It is either you are in the boat with Jonah or in the boat with Jesus.

I sat down to analyse why we pass through certain situations in our lives which we were not supposed to. I discovered it is because of the person or people in the boat with us. Wherever you find yourself the person around you, your companion, group, friends, family or associates can make or mar you.

Look at the similarities of what happened in the boat of Jonah and in the boat of Jesus. Jonah was a prophet likewise Jesus. Jonah means dove. When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit appeared like a dove (Matthew 3:16). Jesus was sent to deliver sinners which He did, Jonah had the same mandate to Nineveh but he refused initially but was forced to do it. Both were in a boat to their mandates, both experienced windstorm. Both were sleeping during the tempest (Jonah 1:5, Mark 4:38). The people in both boats with them cried out for help. The difference was what happened during the windstorm. A fish swallowed Jonah but Jesus used fishes to feed the multitude. Jonah was thrown into the sea and it became calm but Jesus rebuked the sea and it was calm.

My question to you is : Are you in the right boat?. Are you in the right congregation, church, association, club, career, frame of mind, place, team, group, environment, ministry, friendship or relationship. Are you writing the right blog? Check yourself. Hope you’re not in the wrong place of life and events. The people you mingle with can bring harm or success to you.

There are people who vowed to fall into destruction, fail, resist positive change, incur the wrath of God like Jonah, covenanted themselves to occultism, illuminati and other secret cults. Some sold their souls and the souls of their children to the devil. If you are not sensitive to know them you are in danger because mingling with them makes you a suspect. A suspect remains a suspect until it is proved otherwise.

Learn to understand those you follow, why you follow and how you follow. Wether in your school, family, place of work, in the church because not all are are Christ-centred. Even the ones you follow their blogs can disentisize or confuse you by what they write, say, reply, contribute or advise.

Look at what Jesus did when He was in the boat during the storm, ” Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

Now what do you do? Arise, rebuke yourself, get out of that boat, say to the wrong people around, ” I cease to be here”. It is only when you do it that you will have great calm.

Your boat makes you float but if you don’t remove the wrong people, you will be heading to the wrong direction. Your boat is all what you have. It is either Jonah is in your boat or Jesus is.

You are ill without a skill.

Your skill is a call from God. Your skill is not only meant for entertainment or showmanship, your skill is an assignment from God to help humanity and to serve Him. I know you are asking yourself why a skill should be termed as a “call” from God. Let me shock you!

Exodus 35:30 – 32 says, “And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; “and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, “to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze …..

Is that not wonderful? God had to put His Spirit into Bezaleel to use his skill to build the church of God. Any skill God gives a man is for His glory. You become ill with the skill when you channel it into things that lead to self destruction. It is not meant for wordly things; it is meant for the emancipation of mankind. When you don’t channel it to positive measures, God can take away the skill without your consent.

I have seen men who made impact with their skills only for them to crumble like a pack of cards. Their success stories become dainted with immoral lifestyles and they tend to live on past glory. At the time to enjoy the benefits of their skills they found nothing but fear, uncertainty and poverty.

Do you have skills in administration? Use your administrational skills and help the church. Are you skilled in singing? Sing to the glory of God. Are you skilled in financial analysis? Use it and raise funds to run the needs of the church. Do you have skills in discerning the word of God? Now is the time to teach and raise disciples for Christ. I implore you to decide today to use your God-given skills for positive change in any area of jurisdiction you find yourself.

Go to a serene atmosphere where there will be no distraction. Watch the birds of the air, the ants and their activities, the spider on how it builds its cobweb, the insects that fly around. Without being told they all have their skills on how to feed, attack, defend and move without hindrance. Who taught them how to use their skills? The reason is; they utilize the skills given to them by God. God is waiting for you, answer the call. Your skill is needed URGENTLY!

Your skill is God’s will to the hill. Discover your skill in the house of God and never kill it.

Who kissed you?

A kiss means a lot of things to a lot of people depending on the culture and environment in which you find yourself. To some it means acceptance, to others it means oneness, greetings or a way of showing appreciation. A kiss may not be mouth to mouth but some it is, like the marital kiss. However, I am not talking about all those kisses in an immoral or moral affair. I am talking about a kiss of betrayal from Judas Iscariot to Jesus the Christ.

Hear this: Any time you give someone a kiss of betrayal you pass a death sentence to the person you betrayed. Why? Because if the person bretrayed is found guilty he faces a cruel judgement. That was what happened to Jesus.

Mark 14:44 says, “Now the betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; take Him and lead Him away safely””.

Immediately Judas kissed Jesus they arrested Him and that was His journey to the law court (Pilate) and later sentenced to death. Irrespective of the fact that He gave His life willingly but someone was instrumental to it. Judas kissed Jesus to notify the police (chief priests and the scribes) the actual person. There was a great facial resemblance between Jesus and His disciples so they needed a means of identification.

What I am trying to point out here is that in the midst of your co-workers, church, congregation, business associates, friends or family members anyone can betray you. So you have to learn how to deal with it before or after it happens.

It is not only Judas that betrayed Jesus, Peter also betrayed Him. The difference is that Peter repented but Judas killed himself. People are still betraying Jesus till today. When you are ashamed to preach Jesus, cheat, oppress the poor, pervert justice, commit fornication, immorality, create violence and still confess Christ in pretence, sit in front of the church in pretence, donate to the church in pretence, then, there is no difference between you and Judas. Judas is even better than you because he regretted his actions and returned the money (Matthew 27:5). He died before Jesus was crucified.

I don’t know how long you have been going through the torments of betrayal. Day and night you lose sleep because the person you gave a kiss of betrayal is languishing in prison, isolation or being subjected to inhumane treatment because of you. It’s time to tell the truth, it’s time for you to prove his or her innocence. If you are the one betrayed, then, it’s time to learn not to put all your trust in man.

I pray that every kiss of betrayal in your life will turn into a kiss of acceptance. Shalom.

Those who criticize you publicize you.

People who are growing in God all share one common trait; they attract criticism. Criticism is a compliment when you are doing what you know you are supposed to do right. I was reading a cover story on Billy Graham in Time Magazine and was not surprised to find out several criticisms of him from fellow ministers. Then I was reminded of the fact: all great people get great criticism. Learn to accept and expect that you will experience unjust and just critisms for your God-given goals and accomplishments.

If you are doing anything and you are not criticized check yourself, something is wrong somewhere. No matter how you do good, help people, relate in love, preach or work tirelessly in your company you must be criticized. Everybody can’t be happy with you and if you don’t know how to handle criticisms you will miss the mark. If you know how to handle criticisms then you make them to publicize you.

In Matthew 10: 25, Jesus said to His disciples, “……… If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household”.

Jesus was mocked, criticized, gossiped and slandered. They twisted the miracles of Jesus, they published fake news against Him, the Pharisees condemned His good deeds, the scribes posted unfounded stories just to sale their tabloids. There was too much propaganda against Him. Yet in all those things, the more they criticized Him the more they publicized Him.

You do the work of God with diligence they criticize you. You come to work early to make sure you do a good job they criticize you. You distance yourself from bad friends they make jest of you. You win an award they castigate you. Your blog brings you to limelight they drag your name to the mud. You win souls for Christ they ridicule you. There is nothing on earth that is not criticized be it good or bad. So why waste your time replying critics? They enjoy it when you start exchanging words with them.

It is beneficial to receive constructive critism from those who have your best interest at heart, but you are not responsible to respond to those who don’t. It is a thousand times easier to criticize than create. That’s why critics are never problem solvers. Don’t waste your time responding to your critics because you owe them nothing.

When they criticize you they publicize you. When they publicize you they can no longer minimize you.

Why did God bury Moses?

A lot of things go unexplained when we read the Scriptures. There are things we need to understand if we really want to grasp the knowledge of events that happened in the Bible. One of them is: why did God bury Moses?

Moses was the only one God buried according to the Scriptures. Not only that, the devil was fighting over his body, why? Why didn’t the devil contend with the body of other men and women who served and walked with God? There must be something about Moses.

Deuteronomy 34:6, “And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day”.

Jude 1:9, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you””.

Now, why the devil’s contention? I will certainly tell you. The devil contended the body of Moses because an innocent blood was speaking against Moses just like the blood of Abel was speaking against Cain (Genesis 4:10). Moses killed an Egyptian in cold blood and buried him (Exodus 2:12). Sometimes our past deeds show up when we must have forgotten and tend to disqualify us from our race of salvation. That was exactly what happened to Moses. The devil came to dispute over Moses’ right to be in God’s saving grace. The devil is always the accuser of the brethren.

God buried Moses so that the children of Israel will not make him an idol to worship. The spirit of idol worship resides in them, so if God allowed them to bury Moses they will make a monument of him and pay homage to his statue as a god. In other to avert this, God had to hid his place of burial. If the Israelites could worship the golden calf they can equally worship Moses by mere experiences of the miracles God performed through him.

Another reason God buried Moses was to put an end to the law, for the law needed to be buried with whom God initiated it with. If the law was not put to an end grace will not abound. That was why on the transfiguration Moses and Elijah showed up representing the law and the prophets (Matthew 17:1-13).

Romans 7:6 says, “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the boldness of the letter”.

God buried Moses so that he could have authority among the saints. Likewise Jesus had to ressurect with His body to prove His authority over death. The burial of Moses is important to God because his body marks the end of unlawful contention of the flesh to be renewed in the Spirit of Christ.

I pray that everything in your life which be not of God be buried in Jesus name. Shalom.

The breakfast of champions.

No obstacle will leave you the way it found you. You will be better or worse. Your prayers cannot remove trials, temptations or unwanted situations. Problems are the price of progress. People think this earth is a bed of roses, they are told that if they are in Christ everything is settled. They dream to live comfortable immediately they confess Christ. Sorry, the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and saviour your battles began immediately. The good news is that the spirit to overcome is in you.

The obstacles of life are intended to make us better. The truth is that if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed. Not that we have to pray for problems but the biggest successes are the ones who solve the biggest problems.

The Bible is a book of problems filled with stories of men and women who faced incredible challenges and with God’s help overcame them and found themselves at another level. Great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness. Consider what Jesus said,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

So far as you are in this world you are not exempted from tribulations. It is part of your calling. You cannot be approved for a reward when you have not passed through the examination of life. These tribulations are not funny, easy or something that is enjoyable. The test you are going to experience will need you to be strong, faithful and unwavering in your confessions. That is not the time to start asking God, ‘why me?’, ‘God why are You not answering me?’. What you say determines how far you will go.

Jabez encountered poverty problems before his story changed (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). Abraham was tested to offer up Isaac after long years of barreness (Hebrews 11:17). It was not easy for Joshua to get to the promised land, he needed to fight wars, faced death situations, destroyed Jericho before he crossed over (Joshua 6). Jesus had to run to another city when He heard John the Baptist was beheaded, He disappeared twelve times when they plotted to kill Him (Matthew 14:10:13).

You are not the first to encounter such problems neither will you be the last. Your experiences are not the worst. Other people had suffered similar fate or worst scenarios than yours. Get yourself together, focus on your strengths not your weaknesses, talk less and pray more, believe more and show no worries, read the Scriptures daily and disassociate yourself from unproductive discussions, think of the reward and not the situation.

When you encounter obstacles, you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. You will also find out what you really believe. Every problem introduces a person to himself.

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s problems.

Change your word to change your world.

I sat down to analyze what people say, how they say it, who they say it to and when they say it. I discovered that most of what people say depends on what happens to them at the moment.

Do you know that what you say has a way of affecting your destiny positively or negatively? In troubled times, in heartbreaks, in challenges, in affliction, in uncomfortable situations, what do you say? Sometimes you curse the day you were born, you curse your children at every slightest provocation, you say vulgar and destructive words, you abuse people unnecessarily, you speak against your life, you say to yourself, ‘I am finished, my life is in shambles, I can’t make it, I am cursed ….’

Change your confession if you want progression, change your words if you want to change your world. The words you speak are powerful. They don’t just disappear into thin air, they are recorded in the spirit and manifest later when you must have forgotten.

Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”.

Spoken words are not ordinary, they are spirits in spoken word. It was by a spoken word that the world was created, it was by a spoken word that everything you see today came into existence. Look at what Jesus said in John 6:63 says,

“…….. the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life”.

Simply speaking, the words we speak are spirit-oriented. They bring life or destruction depending on what we say. When in trouble say, It is well‘, in setbacks say, I am lifted, when nobody seems to help you say, The Lord is my helper‘, in financial challenges say, ‘I am living in prosperity‘, when in death scenario say, I am not deing now, I will fulfill my purpose on earth‘, in lack say, The Lord shall provide‘.

It sounds funny, ridiculous, crazy isn’t it? It looks bizarre and unprovable but the fact remains that everything visible and invisible is a product of an utterance. The carnal mind does not understand the things of the spirit. Your life cannot change for good if you still speak the wrong things to yourself. There is power in your tongue. The power to create the invisible is in your tongue. Some of the things you may be suffering now may be as a result of the negative words of your parents, spouse, friends or relatives you offended. Yes, that’s the truth. If you have seriously offended anyone ask for pardon.

Change your confession. Speak positive words no matter the circumstance. Whatever you want to see today speak to it, don’t stop saying it, keep on saying it.

Your word is your sword, your sword cuts the negative cord. If you can speak the right word, you can create the right world.