Wednesday, 26 October 2011
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 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
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 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
“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