February 2020 Joy

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These days, my greatest joy is derived from helping people to be successful and become what God wants them to be. So, you can imagine my delight, last month, when a mentee told me of success after a period of challenges, despair and self-doubt.

Some of my Whatsapp messages to the person during that phase are shared below.

You must have a CAN DO spirit.
This is an agenda that God is in support of.
Only a positive and strong spirit can get you what God promised.
Obstacles are normal. But only the strong in spirit can possess their possession.
Fight through to your victory.
God’s wisdom is in you, fight your way through.
You must have a CAN DO spirit.
Think outside the box, take unusual moves;
BE BOLD.
Think, think and take action.
Think and be BOLD!
Be creative and do the UNUSUAL
Creativity and solutions flow to the mind of the thankful.
Your solution is right in front of you, [and you will only see it] if you remove the cloud of worry.
Don’t sit there conforming to the traditional rules and expect a different result.
Think outside the box, act outside the box!

And guess, what! The person indeed broke through! I was so happy and give glory to God!

Dear reader, don’t accept any limitation in your life. It takes a fight of faith to see God’s prophecies fulfilled.

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare. 1 Tim. 1:18

Have a beautiful new month!

Best,
LEKE

 

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Poem: Beautiful

God’s way is best
God’s time is best
God’s blessing is best

He could appear to take long
Don’t cut corners
Wait for Him

If it makes you sin
If it makes you lower
Your righteous standard
It is not His way

Keep His terms
Stand strong and firm
Don’t waver
Don’t falter

When He comes through for you
You will realize
He was neither late nor early
He was just on time

Wait patiently for His time
For He makes everything
Beautiful in His time

(c) 2020 Leke Babayomi

Poem: Little Souls

 

“Plant good things in the lives of others
Even if we don’t get anything in return

It must be done with sincerity and purity from the heart.

You can only become truly worthy, not for who you are
But for what others have become because of you.

So, keep on lifting little souls and make them as great as you are.”

Anonymous.

 

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The Proverbs 31 Man

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The 31st book of Proverbs has been well-known for revealing several pleasant qualities of a virtuous woman. She is diligent, industrious, a home-keeper, provides healthy food to her family and so forth. We have put a lot of pressure on women to step up their game and many of them have done so.

However, the 11th, 23rd and 28th verses reveal the man behind the exceptional woman:

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

So, let’s introduce the Proverbs 31 man:

  1. He is fully confident in his wife’s abilities. This may be because he is encouraging her to continue to grow or has already supported her to a level of proficiency.
  2. He is influential in the city.
  3. He is a man of honor.
  4. He is successful in his calling, profession and career.
  5. He is worthy to sit among the elders of the city.
  6. He is respected by the elders of the city.
  7. He is financially comfortable enough to hire maids for his wife.
  8. His family has enough disposable income for his wife to buy a piece of land for gardening.
  9. He is a motivation to his wife: he praises her and brings the best out of her.
  10. He does not compete with his wife, but complements her.
  11. He does not put his wife down before their children, so the kids respect her.
  12. He praises his wife before his children.

The lessons for me are that the Proverbs 31 woman became so because she was supported by a P.31 man. Nonetheless, I commend several Proverbs 31 women that we have today, who became so without a P.31 husband motivating them to that level.

These are my initial thoughts; there are indeed several other scriptural qualities of a godly man. We really need more P.31 men today. What do you think? And what other qualities of P.31 men can we find? Please write them as comments.

Best,
LEKE

 

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WEARY? READ THIS

Are you weary? Are you discouraged or simply tired?

Have you been facing lots of persecution? Are people taking advantage of your goodness and humility? Have you been faced with lots of unfulfilled expectations? Are you mentally down due to disappointments or delays?

Hear this: Moses and Elijah, two great men, grew weary while doing God’s assignment for their lives (Num. 11:11, 1 Kings 19:9). Yeah, they were right at the center of God’s will, yet they grew exasperated. Moses was tired of leading tough people with a negative attitude. Elijah threw in the towel because he was persecuted and felt lonely. Jesus also got weary at some point and needed some rest (John 4:6-39).

What did those who overcame weariness do?

  • Christ still seized opportunities to win souls although weary.
  • Moses got assistance from good people that he had on his leadership team (Aaron and Hur). Have reliable people around you whom you can turn to in seasons of weariness and despondence.
  • Gideon and his army were weary, but didn’t stop pursuing the enemy until they got the promised victory (Judges 8:4).
  • Jesus Christ kept his raison d’être in focus, always using it to explain why he had to continue to seize every new opportunity that yet presented itself within the scope of his purpose. Never forget the why behind the flurry of activities that brings seasonal stress.
  • Some other things you could do:
    • Just take time to hang out with a friend who understands.
    • Remove excess fuel: get rid of certain unnecessary commitments that overburden you.
    • Sit before God and just let him know how you feel. Remind him of his word. Read your favorite scriptures again.

In conclusion, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corin. 15:58

Never forget that:

  1. Your labor in the name of the Lord is not in vain.
  2. Your lone stand for the truth is not in vain.
  3. Remaining pure in a defiled and sexualized world is not in vain.
  4. Your sacrifice of love for others is not in vain.
  5. Enduring persecution for the name of the Lord is not in vain.
  6. Standing out for and insisting on what is right is not in vain.

WHEN WEARY, STOPPING IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION!

Best,

LEKE

 

Credit to Pst Joe Summers who taught majority of these tips.

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What Do Angels Look Like?

Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don’t take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address, they ask nothing in return.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, but when you choose to see, they are everywhere you look.
So, open you eyes and count all your Angels — for you are truly blessed!

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‘What Do Angels Look Like?
Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it really is all possible, if only you believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come along when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn’t think you had one.
Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don’t take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address…

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Poem: The Chase

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As I gaze at the playground
In the school opposite my home
The squeals of cheery children rent the air
And I long for those times
When all that mattered in life
Were play, food and loving parents

My eyes follow the two kids
One chasing the other
Engrossed in play and laughter
They have no worries
No cares, nor concerns
As they relish the chase

The adult life ain’t so naive
It’s a series of chases
An endless string of goals
Following in fleet succession
Sometimes it gets tiring
And all one craves is a break

The chase could be fun
When you are crowned
With success and accolades
After a grueling season of self-denial
And work so tiring

The chase could be cold
When all you get
In return for the cruel
Sacrifice and self-inflicted pain
Is a blunt rejection
A forthright statement
That after all you’ve done
You’re not good enough!

Despite all you face
While you chase the mace
Whether it’s fun or nasty
Remember to play and be nice
And like a little child
Learn to laugh and cheer
In all phases of the chase

(c) Leke Babayomi

Marry the Man and not his Anointing

The title of this post was derived from a story (that I consider a tale) that I read of a lady who married a guy that blew her away with his knowledge of the scriptures and passion for spiritual things. She had dumped her former boyfriend whom she had considered ‘shallow’ in the holy writ for the ‘saint’. Later on, she regrettably found out that her ‘anointed’ husband, whom she married against the advice of wise observers, was not as fascinating anymore as she discovered human weaknesses in him.

Sis, marry the man, not his anointing. Marry the man, not his money. Marry the guy, not his fame. Marry the guy, not his success.

Bro, marry the lady not her beauty. Marry the lady, not her sweet voice and exceptional talent. Marry the lady, not her model-figure. Marry the lady, not her ‘slay’ features. Marry the lady and not her sexiness.

Sis, that guy whom you call your alpha-male now; your hero from Marvel Comics and movies, might one day manifest undesirable attitudes. He might want absolute submissiveness. He might ask you to quit your job, passions and interests because he is always suspecting that some guy around where you are working is ‘competing’ for your attention. He could be so dominating and controlling and you would wonder if you are a robot or a free-thinking human. He could push you to limits where he threatens you and subjects you to fear and blackmails. He might blame you for his wrong actions and bad habits, playing on your mind until you really accept that you pushed him to do them. He might take you on emotional roller-coasters, subjecting you to so much emotional stress. He could get physical with you; push you, hit you on the face. He might manifest all the qualities that point to narcissism and you will wonder how a human being can always be right, is never wrong, never apologizes and always exonerates himself from his own wrongs. He might be sloppy with finances and be a spend-thrift. He could do certain other unpleasant things that I leave to your imagination.

Bro, one day, that lady will annoy you and, her angel-like features will not mean anything to you. That lady will say things to you that will make you pity yourself for bringing her into your home/life.  That lady will do something that you consider so stupid and, in your anger, you will wonder how you could have ever gotten to the point of making a decision to take her to the altar. That lady will do things that will tempt the beast in you (if there is any) to manifest itself. That lady will push you to your very limits and extremes of emotions (especially the unpleasant ones). As a woman, she might follow her emotions to take actions that are actually unreasonable, and as a guy who is dominantly rational, you will wonder how she could be so stupid or dull. You are likely to see the most vulnerable aspects of her (that probably no other person is aware of) and will have to make an ethical decision whether to take advantage of her or not.

Be aware of their humanity and not only their awesomeness.

Most people get attracted to the opposite sex because of something distinct and amazing about them. It could be their success, wealth, power, beauty, goal-driven nature and so forth. Yet, we need to look beneath the veil of the charisma or beauty and uncover the true nature of the person behind the façade.

No one is perfect, only God is: even angels are not perfect (remember that Satan was once a pleasant angel who later fell). Everybody has faults and weaknesses. A wise way to make a marital commitment is to do so with the full awareness that, “Yes, I know his/her weaknesses and they are the kinds that can be healed. He/she is committing to work on them.” The trite saying that, “Love is blind and marriage opens the eyes,” is not a cliché for fun. It happens to many persons. However, it isn’t too late to make amends whether you are unmarried or unhappily married. For the unmarried, please don’t be hasty. Dr D.K. Olukoya frequently says that the next important decision after salvation is the decision of whom to marry. He usually emphasizes that marriage will either make or mar your destiny. Go into it prayerfully and knowledgeably. Having butterfly feelings with the proposed-spouse is only part of the process. It is not all. What unusual/unpleasant/immoral behaviors or attitudes have you observed, but shoved under the carpet/ignored? What are your godly mentors and parents saying? What are your trusted friends saying about the person? And don’t tell me that all of them are jealous or just want to spoil your joy. If you’re in this latter position, it’s a flashing danger sign that you’re in a toxic relationship.

For the regretfully married, I humbly suggest: please seek help from a godly and professional counselor.  The emphasis is on ‘professional’ help from a counselor who fears God; a neutral person who is not going to guide you to make biased or sentimental decisions.

Summarily, singles, seek to know details about the person you are committing to. Be aware of their present and past weaknesses. Be aware of their humanity and not only their awesomeness. Also, work on yourself and be a person who is better today than yesterday. Commit to someone who is willing to build a lasting friendship with you. Not every day in marriage will be romantic, but every day with a true friend will be fun and adventurous.

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 (NASB)

Happy New Month!

Best,

LEKE

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