The “Nobody did it for me” syndrome

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16).

Hi again!! I’m taking my life and blogging seriously now so I’m trying to be more consistent. I have a schedule and all. Thank master Jesus for giving me wisdom (and thank me for finally accepting it 😌😏). So I have a story for you guys today. 

Story story… Once upon a time, so a new staff joined my department this past week and everyone tried to get him integrated into the system by explaining stuff to him and putting him through anything he had issues with. We’re good people you know 😏. However, when we joined the department, no integration was done for us and so one of the old staff made this famous “nobody did it for me” comment and jokingly said he was done helping the man to integrate, then he took a break. I on the other hand, continued helping this man integrate then had to quickly run an errand and found myself thinking the “nobody did this for me” thought. Not for long though because the Holy Spirit interrupted by telling me that Jesus died for me yet I wasn’t dying for anyone so what did it matter if no one did it for me? Deep stuff!! I was made to understand that daily carrying my cross to follow God, loving Him and loving my neighbors as I love myself, walking in the Spirit, basically doing things that please the father, not the world, is dying everyday. The selfless act of helping the new guy integrate when no one did it for me was doing what Jesus did on the cross for me. 

So you people that have the “nobody did it for me” syndrome and those of you that do not, I’m asking you today. How do you lay your life for others on a daily basis? At least someone did that for you. 

Hope your week started off lovely? Mine started with a bang. The message on Sunday morning was AMAZING!! What did your Pastor preach about on Sunday? Have a great week ahead, God bless you. 

P.s. Do you guys think short posts like these should be YouTube videos instead?

P.p.s. Do you guys remember the bible verse above from this challenge?

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Is the message translation diluting the Message? 

I don’t know if any of you have thought of this before but I was doing a research on marriage a while ago when I stumbled upon this famous “girls should cover their hair while praying” passage. Of course, I checked it out in the message translation which simply said we all should live in a way honorable to God. Like what’s the correlation? Is the message translation telling us what we want to hear just like most preachers these days – false preachers I mean? I decided to do a little digging to investigate since I have all this free time now that’ll be gone in a couple of weeks. 

I got this excerpt explaining the translation from the Msg Bible itself. 

Why was The Message written? 

The best answer to that question comes from Eugene Peterson himself: “While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren’t feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.'”

Peterson’s parishioners simply weren’t connecting with the real meaning of the words and the relevance of the New Testament for their own lives. So he began to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original ancient Greek— writing straight out of the Greek text without looking at other English translations. As he shared his version of Galatians with them, they quit stirring their coffee and started catching Paul’s passion and excitement as he wrote to a group of Christians whom he was guiding in the ways of Jesus Christ. For more than two years, Peterson devoted all his efforts to The Message New Testament. His primary goal was to capture the tone of the text and the original conversational feel of the Greek, in contemporary English.

Language changes. New words are formed. Old words take on new meaning. There is a need in every generation to keep the language of the gospel message current, fresh, and understandable —the way it was for its very first readers. That is what The Message seeks to accomplish for contemporary readers. It is a version for our time —designed to be read by contemporary people in the same way as the original koine Greek and Hebrew manuscripts were savored by people thousands of years ago.

That’s why NavPress felt the time was right for a new version. When we hear something over and over again in the same way, we can become so familiar with it that the text loses its impact. The Message strives to help readers hear the living Word of God— the Bible— in a way that engages and intrigues us right where we are.

Some people like to read the Bible in Elizabethan English. Others want to read a version that gives a close word-for-word correspondence between the original languages and English. Eugene Peterson recognized that the original sentence structure is very different from that of contemporary English. He decided to strive for the spirit of the original manuscripts—to express the rhythm of the voices, the flavor of the idiomatic expressions, the subtle connotations of meaning that are often lost in English translations.

The goal of The Message is to engage people in the reading process and help them understand what they read. This is not a study Bible, but rather “a reading Bible.” The verse numbers, which are not in the original documents, have been left out of the print version to facilitate easy and enjoyable reading. The original books of the Bible were not written in formal language. The Message tries to recapture the Word in the words we use today.

Have you ever wondered about the message translation like me? I’ll give you an advise. What I’m going to do as well. Just like when we go novel shopping, the best sellers are those by authors who have proven themselves over and over again. Eugene Peterson is a pastor and author of many books so check his track record to see if he truly knows God. If he does, then there’s a higher probability that the Scripture is God-breathed than it being a sham. Then you can go to God to inquire too. He’s all knowing. You can actually do just this though but the reason I said to read his books and listen to messages is to know what kind of a guy he is for yourself. Tell me how your research goes. I believe in the message translation. I personally go to it just for understanding and not for bible study or during my devotional. I think its like having a preacher at my beck and call because it explains scriptures to me and relates it to this time and age emphasizing that the bible is not just for the people that lived in the time of old.

What’s your favorite bible translation? Mine is the NKJV. I used to have three bibles in that version (coincidence though and now I have just two. Anyone need a bible?). After NKJV is the Msg though, so I would really love to know your thoughts. I know NIV leaves out some bible verses so I don’t use it for study purposes. I just use it to see a bible verse from another perspective. I use the Amplified version some times too and even KJV. I like the thees and thous. Enough of me. What Bible verse do you read and for what reason? Things like bible translations have no black and white areas so your thoughts could help a lot.

How are you enjoying the weekend?

Made a way

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise (Proverbs 12:15 NKJV)

Yessss!! You got it right!! Travis Greene’s made a way is the song of the week. I feel Saturdays are more ideal to put up the song of the week post since it marks the end of the week. Travis Greene has a very big fan base in Nigeria. Everyone has heard of him and even if they haven’t, they’ve heard of his songs or at least, song – intentional. I think he has an amazing voice and I really like the lyrics to made a way. The lyrics….

Made a way
Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way
Standing here not knowing how we’ll get through this test
But holding onto faith you know best
Nothing can catch you by surprise
You’ve got this figured out and you’re watching us now
But when it looks as if we can’t win
You wrap us in your arm and step in
And everything we need you supply
You got this in control
And now we know that

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way
You made a way

Now we’re here
Looking back on where we come from
Because of you and nothing we’ve done
To deserve the love and mercy you’ve shown
But your grace was strong enough to pick us up

And you made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way [x2]

You move mountains
You cause walls to fall
With your power
You perform miracles
There is nothing that’s impossible
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way

You made a way [x4]

Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way
Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way

Don’t know how but you did it [x4]

Don’t know why but I’m grateful [x4]

Don’t know how but I’m grateful

And we’re standing here
Only because you made
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made

You move mountain [x4]

You cause walls to fall [x4]

You cause chains to break [x4]

Giants fall [x4]

‘Cause you move mountain
You move mountain
And everything is easy for you
‘Cause you move mountain
Yes you move mountain

Mountains are moving [x4]

Strong holds are breaking [x4]

‘Cause you move mountain
You cause walls to fall

With your power [x4]

You perform miracles [x4]

You probably already have this song on your playlist but if you don’t, download it here.

Okay so fun fact time. Did you know that Travis is a pastor as well as a musician? Did you also know that he was pronounced dead twice before entering kindergarten? Know more about Travis from his website and download more of his songs. He’s amazing. Do you guys know Folabi Nuel? He’s a musician as well and his style of music reminds me of Travis Greene’s. I have his cd and he’s amazing. You can download the Good God album on his soundcloud. You’ll be blessed. Did I mention he’s Nigerian? What song topped your playlist this week and how did your week go? Tell me all about it I’d love to hear.

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?

Phos-Faith

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed , not what he brought , that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God. By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions. Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that— heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them. By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau. By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff. By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial. By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree. By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned. By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God. I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world. Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40 MSG

I had a discussion about faith with someone this past week. Two weeks ago, there was this heated argument about if faith alone can take one to heaven and some people said it can, some people said it can’t. We realized in the end that we were all saying the same thing but our definitions of faith differed. Some people view faith as believing that God so loved the world and sent His only begotten son that whosoever beliveth in Him shall not die but have everlasting life. While some say it’s not. I was among the former set until I read Hebrews 11 earlier today. All these people were said to have faith because they believed God’s promises and obeyed Him even when it did not look like the promise was going to be fulfilled. As a matter of fact it says that a lot of them did not see the fulfillment of the promise yet they did whatever God told them to do. So faith is not just believing, it’s obeying the leading or the guidance of God who speaks to us through the Spirit. Inherently, faith is walking in the Spirit. So yes, when Romans 5:1 says we’re justified by faith, it means just that. And when Ephesians 2:8 says by grace we’ve been saved by faith it’s not mistaking. 

However, Phillipians 2:12 says we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling. This means that just because we are very faithful today doesn’t mean we’ll be faithful all our lives. The devil is out there looking for who he may devour and we wrestle not against flesh but against principalities and powers. I read somewhere that since faith is not as a result of reality, i.e. none of the five senses can prove faith, the devil uses the five senses to disprove it. The book gave an example concerning the first sin about how Eve heard the voice of the serpent, looked and saw the fruit, touched it, tasted it and smelt it. Sometimes it’s not as straightforward as that. It could be like the testimony I shared last week where the devil just puts doubt in your head that you’re not good enough. Let me at this juncture mention that fear which is a by product of doubt, is the opposite of faith. God has told me no weapon formed against me shall prosper so why am I worried that some people are trying to do me evil? One thing I always say that I learnt from Joseph is that “they meant it for bad but God meant it for good” saying. So even if it seems like the enemy is winning, he’s really not. There’s a good coming out. An overwhelming good because God values His word above His name so He’ll fulfill His word concerning you. Do you get it? However this is easier said than done and at times it takes a few days to realize the attack of the devil. This is why 2 Corinthians13:5-7 says “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.”

John 15:5-6 says “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.”

Once you are in Christ, you hear fruits, once fruits are no longer being borne, you’re no longer in Christ and will be cut off or pruned. Once your faith no longer produces the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23,it means it’s producing fruits of the flesh, Galatians 5:19-21, which means that your faith has been compromised. That’s how I check to see that I’m still in the faith. After this check, if I notice my faith is wavering, I go back to the word of God. After all, faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Checking the amour of God, the sword is the Word of God and that is the only mechanism of attack we have. So those memory verse we were taught in children’s church are actually useful. They are what we use to tell the devil off. We use it to show him that he’s a liar. From Tuesday, I’ll be starting each post with a bible verse. That’s how I found some of my favorite bible verses and I pray these verses minister to you and help you when fighting battles.

Before this post gets too long and unreadable, let me leave you with this. When you’re walking in faith, which is walking in the spirit, there is now no condemnation. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1-2). You therefore no longer have to do anything. Some people say they have no choice, well now you do. You are no longer slaves to sin. 

Mathematically,

The Bible says faith without works is dead. 
Faith – Works = Dead

Therefore, 

Faith = Works 

And we know that Faith = Walking in the Spirit

Therefore, 

Walking in the spirit = Work

So when the Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God,  it means without walking in the Spirit, its impossible to please God. Bill Hybels says Christianity is appreciating God for what He’s done,  that’s John 3:16, and not a list of things to do to get into Gods good books. When we think of this, we understand now why it’s impossible to please God without walking in the Spirit. You can’t know how to appreciate a person if you don’t know the person. Walking in the Spirit gives us that avenue to know God and then He can be appreciated. No wonder faith is the basis of our Salvation. And you can see now that the work meant by “faith without works is dead” does not mean just being a worker or going on mission trips, you know, let everyone see that you’re on fire for God meanwhile you’re really not on fire in your walk with the Spirit. Its very essential to walk in the Spirit guys. This cannot be stressed enough and something I’ve learnt is that God’s will for each person is different so we cannot judge.We cannot hear what God is telling the other person so don’t be quick to judge, unless the person is evidently showing the fruits of the flesh. Even then, do not judge, Jesus is the judge, only correct in love.

What group of people are you? Do you believe that just believing takes one to heaven or walking in the Spirit does? If you believe in the former was this post able to change your mind? For more about faith, you can read the book of Romans. Should we do a Romans study? Tell me your thoughts.

P.s: Phos-faith was to be this blog’s original name but the email address was already taken. Do you prefer Phos Faith to Phos reflections. The story behind Phos Faith is that we are to be the light of the world but its impossible to do that without faith. While the story behind Phos reflections is that we are to walk with God, receive His light and be reflections of His light to the world. Yes, my favorite analogy of we Christians is that of being the light. So which do you prefer?

P.p.s: I am not changing the name of the blog. I just want to hear your thoughts.

You Will

This week did not come with a song of the week. No song was on repeat. The week passed by too fast sef. I can’t believe it’s already Friday. But worry not boo boos there’s a song of the week. This song however was my jam in January. It’s rap, by Andy Mineo. I heard the cover and downloaded the song. Normally I think covers are better than songs. I love covers. But this song happened to be better than the cover I heard and so was on repeat all January. I even felt bad cos there was nothing like song of the week in January so I thought I won’t ever put up this song but look where we at now!! The lyrics? 

When you see me I’m in uptown baby
What you know about me?
Oh, nothin’ really, well let’s change that
See I came back
I took a break, but now I break that
Formerly Known, yeah, I made that
And them Car-Tunez every Saturday
Get your breakfast tell ’em (play that)
Yeah, I got lines like bar codes
Yeah, I got jokes like Bart Simpson on bar phones (Moe’s Tavern)
How you actin’ dumb on your smartphone?
Fishers of men so I stay lookin’
Catch the nets like I’m straight Brooklyn
Oh, your life so hard
Why don’t you face your problems don’t Facebook ’em
Satan try to make the straight crooked with the porn sites
But I ain’t looking
I got bands that’ll make her dance
That’s a wedding ring for my wife, bling
I’mma say that twice, bling
Ladies if you ain’t got one don’t give him none
True love is waiting and you so worth that
I know you heard some bull crap
But if you headed down the wrong path
Go ahead and turn back
You’re never too far to be made new
They said you damaged goods, that ain’t true
I testify to that I ain’t lyin’, Jack
You could check with my whole crew

Y-O-U owe me nothing, no, nothing [x2]
I know you will [x8]

I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you won’t
I know you will [x3]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will
No, there’s nothing you can’t do
Nothing in this world too big for you
So when they say you can’t
I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will

Some say you can’t, I say that you will
My sin, it cost a grip but Jesus paid the bill
You don’t believe in miracles, I show you why they real
Some rappers don’t got skill but somehow they got a deal, weird
I’m ridin’ around in this airport, flyin’ ’round on my skateboard
And my glasses on like a straight dork
Oh, your money tall, but these days short
I love the haters so I pray for ’em
See them hearts we aim for ’em
So I tell the world and we stay tourin’
And we do it our way, we won’t change for ’em
This ain’t no fast food, you can’t order us
They lookin’ so confused, what’s the formula?
We just really want more of God
Nah, we don’t want more of us
Cause He did it, we givin’ Him thanks
Even when they ain’t awardin’ us
And them strip clubs, money drugs
C’mon cuz, you borin’ us
We heard it all before
And I’m still unimpressed with that sort of stuff
We were made for more though
With them award shows and you thank Christ
That lip service don’t mean nothing if you ain’t about that life

Y-O-U owe me nothing, no, nothing [x2]
I know you will [x8]

I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you won’t
I know you will [x3]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will
No, there’s nothing you can’t do
Nothing in this world too big for you
So when they say you can’t
I know you will [x2]
Even when they say you can’t
I know you will

You can download the song here

I really love Andy Mineo. I have his whole Heroes for Sale album. My second favorite song is Uno Uno Seis featuring LeCrae.

What do you guys think about rap? I love love rap and I’m thankful and grateful for Christian rappers. Andy Mineo however does not like being called that (a Christian Rapper). Read his interview here. He says being called a gospel rapper stops non-christians from listening to his music which is the whole purpose of his music. I see his point. That’s why Phos is a lifestyle blog and not a Christian blog. He’s just serving God in his music cos God is supposed to be at the center of it all. What then can we then call him? Rapper? and then call the others contemporary rappers? Or faith based rapper? What do you guys think?

P.s: Listen to these songs with headphones on with the volume turned up to the loudest. You’ll thank me later.