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What Is Your Testimony?

Have you ever wondered why there is so much darkness in the world? It looks as if darkness is gaining momentum at places of work, neighborhoods, schools etc. The Bible tells us in John 1:5 that the Light shines in darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. This simply means the darkness could not cover or extinguish the Light. If this is the case: why is it that children of God, carriers of the Light are either covered or almost extinguished in their places of work, schools or neighborhoods? If the children of God refuses to testify about Who Jesus Christ is at their localities, then it is a matter of time before the Light they carry becomes covered or extinguished. Our testimony is our defence against a dark world, not our pockets or what we own (Revelations 12:11)! As Believers, God expects us to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of His voice. So that we can be effective witnesses for Him to all people of what we had seen and heard (Acts 22:14-15). …

...And Abram Went Down Into Egypt...

Are you feeling hard pressed on every side, what with the state of the economy, things generally not moving well in the way and manner you felt it should? This was not exactly what you envisaged and you have made up your mind to acquire and achieve some of your dreams no matter what? Besides, you may rationalize; you too must give thanks about the goodness of the Lord by the end of the year no matter what it takes. Maybe you have concluded as it is said in the world system that ‘heaven helps those who help themselves’. The way you feel and your thoughts are not new or strange, the father of faith Abraham felt same too. In Genesis 12, the Lord released a profound blessing upon Abram that cuts through all generations if the Lord tarries. In fact as the father of faith, all his seed will carry this blessing for all time. Unfortunately, by the time we got to verse 10, one would have expected with such great promises, sin and the devil will steer clear of such a man; alas, it was not to be…

Guard Your Heart

Friend, when the pressure builds, to whom or what do you return to get refreshed and revitalized? Do you know that it is at this low point that so many had allowed into their hearts things they should not have! What then must we do to guard our hearts especially in such times as this? Luke 21:5-38 gives a record of all that must take place in these times we are in, before the Coming of Jesus Christ. So many of these things have started happening and are shaking the world and the hearts of men. However, in verse 19, it says: “By standing firm, you will win your souls.” Standing firm connotes loyalty and steadfastness. This loyalty speaks of blind devotion whilst being steadfast is the ability to suffer delays calmly without becoming angry or anxious. To be able to do this effectively, we read in verse 34 a warning: to be on our guard so that our hearts are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness and worries of life. If we do not guard our hearts, we will be overburdened and depressed an…

Please God!

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14 calls to mind the position of so many children of God to the things of God. This is so relevant now especially with the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so near. The Pharisee started a eulogy on how good he had been and rated himself better than the corrupt and sinful Tax Collector. This was sad because the Bible tells us that a man that does this lacks understanding. Friend, our commendation or approval is not based on whether we fared better than the next man. Our commendation and approval will ONLY be based on the standard that God Himself had set. Our daily life and service to God must be geared towards pleasing He that had created and sent us. He alone can adjudge us good or bad. The Bible says that when God created the earth and all the starry hosts, He looked at His work and He declared it good not the creatures. No wonder He declared concerning us in Psalm 139:14 that we are wonderfully and remarkably …

Balance Your Life!

In the world system, a man is said to be prosperous when he has money (lots of it) and can afford whatever money can buy. Biblically however, prosperity is not only seen as increase but strength as well. 3John2 (AMP) says “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” This prosperity must reflect in all areas of our lives: spiritual, physical, emotional and material. It is an admonition to live a balanced life. Prosperity of the soul refers to increase of the soul, which must in turn reflect in all areas of our lives. If we would allow this reflection we will indeed live a fulfilled life. How then does the soul prosper, you may ask? Our souls or minds prosper if we allow the engrafted word of God in, and equally allow it to remain, then a renewal, strengthening and prosperity begins to take place. Once this begins to happen in us, we must allow it to affect other areas of our lives. As your so…

God’s Word Is Truth!

So many children of God are walking in half truths or outright lies concerning the word of God and they wonder why there are no changes in their circumstances. A man that walks on half truths about God is walking in a counterfeit spirit. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth any other is a lie. Jesus prayed a prayer for the disciples, that God the Father will purify them by His Truth because His Word is Truth. This Truth is God Himself. Jesus declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Please note the definite article ‘the’. Not ‘a’ or ‘some’ truth but THE TRUTH! When we walk in half truths of God’s word then we are walking in counterfeit and the word cannot work for us. The Truth of God is authentic, undiluted, undisputed and real. Whatever God says over any matter is the Truth no matter the seemingly convincing ‘facts’ on ground. No matter how one scrutinizes the Word, we can only confirm it because it cannot be disproved. Rather than His Word be made a lie, every long o…

Earth

Abraham dug a well in Genesis 21:25-34 and he made a covenant with Ahimelech the ruler of the land that the well is legitimately his and cannot be taken over at will by the inhabitants of the land. However, by the time we got to Genesis 26:17-22, we saw the Philistines not only claiming ownership of the well but pouring earth into it as well. Friend, this is the state of the lives of so many children of God and the Lord is not pleased with it. When they came to the Lord, He put a seal of ownership on them, the seal being the Holy Spirit. This showed that they belong to Him and have been bought at a price and are now citizens of His Kingdom. It is equally to tell the Kingdom of darkness that the said man is the property of Jehovah, God Most High. However, an interruption occurred in the lives of so many! Galatians 5:7 says: “You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth?” This presupposes that the interruption could have been prevented by the Galatians! Just like the …

Actively Listening

Jokes apart, the instructions that shape your life currently, who gave them to you? The decision you took concerning your job, business, academics, location, marriage, relationships and your general well being was based on whose instructions? Jeremiah 35:1-19 talks about a group of people called the Rechabites. The Lord told Jeremiah to go invite them into the Temple of God. Please do take note who gave the instructions and where they were invited to. They were brought to the Temple to the house of Igdaliah, who was a man of God; the Bible says he lived above the doorkeeper of the Temple. He was not an ordinary man in the business of God.When the Rechabites came into the house in the Temple, wine was set before them as instructed by the Lord, they immediately went into a narration mode; telling how their ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab had told them not to drink wine or live in houses or cities. As a result, they rejected the wine God instructed them to drink and chose to obey their an…

Oh Lord, Let Me Not Wander Away…

Would you like to serve the Lord better than you do today? Would you like your relationship with Him be better than it is now? The ball is actually in your court. You can actually determine how far you want to go with the Lord. Once you take the decision, grace will be released unto you by the Lord. Jesus Christ will not force any man nor would He force Himself on any man. The people you admire today in Christ are the ones that have chosen to go further with the Lord no matter what their stations or circumstances are saying. So many will say they will wait until they retire, have more time or leave their jobs before they would be able to serve the Lord satisfactorily. They have concluded that they cannot be effective in the Kingdom because of their tight and impossible schedules. They have become like the children of Israel in the wilderness that told Moses to go listen to God and return to tell them what the Lord had said. They were quite satisfied with the representative ministry, w…

Keep Your Sight On Him

We are but a few days to the end of the year 2011 and when you look back to the beginning of the year, it takes so much from you to truly tell the Lord Jesus Christ thank you. The state you are in right now is so disheartening and you are almost giving up on God. You may have been told that it is near impossible for what you are expecting to come because you are not qualified. You may have even lost confidence that you could ever pull through not with what is on ground. Maybe you have taken your eyes from this year and focusing on next year and have started planning what strategies to employ since you failed to realize your aspirations this year. But I am here to tell you that the year is not over yet! If God had given His word He will bring it to pass and nothing will stop it except You! Psalm 87:1 reminds us that God is the Supreme Authority; all other authorities were instituted by Him not the other way round. So who is the ‘authority’ that is telling you that it is impossible for …

The New Order!

After Jesus was tempted of the devil for 40 days, the Bible says in Luke 4:14 that He returned to Galilee in the Power of the Holy Spirit and news about Him spread throughout the entire vicinity. The news about Him had spread throughout the vicinity before a single miracle was done. That is the Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ primary purpose was not to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons or perform other miraculous signs. All these were only signs that the Kingdom of God had come to earth. Jesus’ ultimate assignment was to make way for the coming Kingdom by introducing men to the Power of the Holy Spirit; transforming and regenerating Power of God! The Holy Spirit is the connecting link that links us back to the Father and His glorious Kingdom. He is the down payment of our inheritance for the redemption of the possession of this glorious inheritance. No wonder the Bible tells us in Acts 3:26 that Jesus was sent by God first to bless us by turning us away from our evil way…

The Character Of The New Man

If as New Men in Christ, we have taken off our former way of life that is corrupted by evil desires, it is of paramount importance that we develop the character that is created in the likeness, righteousness and purity of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ enjoins us as chosen, holy and loved ones of God to put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Loving and forgiving one another as the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us. This character according to our Lord in John 15 is what will set us apart from the rest of the world. To have this God-like character we must remain, abide and joined to Him. The character profile of the New Man must be like that of God and is evidenced in the man’s bearing of fruits that lasts for all eternity. Friend, the only way we can do this effectively is to remain attached to Jesus, there is no shortcut. Only then can nourishment from the True Vine (Jesus Christ) flow into us and we will bear good fruits that will last. Galatians 5:22-…

Do You Truly Believe?

God has called us to a life of purity. This call cannot be compromised nor can the standard be lowered by the Lord no matter what the Scientists are doing or saying. So many come to the Lord wishing to bear His name, follow and serve Him on their own terms. As a result they are unfulfilled, empty, false, falling and rising at the whim of the devil. The truth of the matter is that the natural state of a man is selfishness and until this state is put to death the man cannot live out his full potential in Christ. Friend, if truly you believe in God and has made Him your personal Lord and Savior then the time to remain standing has come. You cannot swing between two opinions: whether you should obey God completely or succumb to the temptations of the devil. Once you succumb to the devil as a Believer, something is very wrong with your inside. The Bible tells us that when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord we are saved. Salvation like life starts…

The Unspoken Word

Indeed, The Bones Shall Live Again!

Hearing God

Have you ever seen a human being born of a woman that has all his auditory senses functioning properly yet claims he cannot hear the voice of his father? When his father speaks, he cannot for the life of him, differentiate his voice from that of a stranger? This will only be possible if he never knew nor met his father. But the day he gets to know him and acknowledges him as his father, recognition follows thereafter: the power to recognize and differentiate his father’s voice from all others. So it is with us with our Heavenly Father; it is a misnomer when God’s children that claim to know Him cannot hear nor differentiate His voice from all others! Hearing God unfortunately is thought to be a feat only ‘spiritual’ men can attain. So many people have been taught that God used to speak in the Biblical days but does not in our times. Thus, they argue that God has put wisdom and abilities inside of man that he does not need an outside voice to tell him what to do. Some have being so dec…