Bode pastors at The Redeemed Christian Church of God - Nigeria & has published 5 books. "Songs of Joseph" - is his latest work ... a devotional.
Posted 11/16/13 at 11:25 AM | olabode ososami
In Daniel 3, there is a compelling picture of the image of 60 cubits tall and 6 cubits breadth ushered and led by 6 (six) repeatedly identified instruments of music ... We do not need to be reminded of the significance of the 666 tagging, the number we are told in the word of God identifies the ministry of the antichrist. Over the ages, music is being prepared for its final role in the global worship of the antichrist on the platform of a universal false religion.
Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. …  Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,  That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.  Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.  They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.  Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well : but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? FULL POST
Posted 11/6/13 at 6:03 AM | olabode ososami
In Genesis 6, Noah was told to warn the people of judgment, preaching this message for 120 years as he built the ark (as instructed) the saved were to come into. The ark symbolizes Christ our Salvation. Only his children/family believed him. If he had a church … he had no converts on the message of judgment … but his family for 120 years. He preached judgment and righteousness and not breakthrough (2Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;) … but no one listened.
Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
The end-times is a time when the message of salvation that speaks of coming judgment will be scorned. It was a time of great exploits of men, the age of pleasure, arguments and silly, vain prideful disputations, essentially doing as we wished … a time of men of worldly renown but of great continual wickedness in thought and deed … like today.
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Christ explained that that the generation of people that will be alive on the earth in the End-times will witness an important event called the "fig tree" blooming, and putting forth its leaves. So what or who is the "fig tree"? Throughout history, nations have been typified by "types and figures" to describe them. Russia is the "bear", America is the "eagle", England the "lion", and Israel is the "fig tree". So Jesus was saying that when you see ISRAEL re-blooming; whenever that would take place, then that generation would be the one that would be on the earth and living when the end occurs. Israel was destroyed in 70 AD, and did not "bloom" again until May 14, 1948 when Israel became a nation. The generation that witnessed that event will be alive on the earth in the days of the Son of man. Note this happened 65 years ago … if we consider that today’s average global life expectancy (according to Wikipedia) is 65.7 for male and 70.1 for female then it means we are surely closely approaching the end. FULL POST
Posted 11/5/13 at 11:04 AM | olabode ososami
The Bible is rich in promises of help and encouragement to help the saints in holding on even through the worst of trials. These can be sent to encourage someone or be used as a focus verse for prayer for someone hurting. If there ever were an award ceremony for encouragement quotes , nominations will be as follows … As you read, I urge you to add your favorite “help” scripture as a comment … perhaps someone will be blessed and helped by the same verses that encouraged you.
Romans 8 : 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Top 12 Encouragement and Help Quotes
12. Psalm 85 : 12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase FULL POST
Posted 10/29/13 at 11:51 AM | olabode ososami
At a time when religion and Christianity globally is either being balkanized by infighting, threatened by persecutions or being civilized to a new humanism, Nigeria surprised many when the President officially honors the Holy Land with a state visit and pilgrimage.
“Israel and Nigeria share the belief that the progress we make in our own countries and societies can benefit our neighbors and regions at large. I know that one of highlights of your trip was the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Israel and Nigeria. You are a leader who opens the skies for the horizons of tomorrow. Hand in hand, let us soar along the runway of progress and freedom towards a brighter future," President Peres told President Jonathan.
Meanwhile, Jonathan, who met earlier in the day with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Moshe Ya’alon, must be concerned about security concerns and needs to urgently learn how Israel turned a serious security threat in an open desert to what is globally acknowledged as a competitive advantage in Military Intelligence. FULL POST
Posted 10/24/13 at 8:27 PM | olabode ososami
There are times when one feels under the cruel onslaught of criticism - the scourge that only few can bear without falling into a melancholy despair. Job would know about this as he declared Job 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. Indeed only the most mature can absorb the scathing arrows of many a critic and still be undisturbed. The adversary and friendly critic have both found your Achilles heel and aimed arrows well. They leverage real evidence to show that you have botched an assignment and their flaming arrows burn with fire that claims to be truth. We can learn and adjust …humbly taking correction, but also fend off the worst ambush on our faith when grace exists to choose more enlightened responses.
The pained Job was indeed already beleaguered in heavy distresses when Eliphaz the Tamanite chimed in thinly veiled mockery. Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. FULL POST
Posted 10/22/13 at 10:43 AM | olabode ososami
It is interesting to see that when God decided to write Scripture, the very first book He wrote was about a godly man. That shows us what God is always looking for. He looked for a godly man in the time of Enoch, in the time of Noah and in the time of Job. God planned from the beginning to give us 66 books of Scripture. And in the very first of those books, He wrote about what was uppermost in His heart – a godly human being.
Now notice the first sentence in the first inspired book of Scripture: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:1). Can you see the heart of God in the first sentence of Scripture? It was about one man - a man identified by his name – Job - and by the place he lived in– Uz (so that he is not confused with some other Job living somewhere else). And God gives His testimony of that man – not about his cleverness, or his wealth, or his reputation with other men, but only about his character. There we see what God truly values – uprightness, fear of God and turning away from all evil. FULL POST
Posted 10/17/13 at 4:07 AM | olabode ososami
Dear Friend, I received your letter only yesterday and thank you for your kind words concerning the devotional “Songs of Joseph” … we have never met, but you will know this reply is written especially for you when you read the words which I pray will encourage and richly bless you.
Most people, like the women caught in adultery, actually did what they were accused of … but Jesus Christ who foreknew the very worst in all of us, did not utter a word of rebuke … but instead offered her an unconditional hand of mercy and forgiveness that silenced all the spectators and caused the stones in their wicked hands to drop. In your case, you … like Joseph in the Bible, were wrongly accused and suffer innocently. Alas you are one of the few who Christ spoke of when on the mount He declared
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/13 at 10:55 AM | olabode ososami
The presence of God is undoubtedly the most awesome source of assurance that all is well. We know we have already won when we know He is with us … in major or minor tasks, we cannot afford to stray as we wish. David and indeed the early prophets, kings and fathers understood this truth … and God honored their faith as they went to war with the ark of the covenant … perhaps a mere piece of furniture to onlookers, but to the Israelites … a potent guarantee that all would be well.
As the US enters a different political skirmish, the third week of the partial shutdown - Obama hopes a debt ceiling will be lifted … and for the escape of more dire consequences. Obstinacy can be a good thing … and it may not.
Jos 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. FULL POST
Posted 10/9/13 at 9:31 AM | olabode ososami
In this final part, another important aspect of Godly leadership is featured. One cannot pretend to have covered all the useful leadership factors such as the character of the leader, and I am certain there are many more qualified voices on this and other related subjects. I brought out, in the previous blog, the importance of vision and focus - also mentioning that the leader has flaws and receives divine help - not as an excuse for perfidy and abuse but to bring out the important truth that God hates self-made persons … there will often be limps to humble and compel the leader to lean on the unseen but more sure grace and mercy that only God gives without consulting mortals. This article speaks to the issue of the home.
The successful leader has played his/her God-given role in the family. The importance of the family sounds passé in the postmodern era where the meanings and shades of the word and all it entails are often deformed … with many emerging grotesque options. The heroine of this third part is an exceptional lady called Deborah. FULL POST
Posted 10/2/13 at 10:07 AM | olabode ososami
In a previous part, I wrote of the divine help that comes to the leader, and humility that makes that help feasible … adding that God prepares leaders with the necessary equipment, long before crisis pulls them into the important roles they must play. Another aspect critical to leadership is Vision. Indeed, it is the leader’s vision that ultimately divorces the many pretenders to leadership from the lonely icon. Vision alienates the leader from the pack and annoys contemporaries … the very same attribute that must be preserved to one day bring the leader to fulfill divine destiny. Vision is “seeing what others do not see and apprehending a direction that often appears even at its best disconnected to status quo… the to-be of our todays. While vision pushes many seeking its realization to fail many times in the right thing … lack of it creates victories that are utterly meaningless.
Luk 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 9:52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. FULL POST