Monday, July 31, 2017

The Secret Place

Believe it or not, children actually enjoy having time alone.  In so doing, they create secret hiding places to seclude themselves. For them, it's a time of forming mental images, where they can really see in their mind's eye. Most of all it is a place of safety and peace like the mother’s womb.
Image result for the secret place of the most highPsalm 91:1 mentions the Secret Place. It reads like this in the KJV; " He who dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." This Secret Place is not any ordinary Secret Place, it is the Secret Place of the Most High. In this Secret Place you are able to connect with God on a deeper than deep level. It is to be an intimate and private place with just you and God; no one else is invited! In the Secret Place you can hear God and experience His glory. In the Secret Place God can speak to you and show you clearly that which He desires you to see.

A closer look into The Secret Place reveals that it is:
1. A place of molding- Ps. 139:15-16 beautifully describes that a Secret Place is a place of molding. In this place, God personally weaves together each intricate part of who we are. He knows every little piece that completes us individually.

2. A place of preservation and refuge- Ps. 91:4, Ps. 32:7
A place of preservation keeps things fresh and new. The Secret Place is a place God promises to preserve you from trouble and surrounds you. It is a place of covering from pending evil.

3. A place to behold the glory of God. Exodus 33:22
God is a spirit and His glory is not on ordinary display for just anyone's viewing pleasure. You must enter the Secret Place with a yielded heart and have a desire to communion with Him in order to connect. His glory is to be experienced. When God invited Moses to the burning bush, He covered Moses' face with His hand.

4. It is a place of dwelling and abiding. Once you enter the Secret Place you are to stay there, dwell there, linger there because it will cause you to grow and flourish.

There are benefits of the secret place when you abide under the Shadow of the Almighty. When you are under or in a shadow there is a cooling; a peace and covering from the scorching of the sun, the hard dregs of life and the harshness of our circumstances. Dwelling in the Secret Place assures you the satisfaction of long life and the Salvation of God.

How do you enter the secret place?
1. Holiness-We can desire to enter into the Secret Place but ultimately God decides to allow us in, this is based on our holiness. We must be holy as He is holy. 1 Peter 1:15 
2. Pure heart- According to Psalm 24:3-4  it is only the pure in heart that can stand in God's holy place. You must be blameless.

I often get ushered into my Secret Place with God through intense worship and speaking in tongues. I love to just get lost in God's glory so that I can hear Him clearly and see revelations according to His will. Find your Secret Place with the Most High and begin to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

By Shola Saka Fashina

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A lifestyle of Holiness

A lifestyle of Holiness

1Peter 1: 13-16 Peter writes to believers, "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'" 

The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness” 
“but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet 1:15-16) and God through Moses tells the children of Israel  that they must be “’Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy” (Lev 19:2).  How can we be holy since we are wicked to the core?  Is this even possible?

Isaiah 6:1-4
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.”

-Purpose and a life on purpose
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Habukuk 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

2 Corinthians 12:9-12 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

-Progressive life
If you have repented and trusted in Christ then it is you of whom they speak in Revelation 7:14 where John writes, “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” and “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Pet 1:19)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal
Image result for armor of godThe 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

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 " 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

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

Trust God's Timing

        It is a normal part of life to make plans and set goals. Sometimes things work out the way we plan and sometimes they dont. So what do we do when things don't work out the way we plan? What do we do when things take a little longer than expected? Do we get angry and become frustrated at God? Do we play the blame game on God or perhaps our loved ones? What we ought to do is trust God's timing.Yes friends, trust God's timing. Did you ever read that scripture from Isaiah 55:8 that explains to us that God's ways are not our ways. Well of course that's true. God's timing does not even compare to the human clock. That's because from the very beginning, He knew what the end would be and everything in between. He is all knowing.
       I like putting puzzles together. I have the app on my tablet that scrambles the pieces up for you. You can choose small, medium or large peices; I normally go for the small pieces to make me think a little more and of course it's like busy work. My technique is picking out the corner pieces first, then joining the side walls with the straight edges to create the frame of the puzzle. That makes it a little easier to fit the remaining pieces in. Let's consider this as a template for what it takes to trust God's timing.
      The first corner piece is understanding that God is not a wicked God. He loves you and desires nothing but the best for you. He says in Jeremiah 29:11 that His plans for you are of good and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future. So never for one minute think that He is torturing you. No, he is preparing you for a greater testimony. One that is not rushed and muddled together.
      The second corner piece is trusting that God knows everything including how the plans for that glorious future will come together to create the bigger picture. At this juncture there must be a total surrender to Him, believing He's got this and He doesn't need your help! So, butt out!
      The third corner piece is having the understanding that God is all-powerful. He can do anything so don't think that things are not working out because it's too difficult. "For with God, nothing shall be impossible". Luke 1:37. He is a limitless God, no boundaries, no obstacle has ever been created that He cannot get through. He is undefeatable and unstoppable! (This is the part I would break out speaking in tongues if this were a verbal blog! Too bad I can't spell in tongues.)
      The fourth corner piece is knowing that God is faithful. He hears the cry of His children and He is ready to answer. The only 'but' to that is you must also be faithful. Don't give up on God. Don't give up on hope. Learn to suffer long. That is supposed to be a part of your Christian habit (Galatians 5:22). It keeps you on the treadmill of perseverance.
      One of my many favorite scriptures is
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

How can I describe God?

One day I was listening through my YouTube playlist and William McDowell started to sing this song that took me into a worship space for like the whole day. The song reads like this "How can I describe a God that's indescribable? How can I explain a God that's unexplainable? I'm at a loss for words...." But I wanted to answer the question, even though there are so many ways to describe God, the words are not even enough. Though there are so many ways to describe God, they don't amount to the way God really is. That is just the amazingness of God (yes, I realize that's not a word, but we'll manage it for the purpose of this write up!!).

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!!