You Are God

My new favourite song is “You are God” by Nathaniel Bassey and Chigozie Achugo. You can download the song here and the lyrics are below. Enjoy!!

You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself

You’ve got times and seasons in your hands
You called for light out of darkness
You don’t need a man to be the God you are
But you have chosen to call me your own

You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself

You’ve got times and seasons in your hands
You called for light out of darkness
You don’t need a man to be the God you are
But you have chosen to call me your own

You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself
You are God from beginning to the end
There’s no place for argument
You are God all by yourself

I think this song is in the album Nathaniel released last year but I just heard it (LASTMA I KNOW!!). My favourite part of the song is the line that God needs no man to be the God He is. It tells us of how useless we are to HIm yet He loves us. Love so beautiful!! Nathaniel Bassey and Mairo Ese have to be my favourite Nigerian music ministers and its quite shocking Nathaniel has never featured on here before. Better late than never right?

What song(s) are you jamming to currently? I’d love to hear from you.

#PhosMoment – Sugarfied

Another #PhosMoment here!!! All the sweet tooth people in the house can I see your hands up?  ✋✋✋✋✋✋✋✋✋

Hi my name is Phos and I’m a sweet tooth. I had been off sugar for a while but relapsed sometime in January and I’m just trying to get it right again. In January, I happened to graduate from the university and was fortunate enough to have a graduation cake. Since it was graduation, I decided to have a cheat day which became a cheat week and then a cheat month. Just tasting sugar once revived the sugar lover in me and I relapsed. 

This is the same with sin. My Bible study teachers when I was younger will tell us that when we tell just one lie, we need like 50 more to cover it up, which is true. This however is not limited to just lies. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and just like on the battlefield, the opponent looks for weak spots to attack – any part of the body that’s not protected, because once a soldier is hit, he becomes compromised. He’s weaker and it’s easier for the enemy to attack him again or even kill him. The devil is out there looking for who to kill, steal and destroy and the moment he finds a weak spot, he takes advantage of it and all he needs is for you to fall once and he’ll make you fall over and over again. All hope is not lost however because the Bible says if we confess our sins, he’s faithful to forgive us of all our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Therefore if you fall, immediately get up and clean yourself up by asking God for forgiveness and don’t turn a cheat second into a cheat minute or a cheat hour or a cheat day or a cheat week or a cheat month. Get up immediately and clean yourself. For example, watching or reading pornography, one might not know by just clicking a link that he’ll get to such a site and then he gets there and starts watching instead of closing it immediately he found out then someone walks in and asks, what he’s doing and he lies and the lie leads to more lies and all that. The ideal thing however was to close the site once it was found out what kind of site it. It’s easier said than done though. God help us all. 

Something similar happened to me. I decided (it’s a choice) to continue in the sin since I had already started and then I remembered my sugar days and just like that #PhosMoment. Thankfully though, i realized what was happening before it got out of hand. I do not want to imagine what would have happened if it went out of hand so I thought to share so we can encourage ourselves.

What Phos Moment have you had lately?? 

Can girls and guys be just friends? 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38 (NLT)

I don’t know if y’all are like me and think that boys and girls can’t be just friends without developing romantic feelings for themselves. Well I’m not like that again but that used to be me. Or rather I’m trying not to be like that. My case was extreeeemmmeeee. It was getting out of hand. I thought every guy that spoke to me wanted a relationship and that really isn’t true. 

I declared a boy fast a couple of weeks ago and that means that instead of daydreaming about a boy that could be my husband, I’ll go and read my Bible or pray. The fast has been a terrible flop. It flopped soooooo bad I’m ashamed. So I decided to go to the Genesis (Like the Davies will say)  and I realized I didn’t believe any guy will walk up to me and talk to me if he wasn’t attracted and if I did the walking up, I believed he’ll get attracted eventually and so every guy I spoke to was potential husband. Now that is ironic because I have a lot of guy friends that are really just friends, no strings attached so I don’t know how this mindset came about. And also if a guy wasn’t talking to me, I thought I was not attractive. This is a lie from the pit of hell. The purpose of relationships is to add value. If I don’t think you can add value to me, I won’t talk to you and I think others think that before they talk to me too. So no you guys, it’s not because guys are attracted to me they talk to me. I remember a friend I had that said he talks to me cos I make him laugh and when he’s having a bad day, the conversation cheers him up. I have a friend that anytime he messages me, I know I’m gon’ learn something from the scripture that day. So it’s possible to have a no strings attached relationship with the opposite sex. 

I also decided to take a look at Jesus’ life. He had no babe but he had female friends. Maybe it was because of Mary sef that Judas went to betray Him. Martha also was his friend. Although their brother, Lazarus was part of the quartet. Also, the Samaritan woman, Jesus spoke to her first and it was not because He was attracted to her, but because He did not want her to perish (agape love) plus she had evangelistic potential in her and He was just helping her discover it. Same thing he did with Paul (sermon for another day). Jesus was also friends with Mary Magdalene. I believe He was popular with the females sef that’s why they went to His grave to anoint Him with spices on the third day (Mark 16:1). If Jesus just shunned the women saying He wasn’t here to develop feelings, I don’t think they’d have wanted to go and anoint Him with spices. Jesus was human and He felt like us so I’m very sure He could have crushed on girls but He controlled His feelings and was just friends with a them. So again, I say, guys and girls can be just friends. 

This obviously is not something that just happens. It’s by making a conscious effort, renewing the mind. So guys, I have renewed my mind. If Jesus was just friends with girls, I can be just friends with boys too and when I happen to have a stubborn crush that refuses to die, I literally run from the temptation (I did this last sunday). I don’t hang around the person, or draw unnecessary attention to myself. And also, the boy fast, it works guys. Although I’m not that faithful with it, I don’t read my Bible or pray (I pray about it when I remember though), but I start exercising or see a movie when I start daydreaming. I believe everyone needs to come to this realization. The Bible says to guard one’s heart and this is one way to ensure that. Thinking every guy or girl out there is into you, creates a reality in your head that’s not always the reality. I once listened to a preaching by Heather Lindsey and she said imagine you’re thinking this guy called B is into you simply because he asked for your name and so in your head you’ve planned your wedding because you think He’s everything you’ve dreamed of (the only real conversation you’ve had with him was he asking for your name) but then 2 months later you hear B is engaged to this girl called A and you become heartbroken and nurse hatred for A. What does she have that you do not anyways? Meanwhile A never did anything to you but because you hadn’t guarded your heart and started imagining things that were not, you played yourself. I’d also like to add here not to encourage guys /girls attracted to you but you know there’s no future with both of you as a couple in it. I know you’re enjoying the attention but you’re wrecking the other person emotionally. That’s not a way to love your neighbour. I also believe that being able to control your thoughts and feelings prepares one for marriage. You’re going to be with just one person in the end and there would be tons of guys that’ll be better looking that’ll come your way. Whether as business partners, clients, shop attendants, bosses, whatever they are, they’ll come your way and you have to be able to control yourself and your emotions. 

With these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince you that boys and girls can be friends. Can they be best friends however? I don’t think so. Only your significant other is allowed to be your best friend of the opposite sex. Adieous! 

*Disclaimer: This is not a cast in stone advice. It is just my opinion and any guy reading this, please adjust scenarios to suit you. I’m female that’s why I used such examples, forgive me. Also, a relationship/friendship takes two people so if you’re not willing to be just friends with the opposite sex, this post is not for you. 

Do you think girls and guys can be just friends? or best friends even?

#nationalthorninthefleshday

Since there’s a day for everything and we’re supposed to celebrate our weaknesses because it shows our dependence on God, why not a #nationalthorninthefleshday? Heather Lindsey posted something on instagram recently and I was just like word!!!!!!!! You know what? I’ll just post the picture. 

So yh! I have this idea in my head of who I’m supposed to be and then there’s the reality which doesn’t come close. Or maybe it does and I’m just hard on myself but sometimes I’ll rather just lie in bed and think of how cool I am in my head and just think about how awesome I am there too and how the “my head” version of me, could run for president and win. Too much? The woman in my head is perfect. She has thorns in her flesh too but she carries them so gracefully. She’s so into God and their relationship is like the one God had with Moses. She’s a woman after God’s heart. I call her Davida.

Now Davida and I are the same person so I wonder why she has it so put together and I do not. She’s clumsy like me but hers is classy, mine is annoying (only sometimes though), you get? And because Davida is a whole lot cooler than me, like if I sit to tell you about Davida you’ll see that we’re poles apart, I fret, worry, am anxious, A LOT! Worrying or being fretful is not having peace of mind due to something (s). Its being troubled and depressed and doubting God eventually. I realized this pattern and was done, through, finito!! I tried to forget how much of a mess i am but seeing that I live with me, its hard to do that. I even prayed to God to help me see just the good and perfect side of me but we’re still here. That’s why what Heather posted gave me so much life. God’s grace is sufficient for me. He always surpasses my expectations. My expectation could be that I’ll some day be like David but with God, I become the best version of me (who won’t kill Uriah and take on his wife. No shade David). I won’t ever “arrive” like Heather put it. I used to tell myself that when I had some things or got to a certain age I would, but that did not happen so I fret that time is being wasted and I have not arrived yet. I fret about time the most but then I remember that God is never late nor is He too early, He is always on time. I fret about what to wear but the bible has told me not to. The truth of the matter is that we’re all not perfect people in that we fear and we worry, we have insecurities, we don’t have it all together and we’re not good enough for God and the devil keeps reminding us about this. However think about this, if we were so fresh and fly, we won’t feel like we need Jesus.  Our weaknesses show us that we are made perfect in Christ. Andrew Wommack said that the first time he was on tv, he watched the episode and was so disappointed and called God out on it. Like why did God tell him to start tv shows if He knew he was this bad at it. He hadn’t finished calling God out when he received a call from a friend about how great he was on tv. Apparently, he was the only one who thought he was awful and then he realized that God’s strength is perfected in his weaknesses. We do our best and wherever we stop is where God takes over. That’s grace. Grace fills the gap of where we are and where God wants us to be. God is so amazing. He’s awesome. So today I’m celebrating that I’m not Davida because I don’t want to have it all put together and forget that I need God. Once I have grown to the level of never forgetting that I need God (never forgetting to pray before I eat), then I can be like Davida, actually be better. To be honest, I just want to be who God wants me to be because that way I know I’m fine and I’m making Him proud. I really want God to call me a girl after His own heart. Is that what you want as well?

Happy National Thorn in the Flesh Day Guys!!! Sorry for not posting at all last week. Very long week I had. This week will be better by God’s grace don’t worry and I have many things to share. What thorn in the flesh are you shaming? I’d love to read from you.

P.s always remember that a rose is not a rose without its thorns. I like to think that roses have thorns because they are so special. God didn’t want people plucking out roses anyhow so He gave the roses thorns to give the pluckers a tough time. What do you think?

#PhosMoment – A Wi-Fi Hack

Another #PhosMoment today. The last PhosMoment was on Vampire diaries which is finally over BTW and I feel like I’ve lost a part of me. *sigh*

 Anyways……. anyone who knows me knows I’m #teamwifi. In Nigeria, my country, good Wi-Fi is like gold and so there are hacks here and there. I realized recently that the Wi-Fi of the house got to my room upstairs only when I was the only one connected to it. When everyone has gone about their daily hustle, and I’m at home alone, I realized accessing the Wi-Fi from my room was a breeze unlike when everyone was home and connected and I had to sit on the staircase to make my connection bareable and even with that it was still slow and shaky. Apparently, the other devices were distracting my device from having a strong and fast connection. So dear friends, I had a va va voom moment. For a while, in December last year and January this year, I had been doing my quiet time in the presence of people. They were doing their thing and I was doing mine but I still didn’t feel the connection to God so I went back to doing my devotion before daybreak and the connection was strong. Have you seen where I’m headed with this? The connection with God is strong when it’s just you and Him and the connection is just bareable, shaky, slow or sometimes even weak when there are distractions. I have therefore set an alarm to wake me up before everyone is up so that I can download and stream as much as I can from the source. 

When do you have your quiet time and when do you think your quiet time is most effective? When it’s done in the morning? At night? When you’re hungry? Or happy or sleepy or sad? Share with the family. We can take a que from you. 

P.s: See I’m getting a hang on working and still having a life.

Prayer 

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chor. 16:11).

Do you guys know this song? 

Prayer is the key

Prayer is the key

Prayer is the master key

Jesus started with prayer

And ended with prayer 

Prayer is the master key

Two things that I stumble the most with in this Christian walk thing are prayer and fasting. I think I struggle with them the most because I don’t know the right way or the right times to be involved in them. 1 Thess. 5:17 says pray without ceasing and so as I’m moving I’m like God this this this and that that that and I think I’m fine. But this daily carrying your cross thing ministered to me that every morning I should consciously pray for God to help me carry my cross since I obviously cannot do this on my own. Therefore, praying without ceasing involves praying all the time, even when I’m working or walking and includes the prayer to God every morning to let my light so shine in all my conducts so that people see the good works in me and glorify Him. Some people say praying at night is also essential as that is when the people of darkness plan and execute their dark ways and so we gotta pray. I also know praying in tongues everyday is an essential. I never know what to pray for so I do this a lot. I particularly enjoy this one. The kind of outcomes this praying in tongues brings ehn, it needs a whole paragraph of it’s own. 

So I became a Christian when I was like 5 or 7. Prior to then, I gave my life to Christ every Sunday. Actually everyone in my class did and my teacher noticed and told us that we had to do it just once and we were good. So from that Sunday, we stopped giving our lives to Christ since we were saved. Fast forward to 2011 where some pastor came to share his salvation story. It was father’s day and it pains me that I don’t remember his name. Anyways that day I rededicated my life to God and that’s the day I say I got saved. That’s when I started consciously living in Christ, although it took me a lot of shaking and ruffling here and there before I was rooted. The point of this throwback story is that I got saved in 2011 but didn’t get the gift of speaking in tongues till 2016. 5 years later!!! Some people are privileged to get it immediately they convert but some of us don’t get it till 5 years or more. I don’t know how others get theirs but mine was gotten through the laying of hands. Hands were laid on me and people that could already speak in tongues spoke in tongues till I could. Not everyone left there with the gift of speaking in tongues because God’s timing is perfect. He’s never too early or too late. As a matter of fact, I left there feeling like I couldn’t speak in tongues but the woman that prayed for me kept saying “it’s at the tip of your tongue, just say it. Since it’s from God it can’t be evil”. But what was on the tip of my tongue did not sound like the normal tongues I knew so I didn’t say it until I was on my way home. I didn’t like praying in tongues because I felt my tongues were weird until one day, I was in my room alone, my roommates had gone home because exams were over, and I prayed in tongues for an hour. I timed myself. I figured practice made perfect and the more I prayed in tongues, the more normal I’d sound. That day though changed my perspective of tongues. God obviously heard me and met needs I didn’t know I had. It was that day I realized there’s no one way to pray in tongues. As long as God is the one behind it, you’re good. Since I realized that, I have been hearing tongues stranger than mine and I just mentally add the tongues prayer into our association of weird tongues prayers. The point I am trying to make here is that God is all knowing. Praying in tongues is praying for things you don’t even know you need to pray for. I read in a book that a man woke up one night to pray in tongues. Like the spirit just woke him up to pray and he obliged until his heart was no longer heavy. The next day he realized someone close to him was in an accident at that very time he was praying and was fighting for his life. The prayer he had prayed helped the guy to stay alive. So yes praying in tongues is a big deal. I know that some people reading this might not be able to pray in tongues and it’s fine. I know there’s persecution against people that can’t speak in tongues. I once went to a fellowship and they told only those who could pray in tongues to come forward and pray. While the rest of us were on our seats. I felt really bad so I know what you’re going through. Just remember that Gods time is the best. Don’t stop asking, but don’t let it rule your life. Keep growing in the faith and God would surely release the gift upon you. 

Ehen, back to what I was saying before I digressed, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to prayers unless you’re praying like the Pharisees then that’s wrong (Matt. 6:5). The Bible does not tell us how many times to pray, what to pray about, the position of prayer, all the instructions of prayer are very vague. From my study on prayer, I have realized God did this on purpose. The Holy Spirit is who teaches us how to pray. We have figured out a way for me that works just fine. I used to have a list of names of people I’m praying for and I’ll pray for them and spend an hour. I don’t have that luxury of time anymore and so I stopped. However the Holy Spirit has taught me another way to go about it. There’s no hard and fast rule. The Bible says the things of God are foolishness to the people of the world and the Holy Spirit teaches and counsels us and reveals the things of God to us. The Holy Spirit explains what praying without ceasing is. He explains what Jesus meant when He was designing the Lord’s prayer. He even defines what prayer is. The definition of prayer I got was seeking the face of God. This has made me more conscious about praying every morning and at night. I constantly want to know what’s on God’s mind at all points in time concerning everything. In the morning though it’s about my day, and at night it’s what I want Him to reveal to me about the future or other issues. I’ve gotten to a point of understanding and now I am no longer anxious about anything because I take it to God in prayer and the peace of God which passeth all understanding is mine. 

Prayer is communing with God. I just decided to use seeking His face as the English I wanted. Anytime we talk to God, it’s prayer. Something as little as “God please what should I wear today?” or asking God to help you with a difficult task and trusting His response, is prayer. That’s why the Bible says pray without ceasing. It means be in constant communication with the Spirit. We’re supposed to walk in the Spirit remember? That’s what I’ve learnt about prayer. This past week, a lot of prayers were answered. Sometimes we are not getting results because we haven’t asked. I learnt that as well. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14).

How do you guys fit prayer into your lives? And have you been discriminated against cos you can’t or couldn’t speak in tongues? What is your favorite praying position? I don’t have one. What do you generally think about praying? Share your thoughts with us… xx

P. S: Prayer is different from declaration.

Being Judas

So recently, I’ve been obsessed with Judas Iscariot. The Bible in one year plan I use started off the year with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and I’ve been intrigued by the betrayal ever since. The Bible has the story of the betrayal preceded by the story of a woman pouring expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and then wiping it with her hair. Judas then voiced out his thoughts that the perfume should have been sold and then the money given to charity instead of wasting it on the feet of Jesus. Apparently Judas was the treasurer of the Jesus and friends association and used to steal the money. So he really just looked at the situation as a waste of money he could have taken for himself to do whatever he wanted to. That was why he went to the Pharisees and asked what he’ll be given if he handed Jesus over to them (Matt. 26:23). The love of money is truly the root of all evil. This little story has a lot of lessons in it. Whenever people say one is being a Judas, everyone just assumes the person betrayed someone but the truth is there’s more to it and you’ll realize you’ve been a Judas at one point or the other. 

Judas did not remove the log in his eye before removing what he thought was a speck in Jesus’ eye. I mean if anyone accused Jesus of doing anything bad, it shouldn’t have been the king of the baddest boys (I mean bad in the real not good sense of bad). He probably felt Jesus was a fake then he got angry and went to sell Him to the Pharisees. I mean what Son of God would waste perfume on himself when people are starving? He forgot it was the same Jesus that fed the 5000 men one time and 4000 men the other time. The money was not even going to get to the starving people. Jesus is all knowing. He knew that. Plus because we are followers of Christ does not mean we cannot enjoy ourselves. It’s okay to buy clothes, perfumes and all. It only becomes a problem when we put these things before God. The money we have and our possessions are gifts from God so if God tells us to give them away, we should adhere, if God tells us we can spoil ourselves, please go ahead. Jesus rebuked Peter for thinking in the flesh and not in the Spirit (Matt. 16:23) which is what Judas was doing. Jesus had already said that what he says and does was instructed to Him by the father and He did not do anything out of His Job description (John 8:28). Also, remember that everyone is working out their salvation with fear and trembling so you can’t just judge a person from the outside. A while back, a woman said she was mad at a Christian brother for cheating on his wife or was it divorcing his wife. One of the two. And she said she stopped listening to anything from him until God told her the guy had come to Him and repented and he was forgiven and had a clean slate with Him and that she should stop drinking panadol for His headache. The guy was already in God’s good book while she was nursing anger and hatred which are both fruits of the flesh. I’m sure in her mind she thought it was righteous hate and anger. I mean it was on God’s behalf but the truth is everyone has their relationship with God, so rather than judge people, go to God and find out what’s happening. If true true the brother is in sin, God will direct you on how to correct the person. It is no longer you who lives. We always seem to forget this. I pray that God will help us and constantly remind us that it’s not about us but about Him really IJN  

So about removing the log in our eye, Judas was a thief. I mean he was a thief! He used to steal. He didn’t see that one as a problem ooo. It was Jesus uncompassionate ways he saw as a sin that deserved punishment. So he went to sell him out. We are sometimes too busy checking and pointing out other people’s sins that we don’t see ours. The Bible tells us to constantly check that our faith is still intact (2 Cor. 13:5). Yes we are children of God and we have the Spirit does not mean we live in it. We have to daily take up our cross. Daily remember to die to self. Daily pray for God to take over. It’s something we have to remember to do all the time. The truth is that it’s easier said than done and so we need to keep checking to see if we’re in the faith. This can we done by checking through the fruits of the flesh which is an extensive list. You have to read the whole Bible to know all of them. You can do this or get an accountability partner or partners preferably – God and some brother or sister in the Lord that you trust and respect. Anytime you’re producing a fruit of the flesh, they’re there to point it out. God is with us everywhere we go (like MTN), so He can rebuke us immediately. The human, is just there because sometimes we need strong hand. Someone that can physically beat us or drag us or wake us up with a slap. I’m kidding. But sometimes we need to hear somethings about ourselves from the people that surround us. Even Jesus asked His disciples who the people and they, think He is. 

Judas loved money. It’s possible that Judas thought Jesus was going to just disappear when the Pharisees came and so he was just playing the Pharisees and collecting their money. He was being a sharp guy in his small mind. The ways of God and His thoughts are higher than ours though and our wisdom is foolishness to Him. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Pro. 9:10). To fear God is to reverence Him and acknowledge that Jesus came to die for us and ressurected on the third day and is now seated at Gods right hand side. The beginning of wisdom is believing, having faith, walking in the Spirit. The earlier we learn this, the better for us. We can’t be sharp guys if we don’t walk in the word of God that’s sharper than any two edged sword cutting deep between bone and marrow (Heb. 4:12). I repeat, the love of money is truly the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10). 

Judas followed Jesus with his legs and not his heart. If Judas had listened to Jesus’ teachings, and let it sink inside of him, he would have known that Jesus was able to forgive him of his sins, no sin being too intense. Peter knew this and that’s why he didn’t hang himself after denying Jesus as Judas did. Many “Christians” today are just working for God and not walking with Him and in the end they’ll be surprised when God says I know thee not. That was the problem He had with one of the churches He sent John to in revelations (Rev. 3:1-6). They had forgotten all about the ‘al’ in walking in faith and replaced it with an ‘or’ thinking that it’s by deeds one gains favor with God. If Judas had a relationship with Jesus, the story would be different today. 

Judas thought only about himself. He didn’t care on whose toes he had to step on to get what he wanted. He was deceived by the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). I’m also sure somebody fooled him with that “heaven helps those who helps themselves” line. That line is not in the word of God and If anything, I think it means you can’t expect to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven if you don’t walk in the Spirit. So help yourself by acknowledging Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and declaring to trust in Him and that it’s no longer you who lives. After that, heaven helps by sealing you with the Holy Spirit that’ll tell you the things God has planned for you and teaching and explaining things of God to you. Heaven gives the Holy Spirit to us as a cheat code. Once we adhere to the voice of the Holy Spirit we’re sure of heaven. No stress. That’s how heaven helps those who help themselves. 

Lastly and most common, we know that Judas was a betrayer. He was ungrateful. Jesus had made him a cool kid. I mean he went out performing signs and wonders. It wasn’t by his own strength though but he didn’t remember. He was one of the guys who was with the water walking guy. It was possible Judas was jealous of Jesus. I mean a beautiful damsel was pouring expensive perfume at His feet and wiping it with her hair. In those days, women adored their perfumes and their hair yet one beautiful woman lay it all before Jesus. Maybe he had been toasting this girl, we don’t know. All we know is that after this incident he went to sell Jesus so it’s possible he felt Jesus was cramping his style and needed to be gone and so he sold him despite all that Jesus had done for him. He betrayed his master. 

Oya please wait. Don’t shoot me. I know someone had to betray Jesus. It was necessary for Jesus to die so I’m talking nonsense abi? You guys, there were 11 other apostles that could have betrayed Jesus. Why was it Judas? The above points answer the question. God is not a wicked God. He won’t turn a righteous person bad just to fulfill His ways. They say that by their fruits you shall know them. Jesus noticed these things about Judas and knew he’d be the perfect person for the job. Judas was so gone that Satan could enter and leave him anytime. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean. It therefore was not all of a sudden that Judas became a betrayer. I would like to believe that his friends in the Jesus and friends association sat him down to point out these his faults to him but I’m not sure he was friends with any of them. When Judas asked if he would be the one to betray Jesus and Jesus said it would be as he said and told him to go and get it done and Judas stood up to go outside (John 13:27), I don’t recall anyone following him to counsel him or stop him from doing what he will regret. They assumed that it was for other reasons he was going out. When he had betrayed Jesus finish and was feeling bad, there was no one he could talk to and so he committed suicide. This has taught me to learn to care for the people around me. Constantly call to check up on them, send words of wisdom, share testimonies and all. Nobody is ever too far gone. Apostle Paul is a living testimony. Even if the devil is living inside the person, salvation is still possible with prayers and counsel. Plus assumptions are not always true so I’ll keep checking to make sure we’re all running the race. It has also taught me that I need people. I really like being by myself but now I know it’s not every time that’s me time. 

Feel free to study the Judas story and tell me what you’ve learnt. This took me months to understand so take your time. Don’t rush it! If you’ve already done a study about this topic, please share what you’ve learnt. Iron sharpens iron. 

P.s: I think Judas would have been one of those people that thought he was the real deal. Too cool for school and all that hence the header. What do you think Judas would have been like?

Peace

Yesterday, I went for a program that talked about dying to self. They spoke about dying to self in ways I had never looked at. It was really an amazing time in the presence of God. We’ve talked about dying to self before and we defined it as surrendering to God. A new way to put it as I learnt yesterday, is to fall at the feet of Jesus. To see only Him. It’s to know that God lives inside of us seeing what we see, hearing what we hear, eating what we eat, touching what we touch, smelling what we smell. This got me thinking about music. Anytime I’m listening and dancing to Shakitibobo I’m taking God with me. Have you people ever thought of it this way? It’s quite deep but it’s made me more conscious. Dying to self is a conscious effort. You willingly let go of your will, plans, dreams, you’re willing to do whatever God wants. I also learnt that God can take us through one way then when we’re feeling like we’ve finally made it, He’ll tell us wehdon sir, oya stop, turn, and we have to turn. I’m so excited as I’m writing this. The walk with Jesus sounds exciting. No one knows where He’s taking them today or tomorrow or next week. So it’s living knowing that you’re not living. TY Bello made us do this exercise. She told us to sing ‘Obanlaanu’ until we’re out of breath and where we stop, we should know that’s where God will pick up. So despite the fact that God made me for a purpose, He also made me to help me fulfill that purpose. He has a plan, a blueprint, and even if we make a mess, He’s able to turn it to a message if we go back to Him (I learnt this punchline yesterday). And if we truly are in Christ, abiding in Him, dying to self, His thoughts towards us will be our thoughts towards ourselves. We’ll be in sync. Do you get? 

Letting go and letting God is the hardest part of this walk with God that’s why people, even me, still have issues with fasting. That’s a story for another day anyways. But once we’re able to daily take up our cross, die to self, and follow God, we walk in the Spirit by faith, that is trusting God with all of our hearts and leaning not on our own understanding, acknowledging Him in all our ways and being sure that He’ll direct our paths. This doesn’t say He’ll make the path smooth, but He’ll direct us. Meaning the path might be smooth sometimes, other times, not so much but we have confidence that we’re good. That He’s got us because He’ll direct our paths. This is a lot to swallow. But when we’ve gotten this, swallowed this hard knot, we’ll find that we’ll be so filled with peace no matter the circumstance we find ourselves in. This series started because of the promises of God towards us in the Bible so it sounds as though when one walks with God everything is all good and dandy. Don’t get me wrong, it is! But some people have hard purposes. Jesus’ purpose was to die. Stephen walked in the Spirit and paid with his life. These cases ended in death and not very good deaths for that matter yet they fulfilled purpose that’s why they were able to pray for their persecutors. Dying to self is not only walking with God when all is good and dandy, it’s walking with God even when he makes you a sacrifice. But don’t worry, this earth is just a temporary home and death will always occur. So just have peace because blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This plenty English is summed up in this verse

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

The hymn we sang today in my open heaven devotional was “what a friend we have in Jesus”. It says whatever the situation, take it all to God in prayer and we know that when we do this, the peace of God which passeth all understanding will be yours (Philippians 4:6-7). So if you’ve read this blog post and you’re still struggling with dying to self for whatever reason, you’ve honestly tried, take it to the Lord in prayer. You can’t do it on your own or if you think you’ve surrendered all but are still fretting about stuff, this blog post is a reassurance to you that as long as you’re walking in purpose, all things will walk together for your good. I’m sure knowing this will give you peace. Have a blessed week. 

P. S: today in church my pastor talked about repentance being a change in belief, not character, but a change in character is the fruit of repentance. I leave you with these words. Have you really repented? Has your mindset changed or just your behaviour? Shalom (Shalom means peace)! 

3:16

Helloooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the last post we talked about being rooted in the word so we’ll be able to attack the devil when he tries to wrestle with us. I discovered recently that in the new testament, many 3:16 verses were major keys and so in this post, I’ve compiled the 3:16 verses of all the books in the Bible that have 3:16 verses. You’ll have to read the context of the verses to understand them. Some you might already know, like John 3:16 but it’s still advisable that you know the context in which the verse is said. Sometimes popular verses are used out of context. And while we’re at it let’s play a game shall we? Before checking to see the context in which the verse was used, take a guess! Are there Bible scholars in this place???? And we begin in 3, 2, 1…

To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth; In pain you will give birth to children; Yet your desire and longing will be for your husband, And he will rule [with authority] over you and be responsible for you.”

GENESIS 3:16 AMP

Go, gather the elders (tribal leaders) of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.

EXODUS 3:16 AMP

‘The priest shall offer them up in smoke on the altar as food. It is an offering by fire, a sweet and soothing aroma; all the fat is the Lord ’ s .

LEVITICUS 3:16 AMP

So Moses numbered them just as he was commanded by the word (mouth) of the Lord .

NUMBERS 3:16 AMP

To the Reubenites and Gadites I gave the territory from Gilead as far as the Valley of Arnon, with the middle of the Valley as a boundary, and as far as the Jabbok River, the boundary of the sons of Ammon;

DEUTERONOMY 3:16 AMP

the waters which were flowing down from above stopped and rose up in one mass a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan. Those [waters] flowing downward toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed [the river] opposite Jericho.

JOSHUA 3:16 AMP

Now Ehud made for himself a sword a cubit long, which had two edges, and he bound it on his right thigh under his robe.

JUDGES 3:16 AMP

When she came home, her mother-in-law said, “How did it go, my daughter?” And Ruth told her everything that the man had done for her.

RUTH 3:16 AMP

But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he answered, “Here I am.”

1 SAMUEL 3:16 AMP

But her husband went with her, weeping continually behind her as far as Bahurim. Then Abner told him, “Go, return.” And he did so.

2 SAMUEL 3:16 AMP

Then two women who were prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

1 KINGS 3:16 AMP

He said, “Thus says the Lord , ‘Make this valley (the Arabah) full of trenches.’

2 KINGS 3:16 AMP

The sons (descendants) of Jehoiakim: Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) his son, Zedekiah his son.

1 CHRONICLES 3:16 AMP

He made chains [like a necklace] in the inner sanctuary and put them on the tops of the pillars; and he made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains.

2 CHRONICLES 3:16 AMP

After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, official of half the district of Beth-zur, repaired [the wall] as far as [a point] in front of the tombs of David, and as far as the artificial pool and the house of the guards.

NEHEMIAH 3:16 AMP

“Or like a miscarriage which is hidden and put away, I would not exist, Like infants who never saw light.

JOB 3:16 AMP

Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

PROVERBS 3:16 AMP

Moreover, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.

ECCLESIASTES 3:16 AMP

Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with outstretched necks and seductive (flirtatious, alluring) eyes, And trip along with mincing steps and an affected gait And walk with jingling anklets on their feet,

ISAIAH 3:16 AMP

It will be in those days when you have [repented and] multiplied and increased in the land,” says the Lord , “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord .’ It will not come to mind, nor will they [seriously] remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again [for instead of the ark, which symbolized My presence, I will be present].

JEREMIAH 3:16 AMP

He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has [covered me with ashes and] made me cower in the dust.

LAMENTATIONS 3:16 AMP

At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

EZEKIEL 3:16 AMP

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you on this point.

DANIEL 3:16 AMP

The Lord thunders and roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem [in judgment of His enemies], And the heavens and the earth tremble and shudder; But the Lord is a refuge for His people And a stronghold [of protection] to the children of Israel.

JOEL 3:16 AMP

You have increased your traders more than the [visible] stars of heaven– The creeping locust strips and destroys and then flies away.

NAHUM 3:16 AMP

I heard and my whole inner self trembled; My lips quivered at the sound. Decay and rottenness enter my bones, And I tremble in my place. Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress, For the people to arise who will invade and attack us.

HABAKKUK 3:16 AMP

In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.

ZEPHANIAH 3:16 AMP

Then those who feared the Lord [with awe-filled reverence] spoke to one another; and the Lord paid attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who fear the Lord [with an attitude of reverence and respect] and who esteem His name.

MALACHI 3:16 AMP

After Jesus was baptized, He came up immediately out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him (Jesus),

MATTHEW 3:16 AMP

He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter),

MARK 3:16 AMP

John answered them all by saying, “As for me, I baptize you [only] with water; but One who is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I is coming, and I am not fit to untie the strap of His sandals [even as His slave]. He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit and [you who remain unrepentant] with fire.

LUKE 3:16 AMP

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.

JOHN 3:16 AMP

And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health and complete wholeness in your presence.

ACTS 3:16 AMP

Destruction and misery are in their paths ,

ROMANS 3:16 AMP

Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]?

1 CORINTHIANS 3:16 AMP

but whenever a person turns [in repentance and faith] to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

2 CORINTHIANS 3:16 AMP

Now the promises [in the covenants] were decreed to Abraham and to his seed. God does not say, “And to seeds (descendants, heirs),” as if [referring] to many [persons], but as to one, “And to your Seed,” who is [none other than] Christ.

GALATIANS 3:16 AMP

May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality],

EPHESIANS 3:16 AMP

Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.

PHILIPPIANS 3:16 AMP

Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind–permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

COLOSSIANS 3:16 AMP

Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all.

2 THESSALONIANS 3:16 AMP

And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness: He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh, Was justified and vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

1 TIMOTHY 3:16 AMP

All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately–behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 AMP

For who were they who heard and yet provoked Him [with rebellious acts]? Was it not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?

HEBREWS 3:16 AMP

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder [unrest, rebellion] and every evil thing and morally degrading practice.

JAMES 3:16 AMP

And see to it that your conscience is entirely clear, so that every time you are slandered or falsely accused, those who attack or disparage your good behavior in Christ will be shamed [by their own words].

1 PETER 3:16 AMP

speaking about these things as he does in all of his letters. In which there are some things that are difficult to understand, which the untaught and unstable [who have fallen into error] twist and misinterpret, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

2 PETER 3:16 AMP

By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.

1 JOHN 3:16 AMP

‘So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust].

REVELATION 3:16 AMP

I like how the verses transform from the time of the law to the era of grace which we’re now in. I could not guess the context of many of the verses. I had to go back and read them. You can decide to do a verse a day so as to study it deeply before moving to the next one. I like the fact that 2 Tim 3:16 which talks about all scripture being God breathed is included here and 2 Peter 3:16 that talks about how scriptures are often misinterpreted is included too. My favorite of all of them is Revelations though. What a way to crown it up. From these verses, I realized that my walk with Christ still needs a lot of intimacy. Like there’s so much I still need to know! So much He still needs to teach and reveal to me. It also reminded me of how much the old testament has been phased or watered out. 2 Tim. 3:16 refers to the whole bible and not just the new testament so I’m going to do more studies on the Old Testament.I just remembered a teaching of Andrew Wommack that said if we’re phasing out the Old Testament then we should not claim its promises as well. That’s where I’ll leave you!

Did you fail the challenge like me, you didn’t get up to half? Or you managed to pass, got half?  Or you passed in flying colors, got most of them? Tell me about it and what you’ve learnt or realized from going through these verses. And can you guess the books of the bible that were not included without checking your bibles?

Do have a lovely day!!!

P.S: Bible Verses should not just be read and highlighted and forgotten. They should be memorized as well so try to have a bible verse for the day or week or month at least. Our bible verse for the month here at Phos is below.

P.p.s: Can you interpret the featured image in relation to this post?