Friendship. The God Kind of Friendship.

Friendship. The God Kind of Friendship.

Hello, beloved of CHRIST ❤️

I’m going to attempt to paint a picture in your head.

Do you have a dog? Or have you ever seen a dog chained to a post?
Whenever the dog wants to move, whenever it wants to run, whenever it wants to go forward, it will take step after step after step after step. But. It will get to a point where the chain holding the dog to the post will have reached its limits, and that chain will drag the dog back to where it started from. Can you picture that?

Well that’s how it is for us Christians. When you are connected to the wrong people and the wrong friends, like that dog, you will move and begin to feel like you have made some progress, and you will get to a certain point in your journey, only to be pulled back to square one.

Painful, isn’t it?

As a young and growing Christian, the kinds of friends you keep are important. The kinds of people you surround yourself with daily are important.

Friendship should be about purpose

In my last post, I wrote quite a bit on Luke 5:18-19. (If you missed it, read it here)
Today, we’re going to be talking about that same verse from a different angle.

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus,
19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

WOW! Look at this! I love this scripture. Did you see what just happened?
The paralysed man has absolutely no way of reaching Jesus on his own. Not with the kind of crowd surrounded by Him.
But you see, HE WAS SURROUNDED BY LIKE- MINDED PEOPLE! His friends were men who had the same purpose he did!
That’s why when they saw they couldn’t reach Jesus the regular, conventional way, they didn’t give up. They said No o! By fire, by force, we must enter into Jesus’ presence. Our friend must receive his healing today. AND THEY DID JUST THAT.
They went through the roof to get to Jehovah.
Those are the kind of people I want to be surrounded with! Those are the kinds of friends I want to have!
Certain breakthroughs in your life could only come from God-ordained friends! The paralysed man would not have received his healing had it not been for his friends now, would he?
All I’m trying to say is, before entering a friendship, examine your purpose. Pleasing God is your purpose. Doing everything to the glory of God is your purpose. Find somebody with the same purpose.

Remember what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

14 The Temple of the Living God
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?

Friendship is a covenant

I want you to realise how deep friendships are.
Let’s look at the two most celebrated friends in the Bible, David and Jonathan.

1 Samuel chapter 18, verse 1.

After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.

Did you see what just happened? Jonathan became ONE IN SPIRIT” with David. That’s how deep friendships are. I want you to realise that.
Friendship. Is. A. Convenant. With. The. Most. High. God.
Okay? When you accept a person as your friend, a covenant is being made. That friendship is being recognised in Heaven. It is up to you to ask yourself and ask God whether or not it was made to be.

Gods wants to lead every aspect of your life. Allow Him to lead the friendship part too.
Ask God to disconnect you from any friends that are not in line with His plan for your life.
Ask God to connect you with friends that are in line with His will for your life.

Stay blessed!

2015: Provoking God to Action

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

This is one of those scriptures everyone knows. One of those that we all quote. All the time. Let’s talk about it a little.

When it talks about violence, violence here is not in the throwing of punches and blows, and wielding of knives and all the Kung fu moves. But you know that already, don’t you?

Violence here talks about this sort of desperation, this innate need, this zeal. The point where you need something as much as you need to breathe. The kind of need that pushes and motivates you to go the extra mile. That’s what we’re talking about today.
Going that extra mile.
Exerting pressure on the Kingdom of God.
Forcefully receiving of the Father.
Provoking Jehovah to action.

Luke chapter 5, verses 18, 19, 24 and 25. Let’s look at that.

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus,
19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.

See how amazing that is? This paralysed man, he wanted healing. But then there were so many other people surrounding Jesus, the paralysed man couldn’t reach Him.
Guess what? HE DID NOT STOP THERE!
He was desperate. He wanted to be made whole. He wanted His healing! And so what did he do? HE PERFORMED A VIOLENT ACT! Whutttt?! He was lowered from the ceiling of the temple. Ahann! Talk about violence!
But you know what? His action provoked JESUS into action. Jesus did not plan to heal Him, I mean the paralysed man couldn’t even get into the temple. But Jesus performed an UNPRECEDENTED MIRACLE. He was healed! He was made whole!

Now that’s what I’m talking about!
2015, Provoke God to action. Provoke God to DO MORE. You cannot be content with the level you’re in now, reach further! Go higher! Enter deeper!
Decide that 2015, you will do something to catch the attention of Jehovah.
He has great plans for you in 2015, but tell Him you want something GREATER. Call it “spiritual Ojukokoro” if you want.

Maybe you’ve been praying to God for 10 minutes, change it to 1 hour. And if you’ve been doing 1 hour, do 3 hours in 2015. Spend more time with Him, tarry in His presence.
Fast more. Read your Bible more. CATCH THE ATTENTION OF JEHOVAH! Exert violence on the Kingdom of God.

Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and to direct you in this.

Happy New Year to all the amazing people God has led to this blog, I love you! God bless you! Let me hear from you!

I have tagged this year “My Year of Greater Works” My testimony will come out of this. I know.

For Further Reading on Provoking God to Action, Please study:
1. Mark 5: 25-34
2. John 2: 1-11.

Stay Blessed! ✨

Dear God (Bethany)

Dear God,
I’m writing another letter , haha. I’m writing to tell you how grateful I am for this past year . Lord thank you for today , the last day in 2014 . In January , you appointed Angel Grace , Angel Love and Angel Blessing to me . Grace was everywhere with me . Love – Well Love was a bit scarce but I’m grateful for her . And Blessing – Blessing kept surprising me everywhere I went . I’m thanking you in advance for the new set of Angels you’re appointing to me in 2015.
This year , Grandpa relocated to Heaven . Please tell him how much I miss him . I had my Sixteenth this year . I got into the University . My hearing was perfected . I want to go on but I cannot .
Also , this past summer , Angel Grace led me to meet the most wonderful set of young Christians .(The Lighters) . She told me you had it all planned and asked her to suprise me . My new family . Father I cannot write everything down , but believe me when I say – I am Thankful .
Oh and lest I forget , thank you for our Charity . Everyone that came & those that didn’t . Everyone that gave & those that didn’t, Bless them Dad.

Your daughter,
Bethany.

2014: My Thanksgiving and Testimony

Will my 2014 be complete if I don’t talk about Your goodness, Lord?
If I don’t share my testimony, Daddy? If I don’t tell the world how good, how amazing, how wonderful, how marvelous You’ve been to me?
I don’t know, I’m not sure it will.
Here I am Lord, here I am to celebrate You. To let You know that you truly are God.

2014 HAS BEEN MY TURNING POINT.

I’m not sure where to start from. This year, Lord, You taught me that I truly am NOTHING without You.
You taught me to depend on You, and you brought me deeper in You.
You taught me to not care about about the opinion of other people. You taught me to ignore the side talks. You taught me to keep my focus on You alone. You let me know that I live to please You, and You alone.

Oh My Amazing Creator. This year, You’ve taken me through a period of preparation. Painstakingly taught me lesson after lesson, on how to live in a way that is pleasing in Your sight. You molded me, and You’re still molding me into the vessel You want me to be.

There were times I failed You. Times I didn’t meet up to Your expectations. Times I missed the mark. But You were always there. With arms wide spread in love, waiting to take me back. What manner of man are You, My Saviour?

And then there were times where I felt like giving up. The devil never stopped trying to come in. Never stopped trying to find a loophole. Never stopped trying to attack.
Through it all, Daddy. Through it all, You’ve been faithful.

Ah, JEHOVAH! You have shown Yourself to me this year!
People talk and talk and talk about You. But how many people truly know You? How many people have truly experienced You, for who You are?

Jehovah Jireh. Jehovah Nissi. Jehovah Shammah. Adonai. JEHOVAH RAPHA. Jehovah Meschidesken. Jehovah Tsikednu. Redeemer. SAVIOUR. Lover. LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. Mighty Man in Battle!
Father, I do not call You these names simply because of how nice they sound, or because I want to show that I know them, and I know their meanings.
I call You these names because that is how You have showed Yourself to me this year. When I call you these names, I do with meaning. Because I know that is who You are, and You have revealed Yourself as such in my life.

Then comes my question. Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, that You have brought me this far?
What have I done, to deserve Your blessings? Your glory? Your favour? Your upliftment? Your Spirit?
You’ve taken me far Daddy. Brought me to places I actually never expected. And You know what else, You’re not done. This is only the beginning. Wow. I’m blown away, My love.

Thank you. All I have to say is thank you.
For my life, Thank you.
For my family, Thank you.
For the amazing friends you sent my way this year, Thank you.
For the wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ you’ve given me, Thank you.
For the members of my Bible study group, Thank you.
For every battle You have lead me through, Thank you.
For every victory You have given me, Thank you.
For every new height You have taken me to, Daddy, Thank you.
For the lives of the people who read my blog, Thank you Daddy.

I love you. I love you feels insufficient to express this feeling I’m feeling. My hearts is overflowing with love for you Jehovah. I love you. I love you. I love you. Onye n’emenma, Dalu so. Imela ❤️❤️

Dear God (Uche)

Dear God,
You know I love you so much right? Last day of 2014 and I’m alive! Hehe, I’m so thankful for everything you’ve done for me in 2014.
Thankful for Your mercy and grace, thankful for preserving and keeping me and my family.
Even though the enemy tried to take You away from me through some tough situations it didn’t succeed, ko poss.
Then you gave me this sweet result, mann Daddy you’re too much! And the fact that I thought my Christmas would be horrible, it was marvelousss. Thank you once again!
Daddy remember the thing I asked you for before the end of 2014, I’m still expecting and even though it’s the last day of 2014, You’d still surprise me. I have faith in you ^^ , no matter what happens though I believe Your will is the best for me. Of course!
Cheers to more and more years together till the end.
I love youuu muahh!

Dear God (Ayo)

Dear God,

We’ve been through a lot you know especially this year… all our break ups, times I wouldn’t even want to talk to you or even times I felt I’d cheated on you. I remember that time I couldn’t even call you because I felt I didn’t deserve Your love; I would cheat on You and yet You would always welcome me with loving hands.
Nah, I felt really bad and I was like you know what, I think we just need a break from each other.
Days, weeks and months passed, our communication rate declined big time 👇👇.
But then again just like You’ve been doing always you found a way of calling me back. This time in a funny way via Twitter 😄😄
You knew my stalking skills were 🙌 , so to me it came as no surprise. I noticed a friend of mine had changed her ways and she took God more serious, so in my little way I just had a little chat with her and they say the rest is history.
She added me into her bible study group and gradually we began to talk more, I even wrote my first letter to you during that period 😁😁.
Long story cut short we got back together and even made our bond stronger 💪💪💪.

Would also like to thank you for all You’ve done for me this year, Your protection, guidance for my family and friends.
Despite all the attempts of our side chick (the devil), we came out victorious 😎.  
Thanks a lot my real G 👏👏

Ayo.

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Stay blessed! ❤️

Dear God (Ezinne)

Dear God,
It’s me again.
Um, I know I haven’t been talking to you a lot recently & that’s why I’m so nervous now but I have a lot to say & you’re the only one I know that’ll completely understand.

When I started this year, I was so sad & afraid. I used to cry a lot, but you know that already, don’t you?
Because I stayed in your presence for hours sometimes begging that my parents stay together but they separated anyway.

You have never ignored my prayers Daddy and that was why I was so confused. I didn’t talk to you for months because I was so angry and hurt and it was a good excuse to sin.

Why my family? It hurt to see my siblings hurt and I suffered. Stepped up, took on so much responsibility, while trying to hide my sadness and problems from the world and also not mess up in school.

But then You still called me. You made events in my life turn around and lead me back to You. And now I finally understand. I’m SO much stronger & braver & wiser. I know what I want & what I don’t. All this time I thought you abandoned me but you were really just toughening me.
Making me into this amazing, beautiful, woman who is now wife material uncountable yards lol because you have great plans for me.
I just love you.
You’re the real mvp lol.
You’re my best friend.
You’re amazing.

All my love forever,
Ezinne.

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Stay blessed! ❤️

In The Days of Your Youth.

In The Days of Your Youth.

YOLO right? You. Only. Live. Once.
Sometime ago, I saw another variation of it. It said YOGO – You’re Only Young Once.
And that is my message for you today. You’re. Only. Young. Once. YOGO.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come”— (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬a NIV)

That’s one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. It gives me hope. A sense of joy. Makes me feel like I truly am doing the right thing.
I reflected on this scripture, and while reflecting on it, I asked certain questions.

Why does the Bible ask us to Remember our Creator IN THE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH?

Why not in our old age? In our old age, that’s when we’re closer to dying right? So that’s when we really should remember God. So we can go to Heaven. Or?

Or why not just plain “Remember your Creator” so we can remember Him whenever we want? Whenever we are ready? And at whatever age? That works better, doesn’t it?

I mean. Why does the Bible have to say IN THE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH? Shouldn’t that be the best times of our lives? Shouldn’t that be when we’re turning up and enjoying ourselves?
And God expects us to turn our backs on all the fun.
People we know are attending wild parties, getting drunk, having casual sex and we can’t.

As young Christians, we struggle. All the name calling, “Who do you think you are, Virgin Mary?”
The things that people do so casually, we can’t.
Certain conversation that should be “just banter” We cannot engage in.

God knows all this! He is Omniscient after all. So why does He let us go through all this? Why does He want us to remember Him in the days of our youth?

There has to be something about remembering Jehovah in the days of our youth. Right?

YES. Yes. Yesss. YESSS There is!
The Holy Spirit made me understand something, He made me understand that in remembering Him IN. THE. DAYS. OF. MY. YOUTH… I’m sowing seeds.

Seeds. Sowing seeds. That’s what you’re doing when you remember Jehovah in the days of your youth.
The Holy Spirit made me understand that every insult you receive because you’re serving Jehovah… Is a seed!

The sacrifice you make in spending time with God in prayer and in reading the Word, when you have course work and assignments and projects to do… Is a seed!

Oh, and every time you speak to the people around you, and you encourage them to also remember their creator… Is a seed!

You’re sowing seeds that money cannot buy into your future. In the future of your children. Into the future of your children’s children. And into the future of your generation to come.

A bit confused about the seeds I’m talking about? I’m talking about seeds of favour. Seeds of miracles. Seeds of open doors. Seeds of financial prosperity. Seeds of uncommon miracles.

Remember Prophet Samuel in the Bible? When he was only a little boy, he heard the voice of God. Not only did he hear the voice of God, He answered that voice! Not only did he answer the voice, he acted on it!
He remembered his Creator!
And in 1 Samuel 3 where it talks about how God called Samuel, the vs 1b says

Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon

Yet. The Lord broke that trend of uncommon visions and rare messages with Prophet Samuel. This is because Samuel remembered God in his youth!

He wants to do the same for us.

He wants to do an uncommon and rare thing in your life. If you only remember Him NOW in your youth!

YOGO. You’re. Only. Young. Once.
Use your youth wisely!

Stay blessed!

Dear God (Nini)

Dear God,

Hi.
Sometimes I feel like so many people want to talk at you not with you.
They want to tell you what they want, not what you’re offering them.
They demand from you instead of asking you.
I shout at you instead of crying to you. Sometimes, it’s hard.
The devil is constantly there chilling for me to fall.
Even the word hard makes me feel like I have already because nothing is too hard or impossible for you so why Lord do I go on about my hardships? Why in this letter am I still telling you about how hard my life is?

Man. I don’t even know.

I read somewhere that praise confuses the enemy.
Joy is ignited in my heart when I type that down. Lol. Knowing somehow I can still win this battle.
It gives me home. I guess it’s a start. You’ve done so much for me.
You have brought me through so much, Lord.
You were right (duh) when you said “Is anything too great for the Lord?”.
So why do I complain about my hardships still?
Is it some deep down social need? Or do I not believe you can do it? I will glorify you beyond mountains. I will worship you before the seas.
Oh Jehovah, I will tell all creatures about your works.
Then I will lie in my resting place and praise you with the skies. Oh MY El shaddai, is anything too great for you?

As my tears fall, I know you are comforting me, I know you love me. You are great.. My Baby, I am not here to tell you how hard my life is. I don’t want to talk at you anymore. My Baby, I will not shout at you today. I am here to listen to the King.

Nini

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Stay blessed! ❤️

Dear God (Ugonna)

Dear God,
Haha, I just finished reading the Word and I feel kinda great and I know its You doing it because everything good comes from You.
Ehen! I was gonna tell you about this girl, even though you already know… she’s so beautiful!
I think I like her but I need to chill and come to You first because she may not be what you want for me, because You have set out the best for me. Sha, I believe you’ll speak to me more on this topic.
Oh and by the way, God I want to ask for your help with all my assessments, and that of my family members and friends. For your strength and favour with our results.
Thank you for I know you have already done it!
My day is practically about to start and I know you have given me everything I need to take advantage of it!
Thank you very much Lord!

I love you.
Ugo

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Stay blessed! ❤️