“All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.” Ephesians 2:3
There is no Christian today, who has not passed through former stage, I mean former life, where he lives in the flesh, do all in the ways of the world. We all have different stories of how we come to God.
Our redemption stories are different. In fact, some don’t remember anymore how it all begins. By accident; some people found themselves in the midst of believers and by the intervention of the Holy Spirit they are saved. There are some who willingly and freely decided they must henceforth follow Christ. Some have known Christ but they are not stable in their faith, and thus they go and on off until one day, their lives changed and they focused now on God. And this may be funny, but there are some who are forced to know God.
No matter how we all come to know God, I thank God for we all are under the same body, under the same anointing, and serving the same God.
Though I have a very strong Muslim background, I was born into a Christian home. Thank God for my mother! It was easy as she hailed from Christian home, and all my siblings are Christians. My father never practised Islamic. And he did not force his faith on his parents or siblings. He is just different. Everyone used to say my mother converted him but I don’t think so. I grew up going to church with him. Today, his entire life is consecrated in serving Christ.
I studied Bible extensively while in schools and personally. None of us in my house can avoid reading or learning the Bible, because my mother will not permit that. She is a strict disciplinarian.
In spite of my deeper knowledge in the word of God, the youth craziness, the will to be part of the society, to belong, to check out everything, to manipulate and those nasty stuffs those days, just took over me. I still attended church, even changing churches at intervals as I relocated but I must confess, I hardly knew God, then.
Those days, there is this solid mentality that anyone who goes to church is a believer, a Christian who knows God and I believed this so much. I can quote and argue from Genesis to Revelation with anyone who dared.
Until that moment of grace, that beautiful day when Christ came, and told me: “Princess, enough is enough.” Since then, I never looked back. Of course, there have been of failings but it’s no more like the past.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8: 9 “For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God —not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
When the Grace of God is upon your life, believe me, the rhythm of your life will completely be different because you will no longer be singing the old songs but a new one, directly from the heart of Christ.
It is God’s grace that leads me and brings me to God today, otherwise, I would have been lost, and maybe I would have ended my life mercilessly.
What about you? Are you under the Grace of God or not?
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“All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.”” Psalm 86:9
Today is American Thanksgiving day and believe me, it is not just for them but the entire world. All over the world, people are celebrating in whatever ways they could.
What about you; are you celebrating? Are you giving thanks to God for having this privilege to see year 2010? Are you happy?
Today, I must confess that, to God be all the Glory forever and ever! Use few minutes of your busy time to pause and reflect on how far you have gone in life, where you are right now and where you are aiming for, you will discover that you just have no reason not to worship God today.
Don’t allow this day to pass you by, get on your knelt, or in your heart and give thanks to God. All nations shall surely worship the creator of the entire human race.
Tell me, who else deserves your worship and praise if not God? Please worship Him!
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“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him” Proverbs 18: 13
Imagine someone who enjoys getting into other people’s issues! Often, when such person is asked to give his judgement, he would tend to please those that listen to him first even before he fully understands what the issues are really about.
If you are in the habit of judging others, I bet you must put a stop to this. God is not happy that you should judge other people. In fact, you have no right to do this.
Also, you don’t have to give your own judgement to what happened between your friends when you have not heard both sides of the story. You should make sure you are fully aware of what goes on in the midst of your friends, why they quarrel, what the problem was and how to solve it.
You don’t have to take side with one person in such issue because if you do you will end up being the one who gets the shame.
Never answer a matter until you have heard it, until you are sure that what you heard is correct and accurate, not a false. You must learn to respect how you talk, how you address others, how you interfere into another people’s business.
When you are able to master your life in the direction of God and in His laws, you will surely be at peace, and of course, your Christian life will not suffer.
Please, I implore you today, do not make foolish mistake like the gentile. Ensure you always hear out any matters first and be accurate about it before you give your judgement.
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“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” James 3:9-10 (TNIV)
This is call to action for every Christian. How you handle your tongue matters; what you say is very vital. You don’t just talk anyhow as Christian because you should have realised that gone were those days when you can talk anyhow.
Not that you are the image of Christ and you have accepted Christ as your Lord and personal saviour, you are a new person, different from the gentiles. In fact, you are supposed to live your life in conformity with God’s commandments.
When you open your mouth to say something, tell me, what comes out of your mouth? Do you just open your mouth and talk anyhow or your do you watch how you talk, what you say and to whom you say it to?
Being a Christian is not a mere title that you should be glad that you carry around anyhow. In fact, being a Christian goes farther than this. People should see Christ in you, in your speech, in your word, in your character, how you say things, and the way you feel after saying things.
Be very careful when using your tongue so that you will not get into unnecessary sin that you should have avoided in the first instance. Be very care when you talk to people in your moment of anger.
Do not curse because a child of God is not allowed to curse. God loves everybody even the unbelievers and He wants you to love everybody as well; it is not your duty to rain curses on anybody even if the person frustrated you.
Do not wake up in the morning to praise God and then in the afternoon, you are using your that same tongue to curse people.
In fact, apart from cursing, many Christians use their tongues to say fouls things that are not expected from them. God sees everything, everyone and what we do. Your fellow Christian Brother or Sister may not see how you are fond to misusing your tongue but God sees and to that effect you are worst off.
Get out of doing such if you have been doing it. Pray God always and let good words be coming out of your mouth all the time and not curses, not reckless words.
Above all, praise God the more with your tongue and let the entire world see Christ image in you.
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