Category: Discipline

Rocky, rocky

“Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.”

Luke 8:6 NLT

     The trouble with having a stagnated life is much more complicated than anyone can imagine. Things stop moving as expected. Life becomes boring and empty. Everyone just about you becomes the perfect target to blame. Above all, you feel trapped. At that level of stagnation, prayer and praises have no different meaning because they have turned into routinely procedures. 

How do you recognise a stagnated Christian? Here is how – for five months he is with God and everyone knows his as a Christian. For the following seven months, he is with the world, and he does the things about the world. In other words, he is a Christian, who travels and comes back to the Lord at anytime he wants. He prays and read the Bible when he remembers to act so. His Bible has accumulated tons of dust over the course of the times he never bothered to read it. Even his electronic Bible app was not opened for months. 

 The problem with this is that such a Christian whose life is stagnated cannot see beyond the actual minute. He cannot learn new things from God, and he will invariably miss out from hearing the messages of the Holy Spirit. When he reads the Bible, he repeatedly reads the identical chapters and verses all over once more. He will pray the alike types of prayers as much as he wishes. He continues to see God all the time with the exact mental images of the Lord he made long ago. It is no wonder such Christian is a rocky, rocky one; always unstable and insecure. 

This is why as Christian, you need the daily renewal of your mind so that you can experience the freshness of the Holy Ghost. The more you remove the old clothes of fellowship and put on the new ones, the closer you become to God. Think about Jesus and how He would proceed back to His Father in the solo times to regain and refresh the anointing. This is very significant. Hence, I pray you, do not allow stagnation in your relationship with God. It is unsafe and will draw you away from all the blessings and divine protection.

Why Do Christians Lie? 

Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12 NLT

My phone got damaged some time ago. I was out of contact for days, where it seemed that I was lost to the outside world. 

Thanks to my AppleCare+ subscription that I did pay for the same day I purchased the phone. I was gifted a new phone without even paying up to 100 euros. Even so, days later, I recalled I had insurance for electronic gadgets, just in cases like this. Apple had given me a new phone because of the insurance I paid previously. Hence, I felt my second insurance ought to pay me, too. After all, it’s my money.  So I phoned my bank, and they linked me with the insurance company. 

When I went through, the insurer asked me several details, which were so long that I ended up believing I was being interrogated. On his question about how did the phone fall; I responded to it fell by itself from the duplex to the ground floor. I lied. The further he tried to generate more words out of me, the further I maintained my statements. 

At the conclusion, he announced the unexpected. No reimbursement. They cannot take up that charges. I became mad with myself. I was very angry with them. I spent the following few minutes preoccupied with the discussion I had earlier on. I resolved to cancel my subscription with the insurance company because, in my head, they have failed me. 

After a prolonged period of time, the Spirit of God began to deal with me as He revealed the dark side of me. He reproached me. I was ashamed. Out of my greedy need to receive a new second phone or maybe some money that I felt I should have; I lied to the insurer. And I did that out of the fright that they will not believe me had it been I have told them how that phone smashed. Out of frustration of continuous poor network reception, I’d strike the telephone against the floor and watched as its part scattered in different directions. In any case, I ended up changing completely my network provider after this disastrous event. 

Still, my interaction with the insurer showed me how as human beings and as Christians, we are susceptible to forgetting our connection with the Almighty when we are faced with situations that can test whether we are truly His children. 

Why did I lie about that? I was frightened of telling the man how it happened because I thought he would have ended up telling me to see a psychiatrist to cross check whether I am not insane for my excessive anger that cost me my phone. Did I regret lying? Absolutely! I know who I am. I have not forgotten I am a child of God, and I am not supposed to lie. Do I acknowledge that I am still a human being despite my fellowship with Christ? Oh sure! The incident exposed and revealed to me my own vulnerability. 

Irrespective, I cannot desire to continue to walk in favor and at the same time heed to the power of the flesh. In all, the Spirit of God prevails by the name of truth. I don’t want to be condemned! May God help me. 

How Prayer Goes Through The Fire 

Life is hard. People are complicated. But God is neither hard nor complicated.
There is no such thing as living in the dark side of life forever when one is completely integrated with the Almighty. The present day makes it such that there is nothing like the colour in between. It is either white or black. One is either with God or against Him. The Spirit of God lives in the Christian who daily upholds non-stop fellowship with the Lord. He resides with the heart that is forever acknowledging his sins and constantly asking for forgiveness. 

It is easy to push aside the neediness to be with God even in the bad times because one is busy chasing after invisible solutions when one should have turned to Jehovah for help. 

The current societal trends are forcing believers of Christ to start questioning their relationship with Him. If care is not taken, and if guard are let loose, the followers are susceptible to get carried away by fear of the unknowns. 

This is why every Christian must not cease to pray like never before. The continuum of prayer keeps the heart closer to God, and praise and worship serve as backbones to be in daily friendship and communion with the Lord. 

Prayer is important. It is the passport to get to God. There is no two way to it. Without prayer, the heart is emptied and the believer is lost. Without prayer, the Christian is in immense danger of losing his relationship with the Lord. He will be so exposed to imminent spiritual threats that only the Holy Ghost can help him. 

One does not have to shout to the sky to portrait he is offering his petition to God. Prayer can be done without the lips moving or sound coming out from the mouth. 

And prayer is simply not based on wanting something from Him. Any Christian that prays to God only to get somethings from Him ought to be ashamed of himself. Sure, Jehovah knows what we want. But prayer is the only channel to communicate with Him just like one does with fellow being. God is not just about give me, give me, and give me source. He is more than that. God is everything that life can be; 

**He is the Source of Life. **

Many churches continue to devote larger amount of time to prayer because they recognise its importance. Yet, today, some other churches have reduced the effectiveness of prayer when they focus more on preaching about prosperity. 
If the Lord is about moneymaking business, why then do we need to bother about serving Him? What happens then to the miracles and healing being done in His name? What happens to the divine Grace of God when every believer on earth solely turn to Him because of money? Where are the true believers who are willing to continue to tell the rest of the world that God is ::not just about moneymaking businesses?::

Let everyone Christian searches his heart and soul to crosscheck his stand with God. 

Only the ceaseless praying Christian will be able to withstand the societal pressures and temptations before him.