No Bondage to the Seed of Abraham 


Very often, certain Christians go through life bound by habits, debts or sicknesses. And they allow these conditions linger, not knowing what to do. They forget or are unaware that they are the real Seed of Abraham, not the Jews. 

Galatians 3:29 says,

‘ If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise’

That said, the Seed of Abraham has no obligation to tolerate bondage or oppression in any shape, size or form. 

And how do you know this? Someone might be asking…I know this from the word of God. 

There is a story of a woman who came into the synagogue bent over from some sort of paralysis, crippled by a spirit for eighteen long years. After Jesus had healed the woman and had been accosted by the Jewish leaders for healing on the Sabbath (The Sabbath is the seventh day in the Jewish week strictly designated for rest), He made a statement about her that was indicative of the fact that Seed of Abraham ought not be bound. (See the story in Luke 13:10-17)

In Jesus’ response, He asked,

“…this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

Notice what Jesus was saying. That woman’s eligibility for release was based on her being the Seed of Abraham.

A second witness is in John 8: 31-38

‘Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'(John 8:31-32$

Notice their response to Jesus’ freedom proclamation in verse 33:

‘They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?’

The response the Jews gave was correct in the sense that Abraham’s Seed can know no bondage.

But Jesus went on to invalidate their claims to being the Seed of Abraham saying that they were bound by sin, subject to the devil and that believing in Him alone was the only way to true freedom. (See it in John 8:34-38)

And to buttress this fact, Galatians 3:16 (New Heart English Version) says,

‘Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, “And to offsprings,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your offspring,” which is Christ.’

If you belong to Christ, the promises are now yours. Don’t let any false prophet lie to you to perform any deliverance rituals on your behalf so that you can be free. Abraham’s Seed knows no bondage-whether financial, health-related or social.

If you have been imprisoned falsely or maybe you have been made to swear an oath to a human trafficking ring and you have now become a Christian, you are Abraham’s Seed. 

Start proclaiming your freedom. Declare it everyday; ‘ I am the Seed of Abraham…I am free from this (put the name of whatever it is that is keeping you bound).

If it is an addiction, a relationship or some unnatural proclivity, meditate on and pray with the scriptures I put in this post until they bring you into God’s desires for you.

God desires your freedom, and in Christ the Seed of Abraham, you are free!

Shalom!

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For Moms Only: My Last Book Giveaway

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Hi there,

My book, The Code: A Simple Story About Raising Great Women will be free for the last time  on Amazon Kindle today . Click here to get a copy.

If you know a mom, stay-at-home or working, who has a daughter,  simply reblog this  post or tell them.

Thanks a lot and have a great week

I have put an excerpt for you below:

“Actually, Kay, in the short time we have this morning, that’s where I want to begin. You and I are coming from completely opposite directions as regards mothering. If we’re going to take this walk together, we need agree on a few things. Parenting girls isn’t a solo effort, it’s a community one. It’s a potpourri of several things, none ready- made and none foolproof. That’s why finding balance is the essence of mothering. It has absolutely no bearing with quitting work. In fact, the success of your mothering will depend on keeping your job. You obviously enjoy what you do at the bank because it affords you some money and a sense of worth… and nothing builds the self-esteem of girls as the one their mum mirrors at them. Am I correct? ”

Kay wasn’t sure if she was or wasn’t, but she cleared her throat and said, “Yes…I think you are.”

Hypatia smiled. “Please don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home mum. I think women who stay at home for their children are incredible, but should be happy doing so. It’s not a good thing for children to be mothered by a woman who is constantly feeling, frustrated, depressed and empty. So if working makes you feel fulfilled, by all means work, and mother your girls. And if staying at home fulfils you, by all means, stay at home. There are no wrong or right answers when it comes to being a working or stay-at-home mum. It all boils down to making the choice that brings you closest to fulfilling your hopes and aspirations as a person.”

Kay nodded.

“…All right. I’m going to share my Cryptic Code of Mothering for Working Women with you now.”

Hypatia bent forward slightly and softly spoke three words.

“Build their self-confidence.”

4 Things Nigeria’s Government Must Do To Save The Economy Now

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The past few weeks have been feisty in the international business news media.  Panic and all sorts of negative projections have been used to prop us up and put us down as we watch how 2016 begins to unravel.

The funny thing is that the people who should be worried by the pundits’ economic outlook for the year aren’t. Nigeria’s government in the past weeks have made a policy somersaults with respect to regulating foreign currency supply.  And my guess is almost as good as yours. Many are reading through the shifts by Nigeria’s apex bank as deceptive, incompetent and not really addressing the foreign currency challenges being faced by thousands of businesses in Nigeria at the moment.

Personally, I think the government is well intentioned with its war on graft but it is badly positioned in its economic policy direction in that it is not showing enough commitment in managing the country’s dollar position appropriately.

In my view, here are four simple things the country can put in place to manage its dollar position more appropriately.

Channel recovered loot back to the economy. Rather than try to boost the country’s foreign reserves quickly or try to fund the budget with funds recovered from individuals deemed to have deprived the country of its financial resources via graft, the government can use the money to create several interventionist special purpose vehicles like a Solar Electricity Fund that engages Elon Musk’s Solarcity to help light up many Nigerian cities with solar power.

Ban the importation of certain luxury items to free up more dollars for productive uses. I mean, who needs. Every time I see apples on our streets, I cringe. The sense that we are the hard earned petrodollars for South African apples or Chinese toothpicks gives me the creeps.  Rather than import these items, local entrepreneurs can be made to start substituting these imports with local alternatives. For example, It makes absolutely no sense that we import Cashew nuts from the United States when we have this produce in Oyo, Abia and Kogi States. Another thing the government can do in this area is, institute a national orientation drive around import substitution. Creating semi-finished and finished goods to replace the ones we used to import should now be the focus for every local entrepreneur.

Allow exporters access to their export proceeds. Allowing exporters to access even 50 percent of their export proceeds will shoot down the price of dollar in Nigeria because dollar supply will go up. It will also act as a stimulus, allowing the exporters to trade their dollars for Naira and in turn, increase export activities and its attendant employment opportunities for young Nigerians. Of course, to deemphasize importation (which puts pressure on the Naira), the CBN can continue to use the $10,000-per-day telegraphic transfer limit to manage outflows.

Encourage B2B currency exchange. Here, businesses that import and have opened ‘valid-for-forex’ Form Ms should be allowed to directly trade with businesses that have certified repatriated export proceeds. In this way, the pressure for dollars to import items like refined petroleum products will be alleviated.

Since the world economy is denominated in US dollars , managing our dollar cash flow could be pivotal  to keeping the Naira from sliding further—which seems to be the current priority of government.

The Business Of Cashew

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Courtesy of RawCashewNuts.com

When Cashew was first planted in Nigeria, the main objective was ecological. The cash crop was a very viable resort for curtailing the twin devils of erosion and disforestation, particularly in Nigeria’s middle belt.

Today, the story is different. Nigeria is now in the exclusive club of the world’s top producers of cashew. And cashew is now one of the country’s foreign exchange earners. Continue reading “The Business Of Cashew”

4 Awesome Things That Happened In Nigeria in 2015

The Golden Eaglets won the World Cup. On November 8, our U-17 National Soccer Team won the tournament for the fifth time in Santiago, Chile and became the second team ever to retain the trophy having won it in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013.

CCHUB launched a N1billion Fund. In collaboration with the Omidyar Network, Bank of Industry and Venture Garden Group, Lagos start-up incubator, CCHUB launched Nigeria’s first Social Innovation Fund. The fund which is about $5 million would be invested to provide infrastructure for social enterprises.This is a good one!

Blogger buys a Banana Island Mansion. This may be commonplace in America but when it made the news that popular blogger, Linda Ikeji had bought a $3million Mansion in Banana Island, Lagos, the media went crazy with all manner of buzzes.  Well the dust has now settled but scaling Linda’s bar would now be the prize that many upcoming bloggers would be looking to achieve. Well done Linda.

First Private Hospital Conducts an Open-Heart surgery. Alliance Hospital in Abuja made history in 2015 by becoming the first private hospital to conduct an open-heart surgery. Raising the bar in healthcare delivery with the successful conduct of modified Bentell operation which entails a complicated grafting of sensitive valves to the heart, this feat is sure to restore hope and possibly reduce the impact of medical tourism to the country’s thinning dollar position.

In all 2015 was a year in which many bars were raised. And our prayer is that greater things will happen in the coming year.

Happy New Year 2016 in advance!

 

Many People Aren’t Well!

In Nigeria, mental health is something nobody is really looking at. You see a lot of personality disorder problems on the road when driving particularly, in traffic. There’s a lot of Obsessive-Compulsive/ Narcissistic behavior.  You find that some people are so detached from reality-behind their steering wheels- that they wouldn’t even stop to let school children cross the road even if the car in from of theirs was about half a meter away. Continue reading “Many People Aren’t Well!”

These Nuts Could Make You Tonnes of Cash

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For almost everything you find in Africa, little or nothing is known of its value until white people tell us. That had been the case up till now; a curious case of apathy for knowledge.  From the aqua petroleo in Equatorial Guinea to beautiful black silt on the grounds in Itakpe, Nigeria, I have come to believe that the black race has not applied itself in knowledge at all. We in Africa literally walk on billions of dollars every day without even knowing. But what hurts more, is the abject refusal to learn. The acculturation for many of us has been to go to school, graduate and get a job…and maybe get married, have children and die middle-aged.

That said, this article is about one of those things you find on the streets in a lot of Nigerian cities.

I am guessing you might have come across these tiny nut-like tubers carried in wheel-barrows by Northern Nigerians and sold in little polythene bags. Some call it ‘Chufa sedge’ and others, ‘earth almond’. However, in Nigeria, we know the Cyperus Esculentus by many other names: the Hausas call it, ‘Aya’, the Yorubas call it ‘imumu’ and the Igbos call it, ‘aki hausa’.

In more plain references this local snack is known as ‘tiger nuts’.

And beyond being a snack, Tiger nuts have very large potential for cash because of their commercial value. Tiger nuts have long been recognised for their health benefits as they are high in fibre, proteins, and natural sugars. They have a high content of soluble glucose and oleic acid. Along with a high energy content (starch, fats, sugars and proteins), they are rich in minerals such as phosphorous and potassium and in vitamins E and C.

It is believed that they help to prevent heart attacks, thrombosis and cancer especially of the colon. They are thought to be beneficial to diabetics and those seeking to reduce cholesterol or lose weight. The very high fibre content combined with a delicious taste; make them ideal for healthy eating.

Tiger nuts are rich in oil which can be extracted for culinary and industrial uses. The ‘Horchata’, a vegetable milk produced in Spain is made with Tiger nut juice, hence Spain is the world’s largest importer of tiger nuts.

Customers abroad, particularly in Europe are willing to pay as high as $790.00/Metric Ton for a minimum typical order of 400 Metric Tons of dried median sized tigernuts.

So if you are unemployed and looking for a job, you are in good fortune. Search for a company looking to buy tiger nuts, source locally and ship. This could be a start to earning good money.

One more thing. Be weary of company’s that aren’t willing to open a letter of credit in your favour. Typically, they could be fraudulent.