From our monthly News Letter Sep-Oct 2018.
This is a critical question that demands an in-depth and meticulous thought.
For every endeavor one embarks upon, there is always preparation.
The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew’s gospel chapter 25:1-13 will help us.
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Ten vurgins prepared to meet the bride groom. Five of them were wise -sincere Christians while the other five were foolish -hypocrites.
The foolish ones did not take extra oil, posses grace – meaning inadequate preparation and hence were disqualified. Do you have extra oil for your lamp? Is your light on or off? Please, check.
In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus illustrated the kingdom if heaven with parable of wedding feast. Many are called to the wedding feast, that is to salvation but few have the wedding garment, the righteousness of Christ, the sanctification of the Spirit. We are all called to prepare for the scrutiny and those who put on the Lord Jesus, who have a Christian temper of
mind; who lives by faith in Christ and to whom He is all and all, have the wedding garment.
How prepared are you to meet your God? Are you putting on a wedding garment? You need to be very sure and absolutely convinced because that is the only ticket or criteria for your entry.
For one to meet God, one must conform to His standard, fulfil His conditions and principles. For instance:
Holiness: God is holy and can never compromise His standard. In Exodus 19:10-15 God gives Israelites two days to prepare themselves, wash their clothes before coming to meet Him at Mount Sinai.
The journey of the Israelites with God that supposed to last for 40 days was extended to 40 years because of their unfaithfulness and ungodliness. God is holy and want His people to be holy too.
Jesus died on the cross to destroy the nature of sin, that which separates man from God. By His resurrection He restored man the nature of God.
Holiness is our nature as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. it flows from within us. It is part of us because we posses the gene/seed of God through Jesus. Whoever that is prepared to meet God must be clothed with garment of holiness (Hebrews). Check yourself! Which garment are you putting on as you walk towards meeting your God? IS it garment of sin – sexual immorality, lying, unforgiveness, idolatry, worldliness, greediness? You must put them off for God can never behold iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19 tells us about the standard of God – whoever that call the name of God must depart from iniquity. You must die to sin, get rid of your sinful nature and put on the new nature, the nature of holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).
Your preparation should not be based on your own standard. A life that is prepared to meet God must be absolutely sure, very convinced, not quessing or based on assumption but confirmed that he/she. has the new nature..
Jesus in John 3:3 emphasized it when He was addressing Nicodemus. Unless a man is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Unless a man possess the Spirit of God, absolutely and consciously yields and control or led by the Spirit of God, he/she cannot meet God.
A life that possess the Spirit of God should display in action, in words, in thoughts and even in appearance, Infact in all things the most prominent attribute and evidence of the Holy Spirit which is holiness. You need to check your life once again brother/sister- How prepared are you to meet your God?
A LIFE THAT IS PREPARED TO MEET GOD
Romans 12:1-2 says, “Offer your body as living sacrifice. A life or one that is prepared to meet God must continuously and delibrately. laydown his/her life as a living sacrifice on the altar of God. God does not accept any-how sacrifice. It cannot be of a dead animal. It must be living and healthy before it can be accepted. Leviticus 1:1-4
In our days, the sacrifice God looks for is not of bull, ram, and birds but the sacrifice of a life that has been redeemed from sin and the flesh; a life that is totally laid ob the altar of sacrifice.
Beloved, pause and check again. What kind of life are you placing on your altar of sacrifice? Is it a double standard life -hypocrisy/compromise? Is it a decay and disintegrated life of fornication, adultery, lesbianism, gay, homosexual, masturbation, abortion, cultism, stealing, cheating etc.; No! It can’t be, for sacrifice such as this is not a reasonable and acceptable sacrifice. Your life is already on fire on the altar of sacrifice. Always remain burnt. A burnt sacrifice does not turn back to its original form. For instance – Ice block melts to water, vis-versa but burnt paper turns to ashes and cannot return to its original form. So remain burnt so that your aroma will always be pleasant and acceptable by God.
A life that is prepared to meet God must settle the case of unforgiveness.
Forgiveness is the ability to remember the wrongs done by others without feeling the pain.
Love and understanding play role in forgiveness. We must cry to God for a heart filled with love so as to always put on love as a basic clothe. With an understanding of what Jesus did for us on the cross, nothing should be too big to let go. We should learn to give excuses for offences committed; carry the bowels of mercy; forgive in advance; look beyond the person and see in her/him Mr. Flesh at work.
Jesus our role model. understood this. He differed all odds, went to the cross just to crush Mr. Flesh (Chief producer of unforgiveness). He put him to death on the cross so that we shall be free and our eyes open to follow and act/be like Him. God through Jesus forgives us even while we yet sinners. Jesus prayed for His killers. Stephen also prayed the same to demonstrate to us the possibility of frgiveness.
Note: God has forgiven us of our sins, but each time we sin by refusing to forgive others, those sins are recalled. Matthew 18-23-25. It is life for life and forgiveness for forgiveness Romans 12:17-19.
A life that is prepared to meet God must fulfil the condition Jesus gives in Luke 9:23-26
· Deny yourself
· Carry your cross daily
· Follow Him
· Loose yourself for Him
· Suffer shame for Him
· Cleave steadfastly in Him
· Loose the world
Unless one meet up these conditons, he/she will not be qualified to meet his/her God. Self denial means to forget self, disown yourself, loose sight of yourself and interest, refuse or give up yourself, renounce or leave yourself behind.
Carrying our cross daily entails yielding for the burden of Jesus deliberately, voluntarily and consciously. The burden of Jesus is seeking for lost souls and touching lives. It involves enduring shame, suffering and pain momentarily. They come in different forms, at different levels and time. So we must not choose altarnatives, cut corners. dodge them or jump out of them but patiently accept and endure tnem so that your mind will be renewed and you will be able to achieve your supreme objective of becoming like your master Jesus and meeting your God..
A life that is prepared to meet God must look up and not down as written Colossians 3:1-4 Seek the things that are above, were Christ is, where God you desire to meet is. Set your mind on things that are above not on things that are on earth. Earth is full of distractions, worldliness and evils. You are a child of the kingdom -focus on things above, desire, pursue and occupy your mind with with business of the kingdom. Do not be of the world. The world and itd pleasures are perishing. If you want to enjoy the world and also enjoy heaven, you will end up loosing all and suffer the lost of your soul Luke 9:23. Distinguish yourself from the world in all things. Check your type of business/job, dressing, friendship, association (club) and wherever you spend your leisure time, God is interested in all. In your journey to meet your God, you must be confronted wirh so many conflicts and battles.
You will battle with satan -the tempter and his agents, you will battle with Mr. Flesh who yields and co-operate with the devil to produce sin in you, and battle with the world system. Remember the only sort of spiritual conflict that’s ever successfully won is the one God fights for you. He does not expect you to win the battle, only to surrender to Him and let Him win it for you. So you are not supposed to fight, yours is to fight the good fight of faith 1Timothy 6:12. Yours isn’t a battle of exhusting effort, it’s the battle of believing God for victory.
Trust your God – Jehovah Nissi to prevail for you because the battle is not yours but God’s Exodus 14:14..
Jesus says, “The world will make you suffer but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world John 16:33.
Note also that holiness and righteousness are wonderful shield, defensive coverage and powerful weapons of warfare. Bro Paul says, “Put on the full armour of God, so…. you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” Eph. 6:11. You are to wear God’s armour not -yours. You are to stand -not fight. “The weapons of our warfare are not canal but God’s powerful weapon…. 2 Corinthians 10:4. So act wisely.
There is no one that was created empty. We are all embedded witg great potenials each one according to his ability. A life that is prepared to meet God must discover his own potentials, God’s divine purpose for his life and make effort to accomplish it. Matthew 25:14-30. Ephessians 2:10 says, “God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ He has created us for a life of good deeds which He has already prepared for us to do”. You are to meet your God with your own score card of good works and receive reward accordingly.
Preparation if meeting God is a conscious, continuous process and should be done minute by minute, all through the day and our lifetime. You should have the understanding that God is in you, He dwells in you -your body is His temple and be conscious how you live your life. You should work on your mind to be ever ready to cmmune with Him in your mind all the time. When your mind is correct/ready in His presence, in your place of prayer, in your quiet time, at the table of His word and in His kingdom at the end. Make conscious effort to renew your mind because it is only a renewed mind that can commune with God..
DANGERS OF INADEQUATE PREPARATION
– Consequence of endless death in hell awaits anyone who did not prepare adequately, and one who neglect his own work.
– All your efforts so far and sacrifices wilk be in vain.
– You will live a miserable and defeated Christian life.
Jesus continued, “Be on your guard then because you do not know what day your Lord will come”. Daily appropriate preparation is very neccessary because a lot of people have gone unprepared -be warned!
Any new day we see is an opportunity given to us to work on ourselves towards drawing close to Him on daily basis. Use the opportunity given to you to repent sincerely
The axe is ready to cut down the trees at the root. Luke 3:9. May you never be cut down. May you never be wasted. God and His angels are ready. In love, He opens His arms to receive you – BE WISE!
Many Christians today take God’s mercy and goodness for granted. They continue to toy with sin loiter in the enemy’s territory, thinking that the absence of immediate consequences is a license to continue to indulge in sin. Romans 2:4-11. To what arear of your life is God pointing His flashlight right now? Notice what the Philistines did to Samson immediately he was captured. Judges 16:21. His eyes were plucked out with sharp object. Why do you think they did this? Be warned! 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Put yourselves to the test and find out whether you are living in faith”.
Lamentation 3:40 says, ” Let us examine ourselves and turn back to the Lord. The ball is in your court. May God in His mercy encounter our hearts and make us ever ready to meet Him in Jesus name. Amen.
By Sister Theresa Uzondu
A teacher of God’s word
A gang of robbers broke into a multi millionair’s house, and at gun point fiercely demanded, “Your money or your life.” Within a space of 3 secondes, the man quickly responded with great fear of losing his life and his family, “Please, my life! My life! My life!” He said with a vibrating but flinchy tone.
He went straight to his inner chamber and drew out a box filled up with thousands of naira, a few pounds and dollars and willingly and respectfully handed it over to the robbers who zoomed off with immediate effect. The man knelt down with his entire family and thanked God for their life.
WHY DID HE CHOOSE HIS LIFE OVER HIS MONEY?
It could be for the follwing reasons;
1) Life is most valuable than wealth
2) When life is lost, it can’t be earned back here on earth
3) With life, more money could earned and much wealth could be created
4) He realized that losing his life and probably his entire family means losing everything out of foolishness
5 He also may have come to realize that earthly wealth does not last and not worth dying for
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He was wise enough to make a wise and positive decision at that critical moment of his life. I have heard of a few cases of some other persons who found themselves in a similar situation, but made a foolish and terrible negative decision of holding to their valuables and eventually lost their lives. They gambled with their only one earthly life and lost it. Their foolish greed cost them their very promising lives. they lost it all.
King Solomon wrote: “Anyone who is among the living has hope -even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!” (Ecclesiastes 9:4 NIV)
In other words, a living outcast is far better off than a dead king. That places a high value on life than anything else among men. No one in a real sense naturally wants to die, even you and I..
WHAT CAN YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE TO GET?
Money? Brings pleasure and comfort but fizzles out
Fame? Gratifies the body, feels good but Fizzles out
Wealth? Gratifies the body, brings pleasure, comfort but dwindles away
Power? Makes proud, respected. revered but degenerates and transfers
Women? Pleasurable, but gets old and dies
Alchol? Sweet, pleasurable, intoxicates and kills
Drugs? Hypnotizes, fake boost, Intoxicates and kills
Christ? Gives life, saves life and gives every good thing + everlasting life.
Everybody is naturally careful of not losing their lives because life is sweet and beautiful. But you will be amazed to realize how fast we are losing our precious and promising lives to so many worthless things. Many have willingly lost their lives to this world, to money, fame, drugs, women, power, etc. And not for Christ..
Did you read that? “AND NOT FOR CHRIST!” WHY? We will look at this in a few paragraphs ahead.
The robbers who stand at the highway or break into peoples’ houses have actually lost their lives to the money they go after. They could be apprehended, imprisoned or executed. A cultist loses his/her life to possible danger of sudden death resulting from show of might and supremacy over rivals. A fighter loses his/her life to unpredictable injuries. A quarrelsome person loses her/his life to shame and disrespect. A gossip loses her/his life to unfriendliness and lonliness. A thief loses his/her life to disgrace and indefinite restrictions. The list goes on. And finally here is the ultimate loss. HEAVEN!
Don’t lose heaven because you lost your life to earthly treasures.
What are you losing your life to right now? Does it really worth it?
Nothing on earth is worth losing your life to, no matter what are, or what they are meant for, except Christ, Him crucified for your redemption, and what add values to human life and brings glory God. Outside of this, nothing absolutely worths it. You too think about..
GETTING IT AT ALL COST
When you choose to get anything out of this life AT ALL COST, not minding the possible adverse effect it will have on people around you, yourself and how displeasing it is to God your Maker, you have lost your soul to this life and to hell. Getting something at all cost simply means you don’t bloody care about how it gets into your hands, or what or who is affected.
Don’t lose your promising life to gain this world’s wealth, fame and power that dissapears and is no more like a vapor. But lose your life to get that which lasts for eternity.
And Jesus queried, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
(Mark 8:36-37 KJV)
What you can you give to replace your soul? Nothing!
CHOOSE TO LOSE YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST!
Don’t you ever make the mistake of losing your life for earthly things. It is foolishness in the highest order and it will cost you your real life (eternal life). Lose your life to gain Christ, and for the sake of the gospel. That will give you real life (eternal life) in return.
Here lies the irony, we are everly ready to lose our money to keep our physical life going, like the man we disccussed about at the beginning of this article, but we are not ready to lose our money or our earthly life to gain Christ and eternal life.
And Jesus said in Mark gospel 8:34-37 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOSE YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST
Losing your life for Christ means choosing Him over anything in your life. It means to seek Him first before any other thing. It means your life being patterned and modeled by Him and molded in Him. It means saying goodby to worldly life. To lose your life for Christ means doing everything for His sake and glory. To lose your life Christ means to deny yourself, pick up your cross (cares and responsibility) and follow Him. To lose your life for Christ means doing everything for His own sake and reverence.
When you choose to lose your life for Christ, you will have no room to accommodate ungodly activities and immoral lifestyles.
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST?
To continue in next edition.
By Romanus O. Obiekosi
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Lack of parantal responsibility can cause disaster to the family and the entire nation. Example in the Bible is the case of Eli’s family, 1 Samuel 2:27-36, chapters 3 &4 where the children of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas due to the lack of parantal responsibility brought disaster to the family and entire nation of Israel.
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The two children died on the same day, Eli died, the daughter in-law died during child birth, Israelites lost the battle and the Ark of the Lord captured. O! What a disaster!
The Bible has placed high responsibilies on parants for the good upbringing of the entire children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Family is the bedrock of the society. When the family is well founded, the society will be solidly strong, peaceful and good.
Many families have left their in the hands of house helps, Aunties, Uncles etc. to pursue wealth. In most cases the children are sexually abused, physically abused, maltreated, malnurished and even used for ritual purposes as can see in most media.
MY ADVISE TO PARANTS
There us need to take care of the family needs. Yes I agree with that, but only the physiological needs which most parants tend to focus on. Also, other needs like spiritual, psychological, emotional, social etc. must be met in order to bring up a total child.
Parants should create time to meet up with the 3 Ties of the family:
·Church (Religious Activities)
The family should be given priority because that is the first foundation and the first school of the child. If the family is sick, the entire society will be sick and in disarray. So the 3 Ties must be balanced.
Parental roles should not be delegated to house help or any care giver who has little or nothing to offer.
Children should be closely monitored by their parants, what they watch on TV, internet, social media, what they wear, places they they visit, the type of friends they keep. Etc.
Make out time to listen to them, they want to share their experiences with you. If you don’t create time, someone out there will teach them the wrong thing or mislead them.
Parants should be role moldels to their children. Most times, children tend to copy what they see their parents do.
There is an adage that says. “When the mother-goat is chewing the cord, the young one is watching.”
Make God the head of the family by constantly communing with Him through prayer. He is the strong tower the rightous runneth unto him and he is saved.
St Augustine says, “A family that prays together stays together.”
Joshua 1:8 says, “Be sure that this book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet. and a light to my path.”
Read, study, and meditate on the word of God with your children always. Lve the word and you will prosper..
Finally, to be a parent is a great responsibility trusted unto you by God which you must give account to Him.
Dear parents, please, let us live up to our responsibilities, to protect our children from all forms of vices that ravaging the society and have eaten deep into so many families.
Let us say NO to this canca worm.
Mat God Almighty give us the grace to live up to expectation in Jesus Name. Amen.
Sis. Jimaimmah Ogbu
THE BIBLE IS GOD’S OWN WORD AIMED FOR A RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION Continue reading GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD WRITTEN FOR US (PART 3)
GOD COMMANDED IT SHOULD BE WRITTEN
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Habakkuk 2: put it in writing…
GOD’S OWN DESIGN
Though God speaks to us through various ways, but our focus here is the Holy Bible, the written revelation of God, which reveals the origin of all things. It reveals how it all began and how it will definitely going to end. That’s why the LORD remains the First and the Last. (Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 1:17)
In another occasion the Lord said, “I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
God personally designed Biblical medium of communication for the people He has made to occupy the earth, so that one generation to the next will have access to it.
As a written word, it could be easily pass from one generation to another, unlike when it is orally passed. Non is exempted from this plan.
An earthly father will always communicate with his children about one thing or the other when the need arises. It is through this communication that the father’s desire for the children will be made known to them. Through this communication the father uncovers his wealth of experiences, knowledge and wisdom, principles, plans, and promises to the children as they had never experienced in life. It could come as warning, teaching, admonition, discipline, scolding, rebuke, blessing, promises, assignment and so on. It is all for the purpose to help escape failure and become successful, happy and fulfilled in life.
The children in turn will through this conversation understand what their father wants from them, what they should avoid, what they should hold on to, what plans their father has for their future, how he has provided for them and how much he is willing to care and support them at any moment in their life.
That is exactly what God designed the Holy Bible to accomplish between Him and us as a Father and sons and daughters in a big family with eternity in focus.
All He wants us to know about Him as our only true Father is written in His Holy Book. As the Omniscient God who sees and knows the end from the very beginning, He had known all you need to know about Him, and had written them down for you and I. I had known how many footsteps you are going take in life to step into your abundance. He knows where success lies for you and where it does not. That’s why He has a specific Word for everyone He has made. He has a personal message for you hidden in His Book. It’s duty to search it out.
It is written in God’s Book that, “it is pleasure to conceal a matter, but it is your duty to find it out. (Proverb?
YOUR PLACEMENT IN THE WORD
Everyone of His children including you, has something written for them in The Holy Bible.
The early you discover yours, the faster you will fulfill your destiny and purpose of being created.
Of Christ it is written, “Then I said, ‘Here I am- it is written about me in the scroll-(Scripture) I have come to do your will, O God.'”
And to Nebuchadnezzar it was said, “this is what is decreed (Spoken) for you….” Daniel 4:31
Concerning pharaoh God said, “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16
Then it is generally said about everyone in Psalm 25:12 “Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.”
Do you know what is written about you in God’s Word? Remember, the Bible is a book of relationship between God and you. It is the book of the everlasting covenant between us and God. It is the everlasting evidence of God’s faithfulness. It is a proof that God is your Father, and you are His son or daughter. It is a proof that God cannot lie to you.
And Balaam declares to Balak that summoned him to place a curse on God’s people, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind Numbers 23:19
Like I already stated above, “The Bible is the book of covenant between us and God.” It will pay you more to get to understand what your Creator has reserved for you in this Book, than having millions of dollars. When you know it, then you can earn an during wealth and success that lasts.
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THE HOLY BIBLE-GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD- WRITTEN FOR US
This article will specifically focus on God’s Infallible Word, The Holy Bible also called Scripture. Basically on the threefold dimension of the word.
- The written Word (Graphe)
- The spoken or living Word (Logos)
- The Word from the Spirit (Remah)
What is the Holy Bible?
The Holy Bible is a collection of books of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans.
Reference to the Holy Bible
The Bible has many names given to it due to its nature and accomplishments
- The Holy Book
- The Book
- Covenant Book
- Book of the law
- Book of life
- Manual of humankind
- Heaven’s rule Book
- Library of books
- The Eternal Book
- The Book of Divine teachings
“Bible” derives from the Greek term for “books” and refers to the OT (Old Testament) and NT (New Testament).
The 39 OT books and 27 NT books form the “canon” of Holy Scripture.
“Canon” originally meant “reed” and came to signify a ruler or measuring stick. In this sense the Bible is the rule or standard of authority for Christians.
The concept of “canon” and process of “canonization” refers to when the books gained the status of “Holy Scripture,” authoritative standard for faith and practice.
-Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
The Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. And bears the record of relationship between and God and humans.
As God created us for a relationship, He fashioned out His numerous ways to commune with us. And one of them is His written word- Graphe (the Holy Bible)
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THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE BIBLE
The Bible was first written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. It has come into our modern languages through translation. The Bible’s message is so important that has been translated into 3,312 languages. No other book has been translated more widely. And the trend continues.
THE WRITING OF THE BIBLE
The Bible was written over 1500 years by 40 different men chosen by God. Though they lived at different period of time in history, at different locations, in different family backgrounds, bore different names, yet as their writings or scrolls were collected and bound together in one book, called the Holy Bible, it is found that their stories, reports or messages followed a very successive trend as if they sat together to write it all.
Each of their writing is unmistakably and intentionally pointing towards one singular supreme being, the one who repeatedly says, “I am God! Besides me there is no other.” “I made the heavens and earth.” Etc.
Not only that God claimed to be who He says He is, but He has backed it up with evidence, signs and wonders. History justifies that His claim is true. You are also a witness to His mighty works. Aren’t you?
Are you not amazed at how the Bible was written by 40 different authors, and yet it maintained such a harmony and agreement.
Each author’s work makes reference or points to another author’s work though they never knew themselves at the time. Some authors have already died while others were inspired to write their books. Yet, there is harmony and agreement in their writings.
There is no contradiction among the writers. That’s a strong indisputable prove that God presided over it all. They never wrote down their own words but the words they heard from the mouth of God and from the Holy Spirit.
Romanus O. Obiekosi
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Don’t… Jesus has the Solution
JESUS LOVES YOU
One Sunday morning, I met a group of young men who were drinking bear. I greeted them as I hand them the evangelical booklet “Jesus Longs to Meet you.” And I kept saying repeatedly, “Jesus loves you.” As I enjoyed the silence from their end, I kept adding other words to encourage them further. Suddenly, one handsomely-looking young man expectedly interrupted me. He retorted,
“If Jesus loves me, let Him give me money. I need money. I used to attend church. I can’t count the years when last I attended church.”
As I looked straight at him, I perceived in my spirit that he is better financially than he is trying to posit. And I said to him,
“As far as you are concerned, it is wrong for you to say that Jesus should give you money; because He has already given you money. What you should ask Him is to increase your wealth.” He paused awhile, and we exchanged greetings as I departed.
Maybe like that young man, you are saying, “If Jesus loves me, why did He allow me to suffer this way.” “Why did He allow my son to die?” Or perhaps you are acting based on what the report you received about God.
Like child who grew up to learn that God took his mother away. And he could not stop hating God for taking his mother away.
To him, God is “wicked God” for killing his mother. But later, he encountered the immeasurable love of God. Today, he loves God, and tells everyone that Jesus loves them.
·····He now tells everyone he meets that Jesus loves them.
Jesus’s love is so real that it is seen all over you. it is seen in your life, in your family, in your children, in your spouse, work and business.
It doesn’t really matter whether your present condition is unpleasant, what does matter is “Jesus loves you” and He’s ready to show you MORE of His love. It is His love for you that keeps you forging ahead and soaring successfully against the storms of life. it is not by your strength beacuse “It is not by strength that one prevails” (1 Samuel 2:9)
And MORE LOVE means more joy, more happiness, more peace, more fulfilment, more gratification and more satisfaction. I trust you wouldn’t want to miss that!
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Though the world is full of trouble and afflictions caused by sin and disobedience of mankind, spear-headed by the devil, it is more full of God’s love and grace for you. The wait of God’s love on us outweighs the heaviness of the affliction on us.
JESUS’ INVITATION TO FREEDOM
Acknowledge that Jesus loves you. He chose to love you because of the affliction of your soul, so he could grant you salvation. He knows what we are made of, He understands our frailty and limitations, and so wants to help us.
Accept Jesus’ invition to offload your heavy loads and burdens. He invites you, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
And in Isaiah 55:1-2 He says, ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.’
By “REST” He means comfort in your affliction, peace in your troubled life, solution to your problems and challenges.
You need rest for your troubled soul. It is only Jesus can give you rest.
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF JESUS’ INVITATION
The Lord has invited you to freedom. He has invited you to find rest for your soul. It is still just a promise encoded in a sincere invitation. It hasn’t formed a substance.
How can you have a practical experience of the above invitation? How can it become real in your life, not just words. I mean you becoming a direct beneficiary of the above invitation.
(1) Get up! Go and meet Him
Miracle does not take place until there is a contact or a meeting between a human and a divine God.
Jesus says, “Come!” And He really meant you get up, and move towards Him.
When He called the blind Batimaus, he got up and went to Him. And he received his sight. (Mark 10:49-50)
The Cannanite woman got and went to Him, and her daughter was delivered.
The woman with the issue of blood got up and went to touch Him, and her flow of twelve years stopped instantly.
It is your turn to get up and go meet Him.
How do you go to Him?
There is a part of you that can only contact God anytime and at anywhere. It is your “spirit.”
Your spirit is the candle of the Lord. (Proverbs)
Jesus is everywhere. He is beside you now, so you don’t have to go look for Him. And He is fully ready to accept you.
Move in your spirit to Him and say, “Here I am Lord!”
that’s enough. The next thing to do is·····
(2) Confess your Sins to Him
You are now standing before the Holy God who gave you life. You already know you’re not worthy to stand before Him.
Acknowlege your fallen nature before Him.
The Word says,
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:8-9)
If you dare confess your sins to Him, you will instantly obtain forgiveness from Him.
Humble yourself and confess your sins to Him. Mention out to Him all the bad things you could remember you have done. Then ask Him to have mercy on you, and forgive you the sins you have committed.
Promise Him you will not go back to evil life.
This process has made you a brand new spiritual person. That is what God promised to do, and no man can alter it. Next····
(3) Acknowledge He is Lord over your life
You are still standing before Him. He has taken away yoir sins. Who is He to you now? He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev 19:16). Acknowledge Him as the only Lord over your life. You shall have no other god or lord except Him. (Exodus 20:1-3)
Realize this by verbally confessing His Lordship over you.
Enforce it by rejecting the reign of any other lord in your life.
Now, practicalize it by physically ejecting any tangible ocultic or demonic signs or object(s) on/in you or in your home which represents your allegience to satan.
(4 Receive Him as your only Personal Lord and Saviour
You have acknowledged Jesus as the Lord of your life, it is time to receive Him into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour.
And the Word says, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave them the right to become children of God. Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13
(5) Now ask Him what you want Him to do for you
When the blind Bartimaeus went to meet Jesus, He asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
This same Jesus lovingly tells us in Matthew 7:7, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.’
Tell Jesus everything that bothers you.
He has promised to help you, and He cannot fail you.
I’m waiting to hear your testimony.
God bless you.
Written by Romanus O. Obiekosi
Romanus O. Obiekosi
Is a humble servant of God from Nigeria 🇳🇬 with the special gift of music and the Word, passionate in soul-winning and revival.
He is a Writer, Author, Music Coach/Consultant, Pianist, editor in chief Christian Encourager Magazine/ monthly Soul Winner News Letter. A singer with recorded albums. And a successful entrepreneur.
He is an active member and a leader in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
He holds Masters Degree in Theological Studies.
He’s currently running a music certificate program with Berklee Online College of Music
He’s happily married to Theresa Chiamaka Obiekosi, blessed with beautiful and handsome children.