Posts by Simbo Odunaiya

Posts by Simbo Odunaiya

LOOK UP

In this life, we all go through some struggles, troubles, or problems. For example, we have illnesses, job losses, immigration matters, and relationship issues either through our spouses, children, or co-workers. The book of Ephesians 6:12 says that “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” In such a time like this and when these situations…

Our Firm Foundation

I always remember that passage in John 14:15 that says, “if you love me keep my commandments”, and I wonder what the things are that keep us from obeying His commandments.  Many times, it is because we have conflicting or competing instructions.  And we decide to follow the other one because the root of our knowledge of the God we serve, or our faith is not deep enough. So, this makes it very easy for any wind of thought to…

A Multinational And International Church

It does not matter what language is used, God’s desire is for all nations and all people to worship Him in truth and in spirit.  When we remember Pentecost, we find that while God created us in His own image, this image of God is multinational, multiethnic, multicultural, and multilingual.  We read in Acts 2 how the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost in the form a violent blowing wind from heaven.  After what looked like tongues of fire rested on…

Our Children, Our Future

In the old Roman world, they did not think much of children.  In those days there were many cases of infanticide and child abandonment.  Christians of the first century had their jobs cut out for them trying to save many children who had been abandoned by their parents.  In Luke 18:15-17, we read about children who were presented to the Lord Jesus Christ.  They were very little children, who were thought very little of.  They did not have much value…

What Does It Mean To Praise?

Google defines the word “praise” as, “to express warm approval or admiration of someone or something”.  It is synonymous with words such as acclaim, applaud, commend, acclamation, magnify, extol, celebrate, glorify, honor, and worship. My personal definition of praise is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the celebration of His goodness, grace and mercy. Psalm 150: 6 (NLT) says “Let everything that breaths praise the Lord!” This simply implies that the act of praising is rightfully due to God alone. One…

The Reward of Service

In Mark 10:45, Jesus said that “He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. He is our example, so we are called to serve, and not to grab. While service is a self-choice, and a voluntary action, duty or labor is what we are told to do for wages, salaries and other forms of compensations. To serve simply means, to render help to others without an expectation or kickback.…

Is Your Heart Willing?

Many times, we find ourselves in positions where we have to do things that we are not really interested in.  It happens more often amongst the people of God.  The Church needs to set up a committee and a leader is needed, then you find no one wants to be the leader.  Somehow someone reluctantly takes the challenge while deep down inside they are not interested.  Quite often you find that it will take a special grace of God for…

Bless The Lord Oh My Soul

One song that keeps recurring in my soul these days is the song that we sing often and that has its root in the songs of David.  “Bless the Lord Oh my Soul” – Psalm 103:1a (KJV).  This song is a song that comes forth from the deepest part of one’s heart.  It is a song that comes forth because of deep reflection.  I am not sure about you, but sometimes I have found myself in a deep reflection such…

Guided By The Counsel Of God 

It is always God’s pleasure to guide His children in the best way that He has cut out for their life’s journey. He leads us step by step, day by day, into His glorious plan for our lives. He has promised to do so, and He is always faithful to His Word. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”…

Life In Christ

John 14:19b says, “Because I live, you also will live.”  As Christians, our entire life is predicated on living in Christ.  This life in Christ is also entirely based on how we see Christ.  In fact, the whole of John 14:19 reads “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” Because we are people of faith, we look unto Him and we see Him. He is already…

Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers, expectant mothers, future mothers, and the nurturing mothers out there. As a mother, the song that comes to my mind today is “When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He has done for me, my very soul shall shout hallelujah, praise God for saving me”. A mother might sing this song coming out of a trial, witnessing what the Lord had done for her through the years; seeing how their children…

Time With Christ

One thing the disciples of Jesus Christ did that made them the disciples we talk about today is that they spent time with their master.  They spent time with the one they followed.  Do we spend time with Christ?  How do we spend time with Christ? To become Christ’s disciples, we must spend time with Him.  Coming from Africa, I have always heard the saying that when a leaf stays long connected to soap then it also becomes soap.  Essentially…