SIGNS OF THE END – Tue, Aug 30, 2016

​Matthew 24:24 KJV

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Jesus extensively treats the subject, ‘Happenings of the End Times’ in this chapter. Some of his comments kept me thinking a lot this morning. I can imagine there are more churches now than there ever were, yet he says the love of many would wax cold.

Then He adds in verse 24 that false prophets would arise and may possibly deceive even the elect. Now that is frightening. This means the level of deception would reach a height that would take some grace of God to detect. 🤔

The signs and wonders that would characterise such times are/would be as never seen before, and the guile with which these would be done would wow the elect, you and I.

Iniquity/ sin abounds now and love for God is on the decline. The greater signs and wonders are here. Don’t wait to be deceived too, wise up, the End is here!

Have a blessed day.

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DIFFERENT TIMES, SAME REWARD – Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Matthew 20:11-12 KJV

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And when they had received it , they murmured against the goodman of the house,

[12] Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

One day while I was doing evangelism with a number of colleagues in Kumasi, we came across a man who seemed to know much about the bible. He wouldn’t allow us to share much with him.

He kept emphasising that when he knew the Lord, none of us was born. Then he’d drool into his days when he was the Youth Leader in his church and would go on and on and on.

Pondering over our experience with this man, I know a good number of us believers still take consolation in the fact that we were once on fire for the Lord, though not anymore. In such a state, we only allude perfectly to the parable Jesus told about the workers in the vineyard.

Those who join late are equally as important to the Lord as those who joined earlier. In fact, those who started earlier must strive to remain hot so they can instruct those who join and are yet to join.
Indeed the harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few. Let’s help recruit more labourers rather than discouraging them.
Have a blessed Friday.

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DIVORCE, NEW vs OLD LAW -Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Ilustração - DivórcioMatthew 19:7-8 KJV

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

 

[8] He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

 

This is one of the moments Jesus is faced with a trick question that would rather differentiate Jesus’s doctrines from the Law. He came to perfect the Law not to condemn it (see Heb 7:19).

 

In his time, Moses was really stressed by the people each day. Bible tells us that before Jethro visited Moses and gave him good counsel, Moses engaged long queues of people. I want to believe that more than 70% of the time, their issues had to do with marriages.

 

In as much as Moses didn’t want it, Divorce, probably became the better option at the time. But a greater than Moses is here with us, which necessitates we revert to the original plan. It was not so from the beginning.

 

I pray that married couples who are having torrid times and whose marriages are vexed with a myriad of challenges will still find reason to stay together and keep hope alive.

 

Have a blessed day.

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SINS, A MUST – Wed, Aug 24, 2016

​Matthew 18:7 KJV

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

I find this verse very interesting just because of the phrase “…for it must needs be that offences come.” It reads “…such things must happen” in the NIV.

Sins will continue to be with us and men will continue to sin, so whoever sins actually fulfills scripture, because it’s been foretold. But woe to the man through whom they come!

You have no business causing your brother to deliberately fall into sin. You should find/gain no pleasure in seeing another languish in sin because of your ingenuity, you cannot be the architect of such acts.

It is better for you to fall into a sin than for you to cause another to sin. People will sin, but don’t allow yourself to be the conduit for these sins.

Have a blessed day. 

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SHARPENING YOUR OFFENCE – Tue, Aug 23, 2016

​Matthew 17:19, 21 KJV

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
 [21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
A man’s son had seizures, he was epileptic and often fell in fire. This man’s frustration over his son’s illness almost ended when he heard that Jesus was in town.
Like we see in modern times, Jesus’s disciples chose to handle this clear case of demonic attack. They tried all methods known to them. I presume, they rolled the guy in spins, spoke into his ears, waved hands over his body, etc, etc, etc. They gave up eventually, yet wouldn’t hand him over to the master.
Notice the ease with which the demon was rebuked soon as his dad brought him to Jesus. What is more important is Jesus’s comments thereafter. Only fasting and prayer made this possible.
By all means Christians need to fast and pray. I say this because there are yet some of us who never fast and yet expect all our problems to be solved. You are living in a fool’s paradise if you do so. Fasting is mandatory to sharpen your spiritual arsenals and give you a sharper focus.
Take it up, you need it.
Have a blessed day. 

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UNFORGIVABLE SINS – Thu, Aug 18, 2016

​Matthew 12:31 KJV

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

I have had many people ask me, “so what at all is a sin against the Holy Spirit,” and I’ve often asked them to read the entire passage to understand the context in which Jesus made this comment.

More often than not, we read just single verses and want to fully grasp the import of the message, but we need to know that it is prudent to read just a little more, to make the most out of a particular verse.

When Jesus healed a man possessed with a demon, deaf and dumb, the Pharisees accused Him of doing so by demonic power. Yet Jesus did this by the Power of God, hence Jesus’s comments on unforgivable sins.

Whenever you attribute or ascribe the power of God to the devil you sin against the Holy Spirit. You (who is man and mortal) devalue, water down or put to shame the effective power of the Godhead by doing so, and there’s no forgiveness to such.

Be mindful of your utterances. Better shut up if you know not the source of which power is at work in another.

Have a blessed day. 

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EASY YOKE, LIGHT BURDEN – Wed, Aug 17, 2016

​Matthew 11:29-30 KJV

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I must confess that I’ve been schooled a lot, going through the book of Matthew. I was fixated today on Jesus’s comments on John the Baptist, suggesting he is Elijah. But that is subject for discussion another day.
Jesus ends the chapter saying His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Now, this contradicts a lot of what we see as modern day Christianity. Our worship these days are plagued with so many ‘dos and don’ts’
We spend more time fighting over which denomination’s dos and don’ts conform to God’s. One believer could boldly condemn another believer’s church and way of worship, forgetting that denominations never existed when they were first called Christians.
I don’t intend to open the gates for lawlessness, no, not at all. I seek to imply that indeed man has contributed to making worship burdensome since the days of Jesus. Yet His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
I pray you catch this vision and do your best to ply the ‘easy’ route.
Have a blessed day. 

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