Stop thinking about… And start talking to God.
You know you were once better,
You know you want to be better,
You know you need to be better,
But you know you ain’t getting any better…
You know there is a zeal,
You know you’ve broken the seal,
You know you desire to heal,
But you know you ain’t committed to the deal…
You have suddenly forgotten the communication called ‘prayer’,
You have even lost touch with patience in that area,
You worry but never work to become better,
But when you get ‘to thinking’-
you always remain bitter…
You are neither hot nor cold,
Neither here nor there,
Neither weak nor strong,
You are walking in grace-
when your life, to Him, speaks disgrace…
You could be better, but you’re not,
Even worse- you do not know ‘where you’re not’,
You perceive and assume to be safe,
But your thoughts are far from the truth-
as the south is from the north.
If you were a better christian/believer/person,
Yesterday than today,
And your words are louder than your lifestyle,
Then, you’re in a Spiritual Coma,
In this state, the only city is known as ‘Sleep’–
Don’t you think we need to wake up?
Oluwatosin Olabode (sst)
‘No matter how old (or long) a ‘man’ is (or has lived), without an identity; he is yet to exist’-Sst
Every ‘man’ needs an identity. He needs a name. He needs somewhere to belong. He needs to know who he is…
Have you been called a failure?
Have they told you, you are not good enough?
Have you been called useless?
Or are you like Jacob a ‘Trickster’?
You are not just industrious
You are so classless
You are a bastard child
You are a man without purpose
You are not who the world (devil and sinful people) says you are. You are who God says you are
Have you grown to believe what people said about you- that you just ain’t good enough?
Have you grown to believe the lies others told you- that you will never be better than the present state of your life?
Has your life now become this lie?
Have you believed so much, you are now the lie, such that,
You keep failing
You can’t keep a relationship
You con your way to success
You have become the definition of F.A.K.E
You might have done what people said you did but you are never what people say you are
To understand your identity, you must look to God to reveal. Your identity can only be found in Christ, and in His Word. Here are a few things He’s said about you:
You are born of God… 1 John 5:18
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
You are alive with Christ… Ephesians 2:5
You have the peace of God…Philippians 4:7
You have been set free… Galatians 5:1
You are more than a conqueror… Romans 8:37
You are an overcomer… Revelation 2:11
You are an ambassador… 2 Corinthians 5:20
You are a citizen of a holy nation… Exodus 19:6
You are a chosen generation… 1 Peter 2:9
You are a friend of God… John 15:15
You are the head and not the tail…Deuteronomy 28:13
You are God’s temple… 1 Corinthians 6:19
You are blessed… Ephesians 1:3
You are a peculiar treasure… Exodus 19:5
You are created in the image of God… Genesis 1:27
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you… Philippians 4:13
You are a son of the Most High God. You have been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. You are a joint heir with Christ- a priest of the King of kings. There’s greatness in your bones and in your bloodline… Galatians 4:6-7
Dear Lord, please ‘help me to see me the way you see me. I see where I am, but you see where I shall be’.
What is your identity? What’s that thing that makes you recognizable?
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’)
Pray in season and out of season…
Prayer in its simplest definition is the act of talking to God. This is to say, any form of communication done towards God is a prayer offered to Him….
Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:
Numbers 14:28 NKJV
When we speak to someone, it is naturally expected to get a reply from the person, so it is with God, though what you tell him determines the reply He gives you. When your prayer is praise, blessings are what He replies with, when your prayer is complain what you will get is calm down.
Prayer doesn’t say this is what you tell God, it says just tell God, prayer is from the heart and only from there.
Prayer is a feeling expressed to the appropriate authority…
Prayer is telling the truth as raw as it is, remember God is mighty, so prayer is not pretending because you want Him to think you are strong or you think He won’t be able to solve it. More so, He already knows your heart, what he wants is to know if you know this (if you trust Him)
He says pray in season and out of season, meaning God is ready to talk to us every second of the day, even anytime of the night, remember he doesn’t sleep; one of the reason been, so he can attend to you when you wake in the middle of the night to hear from Him…
Strictly simple from Tosin (SST)
It’s not just a New Year’s wish,
New resolutions like the former…
It’s different this time,
As was intended…
Going back to the original,
Tapping into the Master’s plan…
I remember now, so clearly,
I was called to have dominion,
From the very first command!
Not to dominate His image,
Or subdue His essence,
Not to fight or shush the Master’s will,
As is usual…
But to let His will be done
The rare but very actual-
If I might,
This and only this I ask
That I grow into you, so much
I become the exact representation of you
Your image; the initial intent…
As each day starts a new year,
Signifying a fresh start,
2013, Oh Lord!!!
I give absolutely to you…
To order and direct my step,
To teach me in the path to go
Leading and introducing me to your presence…
As the old year has once again rolled out, I sure hope you all have just like me, check-listed the events that have constructively destroyed and sharpened you into who you now are; in this year, 2013. I want you to understand that though a lot of mistakes might have happened during the past year, there isn’t a single one without whose significance is to be ignored. Like me, I am also aware that quite a number of blessings followed that year, however, the way it affected you is also something not to be ignored. If there is anything I have learnt, it’s the statement well expressed by John Wooden, when he said “you can’t let praise or criticism get to you. Its weakness to get caught up in either one”…
My greatest desire and prayer as we’ve entered into the New Year is that, we come into the understanding of the importance of; the little events that sharpen our everyday lives, the motives that detect the reaction we present and the knowledge of the assurance we do have in the Ultimate…
I therefore charge you not to rush into making the usual resolutions that turn “normal” once the day changes from New Year to the second day of the New Year but rather, to keep a focus on Him and the principles He has put in place for you to WALK INTO IN THE YEAR 2013!!!
“Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy! This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth — we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.”
1 John 1:4-7(msg)
HAPPY NEW YEAR… GOD’S BLESSING UPON YOU!!!
By: Olabode Oluwatosin
If as a gentleman you are in a relationship with a lady that dresses half naked (exposes her body, in other words, dresses indecently) and you have not spoken to her, even though she shows everyone what you are meant to later see all alone in your marriage, then you do not love but only lust after her to an extent; the other part is that you are suffering from low self-esteem. The standard to which she meets with you and your friends is her nudity. She does not look presentable if she’s well dressed (or you would have told her) to your friends, or else, why haven’t you told her? Remember everyone presents the best of what he has when it comes to showing people… This will be understood by only those with a foundation.
Isn’t it funny how you can almost come to church early just so you can almost seat in front…
Have you understood the bible so much that it’s only your understanding that is correct, even the leading of the Holy Spirit, the appropriate prescription to understanding the bible is wrong? Who do you think you are, a fool? “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1st Corinthians 2:14”…no wonder you read the bible and still say there is no God.
Speaking biochemistry terms to a computer science student makes no sense unless someone or something in biochemistry explains it to him, likewise God; His ways are not our ways, to understand Him you don’t ask man because he would not know, he can only try, only the Holy Spirit can tell you the ways of God, as He is God, so when an honest man tries, it’s through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in other for the bible to make sense to you, ask the Holy Spirit not your brain…
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 14:26 NKJV
The above quotations are on the basis of the Christian faith. We are God’s creation and the manual to understanding our essence and every thing in existence is the bible which has a prescription to reading it.
Dear God, Am Sorry
I have being lonely, not because am alone, but because I have ignored your presence. I have lived life unaccounted for; simply because I say in my heart, there is no God and so won’t give account to anyone. When the good things happen, I seem not to notice You, but when the so called bad things happen, am quick to say you shouldn’t have allowed it to happen. Someone told me about You, and I began following You up; asking for your help, praying for protection, requesting for provision but always seem to forget the giving back acknowledgement part; mostly because I think It is my right to have good health, both parents alive and be strong enough, to take care of me and my family, so I didn’t think it necessary to say thank You, since it’s my work and not Your grace. Even when it’s Your grace, it’s still because I deserve it…
My words may not bring out a powerful literature presentation, but am grateful, You understand my heart and truly know- for the first time, I totally and absolutely appreciate Your authority and reference Your supremacy.
Lord sorry…today, I pursed my existence (forgetting about me, my ego…) to notice all around me, they people and things you have put in place to stand as teachers in my life (what really matters). Am not quick to forget those that are like the way I was(unsaved), those I call colleagues presently in this race( Christians), those whom I look upon only as guideline to knowing You (Your messengers ), I recognize that little boy with cancer who though died at the age of 9, lived a life that even if judging from a worldly standard, a hundred and twenty year old person can’t understand; a child whose faith needed no mouth but was the most spoken faith I had ever seen. He taught me, it’s not how much you know and say about God to people ,but about how much people affirm your life to have spoken that really counts to them and those around them. I learnt that once you know the truth, you shouldn’t hesitate, for only the truth that you know will set you free. I have known You today (certainly the Truth) and I am not afraid to let the world know this, thanks for setting me free, thanks for everything.
Recommended Movie To watch, LETTERS TO GOD…