Introducing: Gravity

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I love fruits. Bananas, oranges, water melon, pineapples, mango and I appreciate the pictures of the ones I’ve never tasted – apricots, plums, strawberries, kiwi fruit, raspberries etc.

Oh. I ate strawberries and kiwi last summer!

This week, I’m introducing a new blog series, titled: gravity, represented by an Apple.
So, now why an apple?

It’s coded! Or is it? Heh… not really.

I like apples.

Okay, you must have heard of Sir Isaac Newton. He was an English mathematician and physicist who lived from 1642-1727. The legend is that Newton discovered Gravity when he saw a falling apple while thinking about the forces of nature.

So… that’s it.

Still not got it?

Okay, I’ll not tell you the whole story yet.

Good morning, cybercitizens
Visit http://www.heirwalk.wordpress.com tomorrow for the first post.

Cheers!

Toluwanimi

Permanently Naive

I visited my cousins for the first time in Abuja, many miles away from my house.   I was naïve a visitor at first – they got everything I needed for me but after staying for few days, I became an expert in finding my way around the house. And it was natural – I was expected to have gleaned few things. After the first night, I learnt where the toothpaste was kept and where the waste bin was, also to know drinking water apart from water for domestic chores. Things like that.

When you go to a place for the first time, you are necessarily naïve and are treated as such – you are served food, shown the way to the toilet…  But no one wants to remain naïve, no one likes to. Even if I wanted to, no one would give me the indulgence. I would be reminded: ‘you should have known your way around’ or someone will quip ‘don’t you know?’

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  – Eph 2:19

Yes, don’t you know? or do you want to be permanently naïve?

Coming into the kingdom of God is pretty much like that. You were once rightfully naïve to God’s ways and systems, even if you were born in Church. No one expects you to know much anyway.

But they also do not expect you to remain that way. You need to know your way around, to explore and to pick up things yourself. You were at first a stranger, outside the kingdom, then you were welcomed by God. Now you are not expected to remain naïve – you are expected to act like a true citizen who will explore the riches of the kingdom. One who will live by the principles of the kingdom and not pass by nonchalantly what makes the kingdom stand – righteousness. One who will learn to live by faith.

As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him.  Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.  Be sure that no one leads you away with false and empty teaching that is only human, which comes from the ruling spirits of this world, and not from Christ. – Col 2:6-8 [NCV]

That is what it means to GROW. You only are handed serious matters of the kingdom of God when you cease to be naïve. Get serious. Get determined. Some of us like to be permanently naïve about the kingdom of God. No one’s going to pamper you.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways. – 1Co 13:11

True citizens learn how to get things done by studying the package of God, which is like a concealed parcel. He expects you to stop being naïve and start unwrapping the package by growing in knowledge.

Learn. Explore. Grow. Jesus died for this!

Toluwanimi

This week, in what ways could you improve on your knowledge of God?

Word Wielders

I remember a song we used to sing in Sunday school when I was younger:

Read your Bible, Pray everyday

Pray everyday. Pray everyday

Read your Bible, Pray everyday

If you want to grow.

I’m sure you also have learnt this short and beautiful song, except you didn’t grow up in church. But whatever your case is, this little song wields in its lyrics, a timeless proven truth that has often been forgotten by ‘growing’ Christians.

Jesus never grew out of the scriptures. Instead, his father’s words were a constant guide to his life’s purpose, the basis of His principles, the fuel to his authority, the source of power over temptations, and the strength to do God’s will completely. Little wonder he kept saying “It is written” or “that the scriptures might be fulfilled…”

The word is Power and it is perfect. Psalm 18: 30 (ESV) says “This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” God’s word – in the Bible – has been proven time and again in people’s lives, and will never be out of relevance.

This Book seems to the 21st century Christian, an old fashioned book. I hear Christians say to their friends “Leave Bible, and let’s face reality.” What can be more real that this God-breathed word?

It is the only book that carries a lifelong transforming power behind every letter. It is through this mirror that we see the reflection of our character. It crosses the boundaries of time, age, race and civilization to touch the heart of anyone that dares to open it. Its truth dictates the course of humanity and the universe at large and its examples will ever be applicable till world-end.

In which other book do you get the privilege, as you read to converse with the author, to enter his mind and grasp d meaning of the words both in itself and in context to your situation? Which author writes and gives readers ability to do what he writes? Which single volume permeates every sphere of human life, contains speaking instructions on how to live life to the fullest best? None other than the Bible!

But we let this gather dust on our shelves, or night stands, or at best, behind our pillow. We are quick to forget that it’s not wielding the leather-bound, paperback or hard cover book that sends evil fleeing, but the “entrance (opening) of the Word” that gives light (wisdom and understanding) in our situations. Ps 119:97-104,130.

We buy our beautiful Bibles and then refuse to open it except in Church on Sundays – which is largely insufficient. Our principles are supposed to be founded on the word, and not what the TV and newspapers say or what is politically correct.

But the sad truth is that Christians apply principles without looking up the Bible for validation. Just because it’s taught in Church doesn’t mean it is true.

Act 17:11: Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true (NIV).

I love the 1st century AD Berean Christians, who, even though when someone as respected as Paul taught, they still checked up what he said with the words of their Lord, and God, Jesus Christ. Do you do that?

We do more of prayer, without even knowing that understanding God’s word provides us the right words to pray. It also tells us what not to pray – you know it’s not everything that God wants us to pray about; there are some issues that get settled just by following some particular instructions in the Bible.

2Ti 3:15 – And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

I think we largely miss out on God’s workings and ways because of our ignorance of the word. So just remember, “Read your Bible, pray every day, if you want to grow!”

God looks for Word wielders, those who will rightly divide the word of truth and live out the Word in their daily lives to the glory of His name. Will you be one?

My Desire

My Desire

Dear Friend,

I desire that when people read my life, they hear the voice of Christ speaking to them and see His arms stretched out to them.

I desire that God’s word will reflect in every area of my life – my walk with Him, my academics, my finance, my relationships etc. That His principles will guide my dail living.

I desire that God’s laws be written on my mind (that I am able to commit it to memory) and in my heart (that i am able to meditate and it become a part of me). It should be engraved in me.

I desire that the Word written to us Christians will become written in us so that the world can read us and see Jesus.

I desire that my head knowledge of the Bible be translated to my heart as a second nature, so that God’s ways will be my desire. (ref: 2 Cor 3:1-3, Heb 8:7-13)

I desire to experience the joy of Heaven and live heaven on earth.

What is your desire today and for the coming year?

More peace? Greater happiness? A stronger faith?

I encourage you, God’s word says “seek and you will find…” Matt 7:7. If your heart is sincere and open to God, He will grant you fresh release of His presence so that your walk with Him can be enriched and your life glorious.

 

I wish you the best of this season.

Good morning,

Toluwanimi