Seeds or Harvests?

Seeds or Harvests?
Welcome to the series “Seeds or Harvests”, we delighted to share this exciting topic with you, in this topic we will borrow alot of agricultural concepts as it relates to bible truth and how it applies in our daily lives.

in this series we will focus on the following;

  1. What Seeds and Harvests is
  2. Similarities amd differences they have
  3. When to plant and when to Harvest
  4. Storage Focus verse
    “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
    1Kings 17:12

We hope you will follow along, your questions, comments and recommendations are always welcomed.

Good Morning, Have a great day ahead.

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

Yafe Ni(Forgive Me)

Duwara Dogara is a Jos based gospel artist that is presently working on a deluxe version of his 2019 released album “Let there be light”.

This song “Yafe Ni” is a prayer of repentance acknowledging how God remains faithful even in our unfaithfulness, the songs ends the joy involved in having a changed life and also a prayer of Thanksgiving.

LINK 1

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UAovQrkv8a7klj2edo751QrUjQBCFIb-/view?usp=sharing

Don’t just listen, download it and don’t stop there share it, thanks.

Tested by Fire

Conclusion

This series “Tested by Fire” had the objective of helping readers understand that a Test is used to measure the quality of work.

We have been able to see that Jesus is the only foundation we are meant to build on, and the quality of what we build would one day be tested 1Cor. 3:11-16.

This means that doing religious activities or good things for the sake of praise would not pass the fire test.

We also saw that testing can come as a trial to a believer, just like in the case of Job, He lost everything including His health, testing can come from family and friends also,

but the question is would you pass the test when it comes?

One key thing we need to understand is that failing the Test would not make you miss heaven if you are on the right foundation, but you would miss the reward meant for you when you get to heaven “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”” ROM. 2:6.

But why wouldn’t you want God’s reward?

One thing I would want you to start if you have not started is doing things out of purpose and not eye service because the bible says, their reward is paid in full,

““So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matt. 6:2.

Today starts questioning the good things you do to avoid getting a valuless reward from men as opposed to God’s.

Thank you much for finding time to read

By Duwara
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Tested by Fire 10

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Gen. 22:1-2

This story often reminds me about how some little children behave when you give them candy and immediately ask for it, they hide behind their backs, I marvel about how soon they forget the source of the sweet, is it lack of faith that they won’t get it back when they give you, I wonder.

Unfortunately, that is what we do to God often atimes, when God gives us anything and wants it back we fight back, we are bold enough to even ask the question “why me?” Huh!

Abraham waited for the promised child for more than 20years, only for God to want it back within a few moment, Abraham without questions, hesitation and any iota of doubt just carry on with the instruction hmmmm

“Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Gen. 22:3”

What kind of man was Abraham?

A man that has His footing planted on the rock and not things, and that is why He wasn’t shaken by the fire.

Abraham was Pure gold and God reaffirm his promises for him in Gen. 22:16-18″and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” “

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

Tested by Fire 10

Tested by Fire 10
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Gen. 22:1-2

This story often reminds me about how some little children behave when you give them candy and immediately ask for it, they hide behind their backs, I marvel about how soon they forget the source of the sweet, is it lack of faith that they won’t get it back when they give you, I wonder.

Unfortunately, that is what we do to God often atimes, when God gives us anything and wants it back we fight back, we are bold enough to even ask the question “why me?” Huh!

Abraham waited for the promised child for more than 20years, only for God to want it back within a few moment, Abraham without questions, hesitation and any iota of doubt just carry on with the instruction hmmmm

“Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Gen. 22:3”

What kind of man was Abraham?

A man that has His footing planted on the rock and not things, and that is why He wasn’t shaken by the fire.

Abraham was Pure gold and God reaffirm his promises for him in Gen. 22:16-18″and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” “

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

WHAT WE SHOULDN’T DO TO NIGERIA

Over the years I have read different articles about Nigeria, with different views and opinions about the state of the nation, I have also written articles and two songs to mark Inpendence which are; Niaja, Dan Nigeria.

Independence is supposed to be a day to celebrate the achievements of a nation after it gained freedom but it is not always the case in Nigeria, I am yet to meet an excited Nigerian apart from those benefiting directly from Nigeria (“the National Cake”).

The focus of this article is what we shouldn’t do to Nigeria, last year I wrote about what we should do to Nigeria.

Firstly, Let’s establish the fact that Nigeria as a Nation is not where She is supposed to be.

Now, that we have established that let’s drive into our focus.

As citizen of this great Nation, what do you think contributed to where we are today?

Today some of the big issues militating the Nation are corruption, banditry, attacks, poor maintenance culture, and unaccountability.

All these issues started from the grass roots and where nurtured by political, religious and tribal interest.

As a citizen of this great Nation you shouldn’t be part of corruption in your everyday dealings, if you are a business person do it without unnecessary inflation of prices or deceit, if you are a white collar worker or in the civil service, avoid the use of office resources for personal gain or any form of corrupt practices.

As a youth avoid any form of drug abuse, love academics avoid malpractices, avoid cultism and any form of vices, remember also to live modestly and look decent at all times.

I have adopted something for a while now, anytime I find myself in public places(transport, markets, banks etc.) and people are discussing the state of the nation I avoid making contributions, this is why, the discussions are normally full of disappointments, about those handling the affairs of the nation especially Mr. President, I see that as a negative energy hovering around the citizens and if we don’t stop that it will get to us and when we get there we will carry same energy and rule.

Now lets see what the bible says about authorities;
1Peter 2:13-15 ” Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.”

This is the word of God about our place as citizens, not to insult the authorities, the question of if the election was rigged or not is between them and God.

The Nigeria I knew as a child was the kind that all my Neighbors brought their food outside and we ate varieties every evening, a Nigeria where anytime am going out I drop keys with my Neighbors, a Nigeria where in my primary schools days most times I pass through people selling fruits with my uniform they give me fruits, where my Taylor in primary school made new uniforms for me because we carry thesame name.

Wow such a beautiful Country, what happened to her, is it age? No for a nation 60years is still in babyhood.

Am optimistic one day we will wake up to a beautiful Nigeria.

I want to also use this opportunity to congratulate Governor of Borno Babagana Umara Zulum for a selfless Governance towards a better Nation, hmmm atlast something good came out from Borno since Boko Haram inception, I am also extending this to any good leader from the family upto the presidency.

By Duwara
Happy Independence Day
#GodHasAbetterIdea
Graphics by one of my graphic student, Hope

TESTED BY FIRE 9

God’s word holds lot of promises to those who indulge in its truth (2 Cor 1:20). Sometimes the fire that we pass through is so we can see for ourselves that God’s word stand true and flawless (Psalms 19:1-11) regardless our circumstances and situation.

Test and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8), His promises are ye and amen (2 Cor 1:20). He shall keep to the promise He has made to his loved ones.
The trying of our faith (James 1:1-4) yields for us a far more exceeding glory (2 cor 4:17) and we are brought even more closer to him as we learn to depend on his word for all that pertains to life and Godliness.

We therefore need to maintain a Joyful attitude of Thanksgiving when we pass through diverse temptation for we know God is treating us as sons (Heb 12:7) and build us through the word we received of him.

It is able to build us and give us an inheritance among them that are sanctified (Acts 20:32).

We should know that those who went before us went through similar ordeal but have counted God as faithful.

Therefore let us by the same spirit of faith say; the Lord is with me , He will never leave me nor forsake me.
Sometimes what we go through or why we go through stuff doesn’t really matter. What really matter is that we saw God in it, Job saw God through his pains.

Fire reveals us as God’s Sons and Daughters of the kingdom.

By Jeremiah Dawus
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SEXUAL CONSENT OBTAINED FROM A MINOR; WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

We’ve known each other way back. Edward was a neighbor and also a family friend. He did come visiting or to mingle with my elder brother; Pisto though he was a bit older than Pisto.

We use to call him uncle Eddy. I was only fourteen years when I began to notice his masculine biceps, deep voice and beards. At this point he was already in the university and in his early twenties.


I got fond of uncle Eddy that I anticipate when he will show up. We may not necessarily talk, but there was this joy getting to see him. Sometimes I will shy away from where ever he was and hide. I will stare at him unnoticed from the kitchen; I really didn’t know what was happening to me.


I will think of him before I sleep and the first thing in the morning when I wake up. He was quite smart and intelligent. He has helped me with my mathematics homework a couple of times. He also had this great sense of humor, but that might have been because I was just into him.


On my fifteenth birthday, he came around as usual. Fortunately, the heavens smiled at me. He seemed to noticed how beautiful I am. In his words “wow, you have grown into a big girl now, see your fine shape.” This was the highlight of the day for me.


The next day he came over and I was the only one at home: I had just returned back from school. My parents were still at work and I didn’t know where my elder brother went to. His visit seemed to be calculated.


I welcomed him in: we sat in the living room. I felt so uncomfortable especially with the way he was looking at me. We sat at opposite ends and both pretended to be watching the television. Honestly, I was lost in thought. I watched him approach me to where I was sitting. At this point I already had goose pimples.


He sat close to me and wrapped his right hand around my shoulder. I turned mute, I was stuttering, couldn’t say “no nor yes.” He noticed how tensed I was and laughed hysterically in a bid to lighten up the atmosphere.


The smell of his perfume was disarming; his gimlet stare to and fro my face and middle body raked my bone marrow. His eyes were like furnace arousing deep affection: I was already palpitating. He placed his right hand on my chest and told me not to fear. He assured me that he was not going to hurt me.


At this point, my guards became loose. His static telling look was occasionally interrupted by the sound of the television. He told me how he had noticed me for a while now and how he had tried to act normal but couldn’t help it and that he has fallen in love with me. He said he knows the feeling is mutual and I have grown enough to be able to take my own decisions.


This ushered us into a new era; the beginning of the end. He promised to keep this a secret. I will sneak out of the house to visit him and other times abscond from school.

I actually looked at him with mixed admiration especially that I was becoming deviant at home, absent minded and losing interest in school. My conscience was jabbing me in the neck but I rested in his promises that he loved me and will never leave me nor forsake me… “hahaha!”


On this day, I watched him unclothe me while I grinned sheepishly. I only became sober upon the spill of blood. At this point I realized I have been disvirgined by my very own Uncle Eddy. I cried and watched him with disgust. Sagely, he talked me into believing that, that was the consolidation of our love and that everyone is doing it.


My mum noticed the behavioral change I was exhibiting; talked to be but off course, she doesn’t have the facts so I will give her a confuse stare as though she was speaking a language I do not understand and shrug away. I did same to my class teacher who attempted talking to me. Only Anita my friend was in the light of what was happening to me. She will sometimes cover up or assist me sneak out of school.


Weeks later… I started having this feelings of being sick. I was obsessed with Eddy that I didn’t realized I had missed my monthly flow for over two months. I became sullen: The body changes were becoming evident. I took ill and was taken to the hospital. Upon diagnosis and test, It was discovered with rude shock and dismay by my parents that I was pregnant.


This introduced me into the university of reality; especially that Eddy was nowhere to be found. This was the first time I saw my Dad shedding tears. He was speechless the whole time. He is actually not a man of many words. I could not read the uncertain expression on my mother’s face. Seems I was mightily deceived or maybe Eddy is not man enough to take responsibility or that he was afraid and flee. But he left without a hint of apology or respect…hmmm!


I was on a dignified road to depression, not to talk about the shame I have brought to my family. My school had hit the snooze button. I could only trust God to take the helm. I fell into a good grief and a mess in a world of promise. I am now a teenage mother and also a secondary school drop out.


With the little wit left, I kept hope alive. Though panned out but we move.

Such a hazy recollection my premature love experience!

AGE OF CONSENT
There is such a thing as age of consent for carnal knowledge. Recently, conversations and activism against rape has been intense especially due to recent events and occurrences. However, the emphasis seemed to be on forceful penetration and the absence of consent.


WHAT IS THE POSITION OF THE LAW ON CONSENT GIVEN BY A MINOR?
The age of consent under the Nigerian Law is 18. Suffice is to say that sexual consent from a person below 18 is null and void.


Section 31(3)(a) of the Child’s Rights Act 2003 states as follows “where a person is charged with an offence of (unlawful sexual relations with a child) under this section, it is immaterial that the offender believed the person to be of or above the age of eighteen years.”


Whilst this provision doesn’t expressly mention this fact, an implied reading of section 31 outlines 18 years as the bench mark for determining an adult and a minor. In essence, if the law is unconcerned about the consent granted by the minor or the wrong perception of the victim’s age, it therefore upholds the 18 years as the age of consent.


The Matrimonial Causes Act is silent about the age of marriage or consent but simply mentioned marriageable age. Section 3(1)(e) simply states that a marriage is void if any of the party is bellow a marriageable age.


In like vain, section 18 of the Marriage Act stipulates the minimum age for consent for marriage to be 21. Conversely, section 18 of the Child’s Rights Act stipulates the minimum age to contract a valid marriage as 18.


The differences in the provisions of these laws is an academic exercise especially because the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is silent about it. However, it is pertinent to know that the age of sexual consent under the Nigerian jurisprudence is 18 years.


A collective reading of these provisions pari pasu the provisions The Sexual Offences Bill passed in 2015 by the National Assembly gives us a safe landing. Section 7 stipulates life imprisonment to any person convicted of having sexual intercourse with a minor.


All being said, a person should not seize the vulnerability, ignorance or exuberance of these teenagers and strike. It is simply put; unfair, opportunistic and inconsiderate. With your untamed emotions and lust you visit these young ones with untold grief.


Huncle, allow that young girl in your neighborhood to grow. If you can’t help her at least don’t harm her!

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