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11Jun
Have you become a storm expert?
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When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really yo

u, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. (Matthew 14:26-30 NLT)

One thing that is constant in life is storms. Rich, poor, tall, short, skinny, bigbonned, black, white, Pink, green, whoever you are, wherever you come from, storms are inevitable!

Here is another inevitable truth, at some point, irrespective of your religious persuasion or your background, Jesus will be presented to you as the saviour walking on water, right above the storms! A some point you will hear that Jesus is a healer, that He is able to give you real peace about what happens in the after life, that He is also able to give you wisdom for what you are facing today. I pray that when Jesus is presented to you, like Peter, you’ll be bold enough to take Jesus at His Word…I believe you will find that He is who He said He is if you dared to believe Him.

For those who have already believed like Peter and have experienced “walking on water”…i.e. you’re experiencing the peace of knowing that your eternity is secure, you have/are experiencing His provision, Healing etc…storms still rage in our lives. The beauty of being a believer is that we have a saviour for life! A saviour we can simply call out to, just like Peter did!

Unfortunately most of us have become STORM EXPERTS! We reckon, it can’t be as simple as calling out to Jesus…this is a storm we’re talking about! So we opt for reading books about managing the storm of depression, poverty, addiction. We compare notes on storm managements. We attend conferences on overcoming demonic storms, sin storms. We write blogs about people who, by our “intelligent” estimation are not good storm managers and write off those who are sinking or even those who we also “intelligently” estimate to have sunk!

Now I believe in teaching about practical things to do with relationships, money, business etc, because some of the problems believers face have nothing to do with the devil or demonic attacks. It could just be a case of ignorance or a lack of common sense in that particular area. The health problems we could be facing might not have anything to do with the prince of Persia trying to stop your purpose & destiny!! It might just be that 3 spoons of sugar in each of the 12 cups of tea/coffee you have a day is not exactly God’s best for you!…I digress…

Here is where I’m going, Storm Management cannot be a substitute for the simple act of calling out to Jesus! Being saved from whatever you need saving from, need not be as complicated as we make it out to be. Never elevate anything, any teaching above the simple act of looking to Jesus to help you to start doing the impossible, and to bring you back to the top when it appears that you’re sinking!

Jesus is the your saviour from the storms! I pray that as you begin to look to Him like you once did, you will experience the storm calming, faith building power found in the person of Jesus!

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16Apr
Don’t pray for Boston alone. Pray for all nations.
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Today I join my prayers with millions of people around the World who are praying for those affected in the Boston tragedy. At times like this prayer is probably the most apt thing to do because we come face to face with 2 sides of our humanity:

1) the depravity of the Human nature as demonstrated by those who did the bombing. As much as we would like to think that these people are not human, the truth is THEY ARE! Sadly, they their actions demonstrate how depraved we as human beings can be.
2) the helpless state of humanity. Those affected in these bombings were just having a normal day like you and I. But somehow they have been caught up in that, naturally speaking, they couldn’t have helped.

Praying is the apt thing to do because we are referring to a God who sees and understands all things and all people. Praying is the apt thing to do because God, through His son Jesus Christ provides us with the only real solace for the distress we experience when we confront these 2 sides of our humanity.

As you pray for Boston, remember Nigeria in your prayers where over 20 people were killed in a bomb blast just a month ago! Remember Afghanistan where these bomb blasts appear to be a regular occurrence that we could/have become desensitised to. As you pray for Boston pray for all nations of the earth because everyday, people just like you and I are forced to confront the depravity & helplessness of our humanity.

Whatever you face today, however distressing it might be, I pray that you are introduced to the person of Jesus who through what He did when He walked the earth gives us access to God, the real source of true solace. God is not demanding a list of things from you, He is only asking that you believe that Jesus is who He said He is, the ONLY saviour and hope of humanity. Everything eventually adds up when you have a real relationship (not a religion) with the real God, through His real son Jesus.

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30Mar
Some things are more important than being understood
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The high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: “He saved others—he can’t save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross. We’ll all become believers then! He was so sure of God—well, let him rescue his ‘Son’ now—if he wants him! He did claim to be God’s Son, didn’t he?” Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. (Matthew 27:41-44 MSG)

On the Friday, Saturday & even the Sunday of the first “Easter”, whilst Jesus hung on the cross & whilst He was in the grave, doing the very thing He was born to do, He was probably misunderstood the most! Those He was born to lead into new realms of limitless possibilities, completely misunderstood Him! Check out some of the things they said in the passage above.

When Jesus was in the grave, even those who walked with him for the last 3 years went into hiding. I’d like to say that if I was there, I wouldn’t have gone into hiding…but as I imagine what must have been going through the minds of the disciples, I’m not too sure what I would have done ((honest people say hoooHa). They would have been asking, how could He die, He was the messiah, He preached great messages of faith & hope, we even used His power to cast out demons, He even raised the dead…How could he allow mere men to treat Him like a common criminal? Are there no armies that could defend Him in this kingdom He always talked about? At this point in time, the events would have been really difficult to understand…

Ground breaking pioneers are often misunderstood in their generation. Leaders who are truly creating new realities are often misunderstood by those they lead. I believe that Jesus was misunderstood the most at the height of fulfilling His destiny. I am so relieved that He didn’t take instruction from those who didn’t understand what He was about.

Great leaders are those who have embraced being misunderstood. Great leaders are those who refuse to be instructed by the reaction, comments and actions of those who misunderstand them. Great leaders are those who have developed confidence that their vision, calling or destiny will vindicate them.

Stay focused, don’t be mad at those who misunderstand you, don’t make it your mission to make everyone understand you. Every God given vision or destiny will vindicate you when it is fully manifested. Focus your energy on fulfilling your purpose…on the 3rd day of your “Easter” weekend, when the fullness of your purpose has been manifested, your vision will speak, loudly & clearly! Jesus’ life was explained fully in His death & resurrection.

The purpose of God in you is more important and more valuable than being understood.

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01Mar
Perfectly Forgiven
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Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! (Matthew 18:21, 22 NLT)

The beauty about this scripture is not just in the kind of person we are moulded into as we forgive relentlessly every time…I believe it’s more in the fact that Jesus will never ask you to do something that He hasn’t already done.

You are deeply loved & PERFECTLY forgiven.

Live with a mindset that you have been perfectly forgiven by God through Jesus.

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12Feb
Children of the Promise
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Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Who is a child of promise? Here are some answers put in different ways.

A child of the promise is one who knows that Everything they achieve is not according to their personal effort, it is according the promise we received from God! Our boldness to stand before God comes only as a result of our confidence or faith in the promise He made to us by grace.

Children of the promise are those who are only confident that the promises of God for our lives, our callings, our generation, our families will happen in our lives simply because God has chosen to do things in spite of our short comings and not because of our perfection!

Children of promise are those whose only confidence is that God will do something they don’t deserve in their life!

Children of promise are those who believe that the only reason anything manifests on your life is because of the promise that God made to us out of His own good will and not because we did anything to deserve it!

I am a child of promise! All I have is the promise! I am empowered by the promise!

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25Jan
Thank God for Ishmael, but Ishmael is NOT Isaac!
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There are always options that apparently look like alternatives to what God said to you. These options often sound logical and even reasonable. But the truth is that nothing compares to God’s Word to you.

God’s Word to Abraham was that he & Sarah would have a son. Having a son with Hagar seems logical, reasonable & even produces an Ishmael, a son who was also mightily blessed by God. But no matter how blessed Ishmael is, he will never be an Isaac!

So many of us are rejoicing in & testifying about our Ishmaels, when God had promised you Isaac! Is that you today?

I don’t know about you, I want my Isaac!

Lets make a decision to stick to the Word God gave you. Don’t settle for less than what His Word says about you & your circumstance. As you hold on to the Word of God, you are literally investing in truth…John 17:17 tells is that God’s Word is truth…the highest form of reality! Investments in the truth will ALWAYS yield great dividends!

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded 

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14Jan
What you see now is not all that there is!
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Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. (Acts 12:7 NLT)

This year don’t despair because the judgement has been passed…don’t reach a conclusion about your future on the basis of the chains around your wrists! Don’t be scared because you can see that sickness eating away at you…don’t despair because you can see your children appearing to go deeper and deeper into drugs…at the right time God will equip you with a fresh Word! When you are equipped with a Word, nothing will stop you! Chains will fall off you on account of God’s Word! Doors open on account of God’s Word!

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11Jan
SIN OR GRACE? YOUR CHOICE!
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(Romans 5:20 AMP) – But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,

What an amazing statement. The New Living Translation put it this way…

Romans 5:20 NLT-God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.

The truth is that in every place where you find sin, you will also find grace! If you find sin in a person, a community, a nation, the above scripture implies that in this era that we live in, you will also find grace. The beauty is that the grace is always greater than the sin! GOD HAS MORE GRACE THAN YOU CAN EVER HAVE SIN!

The question we have to answer is this; what will our focus be? What will we choose to see in people, in our community or in our nation? Will you choose to see SIN or will you choose to see GRACE? Where there sin in abundance, there is grace even more abundantly! In fact if you read Romans 5:21 it says that under the old law (which the bible describes as death) Sin reigned…sin ruled…sin had the last word in the matter. Today things are different…grace now reigns! Grace rules! Grace has the last Word on every matter!

In your life and in the life of others, will you refer to what the Grace of God is saying or will you refer to what Sin is saying?

Don’t be that person who gives sin the final word in your life, or in the life of others. Don’t conclude the matter in your life on the basis of what the sin is saying. Grace has the final say! Grace rules! Ask grace!

If we allow grace to have the final Word…Everytime, Titus 2 tells us that the grace of God will train you to say no to sin, to ungodliness!

For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, (Titus 2:11, 12 AMP)

When we focus on grace, it doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge the power of sin…it means that we more confident in the power of grace…after all, right now…grace rules!!

Live a grace focused life!!

Grace be with you
Chido

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27Nov
Dear Teenager: some truths about your parents
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I recently received an anonymous email from a teenager who was asking for guidance in dealing with their parents in a Godly way. Fortunately I have been a teenager before so here is an open letter to my precious anonymous friend.

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT)

Dear friend

Thank you for your recent letter. Here are some things I have discovered about these special creatures called PARENTS…

There is something in your parents that releases success in you. It is God ordained! Your parents are containers of the blessing of God which can release you into God’s perfect plan for your life. This is why God instructs us to honour them i.e. to give WEIGHT to them, to their words, their instructions and their place in your life. To honour them is to treat them as valuable. They carry something that will cause things to go well for you, but we’ll never receive anything from someone we don’t honour! I know you don’t agree with them on most things, but do not cease to look for ways to honour them at all times! Dear teenager, the TRUTH is that your parents are equipped to help you succeed. Give weight to them!

Every person is unique, every child is unique. Dear teenager, please cut your parents some slack. They are trying to figure this thing out just like you are. Raising every child is a unique experience for the parent. They’ve never been at this place where you are becoming an adult responsible for your own decisions, whilst still being their child who needs their help and guidance. Just like you are going through a change which they need to understand, they are going through a change which you need to understand! They are learning just like you are.

I know you think they hate you, but the truth is that they love you so much that they would risk “hurting” you temporarily in order to ensure that things go well with you permanently. No parent enjoys seeing there children upset. Dad hates to see you upset, but he still can’t trust you to be on your own with that boy, not because he doesn’t believe you have strength of character, but because he knows that when it comes to your body, the wise thing to do is not to test your strength of character…clear strong boundaries are more effective.

Dear friend, i hope this helps. I have more to say to you, so I will write to you again soon. In the meantime, please know that you can ALWAYS trust God. Your parents might not always understand, but God always understands. If you stick to God’s instructions to you regarding your parents, you will ALWAYS come out from any difficult times with your parents…better off!

God bless you & keep you.

Chido

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13Nov
One reason I love Church
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Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

If we will produce maximum results from our lives, we have to be those who understand that we are designed to influence our world much more than our world influences us. We are not denying that our world will have an influence on us, but the challenge is to be more determined to ensure that the influence that you have on your world is greater than the influence that your world has on you!

As a christian who now has Christ on the inside of you…you literally have THE creative force of life on the inside of you. John 1:3 NLT says God created everything through HIM (the Word) and nothing was created except through him. So if you have the Word on the inside of you, you have the very creative force of life inside of you…and the challenge of living a fruitful life is that of ensuring that the created things on the outside do not enter in to crowd or drown the creative force of life in you! That was the problem with the thorny ground person described by Jesus in Mark 4.

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One of the reasons I love Church (I can at least speak for my Church) is that it is a place where there is a high concentration of the power that reinforces and helps us build up our confidence (faith) in the Word, the creative force of life, Jesus…so much so that external influences don’t stand a chance in altering my God given destiny as described by the Word, the creative force of life! Nothing on the outside should be allowed to alter your destiny as described by Jesus!

A good church will help you deal with the challenge of living by helping you ensure that the reality of Word (Jesus) on inside is greater than the reality of the things we see in our World.

Get connected to a good church!

Grace be with you.
Chido

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