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WLMVT Interview with ‘Light and Life Global Mission’

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve decided to start the year on WLMVT with a long overdue post. I spent a weekend last year in May with some of the most amazing people on a missions trip at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria (the villages of Imagbon and Ipesi), ministering to people with them, sharing the gospel and providing free medicals. I really just tagged along on an invitation – and it took some courage to do so as I had no idea what to expect. But it turned out to be an incredible experience- I saw miracles with my eyes and  I was so inspired by the ministry, Light and Life Global Mission (LLGM) that I decided to interview two of the oldest evangelists in the team (one of which has become a mentor to me) on the way back to Lagos. We talked rural missions in Nigeria, their experience, the importance of missions and what propels them to continue in the work. I hope this inspires you and be blessed x

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-Pastor James, you’ve been part of this ministry for some time now. I wanted to know, what is the history behind Light and Life Global Mission? How did it all begin?

P.J:  LLGM started over 20 years ago. It was a vision given by God to Rev. Mrs Stevens, to begin the work of bringing salvation to 33 villages around Ipesi, which is her native town. God specifically gave her that vision- that the people were entrenched in idolatry, and God wants her to bring the light of the Gospel to the people. In the vision, God showed her that even as the people were suffering, there was a provision for every one of them to enter a boat and escape , and every one that was able to enter was saved. God showed her that he was sending her to do that job.

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Myself and the LLGM Team, along with the Pastors in one of the churches planted there at Imagbon

So for the past 22 years, the gospel has been taken to different parts of the nation. Even to the Northern states, where free medical treatment is given to the communities, churches are planted, souls are saved, and help is rendered.

-The North also? So even Muslims have come for the medicals?

Yes. There was a particular community in Taraba state where they did not even have good drinking water. LLGM found the funds to go back and sink a borehole, giving them clean water compared to what they were drinking before- which was like milky water. Apart from meeting physical and medical needs, the gospel was given to them, the light was taken to them- that’s our main concern. Shining the light to every part of Nigeria and even outside the shores of Nigeria, which is why it is a global mission.

35 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Mattew 25:35-40

-So Pastor James, when did you become a part of this journey?

P.J: I joined LLGM about 5 years ago. There were a lot of people that were there before me. One of my aunts was part of the ministry back then, until at a particular point, God said this is what he wanted me to be doing. So I became a member of LLGM.

-How about you Mummy Theresa? When did you become a part of the Ministry?

M.T: For the past 22 years I have been going on missions with them. When we started, we would ask people from different churches to join us, despite the fact that the coordinator is from Foursqaure Gospel Church. Different churches would come together, and back then we were going with what started with one bus, and then three buses that were taking us to different parts of the country. 30-40 of us would go, and we would preach the Gospel on Friday nights, and then Saturday we would conduct the free medicals. I take part in this ministry as one of the nurses on the medical team, and I thank God that in all our going and coming to almost all the 36 states in Nigeria, God has always been with us. There has never been any evil report. And my joy is that many people have come to Christ through this.

Later on we started playing Christian movies for the communities on Saturdays, when we met ‘Baba’, a member of Great Commission, he would manually turn

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Church Building- Foursquare Gospel Church, planted there at the Ipesi Mission Field by LLGM

the video player with his hand back then, for the films to play. Thankfully now technology has advanced and we can play the films on projectors.

What was good about the films was that it would be in their language, whether Efik, Yoruba, etc, and the people will watch a depiction of the Gospel. And the people would weep saying so someone actually died for me, and paid this price?

-So they were impacted by watching these films?

M.T: Yes! They would come out in masses and surrender to Christ after receiving the Gospel through those films.

-So how often do you go on these mission trips?  

M.T: We started once every 3 months, then later we started going once a month. There was a year we started going once every two weeks- we are led by the instruction of the Holy Spirit.

Currently, we are back to going once a month – we go every last Friday of the month, till Sunday. Though when we go to States that are further away, those of us that were able to take some time off work would take the whole week.

-What were you working as?

M.T: Back then I was still working with Lagos state as a nurse, so I had to arrange for my own one week so that I would be able to go, and I would arrange for the medicine to take with me which was very expensive, but when we give the communities the basic medicines they would always be so happy!

-Is it that these people would normally not have access to these medicine?

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Mummy T during consultations a at Ipesi last May

No! In these places, there is no chemist, no health care centre, no hospitals. When we bring them these medicines, they really value it.

We would normally go with clothes as well. When we go to these places, we’d see a child of 5 years going with just underwear as their only item of clothing.

We would also pack our own food with us for the 3 days, until God spoke to us and said that whatever they give you when you go, eat it. Never refuse whatever food they give you. Even the water Pastor was talking about, that looked milky like palm wine- I brought a sample of that water back from the village to Lagos to show people – at my church, and to the hospital where I worked. It was one particular hospital I showed the water to that gave us 1 million naira to go back and sink a borehole. The people in that community, everybody including the Muslim people and the native doctors, they said, if Jesus could solve this water problem for them, they will follow him too.

“We would also pack our own food with us for the 3 days, until God spoke to us and said that whatever they give you when you go, eat it. Never refuse whatever food they give you. Even the water Pastor was talking about, that looked milky, like palm wine- I brought that water to Lagos to show people – to my church, to the hospital where I worked. It was one particular hospital I showed the water to, that gave us 1 million naira to go and sink a borehole there. The people in that community, including the Muslim people and the native doctors, they said, if Jesus could solve this water problem for them, they will follow him too.” 

-Wow. You said this was in Nassarawa State?

Yes!

-So Pastor James is this what you do full time? 

P.J: Yes. This is what I do full time right now. Although we normally go once or twice a month, in other weeks I go with other missionary groups. Sometimes they call me to assist in the area of counselling and praying for the sick. And in all of it there have been so many miracles.

I remember once we were in Markurdi about 2 years ago where God healed two people that were deaf and dumb for 35 years instantly – they were speaking and they could hear me. One of them that was healed said that while we were praying he could hear the footsteps of a man that was walking towards him- and as the sound increased, one of the ears opened and he could hear the sound of the children that were playing on the field (as the programme was on an open field).

And meanwhile, as we were praying a wind came and blew him from one ear to the other ear and the other ear opened. As much as he could hear, he could also speak from that moment. Even one of the ladies who had been interpreting for us, a native of that town, was shocked. She said she’s known the man for years and has never heard him speak. This is a man that has never heard or spoken in his life and Jesus opened his ears and loosened his tongue and he explained his experience of how he heard the footsteps before his ears opened.

“Before praying for him I heard in my spirit that the time has come where even the deaf and dumb would hear the voice of the Son of God. So I spoke that word out saying to those that were- there ‘don’t worry, he’s not deaf and dumb’. No ear is closed against the truth of God.”

Another time a man had been using a walking stick for three years – he had a fractured bone and I told him that God can fix that bone. After leading him to Christ, I prayed for his healing. As the scripture says in James 5 v 14-16 that we are permitted to use anointing oil to pray for the sick. I gave him a little of the anointing oil and told him you go to the doctor’s stand and use the anointing oil to rub that fractured bone and the waist. As the man went to do so, Jesus fixed the bone! He came back and said he feels no more pain and is healed; he said this is my walking stick I don’t need it again. Should I drop it here because I don’t need it again! I said to him, drop it here because this is our testimony. I give God the glory because that night that man went home with his own legs, he went to sleep that night and jumped out of bed the following mornig with his own feet and from that day it became a testimony.

Even in Benue state one young man who had a stroke came to one of our programmes- because of the stroke he was dragging his leg and he dragged himself to the programme. We prayed for him that day and I told him after he was led to Christ that this Jesus can fix all these problems. So after we prayed for him we told him to raise his hand and he said no, you know I cant raise my hand. And I told him maybe you don’t understand the Jesus you have received. He can fix this. And as he made an attempt and tried to raise his hand the miracle took place. He began to lift his hand up and down to his own surprise! And then I told him, run from one end of this room to the other. And he said no, something is telling me that I will fall. I told him, even if you fall, we have ministers here, we will lift you back up, that is why we are here [laughs].

“7 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Mark 16:17-18

Jesus said you will go, heal the sick and cast out demons, and that has become out motto. So we are not afraid of any challenge – whatever the Lord brings before us, we also present it to the Lord. To cut the long story short, that brother was totally relieved that day. He was healed of that stroke without taking panadol or anything. He kept lifting up his hand in disbelief. Mummy Theresa here gave him her own bible. That brother used the same hand that had been useless for years and wrote his name on that bible, and also wrote his name and phone number and gave to me. When I got back to Lagos I called to find out how he was doing and he said he’s fine, narrating his family’s shock at his healing when he got home. And so from that day it became a testimony for him.

“I want to reiterate again and again that there is power in the name of Jesus. We Christians must come to embrace the truth that all the attributes of God are embedded in that name, and when we call on that name, principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and wicked spirits, they bow to that name. So I thank God – we have seen strange miracles on the mission field. In LLGM we have seen people with eye defects healed – I cannot even count how many people and its always immediately! With other ministries also. I have gone on missions with the Revealed Arm of God Ministry and I saw many people experience instant miracles- eye problems, paralysis, children that could not walk – they began to walk instantly, people with all kinds of ailments, healed. And I give God all the glory because the work of missions have become a part of me and I love doing it. To God be all the glory.”

-So to Christians out there, what would you say is the importance of evangelism in their Christian walk?

It is extremely important because the scriptures made us to understand that we are the light of this world. This world is a world of darkness. Many people are going to hell daily, and God has saved us- so he expects us to also help others

IMG_1333into his kingdom. As a wise man once said, we are saved to serve- not to just enjoy ourselves. God wants many people to enter into his kingdom. Our neighbours must find Christ, our friends must find Christ. Scriptures also tell us that when you win a soul, even one, there is a great rejoicing in heaven. This is the heartbeat of the Father, because God wants the whole world to be saved. God wants the light to shine to every heart and to every soul.

-Mummy Theresa how would you say that evangelism has impacted your walk with God?

“The only thing God gave man to do, that is the only assignment, is you are saved- go and save others. This is the assignment given to the whole world, to everybody. Not pastors alone. Everyone, as long as they have given their life to Christ. I discovered that when you are doing the will of God, the heartbeat of God, you find joy. That joy that has no end, and joy that money cannot buy. I discovered that when you do the will of God, which is evangelism, he gives you peace. Peace that people are looking for, you will not be looking for your own because God will give it to you freely.”

The only thing God gave man to do, that is the only assignment, is you are saved- go and save others. This is the assignment given to the whole world, to everybody. Not pastors alone. Everyone, as long as they have given their life to Christ. I discovered that when you are doing the will of God, the heartbeat of God, you find joy. That joy that has no end, and joy that money cannot buy. I discovered that when you do the will of God, which is evangelism, he gives you peace. Peace that people are looking for, you will not be looking for your own because God will give it to you freely.

Another thing is that when you are doing the work of God he stands by you- you are not the one doing it , he is doing it through you, working signs and wonders.

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All the miracles Pastor James spoke about, I witnessed it with my two eyes and I will just open my mouth. Permanent healing! God just demonstrating himself through missionaries and evangelists. Someone was sharing with us that they had been very sick for years, and after the one capsule of ibruprofen we gave them during our medical missions, the person became well. So because of that the entire family came to that church that we did the programme. You see that because of that alone, that person became an evangelist in an instant, because whole household had now come to know Christ. So if we just kept that medicine in our cupboard and did not go, would that man have given this testimony?

All these years, I never had any issue of sickness for me and my entire household – that is divine health. Nobody around me has fallen sick.

-So even when you go to these rural areas on missions, and drink the water and eat the food, (like the milky water you encountered in Nassarawa State) there have never been health complications?

M.T: My dear, God sanctifies the water, food and everything for us with the blood of Jesus. Because if we don’t drink the water they give us in these communities or use it to bath, they wont listen to what we are saying. And none of us fell sick. He has given us divine health as workers in his vineyard.

“There’s not much to it, all it takes is the willingness to obey God. It takes a willing heart to move for God.”

-So when you go on the missions, where do you stay? What are the logistics like?

Okay, before we go to a particular state or community, there must be a church there that we’ve communicated with. We contact them and say we are coming as missionaries to your area, can we come? And they would usually say yes and direct us to perhaps a school that is on holiday or any shelter we can stay.

There have been times we have slept under trees because we had no accommodation and we say no problem. Even in Taraba State we slept under the trees. And there was no issue at all. This tells you that it’s God that is going with us – he said in his word that He will be with us even to the end of the age. And truly God has been perfecting his word in our lives, in all the mission fields.

“There have been times we have slept under trees because we had no accommodation and we say no problem. Even in Taraba State we slept under the trees. And there was no issue at all. This tells you that it’s God that is going with us – he said in his word that He will be with us even to the end of the age. And truly God has been perfecting his word in our lives, in all the mission fields.”

-Its interesting, that scripture, ‘and I will be with you even to the end of the age’ Jesus said that after he gave the great commission didn’t he?

Yes, Matthew 28:20 ; the two go hand in hand. It is the gift we receive as envangelists, when we perform the work of God. Is it normal for someone to pray for a person on a wheelchair and they get up instantly ?! And they have never called us one day to say any of these people became paralysed again or returned to their wheelchair. Nothing like that. The testimonies have been countless.

-I assume there are several expenses involved with the mission trips – the medicines for instance. How are the trips funded?

It is funded by individuals. People who God has touched their heart to help, who feel that this is important work, impacting those that the government has forgotten. Because this ministry goes to the interiors, people who are cut off from any form of government benefits. So there are people who will say, I cannot go, but let my money go. They donate money, clothes etc which we then take to these people that don’t have access to these things and the communities are always so happy when they receive them. So anyone that is God-fearing and would also like to contribute to what LLGM is doing, please also make donations. We are always in need of equipment, transportation, etc.

-What is your advice to readers who would like to start evangelising – or going on missions? How can they start? Especially to those who feel that it is too great or daunting.

P.J.: Missions are an interesting adventure with God. I believe it should begin with enquiry- find out about missionary organisations. There are many of them, especially with the big churches. I know in Redeemed and Winners for instance, they have mission groups. When you enquire, someone who has gone before will be able to give you details. There’s not much to it, all it takes is the willingness to obey God. It takes a willing heart to move for God. When you are willing, you are willing to face the challenges also. It may not be palatable- because sometimes you may have to leave the comfort of your bed and your environment to go to where the people are, because you want to do that which is pleasing to God. And God will always give us the grace.

When you find out from missionary organisations you can write to them or call them. And then they will give you their programme, and the schedule for what trip is coming up, and then who to contact ahead of the day. Once the details are given to you, you prepare yourself prayerfully also. And once you’re able to attach yourself to one of the groups, from there, others will come your way- because initially when I started, when God said I should stop what I was doing then and go to the field, that’s when Mummy Theresa invited me. When I obeyed that, it has been a source of joy. And from there other ministries have been hearing about what God was doing. Normally, there is no week that I have not been on the field with one week or the other.

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Pastor James with the elderly man who was healed of his ailment the month before

The miracles you will experience on these trips are incredible. God will speak to your heart and you will just say it- and people will be amazed, wondering is it you speaking or God speaking. The mission trip we are just coming from now- we met a man last month and the man said he cannot urinate, an elderly man. I saw him just yesterday, I asked him how has it been? And he said from that day you prayed for me, everything normalised- do delay, no problem. He gave his testimony. And there are so many of them that we do not even hear about, because as soon as we leave, God continues working on them.

So for those who want to join I encourage them because if you are called into it, there is Grace available for you. I see more miracles happening even in my life- often as I return to the mission field. And God has never left me. Most times when I return to the house from the mission field my wife will tell me- we just received an alert- when the rent payment is due. And the full rent payment will be made from it. And above house rent which is physical, the spiritual reward is greater. God is with me. When I speak to some people, they look at me as if to say, what are you talking about?? The conviction within me it so great that I know I carry the presence of God, and I don’t fear the devil, I know that the devil is just under my feet. I speak with that boldness and confidence because I cannot deny the the reality of God in my life.

So I want to encourage anyone who wants to join- you can contact us. We also have a facebook page. There are others also on facebook such as Praise of His Glory, Heart of Compassion, the Revealed Arm of God, etc. You can also go to major churches, and just tell the pastor – I want to join a missionary group.

I pray as you also make up your mind to serve the Lord in this capacity, God will see to it also that you will fulfil your ministry in Jesus name. Amen.

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Thank you so much to Light and Life Global Mission for granting me this interview. You can request to join their Facebook page here if you feel led to join them on missions. You can also comment below/ send me a private message on our instagram page @worldlightmvmt and I will put you in contact with Pastor James. To give to Light and Life Global Mission (they are actually currently in need of a bus for transporting the missionaries), the account details are as follows: Light and Life Global Mission, First Bank PLC, Account Number: 2014856110

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‘My Walk With Christ’: Dolapo’s Jesus Story

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I don’t think I found Christ, I believe He found me!

Before coming into a relationship with Christ, I was not seeking God at all; in fact, I was extremely far from Him! Everything about my life three years ago sang worldliness; my actions, my thoughts, my words. I would say I had a very strong relationship with sin and it escalated as I got older. I always got in trouble with my parents and this always made me want to start on a clean slate. I would go for alter calls and ‘give my life to Christ’, with no real understanding of His love for me or the meaning of what Christ had done on the cross. I remember after every alter call I would cut all ungodly music out a14522947_1151127274980011_3462657435315792968_nnd start reading my bible, in my head I probably thought ‘yes Jesus I am ready to do this, I can do this!’ But, I would always either get bored or fall into sin, condemn myself and then go back to my old ways- not understanding how much of God’s grace I needed.

My first year of university, however, was when I would say my walk with God properly began. I had gotten in a huge mess and I was just tired of running from God and knew He was calling me. So, I decided to open my heart and mind to God and I am super glad I did! From first year till right now, my walk with God has been somewhat a roller coaster, with lots of ups and some downs. I would say most of my struggles have had to do with me not being fully aware of who I am in Christ. However, this is one thing I am growing to understand and I believe it truly makes the difference with our walk in Christ! As I continue to grow in my intimacy with Him, I am becoming more aware of who He is, what He has done for me and who I am in Him. I am growing to understand that I am the Daughter of the King of Kings and my identity is in Christ and there is absolutely nothing/no one else I want my identity to be rooted in *snaps fingers*

There have been so many defining moments in my walk with Christ and truly God is faithful!

I remember when I began my walk with Christ and literally had no friends because I felt I needed to change my environment to grow. I remember whispering to God in the library saying God I need new friends and then I went off to my lecture. The girl sitting next to me happened to be going for a campus fellowship, which she invited me for (a fellowship I now currently attend, which has helped me immensely in my walk with Christ). I also remember in my second year when I opened the doors to sexual immorality again and how God sent so many people to get me out of it and talk some sense in my head (and I overcame, thank God!). I remember last academic year being one of my hardest, however it was also the year I drew closer to God and leaned heavily on His grace and I ended up doing really well.

I can go on and on about the many things God has seen me through and done for me but to cut the long story short, everything that has occurred in my walk with Him points to one bible verse Philippians 1 v 6:

‘Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’.

So to anyone reading this I just want you to know that God loves you and He would never leave nor forsake you. Like Mathew 28:20 says, ‘He is with us always to the very end of the age!’. If you know Christ keep trusting Him and if you don’t, get to know the one who loves you wholeheartedly!

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Thank you so much Dolapo for sending us your Jesus Story!!

If you’ve read this and feel led to share your testimony, why not send us your Jesus Story and be a part of #TheGodNarratives project? If you’re interested, just send us a private message on any of our social media @worldlightmvmt.

 

 

 

Called to Worship

Sometimes, I struggle with the ‘point’ of things. What’s the point speaking up? Just be quiet and don’t bother people. What’s the point of telling people about my faith anyway? What’s the point of flooding people’s timelines with bible verses, and articles and worship music, makes no difference- might as well keep it to myself.

And what’s the point of a Praise Challenge anyway? These questions may be due to my deeply introspective personality, or the fact that I can be quite critical of things including myself. And of course the devil seeks to devour our faith (see 1 Peter 5:8-9) which is why the bible says that we must take every thought captive and bring it into submission to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).photo-2

So, I’d feel led by the Spirit to do something, I go ahead and take the plunge and then doubts set in. But whatever it is, the past few days some of these questions floated at the back of my mind. Then on Day 5 of this year’s praise challenge I woke up to a devotional from one of my favourite websites, with the following title:

“A Priest Calls People to Worship.”

Wow. Sometimes God smacks you across the head with just a few gentle words. This was one of those times. The truth is, we aren’t called to just experience God and keep the wonder to ourselves, ‘a city set on a hill cannot be hidden’, right? We are called to ‘go public’ with the news of His goodness. Immediately I saw the devotional title that morning, I thought of 1 Peter 2:9:

“But you are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

We are both called to worship, and called to call others to worship Jesus, as a royal priesthood. When we understand the sheer magnitude of this calling, we really shouldn’t have time to be self conscious about anything because we live only for an audience of One.

We are a Royal priesthood. Chosen. You & I. So that we may proclaim praises of the One who called us out of darkness into marvelous light. Jesus is our High Priest, and those who believe in him as the Son of God and accept him as Lord and Saviour become His royal priesthood. We proclaim praises because we’ve been called out of darkness into marvelous light- and must also perform our function as a royal priesthood- calling people to worship, caring for their spiritual lives (which begins with leading them to Christ and making them disciples), making intercession for them, and caring for them. We are called to share in the work of Jesus, our High Priest.

This is our worship- being a living sacrifice to God, a willing vessel, used for His will alone. A priest calls others to worship. The beautiful thing about God is He does everything with a ripple effect. Your purpose is connected to that of so many others. You’re being blessed so that you can be a blessing to so many others.

And so, our life of worship is meant to encourage so many others to worship too. We are designed to bring God glory. Hearts that encounter us should encounter Jesus too.

photo-3Too many times we can end up coasting through life not understanding who we are in Christ. We end up leading lackluster, mediocre lives because we prefer to live in restraint, remaining in our comfort zones, not realizing that we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The power to go out and proclaim the gospel, teach, exhort, and transform people’s lives through the power of God’s Word which is ‘alive and active, shaper than any two edged sword, dividing even soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart‘(Hebrews 4:12).

I write and post this to remind myself, as much as I write to anyone who will be encouraged these words. Brothers and sisters, we are called to worship. Not just in song, but with our very lives. We are called to exhibit the glory of the Lord, so much so that others see us and seek to know Jesus, our great, and magnificent High Priest.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” (Hebrews 4:14)

Love and light,

@nuellaswords

7 Steps to Understanding our Righteousness in Jesus

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” -Matthew 5:6

For they shall be filled.

In acknowledging my own struggle with my flesh, and the loathing and hatred of my sin, this verse hit me hard.  Conviction by the Holy Spirit, of my own sinful nature, brings even the sins that may have even seemed harmless or good/expected at the time, to light (e.g. a display of indignation at another’s wrongdoing, upon which the Holy Spirit convicts me of pride). But focusing on ‘self’ instead casting our eyes to Jesus, can easily cause conviction to morph into disabling guilt.  In Romans 7:15 Paul describes this struggle like this: ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do. But what I hate, I do.’ From verse 21-24, he expands by saying: ‘this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law. But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!.‘ We see further clarity about this struggle  in Galatians 5:16-17 :

‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.’

The beauty of Paul’s acknowledgment of his own sinful nature, is the opportunity to understand and fully accept Christ’s saving grace.  We see the terrible tension within every believer, where the spirit of God within us is at war with the flesh. ‘So then, with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.’ Similarly, Jeremiah 17:9 describes the heart of man as ‘desperately wicked/deceitful above all things.’

Praise God that through all this we see the incredible hope we have in Jesus Christ, and the value of the price He paid for us through his death and resurrection. In one of those moments where I started to feel the ‘disabling guilt’ settle over me, I turned to God’s word to consider why. Why do I still desire at times, the things that displease my Lord and Saviour? Shouldn’t the war be over? Is it even possible to be completely pure and holy at every point in time? And in torrents I came across numerous verses that I’ve condensed below, as the 7 steps to understanding our righteousness in Jesus:

  1. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled (Matthew 5:6). A hunger and thirst for righteousness is a hunger and thirst for God. The more we seek him, the more we begin to look like him. When we seek Him and meditate on his word, we walk in the spirit (Galatians 5:6). And so, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh and we must hold on to the promise that we will be filled with righteousness.
  2. God has put eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This reminder comes immediately after the declaration that God makes all things beautiful in its time. There is something huge that the Lord deposits in us once we become believers. It’s a work that He begins, to transform us into the image of Christ- and this will come into completion on the day of Jesus’ return (Phil. 1:6).
  3. Because we keep believing, we get what we are looking forward to: total salvation. (1 Peter 1:3-9). The journey to being Christ-like is impossible without faith. The devil comes as an accuser in order to introduce guilt and doubt. But Hebrews 11:6 says that ‘without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.’ We must renew our minds and hold on to what God says about us, in order to keep believing.
  4. Afflictions and temptations will come. Psalm 34:19 says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. So we must understand our weaknesses, but we must also understand the strength we have in God. Jesus himself understands our weaknesses  having gone through every temptation we face (Hebrews 4:15-16). He has commanded that we draw near to the throne of grace with confidence to receive grace and find mercy in the time of need. When we do, his power is made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  5. God’s love endures forever. Romans 8:31-38 beautifully explains God’s unending love for us and His faithfulness, even in our filth and even when we face the Accuser:  ‘If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  6. Salvation is a gift and we have been saved by grace. Ephesians 2:8-10 puts it aptly: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’
  7. Whatever God does, it shall be forever (Ecclesiastes 3:14). This includes the work He began in us when we became believers. As long as we continue to chase after Him and yield to Him and His word, we will continually be transfigured into His image. And one day, we will meet our Lord and be with him for eternity (John 3:16). This cannot be taken away from us. ‘For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6).

I hope this knowledge gives us understanding and peace. And I pray ‘that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 1:9). Amen.

Love,
Nuella.

Walk With Me

Hi everyone,

Gosh it’s been so long, but be sure that God has been dealing with me behind the scenes about this blog.

After a long period of literally struggling to write or post, The Lord has, over  this time, taught me many lessons; and most of them have been at the most unexpected moments. These moments are the calm after the storm- where suddenly,  the still tranquil voice of the Holy Spirit brings the answer. So, in one of these moments, the major lesson that hit me was this- that the enemy will continually try everything possible to abort God’s purpose from our lives.

A couple of years ago, shortly after  I surrendered my life to Jesus, I had a serious burden in my heart for the Church in Nigeria and this urge to speak the truth about God’s word and His true intention for the body of believers. So I asked The Lord, how? And He said start with your gift- write. Once I started, I felt a sense of fulfillment and I knew this is exactly what I should be doing. However, distractions, fear and anxiety crept in, in what was one of the toughest years of my life (last year). And so.. I just stopped doing what The Lord had said I should. I stopped what I had so much passion for. Unsurprisingly, I did not have peace about doing nothing about it anymore. Yet I couldn’t bring myself to for so long. Isn’t that strange?

Here’s the thing. You may not realize it, but we are in an all out spiritual war. The enemy is after the power and anointing that is upon every beleiver’s life (Acts 1:8). Not only that, he’s after our purpose. Our warfare is in the spirit & every word that The Lord has given to us WILL be tested. Our primary purpose as believers is to go out and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). Then of course, we all have our unique purposes within that framework. It’s not enough just knowing what we’re meant to do (inaction); and its also not enough saying we’ll do it later. What I’ve learnt over the past year and a half is that we have to be able to FIGHT for our purpose in God, first in the place of prayer and then in the physical by working and walking out our faith daily.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We have to be able to stand our ground against the enemy’s schemes. Scheming connotes cunning, deviousness and deceit. This deceit could be in the form of little distractions, even distractions by things you love / that are ‘good’. Or, you may just realise that though you know what The Lord wants you to be doing, you have very little time for the task he’s given, or even worse, you just plain run in the opposite direction —cue Jonah and the whale (Jonah 1). And to be honest, like many I can relate with Jonah:

‘Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.’

‭‭Jonah‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬

Now we all know that there were grave consequences to Jonah’s disobedience. So here’s the next calm-after-the-storm lesson: we literally cannot walk with Jesus without obedience. It may sound obvious, but in reading scripture where Jesus calls us to come to him and he will give us rest, it seems pretty rosy and comfortable until the further instruction in the next verse to take His yoke upon us, and learn from Him (Matthew 11:28-29). We can’t take Jesus’ yoke upon ourselves and learn from him without obedience and trust. To come to Jesus, we need to follow him by answering his call; and to walk with him day by day, we must  heed his instructions. We must let go of trying to control our own lives and simply make ourselves available as vessels that are pleasing in his sight. It’s simple because he graces us to do so, he says ‘for my yoke is easy and my burden is light‘- but we complicate things for ourselves by doing things the hard way (our way).

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Truth is, having  no time or desire for God’s purpose is indicative of a will that isn’t, or is no longer conformed to the Lord’s. Depression, sadness, anger , anxiety and feeling unworthy are some of the tools satan uses to ensure we get in this place of putting God’s kingdom last & our individual  purposes end up remaining unfulfilled. When we wear negative emotions like a cloak and shy away from communing with God and fellowshipping with his children (instead of running to him), we end up not even hearing what direction He’s telling us to go… and we end up removing ourselves from his divine plan.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11)

Thankfully, each time I felt that way in the last half of 2015, The Lord pursued me relentlessly (again, cue Jonah 1:4-7). Through my church body,  He’s taught me about the power of the Holy Spirit upon us as believers, about spiritual warfare and the weapons we have against the enemy. About obedience, submission, leadership & community. About love and surrender. In all my disobedience and doubt and fear, He has never left my side. He has placed me where I’ve continued to grow, and in the lives of the most inspiring people that boost and encourage me every time I need it. Friends, every single day, God wants us to grow us, love us, lead us, and amaze us. We simply need to walk with Him.

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14-18‭‬‬

Love,
Nuella.

The Workers are Few

Reflecting on our current theme ‘GO’ and considering the positions of service I have found myself in from mid last year up to this point, I’ve come to the realisation that God literally provides opportunities for us to disciple others. Though I was subconsciously aware of this and have by the grace of God achieved the necessary goals at each stage, it just occurred to me how easy it is to underestimate the importance of the place we have been positioned. It hit me because sometimes, I have no motivation to follow through with things simply because I can’t see how it helps my personal goals OR it doesn’t line up with what I think should be happening. The truth is, we are self-centred beings by nature. However, to take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ, we absolutely cannot live life focused on ourselves. We have to be focused on God and His Kingdom [Matthew 6:33]- meaning we need to consider how & to what extent our own lives are impacting the lives of others in a positive and eternal sense.

A wise friend once said to me that most times, God makes himself manifest to us through our areas of need. Every group of people has an area of need and thus, an angle through which the gospel can have the biggest impact on their lives. For instance, teenagers are in a process of growth/discovery and thus need guidance and someone to look up to. Young women need to be shown that they have immense worth, value and purpose regardless of what society says. Mothers have the great responsibility of nurturing a life, and need to know that they have what it takes to also birth purpose in their children, husbands and home. Young men need help understanding their responsibility as leaders, providers and protectors. Not to talk of the finer demographics- entrepreneurs, fitness enthusiasts, musicians, beauty enthusiasts, artists/creatives, singles, students, young couples … the list is endless.

Question is, what category of people do you have access to? How do you relate to the struggles unique to them, and how can you apply the gospel to bring light to their lives? We need to be sharing the truths God has placed inside of us with the people around us. What I’ve come to realise is that more often than not, wherever you find yourself IS YOUR MISSION FIELD. You don’t need to create opportunities for discipleship, they are already right in front of you. If you are too focused on YOU, you won’t key into what the Holy Spirit is doing around you.

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. We cannot allow our human flaws, judgment and vision to blind us to the fact that the harvest IS ready and within reach. When you think about the people you walk by daily, be it in school, work, or wherever, do you simply see faces or do you see souls that are precious to God?

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter  4:7-11 (NIV)

It is my prayer that we live as workers of the gospel and faithful stewards of God’s wonderful grace.

Love and light,
@nuellaswords

***A few things….

-Though the theme“GO” was intended for April, I feel led to start doing the themes on a bi-monthly basis so there’s enough time to study and meditate on each area. So ‘GO’ is for April/May.
-“GO” Bible Study will be holding this coming Saturday 9th May at Lekki Phase 1. Would love to fellowship with you all! Please add this pin to RSVP – 5597DFEA, and will send you finer details once you do.
-Keep in touch via any of the WLMVT social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter 

Thanks!

April Theme is ‘GO’

 “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion), to the very close and consummation of the age. ” Matthew 28:19-20 [AMP]

Last year, I put up a post on Easter (Our Redemption Comes with a Purpose) about how the heavy gift of grace Jesus showed us all on the Cross, and His resurrection is followed by a heavy duty– to go out into all the world and share the Gospel.

In Isaiah 60:3, God gives us a promise that though darkness covers the earth, ‘nations will come to [our] light, and kings to the brightness of [our] rising’. What exactly is this light you may ask? The light of every believer is Jesus himself, living in and working through us. We are a chosen people, and God’s special possession because of the sacrifice of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9). This is the totality of the Gospel, so how can we not share it as He’s commanded?

Continuing in the spirit of Easter I’d like to then follow up this month by addressing the ‘how?’ of it all. Because though there’s a purpose God has for you that is unique, be it in terms of your work or talent, there is also the overall purpose as a believer which is Christ’s command in Matthew 28. Ultimately, these two tie together. However, if you’re anything like me, it can all seem a little out of reach sometimes most times. Cue Moses being all “[but Lord who am I to do this job?] Please send someone else” (Exodus 4 v 1-17). We can easily buy into the lie that to move into the purpose God has given us is impossible. If you dwell on that, the result is paralysis- the (negative) feeling of helplessness where the devil convinces you that you are too unworthy to fulfill your purpose so you might as well not try.

For a few weeks in March, I found myself feeling overwhelmed in true Moses fashion, thinking about all the stuff I have to do (and barely doing them), then I stumbled across Mathew 10. In this incredible chapter, Jesus sends out His disciples by laying out a ‘how to’ guide on fulfilling the mission He gave to them.

I’ve set out the points that stood out to me below:

 Matthew 10 (MSG)

  • “Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighbourhoood. Tell them that the Kingdom is here.” (v 5-8).
  • You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment and all you need to keep that going is 3 meals a day. Travel light. (v9-10)
  • STAY ALERT. You’re going to be like a sheep in a wolf pack. (v 16)
  • Don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the spirit of your Father will supply the words. (v17-20)
  • Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. (v 26-27)
  • “This is large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.”
  • Forget about yourself (v. 38-39; v. 29-31)

How amazing is it that God reaches into our every need and insecurity and provides not only comfort and solutions but the very push we need? In fact, it shouldn’t be that surprising given that HE IS LOVE and would never give you something to do and leave you unprepared for it. This is why we have the BIBLE and the HOLY SPIRIT. In Matthew 10, Jesus has put it in the simplest of terms- all you need to be light in a dark world is Him, yourself, your words, and your actions. Don’t buy into the lie that you need something extra special to be the disciple that God has called you to be. Jesus is all the ‘special’ necessary.

We need only be alert, and travel light by leaving all the baggage behind (physical, emotional AND spiritual baggage). We need to stay FOCUSED on Jesus and dependent on the Holy Spirit for guidance and the right words when necessary. We need to let go of all selfishness because God is already taking care of our needs.

This month, I believe Abba is encouraging us to push boundaries, escape our comfort zones, forget about ourselves and GO into all that He has called us to.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9]

Love and light,
@nuellaswords

**I encourage you to read/meditate on Matthew 10 for yourself (in whatever version(s) you best understand) because its packed full of so much that we need on this journey.

Love Like Jesus Bible Study Outline

Hi Everyone! As most of you know, we held the February “Love Like Jesus” Bible Study in Lekki on the 7th of February. It was amazing to hear everyone’s heart on what it means to love like Jesus. We dug into the word and each person made really insightful comments/contributions. I have added a few to the outline. Hope to see you at the next Bible Study, which is likely to hold on the first Saturday of March [more information to come].

Do meditate on the scriptures and feel free to leave your own contributions in the comments section below 🙂


How did Jesus Love?
-John 15:13

 How does Jesus expect us to love?
-John 14:21, John 15:10, 1 John 5:3;

Luke 21:1-4

  •  [Jesus expects us to keep His commands (they boil down to loving God and loving people) and give our ALL for the sake of others/the gospel.]
  • Is giving only to the extent that it doesn’t affect your life/standard of living, the type giving that is pleasing to God?

 What is Christ’s new command?
-John 13:34 – 35

 “Beautiful is the body of Christ poured out into every crevice of this world, every city, every office, every home. It is the unselfish passions of people displaying the love of their God in a million unique ways”. -Jennie Allen

  •  So, based on the scripture how can we display the love of God? What do you think the quote means by ‘unique ways’? (God expects us to be proactive in how we love)

-Mark 2:15-17

 “Nothing makes a soul sicker than too much time given to itself.” -Jennie Allen

 

Being proactive in love

1) How can you find out the needs of those around you? (This includes acquaintances). How can you make an effort to meet them? (John 21 v 5-9)

  • During the Bible study, Ezekiel commented that one of the best ways to find out the needs of others in order to meet those needs is genuinely getting to know people and listening to them.
  • Eni Ife also commented that it is important to be led by the Holy Spirit

2)  In what ways can your passions cross paths with meeting the needs of others? [Greater purpose]; (Read Genesis 41:46-57)

  • Here Moyo commented that Joseph served the country that enslaved him. He still gave himself up for them- he could have gotten to this position of influence and used this to plan for their downfall but he didn’t let bitterness prevent him from his purpose. This is love,
  • Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
    Love, not cautiously but extravagantly

3) How can you move some casual friendships into a deeper connection for the sake of the mission/gospel? Think of who you can seek out this coming week.
(pray, ask great questions, pursue, share your struggles and your God)

  • Here Chiso suggested asking good questions as a good way to move friendships along
  • Eni-Ife said consistency is also also important.

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” – Philippians 2:3

4) When in the past has someone put your needs before their own? How did that impact you? Think of how you can extend that same sacrificial love to others this month.

  • A good way to start this would be to join in on the #21ServolutionDays challenge. Simply love people intentionally and then share that on social media with the hashtag. This is for accountability and to inspire others to join in. For example, “Loving like Jesus looks like finding out the needs of others and going out of your way to meet them #21ServolutionDays” OR, “#LovingLikeJesus looks like forgiveness.” You can be more specific if you like.

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.” -Isaiah 58:6

 5) How can you reach out to the lowest in society daily? [hospitality?]
-Matthew 25:31-46

  • This Scripture reflects how important it is to Christ for us to love others and give ourselves up for them. 

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*These questions are all to challenge us to love like Jesus has loved us. Not in the Chocolates and hearts way of Feb 14th, but in the way that gives yourself up for others. It needs grace, but never look at it as frivolous or crazy – it is an investment in people and in God.

February Theme: Love Like Jesus

Hi Everyone!

January is over already, its incredible how time flies! So WLMVT is back on the themes again after a bit of a break from them. The theme for February is ‘Love Like Jesus’. SO, we’re throwing out this question throughout the month – what does Loving Like Jesus look like to you? We’ll be putting up posts, interviews, etc on this.

Also, super excited about the Bible Study we’re doing on this theme THIS Saturday, 7th February at 2pm. If you would like to attend, just send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com or simply add this pin on BBM: 7C5E7C57. Can’t wait to see you guys there!

Love,
@nuellaswords

(you can also just tweet @ me) xx

Lecrae – Anomaly

Hi everyone!

Have you guys listened to Lecrae’s new album?  I particularly love gospel music in the rap genre simply because anything that is taken and used to lecrae-anomaly-album-coverglorify God is awesome (especially when that thing generally isn’t used by people for His glory). I’m also a huge advocate of simply replacing the music that plants sinful seeds into our minds- with music that’s got a positive/God glorifying message and sounds just as good! I am still in the process of weeding out my iTunes, its tough. I have listened to a few songs from Lecrae’s new album and they were great. On twitter, I threw out a question to people who have the full album about what they think about it. This is what someone said:

‘Lecrae’s new album “Anomaly” is awesome. This album addresses some of the problems of society without straying from the message of Christ. For example, his song ‘Timepiece’ focuses on how so many people have stored up earthly treasures and live as if Jesus isn’t going to return very soon. His song “Runners” addresses the problem of lust and how it will only give us problems. Another song: “Messengers” calls out all the believers to spread the gospel to those lost in the world. It is a great album’. – @EtiennedaTiwa 

Thank you to @EtiennedaTiwa for reviewing this!

Anomaly is available on iTunes. Here’s one of the lyric videos from from the album.