Monday, 4 July 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 10 W 6 D 1.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came. I had the privilege of encouraging a beloved goddaughter of mine this morning on the need to take life by the reins and cut a path for herself. She is overwhelmed with fear. That is normal. Isn't it? We all are scared to venture out into a new field. We are easily bombarded with fear. Fear of being clumsy at it, while we get a gripe of it. Fear of failing, and disappointing those who have entrusted us. Fear of losing and missing the goal. And, the funniest of all, the fear of actually succeeding and becoming different from those we are present with. None of these is localized, by any stretch. The only qualification for them is being human. However, whether it overcomes us or not is up to each individual. The buck stops with us. It is up to us to make the decision to give in to it or overcome it. I am proud and delighted to see my daughter take the challenge. I'll be sharing the success stories. Let's pray. The Saint.

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Topic: The Favored One - Part Twelve.

 ​“So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”” ― Daniel 1:11-13, NKJV. 

TFO Keynote #36: All truths are parallel. If you can find a truth in one realm, you can apply it in every other realm. (Isaiah 28:16; John 14:6)

All truths are parallel.

Truth is the aim of belief.

Truths are found, not created. (John 8:31-32; Proverbs 25:2)

Truth Exists Whether We Know It or Not.

Truth is that which accurately reflects reality.

Truths are universal laws. Universal laws are truths.

The truth may hurt for a while, but a lie hurts forever.

People need the truth about the world in order to thrive.

“Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.” – George Elliot.

Truth is a person. His name is Jesus Christ. (John 14:6, 1:1; Isaiah 28:16)

“To say of what is that it is, or of what is not that it is not, is true.” — Aristotle.

"The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself." — St. Augustine.

“Truth is like surgery. It hurts, but cures. The lie is like a pain killer. It gives relief, but has side effects forever.” – Unknown.
Truth does not rely upon our affirmation of it, nor is it in any capacity adjusted by our obliviousness or changed by our pie-in-the-sky consideration.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." — John 1:14, NKJV.

"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." — John 1:17, NKJV.

TFO Keynote #37: Worrying is instinctive. We think by worrying we can change the past or the future. We are emotional, and hence are more prone to doing things that appeal to our feelings. Feeling like a thing does not make it right, or the will of God. We need to judge all spirits and emotions. (Matthew 6:27; 1 John 4:1-6) 

We are emotional beings.

On autopilot, we are led by our emotions.

We need to judge all spirits and emotions. 

Our programming determines and controls our emotions.

Feeling like a thing does not make it right, or the will of God. 

We are more prone to doing things that appeal to our feelings.

Our feelings and emotions are good servants, but terrible masters.

We worry when we lack vision. (Isaiah 40:22; 42:13; Proverbs 18:10)

We fret because we fail to see God, as He is. (Isaiah 40:22; 42:13; Proverbs 18:10)

Worrying is instinctive. It is a part of the fall. (Romans 3:23; 7:13-25)

Faith is not instinctive. We have to rise up to it. (Ephesians 4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

We are deceived to think we can change the past by worrying. (Matthew 6:27-29)

We dread the future because we compare it to our past and our present. (Numbers 13:33)

"Self-absorption is always a temptation to young people, and if their religion is of a sort to add to this self-absorption, I feel that it is a serious mistake. If I had my way, the whole subject of feelings and emotions in the religious life would be absolutely ignored. Feelings there will be, doubtless, but they must not be in the least depended on, nor in any sense taken as the test or gauge of one's religion. They ought to be left out of the calculation entirely. You may feel good or you may feel bad, but neither the good feeling nor the bad feeling affects the real thing." ― Hannah Whitall Smith.

The Saint.

Book Club with The Saint | Cleopatra's Riches | Chapter Ten - Media.

Welcome to the Book Club. So glad you made it. 

We continue with our featured book, "Cleopatra's Riches" by Martha Adams. Apologies, we miss our session last Sunday. For the first time, the internet got us. Grateful we can hold today's session. We continue with Chapter Ten. 

Two weeks ago we cover the first part of the Chapter, "Higher Education" and its effect on our ability to earn money. Hoping it was worth the while for you. This week we look at the effect of the Media on our ability to earn money. Let's Read. 

The Saint.

Friday, 1 July 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 10 W 5 D 5.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came. 

'Tis the last day of our fifth week in our tenth round of weeks. And, it is the first day of July and the first of the second half of 2022. We are grateful to be counted in the land of the living. We are alive, so we have boundless opportunities in our future. 

We might not be able to go back to January to make a new beginning, but we can start today to make a great ending to this year, 2022. Do you agree? 

Let's pray. 

The Saint.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 10 W 5 D 4.

You are welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you can. 

So, a brother asked me this morning, if all was going well for me. How do you answer that? Well, the general and expected answer is YES! A big yes, irrespective of what the situation is. That is the easy answer to get going, both for you and the asker. Right?

However, is that the best answer? I guess it depends on who the person is, and possibly the existing relationship. The woman at Shunem answered differently depending on who asked. When her husband and Elisha's help asked, her answer was it is well, or it shall be well.

When it came to Elisha, her answer was different. She held on to him and would not let him go until she had the answer to the pain in her heart. What then is the moral of the story? There is no use throwing your issues on every Tom, Dick, and Harry. That is one extreme. 

There is also no use keeping it all to yourself. You are going to break or bust. That is another extreme. The devil is in the adverbs. God, the solution to your challenges is always in the balance. Yes, let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich.

Don't say it, if you do out of hypocrisy, or shame. If you do, say it out of the faith required. Say it will your facelift on high to Him who holds the answer to the questions and pain in your heart. If you do, say it as calling the things that be not as though they are.

And, if you don't still let it be based on faith, not self-pity. So, how did I answer my brother this morning? I simply stated the fact of life. I said, "Yes, we are doing well. Life is not without its challenges, but our face is on Him who has it all under control."

Let's pray. 

The Saint.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 10 W 5 D 3.

Welcome to another day in the Upper Room. So glad you could keep a date with us. 

Albert Einstein says, "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." In other words, "coincidence is God choosing to hide." Do you agree? There are no coincidences. There are only causes and effects. That Is the way God created His universe.

The sister to coincidence is serendipity (luck). This has been long disproved. Serendipity does not exist outside of cause and effect. So get off your butt and get working. Getting moving. Get all you can do today. That is your cause. Tomorrow holds your effects.

This morning, I couldn't wait to go share with a friend the possible solution to a challenge she shared with me yesterday. As much as I provided a possible way forward for her, I did not leave empty. Our discussion led to a challenge I also have which she has a possible solution for.

Call it luck if you want to. Call it serendipity, if that makes you happy or happier. The core of it is that it is an effect. It occurred because I stepped out to give. I did not come back empty. How many more opportunities do we waste each day in self-pity? Our answer is in giving, not sulking. Let's pray. 

The Saint.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 10 W 5 D 2.

Welcome to another day in the Upper Room. So glad you came. Our main scripture for yesterday's session was, Daniel 2:22. That is a power verse to pray based on. It reads, "He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him." How so comforting it is to know God understands the darkness, the pain, the hopelessness, despair, despondency and the like that part of our sojourn on this side of eternity. We have a God who never caught unawares, nor clueless of our state. And, what's more? He has it all figured out. Light dwells in Him. He is our light and our salvation. He is our hope, our muscle, our way, our door, our elevator, our answer, our secret formula, etc. No wonder David proclaimed, "I will fear no evil. For thou art with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me." We too can say the same of our Good Good Father and Shepherd. We will fear no evil, for our Helper is with us. Let's pray. The Saint.


Uncle Akin


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