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PAUL’S SALVATION WAS FOR YOU.

Have you ever thought that you were beyond redemption? Like you had done so much wrong, you thought to yourself that even God was done with you and couldn’t save you? Have a seat, let’s talk.

You remember the Apostle Paul (formerly known as Saul)? Yeah,that guy. His salvation story (in Acts 9) is a very peculiar one; I mean why did God save a man like Him?

Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers…
Acts of the Apostles 9:1 NLT

And God decided to save him?

What does this say about God?

But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of] eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:16 AMPC

So you see, God had you in mind when He chose Paul and saved him. Think about it; dude’s pre-conversion life was a mess; one characterised by unbelief, mockery of God and relentless persecution of the body of Christ (see Acts 9:1). Yet God’s mercy and patience found Him.

The point of Paul’s conversion happening the way it did, is to make Christ’s incredible patience clear to you.

It was for your sake that Paul received salvation when and how he did; to display God’s patience,lest you lose heart, or think you’ve gone too far, beyond redemption; or that God really can’t save you, or your loved ones cannot be converted suddenly or unexpectedly by the grace of God.
Know this: Nobody is beyond redemption. 😊

Love,

Debss❤

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DYNAMICS OF THE CHURCH LOVE STORY

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So you have been eyeing that velvet chair for some weeks; its rich color and soft foam have been calling your name since! You have watched its past occupants bounce for about three times before finally settling into the seat. “Me too, I’ll bounce some”, you thought to yourself. On that Sunday, you donned your best attire; and in high spirits, made your way towards “your” seat. After your fourth step, you stopped in your tracks. You realized that ushers danced people to their seats (it was as if everyone had a personal escort.) Where was your own escort? “Ah well,…” You made your way past the ushers towards your desired seat nonetheless.

One usher noticed you from afar, tiptoed behind you just in time, before your behind hit the seat and tapped you gently on the shoulder with a smile; one which told you that the seat you were about to occupy was not yours. “You failed to usher me in when I entered, now you want to prevent me from sitting on my preferred seat” you thought to yourself with an intent look that conveyed your thought to her. She nevertheless motioned you to another seat; one you would never sit on, even if it was labelled as VIP. Not that the seat was bad; but you just didn’t like that spot in the auditorium. You moved to your designated position, crestfallen. Your hatred for the innocent usher grew stronger as the service proceeded. Plans to leave the church and never return crowded your mind so much that you missed the sermon, which would have been of great benefit to you in the days ahead.

This, among other trivial things broke your heart consistently and eventually chased you out of the church. You thought of the church as an ungrateful lover you did virtually everything for, that left you heartbroken. You felt the church didn’t do the things you expected of her, even those she promised to do. “After all I can do well all by myself” your ego whispered.

Real Commitment to the church goes beyond personal emotions and expectations. Many of us treat the church with a consumer mentality-looking for the best product for the price of our Sunday mornings.

For some, the idea of committing (or recommitting) stirs up unpleasant feelings and memories. You may think you are doing just fine on your own, but you can’t navigate the Christian journey alone. You need fellowship. (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25) Christian fellowship is one of the signs of a true believer. If you think you are doing fine by yourself and are exercising your faith in isolation, you are being prideful. This is not even about “attending” church or “being present at church functions”. It is about having the desire to know God more, by learning from other believers, strengthening each other’s faith by sharing the word of God and testimonies, and fulfilling the “one another commandments”; i.e. loving one another (John 13:34), serving one another (Galatians 5:13), encouraging one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and being kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). We are called the body of Christ for a reason. We are to be united in purpose. It is this unity that will keep us accountable, in the long run.
“Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.” – Kevin DeYoung.

God is calling us to be a part of a bigger family. As we become genuinely involved in the church and its work in the world, we put ourselves in the best place possible to allow God to do His work in us. This is because the church is God’s greenhouse for us to flourish spiritually. It is here that God grows us and conforms us to the image of Christ.

Aside being the place to grow and be conformed, it is THE place where we are transformed and strengthened by the truth from the Word; where we can be most certain that we are investing our time and abilities for eternity, where we can grow in our roles as friends, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. In the words of Joshua Harris, it is “THE FATHER’S ONLY PLACE, EARTH’S SINGLE BEST PLACE, and GOD’S SPECIALLY DESIGNED PLACE to start over”.
“Your life is bigger than a good job, an understanding spouse, and a non-delinquent child. It is more than beautiful gardens, nice vacations, fashionable clothes, and a beautiful relationship with people around you. In reality, you are a part of something immense, something that began before you were born and will continue after you die. God is rescuing fallen humanity, transporting them into His kingdom, and progressively shaping them into His likeness- and HE WANTS YOU TO BE A PART OF IT.”, Paul David Tripp writes to Christians.

You have seen a church been torn apart by greed, arrogance, pride or lack of integrity; and any talk about commitment makes you want to puke. You do not want to give your heart and get it broken again. Unfortunately, the church has become like that lover you’d have to learn to forgive more than once. The prospects of falling in love are risky; but therein lies its beauty . Fall in love with the church, and feel the deep and wholehearted passion that comes with being committed to the body of Christ. Dare to fall in love once more; because Jesus still calls you His bride.

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Inspiration: “Stop Dating The Church! Fall In Love With The Family Of God” by Joshua Harris

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JUST DO IT!

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Let me get this out first; I’m such a procrastinator!🙈 I started this blog last year (November 14, precisely) and boy have I been struggling to produce content! It has been one thing; Fear.

A chunk of my friends are way older than I am (between the ages 24 and 35); and so I for a long time, I have had this perception that “these people are older than me. What could they possibly learn from me? They’d say it’s childish” I was afraid of baring my mind and people having access to it. Starting this blog meant that people were going to have access to my very haphazard chain of thoughts and I was so afraid.

Reading other blogs,they said would give me inspo. It always used to leave me more nervous than inspired. I used to think to myself, “when will I also get here?” Then it occurred to me that I had not even started yet.

I have had the catchphrase “JUST DO IT!” as my mantra for a while now. Today, I decided to live it. In the words of Canadian photographer, Peter McKinnon, “Done is better than perfect”. I have realised that we mostly sit around waiting for perfection (which hardly ever comes) before we start. The constant quest for perfection as a sign to start something will stifle your growth. There is no time called “THE RIGHT TIME”. Therefore regardless of how “untimely” it may be, just do it! Do it afraid,do it nervously,do it weary; JUST DO IT!

So here’s me getting it done. I want to know that I did it. The worst thing that can ever happen is failure;nobody will die in the process. It’s just failure! At least, it is better than dying without doing anything with this gift of writing.

The goal is to save nothing for the next life; to die empty and to stand before God void of all the gifts and abilities handed me.

I almost always have something to say; I hope it inspires or entertains you. Welcome to my world. I hope we become best of friends.

Much love,

Debss😚.

GOD IS GOOD; ONLY GOOD.


Hey! Hope you’re good?

Today’s video is a short one. Hope it helps shift your perspective in these peculiar times.

(Please subscribe to the channel, and click the “bell” button beside it, after watching. Thank you)

Stay safe. 😘
Much love,
Debss.


Watch here👇🏿
https://youtu.be/LYxmFpz2hX0

This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].1 John 1:5 AMP

MAKE ROOM FOR THE LIGHT

So the other day, I was charging my phone and using it at the same time (don’t do it; 0% recommended!).

The light from my screen shone on the floor; it was then I noticed that a chain of ants had been “travelling” beside me. I quietly followed them with my light, as if without it, they’d lose their way. Lol

As if they had noticed me, this army of ants started running away. My mischievous self followed them, and enjoyed watching them scuffle away from the light. I eventually killed all of them. (stop judging me🙄)

That moment revealed to me a period of time in my life when I ran (at all cost) away from the light (God). Darkness (Sin) excited me, and any sign of light made me anxious, as if my end had come.

I thought God was like me, who enjoyed looking on as His children ran around in (dark) circles. I thought He would look on as I wallowed in sin and the likes, and then strike me dead one day when He’d had enough of me.

But He’s far from that. He is a loving Father, ever-willing to flush out all sin out of you, without judgement. He is ready to help you see yourself in the light He’s called you to.

But you are a chosen race , a royal priesthood , a consecrated nation , a [special] people for God’s own possession , so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9 AMP



And so, if you are anything like the old me, here’s a word for you: the light is profitable for you, and it will do you good.

All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; “
2 Timothy 3:16 AMP

So yeah, surrender to the light. Good thing about this exposure  is that, it’s not the kind that brings shame, but one that opens your eyes and heart to the possibility of holiness and endless love and life. 

“…Today [while there is still opportunity] if you hear His voice, Do not harden your heart, …” Hebrews 3:15 AMP



God bless you.
Love,
Debss❤

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🥂 TO DREAMERS AND THEIR DREAMS. 🎉

Do I say “Happy New Year”? Lol 🤦🏿‍♂️😩

Welcome back to my blog. Thank you so much for sticking around since the inception of this journey. God bless you.

Today, I share how a casual conversation between a friend and I led me to a deeper realisation.

As you can see, I’m trying something new. Do not hesitate to tell me what you think about it in the comments section. And please cut me some slack; the edits are not perfect. 😉 I’ll get better at video editing. 😊

LET’S CATCH UP!!

•What I’ve been listening to:

1. You are welcome in this place – Maverick City featuring Naomi Raine and Chandler Moore

2.The Only One – Benjamin Dube featuring Hlengiwe Ntombela

3. Kaa she gbeyei – Bernice Offei

•I’m not reading or watching anything at the moment.

Recommendations are welcomed though.

Thanks.

Much love,

Debss❤

FUFILLING THE GREAT COMMISSION

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words],…”

Matthew 28:19

When I was younger, the first thing that came to mind when ‘evangelism’ was mentioned was, knocking on people’s gates and stopping people along the road to share the word of God with them. I wasn’t quite in on that whole approach. Because I had reacted in a cold manner towards other people who had approached me to share the word with me in the past, I assumed I’d get a “what goes around, comes back around ” type of response. I also thought fulfilling the great commission (sharing the gospel to others and winning souls for God) was the preserve of only a particular group of people, to which I definitely did not belong because I was just too shy.

Fast forward to now, I’ve learnt some things about the Great Commission:

•It is a mandate for all believers and should be treated as such.
• Your personality / temperament is not a deficiency. God made no mistakes. And so while you may say you’re shy and not so outspoken, have you taken time to tap into your empathetic and observant side? Yes, you may not be the one to bring in a soul, but you surely can help “retain” that soul, through checkups or follow-ups. Use your personality / temperament for God’s glory.

The world desperately needs truth and love. Unfortunately, those who do not know are confidently parading legalities, morality and religiosity as the gospel, while most of those who know are shying away from sharing the gospel either for fear of possible backlash or merely not wanting to “stain their white” a.k.a. playing safe / staying in their own lanes.

I understand that the truth, sometimes is an uncomfortable thing to share; but it has to be shared. It seems like a hard thing to do; but here lies the case where the hard thing to do is also a good thing. Are you going to shelve it because it does not sound pleasant, knowing that it is the very message that can give someone eternal life and a relationship with a loving Father? No.

The difficulty of how it sounds and feels does not negate the fact that it is good. Therefore, Yes to sharing!!

In conclusion, I think a few boxes should be ticked in delivering the gospel:

Love

What is the motive for the sharing the message? Do you genuinely see the need for a change in the life of that person? Do you truly see the power in the word to transform their life for better? Are you looking at the person with compassionate eyes, seeing in them where you were before Christ found you? Or are you merely seeing it as an opportunity to quote scripture and present yourself as a better “christian” ?

Ask yourself, “am I sharing the truth with this person out love and compassion, wanting them to truly see the light or am I doing so based on my own discretion of “how a Child of God should behave “?

To be honest, it’s easy for the “righteous arrogance” to jump out, making yourself the standard, instead of Jesus. It is easy to fall into the trap of using morality as a yardstick instead of the Bible, and we must be very careful about pride setting in.

Tact, Tone, Wisdom

The ability to do or say things without offending/upsetting other people (this is a dicey one..lol because, sometimes, the truth is quite stern.)

I don’t know where it came from or who started It, but a lot of evangelists I have encountered are rude. I feel they go overboard with the whole “ka ne wu” (I’d rather speak the truth and die,than be silent) attitude. Please, if there is a more pleasant way to deliver the truth, definitely go down that route. There is absolutely no need to be rude, to pass a message across.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16-18

Finally, genuinely care about the person’s well-being. Do not limit your interactions with them to showing them the path to salvation. Try as much as possible to assist them to live a wholesome life. A saved soul needs a sound mind, a healthy body and a calm spirit to function wholesomely.

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LET’S CATCH UP!!

•CURRENTLY READING

I have been studying a devotional on the YouVersion Bible App called The Heart Of Recovery By Deborah and David Beddoe

•CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

So I have been doing a lot of albums lately.

1. Dunsin Oyekan – Kingdom Now (free tip: Be on the lookout for Breathe. You’re welcome 😉)

2. Nathaniel Bassey – The King Is Coming

3. Tim Godfrey – Fearless

4. Titilope Sonuga – Swim

5. I Said What I Said Podcast – The Not So Perfete episode In this episode, the ladies talk to Kosi Odubogun , founder of Perfete , formerly AislePerfect , one of the largest largest wedding and lifestyle websites, about wedding and celebration culture in Nigeria, as well as her incredible journey through infertility and endometriosis, particularly as a Nigerian woman.  

6. Up close and Personal with Precious Gaza – Emotional Healing