Love God passionately

I have walked with God not for all my life but for just a smaller portion of my life. I can describe the walk with Jesus as one that can’t be without passion. There has to be an intense conviction of our belief.

I know I love God but there’s something else that I feel. Love is not based on feelings but there is always this churning in my heart when I hear His name. There is a part of my heart that beats rapidly when I think about Him.

There is this part of me that bleeds and hurts when I fail Him. There is this part of me that makes me weep when I think about Him. I have been trying to find out what that thing is.The very first time I felt that was when I fell in love some years ago.

Well, I never thought that such thrills also came by walking with God. I understand that those thrills are always not there but I have discovered one thing; Love God Passionately.

Just as your heart skips beats at the mention of the name of that special one, let your heart beat for the Lord. It’s great to be passionate about men and women of God but be passionate about the Lord. He’s worth it.

Jesus Christ has loved us and I can imagine the passion with which He looked down on us from heaven. He decided to come and die. Wow!!! Have you ever looked at it this way?. It wasn’t superficial love that moved Christ, He was passionately in love with us.

If you’ve ever been in love, you can talk about the excitement and joy that comes with it.This is what will cause a young man to walk for miles and not feel it. Yes, It may fade away with time but we can’t deny it’s effect on the relationship.

It is that passion that will cause you to think twice when sin knocks at your door. It is your intense conviction of what you have come to believe and who you have come to believe, that is, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I always make this prayer to God: “Dear Lord, keep my love alive and active. I want passion to consume me. Help me love you passionately because my life depends on it. My life depends on your love Lord. Keep my love burning every single day in Jesus name”

You can also say this prayer if you want your love to be on fire for the Lord. Love God Passionately….. Serve Him passionately….. He’s worth it and even more.

Waiting on God

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Why is waiting difficult?

One of the most difficult concepts in the Christian living is the issue of waiting on God. Waiting is difficult because it is associated with servitude and receiving of instructions. We have been made to see service as weakness but Jesus tells us otherwise (Matthew 20:26) To just wait to receive instructions or to know the next step to take is quite difficult

Why do I need to wait?

  • A relationship is established between the waiter and the client. It is during the waiting period that we get to interact with the client. I believe you can think of the relationship you have built with a particular waiter who has been serving you faithfully and consistently. It gets to a point where you call the person by name and even in his or her absence, you sometimes walk away.

This is what happens when we faithfully and consistently wait on God, He calls us by name. Just as we sometimes ask for the services of a particular waiter when we enter a restaurant, the Lord deliberately searches us out. At this point, we move from being just waiters but to a place of friendship. I find this to be the most important reason to wait on God

  • We are marked for treats and tips. The waiter who serves faithfully and diligently always smiles. Out of her service, he or she receives bonuses. Our attitude during waiting can draw out of the Lord for us. His goodness, kindness, mercy and benevolence are poured out to us.

We get our strengths renewed and answers to prayers are released to us. These are the tangible and visible results we see when we wait. This is greatly affected by the satisfaction of the client, a well pleased client will obviously give larger tips. Strive to be the best waiter.

  • There is a change in our status. I just laughed😄. There is this truth we may not admit but the caliber of people you wait on can determine your status within the restaurant. For example, the best waiters will be selected to wait on high profile dignitaries within the society.

To be chosen from the lot to wait on the President of the Republic Ghana is an honor. It places you a step ahead of the others. So waiting on God changes our status. If there is prestige associated with waiting on human beings with high social status, then waiting on the Maker of the universe is one of the best things to happen to any waiter.
We are moved from glory to glory as we serve.

What should I do as I wait?

The job of a waiter is an interesting one. I’ve visited a number of restaurants and seen how waiters do their work. So as I read this passage, I had a clear mental picture of how waiters carry out their duties.

  1. Waiters serve as part of their duties. The basic function of a waiter is to serve. Serve the Lord as you wait. Get active in church, give yourself wholly to the things of God. Love people, pick that broom to sweep the church. Run the errands for that old lady in your vicinity. As you wait, dear believer, serve.
  2. Behave well as you wait. Well, I don’t know how many of us will tolerate a waiter who keeps on picking his nose and scratching his butts as he serves. It is a sight I will never tolerate. Yet how many of us are able to wait on God patiently and with all godliness? We grumble, we curse, we fight, we cheat and cut corners as we wait. The period of waiting is a test time. Uphold your integrity, love God and wait in all godliness.
  3. Focus on building a relationship. It is so easy to be heartbroken when prayers are not answered during periods of waiting. All hope seems lost when we do not get what we expected. I find waiting on God to be a time where a relationship is established. Focus on the one you are waiting on not the material things you to receive from Him.

The waiter benefits out of the satisfaction of the client. The better you behave, the more tips you will receive. The smarter you are, the more tips you will get. This is where satisfaction sets in. Our strength is renewed out of the satisfaction of our Father.

  • Don’t wait on God for ‘tips’ . The tips are side benefits. The main deal is how to please God as you wait on Him.

  • It is out of pleasing Him that everything else comes. Wait on God, behave well and serve Him.

  • The relationship formed between God and the waiter is more important than the tips he receives. Out of the relationship, everything else flows.

10 things to know about Digital Evangelism

The season of lockdown made the use of digital devices to evangelize very profoundly. Today, almost every church streams online. More lives are being touched and souls are being won day in and day out through digital channels. The Lord is having His way online.

Digitization is happening in every field and I believe that Christians can make good use of our social media platforms. People raise concerns with regards to the use of social media for Evangelism. Some think it is a lazy way of reaching out. Others believe that it is not as effective as walking to the individual. Some even think that the use of social media is devilish.
But I say that it is very necessary to reach out using these channels.

Let’s look at this important scripture:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18‭-‬19 NLT)

This is the instruction we received from our Lord Jesus Christ before He departed from the Earth.

Go means Go.

Go to every place on Earth where human beings dwell. Statistics from https://www.internetlivestats.com// shows that people are literally living online. We have over 4 billion people on the internet every single day. Millions are on Facebook and other platforms. Why can’t we meet them there? We ought to move to them through all possible means

These are a few things to know about digital evangelism:

  • The work of transformation is up to the Holy Spirit.
  • Digital Evangelism done in the power of the Holy Spirit would have a great impact.
  • Any form of Evangelism done without the power of the Holy Spirit is a mere sharing of information.
  • Walking a 1000 miles to win a soul is not worth it without the power of the Holy Ghost. He is the one who controls everything – whether online or physical interactions.
  • We’ve been called to reach out and we are reaching out by all means and through all means.
  • Pray for the people you interact with on social media. Commit their hearts into God’s hands
  • Share what you believe and know
  • Share your experiences and let others be inspired
  • Never give up when you don’t get the desired feedback. You never know who’s following. Keep on keeping on.
  • Cherish and uphold your online audience. The Lord brought them your way for a purpose.

Love what you do and never give up. The Lord is Watching.

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 NLT

Dealing With the Battlefield of the Mind

The battlefield of the mind is a real battle. The battles that go on there are more real than the ones we see in war films. On the earth realm battlefield, you can take hold of a spear, drive it through your opponent’s heart and you will actually see him bleeding. But……. Is it so with this “abstract” battle going on in our minds? How can we deal with our opponent in our minds? You don’t need a gun to blow up your head😁. This is not a physical war, it is Spiritual war against the enemy of Christ and all who belong to Christ.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬4 NLT)

With this scripture, let me emphasise on the fact that we don’t fight this battle using worldly weapons. An example of worldly weapon is suicide. Suicide is not a way to win the battle. We will talk about the other worldly weapons on another day.Mind battles are real and active. Everyone at a point in life has experienced it yet it appears there is no definite way of dealing with it. We juggle with it till it vanishes, then we are back to normal till it resurfaces days later. I saw a different perspective of the scripture in James 4:7.

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7‭ NLT)

I’m going to talk about two sides of winning this battle with emphasis on resisting. Most believers employ only one of these techniques yet total victory comes when both tools are fully utilised. I love the scripture that talks about the Word of God as a double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). I interpret this as the Word of God defends and offends (This is my own interpretation of that passage…lol). The battle is won when we use the word of God defensively and offensively.

  • Meditating on the Word is a powerful defensive tool. It guards our minds and protects us from the darts the devil throws at us. We are renewed and safe knowing that the Word of God lives in us. This is one way to fight the battle of the mind. It is very important that as believers we study the Word of God daily, hourly, minutely and secondly (if there’s a word like that). I know it’s impossible to carry your Bible everywhere and get to study it every second.

We go to work, handle babies, clean our houses, go for lectures and a whole lot, these activities make it impossible to always stay behind your Bible. David shows us a way to do this: I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalms 119:11 NLT). Hide the Word in your heart and submit to God by the Word. Take the Word in.

  • The second side of the Word of God; the offensive aspect is the aspect of bringing the Word of God out of you. We are quite familiar with the defensive aspect where we study the Word of God to guard our minds.

The Bible tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Resisting the devil is an active and aggressive deal and it demands action and offense. It includes speaking out the Word of God hidden in you. Giving life to the Word hidden in you and you need to be active about it. It is not enough hiding the Word in your heart, that is a form of defense. You need to stab the devil, that is offense.Which team wins a match by having a strong defense system with no striking force? I don’t know much about sports but I know that 0-0 isn’t a win, 1-1 is not a win. I just think it’s a nice way of staying safe, it’s better than losing 😂.

To win the battle of the mind, you need to strike the devil. It is not enough to just be safe from the enemy, you need to beat him up with the Word.I sometimes imagine how the battle between Jesus and the devil played out in the desert.Jesus could have played the defensive method of ignoring the enemy but He spoke out. He hit the enemy right in between his eyes with the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.Can we try Jesus’ method? We are defensively and offensively using the Word of God to resist the devil till he flees from us.

    The Husband Material

    I planned writing on this topic about two months ago. Just yesterday, I planned writing it around 3pm and here I am, at 12:45am and I’m now typing. Well, I still made it anyway. I want to talk about something interesting and quite uncommon. We are used to ‘wife material’ but the concept on ‘husband material’ is unpopular; this is exactly what I am going to talk about.

    We live in a society where so much is expected of women and yes, we deliver as expected. I know mothers will ask their sons this very question “Is she a wife material?”. In fact ladies undergo lots of scrutiny to the extent that some mothers invite them to cook so they can be sure that their sons end up with the “right woman”. Ladies are expected to be good cooks, respectful, neat, humble,homely etc. It’s good because as a woman these functions aid in the dispensing of your roles as a wife. The truth is that it feels good and gives a sense of confidence though. May God bless society for putting us under such scrutiny, we are getting better daily.

    I’ve just been wondering what a husband material is because daddy told me concerning one young man that he is not a marriage material. When daddy said that, it got me thinking. I decided to ask others about a husband material and I got a few answers. Before I start, I want to say that I’ve had the privilege of observing a correct husband material in my dad so it’s likely I’ll speak from that point of view as well as other answers I got from others. Some overlap and I’ll merge those ones.

    Characteristics of a husband material.

    • Responsible: I see a man who takes charge of his life. He knows what he is about even when he doesn’t have all the answers. He knows when to say ‘YES’ and when to say ‘NO’. He accepts his mistakes and weaknesses and he is willing to work on them. He is a man who knows his way around challenges. They come and hit him hard but hey!!!, he gets back up because he knows that it is his responsibility to get back up. He doesn’t blame anyone and anything for his predicaments. He doesn’t get bitter at people because he is in charge of his heart and he decides what goes into it. Yes, he is responsible all way round Spiritually, physically, emotionally and all other areas. He knows what to do at the right time and God is pleased with him.
    • Caring and loving: This man knows how to express his innermost desires. I’m talking about a husband material. Of what use is love to a wife and children if it is buried deep in a man but can’t resurface? The husband material knows how to give flesh to spirit of love and care within him. He personifies love and makes his loved ones enjoy his love through simple acts of service, gifts, words of affirmation etc.
    • Honest and truthful: The last person you would want to live with is a chronic liar. Someone who lies about everything including the things you catch him red handed. He lies about both relevant and irrelevant things. He tells you ‘A’ when he is actually doing ‘B’. Marriage is built on trust and understanding but when trust fails, understanding won’t be necessary anymore. So the next time you are considering your prince charming, check out his lying prowess
    • Well groomed and homely: Don’t get bored yet…… Yes!!! Homely and well groomed. I am talking about the man who won’t spend time with his friends at the eatery or club after work when his children are home waiting for mum to finish cooking so she helps them with homework. He works hard and is quick to get home after a day’s work. He is well groomed and cultured in language. He knows what to say and when to say it. He makes mistakes but as part of his groomed nature, he is quick to apologise and make amends. Can you trust him with the kids for thirty minutes? Can he get you at least braised rice when you are cramping? Do you see these traits in him?
    • Handy: Hahahaha….. I’m sorry but I had to add this. Some men can’t even fix in a screw. The plumber, the electrician and the carpenter are their friends. You get a new bulb and he has to call an electrician. He gets a flat tyre and the whole day is ruined because he can’t even change tyres. With increasing bills and cost of living, spending money on some simple plumbing, carpentry and electrical faults can put a great strain on the family. Fixing door handles doesn’t need a carpenter. The carpenter will take 50cedis for something you could have done in about 15mins. My brother, please do something with your hands. Decide to be the hero in the house.

    These are very few of the things daddy talks about. He normally adds that these traits should be packaged in a God fearing man. If you find it packaged in any other being apart from the one who fears the Lord, run for your life.

    An unbeliever is a NO NO……. Make sure that the packaging is as good as Christ Himself.

    We will meet again with the other qualities 😉

    I want to use this opportunity to express my love to all my readers and followers. God bless you for supporting this vision of spreading the intent of God everywhere ♥️♥️♥️

    Ladies, You can’t switch overnight!!!

    I woke up thinking about this and it has been on my mind for a while. Why do some ladies think that they can wake up one day on their matrimonial beds as prayer warriors? You won’t open your eyes one day in your matrimonial room fully dressed in the full armor of God, NO!!! It doesn’t happen like that.

    Marriage won’t make you what you are not. You can’t switch overnight my dear. Well, you may switch but in the end, I want you to know that the switch doesn’t come as a result of marriage. You only reveal the person you have truly built yourself to be.

    I’ve seen so many ladies crazy and so zealous about being their spouses spiritual backbone. These ladies have vowed to stand solidly behind their husbands in prayer and raise their children according to the Word of God. This is a very good idea, in fact let me applaud you for making this decision. However, I want to draw your attention to some few things:

    • Have you been standing solidly in prayer for your parents?
    • Have you been standing solidly in prayer for your siblings?
    • Have you ever spent time to intercede for anyone?
    • Have you tried praying for a friend?

    These are random things that were running through my head as I went through the day. I want every young lady to understand that marriage can’t turn you into a prayer warrior but you may learn it when your husband or child is on the death bed. So why don’t you start now?

    I think it is not right to spend your whole life praying for a man you have probably not met when there are issues in your current family that need prayers. I find it to be a great error when you’ve not shared the Word of God with your siblings or others even for once and yet you think you can effectively groom your children in the Word.

    Your parents need your encouragement yet you’ve never bothered to encourage them for once and you think you can encourage your husband in desperate times?

    Ladies, I think this is the time to sketch the kind of family you want to handle. I am not against praying for your husband-to-be, but the family you come from is in shambles and you are busily praying for a man you have not met🤔. Is it that you don’t love your current family enough to intercede for them? Are you so obsessed with your future life that you are leaving your current family to die?

    You can’t switch overnight my dear, it starts now. Build yourself up in prayer, serve your family like they are all you’ve got. Until you are given out in marriage, your family remains as yours and you must stand to defend it in Word and in prayer. Don’t think you can treat your husband any better than you treat your dad or brothers. Don’t think you can treat your mother in law better than you treat your mum.

    Keep watch over the family you came from in order to create a better future for the family that will come out of you.


    The Little Things that Destroy.

    As I was doing my devotion this morning, I came across a scripture in Isaiah 14:21 and that scripture actually inspired this article. Let’s see what the Bible says over there;

    “Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities”. Let me give a little background of this verse (Isaiah 14:21)

    The book of Isaiah is a series of warnings and promises from the LORD to Israel and Judah through the Prophet Isaiah. At one point, the LORD hands over His people to the enemy in order to win their hearts. This plan always worked for the LORD and it is very interesting that it works in our days too where we seek the LORD only in the times of trouble.

    In Isaiah 14, the LORD is again restoring the House of Jacob after the Babylonians captured them. I have also noticed that the LORD sets His people free from their captives and gives them power over their captors, this is revealed in verse 2 of this chapter. The LORD was going to destroy the King of Babylon who is a prototype of the satan Himself, and He gives this instruction; “Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities”.

    Well, I was thinking that the LORD would rather have mercy on the children. They are young, they are not as wicked as their father, can’t they be spared? I heard a resounding NO! Wow, that was loud. The LORD gives His reasons for the NO!

    He says we ought to slaughter them lest they rise up and possess the land and fill the face of the world with cities. Did you hear that? I did and this drew my attention to a passage in Songs of Solomon 2:15 which talks about the little foxes that destroy the vine. The ‘baby sins’ we see no potential in now but can eventually grow to take over our lives and ruin our reputation which is Christ.

    Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Songs 2:15 NIV

    Four little things that can destroy you.

    1. Little leaven (1 Cor 5:6): Paul speaking to the church in Corinth talks about the little leaven that leavens the whole lump. In other words, just like a little cancer found in one cell which spreads to other cells and eventually destroys the whole body. I don’t know how many of us will want to live with just a little of the coronavirus in the system. The seemingly little sins will eventually grow to destroy the body of Christ.

    Like I always say, your life is never just about you. Unhealthy cells produce unhealthy body. Your little sin will bring the church down. Yes, you matter. The little sins like telling lies, one dirty joke, stealing of coins and other ‘irrelevant’ items like pen, pencil and the little amounts of money will rise up one day to possess the cities of your life. God says, “slaughter them”.

    2. Little sleep (Proverbs 6:10-11): I feel guilty about this, especially in this season where everything appears to be at a standstill. I turn in bed, check the time and then decide to sleep just a little and boom!! It’s midday already. I decided to do away with this attitude a few days ago and I am impressed at how productive I’ve been in these few days. Laziness is a fruit of the unholy spirit. This is one little thing that the devil is using to destroy believers. Just a little sleep robs us of quality morning times with the LORD. Just a little sleep could have prevented me from sitting up to type this article.

    I want you to do a quick scan through your life and note down the productive things you
    have missed by turning off the alarm for a little more of sleep. I have repented, I hope you will too.

    3. Little folly (Ecclesiastes 10:1): The writer of Ecclesiastes is really an interesting person. I laughed when I found this passage because I’ve heard it a billion times that sometimes as a human being you have to fool a little. It is very common especially among believers who live in an unbelieving society.

    They are seen as serious people (I am not referring to the rigidity associated with religion) with no room for folly. Today, I want to congratulate all of such people because a little folly spoils great wisdom and honor. A man of honor can be brought down just because of a little folly in speech. Don’t decide to fool a little because it can tarnish your image and that of Christ’s.

    Watch the words you say and most importantly how you present yourself on social media, don’t follow a trend of folly.

    4. Little flesh (Proverbs 5:3-4): This is something that crossed my mind as I was writing the third point and this goes to my beautiful women made by God for His glory. Sometimes, there is a tendency to show just a little flesh and curves. After all, you aren’t naked but the little flesh has made some ladies victims of rape. Others are still living in regret because they laid on the wrong bed for the right person to do the good thing at the wrong time. I said the right person because probably he could have been God’s will for you but your carelessness in dressing stirred up something in him.

    Don’t dress like the strange woman and don’t be a strange woman leading man down to the grave of sin by showing just a little flesh. Check your motives, if it is just to show a little flesh, my dear, get that dress off now.

    Decide to do away with the children of sin before they take over the cities which can be your mind or tongue and eventually possess the world which is your whole being.

    Not a coincidence- The Samaritan Woman

    I find something very interesting about Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. Jesus was weary and so He decided to rest by a well, His disciples set off to get food, there comes a wandering Samaritan woman with a jar, she sees a well and decides to fetch some water, she meets a man who is so tired and catching His breath. They start a random conversation and the woman mistakenly gets saved…… Huh? Mistakenly? Yes! The woman just arrived from nowhere😁. I used to think this way as I have described but I have come to realize that it was not mere coincidence. Now, let’s see the story:

    Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” (John 4:1‭-‬7‭, ‬9 NLT)

    A scripture just came to mind, Jeremiah 29:11-13. God says “For I know the plans I have for you……..” And this got me smiling. God has plans. Let me grab my dictionary and check out the meaning of “plan”. According to the Collins Dictionary, a plan is defined as a method of achieving something that you have worked out in detail beforehand. Wow… let’s see what Cambridge Dictionary says, a set of decisions about how to do something in the future. The plan is defined and the plan is for your future which starts now.

    Can I tell you that God had that lady in mind? Everything had been well planned and laid out. I’m pretty sure that God had calculated the number of steps Jesus had to take in that day to meet the Samaritan woman. He had carried Jesus throughout Judea, stressed Him enough to get Him weary so that He needed to sit somewhere to catch His breath.
    At the same time, He had probably made some children ran over this woman’s last bucket of water that she had no option than to go to the well. Now let’s look at this carefully, I don’t know what made the woman go to the well (I just framed something though) but there was someone somewhere pulling the strings. This is what I call strategy. God has a plan and He has laid down strategies to achieve them.

    You may say that “but I am not a Christian, does God still have plans for me?” The Samaritan woman had nothing to do with Jesus. Follow the conversation between them and you will realize that it wasn’t only a relationship that was missing. NO, there was a relationship. In fact, a terrible one. Yes, they were enemies. It is a different thing when there is no relationship and yet another when there is a terrible relationship. With no relationship, there can be a build up from the scratch with no ill feelings based on past experiences. When it comes to a terrible relationship, it is more difficult to mend because there is a score to settle.

    The woman had scores to settle with Jesus. But we all know how it ended. The strategy God laid out to save this woman was very successful. The plan worked and this woman was saved. God has plans for everyone including you. “I am sinner”, “I’ve not been a good Christian”, “I committed the abortion”, “I’m caught up with masturbation” etc. You can give all the excuses but this is the Word of the Lord to you; reading this right now is not mere coincidence, God has it planned and I believe this is the time to get things right with God. Your salvation is here and I’m here to help you walk with Jesus

    The Believer and Troubles

    “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.(Mark 9:49 NKJV)

    He is a consuming fire
    Source: Pinterest

    This Christian life we are living is one interesting life which is full of known surprises. I decided to read through the book of Mark and this is what I saw- everyone will be seasoned with fire. It got me thinking….. Since when did fire become a seasoning agent?. I was thinking that sacrifices are burnt instead so we can have the sacrifice “seasoned” with fire then the person seasoned with salt.

    I have been deliberating on this scripture and I’m still deliberating on it as I write. I decided to look for other versions to understand what Jesus was putting across and this is what I found again;

    Everyone will be salted with fire.

    (Mark 9:49 NIV)

    It appears Jesus meant what He was putting across.

    “Everyone will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.

    (Mark 9:49 GNB)

    A believer is made useful after going through the fire. Contrary to what most of us have chosen to believe that a Christians life should be all rosy with everything at his/her disposal. This journey we are embarking on is a journey against the world. We are waging war against the world and its systems. This isn’t a small war.

    I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” (John 16:33 GNB)

    I love how the Good news Bible puts it-the world will make you suffer. I think there is enough trouble in the world for us handle, why should God add His?

    Why will God take us through fire?

    Let’s go back to that scripture in a different version:

    I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NLT

    If the world will already make us suffer, why then do we need to also go through fire as believers?. An interesting analogy came to mind; on a recent tour to the Mole National Park located in the northern part of Ghana, we had the opportunity to interact with the Park manager. We asked him to tell us about the management practices they use in managing the park. He mentioned periodic deliberate controlled fires.

    Huh!!!! Yes, he mention fires. They deliberately set a portion of the forest in fire to reduce fuel load- the amount of litter or flammable material that supports burning. In this case, if there is a fire outbreak there will be no dried grasses, flammable materials or leaves to facilitate the spread of the fire. So they burn the forest deliberately to burn away a larger portion of the fuel if not all to prevent future loss of the forest due to fire outbreaks.

    I believe this is exactly what God does to us. He takes us through the fire to burn away anything the devil can use as fuel to set us on fire for him(the devil). Examples of such fuels are anger, impatience, disobedience, selfishness etc. These are burnt away to make us useful to the Kingdom. Timber is seasoned by drawing out water from it using ovens before it is used. This makes it dry and lighter in weight; fit and ready for use. Meat is seasoned before it is taken in, seasoning enhances the quality, taste and appearance of the meat. Salting preserves meat.

    Your troubles will season you. The excesses are burnt and you are made fit for use in the Kingdom of God. I started by saying that Christianity is an interesting lifestyle which is a direct contrast of what the world expects from us-

    • We are supposed to pray for our enemies
    • We are supposed to love our enemies
    • We are supposed to be refined through troubles

    Doesn’t sound too good yh?

    How should a believer respond to troubles?

    • Count it all joy (James 1:12): I know this is the last thing you would want to do when faced with trials and troubles but this is the first command James stated in his epistle. James is not telling us to pop champagne over our troubles and enjoy it while it lasts. Instead, we are to evaluate the situation and see with the eyes of God. We find the peace that comes with knowing that we are secured in Him and nothing can ever stop His plans from happening in our lives.
    • Faith instead of blame(Genesis 45:4-8, NIV): It is easy to blame ourselves and others in such situations. We tend to fish out some past sins and we figure out the role others or we played in making the troubles come. Just take a look at Joseph’s story. I believe that irrespective of the cause of the trouble, the end product is the same- to refine us. If our sins caused the trouble then God is chastising us. Let’s see what He says about His discipline- ……………but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness (Hebrews 12:10 NIV). The Lord disciplines us so that we can partake in His character of holiness. This is to say that the more we are disciplined, the more we become like Christ in holiness. We need to have faith in the workings of the Lord in our lives to season us and to refine us.
    • Praise through the pain (Acts 16:16-40, NIV): This is not a natural reaction to trials and troubles and every part of your being will work antagonistically against your praise but dear, you have to praise through it. Paul and Silas were in shackles but they understood the working of the Lord in them. We are not pleasing through it because it is appealing and satisfying but because we know the end of it all will be glorious. The crown of life to be received (James 1:12) is deserving of praise. The writer of Hebrew gives a beautiful description of what our Lord Jesus endured; “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)

    Can you be like Jesus today? For the joy set before you, put a praise on your troubles. It’s worth it

    My thoughts on womanhood

    Womanhood is a beautiful concept. It is one that stands out and brightens up the world. I am not surprised women are attacked at every angle in life- we are attacked at the work place, in the homes and almost everywhere. Women have been misunderstood and as a result maltreated all over the world. It has gotten to a point where most women have even lost identity due to the confusion that surrounds womanhood. Women don’t understand women and men don’t either, so who understands us? Only God does.

    As we celebrate women today I want to talk about a few things I believe can help every woman be her best self.

    • The Woman was made by God as part of His plan.

      Contrary to what some people think and say that the woman was an afterthought. She was part of the plan from the scratch. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26‭-‬27 NKJV). God said, “let them have Dominion”. I don’t think Adam was the “them” God referred to.

    • The Woman is not a liability.

      Just because a man goes to ask for a woman’s hand in marriage from family and decides to be responsible for her does not mean that a woman is helpless. The woman was made a helpmeet so in actual sense the woman is an added advantage to the man. She comes in to help, she is the help herself. We were not made as burdens, to incur extra cost in a man’s life. Unfortunately, society has made us to believe that the woman is always at the receiving end without contributing to a man’s life. This concept is one that has degraded women, a woman gives- she gives help to the man. In the case of singles, a woman contributes to the society and every man she meets. My dear, be an asset not a liability. Be relevant in people’s life because you are a woman and that’s how God made you.

    • The woman is not a sex object.

      It saddens my heart when all that a woman can stand to show is breasts, hips, butts, beautiful face and long hair. This is what society has reduced women into; as objects only for visual and sexual pleasure. This has had an effect on women leading us to focus on things that will enhance our appearance in order to meet the world’s standards instead of cultivating Godly and life changing traits. Indecent dressing is rising at an alarming rate with women exposing everything on the streets and this is because of what society has reduced us into. Men look at us and lust after us when God didn’t make us beautiful for such reasons. A woman was made to give life, to make this flourish, to make people smile and heal the wounds of the soul through our soft touch.

    I want every woman to see herself differently today. As one who meets God’s purpose and plan in her life. A woman doesn’t live to please man and society, she lives to please God. A woman is made to bring life to the world. Her smiles-so refreshing, her appearance- so glorious and her speech- so soothing to heal hearts.

    I am a Woman made by God. I shine brighter and I live for His Glory ♥️