Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Why Did Jesus Come?

'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' (John 10:10 NIV)

The culmination of the redemptive work of Christ is His death, resurrection and glorification; but His redemptive work started at incarnation. 
He was not born to establish a earthly Kingdom (John 6:15), neither did He come just to get people healed, give riches, nor forgive sins though all these and much more are given in the redemptive package.
If all He came to do is to forgive sins and heal sick bodies; apart. from the fact that He wouldn't have done anything new because people were getting healed and sins were being forgiven before He came (Psalm 103:1-3); human would still have helplessly continued in sin and sickness.
The ultimate need of human is RIGHTEOUSNESS - ability to stand before God unashamed; having a close communion with God; being in perfect spiritual union with God.
It was man's estrangement from God that gave way to the oppression of the devil in which sickness is inclusive.
Hence if man would be delivered from sin and satan He must be brought back into union with God, If man must be useful in fulfilling God's will on earth, then he must be brought back to God.
And then, we saw the ultimate demonstration of the manifold wisdom of God and His love in that God became man so that man can partake of the VERY NATURE of the Almighty God and become ONE with Him. 
Consider these:

'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' (John 10:10 NIV)

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." (2Peter 1:3-4 NIV)

"But whoever is united with the Lord is ONE with him in spirit." (1Cor.6:17)

He came to bring us to God, He came to make us righteous, He came to make us partakers of the nature of God, He came to make us children of God.
Now we are righteous, now we are God's children (Gal. 3:26) and now we are partakers of the nature of God - we are the trophies of His triumph. 
Lazarus who was raised from death, blind Bartimeus whose eyes He openned miraculously and the healing of the woman with the issue of blood among all others, are not the perfect proofs of His coming.
We who have partaken of His nature are the real proofs of His coming - we are the trophies of His triumph.
Aint you grateful to God that He came?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

3 Thing To Do When The Light Goes Dim (3)

"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works..."(Rev.2:5)
Could you please cast your mind back to the days when you were following hard after God, days of sharp sensitivity to the Spirit of God, when soul-winning was the major preoccupation of your soul; days when you were flowing in the gift and power of the Spirit while you stood as an encouragement to fellow saints. You had a great vision for the work of Ministry and you were ready to go all-out for it at all cost ...you were a vibrant gospel ambassador until distraction sets in!
How do you get back to where you fell from; where is the way-out?
You may wish to read through my last two posts wherein I explained the first two points: Number One, GOD DOES NOT FEEL THE WAY YOU FEEL, and Two
Ardent study of the word, constant and consistent labour in prayers and at times in solitude, association with men of like minds, attendance at Bible seminars and prayer conferences - these are some of the things you were doing and gradually you started making progress, passion was building-up in your heart, you were getting more and more intimate with God, revelation in the word was abounding and your love for the Lord was growing.
The idea 'here' is to make you see that the progress you made was not a mere coincidence, and even if you think it is, can't you see now that the coincidence has stopped since you wane in your commitment? The progress was actually a result of laborious and relentless input you made.
God has not changed His mind about His purpose for your life (Rom.11:29), He still want to use you for a great exploit and so you have to "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and DO THE FIRST WORK..."(Rev.2:5) blessed?

Monday, November 19, 2012

3 Things To Do When The light Goes Dim (2)

" Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb.12:1)
This is not an admonition for people who have never been down-to-earth with God; people who take Christianity as one of those things and have never been committed to Jesus in absolute surrender.
It is on the other hand meant for people who once had fervent love for the lord and was serving the Lord unreservedly until the light went dim. One thing led to the other, and consequently, passion and drive to walk with God and to do His will at all cost has waned. Am referring to people who were running well until they were distracted and their christian walk has turn-out to be a shadow of what it used to be.
Having stated in my previous post that the FIRST THING to do in such situation a
s this is to realize that GOD DOES NOT FEEL THE WAY YOU FEEL;
The SECOND THING to do is to SHED THE WEIGHTS - and weight 'here' does not mean sin only but everything that could obstruct progress in the christian course.
The word that readily came to mind is "preoccupation". Things that occupy your attention, things you spend time doing.
Your work/career could be a weight, sport, association with friends, internet, pinging, soap opera, novel, gratification of the flesh, sin and other legitimate things like sleep among others.
Once you place premium and priority over a particular activity or activities in your life above your commitment to the Lord, you are already carrying weight(s) and that will not only hinder your spiritual progress but it has the potential of short-changing your destiny if you bear it/them long enough.
In case, you are wondering why your love and passion for God is waning, then I charge you to check the 'weights' you are carrying because until you shed them there is no way forward.
I admonish you to first IDENTIFY the weights and then SHED them.
Why should you loose-out on God's best because of the fleeting affairs of this world ...think on these things!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

3 Things To Do When The Light Goes Dim (1)

"But when he came to himself, he said... I will arise and go to my father" (Luke 15:17-18)

On the note of fervent and burning love for the Lord many started out the Christian life; but somewhere along the line 'the light got dim' due to such things as cares of this world, crave for riches, pleasures of life and  lust of other things.

Many in this state of waning fervency have resorted to self-condemnation and are wallowing in guilt which has led them deeper and deeper into sin.

In such a situation as this, the FIRST THING you must realize is that GOD DOES NOT FEEL THE WAY YOU FEEL.The love of God does not fluctuate with the attitude of men.Even when you are faithless, He still remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself. You are the one that is feeling guilty, God is not condemning you... He sure doesn't like your sin but yet He is not condemning you (Rom.8:1).

Harboring guilt and self-condemnation in your heart thinking you could impress God by so doing is nothing but self-righteousness and that wont get you anywhere.
You will do well to study the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).

One of the reason the New testament is far better than the old is because the new replaces human's sense of guilt with a strong sense of boldness and righteousness through faith in Christ (Heb. 9:6-9; 10:1-4,18-22).

Hence, it is not enough to feel bad about your backsliding state; you must 'arise' like the prodigal son did and turn back to the father. Even if you think you have blown many opportunities, yet He has not given up on you; that great mission is still Possible, that purpose can still be accomplished, that dream can still come to reality, you can still write those books, you can still compose those songs, you can still reach the world, you are still needed for the expansion of His Kingdom - YOU STILL MATTER TO GOD!  ...to be continued subsequently

Friday, November 16, 2012

Persistence in Evangelism (Spurgeon, Charles)

"If we do not see souls saved today or tomorrow, we will still work... We are labouring for eternity, and we count not our work by each day's advance, as men measure theirs; it is God's work and must be measured by His standard" - Charles Spurgeon

Persistence in Evangelism (Spurgeon, Charles)

"If we do not see souls saved today or tomorrow, we will still work... We are labouring for eternity, and we count not our work by each day's advance, as men measure theirs; it is God's work and must be measured by His standard" - Charles Spurgeon

Trust the Word!

"The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."(Jer.1:12 NIV)
Human mind cannot possibly fathom the extent to which God can express himself in and through someone who is totally dependent on His word - someone who takes Him at His word without wavering (Rom.4:19-21).
Once the heart is committed to totally believing His word, God makes Himself responsible for the performance/fulfillment of His word (Jer.1:12).
Once we do the trusting, He does the performance (John.11:40)
He is a performer of His word: He cannot deny His word - ever faithful, ever sure!

The Gospel Described (REINHARD BONNKE)

"Calvary was the crucial moment of the cosmic drama of redemption. Here was the ultimate confrontation of righteousness and evil. Jesus Christ was the battle center. He carried the fierce tensions of hell and heaven, right and wrong. I'm told that the nucleus of an atom bears the strain of positive and negative forces. Split the atom, and those forces are no longer stable, held in equilibrium. The
y are released and fly apart. Nuclear fission takes place in a chain reaction. Matter turns to energy in a vast eruption of power. Nuclear physics is not my field of study, but I do understand that on the Cross was the One who upholds all things by the Word of His power. There He took the strain of the positive force of righteousness and the negative force of sin. He emptied evil of its potency. This let loose upon the world the positive power of righteousness. In the tomb that generating power waited and then burst upon us. From that Tomb the energies of Divine righteousness were released - Resurrection power! It has rocked the world ever since. Spiritual explosions happen everywhere, in man's lives, shaking cities and nations. The Gospel “is the power of God”. REINHARD BONNKE


"not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;"(Rom.12:11-12)
There is no alternative to fervency of spirit when it comes to commitment to the Lord.
When your passion begins to decline, you already start to die because you were born(saved) to burn. The soul of the believer is intended by God to be a furn

ace of burning zeal for His glory (Matt.5:16).
The power that raised Jesus from the dead with which we were endued was not given to us for interior decoration or for a mere sense of belonging.
We have received the ability of God for the accomplishment of His purpose and fulfillment of His will.

Consider Acts 1:8 " But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Wake up from your slumber fellow soldiers of the cross, banish excuses, and dethrone carnal interests and proclivity from your precious soul...
"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." (2Tim.2:4-5)
Strengthen the feeble kneels, be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous and be strong as we usher in the second coming of our Lord, Jesus the Lord!


" For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica..." (II Tim.4:10)
I know people who in yesteryears walked with the Lord in singleness of heart, with absolute commitment and undivided attention; they were ardent students of the Bible, copious at quoting scriptures and were people given-over to much praying.
As a result of such unreserved commitment

to the Lord, vision and passion was 'birthed' in their hearts for heralding the gospel at all cost, whether by life or by death. They talked about their evangelistic vision and plans to impact the world with d word of truth.
Alas, today many of them could hardly remember if they ever had such passion. They now have different vision, ambition and values. The passion to herald the gospel for which they lived and were ready to die has become to them one of those childish ambitions garnered in the days of' 'ignorance'.
They have been distracted!
...ends have to meet, certain social status must be attained, the pinnacle of career must be reached while support for football teams is not left-out. Though they re not wrong in themselves, yet in the quest for such legitimate affairs brass have been substituted for gold (Luke 8:14).
There is little or no time for communion with God; days of protracted study of the word have gone: hence, lack of sensitivity to God, dis-inclination to the cause of the gospel, loss of God-given vision are few of the apparent results.
Hmnn! distraction! - one of devil's most terrible and most subtle end-time means of robbing believers of their effectiveness has become the order of the day.
Time is short, Jesus is coming back soon, the world is dying and interestingly, God has not given-up on you, He is still counting on you. You are still very relevant in God's end-time agenda.
I charge you to "Remember therefore, from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works..."(Rev.3:5) will you?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Spurgeon's Quote on Evangelism

"If we do not see souls saved today or tomorrow, we will still work... We are labouring for eternity, and we count not our work by each day's advance, as men measure theirs; it is God's work and must be measured by His standard" - Charles Spurgeon

Knowledge of The Truth

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32)
IF every believer knows his rights and privileges in Christ then every believer will live his entire life free of oppression and harassment of the devil;
Every believer should know what Jesus had done for them in redemption and all He has freely given him (1Cor.2:12).
Oppression, sickness, disease and infirmity of any kind would not be found in a believer's life if he is more conversant with what Christ had done for him more than he is with sport, global economic and financial issues, crime report, fashion and general trend of this world.
I dare say that, if we all know our IDENTITY in Christ we will ALL live our lives in perfect health ABSOLUTELY free of sickness (John 8:32)
The knowledge of the finished work of Christ is the key to the victorious life. blessed?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Made Strong By The Word

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." (Psalm 119:9)
He does great harm to his own soul, he who neglect the word of God; for he cannot but fall into temptation again and again having despised the anchor of his soul which is the word of God.
Man 'without' God is a 'mass' of weakness; it is wisdom therefore to take advantage of the stre

ngth of God by latching unto His word by reading, studying, meditating and acting it.
Real, indomitable strength is divine (Psalm 62:11) and humans can only walk in this divine attribute by taking a careful heed to the word of God.
Moral strength, Spiritual and Physical can only be by the word of God.
Have you been captivated by your weakness and shortcomings? If you ll give yourself over to meditation in the word of God, you will soon see yourself walking in the very strength of God as though you were never 'down'. blessed?

You Are Not of The World!

"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (John15:19)
Many times Jesus told His disciples with a strong affirmative tone that they are not of the world.
The epistles from Romans to Jude and even revelation as well as book of Acts are replete with sim

ilar words of admonition telling believers that we re strangers and aliens here on earth, and the need to live as such. Viz:

"This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ"

Romans 12:2
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."

The Greek word (ekklesia) from which the English word 'Church' is derived means 'the called-out ones'. We have been CALLED, OUT of the world, not for malicious discrimination but TO SHINE AS LIGHT (Phil.2:15).
He who called us has recreated us and thereby has given us a new spirit (1Cor.2:12) and that is what has set us apart from the world. There might not be physical difference between us and the world - in terms of looks and stature, location and where we work e.t.c - but there is a great spiritual distinction between the believers and the rest of the world.
Its therefore the responsibility of the man born again to be fully conscious and to continue to maintain the consciousness of who he is in Christ Jesus as recorded in scriptures and by so doing he ll be able 'to keep himself unspotted from the world' (James1:27). blessed?

Qoute From Reinhard Bonke

"A church is not a signs and wonders club, a tongues movement, or a healing clinic. Far in front of all the phenomena is the teaching and the preaching of the Word of God, though in power and demonstration. Miracles are the support system of the truth. God bless." REINHARD BONNKE

Monday, August 13, 2012

Scriptures Commonly Misinterpreted (2)

‎"...so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:26)

The phrase, "faith without works is dead" has been commonly misinterpreted to mean that every believer must have a particular secular work he is doing as means of livelihood. As much as Bible gives admonition about secular work (Eph.4:28, Acts.20:34-35, IIThes.3:8-10), that however, is not what James chapter 2 is talking about.

The line of thought in James chapter 2 is in respect of Faith and the inevitable concomitant actions(works) produced by faith. 

"If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead."(James 2:15-17)

The same way you cant claim you care for someone and not be ready to cater for their physical needs when its in your power to do it so also you cant claim you have faith if that same faith does not produce corresponding action. You cant claim you have faith in the gospel of Jesus and not take the concomitant step of accepting Jesus as your saviour (James 2:14)

There are actions that are inevitable offshoot of faith; faith and the actions (works) it produces are inseperable siamese. If faith-motivated actions(works) are not evident in a man's life, Apostle James has taught us that such a man has no faith.

Therefore faith without corresponding action is dead (is not alive; does not exist). got it?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Some Scriptures Commonly Misinterpreted (1)

"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself" (John 12:32)
This verse is usually quoted in Christian assemblies, as admonition to 'lift Jesus up' by praise and worship so that he can draw people to church meeting. But if we had pay attention to the verse just after it, it will be clear to us that it refers to the death of Jesus and not worship.
The word 'lifted up' - "hupsoo" in the Greek means to elevate, exalt or lift up. yet, in context, it doesn't mean to exalt in worship. It is the same word used to describe how Moses hung the brazen serpent on the tree as well as the crucifixion of Jesus in John 3:14 : "And as Moses LIFTED UP the serpent in the Wilderness, even so must the son of Man be LIFTED UP"

Lets consider verse 32 and 33 in one breath:
""And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. This He said, signifying by what death He would die" (John 12:32-33)
Amplified version puts it this way:
"And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself, He said this to signify in what manner He would die"

Therefore, John 12:32 in context is not talking about 'lifting Jesus up in praise' and since you are not the author, you can't give it your own meaning.

He has died on the cross, as He said, He has drawn and He is still drawing men from all races (not just the Jews) to Himself by the death of the cross. Because on the cross of Christ could bring Jews and gentiles on the same platform as children of God.
"For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups." (Eph. 2:14-15) seen it?

The Bible Has Only ONE Subject & Only ONE Hero

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!" (John 5:39)
The Bible is not a book of many stories, though its got many scenes and events; its a book of ONLY ONE story - REDEMPTION; it has many characters, yet ONE HERO - Jesus the anointed.
Christ and His redemptive work is the ONLY SUBJECT and the CONCEPT of the Bible.
The stories, events and prophecies of scriptures ALL point to Him. Peter has righly said:
"To Him ALL THE PROPHETS witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
An Angel told John:
"...for the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus." (Rev.19:10, NLT)
This is the reason for the sacredness of the scriptures.
Having therefore the sacredness of the scriptures in mind, he that approach the Bible must not be oblivious of the fact that there are certain rules and guidelines that should moderate its perusal and study. No prophecy, verse or chapter should be given 'customized' or personal interpretation; the reader should instead, seek to DISCOVER what the Author (God) is passing across.
Hence, the necessity for contextual reading of the Bible while the concept and the historical settings of the events are not neglected. got dat?
Subsequently, I hope to discuss some scriptures which are commonly quoted out of context and out of concept. Have a great day.

Am I a soldier of the Cross by Isaac Watts 1674-1748

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause, 
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies On flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize, 
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage,
Lord. I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war Shall conquer,
though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine In robes of victory through the skies, The glory shall be Thine.

A Little From Psalms (4)

"What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?"(Psalm 8:4)
Once again this morning, I stir-up your pure minds with a reminder of God's indescribable love for human race.
Psalm 8:4 is an exclamation borne out of deep thought about God's glory extended mortal men.
It's almost unbelievable that the most excellent God would be so mindful of man. What is there in man that entitles him to so much notice? Why has God conferred on him such signal honors? Who could have thought that God would give such a dominion over His magnificent creatures to one who was prone to abuse it as man as shown to be?
This scripture shows the grand expression of the grace of God towards humanity because the ultimate reference, in Psalm 8:4 is to the person of the messiah (Heb.2:6-10) - why was man so honored as to be united to the Godhead (1John3:3); how could deity appear in mortal form (Heb.2:16)
Why should anyone of a race so feeble and so imperfect be entitled to such honor of sharing the nature of God and thus exalted above the angels.
The angelic ranks must have looked with amazement on the fact that man by his union with deity in the person of the Lord Jesus, has been raised above them in rank and in glory (Eph.2:4-6) - hmnn! Love so divine! So amazing!
I cannot imagine the possibility of a christian claiming that God has forgotten him in the midst of such revelation as this!
Rejoice Friends, cos you are an object of great interest in the divine mind.
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;" (1Peter2:9)

A Little From Psalms (3)

"2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah 
3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him. 
4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.." (Psalm4:2-3)

The admonition in verse 4 means to regard God in awe so as not to sin against Him. In view of this, the psalmist recommended solitary repose in order to meditate.
Oh that men would heed the word of this verse and commune with their own hearts; surely lack of meditation must be one reason why many are living outside the will of God.
Every believer, must have regular time of meditation in the word of God. Tame your passion, withdraw from distraction, let your heart be still, compose your tumultuous heart and bring your roaming thought under the authority of the word of God (2Cor.10:5)...
Learn to stay with God in quietness, meditating in His word- light will shine on your heart, you will begin to see things differently, your life will become free of undue complexities and most importantly you will be fit and available for the master's use.

A Little From Psalms (2)

"I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me."(Psalm3:5)
There was once a competition in which two painters were asked to graphically depict PEACE.
The first painter showed a body of water flowing gently with a tree in the middle of the water and a bird is standing on the tree undisturbed; the other painter on the contrary showed a turbulent sea with a great uproar and in the midst of this turbulence, there is a bird standing on a tree in the middle of the water unruffled inspite of the uproar:
the 2nd painter won the competition because peace is not absence of turbulence but a heart-seated disposition of confidence in the Mighty God that keeps His people.
This particular Psalm (Psalm 3) is believed to have been written by David when his son, Absalom, was after his life and wanted to dispossess him of the throne(2Sam.15); from human point of view, it was not a time to have sound sleep.
At such a time as this in our nation when bomb blast and insecurity is the order of the day; you and I as believers can remain calm and unruffled in the arms of Him who said... "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Heb.13:5)
We can sleep soundly with the two eyes closed, because he who keep us neither sleep nor slumber (Ps.121:3)
Never say, "if good people are falling victim who else could be spared"; you can speak for yourself alone in this matter.
Why should you be apprehensive as as though you don't have a living God: Banish fear from your heart dear children of light! for except the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stay awake in vain (Psalm 127:1).
Do have a sound sleep! ok

A Little From Psalms (1)

"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." (Psalm1:1-2)
Oh the blessedness Of the man who has preferred the word of God instead of the propensities of the flesh and ungodly company!
James encouraged believers to keep themselves 'unspotted from the world' (James 1:27) - and the practical way to get this done is to be the man Psalm 1talks about - he is not found in intimate association with ungodly people (1Cor.15:33); he does not execute the purposes of sinners; he does not frame his life according to their views and suggestions; in his plans and purposes of life he is wholly dependent on the word of God and looks therein for counsel and guidance - his will, desire, affection and every motive of his heart and every principle in his soul, are predicated on the word of God. He takes up the word of God as the rule of His life; he submits all his actions and affections to the holy standard of scriptures; he is not a casual browser of the word, but rather, he meditates on it day and night and he makes a constant practice of it.
There is no other way to be happy and be fulfilled in the in life than to go the way of the word. got that? You are blessed!

A Song - In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

 In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
 Fullness of God in helpless babe,
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save‘,
 Til on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied,
 For every sin on Him was laid,
 Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body laid
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth In glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

Welcome To The First Day of June, 2012

"And: You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail." (Heb.1:10-12)
Hmmn! Welcome to June the first, 2012. Like a lightening flash, the first five months of the year is gone. The euphoria of the new year has now waned and the exaggerated fad with its emotional feelings are gone. It wont be a surprise if we see many believers who have by now falter in their 'new year resolutions', because, most of the time, such resolutions are 'emotion-based'.
Beyond the change in time and season, there is an immutable reason why a believer should be committed to his Lord all year round; Let's see how Paul puts it:
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him."(Rom.12:1, NLT)
And in 1Cor. 6:20, He said "for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." (NLT).
The reason you should be committed to God is because you have received His mercy in redemption (1Peter2:10).
You will be more consistent in your walk with God if your dedication could be predicated on the unchanging truth of His grace. got that?
Do have a great month.

Concerning The End Time (4)

"Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Rev.20:6)
Shock, pain and tears - like light blown-out in obscure darkness, they are gone! My heartfelt condolence goes to those who lost their loved ones in yesterday's crash and to the entire people of Nigeria. Bible encourage us to mourn with those who mourn (Rom.12:15). Death is not the end of man its only a bend and for those of them who have made Jesus their Lord, "good night", I say to them for we shall meet again at the feet of Jesus who has bought us with His precious blood - we re looking forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev.19:9,17) and "... we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." (2Pet.3:12)
In case you have been acting in defiance to the gospel of salvation, why not think about it again and accept Jesus: remember death is a certainty (Heb.9:27) and you will not always be here.
Grace to you!

Concerning The End Time (3)

"Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." 
(2Peter 3:11-13)

Concerning The End Time (2)

"And he said to me, Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." (Rev. 21:10-12)
This calls for sober reflection: Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? Are you sure you will be able to meet Him unashamed when He comes? "Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen." (Rev.1:7)
Are you ready for the coming of the Lord?

Concerning the End Time (1)

"...it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour." (1John2:18)
Let him/her that reads this piece be reminded that, most assuredly the endtime has come!!! 
If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, it is high time you did "...as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christs behalf, be reconciled to God." (2Cor.5:20);
and if you have given your life to Jesus, it is high time you withdrew your attention from the affairs of this world in which you are engrossed - " No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." (2Tim.2:4); it is time to start being heavenly conscious because we will soon be going home (IThes.4:13-18).
He that has ear let him hear what the spirit is saying!

God-Inspired Counsel

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."(Psalm 119:105)
When the heart of a person is void of God-inspired counsel, such a person has got to the path of foolishness the kind of which death/destruction is the end result; for so is the case of Ahithophel (2Sam.15:3; 17:23) and many carnal men today (Hosea 4:6).
It is dangerous for a heart not be filled with the Word of God because such a heart is vulnerable to all manner evil experiences.
Therefore "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col.3:16)
The heart that is saturated through and through with the word of God is a 'wisdom-filled' heart.
Give yourself to personal study of the word and do not only go to Church today but make sure you go with a ready heart to LEARN THE WORD. ok?
We win!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jesus, The Healer (3)

"But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with HEALING in His wings." (Malachi4:2)
If we wonder why some believers still fall sick even though they have been healed once and for all time by redemption; we could as well consider why believers still commit sin having been forgiven and made free from sin through redemption (Rom.6:18 ) or why are a lot of people still perishing in their sin despite the fact that Jesus had already paid the ransom for their salvation (Matt.26:28).
Many reasons could be advanced for such seeming contradiction but the one that seems to encapsulate all is 'knowledge problem'(Hosea 4:6, Matt.13:15)
Believers still fall sick today because they do not have a good understanding of what Christ has done for them and that's why they could not avail themselves of all the benefits of redemption.
The Lord in making provision for healing and health through grace has done His part, it then behoves the one who has been given such grace to take advantage of it by consciously acquiring knowledge about all he has freely received. Having prepared you a meal, He will not force it down your throat; its your personal responsibility to take advantage of what he has done for you.
What should the ailing believer do?
The word of God is the solution to all human problems. Some ailments defy medical care but there is NONE that the word of God cannot heal.
You don't have to wait till sickness strikes before you start studying the word but even when infirmity catches you unprepared the word is still the solution. Read, study and Meditate on it, until the reality of it dawns on you. If you will allow the word of God to rule and reign (Acts19:20) in your heart as would a king over his domain, sickness won't have a place in your body and even if it comes it will bow to the rulership of the word in your heart.
The word of God is both sure and steadfast, give yourself over to it because it works! Blessed?

Jesus, The Healer (2)

"Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:4-5)
I present Jesus, the healer to you today.
There have been different opinions as to the meaning of the words 'griefs' and 'sorrows' in this verse; but if we will compare scriptures With scriptures light will shine on our hearts. According to Matt 8:16-17, the words are interpreted as 'infirmities' and 'sicknesses'
" When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses." (Matt.8:16-17).
Isaiah 53:4 reveals then that 'healing is part of Christ's atonement'
The same sacrifice that atoned for our sin and made us forgiven is the same sacrifice by which we were healed once and for all.
Hence, the believer has been healed of the Lord as much as he has been forgiven.
You may want to ask then; "if God has healed the believer, why do some believers still fall sick? And if a beleiver is sick what should he do?"
The foremost thing, before analyzing people's experiences, is to accept what the word of God says about you. If the Word says you have been healed, then you are! You are what the word says you are !
I will answer the questions tomorrow. Blessed?

Jesus, The Healer (1)

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people." (Matt.4:23)
He healed all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people! 
There were sick people in the days of Jesus who did not get healed because of their unbelief, yet there was no single sick person who approached Jesus for healing and did not get healed (Matt.14:34-36).
There were seventeen (17) dinstict instances in the synoptic gospels where Jesus healed all the sick people that were present; example (Matt. 4:23, Matt. 8:16-17, Matt.9:35, Matt.12:15, Matt.14:14, 34-36, Matt.15:30, Matt.19:2, Matt.21:14)
Of Him it was prophesied "But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with HEALING in His wings." (Malachi4:2)
When He sent forth His disciples to preach the gospel, they were commanded to heal the sick - It was a command - "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. FREELY you have received, FREELY give." (Matt.10:8) - it was a healing "bonanza"!
I make bold to say that Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. He still heals today like He did back then. No sickness nor disease can defy the mighty power Jesus.
Do you believe?

The Wonderful Name of Jesus (3)

"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."( Acts 4:12)
By His death and resurrection, the ransom for the liberation of mankind was FULLY PAID; He thereby paved the ONLY way through which man can go back to his maker (John14:6). 
The age-long desire of mankind to have fellowship with God was finally made a reality through Christ (Heb.7:19). Humans can now stand before the most holy God unashamed (Heb.10:19-22)
There's no need to live in servitude to sin and satan anymore; freedom in its absolute sense is given perfect expression in Jesus (John 8:36); the sons of men can now become the sons of God (Gal.3:26); death has been conquered and the life of God made available (John 10:10).
This is What salvation means and it is what the name of Jesus stands for.
Will you accept Jesus today and be saved?