Showing posts from April, 2015

Facing Temptation And Overcoming!

At a point in the Ministry of Jesus Christ, His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray as John the Baptist taught his disciples. What then followed became the model prayers should be patterned in. One of the points in the prayer for the discussion is: “And do not bring us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13a). This point is very important because we live in a world that is ruled by the forces of darkness with the sole aim of making every human being live defeated lives. That is why on a daily basis humans face temptations, which are actually brought on through suggestions by the evil one. However, our responses to these suggestions form the basis of our character. As humans, we are created with all kinds of desires and they jostle for gratification. Since these desires are inborn, they are awakened by suggestions, which cause them to burn within, and combined with flesh, seek gratification at all cost. The devil since creation has perfected his art

Beware Of Strange Winds

A strange wind of teaching is blowing across the land that lulls people into believing that the coming of Christ is not in the horizon and people should go about their business of living as usual. This deceitful wind can only be checked by a discerning heart that understands that we live in the days that Christ said: “Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:11-12). Such heart is the one that is not preoccupied by the pleasures and distractions of the earth but understands that his/her “…citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20b). A particular strange teaching that the Lord will want us to consider seriously and is a threat to our souls is the teaching that the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should be handled with levity. There are two particular schools of thought that we must consider and respond to a

Come Humbly

Benjamin is a young man with great prospects: a wonderful father to two lovely children, a wonderful husband and a great provider for his family. The jewel on his crown is that he loves the Lord and serves Him as well. As a mid-level executive in one of the leading firms in the country he was doing well financially, however, due to the financial upheaval at the time, he lost his job. As time went on with no job in sight, he could not pay his children’s school fees and his rent. His wife had to move back to her parent’s home with the children, at the same time trying to hold down two jobs in order to fend for them. Since their house rent was not paid, Benjamin was sent packing; he moved to the church for refuge. Though the church was supportive, the absence of a job caused the Pastor to approach him to look for alternative accommodation as it was not conducive for him to remain, as the church could not accommodate him; and being a small church they cannot afford to rent an apartmen

Strictly For Teachers Of The Word!

A pastor friend of mine remarked recently that the messages of a particular Ministry was ‘too hard’. She was not alone in her conclusions; members of the said Ministry believe same and were determined to call the attention of the elders to this as it was causing quite a number of them to leave the Ministry. The argument is that with the goings on in the world (fears, rumors of war, famine, drought, financial meltdowns, religious persecutions, genocides and so many terrible things), the messages of Ministries should be about encouragement, hope, breakthroughs and the likes. They argue that messages should focus on the grace of God to always provide for His people no matter the circumstances around and within them. This quality of God is undeniably true; however, it calls to mind an almost similar scenario that played out in the wilderness several thousand years ago. According to the account in Exodus 32, Moses, the then leader of the children of Israel had gone up the mountain to t