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A Divine Dream

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This blessed blog just turned six years old, about two weeks ago. I had almost forgotten it existed, lol! Almost, but I did not. I had been so busy, hustling to make a ‘dream’ materialize. Until I got the most alarming and amazing revelation, that brought me to a place of rest and peace. Not a place without troubles and the makers of it, lurking around. Surely you know, there is no such place. Rather a place where I realized, or should I say GOD Himself divulged. The origin, design, destination and ultimate execution of the ‘dream’. Was, is and will be His. It was His plan and idea all long. Long before the night was separated from the day and He set the stars, in their course. Definitely before He formed my mother and then would subsequently give her, the chance to birth one of His ‘end time weapons’.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 KJV

Did God’s ultimate responsibility and desire, absolve me of any work or responsibility? Absolutely not! What actually happened, was that I have been plunged into a bigger test of esteeming my call. A higher duty of acknowledging, such a privilege. While aspiring, not to despise its worth and use. Through either a careless carriage, or a carefree cast before swine. This means, that unless you understand the enemy of your soul and anointing. You will ignorantly entertain them and lose your focus, while at it. If they can’t get or trap you in a blatant sin, then they will make do with setting you off course.

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:6 KJV

So back to six years ago, the first time I got the nudge to start this blog. It was March of 2011 and I had just started to emerge, from some really dark and demonic attacks. I was right smack, in the middle of some very crafty, cultish and corrupt transmission. And the scary part, was that I was not even in a coven. My original intent to write this, was to warn people to safety and precaution. But then again, I found that most of the people. Were either lulled to sleep, with eyes wide open. Or they had gotten comfortable (or so they thought), with a subconscious covenant.

“Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.” Habakkuk 1:3 KJV

I was not sure how to proceed with the blog, until April 28th, 2011. A day after I heard, a very tragic news. Information that collided with an already rising and righteous indignation, in my spirit. A force that seemed to be waiting its time, a push that was inevitable. And a birth that was facilitated, by the heavens above.

“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.” Isaiah 66:9 KJV 

Thanks for taking this journey with me, so far. We are just beginning, the really interesting part. Stay tuned and God bless you as you read!

 

THREE AMAZING YEARS!!!

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Alleluia!!! So much can happen in three years. Even further, so much can be accomplished in three years if Christ JESUS is holding the reins. Three years ago, HIS Majesty God and Creator of the universe said write and write I did. It was on the cusp of a sad news I heard, the tragic death of a beloved Pastor that this amazing snare snapping, bondage breaking site was born! The writing was always in me. I have been writing since I was 5 years old, but this dimension was set rolling 3 years ago. From the incredible feedback and hits this site got, I obeyed my call and God did HIS thing (as always).

I don’t know where OfGodthegospelandglamour/grace goes from here, but I know the ONE who inspired it does. My heartfelt and sincere thanks to all who partook and atimes ruminated on what was served on this special palate. You were a part of divine history, strategically and systematically positioned to affect humanity. Never let anyone tell you differently. I have been blessed with other platforms to feed, and the weight is full. The Esther Project, the Daniel, the David, the Joseph and the list goes on. But I have been bountifully equipped, prepared, sharpened and polished for such a time as this…. To whom much is given, much is required and it is all good!!!

Thank you once again for reading, distributing and believing. Your reward He prepares and He will dispense it even at this side of eternity.

God bless you.

IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? (In these days of Samuel and David)

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And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
1 Samuel 17:28-30

There was poor little David tending the stinking sheep at the back of the pasture furthermost away from any civilization known to man. All he heard in place of melody and technically synchronized sounds were the angry bleating of goats and snoring sheep. Do sheep snore? I do not know, we may have to ask a sheep keeper. But I might have heard that particular specie grunting though. Anyway that is not the point of this blog. As I was saying; David seemed forgotten and irrelevant. We can only imagine how his own family treated him. Actually we get a glimpse of it in the first book of Samuel, the seventeenth chapter.

So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:10-12

Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
1 Samuel 17:19-21

David shows up, obediently on an errand from his ‘Father’. He was bearing provisions that was supposed to nourish, strengthen and encourage his brothers. Unbeknownst to David, a different kind of war was brewing and with it came a lot of noise. Unfortunately the noise was not a result of God‘s people praising Him (they were cowering in fear!), it was the enemy’s rants that inundated the air. So in steps this slight lad, seemingly inexperienced and stinking of sheep dung! Oh, that stench makes me want to stop now… But I must finish. This lad had been in training, in ways the so-called warriors (ministers) never knew or would have wanted to be trained. The bear with crumpled bones and the (dead) lion with a ripped jaw were but some little evidence of what went down in ‘boot-camp Holy Ghost‘.  Back there in the wilderness was treachery, sorrow, rejection and the pain of expulsion all rolled in one. No one knew, not even David. Only the Captain of the Lord’s Host, had the battle plan and the outcome.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
1 Samuel 17:33-35

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:27-29

David’s arrival, represented the presence of the One Who chose, recruited and endorsed him. Therefore when he showed up at the battle field, the giant became louder knowing that a threat had indeed been presented (never mind that he feigned insult). While his brothers became angry at their own inability to live-up to the reputation they had often purported. So they demanded he leave their turf (sounds familiar?) NB: Claiming to be ready for the battle, does not actually make you ready for the battle. One word to describe the excitement mentioned above: Manifestation! Yes the devil and the flesh will begin to get restless once the Spirit of the Almighty God shows up in the devil-induced and man-made carnival. Well back to the Captain (never forget it is all about Him), He still had a plan and had His prophet to jumpstart it!

The prophet Samuel, was God’s man of the hour. He spent time with God, God spoke to him and through him. God would send him to pull out and inaugurate His chosen vessel. A vessel God Himself formed, prepared and anointed. While man thought he knew how things would go down; think Jesse and his sons Abinadab and Shammah. God’s plan was already in motion. So keep your hair on Jesse (from falling off as a result of shock), Pack your bags Saul (time to go!), stand aside Abinadab and Shammah (your carnality and envy is a hindrance). Can Samuel please step forward; God has an assignment for him…

[ Samuel Anoints David ]   The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
1 Samuel 16:1-3

Of Clouds, Euphorism and the Sovereignty of God

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[ Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence ] Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Psalm 104:1-3

I have been in the clouds for a couple of months now. I am not sure which one it is, It just may be 7, 5 or 9. However, which ever one it is, is indeed blessed! One thing I know for sure though; is that I am not coming down from here, not ever again. Such bold declarations, huh? How is that possible? You may venture further to ask about my building a tabernacle in ‘Plaza Euphoria’ Well I found out a life prolonging, rejuvenating and stabilizing secret. GOD is Awesome and is always in absolute control!!! Yes even when the devil does cartwheels on your God-honoring business, laughs mockingly at your efforts to lift Jesus high and then proceeds to diligently smear evil on the canvas of your life. Hear me dear saint (for I write to the humble and true lovers of Jesus). If you can but pry away your tear filled eyes from his (Satan’s) cantankerous attempts at seeking notice, (for he does crave constant attention and undeserved glory), then you will see the glory, power, majesty and dominion of HE who created the universe by the simple words “Let there be…”

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Genesis 1:2-4

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.
1 Chronicles 29:10-12

This election season, I had dared to defy and disagree with the sitting president in a continent and world (yes most of the world!) where he was greatly loved and revered. It was and still is the faithfulness of God that I still get to keep my cute skull! Even people who loved me dearly thought I had checked-in my ‘marbles’ with my frequent flyer miles. Not so I tried to explain, I would rather align myself with the ‘lesser of two evils’ or so I thought. And besides my motivation in voting as a citizen born into this great land has always been the political party that most represents or promotes my God-given beliefs. So after stirring up trouble in the enemy’s camp like I was born to do, I opted for a decision in absentia and fled across the pond to safer grounds. Oh but then again, my none friend ‘Sandy’ played a part also…

As I settled into my bed in the Her Majesty’s own sovereign land (London, England), a couple of hours ahead of the danger zone (United States of America) and pondered my very exorbitantHarrods Store receipt’, I heard God clearly as often as I know I have in the past. “The race indeed would be very close, to eliminate any element of pride. But in the end the seat will be unchanged, because there are prophecies still to be fulfilled and plans to be carried out”.  And indeed it was just as HE said it would be. God is not and never threatened by the devil and his debilitating and often sickening agenda. Besides in the history of this nation, none has ever come to office and not acknowledged that they were Christians. Regardless of what they embraced, supported and promoted. They would claim Christianity as their religion. But before you judge them (the-one-foot-in-and-one foot-out crowd), are there not ministers serving in the Church of Jesus Christ and yet blatantly living a lie? Paganism or cultism will not even begin to dethrone uncertainty and confusion should they be faced-off. This much I learnt before even the poll stations were opened in my birth country. I wept and repented of my blindness at this divine revelation and quickly re-adjusted myself to God’s expository lesson. Not long after, I fitfully and listlessly fell asleep to the blaring announcement of the CNN International commentator or was it BBC?…

[ A Song of Praise to the Sovereign LORD ] The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
Psalm 97:1-3

“Thank you kindly”, I responded with an ever ready smile to every person that congratulated this American on foreign soil for being victorious. What made them think I was victorious? Ahh, the undisguised, fickle and small-mindedness of humanity as always. Should my motivation for promoting that which closely aligns itself with my values be racially tinged?  Anyway, it is all well with my soul and with the souls of those that really love and want to honor the Lord. God is still in absolute control, and always will be. It certainly does not mean we should shirk our responsibilities at being the light people see and the bible they will easily read.

“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Isaiah 3:9-11

[ The Sovereignty of the LORD in Creation and History ] Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Psalm 33:1-3

Should I at anytime even begin to entertain a strain of doubt at His sovereignty, I will just look at all He has done for me personally just this year alone. It is indeed as marvelous as it is magnificent. So if you would please excuse me, back to the clouds I go.  I might just have to fluff up my cloudy bed some more and return to dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and only GOD :).

[ Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God ] He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1-3

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:4-6

AMEN!!!

Dead On Arrival (DOA)

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, John 11:13-15

The above title seems strong and severe, but then again it would not be my hand work if it was not so :).  Actually, I had grappled with a couple of politically correct titles before this one. Titles like Signs and wonders‘ ‘Never too late’ etc. Then after prayerful ponderings, MY MASTER and LORD had me settle on this one. I believe we (yes you and I) will all find out why, by the time this blog is finished.  ‘DOA’ is a medical term used by doctors, or emergency care providers when there is nothing else that can be done to help and/or aid an individual. It means the case was hopeless or gone before the professionals showed up.

Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
2 Kings 4:34-36

In the holy scriptures we find a couple of instances when ‘DOA’ was overruled by the power of the Most High God. Prophet Elijah and Jesus the Christ (Son of God) being memorable and fore-running examples. Incredible feats like these makes us begin to imagine that the vessel God uses has a tassel hanging from their nostrils and/or lives in a cave with locust meals for nourishment. I remember the many instances from childhood, when God visited me or had a true servant of His, prophecy over my life and future. I worried that I would be expected to wear a black cloak and grow a beard or worse still be banished to a cave in a rarely visited and hidden region! I did promise God though, that if he let me keep my clothes (I detest cloaks), I will refrain from shopping, dry cleaning or doing laundry on a Sunday. Great deals right?… Hogwash!!!

The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. Proverbs 21:7-9

The foolish, trivial notions and utterances we bring before a holy, powerful and all-knowing God. When God speaks a word through the scriptures or a Spirit motivated sermon, we distort or disobey. When He proposes to prune and perfect through trials and tribulation (these does not yet include the consequence of wickedness) we wriggle right out of it and ask him to bless out deviously conceived plans. The gifts He has given, we pervert to feed the flesh and exalt self all the while proclaiming His name. In the end our cover is blown and like the house built on the sand we disintegrate and dissipate. The wise repent, reconfigure and reroute like a good GPS‘ system. The foolish and reprobate are defiant over an inevitably destructive end.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.  2 Chronicles 16:8-10

God is still searching for the humble vessel, not humble by the fake rendition of a hymn or the opportunistic use of His church. Not humble as in incurring the support of like minded perverts and lukewarm busy-bodies or wearing tassels for garments.  But the humble in heart that say Lord I have missed a mark or many marks as it were and I repent (denoting a complete turn around). In the inner most being of a person’s heart will God do His greatest work. That is where the call will take place and the power endued. To the extent of the power that will be bestowed is the ferocity of the attack and persecution that God’s chosen vessel will endure. But in the end a faithful God will come through and abundantly restore.  There are no short cuts or copycat promotions and there never will be.

From their callous hearts comes iniquity ; their evil imaginations have no limits. Psalm 73:6-8

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:4-6

It was a cool and breezy morning when I roused my contented self from the huge bed and scampered around the maze that was this equally huge country house. I had come in the previous evening and after the drama that encompassed my trip, I was ready for a ‘beauty sleep’. I came down the stairs looking for my uncle (paternal) it was his house after all. As I leisurely took one tempered step after the other, I saw my uncle walking hurriedly out of my grand-mothers room head bent. For this born-again warrior, six-foot three Architectural PHD, a down-cast stance was a rarity. So I ran into my grand-mother’s room only to find her still frail body sprawled on her bed. I immediately fell on top of her frame (she is all of 95 pounds!). The downcast look on my uncle’s face and the fact that I still had some things to discuss and time to spend with my grand-mother clouded the common sense that falling on her might scatter her bones.

I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:41-43

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” Ezekiel 37:2-4

Fall on her I did, as I began to pray with her hired care-taker in attendance. God would have prepared me if this was the day I mussed miserably to myself. I know she is born-again and almost 102 years old, but so what? And besides I originally had a flight to Frankfurt that night but knew I was impressed to visit her the previous day and spend the night with her. Two minutes into the prayer, my grandmother drew in a deep breath that would have blown the roof down and simultaneously knocked me over. Bear in mind that she is tall, very slender and quite delicate. She turned to me abruptly with eyes glaring, and called me by a name (title) she never uses and instantly began to prophecy over me. Do not forget that she never knew I was the one that enveloped her frame from the top and from behind. Her prophetic words were accurate and in line with what God already told me!

We left my grand-mother chewing hard nuts (all her teeth are strong and intact!) and eating fried chicken as she told of occurrences from the early 1930’s. It was hard to keep up with her catalog of events and meticulous recollections.  Her farewell words to me among others as I departed were; “Go in peace mighty woman of God.” (Strange because in her time and in a somewhat patriarchal society, women are not really expected to be mighty).  As my uncle and I drove away to the city, I was shocked when I heard him say soberly and incredulously in the the car, “My mother had died this morning…”

Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? Acts 26:7-9

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:4-6

THE BOOK COVER (More than meets the eye)

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Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Titus 2:9-11 

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:2-4

Shortly after spending a blessed time with some precious people, I noticed that each waking day unfolded; what attempted to look-like, talk-like, write-like and possibly act like me. They sought of had the hair style nailed, then they made a go at what they thought was my clothing style, some ventured to also practice my trade and exercise my talent and then I could swear in an affidavit that some were 3ft away from playing my God-given self and role. I was confused, listless, impaired and exhausted to say the least! However, my source of consolation at that time was the fact that the people who mattered knew how to decipher the real deal from the copy-cat specimen. A few close friends thought I should have been flattered, it was a form of unspoken compliment they argued candidly. Here is why I refuse to concur…

You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 

It is often said that: “you cannot judge a book by its cover.” The lovely trappings and eye-catching package or wrappings of the exterior can only go so far to vouch for the actual contents of the book. The content being the quality of ideas, thought and presentation, the calibre of endowment, knowledge and results bestowed (i.e. what the reader ends up with for having read the book). Oh but what a great book it would be for popping the eyes, enriching the mind, convicting the soul and blessing the heart. The components of a best seller might I add. We are books being written by GOD, a conglomerate of events, trials, tests, temptations and triumphs. Intricately and lovingly compiled, page after page, chapter upon chapter.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:9-11

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3

Though the Author and Finisher of our lives be perfect and incorrigible, some chose unfortunately to douse their pages with smudged ink of rebellion and stubbornness. Thereby reaping a disturbing story of tattered proportions. While the rest in humility and submission, allowed an ongoing and increasingly enhanced master-piece to be their story. By emulating my outward appearance and intending to extract a certain kind of reaction from observers and onlookers alike, the role players wasted time and other-wise needed resources. However, a look at the inside content, creed and its output could have served better as a compass with lasting value.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-8

The above scripture has often been used by some embittered folk, to batter people of certain look and stature. Whereas the real point of the verse is that God sees the heart first and does His work from the inside out. You see my story has been some time in the making. Every page bears my imprint, genome, testimony, laughter and most time tears. Like Rome I was not built-in a day, and unlike Rome I have not been around too long either. The book cover was designed with the subject matter and content in mind. It would be ridiculous to have the picture of a venomous snake on the cover of a book about the beauty of CHRIST and vice-versa. The outside is sustained and lit-up because of the content of the book and the unique story it tells. No overnight ambition and scheming could replicate ‘this epistle’. The Author says just as much. 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:26-28

KNOW YOUR NOSE

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Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”  will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them. Proverbs 24:24-25

Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is on you. 2 Chronicles 19:1-3

Not too long ago, a powerful leader after years of pandering back and forth and literally dangling of the fence made a historical statement and acknowledgment. His statement went ahead to condone a certain lifestyle (that the bible warned against) and serve as a catalyst to the defiant promotion of anti-biblical values. In the typical ‘politically correct’ influenced way of living and speaking in these parts of the world, he gave his pallid reasons for his choice. The reasons for his choice were even sadder than the choice itself. Yet the bunch of us sat and swallowed the putrid pill as it were.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. Romans 1:17-19

My cries of frustration however, did not fall on deaf ears. Some sympathetic folks consoled me, by assuring me that based on his needs and position, he did what he had to do. There goes that refrain once again. The only thing any human has to do is acknowledge the sovereignty of God Almighty. Out of that ‘do’ flows wisdom, peace, favor and anything else we need to live a productive, fruitful and peaceful life. It does not mean trials won’t come, it just means you won’t sink when they do. And just for restorative measures, you might emerge better of than when you went into the trial or when the trial came into you whichever way it occurred.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:11-13

I bet if you asked that poor deceived leader mentioned above if it was okay that any of ‘his’ went the way that he condoned, there is some percentage of a chance that he might knock you out. How do I know? His speech and expectations when the cameras are not rolling might betray him. But enough of this subject leader, we can only pray for him now. But here is the real reason of this blog. When he made that acceptance and agreement publicly, he released the spirit behind the lifestyle to legally operate on him and on anything concerning him.

Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. Ezekiel 1:11-13

Yes, the real world is the ‘spirit world’. Our tangible world, merely reacts to what has been released in the spirit. That is why demonic spirits possess people to carry out their wishes just like the Holy Spirit leads people to usher in and propel forward: God’s will. When one sees a lie and knowingly calls it truth, or tampers with justice as they jubilantly reward the wicked whilst they persecute (or so they think) the righteous. They are merely signing a legal and spiritual contract inviting whatever evil and wickedness they are in cahoots with to inundate their lives and expectations.

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful… Revelation 21:26-27

Why do you think God went to such extent to purchase salvation and redemption for us? He could have easily just said “enter in with all your garbage I have the authority to forgive as a merciful God.” But He did not, because the ‘wages of sin is death’ and we had sinned ourselves into impending death sentences. Only a blood sacrifice of a spotless and blemish lacking lamb would suffice. Since killing a billion lambs on a daily basis was not plausible, he made the one time, all-time, all atoning sacrifice. Legally we were ‘toast’ considering what hell-fire would have done to our stubborn flesh. But God did the ‘Easter Parade’ all by Himself and today we have hope.

But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” Luke 23:17-19

So to those that would “Cut their noses to spite their face”, go ahead and stone Jesus as you request Barabbas be released. Remember that Barnabas never repented of his theft. He will be coming after his/her ardent supporters and their goodies. Don’t just take my word for it, ask The Authority…

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:12-14

It is not good to be partial to the wicked  and so deprive the innocent of justice. Proverbs 18:4-6 

 

Prophetic Ponderings

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A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.
Proverbs 19:2-4

Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.
Proverbs 9:12-14

 

For all the arguments and speech forum that humanity would hold, for all the banter that sails across airwaves, the word of GOD is the final authority and indeed the Bread of life. I often wondered along with a group of other people who feared the Lord, why it was easy for people to accept every jargon out there, happily house and habituate sin in their bosom and then argue till they were blue in the face about the truths of the Bible. The veterans in my ‘wonder group’ wisely declared that the conviction in the word of God spurs the flesh to react positively or negatively. The Word will not be ignored, there will be a move towards the faith that saves, heals and builds-up or a move towards foolish proliferation that leads to incurable hardness and damnation. Yes I used the word ‘DAMNATION’ and I was not scared to.

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Revelation 19:10-12

You see the same God that clothe Himself in humanity (humility) and reached out  nail-scarred hands in mercy is the same God that will sit at His throne to judge that humanity. You cannot indulge in one and wrestle with the other. He came as a babe born in a manger, to lovingly and rigorously carry-out the mercy cloaked act of redemption. Next time around, He will be coming on a white horse, and I know for sure it will not be to debate how we heard the gospel and if it was presented in a ‘politically correct’ manner. He sure will not debate the accent or the origin of the message deliverer, neither will He clobber them for not turning on the air conditioner as they cried out about the agonies of hell.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:5-7

The past month has been the best of my life. I have seen God show-up, show-out and show-down. I have entered into an incredible rest of knowing that God is indeed a”‘Rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” No act of love is hidden from His eyes just as no act of wickedness is. I have been so overwhelmed with His faithfulness and goodness, that demonic and fleshly jargon do not even move a hair on my head. God is holy and awesome and is to be revered. Think on these things; if He was a joker, why should I let His Spirit  work in me, while others carouse and demand the gospel be not offensive? I would join the fools and comfort my wayward flesh.

Every tear, pain, ridicule, rejection and what have you was worth the journey, because CHRIST was in it and allowed it. I am not half-way through, but from what I saw this past couple of weeks the sweetest part of life is living in Spirit and in Truth. The speech makers and buzz creators can keep at it, while I sit prettily with my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I would love to lay prostrate on my face, but He bade me sit… SWEET!!!

You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
Amos 5:6-8

Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Matthew 13:42-44

 

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!

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