BYE, BYE LITTLE FOXES.

If you’ve once watched Dora the Explorer (the kids cartoon that was so interactive), you would remember that whenever Dora was about to achieve something important, Swiper the fox always showed up.

You must catch the troubling foxes, those sly little foxes that hinder our relationship. For they raid our budding vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted within you. Will you catch them and remove them for me? We will do it together.
Song of Songs 2:15 TPT

Little foxes: Those things that do not allow God’s expression in your life.

I once heard of the story of a particular lady who was very afraid, she had this little fox in her life called fear that never allowed her to excel in any of her exams. The moment she got rid of the little fox, she started doing very well in her tests and exams.

The little foxes are in different forms. They may come in form of procrastination, you keep saying “I will do it later”. They may come in form of anger, you do not have self control and you just get exasperated at the slightest thing and many more.

HOW TO GET RID OF THOSE LITTLE FOXES.

1. Identify them: What are those things that deprive you from achieving things, that deprive God’s work in you. Identify them.

2. Write them out: Don’t just have a head knowledge about them. Write them out.

3. Ask for help: The last sentence in the Bible text above says “We will do it together”. This means, God is ready to help you get rid of them and once you are ready too, He said you will do it together ( You and Him). You are not alone. Ask God for help. You can also ask people for help.

4. Take conscious effort to get rid of them: Let’s go back to Dora the Explorer. Whenever Dora saw that the fox was approaching her, she would say “Swiper no swiping”. That was a conscious effort to get rid of the fox. Be conscious, be consistent, do not give up.

5. Speak it, live it: This point is similar to the previous. Speak to that fox and believe that it is gone. The fox will keep coming and you would have to keep speaking to it and living without it.

With these steps, you can proudly say BYE, BYE LITTLE FOXES.

Gotta laugh: I watched an episode of Dora the Explorer to write this blog post.

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The Nigeria we live in (A poem for Nigeria’s 61st independence).

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Welcome to Nigeria
The country with unlimited potentials.

Our slogan is peace and unity
We live with equal opportunities.

The country that doesn’t accept mediocrities
Each citizen with his own peculiarities.

A country rooted in Love
Given to us from Above.

No better role model than our leaders
They can run a thousand kilometres
To make sure there is order.

We lend to nations
And attend to other countries medical attention.

We live in light
Even the night shines so bright.

The country with enabling environment
We are ruled under wise judgement.

A country that detests corruption
Whose citizens obey instructions.

It is rare
To find someone who lives in fear.

The old people rest
And do not get depressed

This is our country
And the tea we drink is liberty.

Even though everyone has their own differences
It doesn’t lead to keeping grudges.

Our educational system is sound
And it gives room to people from all background.

There are many employment availabilities
In various facilities.

Every citizen with his own abilities
And this allows variabilities.

A land flowing with milk and honey
Nobody makes blood money.

This is the country we live in
This is the country we believe in.

Happy 61st independence!

Written by Abba through His pen, Popoola Oladewa Laura

01/10/2021

“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.
Job 14:7‭-‬9 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/job.14.7-9.NKJV

There is hope for Nigeria. This is the Nigeria I live in, This is the Nigeria I believe in. Speak positively to your mountain. There’s so much negatively already. Happy new month.

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The Overcomers( A series) 2: Who you really are.

1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that he should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: KJV

But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself- you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own- all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. The living Bible (paraphrased).

Welcome back to my blog. We are back to the series; The Overcomers. Before I continue, I got some messages, some said they do not understand the King James version of the Bible. By God’s grace, I will be using two or more versions of the bible for everyone to understand regardless of your religion. Some said they didn’t even understand anything that was written in the first part of the series . I pray that henceforth the eyes of our understanding will be opened to understanding God’s Word in Jesus name. John 1:1 says

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
KJV
Before anything else existed, there was Christ(the Word), with God. He has always(in the beginning) been alive and is himself God. The living bible( paraphrased).

The verse up there implies that The Word there is Christ. The Word was not only with God but the Word is God and that is why we are not to read the Word using our own understanding. The bible says we should trust in the Lord with all our hearts and we should not lean on our own understanding instead in all our ways, we should acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths (proverbs 3:5-6). We should always pray to God that He should teach us His Word, we are also expected to have faith that our prayers have been answered. The reason why atheists argue with the Word is because they read with their own understanding. They do not understand the Word of God and it will be more difficult making them understand because they do not have the Word (Christ) in them. You can now go back to the last series. God has given us understanding already.

Back to the post now, what does it mean to overcome? According to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, to overcome means to succeed in dealing with a problem. What’s the biggest problem in the world? The answer is SIN. Sin is the biggest problem in the world and that’s the major reason why Christ came in form of man to die for our sins so we may overcome because He overcame.

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Who you really are.

You are AN OVERCOMER. It’s as simple as that. You have The Overcomer in you hence you are an overcomer. In John 15: 5, Jesus said He is the Vine and we are the branches. I got to understand a different interpretation of this while I was reading the book BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Pastor E.A Adeboye and I will gladly share. He said in the book and I quote

If He is the Vine and I am the branch, since the same fluid in the Vine flows into the branch, it follows that the blood that flows in Jesus Christ is the one flowing in me. It follows therefore that any sickness that cannot stay in the body of Jesus cannot stay in my body.

In botany( the study of plants), there’s something called the apoplastic pathway. In simple terms I’d call it the flow of water through the apoplast to the plant tissues. Relating it to what I have to say, the apoplast is Christ, we are the plant tissues. Anything that flows from the apoplast flows to the tissues but there’s something called a casparian strip that prevents the upward flow of water from the roots to those tissues and that’s sin. Sin prevents us from getting everything that comes from the Vine. This barrier called sin is what prevents us from being Overcomers. Isn’t that sad?

We should learn to let go of the barrier called sin and take up our true identities as Overcomers. This post is getting too long so I have to conclude.

In conclusion, if you aren’t an overcomer then you are taking the wrong path completely. It’s not too late to join the journey of the Ovrcomers. Accept that you’ve been taking the wrong path and pray to God to remove the barrier called sin in you. May the Lord forgive all our sins. I’m an overcomer, are you?

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The Overcomers (A series) 1: Discovering the real YOU.

The only roadmap to success that you should follow is standing out – George Chidiebere (Author of the book “DISCOVERING THE REAL YOU”)

Welcome back to my blog. I’ve been so inconsistent with this blog. I’ve been demotivated, my emotions mottled but it’s well by God’s grace.

About three to four years ago, I realised my passion; passion for writing. I became a voracious writer, the insatiable desire to write was upon me. The unquenchable passion for writing led me to opening this blog, oladewalaura. The main purpose for this blog was to keep you INSPIRED. By the word “inspire”, I meant to fill, encourage, motivate and uplift you through this blog. Reading comments and feedbacks from you saying “this is motivating” , “this post is inspiring ” and other uplifting words fueled my aim for this blog. I started writing on this page February 2018 precisely. I’ve been motivated seeing you motivated. I’ve even had feedbacks from public figures. Miss Juliana Olayode ( a former actress in the series “Jenifer’s diary; A comedy series produced by Funke Akindele; renowned actress” ) once visited my blog and I was mesmerised and a few more of them.

Few months ago, I realised something was missing in this blog, something I could not figure out. I decided to stop writing for a while then because I was overwhelmed by my school’s work so I had to prioritise. I became more of a reader and a listener. I watched motivational videos that only motivated me for a while, I read motivational quotes that motivated me for a while. I had to keep reading, watching and listening like a car that needs fuel to move.

About two or three weeks ago, I finally realised what was missing, THE WORD. Yes! The word was what was missing, the Word of God. It was never in any post I wrote, it wasn’t in any post I used to read neither was it in any video I watched and that was the major reason while I was “half motivated”. That was special kind of discovery on it’s own- realising that I’m we are to live with the Word.

The Overcomers; the series is here for you to realise what is missing in your world for your puzzle to be complete. This series is here to answer your questions. The most important thing is that this series is here with the Word! However, the Word is not for you us to just read. The word is for you us to live by.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

PSALM 119:105

This planet called earth is filled with darkness. Imagine yourself while walking on the road at night and suddenly the streetlights go off. That’s so scary, right? You become blind physically until your eyes starts adjusting. The word of God is here to lighten our paths spiritually. Once you can see spiritually then the physical becomes a lilliputian immediately. The Light inspires us for a better tomorrow, it makes us look forward to the future! It makes us live as OVERCOMERS. The journey as an overcomer has just begun, I would love you to join too. I’m an overcomer, are you?

Welcome to my blog once again, this time I am determined to be consistent.

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The mind and you.

You were created with a brain

The difference between a man and an animal is that we have a well developed brain which gives us a mind that thinks.

However, many people tend to be “too spiritual” and depend on God for everything.

Imagine if you were to cross a road and you closed both eyes then wait for the Holy Spirit to tell you when to cross, that’s foolishness right?

It’s the same thing when you do not use your brain to do things that you are supposed to do.

Every great business came about due to great minds.

Your mind is important, however, too much knowledge can lead to foolishness.

I mean, how can some random scientists say that a beautiful lady like me evolved from apes. Oh wow. How amazing. That’s ridiculous. You mean I came about due to some Big Bang theory?

In essence, your decisions should be guided by the Word but you have a brain too, use it. Don’t wait to hear God tell you what to eat or how to do somethings.

Adam, the first man ever created, was given the opportunity to name several animals and plants. Your mind can create. Use it.

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An open letter to God from you.

Dear Abba(Father),

I don’t need to worry

I should speak up when I’m bothered

Ask questions when I’m confused.

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I might forget all these tomorrow,

Or the next

But You keep reminding me

That there’s peace and understanding in You.

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I don’t need to hold on to my worries

I just need to focus on You.

So help me God.

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Many times we forget that we really didn’t create ourselves and The One Who created us, wants the very best for us. We forget, and that’s fine, because we are humans. That’s why He said through Peter

For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
II Peter 1:12 NKJV

Hey! He just reminded you. Let Him handle that situation. Have a beautiful week.

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