WORD FOR 2019 – BECOMING

Happy New Year!
I’m so grateful for what God did last year – It was indeed a year of Freedom for me and my family.

WELCOME TO 2019

Back in December while I was asking God for a word for 2019, the Holy Spirit said BECOMING.

At first, I thought it was just me assuming or maybe because the new book from Michelle Obama inspired the word becoming or could it be that it’s the new word in right now. I was reluctant, so I leaned in closer to God for confirmation.

God confirmed this over the past few weeks as I had conversations with my friends and loved ones over the festive period which all pointed back to what God has been tiring up in my heart.

I remember a conversation I had with a good friend/sister of mine. She asked me what the word for 2019 is, so I told her that I believe God is telling me – “2019 is a year of fulfilment of everything He has written over my life when He first made me even before I was formed in my mama’s womb. God is telling me; every season I have ever gone through has been building up for this time, this new age! This is a year of becoming “the me” God has destined and purposed me to become.

This is the year for my POTENTIALS to become PURPOSE and for my PLANS to become ACTIONS!

This is the year I become LESS of ME and MORE like CHRIST

This is the year I become ROOTED in my faith and God will do miraculous things in my life. The year I become a TESTIMONY that points everyone to Christ and God’s GLORY.

This is the year I become older and full of God’s WISDOM and REVELATIONS. This is the year I become the big 30 years on this planet earth!

This is the year I become CHANNELS of BLESSINGS!

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 New Living Translation (NLT)

What do you want to become in 2019?

by being persistent in prayer and fasting you will become all that God has spoken over your life. In Jesus name, Amen!

Please share your thoughts on any social media platforms with hashtag

#BECOMING19 or #BECOMING2019

Love Always,

(Founder)

HOW TO FINISH 2018 STRONG & START 2019 FLYING

Maybe you are like me wondering where the year has gone. And you are currently reflecting back on the success and as well as the mistakes(failures) of this year. Maybe you are yet to complete the plans you had for 2018; that course you started, the business you plan to start or maybe you are yet to finish reading the book you started and the list goes on…

You’ve been thinking…

I’m not going to make it. It’s too hard. It’s too much work. This is just too hard. There is so much left to do in such a short time. 

A lot of people would just walk away. But if God is speaking to you — if you’re hearing that still, small voice telling you, “You are not a quitter. You’re a finisher!” — then put your blinders on. It is not over yet!

This is not the time to start feeling anxious, overwhelmed due to mistakes and bad choices you have made during the year. No matter what you have left to achieve this 2018, you can achieve it in 2019. Don’t beat yourself up! As long as you have life, NOTHING is impossible with God on your side.

Don’t. Give. Up. 

Listen to what God is telling you to do. He is calling you today to go back to the drawing board. Check in on your goals. Revisit those areas of failures and re-evaluate. Don’t wait until January 1, 2019 to start planning, START NOW!
You need to have a renewed mindset before the end of this year to be able to start 2019 much STRONGER. And where better place to start?

Below, I have listed some tips to help you as we prepare for 2019. These steps are drawn from examples in the Bible which aim to get you to start thinking differently now as we approach the end of 2018. Finishing the year with a different mindset is, in fact, finishing strong. 


FINISH 2018 WITH THESE 4 POWERFUL  TIPS

1. PLAN NOW!

Count The Cost

“Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.” 

Ravi Zacharias

Starting something new is always exciting. Even though we may initially have fears, I think, in general, we all look forward to a new thing. Often, I’ve ventured out into new phases of my life. I can still remember my first day of elementary school. It was scary but exciting, simultaneously. Every idea for a new project, venture, or journey breeds deep excitement in our souls. In life we all love to start, be it dating, marriage, joining the workforce, college, the gym, business, a ministry, a creative project, or a family. Whatever it may be, we all look forward to the beginning of something new because it always sounds and feels magical in our minds. We get a feeling of euphoria which we hope will never disappear. Starting is infused with positives only, and our thoughts may roam the expanse of possibilities, and the results always end well in our minds. Starting is terrific, but there is something more powerful than starting. It is finishing. 

Jesus, in one of His teachings, addressed starting and finishing. While He was speaking on following, He used natural examples to reiterate His point – in Luke 14:28 – 37
Life is full of many great starters, but unfortunately, the numbers dwindle with finishers. When we stop for a moment and look at the world today, globally, or even in our communities, we can see the effects of the starters that never finished. 

Jesus urged us to count the cost before we start because He knew the giddy feelings we would encounter once we have ideas that sound great to us. He knew we could get so caught up in starting and forget the cost involved to finish our assignments. I have seen and experienced so many heartbreaks and disappointments, so many tears and sleepless nights, all because I didn’t count the cost.  I didn’t consider the whole picture,  creating my own failure. God works differently from our world system. 

The Word tells us, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
(Ephesians 1: 4-5 NIV)

God knows the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:10, God counts the cost to the end, and then he started creation. So too, we must count the cost before we start anything, and calculate a strong finish even before we begin. 

2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE.

Be Committed To Achieving Your Goals like Jesus

“Do not be lazy. Run each day’s race with all your might, so that at the end you will receive the victory wreath from God. Keep on running even when you have had a fall. The victory wreath is won by him who does not stay down, but always gets up again, grasps the banner of faith and keeps on running in the assurance that Jesus is Victor.” 

Basilea Schlink

Jesus’ whole assignment on earth was to finish the work His Father sent Him to do, and He counted the cost before he took His first step in time. Jesus moved and operated with the end in mind. Every step, every word, every prayer, every miracle, every sermon was done with great resolve to finish. Jesus was motivated to finish because His sole purpose was to do the will of His Father. It was the Father’s heart to save us, to have us draw near to Him without the issues of sin, judgment, and condemnation. 

Jesus’ ability to finish His assignment on earth would not only save us, but serve as proof to all humanity that God was real, and sent Jesus to save us. When we desire above all else to do the Father’s will, we will be fueled to finish what we start, and in finishing strong we bear witness to others that God is real. When things get hard but you keep smiling, keep trying with joy and peace, people around you will stop and take notice. They will give credit to God because of the fruit of your staying the course. 

Jesus gained physical, emotional and mental strength to run his race to the finish because he kept his eye on the prize. Perhaps today you are caught in the web of having had a great start, but now the trials, obstacles, hardships, and torment is causing you to want to quit and walk away. I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize and the end product. Keep your eyes on Jesus because He, along with the saints that have gone on ahead, is cheering you on. It might be dark, it might be lonely, but know that you are not alone. Keep your eyes on Jesus, remember how He finished, and know that you can finish also! 

3. BE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.

Learn from Apostle Paul 

“Follow boldly in your Master’s steps, for He has made this rough journey before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment.” 

Alistair Begg

The Apostle Paul was a tremendous visionary, full of passion, and pursued his vision no matter the cost. He didn’t begin on the right track in his pursuit of souls. He was a Jew born to the tribe of Benjamin, and he was very educated in the Law of Moses. He was full of zeal for defending the law he held in high esteem. Therefore, he passionately pursued anyone that would seek to go against this law. He was notorious for persecuting the followers of Jesus because the gospel of Jesus Christ went against the spirit of religion. He was a unique person from the start.

One day, Paul was on a mission to bring to prison all who would dare to follow Jesus Christ. While on the way, he had an encounter with God, face-to-face that changed his course forever. In reality, what happened was mind-boggling, and one could only reason it was God who brought about this sudden change. Paul went from one side of the spectrum to the opposite side; he would now become the persecuted rather than the persecutor – (Acts 9 NIV).

A new path was now charted for Paul, and he would have to count the cost of this call. He would have to decide if he would die for the cause of Christ. He knew of the opposition unleashed against the church of Christ. He was present at the stoning of an innocent follower of Jesus, named Stephen. Paul was no stranger to the torment, pain, and persecution that awaited those who would dare associate with Jesus and his teachings. Nevertheless, Paul counted the cost and set out to start a new race–one that would change the course of the Gentile world. Even though Paul was a Jew, he had a more significant impact on the Gentile nations, and he traveled extensively planting churches and feeding the body of Christ with wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Today, two-thirds of the New Testament is written by the Apostle Paul because he counted the cost. He depended on the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction every step of the way. The Holy Spirit would reveal to him the persecutions he would face, the imprisonments, the beatings, the public humiliation, the loneliness, and even his death. With all that he faced, he kept Jesus before him, and the will of the Father to make disciples of all men.

Paul could have chosen the life of the persecutor to gain status, position, and wealth, but would have spent his eternity in torment. After counting the cost, he chose not to gamble away eternity and headed to the starting line of the call that would cost him everything. I want to encourage you today to meditate on the life of Paul and weigh the choices before you. Count the cost on both ends of the spectrum and see God move in and infuse you with strength as you chose his will!

4. BE GENUINE 

“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?”

Nick Vujicic

The wisest king that lived, other than Jesus, said, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV.

When we ponder this thought, there is so much depth that lies within. Today, when we look around, it seems like every month there is a new line of clothing, bags, shoes, new miracle-working pills, slimming equipment, or countless cheap do-it-yourself gadgets. The infomercials and commercials are endless. But after a few months, we lose interest only to find something new is on the market. When we look at the designer labels we know they get their title not only from their price but because they have been around for years. They have worked hard and long to create a brand that can be trusted. Their products are long-lasting and reliable. After many products have come and gone, these designers stand the test of time, proving them to be genuine. So too, it is with believers. When we stay the course, keep our eyes on Jesus and count the cost, then our lives declare to the world that the Jesus we serve is real. 

A test of time, trials, persecutions, delays, and obstacles are all considered “time in the furnace”, but it is always necessary to show value and the genuineness. As we read through the pages of the Bible repeatedly, all the men went through great testing, trials, and persecution. Through it all, they have finished strong because they counted the cost, kept their eyes on their God, and still today the nation of Israel stands to prove to the world they are the nation separated unto God. 

The Apostle Paul urged us to get rid of the heavy weight of sin or impurities that have only the ability to weigh us down in Hebrews 12:1 – 2  He also encouraged us not to get tired in the journey but to keep doing good because the reward that awaits us is greater than the troubles we face in the present. Jesus received the reward of the souls he died for.  The Apostle Paul received Jesus as his prize and added more souls to the kingdom of God. Today you can also receive Jesus, His strength, His grace, His mercy, His anointing, His wisdom, and His endurance to finish stronger in 2019!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

So, I’ve been studying the great book of Jonah these last couple of weeks. Can I just say this, Our God is just crazy amazing!

I think everyone including me has heard of this story as a child at their church’s Sunday school or someone had referred to it some way or the other. And like you I was fascinated by it!

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever studied this book as deeper nor understood it better until now.
It amazes me how Jonah can experience the fullness of God’s Mercy himself even when his mission was to send the message of Grace to the Ninevites!

Jonah is quite a Character! And so relatable…
He reminds me of me really!
Let’s go on this great journey with Jonah, shall we?

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How To Share Your Faith [3 Simple Steps]

When you go, tell them this: ‘God’s kingdom is now very near. Heal the sick. Bring the dead back to life. Heal the people who have leprosy. And force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help others freely.

Matthew 10:7-8 ERV

Now, this is a topic I try to avoid speaking on as I too struggle with sharing my faith with others.

As we all know it can be quite daunting and scary at first, paired up with fear of rejection and lack of confidence. This is often generated from a place of feeling imperfect and incompetent which stops us from standing up and sharing the gospel with others.

If like me you struggle with this concept then you are in the right place. I know it can leave you feeling extremely fearful, hesitant and overwhelmed. For many years, I know I should share my faith but talking to strangers who don’t believe in Christ (or even people I know) often evokes skepticism, fear or anger and these words induce feelings of fear and intimidation in me.

And yes even if you are an extrovert or ambivert. No one likes to come across as being pushy or disliked.

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Can I share a quick story with you?

This is a story of a pastor’s daughter who was more than 20 years old and had never shared the gospel with anyone because she was afraid. On the 1st of March 2014, in her quiet time, she felt God strongly speaking to her about being Strong and Courageous. It was at His feet He met her and reminded her He is with her and has given her the spirit of Boldness just as He had given Peter and John in Acts 4:13“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

It was on this day, she made a firm decision.

She went out, resolved that fear was not going to hold her back any longer. She believed God’s promise when He said…

He will personally go with her.

Deuteronomy 31:6.

That person is me. That year I surrendered all to God knowing that He Himself is with me, not His angels but God, the Father is with me as I stood boldly on the streets evangelising even with doubt. Shared my story on social media platforms knowing that I am imperfectly perfect in the love of Christ. Also, I opened up for the Holy Spirit to lead me to strangers who needed to be reminded that Jesus loves them with simple notes and a smile.


This is what the power of God can do to you. So if you are still reading this (I have a big grin on as I typed this) and have never ever shared your faith story but it is your desire to do so then you are in the right place.

You can breathe now! Relax!

 John reminded us in 14:15 ““If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you – if you love Me, express it by winning souls for Me”

So, with that verse in mind here are some easy, simple steps I consider to be key when sharing your faith with others.

3 Simple Steps in Sharing Your Faith

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1. Pray

Prayer is the key,

prayer is the master key.

Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer. Literally!

Prayer is the key! So when fear creeps in, pray! When you feel that you are not enough or know enough, pray! Or maybe like me, you are not new to this but somehow along the way you’ve lost the passion for lost souls and you’ve lost the boldness you once had, PRAY!

We must learn how to go to God with everything we feel or think. It is important to get the inside out. When we tell God how we feel exactly in return He will speak to us through the His Word, providing us with signs and reassurance that we so are in desperate need of.

Be committed to prayer. The Bible emphasises on hearing as well as speaking. At the place of prayer, we hear from God. This is where we discern what He is saying to us. He will tell us the secret things, His vision. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ”Colossians 4:3

Mission and intercession go hand in hand.

Remember, Jesus started all His missions with a prayer and ended always with a prayer too.

2. Plan 

A structure is important. Preparation is even more important.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” 
― Benjamin Franklin 

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Even God has a plan! So before stepping out to share the good news of Christ have a plan in place. Have strategies on how to engage. Speak in context of the environment. Maybe you might want to start with things that can draw there attention, “Things they can relate with e.g. weather, etc.” or  words like “Can I tell you something that’s giving me Hope?” or “Let me tell you my story.” Just like the blind man who went everywhere telling people about what Jesus had done for him. John 9:25 “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!”. 

Even though this man didn’t know the bible enough, he was an expert on one topic – his own experience. He was blind and now he could see. We can do the same too. Perhaps, you once felt unloved, unaccepted and rejected before or you struggled with low self-esteem, hate, jealousy, addiction. Whatever it is,  your testimony is powerful enough for God to use. Don’t ever think your story is not as powerful or dramatic enough.

Be prepared! You can start by writing 10 things you’re thankful for. Share it on your facebook page or twitter. You can prepare by writing your story down, or record it, or practice in front of a mirror. Whatever works for you.

Get your message across effectively, remember the rule: “Don’t tell, ask!”

For instance: Jesus died on the cross for you. Do you know why He did that? Find out what the person already understands, give your own testimony and stimulate a desire in that person’s heart to say, ” I want that!”

Be creative and aggressive in a gentle way in your approach.

Don’t preach to them. Don’t pressurise them. Listen and share!

The important thing is not what you say but what the other person understands!

Think of how to address challenges; cultural differences. Use existence methods/ resources. Think of how to engage your community. Go into schools, Elderly care homes, provide free breakfast/lunch for the homeless or the less privileged that lives in your town. Invite your unsaved friends to coffee, brunch/dinner.

Evaluate if the method is working or not. Remember, there is always a way. Just go and sow the seed.

3. Go

First, Be approachable.

We don’t want anyone feeling threatened now do we?

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Be relaxed but determined!

Second, Smile!

Beam in the joy of the Lord. It’s contagious. This is when the seed planting starts. The conversation will usually develop naturally from here. Take an interest in people and you will get their interest!

When you’ve been set free you should want others to know so they too can be free. Why? Because you know this is a person Jesus died for too and loves dearly.

People are in search of more. They want something more than what this present world can offer them and yes we have the answer. The answer which can invade and eradicate every emptiness in people’s lives.

God wants to perform miracles through us in such a way that will blow our minds. He will do that which eyes have never seen nor heard of, ever!

However, we must become bold and give our lives away for the master’s use. God wants to use us as a vessel to bring His Kingdom here on earth.

Share your story, your song is a powerful tool and if you’re not good with words, then use your actions, anything! Just don’t do nothing. Do good!  Care and share!

Remember, practice makes perfect.

Be courageous, be led by God’s Holy Spirit. If God is calling you out of your familiar place; maybe to leave everything you know to go out to the unknown. Be brave!

He will make you brave. He is a good Father. He is for you and never against. He is your champion! Like He said, He will go with you PERSONALLY! “So God has given both His promise and His Oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie” Hebrews 6:18

Perseverance and total surrender are needed.

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to Him,
    and He will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6
 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
 baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son
 and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age
– Matthew 28:19-20

This is a command. Jesus is not begging or supplicating but simply commissioning every believer to go all over the world to win souls.

Go and Proclaim!

Pastor Craig Groeschel  in his book the Christian atheist said

When we are open to go wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. He will use us to share the greatest gift of all – eternal life through Christ. And when He does, we may never know on this side of eternity how much of a difference we made, But someday on the other side – we’ll know in full.

Share the Word of God and give your testimony of the beauty of Jesus Christ with the unsaved.

This is the heartbeat of God. He does not have pleasure in the death of a sinner.

Let’s flood the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I love you,

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I COMMITTED A CRIME

I committed a crime that ultimately brings about death!
I was locked up to be sentenced.
A terrible crime never to see the light again,
imprisoned with no way of escape.

But God,

oh if not for the cross.

My records wiped clean,
removed all traces.
When I see the
cross I see Freedom.
My Freedom bought with the precious blood of the Lamb.
Grace has found me in my imprisonment,
and gave me Hope.
Jesus I am found in Your Freedom.

 – THE CROSS by Dami Elegbede

 Jesus Christ did the things God wanted Him to do. And because of that, we are made holy through the sacrifice of Christ’s body.

Christ made that sacrifice one time—enough for all time.

Hebrews 10:10 

Happy Easter to you all,

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