Strictly Simple from Tosin- SST

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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…
Olabode Oluwatosin

God’s Concept of Healing…

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Matthew 18;
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-

Olabode Oluwatosin

Do You Not Care???

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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.
                                                                                     The Message
     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.

With love,
Olabode Oluwatosin.

You Are On Ur Own

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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,
Olabode Oluwatosin

Induced Service

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Why do you go to church?
Why do you do morning devotion?
Why do you go for weekly fellowship?
Why do we do religion?

Is it because it was set for us???

Because if  it is, it’s not wrong- but, it is not enough to live by rules made before you alone.

Yes, it might be your choice to go to church, but was it your choice to go between 9-11am on sunday as the case might be?

Yes, it might be your choice to do morning devotion, but was it your choice to do that in the morning (I speak this way because, if the world had afternoon devotion, we might have found ourselves doing that too, but since their isn’t; little wonder why people don’t communicate with God any other time of the day)?

And so on and so forth…

We have been given free will to serve God not just as an induced service, but also in our own making. We must understand that, “Religion builds your standard from people’s perspective, but a Relationship with Christ builds your pesonal growth with God”- Neither religion nor relationship alone but both makes a healthy worship.

Why don’t you try and meet God in your own timing also today and hence forth!!!

Disclaimer

     This article has nothing against religion and it is in no way asking you to stop all the godly things already going on in your life and church. What it is actually saying is that, added to what you have already by reason of religion, should be you making up your time also in serving God in truth and in spirit and not just depending solely on an induced service.

God bless you…

Olabode oluwatosin

My Neighbour

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Who is my neighbour?
Whose neighbour can I say I am?

Is it the person I percieve to be close to me?
Is it the person I expect to be close to me?
Is it the person I thought might be close to me, or
Is it someone I never knew was close to me?
Could it even be all of these people, one way or the other???

This story is based on the parable of the good samaritan. The term “good samaritan” used here is an oxymoron- the jews believed the samaritans to be bad people, yet were described “good” by a jew-  ( in context ), likewise, could yours be that those you have rejected are actually the accepted once for you?

Well, this message describes the characteristics of a neighbour, thus revealing to you whose neighbour you have being for the last …. years, even though you might (or might not) have known it-

Your neighbour isn’t just someone that can help you or someone you percieve to be close to you; your neighbour is more of a person YOU can help. What am saying here is, a person does not have to be able to help you to become your neighbour, they should be your neighbours nonetheless-

A neighbour is someone that shows kindness, a person that will risk not getting a reward to be nice to you… A neighbour is someone that will be there for you especially when nobody is watching- A neighbour is someone that will show mercy; regardless to whom, so long as genuine help is needed-

A neighbour is not a glory seeker, a pretender or someone trying to impress; a friend whose focus is solely on what he can get in return-

In the context of today’s message, you do not become a person’s neighbour based on his/her social, ethnic, economic, political, philosophical or religious status… People be like” this guy ain’t in our league… he is not fresh enough… she’s not even current… blah blah blah… assisting him ( being a neighbour to him ) might reduce our self worth ( status quo, class, dignity, etc.)”- And so, for the fear losing their EGO, by reason of the differences in backgroud and lifestyle,  they fail to identify such as their neighbours- until that warm heart ( a good samaritan )with the knowledge of the truth ( the truth is “who you are, is who you are”) comes to the rescue-

The idea of being a neighbour to someone, does not connote a state of stupidity- There is a difference between humility and foolishness. Verse 27 of Luke 10 says, ” He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ You have to be careful and not careless in dealing with people ( as in this case your neighbour ).

The above was brought to life from a study of Luke 10: 25-37, the idea that strangers (note, a stranger to you, could also be a person with a lower life standard than you, anyone you wouldn’t naturally consider associating with) are most often neglected ( because of those will Perceive, Expect, and Think to be our Neighbours ), cannot be overemphasised. So, as an answer to the first series of questions I asked;
                    Yes, My Neighbour Is That Person I Never Thought Was Close to Me!!! ( inclusive are those I know to be close to me also-)

God’s blessing upon you, as become a neighbour to those God has allowed you cross paths with-

                     With Love,

               Olabode Oluwatosin.

Man’s Art VS God’s Art

This is a guest post from a very special friend and colleague-
Miss Keenea Tope Auta
Coauthor of “The Big One”
And blogger at dgender.wordpress.com.

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While Man’s art is the product of his imagination,
God’s art is the image of God.  

While Man’s art has no life,
God’s art definitely has life;
And z given life.  

While Man’s art is adored by man,
God’s art adores Him.  

While man speech communicates with his maker,
God’s speech reflect his living and written word;
Himself, us His image.  

Man’s work possesses his thoughts,
God’s image posseses the attributes of God.  

While man’s love is understandable,
God’s love in man outstrips comprehension.  

While man’s essence in his works are, but for awhile,
God’s essence in man are immortal.  

Man communes for his handwork,
God’s handiwork communes with Him.  

While man’s thoughts are put into “doings”
God’s thoughts are put into “beings”.  

Man’s nature z to  run from trouble,
God’s nature z ever present in times of trouble.  

Man’s craft is but one-
It is that one, like many others,
Man thinks his art is good,
But it’s always updated, to be  made better.  

God’s craft is YOU,
And certainly the best!
You are that one, not like any other.  

While Man’s art z d expression of himself,
God’s art  z d expression of God’s self.  

God knows His art is perfect,
Simply cuz it’s you.

It’s time for YOU to key into that too.  
You are God’s art,
Fearfully and wonderfulfully made.
You are the special one,
Yes you are…

Happy New Year from me to YOU
Much love
SST-

Freedom from Negativity

This is my last post for the year, and it is quite a read. I pray you God’s grace in reading it till the very end, Amen.

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This month signifies the birth of Christ, the basic reason He came is to set us free from ALL (as in this case my depression, and likewise you, your ——–, amongst others). The birth of Christ is PERSONAL, His essence is personal for everyone and so, amidst all the Partying, Celebrations, Religion and etc. MAKE SURE HIS BIRTH HAS BEEN ENCOUNTERED BY A SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE…

We have done enough celebrations in light of the public holiday given on Christmas day- the birth of Christ has become so lose in some hearts, that it is been equated with democracy day or world health day; just another public holiday-

The birth of Christ is the solution to your life situations, He came to exchange His life for our own, understanding this truth and testifying to the goodness of His coming is the greatest celebration you can give-

Just as people sew new cloths for Christmas, I have likewise sewed a new WORD for my Christmas. This piece is dedicated to the broken hearted, those who are (or have ever) been depressed, to those hurting, those that thought all hope was lost, to the helpless, and most importantly, to whoever gets to read this-

Dear God,
This message came in writing, in such a time as this, I pray it speaks to the hearts you “came, died and resurrected for, I pray your healing power and essence be accomplished in us in Jesus name, Amen.

-Freedom from Silence-

Dear silence,
Ssshhh!!!
Please keep quiet;
Without a word,
I hear you too loud… too clear…

You are a comforter when I’m depressed,
A shelter whenever I’m lost,
A home for my self-pity,
My breath in low self esteem-

Yet I’m still here
Dying on the inside
For some reasons to be made known,
annulling the thought of suicide; again.

Ssshhh!!!
I tell self,
Deceiving myself with this lie,
“No one will understand you,
but if you must, tell it to yourself
no one else will understand you.”

And so, for too long
I wallowed in loneliness,
Though I was surrounded by people
I was very much always alone.

I was eclectic with my decisions,
I felt I couldn’t have been wrong;
I was in so much pain, it made
Childbirth’s pain, look as painless as
bathing a child and so I thought,
“This has to be my best option
Being silent meant I was on the right track.”

I couldn’t tell anyone,
Not my lover
Not even the Lover of my soul,
I became isolated,
An embodiment of sadness…

I learnt how to fake a smile,
I learnt how to be defensive,
I learnt how to read people;
thus picking meaning from almost anything-

It wasn’t always like this though,
I once tried to talk,
But I was induced with more problems,
Rather than a simple hand of solution

I wanted a friend,
But I got someone that grew distant.
I wanted a brother,
But I got someone that didn’t bother.
I wanted a listener,
But I got someone that was just hearing.
I wanted you
But all I got was someone that didn’t care enough.

With this much pain,
I found me a sedative,
I found succor in SILENCE
Keeping the pain to myself;
seemed to be the best option,
at least no one will induced more hurt…

Ssshhh!!!
…Silence…
I hear you too loud… too clear…
For too long-

But, things are different now,
They are getting better,
I see a light in my tunnel,
Someone reminded me of JESUS,
The one who allows me cast my care upon him,
The one who isn’t judgmental
as he is careful in caring for me,
The one who gives rest to the heavy laden,
The one who gives peace to the soul,
The one with understanding,
The one who LISTENS,
The only one who heals no matter how deep…

My trust-
Its been abused once to many
Honestly, it has made me pessimistic,
Nonetheless… I felt I should give him a try,
And so I opened up to him
I told him about the weight I had been lifting
My tears fell right on his shoulder…
It became crystal clear,
He is the light in my tunnel.
Do not misread the next couple of lines;
I’m still in the walking process making progress-

I feel lifted
I am calmer
I feel joy
I know I have someone that will listen;
a friend always closer than a brother
I’m lighter
I know I have someone that understands

“You need to speak up
Silence spreads within you like cancer,
And kills faster than a bullet to the heart-
It’s when people HEAR you,
that you become more depressed.
Find someone that will LISTEN:
Family, counselor, mentor,
Boyfriend, Girlfriend, neighbor,
Whoever… but don’t be desperate as to anyone,
Make sure it’s someone that will listen,
Someone with the active heart of God-

Don’t keep silent
You need to speak up”

Silence; be quiet!!!
I want to speak-
Christ in me, is as well as in others
I’ve found someone I can talk to,
Someone in whom I find God’s PEACE
(D title ascribed to d heart that listens)
I pray you find yours too…

This is a story of someone recovering from depression through the walking grace of God. I am not here to debate whether or not God’s influence is involved. His birth is the reason for salvation; His coming is a reminder that we are more than able to overcome the negativities of this world. I pray just as I have tapped into this anointing, you too will-

Scriptural references (1 peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 147:3 )

Merry Christmas,

With love,
OLABODE OLUWATOSIN.