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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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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Service or Showmanship?

Service to God is not showmanship. Like it reads,it is SERVICE!
If you have the talent to sing,teach or occupy any position of leadership in service to the almighty,you should operate at a very high level of humility and love. Pride should not beset you because you’re not indispensable. You’re rather privileged to be who you are and you should be grateful for it!
If you ever think that you’re one and only and thus irreplaceable, the truth is there is someone out there who is better than you or has the potential to be better than you in service to God.
God has men and women programmed for service,you’re just privileged to be one of them and should you get too big for your purpose,there is always going to be another to take your place!
As for your talent,God ultimately owns them. And someday,you will give account of how they were used. In John 3:27(NLT), John said ‘No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven’. So the talents come from heaven,you do not own them,God does.
And as for accounts, you shall be rewarded according to your deeds as the Lord says in Revelation 22:12(NLT) ‘Look, I’m coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds’
So friend, what’s your deed in God’s service: a show or true service?

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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He makes all things new!

‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17(NLT)

What an awesome God we have! The God of new beginnings! The alpha and omega! The God of hope!

There is hope for you! No matter how terribly you’ve messed up in the past, you need to know that redemption is not beyond your reach if you come back to God with a repentant heart and tenacious determination to turn a new leaf.

God’s grace is freely given. A product of his love towards mankind. A grace not based on the merit of a person’s righteousness. It is an extension of his amazing love.

What you have to do is come to him. Say you are sorry and mean it! Pray to him for forgiveness and the enablement to live a new life in him. Remember,he doesn’t regard your past.He is interested in your present repentance and the brilliant future that awaits you as a new person.That life that you think is messed up, can be replaced in him. That future that you think has been ruptured can be wholly replaced by another future most bright and beautiful! This is real! Just believe and come to the Lord as you are, with a repentant heart and faith in him.

God is the alpha and omega;the beginning and the end. He can always give you a new beginning if you come with a repentant heart and determination to change for good.

Yes!He makes all things new!

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FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

My friend,what fruit do you bear? What are the traits that manifest in your life?Do they indicate that you are a christian?

As a christian,the fruit you bear must be good. Anything less than good is unacceptable. Just as the Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ(He is my lord and saviour as well,I love him!) is an excellent example of uprightness,so must you be. In everything you do,the good fruit of a person led by the Holy spirit must be seen. Without the Holy Spirit,it is impossible for one to genuinely possess the fruit of the spirit. Only him can help one live above challenges and stay true to living a christian life.

What is the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces?

‘But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love,joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!’ Galatians 5:22-23(NLT)

So friend,there is a list for you to mirror yourself and the traits you manifest.If your traits are contrary to these,please make amends today by rededicating your life to Christ and praying to him to help you submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Always remember that it is the Holy Spirit that produces the fruit that should manifest in the life of a christian. Without him,one can’t genuinely possess the fruit of the spirit.

Stay blessed.

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A resource consulted for the words ‘fruit’ and ‘attribute’:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_of_the_Holy_Spirit

What strengthens the church?

‘Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes,we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge is important, it is love that strengthens the church.’ 1 Corinthians 8:1(NLT)

Friend,whatever knowledge you have of the things of the spirit is first,beneficial to you.How you apply this knowledge in your relationship with other believers is the decider of whether your knowledge will be beneficial to them or not. Overall,it is very profitable for you to couple the knowledge you have with altruism and seek the growth of other believers you relate with.

The knowledge of spiritual things is good,however,according to the verse above,LOVE is what strengthens the church. If you have love,then surely,the knowledge you have will help the church progress through the growth and encouragement of the believers that you relate with in love.

To buttress the importance of love in a fold: a gathering of knowledgeable individuals who do not cohere in love can’t be made stronger,if they were strong initially. And should they persist in discordance,the fold will eventually fold up.

Conversely, if there isn’t much knowledge in a fold initially,the presence of mutual love will help the members all grow together and garner knowledge as they advance.

So do your best to co-habit in love with other believers and even everyone else.

Always be in check.

‘A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.’  Proverbs 25:26(NLT)

There is a high level of composure and self-control expected of you as a christian. Anything short of this high level is dishonourable.

My friend,as a christian,you should be a great example for others to follow.As the Lord said in Matthew 5:26, you should let your good works shine before men that they may give glory to your father in heaven. The more of a good and commendable example you are to people in shining the light of Christ, the more the glory you bring to your father in heaven through your lifestyle.

As part of your good works, please take SELF-CONTROL very seriously. Without self-control,one is open to the attack of the enemy.This attack could be in form of ridicule,physical assault or even mortal death.No matter where you find yourself,whatever the situation might be,never be out of check.

Let the Holy spirit be your guide. Being in tune with his leading and wholesome obedience to his instructions will help you make the right decisions and stay in control of your emotions in your relationship with people. Never let your reaction be based on what others do to you. People could provoke you intentionally, do not be hasty to react. You are are a  heir of the heavenly King,do not let the flesh dictate your response.Rather, base your reactions on the instructions in the Bible-the words of God. The more you base your reactions on God’s instructions, the less the tendency of you being out of control of your emotions in your relationship with people.

So friend,be in check,stay in Christ and stay blessed.

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