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Adedeji has been doing all he could to get Monisola to say “YES” to his marriage proposal but all to no avail. His convictions, poise, carriage, financial security were not just enough for Monisola. He said to himself, “Is there something I’m not doing well? “What else does she expect of me?” He couldn’t just fathom the reason behind Monisola’s adamancy. Deep down within Monisola, the question that kept ringing was: “Can Adedeji take care of me”? And As long as she couldn’t settle the question in her heart, she wasn’t ready to say ‘YES’.
In a world where there is threat to the security of lives and property; where arrows fly by day and wild wolves hunt by night, where broken promises have left people with broken heart, where a walk during the day is synonymous to a walk in the valley of the shadow of death, where there is no value for human lives, where thousands die by your left and tens of thousands by your right, where strange sickness and diseases are fast becoming a norm, where moral values are thrown out through the window in the name of civilization, and where waiting and trusting on God is fast becoming an illusion. I believe the question God is asking his people at these times is, “Do you think I can’t take care of you”?
Moses said, “I’m standing here surrounded by 600,000 MEN on foot and you say, ‘I’ll give them meat, meat every day for a month.’ So where’s it coming from? Even if all the flocks and herds were butchered, would that be enough? Even if all the fish in the sea were caught, would that be enough?” GOD answered Moses, “SO, DO YOU THINK I CAN’T TAKE CARE OF YOU? You’ll see soon enough whether what I say happens for you or not.” (Num.11:21-23MSG)

Moses had over 600,000 people with him that were complaining about the recurrent manna they have been eating. They wanted to change their diet. They were no longer comfortable with the manna; they wanted to eat meat, like they enjoyed back in Egypt. The atmosphere was becoming unbearable for Moses. I can imagine having over 600,000 families with placards chanting “we want meat”,“We were better off in Egypt”, ” We had fish to eat unlike manna”. “Take us back to Egypt” and singing “solidarity forever”. Moses couldn’t stick it out.
In the midst of all these agitations and complains, God told Moses he would feed them with meat for a month. Moses was dazed because it looked to him like God was biting more than he could chew. It looked as if God just made a promise he would never be able to fulfill. Moses knew that even if all the flocks and herds were butchered including all the fishes of the sea, it would never be enough.
God answered Moses, “So, do you think I can’t take care of you”? Moses was fixing his gaze on what he could see. His whole idea of God’s sovereignty was hinged on just the flocks and herds around. That’s reality in the world’s point of view. Reality according to God’s perspective is however not necessarily what is being seen. God can take care of you much more.
It is understandable that you have just five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes which are not sufficient to feed your 5,000 population. That little jar of oil can never pay your debts. The reality is that the small morsel of flour is all you have left. The truth is that everything you have that you can see isn’t really what you have, but you put your faith in it because that’s all you can see and which limits who you are. Look beyond the little and be rest assured that God cares for you. He can take care of you.
I believe God is asking us some salient questions anytime we tend to make our needs bigger than Him. Have you forgotten I’m the God of all flesh, and nothing is too hard for me to do? Have you forgotten I own the cattle upon a thousand hills and every beast of the forest? Have you forgotten how I parted the red sea with the blast of my nostrils and made you walk on dry ground? Are you quick to forget that the universe is upheld by the mighty word of my power?
“Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? BUT EVEN IF MOTHERS FORGET, I’D NEVER FORGET YOU–NEVER. LOOK, I’VE WRITTEN YOUR NAMES ON THE BACKS OF MY HANDS. Isaiah 49:1-16

Even after Adam & Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge and evil against God’s instructions. Sending them out of the Garden was an act of love, because the devil could also be successful in tempting them to eat of the fruit of the tree of life which would have made redemption plans impossible. Man would have been forever condemned in the state of sinfulness. God threw them out of the garden and stationed angels-cherubims and a revolving sword of fire east of it, guarding the path to the Tree-of-Life. (Gen.3)

While Adam and Eve sew figs to cover their nakedness, God gave them something better – leather skins. God made leather clothing for Adam and his wife and dressed them. All was an act of Love. Even in Man’s fallen state, God cared for man. (Gen.3:7, Gen.3:21)

God cares about everything that concerns you. He cared enough to know the number of hair strands on your head (Matt.10:30).

What matters to you matters to God. He’s not just interested in the “big” things; he also has keen interest in the ‘small’ things. It’s not just about the story; God is concerned about every sentence that makes up the story and every alphabet that makes up the sentence. He’s not just with you when you prayed for 5hours uninterrupted and studied the Bible for 3hours non-stop. He’s also with you when you fellowshipped with him for just 10minutes. He is interested in what makes you sob, cry, worry, laugh, chuckle, giggle etc. If it’s important to you, then it’s important to him.

If God could be interested in the lilies of the field and the birds of the air (Matt.10:29), How much more you, an heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Rom.8:17). You are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrow. If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers–most of which are never even seen–don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, and do his best for you? And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?

Cast ALL your anxiety on him because HE CARES FOR YOU (1Peter 5:7)
Anxiety is a proof that you have cares you’ve not trusted him with. Talk to him about that lady you are interested in…, about the project supervisor that is frustrating you…, about that boss that is making life unbearable for you…, about the pimple that is becoming a nuisance on your smooth face…, about the fears you had this morning…, about your job hunt…, about the new apartment you want to get…, about the blisters you have on your left leg that is making it difficult for you to put on foot wears…, and about the bills that keep staring you in the face.
Everything! I mean everything! Tell it to him for he cares for you. He is interested in the whole story of our life and not just a particular paragraph, page or chapter.
God won’t shut you down. He is interested in every little piece of your story. God can take care of it.

God cares for you and
He can take care of you.
-@simokool

DO YOU THINK I CAN’T TAKE CARE OF YOU?

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Care, Love, Provision

 

THERE IS ALWAYS LIFE AFTER THE FLOOD

THERE IS LIFE AFTER THE FLOOD
Where do you go when the ones you look to for help are also in dire need of help? What do you do when everyone you trusted in gave you loads of disappointments? How do you bounce back after the financial institutions that are expected to protect your assets folds up? What do you do when you need a job and there is none available? What do you do when your dreams and aspirations are about to be dashed in the fiery furnace of hustling for survival? Where do you go when weariness overtakes your soul in your search for significance? How do you go on when the company you labored for suddenly caps your years of meritorious service with a sack letter? Where do you start from after the business deal you invested all your earnings in doesn’t yield anything? Where do you start from when your fiancé/fiancée of 4years suddenly breaks up with you because he/she just realizes you are not compatible with him/her? What do you do when the Human Resource Manager after summoning you to come receive your letter of appointment tells you on getting there that your service is no longer needed?
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. THE LORD ON HIGH IS MIGHTIER THAN THE NOISE OF MANY WATERS, YEA, THAN THE MIGHTY WAVES OF THE SEA. (Psalm 93:3-4 KJV)
All these scenarios are peculiar to the times we are in. Each one of us will face some challenges. Many of us are even still trying to recover from past hurts, pains and disappointments. Allow me say this to you, there is life after the flood.
If you get laid off from a job, you either find a better one or create a better one by starting up a business. Out of every difficulty comes opportunity. You have to keep climbing the stairs to get to the top of the building. So, each stair case you overcome launches you to the next level. There is abundance of life after the storm, right here on earth.
Many a time, we are quick to see our challenges as an indication that God doesn’t love us or care about us. When we are faced with situations and circumstances, we are quick to assume we are probably reaping the consequences of a sin we committed.
The disciples of Jesus thought like that too. In John 9, when Jesus encountered the man that was blind from birth, the first thing the disciples thought of was, “Who is the sinner, this man or his father”. People are always quick to link sin with suffering. When you tell people of your financial challenges, the first question believers would probably ask you is, “Do you pay your tithes?” When you discover you commit a sin, confess and repent of it. Forgive yourself and move on. Your present challenge is not because of your sin. God is not punishing you for your sins. Your sins have already been forgiven. Jesus Christ did not just break the power of sin; He broke the consequences of sin.
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, NOT COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2Cor.5:19 NIV)
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; AND THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE. (Heb.10:16-17)

Kingdom faith is not faith that escapes trials but faith that is built by, endures and overcomes trials. Our faith doesn’t protect us from test, it takes us into them in order that the victory we already have in Christ might find expression. Our faith does not give us immunity from test and trials. This basic truth will settle a lot of questions in our hearts.
Joseph’s integrity in Potiphar’s house didn’t prevent him from the next challenge. Joseph was doing the will of God by not committing immorality with his master’s wife but he still landed in prison. But, in all of these, Joseph didn’t query God. I’ve heard people say, “Lord, I have been committed to your work, this shouldn’t be happening to me”. Hold on! There is life after the flood.
Joseph was thrown into a deep pit by his jealous brothers who wanted to kill him. When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream about the years of plenty and years of famine, I thought Pharaoh would have thanked Joseph for his interpretations and send him back to the prison. But, instead, Joseph got promoted and became a Prime minister in Egypt. That morning, he was a prisoner. And by afternoon, he became a Prime Minister. Pharaoh didn’t stop at that; he gave Joseph a signet ring so that the transfer of authority would be complete. It would interest you to know that Joseph was not a son of the soil; he wasn’t an Egyptian by birth. He was a Hebrew and a foreign slave not a ‘home-based slave’. However, it didn’t matter where he came from. What mattered most was the God with him. Joseph experienced God lift him out of a muddy ground to be seated among kings. How much more the New creation that God lives on his inside by his Spirit. Greater is the solution in you than the situation around. There is life after the flood!
The Lord on high is MIGHTIER AND MORE GLORIOUS THAN THE NOISE OF MANY WATERS, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea. (Psalm 93:4 AMP)

I know the floods have lifted up their voice. I understand that the sea storms with thunderous breakers are wild and roaring. It won’t drown you; you will walk on stormy seas.

The sea with its mighty mass of waters, with the constant unrest of its waves, with its ceaseless pressing against the solid land and foaming against the rocks cannot shake you because you’ve been founded on the solid rock. The raging of the storms is to display to the world that the power at work in you exceeds the most sublime exhibitions of the powerful objects in nature. Trust in him during the storm and you’ll have nothing to fear.

Now in the place where he was CRUCIFIED THERE WAS A GARDEN; and in the garden
a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. (John 19:41 KJV)

In the place where he was crucified, there was a garden. There is always a garden around our challenges. When you are in the midst of the storm, look around for the garden. Every cross has a garden lurking somewhere. See beyond the storm. There is life after the flood!

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

ALL THINGS ARE YOURS

 

I was coming out of the classroom one fateful afternoon heading to the minimart to get my ‘usuals’ (two milkmade biscuits and one sachet of pure water) when I saw some SS3 students gather under a tree outside their classroom. I was so curious to know what could have warranted such gathering knowing fully well that they are few months away to writing the Senior School Certificate Examination. As I moved nearer, I discovered the topic of discussion was the forthcoming examination and this made me smile. I stayed a little longer to hear more of their discourse and I found out that both the ‘below’ and ‘above’ average students were scared of the examination. And one of them said something very profound, He said, “How I wish I could get a bit of Mr. Akindele’s brain (the best Mathematics teacher), Mr. Maku’s brain (the best Economics teacher), and Mr. Okusanya’s brain (the best Physics teacher)”. And He continued with the list of the brains among the teachers he wished for.
How many times in life had you wished you have a bit of ‘Mr.X’s eloquence, ‘Mr.D’s poise and charisma, ‘Mrs.A’s affluence and connection, ‘Mrs.D’s prowess and dexterity, ‘Mr.F’s thought pattern and so on?
Can you imagine God giving us a bit of his LOVE, a fraction of his DIVINE PEACE and POTECTION, a small chunk of his DIVINE HEALTH and PROSPERITY, a fragment of his SPIRIT, a little piece of GRACE, if it were possible?! His abundance is not threatened by our requests. He gave us the fullness of his Spirit. He satisfies us with divine health and lavished his love upon us. He gave us abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. He wasn’t giving us the bits and pieces of all these but the fullness. He didn’t give us his ‘good’ while reserving his ‘best’. He gave us his best – Jesus.
ALL that we would ever desire in life HAVE BEEN taken care of plus so much more.
Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ.”
2 Pet 1:3
“According as his divine power HATH GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”
1 Corinthians 2:12
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD.”
Rom 8:32
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?”
God who gave Jesus has freely given you every other thing.
1 Corinthians 3:21-22
“Therefore let no man glory in men. For ALL THINGS ARE YOURS; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; ALL ARE YOURS”
1 Timothy 6:17
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us RICHLY ALL THINGS TO ENJOY.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For no matter HOW MANY PROMISES God has made, they are “YES” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Most times, we suffer the result of refusing to take our place in CHRIST. We are the sons of God. Eph.1:3 declares “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING”
Now if we are children, THEN WE ARE HEIRS—HEIRS OF GOD AND CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Rom.8:17
If you belong to Christ, THEN YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE. Gal.3:29
AND YE ARE CHRIST’S; and Christ is God’s. 1Cor.3:23
No one is a superior heir to you
No one has a better standing than you have.
No one has a better place in the vine than you have.
No one can draw life from the vine more readily than you can.
No one has a superior divine life to what you have.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: BECAUSE AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. 1John 4:17
I read the story of a young woman who worked tirelessly for a rich man. After a while, the rich man died and to reward the young woman for her meritorious effort, a piece of paper was given to the woman as it was written in the will. The woman said to herself, “for my boss to give me this piece of paper, it must really mean a lot to him, I’m going to keep it safe in remembrance of him”. She framed the piece of paper and hung it on her wall. After a while, she had to leave the rich man’s house to settle her life. She couldn’t afford to live that kind of ostentatious life again because of penury. So, she had to start living in a slum heavily infested by mosquitoes. She started living from hand to mouth. On a fateful day, a young boy came to her house and admired the frame on her wall and decided to take a keen look, only for him to discover that the piece of paper was a cheque of three hundred thousand dollars written in the woman’s name. That was the story of a woman who lived in penury because she lacked the understanding of what she has.
            My people are destroyed FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: Hosea 4:6
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I HAVE SEEN SERVANTS UPON HORSES, AND PRINCES WALKING AS SERVANTS UPON THE EARTH. Eccl.10:5-7
And ye shall know the truth, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. John 8:32
The knowledge of the truth is the key to freedom. Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection settled everything on your behalf. He did what you couldn’t do to make you enjoy what your efforts couldn’t have gotten you. Everything Christ did was because of you. He had you in mind.
We are in the family. All that the Father has and all that He wrought in Christ, and all that Christ is, belongs to us. We are joint-heirs with Christ. Let your faith rest in the finished work of Christ. 1Cor.3:21 says “Wherefore let no one glory in men, FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS”.
My heartfelt prayer is that our spirits may have wisdom to grasp the riches of the work that God wrought in Christ Jesus for us. Having the eyes of our hearts illumined, that we may know the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of the Father’s inheritance in the saints (i.e. in you and me). Eph.1:17-23
Meditate on these things.
ALL THINGS ARE YOURS!
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ALL THINGS ARE YOURS

 
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