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

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24 November, 2018: The redeemer

"After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him" (Lev 25:48)

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: (Job 19:25)

Jesus is boldly called our Redeemer. A redeemer is one charged with the duty of paying a ransom, restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs. The concept of redemption was introduced by God as a means of ensuring that no man is put in a place of hopelessness in life. It is a tradition designed to project the possibility of hope. It is designed to send the message that no matter how bad a situation gets, there can always be a head way. God wants to let people know that it doesn't matter how terrible their mistakes are in the past and present, they can always look forward to a better future, a greater future, a future with the guarantee of redemption. Redemption wipes the slate clean and restores the situation to default status. We have to understand what leads to redemption,and why the system was created. ... continue reading »

14 November, 2018: The boomerang effect

"O Lord, my God, if I have wronged anyone, if I have betrayed a friend or without cause done violence to my enemy...then let my enemies pursue me and catch me, let them cut me down and kill me" (Psalm 7:3-5)

I read this prayer and I got goose pimples. It is a rare prayer to hear these days. Today, we pray for God to crush our enemies, rain fire and brimstone on them, come against everyone blocking our way to progress et cetra, et cetra... But do we ever stop to consider if we are blocking other people's progress. Are you witholding someone's promotion? Are you maltreating the maid living with you? Are you taking advantage of the less priviledge? Dear pastor, are you taking advantage of your members? Dear spouse, are you abusing your partner? Employers, landlords and every person in the position of leadership and authority must examine themselves. Can we boldly pray this prayer and say, "If I have wronged anyone...". Seems to me like the people of old were more careful to live a godly life than we are today. Today we have misplaced the grace of God, and lived with little or no caution. Have you wronged anyone? Have you betrayed a friend? This thing is happening everyday among Christians. Betrayal, back stabbing, envy, jealousy. We need to retrace our step because there is always a boomerang effect. What we do to others has a way of coming back to us. We may think it is all about praying and asking God for forgiveness, but that is where we get it all wrong.... continue reading »

12 November, 2018: The testimony of Jesus

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev 12:17)

Speaking of the gospel Paul says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.." (Rom 1:16). Of a truth it pains me to report thatmost of what is masqueraded as the gospel today isn't. The gospel is not a motivational speech. It is not a get-it-right once in a lifetime sensitization talk. It is not a recant of historical facts and their relevance to modern day people. The gospel is a testimony. And without the testimony, it loses its power. The power of the gospel is in the testimony - the testimony of Jesus! If we are to preach the gospel, we must be point people to Jesus. The gospel is a testimony of who Jesus is, what He has done and what He is doing. It is this gospel that Paul was not ashamed to identify with. The gospel of how he met Jesus on his way to Damascus and how Jesus turned his life around. Everybody who belongs to Jesus and who preaches the gospel must have this testimony - the testimony of I was once a sinner, now I am saved. Satan becomes uncomfortable when this gospel is preached because this gospel shows the power in the name of Jesus. This is the gospel which Paul and all the early Apostles preached. And Paul says anyone preaching anything else apart from what they have preached is accursed because he is not preaching the gospel. Our power lies in the testimony of Jesus. How He touched us, saved us and empowered us for His work... continue reading »

9 November, 2018: Keep yourself in the love of God

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life" (Jude v.21)

We all know of the magnificence of the love of God. The world came into existed as a result of His love. We were redeemed as a result of this love. We are preserved and secured by this love. The song writer exxclaimed, "His banner over me is love" (Song 2:4). God's love is great and eternal yet the Apostle Paul talks of being separated from the love of God (Rom 8:38). Question is, is it really possible to be separated from the love of God? Can one actually get to a point where God stops loving them? Why did the Bible talk of being separated from the love of God and keeping oneself in the love of God? The answer is we can never come to a point where God stops loving us. The love being talked of here is not God's love for us, but our own love for God. There are many things contending to take away the love we have for God. Paul said, will persecution, nakedness, perils etc separate us from the love of God? In other words will any of these things stop us from loving God. Some persons have stopped loving God because of one calamity or the other that befell them. But God is interested in us loving Him just as much as He loves us. This is why Jude advised the Christians to keep themselves in the love of God... continue reading »

8 November, 2018: Growing in grace

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ..." (2 Pet 3:18)

Grace and knowledge are intertwined. Part of what we did yesterday was to try and establish the relationship between our operation in grace and our knowledge of God. No man can function above the level of his knowledge. Our knowledge is our greatest asset, and can also be our greatest handicap. If we know more, we tend to do more, believe more, act more, achieve more. I always wondered why Paul was consumed and obsessed with the desire to know God more. He was never satiated by any knowledge he had of God at any point in time. He kept desiring to know God more. The reason as I came to realize is quite simple and practicable: the more he grew in the knowledge of God, the more he grew in grace. If we know the importance of grace and the difference it can make in the life of a person, then we can never over-estimate or over-emphasize the need of spending time, energy and whatever it may cost us to know God.... continue reading »

7 November, 2018: Multiply your grace

"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord" (2 Peter 1:2)

Having been born into the family of God, we each receive a certain measure of grace. This grace is to help us excel in our service, ministry and life as God's children. It is part of the power we receive to become the sons of (John 1:12). This grace is essential to our survival and success as believers. Without this grace, we can hardly fit into any role in the church - the body of Christ. Because they that worship God must do so in truth and in spirit, our natural strength and gift can only take us so far in spiritual thing; hence the grace. But this grace is meant to grow. It is meant to be multiplied. At some instance, we are meant to impart this grace unto others. But if we fail to grow this grace, it will hardly be "enough" for us let alone be imparted unto others. The Apostle Paul once encountered this problem. He was given a special grace to suffer certain things for the sake of Christ which he didn't really understand at the time. He kept praying for God to remove his suffering, but God told him "my grace is sufficient for you". God told him I have given you the grace to endure this. Use the grace. ... continue reading »

6 November, 2018: Stay focused (part II) - keep doing what you are doing

"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation" (1 Pet 2:12)

People will speak ill of you if you are doing well. This is not a debatable fact. It is the simple and plain truth. There is hardly anywhere that good exists without experiencing severe persecution by evil. In fact, if everyone speaks good of you, you should be wary because it is a sign you are not doing well. Referring to Himself, Jesus said if the head of the house was called Beelzebul, the prince of demon what worse name shall they call the followers? (Matt 10:25) Peter experienced first hand what it meant to suffer for being good. His first letter was specifically written to address this issue. In his letter, he was writing to christians who were being molested, persecuted, wrongly accused, abused and killed for simply being chirstians. I have personally noticed that we have more evil in this world than good. So naturally evil always tries to snuff out good, to silence good wherever it is found because good is always a threat to evil. If allowed to stand and grow, good will eventually overthrow evil and put an end to it. And the devil knows this fact and is scared to death about it. So he will fight tooth and nail to discourage good from taking root. But the Bible says to all good people out there "Stay focused". Keep doing what you are doing. Don't let the persecution get to you!
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5 November, 2018: Stay focused

"So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision.." (Phil 3:15, MSG)

Focus is an essential part of life, not only in achieving our life goals or in being successful in business or academics or career; but also in excelling in our spiritual life. In our walk with God, focus is needed. It takes focus to achieve discipline. It takes focus to be consistent. To read the Bible requires focus. To pray daily requires focus. To overcome sin and the flesh we must be focused. The Apostle Paul was an epitome of focus. As a Judaic enthusiast, he was so focused that he spearheaded the persecution of the Christians. He supervised the martyrdom of Stephen. He made deliberate effort to eradicate christianity. He volunteered himself, sponsored himself and was out to be a true Judaist. He knew so much about focus and he lived it. And when he finally became converted he carried the same zeal and focus into his missionary work. The results were simply astonishing. The thing about focus is that it gives us a sense of direction and purpose
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2 November, 2018: Welcome to the month of evidence

"So it was that she became pregnant and gave birth to a son." (1 Sam 1:20, GNB)

Hannah was the most beloved wife of the two wives of Elkanah. Every year she would follow her husband to Shiloh and offer sacrifices to God. Her name "Hannah" meant "Grace" or "Favour", yet she had nothing to show for all these seemingly favours. Little wonder Peninnah would always find an excuse to mock her. She would tell her, "If you like answer Favour or Grace, If you like let our husband love you more, if you like go to Shiloh every year and pray, if you like become a church worker, if you like hold prayer and fasting every month... I will always be better than you! You will never have a child. You are here gathering favour for nothing. Look at me, Peni-baby, I don't even have to try. Just one touch, children don full everywhere".
The Goodnews Bible says "Peninnah would torment and humiliate her". Hannah's problem was not that she wasn't a good prayer warrior or that she wasn't godly. The problem was simply "lack of evidence".... continue reading »

28 October, 2018: Receiving God's word

"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe"
(1 Thess 2:13)

Church people are not always God's people. Going to church does not always mean worshipping God. Belonging to a church is not a guarantee that one belongs to the kingdom of God. It has to be so or there is no other explanation for what I am about to say next. It often bafflles me when I ask people if they have ever heard from God, and they say no. These are people who possibly goes to church every Sunday, and each of those Sunday the Pastor or Bishop or Reverend will preach the word of God, and that is not even all. The most shocking thing is that before the sermon, a short prayer will be made which usually goes like this, "Father we are about to hear your word. Speak to your people ... in Jesus name". And everyone will chorus Amen. yet, some people will go home from the service and say they didn't hear from God. And how pathetic that this scenario didn't just happen once or twice; for some people this has been happening all their lives. What is the problem. Is it that God didn't speak or they didn't hear? Is it that God didn't answer the prayer said before the sermon or was it just a mere liturgical formality? Does God actually speak to us as people declare His word?... continue reading »