Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The airport is not my most favorite place to visit, but it is necessary to be able board my flight to my next destination. At least for now until I get my private jet! I love the idea of traveling, but I dislike having to go through TSA check point. "Shoes off, remove your belt, put all phones and laptops on the conveyor belt!! Go through the detector and spread 'em!!" But the detector keeps going off. "What else do you want me to do TSA officer, strip down? God forbid!- Let me just tell you, it's going to keep going off because I'm wearing heavy metal.Yes, heavy metal. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. You see, TSA officer, these I cannot remove. They are part of my spiritual apparel. I need these for the constant battle against evil.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, He was buried and rose on the third day to ascend into Heaven. He conquered the grave and because of that I we were made overcomers. He equipped us with this armor that we may remain victorious overcomers. In Ephesians 6:10-17 Apostle Paul observed the protective armor of the Roman soldiers who guarded him while a prisoner in Rome. He used it to explain to Believers how they can defend themselves against the constant vicous attacks of our adversary.
The Belt of Truth
The belt of the Roman soldier was pertinent in keeping the other pieces of armor in place. As believers the belt of truth keeps our spiritual armor in place. The "truth" is the Word of God. The truth about us is in the Word. Before God formed you in your mothers womb, He knew you and the plans for your life (Jeremiah 1:5).That is the truth. The truth also is the devil is deceptive and the Word says he is the "father of lies" (John 8:44). He will come and tell you there's no future for you but that is a lie.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate covered the heart and vital organs of the soldier. One of the major vital organs we have is the heart. The Bible tells us to guard our heart for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). In order to guard our hearts there must be repentance that grants forgiveness of sins. This allows us to live righteously, doing what is right in the sight of God. Living righteously by being conscious of what we expose ourselves to. Being conscious of what and how we speak. "My tongue shall speak of Your Word..." (Psalms 119:172). Living in obedience to God's Word as God Himself puts on righteousness as a breastplate ( Isaiah 59:17).
Shoes of Peace
The shoes of the Roman soldier were described as having layers of metal and leather with spikes that would dig into the ground and provide stability for the soldier.Our shoes of peace will allow us to take an unmovable stance against our opponent the devil. If we don't stand for something, we will fall for everything. The layers of our shoes of peace ought to be love, joy, peace, gentleness, patience, goodness, faith, self-control and meekness (Galatians 5:22-23). With these we will be balanced and stable with integrity and good moral standards. Spiritual footwear.
The Shield of Faith
The shield of the soldier was made of lightweight metal but tough and durable. It repelled fiery darts and arrows to the enemy. Faith is our protection plan. It is our assurance that God exists and our faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). Your unwavering faith makes it difficult for arrows of doubt, fear and disbelief to penetrate.
The Helmet of Salvation
The helmet of the Roman soldier deflected blows to the head. The helmet of salvation protects our minds. We are advised to be transformed by the renewing of our mind in Romans 12:2. The mind is a critical part of the body. What we think, what we feel, what we hear and see must balance with the Word, otherwise there will be despair and discouragement. Hope can be lost and discomfort can set in.
The Sword of the Spirit
The soldiers sword is fierce, sharp and deadly. Does it remind you of two things? The Word and the tongue! What a bold combination. "The Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) "Life and death resides in the power of the tongue...." (Proverbs 18:21) What's the combination all about? What you speak determines what you get. If you speak the Word in faith, it operates as a terrifying weapon against the kingdom of darkness. Effective and effectual prayer is composed of the Word and the use of the tongue. The sword of the spirit is the tool that makes all parts of the armor more effective. It is our offensive weapon. It is what we use to fight back against the enemy. "It is written", followed by a scripture should readily flow from our tongue when the enemy brings its troubles and wages war.
To be a victorious soldier, we need our defensive and offensive tools on at all times so that we are protected and ready to fight anytime the enemy comes.
"Can I go?, My flight to Fiji Islands is now boarding!"
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
When Love Seems Hard
1st Corinthians 13 has long been my go-to scripture whenever I think about the topic of Love. It does such a great job of defining love and it provides the guidelines for love.
It's a scripture that I usually attribute to love between a husband and wife but I've recently come to realize that it's not just to define and the guidelines of love between husband and wife but also amongst the brethren.
Have you ever encountered a situation where you have shown love at all costs according to the scripture, but still you are left with asking yourself , "why is love so hard?" "I show this person so much love and yet she behaves so retched, she makes it difficult to love." "I do all I can for him and still he makes it difficult to love him." Suddenly you find yourself on that thin line between love and hate. When love becomes hard.
Chapter 13 of 1st Corinthians was the Apostle Paul's way of teaching the Corinthians the essential role that love plays in the life of a believer. He attempts to show how needful it is for the body of Christ to be unified and work together and that could only be achieved with love. He starts off by describing how empty one's life is without love. In verses 1 through 3 he defines the constructs of love by detailing how far love must be willing to go to be exemplified and personified and the do's and don't's of love.
In order to really understand, we should consider the basics. Jesus' golden rule is "...do to others as you would have them do to you", (Luke 6:31, Matt. 7:12). Fortunately we human beings are just awesome to say the least! I always consider that God must sit back and marvel at His creation sometimes and just shake His head. The golden rule is the simplicity that is meant to make loving people easy. No matter what a person does or fails to do, love must always be the principle thing. Romans 3:23 says "For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and ALL are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." We are fallen creatures right from the beginning. We are selfish and prefer to love ourselves than to love others. We can be so judgmental because we often fail to remember that the short comings of other's can just as easily be our own shortcomings.
Love is meant to stand out! No wonder the fruit of the spirit begins with love (Gal. 5:22-23). Love conquers, love lifts and love sets free. It's because of this love that God gave His only begotten son. It's because of this love that Abraham passed the ultimate test. It's because of this love that Jesus was willing to die upon that cross. Love is so powerful and Satan will do all he can to rip it out of your heart and tell you "love is too hard, it's less stress if you just hate." But hate is a criminal that comes with his accomplices such as anger, annoyance, irritation, gossip, backbiting and the rest! Hate takes away what has been freely given to you which is love; for John 3:16 says that God loved the world (which is us) that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall have everlasting life." Everlasting life in love, liberty, grace and so much more. Therfore you must always show love no matter what the obstacles are.
We make love difficult by treating it as just an emotional response. It's that emotional aspect that makes love difficult. We put so much expectation in human beings who will fail because they are not God. Love is a responsibility because God is love. Love is a command says John 13:34, "I give you a new commandment;love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another."
I love you because God love's me despite my mistakes, despite my shortcomings He loves me at all cost.
Some people are difficult to love because they don't know how to express love, but you must just still show them love no matter what and be the example of love that Jesus is for all of us. There is a popular saying that says "kill them with kindness". Yes!, Kill that hate within them with kindness. Love no matter how much resistance you are faced with.
Make love easy by abiding by the following:
-Love by doing to others as you want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31 & Matt. 7:12)
-Love without keeping a record of wrongs,
-Love by humbling yourself at all times.
-Love by being sincere. (Rom. 12:9)
-Love by hating evil (Rom. 12:9)
A man by the name of John Randolph Price said "Chose to live in love, as love, with love and every aspect of your life will change dramatically." When you chose to love above all, you are a winner and a conqueror. You experience peace. You overcome the schemes of the enemy by allowing love to be 'the most excellent way' as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1.
Olushola Saka Fashina
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Broken to Breakthrough
I found that there are 10 meanings under the word Brokenness in the dictionary. The 7th meaning in the dictionary states 'subdued totally;humbled'. It then refers the meaning to a broken spirit, which is just perfect for the context of this subject. Brokenness is the process that brings the believer to the truest essence of humility. When you are broken, all walls are being brought down, all that fallibly kept you standing without God is taken away. In the state of brokenness all is stripped away and make you into what God desired you to be. You may be wondering if the other definitions of brokenness are not important. Well, they are unimportant when you consider the end results. When things are broken, the natural tendency is to throw those things away. Hope is given up and the item is deemed useless. In a marriage that has experienced infidelity or in any other relationship where trust has been compromised we deem it fit to just discard and walk away. The human mind and heart has rightfully decided that the best thing to do with something that is broken is to throw it away and look for something new. But you see, God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).When we are broken God has the ability to put us back together. He has the capability to mold us as the potter molds his clay into a beautiful piece of art. In this state we even function better than ever before. Isaiah 64:8 says "...We are the clay and You are the potter; and we are the work of Your hand." A renewed you, a recreated you is the masterpiece of God's hand.
What we don't realize is that our lives become a landfill of broken items that create pressure that can never be released unless we take it to God in prayer. This was the cry of King David in Psalm 51, as he pleaded with God to create in him a new heart. He admitted that his sins and transgressions had broken him and he needed a new heart. Notice his cry to God was not to have a repaired heart, he specifically asked God, the Potter, to create a new heart. The significance of this is to be able to operate in the manner that will glorify God. To rid he body and the mind of the sinful habits that once held him bound. In the state of brokenness we are set free from pride, stubbornness, rebellion, disobedience and anger that don't allow the Holy Spirit to freely move in our lives and direct us in the will of God. This is the time that we must subdue our spirit and completely humble ourselves before God. In your state of brokenness God is able to use you. How useful is an egg if its not broken, even when it has gone through the pressure of boiling water. It's only after it has been broken that you are able to access the contents that are so useful to you. Broken to become beautiful. Broken to become useful. Broken to experience victory. Broken to rise above. Broken to heal. Broken to experience freedom. Broken to overcome. Broken to be released from shame. Broken to breakthrough.
Ask God to break you today so that you can breakthrough those challenges you are facing. Pray that God will create a new heart within you.
Shola Saka Fashina
Friday, January 22, 2016
Habakkuk 2:3, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but it speaks of an end, and does not lie. If it delays, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay." That sounds contradictory doesn't it? Its not. It's just to explain that in our eyes it's taking forever, but for God, it's just in time.
I hear it said all the time that delay is not denial. When things take a little longer than expected God is working on some magnificent pieces for a spectacular end product. Wait on God and trust His timing.
Friday, January 15, 2016
I always love to praise God and call Him by all the things He is to me. I feel that is the best way to really worship Him. The Awesome God, Mighty God, Amazing, Loving, Faithful, Merciful, Compassionate God. Some have experienced Him as a Healer, Savior, Deliverer, Restorer, Redeemer. I know Him as El-Olam (Everlasting Father), Jehovah Tsidkenu (God my Righteousness), My Banner, Jehovah Jireh (God the Provider). He is known to be Bigger than the biggest, Greater than the greatest, Deeper than the deepest, Wider than the widest. He is All powerful, All knowing, I Am that I Am, I Am that Is! He's described as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Elijah, the God that answers by fire, the God of Daniel, the Covenant keeping God. A Strong Tower, The Mighty Man in battle, He can do all things, Be all things. He's undefeated, incomparable, unstoppable. The God that creates but was never created. He's not a man but created man even in His own image and His own likeness. He doesn't need my money to be activated or motivated to be who He is or what I need Him to be. He is, and He is God all by Himself. The same, yesterday, today and even forever more.
Glory be to God!!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
To really begin to answer the question, 'Who am I?' , you must begin to understand the image of whom you were actually created. God said "let us make man in our image and in our likeness". Image simply put is the physical representation or physical likeness of a person, thing or animal, the resemblance, depiction or portrayal.
Now what is God like? What is the image of God? God is love, God is peace, God is power, God is intelligent, God is creative, God is patient, God is kind, God is bold, God is beautiful. God is emotional but He is rational. God is free and He is holy. God is awesome and the list is endless. All these things that God is, we are.
I started to wonder, why we human beings don't recognize that? I considered going back to the beginning after God created Adam and Eve and He gave them free will and access to everything He created with just one clause. We all know what that clause, in Genesis 2:16-17," ...eat of every tree but the tree of knowledge of good and evil". Now something we must always remember of Satan is that he does not create, he cannot create, he was created in beauty and splendor but likened his beauty and splendor to his own power and might, that's why he fell. What Satan does is he tweaks everything, mars and scratches things all up so we don't recognize the original form.
On the other side of every lie is what?....the Truth. What is the Truth?, the Word of God.
After God created us the second gift after life was the ability to create. He said to us "be fruitful and multiply. So you have the ability to create. That is the first ability in your identity. Satan makes people believe they are homosexual in order to minimize that ability to create, to procreate. Satan makes people believe they don't have talents so they don't tap into their creative abilities. The next thing God blessed us with is dominion, power, authority! When God created the animals, He gave Adam the ability to give names to all the living creatures including his wife. That is authority. The ability to speak those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Depression is not yours, oppression is not yours, weakness is not yours, sickness is not yours! The minute you begin to allow those things to be spoken into your life, they are planted as seeds and begin to grow. You must exercise authority over those things. His Word says in 2 Tim 1:7, "For God has not giving you the spirit of fear but of boldness, of power and of a sound mind"....other versions say the spirit of timidity... some say but of self-control. God is not timid, God is not fearful, God is power and He is boldness.