•NO RESTRICTIONS• I previously talked about attaining spiritual growth by being consistent in our spiritual lives, because without consistency (steadfastness), faith is sure to be stagnant or even crumble. I also talked about building on the foundation of spirituality which Christ has laid for us, as Apostle Paul wrote in 1COR. 3:11: ‘For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is (already) laid, which is Jesus Christ’. Apostle Paul then went on to write about building on that foundation through consistent toiling and works (1COR. 3:12-15). Also, in COL. 2:6-7, he wrote: ‘As therefore you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith’. With all these, Apostle Paul was emphasising working consistently to attain spiritual growth. But now, I want to talk about the freedom that has been established in Christ so as to attain this spiritual growth. That is, there is no restriction whatsoever barring us from growing spiritually. In His letter to the Corinthians, Apostle Paul in some parts chided the Corinthians for not seeking and working towards attaining spiritual growth. He virtually labelled them “babes in Christ”, due to their lack of spiritual growth (1COR. 3:1). And the ironical thing about the Corinthians was that they had the vast platform to grow with no restriction. They had devoted spiritual men who were well-versed in the scripture. Consider their spiritual leader also, Apostle Paul himself! Yet, Apostle Paul observed in them, lack of spiritual growth. That was why he wrote to them: ‘But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh’ 1COR. 3:1-3. All these prove that though the Corinthians have been blessed by the foundation of salvation-Christ Jesus, they refused to build on that foundation and attain spiritual growth through steadfastness. Although there was abundance of freedom to enhance themselves spiritually; although there were no restrictions in improving in the Word, they refused to grow. Do you know why they refused to grow? They refused to grow because according to Apostle Paul, they were still men of the flesh; that is, their focus was still on worldliness. Apostle Paul pointed out that there were jealousy and strife among them; things that were not supposed to be found with them as saved people (1COR. 3:3). Now brethren, observe yourself and evaluate your spiritual life-and please be honest with yourselves, as you will only be deceiving yourself if you are not honest with yourself, and remember, if you deceive yourself, you cannot deceive God (GAL. 6:7&8). So, examine yourself fairly, and ask yourself, are you growing spiritually? Are you trying to be better in your spiritual life? Are you trying to move up the spiritual ladder in contrast to standing fixedly at one point? Are you the type of the “Corinthian Babe” who is refusing to grow spiritually? Ask yourself all these and examine your work towards keeping your faith by consistent time with God. For brethren, there are no restrictions to attaining spiritual growth-you will be deceiving yourself by seeing restrictions. Apostle emphasized this to the Corinthians who refused to grow due to their worldliness. As an instruction, he wrote: ‘We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry’ 2COR. 6:3. That is the instruction brethren, there is no restriction to drawing closer to Christ; there is no restriction to advancing in Christ; there is no restriction to growing spiritually. What then would be your excuse when asked why you are stagnant in faith without any motive of advancing? Lack of time? Strength? Zeal? What would that be? Whatever that thing is, one thing I am sure of, it can never be enough as an excuse, because there is no restriction in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever restriction there is that is seen by anybody, then that restriction is an illumination formed by carnal, worldly mindset of that person. The Corinthians as I wrote earlier, were said to be still worldly, that was why they were restricted in their spiritual advancement. This shows in Apostle Paul’s words, admonishing the Corinthians to pull down imagined restrictions: ‘Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your affections (that is, their worldly affections)’ 2COR. 6:11-12. This further shows that worldliness kills spirituality, so as Christians, we are required to not be carnal-minded, focusing on worldly things. All in all, Apostle Paul ended his admonishments by telling the Corinthians to “widen their hearts” (2COR. 6:13). That is, they should enhance their spirituality to obtain spiritual growth. Brethren, there are no restrictions, Christ has abolished all restrictions. In ROM. 8:3, it is written that God has done what the law weakened by the flesh could not do, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, I encourage you to work towards your spiritual enhancement. God rewards all these. Spend quality time regularly with God, doing His will consistently, and walking always in the Spirit, and not after worldliness. THE GRACE OF THE LORD IN CHRIST BE WITH YOU (AMEN).
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan