KNOWLEDGE THAT BREEDS SIN – Fri, Dec 23, 2016

1 Corinthians 8:11-12 KJV

And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
[12] But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

My first days in high school were very interesting. Learning new things in Biology and Mathematics felt too good. No matter how much you knew, you knew there was still more you didn’t know, “learning will never seem to end,” I usually thought.

And rightly so, …in my walk with God I’ve come to know I can never know all there is to know. If I should go by Paul’s words in verse 2 then even what I ought to know as an individual, I don’t know yet, how much more all there is to know.

My eyes were opened to sins we commit and yet never know we do. One such is when your knowledge causes another to sin, probably because they never knew what you know. Though you didn’t err in what you did, your friend did, and that makes you also sin. This sounds a bit complicated but a careful thought brings out the meaning.
Knowledge is power, but know how and where you portray, apply or teach that power. You may rather be causing more harm than you think.
Have a blessed Friday.

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SOLITUDE VS. MARRIAGE – Thu, Dec 22, 2016

1 Corinthians 7:6-8 KJV

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
[7] For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
[8] I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

A lot of emphasis is placed these days on the importance of marriage. There are books on how spouses should live together, how to find a partner, what signs to look out for, etc etc etc.

In our part of the world, the picture is painted in a way that suggests being married is at the peak of all blessings, so that he/she who isn’t definitely needs some counseling, prayers of deliverance or both.

This is absolutely wrong in Paul’s opinion. In fact, He recommends marriage for those who can’t make it through the school of self control…and this is in respect of sexual intercourse. Paul outlines a myriad of benefits a solitary life dedicated to God has over marriage.

Don’t burn in lust if you can’t  live a life of solitude, by all means marry. But don’t be deceived, a dedicated  life of solitude to God is definitely better, 1 Cor 7:38.
Have a blessed day.

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YOU ARE NOT FREE – Wed, Dec 21, 2016

1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

When it comes to maintenance of machines and home systems, my dad is first person who comes to mind. His very old Opel Vectra looks and feels like a modern day saloon car. His home appliances are spick and span, all covered and neat, even old remote controls (TV and radio) look brand new.

One time I asked him why he lived that way and his response was, “It’s mine, I bought it with money, so I’ve got to keep it as such. It was not free!”

For him what was most important was that, he paid something to acquire that property. It can’t be treated as ordinary or a free item… no… not at all.

This attitude resonates what Paul speaks of in 1 Cor 6:20, you and I are actually bought at a price and are therefore not our own.

The onus is therefore on us to take very good care of ourselves (our bodies and our souls). And the best way to do this, Paul recommends, is to glorify God in your body and your spirit. Think about this as you go about your activities today.
Have a blessed day.

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YOUR TESTIMONY ALSO COUNTS – Fri, Dec 16, 2016

1 Corinthians 1:28 KJV

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea , and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

In a video interview I watched of Lil Wayne, the Ghanaian comedian who shot to stardom a couple of years back, and has done well to maintain that status, he kept hammering on how lowly a background he had come from.

He emphasised that it has been so because of the grace of God upon his life. Never would he have believed that somebody like him would have been able to meet his own needs and those of others.

Practically, Paul was teaching the people of Corinth that God is an expert at choosing what (who) the world wouldn’t choose or regard. His expertise is in polishing the seemingly useless and making a gem out of it.

Many of such stories are still untold. Your life could be one such example if you think about it that carefully it. Go on, tell someone about how far God has brought you. Your testimony must be heard.
Have a blessed day. 

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APPRECIATIONS – Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Romans 16:3-4 KJV

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
[4] Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

One Sunday morning, I chanced into a small church during my short stay in that little town called Poplar. The resident pastor preached on a topic I don’t think I can ever forget: Cease every opportunity to learn.

In his sermon, he pointed out that many of the situations that comes our way, whether good or bad, are usually meant for us to learn a thing or two from. Furthermore, he focused on the need to learn to appreciate people.

The roles people play in our lives vary from place to place. And once there are roles you must learn to appreciate those who play those roles irrespective of status. How often have you commended your wife for preparing dinner, or your husband for providing lunch?

When last did you appreciate the bus driver who never showed up late to pick you to work/school, or the cleaner who kept your desk clean? Christianity thrives when we learn to appreciate. Do your part and let me do mine.
Have a blessed day. 

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MINISTERS TO THE GENTILES – Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Romans 15:16 KJV

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

In one of Rev. Eastwood Anaba’s sermons on KNUST campus while I was a student there, he justified the reason why he had not heeded to any of many invitations offered to him to go live in Accra. He was based in Bolgatanga then.

Rev Eastwood believed Accra had many big ‘floodlights’ whose lights shone brightly in the capital and until there was a specific purpose for ‘a candle’ like him, he would prove more useful to the darkness in Bolgatanga.

Now that’s very profound. St. Paul made a similar statement about his calling in today’s verse. Paul had come to realize that special grace he had to be a minister unto the gentiles. So that where others may not go, he Paul, may bring the good news of God to them.

That ministry to the gentiles is now handed over to you and I. It is necessary that you don’t just fellowship with believers but go an extra mile of talking to an unbeliever about God. His message MUST go out there, and He’s counting on you to get it there.
Have a blessed day. 

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DIFFERENT WORSHIP STYLES, SAME GOD – Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Romans 14:6 KJV
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it . He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

I believe that most of the differences we experience within the body of Christ (the church), which eventually become a cause for worry, are borne by our own selves and have nothing to do with God.

St. Paul the apostle puts it beautifully in this chapter of Romans 14 and I strongly recommend it for all. If your belief instructs you to abstain from certain practises, God is pleased with that and relates to you at that level.

However, the same practise may be a key component of another man’s worship and so he may be required to do them, believe it or not God is still pleased with that person too!!! He relates to him at that level.

We need to desist from ‘playing God’ and focusing more on our individual worship of Him. What others do stays with them and they are accountable to them, you have no business judging. You only place obstacles before yourself and divide the body of Christ when you do so.
Have a blessed day. 

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