Letter to Jay: Come Out Of Your Shell

In our day-to-day lives we often hear these words “don’t give up” right? Yeah, I know it sounds cliché and we’re damn used to it, it’s just words you say. Have you ever felt so lonely, downcast, rejected, so behind schedule…,it feels like your heart wants to pop right out of your chest just because nothing seems to be working? At this point you’re filled with disappointment and sadness… It is only then that the words, “don’t give up” really make sense. There’s hope buddy, don’t give up, no matter the challenge. You’ll definitely pull through, however not by ‘yourself’.

You can’t remain in your shell forever you know, you can’t keep storing up those negative feelings that come from unaccomplishments in your life. In life, you’ll have pain but know that every pain always forgets to leave gain at home. There are life lessons we learn through the challenges we face, which no philosopher can instill in you by mere words. 

Coming out of your shell entails telling yourself the truth, talking to someone, embracing love, giving love, and praying(talk to God), He alone knows it all. Scripture tells us clearly, “if anyone is afflicted, let him pray”. When you pray, you literally cast off those loads and burdens that have weighed you down to God. You were never made to walk this earth alone. You really need God to live and to feel alive in your spirit because He is a life-giving Spirit. 

Jay: Lord, why do I keep doing the wrong things, why am I so inconsistent, when will this hardship end?

Lord: I am teaching you endurance and how to call upon me in your distress. You don’t need to remain in your shell, come out, just as you are. I’m here to clean up your mess and to adorn you with my presence. You soar only in my presence, others may choose to walk, run or fly but YOU SOAR!

So, buddy you need to pray, enjoy the fellowship of God’s presence, get out of your bed, and start walking towards destiny, no matter how little the steps are. Go on that journey of faith, in the end it’ll be worth it. 

Stop being afraid of what people will say or think, you owe no man nothing except love. There’s love out there, embrace it, there’s love within you, give it. Reach out to people, truth is we all need each other to pull through, you can’t do it alone. Finally, pray, again I say, pray. He listens to the cries of your heart. He is the one behind the wheels of your life and he’ll surely get you to that place of destiny. 

Letter to my Lord: Lord, right now, I’m weak and helpless all by my self, strengthen me for the journey ahead, bring me to that place of fellowship with your Spirit. Set my heart ablaze for you, my Lord. For in the end, the ultimate goal of life was always and is still to know You, my Lord. Thank you so much for your unending love. Your son, Jay. 

THE SERVANT PRAYED.

There was a certain man, who was a servant and he lived in Canaan with his master. He had been in charge of all the master’s possession because the master had not yet any child for a long time. God did show favour to the master and he had a son. There came a certain time when the master was about to die that he sent this servant to look for a wife for his son in the land of Harran. The master assured him that he would be succesful and that would come as a result of the faithfulness of the master’s God. So the servant went and once he got there he prayed…

  Genesis 24:12 (NIV)

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’ —let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

Where then is all this leading to? I’ll tell you. Though the servant had been assured success on his journey , he still through what he had learned from his master recognised the place of prayer concerning what ever he set out to do. He prayed for success, he prayed for guidance, he prayed for his master. The servant prayed. He was so much concerned about his master’s business that he forgot not to pray for success on his journey. The servant did set out on this journey with purpose. This is the attitude God would like for us to have concerning what ever is placed in our hands. God loves a faithful servant. This attitude is called the attitude or spirit of excellence. Those who commit their ways to God have understanding. It is also important to note that the servant did not associate success with wealth, influence, confidence rather he associated success with prayer. He recognised that God grants good success to those who trust in him. 

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

After God had granted him success the scripture says he bowed down and worshipped.  He recognised the importance of worship and thanks giving. Live a life of gratitude.

 Genesis 24:26 (NIV)
Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.

This is the attitude we need to have in order to attract God’s favour, guidance and blessings. Never rely on your strength, confidence, influence, power etc instead rely and trust in God. After you have done what you can in your power commit whatever it is to God. Commit your daily affairs to God in prayer. This will make your life journey a success. 

DIVINE INSPIRATION AND DIRECTION

7/01/018.

Hello guys! I’m sure we all are having a great time. It feels good to see a new year, so we can only thank God for his mercies.

I’m sitting in the church arena and there is this inspiration to write that has been lost for quite a while. During those times i did ask my self sometimes what really was wrong, why the thoughts in my mind don’t seem to align so that a could write could be formed, but i realize that for the thoughts in my mind to be aligned and for it to create the things you want your spirit, soul and body needs to be in a pure state of harmony. In this there is a rythm to the things that are being put out in writing flowing from the genuineness of our inner most being. This is true. 

We have to do our best to create this harmony by focusing on things that are beautiful, inspiring, pure, and positive. When your mind is crowded with different stuff we hear, see, experience from the events of the world it becomes hard to focus on what is important. What you must do is to create an activity for yourself that creates that peaceful state of mind either by reading, meditating, praying, thanking etc.  Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When your mind is in this state of harmony it begins to produce thoughts that can have an impact in the world we live in, that bring with it pleasantness of the soul, joy, satisafction and peace. But one thing you must do is to move with the flow, once there is an inspiration in your spirit to do something just go ahead and do it before you fall into a state of analysis paralysis. I’ll like to mention that you must love people. Make loving a habit, do good and trust God while doing good. This is so important.

There is a direction that God wants us to go in and we have to walk in this direction, then only will you find true joy, peace, prosperity. God gives us directions, he gave Joshua, Moses and many of more of those great men we still read about today. You and I have to be completely obedient to his leadings and directions. This is where prosperity lies. We find God’s direction in his word. All we need for life is in his word so you must make up your mind to get into the word, absorb it and you’ll be amazed at your life!. Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV)

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Keep being inspired, keep doing good and remain focused, steadfast in Gods direction.

I pray for divine inspiration and a strong discipline to keep walking in Gods direction no matter what we go through in Jesus name. Amen.

JUST DO IT NOW

Hey guys, it’s 1:45 pm, a sunny day here in Lagos, Nigeria. Where ever you are in the world reading this I really hope you are having a great time and also getting into the Christmas spirit.

Let’s take out time to talk about the concept of ‘just do it now’. It’s so crucial for us in our everyday lives to get things done. There are quite a lot to be done, some people are good at getting things done while some don’t just get things done due to procrastination or thoughts of ‘I can’t do it’ and this ultimately leads to excuses. This is one of the reasons why majority of people in the world today blame other people for their faults and failings. They have not learnt to be responsible for the things that happen in their lives so they take it out on society or other people. Truth is, society has no business with who you are tomorrow or where you will be, it is your responsibility to get whatever you want. Nothing is going to fall on your laps just like that, you have to go for it tenaciously.

One of the marks of successful people is that they get things done, no matter how hard it is, they just get it done. They might just be going through the motions but they get it done anyways. They don’t feel like reading, they read, they don’t feel like working out, they work out, they don’t feel like writing, they write because these things build them and makes them strong, though they are painful. Quit running from things that are uncomfortable because it makes us stronger.

I know there are a lot of people who are just somehow planning how their new year resolution is going to be like. How they’ll start reading, that diet plan, that work out plan whatever it might be. The painful truth is that you might never even start on the 1st of January or the 2nd or the 3rd, some will say okayy let’s take one week break c’mon the year is just starting, there’s still 11months and 20 days to go. And you know what this does it creates a continuum of these excuses and your goals are never accomplished in that calendar year and more excuses keep coming. You can avoid this by just starting now, yes it’s not a new year yet but there’s no rule that says you must start on the 1st of January, just start now, do it now and by then your body and mind would have adjusted to the whole process.

What ever your plan might be just begin to do it now so you get used to it at the start of the new year. Make up your mind and decide to grow through the pain of self discipline.

SAY THANK YOU 

14/11/017

Hiii guys. So here I am at the park getting ready to go back to school after a very elongated holiday and I’m just sitting here thinking how important it is to give thanks. Many of us don’t actually realize the importance of these two words ‘thank you’.

Be it to people or God, giving thanks is so important it cannot be overemphasized. It creates an atmosphere of blessing, favour, peace and much more for us. Learn to say thank-you no matter the situation you face, I know it’s easier said than done but when we rely on God’s strength working in us we can do anything no matter how difficult.

I’ll really like for us to practice this amazing act of saying “thank you”, when things are good or bad say “thank you Jesus”, when someone does something good to you say “thank you”. You could even go further to journal the things you’re grateful for, *a gratitude journal*, sounds weird but it’s super cool plus the benefits that come from gratitude and then going further to journal it is really awesome.

Here are but a few reasons why we should be grateful:

  • A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles
  • Praise and Gratitude towards God is the highest expression of your faith in him.
  • Gratitude opens doors of favour, success, breakthrough…
  • Expressing gratitude brings restoration (Luke 17:11-19). The one leper who was grateful was made “whole,” wow.
  • Gratitude strengthens you
  • Gratitude confuses the adversary, it thwarts the devils plan against your life (2chronicles 20)
  • Gratitude elevates your spirit to a place of supernatural blessings.
  • Gratitude causes you to be filled with the glory of God (2chronicles 5:13-15)

    I think this is super amazing, don’t you?😊. Learn to be grateful in your life, it does benefit us. Say thank-you Jesus when:

    • You arrived safely to your destination after quite a long trip like I just did😊
    • You just got promoted
    • You finally got that job
    • You just finished an exam
    • Things seem to be going as planned.
    • You didn’t get that promotion
    • You didn’t get that admission
    • You didn’t get that praise you deserved.
    • You don’t feel well
    • Things don’t seem to be going as planned

    Point is in every circumstance you find yourself give thanks.

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

    give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    Okayy, before I round up, I’ll really like for you guys to join me in a 30-days challenge to pen down things we are grateful for each day for 30 days and you’ll be amazed the blessings that follow. God strengthen and bless you as you join me in this. Amen.

    Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us the grace to be thankful in all circumstances.