THAT ALL MAY BE ONE – Fri, Oct 28, 2016

​John 17:11 KJV

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are .

One of the earnest desires of Jesus is that we may be one as He and the Father and the Spirit are.

Unity within the Christian fraternity is so key to the Lord that, He says, “whoever doesn’t gather with me is against me and scatters abroad” – Matt 12:30

You cannot claim to be with Him and yet look down on your brother in another fellowship, simply because he doesn’t conform to your style of worship.

“He prays differently, sings differently, reads differently,” yet he’s still the  Lord’s. Let desist from creating enemies that do not exist within our fraternity.

Have a blessed Friday. 

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TO LOVE OR NOT TO – Wed, Oct 26, 2016

John 15:17 KJV

These things I command you, that ye love one another.

The subject of love is one that is never exhausted. It is a command of our dear Lord that we love one another, so I’ve decided to let you know that I do LOVE YOU. 😍
I find two things very difficult to do and pray for more grace to carry them out:

1. Loving my enemies: It’s no joke looking at that guy/lady you know so well hates you and still choose to love them.

This is why I decide to define LOVE as a ‘choice.’ Though very difficult, our master commands this. I pray you find the grace to love all
2. Living out my profession of love: I may profess love sometimes but struggle to live it out. This too doesn’t come easy as I find myself doing quite the contrary.
My prayer for you and I is for more of God’s grace to remain in love just as He had commanded.
Have a blessed day. 

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THE OTHER SHEEP – Fri, Oct 21, 2016

​John 10:16 KJV

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Many people have suggested that by this quote, Jesus was referring to the many religions out there that need to be christened. Yet others believe this refers to the fallen brothers within the Christian fraternity.

For whichever sect Jesus was referring to, the underscoring premise is still the same, “…them also I must bring…” He says.

This confers a great responsibility on you and I as Christians, who belong to the household of faith. This desire of Jesus is a MUST. (See 10:16 again). But how can He do this if we don’t talk to the people in question?

There is a responsibility on your shoulders, which is to ‘help bring in the other sheep.’ Im sorry but you cannot remain unconcerned about this, what is your contribution towards this cause?
Have a blessed Friday. 

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SPIRITUALLY BLIND – Thu, Oct 20, 2016

​John 9:40 KJV

And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

In this story of the blind man Jesus healed, we see much drama even after the miracle. The Pharisees went length and breath to invalidate the miracle.

1. They held the notion that anyone born with an infirmity was a sinner from birth, or had sinful parents.
2. They wouldn’t accept Jesus’ miracles as legitimate deeds from God

Yet on these same two points, (there could be more) in my opinion, Jesus described them as ‘spiritually blind.’

Spiritual blindness neither sees nor appreciates the work of God. Spiritual blindness seeks to oppose the move of God and rubbishes what God has done.

Spiritual blindness holds on to wrong doctrines/beliefs.

Now the big question is, how well do you ‘see’? Are you blind?

If there was a way to measure how spiritually blind you were, how would you fare?

Have a blessed day. 

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AVOIDING THE UNNECESSARY – Tue, Oct 18, 2016

​John 7:1 KJV

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

Tensions were very high around this time. The Jewish leaders were bent on killing Jesus and so sought Him everywhere. The Feast of Tabernacles was in sight and all knew Jesus would make an appearing.

Though Jesus’ time to die had not come, so that they couldn’t harm Him yet, He still devised a strategy to avoid any unnecessary confrontations and fights. He crept into their midst secretly and still made His expected appearance.

Jesus wasn’t a weak man, yet He chose to adopt a strategy the ‘seemed’ good for weaklings. Same way, the fact that you’re strong doesn’t mean you engage in every spiritual battle/warfare.

Sometimes it is necessary to let go of what wouldn’t benefit your cause even though you could have handled it anyway. Don’t go fighting them all. Allow some a pass.
Have a blessed day. 

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SEEDS OF CONFUSION – Fri, Oct 14, 2016

​John 3:30 KJV

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Before John the baptist was cast into prison, there was a time when Jesus came baptising people somewhere close to John. As expected, John’s disciples caught word of this and reported the issue to their master, John.

I chose to meditate on John’s reaction and response to what should have generated a rift between he and Jesus. (See v27-35). Please make time to read these verses.

Seeds of confusion are always cast abroad wherever humans live and work. You choose whether or not to allow these seeds to germinate in your quarters. John the Baptist was not just humble, he was wise. He saw the seed of confusion and made it pass.

Please make them pass when you chance upon them. May God open your eyes and give you the ability to discern, as they come your way.
Have a blessed Friday. 

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SEEING MAKES BELIEF – Thu, Oct 13, 2016

​John 2:23-24 KJV

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day , many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
[24] But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men

By this account, we see that since time immemorial, generally, man has always needed a sign to believe in a cause. Many who believed Jesus did so because they witnesses firsthand what He did.

Aside His authoritative style of preaching, which was different from what they were used to, Jesus had to back much of what He said with miracles.

In our time, you would have to do this with your testimonies and your way of life. People must definitely ‘see’ 👀 something!!

Your word may be good like Jesus, but that alone may not be enough. They need to see you live it out.

‘Seeing is believing’ they say. So if you need to evangelise to those around you, get them to SEE it. Perhaps, that may even be the most powerful weapon in your arsenal. Cling to it and see the results.
Have a blessed day. 

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