1 THESSALONIANS 5: 18 THANK YOU

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Good day People of GOD🙂

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5: 18).

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Today, I want to take the opportunity to reflect upon the past 12 months – more or less. It’s about a year since I started this blog. Moreover, I want to say thank you to everyone who has every liked, commented on a post or called me aside and gave constructive criticism. Finally, I want to answer some questions people have asked me – my Christian background, why I started the blog, why the name, etc.

My background: I grew up in a conservative Christian home. Both of my parents have been born again about 25 years now, in the ‘80s when Christians were still conservative. They are what Nigerians would call ‘Scripture Union (SU)’ people. I’m so proud of them. Anyway, I only properly became born again at age 13, after years of doubt and feeling lost.I also grew up in a conservative church – Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM).

At age 15, being a born-again teenager was great – but it made me realize a lot of things was wrong. Young people normally do not bother with such things, but i became worried about the Church of CHRIST on earth, and the trajectory it was taking. I know that we are in the Endtime, and it has being prophesied that people will depart from the faith in the Endtime (1 Timothy 4: 1). Yet, it was hard taking in all that was happening at the time – I felt many Christians did not appreciate the extent to which their Salvation was powerful and that JESUS has said that they are Gods after JEHOVAH’s Order (John 10: 34). For many people, Christianity was all about going to church and being ‘good’. Moreover, I felt that was too much compromise in the Church on fundamental principles of holiness and Christianity on one hand, and hypocrisy on the other. I was genuinely obsessed about it – praying and wishing that things would change. The only hope I have is that JESUS has built HIS Church on the rock and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matthew 16: 18). Fast-forward to a couple of years later, I was studying the Bible one day when the HOLY SPIRIT instructed me to get a new book and reserve it for making notes when I do Bible study. And I named the book, ‘Daunting Facts of Christianity’. Fast-forward to one year later: I decided to start a WordPress blog and named it Daunting Facts of Christianity. My first post on this site was probably JOSHUA 5: 10-12 SPIRITUAL MATURITY, posted on May 26, 2015.

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Why the name ‘Daunting Facts of Christianity’? Somebody told me the name ‘Daunting’ inspires fear. However, when I got this name, it was intended to inspire awe of GOD in people, and not fear. According to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘daunting’ can mean ‘intimidating’ and is a synonym for ‘awesome’. I realize that it does also mean challenging or fearsome. Although, I did not realize it at the time.

Since my first post on the blog, it has been an eventful journey. I took some time off last year because I felt like I needed to ‘reconnect’ with GOD. I came back again this year and struggled to be consistent because I was always busy. However, the main reason why I have stayed with this blog is that it helps my spiritual life, and I actually learn more from posting blog articles about Scriptures. It motivates me to search Scriptures more and be consistent with Bible study. When people ask me why I have this blog, this is the answer I give them – I have the blog because of me, for my spiritual life. However, I am glad that some people have admired and benefited from some of my articles in the past. This is essentially what keeps me determined to keep publishing on this blog. I may not have many followers or likes or comments, but, I’m proud that I am doing something that makes me happy.

Another question people have wondered about is why I write GOD’s name in capital letters. In most versions of the Bible, ‘LORD’ is written in capital letters, and I thought GOD is so Awesome, I should write HIS Name or refer to HIM in capital letters.

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The best part: I am grateful to GOD who has helped me over many years and has kept me strong spiritually. It has been challenging because giving my life to CHRIST was more than just becoming born-again – it was choosing to live again, get out of the pit of mediocrity, choosing to believe in myself and the potential GOD placed me in, and taking hold of my great destiny in CHRIST. It’s been a great journey, too 🙂 Moreover, I am a conservative Christian and I’m proud of it, so there you have it.

Finally, all Glory belongs to GOD, and thank you to everyone who has liked or commented or called me about my posts – I really appreciate it. What is my greatest wish in life? To make GOD proud, serve HIM with all I have got and that there be peace in the world. I hope to become better spiritually and to post better blog articles and register this site sometime too. I would also appreciate more support in terms of comments (it drives me nuts just wanting to know what readers think J). If you have any more questions or suggestions, please comment below or email me at ifeislovely@gmail.com, and I would deeply appreciate it 🙂 ❤

P.S.: Two people who have been consistent with their likes are BeautyBeyondBones and Jonathan Camac, and I want to say a special thank you 🙂

If you have liked any of my posts before and your name does not appear here, I’m sorry (I don’t know everyone specifically, even though I could lol), but thank you and GOD bless you 🙂

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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EPHESIANS 5: 20 ALWAYS GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER FOR EVERYTHING

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Welcome/Bienvenue/Shalom/Ekabo

Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at Ephesians 5: 20, where Paul tells encourages the Ephesians to give thanks to GOD for everything.

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (NIV).

You should give thanks to GOD for everything. Things may not work out as you planned, but it is a privilege to be alive and try again. You may not be where you wanted to be, but you are where you are now by the Grace of GOD. You may have made mistakes, but it is by the Grace of GOD you have the privilege to learn from your mistakes. This is why Paul tells the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 5: 18- ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV)’.

Look at the story of JESUS when HE was faced with 5000 men (and their wives and kids- roughly 12 000 people) who were hungry in the desert, and HE had to feed them. That ordinarily seemed like a daunting task. The disciples were already fretting, yet, JESUS did not fret. HE knew what to do (John 6: 5-13). The only food available was the lunch of a young boy: five barley loaves and two fish. HE gave thanks for the food, and it multiplied to become more than enough to feed about 12 000 people, and 12 full baskets of food were taken as leftovers. Hallelujah! JESUS is so Awesome.

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I want to share a personal story with you and what GOD revealed to me concerning this matter. I inherited short-sightedness or myopia. Even though I had discovered I was not seeing too well, I only started wearing glasses at 10 years old. After a while, I no longer wanted to wear glasses. It used to be uncomfortable, and it hides my eyes. Makes me look like a nerd, in other words :). Thus, I started praying, fasting, and wishing GOD would heal me. Two years later, I went to a doctor who told me he was looking at the worst eyes he had ever seen in a young person. My glasses are about two inches thick. So, maybe he was speaking the truth. But, I rejected his report in JESUS’ Name. I believe the report of the LORD who made me perfectly in HIS Image, rather than the doctor’s report. For almost a decade now, I have been praying to GOD to heal me. I have heard many testimonies of people been healed of myopia or long-sightedness or glaucoma during prayer and praise ministrations at Church. When this happens, I always claim it as my portion. I don’t like wearing glasses, and I can’t wait for GOD to heal me. I don’t want to undergo eye surgery in the future. Sometimes in the past, I was discouraged because I had been praying for so long, and nothing happened. But I have been encouraging myself in the LORD since.

Last week, I read a novel about a woman who became blind at a very young age. She fell in love with a man, got married, and was devastated she could not see her husband. She would also never get to see her children. This book highlighted the struggles, pain, despair blind people face. And I was so touched. Then, the HOLY SPIRIT told me that the character in that novel and other blind people do not have the privilege to wear spectacles to improve their eyesight. Their situation is practically hopeless! Thus, it is a privilege to have ‘bad eyes’ and still be able to help the situation by wearing glasses.

This scripture came to my mind, that I should give thanks to GOD for everything. I trust that one day, GOD will heal me and I will be able to see without visual aids. In the meantime, I will always thank GOD for the perfect eyes HE will give me soon, and for the privilege to be able to see, albeit with visual aids at the moment. There are many instances in the Bible where people gave GOD thanks, and HE delivered them from evil or fought wars for them. In 2 Chronicles 20: 20, GOD ensured that the Moabites and the Ammonites killed and destroyed themselves, before they could hurt the Israelites. GOD’s people did not have to raise a finger in order to win the battle they faced. Rather than get discouraged or afraid, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing praises to GOD and praise HIM for the Splendor of HIS Holiness because HIS Love endures forever. All they did was praise GOD, yet, they emerged victorious in the end, without raising a finger (2 Chronicles 20: 21-26). I believe that one day, GOD will give me perfect eyes, and I would not have to raise a finger in order to see without visual aids. I don’t just Believe, I am Conscious of it, I always Declare it, and I Expect (BCDE) that one day, God will give me perfect eyes.Be-thankful-for-what-you-have-youll-end-up-having-more-If-you-concentrate-on-what-you-dont-have-you-will-never-ever-have-enough-Oprah-Winfrey.jpg

The above quote is one of the most famous quotes of Oprah Winfrey.

Finally, GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR EVERYTHING, AND HE WILL MAKE EVERYTHING ALRIGHT.

Have a blessed weekend everyone 🙂

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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