Enough of The Mourning!

I had a conversation yesterday that plunged me seriously down memory lane. The memories were bitter sweet and they left me wondering what could have been.

I found myself wishing I could go back and do certain things differently. I started going down the could have, would have and should have route.

The worst part of it was the if I had…..then maybe I wouldn’t be here now.

The maybe’s were so many.

Any witnesses yet?

Somehow I slept off still doing the maybe dance. Of course I slept fitfully. Finally this morning, I got some decent sleep.

When I woke up from my ‘decent sleep’ a story was ringing in my head and I just knew that not only was it a word for me, it was a word I had to share.

Read with me: The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”- I Samuel 16:1 (NIV)

Did that verse hit you squarely in the chest the way it hit me?

How long will you continue to mourn for something that God has moved on from?

You made a mistake? Have you asked for forgiveness and repented? Stop mourning.

You lost a job out of carelessness? Learn from the experience and stop mourning.

Someone left you? God was not out of the picture when it happened. Give it over to God and stop mourning.

Don’t remain in a place where God does not exist anyone.

Everything you lost, God can replace. The principle of substitution abounds in scripture. Nothing is irreplaceable in God’s agenda.

No one is indispensable in God’s books.

Forgive what God has forgiven, forget what He has forgotten.

Open your eyes so that you can see the next best thing coming your way.

If you mourn for too long, you just might be too blind to see what good thing God is bringing your way

Am I saying that you should not grieve and mourn over losses in your life? Of course not!

I’m only saying don’t mourn so long that you are blinded by it to the detriment of all the other good things God wants to bring into your life- including a substitute where needed!

I’m choosing to stop mourning where God has moved on.

Enough of the mourning.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

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Tired of Good Works

Have you ever been in a situation where your patience is making you feel stupid? Have you ever had patience to the point where people refer to your patience with derision. Is doing the right think looking that the foolish option in your life right now?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, welcome to the club.

If you are like me, you know that this club is not fun to be in. You’ve been ridiculed, called names or worse ostracized because you’ve decided to go against the fabric of culture and societal expectations.

Society tells us that you should only do a certain amount of good for a certain amount of time to a certain amount of people if nothing comes out of it as profit for us.. I mean it makes logical sense. Why should I keep doing good to someone if they never appreciate it or reciprocate?

I have been in that same dilemma since this year started and in so many ways,I knew the right thing to do, However doing good was making me resentful.

Anybody feel me?

Read with me: And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.-Galatians 6:9 (TLB)

See? God knows doing the right can be tiring at times.

Don’t stop doing it. Your rewarder is not the person you do the good to, your rewarder is God. Every good deed is a seed. Seeds that stay in the ground long enough and weather the storms always sprout seeds and always bring forth a harvest.

Your good deeds will reap a harvest when you do not get discouraged and give up.

Think about it, no farmer would ever reap a harvest of any crop if he got tired of waiting and pulled out the seeds from the ground before they could sprout.

The same rule applies to your good works. They will not read the designated harvest if you give up in the middle of the process because you got discouraged.

This leaves me wondering how many harvests I have truncated because I got tired of waiting and got discouraged and gave up.

Today, the light of the scripture just dawned on on my heart again.

I resolve to keep doing good and not give up no matter how discouraged I get.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

Hasty Faith?

When my oldest niece was very young, we were trying to teach her manners like how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. So if she asks for something from an adult, the adult would say ‘what should you say?’ to prompt her to say ‘please’ and after she is given what she asked for to prompt her to say ‘thank you’.

After some time she had learnt to say ‘please’ and thank you without being prompted. We however became faced with a small problem. She somehow assumed that every time she said added please to her request, it meant that it would automatically be granted immediately in the exact way and manner she requested.

It took us a while to explain that you don’t always get what you asked for just because you asked nicely. She finally understands the lesson- most of the time.

The first time she asked for something nicely and we said no, she said in a very petulant voice that only a 3 year old can come up with, ‘but I said please’. I shook my head and smiled and then went on to try to explain why I said no even though she said please.

Can anyone relate yet?

Today I ran into the last part of a scripture that brought this back to mind.

Read with me… he that believeth shall not make haste- Isaiah 28:16

How many times in my walk with God have I been hasty despite fact that I am claiming that I have faith?

How many times have I asked God for something and then become angry when it didn’t happen according to the time line and the way that I wanted?

Walking in faith is a marathon,not a sprint. God is not a genie in a bottle that performs on demand.

He works according to His will not ours.

You cannot rush your faith to work.

I refuse to be hasty in and with the working of my faith today.

Lord help me!

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

Repent And Rest

Welcome to 2015 everyone.

We are already 6 days into the year and everyone wants this to be a great year. Before we continue our race this year, let us go back to the basics with a little twist this morning.

I was routinely scanning my facebook timeline this morning and I ran into a scripture that inspired today’s back to the basics with a twist.

Read with me:This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,…- Isaiah 30:15

Like I said in an earlier post,https://tobilobaajayi.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/dont-just-confess-repent/, Confession alone does not guarantee your salvation, repentance does.

As 2015 starts, The scripture above is a quick reminder that repentance is the bedrock of our salvation. (click the link above for a quick read upon what repentance is)

Now to the twist. This verse adds ‘and rest’ to the passage.

Repentance and Rest? Why?

You see,a lot of us think that beyond repentance, we need to do some more religious gymnastics to assure our salvation. These things range from harmless things like praying at specific hours of the day and night to utterly ridiculous and ultimately harmful things like allowing a so called ‘pastor’ drain your bank account all in the name of ‘God said’.

If you are repenting,rest! Your salvation is secure.

Don’t let anyone keep in the bondage of the fear of hell.

As 2015 starts, Repent and Rest!

Who is with me?

Tobiloba