HONOUR YOUR KING – Thu, Mar 16, 2017

1 Peter 2:13-15 KJV

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

[14] Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

[15] For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

These words may not sound too pleasant for most people.

I remember when Jesus was asked to address the question of paying taxes, He made Peter fetch a coin from a fish’s mouth to settle the matter. So I’m not too surprised these words are coming from him.

Respect for political heads, no matter how difficult, is mandatory for Christians. So Peter would say in 1 Pet 2:17 “… fear God, honour the king.” There can be no ambiguity in this.

So you may not so much like your Mayor, MCE, DCE, Regional Minister or President, but hey… give them the respect Christ expects you to give them. This means you may want to think twice just before you hurl abusive words at them 😊.
Have a blessed day.

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PRAY FOR LOVE – Wed, Mar 15, 2017

1 Peter 1:22 KJV

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart.
Is it really possible to love one another with a pure heart? Is it really true that you can find somebody who loves unconditionally?

Well… Peter underlines two important points that he believes contributes to the purification of one’s soul.

1. Obeying the truth

2. Unfeigned love of the brethren

I’ve met people who believe the kind of love Jesus demonstrated and urged us to live out is almost impossible. This is always the case when one figures this out with the mind of humans. 😊

Love is a divine mandate and therefore requires the grace of God to live out. You can not love with your human will, it may not work. Don’t just pray to God for wealth, favour, etc. Desire to love too and pray for the grace to do same.
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A WISER COUNSEL – Tue, Mar 14, 2017

James 5:13 KJV

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

How quickly do we prescribe solutions and give counsel to people who are afflicted in one way or the other?

One common counsel I’ve grown to know is asking a troubled/afflicted person to take some alcohol so such a one can forget their woes. The great philosopher offers this same counsel in Proverbs 31:7 🤔…

But James offers a much better approach. He recommends prayer in times of affliction and pain. Drinking your worries away has never proved to be a sustainable solution… you will live to fight another day!

Pray when afflicted, sing when you are merry. This is a wiser counsel than sticking to the ‘green bottle.’ You owe your soul this service and your body this responsibility.
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TONGUES UNBRIDLED – Fri, Mar 10, 2017

James 1:26 KJV

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

If the book of James is noted for anything at all, I’m sure it should be about its concern for the use of the tongue. I remember clearly a message I heard on taming the tongue when I was in High School.

A lot of spiritual juggernauts in this country are very expressive on all subjects. Whether on traditional media or social media, they just can’t miss an opportunity to express their views on whatever subject is trending.

I don’t condemn advocacy, neither do I intend to suppress any religious person or look down on their views. But like James quotes in 1:26 our tongues need to be briddled sometimes, just for the sake of the Gospel.

Yes you have an opinion about every social issue being discussed. But indeed, it is prudent for you as a Christian to exercise some restraint just before you throw anything out there into the public.
Have a blessed Friday.

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The SACRIFIAL LAMB – Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Hebrews 13:12-13 KJV

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
[13] Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

In today’s chapter, Hebrews 13 offers a very important teaching on why Jesus was crucified at Golgatha, away from the residential area.

The writer metaphorically compares Jesus to a lamb that is slaughtered on the altar under the old covenant by the high priest. The beast is killed at the altar alright but its body is sent outside the camp of Israel and burnt (destroyed) there so that its blood may sanctify the people.

So Jesus being condemned in the city had to be sent out of it, to fulfil this cleansing requirement of the law. This way the Law was fulfilled and Jesus assumed the role of a sacrifice lamb. He became a legit sacrifial offering as per the tenets of the Law.

The scripture (bible) is always the go-to book if you need clarification and edification on a good number of subjects. I pray we make more time for it.
Have a blessed day.

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MOUNT ZION – Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Hebrews 12:22-24 KJV

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
[23] To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
[24] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

I have a friend we affectionately call Pastor Otchere who wouldn’t stop reciting these verses aboves. Today as I chanced  on it, I got convinced about it being one of the most beautiful thing that ever happened to Christianity.

It sharply contrasts the new covenant from the old, exposing some tenets of the old that have been perfected by the new.

What we have now is not like the one that makes people die when they touch an Ark, it is merciful.

It doesn’t call for daily sacrifice of animals, it is clean. 😊

It doesn’t need a high priest to offer certain prayers annually, it is free!!!

Indeed we have come to mount Zion, the city of the Living God. Welcome aboard my brother/sister, let’s fellowship with the innumerable company of angels.
Have a blessed day.

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FAITH – Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Hebrews 11:1-2 KJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
[2] For by it the elders obtained a good report.

I believe Hebrews 11 is the most exhaustive piece on Faith in the bible; believing and holding unto something one hasn’t beheld or apprehended, yet prepared to die for it.

Some of the names mentioned; Noah, Jacob, Sara, Rahab and even Abraham himself, were not perfect people. They were not immune to sin and error, but one thing was for certain…

They believed in a thing they had not yet seen. That is taking matters to another level, because sometimes people see things and yet do not believe, how much more those who do not see but still go ahead to believe. That is Faith!!! – a necessary requirement to see God.

Your efforts to be a righteous person are not the first prerequisites to see God, but rather your Faith. No wonder Jesus told Thomas when they finally met, “blessed are they who believe and yet haven’t seen.” May you hold on to His promises though you may not have seen them yet.
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