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In a Specific place at a Specific time

‘But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet] and went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading places then known]. So he paid the appointed fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His servant and minister].’
Jonah 1:3 (AMP)

I have no doubt you knew the story of Jonah. God sent him (Jonah) to go and proclaim against Nineveh for its wickedness. Instead Jonah did the opposite. He fled, running away from God.

Jonah’s story is such that it lingers on forever and forever in the mind of every
believer. Even children knew about Jonah as they’ve read from the children’s bibles, TVs and Sunday schools.

However Jonah’s story is a peculiar one. Just as Jonah, himself is an historical personality. There is no doubt that Jonah did not have complete understanding of God’s sovereignty. The bible says that Jonah fled. This is very significant. It was obvious that Jonah did not fully know that God is omnipresent. In his head, he
felt God is just in a specific place at a specific time. He failed to see
clearly in his spiritual opinion to know that God is everywhere. Why in the
first place did Jonah decided to hide from God?

Jonah believed God will not be able to stop him if he runs away. He thought if he goes as far as Tarshish that God will stop bothering him about going to proclaim
against Nineveh.

I would like you to know that Jonah was not the only prophet in the days of Nineveh.
God could have called His other faithful ones to carry out his instructions. However God called on Jonah. The Lord chose Jonah.

How many times you have heard God’s callings upon your life but ignored them? How many times have you run away like Jonah in your bids to avoid serving God? How many times have you concluded in your mind that you are not suitable for pastoral services simply because you, first of all, want to follow your own heart?

There were no airplanes or space jets in the days of Jonah so I bet you must have been thinking of opting for the faster transport alternatives that you can use to
flee from God. For you to think you can run or avoid God’s calling upon your
life is like toying with the unthinkable. God chooses you because He loves you.
He chooses you because He alone knows what’s best for you. You should be the
happiest person knowing that you’re counted worthy of the service of God. You
need to ask yourself what’s so special in you that make God to pick you out
among the trillion of Christians on earth.

At the end Jonah ended up obeying God and because he did, God’s wrath was lifted off Nineveh. The city and its people genuinely acknowledged their sins, and asked God for forgiveness. And God forgave them.  In the same way you will be saving uncountable lost souls when you do what God calls you to do.

Do not bother thinking you can run from God. It’s a waste of time and energy because if you do, He will find you out! And you will still have to obey His callings.
So why not obey! Remember there is no one who has the audacity and the power to
hide from God. Even Satan cannot.  It’s impossible!

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Come and I will show you who I am

 ‘Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye,
tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.’
Deuteronomy
19:21 (NIV)

My city is one of the places where it’s been said several times that those driving there
should go back to driving school to learn how to drive properly. Is it those
that are fond of passing the red traffic light without caring about other
people’s lives? Is it about those who overtake even when the speed kilometre is
maximised at 50? Is it about those who prefer to get engross in telephone
conversation while driving at the same time? I wonder how they will be able to
concentrate on the road!

I was driving out to work this morning, thinking out my plan for the day. I noticed
another car right behind me; and in front of me was a motorbike. We, the trio,
were driving at 50 kilometres. It was obvious we were not violating any rules.

All of a sudden I noticed a car overtook the other car behind me and was going to do the same with me, believing that my front was clear. Unfortunately a minibus was
coming on the other side. So this car was in trouble as it cannot come to my
front without hitting off the man on the motorbike. At the same time it was
just too tight to fit in between me and the motorbike.

I had to step so hard on my brake that I felt every nerve in my body rose to life. I
counted my lucks that I had on my safety belt. I was shocked. I could have had
an accident or whatever. Thousands of thoughts ran through my head at that time
and I just realising that this driver was a very careless person. I mean
someone who never cares about safety.

So I followed him. I honed so hard and continued to follow him. I bet he was afraid
or lost. I made up my mind to attract the police with my action so that this
man can pay for what he did. At a point when we got to a stop, I picked my
phone and snapped his plate number. That was when he stopped and came out,
walking to me. I winded down my glass and listened to his desperate voice.

He kept proving he did nothing wrong even when he returned to his car. As for me I had taken his vehicle matriculation number and I had made up my mind to alert the
police. When we reached another roundabout we spotted the Police on patrol. I
slowed down with the intention of going to them. Then I saw the driver of that
car sped off and what I saw was just pure fear. He was a man but he was not man
enough.

I got to the police and one of them was smiling infectiously, waiting for me to talk.

That was when I heard an inner voice warning me to let it go. I felt the heat inside me died out and a kind of empty space was left behind. I knew I was just told it’s
not my duty to get this man into trouble. I knew what awaits him if I had gone
to the Police. He will either lose his points or whatever. Maybe he’s got no
driving license at all!

I smiled back at the police, who now had a puzzled look, before I drove off. By the time I got to my destination whatever resentment I’d felt earlier for this careless
driver had gone. I was curious when I discovered all I felt for his was
compassion. It is easier to get him into trouble but what about pardoning him?

Living a life where everything is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth or a deed for a
deed is not the life of Christ. We are to forgive, to let go and to get rid of
any memories that can hinder our relationship with God. God is love. The kind
of love He has for us is incomparable and if we want to emulate Him, then we
should be ready to forgive without holding anything back in our hearts.

People will hurt us. Friends will make us mad. Family members will deliberately step on our nerves. Colleagues will even betray our confidences. Strangers will spat on our faces. The good news is we’ve got the power to love. The driving force of the
love of God is so strong that if we embrace it willingly we will have peace
with God and with people in our worlds.

If we feel we cannot forgive then let us pause and think of Jesus Christ who freely gave His life so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. That will
help us to forgive and let go.

Posted in Book of Ecclesiastes, Christianity, death, God, gospel, human being, serving God, Solomon, wisdom, worship

How to get to your last Bus-Stop

‘For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:18 ASV)

There are several accounts of king Solomon’s relationship with Queen of Sheba though the bible only noted their meeting. One account stated that both of them had sexual relationship. As for the latter, personally I am in doubt about this.

These two had two things in common; they were powerful and wise. They had their peculiarities. With all their wisdom, especially that of King Solomon, he ended up realising his limits.

One thing about Life is that the more a man knows, the more he would love to know. A man wants to know more. He is never satisfied with his level of knowledge. A man wants to be perfect. He desires to be the best, to be above all and all. A man wants to be in charge of everything. He wants to rule the world! He wants to control and does not want to be controlled in return.

If you look at the society, what you will notice is the speed at which individuals are battling against one another all in the bid to win the others over. Giant companies are competing and cheating, and pirating and copying one another in the struggle for power. Politicians are attacking themselves through destructive means.

And the question that will pop into your mind is, WHY?

You should not be surprise because by nature, human being is never contented with single achievement. It is not his fault. It is his nature.

However there is a price attached to every achievement. Nothing in this life is free except Salvation. To get to the top, a man must work hard until he bleeds. To remain slim, a woman must exercise and eat with detailed care. To be a medical doctor, a man must first study medicine. To be a good policeman, a man must go for training. To be a good businessman, a man must learn to master how he handle his money and work tirelessly.

The problem is, a day will come when there will be a final FULL-STOP. This is the day when a man dies. That day he will not carry all his wealth with him to his grave. He will not have his Phd degree in his pocket when he meet God because there is not job requirement in heaven. He will not have his wife lying with him inside his coffin telling him to throw away that packet of cigarette in his hand.

King Solomon understood this predicament of a man when he wrote, ‘I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:14 ASV)

Therefore, I’m here to remind you not to forget your salvation no matter what you do. Put God first before any other things. Do not honour another man in the place God. When it is finished for you, it means it is finished for you. Remember your life is like chapters in a book; as you have a beginning, so also you have an end. Death is inevitable and the earlier you accept this, the better for you.

So live your life doing good. Eat well. Sleep well. Worship God non-stop. Preach Christ in all your endeavour, live in harmony with people, do not be lazy, be contented with what you have and work hard if you must BUT don’t get involved in crooked actions.

Above all, never stop praising God every second of your life. He deserves it!

Posted in Bible, Book of 1 Corinthians, God, gospel, Jesus Christ, life, preaching, responsibility, righteousness, salvation, serving God

The Shame that flushes your face

‘Wherefore, if meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh for evermore, that I cause not my brother to stumble.’ (1 Corinthians 8:13 ASV)

Christianity is not a joke. To keep on living the true life of believer, it requires constant doings such as praying, reading the bible, attending church services, serving God in every way and most importantly, preaching God in whatever you do.

If your life as a child of God is questionable then there is a problem. The only question people should be asking you is, how we know your God? But when people start saying, ‘Are you truly a Christian? then you need to cross-examine your life.

Your family members should be the first people to benefit from your Christian life. It should your utmost goal to ensure that they, too get to know Christ and accept Hm as their Lord, and personal saviour.

If Christianity is all about food and drink then there is no need to promote Christ because it is needless. On the other hand, christianity is life. Christianity is not religion. It is simply extreme liberty from sins and guilt. It is about ensuring the continuity of other believers in their salvation. It is about solidifying what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.

Thus be very careful. Be cautious of every step you take. Let your speech, your gestures, your way of dressing, your attitude and your movement reflect presence of Jesus Christ. Be conscious of to how you lead others to God. Do not be their blocking stone. Instead be the one who will successfully lead them to Christ. Watch the way you talk. Do not let it be said that it is through you that that person fell out of the grace of God. Do not stand in their way of salvation. Do not use the name of God to deceive people into helping you financially.

Remember if your actions, if your character and if your life is not promoting God, then please change it so that you will not cause the other Christains to fall from their righteous paths. Imagine the dirty shame that will flush your face upon realising you were the one who let others stumbled from following God!

God bless you.

Posted in Christianity, enemies, evil, God, human being, incomparable, Israelites, Jesus Christ, Lord of lords

Who slapped you last night

‘And Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army.’ (1 Samuel 17:21 ASV)


Life and it’s abundance never come without a price. We pay for everything with or without our awareness. We spend energy when we walk, when we eat, when we work, when we talk, and even when we sleep because at that point in time we depend only on our breathe to keep us alive.

Apart from paying, we also have things that tend to work against us. Things or people that we may be aware of or not. Often we ask ourselves why we’ve got this sickness, why these persons hate us for no reason, why we cannot have the best we want, why others do not see us the way we feel we are.

We believe, personally that we deserve the best that life has to offer. We believe we are perfect. We believe that no else is like us and that we are geniuses.

One of the most annoying discoveries is that we do not expect to have enemies. What we have failed to understand is that there is no one on this Earth without someone or something working against him.

It is very sad BUT it is the bitter truth. We all have individual enemies and these do not necessarily have to be human beings. Like I stated before, enemies can come in form of terminal sicknesses, spiritual forces, inner struggles, depression, psychological traumas. Also without knowing, we can be OUR OWN ENEMIES!

God, too has His enemies. Satan is God’s number one enemy. Jesus Christ had countless enemies during His Earth ministry. Prophet Elijah had serious problems with Jezebel. Hannah’s closest enemy was Peninah. David struggled for long with King Saul. Moses was not exempted from Pharaoh’s wrath. Do we know that likewise a new born baby has his own enemy? There are those who will not want the child to be born in the first place, I mean those who wouldn’t want the child’s mother to be pregnant at all, not to talk of giving birth.

However there is GOOD NEWS!!!

There is nowhere in this world that it is known that DARKNESS ever triumph over the LIGHT. It does not matter the length of time, the LIGHT always overcome in the end. God remains forever GOD and unbeatable because He is GOD. Satan keeps trying but he always fail. He knew he is a failure who will never succeed but because of his pride, he does not want of give. And we know that the end of pride is destruction.

Just as the Israelites had victory over the Philistinians so also we will have victories over our enemies in Jesus name. We knew we wrestle not just with mere human being but also against spiritual evil forces. Where God intervenes, there is no evil forces that will not perish.

This is why we must not lose hope. We must never give up. We must maintain our confession in Christ Jesus. We must keep on believing. We must strengthen our faith in God through our earnest prayers and thanksgiving knowing without any single doubt that God will lift us, and help us win the battle against our enemies.

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How to be God’s Bestsellers…

 

‘To make it your ambition and definitely endeavour to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you,’ 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (AMP Bible)

 

Throughout my entire life I have noticed that the best way to avoid trouble is to live in quietness and peace. I am not saying this is that easy but I strongly recommend it.

That we, Christians, live in this unpredictable world where things change constantly is just enough reason for us to be fully conscious of how we live our lives.

The truth is we are the most vulnerable. Our Faith is tested every seconds and we have no choice than to keep cross-examining our paths.

For this and many reasons we need to be careful about what we do. We must avoid meddling in other people’s affairs. What are not our own businesses, should not be our own problems. If we cannot stay in our houses but keep jumping into our neighbours’ flats like restless children then where is the presence of God in our lives?

If we are in the habits of gossiping about our colleagues, our friends, our neighbours, our church members, or strangers, are we promoting Christ in our dealings?

Who can come to attack us or accuse us of wrongdoings if we stay away from meddling into other people’s lives? Who can curse us and curse God at the same time if we truly prove we are children of God by our conducts?

Let the unbelievers see God in us. Let them turn to God as results of our lives. Let us not be the accursed ones whose attitudes push people farther away from establishing fixed relationship with the Lord.

To think that manna will fall from heaven to feed us is absolutely unacceptable. Why did God gave us the strength, the wisdom, the knowledge and abled bodies? He wants us to fend for ourselves. He detests laziness. Jesus Christ worked to earn His living when He was on earth. He did not wait for any man to feed Him. Apostle Paul worked to cater for himself. Abraham was very industrious and was one of the richest men of his time. Peter was a fisherman. Moses worked. King David worked. Mary, the mother of Christ worked. There were no men and women of God in the biblical age that did not work. They did not just sat down and waited for God to feed them. They toiled and made their livings from their handiwork.

God is charging us to do the same. Please work we must. Never depend on another man to feed us, to clothe us, to cater for us, to lodge us, to give us pocket monies. Let us glorify God with the work of our hands so that He can bless us abundantly.

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What Happen when God is missing?

‘Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]’ Galatians 5:23 (AMP Bible)

Why do we have the law? Why do we have the police patrolling the street? Why do we have curfew? Why do we have justice? All these are simply because we have crimes, often worst crimes.

Jesus Christ taught us against disobeying our authorities. That because we are Christians do not mean we are free from respecting our societal laws. We are not above the law so long we live here on earth.

As Christians we have the obligation to live in humility and self-control. We must not forget the commandments of God that instruct us to show the image of Christ in us. And what is the image of Christ? It is LOVE.

Where there is love, there is humility. There won’t be anything like pride or envy or jealous or barbaric attitudes.

Humility is required if as Christians we must maintain our salvation. We needn’t show off our wealth as if it so precious to us than the gospel of Christ within us. We must embrace humility in all we do, in our lives, in our dealings with people and wherever we find ourselves. We won’t go far if we listen to the pride urging us to do wrong things. We won’t excel in our relationship with God if we feel we are above His divine laws. We won’t be able to convince unbelievers of the Grace of God upon our lives if we live in the same ways as criminals.

If people cannot distinguish us from the wayward people whose attitudes are far from purity, then what certitude have we got to declare that indeed we are children of God? If we cannot control the rude ways we talk to people, if we dress up in exposing ways, if we indulge in unlawful and dirty business dealings, are we truly elevating the existence of God?

When we allow humility to take charge of the ego in us, we are totally given Christ the maxima positions in our lives.

Let us examine ourselves, can we boldly hit our chests and affirm, without any inner reproach that, indeed we are Christians? Have we asked ourselves, what will happen when God is missing in our lives?