NOT COOL , STOP TRYING TO BUY GOD!!!

My apologies for  this  late post . I have had internet issues all week.

So I recently saw a video of a well-respected boxer at thirty, just when he was about to retire and he was asked what he’d would do with his life after boxing and surprisingly he said he’d prepared to meet his god by giving to charity and good works.
Even though he isn’t of the Christian faith,that was striking for me BUT as expected he didn’t mention the LORD JESUS.
You probably know this but I’m going to mention it again that Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and we cannot get to GOD without Jesus.

 “Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. John 14:6 (KJV)

Therefore, it is safe to say that making lots of money and donating to charity would not take you to heaven.

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Why?
Because our righteousness and good acts are like filthy rags before God! WE NEED JESUS TO REACH HEAVEN!

But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)

Of course those are good deeds and someday I also would have lots of money and help eradicate poverty BUT we can only get to heaven through the DOOR.
So who is this door? … THE LORD JESUS IS!

 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”.                    John 10:9 (NKJV)

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James 1:27 tells us what true Christianity is and how Christians should live, but it’s sad that in contemporary times lots of us engage in these acts because we want to be “blessed” or recognized and it would be really funny if it weren’t so sad.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” James 1:27 (NKJV)

See, your blessing is not embedded in your giving to the poor (which is actually a very good deed you shouldn’t stop if your motive is right) but your blessing is implanted in the finished work of redemption.
Jesus was poor, He was wounded, and He was despised so that you would not have to go through all of that. For that reason, STOP TRYING TO BUY GOD AND HIS BLESSINGS!

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed”

2 Corinthians 8:9(NKJV)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”.

If you are His child because you have accepted Jesus, all you need to do is to ask and He would give you.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him”! Matthew 7:11 (NKJV)

Definitely, there are certain bible principles that you would have to operate in your life, like “give and it shall be given to you”.

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”.
Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

But really, you have to rest on His word and His redemptive work and don’t try to buy God. It would not work!
Conclusively,although giving to charities and helping the poor are good acts. However, those deeds would not take you to heaven. Only Jesus can and would if you trust and follow Him.
Remember, life is really short and death is to be expected. The only difference is where you end up after your stay on planet earth.

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Jesus loves you immeasurably. YES YOU!
Favour  🙂

If you need me to introduce you to Jesus, email me at favourjacob16@yahoo.com

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Favour what are your priorities? That was one question that struck me.

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You see, I was beginning to think that my twenty four hours was not enough; I mean I should have like thirty six hours instead of twenty four; I have so much to accomplish. God should understand that I can only spare thirty minutes of the twenty four hours (which He gave to me) to talk to him; I need to pursue life goals, do stuff and build a career.
Then I hear that question, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES? What happened to pursuing God?

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.(NKJV)
Sadly, I had been chasing other things instead of chasing my Jesus.

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James 4:8
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.(NKJV)

When we draw near to God, He draws near to us and we cannot afford to be double minded with God. Steadiness in our relationship with Jesus is the key.
Follow after Him!

Isaiah 55:6
Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.(NKJV)

I have a friend who told me, He has dropped his ambition at the Lord’s feet and just want to see the beauty that the lord would make his life. I picked that up and I just want to please my Jesus and I want to encourage you to have the same mindset.

Today, I want to pose the question, the same question. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?is God your priority?

Remember what the lord told the Laodicean church in Revelation

Revelation 2:2-4
2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.(NKJV)

You create time for the things and people you value. Spending time with the creator should be one of those things. God shouldn’t have to compete with things and people for your attention.

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In the natural world, communication is very important for a relationship to grow, how much more the spiritual realm which is even more real.
Family, you cannot grow spiritually if you cannot spare some of your precious twenty four hours with the Father.
Remember you cannot serve God and mammon

Matthew 6:24
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.(NKJV)

Jesus loves you immeasurably 
Favour.

P.S: The spiritual realm really is far more real than the physical and if you want to survive after this age has passed. GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS! No, I am not threatening you I am just stating a fact.
Choose life, Choose Jesus.

AM I AFRAID OF YOU?

“Am I afraid of you? /I dey fear you? (Nigerian Creole) “. That was the sound of me trying to scold my brother, and then it got me thinking that indeed I am afraid of no one.

Well now I can say I am unafraid but trust me there have been times when I have just been crazy scared of demons, evil spirits ,accidents, dying of a terminal disease, getting raped and just bad stuff generally and now I wonder what’s was wrong with me.

Yes, the world is a crazy place but as I keep growing in the lord and in the knowledge of His word, I have come to terms with the fact that HE IS FAITHFUL and I have nothing to fear .NOTHING AT ALL.

you know He says in

Psalm 91:10-11 (NKJV)
10 “No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways”.

Also see what one of my favorite scriptures  has to say

2 Timothy 2:13
“If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself”. (NKJV)

God is faithful and since He says to “FEAR NOT” we can take Him at His word.

Apparently there are 365 “FEAR NOT” in the Bible, a “FEAR NOT” for each day.
In fact His word says  that He has not given you the spirit of fear but of Power, of love and of a sound mind. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A SOUND MIND 🙂

2 Timothy 1:7(NKJV)
“7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”.

Do you know that fear is faith in the devil? No? Well it is, because it is believing the devil’s lies over God’s promises.

Also you should be unafraid because the Father’s word makes me understand that we need not to fear and going against the Father’s will is a sin.

Basically family, FEAR NOT!

Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Jesus loves you immeasurably.

Favour 🙂

P.S : You cannot be assured of protection if you don’t give Jesus your life. He loves you dearly.Really you have no life without him,YOU JUST EXIST! Come to Jesus and get alive.Contact me at favourjacob16@yahoo.com and I’ll help lead you to Him. 🙂

DON’T EVEN TRY

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What does the Bible say about walking in the flesh?

In the words of Apostle Paul     “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Gal 3:3 (NIV).

I have come to discover that striving to be perfect is nothing but an effort in futility, as we are all work in progress before Christ. In other words, if we wait until we’re perfect on our own, we might as well wait the rest of our lives. Christianity isn’t about living a life of perfection, but about getting back up and following Jesus daily, and the Bible is filled with classical examples of imperfect people that turned out to be some of Christ’s greatest apostles..

So recently, I started trying to be absolutely perfect and live “Holy”. I mean, the lord told Abram before he became Abraham, “walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Gen 17:1b).

So I thought and decided, I want to be the Lady after God’s own heart therefore I am going to be perfect.Of course It seemed cool and interesting at first until reality set in.

Then in my attempts towards self perfection, I fail woefully in my love walk towards a sister or just “mess up” , and this consuming guilt sets in. I lose my joy, happiness, calmness and I feel like I have failed God.

However, just as I walk around in misery and confusion, I get the “aha” moment and I am suddenly reminded by the HOLY GHOST that I cannot be righteous on my own because I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”. (NIV)

The lord Jesus Is perfect so I don’t have to try to be perfect on my own, You don’t have to try to be perfect on your own because HE IS PERFECT and in Him we live, in Him we move and in Him we have our being (Acts 17:28a).

Therefore, we live by faith and rest in Him.

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Romans 1:17

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”( KJV)

 

See, YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS! That’s what you are, that is who you are and you cannot afford to think less than what you are! And it’s all because of JESUS. Believe me when I say the devil is very wicked, he will try to remind you of all your sins if possible but hey, there is good news.

YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN BLOTTED OUT!

Isaiah 43:25
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more”. (NIV)

Yes, they have been blotted out because you have received Jesus.

That’s why you need to stop trying to be perfect on your strength. IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! YOU CAN’T BE PERFECT ON YOUR STRENGTH!

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Let’s stop the self righteous acts and look to the founder, pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12:2a)

One final thought. If you do not remember anything from this piece, please never forget that YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS! 🙂

Jesus loves you immeasurably 🙂

– Favour

Please, if you would love to experience The New Life and want your sins to be blotted out just like mine have been blotted out through the blood of Jesus, kindly send an email to Favourjacob16@yahoo.com and I would personally help lead you to the Master and also pray along with you.

Jesus loves you. Trust me He does 🙂

Discouraged , are you ?

So the question on your mind lately has been, when will my turn come? Your best friend got a new car, your childhood friend got engaged and things are not going your way?

Whatever it is, it’s not a license to feel blue and depressed,instead trust in God.

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As a matter of fact the bible encourages us to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with the people that mourn.

Romans 12:15

“Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”(NIV)

See, we are running our races individually and you should under no circumstance feel like it’s a “competition” that you have to win.

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God has written a SCRIPT for your life that is like no other and you have no right to compare yourself to anybody else.

From popular verse,

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for YOU declares the lord,Plans to PROSPER YOU and NOT to HARM YOU,to give you HOPE and a FUTURE” (NIV)

God is telling YOU that he has beautiful plans for YOUR life, therefore no body should be your standard.

Your only standard should Jesus and his manual for your life (THE BIBLE).

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 says

“There is time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”(NIV)

See, it has not happened yet because it is not God’s timing for your life,you have not gotten to that scene on His script, so calm down and keep trusting God because His word in

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that

He has made everything beautiful in its time “(That includes your life)”, He has also set eternity in human heart;yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end”

God has plans that would just “WOW”  you, so ENDURE and TRUST Him.

Let’s keep the light burning,

Jesus loves you so much.

Sokolayam 🙂

Bless Jehova (I)

  1. ”Bless Jehovah, O my soul;and all that is within me,bless his holy name”.
  2. “Bless Jehovah ,O my soul,and forget not all his benefits”. (ASV) Psalm 103: 1 and 2

The above scripture intrigues me because so many times we fail to thank God for the ‘small’ things that he does and keeps doing for us. we forget all he has done and the things he is doing and focus on the things he hasn’t done.

As we know, Bless is a synonym for thanks and praise.

Verse one says

Give praise to the lord, O my soul; let everything in me give praise to his holy name”(BBE)

Some of you may be thinking, “Things are not going my way, why am I thanking God”?

For one there is the occasional feel of the sun and wind on your face. Moreover, you can breathe oxygen free of charge.

Now do you know that in the University of Abuja (Nigeria) teaching hospital, a tank of medical oxygen per hour costs 1000 Nigerian Naira (6.1USD) ,just imagine if you have to live on that for 365 days, that would basically cost 8.7million Naira (53000USD) and God gives it to you for free.

You still think he hasn’t done enough?Go to the hospitals and see how much pain people are in. I am almost certain that if you are able to read this post then it’s not that bad.

See I understand that sometimes things do not necessarily go our way but I assure you that God is good and he expects you to praise him whether you feel like it or not.

Verse two says

“Give Praise to the lord, O my soul;let not all his blessings go from your memory”( BBE)

When you do not remember the “small” things he does daily, like waking you up from sleep in the morning and shielding you from domestic accidents as you go about your daily activities, how do you remember to thank him for the “big” things?.

Psalm 136 verse one says

“O give thanks to the lord, For he is good: and his mercy endureth forever”( KJV)

Personally, I did not fully understand how good or how Kind Jehovah is until I understood that there is a God who suffered on a cross for me about 2000 years ago just so that I would be privileged to enjoy eternal life.

Yeah,imagine the irony (God and Suffering), just for me and you. He definitely deserves to be praised.

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See, Jehovah is GOOD, his mercies do not end. He loves you so much that he sent Jesus, his beloved son to die for you and I don’t think that you should forget God and take him for granted because things are not going your way.

In the words of Claus Westermann

  “The coordination of ‘Bless’ and ‘Don’t forget’ expresses a profound truth.Only those who praise do not forget.Forgetting God and turning away from God begins when praise has been silenced’

Jesus loves us so much and he wants us to live for him by his grace.

Let us keep praising him as we live for him.

Favour 🙂

Let it shine!

Apparently, some ladies are calling themselves ‘BITCHES’ these days. I recently had a conversation with a colleague and she was like ‘  oh yeah, I am a bitch’  and BITCH according to her means, ‘Babes in total control here’. where?, don’t ask me.

Although I cannot remember the conversation leading to that, it just struck me that a lady who professes to be a christian called her self a ‘Bitch’. Like seriously?

See,the dictionary meanings of a bitch include:

1. A female canine animal especially a dog.

2.A woman considered to be mean, overbearing or contemptible.

3. A prostitute in relation to a pimp.

Now, looking at the above definitions of the word ‘BITCH’, it is safe to say that the word is derogatory and condescending in every way.

What the heck happened to self respect? The elders say you carry yourself the way you want to be carried.  Now I am not saying I am perfect or the epitome of self respect but then, God’s grace is sufficient  and available for me and you, all you need to do is to tap into that grace by filling your heart with the word.

The bible says in Psalm 119 verse 11 says ” I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”

Fill your heart with God’s word and see yourself grow.

In addition,

Proverbs 31:30 tells us that

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the lord is to be praised”.(NIV)

According to the above scripture, we should basically fear God and because we fear God, he will help us understand that we are precious to him and with the Holy spirit leading us, we would respect ourselves and carry ourselves with dignity. Proverbs 9:10 ” The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy one is understanding” (NIV)

Remember you are Peculiar and you cannot afford to think and behave like everybody else.

Jesus also reminds us in Matthew 5:16

”Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven”.(KJV)

You are a woman of God,the light and salt of the earth,your light needs to start shining .

Let it shine!

Let’s live for Jesus.

Favour

You are Beautiful

I did the big chop in Nairobi in year 2012,after I had been influenced greatly by my African American Roommate  in the US to embrace my ‘being African’.

Fast forward to 2013,coming back to home to Minna in Northern Nigerian with my Afro and I am getting all these stares and comments from my friends and relatives. Comments  like ‘when are you going to relax your hair’? or ‘ you look like a boy’.

If I must confess,that did a number on my self esteem as I began to look for ways to cover my hair by putting weaves and braids on just so that I would look beautiful and more like a  woman.

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Just before I got back to Nigeria

Now, recently I have just being reminded that I have been created and designed by the most talented designer in the whole universe,JEHOVA.

The bible in Psalm 139:13  says

‘ For you formed my inward part; you knitted me in my mother’s womb, I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”

See, I have also just been reminded that praising God is all I should be doing because being beautiful isn’t dependent on my hair more than it is dependent on the being living in me; the HOLY SPIRIT. Now, this being makes me beautiful everyday by renewing his fruits in me and just like me, you are beautiful. You don’t believe me?

Galatians 5:22 and 23 says,

‘But the fruit of the spirit is love,joy,peace,forbearance,kindness,goodness , faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law” (NIV)

Let me tell you, don’t let that self esteem reduce because you feel like you are shapeless or fat or not beautiful enough. The bible tells us we have been wonderfully and fearfully made, still not convinced?

Genesis 1:27 says

”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them”.

Seriously, you are beautiful and God loves you .  Just stand in front of the mirror and see  yourself the way he sees you. As a matter of fact God can be seen as soon as you are sighted because you have been created in his image, and if the ‘worry’ is a life partner ,since the assumption is that the container is seen before the content, you will be perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

So today , take a chill pill ,lift your shoulders and raise your head high because,YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jesus loves you

XO, Favour

 

 

 

So you are a Freak?

So I am having a chat with a colleague and he’s like  ‘Favour, you are abnormal’ and I am like say what?

However, looking back, he might have been right I am indeed abnormal and so is everybody with the Holy spirit living in them. You are special, you are not like everybody else.

You’ve got the almighty as your father who has given you the mandate to be the salt and light of the world. it’s okay to be a freak, it’s okay not be like everybody else. It’s okay to think, talk and sound almost like Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

1 peter 2:9 says

”But you are a chosen generation a royal priest hood, a holy nation,a peculiar ,that you may declare the praises of him who has called into his marvelous light”.

Note the word ‘Peculiar’  is a synonym for abnormal.

Jesus tells us in  Mark 8: 38 that

”If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in the adulterous and sinful generation, the son of man would be ashamed of them when he comes in his father’s glory with his holy angels”

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As a matter of fact, Matthew 10:33 emphasizes the same

”If anyone denies me before men, I will deny before my father who is in heaven”

Therefore, let’s be proud followers of Jesus both in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Let’s GO AND BE ABNORMAL!

XO, Favour