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I feel like giving up

‘I feel like giving up’ these were the words I uttered yesterday as I almost missed my bus. My house is about 4 minutes away from the bus stop and for some reason I was super late. My bus was supposed to leave at 10:30 but at 10:28 I was still wearing my shoes 😳.. Now if you know anything about living in Europe, you’d know that taxis are expensive and isn’t always an option.

Anyway, I heard myself utter those words to my husband but I didn’t give up….instead I just picked my jacket and ran out. Thankfully, the bus was about a minute late so I made it.Phew😅 .

After I made the bus, I missed my next connection because the driver was a bit slow😒.. It literally just seemed like everything was against my going to church but I did not give up. It wasn’t even an option.. I was going to go to church, period! The next connection required a 14 minute walk and by the time I got to church, I was late and exhausted 😅 but it was worth it. It was worth it because I received what God had in store for me.

It was so worth it. How many times do we miss God because we give up just at the end? God’s ways are not always easy but will you continue? Will you be faithful? Will you see that project through till the end?

My message today is very simple, are you feeling like giving up? Do you feel like you won’t be able to make it? Do you like me, feel like you are too late? DON’T GIVE UP! The bus might just come one minute late.

Psalm 104 :19 tells us  He appointed the moon for seasons;The sun knows its going down”.

He still has time and seasons in His hands. It might be difficult but you will eventually get there. Keep running, keep going!

You are loved ❤️
Favour

God misses you

Good morning,

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love-Revelation 2 :4

Mark 4 :18 – 19
Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Do you realize that every thing in your life should be built around your relationship with GOD? Instead of structuring our lives around God, many of us structure our lives and try to make Him fit. The scriptures say that Jesus who is God, is our life (Colossians 3:4). Which means we are literally dead without Him. Today, I want to encourage us to return back to the things we used to do when we first encountered Jesus. If you can’t find the time in the day to seek Him, wake up at night. Don’t let the cares of this world (which are usually legit), take you out of your relationship with Jesus. Jesus misses you so much and He wants to be your first love as He was before the ministry, family, work or children.

Additionally, the season we are currently living in calls for us to return back to our lover with all fervency and seek Him because it is as we diligently seek Him, we will find Him(Hebrews 11:6). When we find Him, we will then be able to shine so brightly and reveal Him in this dark season. As darkness is rising so must we as light. However, this can only happen when we make the Lord Jesus our number aim, goal and desire.

If you haven’t fallen from ‘how it used to be’, then I want to encourage you to challenge your self. Challenge yourself! If you’ve been spending one hour with Him daily for some time, add an extra 30 minutes. Challenge yourself in your walk with Him and don’t stop growing.

Let nothing take His place, let Jesus be your love, let Him be your future, let Him be your destiny, let Him be your all.

God loves you plenty
Favour 💕

Love ; the superior way

If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2 HCSB

-Gifts do not define us, love defines us. If I have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and I am constantly busy for the wrong reasons and with the wrong motives then I will be nothing before God. We should be defined as people of love. Not of works or of miracles but of love. Works and miracles have their places but love endures forever. (1 corinthians 13:13). Our Father is love. Love is not a feeling. Feelings have nothing to do with love. We messed up and God was probably not feeling anything but the Bible said Christ died for us while we were still sinners. I wonder how we treat our spouses when we are annoyed with them.

And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3 HCSB

The verse talks about profit and loss. Good deeds done without love is simply a waste of time and will attract no reward. A person without love is a loser. We gain nothing without love. So what is your motive? Love is the superior way to live on this earth. People will see our good works and glorify our father in heaven by how we love them. Let’s endeavour by the Spirit of God, to walk in love. Jesus loves you,go and love others.

Have a blessed week.
Your sister in Christ,
Favour

We missed the bus

In our recent role as parents, my husband and I are quickly learning the importance of leaving the house as early as possible in order to catch the bus.

However, we have failed to catch up with the bus several times and in one of our ‘missing the bus episodes’, we decided not to go back home. We were going to church that morning and I wasn’t going to waste my ‘make up’ by going home (don’t judge me).😅

So we decided to take the train and a trip that usually took us about 45 minutes by the bus ended up taking about 1hour 30 minutes because we took the train. We were super exhausted by the time we got to church but it was worth it😁.

So what’s the point of my story? The story reminds me of what Jesus said in Luke 9 vs 62 “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

I hope that as you read this blog, you are already part of the kingdom of God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and your saviour. If you’ve made that decision, you most likely have realised that things would not be rosy all the time just because you are a Christian. I am therefore here to encourage you to keep going. It might be difficult, it might be exhausting but you have the Holy Spirit and the results would be so worth it. So don’t look back, the world is not more attractive, infact the world will end up bringing pain and death. So keep pursuing Jesus, keep walking with the Lord. Don’t look back, you will be so glad you did.

You are loved, Favour

See you in the morning

Yesterday I told a friend ‘have a nice night’. Then it occurred to me that people usually think of the night as a bad thing.  The night is dark and evil people operate in the night. I guess this is why it is be scary to think about. I also believe this is why we use the phrase ‘Joy comes in the morning’ as a means to encourage. But what if the night we are experiencing is just time to rest.

I mean, most people sleep at night which is a form of resting your body. So what if the night season that God has called us to  is just to rest. Now it is important to note that although not all night seasons are from God, He however allows us experience them. He (through the Holy Spirit) led Jesus in luke 4 to a wilderness experience which was sort of a ‘night season’. What did the Lord do there? He fasted and prayed. He spent time with His Father as led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead us to do the will of the Father. Since  the world is currently experiencing a night season, What is God asking you to do in this current night season? 

Has He asked you to worship and seek Him but instead you are sleeping or lazying around? Has He told you rest but instead, you are busy panicking? Just do what He asks you to do and have a nice night. See you in the morning.

The importance of Covenant Friendships

Hi there,

I believe God is saying a lot about Covenant friendships in this season which is why today’s post is from one of my covenant friends, Oluwaseun Folorunsho. I know your heart will be strengthened to trust God for good friends as you read. You are loved! ❤️

“There was a stirring in my heart at a time when God began to seek my attention. I was ambivalent about it, but I couldn’t just ignore the stirring. So I decided to get the opinion of my friends and they were like ” girl, no matter what you do, don’t become weird”😲. I took that as a “no” to whatever was going on inside me. My friends were not bad, they were Christians just like me,  wanted to live right and do right but they stayed CLEAR of anything “spiritual”

One after the other, God removed them from my life and brought me to the point of surrender. It was scary at first, I felt all alone but with time, I became accustomed to it. I began to understand my position in Christ, my purpose and inheritance. Later, God laid it in my heart to pray specifically for covenant friends. Suddenly, I was surrounded by friends who share similar passion for God, who are kingdom minded, selfless and awesome. I was overwhelmed by these new breed of friends who continuously provoked me to seek more of God and to walk righteously. I must confess that the speed of my growth was exponential, compare to when it was just God and I.

As humans, we will always long for companionship, we will desire to have people of like-minds who we can share and be free with. Most times, we allow circumstances to choose our friends for us or are moved by selfish reasons to become friends with people. However, when we choose friends without the leading of God we end up being separated from God, engage in sinful activities, brainwashed, betrayed and in a terrible state.
God is interested in every aspect of our lives including friendship. Through friendship, God draws people to Himself just as He did with me, God saves through friendship just like David and Jonathan, God extends graces and establishes Himself in a nation just like He did using Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego.

The scripture says one shall chase a thousand and two ten thousand, we usually use this in terms of marriage but I tell you, it’s applicable to covenant friendships. You are likely to get weary and situations can overwhelm you when you walk alone but when you are doing life with someone God connected to you through friendship, you can always be encouraged to keep going. They will bear your burden as if it theirs, they will be right beside you during the storms, rain and sunshine. Remember king Jehoshaphat and Ahab, Jehoshaphat joined his friend in battle to fight beside him even though it was no concern of his. Covenant friendship is exactly like that, there’s no passiveness, selfishness or comparison that leads to envy. God is at the centre .

How do you get yourself such friends? Pray for it! God said ask and it shall be given, God loves giving good gifts to His children, He won’t withhold friendships necessary for you to fulfill destiny! While you wait for His connection, make sure you are equally working on yourself to be exactly what you want others to be for you!

Have you read it today?

Reading the Bible Blog Version

Before you start thinking, ‘Favour I don’t even have time’, we are talking about reading the Bible and not necessarily studying it.

So have you read it today? I find it interesting that we all want to win in life but are unwilling to pay the price. Yes, God is with us and will never leave us but have you trained yourself to know His word. The Holy Spirit is to guide us into all truth (John 14:26) but how is He supposed to do that if you have refused to put His word in your heart. God is not a magician! We are to work with Him and our work with the Lord is a partnership. In other words, You do your part and He does His.

Apostle James through the Holy Spirit tells us in James 2:26 that faith without works is dead. Therefore, you cannot say ‘I trust God’ while you refuse to arm yourself with His word.

Besides arming yourself with His word against difficult days and seasons. You need His word to keep you from falling. The scripture tells us that ‘Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall‘ (1 Corinthians 10:12). No wonder King David wrote in Psalm 119:11 ‘Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You‘.

Hiding God’s word in your heart by just reading consistently will not only keep you from sin, it will also keep you from being afraid of what usually scares people. When you read His word, you see Jesus, His promises and His faithfulness. God’s word is truly a guide for living on this planet. Stop making excuses not to read it, ignoring it and running helter-skelter.

What better way exist to use a new item than to start by reading the manual? God has given us an advantage for living. Please use it.

You are loved ❤️

Favour

 

 

How to receive answers to personal prayers

In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors”.Matthew 6:9-12

Have you ever prayed so much about something with no result? 😫 I bet most of us have had to deal with this situation. So what would the solution be?

I was reading my Bible the other day and when I got to this scripture in Matthew 6, it struck me that the pattern of prayer the Lord Jesus taught the disciples was first of all focused on the kingdom. Just like matthew 6:33 admonishes us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. After all, the scripture states that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word is  established (2 Corinthians 13:1).

Isn’t it amazing that God did not leave us in the dark about this pattern? So if you have been struggling with that need and wondering why God seems to be far away, maybe, just maybe you have been getting it all wrong.

If you have a relationship with God through Jesus , then you are probably well aware that God is interested in expanding His kingdom. It is “for God so loved the world” (John 3:16) and not for God so loved only you or your family. God is interested in advancing His kingdom and is willing that everyone should come to the knowledge of Him. Let me ask you a question, as part of the body of Christ, what are you doing to advance His kingdom? Don’t even even think of the excuse of being too small or not knowing what to do. For starters, you can pray for the unsaved and unreached people groups. You can give your time or money to support the kingdom and push the cause of Christ. You can speak about Jesus with every opportunity that comes. These are merely suggestions and I bet that if you seek the Holy Spirit, He will put more ideas in your heart.

Thankfully, 🙌 God is a good God and His mercies are everlasting but He has principles and does not violate them. You want that prayer answered? Seek to bring His kingdom on earth in your own small way. Let love for Him consume you. Think Jesus, sleep Jesus, eat Jesus, breath Jesus. Let your life be fundamentally about Jesus. 

Now seeking first His kingdom does negate the place of patience through faith, forgiveness, holiness, spiritual growth among His other principles. However, it is certainly the first step in the right direction.

So let’s seek first His kingdom in this new decade and see Him add every other thing.

You are loved,

Favour

 

 

When life makes no sense

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

What can separate you from God? On His part, nothing! On God’s part, you are loved, chosen and forgiven according to the book of Ephesians (Ephesians 1:3-14) but on your part, what would stop you from following Jesus? I hope your answer would be nothing!

 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:3-8

The parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8 talks about different hearts and their responses to God. How deep is your relationship with God, how much faith have you built in His word. If you haven’t allowed yourself get rooted in Him, this would be the time.  Are you the type of christian that would sleep with that brother just so that he can marry you? Will you turn to fraud and deceit to make ends meet?

2020 is a new year and lots of people have the illusion that there would be no battles and all would be perfect. I don’t mean to be a prophet of doom but I dare say that it won’t all be perfect. There would be battles to fight and truthfully sometimes it might feel like God is far. Thank God we do not walk by feelings because God is always near. He is closer to us than our own skins.

So in this new year, as we waddle through the waters of life. I invite you hold fast to God. Hold on to His promises. Know that He won’t leave you. He would NEVER forsake you and when the going gets tough remind your heart to be the good ground. Stay grounded in His word and victory would indeed be assured.

You are loved❤️
Favour

Loving through words

 

 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”Matthew 12:35-37

It is so easy to downplay the importance of the words we speak when it comes to loving people. Yes, love is an action word and it is important to show it through our actions. However, I also believe that is necessary to show it through the words we speak. Now, I don’t mean saying ‘I love you’ 5 million times in a day or telling random strangers ‘I love you’ on social media. I mean showing love in the way we speak to people. Are your words gentle? Are your words kind? (Proverbs 11:17).

Know for sure that God will judge everything that comes out of your mouth. It is therefore unwise to allow your emotions dictate how you speak to people. It is unwise to let pride dictate who you speak to with love and respect. Jesus, our role model never spoke an idle word and the Holy Spirit lives on earth with us to help us speak in love among His many other functions .

As you might already know, I am all about representing Jesus on the planet and one of the ways God expects us to do this is by speaking to people in love. Now, does this mean that you would shy away from saying the truth when you need to? Absolutely not! One of the best parts of living in the UK was learning to speak kindly to people. I was pleasantly surprised coming from a culture that is usually verbally abusive. People in the United Kingdom generally use the sandwich method to convey messages that are not easy to convey. For example, in a situation where you have  to correct, you can start by saying something nice, then say what you really intend to say and finish the discussion with another nice thing. This will leave the person motivated to do better even though s/he was scolded. At least it worked with me as opposed to when someone was just being mean in a bid to correct.

Basically, my point today is to encourage us find ways to love in words as well as in deed. Let our words show love just as our actions. Let people leave you feeling motivated as opposed to depressed and unmotivated.  Let your words reflect Jesus.

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6

You are loved.
Favour