All posts by Romanus O. Obiekosi

•Evangelist •Singer •Author •Music Coach •Editor in chief Encourage Magazine/ Soul Winner News Letter

YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW THIS

Do you know that the Holy Bible is the bestselling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed? – Guinness World Record

FIVE BILLION COPIES (5,000,000,000) SOLD?
That’s really amazing! Isn’t it?
That suggests that more than a half of over 8 billion population of the world owns a Bible, or probably more than one Bible.
Have you got your own Bible? Don’t be left out! Join the divine train.

This singular statistics is an indisputable proof that the world cannot survive without the Word of God which dwells among us, and through which the world was made (John 1:12). The world is still in daily search of a life free of pain, sorrow and ultimate liberation.

Man’s freedom, prosperity, success, fulfillment and happiness in this life are inseparably tied to the application of God’s Word in his life. The same thing applies to people of all walks of life -whether the nations, governments, corporate organizations and so on. Our survival is in applying the Word of God in our daily activities.

God created the world by the ‘Word’ (John 1:1). And it is only by the Word can the world be sustained. Everything that is made by the Word can survive only by the Word.
It’s only by the Word you can be sustained and be fulfilled. Hence the command from the Lord, “Keep this book of the law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful Joshua 1:8 (NIV).

The Word of God is meant to dwell in every home and heart of mankind and influence our behavior, attitude, character and cause of action on a daily basis.

Studying, meditating, obeying and applying the word of God in our daily lives and activities bring about unprecedented success, prosperity and fulfillment.

WHERE IS YOUR BIBLE?
I ask you again, where is your Bible?
Do you have a Bible? When was the last time you opened through the pages?
Do you read, meditate and study your Bible day and night according to God’s command?
Do you obey and apply the will of God as contained in the Scriptures?

The Bible is the manual of human life. It is a divine mirror through which we view our lives. It is a channel of divine revelation and enlightenment.
Opening and reading through the Scriptures brings about the manifest revelational presence of God. It is a glorious moment when mysteries are uncovered and truths are revealed.

Through the study of the Bible, you get to discover yourself and come to understand your Maker’s desires and purpose for your life; which when discovered, brings prosperity, success, satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness in life.

Go get your Bible where you have left it. Get it dusted! Start reading it and begin the new life experience of discovering yourself and your Maker’s (God) purpose and expectations for your life.
All in the Bible!

Love the Bible
Read the Bible
Study the Bible
Share the Bible
Preach the Bible
Teach the Bible
Believe the Bible
Live the Bible
Kiss the Bible
Distribute the Bible

By Romanus O. Obiekosi

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A Few Days to February 14th (“Be my Valentine”)

WHAT VALENTINE CELEBRATION IS ALL ABOUT 

Content:

1. Origin
2. Right Context
3. God is the center – criteria for Valentine celebration
4. Wrong Context
5. Conclusion

1. Origin

Officially recognized by the Catholic Church, Saint Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as “being known only to God.” One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a Catholic priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed.

Enough confusion surrounds the true identity of Saint Valentine that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969, though his name remains on it’s list of officially recognized saints. While the Catholic Church remains convinced there was a third-century martyr named Valentine, lack of specific information and the possibility that there may have been more than one Saint Valentine led to the removal of the liturgical feast from the church’s general calendar.
But the feast still appear on the calendar of some local churches.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.
Claudius believed that recruitment of personnel for the army was suffering because Roman men did not want to leave their loved ones or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hope of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.
But Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 A.D., Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine put to prison and later killed.

2. Right Context

Going by the story above, firstly, the priest stood for the Law of God, (Gn 1:27, 28) as against the decree from the civil authorities. We learn here that we should not be unconcerned wherever there is a manifestation of opposition against the word of God. Every opposition against the word of God must be refused. (2 Cor. 10:5)

Going back to the topic about Saint Valentine’s day celebration; let us look at the context of the Saint Valentine’s actions;

1. Obedience to God no matter what the situation is.
2. Assisting the people to live holy lives.
3. God must be in the center of every love relationship

God is love (1 John 4:8). Everyone who loves, lives in God. Now, if love does not lead to God, it cannot be said to be love. The love that we practice, should lead us to heaven. Both the giver and the receiver, the one who is loving and the one who is receiving love.
This should be the yardstick for measuring genuine love.
If love leads to separation from God or leads to disobedient to God, then that cannot be said to be love.

3. God is the center – criteria to Valentine celebration

The Saint Valentine’s kind of love is centered on establishing the people to live in God, making obedience to God the center of their love relationship. This he did with his life and paid the ultimate price.

Genuine love therefore does not thrive on what a man or woman receives in exchange, but must be practiced in the spirit of sacrifice. Only then, can it last. Because it is never based on the recipient, but focuses on God and in obedience to God

So, the Saint Valentine’s kind of Love is God’s kind of love, the agape love.

1 Cor 13 ; 4-8
“…4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. ..”

From the scripture above, we see the true characteristics of love namely

➡ patience
➡ kindness
➡ never envies
➡ never boasts
➡ not proud
➡ never dishonors others
➡ not self seeking
➡ not easily angered
➡ keep no record of wrongs
➡ never delight in evil
➡ rejoices in truth
➡ protects
➡ trusts
➡ hopes
➡ perseveres
➡ never fails

Let us examine our lives, in this valentine celebrations and always. Are we lacking in any of the above?

Ultimately, the practice of love must lead to God and Must not separate us from God.
Keep no silent in evil, let love drive you to reach out to anyone and everyone God has placed within your reach. Wherever evil thrives, let love drive you to bring about obedience to God.

4. Wrong Context

The worldly celebration of Saint valentine’s life and actions is nothing close to his life. Men/women, children are caught in the web of the devil in the name of saint valentine celebration. All manners of immoral practices which degrades human life and does not in any way lead to obedience to God. This actually leads to further corruption of the soul, opening doors and channels for the devil into many lives and families.

Consider the kind of music and dance during these celebrations. Do they lead to obedience to God. Never! It’s all erotic. This replace the genuine love with counterfeit and many have fallen for it. The crowd are following the trend. The devil’s net keeps widening with every Valentine celebration world over. Are you in his net already?

The devil’s agenda is simple; to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10). How does he fulfill this mission? By creating counterfeit of the truth.

Don’t get caught in his net this season. Check if your action this season centers on, and leads to God. Otherwise, you are in already.

2 Cor 6;
“17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 And,“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”

5. Conclusion
The kind of love Saint Valentine fought for, was to keep the love among young couples pure and holy. This was why he chose to put his life down the line. The center is God.

Let us therefore examine what we practice today in the name of Saint Valentine celebration. Am I obeying God? Does this lead to peace with my maker?
To obey is life. To disobey is eternal punishment.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day.

God bless you.

Bro A. Ogochukwu Ughonu

 

Be My Valentine

Be my Valentine

 

A BELIEVER WITH AN OUTSTANDING DIFFERENCE

What makes an outstanding difference in the life of a believer, that births unshakable courage, brings fresh anointing and unwavering faith is not his or her regular meetings and fellowship attendance; but the constant indwelling of Holy Spirit, which takes effect as a result of a daily deeper personal relationship with God and constant approach to the throne of grace through the Word, obedience and prayer.

Do you desire to get constantly connected to the divine source of power that enables unstoppable victories?nothing as sweet and comparable to having constant indwell of God’s manifest presence. This is readily available to those who earnestly seek after God above everything else.

When you are always aware of God’s power in your life, you can take any step for God to be glorified no matter what it will cost you. When you are under the anointing, you become a spiritual mad man. You do things by the leading of the Spirit not by human logic. Under the cloth of divine anointing any miracle can happen. 

We can get so daily clothed in divine power and anointing when we get so close to God on a daily basis in His Word, prayer, in faithfulness and obedience. 

Shalom!

 

 

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY IN EVERY MATTER

Some men and women actually possess professional and legal rights to reach certain factual conclusions about one’s conditions in life, following the scientific and verifiable method of arriving at a certain result by following a scientific process, such facts could be established.
But beyond the establishment of those facts, God still has the final say.
Doctors have health issues they label INCURABLE! And truly, from natural, human and medical point of view; they are actually incurable diseases. At this point we hear the Lord saying, …“I am the Lord that heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

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If the doctors say “this can’t be cured,” Jesus is saying, “this can be cured! For by my stripes you are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
With God all things are possible. Just believe!”

Many man-made conclusions do exist as parasites on many people’s life. Some people are Living their lives today based on so many unfounded and baseless human manufactured conclusions concerning their conditions in life.
In any situation you find yourself in life, no matter how battered and humanly hopeless it may seem, it does not matter how many people had got to that point and passed on. Ignore the negative reports from family and friends who are faithless and unbelieving.
Follow the advise of Jesus.

When Jesus was going to the home of Jairus the Synagogue Ruler on invition to heal his critically ill daughter. Some of his (Jairus) friends and relatives ran to meet them on their and told him not to bother coming with Jesus because the daughter has already died. When Jesus overheard their negative report, He said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:21-43)
Listen attentively and hear Jesus saying to you, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Don’t give up; just believe.” Don’t kill yourself; just believe.” Your believing activates a conducive atmosphere for Jesus to step in your situation.
JUST BELIEVE!

Look beyond the helplessness of humans and turn to God who is “ever present Help in times of trouble, who has the final say in every circumstance that is beyond human ability to handle. He does not fail those who call on Him in times of trouble.
When men say you’ve got to the end of the road, tell them you have a God who makes away where there is no way (Isaiah 43:19). That exactly is BELIEVING.

Jesus says,
“JUST BELIEVE!
JUST BELIEVE!!
JUST BELIEVE!!!

Written by Romanus O. Obiekosi 

kindly share with your friends and families. God bless you.

Shalom!


Don’t ever give up 
the strive to victory.
When men say,
“it is not possible to get there.” Say, “I will get there;
with God all things
are possible.

-Romanus O. Obiekosi

President Trump: All Children, Born and Unborn, Are Made in the Holy Image of God

CBNNews.com
In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Trump confronted the latest Democrat efforts to allow late-term abortions at the state-level. He said, “All Children, Born and Unborn, Are Made in the Holy Image of God.”

‘A Sad and Evil Day’: New York Legalizes Abortion Up Baby’s Birth Day

Emily Jones
New York legislators cheered and applauded Tuesday night after the state Senate removed restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing unborn babies to be aborted up until the day of birth.

The Reproductive Health Act passed with a 38-28 vote and was signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion,” Gov. Cuomo said.

The law erases New York’s previous limitations on abortion which restricted the fatal procedure past 24 weeks. Supporters say those late-term abortions are being allowed in order to protect the lives of women, but pro-life advocates say that’s just a ruse, pointing out that those late-term babies are clearly viable human lives who could otherwise survive outside the womb.

Also read VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BEGINS IN THE WOMB

“RHA is an extreme bill sold to the public saying it merely ‘updates’ New York’s law, which is far from true.  RHA will expand abortion past 24 weeks through birth, make abortion a ‘fundamental right,’ and prohibit all limits, which Roe vs. Wade did *not* do,” New York State Right to Life said in a Facebook post.

Christina Fadden, chair of New York State Right to Life explained further, “RHA has expanded abortion-on-demand in New York past 24 weeks – well past when unborn children feel pain, are viable, and suffer during the course of an abortion – and up to birth. This is inhumane.”

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The act states, “every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”

The law also removes abortion from the definition of homicide and New York’s criminal code altogether. Previously, New York law treated the murder of an unborn child in its the third trimester as a felony offense punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The RHA changes that. Instead, abortion will be regulated under public health law and a variety of medical professionals, not just licensed physicians, will be allowed to perform abortions without penalty.

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“Opponents say this limits prosecutors when they look to charge individuals who harm a woman’s unborn child in a domestic violence case or otherwise. Supporters say, in such cases, there remain plenty of other, much harsher criminal charges at prosecutors’ disposal,” reports the Times Union.

New York Republicans and conservatives fought against the law but the measure sailed through the state Senate after Democrats won a majority in the Senate last November.

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Advocates say the new law will protect abortion even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. “With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body,” Cuomo said.

BELOW: Planned Parenthood NYC tweeted a video of the cheering and celebration of the sweeping expansion of abortion:

Pro-life activists are horrified by the New York abortion legislation.

“New York Senate cheers today for legalization of killing a baby old enough to born – poisoning a 6 month old to death in the womb & delivering her in pieces. This is the legacy of #Roe. It’s time to end this barbarism,” said Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action.

Outspoken Christian and New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson also strongly condemned the law.

“It is a sad and evil day when the murder of our most innocent and vulnerable is celebrated with such overwhelming exuberance. We SHOULD be supporting and encouraging the building of families which are fundamental to any society. By not doing so, we invite consequences untold,” he tweeted shortly after the law was passed.

-CBN Cable News.

Possible Greatness

Does it really matter what one has to face to become great in life? I think it matters not. There’s a price to pay for greatness. The road To greatness is really tough and rough, that’s why it is attained only by those who develop a strong winning attitude in the midst of obstacles and tough times.
Don’t give up your dreams no matter what comes your way. When life becomes too tough and unbearable for you, consider taking a little time off to refresh your spirit and regain the motivation to bounce back with new energy and winning momentum.

Also read GOD IS GOD AND YOU REMAIN A HUMAN

When you sit to analyze the reasons why something  didn’t work out, dare not to include why you may not try again. Failure in a project is a strong indication that success is close at hand. For failure does not occur in the absence of work. Progress preceds failure. It is in the flow of progress that failure occurs, and it stirs up new ideas for better and outstanding innovation that triples your progress.

Don’t forget, every destination has a connection that leads to it. And the connection to success and greatness is failure and determination to succeed.  You will attain greatness when you refuse to give in to failure. Greatness becomes very possible if you don’t give up your dream no matter what comes your way of attaining greatness.

There’s something you must not overlook in pursuit of greatness-HUMILITY!

Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew’s gospel chapter 20:26 “Not so with you. Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant”. (NIV)

You must be humble enough to serve and impact people’s life-those who are really in need of your services whether they can afford it or not.  Accept both low and high invitation to do what you know how best to do.

Another thing that can make greatness a possibility is: A BURNING DESIRE 

Consider the word Jesus used in the above text, “whoever wants”  This suggests a burning desire that is personally activated. If you do not desire greatness, you can’t attain it. It is that lively burning desire that will  unstoppably bounce you back to the track when you encounter failure.

I pray for you that no failure or any form of disappointment will push you out of the track of greatness in Jesus Name, Amen!

Shalom!


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