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Grace Adeniyi
Hi everyone,my name is Grace.I'm excited about God's word- reading it,hearing it,living it and becoming it.
Hi everyone,my name is Grace.I'm excited about God's word- reading it,hearing it,living it and becoming it.

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Today I want to share something about faithfulness.
Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something, and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of extenuating circumstances. Literally, it is the state of being full of faith in the sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept.
In my understanding, it is being consistently committed to a course or person regardless of what comes your way.

I want to focus on the things that we have been called to do or the things that we find per time to do. Sometimes we can get so lackadaisical about stuff when no one is watching or when others are playing their part. Sometimes its really because we don’t have enough drive to do what we really want to do. Sometimes, factors beyond our control can be the cause. Sometimes its because we have not exactly decided to take up responsibility by ourselves. Sometimes we don’t have knowledge enough to carry through with things. Sometimes its because we have not learned the art or because we don’t put the end goal in mind. Sometimes we look over the fence and since someone isn’t doing things, we are also not going to.
David was faithful in tending his father’s sheep and in playing his harp. The bible makes it clear that it was one of King Saul’s servants that recommended David to play for the king. Little did he know that his days of playing the harp on the field would give way for him someday to appear before the king. David was so faithful with his father’s sheep that he went the extra mile to kill bears and lions for the sheep. And then he stayed faithful to the king such that even though he had a chance to take the life of the king, he did not.
Faithfulness will require standing even in the toughest of situations. It involves standing firm or sticking to a course regardless of the test of time that comes. Its very important that the courses is a right one.
Modecai in the bible is another example of someone who was faithful to the king.-(Esther.2:21-23). He was later rewarded for this in 1kings.6:1-11 by the King.

The story of thr talents in the bible paints a beautiful picture of been faithful.
Matthew 25: 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

So faithfulness requires us to go the extra mile in ensuring that what has been placed into our hands is well done.
Sometimes we feel like some things are too little to stay faithful at, however I think one of the things we should always ask God for is to help us see the little things we ought to be faithful with so that we do not miss out on him been happy with us. The servant who hid the one talent he was given most definitely felt that that one was too little. But the very little things we work at, multiply to bring abundance.
This blog is one of the things I know I need to be faithful about. I remember having to type out my posts even when I did not have a laptop to use to upload them online.The deal has been to out up something every week on the blog so for me it was a test of whether or not I would write even if it didn’t get the blog. I’m glad I did write even though I didnt feel like it sometimes. But then its more of a refocus call for me as my mind has been travelling up and down lately. Focus is another word that can be used to describe this I believe.
Reassessing the things that are taking your attention or energy and eliminating the excesses just to be very faithful to the important things to your life.

Apostle Paul said- Phil.3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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The Parent Factor!
We live in a time and age where everyone wants to define things by themselves, have minds of their own and make decisions or take steps all by themselves without been interrupted in anyway. Whilst this is a great feat, it begins to tilt in the wrong direction when certain elders cannot intervene in the affairs of your life. Today I want to share about the role of parents on our lives. I’ve been doing a bit of bible study in that direction and its incredible the light that keeps sinning in my path.
Samson in the bible was a great man. The bible says that he was filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth. He was known right from time that he was going t be a super strong man in the community. He grew up to be one of Israel’s judges. However when it was time for him to take a woman for a wife, he went for a philistine woman. His warned him not to go for the philistine woman because the philistines were pagans. However he refused. I like how contemporary English Version puts it, it says- Judges.14:3b-‘…”She looks good to me,” Samson answered. ”Get her for me!”
Although Samson was spirit filled and won many battles, I believe that one of the reasons he died with his enemies was because he didn’t have anyone in the place of instruction that he obeyed regardless.
David who ended up becoming the king of Israel and fought several battles for Israel was a man subject to his parents-father to be more specific. 1Samuel 14, David was ending his father’s sheep in the bush when he was a sent for to be anointed. He was sent by his father to go give his brothers and the commander of the army some food when he came in contact with the opportunity to kill Goliath (1Samuel.17).
It was so beautiful when I read closely the case of Jesus and his parents- Luke.2:49-52.
49-Jesus answered,” Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he meant. 51-Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them. His mother kept on thinking about all that had happened. 52- Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people. (CEV)
Having wanted to have his own way, he rearranged himself and went back to Nazareth with his parents. I believe that there is something about heeding what parents especially godly parents would have us do that makes God to honour our obedient actions and bring an Increase upon our lives. Because, you see, the same woman who had scolded Jesus, who Jesus had obeyed, was the same one that pointed to him as one who could perform the miracle of turning water to wine which was Jesus’ first official miracle. The wine that was tagged the beat in the wedding party at Cana. (John.2:1-12)

You see, sometimes it’s not about your will but the release of the people that God has placed in your life to be guards over you.
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I have a thing for people. God has made me a people person and so I would rather leave you happy than sad. So most of my struggles were really personal this year. They were inner struggles and because I would hardly have a bad thought about someone, it made things even worse. So basically there were certain decisions I made that brought me in situations
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However, a good justice can be done to studying the word even in a short time. So I like to see this as the time difference in time taken to prepare noodles and that used to prepare pounded yam and egusi like I wrote (in the previous post on good food) here.
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With every clean word spoken, curse words can be dispelled and one word after another we can shift the atmosphere in the country and in fact in our lives.
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Storyteller God
Have you ever wonder why certain things happen? Especially things that are very unexpected –both good and bad.
Some of these things, we don’t even have an explanation for them, we don’t get to understand until they have run their course.
I’ve come to understand that as much as we may not understand everything going on in our lives, there is a writer behind the scripts of our lives who has the pen writing a story.
Moses in the bible had an interesting childhood. He was born in a period when the king was against firsts born male children. I’m wondering: Why would God even allow an innocent child to be born in this period of time?
Good for him, he had a good mother who kept him. However, the pressure was high and he had to be let in to the river for fate to determine the next course of his life. Fortunately, he’s picked up by the daughter of the same king who planned to kill him.
It’s interesting that the same house from which his death was planned, his life was preserved. He got to be baby sited by his mum.
He grows up to be trained in the palace. Born a Hebrew, raised an Egyptian. (Hebrew hybrid).
He goes ahead to be the one used to bring victory to God’s people. From the same land where he grew up.
At this point he knew and understood the nitty gritty, pros and cons of the palace- the kingdom of Egypt.
He must have been confused at some point in his childhood about all that was going on. But then God was writing a story.

David in the bible is another bible character whose life amazes me.
The scripts of his life were amazingly filled with series of sorrow and joy
Pages of good and bad, songs of victory and defeat. He literally became a poet for every episode of his life. But there was never any episode that things ended badly. God constantly prepared David for the throne with everything that he allowed David to face.

The script of your lives is in such a way that God knows the end from the beginning and as long as he’s the one writing, it will end beautifully.
He wins, we win.
This is always the end.

And as much as there are somethings I do not understand, there are events that have run their course that makes me stand in awe of God. I have had a very interesting pattern in my life and I like to see it as unique as it is.
Sometimes it’s clear what is going to happen next, some of the time, it’s unclear. But one thing has stayed constant, God’s beauty for every situation.

Just like the movies we watch, some periods will be like action movies, some horror, some suspense, but in every movie, the main actor has a beautiful ending.

In the middle of it all, they create platforms upon which our faith can grow.
‘Heb.12:2-…fixing our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith…(NIV)
‘…. fixing our eyes on Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith…(KJV)

You just may be in a part of the story where you’re quite uncertain what is happening or what will happen, be assured that the one behind the sheet of your life is a very steady writer and always wins the award for every story He writes(God). Just in case you haven’t placed your life in his hands, you’ll be making the greatest decision doing so.
Storyteller God
Storyteller God
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Step Down and Step Up - 2
Often times God will require us to step down from certain things we engage ourselves in so that we can step up to what he has for us in the present(moment).
Saul of Tarsus lived a certain kind of life where he persecuted Christians and one day Jesus had to stop him. It’s interesting that he actually went to get a letter of permission to continue his work against Christians in Damascus. I will tag this one of the minor things he stepped up to. His major goal was to persecuted the Christians.
As God would have it, Jesus appeared to him and it’s interesting that he did not just recognize that Jesus was Lord even before Jesus introduced himself but they (Jesus and Saul) also has a conversation. This points to the fact that it doesn’t matter how distant you have been from God, he can speak to you and you can speak back to him.
In Act.9:6, Saul asked Jesus ‘…Lord, what wilt thou have me do?’
Saul was ready to sign up for what Jesus would have him do. At some point as he answered Gods call, he said (Phil.3:14)- ‘I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.’ The call was a high calling for which he had to let go of the ‘low calling.’
There are things in our lives that we need to step down from and certain things we need to step into in order to have a fulfilled life and they’re all tied to our decisions. Some of them are as minor as decisions for day to day life, some are major life decisions. Some things you instinctively know you should step down from, some things would have to be God speaking to you to step down from them. God has had to speak to some people repeatedly about certain things(I been one of them). If we choose to live on God’s note, it’s usually a progressive upward forward movement. Paul went ahead to transform lives in ways even him could not imagine.
What are you up to? What have you set your mind and energy to do? Are you up in the path you know God would have you be? There’s a path that is divinely yours! Every once in a while, God will call you out.

God said come let us reason together. Life will be so much fulfilling if the life that you live is one that presses on to the mark of the high calling of God. Often times, the changes or decisions are very specific to our lives.
Several times, God has called my attention to things that I’m either doing right or wrong. In the end, I reap the dividend of doing the right things and of course, when I’m been stubborn, and things all apart (I don’t great a desirable result), then I see the reason why I should have just done things right.
In the end, we chart the course of our lives by the decisions we make.

Step Down and Step Up - 2
Step Down and Step Up - 2
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