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SUPERSTITION VS THE LAW OF KARMA

I was running late for an impartation service which was slated for eight and rain was falling heavily, I was able to get my dad to drop me at the bus stop as he was free at that time. After boarding a bus, I sat at the middle row alongside the conductor, there was a boy directly in front of me, and he looked a little bit young. He gave the conductor 200 Naira note and the conductor handed him a 100 Naira in return.

The boy refused to collect the change due to the fact that the money was wet as a result of the rain. Let me chip this in, I was actually happy that the boy rejected the money, because the conductor was treating him in a very rude manner.

They both had an argument and the conductor rained him with insults, after which he told the driver to stop the car and they asked him to come down from the bus. As if that was not enough they continued insulting the boy immediately after they dropped him, I was concerned but at the same time all I wanted was to get to my destination on time.

Now here is the funny part, a small distance after the boy had highlighted, we had a funny sound from the car, boom! Then the car slowed to a halt. I then overheard the conversation of two of the passengers. They were talking in Yoruba but for the sake of all, I will transcribe to English.

“The head of that boy is very strong” one of the passengers said to another. This means that the passenger thought that it was due to the fact that they told the boy to highlight that the vehicle packed up. The second passenger nodded his head to affirm his statement. We had to come down as the bus was no longer in good shape to take us to our destination. I overheard the same passenger repeating the same thing to the conductor and then all of a sudden the conductor that was using abusive words earlier, started saying “God pass am”. At that point I couldn’t hold my laughter.

I walked up to the passenger and asked him if he ever considered that the bus had needed maintenance prior to that and that’s why it was in such a condition. Immediately I told him he started saying “don’t mind them they don’t take care of their vehicles”.

A friend of mine was recently telling me about some few superstitions and how the devil uses it as an opportunity. He said in the North you are to treat twins well, otherwise it is believed that something negative can occur.

He said there was this short boy, a twin, named Hassan. Hassan was a dwarf and had a very big head, as of that time he was 20 years. According to him folks called him “Kei de Kei”, then on a Saturday morning, Hassan was passing along the route where a woman fries akara and she calls him “Kei de Kei”, which in Hausa means “double head” and then he said “let me see how you would fry your akara”, well to cut the long story short the akara was in the hot oil but couldn’t get fried until she apologized and then by the time she got back to her akara it was burnt.

The moment I explained to the passenger his perspective changed immediately. Why did he result to thinking that the boy was the cause of the bus breakdown? Knowledge! God speaking in Hosea 4:6

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

I do not doubt that it is good to do good and all. My challenge comes to linking it to the Law of Karma or superstition as it relates to us Christians. Take care of twins because you one day want to have your own and not because something bad would happen if you do not. One thing I learnt from Pastor Ubong Ntia is to ask a question and the question is “Who said so?”

“They said all the girls in your family never get married” your reply “Who said so?”
“They said you won’t make it” your reply “Who said so?”
“You are under superstition and the law of Karma” your reply “Who said so?”

It is what you place yourself under that you are subject to. Good thing was that I was able to get to my destination on time for the impartation service, if not I would have looked for that conductor with a big whip. I leave the rest to my imagination. So much for superstition and Karma!

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Article, stories

 

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ALCOHOL: ADDICTION VERSUS MILD CONSUMPTION

Harry’s been working all day, too exhausted to eat his dinner so he slouches on the sofa as though he’s caught some fever; fatigue is taking a toll on him! The next moment his mobile buzzes, he picks the phone to see it’s Tony calling, he becomes keen all of a sudden one could almost think it was some promotional good news. Tony says “I’m headed to the bar, would meet you there” Harry jumps off like he’s been suddenly called for a long anticipated interview! He would drive off 6 miles away just to booze! His wife insists on knowing where he’s going, he says he’d be right back before she knows it. It’s now quarter past 7 in the evening, she keeps quiet and stares helplessly, it’s not the first time he’s doing this, it would be 1 the early hours of the morning before he gets home in a half imbecilic state, making Mr Bean look like Einstein! Then the drinking-to-stupor cycle would begin all over by the setting of the morrow. His is a hopeless case she thinks to herself. His is sheer addiction!
Josh is far too decent and disciplined, he’d drink only occasionally; only at a friend’s party or at the traditional marriage feast. He would never have more than a bottle chilling in the refrigerator to which only once in a while does he take a gulp. He never gets pass being tipsy. He always knows how to hold his liquor and when to shut out the bottle. He’s the ideal man when it comes to taking alcohol; he’s only a mild consumer at that!
Two painted scenarios of Harry and James gives us an idea of the upper and lower limits of alcohol consumption by those who indulge.
The 1 million dollar question is; Discarded Glass
“IS ALCOHOL COMPLETELY BAD OR IS IT A MATTER OF THE DEGREE OF INTAKE?”
The question has been as controversial as it gets as far back as I can remember till I was tired of hanging in-between lines, those who told me it was bad seem to have just accepted the dogma without any convincing reason as to why I shouldn’t take alcohol. Those who said I should take alcohol but only mildly, couldn’t convince me pass a shabby interpretation of “Proverbs 1 vs. 20”so I decided to ask the Holy Spirit for His own interpretation. The KJV of the scripture makes it clear in:
Matthew 7 vs. 7 “…seek and you shall find…” in:
Jeremiah 33 vs. 3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Here’s the truth I found in the scriptures:
TRUTH 1
The Levites were among the first group of persons given the instruction to abstain from alcohol as it is not for Priests to take strong drinks.
Leviticus 10 vs. 9 “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations:”
The bible also made it clear in;
Proverbs 31 vs. 4 “[It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes’ strong drink:”
From the instructions given to the Levites who are priests and the advice given to king Lemuel, it therefore becomes imperative that strong drinks are not for Priests’ or for Kings to consume or meddle themselves with. The grey area is “but I’m not a Priest or a King or at the least, it doesn’t appear so!” Well, here’s what the bible says in First peter 2 vs. 9;
“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…”
The phrase “Royal Priesthood” clearly indicates that all Christians to which you are a part of, are Kings as in ‘Royal’ and Priests as in ‘Priesthood’. It therefore applies that Alcohol (strong drinks) is not for you if you are to enjoy the spiritual benefits of being a King and a Priest. If this scripture doesn’t still appeal to you, then let us look at Revelations 5 vs. 10;
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Here in this verse of scriptures, it appears clearly that Jesus by His dead in the cross has redeemed us to be Kings and Priests, so if we were once alcoholics of any degree before our salvation, we would have to stop if we are to enjoy that reign on earth!
Some say if that’s the case, then why did Jesus change water to wine? Grape wine comes in two forms; fermented and non-fermented. Fermented wine appears lots of time in the bible sometimes called strong drink and at other times merely as wine. The non-fermented wine which could clearly be called grape juice is what ensues when fresh grapes are pressed before fermentation is carried out. If we agree that Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God as John 1 vs. 1 state, then Jesus would clearly be in agreement with the code given to the Kings and Priests. How would Jesus in all His holiness break the very code He created by converting water to alcoholic wine? Would it be that He did that because He didn’t want to fall-the-hands of those present in the marriage or because He wants to ingratiate the celebrities?! Of cause not, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! Glory to God!
TRUTH 2
The bible says in James 5 vs. 10;
“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example…”
If I was to ask you to walk up to a man of God you respect for his fruits be he a brother, a pastor, a prophet or whatever title and ask him to advise you on whether to consume alcohol or not, what do you sincerely think he’d say? Let’s come home and make reference to the prophets we know, if you were to walk up to Pa Adeboye (Daddy G.O) or Bishop Oyedepo (Papa) and ask their advice on the matter, what would they suggest to you? I bet you know the answer already!
Let us follow the examples of these ones who are ahead of us in the faith should in case we find ourselves in a controversial situation. At the worst case; if taking alcohol will not get me to hell, not taking it will also definitely not get me to hell, but I can’t say so for the reverse so it’s better to stick to the safe side! Glory to God!

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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THE CROSS AND THE POWER

The preaching of the cross to the world is foolishness, but to us that believe it is the power of God (1cor 1; 18). I just came to the consciousness of what the death and resurrection of Christ truly means. I came to the realization that I had been religious concerning this subject matter. This is a wakeup call that everything concerning your life has been finished on the cross.

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19: 30)

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom (Matthew 15: 37-38)

The Greek word for “it is finished” is tel-eh’-o which means to end, complete, execute, discharge a debt, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform. Christ came to put an end to all your struggles, to give an expiry date to that challenge and to bring you into close fellowship and intimacy with the father.

 

  

  

“There is an expiry date attached to every challenge that you may be passing through, hold on!”

  

  

Christ was under no obligation to die, in fact he clearly stated that no one can take his life except he lays it down (John 10: 18). He saw the Glory ahead. There is a Glory ahead for you if you would just see the finished work of Christ. The blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary, bought you over from slavery, diseases, poverty, oppression, depression and anything contrary to Christ. You have full access to the throne of the father through Jesus Christ, enough of condemnation!!!

[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit (Romans 8: 1).

Remember there is power in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ has finished everything concerning us, walk in this consciousness and live a triumphant life.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Hope, Jesus Christ, Peace

 

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