Monday, 23 February 2015

The SWAG Christian | What's the fuss about?

Ever wondered why it is cool to be part of SWAG Christians, and are you aware of the benefits? 

To be SWAG is to be Someone Who Adores God. How can you as a Young Person be SWAG?

10 Things To Consider
  1. Read your Bible every day and Obey the gospel of Christ. 
  2. Keep yourself pure.
  3. Build a Christian personality and character.
  4. Serve God and use your talents for God.
  5. Lead others to Christ.
  6. Encourage and help others. 
  7. Be faithful throughout your life.
  8. Avoid godless chatter.
  9. Prepare to have a Christian home.
  10. Prepare yourself to have a decent profession; to be the best in your career.

Have you identified any of the above points that you need to improve? Make a list of ways that you need to increase being SWAG.



Are you wondering what the fuss is about being SWAG? (You will gain a lot if you read/click/open the Bible scriptures below):

To be SWAG means
 
  • You are confident in your choices and decision making as God will be leading you. He will be directing every step that you take (Ps 37:23)
  • You will be wiser than your age (Ps 119:98)

  • God will be revealing the hidden and secrets things to you (Jer 33:3). How awesome is it for you to be privy to information that others do not know.

  • God will be rewarding you and favouring you on a daily basis (Deut. 28)

  • You won't have any guilt or shame in life (Rom 8:1-2)

  • You won't allow anyone to control your emotions (2Tim 1:7)

  • You have the assurance of making heaven regardless of when you die (John 14:1-3)

  • You are quick to identify your weakness and work on it (Heb 12:5-8)

  • There won't be a secret that you are ashamed of (Phil 3:7-10)


Be a SWAG Christian.

- Myss Lafunky

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Caution: Slow Down

Happy Monday to my wonderful readers and followers, 

How is your week going? 

Today's post is about being hasty.

God's wisdom says that it is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices (Proverbs 19:2). 

Did you know that being hasty is not a virtue that we are to have, except to obey God's Word and to finish an urgent task? Only in such things should we hurry (My opinion). Otherwise, wisdom and caution are required before a decision is made so that you don't make a mistake or fall into an error.

If you make a decision in a hurry without taking your time to research, it is called ignorance. 

God condemned being ignorant and hasty as traits of the fool. In the book of Proverbs, the author stated that before decisions are made and actions are taken, a careful study and a good acquisition of knowledge need to be undertaken. Ignorance is no bliss. Therefore, gather all the relevant information that you need before you make a decision. 
 
If others tease or criticise you for being cautious before you make a decision, ignore them. There is no honour in rushing decisions without adequate preparation and research. I have been in several situations where I was in a haste to make a decision (and yes, I made those decisions) but I ended up facing the consequences. I have also been in a situation where I was not in a hurry, by the time I did my research, weighed up the pros and cons, I made a better decision, which paid off.

It could be argued that many people would have gotten along as friends if they had slowed down to consider the consequences of their actions. Also, many homes would not have been wrecked if individuals considered the consequences of their choices.

Some people enter into conflicts because of their lack of patience. The Bible says that it is folly and shame to answer a matter before fully grasping the issues (Proverbs 18:13). This suggests that in the place of correcting an issue or solving a problem, you must not be too quick to make a decision or judge a case without fully understanding the issue.

A wise person questions everything (Proverbs 14:15) before he or she makes a decision in order to avoid future trouble.
 


 
To my dear Readers and Followers,

Do you prove facts before acting or deciding on an issue? 

Do you join a church in a haste without finding out about the church? 

Do you preach a message in a haste without taking time to plan? 

Do you enter a relationship in a haste without taking your time to find out about the person and ensure that where you are heading is what you want and what God wants for you? 
 
Do you think carefully before you commit your finance into that project or supposed investment?

The Bible condemned ignorance. God wants us to prove all things and examine all directions from all angles before we make a decision.

Don't be in a haste to make a decision. I understand that this generation likes to make a decision in a quick manner, however, this is dangerous as the likelihood of making a mistake is high.
Only be quick to make a decision if it is in relation to obeying God's Word or when you are running away from sins.

Enjoy the rest of your week


- Myss Lafunky

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

What Men Really Want

Below is a guest post from one of my Readers and Followers. Please, read and leave a comment and also share it with your friends. I learnt a few things from the post.  I guess nobody is above learning.

Do you agree with Sage's views of what men want in a woman? Readers and followers are welcome to contact me via trulymakingadifference@gmail.com if you would like to write a female's perspective of what women want from Christian men.

So I came up with this title when driving home one day from work. I decided on this title because I felt it’s high time our young ladies had an idea of what a man wants from a man’s point of view; not women magazines or health books like TD Jakes once said (I’m paraphrasing him here). So this is my attempt, albeit amateurish and solely based on experience, to paint a picture of what men really want.


While researching for this article, I Googled the phrase ‘what men really want’ and to no surprise Google turned up articles that took the physical angle of sex, dirty talk and looks. I doubt nobody will go "what!?" Nothing on character!!! So how are women to know the characters that are dear to men and better still, born-again men?



Before we get into it…..WARNING! This is a no holds barred article. Now that’s sorted, let’s start with sex. Sex was created by God to be enjoyed in marriage between two people. Sex is truly a pleasurable experience…don’t ask how I know LoL. Someone told me/old things have passed away/#speakingforafriend. Herein lies the problem; let’s stop by 1Pet.2:11 (GNB): "I appeal to you, my friends, as strangers and refugees in this world! Do not give in to bodily passions, which are always at war against the soul". As a born again single or about-to-be-married sister, does it then mean you can’t please your man before marriage?

Then we have the other part……dirty TALK! If you can’t engage in fleshly desires as a born again single sister then what is the purpose of talking dirty to your boyfriend or soon-to-be married man? That brings us to Eccl. 1:2: "vanity upon vanity, all is vanity". Then you swing by Timothy (1Tim6:20 & 2Tim2:16) and we are warned to abstain from idle talk.

That leaves us with looks. There is this belief among girls of nowadays, especially the bodied ladies… if you’ve got it, flaunt it. My sister undeceive yourself (Pro 31:30)…less is more. Let’s see what the Bible says in Gen.24:64-65 (NKJV): "64. Then Rebekah lifted her eyes and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel. 65… the servant said, “it is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself." As a guy, it isn’t an easy task staying with a pure heart and mind…especially those of us that used to be in the world. As Myss Lafunky once said: "Sisters lets dress to save not dress to kill." Now I’m not saying you should go caveman and not take care of your looks but I’m saying as a born-again brother, the only way I can be attracted to you as a lady is when you dress decently. Rebekah had that understanding.

So, if these things aren’t meant to apply to us as born-again Christians what does? The answer is simple…character and attitude, meaning your behaviour. Now, I can definitely tell you, there is no point dressing like an Esther or Rebekah and having the behaviour of a Jezebel or Vashti…..you will definitely lose your place as a Queen in the home.
 
For the mathematically inclined sisters let me give you a simple equation:

S + E + X= 48%

B + E + A + U + T + Y = 74%

Take an average of BEAUTY and SEX= 61%

That leaves 39%. Know fully well that this average will decrease with time. Why? Prov. 31:30: "Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears……"

H + A + R + D + W + O + R + K = 98%

A + T + T + I + T + U + D + E = 100%

Take an average of HARDWORK and ATTITUDE = 99%

That leaves 1% which can be easily filled by all the extras (that can fade away or change: looks, style, fashion sense etc.)

In my own opinion, there are three things in no exact order of importance that can make a man love you to the extreme and make you the queen of his heart and home.

  1. Respect
  2. Loyalty
  3. Attention
Respect: I know I said in no order of importance but hey… power of the pen. Why is respect important in a woman’s character? Well, as always the Bible has the answer, let’s check it out. Est. 1:11 tells us how the king ordered for Queen Vashti and surprise she refused. How dare her refuse the call of the king? The man in charge of the home. Guess what happens next? Typical manly behaviour (no time to understand why… just what is the next step)… the king spoke to his guys and of course you know what his guys suggested. Ladies I can tell you, if you do not respect your man he will never put you in his home. Even the mother (wonderful women they are) would refuse such a union. Let’s also stop by at Luke 7 and read the story of the woman that washed Jesus feet with oil. Hey NO THKS oh! Let me make my point; her sins were forgiven because of the respect she showed our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Then we’ve got Eph. 5 which tells us about what men and women of God are expected to do. When a lady respects her man, she respects his authority and submits to him. Submission to a man’s authority is not a sign of weakness but instead a sign of strength. You may be wondering how….I’ll tell you. Nowadays, we have much more successful and career-oriented women that in some cases are doing better than their men. How easy is it for such a woman to submit to her man? Prov.31:25 says: "She is STRONG and respected and she is not afraid of the future." For every Vashti, there is an Esther. May you be an Esther in Jesus name.


Loyalty: Just as respect is an important trait, so is loyalty. How many men do you think will want to marry a disloyal lady? Swing by Prov.31 and let’s see what I mean. As a woman, there are certain commitments that men expect their woman to be faithful to; now we’re not asking for a superwoman but a woman who stays faithful to her commitments. As a single woman, your loyalty can be judged by how you keep to your promises or better still the way you apply yourself to the things you are committed to. When you read about the Prov. 31 woman, she is a woman who is faithful to her commitments and in verse 29 it shows the reward for loyalty.

You want a man that will treat you like a Queen? Be loyal to him….don’t jump ship whenever his faults turn up or whenever he doesn’t react the way you expected him to react. Even for my fellow men in the world, loyalty is a big deal…I’m sure we know the Chris Brown song "these girls ain’t loyal" (I listen to the radio lol). How much more for us brothers in Christ. When you see your boyfriend or fiancĂ©e going through a tough time, there is no better time to prove your loyalty to him than by sticking by him and encouraging him. Mal. 2:15 warns men against treating the wife of our youth wrongly; the Bible is clearly on your side.


Attention: Now on this issue, I would like to dispel the myth that men don’t need attention. Ladies, forget about it. If you don’t pay attention to the man, Ekaette will take your place in the blink of an eye. The more attention you shower on a man the more he would love you and praise you. Ladies I repeat, MEN LOVE ATTENTION. FACT! How do I know this? Lets look at Luke 7 again, the lady in the story paid attention to Jesus and He forgave her sins. You may be asking, how do I combine school work with church duties and still give my man attention? Well, you need the grace of God. You also need to learn how to manage your time and priorities.
 
As a man, it would be unfair if we don’t understand your busy schedule but that understanding is on the basis that at some point such a schedule will not last forever. If it does, the understanding will instantly go out the window. This is one of the things that made Vashti lose her crown to Esther; the king called for her attention and she denied him; but when Esther went without been called, look what happened (Est.5:2-3). Prov. 31:27 is a good example and see what verses 28 & 29 said of the woman who paid attention to her man and family. See what the King was willing to do in Est. 5:6 just because of the attention she gave him.

In these times of the feminist movement and more career-oriented ladies, these traits are even now more important than ever. May God give you the grace to be a Proverbs 31 lady because it is there and then alone would a brother-in-Christ want to make a fellow sister-in-Christ his Queen.
 - Sage
 
Sage is a graduate of human resource management and a 24/7 salesman. A clay in the hands of the Potter, he is on a journey to knowing God and becoming the man God has called him to be. He has a passion for football and society at large. In his quest for knowledge, he has recently restarted his passion for reading books. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Am I right? Or Am I wrong?

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in sin and death (Proverbs 14:12 NLT)

Which paths are you following? 

Why do you believe what you believe? 

What is your source? 

Can your source be trusted? 

Is there any information you are struggling to believe? 

Do you know the end of the current life choices that you are making? 

 
The path our life takes is the result of our choices and circumstances. We choose the path we believe and we are influenced by our society, environment, culture and religion when we make our life choices.



 

When I was growing up, I was in an environment where it was cool to read horoscopes. I was told about my star sign by friends; on a regular basis, I had checked the newspaper or a magazine for predictions of my behaviour for the day. I never knew it was wrong to believe in horoscopes, I was oblivious to the danger, nobody had challenged me about it, in fact, it was a cool thing for you to know your horoscopes when I was a teenager. 
 
As I learned more about my faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit taught me that, it was an abomination to God for His children to believe in horoscopes. The Word of God says in Deuteronomy 18:10-14 that, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. For anything that I needed to know about my life, the creator of my life had put an answer to it in the Bible or alternatively, the Holy Spirit would teach me.
The Bible and the Holy Spirit have brought peace of mind, positive thinking, and re-assurance about my future in comparison to horoscopes.

I was able to establish that the choice that I had initially made when I read horoscopes was wrong. My question to you readers and follower is: "How would you know if the choices that you are making are right or wrong?"

How would you discern whether the choices that you are taking are true and pure? You need the help of something that is greater, higher and wiser than you to know if the choices that you are taking are the right choices for your life. 

You need Jesus Christ, He knows everything, including the hidden and the secret things.

Why not let Him guide you in your values, opinions, choices and in the decision that you are taking so that you can be the best in life.

- Myss Lafunky

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Working Towards Being an Ephesians 5 Man

Sequel to the post about readiness to marriage, please click this link for the post. It would appear that the audience for the readiness to marriage post could be linked to single women.

Today, I want to focus on our men. As I was studying my Bible, God told me that, young men and older men should be taught about "The Ephesians 5 Man." If they choose to marry, they must work on being an Ephesians 5 Man, and after marriage, they are to continue to work towards being an Ephesians 5 Man.

Who is an Ephesians 5 Man?

  • A Man that has given his life to Christ
  • A Man that understands what the Lord wants from him
  • A Man that is not thoughtless but think carefully before he makes any decision
  • A Man that has taken his time to understand sexual purity, what it means to be a Man and what God expects of him
  • A Man that works, a Man that can provide for his family
  • A man that has taken his time to understand what God's love is about and how Christ wants him to love his wife and children
  • A Man that spends time with the word of God
  • A Man that has a stable mind, he is not tossed from one view to another
  • A Man that can stand on his own views
  • A Man that strives to live a holy life unto God, and he is quick to examine the way he is living his life
  • A praying Man and a discipline man
  • A Man that takes his time to understand women.
Once you are working towards the above, implementing the scriptures below should be straight forward with the help of the Holy Spirit.

"For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a Man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church" - Ephesians 5:25-29


You can use some of the points that I raised above to pray for your husband, your fiancé, you can also use it as a checklist to assess the men that are trying to ask for your hand in marriage.

Husbands, if you are loving your wife as Christ loved the Church, your wife will likely follow you to the ends of the earth, strive to meet your needs and submit to your headship with joy. Please remember that she is an heir with you of the grace of life (1Peter 3:7). She is an asset to you. It could be argued that too much emphasis on the role of the wife in marriage, with little instruction given to the husband's role is wrong and will lead to abuse.

So here is my question to you men: "Are you an Ephesians 5 Man?" That is your high and holy calling from God to your wife. To those preparing for marriage, pray to God to make you an Ephesians 5 Man, start working towards being an Ephesians 5 Man. 

Have a lovely week ahead.

- Myss Lafunky
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

10 Points to Consider on Christian Service

There is one thing to serve God or to be eager to serve God, the question is: "Is your service acceptable to God?" I plead with you to take your time to read my write-up below. I'm convinced it will make you examine your life. Feel free to share it with your friends, your groups, in your gatherings, etc.

Are you serving God because it is the cool thing to do? Are you serving God because you grew up around people serving God? Have you ever asked yourself if your service is accepted by God? 

I have always been zealous and diligent in serving God, however, there have been times that I have served God by being a people-pleaser and there are times that I have served God with grumbling and complaining. There was also a time that I served God without a direction from God. God has opened my eyes to what it means to serve Him acceptably. It would be selfish if I fail to share it with you my readers and followers

Is Your Service Acceptable to God? 

1) The Word of God says in Hebrews 12:28 that, "since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and SERVE God ACCEPTABLY with reverence and awe (in a way that is pleasing to God)."

Are you serving God in a holy way? 

Are you sure your service is acceptable unto God? 

Have you asked God if the service that you are rendering is acceptable? Did you know that the whole purpose of our existence is to SERVE and worship God ACCEPTABLY.

Are you aware that, God wanted the people of Israel to be released by Pharaoh so that they can serve Him? 
Exodus 8:1 says that: "And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, let my people go, that they may SERVE me."

God also said in Exodus 4:22-23 that "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn; And I say unto thee, let my son go, that he may SERVE me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn."

Can you see how service is very important to God? 

Another story is when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon needed wise men to serve in his palace. He requested for the men to be trained for three years, to be without blemish, skilful in all wisdom, and after their three years' training, they will then be able to serve in the palace (Daniel 1:3-5). It shows that the King wanted quality service from the wise men. Now, if an earthly King wanted quality service and wanted them to be trained, what do you think God will require of you? 

2) There were several instances in which God rejected the SERVICE of his PEOPLE. This means our SERVICE can be rejected by God.

The Bible says about the two eldest sons of Aaron who were consecrated by Moses as priests of the most high God.

The Bible says in Leviticus 10:1-3 that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron took their censers, and put fire in them, and added incense, and they offered strange and unauthorised fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not/contrary to the Lord's command. And there went a fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.  Oh dear!!!! That means as a leader, a priest, you must ensure that you are commanded by God to offer a service to the Lord and the service must be what God wants for you.

What went wrong with the service of Nadab and Abihu, the priests? They offered strange fire which the Lord commanded them not to. They offered service that they were not led by God to offer, which suggests that we must be LED by God in the service that we offer to God at all times. The Word of God must guide us.

3) We are to serve God in the spirit. The Bible says that, those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth? Are you worshipping and serving God in Truth? Or Are you serving God out of pretence?

To serve God in the spirit means to practice love, kindness, endurance, goodness, meekness, faithfulness, joy, peace and self-control in your work. 

To serve God in the spirit means you deny yourself of what your natural body wants to do and allow God to lead you. Let God lead you in the way He wants you to serve Him.

Recently, God led me to start attending a particular church, He told me the PURPOSE and the SERVICE that I am to render at the church. The way God told me about the church was incredibly amazing. Initially, I was reluctant to listen to His instruction, however, I reminded myself of the purpose of my existence, which is to PLEASE God and to SERVE God ACCEPTABLY. It would have been my loss if I failed to listen to God even if humans praised me. I therefore believe that it was wise of me to follow God's leading and serve where He wants me to serve. Do I regret following His leading? A definite No!
4) For your service to be acceptable, you must be FAITHFUL. God said in 1 Corinthians 4:2 that Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

What does it mean to be faithful? 

It means to be loyal, to be true, to be trustable, to be dependable, and to be accurate. Are you loyal in the way you are serving God? Even when you spend one to one time with God, are you loyal? Would God be proud to say that you are a loyal and faithful child? 

5) You are to serve God with SINCERITY and in TRUTH. You have to make that CHOICE to SERVE God in SINCERITY and in TRUTH.

The book of Joshua 24:14a states that: "Now therefore, FEAR the Lord, SERVE HIM in sincerity and in truth."
v15 states that, Joshua said that, as for me and my house, we will SERVE the Lord. Are the members of your household SERVING the Lord acceptably? Do you ensure your children serve the Lord acceptably? Children are never too young to be taught how to serve God acceptably. In fact they can be given tasks in church or in the community (when you are helping others or evangelising as a family, and you can encourage them to share the Good news with their friends). Remember, Samuel started serving the Lord as a child.

6) You are to serve God with ZEAL. Be honest with yourselves, ask yourself, do I serve God with enthusiasm? Does my action show that I serve God with zeal?

I used to be late to church, I gave different excuses for my lateness, God made me realise that, I was not seeing His work as important, thus my service won't be accepted as I was taking His work with levity. God asked me to ponder on a question: "Lafunky, if you were going to catch a plane, would you be late to the airport? Would you constantly miss your flights?" 

Psalm 69:7 states that, David was consumed by zeal. Do you know what it means to be consumed? It means, he was thorough with God's service. He gave it ALL. He DEVOTED all.
Psalm 69:7 says that : "For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonour has covered my face.  I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's sins.  For ZEAL for your HOUSE has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach me have fallen on me."

7) For your service to be accepted, your life must be WORTHY and Blameless unto God. You must strive towards pleasing the Lord at all times. You must be quick to turn away from your sinful habits and lifestyle. You must be quick to seek help with your sinful habits.

DON'T BE SERVING the Lord while SINKING in Sin. Your service would not be accepted even if you are praised by people. DON'T serve God and grumble about others, don't serve God and lust after women/men in your mind, don't serve God and beat your wife/husband, don't serve God and live in fornication, don't serve God because of what someone would say. CHOOSE to SERVE GOD in HOLINESS and in FAITH. Let the way you live your life be PLEASING to God.

How would you know what is PLEASING, Good and ACCEPTABLE to God? It is when you take time every day to study God's Word. When you consciously discipline yourself to practise what the Word of God says and when you tell the HOLY SPIRIT to help you.

Ephesians 1:4 says that, God chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. To be blameless is to live without fault in God's eyes.
8) For your service to be acceptable, you must serve the Lord with GLADNESS and JOY. Regardless of the circumstances that come our way, God wants us to rejoice before Him, trust in Him and worship Him.

Psalm 100:2 says that: "Serve the Lord with gladness.

King David showed us how the service of the Lord should be done with joy. The book of 2 Samuel 6:13-15 states that: 

"And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David DANCED before the Lord with ALL his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with SHOUTING, and with the SOUND of the trumpet."- How amazing is that?! I can visualise how David and His people were. 

9) Serve the Lord in humility. Your service will not be acceptable if you are proud. It is a privilege to serve God. Do not ever think that without you, the service of God will not continue. Do not think you have attained everything and so cannot submit yourself to anyone or you don't need to read your Bible.

Do not also think that you are MIGHTY and you cannot be corrected or you cannot associate with someone below you in the Christian faith. Do not think you won't be tempted or you won't ever fall into sin. You have to be watchful at all times so that the spirit of pride will not dwell in you.

God said that, we should be clothed with humility, for God resist the Proud, and give grace to the humble ( 1 Peter 5:5) . In fact, Jesus Christ said that, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart."- Matt 11:29. Cross check your life with Jesus Christ to see if you are humble.

10) Serve God because you love Him, and because you are looking forward to pleasing Him. Your service won't be accepted if your aim is to just please others and you missed the focus that it is for God.

Colossians 3:22-24 says that "Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Ephesians 6:5-8 NKJV).

This is the time for you to evaluate your service to the Lord. Is it acceptable? 

Have a lovely week.

Be sociable and share this post with your friends.

- Myss Lafunky
If you have any questions, you can either leave a comment below or send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

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Friday, 9 January 2015

You have been Called to Speak

Thank God it's Friday.  How has your week been?  As some of you may know, I usually share a post every Monday, this is a Special Edition.

I hope you are learning from Myss Lafunky's blogspot? I write for you to know the Light that lives in me. For you to know the Wonder Working Power of God through the articles that I share and for you to be transformed by God's Word.

Have you ever posted a comment on someone's picture on social media? Have you ever taken the time to express your opinion on an online review?  Some of us can write 2-3 pages of our dissatisfaction or why we like a product on an online site. Have you written an epistle in order to win a competition?
Majority of us are saying many things, putting our opinions and thoughts out there in the world for people to see, read and hear, particular when it comes to complaining.  Why are you then hesitant to share the Word of God? Why are you hesitant to share your views on a Christian blogspot .i.e.Myss Lafunky's blogspot and many other Christian blogspots.


"And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words...You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious"- Ezekiel 2:6-7. What's your understanding of this scripture? 

God is telling us that, we have been CALLED to SPEAK, we are to speak the words of life to people around us, whether they listen or fail to listen. Although it is much more comfortable to speak to those who will listen to us and to those who share our values and faith, however, God wants us to speak His Word whether people listen or not.

Do you know you can be very creative in speaking God's Words to people? You can do it informally, through your testimony, through analogies, through various examples, through your dressing, through the way you speak, amongst others.

On Monday, I shared a post in relation to holding our tongues. Yet, in the book of Ezekiel, the Lord told the prophet, "Do not be afraid of them, or their words,, You must speak my words to them." 


Tola and John learned to not say much at a recent party that they attended, organised by their friends. They avoided most gatherings in the past because of how their friends behaved, they pleaded being busy, however, this time they couldn't resist, they decided to attend.

At the party, Tola and John's friends made embarrassing comments about others and the people that they worked with.  They even made unpleasant comments about Tola and John, they teased them for being anti-social, they also teased them for having just one child. Tola and John's friends felt superior to them.

Tola and John did not respond with anger neither did they retaliate by speaking harshly. Tola and John could have kept quiet for fear of being attacked, however, they demonstrated God's love in their words and actions, they spoke kind words and reminded their friends of what God's Word says about 'our conversation being seasoned with Salt'.  To be sensitive, purposeful, gentle, complementary, thoughtful, and kind. 

Tola and John's friends slowly learned to interact in kind words. One of their friends contacted them after the gathering and said that, he was blessed by the kind way that they spoke God's Word to challenge the way they all spoke.

Tola and John were able to respond to their friends appropriately. They implemented the biblical scripture in 1 Peter 3:15 which states that "Be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence". They were able to say the right thing at the right time.


  • What would you do if you were in Tola and John's position? Would you have kept quite and grumbled about your friends afterwards? Would you address the issue immediately? Would you keep silent?

From the Bible passage that I quoted above, God wants us to hold on to Him and not be afraid.
He wants us to respond to issues, but not by attacking those who attack us, but by caring for them and speaking God's Word. Although some people may refer to you as a fanatic, do not be afraid, dare to be different for God wherever you are. It is so cool to stand up for God.

Final words from me, as individuals and believers, we need to ensure that we speak right words and also ensure that our words and actions work together to convict and convince people of God's love in us.

Let the light of God shine through your lifestyle. Speak the words even if people don't listen or fail to listen. Never stop speaking the words.

As you speak the word, remember what the Bible says: "If anyone does not stumble in what he or she says, he/she is a perfect person, able to bridle the whole body as well." (James 3:2).  

Questions for you to think about:

- If you or as a couple you are in a situation to speak God's Word, would you speak? Or would you refrain your spouse from speaking? 

- God wants us to look beyond all the obstacles and barriers that may prevent us from speaking. Are you ready to look beyond the barriers? 

- Have you identified what God wants you to speak to others about?

                                                                                                     Prayer
     
O Lord, set a guard over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips. Let me guard what comes out of my mouth (Psalm 141:3)








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-Myss Lafunky
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