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Be Modest

Years ago, at a research training, I met a lovely woman who left me with the most beautiful two words ever. They are, “Be Modest”.

I never saw her again as we work in different fields and countries, but she taught me a lot. Being modest in your life and dealings with others does not mean you have opened up the channels for everything and everyone.

Modesty is a word that teaches you to see life with a kinder lens where you meet people at the micro-level. It is going below your ‘high’ standard to recognise that people are different, and there requires you to treat them in the same way you want them to treat you. You cannot succeed in your dealing with those in your world if you don’t put forward the characters of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that’s where comes in the aspect of being modest.

It merely is humility.

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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Please, Shall we Pray.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Dear Lord,

You go beyond our feelings, our thoughts, and our prayers. We love you, Lord, for who you are and not because of what you will do for us.

Your name is higher. You are powerful. You are the ultimate incomparable. You are God alone. Before we exist, you are. You are unshakable, unchangeable, irreplaceable. You are who you are, and no one else can take your place.

Be exalted, dear Jesus. We adore you and worship at your feet.

We love you, Jesus Christ

Nous t’aimons beaucoup Jésus-Christ.

Wir lieben dich sehr, Jesus Christus

te amamos mucho Jesucristo

a nifẹ rẹ, Jesu ọwọn

tá grá againn duit, a Íosa

In you alone, we find our worth, value, dignity, and above all our Peace. In good and bad moments you have proved you apart is our Giver of life. Therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, please teach us how to love you more. It is when we genuinely love you that we can master the true essence of Peace. We need you because we need your Peace that outweighs all human imitation.

We cannot celebrate a day of multilateralist and Diplomacy for Peace without recognising this pandemic has taught us how man is capable of destroying his fellow humans.

Father, there can never be any peace if you don’t bless us with yours. The social injunction for symmetry is worthless and temporal. Please, Lord, give us peace in our homes, our communities, our regions, and our nations. Come and bless us and mesmerise us with your Peace so we can testify to the world of your goodness upon our lives.

In Jesus mighty name, we have prayed, amen.

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Jehovah Sees

When in 1993 Lionel Peterson and his gospel band sang the song Peace, little did he know we would need the assurance from its textual form. A quick click on the weblink or turning on the TV or radio brings nothing but frightening stories of countries after countries locking down.

“Jehovah is ALWAYS here! Stop panicking and go to Him.”

Apart from the physical manifestations of the Covid-10, the Coronavirus is causing psychological traumas in many people’s lives, in particular, the most vulnerable. They are those who venture into panic buying. Likewise, they have to panic over everything and by the end of this pandemic, they are most probably going to bear the long term brunt of it all.

The ultimate question is, is there any need for that? Is there any way for these people to manage their stresses and protect themselves from these catastrophic events? Oh yes, there is ONLY ONE WAY. God! He is our help in these present times of trouble, and His word will not be washed aside. His support equally means He is our Peace. It is written; Jehovah is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and He is our VERY HELP in chaotic situations like this Covid-19.

What is ravaging our world, and tearing it apart can simply be curtailed by God. A look to the left or the right proves that the Lord is the Peace we need. It is not the mask or the sanitisers that you and I need. God is who we need.

Shalom

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God’s Appointed Time

“Your journey is unique”

The story of Ruth began with unhappy tales that end well. A marriage to Mahlon was necessary for Ruth for her to get to her destiny. There was no child between them, and worst of all, Mahlon died within the space of ten years after his father’s death. If Ruth had not married Mahlon, she would not have met Noami who would later be her spiritual matchmaker to meeting Boaz. That was Ruth’s happy ending.

Jehovah, alone, decides the direction of our lives. Take, for example; Joseph suffered for thirteen years before his dreams came true. David waited for so long to take the throne, and he was always on the run, hiding from his opponent. For divine reasons, something or someone stood in their ways of breakthroughs for decades until God’s appointed time. These blockages were crucial to prepare them for their future successes. The tighter they became amidst their trials, the stronger they were when they finally took hold of their destinies.

I don’t know what you are going through right now. Likewise, you’re right to say I have no idea of the overwhelming ordeals you have, which now seem interminable with the current pandemic. Irrespective of what you have or what are your circumstances, do not hesitate to remember you are not forgotten. In a time like this, you will get to a point where you will think God is no longer there for you. At this point, pause to think about Ruth, Joseph, David and many people who had passed through periods of severe uncertainty, and came out stronger. Hence, you must not give up. Hang in there!

Shalom

What Not To Do

Under no circumstances must you make a vow to Jehovah when you knew you could not fulfils it. God is not like your earthly father even though He wants us to have a Father-Child relationship with Him.

Know your weaknesses and your strengths by being honest about what you decide to do or not to do after the Lord has answered you.

Shalom

Those You Meet

Our actions determine the outcome of our conversation with people who want to know whether we are genuine Christians. Our undertakings can either be public or private. What becomes important is the context behind what we do, to whom, and why. We must have heard about how actions speak louder than voices.

What if part of our believers’ actions is praying for those we meet? They could be the doctors, cashiers, council office, postman /woman, neighbour, children playing on the streets, baker, teacher, strangers, et cetera. Every person we meet during the week contributes to our lives in one way or the other. Do we pray for them in private without them knowing? Be they strangers or familiar faces; God put them in our pathways for our blessings, and for lessons to learn.

Shalom .

Those Who Don’t Like You

How many of Satan’s disguise followers do we have in our days? The accusers of Christians start with Satan and then down to others. They are willing to prove to God how much the Christian is not to be trusted. These adversaries believe the Christians are going to church because of what they can get from God and not because they love Him.

Like Satan versus Job, the accusers will go several steps ahead to disobey Jehovah just to prove themselves. God instructed Satan not to touch Job, but he failed to listen by inflicting the man with boils.

David says he prefers God’s punishing because he knew how unfair, wicked, and brutal men are (2 Samuel 24:14). A prayer today is that God should not permit our accusers to harm us, in Jesus name, amen.

Shalom.

What is the Right Decision?

Avoid silly confrontation!

I heard it is better to stay put and confront the person with whom you have issues. However, I say it is better to walk away. Doing so does not make you weak. Instead, it depicts your godly wisdom.

Anger is good when it is express in the right way and at the right time. Still, being outrage can be a perfect destroyer. Amid two-second your rage, you can ruin everything you have taken years to build, such as your relationship with family members and friends or colleagues.

When you walk out rather than staying to confront it, you create enough gap between you and the person involved to find a better solution. You save your dignity. But if you decide to stay and face it out, then you must bear the consequences.

The right decision is to keep quiet and walk away.

Double Promises

God’s words are never left unfulfilled. He will do what He says He will.

In this verse are His two promises; He will rescue anyone who genuinely loves Him, and He will protect the Christians who rely on Him 1000% without wavering. God’s promises are true.

Love equates to respect, which means obeying Jehovah and paying full attention to His instructions. In other words, those who obey His commandments are those who wholeheartedly love Him.

Trust equates to both respect and recognition of Supreme Power and Authority that is about humankind. Trust recognises that God will never abandon His people irrespective of their actions. It also means putting one’s entire life in Him.

Shalom

When, Oh God, When?

Why pray to God when you cannot wait?

Nothing is daunting as waiting in expectation for something. It is even worse when you have no idea of how and at what time it would come.

Waiting on God to provide the answer to your requests equally applies to some of the ways you wait for ordinary things to happen. Rather than sitting without doing nothing, I propose you simply trust Him knowing that He has heard you.

He says at the appointed time. That means at His time, and not yours. Therefore, praise Him continually while doing the waiting, and don’t give up.

What Works?

Great mighty men and women of God have one story in common—the power of Praise. They have been tested and tried, and in all their Christian journeys, they all learn from praising Jehovah.

Try praise when nothing else works because that is the perfect channel to see God in action. Praise is like a catapult because it lifts the Lord faster into intervening in your life. Do not worry about anything. Simply praise Him.

Shalom.

Face it!

Take back your God-giving power!

When are you going to stop holding others accountable for your life?

If it was not your spouse, it is the fault of your children. If it was not your boss, it is the fault of your government. If it were not your friends who were responsible, it would be probably your neighbours.

Learn to take charge of your life and STOP blaming others. Indeed, any of these people in your life may have been authors to many things that have happened to you. But do they still hold any powers to what happens next in your life?

At one time or the other, you, too, had contributed to many occurrences of your life either voluntarily or carelessly. Well, that was then. Your pasts do not define the present you.

You only continue to give powers to people when you keep on blaming them. Therefore, I urge you to take back that power by facing it, be responsible and move on.

The People You Cannot Fix

I have someone in my life who is capable of keeping for years everything you did to her. Growing up, myself and other members of our family usually joked about how she could recall lots of things. Unfortunately, her remembrance of our offences to her outweighed the good things we did for her.

She is just like that, and I believe there are lots of people worldwide who are exactly like her. No one can succeed in fixing them. They are like time bombs because when you offend them again, they take care to ensure you don’t forget what you did to them the previous time.

Here is where Jehovah is and will not be like us. Once He forgives us, He forgives us. No more recollection of what we did or how bad we acted in the past. Isn’t that wonderful? We only need to be honest when we come to Him for forgiveness. However, once forgiven, it is not a renewed passport to confining sinning. Do not think anything is permitted.

Shalom!

What They See When They See You

Respect is one of these. A follower of Christ must teach him/herself the rudiments of respect. It comes with knowing who you are in Christ and living accordingly to ensure anyone who has encounters with you will see the power of the resurrection in you.

Being a believer in the redeemed works of our Lord Jesus Christ comprises of packages of regulations to follow. These are not burdensome but, they are given to us for the benefits of our wellbeing.

Respect is when you learn to mind your business, where you let others live, and to focus on your personal affairs instead than being in places or positions where you should not be.

Respect, all in all, safeguards your life from unexpected, embarrassing circumstances that any child of the Almighty ought not to be.

Shalom