The Christian Tag with Ess of The Chronicles of Ess…
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Hello, guys! Welcome to a new blessed week, in Jesus name.
Remember when I mentioned on this post that I will be featuring bloggers on my blog this year? I wasn’t kidding y’all.
Read the first tag, if you haven’t.
Currently, I have 12 tag posts for this year. If you are interested in featuring in any of the tags, kindly contact me through this link, and I will contact you as soon as possible. A question tag will be given to you based on the niche of your blog.
Let’s make this happen!
Christain Tag Questions and Answers with Ess of The Chronicles of Ess:
LSOO: WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST?
Growing up Christian and having been tied to the church for most of my life, this has always been a complicated question for me. Trying to decipher when exactly this point was and how it came to be is usually hard when it’s a gradual process as mine was especially considering there really was no shining light in the sky moment.
I, however, came to realise that some people experience what I’ve heard referred to as a silent conversion especially after reading one of my favourite author’s notes on her experience which I blogged about here.
I grew up hearing about Jesus and knowing of Him and, asides from a couple of years as a young adult when I was in the ‘wondering’ phase, I’ve always absolutely believed in Him and in the Gospel. I had served in the Church. I ticked all the Christian boxes. From seeing and hearing about what others have with Him, I’ve always wanted to know Him better and develop my own personal relationship with Him and what I can point out clearly is when I began to consciously work towards that.
In 2013, I began to ‘wonder’ about Jesus and Christianity – the truth of it, the logic – which I believe most people who grow up Christian do when they start trying to think for themselves and decide what it is they really believe in and what would go on to become the foundation of their lives. That lasted a little too long but even during this phase, I would occasionally pick up my Bible, pray or read Christian literature. By the beginning of 2015, I slowly found myself coming back to God. It wasn’t very noticeable at first but by April, I began journaling, studying devotionals and my Bible consistently, and reading as much Christian literature as possible.
I began to realise that my time of confusion had been preparing me for coming to the knowledge and understanding of Christ and His love for me. I realised that in God lay all the answers I sought and the more I studied, the more I learnt and the more I was hungry to know. I could not control/rationalise everything and surrendering to God gave me more freedom than doing things on my own.
From then on, I became committed to Christ so my answer to this is usually, I became fully convicted in early 2015.
LSOO: WHAT IS YOUR CONCEPT OF GOD? DO YOU VIEW HIM POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY?
I have always thought of God as my loving father who takes care of all my needs and is always there for me which is why for a long time, I read mostly the new testament because I just couldn’t relate with most of the old.
LSOO: WHAT CHURCH DO YOU ATTEND AND WHY?
I currently attend Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral which my family and I have gone to for about 17 years. It’s an Anglican church located in GRA Ikeja. Most times you’ll find me at the 7am Cathedral Youth Church service. Asides from growing up in the church which definitely shaped my knowledge of Christ right from Sunday School to Youth Church and the occasional services in the main church, I find that it’s also an interesting mix of Anglicanism and modern-day Christianity.
The Youth Church has relevant teachings, Bible Study, Praise and Worship, Care/Welfare, Choir, Choreography, Drama and Prayer components. There are also our weekly Bible Study and Prayer meetings which are done with the rest of the church and specific Saturday fellowships, our once in a month Just 4 Guyz or Strictly Feminine meetings and the Annual Youth week which sometimes has up to 8 to 10 days of fun Christian activities.
I’m not always able to attend everything but I find that it provides adequately for our spiritual needs and offers something for everyone.
LSOO: HOW OFTEN DO YOU STUDY THE BIBLE?
Ah. While I can say that I open my Bible App everyday and at least catch the verse for the day which I also set to come in as a push notification to my devices, I don’t study everyday although I aspire to that level of consistency. Depending on the season, I sometimes find that I study my Bible every day or multiple times in a day and other times, sparsely throughout the week. YouVersion Devotionals and Open Heavens have been very useful in this regard.
LSOO: WHAT BIBLE APP OR APPS ARE YOU USING?
I mostly use the YouVersion Bible App but I also have the Bible Gateway App on my phone.
LSOO: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIBLE CHAPTER?
To be honest, I do not have a permanent favourite as this is heavily dependent on season but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this was Hebrews 12 because of it’s teaching on discipline and I hold on very strongly to verse 11 which says that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” It’s great for encouragement when you’re really going through something.
LSOO: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIBLE VERSE?
It’s hard to pick just one verse but I’ll try to keep it under 3 and I already sort of cheated by quoting some of my favourites in answering some questions.
Philippians 4:13 and 19 which say that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and my God will meet all my needs.
There’s also Ecclesiastes 9:11 when I feel like things aren’t going for me as I think they should. It says that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
LSOO: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE GOSPEL SONG?
Lately, as a standby, music by Travis Greene but most especially right now, Onise Iyanu – Nathaniel Bassey featuring Micah Stampley and the Glorious Fountain Choir.
LSOO: DO YOU THINK MUCH ABOUT SPIRITUAL THINGS? (THIS USUALLY LEADS TO A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT “SPIRITUAL” MEANS-I.E. RELIGION VERSUS RELATIONSHIP.)
I think those are two questions. So, to the first, yes I think I do especially when I read the Bible which is one of the reasons I began journalling and then blogging. As to what spiritual is – religion versus relationship, I fall on more of the relationship side than the religion side. I believe that personal relationship comes first and the religious system/fellowship with others should complement that.
LSOO: PEOPLE INVEST TIME AND ENERGY INTO DEVELOPING THEIR CAREER, THEIR BODIES AND RELATIONSHIPS, BUT OFTEN NEGLECT THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION OF THEIR LIVES. HOW DO YOU ACTIVELY PURSUE SPIRITUAL GROWTH?
I study the Bible! This is the number 1 way through which I actively pursue spiritual growth. I’ve discovered that the Bible really is alive and active.
It is good for instruction, conviction, correction of error and restoration to obedience, for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honourably with personal integrity and moral courage]; useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. – Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT and AMP.
I also find that journaling has helped me a lot.
Listening to uplifting and inspiring Christian music also keeps me in the right frame of mind as well as reading Christian literature.
Lastly, fellowship with other believers not necessarily through such but surrounding yourself with those who edify, encourage and support your spiritual growth.
I have in my first journal, some writing on 5 ways to stay in a relationship with Christ and I’ve tried to stick with that.
So far, I’m doing alright in the ways I’ve indicated but I’m currently working on a few things I feel I’m rather weak on which is mostly prayer, fasting and active service.
Thank you, Ess for answering the questions beautifully!
Thank you for reading, guys!.
You can also answer any of the above questions in the comment box, or recreate this post on your blog. I would love to read them.
See you soon,