Thursday, 30 November 2017

Songs about letting God take control

Music helps me a lot. Its more or less medicine to me. In my bad and good times. There are times when we feel stressed, when it feels like the weight of the world rests wholly on us. We become weak, cranky, angry and frustrated.  But that's just what happens when we think we can do it all on our own; Truth is we can't. We need God.

Zechariah 4:6, NIV So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Don't beat yourself up worrying. After all what good does that do? I grew up with this song;
Why worry when you can pray? Trust in Jesus, He'll lead your way. Don't be a doubting Thomas. Just lean upon his promise. Why worry worry worry worry? When you can pray?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight.

So here's the list;
1. Let you drive by Manafest
2. Jesus take the wheel by Carrie Underwood
3. Backseat driver by TobyMac ft Hollyn
4. Background by Lecrae
5. Surrender by Blanca
6. Surrender by Hillsong

7. All I need is you by Lecrae
8. God is Enough by Lecrae
9. He never sleeps by Don Moen
10. Glow by MC Jin feat Tim Be Told
11. Prove Me Wrong by Mandisa
12. Into Your Arms by Capital Kings
13. Let Go by Manafest
14. Sinking Deep by Hillsong Young and Free
15. Things Fall Apart by Derek Minor




Tuesday, 17 October 2017

THE BIG QUESTION 103

Who are you? Who do you think you are? Much deeper than you think,the question seems simple on the surface but the content it holds can change or ruin the life of someone. We all have been asked this question in years past and various answer has been given to this but non has really answered the self claim "simple question." Who are you is a question that defines you, a question that reveals your capabilities, it's a single question that identifies your whole essence of existence. If you are still having difficulties answering that question, you are losing your value.
For you to be able to give an accurate answer that best suit that question, you have to be familiar with the little question that makes up that single question.
WHO ARE YOU?


SELF-AWARENESSSelf awareness is the recognition of your personality, your strength and weakness, your likes and dislikesDeveloping self awareness can help you to recognize WHO YOU ARE  and assess your abilities. 

you have to be able to identify what you are made up of and be able to explore that content. Self awareness is on of the major key in knowing  who you areIt's falls falls under the categories of your inner and outer and outer self.
    • OUTER SELF: In life we spend so much time focused on our outer self, the person we present to others. The outer self is concerned with what others thing or say, it's always looking over our shoulders at what others are doing and comparing our self to others. The outer self is a mask we ware to cover up the fact that we have lost touch with our inner self 
      • INNER SELF:  Is the person that no one ever sees, your inner self consist of the true feelings, desires, likes and dislikes that you masked from the world in other to be accepted and admired by the society. Finding your unique self expresses who you truly are and that means you have to remove the mask of the outer self. 

        "A deep understanding of what you are made of from will give you an idea of who you are" So what are you made up from???


        Thursday, 12 October 2017

        THE BITTER TRUTH

        LIFE!! Easily pronounced, spelt and giving meaning to but we fail to pay close attention to how powerful it is. A famous quote by Bishop David Oyedepo states "There's no free lunch in LIFE"  Nothing comes up so easy in life is either you work or struggle to get it.
        The bitter truth about life is that it would be tough, hard and cruel to you, it would gladly step on you, drag you, torture, humiliate and strip you off of what you own BUT the question remains "ARE YOU WILLING TO QUIT" You have to be smart, organized and stubborn to overcome life's challenges, strong enough to defeat all obstacles thrown at you.
        You are the best of you, go out, confront, challenge and be the winner you are. 

        THE BIG QUESTION 101

        HOW? HOW? HOW?

        How did Dwayne Johnson became the world highest paid actor.?
        How did Bill Gate became the world richest man?
        How did a poor boy like Jack Ma became the richest man in china today?

        HOW? HOW? HOW? 

        The big question still remains unanswered in the life of some people today. Some say they were lucky, but luck has nothing to do with your success of today. You can't just wake up one morning and say you want to be successful, cause you fall before you even rise. There are path to follow, instruction to adhere to in other to be where you should be today, there's a foundation in which your success would be build upon in other to attain that success you want.


        CURIOSITY : Curiosity, one of the most powerful word in the line of success, a word that drives people into creative thinkers. Curiosity simply means having a strong desire to know something, a desire to learn, a desire to push forward in all. Most successful men and women today as pointed curiosity to be the bed rock of learning, it's the foundation of which education was built upon. Every successful person today had an atom of curiosity in them that drove them to the level and height they are today, they were eager to learn and inquisitive in thing..




        Curiosity is all about asking questions, trying to question the very existence of something in other to get more information and details about it. What makes a successful student is their ability to always ask questions in other to get more details and understand it.
        Curiosity is an inbuilt talent which each and every on of us need to access  and utilize. Curiosity drives us up⬌makes us stand out cause our curiosity can solve the big problem of our lives. There's something we to know, something we have passion for, something we really want to push at.

        " YOU CAN'T GET AN ANSWER IF NO QUESTION IS ASKED " You have have to be curious in other to ask question. So we should channel our curiosity in the positive side to be be improved and inform

        START  ASKING AND START LEARNING

        Monday, 4 September 2017

        Life Without Scales

        Acts 9:18 English Standard Version
        And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized;



        The scales from Saul here representing the sinner, the carnal nature, the flesh, the pride of life, the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes and so on. Scales representing Carnality, intellectual ability, physique, qualifications, and wealth. We carry on in life with these scales in our eyes. Refusing to see ourselves and the world through God’s eyes. Our vision is blurred by these scales.



        Its unfortunate that we live with these scales disallowing us live like we should. We follow the crowd cause this scales don’t let us see beyond that. We do what everyone else does because its world ‘culture’ and who are we to break ‘em? We’re more focused on how we look so we don’t let love lead us to see the kid on the streets wearing no clothes. We are on a quest for fame, wealth and acceptance so its easy not to notice those who are on a quest for survival.



        These scales blind us from what’s truly important. We can’t see behind our wants, needs and selfish desires.



        When the scales of religion

        Of peer pressure

        Of ‘good things’ that life has to offer

        Of saying there is no God

        Of ignorance

        Fall of, you will become a transformed person or creature or individual. This transformation entails the peace, love and joy of the Holy Ghost


        Acts 9:20-22 :  and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

        Original article by Thummim Iyasere

        Thursday, 17 August 2017

        The Bigger Picture: Poem Alert

                                                                    "You're too shortsighted
                            To see beyond the wall
                             Even though tall
                             It could still fall

                            You're too shortsighted
                            To see beyond the mountain
                            Is a great big fountain
                            That is for now, hidden
                      
                            You're too shortsighted
                            To see the rain
                            Isn't actually a pain
                            But could be of gain"

        This is an extract from a poem of mine. This poem pretty much captures all I want to explain today. We all pass through trials and temptations and during those times its very easy to become short sighted. We loose sight of His love. Its hard to understand what's happening, why its happening or perhaps how exactly it happened. It is in times like these we are meant to trust God, not to understand, but just trust. I have discovered that in trusting there's probably not much 'sense' in it. But you just have to. Why?

        Psalm 118:8 : It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

        So when times get tough, quit looking for love or understanding in all the wrong places but run into his arms. Now there are somethings you have to understand
        1. Understand that you cant understand  click here to read more on that.
        Proverbs 3:5 : Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

             2.  God has good intentions for your life just trust Him
        Jeremiah 29:11 : For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

            3.  The trials and temptations you go through aren't to weaken you or because God hates you, they are meant to make you stronger, wiser and out of Love. So don't look at it as God punishing you, see it as your father preparing you for something greater. I love what a preacher at a local church where I formerly lived said. He said the Greater the trial the Greater the victory.

        Romans 12:12 : Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

        James 1:12 : Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.


        Its easier to see the wall than imagine what's beyond the wall and realize that no condition is permanent. Its easy to mourn your present situation than hope for what seems impossible. Many times we see our pains and sufferings as punishment from God as because of our sins. But God knows we aren't perfect. That we make mistakes. Now this is not an excuse to sin, we are to strive for righteousness, strive to be like our Savior, Jesus.

        Galatians 6:7 : Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 
        1 Corinthians 11:1 : Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

        But what if we were to perceive pain from a different perspective, see it as what it truly is. The trials and sufferings we go through are all part of God's plan. He loves us very much and has our best interest at heart. Don't be shortsighted that you fail to realize that the 'rain' isn't just 'pain' but could be of 'gain'.

        1 Corinthians 10:13 :No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

        James 1:2-4 : Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

        I encourage you today not to be shortsighted but look at the bigger picture, which includes not only the mountain that seems impossible to overcome but a fountain. Look at that  tall wall and have hope for it can fall, just keep believing. Don't just see the rain as pain or suffering or punishment, for rejoice as it is of gain.

        LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE!!

        Wednesday, 16 August 2017

        More: A Christian Perspective on Modesty



        By
        Lydia Jane

        Greetings to my family in Christ,

        I am writing today to address the topic of modesty for young women. I have addressed the issue of modesty somewhat when I wrote a post responding to a meme I saw that I did not agree with. (https://made4hisglorysite.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/please-just-stop/) This time, however, I would like to show a more in depth perspective of modesty for the young Christian woman specifically. Some of you who may be reading this might be thinking, “Here we go, another let’s tell women about modesty post.” Perhaps you may even be asking, “Why don’t these Christian bloggers ever address modesty for men?” For those who are thinking the former that this is just another modesty post, I hope you will not dismiss the issue as it will always be an issue as long as the world is fallen, and for those who wonder why the modesty issue is not being addressed for men, there are those who do or have addressed that topic, but for now I will be addressing the young women, as I have had to learn the lesson of modesty myself as a young lady in Christ. I thank you for taking the time to read this, and I pray God uses this blog post to strengthen and encourage you.
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        Modesty in the modern western world has a reputation of being an old fashioned concept that has stuck around primarily for the religious folk. Ironically, from what I have seen in my experience, those who believe that it is old fashioned still push the concept as the thing “good girls” do when raising their own daughters. Some are moving away from that trend, but many in the secular society still prefer their precious baby girls to hold to some idea of decency through modesty. While this may be the view of the world, as Christians we are to have a different view of modesty in light of God’s grace to us. Unfortunately, do to societal pressures we often have a hard time viewing modesty for what it truly is. Yet, I believe that as long as we are truly striving to be more like Christ we can always capture the true beauty of real modesty.

        So what is modesty?

        Often when we think of modesty we typically think of clothing styles. Yet, true modesty is more than that. Clothing (though how we dress is important) is actually just a fragment of all modesty entails. For us Christians, modesty is more than clothing. In fact, I believe the first thing we should recognize (as it has helped me) is that modesty has a source. Modesty for the believer is a calling on our lives from God. I am sure that many of you who have been raised with Christian backgrounds are familiar with all of the rhetoric concerning why you should dress modestly according to such and such passage. However, if you are anything like I was then it feels like a burden when you get to see all of your female secular role models, and girls around your age, dressed in ways that would get you in trouble with your God fearing elders. Yet, what helped me was when I began to see that it was not just a matter of some passage of scripture said such and such, but realizing that the scripture is the very word of God, and therefore God is the source, and God’s commands are not burdensome. In fact the commands He has given us are an act of His love, and if we remember that then the things He tells us to do is because He loves us, it makes it easier for us to follow Him.

        1 John 5:2
        For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

        Following God seems like a burden in any respect when we forget that love is the driving force behind our Christian walk. God began that love in our lives, by demonstrating His love towards us by suffering and dying for us while we were still sinners. He was willing to sacrifice His life for us to save us. For us Christians we should always strive to remember that love that saved us in times when it feels hardest to follow what He said, including when it comes to modesty. We should think if God can sacrifice His life in love for us, we should be willing to be modest in our walk with Him especially if we say we love Him. So, the source of our modesty is our God who loves us.

        The second thing we should note about modesty is that true modesty proceeds from the heart. It is a calling of God on our lives to be modest, but modesty also shows where our hearts are. I can recall times in my life where when I was most rebellious modesty slipped from my hands. I may not have been as immodest as some women of the world, but I definitely was not modest according to the standards of modesty I knew. It is easy for me to claim all sorts of reasons why I chose to not be modest, but in hindsight my lack of modesty really spoke of the time I was at a real struggle in my faith. My mind just was not focused on God, and so modesty was not really something on my mind at all. However, when I look at outfits from times I follow Christ from my heart I always noticed one thing, modesty mattered to me. Even if I did not get it right, I still cared that I did. I realize modesty is not about clothing alone, as I mentioned before, but choosing modest clothing is often a reflection of our faith as Christian women. I can say that at least for myself personally. When I consider what I wear I often ask myself questions such as “Will this intentionally cause men to stumble?” “If I wear this what will this say to people about Christ?” I care about these things, because it is a sin to intentionally cause others to stumble (Matthew 18:6), and how people perceive Christ because of me matters. I do not want to intentionally be the reason people mock God or His people. God gave us modesty as a sign of our dignity in Him.

        Those are essentially the two major components of modesty. Modesty is a command from God’s heart, and an act of love for others that proceeds from our hearts.

        So how does clothing play into modesty?

        As I mentioned earlier clothing is a part of modesty. It is not all there is, but it is important. Clothing ultimately is the reflection of the heart, so the question then becomes “What do we wear?” Now there are some groups of believers who believe women should only where dresses, and some who are okay with pants outfits, others say anything that is at least knee length and unrevealing is acceptable, and the list goes on. So what do we do with a multitude of information?

        I think first we need to consider that modest clothing has a cultural aspect to it. What is considered modest can vary from culture to culture, and it is often determined by what is considered sexual or not. Here in the west when we see clothing as modest there is a general agreement that our modesty covers the whole torso. There are places in the world where modesty is a lot less in covering. In fact, I remember learning of a tribe of people that were completely naked, but assigned modesty as making sure the opening of a female’s genitalia was covered when she was sitting down. I personally would not agree with that, and I would argue that that is evidence of how far mankind has fallen, but I digress as that is another topic for another day. So, back to my point there is some cultural aspect to modesty. In the United States, where I live, we can see modesty shift from group to group. Navigating all of these different things seems difficult, but I believe it is best if I come from personal experience when it comes to how I have navigated modesty and perhaps it will help you.

        When it came to modesty in my life there seemed to be two sets of modesty; 1) Church modesty, how I should perceive modesty in the church setting and 2) Home and social modesty, how I should perceive modesty in pretty much any setting that was not church.

        When I was younger, like most young people, my elders were the primary enforcers of my dress code; and I feel it is important to take note of that first. At the time, my family went to churches where dresses were the standard for girls. I remember I had developed a love hate relationship with dresses, because while dresses were pretty and made me feel just as pretty for a little girl, I was chastised for running around and playing in them. I laugh looking back on it, but at the time it irked me to no end. Yet, when I was not at church I was allowed to wear pants. I liked my pants, because I could play in them without getting in trouble. In the summers I used to even wear shorts. (I stopped wearing shorts when I grew older, because my figure alone was enough to turn those things into a scandal.) I remember most tops were acceptable the only rule was to be careful not to show any cleavage or my midriff. The cleavage rule was easy to follow, but I struggled with the midriff rule because I liked the look of crop tops and belly shirts. (I am not sure if the official name of that style was belly shirts, but I remember that is what we called it when girls tied up their shirts in a knot.) That is how it was for me, a fight against culture that my parents were trying to instill. It wasn’t until after I came to Christ for myself, and started to develop a love for God that I started to look at modesty in a different light. I remember I stopped fighting with the love of the cropped look, but I still had an issue with always wearing dresses to church. Then came the day, I was a teenager at this time, my family started attending a new church and my parents told me I didn’t have to wear dresses if I didn’t want to. I remember I couldn’t put on jeans fast enough for church service. I finally was free to play games with others after service. It was great! Yet, this became what was the first time I entered the world of a morally gray modesty; where my church and social modesty were fused into one. Then there were days when my family visited other churches and they wanted to encourage me to put on dresses again, and I wondered “Why?” I had finally been freed from having to, and that showed me I did not need to where dresses to be engaged in my faith life at church. My parents would try to explain at these other churches they preferred a more formal modesty, and all I could think was I would listen to them, but that to me was just stupid.

        It wasn’t until sometime later that I realized the issue of conforming to various modesty styles for different groups was a God honoring thing. While my wearing jeans was not sinful for me, it was a matter of Christian liberty, it could potentially harm the faith of others. In Romans 14 the same issue had already been addressed. While the issue of modesty is not specifically mentioned in that passage, it does call us to not pass judgment on the opinions of those who are different in their thoughts on cultural engagement, which I clearly did by thinking they were “stupid”, and by thinking my wearing jeans was better than their desire for dresses. Instead we are called to do as they would, so that we do not hinder their faith in Christ. I learned I was not better than the dress wearers, and that they were doing what they could to grow in Christ and obey Him just like I was.

        That is how I learned the answer to what do I wear. The answer is always whatever is befitting the occasion that will not intentionally cause others to stumble. It is an act of love for all. In doing so I am saying, I care enough about your faith that I place you over my desire to wear certain styles.

        Philippians 2:3-4
        Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

        God bless you all in the love of Christ,


        Lydia Jane


        About the author:

        Lydia Jane is a Christian blogger from the USA. You can follow her blog at https://made4hisglorysite.wordpress.com/  

        Monday, 14 August 2017

        Songs To Boost Self-Confidence plus My Fight For Self-acceptance

        If there's anything I suffered from badly it was lack of self-confidence. For a long time I struggled to see myself as beautiful. Growing up I was a very chubby kid and because of this I felt like an outsider, odd and I resented myself. I felt ugly and the spiteful comments of some people confirmed it. Even though my parents saw me as very beautiful I never did. I wished I looked like everyone else. I wished I wasn't so fat or so short. To make matters worse came pimples. This just had to crown it all. What could be worse, being one of the first in your class to start having pimples. Having your peer mates shout 'Eeeww!!!' when you were in their midst. Staring at others be so free and comfortable in their skin and wondering why I wasn't  like them. Wondering why I couldn't act like the others.

        I've come a long way in discovering who I am. I'm still discovering anyway. But I've realized if there's anything I am, its certainly not being ugly. It of course took a long time to realize this. It took years of staring at a mirror and trying to convince myself. It took a lot of data subscribing to confidence boosting sites. It took a deeper relationship with Jesus. In which I could tell Him of my every pain and battle.

        I'm glad to say that I've passed that phase in my life. This is not to say I don't feel uncomfortable when I'm around people. Nope I still do sometimes. But now each time I hear a voice that tells me how ugly or weird or different I am from everyone else, I'm not afraid to shout back at that voice saying:
        I AM BEAUTIFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. I KNOW I'M DIFFERENT I'M AWARE I'M NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. BUT I PRAISE YAHWEH FOR THIS DIFFERENCE. I KNOW WHO I AM. I'M NOT UGLY, I'M LOVED BY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN AND THAT'S MORE THAN ENOUGH TO ME.

        I still feel  awkward when I walk down the street, but this time not with doubt in my heart. Even if my mind might take a while processing the fact of who I am, my heart doesn't. My heart is sure and spirit convinced and that's what keeps me walking down that street.


        Music has helped me a lot through these times of self-realization and it still does.
        This is a list of songs that made me feel a whole lot better when I felt a whole lot unhappy:

        1. Imagine Me by Kirk Franklin
        2. No Better U by V.Rose
        3. Not So Average by V.Rose
        4. I Know Who I Am by Sinach
        5. Stay High by Jonathan McReynolds
        6. Lovin' Me by Jonathan McReynolds
        7. Headphones by Britt Nicole
        8. Ready Or Not by Britt Nicole feat. Lecrae
        9. Not Backing Down by Blanca
        10. Be All Right By KB
        11. Find Your Way by KB
        12. Smile by Jonathan Mcreynolds

        Women After God's Heart Playlist

        Made this playlist on the music app about a week ago. It consists of songs by Christian women about being after God's Heart or better still having a longing or desire for God, as well as songs by Christian women who I believe through their works have shown their passion for Christ.
        note: Its not limited to a specific genre

        1. After You by Britt Nicole
        2. Through Your Eyes by Britt Nicole
        3. More What I Wanted by Cece Winas
        4. Alabaster Box by Cece Winas
        5. In Awe by Hollyn
        6. Love With Your Life by Hollyn
        7. Fill A Heart by Tori Kelly
        8. Hollow by Tori Kelly
        9. I'll Be Alright by Beckah Shae
        10. Legacy by Beckah Shae feat. Crystal Lewis
        11. Lord I Give You My Heart by Darlene Zschech
        12. I Lift My Voice In Adoration by Darlene Zschech
        13. Surrender by Blanca
        14. Not Backing Down by Blanca
        15. Don't Want To Live For Me by Moriah Peters
        16. Brave by Moriah Peters
        17. Because Of Who You Are by Juanita Bynum
        18. You Are Great by Juanita Bynum
        19. Way Maker by Sinach
        20. More by Sinach
        21. Surrender by V.Rose feat. Flame
        22. Take A Broken Heart by V.Rose feat. Derek Minor
        23. Hold Me by Jamie Grace
        24. Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace
        25. Seattle by Mary Mary
        26. Shackles by Mary Mary
        27. Adore by Jaci Velasquez
        28. I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe
        29. Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobbs
        30. Smile by Tasha Cobbs

        Love Songs by Christian musicians

        Don't you just love love? So beautiful, I find myself falling in love with love. Crazy right?
        Anyway here's a list of love songs from my favorite Christian musicians:

        1. Beautiful Life 2 (Mine) by Trip Lee
        2. Desire by Gawvi feat. Darrein Safron
        3. Love You Better by Derek Minor feat. JC
        4. California Lovers by Tori Kelly
        5. Don't Wanna Wake Up by Capital Kings
        6. Got You On My Mind
        7. Electric Love by Britt Nicole
        8. Cant Live Without by Hollyn
        9. My Little Baby by Canon feat. DJ Official
        10. Nobody Love by Tori Kelly
        11.  Love Go High by Derek Minor feat, Chrisette Michelle
        12. Lights Go out by KB feat. Blanca and Justin Ebach
        13. Fallin In Love by Britt Nicole
        14. Be With You by Tedashii feat. Lester 'L2' Shaw
        15. All I Need Is You by Lecrae
        16. I Can Wait by Trip Lee
        17. 808 by Tedashii
        18. All My Love by Hollyn
        19. First Heartbreak by Tori Kelly
        20. I was Made for Loving You

        Songs about letting God take control

        Music helps me a lot. Its more or less medicine to me. In my bad and good times. There are times when we feel stressed, when it feels like...