You Will Call It ‘Good’

Have you ever been in a situation so bleak, you couldn’t see any way in which something good could come out of it?

Has someone ever quoted ‘And all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose- Romans 8:28, and you’ve thought, not this time?

Relax, you’re in good company.

The disciples of Jesus were in the exact same position some 2000+ years ago. Their messiah and hope of salvation was dying.

Nothing good seemed to be happening. It was indeed a dark day, I mean, even the sun darkened at noon. It was a no good, everything had gone wrong irretrievably kind of day.

In the lifetime of these same disciples, the story changed. The darkest friday of their lives became their biggest testimony.

Hold on! It may be dark right now and everything may seem to have gone irretrievably wrong, but if we can celebrate good friday’ today, that irretrievably wrong sutuation will become a reason to celebrate.

Happy Easter Everyone!

You will call it good.

Who’s With Me?
Tobiloba

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Words In Pictures

There’s a passage of Scripture that has left me baffled for a long time because it didn’t make gramatical sense to me.

It baffled me because I knew there had to be a meaning if it was left in the bible that way.

Read with me: ‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me and what answer I am to give to this compaint’- Habakuk 2:1

Do you see my grammatical confusion yet? It on the line that says ‘look to see what He will say…’

From my basic understanding of scripture, you look at what is shown, you listen to what is said.

So why the seeming confusion?

God cleared it up for me with a simple but personally relevant question.

Why do you (me) prefer books to movies?

The more I thought about it, I realized it ia because words create pictures in my mind and the details provided in the books always create a richer motion picture in my mind than the movies ever do.

That’s the reason I have always asserted that the movies made from books never do the books justice.

Same rule applies here. When words are spoken, the create pictures in our minds.

Whose words are creating the pictures playing in your mind today, God’s words or the words of the world- the world news perhaps?

Who is saying what you are seeing today?

I choose to see what God is saying.

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Tobiloba

The Restoration Prayer

Happy New Year Everyone.

It has become customary for a lot of Christian congregations to start the year with prayer and fasting.

One of the prayers I have found to cut across denominations is usually ‘The prayer of restoration’ and most of the time the scriptural reference for that prayer is usually taken from Joel 2:25-26.

Read with me: I’ll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation -locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way. You’ll eat your fill of good food, you’ll be full of praises to your God…’ -Joel 2:25-27 (MSG)

Does this verse apply to you today?

Let’s look at the verse again.

The word ‘I’ in verse 25 is referring to God. Therefore God sent the locust devastation on the Israelites as a result of their disobedience.

He made this promise that we like to quote in response to their repentance.

So, before you quote this scripture again, answer the following questions.

1. Has God told you that He sent ‘locusts’ your way and why?

2. If yes, have you repented as God requires?

If your answer to question 1 is ‘No’. Errm, what are you doing?

I leave the answers to you.

P.S I do not have anything against the ‘prayer of restoration’ in itself, I just want to encourage believers to pray with understanding of scriptures.

I choose to pray in understanding in 2016.

Who’s With Me?
Tobiloba

2015 in review

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

Here’s an excerpt:

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?

Tobiloba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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