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Dare Your Fears

Today, I want to share with you two major experiences I have had with FEAR. . .

I had this terrible fear/hatred for dogs that lasted so many years. It all began when I was a young girl. I had lived with a dog owner who treated us (human beings in the house) badly because of his dogs. For instance, he would buy milk for the dog while we didn’t get any to drink. We slept on empty stomachs sometimes when he got angry that we hadn’t fed the dog or given it enough food; because he had thrown our dinner away. It was really awful.

My hatred for that particular dog gradually grew into deep fear for dogs generally.

I literally began to shake when I saw dogs especially if they were not the local Nigerian breed of dogs.

I was really praying that I wouldn’t marry a man who loves dogs. But hey, my wish was not granted.

When I discovered that my husband loves dogs I changed gear for my prayers. I began to pray that he would not think of getting a dog despite his love for them.

I had thought that my prayers were being answered until there was an attempt by burglars to break into our house and boom, my husband decided it was time to get a dog. I hated the idea but I had to let go under the condition that the care of the dog was his sole responsibility.

We were both good with the arrangement until one day…

My husband had travelled and I was wondering how I would handle the dog. We had someone who helped with the dog whenever my husband wasn’t at home but wasn’t going to be available the next day. This person came in the evening to feed the dog and let it out of the cage and the plan was to wait for this person to return late morning to lead it back into it’s cage. This meant that we were going to be stuck in the house until then. However, I woke up the next morning to observe my quiet time. Immediately afterwards, I just told myself, “I can do this. I can lead that dog back in”

Immediately I stepped out through the door, with a rod in hand and it’s food in the other, I saw the dog run away. I was wondering where it had gone. I walked towards the cage and peeped from a distance to see where it was (for fear of it not attacking me from the back) only for me to see it already standing in its cage.

I hadn’t said a word of command to it before it took dressing. Lol

That incidence proved to me that fear is indeed an illusion.

I had a similar experience with driving. I had an accident when I first begun driving several years ago which completely crippled my confidence to drive a car. I refused to drive for so many years.

It was so bad that I would scream at my husband if he drove too fast to let me alight from the car so that he could go and jam the car all by himself. (I am laughing at myself right now)

I would fight my husband whenever he tried to motivate me to try driving again. He tried petting me but it didn’t work. He tried the path of tough love but that didn’t work either. I said he wasn’t patient enough with me.

The truth however is that it was totally my fault that I couldn’t drive.
The culprit was my mind. It was all in my mind that I was going to have an accident if I tried to drive.

It was when we had access to a second car that it occurred to me that my inability to drive was an issue.

I had to wait for my husband to take me wherever I had to go but could not take a bike to. I was a regular bike rider while a car was parked at home. Why? I just couldn’t summon courage to drive

You see, I have killed snakes before. I am a naturally rugged person that dares all sorts. I can face anything and take on any challenge but these two, were big issues for me. My friends called me fearless (well now I believe I FULLY am). Many of them ask me if there was anything I couldn’t do. Let me not bore you with the list of things I have tried in this life.

My decision to break the jinx was spontaneous. I just woke up one day and started driving again. I was always chanting the thirteenth verse of the fourth chapter of the book of Philippians (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me) when I first set out to dare my fears. And God has been faithful to His Words.

I have so many stories to tell about me being faced with fear. It’s just that I found it more difficult to conquer these two.

Fear respects no one, I tell you.

It will raise its ugly head anytime you try to embark on any path that leads to greatness.

Face your fears squarely.

Stop allowing fear cripple your visions.

Let your fear become afraid of you.

…It’s either you scare your fears or your fears scare you from achieving greatness.

It’s really left to you to decide who or what wins.

Forget about the negative ‘what ifs’ and charge forward towards greatness not minding the scary thoughts.

Great people do not settle for the easy way out. Fear makes you cower and run from taking risks.

Pursue your dreams…

Live your life fully…

Receive strength to forge ahead without fear!

©OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD

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Venturing Into Dark Places

On a certain day just a short while ago, I had to move from a lit room to a dark room within the house. I had to walk down the dark hall to switch on the light bulb. Immediately I got into the dark room, I couldn’t see anything. However, as I walked farther into the darkness, I noticed that I began to see things in my way.

My experience was instructive because I could hear the Lord speaking to my spirit and I am sure someone needs to see this too.

Do you know that human beings have very good ability to adapt to situations especially with continuous exposure?

When you step out of your natural habitat, the initial reaction is that of discomfort. However, if you force yourself to stay there, you come up with a strategy to adapt.

As a child of God, when you try a certain sinful act the first time, you feel really terrible about your actions because your conscience is still really sensitive. The truth however is that the further you try to silence the voice of your conscience by indulging your flesh, the more silent it becomes. As time goes on, you literally find yourself being able to see well in darkness; you get accustomed to the ways of darkness without any remorse.

Your refusal to jerk backwards upon entering the wrong territory marks your doom.

A little compromise of “it doesn’t matter” here and there and you are finished. You see why backslide doesn’t get started and completed in a day? You have to take consistent backward strides towards that deadly point.

This is a call for you to make a U-turn from that dark road of lying, gossip, fornication, adultery, fraudulent activities, theft, drunkenness, unfaithfulness, etc; before it is too late.

You know I could have taken a lamp into that dark room right?

I am aware of the fact that we live in a dark world. Therefore, you can only be saved from being lost in that darkness if you make sure to carry your light with you wherever you go. “Ye are the light of the world”, says The Lord.

Never leave your light behind because you don’t want to be called names or termed fanatical. Darkness can never override light; darkness must just give way at the sight of light.

Never let your guard down.

Shine brightly.

Let the lights come on!

  • OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD
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THE POWER OF REVELATION

Have you ever embarked on a particular task and felt tired of pursuing it after a while?

Maybe you were propelled to do it because you saw some purple doing the same and you admired them; it looked good on them. Or you just were moved by emotions into that venture.

In such cases, you find that the zeal with which you start begins to wane off or you just find yourself struggling through. Emotions are not reliable foundations for serious ventures. Anything built on mere spur of the moment will not stand the test of time; especially when you meet roadblocks in your way.

There is however something that will serve as a firm foundation for your endeavors in life. I was reading the book of Galatians when I came to the fifteenth and sixteenth verse of the first chapter of the book and found it out.

“. . . But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles . . . (Galatians 1:15‭-‬16 NLT)

My friend, you don’t need to copy and paste someone’s lifestyle unto yours. What you need is revelation.

Revelation charts the course of your life.

Revelation brings direction

Revelation brings clarity of vision

Revelation brings passion

Pray for revelation. . .

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV)

While others are groping around in darkness, you get to walk on straight paths if you have access to revelation.

Do you know you would have let go of some time wasting ventures you are busy pursuing if you had access to revelation?

. . . May it please the Lord to reveal to you His mind concerning your life and situation in Jesus’ name!

© OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD 

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The Way Of Worship

Do you know just how important it is to make a lifestyle of worshipping God?

Irrespective of the situation you find yourself in, let it be known to you that that should not determine whether you worship God or not.

God is unchangeable. Situations of not change Him from who He is. He is God all by Himself.

Do you now see why worship should be a norm with you?

Come as you are… Enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart and His courts with praise!

It’s high time you condition your heart to learn to praise God for who He is and not just what He has done for you.

You can join me right now to lift up worship to the Lord as I lead this session of worship in this video :

Upgrade!

I started out with a Nokia 3310 back in the day. I have however used several brands (Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, IPhone, etc) of phones after my first phone.

With each new phone being better than the previous one in terms of functions and general appeal.

Just imagine me still using the Nokia 3310 I used over twelve years ago today; in 2017.

…You must be looking at me with the side-eye right now.

The truth is that some of us are just like stagnant water.

It has been the same way with you since you were wise enough to know wrong from right.

You keep saying that you want to keep doing things today like it was done in 1922.

I remember my Android phone misbehaving at a point and I just didn’t understand what was going on with it. I complained to my husband and then he asked me when last I updated the apps and I just told him I couldn’t remember.

The truth is that I had been receiving notifications about available phone /app updates but I had ignored every single one.

Immediately I did the upgrades, my phone was up and running again.

When last did you run a system update on your spirit?

When last did you buy a book to nourish your spirit?

When last did you have a retreat solely to spend quality time with God?

When last did you even ask God about what he was saying “today”; forgetting that God is dynamic.

Upgrade your spiritual software dear brother/sister.

Even the devil keeps updating his schemes and styles.

You can’t operate on the level you did 10years ago.

May God grant you full understanding of this matter and help you to carry out the necessary upgrade to your outdated spiritual software in Jesus’ name.

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