Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psa 119:11 NLT).   Hide means – to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve ; to protect, (keep) secret (-ly, place).   The devil snatches whatever word we don’t understand from our heart (Matt 13:19) so we need to hide and not just read, hear and forget God’s word   For God’s word to be hidden in our heart we must understand His word that we hear or read. We must write His word on the tables our heart with the pen of our tongue. Read aloud, prayerfully meditate on God’s word, journal what you learn as you read.   May the Lord open the eyes of your heart as you read His word.

Further Reading Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Psalms 119:18 KJV).  

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people (Eph 1:17-18 NIV).


Seedtime and Harvest

Adapted from the book Purpose and Choice by Afolabi Oladele

1) Sow always

Make the most of every opportunity (Eph 5:16)

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well (Eccl 11:6 NIV)

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant (Eccl 11:4 NLT)

2) Sow big

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop (2 Cor 9:6 NLT)

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44)

3) Don’t eat up all your seed

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat (2 Cor 9:10)

God understands the difference between what you need to eat and what you need to plant. Remember this in your daily choices.

4) A seed dies (has to be given up to God) before it multiplies

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives (John 12:24 NLT).

5) Plant what you want to harvest

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good (Gen 1:12 NIV)

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit (Gal 6:7-8 NLT)

6) Plant in the right place Don’t plant on stony ground or among thorns (Matt 13:1-23).

7) Maintain your field

Remove weeds of unforgiveness, doubt, disobedience and deception, and water your seed with your confessions of faith.

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matt 5:23-24 NLT)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7 NIV).

From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied (Prov 18:20 NIV)

It’s Getting Serious


Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Jude 5-7

Jude isn’t messing around in this letter; he gets right into his indictment of false teachers and frauds.  In this paragraph, he cites three Old Testament examples to make a point that his recipients had best not listen to these people.  There is an underlying premise in all of this that isn’t entirely…

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Fiery Trials are Not Strange

Some of the trials we face as the children of God can be likened to wheat being manually threshed or going through the potter’s kiln.

During threshing, grain is spread on the threshing floor and either beaten with sticks or walked on by a yoke of oxen. The chaff is then separated from the grain by a process called winnowing – where both chaff and grain are placed in a flat tray and then tossed up and down in the air. As they rise up in the air, the paper-weight chaff is blown away while the heavier grains fall back into the tray.

There are times we feel like we are just being tossed up and down – like grains being winnowed – with no end in sight and for no obvious reason. Other times we feel crushed like grains being trampled under a heavy team of oxen.

God says, fiery trials are not strange, for His children. So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you (1 Pet 4:19 TLB). These trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterwards you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory in that coming day when it will be displayed.

Further Reading
The Tea Cup

There was a couple who used to go England to shop in a beautiful antique store. This trip was to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.

Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked, “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.”

As the lady handed it to them, the teacup spoke.

“You don’t understand,” it said, “I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, ‘Don’t do that. I don’t like it! Let me alone,’ but he only smiled, and gently said, ‘Not yet!’

“Then. WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. ‘Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick!’, I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly, ‘Not yet.’ “He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then….then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. ‘Help! Get me out of here!’ I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, ‘Not yet.’

“When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. ‘Oh, that felt so good! Ah, this is much better,’ I thought. But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh, please; stop it, stop it!!’ I cried. He only shook his head and said. ‘Not yet!’

“Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up.

“Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering, What’s he going to do to me next? An hour later he handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’ And I did.

“I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful!’

“Quietly he spoke: ‘I want you to remember, then,’ he said, ‘I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'”

God knows what He’s doing in each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us, and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this:

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down, and have a little talk with the Potter.

–author unknown

Lovers of Pleasure

… in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. For people will…prefer good times to worshiping God (2 Tim 3:1-5 TLB).

How much time have you spend with God this week? How many hours have you spent this week on work, the daily rat race, catching up on your favourite TV shows and series?

People who are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God are those who spend not more than a few minutes of rushed prayers (and that’s if they spoke to God at all today) but spend much more time on easily available distractions – a busy work schedule, social media, gisting with friends, reading etc.

Getting the balance is crucial, as Jesus told Martha, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42).

The way to the riches of God’s presence is to spend quality time at His feet.

God is still waiting for you. Go spend time with Him….right now is good.

Bible Reading:
A man who loves pleasure becomes poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches! (Prov 21:17 TLB).

Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises (Psa 25:14 MSG).

Excess Baggage

There’s only so much you can carry while on the move – some things will soon be dropped as the journey continues.

In this walk of faith, christians are described as long-distance runners and there’s only so much you can carry while on the move. To stay in the race excess weight must be stripped off (Heb 12:2).

There’s a lot of baggage that we must drop in order to complete the race set before us – the cares and anxieties of the world, the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, the distractions of the age and the craving and passionate desire for other things.

These unnecessary weights will deceive you into putting down the only that’s important – the cross which you are called to carry daily.

We are asked to, strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. One way to do this is to give up whatever makes you less devoted to God.

We brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we can take nothing out. Travel light. Don’t be encumbered and distracted with amassing things you can’t take with you, when you leave this earth. Shed the excess weight. Drop the excess baggage.

Further Reading Heb 12:2; 2 Tim 2:4; Col 3:2; Psa 86:11

What’s Your Isaac?

What do you wish God would never ask you to give up?

What are you holding on to that God is asking you to release? What’s occupying the throne of your heart?

Abraham did not withhold Isaac his son from God when God asked him to give Isaac to God. Because Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son, God said, now I know that you fear and revere God, since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son.

Moses preferred to share the oppression [suffer the hardships] and bear the shame of the people of God rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life.

Daniel gave up security, political power to honour God. Just like the three Hebrew boys he was prepared to lose his life in honor of God (see Daniel 3 & 6).

Jesus says, “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms” (Luke 17:32-33 MSG).

Let nothing hold you back from surrendering all to God. Surrender all – your life, your every thing to God.

Mind Your Language

What’s your native tongue? Lies, like the devil?

How would people describe the way you talk? Murmuring, griping, complaining? Snide, catty, caustic comments?

Is your tongue a weapon that you unleash? Or is it a channel of blessing?

I was talking about complaining about an issue when a friend said, “What else is new?” Right then I knew it was time to stop complaining and start giving thanks (Ps 34:1).

Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps his mouth shut (Prov 17:28).

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice (Eph 4:29-31).

Further reading:

Eph 5:3-4;Eph 4:29;Col 3:8;Matt 5:37

Faithful Service

And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:12)

How do you expect your business to thrive when you become a business owner, if today as an employee, you take home office supplies, falsify receipts and timesheets, and constantly run your boss down?

God commands us in Colossians 3:
Servants… don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work (Col 3:22-25 MSG).

Remember God rewards faithfulness…And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Hard Times & Humility

And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted (2 Cor 12:7 AMP).

Sometimes we go through difficult times that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us (2 Cor 1:8-10 NIV).

David also said, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psa 119:71NIV).

Be confident that those who wait on God renew their strength (Isa 40:31), God guards and keeps in perfect and constant peace those who commit themselves to Him, those who lean on Him and hope confidently in Him (Isa 26:3),

God Guides

A tourist who chooses not to follow the tour guide soon finds himself lost in a strange city  – worse still he may end up in the wrong neighbourhood. A child who refuses to hold on to Mommy’s hand could end up reported missing in the evening news.  

The Holy Spirit is our guide and we cannot afford to go about our lives without His leading. Every day, He speaks, He directs.  

He spoke to Noah about the flood (Gen 6). He shared His plans with Abraham about Israel’s future (Gen 15:13-14) and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18). He gave Daniel a timeline of future world government. Jeremiah knew Israel would spend 70 years in captivity because God told him so. He also knew what he and the people of Israel were to during these 70 years in captivity.  

It’s only if you are seeking God, looking into His face that you can receive His instructions. You need to be alert, on the lookout for His next instruction. Be in a position where you can hear Him. God is not secretive – He talks. Are you listening?

  Further Reading (Psa 25:9; Psa 32:8; Isa 58:11; John 16:13).

Listen to God

In Exod the Israelites told Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die” (Exod 20:19).

Today we have people who want their pastors to hear from God on their behalf. People wait in line after service just to ask their pastor, “Do you have a word for me?” Such people may soon end up in delusion because some men posing as servants of the Most High God are like Jeroboam I, with their own agenda.

Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and made that his headquarters. He also built a fort at Penuel. But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of GOD in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”

So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf! And that wasn’t the end of it. Jeroboam built forbidden shrines all over the place and recruited priests from wherever he could find them, regardless of whether they were fit for the job or not.

To top it off, he created a holy New Year festival to be held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to replace the one in Judah, complete with worship offered on the Altar at Bethel and sacrificing before the calves he had set up there. He staffed Bethel with priests from the local shrines he had made. This was strictly his own idea to compete with the feast in Judah; and he carried it off with flair, a festival exclusively for Israel, Jeroboam himself leading the worship at the Altar   (1 Kings 12:25-33 MSG).

No man of God should take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. Deuteronomy 4:33 shows that people survive encounters with God.

God is inviting you to come into His presence. He’s willing and ready to teach you His will. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psa 32:8 NLT).

Spend time with God today. He’s expecting you.

Redeeming the Time

Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is (Eph 5:15-17 AMP).

In Lagos, a lot of man hours are spent daily in traffic. One of the ways to redeem time is to use time spent commuting daily to work or school reading books or listening to sermons stored on your phone (that is if you are not the one driving).

How do you redeem the time? Please share.

Knowing God

by Yewande Olamiju

As you start the 2nd month of this year, don’t fall again into the rut of merely following a list of dos-and-don’ts you read in the Bible.Why? Because…a written letter does not take the place of a relationship. Relationships are built on communication and interaction. Jesus said in John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” Apart from communion with Christ we can’t live (John 15:4).

The Israelites in the wilderness were satisfied with just hearing about God (much like reading His autobiography). They knew His acts but not His ways (Psa 103:7)…and we know how they ended. The Bible records that with many of them God was not well pleased. Be like Moses who longed to gaze into God’s face and not just read or hear about His mighty acts.

The Ephesian Church were good in doctrine but had left their first love, Jesus Christ (Rev 2:4, 6).

John 14:16; 15:26; 16:13 and 1 John 2:27 show that we need the Holy Spirit for every single area of our lives. Sometimes an option or a decision seems right but …there is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death (Prov 14:12 AMP). If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit is sayING (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13,22). What’s important is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s those that are led by the Spirit of God that are the sons of God (Rom 8:14).

Jesus, the author and captain of our faith, was completely dependent on the Heavenly Father (John 5:30). Prov 3:5 says lean not on your own understanding…in ALL your ways acknowledge Him – care about what God thinks on every issue. Ask for His will.

God still speaks. He still leads. He still gives directions (Rom 8:14; 1 John 2:27 AMP, Amos 3:7 AMP).

Like Paul, our cry should daily be – that I may know Him (Phil 3:7-10).

Disciples or Fans?!!!

by Omolola Oriogun

It has always been a thing of wonder to me every time I have a discussion with the so-called ‘Arsenal fans’ on what they see in Arsenal that makes them keep their support and loyalty for a club that has not given them a trophy in 10 years. Their responses always amaze me because you’ll hear answers like: “Wenger is a great manager; He has helped the club to be a rich club;  He doesn’t waste money on players Continue reading

Dusty Bibles

It’s the end of the yet another month and you still have not reached the bible reading goals you set for youself at the start of the year.   Here are a few tips, testimonies or simply just how others, just like you (i.e. me) have made some headway thus far

1) What not to do
When it comes to daily (or not-so-daily) Bible reading, January 1 can be a welcome arrival. A new year signals a new start. You’re motivated to freshly commit to what you know is of indispensable importance: the Word of God. Yet this isn’t the first time you’ve felt this way. You were entertaining pretty similar thoughts 365 days ago. Continue reading

Whose Culture?

by Omolola Oriogun

I recently attended a traditional wedding ceremony in the Eastern part of Nigeria – Aba to be precise. The program was scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in the afternoon but it was delayed because of some traditional rites that had to be done, cultures that had to be followed. As a Christian I thought and said to myself, “this is not right,” and asked the bride-to-be, “must you do this?” She replied saying, “if I don’t do all this, I won’t be considered married.” I couldn’t say anything but just had to shut my mouth because her response startled me.

While seated somewhere waiting for the traditional wedding to start, I thought back to 2006 when my elder sister had her traditional wedding in the Western way i.e. the Yoruba way. The program was billed to start at 8a.m but it didn’t officially start until 10a.m Continue reading

Bondage Unlimited

adapted from a message by Pastor Dele Oyeleru of TCBC, Ejigbo

God’s commandments are not irksome, burdensome, oppressive, troublesome or grievous (1 John 5:3b).

Sometimes we view God’s commandments as killjoys or restraints to be cast off. A dour faced matron who looks like she’s sucked on too many lemons, holding a cane over our heads, preventing us from enjoying a good life.

Not believing that God’s commandments are because He loves us will surely lead you into sin, just like Eve did when she believed the Serpent’s lie that God’s law was just holding her back from being all she could be.

The book of Jude speaks of different groups of people who cast of restraint and did not stay within God’s laid down boundaries. These men stepped over the guard rails of protection of God’s word because they believed God’s law was cramping their style. Continue reading

Things to Seek

by Miss Mo

1Contentment: God, teach me contentment in all aspects of my life.
Hebrews 13:5; Psalms 37:16; Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:6; 8 Matt 6:28-34 -32; Philip 4:12; Prov 30: 7-9; Ecc5:10; Prov 19:23

2Wisdom: God, teach me wisdom in the management of all resources You have provided me with.
Proverbs 4:7; Proverbs 3:13; Proverbs 8:10-11; Proverbs 24:14

3God’s Spirit: Cause Your spirit to dwell within me.
Eze 36:26-31 Continue reading

Errors We Hold On To

For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold (2 Tim 4:3 AMP). Today in christendom there are a lot of errors we hold on to either in ignorance or willfully.
A few of such errors are: 1)      Name it and claim it Continue reading