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For God’s Pleasure and Purpose

A key hindrance to our worship of God is our misunderstanding about the purpose of our creation. If all things were created for God’s pleasure and purpose, I think we need a mindset change regarding our lives and all their components.

We tend to live our lives like we are the owners of ourselves when the truth is that we are not ours…..and the sooner we acknowledge this truth, the better for us. Read more →

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Relating with God

In marriage, a couple can get so caught up with the business of daily living and responsibilities that they lose the ‘fire’ (passion) in their marriage and living together becomes routine. Likewise, I find that it’s quite easy to get stuck in that place as a Christian where our walk with God becomes an exercise in rule-keeping and becomes very dry and boring. Granted, we do have rules and guidelines that are essential for our well-being and our outworking of the salvation of our souls but the question I ask myself is this – ‘Is God all about our keeping His rules?’  Read more →

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Following Jesus….or men?

In Nigeria, we have people who have declared loyalty to one personality such that they would rather Nigeria fails than that the leader they didn’t vote for succeeds (being that his success is Nigeria’s success). This is the spillover of the attitude of Christians who follow human beings doggedly rather than follow Christ such that they are blind to the fallibility of their ‘leader’ and swallow everything they hear hook, line and sinker without going to verify for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, if indeed the scriptures say what they were told.

So I ask myself, ‘Are we to follow men or to follow Jesus’? Read more →

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Encountering God

So I embarked on a 3-day fast which I thought was to prepare for ATMF Ghana. As I began, I discovered that wasn’t the purpose of the fast at all (more like an add-on benefit) but that what I was really searching for was more of God – an encounter with Him leading to a deeper walk with Him.

Reading through different people’s encounters with God in the scriptures, it seems to me that these were not encounters just to boast of having met with God.

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The Horse and the Cart

I have observed that there are two types of Christians – the ones with the cart before the horse and the others with the horse before the cart. The objective of this post is to enable us see which we are and encourage us to put things in their right position.

Revelation 4:9-11 describes living creatures and elders in Heaven bowing and worshipping God. Why do the angels and elders worship God?

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The Genesis of Gratitude

Gratitude: a feeling of appreciation or thanks; the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.

Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, ‘Why Gratitude Is Good.’
“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” Emmons and other researchers see gratitude as “a relationship-strengthening emotion, because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people” and it is felt that gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward). Read more →

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An Audience of One

I’ve always heard the phrase ‘audience of one’ used in terms of music and God, and it’s used to mean that when we’re worshipping in a crowd or ministering from the stage, we should do it solely for God’s pleasure. Generally, when used in Christian circles, it refers to our preaching, teaching, singing, dancing, praying,….some activity we tag as being ‘spiritual’. I agree 100% but may I challenge us to take it deeper than that? What if we live our everyday lives conscious of pleasing that same ‘audience of One’? Read more →

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Worshipping from a Place of Pain

My husband fell ill in the first half of 2007 but ended up in hospital in September and was basically in hospitals for 4 months before he was given a ‘death sentence’ of terminal cancer. After returning home and battling to nurse him by myself and then with home-care nursing, believing that he would get up from his sick bed, he fell into a coma on the night of Friday, March 28, 2008 and was moved to the hospital on Saturday. With the home-care nurse at his side, I left that night with my sister. The mood wasn’t great at her home because my father had died of a sudden heart attack there on Easter Sunday, March 23, but I was able to sleep and recharge.
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