The Store House… Introduction

Hello Lovely Family. It is with great joy that we would be sharing the next 8 posts. It’s titled #TheStorehouse and it is all about #Tithing. You think you know everything there is to know about tithing, then  #Getreadytobeschooled. It’s going to be #1monthofawesomeness served by the Wonderful Ugo. So stay tuned and enjoy the ride for the next 1 month. We would be dishing out this delicious meal every Monday and Friday. Now dig in.

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My dear friends, the Church in Nigeria is faced with a doctrinal crisis that has shifted from a simple refute of doctrines to a battle of vulgarity. In the past weeks I have watched how revered men of God who have always taught a sola scriptura (by scripture only) path to holiness adopt intelligent arguments to support tithing without concrete use of the scriptures. Yet I have seen a new teacher, Daddy freeze, he definitely deserves to be called a teacher, use the scriptures to tear down all arguments for tithing with articulate scriptural quotes and an albeit disrespectful attitude that would make people who are emotionally sensitive to elders unable to see beyond how unloving he has been in addressing various misconceptions. I have been on all sides of this argument and I have also experienced some of the emotions of anger well up at some of the recent declarations of curses adopted by these mighty preachers. As a guy with a passion for the things of God and understanding the deeper mysteries of scriptures, I took it upon myself some weeks ago to do a mini research on the subject and I can say this intellectual journey has been more spiritual than I anticipated.

The things of the Spirit

For me who would never claim sole understanding of the Spirit of God, I would say I feel fortunate to have learnt this commonly believed truth which no longer seems so common. For those of you reluctant to read your bibles, I would, at this point, request that you have your bibles with you because I will not paraphrase most things for you, like I love to. I will leave you to read up the verses I would refer to you so that I can leave your mind open to new revelations in case you might see more than I have and be willing to share with me. I want to also say everything I am writing are not my personal knowledge. I heard most from the debating parties. Some I can relate with, others I stand firmly against but all parties are well respected for how much they have helped me come to this knowledge of the truth. Most importantly I am grateful for the Fathers of the Church whose wisdom I can always lean on to confirm if anything I have learnt from scripture is in any way heretic from the teachings of the first 5 generations of Christians and the Didache (Gk. teachings) of the Apostles.

A brief warning to readers: After the personal stories to be shared, I would take you on my scriptural, theological and spiritual journey on tithing. Make sure you have a bible and read for yourselves because the quoting will begin. I will share all I have read from the scriptures on my own and share with you my understandings. Then also I will quote some ancient Fathers of the Church just to show you that this matter of tithes don tey wen e don dey bother Christians. I have used the same constructive method I used to discover Christianity and the Church which is subjecting myself to a deep study of scriptures and after which searching the Christian teachings of the first 5 centuries to see just how far back all I have discovered were true and I will leave you to see for yourself if this is not the Holy Spirit teaching you something new in your generation which was received from Christ and passed down to His Apostles and their successors, The Fathers of the Church.

 

I know the suspense is much but we want you to come back so stay Tuned and see you on Friday.

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Blessed are the Persecuted

Hello Lovely Family, We are at the end of the beatitudes and what a wonderful way to end. I have a lot to say but it will have to hold so you can enjoy this post. Dig in. As usual we hope this touches you to make the necessary changes in your life.

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“God bless you” I mutter as I got up from his desk

But do I really mean those words, it seems my faith is constantly being put to test.

I wish I could turn back and give in.

I really need this job.

The war in my spirit wages strong.

Go back! Go home!

“Your will be done; Your will be done”

That’s all I can say as it seems all my strength is gone.

I trudge home with pain filling my every step.

My face tells a tale of woe.

I haven’t even spoken yet I can see disappointment etched on their faces.

That was my undoing, to my room I race

The tears finally flowing;

From whimpers to full wailing

God why me! I scream, as my tears flow like a stream

I have tried my best, yet I’ve gained nothing

Given my all but still nothing!

And why? why? why me!

Because I choose to stand for my King.

I choose not to allow the world to influence my faith.

I choose to be different

And with it comes pain

I choose to stand out and with it comes suffering.

The loss of friends, relationships and earthly goods.

I say no to the riches of the world.

I say goodbye to the world and all its influences.

I ask myself this question: Would I change for anything?

Would fear of loss of earthly pleasures take me away from my God

Never! I won’t! I won’t , not for a million dollars!

I will stand firm no matter what it costs

Forever clinging to the old rugged cross

And I’m assured that for all the earthly “misfortunes ”

I’ll gain something worth way more……HEAVEN

I will dare to Stand out.

 

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Blessed are the Peace Makers

Hello Lovely Family, We are gradually coming to the close of this series #Beatitudes and today’s post is about the Peacemakers and I love this post because it’s suspense filled and passes the message in a subtle manner but it hits you that this is you to a perfect ‘T’. Dig in.

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I race into my drive way terribly upset,

Barely acknowledging all the neighbourhood greetings and hype

That guy is so lucky I’ve changed I mutter to myself as I shut my car door forcefully,

Okay… it was more of a shout than a mutter.

But can you blame me!

Well maybe a little.

I should just have walked away from my pride

Acted my acclaimed Christianity rather than shouted it

And for what?

A situation that wasn’t even mine in the first place.

I claimed to myself that I was helping

But I wasn’t

I told myself it was my duty to make things better, but I didn’t

In fact, I made things worse!

Instead of being neutral I picked a side and made it known

Instead of being loving, I passed judgement

When I wasn’t being listened to, I raised my voice

Louder

Louder

Till my scream silenced everyone.

Panting I told them my bit and left in annoyance

Thoroughly spent and utterly upset

More at myself than any other.

I remember his words

Like knife to my heart

“look at you, and you call yourself a Christian. You’re a “tush” agbero girl!”

Me? Agbero!!  I exclaimed.

“Yes You!” He shouted back and added rather disdainfully “You are no better than the rest”

Ahhh

I felt dead that instant

But I know he is not far from the truth

I was supposed to be that voice of reasoning

But I became just another unwanted voice

Like every other person

How do I expect to be different, when I am not acting different?

How do I expect to be called a child of God?

When instead of choosing peace, I choose aggression

When I felt the need to always be right and heard

When I decided my own Christianity does not condone rubbish

Never hesitating to fight back and clapback

I was wrong

They are wrong

Embracing peace doesn’t make me the weaker person;

Walking away from provocation doesn’t make me timid.

Staying silent doesn’t make me dumb;

Overlooking doesn’t make me stupid

Some may not understand

Men may mock me for choosing peace

They’ll call me timid, fearful and an embarrassment

They’ll hurl insults for being docile.

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This defines this beatitude in the best possible way

But I am not any of these.

I am a child of God

I will choose peace even when I don’t feel like it

I’ll make sacrifices for the other party

I’ll swallow my words of anger and speak calmly and lovingly,

I’ll pray for those who curse me and help those who hate me

I’ll lose my judge’s cap and embrace my prayer garment

I will love those who go out of their way to pick a fight with me

I will always choose peace.

 

For I, like my father, am a peacemaker!

 

God bless you all abundantly.

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Blessed are the pure in heart

Hello Lovely Family, This post is straight-forward. It is the desperate cry of a soul that has recognized its inadequacies, is humble and has mourned over his sins. It is from the heart that has submitted to God and hungers for God to show him Mercy and thirsts for Righteousness. This is the cry of the soul that has promised full allegiance to God. This has been not only inspiring for us but soul-searching for me especially with today’s post. Dig in

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Purge me!

Purge me again!!

And again!!!

Take it all out,

Everything;

the hate, my sins.

the flaws,my scars.

No longer will I hold on-

To the grudge that I may bear.

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Purify me!

Purify my heart!!

Purify me thoroughly!!!

Take it all away-

The pains, my shame.

The fears, my cares.

Take it all out!

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To have a heart that is pure, we need to empty our hearts and allow the Lord to fill us

Empty me!

Empty it all!!

Empty my heart!!!

From the wrongs and the not so wrong.

From the crooked paths that leads to destruction.

 

On bended knees,

Without any doubts at all,

My sincere desire I plead for-

Purify my heart that I may be like you.

Make my heart your dwelling place.

 

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Till we see next week, remain in Christ.

Blessed are the Merciful

Hello Lovely Family It’s Easter and what better way to celebrate than to ponder on God’s mercy towards us. Now dig in

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I am not a sinner.
I am not like this adulterer.
I pay my tithe. I give to the needy.
This person or that person is a sinner.
He or she is in need of God’s mercy.

That man is a thief.
Kill him! Maim him!
Teach him a lesson so that in his next life he would not be tempted to steal again.
You go on jungle justice rampage.
Mercy means nothing to you.
They have to pay for their actions.

On and on you go casting aspersions on people.
They deserve no mercy.
Yet you sin against God, those secret sins that the mere mention of it would make men cringe their face in shame.
He offended you.
What he did hurt to your soul.
You won’t forgive him.
She killed something in you with her words.
How dare she come to apologise to you.
You owe her no mercy.

 

Yet you mouth the words of the Lord’s prayer day in day out: ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us’ condemning yourself with each breath.

Mercy flows from Mercy.
To receive mercy you must give mercy.
To be merciful is to show forgiveness and compassion to those who we often feel are undeserving of our Mercy.
We are all undeserving of God’s mercy.
Yet again and again His Mercy triumphs over Justice.
He stands as merciful Father rather than a Just Judge.
Mercy is a quality of God who forgives when we offend him.
Salvation in itself is God’s greatest act of Mercy.
When we show Mercy, we become more and more like God.
Life and each second chance that it brings is an act of Mercy from God
So why will you think another person is not deserving of that same mercy you so desperately need.

 
Mercy comes from a soul that has first acknowledged its spiritual emptiness, come to terms with its own imperfections in humility, mourned over its sins, has learnt to submit to God and to hunger for God to satisfy us with the righteousness that we need to live each day.

 
When we are able to recognise that we are imperfect beings, broken and in constant need of God’s mercy, it becomes easier to show others mercy.
Mercy comes from Mercy, our Mercy to each other comes from God’s mercy to us.

 
We owe everything to God
All we have and are is as a result of the divine, free and underserved Mercy of God.

 

The person who is merciful will be blessed because God’s mercy will be shown to Him.

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