In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen. 1:1 KJV)

It is important to God that we both recognize and understand His plan, purpose and pursuit. It is important to God that we are joined, united and fused with Him in His design and designation for us as Man. This cognitive integration, alignment and alliance is the primordial intent of God to have the Earth organized and administrated. God wanted His son to be in charge of His possession and creation.

Consider what God said in the beginning, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen.1:26-27 KJV)

The creature God that intended to “have dominion”; the administrative jurisdiction over all the earth was Man. Man had authority from God: the legitimacy and competency to act for God on the earth. The Man was Adam, the progenitor and root of everyone who will ever be so described or termed Man on the Earth; and he was identified… the son of God (Luke 3:38 KJV).  The fact that Man (in Adam) was identified as the son of God must incite our reasoning on one end and intrigue our admiration on the other. Did we ever recall, or recognize man was “son of God”? 

It must not dismay anyone that God wanted His son (Man) to be in-charge of His Estate and direct His “business”. God said in essence, let the “sons of God” have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them but the thief identified and described as such in John 10:10 (KJV) came to steal, kill and destroy. That thief was the devil, who by deception; stole Man’s right to administrate the Earth, killed Man by terminating the life type and nature of God in Man and has gone ahead aiming to destroy all that is under Heaven called the Earth. About this present World, the system and administration of the Earth under the devil (now god of this world – 2 Cor. 4:4 KJV) the Bible says…the whole world lieth in wickedness. (1 John 5:19 KJV)

But God has a greater and grandiose plan, to redeem and reinstate Man and recover the Earth. The redemption of Man was in raising (again) the sons of God through Faith in the Son of God; Jesus Christ and restoration of a new Earth in which righteousness reigns. What a joy and a glory.

To be admissible into this new reinstatement as God’s children; every man must now choose and accept God’s great plan through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider God’s requirement and design for sonship;  But to as many as did receive and welcome Him (Jesus Christ), He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified]. (John 1:12-13 AMP).

The door is opened, and the plan is active, to become sons of God (again) – Praise the Lord.

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Made Rich by God’s Grace

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:7 KJV

There are exceeding, surpassing, exceptional and incomparable riches in the grace of God towards us. The Grace of God is the clear expression of God’s salvation plan and glorious tribute to His love to redeem us.

According to the Scriptures, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:6-11 KJV)

God’s outreach to us when we were yet without strength and were enemies of God but were reconciled to God by the death of his Son was the clear expression of God’s grace, a surpassing, exceeding riches inherent to reconcile and reinstate us to God when we were in fact enemies of God is the Grace of God.

By this Grace, we obtained forgiveness of sins and restoration to the inheritance of God, to a nature and culture of God and His Kingdom. The Bible says, For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14 KJV). New life and lifestyle are products of God’s Grace in the life of the Believer, we do not only receive the forgiveness of sins by Grace, we are enabled to live a new and righteous life, teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live a life well pleasing unto God. These are inclusive blessings of the exceeding riches of the grace of God.

Beloved, let us grow in the Grace of God, looking diligently unto this Grace lest anyone fail of it rather let us draw near with unfeigned heart understanding that the Grace of God is for our salvation; the Riches of Grace being exceeding and abounding through faith in Jesus Christ for we are saved by Grace through Faith and that not of ourselves but the gift of God.  

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God’s Grace

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Cor. 13:14 KJV

We all need the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace was the umpire, the benefactor, and the cheerleader of Christ’s activities on earth. He performed all God’s requirement for His life by the Grace of God. Grace is God’s merit; “the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward” is a requirement in everyone’s life walk to inherit peace and glory.

About Grace in the life and Ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible says, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Heb. 2:9 KJV). Notice, He (Jesus)…by the grace of God should taste death for every man”. Grace enabled Jesus to taste death for every man.

It is of the need and importance of (this) Grace that the Bible says, The (same) grace that was with the Lord Jesus Christ…be with you all so that like Christ we (also) may achieve the plan and purpose of God for our lives.

About the eminent effect of Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible recorded that Christ pleased God. While in agony and praying in the garden of Gethsemane,  crossed between His (Jesus) will and God’s will, Lord Jesus said, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:42-44 KJV). The enabling strength supplied from Heaven to strengthen Him is no doubt God’s merit and grace richly supplied to Him to do the will of God and thereby pleased God.

The Bible further recorded the eminent effect of Grace when by Grace Jesus said, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4-6 KJV). Lord Jesus by Grace (Power given to him over all flesh), He finished the work that God gave him to do. Christ had grace to finish the work God assigned him to do.

Beloved, according to the scriptures, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:14-17 KJV). Grace came to us by Jesus Christ and of the fulness of Christ’s grace have all received…grace for grace. We receive Grace from our Lord Jesus Christ.

May this Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all in Jesus Name

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The Sufficiency Of Grace

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2 KJV)

The knowledge of God is both key and keen to Man’s wellness and goodness. God desires it and Man needs it. The knowledge of God is the prima delight of God in Man. God wants us to know Him personally and intimately.

About making any boast, the Bible does not approve any vagarious boasting except in the knowledge of God. The Bible says; “Thus says the Lord, “Let not the one who is wise and skillful boast in his insight; let not the one who is mighty and powerful boast in his strength; let not the one who is rich boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] abundance; but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me [and acknowledges Me and honors Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 9:23-24 AMP). Notice, God delights in that we understand and know Him.

For too long, Man has neglected the pursuit of God and relegated the quest for the knowledge of the Holy One. This vestige and trend has implicated Man’s real growth in truth and purity. Man has advanced in despicable and destructive knowledge to his detriment. Man knows everything but God whereas The Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9.10 KJV).

Beloved, we must invest and pursue the knowledge of God. It is the most precious and rewarding pursuit anyone may have one the Earth. Paul the Apostle said something of note about this pursuit when he wrote, “But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life]. But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 1:7-8 AMP). Note, the knowledge of God has a priceless privilege and supreme advantage. It is a vantage joy to know God; a virtue with strategic advantage.

Talking about the strategic advantage of knowing God, the Bible recorded the classic account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; three Hebrew men who demonstrated uncanny and uncommon boast in the knowledge of God at the face of extreme cruelty and fiery fatality; they asserted, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17:18 KJV). They well settled and assured in their knowledge of God that no threat could terrify them; the king eventually would testified “…there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”  (Daniel 3:29 KJV) and the three Hebrew men were promoted.

Beloved, the knowledge of God will both save and promote anyone who would hunger and thirst for the Holy One. Please, seek to know the Lord; it shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones. Go for God.

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Riches of God’s Grace

that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (Ephesians 2:7-8 KJV)

Salvation is the keenest God’s interest towards Man. God greatly delights in the Salvation of Man: He’s occupied, consumed, passionate, eager, possessed, etc. by this interest.  Oh! How God is greatly delighted in Man’s Salvation. Simple akin to parents’ passionate interest in the success and wellness of their children, so is God consumed about the Salvation of every Man.  We need to gain this eagerness of God, embrace the same for our goodness sake and (also) forbear to impede anyone from Salvation rather facilitate, expedite and motivate every Man awareness of this boisterous interest to satisfy God’s keenest pursuit.

God desires that ALL men be saved.  About this God’s consummate interest, Paul said to Timothy; “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (1 Tim. 4:1-7 MSG). Notice what Paul said about God, “He wants not only us but everyone saved”.  We need therefore, in our quest to satisfy God, share with God, the importance of our personal salvation, embrace the notion, and value it to the delightsome intent of extending same to others to the exhilarating delight of God. 

Oh! How important it is to God that we (all) be free from all holding and hardship of the adversary…the devil. It is in the context and content of God’s priority interest that God in Christ would venture to nurture all men to the saving embrace of God’s grace including such as other men would consider not so deserving of salvation. Zacchaeus was a notable and notorious sinner in his community; he was tarnished and tainted, a sinner! About him and his encounter with Jesus the Bible recorded; “When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”  So Zaccheus hurried and came down, and welcomed Jesus with joy. When the people saw it, they all began muttering [in discontent], “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a [notorious] sinner.” (Luke 19: 5-7 AMP).To the muttering and discontent of his people who had implied and are obscured by his not deserving of God’s salvation, Jesus retorted; “Today salvation has come to this household, because he, too, is a [[b]spiritual] son of Abraham;  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9-10 AMP).

Beloved, the Cup of Salvation is God’s invitation to ALL Men to participate, partake, and share, in the glorious release from all adversities and adversaries. God is interested in our wellness and freedom. He just wants us WELL. This is His Cup (of Salvation) revealed and represented by our Lord Jesus Christ extended to everyman that everyone who believes in Him should be saved. (John 3:16-17 KJV).

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Helped by His Word

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1 KJV)

There is life in the Word of God. This is a profound and necessary truth for our notice and assimilation. We live by the Word of God.

Throughout Human history and till present, a recurring event and trend is God and Man’s need for sync and integration. Man has continued to need God and God has continued to need Man. The required synchronization is so basic and crucial that there is a fatal abruption of plan and purpose should the integration not exit or be nulled. This is a crucial truth. God designed Man to sync and integrate with Him.

At the initial contemplation of Man’s creation, the premise was to design Man after the image and likeness of God. Man was designed to reflect or mirror God, infused with the Nature of God but on the Earth. The Bible puts it thus, “God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth” (Gen. 1:26-28). The Characteristic nature of God was God’s Word…” the Word was God” the Bible says (John 1:1-2 KJV). The Word: when our Lord Jesus would describe Him says “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV). It was this Nature of God in Man that would make Man live by God. Man is sustained and maintained by the Word of God. This is an important notice.

Akin to the popular and pervasive use of the USB (Universal Connection Bus) between a computer and other devices, The Word of God is that necessary and postulated interface to connect God and Man. It is the conduit that deposits or integrates Man with God; the Word infused Man with life (of God) and thereby Man lived.

Man would later die when Adam would decline or disobey the Word of God (that made him live). About this death experience, Adam said; “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And God said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”  (Gen. 3:10-11 KJV)  Man became detached, disconnected or emptied of life because that Universal Connection Bus (USB) that downloaded or transmitted life of God to Man was broken.

Beloved, let us not be weary or unwise to understand our need and requirement for the Word of God. Jesus said, “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” (Matt. 4:4 MSG)  

Let us be awaken to this true need as we are aware of our need for daily bread – Man shall not live by that bread alone but by every Word of God does Man live; “…come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live” God says. What is God saying to us (now)? Let’s buy into it and live. Amen 

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God Is Our Father

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt. 6:9 KJV

God is our Father. There is grace and joy in the revelation of this truth. This is a whole truth and nothing but the truth; nonetheless like many other truths relating to God, the enemy obscures, belies the ingenuity of God to deprive Man. But when truth is known, freedom is secured.

The Word translated Father (in English) means root or generator; the source or spring. It also means nourisher, upholder and protector. We all originate from God and it is for this important reason that Man cannot be sustained, nourished or protected outside the provisions and nourishment of God.

About God being our Father, the Bible says, “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live” (Heb. 12:9 KJV). The Bible identified and recognized God as the Father, source, root or spring of our spirit. This is a very important disclosure. It is about this revelation that Jesus came to connect us that we (Man) may regain wholeness as we are made complete in Him. Our spirit is derived from God. This is an important truth.

The notion of God being our Father was foreign and far-fetched to Man that our Lord Jesus Christ in His bid to introduce and reinstate the truth about this was considered blasphemous and offensive. The Bible says, “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18-19 KJV).

Notice, the carnality of Man (the nature of Man without the knowledge of God) could not admit or tolerate paternal relationship with God; Man persecuted the truth about himself, but the truth and sincerity of God is to have Man know that God is indeed our Father. The Lord Jesus was eventually killed; the Bible says, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7 KJV).

Beloved, there must be something awesome in the revelation of God being our Father for which Christ was both beaten and killed and when he arose by the power of God, He said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17 KJV). The notice and knowledge of this truth must be disturbing and debilitating to the devil but comforting and enriching to us the people of God; we cannot afford to walk outside of it and its provisions. God is our Father…Praise the Lord. Let us invest and walk in the comfort of this truth and be strengthened. Amen.

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The Help of His Presence

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11 KJV

The Lord Jesus came to introduce God to us and His Kingdom; during His mandate He made himself known to Man also. But being in the form and fashion of a Man, His own people did not receive Him. How often they doubted and disputed His claims and assertions all because they do not know Him; for “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12-13 KJV)

According to the Bible, Jesus said, “…I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? (John 6:35-42 KJV).  Notice how they murmured at him and would not believe Him but rather measured our Blessed Lord after their carnal and natural course, saying we know his father and mother. This is the bane and blight of their unbelief.

Jesus further introduced Himself as the Good Shepherd when He said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him. “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.” (John 10:11-18 AMP)

Beloved, we must receive and accept the testimony of Christ about Himself to us; He came to save and rescue us; He laid down His life for our rescue and salvation. What a blessed notice and knowledge to gain and receive. He is the true and good shepherd of the sheep. The sooner one gains this truth the better and joyful life becomes for He only and truly cares for sheep. Notice something He said, “This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life” God recognized and approved Him for what He did, we shall do well to receive His love and testimony for our sanity and salvation. The good shepherd cares for the sheep, protects and preserves the life of the Sheep to the delight and pleasure of God our Father. Thank you, Jesus. 

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And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (Luke 14:23)

House; is the specially furnished unit for the need and relaxation of the owner and residents. Described uniquely as one’s abode or dwelling, it is the natural resort and the identifying location of its occupants. House address is therefore an important part of everyone’s personal profile. It identifies one’s location, origin and resort. Everyone is traceable to a House.

The notion of House; representing a unique aspect of everyone’s personal profile therefore denote its importance and prominence. It’s the beehive of all personal and family activities, the pantry for personal wares, sartorial and treasurer.  A resort and pillow Ville…no place is like one’s home. It is always a relief to return to one’s house.

About the house, the Bible says, “Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” (Prov. 24:3-4).  It takes thoughtful and thought through activities to build, organize and decorate ones house and according to the Bible, it takes understanding to manage and establish it. Our houses to a good extent reflect our preferences and penchants. It’s our house and we live there.

It is cognitive to gain knowledge of God’s house also. God does have a place He may be found and to where He brings and treats His guest. About God’s House, David said, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4) and n the parable, Jesus illustrated how desirous, God would have His house filled but how lightly man takes God’s invitation to come to God’s house.

Speaking ‘plainly’, The Church is the localized place to meet God; according to the Bible, Paul wrote to Timothy and said; “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (2 Tim. 3:4-5).  The House of God is described as the Church of the living God. 

It is common among us to still have one excuse or the other for not coming to God’s House despite special invitation. According to the Bible, “…they all alike began to make excuses and to beg off. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of land, and I have to go out and see it; I beg you, have me excused.  And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to examine and [e]put my approval on them; I beg you, have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and because of this I am unable to come.” (Luke 14:18-20 AMP).  We must not be ignorant or ignoble of God’s special invitation to be His guest at His House as often as He does.

David understood the blessings of God’s House that he said, “…and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. (Psalm 23:6b AMP). Beloved, gain value of being in God’s presence and never decline to come to His House. This is your Wisdom

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The Hallmark Of Little Children

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14 KJV)

It is God’s innate and urgent desire to Bless His People. All blessings flow from Him. It is in God’s power to Bless and He desires to Bless. Blessing is so dear and natural to God that He exhorts us to Bless and do not curse. The Bible puts it thus, “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14 KJV).

At some occasion, children were brought to the Lord Jesus and Bible recorded, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 KJV).  It is important to note that, the intent of the children being brought to Jesus was “that he should touch them:” and Jesuswas displeased with the disciples restraining, limiting, deterring, denying, preventing or hindering the children from being Blessed by Him.

We must gain truth and understanding from this account about God’s displeasure, intolerance, irritation, disapproval and discontent to anything or anyone that prevents His Blessing you and I. Jesus, “was much displeased” the Bible says because He greatly welcomes and approves of us (His children) being brought to Him to touch and bless us. Praise the Lord.

It must be borne in mind that just as there were restraints, constraints, obstructions, limitations, distractions, etc. in the way and path of those young children then brought to Jesus to be blessed by Him, so are simile expressions of similar intent that seek to obstruct or deprive our reaching to Jesus for His touch and blessing. We must know to overstep and overcome the obstacles that restrains our reaching or being reached by God for His Blessing. This is very important.

Consider the great story of Abram being called by God, to get out of his country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house unto a land that God will shew him for instance (Gen. 12:1-3). The nature of the call itself appears both daunting and limiting. How would anyone set out to a place that will be shown or not previously known to him. Many would consider such a call as refutable and irrational but like the restraints put forward to deny and deprive the children from being reached or reaching Jesus, such disclaim to the Word of God designed to Bless one may deny one’s access to being touched and blessed by God and about that God will be very displeased.

To access, obtain and inherit the much desired and needed blessing of God we must like Abraham who by Faith ventured into what was not previously known except that God promised, ventured to follow God to that place where He’s determined to bless us and make us a blessing.

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Born of the Spirit 05.16.21

But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature].  (1 Cor. 2:15 AMP)

God wants His children to the spiritually minded. God wants us to be conscious of the elevated and domineering spiritual influence that commands and direct all we see and know. We must be cognizant of the reality of spirituality. Spirituality is essentially a composition of unseen (invisible) realities; a system or realm organized and dominated by un-bodies beings; i.e. beings that have forms but no natural bodies.

The existence of this realm should not frightened us neither should it exonerate our active involvement rather our cognitive participation in it is required to grant us active command and control of events and activities that pertain to us.  The Bible says; “For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man.  The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood].” (1 Cor.10:3 AMP) clearly highlighting Man’s involvement in the physical and spiritual realm. We cannot to be content to walk as mortal men alone, that is being natural and not spiritual.

A notable and pertinent reason why we must be spiritual is because God is a Spirit and we cannot interact with Him including worshipping Him without being spiritual. Jesus said it thus; “God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”   (John 4:24 AMP) Notice, the scripture says, God is invisible (not non-existent); it is the erroneous interchange of invisibility with non-existence that has implicated the reality of God’s existence by the natural man. Man was not designed to leave by sight alone rather Man’s total experience is to both participate in the natural and spiritual realm of our existence. When one fails to be spiritually active, such is reckoned to be living after the Flesh (naturally) and as such is spiritually dead. This was what happened to Adam, the first Man when according to the Bible; He disobeyed God and so died. He became spiritually irresponsive and so could not control or direct the spiritual influence about him. He became carnal (natural) and subject to the invisible realm that began to govern him.

God intended and designed our spirituality to grant us permit to interact with Him and power to command and control the events that pertain to us. It is the Holy Spirit of God indwelling a Man that grants the necessary apparatus to interact spiritually.  He (Holy Spirit) absorbs and overrides the carnal nature and allows one to fellowship with God as intended. The presence of the Holy Spirit makes the life in the Spirit (Spiritual life) possible. The Bible says “However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God]. (1 Cor. 2:9 AMP)

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But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. 6:33)

Ranking is the arrangement of items in a specified order. It is the notion of organizing items in a preferential order; to highlight the items on the scale of importance to a specific notice. Ranking creates orderly arrangement so the first item is first in the table of preference.

Where there is no specified order, unqualified items gain undue preference and selection of best in the class becomes greatly impaired. Judgement is obscured and data integrity is murky as there is no sense of order to treat what is first, first. Where there is no order, confusion is imminent.

It is important that we have order in our lives; God does.  The Bible says our “…God is not the author of confusion but of peace…”  (1 Cor. 14:33). Everything God does is succinctly organized that is works so smoothly and peacefully. There is quietness in everything God does that it so noiseless yet very effective. The serial and specific outline of creation typical of our natural environment speaks of the acute sense for order that built the Earth and the Cycles that sustains our Earth. The construction of the Earth rotation in specific and chronological order is the template upon which time and calendar is built. We take cue from the natural order installed by God to define and align our lives and activities on the Earth. What an orderly and efficient system our God built.

God’s design is so granular that any upset of the order triggers massive and extensive regress of the Earth structure with severe and far reaching consequences. Take the depletion of the Earth ozone layer for instance. Man’s industrial and chemical evolution has caused monumental pollution that perforated the protective layer that God in His judgment and wisdom wrapped the Earth with to insulate the Earth’s surface from unnecessary and dangerous rays from the Sun. The same effect is felt in every area where and when Man interfere with Divine and Natural order.

Consider this for a minute, God in wisdom says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness…”; this order is what aligns all other things Man may desire or pursuit. We must gain the wisdom in this ode and live. How true to the calamity and disorder we see and experience in our World today because we violate Divine order. We reverse the order and seek things first and when nothing works or things break we revert to God, if we ever did.

Beloved, let’s re-arrange our lives and activities according to the outline order; God first and like magnetic pull, that serialization of God being first will by auto setting fix and compel alignment of all “these things” or all other things as the Bible says in sequence no other arrangement could comport.

Gain order; put God First.

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What Time I Am Afraid 05.02.21

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. (Matt. 8:8 KJV)

The Word of God is the basis, source and origin of Faith. Should anyone practice or profess Faith without the Word of God; such practice or profession of Faith is fake, false and void. We must gain understanding of this truth, lest one be spoiled by the whims of the wicked to spoil or deceive. Faith is one’s reliance on the Word of God to accomplish or realize what the Word says.

Notice, the demand or request of the centurion; “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”, his hope and faith was upon the Word of God. He was so certain that the Word of God was the cure or need for his need, he hoped or planned to rely upon the Word. By Faith; He sought for the Word of God necessary for his need or situation. Beloved, there is a Word of the Lord for everyone’s need or situation. When one relies (depend or rely) on that Word of the Lord; miracle and salvation are the necessary result.

Concerning having Faith; the type demonstrated and exemplified by the centurion, commended and described as “great faith” by the Lord Jesus; the Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV); like the centurion, he came seeking the Word of God. That was his pursuit. His pursuit was to hear what Jesus would say; he was not so keen on Jesus’ coming to his house as he was on Jesus’ speaking the Word. His Faith was in the Word or better said; his Faith was derived from the Word of God, he trusted that good will result from the Word Jesus would say about the situation: that was his Faith. Truly so; “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” (Matt. 8:13 KJV).

There is a very important notice we all must gain from the Faith demonstrated and exemplified by the centurion. His Faith was both enduring and historic that Jesus commented to “them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (Matt. 8:10 KJV). It was a Faith type, Jesus had looked for but “have not found…, no, not in Israel”; his Faith revealed and proved the timing effect of the Word of God; “…his servant was healed in the selfsame hour “.

The Faith of the centurion proved or revealed that (his) miracle will be delayed or pending should Jesus followed him to his house before speaking a Word about his situation and he was not prepared to have the situation further delayed after all the necessary element is the Word and Jesus does not need to get to his house to speak the Word. This is profound!

Beloved, God can speak into our situation right now if we wait, thirst, pursue, hunger for His Word; “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matt. 8:8 KJV). We should never expect God to speak tomorrow or have certain factors be in place as something dramatic happening, the sky turning pink, etc., but as demonstrated by the centurion, the needed element for God’s work is the Word of God for “All things were made by him (The Word); and without him (The Word) was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3 KJV).  This is the manifest of Faith; locating the Word of God necessary for the situation and miracle one needs; “speak the Word only”. Praise the Lord. 

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One Faith 04.18.21

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is the proof of what one believes. It is the evidence of what one’s heart accepts and trusts; the outward and physical product of mindset or heart’s fixture. You can accurate predicts one’s heart by one’s act.

We often misconstrue faith to be an unseen act, state of mind or an intangible article…but Faith is an act. The Bible says, “Now, Faith is the substance…an evidence of what is not seen”. Faith is a substance, a physical material, matter of a definite composition, verifiable and tangible. It is visible, the evidence of things not seen. Oh! How easily and clearly Faith could be seen; it is the evidence, mark or confirmation of things not seen. God sees our Faith.

Certain people had an issue, as its common to everyone in every place and time: man always has issues as life always happens and these people came to Jesus (as every wise man would do) and Bible recorded that Jesus saw their faith. Wow!

“…they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee…I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion (Mark 2:2-12).

Jesus did not have to pray…he merely spoke to him; “I say to thee…” and immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all. We need to gain truth about the reality and verity of Faith. Faith is not an item of the heart; it is the product of the heart. It is not a thought, it is an act. Faith in not a notion, it is a motion. It evidences what goes on in the heart.

Faith is the Act of the Heart.

Beloved, no one can act what is not in his heart except actors; and you know we don’t take actors seriously because we know they are only acting an unreal event; all the acts are fake. For instance, no one ever grieves over an actor who died in a movie; it does not even tickle any sorry feelings, often time people may even laugh or jeer over the death of an actor in a movie because it’s unreal, a fake act of dying. Actor acts what is not true of their heart.

Now, as no man ever takes an actor serious because he knows the act is not a product of his (actor’s) heart so does God never takes a man without faith serious because Faith is true act of the Heart. The Bible says, “…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

What does God say about your faith…or is it fake. Faith has proofs; it is evident by Acts.

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Faith II

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1

Faith in God is a very precious virtue. It is the universal currency of God’s Kingdom; the legal tender that procures and delivers to everyone what they are and what they have. The Kingdom of God is without partiality, preference or bias. It is to everyone in the Kingdom according to his/her faith.

The Bible clearly illustrates the tenet and verity according to one’s Faith in the event of two blind men that came to Jesus, “crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us… and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you.  And their eyes were opened;” (Matt. 9:27-30). It is important to note that everyone in the kingdom is a product of his/her Faith in God. “If one believes…then his eyes would open”. We need to give good notice to these things (Kingdom Keys) that we may derive the benefit inherent in them.

Talking about benefits, it is impossible to draw benefit from an item without good grasp of its latent value. The value assigned to an item is the function of the perceived benefit. When the perceived benefits increase, value increases. Value is however a function of personal insight and judgement. This explains why two people would be prepared to pay different prices for the same item. One that assigns higher value essentially perceives greater benefit. This is the matrix that defines and creates the stratum within our society and our pursuit. We do not have the same sense of value.

This is not too different in the Kingdom of God. Bible makes a fundamental assertion regarding our common Faith when it calls it “Precious Faith”. Faith is precious, a priceless and treasurable item. Concerning this Faith, the Bible further asserts, “Without Faith, it is impossible to please God…” (Heb. 11:6) but it takes individual value assignment to extract the benefit inherent in the Faith we have towards God.

Beloved, all things are possible by Faith. This saying is true and worthy of all acceptation.

Giving this background, it is cogent to mention that the value of every item is enhanced when it is further processed and a wider and greater benefit is thereby derivable. This is also true concerning Faith. Bible says “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (James 2:17 Amp) Notice how the Bible puts it, Faith…by itself is destitute, worthless, penniless, vain and without worth, value or benefit. We must add to Faith.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, we must not be vain “man” in the Faith, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20) We must add to our Faith to have it deliver the immeasurable benefits it carries.

Beloved, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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The Exploits of Faith

By Faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared am ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by Faith. (Heb. 10:7 KJV)

The necessary basis for operating Faith is the Word of God. Without God’s Word Faith cannot incept or commence. This is a strong and important reference of notice in operating Faith. Faith commences when the Word of God about a subject is revealed, embraced and employed.

It could be greatly distressing, frustrating and disappointing to confuse Faith with Idea; this confusion is the bane of pursuing one’s idea mistaking it for act or step of Faith. Thus, clarity about Faith and idea is key to understanding and operating Faith. Whereas an idea is a thought, plan or notion derived from one’s imagination; a conjecture of one’s mind: Faith is an inspiration of God; a motion by God upon a Man’s spirit to do (often) what is humanly undesirable or un-desirable. Faith is a situated in Man’s spirit but idea is a derived from the intellect; a calculation envisioned by what is physically possible but Faith is spiritual; a derivation of God’s infinite understanding to bring something out of notion. Idea is basic, earthy and carnal but Faith is intricate, complex, Heavenly and Spiritual.

The account of Moses and his mission to save the children of Israel from Egypt is a good reference to illustrate the distinction between Faith and Idea. When Moses was yet in Egypt and ahead of God calling and sending him to return to Egypt after he fled (Egypt); Moses had an idea or a thought that backfired and he fled for his life (chuckle). Moses could not realize his idea.

About this account the Bible says, “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not…he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.” (Acts 7: 23-27 NIV). Notice, “Moses thought…”; the venture was his idea; God did not (or had not) sent him at the time. What he did was merely his idea and that idea failed.

It is important as interesting to note that, one may attempt the same activity by an idea whereas it would had been by Faith if only one does that same activity at God’s command. (Meditate on this).

According to the Bible, after forty years as a fugitive and outlaw; God would call on Moses…” using him to rescue them” as Bible recorded; The Lord said to him…I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’  (Acts 7:33-34 NIV). At God’s instance being now by Faith; “…Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exo. 4:13 NIV) but he went eventually.

One may ask “is it a bad idea to have an idea, wish, desire or plan derived from one’s mind or intellect?”. Oh! It may not be wrong but it may not work either as encountered by Moses. Until Moses went by God to rescue Israel (which had been his idea); Moses’s idea was unsuccessful but by Faith; being inspired by God; the goal was realized… “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (1 Cor. 5:7 KJV) Let us learn to always commit our idea to God; allow him to direct our choice and course; then our plans shall succeed. (Pro. 3:6 NIV)

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Praise the Lord II

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God (Luke 17:15 KJV)

We must learn and know to glorify God. In the context of the referenced scripture, our blessed Savior illustrated the need and blessing in glorifying God. Ten lepers had met the Lord Jesus and had been divinely impacted that they experienced a cleansing by the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

Sin is a term or form of spiritual leprosy; sin denotes leprosy spiritually. This is the state of everyman. According to the scriptures, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) In that state, all men were separated from God, opposed to the nature of God and could not approach unto God except by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is about this rescue and cleansing that the Bible says, “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Notice the Bible says, “in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God:” this is the salvation plan that Jesus brought and delivered.  Being cleansed from the leprosy of sin and justified by faith we are reconciled unto God but must now live a life that glorifies God.

Ten represents responsibility or completeness of order. Take for instance the Ten commandments, they codified the complete order of God’s demand of man or the responsibility of Man toward God. The Ten lepers represented Man’s colossal failure at fulfilling God’s righteous demands but Jesus came to cleanse Man from the stain and guilt of sin…“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25 KJV).

Now being justified by Faith, like that one leper who returned to give thanks to Jesus Christ, we need and must return in newness of life to live and lead a lifestyle that glorifies God. This is the “thanksgiving’ fit and required of us. The Bible actually describes it thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Beloved, having received cleansing from the nature and rule of sin that had separated us from God, we must return to God to serve Him in a newness of life that glorifies God as a worthy and deserving thanksgiving to Him who restored us to Himself…this is our reasonable service.

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Dangers of Ingratitude

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)

Praise is the most authentic proof of the knowledge of God. It clearly and keenly elucidates one’s knowledge of the attributes and character of God. Praise is both of affirmation and proclamation. Often, we affirm the attributes of God but few proclaim God’s attributes,

As Sales Executive marketing the Product of his Company, one will expect the Sales Executive to “Praise” the Product sufficiently being a person expected to know the Product very well. The Sales Executive must be able to clearly convince prospective buyers by his good and accurate description of the latent attributes of the Product and its competency to cater for the intended use. When the Sales Executive sufficiently and accurate communicate the features of the Product, the prospective buyer will subsequently become a valued customer but should the Sales Executive be uninformed of the attributes of the Product, he cannot be sufficiently “Praise” the Product to the interest of others.

The knowledge of the God is a necessary basis to sing His Praise otherwise the Praise will lack luster, color and exuberance. Praise essentially is proclaiming the attributes and character of God. Effective Praise elevates the Person and Power of God to those who do not know Him and causes them to trust God in return.

Consider the case of David in his challenge against Goliath; ahead of the contest, he “Praised” God when he said, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”  (1 Sam. 17:34-37 NIV).  Notice he recounted what he knew of God to calm every frightened person in the camp; The Lord… will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.  This is the effect of God’s knowledge in David’s life to confront the present challenge and turn others to trust God.

Whenever we Praise God effectively and sufficiently, others (who do not know God) must gain truth about God by what we proclaim about Him and must be comfortable to confidently turn to believe and rely on Him to get the result we project by our Praise of God. This is the intense purpose of Praise.

Nothing is gained if we merely tell God, He is good, kind, “all that’, etc. but what we say of God does not convince others about God; then no “Product” is sold and no value gained.

David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:1-2). By the Praise of David, others shall hear of it and be glad. Today, let’s be intentional to communicate (Praise) what we know of God that others may hear thereof, and be glad. Praise the LORD

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Content of Water II

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Heb. 1:3 KJV)

Power is the capability to exercise control or influence on people or event. It is wedging means to determine or direct an outcome. It is the privileged ability to have things done to one’s intent and content. Power is sovereignty.

Power is a powerful tool which when correctly organized and utilized can deliver immense good and benefits. It could also be destructive and devastating when possessed or utilized by unscrupulous agents. About Power, it’s utilization and consequence, the Bible says; “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Prov. 29:2 KJV). This Scripture verse clearly emphasizes the utility of Power and its attending consequence or outcome. When Power is exercised by righteous, godly or God-fearing agents, there is relief, quietness and goodness; the people rejoice and the converse is the outcome when the wicked seizes power. It is this consequence of power utilization that warrants everyone’s responsibility to adjudicate who must bear power over his/her life or domain. The important note here is that Power exerts control on people. In an uncanny twist, we (each) get to choose who directs or exerts control over our lives and courses in life.

The natural ruler of the World we live-in is the wicked. The Bible says of him, “… the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:4 KJV). Notice, the discrepant adjudication of the god of this world to the magnificent benevolence of the glorious gospel of Christ; one being of blindness and the other being of enlightenment. It is to this important end that we must pursue to verify and validate who exercises power over us.

The Bible described the story of a certain man in John 5:1-9, who under the power of god of this world had been slain and laid by an infirmity for thirty-eight years. This is the nature of pain inflicted by the wicked when he holds sway over a man’s life by which the people mourn. Mourning is the song in the kingdom of the wicked and sorrow is the chorus. When this man encountered Jesus; the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2 KJV) shone upon him and turned his life around. A different and superior power was exerted and joy overflowed his life. The Bible says, “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” (John 5:6-9 KJV).

Beloved, this is the nature of the eminent and imminent change one experiences when God steps into one’s life. He brings relieve and rejoicing into our lives; he frees us from the hardship and adversity of the wicked; He brings us into sabbath; signifying rest. About God, the Bible says, Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. (Psalm 147:5 KJV), God can make great change into our lives because He has power to overthrow the subordinate and inferior wickedness of the wicked to give one a new life of bliss. Let’s permit God to rule and direct our lives; rejoicing will be the result. Amen 

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Content of Water I

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (John 4:15 KJV)

It is important that we understand our need to come to the Lord Jesus the Christ.

Beloved, we must come to Jesus Christ, the Living stone that provides the living water. This is needful and important for our health and wellness. According to the Bible; “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).  To derive the fortune, fatness and riches inherent in the Living Stone; we must come!

Notice, the invitation is to any man (that) thirst; this typifies the vulnerability, need and requirement of the Children of Israel (symbolic of the Church) on their journey from the Egypt to the Canaan; the promised land. At a point, they became thirsty and desperate for water. The Bible says, “The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exo. 17:1-3 KJV).  The people were dire and desperately thirsty during their journey but there was no water. David would also say of his own experience, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1 KJV)

The Christian life experience is replicated by the traverse and experiences of the Children of Israel who journeyed in the wilderness for forty years. The various experiences they encountered, documented and typified the Christian life and journey experiences from the World (Egypt) to the Heaven (God’s promised land).

In their exposure and experience, when the Children of Israel encountered this desperate thirst, the Bible says, “the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exo. 17:5-6 KJV). The people would come to that rock to drink and quench their thirst. That rock would later be identified as Christ as the Bible says. “they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4 KJV)

Beloved, it is to that same Rock, that you and I must come to quench all life’s thirst. The Bible identified Jesus Christ as the Rock, a Spiritual Rock, Living Stone chosen by God and Precious to Him to provide relief for all life’s thirst. We must come to the Living Stone and drink; we cannot claim we are busy, occupied or engaged, the need to quench the thirst is the urgency that must drive us to the Living Stone to derive and draw the much-needed living waters and as Jesus said; we would find rest for our souls. Come to the Rock.

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Cleansed

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light (Ps. 36:9 KJV)

The Light about and around God is a product of His Person and Nature; that nature being His Holiness. According to the Scripture, God, “…only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:16 KJV). God is clothed with Light and this light is the glorious expression of His purity and Holiness that no Man has or can mimic or match. God is Holy.

About the purity of God, the Bible says something of note, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7 KJV). God is pure as Light. There is no shade or shadow of turning in God.

About the children of God, the Bible says, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV). Notice Bible says God called us out of darkness into his marvellous light; this is a translation from evil and dark nature of sin into the gloriously purity of the Holy nature of God.

As we walk in the Light of His Personality, Nature and Character, we see (gain) Light also. This gained light is the individual revelation of the Truth about God (in whom we now live being in His Light or nature) each person gains walking in the Light of God. As we are illuminated by the Light of God, we become Light ourselves; Lighthouses of some sort that Jesus now called us Light of the World.

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14-16 KJV)

Beloved, we have been brought out of darkness into light; the glorious and pure holiness of God our Father that we in turn may contact and connect with His Light Nature and thereby become Light ourselves; the respective effectiveness of every believer as a Light is dependent of the intensity of Light each gains in the Light of God our Father as we walk in His Light. Have Light in yourselves.

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The Nature of Our Shining

And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Mark 9:5 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-6 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

Peter saw the glorious effect and positioning occasioned by God’s Kingdom (rule and governance) in a Man and he exclaimed, “Master, it is good for us to be here…”  (Mark9:5). Sure it is good to be under God. Would you consider this “good” place and be free, exempted and let off the lower abyss of the wicked devil? We can choose. After all Peter, James and John chose also to follow Jesus to get to that high mountain apart by themselves…come apart also, follow Jesus and He will take you to High points of Life, full and resplendent of color and Glory. Say Amen.

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Arise to Work

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. (Acts 22:11 KJV)

Light has glory and the more one is illuminated; the more glorious, colorful, opulent, splendid, magnificent, etc. one would become. Let us seek to gain Light.

About the God we serve and the Father we share, the Bible says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 KJV), about the glorious intensity and splendor of His Light, the Bible says, “And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light.  The nations [the redeemed people from the earth] will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring into it their glory.” (Rev. 21:23-24 AMP).  The City of God is lit by the Glorious intensity and the splendor of God’s illumination.

Beloved, Light adds color to our lives. Light illuminates our lives and brings us into relevance, significance and visibility. Consider, how relevant, visible and evident the Light of God is to the City of God, it so lit the City that, “the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it”. This notable significance of bearing and being Light must enthuse and motivate us to pursue, engage and retain the Light domicile in God. This Light is the notice and knowledge of the Holy God. The more of God we know, the more of God we become and the more of His Light we attract and reflect.

Moses, a man that was called up unto God at Sinai. He contacted and connected to God so much that he reflected Light (God) as he descended the Mount about which the Bible says, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face was shining [with a unique radiance] because he had been speaking with God.” (Exo. 34:29 AMP). Notice, Moses’ face shone because he had been speaking with God.  

The knowledge of God adds color, health and wellness to a person that one will truly shine. This is a faithful saying. The Bible further says about Moses, “When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to approach him.” (Exo. 34:30 AMP).  This unique experience was also recorded about our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Mount described as the Mount of transfiguration of which the Bible says, “…Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matt. 17:1-2 KJV) and also of Stephen a man full of Faith and Power when being accused by the people, the elders, and the scribes, the Bible says, “And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”(Acts 6:15). Indicative of Glory on the face and skin of a natural man as you and me.

Beloved, God does not intend nor design any of His children to be defaced, deprived or denied of glory, rather, the more of God we know and allow Him to illuminate our being, the more enveloped we are by the Light of His knowledge and Glory is the necessary result. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6 AMP) Awake to Light; gain Light through the knowledge of God, “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov. 3:8 KJV)

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Arise in Hope

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-6 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without candor or color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (Eph. 1:21) this, God did when He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and He made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and impact. Arise and return.

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Arise II

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without candor or color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this, God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and impact. Arise and return.

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Arise

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1 KJV)

Light has glory and the more one is illuminated; the more glorious, colorful, opulent, splendid, magnificent, etc. one would become. Let us seek to gain Light.

The Bible says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 KJV), about the glorious intensity and splendor of His Light, the Bible says, “And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light.  The nations [the redeemed people from the earth] will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring into it their glory.” (Rev. 21:23-24 AMP).  The City of God is lit by the Glorious intensity and the splendor of God’s illumination.

Beloved, Light adds color to our lives. Light illuminates our lives and brings us into relevance, significance and visibility. Consider, how relevant, visible and evident the Light of God is to the City of God, it so lit the City that, “the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it”. This notable significance of bearing and being Light must enthuse and motivate us to pursue, engage and retain the Light domicile in God. This Light is the notice and knowledge of the Holy God. The more of God we know, the more of God we become and the more of His Light we attract and reflect.

Moses, a man that was called up unto God at Sinai, so contacted and connected with God that he reflected Light (God) as he descended the Mount about which the Bible says, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face was shining [with a unique radiance] because he had been speaking with God.” (Exo. 34:29 AMP). Notice, Moses’ face shone because he had been speaking with God.  

The knowledge of God adds color, health and wellness to a person that one will truly shine. This is a faithful saying. The Bible further says about Moses, “When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to approach him. (Exo. 34:30 AMP).  This unique experience was also recorded about our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Mount described as the Mount of transfiguration of which the Bible says, “…Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matt. 17:1-2 KJV) and also of Stephen a man full of Faith and Power when being accused by the peoples, the elders, and the scribes, the Bible says, “And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” Indicative of Glory on the face and skin of a natural man like you and me.

Beloved, God does not intend nor design any of His children to be defaced, deprived or denied of glory, rather, the more of God we know and allow Him to illuminate our being, the more enveloped we are by the Light of His knowledge and Glory is the necessary result. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6 AMP) Awake to Light; gain Light through the knowledge of God, “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov. 3:8 KJV)

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God

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (Matt. 14:26 KJV)

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). To know Him is God’s prima facie agenda in His relation and interaction with Man; we must gain this important point and notice.

Since the fall of Man occasioned by Man’s disobedience to the ordinance of God back in Eden, the carnal or fallen nature of Man has been a great hinderance and limitation to the knowledge and comprehension of God. As was back in Eden, the carnal nature retracts from the entreaties of God to having a relation or interaction with God. Bible says, “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8-10 AMP). Notice, Man hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God. This is the crux and root of Man’s isolation from the knowledge of God. The carnal nature always shrinks or hides from the presence of God. It is for knowing God that Jesus came to redeem and restore Man. The Bible says, “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27 KJV). Man’s fallen nature is so absurd and estranged from the knowledge of God; the Bible says, “no man knoweth…”

In God’s bid to make Himself known to Man, the natural Man is always terrified at every instance of God’s bid to reach him. First in Eden, Man hid himself, also as Jesus was walking on the water approaching His disciples; “they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear”.

 In Man’s natural or carnal state, Man cannot interact with God nor comprehend God. This is the important basis for being born of the Spirit. God is a Spirit. For Man to interact with God; Man must share the nature that makes God comprehensible; being and walking in the Spirit.

The Bible says, “But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]” (1 Cor. 2:14 AMP). When one is born of the Spirit, it becomes tolerable and possible to know and understand God, to aptly comprehend the revelation of God and grow into His Nature.

You must be born of the Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, carnal and natural but that which is born of God is of God being of The Spirit as God. Please, be born again.

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. 6:33)

Ranking is the arrangement of items in a specified order. It is the notion of organizing items in a preferential order; to highlight the items on the scale of importance to a specific notice. Ranking creates orderly arrangement so the first item is first in the table of preference.

Where there is no specified order, unqualified items gain undue preference and selection of best in the class becomes greatly impaired. Judgement is obscured and data integrity is murky as there is no sense of order to treat what is first, first. Where there is no order, confusion is imminent.

It is important that we have order in our lives; God does.  The Bible says our “…God is not the author of confusion but of peace…”  (1 Cor. 14:33). Everything God does is succinctly organized that is works so smoothly and peacefully. There is quietness in everything God does that it so noiseless yet very effective. The serial and specific outline of creation typical of our natural environment speaks of the acute sense for order that built the Earth and the Cycles that sustains our Earth. The construction of the Earth rotation in specific and chronological order is the template upon which time and calendar is built. We take cue from the natural order installed by God to define and align our lives and activities on the Earth. What an orderly and efficient system our God built.

God’s design is so granular that any upset of the order triggers massive and extensive regress of the Earth structure with severe and far reaching consequences. Take the depletion of the Earth ozone layer for instance. Man’s industrial and chemical evolution has caused monumental pollution that perforated the protective layer that God in His judgment and wisdom wrapped the Earth with to insulate the Earth’s surface from unnecessary and dangerous rays from the Sun. The same effect is felt in every area where and when Man interfere with Divine and Natural order.

Consider this for a minute, God in wisdom says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness…”; this order is what aligns all other things Man may desire or pursuit. We must gain the wisdom in this ode and live. How true to the calamity and disorder we see and experience in our World today because we violate Divine order. We reverse the order and seek things first and when nothing works or things break we revert to God, if we ever did.

Beloved, let’s re-arrange our lives and activities according to the outline order; God first and like magnetic pull, that serialization of God being first will by auto setting fix and compel alignment of all “these things” or all other things as the Bible says in sequence no other arrangement could comport.

Gain order; put God First.

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You Need an Alter

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God (Luke 17:15 KJV)

We must learn and know to glorify God. In the context of the referenced scripture, our blessed Savior illustrated the need and blessing in glorifying God. Ten lepers had met the Lord Jesus and had been divinely impacted that they experienced a cleansing by the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

Sin is a term or form of spiritual leprosy; sin denotes leprosy spiritually. This is the state of everyman. According to the scriptures, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) in that state, all men were separated from God, opposed to the nature of God and could not approach unto God except by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is about this rescue and cleansing that the Bible says, “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Notice the Bible says, “in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God:” this is the salvation plan that Jesus brought and delivered.  Being cleansed from the leprosy of sin and justified by faith we are reconciled unto God but must now live a life that glorifies God.

Ten represents responsibility or completeness of order. Take for instance the Ten commandments, they codified the complete order of God’s demand of man or the responsibility of Man toward God. The Ten lepers represented Man’s colossal failure at fulfilling God’s righteous demands but Jesus came to cleanse Man from the stain and guilt of sin…“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25 KJV).

Now being justified by Faith, like that one leper who returned to give thanks to Jesus Christ, we need and must return in newness of life to live and lead a lifestyle that glorifies God. This is the “thanksgiving’ fit and required of us. The Bible actually describes it thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Beloved, having received cleansing from the nature and rule of sin that had separated us from God, we must return to God to serve Him in a newness of life that glorifies God as a worthy and deserving thanksgiving to Him who restored us to Himself…this is our reasonable service.

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One Thing is Needful

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42 KJV)

It is important that we understand our need to come to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beloved, we must come to Jesus Christ, the Living stone that provides the living water. This is needful and important for our health and wellness. According to the Bible; “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).  To derive the fortune, fatness and riches inherent in the Living Stone; we must come!

Notice, the invitation is to any man (that) thirsts; this typifies the vulnerability, need and requirement of the Children of Israel (symbolic of the Church) on their journey from the Egypt to Canaan; the promised land. At a point, they became thirsty and desperate for water. The Bible says, “The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exo. 17:1-3 KJV).  The people were dire and desperately thirsty during their journey but there was no water. David would also say of his own experience, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1 KJV)

The various experiences the Children of Israel encountered and documented typifies the Christian life, experiences, journey from the World (Egypt) to the Heaven (God’s promised land).

When the Children of Israel encountered this desperate thirst, the Bible says, “the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exo. 17:5-6 KJV). The people would come to that rock to drink and quench their thirst. That rock would later be identified as Christ, the Bible says: “they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4 KJV)

Beloved, it is to that same Rock, that you and I must come to quench all life’s thirst. The Bible identified Jesus Christ as the Rock, the Spiritual Rock, Living Stone, chosen by God and Precious to Him to provide relief for all life’s thirst. We must come to the Living Stone and drink; we cannot claim we are busy, occupied or engaged. The need to quench the thirst is the urgency that must drive us to the Living Stone to derive and draw the much-needed living waters and as Jesus said; we would find rest for our souls. Come to the Rock.

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Praise The Lord!

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. (Psalm 95:6 KJV)

Worship is a necessary component of our relationship with God. It is the quintessential element of our adoration, the acknowledgement and acceptance of His first place in our lives therefore deserving our foremost attention.  It is also a part of our service or ministration unto God as worship is a requirement from God, a demand by Him for our Good.

About Worship and its demand by God; the Bible says, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exo. 20:2-6 KJV). Notice, God says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” God is very clear about His intolerance to our worship and service of other gods. We must be clear about this demand and avoid occasion that conflict our worship and allegiance of the True God. This is for our necessary good as the penalty of the infraction could be grievous and far reaching unto the third and fourth generation of them.

Worship is an act of service shown for adoration, admiration and respect of someone or person. It is the notion of deference, preference and reverence extended to a person for the deep respect borne toward such essentially for the value or benevolence so derived from existing relationship. Note that worship is a product of knowledge and relationship. We must know who we worship.

At a well in Sychar, a city of Samaria, Jesus said to a woman He met, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship…” (John 4:22 KJV). A worship cannot be true where what or who is worshipped is not known; such worship is false and baseless. Truly it is to no value but concerning our worship of God, the Bible reiterate, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7 KJV) We worship God for He is our maker, our God; we are His people and the sheep of His hand.

Beloved, our knowledge of God, His blessing and benefits to us will naturally motivate our worship and service of Him. This is important to our wellness and well being. Akin to the compensation and benefits adduced by an employer to an employee for which an employee will be eager and willing to serve, so will everyone be willing and eager to worship and serve God when the blessing and benefits of God being our God is both known and understood. Let us therefore gain and grow in the knowledge of God and our worship of Him will seemly be natural. Let us worship and bow down…to God our maker. Amen

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Whenever I am Afraid

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. ( Psalm 48:1 KJV)

‘Great’ is typically used to describe who or what is unusual, uncommon or extraordinary. It denotes feats that are above common or average practice or standard. It identifies superior and impressive status or benchmark. Through history, people and places have been described and marked “Great”, to record, honor and recognize the magnificence and opulence of their accomplishment, size or status. 

Human history, has records of ‘great’ men who made important and significant contributions or changes to courses and events in our World. Their respective landmark feat, discovery or valiance has continuing effect and relevance till present. These men so described “great” had unparalleled distinction to make important and in some case permanent change or evolution to Earth’s social development and Human wellness. The ascribed status is a testament to Man’s ability to identify and ascribe worth or value to superlative accomplishment. 

It must be noted (however) that all notable “great” Men in history were limited by Time and Scope. Time, in that their existence was not perpetual and Scope, in that each of them was specialized only in the context or content of their respective life’s course or study; Military, Science, Religion, etc.

The extrapolation of this background is to modulate and mark the insufficiency of Words to describe God as “Great” giving the culpable limitation of men described as “great”. In Human diction, “Great” is a term used to describe extraordinary feats, it however, failed to sufficiently recognize the exceeding glamour of God’s magnificence compared to any mortal being described as “ great”. The Greatness of God is simply incomparable. 

Though, no attempt is contemplated to verify or substantiate God with Man, rather it is to disqualify anyone as fit to be called ‘great’ should no word exist to truly qualify God being ‘Great’

It is in this context the Scripture (I believe) would not only describe God as “Great” but direct and command that God be praised “Greatly”.  It is insufficient to call God “Great” without doing so in a manner that is above or beyond normal, usual or standard. Praise the Lord!

Consider what the Bible says of God; “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. (Psalm 145:3-7 KJV)

Beloved, the important note and notice here is not to ‘just’ describe God as “Great”, since there is a general weakness with Words to describe the vastness of God; wanting Words in Man’s diction for the adequate rendition, we must go forward and Praise God – Greatly!

Praise the Lord!!!

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Why Bless the Lord

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. (Psalm 95:6 KJV)

Worship is a necessary component of our relationship with God. It is the quintessential element of our adoration, the acknowledgement and acceptance of His first place in our lives therefore deserving our foremost attention.  It is also a part of our service or ministration unto God as worship is a requirement of God, a demand by Him for our necessary Good.

About Worship and its demand by God; the Bible says, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exo. 20:2-6 KJV).  Notice, God says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” God is very clear about His intolerance to our worship and service of other gods. We must be clear about this demand and avoid occasion that conflict our worship and allegiance of the True God. This is for our necessary good as the penalty of the infraction could be grievous and far reaching unto the third and fourth generation of them.

Worship is an act of service shown for adoration, admiration and respect of someone or person. It is the notion of deference, preference and reverence extended to a person for the deep respect borne toward such essentially for the value or benevolence so derived from existing relationship. Note that worship is a product of knowledge and relationship. We must know who we worship.

At a well in Sychar, a city of Samaria, Jesus said to a woman He met, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship…” (John 4:22 KJV). Worship cannot be true when what or who is worshipped is not known; such worship is false and baseless, truly it is of no value. Concerning our worship of God, the Bible reiterate, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7 KJV) We worship God for He is our maker, our God; we are His people and the sheep of His hand.

Beloved, our knowledge of God, His blessing and benefits to us will naturally motivate our worship and service of Him. This is important to our wellness and wellbeing. Akin to the compensation and benefits adduced by an employer to an employee for which an employee will be eager and willing to serve, so will everyone be willing and eager to worship and serve God when the blessing and benefits of God being our God is both known and understood. Let us therefore gain and grow in the knowledge of God and our worship of Him will seemly be natural. Let us worship and bow down…to God our maker. Amen

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God Said

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:28 KJV)

God made Man to be fruitful. God’s end or purpose in the creation of Man was for Man to be Fruitful. It is this purpose (of being Fruitful) that defines and denotes the true and cherished existence of Man. Gaining and owning the understanding of this grand objective would motivate and provoke every man to pursue and realize the set goal.

It is contextual to gain the notice of the first set of words Man heard at creation; “Be Fruitful…”; these two words must trigger a ring tone in our existence as the primary mission for being alive. We have a Mandate (an official order to perform a task), a commission and an assignment to be Fruitful. A mandate to bring forth. yield and produce to the delight and pleasure of God who so assigned. To pursue and perpetuate this noble call and course, we must understand the importance of the Mandate to God, the process and path to realize this objective.

God desired and designed Man to gain dominion, subdue and replenish the earth; for God said about creating Man, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26 KJV). To operate in dominion, Man must be fruitful. Being fruitful confers the means to gain dominance and influence.

This was aptly illustrated by the growth of Israel in Egypt.  The Bible says, “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:” (Exo. 1:7-10 KJV). Being fruitful made Israel “more and mightier” thus becoming a threat to the Egyptians.

Beloved, let us awake and pursue this urgent and premier assignment of God, for He said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…”. We shall surely please God and inherit God’s plan when we obey His call to be fruitful. Praise the Lord.

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Words

And they remembered his words (Luke 24:8)

Words!

Words are the verbal and audible expression of whom and what a man truly is. Words are the thoughts and intents of a man represented by letters. A person can only be truly identified by his words; until a man speaks, it is impossible to accurately identify or classify him.

Facial recognition is a foul and very misleading benchmark to appraise a man. It is simply inadequate and insufficient. At the most, it is laughable as an index. That’s why it is a cheap and common means for man to disguise behind facial placard to deceive or defraud.

The worth of every man is his word. This is implicitly and tacitly true. Either sooner or later, one always measure up to his words. Words are simply supernatural. It is God’s mechanism built into everyman to identify him – it is intricately accurate without any margin of error. Words exactly imprint a man’s true content and color. Even if a man is lying: attempting to evade recognition through his words, his breath being the untrue words by which such man is attempting to deceive. Words will always unveil the true man.

Peter being beneath the palace at the trial of the Lord Jesus Christ was approached by a certain maid who attempted to identify Peter by his facial recognition said to him, “you were one of those with Jesus of Nazereth too… Then he commenced invoking a curse on himself [should he not be telling the truth] and swearing, I do not know the Man about Whom you are talking!”  (Mark 14:67-68 AMP) but some that stood by who heard the words of Peter, denying (not only knowing Jesus) but rather directly denying his own facial identification, looked on Peter and identified Peter by his words when they said, “Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.” (Mark 14:70). Peter was identified by his words…a man’s word will also agree with his true self about which Peter “when he thought thereon, he wept. (Mark 14:72)

Beloved, it is a matter of time, ones words will naturally verify one. Let us grow and mature by our words. Consider what the Bibles says, “Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Prov. 17:28 AMP) Let’s observe and take good notice of the Scripture here, the means by which someone may be misidentified is if he does not speak or his words are not heard, the converse of which is exactly true; someone cannot be misidentified if he speaks or his words are heard.     

In the context of Jesus’s resurrection, He had previously by His Words, told them of His betrayal by one of his disciples, his death and that on “…the third day He shall be raised again” (Matt. 17:22-23) but they neither took it to heart nor believed Him. How they were reminded of who Jesus was/is when “the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among [those who are] dead?He is not here, but has risen! Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee (Luke 24:5-6). Let us go up and grow up maturing in our person, verified not by how we look but what we said…as “they remembered His Words” (Luke 24:8)

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True Rest

Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Col. 1:12 NIV)

God has an inheritance for His Holy people of whom you and I are a part through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This inheritance is held and derived in His Kingdom as we become Kingdom citizens.

We become God’s Kingdom citizens when we receive by Faith God’s redemption plan delivered by the Lord Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection from the dead respectively signifying the judgement of death delivered to punish sins committed and rising to newness of life unto righteousness for and on behalf of everyone who would believe on His Name; i.e. Jesus Christ.

According to the Scriptures, “In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life. “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:14-18 MSG).  

This salvation plan is great and unique. It delivers a glorious inheritance at the instance of Faith so that… everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.  It is this trusting and expectant reliance on the substitutional punishment inflicted on the Lord Jesus Christ that entitles and enlists one as beneficiary and bona fide member of God’s divine Kingdom and the attending privileges it delivers including a new life of righteousness modulated by God’s Holy Spirit.

Having become God’s Kingdom citizens, it is congruent on our part to devote time and energy to understanding God’s Kingdom rights and privileges, our necessary duties and the compliance requirements to maintaining the Kingdom citizenship. We must personally invest in understanding what has been delivered to us to derive blessings and appropriate them for our necessary good.

An important fact to note about God’s Kingdom is its Spiritual nature, it is invisible; it cannot be observed but rather experienced.  Its invisibility or intangibility does not deprive or deny its authenticity: it is real and truly exists. It is about this its feature that the Bible informs and warns that we must not rely on our physical senses or “naturality” to participate, transact or operate in the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is derivable by Faith in the Invisible God. Paul puts it thus; “I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom? (1Cor. 15:50 MSG). To inherit, possess and operate in God’s Holy Kingdom, we must be spiritually inclined to unveil its rich and glorious blessings by living a lifestyle dominated and controlled by God’s Holy Spirit. This is REST.

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The Effect of Threat on the Soul

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28 KJV)

In God’s relations and interactions with Man; God has always been faithful, true, committed, harmless and blameless. The nature and character of God must naturally endear and encourage Man to walk with Him, believe in and commit to Him. How important for us to know God…this is the only way we can truly love, fear and trust Him. 

Consider the veracity and exactness of His promises for instance; the Bible says; “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 6:17-20). Beloved, God does not lie. It is central and fundamental to our relationship with God that nothing changes in God’s commitments to us and should anything change it can only be traced to Man.

Now, giving God’s opened door to Man; talking about entering into the redemption Christ purchased for us through His body (See Col. 1:19-22); we must both be urgent and instant to play our role and participate fully in the redemption plan and program. We must understand that God alone is not responsible for the events and outcome of our lives. We collaborate with Him to see God’s plan, purposes and pleasures fulfilled in our lives. We cannot lose sight of this very important truth.

 Man’s inconsistencies and contradictions have been the crux and limiting effects of God’s interactions with Man. Would Man; representing you and I, realize and apprehend the sincerity required of us to walk with God, we soon should be that unique and peculiar persons preferred above all “…for God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35). We need to return and revise those qualifying terms and conditions to inheriting the promises of God that earn us drawing rights of kingdom privileges.

The door to God’s eternal rest is opened, there is therefore no limitation to the treasury of God or hindrance to His glorious presence; the veil is rent (Matt. 27:51) and we can approach without reproach rather boldly, “…the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)…but are we interested?

Notice what Heb. 4:1 says, Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb. 4:1)  in fact Bible went further to describe some to whom it was first preached and how they could not enter; not because God reneged on His promise but these would not play their part…”Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (Heb. 4:6).

 We must learn and glean from these things written and communicated to us…we must fear not to miss God or inherit His glorious plan for our lives. What must we do? Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (2 Cor.7:1)

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There Is Rest For You

“This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak about another day [of opportunity] after that.  So, there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. (Heb. 4:9-10 AMP).

Rest is the Promised destination for God’s People. It is the product of Dominion; a state of blessed assurance of peace, calmness and tranquility; free of threat, apprehension, anxiety, strain or stress. Rest is the product of a majestic reign that quashes any insurrection or insurgency of the adversary. Rest is having Means.

When God brought Israel out of Egypt; Israel representing the People of God and Egypt the World, Rest was His Promise and their Destination. About Israel on their traverse, the Bible says, “For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety…” (Deut. 12:9-10 KJV). Notice, Rest and Safety were dominant in God’s plan for His People. Rest is God’s urgent and desired destination for His People and as it turned out then, the Bible says, they (Israel) could not inherit that Rest because of unbelief (see Heb. 3:12-19 KJV). It is about this Rest that God is yet pursing and relentless until His People including you and I become established by Rest in all Life’s course.

We live in a very Restless World, there is fear, trepidation and distress in the hearts of Men. People live on the edge of distressing apprehension and uncertainty, there is stress and strain about what tomorrow holds but in the midst of all these is the City of God within which God dwells and is safe and unassailable. About this City, the Bible says, “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” (Psalm 46:3-5 KJV) Despite the chaos and mayhem around the World, the City of God is safe; “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” the Bible says. Where then is this City? 

About this City and the Rest, it promised, the Bible says, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest…”  Take notice that the promised Rest is not a location rather a state we get to by our belief in God. This is the crux to the Rest promised by God.

About finding this Rest, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30 KJV)

Beloved, God’s promised land is not a location or destination we arrived at, it is a state or destination we attain by conscious reliance on God through faith in His Word; Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matt 11:29). Trust God in every circumstance and find Rest.

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Precious Faith

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Peter 1:1

Faith in God is a very precious virtue. It is the universal currency of God’s Kingdom; the legal tender that procures and delivers to everyone what they are and what they have. The Kingdom of God is without partiality, preference or bias. It is to everyone in the Kingdom according to his/her faith.

The Bible clearly illustrates the tenet and verity according to one’s Faith in the event of two blind men that came to Jesus, “crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us… and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you.  And their eyes were opened;” (Matt. 9:27-30). It is important to note that everyone in the kingdom is a product of his/her Faith in God. “If one believes…then his eyes would open”. We need to give good notice to these things (Kingdom Keys) that we may derive the benefit inherent in them.

Talking about benefits, it is impossible to draw benefit from an item without good grasp of its latent value. The value assigned to an item is the function of the perceived benefit. When the perceived benefits increase, value increases. Value is however a function of personal insight and judgement. This explains why two people would be prepared to pay different prices for the same item. One that assigns higher value essentially perceives greater benefit. This is the matrix that defines and creates the stratum within our society and our pursuit. We do not have the same sense of value.

This is not too different in the Kingdom of God. Bible makes a fundamental assertion regarding our common Faith when it calls it “Precious Faith”. Faith is precious, a priceless and treasurable item. Concerning this Faith, the Bible further asserts, “Without Faith, it is impossible to please God…” (Heb. 11:6) but it takes individual value assignment to extract the benefit inherent in the Faith we have towards God.

Beloved, all things are possible by Faith. This saying is true and ought to be accepted by all.

Giving this background, it is cogent to mention that the value of every item is enhanced when it is further processed and a wider and greater benefit is thereby derivable. This is also true concerning Faith. Bible says “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (James 2:17 Amp) Notice how the Bible puts it, Faith…by itself is destitute, worthless, penniless, vain and without worth, value or benefit. We must add to Faith.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, we must not be the vain “man” when it comes to Faith, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20) We must add to our Faith to have it deliver the immeasurable benefits it carries.

Beloved, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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I Will Bless the Lord

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

The secret of men is in their story. It is important for you and I to hear well when we read or hear communicated words. The Bible says, “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” (Luke 8:18). If one gives heed to how one hears; understanding what is communicated, such one will grow in knowledge knowing more (such one will be given more) but when there is corrupted hearing as a result of noisome pollution, whatever he seemeth to have shall be taken away from him.

We need to pause and examine often not what we heard but how we heard what was communicated to us. Every spoken word is laden with profound secret of which if one properly and completely understands; the truth or secret in the Words can be verified and an appropriate action triggered. It is important that we gain truth of Words rather than the letter of Words.

The Lord Jesus Christ clearly demonstrated the importance of how one hears against what one hears, as the Bible says of him; “But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them,…”, (Luke 11:17) Jesus did not respond to what he heard but how he heard…he responded to the thoughts behind the words they said and not the words said. It is important to understand that Words are declared thoughts… for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matt. 12:34).

It is this background that informs and defines how God hears everyone and responds to what everyone says. We may all say the same thing to God but derive different responses from Him, for God hears well; not what was said but who said it. For instance, Jesus said clearly “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21). How is God hearing you and me?

David, a prolific writer of love songs to God earned an enviable status among humans as a man-after God’s heart. About David, the Bible says, “…the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, … (1 Samuel 13:14). Notice how the Lord chose him, he sought for him and found him…and we know how God locates people: quite unlike how man sees; “for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7KJV). This is how the Lord found David and He still does that today…God never changes.

Now, it will be fitting on our part to examine and know who David was and what he had that attracted God and made David a man after God’s heart. God so verified David’s heart, that God trusted him with His people and made him their captain but not so for Saul. This is remarkable.

David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. (Psalm 34:1).

This is David…this was why God found him. God is still looking for such men today. Let’s commit to have God’s praise in our mouth continually. Amen

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Bid to Become

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matt. 14:29 KJV

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). God desires that we believe Him and don’t doubt.

When the disciples saw a figure at the forth watch of the night and being troubled by their outlook, they were fearful for they imagined the figure was a spirit but they were very wrong in their outlook for that figure was rather their friend, mentor and leader; The Lord Jesus. It must be understood that what is seen is not as central as how things are seen. We must get and gain this truth.

Unbelief is a sin with grave consequences that have made light the Word of God whereas must be otherwise viewed as serious. We cannot forsake, object or reject the Laws of God, make light of what God takes serious and expect to live. For the wages, compensation for sin (wrong doing) is death. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

As the Bible story continued, Jesus helped the faith of the disciples as was recorded, “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matt. 14:27 KJV). And Peter gained confidence to approach The Lord Jesus “walking on water” except for his doubt he was not sustained. He (again) saw the wind boisterous; he doubted and began to sink.

Thank God for the faith of our Lord Jesus, who shared the same occasion but identified Peter’s problem, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?(Matt. 14:31 KJV) Do not look back. Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Man must believe God and not doubt, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].“ (Heb. 11:6).

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Follow Me

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:4 KJV)

The primary role of the shepherd is to cater for the welfare and wellness of the flock. As the shepherd plays this role, he leads the flock to haven of pasture and water for the upkeep of the sheep. According to Scriptures, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2 KJV). Notice, the Shepherd “maketh” the sheep to lie down in green pastures and he leadeth the sheep beside the still waters. The Shepherd in a sense is the primary care giver for the sheep.

As the primary care giver, the Shepherd goes ahead of the Sheep, to seek and secure what is both good and comfortable for the sheep. He’s primarily concerned for the upkeep, wellness and security of the sheep and upon the Shepherd do the sheep rest and trust for care and safety. The Psalmist says, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV). The sheep has a sense of security when the shepherd is near and around.

As the Shepherd has a duty to lead, so do the Sheep has the duty to follow. The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27 KJV). It is in the Sheep following of the Shepherd that the sheep find the delight and security most needed. This is an important note and notice. Should the sheep not follow the shepherd, the sheep will wander to jeopardy and desolation. The Sheep must know the voice of the Shepherd and follow.

About the children of Israel being led through the treacherous wilderness on the traverse from Egypt to the promised land, the Bible says, “And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV), God led them and as the followed Him, they were safe and secured. The Bible says, “He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.” (Psalm 106:9-11 KJV).

Beloved, we are safe and secure under the care of God, but we must endeavor to follow. To follow warrants and requires giving up one’s wisdom, choice and preference for the promptings and guidance of the leader, the Shepherd. The Shepherd takes responsibility for the direction and the sheep enjoys the benefit and blessings of the attending safety and security. This is our inheritance in Jesus Christ as our Shepherd; the good Shepherd. We must trust and obey the Good Shepherd; He knows what to do and how to do what. We must be comfortable with the knowledge of His keen care for us; hearkening to the voice of His command as He directs. Praise the Lord

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Light Mandate

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being (Psalm 146:1-2)

The original Man (in Adam) was the quintessential epic of God’s creation – made for glory to display the grandiose of life, color and splendor. Man was God’s flagship to show forth His praise; the mastery of His excellence and creativity. Man represented and reflected God on the Earth…being His image and likeness. 

About Man and God’s intent of him, The Bible says, “O Lord, our Lord,…When I see and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have established, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:1-8 AMP).  Man was God’s envoy having dominion over other creations. About the mind and details of God’s intent for Man, even Man could not attain, how Man wondered about Man to God; “What is man that You are mindful of him…”  This is an important and needed assignment for each of us, “why is God so mindful of me?”  It will be helpful to apprehend.

Unlike Angels and other creations, God said of Man, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26-28 KJV) God made Man thoughtfully and decisively.

God’s decision, design and deployment existed before Man. Man was made to fit the template in God’s mind; so fearfully and wonderfully conceived and delivered,  “…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;… and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion”  

What a privilege, a pride and glory to be God’s epic creation.  Little wonder, Man became the natural target of God’s adversary the devil. The devil knew nothing (amongst all created) was dearest and most important to God as Man. The devil sought to painfully inflict God and damage His treasured possession – Man…but this was “intentional” that the seed of the Wo-man may bruise the head of the devil; that God’s epic art may terminate the sworn enemy very cheaply

Beloved, you and I were Intentionally created – not an accident in God’s course and in life’s event, we were made, called and chosen for glory and praise…as long as we have our being.

 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light  1 Peter 2:9.

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The Great Light

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. (Acts 22:11 KJV)

Light has glory and the more one is illuminated; the more glorious, colorful, opulent, splendid, magnificent, etc. one would become. Let us seek to gain Light.

About the God we serve and the Father we share, the Bible says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 KJV), about the glorious intensity and splendor of His Light, the Bible says, “And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light.  The nations [the redeemed people from the earth] will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring into it their glory.” (Rev. 21:23-24 AMP).  The City of God is lit by the Glorious intensity and the splendor of God’s illumination.

Beloved, Light adds color to our lives. Light illuminates our lives and brings us into relevance, significance and visibility. Consider, how relevant, visible and evident the Light of God is to the City of God, it so lit the City that, “the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it”. This notable significance of bearing and being Light must enthuse and motivate us to pursue, engage and retain the Light domicile in God. This Light is the notice and knowledge of the Holy God. The more of God we know, the more of God we become and the more of His Light we attract and reflect.

Moses, a man that was called up unto God at Sinai. He contacted and connected to God so much that he reflected Light (God) as he descended the Mount about which the Bible says, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face was shining [with a unique radiance] because he had been speaking with God.” (Exo. 34:29 AMP). Notice, Moses’ face shone because he had been speaking with God.  

The knowledge of God adds color, health and wellness to a person that one will truly shine. This is a faithful saying. The Bible further says about Moses, “When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to approach him.” (Exo. 34:30 AMP).  This unique experience was also recorded about our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Mount described as the Mount of transfiguration of which the Bible says, “…Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matt. 17:1-2 KJV) and also of Stephen a man full of Faith and Power when being accused by the people, the elders, and the scribes, the Bible says, “And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”(Acts 6:15). Indicative of Glory on the face and skin of a natural man as you and me.

Beloved, God does not intend nor design any of His children to be defaced, deprived or denied of glory, rather, the more of God we know and allow Him to illuminate our being, the more enveloped we are by the Light of His knowledge and Glory is the necessary result. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6 AMP) Awake to Light; gain Light through the knowledge of God, “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov. 3:8 KJV)

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The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.. (John 5:7)

Activities that deter, discourage, delay, prevent, obstruct, hinder, etc. our interactions or fellowship with God are not innocent. Our coming nigh unto God is clearly a spiritual activity; it is unnatural. It is important that we gain content of this truth.

According to the Bible, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24).  This was Jesus’ introduction of God: He was very definite about the “nature” of God. Unlike Man (you and I), God is a Spirit.

A spirit does not have a physical body or substance to hold, this is the very basic feature of a spirit. The limitation of Humans therefore is clearly evident in the scope of substance and time. Humans are visible, spirits are invisible, Humans age but spirits do not, etc.  It is therefore un-natural for Man to relate with spirit as man will need to “exit” his element to “make the contact” or connection. This is akin to Man going to space or deep sea. These instances are un-natural environment to humans.

The lesson is this; as Jesus communicated it, “God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” (John 4:24 MSG) Notice the imminent condition to worship God in Jesus’ comment “must do it out of their very being, their spirits”.  This is the cogent point that makes man’s interaction with God unnatural. Except one is born of the Spirt, one cannot enter (access) the Kingdom of God (realm of God’s influence) – John 3:5-8.  We must know and engage God with our spirit, this is the element in us that can touch or interact with God in us.

The Bible puts this thus, “The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics” (1 Cor. 2:14-16 MSG)

 Gaining this understanding, we must be awaked to the truth (also) that there is an adversary, called the devil who being a spirit (also) is wickedly and curiously opposed to our (you and I) approaching or interacting with God. This devil is aware that our connectivity with God is adverse to his operations and “businesses” which are opposed to God. and we gain command and control over him when our connectivity with God is both established and strong. The devil, therefore develop all curious ploys to limit, deter or prevent our drawing nigh unto God.

But you and I must be smarter than all that, like in the case illustrated in Mark 2:4, we must breakthrough all limitation and distractions that appear “innocent” but are insidious to our making contact and connection with God.

“Remove the roof” if you need to, only make certain you are not removed from coming nigh to Jesus.

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Divine Visitation

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 KJV)

The Mission and Mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ while on Earth was clear and unequivocal, to raise up Children of God after His type and order. It is upon this Mission and Mandate that the Bible says, “to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].  (John 1:12-13 AMP).  

Notice the outcome of one’s belief in the Lord Jesus, the Church is God’s child. This notice and its comprehension are key to one’s understanding and organizing oneself in the Faith. There is a mutation of one’s person and persona when we receive and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a new creature the Bible says, born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth…spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].  (John 1:12-13 AMP).  It is our conscious awareness of this new and divine (unnatural) nature that modulates our activities and in essence dictates its outcomes. We become as called Trees of Righteousness.

Faith in the Lord Christ delivers far more than the Believer going to Heaven, in fact going to Heaven is in essence fulfilling all the preambles that culminate in making it to Heaven.  These preambles then become our necessary focus only because we plan to make Heaven. These preambles are the work of righteousness we engaged and managed penultimate to our being harvested to be with the Lord in Heaven. Praise the Lord.

Consider for a moment, what we are now born and organized to attain and achieve, “they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.” (Isaiah 61:4-7 KJV)

Beloved, let us awake to this righteousness, understand the intent to which we are born and redeemed, commit to that mandate… that he might be glorified

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Praise The Lord

Praise Ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1 KJV

To Praise the Lord, is a command and not a chorus. It is a commendation to perform an act not necessarily an exclamatory remark. It is important that we learn and practice the act and art of Praising the Lord.

To Praise is to speak well of someone or something. It is the ascription of worth or value; an appreciation to someone or something. Praise is Price or value.

In this light, it is pertinent to note and understand that God also has items or virtues He Praises, values or appreciates. God speaks well of certain people and “praises” them. About the Praise by God, the Bible says “So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God., “(1 Cor. 4:5 AMP) Notice, “each one’s praise will come from God”, God praises, values or speaks well of the “the motives of the hearts” when they are pleasing and right in His sight. He Praises everyone with a good and right content of the heart.

At some occasion, God praised and spoke well of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible recorded, “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5 KJV).  We see here, our God spoke well (praised) of whom He values and loves – His beloved Son.

Beloved, we must also eulogize, extol, exalt, laud and glorify our appreciation of God. We praise God when we think and speak well of God. Singing choruses is not all that Praising God entails; it is only an expression of our praise, value and admiration of God.

We also praise God when we speak well of His virtues and values. The Psalmist puts it thus; “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-10 AMP).

This was the prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ about God, notice this was not a chorus or song, it was a proclamation of God’s virtues and values. Let us go beyond singing Praise choruses (only) as the extent of Praising God; sure, sing Praises is laudable and admirable; we must do it. But singing choruses in earnest is a product of our value and appreciation of God. We will not be able to sing choruses should we not ahead of that value the Lord in our hearts. Speak of His virtues and ponder always His goodness.

Let us “Praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) and all ways…Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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God our Father

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt. 6:9 KJV

God is our Father. There is grace and joy in the revelation of this truth. This is a whole truth and nothing but the truth; nonetheless like many other truths relating to God, the enemy obscures, belies the ingenuity of God to deprive Man. But when truth is known, freedom is secured.

The Word translated Father (in English) means root or generator; the source or spring. It also means nourisher, upholder and protector. We all originate from God and this is a very important truth. It is for this important reason that Man cannot be sustained, nourished or protected outside the provisions and nourishment of God.

About God being our Father, the Bible says, “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live” (Heb. 12:9 KJV). The Bible identified and recognized God as the Father, source, root or spring of our spirit. This is a very important disclosure. It is about this revelation that Jesus came to connect us that we (Man) may regain wholeness as we are made complete in Him. Our spirit is derived from God. This is an important truth.

The notion of God being our Father was foreign and far-fetched to Man that our Lord Jesus Christ in His bid to introduce and reinstate the truth about this was considered blasphemous and offensive. The Bible says, “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18 KJV).

Notice, the carnality of Man (the nature of Man without the knowledge of God) could not admit or tolerate paternal relationship with God; Man persecuted the truth about himself, but the truth and sincerity of God is to have Man know that God is indeed our Father. The Lord Jesus was eventually killed; the Bible says, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7 KJV).

Beloved, there must be something awesome in the notice and revelation of God being our Father for which Christ was both beaten and killed and when he arose by the power of God, He said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17 KJV). The notice and knowledge of this truth must be disturbing and debilitating to the devil but comforting and enriching to us the people of God; we cannot afford to walk outside of it and its provisions. God is our Father…Praise the Lord. Let us invest and walk in the comfort of this truth and be strengthened. Amen.

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Jesus Our Friend

 And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Matthew 8:2 KJV

Man must be aware of being at war. There is a contest over every Man’s life. This truth must be known and understood. It is about this war or contest that God at the start (in Eden) gave Man that de facto mandate; have Dominion. We must understand that Man was created for a defined and intentional purpose. Man was created to solve a problem; to manage God’s estate (the Earth) and counteract the works of a wicked being whose target was to decimate the works of God.

After God had created all things; He needed a Manager; someone to direct and govern the earth and so He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26 KJV). Notice, Man was created to have dominion…over all the earth.

The notion “to have dominion” itself informs of contest and tussle to hold and maintain control by the exercise of Power. It takes power to wield dominion. This important notice is the basis of Man’s existence. Man was designed and “developed” to exercise power, authority and governance on the earth; to represent God as god of this earth directing and controlling all things under the rule and instruction of God; to enforce and administrate order and perpetuate peace on earth. This was God’s charge to Man.

Man could not wield this dominion for long; the challenger upstaged Man and Man lost dominion. The Bible would later identify and describe satan as the god of the world who blinds people’s mind. (2 Cor. 4:4) The activities of satan destroyed the order and peace on the earth and according to the Bible, the whole world (now) lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19 KJV).

Wickedness is everything that is not the nature of God. Wicked is the art and act of the devil; the devil is the wicked one (Matt. 13:19 KJV). Wickedness is opposed to the nature and candor of God. It refutes and rebuffs all goodness and wellness. Wickedness is the trade of the devil and he perpetuates it. Wickedness is against God and Man and so seeks to destroy everything that is of God or related to Man.

But God is good (Psalm 106:1). It is about this wicked and his wickedness on the earth that God by His Mercy and Infinite Wisdom sent Jesus our Savior to reinstate and restore Man to Glory and Dominion. The Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 KJV). This is the important need for everyone to allow and receive Jesus into his/her life so the wicked one will not wound or hurt him/her. Beloved, give Jesus a chance in your life…to help you. He came to help, save and restore you. Peace!

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The Love of God for You and I

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

The dominant intent of God for Man is to honor Man with His Life type – Eternal Life. This notion must both interest and delight everyman.  The gift of Eternal Life is the furthermost and surpassing proof of God’s love for you and I. No one, asides God has it neither could anyone offer it.

It is this surpassing gesture of love and interest that elevates God’s concern for Man and it ranks high above what is obtainable from any idol or object of worship which Man may unadvisedly craft for himself. Nothing anywhere compares with the intent of God’s love for Man.

About God’s love and its demonstration to Man, the Bible says, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why?  Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16-18 MSG)

Notice how sweet a “song” that goes, God proved His love, concern and interest for Man by offering what is most personal and dearest to Him;  “his one and only Son”  about whom He voiced “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (Matt. 3:17 MSG) but His love for you and me constrained Him to prove the ingenuity of His care and readiness to do what it takes to share this Life type.

God is not foolish, irrational or thoughtless about the offering of His Son for our ransom, He did it with the noblest motive that; “In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.” (John 3:15 MSG) –  It is for (my) Eternal life that God gave His Son and the Son gave His Life. We must gain the value of God in the Salvation plan He packaged and delivered to us so graciously lest anyone should fail of this Grace.

Eternal Life is the Life type of the Eternal God; it is this Life type that made God self-sustaining and ever existing. This Life type has only one nature: LIFE. It cannot be alloyed, corroded or polluted. It is pure LIFE. Anything it touches adopts its nature instantly and anything that touches it is torched by it – Life.

Beloved, this is what God offers you and me in Christ Jesus, Life. Eternal Life is God’s motivation for interaction with us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  See how Jesus puts it, “…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). No one could be more well-meaning, better motivated than God toward us. There is no greater insignia of care or concern than the atrium to Eternal Life offered by God through the Lord Jesus Christ – Come in!

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The Land

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Num. 13:30)

Life is a journey. As it is unique to every journey, there is always a destination in view and the paths from our initial or start point to that destination is marked and understood. So as one journeys, notice is taken of landmarks and areas that one passes that assures one of being on the right way and the progress made towards the planned destination.

As one progresses, if there are no delays, detours or distractions, a sense fulfilment and achievement is attained not because the destination is reached but progress is attained as the journey continues. As the journey progresses, one goes through various and divers land terrain, vegetation, forestation, hills and valleys. One may even encounter massive river courses that must be crossed if one must get to the planned destination. As it is also commonly experienced, one may even pull over at designated rest/service areas to rest, refresh, renew and recover from the stress of the journey. These and other related events and experiences are the constituents of our natural journey to move or travel from one point to another.

The most important feature of the journey to reaching our planned destination is that we did not abandon or quit on the journey. The critical caution is never to abandon the journey. We may stop to rest, move fast or slow but must never abandon the journey if we must get to our destination.

It is also important to note and gain cognizance of every experience along the journey including at rest stops. Every part of the journey constitutes our experiences during the journey including sleeping in the vehicle about those being chauffeured; recall Jesus also “was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:” (Mark 4:38). Just as every inch of the distant must be covered to reach destination, so the experiences along the journey must be gained – that’s the composition of the whole journey.

As we journey through life therefore, there are designated but different paths we must each take, different paths because of varied destination and consequently different experiences. We each must however value our unique experiences as a necessary influence/outcome of our unique destination. These experiences are necessary to equip and prepare us for the destination in view including the uncheckered sense of achievement that we survived all the treacherous and perfidious occasions as encountered by Joseph, one must encounter during the journey.

All spots, sports along and through the journey are uniquely designed for each one to make the journey both complete and total. It is important to note that not all experiences are necessarily unpleasant rather there are occasions that make the journey so fascinating and fun filled that one may be tempted to exchange that spot for destination. This must be carefully understood and avoided.  

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. (Numbers 14:8-9 KJV)

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Journey to Inheritance

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (Phil. 3:13 KJV)

Inheritance is the notion or practice of conveying to one the properties that belonged to another. This is the act of transferring the title or ownership of the estate (often) of a departed family member to surviving kinsfolks. The notion is all Cultural, Scriptural and Natural. It is a blessing to have good inheritance.

Inheritance therefore becomes a good and seamless means to being wealthy especially where the transferred item is of immense value. Though it is encouraged that children do not grow up banking on the inheritable properties of their parent but rather focus on building their own lives and acquisitions, inheritance would naturally increase one’s wealth and it grows when properly managed.

Gaining good value of one’s inheritance is as good and cogent as laying up good and lasting inheritance for one’s kin. We shall do well if we receive a great inheritance as we lay up a great inheritance. The material and texture of what is inherited or laid up for an inheritance is the panache of a good and surviving inheritance. The Bible records the wisdom of building a surviving inheritance when it says, A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children:” (Prov. 13:22) but also cautions, “Wisdom is good with an inheritance…” (Eccl. 7:11). Let us awake to what we build for our children and (also) examine what we inherited from our parent. Has it (the inheritance) diminished or increased.

Talking of his own inheritance, David said, “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16:5-6).

It is the inheritance of Timothy, (his Godson) that Paul had an insight about; “the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice;…” (2 Tim. 1:5) and He further encouraged the young man;  “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (2 Tim. 2:14).

Beloved, let us go forward to that inheritance in Christ that fadeth not as the Bible says we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5).

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Looking Forward

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matt. 14:30 KJV

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). God desires that we believe Him and don’t doubt.

When the disciples saw a figure at the forth watch of the night and being troubled by their outlook, they were fearful for they imagined the figure was a spirit but they were very wrong in their outlook for that figure was rather their friend, mentor and leader; The Lord Jesus. It must be understood that what is seen is not as central as how things ought to be seen. We must get and gain this truth.

Unbelief is a sin with grave consequences that have made light the Word of God whereas must be otherwise viewed as serious. We cannot forsake, object or reject the Laws of God, make light of what God takes serious and expect to live. For the wages, compensation for sin (wrong doing) is death. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

As the Bible story continued, Jesus helped the faith of the disciples as was recorded, “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  And Peter gained confidence to approach The Lord Jesus “walking on water” except for his doubt he was not sustained. He (again) saw the wind boisterous; he doubted and began to sink.

Thank God for the faith of our Lord Jesus, who shared the same occasion but identified Peter’s problem, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?(Matt. 14:31 KJV) Do not look back. Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Man must believe God and not doubt, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. “ (Heb. 11:6).

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Go Forward

The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward! (Exo. 14:15)

It is most gratifying to understand, apprehend and integrate the truth that God hears into our personal lives. We must live in the eternal consciousness that God hears and He sees. Oh! We thank our God that He hears. How else shall we relate to Him if our God does not hear. But thank God! He hears. David said, “Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.” (Psalm 17:1) and God very well says, “Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:”(Num.14:28) I thank God, our God hears.

The Bible recorded a most profound representation to help our comprehension when it says, “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? (Psalm 94:9).  It is God’s appreciation, value and use for the ears that had Him gave us ears. God knew He would need to speak to and we would require to hear Him. Consider this,  “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: (Deut. 28:1)

The Bible says of certain gods that do not hear; what a misery to talk or relate with a god that does not hear. Bible recorded the misery of certain people who worship a Baal god. About their relationship with their god the Bible says, “And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made…And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.(1 Kings 18:26-28). What a waste and frustration to have or serve a god. But Thank God! Our God hears and answers.

Now, the important notice for our concern, consideration and commitment is, what is God hearing from you and I? Notice and consider this, “…when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1)  We must learn and take cognitive action about this event and as the Bible much and clearly admonished us, “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:10-12).

Beloved, God knows where we are and what we are going through; let us rely on the Word of the Lord and move in the direction He commands. Move forward without complaining

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The Resurrection and the Life

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 KJV)

A prevalent and unique attribute of Law is its application or enforcement.  A law will lose its essence when it is not enforceable. This unique feature of Law is what confers reward for obeying or aligning with the Law and punishment for its violation. It is important to understand that, every Law is laden with consequence: positive and negative. When we gain the unique operative implement of a Law and engage it, we trigger the natural consequence of that Law in the exact context by which we engaged it.

Take for instance, the Law of gravity; it is widely understood and said; “whatever goes up, comes down”. This is a prevalent natural Law. The operative implement of this Law is so customary and dominant that no one would pray that what he/she throws up would come down.

No one is therefore at any threat of losing a wallet filled with money when thrown up because throwing up the wallet will consequently exact the effect of the Law triggered by the act of throwing it up; after all “everything that goes up comes down”.

This said; the effect of the Law of Gravity as illustrated is typical to every Law. We procure the cause of any Law whenever we activate it by an action that initiate its effect.

The Law of sowing and reaping is also very apt to elucidate the trend and potency of Law. The Bibles put it thus; “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Gal. 6:7 AMPC)

Giving the operative effect of this truth (Law) prayer to God cannot help any person to either alter what was sown as to reap something else or reap what was not sown at all as “God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.)”.  It is rather incumbent, mandatory, compulsory, necessary, etc. to sow what one expects; then trust God to grant exceeding yield of expected outcome. We must know what we are doing and what Law is ratified by our action and thereby predict and prepare for the outcome.

The Bible talks about the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus: we must understand what action triggers the operations of this Law, maintain the stream (continuous) operation of it to inherit or reap its laden benefit. Notice intently, the make- up of this law; it is in Christ Jesus. So this Law does not operate outside of Christ Jesus akin to how the Law of gravity does not operate (in Space) outside our Earth.

About the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, the Bible says, Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“ (John 3:14-16 NIV).

Beloved, we initiate and precipitate the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, when we believe, rely trust, depend, etc. on Jesus Christ – The Word of God.   Lay hold on it!  

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What Manner of Man is Jesus?

But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! (Matt. 8:27 KJV)

 “God is not a man” (Numbers 23:19), it is therefore important to gain truth about how, as a man, Man must interact with God.  This is important to establish and maintain relationship with God. Jesus being a Man had unique connection and relationship with God to the puzzle of the Men around Him; other Men always marveled at the exceptional result of His relations with God, Men, Elements and Events.  In relation with God, He had all His requests and petitions answered. He said at some time, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always :…( John 11:41-42) and by that relation, He raised a man who had died and been buried four days, from the grave.

In relation with Man, “five thousand men beside women and children(Matt. 14:21) was not a challenge for him to cater for and meet their food need; when the sea (element) was boisterous and the wind contrary and Peter, impacted by the adverse situation,  began to sink, He (Jesus) stretched His hand to rescue him while He walked on the same waters (Matt. 14:30-31), at the Cana wedding event, He saved the day and the Bridegroom from imminent embarrassment when the wine ran out; He turned water into wine at the instance of His Word. (John 2:1-11).

About Jesus; “He hath done all things well:…(Mark 7:37) was the epitaph of His Life and Ministry, yet He was a Man who was hungry as others, tempted as others, challenged as others, etc. but had a unique result in all life’ course unlike others. Men marveled and said of Him; “What manner of man is this…” (Matt. 8:27).  

It is keen and ardent to our good course and profit to study the Life and Ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ; locate and identify what raised Him above the threshold of other Men, that ubiquitous and pervasive feature of His relation and interaction that extracted Him from common and ordinary Men.  What must I have (or not have) to become like Jesus and attain His conquest.

Beloved, that unique feature of our Lord Jesus Christ in no other Man is Light! About our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible said, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:4-9). Light was the distinctive feature latent and dominant in and about Him. On one occasion; He motioned; “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John. 8:12)

Beloved, every Man needs that Light inherent in the Lord Jesus Name, he called it; “Light of life”; Let us take some time and contemplate that sentence and examine if we have it or not – the Light of Life. There is so much darkness in our World that people “stumble” at noonday and grope in daylight as if its night.

Quit and come out of this dark tunnel of “life” without Light, come, take hold of the Light of Life. The Light of Life makes our lives glow and makes a relationship with God possible.  That Light is the Word of God codified and delivered in the Holy Bible. Let’s sit and settle with it – It will lighten the life we love to live.

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Promise Keeper

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (Matt.28:5-6)

God is God; the Eternal Creator that was not Created, the Self Existing One that needs no benefactor, sponsor or support. He was before all things; all things were made by Him and for Him. He is the Elohim – God the Creator and Judge of all. He is the ultimate Umpire. He decides and determines all things invariably. The knowledge of God is the necessary and basic requirement to relating with and serving Him. The knowledge of God is the essential tool to derive and draw benefit from God. What one knows of God is the implement for drawing all the blessing and goodness composite in God which is immeasurable. This is a very important notice.

The Bible says; “But the Lord shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness; he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalm 9:7-10 KJV). Notice the bold phrase; “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee…” The knowledge of God is essential for walking with God.

Our blessed Jesus knows God and so He trusts God completely for all things including raising Him from the dead. We must pause and draw understanding from this about our Lord Jesus. As and like unto every one of us, the only reliance or assurance that Christ had to die for man’s sin is God’s promise to raise Him from the dead.

About this promise, the Bible says, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”  (Psalm 16:10-11 KJV).This was the only reason that Jesus went to the cross, the promise of God not to leave him in the grave. He knows God and so He yielded His Ghost and sure to bet, the Bible says, “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:32)

Beloved, the resurrection of Jesus is the token evidence to every man that God would do whatever He says. Jesus became the testimony of God’s commitment and faithfulness to His Word that we may follow in His step in believing God.

To derive the benefit of God’s faithfulness therefore, we must gain knowledge of God’s promises contained in His Word, refrain from making up our own word born out of ignorance or neglect of God’s Word. Take Words from the mouth of God as God is committed to what He says. Having gained knowledge of His Word, we can release our lives to Him as Jesus yielded, in His case His very Spirit trusting that God will not fail Him nor let Him suffer corruption. And it shall turn out for a testimony for us, as for Jesus when the Angel says, “…He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (Matt. 28:5-6).

The knowledge of God is sufficient to bring the same power at resurrection to effect in any area we may desire it in our lives today, if we go forward at God’s Word. Amen.

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Hosanna

Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, … (Daniel 3:28 KJV)

God rules over all. This is a prime and premier understanding every man must have. He rules over all the affairs and interest of Man. God is the owner and the possessor of all things; according to the scriptures, all things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made. This is the basis and premise of God’s rule over all things.

The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1 KJV); because all things belong to the Lord; He’s able to direct and control all things for His good and a proper end.

Life is akin to a voyage; a passage from one side to another on water. Typical of every sail, storms are encountered though not desired. The storm could be both fierce and furious; that is the nature of storms: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds that may include rain, thunder, lightning, etc. bringing with it the threats, pressures and intimidation for potential loss or damages. The presence of storm heightens apprehension, worry and trepidation.

About a storm encountered by Paul, he wrote, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20 KJV); according to Paul, “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away”; humanly speaking there was no hope.

During life’s traverse, events or situations that may be so frightening and startling may arise, but we must always remember God rules over all. This is the escape route in all of life’s situation.  God “maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29 KJV)

In the encounter of Paul, God intervened! As He still does when we call upon Him; Paul would later inform others on Board the same ship, “I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:22-25 KJV)

Beloved, in all life tempestuous situation; God reigns and rules. This must counsel and comfort every believer as we journey through life. Notice Bible says, They trusted in Him (God)… This is the tool and instrument to calm all life’s trauma and make one’s way to the other side; Believe God!

The Lord Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. “ (John 14:1 KJV). This is the pain killer against all life’s pain, anxiety or panic. Believe God for “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” (Psalm 107:29 KJV).

God is both able and faithful to bring His children out of the precipice and establish them in the place of honor and glory for… if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God (John 11:40 KJV) 

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The Beginning of Miracles

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. (John 2:5 KJV)

God speaks and he deserves to be heard and obeyed. It is a very cruel act to disobey God or be hard hearted towards God. We need to referentially understand this to apply and comply. To be hard heart is to shut one’s heart to the Word or promptings of God, to ignore or neglect the nudging of the Spirit to align with His leading. We need to avoid any occasion that instigate one against The Lord. Beloved be wise.

As Believers; and God being Invisible, we only interact with God by His Word. It is our hearing and relying on the Word spoken to us by God that makes our relations with God real and existent. No one can claim relations with God without the evident reliance on the Word of God. Indeed, what makes anyone a Believer; is the reliance on the Word of God by such a person.

It is important to mention that, one’s belief in God without reliance on the Word of God makes one an unbeliever. We must understand this. One cannot claim belief in God and not rely on God’s Word. True Believers are not those who believe God is, (exists) rather those who believe (rely) on the Word of God thereby validating their belief that God is. This is the key.

The Bible says something of note in this regard, “Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands…The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” (James 2:19-24 MSG). We cannot claim belief in God without doing what God says. One in essence denies God when one disobeys, disdains, scorn or treats His Word with contempt. This is good for our comprehension.

We need to take God at His Word and for His Word, God is very serious about every Word He speaks and would not hold anyone guiltless that neglects, disdains or ignores His Words, He sees it as unbelief.

The Bible says, “Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy? (Amos 3:4-8KJV)

God does not speak for fun beloved, “So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings (Heb. 12:25MSG)

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God is not Slack III


The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (Psalm 121:8 KJV)

Salvation is the keenest of God’s interest towards Man. God greatly delights in the Salvation of Man: He is occupied, consumed, passionate, eager etc. by this interest.  Oh! How God is greatly delights in Man’s Salvation. Akin to parents’ passionate interest in the success and wellness of their children, so is God consumed about the Salvation of every Man.  We need to gain this eagerness of God, embrace the same for our goodness sake and (also) forbear to impede anyone from Salvation rather facilitate, expedite and motivate every Man’s awareness of this boisterous interest to satisfy God’s keenest pursuit.

God desires that ALL men be saved.  About this God’s consummate interest, Paul said to Timothy; “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (1 Tim. 2:1-7 MSG). Notice what Paul said about God, “He wants not only us but everyone saved”.  We need therefore, in our quest to satisfy God, share with God, the importance of our personal salvation, embrace the notion, value it to the delightsome intent of extending same to others to the exhilarating delight of God. 

Oh! How important it is to God that we (all) be free from all holding and hardship of the adversary…the devil. It is in the context and content of God’s priority interest that God in Christ would venture to nurture all men to the saving embrace of God’s grace including those that other men would consider not so deserving of salvation. Zacchaeus was a notable and notorious sinner in his community; he was tarnished and tainted, a sinner! About him and his encounter with Jesus the Bible recorded; “When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”  So Zaccheus hurried and came down, and welcomed Jesus with joy. When the people saw it, they all began muttering [in discontent], “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a [notorious] sinner.” (Luke 19: 5-7 AMP).To the muttering and discontent of his people who had implied and are obscured by his being not deserving of God’s salvation, Jesus retorted; “Today salvation has come to this household, because he, too, is a [[b]spiritual] son of Abraham;  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9-10 AMP).

Beloved, the Cup of Salvation is God’s invitation to ALL Men to participate, partake, and share, in the glorious release from all adversities and adversaries. God is interested in our wellness and freedom. He just wants us WELL. This is His Cup (of Salvation) revealed and represented by our Lord Jesus Christ extended to every man that everyone who believes in Him should be saved. (John 3:16-17 KJV).

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God is not Slack II

And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. (Gen. 16:9 KJV)

It is a mystery why God told Hagar to return to Sarah her mistress. Mystery is not misery. It is tenable and plausible to perceive God as a God of mystery but God is not behind the misery of anyone rather He makes mysteries from the miseries of anyone who encounters Him. It is error and the clandestine deception of the wicked to replace God as the punitive author of the miseries in the World or the local life of anyone rather I know this, God can in His mysterious ways make “lemonade from the lemons” of life’s imperious experiences. Yes God can.

Mystery is not an event or thing that is unknown; rather it must be unveiled to be understood. Whereas others may be perplexed and paralyzed by the witty, winding and often deviously perceived twist of Mysteries, a man of understanding with notable calmness having gained the truth that the unexplained complexity of mystery is occasioned by the covert need to secure the subject from wreck less interruptions and disruptions its apparent visibility may attract. This is the Wisdom of God.

In essence, Mysteries are hidden truths meant for people who would dare to “raise the veil” to gain the pleasure of its woven texture. Praise the Lord!

Paul said, But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Cor. 2:7-8. We could see clearly if truly we understand from this scripture that God by mystery, even the hidden wisdom ­does work to the end that none of the princes of this world would know, and God may accomplish good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.

Unlike the Mystery of God’s will; the hidden or covert wisdom of God’s misery is the calamity occasioned by man’s extremity to please himself outside the divine plan/will of God for him (man). Misery (not Mystery) is the natural outcome of man’s extraction of himself from the Wisdom by which God works His plan in man’s life.  

The Bible says this of man, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  (Romans 3:11-18). Notice what the Bible says, “Destruction and misery are in their ways…”  

Beloved, God surely does work in Mysterious ways to perform His wonders; there are no miseries in His ways. What anyone may perceive or adjudge as “miseries” should be God at work, His covert effort to preserve His doings to the end that the princes of this world may not know what God does.

God had asked Hagar to return to Sarah to fulfill God’s covenant with Abraham in Ishmael being circumcised as a descendant of Abraham.

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God is not Slack

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Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. (John 11:21)

The incidence and threat of death is the most crippling offense to living beings. It is the tool of extreme vengeance and the silencer for hateful strife. Death is just so insidious to the living. The Bible referenced the fear and grip of death as horrifying and its pain troubling when it says “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.” (Psalm 116:3 KJV)

Death had walked into the home of Lazarus; and him being killed, “…many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.” (John 11:19 KJV)  That is the far and wide effect of death. No one regardless of number (notice; many of the Jews came…) could reverse the effect of death. Everyone was haplessly helpless except for Life…Praise the Lord. And when Life showed up and death bowed out.

Beloved, we have a great and exceeding heritage in Christ; He came to free us from the threat and effect of Death; that we being delivered from this enemy may serve God without fear. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11 KJV).  

Jesus came to void and null the threat and effect of death in our lives if we believe. This is central to our faith in Christ. Consider what Jesus said; “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 AMP)  We must believe this to inherit it.

Death is prevalent and it is the end of all flesh when there is no Life but thank God; Jesus said, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40). How true and eternal those Words are…I will raise him up at the last.

Now about this fact, The Lord was not slack in the case of Lazarus as some count slackness…Bible said he abode two days still in the same place where he was. (John 11:6 KJV) not for tardiness but that the Son of God might be glorified. God will be glorified in all our lives and circumstances in Jesus Name. Despite what other termed slackness Jesus said, “Thy brother shall rise again. (John 11:23 KJV)

Death hath lost its sting and hell its power as Life is released by Christ Jesus to everyone who will believe. Let us hold firm our believe to the end knowing that God being faithful will not come too early or late but will come on time that God may be glorified. God will be glorified in all our lives in Jesus Name.

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Secret Place

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 KJV)

The most tragic event in the life of man (as God’s creation) is his banishment, expulsion, dismissal from the presence of the Holy God. Sin evicted man from his domain and man became a fugitive, miscreant and alien to the relations and interactions of God. 

About this fallen man, the Bible says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.” (Gen.6:5-6 AMP).

To be great is indeed a great and noble achievement but definitely not as God observed of the fallen man. Man being cast and expelled from the presence of God became great in doing wickedness. Man became so obnoxious, abhorrent and repugnant that God “…regretted that He (ventured) had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.”  How little man (even now) knows about his deplorable state and the urgent need for salvation, a washing, cleansing and regeneration to become luminous (full of light and emitting light) again rather than opaque, impervious  and as the Bible called man…”For ye were sometimes darkness…”  (Eph. 5:8). We must all become aware of the loathsome and despicable nature of the natural man that we must cry and desperately seek to extract oneself from such stock of brazen vanity to inherit the glory of the Saints in Christ who shine as light in the darkness of the World.

In God’s bid to restore and manage His interaction in a grand plan to help, redeem and restore man instituted the construction of the Tabernacle among the Israelites in their traverse through the wilderness; the portrait of a people and their sojourn that God would call His own through their faith and reliance on Him.   God said, “…And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” (Exo. 25:8) “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” (Exo. 29:43)

Because man had become fallen and so plummeted, “The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: “for thou charged us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it” (Exo.19:23) and about the Tabernacle constructed to symbolize the presence of God among the people, there was installed a veil to control and limit man’s access to the Most Holy place which is the presence of the Holy God, “…thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy”  (Exo.26:33)

It was this vail that was removed by the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ; “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified…Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:19-22) This is the greatest and all surpassing door ever opened…that man may approach God without restriction, recourse or regret; having boldness…let us draw near and dwell in that secret place of the Most High

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Warfare

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high place Eph. 6:12 KJV

Man must be aware of being at war. There is a contest over every Man’s life. This truth must be known and understood. It is about this war or contest that God at the start (in Eden) gave Man that de facto mandate; have Dominion. We must understand that Man was created for a defined and intentional purpose. Man was created to solve a problem; to manage God’s estate (the Earth) and counteract the works of a wicked being whose target was to decimate the works of God.

After God had created all things; He needed a Manager; someone to direct and govern the earth and so He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26 KJV). Notice, Man was created to have dominion…over all the earth.

The notion “to have dominion” itself informs of contest and tussle to hold and maintain control by the exercise of Power. It takes power to wield dominion. This important notice is the basis of Man’s existence. Man was designed and “developed” to exercise power, authority and governance on the earth; to represent God as god of this earth directing and controlling all things under the rule and instruction of God; to enforce and administrate order and perpetuate peace on earth. This was God’s charge to Man.

Man could not wield this dominion for long; the challenger upstaged Man and Man lost dominion. The Bible would later identify and describe satan as the god of the world who blinds people’s mind. (2 Cor. 4:4) The activities of satan destroyed the order and peace on the earth and according to the Bible, the whole world (now) lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19 KJV).

Wickedness is everything that is not the nature of God. Wicked is the art and act of the devil; the devil is the wicked one (Matt. 13:19 KJV). Wickedness is opposed to the nature and candor of God. It refutes and rebuffs all goodness and wellness. Wickedness is the trade of the devil and he perpetuates it. Wickedness is against God and Man and so seeks to destroy everything that is of God or related to Man.

But God is good (Psalm 106:1). It is about this wicked and his wickedness on the earth that God by His Mercy and Infinite Wisdom sent Jesus our Savior to reinstate and restore Man to Glory and Dominion. The Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 KJV). This is the important need for everyone to allow and receive Jesus into his/her life so the wicked one will not wound or hurt him/her. Beloved, give Jesus a chance in your life…to help you. He came to help, save and restore you. Peace!

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Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17 KJV)

Prayer is the custom of God’s Kingdom. As it is customary for everyone to pay for everything in the (our) human kingdom, so it is customary to pray for everything in the Kingdom of God. The Bible says, “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Tim. 2:8 KJV).

God desires and requires us to pray without ceasing. One cannot leave off praying otherwise the wicked one will prey on the person. This is key and notable. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV). The good cause for praying always is to resist or prevent the attack of the wicked one. Prayer is the battle ground of the Saint. We wrestle in the place of prayer.

The Bible recorded the planned onslaught of the wicked against the life and Ministry of Peter the Apostle ever before he (even) began the Ministry but for the prayer and intercession of the Lord Jesus, Peter was target for the devour of the wicked enemy. About the attack on Peter, the Bible says, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32 KJV).  Presumably, Peter not being as prayerful at the time had no means to locate the prowl of the wicked inkling against his life but for the prayerful lifestyle of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus located the planned attached and foiled it at the root by prayer. Notice, the Lord said, “But I have prayed for thee…”.

Beloved, as Habakkuk says, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Hab. 2:1 KJV), We must stand strong in the place of prayer to watch and see what the Lord will say unto us…things to permit and things to disallow.

The Lord says “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. “ (Jer. 33:3 KJV). God shows us as was shown the Lord Jesus the plan of the wicked against the life and Ministry of Peter to foil the plan of the wicked. Oh! How we must stand strong in the place of prayer.

The Bible further command us to always prayer rather than faint when it says “men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1 KJV). Let us gain grace from the Lord to pray (without ceasing). We cannot leave off praying and be playing…that will be catastrophic. Rather let us arise and be strong in the place of prayer as the Bible says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; “ (Eph. 6:16-18 KJV).

There is no substitute for prayer; we must pray. Amen!

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The Nature of an Attack

God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13)

 God rules over all. This is a prime and premier understanding every man must have. He rules over all the affairs and interest of Man. God is the owner and the possessor of all things; according to the scriptures, all things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made. This is the basis and premise of God’s rule over all things.

The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1 KJV); because all things belong to the Lord; He’s able to direct and control all things for His good and proper end.

Life is akin to a voyage; a passage from one side to another on water. Typical of every sail, storms are encountered though not desired. The storm could be both fierce and furious; that is the nature of storms: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds that may include rain, thunder, lightning, etc. bringing with it the threats, pressures and intimidation for potential loss or damages. The presence of storm heightens apprehension, worry and trepidation.

About a storm encountered by Paul, he wrote, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20 KJV); according to Paul, “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away”; humanly speaking there was no hope.

During life’s traverse, event or situation does arise that may be so frightening and startling, but we must always remember God rules over all. This is the escape route in all life’s situation.  God “maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29 KJV)

In the encounter of Paul, God intervened! As He still does when we call upon Him; Paul would later inform others on Board the same ship, “I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:22-25 KJV)

Beloved, in all of life’s tempestuous situations; God reigns and rules. This must counsel and comfort every believer as we journey through life. Notice Paul said, I believe God. This is the tool and instrument to calm all of life’s trauma and make one’s way to the other side; Believe God!

The Lord Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. “(John 14:1 KJV). This is the pain killer against all life’s pain, anxiety or panic. Believe God for “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” (Psalm 107:29 KJV).

God is both able and faithful to bring His children out of the precipice and establish them in the place of honor and glory for… if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God (John 11:40 KJV) 

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The Proof of God’s Faithfulness

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents and gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and impact. Arise and return.

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Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed (Matt.8:8)

What one knows essential informs his/her choices and motivates his/her pursuits. We may not all make the same choice nor pursue the same venture, but we inevitably settle with our choices and are content with the outcome of our pursuit until we are otherwise better informed. This is the basis for each one’s continued activity or change of it. Every change is motivated by something new learned.

In essence, we (often) would not change our position, pursuit or preference until we know more than we already knew.  This is the effect and impact of knowledge; the more we grow in knowledge, the greater and stronger the depth that underlies our judgments and the tact that prioritizes and defines our pursuit.  We are surely better off when we know better…better meaning the truth about the subject of interest.

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It is clear that there is blight of knowledge among the Saints, sad and sorry to recount; The Bible says “Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.” (Hosea 4:1) God has an indictment, a concern and worry about His people; there is no “…knowledge of God” and that impedes and limits the benefits of the people in God. In fact the Bible further says,  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…” (Hosea 4:6)

The picture is clearly illustrated by the Laodicean Church about whom the Bible recorded, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. (Rev. 3:17 -18).  Notice; that Church did not know that she is “…wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:..” rather she, “sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;”  until someone enlightened her of what she truly needed. It is important that one grows in knowledge to gain truth so as to prevent and insulate oneself from such endemic situation; gain truth and buy knowledge.  

The centurion that came to Jesus had good and rich knowledge of the Power latent in the Word (backed by Authority). He explored it and took the rich and instant benefit it carries. How greatly beneficial it is to know enough.  Unlike many others who would require Jesus to come and see, he (the centurion) knew the effect and speed of the Word. He expedited the healing of his servant by not having Jesus walk the length or miles to his house rather speak (now!) and have the servant healed now than later.

There is Power in the Word. “Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.” (Matt. 8:13 AMP)

Beloved, Jesus has bestowed authority on you and I to speak and have what we say if we have faith in God and do not doubt in our heart.  “And Jesus, replying, said to them, “Have faith in God [constantly].Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]” Mark 11:21-23 AMP.

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The Faithfulness of God’s Promises

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb. 4:1)

In God’s relations and interactions with Man; God has always been faithful, true, committed, harmless and blameless. The nature and characters of God must naturally endear and encourage Man to walk with Him, believe in and commit to Him. How important for us to know God…this is the only way we can truly love, fear and trust Him. 

Consider the veracity and exactness of His promises for instance; the Bible says; “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 6:17-20). Beloved, God does not lie. It is central and fundamental to our relationship with God that nothing changes in God’s commitments to us and should anything change it can only be traced to Man.

Now, giving God’s opened door to Man; talking about entering into the redemption Christ purchased for us through His body (See Col. 1:19-22); we must both be urgent and instant to play our role and participate fully in the redemption plan and program. We must understand that God alone is not responsible for the events and outcome of our lives. We collaborate with Him to see God’s plan, purposes and pleasures fulfilled in our lives. We cannot lose sight of this very important truth.

 Man’s inconsistencies and contradictions have been the crux and limiting effects of God’s interactions with Man. Would Man; representing you and I, realize and apprehend the sincerity required of us to walk with God, we soon should be that unique and peculiar persons preferred above all “…for God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35). We need to return and revise that qualifying terms and conditions to inheriting the promises of God and earn us drawing rights of kingdom privileges.

The door to God’s eternal rest is opened, there is therefore no limitation to the treasury of God or hindrance to His glorious presence; the veil is rent (Matt. 27:51) and we can approach without reproach rather boldly, “…the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)…but are we interested?

Notice what Heb. 4:1 says, Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb. 4:1)  in fact Bible went further to describe some to whom it was first preached and how they could not enter; not because God reneged on His promise but these would not play their part…”Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (Heb. 4:6).

 We must learn and glean from these things written and communicated to us…we must fear not to miss God or inherit His glorious plan for our lives. What must we do? Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (2 Cor.7:1)

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Praise the Lord

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1)

Nothing delivers profit or benefit like understanding. When a subject is well understood, one essentially masters (becomes a master of that subject) the subject and by that mines, extracts the content of that subject to his use and profit. Subject or Course Professors in Universities are deemed to have mastered their respective subject, they profess the subject not by reading the subject as everyone else but rather by the study, research of the subject including performing experiments to understand various conditions, to determine the character of the subject and identify its properties. The commitment and devotion of these College Professors to understand the nature and texture of the subject is what confers their mastery of the subject and they began to profess the subject; earn compensation for it

 It is time we pursued and gained understanding of the subject of Praise; its content, composition, character and compensation…praise is comely, appropriate and necessary. Praise is a majestic and fantastic weapon of war and welfare. Praise is the production site for flint stones to executive judgment against the enemy, the quarry for hailing vengeance against the wicked and best of all, the seething pot for pleasing God.

Praise is pleasant…(Psalm 147:1) .We must pause to gain truth here. The whole essence of man’s creation, his fall, redemption and justification is centered on man’s requirement to please God. When God made man, man was given divine instruction to maintain his stand before God and earn his pleasure. But man displeased God and lost his place before God. Driven out of God’s presence (Eden), man became a fugitive, depraved and denied of all sanctity void of any sense to give or earn God’s pleasure. Man became deplorable. Ah! May we not return or remain natural man in Jesus Name.

God is his infinite wisdom and gesture of Love raised a man in Jesus the Christ, a man about whom God said, “…I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).  This is God requirement for all his sons…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12).  God wants all his children to please him. That is the essence of salvation. To the Saints in Christ and Church in Colosse, and Paul wrote, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossian 1:9-10).

The focus of man’s relationship with God is to please God. That is our calling, that is our mandate…to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. Now the Bible says, Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1). We do a pleasing act…when we Praise the Lord. Praise ye the LORD

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The Hour has Come

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These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; (John 17:1 KJV)

Life is a journey; a traverse from one side to the other side. In the quest, everyone inevitably transits from what has become known or familiar into what is pending, unknown, unclear and uncertain. This is the model and stencil of life’s course.

Cross-over is a necessary event; an instance in the course of life’s traverse being inevitable by the notion to keep the motion. It is the bridge gap between where one had been and where one is going. It separates and terminates a familiar terrain for an era characterized by apprehension and anxiety of what is ahead but unknown. The end of every day rolls up to the beginning of another; what is known is past and man reels into what is presently both unknown and uncertain. Since this is the general pattern of everyday life; we must never relent to approach every end with brazen courage to venture into the new…after all what had come to pass was sometime unknown.

Time is the metric unit for Life, it is measuring streak that allocates and defines moments composed of hours, minutes and seconds. At this instance, we are at the conclusion of a certain familiar hour for a new and emerging hour. A new and set time for a new and fresh venture to take on new activity or pursuit.

The Bible identified and recognized the children of Issachar, as men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… (1 Chronicle 12:32 KJV). There is an allotment for every hour (time) about which we must be able to account.

Beloved, as we approach this coming hour, we must gain truth about this new hour, to what purpose is this hour and how must we engage it. We must know what (our) “Israel” ought to do. The import of this hour is the impetus, incentive and motivation for the joy of the new year. The inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit are the important means to gain truth about this hour.

Our Lord Jesus identified a certain time that was come when he said, “The hour is come…and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23 KJV).  We must also identify and recognize what the Lord is “seeking” that we do at this time.  Let us go in this hour refreshed to accomplish the assigned task and renewed to please the Lord.

Happy New Year. 

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Triumphant


And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Luke 21:13

Basis is the fundamental element of a subject. It is the necessary and founding block of that subject upon which other externalities are built. This basic part is often not visible but the existence and permanency of the external parts undoubtedly verifies, validates and celebrates this founding block.

Basis is so essential that it is the starting point to learn any subject, it is the elementary part of the course about which every student must generally participate. It accentuates the important element of the subject that makes the complex or advanced section of the subject easily comprehensible.

Basis is the central frame upon which the subject is both defined and understood. For instance, the basic concept of multiplications, addition, division and subtraction is central to the study  of Mathematics. No one can advance any further in the subject without the good grasp of this basic concept.

Now, in relation to the Faith that we have towards God and which is the central element of our salvation, the Bible says, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8) we must gain this basic element, the fundamental basis and founding block.

This basic element is the central theme of our walk with God and the winning streak of Kingdom exploits. Without this basic and central element, claims to Faith towards God is both vain and fake.

And he (Jesus said), “… it shall turn to you for a testimony.” (Luke 21:8-13)  The preface and scenario precedent to this statement or rather assertion concerning which The Lord Jesus adjudged a “turn for a testimony”  is a blatant contradiction to the pretext of man’s conception of a testimony. Man would rather conclude the events as gruesome trials and surfeiting perplexity. This is contrary to the tenet of our basic faith.

Paul said, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).   This is the building block of the Christian Faith and the central driver of all Kingdom exploits; “For by it the elders obtained a good report.(Heb. 11:2)

A believer in God and the redeemed through the salvation that is in Christ Jesus must rest in this truth otherwise such Faith is rather fake. God always works for the good of His own otherwise no one would trust His goodwill, but our God is trustworthy if we would trust Him.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place…For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:14). We thank God for the mystery of Faith.

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Whatsoever is Born of God


For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 KJV)

Do you recall this hymn;
‘Christian, seek not yet repose, cast thy dreams of ease away;
Thou art in the midst of foes: Watch and pray.’

That’s the truth about every born-again child of God. We are in constant battle against the enemy of our souls. But ours is good news! We fight from the advantage position of victory! Let us look at these Bible verses

-‘Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.‘ (2 Corinthians 2:14 )
-‘But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
-‘For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.’ (1 John 5:4)

These verses all have something in common though 3 different words are used – victory, triumph, overcome. They all speak of winning. We are all WINNERS in Christ Jesus. The very fact that we are Christians; that we believe Jesus is the Son of God; that we are born of God; that we have faith; that we are in Christ, makes us winners. Ours is guaranteed victory. God Himself always causes us to triumph in Christ.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”. Here two things needed for our triumph are mentioned- the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Our triumph is settled in Christ. However, to walk in that triumph both the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony must be engaged. Everything about the blood of the Lamb is accomplished already. Nothing can be taken from it, nothing can be added to it. The word of our testimony is our responsibility. God is not going to testify on our behalf, we must open our mouths and declare God’s verdict about our situations and circumstances. We must not only believe what He says but also confess.
But what must we confess? The Word of God. That is the word of our testimony not what the circumstance is saying. 1 John 5:4 says, ‘Whatsoever is born of God overcomes. Our testimonies, our confessions must be born of God for us to experience the triumph that is already ours. Triumph is visible, and always traceable to the word of God (John 1:1-5,14)
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. If we replace Christ with Word in 2 Corinthians 2:14 it will read as follows, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in the Word… No triumph without the Word
We must know, believe, confess and act on the word of God for us to walk in triumph.
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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Greater Riches of Being God’s Partner


For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (Matt. 25:35 KJV)

How joyful it is to gain truth about God and what He does in the life of the Saints. It is a joyful life to know God; the truth, verity, sincerity, ingenuity and honesty of His person and character. When one knows God, there is no doubt that the knowledge of God’s holy person will build blessed assurances and bold confidences in such a person which could easily be mistaken and misunderstood as flagrant arrogance by  those who do not know God. The knowledge of God makes the face of a man to shine. (Eccl. 8:1) About knowing God, the Bible says, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32).  Wow! The knowledge of God commands strength, and that strength is for exploits. The knowledge of God is as drunkenness; it produces a compelling influence that makes one speak, act and perform differently from a natural man. The knowledge, command, influence and presence of God in the life of Paul the Apostle was simply evident and compelling that at the island called Melita, the people “…changed their minds, and said he was a god.”  (Acts 28:6) Paul was simply supernatural.

This is the product of the knowledge of God in a person.  Nothing makes one strong as knowledge and nothing distinguishes one as understanding. A man of knowledge has natural confidence…he knows what he’s doing and can easily predict its outcome. The failing in knowledge is inability to predict the outcome of what one is doing. Knowledge is lacking when outcome is unpredictable. This is what the knowledge of God eliminates in a man’s enterprise; when one knows God; he can do his business in the knowledge of God and can quietly assuredly guaranty the outcome. This is the glory of the Saints…to command results.

Our blessed Lord Jesus, boisterous and drunken with the knowledge of God arrived late at the home of a certain man named Lazarus, whereas others were mourning, wailing and would not even tamper with a four-day old dead and stinking Lazarus, Jesus said, “Where have you laid him?…it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”  (John 11:34-39) but knowledge (of God and the plan of God) was driving The Lord Jesus; for he knew “This sickness (from which Lazarus had died) is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:4).  What do we know of God about what we are going through, be it in health or lack of it, wealth or lack of it; joy or lack of it;…. are we convinced about it by which we can predict its outcome?

The knowledge of God will naturally maintain a man’s stability regardless of all instabilities that may surround him. We must come up to this understanding and gain knowledge of it. The knowledge of God including the needs of God brings tremendous reward; it makes one relevant and provides a future that is great and enriching…Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matt. 25:34 KJV)

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Greater Riches of His Fellowship


As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133:3

­Life is the product of true Fellowship.

God desires the interaction and relation of every member of the Body for the growth and general wellbeing of itself. About this Body, the Bible says “For as we have many members in one body,…So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5) and by the relation and interaction of the members of this Body, the Bible says, “…the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16).  This body is maintained and held together (compacted) by what every joints (parts) supplies according to the effective working of several but varied abilities of every part by which the Body increases and grows unto the building of itself nurture in love…”This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:32)

This body representing the Church is the company of the people generally described as Christians or those hoping for eternal salvation by Faith in the eternal redemption through Faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. About this company, Jesus said to the initial members, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matt. 28:19-20). ­ This company of people who commit to the learning and practice “… of all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” is called The Church and The Body of Christ. This is who we are, a necessary unit, composed, compassed and compacted.

About the functionality of this Body and the benefit of the interaction of its many but varied parts, the Bible says, “And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need. And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts, Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death]. (Acts 2:44:47 AMP).

Notice the product of their blessed interaction – ” Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people;” we must constantly look out for the reality of this outcome as the literary and necessary product of our relations and interactions as a Church and members, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:12-13

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Greater Riches of God’s Wisdom


O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

The most tragic event in the life of man (as God’s creation) is his banishment, expulsion, dismissal from the presence of the Holy God. Sin evicted man from his domain and man became a fugitive, miscreant and alien to the relations and interactions of God. 

About this fallen man, the Bible says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.” (Gen.6:5-6 AMP).

To be great is indeed a great and noble achievement but definitely not as God observed of the fallen man. Man being cast and expelled from the presence of God became great in doing wickedness. Man became so obnoxious, abhorrent and repugnant that God “…regretted that He (ventured) had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.”  How little man (even now) knows about his deplorable state and the urgent need for salvation, a washing, cleansing and regeneration to become luminous (full of light and emitting light) again rather than opaque, impervious  and as the Bible called man…”For ye were sometimes darkness…”  (Eph. 5:8). We must all become aware of the despicable nature of the natural man that we must cry and desperately seek to extract ourselves from such stock of brazen vanity to inherit the glorious inheritance of the Saints in Christ who shine as light in the darkness of the World.

God, in a bid to help, redeem and restore man, instituted the construction of the Tabernacle among the Israelites in their traverse through the wilderness; the portrait of a people and their sojourn that God would call His own through their faith and reliance on Him.   God said, “…And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” (Exo. 25:8) “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” (Exo. 29:43)

Because man had become fallen and so plummeted, “The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: “for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it” (Exo.19:23) and about the Tabernacle constructed to symbolize the presence of God among the people, there was installed a vail to control and limit man’s access to the Most Holy place which is the presence of the Holy God, “…thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy”  (Exo.26:33)

It was this vail that was removed by the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ; “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified…Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:19-22) This is the greatest and all surpassing door ever opened…that man may approach God without restriction, recourse or regret. God in His surpassing Wisdom has restored Man to the glorious fellowship with Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!

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Greater Riches Of Faith

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Heb. 11:26 KJV)

God has richly blessed His children. We all must strive; endeavor, exert ourselves, make good effort to gain knowledge and understand these blessings which are freely bestow upon us by God in Christ Jesus. About these blessings, the Bible describes them in exceedingly terms, i.e. surpassing or beyond any other. This is urgent and cogent for our contemplation and comprehension.  

The Bible says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:7 KJV). Notice the reference term used to describe the riches of God’s grace toward you and I; exceeding!

Early, good and clear understanding of the exceeding, incomparable, surpassing riches of God’s grace toward us is a strong and sturdy deterrent to the malicious entreaties of the wicked (satan). We must understand this truth to gain victory and conquest over temptation and trials; little wonder why the Bible would urge us to reckon the trial of faith as working to making us perfect that we may be entire, wanting nothing (James 1:2-4 KJV).

Beloved, we must understand the nature and contents of God’s boisterous and bounteous riches and blessings upon us as Christians.

Take Eternal life for instance, a unique and dominant gift (blessing) of God upon the Believer; the Bible says, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:20-23 KJV). Notice the recompense (end) of the entreaties of the devil is death but now being made free from sin…the gift of God (to us) is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Beloved, the knowledge of God’s exceeding riches is a compelling and audacious deterrent against the unscrupulous whims of the wicked. Understanding that the blessed greatness of God’s blessings upon our lives reeling up to life and peace are incomparable to the abysmal petrifying concoction of the devil to send anyone to the abyss. None of us will be found in the abyss in Jesus Name. Moses also reckoned that the suffering with the people of God is of greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.

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The Spirit of Life

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Col. 3:4 KJV)

We need to gain the truth about our creation to gain understanding of our formation, (the material we are made of) and the required competency to manage our being. Man is a delicately composite creation; uniquely and utterly unlike any other. It is this “delicately composite” nature of Man that confers Man with the dominion and exquisite class being granted to him over all God’s creation.

Man was not an abstract or thoughtless creation of God rather God was deliberate and intentional about the need and creation of Man. This is important for our cognitive and collegiate appreciation of our true self if or when we understand the reasoning that straddles our respective existence. You and I are uniquely important and implicitly relevant to the cause and course of events on the face of the Earth. This is important to apprehend. 

About God’s contemplation of the creation of Man, the Bibles says, “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:26 KJV). Notice the grand thought and reminiscence that precipitated the creation and formation of Man; the image and likeness Man was designated to Mirror and assigned role to Man in the scope. It is simply intense. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:27 KJV).  Annotate the consequential term “So” upon which God went forward to create Man.  It was upon the thought and terms that defined the creation that “So” developed Man; “…God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;”

The unique element that differentiated and elevated Man was the breath of life; introduced by God and by whom Man became a “living Soul”.  This is the unique and defining element, the filament of Man’s life-light. It is our good understanding therefore to retain and maintain the life kindle by this “filament” organized by the Breath of God. The Bible puts it thus, “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” (Job 33:4 KJV) and “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 KJV)

Beloved, in the breath of God is life…so breath. Take a breath and live.

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The Fellowship of the Spirit

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Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13 KJV)

Truth plays a dominant role in the acquisition, management and maintenance of power. This notice and its context are crucial to the legality and legitimacy of power. Where power is obtained or exercised without the fabric of truth, it is deemed illicit, fake, illegal and void. Power without truth would only persist until truth is known or discovered. This is the bane and blight of the kingdom of satan; embroiled in lies and falsehood until the revelation of the Truth of the gospel of Christ.

Power is the ability to direct or effect a change; it is the means by which people or systems are governed or controlled; an overriding and dominant influence to control or subdue at will. It must however be understood that the legitimacy of power is derived from the Truth that constitutes it. Where the basis of power is false, it soon becomes illegitimate when true power comes to reign. This notion is well illustrated and understood by the cheaply overthrow of the reign or power of unclean (evil) spirits by the Lord Jesus Christ when He encounter these unclean spirits.

According to the Scriptures, “When evening came, they brought to Him (Jesus Christ) many who were under the power of demons; and He cast out the evil spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick [exhibiting His authority as Messiah], (Matt. 8:16 KJV). This clearly highlights the transient term of fake or illegitimate power until true power takes reign. Legitimate power denominated by truth will always trump and overthrow wicked power which is denominated by falsehood. Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures, “is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6 KJV) and He, being the Truth, His reign and power are legitimate, and the devils know it and so He cheaply casts out the evil spirits with a word. The power of the devil is illegitimate; derived from lies, whims and tricks. He is a vicious conman who arrogates power by lies and deception.  Whenever a believer gains this truth and deploys the ascribed power of the Truth delivered through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the devil must vacate his reign at instant. This is the need and importance of Believers knowing the truth. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 KJV). Notice the power to gain freedom from the tyrannical oppression of the devil is to gain knowledge of the Truth. Truth confers power that grants dominion and victory.

It is in this context of truth and power that we must pursue the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit whom the Bible describes as the Spirit of Truth that we may grasp and connect with truth that confers legitimacy on our exercise of power overall devils. According to the Bible, Jesus said, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13 KJV).  The Holy Spirit informs and empowers the Believer with accurate and truthful information that the devil cannot refute and thereby have the devils subject at the mention of the Name of Jesus Christ to the Believer. This is the victory of the Saints when by the Holy Spirit, we gain the notice of the Truth that confers power to dominate. Praise the Lord.

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The Power of God

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But you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the unttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8 KJV)

Power is an attribute of God. Of His power, the Bible says, “Great is our Lord, and of great power…” (Psalm 147:5 KJV). It is Power that elicit God’s presence and existence. Without Power God would not be God nor His creation exist. God is revered and feared because of His Power.

The concept of Power is natural and well too known to all. In the human, animal and plant kingdom, there is a segmentation and differentiation occasioned by power. There is a natural tussle to dominate or gain control, the weak is conquered and the strong is domineering. Even in the performance of feat, tasks and exploits; power is a necessary tool. One cannot endure being powerless.

About the Kingdom of God also, the Bible says, “The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in Power. (1 Cor. 4:20 KJV). The distinguishing feature of God’s Kingdom, it practices and profession is its Power content. Without Power, the Christian faith will be weak, feeble, without impact or effect. The Bible testified of the immense power dimension of the Christian witnessing and early Missionary work of the disciples when it says, “With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33 KJV). Power is what validates the testimony and witnessing of the Christian Faith.   

As Christians and Kingdom citizen, we must recognize the compelling need to walk in Power. Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthian Church emphasized the role of Power in Ministry and Kingdom service when he said, “my speech and preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of Spirit and of power. That your faith should not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5 KJV). There is the accompanying power content that makes Christian Ministry and Service effective and impactful. We will not be able to accomplish the mandate of being Christ’s disciples without the attending power to generate result.

Beloved, the power of God is the necessary means to fulfil the demand of the Christian faith and demonstrate its potency. Without the power of God, a Christian cannot even overcome sin, temptation or the despotic whims of the wicked. It is for this important and necessary cause that Jesus cautioned the disciples to remain in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49 KJV).  This notice is for every believer, to gain need and understanding of enduement of Power from God to be effective.

We must not only gain this notice but also consciously and continuously deploy and depend of God’s power as we walk, talk and work God’s kingdom events and activities. Let’s us be attentive to Jesus’ admonishment to receive power as also He did to proclaim God’s kingdom. “How God anointed Jesus with Holy Ghost and Power, who went about doing good for the Lord was with him.” (Acts 10:38 KJV). We must tarry in prayer asking God for the enduement of Power to be relevant in Kingdom activities. Praise the Lord!

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Pleasing God

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And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him (Matt 3:16)

Life in the Spirit is the central theme of the New Testament Church. It is the essence that marked New Testament from the Old; the progression to completion of God’s determined counsel to institute His Kingdom and culture among men. It is the capstone of God’s creation and remediation plan that all things may conclude in Christ Jesus. There is a lot to glean from this contemplation.

To institute this plan to raise a Kingdom of People called His own, God said, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them… and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. (Ezek. 36:26-28).  Notice, it is pursuant to God’s Spirit within a Man that makes (life in the Spirit) walking in the Spirit attainable.

It is folly therefore and indeed funny, for anyone to conceive and pursue life in the Spirit without being indwelt and directed by the Holy Spirit. It is this attempt to live the life of God without the Spirit of God that portends the massive enlistment of caricature Christians (sorry no abuse intended) who carry a form but are lacking power that backs the lifestyle they seek to project. This is abysmal.

Beloved, take good notice of how God thought to raise His people, He said, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them…” The path to attaining God’s commanded is clearly marked here, “my spirit within you” takes foremost precedence and priority. Notice the effect of “my spirit within you”: It goes to say “and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezek. 36:27).  Walk in the Spirit is our enablement by the indwelling Spirit of God to walk (live by) in the Statutes of God so to keep His judgements and do them.

The bane of carnality in Spirit filled Christians is the neglect of the promptings of the indwelling Holy Spirit to walk in the Spirit. It is the neglect of the “causing” by the Spirit to walk in God’s statutes that congregates people who are spirit filled but not spirit controlled. This is the focus of Paul’s admonition to the Galatian Christians when he said, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25)

Beloved, living in the spirit is clearly evident, it introduces itself by its effect, the “causing by the Spirit” that makes the Christian walk (live) by the statutes of God, keeping His judgements, the determination by God of what is true and right and compelling grace on the Christian to carry out (do) the instructions of God. This is walking in the Spirit. It is the physical evidence of inward leading by the Holy Ghost about which a Christian would confess as Jesus did, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way. For the Father dearly loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will be filled with wonder.” (John 5:19-21AMP).

Beloved, if we live in the Spirit, we by the Spirit gain access to know what the Father want us to do and do them; we essentially are walking not as we would have walked but as God does through God’s Spirit.

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This is Thy Praise

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Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. Psalm (67:5-6)

The Universe is governed, maintained and sustained by laws. It is the effect and impact of these laws in their operations that maintains the balance and the structure of our environment and the generality of the Universe including the galaxies. It is important to take notice of this truth.

A law is a pronouncement, command, verdict, order or edict enacted or declared by an authorized body or person to bring a binding effect into operation. The existence of Law brings about predictable behavior or recurring pattern of events; it creates alignment and uniformity, it’s without discrimination bias or prejudiced. The existence of law guarantees perpetuity and posterity.  When you perform the demands of a law, you natural invoke is protection and provisions.

Where there is no law or command concerning a subject, there is no bind rule, protection or provision in its respect and in effect there is no order or streamlined process.

About our World and the Universe for instance, the Bible says ; “Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass” (Psalm 148:1-6).  Notice how the Bible says they were created, by…“a decree which shall not pass”,  the AMP says “He made a decree which shall not pass away [He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed over]. (Psalm 148:6). The Law by which the Universe was created is the same law that maintains in existence, continuance and preservation. How good to understand that law make things work.

Now when we need to operate a system or derive its benefit, it is important to know and understand its operative law, engage the law and the benefits naturally flow. Considers sowing and reaping for instance, the Bible says “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Gal. 6:7 AMP) This is simply marvelous ; to know that when we sow, we shall reap…so if anyone needs reaping, the natural and initial step is to sow…and by law; reaping is inevitable.

Consider for a moment the governing law that makes the yields in reaping possible;  “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. Psalm (67:5-6).

When we Praise the God of creation, our yield is guaranteed, praise makes the earth yield her increase and we see the blessings of God abounding in our lives…let the people praise the LORD.

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Being Fruitful

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Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

The judgment, verdict, conclusion, law, precepts, commandments, expectations, etc. of God are products of God’s Divine Nature. This understanding is basic to our partaking of the Divine Nature of God.

This point is clearly clarified and illustrated when Jesus said to some Pharisees, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (Matt. 12:34-35 NIV). Take notice of the question Jesus started with, “how can you who are evil…” say anything good? This is a grave and deep statement of which we may glean enormous benefits if carefully explored and extrapolated.

Words, conclusions, inferences and judgments are “tainted” by respective Nature.  Everyone sees through his/her lenses. This is key and crucial. Notice further how Jesus clarified Himself, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.  What an assertion.  And we know whatever Jesus says about a subject is the truth about that subject. That notice must not infuriate anyone but rather inform and preform everyone. This understanding will and must help everyone to validate the platform from which our judgment are fabricated, extradite what is not according to the truth and be joined to the reasoning of truth.  Jesus puts it thus, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” (Matt. 12:33 NIV)

Beloved, gaining this background, how can God being good say anything bad; therefore? We must realize, apprehend, grasp the Nature of God to understand and tolerate the judgments and commandments of God “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. God is good and His mercies endureth “(Psalm 100:5 KJV)  therefore all His commandments and commitments are borne and  delivered by His Good nature – I love to understand this!!!

God being good therefore will not require anything less neither will anyone who claims His Nature be different. God requires us to be God good natured and the only way anyone can integrate the nature of God is to assimilate, ingest, digest, and adapt God’s Word. That is the only way.

Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 KJV. Beloved, the pride and glory of our shared nature with God is measured by the volume and abounding riches of Good works that generates continuing thanksgiving to the Glory of God through us. That is our call and mandate.

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds…”  Paul wrote to Timothy and that charge persists

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Planted as Trees

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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:28 KJV)

God made Man to be fruitful. God’s end or purpose in the creation of Man was for Man to be Fruitful. It is this purpose (of being Fruitful) that defines and denotes the true and cherished existence of Man. Gaining and owning the understanding of this grand objective would motivate and provoke every man to pursue and realize the set goal.

It is contextual to gain the notice of the first set of words Man heard at creation; “Be Fruitful…”; these two words must trigger a ring tone in our existence as the primary mission for being made or alive. We have a Mandate (an official order to perform a task), a commission and an assignment to be Fruitful. A mandate to bring forth yield and produce to the delight and pleasure of God who so assigned.

As we live and progress through life, this charge ought to remain central to our reflections, contemplations and adulation as the core and essence of our being here. This is a charge and a mission to pursue and accomplish – Praise the Lord. To pursue and perpetuate this noble call and course, we must understand the importance of the Mandate to God, the process and path to realize the objective.

In God’s giving the Mandate, God desired and designed Man to gain dominion, subdue and replenish the earth; for God said about creating Man, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26 KJV). To operate in dominion, Man must necessarily be fruitful. Being fruitful confers the means to gain dominance and influence.

This was aptly illustrated by the growth of Israel in Egypt.  The Bible says, “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:” (Exo. 1:7-10 KJV). Being fruitful made Israel “more and mightier” thus becoming a threat to the Egyptians.

Beloved, let us awake and pursue this urgent and premier assignment of God, for He said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…”. We shall surely please God and inherit God’s plan by so doing. Praise the Lord.

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Fruitfulness

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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:28 KJV)

God made Man to be fruitful. God’s end or purpose in the creation of Man was for Man to be Fruitful. It is this purpose (of being Fruitful) that defines and denotes the true and cherished existence of Man. Gaining and owning the understanding of this grand objective would motivate and provoke every man to pursue and realize the set goal.

It is contextual to gain the notice of the first set of words Man heard at creation; “Be Fruitful…”; these two words must trigger a ring tone in our existence as the primary mission for being made or being alive. We have a Mandate (an official order to perform a task), a commission and an assignment to be Fruitful. A mandate to bring forth yield and produce to the delight and pleasure of God who so assigned.

As we live and progress through life, this charge ought to remain central to our reflections, contemplations and adulation as the core and essence of our being here. This is a charge and a mission to pursue and accomplish – Praise the Lord. To pursue and perpetuate this noble call and course, we must understand the importance of the Mandate to God, the process and path to realize the objective.

In God’s giving the Mandate, God desired and designed Man to gain dominion, subdue and replenish the earth; for God said about creating Man, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26 KJV). To operate in dominion, it is necessary that man be fruitful. Being fruitful confers the means to gain dominance and influence.

This was aptly illustrated by the growth of Israel in Egypt.  The Bible says, “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:” (Exo. 1:7-10 KJV). Being fruitful made Israel “more and mightier” thus becoming a threat to the Egyptians.

Beloved, let us awake and pursue this urgent and premier assignment of God, for He said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…”. We shall surely please God and inherit God’s plan by so doing. Praise the Lord.

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And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God (Luke 17:15 KJV)

We must learn and know to glorify God. In the context of the referenced scripture, our blessed Savior illustrated the need and blessing in glorifying God. Ten lepers had met the Lord Jesus and had been divinely impacted that they experienced a cleansing by the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

Sin is a term or form of spiritual leprosy; sin denotes leprosy spiritually. This is the state of everyman. According to the scriptures, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) In that state, all men were separated from God, opposed to the nature of God and could not approach unto God except by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is about this rescue and cleansing that the Bible says, “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Notice the Bible says, “in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God:” this is the salvation plan that Jesus brought and delivered.  Being cleansed from the leprosy of sin and justified by faith we are reconciled unto God but must now live a life that glorifies God.

Ten represents responsibility or completeness of order. Take for instance the Ten commandments, they codified the complete order of God’s demand of man or the responsibility of Man toward God. The Ten lepers represented Man’s colossal failure at fulfilling God’s righteous demands but Jesus came to cleanse Man from the stain and guilt of sin…“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25 KJV).

Now being justified by Faith, like that one leper who returned to give thanks to Jesus Christ, we need and must return in newness of life to live and lead a lifestyle that glorifies God. This is the “thanksgiving’ fit and required of us. The Bible actually describes it thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Beloved, having received cleansing from the nature and rule of sin that had separated us from God, we must return to God to serve Him in a newness of life that glorifies God as a worthy and deserving thanksgiving to Him who restored us to Himself…this is our reasonable service.

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Call to Glory

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And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Luke 5:10

Jesus came to call and relocate us from the low and lowly place to a high and noble place. He came to give us glory, color and honor. Prior to Peter’s encounter with Jesus, Peter encounter loss and wasted time and venture. According to Peter himself, “…we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5 KJV). Peter and his team had labored, worked and groan under the burden and hardship of long harrowing night without result until Jesus the Lord of Glory met with them.

The story of Peter and his team clearly depicts the distressing and disturbing limitation of human effort barring the interaction with the presence and partnership of the Great God. Man will always labor without result. This must wear out and wear off anyone, but Jesus has a greater and nobler call to everyone who will heed his call and partner with Him. He came to bring us to Glory.

Jesus came to introduce and relocate us to a life of honor, full of glory. In the reference context; Peter and others “were gone out of them and were washing their nets.” (Luke 5:2). They had concluded the day’s event and were wrapping up. They were washing their nets, had concluded and completed the fishing circle for the day and were about to retire until they met Jesus that good day and He said; “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” (Luke 5:4 KJV) At that remark, Jesus was not unclear or uncertain of the outcome of Peter’s reliance on the Word.

The glory of the saints is relying on the Word of God. We must understand that The Word of God is not a remark or mere comment, it is not a wish or desire; it is exactly what it is. The Word of God creates what God says. Praise the Lord.  Gaining this truth must motivate us to seek God’s Word and desire Him to speak to us on any and every life’s concern or subject. Because once God speaks; it is done as He says. Jesus would afterwards call Peter to a greater call and venture of catching men. This is a call to honor to partner with God in sharing the glorious gospel and bringing men into the glorious and blessed kingdom of God.

Sure, it is good to be under God. Would you consider this “good” place and be free, exempted and let off the lower abyss of the wicked devil where labor and toil exist? We can choose. After all Peter, James and John chose also to follow Jesus to get to that high mountain apart by themselves…come apart also, follow Jesus and He will take you to High points of Life, full and resplendent of color and Glory. It is a call to glory to serve the True and Living God. Arise and shine…they forsook all and followed him.

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The Best Robe

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But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Luke 15:22 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without color or color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and impact. Arise and return.

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Wisdom’s Role in God’s Works

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Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich (Job 39:13)

There is deep thought beneath every work of God.

Our God is not thoughtless, impulsive or impetuous. God is infinite in His understanding and in wisdom does he all His works. The Bible says about the thoughts and the depth of God’s understanding; “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36).

There is a thought; and a depth of matchless understanding behind everything God does…no one is up to giving God counsel. He is rich in counsel and His counsel is both exceeding and enriching.

This knowledge and understanding of God’s thoughtfulness and superior wisdom is the panacea for trusting and obeying Him. Except one gains this truth, one may easily construe God as inept or out-of-tune with reality.  Consider how the Bible relates this, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (I Cor. 2:14). A natural or rational person can simply not tolerate, retain or explore the wisdom of God; the ways of God is just out of such a person’s reach; way above his thoughts.

Beloved, to gain all God can deliver; we must have the mind and thoughts of God. God makes it clear and definite that man’s thought is far from being his thoughts, as the Bible puts it: God said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Except we depart from the way beneath, the path of foolishness that natural man term rational or sensible; we cannot attain the precinct realm of true reality accessible only in God.

Consider this for a moment, in the realm of God’s rational reality, what is not He called as if they were…and they be (Romans 4:17).

Unlike any other in human history, the story of Job illustrated the tug between God and Satan, and Job being unaware of the details around his detriments wondered and wandered in the abyss of his despair  until, “The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,… Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich (Job 39:13).

Beloved, it does not matter what life has brought or become, God can provide you with goodly wings to emerge colorfully and victoriously. God says, He provided the goodly wings of the peacock for her…for a definite purpose and a determined end; I can testify that God will provide for the good and necessary purpose for which you and I will require wings for escape, refuge or nurture in Jesus Name.

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Wisdom Works

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And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? (Mark 6:2)

Wisdom is one of the distinctive features of a spiritual person as in righteousness, peace, joy. These virtues like distinguishing features of male and female natural beings do extricate a Spirit born from a natural born. A natural born is sensual and earthly but a Spirit born is Spiritual and Heavenly. A natural born picks and interprets signs and clues by his natural senses (common senses) but a Spirit born does not walk by sight but the Faith – reliance on Spiritual signals (Praise the Lord) When we become born again, the Bible says “…we are born of the Spirit” (John 3:6). Issued or emerged from the womb of the Spirit. A people or beings “…who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13). The Bible further describes born again beings as a peculiar people, unusual, atypical, unconventional, odd or simply put aliens – not of this earthly terrain but Heavenly. The Kingdom of God therefore is essentially composed of Spirit birthed specie of beings; a people with unique operating system that operates and delivers unique products classified as “out of this World” Praise the Lord!!! This is the backdrop of the astonishment that accompany the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; the first born among many brethren who are born of the Spirit. He was teaching in the synagogue and many hearing Him perceived authority, life, government and power in His Words. His Words were finely distilled; no one could claim misunderstanding Him, the Words were effectual, piercing and refining. The Words were Truth and redemptive – the people were revived and renewed. Joy filled their soul; they felt released, liberated and unconstrained. These are the elements of the Word of Wisdom; consider how the Bibles describes it; “The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].” (Prov. 18:4 AMP) Beloved, this is the inheritance of the Saints and their mandate – to be life givers. About them include you and I, the Bible says, “And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. (Obadiah 1:21). These Saviors are the Saints of the Almighty God who shall establish and enforce the order of His God’s government. This Wisdom manifests itself not only in sparkling, fresh, pure and life-giving Words but also in mighty works. You and I are not only to speak Words but do Works also. Concerning Jesus the Lord, the Bible says, “…mighty works were wrought by His hands” (Mark 6:2)

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The Wisdom of God

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But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1 Cor. 2:7 KJV) Wisdom is of God. God possesses Wisdom. The Bible says of Wisdom, “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. “ Prov 8:22-24 KJV) God is the source and spring of God. The Bible identifies our God as the only wise God to whom be honor and glory for ever and ever. (1 Tim. 1:17 KJV). Honor and glory always accompany Wisdom. “The wise…”, the Bible says, “…shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools” (Prov. 3:35 KJV). Whenever we walk in the Wisdom of God, Glory is the natural result. Concerning the source of wisdom, the Bible says, “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction[b] and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to the Human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:20-28 KJV). Notice the Bible says, “God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells”. This is an important note about the source and spring of wisdom, the Bible further asserts that, “the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6 KJV) A pointer to the embrace and acquisition of Wisdom. “The Lord giveth wisdom”. As we relate, fellowship and interact closely with the Lord, the more of His nature and virtue we embrace and encounter. Notice also that, “out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”; The Word of God (…out of his mouth) is the crucible of knowledge and understanding. God does all His works by wisdom and so requires all His Children to walk in Wisdom. The Wisdom of God is a mystery; unknown and closed to a natural or brute, instinctual person rather it is open to the children of God who are Spirit filled and controlled. This wisdom of God is what God ordained for the promotion and glory of the Saints. It is the Wisdom of God that “makes one blameless and harmless… sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world;” (Phil. 2:15 KJV). Beloved, let us walk closely and connected with the Lord that we may derive Wisdom “that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17 KJV) This wisdom is the Wisdom of God ordained for the glory of the Saints. It is this Wisdom that differentiates the saints from the pack and makes us lead the pack. Praise the Lord!

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What is Wisdom?

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Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matt. 7:24

Definition is the process of describing the intrinsic quality, element or character of a subject, something or someone. It is the brief and precise statement that clearly and unambiguously states the distinctiveness of a subject. Definition clarifies the fact; it highlights value and imparts understanding. Definition marks distinction, highlight differences and project clarity. When proper definition is gained, the clarity serves decision making and insightful selection. What has often led to bad decision and poor judgment in relation to a subject may often be traced to lack of definition or its inaccurate interpretation. Until one gains clear, unambiguous and definite representation of a subject, it is impossible to come to its in-depth conclusion or attain its reality. Definition is interpretation. It is the interpretation, clarification, explanation, elucidation, illumination of the latent, dominant and covert value of a subject. Consider what the Bible says, “Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. (Eccl. 8:1) This backdrop perhaps will help clarify why wisdom is numerously defined and severally described. Wisdom has been so defined in many words, statement and postulations that it is unlikely to gain any clarity about its meaning. Preaching in the Synagogue on a certain Sabbath and many hearing Him, the audience was astonished at the saying of The Lord Jesus and wondered, “…what wisdom is this which is given unto him,…” marking the fact that the Wisdom being displayed by Jesus was quite unlike the wisdom they had understood or defined. The Words, and Works of Jesus Christ had a high dimension of impact and branding that were beyond what they ever knew. The Words and Works of Jesus beating not only their imagination but also their definition…what Jesus was doing could not be defined. They exclaimed; “What Wisdom is this…” What then is Wisdom? The most appropriate glossary to locate the interpretation, clarification, explanation, elucidation, illumination of what Wisdom is must be the compendium of Wisdom itself – The Bible. To seek or meddle for Wisdom anywhere else is to lack the definition of Wisdom. Consider what the Bible says, “the holy scriptures …are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:15). Now the holy scriptures…are able to make one wise but Wisdom is doing what the holy scriptures says because “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) Wisdom is doing what God says!

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The Wonders of God’s Grace

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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:11-12)

The Grace of God is the proof of God’s marvelous kindness to Man. About the love and care of God to Man, the Bible says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:8-10 NIV). Notice God demonstrates, commends, extends and proves His love to us in while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him by His own provision, at His own expense that we should be saved from His wrath. This is a great gift and the grace of God.

This demonstration of God’s love and offering of Grace is the basis for Man’s reinstatement and restoration to fellowship with God and the glory Man had lost by disobedience to the commandment of God. Having been saved from God’s wrath by reconciliation through the death of Jesus Christ, God also preserved us being saved through the life of our Lord Jesus Christ being taught to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; by the same Grace that brought us reconciliation that we might retain our salvation. It is important that we note and understand that the Grace of God does not only offer us redemption but also empowers us to maintain the salvation so freely offered.

The life and ministry of Apostle Paul so clearly illustrated the proficient ability of God’s grace both to save and teach in the way of salvation. According to Paul, “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. (1 Cor. 15:9-10 KJV)

Notice, Paul ascribed his salvation to the grace of God, for “I do not deserve to be called an apostle” because as an enemy of God (like every man) he persecuted the Church of Jesus Christ but the Grace of God redeemed and reinstate him to fellowship with God and being redeemed, the Grace of God so taught him that he worked harder than all others yet not him but the Grace of God that was with him.

Beloved, the note and notice here is that the grace of God that offers us salvation also provides us help (teaching) on how to work out the salvation so provided to us.  The grace of God according to the scriptures, teaches “us to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [lives with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age, awaiting and confidently expecting the

[fulfillment of our]

blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:12-14 AMP). Grace also prepares us for the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. We thank God for the Grace of God

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This is Thy Praise

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Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. (Psalm 146:1 KJV)

God created Man as a living soul. When God was creating the Heavens and the Earth, on the sixth day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. “(Gen. 1:26-27 KJV).  Man was God’s planned and thoughtful creation.

God had a design; “in our image, after our likeness”; God said;and a grand purpose in mind; “let them have dominion…over all the earth”. So, God created man in his own image. We must always reflect on this grand picture to view ourselves and the purpose for being on the earth. We were made after a design that bears God’s image and a grand course to fulfill God’s purpose.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7 KJV) Man had the breath of God in Man and by that breath, Man became a living soul. Man, unlike other creations has a nature or character of God in him that makes Man alive, that nature and feature distinguished and classified Man as a unique creation from all other creations on the earth.

The Psalmist would later reflect on the thoughtfulness and goodness of God to Man and said, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:1-4 NIV).

Beloved, God is thoughtful and mindful of you and me. He has good and rich thoughts concerning us; He designed and desired Man for glory, honor and dominion. We are His prized and valued creation and possession. Unlike other creations, God speaks and relates with Man; in Eden God would come in the cool of the day to relate and fellowship with Man and in these latter days; God dwells in you and me who would accept His redemption plan in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God delights in Man, it is upon this and God’s rich blessing on Man that every Man should ascribe worship, honor and glory to the God of Heaven who richly blesses us with all things.

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” (Psalm 146:1-2 KJV)

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Exploring the Grace of God

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9 KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ asserts that His Grace is enough, adequate, suitable and sufficient to overcome all lives issues and contentions. We must therefore glean learning from the exploration and composition of Grace to derive help as we may both need and require it.

The Bible says something of note when it says; “…we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16 KJV). Notice there is “grace to help in time of need.”.  It is upon this notice that we must learn to explore the Grace of God to find the help we may need from time to time.

In Paul’s life’s encounter, he was fraught by a challenge he described “as a thorn in the flesh by the messenger of Satan to buffet me”. To buffet, torment, pound, or plague could be a very excruciating experience concerning which by his account, he “besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” But The Lord said to him to rather look up and look into His Grace for…that is what he, Paul needed. As the Lord said to Paul, so He says to you and me to always explore Grace to find help in time of need. If The Lord says “grace is sufficient’, then it is truly sufficient if we find it.

 Man, typically wants to boast in natural capacity and ability; the carnal or natural person wants to assert and assume his on strength as being sufficient. Paul had hinted that had that messenger of satan not being there buffet him, he would otherwise be “exalted beyond measure”, would have become proud and self-conceited.  Now, the Bible says, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (Gal. 5:4 KJV). God’s grace does not flow or attend to those who gratify themselves in their own strength for by strength shall no man prevail. Grace is inoperable to those who seek to excel by their own strength.

Beloved, Grace is the source and basis of life’s triumph and victory. God designed His Grace to help and aid us; we must not look to ourselves for sufficiency. The Bible, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” (2 Cor. 3:5 KJV). We must never arrogate human attempts or strength above the strength available through the Grace of God for by His Grace alone are we sufficient. Let’s us look up to the Grace of God…always.

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Our Father

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And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33 KJV)

Grace is the riches of God’s goodness and favor to earn and relish the salvation offered by the Good will of God. It is the expression of God’s goodness to cure shame, lack, ill and the malady of the wicked. Grace is the hand of God upon someone to perform supernatural feats.

When our Lord Jesus Christ was born, the Bible says, “…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:13-14 KJV) The expressed “good will” is the Grace of God toward men that seek to redeem every man from the peril and damnation of wickedness to the eternal bliss of God’s goodness and kindness. This Grace is packaged in our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

About the Grace of God, Apostle Paul in his Epistle to Titus says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” (Titus 2:11-12 KJV) We find salvation as the content of the Grace of God. Grace is God’s offering for salvation from every insidious craftiness of the devil to deceive and destroy. Grace is released by God to aid and relieve man from the oppressive tyranny of the wicked and settle man in the glorious freedom of God’s favored children.

We inherit Grace through our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth… And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17 KJV). Notice of his fulness have we all received…; of that in Him have we derived, obtained or participated grace for grace. It is the Grace of God that establishes and launches every man into the riches of God’s goodness and salvation. 

In the formation and operation of the early Church as recorded in the Bible, the Grace of God was the active driver of the outreach and exploit of the Church… with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. The Great Grace of God was upon every one of them…” Neither was there any among them that lacked” by the Grace of God.

Beloved, the Grace of God is the active element of our salvation, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8 KJV) The salvation derived from the Grace of God is able and sufficient to rescue from every ill and vice that seek to oppress, depress and suppress one. The Grace of God is God’s hand of salvation revealed in our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must actively engage the Grace of God to gain salvation and find help as we may need or require from time to time. We derive Grace through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…for by Grace are we saved through faith (Eph. 2:8 KJV). Praise the Lord!!!

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The Riches Of His Grace

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That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Eph. 2:7-8)

Good knowledge and understanding of God’s redemption plan and package offered through our Lord Jesus is the most crucial factor to inheriting the exceeding riches of God’s Grace so delivered. We need to know it to enjoy it. It is the residence of this knowledge that commends one’s confident approach on to God.

Due to the consciousness of the Law and its eminent call for retribution, the whelming feeling of guilt has continued to alienate many from the surpassing riches of God’s Grace and rupture the confidence necessary to approach God without petrifying feeling of reprisal; this ought not to be so. The feeling is both unfounded and unnecessary; it is a mere fickle and insolent caprice to ensnare the uniformed.

This is the truth and basis for the Salvation of God; God initiated a reconciliation plan to reinstate Man into relationship with Him through peace means offered and delivered by the Lord Jesus Christ that being justified by Faith in Jesus Christ, righteousness is (now) imputed being  excluded from the works of the law about which Man abysmally failed. It is this imputed righteous through Faith that many could not assimilate or tolerate. They are deceived to believe, God could not be so forgiving (as Man is not as forgiving).  Beloved, do not be deceived.

Consider what the Bible says; “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:17-21 KJV)

Notice, God “…hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ…” and also employed Ministers to whom He has committed the ministry of reconciliation to spread this Good news (Gospel). That God punishes sin is true but, He has put the punishment for our sins on the Lord Jesus Christ by His crucifixion on the cross. God’s vengeance against our sins was thus satisfied. We are thereby cleared to stand before Him without inference to any wrong doing or nature when we approach God in Jesus Christ in whom we are now justified. Notice the word Justified is “justice satisfied”. It will be unjust of God to again (now) punish when justice is already served and satisfied (in Jesus Christ)

The Bibles puts it thus, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” (Romans 3:23-28 NIV).  Let’s gain this truth and approach God with the confidence He inspires.

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The Voice of Shepherd

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Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (Psalm 95:8 KJV)

God speaks and he deserves to be heard and obeyed. It is a very cruel act to disobey God or be hard hearted towards God. We need to referentially understand this to apply and comply.

To be hard heart is to shut one’s heart to the Word or promptings of God, to ignore or neglect the nudging of the Spirit to align with His leading. We need to avoid any occasion that instigates one against The Lord. Beloved be wise.

As Believers; and God being Invisible, we only interact with God by His Word. It is our hearing and relying on the Word spoken to us by God that makes our relations with God real and existent. No one can claim relation with God without the evidently relying on the Word of God. Indeed, what makes anyone a Believer; is the reliance on the Word of God by such person.

It is important to mention that, one’s belief in God without reliance on the Word of God makes one an unbeliever. We must understand this; one cannot claim belief in God and not rely on God’s Word. True Believers are not those who believe God is (exists) rather those who believe (rely) on the Word of God thereby validating their belief that God is. This is the key.

The Bible says something of note in this regard, “Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands…The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” (James 2:19-23 MSG). We cannot claim belief in God without doing what God says. In essence, it is good to understand that one denies God when one disobeys, disdains, scorns or holds His Word in contempt.

We need to take God at His Word and for His Word, God is very serious and cognitive of every Word He speaks to and would not hold anyone guiltless that neglects, disdains or ignores His Words, He sees it as unbelief.

The Bible says, “Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?(Amos 3:4-8KJV)

God does not speak for fun beloved, “So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings (Heb. 12:25MSG)

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Found Sheep

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How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? (Matt. 18:12 KJV)

According to the Scriptures, “The Lord Jesus came to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 KJV).  It is a painful and hurtful feeling to lose a precious item. Sheep are dare and costly to the Shepherd. There is a dare and special relationship between the Sheep and the Shepherd. A relationship that is special and preferred. The Shepherd lovingly and carefully nurse and cater for flock.

It is typical therefore for the Shepherd to reckon and account for every sheep every day. About the sheep, the Bible says of the Lord Jesus Christ; “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”  Notice, He knows His sheep; he can speak and account for the sheep. He knows the state and status of every sheep. He can speak for and about every sheep. This is a unique and special attribute of the Shepherd. He knows every one of the sheep of the flock and has special care and interest for each of them. He is as concerned for one as he is for another.

On a certain occasion, Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” (Luke 19:5 KJV). a man marked and considered a notorious sinner by the community but Jesus (The Good Shepherd cared for him differently). About Jesus’ visit to Zacchaeus house, the Bible says, “when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.” But Jesus said, “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9-10 KJV). Jesus did not share the sentiment of the people about Zacchaeus being a sinner but rather as a sheep lost but now found. This is a unique and loving attribute of the Shepherd. He is loving and compassionate about the sheep and is committed to bring the sheep back to the fold.

It is important to note that it is painful and tragic for the sheep to be lost. This is the experience of every lost sheep: the lost sheep is vulnerable, defenseless and open to the debauchery of the predator. It is about this dangerous and hazardous exposure that the Shepherd is most concerned. The Shepherd cares for the wellness and wellbeing of the Sheep from the aggression and onslaught of the enemy. When the Sheep is found, The Bible says, “he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.” (Matt. 18:13 KJV). The rejoicing of the Shepherd over the found Sheep than the ninety and nine was not of preference but rather of reference to the relief and reprieve of finding the sheep alive.

Beloved, let us keep the flock and stay in the fold. There is imminent danger and hazard for the strayed sheep; the wolf does not spare the sheep rather it devours and consumes the sheep. When we abide in the sheepfold, the care and the attention of the Shepherd provides grace, comfort and security for the Sheep and there is peace and rejoicing in the Shepherd because of the wellness and safety of every Sheep. None shall be lost in Jesus Name. (Amen)

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The leading of the Shepherd

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And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:4 KJV)

The primary role of the shepherd is to cater for the welfare and wellness of the flock. As the shepherd plays this role, he leads the flock to a haven of pasture and water for the upkeep of the sheep. According to Scriptures, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2 KJV). Notice, the Shepherd “maketh” the sheep to lie down in green pastures and he leadeth the sheep beside the still waters. The Shepherd in a sense is the primary care giver for the sheep.

As the primary care giver, the Shepherd goes ahead of the Sheep, to seek and secure what is both good and comfortable for the sheep. He is primarily concerned for the upkeep, wellness and security of the sheep and they rest, trust for care and safety from the Shepherd. The Psalmist says, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV). The sheep has a sense of security when the shepherd is near and around.

As the Shepherd has a duty to lead, so does the Sheep have the duty to follow. The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27 KJV). It is in the Sheep’s following of the Shepherd that the sheep find the delight and security most needed. This is an important notice. Should the sheep not follow the shepherd, the sheep will wander to jeopardy and desolation. The Sheep must know the voice of the Shepherd and follow.

About the children of Israel being led through the treacherous wilderness on the traverse from Egypt to the promised land, the Bible says, “And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV), God led them and as they followed Him, they were safe and secured. The Bible says, “He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.” (Psalm 106:9-11 KJV).

Beloved, we are safe and secure under the care of God, but we must endeavor to follow. To follow warrants and requires giving up one’s wisdom, choice and preference for the promptings and guidance of the leader, the Shepherd. The Shepherd takes responsibility for direction and the sheep enjoys the benefit and blessings of the safety and security that comes with this leadership. This is our inheritance in Jesus Christ as our Shepherd; the good Shepherd. We must trust and obey the Good Shepherd; He knows what to do and how to do what. We must be comfortable with the knowledge of His keen care for us; hearkening to the voice of His command as He directs. Praise the Lord

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My Mother

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And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! (Matt. 12:49 KJV).

We are the kinsfolk of Jesus as His disciples. This is an important and heavily weighted statement and revelation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the context and background leading to our Lord Jesus making this statement, He had been informed by someone, “…Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.” (Matt. 12:47 KJV) allude by that statement and call to the Lord Jesus to stop Him from talking to the people and grant attention to His mother and brethren who were standing or waiting to speak with Him. But Jesus redirected the attention from His mother and brethren toward His disciples saying “…Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt. 12:49-50 KJV).

This is a very important statement for our notice and contemplation. Doing the will of God makes one a kinsfolk of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures is the Son of God and when He came, He repeatedly asserted “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30 KJV), His drive and motivation were always to please God and do His will. At one instance, Jesus’ disciples had gone to get food that they would eat and according to the Scriptures were weary of the journey and besought Jesus, “…saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore, said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:31-34 KJV). Notice the highlight about the will of God (again) in Jesus’s reply to the disciples. “My meat (food)…” He said was to do the will of God and complete God’s assignment to Him.

The Lord Jesus was both focused and committed to the work assigned to Him and was urgent to do the will of God showing us an example of how important and necessary it is to do the will of God and to finish our assignment. The only people of interest to the Lord Jesus Christ were people committed to doing the will of God. This must also be important to us. The Lord Jesus would say to the Father, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4 KJV).

Beloved, we glorify God when we please Him. When we pursue and commit to doing our respective God assigned tasks and assignments and to finish the Work (doing His will), we are counted as kinsfolk of our Lord Jesus Christ. He identified such crop of people as my mother and my brethren (Matt. 12:49). This is a great testimony.

As we rejoice and share the joy and felicitations of Mothers’ day, let us undertake also the goodwill of pleasing God in all we do as would our Lord Jesus Christ thereby confirming being His brethren. The family of God is everyone who does the will of God. As parents, mothers, let us pursue doing the will of God as our primary goal and in so doing, inherit His pleasure. Congratulations and Happy Mothers’ day.

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The Good Shepherd

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I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11 KJV

The Lord Jesus came to introduce God to us and His Kingdom; in the course of His mandate He made himself known to Man also. But being in the form and fashion of a Man, His own people did not receive Him. How often they doubt and disputed His claims and assertions all because they do not know Him; for “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:11-12 KJV)

According to the Bible, Jesus said, “…I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? (John 6:35-42 KJV).  Notice how they murmured at him and would not believe Him but rather measured our Blessed Lord after their carnal and natural course, saying we know his father and mother. This is the bane and blight of their unbelief.

Jesus further introduced Himself as the Good Shepherd when He said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him. “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.” (John 10:11-18 AMP)

Beloved, we must receive and accept the testimony of Christ about Himself to us; He came to save and rescue us; He laid down His life for our rescue and salvation. What a blessed notice and knowledge to gain and receive. He is the true and good shepherd of the sheep. The sooner one gains this truth the better and joyful life becomes, for He only and truly cares for His sheep. Notice something He said, “This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life” God recognized and approved Him for what He did, we shall do well to receive His love and testimony for our sanity and salvation. The good shepherd cares for, protects and preserves the life of the sheep to the delight and pleasure of God our Father. Thank you, Jesus. 

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Boldness

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Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)

A good knowledge and understanding of God’s redemption plan and package offered through our Lord Jesus is the most crucial factor to inheriting the exceeding riches of God’s Grace so delivered. We need to know it to enjoy it. It is the residence of this knowledge that commends one’s confident approach on to God.

Due to the consciousness of the Law and its eminent call for retribution, the whelming feeling of guilt has continued to alienate many from the surpassing riches of God’s Grace and enchant the confidence necessary to approach God without petrifying feeling of reprisal; this ought not to be so. The feeling is both unfounded and unnecessary; it is a mere fickle and insolent caprice to ensnare the uninformed.

This is the truth and basis for the Salvation of God; God initiated a reconciliation plan to reinstate Man into relationship with Him through peace means offered and delivered by the Lord Jesus Christ that being justified by Faith in Jesus Christ, righteousness is (now) imputed being  excluded from the works of the law about which Man abysmally failed. It is this imputed righteous through Faith that many could not assimilate or tolerate. They are deceived to believe, God could not be so forgiving (as Man is not as forgiving).  Beloved, do not be deceived.

Consider what the Bible says; “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:17-23 KJV)

Notice, God “…hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ…” and also employed Ministers to whom He has committed the ministry of reconciliation to spread this Good news (Gospel). That God punishes sin is true but, He has put the punishment for our sins on the Lord Jesus Christ by His crucifixion on the cross. God’s vengeance against our sins was thus satisfied. We are thereby cleared to stand before Him without inference to any wrong doing or nature when we approach God in Jesus Christ in whom we are now justified. Notice the word Justified is “justice satisfied”. It will be unjust of God to again (now) punish when justice is already served and satisfied (in Jesus Christ)

The Bibles puts it thus, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. (Romans 3:23-28 NIV).  Let’s gain this truth and approach God with the confidence He inspires.

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Christ the Mediator

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All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18-19 KJV)

Jesus Christ came to reinstate, reconcile and restore Man to God. It is a blessed and glorious endowment to understand and assimilate this truth and appropriate its fortune. Jesus Christ came to abolish the enmity between God and Man; thereby removing the barrier and hostility that had limited and restricted God’s interaction and relation with Man. We thank God through our Lord Jesus 

According to the Scriptures, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph. 2:14-22 KJV)

By the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He abolished in his flesh the enmity; charting the way for us into fellowship with God; For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  It is a glorious and eternal blessing that the Lord Jesus obtained for us when He submitted Himself to the cruel death on the cross that we may inherit eternal life having satisfied the wrath and punishment against sins we committed. Truly, there is no greater love.

Having reconciled us onto God, He also conferred on us the inheritance of God’s children thereby granting us access to the boundless riches of God’s grace and blessing, having obtained the Spirit of adoption by Him. According to the Bible, “…but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;” (Romans 8:15-17 KJV)

The bountiful and glorious blessings of God’s riches through Christ to Man is doubtless matchless and incomparable. We must strive to gain and grow in the knowledge of this blessing to appropriate its riches and apply them to our lives having being so freely provided. It is upon its matchless benchmark that the Bible says about a man healed and to everyone who would be likewise be saved; “Be it known unto you all…that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12 KJV). Beloved, our salvation is in the victory purchased for us by Christ Jesus – Happy Resurrection Sunday   

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Ransom

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

The dominant intent of God for Man is to honor Man with His Life type – Eternal Life. This notion must both interest and delight everyman.  The gift of Eternal Life is the furthermost and surpassing proof of God’s love for you and I. No one else has it neither could anyone offer it.

It is this surpassing gesture of love and interest that elevate God’s concern for Man above any idol or object of worship Man may unadvisedly craft for himself. Nothing anywhere compares with the intent of God’s love for Man.

About God’s love and its demonstration to Man, the Bible says, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why?  Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16-18 MSG)

Notice how sweet a “song” that goes, God proved His love, concern and interest for Man by offering what is most personal and dearest to Him;  “his one and only Son”  about whom He voiced “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (John 3:16 MSG)  but His love for you and me constrained Him to prove the ingenuity of His care and readiness to do what it takes to share Life type.

God is not foolish, irrational or thoughtless about the offering of His Son for our ransom, He did it with the noblest motive that; “In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.” (John 3:15 MSG) –  It is for (my) Eternal life that God gave His Son and the Son gave His Life. We must gain the value of God in the Salvation plan He packaged and delivered to us so graciously lest anyone should fail of this Grace.

Eternal Life is the Life type of the Eternal God; it is this Life type that made God self-sustaining and ever existing. This Life type has only one nature: LIFE. It cannot be alloyed, corroded or polluted. It is pure LIFE. Anything it touches adopts its nature instantly and anything that touches it is torched by it – Life. This is chronic.

Beloved, this is what God offers you and me in Christ Jesus, Life. Eternal Life is God’s motivation for interaction with us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  See how Jesus puts it, “…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). No one could be more well-meaning, better motivated than God toward us. There is no greater insignia of care or concern than the atrium to Eternal Life offered by God through the Lord Jesus Christ – Come in!

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The Mediator

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For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. (Heb. 8:3 KJV)

The most precious, priceless and invaluable gift of God to man is Eternal life.

This Eternal life must be understood. It’s source, nature and maintenance. It is important that we understand a gift to draw value from it. How often one may be presented with a gift and lacking understanding of what the gift is or how to operate the gift leaves such one as if nothing of value was delivered or presented. In most cases such gift becomes redundant, occupies storage space, gathers dust and eventually becomes a nuisance making the best of goodwill extended by the giver of no effect. How often we have made great gift redundant being ignorant of its value.

Concerning the gift of God, the Bible clearly declared and delivered; “… the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Roman 6:23) As with the gift of God, only few understood the concept of death as God meant it or its truly is; and because death is not so understood; many are indeed dead yet professing to be alive being unaware of their true state.  

As in Adam, after he ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil concerning which the Lord had said, “…Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen. 2:16-17) Notice the strong and conclusive statement of the Lord; “…thou shalt surely die.”  That was both conclusive and verily true. At the fall, man had eaten of this tree and had indeed die but was yet breathing, talking and walking…after all, he could walk away to hide from God when he said, “… I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”  (Gen. 3:9-10) but man had surely died.  It is important to understand that man’s separation and restriction from the presence of God is the true death. Death is separation from God. Life is being (in the presence) with God. About this Life the Bible, “In Him was life; and the life is the light of men.”  (John 1:4) Man, as a result of the fall, died. Cast out of the presence of God and restricted from coming near God. About this state and condition the Bible says, “… at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” (Eph. 2:12) Man became without God in the World and so by this had truly died.

But God desired and delighted to dwell and interact with man, He began a process and delivered a model of His restoration and revival for man. The tabernacle was delivered to Moses, a symbol of God’s presence amongst His people with restrictions that limit access and frequency to the very presence of God – the Holy of Holies demarcated by a veil through which no man except the high priest can come and even the high priest can only come once a year and that not without blood to safe him from being destroyed by the presence of God. The Bible says “…into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:” (Heb. 9:7-10)

But when The Lord Jesus Christ came, He declared, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved….” (John 10:9) and at His death, “… the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matt. 27:51) signifying unrestricted and unrestrained access to God’s presence.

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The Signature of Creation

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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psalm 19:1 KJV)

All God’s works proclaim, declare, show forth the praise and glory of God. The exceeding and pervading honor, glory and beauty of God pervades everything that God does. Consider the proclamation of every day for instance; “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:2 KJV) The breaking forth of the Sun (everyday) is the doing of the Lord throughout the Earth and what a glorious story is told as such of God’s doing throughout the earth.  

At some time, the Bible says, “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” (Gen. 1:2 KJV) but this was not the doing of the Lord; the earth had become void and a product of the decimation of the wicked but God stepped in and began His wonderful works upon the earth (again). God began to put order and decency; the glorious outcome of this was the glorious earth about which the Bible says; “God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31 KJV). The product of all God’s doings is very good.

Everything God does is good and proclaims God’s glory. This is the mark and character of God’s works and doings. God does no evil; the Bible says, “Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity…Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.” (Job 34:10-12 KJV). God does not do evil but good and all His works do testify of Him.

The Bible further testifies; “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” (Psalm 145:9-14 KJV). Notice; “All thy works shall praise thee…and thy saints shall bless thee…”. Everything God does; witnesses for God. They testify of God’s marvelous doings and witness for His Glory.

Beloved, you and I, like all God’s works in all the earth are made (also) to show forth His glory in all the earth. As a product of His mercy and goodness, we are made for God’s glory to proclaim His goodness and manifest His greatness. About Jesus Ministry, He testified so loud of God that one asserted, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” (John 3:2 KJV). Let us like Jesus go forth…to show forth the glory and praises of Him who brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Praise ye the Lord.

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This is Thy Praise

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By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb. 13:15 KJV

We are saved and purchased for a purpose. God manifested His kindness to us to raise for Himself a Nation of people and kindred denoted and devoted to His Glory and Praise. This is our reasonable service and noble call.

The Bible says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV).  Having been brought out of darkness, shame, doom and gloom; we must apprehend the immense goodness that brought us into the grace wherein we now stand for The Lord Jesus according to the Bible, “purchased us by His blood.” (Acts. 20:28 KJV)

In honor and appreciation of God’s goodness and benevolence, we must give unto the Lord a continuous stream of appreciation for the marvelous work of grace He wrought to bring us salvation. It is about this honorable goal and role that the Bible says, “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Heb. 13:12-15 KJV). The fruit of our lips; giving of thanks to God is a necessary and continuous sacrifice; we must offer.

The Psalmist also says, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever: But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. (Psalm 92:1-8 KJV).

Beloved, A sacrifice as a willful surrender of a possession as an offering to God; so, must our praises of God be a willful surrender to honor and appreciate God for His kind goodness to us. Let us be thankful and praiseful of our God, knowing we owe it to Him. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and joyful appreciation for His loving kindness and goodness every day and everyway.

Praise ye the Lord.

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The Riches Of His Grace

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That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:7 KJV

There are exceeding, surpassing, exceptional and incomparable riches in the grace of God towards us. The Grace of God is the clear expression of God’s salvation plan and glorious tribute to His love to redeem us.

According to the Scriptures, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:6-11 KJV)

God’s outreach to us when we were yet without strength and were enemies of God but were reconciled to God by the death of his Son was the clear expression of God’s grace: surpassing, exceeding riches inherent to reconcile and reinstate us to God when we were in fact His enemies.

By this Grace, we obtained forgiveness of sins and restoration to the inheritance of God, to a nature and culture of God and His Kingdom. The Bible says, For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14 KJV). New life and lifestyle are products of God’s Grace in the life of the Believer, we do not only receive the forgiveness of sins by Grace, we are enabled to live a new and righteous life, teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live a life well pleasing unto God. These are inclusive blessings of the exceeding riches of the grace of God.

Beloved, let us grow in the Grace of God, looking diligently unto this Grace lest anyone fail of it rather let us draw near with unfeigned heart understanding that the Grace of God is for our salvation; the Riches of Grace being exceeding and abounding through faith in Jesus Christ for we are saved by Grace through Faith and that not of ourselves but the gift of God.

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Marvelous Light

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For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light (Ps. 36:9 KJV)

The Light about and around God is a product of His Person and Nature; that nature being His Holiness. According to the Scripture, God, “…only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:16 KJV). God is clothed with Light and this light is the glorious expression of His purity and Holiness that no Man has or can mimic or match. God is Holy.

About the purity of God, the Bible says something of note, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7 KJV). God is pure as Light. There is no shade or shadow of turning in God.

About the children of God, the Bible says, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV). Notice Bible says God called us out of darkness into his marvellous light; this is a translation from evil and dark nature of sin into the gloriously purity of the Holy nature of God.

As we walk in the Light of His Personality, Nature and Character, we see (gain) Light also. This gained light is the individual revelation of the Truth about God (in whom we now live being in His Light or nature) each person gains walking in the Light of God. As we are illuminated by the Light of God, we become Light ourselves; Lighthouses of some sort that Jesus now called us Light of the World.

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14-16 KJV)

Beloved, we have been brought out of darkness into light; the glorious and pure holiness of God our Father that we in turn may contact and connect with His Light Nature and thereby become Light ourselves; the respective effectiveness of every believer as a Light is dependent of the intensity of Light each gains in the Light of God our Father as we walk in His Light. Have Light in yourselves.

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The Nature of God

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Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?. For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. (Hebrews 12:9-10 KJV)

God designed and developed man in His image and likeness. Man was created to relate with God. At the earliest, Bible recorded, “…they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”  (Gen. 3:8) KJV. Man had relationship with God, God visited Man in the garden. Man was God’s agent on the earth, created to have dominion and governance on the earth and fulfilled all of God’s delight on the earth. Man had a nature compatible with God. But something drastic occurred; Man fell, lost the nature of God and became incompatible. This is a crippling and devastating event that destroyed Man’s fellowship with God and corrupted the nature of Man. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  (Gen. 6:12) Man had become unlike God; lost the image and likeness of God. Man became incompatible with God, separated and removed from fellowship with God. It is a gruesome and desperate change of Man’s being and nature.

Holiness is the characteristic nature of God. God is Holy and without Holiness no man can relate or interact with God. Isaiah recorded his experience when he encountered God; his nature was so far removed and distance from God, he lamented; he said,” I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the Seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:1-5 KJV). Notice Isaiah’s lamentation of his nature and status when he had a glimpse of God’s Holy nature; he disdained and lamented his status.

Beloved, Man’s nature is far removed from God’s holy nature and standard and until we are graced and privileged to gain sight or understanding of God’s Holy nature, it will be impossible to realize how wantonly corrupt Man has become. It is to His Holiness that God desires to return and restore you and I; that we may regain His likeness and return to the glory lost. Holiness is the nature of God and the standard of life He designed and desires for His people.

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Holy Nation

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But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

Holiness is the unique character and nature of God. It is the hallmark of all that represents God. Our God is a Holy God and about His Holiness, there is no gainsaying or contradiction.

Hannah, in her eulogy and praise to God said something that’s of worth, “There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2 KJV). Holiness is the marked attribute, character and nature of God. We must gain and grasp this truth about our God.

About this attribute also, Heavens do worship and proclaim God’s praise and exaltation. Prophet Isaiah says of His vision of Heaven; “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  (Isaiah 6:1-3 KJV). Notice the Angels in Heaven do proclaim the nature and attribute of our Lord as Holy.

God’s Holy nature is an attribute not shared or owned by any other, Moses and the children of Israel says of God after God’s marvelous rescue from the tyrannical and cruel hold of Egypt,” Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” God’s Holy nature is glorious and fearful. We must fear God’s Holiness.

Now, God does not only own this nature, everything that belongs to God is marked by this nature. God’s Throne, God’s son, God’s people, etc. are Holy. The “Holy” appendage characteristically mark or identify the item or person as God’s own or property. To the children of Israel, God said, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exo. 19:5-6 KJV). God said to the children of Israel, “ye shall be… an holy nation” ‘Holy’ then marks the people who belong to God.

Beloved, Holy is whom we become; a nature rather than an act when God takes possession and ownership of our lives. We become separated and marked for God as His precious and owned possession. Praise the Lord. This marked feature also separates the Priest and Servants of God. They are marked God’s Holy vessels or possessions. As a child of God, someone who has given his life to God, we have become God’s Holy people, a Holy nation marked and devoted to God as His own. Gaining this good understanding, let us determine to keep God’s property Holy after His nature.

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Lively Stones-God’s Will

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Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 KJV)

We were designed and made for a grand purpose; to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is a very important notice. We should never assume or adopt a faulty notion that we are for ourselves to live and do as we want. This is a scared notice.

The Bible says something we must carefully note; “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?… know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (1 Cor. 6:15-19).  Note; “ye are not your own for ye are bought with a price” a notice and notion that indicate being owned by God. God being the Owner is the true and authentic beneficiary (or should be) of what happens or goes on in our lives. We (ought to) do such things that are designed for Him and desirable to Him… spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is our grand call.

Paul in his letter to the Romans says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV). Notice the intent and plea nature of Paul’s entreaty to the Church, as one having a rich and deep understanding of God’s requirement, passionately beseeching the Brethren to meet God’s Holy requirement and innate demand which according to Paul, is the reasonable act of service on our part.

Beloved, the intriguing part of being a lively stone is the bias or option to have opinion, motive or agenda. The struggle always exists between what one wills versus what God wills. This is the marked feature that differentiates the lively stone from dead or natural stone.

In the case of a natural stone used for building natural houses, the stone is inanimate, non-living, inorganic and lifeless. It has no bias, prejudice or opinion. It would not think, say or do any act contrary to what its owner would do with it but that’s not what or how the lively stone is designed or composed.

The living stone has feeling, will and intellect. The living stone is alive and can rationalize. Recall the experience of our Lord Jesus when He cried, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39 KJV).  Notice the typical struggle within the Living Stone; it is yielding to God during such struggle this makes the activities of the lively stones spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

Beloved, we must awake to this righteous and holy reality; we are not our own; we are owned by God, designed and required to do His bids and demands in our bodies as an offering holy and acceptable to Him. This is the high call of every lively stone. We must strive and study to know God’s Holy will and willfully succumb to His will as Christ also did. Praise the Lord.

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Spiritual Houses

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God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24)

A building is a structure designed and developed for man’s use and occupation. The concept is to devise and design the building to cater for necessary and basic needs that makes building both habitable and comfortable. The building naturally becomes man’s place of rest, resort and recreations. Housing is a basic need of Man.

Like Man, God desires a Building, a place of dwelling on the earth. About God’s dwelling, the Bible says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. “(1 Cor. 3:16-17 KJV).  God’s dwelling is not the basic brick and mortar rather God inhabits His People. He dwells in our Hearts by Faith.

For His dwelling, God made a passionate demand when the Bible says; “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. (Prov. 23:26 KJV). Man does looks on the outward, but God’s keen care is the heart. He looks on the inside to own and possess our hearts and make it His dwelling. What a glorious joy and blessing when God dwells in our hearts. It is about this nature of dwelling that the Bible says, God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands ratherHe dwells in the heart surrendered to Him.

Paul in his exhortation and epistle to the Ephesian Church says something of note; “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.“ (Eph. 3:14-19 NIV).

 Notice his exhortation and prayer “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…” and the attending result of all that accompanies that experience including being “… filled with all the fulness of God.“  When God dwells in us; we are filled with all the fulness of God and are able to give expression to His virtues and grace through our lives.

Beloved, this is God’s grand plan for you and me; to be a building and a dwelling for His Glory “…built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5). It is important for us to understand this holy need and to offer ourselves; our being and body as a Holy vessel for God’s Holy presence. Ye are God’s Building. Praise the Lord.

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Come

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As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV)

It is important that we understand our need to come to the living Stone; Jesus the Christ.

Beloved, we must come to Jesus Christ, the Living stone that provides the living water. This is needful and important for our health and wellness. According to the Bible; “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).  To derive the fortune, fatness and riches inherent in the Living Stone; we must come!

Notice, the invitation is to any man (that) thirsts; this typifies the vulnerability, need and requirement of the Children of Israel (symbolic of the Church) on their journey from the Egypt to the Canaan; the promised land. At a point, they became thirsty and desperate for water. The Bible says, “The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exo. 17:1-3 KJV).  The people were dire and desperately thirsty during their journey but there was no water. David would also say of his own experience, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1 KJV)

The Christian life experience is replicated by the traverse and experiences of the Children of Israel who journeyed in the wilderness for forty years. The various experiences they encountered and documented typifies the Christian life and journey from the World (Egypt) to the Heaven (God’s promised land).

In their exposure and experience, when the Children of Israel encountered this desperate thirst, the Bible says, “the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exo. 17:5-6 KJV). The people would come to that rock to drink and quench their thirst. That rock would later be identified as Christ as the Bible says. “they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4 KJV)

Beloved, it is to that same Rock, that you and I must come to quench all of life’s thirst. The Bible identified Jesus Christ as the Rock, a Spiritual Rock, Living Stone chosen by God and Precious to Him to provide relief for all life’s thirst. We must come to the Living Stone and drink; we cannot claim we are busy, occupied or engaged, the need to quench the thirst is the urgency that must drive us to the Living Stone to derive and draw the much-needed living waters and as Jesus said; we would find rest for our souls. Come to the Rock.

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Lively Stones

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Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5

The Believer is a spiritual house built to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. This is an important notice for every Believer. God desires a habitation in His people; a place of dwelling and fellowship to give expression to His person and presence.

Stones are primary materials for building; they are the main building blocks assembled and organized to fashion and foment the structure to form and function. The strength, texture and quality of a Building is a square function of the materials used for it formation. According to the Scriptures, Paul in his epistle to the Corinthian Church, wrote; “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” (1 Cor. 3:9 KJV) A Believer is an abode, a dwelling and habitation of God. This must interest, excite and enliven every believer. God desires to indwell a Believer as in a Building.

Now, according to the Scriptures, the material for this building is a lively stone, a stone that has life; this life is derived from the nature and presence of God in the Believer. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4 KJV) We serve a Living God; a God that has Life and gives Life. The dead cannot interact or fellowship with God. There is no death in God. Our God is a Living God; His habitation breathes with the Life Nature of God. The life in the Believer is not a natural human life; it is the Divine Life Nature; the Life type that is of God and not mere human natural life.  

By this Life, the lively stones are arranged and built up into a spiritual (not natural) house; to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing and acceptable to God. Within this spiritual house are spiritual activities designed and intended to please God. Paul wrote to the Roman Church, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1 KJV) We must give due notice to the demand and requirement of the Building we constitute for God; we are to present this House (our bodies) as a living sacrifice; denying natural and human entreaties for the divine entreaties of God. We are organized to respond to the demands, appeals and petitions of God’s Spirit in this Spiritual House.

God’s desire for a habitation in the Believer is to have a dwelling, a spiritual house where God’s will is desired and determined. As spiritual houses, the Bible admonishes, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV). As God’s dwelling, the Believer must protect and prevent the house from contamination or infringement of God’s Spirit rather permit and promote activities including sacrifices (denying oneself) that the will of God may be established.

Beloved, God designs you and me as His dwelling, a spiritual house, a base (of a sort) to operate and disseminate His will, blessings and salvation. The life in the lively stone is derived and maintained by the life derived from our connectivity and abiding in the Lord. Praise the Lord!

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Trading at Sea

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He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29 KJV)

God rules over all. This is a prime and premier understanding every man must have. He rules over all the affairs and interest of Man. God is the owner and the possessor of all things; according to the scriptures, all things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made. This is the basis and premise of God’s rule over all things.

The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1 KJV); because all things belong to the Lord; He’s able to direct and control all things for His good and proper end.

Life is akin to a voyage; a passage from one side to another on water. Typical of every sail, storms are encountered though not desired. The storm could be both fierce and furious; that is the nature of storms: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds that may include rain, thunder, lightning, etc. bringing with it the threats, pressures and intimidation for potential loss or damages. The presence of storm heightens apprehension, worry and trepidation.

About a storm encountered by Paul, he wrote, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20 KJV); according to Paul, “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away”; humanly speaking there was no hope.

During life’s traverse, event or situation does arise that may be so frightening and startling, but we must always remember God rules over all. This is the escape route in all life’s situation.  God “maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29 KJV)

In Paul’s encounter, God intervened! As He still does when we call upon Him; Paul would later inform others on Board the same ship, “I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:22-25 KJV)

Beloved, in all life tempestuous situation; God reigns and rules. This must counsel and comfort every believer as we journey through life. Notice Paul said, I believe God. This is the tool and instrument to calm all life’s trauma and make one’s way to the other side; Believe God!

The Lord Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.“ (John 14:1 KJV). This is the pain killer against all life’s pain, anxiety or panic. Believe God for “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” (Psalm 107:29 KJV).

God is both able and faithful to bring His children out of the precipice and establish them in the place of honor and glory for… if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God (John 11:40 KJV) 

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The Hope of Glory

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‘And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.’ Isaiah 6:3

The whole earth is resplendent with the glory of God. The marvel of creation; its circles, systems, composition and organization are proofs of the magnificent wisdom of God; the Bible says, the whole earth is full of God’s glory. Everywhere we look; the eminent glory of God; His wisdom and creativity are both shown and known.

About God’s wonder at creation, the Bible further says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” (Psalm 19:1-3 KJV). The glory of God is revealed or discovered by His works. The scope and depth of God’s manifold wisdom that exhibit His glory are engrained and illustrated by the understanding of how the earth was prior to the glory now visible.

According to the Scriptures, “The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:2 AMP). The earth was in an inglorious, ignoble and despicable state but the Spirit of God was upon the situation. This is a classic insight to the hope of Glory if we allow God in a situation. The presence and motion of the Spirit of God upon a situation or person will bring about Glory no matter the formless, void, waste, emptiness and darkness that may pervade or persist. This is an important notice for hope in Glory.

The situation was caustic and chaotic, but God saw Glory in it and the earth that was empty, and void would later be full of God’s glory. This is a notice to have hope in God in the face of stack seemingly hopeless situation; there is glory inherent and ahead if we allow God to handle the situation; He knows what to do.

God would not walk away from the despicable and awful situation of the earth, God engaged the situation by His wisdom and His power and from that heap of waste came a haven of Glory; the Bible would later assert, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Gen. 1:31 KJV)

Beloved, there is glory ahead of every child of God upon whom the Spirit of God moves; God knows how to intercept the present darkness and cause light to emerge; He knows what to set-in-order to correct the disorder and bring glory out of any dark situation. Draw nigh unto God, allow and commit the course to His charge. The earth was void and without form, darkness was upon it, but God attended to it and it’s now resplendent in glory. There is a hope of Glory in every child of God and any circumstance that may assail; Christ in you is the hope of Glory (Col. 1:27 KJV). Arise and let God; there is glory ahead. Praise the Lord.

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Glory

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The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Isaiah 60:19 KJV

The creations of God witness and testify of the vastness and splendor of the Creator; God Almighty. God is seen in the marvel and ace of all His works. The creativity, ingenuity and the adroitness of God is revealed in all His works.

About God’s work, the Psalmist says, ‘O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever’ (Psalm 136:3-9 KJV) The Psalmist ascribes worth and thanks to God at the evaluation and appreciation of His works; he calls them “great wonders”.  God is seen in all His works and the vastness of His Glory is unsearchable.

In God’s love and devotion to Man; He made Man; the capstone of His creation and the epitome of His works. According to the Bible, the Psalmist says, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8:3-6 KJV). Man was crowned with glory and honor; Dominion was also given to him over all the works of God. This is great!

Beloved, the plan and the purpose of God for you and I is to inhabit us; to dwell in us. It is the indwell of God in a Man that manifest Glory in that person. This is an important notice and must be our pursuit. We exude glory through the resident of God in us and the revelation of His Person in our lives. God radiates in the life He dwells and beautifies it.

The glory of the sun or the moon is pale compared to the Glory inherent in God designed and intended for you and me. the Scripture says, “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.“ (Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV)  

This is a day and season of great rejoicing to know that; “the Lord (Himself) shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory”.  This is God’s good and great pleasure; to shine though you and me as an Eternal Glory that does not wash or fade. Praise the Lord.   

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Glory Venture

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When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exo. 34:30 NIV)

Glory evidences the presence of God; Glory precedes and envelops all that is and about God. About the Lord, the Bible says, “He alone possesses immortality [absolute exemption from death] and lives in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal power and dominion! Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:16 AMP); the unapproachable light is the intensity and fierce force of God’s glory that is unapproachable to a carnal or natural man.

It is the eminence of God’s Glory that paralyzed and intimidated Adam’s carnal nature having fallen in Eden that he said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:10 AMP). Man could no longer approach the glory, radiance, splendor and beauty of God being fallen, carnal and impious; Man cried; “I was afraid”.  It was also about this majestic splendor that the Prophet Isaiah cried when he saw the Lord’s “train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Is 6:1-5). Glory of the Lord could be overwhelming and drowning for a sinful, undone and unclean person but the delight and pleasure of God is that we share or participate in glory as He has appointed.

About the Glory given to Man, the Psalmist said of the Lord; “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8:3-6 KJV). Man (including you and me) was designed and crowned with glory and honour. This is the delight and pleasure of God about you and me.

Beloved, we must be urgent and passionate about being found in the Glory God designed and intended for us: Glory is our “natural environment” not shame or reproach. We must seek to live in it for our necessary survival as fish would in water. To inherit Glory, we must relate with and revel in God; the source and fount of Glory; Glory exudes from God and He only has Glory. The more time we spend with the Lord, the more time we are immersed in Glory being with Him. Praise the Lord.

The pursuit of God and His presence will naturally translate and elevate anyone to the realm and sphere of Glory unique in God alone. About Moses, the Bibles says; “he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights… When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Exo. 34:28-29 KJV. Glory had robbed upon Moses being with the LORD. Let’s elevate to the realm of Glory this year and toward spending time with the Lord.

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Let’s Cross Over

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And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. (Mark 4:35 KJV)

Life is a journey; a traverse from one side to the other side. In the quest, everyone inevitably transits from what has become known or familiar into what is pending, unknown, unclear and uncertain. This is the model and stencil of life’s course. The end of every day rolls up to the beginning of another; what is known is past and man reels into what is presently both unknown and uncertain. Since this is the general pattern of everyday life; we must never relent to approach every end with brazen courage to venture into the new…after all what had come to pass was sometime past unknown.

“When the even was come…” on a certain day, Jesus encouraged His disciples rather than wind up and coil up into what they had achieved that present day to cross over to the other side motivating them to venture into what is new, ahead and unknown. The important lesson here is the longing to venture.

To venture is to take on new activity or pursuit being yet unknown or uncertain. Jesus ventured from this side (already known) to the other side being unknown. We must never let what we have achieved or are familiar with (on this side) prevent, dissuade or deter us from venturing unto the other side. The notion and the impetus are the drive to see more, do more, gain more.

In the present side, Jesus had built a reputation; he had multitude with him and according to the scriptures, they had to send the multitude away to venture to the other side. The multitude is a crowd that is difficult to count or number but the urge to venture, do more, reach more, gain more was more stirring than to rest with what is present, ending and contained as…the even was come. Jesus was prepared for what was next than sit with what is passing or ending. This is a very important note to us.

We are at the throes of an ending year; the evening of the current year has come; some may count it a closure or end of day; a time to retire, step down, fold arms and clutch onto the passing year’s achievement but hey! There is more on the other side. We must be prepared, energize and organized for the new dawn to meet us sailing to the other side; venturing into what is ahead. The cross-over is not the night to sit tight and inactive; it is a night of flight to the other side to gain edge and speed for what is new and ahead, though unknown but positioned by fierce courage to do more and gain more.

At the other side, a man would encounter Jesus who later “…departed and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” (Mark 5:20 KJV) Decapolis represents ten townships or metropolis that would later know and recognize the great work of Jesus Christ.

Beloved, there is more for you and me as we venture to the “other side” of 2018. There are great and mighty things positioned for us to take down, take over and take control. We must not relent on this ending side but rather take courage and cross over to the other side.

Happy new ventures in the New Year. 

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God Our Father

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Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt. 6:9 KJV

God is our Father. There is grace and joy in the revelation of this truth. This is a whole truth and nothing but the truth; nonetheless like many other truths relating to God, the enemy obscures, belies the ingenuity of God to deprive Man. But when truth is known, freedom is secured.

The Word translated Father (in English) means root or generator; the source or spring. It also means nourisher, upholder and protector. We all originates from God and this is a very important truth. It is for this important reason that Man cannot be sustained, nourished or protected outside the provisions and nourishment of God.

About God being our Father, the Bible says, “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live” (Heb. 12:9 KJV). The Bible identified and recognized God as the Father, source, root or spring of our spirit. This is a very important disclosure. It is about this revelation that Jesus came to connect us that we (Man) may regain wholeness as we are made complete in Him. Our spirit is derived from God. This is an important truth.

The notion of God being our Father was foreign and far-fetched to Man that our Lord Jesus Christ in His bid to introduce and reinstate the truth about this was considered blasphemous and offensive. The Bible says, “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18-19 KJV).

Notice, the carnality of Man (the nature of Man without the knowledge of God) could not admit or tolerate paternal relationship with God; Man persecuted the truth about himself, but the truth and sincerity of God is to have Man know that God is indeed our Father. The Lord Jesus was eventually killed; the Bible says, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7 KJV).

Beloved, there must be something dare and daring in the notice and revelation of God being our Father for which Christ was both beaten and killed and when he arose by the power of God, He said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17 KJV). The notice and knowledge of this truth must be disturbing and debilitating to the devil but comforting and enriching to us the people of God; we cannot afford to walk outside of it and its provisions. God is our Father…Praise the Lord. Let us invest and walk in the comfort of this truth and be strengthened. Amen.

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Revelation of God

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And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (Matt. 14:26 KJV)
God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). To know Him is God’s prima facie agenda when He reveals Himself and interacts with Man; we must gain this important point and notice.
Since the fall of Man occasioned by Man’s disobedience to the ordinance of God back in Eden, the carnal or fallen nature of Man has been a great hindrance and limitation to the knowledge and comprehension of God. As was back in Eden, the carnal nature retracts from the entreaties of God to having a relation or interaction with God. Bible says, “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8-10 AMP). Notice, Man hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence of the Lord God. This is the crux and root of Man’s isolation from the knowledge of God. The carnal nature always shrinks or hides from the presence of God. It is for knowing God that Jesus came to redeem and restore Man. The Bible says, “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27 KJV). Man’s fallen nature is so absurd and estranged from the knowledge of God; the Bible says, “no man knoweth…”
The natural Man is always terrified at every instance of God’s bid to reach him. First in Eden, Man hid himself, also as Jesus was walking on the water approaching His disciples; “they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear”.
In Man’s natural or carnal state, Man cannot interact with God nor comprehend God. This is the important basis for being born of the Spirit. God is a Spirit. For Man to interact with God; Man must share the nature that makes God comprehensible; being and walking in the Spirit.
The Bible says, “But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]” (1 Cor. 2:14 AMP). When one is born of the Spirit, it becomes tolerable and possible to know and understand God, to aptly comprehend the revelation of God and grow into His Nature.
You must be born of the Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, carnal and natural but that which is born of God is of God being of The Spirit as God. Please, be born again.

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This is Thy Praise

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Praise Ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1 KJV
To Praise the Lord, is a command and not a chorus. It is a commendation to perform an act not necessarily an exclamatory remark. It is important that we learn and practice the act and art of Praising the Lord.
To Praise is to speak well of someone or something. It is the ascription of worth or value; an appreciation for well-meaning and endearment to someone or something. Praise is Price or value.
In this light, it is pertinent to note and understand that God also has items or virtues He Praises, values or appreciates. God speaks well of certain people and “praises” them. About the Praise by God, the Bible says “So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God., “(1 Cor. 4:5 AMP) Notice, “each one’s praise will come from God”, God praises, values or speaks well of the “the motives of the hearts” when they are pleasing and right in His sight. He Praises everyone with a good and right content of the heart.
At some occasion, God praised and spoke well of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible recorded, “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5 KJV). We see here, our God spoke well (praised) of whom He values and loves – His beloved Son.
Beloved, we must also eulogize, extol, exalt, laud and glorify our appreciation of God. We praise God when we think and speak well of God. Singing choruses is not all that Praising God entails; it is only an expression of our praise, value and admiration of God.
We also praise God when we speak well of His virtues and values. The Psalmist puts it thus; “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-10 AMP).
This was the prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ about God, notice this was not a chorus or song, it was a proclamation of God’s virtues and values. Let us go beyond singing Praise choruses (only) as the extent of Praising God; sure, sing Praises is laudable and admirable; we must do it. But singing choruses in earnest is a product of our value and appreciation of God. We will not be able to sing choruses should we not ahead of that, value the Lord in our hearts. Speak of His virtues and ponder always on His goodness.
Let us “Praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) and all ways…Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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Thou Art Worthy

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Grace and peace bemultiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2Peter 1:2 KJV)

The knowledge of God is both key and keen to Man’s wellness and goodness. God desires it and Man needs it. The knowledge of God is the prima delight of God in Man. God wants us to know Him personally and intimately.

About making any boast, the Bible does not approve any vagarious boasting except in the knowledge of God. The Bible says; “Thus says the Lord, “Let not the one who is wise and skillful boast in his insight; let not the one who is mighty and powerful boast in his strength; let not the one who is rich boast in his

[temporal satisfactions and earthly]

abundance; but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me [and acknowledges Me and honors Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 9:23-24 AMP). Notice, God delights in that we understand and know Him.

For too long, Man has neglected the pursuit of God and relegated the quest for the knowledge of the Holy One. This vestige and trend has implicated Man’s real growth in truth and purity. Man has advanced in despicable and destructive knowledge to his detriment. Man knows everything but God whereas The Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9.10 KJV).

Beloved, we must invest and pursue the knowledge of God. It is the most precious and rewarding pursuit anyone may have one the Earth. Paul the Apostle said something of note about this pursuit when he wrote, “But whatever former things were gains to me

[as I thought then]

, these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ

[and the purpose which He has given my life]

. But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:7-8 AMP). Note, the knowledge of God has a priceless privilege and supreme advantage. It is a vantage joy to know God; a virtue with strategic advantage.

Talking about the strategic advantage of knowing God, the Bible recorded the classic account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; three Hebrew men who demonstrated uncanny and uncommon boast in the knowledge of God at the face of extreme cruelty and fiery fatality; they asserted, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17:18 KJV). They well settled and assured in their knowledge of God that no threat could terrify them; the king eventually would testified “…there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”  (Daniel 3:29 KJV) and the three Hebrew men were promoted.

Beloved, the knowledge of God will both save and promote anyone who would hunger and thirst for the Holy One. Please, seek to know the Lord; it shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones. Go for God.

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