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SURGE FAITH FOR MORE
God calls us beyond our limitations. He always wants us to live full of hope and expectation.

SURGE K.I.S.S
In this devotional, we share on some cores of the Christian faith and life, as we see how God helps us tear down complications and understand them in simplicity


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Day 10: In Pursuit Of Gospel Upgrades

Bible Reading: 1 Kings 3:20-27; Galatians 1:6-9 What would life be like if we could get upgrades on everything? Like you’ve used a phone for a while, then the manufacturer releases an upgraded version and simply has you turn in the old and take up the new. That would be cool! I could do with a newer model of my car, of my computer and all that. Maybe you’re thinking, yes- and of my wife too. Well, that’s between you…

Day 9: Statements and Stories

Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-24 When you tell three people the same thing and they have different reactions, it’s not so much based on whether or not they believe what they’ve been told. I think it has a big deal to do with the story upon which the statement stands- what the statement lands on. Imagine you get to announce to three people that each of them just won an NGN 20 000 bonus: One of them is super excitedly freaked…

Day 8: The Gospel is The Power!

Bible Reading Romans 1:1-17 Over the next few days, as we build up into the Easter weekend, we’ll be studying together on the very foundation of our Christian faith: The Gospel. Whenever I eat a meal that I haven’t eaten before- especially one that I really like- I’m usually eating as a very keen observer. I don’t just want to enjoy the meal, I want to figure out the meal. I want to know the ingredients, I want to figure…

Day 7: MY STATEMENT OF JESUS

Bible reading: Matthew 16:13-18; Psalm 27: 1-4  Have you ever been in a relationship-definition moment- when you’ve probably been around someone for a while and then they pop the ‘what are we?’ question… Or it could be the more famous, leave me an anonymous message.  I think our reading today was Jesus in one of those moments with His disciples- What are we? What do you think of me? Just like Jesus asked His disciples, I believe He still asks…

Day 6: TRACING FOOTPRINTS

Bible reading: John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11  One of my most interesting sights when I keenly observe human traffic at random locations is how I see young kids scampering after their parents, trying their best to walk like their parents. You see some kids target each of the steps their parents have taken, trying to plant their little feet in the marks. You see others working- or walking- hard to match up with their parent’s pace.  Have you noticed that on…

Day 5: TRIAL VERSIONS

Bible reading: John 6: 1–51  I was never really a game freak growing up, but like many Nigerian kids, I can relate well with the concept of a ‘trial version’. Essentially, a trial version is designed to engage you, give you a feel of the real and make you want the real by emphasizing the limitations of the trial experience.  Maybe you can relate to ‘trial version’ experiences in life. Maybe a job that seemed great, but was never really…

Day 4: OF PRICES AND PAYMENTS 2

Bible reading: Genesis 22:1-14, John 3:10-17  Have you ever been around someone who is particularly skilled in the art of asking questions?  That’s usually a child or a lady: A child, because they don’t ever have all those adult, restrains about what should be said or what shouldn’t be. They just ask it all as it comes to their mind.  ‘Mum, why does this uncle always drink coke when he comes to our house? Does he not have coke in…

Day 3: OF PRICES AND PAYMENTS 1

Bible reading: Hebrews 10:1-18; Romans 6:20-23  There’s always rancour and agitation when worker’s entitlements aren’t paid as at when due. In this part of the world, one of the most famous words you encounter is ‘strike’. The Bible teaches clearly that a worker is worthy of his wages.  No one wants delays in payments. And no one expects a lesser payment.  And it’s the same with sin. It has a payment reward for all its workers.  For sin pays its…

Day 2: TAKE THE MERCY, ACCEPT THE HELP

Bible reading: Genesis 3:6 -21, John 3:16-17  It doesn’t take much to notice- just a look around will convince of the huge problem’s existent in our world. Humanity is absolutely needy. I cringe many times at the extents of the problems people live with from day to day.  Governments disappoint, economies crack, institutions fail, systems are corrupt, injustice abounds… You could go on and on. Abuse. Failure. Sickness. Poverty. Hunger. Problems everywhere. We live on a fallen planet.  That weight…

Day 1: GOD IS LOVE DRIVEN

Bible reading: John 3:10-21, Romans 5:6-11 I think of how that we’re all surrounded by so many relationships in our lives. From one relationship to the other though, the core motivations differ. Sometimes, it’s a business interest or a workplace relationship; sometimes it’s a neighbour or a colleague. Sometimes, it’s borne out of the need to get a project done. I think it’s particularly refreshing when we remind ourselves that God is driven by love, in reaching out to us:…

Day 5: Pray For More

Bible Reading: Luke 11:1-13 As we round off our Surge series today, I want to challenge you to pray! You see, the conversations of more will not merely happen based on the strivings, schemings and strategies of human wisdom- it will happen based on the intervention of heaven on the earth. In our human strength, we can only go so far. We are needing of God! The truth is it takes God strength and God’s grace and everything God to…

Day 4: Work For The More

Bible Reading: John 5:16-23 Over the last few days, we’ve tried to lay out a template of what the Bible shows us about the more that God calls us to. We’ve demonstrated the burden / desire that God expects us to live with for more; we’ve shown how we need to live our lives creating space and opportunity for more, and we’ve also learnt how we must live every day in a huge Holy Spirit-fueled expectation of more. In the…

Day 3: Expectation for The More

Bible Reading: Isaiah 54:1-17 Have you ever been shocked to your teeth by a turn of events? Have you ever expected one thing to happen and a totally different thing happened?  I think life and the world we live in are so full of such surprises that hurt our sense of expectation: sometimes you get hate when you expect love; failure when you expect success; rejection when you expect acceptance; and so on. Often time, we deal with wounded expectations.…

Day 2: The Space for More

Bible Reading: 2 Kings 4: 1-7 When it comes to a conversation about more, I think there are two sides to it and both must be handled with all diligence. There is what God does, and there is what we do. I believe that the more we speak about is really not anything we can make happen by ourselves. I believe that it really has to be down to a supernatural working of God. I believe in the power and…

Day 1: A Burden For More

Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-18 I got engrossed recently looking around a major construction site, and especially focusing on the consistency of every one person doing something little again and again, and all that it contributes to the overall building. We hear Christian fancy words like ‘more’ and shout a big ‘amen’ to it, but it’s important we set the right context to it.  If you think about it, there’s more that you honestly don’t want! When the food tastes…

Day 21: But You…

Bible Reading: Jude Can you believe it’s day 21?! Thank you for being a part of Surge in this season! You have contributed a significant deal to the collective grace we have enjoyed before God. It wouldn’t have been the same if you weren’t there. We round off today reading the single chapter of the Book of Jude. It is a book that provides a timeless admonition to believers. I think Jude’s exhortation is even more timely in a day…

Day 20: What’s Better Than Being in Church?

Bible Reading: 3 John We’ve already completed five books on this Surge journey! Between today and tomorrow, we’ll complete another two! We’ve read from Paul, Peter and James. Today, we move on to another writer, John, and we’ll round it off tomorrow with yet another writer! Our reading today is a short, but profound letter from John to Gaius.  You can in some way read it as a story of two members of the Church. On one hand is Gaius,…

Day 19: What’s Your Mind Full Of?

Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3 We’re in to the final weekend of our 21 days of Surge! I couldn’t think of a better time to meditate on these profound and heartfelt thoughts from Peter. Peter begins our reading today by encouraging us: “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful 2 Peter 3:1-2 NKJV, emphasis mine We all need reminders that stir up our…

Day 18: Deception is Deceptive!

Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2 Have you ever looked at a mad person and felt sympathy for the person behind the actions? I have many times, especially when I realize that the person isn’t trying to be mad- he’s actually acting in a way that seems perfectly normal to him! He’s in fact wondering why everyone on the other side isn’t acting the same way he is. His normal is simply now abnormal. John Bevere would say that the big…

Day 17: Go Further

Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1 There was this ‘J.J. Arodo’ thing that raved a bit when I was in Secondary School. A senior student would send you to another senior student and ask you to get some textbook written by J.J. Arodo. The new senior would in turn tell you something to the effect that he just gave another senior somewhere some two minutes ago, and ask you to go get it there. And then you’d keep going on and…

Day 16: A Nature Like Mine

Bible Reading: James 5 If you grew up around a typical African parent, you didn’t need to be a Bible scholar reading the Book of James to be reminded about your like-humanity with others. In our reading today, James writes: Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. James 5:17 NKJV For every time you didn’t end up…
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