Obedience: Remaining in his love.

”When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandment and remain in his love.” John 15:10(NLT)

As seen in 1 John 2:15, a fact can be established that if one loves the world, then the love of the father is not in one. That is, persisting in iniquity and loving the sinful path that  the yet-to-be-saved folks tread portrays one as not having the love of the father in one. You are either with God or out there with the sinful throng. And it’s best that you rather love God and shun the corrupt practices of those yet-to-be-saved.

If you’ve ever wondered how one can be sure of remaining  in the love of Christ, right there in John 15:10, you have the answer! Complete and consistent obedience to the commandments of Christ confirms that you’re still in his love. A sure way of knowing what the commandments of Christ is by studying his words as contained in the Bible after which one should commit the words to heart and obey the Lord as he instructs and has instructed.  Any seeming deviation from his commandments should be  promptly addressed through genuine repentance. Remaining in the love of Christ guarantees eternal life because whomever completely believes in Christ will obey Christ and whomever completely obeys Christ belongs to him and whomever belongs to Christ has eternal life in him. So,my dear, do all you can to remain in the love of Christ. Hold on tightly to the faith you have in him and always remember and be grateful that his grace is available to you, as a believer.

I pray that may we all remain in the love of Christ even until he comes to take us home to live with him and behold him with our eyes forever in his mighty name. Amen.

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Obedience: Not less than 100%

Saul was given a command by the Lord through Samuel and he(Saul) failed to pay 100% obedience,thus God rejected him as King of Israel. Half obedience is as bad as total disobedience! True obedience only exist when it is 100%. My friend, please be careful to carry out every letter of any instruction the Lord gives to you. It is a dangerous thing to disobey him. Don’t choose to disobey first then plead for forgiveness later because that is not the hallmark of a true follower of Christ Jesus. A true follower of Jesus obeys him completely always. As written in a part of 1 Samuel 16:22(NLT): ”Listen!Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fats of ram.” So is it written, so is it true.

Submit to the Lord’s will and obey his instructions completely so that you may enjoy all the blessings that he gives to those who obey him.

If you have in any way been disobedient and feel the weight of guilt in your heart at this moment and you are yet to ask for forgiveness, you should please pray the following prayer points:

  • Father, please forgive me as I confess my sin(s) of disobedience(mention the sin(s) if you can remember it/them) and repent of it/them in Jesus name.
  • Lord, help me surrender completely to your will and enable me to carry out every instruction that you give to me in Jesus name.
  • Lord,help me make you the centre of focus in my life in Jesus name.

If you make Jesus the centre of focus, nothing will be as important as him and his will for your life. Keep looking unto him and make up your mind to give nothing less than 100% in obedience always.

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Christianity: A living movement

Moving on and the hope is still alive and will never die! A hope of an eternal life to be lived in the abode of our most high God and our darling saviour. Christianity is based on truth,love and faith in a living God.

The high council was infuriated and decided to kill the apostles, however, on the counsel of Gamaliel, a member of that same council, they changed their decision. Instead, they had the apostles flogged, ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Gamaliel’s counsel to the high council contained some profound words. He said in Acts 5:38 – 39(NLT) :

”So my advice is leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”

Gamaliel also made references to men in the past who had garnered support but whose folds collapsed after their death (reference to check: Acts 5:33-42). However, Christianity cannot be destroyed because it is from God and its originator, Jesus Christ is eternal. He is God who came to dwell in human body to achieve purpose of salvation (reference to check: John 1:1,14; 3:16).Even when he died, he was lord in the grave and he came back to life and is alive forevermore! Even over 2000 years after he returned to heaven, his power remains ever potent and his followers are still all over the world!

Friends, we have assurance that we are on the right path because our Lord said in John 14:6(NLT): ”I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” What a glorious connection we have that we are following the way himself and he is our link to the heavenly father!

Don’t leave for anywhere else because Christianity (It is a life lived in complete obedience and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ) is the only living movement originated by Christ and ordained by God to lead those who practise it to eternal life! Stay with Christ, stay eternally alive! 

Hallelujah!

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The resurrection and the life.

‘Jesus told her, ”I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” ‘
John 11:25″(NLT)

Hallelujah!How blessed are those who have a glorious hope in Christ Jesus because of their faith in him!Friends,as long as we stay faithful to the Lord to the end of our stay here on earth,we have an unshakable assurance that we will live with Jesus Christ in his kingdom forever!Nothing in this present world can ever be compared with the eternal bliss and peace that we will enjoy in the kingdom of our God!No more worries,pains,hunger or discomfort of any kind.God himself will be our light,hallelujah!
Beloved,don’t miss that experience for anything. Make up your mind now to stay with Jesus to the end. Pray to him to help you stay faithful. Keep praying in the power of the Holy ghost if you are already baptised in the Holy ghost and pray for the enabling power of the Holy ghost if you haven’t begun yet. The race might have stretched out over a long period of time,but surely it will soon be all over and the Lord will come and take us home. And trust God,the rewards for those who stay faithful to the end will be invaluably worth it!
Oh,how great our joy will be when we finally get to see Jesus Christ and he welcomes us home!
Death has been defeated because Jesus has conquered the grave!He is the resurrection and the life,hallelujah!!!!!!

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A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS.

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.’ Proverbs 3:5,6 (NLT)

Having the right partner is crucial to the success of any venture. A right partner is known by some of the qualities he/she possesses. One very crucial quality to look out for is dependability. How dependable is your partner? Can you trust this person to look out for your best interests even when you’re not present?

God is the ultimate. He is the peak of perfection in partnership. He is the best partner anyone could have because when he partners with you,success is inevitable. He is not selfish. He is altruistic. He cares deeply about those who depend on him. He will never fail you.

My friend, invite God into your affairs today. Pray to him to lead and direct you. He is to take the lead because he knows it all. He will give you directions that will take you to fulfilment in a way that would have hitherto been impossible, if he were not involved. He steps in and makes what’s already good better and takes it to best. He intervenes, when invited, and turns around a terrible situation towards excellence. He is capable, dependable and infinitely creative. Remember that you will give account of your stewardship to God some day and the best way to ensure an excellent account is to partner with God himself. What a creator so loving! He is so accessible! Despite how small we are, compared to him, he still has time to relate with us humans. And most definitely, he is the best partner we could ever ask for. Partner with God today!

”Those who partner with God suffer no loss.”

Will you partner with him?

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HIS JOY COMES!

My friend,don’t be discouraged!As long as you are with Christ,your joy is certain. Challenges will come,but don’t worry,you have the strongest personality ever to be on your side.JESUS IS LORD!

‘For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.’ Psalm 30:5(NLT)

The stretch of your challenges might look unending,however,trust God because his joy will come. Your challenges will end, only God’s blessings in the various ways they come will never end. He sees,he knows ,he cares and he loves you.

The Lord said in Isaiah 49:15: ”Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!”

Our God is faithful. He doesn’t forsake his beloved. He cares for them. As long as you are in Christ, he loves you and will never forsake you. He won’t forget you! So press on in faith and hold on to hope, keep your eyes on Jesus and the darkness will disappear. He is light and he can’t be conquered!

‘He knows my name’, a song by Israel Houghton, has some lyrics that go thus:

I have a father,he calls his own

He’ll never leave me,no matter where I go

He knows my name, he knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call

So,my dear friend,he knows your name, he cares for you and his joy will surely come. Stay with God, he will keep his word.

A LOVE SO DEEP

If we could exhaustively comprehend the depth of the love of Christ for us,we would know much more how wonderful,beautiful and forgiving our darling saviour is. There is no hatred whatsoever in him towards us. What he detests is sin,not us. And once sin is off the scene,we’d be able to begin to comprehend how great his love for us is. He left heaven and all the majesty of his throne and came to earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins. Humility was and is still so clearly personified in our role model,Jesus Christ,who chose to serve and save. We couldn’t help ourselves so he came to be our salvation and even now,he still is . He took the pains,the shame and paid off all our debts of sin. Nothing can ever get us the righteousness that Jesus has brought us. Hallelujah!

There is no wickedness in him. He is full of endless love. A major theme of his ministry was and will always be love because he is love himself. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is always there,waiting to be allowed in(Revelation 3:20). How glorious!

Romans 8:35-38 contains an amazing and interesting description of the love of Christ for us. A love that made him lay down his life to save us,his friends(Matthew 15:13). That love will never end,as long as we stay true and faithful to him. Even when we err,he does not stop loving us,he loves us still.We only need to retrace our steps in repentance so that we might not lose the life that we have in him.

My friend, always remember that no matter what may be,the love of Christ for us is greater than we know. So continue in him and never stop loving him for loving us first.

I’m writing this short poem to him in appreciation, you could leave yours below too in gratitude.

Mighty and royal,

to the cause of redemption,you were loyal

battered and bruised

to saving me,you remained true

No treasure could buy

what you paid for with your life

And in all of eternity

none could surpass you in humility

You are my all!

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Keep the rest,beat the stress (Part 1)

‘Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‘ Matthew 11:28(NLT)

Sometimes, the weight of expectations and responsibilities might wear one out and if support doesn’t come quickly enough, one might buckle under the pressure.

However, Jesus has given us a guaranteed assurance of rest if we go to him. Therefore, we need to go to him and let him ease our burdens. With him, rest is sure and a more fulfilling life is possible.

Practical steps to get the ‘rest’:

1. Accept that you need help with your burdens.

2. Go to Jesus Christ  and pray to him for help with your burdens(mention them).

3. (i)Confess and accept him as your Lord and personal saviour(for those not born-again yet).

(ii) Confess and reaffirm his Lordship over your life(for the redeemed).

4. Thank him for the answer to the prayer and praise him in advance, believing that he has done it for you.

5. Keep believing: Don’t lose faith in God.Never doubt that he has done it. Keep confessing your rest in him.

Your ceaseless faith in God will help you focus more on Jesus Christ,who gives rest, and not on your burdens. This way, you get to keep the rest and beat the stress.

God be praised!