“The doctor told me on Friday that my wife could not survive over the weekend the way she was” – (morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com)…. I have stopped bothering myself about what man says about me and all that concerns me, and rather, focus more on what my God says…“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you call on me on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Glory to God ! 🙂

Morning Story and Dilbert

The year was 1994, and my wife was terminally ill with cancer. She needed a last-hope operation. No, the operation would not save her life, but possibly extend it. The operation was dangerous, cutting off blood supply to part of the liver, killing part of the liver and the cancer that lived there.

Before I took my sweet love to the hospital, I fasted and prayed. I prayed not for her to get well, but for God’s will to be done and to give me the strength to do what I must.

The operation was a success, however, my wife did not wake up as she should have. A day passed, then two… And five days later she still had not awakened. Add to this that she required dialysis on a daily basis because of organ shutdown. I had prayed before I took her to the hospital and received a…

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Truly, GOD Answers Prayers !!!

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Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG.

Saturday, 16th March 2013, will for ever be a day to remember for a colleague of mine. That was the day God, in His infinite wisdom and magnanimity decided to make her the happiest woman in the world, by making her a mother….after waiting on God for……wait for it…….nine years !!! Wowwww !!! I can imagine the feeling. I can imagine the way she smiles now. I can imagine how the new father feels. I can also imagine how they now see God.

One thing that is hard to explain is why GOD does things the way and time He does them. But what I don’t need any Pastor to tell me is that TRULY,  GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS !!! Its really encouraging for me because she is the third person I will talk to God about concerning the fruit of the womb, and God did not make me, and every other person who wished her God’s mercies, to be put to shame.

So, to GOD be all the glory for His mercies for allowing fertilisation to take place, for seeing her through during the pregnancy, delivery and post delivery. Glory be to God for the angelic gift of a boy that ended the nine months journey. May His mercies and grace continue to shine upon her, the baby ad the husband. May the Lord be a father to the baby in all respects.

Are you waiting on God for something? Be patient. Is it not better to wait on God for ever than to run after the devil and his disciples?  Hold on tight to God. It is worth it because (Prov 10:22 says) : “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Put Him to remembrance all the time.  Isaiah 43:26 says : “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

Do not listen to discouraging stories. Do not be moved by discouraging scenes. No matter how hopeless the situation might be “….. with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  The Israelites (Exodus 14) were completely hopeless at the Red Sea. But God shocked them all when  “…the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me?  Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 14:15). It sounds really stupid. Isn’t it?  But, as by GOD,  ” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

God is awesome !!! For me and my household, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. It is either GOD or GOD. Are you waiting on Him for anything ? Do you know someone who is ? I have a message from from GOD to you (or the person) :

 “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will  seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”                                                                                                                  

Thanks for your time and CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Itunu Ashogbon and family.

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What Are We Teaching Our Children?

I noticed something about my  son (now 5 plus) – he often watches with keen interest most of the things that we do at home. Many times he has done certain things which I am noted for and I do not need to ask “where did he get that from?” So, the slogan in my home is “whatever you will not want him to do, do not do it in his presence.”

The younger sister too (now a year plus) is taking from him. The other day she (then 8 months plus) attempted to open the glass shelve with one hand and a DVD in the other hand. She was obviously attempting to play the disc just as she has been seeing us do.

No doubt, this is very common in every home. Our kids watch and take after us, if not soon, later in life. A child who grew up in a house where the parents are always quarreling and fighting is watching keenly. Such a child is most likely to have imbibed the attitude of aggressiveness, malice-keeping and fighting, even over very minor issues. When he/she gets married, a replay of what used to happen back at home is most likely to take place in their homes too.

Our children are watching everything we do – our dress culture, kind of friends we keep, groups we belong to, films we watch, places we go to, the way we walk, the way we talk, our comportment, attitude to life/work, likes/dislikes, the way we eat and even the way we sleep. For a father who is used to sleeping out and night clubbing, a free ticket to sleeping out and constant night clubbing has unknowingly been given to his children. In fact, sleeping out becomes a way of life. I know of a boy who took to alcoholism because “my dad cannot stop me because he is a born-drunkard!” I think it makes a lot of sense. In fact, they are consciously or unconsciously watching and learning from our (parents’) life styles !

How does a parent go about cautioning the child when he/she is neck-dip in the same practice. How does a father (or mother) who is a known robber or fraudster be able to “make a noise” when his child is caught in such acts? Can a mother who does not see anything wrong in nudity caution her daughter for the same act? Would it be morally right for a chain-smoking father to raise alarm if he catches his child sniffing cocaine or using any other hard drug?

Check out what our Lord Jesus says about this : “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matt 7:3)

It also reminds me of the encounter our Lord Jesus had with the Scribes and Pharisees over the woman who committed adultery. He said : “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7).

Thus, parenting requires a lot of care, caution, responsibility and role-modelling on our part. Children are fast learners, especially as it relates to what they see around them. We therefore should be able to “cast a stone” without a feeling of guilt and should be able to help our children remove the “mote” in their eyes without someone telling us to remove the “beam” from our own eyes first.

May God Almighty help us to “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6)…amen !!!

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With God ALL Things Are Possible !

Pastor E.A. Adeboye and his wife

Pastor E.A. Adeboye and his wife

Sometimes back at The Redeemed Christian Church Of God Camp, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer, prophesied that 5 minutes from the time of the prophesy, some people will become car owners. Everybody shouted “Amen!”

After the prophecy, he told the congregation that whoever believed should come to the alter. Everybody sat back because they were at the camp and nobody thought he or she could go and buy a car at that time of the night. However, a nine year old boy stepped out to the alter. Eight other people followed after being motivated by the young boy.

Pastor Adeboye then confessed : “I got 14 cars as gifts during the week and the Holy spirit ministered to me some minutes ago to give them out. I hereby give this 9 people car gifts !”

The young boy had the most expensive of all the cars.

Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)

Your miracle is here!

If you believe say Amen and share…you will be greatly blessed.

Ameennnn !!!

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Praying Your Way Through In An Unsafe World

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

I just had a discussion with a colleague over the wicked and sinful world in which we now find ourselves. We now live a world where the devil is wrecking so much havoc on per second basis. There is hardly a country today without its own fair share of bad news. My beloved country is not excluded. These days, it seems that all the media houses are thriving on bad news – satanic attacks, bomb blasts, suicide bombings, wars, armed robbery, rape, flooding, earth quakes, assassinations, murder, incest, plane crashes, gun attacks in schools……..One then begins to wonder how to survive each passing day with so much evil out there.

Governments all over the world have failed to keep us safe. In some countries it is even the government that is killing its own people. On our own and in the alternative, we have done so many things to stay safe. Some have even resorted to the occult. But the rampaging of the devil and his disciples continues unabated – sucking blood and spreading sorrow !!!

As it is, the only way out is to cleave to the unfailing source of security; the ultimate power that swallows up other powers; the God of gods and the Lord of lords and the one who has delivered me (and I belief you too) from the “mouth of the lion” countless times. His protection seems to be the most reliable these days, as every other means and source of protection and security have failed us big time.

Thus, these days, we need to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). We need to commit each day into God’s hands. Thus, “in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”(Prov 3:6 says).

And at night, we need to acknowledge and give Him praises for a job well done through out the day because “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation”(Exodus 15:13).

And before we sleep we need to ask him for the mercies of the night because “…except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain”. (Psalm 127:1). He’s ever waiting for our prayers. He does not charge consultation fees. He does not discriminate. He is not like man who sleeps even while watching over us. He is not like man who turns around to kill the person he is watching over. He knows everything that is going to happen. He does not require you to sacrifice a family member or to shed blood before he can protect you. He is awesomely magnanimous. He is, and would for ever be my prefered source of security and protection.

A prayerless life is an easy catch for the devil and his disciples. A life without God is like having eyeballs without eyelids. It is like a crawling baby on a very busy road. Pray…ceaselessly !

God bless us all.

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Withholding What Belongs To God.

versatile blogger awardHow would you feel (or how did you feel) if you did something worthy of praise and all the praises and recognition went to someone else? Bad and discouraged I guess? I would really feel bad. In “pidgin English” (a diluted version of the English spoken here in Nigeria), we describe that as “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop.” This means the monkey is working and the baboon is enjoying the benefits of the work. Huh ! That can be painful.

This is the same way God feels each time we take the glory, honour and exaltation that truly belongs to Him – and that to me, is withholding what belongs to God.

For some people, it’s a time to shine when they are being praised or exalted. Being praised is okay, but not acknowledging the source of the achievement is where I am concerned about. No doubt, ALL of man’s achievements and blessings come from God. Or should I say, ALL I can do and have done in life, which merits praise, honour and recognition, are privileges from God. And I will not take the glory for them, ALL glory belongs to God. Do you feel the same way too?

So, my take is when next you are given praises, honour and exaltation that rightly belongs to God, do not withhold them….pass it on….and He will surely bless you.

To God be the glory !!

Thanks for your time.

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Pause For A While …. And Count Your Blessings…

Have you ever been annoyed with God before because of one setback or the other?

Recently, my finances was not in a good shape. I needed to implement some plans that needed huge financial outlay. As I hit the road, I saw this physically deformed man who was begging to survive. He looked very hungry and unkept. But there I was wearing a nice pair of jeans, t-shirt and a pair of trainers, with a nice perfume. I had a nice breakfast of yam and fried eggs/tomatoes…reasonable cash in my pocket and just left my comfortable family behind at home.

As I saw him, I felt this guilt that forced me to start thanking God and beg for forgiveness for feeling so bad and complaining because of a temporary set back. Even in his condition, the beggar was still praying and acknowledging God (please don’t ask me how sincere he was with his prayers 🙂 ).

Actually, this kind of scenario has popped up a number of times – feel bad, complain to God, only to see someone who is obviously in a worse situation singing praises to God. Then guilt takes over.

One fact is indisputable – in every situation we find ourselves there is always some body out there who is in a worse situation. It boils down to the fact that at any point in time there is always soooo much to thank God for.

No doubt an unemployed man is certainly better than an unemployable person; the man who has just lost his job could become an employer tomorrow  a barren woman is certainly better than the one that has passed away; a man without shoes is certainly better than the man without legs; the man without legs says he is better than the man in the grave; the man who could not afford breakfast has hopes that food will come if he makes some efforts. He tells you it is better than being in the prison where he has no freedom of movement; the woman who lost her child at the point of delivery is better than the one who died during child birth…. there is sooo much to thank God for !!

A song writer once sang “count your blessings; name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

This was one of the songs I heard last Sunday in Church, and I thought of sharing a post on it on my blog.

So, one more time, I just want to say a big thank you to God almighty for all He has done, is doing and would do for me and my family….and you too. I pray He forgives us for all the complains that made us appear like ingrates.

So, count your blessings … and really, you will be surprised to know that God has done a lot ….

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.” -(1 Chron 16:8-9)

God bless us all.

 

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Between Doing Good And Ingratitude

I lived with my wonderful parents for 27 years. In all of those years I learnt a lot from them. One of such things was the “art of doing good” to people.

My parents insisted it stayed that way even if the beneficiary did not deserve it. According to them such acts of kindness and generosity to our fellow human beings will attract the aura of good tidings, and very importantly, the favour and mercies of God towards us. Even the Bible supports this as so many parts of the Bible talks about doing good to our fellow human beings and the benefits that go with it. The Bible also has so many accounts of the good deeds of our Lord Jesus Christ to people when He was on earth, even when they did not deserve it.

Another good thing about doing good to others was this inner peace and joy that comes with every act of kindness, especially when the beneficiary shows appreciation.

It is because of all these (and more) that I have always tried, sometimes against my wish, to reach out a hand of kindness, goodwill or generosity to those who need it. I have to confess that trully, it pays to do good; and it has been really encouraging.

However, a feeling of regret comes in when an act of kindness is paid back with hate, malice and wickedness. You begin to wish you had kept your kind heart to yourself. You begin to wonder why the happiness and gratitude that is supposed to greet an act of kindness, within seconds, turns to hate, malice and wickedness. At that point, you become confused, angry and wish that the hands of time can be turned back. Then you make up your mind that if you had the same opportunity again, you will certainly “play safe.”

I would not blame you if that is the way you feel. Cos sometimes it really pays to “play safe.” It is a matter of studying the kind of people you have around you. For some, acts of goodwill are really appreciated; for some, acts of goodwill must be done with caution, if you do not want to blame yourself later. People like this can disconnect you from God. They make you regret doing good. They make you think of stop doing good. They give you reasons, from their conduct, why you should also have a bad heart.

Then, in the middle of this confusion, you stop and ask yourself “what if God stops doing good to me because of my sins?” I chose not to ponder over this scary question!

So, it’s a matter of choice for you and I – listen to the voice of God and continue to reap the benefits or allow an ingrate to disconnect you from the mercies, favour and treasures of God….

May God guide and I to chose well in Jesus name, amen.

Thanks for your time.

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The Arduous Task Of Parenting In The 21st Century

It is the dream of every responsible man or woman to, some day, get married and have a happy family of their own. It is even biblical that a man and woman will leave their parents and get married someday. After marriage, the next thing would be to start having children. However, coping with parental responsibilities could really make parenting a great deal of work; and in extreme cases, it could be an uneviable position. In the 21st century as we have it today, parenting could really be an arduous task.

I came into the world when parenting was relatively easy. There were fewer external influences “re-teaching” children what their parents have thought them. The kind of music videos, movies, songs, education, fashion and the internet were virtually insignificant in my early childhood days.

I remember vividly, what I used to see on TV and on the streets back in the seventies through to the eighties. I can’t recall hearing of the internet back then. Sex was relatively “unpopular.” I can’t recall hearing about condoms back then. There was so much decency. Education was the main status symbol. Thus, it was so easy to listen to and follow my parents’ guidance because of the very minimal contrary “lessons” from external factors. Even the so-called peer influence was not so pronounced as friends had so liitle to teach then.

Today, its a different ball game altogether. Undoubtedlly, there is so much “failed parenting” !!!

I see two types of failure here – those who have failed because they have knowingly abandoned their responsibilities as parents – they simply don’t care – and secondly, those who have been overpowered by the times that you and I are operating today.

Parenting in the 21st century can make a Reverend to appear as a “failed parent.” Infact, I have seen and heard of sons and daughters of “men of God” portray themselves as children without any moral education – in terms of dressing, utterances, comportment and much more.

The 21st century has brought with it “sophisticated external influences” that has made parenting very challenging. There has been a serious revolution in virtually everything which influence on us was almost insignificant during our growing up days – communication/gadgets, dressing, music videos, radio and TV presentations, print media, movies, entertainment, songs, well exposed peers and much more. The father of them all, of course, has been the internet. This has been a bag of all sorts – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The internet is one single major challenge for the 21st century parent. Despite its enormous advantages, it is the largest reservoir of negative influences on children. Sadly, these influences can only increase in quantity and sophistication.

I don’t like criticising the internet because it has been a wonderful companion for me – blogging being just one of its benefits. But be that as it may, its impact on parenting cannot be treated with kid gloves. Doing so would be tantamount to ignoring a smoke in one’s apartment.

No doubt, these factors are so strong and deep. No wonder so many parents have failed woefully in their responsibilities. The result being teenage pregnancies, prostitution, cyber crime, regular “tenancy” in prisons, smoking, alcoholism, lifes of immorality, gangstarism, disdain for education, collapse of values, indecent dressing, vulgarism….

Coupled with this is the rate at which children of these days learn. Its really alarming. I have often said it that when I was my son’s age I was not as intelligent as he is. At 2, he was able to operate all the remote controls in the house – TV, home theartre, DVD and decoder. Now he’s 4+ and handles my laptop as if its one of his toys. He also querries me on issues that are beyond a 4-year old. They call it the “jet age”; I call it more work for me and the mum. He’s not alone on this, I am sure you have similar stories to tell if you are a parent.

I have been sharing some tips on coping with these challenges. I hope to do a post on these soon.

Happy parenting !

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