Posts Tagged ‘Grace’

The Cross

‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…’ Genesis 28:15 NIV
To prepare for life’s storms you must:

(1) Practise self-control. Storms are much harder on the undisciplined and self-indulgent. The illusion that life should be easy, painless, an air-cushioned ride, makes you vulnerable to discouragement, disillusionment and defeat in hard times. The truth is, tough times don’t last but tough people do! And tough people practise self-denial and self-control. It’s their spiritual muscle for handling life’s hardships. The Bible says, ‘The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control…’ (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) God’s Spirit will make you tough enough to control your greatest weakness – yourself – the thing that ultimately defeats you in the tough times. Paul lived by this principle. ‘I discipline my body and keep it under control…’ (1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV) Great athletes know that it’s their conditioning, not the conditions, that determine their victory. (2) Depend on God, not people. ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.’ (Psalm 118:8 NKJV) Yes, others can help you at times, like a cast helps a broken leg. But once that leg is ready to bear its weight, you must discard the cast or your leg won’t regain full strength. People can go so far; only God will go all the way with you. Paul writes: ‘…No one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!’ (2 Timothy 4:16-18 NKJV)

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Light of the World

Hi guys..

How long has it been since you did some real strategic friend making. You know the type where you identify someone from a distance, probably after watching or observing him/her for for a while you decide you want to make them your friend for some particular reason. When last did you do something like that, or should I even ask “Have you ever done something like that??

I ask in regard to making friends for the sole aim of winning their souls for Christ. Your probably in the music department, or technical, drama or stage arts, ushering or protocols, sanctuary cleaners or maintenance e.t.c.. My point is this; we get ourselves so occupied with Church “activities” that we forget the main aim which is to win souls for Christ. Matthew 28:19 tells us to go into all the world making disciples of every nation, that is our mission as believers no question about that and sadly cleaning the church or other such activities don’t bring people under the discipleship of our Lord.

Consider that guy you looked at with disgust at the side of the road smoking, or the young girl coming home with different men every night. Your pastor isn’t the answer, you are. The onus is on you to get them saved, you have all it takes and as a matter of fact you have been commanded to do it. Ephesians 4:11-13 shows us the real job or role of the Pastor, which is to build and teach but it is our job to go out on the streets and win souls. Your place of work, your compound, your family, all these places are your hunting ground.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 makes it clear that we are to reconcile others to Christ, He has given us the “ministry of reconciliation”. Its my ministry and its your ministry, I would go even further to prove to you that its not optional; Ezekiel 33:1-8 talks about the watchman not sounding the alarm to warn the people of the sword coming and they die, the watchman would be held accountable for that life. We are the watchmen in this case and its our duty to speak the truth and get as many for Christ, if we speak and they still don’t heed we have saved ourselves/done our part.

You may be thinking this is the old testament so doesn’t apply again yea? Well in Acts 20:23-30, Paul said: 25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”  ….

Is there any need to say any more? I was made aware of this recently and so help me God I will live everyday seeking out souls to be won, people to be help, friends to be made and love to spread, that is my prayer and I pray we all get this and step out to depopulate hell!!!

More Grace!!!

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, but primarily my country Nigeria. I’m of the opinion that Nigerians complain more than most, we never find it hard to complain or criticise people or processes. Having said that, we do all the criticising but never go beyond that to actually make that change, or even channel our grievances to the right avenue. To speak up and stand for what we feel is right or should be is where we are usually found wanting.

  We complain about the police, how corrupt they are and all that, but yet when we are in public transport and the vehicle is delayed a little because of bribe we quickly get at the driver to settle the police. We complain that “a certain” mobile network is so poor, greedy and heartless, but yet we continue with that same network. We gossip about our boss and those in Government, how they’re cruel and wicked but yet we act the same to the few we have power over.

  So tell me, who’s fooling who? How can you be doing the same things and expect a different result. We all pray for a better Nigeria, we always say “God help us”, but God has and still is helping us. The growth and development of this country is not God’s sole responsibility, its a mutual responsibility between us and God.

  If Nelson Mandela hadn’t stayed shrewd and decided enough was enough, SA may still be Governed by others. But trust me it wasn’t funny then, he passed through a lot to get it and it took long but it finally came. I’m sure a lot would have felt he was foolish, some would have said “does he think he’s wiser than all of us” and such. But today he is celebrated, not just in Africa but all over the world, even by the Whites he fought against.

  I challenge us today, refuse that urge to cut into the queue, hold out and don’t give that bribe/tip, take that risk and be totally honest when your retiring all expenditure from your company trip. One step at a time and before you know it our values will change, our children will meet a totally different Nigeria.

   And I cannot end without pointing out Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot..” and Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” It all falls on the church and the saints, we have the responsibility to create that Nigeria we want, its all up to us to show what and how its supposed to be and to prove that its possible.

More grace to us all, to do what must be done and to do it with ease!

Grace Junkie

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve had this nice design for a while, but all of a sudden as I looked at it today I started thinking. Out of no where what I had seen like a thousand times became a puzzle, I just couldn’t shake it, as a matter of fact I still cant. What is grace to begin with? From teachings and messages in church we’re taught that grace is “God’s undeserved favour”, “God’s ability for our inability”. As I answered that another question popped up in my head; What is a junkie? I quickly got up to get the dictionary meaning of the word; “A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something”.. hmmm. This one had me quiet for a while because it suddenly hit me, If I had a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on God I wouldn’t worry about anything. If I was truly a grace junkie I would be the happiest, most relaxed guy on earth, because lets face it God never fails. Things may not always go our expected way, or how we feel is best but it actually always goes the best way for us once its God’s way.

I realised if only we can trust God, not relying on our talents, connections, looks, good deeds, families etc and just submit totally, rely exclusively on God’s grace we would definitely be the light of the world as we have been called to be as believers. When you make that mistake, shake off the guilt and self pity, He doesn’t love you because your good, He love you before you even knew Him. He came and died even before you were born, He died and washed away the sins of the world even before the world accepted Him. You are the righteousness of God through Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

How much easier it would be when we realise that God can handle it all, and not just that He can but that He would love to handle it all. I now know that where I am now has nothing to do with my skills or good deeds but all to do with God’s unshakeable love and grace.

And as the design says, I pray to truly be a Grace Junkie. I pray we all get to that level of total dependence on the one sure foundation.