The christian is not someone that tells people he is one,the christian is someone people affirm to be one;that’s how it started in the first place(Acts 11:26b…were first CALLED…). It shouldn’t change now;however,the former is A Christian,which everyone claims to be, as its only vocal,the latter is The Christian,involving character,Big Difference…
A study of Genesis 2:8-17
… If heaven were an eatery and she’s taking orders; I would have one plate of praise, two spoons of thanksgiving and a bottle of prayer to go with it. Kindly serve it while it is still worship because only then can the satisfaction be given to God…
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is
Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
My first line “I’M HUNGRY” would better have been put as “I HAVE NOT EATEN”, because vs 8 of Gen 2 says before he put the feeling of hunger, he had already put food; before he asked you to worship him, he had already created the worship to which you will use to praise him. It says “And the LORD God planted a garden (where the fruit to be eaten will come from) eastward in Eden; and there he put the man (the person for whom the fruits were made) whom he had formed.
Vs 9 “And out of the GROUND made the LORD God to GROW every TREE that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. Remember vs 7 of this same Gen 2, ” And the Lord God FORMED MAN of the dust of the GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. This really shows the greatness of God; whatever you hunger for, is actually the same thing you were created from (l’m talking to those that have said Yes to Jesus ).
Again vs 9b says, the tree of life was also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (this is were those that haven’t said Yes to Jesus come in). It was important to differentiate this because whatever you hunger for is what you were created from; that’s why the desire and work always match (for instance, someone with absolute passion for sports, cannot be found more hungry for politics…). It is possible to hunger for the things of the world and the lust of the flesh, but does this mean you were created from lust? Or the things of the world? NO! But it does mean you eat from them ( that is why giving your life to Christ is important). This hunger comes with great benefits…
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”. Matthew 5:6 … So for you to be eating worship, you must have been created from worship (God) and for worship.
Vs 10- When the hunger is in the correct place, you will know because true hunger comes without you being thirsty ( thirst used here in the context
that the most important material required for the growth of your food, as in this case worship, will be provided). As against the wrong hunger in which you have to look for what will keep the hunger and what will keep the food as well, as it says “… A river went out of eden to water the garden!”
Vs 11-14 talks about how good the material that aided the growth were; what aids the growth of your worship? For clarity, worship is not just a song sang, but a life we live and it’s in this context that I’ve been speaking….
“Figure out what will please Christ and then do it,”- Ephesians 5:10 msg… What pleases God is worship (because those that worship in truth and spirit offer an acceptable service unto him, John 4:23-24 ). So therefore, anything a person does that glorifies God and makes him happy is a form of worship. Since we had water springing forth from the four corners of the garden to help in the growth of the fruits, we are going to study four materials meant for watering our worship, they are:
The Bible, Praise, Prayer and Lifestyle.
This is God himself (John 1:1 ). In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. It’s important to remind us that God honors his word over his name, because while his names are what we think of him which is even the least of who he is (little wonder in Exodus 3:14 , he said I AM THAT I AM is my name, which means anything beyond great could be attributed to him), the word can be honored more because he’s the word, remember John 1:14 , “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us…”, WE ALL KNOW, only God in the form of his son Jesus became flesh. So with this stated, what other form of worship growth stimulator could a person ask for than THE BIBLE ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)! The rules on how to eat worship are clearly and boldly written there.
God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3 ) . The presence of God is the greatest form of worship one can give to God. His coming down to join you in worshiping him cannot be compared to anything, no wonder, when praises go up, blessings come down (a popular saying, attributed to a paraphrase from Psalms 67:5-7).
This is a means of communication with God. During this process, you talk to God and he talks back to you. God is always happy when you give him the opportunity in your life to talk to you. David knew this so well, that’s why he spoke to God about everything thus becoming the man after God’s heart (Acts12:13 ).
“Prayer gives you an opportunity to receive feedback on your worship status with God”-SST.
Christianity existed long before religion, so it’s naturally not possible for Christianity to be ONLY a religion. Remember, the people were called Christians (Acts 11:26 ), because, after a time of careful (careful because those that called them weren’t Christians themselves) observation, they people were called Christians since they behaved like Christ. It is important to note that FOR YOUR WORSHIP TO GROW, IT MUST FIRST BE ACCEPTED (that’s why John 4:23-24 , tells us how to worship). Therefore, for your lifestyle to be accepted, you must be like Christ; simply put BE CHRIST-LIKE (a christian is someone like or
in the image of Christ). This leads us back to the beginning, Gen 1:26, when God created man in his image; this is the true origin of Christianity, so for a growth in worship which is eaten with Christ, STOP THE FALSE RELIGION ONLY CONCEPT YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT AND START A RELATIONSHIP INCLUSIVE ERA WITH CHRIST!!!
A look at the 10 commandments will give a clearer picture into the significance of a relationship with Christ as it concerns Christianity… Exodus 20:1-17 … Vs 1-8; the first four commandments talk about a relationship between God and man, while the last six, vs 9-17, talks about a relationship between man and man. When Jesus was put to test as to which was the greatest commandment, he responded, LOVE with God
and with your neighbors all this boils down to having a relationship.
Vs 15, The Lord did not just prepare the garden and leave it, he did not just prepare worship to leave it; he said TEND and KEEP it. This is very direct, it means tend and keep worship; let it become part of you as you grow in it.
Vs 16-17, Our study doesn’t just end without a WARNING!!! Since there was already two world views when man was created, he knew that even within creation, something might go bad, so he warned to abstain from anything evil, you will certainly know its evil because the signs are usually very clear; the only reason you will be going for it will be for your own glory when all glory must be given to God (Isaiah 42:8 ). So even though
worship is large, there is a specific kind of worship He wants from us; meaning, if its not in that nature, then its not accepted. Eating as worship means being in God’s will, taking heed to his warnings and eating in a kingly manner. Phaphers you’ve been hungry (the only reason you are hungry is because you haven’t eaten), its sure time to change that
statement to… I haven’t eaten (meaning the food is there), so you can now go and eat realizing the water he will give you to quench your thirst would be eternal (John 4:14).
“When eating becomes a true act of worship, we will no longer worship food”.
“When food becomes our god, our appetite for the Bread of Life is diminished” Julie Ackerman
Olabode oluwatosin (Sst)
(Coauthor of ‘The Big One’
Author of the soon to be released ‘The Ideal Being’)
I drifted far away,
but to your call,
i want to return.
Dear Jesus, I miss you,
i love you and desperately need you.
You are my fisrt love;
and I still get butterflies
just thinking about you.
You didn’t lose me to death,
You lost me to life.
I got carried away by her multifarious nature,
I thought I was living
but deep down I knew something was missing,
just wasn’t ready to admit it-
Gladly Lord Jesus!
If you would have me again,
have I come; this time to stay,
You are my everything,
and with solid prove,
I now know, I’m nothing without you.
This time with no shame.
I’ll be yours…
…Just please have me.
This time, I am for real-
Olabode oluwatosin (sst)
It’s in the times of the bad
that I forget you.
When things turn upside down,
you seemingly become unfaithful-
Couldn’t it have been anyone else?
At least I know I’m better than some…
…It’s in the times of the bad
that I forget you.
Your truthfulness becomes vague-
It’s in the times of the bad
that I forget you.
It’s easier to put the blame on…
… “but you said”…
Your word, thinking like man, “you lied”
Your righteousness questioned-
It’s in the times of the bad
that I forget you.
I really do forget you
This Should Not Be So,
God’s faithfulness is constant;
As much in the bad times,
as it is in the good times
Olabode oluwatosin (SST).
The “F” in Faith stands for “the Future”. Faith is not the actions of the Past or the words of the Present, Faith is the substance of the Future-
Faith is your ability unlike Thomas to believe while you have not seen. Faith is Noah preparing an ark for something God called rain. Faith is blind bartimaeus dropping his support and not allowing anyone to lead him as though he already had his sight while trying to meet Jesus for his sight. Faith is that Centurion telling Jesus he is as effective from where He is on the street as He would be in his unworthy home for Jesus to heal his servant boy.
Faith is the Solution, not the hopes of the possibilities of the effectiveness of the solution put into consideration. Faith is Obedience- “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”…2000 years later; and more fishers of men are birthed daily. Faith is Abraham leaving his home to an unknown land. Faith is Nonetheless the results, “I will still hold on to Jesus”- Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego going into the fire even if the father will forsake them (God will never leave nor forsake you).
It is not Faith if it is the usual, it is not Faith if you fully comprehend it (what’s the faith in it?). Faith is a believe- a believe in something to come and not something already in your reach. Faith is exhibited before and during the process, not after; thanksgiving is what you show before, during and after the process.
Faith is not what you Think God Can Do- it is not even what you Know He Will Do, Faith is what you Know God HAS Done- Faith is a commodity everyone uses every second of the day. Faith in the Negative Context is called Doubt; the believe that it will not happen, while the believe of it occurring is Faith in itself- the thought we should all have in mind- a Positive Context.
The “F” in Faith represensts the Future-
How do you intend to live yours?
In the Positive Context or in the continuity of doubt?
HAVE SOME FAITH- be it in a mustard seed form or watermelon like!!!
Scriptural Refrences (Hebrews 11:1, Mark 10;46-52, Daniel 3:17-18, Genesis 6;14-18, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 8; 5-10).
Olabode Oluwatosin (Sst).
21) Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
God is too GOD to be creating junk files… He is too supreme to be establishing laws or stating facts that are of little or no significance… Anyone that studies scripture deeply and closely will realise that God spoke in certain patterns, pending the context and all the time to “hit a certain Nail”… In today’s post, I try to understand by the leading of the Holy Spirit what Jesus meant when he said to Peter in the context of FORGIVENESS, “Until seventy times seven (490 times)…
Could this just have been a message of humility?
Is it possible for someone to offend you that many times?
What is the voice of the Spirit saying???
God wasn’t just putting away man’s pride of been able to forgive SEVEN time ( 7 must have seemed like a really big deal to Peter; I mean, it takes the grace of God to forgive once, let alone 7 times-). Jesus didn’t just humble man, He taught within that very context that, when a person sins against you (offends you), It might require of you to forgive that person at most 490 times; this is to say, for your heart to totally heal sometimes, YOU JUST NEED TO FORGIVE UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE until your heart affirms it completely…
Forgiveness is an important part of healing a broken heart (someone who has been hurt in whatsoever way), and bringing yourself back to life. This implies that in order to be able to move ahead to the next level in life, you need to forgive that person or else you remain wondering in this thought, ” Why me? Why did s/he hurt me??
Now, because forgiveness doesn’t happen overnight and can take a while (the healing process I mean), Christ says, “until seventy times seven”, so for a fact, you get yourself ready to actually forgive that person. We must remember, God forgives us daily in Christ a whole lot more than 490 times!!!
It is popularly said, ” Forgive and Forget”, while it is true that you could have genuinely forgiven the person the first time, it takes a WHILE to absolutely forget, thus GOD’S CONCEPT OF HEALING!!! In other words, since it takes time to heal, forgiving 490 times means, you should allow yourself to heal through the process- Our memory is a funny thing, we keep remembering; so God is saying, for each remembrance, Forgive…FOrgive… FORgive…FORGive…FORGIve…FORGIVe…FORGIVE… Until your heart has completely HEALED-
Beacause if you don’t…
Matthew 18:35 says, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses….
Are you reading this today and need to forgive someone?
Or you are reading this and need to be forgiven?
My advice as a friend would be for you to DO WHAT IS RIGHT, for only then would you have PEACE OF MIND…. Do what is right,
God’s blessings upon you and may you continually find His absolute Peace-
Mark 4:38- And he they said to Him, do you not care that we are perishing-
Do you not care that I’m drowning?
Do you not care what great temptation I’m facing?
Do you not care my family’s condition?
Do you not care about the challenges this life is presenting to me and my friends?
Do you not care how lonely, alone, not special and insignificant I feel?
Do you not care about —— and about —— (fill that in with your own situations)
Do you not care???
There are two things that come to mind when I think about this scripture:
1) The 1st thing that captured my attention as I studied this scripture was the question; Do You Not Care? This was a direct question, a statement implying that the person being asked was very much in the same situation as the persons asking. It showed that Jesus ( though he never sleeps nor slumber was taking a nap through the storm; Palsm 121:4) was very much present. This brings to mind something about a student’s favorite teacher keeping quiet during a test of which his help the student would have appreciated.
2) The second thing that captured my attention was the realisation of who to look up too immediately there was trouble. If you read down from vs 36- of mark 4 to 38 which is our text for today, you will notice that it wasn’t just one boat that was present in the storm, meaning there were at least 2 other people in that Place At that point in time. This leaves me asking; who do you call when you are perishing? Do you remember your parent’s connections? Do you remember your friends influence? Or your pastor’s strong choice of words when praying? Because when I read this scripture, i saw people that looked up to Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith”. Who do you look up to when you are perishing? Because, trust me, if you look up to man, you will be gambling with disappointments. This brings me to the scripture that says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”- Matthew 11:28.
Trust the Master, nothing in this life happens by accident. If God lets you go through something, it’s because He is ready to help you get through it. If Jesus had stopped the storm before it started on that day, the people wouldn’t necessarily have learnt the importance and power found in depending in Christ. Jesus taught them that in His presence, so that when He returns to His glory in Heaven, they disciples wouldn’t be perplexed or compelled to panic in the face of challenges; as the name above all names, to which every situaton must bow down and answer to is available to them- They called on Jesus in Vs 39… “HUSH NOW, BE STILL!!! And the wind ceased… and there was a great calm…”
When you are in some of the listed situations in my introduction and even much more, however you case might be, God wants you to call on Him and not the other way around resulting to panicking that God is unfaithful to allow you go through this instead of someone else ( probably that your neighbor that is more of a sinner than you are). God wants you to call on Him because ” …I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son”.
It is important to note that God always answers immediately you ask, however, the answer Only comes when you are ready ( not when you THINK you are ready), which is always in line with His master plan. Therefore the answers come as such:
1) Immediately- This happens to increase your faith as seen in the implication of the questions He asked in vs 40.
2) Delayed- This happens to increase your patience. Hannah as seen in 1 Samuel 1, prayed for a child. After a while God remembered Her ( the question is, Can God Forget? Certainly not!!! He had answered her from day one. But that He might increase her patience thus teaching her to understand how useful the child to be was going to be to Him, He waited until the right time and in that time He remembered what must be done in His master plan by reason of the humble prayer of a crying Hannah in her days of perishing.
3) He does not answer what you Think you need but gives you what He Knows you need, and when you need it; which is always greater and better than your original request. Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man that He should lie” and “no good thing will He withhold from the blameless-” Psalm 84:11. So for a fact, when you ask for A- (which is a good thing), and He doesn’t give you, it is naturally human nature to assume God does not like you and is not following His Word, since He is allowing you to perish… But because He has better plans for you, He waits and when the time is right, He gives you B-
Any honest man here will testify with me that anyone who has ever endured to the end will know “God’s thought for us are of good and not of evil, to give us an expected end”. Take Joseph in prison for exampele (Genesis 40-41), when the prisoner whose dream was interpreted was been released, Joseph asked him to remember him when he gets out ( the time of remembrance wasn’t told us but I won’t be out of line to state that Joseph meant immediately; because that is what I would have meant and scripture says the prisoner forgot when it got out). Now if God had allowed him to remember Joseph before the 2years in which he had; of what significance would it have been? He might not have been released (because the King which is His reason for being here did not need him yet), and even if he was released (of which he would have been very happy), since he was to rule a foreign land, it would have been more difficult and taken him a longer time in which case he could have doubted his dream or even gone back home, thinking God allowed Him to perish…
But you see, while we are IMMEDIATE, God on the other hand is ULTIMATE and so when we Think we have our best interest at heart (Which we do, but from a limited perspective), God Knows our best interest (He is our best interest!), and gives it to us!!!
And ……………….. (insert your name, eg And …Tosin….) said to Him “Do You Not Care That I Am Perishing?
The next time you want to make that statement or ask that question; Remember, God is on your side and He’s GOT YOUR BACK! He’s so cool even the wind obeys Him.
The first surgery and operation was not done in the hospital but in the garden- Genesis 2:7, 21-22… If you’re waiting for God to follow earthly procedures, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
Jesus first miracle wasn’t in the church, it was at a party- John 2:1-11… If you’re waiting to see Jesus consider what people would say before he does what is right, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
Jesus answered every temptation with scripture- Mtthew 4:1-11… If your Christianity is to answer temptations with your wisdom or explained version of His word, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
Jesus is Him that leaves His throne to be with those who rejected and are still rejecting Him- John 1:10-11… If you’re expecting a proud King to rule you, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
He wasn’t moved by the outward giving of some fake people, rather the very little a honest heart brought-Luke 21:1-4… If you’re expecting Jesus to be move by anything not motive, I’m sorry to disappoint you, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
But this is the law, the church doctrine, the relationship condition! If you go out of context,you’re such a sinner. Jesus healed on a Sabbath- Matthew 12:9-13… People spoke about and against it, what the heck??? Right is right, no matter how many people think it’s wrong and wrong is wrong, no matter how many people think its right, if you think otherwise, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
Jesus wept- John 11:35… If you hide your emotions because you think your Master does the same, or because you think it’s a sign of weakness, THINK Again, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
God ordered the praise team to be in front while the mighty men of battle stood behind on a journey to war – 2 Chronicles 20:21… If you’re expecting the usual physical strength to be the reason God will choose you, then, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!! I’m sorry to disappoint you, He works more with your availability than your ability.
If you are serving a God who will ask you to come to Him but keep your problems (no matter how little) to yourself- Matthew 11:28-30… Then you do not know who to serve, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!
The truth about this fact is this, Walking with God is as simple as you let it be. Your relationship with Christ is not to be defined by the standards of this world, but rather by the standard of God himself, using the Bible as a guide. GOD LOVES YOU, and He want you to know, IF IT TAKES YOU BEING IN THE MINORITY’s SCHOOL OF THOUGHT TO SERVE HIM, THEN IT SURE WOULD BE WORTH IT…
My charge for you today is to Walk with God’s principles and not the principles cooked up by man’s Pride, or else, YOU ARE ON UR OWN!!!
With love 4m ur very own,