The times we are in are very eventful. You must have observed that I haven’t been writing so consistently, I’m sorry, I’ll step up the game, and revert to inundating you with my posts. I sometimes get tempted not to write, but I know that these times must be documented, for what we do today, is tomorrow’s story. Are you concious of the story you are writing with your life? In the upper week, I was in the UK for another BIT session, last week (Sept 30), I had an opportunity of going to talk about Nigeria to a Redeem Church in Ogudu, On the first, I spent two hours at the radio station (Eko FM) encouraging people on Nigeria. Over this just concluded weekend, I was opportuned to go to UNAB for a seminar, made it to Ibadan for the night, and woke early and headed for OAU ife, where I had the opportunity of sharing some thoughts, together with a team of colleagues, with four fellowship gatherings. These are demanding times, but there is no salvation without the cross.
Have you ever been in a condition before where it is so proper to say the wrong things? Where complaining, lamenting, expressing frustration, anger are the norms on your lips? Have you ever been in a condition, where you know that you ought to thank God, but it’s so freaking difficult? Or are you currently in the midst of such a time? Don’t sucuumb to those negative feelings or thoughts. These are the times to offer the sacrifice of praise.
Praise becomes a sacrifice, when it is not convinient. It’s a sacrifice when it’s difficult to offer. When in offering it, you need to take your eyes away from what stares you in the eye as naked reality, and shift your eyes to an unwavering faith in your desired eventualities. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and conciously or unconciously, our lives are directed by the words we utter. Every careless word, is as important as well thought out words. The fabrics on which the universe sits is words. Words are the raw materials of creation.
That gathering with friends where you bare out your heart on your issues, could very well be your issue. That freeing opportunity for letting off the steam and expressing your frustration may very well be the source of your continued frustration. Life is segmented into seasons, at times it’s dry and atimes it rains. Days have segments, sometimes there is light sometimes there isn’t. It is the blessings of God on the creativity of man that give man the unique opportunity of enjoying consistence irrespective of what the seasons dictate. Day comes after night as surely as night after day, but light can be constant.
The sacrifice of praise ought to be the fruit of your lips. It’s difficult, it’s hard, it’s not easy, it’s not natural, but the only way to triumph is to have a heart of gratitutde and offer praise and thanksgiven when it doesn’t feel like it. You must not take your inspiration and motivation from what you can currently see, good or bad, they are temporal. You must be internally driven, internally motivated and inspired. You must be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth it’s fruits in and out of season. Praise must be the fruit of your lips. The attitude that makes your heart perfect towards God is gratitude, that’s the only attitude that grants the divine permission to interfer in the affairs of men.
Whatever you are going though, give praise. Not normal praise, give the sacrifice of praise, and watch God inhabit your situtation and turn things around.
Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Hab 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.