The Gospel of Grace

Hi guys,

So, if you recall, I mentioned in my Deuteronomy post about a conference that my church had last week. It was amazing and I got to hear the Word of God from a wonderful pastor – Pastor Creflo Dollar. I had never heard him preach before and I had such a beautiful time and a clearer view on the Word of God.

I wanted to share some of what he preached with you guys – since I love you so much – and I thought the best way to do that will be to share the notes that I took on the first day I heard him preach. It’s a little all over the place but I think it makes enough sense and I hope you can get blessed from it.

Here goes…


One of the greatest bondage is people bondage – Bondage to what people think of you and what they say about you.

Grace is not a curriculum or a subject; it is a person and that person is Jesus. Ephesians 1: 16-21 (AMP)

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers; [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. And [I pray] that they eyes of your heart [the very centre and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human] and [far above] every names that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.

Not knowing or Lack of knowledge can cost you. Look at Hosea 4:6a (AMP)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal my will]…

Gospel is the grace of Christ. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (AMP). (As you read this, interchange gospel with grace. 

But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing; among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Men can’t see the grace that came by Jesus because they are blinded by the law that came by Moses.

We are living in a different dispensation; we are living in a dispensation of grace.

Romans 6:14 (AMP)

For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under the Law [as slaves] but under [unmerited] grace [as recipients of God’s favour and mercy].

Now, we live under the faithfulness of Jesus and it is for us to believe in that. He is the root and  we are the fruit bearers. We are no longer under the law.

There was a need for a second covenant because the age of the first one had passed. Look at Hebrews 8:7 (AMP)

For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one or an attempt to institute another one [the new covenant].

We could not live up to the first covenant.

The first one was based on our faithfulness, – if we do, God will do – The new one is based on God’s faithfulness.

The law is for people who don’t have Christ. The law was our babysitter until Christ came. Now, we don’t need the law anymore to guide us, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.

The law was for a different age. The law never made anything perfect. Check out Hebrews 7:19 (AMP)

(for the law never made anything perfect); while on the other hand a better hope is introduced through we now continually draw near God.

We are not supposed to live under the 10 commandments. There are over 600 laws, we can’t keep them. If you break one of them, you break all of them. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-7 (AMP)

Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God. He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the [letter of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, engraved in letters of stones [the covenant of the Law which led to death because of sin], came with such glory and splendour that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, [a brilliance] that was fading,

We can’t do it by ourselves and God was going to prove it to us. Exodus 19:8 (AMP)

All the people answered together and said, “We will do everything that the Lord has spoken.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.

[My understanding: When God gave the people of Israel his commandments, they were so sure that they would keep to it. But they couldn’t. As we have seen in the books of the Bible that we have covered, the people kept on sinning over and over again. The same with us. We can’t keep to the commandments and God proved to us that we can’t do it on our own. This is why he sent his Son, Jesus to die for us so that all our sins – past, present and future – will be completely wiped away. All you have to do is to believe in what He did for you.]

The veil of the 10 commandments is gone. – 2 Corinthians 3:14 (AMP)

But [in fact] their minds were hardened [for they had lost the ability to understand] ; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted , because it is removed [only] in Christ.

You are so focused on what you can do for God and not what He has already done for you.

The gospel of grace is not about believing in his faithfulness but in our believing in His faithfulness.


Music: The Box

Hi guys,

So, I was not really in a writing mood yesterday so, I didn’t get a chance to share some music as I always do on Saturdays. I am feeling better today and I love this song so much that I could not go another week without sharing.

So, I am absolutely in love with M.I. Abaga. I believe that he is the greatest African rapper of all time. Don’t throw tomatoes if you do not agree with me. It is how I feel right now. I have never heard any African artist spit the way he does and there might be some rappers out there that spit just as well or even better, but I haven’t heard them yet and so based on my experience and as of right now, he is the G.O.A.T. for me. This is not to say, there aren’t others who are great, it’s just that M.I. reaches me on a deeper level and I am in a different space when I listen to him.

The song I am sharing – The Box – is from his mixtape, Illegal Music 3 and it basically encourages artists to never let anyone put them in a box. This can also apply to anything you do. Don’t let anyone tell you that something cannot be done. We are made in the image of the Most High God and so we have it in us to do anything. Never limit yourself and never let anyone limit you.

The song features Pryse and CKay.

Hope you enjoy the song and let me know what you think.


The book of Deuteronomy

Hey guys,

Back at it again with the back at it again. I am happy to say that I am done with the book of Deuteronomy and I had a wonderful time reading. Coincidentally, I have been going for a conference in my church which has been so amazing. I have never really been much of a church conference person but I went for one night and I just had to keep coming back. I don’t think I have been to church so many times in a week before but it has been a real blessing. I got to listen to the word of God from an amazing pastor – Pastor Creflo Dollar – and honestly, in listening to him, I have had a clearer view on the word of God. I’ll write on what he preached in a later post.

Anyway, some of what he preached was on the laws of Moses which are the laws that God gave to the Israelites in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. He basically made clear that these laws was part of the covenant that was made with the Israelites and eventually after Jesus came, there was a new covenant because the age of the old covenant had passed and we are now in a time of grace. I won’t go much into this but I’ll make sure to share the notes that I took when I heard him preach with you all in a couple of days. I just wanted to give you guys a bit of a foundation.

So, let’s get into my thoughts on Deuteronomy.

So, basically, Deuteronomy contains a series of speeches that Moses gave to the Israelites. These were like the final days of Moses and so before he died, he had to remind the Israelites of all that the Lord had done for them and all that they had been through. So, keep that in mind as we go through it.

  1. The Lord will fight for you: So, in Chapter 1: 30-31, Moses basically reminded the people that God will always fight for them and they should remember how he brought them out from Egypt. In applying this to our daily lives, it is imperative to always remember all that God has done for you and when you are in times of despair, God will always be there and he will fight your battles. Remember that He is bigger than all your problems and He is bigger than all your battles so call unto Him and He will be there for you.
  2. Moses did not get to enter the promised land: So, there was a situation that happened in Numbers which I failed to mention in the Numbers post where Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. The people needed water and God told Moses to speak to the rock to bring out water but instead he struck it and he did so with anger and he took credit for the miracle. Now, due to this God told Moses that he would not get to enter the promised land. You know, reading this, I felt a little bad for Moses but then I remembered that God is omniscient – which means that he knows every thing. He knows our present, past and future. There is a chance that if Moses had entered the promised land, he might have done something bad and so God decided to take Moses out to first humble him and also for him to leave on a high note. To be fair, Moses got to go to heaven and so it still ended good for him. So, we need to understand that as humans, every now and then we need to be humbled by our Maker and also that sometimes we think we know but we don’t. There are situations where we want certain things to happen in our lives but it isn’t happening and we wonder why God isn’t answering us. We fail to realise that God sees the bigger picture; we are only limited to our past and present and sometimes we forget things. However, God knows everything and His time truly is the best because He is making sure that everything aligns perfectly.
  3. Sometimes God will give you things you feel you don’t deserve: There were a couple of verses in Deuteronomy that truly resonated with me. Deuteronomy 6: 10-11(GNT) says:

Just as the Lord your God has promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he will give you a land with large and prosperous cities which you did not build. The houses will be full of good things which you did not put in them, and there will be wells that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.

These verses spoke to me because there have been times in my life where I received things that I feel I didn’t work too hard for and instead of just thanking God for the blessing, I would beat myself up over it and brood over it because I felt like I wasn’t worthy. Now, I understand that when God says you are worthy, believe in your heart that you are.

4. God’s faithfulness is forever and it transcends generations: God is truly a faithful God. His faithfulness transcends generations. Deuteronomy 7: 9(GNT) says:

Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his command.

The Israelites were a stubborn people and they so often did things that upset God but he made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He was going to keep that promise no matter what. Moses said in Deuteronomy 9: 4 -6(GNT),

After the Lord has driven them out for you, do not say to yourselves that he brought you in to possess this land because you deserved it. No, the Lord is going to drive these people out for you because they are wicked. It is not because you are good or do what is right that the Lord is letting you take their land. He will drive them out because they are wicked and because he intends to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You can be sure that that the Lord is not giving you this fertile land because you deserve it. No, you are a stubborn people.

Let that sink in guys.:)

5. Tithing is important: You know, one of the things that the Lord has been revealing to me a lot lately is in the aspect of finances and tithing. I am not very good with money and so in a lot of things that I have read and listened to in the last couple of weeks; finances has really been a major point. Tithing is very important. One of the things that I learned from Pastor Creflo this week is that when you give your money to God, you are trusting him and “Trust is the currency of the Kingdom”. God honestly doesn’t need our money; He will still be God whether you give Him your money or not. It is more about Trust than anything. When you give God your money, you are telling Him that you trust Him and you are also investing into the kingdom of God. Remember that God is the one who provides you with everything you have and so when we tithe, we are telling Him that we honour Him and that we recognise what He has done for us. So, please remember to tithe – 10% of your earnings.

6. God got you: I am a worrier. A lot of times, I worry about things that I shouldn’t even be worrying about and sometimes, I find it difficult to just let God take control but it is something that I am working on. In Deuteronomy 29:3-6(GNT), Moses said to the Israelites,

You saw the terrible plagues, the miracles and the great wonders that the Lord performed. But to this day, he has not let you understand what you experienced. For forty years, the Lord led you through the desert, and your clothes and your sandals never wore out. You did not have bread to eat or wine to drink, but the Lord provided for your needs in order to teach you that he is God.

You need to remember that God is always watching over you and He will provide everything that you need; you just need to trust him.

7. Moses dies: So, Moses dies in the final chapter of Deuteronomy and I have to say that even though this happened, several several centuries ago, it still left me feeling kind of sad. You know, I have been reading about Moses since Exodus and in a way it feels sad that he didn’t get to enter the promised land but as I explained above, it was all God’s will and I go with that. You know, through the power of God, Moses was a major force in the history of the Bible. Chapter 34: 10-12(GNT) states:

There has never been a prophet in Israel like Moses; the Lord spoke with him face-to-face. No other prophet has ever done miracles and wonders like those that the Lord sent Moses to perform against the King of Egypt, his officials and the entire country. No other prophet has been able to do the great and terrifying things that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

This just shows how special Moses was and he was so special that God buried Moses himself. The Bible states that to this day, no one knows the exact place of his burial. Anyway, we will get a cameo from him in the New Testament (Stay tuned!)

So, before he died, God told Moses to basically hand the baton over to Joshua, son of Nun and so I am going to be starting the book of Joshua tomorrow. Apart from reading about the fall of Jericho, I don’t think I know much about Joshua and the events that took place when he was leading so, I am excited to read it.

Thank you once again for joining me on this journey. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am and I hope that you are also learning along with me. Please, let me know your thoughts on this below. I would love to hear from you and learn even more.

Till then, my darlings,


Dolly. ❤


Photo: Agape Church of Christ





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Quote of the day: by C. Joybell C.

So, I found this awesome quote today that encourages us to always know our value and our worth. It reminds us to be confident in ourselves and our amazingness. A lot of times, I go through moments where I lose confidence in who I am as a person because of what others might think or because I lose sight of the greatness that I am and I’m sure there are other people who feel the same way every now and again.

Hope this quote by C. Joybell C. be printed in our hearts so that we never forget who we are.

You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticise yourself; is a second of a life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.


We are Africans, not savages

When I was in secondary school, one of my teachers told us a story that I would never forget. She said that when she was younger, (this is pre-internet and pre-social media) she had a pen pal. Her pen pal was American – I believe – and they used to write letters to each other back and forth. They spoke about their lives and everything going on around them.

So, one day, her pen pal decided to come visit her in Nigeria. She was excited to see her and host her. So, her friend arrived in Nigeria and she was glad. When they got home and her friend opened her luggage, she saw lots of traps. When she asked her why she had so many traps, this lady said that it was because she thought we lived on trees and so she came prepared.

When I heard this story, I was shocked and taken aback at the pure ignorance. However, as offensive as it was, I did not get too upset because I wanted to believe that this lady is just ignorant because maybe she didn’t have access to enough information on Africa or anything like that.

So, it bothers me that in this day and age of serious science and technological advances, there are still people that believe that Africans are savages. A couple of months ago, I got seriously offended when rap group, the Migos came to Nigeria to perform and when they  shared their experience on their time there, they said this:

They were looking, they paid attention to everything that was going on. They knew word-for-word and their English wasn’t even that good

I like the Migos but I abhor their blatant ignorance for my country and its people. The way they spoke about us, you would think that we only started learning English two days ago. The way they spoke about us was so condescending to say the least.

According to an article written by BET in 2012, a survey showed that Nigerians are the most educated in the United States. According to another article written by Bloomberg in 2015, Census data also showed that the most educated immigrant group in the U.S. are Africans with 43% of African immigrants holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

So, you might want to check up on that Migos, since we don’t ‘speak English so good.’

The reason why I got so riled up today is because I just finished watching Basketball Wives and one of the cast members, Jackie Christie was going out with her friend Malaysia, to eat Ethiopian food. This woman had the nerve to say that, “Ethiopian, to me, sounds like an African Zumbable tribe, like the tribe where they’re in a forest and everybody is like naked and the women have like nipples and the men’s big dongs are hanging out…”

Girlll…you should have just said that you liked the food and kept it moving. This is a country that was has existed for several centuries and they do not live in forests or walk around naked. Again, it just irritates me sometimes that people can be so ignorant like that. I’m not going to act like there are things that I’m not ignorant about; there are but I try to ask questions or research on the internet when I do not know much about something.

So, it will be nice for people to just research more into who we are and our culture and what we are trying to build before making any assumptions. Yes, we have our flaws; So do many other places but the last thing that we are not, is savages.

My love affair with Gousto

So. I love food, you guys.

I love to satisfy my tastebuds with good food and I also love to cook. I am no Martha Stewart or anything and I’m definitely no food competition material but I can make a nice-tasting plate of food and I have never received any complaints from any one that has tasted my food.

So, I always love to follow recipes and I love to try new things. This is where Gousto comes in. I found out about Gousto a couple of months ago and so far, I have ordered two amazing boxes from them. Gousto makes cooking so fun as it comes with the ingredients and recipes to help cook in the kitchen. All you have to do is to go on the website, look through the menu and select the recipes you want and it will be delivered to your door.

I wanted to share pictures of the box with you guys so that you can understand how it comes. It is packaged very nicely and you feel like you are receiving a present when you get it.


In following the recipe cards, I was able to create two amazing dishes from it. I’ll be honest, I also added my own personal spices to the food just because I am used to putting them in everything and I found that the recipes allow you to make your own alterations where need be. Also, in some of the recipe cards, there are certain ingredients that you would have to provide yourself but they are usually things that you would find at home. For example, one of the recipes called for sugar which they didn’t provide but I had at home, so I just wanted to make you guys aware of that. Anyway, you would see it what is needed when you are getting your recipes on the website.

So, these were the dishes I was able to make. (P.S. Please forgive my pictures. I’m not the best photographer)

  1. Asian, Hoisin Meatballs, Sesame Cabbage: This was super easy to make and I really enjoyed it.IMG_0107
  2. Bacon & Courgette One Pot Pasta: Guys, I have to tell you, this dish was so delicious. I love pasta and noodles on any given day and the ability to make something different was one that I was very willing to take. I loved every part of it and it made my evening. 


Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you guys because as a food lover, I have really enjoyed using this and Gousto is totally nice because they always call to see how they can be better and how they can satisfy me as a customer.

I hope I was able to convince you to get a Gousto box but if you need more ginger, :), I can get you 50% off your first box. You would also be doing me a favour because if you use my link, I can get £15 off as well. This is the link:

So, let me know what you think.

Later, darlings . ❤





I have had a really difficult time transitioning into this next chapter of my life

Hi guys,

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. I spent the whole of last week gallivanting from city to city for the graduation of two of my wonderful friends. I had a really great time with them and unfortunately, when I am moving around like that, I find it really difficult to write. I am a person of routine, although ironically I don’t always keep to it but a lot of times it is important for me to be in a regular environment to be able to keep doing certain things that I do and writing is one of them. Any change in that order always leaves me a bit lost.

Anyway, that aside, as much as I enjoyed my friends’ graduations and as proud as I am of both of them, the ceremonies made me think about my life a whole lot.

You know, I have had a really difficult time transitioning into this next chapter of my life. The graduation ceremonies reminded me of the fact that I feel really stagnant right now and I don’t think I have ever really felt this way – I mean, I have had little flashes of it in the past but not like this. Point is, I am just not sure where I am headed right now.

I know that everyone has a different path and I shouldn’t really compare myself to others but honestly, it is hard to do so and I am just trying to just encourage myself in every way.

Anyway, I’m back now people and I am glad to be writing again for you all. I am going to be experimenting with a bunch of blog themes over the next couple of days just to see what works and what doesn’t. So, please stick with me as I try to figure it out and you can also let me know if you see one that you like but I just wanted to keep you all informed.


Till next time my darlings. ❤