Month: February 2010

Salvation: The Process Steps

“…But much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2: 12b-13

What a joy the day you received Jesus Christ into your life! Yes, the heavens rejoice that day because you are no longer the old you and now, you are a new person.

That is salvation! And the question is; does salvation just ended there?  The answer is simple and that is; Salvation is a process steps. When you are saved. You don’t sit there and that’s it. To keep standing with the Lord, you need to work out your salvation.

The ways to do it are;

—   Reading your Bible and DAILY!

—   Pray at all times and EVERYDAY!

—   Living in the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT every second of your LIFE!

—   Preaching the Gospel every day and THROUGH ALL MEANS!

—   Keep constant relationship with God and WITHOUT ANY RELENT

—   Being conscious of who you are, the way you talk, think, look, react and of course your attitude towards life.

—   And many more.

When you are able to do these without any problems then you are working out your salvation. And lastly, never you think that you are above temptation. In fact, you are prone to temptations now than ever because the devil will not relax and see you serving God. He will do all he can to tempt you and this is why with all fear and trembling, which means with extreme consciousness and dedication to God, you are and will be able to overcome any temptation.

Believe me, being a believer is great and I love being one BUT you need to work it out!


How Much Time Do YOU Spend For YOUR Successes?

“How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” Proverbs 6:9

it is a good thing to sleep but it can be true disaster if care is not taken. It is known that sleep is great for the body as it helps abundantly.

Have you ever thought of reducing your sleep and concentrating so hard on progressing in your work or studies?

There is no doubt that when you begin to reduce the number of hours you sleep and spend longer hours at your work or studies, you will gain more and be prosperous.

If you sleep longer during your hours of illness or recuperating, then that’s another aspect and I suggest personally that you sleep more for this.

Apart from that, learn to reduce your sleep. Do not sleep the next twelve hours or fifteen hours still fast asleep when you are supposed to be working or studying. It is for your own good and for your development.

God will support you when He sees how hardworking and determined you are. And when you tend to sleep the more and become sluggish, then He won’t bother about you because you are the one who made that choice.

For your own happiness and wellbeing, I implore you to sleep less but moderately and work more to advance financially and in every way.


What Happened to Your Soul?

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalms 42:1

Love is a passion. Love brings out this deep longing such that you can never fight against. Someone once said that love intoxicates just like alcohol and I agree with this.

When you are in love, you desire to be with that person, you develop this yearning and the inexplicable thirsty that is capable of rendering you paralyze to obey your partner.

I would want you to compare this with your relationship with God. When you are in love, I mean truly in love with God, your soul will yearn and pants for him.

Think of the deer, when it’s thirsty, it thinks of nothing else than water. Its soul pants unstoppable for water until it gets it.

Make your soul pants for God more than ever. David the psalmist says his soul pants so much for God just like the deer. David was a man after God’s own heart. He acknowledged the Lord in everything he did. He made mistakes, he pleaded for forgiveness, and God punished him and forgave him too. In all these, David’s soul was truly for God.

Is your soul panting for God? Your soul is your source of life. And when your soul is not for God, then you are absolutely empty and in vain. And when your soul is for God, then your life is blessed beyond every explanation. God wants you to be for Him and alone. He does not want you to make any error toying with your soul or giving your soul to the way of the world.

Check out your life, ask yourself some questions and try to find out if truly, and sincerely your soul is for God.


Your Passport to Life

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Much is required from you when you are a believer. You don’t have anymore right to do, as you want unless you don’t want to obey the law of the Lord. And one of the fruits of the child of God is HUMILITY. When you have this, then you have everything, but when you lack humility then you must understand that your Christianity is not complete.

No matter how great you are in life, or how high is your position, that you are a believer, carrying the image of Christ, then you need humility. It cost you nothing. It’s just part of your heritage.

Any act of selfish or being self-centred should be far from you. What must you take life as if it belongs to you? Why do you have to hold on so tight to things in your life and refused to share with others? Do you think it worth it that you exhibit pride before people and anyhow you want?

Please do away with pride, and embrace humility. It is your passport to life and your heritage from our Lord Jesus Christ.


Trust is all you need

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty” Psalm 91:1

There is absolutely no one who depends entirely on God for everything he needs in life that will be disappointed. God is faithful to His people and it is His happiness when we all put your trust in Him.

The bible says He is the almighty and that means He has all the power and the grace to see us through.

If you trust God in your life, then there is no point in you getting worried about the issues in your life. God will take care of them all. All you need is to be strong in your faith and never lose hope.

You need nothing but TRUST, so why don’t you go on and keep trusting Him.


The Source of Forgiveness

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” Acts 13:38 (NIV).

You don’t have to doubt anymore about where comes your redemption because as you have read in this verse above, your forgiveness and mine is from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus Christ coming to save you and I, I bet we would have been lost long ago.  Christ came, forgave us and took away all our sins without Him asking us to Him back.

What a priceless love! Thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ, and for giving us the gospel of peace.

Praise the name of the Lord!


Your Moment Of Temptation

“Then the other said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord: Bring him back with you into your house, so that he may eat food and drink water.” 1 Kings 13:18

To serve God requires more than the physical. You need to be seriously filled with the Spirit of God so that you will be able to discern the good from the bad. When the Holy Spirit of God overshadows your life, there is no way you can end up making terrible mistake(s) without you being warned unless you deliberately want to.

Look at the verse again, and for you to understand this verse you need to read the whole chapter 13 of 1 Kings. The man addressing the former was an old prophet who had deeper knowledge of God and His ways while the former was a prophet that God sent to warn King Jeroboam of his evil ways.

When the prophet did as God commanded him, and even restored the withered hand of Jeroboam back to normal, the king asked him to dine with him but the prophet refused, telling the king how God instructed him (Prophet) not to eat or dine in the house of Jeroboam.

I want you to understand something here. God sent the prophet to king Jeroboam, which is correct BUT God did not instruct the prophet to tell King jeroboam that he (Prophet) should not eat, dine or drink in the house of Jeroboam!

It is one thing to hear and listen to an instruction, and it is another thing to hear it and OBEY it!

When the sons of the old Prophet of God heard this, one of them went to their father and told him what happened between the other prophet and King Jeroboam. And for the old prophet to test the faith and the commitment of the other prophet in the service of God, he saddled his horse, went after him and MET HIM SITTING UNDER AN OAK TREE!

That’s an error! Being under the oak tree means the younger prophet was tired, probably tired of God’s errands and was very hungry. Normally, he was sent to King Jeroboam and once he was done, he should return to his home BUT he stayed back in the city and rested under the oak tree. Maybe he was regretting his refusal to have dined with the king.

With clear evidence, this young prophet is indeed a servant of God BUT he was not fully grounded in the service of God neither was he 100% filled with the Spirit of God. Surely he had problem battling with his human nature.

So without any argument or resistance, he accepted what the old Prophet proposed to him about coming to his house (which mean RETURNING TO THE CITY HE WAS NO SUPPOSED TO HAVE RETURNED UNDER GOD’S DIVINE INSTRUCTION).  1 Kings 13:19.

Because of hunger, this man did not pause to ask him if he was doing the right thing by listening to the old prophet but he just got up and followed the man back to his house to eat.

And again, if he were truly for God, he would have known that the old prophet was surely a prophet like him BUT he could not, which means he was not having the discerning spirit of God in him. Je could have known that the old prophet was lying and deceiving him. He could have evicted the suddenly and untimely death that came to him later on.

The end result of this mere disobedience lead to the young prophet’s death, which God predicted right away while he was eating, through the same mouth of the old prophet.  On his way home, a lion killed him and left his body mercilessly by the roadside like a piece of rubbish.

This is a great lesson for every Christian. It is not enough to accept the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ but you need to fill your life with the Holy Spirit so that you can find help in the moment of temptation.

Believe me, there is no way you can boycott temptations and to excel and be above them because temptations are bound to come, and this is why you must embrace the Spirit of God. Do not count solely on your human understanding. Instead, ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit.  You surely need Him. And without Him, you are just like a boat in the midst of stormy seas without any help.


Your Emergency Responsibility

“All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him; for he alone of Jeroboam’s family shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.” 1 kings 14:13

If you read the entire chapter 14 of 1 kings, you will discover how Abijah, son of Jeroboam fell sick, and Jeroboam instructed his wife to disguise herself and go to Prophet Ahijah to inquire about the health of their son, and how the Prophet revealed the woman’s true identity even before she stepped into the prophet’s house.

Then this was followed by Prophet Ahijah’s prediction concerning Jeroboam and his family. God granted Abijah a honourable death, and burial and memorial mourning, which all Israel did for him.

The bible says, none of Jeroboam’s family will die naturally because of his numerous sins BUT God remembered Abijah and there is no doubt here that among all the family members of Jeroboam, Abijah must have followed God with his entire heart.

Yes, the boy died but he did not die mercilessly like the rest of his family. He died normally, and was buried and all Israel mourned him.

If you read the verse again, you will notice this precious words; “…. because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel…” That means Abijah served God throughout his life!

He died, not paying for the sins of his father. I bet God removed the boy earlier on away from his family so that he would not experience any of the punishments set out for Jeroboam, who failed to serve God but worship false gods, burnt incense, bow down to lifeless images, which he believed would save him.

Many of us Christians do not see the emergency when it comes to us teaching our children about God. I would like to understand this, and that is, Christianity is not just meant for you and you alone. It involves your family members too. If you are a parent, then you have the emergency responsibility to lead your children in the ways of the Lord.

Apart from this, do not be so indulge in your sinful ways and by this influence your children as well. You are hold responsible for what happen to them. You are in charge of their wellbeing and for this, you must show them the ways of God. Tell them about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Make them know that God exists and teach them about the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Jeroboam was a bad parent, yet his son, Abijah, chose not to follow his father’s footstep. The boy must have been shown God’s instructions right from when he was young and he lived by it until his death.

I still remind you, nothing is of emergency responsibility to you presently than to raise your children in the ways of God. You may never know the effect of this at the moment until generation after generation of yours exist years on that the effect of what you teach them would show.

Do not be a bad parent like Jeroboam; instead, make it your profound duty to nurture your children with love, and divine laws of our Lord.


Who Are Your Friends?

“Happy are those who do not follow the advise of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and his law they meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Often we believe that friends are doing us good when they advised us on issues that we told them, but at the end, we discover that the advises our friends gave us are not good.  It is true that our friends may mean well for us, and they believe in their own understanding that they are helping us.

This can be likened to the wicked ones. When someone whose heart is filled with evil comes to you, there is every possibility that you may not have the idea that the person is bad. He may hide his true identity and then advise you on things to do, and if you are not careful or sensitive, you may end up following his advise and that’s how you get into trouble.

The bible says, we should not follow the advise of the wicked. And how can you avoid this? This is by being conscious of what is being said to you, by taking every note of words people come to tell you and by being filled with the Holy Spirit of God to be able to discern the good from the bad.

Believe me, you cannot continue on this journey of your Christian faith without the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life because he will help you to avoid sinning. You need to avoid many sinful advises that people bring to you. You don’t have to join them in participating in what they do. When you do that, then you are not in accordance with God’s law.

Happy, that’s what the bible says, will that person be, whose heart is strictly for God. When you are for the Lord, there is no way you will get into trouble because surely your life is governed by the law of God.

And when you choose to follow the wicked ones and dwell in sin, peace of mind will elude you, and of course, there is no way you can be happy because you will be taunted by guilty conscience all the time.

So please choose to follow God, seize from getting advises from the evil ones and rest your heart upon the Lord. He will bring you peace of mind that no one can ever or will ever give to you.


Let It GO!

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

I would like you to understand that the way it is easy to get angry with someone, so also it is easy to forgive. Many of us have reached the stage where nothing can get on our nerves and we do forgive, irrespective of whatever anyone did to us, but there are some who seem not to forget and forgive no matter what.

As Christians, we don’t have the right to hold grudges against anyone. In fact, Christ does not authorise us to keep malice and then not forgive. No matter what someone did to us, or will do, we must forgive. This is Christ commandment!

The nature of God is to forgive, to let go and that is it, and we must obey God’s instructions.

Have you ever paused and asked yourself this; if God hasn’t forgiven us all of our sins, I bet we would have really messed up big time. You can imagine how many offenses we did against God and He forgives our iniquities.

So do not hold any grudges but please forgive, forgive, forgive and let go.