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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

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

My battle field: protecting your heart

For the last two years, I struggled with thoughts that tempted me. I thought I had completely overcome those issues but alas I was wrong. I cried, begged God to make it stop but nothing seemed to changed. Instead, it got worse when I relocated to Germany. Now I bet we all deal with evil thoughts that tempts us. No wonder Jesus prayed “Lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13).

But where do these temptations come from? Why do people suddenly begin to do things that seem out of character? I once heard about a father who murdered his 4 year old and in his confession, he said he didn’t know why he did it. According to him, it almost seemed like he was compelled. I cannot but think that it would have been a different story if he had the word of God buried deeply in his heart, Let’s see what the Bible says,
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death-James 1:13-15

Now, we know that the natural man who is dead to God is allied with Satan. This is why your flesh will, without renewal in God’s word naturally want to do silly things. This is why I battled in my soul for two years with my flesh just wanting to go off on its on tangent. If satan tempted Jesus , who is the Creator who do you think you are? Satan will tempt you with things that you are attracted to. So what can we learn from Jesus on this issue? How did he overcome?

If you went to sunday school as a teenager, you probably heard the scripture “Keep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. Jesus kept His heart with God’s word. This is also how I am able to survive the attacks on my mind. Why are you watching sexually immoral movies if you are prone to sexual lust? Why do you spend your time watching murder and crime mysteries if you are prone to things like anger, jealousy and strife?
Don’t you know that satan is fighting for your soul? God has instructed us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12),and yes God is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24) but you need to align with Him and His word. You need to protect your heart. When most people do things, they must have thought about it. Protect your heart to live in God’s will and plan for your life. Yes, you might still struggle but you will have God’s word as ammunition like our Master Jesus.

To end, I leave you with the words from apostle Paul, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2

You too can win the battle everyday.

You are loved,

Favour

Your Choice,Your Power

Hello, it has been such a long time.I trust you are well. Although not everyone celebrates christmas, we can all agree that christmas, like a song writer wrote is “the most wonderful time of the year” . It is also a time to spend with family and friends. So Merry Christmas!

In this period, the Lord has been teaching me about the power of our choices. Life is a compendium of choices that are made. You know, choosing to eat healthy might be the reason you are still alive today. Choosing not to do drugs might be the reason you are not in Jail. Choosing to guard your heart, might be the reason your marriage is still prospering. What about choosing life?

Jesus was born at a time like this two thousand and nineteen years ago to give us life. His life makes all the difference. Of Course your life might not be perfect but it would be beautiful if you are surrendered to Jesus. Are you discouraged and burdened? Choose to give your burdens to Jesus(1 peter 5:7) . Has 2019 been unkind to you?Choose to find your joy in Jesus (Philippians 4:4). Are you worried about the future? Trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6).

See, no matter how discouraging your situation is at the moment, choose Jesus. He is the reason for the Christmas anyway.

Also, if you haven’t already chosen a relationship with Jesus, who created you. This is definitely the best time to choose His life over your currently non existent one. Your career cannot give you life, your spouse cannot give you life, you cannot give yourself life. Receive His life and your life would definitely not be the same.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” – Jesus

Have a blessed Christmas and a fantastic 2020.

You are loved,

Favour