Posted by: admin in: ● April 19, 2014
King James Version (KJV)
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
The above passage is so surreal that its gives me goose bumps every time I read it! What an experience, and what an evidence of the power of the son of God over life and death. At that moment the mountain standing between mankind and salvation was suddenly found to have disappeared into the sea of forgetfulness. To the amazement of the visitors the envisaged impossibility of rolling away the heavy stone from the sepulcher suddenly became a none issue; they had entered into a new dimension of experiencing the mystery of their new victory over the heavy burden of sin, sickness and death which had hitherto put them in bondage.
The first word spoken to them by the angel of God was “Be not affrighted”. Another victory was there and then established. The women came with great fear of the guards and greater fear of the heavy stone covering the sepulcher, they were oblivious of a mission already accomplished in heaven; Jesus Christ the crucified son of God was already risen far above the imaginations and machinations of the rulers of this world.
History was changed as all things became new and old things passed away. A new dispensation was released in heaven as the angels heralded the victory of man over the accuser of brethren. Satan had been defeated to raise it’s ugly head no more! The status of man also became elevated as he rose with Christ from the corruption of spiritual death; the sting of death had been removed forever.
The women were promptly encouraged by the angel of God, not to focus on the crucifixion but the glorification of the son of God, since the battle was already over and they were a new generation of conquerors; No more weeping, no more sorrow, no more pain. The next mandate given to the women was to spread the good news across the alleys, valleys and upon the mountains. The disciples, apostles, gentiles and Jesus’s accusers must hear the astounding news of His resurrection which must be celebrated on earth as it was being celebrated in heaven.
The graves poured out their contents as they could contain them no more and all things that were dead received the new spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Mankind became translated from the kingdom of darkness into the eternal light of Christ Jesus; with the power to rise up with wings as the eagles; they were now to run and not be weary, walk and not be fainted. They were given the liberty to be above always and never be beneath, from generation to generation.
How does this chronicle of events apply to us? It is all about an inheritance bequeathed to us; it is a beautiful inheritance which has made us priests and kings. We are no more slaves, the blood of Jesus was used as a ransom to set us free from everything that does not come into alignment with the true nature of God. Through Christ Jesus we received a rebirth and a brand new nature. We are now victors and not victims. It’s a new dawn and a new season; it calls for great celebration. Happy Easter!
Posted by: admin in: ● April 3, 2014
The greatest miracles on earth are results of “out of nowhere,” in fact mighty men and women of substance and valor have many times sprung out of nowhere. The Bible is also full of celebrities that came out of nowhere. Samuel the young lad came from obscurity to take up the mantle of the prophet of Israel, from his arrogant mentor, Eli. David the shepherd boy came out of the bush where he was tendering his father’s sheep to be announced and nominated as king over Israel. Joseph the dreamer, the son of Jacob came from the pit to the prison and right into the palace of Pharaoh as the minister for finance, food and agriculture. His promotion took effect in a foreign land. The peasant girl, Mary came from the land of nowhere to become the mother of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Esther the Jewish slave girl unexpectedly ascended to the throne of King Ahasuerus of the Persian Kingdom as a wife and queen.
In modern day history, great people like Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and many more have defied odds, and now have their names written in the annals of history. What do these people have in common? They were divinely chosen and positioned because God saw something worthwhile in them; he found solid ground he could build on. Our heavenly Father is always looking for whom to send on a mission. How do we qualify for nomination and what qualifies us? God is always looking for virtues like sincerity, boldness, commitment, faith, humility, love and compassion. He is enthused by our passion to serve humanity (selfless service), Moses, David, Esther, Joseph, and such others were all compassionate and this made them candidates of God’s choice. Anybody who has a yearning heart to serve others is a possible nominee for God’s promotion. God sees the heart of all people. He is the judge of every intention and rewards those who love him and diligently seek to serve Him. He is still looking for candidates, are you eligible? If you desire to be his appointed ambassador, please humble yourself, upon your knees with your hands raised, declare that you are totally under his divine leadership and control.
Posted by: admin in: ● March 27, 2014
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Posted by: admin in: ● March 9, 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: ● February 20, 2014
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
When I look back at my life, there are usually two things that pop out in my mind. The first is how worried I always was when things weren’t going well. The second is how well things always turned out in spite of my worry. I started thinking about this again recently when I had an unexpected expense pop up. I had been saving up for something else and suddenly, I had to use what I had saved to cover this expense. My first thought was ‘why’? My first reaction was irritation and a double dose of frustration.
After some time, I started feeling gratitude. Gratitude that the Universe had anticipated what was coming and allowed me time to save for what I would need. I have often spoken about trusting in one’s journey and knowing that you are more than capable of handling all of life’s curve balls but there’s a difference between knowing this truth and living it.
Let’s pretend that you’re heading out on a road trip. You know your destination, you’ve filled your car with gas, packed up some snacks in case you get hungry, even listened to the traffic and weather report. You get on the road, filled with excitement and anticipation. Twenty to thirty miles in, you hit some traffic. Maybe there was an unexpected accident. You start crawling through, not knowing how long it’s going to take. After sitting in traffic for an hour or two, you decide it’s not worth it, take the next exit and head back home.
The next day, you change your mind, get excited and decide to get on the road again. You give yourself a pep talk and realize that you shouldn’t have quit so easily. You should have stuck it through. It was only traffic, you tell yourself. Today will be better. Off you go. This time you breeze through. There’s a permanent smile plastered on your face. Half way through your journey, you hear a weird crackling sound coming from your engine. ‘What now?’ You ask.
After sitting on the side of the road for an hour waiting for a tow truck, you get hit with some bad news and it’s going to cost you. You tell the tow truck driver to take you back home. Once again, you’re not so sure the trip is worth it. Two weeks later, you start getting the urge to head out again. Turns out everything worked out with the car. You’re grateful and you chastise yourself for not having more faith. ‘You should have kept going’, you tell yourself and you begin to prepare to head out again…
I use the example above because this story is similar to how many of us live our lives. Filled with faith one day and running on emptiness and doubt the next. If we keep going at this rate and with this back and forth attitude, we will never make it to our intended destination. Just like there are distractions, accidents, unexpected twists and turns on the road, including times when we miss our exit, there are moments when life throws us some serious and unanticipated scenarios. The important thing is to keep going and to keep trying to find your way. It is time to stop with the back and forth and most importantly with the doubt. In spite of all you’ve been through, you are still standing. That has to count for something.
I’m not here to tell you that there won’t be trials or moments when you feel weak but all you have to do is look back at all the other moments of weakness that you’ve overcome and find strength in those moments. It is time for you to look at your intended destination with determination, purpose and faith and ask yourself “are you in or are you out”?
Copyright © 2013, by Wemi Opakunle. All rights reserved.
Posted by: admin in: ● February 5, 2014
God created man in his own image, to do all things through His enabling power. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) Our heavenly father is ever whole and never broken; he is never stressed or afraid of anyone or ever unhappy. He takes delight in all things. Everything he made was to bring pleasure. He laughs at our silliness and lack of patience; He muses at our lack of faith in his word. God laughs at the devices and manipulations of evil people who have gone astray and are totally not in alignment with the true image. “He that sitteth in the heaven shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derison”. (Psalm 2:4) Happiness is actually our birthright, It is patiently waiting to be activated (put into use). It is not a corporate blessing rather it is an individual gift. Your happiness does not need validation by anyone to manifest itself. It’s yours and yours only. Everyone born of God possesses happiness, because it is a divine virtue of God; if we are an extension of God, the milk of happiness flows constantly to us from the heavenly parent. It is an essential spiritual nutrient. Life is all about creating, the designs are actually drawn in the slates of our mind before they become reality. Your happiness depends on all that you design in your mind; You are in fact the architect of your own destiny.
Happiness is always a choice, it is a way to all that is harmonious and healthy; it is life as it is written by God. Our heavenly Father has set before us two choices; life and death. In His magnanimity, He encourages us to stay in alignment with life because He is life eternal and so are we by inheritance. Man must always be plugged in to God’s vibrations to sustain and transmit life, that is what is called “oneness with God.” How does this work? The only way we can connect with God is through the inner man; our spirit must connect with His. Our minds must be ready to receive and follow instructions from the author and finisher of our creation. When there is a constant flow of all things pure and beautiful in your thought process, you can never be anything but happy. All good things start with the thought of it. So does every crazy act like murder, robbery, arson, and vandalism. They are results of warped thinking that are out of sync with the purpose and plan of God. Happiness is always a result of pleasant thoughts, inspiring us to do wonderful things that bring us instant gratification of peace and joy. The only way to be happy and remain so is through determination and a consistent effort to focus on the true image and perfection that is in all things.
You may be wondering about how you can experience this bliss that seems so elusive, and totally out of reach. Of course you see the immense problems of this world we live in as a barrier to crossing over to Happy land. The fact is, your thought has always been the culprit and it is already working against you, so that you will never be free. The greatest truth is that your mind cannot operate by itself without your permission. You are the creator and initiator of your experiences. Moving from despair to hope, sadness to happiness will involve reprogramming both your conscious and subconscious mind. The belief system must change totally to be in alignment with the divine purpose of God. As we all know, there is seed time and harvest. This is the law of God; whatever you sow, you will reap. We are governed by principles and laws of God, which create after their kind. Thoughts are translated into utterances and actions, effects follow simultaneously. It is interesting to hear people talk about happiness as if it goes and comes, something or even a situation that cannot be controlled. This is not so true, real happiness is, it doesn’t diminish or tarnish-It is that indwelling peace that transcends human understanding, a river of joy and contentment that never dries up.
Posted by: admin in: ● January 20, 2014
A short but precise word of encouragement by a respected man of God brought back my attention to the second verse of Psalm 91. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God; in him will I trust.” After reading the sermon, I went over this verse over and over again, then the revelation came; It was like, daughter of Zion, what will you personally say of the Lord? It was such a surreal experience that caught me off guard! I looked up and my heart was filled with love for my heavenly Father; I opened my mouth and words of appreciation started flowing from the depth of my heart. I said ” God I also acknowledge you as my refuge and fortress. You are my very present help in times of trouble, my strength and my shield. Lord you are my provider, my healer and first love. Daddy, you are a friend indeed and in need. I can say that there is none like you! You are my peace and righteousness. Lord you are the mighty One of Zion, the Holy One of Israel; a mighty warrior that is great in battle, the unchanging God that can change any situation. Elohim, you are the Commander of the universe; heaven is your throne, the earth is your foot stool. Eternal Rock of Ages you are the Creator of the universe, you have got the whole world in your hands. Lord you are the musician, I am the dancer, you make the symphony and I listen with relish. At the mention of your name, my heart beats and leaps; the aroma of your presence is so refreshing to me and all I want to do is marinade in it. I love you Lord.”
Now on your side, what will you say of the Lord? Look for at least ten people that you can share God’s goodness with, declare His glory in the congregation of the people of God. Let us magnify our God from house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city and nation to nation. Let the earth speak of His majesty and power declaring His sovereign rule over all things! Kindly forward this message across nations of the world, let us come together and build a monument of praise for our God! Shalom.
Posted by: admin in: ● January 5, 2014
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
I recently had a conversation with a friend who has been unhappy at her job for quite some time. The pay is low while the amount of work is never ending. As she tries to break out of this uninspiring cycle, she constantly wishes that one day her pay will become commensurate to the amount of work she’s putting into the company. During my conversation with her, I told her that it would never happen. ‘That’s harsh’ she said. ‘Harsh, yes but true.’ I responded. I don’t believe in mediocrity for you and neither does God.
Making more money at a job that is uninspiring doesn’t make that job more inspiring. You’re still wasting your potential away. If my friend woke up tomorrow morning and was given a raise, her life would be a little bit more comfortable but she would also become complacent. The fight and fire that she currently possesses to move forward and change her life would instead become a dim light. There’s a reason why you’re currently uncomfortable in your comfort zone. It’s God’s way of telling you that he knows you’ve got more in you. It’s his way of telling you to push forward because there’s more out there in the universe for you. Don’t settle for regular when you can achieve the extraordinary.
As the new year progresses, take note of where you currently are. Have you lost that fire to push forward and strive for the best? Are you constantly upset that God isn’t blessing you in a mediocre situation? Trust me, you don’t want more comfort in your comfort zone. Push forward, strive harder, you are not meant to be where you are forever. Your current situation is there to shape, mold and prepare you for where you’re meant to be. It’s simply a stepping stone.