You Will Not Smell of Smoke

I was in church as a Sunday School student today,  it was a very welcome change.

As the lesson on faith was going on, we read from the book of Daniel 3. 

We didn’t read the whole chapter, but as the day progressed and I commuted with God throughout the day, lifting up my heaviness, I heard Him say to me, ‘You will not smell of smoke’. 

The Holy Spirit immediately sent me back to scripture. Read with me: ‘The Kings satraps, governors, mayors and advisers gathered around the three men. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. The hair on their head wasn’t singed, their clothes weren’t burnt and they didn’t smell of smoke’- Daniel 3:27.

If you’ve been holding on to your faith in God and his word, you’ve prayed and nothing seems to be changing, if the conspiracies against you seem to be gaining ground and you’re at the point where it seems like it’s deny God or drown, guess what I have learned?

God is able to make you go through the fire and come out without smelling of smoke.  

You will go through the fire- no doubt, Christianity does not exempt us from trials but the trials will not consume you. 

You will come out on the other side of those trials and no one will ever believe you went through them.

No matter what the devil throws at your faith this year, you will not smell of smoke.

I will not smell of smoke.

Who’s  With Me?

Tobiloba

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God In The Flesh

In the last couple of years, Christmas seems to have lost it’s appeal. This year was no different. Christmas Eve was just bland and as I went to bed, I was borderline sad.

I woke up this morning and the sadness had not fully lifted. So I started to talk to ‘The Reason For The Season’.

And oh, He lives up to His name- wonderful Counselor every single time.

Our conversation today has lifted my spirit but there’s a part that I’d like to share that I hope lifts your spirits if you’re feeling down today.

‘God become human and moved into the neighborhood – John 1:14 (Paraphrased)

It’s so easy to think of Christmas only as it relates to Salvation, but as I was reminded this morning, He did not need to live 33 years on earth if the only goal was to shed His blood and guarantee Salvation.

Christ became one of us, so that we can trust him to make us one with Him.

Christ walked the talk so that we can do the same. He became flesh so that we can have proof that He gets it.

He gets the pain, He gets the doubts, He gets the confusion. He’s lived it. So when He says ‘Trust Me’, we can!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This Christmas, I’m grateful that Christ became flesh.

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

Despite The Pain

A few Sundays ago I was in Church and during the bible reading, we read a scripture that I have heard preachers refer to and I think I must have used times too. That day, we read that scripture in context and my eyes pooped open so wide.

Note: I beg you by the mercies of God, never read a verse of the bible in isolation again. Always understand context.

I’m not saying a single verse or even half of a verse can’t speak to you, that happens to me all the time, but please read in context.

The reading that day was from Isaiah 30: 15-23. Read it when you have some time.

Verses 20-21 struck me. Hard. Read with me:

‘And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.
21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.

I think it struck me that hard because I am very familiar with verse 21 but no one ever told me about the preceding verse.

Listen, Contrary to popular opinion and what your emotions may be telling you, The presence of pain, affliction or suffering is not the absence of God.

God works in spite,despite and through your pain and painful seasons.

The scripture above says that during these seasons, He sends us teachers- visible ones. He speaks to give us direction, despite the pain!

I don’t know about you but this is a realization that has and will continue to change my life.

No more feeling abandoned by God or clueless when pain, affliction and suffering hits.

We know they will come.

What a relief to know by scripture,clearly,and not by sermonizing that God dis not only present in those seasons, but that He sends teachers and He speaks direction.

I just have to listen.

So when pain strikes, I need to remember to ask ‘What’s my lesson? What do YOU want me to learn and where do I turn?

I’m now doubly sure that He’s with me and He answers.

Who’s with me?
Tobiloba