Thursday, 15 December 2011

Our Father!

Beginning words of the Lord's prayer "Our father". I grew up without knowing who my father was, stayed with my grand mum and kept questioning her. It was not that she was not enough for me. She was all i could ever ask for and was the right package of parenting i needed. But there was something i knew i was missing. I used to observe my friends with their fathers and wished i could borrow their dad's.

I noticed their fathers were there to train them, guide them on their paths, show them which paths were right and which parts were wrong. Sometimes they represent their children in certain places that the children could go and speak for themselves. They defend them when necessary. I have not even gotten to the outing and shopping parts yet. I saw my friends enjoy that. Some of my friend's dad could not do all that but at least they tried to do the basics for them.

For some others whose father's were still alive but never had them playing a role in their life would like to think they never had. For some of us who grew up without "father's" sometimes the first line of the lord's prayer may just be a recital without really pausing to understand what we just said. Or you could have grown up with one but may still not really understand what you are saying.

Look at the roles father's play in our life and see whether God does any different in here. Our fathers takes responsibility for;


All this packaged in one role of a father. Each and every single soul on earth has a father-God. The one who is the source of all creation. Let me explain;

God wakes us each morning and puts us to sleep at night. Would you be able to tell me exactly how you woke up and how you finally fell asleep? He is right at the center of every stage of our life, never missing in action. Nothing escapes him. The very hairs on your head are all counted and he notices it when one falls when you don't even notice. He holds your life itself in his hands and protects your going out and your coming in. You are graven in his palm. Isaiah 49:17 says "Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of my hands;" How can you forget that which is written in your palm? He has your name right there. Nobody can take you out of his hands because no one could.

He provides food for all his creation. Psalm 145:15 says "The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time" Have you ever wondered how God has the time to make sure that, those ants you constantly trample under foot is fed and at the same time feeds the big lion and elephant in the forest? You think you can answer that for me? And you are neither in the image of the ant, lion nor the elephant. God's own image and likeness. Thought enough to create you and give you life to read this blog. So you honestly want to tell me God changed in between creation and now in such a way that he can't provide for you. Is his hands too short that he cannot provide or deliver? Does he change? Where is the shadow of turning with him? Jesus said "if you who are even wicked would not give your children stone when they ask for bread; how much your heavenly father"

God guides us each day. Not a day passes by that he by the prompting of his spirit does show us what we should do. If only we would listen well enough to hear him. He gives us direction, Shows us what to do, how we should relate with our neighbors even those who hate us. Everything we ever needed and would need is given.

We are his: isn't that wonderful? Someone actually owns you and takes full responsibility for you. When you buy a car, you own it. See how you take care of it. We are better than cars because we were not even bought with money but with Jesus own blood.. Fully paid. Inspite of all these he God does not hoard over us but still gives us this thing we call "free will" or "choice". It is through this that he establishes the relationship with us. Not like masters over slaves, but that of father and children, not the one that bullies us and whips and does not want to see our face and is always busy. But the one that has time itself in his hands and welcomes us into his very presence. Not the one that cannot be approached but the one that calls us whilst we still play in the dirt for a hug.

So then understand this, "Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name". Don't just rush through this prayer but mean every word of it because he hears it and knows what we mean and need even before we say it. David said "even before a word is on my tongue, oh lord you know it" So don't try and impress him with your big jargon's and big languages you don't even understand. Let your heart pray and let your mouth speak what your heart is saying........

Enough with the rush and the pretense. know that your father knows you more than you know yourself.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Love Poem

For every time my heart beats; it is saying Lord i love you For every breath i take in; it is to say i love you
For every breath i exhale; that is also an i love you message.
For every time i open my eyes on my bed I love you.
And for the last time i close my eyes to sleep; i love you
For every bird i hear singing your praises; It is a song of love for you.
All creation bring their praises to you.
The birds sing in the morning and glory in your presence and brightness.
The mountains stand tall and proud to show your glory.
And the valleys roll as low as they can get to exalt you the king.
The sea may roll but for a while, it does not exceed it borders.
I was created in your own image to show forth your glory.
Who is like unto you God. Neither in the heavens nor on the earth below.
Your origin no one knows and there is no end to you.
Your are great and you are awesome.
Your hold the entire world on nothing but your word and they hold still.
The entire host of heaven rejoices in your presence and your glory.
Your love burns like fire for all to see.
Let that which exalts itself in me be humbled
Bring me to my knees and let me know you more

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Its all about Jesus!

Chris Rice has a song that goes like this "its all about you Jesus.....And all this is for you.." We are all created for the sole purpose of fulfilling God's pleasure and worshiping him. Our entrance into the world, our stay in it and our exit are all to fulfill God's pleasure. Nothing that happens in it is because of us. Not because we are so important that is why we were born, neither because of that did we got that job, that promotion, that marriage, that husband or even children.

And better still it is not because he hates us that is why we die and move on to the next world or our loved ones die. In fact it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with him. Interesting enough, the opportunities that we experience as we move along life's pathways makes us feel superior as if the world revolves around us.

We start to plan on how we can make our lives more comfortable. With getting a new job, or going sightseeing or buying extra stuffs for our house. With a little bit of extra money here and there that we seem to need regardless of what we already have. We tend to schedule activities in our lives that seek to improve our lives that end up taking the place of God. Though we don't make graven images and worship them, we have erected mental and societal gods that we worship.Even if it was for improving the lives of others; we normally did it out of satisfying our conscience. Conscience big word huh! but funny how it drives us sometimes to do lots of things. Giving help to a friend in need is most times mis-spelt as love when we are just trying to satisfy our conscience of how it would look in society if it was retold.

The Bible says in In Acts 17:28a Paul says "For in him we live and move and have our being". So the question i want to ask you is this does whatever you are doing at this point in your life please God and fulfills God's will for you life? Is your job doing it? Your marriage? Your going out and your coming in? Does creation rejoice at your waking up moments?

The day we begin to think its about us that is the day we lost it. Sin comes in different packages and one of them that normally has a nice wrapping is that of self contentedness instead of Christ contentedness. That begins the sin of pride which has become the pitfall of most Christians. That was Lucifer's sin.

Move out of yourself for a while and look up to your master Jesus who you follow. He knew exactly who he was but chose to look outside himself and help us. Took upon himself the position of a servant. At the end of the day he was exalted above all things else. In doing so he brought glory to God. Let us choose that and bring glory to our maker.

Friday, 14 October 2011

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden..................

Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
The bible means exactly what it is saying here. The man sold all that he had and bought that field. There are three main points here;

-----Whatever the man possessed then was of no value as compared to what he had found.
-----Whatever the "treasure" was he needed to get enough money in order to buy it because it is very expensive and cannot be bought with just anything.

------In getting the treasure, he needed to posses the entire field.

Had it ever crossed your mind what this treasure is? It is Jesus Christ our risen lord. The one who in him dwells the full God-head body (Trinity). The lamb of God our savior. God in himself. All the prophets of Old walked with God and it was accounted to them as righteousness because of their faith in him like Abraham, Moses, Elijah. But God showed them more of his ways to them. So they knew God through his ways and could describe his virtues.

But that is not enough to say you know God, there is more to him. The creator of the universe. In him there is no error. The one who created time and holds it in his hands and regulates the time and seasons. So the question is your knowing God is "about" him or it is "him" that you know

The day that you think you now know God fully and understand him; Watch it. Because you have not seen anything yet. You actually just got started. Whatever your basis may be, it is only a microscopic view of God from your own eyes and heart.

Paul the apostle said in Philippians 3:10(a) "That I may know him........................." He wasn't asking for the physical revelation of the one he was serving but for him to know his master and commune with him day and night. Does that mean that he Paul was doubting HIM who he was serving? No.

When the man found the treasure in the field, he knew that was all he had been searching for and nothing else mattered. The bible does not record that the man went searching for treasures but rather he found it. And when he saw it he knew that was all he needed so he had to posses it. Like life we live it trying different things at different times. Positioning different goals so we would achieve them and find some satisfaction. The reason we keep doing that is because what would satisfy us is one thing "that treasure" that is hidden in the field.

Not everybody finds the treasure. Some might have seen it before the man did but did not consider its worth. Remember "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" as said in 2 Corinthians 4:4.

And when you find this treasure "get enough money" so you can buy it. Regardless of its cost. Even if it is going to cost you your very life; it is dearer than life itself. The martyrs of the gospel would tell you this. Don't just take the treasure out of the field but possess the entire field. Revelation about the gift would even come as you tend the field. As you plunge fully into service of God without looking back.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Waiting on God!

Remember the time you went to the hospital and you had to wait till the doctor attended to you? What about when you sat in an airplane or bus traveling over a considerable distance. You had to sit in till you got to your destination. Till then there was nothing you could really do. But in all it was the end results that kept you waiting. Then what is so different with God here then? Why can't you wait a little more longer for the one who cannot lie.

Just this Sunday, in the evening i kept pondering over the subject of waiting on the Lord. This is not really pleasant for some of us in this fast paced world that says "i want everything and i want it now". I knew that as a christian am supposed to understand this as a fundamental but it wasn't easy for me. At the back of my mind i knew someway somehow that God was gonna do exactly what he said; but the issue i was battling with was the timing.

Yes the timing. Honestly for a God who sees a day as thousand years and a thousand years as a day, i kind of felt that i might not live enough to see what he promised me or else the time he decides to bring it i might not really need it. As i kept on pondering over this i kept drowning in despair till i heard a voice that said "Have I ever failed you before?". Yes i heard that as clearly as possible as if He was standing right by me. I knew i could not answer that question because he is a just God and i was still battling with issues on belief, faith and doubt. I just gave up on myself and decided to place my weakness in his hands.

I once asked a friend of mine this question what do you do in the waiting period. And he using the journey on the bus scenario answered me; you can either enjoy the ride to your destination by viewing the scenes around you and identifying its beauty, you can also decide to do something to preoccupy you like reading a book or you can even sleep. But at the end of the day you are not to miss out on anything.

So then i would say that you can either decide to enjoy the lord. I mean delighting yourself in the lord, staying focused on him and not yourself or your weaknesses. In the end he is all that matters!
Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Ant's Lifestyle!

Wisdom is the right application of knowledge at the right time and on the right occasion. When times are changing you ought to change too. Don't hang on to the old method of doing stuff.
The bible uses the ant in Proverbs 20:4; 24:30-34 to teach us certain things about it;

The ant has self motivation. No one tells it what to do. This is motivation coiled up in discipline. In the world today so many people are bogged down with problems of their own. They will really do not have much time to attend to yours. So in order to move up your course in life you have to learn from the ant.

- the ant is a self starter.
- it takes initiative.
- it is proactive.
- it has no one to urge it on.
-The ant has an organized life.
- it knows what to do at what time
- it is a good time manager
- it understands there is time for everything under the sun
-The ant has industry and diligence.
- the ant has no room for laziness
- it has no room for procrastination.
- it has a lot of determination for success
- it makes up for it's small size through hard work
- it has faith in itself
-The ant has a communal spirit, they know in unity lies their strength due to their individual small strengths. Each of them is ready and willing to lend a hand

Develop a lively spirit. Learn how to smile to your customers and people around you. Your customer service will set you apart from others.

CC: Michael Ocansey

When sin looks attractive!

Focus on sin and it will begin to look attractive. As simple as that. Lets study some scriptures.

“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too."

So was this the first day Eve looked at that tree? Most definitely not. The tree never appealed to her eyes, not to even mention her conscience. But, on this day that she decided to break the rule the tree suddenly looked so so different. Nicer huh. That is how Satan makes us justify wrong doing. Let us focus on Christ and He will look more appealing. Nicer.

CC: Michael Ocansey

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Edge of the Cliff!

There are two main things that God is gonna do when he takes you to the edge of a mountain or a cliff. It is either he would catch you when you fall or he would teach you how to fly. Either way you are not going hit the ground.

As simple as that. But not as easy as its spelt out. Imagine the anticipation, anxieties, worry's and the likes all running through your mind. Wondering what is going to happen next. Ever been in an airplane that was going through turbulence? Well if you have then you can identify with what am trying to say here.

It could calmn us if we knew the end from the beginning like God did but unfortunately we don't and being mortal doesn't help either. But there is a solace for the Believer! A simple trust in Jesus does a great deal. For he has said he would never leave you nor forsake you. Like a tablet a day, that is all we need to take us through. Have you taken your tablet yet?

Friday, 9 September 2011

How convenient!

Ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? A lot of people question God about this. We always attribute evil things to be the hand of the devil and countless times attack the devil on this but observe this;

In Hannah's case the bible records that............. "but the LORD had shut up her womb". In pharaoh's relation with Israel's release the bible records as..............."But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron". Then there is the other interesting one. Remember when Joseph had finished interpreting the dreams of of his fellow prisoners? he told the cup bearer to remember him when he was released but the cup bearer forgot. How convenient!

Honestly, i don't see how this guy could forgot this but he did forget until two years later. Even in this case not until pharaoh himself had a dream and he needed an interpreter. So you can imagine what was happening to Joseph during the two years that was still in prison; hoping and trusting God that at least this guy would put in a word for him. If it was i in there i would definitely give up and close that option.

But again if you may ask, if this butler had put in a word for him as soon as he got out would it still have been in God's plan? Where would Joseph had ended up? Potiphar's house or as a mere servant of Pharaoh, Or back in his home country? Neither of these would have fit in God's ultimate plan for Israel. Thus bringing Israel into Egypt for that period of famine and feeding them.

This is what we call conveniently planned and well calculated. Joseph's dreams, his brothers hatred and selling him to no other but Egypt, Serving in potiphar's house so he could land in prison meant for government officials, His wife's allegations against him so he could be thrown in jail and the dreams of the two servants of pharaoh.

The bible says all things work together for good to them that love and are called according to his purpose. the same bible says that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God. So the last question then becomes; why fear? why think the devil has the power! If God does not allow it for it to happen in your life, believe me it won't happen. Remember the bible says in Isaiah 53:10 Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Did God say?

Guess what; the opening line of the devil when he addressed the first beings on earth. He asked Eve to verify and confirm what God did say. When he approached Jesus his opening line was in the same line. " if you are the son of God........... Is it surprising then that he should repeat his first weapon he used on Adam and eve again on Jesus?

Lets apply this to our very lives. Can you trace your steps back to the very point at which you started doubting what God said? Can you follow that line to where it actually ended you? I guess it wasn't that much profitable either. It is surprising sometimes what we do compare what God says about us to what our parents, teachers, friends or even relatives think about us when it is so below the standard.

The day we start to take the words of God that we are supposed to live by as meaningless and not worthwhile. That is the day we start doubting and losing out on who we actually are. The very image of God. Temptations do not hang in the air or lie somewhere in wait for us. It comes to us in the form of our thoughts. Someone once said our mind is the battle ground.

So what would it be, God's spoken word to you? Or your assessment of a situation or what others say about you? Just think about it!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Only By Grace!

How often do we mention or take the word grace for granted? Grace, grace, grace. It could be a name of a person, used in an expression but hardly a cuss word.

The first man God made was Adam. He was perfect just as his wife Eve. Eve was also perfect. The first woman, wife and mother. she didn't learn from someone or get the opportunity to observe someone perform these roles; she was just it. Whatever role it was, she was it.

Made in the image of God, they possessed the entirety of God himself. They had no inclination to sin but would have definitely identified sin if the devil went straight ahead to say "steal" "lie" or "cheat". The devil didn't do any of it, he just asked a question did God say.............? and you know how the rest of the conversation went.

But this is the interesting part worth noting. After they ate the fruit, they realized they were naked and felt ashamed. So the covered themselves with figs. They were not ashamed at first because they were naked from the very beginning. Open before God, and not ashamed of it. Nothing is hidden before God anyway however when they did realize they were naked, their first inclinations was to cover themselves with figs and under trees. Imagine your ten or fifteen year old daughter who you constantly bathed as a child scream when you enter the bathroom unintentionally.

That is what sin does. It normally comes paired with some guilt and realization which is also not repentance but just pure guilt of a reasoning man. The apostle Paul said "godly sorrow worketh repentance" They tried to cover themselves (their sin) with their own means of justification, their own making. That does not take away our wrongs, its just like hitting against the wrong wall.

Here comes the first act of grace!, God comes in to cover their sin with clothing made of skins of the animal. To get the skin of an animal involves slaughtering that animal. It demands a justification made purely by sacrifice. That which is allowed and accepted by God himself as a sacrifice. Not by their own doing or might but by the simple acceptance of the mercies and constant grace of God shall the fallen race of mankind be saved.

This act of Justification comes in the Lord Jesus Christ. Not in how much we have become perfect in church stuffs, the singing, fasting, praying in tongues and holding our posture and attitudes of holiness, but in the simple meekness of Jesus Christ, the lamb that was slain in you. Revealed each day by your breath, eating, talking and relationship with others. Just that. Reflect on this

Friday, 15 July 2011

Thy will be done!

Lord not my will but yours..........................................

This is a summary of the prayer Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. It was in agony, having the spirit of the father but being but a mere man. He saw the cross before him and agonized over what he was going to suffer. The scorn, the shame, the pain and all that BUT most of all the obvious rejection by people who would get to hear about him later but refuse to accept him.

Yes that was the level of the agony. So he prayed; three times over the same thing. Lord not my will but yours. It wasn't because of doubt that caused him to do that thrice, but travailing spirit in him. He prayed earnestly in such a way that his sweat became like drops of blood. He wasn't shouting neither was he exerting a particular force because if he was doing so; it would have woken the disciples up from their slumber. Rather, it was between him and God (remember Hannah?). Earnestly praying. Interceding so he became less of himself (mere flesh) and more of God. So he prayed, asking for strength that he needed for what laid ahead of him. So the question is, if he did not pray, what would have been the breaking point for Jesus?

That is a perfect example our master gave us before he left us. Before we encounter any temptation, there is always the battle of the wills. We need to spend more time praying and asking God for his will to be done before we even get to that doorstep of temptation. Asking for extra strength for each day. Simply saying not my will lord but yours................and follow it with deliver me from temptation. Take it as preparing yourself for an exam.

Friday, 8 July 2011

It is the Little things that do matter!

Attention to details.
Its amazing but insomuch as we don't want to accept it, it is those little things that actually make the difference in our lives. The extra time we chose to give to a friend in bereavement, the extra cent we put aside the constant dripping of water in a bathroom, the extra effort in our work etc.. Its quite tedious anyway so it is understandable if some of us have a problem noticing these little things and it is also frustrating when we are the ones doing those little things but go unnoticed.

Principle of money
Investment laws base on this. It is those little interest that sum up to make a profit . Before you do invest, it is those little savings that we make to invest that counts. Then there is no way we could possibly ignore these things if they would probably bring us fortunes.

Principle of Relationship
Yes, principle of relationship. The little things that we do for our family, friends, colleagues and partners. That little smile we give them on day to day basis could lift the spirit of a discouraged person. The thank you and the sorry's we mutter to confirm our appreciation and acknowledging our mistakes could strengthen our relationship with others or break them. A harsh word or ungrateful gesture. A little note of gratitude could change a lot of things

Principle of communication
The science of communication is as simple as relaying your message and receiving a message. But how often do we get the message all wrong because we did not observe the little things. The mood of the person, gesture, tone could all relay something different from what comes out of the lips. How many times have we jumped into a conversation not waiting for the other person to finish only for us to realize that we got it all wrong. If we could have just waited for the person to end what he was saying.

Gradually, the things that go into our bodies are the same that kill us each day. It does not occur the same day we take it but pile up over time to kill us. A little extra butter on our bread, the fried eggs, and the cholesterol we seem to overlook daily. Its what builds up the cancer, diabetes, heart disease and the likes. In the same way, it is a little exercise in a day, water, fruits and vegetables could change something in our lives.

So why don't we slow down for a while and pay attention to those details around us before we finally lose it and it gets out of control. Lets appreciate what life gives us and lets manage it well.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Treasures among rubbles!

Don't prep your mind for a treasure hunt yet! or go among your trash or even rubbish dump, tap your cool and lets explore this topic.
About 85% of earth's most valuable treasures are found among rubbles. Places you would never think twice that such could exist but they usually are. Things like Gold, diamonds, rubbies, Sapphire, Platinum, Emerald etc when found by some of us could affect our lifestyle, improve or destroy our relationships and definitely affect our status in society.
But wait, pause a bit, none of these jewels are appreciated in their natural states, some would even miss out on what they really are until we see them in their refined states. Yes refined! and mind you some of these refinement processes could totally destroy them or make them what they really are!

That is what God does with each and every one of us he calls by name. Consider this; gold undergoes mining ,grinding, separation and refinement. Once the gold ore has been mined, it is washed and filtered at the mine, combined with water and ground into smaller chunks. Smaller chunks, piece by piece. It is then separated from its ore through several processes:Floatation, cyanidation, and the carbon-in-pulp. Each of these processes are meant to separate the gold from its contaminants for it to be pure. If the gold is still not pure enough, it can be smelted. Smelting involves heating the gold with a chemical substance called flux. The flux bonds with the contaminants and floats on top of the melted gold. The gold is then cooled and allowed to harden in molds, and the flux-contaminant mixture (slag) is hauled away as a solid waste.

The essence of all this is to present the gold as it truly is; pure gold. We pass through similar processes. God call us out from this world's way and order. For as many as heed to this call, he washes us with the blood of his son Jesus Christ, the blood that justifies us from all accusations made by the enemy so that we are presented righteous before God.

Then comes the part we struggle with; SEPARATION. Though we are in the world we are not of this world. We need to be separated only to God from all attachments of sin that we easily fall prey to. Separation allows us to be pure in such a way that the real nature that God did make us are revealed. We become more like him, without sin. With more love, meekness and humility. If you were a liar, lying does not seem appealing to you any longer, fornicator? the things of God are your sole desires so you rarely have time to feed the sinful nature.

Then comes the smelting part (HEAT). The part that most of us don't want to undergo but its outcome is what proves our durability. Sometimes certain circumstances are thrown our way. The ones that make us uncomfortable, the ones that appear like a trap, no way out and the once that seem to have no solution at all......... God is not an unjust man, he's not even a man in the first place. He is the creator of the universe. The one who made us and knows what we are made up of. There is no way he is going to bring us something we cannot handle, but he needs enough heat for us to be the real us too. How many of us having come out of a particular challenge realise that we are much better, much wiser, much stronger than what we were before that challenge.

If we would also be honest with ourselves too some of us walk right into this challenge head on. Out of our own desires to satisfy ourselves neglecting God's own warning. For each path that we find ourselves on, there is always this light and lamp (His word) that directs us clearly what we should do but we neglect it. Even after we fall into these challenges he provides a way of escape for us. There is always this unnoticed door or way out that we only notice when we come to the realisation that God is our help and the challenge is supposed to make us not break us.

Its not easy, but the creator of the universe knows exactly what we are. We are gold, diamonds, some are sapphires and the list goes on. But since we seem to have forgotten or not living to our full potential, we become weak, unpure and with time melt along with the impurities(worldly nature) in such a way that we are unnoticed and often trampled upon. Allow God to make you today, to refine you. To turn you into that which you are so that your full potential is realised.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Bend but don't break!

Have you ever observed a palm tree bending over by the force of a wind. Ever thought it would break? Well on most coastline this is a normal occurrence. The palm trees sway in the direction of the wind but on other times the force of the wind causes the tree to bend middle way near breaking point! yes breaking point.
Ever gotten to that point in your life before? Near breaking point!
Huh! It's even made worse when you don't have anyone to talk to at the moment. Like living in a world inside you whilst the outside world shouts and screams all around you. When you feel that a particular situation is never going to end. When you go to bed wishing tomorrow would never come but it does anyway. Where when you wake up, you wonder how you are going to survive the rest of the day.

Life comes in shapes and sizes, sometimes it does come in colors too. Neither of them asked you for your permission to come but they did anyway so they are not supposed to be your preference but they would be based on how you receive them. When life's storm comes along, its okay to bend over. Bending over sometimes builds your resilience for life. Most of our best ideas, inspirations and creativity even comes when we are in our darkest hours, yes when we are so down and the world around us is so high they can't distract us as we re-strategise.

So whatis with this that you fear so much? Is it failure? Is it being alone? Make good use of your time whilst you are down, when you feel all alone. There is somebody who is already waiting for us as we come to that point. That is Jesus! The perfect gentleman. He knows you more than you know yourself and knows exactly what you need. Why don't you spend a little time in prayer right now asking him to help you get over that situation. Call him now! Revelation 3:20

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Should christians enjoy wealth or even be rich?

First, it is important to realize that it is not a sin to be wealthy. The ancient patriarchs Job, Abraham, and King Solomon were all very wealthy. In fact, God made them wealthy (Job 42:12-16; Genesis 12:1-3; 13:2; 1 Kings 3:10-14). God's action simply proves that being wealthy is not wrong or God would not have done that.

God never rebukes wealthy Christians for being wealthy. He simply warns them to be generous. However, God does rebuke them as well as others for not loving Him and for sinning.
When God walked this earth, He told several people to give their money away. One of them was a rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-26). Jesus said that because money was their god. They loved their money more than they loved God. So we should not be surprised that Jesus challenged them to give their money. By saying that, Jesus helped them discover what was truly important to them. It was not God.

Now let's ask the question, "Should pastors be wealthy?" In the Old Testament the Levites or the priests were not given an inheritance of the land. Consequently, the Levites were not able to grow their food. They lived among the people, and the Jewish people supported them with tithes of about 23.33 percent. Were the Levites wealthy? Most likely some had more money than others. Were any wealthy? We do not know.
These applies to everyone - whether they are a Levite or a member of the clergy.

The key to understanding this verse is the word "serve." There are some poor people who are controlled by money just as much as some rich people. Also, there are people who give their money to others without regard to how much they own. Having money is not the issue. The issue is your heart attitude towards the money that God has given you.

Notice that the ownership of money is not the root of evil. The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

True Worship

True worship begins outside the church room, when the songs and the church gymnastics are all over, when we see our fellow brother hungry and we want to feed him. We pray for our enemies not against them even though they continually hurt us. That is what true worship is all about.....................................!

He's always with us!

Hebrews 13:5b

New International Version (NIV)“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Miriam was visiting in the home of some friends. Time passed quickly as each person shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along she whispered a prayer asking God to keep her safe from harm and danger.
When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley, she noticed a man standing at the end, as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray again, asking for God's protection. Instantly a comforting sense of quietness and security wrapped around her and she felt as though someone was walking with her. When Miriam reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.
The following day, she read in the paper that a young girl had been assaulted in that same alley - just twenty minutes after she had been there. Overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep. 
Thanking the Lord for her safety and wanting to help the young woman who had been attacked, she decided to go to the police station. She told them her story and offered to help identify the assailant. The police asked if she would be willing to view a lineup, she agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before.
When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked Miriam for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her.  Miriam was curious as to why the assailant had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, his answer stunned them all, "Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."

Ever doubt that God is not with us?