Handling time well.

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I am really repentant over being late to church for service today. I had wanted to arrive earlier and be ready to be a part of the choir ministration. Regardless of whatever reasons I might have to table, I should have handled my timing better. Yet, I won’t hold on to blaming as if I control all things because I don’t, God does. I am repentant because I want to be more timely in the future. This feeling of repentance has led to a new drive in me to be better at handling time in all areas of my life- church, school, career and all other fora that I will find myself in.

‘For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

Do you constantly find yourself behind time? Almost always arriving late? Well, the word for change is…….plan! Yes, plan. Actively schedule time for everything you want to do in the run-up to the event in focus. There is always this lazy feeling of ‘there is still time’ which has to be dropped today. Do away with it completely and rather adopt the motto of ‘always on time’.

Getting regularly late to appointments gives a negative tag that should not be found on Christians. I was there in that league of almost always late, but I decided that today ends it. I love singing and I would have loved to be on-time in the father’s presence for service, only to find myself late again. Deep down, I knew this had to stop. Why? The simple truth is this: Habitual lateness can ruin the best of opportunities!

As the bible verse above reads, there is truly time for everything. There is time to leave for your appointment. It’s better to endure one long hour of sitting before the commencement of an appointment than to come panting in, an hour behind schedule.

Lateness starts subconsciously as an habit, which if not curbed, grows into a culture. It must be stopped!

So how…………….?

1. Pray to God for a change of attitude towards to the use of time.

2. Plan actively- When to leave for your appointment and all else that comes before your scheduled departure for the appointment.

3. Drop the tagline ‘There is still time’- the truth is, time never stops, so you have to be on it, move with it.

4.Write down your new mission statement of ‘Never late again’

5. Stay committed to changing your attitude towards time.

The truth is, since it took a while before lateness became a culture, it might take a while to also break it off completely. You must however walk in the confidence that God is helping you even as you’re determined to become a more time-conscious and punctual person.

 

Stay blessed, stay on-time!

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Two roads: Which to take.

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One road is wide and offers enough room to roam, the other is narrow and a focus on the destination is therefore best while on it.

Naturally, one would like to have the room to roam, explore and have adventures, but before one concludes on which to choose, the big question to answer is, where do the roads lead?

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)

The narrow way leads to heaven(life)! The broad way leads to hell(death)!

The christian life is one that requires a lot of discipline and self-denial. Dying to self that Christ might live through one,  forgoing the invitation to roam in sin. No to sinful music, No to sinful dances, No to sinful gatherings, No to sinful practices. Being different and focused on the destination, travelling on that road travelled by few. Narrowing down one’s goals and desires to Christ’s will- that is it, that’s the sacrifice!

A lot of people want to explore without boundaries, no restrictions- such people will find regarding someone else as a determiner in terms of their freedom unacceptable. They simply want to live,run and rule their own lives all by themselves . Quite a number of these people find themselves on that broad way, the one that leads to hell!

God doesn’t force anyone to travel on the narrow way, he has given us free-wills and hearts to discern and choose which road we want to follow.

Travelling on the narrow road right now might seem tasking, but in the end, the reward will be much more than substantial. Journeying on the broad way now might seem enjoyable- parties, philandering, adultery, fraud and the likes, however, the reward in the end is an agonising, bitter and unending one.

This scripture paints a perfect picture: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) 

If you realise that you’ve been travelling down the wrong road of sin and want to switch roads right now, please pray this :

‘Lord Jesus, I apologize for my wrongs. I am sorry, please forgive me. Help me off this broad road of sin unto the narrow path of righteousness. I acknowledge you as my Lord and saviour, dear son of God. Thank you for saving me.’

 

PLEASE STAY ON THE NARROW WAY, CHOOSE LIFE!

If you’ve just switched roads and you’ll want us to talk more, pls kindly reach me via +23467798700, BBM 2B0B2549, Twitter @misterakinola, Facebook, Akinola Akintayo. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stay blessed.

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He is risen!

A worship song’s lyrics go thus:

He is Lord, He is Lord

A worship song’s lyrics go thus:

He is Lord, he is Lord

Amen, he has risen from the dead

He is Lord, every knee shall bow

Every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord

 

Great is our God! He is truly the Lord of all!

 

Let’s pray:

By the power of resurrection, may every good thing in your life receive life again in Jesus name

As the Lord conquered death, so shall every limiting force in your life be conquered in Jesus name

Every stone rolled across the door of your glory can be rolled back today in Jesus name

May your helpers come running to help revive every dead venture of goodness in your life in Jesus name

Good news shall find you

May that dead womb receive life right now in the name of Jesus,

May every unyielding force militating against your success bow to the superiority of Christ today in Jesus name

As for every helper who has forgotten you, may there be a divine remembrance and reconnection of you to such persons in the name of Jesus

As the death of Christ has brought us life, so may your family bubble with eternal life in the name of Jesus

Sickness in your life shall die

Favour shall become synonymous with you in the name of Jesus

Every battle going on in the spiritual realm over your life, may the Lord of the battle step in and give you victory today in Jesus name

Go and succeed

Go and prosper

Go and flourish

Go and fulfil destiny

Go and do exploits

Go and possess your possessions in the name of Jesus

Go and live,live and keep living, even as Christ has brought you eternal life.

It shall be well with you now and always.

In the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

Beloved, it takes faith in God to get answers to these prayers, please believe as you say them. Also, you must live in holiness before God as well, before answers can be gotten.

Live for God, live for life, live in the blessed Lord that arose today those many years ago and is still alive today and will still be living forevermore!

Tell someone else about him, spread his love and continue to triumph in Jesus name.

God bless you!

He is risen!

Halleluyah!

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HIS DEATH WAS GOOD FOR US

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If tears would stream down your face today, they should tears of gratitude- borne by deep appreciation of the immeasurably valuable sacrifice that our darling saviour made on our behalf. He did it for us, not himself.

The scorns. The thorns. The blood. The water. The nails.The jeers. Everything…….he took all for us! What we would have not survived in torture, he went through so that we might not go through it. He eventually died so that we might live forever.

We should say ‘Thank God Jesus died, arose and lives forevermore.’ That should be our chant! Our chorus!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16 (NLT)

That was the father’s plan, and Jesus’ death was a part of it, a fulfilment of the father’s intent. What would have been our fate if Jesus hadn’t die? What would have been the basis of our faith if he hadn’t risen on the third day?

THANK GOD JESUS DIED AND AROSE!

Love should be celebrated, not mourned, because Love is good, pure and perfect. Love was the saviour’s intent, a reason therefore to celebrate his death, and not be sorrowful!

‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13 (NIV)

We are his friends and he did what was best for us, he did what he had to do so that we might get the eternal life as promised by the father upon believing in him. His death brought us life, his death was good for us!

Before the Lord left, he said this:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.’ John 14:1-3 (NLT)

As he has promised, so will he do. Let us therefore live in the hope that our darling saviour, who was nailed to the cross on this day some millennia and some years ago, is coming back to take us to the home where we will live the eternal life that God has promised we that believe in his son.

If he hadn’t die, we would be dead; he died and arose and so are we alive for evermore as he is! His death was good for us!

Tell someone this good news today and always remember that the best way to honour and appreciate this sacrifice of his is to live the life that he has commanded us to live- a life of love and obedience to his words.

Stay in Christ, stay alive!

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The God we serve

He is holy

He is faithful

He is true

He is compassionate

He never forgets his own

He is the Lord of sufficiency

He is the pillar of life

He is the giver of all

Without him, nothing can exist

He precedes time

He succeeds time

He does not have to keep to time

He is not bound by time

He owns all seasons

He decides what is and what’s not

He is the revealer of secrets

He is the teacher of mysteries

He is knowledge personified

He is all that is good personified

He is the one to judge the world

He is the king of the kingdom that we, heirs will live in after this present world

He loves honesty

He loves sincerity

He knows his own

He can’t be deceived

He can’t lie

He is truth

He is peace

He is light

And he is love…………unending.

 

Be like him, believer, love endlessly!

Truly, how great is our God!

 

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A better tomorrow!

How time flies! 2013 is just a few days from being over. Don’t worry, those goals that couldn’t be met this year could be given a better approach and thus achieved even next year. So, start planning to introduce new strategies and avoid the mistakes you have made this year even as you stay optimistic. Friend, I want to share something very interesting with you. A reason to be excited about life and what tomorrow holds. Today doesn’t have to always determine tomorrow especially if it isn’t good. God can bring about a tomorrow that is entirely alienated from what today might have brought you. Let go of the heartbreaks and failures. With God, there is a better tomorrow!

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

The same God who said this concerning Israel is still the God who is our father. He made this declaration concerning Israel, and as his beloved, believe him for the same goodness too. All the more why you should search the scriptures is to discover the various promises God has for you as his child, as someone who loves him,promises like the ones in Psalm 91:14-16. God keeps his words. If he says he will, yes he will. So if he says there is a hope and a future, yes there is! I believe that, as his beloved, I have a better tomorrow ahead regardless of what today might look like. I believe that there is an oasis beyond the vast stretch of encroached land that fills the horizon today. Friend, please resonate my optimism. For yourself. For the church. For your country. For your family. Believe that there is a better tomorrow.If you believe it in your heart, it will eventually manifest in the physical too, at the Lord’s time and according to his will.

Be careful of what you think as the Lord sees all that goes on. Do not block your blessings by negative proclamations. Always confess the positives. Your thoughts sometimes birth your words, so in other to forestall any ill utterance, it is better to ponder on the right things  in your mind. Let’s see the Lord’s response to the Israelites as an example of the importance of saying the right things:

‘So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say:’
Numbers 14:28 (NIV)

What are you saying in the ears of God today? Beloved, I believe in God for a better tomorrow, please do too. And as you believe it, begin to confess it in faith.

Think right. Speak right. There is a better tomorrow right ahead.

God bless you more.

No turning back!

A letter to the redeemed,

Friend, please don’t practise seasonal followership of Christ. Be a full-time Christian. Whether good or bad,happy or sad, abundance or scarcity, whatever might pop up on the horizon,stay faithful to Christ Jesus. He gave his all for you, you should give your all to him as well.

‘At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.’ John 6:66 (NLT)

At what points do you turn your back to the cross too? At what point do you take the garment of righteousness off and adorn the robes of worldliness? At what point is compromise excusable to you? Beloved, AT NO POINT should you forsake the love of Christ. At no point should you roll in the pit of sin. Let your motto be ‘HAPPILY A CHRISTIAN ANYWHERE,ANY TIME’. Never discard that trademark because it is your passport to eternal life.

Sometimes, the going gets rough, the weather could get stormy. Always remember that the Lord didn’t promise us funfare all the way home, because even he had challenges while on earth. But he has spoken here in John 16:33(NLT):

”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

So friend, just hold on to the peace in Christ when those troubles come up and it seems as if a new dawn won’t break. Victory is surely ours at the end of the day because Jesus Christ has said that he has overcome the world and you know that his word is true. Also, believe God, the wait,the endurance and all that we go through while on earth will all be worth it when finally we get home and receive our rewards from the father. To buttress this, see what the Apostle Paul said here:

‘Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.’
Romans 8:18 (NLT)
My dear,please hold on. Never turn back. It will all be worth it in the end when our saviour we see. Some of those you call friends or even family, may be despising you for your faithfulness to Christ at the moment, hold on. You may be experiencing persecution and rejection in the course of your walk with the saviour at the moment, hold on. You are special. You are chosen. You are a co-heir with Christ.

‘Christ is enough’, a song by Hillsong United has some parts of its lyrics that go thus: ‘The cross before me, the world behind me, no turning back.’ Please live this statement and hold on to the end. Don’t turn back, you are on the right path.

I love you and Jesus loves you more.

A co-sojourner on the way to heaven.

A LOVE SO DEEP

If we could exhaustively comprehend the depth of the love of Christ for us,we would know much more how wonderful,beautiful and forgiving our darling saviour is. There is no hatred whatsoever in him towards us. What he detests is sin,not us. And once sin is off the scene,we’d be able to begin to comprehend how great his love for us is. He left heaven and all the majesty of his throne and came to earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins. Humility was and is still so clearly personified in our role model,Jesus Christ,who chose to serve and save. We couldn’t help ourselves so he came to be our salvation and even now,he still is . He took the pains,the shame and paid off all our debts of sin. Nothing can ever get us the righteousness that Jesus has brought us. Hallelujah!

There is no wickedness in him. He is full of endless love. A major theme of his ministry was and will always be love because he is love himself. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is always there,waiting to be allowed in(Revelation 3:20). How glorious!

Romans 8:35-38 contains an amazing and interesting description of the love of Christ for us. A love that made him lay down his life to save us,his friends(Matthew 15:13). That love will never end,as long as we stay true and faithful to him. Even when we err,he does not stop loving us,he loves us still.We only need to retrace our steps in repentance so that we might not lose the life that we have in him.

My friend, always remember that no matter what may be,the love of Christ for us is greater than we know. So continue in him and never stop loving him for loving us first.

I’m writing this short poem to him in appreciation, you could leave yours below too in gratitude.

Mighty and royal,

to the cause of redemption,you were loyal

battered and bruised

to saving me,you remained true

No treasure could buy

what you paid for with your life

And in all of eternity

none could surpass you in humility

You are my all!

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Obedience: Remaining in his love.

”When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandment and remain in his love.” John 15:10(NLT)

As seen in 1 John 2:15, a fact can be established that if one loves the world, then the love of the father is not in one. That is, persisting in iniquity and loving the sinful path that  the yet-to-be-saved folks tread portrays one as not having the love of the father in one. You are either with God or out there with the sinful throng. And it’s best that you rather love God and shun the corrupt practices of those yet-to-be-saved.

If you’ve ever wondered how one can be sure of remaining  in the love of Christ, right there in John 15:10, you have the answer! Complete and consistent obedience to the commandments of Christ confirms that you’re still in his love. A sure way of knowing what the commandments of Christ is by studying his words as contained in the Bible after which one should commit the words to heart and obey the Lord as he instructs and has instructed.  Any seeming deviation from his commandments should be  promptly addressed through genuine repentance. Remaining in the love of Christ guarantees eternal life because whomever completely believes in Christ will obey Christ and whomever completely obeys Christ belongs to him and whomever belongs to Christ has eternal life in him. So,my dear, do all you can to remain in the love of Christ. Hold on tightly to the faith you have in him and always remember and be grateful that his grace is available to you, as a believer.

I pray that may we all remain in the love of Christ even until he comes to take us home to live with him and behold him with our eyes forever in his mighty name. Amen.

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Service or Showmanship?

Service to God is not showmanship. Like it reads,it is SERVICE!
If you have the talent to sing,teach or occupy any position of leadership in service to the almighty,you should operate at a very high level of humility and love. Pride should not beset you because you’re not indispensable. You’re rather privileged to be who you are and you should be grateful for it!
If you ever think that you’re one and only and thus irreplaceable, the truth is there is someone out there who is better than you or has the potential to be better than you in service to God.
God has men and women programmed for service,you’re just privileged to be one of them and should you get too big for your purpose,there is always going to be another to take your place!
As for your talent,God ultimately owns them. And someday,you will give account of how they were used. In John 3:27(NLT), John said ‘No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven’. So the talents come from heaven,you do not own them,God does.
And as for accounts, you shall be rewarded according to your deeds as the Lord says in Revelation 22:12(NLT) ‘Look, I’m coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds’
So friend, what’s your deed in God’s service: a show or true service?