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.
Posted by: admin in: ● December 31, 2013
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s not only a time to celebrate family, friends and tradition but also a time of reflection for most. A time to look back at all that the past year brought, both good and bad. For a lot of people, this time also draws focus to the things that are missing, the things that have been lost and the things that we’re still waiting for. It’s very easy to lose sight of all that is while yearning for that which is to be.
What’s also easy is telling everyone how much they have to be grateful for, without walking a mile in their shoes. I’ve spoken to so many people who are ready for this year to be done. They have been put through the wringer, they have become pessimistic and they have lost hope. Many have decided to take a rest from the race while others have simply quit altogether –they have no more fight in them.
If you have had a tough year, I want to say to you, accept what was or is, reflect on it, forgive each situation, others and most importantly yourself and then, begin again. If you’ve taken a break from the race or completely checked out, it’s time to put your running shoes back on, grab your water bottle and begin again.
You are much stronger than you think and you are much closer than you think. Leave what you believe you know behind–all the doubt, anger, disappointment and frustration that came with the past year need to be left at the curb.
Start afresh, looking forward. Trust in yourself and your internal GPS, know that seasons begin and they end. A new season is starting for you and you have the opportunity to live the life you’ve always wanted, to have the love you’ve always desired and to be the incredible human being and spirit you were destined to be. Reach down deep into your soul where that glimmer of hope still flickers, for where there is hope, there is life. It is time for you to begin again.
Wishing you a joyous crossing into an EPIC 2014!
All my love,
Posted by: admin in: ● December 6, 2013
Posted by: admin in: ● November 30, 2013
Day 1. I celebrate the Giver of life.
Day 2. I give thanks for the gift of life.
Day 3. I give thanks for my wonderful life.
Day 4. I celebrate God’s protection through out 2013.
Day 5. I acknowledge God’s abundant provision through out the year.
Day 6. I give thanks for my wonderful family.
Day 7. I celebrate the favor and mercy of God throughout the year.
Day 8. Thank God for continuous redemption and washing by the blood of Jesus.
Day 9. Praise God for divine encounters and connections.
Day 10. Praise God for divine directions.
Day 11. I give thanks for innumerable blessings I cannot see.
Day 12.I give thanks for friends associates and colleagues.
Day 13. I celebrate the abundant earth where I live and have dominion.
Day 14. I give thanks for every mountain and every ocean I was able to pass through- Glory to my God.
Day 15. I give thanks for my church and other ministries of God that fed my spirit when I was hungry and thirsty for help.
Day 16. I praise God for the divine healing of my body and soul.
Day 17. Praise God for his goodness.
Day 18. Praise God, my peace.
Day 19. Praise God, my righteousness.
Day 20. Praise God, for His abiding presence.
Day 21. Praise God, who fought my battles in the year 2013.
Day 22. Praise God, my refuge and fortress.
Day 23. Bless the Lord oh my soul, forget not His benefits.
Day 24. I will speak of His mercies all day long.
Day 25. I will never forget all He has done for me.
Day 26. I give thanks for His presence, I have found fullness of joy.
Day 27. Praise God, my heavenly Father and friend.
Day 28. Oh Lord, my help in ages past, you will always be my help in years to come, I praise you.
Day 29. I love you Lord.
Day 30. Glory honor and adoration, to the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Day 31. Praise God in the highest, praise Him in the heavens, Praise Him on Earth.
Posted by: admin in: ● November 28, 2013
Remember the compassionate love of God that sustains you and give thanks. Ponder on your wonderful and noble life with gratitude, think also of divine health and wellness and give thanks. For strength that endures all trials and timely interventions of God, be appreciative. When you consider the privilege of a shelter over your head and daily benefits, give thanks. Knowing that many are gone leaving only memories, and you are still here by special grace, shout and give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by: admin in: ● October 30, 2013
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.
Don’t try to help me and don’t resist me. I really do need your full commitment and cooperation. If you give me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays.