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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

We Are Kings and Queens



“We are king and queens” is a popular discourse amongst black conscious groups.  Although, I do not fully subscribe to the theories projected by such group, I do acknowledge all have regal attributes for we are all children of a King. The king of kings who sits upon the throne in heaven that is beautified by a rainbow and the light of his glory. This King is the Lord God almighty.

As children of a king we are to take up the characteristics of our father. Where can we learn of God’s attributes? In his word, the Holy Bible.  An attribute a king or queen has, is to judge the nation they have sovereign over. The Bible mentions those who are faithful until the end will judge the earth.

 

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1 Corinthians 6:2-4 KJV

 

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4 King James Version


Those who will be qualified to judge the world; will have suffered for Christ, lived for him and followed his requirements. Their lives reflect the King of Kings Jesus. 

In this post, we will be looking at some of the requirements God has given on the conduct of an earthly king and how we can apply this to ourselves. The focus text is Deuteronomy 17: 15-20 KJV 

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
Although, this verse is about the type of ruler the children of Israel were to have rule them. It reminds me of the topic of courtship and marriage.
It is not uncommon to hear women to refer their husbands as their ‘king’ and husbands to refer to their wives as ‘queens’. Look at what it says in red: 
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren
Essentially, the ‘king’ was to be chosen by God and was to be of the same faith.
Let God chose your king or queen for you and ensure you have the same beliefs
To connect with an unbeliever is to place yourself on Satan's ground. You grieve the Spirit of God and forfeit His protection. Can you afford to have such terrible odds against you in fighting the battle for everlasting life? Ask yourself: "Will not an unbelieving husband lead my thoughts away from Jesus? He is a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God; will he not lead me to enjoy the things that he enjoys?" The path to eternal life is steep and rugged. Take no additional weights to retard your progress.” – White, p.67


Your king or queen should not obstruct your path to heaven, neither shall they lead you to a path that spiritually can be compared to the Israelite's time in Egypt.  
16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Let us focus on the phrase “cause the people to return to Egypt” that is featured in the verse. The book of Exodus documents the life of the people of Israel in Egypt. Israel was held captive and suffered greatly under Egyptian rule. Egypt was a place steeped with idolatry and as a result, many of the Israelites had adopted their worship customs which were against the commandments of God.

Does the person you are considering to be you king or queen lead you to ‘Egypt’? Is their religious life merely just a profession?  Are you irreligious since you got with them? Is your union giving place to the devil or to Christ?

As a professed child of God, are you steeped in idolatry? Are there things in your life that has taken the place of God? Who are the other "kings" in your life? 

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”

The world through a range of media outlets, puts an emphasis on having multiple partners and wealth. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to become wealthy as long as it is not at the expense of others or is taking the place of God in your life. Money in the hands of the right person is a great tool. 

"Money has great value, because it can do great good. In the hands of God's children it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked. It is a defense for the oppressed, and a means of help to the sick. But money is of no more value than sand, only as it is put to use in providing for the necessities of life, in blessing others, and advancing the cause of Christ."- White, 1900. P.351 

As for having multiple partners, this is a topic that does not need a long winded explanation. Last year, I lived in Senegal polygamy is the norm there and it was not uncommon to hear of horror stories as a result of polygamy. The practise does not bring family together but causes fractures. If you have time read the story of Jacob and his sons Genesis 25-50, the story of Hannah 1 Samuel 1-2 and you will see how dreadful this practise can be. 

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
Verses 19 and 20 make reference to keeping the law of the Lord, to maintain his requirements to not part from God's word. The rewards of doing so parallels with the 5th commandment12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

In honouring God, we will receive the promises he has said is his word. The Lord instructs that if a king is to follow the word of God, he will prolong his time and those in his kingdom. There is blessing in obedience. 


As those who profess to be kings or queen are we obedient to God? Will our character fit us to inherit the heavenly kingdom that is promised to those who are faithful? Are we deserving of a crown?  


In summary, as children of a King we are to lead one and other to Christ and not lead people astray. Our customs and traditions should be pleasing to God and we are to follow and obey his word. 

References 
White, 1952 'Adventist Home' p.67
White, 1900 'Christ Objective Lessons' p351
King James Bible 


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A Lesson from Eli 
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

There is No Promise That Life Would Be Easy




  

Since sin entered the world it was confirmed that toil and pain would be the result of immorality.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” – Genesis 3:16-19
We are to labour until God calls us to sleep.
Sin has meant that life would not be smooth sailing. Each wave life brings is an opportunity to develop our character. Rather than desire to run back to shore when life brings a tsunami, we are to ask God to help us ride that wave.
It is so simple to say such, but this is where we all need to get to in our Christian journey. When these trials come I see these things as a refining process, a process of purification. A process that will make us more like Christ.
We are not promised a life of easy, Christ is aware of this hence why he says we should offload the burdens unto him.
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29
The difficulties life brings makes us dependant on Christ. It causes us to acknowledge that we are nothing without the tree. If a branch is snapped off the trunk of the tree in that very moment it begins to die.
We can apply such illustration to our lives. The moment we leave the refuge of the Lord in that very moment we open ourselves to spiritual death. Christ warns us of this.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:5-6
When we leave the presence of God we expose ourselves to several dangers!
“thou danger rise on every side we shall not be forsake” -  SDA Hymnal 595 
 Even when we leave the company of our high priest Jesus he does not leave us.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.-Hebrews 4:15
Isaiah the prophet spoke on the difficulty Christ was to face when he came to the earth.

 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-12 

 

If Jesus Christ who was without sin (Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21) experienced great problems, what makes us think that we who have sinned are not to have problems?


The introduction of sin (read Genesis 1-3) into the world has meant everyone and everything on earth has been affected. From the flowers of the field, to the heavenly host sin has left its mark. As long as sin dwells on this earth there will be trouble.

Although, the previous statement is bleak, there is hope. I will reemphasise a previous point made. God is our refuge. Though this world is marred with sin we find a sweet relief in Jesus. His word is a comfort in times of trouble, his word confirms that even when the time of trouble such as never was, is to rise God will be with us. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen Matthew 28:20 King James Version (KJV).”


There is no promise that life would be easy. However, we are to find a sweet relief in Jesus. 


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

God Where Are You?




There may be times on your Christian journey were you feel alone. Although, you may feel in isolation you are not. God is there every step of the way. His hand is constantly grasping yours. Even when you may try and loose your hold from him. His eyes are upon you. He will NEVER leave nor forsake you.

In this post, I will share a few quotes and verses that are reminders of God omnipresence nature. God's name Emmanuel is a constant reminder that he is with us. Feel encouraged.

Matthew 28:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Deuteronomy 31:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Hebrews 13:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

God is leading these souls to more perfect confidence in their heavenly Father. His eye is upon them every moment; and if they lift their cry to Him in faith, if they will stay their souls upon Him in their perplexities, the Lord will bring them forth as gold purified. The Lord Jesus has said: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5. -  6T 156.4

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee." "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Joshua 1:9, 5

At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer. {DA 669.4}

Through all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with you. “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore.” Revelation 1:18. I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know. Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.” Isaiah 54:10. {DA 483.1}

References:
DA= The Desire of Ages 
6T =Testimony to the Church Vol 6 
KJV= King James Bible 

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

How I Make Extra Money: Extra Income Report


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12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. - John 6:12


I am Black British, if you know anything about British culture we are very coy when it comes to the topic of money. I think it is also worth adding, I am Nigerian. If you know anything about Nigerians we love to hustle. It is in our DNA. As of May 2018, I have decided to challenge myself and see how much money I can make aside from my current job.

I must admit it is a bit daunting  being this transparent when talking about money. However, if this can help someone I guess the openness is worth it!

In no way am I trying to gloat. To be honest when you see the amount I have made,  you will see there is nothing to shout about. I have seen a few people online making extra money on the side and I have been inspired to do the same.

Do I have a dream amount I would like to make monthly from my side hustles? Yes of course however, I am not yet there but will be sooner than later "oh what for a faith that will not shrink". I will not despise my humble side hustle beings 

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Street bees


I came across this App through Chika. I thought wow. Let me give it ago.
Street Bees, is a survey website where you can make the odd quid here and there. I hope to review the app in the future. I have used the APP in July and August and made a total of...

Total:£4

That is not much but this could buy a super frugal grocery shop. 


Depo 


Depo is like ebay for hipsters (I am not a hipster), I had put some of my old stuff on the site. Unlike eBay I find there is more of a wait when selling products. If you are looking for a quick buck then I would suggest looking for another app. I posted a few items on the site and made a sale 6 weeks later. Although, it took longer than I though, I am happy to have sold an item.

Total: £9.98 (before postage and packing) 


Curious Cat


I found out about this app from B from  Boost my Budget (she is the one who has inspired me to write such a post) . Like Street bees, Curious Cat is another survey app. The surveys are much longer than surveys on Street Bees and the pay off is a bit better. Each survey offers points that is then translated into money. Again, I hope to give a more detailed explanation about the app. For July and August i have made 


Total: £15.84

Not bad. 


Handy


I was extremely hesitant to discuss this side hustle,  I asked my sister what her thought were about sharing this hustle. My Mother passed away and I did not want people to think 'wow look at what has become of her.' This side hustle is not the most glamorous of roles. However, I am learning many lessons and have the upmost respect for those who do this full time! 
I am a part-time cleaner at Handy

Handy is an app where clients can request domestic services. This will be either cleaning or handyman work. As a worker for Handy, you choose when and where you work. I enjoy the flexibility and the occasional bonuses.  


Out of all the methods I use, I have used +Handy from the start of my extra income journey 


Total: £390  (May-August) 

Since my conscious decision to make extra income. I have made:

**Overall Total: £419.82 

I am pleased with this number, as it is £400 pounds I have been able to make that I would have never made if I did not challenge! 

Comment below what are some of the ways you make extra money?

*this does not include postage package 
+ Handy conducts a security  for £38 and deduct the fee from your earnings. 
** This total does not include the deductions from tithe and offerings. 


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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Using #Lidl Products on My #Natural Hair






As you may remember from this post  I shop at Lidl. I quite enjoy the food produce I buy at Lidl and now plan to use their hair products to see what it does to my natural hair.

This experiment has been inspired by a blog post where women documented their experience using  the Scandinavian brand. I noticed the post did not feature anyone with natural hair.

I believe there is a misconception that certain products are only for Afro textured hair and European hair. Well this is false!

For years, I have grabbed products targeted at a range of hair types and textures that were not necessary like mine. The reason for this ranged from, the cost of the product to preferring the  ingredients listed.

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I must admit I have often deterred from hair products targeted at Black women. I found the products quite expensive, lathered with harsh chemicals or caused my hair to feel the opposite of what they would claim. However, having said this I do hope to support more black brands (if you know of any really good black brand please list them below).

There are women who would like to go natural, but are put off by the high cost of products and the unavailability of product. I hope to through this experience you can achieve healthier hair with cheaper products.


 In this post, I will be giving my initial review on my use of the two Lidl products: 'Intense Moisture Salon Style Shampoo and Intense Moisture Salon Style
Black bottle is the shampoo and the white is the conditioner 

The shampoo

The shampoo is labelled as a moisturising shampoo. When I saw that I grabbed it! Moisture is the key to healthy Afro textured hair.

When I shampoo my hair, I focus on the scalp and allow the residue to go down the shaft of my hair. I avoid manually putting shampoo on the shaft as this can result in dryness. Once I rinsed the shampoo travels down the shaft of the hair so there is no need. If you you would like to see how I wash my hair leave a comment below.

The shampoo did not lather up as much as I would like. I then proceed to add more shampoo and it seemed to go the trick. Once rinsed our my hair was soft! My hair did not feel dry or stripped.

Although, I had to add more shampoo for the product to take effect. I will have to give the shampoo 4 out of 5.

The conditioner

Conditioner is a naturals best friend. I love a good conditioner especially if it keeps my hair moisturised and soften my strands.

Is used the Lidl conditioner to assist with the detangling, I wet my hair and applied some of the conditioner. This was not that effective. There was hardly any slip. I then proceed to apply more conditioner and this really helped with the process.

As a de-tangling agent I would score the conditioner 2.5 out of 5. The more you apply the better. However, this is not that cost effective. I love products that do not require much but go a long way.

After shampooing my hair, I applied the conditioner. I did add some extra ingredients to the conditioner which I hope to share in a future post. I then left the mix it to sit on my hair to act as a deep conditioning treatment.

After I rinsed the conditioner our of my hair, my hair was super soft! I do not know if it is because I added extra ingredients but I do not think that was the case. As a deep conditioner I will give the conditioner 5 out of 5! I loved the way it made my hair feel! It melted the knots away. I must also note it smell great too!

Overall score 

In conclusion, both products need for heavier application for them to take effect. Both lived up to the claim on keeping hair moisturised, smelt great and exceeded my expectations.

4.5 out of 5

Please note I will be doing a view more reviews on both of these products so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A Lesson from Eli



Proverbs 16:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death
Recently, I came across the story of Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas the story can be found in 1 Samuel 2:12-36. Eli was a high priest whose role was to serve and minister to God and man. To have compassion, plead for the sins of the congregation and for himself. The high priest was to be in right standing with God.
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. Hebrews 5:1-4
Eli’s sons were wicked and a lot of this was due to their father. Eli over indulged his sons and in doing so fed their habit of rebellion
“Eli was an indulgent father. Loving peace and ease, he did not exercise his authority to correct the evil habits and passions of his children. Rather than contend with them or punish them, he would submit to their will and give them their own way…they had no proper appreciation of the character of God or of the sacredness of His law.”- White, 1890 p.575
For those who do not have children ask yourself the following are there habits that I am feeding that would encourage me to disregard the sacredness of God Law?
The habits which are formed during infancy will become developed in adulthood. However, in relation to bad habits that have been cultivated do not fret they can be unlearned! You must be willing to unlearn these habits and believe that by the grace of God an improved you is possible with Christ!

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  John 15:5 

 

When we fall we are to recommit ourselves to God alone in that very moment. For we cannot do anything without him. Make it your desire to devote yourself to his service. “Devote your mental and physical powers to the service of your Redeemer, who has bought you. Sanctify your thoughts and feelings that all your works may be wrought in God.” White, 1952 p.53

 

If we go back and look at Eli it can be said Eli did not recommit himself to God. He did not fill the requirements of a high priest. His refusal to wholly commit himself to the service of God and to the development of his sons resulted in them being lost.

 

Warnings were sent to the house of Eli but no changes were made. (read 1 Samuel 2:27-36, 1 Samuel 3:11-21 & 1 Samuel 4:11). When God sends us, warnings may we not harden our heart nor ignore the Holy Spirit
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness” Hebrews 3:7&8

 

When we come to a realisation of our wrong, regardless of the size of the conviction we are to devote ourselves to God there and then. The longer we dwell in a sin the more difficult it will become to overcome.

 

“It is by sinful indulgence that men give Satan access to their minds, and they go from one stage of wickedness to another. The rejection of light darkens the mind and hardens the heart, so that it is easier for them to take the next step in sin and to reject still clearer light, until at last their habits of wrongdoing become fixed. Sin ceases to appear sinful to them” White, 1890. p404


If Eli had acknowledged his sin and his obligation to mould the character of his children sooner their life may have taken a different course. When we come to a realisation of our wrong and do not hesitate to reconcile with Christ how much better would our lives be?!

References
White , 1890 'Patriarchs and Prophets' p 575
White, 1952 'Adventist Home'  
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