Sunday, October 4, 2015

Keep Your Standard

"If you can't handle me now..." My, my, my, there are exits all around us, because where I'm headed is a place called purpose and I'm taking my peace with me (Matthew 10:11-15). One thing is clear to me having a standard has NEVER hurt me but dropping it has always allowed foolishness to enter. Sometimes you have to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17). Now if you're too addicted to people pleasing you will forfeit your blessing worrying about what people think of you. I have closed my ears to so many clueless opinions and for the better. The peace of God was a compass. Even temporary separation, like Jesus going away to pray (Luke 5:16), can bring much needed clarity. There are too many strange voices, get quiet and listen then you will see.

We can bind and loose (Matthew 16:18-19). You can declare and decree (Job 22:28). You gotta wonder when certain things are comfortable around you, there are some spirits you shouldn't accommodate. This is my house and you will not enter. So when your presence upsets the atmosphere realise that not everyone appreciates light, truth or even your love (John 15:18-25). Proverbs told me many times that fools despise wisdom (Proverbs 23:9), in fact someone who hates instruction will hate you for trying to help them. You're coming to bless them but not everybody has the same intention for you. Jealousy, competition, narcissism, strife, division, ignorance, pride, lust for the superficial, some people are comfortable in it and no they can't go with you (Romans 16:17). If it's irritating them now, if you're 'too deep' if you're aiming 'too high', dreaming 'too big', doing 'too much' stop settling! Do yourself a favour and find your standard. Go where you're received (Matthew 10:40-42). 

Jesus in his own country could not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). If they don't believe in your dream, they're not your dream team. Keep moving and you'll  begin to recognise those who are moving in the same direction as you. God will do miracles but what He won't do is force you to receive them. Help yourself. Keep your standard. 

As God Intended

So many things only feel right/make sense/fall into place in the context of purpose. 

Purpose - it's not chasing titles, it's being and doing as God intended.

Let the examples begin: 

- You're not fussing over words & images etc because you're picky you're a communicator an artist/writer ohh I get you now (or maybe not since they say artsy 'fartsy' people are different).
- So you love to laugh and sour faced people call you inappropriate? You're not a clown, you're a comedian. You have a gift of making people happy, making them laugh and forget their sorrows. 
- You're not hyperactive or useless academically, you're full of life and energy. Education is a necessary pathway but sport is your field *lightning Bolt pose* 
- You're not being petty, I honestly believe your ears were twitching because you're an excellent musician and that was PITCHY (tell the truth and shame the devil).

Let's discern.

- It's not always crazy attracting crazy! Are you a counsellor at heart? Are you called to teach or shepherd people, to listen to them and help them recover? Is this why you're drawn to broken people?
- They called you a wishful thinker and it hurt when they rubbished your dreams. Maybe you're a visionary, if you're an innovator then you are living ahead of your own time. Set the trend. Are you prophetic? What do you see? Declare it.
- You're not bossy you're a natural coach. Do you love telling people what to do for the sake of it or are you trying to help them? You'll learn how to harness your passion. As you mature you'll realise there's a difference between nagging and motivating, between bullying and pushing.

I could go on but this can easily be mistaken for justification of major character flaws, lack of discipline or bad habits, for instance "You're not greedy, you just have a passion for food" *chuckles* (still, it could be true). Either way some critic will always say you're too much of OR not enough of something. You're a chatterbox? You're too quiet? You're a people person? You're considered 'anti-social'? You're too blunt? You're too nice? You dress weird? You're 'plain' vanilla. Listen, there's a place for you where you fit just fine. There are some people that 'only' you can reach because I don't know maybe you're 'ghetto' like them, maybe you're 'posh' like them? You can relate. What one person rejects in you another will gladly accept. I'm not living the chameleon life trying to be accepted by people who don't even know themselves. Just think until you find your purpose you will continue to accept people's mislabelling of you. *singing but not singing* "That's not my name". You are perfect for YOUR purpose. Walk in the shoes that fit you. Have the courage to be who you really are. You feel out of place because you're out of 'context'. Redefine yourself and live as God intended.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Always Win (Said She)

Hear me, it may be deferred but it's all adding up to another win! Though seemingly delayed, this win can't be denied. This is why I was STILL smiling when at 'that' present time there was nothing (manifest) to smile about - by FAITH I saw the ending - I win. According to God's purpose, ALL things work to your good (Romans 8:28). Perspective. Prophetic. 

When Jesus died His family, His friends and His followers were bawling their eyes out because they thought it was over *sad face* He tried to tell them before: If I be lifted up from the earth I will draw all men unto me << John 12:32. Verse 33 >> This He said, signifying by what death He would die. >> John 12:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

So I have one question: Why are you weeping? (
John 20:13). Okay two questions, "Who are you seeking?" (John 20:15). Stop looking in dead places crying over what you lost, because even when you lose you win!! You're getting beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:1-3��  YOU WIN *touch and agree IJN* Amen

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Get Wisdom.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 1:7 says "The fear of The Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
King Solomon must've been wise before he asked for wisdom (Daniel 2:21) because he was wise enough to ask for it (2 Chronicles 1). By wisdom kings reign and rulers decree justice (Proverbs 8:15). Pray for more wisdom (James 1:5) and pray our leaders develop a heart for it, they need it (1 Timothy 2:1-4) the right decisions can create a quiet and peaceable life for all of us. Even in the midst of trouble God gives a peace that surpasses understanding as it guards your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). Just like this peace His strategy is not as the world gives (Isaiah 55:8-9) His wisdom may seem like foolishness, but it's only foolishness to those who don't understand (1 Corinthians 1:18). Just like higher level Maths is gibberish if you haven't been taught the formula; just because I don't understand it doesn't mean it doesn't make sense - to assume so would be pride and arrogance.
Go higher. Truth is revealed and wisdom is like someone turning the lights on (Daniel 2:22). The Angel that was sent to Daniel said "From the FIRST day you set your HEART to UNDERSTAND and to HUMBLE yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words" (Daniel 10:12) << One of my favourite verses. Don't feign understanding or put on wisdom like a cloak to impress men (Matthew 23:5) that has no root and soon the curtain will fall. Pray for wisdom, your walk will change. Matthew 23:34 (a) Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes". To crucify those who are willing to teach you is to hate yourself, for He who gets wisdom loves his own soul and He who keeps understanding will find good (Proverbs 19:8).
Happy Sunday xx

Monday, August 31, 2015

Say Your Name, Say Your Name

A few days ago, Nan had been giving me Yoruba lessons - a proper Yoruba lesson - but it fell out of my head already as always. She's persistent, I think partly because she is amused by my pronunciation and lack of concern for intonation (this really matters apparently, it changes the meaning) 
 but mainly because she is a natural teach
She had me read Psalm 100 and told me that joy is interpreted as 'Ayo'. Brilliant she said, when the word 'Oluwa' rolled off my tongue, I replied "Well it is my (middle) name" - Oluwatayo. What does that name mean? Maybe I forgot but it feels like I only just discovered that it means "God gives me joy". The meaning this simple word "joy" carries for me is personally felt and known - it's a testimony (*cue music* 'You Give Me Joy').
Jacob came to mind (Genesis 35:10) and what a coincidence one of the books I have borrowed from her is called 'All's Well That Ends Well - The Life of Jacob'. Question x3: What have you been named? What are you calling yourself? And what do you respond to? It ties in with identity. There's power in a name.

We Need You

At the end of the day I can't simply wake up and walk in your shoes.

I won't judge you (James 4:12). I haven't lived your life. I don't dream your dreams, so how could I crush them? I have my own. We may have somewhat similar experiences and yet I don't know your struggles, I don't know your pain, I might not share your weaknesses but I have my own. We should however be held accountable for how we treat our fellow man, that's one thing we definitely have in common the need for each other. If I spite you I spite myself. I believe we reap what we sow. Be wise. God is not mocked.
As great as you think you are you can't do everything. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? (1 Corinthians 12:17). If everyone were a creative like me were would be the - everything else? If everyone were a doctor like you sure we'd live long but who would build the houses, who would teach the children? The cleaner may seem like the least of the hospital staff but they save lives too, they stop the spread of disease. Everyday you rely on someone else in some way shape or form. You trust someone else whether you're aware of it or not - in big things and little things. You trust the driver or the pilot to get you to your destination safely, you trust that the hotel resembles the brochure; you trust that the fruit you bought is real, that the meal is really vegetarian; you trust in 0 calories and sugar free yes you believe in some deceptions, you trust your manager to pay you - or at least you hope they will. 
Even in your skepticism, pessimism and paranoia you have no choice. Whether you like your parents or not you needed them. Whether you respect the army or not they fought to protect you - in some way, shape or form. Don't let pride fool you. Independence is a myth. The key is in not becoming codependent. You only 'need' God? But God works through people. The key is to find the right ones who won't abuse your vulnerability. An abuser will tell you "You need me" you don't, "I made you" they didn't. How about I need you to NOT be an abusive leech. Even with all our differences, we are one body, in fact that's what makes us human. The eye cannot say to the hand "I have no need of you" (1 Corinthians 12:21).
Don't cling onto people as if they are your source. God is not just the lawgiver He is the life-giver. God is your source. He breathes Spirit into the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). There is no need to be needy. Be wise. Humble yourself before life humbles you. Humility comes before honour but pride comes before a fall. That's somebody else's God-given gift, wisdom, invention, institution. You're encouraged because of someone else's kindness, you prospered because somebody went before you and made it possible. You have inherited and you have received. Now what will you give? What can I give that is beneficial? What can I give that is not self-serving? They don't need my commentary, they need my prayers. They don't need my judgement no but they do need the truth. I have my criticisms of the 'Church' but I'm sure the 'Church' could have their criticisms of me. How can I tear down what God has built? (Matthew 16:18). Don't let offence fool you. The question is one of heart, motive and authenticity - are you who you proclaim to be? Are you playing the part or are you the part? Because we need you. We need you to be who you say you are. We all have something to offer despite our pain, struggles and weaknesses....
I can't get up and simply walk in your shoes but I need you to keep on walking.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


They say "Hold your peace".
But I ask who will fight for me?
Out here dying and the system won't do right by me.
Say the name of my sister may she rest in peace.
Died at the hands of racists masquerading as police.
I have questions.
My flesh wants an eye for an eye, my spirit says turn your cheek.
My heart is broken, still breaking. My lips let teary eyes speak.
There's a fighter deep inside me, but she knows that's a dangerous road.
Bitterness is a poison and anger's a heavy load.
It's not even in my nation, the victims nobody I knew,
Yet I can't help but wonder what this means for me and you.
Questions. I have questions.
Either way I'm standing, it's a matter of deciding how - peacefully spreading love
Or marching in and kicking walls down.
Because we have questions.
They say "Hold your peace"
But I have questions.
"The Lord will fight for you".
But I have questions.
They're killing us and getting away with it, 
With such arrogance, 
Without reason,
And without shame.
I want answers.
I want justice.
We war not against flesh and blood.
But I have questions!
They spill our blood because of our flesh, 
And even then they won't see 
How much we are the same.
I'm tired of asking.