Innovation

When we hear innovation. Our minds usually wander towards big tech companies and so on. We think of computers, inventions and the rest.

It recently dawned on me that innovation does not have to so far away. Our everyday lives could use some innovation too.

How do you understand innovation? There is a definition by the UK department of innovation and skills which resonates

Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas

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The overall aim is to improve efficiency.

Innovation is introducing something new, like an idea, method and device.

Merriam- Webster Dictionary

The word ‘innovation’ is not in the Bible, however, the Bible is littered with examples of innovation and innovators. This lockdown period got me thinking about how I can be innovative in my home and my business.

I got a notebook to write out ideas as they come. From innovative ways to homeschool this period, innovative ways to evangelize, creating more family time to running my business.

Understand that innovation is not a modern concept. Here are some examples of innovation in the Bible:

1. God the creator. He created people in his own image (from dust). He created the earth. Genesis 1.

2. We see innovation in the shift from the old covenant to the new covenant. Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 9:15

3. We see a pattern of God constantly innovating the pattern through which he communicates with man. In the garden of Eden, He communed with man, later there came the era of judges, priests, kings, dreams, prophets. Right now we have the Bible and we can get to know God but studying diligently.

4. Noah’s ark. This must have been high level innovation in its time. Through this means, God preserved His own.

5. God’s decision to begin the nation of Israel through Abraham

6. We see Moses, Samson and even Gideon (among others) come up with various innovations in their time.

Here are a few questions to guide you as you figure this out:

1. Does your business/family life glorify God? In what ways have you honoured God?

2. How can you improve on this?

3. Identify areas where you went wrong in the past? how can you turn things around?

4. Pray. You need God’s direction. Just like he guided Moses, Gideon and Paul to accomplish their own tasks.

5. Faith. Faith is action! Faith helps you carry out whatever vision God gives you. I read somewhere that Faith honours God and God honours faith. Such a lovely perspective.

Christianity does not hinder creativity, we have the Holy Spirit who is an innovator. He was there in the beginning and abides with us today. God has given us talents and gifts, these are sacred! Use them to develop ideas that profit your family and business life.

God is always doing something new. Isaiah 43:19

Innovation is not an excuse for sin. Permitting things God does not permit is not innovation.

Be creative, let your creativity draw people to Christ, let the work of God be advanced through your creativity and overall let God be glorified.

5 must-haves for a modest wardrobe

Transitioning to a modest wardrobe is not the easiest thing. I struggled a bit. Once the Holy Spirit convicted me about my dress code, I knew changes had to be made. I got rid of some of the immodest items I owned, I head back to some of what I thought I could adjust or ‘modestify’.

Making this change also meant not being able to shop in certain stores and that’s okay. However, it also meant having certain handy items that could easily switch an immodest look to a modest one. This was a big deal for me as most of my clothes in time past had to reveal my cleavage.

1. Basic Vests: this is highly essential. I mostly use these to make v-necked outfits modest. The vests cover up the cleavage and still provide a trendy look. You could get them in several colours or you could start with black and white.

2. Kimono: I love kimonos!!!!! The switch up immodest to modest in a very elegant way. I got a lot of sleeveless and tube gowns when I was pregnant, kimonos helped me achieve modesty. Kimonos are timeless and I’d recommend them anyway.

3. A good seamstress: this is necessary especially if you are Nigerian. An awesome seamstress could add length to even ready to wear clothes as well as sleeves to a super short sleeved attire. If you shop online often, you need a good seamstress, sometimes you have no idea the length of an item until it arrives.

4. Midi – Maxi Skirts/dresses: nothing screams modest more than midi and maxi skirts. It took me a while to realize that I could be stylish and trendy with midi and maxi skirts. They have become an absolute fave for me. The key is to choose wisely. Don’t just buy a skirt because it is long or not short. Think of how you can style it and think of what other pieces in your wardrobe would complement it. pleated midi skirts are awesome, slip skirts are also pretty versatile.

5. Basic black skirt: this could be denim if you want but I’d suggest you have two. One in denim. We often hear people talk about the little black dress, I think for modest people, the basic black skirt is the staple we need. Super versatile, easy to find and you can never get enough. It could be casual, it could be official. Once you have your black skirts, you could add other colours to your collection.

Share your suggestions with me, what do you think are the must-haves for a modest wardrobe?

Praying For Your Church 1

It is so important to pray for the church you attend. Apostle Paul on several occasions prayed for the different churches he wrote letters to. Some of these instances can be seen in: 2 Thessalonians 1:11, Colossians 1:9-10, Ephesians 1:16-17, Romans 15:14-33, Philippians 1:9-11.

When it comes to praying for your church, keep in mind that it is the people (you and the others who attend) that make up the church. The Apostle, Elder, Pastor, Evangelist etc on their own can not constitute a church. To this end, when you pray for the church, you are praying not just for yourself but for the community you fellowship with.

If you think about it, not praying for your church is somewhat unfair and careless. Just a glance at the church (whatever church you attend) and you will see possible prayer points literally scattered around.

In recent times, God has laid in my heart the need to pray for my church and I am happy to share some of what I will be praying about here but bear in mind that it will not be a one off prayer. We need to continually pray for our churches during our personal devotions, prayer groups, prayer meetings etc.

Below is a guide on how I will be praying:

1. Pray for a revival in the church.

Psalm 85:6, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Habakkuk 3:2, Psalm 51:10, Acts 3:19, Psalm 19:7

We need a spiritual revival. So many of us have become so laid back in our walk with God. We have forgotten where God brought us from and where or what we could have been. A spiritual revival is the greatest need of the church of today. Churches have been overshadowed by worldliness and our prayer lives are at an all time low. We need the Holy Spirit to light a fire in us. Generally speaking, people attend churches on Sundays for show whereas prayer meetings and calls for evangelism are so poorly attended. There is a lack of love and oneness. We need God to awaken us, we need our dry bones to live again. We need to be on fire for God. We need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We need true repentance not self deception.

2. Pray For The Aged and Elderly

1 Thessalonians 5:16, Psalm 26:20, Romans 8:32, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 5:11, Psalm 46:1

I don’t know any one who wants to die young, if we have our way, we would live long enough to see our children’s children at the very least. It is never about how long we live, how we lived and our relationship with our creator is much more important. Pray that the elderly in your church will continue to remember the faithfulness of God and how he has been loving and faithful time and time again. Pray for God’s provision, Let their children and caretakers show them grace and let God supply their needs till they are called home. Pray for their eternity, at the end of their journey on earth they shall be ushered into eternal glory, let God keep them in the faith and let them flourish. Also pray that their old years would be peaceful. Let them let go of grudges, bitterness and guilt as they hold fast to God given joy, peace and laughter.

3. Pray that our churches will stay true to the message of God as contained in the Bible .

2 Timothy 4:2-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Jude 1:3-4

Whether or not it is convenient especially in today’s society, we need the courage and boldness to stand up for the truth. Let the church ignore worldly sentiments and be committed to teaching the truth.

4. Pray For The Various Departments (Units) of The Church.

1 Corinthians 16:15, James 3:13, James 2:18

Pray that the members of each unit of the church serve wholeheartedly and that those who have not repented should have life changing encounters with God. Pray that their services in the house of God will not be in vain. Ask for God’s blessings upon them. As you pray, you can call the various departments/units by name e.g Ushering, Media, Choir, Sanitation, Women, Youths, Children, Security, Prison outreach etc.

5. Pray for The Leaders In Your Church.

2 Corinthians 4:1, 1 Corinthians 4:1-3, Exodus 33:13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 6:4, Titus 1:7, 1 Timothy 3:8-9, Acts 6:3, 1 Peter 5:2-3.

They go by various names in various churches. There are Apostles, Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Pastors, Sunday School Teachers etc

Pray that they can serve God with sincerity, passion and dedication. When things get tough especially in the ministry, Let God keep them in the faith. As they lead in various aspects, let them find favour in the sight of God and let their services be pleasing and acceptable to God. Ask God to bless the works of their hands, let their careers and families flourish. Let their households be blessed with joy, comfort, laughter and peace. Let their spouses and children be sources of joy, comfort and peace. Let them be bold as lions as they stand up for the truth, let them lead and teach in love and truth. Let them show commitment, grace, generosity and kindness, Let the spirit of God guide them in all that they do, give them shepherd hearts to enable them guide the church and let their lives be rooted in Christ.

6. Pray For The Children In Your Church.

Proverbs 20:11, Ecclesiastes 12:1, Psalm 71:17, 2 Timothy 2:22, Proverbs 1:10

Pray that the children in your church will grow in God’s grace and favour. Pray that they will remember their creator in the days of their youth. Let them chase after the kingdom of God and let God sustain them till they are old. Pray for their parents/guardians and caregivers, ask God to provide for them and give them the wisdom needed to bring up the children in the fear of the Lord. Pray for God’s protection over them as they go to school, parks etc.

7. Pray for Financial Blessings.

2 Corinthians 9:6-12, Deuteronomy 8:18, Proverbs 10:22, Psalm 145:15

Pray for God to empower you and other members of the church financially so that in turn you can sponsor church projects and show generosity to those in need.

8. Pray For More Souls To Be Added To The Church.

Acts 2:47, Acts 4:4, Acts 6:7

Pray for growth through evangelism. As you preach and share the gospel of Christ, Let souls be converted, let sinners repent and let them join the church. Also let our actions win over people to God’s kingdom. Help us to be real ambassadors of Christ in all facets of life. Ask God to give you and other members of the church a genuine passion for lost souls and ask for boldness to preach the word just like the Apostles of old.

Biblical Standpoint on Gossip

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Gossip is a sin. Tolerating gossip is a sin. I have often been guilty of both. Gossip is one of the sins Christians have forgotten it is quite surprising considering how much the Bible has to say about gossip. Proverbs 18:8, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 17:4, Proverbs 6:16-19.

“Christian gossip” just might be the worst because we give the justification that we are not gossiping, rather we are concerned about a brother or sister and we want to pray or discuss how to help the person in question. The verse christian gossips usually resort to to justify their behaviour is James 5:19-20 which essentially encourages us to turn those who wander away back so as to save them from death. The problem here is that if we are being honest, when we gossip or should I say ‘discuss’ or ‘share information’ about someone else to someone else, we rarely accomplish the goal of saving the sinner or backslider. Instead, if that person were to walk in on our conversation, he/she would feel shamed and embarrassed.

Gossiping comes in many shades. Sometimes people do not even realise they are gossiping. Remember that listening to gossip is also sinful so there is nothing like ‘I was there when they said this and that but I did not contribute’. If you listened, you encouraged it. Proverbs 17:4. Today’s society craves gossip, we watch gossip on TV, we use our money to buy gossip news and tabloids.

For those who are wondering , the following constitute gossip:

  1. Slander: Spreading lies about someone to intentionally cause damage. Libel is the written form of slander. Colossians 3:8, James 4:11, Jeremiah 6:28, Jeremiah 9:4, Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 26:20-22, Proverbs 10:18.
  2. Backbiting: Saying spiteful things abut someone who is not present, usually carried out in secret. Proverbs 25:23, Romans 1:28-32, 2 Corinthians 12:20, Psalm 101:5, Psalm 41:7, 1 Timothy 3:9-11, 1 Timothy 5:13-14, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Titus 2:2-3.
  3. Rumours: When you hear something that is unconfirmed as true yet you tell someone else or ask around to gather more news on that issue. Proverbs 13:3, Matthew 12:36
  4. Gisting: Nigerians are familiar with this term. It is synonymous with giving the scoop (as well as receiving the scoop), dishin’ the dirt or sharing ‘juicy’ info you ‘heard’ about someone. You may mot have intended to hurt but you have kept the gossip alive and even enhanced its spread. Proverbs 20:19, James 5:9

we are to lay aside all manner of evil speaking. 1 Peter 2:1, Titus 3:2. Pamela Rose Williams has often quoted her husband as saying “If you aren’t part of the problem or the solution, its gossip”. Gossip has ruined office relationships, churches, friendships and even family relationships. Proverbs 17:9. Other words the Bible uses in reference to gossip are: tale bearing, busybody and whispering.

Other verses to further study: Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 16:28, Exodus 23:1, Psalm 34:13, James 1:26, Luke 6:31, Proverbs 10:18, Leviticus 19:16, Psalm 50:19-23, James 3:7-8, Titus 3:10, Proverbs 18:13, 2 Timothy 3:23, Titus 3:9, Psalm 19:14, 2 Timothy 2:16.

Ezekiel 18:20

This is one of those verses that people do not like. Especially the first sentence. Well, as individuals, we are responsible to God for our own sin. Blaming others for our wrongful doing is very easy, but how about a little self evaluation??? We need to admit our sins and repent from them! God’s grace is ever sufficient but ultimately, we need to own up to our sin and pursue righteous living. 

Even if you are a Pastor’s kid, your parents’ salvation is THEIR salvation. There is no free ticket to heaven just because your mother or father is righteous. Each person has to work out their own salvation!!! 

Honouring God

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When I saw this picture on Instagram yesterday, I literally giggled. It is so interesting how the blessings of God are emphasized (underlined and highlighted) whereas the part about ‘honouring’ God does not seem important enough to be highlighted.

Why do we want to claim God’s promises without living for God? It is like having a friend or family member who always wants to collect from you but never ever wants to give or be there for you at all. God is not to be used! God is to be worshipped, reverenced and honoured.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him – Colossians 3:17

The best way to live for God is to make him a priority in our lives. Basically, EVERYTHING we do should honour God. How we live on a daily basis (Our lifestyle) should honour God. Honouring God in everything includes: Our dressing, finances, hobbies, occupations, businesses, bodies, music, speech etc.

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body – 1 Corinthians 6:20

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31

As Christians we need to realise that honouring God is not limited to our words or good intentions. Talk is cheap, completely honouring God with our lives is not easy but it is very well worth it.