And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free", (John 8:32)

16 June, 2018: Sing for joy

"...They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads..." (Isa 35:10)

"O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
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Sing for joy. We have heard this clause a thousand times. It has been used as song titles, movie titles, sermon titles, book titles. It has echoed into our subconscious from several sources. I think the one that comes vividly to mind is the popular song by Don Moen in His Album "I will sing" released on May, 2000. The scripture (especially the Psalms) is filled with calls to sing and injunctions to shout joyfully. The reason is because there is a strong relationship between singing and joy. I will like to stress that joy is very much different from happiness. Happiness is brought about by external reasons or cause. it is a response to events happening around you. For instance, you can be happy because you got a promotion. You could be happy because you landed the new contract; or you passed the examination, or for some other reasons. But joy is internal.... continue reading »

13 June, 2018: Activate your joy

"and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." (Isaiah 35:10)

If you are a child of God and filled with the Holy Spirit, you have joy inside of you. The scripture makes it clear that one of the things that the Holy Spirit produces in us in joy (Gal 5:22). But more often than not, it seems as if this joy is inactive and inoperative. As a matter of fact, that is sometimes the case. Your joy can lie impotent in you while you languish in bitterness, grieving and sighing. If you want to enjoy the fullness of the joy that the Holy Spirit has brought upon your spirit, you have to learn to activate that joy. If you want to be joyful, you have to do it intentionally. The devil thrives on two things: fear and ignorance. As long as you are ignorant or fearful, you can never enjoy the full expression of God's joy. Sometimes, you have to fold up all your worries, fears, cares and cast it all on Jesus. You have to look all your problems in the face and tell them, "I am choosing to be joyful". That is how it works. That is how you live above worries. God has promised us an expression of unspeakable joy. But none of that will be real for you unless you choose it. I am going to say it again: if you want to be joyful, you have to do it intentionally.... continue reading »

8 June, 2018: The reckoning (Part 2) - After a long time

"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them...For unto every one that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath" (Matt 25:19,30)

The story of duty and reward; talent and accountability; deployment and assessment; engagement and reckoning is a recurring theme in the messages of Jesus. In many occasions he told the same parable in many different forms. A man is traveling and he gives talents to his servants... A wealthy ruler is going on a journey and he gives responsibilities to his servants...all with the intension of driving home the fact that the life we are living today is a field of work. We have been assigned responsibilities, fields of work for which we shall be required to give account someday. The master made it clear that it wouldn't all be for being sake. There would be assessment - there would be a reckoning. The greatest challenge in life is to make sure that we are on the right side of that reckoning. ... continue reading »

4 June, 2018: The reckoning (Part 1)

"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them...For unto every one that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath" (Matt 25:19,30)

As we move through the daily endless routine of life, life itself starts to seem endless. The reason most people are afraid to die is because they are afraid of what lies beyond after death; and so for them perpetual existence on this part of eternity is a way of escaping whatever it is that lie beyond. And another set of people crassly make up their mind that there is nothing beyond this life. That death is the ultimate cessation of existence. They become like the proverbial ostrich that digs the ground and buries its head to escape from its captor while leaving the rest of its body above ground. Like the ostrich, they believe that as long as they can't see the captor, then the captor can't see them. ... continue reading »

1 June, 2018: The month of Joy Unspeakable

"Rejoice... that when his glory shall be revealed ye may be... with exceeding joy... in whom... ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Pet 1:4,8)

" thy presence is fullness of joy..." (Psa 16:11)

After His glory comes joy. One of the things that Jesus wished that we may have in full is JOY. And speaking to the Christians, the Holy Spirit spoke of JOY Unspeakable... Joy that words cannot expressed. Joy that our human mind cannot fathom... because it is full of glory. it is an output of an encounter with divinity. In the presence of God is fullness of joy. What God is going to do for you this month is to give you an unlimited showcase of His presence. You shall experience God on all sides.

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31 May, 2018: Let us say the Grace

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." (2 Cor 13:14, ESV)

This particular of the Bible scripture is one of the popular portions, perhaps even more popular than John 3:16. It is short, eye-catchiing and thought-provoking. It uses a simple sentence to summarize the pillars of our christian faith. It showcases grace, love and fellowship in relation to the Trinity. Coincidentally, it is the last word that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, and it sure reads like a farewell speech. We have also come to use them as a last prayer to dismiss our services. I personally cannot recount how many times I have said those words from childhood. It must be over hundreds of thousands of times. We chorus energetically in unison each time someone says, "Let's say the Grace together" or "Let's share the grace!".
Now as simple as this scripture cum prayer sounds, it embodies the mystery of our relationship with God. Notice how grace comes first before love and fellowship. "For God so loves the world that He gave His only begotten son..." was only possible because "The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men". ... continue reading »

29 May, 2018: My grace is sufficient for you

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:9)

The subject of grace is a very intriguing one. To understand grace is to understand the gospel. To appropriate grace is to maximize the priviledge accorded us by God. There is no love, joy, peace, fellowship, communion etc without grace. Grace is the first thing; it is also the last thing and the middle thing. It is the focal point and the pivot point. Grace is unconditional, unmerited and undeserved. Grace is all things and everything. Grace is all we need. The Apostle Paul was the last of the Apostles. Matter of factly, he was the least. From the word go, people were even unsure of his repentance and conversion. It took Barnabas to convince the disciples to give him the benefit of the doubt. All through his life, people questioned his ministry, doubted his apostleship and used him as a scape goat. But in his writings, Paul would always refer to how the grace of God found him and made him an apostle not by his own willingness or desire but by the will of God who made all things and knows all things. At one point, he wrote

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful and appointed me to service. I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man; yet because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief, I was shown mercy. And the GRACE of our Lord overflowed to me, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." (1 Tim 1 :13-15. BSB).
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25 May, 2018: Finding grace in labour

"He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psa 126:6, ESV)

"All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled." (Eccl 6:7)

The shortest and simplest definition of labour is work! Labour means work especially physical work - work that has to do with the dissipation of physical energy. Labour has also been used to characterise and generalise all forms of organised work carried out by people and covering every area of human endeavour. As a result, we have the Labour Unions which are organisations that see to the welfare and mutual progress of all workers under the government. Nigeria, UK, Angola and over fifty other prominent countries in the world all have a political party called the Labour Party that built its political ideology on the greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening of workers' rights. This proves that labour is an important aspect of our lives. As matter of fact, people are proudly called after their labour - doctor, carpenter, teacher, pastor, mechanic, cobbler etc are all names derived and ascribed to people from their labour. It goes without saying that after God created Adam, He gave him labour (to tend the garden). But when man sinned and fell short of God's glory; man's labour was cursed. Or in another word, grace was withdrawn from man's labour!... continue reading »

23 May, 2018: The man God made great

"David son of Jesse was the man whom God made great, whom the God of Jacob chose to be king..." 2 Sam 23:1, GNV)

If I have learnt anything in this life, it is that, "it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth but of God who showeth mercy". The New International Version puts it this way: "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy." (Rom 9:13). As much as we would like to take credit for our hardwork, commitment, dedication and observance of the rules and principles for success and life and business; as much as we would like to encourage people to do their part and be committed and consistent to succeed, we must also remember that in the end it is God who determines the outcome. A lot of persons have worked harder than you, prayed harder than you, read more books than you... yet Grace has placed you above them.... continue reading »

20 May, 2018: The Jesus attitude (part 2) - what would Jesus do?

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus" (Phil 2:5, NIV)

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:.." (Prov 23:7)

Our life is ruled by our attitude. The way we see things is the way they are to us. If we see a half-empty cup, then that becomes our world view and automatically everything about us adjusts to suit that world view. But if we see a half-full cup, that equally becomes our world view and just in the same way everything around us adjusts to support that world view. In the long run, we control our own outcome by the mindset we have. Now, seeing a half-empty cup is a singular act; but the tendency to always see a half-empty cup each time we are presented with the same cup is a factor of our attitude - our mental habit. Our attitude rules us, controls us, shapes us; and can make or break us. If you must seek to be in control of anything in your life, seek to be in control of your attitude. In the previous lesson, we had established that the greatest of all attitudes is the attitude we posses about ourselves. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he". Your perception of yourself is you. Nobody knows you, people learn about you from you! ... continue reading »