Preaching Prosperity Is Very Scriptural


With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Proverbs 8:18 NIV

For those who say preaching prosperity is unscriptural, I beg to disagree. You can tackle the lack of balance and abuse in the approach of many preachers who preach prosperity, but to say it is unscriptural is another heresy. Don’t fall into heresy while trying to rebuke heresy.
One of the benefits of wisdom is prosperity. Abraham, God’s friend and the Father of faith was wealthy. Job, as righteous as he was was very wealthy. Mary and Martha, two of the women that were companions of Jesus, were wealthy. Prosperity is not evil at all in itself, only that when we preach prosperity we need to ensure people are pointed back to getting it while seeking first God’s kingdom and its righteousness. When people are taught to know the Lord and live for Him, they will be righteous and pleasing to God even while being rich and wealthy.

©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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My name is Ayanke, but people in this area called me Iyawo, because I was newly married and I did not have a child yet. I had to leave Atele town to join my husband here when we got married six months ago. Alagbe, my dear husband was a farmer, a successful one at that. And no, he did not use all these motos they call tractors, we hoped to get one soon though. There were always labourers who helped out on our farm; they got paid, of course, at the end of each day. We had a pickup van that transported produce from the farm to the market. I did not have to go to the farm all the time, because I had my own job. Don’t get me wrong, I fully supported my husband’s career and he fully did mine. But we both agreed while courting that I would continue practicing my art at the front of our house in marriage.

I made and sold shoes. I’m sure you weren’t expecting that. The people in this community weren’t either. They had expected a regular woman. I made fine shoes for young and old, male and female alike. In Atele, where my parents brought me up, it was not a sight to see a woman making shoes. And it was not uncommon to see women as blacksmiths and mechanics as well. It was also not a big deal to see a male hairdresser. But things were different here. Women were only known for selling at the market or helping their husbands on the farm.

Here in Akopa, only a handful wore shoes, not because they could not afford to buy them, but because they thought it was a waste of money.  I had already influenced our farm hands regarding that. They all wore flip-flops, which they bought from me, now.

There was a little girl who always took time to stop by my shop everyday, on her way home from school, to watch me make shoes. She was about eight and timid, but I bet she enjoyed watching me. One day she came around, a slight lilt to her gait. I discovered, as she made bold to tell me, amidst tears, that she stepped on a sharp thorn. I took her in and washed her feet, applied honey on the wound and bandaged it. Then I flagged down an okada, a commercial motor-cycle which conveyed us to the community’s health centre. The doctor gave her anti-tetanus injection. Then she whispered to me, ‘Iyawo, if I had shoes, I would never again walk barefooted, but my parents would not buy shoes for me. I never like walking barefooted, I have always admired shoes.’ I scooped her up in my arms and promised her I would see to that, for I had planned to give her some pairs from my mini foot-wear factory.

This story was first featured in a short story competition, organised by Eketi Edima Ette,  on Facebook 

©2014, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Goat Fight


I just saw a kid (baby goat) charging at an older sibling of hers now. The older sibling, who still cannot believe her mama weaned her and now has two other babies to cater to, keeps following her and the new kids around.

So, this kid got irritated and cocked back her head to give her big sister a warning. You need to see the look she gave her. That one got a bit scared and staggered back a little. Then she continued following. Baby sister wouldn’t have that nonsense again. Why should she be sharing their mama with them, this mama that is exclusively theirs? She charged at her and started fighting her away.

“Leave our mama alone.” She bleated.

“No, she is still my mama, and mind you, I am not your mate.” Big sister bleated as she fought back. But it was obvious she was somehow afraid of little sister. She would fight and then move back while her sister kept charging.

I was amused and smiled. I wondered how that kid could successfully intimidate her senior. Was she not even afraid of the difference in size? Then it occurred to me, confidence. It was that same confidence (spurred by a working relationship with God, this time around) that made tiny David face ogre Goliath and kill him. This same confidence was what made a cock, yes, a cock, fight off a dog in one viral video I saw sometimes. Confidence!

©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde


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Vulgarity Is Not Tush

The rate at which children of God use vulgar languages these days is quite alarming. Can we please go back to speaking like the royalty that we are? We are children of the King of all the universe and we are kings and queens under Him too. Should we then not choose our words carefully and seek to correct our ways where we have been wrong? Vulgarity is never tush.

1 Peter 2:9 GNB
But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.


Revelation 5:9‭-‬10 GNB
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to break open its seals.
For you were killed, and by your sacrificial death you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation, and race.
You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve our God, and they shall rule on earth.”

©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Yesterday, a woman was trying to emphasise a point and to do this she kept saying ‘Kò sówó, ko sówó’ (‘There is no money’). Those words sounded strange in my hearing. Of course situations are not always positive, but our words count in the face of those situations. Believe me.

I have had some things doing in Lagos for some time which demands that I move around hopping buses and crossing busy roads with high central reservation (in places where there are no pedestrian bridges). At a time I always complained with this statement, ‘Èkó àti wàhálà’ (Lagos and stress). (Truly, I have a good reason to say Lagos is stressful. I was not raised in Lagos and I lived and worked for a while in a city that in a way is similar to where I was raised. I was never used to the rigour of living in Lagos). I kept thinking and talking like this until one day it occurred to me that I had been confessing negatively. So I switched to saying ‘Èkó àti ìbùkún ẹ̀’. (Lagos and its blessings).

Two years ago, I went to visit my sisters in Ibadan. Now, Ibadan has a funny appellation: ‘Ìbàdàn n’lé Olúyòlé níbi t’ọ́mọ olè gbé ti n jàre olóhun’ (Ibadan, Oluyole’s land, where a thief is justified over whoever he steals from). I remembered those words when I knew I’d be going to see my sisters and I found myself musing over them and at the same time verbalizing them. Throughout my short visit, I continued to say them. I am a literary person, so those words amused me. On the day I was to leave, my sister saw me off to the park. It was necessary that we take two buses. Upon alighting from the first bus, we had to walk a little before we could join another bus. I had my backpack—which contained my netbook, phone, camera and some money—strapped to my back. While walking to where we would get the next bus, I wanted to use my phone, but I found the zip to where I kept it behind the bag open. I alerted my sister and we stepped aside to see if the phone was not stolen. Yours sincerely, my phone was gone including the money except for my camera which escaped the theft.

I was shaken. I went around with this same bag in Port Harcourt and in Lagos, Big brother Lagos, and no one dared do such a thing to me. How come this happened to me in Ibadan, Ibadan of all places? And what were angels doing when the scoundrel was busy stealing from me? Why did the Lord allow this? These were the questions ringing in my head. Later, the line I had been reciting about Ibadan was brought back and it occurred to me that I opened the door, though unwittingly, for the incident through my spoken words.

Although it is not every time that we experience ills that they are brought on us by our words, but several times negative things that happen to us come as a result of the careless words we speak both consciously and unconsciously or those spoken by others into our lives.

Your words count a lot. Don’t tell yourself that you’re stupid even if you act stupidly.


Correct yourself, but don’t confirm it. The fact that you make some mistakes does not make you stupid. For example, if I misplace something and I am searching everywhere for it, I don’t tell myself that I am careless. I say, ‘AY, you’re not careless, though you need to be more careful.’ I see many positive things in my life today and I remember one time or the other in the past that I had stubbornly confessed those things in my words. Now, they are manifesting.

Can I beg you? Please, even in the face of adversity, make sure the words that proceed from your mouth are positive. It doesn’t matter if you see the manifestation of those words yet or not. Keep saying them until they manifest. I understand there are some situations where it is stupid and unrealistic to speak good words. Speak them anyway, even if you have to do so amidst hot tears. Always remember that all things work together for good to THEM who love God and have been called according to His purpose.

The best source of good words is the Holy Bible. Meditate on the words therein day and night because they are alive (God will help us all to be very faithful to doing that) because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Confess the words.

But the Owner of those words may be mad at you for confessing His words if you do not please Him. And how do you please Him? By accepting the priceless gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who was crucified and buried but rose again and lives forever. Jesus came to save you from your sin and eternal damnation. Apart from eternal life that He offers, you have access to abundant life here on earth which is all encompassing. He will be with you in troubles, He will be your peace in the storm, He will be your constant friend when no-one cares. He will be everything to you.

#Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)
‘From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things, as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.’

# Romans 10:10 (NIV)
‘For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’

#Psalm 50:16
But to the wicked person, God says: ‘What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?

#Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

©2013, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Mr Green-Eye


To be realistic, as humans, we all have the tendency to be jealous or envious of others. It now behoves you as a person to master that tendency and deal with it. The green-eyed monster will always come around to tempt us, we are the ones that will resist him and put him in his place. Below are my thoughts on why we envy others:

*You don’t understand your uniqueness

If we understand who we are and how we are the best of our kind, we will celebrate others and still not feel bad about our own lives. Everyone is unique and special. Everyone has attributes that set him/her apart from others. Have you discovered your own uniqueness? If you have, do you live in it or you despise it?

**You have not defined your own path in life

If you have a well defined path for your life, you won’t feel intimidated or jealous when you see others succeeding in their own tracks. For instance, if you are an accountant and you know that you want to go all the way in that career path, you know all the exams you have to write and all the steps you have to take to achieve your career goals. It will be silly of you to feel bad when you see an educationist who is climbing his/her own career ladder and feel jealous. Even if it is another accountant, you still have your own lane to walk in. Stay in your lane.

***You have refused to develop yourself in your own track

Do you have any goals for your life? Have you discovered your talent(s)? Are you using it/them? Are you sharpening them? If you are not, that will not be anyone’s fault but yours. Deal with it. Rise up and take charge of your own life. Pursue your goals and develop your talents.

****We forget that no one has a perfect life

Wait a second! Do you realise that we all have ups and downs in life? Don’t be decieved by all the fine pictures we all post on social media. Think about it, you yourself, is it not your best moments that you capture and post online? We all have challenges, sweetheart, at one point or the other. Life is in seasons and each one of us goes through his/hers. So if you think everyone else is happy while you are the only odd one out, you have not listened to their stories. Get to hear their stories and your ears will tingle.

Be happy for others and celebrate yourself. Till your own garden and be happy. If everyone in the world will focus on being his/her best in his own unique walk, while enduring his trials, in life instead of thinking about pulling others down out of jealousy, we will have a better world.

Now, if you are a child of God and you realise you find it hard to celebrate others, out of jealousy, there is an easier way out. Remember I said earlier that we all have the tendency. If you honestly want to change and you don’t enjoy this wicked attitude, God will help you. Confess the terrible way you feel to Him, how you are envious of this person and you want the feeling to go away. Trust me, He will deliver you and renew your mind in that area and you shall be glad. (1John 1:8-10).

©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde


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A Word For Dads

Have you ever wondered why there are countless songs, poems and articles praising mothers while you barely find for fathers. I remember two or three years ago when I was helping someone search for songs suitable for Fathers’ Day. It was a Herculean task for me as it was not easy finding a song about fathers.

Most people all over the world hold their mums dearer to their hearts than they do their dads. The reason is obvious: mothers are the ones that sacrifice more, most of the time. They are more visible in their children’s lives; they understand more (or seem to), love more and care more. Many fathers claim they care too, and love their children as much as their mothers, but because they have to run around for money, they are not able to show their love. Well, that is not an excuse because love is a doing word, an action word. Your children can cherish you as much as they do their mum if you will simply get much much more involved.

Think about it, you most likely yourself hold your mum dearer and you don’t joke with her, compared to your dad. Would you then allow the cycle repeat itself in your own time as a dad? Carve out time for those kids! Play with them, laugh with them, do their assignments with them. Let them be free with you. Don’t be the type of father your children have to do series of rehearsals and do the cross sign before they talk to. You can be a disciplinarian and still be friends with them, it’s all about striking a balance.

Try sir, and very soon, they will be reading you poems they specially write for you. And who knows, your son or daughter might someday release a hit song that we all can score for Fathers’ Day every year, just because you choose to be an active and exceptional father.

©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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