AN UPGRADED VERSION!

“This version of this app is expired, you would need to upgrade to the latest version to keep using this app.” You must have come across that statement once or twice while trying to log into some applications, right? Truth is, everything or everyone in the world needs an upgrade. To stop upgrading means you are ready to die.

You are welcome to today’s blog post. I would love to give some scenarios for you to fully understand the message God is passing to you.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
Genesis 17:1‭-‬5 NKJV

There is an identity that brings forth results. Abraham couldn’t remain Abram if he wanted to bring forth Isaac. A change of identity was expedient. He needed to change his identity from Abram to Abraham. Likewise Sarah, she could not bring forth Isaac if she remained Sarai. She had to become Sarah to be a mother of nations, as the promise was for Sarah not Sarai.

You need to be transformed into an upgraded version in order to bring forth better results. An upgraded app performs better than the previous edition. The reason you have not stepped into a higher level is because you have not upgraded.

Jacob’s name had to be changed to Israel because Jacob couldn’t walk in the promises God had for him. Israel could.

Saul’s identity needed to be changed to Paul, because Saul was an out-dated version who couldn’t walk in God’s will and fulfill God’s purpose.

Saul was a persecutor of God while Paul was called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God. Saul could not perform the responsibilities of Paul. An upgrade was needed.

The disciples also had to remain in the upper room for an upgrade before they would be able to do good work.

The reason why you are indiscipline, inconsistent, lazy, or whatever the case may be for you, is you are still functioning in the expired version of you. An old version cannot do the work of a new version.

A car manufactured in 2000 is out-dated and cannot perform the same responsibility as an upgraded one.

How do you become an upgraded version?

Firstly, you have to realise that you cannot walk in the promises of God if you are not conformed to His image.

All you need to do to be conformed to the image of God is to believe that Jesus died, was buried and resurrected for your sins. You need to be conformed to the image of God because you did not come into the world on your own accord. God created you to bring pleasure to Him. You can only please God if you are conformed to His image.


Using the disciples as a case study, in the book of Acts 1, on getting to the upper room, they stayed and continued in prayer. While they were praying, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and people gathered to listen to them.

When you have a new identity, it will be easier for you to do the good works God has called you to do. The disciples did not struggle to get people to listen to them, multitudes came together themselves.

My sincere prayer for you is that you are transformed to a new identity for God’s good works. You do not operate in a lower level henceforth in Jesus name. Amen.

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Not Forsaken.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
John 10:11 NLT

Thank you for visiting this blog once again. I trust you are good. God has a word or two for you. As you read, I pray that His Words brings peace to your heart. Amen.

Can you read the verse above again? Who is the good Shepherd? Oladewa Laura? The President of your country? Your parents? Your guardian? Who exactly?

JESUS! Jesus is the good Shepherd.

When you come to the realization of the sentence above, oh my gosh, you wouldn’t live anyhow. You wouldn’t wake up on a certain day and feel so unloved, valueless, worthless.

If Jesus can give His entire life for you; His sheep, it means you are extremely valuable. So valuable.

My question now is, why do you feel forsaken sometimes? Why do you feel unloved by God?

The Devil lied to you! The Devil knows how valuable you are but he doesn’t want you to know that. He knows you are a royal priesthood, a child of The King of kings, but his aim is to cloud your mind.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
I Peter 2:9 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/1pe.2.9.NKJV

Sometimes, you think that God has left and forsaken you because of how much the Devil has clouded your heart. If only you could see yourself the way God sees you, you would know how valuable you are.

That’s right. Because I, your God , have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’
Isaiah 41:‬13 MSG

You cannot have a firm grip on something that is not valuable. The reason I study my books or Bible is because I consider my studies valuable and God is of great value to me too.

You don’t spend time with something you do not value. For God to hold you tightly, it means there is something powerful in you. When this dawns on your being, you wouldn’t act anyhow, talk anyhow, walk anywhere. You would be so conscious of your value.

Imagine you had a bag of gold that you value so much, no matter how much dust gets on the gold, it’s still gold and all you have to do is to wipe the dust off the gold and it becomes clean. Your sins shouldn’t take you away from God. He values you, not your sin, so He wants you to come to Him. because He loves you so much.

You are God’s VIP! His own special person! He cannot leave you, ever!

Nothing can separate you from the love of God. God hasn’t forsaken you. Don’t let the Devil deceive you. You are worth more than gold to Him, so come back to the throne if you are away from Him. He is willing to clean you up.

I want you to also note that if you are not His sheep, He cannot care for you. A good Shepherd cares for His own sheep and not wolves. If you are not His child, He will protect His children from you because He considers you wicked. Good news is that God is willing to accept you as His child. All you have to do is to surrender your life to Him. You can say this prayer “Dear Jesus, I have come to realise how much you love me. I ask that you forgive my sins so I become your child. Thank You Jesus because you have forgiven me. Amen.”

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Worth The Wait!

God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Numbers 23:19 New Living Translation.

Welcome back to my blog! If this is your first time here, congratulations, because God has a lot in store for you today, as this post is about to change your life by His grace.

I’d start with a story, as usual. Joseph was a young boy in the Bible. He was a lover of God and a person with great dreams. However, things weren’t going as expected as he was sold by his half brothers to some travellers because they were jealous of him.

The travellers sold him to a man named Potiphar. He was to work as his slave but God made Joseph to find favour in Potiphar’s sight. Hence, Joseph was prosperous in Potiphar’s house.

Potiphar’s wife, however, began to lust after him, but Joseph didn’t give in to her schemes. She implicated Joseph by telling lies against him that he tried to rape her.

Potiphar sent Joseph to the prison, and it seemed like Joseph’s dreams weren’t going to be fulfilled.

There are so many situations that will show up in your life, and it will seem like God’s plan over your life will not be fulfilled. With greatness comes pressure. Before gold is useful, it has to be refined. The process of refining however is tasky.

The fulfillment of your destiny requires you to wait on God. I wrote in one of my previous post Yakhal that Noah waited on God for the right time to come out of the boat. A man that is in haste to be known will as well go into oblivion in haste.

The fulfillment of your destiny is worth the wait!

Joseph feared the Lord so much that he couldn’t sin against God. Some of us are tired of waiting so we are ready to do anything to be out there.

The Bible says before a seed can bear fruits, it must die first. The same way, before you can bear fruit, you must die first! You must be ready to wait on God.

Be patient! Don’t go for an instant result, you won’t last long.

When Joseph was in prison, circumstances were not in his favour. How can a man become great in prison? How can a man fulfill destiny when he is bound in chains? It seemed impossible. Impossible is the word of a man without faith. Where there is faith, what seems impossible is made possible.

In waiting, you must surrender to God completely. Don’t look at the circumstances around you, if you do, you are going to sink. Look unto Jesus. Circumstances will be against you but Jesus is definitely by your side.

While you wait, watch what you feed your heart with. For out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks. Your mouth programs your destiny! Joseph never said anything negative about his dreams. You look like the words you say! Your words must be cultured by God’s Words. Ecclesiastes 8:4a says where the word of a king is, there is power. You know that you are a royal priesthood, hence, your words carry power! Speak words of faith while you wait.

While you wait, develop skills that will take you where God has promised He is taking you to. Be educated, get skills, read books.

Also, don’t forget the place of intimacy. You can only become who God has called you to be if you abide.

A man once said in his book, “it is better to wait to gather momentum to take you far, than to start off the race and stop in the middle of the way, not knowing what next to do.”

Joseph, our case study for today, was able to fulfill his destiny because he waited, and he ended up becoming second in command in the same land he served as a slave. He didn’t give up on his dreams. He knew his dreams were worth the wait. Don’t give up on your dreams, it may take time to be fulfilled, but it will be fulfilled if you wait on God. Wait on God’s Word. If He has said it, then He will do it. Your dreams are worth the wait!

You cannot fulfill destiny if you don’t even know the One who called you to the world for his purpose. You must have been saved by Jesus Christ. If you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you can say “Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I need You to wash away my sins. I accept You as my Saviour and Lord.” Thank You because You have forgiven me.

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Dealing With Guilt.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15‭-‬16 NKJV

Welcome back to this blog! I trust you are enjoying this season of Easter.

Guilt, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is defined as the feeling of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy or a feeling of deserving blame for offenses.

Guilt is not of God, but of the Devil, the accuser of the brethren. According to Romans 8:1, guilt is synonymous to condemnation. I would love to tell you a story about a man called Judas Iscariot.

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, he betrayed Jesus by selling Him for thirty pieces of silver. When he saw that Jesus had been sentenced to death, he became remorseful and filled with guilt. He purchased a field with the evil money he got, and fell headlong, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. (Matthew 26 and 27, Acts 1: 16-20).

If Judas had understood the unconditional love and forgiving power of Jesus, he wouldn’t have committed suicide. The more you dwell in guilt, the more you sink in the pit of depression and it could lead to you taking drastic decisions that could ruin your destiny.

Irrespective of what you’ve done in the past, understand that Jesus is willing and ready to forgive you. He loves you so much. He loves you so so much.

For you, your case might be that you’ve done something wrong a long time ago and the memory of what you did keeps haunting you. All you need to understand is how much Jesus loves you. If you confess and forsake your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Guilt has a voice that speaks to your heart. It tells you how worthless, dirty, unloved, useless, you seem to be. But this is not your reality in God because He loves you with an everlasting love.

The Lord says, “Come, we will talk these things over. Your sins are red like deep red cloth. But they can be as white as snow. Your sins are bright red. But you can be white like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 ICB

For you to deal with guilt effectively, you have to receive the life of Christ because it is only in Jesus Christ that there is no such thing as condemnation. To accept Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, you can say this prayer below with faith in your heart

Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask that You cleanse me with Your blood. I believe that You died for my sins so I will not be condemned. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Keep The Faith.

Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book. But these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith in him, you will have true life.
John 20:30‭-‬31 CEV

Hello, trust you are good. Welcome to today’s blog post. I’m glad you are here.

Today’s blog post is specially made for you. Yes, YOU. I’m going to talk about those dreams you’ve always had, I’m going to talk about the aspirations you’ve had over the years that seem like they are going down the drain.

Let’s talk about the story of a guy named Jonah. He was very enthusiastic about God. He had big dreams and wanted to please God. On a particular day, God told him to go to a city called Nineveh, the people there were wicked and God needed him to warn them. Jonah chickened out because he felt they did not deserve salvation, then he went to another city so he could hide from God. He lost faith in the fact that since God sent him on an assignment, God was going to see him through.

He was about to flee via a boat but things did not go as planned and he ended up in the belly of a great fish for three days and nights. In the belly of the fish, Jonah asked God for mercy and God commanded the fish to spit him out upon dry land. At the end of it all, Jonah arose and went into Nineveh, according to God’s Word. The people of Nineveh believed God, from the greatest of them to the least.

I’m moved to tell you another story to encourage you.

Joseph was a man whom God had shown some of the great plans He had for him through dreams and visions, he believed all God said to him. As he journeyed, he found himself working as a slave as a teenager. Not just that, he ended up being imprisoned for an offence he did not commit. Joseph did not give up on God and himself. Although he was sad about everything, he still kept the faith. Eventually, all the dreams and visions came to pass.

Your story does not necessarily have to be similar to those above but I want you to know that every dead hope can be resurrected. The Bible says in Isaiah 49:16 that your name, yes, YOUR NAME, is engraved on the palms of God. God is looking at you every time. He has amazing plans for you. It may seem like you are in a lion’s den like Daniel or you are in a fiery furnace like the Three Hebrew men, but guess what? He is right there with you. He is not letting you go.

Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:10 MSG

The plans God has for you are good. Before you were formed, there was a plan for your life already. Your life is not a coincidence. You were created to be a solution to a problem here on earth. Keep the faith, don’t give up. Like Jonah, go back to Nineveh, go back to God. His arms are opened wide.

Don’t let the devil lie to you. The aim of the Devil is to keep you tired, depressed, and frustrated. God’s plan is to give you rest. Exchange weariness for rest now. Regardless of circumstances, God is right there with you. He is replacing burdens for rest.

Lastly, to keep the faith, you have to keep studying The Word of God, The Bible. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by The Word of God. Romans 10:17.

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During Tough Times.

Matt 11:28 Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

Welcome to today’s blog post. I trust you are good. I pray that as you read today’s post, God makes the post personal to you.

A tough time could be a time when you are going through a disappointing moment, an expectation being dashed, trust being betrayed, feeling unloved, a broken heart, losses in diverse forms, financial bankruptcy, academic setbacks, guilt or might not even fall into any of these. The definition of a tough time is relative for you.

Whatever definition it is for you, you can say it feels like a time of despair (a complete loss or absence of hope) but at that moment, you are not hopeless. Tough times are really sensitive periods.

Let’s talk about the story of Abraham and Sarah, your story might not be the same but it’s something you can learn from. In this blog post, you will learn about what to do and what not to do during tough times. I pray that God opens your heart for you to learn.

Abraham and Sarah were married. For many years, they had no child and it was a challenging period for them even though God had given them His Word of promise beforehand that they would become parents of nations. Sarah became so tired of waiting and Sarah said to her husband and adviced him to lay with Hagar, her maid. Abraham did that and it led to regret. Genesis 21:11

What to do during tough times.

Firstly, you should note that your relationship with God matters. Your walk with God prior to tough times matters. You don’t prepare for a battle while in the battlefield, you prepare before the battle. This is not a reason you should have a quality walk with God, but because the quality of your walk with God will play a role during tough times.

During this period, do not put The Holy Spirit in a box. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. Don’t give room for only the explosive dimension of The Holy Ghost. God is very intentional about every part of your life. Open your heart to God.

During tough times, pour out your heart to God. Your anger, frustration, pain, whatever thing you feel, tell God about it. Tell Him how you feel. Let His comforting ministry find expression.

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
John 14:26 AMP

What not to do during tough times.

During tough times, don’t move out of God’s timing, things might not be going as planned but don’t seek a Plan B, wait on God. Don’t use your strength to fix things. You will end up failing.

“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that the shoots of it will not cease nor fail, [but there is no such hope for man].
Job 14:7 AMP

Irrespective of your hopeless state, there is still hope. Tough times should draw you close to God and not take you far from God. The woman with the issue of blood faced a tough time, she was bleeding for many years but she knew that if she moved close to God, she would get her healing.

If you are facing a tough time, just talk to God about it now. Don’t blame yourself, don’t blame Him, don’t blame situations, just talk to God. Find rest in God. Isaiah 26:3

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up ; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting— for he will never disappoint you !
Psalms 27:14 TPT

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