The last few days have been difficult for a lot of Nigerians. The #EndSARS protests which started as a spontaneous reaction to police brutality became a wildfire that spread across several cities of the nation. Hoodlums began to take advantage of the protests to wreak havoc, leading to a worrisome security situation. Sadly, on the same day a curfew was declared in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, armed security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters with an unverified number of dead people and several injured. It was indeed a traumatizing experience for many.Continue reading “Through It All”
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11
Somewhere between God’s promise and its performance is the necessity of faith, or the act of believing and acting on what God said. While God’s promises are a function of His covenant mercy towards man, the manifestation of those promises are often a function of our response to Him in faith. This means if no one believes the promises of God, there is no certainty the promises will manifest. Which is why Jesus asks: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith in the earth?”Continue reading “I Judge Him Faithful”
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15:6, NIV)
The combined simplicity and depth of this verse amazes me. We often think of God as having great expectations of us, and he does. But what we think of as great may not be God’s idea of great. God speaks to Abram, Abram believes what God says, and God says “You are a correct man!”. I know it is deeper than that, but that’s really how simple it is. Righteousness, in God’s books, has always been attributed based on childlike faith. “If I speak, and you believe, then you are righteous” – that is the Lord’s creed.Continue reading “I Believe God”
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Luke 5:32)
The irony of getting into a relationship with God, the righteous and holy Maker of the universe, is that He requires nothing of us except that we come to Him, just as we are. Jesus was clear during His days on earth, that He came in order to call sinners to repentance. His words are a reflection of the Father’s desire. So God knows that when people come, they come because they need help, not because they are good, strong or righteous. God is not ashamed to receive people in their weakness; He expects them to come just as they are.Continue reading “Come, just as you are”
“Stormy days and troubled nights are borne
Only by souls secured on an anchor eternal
Unafraid, unshaken, and surely not dismayed
They ride the storms, sleep through the nights
Darkness brings doubt, and shakings cause fear
While some run around, others simply melt away
But he who trusts the Lord is like Zion, unmoving
Supported underneath by the Everlasting Arms”
Hello, welcome to my blog! Hope you’re having a great day? Today, I’m sharing thoughts on navigating difficult times, something most of us can relate to.
Troubled times can make a fool of anyone. Those who ought to comfort you or help you can easily become unsolicited advisers, sharing with you wisdom that you already have. This was the cry of Job in the Scriptures verses quoted below:
“But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?” (Job 12:3)
“I have heard many such things; Miserable comforters are you all” (Job 16:2)Continue reading “Wisdom for Troubled Times”
For we live by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
My son fears being alone in the darkness, but he does not fear darkness. He is unmoved if the lights go off while he is in my arms. He knows Daddy has got him. It is amazing that we as God’s children allow fear in our hearts for any reason. It is either we do not know who our Father is, or we are not sure he is with us. This is the essence of living by faith – having proof that you possess things you hope for, evidence of things you cannot yet see. Our very salvation is hinged on the message of faith.
Written by Joy Ijere
For over thirty weeks and six
When the food turns bitter-sweet
And all the clothes no longer fit
She bears the pain and counts the weeks
Through the cold, through the heat
She knows for sure where it will lead
For little hands and little feet
Soon from her will be revealed.
For four, five years and sometimes six
He has no shelter guaranteed
In dim and fading light he’ll read
Wants no other than As and Bs
Though all he eats is salty beans
He’s sure to never speak defeat
For one day he’ll live his dreams
With more than enough to eat.
At night, alone, she longed for him
So close he was she could touch him
But for that great gulf in-between
Oh, for her pride and dignity!
So fulfilled at last she’ll feel
When she finds him whom her soul seeks
But while he sleeps between the trees
Ssshh! Wake not her Lover till he please.
He’s two years and seventy old
Heard he has to go through CHEMO
Stage Four Cancer on the Memo
Night time, yet, without the shadows
Laughter like there’s no tomorrow
Can’t bear to give way to sorrow
For now he knows he’s reached that Close
Where he can do no more than hope.
Hope is the expectation
That something good will come
It’s what makes us to function
Even in the midst of the storm
We rise to work, and lie to sleep
For, far and yonder, we believe
That there’s a holy land of bliss
And that we’ll surely enter in.
Tonight, I own the stage.
Isn’t it beautiful?
Isn’t it beautiful how
You can be voiceless one moment
And own a stage the next?
Isn’t it wonderful how
You can rise from a nobody
To sitting among princes the next?
You heard the message of faith
Did you believe?
Did you really believe?
Did you really believe you would
Rise from the ashes and be clothed
In purple – the purple of kings
Of royalty and splendour and honour
And respect and privilege and wealth
Of servants and banquets and feasts
And surplus and buffets and fashion
Did you really believe?
Or were you
Consumed with guilt and lust and desire
And shame and fear and doubt?
Because, all your life
You wanted this moment
You wanted to hope and believe and
Dream and see and hold onto this,
This present truth, now looming large before you
Unbelievable, but now true and real
You wanted this with all your heart
But now, it only stares in seeming mockery at you
Or does it?
Don’t go down that path
Of envy and jealousy and hatred and bitterness
And malice and unending pain,
And deceit and manipulation and subterfuge
For in reality, this would-be hope of yours
Beckons at you in desperate longing
It beckons at you to come, to come away
To the table, the table of kings
If you only believe, if you really believe
You can take your place among the stars
And perhaps tonight or some other night
You can own the stage.
Toyin Taiwo © 2016
I was a captive. Of fear.
My fears – they held me by the throat
And threatened to let me go
If I ventured beyond the boundaries
They lovingly set for me.
You see, I was raised to court safety
To keep a safe distance from trouble
To use my senses, and ensure I am enclosed
By walls of security always surrounding me.
So I was always secured, heavily guarded
By my fears – the experts on security.
They set my boundaries, told my stories,
Made my choices, lent me voices,
Even threatened my friends and family
On my behalf. So I was always safe.
Safe, but never free. I was a stranger
To the vicissitudes of an adventurous life
To the uncertainties of risk-taking
And the attendant rewards
Of inventions and profits unimaginable
New lands and foreign ventures
Were strangers in my world.
Till one day,
One day while my fears were closely watching
I looked through the window of hope
And beheld visions of a different reality.
I had new dreams and saw beyond security.
I saw possibility, no, possibilities.
Possibilities in different shapes and forms
That demanded courage and sacrifice,
That demanded selflessness
Armed with courage, equipped with knowledge,
I began a journey into the unknown,
A journey to define the future.
Embracing my destiny, I let go of my fears
And found that all the while,
It was I who held on to my fears, afraid to fail
I had been my own limitation.
So I let go, and rode the tides of life,
Learning the lessons, winning some battles,
And while learning to win the war,
Failing some classes.
I enrolled in the school of life
And found freedom in the pursuit of purpose
Knowing I could fail, but learning how not to fail.
Now a stranger to fear, I know no limitations,
I have no boundaries, and fear no incursions
In my journey to pursue purpose, and fulfill destiny.
Toyin Taiwo © 2016