True Fasting – Isaiah 58



My brothers and sisters,

In light of my previous post, I would like to break down this scripture and add practical points to consider. May the Holy Spirit minister to you as we delve into His word. I would like to put a disclaimer on this: we are all guilty of doing this (Emphasis added).


v1. Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.

God is telling Isaiah to be bold and say it how it is and as scripture clearly states, to direct it to God’s people.

Simply put, God was not addressing the non-believers. There is something that God saw amongst his people and was not happy with.

v2. Yet, they seek me daily and delight to know my way, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgement of their God; they ask me of righteous judgements; they delight to draw near to God.

Error: They made effort to seek God’s face and found delight in his way, which requires active effort and mental understanding, but had totally forgotten, or neglected the call of righteousness, which is a firm, standard of living. Seeking His face, and delighting in the way He does things is not enough. The words “as if” conveys some element of pretence. For example, imagine knowing that someone doesn’t care about you, but constantly check in to see how you are as if they did. You already know the truth, so the initial act is not coming from a sincere place.  In regards to God’s judgement, i imagine that they had lost sight of why God had established His judgements; which was to govern the way and manner which they ought to live and also for their own good.

When was the last time you made effort to seek God’s face, understood and enjoyed His ways, but failed to put it to practice or even lived the standard that He has called us to live?

v3. ‘ Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you will seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 

Let us remember when we have fasted and did not expect the result that we wanted. As shown by the speech marks, this is what the Lord heard from His people. They were fasting to have their own needs met, which is not the purpose of fasting. Fasting is the act of denying the flesh and letting it know that your main sustenance is the Father.

God had also seen that whilst the house of Jacob was “fasting” they were engaging with oppression, which in God’s eyes, did not make any sense at all.

v4. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.

Have you ever gotten into arguments and disagreements with others whilst you were fasting?

v5. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?

God is using rhetorical questions here to get the people to think: Did God call us to humble ourselves for a day, or a moment? The answer here is a resounding no!

v6-7. Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

When we are fasting, we are also called to participate in alleviating burdens and fulfil all the requirements to anyone who fall within the categories above. As I was meditating on this as I shared in my testimony, seeing the elderly lady on the streets who was hungry, cold and needed attention, needed to be fed, covered up and provided assistance. In this context, as shared from my testimony, me hiding from my own flesh to me means noticing that the elderly lady needed help and pretending that I didn’t see her.

Rich, poor, educated or not, we are all human beings made up of blood and flesh. To ignore those who are in genuine need of assistance because of preconceived notions as what they could do with given money, resources defeats the point of loving our neighbours.


v8. Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

v9 – 10. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer: you shall cry and he will say, ‘Here I am’. If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the fingers, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noon-day.

v11 – 12. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in the scorched place and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose water do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach; the restorer of streets to dwell in.

You can see that there are biblical principles to follow. Once you have applied the true fasting principle in verse 6-7, you can definitely expect God to show up. God isn’t a liar!

v13-14. If you turn your back on the Sabbath from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honour it, not seeking your own way, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Final point: remember that God’s Sabbath is His day, not yours. Let this be at the back of our minds when we do go to church.

How to honour His day:

1 Seek His Will.

2. Seek to please Him.

3. Speak with purpose.

When you follow God wholeheartedly, you will want to please Him, you will take every opportunity to display His love and talk about His son, Jesus Christ. The testimony is a call to encourage those to step out in faith. It would have been a huge shame if I had read God’s word and failed to perform it.

Let us kick this habit and actually be ambassadors for the Kingdom. Let us love others the same way we love ourselves. Let us take our calling seriously and say “Here I am, send me!”

I know that you have been blessed. Step out in faith brothers and sisters!

Tunde T. Amao





My brothers and sisters,

I have to share this testimony. It has been on my heart and I wanted to share to all who are willing to listen (well, read).


I was blessed with the opportunity to be part of the question and answer panel at the “In Bae We Trust?” relationship event held at University College London. I was in the midst of excellent speakers and I want to congratulate all those who have attended and those who had the courage to speak about their relationship concerns. Most importantly I want to thank God for what I had seen- His word touching the hearts of the students. My heart’s desire is to for the young minds to be stimulated by God’s word and God’s word alone and to understand that following His word will help in discernment, testing and applying THE solid standard on any form of relationship which is Jesus Christ. To those who have attended, I’m sure that you have been blessed, and the word of God had ministered to you.


As I left the premises, I had walked past an elderly lady who was sitting in the streets. This made me think back to what I had been studying in Isaiah 58 about true fasting, which I will be writing a separate post on by God’s grace. The elderly lady was being tended to by another lady who had stopped and given her some change. The elderly lady cried out that she did not want money, but wanted to sleep in a hostel because she could not spend another night on the streets. The lady responded that that’s all she could do and then walked off.

The Holy Spirit hit me strongly, as my mind went to think of the Good Samaritan and the Great Commandment, which is to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind, and strength  and to love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10: 25 – 37, Matt 22: 39). I will conclude with the practical application of this scripture.

I had stepped in once the lady left and had asked her questions regarding her needing a hostel, such as location and how much it would cost. Once she had answered, I informed her that I was going to help her. What happened next took me by surprise; the elderly lady started to praise the Lord.

After helping her up (she had arthritis in her knees) and having a general conversation, I had discovered that she is a Bible believing, Christ honouring Christian, and had placed her faith in Him for 4 years. This made me extremely happy to hear, and I had asked her for her story.

She shared that she had been married for 10 years, and was subject to domestic abuse throughout. She had no reason to lie about this, she showed me the cigarette burns, her missing teeth and shared that she has to go to the hospital for dialysis treatment regularly, for she had no kidneys; an encounter with her husband armed with a baseball bat which caused a hole in her spine. She had enough and had left the relationship and been on the streets ever since. Yet, despite all, she had never given up on Jesus.


Once her bus came and we departed, I walked off lost within my thoughts and I would like to remind you of the following points:

We ought not to be like the Priest and the Levite who walked passed the man half beaten. The Priest and the Levite represent those who have knowledge and awareness of the Law, but were expected to apply it, they did not. I had a very good time speaking at the event, but as far as I’m concerned, if I had walked past the lady, then biblically speaking, I would have been no better than the Priest or the Levite.

Service is not giving people what YOU THINK they need. Rather it is the ability to meet the immediate NEED at that particular time. This is evident when the lady above was asking to stay at a hostel and was given coins instead. I believe that if we do have the resources available to make arrangments like this happen, then we ought to do so rather than do the bare minimum. In that moment, I knew I needed the money, but the elderly lady needed it more.

Loving you neighbour as you love yourself means that you treat or care for others the way you would like others to treat you. The same love and care you give to yourself should be the benchmark on how to relate and care for others.

Be about your faith. It is not enough to go to church to learn about the God’s word as well as the nature and character of Jesus; to speak and to share His word then go into the world and not apply what you have learnt. Isaiah 58 will give more insight on this point.

Lastly, a call to everyone of every race, religion, creed and whether married or not; domestic abuse is absolutely unacceptable.

The reason this testimony is so dear to my heart because I can only imagine how it would have looked like in the Lord’s eyes, if I had seen this lady crying out for help, walked past her and continued like nothing had happened. There is no guarantee that someone else would have helped her out. A scary thought.

Please, brothers and sisters, be about your faith. Love one another as you love yourselves. Give yourself up for the cause for others in the name of the Kingdom. Amen.


I would like to give special thanks to God for the lives and individuals involved in the King’s Gospel Society (@KCLGMS1) and UCL Gospel Society (@UCLU_VOCE) and to thank them for arranging the In Bae We Trust conference!

I would also like to thank Caitlin Nunez (@_caitlinnunez) for sharing an awesome word at #TBCMHINENI and the Triple-Braided Cord Ministry (@The_TBCM) for hosting such a wonderful event! Keep on for the Kingdom!

Tunde T. Amao


The Misconceptions of Man



My brothers,

This topic is very dear to my heart and I could not wait to share this with you. I will explain why in a later post, but earlier I shared that we are going through a crisis in masculinity. There are many reasons that we probably can think of, but I truly believe that at some point, somewhere in our lives we have been deceived.

Yes, there is a crisis, because we as men have been deceived to what masculinity actually is.

We have looked at films, TV shows, discussions amongst our peers and have used that as benchmarks to achieve masculinity.

I will be sharing scripture as well as my own experience, research and from various conversations that I have heard and engaged in. These are the few misconceptions that are prevalent or have come across and I honestly pray that this message will reach the hearts of those who are promoting the misconceptions without even knowing.


This is one of the recent trends that I have noted. Beards do have some input in making a guy look more masculine, especially towards the females, (who are probably nodding their heads in agreement) but unfortunately, the appeal towards guys having beards often has a negative backlash when a beard has been cut or removed.

Not to mention men who have found themselves following this trend to grow a beard just to attract women and those who sadly have questioned their own masculinity because they can’t grow a beard.


During my transition from college to university years where I was reading about male and female communication, I made it my business to obtain the feminine perspective on relationships and the like. The main reason being, that I have been a victim of this point of rhetoric. In fact, I still don’t quite understand this point. Forgive me if I am wrong, but my natural thought towards this area is that women would like to look up to their male and feel protected as they look out for them, and the added height gives them the advantage. Also, the fact that a male who is shorter than an ideal height, or even shorter than her will almost make the female not want to take the male seriously. In other words, the conversation ends when 5 foot something is mentioned…

Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. However, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139: 13 -16) and made in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1: 27), in other words, males (and females) did not choose the families they were born, the neighbourhoods they grew up in, their body shape or their height.

Men, your height or beard has nothing to do with you being a man. For those who have felt some kind of way because of these misconceptions, let this be a principle to take home:


Disclaimer: My brothers. This is not a call to escape from responsibility. If you are made to feel a certain way about things that you KNOW you have the capacity to change, then you better do it – quickly! There is strength in the grace of God!


Lads, you have emotions. You are not called to be lead by them or be controlled by them, but your emotions are indicators of how you are feeling on the inside. It is normal to have and display emotion.

John 11: 35 – Jesus wept.

(The shortest verse in the bible; very memorable and very significant in relation to authentic masculinity.)

Us men, whenever we tend to feel overwhelmed by life, we tend to express our emotions with the one who loves us dearly, our women. It makes sense, to be open and transparent about your frustrations. However, because of our failed relationships, we are afraid to share our emotions or behave like we don’t have any, just to be seen in control from the female’s perspective and to provide ourselves inner comfort to be seen as protecting the relationship.

Of course, that is how we men rationalise it. However, the truth is, you don’t want to share your emotions with your woman because you are afraid of how she may perceive you afterwards. 

Men’s number 1 fear: Being seen as weak in front of their woman and having to deal with the reality that she can choose “stronger” guys out there. 

Then comes the dreaded statement we men have heard, acted upon and discovered that it had caused more harm than good.

“You need to man up!”

We need to recognise that when this sentence is being said, either from men or women, it is usually said out of frustration at the lack of manliness that is almost expected to be displayed.

However, let us be clear on this: anyone who makes you feel less than is probably because they have been led away by general or by their own misconceptions of masculinity themselves.This is where I feel compelled to share statements to both women and to men:

Ladies: Your femininity awakens masculinity. That’s why men become so excited and want to do “manly things” for you. Yes, they make mistakes but don’t make sharp statements out of your frustrations. Trust me on this, but the self-esteem of the man will crumble to a point where they will respond by doing things they think they need to do, just for the sake of doing it, but not from a place of where they actually want to.

Conclusion: The self-esteem of the man is needed to be preserved so that he can be self-confident in responding to the call of man. Attack the self-esteem and you will crumble him to be reactive, not proactive.

Men: True, authentic masculinity is bestowed. Yes, the woman can enable your fire of masculinity to burn within you, but ladies cannot bestow masculinity because they are women. Men bestow masculinity to men (That is why it is important to have a male mentor, a father figure or a good relationship with your earthly fathers). Follow the Way of the Lord, surround yourselves with like-minded men and work so can be ready to answer the call of man. How can you be a man for others when you cannot be a man for yourself

Conclusion: Masculinity comes from within, not from what you do externally. Operate from a place of knowing and focus on being, not doing.

Have you come across any misconceptions that made you think or feel “surely, this can’t be right?” Please feel free to discuss them in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading my brothers, and remember; God created you males because He wants you to become a man through Jesus Christ.

Tunde T. Amao

The Cycle of Faith

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I would like to thank Mimi Ajala Ministries for the opportunity to share God’s word to the next generation of university students!


The Path of Man

Many speakers have said it, pastors have preached it, the women are fed up with it and you’ve probably seen it, heard it and probably experiencing it right now.

There is a crisis in masculinity.

The young guys today are struggling to become who they are meant to become; Men.

Perhaps it’s the lengthy time spent in boyhood. You’re doing what you can, in a panic, to compensate for lost time. Maybe you’ve found yourself in situations where real life hit you hard and now you’ve woken up and have seen the world in a brand new light. You’ve probably seen other guys, maybe younger than yourselves, getting into places and now you feel like you’ve been left behind.

Or you’ve had your masculinity challenged by the women in your life or they left due to the lack of leadership, direction and maybe the self-confidence to be able to hold a relationship together. You notice a recurring pattern and you don’t know why. They always leave for someone you perceived as “better”.

Or maybe you’ve fallen into the hole of the world’s misconception of men. “Men are supposed to have this, men are supposed to be that, men are supposed to have achieved this by now” is the rhetoric that is spinning in the minds of males. You are now frustrated at the process of “getting to where you need to get to” because of how slow it is.

Or maybe you have that burning question that remains unanswered because you had a poor example of what a real Man looks like.

My brothers, you will never find it in material things, you will never find it in the wrong crowd and trust me, you will never ever find manhood within womanhood.

In the precious name of Jesus Christ, who created you for His pleasure and His glorious purpose, and because He loves you so dearly if you are still looking or you’re not too sure what your purpose in life is, please take this fundamental truth away:

If you are born male, it is your destiny, purpose and life-long goal to become a  strong, confident and capable Man. You did not choose to be born male, God did. That’s His way of showing you that He wants you to become a Man.

And the Ultimate Man, the Perfect Man to follow is Jesus Christ. Your masculinity is rooted in Him.

There are many examples of how you can develop your masculinity in Jesus. Here are a few of many scriptures about what God says about Men and the path He has called them to take:

Genesis 2: 7 (NIV): Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Micah 6: 8 (NKJV): He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 1: 1 – 3 (NKJV): Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth it’s fruit in its season, who’s leaf also shall not wither; and whatver he does shall prosper.

1 Corinthians 13: 11 (NIV): When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

I also commissioned a short pole on my Twitter page. The results are below:

Speaking from the male perspective, men are aware that they have to be focused on something, but often find themselves easily distracted on things that are not necessarily bad but not conducive to their personal progression as wholesome Men or are just simply focused on the wrong things.

The ladies acknowledge that manhood (or the lack of) is an issue and after fruitful discussions, I believe the common conclusion is that women would like the special men in their life to band together and seek guidance from other godly Men.

The knowledge gained from such networks would help them become wholesome Men themselves and in turn, will enable them to be effective in their relationships.

Guys, you are not focused because you don’t have guidance. Once you receive guidance, you’ll become focused.

So, to answer the question, how does one walk the Path of Man?

1. Believe in and follow the Greatest Man who lived, died and rose again; Jesus Christ.

2. Read the Word of God to discover, learn and apply God’s manhood principles in every area of your lives.

3. Seek guidance from (older) godly men.

Guys, becoming a Man is a lifelong pursuit, and it is not to be rushed. Our physique bares the image of Christ and when we walk in His ways we will surely become Men. It is equally important to walk with others on the same path towards manhood. Why? Scripture gives the answer:

Proverbs 3: 6 (NIV): In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 11: 14 (NLT): Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisors.

Genesis 2: 18 (NIV): The Lord God said, “it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.

Proverbs 13: 20 (NKJV): He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

We cannot become Men by ourselves.

Peace and love my brothers.

Tunde T. Amao

Power, Love, and a Sound Mind


Hey, my brothers and sisters.

I want to share one of my favourite scriptures, one which I always draw onto when I feel fearful. After one frightening experience, I had to study this scripture and the results blew my mind. Talk about a fresh revelation!

We have to speak about how to combat fear.

2 Timothy 1: 7 (KJV)  –  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


We draw power from the Holy Spirit because it is the only GOOD spirit out there which empowers us to display God’s glory. (It’s called Holy for a reason people!)

Let me be blunt here; the Holy Spirit is not the only spirit that we encounter. There are other spirits around. We have to be able to recognise them, and where they come from.

In the original Greek, Spirit is both a noun “Pneuma” and a verb “Pneo”. Let us look at a few definitions which stuck out to me as well as the implications of the verb:


Rational spirit – the power by which the human being feels, thinks and decides.

Simple essence, possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding and acting.

Disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one.

Efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire.


To blow, to breath.

In other words, a spirit is an external force, which carries power, to fill the soul and enable one to think and feel a particular way.


As the scripture outlines, fear does not come from God. So where does it come from?

The Greek word for fear has its noun “Deilia” and an adjective “Deilos” which adds a lot more insight into the spirit of fear.


Timidity, cowardice.


timid, fearful.

The fact that an adjective is placed there means that fear can be described. When was the last time you became so fearful that you couldn’t do anything?

You find that every time you are gripped with a paralysing fear, you are unable to do anything. As you can see, there is no verb (a doing word) attached to the Greek rendition of the word fear.

Looking at the noun and considering the verb, fear can safely be concluded as a description of timidness. You cannot “do” fear, but you can BE fearful.


Now this is where things get interesting.

The Greek noun for power is “Dynamis”, and its verb, “Dynama”.


Strength, inherent power.

Power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.


To be able, have power, whether by ones own ability and resources, or a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances or by permission by law or custom.

To be able to do something.


Love is a very important concept in our walk with Christ. I can write so much about it, but for simplicity, I’ll direct you to scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV) –  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

The Greek noun for love is “Agape”, and its verb, “Agapo”.


Affection, good will, benevolence, brotherly love.


Of persons

To welcome persons, entertain, be fond of, to love dearly.

Of things

To be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing.


Lastly, the Greek noun is “Sophronismos” and its verb, “Sophronizo”.


An admonishing or calling to soundness of mind, to moderation and self control.


To restore to one’s senses.

To moderate or control, curb, discipline.

To hold one to his duty.

to admonish, to exhort earnestly.


Fear paralyses us into a state which others can describe in various words: passive, timid, lack of confidence and the like. Power, love and a sound mind all carry verbs which show that in order to combat the feeling and description of fear, we will need to be doing something against it, with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Zechariah 4: 6: So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.


A spirit is an external force, which carries power, to fill the soul and enable one to think and feel a particular way.

The spirit of fear, which does not come from God, when pushed onto us will fill our soul and cause us to be timid, fearful.

God being so gracious has given us the Holy Spirit to combat this by empowering us to be able to do something about it.

With that power, we will be able to work to achieve a desirable result which we can be happy and contented with.

Once we have achieved this goal, we will need to remember, be disciplined and remain steadfast and hold firm to what could have been if you had succumbed to fear; you wouldn’t be where you are now.

We will not be able to do this 100% of the time, for fear is a natural emotion and will come in our walk. The decision to decide whether to do something about it rests solely on us.

Thank you for reading, my friend and may God bless you.

Tunde T. Amao


The Other Cheek



Hey, brothers and sisters.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the application of turning the other cheek.

Matthew 5:39 (NIV) – But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

Now let’s give the scripture context;

Jesus was sharing teachings on the correct application of the law of Moses known as the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5 – 7) which is essentially showing the Israelites the Spirit of the Law as opposed to the Pharisees misinterpretation of it. (Please have a look for yourselves, you won’t be disappointed!)

Now, let’s use a simple example: a heated argument amongst friends. Friend A’s temper hits a breaking point and lashes out either verbally or physically to Friend B. Both individuals are Christians.

Now we all know that violence against one another (or anyone else for that matter) is not permitted. So what is the lesson here? What is the significance of this passage?

I believe that it allows space for a person to think about what they did and to re-evaluate on what they are going to do next.

We are all called to be Christ-like in a world where uncontrolled emotions run wild amongst imperfect human beings.

Remembering the example above, let’s say Friend A lashes out to Friend B, and Friend B does absolutely nothing except turn the other cheek, either by actually turning his cheek or bracing himself for another verbal hit (something like, “what did you say?”). The tiny space between the striking and the turning the other cheek is the space where the realisation should take place.

Though Friend B turns the other cheek to anticipate another hit, in reality, Friend B should not expect to be hit again. After all, it’s wrong to verbally or physically abuse another, irrespective of whether they’re in the body of Christ or not.

The point here is the realisation of behaving, as scripture says, in an evil manner. We are not to resist, for it the responsibility of the offender to realise the extent and implications his evil behaviour. If he doesn’t, then this will be a cause for concern.

This is what I thought, but what do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading friend, and God bless!

Tunde T. Amao