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“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

 

Mother Teresa

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But thanks be to God who gives us the victory throught our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57[NKJV] 

 Are you aware that God had already done something to address every situation you will ever face in life? He has perfected in you everything it takes to walk through life victorious. He programmed every man in Christ for victory and success… That’s amzing!

Littele wonder, God is not perturbed when challenges come against you; nor is He ever disturbed when the enemy comes attacking with destructive fears, anxieties and worries. In fact, He gets overly excited when your confronted with the challenges of life. Do you know why? Because its an opportunity for Him to boast about you – about the all conquering life He has placed in you, and the testimony that will come forth from your trials.

Whatever challenges God allows to come your way is one that He is sure you can surmount (1 Cor 10:13). How else will He show you that He can turn seemingly impossible situations around if you don’t face them? The circumstances of life are only necessary to build you up and help you become the man you are supposed to be in Christ. Quit seeing them as obstacles and start seeing them as stepping stones to greater heights. Without the pressures of life,  you can never win the prizes of life. They are meant to put some ‘wins’ under your arm. The life in Christ is a life of total victory – all times and in all things. Glory to God!!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Eph 3:20

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Just wanted to share this here, one of my many passions *wink

Light of the World

Hi guys..

How long has it been since you did some real strategic friend making. You know the type where you identify someone from a distance, probably after watching or observing him/her for for a while you decide you want to make them your friend for some particular reason. When last did you do something like that, or should I even ask “Have you ever done something like that??

I ask in regard to making friends for the sole aim of winning their souls for Christ. Your probably in the music department, or technical, drama or stage arts, ushering or protocols, sanctuary cleaners or maintenance e.t.c.. My point is this; we get ourselves so occupied with Church “activities” that we forget the main aim which is to win souls for Christ. Matthew 28:19 tells us to go into all the world making disciples of every nation, that is our mission as believers no question about that and sadly cleaning the church or other such activities don’t bring people under the discipleship of our Lord.

Consider that guy you looked at with disgust at the side of the road smoking, or the young girl coming home with different men every night. Your pastor isn’t the answer, you are. The onus is on you to get them saved, you have all it takes and as a matter of fact you have been commanded to do it. Ephesians 4:11-13 shows us the real job or role of the Pastor, which is to build and teach but it is our job to go out on the streets and win souls. Your place of work, your compound, your family, all these places are your hunting ground.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 makes it clear that we are to reconcile others to Christ, He has given us the “ministry of reconciliation”. Its my ministry and its your ministry, I would go even further to prove to you that its not optional; Ezekiel 33:1-8 talks about the watchman not sounding the alarm to warn the people of the sword coming and they die, the watchman would be held accountable for that life. We are the watchmen in this case and its our duty to speak the truth and get as many for Christ, if we speak and they still don’t heed we have saved ourselves/done our part.

You may be thinking this is the old testament so doesn’t apply again yea? Well in Acts 20:23-30, Paul said: 25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”  ….

Is there any need to say any more? I was made aware of this recently and so help me God I will live everyday seeking out souls to be won, people to be help, friends to be made and love to spread, that is my prayer and I pray we all get this and step out to depopulate hell!!!

More Grace!!!

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Dear Michelle Obama,

I’m addressing this to you because I admire you. Because you’re smart and a mum to two young girls. And you’re the First Lady of the USA. And because you were recently quoted as saying that Beyonce is a great ‘role model’ to your two daughters, and because you recently tweeted, after the Superbowl, that you were ‘so proud’ of her. I’m writing because everything you do is admired and emulated by so many; but when you endorse a recording artist like Beyonce, I see the mostmisogynistic aspects of the music industry (that prefers girls to be no more complex than dolls) interpret your comments as a seal of approval for the thoughtless cultural currency that they flood the youth market with. I’m writing because I think it’s time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success – in the music industry or anywhere else – comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.

When Beyonce kicked off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two nights ago, wearing her sheer bodysuit with nipples showing, to me she performed the final degradation of her talent; a retrogressive transformation that has taken someone stellar and otherworldly, and made them into something dreadfully familiar and sad.

Variations of Beyonce’s body suit can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts across the world – where sex is for sale and it happens to be dispensed through a woman’s body. That she is a human being with feelings and dreams, perhaps a sister, a mother, a leader, a teacher, a student – ALWAYS – a daughter – all of this can be forgotten. In those surroundings a suit like Beyonce’s would look far from glamorous. Maybe just downright heartbreaking as a woman somewhere becomes an object, available for the gratification of a desire – at a price dictated by her ‘managers’.

Next time you’re presented with a shortlist of people in popular culture who you should spend time with or commend, think about how many young girls want to be just like Beyonce: Beyonce who sings ‘Bow Down Bitch’ and wears sheer bodysuits and high heels, singing about making money and being independent.

Remember that in the USA, the average age of a girl when she is trafficked for sex for the first time is 13.

Remember that she’s often brought into the ‘life’ by drug dealers who promise her a celebrity lifestyle, clothes like the ones Beyonce wears, and situations where she can live like Queen Bey: looking hot, being desired by alpha males, wielding power over others with her body and sexuality.

Understand that in an obscene act of manipulation by the young men who will pimp them, for a very short amount of time – maybe only for a half an hour in one of their early encounters – young girls who are trafficked do actually get to taste the experience that they have identified as ultimate feminine success: they get given hot pants or body suits like the one Beyonce’s dancing in, they dance for men who find them alluring, and for a very short time, these very young girls are convinced that they’ve made it – only to be assaulted, abused, and sometimes murdered in the years ahead, by the men who they thought wanted them.

Beyonce, performing in sheer body suits, nipples displayed, mouth open, high heels and sheer tights, shaking her butt on stage, can no longer be held by world leaders as an icon of female success.

Because for as long as she is, we are feeding a demonic myth that women must make themselves sexually available to enjoy ultimate success. And it is demonic because the impact this myth has on those most vulnerable young girls who fall pray to, is unimaginably horrible.

It can take years of a young girl’s life away from her when she tries to escape a life of abuse at home by believing promises of money and glamor, sexual allure and power – a life just like the most successful women in the world; only to be sold for sex, beaten, and made addicted to drugs. It can take a chance of an educated, secure future away from her; and sometimes, if she can’t find an exit – it can take her very life away from her.

Beyonce is a singer and a songwriter. She doesn’t need to wear see through clothes or body suits to sing. We know that because we’ve seen her singing accapella in a hospital in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and – and she sounded like a celestial being from a different dimension.

She doesn’t have to do this. She’s choosing to. And she’s not the first or only one woman to do it. And like the many women who have played this game the way they have, her reasons may be economic, artistic, personal or even misunderstood. But whatever her reasons, her influence cannot be underestimated or misunderstood.

It’s time that young girls were sent a different message. A more refined, intelligent message. A message that engaged them at the level of their intellect and potential because implicit in our message to them should be the acknowledgement that they are naturally brilliant and that we believe that they are capable of everything – without ever having to undress to achieve their success.

The work here is to re etch the self image and self worth of young girls who think that sexualizing themselves is necessary to be powerful or successful.

So please, let it be known that Beyonce is not a role model.
She may have a lot of money, and she may have enormous influence.
But she can no longer be called a role model.

(Unless you think it would be really cool for Sasha or Malia to follow her example and sing songs for people on a stage whilst wearing sheer gold glitter bodysuits detailing the contours of their body, under the management of their daddy and/or their husband).

Instead, call out those who deliberately allow their sexual identity to eclipse the genius of their spirit and sacredness of their soul. Tell young girls that they are more than that. Engage with artists who sing, dance, write, design, perform – but whose presentation centers on showcasing the brilliance of their brain, not their body.

If I had daughters I’d tell them to pass on the Beyonce show because when you’re wearing a sheer see through body suit with nipples on display, no matter how much gold thread in it – I don’t see any light coming out of it. I just see a glowing ball of soullessness.

I’d say to my girls:  all that’s gold doesn’t glitter. Let’s find something genuinely luminous…and take them to a Lorna Simpson exhibition, or a C.C White concert, or hand them a Zadie Smith book.

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I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, but primarily my country Nigeria. I’m of the opinion that Nigerians complain more than most, we never find it hard to complain or criticise people or processes. Having said that, we do all the criticising but never go beyond that to actually make that change, or even channel our grievances to the right avenue. To speak up and stand for what we feel is right or should be is where we are usually found wanting.

  We complain about the police, how corrupt they are and all that, but yet when we are in public transport and the vehicle is delayed a little because of bribe we quickly get at the driver to settle the police. We complain that “a certain” mobile network is so poor, greedy and heartless, but yet we continue with that same network. We gossip about our boss and those in Government, how they’re cruel and wicked but yet we act the same to the few we have power over.

  So tell me, who’s fooling who? How can you be doing the same things and expect a different result. We all pray for a better Nigeria, we always say “God help us”, but God has and still is helping us. The growth and development of this country is not God’s sole responsibility, its a mutual responsibility between us and God.

  If Nelson Mandela hadn’t stayed shrewd and decided enough was enough, SA may still be Governed by others. But trust me it wasn’t funny then, he passed through a lot to get it and it took long but it finally came. I’m sure a lot would have felt he was foolish, some would have said “does he think he’s wiser than all of us” and such. But today he is celebrated, not just in Africa but all over the world, even by the Whites he fought against.

  I challenge us today, refuse that urge to cut into the queue, hold out and don’t give that bribe/tip, take that risk and be totally honest when your retiring all expenditure from your company trip. One step at a time and before you know it our values will change, our children will meet a totally different Nigeria.

   And I cannot end without pointing out Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot..” and Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” It all falls on the church and the saints, we have the responsibility to create that Nigeria we want, its all up to us to show what and how its supposed to be and to prove that its possible.

More grace to us all, to do what must be done and to do it with ease!

Grace Junkie

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve had this nice design for a while, but all of a sudden as I looked at it today I started thinking. Out of no where what I had seen like a thousand times became a puzzle, I just couldn’t shake it, as a matter of fact I still cant. What is grace to begin with? From teachings and messages in church we’re taught that grace is “God’s undeserved favour”, “God’s ability for our inability”. As I answered that another question popped up in my head; What is a junkie? I quickly got up to get the dictionary meaning of the word; “A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something”.. hmmm. This one had me quiet for a while because it suddenly hit me, If I had a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on God I wouldn’t worry about anything. If I was truly a grace junkie I would be the happiest, most relaxed guy on earth, because lets face it God never fails. Things may not always go our expected way, or how we feel is best but it actually always goes the best way for us once its God’s way.

I realised if only we can trust God, not relying on our talents, connections, looks, good deeds, families etc and just submit totally, rely exclusively on God’s grace we would definitely be the light of the world as we have been called to be as believers. When you make that mistake, shake off the guilt and self pity, He doesn’t love you because your good, He love you before you even knew Him. He came and died even before you were born, He died and washed away the sins of the world even before the world accepted Him. You are the righteousness of God through Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

How much easier it would be when we realise that God can handle it all, and not just that He can but that He would love to handle it all. I now know that where I am now has nothing to do with my skills or good deeds but all to do with God’s unshakeable love and grace.

And as the design says, I pray to truly be a Grace Junkie. I pray we all get to that level of total dependence on the one sure foundation.