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In a person’s life when change has to come. The change that needs to take place; has to happen  regardless of what is going on around you. 

Have you ever found yourself going around and around in circles, and each time you come back to that same place; tiredness? You find yourself frustrated, guilty, annoyed, dissapointed, and all this because you have not made any changes to your life or are reluctant to. 

Until you take dastric measures

and I mean make radical changes to your life and daily routines, you’ll find yourself frustrated in that you’re not progressing.

 In order to progress in life you need to sacrifice. Success equates to sacrifice and vice versa. You’ll need to sacrfice time, money, energy and maybe more to esure that you become who God called you to be.

Until you value your calling; you will not sacrifice for it. Until you realise that you are set apart from your peers; the desire to change will not be there. So get frustrated at your current situation; see that you are worth more and start making changes. Start today. Make a life changing decision today. 

  • Bite the bullet and enrol on that course
  • Bite the bullet and leave that abusive relationship. It may not even be abusive but you know it’s not right; so walk away.
  • Leave that toxic friendship
  • Leave that toxic environment

Allow yourself to be free to be YOU. 

Now who is there to hurt you if you are zealous followers of that which is good? 1 Peter 3:13

It’s good question. In everyday life we will find ourselves being confronted by people and situations that will hurt us. This hurt maybe physical or emotional. When this happens, according to this scripture, you’ll have to ask yourself if you have been a ‘zealous’ follower of that which is good. Another word for zealous is purposeful. So ask yourself, what do you purposefully follow?  Is it good or bad. Will it bring you hurt or joy?

For, “The one who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not],
Must keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from speaking guile (treachery, deceit).
11 He must turn away from wickedness and do what is right.
He must search for peace [with God, with self, with others] and pursue it eagerly [actively—not merely desiring it].
1 peter 3:10-11.

From the above passage, we can see that ‘good’ may not always be apparent. But if we want to see good days; our tongue is the first thing mentioned here. Controlling your tongue and lips is a key to purposefully follow a good thing and therefore you wouldn’t be hurt. If you watch what you say, it cannot be used against you so it saves you from being hurt. If you don’t insult someone or say something that will anger them, they’ll have no reason to hurt you with their words or their hands.

It’s not always easy to purposefully follow a good thing, but when you do, you will avoid a lot of hurt. You’ll find that no one can hurt you; because God looks after the righteous and His word is true. God looks after the righteous.

There are times when you’ll purposefully follow god things and still find yourself hurting. Just remember that the word said in verse 10 ‘ the one who wants to enjoy good days ( good- apparent or not). the good days may be not be apparent in the physical but in the eyes of God Jehovah; you have done well.

Purposefully follow a good thing this year.  Turn away from wickedness, do what is right in the eyes of God and pursue peace. When you do you will find that hurt is no more.

 

 

 

 

Genesis 1
Lessons from the story of Creation

The story of creation. Every time I read about how we were created I am truly amazed. I have come to see that God created us for a purpose. To cultivate/ manage His work. It took Him six days to create the earth. As we know a day on earth can equate to thousands of years in God’s timing. But that’s not what is important. What caught my eye or ministered to me was how proud God was at the end of each day. Throughout out chapter 1 verses end with ‘and God so that it was good (fitting, admirable ) and He approved it (AMP). As I read these lines I realised that if we are to be like Jesus,who is God, then we must be proud of what we do at the end of each day. We should look at our work, creations and conversations at the end of the day and be proud of it. We should be able to find our work fitting and admirable. For our work to be admirable, suitable and fitting, we need to aim for it to be so. Easily said and may seem like common sense or knowledge. But aiming to be proud of of our work is at times not our goal. For example when you got to work and your manager gives you a task, you may complete it in the manner of ‘I’ll just do it and getting over and done with’. The Bible teaches us to work as if working for God and not man. So when we approach certain tasks at work and at church, we should be able to say, ‘ I’ll do my best on this’. At the need of the day, you and I should be able to look at a hard day’s work and say yes ‘it is good and suitable and fitting’ for our God. For we serve a good God, and everything we do is for His glory. Even our secular is for His glory, for when we do well God is glorified and magnified in the eyes of those who see how we work. God never allowed a day to go by without completing something. Each day He saw what was needed to do and done it. In the evening He rested, he regained strength and continued the next day. Don’t overwork yourself and neither be lazy. When the time Came for God to rest He rested. Work hard now, invest all that youthful energy into ministry and a time will come when you can rest. Don’t allow a day to waste this year. Each day must mean something; read a chapter of a book write a chapter of a book. Let each day you are given on this earth count for so etching. For we were created for a purpose. Spend a some hours a day working towards fulfilling that purpose.

May God give us the grace to work to best if our ability and be proud of our accomplishments at the end of each day. May we face each day’s challenge with hope and the right attitude. In Jesus Name.Amen.

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Sounds like something teenagers would do, but I guess the US would do whatever it takes in their hope for world domination. Creating a fake service, at the cost of the US taxpayer, and hoping you’d get some juicy gossip is in my opinion very childish. I don’t know if it’s just me or is the global political arena going a bit crazy. With Russia stealing parts of a country and now the US building a service that ultimately tracked people’s cyber movements, you would think that you’re in a secondary school playground! Anyways you have a read and make up your own minds. All I can say is that, there is no such thing as freedom on this side of eternity.

US ‘secretly built Cuban Twitter’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26872866

World Bank stalls $90m Uganda loan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26378230

I’ve seen so many of these stories around and I have to say, I am proud to be an African. I rejoice at the union that is being formed in Africa against western pressure to become like the west. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way in agreement that homosexuals should be killed as some African countries have decided. A soul is a soul and God loves us all. In fact to hate a homosexual or exclude them from society is the most unchristian and inhumane thing to do.
The Holy Bible tells a story of a woman who was brought before Jesus Christ to be punished and stoned as she was caught in adultery. Jesus simply said to the crowd ‘let him who has no sin be the first to cast a stone’. The bible continues to tell us that; one by one they all dropped their stones. So you see just because a homosexual is a homosexual does not mean we are better than them or they deserve to be killed. We have no authority over the human body nor can we command when someone should live or not due to who they choose to sleep with. Our responsibilty as humans and more importantly, as children of God is to love them like Christ loved us.

So I can see where the West is trying to make us believe they are coming from, but you cannot force a whole nation or continent to change their cultural views. How can the likes of the world bank and the USA enslave Africa to this day to the point where they want us to change our culture and beliefs? Where do they get their crazy ideas from? I have yet to see a country that has benefited from the interference of the West. The countries that chose not to follow the west’s policies and strategies are the ones prospering.
I am so happy to see African leaders finally act indepedent. I am happy to see that even if it has taken over 50 years in some countries, the African people can say ‘thank you but no thank you, we got this’. Africans are refusing to lose their morals all in the name of ‘aid’.
Yes Africa will for a short period of time feel the effects of their actions but I believe that if Africa can stand united and trade off each other, we could easily become like Korea or China. If only African leaders can have enough confidence that they can be without the west.
I hope the leaders of the west are watching, because it looks like Africa is about to be finished with your lies, manipulations, bullying and mind games.
The west feeds on money and power and to some extent so does Africa but Africa has what the west wants and needs. You see, the west make Africa believe that we should be like them, but that’s not the case. It actually seems like the west want to be like Africa. Africa has  what the west need;  we feed them, clothe them and it doesnt seem to be enough. The west also want the pride that we have as a nation. They want to take our inner and outer beauty, they want our dignity and Im so pleased to see that African leaders are saying ‘no more’. You’ve taken enough from our land.

We are grateful for the aid that the west and the world bank provide to Africa, but we have always known it was at a cost. Seems like the price you’re asking for is too much. Homosexuality laws. Like I said some African countries have very strict homosexuality laws. The west needs to understand, it is very very very unlikely that  homosexuality will be lagalised in Africa. You cannot come and dictate the laws of a country. That’s just rude!

So proud to be an African.

I’ve spent the last few hours pondering on what to write. This evening, I received a nice little shock in my inbox. It was after our weekly home fellowships that I opened my inbox to find Andrew Bello’s next tune!! Now if any of you follow this artist you will know that this is almost unexpected especially after what has happened to our brother this month alone. Before I give you a review of the song, let me tell you a little about what this guy has faced in the last couple months.

The last couple of months of 2013 were bitter sweeter for Bello. At a point his video for ‘I no fit shout at all’ was removed by YouTube. His team quickly worked on getting it back online and by the grace of God it is now back! During this time he also released a new track, call on His name, which is still on replay for me! May I just we are still waiting for the video Andrew!! Anyway, he has since released another track.

Not long after all this successes, Bello became a victim of the London knife crime. He was robbed at knife point but by the grace of God, his life was spared and what amazed me about Bello was how he handled this situation. The scripture comes to mind, overcome evil by doing good, Rom 12:21. This is exactly what Bello did. He chose not bad mouth these youths but encouraged us all to pray for them. He has also joined the ‘say no to knife crime’

You probably thinking why all this info? Well, I believe that collectively all these events have led Bello to write this song. Unfortunately, I cannot and will not share the song, y’all will just have to wait for the official release. I’m promised it’s going to be shock for us all, even I don’t how he plans to release this track but he seems excited and has promised me that I’d be the first to let y’all know!!

The song is titled ‘no more tears’ and in my humble opinion I can say that this song is deep!
I felt the pain in this guy’s heart as he wrote. Felt like I was there when he wrote the song,lol. Seriously though, after all this guy gone through I can see how he felt writing this song.

There comes a time in life, when you’ve reached what I call the tearless barrier. There is literally no tears left to cry. When you’ve witnessed so much pain, gone through so much heartache that no matter what comes next it cannot break. I speak from experience. When I heard this song honestly, it’s as if my heart needed to hear it. It’s not wrong to feel like this, so long as you have given it all to God. God wants us to have joy in abundance and I think that excludes tears.

The song is very different from his usual but it’s deep. It’s soul lifting and thought provoking. It’s not what we use to but Bello and and his Producers @Captain19UK @Gabz_Amadi ) have done well. The song still has the same style of thought provoking verses with a short and catchy chorus, which I personally love. I’ll give you a couple lines from the track which is literally the chorus, by God’s grace when the track is released I can give you the full lyrics.

Chorus
There’s no more tears in my system
No more tears in my system

Be on a look out for this track… Guaranteed to get you thinking and thanking God for where you are. Let’s work together with God and the Holy Spirit to put an end to unnecessary pain!

Pictures taken by: Segun Oloto, http://www.sottuphotography.com

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ANOTHER SPIRIT FILLED PRAISE SONG FROM ANDREW BELLO!!!!

By the grace of God I got to hear CALL ON HIS NAME before it’s official release date TODAY 25th November. When I first got this song, I was immediately drawn to remembrance. I remembered where God brought me from and how I hot to where I am. It was by calling on the name of God. I was encouraged by this song; encouraged to remember God in my good and bad. I spoke to Andrew and he mentioned that at the time of writing this song, he was facing some challenges in the industry. Especially in relation to his prior single I no fit shout. Can’t go into much detail, but Andrew did say that this  is a testimony to what God is doing in His life.
Have a read at the lyrics… The song will be available for download on soundcloud as of TOADY!!!

Verse
See I go call on you
My feet dey follow you
I cannot do this on my own
No be lie I won’t prosper at all

I’m stranded without you lord
Come and rescue me
I’ll fail in life without you
Can you hear me

Eh yo eh yo!
Your love is never failing
You took me from the miry clay
Now I’m not the same

Eh yo! Eh yo!
Your love is never changing
When I was down you came for me
I’ll keep calli

CHORUS
Call His name
Call on His name
When you call on His name it gives us joy assurance and happiness.
Repeat

Verse 2
I’ll get my breakthrough one day
No man can see how I feel inside
Baba go find my way
I listen to the words that you say

​No fronting, no stunting
I’ll place everything at your feet
No fronting, no stunting
I cannot deceive myself

Eh yo! Eh yo!
You see my heart needs you
Take me away from the pain
Let your mercy see me through
Eh yo! Eh yo!
Right now I’m standing
I surrender in worship
Let your peace fall on me

CHORUS
Call His name
Call on His name
When you call on His name it gives us joy assurance and happiness.
Repeat

Verse 3

I read Jeremiah 33 coz in the place of weakness the enemy can hurt me
when I lose focus my heart turns cold
I cling to the cross now my heart’s controlled

(Yeah, yeah) I’m stuck so imma call on his name
it’s playtime now but this is more than a game
I’ve gotta get my life right so I play calm
running out of patience ring the alarm

He brings peace and joy so ive gotta stay close
I’m holding his hand while I stand when the rain blows
my self confidence is low…
I welcome the Holy Spirit now coz it’s time that my mind grows

So I call on him it’s Christ that I lean on
I read the word of God it’s that which I feed on
I can see the changes coming now it’s in place
I can see myself growing now it’s in grace/

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