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The Peculiar Artist

The Greatest Innovations in the World!
Spectacular!
…A Peculiar People From Above.

“What are you doing?” I asked as he keenly painted very tiny black dots within a red figure. He had just switched from a big brush to a smaller one. This man lived in a house located way above other houses, what you could term as top floor or better still, an attic.

Slowly but surely, the artist completed his drawing and out popped a ladybird, one so beautiful and full of life. It lingered a bit, and finally flew away. You should have seen the look on my face! Never in my thirty something years on planet earth had I witnessed anything close to this: simply unbelievable!

“Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him” Proverbs 8:30 (NASB)

A new sheet was open. This time the theme was black and white, as opposed to the previous colored painting. The artist drew the back side of a man in a split of a second! He was done even before he began. While I still marveled at his immeasurable speed, he embarked on inserting trendy detail on this man’s haircut. Wow! You should have seen how much concentration he put on every stroke, every dot, every cut. As soon as he was done with this magnificent piece, the drawing came to life! Without turning to face us, the figure walked away, down an alley and round the bend. I was concerned, The artist wasn’t.

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The artist then casually stood and asked me to follow him.

“Where are we going?” I asked. “Are you not going to teach me more?”

He answered, “It’s now time to rest. Follow me and I will teach you my kind of rest.”

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”….. “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” (Genesis 1:26; 2:2)

We left the studio, down a long flight of stairs and onto a road, kinda like a street within an estate. We came to this ordinary looking shack and a huge guy opened for us the door. Although we didn’t enter but conversed with him at his patio, I could tell that these two had a good relationship; a father – son relationship. The resemblance was also quite evident: very polished.

Father asked son, “How do you manage to remain composed, knowing that your little brother lives on the ground floor of your building, in the assembly of thugs, yet you still come to intercede on his behalf?”

“Who is the one condemning? For it is Christ Jesus, the one having died, now rather having been raised up, who is also at the right hand of God, and who is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34.

The artist began to cry as he was deeply moved. Immediately, another look – alike appeared, this time round, a lady. She embraced him for a very long time, leaving me in an awkward position. All I wondered was how I could help this family reconcile with their son, brother, friend. That is when I woke up! A dream so real, I can still see, hear, feel, smell and touch the encounter.

Here’s The Key:

Dream Analogy Reality
Canvas Universe
Attic Heaven
Ground Floor Earth
Artist/Son God The Word – Jesus Christ
Father God the Father
Lady God The Holy Spirit
Little Brother Lost Man
Me Saved Man

Prayer: Father, thank You for the clear reminder. Help us Oh Lord not to come to You with questions on why the world is the way it is, but rather teach us Your kind of rest. Forgive us for the times we have walked away from You after receiving our blessings. Teach us to walk in Your ways. As we are on earth, may we learn to do only the things that we see You do in heaven. Jesus we thank You for continuously interceding for us. You have remained faithful to us even after we abandoned your teachings (The Word). Holy Spirit, without You we cannot make it. You have been our Comforter (2 Cor 1:4), wiping our tears and holding us close. Thank You for leading us to the Artist. Thank You for the dreams and visions. Thank You for the spiritual gifts in whole. Here we are, ready to learn Your kind of rest. Father Lead us in the Name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior and by the Power of the Holy Spirit we pray and believe, Amen.

“For if you return to the LORD, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.” (2 Chronicles 30:9)

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Heart To Heart

A Perfect Match!
Plucked Out!
A Magnetic Effect!

It all began when I surrendered my heart to God (Proverbs 23:6). My heart stopped trusting in itself and began to trust in God (Proverbs 3:5) thus plucking out fear and troubles (John 14:27) since it was now being guarded by the peace of God (Philippians 4:7). Like a magnet, my heart began to derive its strength from God and not flesh (Psalms 73:26) through tests and exams set by the Lord (Psalms 26:2). This process involved breaking it, with the intention of drawing it closer to God (Psalms 34:18).

The final result is a pure heart (Psalms 51:10); a blessed heart (Matthew 5:8); a heart not trusting in an idol or swearing by a false god (Psalms 24:4); a heart whose meditation pleases God (Psalms 19:14) by having all its desires in line with God’s delight (Psalms 37:4) through following after the treasures of heaven (Matthew 6:21) and is forever wholly giving thanks unto the Lord and telling of His wonderful deeds (Psalms 9:1).

Action Plan: Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Prayer: Father, our hearts intentionally choose to trust wholly in You. We surrender all our heart’s desires, plans, thoughts and everything within us to Your Lordship, that you may guide us, guard us, strengthen us, break us. Lead our desires to be in line with Your delight that we may follow after heavenly treasures, daily meditating on Your Word.  May our hearts respond to You as metal is to magnet. We therefore pluck our hearts from our own control as the magnetic effect takes place. Ours is to thank You for all that You have already done as we tell of Your wonderful deeds to the ends of the earth. Lots of love coming from our hearts to You in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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I Lost My Mind

I Lost Control. Deeply ImmersedThe Best Option.

It all began with a whisper. A still small voice that kept nudging me to come closer. The more I ignored this voice, the more the voice faded. The more I listened, the louder the voice became and clearer my circumstances. I decided to take a risk and listen. That’s when it all began.
‘And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.’ 1 Kings 19:12.
I named the voice Mr. Know-It-All. Why? you ask. Because he was always so confident that what He had to say was worth listening to. Sometimes He’d invade my thoughts and suggest a parallel. Such times I’d shake Him off since I was still in control, and furthermore, His ideas were outrageous. He never gave up.
‘The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.’ – Psalm 29:3-5.
I decided to do a simple analysis: write down the results of the decisions I made before Mr. Know-It-All checked in and those that He convinced me to make and I took a risk. I was blown away!
  • My mind told me that I’ve got to behave a certain way so as to fit in but Mr. Know-It-All told me that my uniqueness compliments my fitness.
  • My mind told me I’m not good enough for certain positions and cliques but Mr. Know-It-All told me I’m incomparable and qualified to be anything I wanna be.
  • My mind told me I’m alone in this walk and I tired but Mr. Know-It-All told me He’s with me and will never leave; to will and to do, and thereafter, renew my strength.
  • My mind made me accumulate wealth in this temporary chapter but Mr. Know-It-All gave me a glimpse of eternity and is still in the process of teaching me how to acquire eternal treasures.
  • My mind fought this voice during the day when it was busy but Mr. Know-It-All still found time to talk to me by invading my dreams the moment I lay down.
  • My mind told me I was limited to what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard over the years but Mr. Know-It-All negated this by showing me that I can do all things in Him.
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With time, I put my guards down and allowed Mr. Know-It-All to take control. He began downloading stuff into my spirit: answers to past predicaments, guidance for present plans and even secrets to future victories. My mind was still in the picture, but compared to His knowledge, I literally felt like a drop of water in the ocean.
And that is how AnneObure lost her mind; in the safest place one could ever imagine.
On A Lighter Note: Sometimes my mind tries to swim downstream when Mr. Know-It-All says upstream and thoroughly drowns in the process. Thank God for His mercies. He envelopes me with His Love and sets me back on course.
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Get Out!

Knackered Box!

The city is knackered – every thinkable business already exists, all vacancies filled. Get out of the city and empower the small counties and towns by sharing your great ideas and expertise.

The church buildings are knackered – those in service are burned out while those in need go in and leave the same way they came. Get out of the four walls and be the church of God everywhere you go, by sharing the Love He has put in you.

‘And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’ – Mark 16:15.

The government is knackered – our leaders are not efficiently performing their duties due to one reason or the other. Get out of the blame game and play your part by first and foremost covering them in prayer, and thereafter obeying the law of the land.

‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God…..’Romans 13:1-7.

We are knackered – no longer having the zeal we had when we first encountered God. Get out of familiar grounds and affordable targets. Our purpose in life is much greater than our physical ability. God is calling us deeper. We cannot hear His voice where we are because He has gone before us. Do you remember the last assignment He gave you? Begin from the known to the unknown.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.’ – Romans 12:11-13.

Get out of your worry and into your calling. 

  • There we shall be empowered because our assignments are bigger than us.
  • There we shall exercise our talents as well as the gifts He’ll add unto us.
  • There we shall find contentment and a blessing commanded.
  • There we shall not only see the hand of God, but His face too.

There you shall reproduce,
So open your heart for His use;
There you shall multiply,
So spread your wings and fly.

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