Posted by: admin in: ● October 17, 2014
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
I have a friend who constantly complains about her physical appearance. I’ve tried many times to convince her of what I see, which is a beautiful girl with an infectious personality. Everytime she brings up a physical shortcoming, I want to shake her and make her see that no one is actually paying attention to those tiny, insignificant details.
I understand that we all have our off days but it becomes a problem for our psyche when everyday is an off day. If you notice that this is the case for you, then it’s time to call your mind to order. Stop the negative thoughts dead in their tracks the moment they begin to creep up on you. The mind is an incredibly powerful engine and it’s amazing how we can create problems that don’t exist just so our minds can have something to chew on.
I remember waking up a few days ago and walking into my bathroom. As I began to prepare for my day, I noticed that there was a bit of a chill in the air. It also seemed quite dreary from where I was standing. I checked the weather and the forecast was a perfect 75 degrees. I peaked out of my bathroom and could see a glimmer of light and the warmth of the sun seeping into my living room. In spite of this evidence in front of me, my mind had already begun to convince me that it would be a cloudy and dreary day based solely on where I was standing. In that moment, I realized how easy it is to become trapped in the prison of the mind.
Life is not perfect, it never will be. There will be times when your current standing offers very little hope. It may feel cold and devoid of promise but what’s important to remember is that those moments are just that –moments. No moment has ever lasted forever and neither will the one you’re going through. Choose to see the positive outside of that moment, recognize the beauty in life’s imperfections and on days when the clouds descend on your mind, don’t forget that right outside, there’s a glimmer of light waiting to embrace you.
Copyright © 2014, by Wemi Opakunle. All rights reserved.
Posted by: admin in: ● September 21, 2014
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
We’re all pretty aware that in order to live a long and healthy life, we have to take care of ourselves. It’s recommended that we eat whole foods, exercise regularly and take vitamins that help nourish us or correct any deficiencies. Focusing on our physical well-being is wonderful but so many of us forget that we also need to pay attention to our spiritual well-being. I’m not talking about going to your religious / spiritual place of worship every week, this goes deeper than that. I’m talking about feeding, growing and nourishing the relationship with the God that exists within you.
In the morning, you feed your body breakfast but what are you feeding your spirit? What are you feeding your soul? Are you speaking words of life, wisdom, abundance and encouragement or are you letting your soul run on empty? When you’re hungry, you’ll eat anything in sight just to have something in your stomach including junk food. The same goes for the soul. When the soul is starved, it is susceptible to the junk energy floating around. There’s nothing stopping it from allowing negative thoughts to take root. When your soul is hungry, you’re more likely to get angry, depressed, lonely and unfulfilled.
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is express appreciation for my body, mind and spirit. I then move to physical things like my bed, my pillow, all the things that afforded me the opportunity to have a good night’s rest. By the time I make my way to the bathroom, I’m back to being thankful for my body. I appreciate the work that it does, I thank it for being so beautiful and strong. From my hair to my eyes to my feet, I feel an energy of gratitude for the purpose of each body part.
When I make my way into the shower, I start to speak words of encouragement and purpose for the unfolding day. I tell my day how it will go instead of letting the events of the day control me and determine my level of peace and happiness. If you do not feed your soul, the world will feed it for you. If you do not recognize and tell yourself who you are, the world will do it for you.
The fact is that no day is ever perfect but at the end of each day, I know that it was the best that it could possibly be. As I go to bed at night, I let go of all that was and settle into what is. Peace, surrender and contentment with the reality that all is well flow through me. I awake the next morning and I do it all over again.
Posted by: admin in: ● September 1, 2014
I was recently watching the news on a new international channel, when suddenly I was struck with the revelation of the tumultuous state of the world at large! Wars, Disasters and Pestilence have become an every day occurrence. It suddenly dawned on me that all is not well with this universe. As I was trying to calm myself down and rebuke the spirit of panic, I heard the Lord speak to me as in the past. He said “Don’t you get it? The scripture is being fulfilled before your very eyes”. I was stunned and disheveled, but still hoping to hear more. I did the only thing I knew would bring me truth and went searching through the source of all knowledge; the Holy Bible.
The first scripture that caught my eyes was the book of Luke 12:54-56. “ And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” Brethren, is there a possibility that we are very oblivious to what is happening around us? This brings us to another scripture that caught my attention through the guidance of the Holy Spirit; earlier in the same twelfth chapter of the gospel of Luke, Jesus Christ said, “ And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” (verses 39&40) Are we actually in denial of possibilities of a sequence of events preceding the triumphant second coming of the Messiah?
Without arrogating to myself the power to judge anybody, I want to appeal to all people of God to pray without ceasing in these perilous times. Most of us pray for prosperity so much that we forget that our sustenance depends on the world we live in; that is why we have to pray about our earthly home, until the time we transition to our heavenly home where there will be no more war, destruction, pestilence or death. Nobody wants to intercede for nations, leaders or even causes. If we can use a quarter of the time we use in preaching to stand in the gap for the peace of our earthly abode, we will definitely change the direction of its affairs. We cannot stand aloof and be unperturbed by silent signals of a greater catastrophe. By every definition, it is not well with this universe; where there is war in almost every part of the planet and diseases and pestilence have continuously ravaged communities. Sin and abominations are the trends of this emancipated specie called mankind that has suddenly forgotten that life is a gift from God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of the danger of not being alert and watchful concerning spiritual matters and truths that are infallible; because they come from the mouth of God. Nothing that comes from His mouth will go back unfulfilled. The book of Luke 17:28 -30 takes us down memory lane, revealing consequences of treating the word of God with levity
6 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ”
My greatest wish is that this generation will not become another historical data of those who were not ready for the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We have to rise and raise awareness about events around us that are pointers to impending manifestation of Scriptural prophecies. This is the time for the church of God to raise an army of soldiers of Christ who will raise the banners of our God high across all nations, preparing the way of the Lord. We are to pray without ceasing, with great expectation that when the Lion of the tribe Judah shall appear He will be the appointed bridegroom that has come to meet a worthy bride, (The elect) The wedding will be heralded by archangels the angels and other hosts of heaven. Are you ready to be part of this holy Eucharist? What a glorious day it would be, when we shall all behold His glory with our own bare eyes! Halleluyah
Posted by: admin in: ● August 11, 2014
We are living in a generation that does not invest much in freebies. Times without number, I have seen advertisement of products on television that seems too good to be true. Almost everything that seems free and sounds free ends up with strings attached. Hidden surprises and agendas are an everyday occurrence in this fast world. Many people have lost money and inheritances to some too good to believe ideas. Ponzi schemes have also destroyed lives of innocent people and ruined many more, leaving them devastated and despondent. Real estate went through a season of bubble bursting in America, leaving so many people homeless and helpless. This is the evidence of a universe that is fast becoming devious and uncaring.
The book of 1Corinthians 13:13, tells us that love is the fuel that can keep us running in this race of life. It is pure and untainted. Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but rejoices when right and truth prevail. (1Cor 13:6) It will then not be an understatement to categorize people who perpetrate such heinous acts as those who have not yet been baptized unto love. They have not encountered love as a person; they are yet to have a personal relationship with God who is the embodiment of love
Now let’s come back to the issue of freebies; are there still free things that are precious, even more precious than diamond or gold? What gift can anybody desire most that is free and can never be purchased with money or any other equivalent? I believe that can only be the gift of life; It is the pure and eternal gift that Jesus offered to all who thirst for that which money cannot buy. Christ the King said “Come! and let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported and strengthened;] and who ever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of life without cost [Isaiah 55:1]”
What love is greater than this one, that the son of God has bestowed upon us. It is free; at no cost. He says “Have all of me; I am all yours.” When we drink from the well of life, (Jesus) we will never thirst again. In Christ, the spring of life, we are nourished with heavenly nutrients that prepare us for a good marathon. We will run and never be weary, even walk and never faint. Today we can make that choice, to accept the offer that the King is extending to us. It sounds too good to be true; but it is true, because it comes from the mouth of God. It is nothing but the absolute truth.
Posted by: admin in: ● July 17, 2014
It is interesting to know that the words we use daily, can build or destroy us. We are living in an environment where words are tossed around like a sprinkle of salt which gives a meal the necessary flavor. Curse words, derogatory words, limiting and hurtful words sum up the totality of what we become. Energy and vibrations come with every utterance; creating a monster or a saint, hell or heaven. As we use words like “Can’t”, “Sick and Tired”, “Hanging on”, “Loser”, and many more that become embedded in our being like plaque stuck on a tooth, we are far removed from the perfect will of God. Through incessant use of negative words, the modern man has become limited in many ways.
In the very beginning was the Word, that Word was God and the Word was the essence of His total being. The heavenly Father created everything that He made with the Word. He spoke and all things were established. That Word was life and nothing could destroy it. Through Christ Jesus we have all inherited that life; He died, rose and made each one of us His perfect dwelling place. How then can we re-write our stories? You may like to check out these suggestions.
1. You are a creator.
2. The word you speak is life.
3. Vibrations and energy come with every word.
4. You are creating every time you speak.
5. Think before you speak.
6. Resist every word that devalues your essence.
7. Do not allow others to create a mess around you with their words.
8. Speak words of encouragement into your life daily.
9. Look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are beautiful, smart, unlimited, and able.
10 You are re- writing your life story already.
Posted by: admin in: ● June 30, 2014
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. – Revelation 3:20
To Whom It May Concern:
I heard you are considering a new manager in your life. I would like to apply for the job. I believe I am the qualified candidate.
I created the heavens and the earth. I AM. I am the only one that has ever done this job successfully. I was the first manager of human beings. In fact, I made them. So, naturally, I know how humanity works, and what is best to get people back into proper working condition. It will be like having the manufacturer as your personal mechanic. If this is your first time considering Me, I would like to point out that the blood of My Son, Jesus, on the cross of Calvary has already paid my salary. What I need from you is the acknowledgment that the price is sufficient to pay for all of your sins, and then your independence from Me.
I need you to believe this in your heart and to tell somebody else about your decision with your mouth. The next thing I ask is the right to change and fix your life, so you can learn how to stay close to Me. I will make some major changes and revisions. They are not for you to worry about.
I need your permission to execute these changes:
- My way and in My time.
- I will change your desires and give you the strength to make the changes.
- Please keep YOUR hands out of the way. I won’t require assistance.our full commitment and cooperation. If you give me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays.
Posted by: admin in: ● June 6, 2014
GOD IS NEVER LATE
King James Version (KJV)
Posted by: admin in: ● June 2, 2014
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
Whenever someone is giving me a pep talk, they often say “it’s all about the big picture, keep your eye on the prize”. I also often hear “in the end, these difficult moments won’t matter.” As an individual who looks at life as an incredibly intricate puzzle, I can’t help but think about how misleading and false these seemingly harmless words of encouragement are. I constantly find myself asking “What if it really isn’t about the big picture or the prize at the end of the race for that matter?”
If you’re a puzzle lover or have ever had the pleasure of working on a puzzle with family or friends, you know that the beginning of putting a puzzle together is the hardest part. That moment when you dump all the pieces on the table is usually one filled with a little anxiety and maybe even some doubt as to how you’re going to get the mess in front of you to look like the perfect picture on the box.
Slowly but surely, you start somewhere. You rummage through the mess and you find the pieces that fit. Sometimes you jam certain pieces together but realize they don’t work, so you try again. Depending on how complicated the puzzle is, you may leave and come back to it when you’re ready. You scratch your head a few times and other times, you really just want to pull your hair out. You search for lost pieces. In fact, it seems like you’re always searching for lost pieces. There are times when you almost give up but you trudge on. When a piece fits another perfectly, you jump and scream for joy.
Throughout the process of putting the entire puzzle together, you have as many moments of frustration, impatience and anger as you have elation, joy and excitement. You realize that every single piece serves a purpose and every single piece holds equal weight. The piece in the center is just as important as that on the end and so your search for each piece means that much more. As you put the last piece in and look at your completed work of art, you sigh and appreciate its beauty. What you appreciate more however, is what it took to create that masterpiece. Every step of the journey was worth it.
Life, is a beautiful, intricate and challenging puzzle. What you’ll find at the end of the journey is that although you’ve reached your destination, it wasn’t ever about the destination to begin with. It was all about how you got there. The “how” is what shaped you, molded you and freed you. You are who you are, ready to take on the next puzzle because of the “how”. So next time someone tells you that “it’s all about about the big picture,” remember that it’s actually about those tiny moments and puzzle pieces. The big picture would be nothing without them.
Posted by: admin in: ● May 10, 2014
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. (William Makepeace Thackeray)
The history of mankind is never complete without mothers who are specially created by God to support (strengthen, encourage) their male counterparts. The creator of the universe knew that one person could chase a thousand whilst two would be able to confront ten thousand; The power of two (agreement) cannot be faulted in any way. Jehovah created a help meet for man so that both could tend and prosper in the garden of the Lord (Eden). “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2 :18). Mother Eve, was uniquely created and endowed with character traits that would complement and enhance Father Adam. A bigger assignment given to women is that of nurturing life, women carry the seed till it becomes the fruit of life and even after this they continue to watch over the harvest till they finish their earthly race.The divine, incorruptible image of the woman is that of love, care and dedication; that is the reason they are blessed with exceptional wisdom and intuition!
I can never forget a story my mother told me years ago, she had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl in a cultural society where a male child was celebrated and a female considered second best. Her spirit was troubled, she loved her baby, but thought it could have been the other way around, a male child would be a bigger honor for her. The turning point in her life was the visit of her elderly uncle, a Bishop of the Episcopal church; the man of God looked intently at my mother and said “You have given birth to a nation.” I still confess this prophetic utterance daily. I call myself, a mother of nations and a grandmother of generations. I am proud to be a woman, it’s a great call and a wonderful appointment. Every time I hear the word “Mom” a shiver goes through me, I recognize the call to duty. From fixing buttons on a shirt to fixing a quick meal or encouraging somebody, I am able to do all things through Christ that strengths me. (Philippians 4:13) I salute all women and wish them many more glorious years in the land of the living. Happy mother’s day!
Posted by: admin in: ● April 30, 2014
I recently spoke about sometimes questioning the purpose of many of the moments (both good and bad) that we experience in life. It’s not unusual that we find ourselves asking “what does it all mean?”. This week I’d like to focus on the moments or experiences that repeat themselves over and over again in our lives. If you find yourself in recurring situations, it may be time to start asking, “why?”.
Things don’t just happen at random. Life experiences are meant to teach us something about ourselves, to grow us and to mature us. We do not get to move on to the next chapter until we’ve finished this chapter’s lesson and passed the test at the end.
Whenever I talk to someone who says, “I’m not sure why I attract bad guys” or “People always treat me badly”, the first thing that I suggest is to look within. The interesting thing is that it’s usually not about other people. It’s about what’s happening within the self. You can’t ever change someone else. The only person you can change is you and that goes for your habits, perceptions and actions. When you fix what’s broken on the inside, your outside situations start to mirror and reflect that perfection.
It’s important to be aware at all times of what your soul is trying to perfect. All you have to do is pay attention and be present to what’s happening around you. If you find yourself constantly being bullied, it could be the God’s way of teaching you to stand up for yourself and trust me, the situation will keep popping up until you take control, find some inner strength and stand up for yourself. If you find yourself constantly in bad relationships, then maybe it’s a challenge to start recognizing your worth and realize that you deserve so much more.
Like I said, nothing happens to us in this journey by accident and nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.
Here’s to a week of awareness and change.