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When I was Asked About Bible Study & Meditation

When I was Asked About Bible Study & Meditation
Tola’s Thoughts On Faith & Life

 

I get questions now and again from my email list. Sometimes, I get such a good question that the response more or less reads like a blog post.

I got one of those questions on Monday. After responding, I figured I should share it.

Perhaps you might catch a thing or two from it.

The Question 

Hi Tola,

Awesome stuff as usual.

Would you care to share tips on Bible Study and Meditation?

I seem to be having a good time with prayers, I could fast a lot more now and I see some spiritual gifts manifest in more powerful dimensions but I seem to have a struggle with bible study especially in the area of getting revelations from passages I study and being able to meditate on them. I get particularly ‘worried” when someone talks about a place I have probably just read in the bible (from my bible study plan) and they discuss it in such a way that makes it seem I didn’t read it at all. At a time, I was reading bible commentaries alongside the passages (Enduring word commentaries) but it takes a very long time and this could extend my quiet time to about two and half hours sometimes. Now, I try to use different translations of the bible.

Do you care to share tips around this?

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When You Find It Hard To Forgive

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Tola’s Thoughts On Faith & Life
Someone sent me a question recently. She had been struggling with forgiveness. She really wanted to let go but this was proving difficult. She was candid enough to let me know that she had read books and done an online class.
 
A part of me sort of felt intimidated – was I going to offer more than the better names she listed or would I add to the statistics.
 
But I reminded myself why I got into this gig. 
 
I got into this gig because I wanted to share with my friends on the internet (that’s you) whatever I was learning living out my faith in work, love & life.
 
And that is what I wrote for her.
 
Now I’m sharing it with you
 
I hope you find some value in it

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When God Doesn’t Want The Glory Alone

When God Doesn't Want The Glory Alone
Tola’s Thoughts On Faith& Life

I was listening to a pastor on youtube celebrate a significant milestone in the life of his church organization.


It was a milestone that took a lot of financial investment. As he reeled out the level of investment that had gone into achieving it – it was no small wonder.


He closed it up with this summation – THIS WAS DONE ALL THROUGH GOD’S HELP.


Listening to him, it sounded so right – God is getting all the glory. But a part of me felt a sort of tingle of emotions.


God did it through the generous contributions of the church members.


Would it serve the story less, if the generosity of these could be acknowledged?

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Why I Don’t Ask God To Reward Me When I Ask For Stuff

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Tola’s Thoughts On Faith & Life

During a discussion this week, in one of the faith-based NGOs I have served in a significant leadership capacity in the past, someone was trying to encourage more people to offer themselves to serve more in key leadership roles.

To do that, she referenced a couple of “good happenings” in the lives of previous people who served in leadership and made the “one plus one = two” narrative.

God rewards you with more significant “good happenings” after you serve in a significant leadership capacity within the NGO.

It’s a WhatsApp group so she took the time to list out the “good happenings” that happened in the lives of previous volunteers.

Well, I was one of them – and she added a couple of “good happenings” that happened to me to support it.

Well, I decided to respond. I’ll reproduce my response but edit out key references to place or people (but you’ll still get the gist of what I wrote).

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Why I Need People Who Keep Me Accountable

Why I Need People Who Keep Me Accountable
Tola’s Thoughts On Faith & Life

I just watched the interview by Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Tony Evans and main lead in the movie War Room) with Bob and Audrey Meisner.

After 17 years of marriage and a seemingly idyllic marriage admired by others but internally suffering from poor communication and a lack of communication, Audrey had an affair with a man from their church and was pregnant with his child.

By the way, they were pastoring a church.

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