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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

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Christ’s Mind This Christmas

When I was younger,it was quite popular in my circle for someone to tell  the other person to ‘use their church mind’ when doing something,  It was our way of telling the person to ‘act like Jesus’ in whatever it was they were about to do.

Why doI come back to this? Last Sunday, we read a scripture and my mind got stuck on one verse.

Read with me: For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ.- 1 Corinthians 2:16

My mind got stuck on ‘we have the mind of Christ’ so I started asking myself why I was not  exactly behaving like Christ all the time. I mean,my mind runs my life right?

If you don’t have that concern,I bless God for you.  But If you’re like me and the mind of Christ that you have as a believer does not manifest in your thoughts and actions as much as you would like,read on.

The Holy Spirit answered me with another verse of Scripture that I have know  for a long time. Read with me:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,…- Phillipians 2:5

Until this time,I never paid attention to this verse in isolation. I aleays read it in conjunction with the next few verses and only saw it as an introduction to those verses.

Can you see what I saw yet?   Let me share.

The key word in that sentence is the word ‘Let’.

The same Paul who  let us into the fact that ‘we have the mind of Christ’ also point out that we have a choice in whether or not we allow the mind of Christ to rule in us.

As with everything that is Christ’s, we have  been given, but we have to choose to allow its use in our lives.

Listen,you have the mind of Christ,but you have to allow that mind to dwell in you if it will manifest through you to your world.

The mind of Christ you manifest,is the mind of Christ you allow.

The mind of Christ  what allowed the birth of Christ.

Allow the mind of Christ dwell in you this Christmas so that it can flow out of you to the world.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Who’s  With Me?

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What Do You Reflect?

November has been a very long month for me. To seat in God’s presence and just linger there has been a struggle.

My God is a loving father though, He never lets me go. He’s holding on to me and constantly whispering his will to me- if I will listen.

Today I hear him loud and clear. A part of my listening is in sharing.

Read with me: ‘You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden’-Matthew 6:14

Today’s message is simple. When you gave your life to Christ, you became a light and the lighthouse.

Both the light and the lighthouse are pointers to safety in the tumultuous seas.

If the light and lighthouse are missing or do not reflect properly, what do you think will happen to the ships and the passengers on the seas?

You are Christ’s light and lighthouse. That’s what you signed up for on the day you became a Christian.

What are you reflecting? Where are you pointing?

Are you pointing to Christ or to the world?

Self evaluation mode activated.

Who’s With Me?
Tobiloba

Under Pressure

The congregation I worship with has a recent culture of reading the bible together aloud on Sundays.About a month ago we read a scripture aloud and a verse hit me so much I wrote it down… and promptly forgot about it.

A few days ago I noticed the verse where I had written it and wondered why I wrote down. It came back to mind again this morning, relentlessly… The way the Holy Spirit can be and I went to look it up.

Read with me:Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts.-2 Corinthians 8:2 (MSG)

Reading this passage hit me squarely. Why? Yesterday,we were having a discussion about character at home and my sister who is incredibly honest, told me about how I needed to welcome negative feedback some more.

If you know me, you know I ruminated over that conversation all night.

And then this.

Listen, Child of God, Your true colours and exposed under trials. The more severe the trial, the  more the content of your character is exposed.

To get the juice out of a fruit, you put it under pressure. What comes out is the real content of that fruit.

How do you react under pressure? Are you able to keep your joy? What about when you’re desperately broke? Can you give generously in poverty?

Who you are during trials is who you really are, Your true colours are revealed when you’re under pressure.

Be honest with yourself. How much of Christ do you reveal under pressure?

If you’re like me,you’ve answered , ‘not a lot’,

Since you only give out under pressure what is ingrained in you, It means that you have to put in you more of Jesus till it becomes ingrained in you and comes out of you under pressure,

I need to spend more time with Jesus,I need to spend more time with my bible.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

Comfort With A Purpose

I have been off blogosphere for a while. September has been a very busy month. My second book which started from this blog launched on my birthday. Talk about a double celebration,

Anyway,in the last few weeks I have had the privilege of having conversations with a new found mentee of sorts. One of the highlights of our sessions is complete honesty, so when I share personal anecdotes in our gisting sessions, they are usually not the glamorous parts of my walk with God, they are usually the really ugly and messy bits.

In one of our conversations, I shared some really painful parts of my past and the response was ‘wow you’re strong’. I answered ‘No, not really,I have just been so comforted by God that the experience is now something I can use to bless others.

We laughed about it and I forgot about it until this night.

I was flipping through my bible and my eyes rested on this particular scripture. Read with me:

‘All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us’.-2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (MSG)

,if you need comfort, then there has to have been pain in one way, form or fashion. What makes the pain of a believer unique though is that you know that comfort will come from God. and when His comfort comes it will not be just for you;it will flow out of you in empathy for others who are going through the same pain that you have received comfort for.

Listen,when God comforts you,it is not about you. Don’t get so comfortable in your comforted state that you become blind to those who are suffering the same pain you came out from. God will bring them your way so that you can be an extension of his love to him by comforting them the way you have been comforted.

A believers pain is never wasted. It will be used by God as a tool of comfort for others but we have to  receive the comfort and keep our eyes open so that we can pass it on to others.

Let your God given comfort fulfill it’s purpose.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

How Is Your Foundation?

In the last few weeks, I have heard references to a very common part of the bible. I even quote that part a lot and use it in conversation. Last night, It hit me in an entirely new way and I thought to share.

Read with me: ‘

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.” -Matthew 16:13-19 (NKJV)

You know this portion of scripture right?

Yesterday, as I ruminated over it again in my mind, I wondered, Why would Jesus ask his  disciples the questions he asked? I mean these guys were disciples. This was not a gathering of the crowd, it was the gathering of the core group. The ‘we have given up everything to follow Jesus’ group, Why would Jesus ask them those questions?

Isn’t it interesting though that even though they all had answers to the question of public opinion about who Christ was, only Peter could answer the question of personal belief?

Scripture tells us why. God revealed the truth of Jesus’ Identity to Peter. It was not based on his flesh and blood experiences of walking with God.

Consequently,on that revelation, the church of God was established and continues to be established today,

Listen, YOU are the church of God. The minute you gave your life to Christ and He came to dwell in you by the Holy Spirit, you became the church.

What personal belief are you as the church built on? Is it a God given revelation of Christ or the flesh and blood understanding of men?

Are you more versed in public opinion than you are about the unchanging truths of God?

Let me reiterate, If all you know about God is what your pastor/man of God tells you, you do not know God . If you do not know God,  Your foundation as a Church of God is faulty. We all know what happens to buildings with false foundations-they collapse and usually take unsuspecting  casualties with them.

Check your spiritual foundations today.

What are the built on?

Ask God to reveal to you if and where there are weaknesses in your foundation and help you to fix it with the right tools from his word.

I’m  checking my spiritual foundations today.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

The Choice To Bless

This month has been busy. Funny enough, I kept telling my self that I needed to update this blog at least one this month.

But I just didn’t find the right message. Until yesterday.

I was in service and doing the worship session,the worship leader started to sing:

‘Bless the Lord oh my soul,Oh my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, Oh my soul,

Worship His holy name.’

My mind got stuck on the first line of that song and the Holy Spirit and I had an interesting conversation that I’m going to  share.

Read with me: ‘Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Bless his Holy name-Psalm 103:2

David wrote this psalm admonishing his soul to bless the Lord.  Your soul is where your will,your emotions and your intellect dwell. It therefore means that the disposition of your soul affects your physical body.

To bless is to praise and speak well of.

When things do go well or go as planned, the natural inclination of your emotions is to complain and blame God. It makes no intellectual sense for us to speak well of or praise a God that  watched things go belly up. You lose the will t praise.

In short, your soul is more conditioned to blame than to bless.

Yesterday I learnt a lesson from David. When my soul is in  a natural disposition to blame or despise God, I have the power to tell my soul what to do.I can choose to bless.

How? You may be asking.

That same verse answers the question.

You recall ALL His benefits.

Has God ever been good to you?

Has He ever answered your prayers and even prayers you didn’t pray?

Call those things to mind.

When next things go belly up and you are naturally inclined to blame instead of blessing God, remember His benefits and make a choice to bless.

Your soul will follow.

I make the choice to bless today.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

Made Competent

In the last few weeks since I’ve been off blogosphere, I have had my competence as a teacher of God’s word question, my faith put under the microscope and I have been told in so many words that I have no right to teach on certain topics because I have no experience or certifications in that area.

in His usual  no nonsense but very calm way, The Holy Spirit enabled me to answer the people who questioned my competence with a wisdom they could not refute.

To be honest however, for the first time, the questioning got to me. I started to doubt myself, doubt my competence and question my right to even teach God’s word.

If your jaw just dropped, pick it of the floor, I’m spiritual o but I’m still 100% human.

However God had me and he showed me something from a very common scripture. I don’t know how I never saw it considering how many times I quote the other half of that scripture in a week.

Read with me: ‘ He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.’ – 2 Corinthians 3:6

Can you see it yet?

Listen. It is God who makes you competent,not experience or certifications or tenure or the number of years you’ve been in church.

Your competence to be a minister of God in whatever capacity you have been called to serve is given to you by God and not any man, experience or tenure.

When next your competence is called into question based any of those flimsy grounds like lack of experience, remember to tell them and more importantly tell yourself that God has made you a competent minister of the new covenant.

Any person that has an issue with that should take it up with God.

Enough of second guessing my competence for God’s call.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba.

Child-Like Faith

I spend a lot of time around children. As a result I have found out that the children of this generation have super active imaginations. My niece is on an entirely different level.

She imagines the most out of this world things and when we’re having conversations and she’s animatedly talking about those things she plans to invent-like a robot that does all her household chores,and I respond,

‘But you know that’s not possible-at least for right now.’

She ALWAYS responds ‘ But aunty, ‘Nothing is impossible with God’.

I nod in acceptance but i always pass it off to her childish naivety.

Until this week.

I was contemplating a lot of things and I was mentally trying to figure out how everything was going to come together. I mentally knocked some things out as impossible and then I remembered to pray. As I was praying,I could hear my niece’s voice in my head saying with absolute certainty.

‘Nothing is impossible with God’

And then a bible verse struck me with a new meaning.

Read with me: ‘Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God like a little child,he shall not enter therein’-Mark 10:15

I need to have Childlike faith. That unwavering,Unquestioning,no plan B, no impossibilities kind of faith.

My walk with God has been challenged once again.

I’m learning to let go of my preconceived notions and develop childlike faith.

God Help!

Who’s with Me?

Tobiloba

Joyful Harvest

It’s May already! Wow 2015 is really flying by fast.

A few weeks ago, I found myself battling with my thoughts and emotions.To make it worse, a few very annoying comments also came my way that week.

You know those days that you’re just finding it difficult to see the picture and all you can see is the mess staring you in the face? Yeah, it was one of those kinds of weeks.

I carried that attitude into God’s presence. Going into God’s presence itself felt like a chore. At it was like God said: Go ahead and rant.

Oh I didn’t need another invitation. I ranted, raved,whined about how I’ve served him, believed him and how despite it all,all I got for my faith was the ‘mess’ I could see. And to make it worse, some people could actually begin to make silly comments?

It’s not fair!

I was gearing up for the second part of the ranting session when one scripture dropped in my spirit that has silenced me since then (for the most part). Read with me:

‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy’-Psalm 126:5

Listen, Every single thing you do is a seed. Every seed sown will germinate some kind of harvest whether thorns or food.

Any farmer knows that planting season is no fun. It is grueling hard work. It is usually full of sweat,but any farmer worth his salt does it. He goes through the hard planting season.

Why?

He knows the joy of the harvest-no matter how long it takes always outweighs the sweat and tears of the sowing season.

So he plants, he weeds and he waters.

He awaits and enjoys the joy of harvest.

Child of God who like me is in the planting season of life where it’s all sweat and tears, hang in there.

A tearful sowing season will give way to a joyful harvest.

Keep your eyes on the goal.A joyful harvest is up ahead.

I’m keeping my eyes of my Joyful Harvest Prize.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

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