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THE GREATEST AUTHOR

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I recently heard a very striking quote “Don’t let your background, put your back to the ground”. I am tempted to look at the circumstances surrounding me sometimes and then I lose focus of the promise. Another quote I agree very much with is “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do”.

When I was in primary school my dad told me and my brothers that any of us that could come up with a very interesting story, he would publish it for us. The thought was very appealing and so you would see each of us struggling to write a story. I used the word struggling because back then I don’t think our write ups were anything to write home about, in fact any time I got close to writing a story after a page the story comes to an end.

I devised a means of writing. I would pick up any of my favourite story book and play with the characters. I changed their names and I made the story end the way I thought it should. I didn’t get to present the book at the end, but I felt good about the characters I had created.

A preacher was preaching recently and said “never write off a man till he is in the grave”. Let me introduce you to the greatest author that has ever lived and is still living. His name is Jesus Christ!

Heb 12:1 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Why am I introducing you to Jesus Christ today! It’s because I know that he is able to give you the perfect end and make all things work together for your good (Romans 8:28).

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.


Christ has written a perfect end for you. So don’t let that past hold you down “Don’t let one bad chapter in your life hold you down, the key is to let Christ give you that perfect ending, by believing that he is Able”. You might be saying you don’t know what I have being through, if I don’t know, God knows and he is saying everything will work together for your good and at the end you would become a best-seller. Imagine the best author writing a book; of course it will become a best-seller. Just see whatever phase you are in now as the middle of the story. Remember better is the end of a matter than the beginning thereof.

Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Article, stories

 

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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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Book of Remembrance

Open BookI just want to remind someone that thinks God might have forgotten about him/her that there is a book of remembrance and God is not through with you yet, neither will He forsake the work of His hands. Three scriptures to remind you of this
Heb 6: 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Gen 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
Don’t ask how God would do it? Remember the story about David and Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth (means shame,reproach) whose home was in Lo-de-bar (means a pasture less place). Destiny was against this man, who at a young age of 5 became lame in 1 Samuel 4:4, but God opened the book of remembrance and David decided to show kindness to anyone remaining in the house of Saul. The story of this man changed in the chapter 5 of 1 Samuel. Mephibosheth when he met with the king said “…what is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? He had already concluded is story.
I don’t care what situations may be surrounding you, but I know the Lord will bring you before the King. He would place people that would remember you for good. What qualifies you for remembrance? There are a number and one thing I could mention but here is one that is distinct that even our Chaplain mentioned lately
MOCKERY: According to Pastor Victor Oluwadamilare “until you are mocked before you can be made”. God is looking for forgotten cases and he is still in the business of transformation.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Hope

 

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When You Find Yourself in Cross Roads

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Decision making is very important in life, why? Because decisions have ripple effects, it basically doesn’t affect the situation alone but some areas of your life. A very classical example is in the area of marriage, after making the decision of whom to marry, it affects your finances, your emotional life, your spiritual life and other areas of your life either positively or negatively. You may say that’s because its marriage. There are also other decisions you make now that affects the above mentioned area. Thanks be to God who makes all things work together for our good “even those wrong decisions we have made”
Today I asked the lord silently about a decision I had to make, and as usual a funny response came “…Wisdom is profitable to direct(Ecc 10; 10)” and this triggered another scripture in my heart proverbs 4; 7
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Many decisions to be taken lie in wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 3: 19
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
Now the question is, how I get wisdom?
1. Ask: Jam 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Ask and it shall be given unto you (Matthew 7:7)
2. The Holy Spirit: Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
3. Study the word: 2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scripture, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
4. Humility: Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Any time Jesus was in the temple speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees they were always astonished at his wisdom and his understanding of the Word. He is our perfect example of the wisdom of God.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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