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Such Were You… — May 23, 2018

Such Were You…

“But such were some of you…” 

Those few words are enough to knock some sense back into me when I unconsciously want to act all judgy. Those few words can be found in 1 Corinthians 6: 11;

“And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].” — AMP  

Many times, we’ve criticized believers, especially the new converts. We just can’t seem to wrap our saintly head around the fact that “he/she” can ever be saved, knowing their past stories. It’s like us telling God, “this person can’t be saved. You don’t even know what they are like, worst sinner I tell you, Lord. The worst! You can’t possibly want them” 

How were we like before we got saved by God’s gracious mercy and grace? 1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 10 gives us a sneak peek into our former lives. 

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.” — AMP 

I won’t start listing out all versions of unrighteousness stated in the verses above. I’ll let the Sweet Holy Spirit do that in our hearts. 

When next the CHURCH starts to speak out against someone who just got saved, or an “old” believer who fell into sin, kindly stand out. Let’s be Jesus to them. Remember the saving grace of God, no condemnation, no guilt tripping, no sermon preaching. Just loving acceptance! Be Jesus to them! In other words, be love and acceptance to them! 

Remember the testimony of a woman caught in the act of adultery in the Book of John 8: 1- 11. The Pharisees and the scribes had been condemning her all the way, till they got to Jesus. Seeking to know what His verdict will be, hopeful that He’d say something they can use against Him. But to their surprise instead, in verse 7 “… He said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” When they knew they were as guilty as she was, (regardless of what kind of sin) they dropped their accusations and left the scene. Before you start to condemn anyone, the Holy Spirit is telling you “Don’t you know that was you before you got washed, sanctified and justified in God? So, why the accusation?”   

Note: “Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].” — Rom 8:1  

“So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” — John 8:36  

Constantly subjecting ourselves to the transformation and renewal of our souls to the nature of God, Who is love, will help us see people in a new light. 

Being a light, 

MobolajiAde. 

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Top 5 Friday! — May 18, 2018

Top 5 Friday!

Hi friends!!! How are you? How was your week? Like I’d ask my other friends, “was it stressfully productive?” You know how we go about working, stressing ourselves out and it yields positive results, yeah? That’s what I mean by “stressfully productive“. If it wasn’t, hey! It’s fine! Don’t beat yourself up too much about it. You can use this weekend to strategize on how to go about it again next week! It’s all good, alright? 

So, I’ll be sharing my top songs for the week with you! The only thing  I am love with this season after God, family, this blog and my lil bakery, is Music! Whoop Whoop! I plan to share my favourite songs with you every Friday of the month! I’ll also share my playlists with you too.💃   

Let’s get right to the Top Songs for this week. 
1. Jackie Hill PerryCrescendo  

This album was released this week, and it has been on repeat every since! I like the way the album talks about everything. The issues affecting us today, from the social media stress, to the feminist ish, to Christians relating with other Christians. Also, I love the way the album includes “worship hymnal” songs. (Is there any word like that?). So, I’d advice you get the album if you haven’t. It is also available on all musical platforms. 


2. Joseph SolomonGrace Alone (Acoustic Cover) 

 A lil fun fact about me, I’ve got a lady crush on Joseph Solomon ever since I discovered him last year on YouTube. I watched his webisodes almost every night, that my friend, ArewaOba had to ask if I was crushing on him. Well girl, yeah! Lol. Why? He is so open about his walk with God! I like the way he helps me see things in a new perspective. Boy, is he honest about his faith walk! He talks about his struggles et al! Lots of people including myself, draw strength, encouragement and wisdom watching his webisodes! As I’ve said a couple of times before, it helps to know you’re not the only one going through a particular rough path. Btw, he made a special appearance in my dream land some weeks ago. Some of my friends challenged me to tell him, but I didn’t. Lool. The dream was funny and cheesy. Nope, can’t do! Do check out this song on YouTube you’d be glad you did.  


3. Eben ft Nathaniel Bassey –  No One Like You

Honestly, I’ve been waking up to this song for the past couple of days. It is such a beautiful reminder, because the lyrics of the song reminds me that “You’re not a man, You’re the One who opens doors, no one can shut. You’re the God of everything, no one like You!” Only God, friends!  It’s a great song, just praising God for who He is!!! That’s enough for me.


4. NeedToBreatheDarling

Darling, won’t you talk with me for a little while? We ain’t got no where to be, and I’ve come so many miles. Darling, won’t you talk with me for a little while or at least until the baby cries or we both fall asleep?” Awwwwwwn😍! I loved this song the first few seconds into listening it. It is so laid back and refreshing. I would have used the word relaxing, but that would be too much, lol. It’s like saying to your special one “Yo! Hey! Holla! Howdy! (Insert what sweet name you refer to your person as), let’s just talk for a while alright. No phones for the next two hours, no crowd, no pressure, let’s just talk. Just us” Love it!  

5. Selena GomezNobody

Yes, I have a Selena Gomez song on my phone😊😊😊!!! In my search for new songs some nights ago, which happens almost every night, I saw a video on YouTube where she was invited by a church, Hillsong, I guess. She sang the song there. I went on Google to check out the lyrics and it was pretty cool. Bottom line: No one is ever gonna love us like God does! No human love, affection or touch will ever be enough or will ever compare to His. I relate so much with that. So do you, right? Got the song and I’ve been listening to it ever since!  
Alright amigos, those are my top songs for this week! I’d love to know yours in the comment section below⬇⬇⬇. Do have a lovely weekend!  
Musically Me, 

MobolajiAde. 

When You’re Not “feeling” God — May 15, 2018

When You’re Not “feeling” God

Have you ever been to a Christian meeting and the preacher says “The Holy Spirit is moving in this room, He’s depositing some things in some lives here.” Then you wait, and wait, and wait, expecting something to happen to you, maybe a slight push, a full slay, or maybe a tingle on the inside of you and nothing happens.
Or when you want to pray, you expect to “feel” something while praying, but then you feel nothing. So you start to think about all the things you’ve done preceding that moment, because when you prayed the previous day, you “felt” something. You start to get worried and decide not to pray until you feel right again.

Same with reading the Word, you feel you’re just reading words, no revelation jumping at you. You start to think you must have been doing something wrong. Not knowing exactly what it is, you feel miserable and put off both reading the Bible and praying.

The deceiver of men, devil, continues to whispers lies to you during times like this “You know you’ve done something wrong, remember the sin you committed last year? God still remembers it. Oh, you were rude to that lady at the supermarket. You were so impatient with the customer care agent that called you yesterday’s afternoon. That’s why you’re not feeling Him. Just don’t talk to Him again, since He’s not talking to you either.” “Are you sure you’re even saved? You’ve not being feeling like it. So, your salvation is not true. You are definitely doing something wrong”.

The devil continues to whispers so many lies like this and more when we are spiritually low, and because we are not guarded, we are exposed to his lies and we fall for it. We believe the devil and let him win! I hate when I let that happen.
Have you ever been there before? I have been there times before. I was there some weeks ago. (When will I learn to stay fixed?, God help me) and I am never going back there. I found it hard to read my Bible, it felt like mere words to me, I had no zeal to pray. I was feeling “just there”, the word indifferent.

So, I won’t be completely off, I’d play my audio Bible and not really listen. I’d play gospel songs, hoping to find that “high”. Truth is, I found the high- induced by the songs, but I’d get back to the low state couple of minutes after the moment, because it was not the real High I needed. I continued this pattern for days. I’d use a not-so-straightforward way to tell some friends.
Honestly, I found it difficult to explain how I was feeling to them, because I feel they are so put together, always high (AMEN). My interpretation was that there was no way they’d understand how I was feeling.
You know what gives the devil more foothold? We don’t talk about it. I mean, we don’t talk about our struggles. One of the benefits of joining a small group is because it helps to keep you in check, keeps you accountable and encourages you to know that you’re not alone . There’s healing in confession, as stated in James 5. As a result of keeping the struggle to ourselves, we keep sinking and sinking and sinking. In my case, I didn’t talk about it. I just continued playing church.

Not until, I made myself remember all I know about God, the Bible verses that told me He’s always around even when I don’t feel Him. 
I saw Jackie Hill Perry’s tweet about the devil trying to prevent us from reading the word daily.

That gave me a boost. I decided I’d rather sleep to the Word, than sleep to the world. Make sense?

Joseph Solomon in one of his webisodes, talked about What To Do When You Don’t “Feel” Passion For God.

It all boils down to FEELINGS!!! FEELINGS!!! FEELINGS!!!

Feelings can be very misleading. Just because your best friend pissed you off about something and you guys are on the silent treatment doesn’t mean you’re no longer best friends. Or maybe your spouse did something you don’t like, that does not stop your spouse from being your spouse! 

Feelings needs to be in check! You won’t always “feel” that emotional high that comes with certain relationships. You won’t always “feel” that emotional high you had the first few weeks you gave your life to Christ. Nope!
I am realising that I won’t always being in that euphoric state. So, what am I going to do when I feel low and just there? I’ll fight the feeling!
I am going to read my Bible anyway, even though it seems boring and there seem to be no new revelation jumping at me. I am going to pray to God even though it feels like uttering baseless words. I am going to be a Christian in the practical sense of it, I won’t be touchy, okay, I’ll try not to be touchy. I’ll keep fighting the feeling, till my soul understands for the umpteenth time that my relationship with God is not based on feelings. 

Disclaimer: High, in this context, is not in any way related to the use of drugs or substances that induces a euphoric feeling. High in the context of this post is related to the sense of elation or intense happiness that comes from within. A joyful state of mind!

Joyful in Christ,
MobolajiAde.

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