It’s not my Fault!

Tit 2:11-14

Have you said that before?

Standing for Christ has, in recent times, become an impossible task for children of God. Our faith has become easily fallible. We seem to compromise our principles so easily and then blame the challenging circumstances around us.

The time that was not enough. I’m too busy. Nobody encouraged me. I didn’t want to offend him. The temptations are too great. These statements have suddenly become clichés among young 21st Century Christians.

How often do you blame other people or situations for your inadequacies?

Are the youths who stood for God throughout the Bible and history weird men? What happened to the determination the Holy Spirit bestows upon sons?

Obadiah lived in King Ahab’s house, yet, he feared God greatly. Samuel trained under Eli, with Hophni and Phinehas, but he was not corrupted by them. He even gained an A+ for hearing God. Asa was from a lineage of evil kings, where they couldn’t have taught him the way of God; yet, he did what was right in God’s sight… the list is endless.

So what is your excuse? What justifications have you, for compromising your stand?

The sons of Eli were clearly older than Samuel and could have easily taught him the old tricks. But the Bible tells us that “but Samuel ministered unto the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.” He decided to know God, and focused on his priesthood training, regarding ‘less’ the bad boys around.

The three Hebrew guys looked death in the face so as to please the living God. How often have you hidden your identity because of ridicule, not to talk of death threats?

We do not know much about his life, but Obadiah did not leave us in doubt when he said “And I’ve served GOD devoutly since I was a boy!” He feared God GREATLY, even under Jezebel’s nose!

Asa’s father couldn’t have taught him in God’s way – evil can’t beget good. So, he might have read about King David in the history books and then compared his father’s life to his (David’s), seen and stuck to the better of the two. And it most likely was a personal decision. He not only lived the right way, but also taught his son, Jehoshaphat ( 1 kings 22:43).

Even though their environment, like ours, was filled with corruption, it’s the personal relationship with God that these men built up within then that helped – and that’s really what matters. Do you not know that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world?

Do you blame your elder siblings for your influencing you negatively? Do you accuse your parents of neglecting their duty of teaching you the right things? Who and what do you blame?

Obviously, we live in an environment that is hostile to the faith and where sin is condoned; but this should not deter our commitment to Christ. If you truly know your God and live according to the Word, following Christ every step of the way in righteousness, wrong external influences will not make you falter or lose faith.

If you fall to pieces in hostile, adversative conditions, then there wasn’t much to you in the first place.

Keep the Faith,

Toluwanimi

References: 1 kings 15:11

1 kings 18:3, 12

Pro 24:10.

1 Sam 2

No Safe Place

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, my first impulse is to pull back the covers over my head and return to sleep, but I have to wake up and start the day.

This is Nigeria:

The people are afraid. We are scared. We don’t know where next will explode. We have no idea what area is next to be ravaged by a flood. Neither do we know the argument that will spark up the brawl. We can’t really access the workability of the benefits of the removal of the fuel subsidy. We don’t have a perfect idea of its effect on the prices of goods and services, and its toll on us. Protesters fill the streets and labour unions are embarking on industrial actions – what will come out from it?

I don’t trust anyone again.  The next call on my phone may be from kidnappers, demanding for my 80+ year old grandpa or from the ritualist who command people with charms. Every little pain in my body seems like the signs of a malignancy and every symptom I feel, I’m now tempted to check up on google to find the medical explanation. The environment is unfriendly. The people are hostile. No one seems to give chastity its respect anymore. My aunt’s boss wants to go out with her in exchange for my well earned promotion, despite the fact that she is married with two kids, and he knows.

In view of all these, I seek for a place to hide. For a someone to tell me what to do to rescue myself from the world’s numerous challenges that seem to mount up daily. Challenges that build up an opposition to my faith and principles. I’ve looked around, but I’ve discovered that there’s no safe place. I have no man to assure me that it is well, because everyone is afraid.

Everywhere is in chaos. Nowhere is completely free of trouble. There will be some pain in the neck, no mater how little. Who can save us from the stress that mounts as a result of the challenges of our ever-changing world?

But when I looked up, I remember the Psalmist said “I will lift up my eyes to the hills…” I will join his song, “…from whence comes my help?”

In a quiet moment, He whispers into my consciousness, “Look, my help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth.”

Will He allow my foot to be moved? NO.

He never rubs his eyes. For what? He is a No-slumber, No-Sleep God. He is always at work, BUILDING AND REPAIRING LIVES. And putting order in a world of Chaos and disorder. That’s what He does best.

He can be trusted. God can be trusted.

So what will I say, knowing that God is there for me? Unto you O Lord, I look. I will lift up my voice and say, “Save me, O Lord.” Help me experience righteousness, peace, joy in my walk with you. Peace like a river. Joy overflowing my soul. The imputed righteousness of God.

O, save me and my friends. Lead me on. Have mercy and let the tap of Your grace never run dry.

Has life stressed you beyond your limits? Are you afraid of what’s going to or not going to happen next?

The God who is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, says we should call upon Him in the day of trouble and He will answer us. He’s with us. He’s our refuge. Trust Him. Psalm 46.

You can look up to God and pour your burdens at His feet. “He says come to me. Learn of me.” For when we do that with a open heart, We will, even in this world where there is no safe place, experience true and lasting PEACE.

Matt 11:28-30, Psalm 121.

Don’t forget to pray for Nigeria today, for only God can provide the true peace and development we desire. Shalom.

A Blessed week ahead,

Toluwanimi

Tips For the New Year

Heeyo!

I’m so happy that we all made it to a new year! And HeirWalk blog is still alive and thriving.

What’s 2012 going to be like? What principles will guide you this year and beyond? Let me share some tips with you.

Grow in Knowledge.

Knowledge is important for a graceful abundant life. You are limited by what you don’t know. The knowledge of God, of yourself in His perspective, of what God wants you to do in life, and of the schemes of the devil sets your focus straight and helps you to live circumspectly, avoiding the darts of the devil (2 Peter 3:18, 2 Peter 1:2). Do you just know about God or do you know God personally? If establishing a personal relationship with Christ is the only thing you are able to achieve this year, it’s really okay; because that’s the good foundation upon which all other things are built.

All you need to live a good and godly life is entrenched in the KNOWLEDGE of Christ. It’s not my word, see what God says in 2Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: See!

Do you have a known clear objective for your life? One of the greatest benefits and blessings of the Christian life is an objective for living, provided for you by Faith in Christ. There is nothing more tragic in a human life than aimlessness. If you aim at nothing, you may be sure you will hit it. You may have talent, intelligence and special abilities, but without an objective your life will end in frustration, because you will have accomplished very little of permanent value. Our life’s purpose has already been mapped out by God, so all we need to do is to discover it by spending quality time with God. And remember that the determination to obey God’s will is required before He reveals it to you in the first place (commitment comes before understanding). His will is not to take you to one desert where you wear rags and live on bread and water, but that you will be a light to the world, however method He wants it. His plan is to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.

Financial Discipline

Let me confess. I’m sorry to tell you, but I started 2012 broke… don’t pity me, I’ve thought about it and I discovered I’ve not been too disciplined with money. Not that I’m a spendthrift, you know, but my management could be better. And I have decided to learn discipline this year:

My rules of Financial Discipline

Rule No. 1:

It’s not realistic to some people, but I’ll advice that you save something out of everything that comes your way. As you remove your 10% tithe, also take out that amount (not too much anyway) that you have decided to save and stow it away (I still use a piggy bank). You can have another saving for the money you can take out from. I have decided to save 10% also. So that leaves me with 80% to perform rule No. 2 on.

Rule No. 2:

No matter how small the money that comes your way, plan it before you start to spend. When you get money, thousands of ideas and needs swirl through the pool of your mind. But, relax and think. Plan your money, ordering your needs according to priority, because, from experience, I know that if you do not plan, you will waste.

Rule No. 3:

Give. It is more blessed to give (cheerfully) than to receive. It works. Give and it shall be given unto you. This tested and trusted principle has taken a lot of people up the ladder of financial freedom. I’m next in line, and you?

Responsibility and Self Esteem

Do not compare yourself with others and do not use their principles to guide your actions. Before you make a decision, think about it yourself first. Weigh the pros and cons with God’s Word and make your choice. Of course, you can seek advice from people, but let whatever they say be weighed in your heart. They should either tally with what God has shown you or be discarded.  Above all, be open to let God guide you. He has said in Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. What better assistance will you need?

Life’s Perspective

Endeavour to approach life from God’s perspective. See your friends and ‘haters’, as my friend will say, the way God wants you to see them, so that you can respond appropriately in a way that will glorify God. See unpleasant situations, not as a dead end, but as a challenge, a potential stepping stone to your elevation. Approach unpleasant people with patience and love, for you do not know what impact God would have you make in their life. This is possible with a walk with God.

Purity

Discard inordinate affection, improper thoughts and all evil concupiscence for these leads to immorality, the chief destroyer of destinies. Discard all things that will hinder you and get in your way, even if some of it may not be sin.

Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of your faith. He not only sets us going, but also keeps us going and bring us successfully and triumphantly to the finish line. Hebrews 12:2

These are few of the treasures God has given me to share with you. Have a great 2012.

You can place comments on tips you’ve come by that can help us all live fulfilled lives. Beyond this year, may you enjoy God’s Grace.

Never take your eyes off Jesus for any length of time,

Toluwanimi

The Store keeper handed them each a packet of condoms…

It was 8pm on Boxing Day 2011. My mum wanted to check up some information for her research work from the internet so she gave me some money to get credit card so we could recharge my modem and she could browse.

I trotted off to a provision store a few buildings away. As I got there and handed my cash to the seller in exchange for the recharge card, I saw two boys in T-shirts and jeans walk into the shop.

I didn’t anticipate what happened next: I didn’t know what verbal communication occurred between them and the storekeeper. But I only know that I saw the store keeper hand them a pack of condoms each, which they pocketed and paid for, after which they promptly climbed a motorbike and zoomed off.

My heart almost skipped a beat: I had always heard or watched on TV this scene but I saw it live this time. Youths, which I’m cock sure were unmarried. They were probably going for a night out, as their dressing suggested. Maybe a discotheque, or club or night party or even an hotel to celebrate Boxing Day. We all know what condoms are used for.

A cloud of thoughts raced through my mind. Then images of teenage girls with babies strapped to their back flashed through my mind, interlaced with the made up faces of the unfortunate girls they would meet that night. I stood speechless with anger surging through my veins. While some families spent their holiday fostering their relationships, visiting friends and loved ones, and others looking back into the almost concluded year and planning ahead, some boys were going to destroy the lives of some ladies that night!

I almost yelled out: I had never seen this before.

From their stance, they most likely weren’t first timers. They would be going deeper into the abyss of hell. The devil would be feeding them another sip of the chalice of iniquity. Sin strangling out their destinies in life. And the funny thing is that they may be members of a Church somewhere. How pitiful.

And I felt it needful to let you know, friends, that:

Millions untold are trapped in hell – lost in the ocean of immorality, chief among other sins. Destinies are being thwarted daily and dream-killers are having a field day in our world.  Their target? Young people. I considered what kind of growing up they had: Did they have the opportunity to hear about Christ? Did they ignore salvation? Maybe they learnt the wrong things when they were younger.

God must have made me witness this scene for a reason. And maybe you’re reading this piece for a similar purpose.

Does He want you to appreciate your salvation?  Yes, I think so.

Or Is God trying to tell us that Christ came for these ones also? Yes, I think so too.

How can we help?

A prayer altar unto heaven daily for an unnamed/ unknown teenager somewhere could begin a process in someone’s life. God will bring your way opportunities to use the gifts he has given you (oratory, writing etc) to speak or show Christ to one teenager today.

Bible says in John 4:37 that, “One sows and another reaps.” You can sow a seed into a youngster’s life, in word or deed, and be joyful, for even if you’ll not be around to witness the harvest of his soul, God marks it. Anyway you can help. God looks up to us.

Are you trapped in immorality or any other sin? How deep have you gone? Jesus can pull you out if you’re ready – that’s why He came. The devil’s package has no good in it. Come to Christ today.

Christ loves you,

Toluwanimi

Christmas ‘Revamps’

Hi,

This year’s Christmas is a little bit disorganized, nonetheless, great Christmas at home. The house is being remodeled – new tiles for all floors, fresh paintwork, re-plastering of peeling walls, better drainage structure, new furniture and other utensils to replace old ones. We acquired a new gas burner and cabinets for the renewed kitchen. It was kind of dusty but nonetheless, joyful.

I heard my mum call the tiler that she wants all work finished before the New Year starts. The running around to get everywhere set and the whole revamping thing of the house made me think of my life as a person.

Socrates said “an unexamined life is not worth living”. But a greater Authority, God’s word says “see to it that you walk circumspectly…” Eph 5:15.

It’s good to evaluate our lives at every fresh moment or junction we get to in life. To examine how far we’ve gone and consider how to tackle what lies ahead is to be wise. As 2011 goes to an end, take stock and balance account: so you can start the New Year with a clearer head.

But more than a yearly evaluation is a daily one God delights in:

A house is a non living thing, so you can afford to renew it once a year or 2 years. But our lives… have to be renewed daily, for you to function at your best as a Child of God. Like taking our baths to stay refreshed and clean, we should be revamped daily. Before every new day starts, a good evaluation of the previous and a glimpse ahead will do a lot in reshaping our focus. Looking back to see how well you’ve lived, and ahead at what God has in store for you helps to make a decision of your next action.

When we use God’s Word as the mirror to redress, we are set for a better life. So think of revamps everyday!

Merry Christmas,

Toluwanimi

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

Today is Christmas Eve.

Most homes of people who celebrate Christmas will be bustling with last minute preparation activities by now. Hope you did not abscond from chores, now?

Anyway, thank God you’re reading this.

Imagine we’re playing real time: What do you think will be happening now to Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents now?

They have heard the instruction to go to their hometown for the census. It would not be too convenient for them, bearing it in mind that Mary was about due. But a law must be obeyed, so they had to travel uphill about 6-8 miles from Nazareth, Galilee to Bethlehem, Judea most likely on a donkey. How nice that journey was! I can imagine a pregnant woman rocking for more than two hours in the cold!

Let’s do some quick arithmetic:

A mile is equivalent to 1.6 kilometers and it takes an adult about 12 minutes to walk a kilometer. So it takes roughly 2 hours 33 minutes to travel 8 miles (12.8 km).

Not a long journey, you say. But think of the stress a 2 and a half hour walk will have on a pregnant woman with an EDD (expected day of delivery) tomorrow! Maybe she was not walking… but a smooth 2 and half hour drive in a car is not the same as Mary rocking on an uneven road by a donkey. It’s not a funny experience.

Have you ridden a horse before? Smooth ride? Hardly. Eespecially for a pregnant woman. Thank God she counted it a privilege.

It’s 11:30pm – maybe they are almost reaching Bethlehem. No. They would have gotten to bethlehem by now and heard the worst news of the century: there is no room in the inn!

So they are probably looking for a place to stay. The’ve just walked past a stable when Mary grabs her husband’s tunic and begins to cry “Joseph, Joseph I think the baby’s coming. I’m having contractions now…”

Looking right, Joseph shrugs and says, “We’ve got no choice Marie…”

So tomorrow, the Saviour of the world will be born and laid in a MANGER, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Jesus Christ was born into harsh conditions, and this would just begin his journey of obedience which will stretch all the way to the cross.

For you and me.

Back to AD 2011, December 24.

He’s done it. He’s paid the price – gone to the cross and come back with victory: LIFE. That’s why we celebrate Him.

His pain brought Joy to the world. He gives eternal life and peace with God to as many as will accept His offer of life and put their trust in Him. Soon, He’ll come, this time in Glory, to take us with him to meet God in our new home.

Is His Joy active in your heart? Or will you wait till it’s too late? As you celebrate, remember the celebrant.

Tomorrow is the d-day! So… Cheers,

Toluwanimi

2011

Hi,

I’ve had reasons to thank God this year 2011.

Throughout this year, what do you have to be thankful for? I would appreciate your comments. It’s a way of sharing with others how God has been good to you.

And a big thank you to Mike Waters for the nice comic – www.joyfultoons.com (I love your Works!)

happy Holidays,

Toluwanimi

Epistles

Combie alighted the taxicab and walked towards the house. The gate was left ajar and the atmosphere was deathly quiet – quite unusual. But, on she walked, up to the door. She knocked twice, pressed the bell but no one answered her call. She walked to the backyard and found that door shut also. After trying out the sliding windows, she found the lounge’s unlocked. She climbed up to the dormer and entered the house. She flicked the switch but no lights came on. She looked out – the neighbouring houses had their lights on but the house’s lights were out. Probably a fuse’s cut, she thought. She managed to feel her way out of the lounge through the passage way.

As she entered the living room, she mistakenly kicked something and a bucket of water bathed her from above. Just when she regained her balance, the lights suddenly came on and “Happy 17th Birthday!” her family members exclaimed! Combie was pleasantly flabbergasted. Did you enjoy the story?

We read fiction stories like this, of heroes and villains; comedies, inspirational and the likes, and you want to copy a thing or two from the hero’s exploits but would have nothing doing with the villains. The Bible also contains real stories of people’s lives, both good and bad from which we extract a lesson or two. But think of this question? How would you feel if complete details your life, up to this moment, were written down and laid out as a novel for people to read? Will your life make a heroic story or a whodunit-type crime saga? Will the readers want to associate with you (the hero) or dissociate with you (the villain)? Will you be free with them reading or you’ll want to remove some parts of your life from the story especially the wrong things you’ve committed in secrecy and within your heart?

The Bible tells us that every hidden thing will be exposed with light; that Eventually, God will bring everything we do out into the open and judge it according to the intent, including every secret thing, whether it is good or bad. How do you live your life? In heroism or in villainy? Do you know that every action of our lives touches on some chords that will vibrate in eternity? (said by Edwin Hubbel Chapin). An unknown thinker also said “Live your life in such a way that your life would make sense even if God did not exist.”

By reading this article, God is giving you another chance to think over your life. He desires to make you great but He doesn’t want villainy – sin, which can hinder his plan for you. Yesterday is a story, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. You may not get to change how you’re going to die, or when. You surely can’t change the past. You can only decide how you’re going to live now. And I believe you’re going to decide to live a heroic life that will make God and every ‘reader’ happy. And this starts with retracing your steps to God, reading your Bible and Praying, setting you thoughts on things above. You should now be found doing things that are admirable and of good virtue.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Will I have a good time reading your biography?

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May His word come to us in accessible means to help us learn, grow and shine.

Wishing you a great weekend,

Toluwanimi.