He Sees The Tears That No One Sees

20 Feb
God sees.He sees the tears that no one sees.
He sees the battles we fight behind our smiles.He honours our selfless obedience to encourage others when we ourselves are in desperate need of encouragement.He sees it all.

I want to encourage you to find hope and comfort in the Almighty God who knows the end from the beginning. The one who allows us to pass through trials, knowing that it will strengthen us when we rest in His strength. He begins when we end.

As I write this I weep not only for my trial but for those like me who sometimes feel like though they pour out to the masses, no one is there to understand or bear their burdens. Those who feel like they are constantly carrying their problems and also the problems of others.

But realise that we have the liberty of casting all our burdens on Jesus and that is a choice. Holding onto your burdens will not change the fact that Jesus already died for them. His blood was shed so that we might live and live abundantly. Not simply to be abundant in the physical with material things, but abundant in our spirits, in ALL seasons.

Abundant Joy is your portion in the midst of your trial.

Abundant Peace is your portion in the midst of the storm.

Abundant Hope is your portion when things look hopeless.

Abundant Faith is your portion when you want to give up.

Abundant Love is your portion when you experience hate.

downloadSometimes you just have to encourage yourself, other times you need to smash down the wall of pride and actually ask others to pray for you.

So here I am asking you to pray for me and if you need to reach out to someone now to pray for you, then do it!

Transparency is your weapon.

It’s through my transparency that I can encourage you. Your transparency will encourage others and lead them to their breakthrough.

It’s through my transparency that I can expose and shatter the plans of the enemy with prayer. Your transparency silences the enemy, He has no hold over what has been exposed in prayer.

My message ahead of the weekend is:

  • Take comfort in the fact that God sees everything, He is omnipresent.
  • Cast all your burdens…withholding nothing! His blood paid for it all.
  • Encourage yourself, but also get others to pray for you.
  • Transparency is your weapon.

I love you all! God bless and keep you!

Still have so much to share on this, but I’ll save it for the next newsletter! 

— Kanayo Dike-Oduah
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Verse To Meditate On This Week

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

- Psalm 55: 22

 

Upcoming Events in February and March

5 Feb

Hey friends! Get your diaries out, here are a few upcoming events!

March

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February!

Events Are In Chronological Order

SOUL SAKESoul sake 2

DATE: 07/02/2015

TIME: 5:30-8PM

LOCATION: CROYDON

Three simple words “HAVE YOUR WAY” can change your life forever.
We need to surrender ALL to God and allow Him HAVE HIS WAY in our lives.

 

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DATE: 07/02/2015

TIME: 5-9PM

LOCATION: NORTH LONDON

Are you in a relationship, courting, engaged or even divorced? Well this is not the event to miss! Come and receieve something special from amazing women from all different walks of life. Ladies it’s time to work on ourselves, our callings and our purposes!

Register here

VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL: SINGLES SEMINAR

LOCATION: KHARIS MINISTRIES

DATE: 14/02/2015

TIME: 12-4PM

Calling all singles! Whether you are waiting or courting come and join us on Saturday 14th February, 12pm-4pm.
eventThis promises to be our best event yet as we bring you another Singles’ Seminar.

The seminar will feature teaching, counselling sessions, a chat show with a twist and our popular Q&A session with Rev Dr David Antwi. Come and learn how to build good foundations for courting and for your future marriage!

Not to be missed ! FREE admission. Refreshments provided.

RELATIONSHIP MATTERS CONFERENCEevenr

DATE: 22/02/2015

TIME: 3-6:30PM

LOCATION: Hilton London Tower Bridge

The conference is free however spaces are limited. CAPACITY EXTENDED on a first come first serve basis.

Register now to secure your place!

Strengthening relationships with separate workshops for married couples, courting and singles, networking and joint sessions for all.

UPC 2015 

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A branch of Bright Serenity set to empower University Students and Prospective University Students across the UK!
Attention all university Christian union/society/fellowship leaders and members. UPC are planning our Semester 2 tour!

We’ve been to:
✔️Cardiff (South Wales)
✔️Essex
✔️Surrey
✔️Hull

Will your university be next?

YOU DECIDE!

Let your CU and Campus fellowship leaders know!

Email us at upc@brightserenity.co.uk or me at kanayo@brightserenity.co.uk

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The Daily War Over Your Joy

25 Jan

Hello! I pray that you are well. It’s been a while, do forgive my quietness. You might be able to relate to the pressure of exam season. As I pass through this season, I’m praying for all of you in the same boat. Have a read of the short prayer on my blog concerning exams: ‘Loving you with prayer this exam season’. 


There is a war..and you need to be on the winning side.

This war is over your joy!

So many things will come at you to take your focus away from God and steal your joy.

People will be people and do hurtful things. Life will be life and hurl tough situations at you.

You may feel misunderstood, ignored and unloved. You may feel down, to the point where you struggle to pray or worship God.

But in spite of your feelings you have to choose joy in all things. Joy is not a feeling, it is the evidence of God’s spirit working in you! (Galatians 5:22-24). Choose your focus.

Whatever you focus on, is what you will head towards. Whatever you focus on, consumes your thoughts and determines your behaviour.

Therefore, choose to focus on God in spite of what may be going on in your peripheral and regardless of how you feel!

After Job’s first trial (Job Chapter 1), the first thing He did in response to all the terrible things that happened to Him, was WORSHIP!

 
 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. – Job 1:20
 
The enemy gets confused when we choose Joy. The enemy is baffled when we choose to worship in the battle. The enemy loses the war based on your CHOICE.
So instead of all the ‘die by fire’ or ‘God consume all my enemies’ radical prayers that we may hear. Why not worship? Your praise to God is the best weapon! Your praise to God ensures that you are on the winning side of this daily war over your joy.I encourage you, as I encourage myself. What will you choose?
— Kanayo Dike-Oduah
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Upcoming events!


Women’s conference this Saturday! London Waterloo!
More information here!

Verses To Meditate On This Week

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

- James 1:2-4

Psalm A Night!


What a way to prepare for bed.If you want to join the Psalms bedtime read just be ready with your bible every evening! I post up the Psalm on my twitter!

Loving You With Prayer For The Exam Season

12 Jan
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Like many of my brothers and sisters, I have the privilege of studying and with that comes some tough seasons of intense revision and studying.
It can get overwhelming, but I want to encourage you as I encourage myself.
We are incredibly blessed as children of God. We have the privilege of resting in our Father’s word and living in His peace in ALL things…including exams.
So I have a short prayer for us in this season.
Lord, give all students that love You, peace of mind as we study. Help us to focus and make the best use of the time that is available.
Give us insight, wisdom and understanding (Daniel 1:17) of our work and help us to remember it all, when the time comes.
Above all, we thank you for the ability to be able to study and for the wisdom, gifts and talents you have given us.
Help us to use our studies and everything else in our lives, in such a way that they honour and bring glory to you (Colossians 3:17).
In Jesus Name! Amen :)
If you get stressed or go into panic mode, take a break to worship and ask God for His peace.
My personal favourite chilled out revision/studying gospel albums are:

Loving you all with prayer. God bless you and all the best with your studies/revision.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Change Your Declaration 

5 Jan

Happy New Year!

May His peace guard you in all seasons. May His word be your daily bread! May His goodness, mercy and love pursue you! Amen.

They Will Have No FearMatthew 12:34-37 (Message)

“It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

This year, I want to encourage you to change your declaration! Forget saying:

  • Oh life is so hard.
  • Exams are going to be difficult.
  • This year is going to be crazy (one that I corrected my Mr on today)
  • I feel like crap (one that I corrected myself on today).

Speak LIFE. Speak positivity. Change such remarks to:

  • Life may look hard but its easy because I’m an overcomer through Jesus! I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  • Exams are going to be sweet, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I’m believing God for the same wisdom, knowledge and understanding that He gave Daniel and his boys (Daniel 1:17).
  • This year is going to be so peaceful. His Peace will be my empire, my dwelling place. Philippians 4:7
  • I refuse to listen to my feelings. I am beautiful. Psalm 139:14

There is so much power in our words. We have to be so careful with what we utter from our lips because they shape our world, and can literally bring life or death.

It is words that brought the world into existence. It is words that are used to call the things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17)

So you get it…words are powerful. We use words in prayer, we use words in worship and we use words to encourage. Let us not use words to curse, slander or discourage from the same mouth. Let us not give the enemy legal rights because of something we’ve said with our mouths.

Change your declaration! Speak LIFE! :)
- Kanayo Dike-Oduah

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Verse To Meditate On This Week

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

- Ephesians 4:29

Upcoming Events in January 2015

1 Jan

Hey guys! Get your diaries out, here are a few upcoming events to kick off the new year in January 2015!

Events Are In Chronological Order

The Resurrection – SOVEL (PAST)

Date: 10.01.2015

Time: 5pm

Location: Jury’s Inn Hotel, Milton Keynes

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We have transport arrangements for the following cities; London, Birmingham, Kent, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton, Nottingham. Contact our general enquiries line on 07984699006 for more info.

Register via Eventbrite 

The vision of this conference finds itself in Psalm 85, therefore our desire is for God to resurrect the spirit man and reignite the fire within our young Christian generation. In todays world we find many young people are either oblivious to the existence of God, strayed away from the faith or simply need that encounter. Through various types of ministrations such as mime, spoken word, worship and many others we believe that by the resurrection power of the spirit, our generation will encounter the true presence and power of God.

We welcome everyone to an event filled with anointed guest ministers for this chosen generation. Visit www.the-resurrection.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve your FREE ticket. Follow us on Twitter @TResurrection.

MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN (PAST)

Date: 24.01.2015

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Croydon

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It’s pretty simple, it’s all about Jesus.

Find out who He is and what He has done for this world through what we portray leading up to the event and on the day. We wanna tell the world that He’s not a dead being, but alive and so real.

We live to make His name famous. If you have noticed, the news usually spreads bad news about bad people, but we want to share GOOD news about the only good person to walk the earth.

It’s quite contradictory to what we are used to in this day and age; on social media there’s a race to become the most fashionable, trendy, cool, photogenic, best speaker, etc. we make ourselves famous forgetting who should be more famous. We wanna make HIS name famous because He’s coming back soon and there will be no time for selfies if you miss it!

On the night there will be live music, poetry and drama **featuring MOBO nominee and Time2Shine Winner Annastasia Baker and guest speaker, Pastor of Cityhill Church Andy Gray**

More information: Facebook event page

RELENTLESS: ARISE

Date: 31.01.2015

Time: 7pm

Location: New Charlton Community Centre, 217 Maryon Road, London SE7 8DB

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Relentless…celebrating what God has done in Charlton since we started in October and sharing the vision.

My PURPOSE – Bright Serenity

Date: 31.01.2015

Time: 6pm

Location: London Waterloo

Register via Eventbrite

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Joel 2:7 “They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course”

Many of us know that we have a unique purpose, many of us have discovered our purpose but not many of us are walking in that purpose or even towards it. The issue is not that we do not want to be a woman of purpose. The issue is we do not know the actual steps to take to discover purpose for those still seeking and for those who are not walking in it, life just seems to be pushing you off course.

Well when God created you for purpose He knew that you were capable of fulfilling it. But there are many snares on the road to destiny. The reason why you may be struggling with purpose is that something is fighting against you to ensure you don’t fulfil destiny. So fight back!!! Know the enemy’s strategy and WIN! Your destiny is for your taking. Do you want to be a woman of Purpose or do you want destiny to pass you by?

This conference will empower you to live in purpose so make plans not to miss it! See you there!

What is “#Vermin”?

23 Dec

Kanayo Dike-Oduah:

#Vermin

A great campaign raising awareness of homeless people and how they are treated. Please read and support! x

Originally posted on Writings of Luo:

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Hello reader..

If you’ve been on social media sites recently, you might’ve seen people tweeting and posting with the hashtag “Vermin”. I want to explain what it is we’re trying to do and how you can be a part of this online campaign.

This campaign has been started to raise awareness of homeless people and how they are treated. We are campaigning to let people know that no one should be treated less than human because of their circumstance.

A Spoken Word video is to be released. In this video, I speak from the perspective of three homeless men I have spoken to and interviewed. We’re going to get the video viral!

I am praying that this campaign changes mindsets concerning homeless people. They are not all druggies. They do not all choose to be there. Some of them have made some mistakes. Some of them are the victims of circumstances…

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The Critics

16 Dec

Can I be real with you? Last week I felt super discouraged. 

You know when you’re being discouraged on all sides, people are criticising your every move and it even feels like a crime to breathe…loool extreme, I know. But you get the point. It just wasn’t a great feeling. 
But you know what I do when I ‘feel’ discouraged. I take myself back to God’s word.In a world that is so critical, we need to constantly remind ourselves of what God says.Today I want to share with you what God said to me during morning chapel with my church. We read Psalm 4 as a group and I was reminded of Psalm 56 which I had read earlier on in the week. I encourage you to read both passages in full. I’ll share what stuck out for me:

How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies
You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him. Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. – Psalm 4 (NLT)

They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. They come together to spy on me— watching my every step, eager to kill me…You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56 (NLT)

10300161_925715457446089_6150023070385960175_nPowerful right!! I read these scriptures and was completely blown away, yet convicted. How often are we criticised and immediately feel the need to respond out of anger. Some of the people that speak harshly against us, twist our words or make up lies, have literally purposed it in their hearts to do so, regardless of our response. But check this…God sees it all, He keeps track of everything. The God that holds the universe, holds your tears. He gets it! He empathises with our frustrations when faced with the critics who aren’t correcting us out of love. He understands, but He wants us to respond, HIS WAY. Which is: being silent in the heat of the moment, praising and trusting Him to deal with everything, including His creation! 

Today I heard from God after reading Psalm 4 and here is what He said to me. I quickly scribbled it down as usual, but I’ve typed it up for you all to read and be encouraged. 

My Child, you don’t have to respond to everything. When they attack your character, when they criticise what I have told you to do; don’t fret!
Be silent. Remember My words.
Trust Me to protect your heart and your reputation.
You don’t need to defend yourself. I Am your defence. I Am your shield.
Don’t let the words of others dampen your spirit. You’re not living for them, you are living for me. You don’t aim to please them, I know you aim to please me. Don’t let them take your focus off what I’ve given you to do.
My beloved, you are not perfect, but it is your imperfection that drew me to you. I wanted to save and restore you. I Am still saving and restoring you.
It is your imperfection that birthed the ministry I gave you. Never forget that!
When the critics come, rest in My Grace that covers your flaws and restores you to my standard.
You are beautiful. Keep seeking me. Trusting me. And Hoping in me. 
— Kanayo Dike-Oduah
Everyone has an opinion, but it is God’s truth that matters. (Galatians 1:10) You will only know His truth by knowing His word. 
So, when faced with a harsh critic, will you choose to be silent in the moment, trust God and let His word restore you? 

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Christmas Outreach


As we celebrate with our families and loved ones, we also remember those in need.
UK people, find out more about the outreach here. My worldwide peeps, please volunteer with a local charity this Christmas :)

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Verse To Meditate On This Week

I praise God for what he has promised;
    yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?

- Psalm 56:10-11

Christmas Outreach – Serving the Homeless with CRISIS

15 Dec

Hey everyone!

We are approaching that wonderful time of the year again where we remember the manifestation of our redemption, Jesus.

‘And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.’ – 1 Timothy 3:16

Our redemption is a beautiful mystery, explained only by Jesus.

As we celebrate with our families and loved ones, we also remember those in need. Let us use our freedom to give others that same freedom. Let us use what we have, to provide for others. Let us serve as we have been served.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ – Matthew 25:35-40

I will be volunteering with a Charity called CRISIS this Christmas! If you would like to volunteer, do check out their website for information on the variety of roles and locations available during Christmas week 2014! They will have various centres providing food, shelter and company to those in need. You can select the centre that you would like to work at, as you fill out the ‘General Volunteer’ application form.

I will be volunteering for 14 hours on two days at the South London Day Centre (Wednesday 24th December 3-10pm and Monday 29th December 3-10pm), which will be held at:

City Of London Academy
Lynton Road
Bermondsey
London
SE1 5LA

If you would like to be placed in the same centre as me and possibly work the same hours, when the form asks you for ‘a friends application reference number’ you can put mine down which is: ’41s1xk46′

If not, grab a friend and volunteer together at a different location! It’s a great way to give back and serve this Christmas.

If you’re unsure about anything, please email me, kanayo@doctorkanayo.com

God bless you and Merry Christmas :)

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Master of One, Master of All

7 Dec

Matthew 6:33

A scripture that we hear tossed about in service or said in passing. But do we really know and BELIEVE in the promises of this scripture. The test of your belief is in your actions. The test of your belief is in your decision. Let’s look at this scripture concordantly across three bible versions.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – New International Version (NIV)

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – New Living Translation (NLT)

 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. – The Message (MSG)

We all have good, plausible, ‘everyday human concerns’ as The Message version puts it. And rightly so! We need to eat, we need a good education for those of us in academia, we need a good career, we need great relationships, we need comfortable finances and the list goes on! All of these things are fantastic, but, ask yourself, does my pursuit of these things take over my pursuit of God?

When I started taking Matthew 6:33 seriously, my life completely transformed. Let me share this revelation.

When you put God FIRST, He empowers you to accomplish all the other good, positive, wonderful things that you thought needed to be bumped up to first place. 

IMG_6829God has it all covered. He simply desires your ALL. 100% and not just 20% of you. God is interested in every area of your life, because your life is His life!

So this is where my message ‘Master of one, master of all’ comes in. Master this one thing, master seeking after God’s kingdom and in doing so, seeking after His righteousness. As you master this, you will master every other thing! Why? Because, when you release things to God, that is the moment you allow God to fully own it and because He owns it, He empowers it and supernaturally promotes it.

Letting go of your pursuit of these good ‘everyday human concerns’ doesn’t mean that they completely evaporate out of your life. Letting go and making a decision to seek God first means that you give room for God to empower those areas and make them great, without you having to worry or stress!!

So, as we enter this season of testing, in terms of revision and studying for those in education or work pressure, family reunions. I want you to remember to put God first, even when it seems illogical. As the Spirit leads you, if you are led to close that course textbook and spend 30 minutes just worshipping, DO IT! If the Spirit leads you to spend an extra 10 minutes praying but you feel like you could use that 10 minutes for some last minute revision, my dear, choose prayer. Prioritise God. Master of one, master of all!

Say this simple declaration/prayer out loud:
Lord, I lay down my hopes, my thoughts and desires, for Your hopes, thoughts and desires for my life. Teach me to master seeking You, Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, that I may become a master of all, riding on Your Peace in all things! Amen.

— Kanayo Dike-Oduah

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