Lessons from the book of Joshua


Joshua 23:7 … so as not to …

Joshua 3

For a grip on the context, consider the following verses:

Joshua 23:6-7  And you shall be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the Law of Moses, so as not to turn aside from it to the right or to the left; so as not to go in among these nations, these who are left with you; and that you do not make mention of the name of their gods, nor shall you swear, nor shall you serve them, nor shall you bow yourselves to them. [LITV]


I chose this translation because it captures the “hunch” I had when I read the verse in the NKJV and KJV, that it was the adherence to what was written that would keep the nation of Israel from straying. It sounds so much like another verse in the scriptures

Psalm 119:9-11  How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it]. With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. [Amplified]

We do not walk in holiness because we are avoiding sin but rather because we are, with all our hearts, doing the word of God.

It is doing things according to the constitution that makes a good citizen; it is doing things according to the word of God that makes a good Christian.


Q & A with Dr Linda … 1

Q: Please how do you view this? A wife staying in a different state far from her husband and home (Abuja-Kaduna) because of a state govt work of 31 thousand a month. Is it advisable? Do you advice work making a woman stay away from her husband?

A: Personally, I do not advice it. Although, some people will say they don’t have an alternative cos they need the money she is also making. Her family is more important than 31k. 

There are things she can do to make even more income if she is with her husband. 

The major problem is that everyone wants a white collar job. We feel too big for some businesses. There are some things I can do and get tab 31k in a week or even fewer days. 

She has to open her mind to possibilities. 

Did you hear the story of a woman whose family was broke and God told to make moi moi and sell?

Michelle Obama ate her moi moi. 

No matter how much you make on a job, except you are making serious millions monthly, it only locks down your potential.

It gives false security.

If her husband gets involved in adultery now, that 31k will suddenly lose value.

The lady: Her home, her career and her call … 5

by Dr Linda Oyanna

The lady: Her home, her career and her call.
Continued from part 4


Everybody born into this world has an assignment. A God given purpose to fulfil on earth. God did not make you to just exist, marry, have children and die one day. He has put treasures in you for you to express and affect the world around you. There is a problem that you are a solution to. 

Go to your Lord to find out what you were made for. Find out the kind of solution that you are and ask him how you can be that it.

Paul encountered Jesus and the first thing he said was “What would you have me do?”

Ask him…Lord, what would you have me do? What should I do in this church? What should I do in my community? What should I do to the people around me.

Prov 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

This is ministry. 

You do not have to be a pastor or married to one for you to affect the lives of people around you. Let God show you who he has made you to be and start doing it by following his instructions. 

If you notice, every discussion concerning this topic begins with God because it is only with God that your life can make sense. Outside him is stress,struggle, chaos and dissatisfaction.

Walking with Him makes you  focused and gives you everything you need to excel and succeed as the virtuous woman he has made you.

In conclusion, the virtuous woman excelled not because she is superwoman with nine lives neither did she have two heads but she was one who knew her Lord ,stayed with him and depended on him.

Never believe that you can’t achieve the same results, follow Jesus too and you will see the virtuous woman in you emerge. 

There is a virtuous woman locked up  in you and I pray that she will find expression in Jesus name.

The series continues with “Q & A with Dr Linda”



Lessons from the book of Joshua – Wisdom from the deathbed

Joshua 3

Joshua 23:6  – Wisdom from the deathbed

Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law…

People do not get to be “dying” and still fail to see what has been truly important in life. Generally, we understand things better with hindsight and one of the reasons we consider the words of old people as wisdom is because they have the benefit of a wealth of hindsight that younger people are yet to acquire. No one has hindsight like a man on his deathbed; whatever he says at such a point in his life must be very important.

Joshua is getting set to leave and he does what anyone who has the privilege of being in his situation would do which is to put his “house” in order. In doing so, with the benefit of hindsight (at the very least, since he could have also been speaking with the wisdom of God) he imparts what is most important to him. He urges his audience to be courageous to do all that was written in the book and not deviate from it in anyway. His words reflect what has been at the core of his being perhaps for the better part of his life and they were the same words spoken to him by God when he stepped into Moses’ shoes as the leader of the nation of Israel.

This tells me two things, the first being that it is true that a single encounter with God will change your life forever. The encounter Joshua had with God, as documented in Joshua chapter 1, stayed with him for the rest of his life. It was something he could not forget and going by the fact that Joshua was sharing it at the end of his life, it must have been what kept him going since the encounter.

Second thing is that you truly cannot give what you do not have. Fathers who reach the last mile marker in their journey of life with a sound mind would apportion their estate amongst their children and no matter how much a man wants his children to do well after he has passed on, he can only offer them what he has. And here we see Joshua offering this word of instruction. This, amongst other things, was what Joshua had. He shared it not just because it was a wise saying or because it was a godly thing to say but because it was what he had “seen and handled” and in his mind, it was the one critical thing that would guarantee that the “children” after him would do well in life.

Another lesson I am taking away from this exchange is from Joshua’s statement and it is this: it takes courage to do the word of God.

1 John 1: 1-3


Lessons from the book of Joshua – Switchboard

Joshua 3

Joshua 23:3 – Switchboard

I appreciate the description of the almighty God by Joshua in this setting and at this point in his life: “The Lord your God” or, more accurately according to bible translators, “Jehovah, your God.”

Of course that has been the way they mentioned God for the most part since their journey began in Exodus however, it just struck me at this point that the attempt of the leaders of the nation both in the first and the second “republic” was always to make the people see that Jehovah was not just the God of their ancestors, nor was He the God of Mr. President alone but that He was the God of each and every one of them.

I think it was important to these leaders to ensure the people saw God as being with each one of them, and not merely backing the office of the leader and validating him with signs and wonders, because they didn’t want the people to depart from God once the leader was out of sight as they were wont to do.

I think the tendency has not changed; out of sight is still out of mind and so I believe those of us who are leaders should always seek to cultivate the personal relationship between our followers and God because we won’t always be around to “redirect their calls” to God.

A brother testified in my church once. He was away from home on a trip and, late in the night, his wife called him and with emergency clear in her voice, she told him that armed robbers were trying to break into their home and it seemed they were succeeding. The man’s immediate response was “Let me call Pastor” but then he realized he would have to disconnect from his wife and kids in that situation in order to call Pastor. So he changed his mind thinking, “I too can pray and God will hear me.” And that was what he did; he stayed on the line with his wife and began to pray with her. He testified that the robbers made it into the house after breaking the door down, looked around and turned back and left the house without touching a thing.

John 14:16-18  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.


The Lord our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob … and of me.

John 16: 24; 20:17

The lady: Her home, her career and her call … 4

by Dr Linda Oyanna

The lady: Her home, her career and her call.
Continued from part 3


In your career as a virtuous woman, you need wisdom, knowledge, understanding and strength in order to excel. It is not just enough to get the basic training. You need your Lord to help you navigate your career and when he does, you will excel without stress or loss .

The bible says that Christ has been made unto you wisdom.

1Cor 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

Pss 18:29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

By God, you will accomplish the impossible. 

Prov 31:16 (AMP) She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

Prov 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

Prov 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Prov 3:13 Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.

Prov 4:7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Prov 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

The Lord wants his lady to prosper in her career because her success is a reflection of the workings of his grace in her. Whatever your career,be it medicine, law, catering, beauty, fashion, etc, God can provide you with the strength to handle it without you breaking down, struggling or suffering loss. If you are working by your own wits, you will struggle but if you rely on God, your progress will be far more.

Pss 18:29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

By God, you will accomplish the impossible. 

Prov 31:16 (AMP) She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties];with her savings  [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

This is wisdom at work. 

She does not jump into every new thing that is in town because everybody is doing it. 

She weighs it and considers how it affects her home and her present duties. 

Some of us do not have time for our families because we are too busy taking up more than we can handle or doing things we have no business getting involved in.

Did God send you into all the things you are involved in? Get wisdom, understanding and direction from the One who knows all things. 

Get God involved in your career and you will see His hand for He will tell you what to do and how to go about it while people looking at you will see a wise industrious woman, whereas, you know who your source is.

Watch out for part 5 ___________________________________________

Dr Linda Oyanna is a public speaker on health, relationship, marriage and family. She is a mother figure, mentor and role model for several young ladies who desire the balance she has been able to achieve among her many roles. 

The lady: Her home, her career and her call … 3

by Dr Linda Oyanna

The lady: Her home, her career and her call.
Continued from part 2.


Remember that I said that God has already put in you what you need to be that virtuous woman he created you to be.

Next, you have to admit that having a good home is possible. You have what it takes to create that beautiful home you have always dreamt of.

If you keep thinking that that home that was described in Proverbs 31 is unattainable, you will lock up the potential you have in you to create that kind of home.

God is a creator. He created the whole world out of nothing with his word. Everything we see that was created was hidden in God as potential which He released by his word. 

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Then he created you in his image and likeness. He put that same potential to create inside of you.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

This is why a woman is said to be transform things. Give her a house, she will give you a home. Give her a sperm and she will give you a baby.

We have that built-in capacity to create. Imagine if God felt he could not do anything about the darkness? He  would have carried all these beautiful things and people  inside of him, locked up without expression. He would have been alone still brooding over the darkness. Unfortunately, this describes how the lives of some ladies are. They are brooding in darkness with their full potential locked up.

I thank God for this conference because we have suddenly realized that we can be far much more than we thought we could.

So how do I create what I desire in my home?

1. Act like the God you resemble.  SPEAK

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

God knew what he wanted and He spoke. And whatever he said came to pass and whatever he called what he created maintained that name and NATURE.

Adam that God created in his likeness practiced this  and it also worked for him.

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof. 

Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

So my sisters, open your mouth and create. Speak the kind of home you want, the kind of children you want, the kind of husband you want.

As a single lady,speak what you want. As a married lady, speak what you want your husband to become. Most importantly, speak the virtuous woman that is in you out. Speak what you want to see in your life. Are you tired of being lazy? Call the strength buried in your spirit out.

Prov 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Are you always confused, call wisdom and understanding out from your spirit.

2. Go to God for  grace

You can’t do this by your power and on your own. You need God’s help to express what you have inside.

You need to be empowered for productivity. The word says we should come boldly to access the help to be all we can be.

3. Open your heart to information. 

Nobody knows it all hence we need each other and platforms like this to increase our capacity. 

The greatest source of information on your abilities is the word of God which contains the power to perform what it says.

Study the word, read books, add value to yourself, improve your skills etc. Read books on homemaking, marriage, men, women,children at different levels of development.

I always buy puff puff for my kids because they love it but I was not impressed with what I was getting so one day, after buying one terrible puff puff my boys refused to eat, I  just picked up my phone and used Google to search for how to make puff puff and that was the end. 

If I let my boys have their way, I  will fry puff puff everyday because Mommy’s puff puff is so nice and sweet. Now, they ask me to make all manner of things.

I speak restoration of peace and love in Jesus name.

What you need to create that home you so desire is not out of reach at all. All you need to do as a virtuous woman who is irresistible to go the extra mile. You have what it takes to create the kind of family that your kids and husband will enjoy. The home that your husband will always want to come to can be created by you. 

I speak peace to marriages that are having problems right now. I command the devil to take his hands off  those families. I pray for wisdom and knowledge of what to do to restore things.

Prov 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 

Prov 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 

Prov 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 

Prov 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Amplified bible says she is loaded with foodstuffs and brings her family food from a far country. 

This shows that she is a resourceful woman who loves information. She seeks wool and flax. She is always searching. 

Spice up your home, marriage and life by being resourceful. You do not have to travel anymore to learn some things, you have the whole world in your phone.

Do yourself a big  favour and read prov 31 from Amplified bible.

4. Do the word.

After speaking, asking for grace and getting informed, you still have to do the word. Practice what you have learnt. We have been bombarded with so much eye opening information. If all you do is celebrate the information without doing, you will lose what you have received. 

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

Jas 1:24. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 

Jas 1:25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

The blessing will show in the doing. You will be so surprised how the virtue in you will jump out when you practice what you have been hearing. 

It is never enough to just hear.

Watch out for part 4


Dr Linda Oyanna is a public speaker on health, relationship marriage and family. She is a mother figure, mentor and role model for several young ladies who desire the balance she has been able to achieve among her many roles.