What are you bringing to the table?

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I remember reading 1Timothy 1:12 and wondering what Paul meant there. It says (emphasis mine):

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

When Paul said Jesus counted him faithful to be put into ministry, it sounded like he was saying he was qualified to be called into ministry. Haven’t we always heard that “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”? Continue reading

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They lied to us

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“They” does not refer to anyone in particular; it refers to the notions we grew up with. They probably didn’t know any better either.

  1. They told us we should be scared of witches and wizards and demons and don’t even try the devil himself; but that’s not right. The devil should be the one scared of me because the Bible tells me to resist the devil and he will FLEE from me. Imagine what the lower ranks will do. James 4:7
  2. They told us that prosperity was evil; that poverty was synonymous with being pious. Hold up! “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus“. Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8
  3. They told us the mother was the “spiri-coco” of the house and the father just needed to provide and know God “just enough”. But nowhere does it tell me in the Bible that the New Testament Church was filled with only women.
  4. They told us that if it God’s will to heal us, then He will and if not, then He won’t. Chill: How can the One Who sent His ONLY Son to die for us not be willing to heal us? Lemme take it a step further: He has already healed us. Matthew 8:17;¬†1 Peter 2:24
  5. They told us we should pray so that faith will come. Only if they meant that we should pray for a deeper understanding of His Word because Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
  6. They told us that God is responsible for all the evil in the world. *jaws drop* How can the Father of Lights in Whom there’s no darkness be a force of evil? Best believe, the devil is the god of this world. I didn’t say it; Paul did. 2 Corinthians 4:4
  7. They told us to end every prayer with “Let thy will be done” C’mon, there was only one time Jesus prayed like that. He also said God will give us WHATSOEVER we ask in His [Jesus’] Name. John 16:23-24
  8. They told us God was like a headmaster waiting to “hack” us down for every sin we commit. They forgot to mention that the whole point of Jesus coming was redemption and forgiveness. That being said, shall we sin because we are not under the Law but under Grace? God forbid! 1John 1:9
  9. They told us to keep “shouting at” God and burp our head from side to side, hoping that one of our prayers will strike past the ozone layer and make it through to Heaven. They didn’t add “…and oh, you need some faith with that too“. Hebrews 11:6
  10. They said they evolved from monkeys; that their world happened as a result of big bang; and that there’s no God. Please, that’s not even why we are here. Genesis 1

Perhaps! I’m also lying to you. Why don’t you find out for yourself?

Beep…beep…I’m alive

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If we are to break down Jesus’ ministry into phases, we will probably all agree on these three: Death (Crucifixion), Resurrection and Ascension. Also, as many of us may be know, as believers we also have these three phases:

  • Death: Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
  • Resurrection: Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
  • Ascension: Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”

So if we have “passed from death to life”, why do we still experience some things? Why do we still struggle with some old habits? Continue reading

Wills in-sync

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Have you ever been in a situation where you know that you are walking with God? Like you just know that you are out of His Presence? It’s a terrible feeling. So you can imagine what Jesus went through as expressed in the garden of Gethsemane. The One Who knew no sin, Who was never out of God’s Presence, was about to be separated¬†from the Father. If Jesus had His way, He wouldn’t have wanted to lose that union as expressed in Matthew 26:39: Continue reading

The Vine and the branches

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Something struck me yesterday while reading the Bible and I thought to share it with you guys.

Revelations 7:12

“Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

John 15: 5

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

The verse in Revelation tells us all that Jesus received: blessing, power, might, etc. John 15:5 tells us that He is the Vine and we are the branches. If the Vine has all the blessing, power, might, etc, then we have access to these things because we are part of the Vine.

Food for thought:

There are other illustrations like Jesus is the Head of the Church which we are.

Life nugget:

Acts 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

Can you please define ‘Greatness’?

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I was walking down the road home yesterday and for some funny reason, my mind wandered to the possibility that children of people like Bill Gates and Carlos Slim will ever achieve the level of greatness their parents achieved. Like, these men set such great records that I wonder if their children will be able to meet up, not to talk of surpassing it.

But then as I thought about these things, I asked myself this question: “What is greatness?” On the surface, it’s easy to say greatness is measured by wealth, but there are rich people I won’t consider great. I can also think greatness is in level of influence but from history we know that there were highly influential people for negative cause who we won’t consider great.

What then is greatness? Continue reading

Jesus my Hero

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I recently read in a devotional about the “Holy Presence of God”. Let me give you a brief breakdown: In the time of Moses when the Temple was built, there were two major parts (that concerns this post)- the Holy place and the Holy of Holies.

The Holy of Holies was were the Presence of God dwelt, where the High Priest went in ONCE every year to offer sacrifices. Now the place was so Holy that before the High Priest goes in, there’s a rope tied to his leg and bells on his garment. Why was this done? So that in case he was unholy and died suddenly, his body could be pulled out with the rope.

Such was the awe of that place. But what happened when Jesus came? Heb 10:19 (NIV)

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,”

Wow! Think about it for a moment and let the realisation sink in.

That is what Jesus did for you and me, that Jesus, our Hero. We celebrate that sacrifice He made today (Good Friday) and the victory He won on Sunday (Easter Sunday). He is risen! Hallelujah!

Food for thought:

The book of Hebrews tells us in detail about Jesus our High Priest. You can study it for more details. You can also use different versions.

Life nugget:

It is by grace that we are saved. No boasting necessary. I may have been one of those shouting “Crucify Him” on that day.