WHY DO I ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SO GOOD?!

As I think of something pretty good to do this half of the year, my mind races back to my not-so-old secondary (or high school) days. During that time (well I got to know Jesus as my saviour in my early teens so, I had the Godly-christian child of God thing in me!) I had to live this kind of life, you know many teens of my age back then though I was actually boring, you know with all the church-God aspect and missing all the happening stuff. I wanted to live the good life, the God kind of good life! But now, I discovered it was the most interesting time I had between my transition from girlhood to ladyhood (or womanhood).

 Funny enough, I hadn’t enough friends who believed the same way I do- well I can actually say my classmates and neighborhood-mates were my friends ’cause we were so familiar with each other, seeing them everyday and relating with them as friends.  But me- a personal me- nobody close! Who cares about a boring life? Late on  chats with friends, partying and flexing at wild parties, wearing the exposé s (I mean revealing clothes), skipping classes, proving right and independent, having a date-boyfriend (or girlfriend), drinking a little…other stuff…bla, bla bla! Arghh… they allsounded cool and I felt like the odd one out!  Some of my friends even tried to chicken (mock) me out of all the whole situation. If all these don’t sound all that bad, must I be soo good? 

Then, I stumbled on two verses and awhile lot of other ones but I’ll emphasize on these two. 

1PETER 2vs 9- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

ROMANS 12vs2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

So that’s why! That’s why I just can’t fit into anything! Because I made a choice to be God’s good girl, I had to pay a price! Now I’m seeing results!

To be different in God’s way, you have to sacrifice a whole lot of ‘goodies’ so that you can become God’s special one. When it dawned on me that I’m actually different because of what God has for me, I have to pay the price especially because he loves me and has the best in store  for me! You know, there are somethings that logically  don’t seem bad, but because you’re special, and conscious of God’s super-special plan for your life you can’t just do everything that seem cool. You have to sacrifice the not-so-good part for the-very- best-God-wants-for-you part! As teenagers or young adults, we think the only way to be successful is getting good grades, exploring our talents to have fame and fortune, become popular and influential with luxury and wealth. We forget that living that part of our lives, what will speak for us after we are gone? Good grades, money, fame or popularity? No! The only thing that can speak up for you in the time of adversity or when you’re gone is…your good works! When you walk with God and do his good works, popularity, fame, whatever is a tip of the iceberg! 

It’s time to make a difference in our generation, it’s time to stand for what is right not only in our sight but in God’s sight. Not the same thing works for everyone. We can’t be successful doing the same thing. Let God make a living out of you so that u won’t have to stress yourself to earn a living to be successful! If you have low-self esteem because of the way people treat you for doing good, don’t be bothered! It is but for an appointed time. You’re special, you know like gold that has to be refined in fire before its real value comes out! So you have to be tested being God’s good child before the special you comes out and becomes popular! Know God, have a relationship with him, and you’ll never regret it! Love God and don’t forget to love others too. Be very- I mean VERY kind. God’s word with the Holy Spirit will guide you to do the right thing. 

So, being so good is not bad afterall! With God in you and you in Him, you’ll be super-successful, super-famous and super-special and SUPER-GOOD

😁

OUR DEEPEST- GREATEST FEAR.

During the past few weeks when I felt down with an illness, and thank God I’m back again, I had the nudge in my spirit to ask this “what is my greatest fear?” At that time I felt I was going to die! That was my greatest fear then. And a lot of things that were happening around got me confused and petrified. I felt scared about loosing my family and our properties or anybody or thing dear to me.Even before I gained admission into the university, I had the deepest fear that I’ll fail myself, family, friends and even God! Fear-fear-fear of the unknown due to circumstances.

As alarming as it might seem, it is sad to announce that no matter how we try to brush it, we all have our deepest fear and doubts. For some, its death, loss of wealth or properties and business, loss of security, loss of primary  and basic needs…a whole lot more. Well, I realised that we fear bad occurrences because we don’t want it to happen! What we actually fear, is what happens after. We are all humans and have emotions and right to feel what we feel. But, everything in life has an expiring date: both living and non-living cannot live forever; that’s certain. There’s only one thing that will and ever always be eternal forever; I’ll get back to that.

Back to the fear part, we fear about what will happen but what will really happen after? What will happen if I lose my loved ones, what will happen if I’m broke or without a source of living? What will happen if I fall incurably sick? What if? what if…? Have you ever thought of the aftermath? After death; judgement. No wealth poverty. No security; danger! So that’s what we actually fear!

The only way you can get past these weird fears and feelings is trust  and then faith in GOD. No matter what, we will face challenges that’ll incite fear. No matter how we try to box it, death does exist. And there’s heaven and hell! Bad things do happen, it’s to whom it concerns it affects. Sometimes, we wonder why a loving God allow all these things to happen. But I’ve you ever wondered why we don’t try to get and understand that good has given us a free will of choice of what happens to us? Why can’t we resolve in our hearts that there is no other way we can obtain ultimate happiness without the supreme being God in existence in your life? That is why people still go through the bad things they go through. That is why people still go to hell. Because they don’t come to God! everything, every single thing  in this life will pass and fade away, everything: the  money, beauty, intellect…everything! But just one thing which I mentioned earlier-GOD’S WORD! It’s the TRUTH that will stand and the only way to get it is through Jesus Christ Matthew 24 vs 35.

You know it’s actually easier and stress-free living the good and comfortable life void of fears and worries! That beautiful package comes in Christ only. It is time to get rid of your deepest fear- ridiculous doubts and throw in the trowel to God saying, “Lord i’m yours!”  Try it! Well, even if it’s once. Maybe now at this moment, you can stop and pray this prayer in your heart (sorry it’s a little bit commanding but please try it, God’s ready to help you!

Lord, I accept the fact that I’m nothing before you, since you’re my maker, there’s nothing I can hide from you. Have your way in my life, I lay down my everything to you. I need your help…I need you now more than ever! And show me your mercy. LORD YOU’RE ALL WE NEED IN OUR GREATEST AND DEEPEST FEAR! Thanks for we know you’ve answered us and await in faith for results! AMEN!

Oh  what peace and joy will flood your heart if you’ve truthfully done this ! God bless you! Keep enjoying your new life in Christ without fears! HAKUNA MATATA!

Welcome…back!

This time we’ll be tacking questions young people ask and issues we deal with. Ill encourage every teenager and youth to use their judicious time to check in every week and enjoy subsequent post. and i promise you wont regret it, take my word for it. God bless ya!

LOVE-II

When we say we love God, words of mouth and actions are not the only things to quantify it. Pleasing Him in everything-i mean everything from the most important to the least important things! God’s intentions are great, but comes with a sacrifice just like Jimmy Elliot and his friends who sacrificed their lives. It might not be as big as laying down your life but the sacrifice varies as the case may be and how God wants it. People’s reaction to this intentions will determine the level of the love you have for him. He ever and forever love us no matter what. Love him today!

“He is no fool who gives what he doesnt need to gain what he cannot loose”

LOVE FOR HATRED…EASY?

Five determined men in a ‘strange’ primitive land. A land where killing of strangers was not an option because, they feared the unknown. They were killed even before they started their course of the Gospel. They died laying down their lives for Christ. But amazingly, their spouses with love for God in their hearts, forgave these people and finished the course their husbands started. The best part is…these women led the land where their husbands were killed to Christ fulfilling “Lord forgive them for they do not know what they do.” Wow!

These men led the land to Christ through their deaths!

The story of Jim Elliot a one-time famous missionary and his friends caught my attention. First they LOVED God and His work. They labored in love and got their families involved in God’s work.  When they went to the land with the purpose of the Gospel,  they were faced with opposition knowing beforehand that the land do not allow strangers, but still continued. Their love was so strong that they gave up their lives for it! I don’t know how many of us can lay down our lives as Christ did…wait a minute, can anyone love Christ as He loves us? And he wants us to show that same love to other people (other people including bad, proud, mean and wicked people) no wonder Christ was the greatest person that ever lived- he loved EVERYONE not using their bad deeds as a criteria not to love them; even till he died! That height of love is way high and I really want to reach there! Can you imagine forgiving someone who killed your dearest loved one? Oh! That’s pretty difficult and hard you’ll say. But remember “HE WHO DOES NOT LOVE, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM”

So I ask you: how much of the father’s love is in you and how far can you go because you love God?

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

OUR EYES ON THE PRIZE.

When an athlete is in a race running fast at the athlete’s own fast speed with the intention of winning the race, with eyes fixed on the prize, the only thing on the athlete’s mind is ‘winning’!  But what if the athlete gets bitten by an insect (I mean real ‘mean’ insect) or gets injured badly, what will happen? The athlete may want to check the affected part on the skin where the pain is scourching from! If  the athlete gives that so much attention, won’t the speed reduce? Upon all the training, self-discipline and determination, will the athlete give in to the pain and forfeit the aim? But, if the athlete endures the pain to finish the race and then wins, the athlete’s success will have a story to be told!

We christians are like this athlete. We face a whole lot of difficulties which through the help of God, we’ve overcome. But there are times…really…there are times we just feel…lost, empty, useless and even destroyed! It can be because of sickness, bereavement, loss of loved one or property, failure, grief or anything else. I know the fact that since we have the Jesus, we have power over the devil so, there’s no way we can be hurt. But can you remember Job? He was…one of the coolest-God-guy on earth at his time. But the devil took away everything that made his life make sense, well with God’s permission though.But he stood his ground, he was like that athlete looking unto something worth more than the circumstance he was facing.

Now I want you to know that there are times (and there will be times) we will face bad challenges that may want to weigh us down. There are times God makes blessings in disguise, like sweetness after the bitter partof life (like a bitter leaf!) What you are to do is just to hold on to him in FAITH: strong faith not shaking. And above all, ask for GRACE not to be moved by the difficulties of life and not to fail him,but to stand and focus on him to get the reward. Have you ever wondered why you see bad things happen all around you, and you discover you dont experience those bad things? That’s GOD’S GRACE! Its not about who’s prayerful or not, it is just grace! Ask for that GRACE today to get the prize and finish the race, no matter the pain!

“Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith who for the JOY set before him ENDURED the CROSS, DESPISING the SHAME, and has sat down at the RIGHT HAND of  the THRONE of GOD.” Hebrews 12vs2.

                                                                                                             Dedicated to (late) Mrs. Agboola.