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GRACE SO AMAZING!

What is grace?  

Who is grace?
 
How can I access this amazing grace?  

Can we continue in sin because we have grace?  

A picture of grace

  “Hey there! All who are thirsty come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway – buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money – everything’s free!”                    – Isaiah 55:1 MSG  

With grace, everything is absolutely free. It’s not dependent on the receiver’s capacity or ability but on the giver’s generosity.

Grace says, though you’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve what I give, yet I freely give you all things and your part is simply to believe and receive…come anyway, just come and you will receive.  

Grace is a divine entity; it is generally defined as unmerited favour – an exclusive gift of and from God. It is an expression of God’s kindness and love towards man, a gift and blessing which only He can give.  

This amazing grace is God’s given privilege which can never be obtained based on man’s work or good deeds. Being a free gift, it can only be accessed by faith in the giver.       

 “His choice is based on his grace, not on what they have done. For if God’s choice were based on what people do, then his grace would not be real grace”. –       Romans 11:6 GNT  

Apart from being a divine entity, grace is also a person. It isn’t just an intangible gift, but the person of Jesus – He is the grace of God that brings salvation to all men.  
  
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men”. – Titus 2:11  

Grace is also the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us that enables us to overcome sin. Hence, if any man be in Christ, he has this power/grace and is an over comer. Grace is not dormant but POWERFUL. It is at work in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.

The goodness of grace  

Grace is really amazing; it’s not just of benefit to the believer but also to those who have not accepted the salvation that Christ brings.

  As we said earlier, grace is that which brings salvation to all men (and women alike) and by it, we can freely receive God’s love and forgiveness irrespective of what we have done in the past,       

 “But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience, he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.”       Ephesians 2:4-5

  Man’s justification is also a result of grace. We are put in right standing with God only because of His grace.       

 “Everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence. But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.”       Romans 3:23-24 GNT

Monday faithpills: Your personal Jesus

‘When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered round Aaron and said, “Come , make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”‘ Exodus 32:1 NIV

Hi dear, hope you have been great? So sorry that the “monday faithpills” is coming on Tuesday, not to worry, it’s got the power because it is God word(not mine).wink*

Last week monday, we talked about  the importance of having a personal relationship with God and today’s post is a continuation in the same line.

Have you ever seen or heard of people who were Christians, and later became muslims or atheists because the person who led them to Christ backslided or ever worst, because God doesn’t seem to answer their prayers?

Such was the case of the Israelites, a lack of a personal relationship with& revelation of God gave them away to idolatry when their trusted man of God suddenly took longer than usual.

For them, all they knew about God was what Moses had to say about Him and as long as he was with them, they were rest assured of God’s presence. The opposite happened when Moses was no where to be found.

Okay, really…this is not about disliking your pastor. No way! He sure has a lot to teach about God. My emphasis is on our lives outside the church building, what we have received…a relationship with Christ or a religious following similar to what we have on twitter.

I have actually heard and seen people who drew back from faith when their man of God turned against God. If I may ask, what would be your reaction if the one that led you to Christ decides to turn his/her back on Him?

Would you still believe in Him or would you doubt your salvation?

Your responses to the questions above would be based on your knowledge and revelation(resulting from a personal relationship) or ignorance of  God(resulting from a lack of personal relationship). God’s desire is that we put all of our trust  in Him, and not in men, that we go beyond the general and group knowledge of Him to a personal knowledge of Him which only stems out from a relationship with Him.

The scripture says ‘… “Cursed is the man who
trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.”‘(Jeremiah17:5 ESV)

That might sound really harsh -cursed, but that’s what we get when we decide to trust in man rather than in God.

You might ask, how can I have a relationship with an invisible God?
It’s the same way you have a relationship with me(though we haven’t met physically), by reading my blog post. My dear, although God doesn’t have a wordpress account,  He has written us more than sufficient posts that would last us a life-time in His love letter to us-The Holy Bible.
And like every other relationship, it requires time to cultivate one with God…time spent in study and worship.

I bet you also read my blog post because you believe am real(not a robot).. likewise you’ve got to believe(have faith) that God exists, He loves you so much and desires to have a personal relationship with you.

How to achieve your dreams & create the future you desire

 

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Warning! This principles will change your life forever

Hi dear, thanks for dropping by…

I am 100% certain that this article will help you achieve your dreams! Oh! Just to prepare your mind, it’s going to be a long but very productive read. So sit back, relax and let me show you (from the scripture) divine principles that will help create the very future you desire. Happy reading!

  Looking back, my week was quite busy but I could hardly pinpoint my achievements…all I remember doing was going to work(because I had to) and spending the rest of the day romancing my android phone to the extent that my hands were aching(especially my elbow joint). I ended up not doing anything else other than reading and replying mail…oh the good feeling of seeing a new notification.

What a waste of productive time!!!

I had to stop this rubbish, it wasn’t getting me any closer to my dreams…oh, did I just say something about “dreams”? I bet I did, I want to believe we all have dreams, a future we so desire, something we want to achieve, become or create someday. So how come we haven’t created the very future we desire yet?

Simply put, it’s because we don’t dream on a daily basis; no daily vision.  

What do you do when you wake up every day? If you are like me, you probably say a short prayer and quickly grab your phone…it was that bad. With no written plans or visions for the day, I ended up achieving nothing significant, and why wouldn’t I? I can’t achieve what I haven’t envisioned.

Simply put, the reason why we sometimes achieve nothing is because we didn’t set out to do anything specific in the first place. Hence, we end up attending to every urgencies(the next mail) since we initially have no priorities.  

“I can’t continue this way”, speaking to myself…I was getting frustrated already, so yesterday evening I did something about me- I told God about it.
What you would see below are the principles, are the 3G( 3, because there 3 in number & G, because it’s God-inspired) principles of a successful life that He taught me on  how He achieved His own dream in the beginning, and how we can also achieve ours if we follow through

1.   You need to have a dream  

” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…” Genesis 1:1

 In the beginning, God had a dream of a heaven and an earth, it was something that was up their in His mind; a picture(vision) of what He desired. But for heaven and earth to move from just being a picture into reality(tangible/physical state), God had to create it.
The word “create” means to bring into existence, make or cause to be. Things don’t just appear, they have to be consciously and actively created.

The first principle to achieving your dream is to actually have a dream.
My week went the way it went because I didn’t have a specific dream for the week, and no matter how much you desire something in life…if you can’t see it, you can’t achieve it. God gave us the power of imagination so we can picture the future we desire. In fact, nothing was ever created was created until it first existed in an imaginary form- in someone’s mind. The computer, phones, cars, airplanes and so on that we see today were products of someones dream. God had to see an imaginary heaven and earth before He then “brought them into reality”.
Imagination, I believe is the only available vehicle by which a man can visit his future from his present. If you can’t see whatsoever you desire, you can’t create it.    

2. You should consistently do
something about your dream  

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  Genesis 1:3-5 KJV

Something struck me as I read those verses of scripture…”wait a minute, are you saying all that the almighty God did on the first day of creation was just to create a single thing- light, and the day was over?” Absolutely!  

Often time we try to achieve a thousand and one things in a day(and we eventually get frustrated) but the Creator of the universe created just the light on the first day, and as far as He was concerned the day ended after He had achieve that one thing. I believe that God could have created the entire universe in a day or less, buy He didn’t. Rather, He choose to “simplify” things for our sake(showing us how we can and should go about our dreams), doing one or two things per day.

Every single day, God did something about His dream of creation, He could have worked on the first day, rest on the next and then resume work on the third but God didn’t. He created a piece of what He had seen on a daily basis. We have to devote our time, energy and resources to achieving per day, something that relates to our ultimate dream. For God, no day passed by without Him creating something that was in line with His ultimate dream. God knew He had to be consistent if He wanted to see His dream come true& untill He was done creating…He never rested. For Him, rest wasn’t a privilege/luxury, but a reward for having accomplished His dream.

Don’t get me wrong, am I saying you should murder sleep and work day and night without rest? No way! The main point is that once you have discovered what your dream is, you should let no single day pass by without you doing something about it; even if it’s just reading it out loud! I bet there were angels who just wanted to chat with God, but chatting had to wait until He had achieved for the day, something (a specific thing) that moved Him closer to the realisation of His dream…every other thing had to be on the waiting lists. Once He was done, He could then chat… only after, not before!

Applying this principle, I had to switch off the notification icon on my phone and only put it on after I have achieved something in line with my ultimate dream per day. Hence, chatting, reading and replying mails will be a reward for achievement. Wink*

 Inorder to keep focus on our dreams (which are our priorities) on a daily basis, it is paramount that we are able to differentiate, & have the right approach towards what’s really important to us and those things that are of less/no importance (called urgencies, for example aimlessly surfing the web…).
Priorities
* Must Do
*Comes First
*Can’t wait or be deferred
*20% input =80% output
*Might not feel good at first, but leaves you fulfilled and glad *Leads to the future you desire  

Urgencies(distractions)
* Will do
*Comes Next(after you are done with the important things) *Can(&should) wait, be deferred or delegated
*80% input =20% output
*Makes you feel good at first but leaves you sad and unfulfilled in the long run
*Leads nowhere  

Identify your priorities(which are activities in line with your ultimate dream), others can wait!

3. You should surround yourself with the right association(s)  

‘Then God said, “Let us create…”‘ Genesis 1:26

The third principle is the principle of association, that is ,surrounding oneself with the right people. If the God needed a “us” in achieving His dream of creation- I bet we do too.
Wait a minute, Anuoluwapo…are you saying that the almighty God needed help? No my dear. The point is, God knew there was a greater benefit in association(working together) than in isolation.  

The place of association is very crucial in achieving our dreams, and this is not about following the crowd or joining every mailing list (recently I had to unsubscribe from some mailing list, it had absolutely nothing to do with my dreams. Sometimes I wondered why I signed up for them in the first place…I guess the word “FREE” is quite tempting. Wink*)

When it comes to achieving our dreams, two sets of associations are required.

1. People that have succeeded in achieving what we intend to do – mentors/role models

2. People who will have to work hand in hand with us, by that I mean co-workers  

For example, if your dream is to be a published author, then you will need to associate with successful authors (as mentors/role models), and others such as an editor, book cover designer and so on who you need to work with(co-workers) inorder to achieve your dream.

Without these two associations(mentors&co-workers), achieving ones dream might just be the next “Mission Impossible”.
Hmm…one sure association you should have around you is the trulyrich club, it’s a blend of the two sets of association I mentioned above, where you meet mentors and co-workers who are dedicated to helping you achieve both your spiritual and financial dreams.    

A quick recap of the 3G principles for achieving your dreams and creating the future you desire

1. You need a dream; you must first identify what you want in life. Clarity of vision is the most important principle of success.

2. You should consistently take a step or two towards achieving your dream on a daily basis and avoid distractions(that come as urgencies)

3. You should surround yourself with the right association(s)

  I bet you have been enriched with the right tools for achieving your dreams and creating the future you desire…so go ahead, put them to work, and just as  Bo Sanchez will say-may your dreams come true!

See you at the top!

Bless your darling heart , and thank for your patience.  

Peace&love.xo

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa  

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CHAPTER THREE- The Law and Sin

What exactly is the Law?  

What are its functions?

Is the new creation under the Law?

Do I have to obey and live by the 10 commandments?  

How is the Law and sin related?  

I once asked a friend if he was saved and he passionately answered ‘YES!’ In order to support his answer, he told me that he knew he was saved because he tries to keep the10 commandments. Without being a psychologist, I figured that though he might have accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour, there were certain truths he still didn’t know about salvation, and that he couldn’t truly keep the Law.  

Have you ever wondered why God could be so strict to have given the seemingly weak and naturally disobedient man the law to obey, or better still, why those who were originally given the law (The Israelites) couldn’t keep it. This would bring us to an understanding of the proper function(s) of the law.  

Let us consider this scenario: Abraham married his half-sister, Sarah.  
   
 “She really is my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not of my mother, and I married her.”       Genesis 20:12 GNT  

Isaac also married his niece, Rebecca.  
   
  “Before he had finished praying, Rebecca arrived with a water-jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor  and his wife Milcah”. – Genesis 24:15 GNT  

At that time there were no laws against such marriages involving one’s relative, hence God didn’t count it against them as sin (for where there is no law, there is no account of sin – Romans 5:13)   But in Leviticus 18:9 and 11, the Lord gave the following laws concerning sexual intercourse with one’s relatives.       

 “Do not have intercourse with your sister or your stepsister, whether or not she was brought up in the same house with you.       
Do not have intercourse with a half-sister; she too is your sister”. GNT  

Hence, upon the creation of these laws, such marriages became ‘sinful’.  

The actual function of the Law  

The law was given by God to bring to man’s awareness the knowledge of sin. It was to show and declare sin as “sin”, and thereby make man see his need for a Saviour.       

 “For no one is put right in God’s sight by doing what the Law requires, what the Law does is to make people know that they have sinned” – Romans 3:20 GNT  

Man was never meant to be justified (that is, declared righteous) by the law, but by faith in Christ Jesus who is the end of the law.        

“For Christ is the end of the Law (the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it       was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him) as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trust in and adheres to and relies on Him” – Romans 10:4 AMP  

The law was meant to be our instructor until Christ came and as an “instructor”, it could only instruct man on what to do but couldn’t empower him to do what to do.  

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us       unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”. – Galatians 3:23-24.         

And indeed, faith has come! The new creation isn’t under the law; he is made complete and justified only by faith in the finished work of Christ.  

The consciousness of sin isn’t God’s plan for the new-creation, rather God wants us to be righteousness-conscious, a righteousness not based on our ability to observe the law, but on faith in Christ, for only in Him can we truly obey God and walk in freedom from sin.       

 “Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need (to) obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him” – Romans 3:31 TLB    

             

Monday faithpills; A personal relationship with God

  ‘So they quarrelled with Moses and said, ” Give us water to drink”‘ Exodus 17:2  

Can you imagine that even after all the miraculous acts God had wrought through Moses, the Israelites still had issues trusting God. It’s amazing how they never went directly to God  in prayer, I bet they thought Moses was their source; it was obvious the Israelites knew Moses more than they knew God Himself (Psalm 103:7)  

The knowledge of God is crucial in our walk with Him Infact it will almost be impossible to walk with God if we don’t know Him, and the only way to truly know God is by having a personal relationship with Him. You will notice I said a “personal relationship”.  

It’s very easy for us to become comfortable with a general knowledge of God, a mere awareness of Him as the Creator of the universe or even more, to only know what the pastor says about Him in church but this knowledge can only take us as far as a bicycle would take to reach the American embassy from Nigeria; an almost(if not totally) impossible journey. Such was the case of the Israelites. They had no personal relationship with God and they hardly ever call on Him(directly), except they were in need- to them, God was the big guy at the emergence call centre...  
Moses on the other hand had a personal relationship with Him- a relationship not limited to meeting his needs. He knew exactly when, what and how God spoke and had no problem recognizing His voice.  
May I ask you a question, do you have any difficulties recognizing mummy’s voice? I bet you don’t. Why? Obviously, it’s because you just know, you knew that because you often relate with her(maybe even more than you do with dad) and you wouldn’t mistaken her voice for your uncle’s.  

It’s very risky if all we know about God is what we heard someone say about Him, or even worst if we always run to our pastors for prayer because we don’t believe we have enough faith (which is still an indication that we don’t have a personal relationship). What will happen to us when pastor’s line doesn’t go through in time of trials?  

God created us for relationship, way back in the garden of Eden the scriptures records how He often came in the cool of the evening to chat with Adam…and I bet He is still in the business of chatting with His sons and daughters, revealing Himself in diverse ways.

  My dear, beyond going to church or just reading the bible(as a daily routine) God desires a personal relationship with you and I, plus it’s only through the knowledge of Him that we can be truly be strengthened when faced with life trials and do exploit(Daniel 11:32).

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Thanks for dropping by.

God bless your darling heart.

Peace&love.xo  

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa.    

CHAPTER TWO continued…YOU HAVE A CHOICE!

       “What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!”       Romans 7:24-25 GNT  

The devil has a way of making people unaware of their power of choice. Although the unsaved man is naturally under the power of sin, every man in Christ has been delivered from sin and its power!  

Ignorance of God’s word is one thing the devil leverages upon to hold men bound, little wonder Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Without the knowledge of God’s word, man can easily be deceived into believing that he has no choice other than committing sin, but the good news is that God has restored man’s original authority over all things (which was stolen by the devil in the Garden of Eden) through Christ Jesus. We are no longer slaves to sin and we have a choice not to sin.  

The scripture says;      

“Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self. Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes. (In contrast to what the devil makes it seem) Instead, give yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.”

– Romans 6:12-13 GNT  

Never allow the devil talk you into believing that you have no choice other than to sin, he is not your master and hence shouldn’t order you around! He is simply a foolish thief and a chronic liar.        

“But if you keep on committing sin, it shows that you belong to Satan, who since he first began to sin has kept steadily at it. But the son of God came to destroy these works of the devil. The person who has  been born into God’s family does not make a practice of committing sin, because now God’s life is in him; so he CAN’T keep on committing sin, for his new life has been born into him and controls him – he has been born again.”
– 1 John 3:8-9 TLB  

Beloved, you definitely have a choice and you aren’t hopeless and helpless. You are born of God and you can stop that very sin that seems so impossible because Christ has paid the price for your freedom from sin!

Monday faithpills: Count your blessings

Good evening dear, I bet your day has been good. Before we go into the post, I do want to apologise for the late delivery of your usual “Monday faithpills”, I had a very long day yesterday (It was my induction day- i’m now a certified member of the International Strategic Management Institute). So lets go straight into the scriptures before it’s Wednesday and I have to start apologising again. Wink*  

“In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron”. Exodus 16:2 NIV

  I can only imagine how it felt like to be among the Israelites(about Six hundred thousand men, besides women and children) as they walked on dry ground with a wall of water on their right and on their left (Exodus 14:29) as they journeyed through the Red sea…the excitement and amusement on their  faces as they experience firsthand the mighty power of God.
I bet that would have been the most watched video on youtube if it happened in our present day.  

Although the Israelite had had a taste of God’s power back in Egypt where God dealt with the Egyptians while sparing them, the pathing of the Red sea was totally unique and mind-blowing, a remarkable experience that should have left a tremendous impact on their trust and relationship with God…and oh! Sure, it had.

Who wouldn’t have believed in God after such an experience? The greatest unbeliever would have!

The bible recorded it aftermath.  

“And when the Israelites saw the great power displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
                          Exodus 14:31 NIV

The Israelites’ faith must have skyrocketed that very day the Lord delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians, but that didn’t last for long. Soon, these same people were grumbing and complaining, questioning God’s faithfulness and love for them.  

It’s amazing how the Israelites quickly drift from faith to unbelief when faced with a new problem (of hunger and lack vs. 3). You know, we could condone this great act of unbelief if God had not been good to them,  but no, not the Israelites- for God had been far-too-kind to them.

What were they thinking, that the Lord God, who brought them out of Egypt pathing the Red sea was incapable of feeding them?  

It’s very easy for us to say that the Israelites were unstable in faith, but it’s funny how we often time behave like them. At one time, we are at an excited state in faith(such as, after a victory, promotion or success) and at the other, we act like electrons that have lost their quantum enerygies and are back to the ground state…
we readily forget how faithful the Lord has been (and will always be). At such times, God require that we count our blessings and name them one by one, like King David, not forgetting His benefit.(Psalm 103:1-2).

  Are you going through a challenge, need a miracle  or dissatisfied with your present condition?

Don’t get grumpy at God .

Rather count your blessings, giving Him thanks for what He has done for you in time past knowing that He is more than able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you can think or ask!  

God loves you, and He will never let you down.

Start rejoicing, He is faithful!  

Peace&love.xo

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa.