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I USED TO BE PROUD, UNTIL GOD BROKE ME.

I REJECTED A PROPHECY THAT I WOULD PREACH, BUT WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

WOMAN: YOU ARE NOT A THERMOMETER. YOU ARE A THERMOSTAT.
YOU NEED TO CEASE REPORTING AND START DICTATING.

YOU ARE PROSPEROUS NOT JUST FOR YOURSELF. IT IS FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THAT GOD’S PEOPLE ARE PROSPERING.
-Ekene Onu
Just Us Girls Conference with the theme ‘Revived.’
Day Two, Afternoon Session

*Most Christians in Atlanta, USA are hungry for power. Some don’t mind visiting ‘Babalawos’ because Christians have forgotten who they are.
*We keep talking about our problems. We keep talking about our pain.
*My pain does not define me, my purpose does.

First of all, I’ll want to ask, “are my lashes on?” I started crying from the very beginning. The drama already just moved me. I am not a Pastor, so I don’t know the protocol, so I forgive me. I am going to try not to cry because what I see before me are change agents. You know the scriptures says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise up a standard and I am looking at the standard. When Pastor Mildred gave her call and asked for women who had been through, I know not everyone came out, but I guarantee that everyone that has been here has either been through at some point or one day you will have that feeling. I am a product of a ‘been through’ and I know how to come through. So when I saw some of you wailing and I heard the groaning. You know the groaning is powerful, you know the pain going and the purpose remaining because adversity can be the path to advantage and a scar can open the door to destiny. What I saw was destiny.

There is a Japanese art form, this was not even in my notes. I haven’t opened my iPad yet. There is Japanese art form called ‘Kintsugi’, I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of it…You know what they do, like a ceramic bowl or something. You can imagine those special bowls that your mother will put in the cabinet, that you only bring out when company comes, not just for anyone eating. Imagine that kind of bowl breaking and it is cracked. What the Japanese do is that they take that bowl that is now cracked and broken and they put it together with glue that has gold in it. So the thing that they put together, you can see all the brokenness now lying with gold and it is ‘Kintsukoroi’ and now that vase is actually more valuable than before. In your brokenness, you are more valuable than before. I stand before you, a woman with scars and I don’t hide my scars because my scars are my stories and my story makes me usable. That is what makes you usable because you are no longer carrying shoulder, you are no longer acting perfect, it is your brokenness that makes you useful. It is your brokenness that allows you to step back and allow the Holy Spirit step in.
So you no longer lean on your own understanding because some of us, we think we know too much.

Pastor Mildred was saying her problem was anger, my problem was pride. My problem was pride. I won’t ask for help; I think I know everything. I was that child you couldn’t tell anything. I was that woman you couldn’t tell everything. I knew everything.
Even when God is saying, “Go left.”
I was like, “excuse me, I am educated. I went to QC (Queen’s College). Do you know where I came from? Do you know where I started from?” I would tell the Holy Spirit and as a result, I was like Jonah, I went the long way around. Do you know that someone prophesied over my life when I was 15 that I would speak for God and I said, “Me? No. I have a different plan.”
What am I doing now? You can run but by the grace of God you cannot hide.

Today I want to talk to you about being revived. I am at the age of my life where I carry a fan everywhere I go. How many can recognize that? I know not all of you. Some of you will get there by God’s grace, you will understand what the fan is about?
BEING REVIVED
It is interesting when I asked Pastor Mildred, “what is the theme of today?” So I went to go and look up ‘Revived’ and it said, one of the definitions was ‘to be activated and to flourish’. One of the reasons why I am in Nigeria is because I have an event and guess what the name of the event is next Saturday? ‘Flourish’. Isn’t the Spirit of God one? I started to look it up, think about it, “Lord, what am I supposed to talk about?”
There are couple of scriptures that I want to leave you with. I only have a few minutes. I am not trying to give you food, I am trying to give you a recipe so that you go up, you study it and you make the food yourself. This is not for me to feed you, you will go home and feed your families and feed your community.
John 14:12

I want to challenge you. We should be asking ourselves what are the greater works? The early Church is still greater than today. What are our greater works?
Genesis 2:18 – say with me, “I am suitable”
You know the enemy works over time to tell women, “you are not good enough”, because he knows that if women understand their agency and their power, that everything will change.
I want to know as a woman, you are not a thermometer. You are a thermostat.
A thermostat says, “it is too hot in the room, let’s turn it down.” It says, “it is too cold, let’s turn it up.” But too many of us are living our lives like thermometers, we are just reporting the temperature. We need to cease reporting and start dictating. That is what we are here today.
That is why you are becoming revived.

When you start to prosper, you are not prospering for yourself. You are prospering so that people can see the people of God prospering. Do you know people are so hungry for power that they go into strange places? I come to you from Atlanta. Before in Atlanta, when you see African Americans, most of them are Christians, now you see all sorts happening. People are even looking to come back to find ‘Babalawos’ (native doctor). I kid you not, because they are so hungry for power.
Why are they so hungry for power? Because Christians are not showing it. We are not standing it. We are not powerful.
Why? Because we have forgotten who we are and we keep talking about our problems. We keep talking about our pain.
Pastor Mildred said, “one of the things she knows about me is that I can be in pain and be encouraging others.” You know, one thing I have learnt, my pain: I don’t even think about it. I cry, when I finish crying, I put my wig on, put my lipstick on and keep going. Because my pain does not define me, my purpose does and the more I move in purpose, the more I see pain diminished, my circumstances change.

#EkeneOnu
#Revived
#JustUsGirlsGlobalNetwork
#JustUsGirs
#DayTwo18Sept21
I USED TO BE PROUD, UNTIL GOD BROKE ME.

I REJECTED A PROPHECY THAT I WOULD PREACH, BUT WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

WOMAN: YOU ARE NOT A THERMOMETER. YOU ARE A THERMOSTAT.
YOU NEED TO CEASE REPORTING AND START DICTATING.

YOU ARE PROSPEROUS NOT JUST FOR YOURSELF. IT IS FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THAT GOD’S PEOPLE ARE PROSPERING.
-Ekene Onu
Just Us Girls Conference with the theme ‘Revived.’
Day Two, Afternoon Session

*Most Christians in Atlanta, USA are hungry for power. Some don’t mind visiting ‘Babalawos’ because Christians have forgotten who they are.
*We keep talking about our problems. We keep talking about our pain.
*My pain does not define me, my purpose does.

First of all, I’ll want to ask, “are my lashes on?” I started crying from the very beginning. The drama already just moved me. I am not a Pastor, so I don’t know the protocol, so I forgive me. I am going to try not to cry because what I see before me are change agents. You know the scriptures says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise up a standard and I am looking at the standard. When Pastor Mildred gave her call and asked for women who had been through, I know not everyone came out, but I guarantee that everyone that has been here has either been through at some point or one day you will have that feeling. I am a product of a ‘been through’ and I know how to come through. So when I saw some of you wailing and I heard the groaning. You know the groaning is powerful, you know the pain going and the purpose remaining because adversity can be the path to advantage and a scar can open the door to destiny. What I saw was destiny.

There is a Japanese art form, this was not even in my notes. I haven’t opened my iPad yet. There is Japanese art form called ‘Kintsugi’, I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of it…You know what they do, like a ceramic bowl or something. You can imagine those special bowls that your mother will put in the cabinet, that you only bring out when company comes, not just for anyone eating. Imagine that kind of bowl breaking and it is cracked. What the Japanese do is that they take that bowl that is now cracked and broken and they put it together with glue that has gold in it. So the thing that they put together, you can see all the brokenness now lying with gold and it is ‘Kintsukoroi’ and now that vase is actually more valuable than before. In your brokenness, you are more valuable than before. I stand before you, a woman with scars and I don’t hide my scars because my scars are my stories and my story makes me usable. That is what makes you usable because you are no longer carrying shoulder, you are no longer acting perfect, it is your brokenness that makes you useful. It is your brokenness that allows you to step back and allow the Holy Spirit step in.
So you no longer lean on your own understanding because some of us, we think we know too much.

Pastor Mildred was saying her problem was anger, my problem was pride. My problem was pride. I won’t ask for help; I think I know everything. I was that child you couldn’t tell anything. I was that woman you couldn’t tell everything. I knew everything.
Even when God is saying, “Go left.”
I was like, “excuse me, I am educated. I went to QC (Queen’s College). Do you know where I came from? Do you know where I started from?” I would tell the Holy Spirit and as a result, I was like Jonah, I went the long way around. Do you know that someone prophesied over my life when I was 15 that I would speak for God and I said, “Me? No. I have a different plan.”
What am I doing now? You can run but by the grace of God you cannot hide.

Today I want to talk to you about being revived. I am at the age of my life where I carry a fan everywhere I go. How many can recognize that? I know not all of you. Some of you will get there by God’s grace, you will understand what the fan is about?
BEING REVIVED
It is interesting when I asked Pastor Mildred, “what is the theme of today?” So I went to go and look up ‘Revived’ and it said, one of the definitions was ‘to be activated and to flourish’. One of the reasons why I am in Nigeria is because I have an event and guess what the name of the event is next Saturday? ‘Flourish’. Isn’t the Spirit of God one? I started to look it up, think about it, “Lord, what am I supposed to talk about?”
There are couple of scriptures that I want to leave you with. I only have a few minutes. I am not trying to give you food, I am trying to give you a recipe so that you go up, you study it and you make the food yourself. This is not for me to feed you, you will go home and feed your families and feed your community.
John 14:12

I want to challenge you. We should be asking ourselves what are the greater works? The early Church is still greater than today. What are our greater works?
Genesis 2:18 – say with me, “I am suitable”
You know the enemy works over time to tell women, “you are not good enough”, because he knows that if women understand their agency and their power, that everything will change.
I want to know as a woman, you are not a thermometer. You are a thermostat.
A thermostat says, “it is too hot in the room, let’s turn it down.” It says, “it is too cold, let’s turn it up.” But too many of us are living our lives like thermometers, we are just reporting the temperature. We need to cease reporting and start dictating. That is what we are here today.
That is why you are becoming revived.

When you start to prosper, you are not prospering for yourself. You are prospering so that people can see the people of God prospering. Do you know people are so hungry for power that they go into strange places? I come to you from Atlanta. Before in Atlanta, when you see African Americans, most of them are Christians, now you see all sorts happening. People are even looking to come back to find ‘Babalawos’ (native doctor). I kid you not, because they are so hungry for power.
Why are they so hungry for power? Because Christians are not showing it. We are not standing it. We are not powerful.
Why? Because we have forgotten who we are and we keep talking about our problems. We keep talking about our pain.
Pastor Mildred said, “one of the things she knows about me is that I can be in pain and be encouraging others.” You know, one thing I have learnt, my pain: I don’t even think about it. I cry, when I finish crying, I put my wig on, put my lipstick on and keep going. Because my pain does not define me, my purpose does and the more I move in purpose, the more I see pain diminished, my circumstances change.

#EkeneOnu
#Revived
#JustUsGirlsGlobalNetwork
#JustUsGirs
#DayTw

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