Proverbs 4

There’s a great parallel between this chapter and the previous.

We can see here the father who was once a young child is instructing and encouraging his son on what he learned from his own father.

The wisdom and instructions of God from our parents must be passed down to the next generations if we want to see continuity of the impact of God’s Kingdom on earth.

The consequences of not passing down the heritage of God to the next generations can be seen in

Judges 2:10-12
 "After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger."

One day, we all who are young will stand in the shoes of our parents raising children. We must ensure that we communicate to them the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of God.

Another aspect of this chapter worthy of note is our responsibility in ensuring the wisdom of God finds expression in our lives. Until we give undivided attention and occupy our minds with God’s Word, we may not express and walk in the wisdom of God.

Seeking to walk in the wisdom of God must be intentional, it cannot be wished.

Also, we see mentioned in this chapter that God’s Word brings life to those who diligently seek it and offers health benefits to the body.  When we speak God’s Word over our bodies, it has tremendous power to keep our bodies healthy.  This is why our confessions should always be in line with God’s Word, regardless of the circumstance or situation.  The Word of God brings life to dead things in our lives, including our health. So, no matter the situation, find God’s Word for that situation and speak His Word over that circumstance.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 3

This chapter starts out with ‘My son’. I’m sure ladies would be like, ‘ I’m not sure this particular chapter applies to me’. On the contrary, it applies to all sons and daughters of this kingdom.

In this chapter, we see an elderly father sharing some deep counsels to his son or a young boy.

Verses 1 – 4

Reveal to us the relationship between the length of days on earth and God’s instructions. Disobeying and ignoring God’s instructions will only lead to a wasted life.

Verses 5 – 6:

There’s no doubt that God has given us wonderful minds that produce brilliant ideas, concepts, and strategies to achieve a feat or solve a problem or to make a move and so on. The minds of men have truly been the drive behind the technological advancements and improvements we see today.  But there’s a huge mistake man makes and unfortunately citizens of God’s Kingdom are guilty of this; it is that we are most times overly dependent on ourselves, natural advantages, or the network of people we have at our disposal to use. Trusting in God doesn’t mean that we put our minds and hands to sleep, it is our courageous confidence in God in all our ways; the resolute confidence in the unchanging abilities of God in whatever situation we find ourselves.

God should always be acknowledged on all sides, on all fronts and in all ways of our lives. Acknowledgment means ‘to honorably consider’. God wants to be considered in all that we do and ever become.

God wants us to involve Him in every room of our lives. He doesn’t just want to be invited into the living room; He wants to be involved in your private room.

What are these rooms? The areas of our lives – spiritual, emotional, finances, career, academics, relationships, social life, ministry, etc. Let God be at the center of all these areas. Let us acknowledge Him in everything we do in these areas, no matter how small or how big.

Verses 7 – 8:

An overestimation of our abilities or ourselves above God’s abilities makes us self dependent from God. We should never be carried away by the advantages or influences we have in our lives at the expense of our loving reverence for God. We should rid every seed of pride that tries to make us look wise in our eyes.

Evil practiced by anyone is a decision made on the basis of freewill. Every person with a conscience on earth has the choice to run or flee from any evil practice against God’s expectations and against humanity.

The combination of fearing God (which brings wisdom) and shunning evil is tremendously beneficial to the sustenance of our physical health. For example, if out of reverence for God a single man keeps himself from sex until marriage, such person will be free from STDs that could weaken his immune system and reduce his life span.

Verses 9-10:

Honor is an act of recognition of a person based on the title held, position held, gifting possessed, benevolent acts shown, contribution made to humanity, etc. Our God surpasses all these requirements. He deserves all honor, glory, and power. 

One of the many ways God has prescribed for us to honor Him, is with our possessions and wealth. With the contention on the subject of tithing, we should be very aware that honor and love are supposed to be the basis to tithe. When we tithe 10% of our income, we are simply recognizing God as the giver of all the wealth we possess.

Indeed, those who tithe and honor the Lord with their substance get a bountiful blessing in return.

Chapter 3:11-12:

Love without correction is not genuine love but pretentious love. Corrections are most times never palatable for us to receive. But they make us better Christians.

The corrections from our parents or any parent figure should never be neglected. So also, should the corrections of our heavenly Father mete out to us through the Holy Spirit.

Verses 13 – 18:

The worth and value of wisdom is described in great detail for us to desire it.

Wisdom is more valuable than gold, silver, and rubies.

In wisdom we can access riches and experience honor.

Wisdom helps us elongate our time on earth.

Wisdom leads to peace.

This wisdom spoken of is certainly heavenly wisdom. The wisdom of this world or devilish wisdom cannot produce these benefits.

Verses 19 – 24:

The father further reveals how God used wisdom, understanding and knowledge to create the earth, heavens, and the depths of the sea. He then mentioned to his son not to let go of them but to hang on to them every time.

We can access heavenly wisdom, understanding and knowledge that will be relevant for excelling and triumphing in life through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Verses 24 – 25:

Today, the world is tormented by fear of the unknown.  Particularly in the last two years of COVID-19, many have been gripped by fear.

Fear comes in different ways. It makes us feel that we are all alone and makes us think that God has abandoned us. But the two verses show us that the Lord is our security, our defense and protector against evil. So, hear this loud and clear, FEAR NOT!

Verses 27 – 28:

When it’s in our capacity to help out another sister or brother or friend, we should never hold back. We should help out when we can within our capacity.

Verse 30:

We must avoid at all costs, fights that have no justifiable basis nor yield any positive outcome that glorifies God. We only end up hurting ourselves and putting the name of Jesus Christ to shame. For instance, if we fight for justice and fairness for others who are marginalized in our society, that’s a good fight but fighting over who is more influential, who is more beautiful, smart, more accepted by others, etc. is completely out of line for a Christian.

Verses 31 – 33:

The Lord who is Father and Lord, is also our Friend that we can trust and rely upon at any time. We should never be envious of the soon-fading success of the wicked.

Now in this dispensation, God who is long-suffering, has given us many opportunities for the world to turn from their wicked and evil ways. If they refuse to repent, destruction awaits them, possibly both here on earth and eternity or just after their time here on earth.

For the upright in Christ Jesus, we have this assurance that the blessing of God is truly upon and in us in all we do.

Verse 34:

The humble will always receive more grace from God to do extraordinary things and be celebrated by all, but the one who continually mocks God, His children, and the supernatural works on the face of the earth and refuses to change will only be mocked by the Lord Himself.

Verse 35:

The chapter ends with the outcome of those of us who choose and seek wisdom. That outcome is honor. If a person decides not to have wisdom, reproach and shame will be that person’s portion.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 2

Benefits of Wisdom:

There are several benefits of wisdom outlined in this chapter: success, direction in life, protection from evil influences, discerning mind, shield from wrong people, and abstinence from sexual sin.

I would like us to major on the last benefit. In today’s world, sex before marriage is justifiable and defended to be right. Many young people see nothing wrong with having sex before getting married.

We live in a time where adultery is seen as, ‘Just an entanglement’. The sanctity of sex within marriage has been greatly abused.

The wisdom of God shows us that sex should be confined within the covenant of marriage between a husband and a wife. It was created by God for pleasure and for procreation but only within the perimeter of marriage.

There’s great danger for anyone who ignores this truth. It only leads to disaster, disappointment, and heartache.

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Mo 🙂

Proverbs 1

Purpose of a Proverb

The book opens up by stating what we can benefit and learn:

1. To gain wisdom

2. To get instructions for living

3. To gain understanding

4. To have deeper insights

5. To know how to be prudent

6. To receive knowledge

7. To learn how to be discrete

One verse from this chapter that strikes me the most is verse 7:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction"

The writer of this proverb couldn’t have stated this better. We live in a time when people have no regard for God or even believe that He exists.

To fear God doesn’t mean we should be afraid or scared of Him, it simply means to reverentially love and honor Him above everything else. Our reverential love and honor for Him aligns us to receive wisdom and instruction.

Bad Influence

Proverbs 1 verses 8 -19, gives us a scenario of a father and mother giving warnings against rolling and mingling with the wrong group of friends whose ways are filled with evil and sin.

Many young people who had a promising and glorious destiny have been led astray by the wrong company.  If we will succeed in this life, it’s very important that we are intentional about those we make our close buddies.

We must have close friends who love Jesus and those who share our kingdom values. Our circle of influential friends should be those who mean us well, who encourage us at all times and will help us fulfill our lives’ endeavors.

Wisdom is calling

Proverbs 1 verses 20 – 33, wisdom is personified as a person calling out to those who really need her to avoid the calamity and disaster awaiting them if there’s no change of mindset.

For every phase and season of life there’s a wisdom required to successfully live through it and surmount the challenges therein.

We must ensure that we pursue wisdom at all costs; first and foremost, through the bible then, books, audiovisual materials and from the elders who have gone ahead of us. etc.

There are many things we could have avoided if only we had the right knowledge to apply.

That’s wisdom in simple terms – the application of the accumulated knowledge gotten based on the understanding of how, why, and when such knowledge should be applied.

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Mo 🙂

Deep Dive into Proverbs

Hey Guys!

To usher in the month of May, I have recruited some reinforcements and the blog will be taken over by the wonderful Seyi & Chizoba Adebola! They will be taking us through the book of Proverbs throughout the month of May!

I’ll allow them to introduce themselves and get right into it!

Hey guys, it is a great privilege to come your way with some insights and truths applicable to our lives from the Book of Proverbs. We are thankful for the opportunity to push out encouraging insightful and exciting articles for our general edification.

The book of Proverbs is a very interesting book that’s beneficial and instructive for living right with men and living in the right way that pleases our God.

A great Evangelist, who is late now, mentioned while he was alive that he read the book of Psalms every morning so that he could understand the ways of God and the book of Proverbs so he could relate wisely with people.

The book of Proverbs is truly rich in wisdom and has great insight particularly for young people. Most of the proverbs that were written came from the wisest king of that time, Solomon, David’s son, and successor to the kingship over the land of Israel. The book is also a compilation of lessons and memorable sayings that were passed down from the wise elders of that time.

The book of proverbs helps us as young people to avoid common pitfalls, traps, and unalterable life mistakes.

This book provides us the path to prosperity, health, joy, and the fear of God.

Mo’s notes;

Huge thanks to Seyi and Chizoba Adebola for taking on this endeavor and supporting the initiative. I hope you, the reader, are deeply blessed and encouraged by this deep dive and that the Word of life is made clear and relatable to you. May the Words of God come alive to you and may we all be impacted for the better from reading and engaging in this study.

Have a fantastic month of May and I’ll see you in June (one of the best months!)

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Mo 🙂

The Trinity

Huge thanks to our contributing writer Adeoluwa for his thoughts and insights shared on the Trinity and the person of the Holy Spirit!

Preface
 “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as just as sweet”

– Shakespeare

A name might do many things: it might be descriptive, it can be authority, it might be used as an identifier. With God, His name describes Him, it identifies an aspect of His nature, it will bring to bear His power if rightly used – that would mean His name could be wrongly used. Yes it can. One of the ten commands given on Sinai pertains to the Name. Maybe Shakespeare is right; earthly names are probably mostly of minimal value – replaceable and subject to change with little impact on the name bearer. The name of God, however, is called Holy – separate, unlike other names, of a different quality, of a different essence, of the most excellent essence actually. If this is true, what shall we discover from the authority of Scripture on the person of God through a study of His names?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The third person of God, The Spirit of Truth, The Helper…..

Is the Holy Spirit a person or an entity?

God is not power impersonal. You might notice that His three persons are relatable, i.e, their presentation (or revelation) to mankind is a call (an invitation) to relationship. You may call Him personable.

The Father – 

That God is father is so simple and at the same time almost incomprehensible. So mind-boggling is it that the Jews are willing to attack Jesus when He calls God His father. The Father has children, loves his children, wants to spend time with His children and be willing to have time spent time with Him – almost incomprehensible, that God is father. That he wants to Father his children, to teach them of Himself, to grow them up into His person, into his manner and method of doing things. Perhaps there might be more interactions, father to daughter, father to son, surface and intimate, laughter and sorrow, learning and growing, but all the time together. 

Jesus –

That God so loved His children, that He would leave glory and beauty beyond imagination, to match colours (skin) with man. That He would leave majesty indescribable to show up on earth in the garment of flesh, to look like His children, so that they might look to Him and see His heart for them. That He might be with them, and take the punishment for them, so that they might get the opportunity to have unhindered interaction, fellowship, communion with Him, as He had decided in the beginning. 

Spirit –

That we are not as orphans after Jesus went up to heaven, that we may still while even on earth have Him with us. The Spirit of God is God in us for us, so that we may intermingle with the divine. He speaks, He teaches, He comforts, He teaches, He reminds, He leads. He leads through the way opened by the Son to the Father, so that we may intermingle with the divine. Not just any divine, but the Father of spirits, the Father of lights. Through His Spirit, we may have fellowship with Jesus the Son and the Father, with God who is One and three persons.

All social intercourse between human beings is a response of personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate communion of which the human soul is capable….. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.

– Tozer

Mo’s notes:

As we can see we can relate with the different aspects of God’s nature and the trinity because God’s love for humanity is so supreme and so grand that He has catered to all facets of our needs. This God desires an intimate and deliberate relationship with us. Whether He shows up as El Roi, Abba, El Shaddai, we get glimpses of the God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit in these characteristics of God.

Our response should always end in worship and reverence for such an infinite God that loves us so much.

Our end goal will always be Worship. That is what we were made for and that is what our purpose is on earth and beyond. So, no matter which nature of God resonates with you, I pray we are all inspired and reminded that our worship and devotion is what God requires.

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Mo 🙂

El Shaddai

“I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.”

GENESIS 17:1

God was first revealed to Abraham as El Shaddai in Genesis 17:1 but what was the context?

In reading further in the chapter we see Abraham’s response to this

"At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him," Genesis 17:3



The response here is to fall down in reverence before the holy God. God’s nature as El Shaddai is one of the greatest shows of his sovereignty. Like the father of the Jewish faith, Abraham, our response should always be to fall face down before the holy God. You see in Abraham’s appropriate response to God, God was able to speak to him and converse with Him.

Worship

Recently, been learning about what it means to worship God.

Worship: an expression of our devotion and reverence to God. It requires obedience to God.

We worship beyond our feelings, situations, the music playing or our current surroundings. It is a response to the reality hitting us that the God of the universe is invested in our lives. He cares for us and wants the very best for us. He wants us to prosper even as our soul prospers (the greatest form of prosperity by the way!). Knowledge of this God comes through fellowship with his Holy Spirit that reveals his nature to us. His nature being his sovereignty and that He is Almighty!

Think about when you were a child and how we used to look up to our parents or those that appeared bigger than us. We adored them because they seemed so much bigger and more powerful than us. We knew that they would take care of us and provide anything for our needs. In fact, I remember a few years back looking at my mother at marveling at our height difference. As a child she seemed like such a giant to me! Now, here I was towering slightly over my superwoman mother.

Imagine this context with our heavenly Father. Not only does appear stronger and bigger than us, He actually is! And we can never overtake Him as we get older through growth spurts. He is the ALMIGHTY One!

If you feel inspire to stop reading this here and now and just fall face down in worship by singing, dancing, praying, being still or whatever, please feel free to! (But come back to finish the rest, of course!).

What is Required?

The presence of El Shaddai commands our holiness and for us to walk in purity and righteousness. In Genesis 17:1, God clearly instructs Abraham to ‘serve faithfully and live a blameless life.‘ The reason for this is because the sovereignty of a holy God cannot withhold sin and any type of lifestyle. There are standards that have been set and need to be maintained. You don’t just invite any type of person to the presence of the King. No matter how tolerant and loving that King may be, His office and the reputation He upholds, requires for one to act accordingly. We read previously that God is our Father and cares for us intimately and that He sees us totally and completely, YET, we also know that His power is able to transform us and make us Holy like Him. The sweetest thing about this isn’t that God is saying we should go make ourselves Holy and then come to His presence. No, He is inviting us to fellowship with Him so we can be transformed in our nature so that we become more like Him in purity and holiness. Our great helper is the Holy Spirit.

If Father Abraham did not have the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament (not too sure on this, please comment if you have alternative thoughts!), and could fall face down in reverence and live a life to please God, what is stopping us in the 21st century?

How do we reverence God as the Almighty One?

The All Sufficient God

We abide under Him and in His presence all the days of our life. We serve a God that is Almighty, therefore this means He is able to provide for ALL our needs.

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." 
Psalm 91:1 

Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty God means we see Him as our protector, provider and keeper. God is able to turn impossible situations around. As El Shaddai he showed up for Abraham in a situation that seemed so dear to Him and promised Him in

Genesis 17:4 
“This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!" 

Sometimes linked with El Elyonthe most exalted God/ the most High God

"I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me." 
Psalm 57:2

See also: Mighty One, Encompassing God.

God is Sovereign. The Sovereignty of God cannot be downplayed. In all these parts of his nature He remains God. 

Song suggestions

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Mo 🙂

Abba Father

Abba” is the Hebrew word for Father. Thus ‘Abba Father‘ means Father Father. A term reserved for the beloved of the most high God, (his children).

Galatians 4:6

"And so that we would know that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts - moving us to cry out intimately, "My Father! My true Father!"

So the term ‘Abba Father‘ is an invitation for us to lay claim to our identity and sonship through Christ Jesus. We have been restored to a right standing with God and therefore are heirs alongside Jesus Christ. We can cry out ‘Abba Father‘ just as Jesus Christ did while he was present on earth.

God is our father and our comforter, and ‘Abba Father’ is a personal term for God.  It suggests an intimate relationship and personal knowledge of the person of God. Something we must daily strive to develop while we are present on this earth.

As we just celebrated Easter, we are reminded of Jesus Christ crying to his Father while on the Cross in such an intimate way

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” — the Aramaic form — “that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46 
(see also Mark 15: 34)

I find it interesting that Jesus did not refer to God as ‘My Father’ here, but rather highlighted God’s Lordship over his life as ‘My God’.

This verse mirrors what was said in the Old Testament in Psalms 22:1. It was almost like Jesus was pouring out his soul in anguish and couldn’t reconcile this as a part of his Father. He knew God had to allow the suffering to occur in order to reconcile mankind back to right standing with God. It had nothing to do with his own personal relationship with His Father. Isn’t this Jesus just so awesome! He would willingly shed his blood for our sins and so we can be brought back into right standing with God, that’s real love right there!

But, we also know that Jesus Christ was fully human just as he was also fully God, so like any one of us would, he tried to appeal to his Father to curtail the cup of suffering before Him.

Mark 14:36 

“Abba Father! Everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

The relationship of Jesus with God is a clear example of this intimacy in calling God “Abba

The son of Man, Jesus Christ, could be vulnerable and real with God at this moment. Just as we to a large extent can be vulnerable with our earthly Fathers. Trusting that they want the best for us and feeling assured of our safety in their presence.

Yet, Jesus ultimately knew that God’s will must be done.

Isn’t this something we all would love to lay claim to one day? To have such an intimate relationship with God that we are aware of His will. That regardless of how situations make us feel, we can ultimately submit to the will of the Father.

As a child of my earthly father I know largely the things he likes, dislikes and what his values are. Therefore, when I am out and about and going about my business, the popular saying plays at the back of my head:

“remember the child of whom you are”.

This is just the same with our Heavenly Father. Because I have spent 20+ years of my life learning about my father and developing a relationship with him, seeing him through different life experiences and communicating with him, so I know what his values are. Imagine, how much more we can determine what God’s will, especially when we have the help of the Holy Spirit residing within us.

The beauty of ‘Abba Father’ is seen in Romans 8.

We are told that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God that is found in Christ Jesus. Imagine our earthly fathers and how much they love us. We know that nothing we can ever do will separate us from their love and care for us. Distance may create a barrier, but we are secure and assured in the love of our father for us. Now lets imagine the love of our heavenly Father, who is not as flawed as our earthly fathers neither is he swayed by our actions.

We are all beloved children of God. We lay claim to the nature of God as our Abba Father. He is our Provider (Jehovah Jireh), our Comforter (Jehovah Shalom), our Friend, our Confidant, our Teacher and our Protector (Jehovah Nissi).

All we need to do is relax in his presence and let the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding reign in our hearts, as we walk boldly in our identity as children of God.

Other Verses to remind us of Our Father’s Love:

2 Corinthians 6: 18

“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Psalm 89: 26

“And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.”

Jeremiah 3:4

“Yet you say to me, ‘Father, you have been my guide since my youth’.”

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Mo 🙂

El Roi

The God who sees us and loves us all the same.

el roi

It can be quite easy to attach our value and worth to what we bring and give to people. But the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 shows clearly that even though she might have been deemed damaged goods and forgotten by society because her son would no longer be the rightful heir in Abraham’s lineage, yet she wasn’t left alone to bear the grunt and shame society placed on her.

Genesis 16:13

Hagar calls God El Roi after being chased out by Sarai and Abraham with her son Ishmael. El Roi shows up again in Genesis 21:14 -21 for Hagar the Egyptian. We see the goodness and kindness of God at work here because even though Hagar didn’t birth the promised child yet she wasn’t abandoned by God. She received the back end of the bargain and was subjected to hostility from Sarai even though it was Sarai’s impatience that led to her situation. Yet we see the goodness of God at work. He reclaims what man taints and beautifies it and removes reproach.

No matter what we may encounter or experience we have a God that truly sees us. Not the way other people see us rather God sees into our very being and into our hearts.

Matthew 10: 29-31

29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[k]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows

Anytime we worry about our impact or significance or we question our worth, we are reminded that God loves us inherently because he created us and made us. The same God that provides for the animals we see in the wild and even the rodents that we wonder where they come from, still they are preserved one way or another. We are more valuable to God because we are made in His image therefore won’t He want to supply our needs much more?

One question that comes to my mind is ‘Why does God love us?’ It can be difficult to understand that God loves us but after reminding ourselves enough times and keep playing over His words in our mind that indeed God loves us, the next question could be ‘Why?’

Imagine you pour your heart and soul into something. A hobby, an event, or a project, that thing carries a piece of you and to some extent is a representation of you, therefore will you not love that thing? Even if you have perfectionist tendencies and the outcome isn’t necessarily what you envisioned but because you have put some portion of yourself, your heart and soul into this thing, there is no way that thing does not hold a special place in your heart. That is how I think of how God loves us. Apart from the fact that God is Love and it is a part of His nature, we are also made in His image. Meaning regardless of our imperfections and flaws, inherently we mirror our heavenly Father.

Made in His image

Therefore He sees us and knows us. Before we were formed in our mothers womb He knew us. Not made but formed. Making something requires action, formation can occur in the mind and can be theoretical. So before we were even a thought or an idea God already knew us because we are a part of Him. We are made in His image. That knowledge is too lofty! So grand and so spectacular! Before we were even a thought, God had us on His mind. How will He not watch over us jealously then? How will He not be invested in our future and our lives. But that is the type of God we serve.

The God that sees us and knows us.

Ephesians 1:4-6

God sees and has chosen us even before the creation of the world.

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.

This means God already loved us before we even did anything or could provide anything. He had already set the plan in place that we would be justified and made righteous in Christ Jesus. That means our good deeds behaviors, bad deeds and behaviors does not affect how God sees us and loves us. His thought towards us are ALWAYS good and can never be tainted by anything. God does not reason like human beings and not swayed by emotions, feelings or seasons. He remains the same, ever faithful, ever sure

El Roi – This identity of God can be closely linked to his sovereignty as Omnipresent and Omniscient. Meaning God is present at all times and he knows all things. There is nothing and nowhere we can go to hide from Him.

He sees us and more than that He knows us.

Hebrews 12:13 (AMP):
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.”
Jeremiah 12: 3a

“Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you.”

2 Chronicles 16: 9a

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

All of this ties into the fact that God is sovereign. Our God reigns in the heavens and we worship Him from earth (Psalms 115:3).  In fact the whole of Psalm 115 commands us to remember and revere this God because He sees us and cares for us, in comparison to the  gods and idols of earth who cannot see or care for their worshippers.

His names are to offer us reverence and a call to remind ourselves of the vast magnitude of the God we serve. We can never completely and totally quantify Him. He reveals different portions of himself to us in different situations.

We have an everlasting promise that God will continue to keep His eye upon us – 

Psalm 121:8 NIV

“The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Amen)

To be known and loved is the greatest desire of the human heart. We have a God that loves us but more than that He knows us because He sees us. He sees deep into our very hearts and desires. He knows how we think and how we operate, even better than we know ourselves. He is our ever present help in times of trouble. How does he know we are in trouble you ask? Because His eyes are always on us! Watching us! He jealously guards over us. He is too committed and invested in bringing His purposes to pass through and in us (Ezekiel 39:25). He will not absolve us of our responsibility to righteousness but at the same time for His name’s sake He will always redeem us. 

Hagai and her son were still able to share in some portion of the inheritance even though it wasn’t promised to them at first but because God is merciful and just, He provides a way.

God sees our afflictions and sufferings and He shows up for us in the most unexpected way. By sending His son, Jesus Christ to perform the ultimate sacrifice that covers a multitude of afflictions that we may ever experience on this side of eternity and beyond.

Find Rest My Soul and Trust in the Lord our Salvation. He sees us, He loves us and He wants the very best for us.

#SeekGodMore

Mo 🙂

Why Do We Lent?

Have you ever wondered why a certain subsect of Christians religiously observe Lent and why we as a body of Christ are encouraged to participate in the Lenten season?

This year I am attempting to participate in Lent intentionally this year. One of the things I would like to abstain from is secular music.

Okay so first of all, let’s back track to first understand what lent is all about?

Why Do We Lent?

What is Lent?

Lent is a time of repentance and turning back to God. It is a moment when we honestly evaluate and truthfully access ourselves and our walk with Christ? Have we been as Christ like as we are called to be? Are we truly walking what we are talking about? This can be quite difficult to self reflect. As a young child I always equated Lent (and to some extent even now in my adult years), as simply a catholic practice that requires abstaining from anything ‘worldly’. For some people that could be food, others it’s their tv shows, the music they typically listen to or the type of clothes they chose to wear or whatever it may be!

But Lent goes beyond just working to prune our new year resolutions, it requires a surrendering to the transformative power of God and trusting that:

"And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. 
We are the clay, and you are the potter. 
We all are formed by your hand." 
Isaiah 64:8 (NLT)


For more information on Lent

Music as therapy for the soul

So why music specifically? Well as Christians in the 21st century this can be one of the daily battles we face. Generally Lent accompanies fasting form food and reading and deeper devotion of the Word, this should be done ideally to accompany any participation in Lent. Personally, I have always seen music as therapeutic for the soul so I considered as part of my Lent period why not fully immerse myself in soul edifying music. As a young adult it can be difficult sometimes to abstain from secular music because it is just so prevalent around us in the malls, sometimes in the workplace and with the rise of different genres like Afrobeats as well as social media platforms like TikTok, how do we not get easily distracted in this day and age?

Well, it was no easy feat but with years of gathering some expo and getting information of the awesome AfroGospel artists that are up and coming, I can share a short playlist of some songs curated.

We have to be very careful the types of content we consume on a daily and that we allow feed into our souls and therefore our psych. It is what we have within us that comes out during our toughest moments.

More than that the recent release of Nathaniel Bassey (a Gospel artist) ‘Names of God‘ album really prompted me to want to start a new series that entails deep diving into the various personalities of God that we see through his various names and revelations to people in the Bible and ultimately to us.

I am excited to embark on this journey and delve deeper into the Names and thus the Characters of God that stands out to me the most in this season of life. I hope you enjoy the series. I hope these suggested albums and playlist is useful and helpful to you someone.

And whether you choose to participate in Lent or not, or chose to learn more about it. Let us all continue to seek God more and draw nearer to the heart of the Father.

May the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ over us on the cross never be in vain. May our lives and our trajectory always please Him and bring glory to His holy name.

Happy Lent!

#SeekGodMore

Mo 🙂

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