It's a lie o...but I'm really on a vacation (in Nigeria), till January. I'll miss you guys and my ever so faithful writings for God. God has been good to my family and friends, and I can't wait to give lots and lots of testimonies when I get back. He's always there for all of us, through the good times and even more so through the not-so-good times. Sometimes He carries us so we don't have to do the walking, but at other times He just lets us walk through the burning sands with our own two feet, so that we can emerge as powerful unconquerable warriors at the end of the day.
I promise to be back with more...
Stay tuned and read other posts on The Lamp even during this vacation...
Have a blessed christmas and an exciting new year...lol.
Strangely, God has created certain "weird" things in each of us that we have to embrace. See, He is such a brilliant architect! If we were all the same, where would the fun be?
Seven weird things about me...
I like dancing in front of the mirror. It is soooo weird. After a shower or after brushing my teeth, coming in front of the mirror is simply sheer bliss. The mirror is one of my best friends. It is soooo much fun, and I usually don't think I'm crazy while I'm doing it. But some minutes after, I start asking myself what I just did. I don't just dance, I sing songs as well in front of the mirror. Lol. It makes me happy.
I like shopping alone. If I decide to go shopping with my girlfriends (which is usually fun as well), it still cannot surpass the absolute joy of shopping lavishly ALONE. You see, when I shop alone, it gives me all the time in the world to day-dream and fantasize! I can make sure I go into every single shop in the mall and not be too selective about the specific shop and specific shopping time frame. Shopping is one of my pastimes and I need to thoroughly enjoy the moment. I enjoy breezing into Abercrombie and Fitch and fantasizing I'm surfing on the beach, or going into Victoria Secret and feeling like a victoria secret model (while cat-walking down the perfume section). I don't like rushing when I'm shopping. And I don't think I need to buy stuff from every shop, but it would just be nice to enter the shop at least (why else would I be in the mall?) You see, you never know what treasure you will come across while on a treasure hunt, right? Lol.
I laugh a lot. Up to the extent that if I'm not laughing my friends will think there's something wrong with me. Although, there may be nothing wrong with me when I'm not laughing, its just that the environment may not be conducive for laughing! That's why I like people who can make me laugh. If you're a very good jokes star, you have a very strong probability of becoming a laughing pal.
Starbucks is my inspirational spot. Up to the extent that I have become a laughing stock by friends. What's their business now? Alright, whatever! I accept that I'm weird. Loll...the first day I stepped into starbucks was one of the best days of my life. I walked in, and as soon as I heard the soft romantic jazzy music in the background, I fell in love with the place (talk about falling in love with inanimate objects!). Anyways, tasting the sweet caramel frappucino and black bottom cupcakes obviously did not help either, as I saw myself slowly falling very deeply in love with mr. Starbucks. Day after day turned into month after month. The weirdest thing is that I actually started writing poetry and other things in starbucks. I would go there, listen to the music, then the writer in me would come out and I'll take out one of my secret journals, smile to myself and begin writing random stuff. I apologize to those who thought I was probably studying.
When I was 8 yrs old I had a book series called 'Amanda.' Talk abt being a weirdo. Ok, first Amanda was I and my sister's paper doll. We had real dolls, but it didn't matter...it was obviously more creative to make dolls out of paper. Oh, those were beautiful times. Plus we used to make fancy clothes for the paper doll as well. Then when my mum came home, we would hide the doll and all the paper houses and cars under the living room furniture, and my mum would find them and shout. Anyways, so I had big dreams for Amanda. I started writing about her and her family. I wrote about how her and her brothers solved a mystery once (think 'Famous Five' type story). So their father was a lawyer and someone was trying to blackmail him, so they rode on their bicycles at the middle of the night and decided to solve the mystery on their own, and they did. Smart kids, Amanda and her siblings! I still have some copies left.
I've always loved historical and epic stories. Anything heroic, majestic, or impressively great. Long stories of old, passed down from grandparents to their children. I loved and still love the old classic movie, "Till We meet again." I love the Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) type stuff. Oh, Lord of the rings was a classic. I love stories where the knight rescues the beautiful princess, which is why I fell in love with that movie line in Pretty woman where he says, "and what happens when the knight rescues the princess?" and she goes like, "she rescues him right back!" :)
I save all my birthday cards, valentine day cards e.t.c. I mean, how can people throw them away? Those are great treasures! Especially if it is a blank card where the card-giver writes their own special sentiments. How precious! Oh, I loveeeee "funny" cards, usually from crazy people. And I give out a lot of funny cards to people as well. It's just fun! Lollll...
"May your friday be blessed. Let ALL that is within you begin to burst out into praise, because in the presence of God, there is really a fullness of joy. Experience it."
Psalm 84:5 "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You (God), whose heart is set on pilgrimage."
Oh, how I admire your strength! Look at how strong you are. Do you think everyone in the world is a survivor like you? Do you know that the average suicide rate in the world today is 100,000 people per year? You are stronger than you even think. You swam through the storms all through this year, 2007, until the very end. Those things that tried to barricade you did not expect that you will emerge stronger than you were before. But you held on, and God sustained you, and you're still alive today.
Oh, how I admire your thirst! You thirsted for God like a deer pants for water, which is why you maintained the zeal to delve into the word of God, and to even want more each day. Yes, you keep coming back for more. More of His presence. More of His love. More of His realness!
Oh, how I admire your beauty!. Beauty that radiates from the inside out. Yes, people tell you that you're beautiful on the outside, but you're working on the inside daily! Little do you know that this emerging beauty on the inside is what makes you even more beautiful as you wake up each morning.
Oh, how I admire your boldness! There were certain wrong decisions you may have made this year, but you didn't stay down, you pushed through and made some right decisions, which is why you are where you are today.
Lastly, I admire your confidence! You may still have some problems kicking your toes right now, but yet as you read my letter you still manage to smile. Keep on keeping on. Let God continue to strengthen you as you break forth into the year 2008. Your future will be better than your past.
"He has made the earth by His power,
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion..."
Please consider such Power, Wisdom, and Discretion...
Echoes lost in the wind. Candles long stopped from burning. Volcanoes compressed from erupting. Voices lost in the woes of the media. Prisoners behind the bars of molestation. Long forgotten stories. Songs that have stopped singing. Children who have stopped crying. The women of tomorrow.
Today, I raise my voice with those of multi-nationalities, crying out for the elimination of the violence of women. Recognizing November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. Worldwide.
She was the Samurai's daughter. Her features were the divine features of a Samurai's daughter...the way she carried herself, the way she spoke, and the way she fought. She wasn't mediocre in her ways, she considered herself as "royalty." She was a team leader, a teacher, a trend-setter, and also a living book of wisdom, using the proverbs that had been passed down to her by her Father.
But tonight she felt extremely different. She found herself running in the thickness of the dark night, she ran through trails in the midst of thick dark forests, through long bushes as tall as trees. She kept on running, trying desperately to get away from the evil clutches of the intruder. She looked back for a split second and he was only 5 inches from her face, being a very fast runner too. She took out the yari (spear) and threw it at him. Only a part of his long kimono was cut off, his flesh wasn't touched so he kept chasing her.
She dived into the blue waters in front of her, for it was the only way she knew. She had learned to be a good swimmer as a young child, it was one of the things a Samurai's daughter had to learn. She turned back swiftly, but he was still there swimming like the swiftest shark...coming real close. So she took out her tanto (dagger) and flung it towards his direction. She smiled for a quick second, until she saw his head resurface. No, he wasn't dead yet. So she kept wading.
She came out, and a tall big mountain stood in front of her. So she started climbing. She was a mountain climber from her teenage years, infact she was familiar with this particular mountain, she knew all it's rough surfaces like the back of her experienced hands. She looked down, she was getting furious...he was still there. Climbing to get her. She stopped for a second and threw down her yumi, a composite bow made from bamboo, wood, rattan, and leather, used by all Samurai warriors. He dodged it and kept climbing. She started doing what she called "mountain gallops," a technique used to get to the top faster. Then suddenly, she reached the peak. She stood tall as she felt her Father's spirit fighting with her. She looked at the last sword standing. The strongest of all the Samurai's weapons, the 'double-katana,' the only sword that was double-edged. It had a deadly effectiveness, no one could stand before the sword. But if you didn't use it the right way, it could kill you too. She heard her Father's voice saying, "hold it strongly and lift your head up proudly!" As soon as he reached where she was, she pierced the sword into the most deadly area of his body, and as soon as she did so, the fight was over. She sank to the ground as she realized she needed to stop running now...
This story is only a story I construed of how a Samurai's daughter ended up using her most powerful weapon against her enemy (the weapons are the real names of weapons used by Samurai war lords). But stretch your imagination...you also have a Father who has given you your most powerful weapon. As you walk through the journey of life with each passing moment, He is constantly teaching you how to use this weapon. As you make hard choices in life, you are using this weapon. Your weapon has been, and still will be the most powerful response to an intruder. Your weapon is the WORD OF GOD!. You need to use it. You need to learn how to use the weapon. If you don't know how to use your Father's weapon, then you can't be recognized as your Father's daughter (or son). Pray that God teaches you how to use His weapon (His Word) as your most powerful weapon...more importantly (as the life of a stranger pointed out), we must not resort to using the word of God as our last weapon (last sword standing), instead we must use our most effective weapon FIRST!!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!
Thank God for His LOVE! :)
To commemorate the thanksgiving holiday, I have added everyone's "thankfulness" post on my side-bar, reading and participating in writing one of those posts is a life-changing experience.
Every single thanks to God will not go unheard. His ears are not too short that He cannot hear us. If you did a post pls send Diamond, the author, a link for your day to add to the chain of thanks. You're invited to participate.
For all those times I thought You weren't real
For all those times I prayed and You didn't answer
Oh Lord...there's so MUCH to be thankful for...
As I am typing right now my heart is beating loudly...
If I can count on the tips of my fingers how much He's done for me...
I'm remembering how God told Abraham to look at the stars of the sky
and the sand grains of the sea shore...
that was the number of his blessings,
but he couldn't even count them...
I am thankful for the VISION...
for the vision God has given me,
A vision that can never die,
I realize that if my eyes are filled with good things,
then my whole body will be filled with good things as well,
because I have a vision,
I know where I am going to,
and I know it will be different from where I am coming from,
my vision has calmed my storms,
even when my boat was shaking,
my vision said, "peace be still,"
my vision tells me time and time again,
that the enemy may come towards me like a flood,
but God will lift up a mighty standard against him;
my vision cheers me on and on, towards the prize...
forwards ever and backwards never,
this secret vision God has caused my eyes to see,
will never die
but will yet manifest,
at it's appointed time.
I am thankful for FAMILY,
a word that means so much more to me than blood,
yes, blood is thicker than water,
but love came and rescued me,
first God orchestrated my steps to be born into such a beautiful family,
then He also caused me to meet people who I have come to incorporate into my family,
He has caused me to know an unusual kind of love I never thought I'd ever find,
love that knows no boundaries,
I'm thankful for family,
a word that means much more to me than blood.
I am thankful for LIFE,
so many have come and gone this year,
but God has kept me,
none of us has done anything extraordinary to deserve this,
but God is saying to me, "you have to first accomplish what I placed you on earth to do,"
your time is not NOW,
so I am thankful for life,
I'm thankful for joy, laughter, sunshine, and worn-faded jeans...
and I am thankful for the lives of those who passed, who accomplished their purpose on earth,
time is really precious,
we must live each day for God alone,
there is no time for false living,
the time to choose Jesus is NOW,
you may not have tomorrow,
but your soul has the whole of eternity.
You have one life to live...and you have those who have gone on before you, the Hebrews 11 guys cheering you on. Don't stop living. Take a hold of the life God has given you. Dream BIG. Then achieve your dreams...you are called to be different. You are called to a higher place. Don't take your life. Don't stop living.
Yeah...in my wildest imaginations oooo...lollll...please, pardon me. It was only in the beautiful book I was reading tonight, "Warren Buffet Speaks," that I obviously had this mental conversation with one of the richest guys in the world. The capture on the front cover (investments) was what caught my eyes. For the longest time now I have been thinking about what investments are the greatest. I know I may not have that much right now to invest as much as I want to, but all these great people started from somewhere. They started just by having intellectual minds that could be expanded on a global level. Take Warren Buffet for instance, he's actually my new hero because it is recorded that he had no prior family inheritance, but rather he accumulated self-wealth by expanding his mind in investing in stocks in the Berkshire Hathaway company, which he now owns. But he started off in the 1960s by buying 200 stocks for $7.60 (or thereabout). Now, his company sells stocks for thousands of dollars.
Anyways, all these led me to obviously ask this one absolutely important question, "who is the BIGGEST shareholder?" It may sound ludicrous to your ears, but my answer is very simple: "God." He is the One who owns the biggest stocks in each of our lives.
See, first He invested all His time in the creation of the world. Then He thought about it, just like the extra-multibillionaire God that He is, and decided to invest even more time into creating every SINGLE person that exists today in a very different way. He probably was thinking that the highest probability to obtain profits would be in making no one to be the same as another person. Did you know that no two finger-prints are equal (not even the finger-prints of Siamese twins)? But God, the biggest Shareholder of our lives, took His time to make an imprint of each of us on the palms of His hands ("see, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me." Isaiah 46:16).
One characteristic of a shareholder is that they own stocks in a particular company, and hence have an entitled ownership to that company. God has made more than significant investments in your company (your body), and hence He is automatically the owner of it. Another characteristic is that a shareholder has the right to terminate ownership at any time, so it is no wonder that God asked Job in chapter 36 these very crazy questions, "where you there when I laid the foundations of the earth?; who determined it's measurements?; or have the gates of death been revealed to you?" and in chapter 40, "who has preceded Me that I should pay him? Everything under the heaven is mine;"
See, God is your biggest shareholder because He alone has the power of life and death. No matter how many meditations you make with a fixated gaze to heaven, you do not have the power to elongate your breath, not even for one second. And who would say, "there is no God?" The rich man said in his heart, "I will say to my soul, "soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But the Almighty God, the major Shareholder in the life of this man, came into the picture and said, "fool! this night your soul will be required of you, then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God...(Luke 12: 16-21).
Therefore, it is of a very great necessity that we all come to the knowledge that God is the major Shareholder of our lives. He's my biggest Shareholder because He bled to death on a cross that wasn't His own, just to become bruised and battered for you and I. Your company must be THAT important to Him!!! Yes, we need to worship Him and give Him all the praise, just for the various beautiful investments He has made in our companies. He has made my company grow in strength and extreme vigor, with each passing moment. When the company seems like it's failing, God just gives it a little encouraging nudge and replenishment (more resources), and all of a sudden all the board of directors in my company become a vast resource of intellectual wealth. He is my biggest Shareholder because He watches every word that He has spoken over my company, and makes sure they are performed...none of His words can ever fall to the ground and return back to Him void. He's the best Stock Trader because He knows the EXACT TIME to come into the stock market, and geez does He make all things extremely beautiful in His own stock-market time or what???? He's a stock boomer...when He comes in, all stocks in my company begin to explode...
Welcome to the Friday Verse Series...yeahhh babyyyy!
Being oh-so-feisty can be very sexy when the definition refers to a spirited and energetic person (girl or guy), someone who is full of animation, energy, or courage. You know, the "energizer-bunny" type of person, whose battery never runs out of charge. Actually I know someone like that, "T" my A-level classmate! Geez, she was soooo lovable. Nothing could ever be boring around her, she would always find a way (in the middle of the desert) to make things more than a little bit spicy. Ohhhh dear "T," I really miss your FEISTI-ness! Ah, you are sooo feisty, as small as you are! You can run a million miles and not even get tired. Your energy is so amazing!
BUT, my people...there is another definition of 'feisty' that is oh-so-NOT-sexy! Being feisty, according to the dictionary can also mean being "ill-tempered" and "pugnacious." The definition of pugnacious is "inclined to fight or quarrel very easily." Hmmm, this causes for some self-observation. Am I likely to quarrel or fight very easily??? Hmmm, many times I find myself in the midst of certain heated arguments, a.k.a, as a result of my sexy feistiness! So energetic that I become prone to quarrel! No, no, no...a child of God should not be this way. We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, hence we shd always scrutinize ourselves (not others) to see if we are really following these principles.
It's no wonder the discussion on TERC today was very sweet. It was about the element of the body called the "tongue," a.k.a the "rudder of the ship." Many times as Christians, we feel we know it ALL...sorry to burst your bubble this morning, but NO you do NOT know it all. We need to become 'babes' in the hands of the Master Potter, allowing God to shape and mold us every single day. There is always something to learn, in fact it does not matter if you have read the scriptures like as many times as the sun has risen and set since it was created. It does not matter whether you are as old as history itself. There is always something to learn for a particular season; it's no wonder why sometimes when we read the same verse that we learnt one million times last year, it sheds some light on an entirely new revelation. It is because of the times and the seasons....a very old proverb says that 'the only thing constant is change,' things will change in your life from time to time, and you basically need to flow with the change. Just imagine showing dance skills of the early 1920s at a dance floor in the year 2008. It just won't flow...
Why am I talking about Christians who think they know it all? Because that it is the root of many unnecessary arguments. When you realize you don't know it all then you more than likely will be able to tame your tongue. So this friday, in this moment of urging everyone to learn how to tame their tongues, I will end with one beautiful scripture:
Proverbs 10:19-21 "In a multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is CHOICE SILVER..." Today, I tear out the unnessary argumentative/quarrelsome parts of my tongue. Sometimes, arguments are good i.e when they are edifying to both parties. But not at all times! I want my words to be "choice silver," that when I speak people will not just think about a tap merely dripping with water. That when I speak, I will speak with authority and wisdom. That when I speak, those who hear the words of my mouth will not be disappointed. That my speech will be relevant to my generation, and that my words will be used as answers to someone's questions, merely because my tongue stands to be used as an instrument of God. I am God's representative, an ambassador for His beautiful eternal kingdom...
When we catch a glimpse of the true revelation of Who God really is, we FREEZE for a moment, relishing and delighting in the sweet secret thing we've just discovered. Guess what? Even God Himself can suddenly stop, freeze in time, probably scrunch up His nose and raise His mighty finger towards His chin, and take one good long eternal look at us, when He has a revelation that we have just discovered a revelation (sounds like a tongue-twister). Frozen in time! The spectacular look of shock or fascination. What do I mean by that? Lollll...
They had a deep revelation of Jesus, right down to the bone marrow of His ancestral inheritance from his earthly fore-father, king David. Then they also had a deeper revelation of His healing power...from hearing the stories of how He cast out demons, healed the sick, calmed the storms, and fed 5,000 men, therefore they KNEW He could heal their blind eyes (revelation). Then in their conclusion, they called Him "Lord," recognizing the fact that He was God. Jesus had to freeze in time, in the moment that they called Him "Lord" and "Son of David." He must have smiled at such revelation from such physically blind men.
Does food really satisfy? Or does drinking some water after eating food bring the final and absolute satisfaction? Food serves the purpose of filling up our stomachs, but without the digesting ingredient, water, we will never feel satisfied and we would feel like a dry hot desert in the mid-afternoon on the inside. For lack of a more imaginative description, think of a volcano at the center of your belly.
I suddenly feel like I am the woman at the well. The Samaritan woman who came to draw water at one of the most popular wells in the city, but instead met Jesus. She came to get physical water, but ended up receiving the water that will quench all her thirsts forever!!! She was trying to quench her physical thirst, but instead met someone who could quench her spiritual thirst for the rest of her life.
You can search from the east to the west...from the sunrise to sunset...from the garden of Eden to the city with golden gates...from Bethlehem to Iraq...from the Carribean to Honolulu...from the beaches of the world to the forests of Australia...from the dark trails in Africa to the bright eye-blinding pinching icelands of the North pole...but you will never solve the mystery of how to quench your spiritual thirst...not until you find Him...the One Who is called Jesus...
I was watching the History channel today, and was learning about how so many people, since the era of science, have gone out of their comfort zones to search and analyze the history of the bible, to see if the locations written about really existed. Christopher Columbus was one of such people. These people searched and they searched, using historical archaic maps, those who tried to find the garden of Eden actually figured out where the four rivers described in the bible met and concluded that the mapped out area must have contained the garden of Eden. But somehow, they always got close, but never really to the end. Some were able to detect where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah must have been located, but somehow they just couldn't prove it. They were able to scientifically prove that the grounds had indications of two twin cities being burnt, but could not prove it was Sodom and Gomorrah...after all it could be any other two cities in history's palms.
There is a sudden THIRST for MORE in the mouths of so many, whose heads I am not willing to count. It's no wonder people look for God in every place and every where. Some find a sort of god but cannot still quench their thirsts, so they worship multiple gods--one god dedicated to the area of "fertility", another "feminism", and yet another "strength". So many diverse gods. But I know of a God, and the God I know is the One Who was able to quench my spiritual thirst, once and for all! The God that can answer all of my questions if I can only dare to ask Him to reveal them to me, one by one, with each passing moment. The God whose hands are not too short that they cannot reach me, Whose ears are not deaf so that they cannot hear me. The God who still speaks to us...with each passing moment.
Imagine those cyclic rides in amusement parks...they are shaped like wheels and keep going round and round until the individuals become very light-headed and some come out having head-aches. I think life can feel like a wheel sometimes, going round and round in the same old circles and you feel like nothing new has emerged or will emerge for a very long time to come. Some people get physically tired and some others get spiritually tired. They may have been waiting on God for something and it just doesn't feel like God is going to do anything about their situations. "Oh ye of little faith!" If God has said it, then He will do it ("God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent, has He said and will He not do?" Numbers 23:19)
It doesn't have to feel that way. The bible says that the "expectations of the righteous shall not be dashed." Who does this apply to? Certainly not every Tom, Dick, and Harry, but to the children of God...to those who truly believe! If you believe that God is everything that He says He is, then you would wake up each morning with great gigantic expectations the size of mount Everest, and if you have such great expectations, and because God watches over every word He speaks and makes sure it comes to pass, then your expectations will not be dashed. If you are expecting your tomorrow to be greater than yesterday, then it will be. You just have to wait for the right time. Do you know the right time? The answer is "No, you don't know right now but when it is the right time God will reveal it to you." Don't get tired of waiting because God is not tired of waiting. If you have already bought a gift for your other half two weeks before his birthday, I bet you will be itching to show it to Him already. Oh, if only God can reveal what He has in store for you just to bring a smile to your dainty face...but see, the impact and the meaning of the gift will be destroyed if it is given at the wrong time.
We need to get to that level where we stop living our lives in repetitive cycles of stagnancy. Because you've asked God for one thing and He has not yet given it to you, because the timing is wrong or because you really don't need it at all, does not mean that the rest of your life should come to a stand-still!!! You can do a ZILLION things in your life. Each day the ideas I come up with sometimes are so MANY that I have to start canceling stuff out of my brain and relegate them as "insignificant."
There needs to be something BIGGER that we are aspiring towards, with each passing day. Your tomorrow MUST be better than your yesterday. You cannot remain stagnant! Your life should not just be 'same ol, same ol.' Before you lived one day God had written about all of your days. He wrote about everything that you were created to accomplish. He basically "engineered" you to succeed. Yes, it's true...no matter how foolish anyone may seem, they were created to succeed. So if you ended up not accomplishing anything in life but instead become a failure, it won't be anyone's fault but yours...because God Himself said, "My people perish for lack of knowledge." You have the intelligence to think about so many ideas, but you get stuck on one basic idea and it becomes the norm in your life, and you just never even bother to move a notch higher.
Talk about lack of knowledge...
Most people who commit suicide don't know that there is another way out.
Those who get high on drugs don't know they can get even a higher level of "highness" just by worshiping God.
They just don't know another way out, but the universe is vast and the whole earth is waiting for the sons of God to manifest with ideas that have never been seen before. "For there is a God in heaven Who reveals secrets..." (Daniel 2:28)
Just imagine being in one of those cyclic rides for the rest of your life. When we go to amusement parks, we have the conscious knowledge that at the end of the day we are bound to get off the roller coaster and head on home. But some unconsciously live in spiritual and physical roller coasters or wheel rides. They keep doing the same things over and over again, and their lives do not show any improvements or accomplishments.
I'm not sure who exactly I'm talking to, but if its you then you've got to make a conscious effort to say, "today I am expecting You (God) to take me higher with You." Never forget that He can do the impossible...after all He has raised the dead before, commanded the sea storms to stop raging, and split both the Red sea and river Jordan into two...is there anything too hard for Him???
I pray that if you're reading this and you feel your life is stagnant, that God will resurrect any dry bones in your body and you will be raised to expect God to do the impossible when you wake up tomorrow morning. Every billionaire started somewhere...they started from dreaming BIG...it can be YOU one day....
A whole is made up of several parts, and several parts make up a whole. Loaves of bread can be sold and bought in a variety of ways. Some bakery suppliers sell their bread freshly baked from the oven, wrapped in the exact way the bread came out...full, whole, never-been-sliced bread, fresh...Agege style! Some other bakeries may slice their bread to cause customer attraction to the softness of the bread within. If you're a customer and you look carefully in between the neatly sliced bread, you may observe the whiteness of the wheat and just your imagination of the softness can lure you into the mouse-trap of buying the bread.
A whole loaf of bread, when broken down to pieces, literally consists of crumbs of bread, and those crumbs of bread make up the whole loaf. I read Matthew 15 this morning where a woman from Canaan ran to Jesus, begging Him to heal her daughter who was demon-possessed. Jesus replied that He was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and it is only right for the children's bread not to be tossed to dogs. She didn't quit there though, but she thought about it and realized that even when dogs sit at their master's table, they get filled by the crumbs that fall off their master's plate and she spoke that out loudly so Jesus could hear. He looked back and said, "what GREAT faith, let it be to you as you desire." And it was recorded that her daughter was made whole at that very moment.
Jesus allowed that particular scene to happen just to show that crumbs of bread from God amount to something great in God's book. Combining a lot of the crumbs can bring forth many miracles in your life. After Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, the disciples later were recorded to have gathered 12 baskets of the crumbs of bread that were left over. 12 FULL BASKETS OF CRUMBS? How many loaves of bread did that come off? Definitely more than 5...
Bread crumbs don't lie! You can look at one loaf of bread as small, but when it is broken down into tiny slices, it can be passed around your dinner table. Most especially, bread crumbs from God don't lie. You may be blessed with only a little bit right now, but a multiplication is going on in the background that you cannot see. You may have just a little bit, but God is in the process of multiplying it into many baskets that can feed millions of people. You can pray that God should give you full loaves of bread, but during your period of preparation, you may given just a few crumbs instead to do business with, all you have to do is gather your crumbs together and make it a full loaf. Do not despise the 'little' that you have right now. In luke 19, a story was told of a master who gave ten servants one mina each (the currency at that time) to do business. The first servant to report back to his master did business with that one mina and ended up with ten minas as profit, and his master said to him, "well done good servant, because you were faithful in very little, have authority over ten cities."
All we have to do is just be faithful in the little we have, even if it is just one mina we have right now. Be faithful with one loaf of bread, and it will multiply. Be faithful with one dollar, and your profit will be much. Be faithful with the words you've heard from God...receive them and use them as precious seeds to sow into the lives of others, and your gain will be much...it doesn't matter how much you know now. If you're faithful with the little you have, God will bless you with more. If you're faithful with the little responsibilities you have at your job right now, you will be blessed with heading several companies in the nearest future...
The word "intimacy" sounds like chocolate on the lips of a chocolate-lover, and it feels like a glass of milk shake or frapuccino on a very hot summer afternoon. In life we always want to get to that level of intimacy with our significant others, a place where there are no restrictions or no limitations, and where 'freedom' is the word of the day. When you share an intimate moment with someone, time seems to become minuscule and every single second becomes like a day...time becomes eternity. The words shared between two people in that moment of pleasure are like secret treasures found on a distant gold mine, which no one else can ever find. It is indeed in intimate moments that the most important discussions are held and the most important feelings are revealed and unfolded...as far as it is with the right person, at the right time, and at the right place...
Some days ago, I woke up early in the morning and there was a smile on my lips. It wasn't as if everything in my life was exactly in the order I wanted it to be at that particular point, but I woke up knowing that He was right there beside me. And then I began to sing aloud, because I knew it was God who was causing me to smile...and I began to sing songs to worship God. I felt like He was lurking within the shadows of my bedroom playing hide and seek with me. Haven't you ever felt an external presence that you can't see when you're worshipping or praying alone in your bedroom? Wow, I know I have! Sharing such intimate moments with God never fails. The bible says that He is our "First LOVE," (Rev 2:4 "nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first Love.") When God is your first love, then all other things fall into place with you. You feel saturated with His love all around you...
Intimate moments with God are times when you worship God and praise His Name. You call upon His Name and He answers you...you tell Him you remember all the things He's ever done on earth, from His creation to when He carried the cross for you. You tell Him that you remember every thing He's done for you and your family...from protection to food and shelter. You tell Him every morning you wake up that His creations cause you to burst into praise...everything outside your window glorifies God, from the birds chirping on the fence, to the grass wet with the morning's dew...then in that very moment you pause for a second and then you ask Him how He divided the red sea into two, and then you chuckle gently to youself and tell Him He's the only one that can do something like that. In intimate moments you tell your lover He's the greatest...so you tell God that He's the King of all kings, and the Lord of all Lords...El Eyon the Most High God. There is no other God that can EVER compare with Him. You laugh out loud as you remember how the gods of Dagon fell when they were placed beside the Lover of your soul. You then repeat after the psalmist that, "once has God spoken, and twice have you heard, that POWER belongs to God,"(psalm 62:11).
In intimate moments, your lover also tells you secret things, for the discussion is not just a one-sided thing. It is in this moment where God reminds you, just in case you had forgotten, that He formed you in a secret place (psalm 139) and that no one else was looking when you were formed. He tells you that He placed several gifts inside of you that He wants you to use to bring glory to the kingdom. He tells you He loves you with the whole of His heart and nothing the enemy can do will ever change that fact. He tells you He knows everything about you, He even knows the errors you've made, and He knows your delibrate acts of sin. He tells you to come clean and not to dwell in sorrow and pity, because He alone has the power to forgive. He tells you that all the plans He has towards you are good plans, but you have to be patient to wait for His "perfect timing" for He knows the exact accurate time for the plan to be executed...He tells you all these things and even more in times of intimacy...
I read this on wikipedia, "The meaning of intimacy varies from relationship to relationship, and within a given relationship. Intimacy has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions. Intimacy is linked with feelings of closeness, safety, trust and transparency among partners in a collaborative relationship. For intimacy to be sustainable and nourishing it also requires trust, transparency and rituals of connection. Intimacy is both the ability and the choice to be close, loving and vulnerable. Intimacy requires identity development. You have to know yourself and your innards in order to share your self with another. Knowing yourself makes it possible to stand for yourself in an intimate relationship without taking over the other or losing yourself to the other."
Just imagine the beauty of sharing an intimate moment with your significant other, and then imagine sharing this moment with God...an intimate moment with God is on a higher level and transcends the feelings that can ever be felt with another human being...it is a moment to look forward to with every passing second. You can never leave an intimate moment with God the SAME way that you came, you will always leave saturated and satisfied...