Today is my coach’s outta-tha-womb-iversary. He’s trained me to be strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. I wouldn’t be where I am today - I think @kolusola and Kellon will back me up here - if it wasn’t got his love, support, guidance, and sacrifice. Love you, Daddy! May God continue walking through life with you. #birthday #coach #christatcenter #blessed #mydaddymd

Today is my coach’s outta-tha-womb-iversary. He’s trained me to be strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. I wouldn’t be where I am today - I think @kolusola and Kellon will back me up here - if it wasn’t got his love, support, guidance, and sacrifice. Love you, Daddy! May God continue walking through life with you. #birthday #coach #christatcenter #blessed #mydaddymd

Tap into the Source for strength and endurance. #makinitmonday #pushittothelimit #inittowinit #hsmreferencesftw

Tap into the Source for strength and endurance. #makinitmonday #pushittothelimit #inittowinit #hsmreferencesftw

Isaiah 58:13, 14. One of hundreds of beautiful, loving #Sabbath passages in God’s #holy Word.  The Lord has spoken. And His promises are oh-so true. Happy blessed holy Sabbath day to all of God’s children. #isaiah58 #happysabbath #felizsábado #GodsHolyDay #unchanging #forever #happiness #rest #weeklydatewithGod #joy #lastingordinance #celestialpromises

Isaiah 58:13, 14. One of hundreds of beautiful, loving #Sabbath passages in God’s #holy Word. The Lord has spoken. And His promises are oh-so true. Happy blessed holy Sabbath day to all of God’s children. #isaiah58 #happysabbath #felizsábado #GodsHolyDay #unchanging #forever #happiness #rest #weeklydatewithGod #joy #lastingordinance #celestialpromises

If the Lord said to rest, who am I to argue with that command? Goodnight, y ¡feliz sábado a todos! #Sabbath #exodus20 #deuteronomy5 #hebrews4 #sleep #rest #thankyouLord #zzzzzzz #happysabbath #sda #adventist

If the Lord said to rest, who am I to argue with that command? Goodnight, y ¡feliz sábado a todos! #Sabbath #exodus20 #deuteronomy5 #hebrews4 #sleep #rest #thankyouLord #zzzzzzz #happysabbath #sda #adventist

Blog 29: Selective Belief

God has always been a fair God. In fact, He’s been miraculous about how He deals with us in ways we don’t truly deserve, blessing us daily when we deserve death. Those of us who say “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I’ll follow you to the depths of the world.”… Would we really?

We know that feeling. That tug on the heart, mind, and soul from the Holy Spirit (or what the world calls our “conscience”) to do something that makes us very uncomfortable, that places us outside of our Box of Selfishness. What if the Holy Spirit leads us to go or do something we would never do naturally solely because we’ve never done or heard it before? What if His prompting is scripturally supported? Do we keep it to ourselves and only follow the Spirit’s leading behind closed doors, but remain unchanged in front of others, so we don’t face ridicule? Do we completely ignore it and just keep doing what makes us comfortable? Sadly, often more than not, we suppress the Voice and go about doing what we want to do, doing what others tell us to do, as opposed to what God is calling us specifically to do. It could be something as simple as being led to sit with someone in the cafeteria that we never speak to, to correct someone else’s child who is in danger and their parents are doing anything about it, or sparking conversation with that smelly, gross homeless lady at the bus stop. It could be something as epic as following all 10 Commandments, or eating clean and celestially blessed foods as according to the Word.

But of course, we are human. Sin and disobedience are in our DNA. We cast judgements. We keep ourselves in our own shoes, in our own boxes, blinders on, and “faithful to our Lord.” We cannot see past what we have “always known.” We cannot hear past what we have “always heard.” We stick with those who know us, who understand us, and who don’t think differently than us when the Spirit calls us to do as Christ did, to follow the teachings of the Bible, and go into the market place (the mission field, which is anywhere outside of the church) without fear to meet and love the people as Christ loved the church. We pick and choose which Spiritual tug we’ll follow according to how we feel. We pick and choose which scripture we’ll apply to our lives according to how we want to live our lives.

But where does God what us to go? What does God want us to do? Why would He place the Holy Spirit in our lives to know truth from fallacy when, most of the time, we don’t always want to choose truth anyway - and don’t? Thank God He is a God of free will. Without that option, He wouldn’t know which of us are really for Him and who aren’t. But we should not take free will lightly, for it is a blessing to know good from evil solely from the tug of the Holy Spirit, and even more so from the teachings of His Word to support each tug. It’s one thing to ignore callings to choose to do evil. It’s another to purposefully close our eyes and ears to revelation and block Spiritual callings when the caller ID clearly says “Jesus Christ.”

God did not make being a Christian a stroll in the park. Think of the ridicule Christ Himself received during His years on earth. Think of the number of believers in the Bible who literally lost their lives for proclaiming and living the truth according to Scriptures. Think of what happened to those who delayed from promptly following through direct callings from the Lord.

Matthew 10 how God equips the called to do His great work here. He explains how persecution and ridicule - physical and spiritual - are strong possible realities if we are doing it right. We are not going to please everyone, and everything we are called to do will not have a positive outcome. That does not mean we are to not do them, but we are to stand strong in the calling and guiding of the Lord. To not just say we believe and have faith, but live out our believe and faith through our daily actions. We are to fear the Lord and confess Christ’s love to the world - not just to the other Christians. Christ said that families will turn against each other because some want to follow Christ above all things, and others will want us to follow them above Christ. Matthew 7:13-14 reads: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Are there believers walking down the “wide gate” as well, or only non-believers on that path? Either way, are we following the crowd or following Christ? Is our faith blind? Do we want to please God, or please man? If we want to please God, is it because we love Him, or because we are scared of the results of not following Him 100%? What are our motives? What do we want to be our motives?

I pray, my dear friends, that we stay as vulnerable to the Holy Spirit as possible. I hope that we plead to God for strength to not watch man (including family and friends), but to watch Him and stay as true to the Scriptures as we possibly can according to what HE personally teaches us through our humble asking and personal seeking of truth through His Storybook. The more we listen for His voice, the easier it will become to actually follow His voice because we will be able to recognise it (which is the first step in following Him). The more we read and pray, the more He will fill us with His strength and unconditional love. He knows it might be difficult at first, but He doesn’t just do it for the mission, but for us, the messengers, to be strengthened in our faith in Him and rooted deeper in our love for Him. So that He may show His mighty power through our obedience to Him, His still small voice, and His complete Word. The right doors will open on the straight and narrow path to Christ when we choose to follow Him 100%. But it is a chose. Let us not be lukewarm, but on fire for the Lord, bold in our faith and in our motives to be more and more like Him, as well as do what He as called us to do.

May the Lord guide us to not selectively believe, but to fully step out in faith.

Sabbath is so close!!! Hurry to the nearest store, fellow Sabbatarians! Cook! Clean!! Iron your church clothes!!! Then— rest. (I seriously miss Fridays at Southern.) #prepday #Sabbath #GodsHolyDay #hebrews4 #sda #adventist #saualum #heartofworship #thesabbathapp

Sabbath is so close!!! Hurry to the nearest store, fellow Sabbatarians! Cook! Clean!! Iron your church clothes!!! Then— rest. (I seriously miss Fridays at Southern.) #prepday #Sabbath #GodsHolyDay #hebrews4 #sda #adventist #saualum #heartofworship #thesabbathapp

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength. | I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness 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 saints.

Ephesians 1:18-19, 3:16-19, 6:18.
To have been with Moses and God’s people during that time would have been so exciting. #tbt #throwbackthursday #wayback #exodus24 #takeitbacknowyall #Godlovesnumbers #morningworship #iloveyouLord #covenant #sanctuary #adventist #biblestudy #gloryofGod #christatcenter

To have been with Moses and God’s people during that time would have been so exciting. #tbt #throwbackthursday #wayback #exodus24 #takeitbacknowyall #Godlovesnumbers #morningworship #iloveyouLord #covenant #sanctuary #adventist #biblestudy #gloryofGod #christatcenter

The Sabbath was hallowed at the creation… . “God saw everything that He had made, and , behold, it was very good;” and He rested in the joy of His completed work. Gen. 1:31. Because He had rested upon the sabbath, “God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,” - set it apart to a holy use… . It was a memorial of the work of creation, and thus a sign of God’s power and His love… . In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. “… All things were made by Him; and without Him as not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3. And since the sabbath is a memorial of the work of creation, it is a token of the love and power of Christ. The Sabbath calls our thoughts to nature, and brings us into communion with the Creator… . And as we behold His power in nature we find comfort, for the word that created all things is that which speaks life to the soul… . When the Lord bade Israel hallow His Sabbaths, He said, “They shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am Jehovah your God.” Ezek. 20:20, R. V. The Sabbath was embodied in the law given from Sinai; but it was not then first made known as a day of rest. The people of Israel had a knowledge of it before they came to Sinai. On the way thither the Sabbath was kept. When some profaned it, the Lord reproved them, saying, “How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws?” Ex. 16:28. The Sabbath was not for Israel merely, but for the world. It had been made known to man in Eden, and, like the other precepts of the Decalogue, it is of imperishable obligation. Of that law of which the fourth commandment forms a part, Christ declares, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law.” So long as the heavens and the earth endure, the Sabbath will continue as a sign of the Creator’s power. And when Eden shall bloom on earth again, God’s holy rest day will be honored by all beneath the sun. “From one Sabbath to another” the inhabitants of the glorified new earth shall go up “to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” Matt. 5:18; Isa. 66:23. No other institution which was committed to the Jews tended so fully to distinguish them from surrounding nations as did the Sabbath. God designed that its observance should designate them as His worshipers. It was to be a token of their separation from idolatry, and their connection with the true God. But in order to keep the Sabbath holy, men must themselves be holy… . As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God’s rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father… . Although the rabbis followed [Christ] with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God… . When accused of Sabbathbreaking at Bethesda, Jesus defended Himself by affirming His Sonship to God, and declaring that He worked in harmony with the Father. Now that the disciples are attacked, He cites His accusers to examples from the Old Testament, acts performed on the Sabbath by those who were in the service of God… . “Have ye not read so much as this,” He said, “what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with
him; how he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, … which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?” “And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man
for the Sabbath.” “Have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the
temple.” “The Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:3, 4; Mark 2:27, 28; Matt. 12:5, 6… . Christ would teach His disciples and His enemies that the service of God is first of all. The object of
God’s work in this world is the redemption of man; therefore that which is necessary to be done on the Sabbath in the accomplishment of this work is in accord with the Sabbath law. Jesus then crowned His
argument by declaring Himself the “Lord of the Sabbath,”—One above all question and above all law… . It is the service of love that God values. When this is lacking, the mere round of ceremony is an
offense to Him. So with the Sabbath. It was designed to bring men into communion with God; but when the mind was absorbed with wearisome rites, the object of the Sabbath was thwarted. Its mere outward observance was a mockery… . “It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?” … When questioned, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?” Jesus answered, “What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on
it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.” Matt. 12:10-12… .Jesus condemned the custom of the Jews, and left the fourth commandment standing as God had given it. “It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days,” He declared. By sweeping away the senseless restrictions of the Jews, Christ honored the Sabbath, while those who
complained of Him were dishonoring God’s holy day. Those who hold that Christ abolished the law teach that He broke the Sabbath and justified His disciples in doing the same. Thus they are really taking the same ground as did the caviling Jews. In this they contradict the testimony of Christ Himself, who declared, “I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” John 15:10. Neither the Saviour nor His followers broke the law of the Sabbath. Christ was a living representative of the law… . By its connection with error, the truth had been serving the cause of the enemy of God and man. Christ had come to place it where it would glorify God, and work the salvation of humanity. “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” Jesus said. The institutions that God has established are for the benefit of mankind. “All things are for your sakes.” “Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” 2 Cor. 4:15; 1 Cor. 3:22, 23. The law of Ten Commandments,
of which the Sabbath forms a part, God gave to His people as a blessing. “The Lord commanded us,” said Moses, “to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might
preserve us alive.” Deut. 6:24… . And of all who keep “the Sabbath from polluting it,” the Lord declares, “Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.” Isa. 56:6, 7.
“Wherefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” These words are full of instruction and comfort. Because the Sabbath was made for man, it is the Lord’s day. It belongs to Christ… . By Him it was set apart as a memorial of the work of creation. It points to Him as both the Creator and the Sanctifier. It declares that He who created all
things in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is the head of the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For, speaking of Israel, He said, “I gave them My Sabbaths, to
be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them,”—make them holy. Ezek. 20:12. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ’s power to make us holy. And it is given to
all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power, the Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel of God. And the Lord says, “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; … then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.” Isa. 58:13, 14. To all who receive the Sabbath as a sign of Christ’s creative and redeeming power, it will be a delight. Seeing Christ in it, they delight themselves in Him. The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace restored through the Saviour. And every object in nature repeats His invitation, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28.

The Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White

pp. 281-289

It’s hard to forget an incident that shook The United States at its core. Innocent lives were lost. Security got tighter. Faith and spirituality grew expoentially. The nation seemed to adopt the concept of “love your neighbour as yourself” seriously. Those who have fought for us, whether you’re living or whether they died, are remembered. May God bless the people residing in this nation. #remember911 #wherewereyou #2001 #foreverinourhearts #neverforget911

It’s hard to forget an incident that shook The United States at its core. Innocent lives were lost. Security got tighter. Faith and spirituality grew expoentially. The nation seemed to adopt the concept of “love your neighbour as yourself” seriously. Those who have fought for us, whether you’re living or whether they died, are remembered. May God bless the people residing in this nation. #remember911 #wherewereyou #2001 #foreverinourhearts #neverforget911

When you know, you know.
And you never let Him go.
When you see a counterfeit
You’ll flee away from it
You know Him by His voice
But to follow is your choice
You will see that He is rare
And that nothing can compare
What a value, what a price
To have been a sacrifice
Hold your Treasure, don’t depart
Hide your Treasure in your heart
But when the Light begins to glow
Do not fear, just let It show
Oh, when you know, you know
To the world, go share Him, go

The Treasure

by Yours Truly

The fact that these two still look at each other the same way they did on their wedding day 27 years ago gives me so much hope. True love is still alive, folks! Job 29 + Proverbs 31 = Ephesians 5:22-33. #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #summer2014 #happyanniversary #27yearsstrong #christatcenter #blessingsfromabove #myparents #truelove

The fact that these two still look at each other the same way they did on their wedding day 27 years ago gives me so much hope. True love is still alive, folks! Job 29 + Proverbs 31 = Ephesians 5:22-33. #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #summer2014 #happyanniversary #27yearsstrong #christatcenter #blessingsfromabove #myparents #truelove

When I got white coated at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony (Friday, 15 Aug 2014). #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #ukcop #co2018 #py1 #pharmacy #itstarts #whitecoat #healthcareprofessionalintraining #blessingsfromabove #thankYouLord

When I got white coated at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony (Friday, 15 Aug 2014). #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #ukcop #co2018 #py1 #pharmacy #itstarts #whitecoat #healthcareprofessionalintraining #blessingsfromabove #thankYouLord

Missing this guy today like a vegan-in-training misses chicken wings. #wealwaysmatch #christatcenter #teamnaija

Missing this guy today like a vegan-in-training misses chicken wings. #wealwaysmatch #christatcenter #teamnaija

Prayer

thetahjmowryblog:

Father, today I choose to believe You and increase my capacity to receive. I let go of limited thinking and old mindsets. I set my focus on Your Word and open myself to everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

My exact prayer for today.