes us through a process of growth and would not give us solid food when we are not ready. This also implies that God will not give us to situations He knows that we cannot handle.

Habakkuk 2vs 3 says for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Wait in faith even though your eyes can’t see it, yet believe, If its God’s word it will come to pass, (see Numbers 23vs 19) God is not a man that should lie neither a son of man that should repent. While waiting for your time of manifestation grow- deliberately allowing God to work in you and on you (character, vision, and dreams).

 Wait on the giver of that dream and don’t try to devise another means for its fulfillment, let me remind you as I was reminded: DREAM AGAIN, DON’T LOSE HOPE.  We won’t delete 2020 but we would rather see it as a lesson and a time to strengthen our convictions. As we wait, it is expected we grow in faith.

  Also, it is pertinent for me to remind you that, while you Wait, the state of your mind matters, don’t Wait grudgingly, neither should you be resentful. Rather build walls through the 3Ps Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance to make you stand firm.

 Wait for your time, and choose to grow as you wait for your appointed time mount up on wings as eagles.

Soar high! Isaiah 40vs31

Believe and Trust in God

God bless you.

Truth

How often do you give yourself to the study of God’s word?

Do you walk in the reality of the Truth of God’s word?

The book of John 8 verse 32 says “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
God’s word is potent, and it is expected we walk in the light of His word by engaging them consciously and allowing the Holy spirit brood on them. Are you struggling with secret sins, guilt, or abuse from your past? I advise you to run into the saving grace of Jesus. Why allow the guilt of sin to hold you down when God already said in His word that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Sometimes ago, I listened to a lady who shared her experience on how she struggled with low self-esteem because people told her she was too dark. The tables turned the day she came across Songs of Solomon 1 verse 5 that says “I am black , but comely, o ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Cedar, as the curtains of Solomon.” For her, it was an eye-opener, she realized there was something for her. She found the truth about her complexion in the Bible; she found her identity in God’s word. This story has stuck with me ever since.
Have you found your identity?
Everything God wants to say to you is in His word but the question is Are  you willing to study the word of God?
What standard do you scale your life with? God’s word or the world?
Have you checked through God’s word for instructions to direct you or you keep doing it your way? I would urge you to get accustomed to God’s word.
King David said in Psalm 119 verse 105: “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” From his own experience and perspective, he saw God’s word as enough tool and light for him to tread through his path because God Himself is light and the Bible says “the light shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it.”
If God’s word is the template in which our lives are structured, then we are good to go.
How much of God’s word do you have in your heart?
How much of His truth have you seen and handled?
God’s word is spirit, and they are life.
Psalm 119 verse 89 says “Forever o Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.”
I hope and pray that as you read the scriptures, the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to the truth and causes you to walk in them and war with them.
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Revived

                 

  On a fateful evening, Roselyn was alone in her room, trying to figure out what next to do as her mum had just traveled with her siblings. Her uncle, Jide, walked in with the usual smile on his face. They exchanged pleasantries and had some conversations. He then asked her if she had eaten and if she knew whether her dad would be coming home that night, of which she told him no. Then he left.

 Uncle Jide entered her room again around 11 pm, she was surprised because he had never come in that late. He walked up straight to her bed and pinned her down. She shouted, but there was no one to hear or rescue her, as they were alone in the house, and the gateman who lives in the boys’ quarters had taken the night off. Roselyn struggled to get his hands off her, but she couldn’t. She cried till she became tired. Uncle Jide raped her and threatened to kill her if she tells anyone. She became confused, and she felt like she was a character in the Nollywood movies she used to watch on TV with her siblings. Because what she experienced was far from reality to her.

   Roselyn cried out her eyes through the night. She tried to sleep but she couldn’t. She felt a bit of betrayal and anger. As the driver drove her to school the next day, she cried silently. She hated herself and couldn’t figure out her next move.  Bayo, their driver, stared through the rear mirror at her, he knew her to be an amusing girl who talks a lot. He wondered why she looked so sad and quiet. She ignored Bayo’s stares, however, and struggled to hold back her tears. She couldn’t concentrate in class as she was trying to take the horrid pictures of what had occurred to her off her memory. 

        Three years down the line, Roselyn was still filled with bitterness, rage, and anger. She hardly speaks to anyone. All that was in her mind was how to get back at uncle Jide. She finds it difficult to concentrate in class and was failing drastically in her school work. In fact, the principal threatened to send her away and promised not to register her for WAEC exam if she fails their recommendation test. As she left the principal’s office, she wept profusely, her commerce teacher who was passing by stopped her and asked her what the problem was. She was silent, but after a while, she burst into tears.

Miss Awero, the commerce teacher, hugged her and tried to stop Roselyn from crying, but the tears came out more. Miss Awero then took Roselyn to her office. She said, “I know a man that can fix you whether you feel battered, broken or forsaken “Jesus can fix you, he wants to heal you”. His hands are wide open all he wants you to do is come to him as you are, tell him your problem and let him fix you. Miss Awero kept stating words of affirmation till Roselyn opened up to her. Roselyn felt hope mixed with confidence. She was told she needed to forgive even though she had vowed not to forgive uncle Jide and her parents for their carelessness. Through a series of counseling, prayers, and support from Miss Awero, she finally let go of the bitterness and anger that had caged her.

  Five years later, Roselyn now dares to share her story, and she is willing to advise anyone facing similar challenges. She is ready to show people the light that shone in her darkness.  She feels Revived and She was even able to lead her uncle to Christ and is willing to tell the world that the solution to every problem is Jesus.

God says in his word, in Jeremiah 33 vs. 3, “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Jesus is saying no matter your pain call on me; it doesn’t matter how hurt you feel come and let me fix you; his ears are wide open; all he needs you to do is speak those words into his ears.

The essence of this story is so that we can be more sensitive and relate to what others go through and that it will cause you to be more vigilant in prayers and be more watchful. Encourage victims, pray for them, and if someone opens up to you, don’t blame them but lead them to a counselor that can help.

Lastly yours might not be like Roselyn’s, it doesn’t  matter what it is but instead of using other things as a means of getting out of those things  that has exalted  themselves more than what you think in your life, rather choose to look up to Jesus, no problem is too big or small for him to tackle but the question Is Are you willing to Allow him in that situation?

Forgive even thou it might be hard too.

Declare God’s word affirmatively into your life

Stand strong

Germany Kent said and I quote ” Let your life reflect the faith you have in God, fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process”.

 I could remember as a university fresher when things seem rough and I felt as if I was the only one going through tough times. Then, no one seemed to relate with my pains, I was even scared of opening up of the fear of being criticized. My fear then was that I wouldn’t meet up with the so-called standards I had set for myself. I was drowning in self-guilt, that I felt God was far away from me, and I wasn’t expressing my full potentials. On a particular day, I summoned the courage to open up to God, and it brought relief to my pain.

 To stand Strong you need to hold on to God’s word, and open your heart to him.

I learned from Jesus and Peter’s conversation in Mathew 14vs (28-30) that when we begin to focus on our storms, rather than focusing on God that can calm the storm we begin to drown in the storms. There is no way you can stand strong, without having another spirit, a regenerated spirit; a spirit that is dead to this world and alive to God; a spirit that sees only as God sees and doesn’t see as the world sees. Numbers 14 vs 24 says “But my servant Caleb because he had another spirit in him and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it“.

Sometimes, it is not easy to take one’s stand, to say yes when the crowd is against one’s opinion like Caleb and Joshua that decided to take their stand. They were not intimidated by the reports and opinions of the remaining ten spies, and we could see they were able to get to the promised land even though there were a lot of oppositions. They endured and held on to what God promised them.

Let us take a walk through the description of Another spirit. Another spirit;

  • Acknowledges God:

I. Knows God, what he has promised and is willing to walk with only what God says.

II. Is willing to move till the end even when there are aches and pains.

  • Is willing to stand alone: Even if no one is willing to stand with you, be willing to stand alone. God doesn’t walk with numbers, resist oppositions and stand firm.
  • Walk by faith and not by sight: You shouldn’t look at the walls and giants, choose to follow through and believe in God as you take those steps.
Walk by Faith, Not by Sight – Healing and Hope

In a world where the abnormal is accepted and people are so quick to despise and frustrate anyone that is walking in the light. Make up your mind to stand and resist opposition, because it is profitable. Through that you will possess what God promised you and your generation. Remember God knows the end from the beginning, even if you feel everything seems not to be working as planned, choose to rely on the master planner. Get a word from God to hold on.

STAND STRONG!!!

Light up

The brightness of light depends on its source provided there are no obstruction or hindrance to its flow, a lot of people are meant to illuminate their lives in higher level spiritually but they have allowed secret sins and ungodly friends to limit them. So that we won’t operate below God’s standard for us we have to do away with little Blemish that could stain our robe.
How bright is your light? And how deeply rooted are you, I would like you to take a moment to ponder, so much darkness in this world that we need to rise up, Mathew 5vs 14(KJV) ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. But a lot of you have allowed your light to be hidden because of the pleasures of this world.
Why do we sit and watch evil befall people around us, some of us have friends around us that are ungodly instead of calling them to order we mock them and the trend keeps moving, why are we quick to forget we have roles to play in seeing men save.

Another importance of your light is to glisten the lives or world of people around you, so pull men from the darkness in this world.

John 1vs 5 says and the light shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend, it.what light does is to illuminate, brighten, purge, direct and reveal so our work as light is to shine whether there is gross darkness or not and see things change for God. if what stirs you up is that the generation after you is not save I think is enough for God’s will to be accomplished through you.

Its time to let the world know that you are a light and you cannot keep following the world’s standard. Shine in full capacity for Christ and spurn double standard live, let your testimony as a true believer reflect in your conduct and appearance.
There would be a revival if only we realize there is a role we need to play and we make ourselves available.
Light up.

GET A KEY “BELIEVE”

In life desire is a door and the key to it is to believe , the world is moving yet we really don’t have to wait.
Back in secondary school I had always thought those with excellent results were born differently but of course my thoughts limited me, I also thought those that gained admission immediately after school were exceptional student but of course not ,they were just smart enough to believe in their efforts, I was hard working but my thoughts were not right and the result I got was a product of my thought and not my work.

When we believe in ourselves and our desires we are embedded with strength and confidence, but of course confidence is another major attribute we must possess to soar high, even when hopes seems gone expectations seem shattered all we need to do is to hold on to God and our desires.

Believe and what seem like a rock will be brought down.

Why do you think a pregnant woman bears a child after nine months? Aside for the biological facts attached to it, she has also been made to believe a child gets matured within nine months.
So even if the child is born before or after nine months, it’s still nine months it takes to bear a child , so even if our desires come as expected or not as expected we still have to keep believing.

when we labor yet we don’t believe in our course, it becomes nothing.

It’s a generally notion that we are products of our thoughts, and something’s might want to shake us from having faith and combat our self believe. The main source is FEAR which is well broken down below;

Fear is a principal agent trait to losing one’s self believe.

  1. Fear of our past: People are still bagged down by their past, they do not believe in themselves because of the setbacks they have had in the past. We just have to learn from the past and put it behind. Your past is a luggage you don’t want to carry around, it’s not fashionable. Just learn from it, don’t dwell on it.
  2. Fear of what people will say and what people say: The fact is if we really want to make a difference, we need not to dwell on what people say. We don’t have to feel devastated by a Doctor’s report or the society’s report let’s claim what we want And believe them , then we will see things move at our favor.

If we really want to make a difference we don’t have to dance to the world’s tune

3.Fear of our goals: We set high goals, work towards them and we fail to believe we can attain them, Setting high goals should be done to inspire us not frighten or intimidate us. Fear only limits us, no good comes out of it.

Believing is the first step to achieving our desires, it stores them in our subconscious and it supplies the energy we need to fulfil our desires.

We don’t have to sit And fold hands hoping all our desires will fall in place without working, even the Bible said “Faith without work is dead”. Some people sit dreaming of traveling to places, living in big houses without putting efforts . Great men worked and believed, they didn’t dwell only on highways of believing they worked towards what their desires were too.

Who told you those succeeding in your field got they’re through influence? smart work with strong believe can take you wherever you want to be.

This piece is dedicated to the hardworking ones who have not started seeing results, I will admonish you to believe in yourself irrespective of what has happened in the past, and work smartly then you will see yourself going places in 2019 nd beyond , I will also advise you deal with little forces that might hinder your celebration.
Believe in yourself and walka with God, let God take the lead,

Believe,
You will be celebrated.

THINK!BUT NOT DEFEAT

Thinking defeat consumes energy and steals joy but believing in oneself unlocks door to accomplishment.
Sometimes working hard does not yield excellent results because we were working and imaging defeat.
But of course, if you don’t imagine the worst happening and it happens it might meet you unprepared yet we also know that

A positive mindset can get solutions to all problems”Tife’s Quote

An athlete might feel defeated after seeing that the other competitors look more agile or they have won more trophies than himself. He must have forgotten that such thought limits one’s strength and subdues our true potentials.

Thinking defeat drains one’s energy” Tife’s Quote

THINGS THAT CAUSES THINKING DEFEAT

  1. Unnecessary Comparison: A lot of people feel intimidated by other people’s successful. The awkward thing is why waste energy on comparing yourself with others? when you can generate positive energy from the stories and write yours.

“A Flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.

Why not be like a flower? bloom at your own pace.

2.Inferiority complex: People are always hindered from unleashing their potentials when they think less of themselves. This thought makes one attract failure.

Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority “

“Feeling inferior will only make you fear your goals”

3.Society: This world is full of negative criticism i.e. people are ready to give you reasons why what you are doing won’t work out, especially in this technology era where we feed ourselves with negative vibes on social media, we hear terrifying news on several platforms which drains our energy.
Our society and background owe us no apology for not becoming the masterpiece God has created us to be, we just have to be inspired by it no matter what.

WAYS TO ERADICATE DEFEATING THOUGHTS
1.Surround yourself with people that motivate you.
People we relate with have influence on us consciously or unconsciously”TIfe’s Quote
We tend to become people we interact with, so lets surround ourselves with people that motivates and inspires us ,because it really counts in building a positive mindset.
2.Be self-confident: It means having strong believe in oneself, with strong confidence we can remove negative thoughts, but of course self-confidence is different from pride, self-confidence is an assurance that you can achieve something but is thinking too much of oneself.

3.Speak Affirmative words to yourself: What we speak have a great impact on us, you can make it a routine every morning to speak to yourself words like “Today is going to be a wonderful day for me “, “I will never be less” you can even speak the living word “The bibleLike Philippians 4vs13 – “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me’’

Having a positive mindset is a tool to living a purposeful and fruitful life, all you need to get your desire is guiding your heart jealously.
Surround yourself with people that motivates you, bloom at your own pace, yield yourself to growth.
Tife Cares!

CRAVE WITHOUT DESPERATION

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Life is a privilege and not a race or competition – Anonymous

We need to learn to move at our own pace instead of being waxed in desperation and envy.

A company is satisfied with their outcome but immediately they get a competitor they try their best just to make them go out of market, life as a privilege and not a race or competition, we need to learn to move at our own pace. Continue reading “CRAVE WITHOUT DESPERATION”