Thursday, 28 May 2015

Boost Your Strength In The Lord:Be Encouraged In the Lord

Hi Readers & Followers,

How is your week going? Are you feeling discouraged about something? or Do you know anyone that is feeling discouraged?

Kindly click on this:' overcoming discouragement', it explains ways for you to overcome discouragement.

The Bible says if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). Do you want to faint or overcome? Never give up on what you are waiting for God to do. Even if it has failed, I trust God that you will recover all in Jesus name.  Jesus knows that you can handle it, that's why you are going through it. 

Hold unto what God is saying and be encouraged. Listen to the right gospel music to encourage yourself, seek advice from others so as to be encouraged, tell God to help you to sift the advice that you are offered so that you do not go on the wrong path and remember to stay positive, ask God to build your strength for you. 

Remember to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). Encourage yourself in the Lord; your problem is not so big. Put it in perspective and check what the Word of God is saying about it. Remember not to magnify your problem.

Use the Word of God to encourage yourself. If you are not familiar with the Bible. Google is very good. To illustrate: You can Google 'What does the Bible say about not having enough money, what does the Bible say about experiencing Favour'. I trust Google to help you to find biblical scriptures.

Finally, remember that there's no temptation that has overtaken you that is not common to other human beings. God is faithful and He will bring you out of it (1 Corinthians 10:13). This means, there is a way of escape. Pretty soon, there will be an amazing message and testimony in your life.

I look forward to your testimony

Be Encouraged.  Boost your strength in the Lord. If you need to contact Myss Lafunky, please send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

- Myss Lafunky


Monday, 25 May 2015

You Are Exceptional

Happy New Week to You All!

To our UK readers, enjoy your Bank holiday today and to our readers in Nigeria, we empathise with you in relation to the fuel scarcity that is affecting the country. I pray the Lord Jesus will influence the leaders to make good changes.

Today's Write-up is a Guest Post from one of my ardent readers. He previously wrote a post about what a man wants in a woman. Click here for the post. His write-up today is to remind us all how exceptional we are as Christians.

Please take 3 minutes to read the post below and remember to share it with others as sharing is caring.

You Are Exceptional!


What makes you exceptional? Do you know what the Bible means when it says you are the light of the world?

What Do You Understand by the Light?

In the book of Genesis 1:1-5, God said let there be light and there was light. When you read this verse, it is easy to think in the terms of light (day & night). For those of us that live in Nigeria, we can also translate it into when PHCN takes and brings light in order to understand the verse (I know what you’re thinking). However, when you pay closer attention to the Bible and how it references the light you will notice that it goes deeper than that surface understanding. I must admit prior to when I was taught, I never thought of it this way.

Tip: “There is a correlation between what happened in the Old Testament and what happened in the New Testament.”

At the beginning of every new generation, the verse Genesis 1:3 comes alive again. Isn’t that exciting? Isn’t that amazing? Each generation is lit differently from the previous generation. That is why the Joshua generation was different from the Moses generation and are still relevant in today’s society. They were lit in such a way that their light has shone through generations (Matt. 5:16). That is why younger generations adapt faster to changes in society, technology etc.

This is because we are lit differently from the older generation and are born with a different mentality. If all generations were born into this world with the same mentality, would the world have advanced the way it has?

The light as referenced refers to Benchmark, Knowledge, Vision, Quality, Standard, Yardstick, Point of Reference and Target. So if this light refers to a standard, yardstick, knowledge etc., who is the light by which we are to judge ourselves as children of God? Jesus Christ.



Who is the Light (John 1:1-14)?

The light is Jesus Christ (He is the Light that lights up every man). That is why God sent Him to this world. To show us the standard we are expected to set as God’s children. Without Jesus Christ, how would you know the standard you are expected to live by?
Let’s have a look at John. 1:4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”. The light means the life or character of Jesus Christ. The standard by which men are to live their lives. This means that when we talk about the light, we are talking about the life of Christ and how He lived while He was on earth. The standards He set through His responses to various situations. For example, as Christians, we tend to suffer from identity crisis (knowing who we are in God) and that is why we fall into temptation. Consider when the devil tempted Jesus in Matthew 4 or when He spoke to the storm in Mark 4:35-41. These stories show us that as children of God, the standard at which we are meant to be operating by, we can rebuke the devil and we can calm the storms (literally!).

Now, relating back to Genesis 1, when God said let there be light, He was in effect saying that Jesus Christ was the antidote (the injection (I know I know…..people don’t like injections) to cure the sickness) to the decadence (sin) in the world.
As such, John 14:6, 9:5 and 8:12 bear testament to God’s intention from the beginning (in Gen. 1).
  • 9:5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world
  • 8:12 “…I am the light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”.
  • 14:6 “…I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me”.

All along, Jesus kept telling people that He is the standard to live by; His character is what we as children of God should be targeting. As such, if we are to make heaven we have to go through Jesus. We have to live our lives at the standard Jesus did benchmarking ourselves according to what He did and how He walked while He was on earth. So whenever you find yourself in a situation, ask yourself this question: What Would Jesus Do?

How does this Relate to Us?

When you think about the human mind, it can either be knowledgeable or ignorant. The bible in Hosea 4:6 says “my people perish for a lack of knowledge…” For the physics inclined people, light is a knowledge spectrum through which we are to view the world and without this light, we will perish. That is why John 1:4 says ‘the darkness cannot comprehend it’ (ignorance can never survive where there is knowledge). So another way of reading Hos. 4:6 is to say “my people perish for a lack of the light, the light being Jesus Christ, the bringer of knowledge.
Earlier on I mentioned the Joshua generation. Heard of the Joshua generation? They were the coolest generation ever. Now who is the Joshua generation that they are still relevant over 2000 years after? Num. 14:6-8.

The Joshua generation is the generation that knows who they are, who they are in Christ and as a result of that knowledge, can go out and take possession of the land (Deut. 1:8).

They are the coolest generation ever. If you go down to Num. 14:10, you will see the reaction of darkness when the light shines through. Let me share a life experience:
I remember when I just joined my current place of work, my colleagues and I went out as a form of bonding session. When the time came to order drinks, I and some colleagues asked for a soft/energy drink, instantly someone refused and insisted we all had to drink alcohol. Even went the length of pressuring us to which I resisted; the reaction I got was: in this business, if you don’t drink alcohol you won’t go far. Don’t worry I still didn’t drink the alcohol. Thank God.
Has there been a time you took a stand as a Christian? What was the reaction you got? When faced with a similar circumstance, what will you do? The reward for been a part of this generation is in v24.


In rounding up (I just had to put it; a good preacher rounds up before finally rounding up lol), we are called to be a Joshua generation, a chosen generation (1Pet. 2:9). Matt. 5:14-16 gives us the charge by which we are to live by as members of the Joshua generation, the generation which has seen the light and received it.

  • Matt. 5:14…”You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven”.

So in rounding up (see what I did here), the charge is simple, as children of God, do not hide yourselves so people do not make fun of you. Instead stand out and let people know who you are and what you stand for; that way you can be the standard by which others will want to live their lives and in doing so, win souls for God.

Do you now know why you are exceptional?

Do you now know what it means to be the light of the world?

-       Sage

About the authorSage 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.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Are You Sure You Are In The Light?

Happy Weekend to You!

Enjoy your weekend to the fullest. Hope you had a lovely week. 

As you read the short message below, I would like you to focus on yourself when you read it and also pray for yourself after you have read it.

"Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark. Those who love other believers live in the light. 
 
Nothing will destroy the faith of those who live in the light. Those who hate other believers are in the dark and live in the dark. They don’t know where they’re going, because they can’t see in the dark. (1 John 2:9-11 GW)."

God said that narrow is the way that leads to heaven but wide is the gate that leads to hell which leads to destruction. Only those who believe and abide in Christ until the end shall be saved/enter the narrow way.

Are You In The Light? Does Christ shine through your lifestyle? 
 
Do you struggle to live the life that God wants you to live? Feel free to send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com 

I'm excited about the guest post that will be published on the blog on Monday. Please, watch out for it.  Remember, Myss Lafunky welcomes inspiring Christian writers to publish their work on the blog. Feel free to send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

Myss Lafunky

Monday, 18 May 2015

Let's Celebrate | Let's Praise God

Hi Readers & Followers, 

Happy New Week. Permit me to use the word 'happy'; it is positive affirmation which would manifest in our actions. 

To my committed readers, I hope you have not abandoned my blog. I'm sure you would have noticed that I had not published any articles for the last two weeks. I actually did not know what to publish, hence the delay. I kept asking God what He wanted me to share with you, however, I did not hear anything. This morning, God spoke to me and said that I should remind the readers and followers to consciously celebrate and give praise to Him. 

There is an account in the Bible of ten lepers that Jesus healed (Luke 17:11-19); though they were happy to be healed, nine of them did not return to give thanks to Jesus. They did not praise God for their healing, neither did they demonstrate any form of thanksgiving. The Samaritan leper (a foreigner in the city) was the only one who returned to give thanks to God and Jesus commended him (Luke 17:19). How do you think Jesus would have felt? Jesus must have been grieved over the ingratitude of the other nine, hence it was recorded in the Bible.
 
 
The book of Psalm 105:1 states that we should "Give Praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what He has done." I would like you all to declare, to testify and make known to the world what God has done in your life and what He is still doing. Don't be like the nine lepers and ignore what God has done in your life and in the lives of your family.

If you cannot think of anything to thank God for, let me help you. 

  1. Thank God for preserving your life; for allowing you to sleep and wake up.
  2. Thank God for preserving you from trouble.
  3. Thank God for numerous favour that you have received.
  4. Thank God for your salvation.
  5. Thank God for your family.
  6. Thank God for what He is doing and what He will do.
Do you know that whenever Jesus was going to make a request to God, He gave thanks? Jesus Christ is the perfect model to us, He exhibited a life of thanksgiving. When Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, He gave thanks first (Matthew 26:27). When Jesus fed the 5000 with two loaves and five fish, He gave thanks before making His request known (John 6:11). Finally, at the grave of Lazarus, after they took away the stones at the place where Lazarus was laid, Jesus gave thanks, He said: "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me and I know that you always hear me" (John 11:41). 

I would like to use this medium to thank God for the wondrous blessings that come with being a child of God. There are times that I have experienced unexpected favour from people. I bless God for the gift of life and protection during the many trips that I undertake on a regular basis. I also praise God for the things that He is doing, I'm looking forward to how God will bless the people around me with great jobs, awesome spouses and permanent healing from illnesses.

Let's chat..

A.    Name three wonderful things that God has done in your life.

B.     If you would like to take it further, you can mention some of the blessings that you have enjoyed as a result of your salvation in Christ. This is crucial to share with new believers or those that are considering whether they should give their lives to Christ.

C.     Finally, create at least 30 minutes today to praise God without asking Him for anything. I have done it too. I gave God praise for an hour.

- Myss Lafunky

If you have any questions or you need counsel, please send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com. Myss Lafunky's blog would like to request inspiring Christian writers to publish their Christian articles here on Myss Lafunky's blogspot in line with the vision of the blog which is centred around the 3R's (Relationship with God, Relationship with People and Relationship with your loved ones). 

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Let's Chat | What is Christian Worship?

Hi Readers and Followers,

I would like to know your view about a topic that I discussed recently with a few of my friends. When you think of the word 'worship', what comes to your mind? How do you worship God? What is your understanding of worship? 

This is my view
Worship is not a genre or style of music.
Worship is not a 15 minutes prelude to the Sunday Service.
Worship is not something to get a crowd warmed up.
Worship is not when you play the instruments.
Worship is not a slow song or upbeat song.
Worship is not music.

What then is worship? 

Worship is when everything that we do returns praise back to God. Worship is a lifestyle that is pleasing to God, and a sacrifice that we undertake to the glory of God.

Worship is when our emotions, thoughts, words and actions please to God.

Once worship is part of your daily life of pleasing God, it will take the whole idea of music out of the picture. Nonetheless, when you dedicate yourself to God and you choose to engage in music that glorifies God, this can also been seen as worship.

What worshipping entails can be found in the below Bible scripture
"So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. ( This denotes that if we do not offer this type of worship, we would be offering a FALSE worship, right?).

Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 GNT)"

Isn't it interesting that the Bible specifies "singing and making melody with our hearts"as singing to the Lord ( Ephesians 5:18-19)? I am just wondering why God did not refer to worship as singing unto Him in the Bible or did He? 

Let's chat, what's your view about christian worship? 

- Myss Lafunky



Monday, 27 April 2015

Hanging Out With God | The Importance Of Prayer for Christians

Happy Monday Readers and Followers,

Could you imagine trying to have a best friend without communicating with them? Or your spouse travelled for a week and you were unable to communicate with your spouse? How would you feel? Imagine, being a Christian and not talking to God? The direct telephone numbers to God are within these two scriptures: Jeremiah 29:13 and Jeremiah 33:3.
“You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 GNT).
“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvellous things that you know nothing about.” (Jeremiah 33:3 GNT).

What's Prayer all about?
God wants us to improve our prayer lives, including me the author of this post. I believe the word 'Prayer' sometimes makes us feel like it is a big task to undertake. 

Trying to be creative with the terminology, prayer is simply a time you talk to God, a time you hang out with God, a time God listens to you and a time that you listen to Him.

You may not be able to send a WhatsApp message to God, ring God, send a text message or snapchat to God, you may not be able to even send an email to God but guess what? Prayer is just as real as talking to God on the phone or sending an email.

Why Should You Pray?
  • It's a command from God: Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. (Luke 18:1).
  • It makes your relationship with God stronger. You truly get to know God a lot when you hang out with Him on a regular basis. 
  • It is a way to seek God and His direction for your life. 
  • Praying also helps you to keep and stay out of trouble. Jesus told us to, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." (Matthew 26:41)
  • God will know exactly how you are feeling every day of your life, God will grant you the desire of your heart. God will reveal the hidden things to you.

Jesus - The Perfect Prayer Role Model
  • Jesus was a man of prayer
  • Jesus lived a life of prayer: Jesus would go away to lonely places, where he prayed. (Luke 5:16).
  • Prayer was so important that Jesus had to teach the disciples how to pray.
  • Jesus Christ sent the crowd away into the wilderness and prayed alone with God, a place where no one could find him (Matthew 14:23).
  • Before making decisions, Jesus sought the views of God: Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and He spent a whole night with God, and he chose his disciples after He had prayed (Luke 6:12-14). 

Why don't we Pray?
- The Devil is always looking for every opportunity to stop you and I from praying.
- We do not prioritise prayers.
- We engage ourselves in so many things.
- Some of us believe that we only need to pray when we fellowship with our church brethren.
- Some finds prayer very boring and tasking.
- Some people do not know how to pray.
- Too busy to pray.
- Postponing when to pray.
- Some people believe their spouse, parents or their church leaders are praying for them.
- Some people believe Jesus has prayed all the prayers that they need in life.

Tips on Improving Your Communication with God
1.     Sometimes some of us say we don’t have a specific time to pray. There is no way we can learn to practise and stay in the presence of God if we don’t have a secret time and time alone with God. Have a time that you communicate with God. Also, be creative about your prayer lifestyle, pray while doing your chores, pray while cooking, pray while bathing, pray while driving, have a prayer walk, etc.

2.     I believe the initiating of prayer is not an issue but the problem is that, do we keep it going? Do we preserve in prayer? If it helps, have an accountability person, tell someone to always remind you to pray.
 
3.     You need to be highly disciplined to continue and persist in the place of prayer. Sometimes, it's not going to be convenient.
 
4.     Renew your mind and consciously believe that prayer is not a difficult task but rather a time to hang out with God.
 
5.     When you pray, do not doubt. Ask in faith - James 1:6-8.
 
6.     Say what you want . . . Speak it! Mark 11:23 states that, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says he will be fine, he will have whatever he says.
 
7.     Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to improve your prayer life. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans8:26).

8.     Take time to talk to God when you will have less distractions from other things.
 
9.     Have a Godly friend that you can pray together, this can also help improve your prayer life.

10. There are prayer books that you can purchase online that can guide you in your prayer.
 
11. When you study your Bible, raise prayer points within what you have read.
 
12. Tell God about everything on your mind, pray for yourself, your friend, your family, pray for your country.

Are you a parent? One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is teaching your child how to pray. Help your child to develop a daily life of prayer, from age 2 upwards, encourage your child to lead prayers during your family devotion, encourage them to pray on their meal before eating, encourage them to share their worries with God including their wishes, encourage them to thank God for their family, friends, health, protection, character, wisdom from God, their future, etc.

Having read this post, please take 5 minutes to hang out with God.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

- Myss Lafunky

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Beware of Your Friends| Beware of Yourself

Hi Readers and Followers, 

How is your week going? If you wish to connect with me, you are welcome to contact me via trulymakingadifference@gmail.com or by commenting on the posts that I share.

Today's post stemmed from my daily bible study. As I was studying the book of Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit told me to ponder on the below scriptures:

Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan.
For every one of them is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. (Jeremiah 9:4-5 NIV)." 

When I discovered the above scriptures, fear gripped me, I became scared and I examined myself, I questioned if I'd been a disloyal friend to others or even if I had lied to myself. In fact, I initially struggled to fathom the above scriptures.

Explanation of the above scriptures
God was fed up with the people of Judah and accused them of creating a culture of lies. In fact, the people of Judah couldn't trust each other, not even their friends. Their society had become so sinful that friends were deceiving friends; they deceived each other.

Isn't it difficult for us to think that most people that we know might be liars?  It is important to note that while some people lie, there are still people that do not lie or people that are conscious of not lying. Children of Jesus Christ are not to lie. To lie is to embrace the evil trait of the devil as he is the father and author of all lies, who, liars resemble and obey (John 8:44). When we lie, there's the tendency that we would extend the lie to cover up another lie, and the individual that has told a lie would struggle to disclose the truth. Lying questions our integrity as individuals. 

God wants us to be truthful in every relationship that we form, whether friendship, courtship, dating, work relations, online friendship including marriage. If we are dishonest with others, the relationship is likely to crumble; the relationship would be based on deceit and it would be superficial. 

Apostle Paul in the Bible encouraged us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Paul said: "Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. (Ephesians 4:15 GNT) "

Do you know that God can guide you when you are developing close friendships with others? Tell God to help you to choose the right friends. Also, remember to be the right friend to others. Be a loyal friend, a friend that does not slander and a truthful friend.  There are two posts about friendships on Myss Lafunky's blogspot that are worth reading, kindly search my blog or Google with the blog name "Choosing Your Friends Wisely" and "Do Your Associations Bring Out the Best In You."

It is important that we guard our hearts and minds. We are all prone to believe and tell lies, even to ourselves and we daily face a tempter who is the father of Lies (John 8:44).

Honesty is very crucial. I have come to learn that being honest does not mean being brutal and uncompassionate. To be honest and truthful is to be genuine, to refuse to lie or deceive in any way. There is nothing so liberating as the truth. Truth is intertwined with love, trust, security, honesty and kindness. Therefore, embrace the freedom of truth in your lifestyle and in human relations.


Let's chat..
- If you sense that certain friends of yours are not being truthful with you, what would you do? Would the way you deal with it be influenced on whether they are Christians or non- Christians? 

- Myss Lafunky