As I stood at the bus-stop waiting for a vehicle, a lady with shaved head approached me and smiled. I smiled back and returned my gaze to the direction I was expecting a lift to come from. On turning around, the lady was still smiling at me. This time, I raised one of my brows in a fashion that indicated I was asking non verbally if I could help her. Her smile broadened even more. Getting a little uncomfortable with the weirdness I shifted further away from her but she followed suit. I then decided to ask her, ‘can I help you?’. Her face turned red immediately. She broke down on her knees in tears. Before I could figure out how to react to this sudden outburst of emotion, a man came from behind and spoke in low comforting tones to her, massaging her shoulders. He pulled her up, looked at me and apologized for her behavior. I asked him if she was alright and he said his wife was going to be fine one day. On probing further I learnt that the first time she behaved in an abnormal way was a month ago when she beat their 2 years old daughter and ran out of the house half naked. She was chased and brought back to the house with the effort of at least five men. She was abnormally stronger than a woman can be. Since then it has been from one weird behavior to another. They had been to psychiatrists and after series of experiments and tests, the doctors couldn’t diagnose exactly what was wrong with her nor a cure. They only gave her pills for sedation.
Now the man was close to tears and I asked him if I could pray for his wife, he said he didn’t mind. I laid my hands on her and commanded any insanity spirit in operation in her to leave. She started laughing. I spoke in tongues for some minutes and commanded the spirit again to flee in Jesus name. The lady started sobbing, then turned to her husband and in her sobs she was muttering, ‘i’m sorry. It happened again’. I told her it won’t happen again. I collected her husband’s number to keep track of her. For 6 months I called atleast 8 times to check on her and she never had any other attack nor crisis.
As I finished the testimony and believers were screaming ‘glory’, a man told me it’s all in my head. I asked what he meant and he said it’s very much possible that the series of drugs administered to the lady started taking effect then. I laughed and told him it was hilarious it waited till I prayed for her. We left it at that.
Yet in another cell meeting I had another testimony. In my work place it was a struggle who got promoted and who got increment of salary. Staff used everything within their disposal to fight for higher positions. They lied against each other and set traps for their colleagues. Amongst the staff with the same qualifications as me, an interview was to be held for the position of the head of our department. We went for the interview on the scheduled date and at the end of the interview I was congratulated as the new HOD of my department. As I was swerving in my new seat in my office overlooking the roads through a fine glass, one of those colleagues I took interview with came in and asked me who I was and what I did. I was confused and asked for an explanation. She said she drugged my drink the morning of the interview with a strong sleeping pill and watched me drown it yet I didn’t bate my eyes. All I could say was ‘wow’. I was shocked and yet amazed. Turned out I was impervious to poison.
The same man from the last cell meeting stood again amidst the joy and said ‘it’s all in your head’. He said body systems react at different degrees to soporific drugs. I told the man that ordinary tea in the morning make me drowsy not to mention strong sleeping pills. I’m a believer and things like neutralizing poisons are in my nature.
Then comes the most recent one which I look forward to testifying about. My nephews that were left in my care fell seriously ill at the same time. They were throwing up and running high temperature. Imagine the fear that grabbed me. Their temperature was so hot, it was impossible to hold them for long. I hugged them tightly and prayed in tears like I had never before. It happened through the night and I spoke in tongues through the night. By the early hours of the morning, tiredness defeated me and I slept. Some time later I was woken by stamps on the bed and on opening my eyes, it’s tiny feets jumping on the bed. Hallelujah!
So of course the man would tell me ‘it’s all in your head’, giving me another feeble reason why it’s all in my head!
But glory!!! Let it get into believers’ head and be not only in our heads but also in our bodies and minds that we have power to cast out demons, heal the sick, speak in new tongues and be neutral to poisons. Let it be all in our heads that everything has been put under our charge. It’s all in my head and it works!!!
Not too recently, a lot of Christians were arguing about a certain gospel artiste who collaborated with a secular artiste. I was carried away and joined the argument.
After some reflection, I realized that things like this are distractions for Christians. We forget the real issues and put all our hearts and minds in trivial matters.
We need to give our all to what is most important.
I’m referring to one of the last words of Jesus before He left this earth. Matt 28:19-20.
Making disciples of all men by preaching the gospel to all. This is our primary assignment as Christians. There’s no unity among Christians these days. We are one in Christ. We engage in unnecessary arguments about things that don’t matter. What unbeliever would want to get caught up in all that? Let’s try as much as possible to avoid these things and face the real issues!
By Ifejesu Adewunmi, 2017
They always say to my itching ears,
“if you can’t
As though joining them is all that matters…
So, I join them, and behave like Romans
Since I’m in Rome…
Then preach on Sundays,
“Do not conform to this world”
What exactly is not conforming?
Is it reforming the habits that I’m constantly surrounded with
Or performing the duties, lust of the eyes,
Pride of life, envy and strife doles out to me?
What exactly is corn forming?
Is it to say no to the troubles that standing out brings or what?
I look through the curtain of principles
And all that I see is a world upended.
To tell a lie and get to the limelight,
Seems to be the cheapest flight
Ticket to greatness.
To slay myself on the alter of the world
As a slay queen, looks like the easiest way to be part of the trendy millions
Who flout their nakedness on social media
To enter competition where my talent is showcased to the glory
Of one whom I was told once coveted His glory
Seems to promote me as a good actor,
I see it not as a factor that is
Corroding people’s view of my stand with him.
I hear melodies
That ends up infecting my soul with maladies;
I stand before the world representing one
While in my heart I represent the other.
I live as a bunch of falsehood
Just like everyone else.
I live my life as light hidden under the bushel,
The hill crying to have my presence
Where am meant to stand out
I thought it was one sided
There was just so much love
How someone can show this much affection
To us, people who are a mile short of perfection
Our shortcoming, so many overlooked
His sure coming, makes many overly spooked
Given life everyday like a daily miracle
Battles won for us against deities and oracles
We do so much as little, nothing, maybe little
Like a babe yet to be weaned
We ask so much, even things we don’t need
But all we need do is ask, end of story!
He supplies according to his riches in glory.
Only trials we can overcome, He maybe lets
Its like learning to drive but with safety nets
Simply obliged to give him praise
Almost nothing in return, what amazing grace!
I guess I can say its unconditional love
We can’t help it
We can’t help but accept it
It seemed like it was one sided
Like He asked me out, and I haven’t decided
Like love unrequited
But its clear now, maybe it is
God is love, God’swill
If he doesn’t do all this for me,
I flew like a feather through
Life; sniffing beauty I rarely believed to be true.
I kiss the nectars cooped between whorls of silk
Pick grains your father, my creator, spreads for me…
I work hard
Though I don’t enslave myself doing things the things
He never wished I do.
Am the birds of the field.
I could be a varying shade of scents and nectars,
I could be a scene your eyes would race through for hectares.
Your father, my creator, clothes me,
But I draw up water for myself.
If I fail,
Mr Word Spreader,
May I call you Tse-tse story;
You claim promises but make a mockery of conditions.
Wake up and come to my hills and
Your eyes will behold my mansions,
The food I gather in your wasteful days;
I Have a barn,
I have no farm.
I follow your road map.
Maybe Mr Ant is the name you know.
“I’m a christian” I’ve for long being one
I’m a Christian, it’s become a tradition
An audition to find a place to fit in.
“I’m a christian” it doesn’t seem so unique anymore
More like the movie ” Ben ten” everyone has a story to tell
A beautiful tale to relate with
Because it sounds so evenly
And no more heavenly.
And daily these words as become a regular routine
But wise is the words that says” many are called, but few are chosen”
My question is when will this chain be loosen
Because christ has risen
And this poor ideology ” way of pretence” has been broken
” we are christians” yet we swim in the pool of sin
” we are christians” yet we live to be seen
And not for the glory of the one that has called to be human beings
We are dwelling in the evil things
And truth is lacking
Yet we clamouring to be root of perfection.
“I’m a christian” I read my bible and do it right
Yet you found wanting
Barely, you shine your light
Obviously, people still see you fight
You are locked into the prison of self
And fed with poison of ignorance
Slowly, slowly you go
And near death without a good tale to tell
But just ” I’m a christian”
Dominion physically speaking means equilibrium; and by equilibrium, forces must be involved. According to Genesis 5: 1&2, the NIV Bible says: this is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man” ( ie adam in Hebrew).
Dominion is when man ( male and female joined together), face the lion, soar like the eagle, rule the ox and plants his feet on the serpent. This is dominion.
Can two work together unless they agree? The thug of war between male and female must cease so that “man” might have dominion. The male must cease to be dominating and the female must not be controlling.
By Favouromeje; September 2017.