Speaking Faith…or fear?

Daniel 6:16

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Note that the King did not pray that the God of Daniel should deliver him. he made a sure statement, that the God of Daniel would deliver him. It made logical sense to him that the God who Daniel served so judiciously should save him. 

Even today, some Muslims and Traditionalists express more confidence in our God than we do as Christians. why? what breaks our confidence? why do we have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof?

The God who you serve continually is able to deliver you! He is able to heal that disease! He is able to give yoh that job! He is able to do  exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can ask or think. It’s time to show your faith by your actions! selah.

#faithinaction

#thinkand grow

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Can we delete suffering?

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 KJV

I am like most other Christians. I hate to hear the word suffering. My immediate reaction to it is that “it’s not my portion”. In fact, the frequency with which I see suffering in the Bible alarms me and makes me ask God “why na?”

The good news however, is that suffering is never the end of the story, there is always a promise of settlement before the verse is over, there is hope; something to look forward to. That right there is comforting. No matter how badly you have suffered, the God of all grace will settle you. Be encouraged! He’s not a late God, plus he’s a restorer of lost time. Your story will change for the better and leave you laughing. Glory to God!

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 KJV)

“…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5b KJV)

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.  The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” (Psalms 126:1‭-‬3 KJV)

Ready or not, here I come!

The author of the following write up is unknown, but he or she gave express permission to share, furthermore, I believe the content to be true and important hence my sharing it here. 

Things are going to change, and pretty soon.

​*THIRTY-ONE (31) SILENT FACTS ABOUT THE RAPTURE*

 

1. It is going to be the next greatest event that will shock all the continents of the world.

 

2.  It is going to take place suddenly, abruptly, unexpectedly, without warning and without prior notice.
3. There shall be no second version of the event.

 

4. A greater percentage of Christians may be taken unawares.

 

5. Careless Christians who miss the event will have no other similar gracious opportunity.

 

6. The event shall have no regard or respect for ecclesiastical titles or church leadership positions.

 

7. It shall be a day when the sheep shall be separated from the goats.
8. The day shall differentiate between the Broad Way Christians from the Narrow Way Christians.
9. The day shall separate sincerity from hypocrisy.

 

10. The day shall differentiate between those who harbour secret sins from those who abhor secret sins.

 

11. The day shall separate those whose lives are hidden in Christ from those who are hiding in the church.

 

12. The day shall show a glaring, clear, conspicuous, demarcation between Christians who walk on the path of holiness from those who walk on the path of worldliness.

 

13. It shall be a day of double emotion: joy for some and unimaginable, indescribable, uncontrollable regrets for others.

 

14. It shall be a day of surprises- some “Big names” may miss the flight while some “Less known” may be on board.
15. Another surprise may be that a man or woman who had faithfully served the Lord for many years may defile his or her garment a few minutes before the sound of that summoning trumpet and miss the flight while a notorious sinner may surrender his or her life to Jesus within the same time frame and go to heaven.
 16. This event may happen now, today, this week, this month, this year or next year!
17. Wise Christians, like the five virgins that took extra oil, are expected to get ready, yes, to get prepared.
 18. After the event, all those who are bitter against one another, malicious, unforgiving, jealous, arrogant, haters, hypocrites, drunkards, fornicators, adulterers, adulteresses, murderers with weapons and murderers with tongue etc, shall have enough time to continue in their trade.
 19. When the event is over there shall be revival among those who have chosen to stay behind not because there will be a second chance, no, but because the reality of the event would have struck them like a thunderbolt. But they will have to pay with their own blood.

 

20. When the event is over, those who are left behind shall no longer be safe to worship in their gigantic, fanciful and multi-billion Dollars/Cedis cathedrals. Instead they shall seek safety in caves, bushes and abandoned and dilapidated but hidden structures.

 

21. When this great event is over, each time those who will miss their flight manage to gather for worship, they will pay attention to only one sermon- whether they gather in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North or South America; the sermon will only centre on “How to Meet the Divine Standard and Join the Other Saints”.

 

22. It is also worthy to note that those who will be left behind will never have any business with comedians at their altars anymore. No! There shall no longer be gatherings for entertainments. Whenever, they manage to gather, it shall always be for serious religious business only.

 

23. The prayer pattern of those who will be left behind will also undergo a radical change. They will not be praying for things anymore. They will only be praying for strength to withstand the tortures of the Anti-Christ and die bravely to join the other saints. None will be praying for jobs, marriages, etc.
24. It is equally worthy of note that some of those who will miss their flight will not be able to endure the torture of the Anti Christ. They will receive the mark of the beast and thereby be doomed forever.
25. When the ready saints are gone, all our denominational walls of partition will collapse. The man or woman who use to worship in Deeper Life, for instance, will hide in the same place with those who worship in Christ Embassy, Church of God Mission, Assemblies of God, Word Aflame, Action Chapel, Winners Chapel, Lighthouse Chapel etc and nobody will remember to claim superiority anymore because  then they will be facing a common enemy.
26. When this event is over, each time believers who will miss their flight manage to gather anywhere for worship, there will be an atmosphere of sobriety. This rowdiness we witness today shall be no more.

27. There shall also be a radical change in the attitude of those who will miss their flight towards Bible study. What we have now is an attitude characterized by a high degree of nonchalance and indifference, but when the ready saints are gone, those who will be left behind will begin to take their bible study seriously.
28. All the teens and youths who come to church to please their parents will repent after this great event; yes, they will begin to seek God for themselves.
 29. When the event is over, all those who will do any form of business in the schools, hospitals, banks, etc, will have to bear the mark of beast (666) or be hunted down and killed like common criminals.
30. One of the gains of this reminder is that there may be someone reading this piece today who will take a firm decision to ensure that he/she gets on board that celestial flight travelling to glory.
 31. However, one of the greatest tragedies of this reminder is that there may be someone too who is reading this piece today but who will see no need to heed this warning. A tragedy indeed!
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The Church in Thyatira

The church in Thyatira had an immense love for God and the brethren, were mighty in Faith and served each other and humanity with joy. Their work was so touching that Jesus said I know your works twice in one sentence. They were the ideal church, zealous unto every good work and full of love, so what was the problem?

They had allowed a seducing spirit in their midst!

They had allowed Jezebel parade herself as a prophet and teach the people to commit fornication and eat meat sacrificed to idols. Again we see repeated the offence of the church in Pergamos. Jesus takes eating meat dedicated to idols as a serious issue! We should too. Here again we see the culture of permissiveness in addition to an ungodly tolerance. Christians of today tolerate a load of crap all in the name of judge not that ye be not judged, or that God is the ultimate judge. Both are true statements, but here is another true statement;

”  I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you.[b]”
1 Corinthians 5:9-13New International Version (NIV)

Oh! Come as you are, but haven come, Jesus fully expects you to change, be transformed by the renewing of your mind as you fellowship with the word and with the Holy Spirit. Christian awake! Walk in righteousness and holiness and actively encourage your friends and family to do same. Little wonder Christians of generations past were hated by those around them. Havent we heard? Friendship with the world is enmity with God!

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

The Church in Pergamos!

Who is still with me, on this journey of self-reflection as we gaze into the mirror that is Revelations chapters 2 and 3?

The church in Pergamos: These people lived in a corrupt city, among degenerate people, and yet they held on to their faith. Their city was so corrupt Jesus said he knows where the seat of Satan is! But in the midst of such corruption, they stood firm and did not deny Christ. Oh laudable indeed! So what then was the problem?

They didnt see anything wrong in constituting stumbling blocks for fellow believers, they ate meat offered to idols and they indulged in fornication (vs 14).

There is no doubt that we live in a very corrupt society today, and the culture of permissiveness has eaten deep into our homes and churches. We dismiss a lot of things and say it doesnt matter. God looks at the heart. Truly, He does. So how exactly is the state of that heart which does not see the wrong in fornication? How exactly is the state of that heart which sees nothing wrong with being part of pagan feasts, eating food sacrificed or dedicated to the pagan god (any other God than Jehovah) and repeating the attendant greetings to friends and well-wishers? Now we all now the 1st Cor 8 scripture concerning eating meat sacrificed to idols, but permit me to draw your attention to verse 9  Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. Beyond the actual ingesting of the meat, what is the message your presence in such gatherings pass across? Do we find it no big deal to plot another mans downfall as long as his/her fall would favor us? What are the rules of engagement we practice in business? Are you in Pergamos?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith to the churches.

Faithful unto death?! Really???

Letter to the churches continued.

The church in Smyrna: they were zealous for God, faced tremendous tribulation and oppression and they were very poor by human standards, but God called them rich. However, amongst them were those who claimed to be Christians, but Jesus said they are not! Rather, they are of the synagogue of satan! Imagine that!

Are you rich in material things but poor in faith? Do you bear the name Christian but your secret deeds are so far out Jesus calls you a member of the synagogue of Satan? Who are you? Who does God say you are? Is your name in the book of life?

To the truly faithful followers, Jesus said do not be afraid of the torment that you face, be faithful unto death (vs10). Now this is one of those scriptures even I as a person do not like. I like to know that I am more than conquerors and that I am victorious over all the whiles of the enemy.  The thought that God might allow me to face physical torment and expect me to be faithful to him during that pain even though it costs me my life. Its a thought I still grapple with and ask God to help me. Have you given it some thought? That walking in power sometimes entails discomfort. That the thorn of the flesh sometimes works for the greater good and the glory of the Lord. That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering(Phil 3:10) Is your immediate reaction God forbid! or Lord help me to stand.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith to the churches.

Mirror mirror on the wall…

I’m not sure why, but writing about Revelations is as tough as reading it. Ironically, we dont find it difficult to look at ourselves in the mirror, particularly for us women. We seize every opportunity to admire how we look. Perhaps therein lays our aversion to this particular mirror, because rather than show us how good we look, it shows how much we need to repent.

For a while I’ve been drawn to this book, but couldn’t bring myself to read it, and then God forced me to look at it any way, when one of my pastors taught Chapters 2 and 3, two Sundays back to back. May I invite you to take a bold step with me, and lets take some time to look into this mirror?

Basically, Revelations chapter 2 and 3 are the content of the 7 letters to the angels of the 7 churches.
First thing to note is that the letter was written to the angels of theses CHURCHES, not the people of the land. It was written to people who by physical standards were heaven bound. Its a letter written to us; the church today. Its important to note this so we can truly listen and not dismiss it as a message for sinners. It is written to the church so there is already the assumption of salvation. But haven been saved, there are a few things Jesus still expects of us. Lets look at the messages.

The church in Ephesus: They were zealous, patient, did not tolerate evil, proved all spirits, knowledgeable in the word and could not be bamboozled by false prophets, great evangelists, were not tired of doing good. Wow! They were the ideal church! So what was the problem?

Vs 4 thou hast left thy first love. They had forgotten Jesus.

They had great works and the whole of Christendom applauded them, but it had all become business as usual. Going to church on Sunday has become a religious chore to fulfill all righteousness. Listening to sermons has become an exercise in testing ones own knowledge, for as soon as the preacher makes an error in interpretation of any passage, the rest of his sermon is brought under the microscope to ascertain which is entirely true, ambiguous, not exactly correct, etc. They prepare to go to church not to see Jesus but to see brother A or sister B. Oh! The world thinks we are it! But Jesus says, you have forgotten me.

Are you in Ephesus? Do you have the form of godliness but have lost the power? Remember your first love. Remember the things that mattered! Spending time reading the word; Spending time praying; visiting the brethren to encourage them, having true fellowship. Remember how sweet your romance with Jesus was when you first found him and find your way back to his arms and smiling face of approval, or else, we risk being displaced (vs5).

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Who do men say you are?

Jesus asked his disciples, who men said he was.

Interestingly, they didn’t all agree as to who he was (some John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the prophets, the Christ, the son of the living God. Matt. 16:14&16), but they all agreed that he was a holy and righteous man!

For us in Nigeria where there is a proliferation of churches, it appears majority are afflicted with multiple personalities. We are one person in church, another at home, another in the office, another amongst old school mates, another in social gatherings; a different personality in as many places as we find ourselves. So you find a tongue talking Sunday school teacher fighting with the taxi driver who scratched his car on Monday and playing truant from work on Tuesday. You find this firebrand chorister exchanging bitter and hurtful words with her next door neighbor, disrespecting her mother-in-law, treating her ward like a slave, backbiting, gossiping and engaging in every form of evil conversation till she gets back to the “churchous” environment, and then everybody switches to “christianese” again and all is well.

And thus we deceive ourselves and do not spare a thought for God. For if we thought about him, we would realize he is with us everywhere and at all times. And if we claim him as Lord of our lives, everyone who sees us should see him. They may not all see the same attributes. Some may see you as patient, some as kind, some as generous, some as a man/woman of integrity, but they should all agree that you are a child of God!

Who do men say you are? Think about it. Would any of your friends or acquaintances be surprised to hear you being called a Christian?

Let your moderation be known unto all men, the Lord is at hand. (Phil. 4:5)

Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:…(2nd Peter 1:10)

#keepgrowing

Who’s your daddy?

My daughters do not like to sit still to make their hair. Loosening and remaking the hair on the same day feels to them like cruel and unusual punishment. So I found myself awake till 2am loosening their hairs while they slept so they’d only have to sit through the making. As i wound up, this scripture came to mind;

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Matthew 7:11 KJV

There are many things our heavenly father does for us, preparing us to recieve an answer to our prayers or preserving us from some pain and discomfort and we are non the wiser and so we carry on and sometimes feel that the Lord is slow to answer us or worse still he is plain ignoring us or being unfair to us! If we could only remember, we are his children! And if we as earthly parents can anticipate our children’s needs and wants, and work to satisfy them how much more our heavenly father who created us and is rich in all things! He is well able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think according to the power that is at work within us.

Relax in the knowledge that you have a loving father, and he’s looking out for you!

Peekaboo!

After many months of silence, I think I’ll end the year with the shortest blog post ever!

Decide to improve family time in 2016. Write the vision and make it plain that they may run that readeth it. Have a plan to increase or/and enhance time spent with family. Write the plan down and execute it like you would a business plan cos truth is it’s the greatest investment you could ever make.

Ok, that turned out longer than i thought.

Happy 2016 folks!