“. . . For better for worse . . . In plenty and in want . . . In joy and in sorrow . . . In sickness and in health . . . As long as we both shall live.”
When couples on the verge of being pronounced husband and wife take their vows and come to the part of better or worse, in good and bad times, do they really consider those moments at all or take it into consideration that something bad could ever happen? Or are they just traditional words spoken? Obviously no one wants any bad thing happening in their marriage. Couples may pray and fast and ‘kabash’ (speaking in tongues) that no evil or no bad thing would come. But let’s face it . . . Storms do happen.

How can one keep such a vow in the midst of the storm? How do you remain faithful? By trusting God and holding onto Him in prayers. By relying on His grace to remain faithful. By Commitment. Your level of commitment to the relationship determines your staying-power.

But now I look at these words in relation to our relationship with God as Christians. How would you define your relationship with God? We love Him in the good times and praise Him . . . What of in the bad?

God showerd us with blessings, gifts, promotion and other goodies and we boldly say, ‘I will serve this God, I love God, I will follow Him to the end.’
Can we equally say such when things are going bad and there’s a huge storm in our lives?
Can we shout out loud and proclaim our love to God in the bad times?
Can we say we love Him when things don’t go the way we want them to?
Would we still stay by his side?
Things and people around us may be in the negative, but let’s remain positive and trust in God.

He has promised in His word that He would be with us, Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) ‘When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.’

Romans 8:35 (KJV), ‘Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?’

Peradventure you might have stepped away from God, why not renew your faith in Him? It’s not too late. Run back to Him and make that decision to be with Him . . . No matter what.

Love you all!

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It was another day in Lagos. Mike couldn’t tell how the day would be like, but he could apply a level of faith and speak how he wanted it to be. He was done with his devotion and set out to prepare breakfast as he usually did. The times were getting hard, his job was taking too much of his time and he rarely had an opportunity to go to church. Nevertheless, he tried as much as possible to have his quiet morning every morning.

It was eleven in the morning and so far work was going fine. He got up to submit a report to the MD. He knew how hard he had worked on it. The sleepless nights that had followed his wake. He knocked on her door and was told to come in.

“Good morning ma,” He said. She looked at him but didn’t answer. She asked what he wanted. “I want to drop the report -” She extended her hand to receive the file from him and he gave it to her. She opened the file and ran through the papers. Mike bowed his head down and was expecting praises from her. What he heard next was to his shock.

“What is this supposed to mean? Is this what we pay you for? You can’t even do a simple report.” Mike was astonished at her words. He had been writing reports just fine for the months he had been working there. So her sudden outburst was uncalled for. He looked up to the anger written all over her face. “I’m sorry ma, I -” She tossed the file on the table and told him to re-do it. Mike tried to keep his emotions at bay.

“Why are you still standing there? Get out of my office and get the work done.” Mike took the file and walked briskly out of the office.

Mike got into the bus and had to squeeze in between a fat woman with sweat trickling down her arms and man who was grateful to finally have someone come in between. She smelled of tomatoes and tatase. He looked down to her feet and saw how dirty they were. Mike would have shifted a little to the right but there was no space! He closed his eyes and hoped to rest a bit, since the journey to palmgroove from Ikeja would still take a little while.
Few minutes later, someone tapped him hard on his back and he sat up, alert. The conductor looking menancingly at him.
“Oga where your money?”
Mike’s face squeezed into a frown as he had been forcefully awaken. He checked for his wallet in his back pocket. It wasn’t there. He checked his front pocket if there was any change there. Nothing. Mike was growing nervous, likewise the conductor was growing impatient and shouting for his money.
“Calm down nau, I go give you your money. No shout on top my head abeg.” Mike said calmly. The woman beside him was looking at him like he was a thief, as if he were trying to act smart and finagle his way out of the situation. Mike said a silent prayer, begging God for help. First the annoying woman at work and now this? What was happening with him today? The conductor started raining abuses on him and people in the bus weren’t even trying to help him out.
“I can’t find my wallet. I don’t know, maybe it was stolen or I dropped it somewhere in the office.” The conductor knocked the top of the bus. “O n bole.” The bus slowed down and stopped. No one was willing to help him or hear him out. He got pushed out of the bus at Maryland and the bus took off. The conductor giving him ‘waka’.
Mike was stuck. Was he going to resort to begging? He decided to walk home. He hated everything that was happening to him at that moment. He was too irritated. As if on impulse, he put his hand in his pocket and felt something. He brought out two hundred naira. He looked at the money and started to laugh. He didn’t care of the people passing by who probably thought he was crazy. Something good came out of the day afterall.

The next day he was taking a bus back home. Someone happened to be in the same predicament as him. A woman this time around. He looked away. He didn’t want to help out. He would rather treat everyone the same way he had been treated, as that was the manner the world worked. He turned and looked at the woman backing the baby, a nagging feeling in his heart wanted him to act the opposite way. He hesitated, but finally pulled out a hundred naira note and gave the the conductor. The woman turned to look at him in shockand thanked him. “God bless you sir,” she said. Mike smiled and told her it was okay. The action made him feel good. Just ‘cause he had received the treatment from everyone, didn’t make it right.

Matthew 24 vs 12-13 AMP, ‘12 And the love of the great body of people would grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, 13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.’

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GRACE TICKET by Lolu Adedeji


A beautiful encounter, a serious decision . . . creates a threshold in your walk with God. You decide that enough is enough and you are gonna go all the way with him; seek him with all your heart. And for a few days you’re almost certain things have changed for real, sure that things aren’t going to be like before. . . until you “fall short”. This is an experience most of us are familiar with, each one leaving us almost worse off than the last. We begin to lose hope that we can ever amount to anything of a spiritual giant and just go with the flow . . . what the heck?

One thing that hinders us from going to God is self-condemnation. Self-condemnation almost looks like conviction, but while conviction is from the Holy spirit, condemnation is from . . . well we all know, the Devil.
Conviction will lead to genuine repentance and draw you closer to God. Condemnation will push you far away. It will tell you you’re no good and can never get it right. It will shout your weaknesses in your face and compare it to the impeccable “standard”.
The truth we somehow fail to truly grasp is that there is no condemnation in Christ. So when you’re tempted to lay your bed in its room, remember Romans 8:1-2 NIV
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.’

Condemnation will almost seem okay as it will cause you to attempt getting your act right before coming to God. While this agrees with our flesh, it is a very silly move to make. Paul states in Hebrews plainly, that we are to come to the throne of mercy to obtain grace and mercy in time of need. What beautiful assurance!
Grace doesn’t promote sin, it’s empowerment for victory. Mercy not only provides pardon for us but equips us to live from the very throne of God . . . Doesn’t sound like a weak Christian to me.
Titus 2:11-12 NIV
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say No to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, [Emphasis mine]
Nothing you do or have done takes him by surprise . . . nothing. He loves us all fiercely and will never stop. Choose to be near him . . . Choose grace. His love will dissolve your fears and weaknesses till the full dawning of the day.

Recommended song: Child of God by Bethel ft. Steffany Gretzinger

About Lolu Adedeji:


In between sillyness and real life Lolu likes to sing, see movies and dance . She loves God fiercely and bursts with zest for Him. She likes ice cream too

    Happy New Month! Wishing you the very best this month, Love you all!

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