Freedom

I want to be free to live,
A life free from difficulty,
A life with no tragedy

I want to be free to walk,
walk and never be stopped
Free to walk away from that sin that enslaved me,
Free to confront the devil that estranged me

I want to be free to speak,
Oh let my tongue leak, the truth.
I want to be free to spill out words that heal,
Words that plant and uproot futile roots

I want to be free to see,
See beyond diverse challenges,
See an adventure in the midst of peril

I want to be free to smile,
A smile that brightens and brings joy to a troubled mind and uplifts the weary heart

I want to be free to dream,
Dreams that are not assaulted by ferocious nightmares,
Dreams that give the assurance of a bright future

I want to be free to give,
Give without demanding to receive
Free to give myself up, just as Christ did for us

I want to be free to worship,
Acknowledging him who has dominion and lordship

I want to be free to love,
Unconditionally, exclusively and indefinitely

I want to be free to be the creators poet,
Free to get my papers wet,
With blue blood as they surge freely through my pen

I want to be free to write my piece,
Without chaos afflicting my peace

I want to be free to be the “me” that I’m supposed to be,
Not regarding people’s thoughts and opinions of me

I want to be free from pressures,
Free from peer pressures that accelerates my blood pressure
Free from living to measure up and forgetting his “treasure up”

I want to be free from the shadows of my past,
Free to take off this obfuscating mask
I know I committed crimes and crossed lines but I want to be free to bask in his ever redeeming light,
Free to actualize that in Christ, I am worth a Jew’s eye

I want to be free
According to God’s will
Flourishing like the flowers
Gushing with full strength like the waters
And as a tree planted near the rivers whose root spreads across like the garment of a diva

I want to be free expanding in knowledge
thrilling in the realm of possibilities
healing the broken souls with those words gifted from above

So, I desire to be free
Free from the seal of fear and jest
Free from imperfections and wrong decisions
Free the rain of confusion that overwhelms the kingdom on the inside,
Free from the floods of lust that empties grace
And takes away God’s face
I need to be free!
clothed with righteousness on the race
Nurtured on the way
Living to become my very best

Princess
The Alchemist
© 2019.

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Letter to a beloved brother

Behold!
What is ahead beyond all holds
A glory not far-fetched
With a little-more stretch

Behold, Courageous and be bold
As you trend this road
Again! do NOT be told
Of the whale-sized Mack on the road

Along the aisle
Never give yourself to wine
Never bargain your mirror with Mammon
Unto the higher calling-press on!

Standards will rise
Beat up your wings: fly high
When ye fall
Let the strong man stand tall strong

Remember Christ graced your weaknesses
Even in the bashings, crashing and crushing
Take His word ever-bracing
That your bones be strengthened!

Remember Christ the song
For the lost but found
Your help to come
With whom is NO doubt
And upon His wings, you shalt mount

Beloved! in all
Beyond my beseeching lyrics
Rhymes, structures and schemes
Guard up your heart against all ill-schemes

Flee from vices
Against the fears eyes could see
Let not your heart be as the wavering boat on the sea
To your Samson, guard against Madame-disguises

Selah!

TMsungs
© 2019

The Fire of Revolution

If you truly want a revolution
You must be willing to watch your life fade
From before your own vanishing eyes

If you crave for the heavens showered
With bright red flames and blinding white light
You must care to be consumed with it

The rebirth you long for
Isn’t held in familiar bosoms
Is never at home with soft couches, tamed roses and sweet homely dinners

The freedom that’ll last forever
Is an intense joy and a harrowing pain
Stabs of rejection, and lingering loving embraces

If you truly want a revolution
You must be willing to watch your life burn
And glow

If you want a revolution that lasts forever
How about a death that scorches us into unending life?
How about Christ, Revolution Eternal?

Ikenna Nwachukwu
© 2018

I am alive

Mopping moronic in the vacuum
I lie,mocking all memories
That comes to twinkle and die
Hail Mary is over,the Rosary rolls on

I tried reining my violent mind
I struggled holding it back
I resisted the thunder’s clap
And fought against the lion’s roar

But gently it came
The idle voice of the mind
Contaminating the hard beat of the heart
It came so low
So so low as a groan of a dying horse

And that was my last noise
The last push
For hope became unconscious
Falling rapidly upon the vacant floor
Breaking bones, broken ribs

Seven days later the poem is ended
But I looked up to the cross
And see that the stanza runs on
Though all blood is lost,
I am alive.

– UGWU DAVID .C
(c) 2018

DON’T CAST THE STONE

All scattered in the street,
Visible to every corners,
Dedicated to the rain and sun,
Just like obeying the clarion call,

They wish not for this course,
Longing for strength to rise,
But nature held them bend,
Cast not the stone on them,

Give a smile to them,
Stretch forth an arm to them,
Love them with words to bear,
Bless them with gifts till they blend,

They are the beggars we see,
Let’s love them as equal,
To show Christ we love,
Till he comes as a beggar in the night.

Oladayo Joseph Okelola
(c) 2018

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

 FIRST OF, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER.

Unconditional Love does not eliminate the consequences of Living according to the Dictates of the World. We must tell ourselves the truth. No matter how I claim Gods love for me is unconditional, not once have I escaped the consequences of my wrong doing. I have always had to make restitution for damages I caused in one way or the other, where I have hurt people I have had to apologise, where I have lied I have had to tell the truth, where I have been wrong I have always had to realise either through scolding or lashing out or whatever means correction came, I have had to accept my wrong and repent. ( not just feel or say sorry but actually turn away from doing the damage anymore).
By the virtue of the gifts of Will and Choice God has made us with, we are responsible for every action, word and move we make.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS DISCIPLINE.

    Unconditional Love does not connote lawlessness or the elimination of necessary chastisement and correction. It is in Hebrews 12 that we are taught very emphatically:  

My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.

“Instead, what should we do?!”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

“hmmmmm, Good question…”

 If you are not disciplined and everyone undergoes discipline then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.

“..no kidding!!!”

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. 

“True true, true that…”

How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 

“Gbam!!!”

Its all there honestly, I don’t need to stress it more than already stated. Unconditional Love will discipline you and prove you and wash you and refine you until you come out as gold.

By the way any one who claims to love you but doesn’t tell you the Truth, correct you when you go wrong, pets you when you’re treading the paths of unrighteousness, hugs you when your attitude is filthy, hmm please run, that person does not Love you. And vice versa, if you Love yourself as God loves you, Unconditionally, You will tell yourself the Truth and walk in righteousness as you were Born Again to do. 

BORN OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. 

For God so loved the world, that He made a WAY. And for ALL who will believe… They will be born Anew, possessed by Unending Life.

– It all began with Unconditional Love.


 “Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God and anyone who Loves is born of God and knows God, He that does not Love, Does not know God For God is Love…”
1John 4:7&8

   You are not of this world!!! I am not of this world!!!! ( say it). So we can’t afford to entangle ourselves with the yoke of bondage that obeying the Lusts of this world brings, rather we should stand fast in the liberty which Christ has given us in His kingdom. What is the Kingdom of God? 

  1. Righteousness (The New Nature of Christ in you that you are enabled by the Holy Spirit to express Freely in the earth)

  2. Peace (The nature of God in us that enables us Rest in His promises and Trust in His Word with the whole heart)
    and

  3. Joy in the Holy Spirit (Not being moved by circumstances but constantly drawing Hope and strength from the Living Water of Gods Love that Flows from within you by The spirit of God.).

Understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ should not only be heard from your lips and known in your head but should be seen in your life. 


      See, in this place there is no law or fear of punishment and people will hate you, people will hate you for Living a set apart life, people will call you names, people will lash out at you, tell you you’re overdoing the righteousness, but you don’t need to fight them , In 2corinthians 4: 3 – 4, you have been given an  insight as to what the problem is, you know 

But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
So what do you do? You do the needful and pray for people. Pray that the eyes of their understanding will be open” so that  they can see the free gift we all Have in God through Christ Jesus. This is how to Live in Love.

Your life cannot be guided by this and someone will come and threaten you with fear of punishment. This is where love is perfect and Unconditional and far reaching Only in the confines of The Kingdom of God.
There is Freedom in Christ… Literally, I cant stress this enough.

If you dupe somebody and get billions of naira out of the deal or you break a covenant you have with someone nastily or you swindle your way out of speaking the Truth just to save yourself it is not the favour of God, it is unrighteousness and there is an end for all unrighteousness its called death. Death is the end product of everything that is gotten from The kingdom of darkness. 

THE KINGDOM INBETWEEN

I’m glad to break it to you, there is NO Kingdom in between. 

   There is no place for lukewarm, no place of mixing both Kingdoms. To reject light is to accept darkness, to accept light is to reject darkness (I know thats deep church but stay with me :/). 

Okay on a more serious note now,  It was in a bid to clarify this that Paul in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians said, 

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

This is a legit question I ask myself all the time, because there is wisdom in it.  In the place of mixture, the line of holy fire that clearly divides Light and Darkness can be easily ignored. 
God has redeemed us through His dear son Christ Jesus to Birth His kingdom in the earth. 

There is no middle ground or comfort zone. We all must choose to walk in Righteousness because we have this new nature, His kingdom within us!
You must be proud of who you are in Christ, gingered to Love, gingered to make peace with God in your day to day concerns and interactions ( not tolerate the world ooo but reconcile others to the father in love), gingered to share, gingered in kindness. 

A believer in Christ Jesus who understands, “I am A new Creature, I am not of the fallen world, I am not of the kingdom of darkness, I have been born into The marvelous light of Jesus Christ!” Will be excited to live in righteousness, refusing to make excuses for Unrighteous desires especially when they rise up in you, this transformation is spiritual being made manifest in the earth! It was Paul in his letter to the Galatians 5 who said, 
  

  “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions…..”

This is just the fact. Darkness and light don’t see eye to eye at all! This is why your Choice is important,
So verse 6 says, 

“But if you are Led by the spirit, you are not under the law”.. 

You need to allow the Holy spirit Lead you. its a conscious thing. You’re not a robot, you have a will, the Holy spirit is not evil, he will not manipulate you to do the will of God. 
You will Choose to mortify the desires of the flesh so that righteousness can be made manifest in the earth through your life. 

May God keep us even as we continue to yield to His lead and may our lives continue to be a testimony that indeed Christ came in the flesh and we are overcomers in Him.

#GraceAndPeaceFamily

©Msray.

Blessed Is He Who Comes In “THE NAME” 

THE GENESIS 1 OF ALL CREATION

    In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and The Word was God. John 1:1

All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. John 1:3

In Him was Life and the Life was the LIGHT of men. John 1:4

And the LIGHT shines in the darkness and the darkness does not understand it! John 1:5 

LETS ESTABLISH THE NEED AND SOLUTION FIRST. 

“For all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  -Romans 3:23

By this we know that of ourselves we only deserve death. Like death unto the grave, then whatever is below the grave. ( that would be hell by the way. :Eternal Darkness)

This is the verdict for the soul/person who is born in the Sin nature and remains in it. 

                   BUT

Light has come into the world to redeem that man who will BELIEVE, not just hear the story and say ” oh yes that talk about Jesus, I believe it”, 

But a person will have BELIEF so strong, however small, he will be transformed in his very nature. These ones will become what Paul Called the NEW CREATION! That’s a Creation that never existed prior to when they BELIEVE. 

This Belief  will not be of them but of God. 

For God is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sins (Old Nature) and cleanse us from all Unrighteousness (its fruit)

 -1 John1:9 

By receiving this good report of LIGHTS  arrival in the earth they will have FAITH.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17

The Word Is God! The LIGHT Who came into the world in the person of Christ Jesus to Redeem man from the Curse of Darkness i.e Sin and death. 
So Faith comes from the very PERSON of God, Faith Is His Nature. And we have faith only by Hearing and Hearing Christ Jesus.

So the more we Hear and hear, the more we BELIEVE, the more we are Transformed in our soul and body.  

N.B: The word Hear is translated from the Hebrew text SHEMA which means: Listen and obey, Listen closely, Hear and respond, Pay attention to or Focus On. See SHEMA graphic illustration word study.

Now Notice those who believe receive The New Life of the Kingdom in the spirit (Heavens). This is why Jesus taught His disciples not to look up or out there for the kingdom of God but within themselves for they have received Him and now Believe. Jesus also taught His disciples to pray thus To Our Father In Heaven,

“….. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

-Matthew 6:10

So next time you pray the Lords prayer, make it a little more personal…

“…. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in this earth (beat your chest) as it is done in the heavens”

For the flesh is of the earth and can only be Transformed by the Finished work of Christ as in the Heavens, let it be so here. Amen. 

Now! Back To THE NAME

When I think about Uchechukwu Nwachukwu, I do not simply imagine words spelt out on a blank surface,

 A person comes to my mind. 

A living, breathing, walking, talking person in this earth, comes to my mind. 

Uchechukwu Nwachukwu is my Friend, Uchechukwu Nwachukwu is His Name and His Name is His person. This is Who He Is. 


Jesus told His disciples that they will do all manner of great and wonderful things in His Name! And only in His Name did they have authority to do all He sent them out to do, All Glory to God. (Seriously its so cool check it out in Matthew 10)

But there is one peculiar thing that we can notice about all of Christ’s called, abandoned all to follow, taught and sent ones, They Believed, Rejoicing even unto the point of Physical Death. 

Now before you get all gingered Up, Know This…

This was not Normal Guys, No one just wakes up to a story of How Light came into the world to destroy darkness and suddenly decides that His Life ambition is to be a Martyr. 

So what was it?! What made these ordinary men so different? And why is death so Inevitable? Jesus said

” verily I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and DIES it abides alone, But if it Dies, it produces many seeds” – John 12:24

Imagine if we eat all the seeds, and eliminate all the eggs in the world, (its a tall order but just imagine it) For a time, it will seem as though there is life but as time goes by there will be silence in the earth. Death Without New life is extinction. 

So basically for New life/much fruit to be produced, a seed must first go into the Earth. Be it the ground or a female. This is the principle of Death and Resurrection. 

But instead of just Death unto the grave and Hell, This Time its a Death unto New Life. 

So the earth (man) ceases to be a grave because in Christ it (his heart) becomes good soil. 

At this point, if you’re  still nursing ideas of martyrdom I suggest you keep reading, This isn’t over yet. 

Now Paul made a disturbing statement in Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ, ” he said

“Nevertheless I Live,” hmmmm

“Yet not I!”  Say what now?!

“But Christ Liveth in me” owkayy…

” and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD”  🙂

“Who loved me and gave himself for me”  wow! 

Paul was a dead man even before he finally exited this World physically. Or as Christ will say “went to sleep” for God is not the God of the dead but of the living. 

Stay with me people

That would explain why Isaiah though he was cut in two with a wooden saw, peter was crucified upside down ‘on request by the way’, Paul died many times by stoning, wild beasts and what not, John was soaked in boiling oil, didn’t die and was later banished to Patmos because “annoying” and many other records of ordinary men unafraid, unashamed and unmoved will not recant in the face of persecution. 

For they came not In Their Individual names, But in  THE NAME of the One Who Lives Forever! 

{Praise Break!}

So by the FAITH OF GOD in them, they were made testimonies of Eternal Life even in the World destined for destruction.

 (It was not just a new testament thing, God has shown Himself Graceful, Merciful, Mighty, Strong and Awesome in and Through His people right from the beginning of Time God did not just start this 2000yrs ago, He has always been and will always be Loving and Faithful to His People)

Now,

 “Arise! Shine! For your Light is come and the glory of the Lord is Risen Upon You! ” 

This is where you and I come in…

“… Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in the earth, in me, my soul and body as its already done in the heavens”,

where is heaven? The spirit of God, The kingdom of God, His Reign as Lord and King in You first, then in the earth as a whole. Get it? It starts from within you! 

 Doesn’t stop there, Transforms the whole World until Darkness is driven out by LIGHT. 

“… Revelation 11:15

15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 

Quick Question, where is your name in the scripture? 🙂

I’d show you,

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is youra life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry….. Colossians 3.

Want to be a martyr? Here’s a good place to start, Understand that you have Died To Your Flesh in Christ! 

Now before you get any bright ideas and start cutting off arms and legs let’s get this straight. 

Jesus when He Rose from the Grave! Glory to God!, Told His Disciples

And I paraphrase simply 

“If I don’t go and send my Spirit to you, you’d Never Be Me! And I Know you’d miss me but Don’t worry  My Spirit only Speaks of Me, He will Guide you into all of Me! (Truth) I have testified of my father and you must do same, Testify of me because You have been with me from the beginning, through Death and Resurrection” – John 15:26, 16: 5-8

To Testify is To Be and To Live As Christ Did in the Earth as it is in Heaven, Just as His Disciples did! -Living Testimonies. 

So to Die on your own, thats suicide. 

We are only able to Mortify this flesh and its deeds being sanctified ,our lives laid down as a sacrifice by the Help of the Holy Spirit of Truth sent From the father Himself. 

God is with us to see us through it all.

His promise to never leave or forsake us is True!

“So walk in the spirit therefore and of the spirit you will bear good fruit of The Spirit” Gal 5. 

Talk about being good soil. 😀

Now In Christ you have right to ascend unto Eternal Life You are destined to Die, But in Christ Unto Life, You Cease to Live Now He Lives In You Through You, You Live In the Flesh Now But By His Faith Unto Transformation its Galatians 2:20 all over again!

Your Pass into the Life of God Is THE NAME CHRIST! JESUS! His NAMe is HIS PERSON!

Not just words you say with your mouth, but your BEING.

“You also must testify of me….” Jesus said, He meant your Life, Now His own and No longer yours! Glory to God. 

Remember FAITH is of God, Faith does not Fail. So this is why we do not lean on Strength that is born of a nature destined to die instead we SHEMA and SHEMA The WORD.

 no more gloomy defeated Living now, Arise and shine .

“…. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in The Holy Spirit!”

Therefore I cease to be __________________ (insert name here.) Because Christ Is and

BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN CHRIST JESUS. 

 

HELLO DECEMBER: A Christmas Poem

One look at you and I knew you would be mother’s last

For mother did not just scream her best, she screamed her last

You were as perfect as perfect could be

The stars jubilated and the chill in the air agreed

I smiled that night I held you tight and called you mine

 

From the first day you came so alive

We could hardly wait for when you would be twenty five

So you could remind this world again

Of the birth of the one with a name above all names

Who took away our sins and our darkness became extinct

 

If only we could see you as more than just another ember

If only we could appreciate you as we did your brothers

If only we could refocus our priorities; binoculars

If only we could look beyond the spectacular

Then His light would penetrate our eyes and give us sight

 

Happy birthday December,

The days count with little to remember

They say you live for just thirty one

And we would have to face yet another 365 equals one

I only pray we celebrate the Christ everyday as we did in your wake

 

By Princess Pirinye and Ezeonyeka Godswill