PRAYER QUAKE

The most important thing I have learnt about prayer is that the most powerful way to pray is to pray the word of God. Praying scriptures takes off the pressure of finding the right words and articulating the right prayer. The bible contains the perfect will of God and angels heed the voice of His Word. Once the Word of God is spoken in faith over a situation, power is released to fulfill the Word. This profound truth means that the word of God in your mouth is as powerful as those same words coming from His own mouth!

God’s word in your mouth is as powerful as God’s word in God’s mouth

I am excited to introduce the book Prayer Quake, A 40-day arsenal to birth your destiny!

Prayer Quake is a book of prayers from the Word of God. Just like a physical earthquake, when you pray these prayers, a shaking will occur spiritually with physical manifestations to guide you to the perfect will of God for your life. The book will take you through a 40-day experience starting from consecration on day 1 to celebration on day 40.

The prayers in Prayer Quake are God-breathed and exude the power of our Great God. Prayer Quake They have produced results for many people and they will produce results for you. God is not a respecter of persons, what He did for one, He will do for you as well.

As you read the book and pray the prayers each day, God will speak to you about the specifics of your situation. He will comfort you, encourage you, and give you the strength to overcome. God is eager to speak to you and His words will transform your life.

Make up your mind to pursue and recover all that you have lost. There are 42 days remaining in 2018 and those could be your best days as you embark on a prayer journey. Let the prayer quake begin in your life today and do not take the journey alone, get copies of the book for your family and friends and watch God’s transforming power at work.

All the proceeds from Prayer Quake will go towards building Gloryland, a 25-acre inheritance that God has given to us at Temple of Praise International Church for our new church home. Each book you buy contributes to that vision.

Click here to get your e-copy or paper copy of Prayer Quake

I await your testimonies of answered prayers.

Ibidun

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SEASONS OF LIFE

Its officially Fall (Autumn), the leaves are changing color and it’s a beautiful sight! As I watch the foliage on trees change from green to orange to brown and fall effortlessly, I think about the seasons of life and how things change in our lives. I wonder why we humans struggle with change from one season of life to another. We struggle when the green and vibrant, turns orange and fading, and then brown and lifeless.

The trees have made peace with the changing seasons and have found a way to rest and reinvent with every season. The tree knows that even though things dry up in Autumn, it would bloom again and flourish in the Spring. It yields to the process each season and re-emerges with brighter flowers and better fruits.

Many times, we hold on too tightly to our current reality and pitch our tent at the last instruction from God. In that season, we join the camp of those who acted on God’s instruction and stayed there. In many cases, God is giving new instructions, but we are still holding on to the last thing He said and not listening to what He is saying. To avoid this camp, you need to nurture your relationship with God. In intimacy, you will know when your season changes and what to do.

At other times, we join the camp of those who have not acted on the last instruction from God, but want more instructions about next steps. If that sounds like your season of life, go back to the last thing God told you to do and do it. Be faithful with what you have in your hands. God has to trust you with little before He can trust you with much more.

God will carry you through every season of lifeDuring the famine in Israel, God told Elijah to go to a brook where a Raven fed him bread and meat. After a while, the brook dried up and God told Elijah to go to Zarephath where a widow would take care of him. Imagine what would have happened to Elijah if he was disconnected from God and remained at the brook even after the raven stopped bringing food? Unfortunately in our world today, some people will say that it could be God’s will for him to die in the place of obedience. However, that is not true. Elijah remained in close relationship with God and was able to hear the next instruction to move to Zarephath.

When he got to the destination, Elijah saw a widow as God had said, but she looked so despondent, it was clear she needed help – how could that be the widow that God commanded to take care of him? Did he miss God? Should he have stayed at the brook? Elijah looked at the widow and she didn’t look like she could provide for him as God said but He believed God. He asked the woman for her last cake, she gave her last meal and opened the door to her miracle. Then she was able to provide for Elijah till the famine ended.

Believe God even when things don’t look like you expect. Hold on to God and yield the ebb and flow of your life to Him. God will help you get stronger with each season and you will find peace. Jesus is Lord over every season of life. Let Him carry you.

Yielding the seasons to Jesus,

Ibidun

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MIRACLE IN DISGUISE

Each day I look forward to picking up the mail and sorting through the pile to identify the “real” mail. There seems to be more junk in the mail and I have devised a quick and easy way to filter out the unmarked envelopes offering unsolicited services. Sometimes, I open all the unmarked envelopes and read through the company offers, wondering if anyone ever falls for phrases like “this offer won’t last long – apply today!” or “this special offer is just for you”. I picked up the last envelope expecting the same marketing verbiage but I was shocked to discover a reimbursement check in the envelope. A real check with real money and I would have tossed it because it came in a plain unmarked envelope like all the other junk mails! Needless to say, I now open ALL mails to confirm the content before trashing the junk. I keep wondering if I have ever trashed checks but I guess I will never know.

Do not ignore an opportunity

 

A widow woman lived in the city of Zarephath during the famine. She loved God and trusted Him to take care of her and her young son throughout the famine. Weeks turned into months but there was no relief. Gradually the jar of oil and barrel of flour dwindled until there was only enough flour and oil to bake one last meal of cake. Even though she so desperately wanted to believe that God would come through for her; the harsh reality of famine and death around her pressed into the bubble of faith she created for herself and her son.

Staring at the last cup of flour and the little oil left in the jar, she knew that after the meal, death would be imminent. Her heart ached as she looked lovingly at her only son. Scenes of their lives flashed across her mind and she trembled at the thought that her dear son would starve to death.

With trepidation, she pulled herself out of the spiral of bleak daydreaming and headed for the gate of the city to gather sticks for their last meal. The flood of tears gushed as she bent over slowly and started picking up sticks. Straightening with her pile of sticks in her hands, she heaved a sigh of resignation and turned to head back to the path home.

Just then, she heard a loud voice behind her, she turned to see a man dressed like a prophet asking for a cup of water. He looked like a visitor to Zarephath and in spite of her situation, she had compassion on him. She decided to get him a glass of water as her last good deed. As she turned to go and get the water, she heard the prophet say “please bring me a piece of bread”.

She stopped in her tracks and turned slowly towards the prophet. The disappointment of the unanswered prayers of the past months rushed to the surface as she remembered the last bit of flour and little oil for her last piece of cake. If only God had answered her prayer for provision, she would be able to provide for her son and for this visiting prophet. Despite her earnest prayers, faith and hope, there was only one last meal to share with her son after which they would starve to death – literally.

Your miracle is locked up in your obedience

The woman did not know that the prophet was the answer to her prayers. The key to her provision and sustenance through the famine was locked up in offering her last meal to Prophet Elijah. She was revived and quickened by the word of God through Prophet Elijah that the jar of flour would not finish and the jug of oil would not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land. She dared to believe God and hastened home to bake bread for Prophet Elijah and according to the word of God, there was food for her family throughout the famine.

Your miracle is closer than you think. It could be in an unmarked envelope or a strange request, or it could be standing right in front of you in a disguise. Live expectant and embrace each opportunity as the gateway to your miracle.

You might be experiencing a seeming delay because you are expecting your miracle in a specific package. Look around you with a fresh perspective. The current inconvenience may just be the key to your breakthrough.

Are you in a season of quiet desperation? Turn it around and begin to reach out to people who need help around you.

God is always working behind the scenes to make things work out for your good. Reach beyond yourself to be a blessing to someone else.

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ENJOYING THE JOURNEY

There is something exciting about looking forward to a specific date to celebrate. Growing up, my favorite days were my Mom’s birthday in January, my birthday in February, my Dad’s birthday in March, Easter in April, etc. culminating in my favorite time of the year in December- CHRISTMAS! There was always something to reach for and I would count down excitedly in my journal. In school I was always looking forward to graduation. The peak of my excitement was the move to college. I imagined college life as the ideal life in the perfect setting. I couldn’t wait to live in my dorm room with 100% autonomy, that was the height of independence in my imagination. Then of course, once I got to college, I couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job and earn real money. Then I couldn’t wait to go back to graduate school. On and on I kept yearning for the next thing…

 The progression of life is intriguing and it keeps life exciting. The peaks, mountains and achievements make life beautiful. However there are many days in-between when nothing exciting happens. Daily living could become monotonous that it becomes tempting to fix our eyes on the destination and miss the beauty of the process.

 DON’T WAIT TO ENJOY LIFE.

The journey is what makes the destination worth it. There is a purpose for each day in the grand scheme of life. Many hours of our lives will be spent in routine tasks and if we are not careful, it is easy to rush through “everyday life” and yearn for the mountain top experiences, the breakthroughs, and the victories. However, the beauty of the journey is not really in the destination but in the steps along the way. There are valuable lessons sprinkled on the highway of life that make us stronger. The lessons and nuggets we acquire along the way make us better people. The experiences develop the character necessary to sustain victory at the destination.

 When I start getting bored with the sameness of the puzzle pieces of everyday life, I remind myself of the words of Psalm 90:12 “Lord teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” When it gets difficult to put one leg in front of the other, I remind myself that the mercies of God are new every morning and that I can just stand and allow God to carry me. The truth is that we do not have to make things happen in our lives. God has a master plan that will unfold as we follow His leading. The bible says that the steps of man are established by the LORD. 

 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” Psalm 37_23

Make a conscious decision to enjoy each day. No matter what your current circumstances look like,  choose to find the gem buried in the experience and do your best to enjoy the day. Don’t wait to reach your goal before you live fully. Enjoy the journey to your desired destination. These are the good old days. Treasure each day and live in the moment. Embrace the gift of today. Slow down and savor the building blocks of destiny. Take the time to build meaningful relationships. Be present and maximize each day on your way to your beautiful tomorrow.

 “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD.

‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you.

           I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.

                              Jeremiah 29:11

 

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FILLING EVERY MINUTE

I have been reading the book Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence & Frank Laubach, and my heart is drawn to a conscious awareness of God like never before. I have always known about the omnipresence of God but I cannot say that my conscious mind engages with Him continually throughout the day. In my mind, I separate the sacred from the secular. I unconsciously tune God out when focusing on tasks when I could invite Him to my every task, every thought, and every second of my every day!

When I stop to think about it, I see how ridiculous it is to have the God of the universe living in me, yet choose to do things on my own and only invite Him into the situation when I feel stranded, confused or desperate. The reality is that I could experience days of heaven on earth by leaning on God for everything – not just when I need something. I can stay in touch with Him all day, carrying on a conversation with my God in the midst of my busy life. Then every minute of my day becomes sacred and there is no demarcation between the sacred and the secular. I can truly keep a smile on my face all day because of the ongoing conversation with Him. I can truly fill every minute of my every day with God.

When I fell in love with my husband, I had a glimpse of the power and intensity of consciously filling every minute of every day. We met in college and I fondly remember that my days were truly centered around him – literally. I would wake up intoxicated with love and thrilled about another day with him. I would smile my way to the bathroom and get dressed with his favorite color in mind. I made my selections for the day seeking to please him. I wanted him to be excited when he saw me. I walked tall and had a glow about me as I went to class. I would constantly picture his daily schedule and mentally track what he would be doing at the very minute I was thinking of him. I had a spring in my steps as I got my work done because I knew that each passing minute took me closer to him. I looked at every occurrence through his eyes and I could not wait to share the details with him. By the time I finally saw him, I was so excited that love gushed out of me!

You are every minute of my every day

 

Imagine how rich life would be if we live in the consciousness of the presence of God minute by minute. Imagine how minuscule your challenges would be in the presence of God. Imagine how different your daily experiences would be if you really knew God was right there with you all through the day. How empowering it would be to hold a long conversation with God throughout the day. God the Holy Spirit is always with us and He is eager to be a part of our day. He is always there as a silent partner willing to help, comfort and guide all day.

God wants a relationship with you more than anything else. He wants to be there for you, He wants to be a part of your everyday life – not just the highlights. Jesus wants to be a part of your life. Everything else flows out of the relationship with God. The depth of your relationship with God is the core of life and everything we do for God should flow out of that core.

What would happen if we make a conscious decision to have active conversations with the Lord throughout the day? Every 10, 15 or 30 minutes,  punctuated with a conversation with God would transform your life. Join me in the decision to practice the presence of God, making Him an active part of every minute of every day.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

How do you stay aware of the presence of God? Please share by leaving a comment.

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DO WHAT IT TAKES

How is your new year going?

Its only 30 days into the new year and the excitement is starting to wane. Things seem to be finding their way back to the familiar routine. Rather than settling, this is the time to shun distractions and do the work required to make the dream a reality. I’ve had to redirect my attention to the truly important activities and refocus more times than I would like to admit. The urgent tasks always threaten to deprive the important tasks of attention.

This is our year to dream bigger than ever before. The year to dream so big, it’s scary. Let’s make the vision crystal clear, and then take it to the next level by doing the hard work required.

 “When your clarity meets your conviction and you apply action to the equation, your world will begin to transform before your eyes.” Lisa Nichols

This year, don’t go on the destiny journey alone, find like-minded people who will help move you farther in the direction of your dreams. Accountability in your relationship will break the cycle of lethargy and inspire action in the right direction.

It is not enough to try and then stand back with the words “what will be, will be”. Go after your dream with all you have.

Trying is not enough

There was a paralyzed man who needed healing. His friends heard about Jesus and how He healed all kinds of diseases. They decided to carry their friend to Jesus for healing. When they got there, there was a huge crowd and the house was full, there was no room left, not even outside the door. At this point, his friends could have justifiably left saying “we really tried, but we could not even get close to the door”. That explanation is legitimate and completely understandable. However, those four men refused to take the easy road. They removed the roof and lowered their paralytic friend in front of Jesus. This is a radical step laden with risks. What if they all fell through the roof in the process and got injured? What if they dropped the paralyzed man and made his situation worse? How would they fix the roof back? How many hours of labor will that require? Those bold men refused to be intimidated by the “what-ifs”, they focused on their purpose – getting their paralyzed friend to Jesus. The paralyzed man received his healing because he had friends who would not let themselves off the hook because of challenges.

Have you given up too soon?

The bible says that Jesus saw their faith. That makes me wonder – How did Jesus see their faith? Is faith visible? Jesus saw their faith through their actions and healed their paralyzed friend. Faith is indeed visible. If you truly believe what God has promised you, your commensurate action will be the proof.

Don’t let yourself off the hook when you encounter challenges – press in and remove the roof if necessary

In another situation, the Jews were being threatened. The King’s top officer, Haman, had planned to execute all the Jews. With the penalty of death looming, the Jews were frantic for help. One of the Jews, Mordecai, had raised his orphaned relative – Esther. She entered the beauty contest and won becoming the Queen. However, due to the controversial situation of the Jews, she and Mordecai kept her identity a secret. Now with the death penalty looming, Mordecai reached out to Esther for help. In deep agony, Esther confessed that she could do nothing because she has not had access to the King for 30 days and no one could approach the King except by invitation. The situation was dire but Esther was helpless. However, Mordecai did not let Esther off the hook. He challenged Esther to press through the challenges and find a way. Esther fasted and prayed for 3 days, approached the King uninvited and was able to reverse the death sentence on the Jews (Esther 4).

Just like Esther and the paralyzed man, you need to surround yourself with people who will not let you off the hook. This year, you need people who will hold you accountable to your dreams. You need friends that will push you to destiny. People who will not console you with words like “at least you tried”.

Go the extra mile this year. Be clear about what you want to accomplish and channel your resources to making it a reality.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” Psalm 37:23.

God will order your steps but you have to move.

Start taking steps in the direction of your dreams. Refuse to allow anything to stop you this year.

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STAND

“Never doubt in the DARK what God told you in the LIGHT.” V. Raymond Edman

The year 2016 will end in 1 day! In many ways, it feels like the year just started and in other ways, it feels like it’s been a long year. Some would describe this year as a banner year filled with blessings and new beginnings while others would describe this year as a hard year filled with difficulties and pain. What was your experience in 2016 and what memories are you holding on to as this year slips away forever?

 

The good news is that irrespective of our experiences in 2016, the year will end on December 31st and a new year will begin ushering in new hope. The new year is another opportunity to experience the faithfulness of God. If you have been waiting on something, keep standing – God is faithful. If you are recovering from a difficult experience, keep standing – the strength of God will be perfected in you. Anchor your life on the Word of God and keep standing on His word.

 

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The heavens and the earth were created with words, God declared what He wanted to see and it materialized.  We were made in the image of God and we have the same power. We can use our words to create/recreate our world. Begin to speak the word of God into every area of your life and expect it to conform to the word of God.

The word of God is as powerful in your mouth as it is in the mouth of God

You are indomitable because you have God living inside you and your words cannot be refuted because they are the words of God. Stand in this truth and watch God work in your life

You are more than a conqueror through Christ and you have heaven on your side. Nothing can withstand you as you stand on the promises of God. You cannot fail with Him. Dig into the treasure of the Word and stand strong.

Find the Word of God that addresses your situation and declare it. Believe – do not waiver! There is power in the word of God and that makes you invincible. Stand and keep standing – God is at work in your life.

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

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LIFE IS A GIGGLE

Learning to ride a bicycle has been fun for my daughter. She is thrilled by the idea of learning something new and giggles all the way. When she falls down, she thinks it’s the funniest thing and squeals – “Mummy did you see how well I was riding before I fell off my bicycle!” Running beside her, I’m getting a much needed workout but I am also learning a lot about the right attitude to life. The power of perception and how it changes everything. Later that day, we practiced writing sight-words and my daughter was tickled by the similarity between “d” and “b” and how easy it is to mix the letters and write one instead of the other. She sat at the table giggling and having a great time learning! I stared at her in admiration. If only I could maintain my giggle through all of life’s learning moments.

It’s amazing how much we can learn from the way children embrace life. Most of us have lost the child in us but the truth is that we are God’s children, we are not God’s adults. Jesus encouraged us to be like little children. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)

Letter from God

You can make a conscious effort to be childlike. You can determine to trust God. Refuse to worry and accept each day as a present (gift) from God. Let God take care of you, cast all of your burdens on God and let Him be your Father. Imagine how ridiculous it would be if a little child insists on taking care of herself: take a shower, get dressed (just imagine wild color combinations), get breakfast and head out the door to catch the school bus. Donning the button, “I dressed myself today”, the child steps out of the house proud of the accomplishments. One glance at the chaotic mismatch will convince anyone that the child is not old enough and should not be doing that. Yet that is how most of us are with God. Consciously or unconsciously, we insist on taking care of ourselves and making all our choices independently. As a result, we step into the day half-clad and ill prepared.

God wants to be your Father. He is saying “let me take care of you”. He wants to take that weight off your shoulder. He wants to help you with that problem. He wants to teach you what to say in that awkward position. He wants to provide for you. He wants to comfort you. He does not want you to go through life alone. He wants to walk you through life.

Take an honest look at your life, in which areas have you been trying to do it all? No man can prevail by human strength. Rely on God and let him help you through life. Let God be your Father and life will be a giggle.

 

 

 

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NEVER GET OVER IT!

I really enjoy watching good movies. I had to add the word good because some movies are just so bad. Have you ever watched a movie and gotten angry with yourself for wasting that time? Sometimes I select a movie with a promising storyline but then the scenes don’t look as exciting. I keep hoping the movie will get better with each scene, sometimes that happens and it is a relief. At other times, the movie ends in a very disappointing way. However there are those all-time favorite movies, those are the movies you can watch every single day and not get tired. Some of my favorite movies make me cry every single time – even though I have seen them so many times and know the lines.

Growing up, I remember watching movies about the suffering and death of Jesus and crying every single time. Around the Easter season, TV channels had different versions of the movie playing most of the day. I would sit in front of the TV and cry my little heart out – each year. Even when we acted out the production in church, it would break my heart. Even though I knew that Jesus rose again, the pain He suffered and the agonizing death on the cross was so heartbreaking. I could not conceive that level of suffering for any human.

The question that gnawed at me was: why did He do it? Why did He allow Himself to be crucified. I love the stories about the miracles of Jesus and the display of the power of God; but my mind couldn’t reconcile glory and crucifixion.

Never Get Over It

As I began to learn more about God, I discovered that He did it for me! He allowed Himself to be crucified on the cross to secure the abundant life for me.  The devil had plans to steal, kill and destroy us but Jesus took our place. Jesus thinks so highly of you and I, we were worth His life. He died because of His love for us. The motive was LOVE.

The good news is that Jesus did not stay dead, He rose again on the 3rd day and His resurrection grants us access to all He died to obtain for us – redemption, healing, wholeness, deliverance, and prosperity!

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, this is the perfect time to draw close to God and discover how much He loves you. He loves you so much that He took a chance on you.  He died for you even when you didn’t know Him in the hope that one day you will draw near to Him and receive His love. His love for you is endless and His hands are wide open to welcome you into a personal relationship with Him. Receive the love of Jesus today and never get over it!

Enjoy this song about the amazing love of Jesus for you: Amazing Love (You Are My King)

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THERE’S MORE!

I have been thinking about what it really means to live the abundant life. Jesus said that the thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” John 10:10. What does that abundant life look like?

Most of us are living below our privileges. We have settled into a routine and defined “normal” by our day to day experiences. We have allowed circumstances to show us the boundary of possibility. We have accepted common knowledge as the standard. We have rationalized what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God. We have surrendered to our humanity and refused to place a demand on our divinity.

That ought not be so.

There is more to life and we have the capacity for so much more. It’s time to go back to the foundation and rediscover who we really are. It is time to get off cruise control and get into alignment with the plan of God and really get to know Him.

Know God

 

The most important thing you can do this year is to really get to know God by spending quality time studying the bible every day. As your relationship with God develops, you will be drawn to a life of excellence and begin to see things through His eyes. You will develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, encounter the wisdom of God and begin to recognize His leading in your life.

As soon as you make up your mind to spend more time with God, there will be distractions and events competing for your time, but you need to dig in your heels and determine not to let go of the His Word. If you fall, you need to make up your mind to get right back up and keep growing in God. No matter how you feel, stay with the Word of God – don’t let go.

We all need to watch out for a very dangerous place called the “comfort zone”. The good is always the enemy of the best and you must refuse to stagnate. Growth is a process and the key is to keep growing. Never get to a point where you are no longer hungry for the things of God – There is always more in God

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18

Have a wonderful week!

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