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PACK UP THE PUTRID PARADE!!!

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[ Chioma Will Rise ] “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.”
Micah 7:7-9

There are two types of people; the very confused and the very foolish. The rest of us just love Jesus, from our hearts and hope for His grace to please Him! I actually read my own ‘obituary’ if you can believe that. Certain people in certain nooks and crevices, some camouflaged by religion rejoiced to hear I was down and physically hurt. But why? I don’t rejoice to know their end, I do not think it is funny that people see the mercy and grace of God as a tool for lasciviousness and wicked acts. There is just no good way to look at it. Evil is evil and begets evil. There is nothing of lasting joy about it. 

“Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.” Micah 7:9-11

I have come to see that people who mock the righteous, or are quick to support wicked deeds are either ill-informed about the truth or are just hiding and nurturing a secret sin. They want the other person to remain in that open state of debauchery so they can feel good about their own hidden state. I sought the Lord with my whole heart as my pastor told me many years ago (As I contemplated receiving a crown for beauty I know I did not construct). I walked away from legitimate and creditable opportunities to be in the limelight as God-given gifts poured forth from my exuberant and youthful being. I remember that call as the Pastor said… “There are some young people here today, under twenty-five years of age that the Lord is calling to ministry. He wants your life, and today you can come to this altar and lay it down”…

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:32-34

Being called to ministry was not a job offer, it was a lifestyle for me and people who speak and love truth can attest to that. So for people to rejoice and throw a parade because they heard I was assaulted and attacked, makes me burst into fits of giggles. No I was not going to let strangers in on the secret that though I have some physical discomfort, I am on a 200% mend. Yes you heard me right, you cannot stutter when you write the outcome will be 200%. Therefore I would have been untrue to myself or I would be dead to let such blasphemous parade continue (may be that is why I survived :)) You see the battle indeed was the Lord’s and I am happier today than I have been in a long, long time… So please fellow humans, pack up this sad and shameful soiree. The issue is not what tragedy befell you (because every one will get theirs, just wait a pair of minutes..). It is how the work you allowed God to do in your life brought you through.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”  Ephesians 3:19-21

Now I may return to my Reedemer, rest and recuperation…

“I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.” Psalm 41:10-12

Mirror, Mirror… (Live To Tell)

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“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. “ Psalm 139:13-15

June 6, 2012 (Epilogue) As the blood gushed from my head, down my clothes and right into my hand bag, I felt my life ebbing away as I lurched forward dizzily and then fell back against something very, very hard. The searing pain in my arm was no match for the throbbing that was going on in my left temple at this time. I knew I was seconds away from unconsciousness and/or death, considering the traumatic blows that had been dealt to my head. But I clung on (with clenched fists) to that piece of evidence I knew I needed. That made my assailant even madder as he grabbed one more hard object and dis-integrated it on my forehead…

“[ A Living Sacrifice ] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1-3

I was not going to write or talk about this for three reasons; one of them being the need not to botch an ongoing investigation and the other two reasons are simply not for public consumption. But as I played one phone message after the other and opened one card after another, it all began to make sense or should I say kind of made sense. In a society that is so consumed by FOOLISHNESS right about now, a foolishness that has crept into the house of God and taken center stage. A society that emphasizes the need for evil to triumph over good and selfishness to trample selfless acts. It blessed my heart to hear people who were not even Christians, in fact most had not ever been exposed to anything Christlike at all, offer to lay down their time, resources and selves to help make me feel better. In fact the shock of what I heard and beheld coated with the presence of God Almighty, accelerated my healing process up to (one thousand percent) 1000%!

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied.  “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.  But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Job 1:9-11

Some cried, some felt guilty and some had this absurd feeling that it should have been them (don’t ask me why). As all these emotions and medications vied for my attention and sedation, I learned a whole lot of deep truths that I could not have learned otherwise. You know what they say; ‘ you can only see the strength of a teabag in hot water’. And the hotter the water the more will be the extraction of tea.’ Most of the people I mentioned above, we barely spoke three words on any given day as we all hustled about our daily grind. But I was pleasantly surprised at their assessment of my plight and desire to get involved. The common refrains were and I quote; ‘you have a beautiful spirit’, ‘you are very strong person’, ‘you are a stable person’, ‘you have a strong faith’, ‘you have a strong spirit’, ‘your God will see you through’ etc. As I marvelled that 70% of these people ( Cops, detectives, doctors, nurses, social counsellors and bystanders)  had only met me for about two minutes and yet they confidently had these observation, I realized that no matter the tactics the enemy uses an however evil his plots, he could never quench the fire and work of God in a surrendered life.

I also noticed that I never for one second asked God why (such growth). I felt Him with me the whole time!!! You see the devil had been spoiling for some overdue fight and attack. He felt that God had made the hedge around me even more impenetrable (God actually had, think the story of Job). But He happily lowered it that night, to shut darkness and its cohorts up one more time. Yes I was viciously attacked and the intent was deeper that I care to discuss. But I sit here in front of my mirror with nothing but a fading scratch on a face that five days ago was three times bigger, swollen, bloodied and bruised up, Alleluia! Not to talk of my aching limbs.  The doctor took one look at me days ago and said; ” hon, you will need a whole lot of work done (surgery) over the course of months. your teeth alone would cost about $17,000 to fix…”  I would hate to give the poor doctor a heart attack, should he see me now. I am laughing at this moment because, you could very well figure out the enemy’s intent.

And here is why I do not bother to question God anymore. No matter what has been done, He can redo and undo, and fix things just the way He wanted it. He is God!!! Praise His name, I would need absolutely no surgery. Actually I suspect God performed an invisible surgery that may even make things appear better than they ever did. I would stick out my tongue in defiance and jubilation right now, but my temporary braces do not permit me that luxury :).

Here is to every principality, power, devil and demon on assignment out there; I AM UNTIL GOD SAYS I AM NOT!!! (And cutely so, might I add). Praise ye the LORD!

The ‘Knockoff’ (An Appearance Without Substance)

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“Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:4-6

Sounds like a harsh word, huh? Well let me give you another verse that might help digest the first one; “Let God be true, and every human being a liar…” Romans 3:3-5  And if you still can’t swallow it, well this should be a cincher; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Let me tell you another story that seems unfair. Not too long ago, the officials in this city were jubilating about a successful crackdown of peddlers that hawked imitation goods. Every one reasoned that it was not fair because theirs were cheaper, only a ‘knockoff’ and they did not seem to affect anyone. Anyone; unless you were the original designer who was losing business because someone else was feeding of your identity and trademark. Even worse, was the fact that former, current and would be customers settled for the less-valued and cheaper version because it was right there and easier to get. All you needed, was loose change and it was yours for the asking. Or better still, the sellers chased you down the street and offered you the option of a bargain and lower price.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

After the crack down, a law was passed that both the buyer and peddler would be persecuted if caught. The buyer? Why should a bunch of us that temporarily strayed (I know I did), or those of us that just never partook of the real thing be punished for taking advantage of a very easy situation. Well it should be a ‘no-brainer’ that our very indulgent and lazy purchases were promoting and fueling a situation that defrauded and hurt an otherwise innocent and hard-working business, franchise and trademark owner. Not to talk of the fact that the ‘knockoffs‘ were never what they were touted and expected to be. Needless to say just because it kind of looked like the real thing, did not mean you would get the same quality that the real thing bore, offered and insured.

“One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Acts 19:14-16

The bible talks about the seven sons of Sceva, that took on a role because they felt they were the same  as the true disciples of Jesus Christ. They probably figured, we look just like they do why not us? Well the presence of the Holy Spirit made all the difference. Just because they were all men did not mean they were all chosen. In the sad end, we know what happened. The evil spirits turned and beat hypocrisy right out of them. I do not think they ever again ventured to be a ‘knockoff’ of any person or concept. As I write this piece, my Canal Street (knockoff-town) bought tote bag is falling apart at the seams. It took a couple of books and a laptop one week to retire it.  But I don’t mind, since ‘you do get what you pay for’. And besides, I can always get another one (fake stuff and people are ‘a dime a dozen’). They are just right there and cheaper too…

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:18-20

LET’S TALK ABOUT… (2)

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“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:2-4

Okay, here we go again. I had to go there, the one topic that is like a taboo in the house of God ‘ain’t it‘ (said with a British accent). Well I just want to share something that I do not think a lot of people know. I won’t be preaching, that is for the Pastors to do and for us to check out like the ‘Bereans‘ and receive by faith. I learnt as a little girl, that ‘however you make your bed so you will lie on it’, literally! So I straightened my bed so perfectly in boarding school, I could have been a poster child for OCD :). My intent was simple I did not want to have to lay down on nasty and crinkled covers. So I furiously smoothed and straightened. As I grew up, I learned to apply that simple formula to everything including my spiritual life. Yes our righteousness is of Christ, but at some point we need to start living out the work that was accomplished for us at Calvary and not trample it underfoot; like swine before pearls.

I met a wonderful lady not too long ago. We had not known each other for a long time but we clicked real good, intellectually, relationally and emotionally. She was not a believer, but respected my faith , lifestyle and even welcomed some of my admonition out of respect for the fact that I was walking the talk and because she believed herself to be religious. She was such a lovely human being, that we would literally agree on anything that was common sense and of common good. However, there was one area where we never agreed, therefore my input nor God’s word was hardly solicited. My sweet friend moved in with her then fiance. Howbeit, they were already planning a wedding. I told her how I felt, she said she knew, but every one was doing it and she was not the one who was saved, I WAS! Truthfully said.

“We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.” 1 Corinthians 10:7-9

Nevertheless, shortly after that time, my friend got pregnant. Had incredible life threatening complications, all as she started a new job and planned her wedding. It was stressful just watching her and I prayed she did not lose her baby. Needless to say, the whole experience went by as an unwanted chore, a stressful commitment and a painful blur for her. This was simply because things were done backwards to please the flesh, excite the devil and dishonor God’s word. I worried that by her wedding day, she would have had enough of all the well wishers milling around and sent us all to oblivion in exhaustion and irritation. She would be wielding a machete if need be, because of a high stress level and a high risk pregnancy! I looked at the situation and concluded one more time; that GOD’S BOUNDARIES ARE  REALLY FOR OUR OWN GOOD!!! The ‘machete episode’ would have been made worse by me in the same situation. So I was happy to sit at Jesus feet abiding by His ways. Imagine me inspiring the caption: “Bride wields a bloody sword at wedding reception…” Get the picture?

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;” 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4

Here is the spiritual connotation of intimacy outside of marriage and unequal yoking ( Saved and Unsaved Coupling and relationships): There is always a loss of something deep in the soul and an exchange and trading of all its plaguing issues. That means without the legal protection of a real marriage and crossing the lines and protection of salvation, you inherit the other persons demons, curses, illnesses, shortcomings, failures and personality disorders (not necessarily in that order or quantity but enough). There will definitely be a legal transaction that would make the partakers cringe if they ever saw it. It is never good. Yes, I have seen otherwise reasonable and adorable people turn foolish, sociopathic, proud and so dark you could get lost in the hopeless abyss that is their soul. The bible warns us about hurting ourselves with sexual immorality because unlike other sins, this destroys inwardly first. It eventually drains, alters and withers those that partake of it. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:17-19

Having said all that, consider if each partner had multiple partners. That means the partners may as well have been with their partner’s partners. The swap continues and don’t even begin to imagine the medical consequences…

“Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:20-21

‘Nabalistic’ Notions

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“When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.” 1 Samuel 25:38-40

…And they lived happily ever after. I could end the story before it begins, with the luscious passage above. The name Nabal the bible tells us, stands for ‘fool’ and the bearer displayed nothing outside of that premise. Warning after warning, cajoling after cajoling, blessing after blessing he was not the wiser or discerner of the opportunities, that God had laid out for him. I do not believe he was a fool just because of his practices or the vile way he lived. I believe the greatest display of his foolishness, was the way he treated David and his men (a type of godly people).

Time and again, God allowed opportunities for Nabal to rouse himself from his drunken stupor, but all he did was wallow in it mindlessly and hopelessly as he defied Abigail and condemned David. Do you know of any Nabal today? Are there people who word after word, caution upon caution, they laugh you to scorn and return to their vile wicked ways as they spew lies, deceit and defilement. By the time a person gets to that point, you know that their heart is now reprobate and all pleasantries will fall on deaf ears. The bible said Nabal’s heart grew cold and then the inevitable end. “and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.” 1 Samuel 25:36-38“About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.”  1 Samuel 25:37-39

Child of God tell the truth and leave the rest to God. While Nabal parties with like-minded people who will without fail reap their portion along with him. “When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.” 1 Samuel 25:35-37  I wonder if every time Abigail moved to warn him he hit her or belittled her, who knows? Nabal’s notion was that he had always lived this way, and will always live that way successfully. Unbeknownst to him, mocking God and his servants was futile… 

“And now, my lord, as surely as the LORD your God lives and as you live, since the LORD has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.” 1 Samuel 25:25-27

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