POWERFUL GOD

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With great amazement I marvel at the saving power of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus served as a bulwark warding off potential tragedies in our lives. He delivers us from the power of Satan, set the captives free, redeems us from death, defend and liberate us and save us from our sins and much more.

Our Family’s problems are manifold. An incubus of fear of our troubled situations like sickness, oppression and suffering, to mention but a few, haunt us continually. When this happens,we usually depend on our wisdom or other peoples wisdom to save us from these situations that has befallen us.

Our wisdom is not a panacea for all our troubled situations. But these situations are only mutable; by the intervention of Gods power which can do all things.

In John chapter 7,John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus to confirm if he were the awaited messiah. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John things you have seen and heard that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them”.

In Mark chapter 5,a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was not better but rather worse. As soon as she encountered Jesus Christ, she went through a metamorphosis of healing instantly and miraculously by the power of God.

However,it is  the power of God which heals all men. When you are afflicted ,barren, demon-possessed or in any troubled situation and the wisdom of men tells you that there is no hope for your recovery, believe in the power of God in his word concerning your situations.

Jesus Christ cured many infirmities, afflictions and evil spirits, and to many blind he gave sight. God could not have done all these miraculous deeds if he were powerless. I personally  believe that God is Almighty. What about you?

I do not know the situation you are experiencing today. Do not fear but believe in the power of God to save you through his word.Gods word is living and active.It is requisite that you know and believe every word of God in the Bible, which have the power to save your life. You need to augment your zeal for reading the Bible during your times  of trial. Do not act according to your wisdom or others wisdom which would create a morass that you may never recover from. An impolitic action such as that could ruin your life but rather act on God’s word.

He can never disappoint us as we trust and hope in him. His wisdom supersedes our wisdom because  his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Believe, trust and rely on him and he will surely save you. Believe it or not our God is paragon of power and miracles, God bless you.

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The Bedrock of our choices

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Our choices are as free as the wind and we are fully responsible for them. They define our progress and shape our lives and destinies.

In making choices an alternative is selected over another which involves decision making. God giving dominion to Man over all the earth is not by chance but by choice. As a buyer you have a choice between a bag  and a shoe, as a voter you have a choice between two political parties and as a Christian you have a choice between life and death.

Individually, we are faced with a lot of opportunities daily which require us to make right decisions. By making right decisions ,we can maintain better relationship and lead a more fulfilling lives.

Sometimes, our unwise  choices result in missed opportunities, that bring about bad significant consequences throughout our lives. These consequences endanger our lives and those of our loved ones. Furthermore, they affect our relationships, thoughts, identities and destinies negatively. They also lead us to have a low quality lifestyle that results in failure. This failure follows us forever and causes us regrets and we blame them on the devil or someone else.

But can we make wise choices without Gods counsel? Every purpose is established by counsel therefore without counsel purposes are disappointed and we fall. Read Proverbs 15:22,20:18

God’s Word is the bedrock of our choices. It is written in Isaiah 55:8-9,“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways; says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” The daily choices and decisions we make should be based on Gods ways and thoughts as we make his word the standard of our life. As safe as a bank is our decisions based on Gods will for us.

Naturally, we cannot have everything we want in life since resources are limited. But since Gods purpose for us according to his choice will stand, let us make our plans according to Gods purpose.Let us consult our Lord in prayer , asking for his advice before making our decisions.Let us begin to act on what he commands us to do according to his word. By so doing,success will be ours as we strive to have a more blessed future. I encourage you to live by choice and not by chance.God bless you.

TOMORROWS BLESSINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES DEPEND ON THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY.

 — JAMES E. FAUST

MAY YOUR CHOICES REFLECT YOUR HOPES,NOT YOUR FEARS.

    —NELSON MANDELA

 

GOD’S WORD– The final authority to calm our storms

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In recent times, turbulent storms overwhelm us, causing disaster in our lives. Typhoon Noru and Hurricane Irma became the biggest and the most powerful storm of 2017, raging forcefully and violently over the ocean, destroying lives and possessions.

Through this post, I sympathize with millions of people who lost their loved ones and possessions, including those who were deeply wounded in violent storms and flood disasters all over the world. Peace be with you.

In life-threatening situations like this we usually feel terrified, fearful ,angry, anxious and doubtful of Gods power to deliver us. These trial periods in our life paralyzes us, and we  focus on the disasters instead of on Jesus Christ who has authority over all creation.

2 Timothy 1:7 says,” for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Since God has it all figured out, you do not  need to fear. Jesus Christ  has assured you that He will help you and is with you wherever you go.

Read Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.In these biblical  passages ,Jesus disciples were frightened in the tossing boat ,but Jesus by his Word stilled the raging waters.

I don’t know the  life-threatening situation that you are experiencing at the moment. I want to assure you that Jesus by his Word is going to still the raging storms in your life. He has authority over all creation including those storms in your life. This authority is in God’s Word therefore when we obey his authority, we accept him and his Word.

Jesus has power over all raging storms, and he is able to calm both the physical  seas and the seas within our minds and souls. No authority overrides Gods authority therefore his Word is the final authority. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God ,and the word was God.” God is living and active in his Word.

God desires to show his amazing power through your storm. Isaiah 40:29 says,” God gives power to those who are tired and worn out, and he offers strength to the weak.” Are you tired, worn out and weak as a result of despair, affliction, pain, anguish ,fear, suffering or struggle in life? Take courage, God will give you power and strength and his promises are sure, dependable and active.

Gods power is made perfect in weakness, and you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength(Philippians 4:13) Focus on Gods ability to do all things and not on your own ability. Look at God in the shadow of your problems. His power is greater than all your problems. Believe in the power of God in your life which is able get you through every storm.

In conclusion, I encourage all to focus on Jesus Christ, accept him and His powerful Word which is the final authority. Meet your fear with faith and trust in him. Turn to him in prayer for an enduring solution to all your disastrous and non-life threatening problems. No matter how dark things become, someone is always with you–and that someone is God.(Norman Vincent Peale) God bless you.

RESOLUTION TO SIN NO MORE

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Sin being a key foundational concept in many religions are understood in different ways by many communities having different beliefs.

In religious context, sin is the act of transgression against Divine law. Many non-Christians understand it as a moral guide for a society or an invention of Christianity used to justify salvation.

From my prospective, it is an act of offence against God and human.

According to the classical definition of St. Augustine of Hippo sin is a word, deed, or desire in opposition to the external law of God.

From Biblical perspective everyone who make a practice of sinning also practice lawlessness; Sin is lawlessness(1 John 3:4)

In the past, we and our Fathers were all dead in transgression and sin.(Ephesians 2:1) They were Living like aliens and strangers in a corrupt world. Adams sin brought death to our race.(Romans 5:12)

Consequently, we suffer the impact of the original sin of Adam which darkens our mind, weakens our will and inclines us to sin.

Moreover, the sin of Isaiah’s day were the profaning of the Sabbath, the gluttony of Israel’s leaders, the widespread idolatry with its vile practices and the punctilious fasting while practising fragrant injustice.

Similarly , in our era sin have been multiplied. Satan the source of sin(Romans 3:23) tempt us to sin through lust of the flesh, lust of the soul and spirit.

Furthermore, Sin stains our spirit, brings shame, condemnation, fear, distance us from God and  results in death.(Romans 6:23, Isaiah 59:1-2)

Regretfully all have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory.(Romans 3:23) Who would save us from this death of the spirit?

Thanks be to God the Father who sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ, who came for this purpose— to save his people from their sin.( Matthew 1:21)

Jesus Christ won the victory of death and conquered death on the cross for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserved, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible.

Therefore one man’s death is sufficient to bring life to those who will accept it. Hopefully, we are Gods people and are partakers of this privilege of everlasting life.

Finally, I encourage us to begin to think on purpose about how to accept Jesus Christ He won the victory over sin and death to obtain for us life and restoration.(Corinthians 5:21) Therefore, let us make a  resolution to sin no more ,ask Him for forgiveness and renew our minds.

THE EVERLASTING HOPE

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Since the worlds inception, we and our Fathers were living in the flesh and were like strangers, wanderers, without hope and without Christ in the world. However, according to Gods abundant mercy, we were begotten again to a lively hope by the blood of Jesus Christ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Biblically, hope is the sure and steadfast anchor of the soul (Hebrew 6:19).It is the Gospel which we heard and the sincerity of our ways. Gods plan is to give us a future with hope(Jeremiah 29:11). Romans 4:18 says, “Abraham in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations according to what was spoken, “so shall your descendants be.” In hope, Abraham believed Gods word and it never failed him. Our Christian hope lies in the word of God and his promises which is sure and can never fail us.

For instance, If as Christians the things we boast of in this world perishes, then what will be our hope? We should rather set our hope in things that would last such as God’s mercy, ordinances and hope for his salvation. We should  hopefully confess without wavering the gospel which we have heard because he who promised is faithful (Hebrew 10:23,Colossians 1:23)

I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is our hope in the day of doom.( Jeremiah 17:17).We need hope in our state of despair. This hope motivates and keeps us going through the hard times.Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the word so that we would have confidence in him, and when this happens, we would  begin to see hope in our every challenge through  this journey of life.

Finally, since hope happened to be one of the three qualities that always last, we  ought to  cherish it  as a very important virtue in our Christian lives. Faith, hope, and love never fail. I urge you to hope in Gods everlasting word for abundant redemption. Let us not walk according to our own plans, but rather obey the dictates of Gods command. I pray that the lord will give you strength and confidence to hope completely in him, because where there is hope, there is security.

FAITH—Centre of our christian belief

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Faith is a spiritual gift of God and a divinely imparted means of salvation. It is a strong belief, trust and confidence in God, based on His word. In Hebrew 11:1, faith was described as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith, guided by the word, the things unseen are brought to existence. This means, that the things which are seen were framed by the word of God.

In Ephesians 6:16, the Bible speaks of “shield of faith”. Faith is a way to protect ourselves when the enemy attacks us, but we win by totally trusting God. In our practice of faith we trust God, and when we trust Him we create no room for doubt, and are able to believe Gods word. But if faith is lacking, it becomes impossible to please Him and we cannot receive any reward from Him. When this happens the devil makes caricature of us.

Nevertheless, faith and good works are closely related and cannot be separated from each other. The Bible says, “We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works”(James 2:15-17)

Good works are visible expression of a living faith and where they are lacking faith becomes unfruitful.

However, our lives as Christians is that of faith, believing completely what God has revealed in his Word. Our faith should not rely on the wisdom of men but in the power of God. We should live not according to what we see, but according to what we believe. The word of God in 2Corinthian 5:7 says,” we walk by faith,  not by sight”. We should learn to live by the facts of God’s word rather than our feeling. Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God ( Romans 10:17). Faith is put into action by believing the unseen while action unleash faith from the spiritual to the physical  realm.

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of men and women of faith who have maintained their faith in the face of difficult times and thereby turned their faith into good testimonies. You too can do the same. According to Hebrew 11:7, Noah was divinely warned of things not yet seen, so taking God at his word, he moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household. Also by faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous (Hebrew 11:4)

We inherit the promises of God by faith and patience( Hebrew 10:36).As people of faith, we demonstrate it in our words and actions which is an external demonstration of our internal beliefs and thoughts based on the word of God. I urge you to read your Bible to keep abreast of God’s word which will build your faith and make it grow. Faith manifests itself in love of God and in love of neighbour. Mark 11:22-26 teaches us that unforgiveness hinders our faith from working but forgiveness enables it to work for us. Let us learn to forgive one another for the sake of Christ.

Finally, the only way to destroy the stronghold of doubt is to dispel them in the light of faith. I want to encourage you to strive in your good works and your attitude which will  help others to have faith in God, so that through you, God will provide something better for all of us.

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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Centuries ago, Mary was chosen to be the Mother of our Messiah. Taking God at his word, she responded to him with great obedience and submission to his plan. However, she conceived our great redeemer Jesus Christ  to fulfill God’s purpose of salvation for sinners. Mary being instrumental in Jesus life, played a great role in the fulfilment of this divine purpose.

The Prophet Isaiah indicates his strong belief concerning the birth of the messiah in his prophesy saying, “Therefore the lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).Most of the time, we think of Mary as a woman without significance but she is a model of Holiness and is believed to be the greatest of all saints by many. That is why she is greatly  honoured by Roman Catholics as the Mother of our great redeemer, Jesus Christ.

The basis of the belief in the holiness of Mary can be found in the Holy Bible in Luke 1:42 which gives us important insight into the holy nature of Jesus and Mary  “and she exclaimed with aloud cry, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” Furthermore, Luke 1:48 says that God has looked on the humble estate of Mary and that all generations will call her blessed.

In recent years, much has been made of the fact that these prophesies have been fulfilled. Now, from generation to  generation Mary is called blessed because of the great things that Good has done for her in making her the Mother of the our redeemer.

Despite the fact that many of us do not believe in this great and adorable woman of substance, I actually believe that nobody can take away this great honour bestowed on her by God. No matter what happens, she still remains  whom she was chosen to be—The Mother of Jesus Christ. Blessed Virgin Mary was a mother who helped her son to achieve his main purpose of coming ,that is ,to save his people from their sins.

Finally, I encourage you to begin to think on purpose about how we can be a blessing to people around us just like The Blessed Virgin  Mary did. Let us imitating her exemplary life in using what she had to meet the needs for other people. Let us choose to think about how blessed Mary is, rather than think unholy thoughts about her.