Nothing Is Wrong With God, His Word And You

This is beautiful and I thought to share with you guys. It spoke to me a lot. It is from Pastor Joseph Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration Devotional. Read and enjoy.

Song of Solomon 4:7
You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.

Sometimes, when we don’t receive our healing, breakthrough, restoration or miracle child, we can’t help but think that something is wrong with us. We tell ourselves, “Nothing’s wrong with God, nothing’s wrong with the Word, so something must be wrong with me!” My friend, if you think that your miracle depends on you, then you are on shaky ground.

In the old covenant, we see this “it’s all up to me” demand put on man. God’s part was to bless His people, but only if they played their part by obeying all of His laws. If they didn’t do their part, not only would they not be blessed, but the curse would also come on them.

Most of the time, they ended up under the curse because they just could not keep all of God’s laws. So God found fault with that covenant because though He wanted to bless man, man’s sins made it difficult for Him to do so. Man himself was the weak link.

In the new covenant, man has no part to play except to believe and receive. The new covenant of grace was cut between God the Father and God the Son—both infallible and more than able to keep the covenant.

God the Son is man’s representative. Jesus represents you and me. So in this covenant, how much we can receive from God depends on how good our representative is, how perfect His obedience is. Of course, Jesus is the perfect Man with perfect obedience. So in Him, we are qualified to receive all the blessings of God! We only need to believe and receive.

Jesus’ blood has been shed for the remission of all your sins. You are now the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) By His one perfect sacrifice, He has perfected you forever. (Hebrews 10:14, KJV) There is no spot in you!

Today, the devil has no right to tell you that you cannot be blessed because there is something wrong with you. So as you are waiting for your miracle, say, “Nothing’s wrong with God, nothing’s wrong with the Word and nothing’s wrong with me! I am going to receive my miracle!”

Thought For The Day
By Jesus’ one perfect sacrifice for all your sins, He has perfected you forever.

2014

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I logged on to facebook and saw your year thing which is trending now and pondered to myself …how has the year been?

Suddenly I was transported back to the Watch night service of 2013 where it was declared our year of upgrade and my Pastor read Isaiah 54. I was elated, so excited, as I knew the word was for me. I was entering 2014 victorious, fruitful as that was all I heard. I knew I was going to be carrying my babies this year 2014. So, spiritually lifted, I entered the year expectant,  heart, mind and eyes wide open.

I waited, and then it was January ending, I waited and then it was February ending, March,  April, May and behold my marriage was 10 years. I looked at my plans for my 10year anniversary and in it I had kids who were flower girls and page boys for my second walk down the isle…hmmmm….renewal of our vows, rededicating our lives over again, moi in my very white wedding gown, voluptuous angelic and heavenly …a gown I chose for myself this time and dh in his crisp suit, sauve and sexy as ever…..a rude shudder brought me back to my reality with questions, now, does God really exist, does He? I thought to myself amidst the torrent of tears that I had no control over, if He does, surely He must feel my pain and know that it is horrible and answer me just because…..

Then, I sank lower than I ever have, depressed, feeling dejected, rejected and alone, dh, God bless his heart, tried to reach me, but I was blocked off by this wall of depression, I was sad, oh, I was angry. Angry at the Government for not providing simple amenities, angry at clients who asked too many questions, turned down and lost some jobs as I could not get myself together, angry at everything and angry I could do nothing about it… I sank the more, moody, lost, alone….I was affected, my business was affected…

I managed to go to church, dh won’t have it any other way, and I was closed off, my eyes rolling as pastor preached, ‘I have heard this before, what has my faith gotten me? I can’t even pray and He gives me a simple baby!’ Then, I see new borns and young mothers and I am more angry, ‘why does she get and I don’t?’ I signed out, gloomy and gone. Oh, I still communicated, went about, did what I could, but I was depressed. I started seeking to go back and see a shrink,(oh yes I did speak to one previously when I contemplated suicide) and I realised this time, sbe might prescribe antidepressants. So I came up with a plan, work on my goals and what I could do, lose weight, read books, learn something, travel.  This worked, I can say to an extent, exercise did a whole lot of good and the travel was soothing, dh did good on that, and I got back refreshed and feeling a lot better. 

And then came December, on the first day of the month, Mrs. Anxiety came Knocking again,  I was losing weight but had stopped exercising, ‘what happened?’ You might ask, I was in a race against time, I needed to achieve pregnancy and I strived, spiritually, physically….all what not. Phew. I became exhausted, always feeling tired, with this sinking feeling, until today, I had to tell myself around 2am at the bathroom mirror, mirror, ‘girl you are alive, God does not work with man’s timetable, certainly not your timetable. I realised age is but a number in God’s timetable, what I consider as a miracle which I want, is to Him a piece of cake, normal in His Kingdom. And for the first time through 2014, today, I gave it all up, the apprehension, anxiety, feeling of loss and failure, sadness and gloom….I gave it all up.

I won’t say, I’m not slightly anxious of 2015, but I feel much better, though the world is counting the years for me or my age, I work with God’s time from now on. I truly do not want to over spiritualise this….I just feel in the world, there is a higher power, I chose to believe God is the higher power and I give it all up. It doesn’t mean I will stop crying or feeling lonely but when I do, I give it all up. And so, I saw the true meaning of Isaiah 54, please read a few  verses below and read all when you can:

“Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of all the earth.
The Lord will call you back
    as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
    I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
    I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.

God has changed my status, I am in God’s realm child or not. So, as I always do every year, I put my hands forward and ask God to take my hands and lead me into the Year 2015. No matter what it holds, I pray for grace, never to let go of His hands or Him of mine. As I end this, I want to write my goals out for the new year, I have been in a battle with God, asking ‘what’s the point of writing goals, when the crucial ones I write each year I have not been able to achieve?’….today, He said, daughter of mine, you are not a failure because you do not have a child, far from it, you are victorious in Me. I read something somewhere that just caps it all: So, I turn from contemplating David’s example to ask myself…Can I, in my circumstances, “hope in the Lord”? Can I wait in faith and patience without fretting and without questioning God’s wisdom? Can I trust Him while He works in me His good, acceptable, and perfect will? Selah

LET ME BE THE FIRST TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015! !!!

Medium, Seer or Prophet 2

Unfortunately the world is filled with these ones and we need to just open our eyes to be able to recognize them before we are trapped in their evil snare. The bible is filled with ways to discern who a false prophet is; it cautions us Christians about such falseness. Christ said in Matthew 24:23-27(read up) “false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect”.  Peter counsels in 2Peter 3:3 that “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts” and also in 2 Peter 2:1 he says“there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them bringing swift destruction on themselves”.

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Miserably, many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these false prophets and teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories of visions seen concerning you and proffer solutions that you will have to buy from them to set you free. Paul restated again in 2 Corinthians 14:29 that “prophets should speak” but that “the others should weigh carefully what is said because time will tell whether what they say is true or not”. Before you go on falling for a doctrine hook line and sinker, try and hold it against God’s words and see if it flies. What is their take on the word of God or on salvation itself, does it come in line with what the bible says? What does your prophet say about the son of God, Jesus? Does he pray in the name of Christ? Does he ask you to go to a particular “holy ground” before you can receive deliverance? How about evangelism, does your prophet preach Jesus as the only Savior of the world or includes that you need to accept his own Shepard too?

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How do they live, it beats me when Christians go to prophets who have more than one wife for solutions. Or prophets who tell you they need to sleep with you as part of the deliverance process? Some even say that they need to fondle your breast as there lays the demon troubling you, as it happened to a good friend. Her aunty took her to see a prophet and as he was praying with her kneeling before him, she is heavily endowed and all of a sudden the prophet grabs her breasts and told her the demons tormenting you are in there; in shock she stares at him but prophet was oblivious as he had his eyes closed, she brought him back to reality with a slap when she noticed his privates bulging and walked out on them both. Sadly a lot have been raped in the guise of deliverance some of these are even on Youtube just search for Nigerian false prophets. The book of first John is so apt when it says that “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.”

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A lot of these prophets out there also size you up and gives you the message you want to hear. Like my friend who went to see a prophet for her son, she was not wearing a ring and the lady prophet exclaims, “I know why you are not married yet! Your destiny is being blocked and you need to do this and that to get delivered”. Some tell you the amount required to complete your deliverance! She was dumbfounded as she has been married almost 16 years and has five kids to show for it. She picked her bag and left immediately after telling the prophet that she was a married woman with kids. In shame the prophet could say nothing but watch her leave.

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Most importantly, when you meet a false prophet and his doctrine does not square up with the word of God. I tell you, flee before you are dragged into an abyss of extortion, abuse, manipulation and even witchcraft. The end times are here and the bible warns us already of the influx in millions of such false men of God. Ephesians 1: 13 after all told you that “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise”. That is a great assurance, never entertain such people in your house nor allow them to mess with your mind or way of thinking. Never allow them to pour into you the spirit of fear like most of them do, saying without them you might never be delivered as they are the ultimate solution; that is from the pits of hell.

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I pray we will not fall as pawns in the hands of such evil prophets of wickedness. What is your story? Ever had an encounter with such people? Share with me, I would love to read your experiences, your inputs and your encouragements. Selah

 

Medium, seer or prophet???

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‘The Spirit world is not happy you are here, they say the minute you got here they knew you will be delivered. Your childlessness is as a result of someone punishing you for past sins. On your part, you have offended enemies within, your husband’s part it is promises broken made to a jilted lover. Your husband’s maternal family also wants him childless,’ these were the words of Prophet X as narrated by Atinuke, a childhood friend.
She continued her narration, ‘when I entered the shack I said to myself, what would bring me here if not for the respect and love I have for my Aunt? She had been pestering me for months on end to see her prophet who can solve all problems. As I entered with my sassy dress and all, I was accosted by a rude ‘omo ijo’ (church member) to cover my head immediately or stand the risk of ejection. The look of disdain I gave him made him relax and leave him as I was getting ready to give him a few words of what I thought of him but stopped in my tracks when I saw my Aunt’s pleading eyes… I mellowed…lol. She said, ‘je ki a kujo mo nkan ti a ba wa’. Meaning let us face what brought us here.

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The prophet soon came out and after all pleasantries; he looked at me from head to toe. He looked at my Brazilian human hair, my makeup, my well manicured nails and my painted toe nails and immediately went into the spirit and said, ‘ for us to do this work effectively and successful I need to discard all foreign things from my body, meaning the hair, the makeup and the nail polish, no acrylic! He then went on to do some spiritual gimmicks (please watch Yoruba African magic or Yoruba plays on YouTube so you get what I mean). He started singing a song of victory he proclaimed he has seen the solution since his own prophecy work was different from others who will ask for money, he mentioned all he said above, about the spirit world he just travelled to and gave some Psalms to read in water, to be used to bath and drink and also white fasting (fast where you don’t take pepper or oil, I think) and to top it all go to a certain place called the mountain of deliverance, he said, ‘after doing all these, all perpetrators will be revealed to you and you will be delivered from their evil machinations.’

Atinuke stared into my eyes after narrating all that, in her eyes I saw a woman who was at some cross road, desperate and didn’t know what to believe anymore while also wondering if she could do it, she confessed she had done the fasting, and tried reading the psalms but got overwhelmed at reading about 10 psalms in each bucket of water her and her husband uses to bath and also every cup of water they drank as directed, so just decided to fast and pray. Why did she come to me today? Her aunt is on her neck to go to the ‘ori oke’ mountain of deliverance and she has come with justifications, asking me won’t it just be like going to redeemed camp to pray? I paused and I asked if you get there what are you to do? She said pray, get a man child to get you some holy water from the rock and drink, it is a place where even you and your husband cannot stand together but separately as women and men had both their sections. I then asked, if you go and get pregnant afterwards, on testimony day in your Pentecostal church, will you say, ‘Praise the Lord with me, I went to Ori-oke and got deliverance and this is my baby to show for it?

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She was silent, an awkward silence and I narrated another story to her story, I had been forced to go to such too and the woman prophet this time said what she saw was that I have been trying to get married for years and some forces where making this impossible for me, so I need to come for deliverance, stay in her church for 7 days, fasting none stop, they call it ‘awe biribiri’, and after that say yes to the first man I see when I get home, my friend who took me was mortified, full of shame, I smiled, to humor her I asked the woman, what if it was my married neighbor I saw? She said it means it is he God has chosen for me, and I will have to accept it. After grilling her for a while just to waste her time and also to make sure she had no way out; I told her I had been married four years! She was shocked, afraid and didn’t know what to say. I got up in disgust and left. You see, she has been doing this in the past and got away with it, so she thought obviously, since she is not wearing a ring (which I forgot to wear that day as matter of fact) she had seen new meat to slaughter, since she also told me her solution will cost me money but in the end I will come out victorious.

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What gives people around you the right to expose you to such spiritual entities in the name of helping out? What gives them the right to pressure you? How come you get pressured when you claim you are a child of God? What gives the so called prophets ability to see such visions (as some of them can be spot on), they tell you the story of your life and you marvel, this must be an oracle from God, remember the passage where Jesus said false prophets will arise in my name? When you let them in, they keep the power over your life, take the place of God and in no time you have silently been drawn to idolatry and spiritual adultery! You do not need anyone to tell you who you are in Christ! If your situation persists it is to glorify Himself not man. There was always a good reason in the bible for women who had delays. Hannah had delays just to birth a Prophet as powerful as Samuel, Elizabeth had delays just to birth a great fore runner as John, Rachel had delays and she birthed Joseph. BE PATIENT AND HOLD ON.
I will tell you what these prophets do, while some of them may mean no harm, some sow the anxiety seed into your life. In Atinuke’s case, she is in dilemma, to do or not to do, go or
do not go? Her husband is vehemently against it and she wants to go behind his back as the prophet says, it is the spirits hardening his heart against the solution. Atinuke’s blood pressure has hit the roof; she has lost sleep, worrying over nothing and uses sleeping tabs thinking of this issue. The non issue that Christ has given you victory for over thousands of years ago! All He wants from us is to hold on, fix our eyes on Him the Author and Finisher of our Faith!
What happens if I don’t do this ‘solution’? Absolutely nothing, for we are God’s children and have victory in Him alone. Do not let any prophet deceive you. Whose report will you believe? Read Deuteronomy 13:1-5 just see what it says here,
• ‘(1) If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, (2) and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, Let us go after other gods‟ – which you have not known – ,and let us serve them,(3) you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (4) You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. (5) But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

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SELAH!

 

WOULD YOU BE MY GODMOTHER?

Last year was a great year for Lamide, but according to her it could have been a better one if she had gotten pregnant with her twins. I share her story with you all today. It is a great testimony of God’s grace.

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Lamide underwent IVF in August and it failed. She decided not to go for IVF again. The whole procedure was a bad emotional roller coaster,’ she says (you can say that again). The IVF Blues came and went. We kept talking through it all as I knew she needed the emotional support, and month after month, we spoke she would tell me when the red dragon* surfaces, sometimes we cry, sometimes we laugh about it and just let go.

I went to church one day and Pastor spoke about us fixing our eyes on Jesus, I shared this with her and she told me about a lady who gave a great testimony at the Redeemed Camp who waited twenty years and just had triplets. She said amidst tears the lady told her story of several IVF treatments, miscarriages, two stillbirths and when she was 45 years she just gave up and let it all go. She wanted to live rather than die of heartbreak. And suddenly, God appeared for her when she didn’t even have her mind set on it. She came with two adorable girls and one boy-HER TRIPLETS!!

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Lamide never stopped talking about her embryo transfer; she still believed she had two babies in her. However, with help and prayers she let go and let God. She threw out all her remaining IVF treatment and immersed herself in work and church. Apart from the occasional regrets that the IVF hospital didn’t call her back for follow up and all, we never really dwelt on it.

Her hubby decided to surprise her with a wonderful Christmas holiday to get over all the stress of the year and rejuvenate, which she told me was swell, great bonding and couple time (wink wink). They had God time too, prayed and handed the whole issue to God and that was it. Of course they came with pictures to show they had fun and loads of shopping which was like great medicine for Lamide. Which girl won’t love all that spoiling!!!

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 They got back the first week in January and work started, we were all busy and all, never really had time to talk until I spoke to her just last week and she said her period had started again with the usual delay tactics. I told her to put her mind off it, and over the weekend we chatted over BBM and I asked if the red dragon* had arrived, she said no, and I jokingly told her to take a home pregnancy test, she said she was just not ready for another late period craziness and trepidation nor fret over it.

So we left it at that until she sent me a picture this morning stating – would you be my God mother? I didn’t get it until we spoke later and she told me the home test was positive! Amidst the screams she was able to chip in the gist of how she decided to stop by the pharmacy and buy a digital pregnancy test kit, which she used in the office and she found out that she was indeed pregnant. The kit told her she was 4.5 weeks pregnant and counting back it was around the time they went for their vacation, we both giggled as we said almost together, ‘vacation paid off indeed!!’

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Now how wonderful God can be all the time? He made all things beautiful in His time for her. No one knows yet, so I am honoured she gave me permission to share this here, though I am not using her real name anyway…lol…God heard her in all areas He saw the tears the hurt the pain of the IVF and He gave her a perfect gift just at the time she let go.

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When you let go and let God, He takes the lead and blesses you with more than you can ever imagine. Now, I see my God as this perfect Gentleman who won’t barge into your life until you allow Him in. Never run your life as if you can, just let go and God will take the lead and bless you with blessings you cannot begin to think or imagine.

Lamide has been in this race for 11 years now, God was waiting for her to let go and the moment she did, He held her hands and is leading the way to fruitfulness. I love this story in this month of 2014, as He has promised, UPGRADE has begun! To Lamide’s little one, of course I will be your Godmother, if I won’t be your God mother, who will?! LoL WINK WINK!!

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There goes the weight…

I just got back from church in the morning and my sister kept hounding me to weigh in! I was petrified, I didn’t want to cause the last time I did this last year, I didn’t lose anything after a week, and I was going to the gym then. Something in me was saying you didn’t go to the gym and you want to lose weight? How?

She brought out the scale and I grudgingly climbed the scale and guess what she read?! I am 4kg less! I screamed!!! And she said no, let’s weigh again and it was same even said it wasn’t exactly 4kg less, but she approx to the next high number! Just last Saturday, I weighed, I was shocked at how I got there!!! So today at 4kg less, I’m elated, encouraged, excited, happy that I decided to start this!

 

What did I do? Cut down my food portion and exercise! At first, the exercise was killing, I couldn’t do more than 10-15mins, but yesterday, I did an hour and nineteen minutes! (Cardio and strength). With good motivation from Olu Aijotan, I know the sky is the limit.

I actually feel good, have more energy and workouts are getting less strenuous! Come join me! Your babies will thank you. A Gynaecologist once cut through my heart by saying, rather insensitive, that how would you get pregnant with so much weight and I wasnt even this big then. Your body will thank you too! All the fatigue, aches here and there and depression will be lifted. Here’s to my favourite artist of all time -Monique! You inspire me… l look at this picture every day and I say to myself if she did it, so I can I!

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What makes you a mother?

I wonder what it is about when you don’t have children that make people look at you as if you are irresponsible and most definitely may not know about bringing up a child or caring for one. Others are so insensitive they say this to your face. What makes a mother? Is it by the number of children you have? The quality of life you give them or pure grace given by God to every woman?

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I believe a woman is born with intricate skills to nurture, thus whether you want children or not if you have been trying to have children with no success yet, the moment a baby is placed in your arm, those mother skills play up and you become a mother instantly. Don’t tell anyone they do not have the skills, because if it is your first or 11th child you learn everyday at being a mother.