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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

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?

Every Season A Reason


To all things, there is a season and a reason. The Ecclesiastes is right about this. Nothing happens for nothing. The same goes for praise and worship when only the living has the power to honour Jehovah. “While theirs is still time”’ implies while the believer is still alive, while they have the capabilities to offer their lives, souls and bodies to the services of God. These they can no longer do once they pass on to glory. That’s why everything we do on earth must be done with the consciousness that God is watching, and we must be cautious.

The Power of Water


The undeniable power of water cannot be overemphasised or underestimated. This becomes evident in the discourses about climate change, where topics regarding flooding, seas level rising, and all sorts of damage water are causing. Water is the life-giving force of human existence. To recognise that beneath the earth is water is something we must appreciate. And we see this when we dig the ground to source water when we plant our fruits and vegetables; engage in several activities that will fetch us water. Our acknowledgement of the invaluable power of water is enough to teach us how to honour Jehovah throughout our lives. It will also teach us how to respect and preserve our water use, for, without it, we cannot survive. When we leave the shower taps running and wasting water, we need to think about the privilege of having it. We equally need to think about those who do not have enough clean water to use for their daily lives. Amen.