We were always One

Everything in God finds its fullest expression in unity. We were always One. God ordained marriage for full expression, made Jesus die so that man could have full expression and even sent the Holy Spirit to provide us with the opportunity for full expression.

Full expression means God’s design. It is what you were made to do and be.

We were created to be interdependent and your fullest expression no matter where you are in life can only happen when you are connected to the other parts that God designed for destiny.

Your full expression was designed for fruitfulness and if you have been experiencing any sort of barrenness, it’s because you are disconnected from someone that should be in your life right now. It may be the Holy Spirit or a friend or your spouse.

Connecting starts in your heart and until it happens, there can be no going forward. Think about this and ask the Lord to show you the connections you need to make.

God bless you!


A Drivel for Writers

The moment I lost my desire for fame and money, writing actually regained its meaning to me. I reclaimed my mantra which simply states, that ‘On writing, there are no rules.’ Forget about all the ‘six steps to better writing’ tips or the ‘how to be a writer’ articles that tickle your fancy from time to time because writing can be as dynamic and there are people–and still be Pulitzer award winning stuff. 

So remember, there are no rules even though, some things stay true; like characters and situational plots; reading avidly and using what you read to find your own voice.
On reading, it is certain to note that you cannot become a writer, talkless of a good one without copious reading. It’s almost as though the maestros have their say in who succeeds and who doesn’t as JRR Tolkien does in the works of GRR Martin or as Achebe in Adichie. The writer is a protege of sorts; a reincarnation of some scribbler past. This, otherwise, he is nothing.

To become a good writer you must live life on the edge, they say; take risks; meet people; travel and read as much as you can. Read everything from spiritual scripts to lame poetry. Somewhere in all of it, you will hear your own voice. It will bleed out of you; in the bathroom; on the road and sometimes, at your desk, looking at the screen right in front of you as you plod the keypads.

Maybe to you, I have listed a bunch of rules while telling you there are no rules to writing. There is one rule: Write everyday. If you ever wonder how some people come up with five hundred thousand words, this is how.

And please, writer’s block is not such a problem. It happens to the best of writers. But wait a minute, isn’t it an excuse we tell ourselves because there is nothing eventful to write about. Make an event of everything. Like the one about your eyes following these words as I come to a final full stop. 

Drivel if you must but remember, there are no rules to great writing–only one. We only know it to be good or great when we read it. So write it.

Marriage is Transparency

If you have anything to hide from your spouse, you both are still single. Yes, marriage happens when the two of you can stand naked before each, without fascades. I mean, no make-up, no hidden passcodes, no secret bank accounts, no ‘Christianese’…just you. 

I am peeved by people referring to the one they married as their partner. Marriage is not a partnership. A partnership is an arrangement of two or more individuals to pursue a common purpose. Now many married people are indeed partners. They have come together for the purpose of having guilt-free sex, forging a companionship and raising children. The idea that marriages are partnerships is the very reason why divorce will continue to rise. You see, partnership are dissoluble  when the purpose of the partnership becomes doubtful. 

Marriage is essentially a union; a fusion of two spirits, two souls and two bodies.  It’s not a ‘you and I’ relationship. ‘You and I’ died the day both of you got married. Usages like ‘yours’ and ‘mine’ also ceased to exist the day you said ‘I do’. ‘You’, ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, ‘mine’, ‘yours’ became ‘we, us and ours.

Marriage is a fusion, like Coke and Fanta mixed in a cup. Each flavor savoured together, and none exclusive of the other. Naked and unashamed by how they modify each other. The two are one.

It must therefore be that marriage is a call to transparency; owning the truth that you are your spouse and your spouse is you. In part, yes. Your spouse isn’t complete except with you. It why you must protect, keep and guard your spouse like you would your life. 

And if you somehow cannot commit to this level of transparency, then maybe it’s not for you. The very reason why a marriage should never be contracted in a rush. 

Many marriages are no marriages at all, just single people playing games. And just in case, you are hiding something or anything from your spouse, I am talking about you. Isn’t it time you truly got married to him or her?

Marriage is transparency.

What Many Men Modernism Hath Killed

Many a man modernism hath killed.The Hitlers, the Hoovers and then, the Vanderbilts. Men of power; men of grace; men of fame. Attempting to live forever, their eyes staring starkly at their legacies.
Many great men modernism hath killed.The Guevaras, the Gräfenbergs and of course, Hemingway. Men earnestly plodding through this winding world wandering; mostly floundering forward with no way.

Only had they their existence with a true centre. Then their worlds wouldn’t have so quickly been shattered. 

Sheltered living. Yes…in the shadows of a much bigger man. I should think it was probably how men were supposed to live. 

Of a truth, many men modernism hath killed. Men professing wisdom foolishly; like a shirt misbuttoned. Free men trying so hard to be free in their own minds, taking upon themselves the drudgery of ‘trying to be’ when they already were. Ailing men, looking to find themselves, who knew not of the one thing needful: 

Yeshua, a man from a small town called, Nazareth and his indistinct claim to be God.

Indistint is too easy, like a target you could never miss. But man, scarred by his need not to feel lost; to be in control and by his undying love for novelty, is tripped by the low bar. What men modernism hath killed? A sea of tombstones, walking…but dead.

POOR- Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly

Several years ago…in fact the very first time I recognized God speak to me, part of what He said that day was:

The greatest resource in the world is people. Invest in people.

The people around us–wherever we find ourselves– are our opportunity. And how you take this statement can draw a line to demarcate what side of the divide you fall into–whether you are rich…or poor.

A great preacher once said that the secret of success is to find a human need and reach out to meet it. Success is not in the vaults of a central bank or in the deep recesses of the earth where oil and other minerals are dredged. Success is with people; lodged in their needs.

Think about it, people around you need capital; need food; need housing or a place to do business. They need groceries, water, a place to workout…or someone to teach them a skill. And maybe you are the person to meet their need if you’d just take a deeper look at them when you pass by in traffic, at work or in your neighborhood.

When next you pass by someone, catch yourself and look him or her in the eye. See the opportunity if you can and if you can’t, just salute the divinity in that person and move on. But never pass over people as if they are nothing because to do so, is to settle yourself behind the divide of that line that reads POOR.

Poverty is not the absence of money but the absence of ability-the ability to recognize opportunities.

Little wonder someone came up with a meaning for the acronym, P-O-O-R to be Passing Over Opportunities-Repeatedly.

How To Get Out Of Trouble Fast 2

Getting out of trouble fast–when you get in– is something many, many Christians fail to do, simply because of a failure to recognize due process that is a character of the spirit realm. 

Isaiah 38 tells a story about Prophet Isaiah informing Hezekiah, then the King of the nation of Judah, to put his affairs in order, in preparation for his imminent demise. He was going to die and this counsel was as certain as God being on the throne. But Hezekiah didn’t accept it. And what he did was very instructive. 

The Bible says, Hezekiah turn his face to the wall. He turned from men and all their machinations. And all he could see at that time, was God. Put away all your rationalization for a solution and turn to God. Only He can get you out of trouble. 

Next, the King of Judah put God to rememberance. He said: ‘Remember how I walked before You in truth, and with a perfect heart.’  And then, Hezekiah wept sore before the Lord.

The story goes that in moments, God instructed Isaiah to return to Hezekiah and announce his healing;  give him a special confirmation of his healing and add fifteen more years to his life. Hezekiah beat the ailment and beat death in one fell swoop.

Through prayer, Hezekiah altered his destiny and so can you. And it wasn’t just the content of his prayer but the approach.

What approach?

God says, ‘Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; rehearse thine own cause, that thou mayest be justified.’(Isaiah 43;26)

The implication is that God–as the righteous judge that He is–wants us to rehearse our own cause before Him because we have an enemy who does not sleep but daily accuses us in the realm of the spirit as to why certain provisions that are ours by right should not be ours vitally. It is this due process that requires that you put Him in remembrance of His word by rehearsing your cause.

For instance, a Christian isn’t supposed to be unemployed. Ephesians 4:28 says this. It is your right to have work. But if you don’t know it, the accuser of the brethren, the devil will use your ignorance to rob you of many great paying jobs or business opportunities in the court of God.

God again says, ‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’ (Isaiah 41:21)

Your responsibility is to produce your cause. You are suppose to be in health; produce your cause. You are suppose to be debt-free; produce your cause. You are supposed enjoy marital bliss; produce your cause. A cause is an overriding  conviction based on God’s will for you. Produce it in the place of prayer.

Next, He says, bring forth your strong reasons. These are the reasons why you should be healthy; why you should be debt-free; why you should live void of defeat. And no reasons are as strong as the reasons God himself has given us in His word. Search out the reasons for your cause and bring them forth as you pray to the Jugde of all the earth; the King of Jacob.

You know, Jacob earned the name, Israel, meaning, Prince of God, because according to Genesis 32: 24-28, he wrestled with God’s Angel and prevailed. But Hosea explains how Jacob’s wrestle story was an allegory; about how he prayed and prevailed.

The Prophet says, ‘Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;’ (Hosea 12:4)

He wept and made supplication. That was how Jacob prevailed. That was how Hezekiah too, prevailed. And this is how you too must prevail. The Bible says, He found God in Bethel, the house of God and there God spoke. 

Today, if you are born again, you are the house of God and right where you are, the Judge of the earth waits for you to present your case to Him so that He too can pronounce  His judgements on your matter. Enough of letting Satan speak and wreak havoc in your life. It is time to get out of trouble fast.

It is time to pray…a prayer of petition!


Low Birthrate, Robotization and the Case for Test Tube Babies

Malthusians have been correct for quite a while now. Low birthrate trends in the developed world have shown no sign of abating, going by statistics.

While countries like Canada have turned to immigration to solve potential demographic problems of an ageing workforce and weak taxation, Japan is turning to robotics because of its desire to remain a homogenous society.  But other homogenous first world countries seem to be caught in a dilemma with many playing the proverbial ostrich; holding out on diversity and economic growth.

Finland for example, like most of its neighbours, has been experiencing lower birthrates on a consistent basis.  It response: state incentives for mothers; the kind that would almost certainly make it a lucrative business to have children in other climes, but no. 

2016 birthrate figures show that Finland recorded its lowest number of babies born in 150 years. Statistics Finland, the country’s team of statisticians, projected birthrate figures for last year to be a worrisome 1.57.

Be that as it may, this kind of problems could eventually lead to the rise of gestational surrogacy as a solution…with a new kind of migrant worker–the surrogate mother from the third world.

Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman just carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple. She has no biological relationship with the baby because the sperm and egg are cultured in a test tube via the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and placed in her womb to carry it to term. The woman who carries the baby is the gestational surrogate, or gestational carrier.

Governments like Finland’s, concerned about keeping their populations homogenious while improving the number of future taxer payers may jolly well consider incentivizing healthy surrogate mothers from abroad to come and help create its own Finnish baby boom. 

But that’s only the beginning. Artificially boosting the number of babies born could pose new problems like higher foster care costs and even, human right violations. This is why government cannot approach the problem of low birthrate without carefully making laws and planting a pro-family message in its citizenry by way of national orientation to help encourage adoption and healthy families.

Robotization may be Japan’s way of dealing with its ambitions to sustain a homogenous society and sustain economic growth. But the rise of ‘test tubers’ could answers the demographic questions that face the most of developed world in the years to come.