Bucket Lists

I think about eternity almost always. About Jesus. About the future of sinners. About the future of the saints. About how life after death would be. About eternal rewards and damnation. I consider how life would be after this tortuous journey on the earth has ended. And the conclusion I draw is similar to that of the Teacher. He said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
In Sonic the Hedgehog, the police officer defined a bucket list as a list of things you would want to do before kicking the bucket. I think it’s an apt definition. Sonic had quite a list, and he had only a few hours to stay on earth before transitioning to the supposed mushroom world.
The point is this: the time is short. What’s on your bucket list? Before Jesus returns or before you walk on in glory, what would you have accomplished for God? The answer lies in the Word: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:11-14).
That’s God’s message to you today. Before you think of that joint you’ve always wanted to visit, consider your state before God. Consider your relationship with Him. Consider your manner of life. Consider your Service before Him. Consider your love for your neighbours. Consider the souls left to be won. Consider the talents you have not deployed yet.
If you don’t know Jesus yet, the first thing on your list should be to receive Him as your Lord and personal Saviour by praying as follows:
“O Lord God, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I believe with all my heart that you sent your Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for my sins and your raised Him from the dead. I confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from today and I receive Him into my heart. I am now a child of God! I am a new creation. Glory to God!”
And check that bucket list before you kick the bucket!

The Word of His Grace

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).

The Word of God is more than history or a compilation of stories; the Word of God is God talking. And what He says is relevant in the “now” of our lives, and it’s the material with which we build our lives. As you study the Scriptures, you’d often come across the phrase, “Thus saith (says) the Lord”; not, “Thus said the Lord.” “Thus says the Lord” means the Word of the Lord is for you today and for your situation—now; it’s efficacious in itself and by itself to build you and transform your life.

What we read in our theme verse was Paul’s cogitations and conviction about the transforming and translational power of God’s Word. The Word infuses boldness, excellence and dominion into your spirit. If the one who is hitherto timid would give himself to the study of God’s Word, that timidity would be replaced with the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. That’s the power of God’s Word. However, even though every Word from God is full of power, the Apostle Paul was definite as to what builds your spirit and transforms your life: it’s “the Word of God’s grace.”

The Word of His grace is His Word about Christ, His redemptive work in our behalf; who we are today, what we have and where we are today, as a result of His death, burial and resurrection. That’s what builds you spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and also causes you to prosper in other areas of your life. Hallelujah!

Give yourself to the study of the Word; contemplate and contrive the Word in meditation. As you do, the Holy Spirit will grant you insight into the mysteries and secrets of life and of our spiritual Kingdom. He’ll also quicken the Word in you in such a way that results in an outburst of prosperity in every area of your life.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I’m yielded to be built, edified, energized and strengthened by your Word, for a life of greatness, victory and triumphs. Through the ministry of the Word, and the Holy Spirit, my growth—spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially is evident; there’s an outburst of prosperity in every area of my life, to the praise and glory of your Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

||1 Timothy 4:15

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.||

|| 1 Peter 2:2 AMPC

Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation, ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Matthew 19:16-20:1-16 & Exodus 15

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Acts 13:13-25 & Job 26-27


Culled from RoR (28-01-2020)


#Quotidian…grow daily!

Angry Birds 2: Flightless Birds Fly High in Leadership


Some people say cartoons are for children. But contrary to popular opinion, some cartoons are replete with useful lessons for life application. That is not to say that our lives should be guided by lessons from cartoons. Nonetheless, I believe that if you will listen to or watch something, you should learn something at the end of the day that will inspire you and spur you on to good works.
Ever heard of Angry Birds? Yes. That game in which enraged birds are engaged in an epic battle with pigs. Well, there is an animated movie based on the theme of the game.
I don’t really recall the plot of the first one I watched but Angry Birds 2 is very interesting, funny, and thought-provoking. If you haven’t watched it, I wouldn’t like to spoil it for you but let me give you a simple 10,000-foot view.
An incensed, sinister-turned eagle that has her own ice island has vowed to take over two other islands- Bird Island and Piggy Island using iceballs filled with lava! 😱 Her plan is intercepted by the technologically-advanced Piggy Island and they make a truce with Bird Island to stop her and preserve the inhabitants of their islands. Red, the egotistical bird, who has been acclaimed hero for saving Bird Island, is not in favour of the idea of a truce with Piggy Island but eventually the truce falls into place and a team is put together to save both Bird Island and Piggy Island. So that’s how the story goes till they save both islands and even the sinister eagle herself.
Here are some valuable cues to take from these flightless birds:
# Teamwork makes the dream work
The Head of State of Piggy Island assembled a team with complementary gifts that came together to achieve the goal of dismantling the weapon aimed at levelling the two islands. The work may be huge but with right team, it will be done.
# Insecurity can be disastrous
As I pointed out earlier, Red was an egotistical character in the movie. Since holding the title ‘hero’, he did not want to let go off it. He was scared someone else would take his place and protested that a truce was not necessary for Bird Island, even though it was clearly needed.
# No matter the opposition, do your best.
Silver, a very brainy bird, invented a contraption that proved very useful during their mission. However, back in her classroom, she was making a presentation about it…and the birds seated were yawning and sleeping- no one seemed interested. Everybody was doing their own thing, but Silver didn’t give up!
# Don’t underestimate the little children
These cute hatchlings gave me a good laugh! 😂 You should see how they ended up in space in their quest to protect their sibling eggs. They did all they could to protect the eggs but eventually the eggs landed on the body of a coiled snake that was sleeping peacefully. How were they going to save their siblings from this predator? Well, they did! And to top it off, they made and wore a hat and a belt of the snake’s skin, having given it a good beating! Better to be a hatchling awake than a sleeping snake!
# Don’t hesitate to make a U-turn
The sinister eagle was Mighty Eagle’s fiancée that he stood up on their engagement day. 😥
As they progressed to go and destroy the weapon, Mighty Eagle retreated, because he was scared. However, he had a change of heart later and went back to help the team to complete the mission. Same goes with when the hatchlings took away the eggs from that sleeping snake. Do you know they rather took away the snake’s eggs, after all the beating they gave the snake? Well, eventually they returned the snake’s eggs and took back their newly hatched siblings! That’s the way to go!
# Let down your ego
Red’s ego got him into a lot of trouble. In a submarine en route to the ice island, they were examining some really sophisticated tech that could help them complete the mission with ease…but then again Red’s ego was in the way. Point is, things don’t always have to be the way you want them to be, especially when a better alternative is available.
# It’s okay to not have a plan; someone else may
One character on the team that really fascinated me was Silver- a very smart bird (no pun intended). She was mathematically astute and was clearly the one to lead the team…well, from behind.
So, the team is on Eagle Mountain, preparing to go and capture the ice island. Red blurts out a three-step ‘unthoughtthrough plan’ (for want of a word) and grins with satisfaction. But as Silver listens, she scribbles in her notepad “There is no plan”. Nevertheless, she points out what the plan should be. In your team, some unassuming folks could be holding the plan that you struggle to articulate but conceal with loquaciousness and verbosity (😅 verbose, innit?)

She just dey be!

I encountered an insanely stunning lady today

Simply put, she dey be

Her skin looked as though she had only been born today

Simply put, she dey be

Her eyes were so clear that I felt like she could see through my frame of clay

Simply put, she dey be

This lady’s face was radiant and glowing like the noon day

Simply put, she dey be

As I surveyed her lovely frame, my mind was blown away

Simply put she dey be

I sat at the triage, contemplating whether or not to ask her on a date

But our eyes met and she stared into mine

There and then, I knew I was fine

For that’s what happens when you encounter Revelation!

She just lights up your heart…and you’re fine!

She just dey be!

#EDIFY…poetry that builds you!

Hobbs & Shaw: A Leadership Parable in its own Right

I’m not one to immediately go in for a movie upon its release or primiere but I seem to have done some of that this year alone. First, it was with Spiderman: Far from Home and now Hobbs and Shaw. If you have ever watched any of the Fast and Furious movies and are a fan of Sci-Fi and “action”, Hobbs and Shaw is your movie! My objective is not to hype the movie in this post but to simply extract some precious gems from the reel of this epic flick!

I like to call this movie a leadership parable in its own right! Just so you get a background to the movie, let me give you a brief summary. The movie opens up with MI6 agents trooping into a facility to secure a lethal bioweapon. Shaw’s sister, who is one of the MI6 operatives, obtains the weapon after slaying the guards on site. Just as she is about to leave with her team, these guys in black storm the place and begin to slaughter the MI6 people. Then appears this AI-powered cyborg who had a bullet to his head and two to his chest prior to his “resurrection.” Shaw’s sister notices she has to run for her life so she does, with urgency. Knowing she can’t get the weapon to safety without being killed, she injects herself with it and off she goes!

That was when these sworn enemies, Hobbs and Shaw, are chosen by two separate agents in two different countries to WORK TOGETHER on the case! How in the world would that work?! Well, if you are to watch the movie, you will know. Point is, if you have not watched the movie, I wouldn’t want to spoil it any further for you! So here goes 7 treasures distilled from Hobbs and Shaw:

1. Strategy is key in winning the war.

A couple of months ago, I got sucked into the essence of a verse of Scripture in Ecclesiastes 9:18. It says, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war:…” How true! Hobbs went back to his family in Samoa in a bid to mobilize help to defeat the demented cyborg being controlled by Eteon. Upon arrival, he checked on his weapons stash only to find out his mum had disposed them off. How were they going to defeat an army of men possessing the most-technologically advanced weaponry in history? I mean, literally, their guns are activated by a chip, meaning you cannot shoot with it if you do not have the chip!

But Hobbs, with only the tools of a mechanic and a team of mechanics, managed to overpower this AI-powered army! How? By a well-calculated strategy. I was highly fascinated by the scene in which they made a long chain of their cars in their bid to get the helicopter not to fly away!

What I learnt was that with the little you have you can still win the war! That mountain in front of you can be levelled if you plan and strategize properly. Your business can succeed despite your few resources. Think. Read. Explore. Research. Base your decisions on objective data. Use the little you have to obtain your goal!

2. The bond of unity is so important

Remember those guys who decided to build a tower that would reach the heavens? God said of them that nothing they had imagined to do would be withheld from them. Why? Because they were one. Unity is so critical to the success of any enterprise. Those Samoan mechanics spoke one language. Their minds were synced!

Seeing the same thing as your leaders, saying the same thing as your leaders and doing the same thing will always bring forth good success!

As Jesus said, “…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)

3. The leadership of a mother

Hobbs’ mother rallied those Samoan mechanics to turn those AI-powered soldiers to smithereens! Her stentorian voice commanded them to go forth in boldness! In every organisation, have at least one strong woman to lead at least one team. The results are astounding! Ask Bishop Dag!

4. The love of a mother

After 25 years of abandonment, your son returns home, not to render an apology but “to save the world.” What would you do?

Never once did I see her even criticise Hobbs for his neglect of the family. She received him lovingly and on top of that, she shut his brother up when he declined to help him.

Make room for the inadequacies of your subordinates, OK?

5. Teamwork makes the dream work.

I told you that Hobbs and Shaw were sworn enemies. By the time that they were in battle with that psycho cyborg, they had put aside their differences. Why? Because they had to defeat the common enemy: the main threat. How often we bicker and fight amongst ourselves while our common enemy laughs uncontrollably at our folly!

When Hobbs and Shaw worked together in defeating that AI-powered cyborg, they managed to disrupt his AI capabilities that were calculating their moves and enabling him to evade their every move.

Put away your petty differences and work as a team in the organisation and the dream will work.

6. Communication and reporting are essential.

Something worth learning I saw the cyborg doing was he gave an update on his progress. He hinted his plan but then Eteon told him plans had changed.

I love what that Roman Centurion told Jesus when he asked Him to heal his servant (see Luke 7:8). He said to Jesus, “I am a man under authority…” He realised that the only reason for his authority was that he was under authority. What makes your authority legit is the fact that you are submitted to legitimate authority.

Reporting and communication with superiors are key because that’s how you know whether you’re on course with the mission. Objectives may change.

That’s why prayer is so essential. Don’t rely on that which you received a decade ago to determine what to do now- there may be a little tweak in your current objective pertaining to that assignment you have. Pray! Fellowship with the Holy Ghost!

7. He who resurrects you masters you

That AI-powered cyborg thought he was immortal until Eteon pulled the plug!

Whomever you submit yourself to to receive from controls your future.

If you trust Jesus to give you eternal life, you are eternally His. That means you are no longer yours. You are not your own master anymore. He is now your Lord!

On the other hand, all the devil has to offer you is temporal and fleeting! It will all pass away!

Make Jesus the Lord of your life and receive eternal life and your resurrection will be a genuine one!

You wouldn’t have to die twice!

The Discipline of Taking Medicine

Taking medicine is not always pleasant. In fact, it can be very frustrating. How you have to numb your sense of taste and smell and sight (by squinting) in order to swallow or chew or do whatever you have to do with the medicine can be very discomfiting. But of course, that’s what will eventually bring about your wellness and liberty from whatever ailing condition you had.
Not to talk of injections! Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I had one. The thought of it alone makes you feel the pain.
Now, did you know that the Word of God actually medicine? In Proverbs 4:22, the Word translated ‘health’ is the Hebrew word ‘marpe’ and it means ‘medicine’. So he says, “…the Word is medicine…”
Many a time, the Word can incise very deep cuts in your heart. It’s almost like you’re undergoing a surgery. You can literally sense that you are being worked on and that the Word is meant to discipline you and bring the best out of you. It sounds painful and it’s almost like you’re being bruised and battered…but you must receive it all the same. Why? Because it will produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness: “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11, NLT)
The key thing I want to emphasize to you is that you do not have to wait for a Sunday message that will cure you of your folly. You must dig into the Word and find such messages for yourself. They may hit you so hard you may feel God is mad at you but it’s actually for your healing. Take the Words of Jesus to the Pharisees, for example (in Matthew 23). We sometimes get into that category from time to time, even though we are born of the Spirit and full of the Spirit. Studying such portions is important because it keeps you in check. It’s not legalism. It’s simply living by the Word. Obtain messages preached by your pastor, fathers or instructors that will minister to you and burn out all the chaff! They will heal you! They will cure you!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think on things which are true, pure, lovely, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

I had an interesting experience some weeks ago on my return from Kumasi. We stopped at a Filling Station to take a leak, grab some food, stretch and so on and so forth.
I sat for a while before deciding to go out. Initially I did not want to. But there was this wrestling match in my mind. What was it about? Cashew, of course. Whether to buy some cashew or not was the battle in my mind. I eventually decided to go and get it. After all, who goes to Kumasi and does not return to Accra with some cashew nuts? Certainly not me!
So I went into the shop and saw the price tag. I thought to myself, “What’s with the price spikes?” Because my budget could not meet what was being offered on the shelf, I told the attendant that the positioning of the shop looked different this time, to which he responded that they had another shop further up. My knack for bargaining had been aroused. So I trudged to that other shop- which was a couple of hundred metres away. I checked the price in that shop and it was the same as the other. Shoot! I didn’t see that one coming.
Meanwhile, my tummy was rumbling and really agitating me. So I forgot about the cashew and attended to that more pressing issue at hand- going to the loo.
After some time of reflection and easing myself, I got out and started towards the bus. In my mind, I said to myself, “That bus cannot leave me here. Besides, in the morning the attendant in the bus I boarded did a head count. I couldn’t possibly be left behind.”
When I got there, there it was- no bus. Whoa! That’s a low blow! They had left me! A whole me! Didn’t that lady with the baby sitting beside me notice my absence? Did she not observe that my bag and newly purchased blanket were there? Couldn’t she have sounded the alarm that someone else had not yet returned to the bus? Well, of what use was it?
I kept my composure and walked up to one of the attendants at the filling station to notify him of my missing my bus. He was so gracious. He led me to a desk where they kept some records. Fortunately, I still had my bus ticket with me. So I showed it to him. He would have called the driver of my bus but apparently he did not readily have his number.
Now, I was praying in my heart, ,”Lord, please keep my bag and it’s contents safe.” On the other hand, I was thinking about the worst that could happen- what if the bag is taken or some of its contents are removed? But of course, you may already know that most “what ifs” project fear.
So a conductor from one of the arriving buses came by and this gracious attendant showed him my ticket. The conductor agreed for me to join their bus and we set off, journeying for Accra. I was giving thanks unto the Lord as we moved and I was anticipating that my bag and its contents would be intact when I approached the bus upon arrival at Circle. I had one of my phones with me so I kept calling the other phone (which I had left in the bag and was set to vibration) in hopes that someone would feel the vibe and pick it up so we could negotiate. Was I becoming desperate already?
Well, after two hours or so which seemed like an eternity, we arrived at Circle. I immediately dashed out of the bus and began scanning through the number plates of the parked buses. As I was looking at the number plates, another thought crossed my mind: “What if after they arrived, they got passengers bound for Kumasi and have made their way for Kumasi again already?!”
But I kept moving. There it was! The lights were still on in the bus. The engine was still revving. The driver was also in his seat. I walked into the bus and told him about my bag. He said, “Oh! You are the one we left. So sorry.” I was not really interested in his apology. All along, all I wanted was to get my bag back. It sat in my seat comfortably- only that it had been opened. Apparently, they searched it to know if there was any money in it. Well, what was in it was worth more than any money you could think of: my laptop, two new books I bought at a filling station, my vade mecum, and Pringles!
I was so glad that everything was in it! Glory to God!
A couple of lessons to note:
# Never be complacent.
# Never assume based on a previous experience.
# Always be thankful.
# Be anxious for nothing.
# Think quick. Decide quickly.
# Many are the devices in a man’s heart but the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand! (That was my verse for that day actually- Proverbs 19:21).

Accept God’s Call

Recently, I was watching Spiderman: Far from Home and I observed something striking from a particular scene in which Nick Fury called upon Peter Parker to come over to Berlin to get some issues sorted. Parker seems hesitant and unwilling to respond. Right there, Fury pointed out that Parker would have to choose between his fun vacation and saving the world. He could not have both at the same time. It was either he would co-operate with Nick to work closely and defeat the supposed threats to the earth or he would have a swell time enjoying his vacation with his mates.

Prior to that, Fury had met with Parker and given him the details of the enormity of danger the world was faced with. This is what Parker had to say: “I’m just a 16-year old boy from Queens.” He went on to mention the names of renowned superheros who could have been chosen instead of himself. But Fury made it clear that Parker was the one chosen to get the job done.

Don’t we all feel intimidated when we see crises, and we are told that we are the ones chosen to save the situation? As a young man or lady, you think to yourself that you are too young to save the world. But the truth is that God has called you. He has chosen you to do His will. See how beautifully He puts it: “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Yes! This is your life’s assignment: to do good works God has ordained you for. You have been so fashioned, so designed, as God’s masterpiece, to fulfil His will!

His will of turning many unto righteousness! His will of reaching the unreached with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! But before you can effectively reach the unreached, you have to reach the Reacher; that is the Holy Spirit. He is the Lord of the harvest! Only a deeply intimate and personal relationship with the Lord will birth a man or woman on fire for the Lord with the Gospel. No wonder Jesus said for us to abide in Him (John 15:5).

Get on your knees and fellowship with the Lord. Get into the Word of God and meditate on it. Fill your heart and your mind with the Truth of His Word. Accept what it says! Accept the call into the Presence of God. Accept the call to take the Gospel to the nation’s of the world. Accept the call to preach to that neighbour of yours. Accept the call to minister to that colleague of yours. Refuse to fear! Lean into the bosom of the Father, rest in His love and dispense it to a world that is thirsty for that fountain of love which never runs dry!

Hallelujah!

Accept God’s call today. No more excuses!

Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life and to think upon things which are true, noble, honest, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

Random Thoughts [Wisdom is better than Weapons of War]

One night I was playing Killer Bean on my Fire Tablet and I got to a very difficult level. I seemed to lose all my lives at the same point in the course of playing that level. Now, if you are familiar with Gaming apps, you will observe that you can make in-app purchases. So I was tempted to obtain some new weapons in hopes that I will successfully go through the level but upon second thought, I took a raincheck.
I went on to play again. This time, I was more tactical and strategic about my approach in killing the enemies, using elements of stealth and rapid fire. In doing so, I managed to sail through my current level to the next level, without acquiring any additional weapons. Then, this verse became evident to me: “Wisdom is better than weapons of war:…” (Ecclesiastes 9:18).
Ah! Come to think of it: Joshua was getting ready to lead an entire nation into the Promised Land. There were treacherous enemy strongholds that needed conquering. Surely, this young man needed all the help he could get! Swords. Arrows. Bows. Crossbows. Catapults. Men. But one day, God drew his attention to the single most important thing that would set His life on a course of perpetual victory. It was the ultimate battle plan! He said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth but you shall meditate therein day and night…” (Joshua 1:8). The Word of God was what Joshua required.
Wisdom is indeed better than weapons of war. What I needed in my quest to move to the next level was wisdom, not more weapons. It would have been a great advantage to obtain more weapons, for they would serve to vanquish the enemies quicker. But even better was to have the wisdom to use the weapons skilfully.
How often we look for more appendages to progress to the next stage, when all we require is wisdom! No wonder the Word says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom…” (Proverbs 4:7). If you are looking forward to advancing in your course, remember that wisdom is better than weapons of war. Wisdom will put you over! Wisdom will teach how to skilfully manage your resources including money, time and relationships. Wisdom will lead you in the way you should go! Treasure wisdom above all else!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think on things which are true, lovely, pure and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

Random Thoughts [Victory over the raging battle]

Have you ever been in that spot where what your flesh wanted so badly was what you needed to stay so far away from?
I have been advised that, “You can eat anything you like but after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.”
If I were to translate that into life terms, I’d say, “You can live anyhow you like- hear any music, watch anything you like, do whatever you wanna do- if Jesus is not your Lord…because the devil’s your dad!”
After receiving Jesus as your Lord, your life is no longer yours and you cannot, should not, and must not live for yourself. You must live for Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:15).
It seems many of my random thoughts are coming up from my travels but I suppose it’s a good thing- more travelling!
So, we were on board a bus bound for Kumasi and then we stopped to stretch at Linda Dor, a popular restaurant. I got down to stretch and sauntered around. Then I walked to the bakery. I bought a loaf of wheat bread. Then, when I turned to return to the bus, something I had been desiring for months caught my eye- a burger. The last burger I had was six months before. Now this burger was dancing in front of me. I’m not much of a diet person but at least I think in terms of the calories I’m accumulating when I’m making food choices. I stood in front of the showcase for about 2 minutes as the burgers danced in front of me. Then suddenly, I remembered the words of my pastor: after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.
At that moment, the attendant was about to entice me. I said, “Oh! Don’t worry. I’m fine.” Then I walked away towards the bus, wheat bread in hand.
I won the battle raging within! Glory!
Don’t we all face such real-life temptations staring us in the face daily? It may not be food. But it may be some TV show that threatens to obliterate your faith if you don’t desist from it. It could be porn. It could be worldly music. It could be anything at all that weakens you spiritually and makes a thick cloud of guilt descend on you after indulging in it.
Truth is this: your only way out is the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Galatians 5:16? It says, “…walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Lust is a terrible canker that consumes you subtly. It does so with the object of paralysing you…and preventing you from having intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
I won the raging battle because I remembered those words concerning eating properly.
Store the words of God in your heart. Make huge deposits of the Word in you. That’s your only hope. Dominate your thinking with it. I heard from Dr. Mike Murdock that he keeps speakers in trees in his house which are constantly playing audio Bible Scriptures. What an atmosphere! So I decided to do same in my apartment. Morning, noon and night, one of my unused phones housing over 100 messages and songs is playing. I am constantly hearing the right things and they condition my mind and my heart to think on things above not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). I’m saturated with truth daily. I know that if I don’t do that, my heart will be set on other things, which have the tendency to pollute me and make me go in the way of destruction. David said he hid God’s Word in his heart (Psalm 119:11). Jesus says you err because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). Paul says let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16).
I love an amazing thought David hinted in Psalm 119: he said, “How I love your law. It is my meditation all day.” (Verse 97).
What do you think about all day?
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).
Let the Word of God regulate your thinking and then your actions will change, your habits will change and ultimately, your life will be set of the course God planned before the world began! Glory!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think upon things that are true, noble, pure and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).