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August 2013

God’s antidote to the problem of worry!

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One of life’s most perplexing challenge is worry. The things we worry about are usually the things we can in most cases do nothing about. Most of our worries especially as christians oftentimes occur when we play God over our own situations. We either tempt God by acting against His instructions and then start to worry about the inevitable consequences of our actions or claim to trust, God will show up in our situations and yet fail to act in faith because we simply can’t figure out how He will make it happen. It’s even surprising that most of us fail to realize worrying is a sin because it is a clear disobedience to biblical instructions as the Bible is filled with several instances where as christians we are expressly commanded not to worry— Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31, Philippians 4:6, John 14:1, 1Peter 5:7 etc. When we give way to worry, anxious care and concern, we are disobeying a specific command of Scripture given by God and we are displeasing Him.

Careful planning for our needs should however not be confused with worry. We should take responsibility and strategize within our limited capacity. Worry is the anxious care that comes from assuming a responsibility which we are incapable of discharging. Careful planning is our responsibility, worrying is taking God’s responsibility. We refuse to let God be God and muzzle His role in our situations. We forget that “except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it”- Psalm 127:1a. Like my friend would say, we try to solve the supernatural with the physical.

Philippians 4:6 [Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God] is one scripture that instructs us not to worry and also recommends antidotes to the worry problem. Rather than worry, we are to go on our knees and pour out our hearts in prayers. We are to cast all our anxieties, all our worries, all our concerns, once and for all on Him and Him alone and let Him do that which only He can do. We should exercise our absolute faith in God’s omnipotence by thanking Him in advance for answered prayers! Faith is key. It is worry’s greatest antidote because it places everything beyond our limited capacity at the foot of the cross and acknowledge God’s capability to make all things work together for our good!

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Breaking the stronghold of experience!

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A friend joked yesterday about how even as christians, there are some superstitious beliefs that we have unconsciously adopted without questioning the rationale behind them. The funny thing about these beliefs is the fact that one do not even need to do any serious analysis to realize they are just figments of someone’s imagination or products of one mischievous mind meant to pull the wool over our eyes that has been handed down through generations. One of such unconsciously widely held beliefs especially in this part of the world (Nigeria, Africa) is that something (good or evil depending on which part of Nigeria you are from) will happen to you if you stumble on your left toes.

Experience, they say is the best teacher but the irony is the likelihood of the student to draw the wrong lessons from whatever experience is teaching. A case of different people doing different things with the same lessons from Mister Experience. Whether good or bad or outright ugly, whatever happens to the student is usually the result of their own individual thought patterns and interpretations of such lessons which is why some of us have over the years built and closely guarded all sort of erroneous beliefs and they have in turn become strongholds in our lives. Some are cultural or religious beliefs that even defies common sense and inspite of their seemingly silliness, we still cling to them simply because many of our opinions about life are ours only because we know of no other ways to think.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”- 2Corinthians 10:3-5.

The scripture above admonished us as christians to do away with all sort of thoughts, imaginations, beliefs and knowledge that does not in anyway glorify God or edify us. Every of our thought patterns should be in obedience of christ. Whatever interpretations we give our experience(s) should be based on the Word of God. Superstitions and heresies should have no place amidst us. Our experience(s) are part of our past and whatever lessons we draw from them should never limit us. We should do away with all that robs us of our dreams and destinies and strive to model Christ and Christ alone!

When fulfilling purpose tramples on its path!

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I often tell people that discovering purpose is one major key to living a fulfilling life. When you realize why you are created and what you are really passionate about, it is easier to focus on the vision you have for your life and be dedicated towards achieving your life’s goals. When you live a deliberate and purposeful life, you are very likely to attain great success in life. Your life would be driven by your vision and everything you speak or think or do would be geared towards fulfilling destiny.

Well, as lofty as living out your vision of life is, one thing you need to be wary of is not to be consumed by your desire to get there while failing to enjoy the process. Even the best of us are usually guilty of this. We get obsessed with our final destination and when we finally did get there, realize the vanity of it all. That is usually when it dawned on us that we have failed to savour the beautiful moments and wasted the precious relationships along the way by paying less attention or even outrightly ignoring them. This is one of the reasons why we have so many ‘frustrated successful’ people in today’s societies. You don’t get to realize how empty and joyless their lives and achievements are until you get close enough to observe their so called successes.

As much as focus is key to fulfilling purpose in life, what makes success truly satisfying is how positively lives had been impacted and how much of life’s beautiful moments one is able to capture and really relish. Those life’s magical moments should never be trampled on by your passion and all consuming intent on ‘making it’. Being able to discern and disciplined enough to strike a balance between what is urgent and what is important is essential to living the good life. Workaholism and being over ambitious are results of misplaced priorities in a bid to gratify our endless pursuits and can be killing. “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”- Proverbs 10:22. It’s not by how well you work or did not work as life’s race is not to the swift. Work hard and be diligent in whatever you do but don’t ever get caught up in the rat race and spend your life chasing shadows. You will wake up someday and realize it’s all gone with the wind and then you would have missed out on the beautiful moments and opportunities that makes life truly worth living. Folks, it’s time to go back to the drawing board, do a quick and sincere review of your journey so far. Make the necessary adjustments and prayerfully steer your life back towards its right course if it has derailed. You can actually enjoy the path and still live an action-packed, significant life!

Keys to provoking wonders!

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“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”— Ephesians 3:20 is a clear indication that for us to activate an avalanche of supernatural blessings in our lives, God’s power must be at work within us.

As I searched the scriptures this morning, I discovered five basic prerequisite for God’s power to dwell richly in us. These factors are keys to provoking God to do wonders in our lives and situations. I trust God that as we diligently observe to do them, our lives would be so better for it.

1.Prioritize the word: In Joshua 1:8 [“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”.] the Bible declares that daily meditating on the word of God is key to walking the word. When we search the scriptures concerning every of our situation and diligently walk the word, we are bound to prosper and succeed beyond expectations!

2.Devotion to prayer: To discern the mind of God concerning our situations, we need to constantly be in touch with Him. We need to commit our works into His able hands and trust Him with our heart desires concerning them. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”- James 5:16, so we need to pray without ceasing especially concerning His perfect will for us per time and totally trust Him in faith to make miracles of our lives!

3.Praise without ceasing: The Bible declares in Psalm 22:3 that God inhabits the praises of His people. When we worship God, His spirit abides in our hearts and He moves in our midst. Praise is more than just words. There is power in it. Through praise we activate our faith in answered prayers. Inspite of his shortcomings, David became the man after God’s own heart because he perfected the sacrifice of praise. Through all of the seasons in his life, he never forgot to thank the Lord for everything that he had. When we continually praise God, we move His hands to daily loads us with benefits!

4.Sow good seeds: The law of seed and harvest remains immutable. Every act of giving is sowing a seed. Whether material or immaterial, we should endeavour to always give of ourselves even when it’s not convenient knowing fully well that there is a reward for every act of kindness. “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him”- Psalm 126:5&6. Whenever we give, we should do so with love and in full expectation of reaping in it multiple folds, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!

5.Serve God diligently: Our service to God especially our labour of love in God’s vineyard is also key to provoking His blessings. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do”- Hebrews 6:10. We are not saved by service, but we are saved for service. In God’s Kingdom, each of us have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfil. These are what give our lives great significance and value!

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