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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

Understanding Jehovah’s Love for us.


Everyone knows a rod (widely known as a cane) is used for support, stability, and prevention from falling over. Symbolically, a rod signifies a tool for discipleship, which entails the need for discipline. Jehovah’s rod protects the righteous from going astray, just like the shepherd looks after his sheep, counting them at the end of the day to be sure none is missing. When a sheep goes astray, the shepherd will set himself and his dog after the missing one until they find it, whether alive or falling into a predator’s trap. Similarly, the children without parents discipline are heading for future destruction. God deals with us in this way and more than we can ever imagine. He uses His rod to punish up so we don’t repeat the same mistake. Likewise, in the moments of suffering, His staff comforts us. No man can offer to us the kind of comfort we need except Jehovah’s because He alone understand every one of us.

Rahab’s type of Faith


Rahab’s story shows God’s impartiality when dealing with people. But that’s another topic for another day. This post is about Rahab’s faith. Hers is a type of faith that requires making an effort, and that she did when she hid those spies. The house of a person considered indecent is a perfect place for the soldiers to dig out their suspect, and that would have been the fate of these Hebrew spies. However, Rahab was a wise woman. She had already heard that the Israelites conquered all the territories they wanted, even fighting to get them, and when she saw those spies, she knew her life depended on her reaction to them. At that point, there was nothing on the horizon to suggest the Israelites were taking over the city. Yet she has faith that this is going to be the case.


Consequently, she switched her faith into action by agreeing to conceal the spies. That saved hers and her family members’ lives. That faith still operates in our current situation. If we don’t put our efforts, dreams, inspirations, and desires into works, our faith remains stagnant. A student who fails to study hard will fail woefully. There is no shortcut to success, and those who have climbed the ladders of success can tell the stories of how they laboured so hard. One can see durable wealth when it remains despite the passing years. Likewise, it is not surprising that many businesses are no longer in vogue because they do not have a solid foundation. Rahab’s type of faith demands establishing a solid foundation through devoted, sincere hard work and not through dubious fast track efforts that cannot pass the test of time. May God build up in our lives the faith of Rahab that will propel us into actions that will produce the respective achievements we desire.

Who Determines Who lives or not?


More profound reflections of events around us are sufficient proof signalling life’s short term. No one holds the power keys to life and death except Jehovah. He decides when to open or close the life’s chapter of any individual. Acknowledging this helps to see the danger of taking life for granted. No one is a master of their destiny. Each life can upturn any time, and so, it is vital living each day cautiously void of sin.

Defining the Perfect Friendship


After the pandemic, many people told me they realised they did not have any friends at all. It was not as if they never had any, but during the successive lockdown, many things about them and their friends came to the surface that they did not know existed before. It was like opening up the Pandora box at the wrong time. This happened to me, too. Perhaps you also had similar experiences. The point is, maybe we have asked for too much from our friendship with others than we ought to. If we can only avoid putting our trust in people and shift it all on Jehovah, we will not be disappointed. We can still have our friends, but we must not expect them to do anything or everything for us because they, too, are humans. Christ is the sole portrait of perfect friendship.

The End of Dislocated Societies?


Presently, many issues are affecting our societies. First is the COVID-19, which brings irreparable divisions and conflicts between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Second, the debates about Woke culture. The recent Peter Dinklage’s confrontation of the Disneyland Snow White film exposes hidden abuse of other people long considered abnormal within our societies. Those with Achondroplasia did not choose to be as they are, and it takes only one man to step up before a large organisation can recognise the human rights abuse. That ought not to be so. Other non-exhausted issues include hate speech, intolerance, racism and elevated levels of self-cantered. What is Christian love if we have difficulty accepting others as they are? What are our reactions when we come in contact with those with disabilities? How better can we define our relationship with Christ when we fail to acknowledge that we are part of those people who help through our unacceptable actions and characters in establishing our present-day dislocated societies?


The Mighty Ones


God’s angels are with us. We see some, but we don’t know they are Jehovah’s. We don’t see some because we are not allowed to, yet they know us all. These angels are the busiest because they must carry out each of God’s commands, such as protecting, safeguarding, guiding, carrying goodwill or even dishing out punishment. However, many Christians fail to acknowledge their presence because they don’t consider their importance. That is a terrible mistake! There are lots of deliverance stories in the Bible where angels intervened. Have you ever wondered how you escaped from a
dangerous situation? Well, God’s angel is at work. Sometimes the Lord either watches over us Himself or order His angel to do the job. We are not Worshipping angels when we acknowledge them. Instead, we are honouring Jesus. They are His “mighty ones” powerful than us, and a better example is Jacob, who wrestled with an angel throughout the night and dislocated his hip in the process.

May He open our eyes to see them in Jesus name.

The Real Face of Sin


This passage of the Gospel of Mark is part of a work-in-progress in a theological research study. The entire story of the demon-possessed boy’s deliverance is from Mark 9-14:29. And it is one of the most challenging cases the Lord handled. This spirit refused to leave the boy but to destroy him. Even the disciples failed to cast it out. It was after Jesus returned from the transfiguration on the higher mountain that He came face-to-face with the church leaders arguing with the disciples and the boy’s father. The latter could not imagine that Jesus’ disciples are incapable of healing his son. But understand, the storyline reveals the undeniable power of our Lord Jesus Christ over any power. The demon pretended to be mute when it was not. And it was trying everything to make sure the boy died. But why would this spirit bend on destroying the boy? Jesus’ statement while addressing the demonic spirit to come out and “never enter him again” is probably an indication of sin. It is either the boy or his father who had committed a wrongdoing. The only way to deal forever with an evil spirit is to live a sin-free life. Suppose that boy or his father went back to commit the same sin that brought in the demon, then it is likely to come back, and this time it will ensure it kills the boy. Any Christian who thinks they can continue to sin in secret even after reaffirming their faith in God is paving the way to return troubles into their lives. Sin offers nothing but destruction.

The Mighty Power of the Cross


Any fathers expect that their children to follow in their footsteps. And the children hope that their fathers recognise them and their needs. Any child is happy when recognised for their labour. In the above verse, Judas Iscariot was preparing to betray Jesus, who knew already the end was here. At this point, before he stood up, there was that sudden recognition of His father’s love for Him.

In Christ’s Shield


From generation to generation, the most vulnerable people bear the brunt of injustice. Domestic violence against women exists before the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, it is exacerbated beyond disproportionate numbers. In addition, in most places, children and the elderly are experiencing all forms of oppression fleshed out in poverty, famine, drought, lack of primary health care and needs, and many more. Many are asking where is Jehovah in all these. The answer is He is forever present, even when it seems not to be the case. God knows our current generation more than we do. He knows the deception beneath every act of governance and in all sectors. Today, inequalities are now the order of the day because of the need for the dominant groups to continue to maintain their upper position. They utilise all tactics to suppress others rights, such as compulsory vaccinations, higher taxes, expensive educational fees and more. Despite all, the true believers continue to find shelter under the Lord’s wings because He keeps His promises of seeing us through all kinds of situations no matter what or how. Having that assurance in Christ is enough to know that we will always be protected.

How to Finish Well


Well, 2021 is gone. Its chapter is closed forever, never to return. Today begins a fresh start to another twelve months journey that is unpredictable by humans. One can only speculate about how this year will be, but Jehovah alone knows its beginning to the end. Hence, I encourage you to stay focused on Jesus Christ throughout this journey. It is easier to sink into the deep water if you lift your eyes from looking at the saviour. You need to maintain a guard against the fountain of your heart, spirit, soul and body. Temptations and unprecedented events may surface; however, it is upholding faith in the Almighty that you become an overcomer. Therefore, please stay strong, attentive and be courageous. No matter how much you experienced last year, trust that this year will be your year of breakthrough. Do not give up. Do not back down while at the door of success. Do not retire from pursuing your dreams. Fight. Faith. Stay and be bold in the face of adversities.
May you finish this year beautifully.

What Can You Change?


Someone once asked me why I placed so much of my thoughts on a recent event as if I could change it. He was right as I did not realise I’d dwell too much on this issue. Everyone finds themselves in such a position where we want to turn back the hands of the clocks and reverse any unpleasant experience. But can we change it? If not, why worry when we can put all our anxieties at the feet of Jesus, allowing Him to take control? I love the above Philippians verse because it sums up the direct gateway to redemption. We cast aside our worries. Instead, we pray to the Father in Jesus name by telling Him what we want and ends it with the thanksgiving of faith, believing that it is done. So simple, right?

May the Lord Gives You Peace


Are you fed up with so many life’s events? Are you worried sick of many personal issues affecting your mind, soul and body? Are you concerned about a friend, a child? or someone else? Whatever is bothering you, I say to you today by the authority given to me that the Almighty Jehovah, the Supernaturally Incomparable God, gives you peace that surpasses all human understanding in Jesus name, AMEN.

Live ‘n’ Let’s Live


The growing trend of individualism is troubling. Everyone seems to be striving to waylay the other people to be the first. In this battle for fame, many Christians forget quickly the principle of giving others the liberty to express their God-giving gifts. They want to get the first price ahead of others when in fact, they ought to be helping others to climb the ladders of success. If it is difficult to support those who need help, then why not allow others to assist them? Why attempt to block their ways of development? Why prevent them from living their lives the way they desire?