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Raising a Total Godly Family in times like this

And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers. Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.  Jer. 35:5-10, 18-19

The generation like the sons of Rechab exists today as discovered in certain Christian homes where you still find their children boys and girls getting married at the of 27-32 as virgins. As a pastor I have joined many in holy wedlock in recent years with these great testimonies from the spouses. We have recorded genuinely converted sons and daughters to God with a total departure from their old lives of sinfulness. What can be the secret of such families and children? I discover the secret in five cardinal things:

  1. Faithful family altar
  2. Purposeful family life
  3. Exemplary family life
  4. Godly discipline life
  5. Painstaking investment life

We shall discuss each of these points below:

  1. FAITHFUL FAMILY ALTAR

The phrase faithful family altar means a well planned structured family Bible Study, worship and prayer time. It is called faithful because it is strictly adhered to. It is not off and on thing but constant and maintained. It is amazing how few families really take this seriously and practice this routinely. It is the best guarantee to have Christian children with good moral standards that do not drift through the teen years; to have a family that has a witness for Christ in the community, and to have a family that takes the church seriously and enjoys going to all the services. BUT MANY FAMILIES PREFER CIRCULAR EDUCATION (SCHOOL) TO FAMILY ALTAR. It ought not to be so. Please, let us read – Deut. 6:4-7.

What is the purpose of the family alter?

  1. To worship God together and learn more of His ways. We sing praises, worship and learn that God is the creator and only Him must be worshiped.
  2. To hear God’s word and to live by it. Home is the best place to read the bible. Ask question and practice it. In this days when technology has removed Bible in our society, we should install it in our homes.
  3. To establish the family in the faith, personal convictions and doctrine. Children and young people need convictions to stand up against their peers. They must know God personally and know what they believe and why. Don’t protect them but equip them to face this technologically satanic controlled world. The home is the best Bible school.
  4. To pray over family problems and needs, burdens the children may have, and that they have confidence in God that answers prayer in the everyday things of life. All the members of the family have personal needs. It would be good if they could learn to share them openly and take them before the Lord together. Dad, mummy, children needs should be prayed on.
  5. To pray and intercede for others such as the pastor, sick folk, unsaved loved ones, the neighbours, friends, church etc. Children who can learn to pray openly at home will have no problem praying publicly in the church as they grow.

Your family altar could be made more interesting by making it short, allow questions, allow participation, discussion and Holy Spirit to lead always.

  1. PURPOSEFUL FAMILY LIFE

A purposeful family is a family that is raising children with a purpose and future in mind. This is what we see in the life of Abraham. God spoke about him in Gen. 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him”. You must have a purpose as a family and for each member of the family. This is possible through this five steps.

  1. Define the purpose of your family -ie what you stand for. The husband and wife must define it before the arrival of the children, it must be communicated to the children also Rechab define this purpose to the children. Jer. 35:5-10 “And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers. Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
  2. Discuss the purpose of your family with each member of the family. For instance, you must let each person know you are Christians and only Christian virtues must be pursued, possessed and displayed.
  3. Discover the purpose of each member of the family in life and God’s agenda. You must help by the grace and spirit of God as parents what God wanted for each of you and the children. No wonder Rebecca went to discover the purpose of the children in her womb (Gen 26:1-3) and Jacob knew the mission of Joseph hence he made for him a garment of many colours (Gen 37:1-4).
  4. Develop the purpose and vision of the family. You must develop your children in line with their career and purpose of God for them. Your children must grow day by day in agreement with their future in mind; spiritually, academically and physically etc. Abraham was a shepherd, Esau a hunter. David a shepherd the brothers warriors. (I Sam 16:1-13).
  5. Drive the purpose to destination of actualisation by counsel, prayer, rebuke and love. Do you have a purposeful family life?
  6. EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN LIFE.

Example is better than precept. Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ”. Apostle Paul told Timothy in 2nd Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also”. Hello, can you pray and say to your children that they should say and do what you are doing. This can only be achieved by these ways:

  1. Daily Christian life
  2. Daily Christian purpose
  3. Daily Christian ministry.

Wake up and display the right kind of attitude and character you want your children to emulate.

  1. GODLY DISCIPLINE LIFE

You have to discipline yourself and your children. Heb 12:6-12, Prov 3:11-12 “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth”. Prov 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Prov 23:14 “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.”

However, you should not only beat the child. You can use other corporal punishment and minor ones. But three things are important:

  1. Rebuke with love
  2. Rebuke with intention of correction
  3. Rebuke and restore the child in the way of the Lord.
  4. PAINSTAKING INVESTMENT LIFE:

Please, you must train your children not only rebuking in Prov 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Eph 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  These scriptures means three things:

  1. Invest your time in him/her by living, cleaving and abiding with each other. Don’t be an absent father or mother in the name of looking for money or doing ministry learn from Eli.
  2. Invest your treasure in him/her by giving him/her the best education from creche to university. Education they say is the best legacy or inheritance. Spend your money to train your children and your spouse.
  3. Invest your talent in him/her by leading him/her to do things that will lead to discovery of God’s purpose and fulfilment of life plan for him/her.

In conclusion, if all these fails don’t fail to do these in your family daily – Prayer, counsel and care. Please, show concern, compassion and love with understanding. God will grant us the grace not to fail as parents, children and families. It is well in Jesus name.

The 12P’s of Excellent Life

Twelve in God’s programme stands for excellent number, perfect establishment and great government. We have twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles/disciples of Jesus Christ and the heavenly city has twelve gates, twelve angels and twelve foundations, this is because twelve stands for excellency.

These twelve P’s is necessary for excellent life now and hereafter.

  1. PURITY is the noun of the word pure which means good, innocent and holy.

Purity is the key to have access to God’s presence where you obtain all the necessities of life. Hear this “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5). Do you desire to receive your blessings from God? or access his presence for a present you have being praying for? Then be pure, the answer is purity. If you can be holy before Him, all that you desire shall be granted, for without holiness no man shall see nor receive from God. Avoid corruption, it is the opposite of purity.

  1. PLAN is the proposal, diagram and intention of how a thing would be achieved. If you fail to plan, you have planned to fail. Jesus said in Luke 14:28-30 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish”. You must always plan, think ahead, consider many things, consult and seek advice before embarking on anything. Your plan is the driver to your destination. Those who failed to plan usually fail and go back to plan after failure. This ought not to be, plan first and adjust the plan as you progress during execution. Your vision and ambition and future must be planned for. You will not regret in Jesus name.
  2. PRAYER is the medium of communication between man and God. I discovered that every being prays – the Christians, the atheist, the Muslim, the idolaters etc. This is because without prayer achievement is very difficult. It is written in Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” The only means by which you can commit your ways, plans, purpose, programmes, work, education, marriage unto the Lord is to pray unto Him. Jesus commanded us to pray without ceasing (Lk 18:1). Likewise, Apostle Paul reiterated in 1 Thes 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”. Although, many people pray wrongly, but you must pray aright. The prayer God will answer must be offered in the name of Jesus, in HOLINESS and in FAITH (John 9:31). Please pray unto God every time, everyday before you begin to execute your daily plans. Don’t go to herbalist house rather go to His presence in prayer. He will answer you – “call upon me and I will answer you” is God’s promise (Jer 33:3)
  3. POWER is the ability to do something, strength and energy to carry out our plan. I brought in the issue of power because I know that we need power. But I want to sound a note of warning here that the power you need must be from God – Holy Spirit power. The power from any other source will lead to doom, destruction and regrets. Don’t get power from herbalist, satanic means, kingdom of darkness, cultism, fraternity, mammy water spirit, secret cults, etc. The power of charm, rings, amulets and India altars are destructive. The only power you need is the power of God – this power of God comes with power of wisdom, power to make wealth, power to excel, power of knowledge, power of achievement etc. In Deut 8:18  “… Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth…” This is the reason you need power. The world is full of different power, so you need the power of God to overcome them. The ways to posses God’s power is by being born again, by praying for the power and exercise faith in His ability to give the power. Our Lord Jesus Christ could not carry out all he did without the power of God.

It is written in Acts 10:38 “ How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

  1. PREPARATION is the act of preparing or getting ready for a thing. Preparation precedes execution in life. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. You have to prepare yourself for whatever thing you want to do. Plan and preparation are not the same. Plan is the written while preparation is practical. An athlete will prepare adequately before the event. In Prov 24:27 it is written “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.” Before every examination you must read that is preparation, before every interview you must get ready, before every competition you must practice that is preparation. Nothing must be done without proper and adequate preparation. The failure recorded in any endeavour is as a result of lack or poor preparation. It is not enough to plan, prepare very well to achieve the plan.
  2. PURSUE is to follow in order to catch or achieve a goal. It is to engage in an activity to achieve your target. You must not plan, prepare you must prove your plans to logical conclusion. Don’t just plan and sit down, you must rise up and pursue your vision vigorously.

David in the Bible came back from war and discovered that another nation (the Amalekites) had attacked his city and carried his wives, children and other people and he wept until they had no strength to weep, but God said, you don’t have to weep, rise up go after them, pursue them, then you will recover.

In 1Samuel 30:8 “…and God answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”.

Friends, don’t sit down and watch things happen and escape your grip. Get up, rise up, pursue your goals vigorously and you will achieve your target and plans. No man ever remain at the place of wishes and receive congratulation wishes but he must pursue and win to be celebrated and congratulated.

Common pursue your goals and you will get them done.

  1. PRODUCTIVITY is the efficiency with which things are produced or done. You must be diligent, hardworking, dexterous in all your ways and days. If you are not productive then you are barren. Productivity is bringing forth fruits, result that cancels insult, gold in your goal pursuit. A productive person becomes the friends of all people. You must not die a consumer, you must be a producer. In Gen 1:11 God said let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yield seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth and it was so.

Brethren, God created you to be productive and the capacity is in you. Jesus cursed a fig tree on his way to Bethany because it failed to bring forth a fruit (Mk 11:14). Don’t blame anybody for your inability to produce, you should rather pray and work hard to bring forth a fruit. Your fruit is your result. You must ensure you get good result and positive result so that you can sing songs of praise and people can congratulate you.

  1. PERSEVERANCE is to continue in time of difficulty or lack of success. I want to encourage you that you must continue to pursue your plan even in the face of difficulty because nothing good comes easy. You have heard that Abraham Lincoln failed nine times to reach his goal but at last he became American president in 1968. Do you remember that Michael Faraday failed 99 times before he got the electricity that the world is using today. Don’t give up, if you give up you will have no testimony of success to tell others. The key is perseverance. I want to assure you that you are closer to the breakthrough point and better equipped than the way you started, you can perform better now, go ahead you will have breakthrough in Jesus name.
  2. PATIENCE is the ability to accept delay or trouble calmly. It is not a sin if you don’t get it at once or quickly. Please, exercise patience, take your time, examine your strategies and go ahead you will definitely get that goal. Have you read in your Bible that let patience have perfect work in you (James 1:4). In Luke 8:15 – God said bring forth fruit with patience. There are different things that teaches patience in life – a baby in the womb must spend 9 months and at last a baby is born.

It is good to run fast but patience ensures safety and careful accomplishment. If you are experiencing delay, it is not denial, you will definitely have your child, admission, work and miracle. Don’t run from God to other means, God will not fail you, wait upon Him, He will bring your expectation to manifestation and your celebration will come. Though it tarry, it will surely come to pass, have patience.

  1. PARDON is forgiveness. In your race in life, you will be offended. To err is human to forgive is divine. Pardon yourself and others, so that you will not turn offence to fence you against your progress and helpers. In Micah 7:18 it is written “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” Remember, if you don’t forgive others God will not forgive you. When you are not forgiven your prayer will not be answered. So learn to pardon and your life will radiate the glory of God.
  2. PUBLISH is to produce a book or make a public declaration. It is necessary to always make a public declaration of your faith, preach also to others, tell them about Jesus Christ. You can also write a tract, publish a book. In academic world the palance is publish or perish.

In Deut 32:3, 2Sam 1:20 – God said we should publish our faith in the streets. In Acts 13:49 – it is written the word of the Lord was published everywhere.

Have you told somebody today about Jesus, what about last month, by your character, lifestyle and words of your mouth you publish.

12 PARTNERSHIP – means each of two or more people who are involved in an undertaking. It takes two hands to make a clap. No man can succeed alone. Please, look for a person whom you can be a blessing to and also be a blessing to you. If you want to go far walk with somebody. You can accomplish more when you get the right partner. Be careful the kind of partners you have. Amos 3:3 “can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Finally, look for a helpmeet for yourself. Gen 2:18 “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man is alone; I will make him an help meet for him”.

God bless you with an excellent life. Amen.

Rising Above your Roots

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. Job 8:7

The scripture above in proper interpretation simply means rise above your root. It is written though your beginning WAS SMALL (it was not significant) yet your latter end should GREATLY INCREASE (that is make all necessary effort and you must INCREASE – be beyond, be above your roots.

The word ROOT is the part of a plant below ground, the base or origin; root is family, ethnic and natural origin.

In this write up your root stands for your background, present status and limitations. God is against anyone who sticks to his/her limitations, limited scopes hence he told Abraham in Gen 12:1-3 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Abraham’s father was an idolater, without any remarkable achievement and died at the age of two hundred and five years at Haran. But Abraham was very rich in cattle and in silver and gold. Abraham become the source of blessing to all the families of the earth. This is an example of a man who rose above his root. You can read more in my book – Treasure.

The plan of God and will to us is that the little one shall become a thousand and small one a strong nation (Isaiah 60:22).

This can become your portion as you follow these principles:

  1. DISCOVERY means to gain knowledge or become aware. In Hosea 4:6 we read “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”  When we discover whom we are and from which foundation or background we are made from, then we shall be delivered. There are many ways to find out, you can ask your parents after careful observations of certain things in your life and family circle. You can ask your pastor but don’t go to any other fetish source or soothsayer or star reader, it will lead to more complications. You can fast and pray under the supervision of the Holy Spirit and God will reveal things (mysteries) to you. You don’t gain knowledge or become aware of your present situation; you will never find solution that will bring deliverance and celebration.

The conversation between God and Gideon is a powerful message of discovery. In Judges 6:15, it is written: “And he (Gideon) said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

Gideon has discovered that his root is poor and he is the least. This made him to take the second step of rising above his root.

  1. DESTROY: This means to cause something to cease to exist by boldly damaging it. In Judges 6:25 – God told Gideon “…throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it” If you destroy certain things you can achieve greater things. What you are to destroy includes altar of sin in your life and lineage, altar of darkness in your life and lineage, altar of mental limitation in your life and family, altar of procrastination in your life and family, altar of worldliness in your life and family. When these are destroyed then you are ready to rise above your root. You might want to know how to destroy these altars, then take the following steps: (1) Give your life to Jesus and be born again (2) Renounce your relationship with any form of idolatry and gods (3) Refuse and resist all sins and appearances of darkness (4) go for total deliverance (5) give yourself to reading of the Bible, Church service and holy living (6) Pray without ceasing (all the time) (7) receive the Holy Ghost baptism.

Jesus said “you cannot put new wine in old bottles it will burst” Matt 9:17. If you don’t destroy these old altars you cannot have new testimonies. Your refusal to break your ungodly foundations will make your present glorification impossible. Remember, no man can put new cloth on the old without been torn. The next step after you might have destroyed the old foundations is this – to design.

  1. DESIGN is an underlying purpose or planning. It is a plan or drawing that shows how something is to be made. Jesus declared in Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” You have to chart a new course, a new design, a new plan of how you want to run the affairs of your life to rise above your root. To design in this context means to think of better ways to do things now than the ways your generations and parents have done them before.

To actualise a proper design you must understand the principles of goal setting and goal getting.

The principles is in the word D.R.E.A.M.

D-Dream: Your vision, purpose, goal and ambition. Your goal is your going. Vision is your desired tomorrow. Dream is the divine revelation that man can achieve. Dream can also result from thinking. Think big, thing good. Joseph had a dream of his future. Gen 37:5-11.

Sources of dream: (1) You can receive through divine revelation as the case of Joseph. Gen 37:5-11. (2) You can conceive a dream by going through biographies of people or written literature (3) You can have a dream by inspiration as a result of someone’s activities before you. (4) You can have a dream by incident – what happened around you. (5) You can have a dream by interest and skills noticed in your life (6) You can have a dream by instruction or vision or prophesy from another person. (7) You can have a dream by what you see, you hear, you read, you think. Any of these must be confirmed through prayers, counsel and knowledge. Ensure your dream past also the test of SMART principle which is:

S= Specific (your goal must be specified

M= Measurable (you must ensure it is measured.

A=Attainable (possible)

R=Reachable

T=Timebound (time allocation is important)

Don’t mess up with your dreams before dream destroyers because dreamer must overcome dream destroyers like the Potiphar’s wife before Joseph, also Joseph’s brothers.

R = Reason: That is the ability to think, understand and draw conclusions. Don’t forget that your dreams must be well understood, interpreted and thoughtfully considered. God said, come let us reason together (Isaiah 1:8). Don’t be a shallow thinker, a shallow thinker rarely makes a deep impression. Draw a good plan, prayerfully overcome your background challenges or else what happened to your parents and friends will happen to you.

Carl Schurz said “Ideas are like the stars we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them”.

E = Experiment: That is a scientific procedure to find out or prove something. Please, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, if you want to rise above your root. Experiment means try new things. You have to do something better than what your parents did. Abraham left home, religion and brethren unto GOD who can give him something better than the predecessors. You must give God a chance in your life and decision making. You must put your theories into test, you must try and work out godly ways of doing things.

Apostle Paul said, covet earnestly the best gifts and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31). You are doing well now, you can do better. Try good new ways and don’t be afraid of taking risk. Remember, “no risk ventured no venture gained”.

A = Advance: Move forward. Please, take a bold step of progress. Abraham moved out to enter into unusual greatness. “The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount …” Deut 1:6-7. There is need for advancement. A forward movement is a sign of a new breakthrough. Please read “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:” (Gen 26:12-13). Don’t be satisfied with little, there is more room for greater things.

M = Manage: Means be in charge of an organisation or people; succeed in doing something, control the use of money or resources. Every sustainable achievement is a function of good management. You must learn to manage the most essentials of life = men, money and materials (resources). The first person you must manage is men which include ‘you’. You must manage yourself first before you can manage others. To manage self means to control, discipline yourself in all areas, then you must manage others. Also you must be able to manage money and materials (resources). If you fail as a good manager you will be mangled. To rise above your root you must be a good manager in all areas of your life. A good manager in the Bible was Joseph. In Gen 41:41 “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.”  The prodigal son in the book of Luke 15:11-20 was a bad manager, as such he became poorer than his father. Learn from him and be wiser. The last is diligence.

  1. DILIGENCE meaning hardworking. Never relax nor relinquish the keys of you achievement to loafers. Don’t ever throw away the ladder you used to climb your new height, don’t also despise those you climbed to the top, likewise the keys and principles that took you up because all of these are necessary to sustain you and keep promoting in your glory to glory experience. Isaac received all the inheritance of his father Abraham Gen 25:5. Yet, Isaac worked harder than ever before. In Gen 26:12-13 he became exceedingly very great, in Gen 26:14 – the Philistines envied him. In Gen 26:18, he went and dug new wells, in Gen 26:19, he dug another well, in Gen 26:21, he dug another well, in Gen 26:22 he got to Rehoboth which he said “…For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Be diligent in your studies and at work to earn excellent result and promotion.

CONCLUSION: Don’t stop the race of life to the topmost until rapture comes. You will rise above your roots in Jesus name. You are destined to be greater than your fathers.

See you on top.

Maranatha.

WHO IS THIS SATAN?

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (Job 32:8)

Gen 3:14-15; Ezekiel 28:13-18; Isaiah 14:12-15; Rev. 12:1-17; Job 1:7 Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a thing or a person is a compulsory weapon for complete victory over a thing or a person.

It is a pleasure to unmask the mysteries around the only ENEMY OF divinity and HUMANITY – SATAN, so that we can enjoy complete permanent victory over him.

We shall discuss this issue under the following sub-topics:

THE SATAN BEFORE HIS FALL. Ezekiel 28:13-18

We have a good understanding of whom the Lucifer (Satan) was at the beginning. He was created by God. (Gen 1:1) He was the anointed Cherub that covereth on the holy mountain of God and walketh up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. He was created powerful, beautiful and perfect. The other angels were aware of this important virtues. Then he was known as LUCIFER, son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12) and was an angel of God who leads others to praise God in God’s presence.

The lesson to be learnt here is “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”. (1 Cor 10:12).

THE SATAN AFTER HIS FALL.  Isaiah 14:12-18; Job 1:7; 1Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:1-17.

The causes of the fall of Lucifer are these:

  1. Pride: “Pride goeth before destruction, an haughty spirit before a fall”. Satan’s heart was lifted, that is pride – Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, …I will be like the most High.”
  2. Iniquity – This is crime against God. Ezekiel 28:15 “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till INIQUITY was found in thee.” Satan committed iniquity which is a sin against God established laws. In Habakkuk 1:13, it is written, “the Holy one cannot look on iniquity”. Many of you are committing iniquity, it is a crime against God.
  3. Carnal ambition“I will be like the Most High” Isaiah 14:14. This is ungodly ambition, every desire and ambition against God’s purpose will definitely attracts defeat and God’s punishment. Check your ambition, is it carnal or ungodly, if it is then seek counsel and take a step of change.
  4. The consequences of Satan’s fall are:
  5. Cast out of heaven Isaiah 14:12
  6. Lost his position in heaven Ezekiel 28:14
  7. Assume new duties on earth Rev. 12:9
  8. Became enemy of God and man Gen 3:14-15
  9. Doomed to spend his eternity in lake of fire. Rev 20:10

 

THE SATAN’S OPERATION AFTER HIS FALL.

Satan’s focus was shifted from heaven and God on to human being whom the Lord has given dominion over all He has made (Gen 1:28). Also, whom the Lord has prepared heaven for, ie eternity with God in heaven.

The following became the ways the devil is arresting and enslaving human being in his own kingdom so as to make them his companion in lake of fire.

  1. Deception – Gen 3:1-5, he deceived man by promising them power, wealth, glory and many other things as he did to Jesus Christ in Matthew 4:1-10. He told Jesus to worship him and he will give him all things – glory, power, wealth of this earth but Jesus Christ rebuke the devil and he left Jesus Christ alone. The devil devices has not changed, so be wise. God is the owner and custodian of glory, power and wealth – 1 Chron 29:10-12.
  2. Suggestion John 13:2. The devil gives advice and suggestions to us, we must be careful whose advice and suggestion we are taking like Jonadab who advised Amnon to rape Tamar – 1 Sam 13:1-5.
  3. Temptation – Matt. 4:1-10. The devil will usually distract us with what attracts us and tempt us with what we usually desire. It comes like a subtle prompting from your inside/mind be careful, every ungodly desire is a temptation of the devil unto our destruction.
  4. Gratification of the flesh – James 1:13-14. “…Everyone is tempted when he is drawn away of his lust and enticed”. You must control your flesh which is the tool of Satan for temptation and destruction – your eyes, your sexual organs, your hand, your legs, your brain etc.
  5. Persecution, Affliction, Accusation – Rev. 12:5-6; John 15:20; 2 Cor 4:17; Acts 20:23. When you are faced with persecution and affliction the devil is at work to make you run from God to him because he has his agents, eg herbalist, with doctors, false prophets, talisman, fake religious leaders, marabas etc.
  6. Oppression, Depression, Obsession, Opposition – Acts 10:38; Matt. 26:41; 1Cor 4:10; 1John 2:8,22; 4:3. The devil could use any of these methods to arrest and enslave anyone who is not taking Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and abide in the holy way. At times, he suggests suicide which is a direct result of depression and obsession. You will not be a victim of any of these in Jesus name.
  7. Possession (John 7:20, 8:48; Matt 4:24) The devil can take full possession of a person by casting his spirit upon and into such a person. Remember in Mark 5:1-15. A man fully possessed by evil spirit whom Jesus healed casting out the legion verse 15 records “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” This is the work of the devil, please be prayerful and if you notice anything strange cast out the devil in Jesus name.

THE CHRISTIANS POWER TO OVERCOME SATAN

We can overcome the devil/satan and live a victorious life if only we can do the following:

  1. The power of salvation – You must accept Jesus Christ into your life after you might confess your sins, forsake them and call on Jesus to come into your life. 1John 5:4-5; Rev. 3:20-21.
  2. The power of prayer – Luke 18:1. A life of prevailing prayer is necessary using only the name of Jesus.
  3. The power of the blood of Jesus Christ Rev 12:11 – Always plead the blood of Jesus Christ and cover yourself with it.
  4. The power of Jesus’ name Prov 18:10; Mark 16:17 – Use the name of Jesus in your prayers always. Phil 2:9-11
  5. The power of the Word of God (Bible) Eph 6:14-17- Always pray using the word of the Bible against the devil.
  6. The power of Holy Ghost and fire 2 Kings 1: 10-15. Ask and receive the Holy Ghost and fire unto your life. You must receive Holy Ghost baptism. Matt 3:11
  7. The power of Holiness and Faith John 14:30 – You must live a holy life and always have positive testimony which is the confession of your faith. 1John 5:4

Conclusion: “Submit yourselves therefore to God, RESIST THE DEVIL and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Don’t play with the devil, he is looking for whom to devour (1Pet 5:8). Therefore, love not the world and things in the world (worldly system, tradition, fashion, culture) the devil uses them to trap Christians. You will make heaven in Jesus name.

Maranatha.

Advice before adventure

“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war” Prov 20:18

Advice is a guidance or recommendations about future action. Advice is a recommendation with regard to a course of action, it is somebody’s opinion about what another person should do.

Adventure is bold undertaking, an undertaking involving uncertainty and risk.

The journey of year 2016 – Two thousand and sixteen must not be taken without a proper plan, goal and objectives which need both divine and human advice to accomplish it. The journey of year 2016 is an adventure because it is an undertaking that is full of uncertainty(ies).

Every journey is an adventure and every adventure must be taken with divine and human advice.

The divine aspect is necessary because it is written “Remember the former things of old; for I am God and there is none else; I am GOD, and there is none like me. I declare the END from the BEGINNING and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, MY COUNSEL shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Please, take note that God said, I declare the end from the beginning, meaning He knows everything about the year 2016 (all through). If that is the case, we need DIVINE (GOD) advice in this 2016 so as to have our desires accomplished.

On the other hand, we need human advice because some have gotten the experience by encounter and revelation what we are likely to face in this journey of year 2016.

Another word for advice is counsel; Remember, life is presented to man in equal ratio, but wisdom and experience are not presented to us in equal proportion. Therefore, human advice is recommended for this 2016 journey.

We shall discuss this topic under this three sub-topics

  1. The purpose of advice in human life
  2. The people we need for advice in life
  3. The profits of advice in human life.

The purpose of advice in human life

Advice is necessary if goals must be achieved. Proper advice empowers visions unto actualisation.

The purposes of advice are:

  1. To accomplish a set goal,
  2. To establish a course
  3. To see what he/she cannot see
  4. To overcome others’ failure
  5. To have a broader knowledge on a subject matter.

No one possess all the knowledge of this life. The other person will have something small or great to offer us when we seek advice.

The year 2016 is a like journey in a dark tunnel with light but the advice of those who by grace have spent more years than us can beam light in this tunnel.

Note that EVERY STEP that is guided by good advice ends in GOOD RESULT.

The people we need for advice in life

We need some special people for advice because without right people’s, advice purposes will be defeated.

The qualified people are:

  1. An experienced old man/woman
  2. An experience old counsellor
  3. An experienced old man of God
  4. An experienced old mentor
  5. An experienced holy shepherd /pastor.

Do you observed the following words; experienced, old, holy as the qualifications you must look for in those who must offer you advice.

In the Bible there are classical example of those who received advice and the result thereof.

  1. Exodus 18:13-17 Moses would have died before his time if not for the advice of Jethro a priest and also the father-in-law.
  2. 1 Kings 12:5-16 Rehoboam the son of Solomon lost ten tribes and ruled over only two tribes of Israel because he listened to the advice of his young friends and mates and forsook the advice of the old wise men.
  3. 2 Sam13:1-15. Amnon rape his sister Tamar because he listed to the advice of his friend Jonadab and that brought destruction upon the household of David.
  4. 1 Sam 20:9-23 David escaped death and later became king of Israel because he listened to the advice of an old holy friend Jonathan.

Always seek counsel and advice in all you must do this year and beyond. This is an instruction God is giving us this year don’t disobey.

The profits of advice in human life

  1. Every purpose is established by counsel and with good advice make war Prov 20:18.
  2. Where no counsel is the people fall Prov 11:14
  3. In the multitude of counsellors there is safety Prov 11:14
  4. Without counsel purposes are disappointed Prov 15:22a
  5. In the multitude of counsellors they are established Prov 15:22b
  6. Many people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hos 4:6
  7. My people are gone into captivity because they lack knowledge Isaiah 5:13
  8. The honourable men are famished and their multitude dried up with thirst because they lack knowledge Isaiah 5:13b
  9. My people ask counsel at their stocks… and the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err – Hosea 4:12
  10. Blessed by the ADVICE and blessed be thou, which has kept me this day from coming to shed blood and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 1 Sam 25:33,38.

The profits are endless but the above should help you. In this year advice is recommended before adventure. Remember, advice is to help you to achieve your plans.

In conclusion, thus saith the Lord before every step ask for direction from approved source and resource persons. Psalm 18:29-43.

God’s Trumpets

God’s Trumpets are the last days saints who are ordained to call people to repentance and holy living.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (1 Thes 4:16)

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Cor. 15:52)

God’s trumpet is also the last sound to assemble the saints of the Lord.

(1) The history of trumpet in the bible

The history of trumpet in the bible has diverse connotations. The following are the major ones:

  1. Instrument during services of sacrifice eg. Day of atonement (Lev 25:9).
  2. An instrument to rally troops for battle (Joshua 6:4)
  3. An instrument to sound attack (Job 39:24-25)
  4. An instrument to sound alarm (Jer 6:1, Amos 3:6)
  5. An instrument to signal peace and war (Num 10:2-9)
  6. An instrument to sound jubilation (Num 10:10)
  7. An instrument of music and worship (Psalm 98:6)

The above are the original uses of trumpets.

However, in the new testament in Matt 6:2 Jesus warned that we should not sound trumpets when giving our alms as the hypocrites. Trumpet draws attention of people to something.

(2) The duties of God’s Trumpets

God’s trumpets are the saints whose duties in this end time are to do the following:

(a) Calls people to repentance: Every believer who is genuinely converted and saved has the mandate to call people to repentance for he/she is God’s trumpet – Luke 16:29-31.

(b) Calls people to holy living: In this end time it ‘doesn’t matter’ has replaced holiness. You cannot differentiate a Christian from a non-christian. If we cannot distinguish you in terms of your outlook, and outward features, you are not God’s trumpet. You can only give what you have, before you can call others to holy living, you must be holy. Thus, God’s trumpets call people to holy living because they are holy. Matt 7:1-5. In this case you must be an example and epitome of holiness.

( c) Calls people to remember heaven. The preachers of nowadays call people to materialism. Only few call people remember heaven. It is very unfortunate that most christians don’t remember heaven daily. The daily activities of what we shall eat, wear, achieve and show to people has shifted our focus from heaven. Jesus said, seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and the other things shall be added unto us (Matt 6:33). The reason for our labour without favour and good result is that we are seeking other things first and God last. God is the creator of all things, the wisest, the biggest, the greatest, source of all resources said seek me first and human said we shall seek what you created first. No wonder we fast and pray no answer, we work and work no commensurate reward, we labour for others to eat and we run after them, those things also run from us. I love Trumpeter David in Psalm 23:5-6 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” David did first thing first, goodness and mercy pursued him. He was not pursuing them, they pursued him. Many of us recite this after prayers without knowing that there is a process before a product, there is contest before conquest. If you do the right things, things will be right with you. SEEK GOD FIRST AND ALL OTHER THINGS (name it) SHALL BE ADDED TO YOU.

(d) Calls people to satanic devices. This world has a prince which is the devil. All the things in this world is under the prince especially things against Godliness. In James 4:4 states: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” God’s trumpeters are here to raise alarm and call attention to satanic stylistic devices to ensnare, enslave and entice believers to sin and hell. It is our duties to make a declaration from hell and lake of fire 2Tim 2:26.

Will you join the God’s trumpets? If your answer is yes, then you need the following qualifications for admission: Genuine salvation, genuine desire to make heaven, uncompromising hatred for worldliness and sin, unquenchable hunger to save souls and prevailing prayers to prevail over the devil daily. Finally, you must feed on the Word of God daily and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you daily.

(3) The Trumpeters in the Bible

  1. The priests
  2. The singers
  3. The angels
  4. The saints
  5. The prophets

These are the consecrated servants of God. Please you can join them. It is the trumpet that will announce the rapture.

In conclusion “CRY ALOUD, SPARE NOT, LIFT UP THY VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET and SHOW MY PEOPLE THEIR TRANSGRESSION and the House of Jacob THEIR SINS.” (Isaiah 58:1)

God’s Trumpets are assigned unto this work in this end time. Awake. He is coming soon.

Maranatha.

The Family God is looking for/needed

For I know him (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Gen 18:19

A godly family makes a godly society, nation and church. The present predicament of global increase in crimes is the outcome of ungodly families which has replaced the godly families which was God’s divine design.

The failure of a doctor is usually deposited and seen in mortuary, but the failure of families is seen in all areas of human activities as thorns in the flesh of committee of nations. The home is the factory of every good or evil seen in the society today. Therefore, we need to go back to the basics of family. The original intention of God for human existence was based on the family. Hence, when God made all things, he created Adam and Eve to be in charge and bring forth children after their own likeness and spread the same over the surface of the earth. We shall look at the topic: the family God is looking for with the following sub-topics:

  1. The family God created then
  2. The family we see now
  3. The family God needed now

Please, God is looking for a family that will follow the original plan He intended.

  1. THE FAMILY GOD CREATED THEN. “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. 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.  And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. The family created by God was made in His own image (27). It means they were like God in the four angles that portrays man: 1. Holy in image (outlook) 2. Holy in character (outdo) 3. Holy in imagination (in thought) 4. Holy in communication (outward).

The family God created was made in the image of God meaning looking like God, dressed like God, covered with the glory of God. This family had Godly character because they are made like God. Lion will beget young lion (cubs), goat can never give birth to dogs. Their imagination, thoughts, senses of this family was holy, pure and godly not thinking evil, nor sinfulness because God’s word by which they were made was in them. Lastly, their communication was with much wisdom and crystal knowledge and purity.

Glory be to God. God is looking for such a brother and sister that will form a holy family and raise godly seed (Mal 2:15) for him. Is it possible again to see a virgin brother and sister not only in the world but in the church that has not defiled themselves with boys or girls? If the foundation be spoilt what can the righteous do.

  1. The family we see now. In the present world the family that are common lacks the characteristics of the family God created at the beginning. The present day family are full of these four features: 1. Worldly in image (out look) 2. Worldly in character (out do) 3. Worldly in imagination (in thought) 4 Worldly in communication (out ward).

Please, let us cross check these facts one by one: 1 Worldly in image (out look) that is our dressing and physical appearance with all the attendant adornment where a man wears what belongs to a woman, and the woman wears what belongs to a man. The climax of it now is nudity in dressing. It is impossible to please to please God with our outlook, when God saw Adam and Eve naked he covered them – Gen 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them”. 2 Worldly in character (outdo) “…for their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,…” (Rom 1:26-27). In this generation our character is best described by the word SIN ie satanic in nature and satan in nature (Rom 1:29-32). Children abusing parents, parents keeping extra marital affairs and many things that the space will not allow us to mention. 3. Worldly in imagination (in thought). Every imagination of the thoughts was evil (Gen 6:5; 8:21; Rom 1:21). It is written that out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts (Matt 15:17-18). We have refused God in our thoughts and Jesus Christ in our hearts therefore, we are full of evil imaginations. Husbands killing wives, wives poisoning husbands, children killing parents for money and many more. Divorce is everywhere, it has even been legalised when God said, I hate divorce etc. 3. Worldly in communication (out ward). What do you hear now, abusive words, idle words, jesting and words that lack edification. Hence, families don’t have peace because it is written; a soft answer turned away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger (Prov 15:1). This ought not to be so.

  1. The family God needed now. The family God is looking for now is the family that falls within these criterium: i. Godly in foundation  ii. Godly in practice  111. Godly in daily living.
  2. Godly in foundation“Marriage is honourable in all and the bed (foundation) undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” Heb 13:4. A family whose foundation is by God through prayers, holiness and obedience to God’s divine instructions through the Bible and His chosen servants (pastors).
  3. Godly in practice – For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. A family that is godly in image, character, imagination and communication by practice.

iii. Godly in daily living – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein DAY and NIGHT (daily), that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”. (Joshua 1:8). You must live by God’s instruction everyday and form your family after the first family He created.

Conclusion: It is possible to become the next family God will save in this generation that is polluted like as of old when God saved only Lot’s family from Sodom & Gomorrah, Noah’s family from the flood, and Joseph & Mary to bear Jesus in the whole earth, if you can be like the first family He created and needed now (Job 5:27). Maranatha.

Avoiding 12 killers of glorious life (Part II)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the foolish/simple pass on, and are punished.  (Prov. 27:12)

Every enemy of your glorious life shall fall before you never to rise forever in Jesus name. You are destined and born great, you will achieve greatness. But it is necessary to avoid what will destroy your greatness as a wise person.

In part one of this presentation we looked at disobedience, anger, lie, lust, stealing and negligence. In this paper we will consider the other six and you will be blessed.

  1. LAZINESS: This is an act of not doing things very well. Many that are born great failed to achieve greatness because of laziness. It is written in Prov 13:4 that the SOUL OF THE SLUGGARD DESIRETH AND HAD NOTHING: BUT THE SOUL OF THE DILIGENT SHALL BE MADE FAT.

Diligent/hardwork is the opposite of laziness/slothfulness. You have to terminate laziness in your lifestyle to become great and to turn ambition into reality and bring your vision into actualisation. In Proverb 6:6-11, the lazy man was given a counsel “go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise, which having no guide, overseer or ruler provideth her meat/food in the summer and gathereth her food in harvest. How long will thou sleep, O sluggard? When will thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth and fly wants as an armed man” The hand of the diligent shall bear rule but the hand of the lazy shall be under slavery. You are born to rule don’t die a slave as a result of laziness. Wake up, you will make it in Jesus name.

  1. WRONG COUNSEL. This means wrong advice. Anyone who takes wrong counsel like our brother Rehoboam. Rehoboam the son of Solomon was chosen to become king after his father King Solomon. But before his coronation, the Israelites called him to declare his manifestos/plan for them. He told them to give three days to seek counsel. He sought counsel from elders and also from friends who are young like him. At the end of three days when the people gathered to hear his plan, he declared the wrong counsel given to him by his young friends. Consequently the whole kingdom of Israel which was made up of twelve tribes divided unto two, ten went away from him and only two followed him. Consequently, he ruled as a king over only two tribes instead of twelve because of wrong counsel. Please kindly read the book of I Kings 12:1-16. Don’t forget that Ammon raped his half-sister Tamar because of wrong advice received from his young friend Jonadab (2 Sam 13:1-5). It is written that evil communications corrupts good manners (I Cor 15:33). My advice to you is to always seek counsel from old wise holy people and not your young inexperience mates. Good counsel leads to great and glorious achievements.
  2. PRIDE: Thinking/boasting more than whom you are is pride. It is written in Prob 15:33 – “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and BEFORE HONOUR IS HUMILITY.” The opposite of pride is humility. If you can put off the garment and spirit of pride your goodness and greatness will come easily and swiftly. We are told about someone in the Bible his name was Lucifer in the book of Isaiah 13:12-19. He was great but pride brought him down and he lost all his glories.

The word of the Lord declared – “pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov 16:18). “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom”. (Prov 11:2). I pray for you that pride will not deny you your joy and glorious life.

  1. FREE SEX (FORNICATION AND ADULTERY). Every act of sexual intercourse outside legal marriage is free sex and according to God’s word it is regarded as fornication and adultery. This include pre-marital sex, prostitution, whoredom, lesbianism, masturbation, homosexualism and gay sex. Anyone who engages himself/herself in any of these will surely incure God’s wrath and curse plus loss of glorious life. Please take your bible and read the book of Judges 17:1-31. The man Samson who was born great lost everything and became small boy because of sex which could have been avoided. Samson fell through a woman called Delilah. A mighty man of war, valour and conqueror became a toy, puppet and game before those he once conquered and he died without achieving all-round glory. What about Reuben, the first born of Jacob, can we read this together Gen. 49:3-4. “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.”  Reuben committed the sin of sex with the father’s concubine Bilhah (Gen 35:22). This singular act took away his first born inheritance, he lost power, position, property and possession of dignity and excellency and earned shame, slavery and sorrow. The consequences of Reuben’s free sex was far more than the two minutes enjoyment. Why must you become another free sex victim like Samson and Reuben? Be warned.
  2. PLEASURE: Any act of satisfying the flesh and self. It is written in the last days ie now people shall be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. (2 Tim 3:4). Are you a lover of pleasures more than lover of God? Pleasure has ruined many great and glorious lives and denied many of their desired goal and ambition. You will not be the next victim in Jesus name. Amen. It is not a gain saying that many spend their hard earned income (salary, profit, gains, dividends) on pleasures. The prodigal son in Luke 15 is an epitome of lover of pleasure. He took his inheritance from the father and went to a far country …and there wasted his substance with riotous living (Luke 15:13). He became poor and lived on the swine food.

The wisest man said “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (Prov 21:17)

Although, some have said, it does not matter, one should enjoy life. It is not the same thing with indulging in pleasure. Pleasure is an excess enjoyment and foolish act of wasteful spending on non-profitable things which can only give few minutes satisfaction. The righteous man Noah became a unrighteous by pleasure in wine. Pleasure is ungodly delight in things that give temporary happiness. Therefore, delight yourself in godly and glorious ventures, things, acts and you will have your glorious plans coming to fulfilment. I pray that you will put away ungodly delight in Jesus name.

12. IDOLATRY: The worship of any god or gods is idolatry. The moment you refuse to serve the creator and you serve the creature you are an idolater. God’s anger is upon all idolaters. God said to us in Exodus 20:3 “Thou shall have no other gods before me”. In the New Testament we are warned in these words: Little children keep yourselves from idols. Amen (I John 5:21). Why this injunction? Idolatry is putting God down and raising things He has created above Him. This is a grievous thing – we have idols of gold, silver, wood, images, money etc. Any of these must be avoided. The first privileged man to be termed priest i.e Aaron became an enemy of God and lost Canaan Land for he died in the wilderness because of the sin of idolatry. In Exodus 32:1-6, Aaron made a golden calf for Israel when Moses went to Mount Sinai, consequently, he died in the wilderness. You will not lose your glory and miss the promise land in Jesus name. You must worship only God, unto Him you must bow. Read this aloud “Wherefore my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry” (1 Cor 10:14). Every idol worshiper will not make heaven, that is the ultimate goal of the devil, to take people to hell and lake of fire, hence he devised idolatry. You must be wise, heaven is God’s prepared place for you, you will not miss heaven in Jesus name. The only way is to be born again and serve only the true God through Jesus Christ. It is said by Jesus Christ – “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man come to God except through me” John 14:16. God bless you see you in heaven at last.

AVOIDING 12 KILLERS OF GLORIOUS LIFE (Part 1)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the foolish/simple pass on, and are punished.  (Prov. 27:12)

Wisdom is the principal thing in all your getting get understanding. To be fore warned is to be fore harmed. It is necessary to take heed to avoid these special 12 killers of glorious life.

God has good plans and purposes for us, however, certain things usually destroy the good agenda of life. If you can avoid, abstain from and control yourself concerning the following killers, your life will be glorious.

  1. DISOBEDIENCE: This is an act of going against given instruction, law, commandment and directives. Many people today are children of disobedience thereby they are losing glorious blessings, or have lost glorious blessings. It is written in the book of Hebrews 2:2 “…and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward”. We have read in the beginning how Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. The consequences were: curse, lost of glory (they became naked), lost of the garden of Eden (they became vagabond), God chased them out of the garden of Eden. Read Gen. 3:15-24. Finally, death came upon all men because of that singular disobedience.

Moses lost 80 years labour because he struck the rock as against the instruction to speak to the rock. Read Numbers 20:7-13. Moses did not enter the land of Canaan because of disobedience. King Saul lost kingship and throne because of disobedience, read I Sam. 15:16-28. There are many others who lost glorious life because of disobedience, you will not be the next victim of disobedience.

  1. ANGER: Anger is an outburst of emotion. It is written “be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools” (Eccl 7:9). Eph 4:34 counsels us to put away all anger. Please, remember how Moses in great anger struck the rock and water gushed out and that singular act denied him a land flowing with milk and honey, Num. 20:7-13. At another time anger made Moses to break the 12 commandments slate received on the mount after 40 days & nights of fasting and prayer. Things that will cause anger will come but it is written “…be angry and sin not” Eph. 4:26. This means control, discipline yourself in the moment of anger. Prov. 22:24 warned that you must not make friendship with an angry man. Please, pray about your anger and do away with it before it destroys your glorious blessings.
  2. LIE: This is falsehood. The Bible declares that Satan is a liar and the father of all liars (John 8:44). In the beginning he lied and today he is still lying. In Psalm 119:163 God said I hate lying but love the law.

Rachael lied to her father that she did not take the father’s idol, and that caused her untimely death (Gen 31:32-35, 35:16-17). She lost everything she had laboured for because she lied and curse was placed on whomsoever stole the idol. Ananias with Saphira his wife sold a possession and kept back part of the price and brought a certain part  to the Apostles. They lied to Apostle Peter that the amount they brought was the exact amount they sold the land, but they died instantly because of their lie (Acts 5:1-11).

You must stop lying so as to enjoy your glorious blessings and even have great blessings.

  1. LUST: This is an inordinate fleshly desire. We have lust of the flesh which usually leads to smoking, drinking, gluttony, fornication, adultery etc. We also have lust of the eye which is primarily evil enticement, this can be caused by many things but they can be control. The Bible warned us in I John 2:15-17. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

The devil usually test and tempt us in the area of lust. Adam and Eve were victims of lust, Gen. 3:5-6. They lost all the glorious possession and design of God for them. Jesus was tempted by the same method, Matt. 4:4-10. But He was victorious, please control your appetite and flesh in other not to loose God ordained and your personal glorious blessings.

  1. STEALING: Taking what belongs to others without their consent. We are warned that let him that stole steal no more (Eph 4:28) because Rachael died untimely because she stole her father’s gods, Judas Iscariot was a thief (John 12:4-6), consequently he lost his position as an apostle and disciple of Jesus. Return if possible what you have stolen and repent. If not possible, repent and steal no more, let us read Judges 17:1-4, “And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son.  And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee. Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. Glory be to God.
  2. NEGLIGENCE: This is to abandon your duties and responsibilities, it is also putting away or procrastinating. The negligence of Eli caused him a rare privilege to be a priest forever with his household before the Lord. His children became wayward and Eli neglected parental role because of his priest role. This ought not to be so, you must balance all your assignments, as a mother, as a father, yet as an employee or employer, pastor, etc. None of your assignments must jeopardise the other, it is a key that you must adhere to. Negligence is a great killer and destroyer in our society today. many parents neglect their parental roles for work, career, job, position and parties/occasions. Let this be reversed. Eli lost all because of negligence I Sam 3:11-18; I Sam 2:30-31, “And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.  And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.” “Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. In a single day, Eli and his sons, and daughters-in-law died. Your generation will not perish.

To be continued in the subsequent edition. 

Fruits of Heavenly Christians (Part III)

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. WHEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM. (Matt. 17:15-20)

Wow! We have come to the last part of this series of fruits of heavenly Christians. Better is the end of a matter than the beginning. Also, the last words of person in any issue is usually the best. God usually reveals the best at last.

The last R is in the word: Reverence.

REVERENCE: Eulabeia (Greek & Hebrew word). This is a feeling of profound awe and respect and fear of Him (God). God arouses a feeling of reverence in those who worship and serve Him because of His majesty and holiness.

Heb 12 28-29 “Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe; For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire”. (AMP). All those who desire heaven and not hell will consciously and continuously reverence God.

Reverence include the following: Acceptable worship, modesty in service, pious care, godly fear and awe, and love of God and others (neighbours).

Reverence is an indispensable factor and fruit of heavenly Christians. Please, mindfully follow me as we expound this word reverence in this presentation.

THE COMPONENTS OF REVERENCE:

  1. Acceptable worship: This means some worship are not acceptable. The acceptable worship is the kind of worship unto Almighty God through the name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit from a holy, genuinely converted Christian.

Any other worship to other gods are regarded as religion, which is idolatry by those who are not converted Christians.

In Rom. 12:1-2, Apostle Paul declared to us by the Holy Spirit and said “I beseech you therefore, brethren, (holy Christians) by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (acceptable) 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”.

It is clear from this scripture that acceptable service is offered by a genuinely born again Christian who is also living a holy life and who has crucified flesh and live only by grace of God and His spirit to serve God in acceptable manner.

Please, let no man or woman of God, brother and sister deceive you by telling you that it does not matter what you do with your body, and that God is only concerned with your soul.

The word of God is the only infallible authority that must be followed and obeyed not human beings who are of deceit and greed with great selfishness and self interest to profit in worldly things.

The Bible instructed us to present our body a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1), I Corinth 6:19-20 states “What? 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 (reverence) God in your BODY, and in your SPIRIT, which are God’s.”

Furthermore, I Corinth 3:16-17 confirm thus “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.”

It is mandatory therefore, for heavenly minded Christians to offer acceptable worship, keep their body holy (avoid tattoos, avoid worldly adornment, avoid worldly permitted practices). Worship God in spirit and truth, and at the time acceptable and don’t be conformed to worldly religious practices.

  1. Modesty in service: This is the principle of moderation and the avoidance of indecency. In reverence to God we must be modest in service. Phil 4:5, it is written, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” This means, if you want to make heaven, you must do things in a relatively low key and not flamboyant ways of this world. The word is at hand means Jesus is coming soon. Modest in service include avoidance of indecency, you must dress decently not exposing your parts as is the way of this world. As a lady cover your head in worship and prayer (I Cor 11:1-15) Don’t follow those who preach otherwise, they are not your God the author of the Bible. As a brother dress decently and don’t plait your hair nor wear earrings.
  2. Pious Care: This is holy living and giving attention to godly things. In Col 3:1-2 “…Set your affection on things above (heaven), not on things on the earth”. Jesus said in Matt. 6:19-21 “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, …For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Those who are heavenly minded Christians are not encumbered with things of this world, because we are warned in I John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him…”

The things you should love is soul wining, Christian serve, helping the widow and orphans and godly commandments etc.

  1. Godly fear and awe: The fear of God is to run away from evil and things that are not pleasing unto him. (Job 28:28). The great preacher having said many things said, Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. “FEAR GOD and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, for God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil” (Ecc 12:13-14).

It highly recommend that we should fear Him who is able to kill and destroy and nobody can question Him and at last cast into lake of fire. God is a consuming fire that is the greatest reason why we should fear if we must make heaven. Whatever, He has said he will do, heaven and hell is real only those who fear God and run away from sin and evil will make heaven.

  1. Love of God and neighbours: Jesus said, the greatest law is this “…Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: …Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself…” (Mark 12:29-31)

Hello friends, this kind of love is unfeign, love towards God and human being. Love all without discrimination, this kind of love is unconditional, no tribalism, no nepotism, no racism, no structuralism, but love God and all He has created. The less-privileged, the down trodden, those who cannot reciprocate your generosity must also be loved. Read this “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love”. I john 4:7-8. Our love for God  propels us to reverence, obey and fear Him.

Conclusively, REVERENCE is a fruit you will manifest if you are really desirous of heaven. Attend church services, pray privately and in all your Christian services and activities reverence God. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Gal 5:22-23) which must be added to your Christian virtue if you must make heaven at last. See you in heaven by the grace and mercy of God wrapped in obedience to His commandment. Matt 7:21-23, make right restitution now and prepare for heaven daily.

Maranatha.

Incase you missed the previous part Fruits of Heavenly Christians II, Fruits of Heavenly Christians I