INCREASE IN WISDOM 4

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 NKJV

It’s a great day Dear Worshipper, it’s such a great delight to come your way this week… I believe you have been doing great thus far.

As this month begin to wind down I trust you have been basking in God’s wisdom…

The wisdom from God is first of all pure, then peaceful… Let’s see what the Bible says about Godly wisdom in James 3:17-18 NKJV
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Here, read what the message version says here…
“Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.”
James 3:17‭-‬18 MSG

Exuding Godly wisdom most times looks foolish, where earthly wisdom says “seek revenge” Godly wisdom says “vengeance is mine, I will fight for you, hold your peace” Where earthly wisdom says “time waits for no one” Godly wisdom says “He make all things beautiful in His time” Where earthly wisdom says “go ahead of God, He seems slow, he will meet up on the way” But Godly wisdom says ” He will instruct and lead you in the way that you should go”

What does the Bible say about Earthly wisdom? Let’s see from the Message Translation…
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”
James 3:13‭-‬16 MSG

The TPT version also blesses me and I know it will bless you too. See here…

“If you consider yourself to be wise and one who understands the ways of God, advertise it with a beautiful, fruitful life guided by wisdom’s gentleness. Never brag or boast about what you’ve done and you’ll prove that you’re truly wise. But if there is bitter jealousy or competition hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony. For that has nothing to do with God’s heavenly wisdom but can best be described as the wisdom of this world, both selfish and devilish. So wherever jealousy and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles and every kind of meanness.”
James (Jacob) 3:13‭-‬16 TPT

Dear Worshipper, do you want to be seen as one who is filled with Godly wisdom?
Then let your life and daily conduct be void of pride, envy, bitterness, strive, jealousy, selfishness and evil thoughts, sincerely, it’s high time you outgrow these things, they don’t bring Glory to God…

When you are leading the people of God in songs remember that beyond what mere Men may see, God looks at your heart and not your good looks or your dexterity. The wisdom there is for God to be seen and not you…

Another Wisdom there, is to be punctual, professional, accountable, dependable, and flexible.
Having at the back of your mind that Structure and Order are one of the essentials to giving your very best to God.

Another wisdom here is to check your motive and that of your team… Be sure it’s right and not for self glorification… No matter the excellent delivery of your ministrations if the motive is wrong, then God is not Glorified, you have only just finished entertaining the audience.

Remember, the wisdom from God is first pure then peaceful. Anything you want to engage in as a Worshipper of God and your hearts isn’t peaceful about it. You may have to check it very well before engaging. Not all opportunities are God given ones, not all open doors are from God no matter how clean it looks or sounds. We need the wisdom of God to navigate life as ministers in songs.

Let me share a few things here…

  1. As Worshipper stay away from gossip, pride, jealousy, being cunning… It devalues you. Instead, stay simple, transparent, approachable, show Love and be compassionate…
  2. Don’t be Discouraged.. Others may not understand your Godly disposition, you may sometimes be called weak… But never drop the ball as long as you know within you that you are on course with God. Encourage yourself like David did…
  3. Face your front, stay on your lane, no one is running with you, you are running your own race, stay focused, be deliberate about your God given assignments the way Jesus Christ did, he wasn’t pressured he ensured that everything scripted for him was fully acted out without omission. His eyes was on the goal.
    Do same Dear Worshipper, there are lots of distractions out there fighting for a place in your space… Don’t give in.

Above all keep increasing in Wisdom just as Jesus Christ did and He found Favour with God and Men.

It’s my prayer that as you increase in wisdom you will walk with divine favour with God and men in Jesus Christ name Amen.

Hope you have been blessed? Would love to read from you too in the comment section…
Enjoy a week filled with Favour…
Till I come your way again. You remain Blessed and a Blessing.

©️ Elizabeth Ola
Fresh Olive Music

ASK GOD!

INCREASE IN WISDOM 3

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 NKJV

ASK FOR WISDOM FROM GOD

“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you.” James 1:5

It’s a great day Dear Worshipper, thank you for dropping by, may this new day and week bring about great increase in all you lay your hands upon to do.

Are you in a place or environment where you feel you lack Godly wisdom? And it seems you have no clue as to what to do at different times you come face to face with situations? Or you are leading a team that looks difficult to lead by reason of their behavior?
Hmmm… I have been there too

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

THEN ASK THE LORD GOD…

Guess what!

He will give it without discrimination. He won’t even haunt you down for your past mistakes and errors.
He is just so Glad to see that you are seeking His wisdom so as to live life wisely in HIS TRUTH.

Dear Worshipper, in this new week, I encourage you to ask God, the giver of wisdom unashamedly.

You need the Wisdom of God…

  1. To be distinguished
  2. To be productive
  3. To impact your mind with creative abilities to solve problems and to do exploits
  4. To have Heaven’s direction in all of your affairs.

The way of wisdom offers not only a better destination which is heaven, but also offers a better journey. It is certainly not an easy road, but it is a safe and joyous one.
Hence, the need for us to constantly ASK FOR WISDOM FROM GOD.

Let me add this in Beloved…
The wisdom of God is all around, you only need to be sensitive.

Listening to others help you gain wisdom,
When you ask God for wisdom, he opens your eyes to see clearly what you have been staring at or what has been confronting you, maybe an issue that seems to defy human wisdom or ability and perhaps you have no clue to solving them.


God gave Joseph the wisdom not just to interpret King Pharaoh’s dream but to profer solution to the dream the King had. This act saved the entire land and it’s province from lack and want and reunite him with his Father, Brothers and the rest of His family.

Why don’t you go ahead now and ask the Lord for wisdom.

Wisdom that will distinguish you.

Wisdom that will make you productive.

Wisdom that will set you up for greatness…

It is my prayer that As we sincerely ask HIM. He will not withhold from us all in Jesus Christ name Amen.

I love and celebrate you always.

Have you been Blessed? Sure you have been Blessed. Looking forward to reading from you.

Have a Great Week ahead.

Elizabeth Olaniyi-Ola
Fresh Olive Music
Worshippers Tribe

CLARITY

INCREASE IN WISDOM 2

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 NKJV

Dear Worshipper, trust we are doing great and thank you for dropping by here on my page. It is my prayer that the word of God will be expanded in our hearts.
Still focusing on INCREASE IN WISDOM this February.


I have come to understand that for us as Child of God, in order for us to grow and increase in wisdom just as Jesus did in the above scripture, is to have CLARITY.

Jesus Christ had Clarity of His Purpose and His Assignment. He understood and had firm grip of the reason He came to the World.
He didn’t fulfill his assignment immediately he was born, or when he was a teenager and young adult, there were choices people were kind of making for him, choice of what to wear, how to shave, when to go out, how to communicate, how to help his earthly parent in the kitchen (since he was first born to His virgin mother), there were lots of noises around him but the noise didnt make him loose focus of his identity and assignment not even the thought of the depth of the suffering He will encounter could make him mess up the entire Salvation Plan. However in all of these, He grew in Wisdom and Stature and He found favour with God His Father and Men.

Let me share with you one or two things Clarity does….

Here’s what Clarity does,

1. Clarity will cause you not to be Men Pleasers but God pleaser. “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34

we always have the choice to either please God or please the crowd. And when the two stand opposed to each other, it’s important for us to learn to choose God over people, feelings and desires.

2. Clarity erode distraction.
We are constantly tempted to pull away from our focus on Christ and the assignments before us, as a result, we often find ourselves being tossed to and fro by the concerns of life. Truth be told, distraction is a purpose killer.

It is important we fix our gaze on Jesus and be intentional about our assignments in life.

Look”Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” Psalm 34:5

There’s a script written and handed over to us by God before we were born that has to be acted out to the letter, the wisdom
here is not to loose focus, else the scripts will be messed up.

It is my earnest prayer that as we look to him, we will be God pleasers, we will increase in all Godly wisdom, having clarity and walking/working with deep understanding of our identity in Jesus Christ name.

This year I am keen to ensure that my time and effort is going to all the right places to deliver the right results for me. And I must ensure by God’s Grace to continue to grow and increase in wisdom.

Is this your resolve as well? I am sure it is.
Let’s go out there and impact our World for good.

I love and celebrate you always. Thank you.

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INCREASE IN WISDOM

Dear Worshipper, Welcome to the month of February, we made it in and all Glory we give to God Almighty…

It’s the month of INCREASE IN WISDOM in this year 2021 of SUPERNATURAL INCREASE as Fresh Olive Family and I am glad and privileged to share with us God’s mind as we go in the course of the month…

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”.
Luke 2:52 NKJV

It is important we know what wisdom is important in order to be increased by HIM.
Wisdom is not intelligence neither is it gotten from textbook, knowledge is not even enough to make you wise without correct and accurate application. Wisdom is not just about knowing what’s good for you, but applying that knowledge into your everyday life and when you do that, you then know that you are truly wise. For instance, the wisdom to stay and keep fit is to exercise and stay off junk food, another example is that one of the wisdom to good vocals on stage is having the right posture and taking care of your voice, if you only know these things without applying it to your life, will simply be foolishness…


What then is Wisdom?
Wisdom is the capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective.

It is also the correct application of the knowledge of what you know.

First of all, as Worshippers we must understand that the beginning of Wisdom is the Fear of God, I love what TPT translation says in Proverbs 9:10
“The starting point for acquiring wisdom is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God. To receive the revelation of the Holy One, you must come to the one who has living-understanding”.
Proverbs 9:10 TPT

We truly desire to walk in wisdom, to increase in wisdom, to deal in wisdom, to know things, to have right answers, oftentimes, it’s not always so clear what to do or say or when to say or do it.
The question now is Where can we obtain wisdom?
📍 The Word of God is the first place to turn to, the Bible, in it has all it takes for us to increase in wisdom in every spheres of our lives.
As we get to know His Word, our relationship with God deepens, we see its delight, we grow in wisdom and we understand what it means to follow Him.

To increase in wisdom is to know God’s word and to seek His counsel for every area of our lives. It’s important to do this, not just when things are difficult alone, but equally so when things are good and cruising.

Knowing the word of God instills in us confidence, with His presence in our lives and the comfort it brings. God isn’t always going to provide an immediate answer and most times not in the way we want it, but by searching Him out through the Word of God can help us act in a wise way.


I encourage us to get down with the Word of God if we must increase in the wisdom that comes alone from God so that we know Him much more and His will for our lives.

Let me leave you with these 2 scriptures to meditate on till I come your way again…

Your commandments are my counselors; your word is my light and delight!
Psalms 119:24 TPT

The starting point for acquiring wisdom is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God. To receive the revelation of the Holy One, you must come to the one who has living-understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 TPT

God Bless and have a Fantastic Wisdom-Filled Month…
I love and celebrate us all.

I believe you have been Blessed, kindly do leave a word in the comment session below. Thank you immensely.

Blessings

FRESH AND FLOURISHING


They shall be fresh and flourishing. Psalm 92:14

Dear Worshipper, Psalm 92 begins with a commendation of praise: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” Good for who? Good for you and me. It does our soul a world of good to turn from anxious thoughts and fill our days with prayerful praise; good to greet each morning with songs of thanksgiving, for such praise makes us glad. It lifts us out of gloom and replaces our sadness with cheerful songs at the “works of HIS hands” (v.4). The work He is doing in us!

Here’s one of my most cherished metaphors: “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (vv.12-14).

Palm trees are symbols of towering beauty, symbol of longevity of life. The cedars is of unbending strength, the cedar tree is up to 130 feet in height and 30 feet in circumference, These are the characteristics of those who have been “planted in the house of the Lord” (v.13). Their roots go down into the soil of God’s unquenchable love.

Do you think your usefulness to God is over maybe by reason of your age? Continue in God’s Word, rooted and grounded in Christ, drinking in His love and faithfulness. Then, no matter your age, you will bear fruit and be “fresh and flourishing.”

It is my prayer we will grow deeply rooted in the things of God, living a Righteous life in Jesus Christ name Amen.

Let’s have a flourishing Week 💕💕💕

Never Stop Praying…

“Never stop praying.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT
Dear Worshipper, When our thoughts seems to turn into worry, fear, anxiety, discouragement and perhaps anger. Beloved, we are to consciously, intentionally, deliberately and quickly turn every thought into prayer and Thanksgiving.

Last week had been a trial of faith for me in ways I never could imagine. From someone breaking the windscreen of our car in the compound and no one owned up to doing it, to other things I am not at liberty to share just yet, I mean each day of last week was a test and without celebrating myself, but giving God the Glory, He saw me through because it couldn’t have been by my power but by His Spirit who kept encouraging and speaking peace into my heart… Though I cried  because they were painful experiences,  you know…
Worshippers don’t joke with your prayer altar,  Thanksgiving, study of the Word and doing His will always, we aren’t doing what we are doing for man alone to see, ultimately we are doing all we do to the Glory of God so that He might be glorified through Jesus Christ…
It is my prayer that we will keep experiencing God’s love and encouragement always as we keep our focus and gaze on HIM in Jesus Christ name Amen.

Let’s have a Great Thursday…

Welcome August

Welcome to August Beloved, it’s such a great joy to see the eight month of this peculiar year… Yes! It’s a peculiar year, God has been so Faithful and we shouldn’t take it for granted, hence, GRATITUDE.

I encourage you to let your gratitude be much more this season,Why? You may ask, It’s because we have so much to be grateful to God for, it could have been worse you know… In it all His Love remains steadfast

I pray that as you make gratitude your default mode this season, may the Lord make you plenteous in all things that pertains to life. The favour of God shall abound towards you in good measure and you will move forward physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially.

The Lord will call you out of need and extreme lack to a place of abundance. He will break up your fallow ground and settle you on the green side of life. Every dry seed in your hand will receive the power to perform and blossom. Trouble and affliction of any kind shall not break forth from the gate of your dwelling. The covenant of peace and well being shall find perfect and full expression in your tabernacle.

You will experience the extra ordinary on ordinary days of this month, God will bring you face to face with destiny changing events that will mark out your life for good. The greater one in you will strengthen the walls over your substance and treasures. You will be blessed in the basket, in the store and in the fruits of your body. This month, you will no longer wonder in circles. The Lord will make everything green and beautiful around you and out of you shall flow rivers of joy and great peace.

Do enjoy this Beautiful Month filled with Laughter and Rejoicing…

I celebrate you. Enjoy God…

OUT WITH THE OLD

Release the old that You are holding on to!
Let go of the past failures, disappointment, hurts, pain and much more… Embrace the fresh new beginning that God is making for you today because GOD’s mercies are new everyday!

*I declare OUT with the OLD and IN with the NEW in your life in the name of JESUS CHRIST Amen!*

Blessed Morning to you and do have a marvelous Week.
Enjoy God.☘️☘️☘️

© *Elizabeth Olaniyi-Ola*img_20200713_013155_549

FRESH BEGINNING

FRESH BEGINNING…

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice & be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

This Bible passage got me thinking about a couple of things. Especially because sometimes in a gathering you hear “Father we thank you for the gift of another new day we haven’t seen before… ”

FIRST, each day is a new opportunity and a fresh beginning to do what we didn’t or couldn’t do yesterday, although it could be filled with things we cannot anticipate or didn’t even prepare for. Therefore, it’s important that we recognize our limitations and lean heavily on God intentionally and deliberately choosing to live in His grace & strength rather than relying on our own resources alone.

The SECOND thing that occurred to me is that the newness of each day is a gift worth celebrating. Perhaps this was what prompted the psalmist to declare, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”

Of course, we face many unknowns and some could be difficult and overwhelming. But the treasure of each brand-new day is so special that Moses was led to write, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” in Psalms 90:12…
Every new day is a precious gift and opportunity of a fresh start.

May we thankfully embrace each day with confident, trust and humble celebration in Jesus Christ name Amen.

THIRDLY, Each new day gives us a fresh beginning and new reasons to Praise our GOD.
As we wake up each day, let us remember that Life is a gift and it is important we make good use of the gift God has given us… Give thanks to God and then make each day count.. God bless us all…
IT’S A FRESH BEGINNING. ENJOY GOD.

©️Elizabeth Olaniyi-Ola

Five Common Rehearsal Killers

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1I am a big believer in short, effective, enjoyable rehearsals. They should be short because you want to honor your volunteers’ time. They should be effective so that you actually accomplish something. And they should be enjoyable so that your musicians (and tech crew) look forward to them and want to come back.

In my experience, there are some common mistakes I’ve made, that I suspect other worship leaders make as well, that kill rehearsals. here they are:

1. Rehearse every song in full
There are certain songs your musicians know well enough to play in their sleep. If you’re confident in their confidence, you are well within your rights to say “do we all know this song? Yes? OK, great. Let’s skip it.” They will thank you, and you will have just saved five minutes.

2. Get bogged down in the mud of opinions
You want to make sure…

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