SHM REFLECTIONS_Get Washed In The Blood, Cease A Life Of Struggles.

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Stop struggling to be a good person. Jesus’ sacrifice already made you righteous before God! All you need is yield to Christ by accepting Him as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Do it today! Your flesh CAN NEVER make you righteous. I invite you to accept the gift of righteousness bought by the blood of the Lamb. Then you can access the benefits of salvation. Stop struggling to be healthy, wealthy and happy. The answer is in Christ Jesus.

So dear one, have you been to #JesusChrist for the cleansing blood? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

SHM PRAYS

Of all basic instincts, the instinct to survive is the highest in any man’s life. No man really knows what he is capable of doing until he faces a battle for survival. Decent folks have been known to engage in despicable acts to survive. That will not be your portion.

That is why I need you dear friends to pay particular attention to these prayer points:

1.) Poverty dehumanizes, it exposes one. Father, open my spirit to revelations to prosper. I will know what to do per time IJMN.

2.) The Lord Jesus Christ had a revelation to meet his obligation to pay tax. He was not stranded. As joint-heir I too will never be put to shame, for I receive capacity to do all things.

You may have noticed, dear friends, that you cannot pray one without the other. So please ensure you add both to your prayer menu, and pray through. You shall testify IJMN.

We love you. God bless you.

QUINTAIN FOR MY LORD_His Kind Of Love.

Bright and morning star, my light
My Father, my God,
What love, what sacrifice!
Words, they fail me …

Ancient of days, my world
My Jesus, Saving Lord,
Your love, what a price!
Words, they fail me …

Wonderful Counselor, my comfort
Covenant Father, Holy God,
What love, oh what courage!
Words, they fail me …

Kings of kings, lord’s Lord to boot
Redeeming Father, lover of my soul,
Words, they fail me …
At your kind of love that raise me up!!!

Glory and lifter of my head
This love, so powerful, raises me
From clays miry … to mounts so high
Words I now have to say — THANK YOU LORD!

© Ade. Adeniji, October 2013.387084_10150987681783342_1720939922_n

SHM PRAYS

Dear friends, do you believe you were created in the image and likeness of God? And that greater works than
#JesusChrist did you are also wired to do? Then these week’s prayers are for you.

Scripture says that you will receive that which you desire if you ask without any doubt. It says without doubt you can cause mountains to move and be cast into the sea! But you have to be in Christ, and obedient to His word.

With this understanding we encourage you to add these prayer points to your prayer menu this week:

(1) I am a spirit being, created for dominion. Therefore I have dominion over my situation, over my circumstances IJMN. I refuse to be the laughing stock of anyone!

(2) Whatever could not keep the Lord #JesusChrist down cannot keep me down! Sickness, poverty, disease, lack of wisdom etc. you have no hold over my life!

(3) Everything in me and around me responds to the power of Christ in me, I am more than a conqueror IJMN. I grow into my greatness, I become a source of joy, I am highly favored!

God bless you all! You shall excel IJMN. Shalom.

SHM REFLECTIONS_We Need To Be More Humble!

My dear friends, how has your week been? Great, I hope. Mine has been wonderful, thank God.

For as many who are saved we are led by the Spirit, we are the sons of God; heirs of His kingdom, joint heirs with The Lord Jesus Christ. The consequence of this salvation is a new life, a clean slate to begin a glorious journey that will continue after the death of our physical bodies.

Another spin off of our saved status is that we are empowered to live above principalities, above powers, above the rulers of dark places in this world, above all manner of spiritual wickedness. In addition, we have access to His silver and gold, to His cattle upon thousands of hills. In effect, we are wired to live as salt of this earth and it’s light! No physical or spiritual powers can dominate us without our consent. Ain’t that great? Hallelujah, glory to God!

HOWEVER, I have been walking with the Lord a while now and this I know – all the above benefits can easily lead to PRIDE, of the subtle and apparent varieties! No?

My dear friends, we still look down on sinners, we preach down at them, do we not? Rather than reach out to them wen in their mess as Christ did to us, we sneer and look at them with reproving eyes! We brag about our resources, do we not? We consider the financially weak as pests, yes we do! We flaunt God’s wealth invested in us for the help of the needy with items of worldly value, do we not? Yet, we justify it by saying our God is not poor, yes we do!

AND WE WONDER WHY MANY WANDER AWAY FROM CHRIST AND HIS GOOD NEWS? We need a heavy dose of ‘humility serum’ We need constant shots of compassion inoculations, yes we do. The gospel of good news and abundant life for all is being lost in the narrative of how own salvation! I am afraid that was not the model of #JesusChrist. WE NEED TO BE MORE HUMBLE. And the frontline is your heart, dear friend!

If you agree, please pass on. We love you! Shalom.

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SHM PRAYS

According to Scripture, the ears of The Lord are not heavy that He cannot hear us. He is ever ready to listen, to help, to direct, to answer. But according to another piece of Scripture, many pray amiss.

So this week, we want to encourage ourselves to pray through, to pray in a focused manner. The Lord Jesus Christ said men ought to pray and not faint. We encourage you to add these prayer points to your prayer menu this week.

1. Father, open my inner eyes to my situation. Help me see what I really need per time. Not what I want but what I need.

2. Give me a revelation from your Word, direction in due season. I refuse to beat about the bush anymore. Send me in the direction of my help!

Believe, and you shall testify IJMN. We love you! Shalom.

SHM REFLECTIONS

I HAVE A TEASER FOR EVERYONE – In Athletics, you often see the gold and bronze medallists celebrate more than the silver medallist. Why is this? Let you answers be simple please. 😉

ELEGY TO THE NIGERIAN POLITICIAN.

My heart has been burdened all week about my beloved Nigeria. It reached a crescendo with today’s air fatality. Rummaging through my notes, I stumbled across a poem I wrote a long time ago. Looked at the date I finished it and wow!!!! 3rd October 2012, EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO!

Anyway, here it is. I claim no talent as a muse, that for other friends more endowed! *winks*:

Elegy to the Nigerian Politician.

Public persona ever populist, private ethos so egocentric
mien is good intentioned, for ‘my people’
Her garb translucent, her body bejeweled
Sweet of tongue, light in ideas.
His mantra says ‘service to my people’
His act evident in his opulent lifestyle.

His success is the death of ideas,
the dearth of innovation.
She works, yes for gross lucre
Their passports may be green, but it’s put to use for the greenback!
Resting places are not local, but in mansions that Charlie’s mom can not own.
He comes across as good intentioned, but actions doth speak loudly!

Adages I remember, native tongue to me
“Alakisa njo loru, boya ile amo lola; Koi ye won, yo ye won lola”
They gouge of gluttony, burdening their ‘people’
Hospitals remain consulting rooms, yet they fly to Sun City, sickened cells in tow
Weep not for them, for their feast endeth soon.
Weep not for them, for indeed a line will soon be drawn.

Nigeria, oh Nigeria, your beautiful ones are not yet born.

(C) Ade. Adeniji, 3rd October 2012.

THAT ASSOCIATED AIRLINES AIR CRASH OF 3RD OCTOBER 2013 IN LAGOS.

Early today, Thursday, 3rd October 2013, an Akure, Ondo State bound chartered air flight of Associated Airlines crashed in Lagos, a few take-off, at around 9.30am. It reportedly had 20 passengers on board.

Dear friends, can you please spare a moment to pray for the victims of today’s said air crash? It is a sad, sad event, claiming many lives that otherwise would have been useful to their families and the nation.

I am particularly saddened that some people are already giving this political, cultural connotations. A tragedy is just that – a lamentable, dreadful event. Everyone with a conscience should mourn with, and not condemn or seek to trivialize such events. Dead is a debt owed by all mankind, so folks, let us all spare a thought for ourselves on occasions such as this.

To the Agagus, Okusanyas, Falaes and all families who lost loved ones, our hearts go out to you; and we pray for God’s comfort for you. We also mourn for Nigeria too that has lost industrious young people.

Death where is thy sting!

I Still Believe In Hope, I Still Believe In Nigeria_Happy Birthday Nigeria!

Today, October 1st, my country Nigeria marks 53 years of independence from British colonial rule. It has been a journey fraught with more valleys than mountains, with more pain than joy. There is no denying the fact that a lot of things are wrong, at every level and facet of life.

Let me explore a little. There is infrastructural decay, a state of affairs of many years of insipid leadership, and outright calumny form leaders who know what us right but chose to foster what is wrong. Scores of future brilliant had died because of this infrastructural decay, mentally and physically. Schools churn out unemployable graduates (I have first hand knowledge as an employer of labour of over two decades); health institutions remain mere consultancy centers where wrong diagnosis is the order of the day; roads have become death traps, where as a pastor recently observed, you choose which pothole to ride in! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist).

There is moral decadence. Welcome to a clime where the degenerate accuse another of moral ineptitude! How? Many Nigerians who cheat on their taxes, who cheat on their spouses, who cheat with the measuring scales in their places of trade, who themselves inflate invoices on contracts, who use pub
If amenities without paying for them etc. readily accuse politicians and government officials of corruption; rail against lack of transparency in governance, and most importantly, accuse public service providers of failure to deliver on services they refuse to pay for! Where scammers accuse others of scam! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)

There is lack of respect for basic human dignities. Ours is a land where it is not uncommon for human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, to have to beg and cringe for daily survival in the midst of vulgar display of wealth. A place where to continue to ride roughshod over men, leaders conspire to deny basic education; where many do not have portable water to nourish their bodies; where those paid to look after the welfare of the aged skim off their pensions! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)

Need I continue? YES, THERE ARE ISSUES IN THE LAND.

But rather than condemn Nigeria today (because the journey has been one of 53 years of perpetual struggle), or prophesy doom (because the problems seem insurmountable) as many are won’t to do today, I rather want to see a bright future.

Am I being unrealistic? Or overly optimistic? I think not. I firmly believe in the indomitable nature of the average Nigerian; I have unshakable believe in the mercies of the Living God. I know that things cannot possibly go on like this. Something has to give. Sooner, rather than later. As a columnist shared in a national daily this week, Nigeria is changing, and we know it not.

What are the parameters of my hope? I know that some Nigerians are beginning to start at the basic level – with themselves; striving to make themselves true likeness of the creator, choosing to do the right thing, even when it is unpopular to do so. I know people have committed to live-out the light of upright living in the morass of darkness. You might not see it yet, but it is a force whose time cometh soon. Many may think it too little, or too late; but do not be contemptuous of living beginnings! If it took a Luther to reform the old church, there is still a place called hope for Nigeria!

I choose to believe in a place called hope, I choose to believe in a bright future for my nation, Nigeria; where each individuals will take firm responsibility for their lives, choosing to do the right thing per time, looking out for the weak, infirm and needy, choosing to participate in the process of governance (not necessarily as a politician, but as a savvy voter and critic), opting not to see a stranger (‘foreigner’) in that other fellow only because he speaks a different dialect or eats a different kind of food, but dealing with all according to the content of their character; electing not to cheat their way to a living, but put in honest effort to live. And I refuse to accept that this is unrealistic,because I know that nothing can be withheld from any man who conceives to do a thing! That is the real DNA of mankind; and Nigerians are survivors.

Nigeria, I refuse to see you as a nut case. No, rather I see you as a city set upon a hill. You will fulfill destiny as a land of opportunity and realized dreams. This season of anomie shall pass, and the generation of my children shall make a better go of you.

I am not unmindful of every confession of evil against your destiny; but I speak into the airspace of Nigeria, boldly as a heir of the Kingdom – every possessor of the gates of this nation, hear this – NIGERIA WILL PROSPER. Weeping may endure for a season, but joy cometh in the morning! Your reign of terror over the destiny of my nation is coming to an end! For as long as the dawn succeeds dusk, the Nigeria project will not fail. Beams of light that relieves the sentries of darkness will burst forth soon.

Some might think this simplistic. But ponder this – why is it that even people with the best intentions fail once they get into office or positions where their actions or omissions influence the destiny of our nation? Surely, not all our leaders, past and present, are devilish in mind and intent! It is more than physical, dear friends. Hence my declaration.

I STILL BELIEVE IN A PLACE CALLED HOPE, I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN PROJECT NIGERIA, I CHOOSE TO PLAY MY PART!!! What about you?

Happy birthday, Nigeria!

If you feel similarly inclined, please share!!! God bless Nigeria!

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