EFFECT OF HIS PRESENCE – Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Revelation 1:17-18 KJV

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
[18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

We begin the book of Revelation with John’s encounter with Jesus, the Son of Man, one more time, but in a different place and in different conditions.

John had walked, talked and spent a lot of time with Jesus while He was on earth, and never was it said that he behaved this way. This time, the feeling is different: John fell prostrate before Him. I’d like us to meditate on this as we compare John’s reaction to Ezekiel’s each time he made contact with the Son of Man.

So overwhelming is the experience that one cannot but lie prostrate before the Son of Man when one comes in contact with Him. A pastor once said, at that point your own frailties as a man are are exposed and you come to terms with your ‘nothingness’ and ‘worthlessness.’

You are made aware of how insignificant you are before the King of Kings, yet He chose to come to you. That alone makes you unable to stand on your feet. You just lie prostrate and worship.

May you and I have this experience someday as we strive to be where He is.
Have a blessed Friday.

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UNNECESSARY ACCUSATIONS – Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Jude 1:8-10 KJV

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

[9] Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

[10] But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

Jude’s instructions are straight forward, lacking any form of ambiguity whatsoever. He wouldn’t waste time on those who were maligning the Christian faith. See his comments on the devil (v9).

Too many of us give much attention to our detractors. We speak about what they do and the approaches they use, in the process we give more attention, mileage and fame.

The Archangel Michael rebuked the devil (v9) without accusations, no time for that. For that is the very modus of the devil himself.

Let’s solve our problems within our churches at the root levels, without glorifying the problems and giving honour to those who cause them.
Have a blessed day.

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BLESS YOUR HOST – Wed, Mar 29, 2017

3 John 1:2-3 KJV

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
[3] For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

Yesterday we discussed the need to be weary of those who bring false doctrines into our homes and why we need not wish them God speed.

So it is just right to celebrate those who do quite the contrary. John the Apostle used much of the book of 3rd John to praise the efforts of one man by name Gaius. John could not hide his well wishes for Gaius, so he’d pray for Gaius’ prosperity… and prosperity for his soul.

Never downplay the kindness of anyone who welcomes you into their homes. You’ll appreciate this much better if you’ve ever been a stranger in another man’s land.

Pray for them, bless them and never stop mentioning them in your prayers, and by all means make them know how much you appreciate what they did for you.
Have a blessed day. 

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BEARERS OF FALSE DOCTRINE – Tue, Mar 28, 2017

2 John 1:10-11 KJV

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
[11] For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

In a time when there is getting increasingly difficult to sieve through the multitude of Christian doctrines that have been propounded and enforced, John the apostle’s words may seem very hard to execute

I remember when I was a very young boy, different gentlemen came to our homes to share the Word with us and teach us some doctrines. We embraced all and never really could tell which doctrine was in tandem with the Word of God.

Resources abound now, so that if you should come to know what is being fed the young ones in your homes, is not godly, the onus lies on you to stop it immediately. John the apostle says that he who bids such a person God speed is a partaker of evil deeds.

Be careful of who you welcome and where you go to be fed with spiritual food. Take care you don’t sow seeds that will bring you a harvest you won’t want.
Have a blessed day.

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ETERNAL LIFE – Fri, Mar 24, 2017

1 John 2:25 KJV

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Every soul will live forever, every soul once born, can never die. So when John the Apostle says Jesus has promised eternal life, he doesn’t just speak of a life that is unending, he speaks of more!

Eternal life is the very life of Christ, according a message I heard years ago from Pastor Chris Oyakilome. It is a life that is free of all the trouble, sicknesses and issues this world offers.

So in one of Max Lucado’s narrations, he said, ” there’ll be no more aspirin, chemotherapy, etc, etc… Every tear will be wiped away.” This is eternal life! A life we MUST all die for.

It is the promise of the Son that you have eternal life. Don’t trade this for another life elsewhere. Do whatever you need to do to have this life. Talk to your pastor now!
Have a blessed Friday.

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REPENTANCE – Wed, Mar 22, 2017

2 Peter 3:9 KJV

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

In a time of Lent, a word like this is very much in due season.

Contrary to what some people believe, God does not desire that any of us should perish. Peter, the apostle of God, the buddy buddy of Jesus made this statement, so it must be so!

I make this assertion because the circumstances of life have forced many to make derogatory remarks about their God.

Despite all you go through, the status of your soul is about the most important thing to God.

Physical death is not much of a loss like losing your soul. This is the kind of perishing God doesn’t want for you, and only one thing can can guarantee this… REPENTANCE!!!
Repent now, while you have time.
Have a blessed day. 

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DEFENDING YOUR HOPE – Fri, Mar 17, 2017

1 Peter 3:15 KJV

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Being the zealot that he is, Peter would prescribe a way for Christians to react when questions about their hope in Christ is posed to them. Obviously Peter the apostle wouldn’t have us mute on such occasions.

More and more of us are unable to heed to this plea of the apostle. We are able to smell trouble when issues of our faith and hope in Christ are brought up. We avoid them by keeping mute or changing subjects.

And we do these not because we don’t believe in that Hope, but because we aren’t well versed in what we believe in. We haven’t given ourselves over to study, so we know and feel shallow.

Even worse is when the wrong/untrue comments are made about your faith, you only sigh and walk away, missing the opportunity to teach the people in question.

The attitude we must have is that of readiness and eagerness and available to defend that hope of our calling.
Have a blessed Friday.

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