Saturday, 30 December 2017

Jesus Is with the Keys to Your Problem

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18).

The son of God became man so that the sons of men will become sons of God. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for nothing. He died to redeem us from the error made by the first man—Adam, so that many who were made sinners by the disobedience of one man will be made righteous by the obedience of one man—Jesus (Romans 5:19).

At the fall of man, the devil held man captive and all men were destined  to die and go to hell with no hope of redemption. But God love man so much that He sent His only begotten to die for man (John 3:16). With the death of Jesus in the cross of Calvary, He reclaimed the keys to hell and death that was in Satan’s possession since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).

Immediately after the death and before the resurrection of Christ, Jesus went on to set captive saints free at the heart of the earth just as He promised before His death, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40) (see also Ephesians 4:8-9).

Jesus is still in the very business of setting people free held captive by Satan. Have you been pronounced to die by your doctors? Remembers Jesus is with the Keys to death and will unlock you from that situation (Revelation 1:18). Jesus Christ can save and unlock you from any difficult situation and addiction that is gradually dragging your soul to hell. Jesus has the keys the hell and if you rely on Him, the gates of hell will not prevail against your life (Matthew 16:18).

Just as Jesus walked through the streets of Galilee healing the sick, raising the dead and giving hope to the hopeless, He is still doing the same today (Matthew 4:23). Call upon the name of Jesus and you shall be saved. Just as it is written that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved and there is no other name given unto man by which man can be saved except the name Jesus (Romans 10:13; Acts 4:12).

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I know that I’m not worthy to be called your own (Luke 18:13), but forgive me all my trespasses because I know you’re just and faithful to forgive sinners (1 John 1:9). From this day henceforth, I confess you as my Lord and saviour (Romans 10:10). Deliver me from every difficult situation of my life and save me from hell and death this day I pray, Amen.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

How Long Should We Pray?

This is a frequent question asked by many and I think the answer was suggested by Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 26:40.

Matthew 26:40
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Jesus Christ suggested that His disciples  watch with Him one hour and then He follows up by saying, “watch and pray” (Matthew 26:41). So, if the disciples was to watch with Jesus one hour, then they were to pray also for one hour.

The same is applicable to all children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ today.  You may find it difficult to pray for one hour initially, but you can start with fifteen minutes daily and build it up from there.

Do you think otherwise?

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Gospel Truth

One thing Jesus Christ doesn’t care about when you finally make up your mind  to give your life to Him is your past (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I had the worse past (Romans 3:23), but the Lord was still just and faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9). Just give your life to Him (Matthew 3:2) and I tell you the truth, He will make all things in your life new (Revelation 21:5).

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 21:5
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Gospel Truth and Exhortation

You were created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). So therefore brethren, be that man God wants you to be and not what your fellow men expect you to be (Acts 5:29).

Remember since the fall man the eyes of man has been covered with the scales of sin (Acts 9:18), and so, they can not see or appreciate  the real you. Do not try to impress, but rather, seek those in distress.

Do not make your wife your God; your husband your God; your children your God or your parents your God (Matthew 10:37)  because at the end of the day, it will be every man for himself  in front of the judgment seat of Christ (Matthew 22:30; Hebrews 9:27) and by then, the will be no excuse for placing the will of man above the will of God.

Finally brethren, keep on searching for the truth till you find one because only the truth can set you free. Just as it is written and saith by the Lord: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV).

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The True Purpose and Function of the Kneecap

The knee cap is the strong bone on the front of the knee. Biologically is known as the “patella”. It serves as a covering or protection for the knee but that’s not it major function.

Many do not know it purpose and function; some conclude it is meant to support kneeling. From my own observation, the knee cap is meant to support our kneeling down while praying (Luke 18:1).

God who made man after His own image and likeness knows  all what man need and gave it to us. He knows we will need to pray and that’s why He made support for us to pray without much strain to our knees by placing the kneecap on our knees to support our prayers and communication with the heavenly Father.

The importance of prayers cannot be overemphasized and the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). Many do not  know the importance of the kneecap because the prayer culture in the society today is not being given much attention. Whoever does not know the importance of prayer cannot know the importance of the kneecap.  Without the Kneecap, it would be difficult to pray while kneeling down.

The kneecap today is only being used to punish misbehaving children at home and at school. While this is right because the Holy Bible encourage the discipline of misbehaving children in order not to spoil the child (Proverbs 13:24), the knee cap should be used for it true purpose by teaching and encouraging children and students to use it to pray.

Though kneeling to pray is not the only posture to pray as one can pray in any desired posture, but maintaining a kneeling posture is a sign of respects for God (Romans 14:11). Kneeling  while praying  is the recommended posture for praying.

You can put the knee cap into good function by praying always with all prayer and supplication and it’s my humble wish that your prayer will be granted (Ephesians 6:18).

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

What It Means to Be Made in the Image and Likeness of God

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 (Genesis 1:26 KJV).

These are the words of the Lord God Himself during the time of creation (Genesis 1:1). God made man in his own image and likeness and He made them male and female (Genesis 1:27). Some may wonder what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God. That is what this article is all about.

To be made in the image of God means we resemble God. It talks about the resemblance between  God and man in appearance. Consider identical twins how they look alike, so also it is with God and man. Though we have the semblance of God, we are not entirely the same in power and some other characteristics.

On the other hand, being made in the likeness of God has to do with the similarity in character. Character like holiness (Leviticus 11:45), purity, justice, equity etc. Man was originally created to posses the character of God until the fall of man in the Garden of Eden thereby paving way for sin to come into the world.  Since God is holy, then man should be holy; since God is righteous, then man should be righteous also, but this is not the case in this present world because of the effect of sin in our lives.

The “broken” likeness of God that man should have had if not for sin and the fall of man, is the purpose for which Jesus Christ came to the world that by the sin of one man—Adam many were made sinners without  the likeness of God, and by the faithfulness of one Man—Jesus many will be made righteous with the likeness of God restored (Romans 5:19).

Though sin slightly affected the similar image between God and man, sin completely affected the likeness of man with God. Sin affect the similar image we have with God by the disabilities and deformities we see in man today which is still as a result of sin. While on the other hand, sin affects our complete likeness of God in that God is compassionate, holy, God of justice and so many good characteristics. Man does not posses this likeness but rather, wickedness is the major trait of  man today (Genesis 6:5) unless being rejuvenated and cleansed by the precious blood of the Lamb (1 John 1:7).

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Gospel Worship

Worship the name of the Lord whose tracks and footsteps no man can trace.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 KJV
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Does Heaven Only Help Those Who Help Themselves?


“Heaven help those who help themselves”

This statement I heard several times from my primary school headmaster. As I grew older, I observe it is being used frequently by most.

Why there are some truth in the statement, it is not entirely true. Though It can be used to spur people to be hard working and not to stay indolent and idle, but there are some who can’t help themselves unless heaven help them first because some are in captivity either by Satan, sickness, impairment or otherwise (2 Timothy 2:26).

Jesus Christ stated categorically that we can do nothing by our own self without Him (John 15:5).

John 15:5 KJV: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Jesus Christ is like a tree while we are the branches. We must abide in Him in order not to fall off from the tree because without Him as the word has said, we can not stand on our own. So, since we can do nothing except Jesus help us, then how can Jesus only help those who can help themselves?

Sometimes, we sit in comfort and fail to realize and discern those in discomfort. We murmur to ourselves  “he doesn't want to help himself”. For example, students coming top in class are assumed by the teacher to be the “hard workers” but fail to realize that some student might be having some secret and hidden challenges and can’t help themselves but need assistance. Some students suffer visual impairment and cannot see well unless they get medicated glasses while some others might suffer challenges like language and speech disorders, mental disabilities, difficulties with reading and so many others.

“There is no excuse for failure” is another erroneous statement used by many to molest others struggling. If we say because one having challenges excelled and other must do the same and for that reason we ignore them and fail to render the assistance we can, then we have lost it completely. No two individual is the same and we are all created by God and unique in our own different ways. No one is born dull as perceived by some. Just as Jesus came not to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance, so also teachers are called to call those who they perceive dull to acute intelligence (Luke 5:32).

We should lean not on our own understanding in the things we do and think we are helping ourselves and does not need the help from God above (Proverbs 3:5; Jeremiah 9:23) because every good gift that we can get can only come from God in heaven (James 1:17). Just as it is written “a man can receive nothing unless it’s given from heaven” (John 3:27).

John 3:27: “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”

Heaven must help us first before we can help ourselves. Many think they can work by their own strength but the scripture makes us understand that we can do nothing without Jesus as stated earlier (John 15:5). Working without God is a like a boat in the desert, we get stuck in one place even when we think we have arrive our destination and it all leads to a dead end.

Only when heaven help us, then we can help ourselves. Sometimes things will be on smoothly with us and then we are tempted to think it’s by own making and hard work but I tell you the truth, it’s God who still do everything regardless whether we believe in Him or not.

There comes a time when we become completely unable to help ourselves until God intervenes. Those who God help should not despise those who are still down claiming their problem was bigger than the problem of the person suffering. But rather, lets us all point all struggling souls to the cross of Jesus because He bore our suffering on His shoulders on the cross and declared it all finished (John 19:30).

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Putting on the Whole Armour of God

It is true that life is not a playground but a battlefield, and God is continually fighting an invincible battle for us that we are not even aware of.

Wherefore brethren put on the armor of God to win the battle of life (Ephesians 6:11) because we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

Ephesians 6:11 KJV
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Difference Between the Spirit and Soul of Man

The spirit and soul are most times used interchangeably but they are not entirely the same. The spirit and soul are also being mistaken for each other; as some use spirit instead of soul and vice versa. It can be confusing but there is difference between both.

The spirit is the air that we breath. It was given to us by God during the creation of man and at birth. We share the same spirit with God (Job 27:3). The spirit is the “breath of life” God breathed into the nostrils of Adam in the time of creation and as the scripture recorded, Adam became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). The Bible says: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).  The breath of life  used in the context is the spirit of man and the God given air we breath.

Since it is  God from whom we share the same spirit, the spirit of man depart man at death and returns back to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Just as it is written in Ecclesiastes 12:7, which says: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”. The dust here refers to the body from which it was taken (Genesis 2:7), and the spirit refers to the breath of life given to man temporally on earth (Genesis 6:3) at the time of creation and birth. Other names for spirit are: the breath of God, breath of man or breath of life.

The soul on the other hand is the inner being of man. It is the eternal and spiritual part of man that leaves the human body after death and continue living for eternity either in heaven or in hell. Jesus says in Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” What Jesus mean here is what will a man gain if he gains the whole world to himself but yet, loose his own soul to hell.

The spirit and soul are use in the scripture  differently; as meaning may not always portray the meaning explained above. It all depends on the context of the usage. For example spirit  can also mean wind or breeze as used in Job 4:15 KJV: Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:.

On the other hand, soul means person or creature in Genesis 2:7.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Do You Know Barabbas Was Also Called Jesus?

Concerning the death and crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:30). Do you know Barabbas, the robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of Christ was also called Jesus?

If yes, how then was Jesus Christ and Jesus Barabbas differentiated in their trial before Jesus Christ was picked for crucifixion?

How are we sure that Barabbas was not mistaken for Jesus because of the similarity of name?

Jesus was a good man and even Pilate confirmed it (Luke 23:4). It’s obvious that the large crowd that concord to Jesus crucifixion (Mark 15:14) did not who Jesus was; probably mistook Barabbas for Jesus because of the name similarity.

All the same, thank God Jesus was picked because without Jesus Christ being picked and crucified, no man would being saved today (Matthew 1:21) and all men would have perished (John 3:16).

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Heaven Created by God in Genesis 1:1

As it is written in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

There is confusion as to which “heaven” is being referred to here. Some say the abode of God, while some others say the visible heavens i.e. the sky, abode of stars, sun etc.

Someone asked, if God created the heaven and the earth as stated in Genesis 1:1, then where was the abode of God before the creation of the world? This is a brilliant question and it’s asked because the questioner here thinks that the heaven being referred to in Genesis 1:1, is referring to the abode of God but this is not true. The heaven being referred to in Genesis 1:1 is the visible sky (Genesis 1:8).

In the story of the creation of the world and after Genesis 1:1, the Bible went on further to describe how the heaven and earth was created. It started in verse 2 of Genesis 1 and how the earth was without form and how the Spirit of God — Holy Spirit — played an active role in the creation of the world (Genesis 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 (Genesis 1:2).

After the  formless  earth was described, light was created when  God with a loud voice said, “let there be light” and the darkness of the earth at that time could not comprehend the voice of the Lord and gave way (Genesis 1:3-5; John 8:12).

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:3).

The description of the creation of the  world went on further and how the heaven  was created is described in Genesis 1:6-8. In Genesis 1:8: “And God called the firmament Heaven…”. This was after the creation of the firmament and  God called it Heaven. Firmament is the sky and that is the Heaven that is being referred to in Genesis 1:1.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day (Genesis 1:8).

For the invincible heaven and abode of God, it has always been in existence even before the world was made and before the world began.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Parable of the Truthful Gardener

What is the  kingdom of God like? (Luke 13:20)

It’s like a small garden that is being cultivated and taken care of by a gardener (John 15:1). Little children ran into the garden, sat on it, and asked the gardener to tell them a story (Matthew 19:14).

The gardener agreed and asked them the type of story they would love to hear and they all responded and screamed out loud, “papa please tell us the story we want to hear” but the gardener replied them and  said “no children,  I will tell you the story you need to hear instead” (Matthew 6:8 ).

He began, but after some time, some of the children who found the story boring and some  other who found the story frightening, began to leave one after the other. Some other even not in their own will ran after their friends, leaving just few children behind (John 6:66, 67).

After telling the few children left  the story, the gardener suspected the children will be hungry and asked them what they would like to eat (Matthew 5:6). The children responded and said “papa please give us the food we need” and the gardener said “no children, I will not only give you the food you need, but will give you any kind of food you want and of your choice also” (Matthew 6:33).

And the gardener opened a small gate close to the garden (Matthew 7:14) and inside was diverse kinds of food from his harvest of his garden and arranged in barns and the few children left were amazed by the wealth of the gardener.

He took them into his mansion (John 14:2) and in it was a large dinning table with already prepared delicacies of diverse kind, with his family members surrounding the table (Matthew 8:11). The gardener  said to the children “eat my children (Romans 8:14),  for these I have prepared for you since the very first day I started cultivating my garden (Genesis 1:1; 2 Timothy 2:19), for you must have what you need first, before you get what you want (Matthew 6:33).

The small gate was shut and the few willing children became the adopted children of gardener forever (Revelation 21:3).

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Gospel Truth: Listen to God Rather than Men

Nothing makes one sick more than when anyone tries to listen to everyone at the same time.

Listen to the voice of God rather than the diverse opinions of men (John 10:27). If you can’t hear the voice of God, pray and the Lord will give a response (Jeremiah 33:3).

You make ask how the Lord speaks to man. He speaks in different ways. First, through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16); second, through our thought and action; third, and in rare cases, audibly.  He can also speak through godly people.

Acts 5:29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Is the Law of Karma Biblical?

The popular law of karma says: “what goes around comes back around”.

Some people argue if this saying — law of karma — is biblical or not. Now, let’s search the scriptures diligently to know if it’s biblical or not (John 5:39).

Ecclesiastes 11:1 says: “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Though this scriptural verse is used in the context of liberal giving and it benefit, but I think it supports the idea of the law of karma.

Try to picture the Ecclesiastes  11:1 in your mind. A bread cast or thrown into the river and it will return to that same spot it was thrown after many days. This is an illustration and it definitely explains and support the law of karma.

What you do unto others, others will do it unto you. For this reason, it is written and said by Jesus in Matthew 7:12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”. This is an idea of the law of karma.

There is a popular saying that says: “whatever a man sow, he shall surely reap”. This also support the law of karma.

Bird eat ant while alive, but when the bird dies, the ant eat the bird. That is how life is and support the law of karma.

So therefore brethren, let this mind be in you (Philippians 2:5). Never underestimate or disregard anyone because of his or her present situation because things can turn around in the twinkling of an eye since  whatever goes around, surely comes around.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Gospel of Thanks and Praise

I give God thanks for all the troubles that I had because without those troubles, it would have been difficult to have known that Jesus Christ is the Lord ( John 11:4; 2 Corinthians 4:17).

Looking back now, there is no regret. Looking forward, that’s all that it left and I would not have changed a thing even if I could.

All thanks to Jesus!

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Gospel Truth: Jesus Heals

Whoever draws his or her self close to Jesus, gets healed of any kind of infirmity within a short time (2 Chronicles 7:14) .

Is it really a hard thing to do?

Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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The Beautiful Ones Are Already Born and They Live Among Us

There is a book titled "the beautiful ones are not yet born". But I tell you the truth, the true  beautiful ones are already born and they live among us.

For the cause, Jesus Christ admonished us to treat all men beautiful and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves  (Matthew 22:39; Hebrews 12:14).

Matthew 22:39: “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Everyone is born beautiful. Pray therefore brethren (Philippians 4:6), that the  Lord God will open your eyes to see the beautiful  people around you which you originally thought was abroad or not yet born.

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Gospel Truth on Health and Healing

Sickness is never the will of God and there is virtually no sickness on earth that cannot be cured either by Jesus or by nature.

Jesus can heal all ailment (Matthew 4:23; Acts 10:38) because He bore our infirmities on the cross and  by His stripes we are healed of all sickness (Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24). At the mention of the name Jesus, all sickness bow and disappear  (Philippians 2:10).

Just call on the name of Jesus and you shall be healed and saved (Acts 2:21).

Acts 2:21: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

On the other hand, nature and natural things heal. Never underestimate the things created by God and place the things created by man to be of more importance. Water for example, is better than soft drink intake.

Use a dying plant as a specimen. When you pour  water on it, it comes back to life but if you pour a soft drink or beer on it, it dies completely.

Water and every natural thing gives life to the body. So, consume more water and fruits and consume less sugar. With this practice, and in due time, you will be fine.

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Gospel Truth on Persecution

They will tag you “religious”. They will call you all sort of names but stand ye therefore and know that the God you serve — Jesus Christ — is still the Lord on the throne (Revelation 19:16).

Some will have an internal hatred for you but don't  know how to express it (Galatians 5:20-21).  It is the devil who worketh all this.

I exhort you brethren to stand firm and not  be shaken in mind or heart (John 14:1)  because you have been told before now that all who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).

2 Timothy 3:12: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

In your walk with Christ and if everyone is pleased with you, know ye therefore that there is something not right with you because Christ said just the same way they hated Him, they will hate you also (John 15:18).

John 15:19: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Education Gospel: Books Entertaining Than Television

It can come to a point when books will be like a television to you and you will laugh out hard while reading as if you’re watching a comedy because of your level of understanding.

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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Testimony Gospel: Speech Problem Healed


I was born a chronic stammerer and how God took away the speech impairment completely still remains a mystery to me until today.

Anyone who sees me then sitting all alone calls me a “quiet boy” but never knew it was simply because I was unable to speak.

Jeremiah 32:27: “Behold, I am the Lord , the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

Exodus 4:11: “And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord ?”

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Gospel Truth: In love with the Lord and Not with the World

Falling in love with Jesus makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fall in lust with the world and everything in it (Matthew 16:24; 1 John 2:15).

1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

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Visual Gospel: God' Master Plan

The vision is clear and I can see the sketches of His master plan (Jeremiah 29:11). 

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Blessed Are the Meek for They Shall Inherit the Earth — Understand Matthew 5:5

In the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

To be “blessed” means to be happy i.e. happy are those—the meek who will inherit the earth (Psalm 37:11). To be meek means to be humble and we should not forget that Jesus Christ Himself is an epitome of humility who was God but did not consider himself to be equal with God and made for Himself no reputation but  took the form of a servant obedient to the Father even till death on the cross of Calvary (Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus is an example of humility we all should emulate as His followers (1 Peter 2:21).

1 Peter 2:21: “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

Now we have known what “blessed” and “meek” means but which earth should we conclude that Jesus Christ  is referring to? This present temporary earth (Luke 21:33) or the future earth of the new heavens and the new earth that will be created by God (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation  21:1).

The present earth we live in was created  in holiness and purity (Genesis 1:1) and our early parents — Adam and Eve dwelt in the Garden of Eden in righteousness having an intimate relationship with God until the fall of man  when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin came into the world but the cure is Jesus (Romans 5:12).

God has promised to replaced this present sinful world with a new earth i.e. the new heavens and the new earth (Isaiah 66:22). So I ask again, could Jesus be referring to this present earth or the future new heavens and new earth or both?

Jesus was probably implying that the  humble will inherit the good things of the earth. The Bible has made us understand that this earth and everything in it  is temporary and we should not lay too much emphasis on it because everything we gather will perish (Matthew 6:19-20).

Matthew 6:19-20: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”

If Jesus taught that we should not lay treasure of what  we have inherited in the earth,  then what should be do with the inheritance from the earth of Matthew 5:5? A case study of someone who got punished for laying up treasure for himself was the rich man who laid up treasure for himself but never knew his time to depart the world had come (Luke 12:16-21).

Since the current earth will pass away (Luke 21:33), Jesus most likely was referring to the earth of the future new heavens and new earth that will be created by God after this present earth is rolled away.

The inheritance of anyone in this present earth for good conduct should be the joy and happiness that flows into the heart for doing what is right (Galatians 5:22-23). Every other form of inheritance like comfort and wealth is not for the individual alone but for the benefit of others most especially the poor and the needy (Matthew 19:21). There is virtually nothing else to inherit in this present earth because all is vanity and temporary (Ecclesiastes 1:2).

In the new heavens and the new earth, there shall be no more weeping or pain (for the old things has passed away) and the new earth shall be inherited and inhabited by the meek, saints and all who overcome sin in this present sinful world (Revelation 21:4; 2:26).

Be part of it! (Matthew 3:2).

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Power Is in Your Eyes

There is a popular saying that says that the destiny and power of a man is in his hands, but I tell you the truth, the power of a man is in the eyes also. As a Christian, allow the devil to get a firm grip of your sight, then you are finished.

The power in your eyes cannot be overemphasized. Jesus Christ our Lord knowing this, confirmed it when He said in Luke 11:34: “The light of the body is the eye”.

Luke 11:34: “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”

We brush our teeth every morning and we take good care of our skin by bathing everyday, but how many of us know that the eyes has to be taken care of also? Do you notice that the eyes can’t be washed or brushed like the others but how then can we take care of the eye?

God created man (Genesis 1:27) and has given us everything that we need and expects us to take good care of them (Revelation 2:25).

I tell you the truth again, there is power in your eyes. The devil knowing this is working tirelessly to ensure that he pollutes everywhere with things that can destroy the sight and thus corrupt the mind (1 Peter 5:8). He does this by promoting indecent dressing (1 Timothy 2:9); pornography is on the increase (Matthew 5:28) and the internet is flooded with indecency. These are the works of the devil to capture your sight and enslave your mind.

You have to gain control over your sight once again my dear friend because the devil like a roaring lion is moving to and fro the earth seeking the eyes to devour and destroy because he knows the power that is in the eyes of man.

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

The devil and his minions always want to use things that seem pleasant to the sight to get us. In the book of Genesis, and where the problem of the world started, the Bible says after Satan had convinced Eve that the fruit from the forbidden tree was harmless (Genesis 3:4), Eve truly plucked the fruit from the trees and found that the tree was good for food and that it was “pleasant to the eyes”.

Genesis 3:6: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Not everything that looks good is actually good and not everything that taste sweet is good for the body. For example excess sugar which taste sweet can cause harm to the body. Eve lusting after the beautiful sight of the fruit alone, never knew that the same fruit will bring forth death (James 1:15).

James 1:15: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Take good care of your eyes. To take care of your eyes, mind what you look. God gave us our eyes to see everything but does not expect us to look everything. Just the same way He created diverse things that can pass through the mouth, but does not expect us to eat everything.

So therefore brethren, be mindful of what goes into your eyes for you know not when the thief will come to take the sight away and render it spiritually blind (John 10:10).

You have been warned! (Mark 13:23).

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Should a Christian Use Horoscope and Zodiac Signs?

Have you ever come across the use of symbols or birthdays in predicting the character, behavior and future of people?

Those are horoscope or the use of zodiac signs. They are advice and future predictions based on the date of birth of a person and the positions of the stars and planets. It is practiced and spread by astrologers, witches, sorcerers and some others. I used it in my early period of conversion until I repented and was corrected by the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV :“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

The use of signs in the affairs of man is an age-old practice. In the book of Matthew chapter 16, the Pharisees sought to tempt Jesus by desiring Him to show them a sign from heaven (Matthew 16:1), but Jesus rebuked them for desiring the discerning of the face of the sky but couldn’t discern the signs of time ( Matthew 16:3).

Matthew 16:2-3: “He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. [3] And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

The discerning of the sky the Pharisees with Sadducees requested for in Matthew 16:3, are the same activities of the astrologers and other forces behind the use of horoscope and zodiac signs today.

Biblically, zodiac signs and horoscope is referred to as divination which is the practice of using signs or special power to predict the future. God is against divination and those practicing it and seek their repentance (2 Chronicles 7:14). He prohibited the children of Israel from using it (Deuteronomy 18:10 ; Ezekiel 12:24).

Deuteronomy 18:10: “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,”

The results of divination/zodiac signs are all false ( Ezekiel 13:6,7). The future is in God’s hand and only God knows the future except that which He choose to reveal to anyone (Ecclesiastes 8:7). Man has no business with what the future holds or what is needed for the next day (Matthew 6:34 ; Matthew 6:25)

Matthew 6:34: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

The use of signs by astrologers are also being used to predict future events like end times which has lead many astray (Matthew 24:36). Many who wait for the appointed time of the prediction backslide and conclude Jesus will not come after all and will continue with their old ways but Jesus Has said He will come like a like a thief when no one including the astrologers themselves will expect (Matthew 24:44; 1 Thessalonians 5:2).

Matthew 24:44 :“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

As Christians we should be ready at all times by watching and praying and expecting His return at the same time (Mark 13:33 ) and not swayed by any random doctrine of error from zodiac, horoscope or divination (Ephesians 4:14).

The Holy Bible should be our guide in the direction of our life affairs by God and not horoscope (Proverbs 30:5; Proverbs 3:6). Pray without ceasing that the Lord will always be with you and will direct your path and that His plans for your life will be fulfilled (Thessalonians 5:17; Jeremiah 29:11). Every other means that are contrary to the word of God and praying for divine direction should be avoided.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Overcoming Recurring Nightmares and Ugly Dreams

What is a nightmare? It is a very bad dream that frightens a person asleep. Several thoughts of the cause is in circulation. Many conclude that it is because of an evil spirit oppressing people during sleep, while medically, it is seen as sleep disorder with several names linked to it like sleep paralysis and various sleep disorders with ailment like depression and others also linked to it.

Well, medicine always has name for everything — both the usual and unusual, but I tell you the truth and from my experience and how I overcame, nightmares has nothing to do with the medical but the unseen world trying to commune with the physical world and the objects in it.

Some of the instances of nightmares and ugly dreams are: many complain of human-like pressure on the chest while sleeping; some wake up with marks and scratches on their body; some other experience sex in the dream and wet dream; some eat in the dream and wake up heavy and so many other instances. The medical may give different names to these because it operate on flesh during operating and test blood fluid frequently, but we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

Ephesians 6:12 KJV: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Those instances are demons trying to manipulate man and for the exact reason for each of the instance only known to them.

It is a three way thing: either you are for them, sitting on the fence or against them i.e. either on the left (for them), in the middle (relaxing and doing nothing) or on the right (for God). When you’re for them, you work for them and such agents who do so are like prisoners with condition for temporary freedom. Proverbs 4:16 makes us to understand that some sleep not until they have done mischief and have cause some people to fall.

Proverbs 4:16: “For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.”

Those at the middle and sitting on the fence, experience some “petting” experiences  from the unseen agents like eating in the dream and sex in the dream. Those trying break off to come to the godly side, at their initial stages of their conversion, experience frightening attacks from the agents and sometimes lesser ones to put fear in them to draw them back to their sinful ways (Hebrews 10:38-39) but fear not as Christ the Lord has said (Luke 12:32; John 14:1; Romans 8:15). Whoever bears the mark of Christ, the evil one touches him or her not (1 John 5:18; Galatians 6:17), but endeavor to abstain from sin and pray to God that your flesh might be in subjection to overcome the pressure to sin (Mark 14:38; 1 Corinthians 9:27).

To overcome, first accept Jesus into your life by confession and prayer (Romans 10:9). I can’t guarantee success for a practicing witch doctor following this steps. Secondly, pray before you sleep using key verses involving Jesus Christ and His blood He shed on the cross for you and I (John 6:56; John 6:53). In prayer also, put on the whole armor of God  as stated in book of Ephesians 6:13-18.

Ephesians 6:10-11:“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

In conclusion, sleep with your Holy Bible open, most preferably on specific chapters and verses containing phrases like “blood of Jesus”, “blood of the Lamb”  (Revelation 12:11) and with this you will overcome by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8).

Good luck!

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