Unnecessary load๐Ÿ˜‘

I started thinking, am I depressed? But then, I remember telling myself “nahhh, that’s not possible. Nigerians don’t get depressed”.

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For a certain period, I had a lot of things going on in my life. I really don’t know the best way to describe everything but I will attempt to. (That period will be referred to as “The point” all through this article).

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There’s a point where it feels like nothing is happening, like in all aspects. And then there’s this low feeling, really really low feeling that accompanies the point”.

During The point, I felt so down and bad and incomplete and sad and a whole lot of bad bad emotions. Crazy right?

The whole of The point, I was basically struggling, trying to smile on the outside while tearing up on the inside. And then when I got opportunities of having my room to myself, actually tearing up and getting my pillow soaked with tears of frustration. It was terrible!

Trying to balance up various school activities with studying and getting good grades and moving on with my life (Actually, it was a dead end for me). But then, still struggling to maintain my sanity.

Really, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The worst part was I didn’t know how to express my feelings.

I started thinking, am I depressed? But then, I remember telling myself “nahhh, that’s not possible. Nigerians don’t get depressed”. Forgive me but my society does not recognize depression in any form. Depression ๐Ÿ˜- That happens only in books and all. (My opinion prior to this experience). I took a few online quizzes to check my mental sanity and then I got some funny replies. One particular result said I was “suffering from mild to moderate depression”. Okayyy, so it’s not that bad! I’m just a bit depressed ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

All of a sudden, I lost interest in some activities, in people and even my best friend (You know who that is right?)

Well, if you do not know – GOD. My father.

You’re probably wondering, where is she going with all this story. Just keep reading please.

It was like I lost a connection, I found it really difficult to pray, worship, talk to Him and do the regular things I used to do.

Then, each day was kinda worse than the previous day. I just wasn’t feeling so good, I started having worries about a lot of things and very weird thoughts started coming in. Thoughts of failing at school, never getting married (๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Yes, this happened! I can laugh about this now but mehn, it wasn’t funny.), and then a thought of suicide came in!!! That was the last straw for me! I told my self – (inserts name here), this is really not possible. Wake up and find help for yourself.

So I decided to go back to the One I had intentionally ignored and put in the background. I really felt bad, here was someone who offered to help, but my whole attitude was “You’re not needed, I’m fine all by myself. *flips hair and walks out like a diva๐Ÿ˜Ž*

I literally ran back to Him to pray and ask for forgiveness. I remember crying and expressing my guilt but one beautiful thing happened, I was forgiven! Just like that right, yeah!

Then I poured out all what I was going through. I expressed how I felt exactly my fears, my worries and doubts, every single thing. Withholding nothing! And I started getting reminders – How loved I was and how I had no cause to fear- It was a beautiful night! Losing my fears and cares in worship, laying everything down. No worries, no stress, no pain, 100% gain!

Depression, stress, anxiety and the likes are unnecessary problems that we face.

Are you depressed? Stressed? Worried? Broke? Failing at school? Waiting for admission? (I’ll share my personal story one day, Jamb o Jamb๐Ÿคฆ) Did you recently lose a loved one๐Ÿ™? Are you hungry๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜‹? Do you have any other problem, I have not listed?

Just hold on, do not carry unnecessary load! Please don’t. If you can, talk to a trusted person about your problems, could be a friend, a parent, your elder siblings (if you have any), or even your pastor or teenager’s coordinator in church. You could send me an email also, or send a dm on instagram. I’ll be ready to talk.

But first, there’s a very very important thing you have to do. Talk to Jesus!!! Yes, it’s possible. He’s available all the time. 24/7. Just tell it to Him. You’re loved and precious in His sight. Matthew 11:28 says Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. You have the opportunity to rest, but you need to go to Him first, note the first condition – Come. In case you’re wondering why, we were told in First Peter chapter five, verse seventeen to Cast all our cares upon God because He cares for us. God cares about you!!!!

The amazing part remains the fact that He is ever ready. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble – Psalms 46:1

You’re loved! Never forget this. Drop the load you are carrying this instant. You don’t need it!

Thank you for reading this. God bless you. This blog post is rather different from majority of the others, I felt it’ll be nice to share a true experience.

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Knowledge – The real deal!

Matthew 16:13-17 Now when Jesus had come into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he said, questioning his disciples, Who do men say that the Son of man is?
And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
He says to them, But who do you say that I am?
And Simon Peter made answer and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus made answer and said to him, A blessing on you, Simon Bar-jonah: because this knowledge has not come to you from flesh and blood, but from my Father in heaven.

When i was younger I thought I was a Christian. Note the word “thought”. I felt I was a Christian because I was born into a Christian home, attended church services and went to Sunday school. I even prayed, fasted, read my Bible, learnt some Bible verses and on and on. But I missed out something really important. I did not have a personal relationship with God!
Don’t get me wrong here, I was in church! Active to an extent. But, i didn’t establish any space for God to come into my life. I felt service in the Church and all meant I was a Christian. But I was totally wrong. Yes it is right to serve in church, but we need to establish a personal relationship with Christ. I didn’t know that! I had no clue. My life totally changed when I got to know God on a personal level. Remember : I had been in the Church all along.
In the Bible verses above, Jesus asked his disciples who he was to everyone and after they answered him. He asked who they thought he was.
He’s asking you now: Who do you say that I am? Are you serving me based on what people say I am? Or are you serving me because you know me?

Knowledge is power!

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Hosea 4:6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

You need to know who God is to you! You need to have a stand with God so you won’t fall for just anything.
We need to come into the knowledge of God. Know God personally! It’s not an option.
Ephesians 4:13-15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
We need to have a personal relationship with God so that we will know that which is right. So we won’t be carried away by different false doctrines.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

Having knowledge of Christ is great! It’s is a beautiful thing. Knowing how much God loves me makes life easy for me. Knowing that the Redeemer lives makes me happy. Knowing that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is marvelous.

Philippians 3:8-10 Yes truly, and I am ready to give up all things for the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, which is more than all: for whom I have undergone the loss of all things, and to me they are less than nothing, so that I may have Christ as my reward,
And be seen in him, not having my righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may have knowledge of him, and of the power of his coming back from the dead, and a part with him in his pains, becoming like him in his death;

Trace your steps back, are you a Christian for the right reasons? Do you know God truly?

Just tell God, I want to know you. I want to know more. Help me Lord. He answers prayers! Rely on God!

May God help us all, Amen.

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2018! 2018!! 2018!!!

Check your plans for 2018 if you have one. if you don’t, it’s not too late to create one.

Yesterday (2017)๐Ÿ˜, so many of my whatsapp contacts posted updates,  you know the normal end of the year status updates. 95% of my contacts posted.  Gosh,  all them waistbead status people๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–
Most teenagers were posting updates like “2018, more money, more money blah blah,more this more that.”

Majority of my contacts in the adult category posted about thanking God, setting goals for the new year and one particular status update that caught my attention was the one that said “Happy new year, start with Jesus“.

I remembered the many posts about money and other minor things and then I realized that we could get everything  if we are deeply rooted in Jesus. Of course there are so many rich people today that have made it without Jesus but I believe that Jesus is paramount because it is written in Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

What’s your plan for 2018? 

  • To make more money?  Fantastic!
  • To start a business?  Fabulous! Of course the fact that we’re teenagers doesn’t stop us from being entrepreneurs.
  • To make more friends?  Really nice!  Make sure they’re sensible friends sha.
  • To get new gadgets?  Super cool!

I’m sure there are so many other things to add to this list.

But then do not forget the God factor.  Really really really  really really really really important. I could go on with the reallys to emphasise how important God is.

So check your plan for this year,  if you don’t have one it’s not too late to create one.

Ensure that you set clear goals with spiritual backings. I mean take it to the Lord in prayer!!!  1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)  Pray without ceasing.

Then set time for each goal, you could have monthly goals or bimonthly or quarterly. Well, anyone that suits you. Also set time for reviews to see how well you’re doing.

Try to study the book of Proverbs over and over. There are so many words of advice for we young people๐Ÿ˜Ž. Last year, I tried to read a chapter per day though I wasn’t really consistent ๐Ÿ˜ถ but I’ve decided to be steady (May God help me).

As Christians, we’re always on duty, it’s a no rest zone oh!  Spread the word of God, help others, give cheerfully and serve God fearlessly.  Happy new year! Have a blessed day, week, month and year!  God bless you. Yass! Today is Monday and its a public holiday.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ I’m so glad.

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I love you so much for reading this. Once again,  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Just let go

Let go and Let God.

Hello beautiful people, here are a few things to always remember.
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 38:27
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1st Peter 5:7
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46: 10-11
No matter what you’re going through, always remember that nothing is too difficult for God. Do you have any problem? Don’t just talk about it, pray about it also. Tell it to Jesus, he has the solution. God bless you.

FEARLESS!

“Peace is not the absence of a storm, but peace is the ability to be calm during a storm”. Daniel was at peace, he didn’t even disturb himself.

When faced with difficult situations, how do you react? Fearless or Fearful?
Our Bible hero for this week Daniel has shown us that we have the ability to be fearless. In Daniel chapter 6, King Darius issued an order that no one should pray to any god or man except him for thirty days. And Daniel was a man who understood that the day is incomplete without communication with God. But it was either he prays and then be thrown in the lion’s den or he doesn’t pray for thirty days and live.
People! If it had been you, what would you have chosen? Imagine being torn apart by lions, such a horrific way to die. One thing I respect Daniel for was his ability to choose wisely. He chose life, by praying. It seems like an irony right, since it was pray and be thrown into the den of lions. Daniel even prayed as usual. He didn’t go to any secret place. He prayed as he usually did at the open windows. I once read in a book that “peace is not the absence of a storm, but that peace is the ability to be calm during a storm”. Daniel was at peace, he didn’t even disturb himself. I pray that the peace of the Lord that passes all human understanding would forever be our portion, amen.
Obviously when Daniel’s “haters” saw him praying; they’ll have been really glad because they felt it was all over for him. They didn’t understand the power he had as a son of God over fear. Romans 8:15, a Bible verse I really love tells us that
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.””
Hello! Do I have your attention, we have the power to be fearless! Hallelujah! Once you confess Jesus Christ as your personal lord and saviour, you’ve said yes to peace and no to fear! You have the authority to call on God when you’re in difficult situations and the power to conquer.
Back to our super hero Daniel. He got arrested and he was thrown into the den of lions. One thing I found really funny was that it was the king that was bothered and disturbed, not Daniel.
Daniel 8:16 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
The next day, at the first light of dawn, the King rushed to the den and he saw that Daniel was alive. Glory to God! The Bible tells us that our God Almighty neither sleeps nor slumber. God sent his angels to shut the mouth of the lions and Daniel was saved.
Brethren, we all really need to believe. And then we will be more than conquerors.
I dare you to be fearless in all that you do and trust me, you will surely emerge victorious. Don’t forget to share God’s word with everyone you know and also encourage your loved ones to Face Everything And Rise because that’s what fear stands for in Christendom.
Tim Godfrey’s concert tagged “Fearless” inspired the topic of this article. Check his instagram page @timgodfreyworld for more details. Thank you for reading this article, please do come back for more. Your comments are welcome and also tell a friend to tell a friend about Naijachristianteen. Stay blessed fellow fearless Christians and Christteens. Shalom!