STAY ALIVE

STAY ALIVE Do you know that one of the factors that predispose people to viral attack is weak immunity?

Stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, worry weaken the immune system. These agents kill faster than just being infected with the monster Covid19. Probably they are contributing to the disturbing death rate in Italy, as Covid19 ravage the globe.

Find a way of connecting or talking to someone on the phone. The viruses have not discovered means of transmission through phone communication yet.

Show love, share hope, hold the heart and spend time with God. There is peace, an abundance of it in Christ.

You need to stay alive while the battle rages. It will soon be over. The world is almost there!

O. Margaret Akinloye

Coronavirus; the World’s Latest Nightmare

A friend of mine recently went on a mission trip with her mother. They usually visit remote and dangerous islands with the gospel and gifts. On every trip, they must travel on a small open boat. In one of their trips, they had a 6-month baby on board and ran into bad weather. They were soaked by the pouring rain. My friend sacrificed her raincoat to wrap the baby. Due to this exposure, she needed to get medical treatment for cold and cough. However, the remnant of the cough decided to travel with her as she boarded the plane back home.

As my friend settled down in the plane, full of joy for the work done and the joy of returning to her ever-supportive husband, her cough let loose. My friend told me “Margaret, you need to see how people sitting in my row picked race”. Unfortunately, they couldn’t run past the tail end of the plane. My friend said, “Margaret, I had the whole row to myself”. An unsolicited, royal and free first-class treatment right in the economy class! My friend was able to stretch herself on the abandoned seats undisturbed. It wasn’t until the plane landed that she saw people wearing all kinds of facial masks and realized why her fellow passengers had willingly sacrificed their seats. She was gone for 2 months and was deeply buried in the Master’s business.

Why is the whole world suspicious and in panic? It’s because humanity is in danger of the coronavirus pandemic. It must have started with just one virus whose epidemic nature quickly grew into pandemic panic: prompting the world to declare war against this unseen culprit, a species of Coronavirus.

Within a short period, the virus became more significant than any Nexus global traveler. It travels without visa or ticket and respects no country’s customs border. It deprives scientists of sleep and floods men’s heart with fear of uncertainty. No wonder the whole world is so afraid and busy getting ready for the “World War V (virus)”.

This reminds me of the historical plagues ancient Egypt had to deal with due to their wickedness and Godlessness. I couldn’t help but remember a preacher stressing the point that it is only God who can restore order in this chaotic world. Unfortunately, the prince of this World has blinded the eyes of many, keeping them as wanderers in the World. Something must keep the drifted world busy.

This is another wake-up call. It is time to awake from our slumber and give attention to things that truly count. It is time to seek God and His righteousness. It is time to hold tight to the Master of life. Time is running out. Expiration day is drawing closer faster than usual. We are helpless without the God. We cannot be so indifferent to the point of forgetting the origin of life and the Power behind it. 

A God-fearing pilot recently got me thinking. He said in our conversations, quoting from someone that “no one will escape this earth alive”. It honestly sank deeper into my heart. Not even a pilot would be able to run away on his plane alive. Then what is the purpose of life? What is worth living for? What is the counsel of the scripture on this?

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Does this mean we should all abandon our secular duties and simply face God? I don’t think so. Part of God’s commandment is to be responsible and live a complete and fulfilled life, in the fear of God and obedience to His words.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV)

2Peter 1:3-4

Akinloye, O. Margaret

Personal Relationships with God or Congregational?

How do we describe our relationship with God? Do we completely rely on the messages and prayers of our pastors? Or do we take the time to personally study God’s words, meditate on them, and spend quality time talking to God in prayers?

God would like to have a direct relationship with us also. He desires to have one on one fellowship with His children always.

The pastors will do their job preaching, the real genuine pastor will put their best into teaching us the ways of the Lord, however, it is our responsibility to apply our life to God’s words.

So, our fellowship with God must be deeply rooted in our personal devotion to the words of God and in prayers. We assess daily how our life is matching up with God’s words. We ask for help through prayers if we notice any deficiency. Seek for counsels and prayers as well with our pastors as necessary.

These will help us grow in the Lord, become a matured Christian, and one of the disciples of Christ.

May God keep us growing in Him in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

God Has Not Forgotten You

God’s Silence is Worth the Trust if You are Truly His.

Weeping may endure for the night someone said, but joy will come in the morning.

However, remember there are time differences across the globe. So, your ‘morning’ may be different from that of the others. But the good news is that it will surely come in its appointed time.

God counselled that even if the expectations and answers to prayers appear delay, you should patiently wait for them to show up.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV)

Although waiting period has never been easy but always challenging, he that believes and trusts in God would not make haste. Your ‘morning of joy & testimonies’ will surely come and will not go beyond its schedule.

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isaiah 28:16 (KJV)

Your time will surely come.

Akinloye, O. Margaret

Kobe Bryant; How Unpredictable Life Could Be

I was reading the news when a headline on a crashed jet and the connected names popped up. Within a few minutes, almost all media were flooded with reactions about the death of a very popular basketball icon Kobe Bryant, and his daughter. The icon’s Fans span the globe

It is still unimaginable thinking about the pain and the agony the Kobe’s family is going through right now. How I pray for God’s comfort, grace and strength for the entire family as they go through this difficult time.

But then, it won’t be out of context for us remaining alive to pause and reflect on our own life. We can only boast of this very moment while the next minute is unpredictable.

Money, affluence, celebrity status, popularities, power, beauty, certificate, intelligence, you name them. Neither of these is capable of saving anyone’s life when death struck. That is the reason we can’t afford to let those things get into our heads. Once the caretaker comes knocking, no excuse(s) is tenable.

We can only hope that Kobe had time to reflect on life and think through the reality of God in real sense.

No one ever bid for their life or purchased it. We gradually grew into finding out what life is. So, we can’t claim total ownership of it. A wise person would prioritize the Creator of that ‘life’ while there is still ‘life’.

Life is short and it has no regard for anyone; rich or poor, educated or illiterate, well known or unknown… As students adhere to teacher notes and textbooks to succeed, anything call human beings must find out the real Author of their life and adhere to His guiding principles.

Connecting or recollecting to God is simple, very simple. Surprisingly, it is not judgemental but rather packed with mercy and love.

We just need to acknowledge our faults and helplessness.

Reach out to God in humility; we can never know better than Him.

Settle those faults and failures with Him through repentance.

Open our heart for God to come in; He is always available in His regalia of mercy for the living (not the dead).

Accept Him, accept His forgiveness, and make Him the pilot of our life; He never crashes.

Know Him more by studying His ancient guideline/textbook; the Bible.

Kobe Byrant has done his parts and is gone. The ball is now in our court.

May God help us to end well in Jesus’ Name.

Dr. Akinloye, O. Margaret

TRUST IN GOD’S MERCY

Known as “King David; David Jesse” in the Middle East many years ago, this man was a man of destiny and greatness. However, he battled all kinds of challenges during his life time.

He was driven away from his people and his land into a strange land. Even his son sought to kill him to have his place. At a point, he felt forgotten by God.

God never forgot any of His children. He remains faithful to His words and promises. David Jesse still succeeded and fulfilled his destiny despite his challenges.

How did he do that and what could have been the secret of his survival and achievement? David testified in one of his documentations:

“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”

Psalm 13:5

Simply put: David Jesse constantly believed in the faithfulness of his God whom he worships and was committed to. He never allowed the situations to swallow up his hope and potentials. He endured the humiliation, conspiracy, disappointment, envy, loneliness, rejection, hunger etc. Eventually, David Jesse made it.

If David survived his predicaments then, we also can overcome whatever the enemies may throw at us. In any situations we may find ourselves this year, we should always remember that thousands of others had gone through it and came out in different ways.

Our actions and reactions to situations would determine the level of our success. With faith in God and in His unfailing words, victory and success are guaranteed. We must always endeavor to continually trust in the mercy of God and surround ourselves with songs of praises and thanksgiving knowing God is ever faithful.

BITTER-SWEET WATER

There was a period in the life and journey of children of Israel when they ran into bitter water. There is no doubt that God led them into the wilderness and gave them His words and promises. But then, they had issues to deal with at different time.

22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them”

Exodus 15: 22-25

Sometimes, in the journey of life, we run into bitter water while in desperate need of water. This is not the time to pass blame or point accusing fingers on anyone or God. But rather, take the situation to God in prayers with humility and faith. take time to wait on God. Seek counsel from the God-fearing children of God.

Prior to this bitter situation, these children of Israel had just sang a new worship song, praising God for the victory they had just witnessed. That God of verse 21 couldn’t have died nor gone into hibernation before verse 23. He is God. He got plans and agenda for every soul. God takes great interest in the peace and joy of His children for sure.

Sometimes, God may decide to tarry a bit in His response to our requests to weigh our faith in Him when the goings are getting tough and tougher. Remember, delay doesn’t imply denial. The light will eventually breakthrough the cloud.

We must always exercise faith in God. We must learn to take God by His words. Faith in God’s Faithfulness does not only give us peace of mind, it also strengthens our relationship with Him. He that put up with God must believe in His ability to save and deliver.

If peradventure we run into any unpalatable water this year, we should give it to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is able to make bitter water sweet in His way and in His time. He has done it thousands of time and he would do it again if we simply trust His words and obey His commands.

God didn’t promise a challenge free life, but He promised to be with His own in such situations. Challenges of life toughen us like fire does to the gold and diamonds in the mining industry. In the long run, the hidden beauty buried in the mud of life surfaces. So, in time of “deep discouragement” still hold on with God and trust His faithfulness. He knows the way out all the time.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you”.

Isiah 43:2

God is a Father and is ever truthful to His words.

Dr. Akinloye, O. Margaret