FREE RELIGION – Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Colossians 2:8 KJV

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

There could be some dangers inherent being a stickler for strict religious practises, especially when one doesn’t know the basis of these practises, yet they are perpetrated in the name of Christ.

Such was the situation when Paul the apostle wrote to the people of Colosse. Too many false practises had become part of their worship so much so that he had to specifically issue strong warnings. See v16-18.

He argues that if we are dead to the elemental spirits of the world by dying in Christ, why then do we say, “don’t taste this, don’t touch this, etc” All these were a shadow of what was to come.

Christianity is not burdensome. Saddling religion with so many rules to the detriment of church growth and the spiritual wellbeing is definitely anti-godly. Know why you do what you do.
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TRUE CAREGIVERS – Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Philippians 2:20-21 KJV

For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

[21] For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

We used to have many different pastors spend some time with us at our office fellowship meetings everyday of the working week.

One of my colleagues, Hansen, pointed out a couple of the pastors who were there only because of what favours they wanted in return. He knew for a fact that they would stop paying us their regular visits soon as they got what they were looking for. Like a prophesy, Hansen’s words turned out to be true.

Paul faced a similar challenge with the Phillipians. He struggled to find like-minded shepherds who would care for the people in love, not because one thing or the other. Thank God he was able to fall on Timothy and Epaphroditus.

I believe everyone should have a shepherd/spiritual director or whatever you may call him/her. But I pray you chance on someone who will naturally care for your state, and not otherwise.
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LIFE OVER DEATH – Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Philippians 1:23-24 KJV

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
[24] Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

At times when I bring up the issue of death in a conversation, I get the impression people are readily dismissive of the subject.

Death is usually not a comfortable thing to talk about across many cultures. People say, “nobody wants to die but everybody wants to go to heaven.”

Probably people may want to enter by Elijah-style or Enoch-style. 😊

In his first letter to the Phillipians, Paul the apostle also chose life over death… but for a different reason, i. e.  So that he could win more souls for the Lord, even though he knew very well death was “far better.”

Reflecting on this prompted a thought in my spirit: If your life is not helping save others, then probably you’re better of not living. This may sound harsh but think about it carefully. You should have been gone by now but for the sake of another. Do what you have to do!
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MEN PLEASES, EYE SERVICE – Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Ephesians 6:6 KJV

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

I attended the funeral of the sister of one of my very close friends some years ago and what the pastor said that day about the deceased woman has stayed with me for a very long time.

He had observed her secretly in church and seen the dedication and devotion with which she attached to working in the church, even when she was terminally diagnosed with the disease and was so weak in the body. She never made excuses, she ALWAYS showed up, even when the strong youth didn’t.

She was committed till death and didn’t bother that nobody saw her even at the very last moments.

In my opinion one of the gravest problems facing the church, is it being filled with too many of us men pleasers. We will do, so far as somebody is watching. That is how far we go.

People give big when the crowd is thick, others pray or worship even better when certain people are around, etc.

I pray God delivers you and I from this serious ‘sickness’ so the quality of our service to Him may improve.
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UNFRUITFUL WORKS – Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Ephesians 5:11-12 KJV

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them .
[12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

The WordNet English Dictionary defines fellowship as the state of being with someone. Companionship or company are some synonyms of the word.

Paul had noticed that for some of the people of Ephesus, certain sins were not a one time event for them. They had formed some companionship with those sins, and had become things they couldn’t do without.

The works of darkness (see v3 -4) never bring any fruitfulness to our lives, not even in the least. They provide very transient pleasure yet may leave eternally devastating rewards. You just can’t fellowship with these!

Once or twice you may have indulged or over-indulged, hold it there at that point and seek to recourse to the Light, because sooner or later, the Light will make manifest all that is done in secret.
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SAINTS ANYWHERE – FRI, JAN 20, 2017

Ephesians 1:1 KJV

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

In 2004, when I was I still a student at KNUST, I started studying the book of book of Ephesians verse by verse using a devotional guide authored by one Selwyn Hughes and I still remember what he said about this very first verse.

Mr. Hughes explained the Ephesus was a Port city, like Tema or Takoradi, and was plagued with all kinds of vices and practices. Due to its the concentration of foreigners, paganism was at its peak. Everybody copied what the wanted to.

Ephesus was the last place to find ‘very good people,’ yet Paul the apostle addressed this letter of his to the ‘SAINTS’ at Ephesus. Meaning amidst all the filth, a few people found occasion not to stain themselves.

Sometimes you are unable to determine where you find yourself, but you definitely are responsible for how you live there. Would you join the band wagon or be that shining unique example in the midst of the filth?
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FAULT RESTORERS – Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Galatians 6:1 KJV

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

A lady friend of mine stopped attending church for a while. When I enquired I found out she had gotten pregnant though she had no husband.

Apparently, she had been scolded enough by her colleagues in their women’s society. She wasn’t prepared for more salt in her injury hence her decision. I visited her a number of times and managed to make some good progress on her.

It’s sad when the first thing ‘the church’ considers when one of its own errs, is to ridicule and dish out scorn. This is not godly but devilish. Paul the apostle advises otherwise. He doesn’t condone wrong but offers a better approach to those who fault.

The church is made up of humans. Humans err.

Help bring those who fall back up and let’s keep growing the numbers, this is the will of God.
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